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Vancouver cellist Peggy Lee's band with Brad Turner, Dylan van der Schyff, Tony Wilson, &c. presents amazing arrangements allowing great solos in pieces that explore timbres, moods and rhythm.

Lee, Peggy Band
Sounds from the Big House

Lee, Peggy Band: Sounds from the Big House (Spool)
Label: Spool    
Released in: Canada    

"Second release from the extraordinary ensemble. Lee's compositions kick, simmer and sing, and confirm her as a major talent of what Muhal Richard Abrams called contemporary creative music. The seamless improvisations which colored the first recording so vividly and which erased the lines dividing inside and out playing are here too."-Spool

"[...] the real point is that if this is avant-garde jazz music , it's the kind of avant-garde jazz music anyone can love. Lee can play "out" with the best of them, and since she's one of the world's finest improvising cellists, she often does. But as a bandleader, she's more concerned with striking a balance between sonic exploration and a more traditional melodic approach, and to that end she has constructed a group that can do anything. ... Passionate virtuosity and committed versatility like this are hard to come by, but if you've got this CD you'll always have some close at hand.Alex Varty, the Georgia Straight

The Vancouver-based cellist leads a sextet through an edgy program navigating a course between 21st century jazz and avant-garde chamber music on Sounds From the Big House. The orchestrations are superb, exploring a panoply of timbres, moods and rhythmic feels....There are some fine solos, with the leader and Berkman sounding particularly inspired. Drummer van der Schyff''s splashy, expansive percussion propels even the more abstract passages with a potent pulse, and Wilson cranks out distorted skronk one moment, post-Frisell Copland-esque Americana the next."-Bill Barton, Coda

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Product Information:

UPC: 778224144823

Label: Spool
Catalog ID: SPL117
Squidco Product Code: 12704

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2002
Country: Canada
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Produced by Peggy Lee and Shawn Pierce. Recorded and mixed at the Factory, Vancouver, B.C., (April 2002) by Shawn Pierce for Maximum Music.


Peggy Lee-cello

Brad Turner-trumpet and flugelhorn

Jeremy Berkman-trombone

Tony Wilson-electric guitar

Chris Tarry-bass

Dylan van der Schyff-drums, percussion, electronics, trumpet


Robin Reid-marimba

Francois Houle-clarinet

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Track Listing:

1. Rock Paper Scissors 14:11

2. Little Reminders 4:57

3. Night Skate 4:02

4. Bug Hunt/Target Island 5:50

5. Spiralling 4:53

6. Distance 3:20

7. Sounds From The Big House 4:58

8. Horse's Dream 5:37

9. Go Dog Go 4:14