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This quintet, co-led by French flutist Mariane Bitran and Japanese pianist Makiko Hirabayashi, explores colorful post-bop charts by the two musicians. The band includes American tenor saxophonist Bob Rockwell, Swedish bassist Erik Olevik, and Danish drummer Morten Lund. Opening with Bitran's live Afro-Cuban "Looking for Herbert," the match between her upbeat alto flute and Rockwell's soulful tenor works well. Bitran's turbulent post-bop vehicle "Snapshot" suggests the hustle and bustle of a big city.Hirabayashi's "Beauty of Doubt" is a haunting ballad that leaves a lasting impression, then she switches to Chinese wooden flute for her exotic "Fula Flute." Hirabayashi and Rockwell collaborated on the playful "Bugs," which begins in a Raymond Scott-like setting before switching gears into soul-jazz. The session ends with Hirabayashi's gorgeous arrangement of Danish classical composer Carl Nielsen's solemn Tit Er Jeg Glad.
Top Albums and Songs by Mariane Bitran
||Tit Er Jeg Glad||Grey to Blue||3:28||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Grey to Blue||Grey to Blue||7:34||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fula Flute||Grey to Blue||6:35||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tågen Letter, The Fog Is Lifting||Stunt Records Compilation Volume 15||3:31||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Looking for Herbert||Grey to Blue||4:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Fly Bird Fly||Grey to Blue||5:34||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Beaty of Doubs||Grey to Blue||6:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bugs||Grey to Blue||3:51||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Voices of the Sands||Grey to Blue||7:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Snapshot||Grey to Blue||5:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Joy||Grey to Blue||7:06||$0.99||View in iTunes|