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DMG Newsletter for Friday, September 28th, 2018

You Don’t Miss Your Water - Written by William Bell, Sung by The Byrds

In the beginning
You really loved me
But I was blind
And I could not see
But when you left me
Oh! How I cried
You don't miss your water
Till your well runs dry

I was a playboy
I could not be true
I couldn't believe
I really loved you

But when you left me
Oh! How I cried
You don't miss your water
Till your well runs dry

In the beginning
You really loved me
But I was blind
And I could not see

But when you left me
Oh! How I cried
You don't miss your water
Till your well runs dry
You don't miss your water
Till your well runs dry

Earlier this week (09/24/18), I had the good fortune to attend a concert at Town Hall: A celebration of the 50th anniversary of the album ’Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ by the Byrds. The line-up featured two original Byrds members: Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman with the Marty Stuart Band backing. I was blown away by both sets which contained the entirety of ’Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ plus many Byrds rarities and hits. Both McGuinn & Hillman sounded great singing these classic country/rock/folk songs and the Marty Stuart Band were the perfect collaborators. Plus there were a number of illuminating anecdotes from Roger & Chris. I was deeply moved by these performances and keep listening to that album over & over. Certain songs are timeless and ring true so we keep listening. “You Don’t Miss Your Water” and Gram Parson’s “Hickory Wind” were the real highlights for me. Thanks to my pal Jason Roth for twisting my arm a bit. - BLG/DMG

Upcoming Sets at Downtown Music Gallery - FREE, every Sunday at 6pm

 Sunday, September 30th:
6pm: HANS TAMMEN and CHRISTOPH IRMER - Buchla Synth and Violin

 Sunday, October 7th:
6pm: SHANE PARISH & FRANK MEADOWS - Guitar & ContraBass

Sunday, October 14th:
6pm: SEAN ALI / MICHAEL FOSTER / DEVIN GRAY - ContraBass / Saxes / Drums

 Sunday, October 21st:
6pm: HANNA SCHöRKEN - Solo Experimental Vocalist from Cologne!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. 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 Always Cosy. You can check the weekly in-store sets through our Instagram feed


Even More New Music, Archival Recordings, Compact Discs and Record Albums from:

Devin Gray / Ellery Eskelin / Dave Ballou / Michael Formanek! Jonathan Finlayson with Steve Lehman / Brain Settles / Matt Mitchell..! Wayne Horvitz Snowghost Trio! Brandon Lopez Solo Bass! Four from Sunnyside: Fred Hersch Trio! Jason Moran’s Freebird!

Alison Miller & Carmen Staaf Ambrose Akinmusire / Dayna Stephens! Andy Milne & Dapp Theory! Officer! Vitor Rua & Metaphysical Angels! 3 from Brad Linde’s Team Players! More Metal Chaos Ensemble! Lydia Lunch!

Historic Discs from: Bobby Timmons! The Jazz Crusaders! Curved Air! Ornette Coleman & Last Poets DVD’s! LP’s from Loren Connors! Alvin Curran! Phill Niblock! Steve Reich! Miles Davis! Chet Baker! The Deviants! And even More..! 


Starting with this Classic Downtown All-Star Quartet:

* DEVIN GRAY / ELLERY ESKELIN / DAVE BALLOU / MICHAEL FORMANEK - Dirigo Rataplan (RR 01; USA) Featuring Ellery Eskelin on tenor sax, Dave Ballou on trumpet, Michael Formanek on contrabass and Devin Gray on drums & compositions. Since moving here in 2006, drummer/composer Devin Gray has been continually on the move, leading his own bands and working with a variety of Downtowners like Gary Thomas, Chris Speed, Elias Stemseder and Anna Webber. This is the second disc from Mr. Gray’s all-star quartet, known as Dirigo Rataplan and they are about to go on tour shortly. Beginning with “Congruently”, both horns swirl tightly around each other competing each others lines until they come together to play a sublime, elegant theme in the last section. There is a comforting sense of calm at the center here, as if the quartet are in no hurray, taking their time and laying back graciously. Last month, I caught several nights of Michael Formanek’s residency at The Stone and was knocked out every night, especially by Mr. Formanek’s feisty, ever-inventive playing and composing. His playing here is often at the center of what makes this music so fine: soulful, throbbing, the rhythm team providing the ongoing currents while both horns sail above, together and apart. In the last section of “Trends of Trending”, the rhythm team breaks into this infectious groove while the horns come together, accentuating this one note… each time they repeat that note, it has a way of making us feel like joining the  dance/pulse/groove and setting us free to nod along and smile. Even when certain sections sound free, the quartet always remain connected and end up often playing those tart written passages just right. The rhythm team sounds like they have been working together for many years as they consistently shift through varying tempos with ease while the horns take their time to spin off one amazing solo (or duo) after the other. There is so much to marvel at here,since Mr. Gray put together quite the perfect quartet. The name of the quartet, Dirigo Rataplan, comes from a Latin & French translation and means “leading from the beat”. This makes perfect sense. An outstanding effort on all counts from four of Downtown’s finest musicians. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG 
CD $16

* DEVIN GRAY’S DIRIGO RATAPLAN will be on tour in October & December of this year, including December 1st at the Greenwich House. Here’s the itinerary: //

JONATHAN FINLAYSON With STEVE LEHMAN / BRIAN SETTLES / MATT MITCHELL / JOHN HEBERT / CRAIG WEINRIB - 3 Times Round (Pi Records 77; USA) Featuring Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet & compositions, Steve Lehman on alto sax, Brian Settles on tenor sax & flute, Matt Mitchell on piano, John Hebert on bass and Craig Weinrib on  drums. This is the third disc from Jonathan Finlayson as a leader, His vision/composing has continued to evolve and expand. Mr. Finlayson is a longtime member (since around 2000) member of Steve Coleman’s Five Elements and can be heard on some ten discs by them. Since the last disc from Mr. Finlayson’s Sicilian Defense, he has added a second saxist, Brian settles from Wash. DC and switched bassists to John Hebert. The influence of Steve Coleman is obvious here, as the sextet plays those long, flowing, repeating phrases with the horns locked together. All three horns trade those quick, ever-shifting M-Base-like licks, tossing their lines back and forth, one after the other, one starting and the next completing each others lines in a tight succession. The ubiquitous pianist, Matt Mitchell, does a fine job of centering the sextet by calming down the often furious-paced frontline with his own more cerebral, chamber-like lines, which are most-likely the way they are written but still have a stabilizing effect. I dig the way things slow down for “A Stone, A Pond, a Thought”, with Mr. Weinrib playing some soft mallets and John Hebert playing a rich, thoughtful bowed bass solo, the horn floating together in dreamy spirals. When the tempo slows down a bit for the closer, “Tap-Tap”, Mr. Mitchell is able to add counter lines in between the web of spiraling solos that the three horns each play, one at a time. The music here is often a case study of interlocking lines, with several patterns shifting together simultaneously. What I find most interesting is this, while one person solos, the rest of the band must both play the connected lines underneath while adding flourishes of other jagged or other phrases which have to fit in often expected ways. The alumni of the Steve Coleman school, are upon us and reinventing what they’ve learned and turning it into new golden thread, creating a series of magical tapestries for us to ponder. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG      
CD $15

WAYNE HORVITZ With GEOFF HARPER / ERIC EAGLE - The Snowghost Sessions (Songlines 1627; Canada) “Pianist Horvitz adds keys and electronics to his palette in a program of his haunting, emotionally resonant compositions. His longtime collaborators, Seattle bassist Geoff Harper and drummer Eric Eagle, are right there in the zone with him as they sometimes take the music into avant-jazz territory, sometimes keep it inside. It's a subtle record of grace and beauty (Horvitz calls it "textural and contemplative"), one that repays close listening. The audiophile recording was done at state-of-the-art SnowGhost Studio in Montana. Interestingly, this is the first trio record from Horvitz since the 1980s, and his first piano/keys-bass-drums record ever. It's closest in feel perhaps to his classic quartet releases American Bandstand/Forever (2000) and Sweeter Than the Day (2001), but in many ways freer. The trio had the luxury of a week-long residency at SnowGhost, with no set list of pieces to record and no agenda. As Horvitz writes, "I've never felt so free of expectations in the recording studio in my life. The sessions were relaxed, creative, and without a specific goal. We didn't set out to make a record, we just set out to enjoy the process. I brought in a pile of tunes and sketches, and started making music. The only thing I knew was I wanted to work with Eric and Geoff, and I wanted find an organic marriage between the idea of a piano trio and some ideas I'd been exploring with amplified and processed piano." In 2016 Eagle and Horvitz began editing and mixing in Seattle. Using the same relaxed approach as the sessions, the mixes were done over a 9-month period. Most tracks are live, including the processing, with minimal overdubs; a few involve multiple keyboards.”
CD $15 (In stock early next week)

BRANDON LOPEZ - Quoniam Facta Sum Vilis (Astral Spirits 075/MFA 179; USA) Featuring Brandon Lopez on solo contrabass. Over the past few years, I’ve watched bassist Brandon Lopez evolve in leaps and strides, impressing me more and more with each context that I’ve caught him with. I’ve heard him live many times, most memorably in a duos with Dave Rempis, Guillermo Gregorio and Thomas Helton. I’ve only heard play solo once and that was pretty amazing as well. Solo bass efforts used to be relatively rare, but this is not the case any longer, although most of the recordings that I can think of are from the elders. I am not so sure what the title of this disc refers to, although some of the words do come from psalms. Perhaps there is some sort of prayer-like vibe going on here. There is a long section of Mr. Lopez banging on the strings with the end of his bow which sounds most hypnotic. This disc was recorded by Bob Bellerue and David Zuchowski and it has wonderfully warm, rich sound. I do know of experimental music composer Bob Bellerue, from a recent tribute to Zev gig at the Kitchen. Mr. Lopez takes his time to explore different sounds on his acoustic bass, building from one section to another. There is one section when I can’t tell what is going on, is he rubbing the strings with some object? Things move from contemplative to explosive, as Lopez explores different areas of his contrabass. The more this disc godson, the more evocative it is with different themes or scenes. I’ve listened to this disc several times and it keeps getting better at digger deeper and letting the varied free spirits soar. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG   
CD $15  [LTD Ed of 200] / Cassette $10

Four Fabulous CD’s from Sunnyside Records Recently Released - In Stock This Tuesday!

