ŪROK

ŪROK

ŪROK

Release date November 22 2019

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ŪROK is the brainchild of Croatian-born drummer and composer Marco Quarantotto. Now based in London, Quarantotto is an active member of city’s jazz, experimental and world music scenes, working with English musicians including Robert Mitchell, Julia Biel, Mornington Lockett and others as well as international artists including Erin Dickins (Manhattan Transfer) and Knoel Scott (Sun Ra Arkestra). Extending his reach far beyond the drumset into the world of composition and bandleading, Quarantotto pilots ŪROK through a blistering set of four original songs plus a beautiful interpretation of TV On The Radio’s ‘Blind.’ Drawing on avant-jazz, post noise rock and experimental music, Quarantotto and bandmates (Filippo Ferazzoli on guitar and effects and Luigi Casanova on bass) stretch these influences nearly to the breaking point. Recorded in a single live session, ŪROK bursts at the seams with the raw energy and power of a full throttle live show.

Marco Quarantotto – drums
Filippo Ferazzoli – guitar
Luigi Casanova – bass
Produced by Marco Quarantotto
Recorded live at IOSR Studios by Fergus Pateman on 29 April 2019.
Mixed by Fergus Pateman
‘Exfiltrate’ edited and mixed by Marco Quarantotto and Alen Spada
Mastered by Nate Wood at Kerseboom Mastering
Photography and artwork by Marco Quarantotto

All songs written and arranged by Marco Quarantotto except ‘Blind’ written by T. Adebimpe, D. Sitek and J. Sitek and arranged by Marco Quarantotto.

Tracks

  1. Deep Shadow Conditions
  2. Bruiser
  3. Blind
  4. Subtle Acts Of Resistance
  5. Exfiltrate

Catalog Number CR1911UR

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Sam Eastmond – Gulgoleth

Sam Eastmond - Gulgoleth

Sam Eastmond – Gulgoleth

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Gulgoleth is the brainchild of composer Sam Eastmond, leader of the eclectic jazz/rock/Radical Jewish Culture big band Spike Orchestra and frequent collaborator with musical mastermind John Zorn. The album features the engine room of the Spike Orchestra stripped back to a quartet setting to highlight the virtuosic skill of the players and this outrageous set of compositions. Drawing inspiration from the work of underground filmmaker Jack Smith and the process of creating arrangements of music from Zorn’s Masada songbook, this highly personal and intense album is a journey through a free-jazz, surf, rock, cartoon, Radical Jewish Culture and Downtown film noir dreamscape. 

Guitar – Moss Freed
Piano – Elliot Galvin
Bass – Otto Willberg
Drums – Will Glaser

All music composed and directed by Sam Eastmond
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Marc Urselli at Resident Studios London 
August 28 2018

Cover Art by Jacqueline Nicholls
Design by Mark Allender

Tracks

  1. Zombi Love
  2. Buzzard Soup
  3. In The Grip Of The Lobster
  4. Atlantis Falls
  5. Involuntary Jaw Spasm (NFH)
  6. Standing On The Shoulders Of Giantslayers
  7. Plastic Flower
  8. Angel Of Self-Destruction

Catalog Number CR1910SA

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Brian Shankar Adler – Fourth Dimension

Brian Shankar Adler – Fourth Dimension

Release date December 6 2019

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Fourth Dimension is percussionist/composer Brian Shankar Adler’s seventh record as a leader, and offers listeners an album jam-packed with arrestingly beautifully compositions rooted in Adler’s own spiritual upbringing in an ashram. Joined by some of New York’s top improvisers – Matt Moran, Jonathan Goldberger, Rob Jost, and Santiago Leibson – the group weaves through peaceful and radioactive terrain with ease and style.

In Fourth Dimension, Adler invokes an inner world and musical language where surreal landscapes and symmetrical structures are created using textless mantras, disintegrating drones, mind-bending polyrhythms, and encrypted messages.

