FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION FOR THE 62nd GRAMMY AWARDS
ELLEN ROWE OCTET - MOMENTUM: PORTRAITS OF WOMEN IN MOTION
Momentum – Portraits of Women In Motion brings together an ensemble of nationally-lauded female jazz artists led by pianist Ellen Rowe, who also composed and arranged all the tracks. She is joined by saxophonists Tia Fuller, Virginia Mayhew and Lisa Parrott, clarinetist Janelle Reichman, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, trombonist Melissa Gardiner, bassists Marion Hayden and Marlene Rosenberg and drummer Allison Miller. Each composition on Momentum – Portraits of Women In Motion is a tribute to and musical portrait of several iconic female figures across the sectors of music, sports, social justice, environmental advocacy and politics. Rowe draws deserved recognition to her heroes with arrangements orchestrated for varying sizes of chamber jazz ensembles, from quartet to octet.
While touring the project around the country, this collective intends to collaborate with young female jazz students in all the locations where they play. Rowe wants to give students the opportunity to play with her band and believes that by doing so, the young musicians will benefit from the support and mentoring they receive. The Ellen Rowe Octet will also host discussion groups devoted to issues of gender and sexuality in order to foster dialogue and empower these talented young women. Rowe enthuses, “while all of us move freely between male-led, female-led and mixed bands, it is a powerful experience to be together with other talented women and I’ve come to realize that many young women jazz musicians never get that experience, one that can prove to be life-changing for them”.
With the support of her talented ensemble, Rowe brings attention to the amazing women who have had a profound influence on her and celebrates their courage, talent, tenacity and grace on Momentum – Portraits of Women In Motion.
"...the Ellen Rowe Octet is one of the most expressive and compelling new groups you’ll hear this year."
EDITORS PICK! "...for the listener, the experience is certainly life-enhancing."
"The outstanding collection closes on an affecting note with Rowe’s wonderfully expressive solo piano piece, “Song of the Meadowlark.”
ALL ABOUT JAZZ
"This disc is a rich and absorbing collection of music. Ellen Rowe is a strong composer and knows how to arrange an octet to sound like a much bigger band."
"Rowe's deft synthesis sees her play artfully slanted melodies over the locomotive churn of her left hand..."
"These are musicians at the top of their game, utilizing deep grooves and sophisticated arrangements."