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Chadbourne, Eugene: Vision-Ease (Chadula)


 

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Label: Chadula
Catalog ID: 1977C
Squidco Product Code: 6000

Format: CDR
Condition: New
Country: USA
Packaging: CDR in a cardboard sleeve with Dr. Chad's unique packaging
1977-78, left and right coasts


Personnel:

Eugene Chadbourne

John Zorn

Davey Williams

LaDonna Smith

Bruce Ackley

Polly Bradfield

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"I used to work so hard over my written compositions in this period, first scoring them, then rehearsing them painstakingly, then struggling to get recordings made. Inevitably everyone would be totally unsatisfied with both the sound quality of the recordings and what had happened in the performances, but as it turned out, these are the only recordings that were ever made of these compositions, with this particular group of fine musicians which includes John Zorn, Polly Bradfield, Henry Kaiser, Bruce Ackley and others. This is a collection of just about everything I can find of this nature in the tape archive, including the out of print 'Chadbourne' material from the Parachute School album as well as alot of stuff never previously available, or available only briefly on a cassette. Also included are some interesting solos from the period, cover versions of tunes by Dave Holland, Roscoe Mitchell and Ornette Coleman. Recordings run the range of analog, so there is surface noise and some distortion, but again, these are the only recordings of these events so deserve a cherised place in the archive."-Eugene Chadbourne

Artist Biographies:

"A seemingly endless -- and endlessly eclectic -- series of releases made the innovative guitarist Eugene Chadbourne one of the underground community's most well-known and well-regarded eccentrics. Born January 4, 1954 in Mount Vernon, NY, Chadbourne was raised in Boulder, CO, by his mother, a refugee of the Nazi death camps. At the age of 11, the Beatles inspired him to learn guitar; later exposure to Jimi Hendrix prompted him to begin experimenting with distortion pedals and fuzzboxes. Ultimately, however, he became dissatisfied with the conventions of rock and pop, and traded in his electric guitar for an acoustic one, on which he began to learn to play bottleneck blues.

Perhaps Chadbourne's most significant formative discovery was jazz; initially drawn to John Coltrane and Roland Kirk, he later became an acolyte of the avant excursions of Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton. Despite the huge influence music exerted over his life, however, Chadbourne first studied to become a journalist, but his career was derailed when he fled to Canada rather than fight in Vietnam; only President Jimmy Carter's declaration of amnesty for conscientious objectors allowed the vociferously left-wing Chadbourne to return to the U.S. in 1976, at which time he plunged headlong into the New York downtown music scene. After releasing his 1976 debut, Solo Acoustic Guitar, he began collaborating on purely improvisational music with the visionary saxophonist John Zorn and the acclaimed guitarist Henry Kaiser.

Quickly, Chadbourne carved out a singular style, comprised of equal parts protest music, free improvisation, and avant-garde jazz, topped off with his absurd, squeaky vocals. A complete list of Chadbourne's countless subsequent collaborations and genre workouts is far too lengthy and detailed to exhaustively document, although in the early '80s he garnered some of his first significant attention as the frontman of Shockabilly, a demented rockabilly revisionist outfit which also featured the well-known producer Kramer. Following the group's breakup, Chadbourne turned to his own idiosyncratic brand of country and folk, accurately dubbed LSD C&W on a 1987 release, the same year he joined the members of Camper Van Beethoven for a one-off covers project. In addition, he recorded with artists ranging from Fred Frith and Elliott Sharp to Evan Johns and Jimmy Carl Black, the original drummer in the Mothers of Invention; in between, he continued exploring unique styles inspired by music from the four corners of the globe, all the while issuing a seemingly innumerable string of records, most of them on his own Parachute label."

-All Music (http://www.allmusic.com/artist/eugene-chadbourne-mn0000172925/biography)
12/8/2017

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"John Zorn (born September 2, 1953) is an American composer, arranger, producer, saxophonist, and multi-instrumentalist with hundreds of album credits as performer, composer, and producer across a variety of genres including jazz, rock, hardcore, classical, surf, metal, klezmer, soundtrack, ambient, and improvised music. He incorporates diverse styles in his compositions which he identifies as avant-garde or experimental. Zorn was described by Down Beat as "one of our most important composers".

