75 DOLLAR BILL – ” Wood​/​Metal​/​Plastic​/​Pattern/​Rhythm​/​Rock “

Posted: December 22, 2016 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Rick Brown was born in San Francisco, California and is a clerical worker at a law school in NYC. Che Chen was born in New Haven, CT and works for a cancer diagnostics company in Stonybrook, NY. They met via myspace and started playing together as 75 Dollar Bill approximately eight years later.

Brown plays percussion and homemade horns and Chen plays electric guitar.   “It’s hard not to slip into ridiculous hyperbole when it comes to 75 Dollar Bill. Whatever conclusion you come to personally, you’re gonna love the instrumental duo of guitarist Che Chen and percussionist Rick Brown. They’ve definitely nailed down a thrillingly original sound, centered around Chen’s specially designed quarter-tone guitar — something about his tone cuts right to the quick, with North African riffs blending into juke-joint boogies into more avant territory. Brown’s impressively minimalist setup (he mostly plays a wooden crate) is a perfect fit, adding a hypnotic thump to the mix. The whole thing is a little hard to describe,  75 Dollar Bill is amazing. On the band’s latest release, Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock, the group expand the lineup — baritone saxes, droning violas and contrabass — and deliver their most powerful music yet. Things feel a bit more composed and fleshed out as opposed to the improvised feel of some of their earlier recordings, but it works just fine: four mindbending tracks, each one a delight.

Rick Brown: plywood crate, maracas, shakers, bells, a drum
Che Chen: 12 and 6 string electric guitars, bass, shakers
Carey Balch: floor tom (tr.3)
Rolyn Hu: trumpet (tr.4)
Cheryl Kingan: baritone & alto saxophones (tr 2 & 4)
Andrew Lafkas: contrabass (tr.2)
Karen Waltuch: viola (tr.2)


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