David Sanford Big Band’s ‘A Prayer For Lester Bowie’ featured in New York Times Fall Preview

The upcoming release from the David Sanford Big Band is featured in the New York Times Fall Preview!

Here’s what writer Giovanni Russonello had to say:

The composer and academic David Sanford has spent his career exploring the ways big-band jazz and Western classical can feed off each other, with dashes of punk, ambient and experimental music thrown in too. His new album, “A Prayer for Lester Bowie,” pays tribute to the influential trumpeter and composer, a key member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, who shared Sanford’s proclivity for scrambling prefabricated formulas. The album is a glorious hodgepodge of large-ensemble synchronicity and wah-wah-drenched blazes, with plenty of time devoted to featuring Hugh Ragin, a Chicago trumpeter like Bowie, whose rough and gleaming sound bespeaks a mix of pride and lament.

Read the full piece here.

Pre-order A Prayer For Lester Bowie now on Bandcamp here and elsewhere here.