Some six million women around the world marched last Saturday to protest the election of the misogynist man-child Trump as the 45th president of the USA. They were right to do so, not only because of his popularity among the Stepford Wives, but also for his singular insecurity which has closed his mind to diversity and and his threats to close borders.
Yesterday he signed an executive order banning international NGOs from providing abortion services or offering information about abortions if they receive US funding.
IndoJazzia stands by women who demand the right to choose, to demonstrate their individual talents rather than being demonised because of their gender, and who regret the need to proclaim that Womens’ Lives Matter.
Here endeth the sermon, and now for some music.
Having already posted a compilation of women song interpreters, this time the focus is on women who’ve mastered their instruments, and who prefer to not sing.
Carla Bley, now 80, is one of the most prominent composer/performers in modern jazz. Although she hates to sing, her daughter Karen Mantler doesn’t. Susanne Abbuehl interprets a track from the 1971 Carla Bley-Paul Haines opus Escalator Over The Hill.
Katrina Krimsky is 79, and has a very varied music background, having associated with many other composers including David Rosenboom, Jon Hassell, Terry Riley, and La Monte Young. Stella Malu (Shy Stella in English?) is from her 1994 ECM album with British saxophonist Trevor Watts.
Annette Peacock is “a preternaturally talented composer, ear-boggling singer, intuitive multi-instrumentalist, vocal manipulation innovator and pioneering synthesizer early adopter.” The Marilyn Crispell track is from Annette Peacock’s 1964–1969 catalogue of compositions: Marilyn is the pianist, Paul Motian the drummer, and Annette’s ex-husband Gary is the bassist.
The Danish percussionist Marilyn Mazur may be better known from her years with Miles Davis and the Jan Garbarek group. However, she has since toured with her own group of Scandinavian musicians, all group leaders in their own right.
Rita Marcotulli is an Italian pianist-composer who has played with, among many others, Pat Metheny, Chet Baker, Enrico Rava, Kenny Wheeler, Billy Cobham and Peter Erskine. For this track she is paired with accordionist Luciano Biondini.
Mette Henriette Rølvåg is a young (27) Norwegian saxophonist who demonstrates on her debut album that she will take jazz to hitherto unrecognised regions.
Carla Bley has (almost) the last word, and IndoJazzia hopes that she, and all musicians, receive whatever royalties she/they are due.
01. Carla Bley – I Hate To Sing
02. Karen Mantler – Life is Sheep
03. Susanne Abbuehl – A.I.R. (All India Radio)
04. Katrina Krimsky – Stella Malu
05. Marilyn Crispell – Butterflies That I Feel Inside Me
06. Marilyn Mazur – Back To Dreamfog Mountain
07. Rita Marcotulli & Luciano Biondini – La Strada Invisibile
08. Mette Henriette – Wind On Rocks
09. Carla Bley – Copyright Royalties
Minor footnote: after divorcing Carla Bley in 1967, pianist Paul Bley married Annette Peacock.