Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   2/21/2013   CD, Jazz

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

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