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Two Islands III by Andrew Rathbun

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Album Title: Atwood Suites
Label: Origin Records
Released: 2018

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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.

Track Listing

Two Islands I; Two Islands II; Two Islands III; Power Politics I; Power Politics II; Power Politics III; Fractured; V; I; II.

Personnel

Andrew Rathbun
saxophone
John O'Gallagher
saxophone, alto
Ben Kono
woodwinds
Quinsin Nachoff
saxophone
Dan Pratt
saxophone
Carl Maraghi
saxophone, baritone
Tim Hagans
trumpet
Nate Radley
guitar
Russ Johnson
trumpet
Alan Ferber
trombone
Mike Fahie
trombone
Seneca Black
trumpet
Luciana Souza
voice / vocals
Aubrey Johnson
voice / vocals
JC Sanford
composer/conductor
Matt Holman
trumpet

Additional Personnel

Dave Smith: trumpet, flugelhorn; Chris Olness: bass trombone; Owen Howard: drums (1, 2 on disc 2).

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April 22, 2020

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