by Jonathan Blackman, Occhi Magazine
The symbiotic relationship between music and dance can most assuredly date back to the inception of the two art forms.  From folkloric dances to the dynamic duo of Stravinsky and Nijinsky, and the swing band era, there is a myriad of examples of the two art forms merging into one.  Alto saxophonist legend Charles McPherson has added a triumphant work to this long-lasting tradition entitled Jazz Dance Suites!  McPherson has been associated with the San Diego ballet since 2015 and this project is a result of this relationship, creating a body of work that overflows with artistic creativity.  The album features trumpet virtuoso Terrell Stafford, Lorraine Castellanos on vocals, Jeb Patton and Randy Porter on piano, Yotem Silberstein on guitar, David Wong on bass, and Billy Drummond on drums.

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