All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

241

Rebecca Shrimpton and Eric Hofbauer: Madman

Mark F. Turner By

Sign in to view read count
The American songbook is given a new facelift on Madman's Moon with jazz guitar and avant-garde vocals uniquely interpreted by Eric Hofbauer and Rebecca Shrimpton, respectively.

Hofbauer's guitarist prowess has been noted with his work with the jazz group known as the Blueprint Project and his eccentric solo effort American Vanity, which made a singular statement against the jazz guitar status quo. Shrimpton is a simply exquisite vocalist whose alto is endowed with richness, clarity, and eclecticism. Her recent contributions have been heralded with such jazz notables Steve Lacy and Boston's Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, as well as concerts on PBS and NPR.

The duo gives new spins on familiar and unfamiliar songs, taking the freedom to try different approaches to the standard jazz vocal songbook. Shrimpton's crystal vocalizations are perfectly matched with Hofbauer's detailed string work, resulting in dance-like accompaniment on free jazz icon Sam Rivers' "Beatrice. On the ballad "For Jan (From Sweet Time Suite), the vocal and string textures are striking, with fine additional contributions by saxophonist Allan Chase and bassist Scott Barnum. Though some of the renditions are slightly off-center, like the jagged version of "Be Anything, they are thoroughly enjoyable and give new life to time-weathered favorites like "Pure Imagination.

The sound is superb throughout the recording, as is apparent as each instrument distinctly adds to the somber persona of "I'm in a Mood. One of the highlights, whether in or out of the holiday season, is the fun remake of the Dr. Seuss classic "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch, now adorned with a funky free jazz groove, sassy vocals, and a little spoken word. The duo and guests are to be commended for their performances and their willingness to think outside of the proverbial jazz vocal box.


Track Listing: Bill; Beatrice; For Jan (From Sweet Time Suite); Be Anything; I've Got a Crush on You; Walking with Sam; Small Day Tomorrow; Pure Imagination; I'm in a Mood; One Life to Live; Angel Eyes; You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch.

Personnel: Rebecca Shrimpton: vocals; Eric Hofbauer: guitar; Allan Chase: saxophones (3,6,9,12); Scott Barnum: bass (3,7,9,12).

Title: Madman | Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Creative Nation Music

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Madman

Madman

Creative Nation Music
2005

buy
Madman's Moon

Madman's Moon

Creative Nation Music
2005

buy

Related Articles

Read Home Boy, Sister Out CD/LP/Track Review
Home Boy, Sister Out
by Chris May
Published: July 22, 2018
Read Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Deluxe Edition CD/LP/Track Review
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album Deluxe Edition
by Doug Collette
Published: July 22, 2018
Read The Literature CD/LP/Track Review
The Literature
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: July 22, 2018
Read A History Of Nothing CD/LP/Track Review
A History Of Nothing
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 21, 2018
Read Turbamulta CD/LP/Track Review
Turbamulta
by Glenn Astarita
Published: July 21, 2018
Read 3 CD/LP/Track Review
3
by Jim Worsley
Published: July 21, 2018
Read "The Ultimate Experience" CD/LP/Track Review The Ultimate Experience
by Chris Mosey
Published: October 10, 2017
Read "Stratus" CD/LP/Track Review Stratus
by Edward Blanco
Published: August 11, 2017
Read "Life Anthem" CD/LP/Track Review Life Anthem
by Troy Dostert
Published: May 31, 2018
Read "Bringin' It" CD/LP/Track Review Bringin' It
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: September 8, 2017
Read "The Treasury Shows Vol. 25" CD/LP/Track Review The Treasury Shows Vol. 25
by Chris Mosey
Published: June 11, 2018
Read "We Are" CD/LP/Track Review We Are
by Glenn Astarita
Published: February 1, 2018