‘Float Rumble Rest,’ a Hometown Tribute to Ali

Teddy Abrams
The New York Times

It was just a month and a half ago that Teddy Abrams, the 29-year-old music director of the Louisville Orchestra, announced that he planned to honor Ali, who was born in Louisville, Ky., by writing a composition for the orchestra to play next season called “Muhammad Ali Portrait.”  Then Ali died on June 3 at the age of 74. Since then Mr. Abrams has led an impromptu tribute to Ali, playing “Amazing Grace” at a makeshift memorial outside Louisville’s Muhammad Ali Center, and now he has teamed with Jim James, who plays guitar with the Louisville-based rock band My Morning Jacket, to record a tribute to Ali.

The new composition by Mr. Abrams, called “Float Rumble Rest,” is an instrumental work a little longer than eight minutes long. Mr. Abrams plays keyboards and Mr. James guitar on the piece, being released Friday by sonaBLAST! Records, a local label. All proceeds from the recording are to benefit the Ali Center, a museum dedicated to preserving Ali’s legacy and promoting respect, hope and understanding.
“As a Louisvillian and a musician, I wanted to offer an artistic tribute to the legendary figure that has inspired, influenced and captivated humanity in the modern era,” Mr. Abrams said in a statement. Read the rest of the review here