Mischief & Mayhem
Label: Jenny Scheinman
The violinist-vocalist leaves her vocals in the cupboard for this disc, and it still manages to be her most diverse-sounding collection. "A Ride With Polly Jean" swings with a low-down appeal you can imagine PJ Harvey endorsing on a road trip; "Blues for the Double Vee" has an almost Sonic Youth-y drum part (and the rock-tinged jazz mood is furthered by lead guitar from Wilco mainstay Nels Cline). Throughout these and the quieter pieces, Scheinman's solos (as on "Sand Dipper" and "Ali Farka Touche") give the album an identity beyond its smart arrangements and stellar cast.