The Sun is Still Shining and Will Break through the Clouds,
A Million Marchers Chanting, Watch out for the Crowds,
It feels like The Fall and the Winter is Coming,
Singing Songs of Protest, Many guitars are a’ strumming
Time to check out DMG’s New List of Dynamic Discs from:
New from Not Two: The DKV Thing Trio: Mats Gustafsson/Ken Vandermark/Ingebrigt Haker Flaten/Kent Kessler/Hamid Drake/Paal Nilssen-Love! Paul Flaherty/Steve Swell/C. Spencer Yeh/Weasel Walter! Agusti Fernandez & Rafal Mazur! Daniele D’Agaro’s Tribute to Ornette Coleman! Tzadik: Shane Parish! Ned Rothenberg & Z’ev!
Bobby Previte/Jamie Saft/Stephen O’Malley..! Christof Kurzmann & Mats Gustafsson! Peggy Lee’s Film in Music! Fond of Tigers 5! Eric Hofbauer Quintet Ives Tribute! Plus Archival Discs from Lee Hazelwood! Sun Ra! Peter Kowald Quintet! Borbetomagus! John Cage! Graham Bond & Pete Brown! LA Free Music Society and much more..!
The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:
Sunday, November 20th: NYC Debut of FREE WORLD MUSIC Featuring:
6pm: LI DAIGUO and RICK PARKER- Cello/Pipa/Vocals and Trombone/Synth/Electronics
Sunday, December 4th:
6pm: LOUISE D.E. JENSEN & ADAM CAINE
7pm: LOUISE DE JENSEN SAX TRIO With CHRIS PITSIOKOS & NICK LYONS
Sunday, December 18th Double-Header:
6pm: VIV CORRINGHAM / MIA ZABELKA - Vocals / Violin
7pm: JEFF PLATZ / DMITRY ISHENKO / DALIUS NAUJOKAITIS - Guitar / Bass / Drums
Sunday, December 25th is Christmas Day so there is no in-store
Sunday, January 1st, 2017 is New Years Day so there is also no in-store
DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a former Buddhist temple & beauty salon. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Cosy
Next Week Our Own CHRIS PITSIOKOS young alto saxist, composer and bandleader will get his much anticipated weeklong residency at The Stone! The word has been spreading that Mr. Pitsiokos has become the great, avant saxist to watch over the past few years, his playing and composing blossoming in leaps and bounds. PLEASE come down to The Stone to check his out!
THE STONE RESIDENCIES - CHRIS PITSIOKOS - NOV 22-27
8 pm - Cutout Lover - Paige Johnson-Brown (voice) Chris Pitsiokos (alto sax, electronics) Andrew Smiley (guitar) Henry Fraser (bass) Connor Baker (drums) TEN DOLLARS
8 pm - Chris Pitsiokos/Philip White/Weasel Walter - Chris Pitsiokos (alto sax) Philip Whit (electronics) Weasel Walter (drums) - TEN DOLLARS
CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING! HAPPY THANKSGIVING
8 pm - Chris Pitsiokos Solo (saxophone, piano)
8 pm - CP Unit - Chris Pitsiokos (alto saxophone) Brandon Seabrook (guitar) Tim Dahl (bass) Weasel Walter (drums) - TEN DOLLARS
10 pm - Chris Pitsiokos/Joe Morris/Tyshawn Sorey - Chris Pitsiokos (alto saxophone) Joe Morris (guitar) Tyshawn Sorey (drums, percussion, piano, trombone) - TEN DOLLARS
8 pm - Chris Pitsiokos Quartet - Chris Pitsiokos (alto saxophone) Andrew Smiley (guitar) Henry Fraser (bass) Connor Baker (drums) - TEN DOLLARS
Four Fabulous Discs from the Great Not Two Label:
THE DKV THING TRIO [MATS GUSTAFSSON/KEN VANDERMARK/INGEBRIGT HAKER FLATEN/KENT KESSLER/HAMID DRAKE/PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE] - Collider (Not Two 930; Poland) This is an amazing double trio performance featuring: DKV (Ken Vandermark/Kent Kessler/Hamid Drake) from Chicago and The Thing (Mats Gustafsson/Ingebrigt Haker Flaten/Paal Nilsson-Love). It was recorded live in Krakow, Poland in November of 2014. The Chicago all-star, DKV Trio, have been together for many than twenty years with more than a dozen discs under their belts. It is the longest running unity fronted by multi-bandleader/saxist Ken Vandermark and includes the longtime bassist for the now defunct Vandermark 5, Kent Kessler. Although The Thing, another sax/bass/drums trio (from Scandinavia) has been around a bit less (started in 2000), their rigorous touring schedule and more than a dozen discs keeps them in the eye & ear of those in the know. Both trios have played with different guests: Joe McPhee, Joe Morris, Fred Anderson and Neneh Cherry, so they are both game to collaborate with other strong musicians.
This is a fully improvised session and what makes both of these trios great is that all of the musicians involved are immensely diverse, drawing from a wealth of experiences and genres. From the gitgo, both trios are burning and the sound is joyous, free, focused, intense and often throttling! Mr. Gustafsson’s ornery baritone sax is at the center of the storm when things kick off but soon all six members swirl and soar together. The music moves organically from mood or groove to the next passage. New DMG helper, Anders Zelinski, mentioned that Ken Vandermark actually gets funky when he plays in DKV and this is indeed what happens in the section section of the first long piece, “Cards”. The ever in-demand drummer, Hamid Drake, shines here, creating a great groove at the center, everyone else joining in to keep that festive spirit going. Things wind down to a somber double bowed bass section, before building back up from playful to exuberant, with Mr. Vandermark switching to some sprawling clarinet as the vibrations intensify to boiling point once more. When the entire band erupts again, it is a most exhilarating sensation! Since the election fiasco last week (11/8/16), there has been a dark mood pervading everyone I have spoken with here and everywhere else. Listening to this music for its 54 minute duration had me smiling and feeling grand the entire time. This is musical/magical/medicine to help us all deal with things and smile through the adversity. Special thanks to The DKVThingTrio for their tasty inspiration! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
DRAGONFLY BREATH [PAUL FLAHERTY/STEVE SWELL/C. SPENCER YEH/WEASEL WALTER] - III: Live at The Stone: Megaloprepus Caerulatus (Not Two 944; Poland) Featuring Paul Flaherty on alto & tenor saxes, Steve Swell on trombone, C. Spencer Yeh on violin, electronics & voice and Weasel Walter on drums. This is the third disc from Dragonfly Breath, a unique Downtown quartet. If you look at the resumes of each member of this quartet, you’d see that each member has played with a different selection of musicians from very different scenes. Just to give you good idea, check this out: Flaherty (with Chris Corsano & Randall Colbourne), Swell (Peter Brotzmann to Leap of Faith to William Parker), Yeh (Nate Wooley to Wally Shoup) and Weasel Walter (Lydia Lunch, Henry Kaiser & the Flying Luttenbachers). An odd combination, indeed! Free music as opposed to free jazz, has been around for a long while now, hence it has grown and evolved in many ways throughout its long history. Even by looking inside the CD in a picture taken from the live set, we can see how what makes these four men look unlike any other combination. I heard all four play many times and appreciate that they approach each situation differently. Both frontline born players here, Flaherty on saxes and Steve Swell on trombone are especially well-matched and erupt tightly in similar powerful waves. C. Spencer Yeh’s often explosive violin and Weasel Walter’s drums also work perfectly, weaving tight light lines quickly together. I really dig the interplay here as the flow of ideas and dialogue goes back and forth. The chattering horns seem to complete each other’s lines. When Mr. Yeh switches to vocals about a third of the way through, his vocals are calm with no his screaming or other obnoxious vocal sounds and also fit well. Formerly of Chicago and the Bay area, Weasel Walter is a great, immensely diverse drummer who appears to know his improv history and is often under-recognized since moving to NY a few years back. Although Mr. Walter has worked in punk and no waves bands, he is a great listener and knows when to lay back as well as when to explode. This set was well-balanced and fascinating throughout. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
AGUSTI FERNANDEZ / RAFAL MAZUR - Ziran (Not Two 941; Poland) Featuring Agusti Fernandez on piano and Rafal Mazur on acoustic bass guitar. For the past decade Spanish pianist Agusti Fernandez has keeping busy collaborating with an ever-growing number of Europe’s finest avant musicians: several Barry Guy & Evan Parker ensembles, John Butcher and Derek Bailey. I hadn’t heard much from Polish bassist Rafal Mazur aside from another duo with Keir Neuringer and a group called Tone Hunting.
