Book of Rhapsodies is an ambitious
concept album of reimaginings of the work of four composers from
1935-1942 whose work straddled the line between jazz and classical
music: Alec Wilder, Charlie Shavers, Reginald Foresythe, and Raymond
Scott. Their music was unclassifiable, strange, beautiful, adventurous,
and innovative. The album features the 12-member Ghost Train Orchestra plus a 6-member choir.
The GTO's previous Accurate release, Hothouse Stomp, received stellar reviews and earned bandleader Brian Carpenter 17 minutes on Fresh Air with Terri Gross.
Listen to Fresh Air interview
Hothouse Stomp page
"This album is just flat-out fun...The
group seems to have a great time playing together, and their spirit and
enthusiasm are infectious. Their chemistry and fervor make 'Hothouse
Stomp: The Music of 1920s Chicago and Harlem' one kick-ass history
lesson and one of the few jazz albums
I would recommend to non-jazz listeners."
–Phillip Barnett, blogcritics.org
Brian Carpenter, trumpet, slide trumpet, voice
Dennis Lichtman, clarinet
Andy Laster, alto saxophone, flute
Petr Cancura, tenor saxophone, clarinet
Curtis Hasselbring, trombone
Ron Caswell, tuba
Mazz Swift, violin
Tanya Kalmanovitch, viola
Avi Bortnick, guitar
Michael Bates, double bass
Rob Garcia, drums
Matt Samolis, flute on "Revolt of the Yes Men" and "The Children Met The Train"
Brandon Seabrook, banjo on "The Happy Farmer"
BOOK OF RHAPSODIES CHOIR
Yolanda Scott, soprano
Katie Seiler, mezzo-soprano
Mazz Swift, alto
Tomas Cruz, tenor
Brian Carpenter, baritone
Joe Chappel, bass
Produced by Brian Carpenter and Danny Blume
Recorded April 2012 by Danny Blume and Andy Taub
at Brooklyn Recording Studios, Brooklyn NY
Choir recorded January 2013 by Bryce Goggin at Trout Recording Studios, Brooklyn NY
Additional recordings by Rafi Sofer at Q Division Studios, Somerville MA
Assistant Engineer: Rick Kwan
Mixed February-May 2013 by Danny Blume and
Cover artwork: Noah Woods
Design and layout: Lure Design
Liner notes: Brian Carpenter
Russ Gershon, founder of the Either/Orchestra, created Accurate Records in 1986 to release the E/O's first LP,
Dial "E." In 1989, Accurate began releasing CDs by other artists, beginning with the Billy Skinner Double Jazz Quartet and continuing to such future stars as Morphine, Medeski Martin & Wood and the Alloy Orchestra.
More recent artists have included Club D'Elf, Josh Roseman, the Ghost Train Orchestra and Agachiko.