Their 6th duo album, cornetist/electronic artist Rob Mazurek & drummer/percussionist/electronic artist Chad Taylor's release is concerned with the balance between controlled and uncontrolled experiences.
Out of Stock
Shipping Weight: 2.00 units
Quantity in Basket: None
Log In to use our Wish List
Label: Northern Spy
Catalog ID: NS 020
Squidco Product Code: 15739
Recorded on December 6th, 2010 and June 30th, 2011 at Bel_Air Studios by Todd Carter.
Chad Taylor-drums, mbira, electronics, drum machine
Rob Mazurek-cornet, electronics, voice
Highlight an artist name or instrument above
and click here to Search
1. Winds And Sweeping Pines 19:57
2. It's Alright 10:57
3. Castle In Your Heart 4:36
4. Age Of Energy 6:40
Related Categories of Interest:
Chicago Jazz & Improvisation
sample the album:
"Age of Energy is Chad Taylor and Rob Mazurek's sixth release as Chicago Underground Duo and the twelfth release in the Chicago Underground catalog. Finding time to get back in the studio was a challenge, as Rob has been touring with his trio Starlicker, The Sao Paulo Underground and the Exploding Star Orchestra and Chad with the Marc Ribot Trio, Side A (Ken Vandermark, Havaard Wiik) and Digital Primitives. The heavenly bodies even deigned to interrupt their plans to record, raining baseball-sized hailstones down like a plague upon the sessions. And yet, the Duo persevered against the cosmos to complete the new record over 4 days in Chicago with Todd Carter (TV Pow).
Developed during 2009 when the duo toured the east and west coasts, most of the material on the record was recorded live with very few overdubs. Thematically, Age of Energy is concerned with the balance between controlled and uncontrolled experiences. Computers, keyboards and drum machines pulse alongside ancient instruments like the African Mbira. 'Winds and Sweeping Pines' opens with Chad and Rob playing synthesizers and electronics, gradually as the piece develops, Chad switches to drums and Rob switches to cornet and they improvise over a blistering bass vamp in classic Chicago Underground Duo style. 'It's Alright' is a piece making extensive use of electroacoustics, starting with a drone which incorporates extreme high and low frequencies. The electronics are overdriven with results of both known and unknown nature. 'Castle In Your Heart' is based on a traditional Shona song from Zimbabwe and constitutes the only acoustic composition. 'Age of Energy' alternates between a 21/8 and a 12/8 rhythmic cycle over a dissonant pedal point. This track was also recorded live in the studio, without any overdubs."-Northern SpyAlso available on Vinyl LP.
• Show Bio for Chad Taylor
"Chad Taylor (b. 1973) is a composer, educator, percussionist and scholar who is a co-founder of the Chicago Underground ensembles. Originally from Tempe, AZ, Chad grew up in Chicago where he started performing professionally at the age of 16. Chad has performed with Fred Anderson, Derek Bailey, Cooper-Moore, Pharoah Sanders, Marc Ribot, Peter Brotzmann, Malachi Favors and many others. Chad leads his own band Circle down which debut recording was given a 5 star review by All music:
"What is remarkable is that there is no wasted motion, no histrionics or grandstanding, as pure emotion is translated to superlative music making on this most highly recommended recording, one for the ages." Allmusic.com
Chad has a BFA from the New School in Jazz Performance and a MFA in Jazz Research and History from Rutgers University."-Chad Taylor Website (http://www.chadtaylordrums.net/html/about.php)
^ Hide Bio for Chad Taylor
• Show Bio for Rob Mazurek
"Rob Mazurek is an American electro-acoustic composer, cornetist, improviser and visual artist living in Chicago, Illinois. As a composer, Rob Mazurek has written over 300 original compositions over the past 30 years, and has released 55 recordings on various labels. He currently leads a number of ensembles, including Exploding Star Orchestra, Pharoah and the Underground (featuring Pharoah Sanders), Chicago Underground, Pulsar Quartet, São Paulo Underground, Skull Sessions, Sound Is Quintet, Starlicker, Mandarin Movie and Throne of the House of Good and Evil, each of which possesses its own distinct musical personality.
He has collaborated with a wide variety of artists, such as Bill Dixon, Pharoah Sanders, Mike Ladd, Roscoe Mitchell, Yusef Lateef, Fred Anderson, Naná Vasconcelos, Mamelo Sound System, Kassin and Marcelo Camelo and others. Additionally, Rob Mazurek works as a visual artist (incorporating sound, painting and video) with numerous international performances, exhibitions and artist residencies."-Rob Mazurek Website (http://robmazurek.com/)
^ Hide Bio for Rob Mazurek