Record Review of “Down The Road” in The New York City Jazz Record

Ride Symbol Records is pleased to inform you about the latest news for Joel Forrester and his music.  His latest release, “Down The Road”, with his band Second Nature, has been reviewed in The New York City Jazz Record.  (Pg. 15)

“Down The Road”, done by the full quintet with piano-electric bass-drums joined by electric guitarist Manu Codjia (fully conversant in jazz-rock vocabulary) and baritone saxophonist Alex Hamlin (whose legato style and vibrato suggest an amped-up piccolo bass) features a patterned rhythm and stairclimbing melody redolent of King Crimson. On other tracks, Forrester employs such prog rock tropes as with accompaniment record, it’s a strong duet played by two remarkably articulate performers. The ways in which the compositions come together aren’t simple, both players seeming to occupy spaces nearby but not on top of the thematic ideas. At times it even seems like a sort of slow-motion teeter-totter, one on either side but working interdependently, as if the only way one can go up is if the other goes down. Or to cite another law of simple physics, opposites attract and in this case with great appeal.

Read the whole thing in the latest issue.


Cleveland tenor saxophone legend Ernie Krivda comes to Ride Symbol

Cleveland tenor saxophone legend Ernie Krivda comes to Ride Symbol with great recordings from a three year period (1995-1998) in his varied career.  Available now are two titles: The Band That Swings, a document of his celebrated Fat Tuesday Big Band; and Golden Moments, which finds Ernie in personal and passionate duets with pianist Dan Wall.

Coming soon will be three additional titles: Perdido, more from the big band; The Art of the Ballad, duets with pianist Bill Dobbins; and a never-before issued quintet recording, Strike Up the Band, which features the virtuoso guitarist Gene Bertoncini.



Ride Symbol Records Launch and New Release Party

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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Record Release Party and Label Launch!

Ride Symbol Records celebrates its re-entry into the recording arena with a party and performance at New York’s Gershwin Hotel, 7 E. 27th Street (between 5th and Madison Aves.).

On Friday, June 24, 2011, at 7:00 PM the label will host an evening in which the new Ride Symbol Records release Down the Road, by Joel Forrester’s France-based group, Second Nature, will be presented.  At 8:00, Joel’s New York band, Secret Identity – which includes baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, tenor saxophonist Vito Dieterle, bassist Dave Hofstra and drummer Matt Garrity –  will play music for its forthcoming Ride Symbol recording Furtive Sex.

Admission to the event is a low, low $5.00 and free refreshments will be served

The recording label Ride Symbol has been re-vitalized after seven years.  Label founder Donald Elfman has joined forces with former Koch associate, music media expert and musician David Preiser, and biotechnology entrepreneur and new music philanthropist Glenn Cornett to release and provide distribution for jazz recordings.  The three will also collaborate to release classical, new music and experimental rock recordings under the New Spectrum label.

Ride Symbol came into being in 2004 when Elfman released Ever Wonder Why by Forrester’s quintet of the time, People Like Us..  “Joel and creative musicians like him are the inspiration for the new label,” says Elfman.  Forrester’s Koch titles as well as new unreleased material will see the light of day.

Date: June 24, 2011
Time: 7pm
Location: The Gershwin Hotel
7 E. 27th St.
New York, NY

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Coming Soon – New Release from Joel Forrester

Joel Forrester has a new recording coming out, his first new release in more than five years. Recorded in Paris, France, with Joel’s band Second Nature, it’s called “Down The Road”. Available worldwide on May 1st.


Joel Forrester’s Music Is Available Again!

At long last, all of Joel Forrester’s recordings are once again available.  Both his solo piano album “Stop The Music” and his four dates with his People Like Us quartet are available worldwide on iTunes, as well as in the US on Amazon, and eMusic.  You can also find his music through the media download service on your smartphones or via MySpace.  Not only that, but Joel’s music can be heard on internet radio and subscription services like Rhapsody, Pandora, and Spotify.

Joel Forrester and People Like Us - Ever Wonder Why

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These recordings are also available for download on iTunes in Japan, Mexico, the UK, and Europe.