Emily Hay: Like Minds (2005)
Call to Unarm opens like a kabuki play, with Brad Dutz and Joe Berardi percussing along with Hay's free flights and violinist Ronit Kirchman. Kirchman urges a variety of sound from the violin, and both she and Hay bring fearless vocalese. Lisle Ellis' electronics and Marcos Fernandes' field recordings create a dreamscape for Hay's virtuoso flute flights and vocals on the beautiful "Liturgy of Sound. Michael Whitmore's guitar and Hay's diabolical vocal on "A Year and Two Weeks combine for a sound reminiscent of Bongwater, with Dutz on thereminesque synthesizer.
Wayne Peet's understated piano provides the incense for Hay's meditation on Boiled Cadillac. Jagged edges and wavering tones play "Crooked Hopscotch, with Michael Intriere's cello bobbing and weaving. Hay seamlessly weaves vocals and flute with Sara Schoenbeck's inventive bassoonistics. The ever-present Dutz sounds like at least two percussionists.
The title track trio includes Kurt Heyl's roaming trombone with Kirchman's violin slash and Hay's peripatetic piccolo. All three vocalize. "Wha' 'Bout features a trio of Hay with Steuart Liebig and Rich West. Liebig's bass throb shadows Hay's floating vocal, giving way to West's rolling rhythm. Liebig goes to funky town and Hay rides the alto along with him.
Now in the spotlight and off the sidelines, Emily Hay arrives to find her place among like minds.
Track Listing: Call to Unarm; Liturgy of Sound; A Year and Two Weeks; Boiled Cadillac; Crooked Hopscotch; We Are; Like Minds; Wha' Bout; Spar; Waiting for Sara; Hibiki; Swamp Moss.
Personnel: Emily Hay: flute, alto flute, piccolo, voice; Wayne Peet: piano; Lisle Ellis: electronics, bass; Steuart Liebig: bass; Rich West: drums; Brad Dutz: percussion, synth, melodica; Joe Berardi, Marcos Fernandes: percussion; Michael Whitmore: guitar; Ronit Kirchman: violin, voice; Michael Intriere: cello; Kurt Heyl: trombone, voice; Sara Schoenbeck: bassoon.
Record Label: pfMentum
Style: Modern Jazz