Hear in Now: Not Living In Fear (International Anthem, 2017)

May 6, 2017 at 10:24 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Hear in Now: Not Living In Fear

Hear in Now is an intercontinental trio consisting of cellist Tomeka Reid, violinist Mazz Swift, and double bassist Silvia Bolognesi. They were brought together by a commision from Italian organization WomaJazz, and their first performance occurred in 2009. Prior to that performance, the three musicians had never met. This is their second album, recorded during sessions in Chicago in 2012 and 2014. Apart from two group improvisations, each of the album’s songs were generally written by one of the three musicians. The trio are remarkably in tune with each other, readily adapting to the push and pull of the compositions. The music flows between more discordant, free moments and more structured rhythms. The self-explanatory “Requiem for Charlie Haden” is a little more straightforward, but other pieces like “Billions and Billions” are more sinister and turbulent. AACM member Dee Alexander offers encouraging words on the album’s title track. The only other track to feature vocals is “Cultural Differences”, which starts off tense and mournful before Swift’s relaxing, folky scatting switches the piece into something more hopeful and welcoming.

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