Hallelujah, Anyway – Remembering Tom Cora

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Hallelujah, Anyway – Remembering Tom Cora
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Compilation album by
Various artists
ReleasedMay 1999 (1999-05)
Recorded1981–1998
GenreAvant-garde jazz, experimental music, free improvisation
Length144:27
LabelTzadik
ProducerFred Frith and Peter Hardt

Hallelujah, Anyway – Remembering Tom Cora is a 1999 double-CD compilation album by various artists dedicated to United States cellist and composer Tom Cora, who had died on April 9, 1998. It includes material composed in Cora's memory, songs he had written for other musicians and groups, and a selection of music he had performed and participated in.[1] It was released in May 1999 by John Zorn's Tzadik Records.

One of the tracks, "Talking to the Tree", was performed at Cora's Memorial Concert in May 1998 by Cora's widow, Catherine Jauniaux, and one of his frequent collaborators, Fred Frith.[2]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]

Writing in a review at AllMusic, Joslyn Layne described this retrospective compilation as "[u]pbeat, eclectic, eccentric, beautiful".[1] She called Tom Cora "a significant improviser and extraordinary cellist", and said this release was important because it highlighted Cora's "undervalued brilliance".[1] Layne called the album "a worthy eulogy" and "[h]ighly recommended for all with open ears".[1]

Andrew Bartlett said in a review of Hallelujah, Anyway in the Seattle Weekly that it is an "eminently memorable" collection of tributes to Cora, who he said had taken his cello to "untold new places".[2] Bartlett said "[y]ou won't find a better collection of post-1970s avant-garde guiding lights collected anywhere".[2]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No.TitleWriter(s)PerformerLength
1."Cuimhnean Phiobair"Seán PottsLesli Dalaba1:47
2."The Gospel of Gone"Tom CoraKazutoki Umezu & band3:21
3."Halts"Roof, Paul HainesRoof5:11
4."Talking to the Tree"Fred Frith, Catherine JauniauxFred Frith / Catherine Jauniaux2:58
5."Saint Dog"CoraCurlew6:55
6."Seafaring"Amy Denio, Jeroen VisserAmy Denio / Jeroen Visser4:50
7."Two-Day 'Til Tomorrow"CoraTom Cora1:14
8."In Memory Of"Haruna Ito, Samm BennettGonogonogo4:36
9."Jim"CoraThe Ululating Mummies3:48
10."Just a Dream"John Edwards, Caroline KraabelShock Exchange3:23
11."Today"George CartwrightChris Cochrane / Zeena Parkins2:16
12."Marseille Shout"Oriental FusionOriental Fusion4:02
13."Love, Love, Love"Wayne HorvitzWayne Horvitz2:16
14."Casey R."Cora, Frith, John ZornTom Cora / Fred Frith / John Zorn3:29
15."Weaklings"Third PersonThird Person3:53
16."Der Glater Bulgar"Dave TarrasA-Musik5:06
17."The President of the United States"Cora, Wadada Leo Smith, Richard Teitelbaum, Carlos ZingaroTom Cora / Wadada Leo Smith / Richard Teitelbaum / Carlos Zingaro3:16
18."Light Sentence"CoraCurlew2:35
19."The Week Tom Died"Thierry AzamThierry Azam5:00
20."There Will Be a Happy Meeting"TraditionalTom Cora2:53
Disc 2
No.TitleWriter(s)PerformerLength
21."The Flute's Tale"The Ex, CoraThe Ex4:38
22."Burning Hoop"CoraTom Cora3:01
23."Pitter Patter Panther"The ChadbournesThe Chadbournes2:16
24."Tomcat"Miya Masaoka, Larry Ochs, Bob OstertagMiya Masaoka / Larry Ochs / Bob Ostertag5:08
25."Tom Wood"Gerry HemingwayGerry Hemingway4:42
26."Mr. TC"Elliott Sharp / Frances-Marie UittiElliott Sharp / Frances-Marie Uitti5:24
27."Jelly Roll Stomp"Jelly Roll MortonSkeleton Crew3:12
28."Fence"Zeena ParkinsZeena Parkins1:54
29."Vepiranka"Cora, Iva BittováTom Cora / Iva Bittová3:24
30."Intenda"CoraNimal5:00
31."Tromba Marina a Cora"Nicolas CollinsNicolas Collins2:10
32."Hoppas Att Det Går / Total Preparation"Lars Hollmer, Cora, Pidgin ComboPidgin Combo5:09
33."Yellow Smile"Hahn RoweHahn Rowe3:12
34."Two Days 'Til Tomorrow"CoraTom Cora / Wolfgang Mitterer5:09
35."Jesus Speak to Me"TraditionalTyson Rogers1:27
36."Radiotraces"Cora, Thomas DimuzioThomas Dimuzio5:12
37."One More Time"Cora, Chris Cutler, FrithTom Cora / Chris Cutler / Fred Frith3:12
38."Tom's Lament"KramerKramer & Tess4:24
39."Zach's Flag"CoraSkeleton Crew3:04

