Nathan Dishman – Conversations
Every conversation means something. Whether we realize it or not, the dialogue and interaction we have with others shapes our views and ideas of the world. The impact we have on others through conversation often goes unrealized in the moment. Our interpretations and opinions on subjects such as politics, faith, sports, entertainment, and of course music, can either be reinforced or flipped upside down in one interaction. Each piece of music on this album represents a different kind of conversation. Every pice, with the exception of the Ewazen, is influenced by jazz, either through style or improvisation. The title track is a contribution to the repertoire by the brilliant pianist and composer Raleigh Dailey, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at the University of Kentucky. It has been my pedagogical mission to teach students to be well versed in jazz and classical playing. So, it seemed appropriate for this album to focus on hybrid solo recital pieces for the concert hall.