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Electric Rosary is an endearing new jazz-based release from Seattle denizens; saxophonist Jessica Lurie, bassist Arne Livingston and drummer Dale Fanning while special guest guitarist Bill Frisell lends his estimable talents on several tracks. Known as “Living Daylights” the band combines slick groove-inspired rhythms amid Fanning’s resilient drumming with tinges of Eastern Europe and Middle Eastern style motifs on the opener “Pike Or Pine” and other compositions. With “Get Bone-A-Fide”, Fanning implements a New Orleans shuffle beat underneath the trio’s tight unison choruses and Frisell’s funky chord progressions as Ms. Lurie states the primary theme with subtle expressionism.
Throughout, the musicians employ jazz, rock, funk, samba and odd-metered beats yet also engage in some straight up swing on the aptly titled, “Repeatable Swing”. Ms. Lurie’s feathery yet altogether fluid lines often counterbalance Frisell’s vast arsenal as the band reworks melodies via tricky time signatures and crafty improvisational maneuvers.
Overall, the musicians maintain a charismatic presence throughout these nine upbeat compositions. Perhaps hip young bands such, as “Living Daylights” will inspire those unfamiliar with jazz, to develop a keener interest in an art form that could use a little more attention!
I love jazz because it’s what sounds
I was first exposed to jazz in my
parents household and in school
I appreciate many styles of jazz
and shy away from really outside
stuff. I enjoy relating to the
One of the best shows I ever
attended was 1975 Chick Corea’s
Return To Forever tour at an
intimate venue in downtown
The first jazz record I bought was
Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon.
My advice to new listeners is try
several styles before you decide
what jazz is all about!
Listen to music daily and stay open