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Ellen Honert's previous recording, Breath of the Soul (Mill Station, 2006), was a well-balanced affair accented by Honert's precise and sensitive singing. Hummingville, the recording and the title piece are something else altogether. There is a sea breeze in this recording and song, but it is not so much Caribbean as Mediterranean, but in either case, the Latin influence cannot be denied.
"Hummingville" is a Honert original, composed with pianist Frank Martin. It is a very tactile piece with layers of percussive acoustic instrumentation. The song is all about motion and kinetics captured in Honert's pleasing, well-balanced alto. Pedro Eustache's flute foils well with Honert's crisp vocals in a melodic duet interlude preceding Eustache's soaring solo. Alex Acuna is well employed on percussion. Honert flexes considerable compositional muscle on Hummingville.
Personnel: Ellen Honert: vocals; Frank Martin: keyboards; Jose Neto: guitar; Pedro
Eustache: flute; John Pena: bass; Alex Acuna: drums, percussion.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.