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Carlos Nino & Friends

(I'm just) Chillin', on Fire (2LP)

Label: International Anthem Recording Company

Format: 2LP

Genre: Jazz

In stock


"Over the past few years, concert patrons have stopped the musician Carlos Niño after gigs to ask two simple questions: “Are you a shaman?” “I hear the medicine in your music, can I come to your next ceremony?” The queries are fair enough: Looking at Niño, a tall man with a wild beard and kind eyes, one would think he’s from some faraway time and could maybe cast spells. Once you get to know him, you find that he’s just an incredibly sweet guy with a laid-back demeanor, and that he isn’t some guru claiming to have an all-access pass to the otherworld.

So what does he say to those wondering if he’s a spiritual teacher? “I’m just chillin’, on fire,” he declares. “I'm not rolling with or out any kind of religious or traditional focus, rules or doctrine. I'm just presenting something that has a lot of energy, and is intended to be an opening for those of us who are journeying, creating musically, and for those who gather with us.” 

Indeed, there’s a communal essence to Niño’s self-described Energetic Space Music. As leader of Carlos Niño & Friends, he encourages his collaborators to improvise without preconceived ideas of what the sound is supposed to entail. His new album, (I’m just) Chillin’, on Fire, features more than a dozen musicians and includes a who’s who of sonic experimentation — everyone from guitarist Nate Mercereau and saxophonist Kamasi Washington, to New Age cornerstone Laraaji and hip-hop legend André 3000 playing his now trademark flute. On purpose, Niño lets the music drift and the unity ensue, making (I’m just) Chillin’, on Fire another highlight in a recent run of sublime work." - Marcus J. Moore

Cat. number: IARC0067
Year: 2023
On The Cover and Insert: Tile VI (Fall in or Fly Away), Ceramic, by Aparna Sarkar. In the insert the title is mentioned as: (I'm just) Chillin', on Fire / Deeply Sharing Taken from the insert: 1) Recorded Live in The Townhouse Courtyard in Venice, California by Don Hernandez, on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Congas added in January 2021. 2) Recorded Live at The World Stage in Leimert Park, California by Tomoaki Soto on Friday, November 6, 2020. Voices added in December 2022. 3) The basis of this piece was Recorded by Jesse Peterson during the Sessions for Surya's Album Everyone's Children. Bass and Voices added in December 2022. 5) Recorded Live at Maharose North, in Woodstock, New York by Stu Pender on Wednesday, October 20, 2021. Thanks to Luke Simon, Diego Gaeta, Mekala Session, and V.C.R. for their additional Vibes. 7) Contains a Sample of "Duat" by Jamael Dean, from his Solo Piano Album Ished Tree, used with permission from the Artist. 9) Thanks to Maya Luma for her energy toward this piece. 11) Based on the piece "Beloved California Temple." 12) This piece originated as the second half of a Remix made for the Woo piece "Paradise In Pimlico" (from the Album of the same name, released by Quindi Records). Clive and Mark added to the Remix, then Carlos decided to focus on and develop this part. 13) These pieces were recorded by Jesse Peterson at Carlos Niño’s Home Studio, Composed in the moment for a Film Project by Sandra de la Loza. She and her partner William were present in the Studio. 14) Dedicated to The Great Derf Reklaw. 15) Thanks to Recording Engineer Ken Oriole and to Jesse Peterson who can be heard playing Gimbre through Pedals for a few moments. 16) Co-Produced by Woo. Thanks to Laraaji and his piece "Essence" - the inspiration for the genesis of this one. 17) Thanks to Linafornia, Banch Abegaze, Nes Abegaze, Scottie McNiece, Alejandro Ayala, and Andrew Maxwell for their support of this Concert.