LA SACRE DU PRINTEMPS -Scenes of Pagan Chicago in Three Parts

by DJ White Lightning, Meaty Ogre, Maker, Royce, Offwhyte, Mestizo and Andre

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"La Sacre Du Printemps: Scenes Of Pagan Russia In Two Parts" recorded at Electrical Audio
"La Sacre Du Printemps: Scenes Of Pagan Chicago In Three Parts" recorded at Gentriphied Studio

Butchershop Quartet, The: The Rite of Spring
Covering Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is most certainly no easy feat, but in the hands of Chicago's The Butchershop Quartet, a four piece avant-garde/jazz-rock ensemble, the results are for the most part pretty impressive. Consisting of Dan Sullivan (guitar), Rob Sullivan (bass), Nathaniel Braddock (guitar), and Dan Sylvester (drums), the band weave plenty of dissonant and jagged guitar lines and throbbing rhythmic grooves along to Stravinsky's epic piece. Their are 2 CD's in this set, the first being the four musicians doing their thing to The Rite of Spring, and the second CD features remixes completed by some of the rest of the roster from the Alabaster label (a division of Galapagos4) to a more hip-hop flavor. The mix of jazzy, hip-hop styled beats and rhymes proves to be a stark contrast to the more rock/avant-garde aggression put forth by The Butchershop Quartet. For these ears, CD 1 is the way to go here, and most relevant to prog and jazz-fusion listeners.

The dueling guitars of Braddock and Sullivan are a joy to indulge in throughout the 14 sections that make up "Part 1: The Adoration of the Earth" and "Part 2: The Sacrifice". Shards of ragged and fuzzed out electric guitar burst come from both players, weaving melodic jazz lines one second then molten rock licks the next, while Sylvester's nimble drum fills and Rob Sullivan pounding away on the bass. While overall the entire piece is less than 34 minutes long, and many of the sections brief, it's an exciting listen overall, as the players seem very in synch with each other, laying down plenty of complex, unison lines, and searing solo spots.

Those who relish dissonant, avant-garde sounds that bridge the gap between jazz, rock, and prog, The Rite of Spring as interpreted by The Butchershop Quarter will be a dark yet fun listen. The bonus CD of remixes will also be of interest if you don't mind your avant-garde with a bit of hip-hop thrown in.

[ENG]A new division of Galapagos4, Alabaster is dedicated to releasing live and experimental records, along with collaborations between Galapagos4 producers/MCs and live groups based in Chicago. The first release is a two-disc set which contains an interpretation of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" by Chicago's very own THE BUTCHERSHOP QUARTET and a full-length remix collaboration between Galapagos4's OFFWHYTE, MEATY OGRE, MAKER, WHITE LIGHTNING and MESTIZO. The story of Stravinsky's infamous 1913 Paris premier (on the eve of World War I) may be considered more well-known than the actual music, yet this piece is still heralded as the most important piece of classical music of the 20th Century. THE BUTCHERSHOP QUARTET explores this idea with a bittersweet adaptation conveying the ambience and ominous feel of Stravinsky's composition.

[GER]Alabaster, ein neues Sublabel von Galapagos4, hat sich der Veröffentlichung von Live und Experimental Scheiben verschrieben, die in Kollaborationen zwischen Galapagos4 Produzenten/MCs von Galapagos4 und Live Bands aus Chicago entstehen. Der erste Release ist eine Doppel-CD, die einmal eine Interpretation von Igor Stravinskys "The Rite of Spring" durch das in Chicago beheimatete THE BUTCHERSHOP QUARTET präsentiert und das dazugehörige Remix-Projekt mit OFFWHYTE, MEATY OGRE, MAKER, WHITE LIGHTNING und MESTIZO beherbegt. Stravinskys "The Rite Of Spring" gilt als eines der wichtigsten Stücke in der klassischen Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts. THE BUTCHERSHOP QUARTET haben eine bittersüße Adaptation geschaffen, die die ursprüngliche Stimmung und das bedrohliche Gefühl von Stravinskys Komposition wiedergibt und weiterführt.

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released July 7, 2017

Arranged By – Butchershop Quartet, The (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14), Maker (tracks: 2-1 to 2-14), Meaty Ogre (tracks: 2-1 to 2-14), Royce (tracks: 2-1 to 2-14), DJ White Lightnining* (tracks: 2-1 to 2-14)
Artwork By [Art] – Edra Soto
Layout – Dan Sullivan, Josh Grotto*, Justus Roe
Mastered By – Collin Olan (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14, 2-1 to 2-14)
Mixed By – Butchershop Quartet, The (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14)
Photography – Mike Lavery, Zach Paradis
Recorded By – Greg Norman (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14), Justus Gillette Roe III* (tracks: 2-1 to 2-14), Rob Bochnik (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14), DJWL* (tracks: 2-1 to 2-14)
Written-By – Igor Stravinsky (tracks: 1-1 to 1-14)

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