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Nick Mazzarella & Tomeka Reid

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

Saxophonist Nick Mazzarella is an integral part of the Chicago jazz and improvisation scenes, collaborating with adventurous and acclaimed artists from Hamid Drake to Joshua Abrams. Cellist Tomeka Reid boasts collaborations with and commissions by the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) and has earned international recognition with her string trio Hear In Now. Mazzarella and Reid's 2015 collaborative release Signaling is comprised of improvisations inspired by 1970s avant-garde music. On the track "Let It Be Known," Reid grounds the duo through a subdued tremolo, slowly building in scathing intensity until quickly dismantling. Meanwhile, Mazzarella blows a bold, brazen saxophone melody, stabilized a bit by Reid's walking bass lines. Reid and Mazzarella quickly settle in with each other, yet their attitude is anything but relaxed. Both musicians and their slow, interweaving lines take on a demeanor both saucy and aloof. But their melodies do command the listener's attention, glacially crawling deeper into your mind and ultimately reaching closure. —Emili Earhart

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