Chamaeleon is a stellar new offering from electric guitarist Edward Ricart's powerful working quartet, augmented by a very special guest... firebrand English saxophonist Paul Dunmall. Paul is one of the finest players in realm of creative new music, best characterized by his devastatingly original playing in countless configurations, and a massive discography boasting an unsurpassed level of creativity and an unimaginably high level of consistency.
Edward Ricart is a rising star of improvised music, with collaborations ranging from members of the rock bands Fugazi, Tortoise, Black Flag, and Bardo Pond to Merzbow, and jazz legends Peter Broetzmann, William Hooker, Ches Smith, Travis Laplante, Kevin Shea, Roy Campbell, Nick Millevoi, Tim Daisy, Marty Ehrlich, Angelica Sanchez, and Steve Swell, among many others. He is also a member of Ohio-based avant rock trio Hyrrokkin, and Washington DC free-rock duo Matta Gawa.
Recorded in Brooklyn at Seizures Palace (Swans, Akron/Family, Charles Gayle, Angels of Light) during Paul's visit to New York City for the Vision Festival in 2012, Ricart pulled together his group for a rare opportunity to document Dunmall along a crew of Downtown New York's finest... The band features legendary trumpeter Herb Robertson, bassist Jason Ajemian (Marc Ribot, Ken Vandermark, Rob Mazurek), and drummer Andrew Barker (Gold Sparkle Band, Sirone, William Parker).
This set of music is freely improvised, yet exists firmly within the jazz tradition. The record boasts a serious backbone, coupled with a massively parallel frontline. This unit dynamically pairs spontaneously composed, angular lyricism with limber fluidity from the rhythm section, pushing the boundaries of improvised quintet music from the outset. Chamaeleon is stunningly cohesive, marking the musicians as masters of ebb, flow, assertiveness and energetic expression.
Like the Edward Ricart Quartet's debut for UK-based SLAM Productions, Ancon, this record boasts gorgeous graphic design and layout by New Atlantis Records' very own Senior Design Coordinator... The Designer's Republic- perhaps best known for their work for Warp Records, Autechre, and Aphex Twin, among many others!
Press for the Edward Ricart Quartet's debut, Ancon
"An excellent debut album from a colossal quartet!" - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
"This quartet plays some seriously heavy music, improvised yet cohesive, noisy yet focused, raw and uncompromising. Fabulous plaing all around by the four musicians, immaginative, creative and adventurous. Enjoy loudly..." - Jazz Alchemist
"It's as compact and maneuverable as an all-terrain moon-buggy, and a really convincing blast-off from a rising young guitar star..." - Daniel Spicer, Jazzwise
"The eight freely improvised pieces on this record demonstrate a dynamic group with a powerful, confident sound..." - Squidco
"Ricart steals the show, but he does so graciously. I just love the twang in his guitar sound..." - Francois Couture
released November 12, 2013
Paul Dunmall: Saxophone
Herb Robertson: Trumpet, Little Instruments
Jason Ajemian: Bass
Andrew Barker: Drums
Edward Ricart: Guitar + Electronics
New Atlantis Records is an independent record label documenting exceptional creative music, from avant jazz and free
improvisation to vanguard rock music, and beyond. The ever-blossoming catalog features contributions from Elliott Sharp, William Hooker, Microwaves, Paul Dunmall, Blind Thorns, Dave McDonnell Group, Thollem McDonas + Sara Lund (Unwound), Hyrrokkin, Haitian Rail, Keir Neuringer, etc...more