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Lundbom, Jon & Big Five Chord: Big Five Chord (Hot Cup Records)

The first recording by guitarist Jon Lunbom's Big Five Chord with bassist Moppa Elliott, saxophonists Jon Irabagon and Dominic Lalli, and drummer Justin Walke, superb 21st century jazz.

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product information:

UPC: 824259091721

Label: Hot Cup Records
Catalog ID: Hot Cup 97
Squidco Product Code: 14477

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2003
Country: USA
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded and mixed at Vibromonk Studios Brooklyn on August 24th, 2003 by Tamir Muskat.


Dominic Lalli-tenor saxophone

Jon Irabagon-alto saxophone

Justin Walke-drums

Moppa Elliott-bass

Jon Lundbom-guitar

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"The winner of the 2008 Thelonious Monk Saxophone Competition, Irabagon has since topped both the Rising Star Alto Saxophone and the Rising Star Tenor Saxophone categories in the DownBeat Magazine Critics' Poll and been named one of Time Out New York's 25 New York City Jazz Icons. Jon was also named 2012 Musician of the Year in The New York City Jazz Record and is an integral member of such high-profile ensembles as the Mary Halvorson Quintet, the Dave Douglas Quintet and Barry Altschul's 3Dom Factor, as well as an established bandleader in his own right.

For Perpetual Motion, a project of Moondog arrangements, Jon (along with French saxophonist/clarinetist/composer Sylvain Rifflet) has been awarded a French-American Cultural Exchange grant from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, with generous funding from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Institut Français, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication, and Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique ("SACEM"). In addition, Jon has received a 2012 Mabuhay Award by the National Association of Filipino-Americans and a 2014 Philippine Presidential Award.

Jon's own record label, Irabbagast Records, has currently released five of his efforts, including I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues Volume 2: Appalachian Haze (with Mike Pride and Mick Barr), Outright! Unhinged (with Ralph Alessi, Jacob Sacks, John Hebert and Tom Rainey) and It Takes All Kinds (featuring Mark Helias and Barry Altschul), and most recently, the dual release of Behind the Sky (featuring Tom Harrell, Luis Perdomo, Yasushi Nakamura and Rudy Royston) as well as Jon's first solo saxophone recording, Inaction is an Action."

-Jon Irabagon Website (

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track listing:

1. Duran Duran Duran 7:08

2. Fourteen By Sidle 7:43

3. Burning August 5:01

4. Baby Lemonade 7:06

5. Have You Ever Seen A Woman As Big As Martha? 6:07

6. Because We're Kids 7:23

7. The Muppet Lips 6:04
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"The first recording by Jon Lunbom's Big V Chord dates to the summer of 2003 and the first recorded collaboration between bassist Moppa Elliott and alto saxophonist Jon Irabagon. Lundbom's compositions and arrangements are complex, thoughtful and engaging clearly showcasing the immense talent in this young band.

Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord (Jon Lundbom, Jon Irabagon, Bryan Murray, Moppa Elliot, Danny Fischer) Guitarist and composer Jon Lundbom currently resides in New York City. He leads his band, Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord; he also co-leads The Jon Lundbom/Bryan Murray Quartet with tenor saxophonist Bryan Murray. As a sideman, Jon performs regularly with Jason Liebman & the Uprising, Wolfe & the Wayside, and Aaron Irwin's Viscous World Project, as well as with Stuart d'Arrietta's 'Belly of a Drunken Piano - The Music of Tom Waits.' He has also collaborated extensively with performance artist Julia May Jonas (Nellie Tinder)."-Hot Cup

"Chicago-reared and now an active participant in New York City's improvising scene, guitarist Jon Lundbom fuses avant-garde, jazz-rock scenarios with odd-metered rhythms and more. The quintet is augmented by the twin sax attack of Bryan Murray and Jon Irabagon, whereas Lundbom occasionally puts the pedal to the metal. But there's quite a bit of improvisational forays based upon the soloists' interweaving lines and soaring momentum along with a cavalcade of variables. At times, the band tosses in notions of angst and shock-therapy to coincide with its semi-loud modus operandi. Fans of New York City's wily downtown scene should welcome this outing with open arms!"-Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

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