Exploring Mars" is Los Angeles pianist Josh Nelson's sixth recording as a leader, and where he ambitiously explores the Red Planet through exciting original compositions. Whimsically named after each Mars Rover - Curiosity, Opportunity, Sojourner, and Spirit - the bulk of the material features a stellar West Coast ensemble of jazz stars, including trumpeter John Daversa, guitarist Larry Koonse and trombonist Alan Ferber. Rounding out the record is a gorgeous love song featuring vocalist Kathleen Grace, a 6-piano rendition of "Mars, the Bringer of War" from Gustav Holst's orchestral suite "The Planets, "and a reading from Ray Bradbury's "Martian Chronicles.
Memnonia Quadrangle (Featuring Larry Koonse)
How You Loved Me On Mars
Solis Lacus, the Eye of Mars
Mars, the Bringer of War
Syrtis Major, the Hourglass Sea
This is a new, unopened CD in its original packaging.