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Mitchell, Nicole/Black Earth E / Afrika Rising
Album:Afrika Rising Collection:Jazz
Artist:Mitchell, Nicole/Black Earth E Added:12/2002
Label:Dreamtime Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2003-01-13 Pull Date:2003-03-17 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:16 Mar23 Feb16 Feb2 Feb26 Jan19 Jan

 Recent Airplay
1.Mar 14, 2003:Memory Select
Metamorphosis (Afrika Rising Trilogy Movement 2)
4.Feb 10, 2003:The Back Of The Class
Afrika Rising Trilogy 2
2.Feb 17, 2003:The Back Of The Class
Afrika Rising Trilogy 1
5.Jan 28, 2003:No Cover, No Minimum
Peaceful Village Town
3.Feb 15, 2003:Morning Glory
6.Jan 25, 2003:Morning Glory
Afrika Rising Trilogy 2

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2003-03-02 

An earthly sounding big band led by flute and backed by hand drums, with the typical sax/trumpet/etc. in there as well. Kind of an "African roots" sound. The compositions come from a '60s late-bop motif, accessible and occasionally complex.

Richly jazzy pieces for full band. Lots of "African roots" sound, with hand percussion and flute, as well as your typical sax et. al.
Full band includes more than your typical jazz section: flute, cello, violin.

1*- Happy, boisterous slow/midtempo, with gradual intro.
2*- Bouncy and upbeat
3- Quieter midtempo, a meditation
4- Cool midtempo riff, w/some singing; lyrics related to slavery
5-6-7*- Spritely mid/fast piece, after a flute monologue and dreamy intro. (All 3 tracks segue.)
8- Touch of New Orleans blues; slow, warm.
9- Simple, shuffling little song.
10*- Mid/fast
11- Twittering free/abstract track

Track Listing
1.Afrika Rising Trilogy 1 6.Umoja (Intro)
2.Afrika Rising Trilogy 2 7.Umoja
3.Afrika Rising Trilogy 3 8.Bluerise
4.Peaceful Village Town 9.Goldmind
5.Emerging Light 10.Wheatgrass
 11.Toward Vision Quest