Norma Winstone - Stories Yet To Tell
The return of the Grammy-nominated, Academie Du Jazz Prize-winning trio
that gave us “Distances”, with another revelatory programme. As both
singer and lyricist Norma has few contemporary peers: her words seem to
float up from the music’s expressive core. And now she has a trio
united by a profound feeling for song. The stark instrumentation –
voice, piano, bass clarinet/soprano sax - seems never to limit their
repertoire, but to encourage the players to explore widely, and to make
musical use of the available space.
Jazz ballads find their place alongside adaptations of folk songs, and
‘chamber’ pieces influenced by classical or contemporary composition.
Textures, colours and rhythms may be drawn from scattered, surprising
sources, and even the hypnotic lulling of an Armenian cradle song has a
role to play as Norma cross-references Christina Rosetti nursery rhymes
with Tigran Mansurian’s adaptation of Komitas!