Book of Rhapsodies Vol. II

  • 1 Confusion Among a Fleet of Taxicabs (R. Scott)
  • 2 Hare and the Hounds (H. Herzon)
  • 3 Deep Forest (R. Foresythe)
  • 4 Pedigree on a Pomander Walk (H. Herzon)
  • 5 Walking Home in Spring (A. Wilder)
  • 6 Deserted Ballroom (M. Gould)
  • 7 A Little Girl Grows Up (A. Wilder)
  • 8 Fantasy Impromptu (F. Chopin/C. Shavers)
  • 9 Kindergarten Flower Pageant (A. Wilder)
  • 10 Lament for Congo (R. Foresythe)
  • 11 The House Detective Registers (A. Wilder)
  • 12 Garden of Weed (R. Foresythe)

About This Album

Book of Rhapsodies Vol. II is Ghost Train Orchestra’s fourth album, following their highly acclaimed album Hot Town (2015). In this adventurous installment, Ghost Train Orchestra performs bandleader Brian Carpenter’s surreal and modernistic re-imaginings of five unusual ensembles from the late 1930s: The Hal Herzon Septet, The Alec Wilder Octet, The John Kirby Sextet, The Raymond Scott Quintette, and Reginald Foresythe and His New Music. Decades before composer Gunther Schuller coined the term “Third Stream" to describe a genre straddling the line between jazz and classical music, New York was the epicenter of a new movement of composers whose work seemed to exist outside the margins. In the late 1930s, a group of forward-thinking composers began creating small ensembles with unorthodox instrumentation to realize some of the strangest and most evocative music of the period. Andy Taub at Brooklyn Recording Studio recorded Book of Rhapsodies after a string of monthly shows. Carpenter transcribed the originals and then completely rearranged and reassembled the pieces for orchestra and choir





Brian Carpenter, trumpet, voice, tape loops, toy piano, narration, arrangements
Dennis Lichtman, clarinet
Ben Kono, flute, alto saxophone, clarinet
Petr Cancura, tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet
Mazz Swift, violin
Emily Bookwalter, viola
Curtis Hasselbring, trombone
Ron Caswell, tuba
Avi Bortnick, guitar
Michael Bates, double bass
Rob Garcia, drums
Rob Reich, accordion


Aubrey Johnson, soprano
Katie Seiler, mezzo-soprano
Mazz Swift, alto
Tomas Cruz, tenor
Brian Carpenter, baritone
Joe Chappel, bass


Lucy Alexander
Lucas Berman
Anisa Brown
Gita Drummond
Hannah Erickson
Alexandra Mahajan
Nina Mazereeuw
Annie Stone-Peterson
Ava Posiko
Layla Posiko
Kiera Putrih


Production Credits

Produced by Brian Carpenter and Danny Blume
All music transcribed, arranged, and conducted by Brian Carpenter

“Kindergarten Flower Pageant” music by Alec Wilder and lyrics by Alex Carpenter

Ghost Train Orchestra recorded April 2012 and April 2015 by Danny Blume and Andy Taub at Brooklyn Recording, Brooklyn NY

Adult choir recorded January 2017 by Bryce Goggin at Trout Recording, Brooklyn NY

Additional recordings by Rafi Sofer at Q Division Studios, Somerville MA and Jamie Riotto at Tiny Telephone, San Francisco CA

Boston City Singers Cambridge Children’s Chorus directed by Wendy Silverberg recorded June 2017 by Rafi Sofer at Q Division Studios, Somerville MA

Mixed by Danny Blume and Brian Carpenter at Tonehenge in Woodstock NY

Mastering Engineer: Joe Lambert

Original artwork: Noah Woods

Design and layout: Lure Design