Vocalist/guitarist Patty Larkin stands tall among her peers. She enjoys near- hero status in the New England area to coincide with an honorary doctorate from her alma mater; the "Berklee College of Music." So what’s all the fuss about? Well, Larkin is a magnificent composer who possesses the insight and confidence of a poet laureate, type rock star.
Larkin receives superb support from her electric guitar players, who execute a hodgepodge of textural sound sculptures, sinuous slide-based excursions, and worldly harmonic ventures. On pieces such as “The Cranes,” the artist sings a darkly mystifying yet melodically engaging chorus amid her hush-toned vocal delivery. She covers quite a bit of lyrically charged musical terrain, spanning the innocence of childhood in concert with deeply personalized balladry. Backed by her rhythm section’s rock solid backbeats, this affair translates into one of the more intelligent alternative rock/folk tinged productions in recent memory. These two and three minute songs interconnect, yet remain starkly distinct when viewed from disparate angles. Hence, great things loom on the horizon from this already acclaimed stylist. (Indisputably recommended.)
Track Listing: 1.All That Innocence 2.24/7/365 3.The Cranes 4.Children 5.Italian Shoes
6.Birmingham 7.Too Bad 8.Home 9.Different World 10.Normal 11.Red=Luck
12.Inside Your Painting 13.St. Augustine 14.Louder
Personnel: Patty Larkin: Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Backing Vocals
Ben Wittman: Drums
Richard Gates: Bass
Mike Rivard: Sintir
John Hickey: Electric Guitar
Marc Shulman: Electric Guitar
Duke Levine: Electric Guitar
Jeff Lang: Slide Guitar
Seamus Egan: Low Flute & Mandolin
Mick McAuley: Button Accordion
Winifred Horan: Fiddle
Merrie Amsterburg: Backing Vocals
Jonatha Brooke: Backing Vocals
Bette Warner: Talking
Tim Craven: Electric Guitar
Gideon Freudmann: Cello
Jennifer Kimball: Backing Vocals
Willy Porter: Backing Vocals, Thumb Piano
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.