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“Truth is the road to reconciliation”– Nelson Mandela, 1994
“Nothing is more powerful than beauty in a wicked world” –Amos Lee
I choose to believe in the power of humans to change the world. Art is the substance of our dreams and the medium through which resonates our most fervent hopes, highest aspirations, deepest truths, and most profound experiences. Those who create art possess a consequent extraordinary power to communicate, inspire, provoke, inform and to move others to transform society and themselves, and we bear the responsibility to use this power to affect positive change in our communities and the world. The music documented on this recording is a vehicle through which to pursue this mission and encourage others to do the same.
Why Truth and Reconciliation? In addition to expressing my wonder at one of the most profound events in the history of humankind–the dismantling of apartheid in South Africa–the phrase describes my personal wish that this music express my deepest truth, and begin to reconcile the diverse facets, styles, genres and influences that through most of my professional life have run separate courses.
To all my teachers, past and present for their gifts of spiritual and musical wisdom…
To my family and close friends who generously encourage, continually inspire, and patiently correct my course through life…
To the people of South Africa, whose faith in the redemptive power of forgiveness to overcome hatred and oppression is a beacon that will shine forever…
And to my dearest son Malcolm, to whom I dedicate this effort to represent the things I hold true and beautiful…
May you live with hearts wide open, with the courage to be what only you can be, and with the undying hope of a bright future.
Darrell Grant, January 2007
Produced and arranged by Darrell Grant
Recorded December 9 & 10, 2005 by Joe Ferla at Right Track Studios, NY, NY
Assistant Engineer Jason Stasium
Production Assistance by Matt DiLoreto
“The Geography of Hope” recorded November & December 2005 at Kung Fu Bakery & Dead Aunt Thelma’s Studio, Portland, OR. Bob Stark, & Mike Moore, engineers
Additional engineering by Lars Fox
Mixed by Joe Ferla at Sound on Sound, NY, NY & Allaire Studios, Shokan, NY.
Assistant Engineer: Brian Pugh
Mastered by Mark Wilder at Sony Studios, New York, NY
Art Design by John Bishop
Photography by Hiroshi Iwaya, Session Photography by Matt DeLoreto
Darrell Grant - piano, elec. pno, vocals
John Patitucci-acoustic bass
Steve Wilson- saxophones
Joe Locke – vibes
Adam Rogers-acoustic guitar