Jim Connolly & The Gove County Philharmonic: The Circus Doesn't Stop At Gove
The drummer-less ensemble has a very American sound, which has descended from Aaron Copeland to Gil Evans to Tom Waits. Employing waltzes, polkas, and sentimentalized piano, the music comes from the countryside, a place dense with time. Nothing hurried, nothing flashy is Connolly’s motto. But what many a city dweller mistakes for simplicity is actually brilliance. The ensemble of strings over accordion, piano, and trumpet maybe accounts for the title of the disc. Some shyster has scammed our small Gove County into advancing the Circus’ deposit and as our little Philharmonic plays, the caravan train bypasses our assembled population.
Recorded for trumpeter Jeff Kaiser’s pfMentum label, this very orchestrated music sits beside Nina Rota and Ennio Morricone soundtracks. Kaiser, a leader of the West Coast avant-garde has recorded with Vinny Golia, Eugene Chadbourne, and Michael Vlatkovich. His presence draws experimental fans to this sweet and troubled music. It’s safe to say this disc will remain in heavy rotation on my disc changer for quite some time.
Track List:Yes, I’ve Been To Gove; House Of Cards; Tar Dance; Slocum Goes Slow; Pinocchio; For Maggie; The Circus Doesn’t Stop At Gove; 1,000 MPH Train Wreck.
Personnel: Gilles Apap