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Now Hear This: Jyoti | Mama, You Can Bet!

I'm still getting caught up on all the good albums I missed last week. Like this one.


THE PRESS RELEASE:Mama, You Can Bet! is the acclaimed third album from Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Georgia Anne Muldrow’s solo-jazz project, Jyoti. Mama, You Can Bet! comes after two previous Jyoti records, Denderah and Ocotea, the latter taking home the Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Award for Best Jazz Album. Unlike these earlier Jyoti records, Mama, You Can Bet! contains tracks with vocals from Muldrow, including the singles, Mama, You Can Bet!, This Walk and Orgone. The album’s only guest musician is Georgia’s long-time friend and acclaimed saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin (on Ra’s Noise). The album also features two Charlie Mingus compositions that Georgia remixed for the album, Bemoanable Lady Geemix, and Fabus Foo Geemix, both commissioned by Jason Moran and The Kennedy Center in 2017, a project that manifested into a live performance entitled Muldrow Meets Mingus that was held at both The Kennedy Center and Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Georgia Anne Muldrow not only creates jazz music — she’s lived it since birth. Her father, Ronald Muldrow, played alongside Eddie Harris while her mother, Rickie Byars, performed as lead singer of Roland Hanna’s New York Jazz Quartet and Pharoah Sanders Ensemble. Following in her parents’ footsteps, she has collaborated with famed musicians including Robert Glasper, Adrian Younge, Ambrose Akinmursire, Justin Brown’s Nyeusi, and Keyon Harrold. Jyoti is a name bestowed upon her by the late great Alice Coltrane. The newest Jyoti music arrives after many monumental years for Muldrow. Her most recent solo album Overload — released on Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder — earned her a 2020 Grammy nomination and landed on year-end lists. 2019 saw Georgia perform at numerous jazz festivals around the globe: Nublu Jazz Festival (Brazil), Portland Jazz Festival (US), Bric Festival (Brooklyn, US), Blue Note Tokyo (Japan), New York Winter Jazz Festival and the DC Jazz Festival, to name a few.”