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Robin Holcomb & Talking Pictures with Wayne Horvitz

Country of origin:

Canadaand U.S.

Type of music generally:

Experimental evocative/eclectic jazz and folk/rock/altpop


Most recent release, The Point of It All (2010)

See also:

Robin Holcomb's site

Talking Pictures' site

Wayne Horvitz's site

The Ectoguide page for Robin Holcomb's work as a solo artist and for her joint work with Wayne Horvitz


Robin Holcomb's experimental pieces

Covers/own material:

Own and some covers and improvisations

General comments:

The Point of It All is the result of a collaboration between experimental jazz pianist (and folk/rock artist) Robin Holcomb and new jazz ensemble Talking Pictures along with longtime Robin Holcomb partner/collaborator and well-known artist in his own right, Wayne Horvitz. (Neile)

Recommended first album:

The Point of It All is their collaborative debut


The Point of It All (2010)

The Point of It All

Release info:

2010—Songlines—SGL 1584-2


See Songlines' site

Ecto priority:

Highly recommended for fans of Robin Holcomb's solo work and/or new jazz

Group members:

Robin Holcomb—piano, vocals
Wayne Horvitz—Hammond M-3, piano (10)
Ron Samworth—electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Bill Clark—trumpet, flugelhorn (12)
Peggy Lee—cello>BR? Dylan van der Schyff—drums

Produced by:

Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb & Ron Samworth


In this intriguing album, Talking Pictures, Robin Holcomb, and Wayne Horvitz collaborate to play mostly Robin Holcomb's music, some Talking Pictures compositions, and a cover of Neil Young's "After The Gold Rush." Bringing in both structured songs and more experimental compositions and improvisations, the album makes an organic connection between these normally disparate types of music. It is highly rewarding listening, full of details that help the listener focus on individual moments as well as the flow of the work. As a fan of vocals, I enjoy the songs more than the tunes, but this colloboration definitely helps me appreciate the artistry of the instrumental compositions and especially the improvisations. This album is a wonderfully rewarding listening experience which expanded my musical horizons. Highly recommended for adventurous listeners. (Neile)

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