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Schlarb, Chris / Chad Taylor: Time No Changes [VINYL] (Astral Spirits)

Chicago Underground Duo drummer Chad Taylor joins with West Coast guitarist, composer and studio head Chris Schlarb for five extended improvisations on drums, mbira, 6- and 12-string guitars, Moog synth & Hammond organ, the album recorded in a single session with each piece a spiritually warm and melodically expressive dialog of embraceable music.
 

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Label: Astral Spirits
Catalog ID: AS169LP
Squidco Product Code: 30279

Format: LP
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: USA
Packaging: LP
Recorded at Big Ego, in Long Beach, California, on December 14th, 2019, by Devin O'Brien.


Personnel:

Chris Schlarb-acoustic guitar,12 string acoustic guitar, Moog synthesizer, Hammond organ

Chad Taylor-drums, mbira

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Artist Biographies:

"Chris Schlarb is a musician, composer, and producer living in Long Beach, California. Over the years he has produced dozens of albums for the Asthmatic Kitty, Joyful Noise, Trouble In Mind, Jealous Butcher, Harding Street Assembly Lab, Monte Bre, and olFactory record labels.

He also composed video game soundtracks for the Night Sky, Dropsy, and Hypnospace Outlaw.

In mid-September 2019, Jeremiah Lloyd Harmon's "Almost Heaven" was reached #41 on the iTunes Pop Music charts. The song was produced and mixed by Chris at BIG EGO.

On November 1st, 2019, Chris produced the Best Selling Audible Original (#1 Kids, #2 Fiction), Viva Durant and the Secret of the Silver Buttons by Ashli St. Armant.

His most recent solo album, Psychic Temple IV debuted at #11 on the Billboard Americana charts. His previous record, Psychic Temple III was chosen by Aquarium Drunkard as one of the best albums of the decade.

Chris and his wife, Adriana, opened BIG EGO Studios in 2015."

-Chris Schlarb (Big Ego) Website (http://musicfrombigego.com/about)
7/28/2021

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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)
7/28/2021

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track listing:


SIDE A



1. Time No Changes (Part One) 13:12

2. Creedmoor 7:34

SIDE B



1. Time No Changes (Part Two) 8:43

2. Mother With Child 3:09

3. Sassafras 8:03
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"It can be tempting to describe the interplay of certain musicians as "telepathic." But that might be an unnecessarily supernatural term. The best musicians don't read minds, after all. They do something far simpler, something much more down to earth. They listen. They absorb. And then they respond. Music - especially improvised music - is an exchange between the players, a give-and-take.

"It can be tempting to describe the interplay of certain musicians as "telepathic." But that might be an unnecessarily supernatural term. The best musicians don't read minds, after all. They do something far simpler, something much more down to earth. They listen. They absorb. And then they respond. Music - especially improvised music - is an exchange between the players, a give-and-take. It's a gradually unfolding conversation that, at its best, reveals a hidden layer. Or maybe a whole hidden universe.

The record you now hold in your hands is one of those conversations. On Time No Changes, Chris Schlarb and Chad Taylor invite the listener to eavesdrop on a musical dialogue that blossoms over the course of 40 enveloping minutes. The album was recorded in a single session at BIG EGO in Long Beach, California, where Schlarb has been dreaming up various parallel dimensions for the past decade or so, either with his always evolving Psychic Temple collective or with an ever-expanding cast of characters drawn from various SoCal scenes.

Taylor, of course, is best known for his work with Rob Mazurek in the Chicago Underground Duo - though that long-running project is just the very tip of the iceberg when it comes to his ongoing explorations. Taylor and Mazurek recently contributed to Psychic Temple's sprawling Houses of the Holy double LP, backing Schlarb on a side of gorgeous orchestral jazz.

***

With Schlarb on 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars (plus subtle keyboard accents) and Taylor on drums (plus mbira interludes), the most obvious touchstones for Time No Changes are Sandy Bull and Billy Higgins' collaborations, which fearlessly crossed currents and blew minds back in the 1960s. With sharp simplicity, Bull called those long improvisations Blends; they blended not only a variety of musical concepts (raga, folk, jazz, etc.), but also two keen musical imaginations. Bull and Higgins were certainly listening to one another, sending and receiving transmissions from moment to moment.

