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Made in America

Bobby Watson, Steven Scott, Curtis Lundy, Lewish Nash

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The Aviator "For Wendell Pruitt"
Bobby Watson
The Guitarist "For Grant Green"
Bobby Watson
The Butterfly "For Butterfly Mcqueen"
Bobby Watson
The Cyclist "For Major Taylor"
Bobby Watson
The G.O.A.T. "For Sammy Davis, Jr."
Bobby Watson
The Entrepreneur "For Madam C.J. Walker"
Bobby Watson
The Jockey "For Isaac Murphy"
Bobby Watson
A Moment of Silence
Bobby Watson
The Real Lone Ranger "For Bass Reeves"
Bobby Watson
The Computer Scientist "For Dr. Mark Dean"
Bobby Watson
I've Gotta Be Me
Bobby Watson
Total Playing Time    63:29
Jazz great Bobby Watson celebrates some of the vital but less familiar contributions from African-Americans on Made in America, his first recording for Smoke Sessions Records. The saxophonist and composer does his part to call attention to black pioneers in a variety of fields, from politics to pop culture, science to sports. The compositions are inspired not only by musicians Sammy Davis, Jr. and Grant Green but also more obscure historic figures such as Wendell Pruitt, Butterfly McQueen, Major Taylor, Madam C.J. Walker, Isaac Murphy, Bass Reeves and Dr. Mark Dean. Each piece paints its portrait with wit and feeling for the nuance of its subjects: the inspiration that Watson finds in these forgotten innovators comes through in the ensemble playing. Watson‘s Kansas City roots shine in the soulful swing and boisterous grooves that make for a funky history lesson.

"This project has been a history lesson for me and I hope it will be a history lesson for the listeners ... this is not your typical jazz record. I want to try, in the time I have left, to reflect the things that I‘m learning about history, about America and about the world and the people that came before me and hopefully connect that with some of our young people and older people, both black and white."
- Bobby Watson
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Smoke Sessions Studio Masters

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