02 ottobre 2017

Un riuscito omaggio alla poesia di Carl Sandburg a cinquant'anni dalla scomparsa (1878-1967) da parte di Matt Wilson, con l'aiuto di Jack Black, Christian McBride, John Scofield, Bill Frisell, Rufus Reid, Joe Lovano e Carla Bley: Honey and Salt (Palmetto Records, 2017).

When Carl Sandburg died in 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson hailed the famed poet as “more than the voice of America, more than the poet of its strength and genius. He was America.” Fifty years after Sandburg’s passing, drummer/composer Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt pays tribute to the “poet of the people,” who won three Pulitzer Prizes, wrote the definitive biography of Abraham Lincoln, advocated for civil rights and traveled the country collecting traditional folk songs. Sharing both Sandburg’s Midwestern roots and his gift and passion for communicating lofty art to a broad and diverse audience, Wilson has been a lifelong admirer of the poet’s work and has been setting his words to music for more than 15 years. The long-awaited release of Honey and Salt coincides with the 50th anniversary of Sandburg’s death in July 1967 and looks ahead to January 2018, when the 140th anniversary of his birth will be celebrated.