The Ride Symbol record label was officially and stylishly re-launched on Friday, June 24, 2011 at a party at the Gershwin Hotel in New York! At 7:00 guests were treated to the recorded sounds of the label’s new release, Down the Road, by pianist/composer Joel Forrester and a group specially assembled in France, Second Nature. The leader himself was present as were label founders Donald Elfman, David Preiser and Glenn Cornett. The other delighted assembled guests included people from the press, representatives of other labels and fans of the artist.
Food and drink were provided and the party atmosphere continued into the second hour at which time Forrester and his New York group, Special Identity, performed an hour-long set that generated loud enthusiasm from the crowd. Baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, bassist David Hofstra and drummer Matt Garrity were the members of this sterling quartet and they played Forrester’s original compositions with flair and gusto, anticipating the promise of the group’s forthcoming Ride Symbol release, Furtive Sex.
The Gershwin Hotel, with a music program organized by Neke Carson, hosted the event in part because of the success of a series of music for silent films that Forrester plays on the first Sunday of every month.
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