Chris Schlarb Quintet- Comma / Nathaniel Frank and the Wisconsin Magic (SAA1148)

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In his first release since 2007’s Twilight & Ghost Stories, Chris Schlarb presents his jazz quintet alongside the analog warmth of fusion trio Nathaniel Frank and the Wisconsin Magic. Each group follows its own muse, with the Chris Schlarb Quintet incorporating loose compositional structures in addition to free jazz mash. Drums, vibraphone, upright bass, euphonium, and dueling electric guitars converge on this unique archival recording from 2003 featuring Noah Phillips, Justice Constantine, Anthony Shadduck, and Danny Levin.

Nathaniel Frank and the Wisconsin Magic, led by their multi-instrumentalist front man, take a hard-charging approach to small unit jazz fusion. Reminiscent of Frank Zappa’s stripped down Hot Rats album, the trio runs through four tight original compositions with time signature changes, inspired melodies, and youthful exuberance.

Chris Schlarb Quintet Credits
Justice Constantine- drums, vibraphone
Danny Levin- euphonium, valve trombone, trumpet
Noah Phillips- electric guitar, electronics
Chris Schlarb- electric guitar, electronics, percussion
Anthony Shadduck- acoustic bass

Produced and mixed by Chris Schlarb
Engineered by Christian Bebawi and Chris Schlarb
Recorded at California State University of Northridge Room 120
November 1st, 2003 from 3pm until 8pm

Track Listing
1. Love Is The New Black [mp3]
2. Near Seven
3. Aleyse (Levin)
4. Two Planes For Elliott Smith
5. Love Is The New Black – Alternate Take

Nathaniel Frank and the Wisconsin Magic Credits
Jay Spanbauer- percussion
Matthew Priewe- bass
Nathaniel Frank- guitar

Recorded live in Nate’s basement by Bryan Rynearson
Special help from Sir Corey Lafontaine

Track Listing
6. Break Down Those Walls Mallory
7. Biamplified Audio Field
8. Attack Octopus
9. Freakish Noise From A Man Less Traveled [mp3]

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