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• Music is a perfect vehicle for the alchemy of thoughts, instincts, emotions and ideas. It expands and contracts to reflect and create worlds that are intimate and expansive, crafted and spontaneous, ordered and cacophonous. This music & this my results of 4th Tais Awards 2011 lives in the fertile places where genres overlap and aesthetic values transmute.
• Podruhé se objevuje kategorie “Zámoří” (Overseas Countries), ovšem teď jsem se rozhodl neudělovat další pořadí, pouze první. V jedenácté kategorii oceňuji kapelu z Brooklynu — Caroline Chocolate Drops a to hned za dvě alba vydaná v jednom roce, z nichž jedno je EP — Luminescent Orchestrii, to druhé je full album — Genuine Negro Jig. Podrobnosti uvádím pod tímto plakátem. Pochopitelně pátěří Tais Awards jsou české a slovenské hudební počiny a události. Budu se jim věnovat na jiném místě. Nicméně můžu bez váhání říct, že letošní největší událostí je EP od hudebního seskupení kolem zpěvačky Olgy Königové — ILLE “V rekvizitách”. Také album od její mateřské kapely Obří broskev — “Sever” je nádherné. Dostalo se k mým rukám s určitým časovým odstupem po datu vyjítí, až někdy v únoru 2011 v klubu Rubín a možná i kvůli němu jsem zavedl novou/dvanáctou kategorii, nazvanou “TEN”, což je vyjádřením dekády. V ní je letos oceněno 8 alb desetiletí. Mezi nima pochopitelně nechybí Sever. Počet oceněných alb v této kategorii je libovolný a bude se každým rokem lišit.
• Nonesuch releases its second record from North Carolina-based string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops—a four–song EP—on January 25. The record is a collaboration with the New York City–based Romanian gypsy punk band Luminescent Orchestrii; it was co~produced by that group’s sound engineer, Joseph “Bass” DeJarnette, with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Luminescent Orchestrii.
• The project began when both the Luminescent Orchestrii and the Carolina Chocolate Drops, longtime admirers of each others’ music, were performing at the Folk Alliance festival in Memphis, Tennessee. Every day in Memphis, the Lumiis would set up in the hall and do a short set for the passersby. One day the Lumiis’ Sxip Shirey noticed that the Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens was watching and asked her to join them. What followed was “magic … one of those rare festival moments that never happens again,” as Shirey said.
• The Chocolate Drops were soon invited to Brooklyn to join the Luminescent Orchestrii and their friend human beatboxer Adam Matta to record “Knockin’,” from the Lumiis’ record Too Hot to Sleep, and Blu Cantrell’s “Hit ’Em Up Style,” which was on the Drops’ album Genuine Negro Jig. Next the Lumiis and Matta went down to Winston~Salem, North Carolina, to record a new version of the Sam Morgan jazz classic “Short Dress Gal” and the Lumii song “Escoutas (Diga Diga Diga).” These four songs comprise Carolina Chocolate Drops / Luminescent Orchestrii.
• The Carolina Chocolate Drops formed after band members Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson met at the Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, North Carolina, in 2005; they have toured continuously since the band’s inception. All three trained in the Piedmont banjo and fiddle musical tradition under the tutelage of Joe Thompson. The members come from diverse musical backgrounds, sharing singing duties and swapping instruments throughout their sets. Flemons has immersed himself in the music of the past, with a prodigious record collection and an immense knowledge of the different playing styles of the blues, country, and string band traditions. In addition to her work with Joe Thompson, Giddens — a Piedmont native — studied opera at Oberlin Conservatory, performs with a Celtic band and is also an avid contra dancer and caller. Robinson, the group’s main fiddler, also plays banjo; he grew up in a house full of musicians — his mother is a classically trained opera singer and cellist, his sister a classical pianist and his grandfather a harmonica player.
• The Luminescent Orchestrii’s music features Romanian gypsy melodies, punk frenzy, salty tangos, hard~rocking klezmer, haunting Balkan harmony, hip~hop beats, and Appalachian fiddle, all eaten and spit out by two violins, resophonic guitar, bullhorn harmonica, and bass. The band members are from different scenes in New York City, yet come together through their love of Balkan and Gypsy music. Sxip Shirey is an international circus composer, Sarah Alden is an old~time fiddle player, Rima Fand is an experimental theater composer, and Benjy Fox–Rosen is a free~jazz bassist. It is not uncommon to find Shirey playing with the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Fand composing music for a Lorca puppet show, Fox~Rosen at a jazz gig, or Alden fiddling away at an all~night old~time session. Since 2002, when the band was formed, the Luminescent Orchestrii has toured the East Coast, England, Scotland, and Germany.
