This album is just what is needed to keep a positive attitude. The give and take between the stringed instruments is divine. It would be exhilarating to see them play live. This recording gets you more than halfway there.
Favorite track: Prayer for Wadud.
A world-caliber collective of women working in a class almost entirely their own, Hear in Now is a string trio that composes and improvises fluidly between free jazz and contemporary classical, folk music and avant-garde. Originally banded by a commission from WomaJazz in Italy, Mazz Swift (violin), Tomeka Reid (cello) and Silvia Bolognesi (double bass) came together from their homes in New York, Chicago and Siena IT to not only perform but also meet for the first time on the same date in 2009. In the 8 years since that first encounter, Hear in Now has become a rare egalitarian ensemble for the three highly active musicians, who are as often singular band leaders as they are sidewomen. In those respects, their compiled musical CV is as impressive as it is diverse – including collaborations, performances and recordings with Anthony Braxton, Nicole Mitchell, Butch Morris, William Parker, Common, Jay-Z and Kanye West – and as a unit they comprised ½ of the Roscoe Mitchell Sextet for several European shows in early 2017. Not Living in Fear, their 2nd studio album, was engineered by Griffin Rodriguez (Icy Demons, Beirut, Modest Mouse) and Alex Inglizian (Experimental Sound Studio), and features guest vocals by Chicago jazz legend Dee Alexander.
released June 2, 2017
Mazz Swift – violin, voice
Tomeka Reid – cello
Silvia Bolognesi – double bass
Dee Alexander – vocals (on "Not Living in Fear")
Tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 12 recorded by Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, December 2nd and 3rd, 2012.
Tracks 4, 5, 6, 10, 11, and 13 recorded by Griffin Rodriguez at Huron, Chicago, September 28th, 2014.
All tracks mixed by Griffin Rodriguez.
Mastered by David Allen.
Cover art by Damon Locks.
Photo by Nisha Sondhe.
Layout and liner design by Craig Hansen.
International Anthem is a Chicago-born recording company that produces and promotes progressive
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Roebke & Fujiwara cook away with a relaxed yet relentless swing, Halvorson & Reid fly all over these tunes with abandon but not carelessly, just totally freely using all the resources of their instruments and imaginations. So much fun and enjoyment in every tune! Giles
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Total mastery of patience, time, and drama create a constantly engaging journey that never gets tiresome or same-y: in fact the harder you listen the better it gets! Somehow Sorey et al. find a way to combine the deep listening and spontaneous interaction of the best jazz with the sense of every tone and sound being worth a universe of listening, which could be equally from Cage and Feldman or the accompaniment to an ancient ritual.
The recording/engineering is absolutely perfect as well. Giles