"These notes are, undoubtedly, not the comments and analysis that Suresh Singaratnam was expecting. Then again, Suresh Singaratnam, and his music, displays quite a bit of the unexpected.
The first surprise is that Suresh plays both Western Classical and Jazz. It's not unheard of for a musician to work these two sides of music's bandstand. Indeed, the root of fellow trumpeter, Wynton Marsalis', genuine Superstardom lays in his triumphs in both worlds. Still, it's not too typical for a musician to work both the Jazz and Western Classical fields. Suresh Singaratnam is a quality cat in both idioms.
The next surprise is the depth of his background in either field and beyond. Suresh Singaratnam is not ready to take "because" as the answer to "why". Suresh needs to know, to really know. Of Mr. Singaratnam's many attributes, it is the intensity of his quest for musical knowledge that I am most familiar with and why I give him so much respect.
At the start of this new century, I was Suresh's Jazz History teacher in the conservatory. I didn't think that he believed me when I explained that I was the teacher, but he, of course, was the better musician.
It was a few years later, when I procured entry for Suresh into an in-house Jazz workshop I was holding at Jazz at Lincoln Center, that he proved that he had come to believe. During the workshop's last gathering, I was asked to review the use of modes in Jazz. Spotting Suresh entering the classroom, I told him to take over. Now, I was the student.
Then - you can't make this stuff up folks - after a five year absence of any contact between us, Suresh Singaratnam walked back into my classroom - now the Jazz at Lincoln Center school for listeners called Swing University - just as a participant asked me to review the use of modes in Jazz. You bet: I put Suresh on the spot and he, once again, came through with flying colors.
This time he brought with him the new development in his musical: his initial recordings as a leader. They represent Suresh Singaratnam in both his musical worlds. There's more than a slim suggestion that he's working on bridging them. It could make Suresh a Third Streamer for the 21st century. But any musical path he chooses to journey on is a road the listener will rewarded for traveling along."
- Phil Schaap
Suresh Singaratnam - trumpet
Charenée Wade - voice (Spring for All But Me)
Jake Saslow - tenor saxophone
Jesse Lewis - guitar
Fabian Almazan - piano
Jamie Reynolds - piano (Spring for All But Me)
Fraser Hollins - bass
Lee Pearson - drums
All Music & Lyrics by Suresh Singaratnam
Produced by Suresh Singaratnam
Track 1-3 & 5-9 recorded at Bennett Studios (Lou Brown - engineer, Travis Stefl - assistant engineer)
Mixed & Edited at M:K:Soundworks (Marc Koecher - engineer)
Track 4 recorded, edited & mixed at L. Brown Recording (Lou Brown - engineer)
Mastered at The Vault Mastering Studio (Nathan James - engineer)