“The name of this album reflects much on its music. Ziran is a concept key in Daoism, a Chinese philosophical tradition with an emphasis on living in harmony with, and in accordance to, the natural flow or cosmic structural order of the universe. To become nearer to a state of ziran, one must become separate from unnatural influences and returned to an entirely natural, spontaneous state.
And this, precisely, is what Agustí Fernandez and Rafal Mazur do in this music, they open themselves and listen each other’s soul. It is in this process of discovery where us, as spectators and listeners come in and the music becomes our own mirror.” - Not Two
DISORDER AT THE BORDER With DANIELE D’AGARO / GIOVANNI MAIER / ZLATKO KAUCIC - Plays Ornette (Not Two 943; Poland) Featuring Daniele D’Agaro on alto & tenor sax, clarinet & bass clarinet, Giovanni Maier on double bass and Zlatko Kaucic on drums. Italian reeds player, Daniele D’Agaro, spent most of his time living in Holland for the 1980’s & ’90’s. He had a trio with Ernst Glerum and Han Bennink during that time and recorded a couple of a discs for Hatology, as well as Nimbus West, Rudi Records and El Gallo Rojo. For this disc, D’Agaro works with the great Italian bassist, Giovanni Maier, who has worked with Daniele Cavallanti, Keith Tippett and many others. Slovenian drummer, Zlatko Kaucic, has been working with Evan Parker, Peter Brotzmann and Agusti Fernandez.
This disc is a tribute to the late, legendary saxist and composer, Ornette Coleman and the trio covers six of Ornette’s pieces. These songs come from different albums and periods of time in Mr. Coleman’s long more than half century career, although most are from his mid to late-sixties period. “New York” starts this disc off with a splash and shows this trio in full flight. The tenor sax, contrabass and drums trio work together incredibly well, expanding and contracting organically as one solid force. Giovanni Maier is one of the finest bassists from Italy and is in amazing form here, his earthy, robust sound similar to the late Charlie Haden, who worked with Mr. Coleman in the early sixties and later in the eighties and nineties. The late drummer Ed Blackwell was another key member of the original Ornette Coleman Quartet, who also did some reunion tours much later. He is another distinctive musician who was integral to Mr. Coleman’s unique approach. Slovenian drummer Zlatko Kaucic also does a great job of playing in a similar, special way, obviously influenced by Mr. Blackwell’s approach. I dig the way this trio strips some of these pieces down to a skeletal simmer, sometimes with just minimal bass, mallets and poignant clarinet on “Faithful”. Although Mr. Coleman called one of his early (1960’s) albums, ‘Free Jazz’, which coined that term, his music was never completely free, there always a certain logic to the way it worked. Hence each piece here embraces freedom while showing that inner connected flow or Mr. Coleman’s unique magic/glue. The trio even break into a few bluesy riffs on occasion, summoning a similar earthy spirit that was also at the center of a number of Ornette Coleman’s songs. This is a wonderful heartfelt tribute which never imitates Mr. Coleman’s sound or songwriting, but captures the essence of what made his music special, nonetheless. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
New & Reissued from Tzadik:
* SHANE PARISH - Undertaker Please Drive Slow (Tzadik 4016; USA) A long time resident of the Appalachian town of Asheville, North Carolina, Shane Parish is the mastermind behind the cutting edge rock band Ahleuchatistas. Here he steps out with a remarkable and soulful acoustic solo project that digs deep into Appalachian roots. Taking classic old times folk songs, Shane has abstracted them in utterly fascinating ways evoking the haunting and brooding world of the American South. At times reminiscent of John Fahey and Robbie Basho, at times of John Cage and Morton Feldman, Shane uses these beautiful songs as launching pads for his creative flights of fancy, boiling them down to their very essence. TZADIK SPECTRUM SERIES -
* SHANE PARISH will play a solo & perhaps duo set with Chris Pitsiokos on Thursday, December 8th at 6pm here at DMG for FREE! If you have never heard this amazon guitarist from the Ahleuchtistas live, come down and be blown away!
Two More Tzadik Reissues:
NED ROTHENBERG With ERIK FRIEDLANDER / SATOSHI TAKEISHI / MIN XIAO-FEN / RILEY LEE - Ghost Stories (Tzadik 7061b; USA) A downtown mainstay for twenty years, composer/multi-woodwind performer Ned Rothenberg makes his Tzadik debut with a stunning CD of chamber music. Acclaimed for work in a wide variety of contexts from the multi-metric funk of his Double Band to the large chamber jazz of Power Lines, Rothenberg here shows both range and focus in works for unprecedented instrumentations that have epic scope. Asian and western instruments combine in scores mixing improvised solo features with through-composed ensembles. Ghost Stories is one of Rothenberg's most accomplished works. TZADIK COMPOSER SERIES
Z’EV - The Sapphire Nature (Tzadik 7161b; USA) One of the world’s greatest noise percussionists and a learned scholar of Kabbalah, Z’ev has been a vital force in the downtown scene since the late 1970s. His latest solo project, The Sapphire Nature is a metaphonic meditation on the mystical text Sefer Yetzirah. Accompanied by over 54 pages of text in both English and Hebrew, accessible on computer, the music is an atmospheric and hypnotic symphony of spiritual percussion. RADICAL JEWISH CULTURE SERIES
BOBBY PREVITE With JAMIE SAFT/MARCO BENEVENTO/STEPHEN O’MALLEY/DON McGREEVY/MIKE GAMBLE/REED MATHIS + THE VOICES OF THE ROSE ENSEMBLE - Mass (Rare Noise 072; UK/Italy) “As widely renowned for his unerring, intuitive grooves behind the kit as he is for his eclecticism as a composer and bandleader, Bobby Previte stretches into some totally new musical terrain on Mass, his RareNoise debut as a leader and followup to 2014’s cooperative trio project The New Standard with bassist Steve Swallow and keyboardist Jamie Saft.
A modernist re-imagining of the choral epic Missa Sancti Jacobi by 15th century composer Guillaume Dufay, Previte’s Mass prominently features the imposing sound of cathedral pipe organ along with an acclaimed early music chamber vocal group, the 11-voice Rose Ensemble conducted by Jordan Sramek, and a slamming core group consisting of Previte on drums, Marco Benevento on pipe organ and Rheem organ, Don McGreevy, Stephen O’Malley, Mike Gamble and Jamie Saft on electric guitars and Reed Mathis on electric bass.
A kind of heavy metal requiem mass, full of thrashing feedback guitars and grinding power chords, hellacious fuzz bass, thunderous beats and the glorious sound of a Renaissance vocal choir, Mass is unlike anything Previte has done before.
Previte first encountered early music composer Guillaume Dufay in his Early Music class in college. “You have to remember, when Dufay wrote his music it was performed at a time in which there were no loud man-made sounds -- no amplifiers, airplanes, bombs, etc. I wanted to match the effect the music of that time had on the listener, performed in a hard-walled stone church, the sound racing around the walls and bouncing off the ceiling. It was designed to be overwhelming to the people experiencing it. This is powerful, soul-shaking, transportive, otherworldly music. And I needed to match that power, so I had to go with heavy metal -- a reviled music that still keeps coming.”
