is an energetic, swinging, straight-ahead jazz flautist who has been performing for over 30 years. Mike Wofford, her husband, a recognized piano master, co-leads on Turn Signal, playing with an understated, intuitively rhythmic style.
The two now live in San Diego, California, but travel extensively for performances. Recording her first disc for Capri in 1989, Turn Signal is her twelfth CD as a leader, in a career that has included collaborations with pianists Kenny Barron
The set list of seven extended tunes offers ample opportunity for everyone to stretch out and show their stuff. The disc is bookended with two stellar originals. The opener, Wofford's homage "The Dipper (for Horace Silver
)," starts and ends with a stately unison line, prodded by a march tempo, slowly building in intensity, bringing in eloquent contributions from Hoffman, Stafford and Wofford. Hoffman's up-tempo closer, "M-Line," was written for her dog Emily, and features a hot flute/drum duo before the others come in to light it up this cooker and take it to a blazing finish.