12 Songs, 1 Hour 42 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
12 Ratings
12 Ratings
tuningtheplanet ,


ASK YOUR MAMA is too smart, too soulful, too hip for these times — all the more reason it must be heard, repeatedly, at dusk when the wine is poured, before dawn when the first cup of coffee is drawn, when the mind is open and free to receive its distillation. Karpman pulls your heart through your ear, she brings forth the depths, the majesty, “it must be a struggle”, what a commingling….Follow her lead, she takes you where you want to go. Truly. This is a boogie-trip into the future-past, a shamanic ramble, a rollercoaster blues ride. Buckle up, unleash your reservations, and prepare for ASK YOUR MAMA. It’s the sound of Truth.

Strongandcalm ,

A Masterpiece for our time!

My first hearing of this magnificent recording was a discovery of one enchanting surprise after another. Repeat listenings reveal an unfolding of the entire work as inevitable, just, as we learn, Hughes imagined. I am sure you will find, as I have, moments of great joy, and a little chuckle here and there. Ever true to Hughes, the composer, Laura Karpman, does not shy away from the evocation of profound sadness. The drawn out counter melody she weaves through Shades or Pigmeat, is one of many moments of transcendent beauty that illuminates this epic text and invites us to listen, think and feel. The performances of an extraordinarily varied group of artists is unified by excellence and always convincing.

Kouneva ,

A tour de force

Deeply emotional, captivating music! Rich, mesmerizing harmonies, engaging setting of the text, luminous performances. Laura Karpman has created a tour-de-force masterwork that inspires, enlightens, and moves the soul. Bravo!!

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