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Bagpipe Revolution

by Jori Chisholm

Award winning piper Jori Chisholm’s debut CD “Bagpipe Revolution”, featuring original and traditional compositions from this master piper.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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1. Don't Stop Rockin'
3:42 album only
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2. Swagger
5:45 album only
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3. Morning Dew
4:22 album only
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4. Angus G. Macleod
3:21 album only
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5. Marches
3:40 album only
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6. Paddy Be Easy
3:50 album only
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7. And So It Goes
4:36 album only
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8. Gordon Duncan Tribute
3:56 album only
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9. Evolution
3:46 album only
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10. Too Long
9:04 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I wanted to do an album of bagpipes with non-traditional
accompaniment. I also knew I wanted every track to have a unique
sound, based on the tunes themselves, my interpretation of the tunes,
the backing musicians and the instruments they played. I knew I would
select a combination of traditional and contemporary bagpipe tunes and
some brand new compositions of my own. I feel very fortunate to have
been able to make the recordings at Sage Arts where Matt and Daniel
helped guide me through the whole recording process, encouraging me to
experiment and help discover the sound I was looking for in each
track. I have been playing music my whole life, but always live --
where you play a note and it goes out to the audience then it becomes
a memory. The studio recording process allowed me to indulge all
sorts of creative ideas that would never be possible in a live
setting. I was pleased to have so many talented musicians join me on
the album.

The opening track features two tunes written by two young pipers from
the Pacific Northwest It proves that new, exciting, iconoclastic
bagpipe are being written all over the world. Don't Stop Rockin' and
Afternoon at the Green Monster feature syncopated rhythms, and non-
traditional tune structures, and even a few extra notes not usually
played on the bagpipe scale! Track 2, Swagger, features a gorgeous
never-before-heard combination of two instruments: the dobro and
Scottish small pipes. Legendary dobro virtuoso Orville Johnson is
amazing on this track, and now he can add "bagpipe album to his over
200 album credits. Track 3, features Highland pipes specially
modified to concert pitch to match the piano. Suzanne Taylor does an
amazing job on the 10 foot Steinway grand. Track 4, one of my
favorite tracks. When I first heard this traditional Scottish slow
air, Angus G. MacLeod, it had a haunting lonely sound that somehow
reminded me of the wide open spaces of the American West. Gerry
O'Beirne plays the national slide guitar and Ed Littlefield, Jr. plays
the pedal steel guitar to give that timeless sound. Track 5 is a set
of pipe marches on the small pipes, including a tune of my own The
MacRaes of Achmore named for some of my favorite people in my favorite
little village in Scotland. I'm joined by Duncan Millar on drums, my
band mate from the Simon Fraser University Pipe Band -- we are
current world Champions! Track 6 is a set of Jigs, one Irish, one
from Asturia in Spain, and one Scottish. Track 7 is And so it Goes by
Billy Joel. It's a well known song of course, but who would thought
it work so perfectly as a bagpipe tune. Track 8 is another set of
hornpipes with come incredible played by Gerry O'Beirne on guitar and
ukulele and phenomenal hand drum playing by American Champion Pipe
Band Bass Drummer Mike Cole. Track 9 is a piece I wrote through a
series of extended improvisations called it Evolution. I begins with
a simple repetitive rhythmic patterns evolves into something more
complex and layered. I'm joined here by two incredible musicians from
Seattle Guitar Circle, guitarist, composer, and band leader Andrew
Boscardin and multi-instrumental Igor Abuladze. Evolution is jig-like
in its rhythm but everything is nonstandard, including the phrase
structure and the use of three notes not traditional used in pipe
tunes. The final track is an ancient Piobaireachd (pronounced pee-
brock) tune called Too Long in This Condition. Piobaireachd is
completely different from all of the other marches and dances tunes
played on the pipes. It is typically much longer and slower, and
require a great deal of subtlety of expression. This tune is one of
the most beautiful and even though Piobaireachd has traditionally only
been played by solo pipers I arranged here as a duet where I play both
parts.

I guess the whole album reflects my life up to this point: a respect
for tradition but a desire to expand the possibilities for my
instrument, a combination of solitary study and practice and
collaboration with my musical friends who I respect and admire. It's
has tunes written by pipers and non-pipers from around the world. The
musicians come from a wide range of international and musical
backgrounds, jazz, classical, celtic, rock, country, blues. In that
way, it is sort the archetypal Americana -- in all the good ways,
incorporating influences from the whole world of peoples and
cultures. The entire experience of making the CD from my initial
ideas to the collaboration to the recording to the mixing has been one
of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life. The result is
something completely unique, something I am very proud of, something I
hope people will enjoy.

I am joined on Bagpipe Revolution by an all-star group of supporting
musicians.

Ed Littlefield, Jr. (pedal steel guitar) is a member of Marley's Ghost
and the proprietor of Sage Arts. Ed plays wide range of instruments:
acoustic and electric guitars, dobro, pedal steel guitar, piano,
fiddle, mandolin, bass and Highland bagpipes.
Gerry O’Beirne (guitars & ukulele) is a renowned singer, songwriter,
and multi-instrumentalist (6 and 12 string guitar, ukulele, slide
guitar among others).
Orville Johnson (guitar & dobro) is a legend in the blues, bluegrass,
and American folk scene. Orville is known for his dobro and slide
guitar virtuosity and has played on over 100 albums.
Igor Abuladze (guitar & bass) was born in Tbilisi, Georgia. He is a
multi-instrumentalist and performs and teaches guitar and electric
bass in Seattle.
Andrew Boscardin (guitar) has been playing guitar and writing music
for over 20 years. He is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College in New
York, where he studied composition and electronic music and performed
in the school's Improvisation and Guitar Ensemble, and of Cornish
College of the Arts in Seattle, where he majored in jazz guitar
performance.
Suzanne Taylor (piano) is well-known pianist in the Seattle celtic
music scene. Her influences include classical piano, jazz, Broadway,
pop, rock, and country.
Duncan Millar (drums) is a drummer in the Five-Time World Champion
Simon Fraser University Pipe Band and one of the world's top pipe band
drum soloists. Duncan has also played drums and percussion in rock
bands in and around Los Angeles, Seattle, and Vancouver.
Mike Cole (drums) is a North American Pipe Band Bass Drum Champion.
Mike is a professional educator and excels at many styles of
percussion, including a wide range of hand drums from around the world.

Other credits:
Produced by Jori Chisholm
Executive Producer: Ed Littlefield, Jr.
Engineered by Daniel Protheroe & Matthew Gephart
Recorded and mixed at Sage Arts in Arlington, Washington
Mastered by Bob Katz at Digital Domain
Cover and design by Tyler Fry

Special thanks for Jeff Buck Ramsey for production assistance

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G. H.

So Jammin'
Bagpipes + Jori Chisholm = so jammin', so warrior, so euphoric. I can't help but have a huge smile on my face when I hear this album played, and honestly my feet will tap. I can't stop them, and that says a lot for a guy who is usually discouraged by the ever-present horrid music out there. Great album.
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