The players involved in Mass are old cohorts of Previte. Organist Benevento and bassist Reed played in his The Coalition of the Willing. Saft played in Previte’s Latin for Travelers band and is also a key member of 2014‘s The New Standard on RareNoise. Guitarist Gamble has been a longstanding collaborator and is also a member of Previte’s current working quartet, Bobby Previte and the Visitors. Guitarists O'Malley and McGreevy are members of the Seattle-based drone and doom metal bands Sunn O))) and Earth, respectively.” - Rare Noise
CHRISTOF KURZMANN/MATS GUSTAFSSON - Falling And Five Other Failings (Trost 154; Austria) Mats Gustafsson plays slide, tenor, baritone, bass saxophones. Christof Kurzmann uses special ppooll software and voice, live processing. Recorded, mixed & mastered at Garnison 7, Vienna by Martin Siewert. Artwork by Jimmy Draht. Liner notes by Ken Vandermark. Limited vinyl edition of 300 with screen-printed covers. Ken Vandermark, from the liner notes: "On the surface, its fundamental components seem to come from the 20th century: the saxophone (invented in 1846, but not coming to the fore until jazz and Coleman Hawkins took a hold of it), the laptop computer (initially developed around 1980), and tape music (first started around 1950). But when examining the materials it becomes quickly apparent that, though the 'machines' may belong to the previous century, the methodologies applied to them do not. The six pieces on this album began as open improvisations digitally recorded at Martin Siewert's studio in Vienna, Austria. A section of each improvisation that was considered most successful from a musical standpoint was 'spliced out' and kept as a composition - the studio was used as a means to produce a performance rather than to strictly document, not usually the case when recording improvised music. Mats Gustafsson (who also plays keyboard here) has added to the range of extended techniques for saxophones instigated in the 1970s, by musicians like Anthony Braxton, Evan Parker, Roscoe Mitchell, Trevor Watts, Steve Lacy, and Peter Brötzmann. He's developed these through his unique approach to the instruments, which is often built upon phrasing power that can stand up to rhythmic frameworks and volume that frequently have little to do with the origins of improvised music. In many cases, the grooves explored on this collection of recordings are about pulse, but not the rhythmic feel of jazz, nor the timing of late 20th century free improvisation. And as Christof Kurzmann (who also sings here) explained to me, the instrument he plays is not the laptop, but the software that he runs on it, called ppooll and refined by Klaus Filip and Arnold Habirl in [2015??]... ppooll gives Christof nearly infinite manufacturing possibilities for sound - from creating new material that's used later in performance, to processing sonic events in real time. The elements of construction used to make this album and the resulting music all belong to this century, to this period."
Although I have never visited Vancouver, I have become familiar with a couple dozen fine musicians who live and work there, thanks to labels like Songlines, Spool and Drip Audio. I have been fortunate to have caught a few of these folks like: Gordon Grdina, Peggy Lee, Dylan Van Der Schyf and Tony Wilson at the Victo and Guelph festivals throughout the years. The one label currently most dedicated to capturing the diverse Vancouver music scene is Drip Audio, which is run by violinist Jesse Zubot. Since Mr. Zubot has been on a never-ending tour with Inuit singer, Tanya Tagaq, the labels releases have been few and far between in recent years. Drip Audio has just dropped two new ones on us and both are AMAZING and come highly recommended by yours truly!
FILM IN MUSIC [PEGGY LEE/JESSE ZUBOT//CHRIS GESTRIN/RON SAMWORTH/DYLAN VAN DER SCHYFF/ et al] - Tell Take (Drip Audio 1207; Canada) Featuring Peggy Lee on cello, Jesse Zubot on violin, Kevin Elaschuk on trumpet, Ron Samworth on guitars,Chris Gestrin on pianos, Torsten Muller & Andre Lachance on basses and Dylan Van Der Schyf on drums. This music was originally inspired by David Milch’s HBO series called ‘Deadwood’. I recognize the names of most of the members of this octet except for the trumpeter (Elaschuk who did work with Tony Wilson) and electric bassist (Lachance, who worked with Michael Blake).
Peggy Lee composed a little more than half of the pieces on this disc and co-produced it with her husband Dylan van der Schyf. The first piece, “A Turn of Events”, has a most enchanting vibes with sublime, hypnotic electric guitar and dreamy strings. Ms. Lee’s haunting cello is at the center of “Loyalties” and “Gruesome Goo”, the somber spirits beginning to erupt like ghosts escaping from the graveyards. The great guitarist & bandleader Ron Samworth is featured on “Epilogue to Part 1” and takes a great wah-wah solo backed by waves of strings, trumpet and electric piano. Some of this music is moody and atmospheric, more like a soundtrack to a film noir/haunted house movie of sorts. On a couple of these pieces, Ms. Lee gets to stretch out and take some swell, twisted cello solos. Seemingly out of nowhere (emerging from the atmospherics), a great jazz/rock epic pops up on “A Walk through Town”, which is completely uplifting. This entire disc is more like a journey or series of stories, moving gracefully from scene to scene. Another winner from the ever-expanding Vancouver scene. Don’t miss it. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
FOND OF TIGERS [STEPHEN LYONS/JESSE ZUBOT/MORGAN McDONALD/JP CARTER/SKYE BROOKS/ et al] - Uninhabit (Drip Audio /Off Season 007; Canada) This is the fourth disc from Fond of Tigers and the personnel remains pretty much the same: Stephen Lyons on guitar & minimal vocals (just 1 song), Jesse Zubot on violin, JP Carter on trumpet & electronics, Morgan McDonald on keyboards, Shanto Acharia on bass and Skye Brooks & Dan Gaucher on drums. I caught Fond of Tigers play at the Victo Festival a number of years ago and had mixed feelings about their loud set. Considering that the great violinist Jesse Zubot is a founding member, I decided to give them another chance and have dug each of their three previous discs. This disc might just be there crowning achievement. Besides Mr. Zubot, the band includes a few others who appear on other discs from the Drip Audio & Songlines labels like JP Carter and Skye Brooks.
The opening track, “Heartwarmongering No. 4” has a great rock riff at the center and sounds somewhat like one of those great spaghetti westerns with a infectious waves created by the trumpet, violin and guitar on top. The music is very grandiose and sounds lie a celebration of some sort. Mr. Lyons co-produced this disc and sings in a warm yet weary Nick Cave-like voice, without taking over the overall sound. The music is consistently hypnotic with those thoughtful repeating riffs emerging in waves and rolling over us over and over. The title piece is an enchanting tribal sounding song which recalls that great riff from the Stooges’ uncharacteristically hypnotic song “We Will Fall”. In certain ways, this discs sounds like it was inspired by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds with violinist Warren Ellis at the center. There is something oddly charming about this disc that I can’t completely describe. It just feels right like an instrumental rock soundtrack to a nature-inspired film. Another unexpected gem from the Vancouver underground. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
ERIC HOFBAUER QUINTET - Prehistoric Jazz - Volume 3 - Three Places in New England (Creative Nation Music 028; USA) Featuring Eric Hofbauer on guitar, Jerry Sabatini on trumpet, Todd Brunel on B-flat & bass clarinets, Junko Fujiwara on cello and Curt Newton on drums. This is the third disc in a series from Boston guitarist Eric Hofbauer’s Quintet, each one based on the music of a 20th century modern composer: Stravinsky and Messiaen were the first two. For the third in the series Mr. Hofbauer has taken the music of Charles Ives’ work, “Three Places in New England” (composed in 1914 & revised in 1929). Ever since seeing the name of Charles Ives on the inside of the Mothers’ ‘Freak Out’ album, I have been slowly acquiring albums by Mr. Ives and listening to his music at length. I decided to listen to a couple of versions of this work before listening this this disc more closely. The piece is said to utilize several layers of marching and old songs, one upon another. Just over a century when this was completed, this was a unique idea worth exploring.
