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Jenny Scheinman: The Littlest Prisoner

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It's tempting to say that Jenny Scheinman has a split musical personality, but that's not really the case. The playful-and-devious violinist with a glint in her eye and the poised alt-country singer aren't as far apart as some may think, as both are powered by the heartbeat of American life; it's just important to remember that American life isn't so simple to define. It's gritty and gorgeous all at once, and Scheinman understands that better than most. The Littlest Prisoner is one more piece of evidence supporting that case. This album comes two years after Mischief & ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Mischief and Mayhem

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The title of violinist Jenny Scheinman's sixth album as leader tells much of, but not the whole story. Playful and daring, with memorable melodies rubbing shoulders with arresting improvisations, there's an irresistible freshness and vigor about the music. However, there are more layers to peel away, and great subtlety and lyricism reveal themselves upon each subsequent listen. Scheinman's solo career has been somewhat overshadowed by her decade-long collaborations with guitarist Bill Frisell and her busy schedule as a side-musician, yet her solo recordings highlight her undoubted talents as a songwriter and, as demonstrated on Jenny Scheinman (KOCH Records, 2008), a ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Some Serious Mischief

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It's often the case that the most interesting music is made by musicians with a broad musical palette and openness to new paths and horizons. Violinist/composer Jenny Scheinman certainly qualifies in both regards. Equally at home playing folk tunes or working in essentially modern jazz setups, Scheinman also jumps at the chance to play with classical musicians, and is increasingly in demand as an arranger for a diverse range of musicians, such as Lou Reed and Metallica, Lucinda Williams, Bono, Sean Lennon, and Jesse Cutler. A tremendous improviser, Scheinman is perhaps best known for her collaborations with ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Mischief & Mayhem

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Violinist Jenny Scheinman's Mischief & Mayhem fires on all cylinders. Everything works--from arrangements to overall track cohesion, from the music's fertile energy to the musician's creative interplay, and from the quality of sound engineering to the ingeniously accomplished album art--making this a near-flawless package of musical craftsmanship. Mischief & Mayhem indeed, as the album is nothing if not melodically mischievous within its sparkling sonic mayhem. Scheinman has an innate ability to harness both the spirit and power of the avant-garde while, at the same time, engaging the harmonically familiar riffs of rock, folk, world, or classical modes. ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Crossing the Field

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Celebrating the release of 12 Songs (Cryptogramophone, 2005), violinist Jenny Scheinman assembled a string orchestra to augment her septet in performance at New York's Tonic. The addition enlivened the buoyant melodies and spurred the soloists with lush accompaniment. The thrilling results prompted Scheinman to write more for this instrumentation on Crossing the Field, her fifth and most ambitious CD to date. She uses the string section as an integrated voice that interacts with, rather than playing alongside, the other instruments. On “Born into This," the strings weave a lilting cushion for the leader's solo, punctuated by Jason ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Crossing the Field

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With the release of the singer/songwriter-driven Jenny Scheinman (Koch, 2008), violinist Jenny Scheinman entered new territory as a vocalist. Crossing the Field, released the same day in digital download-only form (a hard CD version will be released September 9, 2008, also by Koch), expands on the forward motion of 12 Songs (Cryptogramophone, 2005) with an even larger ensemble and a unified concept. A sweeping, 13-piece suite--with the inclusion of a string orchestra--it's her most ambitious project to date, and demonstrates a logical evolution of an artist for whom there are few, if any, musical boundaries. With co-soloists ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Jenny Scheinman

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Those only familiar with Jenny Scheinman's two discs for Tzadik--The Rabbi's Lover (2002) and Shalagaster (2004)--may be taken aback by the violinist's leap into singer/songwriter turf on Jenny Scheinman. Others who've followed her work with Americana-centric guitarist Bill Frisell on albums including the sample-rich Unspeakable (Nonesuch, 2004) and the more compositionally focused History Mystery (Nonesuch, 2008) may find her covering material by Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits and Jimmy Reed to be far less of a stretch. And those who picked up on her aptly titled but all-instrumental 12 Songs (Cryptogramophone, 2005) may well find her own compelling songwriting, this time ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Ready for Anything

