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“The balance between jazz and classical steams are well integrated within the entirety of all three fine works. Excellent all the way around!”

Roscoe Mitchell: composition, conduction

Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble
Nicole Mitchell: flutes, piccolo
David Boykin: tenor saxophone
Greg Ward: alto saxophone
Robert Griffin: trumpet
Mankwe Ndosi: vocal
Renée Baker: violin
Tomeka Reid: cello
Myra Melford: piano
Maia: harp
Joshua Abrams: double bass
Marcus Evans: drums

Quintet #1 for Eleven (25:43)
Cards for Orchestra (14:15)
Quintet #9 for Eleven (19:21 ) Play

All compositions by Roscoe Mitchell

Recorded live on August 30th 2009 at Piazza del Nuraghe, Sant’Anna Arresi, Sardinia, Italy at the occasion of “Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz Festival 2009”
Mixing and mastering: Jean-Pierre Bouquet, L’Autre Studio, Vaires-sur-Marne, France
Liner notes: Bill Shoemaker
Photographs: Luciano Rossetti @ Phocus Agency
Cover design: Max Schoendorff
Cover realization: David Bourguignon
Executive producer: Michel Dorbon

«ROGUEART» warmly thanks “Sant’Anna Arresi Jazz Festival 2009”

Despite the compositions’ respective demands, Nicole Mitchell and Black Earth Ensemble fully and vividly represented Roscoe Mitchell’s varied means of creating chemistry between written and improvised materials. At every turn in the program, they played with a palpable sense of familiarity and ease with the composer’s vernacular and methods. They sounded like they’ve been playing this music every night for a long time. Bill Shoemaker, excerpt from the liner notes