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"If there's an inherent paradox separating the music of avant piano pioneer Cecil Taylor and veteran pop superstars Earth, Wind & Fire, nobody ever mentioned it to pianist-composer Michele Rosewoman. Her music can go just about anywhere. Witness how stylistic limitations can evaporate at the behest of finesse."
"No other pianist-composer in jazz brings the music of the African diaspora together quite like Michele Rosewoman. One of the most compelling inside-out pianists in jazz, Rosewoman combines a myriad of influences, including Herbie Hancock, Cecil Taylor, and Thelonious Monk... "Guardians of the Light" shows that in her playing and writing, Rosewoman is way past collecting influences. Simply put, she's one of the most creative and fully realized jazz artists on the scene today."
“The In Side Out, pianist Michele Rosewoman’s first album in more than six years ---infectious, snug and a terrifc reminder of what we’ve been missing. Rosewoman is one of the under-the-radar stars of American music. She’s a mistress of integrating forms.* ”
“Michele Rosewoman [is] a superbly accomplished pianist, composer and visionary who has created a passionate production with “The In Side Out”....Rosewoman’s perceptive experimentation is the work of a master - a master who puts her listeners in a state of awe....[her] music touches the intellect and the heart. Watch out! Michele has got her Mojo working... Ase!” ”
“Pianist Michele Rosewoman’s The In Side Out is stimulating, unpredictable, and groove-centric... She plays a rapid and probing acoustic piano with heady comping and elaborate soloing reminiscent of contemporaries such as Edsel Gomez and Geri Allen. The In Side Out has it all; intellect, spirit, and soul; a fine display of one of jazz’s leading female artists – one who won’t be easily categorized or boxed in. ”
“ "Rosewoman's writing is jubilant and architectonic. Fats Waller meets Anthony Braxton...a Monkish motif will give way to a pastoral swing episode a la Hank Jones. Rosewoman's melodies are as joyfully convoluted as Parker's." ”
"On her latest…(Rosewoman) sounds more than ever the confident master of her committed course. An indomitable modern jazz pianist, her singular sound ideas expand readily to her dark, fiery ensembles. So it all comes together,,big, tight and flexible, rangy, spontaneous, serious and mysterious. Rosewoman and her band are jazz believers, jazz devotees, keepers of the flame.”
"With delicate beauty and intensity, Michele's music bends the borders of cultures, not just notes.…She has pickedup up a variety of torches and created a bonfire."
"Michele Rosewoman has probed many important junctures in jazz history. She's fluent in Monk, Bill Evans and Bud Powell, but her influences don't end there. While many players bask in the comfortable glow of fifties retro bop, Rosewoman adopts the more inclusive vision of subsequent turbulent decades. (She) is a modern day lightning rod to the innovations of the past and the tense uncertainties of today."
“Rosewoman is one of the under-the-radar stars of American music. She’s a mistress of integrating forms. ”
“Once again, Rosewoman shows that she’s an original thinker making uncompromising and forward-looking jazz — which just happens to be accessible and viscerally exciting. One of her strongest outings.”