Postcards From Downtown

Postcards From Downtown

by Dayna Kurtz
     
 
Clearly, downtown is where the heart of Dayna Kurtz beats. With a throaty delivery that ranges from tuneless recitation to Annie Lennox-like declamation, Kurtz sings her heartbreak epics over an intriguing combination of empathetic rhythm section and string quartet, with accordion, violin, and other bohemian touches added for spice. It's

Overview

Clearly, downtown is where the heart of Dayna Kurtz beats. With a throaty delivery that ranges from tuneless recitation to Annie Lennox-like declamation, Kurtz sings her heartbreak epics over an intriguing combination of empathetic rhythm section and string quartet, with accordion, violin, and other bohemian touches added for spice. It's easy to imagine her on a stool in a cigarette-swirled spotlight, eyes closed, whispering "you're scared to fly, and I'm scared to land" as bluesy piano and full-bodied acoustic bass cast noir shadows over "Last Good Taste." References to stage diving on "'Miss Liberty" nod toward contemporary elements, but Kurtz's language more often evokes a timeless cabaret ambience, its fatalistic nostalgia underscored by primarily non-electric instrumentation, melodramatic dynamics, and frequent use of a sensuous waltz or 6/8 meter. When her mentor, Richie Havens, makes a guest appearance on "Somebody Leave the Light On," his sandpapery timbre works as an orchestral element within an unusually turbulent changor; even as he chants "Sh*t, this town is nowhere," the familiarity of his voice provides a beacon for the listener, like a soulful sax sounding within a wash of atonality. Yet this album is entirely Kurtz's; while possibly too arty to curry widespread success, Postcards From Downtown is more than enough evidence of a major talent at work.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2002
Label:
Kismet / Mri
UPC:
0783707433325
catalogNumber:
4333

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dayna Kurtz   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Richie Havens   Vocals
Pete Vitalone   Keyboards
Dorothy Lawson   Cello
Todd Reynolds   Violin
Walter Parks   Guitar
Randy Crafton   Percussion,Drums
Eszter Balint   Violin
Ralph Farris   Viola
Rob Curto   Accordion
Renee Cologne   Vocals
Mary L. Rowell   Violin
Ethel   String Quartet

Technical Credits

Dayna Kurtz   Producer
David Richards   Producer
Walter Parks   Art Direction
Randy Crafton   Producer,Engineer
Sal Mormando   Engineer

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