From a Window to a Screen, the new album from Kirsten Lambert is described as a “new classic” jazz recording. It is that, and more. It is an invitation to enter a magical world of song, guided by an assured voice of the utmost clarity who interprets each note with a purposeful intimacy.
The songs are written and arranged by Chris Stamey and feature Bill Frisell & Scott Sawyer (guitar), Will Campbell (sax), John Brown (upright bass), Dan Davis (drums), Jim Crew (piano), with additional contributions from Nels Cline (guitar), Scott Sawyer (guitar), Brent Lambert (nylon-string guitar), Julian Lambert (piano), Allyn Love (steel), James Wallace (additional drums), Matt Douglas (bass clarinet), Karen Galvin (violin), Laura Thomas (violin), Matt Chicurel (viola), Emi Mizobushi (viola), Leah Gibson (cello), Marichi Gupta (choir), and Franklin Hirsch (choir). The reason to include so many participants’ names in this review is because the musicianship on every track is so consistently impressive that every contributor deserves mention.
How refreshing to discover a collection of new songs that have the instant appeal of classic standards, yet also inspire one to listen more closely since they are anything but timeworn. The instantly appreciable quality is there, but also the occasional surprise of a tempo or chord or phrasing, delivering continual rewards. Kirsten Lambert’s vocals are rich and relaxed, and suggest that the ‘jazz standard’ genre is in good hands in this century.
Every performance on this album has one commonality – to be of service to the song. That says it all. From a Window to a Screen is an album that will have you welcoming the transition from fall to winter, as nature provides the perfect excuse to stay in, relax, and enjoy some breathtaking music.