Land of Nod

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The "Land of Nod" that Chris Washburne refers to in the title of his most deliberately incendiary CD to date is of course, America, where in the trombonist's view, the people simply refuse to be awakened to what is being done to them by the callous, arrogant powers-that-be in Washington and the boardrooms. In order to illustrate this state of mind, Washburne gathers together his swinging Latin jazz band Syotos and unleashes a sometimes riotous amalgam of Latin jazz forms thrown for a loop with dissonant riffs. The dissonance is intentional, as if to warn us that something is off-kilter, out of harmony, off-balance, in America. The use of dissonance in Latin jazz is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
The "Land of Nod" that Chris Washburne refers to in the title of his most deliberately incendiary CD to date is of course, America, where in the trombonist's view, the people simply refuse to be awakened to what is being done to them by the callous, arrogant powers-that-be in Washington and the boardrooms. In order to illustrate this state of mind, Washburne gathers together his swinging Latin jazz band Syotos and unleashes a sometimes riotous amalgam of Latin jazz forms thrown for a loop with dissonant riffs. The dissonance is intentional, as if to warn us that something is off-kilter, out of harmony, off-balance, in America. The use of dissonance in Latin jazz is most certainly not new -- it goes back to Stan Kenton's experiments, if not further -- but it is still unusual; the perceived nature of Latin jazz as happy music to move your body to has held fast over the decades. Some of the titles of the tunes refer to the cover art, a flag whose colors are faded and pallid, whose shapes are distorted. Others are more explicitly political (the raging "Op-Ed," the oppressive opening to "Guantanamo") and one section, "Gregory, Don't Go Near the Dances," a downtempo ballad based on a Ukrainian folk song, is a nod -- pun intended -- to Washburne's brothers-in-arms in Ukraine. Lest we think that Washburne is just a prophet of gloom and anger, in the tradition of many a musico-political work, he concludes his suite with hope -- not one but two pieces titled "Peace," by Ornette Coleman and Horace Silver, respectively. Add Chris Washburne to the short but distinguished list of jazz folks whose art occasionally erupts in protest: Charlie Haden, Carla Bley, Max Roach, and certainly Coleman come to mind.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2006
  • Label: Jazzheads
  • UPC: 809819115024
  • Catalog Number: 1150
  • Sales rank: 388,632

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pink - Chris Washburne & the Syotos Band (5:02)
  2. 2 Off White - Chris Washburne & the Syotos Band (6:36)
  3. 3 Blue Gust - Chris Washburne & the Syotos Band (5:46)
  4. 4 Op-Ed - Chris Washburne & the Syotos Band (4:17)
  5. 5 Oi Ne Khody Hyrtsin Tai Na Vechornytsi (Gregory, Don't Go to the ...) - Chris Washburne & the Syotos Band (6:46)
  6. 6 Guantanamo - Chris Washburne & the Syotos Band (6:28)
  7. 7 Land of Nod - Chris Washburne & the Syotos Band (3:58)
  8. 8 Peace - Chris Washburne & the Syotos Band (5:00)
  9. 9 Peace - Chris Washburne & the Syotos Band (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Washburne Primary Artist, Percussion, Trombone
Ole Mathisen Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Sanabria Percussion
Leo Traversa Bass
Vince Cherico Drums
John Walsh Trumpet
Barry Olsen Piano
Wilson "Chembo" Corniel Jr. Conga
Technical Credits
Horace Silver Composer
Ornette Coleman Composer
Ole Mathisen Arranger, Composer
Randy Klein Producer
Randy Crafton Engineer
Sal Mormando Engineer
Maye Cavallaro Graphic Design
Steve Vavagiakis Mastering
Traditional Composer
Chris Washburne Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
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