Drummer Warren Smith joins Eugene Chadbourne in NYC for a set of great and well-recorded songs, including "New New War War", "Checkers of Blood", "Choppin' Down Weeds", &c.
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Catalog ID: e043
Squidco Product Code: 15307
Packaging: Cardstock foldover
Recorded on March 25th, 2011 at Westbeth Artists' Housing, New York.
Eugene Chadbourne-12-string banjo, banjo, vocals
Warren Smith-drums, tympani, marimba, percussion, vibes
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"Warren Smith (born May 14, 1934) is an American jazz drummer and percussionist, known as a contributor to Max Roach's M'boom ensemble and leader of the Composer's Workshop Ensemble (Strata-East).
Smith was born May 14, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois to a musical family. His father played saxophone and clarinet with Noble Sissle and Jimmie Noone, and his mother was a harpist and pianist. At the age of four he studied studied clarinet with his father. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1957, then received a master's degree in percussion from the Manhattan School of Music in 1958.
One of his earliest major recording dates was with Miles Davis as a vibraphonist in 1957. He found work in Broadway pit bands in 1958, and also played with Gil Evans that year. In 1961 he co-founded the Composers Workshop Ensemble. In the 1960s Smith accompanied Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Lloyd Price, and Nat King Cole; he worked with Sam Rivers from 1964Ð76 and with Gil Evans again from 1968 to 1976. In 1969 he played with Janis Joplin and in 1971 with King Curtis and Tony Williams. He was also a founding member of Max Roach's percussion ensemble, M'Boom, in 1970.
In the 1970s and 1980s Smith had a loft called Studio Wis which acted as a performing and recording space for many young New York jazz musicians, such as Wadada Leo Smith and Oliver Lake. Through the 1970s Smith played with Andrew White, Julius Hemphill, Muhal Richard Abrams, Nancy Wilson, Quincy Jones, Count Basie, and Carmen McRae. Other credits include extensive work with rock and pop musicians and time spent with Anthony Braxton, Charles Mingus, Henry Threadgill, Van Morrison, and Joe Zawinul. He continued to work on Broadway into the 1990s, and has performed with a number of classical ensembles.
Smith taught in the New York City public school system from 1958 to 1968, at Third Street Settlement from 1960 to 1967, at Adelphi University in 1970Ð1, and at SUNY-Old Westbury from 1971."-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Smith_(jazz_percussionist))
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1. The People With Too Much 3:14
2. New New War War 5:44
3. Mourning Of The Praying Mantis 9:04
4. Checkers of Blood 5:32
5. Xubitunt 7:10
6. Water Song 7:30
7. Odd Time For Two 8:35
8. Put Me Back In The River 8:40
9. Choppin' Down Weeds 3:36
sample the album:
Eugene Chadbourne can be viewed as a banjo slinging 21st century incarnation of Mark Twain. When he ends a line with a high cartoon voice he underlines the absurdity of the war on drugs with his classic 'Choppin' Down Weeds' and the war on terror in 'New New War War'. But he's far from a one dimensional songwriter as he delivers a melancholic song for his father with 'Put Me Back in the River' and an apocalyptic fable of greed and struggle in 'Checkers of Blood'.
When Chadbourne lived in New York City in the 1970's he went to jazz shows at Warren Smith's Tribeca loft. One evening the older Smith gave the younger Chadbourne an instructional book by Louis Bellson called Odd Time Reading Text. 30+ years later and completely coincidentally, Eugene and Warren recorded this record together with the gift of that book hovering over the session. Hence the title of the record with the added kicker that we live in odd times.
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