Adler says of his early childhood memories: “I remember we would spend one month each year in silence. It was quite profound, because we started hearing the world in another way.” He continues: “After looking into the mind’s eye and becoming comfortable with what is brewing from within, the outside world appeared to be a reflection of that source.”

The sum of his experiences meld fearlessly into the subject matter that is Fourth Dimension. Here, Adler maps out new pathways, techniques and concepts, using the ensemble as a musical laboratory, exemplifying the search for balance. Sound/silence, stability/instability, form/freedom, human/machine are just some of the ways that Adler and the group toys with the push and pull of polar forces. In doing so, the music exposes, exploits, and raises questions about the infinite dance of this gravitational search. The album asks the listeners: “what resides in the subconscious and is it a mirror of the outside world?”

Matt Moran – vibraphone
Jonathan Goldberger – electric guitar
Santiago Leibson – piano, keyboards
Rob Jost – basses
Brian Shankar Adler – drums, percussion
All compositions by Brian Shankar Adler

Recorded 2015-2018 by Jim Clouse at Park West Studios and Michael Brorby at Acoustic Recording 
Mixed and mastered by Brian Shankar Adler
Produced by Circavision Productions and Brian Shankar Adler

Tracks

  1. Introduction Drone
  2. Mantra
  3. Rudram
  4. Pulses
  5. Windy Path
  6. Gowanus
  7. Watertown
  8. Nuearth
  9. Pendulum
  10. Rise and Fall
  11. Alternative Facts

Catalog Number CR1912BR

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Burton Greene and Guillaume Gargaud – Magic Intensity

Burton Greene and Guillaume Gargaud – Magic Intensity

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Renowned pianist and composer Burton Greene has been playing professionally since starting out in his hometown of Chicago in 1962. He was one of the first artists to record for ESP, the first record label devoted to avant garde jazz. With Alan Silva he formed the Free Form Improvisation Ensemble in 1963. He joined Bill Dixon’s and Cecil Taylor’s Jazz Composers Guild in 1964, and has played with a number of other artists including Rashied Ali, Albert Ayler, Gato Barbieri, Byard Lancaster, Sam Rivers, Patty Waters, Mark Dresser and Roy Campbell. Guillaume Gargaud is a French composer and guitarist who specializes in improvised music. He has appeared on 25 albums and composes music for contemporary dance and film. The duo is joined by flutist Tilo Baumheier on three tracks.

Burton Greene: Grand Piano
Guillaume Gargaud: Acoustic Guitar
Tilo Baumheier: Flute (tracks 5-7)
Recorded by Tilo Baumheier on Tilo’s Ark, Weesp Holland, April 19 2019
Edited by Tilo Baumheier and Guillaume Gargaud
Cover Art by Lali

Tracks

  1. Space Dialogue
  2. Space Rhythms
  3. Climb Up and Float
  4. Apart Together
  5. Hush..! (featuring Tilo Baumheier)
  6. Primal Lanscape (featuring Tilo Baumheier)
  7. Capricious Voyage to Serenity (featuring Tilo Baumheier)

Catalog Number CR1909BU

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Roberto De Brasov & Koby Israelite – Provokation

Roberto De Brasov & Koby Israelite – Provokation

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Following the release of his 2018 album ‘The Rest of Now,’ acclaimed multi-instrumentalist and genre buster Koby Israelite returns to Chant Records with a collaboration featuring the virtuoso Romanian accordionist Roberto de Brasov. Crossing genres, fusing cultures and combining multiple flavors into a truly one of a kind musical punch in the face, ‘Provokation’ is like an almost out-of-control steamroller blasting a mixtape of Balkan music, jazz and metal. Featuring a haunting, funhouse rendition of Chopin’s ‘Nocturne No 2’ and the classic standard ‘If You Go Away’ reworked as a dramatic power ballad with special guest singer Annique, ‘Provokation’ electrifies from first note to last.

