Hearts and Arrows
A founding member of acclaimed klezmer/swing combo Sisters of Sheynville, Isabel Fryszberg now makes her solo debut under the moniker of Isabel and the Uncommons. Her new album, Hearts and Arrows, is uncommonly good, and it merges country, folk, jazz and pop styles in carefree yet always convincing fashion. Album producer Don Kerr (Rheostatics, Ron Sexsmith) recruits such first-rate players as Steve Briggs, Dennis Pendrith and Rosalyn Dennet as the Uncommons, with such guests as Julian Taylor and John Switzer. Isabel is a strong songwriter, with material ranging from the double-entendres of "A Man That Can Drive" to the retro jazz of "New Moon" and the haunting "Something Sacred". She sure hits the target here.
The album was launched at Hugh's Room in Toronto this week.