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Tomeka Reid, Martin Bejerano, Roxana Amed And More

Read "Tomeka Reid, Martin Bejerano, Roxana Amed And More" reviewed by Hobart Taylor

PlaylistBruna Black & John Finbury “Nosso Cais" from Va Revelacao (Self Produced) Eric Alexander “Serenade to a Cuckoo" from Timing Is Everything (Cellar Live) Nicki Parrott “What The World Needs Now" from Feelin' Groovy (Arbors) Host Speaks Paul Freeman “Visions of Ishwara" from Black Composers Series Volume 8 (Sony) Tomeka Reid Quartet “Turning Inward / Sometimes You Just Have To Run With It" from 3+3 (Cuneiform) Host Speaks Lenny Marcus Trio “Ode to Jamal" from Blackwater Sessions (Self Produced) Fay ...

Album Review

Tomeka Reid, Isidora Edwards, Elisabeth Coudoux: Reid​/​Edwards​/​Coudoux

Read "Reid​/​Edwards​/​Coudoux" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Leave it to Relative Pitch Records' Kevin Riley's ingenuity to release a unique, live session which brought together three of the world's preeminent cellists-improvisers. The result is the provocative, captivating and simply titled Reid/Edwards/Coudoux. On it, American Tomeka Reid joins forces with Chilean Isidora Edwards, and German Elisabeth Coudoux for four multilayered conversations. “Could You Imagine" opens with woody groans and resonant percussion which set an expectant mood. The overlapping angular phrases paint a dissonant and moving musical ...

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Tomeka Reid Quartet: 3+3

Read "3+3" reviewed by Chris May

Jazz cello has come a long way since Fred Katz's pioneering work with Chico Hamilton in the 1950s. Back then, the instrument was looked on as a novelty turn. In 2024, while still relatively avant-garde, its presence in a lineup is less exceptional. A pivotal point was American cellist Adbul Wadud's By Myself (Bishara, 1977), an album Tomeka Reid has acknowledged as an inspiration, and which may have played a part in her transition from classical music to jazz around ...

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Myra Melford's Fire And Water Quintet: Hear The Light Singing

Read "Hear The Light Singing" reviewed by John Sharpe

Pianist Myra Melford's blue chip Fire And Water quintet assuredly sidesteps second album syndrome. Hear The Light Singing stands very much the equal of the band's superlative eponymous debut. The only change is that Lesley Mok takes Susie Ibarra's place behind the trapset, otherwise the triumvirate completing the starry squad remains Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones, Tomeka Reid on cello and Mary Halvorson on guitar. In the liners Melford explains that the five pieces titled “Insertions" here were ...

Album Review

Tomas Fujiwara 7 Poets Trio: Pith

Read "Pith" reviewed by John Sharpe

In many ways, Pith, the second offering from drummer Tomas Fujiwara's 7 Poets Trio, pursues the course set by the eponymous debut (Rogue Art, 2020) with its lightly swinging lyricism, moments of reflective calm, and a restrained aesthetic which nonetheless permits adventurous forays. The unusual instrumentation, in which the leader supplements his trapset with Tomeka Reid's cello and Patricia Brennan's vibraphone, promotes a cool, airy feel, which at times recalls the chamber elegance and collective give and take of the ...

Album Review

Angelika Niescier, Tomeka Reid and Savannah Harris: Beyond Dragons

Read "Beyond Dragons" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Fans of alto saxophonist Angelika Niescier already know her to be one of the most exciting voices on her instrument--someone who can shift instantly from pensive reveries to tempestuous maelstroms. And she has worked with a growing list of top-shelf partners, including drummer Tyshawn Sorey and bassist Chris Tordini, both of whom appeared on her excellent Berlin Concert (Intakt Records, 2018), and drummer Gerald Cleaver and trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, who joined Tordini and Niescier on her New York Trio (Intakt ...

Album Review

Tomas Fujiwara’s 7 Poets Trio: Pith

Read "Pith" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The instructions that came with Tomas Fujiwara's 2019 release, 7 Poets Trio (RogueArt), read, “I'd like to tell you as little as possible about this music before you listen to it... and create your own scenes for which these songs can be soundtracks." The same advice is warranted for Fujiwara's 7 Poets Trio follow up recording Pith. Historically, the talented composer and drummer writes music with his band mate's individual voices in mind. He does so in ensembles ...


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