Olson St. Clair – Western Free

Olson St. Clair – Western Free

 

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On their debut EP “Western Free,” Texas-based free-jazz combo Olson St. Clair explores the boundary waters between genre and anti-genre music. Composers Jeffrey Olson and Michael St. Clair capture the poetic settings of American “western” music – the sweeping emptiness of the high plains, rolling Texas hill-country, blistering desert heat, urbanesque bustle of driven cattle – without relying on genre idioms that would chain the music to time or place. At the same time, they seek to subvert the sonic fabric of early free-jazz recordings while respecting the precedent set by Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, and Pharoah Sanders. The key timbral departure is the addition of monophonic synthesizer to the early-Ornette two-horns-bass-and-drums paradigm. Wiley Greene’s swirling Moog acts at times as a third horn conversing with St. Clair’s trombone and Dave Sayers’ saxophone, while also pulling the band farther afield with brooding textures and soaring gusts of modulated wind. On compositions like Olson’s “Bodies in Motian,” – a tribute to the late great Paul Motian – Olson and bassist Sam Pankey skirt around each other playfully before settling into a trance-like groove, while “Cats in the Garden” brings the quintet together as a single, though fragmented, voice as they navigate St. Clair’s morose and searching melody.

Tracks:

  1. 54127
  2. Bodies in Motian
  3. Entropy Peak
  4. He Lurches Across the Room
  5. Cats in the Garden

Michael St. Clair – trombone
Dave Sayers – tenor saxophone
Wiley Greene – moog subsequent-37, yamaha cp-25 on track 5
Sam Pankey – double bass
Jeffrey Olson – drum set
Bob Hoffnar – pedal steel guitar on track 5

produced by Jeffrey Olson and Michael St. Clair
engineered and mixed by Spencer Garland
recorded at the Olson Family Compound, January 2019
mastered by Justin Douglas at King Electric Recording Co.

Catalog Number CR2102OL

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Randi Pontoppidan & Thomas Buckner – Voicescapes

Randi Pontoppidan & Thomas Buckner - Voicescapes

Randi Pontoppidan & Thomas Buckner – Voicescapes

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Randi Pontoppidan and Thomas Buckner started singing together almost immediately when they met in 2017. From a serendipitous session at Pontoppidan’s home to performances at Copenhagen’s Monday Club, they discovered a shared language of improvisation, musical invention and spiritual connection. In 2018, they recorded at Karmacrew Studio with engineer John Fomsgaard, on the beautiful island of Møn, Denmark. With no preconceived musical material, no overdubs and no sound sources other than voices, “Voicescapes” documents the spontaneous music of two kindred souls.

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. Pontoppidan was a nominee for the 2020 Steppeulven award for best vocalist in Denmark.

Thomas Buckner has dedicated himself to the world of new and improvised music for more than 50 years. In collaboration with a host of prominent composers and improvisers, Buckner continues to commission and perform numerous chamber works, orchestral pieces and song cycles, as well as developing new approaches to solo and group improvisation, spontaneous musical invention, a full spectrum of extended vocal sounds and new forms of opera. Long term collaborators include multi instrumentalist and composer Roscoe Mitchell (with whom Buckner has worked every year for 40 years), Robert Ashley (in whose opera company he sang leading roles and toured the world for 35 years), Annea Lockwood, Alvin Lucier, Wadada Leo Smith, Muhal Richard Abrams, Bun Ching Lam, Petr Kotik, Christian Wolff, Earl Howard, Matthias Kaul and many others.

Tracks:

  1. Greeting
  2. Balancing*
  3. Sustaining
  4. Floating*
  5. Evening*
  6. Let it Out**
  7. One Mind
  8. Longing
  9. Hide*
  10. Blessing*

Randi Pontoppidan – voice & live electronic processing of her voice
Thomas Buckner – voice
* with live electronic processing of Pontoppidan’s voice.
** Pontoppidan solo with live electronic processing

No overdubs and no sound sources other than voices.
Produced by:Randi Pontoppidan & Thomas Buckner
Recorded September 27th 2018 Karmacrew Studio , Møn, Denmark
Recording, Mixing & Mastering by John Fomsgaard
Cover – Sigrún Gudbrandsdóttir
Photos: Klaus Holsting

Made with financial support from Koda culture funds and Danish Art Foundation.

