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Pick Up Sticks [666017079127]

  • 1. Pick Up Sticks
    2. Three Line Prayer, Pt. 1
    3. Three Line Prayer, Pt. 2
    4. Family Sighs
    5. Waft
    6. Perfect Window
    7. Soldier's Shoulder, A
    8. Dust of Months, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 34

  • Credits
    ProducerBernd Jestram; Bill Wells; Stefan Schneider
    EngineerBernd Jestram; Bill Wells; Bernd Jestram

    Personnel: Bill Wells (computer, sampler); Bill Wells; Stefan Schneider (synthesizer, bass guitar); Annie Whitehead (melodica, trombone); Barbara Morgenstern (keyboards).
    Audio Mixers: Bernd Jestram; Bill Wells; Stefan Schneider.
    Recording information: Bleibeil, Berlin, Germany (07/2003).
    Considering the instrumentation, which includes not only a synthesizer but leader Bill Wells on computers and sampling, one would expect that Pick Up Sticks would be an avant-garde set filled with unusual sounds. Surprisingly, the main voice is actually Annie Whitehead on her overdubbed trombones, and most of her playing consists of catchy and infectious (if sometimes repetitive) riffs. In fact, Whitehead makes the other musicians (including keyboardist Barbara Morgenstern, who is actually only on two numbers) seem like her sidemen. The music may have been freely improvised, but with Whitehead playing, the results are logical and pretty accessible. But why is this release only 20 minutes long? ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Q (p.127) - 3 stars out of 5 - "[With] miscellaneous murmuring keyboards and gentle, sampled atmospherics overlaid with Whitehead's poignant tones. The loping pulse and Cluster-like ambience of 'Waft' is typically ethereal yet engaging..."
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