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Episode for Taslima Nasrin was originally recorded on Witness, the politically charged large-ish ensemble recording by Dave Douglas. Taslima Nasrin is a Bangladeshi poet and doctor who fled her country in the wake of attacks, both physical and verbal, waged against her after publishing the novel Lajja in 1993. Her opposition to Sharia Law made her a target for fundamentalists who called for a ban of her novel and even offered a bounty on her death. She finally escaped to Sweden in 1994 to become a full time writer and activist. She is active on Twitter at @TaslimaNasreen.
This new performance of ‘Episode For Taslima Nasrin’ brings out the collective strength of the Serial Sessions Players. The poignant harmonies are re-voiced for this more intimate group of trumpet, clarinet, trombone, piano, bass, drums. The smaller instrumentation of this version coaxes nuggets of improvisational moments out of each musician. We know you’ll love it.
from Serial Sessions 2015,
released January 1, 2015
Dave Douglas, trumpet
Chet Doxas, tenor saxophone & clarinet
Ryan Keberle, trombone
Frank Woeste, piano
Linda Oh, bass
Rudy Royston, drums
All compositions by Dave Douglas (Dave Douglas Music, BMI)
Recorded at The Samurai Hotel Recording Studio
Engineered by David Stoller
Mixed and Master by Tyler McDiarmid
Design & Photography by Russell Moore