Indie label Resonance Records brands itself as dedicated to “Creating Jazz Legacies,” and the renowned composer and violinist achieves that with this diverse, freewheel ing and triumphant three-pronged celebration of the human, musical and American spirit. Howes reflects upon his pride as a U.S. citizen despite the country’s bipartisan climate. Driven by a colorful, improvisation-rich swirl of jazz, classical, gospel, blues and world music, this multi-talent mixes in a few originals among chestnuts and cherished classics by Leonard Bernstein, Fats Waller and Bob James. A truly thought-provoking, inspirational project.
Score: 7 out of 10
Producer: Christian Howes