Joe is proud to be part of Darrell Grant‘s latest recording project – an ensemble piece with a stellar cast and deep story. The album is out today.
“The Territory” marks Grant’s seventh CD as a leader and his first since 2007’s critically acclaimed “Truth and Reconciliation,” which was selected one of the top 10 CDs’ of the year by The Village Voice jazz critic’s poll. Featuring a nine-member ensemble that includes Grant’s long-time collaborators Grammy-winning drummer Brian Blade, Grammy-winning saxophonist Steve Wilson and celebrated vibraphonist Joe Locke, as well as renowned cellist Hamilton Cheifetz, Chicago bassist Clark Sommers, Portland vocalist Marilyn Keller, trumpeter Thomas Barber, and bass clarinetist Kirt Peterson, “The Territory” captures Grant in an exciting 2013 world premiere performance presented by Chamber Music Northwest in front a sell-out audience at Portland’s Kaul Auditorium.
Invoking the spirit of Oregon’s native peoples in its opening movement “Hymn to the Four Winds,” and “Chief Joseph’s Lament,” which is based on the historic Nez Perce leader’s controversial surrender to the U.S. Army, Grant’s view of the territory draws on the contrast between “the utopian myth of Oregon that persists in shows like ‘Portlandia,‘ and the more conflicted truth of our history.” A movement called “Stones into Blossoms” looks at the forced internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II through the eyes of a small child, while the joyous “Sunday’s at the Golden West” celebrates a historic landmark in the heart of Portland’s early African-American community.
Exploring a connection to place also led Grant to release the CD on Portland-based PJCE Records, and to develop a partnership with the Oregon Historical Society, which will receive a donation from the CD release concert, as well as a percentage of CD and download sales of The Territory. “As a steward of our stories, OHS serves a vital role in maintaining our sense of place,” Grant states. “And as a Portland jazz composer, I’m very pleased to be joining forces with artists in my own community to share this music.”
Darrell Grant – piano
Brian Blade – drums
Clark Sommers – bass
Joe Locke – vibraphone, marimba
Marilyn Keller – vocals
Hamilton Cheifetz – cello
Thomas Barber – trumpet
Kirt Peterson – bass clarinet, tenor saxophone
Steve Wilson – flute, alto flute, soprano and alto saxophones