The music on Continuum is inventive, propulsive, and almost always surprising. If you’re looking for a slab of proggy instrumental rock with jazz leanings, this album is definitely worth looking into.
Xander Naylor is a guitarist, improviser, and composer living in New York City, who gathers the vocabularies and core energetic forces of avant jazz, post-rock, and Indian classical music, into a singular new sound, described by The Critical Masses as “a language all his own.” Rooted firmly in the culturally-rich NYC music scene, his music has brought him to perform all over the world, including the South by Southwest Festival (Austin, Texas, USA), Assomniak Festival (Brest, France), and the Chhandayan Annual Concert (Kolkata, India). Born of his own spiritual journey, and deep study of multiple Eastern and Western traditions, Naylor’s music gives vital breath to the most fundamental questions we face today as a culture, and as human beings. Naylor is a ground-breaking guitarist, and a fearless searcher, forging new techniques, extended sounds, and employing rhythmic acrobatics, all in service of a visceral experience which fosters and promotes greater understanding.
Naylor’s new album Continuum features all-new compositions which are all about breaking through the barriers of digital screens and facing others eye-to-eye, as well as facing the problematic discourses of our time with the knowledge that “there still are people who still stand for respect and the ideal of common good.” Seasoned from two years of touring, Naylor’s band Sound Machine’s current lineup features Elijah Shiffer (alto saxophone), Nicholas Jozwiak (electric bass) and Raphael Pannier (drums). Continuum also features an all-star lineup of some of today’s most sought after voices, including Alec Spiegelman (baritone sax), Alex Asher (trombone), Angelica Bess (vocals), Cole Kamen-Green (trumpet), and Sarah Pedinotti (vocals). These superb musicians have toured the world, studied many of its musical cultures, and recorded with such diverse acts as Beyonce, Boy George & Culture Club, Lorde, Okkervill River, Anais Mitchell, Samir Chatterjee, Tyshawn Sorey, and Peter Evans. Continuum is the ultimate invitation into Xander Naylor’s unfettered vision of the spiritual and physical worlds that music can embody.
All compositions by Xander Naylor, published by Little Volcanoes Music (ASCAP)
Recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, NY March 2-3, 2019
Engineers: Jacob Bergson and Ian Hersey
Mixing and additional tracking by Ian Hersey at Carefree Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Alex Syner
Album artwork by Michael Kerschner
Xander Naylor is a guitarist, improviser, and composer who combines avant jazz, post-rock, and Indian classical music, into
a singular new sound, described by The Critical Masses as “a language all his own.” Naylor has performed all over the world, most recently a two-month tour of India (Feb-March, 2020). Continuum it is a statement of inclusivity....more
The album is just marvelous from start to finish. I had tickets for the show in Berlin on April 30, 2020 - Corona destroyed my hope to see one of my favorite bands ever live. Alle the best to Marc and the boys, stay safe and healthy! paulgaul68
De Brasov and Israelite are both virtuoso musicians, and this album is a great showcase of the range of their talents. There is a ton of Eastern European soul here in a creative mix of styles--jazz, fusion, electronica, classical--often in the same track. If you like avant-garde music but you also like something with a groove and some world flavor, this might be for you. xpatofthemind