Ms. Lee has been in the forefront of the experimental music "scene" for several decades, working alongside trumpeter Dave Douglas, composer and pianist Wayne Horvitz, and her own groups as well as writing for stage and dance performances. In this ensemble, she makes sure all the musician are involved, whether on solos or in group interplay.
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The album closes with "The Unfaithful Servant" - this version stays true to the 1970 original (the one that included the stunning soprano sax solo from Garth Hudson) with solos from guitarist Schmidt and trombonist Murray. Turner does a fine job of shadowing the vocal line on the final restatement of the melody, leading the rest of the brass and horns through the verses. And, like the original, the piece does not really resolve.
"Echo Painting" serves to remind the listener of the power of group arrangements, of melodies that evoke images and memories, of how Peggy Lee can create arrangements where the solos are part of, not apart from, the fabric of the songs. Yes, there are few moments of improvised noise, frenzied playing that sound more like the madness of big cities than the cool reserve of the cover photograph. Fascinating music from start to finish!
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