, one of the jazz world's premier flutists, explores a deeper-toned territory with Low Life: The Alto Flute Project. Primarily a conventional C flautistwith an impressive discographyHofmann has broken out the lower tone of the alto flute in her concerts, and occasionally on record. Now it's time for a full length CD featuring her expertise on the instrument.
The range of the alto flute is limited, requiring an artist to say more with less. Hofmann and her bandheaded up by her husband, pianist Mike Wofford
are up to the challenge. The group reigns in the extended soloing and lays down a sound that is sweet and elegant, in a mode that explores the simple beauty, without fanfare, of some familiar (and some not so familiar) tunes. It's a way of working that can get shoved aside in a music world that encourages challenging and pushing the boundaries.
The tone of the alto flute is rich and creamy, with a little blur around the edges. It is a less sharp sound that of the C flute, and is less penetrating. It's this inviting tone that Hofmann uses to explore the Great American Songbook jewel, "The Very Thought of You," making it sound as if the tune with written with the alto flute in mind. John Williams