The personnel for Mr. Hofbauer’s quintet remains the same, the only player I knew previously was Curt Newton on drums, who used to work with Joe Morris and still plays with Pandelis Koryorgis. The quintet play each of the three sections of “Three Places in New England”. Mr. Hofbauer’s quintet is completely acoustic and the music is superbly captured. There is no bassist in this quintet yet there is a cellist who takes the place at times. Like Mr. Ives’ music, this version involves several themes or threads which are often in flux and switch direction throughout. Although this music sounds free at times, we can tell that there was a plan or direction involved as written fragments emerge and submerge. On occasion Mr. Hofbauer’s acoustic guitar recalls the majestic grace of Duck Baker with some crafty interplay from the rest of this mighty fine quintet. On the second section, “Putnam’s Camp’, the quintet with Mr. Brunell on bass clarinet sounds as if they are play harmolodically with several melodic fragments swirling around one another in a most marvelous fashion. Although this music is cleanly recorded, it dies take some concentration to hear all that is going on as threads shift throughout. Like the earlier Hofbauer disc I reviewed, I didn’t know it was based on the music of anyone else since it stands on its own as one of the best examples of modern acoustic jazz, written or otherwise. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
FABULOUS AUSTRIAN TRIO [ALEX MACHACEK/RAPHAEL PREUSCHL/HERBERT PIRKER] - Fat (Living the Dream)(Abstract Logix 051; USA) “ ‘Living the Dream’ is the second chapter of FAT – next-generation guitar modernist Alex Machacek’s Fabulous Austrian Trio, featuring bassist Raphael Preuschl and drummer Herbert Pirker. With the sensitive touch of a jazz guitarist, the intervallic ingenuity and harmonic density of a post-serialist composer, and a seemingly endless capacity for improvisational empathy, Machecek has been turning heads on his own and when performing alongside such iconic musical forces as Terry Bozzio, Jeff Sipe, and Gary Husband. No less than John McLaughlin remarked that “Machacek’s music starts where other music ends.”
Born in Austria – native nation of Haydn, Strauss, Webern, and Schoenberg – Machacek revels in the company of his countrymen throughout Living the Dream. In Preuschl and Pirker, Machacek has cultivated a trio of boundless resourcefulness, with the technical capacity to support and enrich his ecstatic flights and the depth and taste to keep the potentially demanding music emotionally grounded. Machacek’s deft hand as a producer further elevates the trio’s captivating dynamic with cunning electronic touches and subtle overdubs. Across a program of eleven original compositions (four by Preuschl, the rest Machacek’s), Living the Dream is a compelling document of a remarkable new ensemble as they fearless probe the boundaries of a post-fusion universe.”
LEE HAZLEWOOD - Cowboy In Sweden (Light in the Attic 153; USA) "Album remastered from pristine LHI master tapes. Includes previously unheard versions of 'Pray Them Bars Away' & 'Easy & Me.' Liner notes by Hunter Lea including interviews with Torbjörn Axelman, Suzi Jane Hokom, Nina Lizell, Don Randi, Hal Blaine and Shel Talmy. Rare film production photos from the Torbjörn Axelman archive. Light In The Attic records is proud to continue its Lee Hazlewood series with this expanded reissue of Cowboy in Sweden. Released as the last LHI LP, Cowboy in Sweden was a soundtrack to the 1970 cult classic film of the same name starring Lee Hazlewood. The film was a surreal psychedelic account of Lee's journey to his new homeland, while the soundtrack was a perfect compilation of Hazlewood's strongest songs recorded over a prolific globe trotting three year period. The production scope of the album was the most ambitious of his career, recorded in Paris, London, Los Angeles and Stockholm with a slew of talented session musicians, producers and arrangers. Cowboy in Sweden is quite possibly the purest distillation of the Hazlewood sound; lush melancholy country pop with a pinch of humor ('Pray Them Bars Away'), a dash of bummer ('Cold Hard Times'), some beautiful ladies to sing with ('Leather & Lace' & 'Hey Cowboy') and even a couple anti-war protest songs to be topical ('No Train to Stockholm' & 'For A Day Like Today'). The David 'Bitter Sweet Symphony' Whitaker arranged orchestral pop of 'What's More I Don't Need Her' and the stone cold Hazlewood classic 'The Night Before' cement the album as Lee's peak on LHI records and ironically the label's swan song."
Rarities & Last Copies:
SUN RA - The Singles (Evidence 22164; USA)This treasured collection, The Singles, took three years to produce, collecting virtually every 45 released by Sun Ra from 1954 through 1982. It is considered the holy grail for Sun Ra collectors. It was pieced together from the contributions of private collectors around the world, and sonically cleaned up far beyond the audio capabilities of the original vinyl they were pressed on. It also features a 36 page booklet, with liner notes written by four respected Ra experts, and contains historically significant photos. "Back in the mid-'50s, bandleader Sun Ra decided to get his music to his audience through a more direct process by starting his own label, Saturn Records. Equal parts creative futuristic vision and small-time Southern R&B bandstand hustle, these 45s were pressed in unbelievably small quantities (sometimes in runs of only 50 copies), making them the holy grail of Sun Ra collectibles. The collection of singles runs a neat 30-year time-frame and features everything from Sun Ra with an embryonic form of his Arkestra doing backup duties behind doo-wop groups and R&B slopbucket singers like 'Space Age Vocalist' Yochannon to wild-ass sonic experiements from the late '70s into the early '80s that would have atmospherically fit on any of his avant-garde albums. Pieced together for this release from the contributions of private collectors around the world -- and sonically cleaned up far beyond the audio capabilities of the original vinyl they were pressed on -- these 49 three-minute opuses will alternately confuse, astound, confound, delight, and illuminate Sun Ra fans of all stratas of involvement. A major piece of puzzle that is the man, now in place." - Cub Koda, AMG
2 CD Set $30 (last 2 sealed copies)
ADAM LANE’S BLUE SPIRIT BAND With ROY CAMPBELL/AVRAM FEFER/VIJAY ANDERSON - Blue Spirit Band (Cadence 1231; USA) “Last month I was wondering what Adam Lane, great bassist, composer and arranger was up to. It had been some three years since his phenomenal "Ashcan Rantings" had been released, and then all went quiet, apart from his work as a sideman in various line-ups. Luckily I am the kind of maniac who looks for new music by scanning all new iTunes, eMusic and other possible sources of music relentlessly, not relying on the promotional capabilities of either musicians and labels to get all relevant new releases.
Luckily I also found these two new Adam Lane releases on CIMP via iTunes. The two albums below do not feature on the label's website, and they are not announced as new recordings on Lane's website either, or rather to be found as if they were his first two recordings in his discography.
Both albums have the same line-up, with Lane on bass, Avram Fefer on tenor, Roy Campbell on trumpet, and Vijay Anderson on drums. And both albums are equally easy to recommend. Both also have the same concept: they bring old blues, American traditionals and gospel tunes by a typical free jazz unit, and the result is, as can be expected, moving, touching, heart-rending, bringing the old tunes to a new life, beautifully arranged and played. Apart from the songs' historical value and universal resonance, they way they are brought to you here makes you weep and laugh at times, the former with the great bass intro and then how the band kicks in on "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning", the latter with for instance "This Train" because of its compelling beauty, or with "Go Down Moses" for its moving intro and then berserk explosion ... to give just a few examples.
You can only wonder why they were not released as a double CD, since they form such a great unity. This is music that is deeply rooted in the origins of jazz, sucking the emotional sap out of a century of musical adaptations and branches, and Adam Lane is possibly the best placed to bring those songs in a modern context, having demonstrated his talent for free-spirited sensitive arrangements in all his previous releases, now expanding it, broadening it, giving the material back its originally intended pain and awe and spirituality, all in a new form but while keeping the roots intact.
