McKinley

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All Music Guide - Vincent Jeffries
After self-releasing a six-song CD in Portland, McKinley added six more tracks to the collection and released this self-titled debut in 1995 on Burnside Records. Combining folk and jazz into a torchy chamber folk, the singer/songwriter and bassist uses her dreamily seductive voice and some decent musical chops to create a truly rich and unique sound. Joining McKinley on this national debut release are musicians Steve Hale (guitar), Marty Jennings (violin), James Smith (cello), Wendy Karden (flute), and drummer/percussionist Brian Davis. A more complimentary group of players couldn't be found, as these musicians have an engaging affect on the singer's compositions that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Vincent Jeffries
After self-releasing a six-song CD in Portland, McKinley added six more tracks to the collection and released this self-titled debut in 1995 on Burnside Records. Combining folk and jazz into a torchy chamber folk, the singer/songwriter and bassist uses her dreamily seductive voice and some decent musical chops to create a truly rich and unique sound. Joining McKinley on this national debut release are musicians Steve Hale (guitar), Marty Jennings (violin), James Smith (cello), Wendy Karden (flute), and drummer/percussionist Brian Davis. A more complimentary group of players couldn't be found, as these musicians have an engaging affect on the singer's compositions that is necessarily subtle, yet well-defined. The softly swinging "Bottom of the Sea" and "One Bare Nail" are elegant standouts with their delicate changes and interwoven melodies that almost boil beneath McKinley's jazz-influenced vocals. A respectable debut, McKinley was followed up by a much stronger offering, Big Top Shop Talk, that should probably be the first purchase for new fans looking for something rich, listenable, and solidly artistic.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/12/1995
  • Label: Burnside
  • UPC: 008781002220
  • Catalog Number: 22
  • Sales rank: 356,949

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dorothy (2:52)
  2. 2 Just a Loan (5:49)
  3. 3 Pillowcase Sail (3:58)
  4. 4 One Bare Nail (4:00)
  5. 5 Pollyanna (3:16)
  6. 6 Hallucinangels (1:13)
  7. 7 Could Be Cruel (4:23)
  8. 8 Matches (3:22)
  9. 9 Bottom of the Sea (4:58)
  10. 10 Cocktail Party (3:37)
  11. 11 Snowshoes (3:26)
  12. 12 Next Feding (4:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
McKinley Primary Artist, Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Paul Mazzio Trumpet
James Smith Cello
John Morrow Saxophone
Wendy Karden Flute
Brian Davis Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Douglas Durbrow Engineer
McKinley Composer
Brian Davis Contributor
Steve Hale Producer
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