Continuing my exploration of lesser known goodies on the Slam Productions label.
∆∆ Been meaning to get this one for a while, to complete my collection of Stekpanna's recorded output.
This is is supposed to be a very high bar album by a contemporary violin duo. Pastor also contributes some electronic instrumentation. He's rapidly becoming one of my fave contemporary fiddlers.
I've a feeling this would probably float @OzzyOzzyOzzyOiOiOi (Terry's) boat.
Review for "First Time Ever" by Mandy Fox & Hara
Cadence, March 1997
This is an interesting mixture of folk music and jazz. Mandy Fox is a singer with a cultured, melodic voice who is equally at home with near-Eastern drones, soaring jazz and Celtic harmonies. She has the ability to speed up from conventional singing into a high pitched wait that recalls Flora Purim. This works on the near-Eastern stuff like ‘Invocation’, as well as on successful fusions of British folk music and jazz like ‘First Time Ever’ and ‘She Moved Through The Fair’. Piano and electric bass decorate a simple but moving vocal on the former while the latter slowly rises from a hushed vocal to an elegant jazz waltz and, finally, a climbing, woolley tenor solo by Penrose Feast matched by Fox’s siren vocal. Feast is a strong liberating presence throughout this CD and this robust playing is his finest moment. The entire band’s strength matched with Fox’s gorgeous vocal make this CD compelling listening. Highly recommended.
All these albums have received good reviews from respected sources.
Slam Productions have collated a good selection of reviews for most of their albums. They are much more consistent in doing this than many labels & I for one certainly find this most helpful/useful.
All t' above on CD.