TORU – Anthology 1

 TORU – Anthology 1

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Sam Eastmond
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Free improvisation from a core of trumpet players Sam Eastmond (The Spike Orchestra, John Zorn), Celeste Cantor-Stephens and Andy Watts (London Afrobeat Collective). Releasing an album every month with a different guest, Anthology collects six new tracks from each of the first six monthly volumes. Filled with love, anger, energy and catharsis TORU is an outrageous and unpredictable journey through the alchemy of spontaneous musical creation. Featuring Sam Day Harmet, Mike Wilkins, Sarah Gail Brand, Otto Willberg, Moss Freed & Marco Quarantotto.

Sam Eastmond, Celeste Cantor-Stephens and Andy Watts – Trumpet (all tracks)
Sam Day Harmet – Clarinet & Mandolin (track 1)
Mike Wilkins – Soprano/Alto/Tenor Sax, Bass Clarinet (track 2)
Sarah Gail Brand – Trombone (track 3)
Otto Willberg – Bass (track 4)
Moss Freed – Guitar (track 5)
Marco Quarantotto – Drums (track 6)

recorded, mixed and mastered by Andy Watts at Chadar Shenah Studios
July-August 2018
London, England
Design by Mark Allender
All tracks are spontaneous compositions by
1. Eastmond/Cantor-Stephens/Watts/Harmet
2. Eastmond/Cantor-Stephens/Watts/Wilkins
3. Eastmond/Cantor-Stephens/Watts/Brand
4. Eastmond/Cantor-Stephens/Watts/Willberg
5. Eastmond/Cantor-Stephens/Watts/Freed
6. Eastmond/Cantor-Stephens/Watts/Quarantotto

Tracks

  1. Mango Mussolini (featuring Sam Day Harmet)
  2. That Is A Deeply Complex Question Filled With Nuance And Context, But I Think I’ve Got It Nailed In This Cat Meme (featuring Mike Wilkins)
  3. Haemorrhoid Rees-Mogg (featuring Sarah Gail Brand)
  4. A Child’s Vegetable Garden Of Foreign Policy Cadavers (featuring Otto Willberg)
  5. If You’re Not Offended I’ll Have Another Go (featuring Moss Freed)
  6. Deep Red (featuring Marco Quarantotto)

Catalog Number CR1901TO

Strength in Numbers, Vol. 2

Chant Records celebrates its first year of life with a compilation featuring one track from each of our releases. Indifferent to musical boundaries, this is a collection to widen your perspective and bring you deep into the sonic world of uncompromising, adventurous music.


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  1. Zion80 – Pardes
  2. The Fugu Plan – The Sun
  3. Darshan – Raza
  4. Sandcatchers feat. Erik Friedlander – What We Found Along The Way
  5. Alberto N. A. Turra – Black Madonna
  6. Jessica Lurie – Patience
  7. Eyal Talmudi – For Smoking.
  8. Expanseplane – Commemoration
  9. Yemen Blues – Eli
  10. John Lee – Intro Song
  11. Koby Israelite – Milf Cake
  12. We the Gleaners – Opening
  13. Meg Okura, Sam Newsome and Jean-Michel Pilc – Bells, Whistles and Sirens
  14. Sonata Islands Kommandoh – Terza Lamentazione
  15. Welf Dorr Unit – Sympathicus
  16. Curha – Respect the Pedestrian
  17. Matt Mottel – Clunk Rok
  18. Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt – Astral Soul Shake
  19. Midwood – Ansky
  20. Alon & Joca with NDR Bigband – Jogo do Viver
  21. Dark Ages – Golem
  22. Event Horizon: Greg Cohen and Randi Pontoppidan – Alfalfa
  23. The Modulators feat. Cyro Baptista – TP Is Coming Back In Style
  24. Action Friend – Night Brunch
  25. XOL – still water has no mind
  26. The Invisible Party – Book Chin
  27. The Lie Detectors – Rice

Mick Rossi’s Anti-Matter – Live At Barbes

 Mick Rossi’s Anti-Matter – Live at Barbes

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‘Perverse, gnarly, and self-challenging.’ – All About Jazz
Anti-Matter is six extremely accomplished musicians who sound as if they’ve barely had a music lesson. Composed by Mick Rossi (Philip Glass / Paul Simon), the group is a mix between a twisted funk ensemble and new-music surf band. Featuring Billy Drewes (Bill Frisell), Ron Horton (Andrew Hill), Alan Ferber (Charlie Hunter), Michael Sarin (Myra Melford), Michael Bates (Chris Speed) and Mick Rossi.

