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Pragmatic Optimism

Artist: Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble
Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble - Pragmatic Optimism CD
Label: Independent
Regular Price: $12.95
On Sale For: $5.18 
Year: 2008
Format: CD


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Pragmatic Optimism is a term reflecting in the evolving potential of the human spirit. The evolutionary potential is directly correlated to the development of an artistic and scientific consciousness, whether the relationship is formal or informal. Science, for our purposes, describes the ability to accurately analyze one’s environs and its mechanisms. Such an ability contributes to a prosperous lifestyle, individually, and for the community in which such an individual lives.

Our ability to assess and express our feelings and our beliefs about the meaning of life are enhanced by participation in the arts. Determining the meaning or rationale for life, and the universe it inhabits, seems to meet our needs mentally, physically, and spiritually.

There is an obvious connection between functioning communities, generally, and the music ensemble. Musicians work diligently to improve technical skills on their instrument, as well as their musical perception and judgement. Those acquired skills are used in the pursuit of common goals with a community of musicians, generally known as an ensemble, band, orchestra, etc. The community goals are successful performances of each composition which results in an emotional connection with audiences.

The Brooklyn Repertory Ensemble consists of musicians with strong musical identities garnered from extensive experience. The ten selections in this collection attest to their creating a unique sound which audiences have found, and continue to find completely compelling. One can say without fear of contradiction that the B.R.E. has certainly become one of the finest musical aggregations on the scene; and it is my good fortune to participate in this community of musicians.

Wade Barnes (drums, arrangements); James Zollar (trumpet); Vincent Chancey (french horn); Mark Taylor (mellophone); Kiane Zawadi (euphonium); Dale Turk (bass trombone); Ralph Hamperian (tuba); McDonald Payne (clarinet); Tom Olin (soprano sax); Hayes Greenfield (alto sax); Mario Escalera (tenor sax); Don Slatoff (baritone sax); William Ware III (vibraphone); Yoshiki Miura (guitar); John Nam (piano); Ratzo Harris (bass);
  1. Blowin' In The Wind
  2. King
  3. Passive Volition
  4. The Power Of Feeling
  5. The Power of Thought
  6. Stolen Moments
  7. Big Little Sis
  8. Little Big Sis
  9. Body And Soul
  10. Thoughts Of Love
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