Buckley Mills

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Buckley Mills


Anderson, Rick, Notes


Buckley Mills. Violin on Fire. Chacra Music CHACD 058, 2009.

Violinist Buckley Mills got his start early, establishing himself as a prodigy in childhood before becoming, at fourteen, the youngest-ever member of the Sioux City Symphony (his father was his stand partner) and then embarking on a wide-ranging music career that has so far included stints in rock, country, and jazz bands and sharing stages with artists as diverse as Itzhak Perlman and blues legend Buddy Guy. His debut album finds him exploring a set of jazz standards--though "exploring" may be too sober a term to describe his approach to these familiar tunes. Instead, he mainly dances through them gleefully, accompanied by a solidly swinging but generally pretty self-effacing trio of guitar, bass, and drums. His classical background is well in evidence here, and its effect is mostly salutary: his intonation is perfect (which cannot by any means be said of all of his jazz violin progenitors), and his tone is full and clean. …

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