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Venerable jazz bassist and educator Rufus Reid marries his recent evolution into jazz composer with his respect and admiration for a fellow artist of a different discipline, famed African-American sculptor and civil rights activist Elizabeth Catlett. Reid has created five brilliant orchestral compositions inspired by Catlett’s work. The result is his latest CD recording, Quiet Pride (2014, Motema Music).
Reid had the good fortune of becoming friends with Elizabeth Catlett several years before her death in 2012. The inspiration for this large ensemble work was Reid’s fascination with five specific pieces from Catlett’s oeuvre: “You know how you can spend hours in a gallery, just letting the images sink in? I found myself responding to the shapes and lines in Elizabeth’s work. While there is no ‘absolute’ correspondence, I do feel that she inspired me to mix my own shapes and lines,” explained Reid, whose suite movements were inspired by Catlett’s Recognition, Mother & Child, Stargazer (Tapestry In The Sky), Singing Head, and Glory.
The goal of Quiet Pride is to showcase the extraordinary life and talent of Elizabeth Catlett along with music by a phenomenal jazz orchestra, which promises to enlighten, entertain, inform, and stimulate conversation and study between the arts.
Listen to one movement of Quiet Pride and hear comments from the musicians who recorded this project athttp://www.geodesicmanagement.com/quietpride/.
This music was initially made possible in 2006 through the generosity of the Dr. Raymond and Beverly Sackler Composition Commission.