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Hearts & Minds (Jason Stein / Paul Giallorenzo / Chad Taylor): Electroradiance (Astral Spirits)

The second album from this New York and Chicago trio of bass clarinetist Jason Stein, keyboardist Paul Giallorenzo, and drummer Chad Taylor (replacing Frank Rosaly), a funky mix of jazz, electronics and rock that plays free but also melodically, absorbing styles and turning them into an upbeat, rhythmically exciting and lyrically effusive album.
 

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UPC: 713289325183

Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: MF181/AS077
Squidco Product Code: 26518

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded at Kawari Sound, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on October 24th and 25th, 2017 by Zach Goldstein.


Personnel:

Jason Stein-bass clarinet

Paul Giallorenzo-synthesizer, keyboards

Chad Taylor-drums, percussion

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Artist Biographies:

"Jason Stein was born in 1976 and is originally from Long Island, New York. Stein is one of the few musicians working today to focus entirely on the bass clarinet as a jazz and improvisational instrument. He studied at Bennington College with Charles Gayle and Milford Graves, and at the University of Michigan with Donald Walden and Ed Sarath. In 2005, Stein relocated to Chicago and has since recorded for such labels as Leo, Delmark, Atavistic, 482 Music and Clean Feed. Stein has performed throughout the US and Europe, including performances in festivals in Lisbon, Cracow, Utrecht, Barcelona, Debreccen and Ljubljana. He has had the opportunity to perform with a number of exciting local and international musicians including: Michael Moore, Jeff Parker, Oscar Noriega, Rudi Mahall, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek, Jeb Bishop, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Urs Leimgruber, Pandelis Karayorgis, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Tony Buck, Eric Boren, Kent Kessler, Tobias Delius, Michael Zerang, Michael Vatcher, Peter Brotzman, and Wilbert DeJoode."

-Jason Stein Website (http://jasonsteinmusic.com/biography)
12/12/2018

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"Orginally from Long Island NY, Paul Giallorenzo is a Chicago-based improviser, composer, and producer using piano, synthesizer, keyboards, and electronics in a wide variety of groups and contexts, ranging from jazz and improvised music to electro-acoustic / noise to sound and video performance. Performing throughout the midwest, eastern US, Canada, Europe, Brazil. Has appeared at the Chicago Jazz Festival, WNUR Chicago Sounds Jazzfest, Glad Cloud Festival of Ambient Music at the Whistler, and a 2008 artist residency in Luzern, Switzerland.

Presenter, organizer, co-founder of the music venue/art gallery Elastic, producing hundreds of creative music concerts and events in Chicago since 2001."

-Paul Giallorenzo Website (http://paulgiallorenzo.com/bio.html)
12/12/2018

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"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)
12/12/2018

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track listing:


1. Back and Forth 4:53

2. Treeline 6:45

3. Step'n 6:59

4. Rivet and Roll 2:31

5. Frencher Frosty's Book 4:15

6. Electroradiance 3:01

7. Slowly Drifting Outward 5:52

8. Future Told 6:04

9. Shreveport 4:03

10. Relativistic 2:36

11. Slippery Slope 5:48
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Electroradiance, the captivating new collection of grooves and freedom from Chicago trio Hearts and Minds, teems with such episodes. "Future Told" marches to a humorously ominous riff rooted in the cartoonish melodies of Raymond Scott in the 1930s. The dance-inducing beat of "Step'n" supports a stuttering melody from bass clarinet - and then some whole-tone keyboard swaths, pockmarked by synthesized percussion blips - before shifting to a fast swing beat and back again. That same dynamic comes into play on "Slippery Slope," while a modified New Orleans street beat drives "Shreveport". On the other hand, though, "Treeline" opens with a mournful melody and retains its lovely rubato tempo for the first portion; and the title track offers a space-agey tone poem - night-lonely and a little eerie - in which synthesized keyboard sounds and bass clarinet gargles become almost interchangeable."-Astral Spirits



"It took millions and millions of years of evolution to produce dinosaurs that weighed 40 tons. Who'd have thunk it possible that those creatures are the ancestors of modern birds? Same consideration might be applied to the trio Heart & Minds. That is, if you're not into the whole creationist jazz scene. Some of those dinosaurs appeared to be a bizarre patchwork of feathers, armor, and teeth. Really big teeth. But there was an internal logic to these evolutionary adaptations, as there indubitably is with the trio of bass clarinetist Jason Stein, keyboardist Paul Giallorenzo, and drummer Chad Taylor.

The music on Electroradiance, the follow up to the trio's 2016 self-titled debut, exemplifies a radical acceleration of musical adaption and natural selection. We hear music played by a myriad assemblage of instrumentation and styles. By now, you might be accustomed to Stein's bass clarinet leading his self-titled quartet and Locksmith Isidore. But then, and this is where the armor plating and feathers come in, Hearts & Minds marries Stein's woody sound with funk, rock, electronics, and free jazz. Opening with a swampy synth-bass line, Giallorenzo then adds an electric piano dance around Taylor's pulse, all in service of Stein's aeronautics. Taylor who replaced now ex-pat Frank Rosaly in the trio, is well versed in these affairs, having powered various Chicago Underground ensembles with Rob Mazurek and more recently Jaimie Branch's Fly Or Die and the tremendous duo with James Brandon Lewis. He doesn't shy aways from dance and rock beats, muscling the pulse on "Step'n" with an additional pulse from Giallorenzo, who marches in step with Stein, before the composition transitions into some bebop. If you're thinking Sun Ra, you'd be correct. The title track comes straight from El Saturn Research laboratories with scorched circuits and blips, as the members skate the very edges of their instruments. In a blink of an eye (or did a millennia pass?) "Shreveport" evolves into a Promethean New Orleans march accented with a deep bass line, and the simple melody bleeds into a continuous outward path.

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