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Mako Sica & Hamid Drake

Experimental trio Mako Sica has teamed up the legendary jazz drummer Hamid Drake for on a new album called Balancing Star. The album is due out via Astral Spirit on April 17th and lead single and opening track, "Trapeze", can be heard below.

Mako Sica is the work of Przemyslaw Krys Drazek, Brent J Fuscaldo, and Chaetan Newell.

   

Wills McKenna "Clover"

Multi-instrumentalist Wills McKenna recently released a surprising and beautiful new single called "Clover". On the all too brief track he plays tenor sax and acoustic guitar over a droning cello track. This is the first new music from McKenna since his 2017 EP "Nothing Left".

McKenna is a member of the noisy Hip Hop and Jazz Fusion band Je'raf who recently released a a new album via Amalgam called Throw Neck.

   

Charles Rumback "June Holiday"

The latest album, June Holiday, from Drummer Charles Rumback is set to be released via Astral Spirits on April 10th. For this project Rumback is joined by Jim Baker on Piano and John Tate on Bass.

The album, Rumback's follow-up to 2019's Cadillac Turn's, kicks off with a composition by Baker called "Foglights".

   

Abbey Bowed

Abbey Bowed is the passion project of Sam Sharp and a reimagining of The Beetle's classic album Abbey Road through the skills of a string quartet. The project is three year's in the making, but is currently set to be released on April 1st.

On this is album Abbey Bowed is Sam Sharp (violin), Becca Wilcox (viola), Charith Premawardhana (violin), and Nora Barton (cello). Barton and Premawardhana are both involved with Classical Revolution Chicago. For the video below, of the quartet performing "Something", the second violin is performed by Andra Kulans.

Photo by Jacob Hand Photography

   

Chicago Underground Quartet "Good Days"

The latest album from the Chicago Underground Quartet, Good Days, is out today, March 27th, Astral Spirits. This is the blending of styles and approaches to music of Josh Johnson (synth bass, organ, piano), Rob Mazurek (piccolo trumpet, electronics, bells), Jeff Parker (electric guitar), and Chad Taylor (drums and percussion).

The album's lead single is called "Orgasm" and it is a cover of a 1969 piece by Alan Shorter. Through out the album there is a mix of group composed and improvised tracks and a couple of solo pieces. It has been a surprising nineteen years since the last album from the quartet, and the first with the addition of Johnson.