The Composers

Gerry Bryant piano

Release Date: January 13, 2023
Catalog #: NV6489
Format: Digital
21st Century
Chamber
Solo Instrumental
Piano
Violin

Navona Records and pianist Gerry Bryant are proud to present THE COMPOSERS, an album consisting solely of music by exceptionally talented and prolific Black classical music composers who have been overlooked throughout history. Featured within are the works of Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins, a slave who was perhaps the first Black American classical music composer, and Florence Price, whose music has so moved Bryant that he has included her in his list of favorite composers. Violinist Mark Cargill joins Bryant on select works throughout the album, a perfect addition to Bryant’s passionate approach to the keys.

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Track Listing & Credits

# Title Composer Performer
01 Sonata in E Minor: II. Florence Price Gerry Bryant, piano 7:13
02 Andante Con Espressione Florence Price Gerry Bryant, piano; Mark Cargill, violin 4:37
03 Song Without Words Florence Price Gerry Bryant, piano 2:13
04 The Sewing Song Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins Gerry Bryant, piano 8:24
05 Placid Lake Florence Price Gerry Bryant, piano 2:58
06 The Deserted Garden Florence Price Gerry Bryant, piano; Mark Cargill, violin 2:37
07 Dark Pool Florence Price Gerry Bryant, piano 3:35
08 Wellenklange (Voice of the Waves) Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins Gerry Bryant, piano 8:33
09 Sketches in Sepia Florence Price Gerry Bryant, piano 4:04
10 O Holy Lord Florence Price Gerry Bryant, piano; Mark Cargill, violin 4:12
11 Honeysuckle Florence Price Gerry Bryant, piano 1:50
12 Water in the Moonlight Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins Gerry Bryant, piano 3:28
13 Lord I Want to Be a Christian Florence Price Gerry Bryant, piano; Mark Cargill, violin 3:20
14 Reve Charmant Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins Gerry Bryant, piano 8:22
15 Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child Florence Price Gerry Bryant, piano; Mark Cargill, violin 5:14

Recorded January-November 2021 at CCI Media Studio in Gardena CA
Producers Gerry Bryant, Gregory Cook
Engineer Gregory Cook
Editing, Mixing & Mastering Gregory Cook

Album Cover Illustrator Valerie Hennessy
Album Cover Graphics Design Slick+Slicker Designs

Executive Producer Bob Lord

A&R Director Brandon MacNeil

VP of Production Jan Košulič
Audio Director Lucas Paquette

VP, Design & Marketing Brett Picknell
Art Director Ryan Harrison
Design Edward A. Fleming
Publicity Patrick Niland, Aidan Curran

Artist Information

Gerry Bryant

Pianist

Gerry Bryant has been described by many as a renaissance man. The multi-talented artist graduated cum laude from both Phillips Andover Academy and Harvard, and received two graduate degrees (J.D. & M.B.A.) from UCLA. His musical influences range from masters of the Romantic Period in classical music (in particular Chopin, Tchaikovsky, and Rachmaninoff), to jazz legends Nat King Cole and Duke Ellington, to contemporary pianists Keith Jarrett and Ramsey Lewis.

Notes

Whilst each of Gerry Bryant’s previous classical and jazz solo piano albums have included several tracks of romantic classical music by Bryant’s favorite composers (Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff topping that list), this album is intended to be the first in a series of albums consisting solely of music by exceptionally talented and prolific Black classical music composers who have been overlooked throughout history.  Simply entitled THE COMPOSERS, this first album consists of a few selections by Thomas “Blind Tom” Wiggins, a slave who was perhaps the first Black American classical music composer, and the rest by Florence Price, whose music has so moved Bryant that he has included her in his list of favorite composers, along with the trio of historical, highly acclaimed white male composers mentioned above who are always reverently referred to by their last names only. Hopefully, Price will one day also attain that status and level of reverence.