FRED HERSCH TRIO with MICHAEL FORMANEK / JEFF HIRSHFELD - Heartsongs (Sunnyside 1474; USA) “Before Fred Hersch's star rose during the 1990s, resulting in several Grammy nominations, he was quietly establishing himself as one of the most lyrical up-and-coming pianists, as he demonstrates on these 1989 studio sessions. Accompanied by bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Jeff Hirschfield, he surprises the listener right away with a fresh approach to the oft-heard standard "The Man I Love," gliding over Hirschfield's adept brushwork and Formanek's soft, spacious bassline. Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes" also benefits from Hersch's minimalist approach, shimmering in an arrangement in which the leader and the bassist alternate solos. But Hersch best demonstrates his considerable gifts as a composer. "Heartsong" is a captivating work that he has sometimes played in a solo setting, though this trio version proves to be explosive. "Evanessence" is a gorgeous tribute to the late Bill Evans, with a superb solo by Formanek reminiscent of Scott LaFaro's fleet performances with Evans. Although Fred Hersch has made released many memorable CDs since this Sunnyside release, this fine effort is also well worth investigating.” - Ken Dryden, AllMusicGuide
CD $15

FREEBIRD With JASON MORAN / CALEB CURTIS / KENNY PEXTON / et al - Walking Distance (Sunnyside 1512; USA) “It’s almost trite to mention the indelible mark that saxophonist Charlie Parker left on the world of culture at large, and more specifically with the practitioners of jazz, the music that he redefined. In the years since his death, his music has been covered incessantly, which in many ways, has robbed the music of its essential vitality. One solution to this ubiquitous problem lies in the stunning invention of the NYC based quartet Walking Distance and their second album, Freebird, which features the resplendent piano playing of Jason Moran on a number of tracks. The member of the quartet are alto saxophonist Caleb Curtis, tenor saxophonist/clarinetist Kenny Pexton, bassist Adam Coté, and drummer Shawn Baltazor.
   “The twisty lines and rhythmic chatter that shook jazz into the modernist era rose up in late-night jams with Charlie “Yardbird” Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. The angular melodies and quick-fire rhythms seemed outlandish at the time, but listeners with a good ear for a tune could spot the structures of showtune classics such as “I’ve Got Rhythm” and “How High the Moon” that lay underneath.
   This album, aptly titled Freebird, celebrates that heritage by revisiting a dozen compositions by Parker and bending them so far out of shape that their origins are barely recognisable.
   Saxophonists Caleb Curtis and Kenny Pexton play with a dry-toned fluency that resonates with early-1950s New York cool. The mid-tempo “Donnalise” and zippy “Pexterity” both rekindle that era with sweetly harmonised saxes and obtuse lines that offer glimpses of the Parker originals that inspired them.
   But for the most part, the schooled Walking Distance re-configure Parker’s compositions into contemporary shapes. In this they are greatly helped by pianist Jason Moran, who guests on five tracks.
   It is his mid-track solo that rumbles, roars and realigns “William” — the piece ends with time delays, a backward loop and a raucous crescendo of added brass. “Feather Report” opens with bassist Adam Coté hinting at Parker’s “Confirmation” before Moran slow-burns over pounding drums; and the somnolent contemplation “Quasar Halo” features Pexton on clarinet, bowed bass and oblique bittersweet piano. “Fly By” is a mosaic of Parker snippets supported by layers of samples and a single key groove.
   But the quartet are also capable of shaking things up. “Ghilnooorty Classic” delivers single-note riffs over steady walking bass, “Simple Ghilnooorty” features thumps of resonant drums — both are offspring of Parker’s “Ornithology” — and “Lost and Found” scatters Parker’s “Moose the Mooche” into fragments.
   “Bigment”, recognizably based on Parker’s “Segment”, rampages from New Orleans dirge to upscale walking swing and peaks with Moran in full rhythmic flight. It is the album’s highlight.” -
CD $15

ALLISON MILLER & CARMEN STAAF With AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE / DAYNA STEPHENS / MATT PENMAN - Science Fair! (Sunnyside 1524; USA)“Drummer Allison Miller and pianist Carmen Staaf, two of the most progressive melody makers on the current scene, unite around themes of experimentation and discovery on Science Fair, their new album from Sunnyside Records. The album’s title is also the name of the band — which at points across this disc includes trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, reedist Dayna Stephens and bassist Matt Penman — and it’s an especially apt phrase, because Miller and Staaf combine for remarkable musical alchemy. The two musicians first met when the pianist sat in with Boom Tick Boom, Miller’s brainy avant-groove band, and they almost immediately found common ground in their commitment to pushing artistic boundaries.
   Their shared sensibilities and lockstep rapport are borne out in fine detail on “MLW,” a mysterious and quietly charged duet that features Miller and Staaf in close, dynamic concentration. With a soft yet resolute touch, Miller conjures a swarm of tom-tom and snare that hums beneath Saaft’s thorny piano. At first blush, the tune draws parallels to Duke Ellington’s “Caravan” — it’s full of the same tropical mystique and spectral harmony— but by the time the song swells to its conclusion, the feel is something else entirely. The pulse has quickened, and Miller and Staaf exchange a new flash of brilliance with every bar. Talk about good chemistry.” - Brian Zimmerman,
CD $15

ANDY MILNE & DAPP THEORY With AARON KRUZIKI / CHRIS TORDINI / KENNY GROHOWSKI - The Seasons of Being (Sunnyside 1482; USA) An oft-repeated piece of musical lore states that the great composer/arranger Duke Ellington wrote music specifically for the individuals in his orchestra. His knowledge of their musical lineage, strengths and weaknesses allowed him to customize parts for each voice. Pianist and composer Andy Milne takes this principle a step further on his new recording, The Seasons of Being. Applying the principles of homeopathic diagnosis, Milne generates an optimized environment for improvisation for his long running Dapp Theory ensemble and a host of special guests.
CD $15

OFFICER! - Earlier Music (Klanggalerie GG 265; Austria) "Officer! was founded by Londoner Mick Hobbs. His roots were in the RIO scene of the late 70s and early 80s. Initially he worked as guitarist in The Work, subsequently he became closely associated with This Heat and their Cold Storage Studio in Brixton, working with artists like Family Fodder, Catherine Jauniaux or Zeena Parkins. The band's first album 8 New Songs By Mick Hobbs came out in 1982 on cassette only. It forms the first half of this CD re-issue. With the exception of two songs that came out on 7" on Blackest Ever Black in 2014, the album has never been re-issued in any form, the cassette is nearly impossible to get. It marked the birth of a unique songwriter and improviser with a gift for melodies, difficult arrangements and poignant lyrics. The second album, Ossification, arrived a year later and has been made available on CD. The third album, Cough was recorded and released in France in 1985. It is often overlooked in the band's discography, a fate that many cassette releases share. Again, this is the first time that these songs are being made available. Both tapes have been remastered in 2018 and are presented here for the first time ever in digital quality. Officer! are one of the most important bands in the British art rock scene. Don't miss this rare chance to get hold of two long lost albums."
CD $20

VITOR RUA & THE METAPHYSICAL ANGELS With HERNANI FAUSTINO / et al - When Better Isn't Quite Good Enough (ReR Megacorp VR1; UK) This is the second disc from Portuguese guitarist, Vitor Rua and his band the Metaphysical Angels. Similar to the first album by Mr. Rua and his sextet, both releases (1st on Clean Feed), this one also features one disc of solo guitar and another disc of the same songs orchestrated and performed done by same sextet. Mr. Rua has played in a wide variety of rock, punk, thrash, metal & country bands and/or projects. In the liner notes, Mr. Rua mentions that free improv was once considered to be non-idiomatic (so said Derek Bailey), but Mr. Rua claims that this is no longer the case since improv has a long history which shows it to be part of several identifiable idioms. Rua plays both electric guitar (a Fender Squire) and acoustic guitar (a Ramirez classical). On each of 15 pieces, Mr. Rua works his way through a variety of styles or genres. He overdubs a couple of different guitars, setting up several themes and then soloing on top. He often uses layers of fractured guitar parts as well as adding unexpected yet somehow fitting the parts within a structure. Mr. Rua draws from any styles, from mellow to noisy, from rock to jazz and elsewhere. Each track evokes a different vibe, style or genre. Usually one guitar play a recognizable structure while the other plays a counterpart or melody. This solo disc is a marvel of layered, thoughtfully composed works from across the wide spectrum of influences. Mr. Rua claims that first he records some pure improv and then adds parts which lend structure to the piece.
   The sextet consists of six Portuguese musicians, only one of whose names I recognize: bassist Hernani Faustino. Mr. Faustino can be heard on more than a dozen discs (like the RED Trio) from the Clean Feed & No Business labels. The instrumentation includes guitar, trumpet, clarinets, organ, bass & drums. For the second disc, the sextet often plays the structured parts while the guitar switches between the composed and freer parts. Each piece draws from different styles, like mellow blues/rock or a fractured version of some other  odd genre. “Excellent Swing with Rococo Guitars” draws from mellow blues rock with some somber, cheesy organ in the distance. While the rest of the sextet plays those mellow, dreamy melodies underneath, Mr. Rua drops in an often noise guitar solo at a moderate volume so that it all fits together just right. While the overall written parts sound quite normal or unadorned at first, Mr. Rua has found ways to add unexpected parts to keep us guessing as to where things are going. Mr. Rua explains that this 2 disc set is the second part if a trilogy of double discs that he has been working on. Two gems done and a third one in the next year. We can hardly wait for Volume 3. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
2 CD Set $17

