It's my life's work to express those emotions and feelings that can only be conveyed through music. It's how my spirit takes wing and soars to unfathomable, seemingly unreachable heights. I hope that my music does the same for your spirit, too.
William Knowles, piano
Dave Marsh, bass Frankie Addison, soprano and tenor saxophone
Michael Thomas, trumpet on tracks 1, 2, 4(solo), 6. 7, 8, and 9
Michael Fitzhugh, trumpet on tracks 3, 4 and 5
Reginal Cyntje, trombone
Tony Addison, Drums
Composed and produced by Tony Addison
Arranged by William Knowles
Recording Engineer: Ferddy J. Calderon; Song #8: Brian Jacobs
Recording Studio: Bias Studios, Springfield, VA, USA Recording dates: June 2022
Editing and Mixing: Bob Dawson, Bias Studios, Springfield, VA, USA
Mastering: Mike Monseur, Axis Audio, Nashville, TN, USA
Producer and Executive Producer: Tony Addison
Photographer: Roy Cox Studios, Baltimore, MD, USA
"I am thrilled to introduce my inaugural jazz album, "Relentless Pursuit," a project borne from profound familial inspiration and a dedicated commitment to musical excellence. My family's unwavering support has been the bedrock of countless late-night performances, arduous rehearsals, and enduring studio sessions, compelling me to infuse this endeavor with my utmost artistic devotion. Gratitude extends to my esteemed mentors, university educators, cherished friends, and fellow musicians, whose persistent encouragement propelled me to elevate my craft.
Immersing myself in the melodic wisdom of jazz luminaries, diligently honing my skills, and engaging in soul-stirring performances have instilled in me a deep-seated obligation to safeguard the legacy of this venerable art form for posterity. Throughout the creative process, my focus has been to establish an emotive resonance with the discerning listener—a harmonious, spiritual connection that transcends mere music, offering inspiration in abundance.
It is my aspiration that this composition resonates universally, transcending age, ethnicity, background, and musical proclivity. "Relentless Pursuit" has been meticulously shaped to captivate both the ardent jazz aficionado and the casual enthusiast, engendering an enriched appreciation for the genre. The titles themselves are emblematic of the emotions and experiences that permeated my writing journey. An instance of tireless determination during a nocturnal session birthed the eponymous title, encapsulating the essence of persevering against all odds. The album conveys the essence of the human journey—a confluence of peaks and valleys that demand an unwavering dedication to the pursuit of one's aspirations.
Ultimately, the collection endeavors to encapsulate the multidimensional odyssey of existence, mirroring life's intricate symphony through the medium of music."