CD Review – Jennie Arnau, Chasing Giants (2010)


jennie arnau, chasing giantsWritten by Bill Whiting – [email protected]

Chasing Giants finds Carolina native Jennie Arnau rediscovering her folk and country roots with a backing band of top notch players. Drawing from a broad canvass, Arnau opens the disc with hope and yearning on “For the Winter,” accompanied by the acoustic guitar mastery of Rod Hohl . “Bouncing Ball” intermixes delicate rhythms courtesy of bassist Skip Ward ( Bela Fleck, Steve Martin) and drummer Alan Lerner (Zen Tricksters). “Savior” explores the transitional, dark world of being lost and searching via the added instrumental assistance from guitarist Kevin Kinney. The title track and “Safe Tonight” flirt with both shared experience and periodic introspection aided by the nimble fingerpicking of Moe guitarist Al Schnier. Banjo master Noam Pikelny also contributes to Arnau’s bluegrass based sound throughout Chasing Giants. Recorded in New York, and mixed by Trina Shoemaker at The Red Barn in Franklin, TN, Chasing Giants swings mightily with quality song writing and fluid, yet daring, jazzy influenced musical themes.