Occasion to Rise is a mostly straight-ahead outing for pianist Michele Rosewoman, who is featured in a trio with bassist Rufus Reid and drummer Ralph Peterson. Avoiding ever being safe, in spots the album hints at Rosewoman's interests in African and Cuban music. Rosewoman sings "We Are," and comes up with fresh statements on John Coltrane's "Lazy Bird," Charles Mingus' "Weird Nightmare," and Lee Morgan's "Nite Flite," along with five of her own originals. A fine overall introduction to the straight-ahead side of Michele Rosewoman's music.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow