CD McKinley (CD 136447),
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  • 1. Dorothy
    2. Just a Loan
    3. Pillowcase Sail
    4. One Bare Nail
    5. Pollyanna
    6. Hallucinangels
    7. Could Be Cruel
    8. Matches
    9. Bottom of the Sea
    10. Cocktail Party
    11. Snowshoes
    12. Next Feding
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 22

  • Credits
    ProducerSteve Hale
    EngineerDoug Durbrow

    Personnel: McKinley (acoustic bass, vocals); Steve Hale (guitar, background vocals); Marty Jennings (violin); James Smith (cello); Wendy Karden (flute); Edward Givens (clarinet, flute); John Morrow (saxophone); Paul Mazzio (trumpet); Brian Davis (drums, percussion); Michelle Hale (background vocals).
    Recorded at Dead Aunt Thelma's Studio, Portland, Oregon.
    Personnel: McKinley (vocals, acoustic bass); James Smith (cello); Wendy Karden (flute); John Morrow (saxophone); Paul Mazzio (trumpet); Brian Davis (drums, percussion).
    Unknown Contributor Role: Brian Davis .
    After self-releasing a six-song CD in Portland, McKinley added six more tracks to the collection and released this self-titled debut in 1995 on Burnside Records. Combining folk and jazz into a torchy chamber folk, the singer/songwriter and bassist uses her dreamily seductive voice and some decent musical chops to create a truly rich and unique sound. Joining McKinley on this national debut release are musicians Steve Hale (guitar), Marty Jennings (violin), James Smith (cello), Wendy Karden (flute), and drummer/percussionist Brian Davis. A more complimentary group of players couldn't be found, as these musicians have an engaging affect on the singer's compositions that is necessarily subtle, yet well-defined. The softly swinging "Bottom of the Sea" and "One Bare Nail" are elegant standouts with their delicate changes and interwoven melodies that almost boil beneath McKinley's jazz-influenced vocals. A respectable debut, McKinley was followed up by a much stronger offering, Big Top Shop Talk, that should probably be the first purchase for new fans looking for something rich, listenable, and solidly artistic. ~ Vincent Jeffries

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