Forbidden Drive

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Forbidden Drive by Matthew Levy
Single from Heritage/Evolution, Volume 2 (8/13/21 street date)

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. Levy writes, “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 the Grammy-winning Joe Lovano as a musical explorer, responding to Forbidden Drive and its many treasures in a solo part that is almost entirely improvised.

“Forbidden Drive is a place where people gather to connect to the natural world. For me, it is also an outdoor refuge where I’ve marked important milestones in my life, from mourning the passing of my parents to proposing to my wife and celebrating the birth of our daughter. In this music, I sought to memorialize the Wissahickon’s beauty, mystery, and abundance.”

The PRISM Quartet performs exclusively on Selmer saxophones.

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