With Copernicus, everything is evolution where the apparent end is just the beginning in a world where nothing, including the illusion of humanity, can stay the same from one moment to the next preventing anything from actually existing. If intellectual personal evolution in the ever evolving understanding and interpretation of Absolute Reality by Copernicus is intellectually observable by him, everything is OK for him. That evolution is what counts and being able to document the evolution in a poetry/music album is even better. He evolves through the art of expression. You get it out there spontaneously and see it, because you do not even know what you know! You get to see what is lurking and boiling up in the subconscious because Copernicus is always searching for the new idea.
The music in this new studio album :"Worthless!" is relentless in the face of this laid back introspective Copernicus who for good or bad was relegated to an isolated side of the studio while recording instead of his normal position of front and center at the head of the musicians directing and inspiring them. This isolation took away the demand to be the inspiring performer, the center of attention, and just be another element in the 15 unit group of improvising musicians led by the master, Pierce Turner and featuring blues rock legend Popa Chubby. All the musicians had was his spoken words. Truthfully, we have never seen a Copernicus so low key and soul searching throughout an entire album in his entire 30 years of recording.
released May 14, 2013
PIERCE TURNER keyboards, musical director
SARI SCHORR vocals
THOMAS HAMLIN drums, percussion
MATTY FILLOU tenor saxophone
MARVIN WRIGHT bass guitar, electric guitar, piano
CESAR ARAGUNDI electric and acoustic guitar
POPPA CHUBBY electric guitar
BOB HOFFNAR steel guitar
GEORGE RUSH double bass, electric bass, tuba
ROB THOMAS violin
RAIMUNDO PENAFORTE violin, mandolin, classical guitar, accordion, percussion
JUAN CASTILLO charango, siku-flute, acoustic guitar
NIYYIRRAH EL Djembe drums, trumpet bells and stix
BENJAMIN THOMPSON Djembe drums, trumpet bells and stix
KEVIN LANE Djembe drums, trumpet bells and stix
STEVEN BERNSTEIN slide trumpet
JAMES FRAZEE recording and mixing engineer
Recorded at the Water Studios, Hoboken, NJ in 2012.
All music created spontaneously by musicians.
Copernicus is a conceptual creation of Joseph Smalkowski.
Produced by Joseph Smalkowski for Nevermore, Inc.
All vocals and lyrics by Copernicus.
Favorite track Glass Cubes is the only one with vocals, provided by the formidable Susan Clynes. The rest is an amalgam of jazz, progressive rock & "avant rock" that strongly remind of Frank Zappa's (who's often named as influence) not too far-out bigger band offerings. Carsten Pieper
Elton Dean on list last (?) studio recording collaborating with the Belgian prog jazzers The Wrong Object.
What a pity they couldn't continue their common path!
As the formidable Mr MoonJune urges us to listen to the late great Elton Dean, blackmailing by offering this for one lousy buck, we should oblige, but please give a little more ;-)
Fans of Soft Machine / Soft Machine Legacy can't be disappointed by this bold statement! Carsten Pieper