Standards is filled with remarkable instrumental renditions of classic American protest songs! The history of human rights, workers rights, and political activism has been filled with and strengthened by music. I was born into a politically progressive, compassionate, and pro-labor family. Whether on trips or at home, we sing out! Many of the old labor and protest songs use well known gospel songs as their foundation, changing only the words in order to deliver their new message of justice and equality. For a long time, I have wanted to record some of these "Justice Standards". With the invaluable help of some of NYCs top improvising musicians, this dream has become a reality. "Standards" is a recording filled with unbridled joy, passion, anger, and hope. It is infused with the strength and weight of the past, the burning urgency of the present, and the eternal hope for the future...
About the Artist
Five of NYC's best kept secrets play freewheeling dixieland, groove-jazz, country-Irish renditions of classic American protest songs. JUST CAUSE is: ROB HENKE: trumpet, goof-a-phone, (tuba on bonus, web site track only!) JODY ESPINA: penny whistle, recorder, Native American flute, clarinet, flute, soprano sax, alto sax, tenor sax, baritone sax. ROLF STURM: electric guitar, classical guitar, steel-string guitar, guitorgan, banjo. JIM WHITNEY: acoustic bass SCOTT NEUMANN: drums and percussion. Special Guest DOUGLAS STURM: piano.