Three Gems from Brad Linde's Team Payers

[BRAD LINDE’S] TEAM PLAYERS - Draft (Bleebop Records #004; USA) Featuring Brad Linde on alto & tenor saxes, Billy Wolfe on tenor sax, Aaron Quinn on guitar & effects and Deric Dickens on drums & percussion. Last Sunday (09/23/18) a quintet known as Brad Linde’s Team Players performed here at DMG and did something different from what we usually have. Their music was mostly written and the leader had a quirky sense of humor, not taking himself too seriously. The only member of the quintet that I was previously familiar with was/is their drummer Deric Dickens, who has played here on several occasions and left us with a handful of quirky CD’s. It turns out that Mr. Linde lives in Washington, DC and teaches there as well. He left us with three discs of his band, the Team Players, each one with a different theme.
   The earliest disc is called ‘Draft’ and was released in 2014. All but one of the pieces were written three band members plus standard which is based on a version by Thelonious Monk.This disc is the only one of three with no bass player, not that it seems matter much. The opener,”Scrimmage” is a somber improv piece and a nice way to start things off. Mr. Dickens’ “Skippy Lou”, has an somber, laid-back vibe with some fine, slow moving tenor solos and Mr. Dickens’ drums revving things up underneath. The melody sounds very familiar and rather West Coast Jazz-like. “The Sound of Snow Under Feat”, is mostly a somber duo for tenor sax & drums, which moves in slow motion and is calm at the center. What is interesting is this, the improv pieces are very focused, well-paced and never chaotic. On “Button Hook”, Mr, Linde wrote some rich harmonies for both saxes, the solos modest slow burners. Guitarist Aaron Quinn, who appeared on a recent disc from DMG keyboard wiz Eli Wallace, is another gifted player who often plays his inventive lines in the background and rarely (if ever) solos here. It takes some time and patience to appreciate this music since it never erupts, yet remains inventive on a more modest level. Completely different from anything I’ve review in recent memory. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG           
CD $10

BRAD LINDE’S TEAM PLAYERS With BILLY WOLFE / AARON QUINN / JOHN J. WILLIAMSON / DERIC DICKENS - All-American (Bleebop #1605; USA) Featuring Brad Linde on alto & tenor saxes, clarinet & Hammond organ, Billy Wolfe on tenor sax & clarinet, Aaron Quinn on electric guitar, John J. Williamson on electric bass and Deric Dickens on drums & percussion. The is the second CD from Brad Linde’s Team Players, released in 2016 and with an added bass player. Saxist/composer/bandleader Bard Linde hails from Washington, DC and also teaches younger musicians. Each of the three discs he just left us with has a theme. ‘All American’ has several themes which are somehow connected: football, free jazz, folk music & 12-tone music plus an ample supply of good humor. Each band member but the bassist contributed a song or two plus we have a couple of odd covers: Albert Ayler’s “Ghosts” plus the standard, “Just a Gigolo” (done in the style of Thelonious Monk). Starting with “On Base Percentage” (by Mr. Dickens), the is something joyous & uplifting going on here, the music swings infectiously yet it simmers at the same time. Mr. Linde, who is friends with and studied with Lee Konitz, has a similar warm tone. Guitarist Aaron Quinn sounds splendid on “On Ivy; Cracker Jacks”, rather Jim Hall-like: fleet and elegant. There is a short suite midway which shows the more cerebral side of this ensemble. The music here has a slightly twisted, chamber-like quality with Linde on bittersweet clarinet, Mr. Wolfe on eerie tenor and Mr. Quinn adding a hypnotic cushion underneath, by rubbing the strings or with some effects. Mr. Linde plays organ on “Swing Batter Batter, Swing” which does swing, the quaint cheesiness is completely tongue-in-cheek. The somber, bent harmonies on Quinn’s “Base”, is perhaps where the  12-tone influence lies, but it hard for me too tell. Albert Ayler’s classic out-gem, “Ghosts” is played with ultra-subtle restraint, allowing the lovely melody to shine through. What makes this disc special or unique is that we know never what direction the quintet will morph into. At several points, I had to look at what disc I was actually listening to. It is filled with mucho surprises throughout. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG         
CD $10

BRAD LINDE’S TEAM PLAYERS With BILLY WOLFE / AARON QUINN / JOHN J. WILLIAMSON / DERIC DICKENS - Smells Like Team Spirit (Bleebop #1810; USA) Personnel: Brad Linde on alto & tenor saxes, clarinets, Hammond B3 & vibes, Billy Wolfe on clarinets, tenor sax & oboe, Aaron Quinn on guitar, John J. Williamson on el. bass and Deric Dickens on drums & percussion. This is the third disc from Brad Linde’s Team Players, an eclectic modern jazz quintet from (mostly) the DC area, who played here at DMG last Sunday (09/23/18). I knew little about most of these players until now except that guitarist Aaron Quinn now lives here and played on a recent disc from DMG employee Eli Wallace. Each of the Team Players discs is bound by several themes: this one includes bowling, outer space and more of Mr. Linde’s sly sense of humor. Unlike the other two discs by this band, most of the songs were written by the group members with just two covers. The only free piece is the opener, “Gotta Blast!” and blast it does, if only for a short bit. The secret weapon in this ensemble is drummer, Deric Dickens, who does a great job of pushing the quintet into all sorts of unexpected rhythmic detours. Mr. Quinn’s “Which can be oiled..”, swings nicely with both saxes playing slightly out of synch, the guitar in the center, a neat trick well done. One of the highlights is a piece called, “Sun Ra’s Biscuit Kitchen”, which has a sly groove with Mr. Linde on Hammond organ, having a more cerebral late night vibe. It will probably take some time to figure out how all of these songs fit together but each one does evoke a different mood. The liner notes explain what each piece was inspired by so we do have some idea of what the quint is getting at. “Picket Fence” is dedicated to overworked, unemployed, single divorced men hanging at a bowling alley. It does kind of evoke the sadder side of life, when things don’t turn out as planned. The influence of bowling here is rather distant but somehow related on different levels. The inventiveness of the playing and arranging is mostly on the more subtle side of things. When things occasionally turn inside-out, we have no clue why but must go with the flow. Is this disc the soundtrack to an independent movie about the more normal side of life or something else altogether? Time to listen again and figure it out. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG     
CD $10

Two from LEAP OF FAITH Offshoots:

METAL CHAOS ENSEMBLE with PEK / YURI ZBITNOV / et al - Cryptomorphism (Evil Clown 9181; USA) Personnel: PEK on clarinets, alto, tenor & bass saxes, Moog, daxophone, assorted percussion, etc, Bob Moores on space trumpet & guitar, Eric Woods on analog synth & balafon, Reverend Grant Beale on guitar & laptop, Yuri Zbitnov on drums, balafon and assorted percussion plus Joel Simches on processing. This session of Leap of Faith offshoot, Metal Chaos Ensemble, was recorded at the Evil Clown Headquarters in June of this year (2018). As with other recent versions of the Metal Chaos unit, this one is a quintet with a Joel Simches doing live processing. Everyone involved here but the drummer, plays some sort of electronics or effects in addition to their regular instruments. This set begins quietly with spacey effects simmering underneath, slowly PEK enters on haunting (bass?) clarinet and Yuri on cymbals or metals of some sort. Certain mysterious sounding instruments enter one at a time: space trumpet, quietly disorienting electronics, orchestral bells, haunting sounds often hard to identify. For this session, the MCE are at their most cerebral, spacious and superbly recorded. Like entering a slightly disorienting dream-world. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG 
CD $12

