Remarkable new-music ensemble eighth blackbird has won Grammy awards for its last two albums on Cedille Records – and now the group returns with meanwhile, an album showcasing the kaleidoscopic variety of contemporary classical music. Always dazzling and exuberant, eighth blackbird here present world premiere recordings of works by Stephen Hartke, Missy Mazzoli, and Roshanne Etezady alongside well-known works of Glass, Adès, and Hurel.
Inhale, and prepare for a forward thinking, visceral album. This concept is constantly searching and each individual musician, along with the virtuoso playing of Yazz express their own individual feelings that reflect their own lives in our world today. The production is superb, and that wonderful artwork on the album cover seals in this mind blowing album. For the forward thinking Jazz head, this is one to spend time with. I believe Dizzy Gillespie would have seriously appreciated. George Prince.