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Album Review

Skip Heller's Homegoing finds the eclectic Los Angeles-based musician back in jazz mode. With long and loving liner notes that frame Heller as a player with ravenous tastes, Homegoing is a tasteful, restrained disc that nonetheless reflects wide interests. Heller's understated guitar playing slides through between Mike Bolger's organ and Robert Drasnin's woodwinds, often sounding like a horn or a keyboard itself. Though his phrasing wouldn't sound out of place on an old jazz 78, there is a decidedly modern flare to Heller's attack, both as a soloist and a bandleader. The quartet fits together in a way that is informed equally by old swing sides and cool bossa nova grooves. Fellow Los Angeles punk-folkie Dave Alvinturns in two charmingly dry vocal performances on a pair of pop covers.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Fred Steven Heller, known to the music world as Skip Heller, is one of the Los Angeles country and roots music scene's most interesting and complex players. Known as "America's most confusing country singer," Heller was born in Philadelphia on October 4, 1965 to an Italian mother and Jewish father. The oldest of three, Heller began his musical odyssey when he saw John Hartford perform on Glen Campbell's television show and...
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  • $8.91
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jan 01, 2002

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