Earlier this month, New York-based tenor saxophonist Lawrence Clark independently released his debut album entitled Forward Motion
. The recording highlights Clark’s original compositions which are brought to life through a dynamic group featuring Lawrence Clark (tenor sax); Josh Evans
(trumpet); Kush Abadey
(drums); Rahsaan Carter
(bass); and David Bryant
Originally from Camden, NJ, Lawrence Clark has been a longtime fixture within the vibrant New York jazz scene and has appeared at festivals and concerts throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and Africa. He spent over a decade playing with renowned drummer Rashied Ali
, and has also shared the stage with an array of highly regarded artists including Norman Simmons
, Winard Harper
, David Bryant
, Jeremy Pelt
, Orrin Evans
, Azar Lawrence
, Tyshawn Sorey
, Eric McPherson
, David Weiss
, Billy Hart
, Anthony Wonsey
, Gene Jackson
, Reggie Workman
, Babatunde Lea
, Dwayne Burno
, Billy Drummond
, and many others.
Clark feels that Forward Motion
is an honest and transparent portrayal of his spiritual connection with jazz, and notes that the album is a tribute to the late quartets of John Coltrane
and Miles Davis
. He composed all but one of the selections featured on the recording, which he says “express a range of emotions that encompass happiness, gratitude, appreciation, self-assurance, and freedom.” In addition, he adds “each song has a personal connection to my being and relates to many of the personal experiences I have had so far in life.”Forward Motion
was recorded at Tedesco Studio’s Paramus, NJ and mixed and mastered by James Dellatacoma at Laswell’s Studio’s in West Orange, NJ; it is currently available on leading digital music services. In the coming months, Lawrence Clark and his ensemble will be performing in support of the release.
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