in the 1960s, the European free movement, The Latin voice, and the indelible mark of ECM Records, jazz has transmuted into folk music. It had to happen, what once was the province of the New Orleans bagnio and the metropolis spread to the rural peoples becoming global. Or, perhaps it was the countryside that has seeped into the city.
That intersection has fostered the Americana sounds in Bill Frisell
Skillfully arranged with artful touches by The Fable String Quartet, the music is immediately enchanting, bewitching, and approachable. The title track, written for her Slovenian grandmother is a melancholy ballad of remembrance woven with a tinge of kinfolk sound. Mårtensson is a fan of 1970s pop covering, as she did on her previous disc, Paul Simon. Here it is "Everything Put Together Falls Apart" delivered in a spoken/sung bluesy manner not unlike that of Rickie Lee Jones
's "Black Narcissus," reconfigured as a simple folk melody, an a capella sung traditional piece " Vackra Manniska," and the mini- masterpiece "Learnt From Love."
Track Listing: Harvest Moon; Ana; Learnt From Love; Tomorrow Can Wait; När Som Jag Var
Adertonde År; Black Narcisuss; Everything Put Together Falls Apart; Ana
Song; Vackra Manniska.
Personnel: Emilia Mårtensson: vocals; Barry Green: piano; Sam Lasserson: double
bass; Adriano Adewale:
percussion: The Fable String Quartet: Kit Massey: violin; Paloma Deike:
violin; Becky Hopkin:
viola; Natalie Rozario: cello.