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Erica Lindsay

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Born: June 5, 1955    Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Erica Lindsay, tenor saxophonist and composer, currently leads her own quartet featuring Francesca Tanksley on piano, and co-leads a quartet with pianist Sumi Tonooka that features Bob Braye and Rufus Reid. Two new recordings with these ensembles respectively are, “Yes - Live at the Rosendale Cafe” and the soon to be released, “Initiation”. She also currently performs with the Oliver Lake Big Band, the Baikida Carroll Quintet, the Howard Johnson, Hojo5 Quintet, the Jeff Siegel Quartet and the San Francisco-based group, Trace Elements. Her most recent recordings with these ensembles are, “Cloth” (Oliver Lake Big Band), “Magical Spaces” and “Live in Europe” (Jeff Siegel Quartet), “Marionettes on a High Wire,” (Baikida Carroll Quintet), and “Parallel Universe” (Trace Elements). Lindsay is presently working on releasing two duo projects: one with percussionist Ricky Carter (”Soulcatcher”) and the other with drummer Bob Braye (”Oceans”)....
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”Tenor saxophonist Erica Lindsay wails in the open, unfettered fashion of the late freebopper Dewey Redman at this gig in upstate New York.” - Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes (May 01, 2009)

”Elsewhere, she blows with elegance and grace on the introspective “Dusk-Fall” and the mesmerizing “Night of Roses.” “ - Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes (May 01, 2009)

”Lindsay lights it up on the urgent title track, the cooker “Dance of the Elves” and the modal “Gotta Get to It.” “ - Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes (May 01, 2009)

”Erica Lindsay's “profound, soul-searching technique straddles Coltrane’s spirituality and Joe Henderson’s fiery versatility. “ - Bob Margolis, Daily Freeman

”... a player of enormous gifts and a composer and arranger of striking originality. “ - Royal Stokes, Jazz Times

”... plays with such an emotional spontaneity that she is very much in the tradition of those jazz makers who were so evidently taking joy in surprising themselves each night, each song, each bar.” - Nat Hentoff , Downbeat

”She has a distinctive clarity and fullness of sound as well as an acute sense of dynamics. “ - Nat Hentoff, Downbeat

”Her compositions are also characterized by an invigorating clarity of form and direction.” - Nat Hentoff, Downbeat

"Cloth" (Oliver Lake Big Band) "Magical Spaces" and "Live in Europe" (Jeff Siegel Quartet) "Marionettes on a High Wire," (Baikida Carroll Quintet) "Parallel Universe" (Trace Elements)

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