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Nicole Mitchell's Sonic Projections: The Secret Escapades of Velvet Anderson

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Sonic Projections must be flautist Nicole Mitchell's hardest blowing band. For their second outing after Emerald Hills (Rogue Art, 2010) she draws inspiration from another hard blowing source in Chicago legend Fred Anderson. Not only a mentor to many young musicians in the Windy City, the saxophonist also ran the renowned Velvet Lounge tavern. That required ...

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Nicole Mitchell's Sonic Projections: Emerald Hills

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In some ways Chicago-based flautist Nicole Mitchell's Emerald Hills resembles an old style AACM record: there's an adventurous spirit, a diversity of approaches, and chops to burn. More recent reference points include Mitchell's own Xenogenesis Suite (Firehouse 12, 2008) but (largely) without the challenging vocals. Joining Mitchell in the quartet she calls Sonic Projections, are long ...

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Nicole Mitchell's Sonic Projections: Emerald Hills

Read "Emerald Hills" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Oltre a essere un documento insostituibile e una fondamentale fonte di riflessione sul jazz creativo a Chicago e sulla musica sperimentale afroamericana degli ultimi quarantacinque anni, il libro del trombonista George Lewis A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music ha anche il merito, sebbene indiretto, di avere ispirato alla flautista Nicole Mitchell - che del ...

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Nicole Mitchell's Sonic Projections: Emerald Hills

Read "Emerald Hills" reviewed by Lyn Horton

All four of flutist Nicole Mitchell's groups reveal specific tangents which her music can follow. One of those groups--Sonic Projections, whose evolution grew out of paying tribute to George Lewis' book A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music (University of Chicago Press, 2008)--shows what Mitchell believes to be her rebellious side. Mitchell ...