Roberto De Brasov – accordion, vocals
Koby Israelite – drums, percussion, piano, Roli Seaboard, guitar, bass, vocals , accordion (song no. 8)
Annique- vocals (song no. 4)

All music composed and arranged by Roberto De Brasov and Koby Israelite. Except “If You Go Away” by Jacque Brel and Rod McKuen and “Nocturne no. 2” by Frédéric Chopin.

Recorded at Bamba Studios. London,
December 2018 – March 2019
Mixed and produced by Koby Israelite

Tracks

  1. The Trap
  2. Solitude
  3. Space Snail
  4. If You Go Away (feat. Annique)
  5. Provokation
  6. Robert’s Story
  7. Tour Babel
  8. 4 Parts of Sadness
  9. On the Edge
  10. Nocturne No. 2
  11. Frederic’s Migraine

Catalog Number CR1908RO

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eXpanseplane – Deviate, Vol. 2

eXpanseplane – Deviate, Vol. 2

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‘Deviate, Volume 2’ is the second of a two-volume series (listen to the first volume here) by eXpanseplane, the brainchild of Philadelphia-based composer Jesse Berg. Following up on eXpanseplane’s Chant Records debut ‘Tranzjenik,’ ‘Deviate’ draws on the depth and breadth of electronic music as well as avant-garde jazz and classical music. The result is a surreal, dense, layered journey into the outer reaches of dark electronica for uncertain times.

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Jesse Berg is a Philadelphia-based composer and jazz bassist gone electronic.

All Songs Composed and Arranged by Jesse Berg

Tracks

  1. PRECIPITATE
  2. PERGAMUM
  3. BENT
  4. RAIL
  5. CROOK
  6. CONCATENATION
  7. EXTRACTION
  8. COHESION
  9. CARBON
  10. GAGE
  11. TESSELLATE
  12. SOYUZ
  13. DAMASCUS
  14. MOTHER CLOISTER

Catalog Number CR1907EX

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Los Autonautas – Balcón India

Los Autonautas – Balcón India

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Los Autonautas came together after a private concert in Argentina featuring New York-based musicians Daniele Germani (alto sax, originally from Italy) and Juan Chiavassa (drums, originally from Argentina) and Buenos Aires-based Lucas Goicochea (alto sax), Juan Bayon (bass), and Nathaniel Edelman (piano). From the first moment playing together, the chemistry among the musicians was so strong that they immediately decided to record an album to document their fortuitous meeting. The resulting album, Balcón India, includes compositions from each individual musician plus a classic by Sonny Rollins, but it’s really in the collective performance that the sparks really fly. Sometimes great music collaborations develop over many years, and sometimes, like in the case of Los Autonautas, they happen in an instant. Lucky for the musicians and listeners, the mics were hot and the tape (or its digital equivalent) was running when the magic happened. Members of Los Autonautas have worked with jazz luminaries including John Patitucci, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Werner, Bob Moses, Pablo Ziegler, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Dave Kikoski and Tim Berne.

Daniele Germani – Alto sax
Lucas Goicoechea – Alto Sax
Nataniel Edelman – Piano
Juan Bayón – Double Bass
Juan Chiavassa – Drums
November 20th 2018
Estudio Libres (Buenos Aires) by Gonzalo Manco
Mixed and mastered at Estudio Doctor F (Buenos Aires) by Florencio Justo
Art work – Lía Rivera Flaviá

Tracks

  1. Fernet Con Cola
  2. La Vida Simple
  3. Distancias
  4. Controfatto
  5. Tronador
  6. Luna
  7. Los Autonautas de la Cosmopista
  8. Pent-Up House
  9. Rima
  10. 13 de Octubre

Catalog Number CR1906LO

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Robert Dick and Adam Caine – The Damn Think

Robert Dick and Adam Caine – The Damn Think

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Robert Dick website
Adam Caine website

