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All the Pretty Ponies

by Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord

Guitarist Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord invest their sophomore effort - recorded live in New York - with vitriolic improvisation on the riotous end of the avant-garde. "Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord = hardbop + Zeppelin + Schoenberg" - Dave Madden
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1. Here Lies Love
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2. Cavallieri
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3. Rear Admiral
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4. What We Don't Forget
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5. Sloth
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6. Sack Full of Doorknobs
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7. Have You Ever Seen a Woman as Big as Martha?
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Album Notes
"Somewhere down the road from the Knitting Factory, on the outskirts of 70s stadium rock, you’ll find Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord, a crew once again proving that jazz isn’t dead – it’s just getting started! ...The crew walks a line of structural retention and freedom from the original works that fuses a healthy dose of virtuosic improvisation with an uncanny ability to come back to center before wandering too far into the cosmos." - Dave Madden, 'SLUG Magazine'

“Lundbom fuses avant-garde, jazz-rock scenarios with odd-metered rhythms and more...At times, the band tosses in notions of angst and shock-therapy to coincide with its semi-loud modus operandi. Fans of New York City’s wily downtown scene should welcome this outing with open arms!” - Glenn Astarita, 'All About Jazz'

"Big! Five Chord has more muscle than your average jazz-rock project: Guitarist Jon Lundbom's spiky riffs skronk alongside keening sax lines from Jon Irabagon - one of the city's most deadly hornmen..." - Hank Shteamer, 'Time Out NY'


Guitarist, composer, and bandleader Jon Lundbom currently resides in New York City. He leads Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord, with which he has released three albums. Their most recent, "Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord Accomplish Jazz," is now available from Hot Cup Records.

Jon also co-leads the Jon Lundbom/Bryan Murray Quartet with tenor saxophonist Bryan Murray. As a sideman, Jon performs regularly with Wolfe & the Wayside, Bryan Murray & the Haggards, the ICUP Orchestra, and Aaron Irwin’s Vicious World Project, as well as with Stuart d’Arrietta’s "Belly of a Drunken Piano – The Music of Tom Waits." Jon has collaborated extensively with a number of performance artists including Julia May Jonas (Nellie Tinder) and Andrew Dinwiddie (Catch! Performance Series).

Originally hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, Jon began playing guitar in the second grade, more seriously as a young teenager. After years of performing in and around his hometown and a brief tour of Europe, Jon moved to Chicago proper to attend the Jazz Studies program at DePaul University. There he studied Jazz guitar with Bob Palmieri, classical guitar with Mark Maxwell, and improvisation with Larry Novak, Larry Gray, Alan Swain, and others. Also, while at DePaul, Jon studied classical composition with Drs. George Flynn, Kurt Westerburg, and Jeff Kowalkowski (of Jack the Dog).

As Jon's interests in twentieth-century classical music and more advanced forms of improvisation developed, his music became increasingly informed by non-linear complexity and open improvisational structures. While at DePaul, Jon maintained an active performance schedule, performing frequently under his own name in and around Chicago. He also, along with cellist and composer Andrew Morgan, co-founded both the DePaul University Avant-Garde Music Society and (with guitarist Aaron Solomon) the Seven Days of Stockhausen improvisation collective. Jon also performed or recorded alongside such renowned musicians as Joe Lovano, Tom Harrell, Ken Vandermark, Fred Lomberg-Holm, Eric Leonardsen, Laurie Lee-Moses, and Bob Falesch.

Upon graduation, Jon relocated to New York City and began performing on the Jazz and improvised music scenes while studying with guitarists such as John Scofield, Ben Monder, and Steve Cardenas. Eventually, Jon began attending the Master's program at the Manhattan School of Music. There, Jon studied privately with Jack Wilkins, as well as with David Liebman, Chris Rosenberg, and Phil Markowitz, to name a few. Jon left MSM after a semester, however, and began pursuing his own music toward the release of his debut recording, "Big Five Chord."

"Big Five Chord" features long-time friend and fellow Chicago native Jon Irabagon on alto saxophone, along with Dominic Lalli on tenor saxophone, Moppa Elliott on bass, and Justin Walke on drums. The album was recorded at Vibromonk Studios in Brooklyn, NY, by Tamir Muskat (Firewater, Big Lazy, Gogol Bordello); mastered by two-time Grammy-award-winner Seth Foster at Universal Mastering; and released in association with For the Artist Records.

Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord’s sophomore recording, “All the Pretty Ponies,” was recorded live in New York in Fall of 2004. It features Jon Irabagon on alto saxophone and Moppa Elliott on bass in addition to Bryan Murray on tenor saxophone and Andrew Bain on drums. The album was edited by Charles Lipper and mastered by Seth Foster.

Now, Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord are proud to release their long-awaited third album, "Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord Accomplish Jazz," available now on Hot Cup Records. It features Jon Irabagon, Bryan Murray, Moppa Elliott, and Danny Fischer on drums. "Accomplish Jazz" was recorded by Wayne Dorell at the Pigeon Club, mixed by Gabe Schwartz at Fireplace Studios, and again mastered by Seth Foster at Universal Mastering.



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