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LIFE ON EARTH
(Blue Note)

1. Empress Afternoon (Rosnes)
2. Senegal Son (Rosnes)
3. Ballad of the Sad Young Men (Wolfe/Landesman)
4. Icelight (Rosnes)
5. Gabriola Passage (Rosnes)
6. The Quiet Earth (Rosnes)
7. Hanuman (Rosnes)
8. Nana (Manuel de Falla/arr. Rosnes)
9. The Call Of Triton (Rosnes)


Renee Rosnes - piano
Walt Weiskopf - tenor & soprano sax (#4, 5)
Chris Potter - tenor sax & bass clarinet (#7, 9)
Shelley Brown - flute & alto flute (#9)
David Gilmore - acoustic guitar (#1)
Steve Nelson - marimba (#2)
Laura Seaton - violin (#1)
Zakir Hussain - tabla (#1)
Steve Turre - trombone & shells (#7, 9)
Conrad Herwig - trombone (#7)
Douglas Purviance - trombone (#7)
Christian McBride - bass (#1)
John Patitucci - bass (all tracks except #1)
Jeff “Tain” Watts - drums (#2, 7, 9)
Billy Drummond - drums (#3, 4, 6, 8)
Duduka da Fonseca - drums & percussion (#5, 7, 9)
Mor Thiam - djembe & vocals (#2)
Kevin Tarrant - vocals (#4)
Laura Oatts - violin (#6)
Ralph Farris - viola (#6)
Eric Friedlander, Sachi Patitucci - cellos (#6)


2003 JUNO AWARD WINNER / Best Jazz Album

RENEE ROSNES: LIFE ON EARTH - Review

Sparkling technique and dazzling compositions have been Renee Rosnes's forte, making her one of the most consistently satisfying--if not especially adventurous--pianists in jazz. From the opener, "Empress Afternoon," with its Afro-beat groove and bubbling tabla rhythms, to the explosive soloing in the Brazilian-tinged "Gabriola Passage," Rosnes searches for new experiences. There is plenty of straight-ahead blowing, and Rosnes's band takes no prisoners. But it's the contrast of hearing the bop-skewered "Icelight" next to the chattering "Senegal Son," or a sampled Balinese monkey chant incorporated into the steaming swing of "Hanuman," that makes Life on Earth so compelling and Rosnes's ongoing jazz journey especially fascinating.

- Ken Micallef (for Amazon.com)

 

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