Classical / jazz fusion for a large chamber ensemble of improvisers. October is a Hybrid SACD, playable on all standard CD players and on SACD-compatible 5.1 surround sound systems

Larry Chernicoff composer, producer, vibraphone, piano, percussion
Karl Berger piano, co-producer, conductor
Carol Emanuel harp
Janet Grice bassoon
John Lindberg bass
Tim Moran clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophones
Esther Noh violin
Charles Pillow oboe, English horn, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone
Tomas Ulrich cello
Tom Varner French horn
Tony Vacca percussion
Benjy Wertheimer tablas

“I have no idea whether Larry has ever thought of his work in the context of motion-picture soundtracks, but the visual images that his sounds evoke came to me readily and vividly. This music is beautiful and complex. Larry Chernicoff is a composer who will draw attention with ‘October’.-  Creative Music Newsletter


September 2016: Gallery of Air has been discovered by a new generation of vinyl lovers. A limited number of copies are left from the original pressing. Prices have risen with demand. Current price $110 + shipping [$4 in the US and $24 to Europe]. The compositions reveal Larry’s later directions, including the use of bassoon with saxes, the mixing of African bow harps with jazz improv, and multi-layered counterpoint. An album with shining moments. Retro 1980’s synthesizer sounds.

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Larry Chernicoff composer, vibraphone, piano, synthesizer, West African bow harp
Don Davis saxophones
Tim Moran saxophones 
Tom Schmidt bass, synthesizer, African bow harp
Sonam Targee trumpet, bamboo trumpet
Stephen Walt trumpet, bassoon

”... an impeccable synthesis of jazz, rock, classical, and world folk styles.”  -- Downbeat

“There are few easy niches to put this music into. Some points of reference might be the Paul Winter Consort / Oregon axis, Don Cherry, or maybe Philip Glass. There are both ancient and modern qualities to this music… Chernicoff scores highest as a composer of highly original music with an elusive ‘I’ve heard this before’ quality. This is fascinating music.” -- Seattle Review

”One can hear the years Chernicoff spent working with dancers. This is stately and elegant music. The cross-rhythms invite dancing, as instrumental lines swell and diminish in tidal fashion.” -- Woodstock Times

”Gallery of Air has its own peculiar soft shine, something like cave light.” -- New Age Journal

”Gallery of Air is highly cerebral, decidedly non-mainstream, yet totally accessible. The effects of Chernicoff’s varied impulses are striking, for those who enjoy seeking out new sounds.” -- Metroland 

PETER PRIMAMORE: GRANCIA Produced by Larry Chernicoff 2006

Grancia is a forward-thinking jazz-rock-classical hybrid with a perfect balance of delicate playing and film soundtrack ambiance. Incredible playing meets masterful production for a full on, surround immersion in sound. Features Jerry Marotta & Tony Levin (aka Peter Gabriel's rhythm section).

Peter Primamore composer, arranger, orchestration, piano, fender rhodes
Larry Chernicoff producer, arranger, orchestration, vibraphone, percussion, glockenspiel                                                           

Tony Levin bass                                            

Jerry Marotta drums                                                   

Chieli Minucci guitar                                                                

Charles Pillow clarinet, flute, english horn, oboe                

Tim Moran clarinet, flute, bass clarinet, alto flute             

Antoine Silverman violin                                                         

Shane Shanahan percussion                                                   

David Eggar cello                                                                   

Lorenza Ponce violin                                                               

Carol Emanuel harp      

"Special thanks to the wizard, Larry Chernicoff: great musician, hipster CEO, sensei-Buddha meets the Coney Island Cyclone, overseeing everything from the beginning and driving me further and further into myself, never accepting the acceptable when he could get better. Grancia would not be what it has become without him.” 

- Peter Primamore on Larry as a record producer.


Larry appears as a member of the Creative Music Studio Orchestra, in a series of compositions by alto saxophonist/Composer Oliver Lake. This is Volume 1 of a 12-CD series of archive recordings from the golden years of the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, NY. This volume also features music of Karl Berger, Ingrid Sertso, and Foday Suso with the Mandingo Griot Society featuring percussionists Hamid Drake and Adam Rudolph. More info: http://www.creativemusicstudio.org/news/2010/02/11/creative-music-studio-announces-launch-of-first-cds-from-cms-archive-project/


Adam has toured with Joan Baez, produced Dar Williams and performed with the best. His clever, bittersweet, and nostalgic lyrics are showcased, supporting his vocal talents as well as skillful playing on just about every instrument on the CD. As with his first album, “All the Whispering,” Rothberg wrote, performed, produced, and engineered “Another Spin.” The musical styles on “Another Spin” reflect influences including The Beatles, Randy Newman, Mark Knopfler, Elvis Costello, and Wilco.Larry makes a guest appearance on one beautiful ballad, "Me and You, Dad". http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/rothberg2


Hailing from a tiny Black Forest village in Germany, New York-based Cassis’ new CD, "Analog Love" – itself a labor of love seven years in the making – fuses Cassis’ passion for scoring films and penning cinematic songs. Her sound is full of great grooves, gorgeous unorthodox orchestrations and lovely melodies with cool off-kilter lyrics. Larry adds vibraphone to several tracks, along with the legendary studio session team of Herbie Flowers, bassist for David Bowie and also Lou Reed’s ‘Walk On The Wild Side’, and ‘Guitar God’ Chris Spedding. Malcolm Mortimore, drummer for Ian Dury, also makes an appearance. Sometimes gritty, sometimes ethereal, sometimes playful, always warm, Cassis’ voice is often compared to Nico and Bjork, while her punchy yet playful delivery is reminiscent of Tori Amos. Love, loss, heartache and hope are the themes that Cassis here digs deep into, often with her spritely sense of humor, and spins new lyrical gold.


Native Lands is a collection of ethnic folk songs from around the world–arranged, performed and recorded largely with indigenous instruments and some modern aesthetics. Innovative arrangements from the traditional music of Tibet, India, Bulgaria, China, Bali, and Western Africa, and, original compositions inspired by the idioms of these lands, comprise this CD. Reflecting the charm and character of these places, the music instantly takes the listener to a journey of the past, to a world far away.

Joel Harrison guitar
Sonam Targee winds, percussion                                             

Tom Schmidt  bass, synthesizer, African bow harp, drums         

Paul Melnychuck violin, keyboards, synth programming           

Larry Chernicoff  vibraphone, synthesizer, percussion

Buy now at CDBaby: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/nativelands

“If you're looking for a better world view, check out this release. Native Lands is a cornucopia of folk songs from many musical cultures, including Tibet, India, Bulgaria, China, Bali and Western Africa. The collective of musicians for this project plays numerous instruments like alto & tenor recorders, trumpet and West Indian double flute, along with even more exotic ones like cornetto, kaval, and Tai gongs, to name a few. Recorded in 1987 and 1989, the release was re-mastered last year for the Minds On Hold label, run by producer Paul Melnychuck. Helping to bring listeners closer to the world around them through traditional music performed in a most imaginative manner…"-- FreeTime Magazine


Multi-instrumentalist/composer Joe Giardullo released Gravity - Music for Creative Chamber Group (Breeze Records) in 1979. It disappeared into obscurity almost immediately, but not before Downbeat's Francis Davis called it the most "intensely democratic music" he'd heard, comparing it to Anthony Braxton's Paris ensembles, and using concepts and vocabularies from mathematics and geology to describe the creative elements of the music. He gave it 4 stars.  Joe has continued to work in that same democratic vein since then.


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