Three years after the release of Artemis' critically acclaimed self-titled debut album, the ensemble returns with a marvelous follow-up that highlights the improvisational strength of its members as well as their respective gifts as composers. In Real Time showcases a new lineup of the collective with founding members pianist Renee Rosnes, drummer Allison Miller, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, and bassist Noriko Ueda joined by newcomers tenor saxophonist Nicole Grover and multi-reedist Alexa Tarantino. The 8-song set presents compelling new band member originals along with choice covers of pieces by Lyle Mays ("Slink") and Wayne Shorter ("Penelope").
The band's 2020 debut was met with wide critical acclaim. "Collectively, the sheer force of the group's ability is staggering," wrote DownBeat. The Wall Street Journal praised their "ability to move gracefully through various styles and moods and to sound, by turns, authoritative and playful, locked-in or loose-limbed," adding that "Artemis means to upend expectations, gently and yet with force. Its music comes off like a nuanced argument for a fresh point of view."
"The new album is an authentic representation of the collective and the individual," Miller says. "Our growth as a band is clear from the downbeat. There is a trust that has become more solidified since our first recording and the chemistry is palpable."
While much of In Real Time evokes the deep well of the post-bop jazz tradition that inspires Artemis, they never fail to inspire on their own terms.
- 180g Vinyl
|Nicole Glover||tenor saxophone|
|Alexa Tarantino||soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, flute|
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- Balance of Time
- Lights Away from Home
- Empress Afternoon