Catalog Number CR2101RA

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Robert Dick and Dan Blake – Laugh and Lie Down

Robert Dick and Daniel Blake - Laugh and Lie Down

Robert Dick and Dan Blake – Laugh and Lie Down

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“[Robert Dick is a] flutist whose technical resources and imagination seem limitless.” – New York Times

“Thank you Daniel Blake for un-packaging the avant-garde gracefully and soulfully.” – Esperanza Spalding

“Laugh and Lie Down” documents an unlikely pairing of flute and soprano saxophone, recorded at Brooklyn’s Scholes Street Studio. The result is a complete musical study of the treble clef. Robert Dick and Dan Blake are both committed to exploring the unknown corners of their instrument, what the late Steve Lacy (with whom both artists have a history) referred to as the “strange relatives” that live in parts of town people rarely go visit. As the premier flutist of his generation who literally wrote the book cataloguing new sounds achievable on his instrument, Robert Dick brings an authority to these performances that is unparalleled. Dan Blake’s adventurous attitude on the soprano saxophone offers a percussive, crunchy-yet-lyrical foil to the proceedings.

Tracks:

  1. Laugh and Lie Down
  2. Red Corner
  3. 500 Forks

Robert Dick, flutes
Dan Blake, soprano saxophone

Catalog Number CR2101RO

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Matteo Ciminari – Fried Hippocampus

Matteo Ciminari - Fried Hippocampus

Matteo Ciminari – Fried Hippocampus

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Matteo Ciminari is a London-based composer, guitarist, keyboardist and player of the theremin, an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact via two metal antennas that sense the relative position of the player’s hands. The instrument’s sound, often described as “eerie,” has been used in countless film soundtracks including Bernard Herrmann’s The Day the Earth Stood Still. Ciminari weaves the unusual instrument into a soup of avant-garde jazz, film music and an iconoclastic sense of composition with influences ranging from Thelonious Monk to Frank Zappa to Igor Stravinsky. Recorded remotely during the coronavirus lockdown by musicians in the UK and Italy and mastered by three-time Grammy winner Marc Urselli, the album title and all song titles on Fried Hippocampus are inspired by Ciminari’s love of food as well as the limbic system, the set of structures in the brain that deal with emotions and memory, and – in Ciminari’s words – where “all of the archetypes are recorded.”

Tracks:

  1. Pizzammano
  2. Spiced Amygdala
  3. Narni Underground
  4. El Serpiente
  5. How I Feel Today
  6. Psalm
  7. ForNiche
  8. Mr Distraction
  9. A Woman

All songs written by Matteo Ciminari
Recorded during the Covid-19 lockdown in various home studios between Italy and the United Kingdom.
Mixed by Matteo Ciminari
Mastered by Marc Urselli

Matteo Ciminari: Electric Guitar, Theremin, Keyboards
Mattia Borraccetti: Double bass
James Boston: Piano on “Spiced Amygdala,” Electric Piano on “Psalm”
Maurizio Moscatelli: Alto Sax on “Pizzammano” and “Narni Underground,” Flute on “Spiced Amygdala,” Bass Clarinet on “ForNiche”
Luca Orselli: Drums on “Pizzammano,” “How I Feel Today,” “ForNiche” and “Mr Distraction”
Michele Sperandio: Drums on “Spiced Amygdala,” “Narni Underground,” “El Serpiente” and “Psalm”

Catalog Number CR2012MA

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Strength in Numbers vol 4

Strength In Numbers vol 4

Strength in Numbers vol 4

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Chant Records’ ‘Strength In Numbers’ returns with volume four of the series! The compilation features fourteen songs, one from each album released between December 2019 and December 2020. From forward-looking jazz to psych-rock improv, idiosyncratic electronica to klezmer chamber-jazz, meditative percussion soundscapes to 21st century avant protest music and a whole lot more, ‘Strength in Numbers vol. 4’ is a landmark in the ongoing life of a one-of-a-kind, musician-run record label with a steadfast commitment to uncompromising, adventurous music made by an international community of artists.

