מגזין קדנס, ארה״ב

“an intricate record full of twists and turns”

~Jerome Wilson

http://cadencejazzmagazine.com

Ayelet Rose Gottlieb’s CD is unlike the others in that she only does one standard, “You’re Driving Me Crazy”, and she is more of a “fold into the band” type singer who improvises with her group instead of singing in front of it. That’s evident from the start on Ornette Coleman’s “Peace” where she goes from moaning along with Matana Roberts’ alto solo on the melody to aggressive scatting against Ed Schuller’s solid walking bass. On other pieces like “What’s Done is Done” and “Brewing The Brews”, she blends right in and you focus more on other parts of the band like Matt Mitchell’s drunken piano and Avishai Cohen’s buzzing-fly trumpet. Elsewhere, “Portrait Of You” is a complex tune that mixes in tangled, bruised guitar and whipcrack bass and drums. “As I Lay” is a treatment of part of the Song of Solomon that floats mistily with piano, trumpet, and Gottlieb’s siren wail. Charles Mingus’ “Portrait” mixes the same three elements to achieve Mingus’ singular romantic style. The CD ends with a bit of poetry recited over music that wobbles between exuberant and eerie before trailing off into a ghostly blues. This is an intricate record full of twists and turns, a true group effort that shows Ayelet Rose Gottlieb has enormous promise as both a singer and composer