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Roy Nathanson’s Sotto Voce: Complicated Day

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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