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by Ted Harms
This is the fifth album, and second on Drip Audio, of Vancouver-based cellist Peggy Lee's ensemble. The Peggy Lee Band members are all solid players, and each has their turn taking the lead through this 11-song recording. The strong tunes occasionally evoke the feel and vibe of guitarist Bill Frisell's early '90s sextet classics This Land (Nonesuch, 1994) and Have a Little Faith (Nonesuch, 1993).The songs range from the vaudeville-esque Why Are You Yelling," with its spiky yet ...read more
by Troy Collins
Based in Vancouver, Canada since the early 1990s, Canadian cellist Peggy Lee has been steadily building an impressive discography. Invitation is the fifth album by her self-titled band, and the group's second release for Drip Audio. The record encompasses a broad stylistic range, revealing influences as disparate as folksy Americana and exotic Afro-pop--though Lee's harmonically sophisticated arrangements expertly balance composed and improvised elements, yielding a cohesive sum greater than its parts.The Peggy Lee Band features a young Canadian ...read more
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By Ken Waxman
The Canadian West Coast has an abundance of known improvisers--clarinetist François Houle, drummer Dylan van der Schyff, and cellist Peggy Lee being examples--but like everywhere else, the hometown scene can be a little comfortable and self-contained. The tunes on Worlds Apart, mostly written by Lee and recorded with local musicians in her hometown, lacks a certain spark, and it suffers from an overabundance of tracks (nine). A certain indefinable heavy-handed mournfulness in Lee's cello playing also detracts ...read more