Sources: AllMusic,[1] Discogs,[3] Tom Cora discography.[4]

Personnel[edit]

  • Tom Cora (3,5,7,12,14,15,17,18,20–23,27,29,30,32,34,37,39) – cello, accordions, home-made instruments, voice
  • Lesli Dalaba (1) – trumpet
  • Kazutoki Umezu (2) – alto saxophone
  • Nakao Kanji (2) – soprano saxophone
  • Hayashi Eiichi (2) – alto saxophone
  • Tada Yoko (2) – alto saxophone
  • Katayama Hiroaki (2) – tenor saxophone
  • Nomoto Kazuhiro (2) – baritone saxophone
  • Shimizu Kazuto (2) – bass clarinet
  • Ohara Yutaka (2) – trombone
  • Sekijima Takerou (2) – tuba
  • Kondo Tatsuo (2) – accordion
  • Keichi (2) – percussion
  • Phil Minton (3) – voice
  • Luc Ex (3,21) – bass guitar
  • Michael Vatcher (3) – drums
  • Fred Frith (4,14,18,27,37,39) – guitar, home-made instruments, bass guitar
  • Catherine Jauniaux (4) – voice
  • Pippin Barnett (5,9) – drums
  • George Cartwright (5,18) – saxophones
  • Ann Rupel (5) – bass guitar
  • Davey Williams (5) – guitar
  • Amy Denio (6) – voice, percussion, guitar, alto, piano innards, text
  • Jeroen Visser (6) – collage, mastering
  • Samm Bennett (8,15) – drums, samples
  • Ito Haruna (8)
  • Barry Bless (9) – accordion
  • Danny Finny (9) – tenor saxophone
  • Robbie Kinter (9) – percussion, keyboard
  • George Lowe (9) – bass clarinet
  • Dave Yohe (9) – bass guitar
  • Caroline Kraabel (10) – saxophone
  • John Edwards (10) – bass guitar
  • Chris Cochrane (11) – voice
  • Zeena Parkins (11,27,28) – piano
  • Hakim Hamadouche (12) – lute, voice
  • Edmond Hosdikian (12) – alto saxophone
  • Barre Phillips (12) – bass guitar
  • Ahmed Compaore (12) – drums
  • Wayne Horvitz (13) – piano
  • John Zorn (14,23) – alto saxophone, game calls, mouthpieces, soprano saxophone, clarinet
  • Marc Ribot (15) – guitar
  • Takeda Kenichi (16) – taishokoto
  • Okuma Wataru (16,32) – clarinet, chorus, piano
  • Iwate Hiroshi (16) – saxophone
  • Chino Shuichi (16) – keyboard
  • Koyama Tetsuto (16) – bass guitar
  • Nakao Kanji (16) – drums
  • Kasuga Hirobumi (16) – guitar
  • Leo Smith (17) – trumpet, small instruments
  • Richard Teitelbaum (17) – synthesizer
  • Carlos Zingaro (17) – violin
  • Mark Howell (18) – guitar
  • Rick Brown (18) – drums
  • Thierry Azam (19) – all instruments
  • Terrie Ex (21) – guitar
  • Andy Ex (21) – guitar
  • Katrin Ex (21) – drums
  • G.W. Sok (21) – vocals
  • Eugene Chadbourne (23) – guitar, voice, tape effects
  • David Licht (23) – drums
  • Kramer (23,38) – cheap organ, voice, all instruments (on (38))
  • Miya Masaoka (24) – koto
  • Larry Ochs (24) – tenor saxophone
  • Bob Ostertag (24) – samples
  • Gerry Hemingway (25) – percussion
  • Elliott Sharp (26) – guitar
  • Frances-Marie Uitti (26) – cello
  • Sara Parkins (28) – violin
  • Margaret Parkins (28) – cello
  • Iva Bittová (29) – violin, voice
  • Momo Rossel (30) – guitar
  • Bratko Bibič (30) – accordion
  • Jean-Vin Huguenin (30) – bass guitar
  • Nicolas Collins (31) – backwards electric guitar
  • Rorie (32) – chorus, marimba
  • Kimura Shinya (32) – drums
  • Shinoda Masami (32) – baritone saxophone
  • Nishimura Takuya (32) – bass guitar
  • Hahn Rowe (33) – all instruments
  • Wolfgang Mitterer (34) – piano, prepared piano
  • Tyson Rogers (35) – piano
  • Thomas Dimuzio (36) – digital editing and processing
  • Chris Cutler (37) – drums, processing
  • Tess (38) – voice
  • Rebby Sharp (39) – fiddle

