Forbidden Drive

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Forbidden Drive by Matthew Levy
Single from Heritage/Evolution, Volume 2

PRISM Quartet and Joe Lovano

Matthew Levy’s Forbidden Drive is named after and inspired by a trail that runs along Philadelphia’s historic Wissahickon Creek near his home. In Levy’s words, “I tried to capture the creek and surrounding park’s moods, which shift dramatically within a single day and across the seasons. Its towering trees and rolling hills convey a sense of majesty and motion. Late at night, dimly lit lamps along the trail illuminate creepy, gargoyle-laden fountains under tangles of vines. One winter, its trees were encased in ice, transforming the park into a kind of glistening diamond forest. The work features Joe Lovano as a musical explorer, improvisationally responding to Forbidden Drive and its many treasures.”

Executive Producer; Editing/Mixing/Mastering: Matthew Levy
Producers: PRISM Quartet, Matthew Levy
Recorded at Rittenhouse Soundworks, Philadelphia
Session Engineer: Peter Tramo
Artwork/Design: Jon Rohrer,


Record Label / Catalogue Number:
XAS 114

Release Date:
July 16, 2021