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Paradise in Trouble
Chris Washburne

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Track Listing
1. Money is the Future Tense
2. She's Dirty As A Boy
3. Anodyne of Muddledom
4. Nuyorican Son
5. Whatever You Want From Me
6. Paradise in Trouble
7. Your Inside Out
8. On Whatever Day of the Week Saturday Happens to Fall
9. Jazzsy
10. Dr. Syo
11. Money is the Future Tense (remix)

Detailed Description / Musicians
Musicians:
Chris Washburne - trombone, percussion
John Walsh - trumpet, flugelhorn
Ole Mathisen - tenor and soprano saxophone
Barry Olsen - piano, keyboards
Leo Traversa - bass
Vince Cherico - drums
Wilson "Chembo" Corniel - percussion

Special Guests:
Bobby Sanabria - percussion
Renato Thoms - bongos, percussion
Valerie Dee Naranjo - gyil, djembe, kpanlogo
Bernard Woma - gyil
Ruth Sergel - hand claps, bells
Roberto Jose Sanabria - hand claps
Gary Dallaire - hand claps

Description:
Q: How does a guy born and bred in the Midwest make authentic Latin jazz? A: By submerging himself in the cross-cultural melting pot of the New York scene. His Ph.D. in ethnomusicology also helps, as does playing weekly with his Syotos band at one of the best jazz clubs (Smoke) and one of the top Latin clubs (Nuyorican Poets Cafe). Chris Washburne's music sizzles, crackles, and engages both the brain and body, combining Latin rhythms and percussion with jazz, funk, R&B, hip-hop, gospel, Caribbean, and Afro-Cuban. His trombone playing swings hard and clutter-free, saying more with less; as on his two previous releases, the arrangements are tight and varied on Paradise in Trouble, with no hint of formula. The catchy opener, "Money Is the Future Tense" (which is remixed as the house-music closer), sets the tone for the rest of the album: delightful originals rendered by a well-oiled, terrific band. Washburne's driving "Dirty as a Boy" combines the Cuban son with hip-hop, while keyboardist Barry Olsen's "Your Inside Out" churns with a nine-beat rhythm from Zimbabwe. The African gyil, a mallet instrument made from gourds and wood, is featured on saxist Ole Mathisen's jazzy "Dr. Syo." Olsen, Mathisen, and trumpeter John Walsh -- who wrote the funky "On Whatever Day of the Week...." -- are particularly blazing in their solos, while drummer Vince Cherico provides subtle, intricate propulsion throughout. On the title track, funk meets mambo, and there's a nod to Latin legend Willie Colón in a powerhouse version of his "Jazzy." Washburne blends ancient traditions and contemporary influences into an energetic and happy mix. An excellent blues-chaser and party CD, Paradise in Trouble will also please fusion fans who prefer to listen carefully to its creative innovations; their challenge will be sitting still. Highly recommended.

--Judith Schlesinger
All Music Guide


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Website: http://www.chriswashburne.com

Chris Washburne is one of those rare musicians whose musical activities cross many styles and cultural borders. From early in his career he refused to be pigeon-holed as just being a jazz or classical player, but instead has continually pursued a diverse path. Chris is currently freelancing as a studio musician and performing trombone, bass trombone, tuba, didjeridu, and percussion with various classical, jazz, rock, and Latin groups in New York City. He also tours extensively with various groups and has concertized throughout the North America, Europe, Asian, Africa, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean.

Chris has performed with Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Mark Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Celia Cruz, Muhal Richard Abrams, Ruben Blades, Roscoe Mitchell, Grady Tate, Jaki Byard, Duke Ellington Orchestra, Danilo Caymmi, Daniel Ponce, Ran Blake, Arturo Sandoval, Hilton Ru?z, Lawrence "Butch" Morris, Anthony Braxton, John Cale, Baba Olatunje, Candido, Freddie Cole, Leslie Uggams, Maria Schneider Big Band, Chico O'Farrill Dicapo Opera Company, Bang on a Can All- stars, American Microtonal Festival Chamber Orchestra, RMM Allstar Salsa Band, Regis Philbin, and the Dinosaur Annex under the direction of Gunther Schuller. He is a regular performing member with the Boston Art Quartet, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, SEM Ensemble, Sun Spits Cherries, Walter Thompson Big Band, Marie McAuliffe's Ark Sextet, Dadadah, The Last of the International Playboy's, and leader of S.Y.O.T.O.S., a Latin jazz group that features his original compositions.

He can be heard on the SYOTOS releases, Bobby Sanabria's Grammy nominated Big Band record "Live and in Clave," the BAQ's debut CD "The Fax" and Ray Vega's self-titled CD, all of which feature his original compositions and where he has received rave reviews. He also can be heard on the recordings of David Byrne, Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, The Barrio Boyz, Oscar D'Leon, Louie Ram?rez, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra, Bang on A Can Allstars, Brian Lynch, Orlando Watusi y su cartel de la salsa, Nerissa, Raulin Rosendo, Danny Rojo, Yorman D'Leon, among many others.

He received his Bachelors of Music in classical trombone performance from the University of Wisconsin where he studied with William Richardson, Richard Davis, and Les Thimmeg. In 1988 he completed a Masters degree from the New England Conservatory in Third Stream Studies where he studied with John Swallow, Ran Blake, and Bob Moses. He was the winner of the 1988 New England Conservatory Graduation Concerto Competition. In 1985 he spent two months living in Zambia studying the traditional music of that region. In 1993 he received a Mellon Fellowship to travel to and explore the rich musical traditions of Cuba. In 1996 he received a Sinfonia Foundation grant to assist in the research for his dissertation. In 1999 he received his Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Columbia University. His dissertation "New York Salsa" will be published as a book by Temple University Press in 2002. He has commissioned and premiered over twenty contemporary compositions for trombone. He currently holds a teaching position in the jazz department at the New School for Social Research and is an assistant professor at Columbia University.

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