Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber Plays Steely Dan
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Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber
Avant Funk Superband

Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber

Plays Steely Dan

JUL 11–14 | BURNT SUGAR THE ARKESTRA CHAMBER

Jul 13, 2019
Joe Henderson Lab

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The freewheeling New York 12-piece juggernaut Burnt Sugar touches down for four nights, bringing their barely-containable mix of euphoric funk, space jazz, power-packed rock, sweet soul and avant-garde experimentation to the music of Max Roach, Prince, Steely Dan, and David Bowie.

Featuring songs such as “Pretzel Logic,” “Black Cow,” “Deacon Blues,” “Haitian Divorce,” and “Kid Charlemagne.”

Formed in 1999 by musician and iconic Village Voice writer Greg Tate and co-led with bassist Jared Michael Nickerson, Burnt Sugar built its identity through raucous live performances that honor the spirit of the post-modern masters of American music, from Duke Ellington to Sun Ra, Miles Davis, Parliament/Funkadelic, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. The band has set itself apart through extensive use of the directed improvisational concept of “conduction” pioneered by the late cornetist and composer Butch Morris, resulting in stop-on-a-dime cohesion that allows the band to perform like a single, multi-phonic organism. Made up of a dozen superlative instrumentalists and singers culled from a revolving list of rotating players, the band has counted pianist Vijay Iyer, guitarist Vernon Reid, and Captain Kirk Douglass from The Roots among its members, and released 16 full-length recordings and EPs, mostly on their own AVANT GROIDD Musica label.

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The timeless, finely crafted pop of Donald Fagan and Walter Becker is the focus, turning their gem-like compositions into open-ended canvasses for experimentation.

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It’s electric Miles with soul, Maggot Brain with a PHD, the Hendrix Evans band of dreams, the underwater funk some hear in A.R. Kane.

Village Voice

It’s electric Miles with soul, Maggot Brain with a PHD, the Hendrix Evans band of dreams, the underwater funk some hear in A.R. Kane.

Village Voice

Personnel

Greg Tate conduction, laptop, & electric guitar
Shelley Nicole vocals, percussion, & conduction
Mikel Banks vocals, harmonica, & conduction
Julie Brown vocals
V. Jeffrey Smith alto, tenor saxophones, & electronics
Aaron Johnson trombone
Ben Tyree electric guitar
André Lassalle electric guitar
Leon Gruenbaum keyboards & samchillian
James “Biscuit” Rouse trap drums & electronics
Jared Michael Nickerson electric bass

A multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis’ 'On The Corner', the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix’ moonwalk across side three of 'Electric Ladyland'.

Rolling Stone

Personnel

Greg Tate conduction, laptop, & electric guitar
Shelley Nicole vocals, percussion, & conduction
Mikel Banks vocals, harmonica, & conduction
Julie Brown vocals
V. Jeffrey Smith alto, tenor saxophones, & electronics
Aaron Johnson trombone
Ben Tyree electric guitar
André Lassalle electric guitar
Leon Gruenbaum keyboards & samchillian
James “Biscuit” Rouse trap drums & electronics
Jared Michael Nickerson electric bass

A multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis’ 'On The Corner', the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix’ moonwalk across side three of 'Electric Ladyland'.

Rolling Stone

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