MAC GOLLEHON: Treble Streams Filmic Avant-Jazz Solo EP From Legendary NYC Trumpeter; The End Is The Beginning Sees Release Friday Through Nefarious Industries

photos by Tyler Adams

Treble is hosting an exclusive stream of The End Is The Beginning, the filmic, avant-jazz solo record from world renowned New York City-based trumpeter MAC GOLLEHON, ahead of its release through Nefarious Industries this Friday.

MAC GOLLEHON has toured the planet and recorded in studios everywhere with an endless roster of rock, pop, and jazz artists since the 1970s, including David Bowie, Blondie, Onyx, Madonna, Billy Ocean, Hall & Oates, Chaka Khan, Buddy Rich, Al Jarreau, Sheena Easton, Nile Rodgers, Patrick Adams, Mick Jagger, Grace Jones, Hector Lavoe, and hundreds of others, including his decade-plus run in Duran Duran. From Onyx’s Slam album, Blondie’s The Hunter LP, and Billy Ocean’s “Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car,” New York City-based GOLLEHON has recorded on thousands of albums, including over two-hundred gold and platinum albums.

On The End Is The Beginning, GOLLEHON works as a multi-instrumentalist, providing trumpet, cornet, trombone, percussion, keyboards, guitars, bass, vocals, and more. Infusing the sounds of Miles Davis’ and Elvin Jones’ most outer works with the influence of 1970s film noir scores. The End Is The Beginning was engineered, recorded, and mixed by David Brenner (Gridfailure) who adds field recordings, samples, and visuals. The record was mastered by Dan Emery at Black Matter Mastering (Kool Keith, Lost Dog Street Band, Dälek) and completed with photography by Tyler Adams.

GOLLEHON reflects, “I would compare this EP’s creation to reverse-engineering. After a cool photo session with Tyler, I sent the photos to David; he suggested I write some music reflecting the character of the photos. I agreed it was a great idea and composed several sequence motifs; I pulled out the score pad and had it completed by the end of the day like a film score deadline. Using device, process, and tonal subset organization, visual intuition referencing influences from early ‘70s crime films was my start. Don Ellis’ The French Connection, Lalo Schifrin’s Dirty Harry suite, David Shire’s The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, and Ennio Morricone’s works were influential reference points.”

He continues, “Being a solo EP, I tracked all instruments. We scheduled four days of the most intense humidity the Summer had to offer but successfully tracked and mixed with David at The Compound. Just as in reverse-engineering, the photos served as the initial model of inspiration. Next, the design recovery, orchestrating the structure for resolve and de-solve. And finally, analysis recovery by eliminating – or in some cases highlighting – errors in the process, such as an occasional lucky accident.”

Treble writes with their advance stream how the record, “pairs a chaotic noise element with noir jazz, reminiscent at times of John Zorn’s Naked City project, or Bohren And Der Club Of Gore with even more cacophony. GOLLEHON previously shared ‘The End Is The Beginning’ and ‘Bronx Motor Inn,’ each of which showcases different aspects of the project, drawing on the likes of noise rock and Angelo Badalamenti-style cinematic jazz alike.”

Find yourself immersed in the atmosphere of gritty NYC in the 1970s with MAC GOLLEHON’s The End Is The Beginning first at Treble RIGHT HERE.

Nefarious Industries will release The End Is The Beginning digitally and on limited gold cassette this Friday, February 4th. Find merch/ordering options where videos for “Bronx Motor Inn” and the title track which features Vincent Pastore (The Sopranos, Gotti, Bullets Over Broadway) RIGHT HERE.

The End Is The Beginning is included in Nefarious Industries’ new Subscription Club which includes all label releases for 2022. Join HERE.

Watch for additional videos for the record to see release throughout the year. GOLLEHON also performs on the third Gridfailure & Megalophobe collaborative album, Harbinger Winds, which will see release in the months ahead, and the scorching new LP from MAC GOLLEHON & THE HISPANIC MECHANICS will see release through the label in 2023.