Ben Holmes – Naked Lore

Ben Holmes - Naked Lore

Ben Holmes – Naked Lore

Release date: April 24, 2020

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“Sublimely craft[s] a ritualistic, old-world music but with a modern touch. Elements of Klezmer, chamber-jazz, classical, and improvised music pepper Holmes’s rollicking and ruminative compositions.” – Brooklyn Rail

Best described as “a soundtrack to the folk stories your grandparents vowed to forget,” Naked Lore is the brainchild of Ben Holmes, a trumpeter/composer who has worked with artists including Slavic Soul Party!, Vampire Weekend, Gogol Bordello and Cynthia Hopkins. His music conjures ancient sounds through the filter of 20+ years of study in jazz, klezmer, and classical music. Featuring master musicians Brad Shepik on guitar (Paul Motian, Dave Douglas, Charlie Haden, Carla Bley) and Shane Shanahan on percussion (Yo-Yo Ma, Bobby McFerrin, James Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Philip Glass), the trio seemingly travels through thousands of years of history while remaining firmly rooted in the present moment, veering from tightly composed occultist chamber jazz to wild improvisation with the speed of a darting snake’s tongue.

Ben Holmes (trumpet/rotary trumpet), Brad Shepik (nylon string guitar/Portuguese guitar/archtop electric guitar), Shane Shanahan (percussion)
All music composed and arranged by Ben Holmes (Svejk Music/ASCAP)
Recorded at Flux Studios on January 10th – 12th, 2019.
Recording Engineer: Damon Whittemore
Assistant recording engineer: Josh Welshman
Mixed and mastered by Damon Whittemore at ValveTone Studios.

Tracks

  1. Invocation I / Snake Money
  2. $43, a Smile, and Bullshit
  3. Swamplands Chusidl
  4. Interlude on Avenue J
  5. Invocation II / The Dust of Unremembering
  6. The Sunbeast Emerges
  7. Two “Oh No!”s and an “Oh!”, no “No!”
  8. First We Were Sad; Then We Danced
  9. All Together

Catalog Number CR2004BE

Related:
Koby Israelite – The Rest of Now
Midwood – Out of the Narrows
Sandcatchers – What We Found Along The Way

Curha – II

Curha II

Curha – II

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Curha II is the followup album to Curha I (Chant Records) and the latest work of the musician known as Curha. Curha is the alter ego of Curtis Hasselbring, a New York-based multi-instrumentalist and composer who has worked with musicians including Golem, Slavic Soul Party, Banda De Los Muertos, Frank London, Anthony Coleman, the Ghost Train Orchestra, Bobby Previte, Matt Wilson, Chris Lightcap and Medeski Martin and Wood. Curha utilizes trombones, guitars, samples, synths and voices to paint a utopian yet charmingly-flawed personal vision of time and space. Opening with an Ennio Morricone-inspired desert anthem (‘Casa Grande’) and moving through chip-tunes imitating Weather Report (‘Hex Pebble Fusion’), a tribute to Mark E. Smith (‘Totally Hired’), shoe-gaze muzak (‘Blown Bubble Blues’) and trip-hop-meets-Marvel (‘History of Vistas’), Curha II covers a wide musical terrain. The album features a variety of guests including guitar wiz Brandon Seabrook (Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline), drummer Dan Rieser (Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash), dual bass clarinetists Peter Hess (Slavic Soul Party, Balkan Beat Box) and Alec Spiegelman (Cuddle Magic) and Aaron Diskin (Golem) on tambourine.

All music composed, created and performed by Curha. Additional guests include Dan Rieser (drums on #1 and #2), Aaron Diskin (tambourine #2), Brandon Seabrook (guitar solo on #2), Peter Hess (bass clarinet on #8) and Alec Spiegelman (bass clarinet on #6 and #12). Additional recording by Craig Dreyer at Mighty Toad.

Tracks

  1. Casa Grande
  2. Togar
  3. Sick Of Ants!
  4. Blimp Enthusiast
  5. Blaster
  6. Soap
  7. Murgatroid
  8. MMS
  9. Totally Hired
  10. History of Vistas
  11. Hex Pebble Fusion
  12. Blown Bubble Blues

Catalog Number CR2003CU

Related:
Curha – I
Matt Mottel – Slid City

Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn – HEAD¨SPACE

Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn – HEAD¨SPACE

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On HEAD¨SPACE, Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn pair the organic warmth and plasticity of the human voice with the beautifully off-kilter palette of amplified Würlitzer and electronic soundscapes to generate an exquisite sound world of non-verbal language, exploring the outer limits and deepest secrets of sonic expression.

Randi Pontoppidan is an internationally acclaimed Danish vocalist, improviser and composer working with free improvisation, jazz, performance art, electroacoustic composition and sound poetry. She creates vast sonic landscapes full of organic warmth and poetic sensibility, and is known for her extended vocal techniques, often mixed with live electronic processing. She works with jazz luminaries including Greg Cohen, Joëlle Léandre, Sissel Vera Pettersen and with Danish poet Morten Søndergaard. Pontoppidan is also an in-demand vocalist in the contemporary classical world, working with Paul Hillier’s Theatre of Voices and performing works by Steve Reich, David Lang, Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage and others.

