Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for readers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

129

Jim Connolly & The Gove County Philharmonic: The Circus Doesn't Stop At Gove

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Just like today’s DJs and rappers, Jim Connolly’s disc opens with the crackle of a diamond needle on vinyl. The rappers use it to signify authenticity; Connolly employs scratchy sounds to set the scene, as in a play. Maybe it’s Musicman, or Oklahoma. A closer inspection reveals this play to be closer to a Jim Jarmusch or Joel and Ethan Cohen production. His Gove County Philharmonic is a chamber circus band or maybe a positive argument for the evolutionary effects of isolated island biogeography.

The drummer-less ensemble has a very American sound, which has descended from Aaron Copeland to Gil Evans to Tom Waits. Employing waltzes, polkas, and sentimentalized piano, the music comes from the countryside, a place dense with time. Nothing hurried, nothing flashy is Connolly’s motto. But what many a city dweller mistakes for simplicity is actually brilliance. The ensemble of strings over accordion, piano, and trumpet maybe accounts for the title of the disc. Some shyster has scammed our small Gove County into advancing the Circus’ deposit and as our little Philharmonic plays, the caravan train bypasses our assembled population.

Recorded for trumpeter Jeff Kaiser’s pfMentum label, this very orchestrated music sits beside Nina Rota and Ennio Morricone soundtracks. Kaiser, a leader of the West Coast avant-garde has recorded with Vinny Golia, Eugene Chadbourne, and Michael Vlatkovich. His presence draws experimental fans to this sweet and troubled music. It’s safe to say this disc will remain in heavy rotation on my disc changer for quite some time.

Track List:Yes, I’ve Been To Gove; House Of Cards; Tar Dance; Slocum Goes Slow; Pinocchio; For Maggie; The Circus Doesn’t Stop At Gove; 1,000 MPH Train Wreck.


Personnel: Gilles Apap

Title: The Circus Doesn't Stop At Gove | Year Released: 2000

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Satoko Fujii Solo CD/LP/Track Review Satoko Fujii Solo
by Karl Ackermann
Published: January 17, 2018
Read when the shade is stretched CD/LP/Track Review when the shade is stretched
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 17, 2018
Read The Influencing Machine CD/LP/Track Review The Influencing Machine
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 17, 2018
Read Presence CD/LP/Track Review Presence
by Geannine Reid
Published: January 17, 2018
Read Flaneur CD/LP/Track Review Flaneur
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: January 16, 2018
Read D'Agala CD/LP/Track Review D'Agala
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 16, 2018
Read "Resting in a Fold of the Fog" CD/LP/Track Review Resting in a Fold of the Fog
by John Eyles
Published: March 16, 2017
Read "Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968" CD/LP/Track Review Groovin' Hard: Live At The Penthouse 1964-1968
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: January 18, 2017
Read "Hudson" CD/LP/Track Review Hudson
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 18, 2017
Read "A Thing Called Joe" CD/LP/Track Review A Thing Called Joe
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: September 7, 2017
Read "Speechless" CD/LP/Track Review Speechless
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 27, 2017
Read "Generations" CD/LP/Track Review Generations
by Jerome Wilson
Published: August 22, 2017