(125) Michael Ullman, Fanfare -- September 2006

Jenny Scheinman is a violinist whose folksy recording 12 Songs (CryptoGramophone 125) features the colorful guitarist Bill Frisell. She's a bit of a humorist. Her opening number, The Frog Threw His Head Back and Laughed, begins with a swagger. With an accordion providing organ-like tones in the background, with Frisell letting funky notes hang in the air, and Scheinmann playing a mockingly mournful melody that seems to come out of a spaghetti western, this disc sounds like no other I know. Check it out.

Michael Ullman
September 2006