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  • Best-known for the 1965 soul classic “Rescue Me,” Fontella Bass returned to the music scene in 1995 with No Ways Tired, a gospel collection on the Nonesuch American Explorer Series. Backed by a full rhythm section, choir, organ, and horns—including longtime collaborators Lester Bowie and David Sanborn, as well as Hamiet Bluiett of the World Saxophone Quartet with whom she performed on their album Breath of Life—Bass reclaims the music that shaped her as a young singer, bringing elements of blues, jazz, and soul to form a singular sound.

  • Best-known for the 1965 soul classic “Rescue Me,” Fontella Bass returned to the music scene in 1995 with No Ways Tired, a gospel collection on the Nonesuch American Explorer Series. Backed by a full rhythm section, choir, organ, and horns—including longtime collaborators Lester Bowie and David Sanborn, as well as Hamiet Bluiett of the World Saxophone Quartet with whom she performed on their album Breath of Life—Bass reclaims the music that shaped her as a young singer, bringing elements of blues, jazz, and soul to form a singular sound.

  • Described by the New York Times as “one of the finest ensembles in American music, with a velvety sonic blend and a wild-eyed imagination,” the World Saxophone Quartet incorporates wildly divergent styles and approaches to the saxophone quartet. Here, the group teams up with vocalist Fontella Bass for a set of originals and covers, material ranging from avant-garde to R&B to jazz-rock.