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Transcript r.s/wri TUNED IN ALIVE! coming to Houston this month BY ASTRIDSHEIL ALIVE! is the name of a feminist jazz group, the title of their first album, and the best word to describe their music. It is a concept album, blending the traditional and explorative modes of jazz, but if the listener is looking for a typical sing- along jamboree of sisterhood or background music for the dinner hour, this is not the album. ALIVE! was born three years ago at a jazz workshop for women in San Francisco. It began as a trio with Carolyn Brandy on percussion, rhiannon doing vocals and percussion, and Susanne Vincenza playing cello and bass. Jazz keyboardist Michelle Rosewoman often joined the group for jam sessions at local coffeehouses. During the summer of 1977, ALIVE! crystallized its commitment to music at the Women's Music Festival in Champaign, Illinois and again later that year at the Women's Festival in Michigan. The two newest members of the group, Barbara Borden and Janet Small joined ALIVE! early in 1979. After their first tour together as a quintet in April 1979 everything began to fall together musically, spiritually, politically and emotionally. It is obvious from the opening cut on the album, Somebody's Talking to You that these women are tuned in to each other and can cook with the best jazz ensembles. The added touch of congas to the combination of piano, bass and drums augments the traditional sound and gives the musicians a broader base from which to explore. One of the more explorative endeavors on the album is Dark Side of The Moon which was written by Carolyn Brandy and James Gardner. On this piece the listener is taken through a whirlwind of sound from bells, chimes and piano strings to gongonqui, rattle and cabasa. The piece is impressionistic, painting colors and hues for the ears, creating mood with dissonance and a breakdown of tempo. Much of the group's work revolves around tempo, rhythm and percussion. There are Latin and African motifs throughout the album as well as touches of bebop, whole note phrasing, parallel motion, blues riffs and extraordinary scat singing that would surely leave Lambert, Hendricks and Ross gasping for air. Barbara Borden and Carolyn Brandy playing drums and congas respectively, break out for some percussive jamming reminiscent of the Brazilian Carnival in the opening cut and again in the closing piece, Yemaya, Sister of the Fishes. Janet Small is both percussive with her accents and lyrical with long flowing runs across the keys while Susanne Vincenza pounds out a striding bass. And then there is rhiannon. rhiannon is lead vocalist and, along with Carolyn Brandy, one of the principal songwriters of ALIVE! Her voice has the inventiveness of Urszula, the emotion of Flora, the control of Cleo, and a searing inner spirit all its own. She is at her best with her own songs, rhiannon, Part of Me/Changes and City Life. Her range is so wide, her improvisation so pervasive that the music is simply a vehicle to let the listener have some contact with the planet Earth. Her voice has a universal quality of emotion that would be understood in any language, but the added beauty of the lyrics gives great depth to the jazz. There is a harmonious balance between lyrics and music throughout the album. In Part of Me/Changes, the joy of loving and the pain of separation are expressed succinctly: "If we can just hold on/ To our faith in who we are when we're alone/ We've grown so much stronger for our lovin'." Strong words written by women for women are delivered by a voice as full of emotion as the act of giving birth. The music and the lyrics share a unity of spirit that can only be found when the basic framework is securely rooted in honesty, trust and understanding. Their message is clear: women need to look inward to themselves and to other women for love and truth. The philosophy of ALIVE! sums it up best: "We believe in the revolutionary and spiritual power of music, which reflects our heritage as women—healers and musicians since ancient times. Our highest goal is to express our uniqueness as individual women while remaining in touch with the source of our common inspiration." This is an extraordinary thought for jazz musicians, but a fundamental credo for women. ALIVE! will be appearing in Houston on January 18 and 19 at Fitzgerald's. For more information, call 524-0342. Astrid She/'I is program director of KUHF- FM and worked to get ADD LIB, the Houston all-woman's jazz group together. •Selective Enterprises Lisa Mach - commercial and residential real estate (co-owner of Plaza I Properties), Judy Doran - feminist attorney, Alethea Dollison - investments and property management, Sandra Hicks - property management and investments. Announcing an opportunity for women to invest in Houston REAL ESTATE. Selective Enterprises, Inc. is buying and managing income properties for investors. Limited partnerships and joint ventures are available. Minimum investment is $1000. Come join us and make your money work for you. Selective Enterprises, Inc. • Investments • Tax Shelter Advantages • Property Management 1001 Oxford Suite 100 Houston, Tx 77008 869-3848 l-IOUSI: OF CCI=I=I=I= MEANS Where women make policy and coffee! 2520 Rice Blvd. In the Village 524-0057 10-6/Mon-Fri 10-5/Sat Closed Sun HOUSTON BREAKTHROUGH 27 DECEMBER/JANUARY 1980