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Lurie, Jessica Ensemble: Shop of Wild Dreams (Zipa!Music)

Jessica Lurie (The Tiptons) in a passionate and fascinating album that blurs the lines between jazz, world, folk, and other lyrical forms, driven by a strong band and impressive soloing.
 

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UPC: 700261256634

Label: Zipa!Music
Catalog ID: lurieDreams
Squidco Product Code: 13735

Format: CD
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2009
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Recorded by Marc Urselli at Eastside Sound, New York.


Personnel:

Jessica Lurie-alto and tenor saxophone, flute, accordion, baritone ukelele, voice

Erik Deutsch-piano, electric keyboard, Rhodes

Brandon Seabrook-guitar, banjo, tape recorder

Todd Sickafoose-acoustic bass

Allison MIller-drums

Elizabeth Pupo-Walker-percussion

Tina Richerson-baritone saxophone

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track listing:


1. Number Six 6:22

2. I Don't Care If I Don't Care 3:56

3. The Usual Things 8:56

4. Grey Ocean 4:25

5. Grinch 5:46

6. Shop Of Wild Dreams 5:23

7. Pinjur 5:58

8. Circus Rain 5:37

9. Flying Man 5:21

10. Anthem 6:05
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Jessica Lurie came to many people's attention through the Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, an energetic group from Seattle named for the circa '50s saxophonist better known for living and passing as a man than for her music. Their first release Saxhouse, (1993, Knitting Factory Records) seemed radical not just for the group's name but for being an all-female horn band, something still rare to see 16 years later.

Lurie and Amy Denio, the two principles of the quartet, have kept the band going (with some changes in membership) fairly steadily, while taking on an impressive variety of projects outside the band. Lurie has pushed herself as an improvising instrumentalist as well as blurring the lines between her jazz and pop interests. And on Shop of Wild Dreams she presents a wide variety of musical ideas while managing to create a seamless hour of listening.

Lurie herself plays saxophones, flute, accordion, ukulele and sings on the album, already suggesting a diversity of intentions. And her quintet moves easily through cinematic jazz, gypsy inflection, vocal songs and the occasional light instrumental. Particularly effective is Brandon Seabrook, whose guitar and banjo can fit quietly into the background only to turn to surprising drive. The rhythm section (Erik Deutsch on piano and keyboards, Todd Sickafoose on bass and Allison Miller on drums) proves to be effective and flexible, but it is Lurie in the foreground most of the time. (Tipton saxophonist Tina Richerson and former Tipton drummer Elizabeth Pupo-Walker also make appearances.)

But despite a strong band, more impressive is the way Lurie as bandleader crafts the whole. Her songs, in other hands, could come off as something between Sarah Brightman and Joni Mitchell jazz, but interspersed across the disc and with her warm voice and intelligent lyrics, they gain a bit more weight. [...]"-Kurt Gottschalk, All About Jazz


Artist Biographies:

"Described by Spin Magazine as "An apocalyptic, supersonic general of the banjo..." Brandon Seabrook has made a name for himself in the New York avant-garde music scene as an explosive guitar and banjo performer, relentlessly committed to immediacy and precision.

Seabrook honed his terror-inducing riffage skills at the New England Conservatory in Boston. He has since performed extensively in North and South America, Mexico and Europe, as a solo artist, bandleader and collaborator. He has been summoned by the likes of Anthony Braxton, Elliot Sharp and Joey Arias for his unpredictably spiked approach to improvisation and impeccable caterwauling. He has been profiled in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Magnet Magazine, Fretboard Journal, NPR and The Wire.

Seabrook Power Plant, the nuclear trio donned "a manic clusterfuck of merciless banjo torture" by the Village Voice, is Brandon's brainchild, blending the brutal energy of punk-rock with the intricate execution of through-composed avant jazz. The band has released two albums to much critical acclaim. Time Out New York praised the band's eponymous debut as "not only one of the most baffling experimental releases of the year... also one of the best."

Brandon is an accomplished solo artist, named Best Guitarist in New York City by the Village Voice 2012. In 2014, New Atlantis Records released his first solo album titled Sylphid Vitalizers. Noisey called the album a "dissonant guitar army...(with) mind-blowing prog-rock complexities - all at mind-numbing breakneck speed."

Brandon is currently working on two new albums with his noise-prog trio, Needle Driver and a new sextet featuring immoral, percussive compositions under the name Die Trommel Fatale. This recent work is a poly-rhythmic exploration of the dark side of the drum, layering cello, bass, electronics, voice and guitar against dichotomous drummers."

-Brandon Seabrook Website (http://www.brandonseabrook.com/bio/)
8/16/2017

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