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E.J. ANTONIO/Rituals in the Marrow-Recipe for a Jam Session:  Return with us now to the golden days of poetry and jazz as this poet sparks some impromptu jazz by some real hitters that makes you feel like some civil rights stuff is just around the corner.  Without an Alan Douglas production in sight, the gang rolls tape, takes chances and sets the stage for yet another renaissance of Last Poets.  Heady stuff for the church basement crowd.

…EJ Antonio’s virtuoso, full bodied renditions form syncopated portraits of stalled passion

E.J. Antonio's a spellbinding couplet of jazz and poetry (jazzoetry) on a CD. The "in-the-moment jam session" combines a unique blend of written and spoken word, paired with the most rewarding auditory experience, stimulatingly reflective of Maya Angelo's reading "On the Pulse of Morning"...

This is one of the best poetry/jazz recordings I've heard in a LONG time - the interaction/ interplay between the poet and players is seamless and your delivery is a joy and marvel to listen to.

Cornelius Eady (Sep 13, 2010)

E. J. Antonio – RITUALS IN THE MARROW; RECIPE FOR A JAM SESSION: This spoken-word CD is one of the best musical adventures I’ve been on this year… E.J. makes her words come ALIVE... Many late-nite sessions around the world come back to mind as I listen... – can FEEL the smoke drippin’ off the horns, saxes & bass as E.J. guides us through the haze.  If the harp/vocal call-response on “Pullman Porter” doesn’t reach right out & touch you – you might as well be Elliot Ness – unTOUCHable!  ... this gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.97.   Rotcod Zzaj