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Nicole Mitchell & Haki Madhubuti: Liberation Narratives (Black Earth)

To a great degree, Liberation Narratives is a Nicole Mitchell album in the way that Clifford Brown With Strings is a Neal Hefti album. It’s incidental music, created as settings for Chicago poet Haki Madhubuti’s readings of his own work. Yet there are differences, and they place this recording among Mitchell’s most moving and interesting. … Read More “Nicole Mitchell & Haki Madhubuti: Liberation Narratives (Black Earth)”

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Nicole Mitchell: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE)

Recorded live in Chicago and performed in 2015, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary celebration of the AACM, Mandorla Awakening II is a resplendent reminder of why that organization’s ethos remains so invaluable. It is ambitious, adventuresome, defiant of genres and conventional wisdom and wildly dynamic. Its ability to be astral-ethereal and grassroots folky in … Read More “Nicole Mitchell: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds (FPE)”

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Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble: Intergalactic Beings (FPE)

Ambitious, dense and daunting, Chicago flutist-composer Nicole Mitchell’s Intergalactic Beings is a suite of darkly cinematic music inspired by the work of African-American science fiction writer Octavia Butler. The forbidding sounds conjured by Mitchell’s 10-piece Black Earth Ensemble full-bloodedly embrace the concept of the alien. Her bold contribution to the art of Afrofuturism connects the … Read More “Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble: Intergalactic Beings (FPE)”

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Indigo Trio: The Ethiopian Princess Meets the Tantric Priest

Flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Indigo Trio has captured the joy and reverence befitting the pursuit of Divine Consciousness as is practiced in the Tantric tradition in its album, The Ethiopian Princess Meets the Tantric Priest. Mitchell’s compositions are translated to sound by her trio which includes bassist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Hamid Drake. Flutist Michel Edelin … Read More “Indigo Trio: The Ethiopian Princess Meets the Tantric Priest

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Nicole Mitchell : Awakening

Nicole Mitchell’s emergence as the jazz flutist of the moment-and Jeff Parker’s continuing ascension as one of improvisational music’s great young guitarists-is only furthered by their work together on Awakening. Featuring bassist Harrison Bankhead (Mitchell’s Indigo Trio partner) and drummer Avreeayl Ra, it’s an album of bold, earthy-to-ethereal mood shifts delivered with consummate ease. As … Read More “Nicole Mitchell : Awakening”

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