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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Harder On The Outside

Read "Harder On The Outside" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

A complex web of sampling, beat construction and live improvisation all led to this disc by guitarist Jon Lundbom and his group, Big Five Chord, a CD that is a heady stew of hard-edged funk grooves, squalling saxophones and gleeful guitar freakouts.

This project started with saxophonist Bryan Murray sampling old Big Five Chord ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Harder On The Outside

Read "Harder On The Outside" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Sometimes a single track can satisfy an album's worth of listening. You get that feeling with “People be Talking," the first song on Jon Lundbom's ninth release with his band Big Five Chord. His quintet packs everything into this kitchen sink composition. The piece is jazz-and-not-jazz, like Miles Davis affected in his transitional years between his ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: 2016: EPs

Read "2016: EPs" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Quattro EP scaricabili singolarmente oppure un box di quattro CD disponibili a fine anno sono le opzioni a disposizioni di chiunque voglia scoprire l'ultima creatura musicale di Jon Lundbom e i suoi Big Five Chord.

Il percorso iniziato tredici anni orsono e sviluppatosi attraverso una serie di album perlopiù entusiasmanti, in una continua e ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Play All the Notes

Read "Play All the Notes" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

When we last left Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord they had just released Bring Their 'A' Game, the second chapter in their four EP tetralogy. Like its predecessor, Make Magic Happen it was full of precarious diversions that went beyond well-mapped terrain. The group approaches the unfamiliar with cleverness, misdirection, and at times, a full-frontal ...

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Mostly Other People Do the Killing at the Philadelphia Art Alliance

Read "Mostly Other People Do the Killing at the Philadelphia Art Alliance" reviewed by Asher Wolf

Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Philadelphia Art Alliance
Philadelphia, PA
February 15, 2016

“If mostly other people do the killing I guess that means it's sometimes us," replied bassist Moppa Elliot in response to the inevitable question about the name of his band. Though many consider Mostly Other People ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Bring Their ‘A’ Game

Read "Bring Their ‘A’ Game" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Bring Their 'A' Game is the second of guitarist Jon Lundbom's Big Five Chord, four-part series of 2016 EPs which will be offered as individual discs and as a box set. Each of the releases, on Moppa Elliott's Hot Cup Records label, runs approximately one half-hour and like the preceding entry, Make Magic Happen, the three ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Bring Their 'A' Game

Read "Bring Their 'A' Game" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Bring Their 'A'Game is an EP release, download only (for now), from the fertile musical imagination of guitarist Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord. It is the second in a four part set--following Make Magic Happen. Lundbom's plan is to release four of these download EPs in 2016, then collect them into a four disc box ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Make Magic Happen

Read "Make Magic Happen" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Guitarist Jon Lundbom, with his Big Five Chord quintet, has developed the unusual marketing strategy of individually presenting each of a series of four EPs (at lower price points) over the course of 2016 with an option to purchase all as a box set. At approximately one half-hour each, it's a generous proposition; more so, given ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Make Magic Happen

Read "Make Magic Happen" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The computer/internet age ushers in new ways of selling music. Record stores, flipping through bins of long playing albums--long gone. Compact discs--not selling like they used to. Digital downloads--the thing of the future? Guitarist Jon Lundbom has come up with the idea--influenced by trumpeter Dave Douglas' foray into this territory, perhaps, with his Three Views (Greenleaf, ...

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Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Jeremiah

Read "Jeremiah" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

La saga del chitarrista Jon Lundbom e dei suoi Big Five Chords giunge con Jeremiah al settimo capitolo ma non per questo viene meno l'energia, la miscela esplosiva di bop, free, rock e avant che aveva caratterizzato il sorprendente album d'esordio nell'ormai lontano 2003. Certo, manca l'effetto sorpresa, gli album successivi hanno proseguito sui sentieri tracciati ...