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Essential Nicole Mitchell

Five great recordings featuring the versatile, visionary flutist-composer

NICOLE MITCHELL’S BLACK EARTH ENSEMBLE
Afrika Rising (Dreamtime, 2002)

Mitchell’s second release as a leader demonstrates how fully formed her vision was early on. The music is deeply informed by African rhythm and counterpoint as well as by big-band jazz of both the classic and eccentric (à la Sun Ra) varieties. Mitchell uses many voices masterfully, none more so than her own: It’s clear that she can already play anything on the flute.

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