What the Music Says Do, Sarah M. Greer’s debut studio recording which will be released July 20, 2018, is her exploration of the many sounds and ideas that the jazz genre can hold.
In 2017, Greer received an Artist Initiative Award from the Minnesota State Arts Board to complete a solo album of original jazz compositions. Tasked with writing and recording an original album in a year, Greer wrote a collection of songs about her love for family and friends, about expressing—and being—one’s true self, and about living as a woman of color.
The album’s soundscape is vast and eclectic featuring traditional songs to message songs; Latin-influenced offerings as well as improvisations that Greer calls “story-songs.” Tracked in three days at the end of 2017, What the Music Says Do features an impressive and varied list of almost entirely local musicians: Anthony Cox (bass), Nathan Greer (drums), Steven Hobert (piano), Dean Magraw (guitar), Jake Baldwin (trumpet), Peter Whitman (clarinet, saxophone), and Dave Schmalenberger (percussion).
Sarah M. Greer
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