Life on Earth

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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Pianist Renee Rosnes ends a two-year recording lull with Life on Earth, a set of mostly original tunes with a world music flavor. There's quite a bit -- maybe too much -- going on here, as Rosnes introduces new sonic elements and personnel to differentiate each track. Thus, "Empress Afternoon" boasts the formidable tabla of Zakir Hussain; "Senegal Son" the percussion and vocals of Mor Thiam; "The Quiet Earth" a string section; "Hanuman" a sampled Balinese monkey chant and three trombones; and so on. The result is at times novel and beautiful. Rosnes, of course, shines on her instrument, aided by bassists John Patitucci and Christian McBride, drummers Jeff "Tain" Watts ...
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All Music Guide - David R. Adler
Pianist Renee Rosnes ends a two-year recording lull with Life on Earth, a set of mostly original tunes with a world music flavor. There's quite a bit -- maybe too much -- going on here, as Rosnes introduces new sonic elements and personnel to differentiate each track. Thus, "Empress Afternoon" boasts the formidable tabla of Zakir Hussain; "Senegal Son" the percussion and vocals of Mor Thiam; "The Quiet Earth" a string section; "Hanuman" a sampled Balinese monkey chant and three trombones; and so on. The result is at times novel and beautiful. Rosnes, of course, shines on her instrument, aided by bassists John Patitucci and Christian McBride, drummers Jeff "Tain" Watts and Billy Drummond, and saxophonists Walt Weiskopf and Chris Potter. Steve Turre also livens up the closing "Call of Triton" with his conch shells. From a production standpoint, however, Rosnes is a bit all over the map -- literally -- as she strives to incorporate influences from India, Nunavut, Bali, Spain, Senegal, and more. Some of the ethnic elements come across as window dressing, particularly when Native American singer Kevin Tarrant appears out of nowhere to chant at the end of "Icelight." Rosnes and her colleagues seem less encumbered on sparse, lyrical numbers like "Ballad of the Sad Young Men" by Fran Landesman and "Nana" by Manuel de Falla.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/8/2002
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724353399726
  • Catalog Number: 33997

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Empress Afternoon (5:29)
  2. 2 Senegal Son (6:03)
  3. 3 Ballad of the Sad Young Men (5:17)
  4. 4 Icelight (7:40)
  5. 5 Gabriola Passage (6:19)
  6. 6 The Quiet Earth (5:12)
  7. 7 Hanuman (5:44)
  8. 8 Nana (5:32)
  9. 9 The Call of Triton (6:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Renee Rosnes Primary Artist, Piano
John Patitucci Bass
Steve Nelson Marimbas
Walt Weiskopf Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Billy Drummond Drums
Jeff "Tain" Watts Drums
Duduka Da Fonseca Percussion, Drums, Triangle, Bells, Surdo, Shells, Cuica, Ganza, cowbell, Agogo Bell, Tamborim, Repenique
Erik Friedlander Cello
Zakir Hussain Tabla
Conrad Herwig Trombone
Christian McBride Bass
Douglas Purviance Bass Trombone
Chris Potter Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Laura Seaton Violin
Kevin Tarrant Vocals
Steve Turre Trombone, Shells
Mor Thiam Vocals, Djembe
David Gilmore Acoustic Guitar
Sachi Patitucci Cello
Laura Oatts Violin
Ralph Farris Viola
Technical Credits
Renee Rosnes Arranger, Producer
Greg Calbi Mastering
James Farber Engineer
Joe Ferla Engineer
Tommy Wolf Composer
James Browne Producer, Liner Notes
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