Eugene Chadbourne: The Hills Have Jazz (2005)
Chadbourne and Craven have been friends for yearsChadbourne even had a role in Scream, but didn't make the final cutand Craven is a jazz fan, so the results are far from frightful. Joined by a crew of Los Angeles session players, Chadbourne works through a surprising set of jazz comps, covering Tadd Dameron, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Sun Ra, and, daringly, Roscoe Mitchell's "Noonah.
It's got something of the punch and swagger of a Chadbourne date, butas with his 2000 Texas Sessionwhen he sits down with a roomful of hired guns, he doesn't waste time; antic and concept might sometimes obscure the fact, but Chadbourne's got chops to high heaven.
He plays a little too hard and a little too fast to perform in polite company, but then so did Albert Ayler (for that matter, hunt down a copy of Chadbourne's Ayler Undead tribute disc from 2001). If anything, jazz is about bringing something of yourself to the musicwhat else could explain Sun Ra? Chadbourne does that well, and with love.
Track Listing: Good Bait; Heavy Spirits; Saturn; 17 West; Noonah; Space Jazz Reverie; Miss Toni; Miles Mode.
Personnel: Bill Barrett: harmonica; Brian Walsh: tenor saxophone; Carey Fosse: electric guitars, implements; Dan Clucas: cornet; Eugene Chadbourne: acoustic guitar, banjo; Rich West: drums.
Record Label: Boxholder Records
Style: Modern Jazz