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February 11, 2011 11:50 pm
Live in London
This Radio 3-recorded Vortex gig, an early 2009 highlight, neatly captures the alto saxophonist’s free jazz spontaneity, lean phrasing and trenchant emotion.
An opening acapella riff and rumination establishes her full and vibrant tone before her freshly-encountered band join one by one for an extended trek through expressionist pinnacles, soulful eulogies and bass-driven swing, with pianist Robert Mitchell on sensitive but fiery form. A free ballad, an Ellington cover and tightly argued funk deliver contrast.
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