Jan 17 2019
Best of 2018 #12: Peggy Lee Band – “Echo Painting”
For many years, Peggy Lee has been casting her spell of avant-garde, folk, modern jazz, chamber, and ambient musics, and with each successive occurrence, the enchantment gains even greater strength. There is an emphasis on orchestration in her works, and equal weight given to an improvisational approach that pulls the structure apart at the seams. But even with these given qualities that, under normal conditions, would seem to have conflicted interests at heart, the cellist is able to attain a fluidity that brings a focused perspective to bind it all together. Magic inspires a massive experience of wonderment; the Peggy Lee Band are magicians of the highest order.
Released on Songlines Recordings.
Music from Vancouver, Canada.
I wrote about this album for Bird is the Worm and The Bandcamp Daily.
Jan 31 2019
Album of the Day: “You Have Options” by Houle, Hawkins and Eisenstadt
Artist: François Houle, Alexander Hawkins and Harris Eisenstadt
Album: You Have Options
Label: Songlines Recordings
Style: Ghost of jazz past
Favorite Track: “The Pitts”
Music from: Vancouver, Canada & Oxford, UK & Brooklyn, NY.
What I like about it: I like that this music has a tone that borders on haunting, and how its drifting presence gives it an ethereal feel. I like that way it echoes a more traditional sound of a bygone jazz era as the trio channels the music into something that is very present day. I like how a melodic perspective remains intact no matter how determinedly the trio pulls things apart into a mere resemblance of its first volley of notes. I like how the music possesses an innate peacefulness, even though the music becomes unsettled and agitated.
Your album personnel: François Houle (clarinet), Alexander Hawkins (piano) and Harris Eisenstadt (drums).
Available at: Amazon
Be sure to check out the artist’s site.
By davesumner • Jazz Recommendations, Jazz Recommendations - 2018 • 2 • Tags: Alexander Hawkins, François Houle, Harris Eisenstadt, Songlines Recordings