Featuring nine original songs and an interpretation of “The Snows They Melt the Soonest” (Traditional), Judy’s second album, Beyond the Ash and Steel, pushes past the celebrated intimate acoustic portrait of her first CD to reflect even more of her jazz and blues influences. The result is a pleasingly eclectic mix that includes several driving “foot-tapping” tracks.
As in her first album, Judy’s abilities as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer, and arranger in “Beyond the Ash and Steel” are palpable in the creative and lyrical narrative, exquisite melodies and rich harmonics that showcase her transporting voice and command of her instruments. Beyond the Ash and Steel includes the talents of Sara Milonovich (Richard Shindell), Dan Hickey (They Might Be Giants, Joe Cocker), Mark Dann and the legendary John Sebastian. It also features sizzling trumpet licks and vocal harmony from Judy’s own daughter — Kyla Moscovich — an award winning trumpeter.
Co-produced with Mark Dann, Beyond the Ash and Steel is full of unique twists and turns of lyric, melody and harmonics that have a distinct groove while offering a familiar warmth.