9. October 2014
On my new CD is a composition entitled "WISPERCUSSION":
The focus of this major work, percussion master Warren Smith is the featured soloist throughout the suite, and also contributes mightily on the rest of the album. Smith, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday – and maintains a teaching and performing schedule that would be challenging for a person half his age – has built a reputation as one of the most creative, versatile and sensitive percussionists in his 60+ years of activity with a staggering range of artists including Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, Lena Horne, Van Morrison, Harry Partch, Leonard Bernstein and scores of others. Here, Joseph Daley has composed a stunning homage, featuring Warren’s remarkable musicality on vibraphone, marimba, tympani, gongs and trap drums sequentially on each movement.