Let It Go
1. plato told him (5:35) poetry by e.e. cummings, music by david dennis. 2. lady in green (7:39) poetry by e.e. cummings, music by david dennis. 3. ivory rose (7:22) poetry by e.e. cummings, music by david dennis. 4. screaming at angels (10:10) poetry and music by david dennis. 5. let it go (5:15) poetry by e.e. cummings, music by david dennis. 6. all the girls (8:26) poetry by e.e. cummings, music by david dennis. 7. how to continue (4:02) poetry by david dennis, music by mark alvillar. 8. not until (3:08) poetry by e.e. cummings, music by mark alvillar and david dennis. CD includes booklet with the text of all poems. Musicians: david dennis: vocals, baritone saxophone, synthesizers (tracks 1-6) mark alvillar (a.k.a. marko polo): trumpet, flugelhorn, synthesizers (tracks 7,8) with special guests: arturo quezada: bongos on track 5 susan addington: flute on track 6 jeff segreto: guitar on track 7 recorded by mark alvillar sept. 2001-may 2002 jazz break productions sunland park, NM 88063 cover art by edward wenzer mastered by damon tedesco David Dennis (a.k.a. The Professor) saxophonist, poet, composer, mathematician, historian, teacher On this album, Let It Go, David composed original musical settings for some his favorite poems by E.E. Cummings along with several of his own poems. The album features his readings of the poems along with his baritone sax playing and brilliant work by jazz trumpeter and sound engineer, Marko Polo. The acoustic jazz horn sounds were combined with voice and synthesized arrangements to provide a broad range of moods and textures that move between traditional forms such as mambos, jazz ballads and Arabic grooves. David grew up with music, poetry and theater, both acting, playing music, building sets and painting. His interest in the arts led him to study the history of music and painting, which led him eventually to mathematics. Over the years David obtained multiple college degrees and awards in mathematics, logic, art history, philosophy and education finally obtaining an interdisciplinary doctorate from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He has lived mostly in the areas around Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, but he also spent several years at the University of Texas at El Paso as a professor of mathematics. It was in El Paso that David returned his focus to saxophone playing, first with the legendary Texas tenor sax man, Art Lewis, and then with jazz trumpeter Marko Polo. David now performs regularly in Southern California playing a variety of jazz classics, originals, Latin, and pop music combined with poetry. He can often be heard with his various partners: Marko Polo,Karen Wilson, L. A. Williams.