"Strum is the first album dedicated solely to Montgomery’s music, and marks her debut as a leading composer and performer...The album combines classical chamber music with elements of folk music, spirituals, improvisation, poetry, and politics, crafting a unique and insightful new–music perspective on the cross-cultural intersections of American history."
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“Technically, you might say ‘In Color’ [by Jessie Montgomery] is ‘classical’, and its sections work as cinematic interludes between the [Bob Stewart’s] First Line performances. But taken as a whole, ‘In Color’ is an integral piece, from the dissonant, suspended harmonies of ‘Red’ to the driving, complex rhythms of ‘Aqua’. It’s also impressive how easily its sections segues in an out of the jazz and blues pieces.”
Jon Garelick, DOWNBEAT Magazine
"Turbulent, wildly colorful and exploding with life, “Strum” sounded like a handful of American folk melodies tossed into a strong wind, cascading and tumbling joyfully around one another."