The Heights Life

The Heights Life

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2022 Composer's Collective

Label: You Knew! Records
Released: 2016
Views: 652

Track Listing

Anne's Basement; In Front of the Behind; St. James Gate; The Sage Just North of Here; Beef Blues; Little Luz; Prison Art; Tempo de Pedro; It Is; Pink Pancakes


Gil Del Bosque: tenor saxophone; Eric Ross: bass; Dan Andersen: guitar; Mike Fonseca: drums; Dan Redner: piano

Album Description

Most great music starts with some type of conceptual framework, an idea or a concept that inspires and guides the creative process, providing unity and cohesion to the larger work. Such is the case with this new recording from the 2022 Composer’s Collective. An accomplished group of Austin-based musicians form an ensemble that meets weekly to rehearse each other’s music, with the idea that each player brings a new piece each week. A simple concept, a practical concept, with a surprisingly complex and impractical outcome—an outstanding artistic statement forged by a group of composers who have seamlessly merged their many voices and stylistic penchants into a singular musical vision. These are all seasoned professionals who honed their craft in a city that has an incredibly vibrant (and very competitive) live music scene, and it shows in the incredibly strong musicianship heard throughout this recording. Thankfully, however, the musicians never forget the concept that started this project. The compositions take center stage and the musicians serve to further their common goal. It is that concept that holds sway on this remarkable project, and one can only hope that the Collective will have much more music to share as the concept grows and develops over the next five years as we approach 2022. Kurt Ellenberger Arts and Culture Blogger, Huffington Post

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