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Guardians of the Light

  • 1. Thrill of Real Love, The
    2. Weird Nightmare
    3. West Africa Blue
    4. Where It Comes From
    5. Free to Be
    6. Fuzz Junk
    7. Ask Me Now
    8. Akomado (For Babaluaye)
    9. Vamp for Ochun
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9378

  • Credits
    ProducerMichele Rosewoman
    EngineerDavid Baker

    And Quintessence.
    Personnel: Michele Rosewoman (vocals, piano, gankogui); Steve Wilson (soprano & alto saxophones); Craig Handy (tenor saxophone); Kenny Davis (acoustic & electric basses); Gene Jackson (drums).
    Recorded live at Sweet Basil, New York, New York on March 19 & 20, 1999. Includes liner notes by K. Leander Williams and Michele Rosewoman.
    Personnel: Michele Rosewoman (vocals, piano); Steve Wilson (soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Craig Handy (tenor saxophone); Kenny Davis (bass instrument, acoustic bass, electric bass); Gene Jackson (drums).
    Recording information: Sweet Basil, New York, NY (03/19/1999/03/20/1999).
    Editor: Peter Denenberg.
    Photographer: Jules Allen.
    Rosewoman is a modern jazz pianist/composer in the post-bop tradition. While not an innovator, she plays powerful piano in the Herbie Hancock/McCoy Tyner vein and composes engaging tunes (as opposed to merely writing slight frameworks for soloists). Rosewoman melds African and Latin undertones and just a dash of '70s funk (evidenced by Kenny Davis' slappin' electric bass on a few tracks) into a punchy, animated, and thoroughly enjoyable tapestry.
    Aside from Rosewoman's rippling, lyrical piano, GUARDIANS OF THE LIGHT has two fine saxophonists to recommend it. Craig Handy (tenor) and Steve Wilson (soprano and alto) play with economy and swing, their voicings rich with echoes of the blues. Recorded live at New York City's Sweet Basil in 1999, GUARDIANS makes both a fine addition to Rosewoman's discography and a tonic for anyone looking for genial and compelling jazz.

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