A Song of Hope

Release Date: 9/17/2021
Catalog Number: 132
Composer: Eric Wyatt, Sting, Donald Vega...
Performer: Eric Wyatt
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 70 Minutes

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$16.99
Notes and Editorial Reviews

As the follow-up to his 2019 release "The Golden Rule: For Sonny," Eric Wyatt’s "A Song for Hope" is vastly different in both tone and intent. Where the former was a tour de force, a tribute to Sonny Rollins and a straight-ahead blast of straight-ahead bop, Wyatt’s new record is more adventurous, colorful, unpredictable, and wide-ranging. Both are beautiful, for some of the same—but also different—reasons. The energy is undeniable. On songs like “Fur Live” and McCoy Tyner’s “Contemplation,” Wyatt, along with drum legend Jeff “Tain” Watts, together lay it all on the table. Bassist Eric Wheeler and pianist Donald Vega join in, matching the energy with harmonic zest and fresh excitement. Elsewhere, as on the Breonna Taylor tribute “Say Her Name,” the lights dim a touch and the contrast is luminous. On Wyatt’s soulful take on Sting’s “Fragile,” he invites singer Samara Joy, the 21-year old winner of the 2019 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition, to chime in, and she does so with drama and elegance. Recorded during the pandemic in a single session at Rudy Van Gelder’s historic Englewood Cliffs, NJ studio, A Song of Hope brings all the brio you’d expect from a Wyatt outing and more. His intent to shine beaming rays of optimism across what was then a barren musical landscape is noble, fulfilling. In accomplishing that intention, the man and his saxophone embrace new ideas, expand the band’s musical boundaries, and create a vast and gratifying journey for the listener to enjoy.

Tracks
1. A Song of Hope by Eric Wyatt
Performer: Donald Vega (Piano), Eric Wheeler (Electric Bass), Eric Wyatt (Tenor Saxophone), Jeff "Tain" Watts (Drums)
2. Fragile by Sting
Performer: Donald Vega (Piano), Eric Wheeler (Electric Bass), Eric Wyatt (Soprano Saxophone), Eric Wyatt (backing vocals), Jeff "Tain" Watts (Drums), Jeff "Tain" Watts (backing vocals), Kahlil Kwame Bell (Percussion), Samara Joy (Vocals)
Period: 20th Century
Written: by 1986 ;
3. Blues for RH (Roy Hargrove) by Donald Vega
Performer: Donald Vega (Piano), Eric Wheeler (Electric Bass), Eric Wyatt (Tenor Saxophone), Jeff "Tain" Watts (Drums), Theo Croker (Trumpet)
4. Fur Live by Chris Lowery
Performer: Chris Lowery (Trumpet), Clifton Anderson (Trombone), Donald Vega (Piano), Eric Wheeler (Electric Bass), Eric Wyatt (Tenor Saxophone), Jeff "Tain" Watts (Drums), Kahlil Kwame Bell (Percussion), Theo Croker (Flugelhorn)
5. Chance by Irving Berlin
Performer: Donald Vega (Piano), Eric Wheeler (Electric Bass), Eric Wyatt (Tenor Saxophone), Jeff "Tain" Watts (Drums), Kahlil Kwame Bell (Percussion)
6. One 4 Hakim by Eric Wyatt
Performer: Donald Vega (Piano), Eric Wheeler (Electric Bass), Eric Wyatt (Tenor Saxophone), Jeff "Tain" Watts (Drums), Theo Croker (Trumpet)
7. Say Her Name by Eric Wyatt
Performer: Donald Vega (Piano), Eric Wheeler (Electric Bass), Eric Wyatt (Tenor Saxophone), Jeff "Tain" Watts (Drums), Kahlil Kwame Bell (Percussion), Samara Joy (Vocals)
8. Tain Dance by Eric Wyatt
Performer: Eric Wyatt (Tenor Saxophone), Jeff "Tain" Watts (Drums)
9. Sunset Park Bonita by Eric Wyatt
Performer: Chris Lowery (Trumpet), Clifton Anderson (Trombone), Donald Vega (Piano), Eric Wheeler (Electric Bass), Eric Wyatt (Tenor Saxophone), Jeff "Tain" Watts (Drums), Kahlil Kwame Bell (Percussion)
10. Central Park West by John Coltrane
Performer: Chris Lowery (Trumpet), Donald Vega (Piano), Eric Wyatt (Tenor Saxophone), Mekhi Boone (Drums), Mike Boone (Double Bass)
11. Comtemplation by McCoy Tyner
Performer: Chris Lowery (Trumpet), Donald Vega (Piano), Eric Wyatt (Tenor Saxophone), Mekhi Boone (Drums), Mike Boone (Double Bass)
12. Of Things To Come RTK by Eric Wyatt
Performer: Eric Wyatt (Tenor Saxophone), Jeff "Tain" Watts (Drums)
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