Jazz musician and pianist David Rodgers has combined his classical training and jazz roots in his sophomore album, Doorways, which is set for release on Sept. 1.
“Doorways is a symbolic project, representing the many ways we interact with change. A doorway can represent either coming towards or leaving an opportunity – often times it signifies both simultaneously,” Rodgers said about the meaning behind the album.
Rodgers invited nearly 50 Nashville-based musicians to contribute to the ten-track album. All of Rodgers’ diverse inspirations, implications and truths are interwoven through the tracklisting. “Without trying to dictate a prescribed experience, I hope the diversity in the music reflects the truth of diversity in our environments,” explains Rodgers.
From songs that were influenced by Jazz in the 1950s and 1960s to others which were written while on tour, Rodgers has chosen pieces that compositionally reflect the musical environment of Jazz in Nashville and highlight the strengths of the musicians he worked with on the project.
Currently an active member of Keb’ Mo’s band as keyboardist and musical director, he has also performed with musicians, including Taj Mahal, Kirk Whalum, and Jeff Coffin, worldwide at the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, and the Playboy Jazz Festival, among many others. Doorways provides the listener a glimpse into his constantly changing musical scenery.
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