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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
Andrew Rathbun

saxophone

John O'Gallagher
John O'Gallagher

saxophone, alto

Ben Kono
Ben Kono

woodwinds

Quinsin Nachoff
Quinsin Nachoff

saxophone

Dan Pratt
Dan Pratt

saxophone

Carl Maraghi
Carl Maraghi

saxophone

Tim Hagans
Tim Hagans

trumpet

Nate Radley
Nate Radley

guitar

Russ Johnson
Russ Johnson

trumpet

Alan Ferber
Alan Ferber

trombone

Mike Fahie
Mike Fahie

trombone

Seneca Black
Seneca Black

trumpet

Luciana Souza
Luciana Souza

voice / vocals

Aubrey Johnson
Aubrey Johnson

voice / vocals

JC Sanford
JC Sanford

composer/conductor

Matt Holman
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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