CD Enjoy [Travis Sullivan] (CD 1149817), Audio Other
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Enjoy [Travis Sullivan]

  • 1. Hyperballad
    2. Alarm Call
    3. Human Behavior
    4. Show Me Forgiveness
    5. Army of Me
    6. Hunter
    7. Who Is It
    8. Cocoon
    9. Enjoy
    10. Overture to Dancer in the Dark
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4432

  • Credits
    ProducerJason Miles

    Personnel: Travis Sullivan (clarinet, alto saxophone); Becca Stevens (vocals); Ben Monder (guitar); Arun Luthra (flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone); Sean Nowell (flute, clarinet, tenor saxophone); Lauren Sevian (flute, baritone saxophone); Steve Welsh, Dan Pratt (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Kelly Pratt, Kevin Bryan , Colin Brigstocke (trumpet); Ryan Keberle, Andrew Gold, Alan Ferber (trombone); Art Hirahara (piano); Yoshi Waki (upright bass, electric bass).
    Recording information: Bennett Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (08/26/2006/08/27/2006); The Clubhouse, Orange County, NY (08/26/2006/08/27/2006).
    Arrangers: Kelly Pratt; Travis Sullivan; Arun Luthra.
    Issued in 2008, ENJOY! marks the studio debut by New York City-based saxophonist/bandleader Travis Sullivan and his Bjorkestra ensemble, which, as the playful name implies, performs orchestral versions of Bjork songs. Largely avoiding a chamber-pop aesthetic, the group, which features vocalist Becca Stevens, gives the Icelandic artist's tunes a full-bodied jazz sound, as heard on its horn-laden take of "Alarm Call."

  • Critic Reviews
    CMJ - "Led by saxophonist Sullivan, the Bjorkestra is an 18-piece collective that bravely tries to transform the music of Iceland's premier avant-pop visionary into modern jazz."
    Down Beat (p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "As the band stretches out with extended instrumental sections -- most tracks clock in well more than six minutes -- then segues back into Stevens' studied version of Bjork, the album manages a happy combo of homage and creative reinvention."
    JazzTimes (p.129) - "[T]he fun is hearing the orchestra's re-imagining of tunes like 'Cocoon' without them, as well as taking a tripping electronic Bjork classic like 'Hyperballad' and pushing it to loud and new jazz extremes."
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