Tracks

  1. Brian Shankar Adler – Nuearth
  2. Freakdom – Nein
  3. Randi Pontoppidan & Christian Rønn – Waterproof
  4. Curha – Sick of Ants!
  5. Ben Holmes – First We Were Sad; Then We Danced
  6. Santiago Leibson Trio – Gall
  7. Bartolo – Nerves and Wires
  8. Germani / Boni / Genovese / Marcocci / Kim – The Brosh Anthem
  9. Brian Shankar Adler – Young Blood
  10. Guillaume Gargaud – Mystery Travel
  11. Ruthless Cosmopolitans – Book of Ruthless
  12. Xander Naylor – Riddlin’
  13. Sonata Islands Kommandoh – Aphantasia QBB
  14. Matteo Ciminari – El Serpiente

Catalog Number CR2102CH

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Sonata Islands Kommandoh – Quasar Burning Bright

Sonata Islands Kommandoh - Quasar Burning Bright

Sonata Islands Kommandoh – Quasar Burning Bright

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Sonata Islands Kommandoh is a Milan-based, hyper-eclectic ensemble founded by flutist and composer Emilio Galante in 1998. Switching genres, approaches and even core members with each project, the ensemble explores far-reaching territory from the worlds of jazz, classical, rock, experimental and – especially on their latest album “Quasar Burning Bright” – electronic music. Some of Sonata Islands Kommandoh’s ambitious past projects include “Torre Aquila,” a multimedia project with soloist Markus Stockhausen, “Sonata Islands goes RIO” with music by avant garde veteran Fred Frith, a jazz rewriting of “Das Lied von der Erde” by Gustav Mahler, and their first release for Chant Records, “Zeuhl Jazz,” dedicated to the spirit of legendary French progressive rock band Magma. “Quasar Burning Bright” finds the ensemble in top shape, seamless weaving modal sounds and free jazz with deep-groove funk, a touch of metal and a healthy dose of synthesizers and other electronics. The resulting sound is hinted at by the album’s title, the dazzling luminescence of an invisible and far distant star surrounded by both vast space and unexpected explosions.

Tracks:

  1. Aphantasia QBB
  2. Susac Casus
  3. Mod-D QBB 115 bpm
  4. Think Atomic
  5. Mod-5 QBB 125 bpm
  6. It Ain’t Necessarily So

Emilio Galante, flute
Giovanni Venosta, keyboards and singing
Alberto N. A. Turra, electric guitar
Stefano Grasso, drums
Stefano Greco, programming and electronics; monochord & choir (track 6)
special guest: Fabio D’Ambrosio, choir (track 6)

Recorded & mixed by Stefano Greco at Blau Studio, Milan, January & February 2020
Mastered by Emilio Pozzolini at Blau Studio, Milan, March 2020
Graphics & layout by Jacopo Sacchi
Produced by Sonata Islands Kommandoh
Special thanks to Fabio D’Ambrosio, Chant Records and ADN Records and for their support

Catalog Number CR2007SO

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Xander Naylor – Continuum

Xander Naylor - Continuum

Xander Naylor – Continuum

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“Some of the most refreshingly unhinged guitar recorded in this century.”
New York Music Daily

Xander Naylor is a guitarist, improviser, and composer living in New York City, who gathers the vocabularies and core energetic forces of avant jazz, post-rock, and Indian classical music, into a singular new sound, described by The Critical Masses as “a language all his own.” Rooted firmly in the culturally-rich NYC music scene, his music has brought him to perform all over the world, including the South by Southwest Festival (Austin, Texas, USA), Assomniak Festival (Brest, France), and the Chhandayan Annual Concert (Kolkata, India). Born of his own spiritual journey, and deep study of multiple Eastern and Western traditions, Naylor’s music gives vital breath to the most fundamental questions we face today as a culture, and as human beings. Naylor is a ground-breaking guitarist, and a fearless searcher, forging new techniques, extended sounds, and employing rhythmic acrobatics, all in service of a visceral experience which fosters and promotes greater understanding.

