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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)

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Path of Seven Colors

Label: Pyroclastic Records
Released: 2021
Track listing:
2015: An Opening; Reds; Country Line; Dagger; Ibo; Notions of Purity; Six A.M.
2021: Woule Pou Mwen; Here's The Light; Leaves Arrive; Women of Iron; Lord of Healing; Raw Urbane; Path of Seven Colors; The Vulgar Cycle.

Album

Turnpike Diaries Volume 1

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: Los Jefes; Slap Happy.

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Article: Radio

Anna Weber, The Resonators & Anthony Joseph

Read "Anna Weber, The Resonators & Anthony Joseph" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Two products of the jazz program at McGill University in jny: Montreal have new releases to sample this week: saxophonist and composer Anna Webber's Idiom is easily her most ambitious project to date featuring her Simple Trio (Matt Mitchell and John Hollenbeck) and a large ensemble of improvisers and new music specialists. Drummer Mark Nelson continues ...

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Article: Radio

Colin Stetson, Ches Smith, Marisa Monte, Evgeny Ponomarev & Other New Releases

Read "Colin Stetson, Ches Smith, Marisa Monte, Evgeny Ponomarev & Other New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu


The much-awaited return of Marisa Monte and the faux-Nippo-jazz of Julien Daïan open a show which centers around the outstanding new album by Ches Smith and dives deep into the diversity of today's international jazz scene. Happy listening! PlaylistBen Allison “Mondo Jazz Theme (feat. Ted Nash & Pyeng Threadgill)" 0:00 Marisa Monte ...

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Article: Radio

Aksel Rönning Trio, Blue Reality Quartet & Ches Smith’s We All Break

Read "Aksel Rönning Trio, Blue Reality Quartet & Ches Smith’s We All Break" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Like Haitian-drums? Drummer Ches Smith does and he taps into the Voudo rhythm and spirit of Haiti on his new Path Of Seven Colors. Like Bob Dylan's music? The German quartet Absolutely Sweet Marie tackles nothing but; their third volume, Wherever You Roam, is just out and there are a some tunes from that featured. What ...

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Article: Album Review

Ches Smith’s We All Break: Path of Seven Colors

Read "Path of Seven Colors" reviewed by Vic Albani


Il fatto che da qualche anno la produzione discografica non sia più nelle strette mani delle multinazionali sta man mano aprendo infinite possibilità per gli artisti più creativi e, quantomeno in questo caso, ai nomi collegabili all'avanguardia. Oramai la situazione è chiarissima per i fruitori della stessa (in breve, a noi ascoltatori). Si brindi ...

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Article: Album Review

Ches Smith / We All Break: Path of Seven Colors

Read "Path of Seven Colors" reviewed by Karl Ackermann


For some time, drummer/composer Ches Smith kept his interest in the Voudou music of Haiti at bay. Recognizing himself as an outsider in that world, he researched, listened, studied, and after years brought a project to fruition. Smith's group We All Break released their self-titled, self-produced debut in 2017 and received less attention than deserved. Now ...

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Article: Jazz Raconteurs

Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries

Read "Tony Malaby: Turnpike Diaries" reviewed by Dave Kaufman


COVID-19 has decimated the live music business and left many jazz musicians without the much-needed income from gigs. The absence of live music has been partially compensated for by livestream performances and a small number of outdoor gigs, including those supported by the Arts for Arts group. Nevertheless, feel-good stories have been few and far between ...

Album

The Deceptive 4 - Live

Label: Intakt Records
Released: 2020
Track listing: CD1: Perception; Moornoats; Seven; Deception. CD2: OCDC; Spare/Citta; Scanners; Hemphill.


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