Tearing down boundaries between world, folk, and jazz, the evolving collective of TriBeCastan is based around founding multi-instrumentalists John Kruth and Jeff Greene -- and is an exuberant collaboration by some of New York’s finest jazz and world musicians, who’ve worked with such artists as Ornette Coleman, Patti Smith, Aretha Franklin, John McLaughlin, James Brown, Santana, Cracker, and Taj Mahal, to name a few. Following on the heels of last year’s critically-acclaimed holiday EP COAL AGAIN!, the band’s latest offering was released by the Evergreene Music label on September 18, 2015.
TriBeCaStan’s fifth studio album -- GODDESS POLKA DOTTESS – serves up a veritable smorgasbord of sonic flavors through its fourteen tracks. Diverse elements of world music abound, with a plethora of styles and sounds woven together with distinct innovation. The band hops gleefully from India to Ethiopia, to Jamaica and Eastern Europe, and back to New York with remarkable ease and characteristic sly wit.
Repo Rodeo – Written while thinking of the vets who’ve returned from overseas.
Konjo – “Beautiful” in Amharic, inspired by a traditional Ethiopian kinit or scale, and the music made in that country in the 70s that was influenced by American R&B. What goes around, comes around.
Bangalorious – Building on the backbone of a 60s funk jazz bassline with electric sitar, and morphing from Carnatic bansuri flute to down-home wailing harp to rock organ, then right back to its 60s TV music theme!
Vagabundo – Featuring Balkan kaval and clarinet and echoing the 1980s, this song blends dervish dance over a pumping ska rhythm.
The Charnel Waltz – In another dimension, the soundtrack to some surreal cartoon or macabre horror film with its combination of noir sitar and klezmer.
Majestic Ganesh – With vocals by John Kruth, harkening back to a more innocent time in the 1960s when the West was just discovering the mysterious East. Climb onboard the magic bus!
Trouble In A Fur Coat -- A deep groove, with some bad-ass electric mandocello funk.
Myrtle & Mable – This light-hearted romp down to the Caribbean roots of Mento is played on South American moseno and Eastern Europe’s koncovka.
Zoli’s Strut --- This little swing number evokes John Kruth’s grandmother, back in Budapest in the 1920s, with shades of Astor Piazzola’s accordion.
The Mahakala Stomp -- A big-band tune based on the sounds & scale of a Hmong queej, which Jeff Greene acquired from an opium smoker in the misty mountains of Laos. The blues harp of Kruth meets its free reed Eastern ancestor.
The Surfing Swami -- This southern California tune, about an actual guru who liked to catch the waves off Encinitas, is played on Portuguese guitar and vibes, with orchestration a la Brian Wilson and the commercial studio sounds that came out of L.A. in the late 1960s.
Kilopatra – A dreamy excursion to the exotic Middle East of legend, with banjo and Turkish layli tanbur.
Borislav – An Eastern European punk piece, named for the band’s percussionist Boris Kinberg after the band passed through a town of the same name while on tour in the Czech Republic.
Goddess Polka Dottess – An a cappella mantra, with some of TriBeCaStan’s youngest productions lending their voices to the refrain.
released September 18, 2015
Produced by John Kruth and Jeff Greene
Engineered by Jim Clouse, Park West Studio, Brooklyn. Winter/Spring 2015
All songs by John Kruth copyright Sonic Kruth, 2015; except "konjo" and "Mahakala Stomp" by Jeff Greene and John Kruth copyright. Evergreene Music and Sonic Kruth, 2015
John Kruth: mandolin, mandocello, sitar, banjo, Portuguese guitar, harmonica, Hungarian kaval, tin whistle, eagle bone flute, moseno, Waterphone, bean, drum, vocals
Jeff Greene: yayli tambur, marimba, vibraphonette, vibraharp, jaw harp, claviola, koncovka, hmong queej, khaen, spring berimbau, back-up vocals
Kenny Margolis: keyboards, accordion, theremin
Claire Daly: baritone sax, flute, back-up vocals
Premik Russell Tubbs: lap steel guitar, alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, bansuri, back-up vocals
John Turner: trumpet, back-up vocals
Chris Morrow: trombone, back-up vocals
Ray Peterson: bass
Boris Kinberg: timbale, congas, bongos
Rohin Khomeni: tabla, dumbek, bells
Eric Halvorson: drums
Miles Thakur-Greene: back-up vocals
Rafaella Thakur-Greene: back-up vocals
Jim Clouse: back-up vocals
TriBeCaStan wish to thank Swallow Press for the use of the brief excerpt “O Dark Madonna,” from chapter 4 of Frank Waters’ The Yogi of Cockroach Court, which appears in Goddess Polka Dottess (The Polka Dotted Goddess).
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