The Raymond and Beverly Sackler Commission gave me the unique opportunity to compose a work dedicated to this great artist, Elizabeth Catlett. Her life and her art inspired me to introduce her artistry through my music to people who might not know about her, me or my music. We met and became friends, which will always be a part of me. One of her three sons is a wonderful musician, but I was her first musician friend to write a work this ambitious. I began writing “Quiet Pride – The Elizabeth Catlett Project,” a five-movement, hour-long suite for a 20-piece ensemble in 2006. She did hear the audio of the debut performance, but I only wish she were here now to hear this spectacular recording! She left us just before she turned 97, in 2012. The Quiet Pride Sculptures are: Recognition, Mother And Child, Stargazer, Singing Head, and Glory!
Check her out. You will be glad you did.
Composed and arranged by Rufus Reid
Conducted by Dennis Mackrel
Rufus Reid – bass
Herlin Riley (drums)
Steve Allee (piano)
Vic Juris (guitar)
Tim Hagans, Ingrid Jensen, Freddie Hendrix, and Tanya Darby, (trumpets);
Steve Wilson, Erica von Kleist, Tom Christensen, Carl Maraghi, and Scott Robinson, (reeds);
Dave Taylor, Ryan Keberle, Michael Dease, and Jason Jackson, (trombones);
John Clark and Vincent Chancey (French horns);
Charenee Wade (vocals)
Produced by Akira Tana