As a label, Blue Note has been changing its focus, drifting closer and closer to mainstream pop material – not that there's anything wrong with this, but it is a bit of a shock that the name label in jazz since 1939 is looking for hits with Elisabeth Withers and a third Norah Jones offering. That said, the Metro Blue imprint of the label is as adventurous as ever, and the self-titled offering from the Bird and the Bee is about as eclectic as it gets. The Bird and the Bee are vocalist and songwriter Inara George (for music historians, she is the daughter of the late Little Feat singer, guitarist, and songwriter Lowell George) and multi-instrumentalist/producer Greg Kurstin.
The long-awaited follow-up to their hit CD FIRECRACKER is a beautifully produced live album featuring a majority of tracks that have not appeared on previous releases, including their long sought after version of Jane Siberry's classic "Calling All Angels." the recording is also the first to feature the Jenny's most popular and current line-up, with newcomer Heather Masse joining Ruth Moody and Nicky Mehta with her lush vocals and tasteful bass playing and virtuoso instrumentalist Jeremy Penner on fiddle and mandolin.