New Jazz: Mara Rosenbloom’s “School of Fish”

It’s fairly infrequent that my attention is captured by good jazz as of late, but fellow NYU alum Mara Rosenbloom’s new record School of Fish has been spinning steadily in my stereo this week.  Mara is an incredibly talented composer and pianist whose use of space has sometimes amazed me, sometimes confounded me.  On School of Fish, her modular tunes give her similarly talented band plenty of room to function as an elastic unit, stretching and contorting her melodies into shifting shapes and forms.

It inspired me to dig out an old video of my Subdiversity Band performing one of her tunes, “Departure”, with Mara at the keys from 2007:
After checking out that video make sure you give her record a listen– available at www.MaraRosenbloom.com— and check her out live.  Another worthwhile listen is her bassist Isaac Jaffe’s new record, Of Pandas and People

There are a couple other videos from the aforementioned Subdiversity Band concert on my youtube page; next post, I’ll share 2 covers from that show (by Joshua Redman and Meshell Ndegeocello) as well as corresponding transcriptions.

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