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Something cosmic occurred while violinist Jenny Scheinman and guitarist Bill Frisell were in the studio last June recording Lucinda Williams' new album. While listening to the playback of a song called “Where Is My Love they locked eyes and simultaneously tapped a finger to their foreheads. “It was this mutual experience of hearing a sound we make together, uncompromised, in the context of a great song by somebody that we totally admire. A coming together of big forces across a genre, that was really moving, Scheinman explained. The pair has built a musical rapport over the last ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Touching Many Strings

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Jenny Scheinman, a violinist of eclectic style and taste, has been coming into her own in the music world; the jazz music world, if you will. This young woman, raised in an ultra rural section of California, now imbedded in the Big Apple, is full of music. She's also down to earth, and so are the sounds and ideas that spring from her mind and heart.

She comes off, in first encounter, as curious, open, and not afraid of taking a chance. Not unconcerned, but perhaps unflappable. She's not snobbish of music styles or forms. She plays delicately; and with ...

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Jenny Scheinman: 12 Songs

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12 Songs is an album of imagination above all else. Like her frequent employer Bill Frisell (whom she employs here), Jenny Scheinman composes vignettes that frame a world for listeners to find comfort, not just through its distant familiarity, but with enough imaginative angularity to convert the most common hue of blue into a feathering peacock's rainbow of one simple color. And this world is truly more imaginative and vivacious than most jazz being produced today--whether it is concerned with memorable melodies or smoldering solos.Scheinman has brought together a unique combination of instruments and musicians to accomplish these ...

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Jenny Scheinman: 12 Songs

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The beguiling melodies draw listeners in. The lush instrumentation, evoking the parts of an orchestra, and vibrant ensemble playing hold their attention. Beautiful tunes with hints of humor and dedicated, unselfish performances coalesce on 12 Songs. The results satisfy deep, repeated listens and remain accessible enough to appeal to a wide audience without pandering. Earning notice in high profile gigs with guitarist Bill Frisell and singer Norah Jones, violinist Jenny Scheinman has emerged as an intriguing young composer with a string of strong recordings. 12 Songs continues the positive trend, with Scheinman crafting memorable tunes that subsume ...

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Jenny Scheinman: 12 Songs

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Jenny Scheinman has a gift for writing evocative music. She explores different genres and comes up with an interesting take on each, drawing the listener into the core of its spirit. There is more to this music than just the compositions. The musicians forge their own atmosphere, each divining the play in extrapolating the base. And then there is the instrumentation; each piece fits in perfectly, a seamless fusion that gives the throb and the pump to the final picture.

Scheinman also has great depth as a violinist. She uses the timbre of the instrument to peg passion or to ...

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Jenny Scheinman: 12 Songs

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From the opening notes of 12 Songs, it becomes clear why Jenny Scheinman has been guitarist Bill Frisell's violinist of choice for the past couple of years. It's more than being a good player--although she's very, very good. It's more about a shared sensibility that allows for liberal cross-pollination of genres, and a less-is-more approach to soloing--that is, when there even is soloing. For Scheinman, like Frisell, the song's the thing. And while both players are more than capable of extended improvisation, they prefer to create the kind of musical canvas that relies on free interpretation of a strong melody ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Shalagaster

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Jenny Scheinman’s third solo album, Shalagaster, shimmers with such an array of color that it could work quite nicely as the score to a silent film. In fact, with a traipsing swagger and harmonies that gleam like satin, the record recalls a bit of silver screen romance. But purely old fashioned it is not. The violinist’s manipulation of sound and texture convey a thoroughly real, of the moment, visage. Featuring Myra Melford on piano and harmonium, Russ Johnson on trumpet, Trevor Dunn on bass, and Kenny Wollesen on drums, Shalagaster joins Tzadik’s Oracle series, heralding women composers. ...



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