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    Twins of El Dorado – “Portend The End” – [Prom Night]


    Kristin Slipp and Joe Moffett are twins. Maybe they don’t
    share the same DNA, but they are on the same page. That
    page is likely torn from the poetic journals of Slipp.
    She sings ’em high, dry and wry while good ol’ Joe is
    blowing whiskey neat and fly quick. His trumpet provides
    the punctuation for Slipp’s thoughts. Even the wordless
    ones like on the opening “Effort,” is that New Jack Scat?
    Or is it a new suburb of Petra Haden’s Imaginaryland?
    It has that kind of playfulness often, although they
    do deviate at times from the crisp and bright sound, going
    raspier for a short stretch on “Pond Long Song” and
    getting Moffett’s brass brazen on “Being That In America.”
    Check out the interbleeding of Moffett’s trumpet and Slipp’s
    voice especially on “Fare Thee.” Moffett speaks without his
    trumpet on “Bill ‘N’ Nancy” and “Being That In America.”
    Kind of curious where Slipp will wind up, the battle of an
    unconventional conservatory grad. She shows nice range in the
    keys of stange here, and even echoes of Patty Waters (or did
    I imagine that?). She’s cool with contradiction, just ask
    Emily Dickinson. Even so it’s not long ago she was in high
    school in Gorham, Maine, yet this Prom Night in Gotham (the
    borough of Brooklyn) bodes well. As does the sweet and/or
    creepy source for their name – RIP Patricia And Joan Miller!

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on February 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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