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Woman of Jazz
World Audience, Inc.
"Like the musical genre that fuels these rollicking
poems, Golda Solomon is a master of both structure and improvisation. In this
revelatory volume, there are deftly-crafted ballads of family and self-and there
then is a pure unleashed music threaded with blue sentiment and an undercurrent
of sax. Golda is a woman fueled by relentless rhythm, and it's all here. You'd
be a fool to miss it."
-Patricia Smith, author of National Book Award finalist
Blood Dazzler and professor of English at CUNY/College of Staten Island
"...the inspiration, imagination and illumination of her art of
syncopated improvisation is exalted. You have little choice when so enwrapped,
enrapt, entwined. So enjoy!"
-Laurence Holder, writer, director, Monk
"These poems do the Brooklyn bop, they rock cool riffs that soar
above red sky nights. Step aside when the Poetry-Jazz Diva takes the stage. Golda
Solomon surrounds us in beautiful music in this her second collection, Medicine
Woman of Jazz. Golda wears the spirit of her jazz masters, blows sequined
poems in New York air. These poems spin, sizzle and whirl...Slip on your dancing
shoes, this girl is ready to bop."
-Cheryl Boyce-Taylor, Author Convincing
"Golda Solomon, trickster/soothsayer, spins words into whole
notes that crescendo with luscious clarity in the tenor of my head. Solomon lures
you into her lasso of lost innocence and costly experiences. With courage, she
chronicles the death of her father, first sexual awakenings and aborted childhood...
the little details that build into a sharpshooting cataclysm of redemption and
catapulting beats. She is the medicine woman of jazz, riffing with language fused
-Regie Cabico, co-editor of Poetry Nation
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JazzJaunts CD 8611
"An insightful observer of the scene and narrator of a thousand hipper yesterdays,
Golda Solomon lays it all out with streetwise authority on Word Riffs,
the second recording to document her compelling partnership of poetry and jazz.|
Solomon delivers with a passionate flair and on Word Riffs, her
dynamic delivery is cut with a kind of sly humor that can be traced back to her
Flatbush roots. With an eye for detail and an ear for rhythm, she demonstrate
a strong affinity for the inherent nuances and happy accidents of improvised music
while also reveling in a clever turn of phrase, a well chosen word, just the right
touch of alliteration. She loves the sounds of words as much as the meanings they
convey. A gifted wordsmith with a syncopated soul, she paints vivid imagery and
plants seeds of wisdom while honoring the groove and capturing the rhythm of blues
in her poetry. It's all raw material to toss around on this provocative canvas
Backed here by the highly interactive, mood-shifting
Center Search Quest, bassist Christopher Dean Sullivan, drummer Michael T.A. Thompson,
and pianist Eri Yamamoto, with special guest Saco Yasuma on alto saxophone, Golda
conjures up scenes of Harlem night and potluck jams, her word riffing strewn with
hip references to Monk, Duke, Sun Ra, Charlie Rouse, Roland Kirk and the Ebbets
Field of her Flatbush youth. "
- Bill Milkowski
| Other Tracks:
Sister Bop; Spilt Milk; 1960s Jazz Hag; Exterior Palettes; Bop for Daddy; Bush
Whacked Blues; Rapsonnet |
JazzJaunts CD JJCD03082
| Presented as the
audio companion to her poetry collection Flatbush Cowgirl, Golda Solomon,
hailed as the "Medicine Woman of Jazz," performs her sensuous jazz poetry as it
meets the grooves of the legendary Bernard Purdie, joined by tubist Joe Exley,
and violinist Tom Aalfs. Also included are 2 live cuts from her acclaimed Po'Jazz
performance series now available on Po'Jazz: Takin' It To The Hollow.|
On this autobiographical CD, Golda presents her life in and about the historical
NYC jazz scene, jazz greats, and the impact they had on her during her tenure
living in Greenwich Village, in addition to her earlier years growing up in Brooklyn.
This CD summons back to the rites of the Last Poets and captures in both
musical and poetic sense the "vibe" of this legendary scene. It was only upon
reflecting back was she aware that musical history was being made all around her
- and this is what this CD celebrates and encapsulates.
Tom Aalfs - violin; Essiet Essiet - bass; Joe Exley - tuba; Ron Jackson - guitar;
and Bernard Purdie - drums
| Other Tracks:
Sex Fugue, Some Sundays, Matthew, The Etiquette of Now|
First Set from Amazon.com
Saco Yasuma: Another Rain |
| Solomon's story speaks of magical, multifarious memories
of her Brooklyn youth under the soft glow of Yasuma's Fat Orange Moon...
The Fifth Season is a dance in time, at once unfamiliar and comfortable.
Filiano's arco solo against Thompson and Bemkey's colors: searching and sweet...
The mood settles into Calm Water. You can see a ripple-less lake, quiet
against a crimson sunset. Thompson's tree drum evokes a panoramic view while Yasuma
charms snakes and other creatures out of the waters... With pure intention, walking
steadily through meandering twists and turns of the Labyrinth will get
you where you want to go... Thompson's march turns free and becomes the explosive,
interactive playground for Campbell, Yasuma, Filiano, and Bemkey's fire in Straight
Upwards, givin' it to ya straight with no holds barred!... Yasuma offers a
deep contrast to the last track's animated conversation with her solo piece A
Wind Blew Into My Hands. It truly did, as she caresses it, kisses it, and
plays it back... The title tracks, Another Rain, is the movement between
darkness and light, bitterness and sweet. The same rain cleanses and muddies up,
quenches and drowns. The balance is in our hands. And Yasuma projects that balance
with a wink of the eye throughout the entire set.|
- Barbara Sfraga
Other Tracks: Invisible Matters; The Fifth Season; Calm Water; Labyrinth;
Another Rain from Amazon.com