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Reviews:Renee Rosnes has long been a top hard bop/post bop pianist. An adaptable player,Rosnes always swings yet sounds comfortable in adventurous settings too. At firstglance, the music on this CD appears to be more exotic than it really is. OccasionallyRosnes is joined by violinist Laura Seaton, Zakir Hussain on tabla, Mor Thiamon djembe and vocals, Duduka Da Fonseca on percussion, a string quintet and varioushorn players. But in reality, this set mostly utilizes a trio (with bassist JohnPatitucci and drummer Billy Drummond) as its core, adding various guests who provideboth color and inspiration.
Performing seven originals, a Spanish folk melody and “Ballad of the SadYoung Men,” Rosnes is often quite melodic and constantly displays both herversatility and her solid sense of swing. Her interplay with Zakir Hussain’stabla on “Empress Afternoon” is successful, and Rosnes’ “Icelight”welcomes both Walt Weiskopf’s hard-driving tenor and the Native Americansinging of Kevin Tarrant. Weiskopf’s soprano sax is a major asset on thecomplex romp “Gabriola Passage,” and other notable guests throughoutthe disc include Steve Nelson on marimbas, tenor great Chris Potter (doublingon bass clarinet) and Steve Turre (one song apiece on trombone and shells).
This is one of Renee Rosnes’ most intriguing and satisfying releases to date,well worth picking up.