Ms. Blackman may be the Art Blakey for Our Times: she's a dynamic, driving drummer, who, as Blakey often did, makes it sound like more than one drummer is playing; she's a fine, original composer of tunes (as opposed to mere frameworks for soloing) -- almost all the tracks here are originals, with a nice mix of ballads & burners; she knows where to draw upon for material outside her band, drawing from such diverse sources as Wayne Shorter, Ornette Coleman and Lenny Kravitz (!); for her ensemble, she mixes established figures like legendary bass-ace Ron Carter with experienced young 'uns like Ravi Coltrane (who wails like there's no tomorrow, and is not in the shadow of his padre) and Jacky Terrason (whose electric piano on the title song is a nice touch). Nine tunes in 63 minutes -- nobody treads water or noodle-doodles here. Watch for her -- a real contender, she is.
Artist / Group Name:Cindy Blackman
CD Title:In the Now
Record Label:High Note
Musicians:Cindy Blackman (drums), Ravi Coltrane (sax), Jacky Terrasson (piano), Ron Carter (bass)