The fourth release from NY guitarist Lundbom's Big Five Chord, wide ranging jazz tunes with two saxes (Irabagon and Murray) in a band with great technical and melodic power!
Lundbom, Jon & Big Five Chord With Irabagon / Murray / Elliott / Fischer + Kanelos
Quavers! Quavers! Quavers! Quavers!
Label: Hot Cup Records
Released in: USA
"For their sophomore outing on Hot Cup Records and fourth overall, Brooklyn guitarist Jon Lundbom and Big Five Chord take a skewed look at jazz with rock sensibilities-or should that be the other way round? Lundbom can be hard to pin down: he has been compared to the likes of Derek Bailey and a young John McLaughlin, nearer the latter end of the spectrum on this showing. Along for the ride are alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon and bassist Moppa Elliott, both of Mostly Other People Do The Killing fame, and that connection also gives a clue that the music of Big Five Chord pays heartfelt but ironic regard to tradition, albeit through the lens of the guitarist's idiosyncratic compositions.
Together with Irabagon in the somewhat avant horn section is tenor saxophonist Bryan Murray (of Bryan and the Haggards), whose gruff post-Ayler stylings contrast with his partner's alternating mellifluous and multiphonic trajectories. Much of the set's interest derives from their antics in tandem and apart. Both shine on the jackhammer opener "On Jacation," based around an insistent riff carried by the reeds and guitar, but with each alternately breaking out for dissonant shrieking excursions while the others maintain the momentum and build tension. But almost as if he has lost his nerve, for the final third Lundbom departs from the format, embarking on a slashing distorted guitar solo over a choppier backing.
A similar change in direction occurs on the edgy "Meat Without Feet," starting at a rapid clip with contrasting slow horn lines and a notably skuzzy bleating tenor study from Murray, before slipping into a sedate rubato for the leader's ringing guitar extrapolation. "New Feats of Horsemanship" comes on like a slow burning ballad with a languid throaty tenor exhortation choked with emotion, while Irabagon's piping sopranino graces the choppy "Faith-Based Initiative." But in truth nothing quite matches the excitement of the spring-heeled opening track."-John Sharpe, All About Jazz
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"The winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, Irabagon has since topped both the Rising Star Alto Saxophone and the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone categories in the DownBeat Magazine Critics' Poll and been named one of Time Out New York's 25 New York City Jazz Icons. Jon was also named 2012 Musician of the Year in The New York City Jazz Record and is an integral member of such high-profile ensembles as the Mary Halvorson Quintet, the Dave Douglas Quintet and Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor, as well as an established bandleader in his own right.
For Perpetual Motion, a project of Moondog arrangements, Jon (along with French saxophonist/clarinetist/composer Sylvain Rifflet) has been awarded a French-American Cultural Exchange grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique ("SACEM"). In addition, Jon has received a 2012 Mabuhay Award by the National Association of Filipino-Americans and a 2014 Philippine Presidential Award.
Jon's own record label, Irabbagast Records, has currently released five of his efforts, including I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze (with Mike Pride and Mick Barr), Outright! Unhinged (with Ralph Alessi, Jacob Sacks, John Hebert and Tom Rainey) and It Takes All Kinds (featuring Mark Helias and Barry Altschul), and most recently, the dual release of Behind the Sky (featuring Tom Harrell, Luis Perdomo, Yasushi Nakamura and Rudy Royston) as well as Jon's first solo saxophone recording, Inaction is an Action."-Jon Irabagon Website (http://www.jonirabagon.com/bio/)
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"A short biography from the artist:
I was born on September 13, 1978, the first son of David and Carolyn Elliott in Scranton, Pa. Incidentally, they named me Matthew Thomas Elliott, not Moppa. My parents are both college instructors and intense music lovers, so I was able to hear a lot of music growing up. After a brief introduction to the piano, I started to play the trombone in the sixth grade, and after deciding a few years later that I wanted to also play an instrument with strings, I was given an electric bass. When I was about 17, I fixed up my father's old acoustic bass in order to audition for a summer program. I then began to study the bass seriously with Pocono resident Tony Marino. In the fall of 1997, I enrolled in both Oberlin College and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music majoring in biology and Jazz bass performance in Oberlin's double-degree program. While there I was able to record my first CD, Pinpoint and to gain some experience playing in Cleveland OH for about 3 years. I was also fortunate enough to teach at the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts for four summers. I finished school in the winter of 2001, and moved to New York City the following summer. Here in New York, I have been able to play and record with some great musicians and to continue teaching at St. Mary's High School."-Moppa Elliott Website (http://www.moppaelliott.com/who.html)
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Label: Hot Cup Records
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Recorded by Gabe Schwartz at Fireplace Studios.
Jon Irabagon-alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone
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1. On Jacation 9:20
2. The Bravest Little Pilot No. 2 8:17
3. Ears Like A Fox 7:55
4. Meat Without Feet 9:18
5. New Feats Of Horsemanship 8:59
6. Faith-Based Initiative 7:00