Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Karen Mantler - Farewell
After an absence of half a decade, Karen Mantler returned with this somber song cycle in 1996. Where her first two albums (MY CAT ARNOLD, and KAREN MANTLER AND HER CAT ARNOLD GET THE FLUE) chronicled aspects of her life as well as her attachment to her cat, FAREWELL looks at the death of Arnold and her life without him.
JazzTimes (3/97, p.83) - "...Karen Mantler has a keen sense of song structure, and a dark affinity for minor keys..."
Option (1-2/97, p.95) - "...Maudlin and hilarious....she plays an excellent piano and harmonica, has a crisp, quirky voice that recalls Suzanne Vega...and writes wonderful tunes that recall the angular melodies of Kurt Weill..."
02. Mister E
03. Brain Dead
04. Arnold's Dead
05. I'm His Boss
06. My Life Is Hell
07. Help Me
08. The Bill
09. Con Edison
10. I Hate Money
Recorded and mixed by Tom Mark / Grog Kill Studio, Willow, NY, December 1995
Karen Mantler - Vocals, Harmonica, Piano, Organ, Synthesizer, Harmonium and Glockenspiel
Michael Evans - Drums, Alto Saxophone, Vibraphone, Tabla, Whistiling and "Electrical" Sounds, Vocal on "Arnold's Dead", Percussion (Frying Pan, Oven Rack, Whisk, Refrigerator Pan, Ankle Bells, Bean Pod, Indian Bell, Snake Charmer, Glasses, Chains, Sheet Metal)
Carla Bley - C Melody Saxophone on "The Bill" and "Con Edison"
Scott Williams - Vocal on "The Bill"
Label: ECM Records / Watt Works
Total time: 00:44:42
Gene: Vocal Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Post-Bop