His deeply resonating and bluesy bass coaches this quartet into a warm and soulful restoration of tradition. Lane himself shines, and so does the rest of the band, and Roy Campbell's playing on most tunes can be described as absolutely stellar, not only because of his technique, but because of the feeling he gets across in his equally bluesy soloing, while Fefer does some equally hair-raising soloing of the more extravert kind, greatly supported by Anderson. Absolutely great stuff!” - Stef/FreeJazzBlog
LP Only List:
CARL STONE - Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties (Unseen Worlds 15; USA) This 3 LP set contains a selection of seven early works by American composer Carl Stone, all previously unpublished except for “Shing Kee,” which appeared on the 1992 New Albion CD release, Mom’s. Notorious, formerly elusive recordings like "Sukothai," "Shibucho," and "Dong Il Jang" exemplify how Stone masterfully guided his art through the transition period when New Music exited the loft scene of the 1970s for a stab at commercial presence in the 1980s, satisfying both impulses by fusing his compositional ambition with systems of live performance that were simultaneously pop savvy, commercial suicide, and technologically and aesthetically forward thinking. His live performance practice, documented here in a carefully restored archival recording of “Kuk Il Kwan” at The Kitchen in 1981, has merged seamlessly with today’s computer-driven methods. The earliest works of this collection, “LIM” and “Chao Praya,” realized on the Buchla 200, date to the early 1970s while Stone was a student of James Tenney and Morton Subotnick at CalArts, a rare glimpse of Stone working with purely electronic source material. Liner notes by Carl Stone, Jonathan Gold, Richard Gehr, and Marc Weidenbaum accompany on a gatefold sleeve. Download card is included with a digital-only bonus track, “Unthaitled” from 1978. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker.
"Of the serious composers to come out of 1980s California, Carl Stone is the one who has always performed in nightclubs as well as concert halls, for spiky-haired punks as well as the Ph.D-and-ponytail set – his brand of electro-acoustic bricolage was probably better known among jazz musicians than it was to the blue-haired Monday Evening Concerts crowd." - Jonathan Gold, from the liner notes
3 LP Set LTD Edition $35 (first pressing sold out, second pressing hopefully soon)
PETER KOWALD QUINTET With PAUL RUTHERFORD/GUNTER CHRISTMANN/PAUL LOVENS/PETER VAN DER LOCHT - Peter Kowald Quintet (Cien Fuegos 015; Austria) Cien Fuegos present a reissue of Peter Kowald Quintet's self-titled album, originally released by FMP in 1972. Personnel: Günter Christmann - trombone; Peter Kowald - tuba, bass, alphorn; Peter van der Locht - alto saxophone; Paul Lovens - drums; Paul Rutherford - trombone. Composed and produced by Peter Kowald. Recorded by Eberhard Sengpiel at Akademie der Künste, Berlin, on January 19th, 1972. First released on FMP as FMP 0070.
BORBETOMAGUS - The Eastcote Studios Session (Dancing Wayang 011; UK) Dancing Wayang present a new and rare studio album by US noise legends Borbetomagus titled The Eastcote Studios Session. Recorded in 2014, it unites fire-breathing saxophonists Jim Sauter, Don Dietrich and face-flaying guitarist Donald Miller whom together summon one of their most forceful yet detailed sonic onslaughts to date. The bulk of Borbetomagus releases over the last forty years have been taken from live recordings. This particular workout, however, took place in the eponymous studio in London and was captured, mixed and mastered with exacting care and attention. That means all the amps lived to tell the tale. It means that the listener can really focus on just what is going on in this music, the individual elements that form the unique "what the...?" that is the Borbetomagus experience. Not that this record isn't monolithic. It's as dense and slab-like on first approach as the vinyl it's pressed on, initially impenetrable and resistant. But that's monolithic as in an Ayler solo, a Bomb Squad production, or a Hijokaidan live meltdown. Or indeed like the structure in Kubrick's 2001. Get close, there are whole worlds in here. It takes serious improv chops and acute listening to carve the detail deep throughout the red meter levels that you'll find in this music. Sauter, Dietrich and Miller have been playing together more than long enough to take their music to that level and beyond. It is a work by musicians who know their instruments and how much they can subvert, distort and reverse engineer them and keep them sounding just the way they want. This studio recording is a new kind of peak. In Jim Sauter's own words: "This is unlike anything we've ever recorded before." Borbetomagus are Jim Sauter (sax), Don Dietrich (sax) and Donald Miller (electric guitar). They have played together since 1979 and have released over 30 albums, cassettes and 7"s. The trio cast a seething, many-tentacled shadow of influence over the Japanese and American noise scenes and stand as wild, brutish brethren to many of our finest European improvisers. Merciless, undeniable and monstrously beautiful. Housed in Dancing Wayang's customary hand-screenprinted wrap-around sleeve featuring an explosive collage designed by renowned British artist Richard Wilson. Liner notes by Edwin Pouncey (Savage Pencil, The Wire). 180 gram vinyl in an edition of 500.
JOHN CAGE - Complete Song Books (Karlrecords 029; Germany) "... to consider the Song Books as a work of art is nearly impossible. Who would dare? It resembles a brothel, doesn't it?" --John Cage. Complete Song Books, volume three in the Perihel series on Karlrecords, along with La Legende d'Eer (KR 024LP, 2016) and Douze Inventions en Six Modes De Jeu (KR 028LP, 2015), is dedicated to one of the most iconic composers of 20th century, John Cage. All 92 pieces of Song Books are presented here, with stunning interpretations by Reinhold Friedl, recorded at Rashad Becker's Clunk Studio who also contributed live electronics. John Cage (1912-1992) is one of the most important composers in modern music: with more than 250 compositions, many of which are considered key works of new music, and theoretical essays on composition, he significantly changed the way we think about and perceive music today. But Cage not only left a major impact in the academic world, he is also cited as an important inspiration by a wide range of diverse musicians from younger generations, be it electronic producers, experimentalists or noise artists. His Song Books, published 1970 in three volumes, is a collection of open works that contains not only songs, but a strange hybrid collection of compositions, graphic scores, meditation rules, experimental settings, absurd musical instructions, performance settings, musical references, and fluxus-inspired actions such as eating fruits or drinking cognac (Cage loved whiskey and cognac). When Reinhold Friedl (director of the ensemble Zeitkratzer) entered the Clunk Studio to record the whole cycle with Rashad Becker (who handled the feedback cabinet and live electronics), the idea was quite simple: to approach each single piece in an informal way but to do all 92 pieces in the right order. What came out in the end is a kaleidoscopic lecture and interpretation of the compositions with the help of a strange mixture of ancient and modern tools: new electronics, old and special microphones, self-built instruments, arbitrary garbage sounds, sophisticated live-electronics devices, and quotes. Complete Song Books turns out to be an early hymn for sonic freedom, a sonic promenade full of beautiful references. Constructed by Reinhold Friedl. Performed by: Reinhold Friedl - voice, toys, wooden games, metal objects, complex objects, microphones, garbage, ... ; Rashad Becker - feedback cabinet, live electronics. Mastered and cut at D&M, Berlin. 180 gram vinyl in an edition of 500; Includes insert and download code. Artwork by Lillevan.
