Chicago flutist Nicole Mitchell's NY band with Craig Taborn (piano & wurlitzer), David Boykin (sax), Chad Taylor (drums & guitar) in a tribute to her mentor, the late saxophonist Fred Anderson and his Velvet Lounge club, in an excellent mix of free and melodic playing.
Mitchell, Nicole Sonic Projections (Mitchell / Taborn / Boykin / Taylor)
The Secret Escapades Of Velvet Andersen
Released in: France
"Sonic Projections makes fewer genre references than Black Earth and it blurs the line between composition and improvisation through continuous musical dialog. They make busy, dancing music, full of graceful interplay over elusive rhythmic pulses. The music is eventful, but it never feels overcrowded. Mitchell is so intent on communicating with her listeners that her music is always clear, uncluttered, and direct.
Her band maintains that clarity, too, focusing on the composition's structure and intent in their soloing and in their carefully balanced ensemble sound. For instance, they give "Chocolate Chips" a unified performance by letting the jumpy, fragmented theme guide them through a series of duets and solos. "Visitations" takes many twists and turns as it unfolds, opening with a tense, jarring duet for Taborn and Taylor, then winding downward into stillness for a trio of flute, tenor, and piano before Mitchell winds the group back up for a tangled, high-speed conclusion. "Affirmations" weds the spiritual uplift reminiscent of Pharoah Sanders heard in Boykin's soloing with the band's chamber AACM leanings, a curious, blissful fusion that's quite moving. The written material of "Wishes" threads its way behind Mitchell's lines, which she plays with an airy, spherical tone and a throbbing vibrato, like a less jarring Anthony Braxton composition."-Ed Hazell, Moment's Notice: Point of Departure.com
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Recorded at Shape Shop II Studios in Hollywood, California, on January 11th - 13th, 2013, by Griffin Rodriguez.
Craig Tanborn-piano, whurlitzer
David Boykin-tenor saxophone
Chad Taylor-drums, acoustic guitar
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