Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Subway Jazz Celebrates Boomboxes, Panhandlers And Tolerance Of NYC Underground

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – For those about to ride the New York subway, we salute you – or at least, a new benefit jazz album does.

It’s called Subway Songs and it’s by a group called the Metta Quintet.

The group’s drummer, H. Benjamin Schuman, says he wanted to honor the Big Apple’s subway because it manages to crowd more than 7 million “mostly tolerant and highly diverse people” into a limited space with relatively few incidents per day.

Schuman says that’s the real inspiration behind the album’s seven subterranean compositions.

One hundred percent of the CD’s proceeds will benefit arts education, though he gives New Yorkers high marks for their art appreciation, especially how they tolerate those without much obvious musical talent performing at the various subway stations.

He adds: “Even the most pathetic problems or social ills are expressing themselves on a subway train – and they’re not threatened.”

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