2 LP Set $25
(GRAHAM) BOND + (PETE) BROWN - Two Heads Are Better Than One (Vinilisssimo 54; Spain) Presenting the first vinyl reissue of Graham Bond and Pete Brown's Two Heads Are Better Than One, originally released in 1972. Graham Bond and Pete Brown need little introduction. Bond was a key figure of the early British jazz and R&B scenes. His Graham Bond Organisation recorded several albums and the band's members (Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker, John McLaughlin and Dick Heckstall-Smith) achieved massive fame in their later careers. Pete Brown was a Cream/Jack Bruce collaborator. After being thrown out of his own band, Pete Brown & His Battered Ornaments, he formed another group: Piblokto! Dangerous habits, mental health issues and little commercial success seriously affected their careers on the verge of the '70s and a series of unfortunate events saw Graham Bond and Pete Brown finding themselves in limbo. They decided to team up for a new band project, resulting in the recording of Two Heads Are Better Than One in 1972. The album includes songs like "Lost Tribe" and "Looking For Time", both an attempt to express the fact that Pete and Graham were now on the outside of the rock scene in the early '70s, and "Ig The Pig", a dedication to a dubious record label head after the band found out their fee was not going to end in their bank account. Two Heads Are Better Than One is a brilliant multi-genre crossover celebration: bluesy rock with a funky twist and jazzy prog passages. It was Graham Bond's last album and probably his best work. Presented in facsimile artwork and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
ORCHESTRE POLY-RYTHMO DE COTONOU - Volume One - The Vodoun Effect (Analog Africa 064; Germany) ...Funk & Sato From Benin's Obscure Labels 1972-1975. 2016 repress. Double vinyl version, in deluxe gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeves. Following the highly-acclaimed African Scream Contest: Raw & Psychedelic Afro Sounds from Benin & Togo '70s -- which featured several tracks by Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, including the ground-breaking "Gbeti Madjro" -- this new Analog Africa collection now focuses entirely on Orchestre Poly-Rythmo. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou is arguably West Africa's best-kept secret. Their output, both in quantity and quality, was astonishing. During several trips to Benin, label-head Samy Ben Redjeb managed to collect roughly 500 songs which Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou had recorded between 1970 and 1983. With so much material to choose from, he decided to split it into Volume 1 and 2. While Volume 2 will be material the band recorded under an exclusive contract with the label Albarika Store, the band also "secretly" recorded with an array of smaller labels based around Cotonou, Benin's largest city, and the capital city of Porto Novo. It is those tracks (all officially licensed) that are presented here on Volume One. The producers of those labels were genuine music enthusiasts, some of them ran these labels as a part-time occupation, with very limited budgets. They couldn't afford high-quality recordings -- all they had to work with was a Nagra (a Swiss made reel-to-reel recorder) and a sound engineer -- courtesy of the national radio station. These sessions were recorded in private homes using just one or two microphones. The cultural and spiritual riches of traditional Beninese music had an immense impact on the sound of Benin's modern music. Benin is the birthplace of Vodun (also Vodoun, or, as it is known in the West, Voodoo), a religion which involves the worship of some 250 sacred divinities. The rituals used to pay tributes to those divinities are always backed by music. The majority of the complex poly-rhythms of the Vodun are still more or less secret and difficult to decipher, even for an accomplished musician. Two Vodun rhythms dominate the music of Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: Sato, an amazing, energetic rhythm performed using an immense vertical drum, and Sakpata, a rhythm dedicated to the divinity who protects people from smallpox. Both rhythms are represented here mixed in with funk, soul, crazy organ sounds and psychedelic guitar riffs.
2 LP Set $24
TROPICAL BRITXOTICA - Polynesian Pop And Placid Jazz From The Wild British Isles! (Trunk 062; UK) The incredible follow-up to the successful Britxotica! (JBH 057LP, 2015) and Britxotica Goes East! (JBH 059LP, 2016) LPs. This time, Jonny Trunk and the legendary DJ Martin Green take the listener to a magical musical place full of tropical delights - with songs of heatwaves, coral reefs, Haitian rituals and treasure islands, not forgetting the stormy seas and the odd hurricane. 16 tracks in all from a post-war era of musical adventure, this is Britxotica at its very hottest, most exotic and very best - incredible, rare, lost and exotic music from the wild British isles. Britxotica! (pronounced "Britzotica") neatly describes an odd and yet undocumented pre-Beatles British musical scene where famed UK composers, as well as unknown singers and bandleaders, threw convention on holiday and went wild. For part three of the Britxotica series, the compilation goes to the South Seas for a musical adventure of stormy seas, Hawaiian honeymoons, spooky rituals, dreamy walks through mango groves and a few sips from the juicy coconut. But this is more than just exotic music, the talent here is breathtaking: Kenny Graham, George Melley, Ted Heath, Malcolm Lockyer, Edmundo Ros and more -legendary artists adventuring into unknown territory with incredible results. There are songs and instrumentals here to charm and even beguile - there's even an amazing British cover of "Quite Village" - when did you ever hear one of those? This is wonderfully obscure music, and only Trunk records could compile and package such a compilation of bizarre and super rare British music so superbly. This all new compilation of British treasures is like no other, and will have you booking your ticket to the South Seas for Christmas. Featuring: Lucille Mapp, Frank Weir, The Sound Of Ed White, Ron Goodwin, Geoff Love, Marion Ryan, Dick Katz, International 'Pops' All Stars, Johnny Gentle, Betty Smith And The Malcolm Lockyer Group, Martinas And His Music and Norrie Paramor.
HERMANN NITSCH - 25. Aktion (wiederaufgeführt)(Cien Fuegos 006; Austria) Hermann Nitsch - Orgien Mysterien Theater - 25. Aktion. Re-performance of 25. Action, March 1982 in the gallery Pakesch, Vienna. The premiere was in New York, in 1968. Hermann Nitsch, an Austrian painter, performance-artist and composer, was a crucial founding artist of "Viennese Actionism". He has held exhibitions and performed all over the world since the '60s. The idea of the very sensual and archaic Orgien Mysterien Theater was developed in the late '50s and has been performed in variations to this day. For this piece, Nitsch works out all settings of the rituals, the feast in great detail, precisely composes days of art, performance, food, wine and music, to celebrate the existence of mankind...
LOS ANGELES FREE MUSIC SOCIETY - LAFMS Box Box (Box Editions 001; USA) LAFMS BOX BOX documents every performance from the exhibition Beneath the Valley of the Lowest Form of Music - The Los Angeles Free Music Society 1972-2012 at The Box, Los Angeles in 2012. The Los Angeles Free Music Society (LAFMS) is an experimental music collective founded by artists and musicians in Pasadena, California in the early 1970s. Continuously active for 40+ years, they have released over 25 albums on their LAFMS label and have released or appeared on hundreds of albums on various labels all over the world. In 2012, their work was the subject of a major exhibition at The Box that included photographs, visual art work, home-made instruments, recordings, ephemera, film & video. For the six week duration of the show, the gallery hosted many unforgettable concerts that captured the attitude and range of musical styles embodied by the LAFMS. Art directed and designed by Tom Recchion and featuring photography by Fredrik Nilsen, this 13 LP box set contains every performance that occurred during the exhibition. Each group is represented by an entire LP side. Comes in a full-color box and includes three posters, a 52-page full color book and a download card.
Includes performances by/of: Opening Reception Improvisation: Dennis Duck, John Duncan, Ace Farren Ford, Joseph Hammer, Mike Kelley, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, Vetza; Artificial Art Ensemble: Ted Byrnes, Ace Farren Ford, Mars Pharoah Ford, Oddrocker Orlando Greenhill, Michael Intriere; The Tenses: Oblivia & Ju Suk Reet Meate; Tom Recchion; The Doo-Dooettes: Dennis Duck, Fredrik Nilsen, Tom Recchion; Le Forte Four: Joe Potts & Rick Potts; Smegma: Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford, Mars Pharoah Ford, Ju Suk Reet Meate, Oblivia, Vetza; Airway: Ted Byrnes, Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford, Juan Gomez, Joseph Hammer, Kevin Laffey, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Rick Potts, Tom Recchion, Vetza; Ace & Duck / Artificial Art Ensemble: Ted Byrnes, Dennis Duck, Ace Farren Ford, Oddrocker Orlando Greenhill, Michael Intriere; Dinosaurs With Horns: Joseph Hammer & Rick Potts; Vetza & Joe Potts; Dolphin Explosion: Colette Weber Shaw & Ariel West with Dani Tull; Marnie Weber's F For Ache: Doug Harvey, Dani Tull, Marnie Weber; Eddie Ruscha, Jim Shaw, Dani Tull; Extended Organ: Paul McCarthy, Fredrik Nilsen, Joe Potts, Tom Recchion, with prerecorded XO contributions by Mike Kelley; Feedback Waveriders: Antony DiGennaro, Michael Jon Fink, Paul McCarthy, Chas Smith, Brian Walsh; Artzenkraft: John Lewis; Small Drone Orchestra: Don Lewis & Eddie Nervo; Destroy Date: Eddie Nervo; Points Of Friction: Tim Alexander, Damian Bisciglia, Mitchell Brown, Joseph Hammer, Albert Ortega; Rick Potts (on altered turntables between sets; The Jrks: Joe Berardi, Kira Vollman, Rich West; Joe & Joe: Joseph Hammer & Joe Potts; Oolies: Tom Boram, Mitchell Brown, J.P. Jenkins; Rahdlines: Nate Archer & Aaron Coye.
