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live ateliers claus

by 75 Dollar Bill

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WZN#3 (2016) 06:09
WZN#4 (2016) 08:05


75 Dollar Bill came to perform at les ateliers claus twice - in very different circumstances, but never uneventful. The first passage was in November 2016 as a duo formed by Che Chen & Rick Brown. A few days prior to this gig Donald Trump just got elected and the general atmosphere was low to say the least. In 2019 they came back with Andrew Lafkas on bass, politics were forgotten for one night, and they rocked a full house with instruments that just made it in time for the last gigs of their European tour.

This live ateliers claus release is a compilation of both passages. Che Chen And Rick Brown edited & chose the tracks themselves, four tracks from 2016 and two tracks from 2019.

1. Beni Said (2016)
2. WZN#3 (2016)
3. Touedar Akli (2016)*
4. WZN#4 (2016)
5. Fifteen (2019)
6. I Was Real (2019)


released May 26, 2021

*Touedar Akli (2016) is a cover of song by Groupe el Azhar

1-4 (2016) - Rick Brown: plywood crate, percussion / Che Chen: guitar
5-6 (2019) - Rick Brown: plywood crate, percussion, homemade horns / Che Chen: guitar, soprano saxophone / Andrew Lafkas: contrabass

The 2016 concert was recorded by Etienne Foyer, the 2019 by Christophe Albertijn.


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75 Dollar Bill New York, New York

75 Dollar Bill was formed in 2012 in NYC by Rick Brown and Che Chen. Played on a deeply resonant plywood crate, Brown’s elemental rhythms are the foundation and foil for Chen’s ecstatic, modal guitar style. While Brown and Chen are always at the band’s core, they frequently draw on an extended family of players live and on record, from trios to “little big band” to 25-piece marching band. ... more

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