With People of the Ninth, Kali Z. Fasteau attains another remarkable achievement of stylistic and timbral breadth, in a first-time collaboration with tenor saxophonist (and New Orleans native) Kidd Jordan and percussionist Michael T.A. Thompson. Fasteau is renowned for mastering a multitude of instruments and for her ability to improvise within formats ranging from tightly structured postbop to spontaneous, reductionist free jazz. Here she opts for piano, cello, soprano sax, Nai flute and Aquasonic (a bowed metal jug) to convey the struggles and uncertainty-and hopefully, the ultimate redemption-of the residents of New Orleans’ Ninth Ward, where Jordan and his family lived amongst thousands of others whose homes became buried under the Gulf of Mexico.
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