A bowl of sixty taxidermists Waxwing
- 1A Bowl Of Sixty Taxidermists03:11
- 2For Ross06:02
- 4For Claude06:50
- 5Snow Blind02:54
- 6Interlude #101:18
- 8Reigning Cats And Dogs01:03
- 11A Line Through04:23
- 13The Owl Of Crowston03:14
Info for A bowl of sixty taxidermists
Waxwing (formerly Wilson/Lee/Bentley) unites three of Vancouver’s premier jazz musicians in a program of original compositions and improvisations that combine delicacy and strength, melodic beauty and textural sophistication. This is chamber jazz that moves between highly structured and freer playing but is always strong on form and direct emotional appeal, whether driving or more contemplative. The musicians often swap roles within pieces, exploiting the full range of expression for this unusual combination of instruments. Cellist Peggy Lee is a member of Wayne Horvitz’s Gravitas Quartet as well as his new Some Places Are Forever Afternoon project, also released this month. Audiophile (24/96) recording has great transparency.
'The music is dreamlike, with the often effects-laden guitar playing a key role in the direction of the ensemble. Lee's distinguished creative voice provides strength and flexibility, with a sound that is firm in the most delicate of textures and driving in the most rambunctious moments.' (Wilbur MacKenzie, AAJ)
'Bentley...has a lyrical, light touch that fits in perfectly as a contrasting voice against the intensity of Wilson's keening guitar and the wizardry of Lee's cello.' (La Scena Musicale)
Tony Wilson, electric guitar
Peggy Lee, cello
Jon Bentley, tenor, soprano, c-melody saxophones
Please Note: We offer this album in its native sampling rate of 44.1 kHz, 24-bit. The provided 88.2 kHz version was up-sampled and offers no audible value!
Seattle's Waxwing has successfully combined a myriad influences into a distinctive sound, blending elements of punk, folk, rock, and Southwestern music. With two full-lengths and a host of EPs under their belt, they have emerged as one of Seattle's most interesting and dynamic young bands around the turn of the century, along with Juno, Death Cab for Cutie, and Pedro the Lion.
Following the 1996 breakup of the band Lying on Loot (which included future Red Stars Theory violinist Seth Warren), singer/guitarist Rocky Votolato and drummer Rudy Gajadhar began playing with bassist Andrew Hartley under the name Waxwing. Rocky's younger brother Cody soon joined the band on second guitar, and the band recorded their debut 7" for Henry's Finest. In 1999, Second Nature released the band's first full-length, For Madmen Only. Blending the straight-ahead rock approach and emotional honesty of the Replacements with the moodiness of Black Sabbath, the record was a critical success and earned the band a solid local following.
When One for the Ride was released in late 2000, Waxwing's profile had grown substantially. Rocky had released several well-received solo records, while Cody's other band, the arty hardcore outfit the Blood Brothers, had a strong following of their own. Gajadhar also handled the drumming duties in Bugs in Amber (fronted by Sonny Votolato, Rocky and Cody's older brother), while Andrew played bass in Lightheavyweight. One for the Ride found the band exploring more diverse dynamics in their songs, exploring new styles of music (some moments wouldn't be out of place on a Calexico album), and focusing on a wider dynamic range. The band toured the Midwest and West Coast with the Casket Lottery in support of this album and returned home to Seattle to work on new songs and allow the members time to focus on other projects. In 2002, the band went back to their roots with the animated Nobody Can Take What Everybody Owns before going on something of an extended hiatus. When the band officially disbanded in late 2005, Rocky continued his solo career, Cody continued playing with the Blood Brothers, and Gajadhar carried on with Gatsbys American Dream.