On this CD, poet, novelist, playwright, librettist,and song writer Ishmael Reed makes his debut as a pianist and group leader.
On the CD,”For All We Know,” which is dedicated to the young
people who, with few options, entered the armed forces in order
to further their education.Reed is joined by a stellar group of
musicians including Roger Glenn, Chris Planas, and
classical violinist Carla Blank, who studied under the famed Russian
violinist,Mihail Stolarevsky,and violinist, Rachel Durling. Also joining the group is a well-known tenor saxaphonist who appears here courtesy of Justin Time Records.Having written tunes performed, composed or set to music by David Murray,Cassandra Wilson,Steve Swallow, Carla Bley,Allen Toussaint,Lester Bowie,Carman Moore,Don Pullen,Olu Dara, Ravi Coltrane,Leo Nocentelli,Eddie Harris,Bobby Womack,Milton Cardonna, Omar Sosa,Jack Bruce, Little Jimmy Scott, Robert Jason, Mary Wilson of the Supremes and others, Ishmael Reed felt it was time that he positioned himself on the other side of the song.