Guitarist Nick Millevoi leads an ensemble that includes Jamie Saft on Hammond Organ, Ches Smith on drums, Johnny Deblase on bass, Dan Blacksberg on trombone and June Bender on violin, for an album equally embracing and subverting a wealth of rock and jazz forms.
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"At the intersection of jazz and rock, guitarist and composer Nick Millevoi aligns himself with the aesthetics promoted by John Zorn's Tzadik label (the one behind his work with the band Many Arms), the psychedelic Chris Forsyth & the Solar Motel Band, as well as by a dozen or so other genre-leaping collaborations. Millevoi assembles musicians like Jamie Saft, Johnny DeBlase, Ches Smith, Dan Blacksberg and June Bender for a record that summons the folk, country, and blues roots of present day American music.
But, if in Desertion the music is presented with the positive affirmation of a statement, Millevoi arrives there in unpredictable ways, and that is what makes this release so compelling. Alternative tunings of the guitars, unusual manipulations of the effect pedals, (added a comma) and a careful management of feedback turn the six songs here into a musical journey that rewards listeners with the surprise of discovery. A flux of retro-futuristic situations and an ever-present Hammond organ create a patina on this music, referencing the past without being nostalgic.
Is this getting back to the basics? Without a doubt, but resulting in something very different from what was done before. It's almost like Neil Young brought Crazy Horse and all of his Downtown NY friends with him to do a new version of the Dead Man soundtrack in 2016. Unmissable."-Shhpuma
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Recorded by Jamie Saft at Potterville International Sound, Kerhonkson, NY, August 14, 2015. Overdubs and track 5 recorded by Eric Carbonara at Nada Sound Studio, Lansdowne, PA, August 28, 2015. Mixed and mastered by Colin Marston at Menegroth, The Thousand Caves, Queens, NY. Produced by Nick Millevoi.
Nick Millevoi electric guitar, acoustic guitar
Jamie Saft-hammond organ and piano
Johnny DeBlase-upright and electric bass
Dan Blacksberg-trombone and string arrangements
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1. Desertion And The Arsonist's Match 8:29
2. Just For A Moment, I Stood There In Silence 6:08
3. Where They Do Their Capers 7:59
4. Disneyland In Hamtramck 6:56
5. The Big Moment Is Always Out There Waiting 3:55
6. The Fire That Partially Damaged City Hall 8:31