I have been developing my abilities on the Eb contra alto clarinet (a weird member of the family, pitched below the bass clarinet) for some years, mostly in my work with the group Tin Hat. Somehow it occurred to me to have a band where I was the bass player, on this instrument.
Of course the group would need two of my tenor saxophone heroes (Ellery Eskelin and Rob Sudduth), a guitar genius (and now certifiable rock star) (Nels Cline), and the deeply tumultuous drummer Ches Smith.
So after finishing up the premier of my latest giant project, Orphic Machine, in March of 2012, I wrote a bunch of songs and assembled this crew at the Bunker studio in Williamsburg one day in May. We learned the tunes, rehearsed, and recorded them all in just a few hours, and the results are extraordinary -- raw, dire, and to the point.
released February 19, 2013
Nels Cline - guitar
Ellery Eskelin - tenor saxophone
Rob Sudduth - tenor saxophone
Ben Goldberg - contra-alto clarinet, Bb clarinet
Ches Smith - drums
All compositions by Ben Goldberg (Njamin Music, ASCAP)
Produced by Ben Goldberg
Recorded April 9, 2012 at The Bunker Studio, Brooklyn, New York
Engineered by Aaron Nevezie
Assistant Engineer: Kahil Nayton
Mixed by Eli Crews at New, Improved Recording, Oakland, California
Mastered by Jon Cohrs at Spleenless Mastering, Brooklyn, New York
Original Artwork by Molly Barker
Graphic Design: Anna Singer
BAG Production logo: Molly Barker