Uncle Woody Sullender & Kevin Davis
The Tempest is Over
"On The Tempest is Over, his new improvised duo record with cellist Kevin Davis, former Chicagoan Woody Sullender continues to find unexplored terrain for the banjo, weeding out any reference to bluegrass or old-timey music. In his hands the instrument sometimes evokes those of other cultures - the oud on "Strata Collide," the pipa on "Knocking Dust" - but his MO is singular: wonderfully strangulated tangles of notes arrive in brief bursts, then recede into gentle arpeggios or ominous single-note runs. Davis is a wonderful accompanist cushioning Sullender's brittle sound in mahogany chords and spectral harmonics."
-Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader