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Roy Nathanson’s Sotto Voce: Complicated Day

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Now and then it’s nice to be reminded that jazz can be bold and imaginative and still be fun. Complicated Day comes from the complicated mind of Roy Nathanson-saxophonist, vocalist, composer, lyricist, bandleader and charter member of Manhattan’s Downtown scene. What, in essence, Nathanson has shaped is a free-jazz poetry slam, a boundless cacophony with a Jerry Lewis-meets-Ornette Coleman sensibility. Joining Nathanson are five co-conspirators-trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, bassist Tim Kiah, guitarist Jerome Harris, beatboxist Napoleon Maddox and violinist Sam Bardfeld-all of whom contribute vocal support.

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