METAL CHAOS ENSEMBLE with PEK / YURI ZBITNOV / et al - Syncretic Discipline (Evil Clown 9188; USA) Personnel: PEK on alto, tenor & bass saxes, clarinets, Moog, taragato & percussion, Bob Moores on trumpets, balafon & electric cello, Eric Woods on analog synth, wood & metal, Albey on bass, Yuri Zbitnov on drums & percussion and Joel Simches on processing. The two consistent members of the Metal Chaos Ensemble are PEK and Yuri Zbitnov, both longtime members of Leap of Faith and their varied offshoots. This version of Metal Chaos has less electronics (& more regular instruments) outside of some Moog, analog synth and live processing. Pretty quickly things take off into outer space with rumbling synth, spacey guitar & electric bass and cymbals & gongs. The first section sounds like a Gong space jam, most eerie and dream-like. Eventually PEK’s mutant contra-alto (?) clarinet floats in, rumbling & squawking softly. The density of the sounds is carefully pulsating, somber throbbing bass at the center until the drums finally hit a great space-rock groove, which builds a bit before settling down to a more restrained section. And then building back up to an intense eruption with some burning trumpet from Mr. Moores over an intense rocking rhythm team. When PEK switches to that taragto or double reeds,  the sound becomes middle-eastern in part. The Metal Chaos Ensemble now have more than a dozen discs under their collective belt. Each one is strong in its own way. We just to find some time (around 70 minutes) to listen these in their entirety. When will the deluge of releases on Evil Clown subside, probably not anytime soon. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG        
CD $12

LYDIA LUNCH - Marchesa (Rustblade 065; Italy) "Lydia Lunch has never concealed her influence for a certain kind of literature. With Marchesa she pays homage to the writing and stories of the Marquis De Sade who has always been a great inspiration for her. With this album Lydia transports us into a world of sadism, perversion and pleasure. Accompanying her in this literary voyage there is a background of dissonant sounds, distorted orchestration and ambient noises composed by Stefano Rossello (Bahntier, Ketvector) and by Lunch herself. A sensual and perverse homage to sadism, spirituality and fulfilment. It is certainly one of Lydia Lunch's most complete and shocking works. An absolute must!"
CD $19

LAURENT JEANNEAU - Music of Southern and Northern Laos (AKUphone 1009-10; France) Akuphone presents a collection of recordings of various musical practices from the Laotian provinces of Champasak, Attapeu, Sekong, Saravan, Luang Namtha and Phongsaly. These documents are a perfect introduction to the traditional music of South Laos minority groups. Popular modern music is widely spread but visitors are barely ever exposed to ancient acoustic practices from villages. As a matter of fact, mouth organs of various sizes exist among the Hmong and Bit as well as amazing vocal techniques among the Lantene, Ahka, or Khmu who combine simultaneous singing and flute notes. This collection also compels one to discover the Brao gongs, the Triang bamboo flutes, the Lao, Ta Oy, Alak, OI, Pacoh, or Nyaheun mouth organs as well as the powerful singing accompanying these instruments. Caught on the spot, these outstanding testimonies were collected between 2006 and 2013 by Laurent Jeanneau, aka Kink Gong. Through his researches, this self-taught ethnologist has gradually become one of the specialists of the field, building up a collection of complete and fascinating sound archives which contribute documenting parts of this immaterial heritage. Music of Southern and Northern Laos brings some light on a region of South East Asia still largely unknown from the general audience as well as the recently reborn ethnographic musical industry. This compilation will delight both molam/khene lovers and beginners unused to South East Asian sounds. The CD version gathers both Music of Southern Laos and Music of Northern Laos over a single disc. Includes liner notes in English, French, and Japanese and a download code.”
CD $17

BOBBY TIMMONS With CLIFFORD JORDAN / JOHN JENKINS / BLUE MITCHELL / RON CARTER / ALBERT HEATH / et al - The Riverside Albums Collection (Enlightenment 9154; EEC) Born into a deeply religious family in Philadelphia on 19th December 1935, Robert Henry "Bobby" Timmons took his first musical steps at a young age. Taught piano as a child by his uncle Robert Habershaw, who also taught John Coltrane's future pianist McCoy Tyner, the young Bobby joined a family wide tradition of producing musical prodigies. The son and grandson of ministers, Timmons first performed at the family church where, at times, he played alongside future jazz drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath. He was awarded a scholarship to the Philadelphia Musical Academy after graduating high school. In 1954, Timmons moved to New York and began a fruitful career as a session musician. His debut recording session was with trumpeter Kenny Dorham in 1956, following which, during '56 and '57, he worked with other pioneering players such as Chet Baker, Maynard Ferguson, Curtis Fuller, Hank Mobley and Lee Morgan. In 1959, Timmons signed a seven album deal with Riverside, who soon issued his first record as bandleader; This Here is Bobby Timmons. Released in January 1960 and performed by the trio of Bobby Timmons with Sam Jones on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums, the album was warmly received. In 1959, Timmons signed a seven album deal with Riverside, who soon issued his first record as bandleader; This Here is Bobby Timmons. Released in January 1960 and performed by the trio of Bobby Timmons with Sam Jones on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums, the album was warmly received, including as it did his three most famous compositions to date. This 4-CD collection brings together the entirety of Bobby Timmons repertoire for Riverside, featuring eight albums originally released between 1957 and 1964, all now faithfully re-mastered and culminating in over 5 hours of superb modern jazz. Serving as both the perfect introduction to this jazz giant's music, and as a welcome reminder of his finest work, this enticing boxed set will delight everyone who takes the time to listen.
4 CD set $18

THE JAZZ CRUSADERS With JOE SAMPLE / WILTON FELDER / WAYNE HENDERSON / VICTOR Gaskin / et al - The Classic Pacific Jazz Albums (Enlightenment 9153; EEC) Formed in 1956 by Joe Sample (piano), Stix Hooper (drums), Wilton Felder (sax), and Wayne Henderson (trombone) - buddies from an early age out of Houston, Texas - The Jazz Crusaders had all been schooled in local centres of prayer. They first performed together at one of the city's Creole churches, where they began to define their sound. The blend of Jazz, Blues and Soul which the young quartet developed throughout this formative period remained their default style during their early career. Having tried a number of short-lived names such as The Swingsters and The Nite Hawks, the founding members relocated to Los Angeles. On arrival, they stayed with family and friends, often sharing one room between them with a couple of mattresses on the floor. After changing their name to The Jazz Crusaders in 1961 (a nod to jazz great Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers), the group signed with Pacific Jazz Records, a label with whom they would remain throughout the 1960s. Fronted by a two man horn section featuring trombone and tenor sax, the group's sound was by now rooted in hard bop, with a nod still to R&B and soul. As The Jazz Crusaders, they released over a dozen albums before re-christening themselves The Crusaders in 1971, under which moniker they released a string of further albums in the jazz-fusion style, popular during the 1970s. This four disc boxset brings together the first eight albums by the Jazz Crusaders; all recorded for Pacific Jazz Records during the first half of the 1960s. Still held in huge esteem by Jazz critics and enthusiasts alike, this 4 CD collection, featuring over 5 hours of superb jazz, serves as both an ideal introduction to the Jazz Crusaders music, and as a welcome reminder of the group's majesty, musicianship and style for those already well versed.
4 CD Set $18

CURVED AIR - Second Album (Esoteric 22637; UK)"Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of an expanded 2 disc edition of the acclaimed Curved Air album Second Album. Released in 1971 the album featured a line-up of Sonja Kristina (vocals, acoustic guitar), Darryl Way (violin, piano), Francis Monkman (guitar, keyboards, VCS3), Florian Pilkington-Miksa (drums) and new member Ian Eyre (bass). The album featured the classic hit single 'Back Street Luv' along with such classic tracks as 'Young Mother', 'Jumbo', 'Puppets', 'Everdance' and 'Piece Of Mind' and was an acclaimed hit album in the UK and Europe. This expanded two-disc CD / DVD edition of Second Album includes five bonus tracks taken from a BBC Radio John Peel session in January 1971 and the entire live performance recorded for the BBC's John Peel's Sunday Concert in March 1971. The release has been re-mastered by Francis Monkman and also includes an additional DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring a recently discovered and previously unreleased promotional film from 1971, Warner Brothers presents Curved Air, featuring the tracks 'It Happened Today', 'Vivaldi' and 'Screw', along with the band's appearance filmed for the French TV show Pop Deux in July 1971 and their performances for the German TV show Beat Club the same year. Second Album restores the original album artwork and features a lavishly illustrated booklet with an essay by Malcolm Dome featuring exclusive interviews with Sonja Kristina, Darryl Way and Francis Monkman."
CD DVD $24

ANDREW COLEMAN - Looking For Ornette (La Huit Productions 1651; France)“"DVD 1: Looking For Ornette - a film by jacques goldstein, 2016, 61', stereo. Jacques Goldstein goes on a quest for a spectre, a spectre that haunts Jazz. Who was Ornette Coleman, the saxophonist and composer whom we owe the invention of Free Jazz to... If his seminal body of work is now -- rightfully so -- fully recognized, the man remained deliberately mysterious and enigmatic. The director makes attempts to approach him. He visits and interviews musicians who owe him a lot. A portrait of Ornette takes shape as these sketches gradually unfold, the man who thought that beauty was a rare thing. DVD 2: Ornette - Apparitions a film by stéphane jourdain, 2016, 56', stereo, 5.1. From his career debut within the ONJ (french National Jazz Orchestra) to his duet Grand Bazar with Eve Ris- ser, Antonin-Tri Hoang's music is reminiscent of the late Ornette Coleman, with its florid lyricism and a similar taste for controlled skidding. Commissioned by Banlieues Bleues, Ornette - Apparitions aims at summoning the spirit of the free jazz godfather. Antonin-Tri Hoang offers dreams, wanderings, evocative bridges. Not a revival, but a survival. His Novembre quartet, joined by its many guests, masters the art of zapping and collage between eras and references. The film is the story of this creation and of these apparitions." NTSC format.
2 DVD Set $18

