Album: Matana Roberts, Live in London (Central Control)

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Wailing, bluesy free jazz from alto saxophonist Roberts, following up her excellent debut with this Vortex recording accompanied by pianist Robert Mitchell, bassist Tom Mason and drummer Chris Vatalaro.

She's a fantastic player but you have to dig in and concentrate: opener "My Sistr" lasts 27 minutes. By editing out her sparky spoken intros, the true sense of Roberts in performance is also weakened. But listen to her wail on Ellington's "Oskar T" and marvel.