Performing diverse and progressive work rooted in the NY Downtown scene at venues including the Knitting Factory, The Stone, MoMA and most recently as curator and artist-in-residence at Spectrum NYC (Outliers Series), Rossi is celebrated as “an exemplar of the cross-fertilization between jazz and classical music worlds” and “one of the most lucid, original and creative minds of the New York scene” (All About Jazz). He is simultaneously a longtime member of the Philip Glass Ensemble as well as the Paul Simon band as pianist and percussionist, showcasing not only technical proficiency but capable of divergent idiomatic disciplines. He has appeared on eleven recordings with Philip Glass, and eight with Paul Simon (including “Koyaanisqatsi Live with the NY Philharmonic,” “Einstein On The Beach” and “Austin City Limits” respectively). Rossi has also conducted for Mr. Glass, including “Book of Longing” (Sydney Opera House) and “Dracula.” Rossi has served as music director and curator of the MATA Festival, music director of the Public Theater’s “The Bacchae” (dir. JoAnne Akalaitis), percussionist with Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson at Carnegie Hall, and conductor and co-orchestrator of Renée Fleming’s “Dark Hope.” Recent feature articles include The Sydney Morning Herald (“A prodigiously gifted musician and composer”) and Keyboard Magazine (“Pyrotechnics with Paul Simon”). Additional releases include “Live At MoMA” (Supertrain Records) and recordings with John King and Peter Hess, respectively. Mick Rossi’s music reveals a commitment to a strong classical foundation and rigorous approach to improvisation. Rossi’s recent accomplishments include his “String Quartet No. 3” at Merkin Hall premiered by JACK QT (“Bartokian and energetic” – NY Times), “OMNI” commissioned and performed by yMusic, “Songs From The Broken Land” “…virtuosic, intense and humorous – a master improviser is at work” – AAJ (OMM), MoMA Live, and his tenth solo album “160” released by Innova (“A masterpiece difficult to label” – AAJ).

Billy Drewes, reeds
Ron Horton, trumpet
Alan Ferber, trombone
Michael Sarin, drums
Michael Bates, bass (studio guest)
Mick Rossi, keyboard

All music composed and produced by Mick Rossi
© ℗ Blue Shift Music, ASCAP
Mastered by Mick Rossi
Recorded live at Barbes (Brooklyn, NY) January 17, 2010
Recorded by Scott Friedlander

Tracks:

  1. Hostage
  2. Middle Of The Middle
  3. Quick-Drewes McGraw
  4. Dovebot
  5. Future Man
  6. Dood
  7. Dingo
  8. Natural Selection
  9. The Turn Of The Wheel
  10. Spider Teeth

 

The Invisible Party – Shumankind

The Invisible Party – Shumankind

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Shumankind is the debut record by The Invisible Party, an improvising trio that plays hard and takes no prisoners. The three-pronged attack of guitar, bass and drums creates splatters of spontaneity, off-kilter phrases and distorted shrieks and scrapes, all done with merciless joy and abandon. Shumankind rewards repeated listening as new shapes and colors take form to reveal a truly one-of-a-kind musical universe. Guitarist Jon Lipscomb is based in Malmö, Sweden and has worked with Brandon Lopez, Jarrett Gilgore, Anders Lindsjö, Ole Mofjell, Jaimie Branch and others. Brooklyn-based bassist Kurt Kotheimer has worked with Bobby Previte, Chris Cohen (Deerhoof), Michael Coleman (Michael Rocketship), Ava Mendoza, Matt Nelson (Tune-Yards) and others. Also based in Brooklyn, drummer and multi-instrumentalist Dave Treut has worked with Crystal Fighters, Kaki King, Chris Taylor (Grizzlybear), Wild Yaks, Brandon Seabrook and others.

