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Editors’ Notes

Those already acquainted with accomplished violinist Jenny Scheinman's experimental jazz and avant klezmer recordings may be surprised to hear her waxing Americana here, and perhaps even more startled to hear her beautiful voice for the first time. Though this self-titled affair is her sixth album, it's also Scheinman's vocal debut. She inflects with the kind of beautiful sadness that fits perfectly next to slow burning twang — fans of Hem or Cowboy Junkies should find a comforting familiarity in Scheinman's approach and delivery. Bill Frisell's elegant guitar touches help to flesh out a gossamer version of Rebecca Fanya's "Rebecca's Song," and overall Jenny Scheinman is a covers-heavy outing. It opens with a gorgeous rendition of the traditional "I Was Young When I Left Home" (as arranged by Bob Dylan) and turns Mississippi John Hurt's "Miss Collins" into a pastoral hymn sounding like a lost Gillian Welch recording. Other covers include Lucinda Williams' "King of Hearts," Tom Waits' "Johnsburgh, Illinois," and Jimmy Reed's "Shame Shame Shame." Of her four originals featured, "Come On Down" takes an upbeat, rocking detour, but "The Green" stands out as a promising direction.

Customer Reviews

why one has never heard of this woman

it's very simple, Ms. Scheinman is much more than a vocalitst. she is a fine jazz musician, who has played with some of the best in the field, including Myra Melford and Bill Frisell. her cd, "Twelve Songs" is an excellent example of her brilliance. unfortunately, not many people delve into the jazz genre. with this, her vocal debut, Jenny, demonstrates her versatility, in choosing to cover songs by such luminaries as Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Tom Waits and Jimmy Reed. this is fine music, the only surprise being why it took so long for jenny to unleash her voice!

She Sings, Too!

As a fan of Jenny Scheinman's previous record, "12 Songs", an all-instrumental effort featuring Bill Frisell and other modern jazz standouts, I was surprised to hear that her new album was not only a vocal-based album, but a folk, country, blues-based collection. I love the results. Fans of Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams will be as happy with this as fans of Jenny's previous work. Great music here.

how could I not know about this woman?

I know all those in the genre and this woman blew me away. What great stuff. I love the album. Now I want to see her LIVE.


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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