But Not Forgotten - Clarinet Music by African American Composers / Eley, DeSa
Marcus Eley writes, "For many years, I have had the privilege of performing recitals featuring African-American composers for clarinet and piano. I have felt these composers needed a format, a champion, to make certain their compositions for my instrument were not ignored. In current classical or “art music”, there is little representation in mainstream recorded music of the African-American composer. Vocal music tends to be the exception. However, for solo wind instrument, especially the clarinet, there is nothing. I want this CD of clarinet and piano music to celebrate these African-American composers. Further, it is my desire that their unique voices are heard and not forgotten."
Marcus Eley has done a great service to African-American composers. He is a brilliantly talented advocate for his instrument who successfully exploits everything a clarinet can do while Lucerne DeSa is an extremely sympathetic partner. Together they have created a disc of unalloyed joy. I sincerely hope that there will be more in the pipeline as he suggests this is only the tip of a musical iceberg in terms of similar works by other unknown composers.
– MusicWeb International
Catalog Number: DSL-92156
Label: Sono Luminus
Composer: Alvin Batiste, Clarence Cameron White, Dorothy Rudd Moore, Quincy C. Hilliard, Samuel Akpabot, Scott Joplin, Todd Cochran, Undine Smith Moore, William Grant Still
Performer: Lucerne DeSa, Marcus Eley