While We're Still Young features original music for jazz octet inspired by the timeless poetry of A.A. Milne. Originally commissioned by Chamber Music America and featured on NPR's "JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater," While We're Still Young features an all-star ensemble:
Patrick Cornelius (Alto Saxophone), Gerald Clayton (piano), Kendrick Scott (drums), John Ellis (Tenor Saxophone), Miles Okazaki (Guitar), Peter Slavov (Bass), Jason Palmer (Trumpet), and Nick Vayenas (Trombone).
"This work shouldn't just be labelled "chamber jazz" since it's very much more than that. Like its elegant cover, it's actually a work of art."
★★★★ All About Jazz"
"Cornelius has created a work of genuine substance, the writing often complex, multi-layered yet always adroit, deploying his resources well, the melodic moments often memorable, the solo excursions largely pleasing, the effect at times like a miniature Schneider ensemble."
★★★★ Jazzwise Magazine
"An entire album peppered with goosebumps-inducing moments... Cornelius’s music and messages resonate broadly and vividly, reminding any listener of what’s most precious to us all."