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Rhythm tracks for an Ornette tribute we never finished

by Henry Franzoni and Fred Chalenor

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We were given some studio time by the great Neil Karras in exchange for laying down some rhythm tracks on a new folk singer's tracks... who was coming out of Hood River. We were going old school, upright acoustic bass, and minimal Jazz kit with two toms and two cymbals, recorded with a couple of overhead Mics and a snare and a kick. We laid down some rhythm tracks in the spirit of Ornette, and we had plans to edit them and add some melodic components, but we never got it done. I was listening to these tracks today and thought, there's enough musical material here to entertain somebody, I'll put it out. One of the many faces of the music of Fred and I.


released November 11, 2021

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Fred Chalenor - upright acoustic bass
Henry Franzoni - Al Foster Hip Gig II portable Jazz Kit
Neil Karras - Engineer
Henry Franzoni - Fred Chalenor - Neil Karras - Production


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Henry Franzoni Portland, Oregon

I got to play drums with Fred Chalenor, the greatest bass player i ever knew, since 1976, making 42 years of musical progress until he died (RIP) in 2018.

I have a signature sound that developed from two conceptual choices: 1) I play in the wrong time signature, and 2) I love poly-rhythms with two prime number time signatures.

A unique aspect of my playing is that I make poly-rhythms swing.
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