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A Celebration of Cuba in America

Read "A Celebration of Cuba in America" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

Picking up a copy of Michele Rosewoman's New Yor-Uba , the high quality sleeve design and liner notes prepare one for the wonderful music to be found within. This extraordinary two-CD set has both a history and legacy behind it. Born in 1953 in Oakland, California, Rosewoman migrated to New York City more than three decades ago. Once there, she first connected with the musicians with whom she would eventually collaborate on this CD. The collaboration's first incarnation ...

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Michele Rosewoman: The Inside Out

Read "The Inside Out" reviewed by Donald Elfman

As Michele Rosewoman and her Quintessence project evolve, the music continually reflects all the influences that have shaped this most intriguing composer and pianist. Take for example the opening minute of “The In Side Out . What sounds like a string section but is, in fact, electronics, leads to some appealingly complex writing for a frontline horn section--Mark Shim on tenor, Miguel Zenón on alto and Josh Roseman on trombone--that evanesces into view and then is gone. It promises more ...

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Michele Rosewoman: Wearing Her Passion With The In Side Out

Read "Michele Rosewoman: Wearing Her Passion With The In Side Out" reviewed by Tomas Pena

From Oakland CA, pianist/composer/educator Michele Rosewoman began playing piano at age six. Prior to moving to New York and while still in her late teens she began playing percussion and studied Cuban/Haitian folkloric idioms. In New York Rosewoman formed new ensembles, while nurturing associations with notable New York-based artists such as Julius Hemphill, Carlos Ward, Rufus Reid, Reggie Workman, Freddie Waits, James Spaulding and Billy Hart. In the Latin music genre, Rosewoman has performed with Cuban master drummer/vocalist Orlando “Puntilla" ...

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Michele Rosewoman and Quintessence: The In Side Out

Read "The In Side Out" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The In Side Out is stimulating, unpredictable, and groove-centric. Though Michele Rosewoman's recent involvements have included writing big band charts, performing solo piano at Yoshi's, working with Robin Eubanks' EB3 ensemble, duo concerts with Greg Osby and extensive educational activities including a two-day residency at Berklee School of Music, it's been six years since the pianist's last recording as a leader. Now the composer/bandleader is back with her evolving Quintessence ensemble--a quintet that has included forward thinkers ...

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Michele Rosewoman: Guardians Of The Light

Read "Guardians Of The Light" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Pianist/composer Michele Rosewoman, born in Oakland, California, should be considered the West Cost Randy Weston. Like Sugar Hill's piano giant, she is steeped in African and Afro-Cuban music, but draws directly from Thelonious Monk and Charles Mingus. Rosewoman, an instructor at the New School, has become a New York resident and has fully adopted a New York sound. This, her seventh disc as leader and fourth with her band Quintessence, gives a good overview of her musical vision. Recorded live ...


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