Nicole Mitchell Itemizes her Influences

Unlike the usual fluffy “blindfold test” conducted by most magazines, where participants merely guess the identity of their closest musical associates, Jazz Times’ George Varga challenges California-based flutist and Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (ACCM) stalwart Nicole Mitchell with sessions relating to all facets of her burgeoning career. Not only does Mitchell nail the identity of such contemporaries and influences as bassist Mark Dresser and trombonists Jimmy Cheatham and George Lewis plus flutists James Newton, Hubert Laws and Robert Dick , but she also articulately elaborates what each player meant to her as a maturing improviser and how some helped her find her place within the ongoing Jazz tradition. Oh and dig her experiences when she first met mercurial pianist/bandleader Sun Ra.