Ellen Rowe Octet – Momentum: Portraits of Women in Motion (Smokin’ Sleddog)

“Ain’t I a Woman,” the sultry blues/gospel number that kicks off Momentum, moves with a swagger that would be welcome on most any straightahead jazz playlist. Pianist Ellen Rowe introduces the tune with rumbling gospel chords that set the table for a classic soul-jazz horn-driven melody. The round of solos begins with a well-developed, no-notes-wasted

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