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Crossing the Field
     

Crossing the Field

by Jenny Scheinman
 
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

Overview

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. Pianist Jason Moran is a major player on many of the selections, as is drummer Kenny Wollesen, while guests Ron Miles on trumpet and clarinetist Doug Weiselman contribute on select tracks. The music can be serene, broken-hearted, energized, or hopped-up depending on the progression of wide-ranging moods Scheinman and her differently sized groups are able to envision and call forth. Depending on your taste level, the variations are not jarring, but they do offer serious food for thought. Setting this yin/yang tone, "Born into This" is pretty, crystalline, tiptoe music with Frisell and the strings; "I Heart Eye Patch" is a bouncy, romping chase scene; "Three Bits and a Horse" features the trumpet of Miles galloping along via a polka facade; and "That's Delight" is a middling swing with Scheinman's lead violin and Moran's curious piano. The serene string-driven numbers include the slow, symphonic, pastoral "Ana Eco" and "Einsamaller" performed live in concert, while "Ripples in the Aquifer" is reverent and hymnal. Contrasting tracks include the long, funky, jamming street strut "Hard Sole Shoe," loaded up with Moran's crazy piano; the march-cartoon Raymond Scott-styled "The Careeners"; and "Song for Sidiki," with its mix of choppy rhythms, bass clarinet, and folk and Nigerian highlife elements. Scheinman's feature on Duke Ellington's "Awful Sad" is a churchy type blues, and "Processional" features the twangy guitar of Frisell. Their collaboration in the electric guitarist's various groups is best represented during the program's end-game cut, as "Old Brooklyn" wrings out the emotional sponge in a calmed, spiritual fashion for a much larger entity as outlined by Weiselman's pithy clarinet. This effort from Scheinman (who also plays a little piano here and there) is intriguing and seductive from start to finish, fully realized, startlingly beautiful, and rich beyond any of her other recordings. It comes with a most high recommendation.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/14/2008
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923459026
catalogNumber:
4590

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Performance Credits

Jenny Scheinman   Primary Artist,Piano,Violin
Ron Miles   Cornet
Mark Chung   Violin
Bill Frisell   Guitar
Doug Wieselman   Clarinet
Kenny Wollesen   Drums
Victor Schultz   Violin
Eyvind Kang   Conductor
Colin Jacobsen   Violin
Jason Moran   Piano
Marika Hughes   Cello
Timothy Loo   Cello
Nick Cords   Viola
Tim Luntzel   Bass
Stephanie Griffin   Viola
Katherine Fong   Violin
Jessica Troy   Viola
Julianne Carney   Violin
Natalie Haas   Cello
Christina Courtin   Violin
Greg Heffernan   Cello
Pico Alt   Violin
Skye Steele   Violin
Jonathan Gandelsman   Violin
Leena Gilbert   Violin
Dov Scheindlin   Viola
Zachary Cohen   Bass
Laura Shifley   Violin
Megan Gould   Viola
Alex Greenbaum   Cello
Kristi Helberg   Violin
Fabrizio Mazzetta   Cello
Amie Weiss   Violin
Michi Wiancko   Violin
Max Mandel   Viola
Jennifer Choi   Violin
Ron Lawrence   Viola
Eric Jacobsen   Cello
Julia Wedman   Violin
Youyoung Kim   Viola
Leena Gilbert   Violin

Technical Credits

Duke Ellington   Composer
Jenny Scheinman   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
David Whitehead   Management
Sascha von Oertzen   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Andrew Kelley   Art Direction

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