Judi Silvano

Cleome: Live Takes

A joyous collection of Live Recordings from Silvano and friends.

Label: JSL
Release Date: 2008

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Judi Silvano – voice, alto flute
George Garzone – clarinet, soprano & tenor saxophones
Gerry Hemingway – drums, background vocal
Michael Formanek – bass (1-6 & 8)
John Lindberg – bass (7 & 9)

Track Listing:

  1. Cleome
  2. Bougainvillea
  3. Yapi Credi
  4. Hand and Heart
  5. Boscarob
  6. Cocolalla Land
  7. Love In Outer Space
  8. Dobranotz
  9. Sakura

“Judi Silvano has long been recognized as one of the most innovative vocalists of modern jazz. Her studies of flute and dance have clearly informed her approach to phrasing and movement in performance and composition; her associations with some of today’s more inspired artists such as Bill Frisell, Kenny Werner, Charlie Haden and Joe Lovano also have provided opportunity to explore improvisation from an instrumentalist’s perspective. That perspective is on full display on Judi’s new CD, Cleome: Live Takes, a set of mostly original compositions and Judi’s enthusiasm for composition and spontaneous improvisation is readily apparent.”
-Andrea Canter, JazzInk

On CLEOME, vocalist/composer Judi Silvano explores original material and functions as an instrument in the ensemble with reedman George Garzone, alternating bassists Michael Formanek and John Lindberg and drummer Gerry Hemingway.  She likes to sing with rhythmic snap in unison with the instruments and she’s smart enough to vary her timbre and attack. Her voice alternately becomes liquid or waltzes at a fluid tempo or she scats on a boppish theme.  These are a series of audio snapshots and if these candids are raw, they are exciting in their spontaneity.
– Kirk Silsbee, Down Beat Magazine

Judi Silvano has long been recognized as one of the most innovative vocalists of modern jazz. Her studies of flute and dance have clearly informed her approach to phrasing and movement in performance and composition; her associations with some of today’s more inspired artists such as Bill Frisell, Kenny Werner, Charlie Haden and Joe Lovano also have provided opportunity to explore improvisation from an instrumentalist’s perspective. That perspective is on full display on Judi’s new CD, Cleome: Live Takes, a set of mostly original compositions and Judi’s enthusiasm for composition and spontaneous improvisation is readily apparent.
– Andrea Canter, JazzInk

Nothing in vocalist/flutist/songwriter Judi Silvano’s vibrantly eclectic, postmillennial oeuvre – not her knock-out pairing with pianist Mal Waldron on 2002’s Riding a Zephyr, not her sublime wade through the Great American Songbook on Let Yourself Go; not her back-to-back ventures in the new-age realm with Spirit Music and Celestial Voices; not even last year’s superb foray into an all-female world of performing and composing, Women’s Work – can prepare fans for the explosive experimentation at the heart of her latest Cleome: Live Takes.  These nine tracks are all immensely daring… and brilliant.
– Review: JazzTimes.com   

“CLEOME: Live Takes is Judi’s Best yet!”
– Laurence Donohue-Greene, Editor, All About Jazz

I can’t stop listening to your new CD.  It has so much life in it.  The new CDs by singers I hear seem so sterile and over produced, and the musicians always seem like they are playing it safe.  On your CD everyone including you is just ‘going for it’ the whole time.  It is the real deal.  It reminds me why we got into this music in the first place!
– Dave Morgan, bassist, arranger, faculty Youngstown University, OH

Judi. I really love the spirit of your CD, liberating, dedicated to the moment, energetic and inspiring!
– Stefan Bauer, composer, vibist, faculty Brooklyn Conservatory

Everyone I know who heard your gig the other night was really knocked out by your tunes from Cleome, everyone’s playing and especially the way the group played together.
– Adam Kolker, Woodwinds, West Side Story (Broadway production)