Review - After spending the last decade working with the kind of jazzbos that figured out how to avoid being a starving artist without selling out, Drummond continues to step out on her own, spreading her wings farther with each outing. It's unavoidable acknowledging the DNA behind this recording---jazz, new age, world, some saloon, some samba, some classical, some Herbie Mann excursions into all of the above---but it's also unavoidable acknowledging that like a sonic Dr. Frankenstein, she's reassembled these building blocks into a whole new whole that's one of a kind. With most of her side players being leaders we've enthused over in the past, they come together here under her baton bringing their A game throughout. Not aiming for hit records, Drummond aims her flute for a hit sound making this the kind of date that won't blow up out of the box but will put her kids through college and pay for her groceries when she gets old enough for Social Security and finds it's not there. Utterly killer adult jazz throughout.
by Chris Spector, Midwest Record
Brandi Disterheft wrote a few words about the album:
A composer, flutist, and pianist, AnneDrummond is a bandleader who withholds from demanding and scrutinizing her musicians, but rather conveys, in a poised manner, how she envisions the music to evolve. As a person she is as graceful, eloquent, and unpredictably captivating as her music.
I became aware of Anne’s cult-like fan club years ago while on the road in a small town in Slovenia. Someone had put on anAvishai Cohen album at a house party and I overheard some musicians I had recently met raving about the flutist on the album. I exclaimed, “that is Anne Drummond! She is a friend of mine.”
Following that time I became very familiar with Anne’s music through various performances, and projects. I saw that her music pushed the craft of jazz way beyond anything commercially driven as it is charged with movement, color, and texture. This needed to be shared among fans, so I fervently urged Anne to record a new album.
We’d played often leading up to this time where I’d heard her sit down at the piano, exuding audacious soulfulness, as heard in her piece Early. Assuming that Anne could be a perfectionist like many artists, perhaps witnessing the ongoing quest of inverting a few chords here and there or extending improvised sections after ‘wood shedding’ and many live performances, she made a beautiful record.
Having grown up listening to Gene Harris, Anne would inevitably be drawn to her friend Benny Green to hand off the piano keys on the tracks she would be featured on flute. With the addition of the wizardry ofKeita Ogawa’s worldly and textured percussion, the music was given a heartbeat. It takes one creative mind to round up Dave Eggar on cello and Vic Juris on guitar and add them to the layer of sound.
From conception to completion, this album holds the attributes of a classic album of all original music with influences from Ahmad Jamal, Brian Blade’s Fellowship Band, D’Angelo, to Kenny Barron’s Brazilian projects.
“Anne Drummond is something else again on Like Water: an airy sylph whose lines burrow into the center of the band, embedding her in the middle of each light, ephemeral samba, and become one with the group sound. Unlike most flute soloists who tend to float over the band, Drummond somehow lets her sound emanate fluidly from ground zero in your psyche.”- AllAboutJazz.com | November 2009
“Curumim” is a bouncy, incisive Brazilian flavored tune that’s perfect for a flute/piano duet such as this one performed by Drummond and Mueller. Drummond’s flute flutters around the piano, stating the melody, playfully jousting with Mueller and inserting mini-solos so seamlessly that her constant role changes go mostly unnoticed. Mariano’s composition is a strong one, but “Curumim” is greatly bolstered by the rapport between these two players.”- Jazz.com | December 2009
“Drummond takes an understated, lyrical approach rather than focusing on fast runs and over-blowing. With this admirable effort, Anne Drummond comes across as a talented instrumentalist and composer who is willing to share the spotlight with her fellow musicians, good advice for any up-and-coming jazz musician.”- AllMusic.com | January 2010
“Drummond’s joy and energy is immediately noticeable and her playing is passionate throughout. The blend between the pizzicato string line, at the outset of “Spring,” and the rest of the musicians is intoxicating. Pianist Xavier Davis makes his lone appearance here, providing a touching Egberto Gismonti’s “Frevo”
is three-and-a-half minutes of musical magic; Drummond’s playing is electric, and her blend and chemistry with Mueller is astounding. Drummond is comfortable in her skin and values the group dynamic over the individual.”- All About Jazz | Feb 2010
“She plays a cool refreshing bossa nova that feels great. She was smart to surround herself with a fine set if musicians. The session is appropriately titled as Drummond’s compositions can be soothing, cleansing, powerful and invigorating, Like Water! Just sit back and enjoy the tide.”- O’s Place | Jazz March 2010
“Aptly titled, flutist Anne Drummond’s debut recording as a leader is an exercise in fluidity, alternating between flowing ballads and surging, up-tempo numbers. Drummond shows a great sense of leadership here, her fine technique imbued with spirit and imagination. Delivering this promising concept album as her first effort, one can’t help but wonder where Drummond might go next.”
- Jazz Times | March 2010