Clever and consistent jazz with an air of curiosity, exploration and mystery. I'd say my favorite thing about it is the gentle but provocative contrast between the airy, pastoral quality of the production as well as some of the instrumentation, and the denser, more bustling and social qualities of the lyrics and Victor's vocal delivery. A beguiling romance between city and country.
When Fay Victor found herself struggling to break into New York City’s jazz scene in the ‘90s, the singer and composer took a gamble on moving to Amsterdam to hone her voice and develop her improvisational instincts—a move that transformed Victor from a straight ahead jazz singer into a daring vocal improviser. Over 20 years later, Victor has revisited these Amsterdam compositions for Barn Songs, her tenth album as a bandleader. Recording alongside cellist Marika Hughes and alto saxophonist Darius Jones, the experimental project came to fruition in a tumble-down barn Hughes owns in the northern foothills of the bucolic Catskills Mountains. The trio turned the building into an organic recording compound for three days, complete with passings birds and squirrels adding naturalistic ambience to the mix. Remarkably, the songs Victor wrote while living another life in another country reveal themselves to be prescient commentary on the modern way we live today.
released November 15, 2019
Fay Victor - voice
Marika Hughes - cello
Darius Jones - alto saxophone
All Words & Music by Fay Victor & Jochem van Dijk
Recorded & mixed by Rashaan Carter (mobile unit)
Recorded at Looking Glass Arts, near West Fulton, NY
Recorded on September 6, 2018
Video/Photo - Jochem van Dijk
“With Julius, he was based in repetition, but here was a spirit of openness and improvisation. His scores, if they were written out that way, were often like jazz scores. He loved multiplying instruments – four pianos, ten cellos – so there was a real feeling of the presence of the instrument, not just using an instrument in some kind of equation, as a means to an end.” ~ Mary Jane Leach
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Appreciating this more and more with each listen. It all works -- not easily classifiable, which is a good thing. Space jazz/rock with an Eastern vibe at times. Bits of Robert Fripp in there as well, to my ears gratefulshrink
I very much enjoy this album. I very much enjoy the textures on this album. I would describe this album as glacial noise/ambient. This album is like going into several different ice caves buried in snow. Some of them you are traversing alone but in some of them there are huge, strange, shifting and breathing lifeforms above you, under the floor and behind the frosty walls. Yet somehow you always feel calm... A strange but fascinating sensation 9/10. Paul PMZ