Jon Lipscomb – Guitar
Kurt Kotheimer – Bass
Dave Treut – Drums
Engineered and mixed by Kurt Kotheimer at Figure 8 in Brooklyn, NY summer of 2017.
Mastered by Jon Lipscomb
Cover art by Alexandra Costin

Tracks:

  1. Invisible Party
  2. Eye Forms
  3. Plain Words
  4. Conquest of Bread
  5. Book Chin
  6. Thirteenth Cone
  7. Sleep Ship
  8. Perpetuate the Fuzz

The Lie Detectors – Part III: Secret Unit

The Lie Detectors – Part III: Secret Unit

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The Lie Detectors is a duo of Eyal Maoz on guitar and Asaf Sirkis on drums. Close friends since they were 10 years old growing up in Rehovot, Israel, Maoz and Sirkis formed a Top Secret organization called The Lie Detectors. That organization gives their current band its name and at least partially explains their uncanny, telepathic style of making music together. Now based in New York, Maoz is a staple of the avant-garde scene with his bands Lemon Juice Quartet (with trumpeter Avishai Cohen) and Edom (featuring John Medeski and releasing albums on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records) and as a member of Shanir Blumenkranz’ Abraxas and John Zorn’s Cobra. Sirkis, now based in London, is one of the most active drummers on the European music scene, working with Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie, Jacob Collier, Dave Holland, Soft Machine and many others. The Lie Detectors is at once rooted in the rich tradition of jazz yet always willing to smash it wide open, bringing in other influences including rock, punk and whatever else might cross their Top Secret path.

Eyal Maoz – guitar
Asaf Sirkis – drums
Recorded at Cowshed Studios, London, UK
Recording engineer: Joe Leach
Mixed at The Bunker Studios, Brooklyn, NY by John Davis
All compositions by Eyal Maoz (ASCAP) except Tree by Asaf Sirkis
Art work by Victor Melamed
Asaf Sirkis plays Remo drum heads, Vic Firth Sticks, and Istanbul Agop cymbals

Tracks:

  1. Rice
  2. Go
  3. Closer
  4. Here and There
  5. Follow
  6. Flying Horse
  7. Sting
  8. Circles
  9. Tree
  10. Zoo
  11. Green Shirt
  12. Quiet ME

XOL – XOL Plays X.EN

XOL – XOL Plays X.EN

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XOL is a quartet of veteran improvisers on the vibrant European free music scene, with Guy Bettini on cornet, trumpet and fluegelhorn, Harri Sjöström on soprano sax, Luca Pissavini on bass and Francesco Miccolis on drums and percussion. Going beyond traditional structures and tonalities and composing collectively in the moment, they take the listener on a sonic journey to the outer reaches of the universe. XOL has toured extensively with the legendary Peter Brötzmann, and members have worked with other luminaries including Derek Bailey, Cecil Taylor, Gerry Hemingway and Tiger Okoshi.

Guy Bettini: cornet, trumpet, fluegelhorn
Harri Sjöström: soprano sax
Luca Pissavini: double bass
Francesco Miccolis: drums, percussion
Recording, mix and master by Eliyah Reichen – Beyond Groove Studio – Switzerland
photo and graphic by guy bettini
produced by guy bettini CircoRu, circoru.org

Tracks:

  1. still water has no mind
  2. to receive the image
  3. of the migrating geese
  4. the whole moon
  5. and the entire sky
  6. are reflected in one
  7. dewdrop on the grass

Action Friend – bon•ho•mie

Action Friend – bon•ho•mie

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Formed in 2005 beneath the shadow of The Berkeley Inn in Denver, CO, Action Friend has achieved true ‘road warrior’ status through hundreds of live shows, two studio albums with acclaimed producer Toshi Kasai (Melvins, Tool, Mike Patton, Big Business) and three different bass players. Action Friend are now based in LA, and original members Jeremy McLean and Paul Alexander have initiated John Schuller (Master Musicians of Bukkake, Earth, Asva, The Youngs) and Mark G. Thornton (God Of Shamisen) into the fold. ‘bon•ho•mie,’ their third album and first for Chant Records, finds the band in top shape, digging deeper into their singular, genre-hopping brand of rock music.

