Life on Earth

Canadian/Indian pianist/composer Renee Rosnes has a genuine creative adventure with Life on Earth, her eighth album for Blue Note.

Canadian/Indian pianist/composer Renee Rosnes has a genuine creative adventure with Life on Earth, her eighth album for Blue Note. The opening track on the CD, "Empress Afternoon," is an inventive, propulsive work that incorporates fluid piano lines and the driving percussion of tabla master Zakir Hussain. It's an attractive and very distinctive blending of post-bop jazz and Asian rhythms, and it provides a dramatic opening sortie. In the eight songs that follow, the world is Rosnes' inspiration. She works a delightful African vibe on "Senegal Son," abetted by Senegalese djembe player Mor Thiamand; gets into some tasty free-form material on "Icelight"; and opens the number "Hanuman" with a sample of the Ketjak Balinese Monkey Chant, which seems to inspire tenor sax player Chris Potter, as well as percussionist Duduka Da Fonseca, to fiery solo efforts.—PVV