CD cover - Interpret It Well by Ches Smith

Interpret It Well

Released: May 2022

Tracks:

  1. Trapped
  2. Interpret It Well
  3. Mixed Metaphor
  4. Morbid
  5. Clear Major
  6. I Need More
  7. Deppart
CD cover - Interpret It Well by Ches Smith

Interpret It Well

Released: May 6, 2022

Tracks:

  1. Trapped
  2. Interpret It Well
  3. Mixed Metaphor
  4. Morbid
  5. Clear Major
  6. I Need More
  7. Deppart
From 2016 to 2018, I attempted to make my trio with Mat and Craig my “road” band, and somehow succeeded, for a spell. Bill Frisell came to hear us play in late 2018, and then wrote me, asking about the music. Craig, Mat and I have admired Bill since each of us began in this music, so I invited him to play a gig with us. Though it took more than a year to book the date, as we played the show, Bill felt like a natural part of the band.

Then Covid happened. Suddenly, and strangely, everyone was in town and available. We decided to record the music.

My main goal was to have Bill feel like he could do whatever he wanted with the compositions, just as Craig, Mat and I do. It was not difficult to convince him. At rehearsals I was encouraged by how open everything became. Each reprise of a given piece had its own unique outcome.

By the time we entered the studio, it no longer felt like “trio plus Bill.” We were a unit. Our approach to the compositions was improvisational—using space, lyricism, sound, density, noise and aggression, depending on the moment. We also improvised compositionally: the open sections told their own stories, revealing unearthed dimensions. We created transitions on the fly… more

released May 6, 2022

Craig Taborn piano
Mat Maneri viola
Bill Frisell guitar
Ches Smith drums, vibes

Compositions by Ches Smith (Preposterous Bee Music, BMI)

Produced by David Breskin

Recorded on October 12 & 13, 2020, by Ron Saint Germain & Ryan Streber, assisted by Charles Mueller, at Oktaven Audio, Mount Vernon, NY

Mixed by Ron Saint Germain at Saint’s Place

Mastered by Scott Hull at Masterdisk, Peekskill, NY

Album art by Raymond Pettibon, No Title (Interpret It Well…), 1987,
ink on paper, courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner Gallery

Design & layout by Spottswood Erving & July Creek for Janky Defense

A Frank Heath film accompanies the title track. You may find it on Vimeo or wherever such things freely stream, including the websites of Ches and Pyroclastic.

Thanks to Craig, Mat, Bill, Saint, Kris Davis, db and Isabel Breskin, Kesler Pierre, Chelsea Hadley, Frank Heath for his film, Raymond Pettibon for his drawing, Greg Lulay and David Zwirner, Miya and Zane Osaki.

This album was made possible by support from The Shifting Foundation.

Bill Frisell appears courtesy of Blue Note Records

Carbon offsets to neutralize the carbon emissions associated with the production
and distribution of this album have been purchased through carbonfund.org.

Ches Smith and Pyroclastic Records © ℗ 2022 and Raymond Pettibon © 1987
chessmith.com pyroclasticrecords.com

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