Transitions is the second release for The New World Jazz Composers Octet. This album features new music written expressly for this group of New England's finest session players and improvisers who have collectively worked with the likes of Eddie Gomez, Claudio Roditi, Arturo Sandoval, Aretha Franklin, Lyle Lovett, Mighty Sam McClain, the Temptations, The O'Jays, Boston Pops, the Boston Philharmonic, and many others. The recording is a collection of 9 diverse compositions by composers from Mexico, the Berklee College of Music, and throughout the USA seamed together in an implied 'through composed' sensibility by improvised interludes by some of the members including percussion phenom Ernesto Diaz, first call drummer Steve Langone, the incomparable Tim Ray on Piano, and the groups fearless leader woodwind player Daniel ian Smith. The diversity and precision of the players execution is stunning and equally inspiring as are the note choices given birth by composers Ted Pease, Edgar Dorantes, Ken Schaphorst, Matthew Nicholl and Rich Grudzinski. In a generation of new music recordings and 'throw together' ensembles, this group and recording transcend the norms in it's unity, clarity of execution, and organic approach to composition. This is a living, breathing ensemble that plays music which takes on a life of it's own. To be listened to over and over again with new discoveries found on each successive embrace.