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    Following in the style of her first two Nonesuch releases, the self-titled 1990 debut and Rockabye (1992), Robin Holcomb’s third release, The Big Time, finds the acclaimed songwriter reunited with producer Wayne Horvitz in her first collection of new songs in a decade. The house band for The Big Time is Horvitz’s Zony Mash—Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple, David Sylvian, G-Love) on bass, Timothy Young (David Sylvian) on guitar, drummer Andy Roth, and Horvitz on Hammond organ, plus guitarist Bill Frisell. Special guests include Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Julie Wolf (Ani DiFranco Band), Doug Wieselman, Danny Barnes (The Bad Livers), and violist Eyvind Kang.

    The songs on The Big Time evoke an atmospheric musical world reflective of Holcomb’s diverse musical influences: "I Want to Tell the Story" comes from a song cycle she wrote called "Angels at the Four Corners," based on people Holcomb knew while sharecropping tobacco in North Carolina; "A Lazy Farmer Boy" and "Engine 143" are two songs from The Anthology of American Folk Music that she arranged when invited to participate in Hal Willner's Harry Smith tribute concerts in London, New York, and Los Angeles; "Lullaby" was written while working with choreographer Joe Goode in San Francisco; and "Sit Right Down" comes from a Stephen Foster project she’s begun, writing songs based on characters from his life.

    The rest of the songs, Holcomb says, “have been written over the past few years and recorded with good friends in Seattle. I had the additional pleasure of singing with Kate and Anna McGarrigle on a few songs; we met years ago sharing a concert at the Riverside Church in New York City. As Billy Bragg said that day ‘I heard the angels sing ...’”

    Robin Holcomb’s perspective on her art has been forged by rich and varied musical experiences, from her development of an individual solo piano style to her work with chamber ensembles, Indonesian gamelans, improvising orchestras and musical theater. Having lived in the deep South, on the West Coast and in New York City, her surroundings have also played a key role in her musical development. Equally influenced by popular, folk, contemporary classical, and avant-garde music, Holcomb is the rare artist who synthesizes all of these seemingly disparate elements into something truly her own.

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    MUSICIANS
    Robin Holcomb, voice, piano
    Tim Young, acoustic and electric guitars
    Bill Frisell, acoustic and electric guitars
    Wayne Horvitz, Hammond B-3
    Keith Lowe, acoustic and electric bass
    Andy Roth, drums
    with
    Special Guests:
    Doug Wieselman, clarinet, tenor and baritone saxophones
    Danny Barnes, vocal (5, 8), banjo, electric guitar
    Eyvind Kang, viola
    Kate & Anna McGarrigle, vocals (2, 9, 12)
    Julie Wolf, vocal (4)
    Dave Carter, trumpet (9)
    Steve Moore, trombone (9)
    Tucker Martine, tambourine

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Wayne Horvitz
    Recorded at Studio Litho, Seattle
    Engineered by Tucker Martine
    Assistant Engineer: Floyd Reitsma
    Additional Recording at Avast Studio, Seattle
    Mixed at Avast Studio by Tucker Martine
    Assistant Engineer: S.E. Sharma
    Additional Recording at Shelter Island Sound, New York City
    Tracks 2 & 9 mixed at Shelter Island Sound by Joe Ferla
    Assistant Engineer: Matt Kane
    Track 12 mixed at Studio Litho by Wayne Horvitz and edited by Floyd Reitsma
    Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City

    All songs written by Robin Holcomb, except track 5, traditional; and track 8 by A. P. Carter. Track 9 horn arrangement by Doug Wieselman and Wayne Horvitz.

    Design by Frank Olinsky
    Cover photograph: Southhaven, Mississippi, 1980 by William Eggleston, © Eggleston Artistic Trust/A+C Anthology

    Executive Producer: David Bither

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Artist Name: 
Robin Holcomb
Release Date: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2002 - 04:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Holcomb’s hauntingly beautiful reveries reflect a stunning range of influences. Says the New York Times, “Her music draws on both the old-time Americana of parlor songs, waltzes, blues and ballads, and the modernism of jazz harmonies and formal twists.”

