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Chicago Odense Ensemble (El Paraiso Records)

In 2008 the Danish group Causa Sui of guitarist Jonas Munk and drummer Jakob Skott ventured to Chicago, meeting and setting up the studio session for this excellent electric jazz session in a 70's Miles mode, with cornetist Rob Mazurek and Tortoise members Jeff Parker and Dan Bitney.

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UPC: 5024545841220

Label: El Paraiso Records
Catalog ID: EPR 051CD
Squidco Product Code: 27232

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2019
Country: Denmark
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Matt Fusello's Studio in Chicago, Illinois, in February, 2008, by Matt Fusello.


Rob Mazurek-cornet

Jeff Parker-guitar

Dan Bitney-drums, percussion

Matthew Lux-bass

Brian Keigher-percussion

Jonas Munk-guitar, electronics

Jakob Skott-drums, percussion

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"Rob Mazurek is an American electro-acoustic composer, cornetist, improviser and visual artist living in Chicago, Illinois. As a composer, Rob Mazurek has written over 300 original compositions over the past 30 years, and has released 55 recordings on various labels. He currently leads a number of ensembles, including Exploding Star Orchestra, Pharoah and the Underground (featuring Pharoah Sanders), Chicago Underground, Pulsar Quartet, São Paulo Underground, Skull Sessions, Sound Is Quintet, Starlicker, Mandarin Movie and Throne of the House of Good and Evil, each of which possesses its own distinct musical personality.

He has collaborated with a wide variety of artists, such as Bill Dixon, Pharoah Sanders, Mike Ladd, Roscoe Mitchell, Yusef Lateef, Fred Anderson, Naná Vasconcelos, Mamelo Sound System, Kassin and Marcelo Camelo and others. Additionally, Rob Mazurek works as a visual artist (incorporating sound, painting and video) with numerous international performances, exhibitions and artist residencies."

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"Jeff Parker (born April 4, 1967) is an American jazz and rock guitarist based in Los Angeles. Parker is best known as an experimental musician, working with avant-garde electronic, rock, and improvisational groups.

Parker currently plays guitar in the post-rock group Tortoise and also was a founding member of the ensembles Isotope 217 and the Chicago Underground Trio in the 1990s and early 2000s. He is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, as well as working with musicians George Lewis, Ernest Dawkins, Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, Fred Anderson (musician) and Jason Moran. He has released three solo albums: Like-Coping, The Relatives and Bright Light in Winter."

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"Dan Bitney: drums, hand percussion, guitar, keyboards, drum programming and assorted chores

Formerly of Madison, Wisconsin's Tar Babies. I'm not making this up. Also comprising 1/6th of Isotope 217 and 1/4th of Toe 2000."

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Bassist Matthew Lux is a member of Chicago Odense Ensemble, Exploding Star Orchestra, Heaven And Earth, Heroic Doses, Isotope 217, Life Lives, Mandarin Movie, Pulsar Quartet, Rob Mazurek Quintet, Underground Jazz Trio, and his own Matthew Lux Communication Arts Quartet. (

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"Brian Keigher is a live music event producer and music curator, a professional DJ, music producer, percussionist, music supervisor, writer, and all-around music and performing arts consultant. An Event Producer with over 20 years experience with the city of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, Draft Worldwide marketing, and independently for various clients and brands. Brian has managed and programmed large-scale productions at Chicago's Millennium Park, Grant Park, Cannes Lion Awards in France, and numerous events at halls, venues and festivals throughout the US. He's worked with clients and brands including Red Bull, Jack Daniel's, Sam Adams, Qatar Airlines, FELA! the musical, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Pitchfork Music Festival, Shure, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, United Airlines, MSN, Carnival Cruise Line, Lonely Planet, Absolut and more. Some of the celebrated music programs and events Keigher has created and programmed include, Ohm Multimedia Electronic music series (at the Chicago Cultural Center), Chicago SummerDance in Grant Park, World Music Festival Chicago (at 20+ venues throughout the city), Music Without Borders international music series (in Millennium Park and Chicago Cultural Center), Jazz, Blues and Beyond (at the Cultural Center), Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, The SHELebration! an ALL Star Musical Tribute to Shel Silverstein, Boston University Global Music Festival, Sonar Festival Chicago, Lunchbreak DJ series, Avant MUTEK Chicago, Bombay Beatbox club night. Keigher has negotiated large sponsorship deals, written narratives and paneled major grants, booked celebrity talent appearances and concerts for various client events and festivals. Keigher has frequently focused on presenting live music events. Including the identifying and debuting bands and DJs. Keigher also has deep experience running productions from theater and dance events, trade show and red carpet events, gallery exhibits, mobile tours, corporate and branded experiential event alike. From logistics and marketing through execution and production, and even booking US tours. Every detail is a major focus."

