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The Hope I Hold

by Ryan Keberle & Catharsis

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Having performed and collaborated with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, David Bowie, Sufjan Stevens, Ivan Lins, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake, Wynton Marsalis, and the Saturday Night Live house band, trombonist and composer Ryan Keberle brings these experiences to bear leading his own band, Catharsis, which has released four acclaimed studio albums.

On their new full-length album The Hope I Hold, Ryan Keberle & Catharsis are departing, expanding and progressing. It’s an album full of welcome firsts. To start, it’s the first Catharsis release to feature the genius multi-instrumentalist Scott Robinson on saxophone, alongside band veterans Jorge Roeder on bass and Eric Doob on drums. It also marks the debut of Chilean artist Camila Meza as the group’s guitarist, adding to her role as vocalist.

The album also underscores Keberle’s evolving roles as well, and features him not only on trombone but on vocals and keyboards. But perhaps the most important unfolding on The Hope I Hold relates to the album’s theme of optimism in the face of political and cultural corruption. The album features lyrics drawn from “Let America Be America Again,” a virtuosic and poignant poem written by Langston Hughes in 1935 that Keberle felt compelled to incorporate into his new work.

credits

released June 28, 2019

Personnel:

Ryan Keberle – Trombone, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, Korg Minilogue, Piano, Vocals
Camila Meza – Vocals, Guitar, Guitar FX
Scott Robinson – Tenor Saxophone
Jorge Roeder – Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass, Bass FX
Eric Doob – Drums

Production Credits:

Produced by Ryan Keberle
Executive Producer – Dave Douglas
Recorded at D.A.D.S studio in Brooklyn, NY on September 12, 2018
Recorded at Figure 8 studio in Brooklyn, NY on September 13, 2018
Engineered by Eric Doob (D.A.D.S); Michael Coleman and Nate Mendelsohn (Figure 8)
Edited by Leo Sidran
Mixed by Alex Venguer
Mastered by Tyler McDiarmid
Artwork and Design by Ktu Meza

All arrangements by Ryan Keberle except Track 7 (Camila Meza) and Tracks 8 & 9 (Jorge Roeder).

Tracks 1 through 5, 9 & 10 music by Ryan Keberle (Groove Monkey Music / BMI)
Tracks 1-3 lyrics by Langston Hughes
Track 6 music and lyrics by Camila Meza (Ambar Music / ASCAP)
Track 7 music by Jorge Roeder (Jorge Roeder Music / SESAC)
Track 8 lyrics by Manuel Jose Castillo and music by Gustavo “Cuchi” Leguizamon (WB Music Corp OBO Editorial Lagos / ASCAP)
Track 9 lyrics by Mantsa Miro (Mantsa Miro / BMI)

The Hope I Hold by Ryan Keberle & Catharsis has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America’s 2016 New Jazz Works program funded through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Press Quotes

"Ryan Keberle and Catharsis prove why they are one of the most progressive bands in modern jazz."
Will Layman, PopMatters

"“Despite the Dream” is a showcase for Meza’s clear, un-showy vocals. It’s a sharply political track, but its deceptively light rhythm and the steady pace of the horn solos keep it from becoming agitprop. Keberle’s solo has a joyful but bottom-heavy feel, like theme music for a cartoon elephant, while Scott Robinson’s saxophone has a big ’70s sound."
Phil Freeman, Stereogum

"The music on the recording both expands and streamlines the band’s sound. Mr. Keberle is heard on keyboards on some tracks, and the songs swell and recede in a graceful way reminiscent of the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Wordless vocals, lyrics and solos emerge from gorgeous weaves of musical textures."
Martin Johnson, Wall Street Journal

"Ryan Keberle & Catharsis continue to make relevant music, the writing continues to mature, and the musicianship is of the highest caliber."
Richard Kamins, Step Tempest

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Track Name: Tangled in the Ancient Endless Chain
Tangled in the Ancient Endless Chain
Words by Langston Hughes

I am the poor white, fooled and pushed apart,
I am the Negro bearing slavery’s scars.
I am the red man driven from the land,
I am the immigrant clutching the hope I seek—
And finding only the same old stupid plan
Of dog eat dog, of mighty crush the weak.

I am the young woman, full of strength and hope,
Tangled in that ancient endless chain
Of profit, power, gain, of grab the land!
Of grab the gold! Of grab the ways of satisfying need!
Of work the men! Of take the pay!
Of owning everything for one’s own greed!
Track Name: Despite the Dream
Despite the Dream
Words by Langston Hughes

I’m the one who dreamed,
a dream so strong, so brave, so true, it sings
For I’m the one who came,
To build a “homeland of the free.” (The free?, Who said the free? Not me?)

All the dreams we’ve dreamed
And all the songs we’ve sung, and hopes we’ve held
The [throngs] who have nothing—
Except a dream that’s almost dead today.

O, let America be America again—
The land that never has been yet—
And yet must be—the land where every man is free.
Must bring back our mighty dream again.
Track Name: America Will Be
America Will Be
Words by Langston Hughes

O, let my land be a land where Liberty Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath, But opportunity is real, and life is free, Equality is in the air we breathe. (There’s never been equality for me, Nor freedom in this “homeland of the free.”)

The steel of freedom does not stain. From those who live like leeches on the people’s lives, We must take back our land again, America! O, yes, I say it plain, America never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath— America will be!
Track Name: Para Volar
Para Valor
Words by Camila Meza

Vine a dibujarte flores en tu piel
Y ví cómo nace el río
Me dejaste abrazar tus alas sin miedo
Y me fuí volando contigo

Un nudo se deshace cada vez
Que vuelvo a imaginar ese instante
Tu sombra se hace pequeña
A contraluz tu vuelo renace

Deja que te lleve el viento
Vuela libre hasta encontrar
Verdades sin temor ni tiempo
En su esencia libertad
Deja que te lleve el viento
Vuela y vuelve a sonar
Track Name: Zamba de Lozano
Zamba de Lozano
Words by Manuel Jose Castillo

Cielo arriba de Jujuy
Camino a la puna me voy a cantar
Flores de los tolares
Bailan las cholitas el carnival

En los ojos de las llamas
Se mira solita la luna de sal
Y estan los remolinos
En los arenales dele bailar

Ramito de albahaca
Niña Yolanda, dónde estará
Atrás se quedó alumbrando
Su claridad
Flores de los tolares
Bailan las cholitas el carnival

Jujeñita quien te vio
En la puna triste te vuelvo a querer
Mi pena se va al aire
Y en el aire llora su padecer

Me voy yendo volvere
Los tolares solos se han vuelto a quedar
Se quemara en tus ojos
Zamba enamorada del carnival

Ramito de albahaca
Niña yolanda donde estara
Atras se quedo alumbrando
Su claridad
Vuelvo a las abajeñas
Ya mi caballito no puede más
Track Name: Become the Water
Become the Water
Words by Mantsa Miro

If I told you here
and now is all we have,
would you still hear
me? What if we are blind,
all of us, imagining
there was a time
when great was real.

Our weakest link
is fear of losing greatness.
Get on stage before the curtain
falls, before the blind
messiah opens fire. We are
here to elevate, to greater.

Find the common, shine
a light. Become the water.
Put out the fire.

Through all the noise,
why do we only hear
what we already know?
Why don’t we think
the other side is here with us?
Why don’t we hear the sirens
wailing for us all?

Why don’t we fight
for greater common, not against
our people? Are we not here
to elevate us all?

Why do we let our fear
be greater than our greatness?
Where fear is king, compassion
is a beggar. Dethrone
the blind and elevate the kind.

Find the common, shine
a light. Become the water.
Put out the fire.

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