It's been a few years since violinist Jenny Scheinman gave up her regular Tuesday night gig at Barbès: a casualty of her constant touring as a jazz sidewoman, along with the day-to-day demands of being a mother of two. Last year, Scheinman moved home to the northern California coast to be closer to her family, but also to reconnect with the roots and country music that informs her own output.
Last night, Scheinman was back in town for a show at LPR, celebrating her latest release, The Littlest Prisoner (Sony Masterworks). With the lights turned low and the music soft, it was like a late night set in a Nashville bar, long after the main act had finished and most folks had gone home. But, noone left early last night: the sold-out crowd filled in every square inch of LPR's main space. It probably didn't hurt that Jenny's sidemen for the evening were Bill Frisell - with whom she's performed for the better part of a decade - and drummer Brian Blade. Both took a comfortable backseat to Jenny's fiddling and sotto voce singing; the jazzheads in the audience expecting to hear Frisell rip out a stream of signature solos on his Fender likely went home disappointed. For the rest of us, it was just a quiet evening around the campfire, with a soundtrack provided by an old friend.
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