Friday, April 13, 2018

Larry Chernicoff - 1983 - Gallery Of Air

Larry Chernicoff 
Gallery Of Air

01. Woodstock, New York 5:38
02. Wind Horses 7:32
03. Heart Of The City 8:38
04. Western 5:20
05. Hexagram (The Penetrating, Wind) 16:19
06. Gallery Of Air 1:12

Recorded late winter/early spring 1983
Sound Seller Productions, Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Larry Chernicoff - composer, producer, vibraphone, piano, percussion
Don Davis - saxophones
Tim Moran - saxophones
Sonam Targee - trumpet, bamboo trumpet
Tony Vacca - percussion
Stephen Walt - bassoon

“An impeccable" synthesis of jazz, classical, rock and world folk styles."
- Downbeat

Self-taught composer Larry Chernicoff began writing music in the mid 1970's for a dance troupe in Woodstock New York, where he worked and taught at the legendary Creative Music Studio. On his 1983 debut album, Gallery of Air, he began blending improvisation with long-form compositions, minimalism, orchestral instruments, multi-layered counterpoint, the warm textures of synthesizers, and a diverse range of international sounds.

Throughout Gallery of Air, his ensemble delivers both a high level of kinetic energy and moments of meditative peace, while holding your attention with completely accessible sounds. Though Chernicoff cites several influences upon his sound - hero and teacher Don Cherry, classical Indian Alap, Indonesian gamelan, his time spent in Germany playing free jazz - Gallery of Air remains a singular work, combining elements of jazz and classical music with the international experimentation of the '80s.

On Gallery of Air Larry plays vibraphone, piano, percussion, and west African bow harp. Gallery of Air features Larry’s long-time quintet with saxophonists Don Davis and Tim Moran, percussionist Tony Vacca, and bassist/keyboard player Tom Schmidt. Guest artists on the record are multi-instrumentalist Sonam Targee and classical bassoonist Stephen Walt. 

Larry Chernicoff’s Gallery Of Air from 1983 is a bit of a revelation in the 80s US avant scene. Seeming to straddle continents, it takes cues from North American luminaries such as Phillip Glass and Steve Reich, while simultaneously feeling the buzz from overseas, sipping from the cups of ECM ethno-jazz (at this point Don Cherry was more Euro than US) and even Faustian Krautrock. Woodstock, New York was recently compiled by Fergus Clarke and Optimo on their fantastic Miracle Steps compilation, but the whole LP is worth owning.

The re-mastered vinyl edition of Gallery of Air will be released on June 8, 2018 and is available for pre-order directly from Incidental Music here.



  2. cun cun com'on ... fantastic!

  3. Love this one! I just recently got a copy in a jazz lot on ebay. It's gotten quite scarce from what I understand.

  4. Interesting, thanks very much!

  5. Synth (and or tapes backwards) and Bass guitar in the mix surely?. Interesting, I came here to see if I fancied the Vacca Moran Lp. Thanks

  6. Always a pro Larry... G. Chips... keep recording.