• Dom Flemons, vocal (1), handclaps (2), 4~string banjo (3), bones (4)
• Rhiannon Giddens, vocal (1~4), banjo (2), fiddle (3, 4)
• Adam Matta, rap (1), vocal percussion/beatbox (1, 2, 4), handclaps (2), vocal trumpet (2), 2nd beatbox (3)
• Sxip Shirey, guitar (1, 2, 4), “bullhorn” harmonica (3)
• Sarah Alden, lead fiddle (1), background vocal (1, 4), vocal (2), fiddle (2~4)
• Rima Fand, fiddle (1~4), background vocal (1, 4), vocal (2)
• Justin Robinson, fiddle (1, 2), background vocal (1), beatbox (3)
• Benjy Fox Rosen, bass (1~4), vocal (2)
• Produced by Joseph “Bass” DeJarnette with the Carolina Chocolate Drops and Luminescent Orchestrii
• Tracks 1, 2 recorded at Studio 808A, Brooklyn, NY
• Tracks 3, 4 recorded at John Wilson’s SPOT Recording Studio, Winston-Salem, NC
• All tracks recorded absolutely live with no overdubbing or other artificial sweeteners.
• Tracked, edited and mixed by Joseph DeJarnette
• Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering, Boston, MA
• Assistant Mastering Engineer: Maria Rice
• Written by (1) Sam Morgan/Barry Martyn, with additional lyrics by Dom Flemons/Rhiannon Giddens/Adam Matta/Sxip Shirey; (2) lyrics Traditional; Sarah Alden/Sxip Shirey/Luminescent Orchestrii; (3) Dallas Austin; (4) Sxip Shirey/Rima Fand.
Genuine Negro Jig
2010 Grammy Award Winner & 2011 Tais Award Winner: Best Traditional Folk Album/Overseas Countries
• Nonesuch Records released the label debut of North Carolina~based string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops on February 16, 2010, and the vinyl version, which includes the album on 140~gram vinyl and CD, on July 13. The album has received a Grammy nomination for Best Traditional Folk Album.
• Produced by critically acclaimed recording artist and songwriter Joe Henry (Allen Toussaint, Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke), Genuine Negro Jig features string band interpretations of Blu Cantrell’s beat~box driven R&B single “Hit ‘Em Up Style” and Tom Waits’ “Trampled Rose,” as well as a pair of original compositions, alongside such traditional tracks as “Cornbread and Butterbeans” and “Trouble in Your Mind.” It is the band’s second record; their 2007 release, Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind, was praised by Paste for “bravely and expertly reclaiming the string band tradition for modern African~American culture,” while NPR’s Weekend Edition calls the band “the hottest thing to hit the old–time music community in decades.”
• Customers ordering Genuine Negro Jig through the Nonesuch Store receive the album both on CD and as audiophile~quality, 320 kbps MP3s. In addition, with those MP3s will be a full seven Nonesuch Store~exclusive bonus tracks, all recorded before a live audience at Santa Monica’s famed Village Recorder studio in November 2009.
The Carolina Chocolate Drops formed after band members Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson met at the Black Banjo Gathering in Boone, North Carolina, in 2005; they have toured continuously since the band’s inception. All three trained in the Piedmont banjo and fiddle musical tradition under the tutelage of Joe Thompson, who, at age 90, is believed to be the last living performer from the Piedmont string band heyday. While old~time Southern string music is often associated with Caucasian musicians from Appalachia, Giddens pointed out in a recent NPR interview that “it seems that two things get left out of the history books. One, that there was string band music in the Piedmont, period. (And that) black folk was such a huge part of string tradition.” The Carolina Chocolate Drops seek to not only correct this misunderstanding, but to keep the centuries~old string music tradition alive and developing.
• The members of Carolina Chocolate Drops all come from diverse musical backgrounds, sharing singing duties and swapping instruments throughout their sets. • Flemons has immersed himself in the music of the past, with a prodigious record collection and an immense knowledge of the different playing styles of the blues, country, and string band traditions. In addition to her work with Joe Thompson, Giddens — a Piedmont native — studied opera at Oberlin Conservatory, performs with a Celtic band and is also an avid contra dancer and caller. Robinson, the group’s main fiddler, also plays banjo; he grew up in a house full of musicians — his mother is a classically trained opera singer and cellist, his sister a classical pianist and his grandfather a harmonica player. Credits: MUSICIANS
• Carolina Chocolate Drops are: Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson
• Produced by Joe Henry
• Recorded January 9~16, 2009 and mixed February 17~20, 2009 by Ryan Freeland at The Garfield House, South Pasadena, CA
• Studio assistance provided by Julian Cubillos
• Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering, Portland, ME
• Tracks 2, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, and bonus tracks 14, 15, 18, 19 arranged by by Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, and Justin Robinson; track 6 and bonus track 17 arranged by Rhiannon Giddens.
• Design by Barbara DeWilde / Link: http://www.nonesuch.com/
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