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Indigo Trio and Michel Edelin: The Ethiopian Princess Meets The Tantric Priest

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Given the paucity of flute trios in the normal course of events, and the appearance of two almost simultaneously on the same label, it was only a matter of time before the Paris-based Rogue Art imprint brought the two main protagonists together. The Ethiopian Princess Meets The Tantric Priest represents the fruits of the union of AACM flautist Nicole Mitchell and her Indigo Trio, previously heard on Anaya (Rogue Art, 2009), with veteran French flautist Michel Edelin, best portrayed by ...

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Indigo Trio and Michel Edelin: The Ethiopian Princess Meets The Tantric Priest

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Key musicians from the Chicago scene, Nicole Mitchell, Harrison Bankhead and Hamid Drake, created the Indigo Trio about six years ago. Since then, they've been exploring a musical field that faces the avant-garde of the improvisation. Indigo Trio has produced some noticeable records, including Live In Montreal (Greenleaf, 2007), Anaya (RogueArt, 2008). For The Ethiopian Princess Meets The Tantric Priest, Indigo Trio invites French flautist Michel Édelin to share in the music. The Ethiopian ...

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Indigo Trio: Anaya

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Originating in Chicago with flutist Nicole Mitchell, bassist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Hamid Drake, the Indigo Trio derives its impetus from multiple sources. The trio's Anaya clearly manifests roots in African-American traditions, influenced by mid-eastern spiritual tenets to convey a unique picture of beginnings, growth and convergence with universal truth.

Mitchell's articulation on the flute opens this recording, bright and spry in a joyous orientation that represents the playful, uplifting character of all the music (Mitchell's “Sho Ya Right"). The ...

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Nicole Mitchell/ Indigo Trio: Anaya

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The Indigo Trio's sophomore outing on the classy French Rogue Art imprint delivers the record fans of Nicole Mitchell the flutist have been waiting for. Mitchell the composer and arranger has been to the fore of late on Black Unstoppable (Delmark, 2007) and most notably Xenogenesis Suite (Firehouse 12, 2008), but with instrumentation stripped to the bare essentials, her unique flute styling finally gets the shop window it deserves.

Not that this is a solo vehicle. Any set featuring the ...


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