Things Have Got to Change
Marty Ehrlich Rites Quartet
Erik Friedlander (cel), James Zollar (t), Marty Ehrlich (as), Pheeroan Aklaff (d),
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Things Have Got To Change is Marty Ehrlich’s dynamic new CD featuring his Rites Quartet. Inspired by the sound of Julius Hemphill’s landmark recording “Dogon A.D.”, Ehrlich presents five new compositions, ranging from the urgent to the reflective in mood. Joined by long time musical colleagues James Zollar on trumpet, Erik Friedlander on cello, and Pheeroan AkLaff on drums, Things Have Got to Change moves from dance rhythms into elegiac chorales, tied together by Ehrlich’s distinctive voice on alto sax. Two previously unrecorded compositions by Julius Hemphill’s are brought to light by the Rites Quartet on this CD, as well as a rocking version of his signature work Dogon A.D. The CD’s title points both inward and outward, to the task of keeping the past alive in the present, and as one of Ehrlich’s pieces “Song For Tomorrow” expresses, keeping our sights forward.