Jazz collective Artemis have shared their eponymous debut album on Blue Note Records.
The sextet boasts an all-female, multi-national line-up consisting of trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, bassist Noriko Ueda, drummer Allison Miller, pianist and musical director Renee Rosnes, clarinetist Anat Cohen and tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana. Their LP is an exquisite presentation of their collective brilliance, assisted by vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant on “If it’s Magic” and “Cry, Buttercup, Cry.”
“The Greek goddess Artemis is an explorer, a torch bringer, a protector of young children, and a goddess of the hunt,” Jensen explained of the group’s moniker. “I feel that her character is indicative of the energies and wide array of musical tapestries that Artemis the band brings to the stage as we take our music to the moon, the stars, and beyond.”
Artemis features a beautiful reimagination of the Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour track “The Fool on the Hill,” originally penned by John Lennon and Paul McCartney but sung by the latter musician. Artemis also perform famed jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan’s track “The Sidewinder”—with a new arrangement by Rosnes—to round out the record.
Stream Artemis below: