Mitchell’s, Nicole Black Earth Ensemble – “Intergalactic Beings” – [FPE Records]
Nine track CD recorded live in 2010 at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago (released in 2014). Scratchy screeching strings and wailing horns. Tight and loose at the same time. This free jazz is energetically relaxed. Melodic and organized as well as improvised and scattered. Seems like it’s searching for something it never finds but is fun none the less. It’s all about the process, man.
Flute, horns, and strings with some scaling vocals in the mix. All tracks blend together.
Mitchell is a flautist from NY state and Southern Cal. She’s worked with the ensemble Samana as well as David Boykin (who is on this album), Hamid Drake, Savoir Faire, Edith Yokley, Darius Savage, and Avreeayl Ra (on this album).