10

Naomi Moon Siegel: Shoebox View

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
Naomi Moon Siegel: Shoebox View Trombonist Naomi Moon Siegel represents the new breed of jazz artists, the ones who have to make it all happen themselves. In lieu of an established record label, the words "Self Produced" say it all. And while the ability and relative affordability of putting out a CD that is self funded—or fan direct funded—certainly eliminates a necessary culling process of artists who aren't quite ready to make this jump, Shoebox View, Siegel's marvelous debut, is one that the record companies should be kicking themselves over, for the missed opportunity to bring a fresh talent to light.

Siegel has found her voice. On this sprawling album that employs thirteen musicians in addition to the leader, the trombonist explores folk-like melodies and what she describes as "fantastical landscapes." A trombone seems an odd choice for a melodic lead in a folk song environment, with its deep tone and sonic heft, but Siegel surrounds the muscular brass with a silvery, moonlight-on-the-tree-tops backdrop on the opener, "Jeanine's Joy."

Recorded in Seattle, Costa Rica, and Brooklyn over a nine month period, half the music here is highly produced, the other half is recorded essentially live, with little or no studio tweaking. That said, it is a remarkably cohesive statement. Siegal works the studio like an old pro on the previously mentioned opener. She's added intricate effects on "Casa de Aves." Throughout Wurlitzers sparkle, synthesizers paint gentle washes of pastels, world percussion percolates. In a way, Siegel seems to be doing—in a folk a song, world beat, African rhythms arena—what Miles Davis and Teo Macero did with funk and acid jazz on On The Corner (Columbia Records, 1972), with, in Siegel and company's case, a gentler, more patient, and more melodic mode. The sounds around her may change, but the trombone remains a constant—a powerful yet gentle voice in the middle of a vibrant world community.

Track Listing: Jeanine's Joy; It's Not Safe; Casa de Aves; Ukelady; Punta Uva, Ever Yes; Brow, Grey, Orange, Green; Electric Flower; Mama Sanchaba; Manana, Manana.

Personnel: Naomi Moon Siegel: trombone, piano (5, 7, 9, 10); Sean Woolstenhulme: electric guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo (2, 4, 5, 6 ,7, 9, 10); Wayne Horvitz: organ, piano Wurlitzer (2, 4, 6, 8, 10); Eric Eagle: drums, percussion (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8); Keith Lowe: upright bass (6, 8); Alex guy: viola (3, 6, 8, 9); Ivan Arteaga: alto saxophone (3, 5); Michael Coleman: Wurlitzer, synthesizers (3, 5); Thione Diop: percussion (1); Jefferson Rose: electric bass (1); Andrew Vait: syntesizers (1); Jacques Willis: beat production (3); Greg Sinibaldi: baritone saxohone (6); Steve O'Brien: trumpet (9).

Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Self Produced


Related Video

Shop

More Articles

Read This Is The Uplifting Part CD/LP/Track Review This Is The Uplifting Part
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 22, 2017
Read Ziljabu Nights - Live at Theater Gutersloh CD/LP/Track Review Ziljabu Nights - Live at Theater Gutersloh
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 22, 2017
Read Glare of the Tiger CD/LP/Track Review Glare of the Tiger
by Mark Corroto
Published: March 22, 2017
Read Super Hi Fi Plays Nirvana CD/LP/Track Review Super Hi Fi Plays Nirvana
by Chris M. Slawecki
Published: March 22, 2017
Read From Two Balconies CD/LP/Track Review From Two Balconies
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 21, 2017
Read "Punch" CD/LP/Track Review Punch
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 29, 2016
Read "A Multitude of Angels" CD/LP/Track Review A Multitude of Angels
by Geno Thackara
Published: December 2, 2016
Read "Infinitude" CD/LP/Track Review Infinitude
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 31, 2016
Read "El Barranco" CD/LP/Track Review El Barranco
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 11, 2016
Read "Ena / One" CD/LP/Track Review Ena / One
by Budd Kopman
Published: March 26, 2016
Read "Diachronic Paths" CD/LP/Track Review Diachronic Paths
by Mark Corroto
Published: April 15, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: DOT TIME RECORDS | BUT IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!