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New Zion Trio (Jamie Saft / Brad Jones / Craig Santiago): CHALIWA (Veal)

The second full length from Kingston's New Zion Trio bringing together Reggae and Jazz musicians Jamie Saft (piano/keyboards), Brad Jones (acoustic bass), and Craig Santiago (drums) with special guest H.R. Human Rights, legendary vocalist of Bad Brains.

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Hand inked art by NZT drummer extraordinaire Craig Santiago in a 4-panel Green Forestry Wallet (100% Green Forestry Practices!)

Label: Veal
Catalog ID: VEAL0009
Squidco Product Code: 18178

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk, NYC.


Jamie Saft-piano, Fender Rhodes

Brad Jones-acoustic bass

Craig Santiago-drums

H.R. Human Rights-vocals

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track listing:

1. Twelve Tribes 6:21

2. Temples 8:53

3. Chant It Down Featuring H.R. 6:36

4. Negus 8:16

5. Pinkus 5:34

6. Zion Heights 7:11

7. Cherub Dub 5:56

8. Rasta Lion Dub 9:53

9. King's Bread 7:59
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"The next phase!!! CHALIWA is the second full length from Kingston's New Zion Trio. Featuring Jamie Saft on piano and Fender Rhodes, Brad Jones on acoustic bass, Craig Santiago on drums, and special guest H.R. Human Rights, legendary vocalist of Bad Brains, on "Chant It Down." This next release continues the thread from New Zion Trio's successful debut album "Fight Against Babylon"- Forward Roots Reggae and Dub filtered with the sounds of the Spiritual Jazz of the 70's forged in the style of the traditional Jazz Piano Trio. Recorded and mixed by Saft entirely on analog tape at Potterville International Sound, "Chaliwa" is sonically next level. Booming bass tones anchor this Dub epic. Sprinkle with lock tight drumming, fluid piano, and deep sonics and you have CHALIWA" 9 fresh tracks, conceived in a 14 day burst of creativity, captured on glorious analog tape to bring the true sound of Roots Reggae and Dub. - More Fire!!!"-Veal Records

Hand inked art by NZT drummer extraordinaire Craig Santiago in a 4-panel Green Forestry Wallet (100% Green Forestry Practices!)

Artist Biographies:

"Jamie Saft (piano, organs, analog synthesis, bass and guitar, steel guitars) is a native of Queens, New York. Since returning to New York in 1993, Saft's stylistic versatility, multi-instrumentalist capabilities, and production skills have been featured with the Beastie Boys, Bad Brains, the B-52's, Laurie Anderson, Bobby Previte, John Zorn, Dave Douglas, Jerry Granelli, Holly Palmer, Marc Ribot's Los Cubanos Postisos, Elysian Fields, Black Beatle, Antony and the Johnsons, Chocolate Genius, JoJo Mayer's Nerve, E-Z Pour Spout, Cuong Vu, Chris Speed Trio Iffy, Jane Ira Bloom, and the Groove Collective.

Saft is a mainstay of the downtown scene and a member of bands such as The Beta Popes, Whoopie Pie, Swami LatePlate, The Shakers and Bakers, Kalashnikov, Pramrod Sexena, and John Zorn's Electric Masada.

Saft was the pianist for the New York and Paris premiers of John Adams' opera "I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky" at Lincoln Center and MC93 Bobingy.

Saft has recently composed a number of original film scores and music fortelevision. Recent films scored include the Oscar nominated film"Murderball", Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner "God Grew Tired Of Us",and currently airing HBO documentary "Dear Talula". Saft has alsocontributed score music for Nickelodeon, MTV, and A&E.."

-Jamie Saft Website (

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"New York born Brad Christopher Jones is a bassist, composer, and educator. He has recorded, performed, and toured around the world with a diverse array of artists that include Ornette Coleman, Elvis Costello, Elvin Jones, David Byrne, Muhal Richard Abrams, Sheryl Crow, Deborah Harry, Dave Douglas, Vernon Reid, John Zorn, Don Byron, Marc Ribot, and The Jazz Passengers.

Brad has released three recordings under his own leadership with two seperate projects:"UNCIVILIZED POISE" and "THE EMBODIMENT" with his band Aka Alias, and"POURING MY HEART IN" with the Brad Jones Quartet.

Brad is also an experienced educator who has taught workshops and master classes in France, Italy, Canada, and Mexico and is part of the music faculty at Columbia University in New York City."

-Brad Jones Website (

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