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The Peggy Lee Band

by The Peggy Lee Band

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Two Stories 07:46
Fossil 08:13
Long Beach 06:08
Big Top 09:51
Lullabye 02:24
Walk Home 06:39


"The musicians devote themselves to exploring every facet of Lee's complex and evocative compositions; from Wilson's scratchy free-play to Turner's burnished lines, their solo statements are wonderfully personal, but always bear some relationship to the source material at hand. And Lee's tunes are as distinctive as her own rich cello sound: drawing on the jazz avant garde, contemporary chamber sounds, folk music, and even rock, they ebb and flow with an almost oceanic grace ..."
—Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight

"Vancouver is a hotbed of improvised music, with one of its most interesting experimenters being this sextet led by cellist Peggy Lee which draws from different genres -- modern trumpeter Brad Turner, electric bass funkster Chris Tarry and avant garde percussionist Dylan van der Schyff, for example. With trombonist Jeremy Berkman and Tony Wilson's electric guitar adding fierce "outside" forays, the Lee compositions veer between wild extravagance and spacey deconstruction, and sometimes examine futuristic group dynamics."
—Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star

"Cellist Peggy Lee is a musician whose every phrase seems to contain fresh inspiration. An adept reader and improvisor, she is ever popular with musicians because of the consistent artistic integrity she brings to music. She is popular with Vancouver audiences because of the warmth and sincerity she projects through music. It is hard to slot The Peggy Lee Band into any kind of musical category, a mark of excellence that makes me give this CD the highest recommendation to music lovers."
—Laurence M. Svirchev, Planet Jazz

"Perhaps the most effective trait Lee shows on this debut recording is her scope as an arranger. She positions the various textures in her band to great effect and combines instruments to create rich tapestries of sound...This sumptuous recording will introduce listeners to the depth of exciting contemporary music being created in Vancouver."
—James Halle, Ottawa Citizen

"Lee has won an international following for the strength and beauty of her improvisational style: she's fearless and sweet, just as likely to sing her heart out in a rhapsodic melody as she is to plunge headfirst into a gnarly exploration of knotty chords...Lee's compositional style is just as adventurous and diverse...her particular compositional gift is evinced in the way her pieces flow, as if in a dream, from one form to another. Her melodies slide in and out of abstraction; skewed marches butt up against folksongs; chamber-music niceties crumble under the assault of funk and psychedelia… Lee plunders all the musical resources available to her, but always in the service of emotional exploration."
—Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight

"Since Peggy Lee and Dylan van der Schyff's cd, "These Are Our Shoes" was my favorite cd of 1998, The Peggy Lee Band was a natural choice for kicking off the [Du Maurier Vancouver International Jazz] festival for me. My expectations were high, and I was not disappointed. Lee's playing is always both sensitive and passionate, and she's aligned herself here with some of the best musicians in Vancouver… A definite festival highlight."
—David MacLeod, The Jazz Asylum


released May 1, 1999

Peggy Lee, cello
Brad Turner, trumpet
Jeremy Berkman, trombone
Tony Wilson, guitar
Chris Tarry, bass
Dylan van der Schyff, drums
Recorded and Mixed by Shawn Pierce, 1999.


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