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Album Review

This is an intriguing, if bizarre, release. Over a period of a few months in 1991 (except for a couple numbers from June 1988) Amy Denio overdubbed herself on vocals, basses, guitars, alto sax, harmonica, alto recorder, bass mbira, organ, drum machine, and various household devices. The results are a sound collage that ranges from jazzy folk music to avant-garde sound explorations, with odd and barely understandable vocals punctuating the crowded ensembles. Overall it is a bit frivolous and self-indulgent — interesting in spots but not terribly listenable.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Seattle-based composer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist (proficient at accordion, saxophone, clarinet, bass, and guitar) Amy Denio has issued several albums as a solo artist, as well as a member of several other outfits. Born on June 9, 1961, Denio studied music at both Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass, and Colorado College during the early '80s, before forming her own label, Spoot Music, in 1986, and issuing a cassette-only debut, No Bones. Subsequently, Denio has performed and appeared on...
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