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Poetry Jams: Matching Jazz With Verse

Andrew Gilbert on four new albums that blend the art forms

jazz and poetry with Nicole Mitchell with poet Haki Madhubuti (photo by Jasmine Kwong)
Nicole Mitchell with poet Haki Madhubuti (photo by Jasmine Kwong)

This sidebar originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of JazzTimes, supplementing an article about Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt project featuring the poetry of Carl Sandburg.

Nicole Mitchell and Haki Madhubuti
Liberation Narratives
(Black Earth)
With a string-dominated ensemble featuring cellist Tomeka Reid, the flutist, composer and Afrofuturist explorer Nicole Mitchell creates an extraordinarily rich array of settings for Chicago’s Haki Madhubuti (formerly Don L. Lee) to recite his politically charged verse.

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