MEL GRAVES has written over one hundred jazz compositions over the last 30 years. He has maintained long musical associations with Denny Zeitlin, George Marsh and Mose Allison and has performed with many jazz greats like Joe Henderson, Odean Pope, Dewey Redman, James Newton, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Larry Coryell, Jerry Hahn, Tom Harrell, Kenny Werner, Steve Smith, Eddie Harris, Roscoe Mitchell, Ray Anderson, Art Lande, Bennie Wallace, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, John Tchicai, Carl Allen and many others. Graves has also recorded more than 40 CD and vinyl record projects, some of which include Steve Smith, Eric Crystal, Randy Vincent, Bob Afifi, George Marsh, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Thomas Buckner, Smith Dobson, and Jon Crosse. Mel Graves is also an accomplished contemporary classical composer, and it is this aspect of his work that is highlighted on this recording. Day of Love is inspired by the poems of Pablo Neruda and features many of the musical ideas Graves has been exploring over the past thirty yearslyrical melodies combined with extended instrumental techniques for flute and contrabass and rhythms that are influenced by Brazilian, African, Indian and odd time-signature jazz. Global Village was commissioned by the Kronos Quartet in the 1980s. This piece features grooving, soulful lyrical melodies combined with extended string techniques, and rhythmic elements from Indian, African, hocket, and odd time-signature jazz.