Kudos to Piket for putting together a truly creative recording that at one and the same time cradles and challenges the listener.
[Roberta has a] distinctive technique of writing for a chamber setting.
Piket demonstrated her uncommon ability to paint soundscapes for an 11-piece ensemble, with instruments rarely heard in jazz, on Sides, Colors.
“Rather than being formulaic, [Sides, Colors] is exemplary in its compositional intelligence….The listener becomes part of the exploration, wondering, anticipating, delighting.”
Piket takes some chances [on Sides, Colors], and it pays off nicely.
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.
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.
- 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.