Zu & Eugene Chadbourne - The Zu Side of ChadbourneZu & Eugene Chadbourne

Newtone Records fy 7018 cd


1. Cosmos (John Coltrane)

2. Chadbourne in the Sky with Diamonds

3. Somewhere over the Chadbourne

4. Porgy and Chadbourne

5. Holiday in Chadbournia

6. Ascenseur pour le Chadbourne

7. Inna Gadda na Chadbourne

8. ‘O Chadbourne mio!

9. House of the Rising Chadbourne

10. Stairway to Chadbourne

11. For those about to Chadbourne (We Salute you)

12. Everybody needs a Chadbourne (To Love)

13. Spirits (Albert Ayler)


Eugene Chadbourne - guitar

Roy Pace - trumpet

Massimo Pupillo - bass

Jacopo Battaglia - drums

Thomas Mai - saxes (virtually)

ZU, the Italian revelation of 1999 open the new millennium with a new disc

featuring one of the great experimenters of the last years. The American

guitarist EUGENE CHADBUORNE. The quartet, composed of Roy Paci on trumpet

(member of Mau Mau also active on the Italian and European jazz scene), Luci Mai

on sax (not present on this recording), Massimo Pupillo on bass and Jacopo

Battaglia on drums, successfully forge an intelligent hybrid between avant-garde

jazz and noise rock. They have been playing live now for two years, performances

which have contributed greatly to the development and maturation of their style.

ZU’s nervy, restless sound is based on extremely complex and articulated

rhythmic figures, which provide a springboard for solo excursions which veer

from the explosive to the melodic and composed. Born in 1997 out of the ashes of

grunge, by the following year ZU were supporting such pillars of the alternative

scene as Half-Japanese, The Ex, Nomeansno and The Ruins on their Italian tours.

In addition to this they have performed live improvisational sets with

Chadbourne, Steve Buchanan and Otomo Yoshide as well as providing live music for

various theatre companies during the Ostia Antica, Gubbio and Palestrina

festivals. They have also participated in several radio programmes (for Radio

France, B92 Belgrade and Rai Radio 3).

In The Zu Side of Chadbourne, along with tracks composed for the occasion, you

can hear extremely creative reworkings of two classics of free jazz: Coltrane’s

Cosmos and Albert Ayler’s Spirits, testimony to the profound regard that ZU have

for these extraordinary artists.

EUGENE CHADBOURNE’s contribution to ZU’s new disc is as inventive and

impassioned as you might expect, and his charisma as a guided improviser

provides just the right degree of stimulus for his companions. Journalist manqué

CHADBOURNE boasts an impressive and highly eclectic artistic track record,

including collaborations with the leading names of the musical avant-garde

(Wayne Horvitz, Polly Bradfield, Tom Cora, Henry Kaiser, Bob Ostertag, Anthony

Coleman, Charles K. Noyes, Half Japanese, Gary Windo, Bill Laswell, John Zorn,

Noel Akchote). Over the years CHADBOURNE has been able to create a unique and

eccentric style that from the free improvisations typical of avant-garde jazz

(John Coltrane, Derek Bailey and Anthony Braxton have for a long time been his

main sources of inspiration) on his 1976 debut album, Solo Acoustic Guitar, has

led to his demented reworkings (also thanks to his highly original vocal

technique) of country and American roots music, resulting in a lengthy and

substantial discography. Interested in every conceivable musical genre,

CHADBOURNE aside from being a prolific musician, is also noted as a producer. In

the mid 1970s he set up his own record label, Parachute records, for whom John

Zorn cut his first and most visionary albums.