THE LAST POETS With ABIODUN OYEWOLE / UMAR BIB HASSAN / DAHVEED NELSON / BABATUNDE / JAMAALADEEN TACUMA / RONALD SHANNON JACKSON / et al - Made In Amerikkka (La Huit 18; France) Harlem 1968, a group of young poets get together and founded THE LAST POETS. With jazz or funk as backdrop, percussions rolling and words shooting out like bursts of machine-gun fire, the group denounces the oppression of African-Americans, while painting a devastating yet humorous picture of life in the ghetto. Nearly forty years after their separation, the members of this legendary group - the founding fathers of today's hip hop, rap and slam - come together in Paris for a one-time concert at the 2008 Banlieues Bleues Festival.From the intimacy of their Parisian rehearsal room, they evoke the past : the birth of the collective, the years of political unrest, their high-risk creative madness. The musicians accompanying the poets for this concert/gathering are veritable legends of "Great Black Music" : Ronald Shannon Jackson, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Robert Irving III and Kenyatte Abdur-Rahman. "THE LAST POETS / made in Amerikkka" is a film that erases the boundaries between different genres. It's a live recording, a musical documentary and an art film, all combined into one, and yet it goes beyond any of these. it is a film event, faithful of the spirit and the image of "The Last Poets"./Artists: Abiodun Oyewole, Dahveed Nelson, Felipe Luciano, Jalal Mansur Nuridin, Umar Bin Hassan, Babatunde, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Robert Irving III, Kenyatte Abdur-Rahman.
DVD $14

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WADADA LEO SMITH / VINNY GOLIA /BURTRAM TURETSKY - Prataksis (Nine Winds 199; USA) Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has always been on the forefront of the musical melting pot. Not interested in being merely a "jazz musician" (a perfectly honorable thing), Smith has always sought to expand the color and dramatic scheme of jazz by including vast panoramas of poetry and instruments not usually associated with the genre. By employing improv wunderkind Vinny Golia (on all manner of saxophones and clarinets as well as dudek and English and Chinese instruments) and bass wild man Bertram Turetzky, Smith has created -- while only playing trumpet -- a new landscape for his improvisational idiomatics. This band was recorded live in the studio with no second takes and no edits. What falls from the speakers is how it rolled out in the studio: linear, transparent, and full of fresh dynamics in the tonal studies. Microtonality - a la Joe Maneri -- is the order of the day, and it crosses with Smith's Third World notion of melodic sensibility, where no melody is complete until every comment has been made upon it within a group. Hence, the entire world is contained in the eight selections here, which move and breathe with the fearlessness of vanguard jazz but are as earthy as Australian didgeridoo arias or King Sunny Ade's juju songs. Ultimately, it's all movement in one direction, to the heart of both player and listener in a spirit of such generosity and sophistication that it is an infectious laughter that haunts the listener long after the record is over. - Thom Jurek
CD $15

JOHN RAPSON WATER and BLOOD with BOBBY BRADFORD / VINNY GOLIA / BILLY HIGGINS / ROBERTO MIRANDA / et al - The Billy Higgins Improvisations (Nine Winds 252; USA) On Water and Blood, composer and trombonist John Rapson pays tribute to drummer Billy Higgins. Starting from recorded solos by Higgins and duets by the drummer and bassist Roberto Miranda, Rapson builds up a series of varied, colorful settings, featuring several notable solo voices. The horn and guitar solos and the ensemble parts were overlaid in several different sessions, both in Los Angeles and in Iowa, over the course of two years. It's a wonder of both engineering and musicianship that this is all so seamless, easily passing for a session done with all parties in the same place at the same time. Many of the pieces have a dark, almost ominous cast with busy yet uncluttered horn lines. The use of organ provides a particularly piquant touch. Steve Grismore's guitar lends an element of free fusion to several tracks. The lighthearted Latin groove that arises midway through "Rosewood and Palms" and the burst of playful lyricism in "Pork for Popcorn" provide some lighthearted relief. Bobby Bradford, Vinny Golia, and Kim Richmond stand out among the soloists, and get ample opportunity to exhibit their skills in direct yet adventurous extemporization. Rapson's own solo on "Waking in a Strange Bed" grows so much out of Higgins' solo that it sounds like it was created simultaneously, not a year later. It's a testament to the connection Rapson feels to the drummer's work. That same empathy informs all of this warm-hearted tribute. - David Dupont
CD $15

THE VINNY GOLIA LARGE ENSEMBLE - Overview: 1999-2006 (Nine Winds 0300; USA) This is extraordinary undertaking and a most ambitious effort. Besides being one of the West Coast's best reeds wizards and multi-bandleaders, Vinny Golia has been running the great Nine Winds label for some two decades plus. This single-sized DVD boxset actually contains 2 CDs and 2 DVDs featuring three great performances of Vinny's ever-evolving large ensemble from 1996, 2000 and 2006. The large ensembles range from some 22 to 45 musicians which includes woodwinds, brass & string sections as well as an African drum section. It has taken me a couple of months to work my way through all of this material but I am glad I have. Some of the more familiar musicians include Rob Blakeslee, Ken Filiano, Alex Cline, Jeff Gauthier, Peggy Lee, John Fumo, Michael Vlatkovich and Steve Adams. - BLG
2 CD 2 DVD Set $30 (price reduced)

The ReR CD Sale Continues: Focus on CHRIS CUTLER:

I’ve recently played the first album by Henry Cow, ‘Leg End’ several times, at the store to turn some folks onto what has long been one of my favorite progressive bands of all time. Although it was released in 1973 (45 years ago), it still sound fresh, innovative and in a class of its own today. At the center of creative storm is the drumming of Chris Cutler. Mr. Cutler invented his own style of playing, drawing from rock, jazz, modern classical and other influences too numerous to mention here. Any album that he plays on, he makes the rest of the group sound better. Seeing him play live, you realize that his approach is completely unique. I didn’t get a chance to see/hear him live until he played with New York Gong at the ZuManifestival on November of 1978. In the early eighties, I caught the Fred Frith/Chris Cutler duo at the Squat Theatre and that is where a revelation took place for me. I could finally see & hear how these two members of Henry Cow could & did create their own unique magic/sound. I have long collected anything that Mr. Cutler is involved with, from solo to duos to projects like the Art Bears, News from Babel, Hail, Cassiber, Pere Ubu (just a few albums), LA 1919, etc. The solo CD’s below are especially intriguing. We still have a handful of the below discs on sale so why wait…?!?     

CHRIS CUTLER - Twice Around The Earth: Vol 1 On Memory (An Experiment In Listening)(ReR CC2; UK) "An experiment in listening. These compositions are an offshoot of the daily sound-scape program I ran for Resonance FM radio between July 2001-2002, which consisted of commissioned real-time recordings made all around the world between 23.30 and midnight GMT (the time of the broadcast). This CD begins with material from these broadcasts confecting, as it were, two composites of the Earth and a few of its inhabitants, somewhat analogous to what an impossible satellite ear with pinpoint acuity might hear in transit - plus one ear-cleaning stretch between them, taken from a single hear-point. I have tried to make these pieces both open and to work on parallel levels: not only do they have their own narrative and aesthetic qualities, but I hope they also offer a meditation on listening and not listening, interpretation and structure, chance and microphonics. The list of ears around the world who supplied basic material is too long to print here, but it includes many names familiar from these catalogues, and many from the still young sound-scape and phonographic community. Full details of people and places are given in the booklet, along with artwork and thorough notes. You have to trust me on this, its a really engaging record..." - Chris Cutler A few of the artists involved include David Lee Myers, Otomo, Dave Kerman, Annie Gosfield, Bill Harkelroad, Peter Cusak, Jim Denley, Amy Denio, Wadi Gysi & Phil Zampino. There are 82 tracks here, most under a minute. The pieces are continuous and seamlessly woven into a fascinating fabric, an ongoing journey. Dozens of snippets of passing people, cars, wind, water, occasional dialogue, buzzing, scraping, radio, naked and amplified layers of voices in different languages, recordings, singing, motor cycles, electronic sounds, all kaleidoscopicly unfolding. - BLG
CD $10

CHRIS CUTLER - There and Back Again: Volume 2 On Memory (ReR CC3; UK) This disc was commissioned for German Radio as a companion to his previous disc, "Twice Around the World". 44 short (4 seconds to 2 minutes) extracts from Chris' daily radio program were selected from contributors from around the world who sent half-hour segments for Chris to air each night. Although the pieces were selected randomly, they were grouped into arbitrary categories. Each piece is listed with the person who recorded and where they were. Although the pieces overlap, we get a sense of a story unfolding as we move through different audio environments. What I find most interesting about this is that the sounds we hear all evoke different places, feelings, memories, ideas, images, questions, conversations... Allowing us to listen in another way than the way we usually listen to music. The sounds themselves are important as any other information that we take in and consider. - BLG
CD $10

THE SCIENCE GROUP [CHRIS CUTLER/BOB DRAKE/STEPHEN TICKMAYER] - Spoors (ReR Science 2; UK) Featuring legendary percussionist Chris Cutler, classical composer Steven Tickmayer and ex-Hail & Thinking Plague member Bob Drake on bass. This is the second splendid progressive feast from The Science Group. It deals with extremes and implosive compositional forms. Using song cycles as the musical schematic, 'Spoors' delves into the ambiguities of chaos theory, the mysteries of black holes and galaxy formation. The Science Group offers a richly textured primer on the exigencies of science and the fundamental laws of physics.
CD $10

