This is the fourth in my dedication series for jazz icons, personal friends, places, and moods. This set contains works inspired by my mother, father, and brother, plus compositions for tenor saxophonist Houston Person, Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, and the great drummer Elvin Jones of the classic John Coltrane Quartet. I previously recorded an instrumental version of “Circle Dance” on my first CD, "Harlem Sunset," and a vocal version on my second CD, "Music and Lyrics;" there was also a vocal version of “I Never Knew” on "Music and Lyrics." “The Dance Spot” was originally written for the jazz musical "Manhattan Moment"s which I co-wrote and co-produced with choreographer and dancer Kathy Sanson.
The musician are Eddie Henderson, Wycliffe Gordon, Bruce Williams, Patience Higgins, Renee Rosnes, Steve Kroon, Peter Washington, and me.
The poems on disc 2, from my book "I’m Just the Drummer in the Band," are tributes to many of the great artists who inspired me to become a musician and composer. This book is now available as an e-book.