Two Islands III by Andrew Rathbun
From the album
About the Album
An ambitious, multi-faceted composer, saxophonist and bandleader, Andrew Rathbun had used poetry as an inspirational catalyst for several recordings over the last 20 years. Particularly enamored by the works of famed novelist Margaret Atwood, Rathbun composed three suites for large ensemble featuring her poems and the unique voices of trumpeter Tim Hagans, drummer Bill Stewart and vocalists Luciana Souza and Aubrey Johnson, who vividly capture the imagery and emotions of Atwood's poetry. Rathbun's rich, multi-textured compositions and his use of the large ensemble as his musical voice was largely influenced by collaborations with the late, and legendary, trumpeter/composer Kenny Wheeler in the early 2000s. Wheeler's supple, dark tones floating over the group and Luciano Souza's voice bringing to life Atwood's poetry inspired Rathbun to more deeply explore these concepts.
Two Islands I; Two Islands II; Two Islands III; Power Politics I; Power Politics II; Power Politics III; Fractured; V; I; II.
Dave Smith: trumpet, flugelhorn; Chris Olness: bass trombone; Owen Howard: drums (1, 2 on disc 2).
- Atwood Suites by Angelo Leonardi
- Atwood Suites by Jerome Wilson
- Atwood Suites by Paul Rauch
- Atwood Suites by Friedrich Kunzmann
- Atwood Suites by Dan Bilawsky
April 22, 2020
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