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Ice Crystal

Ice Crystal

Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystal has arrived! On Delmark Records. Read the New York Times Review! To listen, go to Music section. Nicole Mitchell's Ice Crystal project explores water and glass chemistry of flute and vibes, by combining the creative flutist with young luminary Jason Adasiewicz on vibraphone. Ice Crystal's sound reminds us of the legendary collaboration between flutist Eric Dolphy and vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, but with a Chicago twist. Expression of yet another color in...

Sonic Projections

Sonic Projections

Sonic Projections (Emerald Hills CD, Rogue Art, Paris, 2008), (The Secret Escapades of Velvet Anderson, Rogue Art, Paris, 2014) David Boykin tenor sax; Chad Taylor drumset; Craig Taborn piano; Nicole Mitchell flutes, composition photo by Michael Jackson "Sonic Projections makes fewer genre references than Black Earth and it blurs the line between composition and improvisation through continuous musical dialog. They make busy, dancing music, full of graceful interplay over elusive rhythmic...

BLACK EARTH ENSEMBLE

BLACK EARTH ENSEMBLE

Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble (BEE) is a musical celebration of the African American cultural legacy. Founded and directed in 1998 by creative flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell, BEE has performed in festivals and art venues throughout Europe, Canada and throughout the U.S. BEE’s music embraces the ancient past and paints visions of a positive future. The music is the weaving of swing, blues, avante garde jazz, bebop, African rhythms, Eastern modes and Western class...

Black Earth Strings

Black Earth Strings

Renee Baker violin/viola, Josh Abrams bass, gimbre, Tomeka Reid cello, Nicole Mitchell flutes Black Earth Strings: Renegades Black Earth Strings review on National Public Radio At the forefront of jazz, new music and creative improvisation, Black Earth Strings brings African rhythms, contemporary sounds and swinging improvisation to a chamber music setting. An acoustic ensemble of four members, Black Earth Strings includes flute, piccolo, alto flute, vocals, violin viola, cello, string...

Nicole Mitchell-Anthony Davis Duo

Nicole Mitchell-Anthony Davis Duo

Anthony Davis piano, Nicole Mitchel flute "Davis began his own, "Of Blues & Dreams," with rhapsodic flourishes — he made the Steinway grand sing like an angel — and, when Mitchell joined him, her velvety-toned melodic gestures soared, swooped, growled and cooed. Davis composes like an improviser and improvises like a composer. His signature piece had plenty of room to branch off into different moods and textures--giving Mitchell wide multiples from which to expand. Dynamics were explored in...

Indigo Trio

Indigo Trio

Harrison Bankhead bass, Nicole Mitchell flutes, Hamid Drake drums "Creative music making is a matter of energy, heart, and trust, and when all three are present the music flies. A meeting of three old Chicago friends and collaborators, flutist Nicole Mitchell, drummer Hamid Drake, and bassist Harrison Bankhead, the Indigo Trio soars with the kind of spiritual energy that has inspired Great Black Music from its inception... Building a bridge between composition and improvisation, Bankhead,...

Frequency

Frequency

Frequency is a collective that celebrates the legacy of the AACM. Frequency is a quartet showcasing the improvisational talents of four longtime members of Chicago’s storied underground jazz scene: reedist Edward Wilkerson Jr., flutist Nicole Mitchell, bassist Harrison Bankhead and percussionist Arveeayl Ra. "On Frequency, saxophonist Edward Wilkerson, bassist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Avreeayl Ra, all fellow AACM members and frequent collaborators, join Mitchell. The quartet is...

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