Dirty Linen (4-5/01, p.67) - "...Draws from a range of roots traditions for their basic sources....investigating the future of folk music in a thought-provoking and imaginative way..."
Last Forever includes: Sonya Cohen (vocals); Dick Connette (arranger, piano, harmonium, organ, drums, tambourine); Kevin Kuhn (acoustic, electric & 12-string guitars, mandolin); Eric Hegsted (acoustic guitar); Jeff Berman (dulcimer, drums, cymbals, shakers, washboard); Bill Ruyle (hammered dulcimer, drums); Marshall Coid, Mary Rowell (violin); Erik Friedlander (cello); Lindsey Horner (whistle, electric bass); Steve Elson (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Aaron Heicke (alto saxophone); James O'Connor (trumpet); Dan Levine (trombone, electric bass); Leroy Clouden (drums, percussion).
Recorded at Passport Studios, New York, New York between November 1996 and May 2000. Includes liner notes by Loudon Wainwright III.
Personnel: Sonya Cohen (vocals); Eric Hegsted, Don DiNicola, Kevin Kuhn (guitar); Bill Ruyle (hammer dulcimer); Carolyn Dutton, Laura Seaton Finn, Erik Friedlander, Peter Sanders, Mary Rowell, Lindsey Horner, Greg Cohen, Marshall Coid , Ralph Farris, Paul Woodiel (strings); Aaron Heick, Steve Elson (woodwinds); Dan Levine , Arthur Baron, James O'Connor, Vincent Chancey (brass); Dick Connette (piano, spinet, harmonium, percussion); Leroy Clouden, Jeff Berman (percussion).
Recording information: Passport Recording, New York City (11/1996-05/2000).
Arranger: Dick Connette.
Continuing his unique exploration of American folk music, Dick Conette leads his large ensemble in mixing traditional songs like "Louis Collins" and "Duke of Earl" with original tunes that have the same earthy sensibility. Ultimately what comes through is a broad musical idea of America. The experience of Last Forever is akin to the work of Aaron Copeland: there is a sweeping sense of the fabled "America" known from old movies and Civil War daguerreotypes. It's ephemeral, but lovely nonetheless. ~ Tim Sheridan