Since starting his homegrown label a few years back, Eugene Chadbourne has had no end of opportunities to digitize his whims and send them to market. Among the many projects on his Chadula label has been a series (eight at present) of "horror CDs that run the gamut from arrangements of horror movie themes to unnerving found sound. So what terror to expect when Herr Doktor dedicates a disc to director Wes Craven (A Nightmare on Elm Street)?
Chadbourne and Craven have been friends for yearsChadbourne even had a role in Scream, but didn't make the final cutand Craven is a jazz fan, so the results are far from frightful. Joined by a crew of Los Angeles session players, Chadbourne works through a surprising set of jazz comps, covering Tadd Dameron, John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Sun Ra, and, daringly, Roscoe Mitchell's "Noonah.
It's got something of the punch and swagger of a Chadbourne date, butas with his 2000 Texas Sessionwhen he sits down with a roomful of hired guns, he doesn't waste time; antic and concept might sometimes obscure the fact, but Chadbourne's got chops to high heaven.
He plays a little too hard and a little too fast to perform in polite company, but then so did Albert Ayler (for that matter, hunt down a copy of Chadbourne's Ayler Undead tribute disc from 2001). If anything, jazz is about bringing something of yourself to the musicwhat else could explain Sun Ra? Chadbourne does that well, and with love.
Track Listing: Good Bait; Heavy Spirits; Saturn; 17 West; Noonah; Space Jazz Reverie; Miss Toni; Miles
Personnel: Bill Barrett: harmonica; Brian Walsh: tenor saxophone; Carey Fosse: electric guitars,
implements; Dan Clucas: cornet; Eugene Chadbourne: acoustic guitar, banjo; Rich West:
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!