The Land of Nod
Chris Washburne

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Track Listing
1. Pink
2. Off-White
3. Blue Gust
4. Op-Ed
5. Oi Ne Khody Hrytsin Tai na Vechornytsi (Gregory, Don't Go To The Village Dances)
6. Guantanamo
7. Land of Nod
8. Peace (Ornette Coleman)
9. Peace (Horace Silver)

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

Special Guests:
Bobby Sanabria - percussion
Makien Dernon - Korean gong

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.

--Richard S. Ginell
All Music Guide

  Available Items by Chris Washburne About Chris Washburne 

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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