From trombonist and composer Jacob Garchik comes a fantastical and sublime work of the imagination. Ye Olde is a superband of three of Brooklyn's baddest guitar heroes, let loose in a funhouse, playing ping pong with our ears.
Over the past 21 years in New York City, Garchik has created an eclectic career, working with Henry Threadgill, Laurie Anderson, Natalie Merchant, John Hollenbeck, and Lee Konitz; crafting over 50 arrangements as the “in-house” arranger for the Kronos Quartet; leading his award-winning jazz trio; creating his acclaimed solo project The Heavens: The Atheist Gospel Trombone Album; and co-leading Brooklyn's first Mexican brass band, Banda de los Muertos.
Ye Olde, his fourth CD, draws from such varied influences as prog rock concept albums, Richard Strauss's tone poems, and 90s game consoles. Garchik envisions Ye Olde as a "band" of heroes, traversing a Brooklyn that never was, taking part in surreal adventures amidst a landscape of ruined castles/apartment buildings. To help his quest he brings along Mary Halvorson (Anthony Braxton, Marc Ribot’s Sun Ship), Brandon Seabrook (Gerald Cleaver's Black Host, Ben Allison), Jonathan Goldberger (Red Baraat, Bizingas), Vinnie Sperrazza (James Williams, Stew) and a pile of analog electronics.
The epic tale of which I tell below
Takes place In Flatbush, 1000 years ago.
Our heroes met and formed a merry band
in order to defeat the evil plan
of architect Mortise Mansard the IVth
whose castles dotted the landscape South to North.
Upon a springtime walk around the town,
the Barrel Maker gazed upon the brown
and limestone ornaments he’d seen before
but never stopped to wonder what they’re for.
The architects of old hid secret meanings
in stonework, visible only by gleaning.
Acanthus, suits of armor, family crests,
led to the start of what became a quest.
Read together lurked a message hiding:
Mansard's recipe for vinyl siding.
Flatbush would be a town of brick no more
But a sea of yellow vinyl from roof to floor.
To fell a foe with such a sinister scheme
The Barrel Maker had to build a team.
The Stream, The Rock, The Iron and The Gold
Together make the band which is YE OLDE.
released October 23, 2015
Jacob Garchik - the Barrel Maker - trombone, alto horn, tenor horn
Brandon Seabrook - the Trickling Stream - guitar
Mary Halvorson - the Guardian of the Rock - guitar
Vinnie Sperrazza - the Merchant of Iron - drums
Jonathan Goldberger- the Mountain of Gold - guitar, baritone guitar
all music composed by Jacob Garchik in the year 1014 in the village of Flatbush in the town of Brooklyn
recorded and mixed by Jon Davis, The Bunker Studios, spring 2014
Mastered by Scott Hull
Design by Valerie Trucchia
Photos by Jacob Garchik
copyright 2015 Hogoe Publishing (ASCAP)
Yestereve records 05
I've been a fan of Dan Weiss since I first saw him play with David Binney, Jacob Sacks, and Thomas Morgan at the 55 Bar in NYC in 2004. His albums translating Indian Classical tabla onto drum set are not to be missed. This album is my favorite in that this band hits my sweet spot of hardcore, jazz, metal, fusion and experimental sensbilities all in one go. Believe me when I say it's incredible live. Musical Hero. b-a-fangirl