A collaboration between flutist Robert Dick and guitarist Adam Caine, “The Damn Think” is a surprising, colorful and energetic sound world all its own. Weaving musical influences from jazz, classical, rock and world music, the duo engages the listener in a free-associative journey, bending both space and time in the process. Caine performs and records with musicians including Bob Lanzetti, Adam Lane, Billy Mintz, Daniel Carter and Kevin Shea. In addition, his compositions for video art have been featured in over 20 international festivals. Robert Dick is a flutist, composer, teacher and author. His musical style is a mix of classical, world music, electronic and jazz, and he is the inventor of the “glissando headjoint,” a custom flute head joint that allows the player to achieve electric guitar-like whammy bar effects with their instrument. In 2014, the National Flute Association awarded Dick its Lifetime Achievement Award. The New York Times said his “technical resources and imagination seem limitless” while JazzTimes called him “revolutionary.”

Robert Dick – Flute and Bass Flutes, Piccolo
Adam Caine – Electric and Acoustic Guitars
All music by Robert Dick and Adam Caine
Recorded on December 29, 2017
Copyright 2019 Robert Dick (Multiple Breath Music, BMI) and Adam Caine (AC Sounds, ASCAP)
Recorded by John Epperly
Mastered by Peter Karl
Cover and Design by Charlotte Hagen-Cazes

Tracks

  1. Life Years
  2. Short Term Memory
  3. Eyes of the Beholder
  4. Prognostalgia
  5. Petrichor
  6. Why We Need the Dark
  7. The Damn Think

Catalog Number CR1905RO

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eXpanseplane – Deviate Vol. 1

eXpanseplane – Deviate Vol. 1

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‘Deviate, Volume 1’ is the first of a two-volume series by eXpanseplane, the brainchild of Philadelphia-based composer Jesse Berg. Following up on eXpanseplane’s Chant Records debut ‘Tranzjenik,’ ‘Deviate’ draws on the depth and breadth of electronic music as well as avant-garde jazz and classical music. The result is a surreal, dense, layered journey into the outer reaches of dark electronica for uncertain times.

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All Songs Composed and Arranged by Jesse Berg

Tracks

  1. TRITURATE
  2. EXERTION
  3. CALCIFY
  4. JERANTIK
  5. ARISE
  6. DEVIATE
  7. DICHASIA
  8. DIONE
  9. GOOD BOY
  10. GAME PLAN
  11. HERE WE ARE NOW
  12. PAXA
  13. CROSSWISE

Catalog Number CR1904EX

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Jon Lundbom and Bryan Murray – Beats by Balto! Vol. 1

Jon Lundbom and Bryan Murray – Beats by Balto! Vol. 1

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‘Beats by Balto! Vol. 1’ is the result of a years-long collaboration between guitarist Jon Lundbom and saxophonist, beat constructor and visual artist Bryan Murray (aka Balto!). Inspired by the music of J. Dilla, Madlib and MF Doom, Murray sampled old albums from Lundbom’s Big Five Chord catalog (and related Hot Cup Records albums, notably Moppa Elliott’s “Still, Up in the Air”) and constructed beats to which Lundbom then composed new music. The tracks were then sent the tracks back and forth to record live performances of the new music along with improvised solos and accompaniment. This process of self-reference and recontextualization results in a collage of melodies and rhythms that are at once familiar and a sharp departure into something truly new and groundbreaking for jazz.

Bryan Murray – tenor, alto, soprano, and balto! saxophones
Jon Irabagon – alto, mezzo soprano, and slide saxophones
Jon Lundbom – guitar
Beats by Balto Exclamationpoint

All compositions by Jon Lundbom © 2018, composed to beats constructed by Balto Exclamationpoint.
All samples from the Hot Cup Records catalog, used with permission.
Produced by Balto Exclamationpoint and Jon Lundbom.
Mastered by Seth Foster at Universal Mastering.

Tracks

  1. Booberonic
  2. Cereal
  3. Basic Bitches
  4. Prednisone
  5. Three Plus

Catalog Number CR1903JO