A somewhat under-appreciated aspect of those Bull/Higgins Blends is their unabashed looseness. They're far from perfectly rendered; the thread is sometimes lost entirely. For Schlarb, that was an inspiration in the making of Time No Changes. "Listening back, there were a few moments here and there when I felt a little self-conscious," he remembers. "Like, 'Oh man... I fall out of time!' Or 'I flubbed that picking pattern!' Then I went back to listen to Sandy and Billy and remembered how fucked up and beautiful that album was." In other words, Bull and Higgins weren't interested in perfection. They were interested in flow.

***

In her recent book Transcendent Waves, sound healing practitioner Lavender Suarez describes the "flow state" as a "trancelike space of deep focus" where "we can create freely, letting go of ego and self-criticism." That's the vibe that you'll get throughout Time No Changes, as Schlarb and Taylor glide through two spontaneously generated 20-minute song suites. Taylor's sensitive playing is fluid and forward moving, delivering a feel that's free flying without ever losing momentum. Schlarb, playing in the EEEEBE tuning used by Stephen Stills and Bruce Palmer, floats down this rhythmic river, finding mystical modalities and luminous melodies along the way.

Throughout, there's an easy, warm rapport between the two musicians. They're not trying to impress one another with flashy technique or unnecessary embellishments. But the results are impressive, nonetheless - even to the players themselves. "The OGs return!" Taylor exclaims at the end of Side A. You're very likely to agree with his sentiment."-Tyler Wilcox, Longmont, Colorado

It's a gradually unfolding conversation that, at its best, reveals a hidden layer. Or maybe a whole hidden universe. The record you now hold in your hands is one of those conversations. On Time No Changes, Chris Schlarb and Chad Taylor invite the listener to eavesdrop on a musical dialogue that blossoms over the course of 40 enveloping minutes. The album was recorded in a single session at BIG EGO in Long Beach, California, where Schlarb has been dreaming up various parallel dimensions for the past decade or so, either with his always evolving Psychic Temple collective or with an ever-expanding cast of characters drawn from various SoCal scenes. Taylor, of course, is best known for his work with Rob Mazurek in the Chicago Underground Duo - though that long-running project is just the very tip of the iceberg when it comes to his ongoing explorations. Taylor and Mazurek recently contributed to Psychic Temple's sprawling Houses of the Holy double LP, backing Schlarb on a side of gorgeous orchestral jazz. With Schlarb on 6- and 12-string acoustic guitars (plus subtle keyboard accents) and Taylor on drums (plus mbira interludes), the most obvious touchstones for Time No Changes are Sandy Bull and Billy Higgins' collaborations, which fearlessly crossed currents and blew minds back in the 1960s. With sharp simplicity, Bull called those long improvisations Blends; they blended not only a variety of musical concepts (raga, folk, jazz, etc.), but also two keen musical imaginations. Bull and Higgins were certainly listening to one another, sending and receiving transmissions from moment to moment. A somewhat under-appreciated aspect of those Bull/Higgins Blends is their unabashed looseness. They're far from perfectly rendered; the thread is sometimes lost entirely. For Schlarb, that was an inspiration in the making of Time No Changes. "Listening back, there were a few moments here and there when I felt a little self-conscious," he remembers. "Like, 'Oh man... I fall out of time!' Or 'I flubbed that picking pattern!' Then I went back to listen to Sandy and Billy and remembered how fucked up and beautiful that album was." In other words, Bull and Higgins weren't interested in perfection. They were interested in flow. In her recent book Transcendent Waves, sound healing practitioner Lavender Suarez describes the "flow state" as a "trancelike space of deep focus" where "we can create freely, letting go of ego and self-criticism." That's the vibe that you'll get throughout Time No Changes, as Schlarb and Taylor glide through two spontaneously generated 20-minute songsuites. Taylor's sensitive playing is fluid and forward moving, delivering a feel that's free flying without ever losing momentum. Schlarb, playing in the EEEEBE tuning used by Stephen Stills and Bruce Palmer, floats down this rhythmic river, finding mystical modalities and luminous melodies along the way. Throughout, there's an easy, warm rapport between the two musicians. They're not trying to impress one another with flashy technique or unnecessary embellishments. But the results are impressive, nonetheless - even to the players themselves. "The OGs return!" Taylor exclaims at the end of Side A. You're very likely to agree with his sentiment."-Tyler Wilcox, Longmont, Colorado

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