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Chad McCullough


Heralded for his “solos of mercurial poetry and high craft.” (Chicago Tribune) Chicago-based trumpeter/composer Chad McCullough is active throughout the world. Dan McClenaghan writes, “He is a rare instrumentalist who makes each note sound as if it were imbued with a deeper meaning. Certainly a player with great chops, his approach is one that is measured and deliberate, often introspective, sometimes gorgeously melancholic, and one that employs a continuity of mood and atmosphere …”

His bands have performed at many festivals, including the Festival of New Trumpet Music (New York), the GG Jazz Festival (Russia), Chicago Jazz Festival, The Earshot Jazz Festival (Seattle), Halifax Jazz Festival, and The Appeltuin Jazz Festival (Belgium). His albums have been released internationally on Origin Records, ears&eyes records, Monks and Thieves, and Shifting Paradigm. He’s a frequent collaborator with many musicians/ensembles, including groups with; Bram Weijters, Matt Ulery, Roger Ingram, Dana Hall, Ryan Shultz, Luke Malewicz, James Davis, Rob Clearfield, and Tim Hagans and has performed with Maria Schneider, Miguel Zenon, Stafford James, Michael Shrieve, Avishai Cohen, Kendrick Scott, Claudio Roditi, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, Charles Tolliver, Ambrose Akinmuserie, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, and many more.


The Charm of Impossibilities

Label: Calligram Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Retroactive Resonance; Remain Soverign.



Label: Calligram Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Lulu; Bird Dance; Sub Rosa; Frequency; Fragments; Jay; The River Will Decide; Rift.


Old Souls

Label: Calligram Records
Released: 2024
Track listing: Old Souls; This is Not a Test; Place de la Republique; Go with the Sco-Flow; Moment Intro; If Only for a Moment; Choro Delinquente; Dance of the Miscreants; Softly She Sings.


Article: Album Review

Alex Beltran: Rift

Read "Rift" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Chicago-based saxophonist Alex Beltran delivers a tour de force with Rift, an exploration of identity in a musical form. Beltran, who grew up in two distinct cultural spheres, those of his Latino father and his white mother, describes in the liner notes how he never fit with either side of the family. This became a source ...


Article: Multiple Reviews

Rich Halley, Ethan Philion and Other Releases

Read "Rich Halley, Ethan Philion and Other Releases" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

Here are a few more albums from 2023 that deserve some belated recognition. Rich Halley Fire Within Pine Eagle Records 2023 This is tenor saxophonist Rich Halley's third recording with a quartet that also features Matthew Shipp on piano, Michael Bisio on bass, and Newman Taylor Baker on ...



Label: Calligram Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: The Other Fulton Street; Nightingale Island; Hore Háj, Dolu Háj; Pale Ale (Pale Ale / Dr. Jones Never Saw It Coming); Auburn; Cacuvela; Kopala Studienku, Pozerala Do Nej; White Cart Water (Cathcart / White Cart Water); Upside Down; Dreams of Matka.


Article: Album Review

Atlantic Road Trip: ONE

Read "ONE" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Although it is not clear at first (or even second) glance, Atlantic Road Trip is the name of the group on this superb album from Chicago-based Calligram Records, while ONE is the title of the album itself. What is clear is that the music the quintet produces is splendid, overflowing with delightful melodies and tantalizing rhythms, ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ben Goldberg, Patricia Barber, Rachel Eckroth and Others

Read "Ben Goldberg, Patricia Barber, Rachel Eckroth and Others" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

This eclectic show features guitar, voice, and much more. Musicians heard on the program include Ben Goldberg, Patricia Barber, Michael Musillami, Rachel Eckroth, and Jason Kao Hwang. Playlist Henry Threadgill Sextett “I Can't Wait Till I Get Home" from The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic) 00:00 Rachel Eckroth ...


Article: Album Review

John Bishop / Bram Weijters / Piet Verbist: Antwerp

Read "Antwerp" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Drummer John Bishop, the guy who runs Seattle's Origin Records, does not often put out records under his own name. There was Nothing If Not Something (Origin Records) in 2005, review here, and then nothing until the disc at hand, 2023's Antwerp. Not that Bishop has avoided the recording studio. He is, as a sideman, in ...


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