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Tomeka Reid

Chicago based cellist, composer and educator, Tomeka Reid has been described as "a remarkably versatile player," (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune). Equally adept in classical and jazz contexts, Ms. Reid predominantly finds herself in experimental and improvisatory settings and composes for a wide range of instrumentation, from big band to chamber ensemble. Ms. Reid's music combines her love for groove along with freer concepts. Ms. Reid is an integral part of Dee Alexander's Evolution Ensemble, Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble/Strings, Mike Reed's Loose Assembly, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) Great Black Music Ensemble, and co-leads the internationally recognized string trio, Hear in Now with performances in Poznan, Poland; Paris, France; Rome, Venice, Milan, Italy; Soazza, Switzerland; and in the US: Chicago, New York and Vermont

Album

For The Love Of Fire And Water

Label: Rogue Art
Released: 2022
Track listing: I; II; III; IV; V; VI; VII; VIII; IX; X.

Album

Secular Psalms

Label: Greenleaf Music
Released: 2022
Track listing: Arrival; Mercy; We Believe; Agnus Dei; Instrumental Angels; If I'm In Church More Often Now; Hermits and Pilgrims; Righteous Judges; Ah Moon; Edge of Night.

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Article: Multiple Reviews

Six of the Best

Read "Six of the Best" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Here are some thoughts on six recent quality jazz releases of varying types. Malcolm Earle Smith Vocal Intent Self Produced 2022 British musician Malcom Earle Smith is a trombonist by trade but on this album, he confines himself to vocals with pleasing results. His light, swinging voice ...

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Article: Album Review

Vinny Golia / Bernard Santacruz / Cristiano Calcagnile: To Live and Breathe…

Read "To Live and Breathe…" reviewed by Mark Corroto


None of the three musicians heard on To Live and Breathe... had ever performed together before this set of live music recorded in Piacenza, Italy, on Sunday, February 5, 2017. Would they gel? Could they come together in the land of free improvised music? The most recognizable name here is American multi—instrumentalist Vinny Golia with a ...

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Article: Album Review

WeFreeStrings: Love In The Form Of Sacred Outrage

Read "Love In The Form Of Sacred Outrage" reviewed by Mark Corroto


History does repeat itself, violist Melanie Dyer draws from the same well of inspiration as Max Roach's We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite (Candid, 1961). Maybe better put, history reveals Martin Luther King's arc of the moral universe has only bent a few degrees in the past sixty years. With Love In The Form Of Sacred ...

Article: Album Review

Hinda Hoffman meets Soul Message: People

Read "People" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Da alcuni anni la scena musicale di Chicago è tornata sotto i riflettori grazie all'innovativo impulso di musicisti come Makaya McCraven, Tomeka Reid, Junius Paul, Jeff Parker, Jaimie Branch, Angel Bat Dawid, il collettivo Irreversible Entanglements e al ruolo propulsivo dell'etichetta International Anthem. Anche se poco conosciuti oltre la metropoli dell'Illinois, la cantante ...

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Article: Album Review

Johnny Gandelsman: This Is America: An Anthology

Read "This Is America: An Anthology" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Violinist Johnny Gandelsman is as versatile as he is innovative. An accomplished composer, improviser and a producer, Gandelsman defies categorization and excels in the watershed area among genres. A member of both the unique string quartet Brooklyn Rider and the Silk Road Ensemble and the owner of Circle Records, Gandelsman has his finger on the pulse ...

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Article: Album Review

Myra Melford: For The Love Of Fire And Water

Read "For The Love Of Fire And Water" reviewed by John Sharpe


Inspired by artist Cy Twombly, pianist Myra Melford has produced a superb album which combines notated signposts with unbridled exchanges. She's helped by an all star agglomeration comprising some of New York's most accoplished instrumentalists: guitarist Mary Halvorson, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, cellist Tomeka Reid and drummer Susie Ibarra. As might be expected of the city's brightest ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Douglas: Secular Psalms

Read "Secular Psalms" reviewed by Jerome Wilson


Trumpeter Dave Douglas has worked with religious themes in the past, notably on Be Still, (Greenleaf Music, 2012), and he gets back into that realm on this wide-ranging 2022 album. The music is a suite commissioned by the city of Ghent, Belgium to commemorate the 600th anniversary of the creation of an altarpiece for its St. ...


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