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Martin & Haynes / Freedman
Album:Freedman Collection:General
Artist:Martin & Haynes Added:Dec 2008
Label:Barnyard Records 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2010-02-14 Pull Date:2010-04-18 Charts:Classical/Experimental
Week Ending:Apr 11Mar 14Feb 21

 Recent Airplay
1.Apr 08, 2010:Memory Select
Unnameable Dance
3.Feb 18, 2010:gigondo orangeasm
2.Mar 12, 2010:Memory Select
Naked In The River
4.Mar 12, 2009:The Pennant Race!!! FOR PITTSBURGH!!!
Unnameable Dance

Album Review
Reviewed 2010-01-31 
Music for ukulele and suitcase (i.e. percussion). Tuneful but spare, showing off some jazzy ideas in a relaxed setting. The suitcase sounds consist mostly of soft padding, like drum brushes. It's warm and cozy, albeit with lots of white space, and bits of dissonance that ensure no song is uniformly pretty (#17 comes close).

Could make an interesting interlude for any show that's doing lots of acoustic or folky music, although even the fast tracks might slow the pace considerably.

There's a lot of improvising here, but these are all *songs*, composed by lap steel player Myk Freedman. (He's not dead or anything; in fact he's about 30. They just decided to dedidate a whole album to his music.) Instrumental; FCC clean.

Jean Martin - suitcase
Justin Haynes - Ukulele

More tuneful -- 2,5,6,7,8,9,12,14,16,17
More abstract -- 1,3,4,10,11,13,15

1- Abstractly tuneful, a mix of jazz and Asian zen
2- Sounds like it borrows a phrase from "Crazy."
3- Cool suitcase drumming, snappy tune, great title
4- Lots of abstract goofing-around, noisy
5- Slow, lush, almost Hawaiian
7- Sneaky pecking, a Euro-folk flavor. Kind of quiet.
8- Quiet and rambling, starts folky and gets off-kilter
9- A bit of bayou stomp. Upbeat.
10- Cool percussive sound. Jazzy start turns into sound experiments
12- Pecking and snapping, an upbeat anomaly
14- Gypsy jazz, mid/fast, goes off the rails here & there
17- Slow Hawaiian romance. With suitcase.

Track Listing
1.Naked In The River 9.She's Not My Girlfriend. My Girlfriend's Normal
2.Sittin' In A Puddle 10.I'm Ok If You're Ok
3.Zombies Love Dancin' To This Number 11.Seven
4.Bookends 12.October's Bright Blue Abortion
5.Clock Watchers 13.Trees Grew Out Of Their Ears
6.So Cry 14.Where The Tulips Blow In My Imaginary Orchestra
7.Unnameable Dance 15.Pretty Ugly
8.My Technical Difficulities Led To Rhythmical Complexities 16.So Cry
 17.Love Boat Of Love