Slon (album)

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Studio album by Chicago Underground Trio
Released January 20, 2004 (2004-01-20)
Recorded April 27–30, 2003 in Chicago
Genre Jazz
Label Thrill Jockey
Producer Bundy K. Brown
Chicago Underground Trio chronology

Slon is the third album from the Chicago Underground Trio. The album was released in January 2004 on Thrill Jockey Records . This is their first release on Thrill Jockey, their first two albums were released by Delmark Records. The album was produced by Bundy K. Brown. The trio consists of Rob Mazurek on cornet, Noel Kupersmith on bass and Chad Taylor on drums. This is their last release with bassist Noel Kupersmith. Mazurek and Taylor have also combined as the Chicago Underground Duo[1] and with the Chicago Underground Orchestra.[2]


Slon combines the sounds of a traditional jazz combo with electronic overdubs. The songs were developed during their European No War Tour[3] and written over a one-month period[4] then recorded in Chicago.[3] The track "Palmero" includes recorded sounds from a Sicilian fish market.[3] This is their last release with bassist Noel Kupersmith, Jason Ajemian plays bass on their next release, Chronicle.[5]


In comparison to their earlier work, Gregory McIntosh of Allmusic writes that the combo is "more focused on an overall concept for the record as an atmospheric listen" and that the album "is a document of a band that has really hit its stride".[4] When commenting on the combo's use of computers John L. Walters of The Guardian wrote that they use them for "anything from ambient noise to throbbing riffs". He goes on to write that "Mazurek's inventive improvisations dance around Taylor's live, open-sounding kit, while Kupersmith's bass sound stays oddly, unfashionably low."[3]

Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]

Rex Butters of All About Jazz wrote that Slon has "heated high speed interplay and cold techno ice caps" and calls the musicians "gifted improvisers at the top of their game".[6] In CMJ New Music Report, Tad Hendrickson wrote that the production by Bundy K. Brown "helps bring the album into sharper focus" and calls the work "nicely done".[7]

John Schacht listed the album as one of his top twenty favorite albums of 2004 in Creative Loafing, calling the combo "the best jazz ensemble many jazz fans have never heard".[8]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by the Chicago Underground Trio

  1. "Protest" (6:29)
  2. "Slon" (4:56)
  3. "Zagreb" (6:39)
  4. "Sevens" (3:00)
  5. "Campbell" (6:57)
  6. "Kite" (4:35)
  7. "Palermo" (3:20)
  8. "Shoe Lace" (4:32)
  9. "Pear" (3:02)


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Peak
2004 CMJ Top 75 70[9]
CMJ Jazz Albums 6[10]


  1. ^ Bush, John. "Biography: Chicago Underground Duo". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  2. ^ Watrous, Rick. "Review: Playground". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d Walters, John L (16 January 2004). "Full metal racket". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c McIntosh, Gregory. "Review: Slon". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  5. ^ Nastos, Michael G. "Review: Chronicle". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Butters, Rex (1 June 2004). "Chicago Underground Trio Slon". All About Jazz. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Hendrickson, Tad (26 January 2004). "Chicago Underground Trio Slon". CMJ New Music Report 78 (849): p. 20. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Schacht, John (29 December 2004). "List-O-Rama!". Creative Loafing (Charlotte, North Carolina). Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Top 75". CMJ New Music Monthly (121): p. 40. 2004. Retrieved 16 February 2011. 
  10. ^ "Jazz Album Chart". CMJ New Music Report 78 (11): p. 19. 16 February 2004. Retrieved 16 February 2011.