“My daughter Ana was born on a Tuesday morning in early April 2006. Her life was ended in her first grade classroom on a Friday morning in mid-December — six years, eight months and ten days later. Despite the efforts of many to identify and debate the issues surrounding the Sandy Hook shooting, an awful reality remains — there has been a proliferation of heinous, senseless acts of violence in America — acts that have ravaged my families and the families of so many others across our country. Much attention has been paid to the way my precious Ana died, but this album attempts to paint the picture of how she lived — lovingly, faithfully and joyfully. In a way, this recording also represents a reaction. Not a reaction to the discourse sparked by the events of December 14, 2012, but rather the reaction of a father after having witnessed a miracle — the miracle of his daughter’s beautiful life.
With this recording there is an assertion that, despite the unseemingly bearable weight of our loss, there is still lots of beauty all around and much to be thankful for in this life. I’m grateful that my Dad reminded me of this fact in the days after Ana was killed because from that moment, my focus gradually shifted from inward to outward, eventually resulting in this recording. And, I’m thankful for the opportunity to share this music, and a bit of Ana’s beautiful life with you.”
Love Wins, Jimmy Greene, Newtown, CT
This is the most important jazz record of the year because it does what every record — jazz, rock or otherwise — should do: it speaks to the breadth of human emotion, from deepest sadness to greatest joy, in the context of what we all aim to achieve — a connection to the spirit that gives us the courage to forge on in this fragile, temporal life.
(From the Review of Beautiful Life
By Michael Verity, Jazz Expert)