Charles Xavier's Album 'Perfect Mold' Coming to iTunes 11/26
Perfect Mold, the fourth release from Happy Note Records, features Charles Xavier, a multi-instrumentalist and composer who plays genre-fusing original compositions and puts his unique spin on rock and pop classics including Hey Jude, Blowing in the Wind, The Beat Goes On, Fire and Rain, Eleanor Rigby, and Leaving on a Jet Plane.
Xavier, who arranged and performed all the parts on vibraphone, piano, and percussive batterie, designs his percussive arrangements to induce a "soothing but intriguing vibe, a kind of meditative soundscape." Xavier's music appeals to listeners with a wide range of tastes, encompassing world music, jazz, New Age, and classical.
The double CD of 30 songs, recorded and mixed in Xavier's studio from February to August 2013, is scheduled for release on November 26, 2013, and will be available for $9.99 per CD or $19.98 for two CDs in the New Age sections of iTunes, Amazon, and other music-download sites.
Perfect Mold is available to license for TV, film, and the Web. For more information, please call (415) 602-2932 or email info(at)happynoterecords(dot)com.
Longtime DownBeat columnist Frank-John Hadley has reported, "Playing vibes, keyboards, and drums, joined by guitarist Russell Golub and Tina Murray on vocals, Xavier fills his wassail bowl with electronic sounds, samplings, Gary Burton-like abstractions, elements of world-music, and quirky allusions to maybe Gong's vibes player Pierre Moerlen. A dozen carols and holiday favorites drift together as one trippy soundscape. Recommended." DownBeat has elsewhere called Charles Xavier a "RaRa Avis," which is Latin for "rare bird."