The theme of collaboration weaves a tidy thread through “Open Letter,” the newest release from Brooklyn-based trombonist Brian Drye and his baritone saxophonist father Howard Drye. The enormous ampersand that dominates the album cover gives way, when opened, to a sparse line drawing of the two Dryes, facing each other, ostensibly deep in communication about the music.
The collaborative efforts don’t start and end with the artwork; this double CD features ten original compositions, five by the elder Drye and five by the younger, each written to honor an influence from the composer’s musical journey.
The Dryes are joined by a bevy of top-flight musicians who provide the alchemy that turns this meeting of the minds and notes into something that is far greater than the sum of its tunes. In addition to the Dryes, “Open Letter” features Jeff Hermanson on trumpet and fluegelhorn, Mike McGinnis (Brian’s bandmate in the excellent chamber ensemble The Four Bags) on winds, Dan Fabricatore on bass, and Vinnie Sperrazza at the drum kit.
released June 18, 2013
Howard Drye - Baritone Saxophone, Compositions
Brian Drye - Trombone, Compositions
Jeff Hermanson - Trumpet, Flugel Horn
Mike McGinnis - Clarinet, Alto and Soprano Saxophones
Dan Fabricatore - Bass
Vinnie Sperrazza - Drums
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered at Systems Two, Brooklyn, NY, March 2011 by Mike Marciano
Design and Layout by Valerie Truccia
Available through NCM East Records
Drye and Drye would like to thank Mike, Jeff, Dan and Vinnie for collaborating on this project. To Mike and Nancy at Systems Two, Joe Gencarelli, Jeff Davis, Jacob Garchik, Valerie Truccia and all the friends and family for your support.
My wife, Robbie, for her beauty, her love, and support. I truly love her “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”. My son Brian, the guiding force of this project. It is a gift to collaborate with him. The student has become the teacher. To my daughter, Liz, who has been so excited and encouraging about the project, my teachers and colleagues Benjamin Watkins, Jr., Carolyn Ellison, Herb Pomeroy, Phil Wilson, Nicholas Ciazza, William Maloof, Philip McClintock, Sal Spicola, Erling Kroner, Hal Crook,
Mechelle Chestnut and our beautiful daughter Winona, My Dad (Howard) for introducing this music to me in the first place and all the love and support, Stephen Buono, Olivier Conan, Hal Crook, Jacob Garchik, Matt Glassmeyer, Eric Hastings, Kevin Kane and Oscar Noriega.