Chip White released "Harlem Sunset," his first CD as a leader and composer, as well as drummer, in October 1994 on the Postcards label. Describing his work on this recording, he explains that "music, for me, is a liberating force, and I want to write and play music that will make people feel better by opening them up to their own thoughts as well as to mine."
On "Harlem Sunset," the visionary drummer/composer brought together an exciting group of musicians to accomplish this goal. Together, saxophonist Gary Bartz, trombonist Robin Eubanks, vibist Steve Nelson, trumpeter Claudio Roditi, and bassist Buster Williams, as well as Chip, bring energy and enthusiasm to six of the drummer's original compositions and to a tune by Claudio Roditi and a classic version of Billy Eckstine's "I Want to Talk about You." "I was fortunate to get these great artists to join me on "Harlem Sunset," says Chip, "and I'm really happy with the wonderful musical contributions they made."
"All the tunes I write," he continues, "come out of some personal experience. My composition "Club 609" reflects my feelings about playing at that legendary Harlem after-hours club -- to me, it felt like revisiting the Harlem Renaissance. And "Harlem Sunset" itself grew out of my return to Harlem, where I was born; I experienced a kind of rebirth, coming back to where I began, and found myself writing that tune."
Chip White's newest CD is "Music and Lyrics," also available on CD Baby at www.cdbaby.com/chipwhite2.