Larry Chernicoff - Gallery of Air LP
Self-taught composer Larry Chernicoff began writing music in the mid 1970's for a dance troupe in Woodstock New York, where he worked and taught at the legendary Creative Music Studio. On his 1983 debut album, Gallery of Air, he began blending improvisation with long-form compositions, minimalism, orchestral instruments, multi-layered counterpoint, the warm textures of synthesizers, and a diverse range of international sounds.
Throughout Gallery of Air, his ensemble delivers both a high level of kinetic energy and moments of meditative peace, while holding your attention with completely accessible sounds. Though Chernicoff cites several influences upon his sound - hero and teacher Don Cherry, classical Indian Alap, Indonesian gamelan, his time spent in Germany playing free jazz - Gallery of Air remains a singular work, combining elements of jazz and classical music with the international experimentation of the '80s.
Originally released in 1984, the warm analog sound of Gallery of Air is preserved in the 2018 re-master, available on vinyl and digital download as a collaboration between Incidental Music and Chernicoff's own Windy Planet Music.
Recorded in 1983, Gallery of Air has been discovered by a new generation of listeners over the past few years, literally all around the world. Considered by some to be a classic of early world jazz fusion and retro synthesizer textures.
Larry Chernicoff - composer, producer, vibraphone, piano, percussion
Don Davis - saxophones
Tim Moran - saxophones
Sonam Targee - trumpet, bamboo trumpet
Tony Vacca - percussion
Stephen Walt - bassoon
“An impeccable" synthesis of jazz, classical, rock and world folk styles."