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Versatile violinist Jenny Scheinman has played around New York and toured the world with folks like Lou Reed, Bill Frisell, Norah Jones, and Ani DiFranco. While her own albums were often more experimental, The Littlest Prisoner, her eighth, is an album of originals firmly in a dreamy Americana vein with drummer Brian Blade and guitarist Bill Frisell. She also sings throughout for the first time, in an unaffected voice perfect for a frank style of storytelling with themes of childhood and motherhood dominating. This concept works best on “Just a Child,” which at times moves toward fanciful lyrical poetry. The expansive “Sacrifice” is also quite effective, building a hypnotic spell by swaying along at an easy pace. Those who want to hear Scheinman cook in a country violin hoedown style can turn to “Run Run Run” and “Bent Nail.” There are also three short pieces that function as transitions, which are brief delights as well. Showing a side that Scheinman hadn't fully realized before, The Littlest Prisoner has much to offer new fans as well as longtime ones.

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reveals itself to you slowly

Folky fiddle with Bill Frissel's guitar weaving around it, and Brain Blade's creative rhythms back songs about life that reflect this cultures sensibilities in a timeless fashion.

Understated and elegant

Incredibly beautiful record. The musicianship and songwriting coalesce in a magical ride though a lush sonic landscape. A long beautiful road filled with potholes, filled with tears. I can't stop listening!

a little escape into a big world

Let's put aside the fact that the album is beautifully recorded, the musicians are as good as they get, and that Jenny's voice is as soothing as it is emotional. This record has that rare power to take you away on a kind of voyage through an inner landscape that is both personal and profound. It is courageous, heartbreaking, and fun. How is that possible?!

Biography

Born: June 8, 1979 in Jacksonville, FL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Violinist, composer, improviser, bandleader, and (yes) singer Jenny Scheinman has been a major force on the Brooklyn creative jazz scene since her arrival in the borough from the West Coast in 1999. She made weekly appearances at the Barbès club in the Park Slope neighborhood when not on tour or involved in other competing projects, using her residency there as a laboratory for trying out a variety of musical approaches and configurations, exploring styles from avant jazz to country-folk singer/songwriter...
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