See Magazine, Edmonton
The title of this album is apt: the music seems heaped together from disparate parts, none of them in stride with the other, yet managing somehow to work. The only difference is, we’re talking about musical genres here, and not rusty car doors, cardboard windows, or off-colour hoods. There are elements of classic American jazz and blues ("Jethro Monk"), old-time bluegrass ("Waltz for GG"), the European folk tradition ("Interpol"), and, more often than not, a highly original mix of all of these ("Andre the Giant," "Robot Two Step").
Wright assembles an impressive cast of finely tuned musicians: as Sarah Harmer’s guitar and mandolin player by day and Jenny Whiteley’s husband by night, Wright has a lot of talent by his side, and this is only further punctuated by the presence of dynamic violinist Jesse Zubot and jack-of-all-strings Steve Dawson.
Composed as it is of different makes and models, Jalopy is a dizzying and unlikely concatenation of sound that swerves–successfully, for the most part — all over the musical map.