Naylor’s new album Continuum features all-new compositions which are all about breaking through the barriers of digital screens and facing others eye-to-eye, as well as facing the problematic discourses of our time with the knowledge that “there still are people who still stand for respect and the ideal of common good.” Seasoned from two years of touring, Naylor’s band Sound Machine’s current lineup features Elijah Shiffer (alto saxophone), Nicholas Jozwiak (electric bass) and Raphael Pannier (drums). Continuum also features an all-star lineup of some of today’s most sought after voices, including Alec Spiegelman (baritone sax), Alex Asher (trombone), Angelica Bess (vocals), Cole Kamen-Green (trumpet), and Sarah Pedinotti (vocals). These superb musicians have toured the world, studied many of its musical cultures, and recorded with such diverse acts as Beyonce, Boy George & Culture Club, Lorde, Okkervill River, Anais Mitchell, Samir Chatterjee, Tyshawn Sorey, and Peter Evans. Continuum is the ultimate invitation into Xander Naylor’s unfettered vision of the spiritual and physical worlds that music can embody.

Tracks:

  1. Lunar Acropolis
  2. Export For Screens
  3. Surrender
  4. Pursuit
  5. Phone Zone
  6. Riddlin’
  7. Who Laughs Last?
  8. Leverage

Alex Asher – trombone (1, 2, 6, 8)
Angelica Bess – vocals (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Nicholas Jozwiak – bass
Cole Kamen-Green – trumpet (1, 2 6, 8)
Xander Naylor – guitar, synths
Raphael Pannier – drums
Sarah Pedinotti – vocals (1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
Elijah Shiffer – alto sax
Alec Spiegelman – bari sax (1, 2, 6, 8), bass clarinet (3)

All compositions by Xander Naylor, published by Little Volcanoes Music (ASCAP)
Recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY March 2-3, 2019
Engineers: Jacob Bergson and Ian Hersey
Mixing and additional tracking by Ian Hersey at Carefree Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Alex Syner
Album artwork by Michael Kerschner

Catalog Number CR2010XA

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Ruthless Cosmopolitans – Ruthless

Ruthless Cosmopolitans - Ruthless

Ruthless Cosmopolitans – Ruthless

 

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New York’s Ruthless Cosmopolitans is a collaboration between guitarist, producer, and label-owner Jon Madof (Zion80, Rashanim, Chant Records) and underground rapper, poet, and performance artist Eden Pearlstein (aka ePRHYME of Darshan). Ruthless Cosmopolitans is a cathartic/parodic/prophetic response to the spiraling state of our nation, and the world. Music, poetry, performance and imagery are the mediums employed to spread this synaesthetic form of sympathetic magic. Word. Sound. Sign. Signal.

The first spell was cast in a spontaneous wretch of inspired revulsion on August 12, 2017 — the day of the white supremacist march and counter-protests in Charlottesville, VA, where Heather Heyer was run over by a car in cold blood. Numerous poetic actions followed. Audio alchemy ensued. Materials assembled.

The forbidden fruit of this first cycle of artistic intervention is “Ruthless,” a 6-Song EP of blistering tirades, poetic permutations, mantric banishings, improvisational invocations, and infectious grooves.

Each one of the 6 songs on “Ruthless” channels, confronts, contorts, and exorcises a clamoring host of different personalities, perspectives, and positions at play on the minefield of “civilization” in decline through a dada-esque lens.

“The Screen Age”, the first single off the upcoming EP, will be released, along with an animated short film produced by Abbey Luck and Prone Studio, on the Equinox — September 22, 2020.

