Eugene Chadbourne

Chasin' the Captain Jack/Communication Is Over-Rated

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This is a very strange overlapping of two distinct works, Chasin' the Captain Jack and Communication Is Over-Rated. The first one is a suite created in 1994-1995 as a tribute to American Indians. It features Chris Turner on harmonica, Walter Malli on saxophone, and Jimmy Carl Black on voice, and a bit of drums. A long-winded piece, it goes through about everything possible between Cherokee war songs and multi-tracked guitar improvisations. The other was developed in 1998 as a possible project for Tzadik (John Zorn passed). Eugene Chadbourne recorded his mother Gisela's memories about the rise of the Nazis while she was a child and edited it with comments by his daughters Lizzie and Molly. This testimony was first released in 2000 over a "greatest hits" of Chadbourne's anti-Nazi songs. The next year, he issued this new version after a fan suggested the two works would make a stronger statement if they were combined. Turner's beautiful harmonica playing and the occasional Indian American slant of the music reverberates through Gisela's comments, giving the project a philosophical dimension. It still remains a very strange juxtaposition in the vein of Chadbourne's 1980s basement experiments and sound collages. This item is for the dedicated fan.