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Track Listing
1. Upa Neguinho
2. The Sounds Around The House
3. Intuition
4. The Ache Of The Absence
5. Ancestors
6. Lifewish
7. The Gift
8. Chasing Spirits

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Musicians:
Renee Rosnes - Piano
Chris Potter - Saxophones
Peter Washington - Bass
Al Foster - Drums
Don Alias - Percussion

Description:
Renee Rosnes, who left her native Canada to settle in New York and play with Joe Henderson, Jon Faddis and her own groups, is an excellent pianist inspired by early Herbie Hancock and McCoy Tyner. She heads a top New York sextet on this CD that includes the potentially great trumpeter Nicholas Payton (here showing a strong Freddie Hubbard influence), bassist Peter Washington, drummer Al Foster and percussionist Don Alias. However the musician who makes the biggest impression on the date is Chris Potter, mostly on tenor but also contributing some effective soprano, bass clarinet and alto flute. Potter, who by the mid-'90s already had his own sound on each of his instruments, gained his earliest recognition playing with Red Rodney's quintet in the 1980s but has since developed into a major postbop stylist with an explorative and colorful style. It is for his playing on these selections (five of which are challenging Rosnes originals) that Ancestors is chiefly recommended.

--Scott Yanow
All Music Guide


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Website: http://www.reneerosnes.com

Canadian born,†Renee Rosnes is one of the premier pianists and composers of her generation. Shortly after relocating from Vancouver to New York in 1986, Rosnes quickly established a reputation as a major†talent.†She†has recorded and toured with a veritable "who's who" of jazz, being the pianist of choice for such legendary musicians as Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, Buster Williams and Bobby Hutcherson. In 1989, James Moody hired Renee for his quartet, and she remained a member of his band until his passing in 2010.

In 2012, she was the musical director for the New Jersey Performing Arts Centerís For Love of Moody: A Jazz Celebration, a show that included performances by George Benson, the Manhattan Transfer and Jimmy Heath. Also in 2012, she produced Joe Hendersonís 75th Birthday Celebration for Jazz at Lincoln Centerís Allen Room, which featured Bobby Hutcherson, Chris Potter and Robert Hurst among others. From 2004-2009, Rosnes was a member of the all-star octet, the SFJAZZ†Collective. From 2008-2010, Rosnes enjoyed her role as the radio host of†The Jazz Profiles, an interview series produced by Canadaís CBC. Also in the role of jazz journalist, Renee has contributed two major cover story interviews for JazzTimes magazine, one with Wayne Shorter and his quartet (April 2013) and the other with pianist Geri Allen (September 2013).

Rosnes has released a series of twelve albums, four of which have garnered Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. Her recordings reveal her to be both a powerful and sensitive musician with a huge range. She has collaborated with a diverse range of artists, from established masters such as Jack DeJohnette and tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain, to younger giants such as Christian McBride, Chris Potter, Nicholas Payton and Steve Nelson. She is a formidable composer and in 2003 was named SOCANís Composer of the Year. Her works have been performed and recorded by Phil Woods, JJ Johnson, Lewis Nash, Joe Locke, the Danish Radio Big Band, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and recently by up-and-coming trombone star Michael Dease.

Aside from leading her own bands, Rosnes is currently a member of bassist Ron Carterís Foursight Quartet. Rosnes also frequently performs with her husband, acclaimed pianist Bill Charlap, and the couple released their first duo recording in 2010, Double Portrait (Blue Note). Downbeat wrote: "The counterpoint and compatibilities are so perfectly balanced, the selections and arrangements so handsome, that 'Double Portrait' is a prize."

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