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Doc Chadbourne arranges and performs a vital section of the Albert Ayler songbook in a 2-CD release featuring solo settings to a quintet with musicians including Charles Tyler, Massimo Pupillo, Ted Reichman, Joe Williamson, &c.

Chadbourne, Eugene
Doc Chad Ayler [2 CDs]

Chadbourne, Eugene: Doc Chad Ayler [2 CDs] (Chadula)
Label: Chadula    
Released in: USA    

Doc Chad arranges and performs a vital section of the Albert Ayler songbook in a 2-CD release featuring solo settings to a quintet with musicians including Charles Tyler, Massimo Pupillo, Ted Reichman, Joe Williamson, &c. Ayler tunes covered include 4 versions of "Ghosts", 2 of "Prophecy", 2 of "Witches and Devils", plus "Change Has Come", "Truth Comes Marching In", &c. Eugene Chadbourne is an extremely informed jazz historian, and his arrangements of these classic U.S. free jazz compositions represent a unique take on an important artist whose voice still resonates with modern improvised music. Recommended for all Ayler fans!

"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 (

"Massimo Pupillo (Ostia - Roma) is a bass and double bass player and composer. Best known for being the bassist of Zu, which produced bio 15 albums with labels like Atavistic / Touch n 'Go (USA), Southern (EU), Heads (JAPAN), Ipecac Records (USA) and numerous singles and split with other labels.

He collaborate in many different (musical and not only) projects, from jazz, to improvisation, avant-garde, noise, taking an interest in movies soundtracks and theater.He has join the stage and the sounds with a very long list of musicians including ... Thurston Moore, Jim O' Rourke (sonic youth), Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen Love, Terrie (Ex), Katia Labeque, Giovanni Sollima, Nicola Tescari, David Chalmin, Chris Corsano, Eraldo Bernocchi and FM Einheit (Einsturzende Neubauten), Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Yoshigaki Yasuhiro, Geoff Farina, Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, DJ Olive, Otomo Yoshihide, Amy Denio, Gianni Gebbia, Lukas Ligeti, Fred Lonberg- Holm, Joe Lally e Guy Picciotto (fugazi), Peter Brötzmann, Caspar Brötzmann, Damo Suzuki (Can), Eugene S. Robinson (Oxbow), Steve MacKay (The Stooges), Mieko Suzuki, Oren Ambarchi, Stephen O' Malley and... yes we could go on for a long time..."

-Massimo Pupillo Website (

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Product Information:

Label: Chadula
Catalog ID: chadAyler
Squidco Product Code: 16980

Format: 2 CDRs
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: USA
Packaging: 2 CDRs in a cardboard sleeve with Dr. Chad's unique packaging

Eugene Chadbourne-arrangements, guitars, banjo

Roy Paci-trumpet

Massimo Pupillo-bass

Jacopo Battaglia-drums

Joe Williamson-bass

Uli Jennessen-drums

Eena Ballard-electric viola

Joee Conroy-electric guitar, violin, cello, mandolin

Steve Good-clarinets, alto saxophone

Norman Minogue-theramin, drums

Brian Ritchie-bass, bugle, home made clarinet

Carrie Shull-oboe

Frank Lowe-tenor saxophone

Charles Tyler-baritone saxophone

Charles Turner-harmonica

Evan Gallagher-keyboards, percussion

Ted Reichman-accordion, keyboards

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Track Listing:

CD 1

1. Omega S The Alpha 9:46

2. Ghosts 10:44

3. Prophecy 7:03

4. La Marseillese 7:16

5. Prophecy 9:42

6. Ghosts 4:20

7. Infinite Spirit 8:00

8. Light in the Darkness 9:15

9. Change Has Come 8:55

CD 2

1. Witches and Devils 8:36

2. Spirits 5:19

3. Ghosts 8:59

4. Ghosts 5:27

5. Witches and Devils 7:22

6. The Father The Son The Holy Ghost 8:26

7. Truth Comes Marching In 8:26