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Victor, Fay Ensemble / Freesong Suite, The
Album:Freesong Suite, The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Victor, Fay Ensemble Added:10/2009
Label:Greene Avenue Music 

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Add Date:2009-12-13 Pull Date:2010-02-14 Charts:Jazz
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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2009-12-13 
FAY VICTOR ENSEMBLE: The Freesong Suite
Greene Avenue, 2009

AVANT-GARDE VOCALS – These song/story suites are extrapolated outward from the Betty Carter school (Victor’s voice also bears a strong similarity to Carter’s). The performances are highly improvisational, with a “stream of consciousness” style: meandering along through minimalist atmospheres with psychedelic rock flares, drifting into each other, with elusive, poetic lyrics. FCC-clean.

Fay Victor - voice
Anders Nilsson - guitar
Ken Filiano - bass
Michael T.A. Thompson - drums

* * * * | All interesting. Fo’s Picks: 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 9

1. 3:48 – a cappella, slow and winding, lots of space
2. 5:03 – atmosphere: breath and bass; then creeps through a dank maze
3. 9:15 – vocal soars over exotic backing, switches to rock stomp!, drifts back
4. 5:50 – sort of a ballad, medium tempo, with guitar giving it a country sway
5. 7:09 – guitar intro, conversational style; picks up to a rollicking pace
6. 6:37 – free jazz scribbling, scary possessed vocals; unsettling story at end
7. 5:23 – raucous, slouching, bristles with agitated energy, suppressed anger
8. 4:15 – skittering drums, stuttering vocals; a tale of Africa; freeform scatting
9. 8:39 – quiet bass intro; stretched out vocal, calm guitar solo
10. 3:55 – quiet bass & guitar reprise track 9 melody

[ Fo ] 12/13/09

Track Listing
1.Room 1407: Seasons 6.Room 1093: Stemming
2.Room 1407: Dry 7.Room 1310: Gone Fishing
3.Room 1407: Bob And Weave 8.Room 1310: Ideal Situation
4.Room 1407: Night Ties 9.Room 1310: Heating Up
5.Room 1093: Joe's Car 10.Room 1310: Seasons (Reprise)