October 22, 2015 by 1888media
On January 15, 2016, virtuoso flutist, and world-renown composer, Lori Bell will release Brooklyn Dreaming, an homage to her familial roots with an extraordinary opus that extolls vivid memories of the vibrancy of New York City.
Her 9th album overall, Bell’s Brooklyn excursion kickstarts with a freewheeling exposition on Mingus’ “Nostalgia in Times Square,” the Quartet’s cohesiveness confidently takes the Monk classic “52nd Street Theme” to exhilarating peaks and soars to dizzying heights on “Times Squared,” “A Dog on Coney,” and “Streets of New York”. The visceral journey of the boroughs concludes with a sublime reading of “Harlem Nocturne.”
Co-pilots on her adventurous tour du force are pianist Tamir Hendelman, known for his work with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra and guest appearances on recordings by Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole and Diana Krall, bassist Katie Thiroux, a rising star with her own quartet and drummer Matt Witek (John Pizzarelli Quartet, Larry Fuller, Trio, John Clayton).
A flutist and composer of admirable depth and broad musical sympathies, Bell is a Brooklyn native who has contributed to the development of higher standards of performance while earning acclaim from both peers and critics for her artistry on stage and in recordings.
With a father that was a big band lead trumpet player for 30 years and a mother that played accordion with a great ear for both jazz and classical music, Bell was exposed to the transformative nature of improvisation by pillars of the golden era of jazz at places throughout Greenwich Village and lower Manhattan. It deeply influenced her and is the indelible thread that weaves throughout the fabric of the nine tracks.
Now in the third decade of her acclaimed career, Bell is revered for her innovative interpretations of Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington, among others.
“Soulful, artistic, flutist extraordinaire.” Dave Mackay
“One of the finest virtuoso flutists of our time” Latin Jazz Network
“Bell is a talent on whom to keep one’s ears trained.” Los Angeles Times
“One cannot help but be very intrigued by Lori’s technical and improvisational ease. She is a remarkable flute player.” Jazz Improv Magazine
“It’s hard to imagine a more synergistic gathering of virtuosity, freedom and the sheer joy of musical conversation.” Bird Magazine
“Lori Bell is a great flutist and a great musician. She has a dedication to both jazz and classical music and is wonderful at both. Her sound and technique are beautiful and personal. She’s a pianist, composer and arranger, a teacher, and is always seeking to contribute more as an artist. That’s inspiring.” Nelson Rangell