with lyrics she penned and performed as a sympathetic partner to these jazz giants.
The singer has visited some of this music before, recording Coleman's "Broken Shadows" and some Mingus on her disc Cutting The Chord (Leadhead Productions, 1995). The difference from that fine record (it is out-of-print, but worth seeking out) is that this version is presented primarily with accompaniment of the Brooklyn Rider string quartet rather than a jazz quintet.
Opening with "Reincarnation Of A Lovebird," she redecorates Mingus with a deja vu, not unlike Hal Wilner did on his Weird Nightmare: Meditations on Mingus (Columbia, 1992) via string quartet and a guest clarinet solo by Jeff Lederer
Knuffke can also be heard on a clever cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring Of Fire." The tune, drawn out and cooked more slowly as to suggest you consider the lyric in a whole new light. Same for "Witches And Devils" sung with wordless lyrics before Lederer's singing clarinet and drummer Matt Wilson
LaRose doesn't just accompany the band, her voice is another instrument of the music.
Track Listing: Reincarnation Of A Lovebird; Broken Shadows; Nostalgia In Time Square;
Eclipse; Straight Up
And Down; Ring Of Fire; So Long Eric; What Reason Can I Give?; Hat And
Beard; Witches And
Personnel: Mary LaRose: vocals; Johnny Gandelsman: violin; Colin Jacobson: violin;
Nicolas Cords: viola;
Eric Jacobson: cello; Chris Lightcap: bass; Jeff Lederer: clarinet,
tenor saxophone (1,7,10); Kirk
Knuffke: cornet (5,6,9); Matt Wilson: drums (2,3,7,10).