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My Greatest Joy Is Everything

by Jeremy Cunningham, Dustin Laurenzi

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“My Greatest Joy is Everything” centers around an existential quote from legendary tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, who muses:

“I’m learning to be able to really absorb the fact that it’s all good. You see? And in that, my greatest joy is everything.”

We had the idea to release this work as the COVID-19 pandemic dragged on in our daily lives-- an offering of hope in a time of isolation.

This message of hope takes on even greater significance considering Rollins’ 89 years as a Black man living in a country whose deep-rooted systemic racism has disadvantaged Black people in every aspect of life.

This song is not meant to be a placating message of “just stay positive.” Rather, listeners are encouraged to reflect on what these words mean when spoken by a Black man in America.

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released July 3, 2020
Dustin Laurenzi saxophone, synth bass
Paul Bryan bass, tape delay
Jeremy Cunningham drums

Sample of Sonny Rollins from an interview on Jazz Video Guy YouTube

Produced by Paul Bryan, Dustin Laurenzi

Recorded at Dr. Caw by Graeme Williams, and by Paul Bryan in Pacific Palisades

Mixed by Paul Bryan in Pacific Palisades
Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Master

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Jeremy Cunningham Chicago, Illinois

Jeremy Cunningham is a drummer, composer, and improviser living in Chicago, Illinois.

Jeremy leads his own band “The Weather Up There” featuring Jeff Parker (Tortoise), Josh Johnson (Leon Bridges), and Paul Bryan (New Breed). Currently performing with: Resavoir, Trio Vibes, Matt Gold Trio, Nick Mazzarella’s Meridian Trio, Rempis/Cunningham duo, Davy Knowles Band, and Dustin Laurenzi.
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