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Album Review

Rockabye, Robin Holcomb's second album, uses more familiar song structures (i.e., verse, chorus, verse, chorus, bridge) than her debut, which bore little resemblance to any other musical genre. This time, Holcomb draws on just about every American genre invented before, say, 1974 — traditional folk music, country, classic rock, jazz, carnival music, Dixie brass, soul — but the album is unified by her distinctive, earthy vocals and her staccato piano playing (her keyboard and vocal style seem to be inseparable from her personality). Holcomb's lyrics also fit the description of "earthy": her poetic explorations of personal pain and communal responsibility are pervaded by a sense of interconnection with the land. Wayne Horvitz produced this eclectic brew, and Peter Holsapple appears on a few tracks as both a guitarist and a co-producer.

Biography

Born: 1954 in Georgia

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Drawing inspiration from her childhood in Georgia, her work among avant-garde musicians in New York, and her stints in both California and New York, Robin Holcomb developed into a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter showcased by the Nonesuch label. After attending the University of Santa Cruz, she moved to New York with her husband, Wayne Horvitz, and co-founded Studio Henry, a performance outlet where she gave poetry readings and concerts. She also wrote big band pieces for the New York Composers...
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