New X Art Ensemble | New X: Xmas

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New X: Xmas

by New X Art Ensemble

An eclectic jazz influenced deconstruction of commercial Christmas offerings; nobody - but nobody - deconstructs Christmas like New X.
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. So Say Santa
Billy X. Curmano
2:05 $0.99
2. Hark, Fanfare
New X Art Ensemble
0:17 $0.99
3. Silent Night
Billy X. Curmano
3:35 $0.99
4. Li'l Drummer/Insane Drummer Boy
New X Art Ensemble
2:32 $0.99
5. Hark, Fanfare
New X Art Ensemble
0:27 $0.99
6. Endless Xmas Medley I
New X Art Ensemble
7:09 $0.99
7. Thgin Tnelis
Billy X. Curmano
2:23 $0.99
8. Comfort & Joy
New X Art Ensemble
3:36 $0.99
9. Endless Xmas Medley II
New X Art Ensemble
1:03 $0.99
10. Hark, Fanfare
New X Art Ensemble
0:25 $0.99
11. Endless Xmas Medley III
New X Art Ensemble
18:41 $0.99
12. End Endless Xmas Medley
New X Art Ensemble
2:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
Billy Curmano's New X Art Ensemble


When you've finally had enough commercial Christmas fare - nobody - but nobody - deconstructs Christmas like New X. Arguments, and nearly a fist fight, broke out in the isolated farm house that serves as the world headquarters for the New X Art Ensemble at just the thought of a Christmas recording. That was until it was plain to hear it wouldn't be just another Christmas cash cow - or God forbid - a "sell out" or even an Elvis Christmas. It would take a decidedly different twist and be recorded right there in the living room on a boombox and good old Fostex four track. The boys liked it so much they decided to re-release it on compact disc with all its low tech, anti-commercial charm. Their engineer was aghast, at first thinking, filter this; filter that, until he got it and realized he had too preserve the spirit of deconstruction and retain that funky, down home farm house quality.
Here's what Mike Starling had to say about the 1993 cassette only release of "New X: Xmas" in the indie rag, "LAX":
"Xmas is the follow-up to last year's cassette, 'Culture Run Amok', and features the same blend of low-tech spoken word/avant garde jazz pieces and odd instrumental versions of well known classics (in this case, songs like 'Silent Night' and 'Little Drummer Boy' which with New X becomes 'Little Drummer/Insane Drummer Boy').
"A word of caution: If Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas" or Andy Williams singing about chestnuts and open fires is your cup of Christmas carol tea, avoid this tape! However, if musicmakers like Ornette Coleman and the Art Ensemble of Chicago appeal to you, this may be just the weirded-out take on holiday music you're looking for."
They've added some graphics, but retained the smart black & white cover from the original cassette recording along with the disclaimer:


But don't be alarmed, unless you're a techno sound purist, "Xmas" is sure to charm.

New X is an evolving free-jazz collective founded by Curmano, Hunt and Smith. It expands and contracts easily and currently boasts a horn section "The Amazing Tess Toster Tones". For this 1993 recording, New X was: Billy X. Curmano: Drums and Vibraphone; Shawn Dalton: Bass and Conga; James B. Quick Degnan: Trumpet and Horns; D.L. Hunt: French Horn and Steve Smith: Reeds. There were vocals and incidental percussion contributed from most everyone and exciting backing vocals on Comfort & Joy by RANDOM HARMONY.

Includes the Christmas favorites: "Li'l Drummer/Insane Drummer Boy", "Endless Xmas Medleys" I, II and III and "Thgin Tnelis".



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Jerry Modjeski, KFAI Radio, "The Musical Transportation Spree"

Yes, it's lo-fi, but high fun at the X-pense of a holy sacred cow of a holiday with New X (a band that otherwise never does covers) spoofing the hell out of it with a slice and dice veg-o-matic review of carols and pop tunes and verbal bits that suggest darker views of the hollow-days we all must endure every December. My artist buddy in Brooklyn NY said it was the perfect thing to listen to while opening presents with his hip guests disgruntled by too much mainstream ho-ho-ho. This is such a fan favorite it's now become an annual holiday tradition for New X to do a live re-creation of this CD (recorded on a boom box in the early 1990s). However, this CD captures an earlier incarnation of New X with notable contributions by Sean Dalton (bass and narrations) who has since left the fold.