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Chris Mondak

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Born in Venezuela, raised in Illinois, and now residing in Nashville, composer and bassist Chris Mondak, just 23 years of age, already has amassed vast experience in jazz. A 2020 graduate of the New England Conservatory, Chris has studied with bass luminaries Cecil McBee, Dave Holland, and Larry Gray, and performed with the likes of Shelly Berg, Melanie Charles, Dave Douglas, Wayne Escoffery, Wycliffe Gordon, Jeff Hamilton, Jesus Molina, Matt Savage, and Marvin Stamm.

Chris has toured extensively in the U.S., playing with the Jazz band of America, jazz vocalist Daniel LeClaire, Chicago rock band Rev Gusto, and his own jazz combos The Chris Mondak Band and West of Staley

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Skunk Funk

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Label: Summit Records
Released: 2023
Duration: 4:09

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

John Ellis, Donald Vega & Gerald Cannon

Read "John Ellis, Donald Vega & Gerald Cannon" reviewed by Joe Dimino


On the first episode of 2024, we begin with celebrated bassist Gerald Cannon live at Dizzy's Club in New York City. From there, we play releases from late 2023 and new music from 2024 including music from John Ellis, Kelly Jefferson, Mark Burnell and Christian Dillingham. Veteran musicians Donald Vega and Marius Van Den Brink also ...

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Blank With Colour

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2023
Track listing: Skunk Funk: Cruel to Be Kind; Begetting; LowFi; WakeUp; Walking in Sunshine; Affirmation; Complicated; With You; Everybody Knows.

Album

Glass Spheres

Label: Summit Records
Released: 2022
Track listing: Low; Oath Keeper; Brume; In Sleep; Juicy Red; The Only One; Hats Off.

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Article: Album Review

Chris Mondak: Glass Spheres

Read "Glass Spheres" reviewed by Kyle Simpler


Until now, bassist Chris Mondak has been impressing only live audiences. With his album debut, Glass Spheres, he hopes to connect with a wider audience. Mondak's life has been far from ordinary. He was born in Venezuela and raised in Illinois. While in high school, he was awarded Illinois All-State Musician three times and received numerous ...

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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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Hats Off

Featuring the music of Chris Mondak
Duration: 4:15

"The 24-year-old Venezuelan-born bassist and composer Chris Mondak presents his latest recording of exciting new jazz on the varied Glass Spheres, offering an intriguing and absorbing selection of originals that explores a range of styles from swing, pop and bebop to avant-garde." —Edward Blanco, All About Jazz
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Article: Album Review

Chris Mondak: Glass Spheres

Read "Glass Spheres" reviewed by Edward Blanco


The 24-year-old Venezuelan-born bassist and composer Chris Mondak presents his latest recording of exciting new jazz on the varied Glass Spheres, offering an intriguing and absorbing selection of originals that explores a range of styles from swing, pop and bebop to avant-garde. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Mondak and his band have become a regular feature in ...

Album

Eternal Youth

Label: Chris Mondak Music
Released: 2019
Track listing: Voyage Maid; Sweet Lovin'; Abuelito; Warriorld; Be Honest with Yourself; Swords on the Wall; Du Wow; Dream Catcher.


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