This was written a while back for a high end shoe lifestyle ad. Unfortunately the company decided to go in a different direction with marketing so I had this little ditty sitting around all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Excited that after a long time, this record has been finally released on Mode Records. I've been lucky enough to be involved with many of the musicians on the album for greater than decade, working with live, improvised jazz and poetry, led by my friend and fabulous guitarist Larry Simon.
I've also been blessed to share the stage with David Amram on more than one occasion and having the opportunity to record an album with him was a rich and memorable experience. And of course the powerful and dynamic performance of Eric Mingus begs be heard, as he renders Langston Hughes' poetry masterfully. Langston Hughes' poetry remains crucial and timely as ever, and I'm happy I was able to sprinkle some percussion around it.
The story of Michael Richards, a remarkable African-American sculptor, is in its early stages of development, and I've signed on to write the score with my long time collaborator Ron Passaro. The trailer is scored by me, and functioned as an audition of sorts. Glad we landed the gig and are looking forward to seeing the whole film.