In the charged atmosphere that pervaded the immediate wake of 9/11, many a musician looked for comfort and meaning in the familiar. For bassist Robert Hurst, that meant surrounding himself with friendly faces at these October 2001 sessions in New York: Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts and trumpeter/flugelhornist Marcus Belgrave all had previous history with Hurst, the latter going back to their teen years in Detroit. Bennie Maupin, offering flute, saxophones and bass clarinet, was another Detroiter; pianist Robert Glasper, yet to record his leader debut, was still new to Hurst’s circle (they would work in a trio setting the following year); Adam Rudolph was called in on percussion. Music was made, but the recording was then shelved while Hurst went on to find employment with a who’s who of jazz and pop headliners and as a scorer of films.
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