Eight American composers from the 20th and 21st centuries are represented in this album of music for varying combinations of double reed instruments. All music is performed by Double Entendre Music Ensemble.
“The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite” is Anthony Branker’s sixth recording for Origin Records. The 12-movement composition features saxophonists David Binney & Ralph Bowen, trombonist Conrad Herwig, pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Donald Edwards, conguero Renato Thoms, and vocalist Alison Crockett.
The Horns Band is Matt Pavolka's most recent project. With a lineup of cornet, alto, trombone, bass and drums (with Pavolka occasionally switching to trombone) it allows him to indulge his long-form compositional proclivities and explore his literary obsessions while leaving ample room for improvisation and individual expression.