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Ches Smith

Ches Smith is an American musician whose primary instruments are drums, percussion, and vibraphone. He writes and performs music in a wide variety of contexts, including solo percussion, experimental rock bands, and small and large jazz ensembles. Smith has performed with Good For Cows, Marc Ribot, Theory of Ruin, Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Xiu Xiu, Trevor Dunn's Trio-Convulsant, Carla Bozulich, Beat Circus, Sean Hayes, Ben Goldberg, 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, Ara Anderson and Fred Frith. He has also recorded and performed a full-length album of his own solo percussion pieces entitled Congs For Brums (2006)


Pond Life

Label: Dreck to Disk Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Poor Man’s Speedball; Type A; Surds; Still Drinkin’?; Pond Life; Four Is More; Moving Target; That Day; Motooz; Lake Of Greater Remnants.


A Queens' Firefly

Label: Skipstone Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: A Queens’ Firefly; Match Strikes; Chandelier; Glimmer; Little Daily Miracles; Aurora; A Simple Radiance; The Fire in You.


Interpret It Well

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Trapped; Interpret It Well; Mixed Metaphor; Morbid; Clear Major; I Need More; Deppart.


Sounds Of Love

Label: Sunnyside Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Constrictor; The Blank-Faced Man; Duke Ellington’s Sounds of Love; Love What?; Remember Rockefeller at Attica; Frivolocity.


Article: Six Picks

August 2022

Read "August 2022" reviewed by Pat Youngspiel

Binker Golding Dream Like A Dogwood Wild Boy Gearbox Records 2022 A place where folk, gospel and jazz meet in tuneful harmony with each other is a place where the likes of Keith Jarrett and Pat Metheny spent some of the most original and prolific years of their ...


Article: Album Review

Erik Friedlander: A Queens' Firefly

Read "A Queens' Firefly" reviewed by Troy Dostert

When a cello is your calling card, it is only to be expected that the “chamber jazz" label will tend to follow you around--and so it has for Erik Friedlander, although that term hardly does justice to the variegated possibilities he sets in motion through his assorted projects. Having worked with a “who's who" list of ...


Article: Catching Up With

Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career

Read "Will Bernard Finds His Own Path To Jazz Career" reviewed by Jim Trageser

Guitarist Will Bernard doesn't consider himself a “regular" jazz player. He says this occurred to him when he was being asked to play on some recording sessions in New York. “In New York, I've been doing some recording—I did three records for PosiTone, which is more of a jazz label. They're actually ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

David Virelles, Amanda Whiting, Marco Mezquida, Mamud Band & More

Read "David Virelles, Amanda Whiting, Marco Mezquida, Mamud Band & More" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

It's just early July and there's no denying that we're already feeling the effects of climate change, with unusually high temperatures and extreme events like floods or severe thuderstorms. When it comes to music, however the downpour of new releases is a very welcome development... especially when they sound so delicious!Happy listening!Playlist ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Bill Evans, Brian Landrus & Joel A. Martin

Read "Bill Evans, Brian Landrus & Joel A. Martin" reviewed by Joe Dimino

We begin the 758th Episode of Neon Jazz with an innovator combining elements of jazz and classical into his new album Jazzical--Komitas Pass of Fire by pianist Joel A. Martin. New music from vocalist Michele Thomas, percussionist Ches Smith and bassist Chris Mondak are explored further. Minneapolis-based Larry McDonough pays tribut to pianist Bill Evans. Finally, ...


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