The Chicago River
Released to Public: July 8, 2019
“Like all great pieces of program music, from Beethoven’s “Pastoral” Sixth Symphony to Berlioz’s “Symphonie Fantastique,” Davis’ “The Chicago River” ultimately needed no narrative or images,” wrote Howard Reich (Chicago Tribune) in his 2013 review of the premiere. “The music spoke searingly for itself.”
The premiere received critical acclaim and wide audience praise. So in October 2013, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic mounted a successful Kickstarter campaign to raise over $40,000 from nearly 250 donors to record a CJP Trilogy of albums, which included Chamber Ensemble works Sketches of Spain (Revisited) (2014) and Havana Blue (2016). The Chicago River is the last of the albums from this campaign to be released.