Joel Miller Sienna Dahlen

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Raul da Gama, JazzdaGama

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The title of this recording is interesting in the whimsical images it conjures up, none more vivid than a journey back to musical traditions that are a molten mix of styles and cultures that can only come from a Canadian landscape. But more than anything else this is a product of the prodigiously talented musical polymath, Joel Miller. In each one of twelve originals Miller has tempered his arsenal of sophisticated compositional resources with fond and haunting reminiscences reflecting the contours of New Brunswick's rich and yet starkly dramatic cultural landscape. The mostly unfamiliar tunes serve as unifying devices which in the hands of Joel Miller and vocalist Sienna Dahlen, together with a crack ensemble that elevates their intentions by deconstructing in a variety of unexpected ways and gorgeous timbres. Songs such as 'Flying Dream' and 'Corey Heart' are densely evocative and hypnotic musical embroideries while the audacious 'Streamlined' is at once raucous and poignantly eloquent. There is a wonderfully kaleidoscopic palette of 'vocal' colours of Miller's saxophones throughout, with plenty of sonorous bloom for those lonesome notes. Sienna Dahlen brings an ethereal beauty to this recording as she sings gloriously, rising fluently to the majestic melodic lines of Joel Miller's music.






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