Archive for March 17th, 2013

Ken Hatfield Sextet – For Langston

Ken Hatfield takes the relationship between jazz and poetry to a different level. For Langston (Arthur Circle Music, 2012) by the Ken Hatfield Sextet pays tribute to American poet Langston Hughes.

Poetry readings are often accompanied by jazz, whether as a soundtrack in the background or paired as separate parts of an evening program. Hatfield, a guitarist and composer who has a deep love for literature, is always on the lookout for text that’s ripe for musical interpretation.

Released on February 1, the anniversary of Hughes’ birth, For Langston has a lineup of Hatfield on guitar, Hilary Gardner on vocals, Jamie Baum on alto flute, Hans Glawischnig on bass, Jeff Hirshfield on drums and Steven Kroon on percussion.

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