limited edition enterprise which unearths a variety of archived studio and live
recordings from the chronically obscure Chicago creative music scene, from as
far back as 1981 through the mid-to-late 90s. Featured artists include Chuck
Burdelik, Ryan Shultz , Larry
Kohut, Jeff Beer, John McLean, Mark Tuttle, Mike
Freeman and Billy Weiser. Planned future projects include original
compositions by Shultz along with a compendium of studio sessions by
Short from 1987-1994, and who knows what else...
This series is a continuation of previous releases on the Southport
label by Damon Short : All
of the Above, the Short-Scea Quartet's Removable
Media, and the Short-Scea duo's Balance
of Power, and two releases on 9Winds:
Go Figure, and the Paul Smoker/Damon Short
Quintet project, No Stock Options.
CDs listed below are priced at $10 per set, including the 2-CD recording
by "Worry Later".
- March 2007 - a 'compiled live set' of Chicago appearances from
2001/04, with Damon Short (drums/composer), Larry Kohut
(bass), Ryan Shultz ( bass
trumpet), and Chuck Burdelik, Mitch
Paliga and Mark Tuttle (saxes). Four extended tracks.
Knife, Short Fuse
(CB, MT, LK): ...then
she mumbled something about the Blues... (Quintet w/ CB, LK, RS,
Free (Quintet; CB, alto clarinet)
2002- Live improvisations from Chicago's Lunar Cabaret -
one evening in March 1996 with Damon Short (drums, vibes and
piano) and Paul Scea (woodwinds)
- a precursor to 1997's Balance of Power.
The duo is joined on the 2nd set by bass trumpeter Ryan
4 ; BGP
(tenor/bass trumpet/vibes); Flag
Day (piano/tenor/bass trumpet)
2001 - Live improvisations from the Lunar Cabaret, with Damon
Short (vibes and drums) and Jim
Baker (piano and synthesizer). Six tracks from three evenings,
November 1995 through April 1997.
Continuity (piano/drums/vibes); Raised
by Puppets (Arp/drums);
Would You Not Want Us to Know? (Arp/piano
of Passion (piano/drums/vibes)
and Baker have curious chemistry... Sometimes they phrase together and
anticipate each other's moves, as frequently paired improvisers often
do. But they also have a way of keeping each other off balance, not
least when Short plays vibes at a zillion notes a minute, as if making
up for lost time... It's not like either needs to search for the other
guy, who's wandered off on his own, or forgets to listen. More like
they circle each other, reluctant to alight, because then the game
would be over." - Kevin Whitehead, Chicago Reader,
resurrected 1981 studio document of a short-lived Chicago quintet,
with a relatively unusual (for that time) mostly-Monk repertoire;
also included are originals by Jimmy Garrison and Damon Short. With
Chuck Burdelik on alto, Billy Weiser, trumpet and
Freeman, vibes, Mark Steele, bass, and Damon
Short on drums. Nearly 90 minutes of music on 2 CDs.
volume one: Hackensack;
No Chaser; Cycle Times Two (Tom Crosh);
volume two: Brilliant Corners; Monk's
Later; Boo-Jee (Short).
compositions by Thelonious Monk except where indicated.
the tunes down to their essence and then building up from there." -
Michael Rosenstein, Cadence, July 2001
CD's title alludes to a 1993 jazz "competition" that this
ensemble participated in, for which these sessions provided the
'audition'. A 1992 recording featuring Ryan
Shultz on bass trumpet, Mark Tuttle, reeds,
trumpeter Jeff Beer and bassist Larry Kohut.
Lullaby; Old School; Mood Indigo (Ellington);
for Southend; Somewhere (Bernstein)..
compositions by Damon Short except where indicated.
makes the most of the quintet format
The writing draws on a
wide range of the Jazz tradition, from Dixie to out post-bop
originals from the 'center to the edge', with Chuck Burdelik
on saxophones and flute, Ryan
Shultz, bass trumpet, bassist Larry Kohut,
guitarist John McLean and trumpeter Jeff Beer.
Studio sessions from late 1993 to early 1994.
in the Ointment;
(After Hours); Anthem.
compositions by Damon Short.
"Burdelik adds a fiery intensity
are even richer with the addition of the guitar
builds with a propulsive arc
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