Sources: Discogs,[3] Tom Cora discography.[4]

Recording notes[edit]

  • (1) recorded at the corner church, June 1998
  • (2) recorded on the street in Tokyo, September 1998
  • (3) recorded at Lagerhaus, Bremen, June 1997
  • (4) recorded at the Tom Cora Memorial Concert, May 1998
  • (5) recorded at Water Music, Hoboken, November 1990
  • (6) recorded at Fish Made Studio, Zürich and Bendy Thing & Spaciouser Spoot Studios, Seattle
  • (7,18) recorded at Bisi Studio, Brooklyn, Summer 1983
  • (8) recorded at Mescaluna, Nishinomiya & Polarity, Tokyo, November 1998
  • (9) recorded at Sound of Music Studios, Richmond (VA)
  • (11) recorded at Noise, New York, 1987
  • (12) recorded at Studio Cactus, Marseille, September 1997
  • (13) recorded at Ironwood Studios, Seattle, November 1998
  • (14) recorded at WKCR-FM, New York, April 1983
  • (15) recorded live at the Knitting Factory, New York City, 1990
  • (16) recorded at G.O.K. Sound, Tokyo, Summer 1995
  • (17) recorded live at Bard College, May 1993
  • (19) recorded at Thierry Azam's home, April 1998
  • (20,22) recorded at Harold Dessau Studio, New York, 1990
  • (21) recorded live on VPRO Radio 3, La Stampa, August 1991
  • (23) recorded live in Ohio, c. 1981
  • (24) recorded at Division Studio, San Francisco, September 1998
  • (25) recorded at Roulette, New York City, November 1998
  • (26) recorded live in Amsterdam, 1998
  • (27) recorded at CBGB's, New York City, April 1985
  • (28) recorded at 6/8 Studios, New York, February 1997
  • (29) recorded at Studio V-Zlin, May 1997
  • (30) recorded at Studio CCAM, Vand'Oeuvre-les-Nancy, 1989
  • (32) recorded at Manda-la 2, Tokyo, March 1989
  • (33) recorded 1998
  • (34) recorded 1996–1998
  • (35) recorded June 1998
  • (37) recorded live at Laboratoires d'Aubervilliers, March 1998
  • (38) recorded at Virginia's, 1998
  • (39) recorded at Sunrise, Switzerland, Christmas 1983

Sources: Discogs,[3] Tom Cora discography.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Layne, Joslyn. "Hallelujah, Anyway – Remembering Tom Cora". AllMusic. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Bartlett, Andrew (October 9, 2006). "Pavement, Townes Van Zandt, tributes to Gram Parsons and Tom Cora". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "Hallelujah, Anyway – Remembering Tom Cora". Discogs. Retrieved February 18, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c Ramond, Michel; Roussel, Patrice; Vuilleumier, Stephane. "Discography of Tom Cora". New York Downtown Scene and Other Miscellaneous Discographies. Retrieved May 29, 2016.