A must for fans of german pianist Joachim Kuhn and the fantastic acoustic bassist J.F. Jenny Clark. Recorded in '87 in Germany with fantastic sound quality and musicianship. Very improvisational and highly energetic yet lyrical. A little known gem - at least on this side of the pond.
Paquito D'Rivera's alto and clarinet skills were ably displayed on this session, which featured him working in Afro-Latin, salsa, funk, swing and hard bop. Compositions ranged from intense, jam-flavored numbers with torrid solos, like "Recife's Blue" and the title tune, to introspective ballads, group pieces with rhythmically explosive sections and numbers displaying classical influences. The unifying force was D'Rivera, who also played tenor, but was most prominent on clarinet, doing both swing-oriented and looser, freer solos. While not as strict a jazz vehicle as his Columbia dates, this session presented a more eclectic, versatile Paquito D'Rivera.
An impressive new recording by one of the most sought-after new violinists in the downtown scene. Born in California, Jenny moved to New York in 1998. Most recently heard in a variety of contexts with Bill Frisell, Jenny has also graced projects by Myra Melford, Vinicius Cantuaria and Nels Cline. Here she leads a dynamic quintet of violin, trumpet, guitar, bass and drum creating a seductive and personal take on Radical Jewish Culture. From traditional tunes to creative originals, The Rabbi’s Lover is both heartfelt and intense, lyrical and driving, a CD you will return to time and time again.
Violinist Jenny Scheinman's instrumental companion recording to her eponymously titled vocal-emphasized effort of the same time period in 2008 is both an opposite reaction to pop styles and an extension of orchestral music with modern-day twists and turns. It reflects her time working with electric guitarist Bill Frisell, who appears on this date, and also gives a bigger picture of her classical influences via a huge string ensemble, while hinting at the modern creative jazz where her violin voicings take a firmer grip at the core.