SLAPP HAPPY With HENRY COW [DAGMAR KRAUSE/PETER BLEGVAD/ANTHONY MOORE With FRED FRITH/TIM HODGKINSON/JOHN GREAVES/CHRIS CUTLER/LINDSAY COOPER] - Desperate Straights (ReR HCSH 1; UK) The 3rd ['74] Slapp Happy album, Desperate Straights was recorded by the union of Slapp Happy with Henry Cow (Fred Frith, Chris Cutler, Tim Hodgkinson, Lindsay Cooper) as was most of what became the Cow's 4th album, In Praise Of Learning (if you count this as the 3rd). Essential marriage of the two originators of all RIO bands to follow!
CD $10

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LOREN CONNORS - Unaccompanied Acoustic Guitar Improvisations Vol. 10 (Blank Forms 004; USA) Before the spectral, romantic electric guitar miniatures for which he is celebrated today, Loren Connors recorded a string of nine solo acoustic guitar improvisations under the name of Loren Mazzacane between 1979 and 1980. The records feature Loren's contorted impressions of Delta and country blues, persistently kneaded into sidelong guitar excursions entangled with wordless, mournful vocal utterances, hummed and moaned in imitation of the dogs that often howled outside his window. Originally released on Loren's own Daggett Records (named after the street he lived on in New Haven), these LPs slipped into obscurity after Daggett's distributor went bankrupt, forcing the guitarist, who didn't have a car, to dispose of their unsold stock rather than drag the records home without transportation. Now, thanks to a recording found by Unseen Worlds's Tommy McCutchon in the archives of Columbia University, Blank Forms presents the tenth volume of the series. Recorded in Woodstock, in front of a live audience at the Creative Music Studio (the improvised music nonprofit founded by Karl Berger, Ornette Coleman, and Ingrid Sertso), Unaccompanied Acoustic Guitar Improvisations Vol. 10 provides a welcome addition to the canon of Loren's early solo releases and is the first contemporary vinyl publication of material from his Daggett Street period. As with the original Daggett records, the LP is issued in handmade covers with paste-on art featuring a replica of a recent drawing included in Loren's October 2018 art exhibition Wild Weeds, presented by Blank Forms. One of the world's most singular guitarists, Connors is among few living musicians whose prolific body of work can be said to be wholly justified in its plenitude. On more than 100 records across almost four decades on labels like Table of the Elements, Drag City, Ecstatic Yod, and his own Daggett Records, Connors has wrung distinctive shades of ephemeral blues from his guitar, its sound ever-shifting while remaining unmistakably his own. From his early, splintered take on the Delta bottleneck style through his song-based albums with Suzanne Langille and on to the painterly abstraction that defines his current work, Connors has earned the admiration of many, leading to collaborations with the likes of John Fahey, Jim O'Rourke, Keiji Haino, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Alan Licht, and Jandek. Creative Music Studio is an ongoing organization that engages musicians and listeners from all backgrounds to deepen and broaden their musical sensitivity, expression, and understanding through workshops, recordings, and concerts worldwide.
LP $30  [pre-orders taken/rel date: 10/19/18]

ALVIN CURRAN - Canti E Vedute Del Giardino Magnetico (Superior Viaduct SV 129; USA) "American composer and multi-instrumentalist Alvin Curran has remained one of the great emblems of experimental music for the last half-century. In 1966, along with Frederic Rzewski and Richard Teitelbaum, Curran co-founded Musica Elettronica Viva, a seminal gesture in collective free improvisation. In the early 1970s, his solo work would become a crucial bridge between minimalist traditions on both sides of the Atlantic. Canti E Vedute Del Giardino Magnetico, Curran's solo debut, was recorded by the artist himself and issued on Ananda, the small Italian imprint started by Curran and fellow composers Giacinto Scelsi and Roberto Laneri. The piece itself was put together in the winter of 1973 and presented for the first time at Teatro Beat 72 (Rome's The Kitchen). Encouraged by the work of Terry Riley, La Monte Young, Charlemagne Palestine and Simone Forti, Curran binds the listener to aberrant notions of place and time: blending field recordings (wind, high-tension wires, beach waves, etc.) with simple and often primitive instruments. Across two sidelong tracks, Giardino Magnetico forms a lyrical collage of synthesizer, glass and metal chimes, plastic tubes, brass and the composer's alluring voice, converging in an immersive realm of Curran's inner / outer experiences. This first-time vinyl reissue is recommended for fans of Harry Bertoia, Michel Redolfi and Lino Capra Vaccina."
LP $26

PHILL NIBLOCK - Niblock For Celli/Celli Plays Niblock (Superior Viaduct 157; USA) "Composer, filmmaker and photographer Phill Niblock is a true pillar of the New York avant-garde. In the past 50 years, he has curated over 1,000 performances at his Centre Street loft and steadfastly built a massive, multidisciplinary body of work. While his earliest musical compositions date back to 1968, Niblock waited until the early '80s to release any recordings. Nothin To Look At Just A Record, a powerful debut with densely layered trombones, would be the first to unfurl his unique approach to sound. The second album and perhaps the most rare in Niblock's vast catalogue, 1984's Niblock For Celli/Celli Plays Niblock is a meeting of two great minds. Working with reed player Joseph Celli (a composer in his own right, who has collaborated with John Cage, Pauline Oliveros and Ornette Coleman), Niblock nimbly removes the breathing pauses from Celli's oboe and English horn to create seamless, enchanting drones. Niblock insists that his music be played loud: only in this way can one experience the visceral ringing of these long instrumental tones through the speakers and their natural overtones generated by the room. Niblock For Celli remains deeply absorbing. This first-time reissue is recommended for fans of Alvin Lucier, Yoshi Wada and Dome."
LP $26

STEVE REICH - Sextet - Double Sextet (Mode 300; USA) "This release couples two of Reich's 'sextets' for the first time: the Sextet of 1984 and the Pulitzer Prize winning Double Sextet of 2007, which also makes its first appearance on LP. A striking difference between the two pieces is that the rhythmic world of Sextet mostly consists of a single-meter grooving, while Double Sextet works in the angular, off-kilter shifting meters reminiscent of Reich's Tehillim (also of Stravinsky). Ekkozone impart a uniquely chamber music feel and color to these works while maintaining their propulsive character. Liner notes by Adam Sliwinski. LP lacquers and mastering by veteran Scott Hull at Masterdisk. Plated and pressed by RTI, California. Danish percussionist and conductor Mathias Reumert lives and breathes contemporary classical music. An in-demand soloist, he explores new percussive territory while remaining a committed interpreter of yesterday's masterworks. As creator and leader of the acclaimed ensemble Ekkozone, he explores the boundaries between classical, world and experimental music in performances at rock and jazz festivals. Ekkozone is a Danish crossover ensemble that masterfully explores the lines between classical, world and experimental music. Formed by Mathias Reumert in 2013, the ensemble enjoys a special connection with Reich's music and has performed a large part of his oeuvre, including several performances of Music for 18 Musicians.”
LP $24

MILES DAVIS - Kind Of Blue (Tempo 8163; UK) "Trumpeter Miles Davis' 1959 masterpiece Kind of Blue wholly redefined modern jazz. Bold, vivid, sweepingly influential, the album was a marvel of spontaneous combustion and artistic derring-do that turned the jazz world upside down. This landmark achievement, conceived only hours before each of its two recording sessions, is universally acknowledged as the single most influential, brilliantly executed and best-selling album in jazz history. Davis, with stellar accompanists John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb, elevated the modal jazz style to undreamt of heights, and each of the five tracks here represent both stunning creative accomplishments and essential jazz listening."
LP $16

CHET BAKER - Chet Baker Sings (Tempo 1222; UK) "Star-crossed jazz musician Chet Baker's dreamy, relaxed stylings have won him a well-deserved cult following, and this classic 1954 set represents a critical high point in the development of the West Coast Cool jazz movement. Baker painstakingly crafted a lush set of exquisitely delivered standards from the Great American Songbook, and each is put across with the sensitivity and interpretive prowess of a true jazz communicator."
LP $16

THE DEVIANTS - The Deviants (recoil Records 6703; UK) "London's scruffy, stomping garage-psych bad boys the Deviants were one of the era's most delightfully pernicious rock & roll groups. Founded by infamous music journalist Mick Farren in 1967, the Deviants had a roaring, proto-punk edge with an eccentric lysergic twist which Farren described as 'teeth-grinding psychedelic rock,' an unusual combination that propelled them into wild, previously unknown territory."
LP $16

KLARA LEWIS & SIMON FISHER TURNER - Care (Editions Mego 253; Austria) Editions Mego present the first outing from the legendary English musician, songwriter, composer, and producer Simon Fisher Turner alongside the highly acclaimed emerging Swedish sound artist Klara Lewis. Care is a unique outing rife with delicious dichotomy. The opening track positions the aggressive directly against more fragile moments. On the subsequent track medieval melodies sprout from a dense rhythmic hiss. Witness a Middle Eastern song appearing amongst a haunted rattling reverb in the epic "Tank", whilst a beautiful force of hope can be found within the sound world of closing track "Mend". The wide scope of references and constant pull of forces make this debut offering a timeless patchwork of sonic spaces. Care is an album which sways in such a salubrious manner one can't help but delight in its unique form of location/disorientation.
LP $23

