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The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite
Anthony Branker / Word Play

The Forward (Towards Equality) Suite

CD | Origin Records | 0805558266324 | ORIGIN 82663 | 08-14

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About the album

For his sixth recording on Origin Records, composer Anthony Branker has enlisted a powerhouse version of his Word Play group, featuring saxophonists David Binney and Ralph Bowen, trombonist Conrad Herwig, pianist Jim Ridl, bassist Kenny Davis, drummer Donald Edwards, conguero Renato Thoms, vocalist Alison Crockett, as well as sixteen 5th Grade students from Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary in Piscataway, New Jersey providing spoken word contributions. With music inspired by personal reflections on what America means to him as a first-generation American; what it has meant to family members who immigrated to the U.S. from the West Indies; and what it might mean to future generations of his family, Branker has created a twelve-movement extended work that is reflective of the qualities he sees as comprising the essence of America and the spirit of its people. Another impressive and inspiring work from the pen of this thought-provoking composer.

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Tracklisting
    • 1
      Preamble
       
      02:04
    • 2
      Forward
       
      06:10
    • 3
      Forgotten Peoples
       
      08:52
    • 4
      Equality
       
      08:09
    • 5
      We, The People (Part 1)
       
      03:25
    • 6
      If We Must Die
       
      05:31
    • 7
      Our Dreams
       
      07:13
    • 8
      We, The People (Part 2)
       
      02:03
    • 9
      Speak to Your Silence (Our Voices Matter)
       
      06:59
    • 10
      Slave States
       
      07:10
    • 11
      We, The People (Part 3)
       
      02:23
    • 12
      Hope
       
      06:06
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