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Jenny Scheinman: Here on Earth

Read "Here on Earth" reviewed by Doug Collette

Originally commissioned as music to accompany the film Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait, but actually dating back to sources of inspiration from the artist's childhood, the music on violinist/composer Jenny Scheinman's Here On Earth stands on its own terms as an unconventional work of string music. Fifteen tracks pass in quick succession from “A Kid Name Lily," all of which, in some proportion or another, echo the combination of melancholy and fortitude permeating the arrangement of that opener. Scheinman ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Little Bit Country

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A brief survey of violinist, vocalist, and composer Jenny Scheinman's recordings proves her a multi-genre experimenter, uniting a wide range of musical styles through partnerships with a diverse set of premier artists, including Jason Moran, Myra Melford, and Lou Reed. Scheinman's facility and humor was confirmed over the course of a Valentine's Day weekend performance at the Kennedy Center KC Jazz Club. Partnering with guitar guru Bill Frisell and drummer Brian Blade, Scheinman announced at the outset of ...

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Jenny Scheinman: The Littlest Prisoner

Read "The Littlest Prisoner" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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 ...

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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 ...

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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, ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Mischief & Mayhem

Read "Mischief & Mayhem" reviewed by Jack Huntley

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 ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Crossing the Field

Read "Crossing the Field" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

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, ...

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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 ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Jenny Scheinman

Read "Jenny Scheinman" reviewed by John Kelman

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 ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Ready for Anything

Read "Jenny Scheinman: Ready for Anything" reviewed by Celeste Sunderland

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 ...

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Jenny Scheinman: Touching Many Strings

Read "Jenny Scheinman: Touching Many Strings" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

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 ...

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Jenny Scheinman: 12 Songs

Read "12 Songs" reviewed by Michael McCaw

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 ...