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Rhythm & Blues & Shoes (2019)

“You need to work on beginnings and endings,” said Heather Cornell. So, when the opportunity to create a 15 minute piece for Stam-Pede arose, I took that as my challenge. Beginnings and endings. This is a blues suite that is driven by threes - three people, three songs, dividing a blues form into three, three circles. It is also inspired by the Live in Denmark concert by the trio of Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Ed Thigpen, where they deliver the most crystalline, most swinging music that truly has no beginning or end, it’s just infinite.

Photo by Whitney Browne.