13 LP Box Set $360
OKKYUNG LEE & LASSE MARHAUG - Jukebox-Series 006 (Trost 006EP; Austria) Trost continues its Trost Jukebox Series of 7"s. Okkyung Lee - cello; Lasse Marhaug - electronics. Recorded at Lasse's studio in Oslo. No overdubs, minimal editing. Mastered by Martin Siewert. Artwork by Lasse Marhaug.
7” Single $12
PITA & CHRA - Jukebox-Series 005 (Trost TRJBX 005 EP; Austria) Trost continues its Trost Jukebox Series of 7"s. Chra - electronics; Pita - modular synthesizer, electronics. Mastered by Martin Siewert. Artwork by Lasse Marhaug.
7” Single $12
THE J.B.’s/MACEO PARKER/LYN COLLINS/FRED WESLEY/ et al - James Brown’s Funky People (Part 1) (Get on Down 54083; USA) "Some have made the claim that Get On Down may love James Brown just a little too much. To which the label replies, it's not possible to love James Brown too much. The label's welcome obsession with Mr. Brown and the incredible line up of talent found on his People Record imprint continues with the reissue of Funky People Part 1. Long out of print on vinyl, Funky People Part 1 features the top tier of artists from Brown's People Records label, including The J.B.'s, Lyn Collins, Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker. Some of the James Brown organizations all-time best material is collected here, including The J.B.'s 'Pass The Peas' and 'Hot Pants Road', Fred Wesley's in your face politics through funk statement 'Damn Right, I Am Somebody', Lyn Collins smash hit 'Think (About It)' and many more. Newcomers and diehard fans alike continue to dig into the James Brown and People Records vaults, and the more they do so, the more they realize that it's a nearly never ending source of truly next-level funk and soul music. And you can be sure this aural goodness will keep flowing to the public, thanks to the exhaustive efforts of Get On Down."
BLONDE ON BLONDE - Rebirth (Vinilisssimo 538; Spain) First official vinyl reissue of Blonde On Blonde's second album Rebirth, originally released in 1970. It would take two lives to listen to the entire discography of all the prog-psych UK bands from the late '60s to early '70s. Funny enough, some of them just needed a two to four year career to record a bunch of LPs and make musical history, underground history anyway. Although Blonde On Blonde achieved only modest commercial success, their second album, Rebirth, is an exquisite piece of progressive rock that should not remain under the radar to those into melodic progressive rock. By the end of 1969 they had just signed a new contract with Ember Records to follow their debut and unsuccessful album Contrasts (1969). A new vocalist, David Thomas, had just joined the band and their live sound was tight and heavy. They toured non-stop across London's hippest clubs and shared bills with artists such as Georgie Fame, Deep Purple, Genesis and Alan Price. But their solid and raw playing also tried to encompass other more subtle sounds in the recording studio, resulting in a well balanced mix of dramatic singing and progressive instrumental backgrounds. "Colour Questions" echoes the outstanding power shown by the band on stage while "Broken Hours", the first song ever written by David Thomas, shows their more melodic and balanced side without losing any energy. "November" and "Time Is Passing" add some elements of folky psychedelia to the band's recipe, undoubtedly a focused and magic body of music that stays strong until the very last note on the epic closing track "You'll Never Know Me / Release". Rebirth is a perfectly balanced mix of powerful singing and progressive instrumental passages which also leaves room for the band's melodic, folky and psychedelic elements to shine. Presented in a facsimile gatefold sleeve and pressed on 180 gram vinyl.
Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for November of 2016:
THE STONE is located at the NW corner of Avenue C & East 2nd Sts.
THE STONE RESIDENCIES - JON MADOF - NOV 15-20
8 pm - ERNESTO MARTINEZ SPECIAL DAY - Ernesto Martinez and his microritmica
Here from Mexico for one special performance.
Zion80 plays music from John Zorn's Masada Book B'riah!
ONE SET BEGINNING AT 9PM - NOTE 9PM START TIME!
Jon Madof, Yoshie Fruchter (guitars) Matt Darriau (alto sax) Greg Wall (tenor sax) Frank London (trumpet) Jessica Lurie (bari sax, flute) Zach Mayer (bari sax) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Marlon Sobol (percussion) Yuval Lion (drums)
9 pm - Zion80 - Jon Madof, Yoshie Fruchter (guitars) Matt Darriau (alto sax) Greg Wall (tenor sax) Frank London (trumpet) Jessica Lurie (bari sax, flute) Zach Mayer (bari sax) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Marlon Sobol (percussion) Yuval Lion (drums)
NOTE DIFFERENT TIME! ONE SET THAT BEGINS AT 9PM!
9 pm - Zion80 - Jon Madof, Yoshie Fruchter (guitars) Matt Darriau (alto sax) Greg Wall (tenor sax) Frank London (trumpet) Jessica Lurie (bari sax, flute) Zach Mayer (bari sax) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Marlon Sobol (percussion) Yuval Lion (drums) - NOTE DIFFERENT TIME! ONE SET THAT BEGINS AT 9PM!
There are no refreshments or merchandise at The Stone.
Only music. All ages are welcome.
Cash Only at the door. There is no phone.
There is no food or beverage served or allowed
just a serious listening environment.
The Stone is booked purely on a curatorial basis
The CORNELIA STREET CAFE - 212-989-9319
29 Cornelia St in the heart of the West Greenwich Village, NYC
Friday Nov 18
6:00PM THE DAVID LOPATO TRIO - David Lopato, piano; Ratzo Harris, string bass; Michael Sarin, drums
9:00PM & 10:30PM NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES: HELIO ALVES QUARTET
Helio Alves, piano; Romero Lubambo, guitar; Edward Perez, bass; Edu Ribeiro, drums
Saturday Nov 19
9:00PM & 10:30PM AUBREY JOHNSON GROUP - Aubrey Johnson, voice, comp.; Tomoko Omura, violin; Michael Sachs, alto sax, bass clarinet; Chris Ziemba, piano; Matt Aronoff, bass; Jeremy Noller, drums
Sunday Nov 20
6:00PM JD WARREN & THE RUDIMENT - Dermel Warren, vocals; Gil Defay, trumpet; Joel Desroches, piano; Jake Leckie, bass; Jeremy Warren, drums, 8:30PM ANDREAS ARNOLD DUO - Andreas Arnold, guitar; Mario Rincon, voice
10:00PM MARIA MANOUSAKI QUARTET - Maria Manousaki, violin; Guy Mintus, piano; Panayiotis Andreou, bass; Ziv Ravitz, drums
Mon Nov 21st:
8:30PM THE BRIDGE BETWEEN.. MUSIC AND POETRY - Nathan Fujiki, narrator; Eiko Kano, violin; Kyungmi Nam, piano
Tues Nov 22nd:
8:00PM BALKAN PEPPERS - Brad Shepik, guitar; Kenny Warren, trumpet; Ethan Helm, alto sax; Mike Verselli, keyboards; Seido Salifoski, drums
9:30PM JOHN HADFIELD QUARTET - Kinan Azmeh, clarinet; Brad Shepik, guitar; Or Bareket, bass; John Hadfield, percussion
Wednesday Nov 23
8:01PM SAM FRIEND - Sam Friend, voice, guitar; Peter Maness, bass; Curtis Nowosad, drums
Friday Nov 25
9:00PM & 10:30PM HUSH POINT - Jeremy Udden, alto sax; John McNeil, trumpet; Aryeh Kobrinsky, bass; Anthony Pinciotti, drums
Saturday Nov 26
9:00PM & 10:30PM HUSH POINT - Jeremy Udden, alto sax; John McNeil, trumpet; Aryeh Kobrinsky, bass; Anthony Pinciotti, drums
Sunday Nov 27
8:30PM ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: YOTAM SILBERSTEIN QUARTET - Yotam Silberstein, guitar; Vitor Gonćalves, piano; Or Bareket, bass; Daniel Dor
10:00PM ISRAELI JAZZ SPOTLIGHT: THE TAL MASHIACH STREET BAND - Victor Pablo, percussion; Yotam Ben-Or, harmonica; Jonathan Peled, trombone; Tal Mashiach, bass; David Jimenez, drums
Thursday, December 1st 8:00 PM
Kyoko Kitamura – Tidepool Fauna + Jeremy Udden
8:00 pm - Tidepool Fauna
Kyoko Kitamura (voice, compositions)
Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax)
Ken Filiano (bass)
9:30 pm - Jeremy Udden + JC Sanford
Friday, December 9th 12:00 AM
Jacob Sacks + Orlando Hernandez
Jacob Sacks – Piano
Orlando Hernandez – Tap
Saturday, December 10th 8:30 PM
Jacob Sacks + Orlando Hernandez (Night 2)
Jacob Sacks – Piano
Orlando Hernandez – Tap
Saturday, December 17th 8:30 PM
Billy Martin – drums and percussion
Chris Cochrane – guitar and…
Kato Hideki – Bass
I-Beam is located at 168 7th Street in Brooklyn, NY 11215 - Directions: SUBWAY: Take the F or R trains to 4th Ave & 9th Street. Walk down 4th ave to 7th street. Make a left on 7th and walk past 3rd ave. We are located on the ground floor, the grey doors to the right of the stairs of #168.