Zorn established himself within the New York City downtown music movement in the mid-1970s performing with musicians across the sonic spectrum and developing experimental methods of composing new music. After releasing albums on several independent US and European labels, Zorn signed with Elektra Nonesuch and received wide acclaim with the release of The Big Gundown, an album reworking the compositions of Ennio Morricone. He attracted further attention worldwide with the release of Spillane in 1987, and Naked City in 1989. After spending almost a decade travelling between Japan and the US he made New York his permanent base and established his own record label, Tzadik, in the mid-1990s.

Tzadik enabled Zorn to maintain independence from the mainstream music industry and ensured the continued availability of his growing catalog of recordings, allowing him to prolifically record and release new material, issuing several new albums each year, as well as promoting the work of many other musicians. Zorn has led the hardcore bands Naked City and Painkiller, the klezmer/free jazz-influenced quartet Masada, composed over 600 pieces as part of the Masada Songbooks that have been performed by an array of groups, composed concert music for classical ensembles and orchestras, and produced music for opera, sound installations, film and documentary. Zorn has undertaken many tours of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, often performing at festivals with many other musicians and ensembles that perform his diverse output.

Zorn's compositions cross many genres and he has stated "All the various styles are organically connected to one another. I'm an additive person-the entire storehouse of my knowledge informs everything I do. People are so obsessed with the surface that they can't see the connections, but they are there." For Zorn "Composing is more than just imagining music-it's knowing how to communicate it to musicians. And you don't give an improviser music that's completely written out, or ask a classical musician to improvise. I'm interested in speaking to musicians in their own languages, on their own terms, and in bringing out the best in what they do. To challenge them and excite them." "

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Zorn)
12/8/2017

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"Davey Williams (born 1952) is an American free improvisation and avant-garde music guitarist. In addition to his solo work, he has been noted for his membership in Curlew and his collaborations with LaDonna Smith.

Williams began on guitar at age 12. He played in rock bands in high school, and studied with blues musician Johnny Shines from the late 1960s until 1971. Early in the 1970s Williams played in the University of Alabama B Jazz Ensemble and the Salt & Pepper Soul Band. He also started working with LaDonna Smith around this time, and founded a musical ensemble/recording project called Transmuseq. He toured the U.S. and Europe in 1978. Early in the 1980s he worked in a blues band called Trains in Trouble, then joined Curlew in 1986, who released several albums on Cuneiform Records through the 1990s.

In the 1980s he also worked with Col. Bruce Hampton and OK, Nurse, and in the early 1990s played in a punk rock band called Fuzzy Sons. Concomitantly with Fuzzy Sons, Williams played in an improvisational three-piece called Say What?, and worked with Jim Staley and Ikue Mori. Williams has appeared live at some 1,500 concerts worldwide.

Williams co-founded The Improviser, a journal of experimental music, in 1981. He has also worked as a music critic for the Birmingham News and published freelance criticism elsewhere."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davey_Williams_(musician))
12/8/2017

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"LaDonna Smith, violinist and violist is dedicated to the international new music scene since 1978..

An active performer,educator, editor, and producer of the improvisor, she has been an avid warrior, promoting the improvisational arts, and keeping the music alive in the Southern Eastern United States. From touring the world, producing and hosting concerts and performance, the Birmingham Improv Festival, the improvisor festival of 2010, a month long festival held simultaneously in five different cities across the U.S.A, celebrating the 30 year anniversary of the international journal of free improvisation, she has hosted performers from Sweden, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, France, England, Russia and Ukraine, as well as Japan and Australia for concerts, workshops, and residencies in Alabama, as well as a host of regional and national participants in music, theatre, and dance.

As a performer, LaDonna has created a style of improvisation that is uniquely personal. Alternating classical and extended techniques,she explores her instrument, painting scenarios and sound pictures as she plays. She has performed at practically every major improvisation festival and many of the New Music Festivals. She has toured North America & Europe on numerous occasions, playing solo or in collaboration with others, including Misha Feigin, Sergey Letov, Evan Parker, Roger Turner, John Russell, Gunter Christman, John Oswald, and many others. . Her travels have taken her to the former USSR, Siberia, China, Japan, and India. Her longest musical relationship remains steadfast with Alabama guitarist, Davey Williams. Together, they have toured North America and Europe many times as Trans Duo. As musical partners, they maintain their own recording label, TransMuseq, and also co-edited the improvisor, the international journal of free improvisation, printed eleven editions & published on the web for 30 years."