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"Jonas Munk is a Danish musician who first and foremost is known for his guitar antics in Causa Sui, his main band. The psychedelic proponent of Causa Sui is also felt in Jonas' other artistic endeavours, although it is his solo albums that naturally progress these characteristics the furthest. Taking his inspirations from the experimental German electronic scene with acts such as Cluster, Kraftwerk and other such motorikladen artists, Jonas seems to have married them together with a docile and warm sound that beautifully echoes his way of playing the guitar.

This solo affair, much like his other solo venture Manual, often revolves around soothing washes of electronics and sunglistened guitar glissandos."

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"JAKOB SKØTT is Danish drummer/percussionist, particularly known for bands such as Causa Sui and Chicago Odense Ensemble amongst others. Furthermore he's responsible for the cover art of many albums released on the label El Paraiso Records.

While using analog synthesizers predominantly his solo recordings are full of jazzy and tribal percussion flavoured electronic excursions. JAKOB SKØTT has produced three albums so far, 'Doppler' (2012), 'Amor Fati' and 'Taurus Rising', both released in 2014."

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track listing:

1. Parallel Motions 9:50

2. Emanuelle 9:26

3. Spirals 1:37

4. Glide Path 4:30

5. Soup 6:19

6. Spine Dots 3:21

7. Delivery 12:25

8. Pretty Nice 6:32
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"Chicago Odense Ensemble is a unique collaboration that came together in the winter of 2008 while Danish musicians Jonas Munk and Jakob Skøtt stayed in Chicago. Via mutual friends, and a support gig for Isotope 217 in Millenium Park, a studio session was arranged for the two to improvise and lay down ideas with some of Chicago's finest improvisers, including members of Tortoise and Chicago Underground Collective. Improvisation aren't unusual for the two Danes, however, as they were already more than accustomed to working from spontaneity and freeform structures in long-running psych/kraut/prog unit Causa Sui, and has since then participated in a number of installments of the Impetus series on their own El Paraiso Records label. During the Chicago studio session hours of loose ideas, grooves and atmospherics were recorded, ranging from loud, intense musical outbursts led by cornetist Rob Mazurek, to delicate, colorful ambiences. Later, the finest moments were edited, re-arranged, and mixed by Jonas Munk in his studio in Odense, doing a great deal of cutting and pasting, and adding a psychedelic and dubby vibe to the soundscape, using delays and effects as instruments during the mixing process. The result is something quite unique: a sonic brew that exists somewhere in between the aesthetics of impro jazz, hypnotic rock, and electronica. The closest reference for this kind of music is probably early 1970s proto-fusion jazz that strived for a similar synthesis of jazz improvisation, psychedelic rock, Eastern and African sounds as well as the use of the studio as a musical tool. Conceptually this album therefore seems more related to Miles Davis's ventures into electric music in the late 1960s that culminated in the early 1970s with albums such as Live-Evil (1971). And album centerpiece "Delivery" gives a possible answer to the mystery of what the fabled collaboration between Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix might have sounded like, had it ever happened. Even though Chicago Odense Ensemble is undeniably modern sounding in some ways, it also reaches back to an era in music where the fusion of jazz and rock were still regarded with optimism, and where musical spontaneity and freedom seemed a vehicle for cosmic beauty rather than esoteric formalism."-El Parasiso Records

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