Some years back, I had the blessing of enjoying Lori Williams at Blues Alley. Despite the atmosphere of dining and drinking within those intimate confines, you could have heard a pin drop. Lori's voice? Yes, of course. That vessel is gold! But we were also aware of who she chose to assist her on stage. One of those stellar beings was Tracey Cutler.
I won't forget the impact of Tracey's saxophone. Strong and sensitive, he bowed to every note that Lori created. He and she were married in sound, the mark of two beautiful artists who mutually respected the other. But more - they could read each other's next turn in the road. Priceless!
Tracy is profoundly gifted in interpretation of other composers. And he is a fabulous composer himself. When I finally got my hands on "The Path", I reveled in the divinity of the work. This is no exaggeration. There is something that's of Heaven in these musical choices. Lori, by the way, is on more than one. So, there's added bliss :) The revered pianist, Allyn Johnson, is also featured. And a Stevie Wonder classic that takes new flight.
How wonderful that Billy Taylor was the inspiration for the start of Tracey's journey. When our guest had a chance to see him during his high schools years, that cemented the idea for a musical life choice. Professor Cutler has not only done his share of performing, but teaching as well. AND has been a mentoring ambassador, traveling to various cities to make sure that students understand the discipline and passion of playing. We'll get Tracey's take on how very important that mission IS. He joins us on 3/3 at three (easy to remember!) and we'll tracks from the gloriously received CD that is called "The Path." Join us in The Chat Room
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