Times Remembered by Charles Booker

Review of Times Remembered: Music of Charles L. Booker, Jr. Volume 3

The Music of Charles L. Booker Jr. Volume 3 takes a different road than the two previous recordings. Volume 1 was recorded by a college wind ensemble, Volume 2 by various service bands & the Southern Music Company Wind Ensemble. For Times Remembered, the composer utilizes his own community concert band: a very smart choice for this particular program. These compositions will fit in nicely at a school band concert but can also find a home on a community band concert…not stodgy or complex yet not frivolous. The titles of these pieces are most descriptive: La Fiesta de San Antonio, A Civil War Saga, Gazebo Portraits, Solace, and Times Remembered (a finely scored non-elegiac ballad). The Trailblazers: Lewis and Clark pays homage to the exploration team in six short scenes and is dedicated to the superb Joso Gakuin High School Band (Ibaraki, Japan) who premiered the work at the 2003 Arkansas Bandmasters Association Conference. Also, included on Times Remembered area pair of solid concert marches, Guns Up! and Crossed Sabres.

by Ira Novoselsky