Alain Mallet

Mutt Slang II: A Wake of Sorrows Engulfed in Rage

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...an ambitious, genre-transcendent musical palette...This is a deeply thoughtful and wildly infectious musical adventure you shouldn't miss!
JW Vibe

Though based in multiple musical realms, pianist Alain Mallet's ambitious Mutt Slang projects coalesce into a world that exudes 'exotic' yet ultimately feels familiar, the roots of its various components meeting somewhere deep within. Sharing the musical landscape with young musicians from Palestine, Brazil, Italy, Israel, Japan, Bulgaria, Panama, Ireland, Puerto Rico and the US, the complexity of their backgrounds - musically, ethnically, and otherwise, permeates the session, suffusing Mallet's compositions with an undeniable energy and life. "Mutt Slang is very much the result of this convergence of all the musics I love, of digging to get to their shared soul and rebuild something fresh, in order to discover where I belong and give others a chance to do the same." - Alain Mallet


Track Listing:

1. Trolls (for Lyle) 5:51
2. Goya Wonweh (Duality) 7:41
3. Requiem (3 Funerals # 4: Hope) 4:38
4. 3 Funerals #3: Mili 1:57
5. Joy 5:26
6. The Unbreakable Veil 3:53
7. Lace 3:00
8. Hesitation (to the Polka Queens of Shikoku Island) 7:52
9. Listen
10. 3 Funerals #1: Tommy 1:53
11. The Groove
12. Prepare to Stop (6:30 AM) 7:24
13. Water Creatures 7:48
14. 3 Funerals #2: Roberto 4:08
15. Breach (for Jamey) 3:15
16. Ima 4:51

Music and lyrics by Alain Mallet ,except: "Water Creatures" by Dana Roth, "Ima" by Nadav Shapira, and "Requiem" music by A. Mallet, lyrics Alex Alvear & A. Mallet

Performers:

Guests:
Anat Cohen - Clarinet
Jamey Haddad - Percussion
Peter Slavov - Upright bass
Jay Ashby - Trombone

RHYTHM
Alain Mallet - Piano, B3, Rhodes, accordion, lead vocals (5,7),
electric bass choir (7), electronics, shakers, ocarinas, melodicas
Leandro Pellegrino - Electric guitar (1,2,8,13) / Claudio Ragazzi
Gerry Leonard - Guitar loop (7)
Peter Slavov - Upright bass (except 3,7) / James Heazlewood Dale
Alex Alvear - Electric bass (3), Lead vocals (3)

PERCUSSION
Diego Joaquin Ramirez - Drums (except 5,7) / Abraham Rounds
Jamey Haddad - Percussion (1,5,6,8,12,15,16)
Fabio Pirozzolo - Percussion (principal), Canto 'ncopp'o tammurro (2)
Kan Yanabe - Tambor (8), Pandeiro (2), Frame drum and Riq (3)
Mike Ringquist - Xekere (2) / Manolo Mairena

WINDS
Daniel Rotem - Tenor sax / Samuel Batista
Anat Cohen - Clarinet (8,12,14) / Stephen Byth
Edmar Colon - Soprano sax (15) / Josh Shpak
Jay Ashby - Trombone (12)

STRINGS
Layth Sidiq - Violin / Amal Ghulam

VOCALS
Fabio Pirozzolo - Canto 'ncopp'o tammurro (2), Perc.
Alex Alvear - Lead vocals (3), Electric bass (3)
Alain Mallet - Lead vocals (5,7), keyboards
Marlie Pesek - Lead & background vocals (5)
Vasileios Kostas - Vocal improvisation (8), Lauto
Jamie Smith, Betty Gonzalez, Delfina Cheb Terrab,
Helen Sherrah Davis, Georgia Parker - Spoken words (13)
Delfina Cheb Terrab - Vocals (15)
Ahmad El Haggar - Vocal improvisation (16)

Production Info:

Produced by Alain Mallet
Recorded by Matt Hayes at
Wellspring Sound, Acton, MA, 11/8-10/2018
Additional tracking by Mark Wessel,
Alain Mallet, & Manolo Mairena
Mixed by Elliot Scheiner at Eyeball Studio, CN
Mastered by Darcy Proper, Valhalla Studios, NY
Cover photo by Alain Mallet
Front cover original concept by Isabel Kret
Design & layout by John Bishop


Reviews of Mutt Slang II: A Wake of Sorrows Engulfed in Rage

Midwest Record (Chris Spector)
The title and the cover art have you thinking this is probably some kind of edgy, malcontent stuff and nothing could be farther from the truth. A high octane jazzbo, Mallet mixmasters things in a way you don't expect but knows how to make the whole come out fully baked and ready to savor. Familiar and not so at the same time, his wide ranging ran ...

WTJU, Virginia (Dave Rogers)
Though based in multiple musical realms, pianist Alain Mallet's ambitious Mutt Slang projects coalesce into a world that exudes ‘exotic' yet ultimately feels familiar, the roots of its various components meeting somewhere deep within. Sharing the musical landscape with young musicians from Palestine, Brazil, Italy, Israel, Japan, Bulgaria, Panama ...

All About Jazz (Paul Rauch)
The art of jazz would seem to be a mystery to most, and at the same time, a language understood by many. In the entirety of its history, it has served as a central location for idiomatic change, a virtual jumping off point for explorative ventures into both new and traditional world forms. The wide lens of the music of pianist/composer Alain Mallet ...



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