"The Crazy Woman" contains Carlberg's vocal settings of poetry by
Jack Kerouac, Wallace Stevens, Anna Akhmatova, Gwendolyn Brooks, Anselm
Holloand others. Not conventional jazz tunes, the poetry settings here
are challenging but not abrasive, a fascinating twist on the use of
lyrics in jazz.
Carlberg is joined by the cream of the new generation of downtown
NY jazzers. Vocalist (and Carlberg's wife) Christine Correa has
performed orrecorded with Ran Blake, Mick Goodrick, Steve Lacy and in
the vast Indian film industry. Tenor saxophonist Chris Cheek has
recorded or performed with Paul Motian, Wolfgang Muthspiel and Jimmy
Weinstein ("nostalgia,"Accurate AC-5009). Bassist Ben Street has
appeared with Lee Konitz, TimBerne, Joey Calderazzo, Gene Bertoncini and
many other. Drummer Kenny Wolleson's credits include: John Zorn, Bobby
Bradford, the New Klezmer Trio and Wolfgang Muthspiel.
Carlberg's groups are always telepathically tight, musically
economical, rhythmically sharp and surprising, and "The Crazy Woman"
band is no exception. Correa is gifted with a gorgeous, full voice, and
the players have beautiful, relaxed approaches to their instruments.