Tracks:

  1. Make America Hate Again
  2. The Screen Age
  3. Book of Ruthless
  4. Gawd Hates FLaGS
  5. Faux King Crazy
  6. Nothing In A Good Way

Eden Pearlstein – vocals
Jon Madof – guitars
Yoshie Fruchter – bass
Manny Laine – drums

Additional musicians:
Elana Brody – vocals
Talia Madof – vocals
Greg Wall – saxophone
Frank London – trumpet
Brian Marsella – keyboards
Marlon Sobol – percussion

Produced by Jon Madof
Conceptual direction by Eden Pearlstein
All songs written by Eden Pearlstein and Jon Madof
Recorded by James Dellatacoma at Orange Music Sound Studio
Additional recording at Red Palace Studio by Brian Marsella and Jon Madof and at Chant Records Studio by Jon Madof
Mastered by James Dellatacoma

Catalog Number CR2010RU

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Guillaume Gargaud – Strange Memories

Guillaume Gargaud - Strange Memories

Guillaume Gargaud – Strange Memories

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Guillaume Gargaud is a French guitarist who specializes in improvised music and composition for contemporary dance and film. He collaborated with veteran pianist Burton Green on 2019’s Chant Records release Magic Intensity, and has worked with other artists including Marc Edwards, Stephen Grew, Guy Bettini, Jack Wright, Mike Majkowski and Korvat Auki Ensemble. Recorded at his home studio in Le Havre, France, “Strange Memories” is Gargaud’s eighth solo album. It features the guitarist in a beautifully intimate acoustic guitar setting, playing a collection of completely improvised pieces.

Tracks:

  1. Mystery Travel
  2. Free Spirit
  3. Stay Away
  4. Strange Memories
  5. Glissando
  6. No Closing
  7. Curious Things
  8. Leave Open
  9. Old Melodies

All music written, performed and recorded by Guillaume Gargaud
Recording at Le Havre, France 26th and 27th July 2019
Cover design by Stefano Giust

Catalog Number CR2009GU

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Germani / Boni / Genovese / Marcocci / Kim – Leave It Blank For Now

Germani / Boni / Genovese / Marcocci / Kim - Leave It Blank For Now

Germani / Boni / Genovese / Marcocci / Kim – Leave It Blank For Now

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Instagram – Leo Genovese
Instagram – Cosimo Boni
Instagram – Francesco Marcocci
Instagram – Jongkuk Kim

What happens when five kindred musicians enter a Brooklyn studio armed with nothing but their instruments, some original pieces and a willingness to see and hear what happens? That’s the operating principle behind “Leave It Blank For Now,” a collective of improvisers who share a history of study in Boston, now rooted in the vibrant New York City scene and involved in enough bands and projects to make your head spin. The album starts out with two of saxophonist Daniele Germani’s pieces evoking the beauty and power of nature both real (“On The Edge Of Mount Kosciuszko”) and imagined (“Scylla and Charybdis”). Next is “The Brosh Anthem,” an homage to camaraderie and friendship penned by virtuoso pianist Leo Genovese. The penultimate tune, by trumpeter Cosimo Boni, is an unpredictable and deceiving ballad about false niceness called “The Pretty Beast.” The album closes with “Newark,” bassist Francesco Marcocci’s tribute to legendary jazz elder statesman Wayne Shorter. Drummer Jongkuk Kim rounds out the quintet, with all five members exhibiting a trust and pure love of music that allows them to view the wide-open unknown for what it is, a place of boundless discovery and possibility

Tracks:

  1. On The Edge Of Mount Kosciuszko
  2. Scylla And Charybdis
  3. The Brosh Anthem
  4. Pretty Beast
  5. Newark

Daniele Germani – saxophone
Leo Genovese – piano
Cosimo Boni – trumpet
Francesco Marcocci – bass
Jongkuk Kim – drums

Recorded at Peter Karl Studios (Brooklyn) on July 14 2019
Recording engineer – Peter Karl
Mixing and Mastering At Sear Sounds – engineer: Jeremy Loucas
Cover Art – Lía Rivera Flaviá

Catalog Number CR2007GE

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