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On Quintessence, pianist Michele Rosewoman is teamed with two of the top leaders in the M-Base movement (altoist Steve Coleman and Greg Osby on alto and soprano), plus bassist Anthony Cox and drummer Terri Lyne Carrington. The improvising is quite advanced, but, surprisingly, the free funk rhythms associated with the M-Base movement are absent. The solos and ensembles are outstanding and quite original (if sometimes abrasive), having a logic of their own far beyond bebop.


Born: 19 March 1953 in Oakland, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

A stirring and adventurous pianist with a sound of her own, Michele Rosewoman came from a very musical northern California family. She started playing piano at age six, and as a teenager studied with pianist Ed Kelly. After working extensively locally, Rosewoman moved to New York in 1977. She went on to play and record with many advanced players, including Oliver Lake, Billy Bang, Greg Osby, and the members of M-Base, among many others. Most important have been her own projects. Well-trained in Cuban...
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