Celebrating the power, beauty and creativity of women through original compositions. That’s the aim of the Firey String Sistas’ That’s What She Said … (A&EC Music, 2016).

The players are Nioka Workman, cello, vocals and percussion; Marlene Rice, violin, vocals and percussion; Melissa Slocum, acoustic bass; Mala Waldron, piano, vocals and percussion; and Karina Colis, drums and percussion.

“Ellie,” composed by Waldron, is a lively jaunt, with the main theme led by a vocal scat. Colis and Slocum set the groove, playing emphatically underneath whoever has the lead. Rice, Workman, Waldron and Slocum deliver riveting solos, and Colis stretches out subtly but effectively throughout.

Colis steps out front a bit on her composition, “Adversidad.” The piece begins with light percussion, piano, hand claps and a modest bass line accompany the violin and cello. After the initial sequence, the cello presents a somber passage, reflecting the mood of one who faces serious challenges. The piano attempts to offer some hope. The violin then represents the effort, the struggle to overcome obstacles. At this point, Colis begins some deep tom rolls that, combined with the strings, swells to a brief climax. A flash of quietude, and the music shifts to something more melodic, a sign of progress.

“Miss Lady,” written by Slocum, is a moderate piece, accented by a touch of sass. After right’s moment, one might take a moment to realize the high notes are actually coming from the bass. Slocum snaps those strings for effect, then reaches into the lower depths. The violin, cello and bass seemingly have individual melodies going as the song begins to wind down, but they all work with in a way that allows the listener to appreciate all of them.

Throughout That’s What She Said …, the musicians complement one another well. Even when one is not soloing or leading the melody, she’s firmly engaged. Seven of the eight tracks were penned by members of the group. The only cover is of Cedar Walton’s “To the Holy Land.”

Workman, a native of New York, founded Fire String Company, which produces events for female string improvisers. She has film and television credits on “Saturday Night Live,” PBS and NBC.