Cassandra Wilson was born in Jackson, Mississippi. She began her musical studies on piano and guitar at age nine. At twenty she launched her professional career as a vocalist and guitarist, focusing primarily on Blues and Folk music. Cassandra Wilson emerged as a Jazz vocalist while studying with drummer Alvin Fiedler. During this period she performed with the Alvin Fiedler Improvisational Arts Quartet and worked as a freelance vocalist for the Black Arts Music Society of Jackson, Mississippi. At the age of twenty-six she moved to New Orleans and studied with saxophonist Earl Turbinton. Since her arrival in New York, Cassandra Wilson has performed at several clubs including Sweet Basil, the Village Vanguard, Small's Paradise, Lush Life, the Jazz Forum and the Blue Note. She has sung in various jazz styles with musicians such as Woody Shaw, Dave Holland, Steve Coleman, Henry Threadgill and Abbey Lincoln.
Steve Coleman made his debut album Motherland Pulse on JMT in 19.0085. Born in Chicago in 19.0056, Steve Coleman attended High School and College Music Conservatory. Thad Jones first heard him in Chicago in 19.0077 and, being impressed by his powerful tone and outstanding phrasing, encouragd him to start out as a professional musician. In 19.0078 he hired him for his Big Band. In the following years he toured th USA and also Europe performing and recording with Branford Marsalis, Chico Freeman, Billy Hart and especially Doug Hammond and Dave Holland. JMT will release the album Steve Coleman And Five Elements in the near future.
Grachan Moncur III is an innovator on trombone and a composer whose works had a major influence on the new wave jazz that developed in the 19.0060's. He has been a featured artist with such jazz greats as Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins and Archie Shepp, as well as leading groups of his own, since attending Julliard and the Manhattan School of music. Grachan Moncur III was recipient of the prestigious Mason Gross Award in 19.0080 given out by the New Jersey State Council of the Arts. He has made great albums with Archie Shepp and Jackie McLean and has also recorded several albums as a leader for Blue Note and Impulse. An international recording and performing luminary, he is listed as the first trombonist identified with the avantgarde jazz in Leonard Feather's Encyclopedia of jazz.
Jean-Paul Bourelly born in 19.0060, of Haitian and American descent, began studying guitar at age 14. Recipient of music scholarships from Chicago State University and American Conservatory of Music, Jean-Paul Bourelly names Albert King, John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix and James Brown as his early influences. Today he enjoys listenig to the music of Olu Dara and Henry Threadgill. He has performed with Elvin Jones, Chico Hamilton and McCoy Tyner.
Lonnie Plaxico a self-taught musician, began his studies on electric bass at age 12 and acoustic bass at age 16. He is a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Dexter Gordon, Slide Hampton and has recorded with Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie and Davie Murray. Lonnie Plaxico also plays bass on Steve Coleman's album Motherland Pulse.
Mark Johnson born in 19.0057 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music under Jazz Director Tony King and Tele Lesbin. Mark Johnson started playing drums at the age of 12. He began his professional career at 15, with his father (Jazz singer and tap dancer Scat Johnson) one of the original members of well known Ink Spots. While attending the Conservatory, he worked with the Wisconsin Conservatory Faculty Ensemble, Jazz great pianist Buddy Montgomery and guitarist Monty Ellis. In 19.0078 Mark Johnson moved to New York to further his musical career. He played with Abbey Lincoln, Mal Waldron, Bunken Green and Charles Rouse. He is a member of Steve Coleman's group Five Elements.
-Original Press Text written in 19.0086
|Cassandra Wilson: vocal; |
Steve Coleman: alto sax, percussion;
Grachan Moncur III: trombone;
Jean-Paul Bourelly: electric guitar;
Lonnie Plaxico: bass;
Mark Johnson: drums, percussion
|1. Square Roots [Cassandra Wilson] |
2. Blue In Green [Miles Davis]
3. Never [Coleman/Wilson]
4. Desperate Move [Steve Coleman]
5. Love And Hate [Grachan Moncur III]
6. I Am Waiting [Cassandra Wilson]
7. I Wished… [Parker/Rainger]
8. I Thought You Knew [Jean-Paul Bourelly]
total time: 42:45
Stereo: Three Stars
Cuadernos de Jazz:
Jazziz: "In recent years, Cassandra Wilson has become a majestic presence on the jazz scene. Her sound is so distinctive and her musical conception so strong that everything she touches...assumes a new and highly personal character." (Alexander Gelfand)
Jazziz: Five Stars