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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)

Congratulations to You

Label: Screwgun Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Bat Tears; Coco Tangle; Congratulations to You.

The Fantastic Mrs. 10

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: Fantastic Mrs.10; Surface Noise; Rolo; Dear Friend; The Amazing Mr. 7; Third Option; Rose Colored Assive.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Stephen Gauci / Eli Wallace / Kevin Shea: Live At The Bushwick Series!

Read "Live At The Bushwick Series!" reviewed by John Sharpe

Tenor saxophonist Stephen Gauci presents another bulletin from the front line of the Brooklyn underground on Live At The Bushwick Series! Literally so when considering the windowless basement room in the Bushwick Public House where this performance was recorded in November 2019. Alongside Gauci sits the regular drummer from his trio/quartet Kevin Shea, best known for ...

ARTICLE: RADIO

A selection of brand new music

Read "A selection of brand new music" reviewed by Bob Osborne

This week all new sounds: Jacksonville Florida Jazz Collective Madre Vaca interpret the music of Franz Schubert with their take on the Winterreise song cycle. Another release from the new label 9donkeys with a live recording of Tim Berne, David Torn and Ches Smith as Sun of Goldfinger. A stunning new album of jazz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tim Berne and Nasheet Waits: The Coandă Effect

Read "The Coandă Effect" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Even by the customarily prolific standard he's set over the course of his career, 2020 is shaping up to be an especially accomplished year for saxophonist Tim Berne. His Fantastic Mrs. 10 (Intakt) offered another scintillating formulation of his well-established Snakeoil outfit, and his first solo album, Sacred Vowels (Screwgun), was also released. Sandwiched in between, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Fantastic Mrs. 10

Read "The Fantastic Mrs. 10" reviewed by Mike Jurkovic

Alto saxophonist Tim Berne has never met anything or anyone he doesn't instantly want to re-invent, invert, dismantle and polish into his own image. And no, it's not any kind of savior thing, messianic impulse or Dr. Stranglove fixation. He simply hears and sees things more offbeat, peculiar, and colorful, thank you very much.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Fantastic Mrs. 10

Read "The Fantastic Mrs. 10" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Imagine Tim Berne as the lead in the 1980's' American television series The A-Team, declaring: “I love it when a plan comes together!" He must return to that catchphrase every time his ensemble Snakeoil finishes a recording. After four outings on Manfred Eicher's ECM Records, the previous being Incidentals (2017), he moves his A-Team to Intakt ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Entity

Read "Entity" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist / composer Satoko Fujii has staked out her ground as one of the most original voices in jazz—or in any artform, for that matter. She has released more than eighty albums, beginning with her 1995 debut, Something About Water (Libra Records), a piano duet set with Paul Bley. She tours relentlessly. She records in every ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Satoko Fujii Orchestra New York: Entity

Read "Entity" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As she did in 2019, pianist/composer Satoko Fujii—an artist at home in many formations—opens the new decade with an orchestra recording. Entity, from Fujii's Orchestra New York, is the eleventh release from the ensemble that has remained largely intact for almost twenty-three years. It is an all-star collective that includes saxophonists Oscar Noriega, Ellery Eskelin and ...


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