Midwood – Out of the Narrows
Led by violinist Jake Shulman-Ment, Midwood is an experimental klezmer/rock/avant garde celebration of freedom and the Jewish tradition of wandering and migration. This new supergroup, featuring some of the most exciting young performers on the international world music stage, seamlessly traverses borders through original compositions, expansive improvisations on traditional melodies, and heart-wrenching re-imaginings of Yiddish folk songs. Their debut album, Out of the Narrows, draws from deep Eastern European Jewish roots to explore the power of love, movement, and wilderness to transform the human mind and heart.
Jake Shulman-Ment, violin
Yoshie Fruchter, guitar
Richie Barshay, drums, percussion
Eléonore Weill, vocals
- Ahava Raba
- Bughici Nign
- Bughici Khusidl
- Az in Droysn
- Gute Nakht
Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt – Illusion Machine
Picking up from where the band left off with their 2015 debut CD on Tzadik Records, Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt digs deeper, refining a collaborative sound which draws upon film score, desert-blues, psychedelia, Balkan, and Central and South American music. On their sophomore recording Illusion Machine, the usual line-up adds sixth man of the year, virtuoso Columbian percussionist Juan Carlos Medrano to the fold, elevating the overall sound into a darker and more orchestral version of itself. The music on Illusion Machine is overflowing with exciting rhythms, searing guitar work and beautiful melodies, performed by an incredible group.
Bret Higgins – Double Bass
Aleksandar Gajic – Violin
Robbie Grunwald – Electric Piano and Organ
Tom Juhas – Electric Guitar
Juan Carlos Medrano – Percussion
Joshua Van Tassel – Drums
Recorded and Edited by Jeremy Darby at Canterbury Music Company, Toronto
Additional Editing by David Hermiston at Woodbine Studio, Toronto
Mixed by Justin Phelps at Hallowed Halls, Portland, Oregon
Mastered by David Travers-Smith
Artwork and Design by Asli Alin – aslialin.com
Produced by Bret Higgins
All music composed by Bret Higgins
- Last Man Standing
- Astral Soul Shake
- Sun Gazers
- Illusion Machine
- Moon Catchers
Curha – I
Curtis Hasselbring is a New York-based trombonist, guitarist and composer. Since moving to NYC in the 90s he has been a fixture in the jazz and experimental music scenes, working with Slavic Soul Party, Golem, Frank London, Anthony Coleman, Bobby Previte, Matt Wilson, Chris Lightcap, Medeski Martin and Wood and many more. Curha is Hasselbring’s alter-ego and the name of his musical project involving a combination of his multi-instrumentalist skills and love of electronic music. His first release on Chant Records, “I”, integrates elements of electronica, tropicalia, surf and a wide variety of other influences to create a body of work that he describes as “groove music representing various stages of human evolution.”
All music composed, performed and produced by Curtis Hasselbring
- Respect the Pedestrian
- Mystery Guest
- Sir Fish
- Alpaca Lunch
- Party Platter People
- Fish Coda
Matt Mottel – Slid City
Matt Mottel is an internationally recognized multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer who has co-led (with drummer Kevin Shea) the dadaist duo Talibam! since 2003 and has worked with Karole Armitage, Rhys Chatham, Cooper-Moore, Yasuano Tone and many others. Talibam!’s album Endgame of the Anthropocene was described by Bandcamp as a “spiked Slurpee party at the end of the world” when featured as Album of the Day in 2017. Mottel goes solo on his Chant Records debut ‘Slid City,’ combining lo-fi drum machines with electronic synth sounds of all stripes, trash-rock guitar and laser sounds. For fans diverse artists including Suicide, Royal Trux, Omar Souleyman and Carla Bley, ‘Slid City’ is a layered and experimental sound world whose aural landscape simultaneously grooves, enlivens and stings your senses.
All music composed, performed and produced by Matt Mottel
- Clunk Rok
- Uniq Rok
- Untal Cloc
- Slide Ways
- Hiegh Weis
- Schizno Res
- Resona Moan
- Bo Dome
Welf Dorr Unit – Blood
The Welf Dorr Unit (WDU) combines free jazz spontaneity with the urgency of funk and rock. The fiery quartet takes inspiration from the motto “Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher,” taken from the title of a song by James ‘Blood’ Ulmer (who also inspired the WDU’s album title).
WDU features Welf Dorr on alto sax and bass clarinet, Dave Ross on guitar, Dmitry Ishenko on bass and Joe Hertenstein on drums. The quartet was originally formed in 2012 for a performance at the Evolving Music Series curated by Arts for Art, presenters of the renowned Vision Festival in NYC. Dorr’s other main project is Underground Horns, a 6-piece brass band called “an unapologetic party band with brains…with tonal inflections from the Big Easy, central Africa, the Maghreb and the Baltic states” by the New York Jazz Record. Dorr has performed at venues and festivals throughout the world (including concerts in Egypt, Tudo é Jazz in Brazil, Willisau in Switzerland and Jazz at Lincoln Center) and has shared the stage with musicians including Rebirth Brass Band, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and B.B. King. Besides leading his own projects, Dorr is a member of Karl Berger’s Improvisers Orchestra, Kenny Wollesen’s Himalayas, On Ka’a Davis and the Famous Original Djuke Players and the Nublu Orchestra conducted by the late Butch Morris. He has also played and recorded with Frank Lacy, Sonny Simmons, Sabir Mateen, Kim Clark, Ronnie Drayton, Graham Haynes, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jeffrey Shurdut, Daniel Carter, Steve Swell, Lukas Ligeti, Vernon Reid, Juini Booth, Jojo Kuo and the Goldsparkle Brass Band.
