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Absinthe & Vermouth

by Fay Victor Ensemble

Third album of all original music by the critically acclaimed Fay Victor Ensemble featuring groovy songwriting and grand musical excursions.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. Big Bag
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2. Crystal
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3. I'm On a Mission / Paper Cup
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4. Gunk
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5. Robot Clown
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6. Seashore
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8. The Sign At the Door
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9. Shaded in Grey
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The group's third effort finds them stripped down to a tight - and loose - trio with guitar, bass and the leader's ever-flexible voice.
Absinthe & Vermouth, the Fay Victor Ensemble's third release, is a bright and heartfelt confessional, amusing and observational, and a rare "jazz" vocal album comprised of all original material (we shall dispose of the scare quotes forthwith). The songs vocalist Fay Victor writes with husband Jochem van Dijk speak to the ordinary and the powerful, wonderfully underscored by guitarist Anders Nilsson and bassist Ken Filiano.

Absinthe & Vermouth also marks a departure from the ensemble's previous efforts. Most notably, it finds them stripped down to a trio and freed up without the foundation of a drummer. It also represents a change in songwriting and structuring group dynamics.

While their previous release, The FreeSong Suite "went for blurred lines between the compositions," Victor explains, "the tracks on Absinthe & Vermouth are whole pieces and song combinations where blurred lines are integral to the core."
Each of the nine tracks on the new album strikes its own little world. The opener, "Big Bag," extols the virtues of oversize purses as secret-keepers and survival kits. "Seashore" builds off lovely guitar lines from Nilsson in a dedication to jazz greats Fred Anderson and Bill Dixon, who died within eight days of each other in June, 2010. “I'm On a Mission / Paper Cup” imagines a traveling salesman as its philosopher hero to rockist guitar distortion and some muscular playing from Filiano. “Robot Clown” postulates (or capitulates to) daily urban life with backup hollering from the gentlemen of the band, while “Talk Talk” transfers those concerns to the online world and “Shaded in Gray” to the interpersonal realm. Lest all seem to dark, however, “The Sign at the Door”

As a singer, Victor can strike chords of Betty Hutton and Nina Simone, as well as spanning within and not to mention without. The songs written for the ensemble, and the musicianship of Filiano and Nilssen, push her well within and without. There's much to hear and much worth hearing here.
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The Fay Victor Ensemble

Fay Victor - voice, compositions

Anders Nilsson - electric guitar, effects

Ken Filiano - double bass, effects

Started in 2005 as a voice-guitar-bass-drum unit The Fay Victor Ensemble (FVE) performs original material written by vocalist/composer Fay Victor and bass guitarist/composer Jochem van Dijk with music geared towards improvisation emerging from all sorts of song forms, revealing an expansive and cohesive mix of jazz, rock, blues and new music vibrations.

The Ensemble’s first recording - Cartwheels through the Cosmos (ArtistShare 2007) - was an ambitious and adventurous project that overstepped and redefined the boundaries of what jazz singing is. It combined the thoughtfulness of observant lyric-writing, the excitement of improvising, and the structure of solid composing, captivating the listener with cinematic, story-driven pieces. Starting out with the song as the focal point for improvisational excursions, through suite-like shapes where blurred lines distinguish song forms, free improvisation and musical genres – where melodies pop up and go away again, maybe to return. Maybe not.

in 2009, the FVE released The FreeSong Suite (Greene Avenue Music 2009), incorporating these elements with longer forms. The album went on to receive incredible critical acclaim including Best-of-Year Kudos from The Jazz Session, All About Jazz-NY and a 4th place slot in the prestigious Village Voice Jazz Critic’s Poll for Best Jazz Vocal Record of 2009, the only all original vocal project to do so. In 2011, the FVE became a drumless trio with new and different writing to reflect the sonic change that's now taken a tone of abstract performance artsong continuing the integration of stories, cinematic musical excursions, knotty and flexible compositions, intricate improvisations and absurd theatre. On November 5, 2013, the FVE will release Absinthe & Vermouth on Greene Avenue Music.

The FVE has performed at such venues as Roulette/Location One, Firehouse 12, BAM Cafe Live, The Vision Festival XV, Rhythm in the Kitchen Festival, The Red Hook Jazz Festival, ShapeShifter lab, The Stone, Cornelia Street Cafe, The Bop Shop(Rochester, NY), Sanctuary For Independent Media, Sweet Rhythm, An Die Musik (Baltimore), The Rotunda (Philadelphia), The Evolving Music Series, The 21st Century Schizoid Series and the 55BAR - the band's home and honing ground since 2005.

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