Celebrating the power, beauty and creativity of women through original compositions. That’s the aim of the Firey String Sistas’ That’s What She Said … (A&EC Music, 2016).
The players are Nioka Workman, cello, vocals and percussion; Marlene Rice, violin, vocals and percussion; Melissa Slocum, acoustic bass; Mala Waldron, piano, vocals and percussion; and Karina Colis, drums and percussion.
“Ellie,” composed by Waldron, is a lively jaunt, with the main theme led by a vocal scat. Colis and Slocum set the groove, playing emphatically underneath whoever has the lead. Rice, Workman, Waldron and Slocum deliver riveting solos, and Colis stretches out subtly but effectively throughout.