An impressive player on both clarinet and saxophone, Matana Roberts is also a talented and noteworthy composer. A native of Chicago steeped in the city’s rich tradition of experimental and modern creative jazz, Roberts created THE CHICAGO PROJECT in homage to her home town and influences. Featured is a cast of the city’s excellent musicians (including members of Tortoise, Ken Vandermark’s group, and saxophone legend Fred Anderson) on nine of Roberts’s own tunes, each of which balances various strains of jazz history with skilled improvisation, precise group interplay, and sonic adventurousness.
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AllMusic Review by Anthony Tognazzini