Shapeshifter November Schedule:
8pm: 5th International Pure Data Convention in New York City
Pd Convention NYU
Digital and Acoustic Sessions Part VII
Free Workshop 6:30 - 8
Performances: 8:30 - 11
Nov 23 -
7pm: Take Off Collective
Ole Mathisen - tenor sax, Matthew Garrison - bass, Marko Djordjevic - drums
8:15p - TheGeneMachine - Ben Seacrist (trumpet/fluglehorn), Nicole Glover (ten sax), Oscar Williams (piano), Gene Perla (double-bass), Nic Cacioppo (drums)
8pm: An Evening Of Haitian Jazz Music
The Chardavoine Band
Gashford Guillaume &
Creole Fusion Ensemble
Shapeshifter is located at
18 Whitwell Place in Brooklyn, NY
R train to Union stop
Sound It Out series @ Greenwich House
Concerts, Sept-Dec 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 7:30 p.m. – Guitar Double-Bill!
Mike Baggetta Trio + Anders Nilsson Trio: Mike Baggetta, guitar; Jerome Harris, bass; Billy Mintz, drums; Anders Nilsson, guitar; Michaël Attias, alto saxophone; Ken Filiano, double-bass
Friday, December 2, 8:00 p.m. – Great Quintet!
Dave Scott Quintet: Dave Scott, trumpet; Rich Perry, tenor saxophone; Gary Versace, piano; John Hébert, double-bass; Satoshi Takeishi, drums
Thursday, December 15, 8:00 p.m. – Powerhouse Double-Bill!
Mara Rosenbloom Trio + Sean Conly’s Re: Action+1
Mara Rosenbloom, piano; Sean Conly, double-bass; Chad Taylor, drums
Sean Conly, double-bass; Michaël Attias & Tony Malaby, saxes; Kris Davis, piano; Gerald Cleaver, drums
Greenwich House Music School:
46 Barrow Street, just west of 7th Avenue South in New York City’s West Village; / www.greenwichhouse.org, 212-242-4770
This from Vocalist ANAIS MAVIEL:
SUN, NOV 20, (time TBA)
Panoply Performance Laboratory, 104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
"Play Time Practice" - Choregraphy - Ilona Bito, Music - Anaïs Maviel
Dancers - Kirsten Schnittker, Jeremy Pfeiffer, Adi Eytan, Ilona Bito
John Zorn: Music for Agnes Martin
Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2, 2016
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Legendary composer John Zorn assembles a cast of musicians for an evening of music performed in the Guggenheim’s iconic rotunda. Zorn’s “Dark River” from his 1995 album ‘Redbird’ was inspired by Agnes Martin, and this program serves as the premiere of two brand-new compositions also inspired by her work, “Praise” and “Blue Stratagem.” The program concludes with an exhibition viewing of Agnes Martin.
Compositions and performers (in order of appearance)
Carol Emanuel, harp
Ikue Mori, electronics
William Winant, vibraphone/percussion
John Zorn, vibraphone/percussion
“Dark River” (1995)
William Winant, bass drums
Ches Smith, bass drums
“Curling” (1977), performed by Dither
James Moore, guitar
Gyan Riley, guitar
Taylor Levine, guitar
Josh Lopez, guitar
“Blue Stratagem” (2016), performed by the American Brass Quintet
Kevin Cobb, trumpet
Louis Hanzlik, trumpet
Eric Reed, horn
Michael Powell, trombone
John Rojak, bass trombone
NY Forward Festival 2016
Brooklyn Dec 9th, 10th, 11th
375 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, New York 11206
Friday December 9th
MP Landis Paintings
6:00pm - Gene Moore + Daniel Moore + Gene Janas
Gene Moore (guitar)
Daniel Moore (electronics)
Gene Janas (bass)
6:45pm - Mary Anne Driscoll and Daniel Carter
Daniel Carter (winds)
Mary Anne Driscoll (piano)
7:30pm - Bichi - Tobias Wilner (solo electronics)
Adam Lane Trio
Darius Jones (alto saxophone)
Adam Lane (bass)
Vijay Anderson (drums)
8:45pm - Daniel Carter, Tobias Wilner, Djibril Toure, Federico Ughi
Daniel Carter (winds)
Tobias Wilner (electronics)
Djibril Toure (bass)
Federico Ughi (drums)
G Calvin Weston
Improv Messenger album release party
Grant Calvin Weston (drums and electronics)
Saturday December 10th
MP Landis Paintings
6:15pm - Hot Date
Chris Welcome (synthesizer)
Shayna Dulberger (tape collage)
7:00pm - Aella
Patrick Breiner (tenor saxophone)
Max Goldman (drums)
Daniel Carter, Patrick Holmes, Matthew Putman, Federico Ughi
Daniel Carter (winds)
Patrick Holmes (clarinet)
Matthew Putman (piano)
Federico Ughi (drums)
8:30pm - Maria Chavez
Solo turntable performance
9:15pm - Daniel Carter, Watson Jennison, William Parker, Federico Ughi
Daniel Carter (winds, piano)
Watson Jennison (winds, piano)
William Parker (bass)
Federico Ughi (drums)
Sunday December 11th
MP Landis Paintings
5:45pm - Gabriele Meirano (China)
New Vintage Sessions album release party
Andreas Günther (tenor saxophone, flute) (Germany)
Gabriele Meirano (piano)
6:30pm - Nick Lyons
Nick Lyons (alto saxophone)
Patrick Holmes (clarinet)
Kazzrie Jaxen (piano)
Adam Caine (guitar)
7:15pm - Ancestral Duo
Luke Stewart (bass, percussion, electronics)
Jamal Moore (woodwinds, percussion, electronics)
Heart Talk album release party
David Schnug (tenor saxophone)
Mike Irwin (trumpet)
Jeff Snyder (electronics)
Federico Ughi (drums)
8:45pm - Remembering Connie Crothers
Richard Tabnik (alto saxophone)
Harvey Diamond (piano)
Ken Filiano (bass)
Roger Mancuso (drums)
9:30pm - The Listening Group
Daniel Carter (winds)
Nick Lyons (alto saxophone)
Patrick Holmes (clarinet)
Claire de Brunner (bassoon)
Jeff Snyder (electronics)
Stelios Michas (guitar)
Jonah Rosenberg (piano)
Zach Swanson (bass)
Federico Ughi (drums)
577 RECORDS & FORWARD FESTIVAL
Independent music based in Brooklyn, New York