Making Love to the Dark Ages ~ LiveWired 2009

by Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber

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Burnt Sugar’s first studio recording in 5 years in celebration of the band’s 10 year anniversary. A tasty mix of history and contemporary. A spicy blend of jazz, improv, innovation and composition. A cornucopia of sound embedded in the process of creativity: hot, sweet, and a little burnt on the edges.

“As can be surmised from Tate’s explanation, Dark Ages is a sprawling, audacious survey of not only jazz (Sun Ra) and pop (Wu Tang) but of blues, gospel, pretty much every corner of the Afro-American musical spectrum, within song titles as evocative as the music they represent.”

Chris M. Slawecki ~ All About Jazz

“With a name like Burnt Sugar the Arkestra Chamber, Greg Tate’s latest project conjures up everything from funk, jazz and rock to the avant-garde world of Sun Ra and the hard-hitting hip-hop of the Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Yet when the band delves into the three-part album opener, “Chains and Water,” they first hit you with a blend of Delta blues and modern soul, propelled by the saucy vocals of Lisala. (How many different ways does she manage to intone and enunciate the phrase “I go back, I go back, I go back, I go back, I go back, I go back to chains and water”?)”

Steve Greenlee ~ Jazztimes


released April 30, 2021

Conductor - Greg Tate
Vocals - Lisala, Abby Dobson, Derrin Maxwell, Jeremiah Abiah, Justice Dilla X & Latasha Natasha Nevada Diggs
Flute & Percussion - Satch Hoyt
Soprano Sax - Michael Veal
Alto Saxophone - Matana Roberts, Avram Fefer & Micah Gaugh
Tenor Saxophone - V. Jeffrey Smith, Petre Radu Scafaru & Harald Kisiedu
Baritone Saxophone - "Moist" Paula Henderson
Bass Clarinet - Avram Fefer
Trumpet - Lewis "Flip" Barnes
Trombone - Dave "Smoota" Smith
Harmonica & Freak-a-Phone - Mikel Banks
Electric Guitar - André Lassalle, Ben Tyree, Greg Tate, Rene Akan & Vernon Reid
Piano - Justice Dilla X, Vijay Iyer & W-Myles Reilly
Synthesizer - Bruce Mack
Violin - Mazz Swift
Cello - Will Martina
Acoustic Bass - Jason DiMatteo
EFX Bass - Shahzad Ismaily
Electric Bass - Jared Michael Nickerson & Michael Veal
Drums - Chris Eddleton, Meret Koehler, Swiss Chris &Trevor Holder

Recorded on April 27th, June 1st, October 26th, November 2nd & November 9th, 2008
Production & Conduction — Gregory ‘Ionman’ Tate for TruGROIDD & Burnt Sugar Index LLC
Engineer & Mixed By – Peter Karl for The Fifth House, Brooklyn N.Y.
Producers – Greg Tate & Jared Michael Nickerson for B.S.I. LLC
Executive Producers — Colin Faber & Charles Blass for LIVEWIRED MUSIC


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Burnt Sugar The Arkestra Chamber New York, New York

BURNT SUGAR is a neo-tribal thang, aspiring to the condition of all that is molten, glacial, spacial, telepathic.
''A multiracial jam army that freestyles with cool telekinesis between the lustrous menace of Miles Davis’ On The Corner, the slash-and-om of 1970s King Crimson, and Jimi Hendrix’ moonwalk across side three of Electric Ladyland.”- David Fricke, Rolling Stone.
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