Jessica Lurie: Pinjur




Jessica Lurie (tenor sax, flute, accordion, baritone ukulele)


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Jessica Lurie (tenor sax, flute, accordion, baritone ukulele),

Erik Deutsch (piano, electric keyboard, Rhodes), Brandon Seabrook (guitar, banjo, tape recorder), Todd Sickafoose (bass), Allison Miller (drums)


Composed by Jessica Lurie


Recorded: date unknown; released in 2009


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Jessica Lurie's open-ended music is hard to categorize but easy to like. "Pinjur" is a case in point. Atop a loping beat, Lurie's alto sax and Brandon Seabrook's banjo combine for a klezmer-like unison line that may never have been played this way at a Polish wedding, but would sound pretty cool at one anyway. Seabrook later uses his banjo as an extra percussion instrument, producing hearty strums at one point and skittering atonal plucks at the breakdown point. Bassist Todd Sickafoose's funky pulse eventually brings the tune back to its Slavic theme, where Lurie and Seabrook again unite in perfect harmony.

Eastern European banjo whack jazz? Hey, I'm down for that!

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron

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