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Weston, Grant Calvin / Lucas Brode: Flying Kites [CD + DOWNLOAD] (577)

A powerful recording that features heavy, intricate and deep grooves from Philadelphian Grant Calvin Weston (Ornette Coleman's Prime Time) on drums, percussion and synths and Lucas Brode on guitars, effects and loops, a great album of creative improvisation that blends fusion-oriented playing balanced with modern sound collage and atmospheric moments.

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Label: 577
Catalog ID: 5791
Squidco Product Code: 25376

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at the 3rd Floor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in December, 2014, and in Somers, New York, in December 2015, by the artists.


Grant Calvin Weston-drums, percussion, synths

Lucas Brode-guitars, effects, loops

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Artist Biographies:

"G Calvin Weston was born June 6, 1959 in Philadelphia, PA. He became interested in drums at the age of 6, when he (and his neighbors) discovered his talent for rhythm as he beat on every car on the block. He lived in North Philadelphia where he saw musicians like Stevie Wonder, The Jackson Five and James Brown at the Uptown Theatre. Seeing his attention focused on the drummers, his Father bought him a small set. In high school Calvin learned to read music and played second snare in the drum ensemble. He co-founded the group Bad Influence which played in cabarets and clubs around Philadelphia.

At 17, Calvin joined Ornette Colemans Prime Time Band,with bass player jamalaadean tacuma.his close friend from philly, which toured extensively in North America and Europe.

Grant Calvin Weston has blazed a harmolodic, funkadelic trail through modern jazz. This record is a culmination of recordings made on the West Coast and his hometown of Philadelphia. Weston puts his Midas touch on electronics and acoustic instruments that blow the socks off any jazz-rock poser out there. Listen to the man who funked-up Ornette Coleman in the 1970s."

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"Lucas Brode, a native of New York's Hudson Valley, is a guitarist & composer who draws from jazz harmony, experimental rock textures, and African rhythms. In addition to studying jazz guitar and composition, he spent several years learning percussive concepts from traditional Ghanian master drummer, Yacub Addy. Lucas often performs solo, leads his own trio, co-leads the Post-Rock / Math-Rock hybrid Hannibal Montana, and is an active performer and improviser in the NYC and Hudson Valley experimental music scenes. Past and present collaborators include: G. Calvin Weston, Kevin Shea, Johnny DeBlase, Julius Masri, Shayna Dulberger, Luke Stewart, Nate Scheible, Zach Cooper, Matt Luczak.

Lucas tours regularly, performing at museums, galleries, cafes, DIY spaces, and traditional music venues such as the New Museum (NYC), Knitting Factory (NYC), the Mothlight (Asheville), Rhizome (DC), the Windup Space (Baltimore), Spread Art (Detroit), Cafe Mustache (Chicago), and Gallery 5 (Richmond) to name a few. He has shared bills with many well known rock bands and avant-garde musicians throughout his career, including The Antlers, Tatsuya Nakatani, Oneida, Ava Mendoza, Kayo Dot, Brandon Seabrook, and others. Lucas currently lives in Westchester County New York where he maintains an active teaching schedule."

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track listing:

1. Flying Kites 5:11

2. Hello There 3:51

3. Is It You 2:16

4. Pump Fake, Jab Step, Fadeaway 5:21

5. What It Is 3:43

6. Interlude 0:53

7. As Luck Would Have It 3:20

8. Slowly Wandering 4:35

9. Droids 0:57

10. Bone Splatter Ain't Cheap 6:21

11. Grant 3:27

12. Slap Shot 3:44
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"In the months leading up to this project, common colleagues and friends of G. Calvin Weston and Lucas Brode suggested that the two musicians should meet and collaborate, considering that Lucas is a major fan of Lounge Lizards, the renowned band that Calvin joined in 1990. Once Calvin, known for his work with Ornette Coleman's Prime Time, heard some of Lucas's guitar playing, he suggested that they make a recording together. Lucas immediately agreed to the idea. Some time later, Lucas received a massive folder of Calvin's drumming, along with a few whacky synth noises. Lucas organized sound collages, then made guitar loops and recorded solos and other sounds that he felt would complement the energy of the project.

The final result is a powerful recording that features heavy, intricate and deep grooves, at times reminiscent of Marc Ribot on John Zorn's Asmodeus: Book of Angels Volume 7 (another group that features G. Calvin Weston) or punk-influenced music, one of Lucas's early inspirations, along with more introspective moments similar to Lounge Lizards."-577 Records

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