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Jazz - Released September 11, 2020 | Blue Note Records

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Super groups are often over marketed and rather dull. However, this appears to be the complete opposite with Artemis’s debut album, released on Blue Note Records. Behind the Artemis name, Greek Goddess of nature, the hunt and childbirth, are seven internationally acclaimed female musicians, each masters of their craft. At the head of this multi generational roundup, the Canadian pianist and musical director of the project, Renee Rosnes has brought together the Israeli clarinetist Anat Cohen, the Chilean tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, the Canadian trompettiste Ingrid Jensen, the Japanese double bassist Noriko Ueda, the American drummer Allison Miller, and on two tracks, the Franco-American vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. ‘Each member of Artemis is a unique individual, and this is what music needs, artistic versatility!’, explains Cohen. ‘It’s the people that make life interesting and that make music captivating’. The group’s identity has flourished organically thanks to the seven musicians, each expressing their own vison and perspective yet maintaining a strong homogeneity throughout the record. For Jensen, ‘the character of the Greek Goddess Artemis reveals the energy and the broad musical horizons that our band brings on stage’. This is where the success of the record, focused on natural unification, shines. This vast album, comprised mainly of original compositions also features eclectic covers of The Fool On The Hill by the Beatles, Cry Buttercup, Cry, popularised by Maxine Sullivan, The Sidewinder by Lee Morgan and If It’s Magic by Stevie Wonder. Expert in her field, Renee Rosnes’ musical arrangements capture and cement the artistic creativity of each member. This super group, entirely female in its line-up, sends a strong message to the male dominated jazz world. Artemis’music is beautiful, intelligent, and challenges the preconceived ideas of the jazz genre. ©️ Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Electronic - Released June 5, 2012 | RTFM Records

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Jazz - Released September 11, 2020 | Blue Note Records

The eponymous debut album from the all-star female jazz collective, 2020's Artemis showcases the group's immense compositional and improvisational depth. Named after the Greek goddess of hunting, Artemis is led by pianist Renee Rosnes and features the equally adept talents of tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana, clarinetist Anat Cohen, trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Noriko Ueda, and drummer Allison Miller. Also on board is Grammy-winning vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant. Rosnes brought the group together in 2017 with an eye to building upon each of the member's combined skills. Consequently, while we get distinctive contributions from each player, while the album plays as a unified artistic vision. It opens with Miller's intensely kinetic "Goddess of the Hunt," her roiling groove and the song's tense melody offering a rich jumping-off point for each soloist. Jensen in particular leaps into the fray, offering frentic note clusters and wide octave leaps that further reinforce her status as one of the main heirs to Kenny Wheeler's legacy. From there, they settle into Aldana's "Frida," a modal piece inspired by painter Frida Kahlo whose languid, wavelike structure subtly evokes Herbie Hancock's 1966 classic "Maiden Voyage." We also get the wild-eyed, circus-like atmosphere of Rosnes' "Big Top," the dusky, slow-burn flamenco of Cohen's "Nocturno," and the spiraling, Horace Silver-esque hard bop of Ueda's "Step Forward." There are also a handful of nicely attenuated covers, including an expansive arrangement of The Beatles' "The Fool on the Hill." Salvant also contributes a gorgeously sad-eyed take on Stevie Wonder's "If It's Magic" and applies her delicately resonant voice to Maxine Sullivan's plaintive 1940's ballad "Cry, Buttercup, Cry." While the virtuosity and musical creativity of the group are the primary focus of Artemis, there's an implied message of feminist empowerment at work in their supportive ensemble of strong female artistic voices. As if to underline this female-centric reimagining of heretofore male-focused aspects of the jazz tradition, they dive into an album-closing reworking of Lee Morgan's classic "The Sidewinder." Here, Artemis deconstructs the funky boogaloo into a moody, wickedly laid-back groover in which they trade increasingly abstract and off-kilter lines before coming together in soulful unison behind Rosnes. © Matt Collar /TiVo
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Rock - Released June 5, 2012 | RTFM Records

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Electronic - Released June 5, 2012 | RTFM Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 1, 2012 | RTFM Records - SUGO Music Group

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Electronic - Released June 5, 2012 | RTFM Records

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Electronic - Released June 5, 2012 | RTFM Records

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Pop - Released December 3, 2015 | Blue Pie Records

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New Age - Released October 30, 2015 | Blue Pie Records

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New Age - Released October 30, 2015 | Blue Pie Records

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released May 2, 2014 | Pemptousia

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Pop - Released August 24, 2018 | Artemis

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Miscellaneous - Released November 26, 2013 | Artemis

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Soul - Released June 22, 2018 | Artemis

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Experimental - Released May 15, 2019 | Artemis

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released March 16, 2012 | FM Records

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Hip-Hop/Rap - Released August 29, 2020 | Artemis