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Kristin Slipp & Dov Manski: A Thousand Julys

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What vocalist Kristin Slipp and keyboardist Dov Manski get up to on A Thousand Julys is a sin; at least that’s how traditionalists will view these unorthodox treatments of Tin Pan Alley chestnuts. Truth is, the two New England Conservatory grads are co-conspirators in a startlingly refreshing reexamination of these 12 classic tunes, boldly challenging the relative complacency of most previous interpretations.

Manski alternates between piano and Wurlitzer, jaggedly wandering with purposeful abstraction, his departures from the melody organically synced to Slipp’s vocal wayfaring. Slipp, favoring a combustive, atonal near-screech (rather reminiscent of Patty Waters, though far more judiciously navigated), is equally a force to be reckoned with; indeed, they are fully codependent explorers.

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