-LaDonna Smith Website (http://ladonnasmith.net/biography.htm)
12/8/2017

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"Bruce Ackley was born in Rochester, New York in 1948. Following in his father's footsteps, he began singing in choral groups at age 10. (His father performed in a vocal sextet as a young man in the 1930s.) Bruce sang throughout his school years and finally took up the saxophone in 1970. He formed his first improvising trio that year with friends from his art school days at Wayne State in Detroit, where he studied painting and drawing. In 1971 he relocated to the Bay Area. Largely self-taught, Bruce studied saxophone briefly with Lee Hester and Noel Jewkes, and clarinet with Beth Custer and Ben Goldberg. Throughout the 1970s he was involved with the emerging free improvisation scene in San Francisco, and formed Sound Clinic with Lewis Jordan and George Sams in 1975. He began playing with Larry Ochs in 1973 and Jon Raskin in 1975, which led to the formation of Rova in the fall of 1977.

Since that time Ackley has mainly devoted his musical life to his work with Rova, with some notable side projects. In 1977 he performed and recorded with the quartet Twins, featuring John Zorn on reeds, and Eugene Chadbourne and Henry Kaiser on guitars. During the 1980s he played regularly with trombone-electronics wizard, J.A. Deane and drummer Joseph Sabella. They formed Planet X in 1992, which performed extensively in the Bay Area and made a recording at that time. Bruce has also performed with the Italian bass virtuoso, Stefano Scodanibbio. In 1996 they performed together with koto-electronics player Miya Masaoko, and the brilliant cellist, Rohan de Seram, formerly of the Arditti String Quartet. That year Ackley formed a trio to perform his more jazz-oriented original compositions, Actual Size, with George Cremaschi on bass and Garth Powell on drums. This led to the recording The Hearing by the Bruce Ackley Trio, featuring Joey Baron on Drums and Greg Cohen on bass, and released on the John Zorn-curated Japanese label Avant. During the late 1990s Bruce formed Frankenstein, a jazz repertory band that played the music of many of the forward-looking artists of the early '60s, particularly Grachan Moncur III, Andrew Hill, Eric Dolphy, and Jackie McLean-providing him an opportunity to dig into material that significantly impacted Ackley during formative years."

-Rova:Arts (http://www.rova.org/about-us/bruce-ackley.html)
12/8/2017

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"Polly Bradfield is an American violinist from the New York City free improvisation scene of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Her closest musical associates were Eugene Chadbourne and John Zorn. She also played on records by William Parker and Frank Lowe. Her music career ended when she moved to California sometime in the 1980s. Her last appearance on record was on Zorn's The Big Gundown in 1986.

"I began playing music when I was 8 or 9. First piano, then violin. I preferred to play classical literature, but I started improvising by playing piano in a high school stage band. I studied jazz in college after hearing Cecil Taylor I started developing a style of improvisation on the piano, playing with many different musicians and performing occasionally. When I met Eugene Chadbourne and John Zorn on moving to New York, I quit playing the piano and concentrated on the violin. My playing really changed and so did my attitudes about music and improvising..." (from Bradfield's own liner notes on the back of her Solo Violin Improvisations LP)

In the same liner notes, she lists her musical inspirations: Paganini, Bartók, Ives, Ligeti, Django Reinhardt, Stuff Smith, Eddie South, Joe Venuti, The Sacred Guitar and Violin music of the Modern Aztecs, Jean Carignan, Swedish fiddle music, and Cajun string bands. (She also thanks Zorn and Chadbourne for their effect on her music.)

In 1979 she released an LP on Chadbourne's Parachute label called Solo Violin Improvisations. The cover shows a photo of a young girl, presumably Bradfield as a child, sawing a branch off a tree, a pun on violin playing described as "sawing". The album contains more silence than sawing, though; her scrapes, scratches, plunks, and occasional notes on the violin are often separated by long stretches of it. Her radically still, non-discursive, Cageian style on this little known LP foreshadows later trends in free improvisation.

Eugene Chadbourne describes the album as "a controlled masterwork of severely intense playing" .

