Continuum, the new release on Origin Records from The Richard Sussman Quintet is now available. Richard Sussman is a pianist, composer, music technologist, and professor of jazz composition at Manhattan School of Music in New York City (since 1986). In that capacity, Sussman gives private lessons, teaches, develops jazz arranging class curriculum, and manages all aspects of the electronic music technology/MIDI recording studios for the jazz department.
Continuum is the band leader?s fourth album of original jazz music. For this new album, Sussman teams with some splendid talent ? Randy Brecker (trumpet, flugelhorn), Jerry Bergonzi (tenor saxophone), Mike Richmond (acoustic bass), Jeff Williams (drums), and Mike Stern (guitar on ?Mike?s Blues?).
The continuum refers to the experience of events passing seamlessly from the future through the present to the past. Sussman said, ?Although circumstances and events may appear to change dramatically over time, there is always a thread running through it all, establishing a continuity of consciousness and spirit.?
The composition and recording of Continuum integrates a wide variety of musical and stylistic experiences spanning several decades. Sussman illustrates his continuity through many seemingly disparate elements of his musical journey.
To provide some continuity to this project, Sussman reassembled most of the same band from his classic and highly-acclaimed debut album of original contemporary jazz, Free Fall, first released in 1978.
Continuum now carries on with the same kind of adventurous variety and range, but it illustrates an even much greater musical maturity that only comes with three decades of composing, arranging and performing. That success is evident in the melodies, as well as their lyrical application, band dynamics, and instrumental conversation. Throughout the set, we hear clear and expressive emotion. The quintet?s music was clearly designed to convey some meaningful messages.