4. Two Down (One To Go)
6. Big Tree
7. Left Alone
Sonata Islands Kommandoh – Zeuhl Jazz
Zeuhl Jazz on vinyl
Sonata Islands is an ensemble founded by Italian instrumentalist and composer Emilio Galante in 1998. Filled out by a rotating cast of some of Italy’s most exciting and genre-bending musicians, the band hosts an annual festival in Trento, Italy featuring an acclaimed mix of jazz and new music. Their previous projects include a multimedia project with Markus Stockhausen, a jazz rewriting of Gustav Mahler’s music, and a tribute to Japanese avant-rock of the 80s and 90s.
‘Zeuhl Jazz’ features Galante on flute and electronics along with William Nicastro on bass, Sergio Quagliarella on drums, Giovanni Venosta on keyboards and voice and Alberto N.A. Turra on guitar (Turra’s album ‘It Is Preferable Not To Travel With A Dead Man’ was released in 2017 on Chant Records). The album is dedicated to the spirit of Magma, the groundbreaking French band under the direction of Christian Vander. Starting in 1970, Magma offered the listener a uniquely ‘celestial’ (‘zeuhl’ in Kobaïan language) music, even though those skies may have been crystal clear or ominously dark. Each track on ‘Zeuhl Jazz’ reflects an aspect of Magma’s approach, along with references to prog and avant-garde rock, modal jazz, R&B and Eastern folk music.
1 Offering Vander
2 Love And Rage… Supreme
3. Terza Lamentazione
5 Prima Lamentazione
6 No More Zombies
Meg Okura, Sam Newsome, Jean-Michel Pilc – NPO Trio Live At The Stone
NPO is made up of up soprano saxophone master Sam Newsome, pianist/composer and Guggenheim fellow Jean-Michel Pilc and violinist/composer Meg Okura. The musically telepathic trio seamlessly explores the world of improvisational music while drawing on influences including Romantic and atonal classical music, the searching, spirited jazz of John Coltrane, blues and traditional Yiddish and Japanese folk melodies.
1. A Four Forty
2. Bells, Whistles and Sirens
3. Oyfn Pripetchik-ish
5. Exodus and Emancipation
7. Unkind Gestures
8. Yiddish Mama No Tsuki
John Lee – Chu Bubaloo
“[L]ike Frank Zappa doing a piece with Hawkwind and even a touch of Radiohead on the side.”
(Kaj Roth, Roth and Roll)
Chu Bubaloo is the third album from guitarist and composer John Lee. Recorded in September 2013, this album captures a dark transitional period in Lee’s life. In the thick of depression and a recent separation, Chu Bubabloo is an intriguing memoir about failure, success, and possibility of purpose. Lee features musicians Graham Doby on drums, TJ Turqman on electric bass, and Matt Rippetoe on saxophone. Elements of afrobeat, folk, indie, jazz, and surf rock tie together Chu Bubabloo into an epic searing guitar story.
1. Intro Song
2. Diarrhea Puke
3. The Glib
4. Fish Out of Water
5. Baby Lulu
6. The Earth Demon
7. Life in the Dark
Koby Israelite – The Rest of Now
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The author of the old joke that asks, ‘what’s the difference between an onion and an accordion’, clearly had never heard the much-maligned instrument in the hands of Koby Israelite.
In his latest studio album, The Rest of Now, Koby Israelite combines his natural talent in accordion playing and sets it alongside a parley of other instruments under his masterful control.
The punchline to the joke of course is that, ‘people only cry when they chop up onions’. This somewhat cheap gag is turned on its head by the eye watering musical dexterity apparent throughout this new and enthralling album. Each track is made up of intricate layers that form a synthesis between Orient and Occident styles. Eastern European roots are combined with flavourings of jazz, heavy rock, and electronica, and this mixing of tradition with modernity results in a fascinating and dynamic sound, as well as revealing a personal humour and spirited emotion that won’t be heard elsewhere. The result is an album that delivers an adrenaline shot to the heart and a cerebral pulse to the soul. Put simply, The Rest of Now, is truly a feast for any listener who is not afraid to peel back the musical skin of invention and consume its fresh flavours of style and form. (Jim Faircloth)
2. Milf Cake
3. Music for Lovers
4. The Chase
5. Booy Booy Booy
6. Night and Day
7. Handful of Nothing
8. La Foule
9. Ajde Jano
10. Why Did I Kill Aleksandra Andrejewna
12. Just About Managing
14. The Rest of Now
We the Gleaners – We the Gleaners
We The Gleaners is a trio of our own great great friends and a lot more fun than we are playing for.
We The Gleaners was made in Brooklyn by the man who had a long history with the other two of our great friends.
We The Gleaners creates the best of the world to see what we see and blend together the same old age as the new ones.
Through improvisation, composed fragments, found sound, and the other two of those who were at home, We The Gleaners creates audio collages that are available for the next couple years to be sure that they can meet with your family.
Blurring the boundaries between sound art, chamber music, and the music on that show, We The Gleaners forges a great trip with the new world of events that transpired.
Featuring Dana Lyn on the East River, Kyle Sanna on guitar, and Matt Kanelos on a flight to the new world, We The Gleaners are pleased to announce their plans.
2. Is The West Coast
3. Cabin Hymn
4. Daytime Atheist