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Dottie Grossman & Michael Vlatkovich: Call And Response

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Dottie Grossman calls out gently with 35 original poems, and Michael Vlatkovich responds quaintly with trombone language. Together, they form a unified body of work that proves interesting and creative. Grossman reads her poetry in a subdued manner, giving each stanza the same emphasis. They're brief pieces of literature that are designed to spur the creative senses. Her topics range from where we've been to where we are going; it's all a part of our daily lives.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Halloween pumpkins. Skyscrapers and nearby canyons. Christmas Eve. Disneyland. Tarzan. Van Gogh. Texas, Nebraska, Mexico, Albuquerque, the Rio Grande. Pet cats. Huevos rancheros. These themes carry a close relationship to our daily lives. Let's talk about whatever is on our minds. Grossman makes herself right at home. She gives us plenty to think about, and the lyrics are all printed in the accompanying liner notes.

Vlatkovich communicates spontaneously with his performing partner. When she reads about hearing "Johnny Mercer on the radio," he responds with a quote of "You Made Me Love You." When she tells about her dreams involving Cary Grant, he replies with a mellow Glenn Miller salute. The dry humor of Henny Youngman is followed with the trombonist's quiet laughing. Through his horn, he's able to communicate every emotion.

Grossman and Vlatkovich give us a free jazz session that inspires us and fires our imaginations. Our daily lives are filled with poetry in motion. We take it for granted. Recommended, Call And Response applies what's on our minds to an outward form of communication that includes soulful improvisation.


Track Listing: If We Lived on a Mountaintop; The Lady from Calcutta; What If Another Caveman; The Poem is Part Cartoon; I'm Grown Up Now; The Hum of a Place; In a Sleep in the Dream in Recurring Cary Grant; Today I Bought; In the Canyons Below; In the Evening; There Has Been; Three Henny Youngman Poems; Dear Terre Haute; We Waited the Storm Out; On a Navy-Blue Night; Two About Movie Stars; The Man Who is More Like the Murderer on His Way; Ten P.M.; Six Short Cat Poems; The Man Who Loves His Job Makes a Poem; You Make Me Laugh Easily; Three Henny Youngman Poems; Two Appropriations; My Hairdresser Tells Me; Daughter; In My Pre-Adolescent; Once Upon a Time; Two Short Ones; Three Short Ones; The Weekend Begins; Two in a Row; Two About Geography; Two More in a Row; Two That Seem to Go Together;

Personnel: Dottie Grossman- voice; Michael Vlatkovich- trombone.

Title: Call And Response | Year Released: 2004


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