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Chadbourne, Eugene / Fox, Dave: The Foxbourne Chronicles (Assembled Sound)


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UPC: 690713099929

Label: Assembled Sound
Catalog ID: ASR 999
Squidco Product Code: 6475

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded at Finch Chapel, Greensboro College, Greensboro, North Carolina, by Ian Davis


Eugene Chadbourne-guitars, banjo

Dave Fox-piano

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"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."

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track listing:

1. Two Plumbers

2. Chantarelle and Chardonndy

3. Time Remembered

4. One of These Things First

5. Secret Love

  Sonata for Banjo and Piano (Quasi-Improvised)

Movement I - Theme and Variations

6. Theme

7. Variation One

8. Variation Two

9. Variation Three

10. Variation Four

11. Variation Five

Movement II: Epic

12. The Dave Strauss Five

13. Gustav gets a Pacemaker

14. Kinky Frederic

15. Voices

16. The Zombie with Purcell

17. Quodlibet

Movement III: Rondo

18. Rondo a Insanus

Movement IV Funeral March

19. Spending eternity with Patsy Cline
descriptions, reviews, &c.
"This recording features Eugene Chadbourne and Dave Fox performing a series of solo and duo pieces, culminating in the debut performance of Dave Fox's "Sonata for Banjo and Piano (Quasi-Improvised)." Additional improvisations and compositions include the opening "Two Plumbers," Dave Fox's "Chantarelle and Chardonnay" and the standard "Secret Love," and Eugene's performances of the Bill Evans classic "Time Remembered" and Nick Drake's "One of These Things First." "-Umbrella Recordings

"Greensboro jazz pianist and improviser David Fox is coming into his own, this duo set follows up last year's Gatewalk release and includes a suite he wrote for banjo and piano. Listeners can compare this with my duet with pianist Casey Sokol, provided they can find a copy."-Eugene Chadbourne
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Chadbourne. Eugene
Improvised Music
Guitarists, &c.
July 2006
Free Improvisation
Duo Recordings

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