How dare we spend so much valuable energy answering such questions as "What is Jazz?".



“A collision of aesthetics that results in an uproar of creativity. Inspired by W. E. B. Dubois 1900 World’s Exhibition stunning photographs.”

Nicole Mitchell: flutes
Renèe Baker: violin
David Boykin: tenor saxophone, clarinet
Aruán Ortiz: piano
Hélène Breschand: harp
Cèsar Carcopino: drums, vibraphone
Benjamin Duboc: double bass
Sylvain Kassap: clarinets
Anaïs Moreau: cello

Building Stuff (9:11)
Cold Hard Facts (9:19)
Explorers (12:53)
Listening (12:06)
Only One Like Him (7:15 ) Play A Piece of Advice (7:55)
Towards Excellence (5:43)

All compositions by Nicole M. Mitchell, Wheatgoddess Creations, ASCAP
Recorded on January 31st and February 1st 2015 by Maïkol at Studio Sextan, Malakoff, France
Mixing: Dorian Gehring, Foxhall Studio, Chicago, IL, USA
Mastering: Jean-Pierre Bouquet, L’autre Studio, Vaires-sur-Marne, France
Liner notes: Nicole Mitchell
Photographs: RogueArt
Cover design: Max Schoendorff
Cover realization: David Bourguignon
Producer: Nicole Mitchell & Laborintus
Executive producer: Michel Dorbon

The idea of “Moments of Fatherhood” was inspired by photographs exhibited in 1900, by scholar and leader of social justice, W.E.B. Dubois. In the wake of America’s Reconstruction Era, Dubois traveled to the World's Exposition in Paris, where he displayed stunning and impactful photographs which proved evidence of African American prosperity and excellence just decades after the Civil War. Dubois’ photographs reframed a positive global view of African Americans for their tenacity and resilience, in contrast to the negative images that had been portrayed by the American media for centuries.
Moments of Fatherhood is a cultural exchange and a musical celebration of fathers that interweaves creative music with contemporary music, inspired by photographs of French and American men with their children.
Nicole Mitchell, excerpt from the liner notes