Powerful, fiercely creative material from alto sax and clarinet player Matana Roberts and her excellent group – the first chapter of what's purportedly to be 12-part project
– and given the strength of this first set, we have no doubt that such a long journey will be worth every step! Matana's work in Chicago with Sticks & Stones and with other area jazz scene players has been nothing but impressive, but we'll say flat out that this set, recorded live in Montreal, is the best of her work we've heard to date and is surely going the get better as the project
goes on. She's exploring the history of African American music – from folk traditions to free jazz – we could write a couple thousand words about the layers that go into this work and not do it justice. From dense, intense free jazz to delicate beauty. Players include David Ryshpan on piano & organ, Nicolas Caloia on cell, Marie Davidson on violin, Lisa Gamble on saw, Ellwood Epps on trumpet, Brian Lipson on bass trumpet, Fred Bazil on tenor sax, David Payant on drums & vibes, he voice of Gitanjali Jain and others. Includes "Rise", "Pov Piti", "Song For Eulalie", "Kersaia", "Libation For Mr Brown: Bid Em In", "Lulla/
Bye", "I Am" and "How Much Would You Cost?".