|Mitchell, Nicole / Black Earth Ensemble / Xenogenesis Suite|
|Artist:||Mitchell, Nicole / Black Earth Ensemble||Added:||05/2008|
|Add Date:||2008-06-08||Pull Date:||2008-08-10||Charts:||Jazz|
|Week Ending:||10 Aug||13 Jul||6 Jul||29 Jun||15 Jun|
|1.||Nov 14, 2008:||Memory Select |
Smell Of Fear
|4.||Jul 04, 2008:||Memory Select |
|2.||Aug 05, 2008:||Streams, Highways Redux |
|5.||Jun 27, 2008:||Memory Select |
|3.||Jul 11, 2008:||Memory Select |
Dawn Of A New Life
|6.||Jun 13, 2008:||Memory Select |
Free-jazz suite well rooted in a classic '60s sound, but with a restrained kind of craziness that unfolds organically. The band is an all-acoustic nonet drawn from the rich Chicago jazz scene; the sound features horns, piano, and (mostly) wordless vocal keening.|
It's dedicated to Octavia Butler, an acclaimed black female sci-fi writer. The vocalist, Ndosi, is meant to portray a lone human in an alien environment (played by the instruments), reflecting all the emotions that such a person would feel -- track 6 seems to exemplify the concept well.
Nicole Mitchell - flute
David Boykin - tenor sax
David Young - trumpet
Mankwe Ndosi - voice
Tomeka Reid - cello
Justin Dillard - piano
Josh Abrams - bass
Marcus Evans - drums
Avreeayl Ra - percussion
1- Blossoms into some spiky free improvising; horns blare some long tones that keep it grounded in '60s jazz.
2- Slowly chiming horn tones, into a tense gallop. Very quiet start.
3- Low-key, a nice thoughtful passage with a steady beat and some ghostly sounds
4- Gently jumbly, a bit chaotic but not wild.
5- Sparse. Reverent drumbeats, occasional groany sound bursts.
6- Nice but slightly eerie groove against crazed, even panicky vocals
7- A nicely rolling groove, easygoing mid/fast. Lots of swirling flute, some splashy piano slaps
8- Relaxed, hypnotizing riff... then some BLASTS, each followed by quiet aftermath. Unsettling, or at least startling
9- A dark, gentle swirl, a grand feel with some spoken word. Seems like the opening to a grand unknown, rather than a resolution.
|3.||Smell Of Fear||7.||Transition C|
|4.||Sequence Shadows||8.||Before And After|
|9.||Dawn Of A New Life|