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Root to the Fruit

Label: Contour
Released: 2007
Track listing: No Hiding Place; Mere Breath; Oh, Freedom; God is My Shepherd; Where?; Dagarth

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Ruth Naomi Floyd: Root to the Fruit

Read "Root to the Fruit" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Along with her sidework with instrumentalists Charles Fambrough, Uri Caine and other jazzmen of note, composer/vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd gives voice to her own muse through her own label, Contour Records. Her fifth release continues her longstanding collaboration with pianist James Weidman, known for his accompaniment for vocalists Abbey Lincoln and Cassandra Wilson. It also features ...

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Ruth Naomi Floyd: Root to the Fruit

Read "Root to the Fruit" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Over the course of her two previous recordings, Walk and not be Faint and Fan into Flame, vocalist Ruth Naomi Floyd has directly approached Christian spiritual themes in jazz, with better success than other artists in other genres. On Root to the Fruit, Floyd continues her journey in earnest, exploring jazz modes of delivery as divergent ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ruth Naomi Floyd: Root to the Fruit

Read "Root to the Fruit" reviewed by Jim Santella

Jazz and gospel come together on Ruth Naomi Floyd's Root to the Fruit, where she sings original material with a theatrical delivery. She works with a stellar jazz ensemble that includes flutist James Newton, tenor saxophonist Gary Thomas, bassist Reggie Washington and pianist James Weidman in feature roles, emphasizing the freedom that jazz can add to ...


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