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.
Lori Bell Quartet
1. Nostalgia in Times Square (Charles Mingus)
2. Times Squared
3. 52nd Street Theme (Thelonious Monk)
4. Streets of New York
5. Brooklyn Dreaming
6. A Dog on Coney
7. Lower Manhattan
8. 3 Deuce Blues
9. Harlem Nocturne (Earle Hagen)
Lori Bell - C Flute & Alto Flute
Tamir Hendelman - Piano
Katie Thiroux - Bass
Matt Witek - Drums
Lori Bell Quartet “52nd Street Theme” (Thelonious Monk)