Paul Alexander -Drums
Jeremy McLean – Guitar
John Schuller – Bass/Vocals
Mark G. Thornton – Keyboards
Recorded, and mixed by Toshi Kasai @ Sound Of Sirens Studio (LA, CA) Recorded in April of 2017. Produced by Action Friend and Toshi Kasai.

Tracks:

  1. Airborne Infant Tree
  2. AxA
  3. DemoNSkuLL
  4. OxO
  5. LMNOP Whole
  6. YxY
  7. Sewer Abuse
  8. Night Brunch
  9. WxW
  10. She Wasn’t, She Isn’t

The Modulators – Drivetime

The Modulators – Drivetime

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Drivetime is the latest album from ultra-prolific madman keyboardist Brian Marsella and presents the debut of The Modulators, with Reid Taylor on bass and Kenny Grohowski on drums. Drivetime is the perfect car playlist, tunes to accompany you whether driving on the open road or stuck in an unrelenting LA traffic jam. From surf rock to punk to glitch synth, psychedelia, circus music, film noir and more, Drivetime never stays in neutral. Throughout the 44 minute journey are sprinkles of references to Twin Peaks and the surreal world of David Lynch. Featuring special guests Cyro Baptista on percussion and Jon Irabagon on clarinet, Drivetime will get you where you want to go in style. (And by the way, despite what your ears may tell you, no guitars were used in the making of this album.)

Tracks:

  1. Start Your Engines
  2. TP Is Coming Back In Style
  3. C#
  4. Chinese Food In New Jersey
  5. Just In Case
  6. The Fibers Are Telling Me Something About What LIES Beneath
  7. Easy Rider
  8. No Sleep Tonight
  9. Basement
  10. Time Travelers Overture
  11. Space Between Dimensions
  12. Fecal Core
  13. Dr. Jacoby Ain’t Nothin’ but a Gigolo (The Doctor Is In)
  14. Stupid
  15. Cul-de-sac
  16. Smoke
  17. The Timely Death of 2017
  18. Better Days

Event Horizon (Greg Cohen and Randi Pontoppidan) – Space Geode

Event Horizon (Greg Cohen and Randi Pontoppidan) – Space Geode

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Greg Cohen is one of the world’s most sought after bass players, collaborating with everyone from Woody Allen, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson to Laurie Anderson, John Zorn, and Brian Eno. He has also worked as an arranger, producer, musical director and composer for the theatre, film, television and recording studios. Randi Pontoppidan is a Danish vocalist, improviser and composer. At home in the worlds of free improvisation, jazz, performance art and contemporary classical music, she has collaborated with artists including Paul Hillier, Else Torp, Theatre of Voices, Sissel Vera Pettersen, Thomas Agergaard, Simon Toldam, Lotte Anker, Morten Søndergaard, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Morten Søndergaard and Stuart Lynch. Cohen and Pontoppidan recorded ‘Space Geode’ on one November day in a dark room in Berlin called The Funkhaus, once the headquarters for East Berlin Radio.

Tracks:

  1. Space Geode
  2. Dogs
  3. Alfalfa
  4. Neptune Moon
  5. Mercury’s Comet
  6. Universes Bb
  7. Nova LOX
  8. Interstellar Smorgasbord
  9. Under a Rock
  10. Pearls of Fizzdom
  11. Pluto’s Cry
  12. Galactic Glop

Dark Ages

Dark Ages

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Dark Ages is a recording by five stalwarts of the restless New York City scene who gathered on a snowy winter night in Brooklyn to improvise together with one twisted mind. Working with legendary producer Martin Bisi (Sonic Youth, Helmet, Bill Laswell), the resulting album references everything from the doom metal of Sleep’s “Dopesmoker” to punk pioneers Black Flag and No Wave music. Members of Dark Ages have worked with a diverse roster of musicians and projects including Blue Man Group, Shudder To Think, Gary Lucas and Doctor Nerve.

Dark Ages:
Tom Shad, BEAD Bass
Jesse Krakow, Bass
Nick Didkovsky, Guitar
Nick Oddy, Guitar
Dave Miller, Drums

Tracks:

  1. Golem
  2. Factorial
  3. Pawns
  4. Exhumed
  5. Sweat
  6. Clot
  7. The Gates of Arotaakh
  8. Post Mortem