Circumvention Music 050
Jason Robinson – tenor saxophone
Kamau Kenyatta – piano (1-2, 4, 6) and soprano saxophone (3, 5)
Rob Thorsen – acoustic bass
Nathan Hubbard – drums
Anthony Davis – piano (3, 5)
Michael Dessen – trombone (3, 5)
Ellen Weller – flute (3)
Adnan Marquez-Borbon – flute (3)
Andrew Geib – flute (3)
Gabriel Sundy – bass clarinet (3)
Scott Walton – conductor (3)
I’ve always been fascinated by border regions, by the in-between spots, the blurry zones between distinct identities, styles, and cultures. These shadowy spaces host important moments of fusion, of creating something new from various disparate elements. Theorists have come up with all sorts of ways to identify these moments of merging—conjuncture, hybridity, articulation, interculturalism. I believe this is how we all create our identities: openness to and intrigue with difference. And this is a good thing.
What I’m getting at here is twofold: first, the music on this album is unavoidably a mixture of things. Although American culture often seems like its primary currency is authenticity, you’ll find none here. I’m not a fan of the commercial politricks of authenticity. Second, the music on this album is a reflection of a kind of mobility within identity. It’s an exploration of certain peaks and valleys—threads and trajectories—of my musical influences, interests, and experiences.
The image of the fingerprint looms large: sinewy lines, twisting and turning, combining into a broader field that is undeniably yours.