Harriet Tubman - Araminta
"The anthroponym Araminta means "lofty" and "protective." Araminta was also the given name of one of the most important figures in US and world history, abolitionist Harriet Tubman.
Guitarist Brandon Ross, bassist Melvin Gibbs and drummer J.T. Lewis have proudly worn Harriet Tubman's chosen name as their eponym for nearly 20 years, reaching for the heights of musical expression while preserving elements of their musical path. Harriet Tubman's recording Araminta is about becoming. It is also about evolution and collaboration. Just as Araminta Ross adopted the name Harriet on her path to legend, Harriet Tubman the band has taken the monumental name for their own partnership and sonic growth.
For Araminta, the trio invited the astounding trumpet player and musical conceptualist Wadada Leo Smith to add his unique sensibilities to their musical world as an electric improvisatory group."