Christian Rønn is a highly versatile Danish artist working with improvisation, electroacoustics, fixed composition, sound art and film music. He performs and composes in a variety of combinations and constellations with artists including Ikue Mori, P.O. Jørgens, Lotte Anker, Peter Peter and Bob Bellerue. Rønn’s energetic and out-of-body-playing-style with the free jazz trio Blind Man’s Band has been likened to both Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra. As an organist he premiered the Fluxus artist Henning Christiansen’s piece “Fluxorum Organum” in Denmark as well as his own works for organ and multi-channel electronics. Under the alter ego Ganga, Rønn produces popular downtempo electronica that has been featured on Café Del Mar and Buddha Bar compilations as well as over 200 others, along with scores for film classics including Battleship Potemkin and Metropolis.

Randi Pontoppidan (voice, live electronics, bells)
Christian Rønn (Würlitzer Piano, effects)
All music written & produced and by Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Christian Rønn during last half of 2018 in Trekroner Studiet, Valby, Copenhagen

Tracks

  1. Blackberry
  2. Waterproof
  3. Plasma
  4. Albedo
  5. Udspring
  6. Ultraviolet
  7. Irgendwo
  8. Gamma
  9. Ocher

Catalog Number CR2002RA

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

Freakdom – Session One

Freakdom - Session One

Freakdom – Session One

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Freakdom is the gathering of three singular musical minds: fretless guitarist David Konopnicki (leader of the Paris-based punk/improv trio AutorYno), bassist Shanir Blumenkranz (Yemen Blues, Yo-Yo Ma, John Zorn) and drummer Kenny Grohowski (Imperial Triumphant, Secret Chiefs 3, Rez Abbasi). Written in one day and recorded in New York City by 3-time Grammy winning engineer Marc Urselli, ‘Session One’ beautifully captures a boundless adventure into freedom and madness drawing on metal, punk, thrash, dub, surf and various traditions of improvised music.

Recorded 11-1-2016 at EASTSIDE SOUND STUDIO – New York
David Konopnicki – Fretless Guitar
Shanir Blumenkranz – Double Bass
Kenny Grohowski – Drums
Composed by Freakdom
Producer : Shanir Blumenkranz
Record Engineer : Marc Urselli @ Eastside Sound Studio, NYC
Mix : David Konopnicki @ 4A SoundFactory – Forges-Les-Eaux, France
Mastering : Jean-Charles Panizza @ Climax Mastering
Published by Noa Music
COVER PICTURE : David Benainous

Tracks

  1. Another Blues
  2. Round & Round
  3. Oompah
  4. Down
  5. Blast From The Past
  6. Nein
  7. Puppy Eyes
  8. Second Victim
  9. Dawn

Catalog Number CR2001FR

Related:
The Lie Detectors – Part III: Secret Unit
ŪROK
John Lee – Chu Bubaloo

Strength in Numbers vol. 3

Strength in Numbers vol 3

Strength in Numbers vol 3

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Celebrating two years and over 40 releases from a worldwide community of artists, NYC-based Chant Records presents ‘Strength In Numbers vol. 3,’ featuring one track from each of this year’s releases. From noise rock to abstract hip-hop, electronica to solo voice, free jazz to Balkan, this collection will widen your perspective and bring you deep into the sonic world of uncompromising, adventurous music.

Tracks

  1. Mick Rossi’s Anti-Matter – Middle Of The Middle
  2. TORU – If You’re Not Offended I’ll Have Another Go (feat. Moss Freed)
  3. Alberto N. A. Turra – Trevor
  4. Randi Pontoppidan – Arctic
  5. Laushaus – Sonne Noire
  6. Jon Lundbom and Bryan Murray – Three Plus
  7. eXpanseplane – DEVIATE
  8. Robert Dick & Adam Caine – The Damn Think
  9. Los Autonautas – 13 de Octubre
  10. Roberto De Brasov and Koby Israelite – Space Snail
  11. Burton Greene and Guillaume Gargaud – Space Dialogue
  12. Sam Eastmond – Zombi Love
  13. ŪROK – Bruiser

Catalog Number CR1912CH

Related:
Strength in Numbers vol 2
Strength in Numbers vol 1 – free with mailing list signup

Brian Shankar Adler – Fourth Dimension

Brian Shankar Adler – Fourth Dimension

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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

Related:
Eyal Talmudi – Even If
Jessica Lurie – Long Haul
Sandcatchers – What We Found Along The Way

ŪROK

ŪROK

ŪROK

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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

Related:
John Lee – Chu Bubaloo
Dark Ages
The Invisible Party – Shumankind
The Lie Detectors – Part III: Secret Unit

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

Related:
TORU – Anthology 1
Action Friend – bon•ho•mie

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

Related:
XOL Plays X.EN
Robert Dick and Adam Caine – The Damn Think
TORU – Anthology 1

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

Related:
Koby Israelite – The Rest of Now
Midwood – Out of the Narrows
Sandcatchers – What We Found Along The Way