Description: 

Following in the style of her first two Nonesuch releases, the self-titled 1990 debut and Rockabye (1992), Robin Holcomb’s third release, The Big Time, finds the acclaimed songwriter reunited with producer Wayne Horvitz in her first collection of new songs in a decade. The house band for The Big Time is Horvitz’s Zony Mash—Keith Lowe (Fiona Apple, David Sylvian, G-Love) on bass, Timothy Young (David Sylvian) on guitar, drummer Andy Roth, and Horvitz on Hammond organ, plus guitarist Bill Frisell. Special guests include Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Julie Wolf (Ani DiFranco Band), Doug Wieselman, Danny Barnes (The Bad Livers), and violist Eyvind Kang.

The songs on The Big Time evoke an atmospheric musical world reflective of Holcomb’s diverse musical influences: "I Want to Tell the Story" comes from a song cycle she wrote called "Angels at the Four Corners," based on people Holcomb knew while sharecropping tobacco in North Carolina; "A Lazy Farmer Boy" and "Engine 143" are two songs from The Anthology of American Folk Music that she arranged when invited to participate in Hal Willner's Harry Smith tribute concerts in London, New York, and Los Angeles; "Lullaby" was written while working with choreographer Joe Goode in San Francisco; and "Sit Right Down" comes from a Stephen Foster project she’s begun, writing songs based on characters from his life.

The rest of the songs, Holcomb says, “have been written over the past few years and recorded with good friends in Seattle. I had the additional pleasure of singing with Kate and Anna McGarrigle on a few songs; we met years ago sharing a concert at the Riverside Church in New York City. As Billy Bragg said that day ‘I heard the angels sing ...’”

Robin Holcomb’s perspective on her art has been forged by rich and varied musical experiences, from her development of an individual solo piano style to her work with chamber ensembles, Indonesian gamelans, improvising orchestras and musical theater. Having lived in the deep South, on the West Coast and in New York City, her surroundings have also played a key role in her musical development. Equally influenced by popular, folk, contemporary classical, and avant-garde music, Holcomb is the rare artist who synthesizes all of these seemingly disparate elements into something truly her own.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Wayne Horvitz
Recorded at Studio Litho, Seattle
Engineered by Tucker Martine
Assistant Engineer: Floyd Reitsma
Additional Recording at Avast Studio, Seattle
Mixed at Avast Studio by Tucker Martine
Assistant Engineer: S.E. Sharma
Additional Recording at Shelter Island Sound, New York City
Tracks 2 & 9 mixed at Shelter Island Sound by Joe Ferla
Assistant Engineer: Matt Kane
Track 12 mixed at Studio Litho by Wayne Horvitz and edited by Floyd Reitsma
Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York City

All songs written by Robin Holcomb, except track 5, traditional; and track 8 by A. P. Carter. Track 9 horn arrangement by Doug Wieselman and Wayne Horvitz.

Design by Frank Olinsky
Cover photograph: Southhaven, Mississippi, 1980 by William Eggleston, © Eggleston Artistic Trust/A+C Anthology

Executive Producer: David Bither

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

79653

Number of Discs in Set: 
1disc
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Tuesday, June 18, 2002 - 04:00
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Album Status: 
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Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597965322BUN
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Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597965360
Price: 
10.00
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Robin Holcomb, voice, piano
Tim Young, acoustic and electric guitars
Bill Frisell, acoustic and electric guitars
Wayne Horvitz, Hammond B-3
Keith Lowe, acoustic and electric bass
Andy Roth, drums
with
Special Guests:
Doug Wieselman, clarinet, tenor and baritone saxophones
Danny Barnes, vocal (5, 8), banjo, electric guitar
Eyvind Kang, viola
Kate & Anna McGarrigle, vocals (2, 9, 12)
Julie Wolf, vocal (4)
Dave Carter, trumpet (9)
Steve Moore, trombone (9)
Tucker Martine, tambourine

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