All compositions are inspired by the many facets of the New York city subway experience and , as you may notice, all contain the interval of a descending major third (from E to C) - the two pitches heard immediately following a subway motorman's obligatory annoucement to "stand clear ofthe closing doors" just prior to departing a station stop.
JazzReach’s acclaimed resident ensemble performs eight newly commissioned works of program music inspired by the many dynamic facets of the New York City subway experience .
On any given weekday, over 7 million mostly tolerant and peaceful individuals converge on the New York City Subway with rarely a serious conflict or incident. This perpetual and increasingly vulnerable social improvisation with all its diversity has a unique way of peeling away economic, cultural, ethnic and religious differences and beautifully illuminating the universality of the human condition..
Sunnyside Records will graciously donate ALL proceeds from the sale of Subway Songs directly to JazzReach
Reviews"This is lovely music. For example, check out Strickland's Carneyesque bass clarinet opening on his own Ephemeral Muse, and the rhythm section in general. The dubbed subway sounds have something of a better than unobtrusive effect of listeners lightly and politely chatting between numbers at a live gig. Study the programme in more detail, including John Cowherd's three-part Subway Suite. I find it more interesting than the New York subway. Lean back and feel, well, elevated. The minute or so of a rush-hour closer affords the image of postponing the trip home till things are peaceful. Have a beer, think back, anticipate listening to heartwarming music and press the play button again." - Robert R. Calder, All About Jazz