In her liner notes, Bradfield writes "The music on this record is all acoustic violin. Usually I use an amplifier when performing, but I wanted my first solo recording to be acoustic. I felt it was a small way to pay homage to the instrument's long and diverse history which began long before electricity was discovered." "

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polly_Bradfield)
12/8/2017

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Other Releases With These Artists:
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1977-1981 [VINYL LP + BOOK]
(Song Cycle)
Zorn, John
The Hermetic Organ Vol. 5 _Philharmonie De Paris
(Tzadik)
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The Lost Eddie Chatterbox Session [2017 REISSUE]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Zorn, John
Midsummer Moons
(Tzadik)
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Steve Lacy's Saxophone Special Revisited
(Clean Feed)
Zorn, John
There Is No More Firmament
(Tzadik)
Zorn, John / Garth Knox and the Saltarello Trio
Leonard: The Book of Angels Volume 30
(Tzadik)
Rova::Orkestrova
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(New World Records)
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The Classic Guide To Strategy Vol. 4
(Tzadik)
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There'll Be No Tears Tonight
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The Mockingbird
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(Emanem)
Flaga - John Zorn
Flaga: The Book Of Angels Volume 27
(Tzadik)
Rova::Orkestra
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(Atavistic)
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Electric Ascension - Live At The 2012 Guelph Festival + "Cleaning The Mirror - A Documentary by John Rogers" [Blu Ray + DVD + CD]
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Incontri & Reuniones
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IST: New York (Davies / Fell / Wastell / Zorn)
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(Confront)
Zion80
Adramelech: The Book Of Angels Volume 22
(Tzadik)
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Sonic Rivers
(Tzadik)
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Great Duo Live, 1977-'80 Volume II
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Shir Hashirim
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Nosferatu
(Tzadik)
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The Pioneers
(Chadula)
Chadbourne, Eugene
Stop Snoring
(Chadula)
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(Ictus)
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(Chadula)
Chadbourne, Eugene
This Time We Won't Come Back (Gulf War Tour)
(Chadula)
Shockabilly
Live At 10 Foot Henry's
(Chadula)
Chadbourne, Eugene
Amber And Other Compositions
(Chadula)
Chadbourne, Eugene
Dead Country
(Konnex)
Chadbourne, Eugene
The Secret of the Cooler / The Bird Cage
(Chadula)
Chadbourne, Eugene
I Lost My Ass in Las Vegas / Muppet on the Way
(Chadula)
Zorn / Lewis / Frisell
More News For Lulu
(Hatology)
Baker, Duck
The Ducks Palace
(Incus)
Masada Quintet Featuring Joe Lovano
Stolas: The Book Of Angels Volume 12
(Tzadik)
Chadbourne / Blechdom
The Chaddom Blechbourne Experience
(Les Disques Victo)
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Constellation Rake
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Enfants Terribles
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The Dreamers
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Sacred Insects of Ancient Egypt
(Chadula)
Smith, Wadada Leo, Ibarra, Susie & Zorn, John
50Th Birthday Celebration - Volume 8
(Tzadik)
Chadbourne, Dr. Eugene
Horror Part 11
(Chadula)
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Country Boobs
(Chadula)
Ribot, Marc
Asmodeus - The Book Of Angels Volume 7
(Tzadik)
Chadbourne, Eugene / Centazzo, Andrea
Udine: December 29, 1978
(Chadula)
Caine, Uri
Moloch - The Book Of Angels Volume 6
(Tzadik)
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Chadbourne Auction House
(Chadula)
Chadbourne, Eugene
At Off Centre Centre June 6, 1980
(Chadula)
Chadbourne, Eugene
Rebuild New Orleans In Iraq
(Chadula)
Chadbourne, Eugene
Dr. Chad's Coffee Cure
(Chadula)
Feldman, Mark & Courvoisier, Sylvie
Masada Book Ii - The Book Of Angels Volume 3
(Tzadik)
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Young At Heart / Forgiven
(Leo)
Chadbourne, Eugene
Duck, Chad!
(Chadula)
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Chadbirish Euck
(Chadula)
Naked City
Naked City Box Set
(Tzadik)
Chadbourne, Eugene
The English Channel
(Chadula)
Chadbourne, Eugene
At Clouds and Water Jan 12-1979
(Chadula)
Robair, Gino
Buddy Systems
(Meniscus)
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(Relax)
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(Les Disques Victo)
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The Guitar Lesson
(Les Disques Victo)
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Patrizio
(Les Disques Victo)
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(Tzadik)
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Zorn, John
Midsummer Moons
(Tzadik)
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(Tzadik)
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(Tzadik)
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Boogie With The Hook
(Leo)
Zorn, John
Sacred Visions
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IST: New York (Davies / Fell / Wastell / Zorn)
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