WINGTIP SLOAT - Purge And Swell/The Lost Decade (VHF 143; USA) "Wingtip Sloat's slashing and arty post-punk sounds weirdly contemporary these days, so what better news than to have their first new music in almost twenty years! Purge And Swell is a 12-inch 45 RPM mini LP with ten new tracks, and is accompanied by a 76-minute bonus CD Lost Decade with thirty-one additional tracks. The 12-inch includes plenty of the trebly guitar blare and low-fi charm immediately familiar from the group's classic early '90s singles, backstopping winning and memorable tunes like 'Stars Bailed Out' and 'Gizzard Jett.' The bonus CD includes bric-a-brac from the Sloat rehearsal room, with found poetry, perfect ninety-second rockers (the DC-specific 'Cruisin' The Ellipse'), confusing instrumental detours, and winsome covers of Eno, Dylan, Wire, Belle & Sebastian and more."
LP CD $24

MASSIMO TONIUTTI - Il Museo Selvatico (Black Truffle 040; Australia) Black Truffle present the first reissue of a true underground masterpiece, Massimo Toniutti's Il Museo Selvatico ("The Wild Museum"), originally self-released on LP in 1991. Like his better-known brother Giancarlo -- whose classic 1985 Broken Flag LP La Mutazione was reissued by Black Truffle in 2015 (BT 014LP) -- Massimo Toniutti was active in the vibrant underground industrial/noise scene of the 1980s, contributing to releases on legendary labels such as Broken Flag and RRR and self-releasing a series of cassettes between 1984 and 1988. Existing in a private world apart from the noise and dark industrial tropes of many of his contemporaries, Toniutti's Il Museo Selvatico is an entirely singular work of domestic electro-acoustic exploration. Made up primarily of what Toniutti calls "small and rare noises" or sonic "knick-knacks" recorded between 1987 and 1990, the five pieces that make up the original LP usher us into a crepuscular space populated by mysterious traces of everyday life. Toniutti weaves a loose net of distant clanks, dull thuds, metallic resonance, and skittering percussive sounds, allowing the sounds to breathe against a backdrop of near-silent atmosphere. Although the haunted ambience recalls the work of contemporaries like Organum, Toniutti generally steers clear of long tones and drones, preferring to arrange brief, sometimes staccato sonic objects into patters of repeating figures and isolated events whose overall compositional shape remains somehow ungraspable. Although glimpses of recognizable location recordings and instrumental sounds can occasionally be made out, for most of the record the sources of the sounds you hear remain teasingly mysterious, an abstracted memory of everyday actions and atmospheres. I Museo Selvatico is accompanied here by an additional LP of material recorded at the same time, composed especially for this reissue into two side-long suites that inhabit the same haunted space as the original LP while occasionally making use of more maximal compositional strategies. Essential listening for fans of Organum, Nurse With Wound, Christoph Heemann, and the tradition of outsider musique concrete. Comes as a double-LP in a lavish gatefold with printed inner sleeves featuring archival images and notes. Remastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
2 LP Set $30

Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for August of 2018:


9/28 Friday
8:30 pm -Trio Improv- Ingrid Laubrock (sax) Susie Ibarra (drums, percussion) Pamelia Stickney (theremin)

9/29 Saturday
8:30 pm - Transcendental Dissonance Quartet — “Soundtrack to a Silent Film”
Sarah Bernstein (violin) Stuart Popejoy (piano, keys) Danny Tunick (mallets) Pamelia Stickney (theremin)

10/2 Tuesday
8:30 pm - Mephista - Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) Ikue Mori (electronics) Susie Ibarra (drumset, percussion)

10/3 Wednesday
8:30 pm - Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe (voice and modular synthesizer) and Susie Ibarra (drums, percussion)

10/4 Thursday
8:30 pm - LIMBS - Yuka Honda (electronics) Andrew Nemr (tap dance) Kazu Kumagai (tap dance, electronics) Susie Ibarra (drumset, percussion) Brian Chase (drumset, percussion)

10/5 Friday
8:30 pm - Talking Gong - Alex Peh (piano, percussion) Phyllis Chen (compositions, piano, toy piano, electronics) Susie Ibarra (compositions, drumset, percussion); An evening of compositions inspired by gong chime music.

10/6 Saturday
8:30 pm - DreamTime Ensemble - Claudia Acuña (vocals) Jennifer Choi (violin) Yves Dharamraj (cello) Jake Landau (guitar, piano, keyboards) Yuka Honda (electronics) Susie Ibarra (drumset, percussion)

BRIAN MARSELLA, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE AND ANWAR MARSHALL PLAY THE MUSIC OF THE LEGENDARY HASAAN - Three masters from Philly pay tribute to the legendary Philly pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali! - Brian Marsella (piano) Christian McBride (bass) Anwar Marshall (drums)

THE (NEW) STONE is located in The New School’s Glass Box Theatre 
55 West 13th street  - near 6th ave
All Sets at The New Stone start at 8:30pm Tickets: $20
There are no refreshments or merchandise at The Stone.
Only music. All ages are welcome. Cash Only at the door.
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 Sep 28   
8:35PM  DAN WEISS TRIO - Dan Weiss, drums; Jacob Sacks, piano; Thomas Morgan, bass

Saturday Sep 29   
8:35PM  LAGE LUND QUARTET - Lage Lund, guitar;  Micah Thomas, piano;  Orlando le Fleming, bass;  Obed Calvaire, drums

Sunday Sep 30   
9:30PM  KENNY CHA GROUP - Kenny Cha, guitar; Nathan Reising, saxophone;  Bruce Kang, bass;  Matt Honor, drums

Mon Oct 1st:
8:30PM  AMRAM & CO  - David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises;  Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel;  Rene Hart, bass;  Elliot Peper, bongos;

Tuesday Oct 02   
8:00PM  ELSA NILSON, JON COWHERD DUO - Elsa Nilson, flutes; Jon Cowherd, piano
9:30PM  SEBASTIAN NOELLE TRIO - Sebastian Noelle, guitar; Matt Clohesy, bass;  Colin Stranahan,

Wed Oct 3rd:
8:01PM  GEORGE GARZONE QUARTET - George Garzone, tenor sax;  Leo genovese, piano;  Belin Lopez, bass;  Anthony Fung, drums

Thursday Oct 04   
8:00PM  BRAD WHITELEY QUINTET, CD RELEASE: PRESENCE - Michael Eaton, tenor sax;  Tom Guarna, guitar;  Brad Whiteley, piano;  Julia Adamy, bass;  Kenneth Salters, drums   
9:30PM  PHILIPPE LEMM TRIO, CD RELEASE: CITY BIRDS - Angelo Di Loreto , piano;  Jeff Koch, bass;  Philippe Lemm, drums

Friday Oct 05   
6:00PM  THE OCTOBER MONTHLY - Mark Kostabi, piano;  Davey Patterson, guitar
8:35PM  JOHN RAYMOND & REAL FEELS - John Raymond, flugelhorn;  Gilad Hekselman, guitar;  Colin Stranahan, drums

Saturday Oct 06   
8:35PM  MONDER, MALABY, WAITS - Ben Monder, guitar;  Tony Malaby, tenor sax;  Nasheet Waits, drums

Sun Oct 7th:
8:01PM  DJANGO AT CORNELIA STREET: ULTRAFAUX - Michael Joseph Harris, guitar;  Sami Arefin, guitar;  Zack Serleth, bass


The Spectrum is Now Located in Brooklyn (address below)
Here’s the week’s schedule:
Friday 28 September
7 PM - Album Release Show for Scott L. Miller's Raba (New Focus Recordings) featuring Estonia's Ensemble U: Two shows, 7:00 and 8:30.
Saturday 29 September
7 PM - Peter Watrous presents Jazz Night (two sets)
Sunday 30 September
7 PM - Teodora Stepancic: Piano

