Recorded in Brooklyn and Paris, this quintet crosses the threshold between jazz, rock and electronic sound with a somewhat dark intent, using guitar & sitar, organs, syths, pianos, drums, bass and sounds to evoke thick and extended psychedelic environments.
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Label: Improvising Beings
Catalog ID: ib37
Squidco Product Code: 21019
Format: 2 CDs
Packaging: Jewel Case
Recorded in New York City, New York, and Paris, France in November 2013, August 2014 and December 2014.
Michel Kristof-electric guitar, sitar
Julien Palomo-organ, piano, synthesizer
Jay Reeve-synthesizer, sounds
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"Gene Janas (bass) (Sept. 24, 1955 - born & raised in Williamsburg, B'klyn) started out in 1975 w/ Screamin' Jay Hawkins & played thru the 70s/80s w/ Tim Berne 4tet, Sedition Ensemble w/ Bern Nix, singer Phoebe Legere etc
His 2nd life in music started with Owl Xounds (Wire magazine winner 2005) featuring Arrington de Dionyso, Gene Moore, Darius Jones etc - many performances/recordings incl. Federico Ughi, Daniel Carter, Jeffrey Hayden Shurdut, Thurston Moore, Paul Flaherty etc - since 2009 w/ drummer Marc Edwards' Slipstream Time Travel - recent recordings w/ Cosmic Hallways, Prana-Bindu & Paris-based United Slaves."-Gene Janas 6/24/2019
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"On the docket today is a double-CD of electric freedom of a cosmic sort, partaking of rock-drone elements and free jazz in a very nice way. The album is entitled United Slaves #2-3 (Improvising Beings ib37).
The band here consists of a quintet. Vinnie Paternostro is on drums, Gene Janas at the double bass, Jay Reeve on synthesizer, Michel Kristof on electric guitar and sitar, and Julien Palomo on keys.
They give us an extended outing that combines a blend of instrumental collectivity with a dynamic changing freedom that does not pulsate so much as express freetime collaging, with neo-psychedelic avant immediacy.
It's outside all the way, with electric guitar onslaughts that blend with washes of keys, bass and drums.
Imagine what some of the vintage psychedelic groups did live for a minute or two in heady times, then imagine that expanded into a long extended 2-CD voyage into space. That's something of what you get.
I find the whole thing fascinating and bracing. If you aren't into the avant electric thing you may shy away from this. That of course is your affair. Intrepid travelers of the spaceways will no doubt take to it like I did. There is nothing compromising here, not even a tune to get your bearings. So take off with it."-Greg Grego Applegate Edwards
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