One of the freshest releases of the year. At turns pretty (Laurie) and complex (check out the deconstructed gospel dedication to Sam Rivers, My Friends and Neighbors), Roberta is a force to be reckoned with and one to watch.
[Roberta has a] distinctive technique of writing for a chamber setting.
Piket takes some chances [on Sides, Colors], and it pays off nicely.
“Rather than being formulaic, [Sides, Colors] is exemplary in its compositional intelligence….The listener becomes part of the exploration, wondering, anticipating, delighting.”
Piket demonstrated her uncommon ability to paint soundscapes for an 11-piece ensemble, with instruments rarely heard in jazz, on Sides, Colors.
Sides, Colors is both a pensive journey backward and a here-and-now delight.
There’s widespread eclecticism but Piket’s group excels at everything it tries.
Kudos to Piket for putting together a truly creative recording that at one and the same time cradles and challenges the listener.
- Trumpet, flugelhorn
- Clarinet, tenor saxophone, soprano saxophones
- Bass clarinet, clarinet, flute
- Flute, alto flute
The ensemble plays music featured on Roberta’s CD, Sides, Colors, and newer material as well.
If your venue or festival is looking for a large ensemble that doesn’t sounds like all the others, check out the Sides/Colors Band.