Sisterhoods have been steadily moving toward the forefront of the jazz scene. Elevated by purpose and promise, and upholding the virtues of equality and community, these sororities have become a substantial force in the music today. Monika Herzig, a thoughtful composer and inventive pianist, has become a key figure in the movement toward enlightenment. To take the message into the studio and out on the road, Herzig has assembled an all-star band of greats — “Sheroes” as she likes to call them — who selflessly work together in presenting a judicious blend of covers and originals. Leni Stern's guitar helps to frame each song in the proper light; cellist Akua Dixon adds varicolored hues in her appearances; bassist Jennifer Vincent and drummer Rosa Avila (along with guest percussionist Mayra Casales) form a flexible unit capable of buttressing with strength and sensitivity; Lakecia Benjamin's alto shines in its flights; while the flute-trombone partnership of Jamie Baum and Reut Regev proves to be a match made in heaven. With Herzig's pen and piano serving as the ties that bind, this declaration of unity truly delivers. All hail the conquering Sheroes.
MONIKA HERZIG, piano • Jamie Baum, flute • Reut Regev, trombone • Jennifer Vincent, bass • Rosa Avila, drums • Lakecia Benjamin, alto sax • Leni Stern, guitar • Akua Dixon, cello • Mayra Casales, percussion
TRACKS: We Are the Champions • Eternal Dance • Dear Geri • Rabbit • Fly High • We Can Be (S)Heroes • Fall in Reading • Seas of Change • Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child • Up in the Sky • Memories of Petra
Seas of Change