Friday 5 October
7 PM - Spectral Fridays #11, curated by Gabriel Zucker
Ethan Iverson, piano  Special Guest TBA
Zucker | Malaby | Liberatore
Gabriel Zucker - piano
Tony Malaby - saxophone
Matteo Liberatore - guitar
live painting by Justin Neely
Saturday 6 October
7 PM - Pianist Jose Menor (London / Madrid) continues his ambitious Spectrum residency - “The piano music of Roberto Sierra (b. 1953)":
-Piezas Sueltas for piano (2017) *world premiere
-Toccata for piano (2008)
-Segundo álbum de Boleros for piano (2017)
-Estudios rítmicos y sonoros (2018) *world premiere
9 PM - Jazztopad Festival Presents:
The best of Polish Jazz Jazztopad Festival
Presents: The best of Polish Jazz
Contact: Piotr Turkiewicz
Sunday 7 October
3 PM - Viktor Lazarov, piano: Rhythm and Colors of the Balkans
Josip Slavenski (1896-1955) - Songs and Dances from the Balkans (excerpts): Serbian Song, Romanian Dance, Bulgarian Dance, Macedonian Dance,
Albanian Song, Serbian round dance, Slavic Dance
Svetlana Maksimović (1948-) Three Choreographic Etudes
1) Etude no. 1 Formulae legatae - Allegro (Sisyphus)
2) Etude no. 2 Lyric Theme - Andantino, very calm (Night Waters)
3) Etude no. 3 Development - Allegro pesante (To Bartók)
Miodrag Lazarov Pashu (1949-) - Waltz
Ana Sokolović (1968-) - Danses et Interludes
Vasilije Mokranjac (1923-1984) - Six Dances
7 PM - Pianist Jose Menor (London / Madrid) continues his ambitious Spectrum residency - “The Music of the Singularity", for piano and electronics (2018).
Music by José Menor and Sergi Casanelles.
Thursday 11 October
7 PM- Cool Spring: David Rothenberg, Bernhard Wöstheinrich and Jay Nicholas
David Rothenberg, clarinet, bass clarinet, contralto clarinet
Bernhard Wöstheinrich, keyboards and electronics
Jay Nicholas, bass
Thursday 11 October
8 PM - Elijah Shiffer: Genus Hallucigenia and Crown Heights Saxophone Quartet
Friday 12 October
7 PM - Michael Lytle (jazz / improvisation)
8 PM - Aurelia Trio
9 PM - Ten World Premieres for Social Justice
Lior Willinger, piano
Saturday 13 October
7 PM - Katie Procell / Bergamot Quartet, et al.
La Noche Pura (The Pure Night): Canciones Hispanas y Españolas
(Hispanic and Spanish Songs).
Alberto Ginastera: Cuarteto de Cuerdas No. 3 (String Quartet No. 3)
Peter Dayton: Si Solamente, 3 Canciones de Pablo Neruda
(If Only, 3 Songs on the Texts by Pablo Neruda)
I. A todos, a vosotros...
II. Barcarola
III. Me gustas cuando callas
Gabriela Lena Frank: Iberian Songs
I. Olivos
II. Hijos
Sunday 14 October
3 PM - Svjetlana Bukvich, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist.
7 PM - Pianist Matteo Ramon Arevalos (Italy)
PER PIANO - Works for piano by Fausto Razzi
concert presentation of the CD recorded at Area Sismica - Italy
published by ReR Megacorp UK
compositions by Matteo Ramon Arevalos for video prepared piano

Spectrum is located on Flushing Avenue,
halfway between Carlton and Cumberland, directly across from the Brooklyn Navy Yard:
address: 70 Flushing Ave, Garage A, Brooklyn, NY 11205
Transport: York Street stop on the F Train
DeKalb Avenue stop on the B, D and Q trains
B57 and B69 Buses:
Flushing Av/Cumberland St (westbound)
Flushing Av/N Portland Av (eastbound)


I-Beam Presents:

SATURDAY, September 29, 2018
8:30 PM  10:30 PM
Kappa Maki - trumpet
Satoko Fujii - piano
Yoshi Shutto - drums
CD Release for “1538” concert.

Greene Ave Music Presents...
Jochem van Dijk - bass guitar
Michael Dessen - trombone
Elisabeth Harnik - piano
Fay Victor - voice
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.


The Bushwick Improvised Music Series

Monday October 1st

7pm John Loggia - drums
Daniel Carter - woodwinds
Aron Namenwirth - guitar
Zach Swanson - bass

8pm Stephen Gauci - tenor saxophone
Sandy Ewen - guitar/electronics

9pm Joanna Mattrey - violin
Nathaniel Morgan - alto saxophone
Carlo Costa - drums

9:45pm Jon Goldberger - guitar/electronics
Simon Jermyn - bass
Mat Maneri - violin
Gerald Cleaver - drums

10:45pm Jeong Lim Yang - bass
Santiago Leibson - keyboard
Sam Ospovat - drums

11:30pm  Gocha Tsinadze - electronics
James Tweedie - saxophone/electronics

Downstairs @ Bushwick Public House
1288 Myrtle Avenue in Bushwick
(Across the street from M train Central Ave stop)


Shapeshifter Presents:

Sept 28
7p: The New Rico Jones Quintet
Dave Kikowski, piano
Lage Lund, Guitar 
Alex Claffy, Double Bass
Ari Hoenig, drums

Sept 30
Enrico Neri - Drums
Evan Ryan - Upright Bass
Austin Zhang - saxophone
Jahari Stampley - Piano
ShapeShifter Lab
18 Whitwell Place
Brooklyn NY 11215

Shapeshifter is located at:
18 Whitwell Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Phone: 1-646-820-9452


Sound It Out Series @ Greenwich House —
Concerts, September-December 2018

At the Greenwich House Music School: 46 Barrow Street, just west of 7th Avenue South in New York City’s West Village;, 212-242-4770.


Friday Oct 5, 7:30pm — Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger the trio of Vinnie Sperrazza, Sam Newsome & Angelica Sanchez - Double-bill — Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger: Sean Moran, guitar; Hank Roberts, cello; Vinnie Sperrazza, drums Vinnie Sperrazza, drums; Sam Newsome, soprano sax; Angelica Sanchez, piano
Thursday Oct 25, 8pm — Michael Formanek’s Very Practical Trio w/ Tim Berne & Mary Halvorson - Michael Formanek, double-bass; Tim Berne, alto saxophone; Mary Halvorson, electric guitar

Saturday Oct 27, 8pm — Amanda Monaco & Friends - Amanda Monaco, guitar; Joe Fiedler, trombone; Sean Conly, double-bass; Jeff Davis, drums

Saturday Nov 10, 7:30pm — Josh Sinton’s Predicate Trio the trio of Avram Fefer, Sean Conly & Michael Wimberly - Double-bill — Josh Sinton’s Predicate Trio: Josh Sinton, baritone saxophone & bass clarinet; Chris Hoffman, cello; Tom Rainey, drums the trio of Avram Fefer, alto/tenor saxophones & bass clarinet; Sean Conly, double-bass; Michael Wimberly, drums

Thursday Nov 29, 7:30pm — Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio the duo of Anders Nilsson & Aaron Dugan - Double-bill — Nick Millevoi’s Desertion Trio: Nick Millevoi, electric guitar; Johnny DeBlase, bass guitar; Kevin Shea, drums the duo of Anders Nilsson, guitar & Aaron Dugan, guitar

Saturday Dec 1, 8pm — Devin Gray’s Dirigo Rataplan - Devin Gray, drums; Dave Ballou, trumpet; Ellery Eskelin, tenor saxophone; Michael Formanek, double-bass

Thursday Dec 6, 7:30pm — “The Afro-Cubism of Aruán Ortiz, from Avant-Jazz to Contemporary Chamber Music” - Aruán Ortiz, piano/composer


Jazz Habitat at El Barrio Artspace - PS 109
215 E 99th St (between 2nd & 3rd Aves)

9/30 - Sunday
7pm - Gaya Feldheim Schorr (voc), Charlotte Greve (sax), Florian Herzog (bass, comp), Stephen Boegehold (dr)
8pm - Welf Dorr (sax), Dave Ross (git), Dmitry Ishenko (bass), Joe Hertenstein (dr)

10/14: Sunday
7pm - Kenny Warren (tr), Adam Hopkins (bass), Gerald Cleaver (dr)
8pm - Eric Plaks (piano), Andrew Hadro (bari sax & bass cl), Evan Crane (bass), Leonid Galaganov (dr)

10/28: Sunday
7pm - Welf Dorr (sax), tba, Andrew Drury (dr)
8pm - Sana Nagano (violin), Kei Su Ke (guitar), Tyler Luppi (bass), Paolo Cantarella (dr)

October 7th, 2018

William Hooker, Chris Forbes, Eriq Robinson, Jeremy Carlstedt,
Faye Kilburn,Theodore Woodward, Richard Keene and more TBA

11am-1pm - Free admission
Sunday afternoons
At Funkadelic Studios
“Let Music Be Your Brunch”
209 West 40 St. ,5th fl, NYC
*Discerning listeners are also invited


Tuesday, October 9 2018

Music Now! At The Brooklyn Commons
7pm "Music Now!"
with Ras Moshe-Reeds
Lauren Lee-Piano
Leonid Galaganov-Drums
8pm  -“ Where's The Outrage?"
Trudy Silver Solo Piano
9pm - Zodiac Saxophone Quartet with
Charles Waters-Alto Sax
Lee Odom-Soprano Sax
Claire Daly-Baritone Sax
Ras Moshe Burnett-Tenor Sax

Food and refreshments available at The Commons Cafe.
The Brooklyn Commons - 388 Atlantic Ave (btwn Hoyt st. & Bond st.)
Downtown Brooklyn /


Tuesday, October 16, 2018 - Music Box, 1148 Main Ave., Cleveland, OH - Doors 5:30 & Show 7:30 pm

Wednesday, October 17, 2018 - El Club, 4114 Vernor Hwy, Detroit, MI - Show 8:00 pm

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - Rhodes College, 2000 North Parkway, Memphis, TN -Showtime TBA

Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - Philadelphia, PA - Venue & Showtime TBA

The Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen has four CD recordings. Two are El Ra Records releases "A Song for the Sun" and "Music for the 21st Century" and the other two are In Out Record label releases "Live at the Paradox" and "Babylon Live".

For additional information about Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen performances, including venue weblinks, please click on the "Tourdates" tab of the Sun Ra Arkestra website.  Booking information for the Sun Ra Arkestra Directed by Marshall Allen is available by clicking on the "Info" tab of the Sun Ra Arkestra website, which is located at: