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DMG Newsletter for March 3rd, 2017

The FREE DMG Weekly New Music In-Store Series Continues on Sundays with:

Sunday, March 5th:

Sunday, March 12th: CD Release Set for Rob Price’s New Trio!
6pm: ROB PRICE / BEN GALLINA / ANDY O'NEILL - Guitar / Bass / Drums

Sunday, March 19th:

Sunday, March 26th:
6pm: NLH - Solo Guitar!
7pm: SEAN ALI - Solo Contrabass!

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


The Weeks get Weirder as Time Goes On
While the Music Remains Hopeful for those who Need to Listen
Check Out This Week's Treasures from This Cast of Musicians & Magicians:

Craig Taborn Quartet With Chris Speed! Two from Satoko Fujii: Kaze Sextet & Orchestra Tokyo! Rob Price Trio! Three from Leap of Faith! Seven from Leo: Ivo Perelman/Karl Berger/Mat Maneri/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver! John Butcher Trio Kimmig!

Simon Nabatov Plays Monk! Frank Gratkowski & Sebi Tramontana! Alex Von Schlippenbach & Bertand Denzler Trio! Kent Carter & Itaru Oki! Two from Mode: Alvin Lucier & Langston Hughes!

Historic Recordings & Restocks from Lovely Music! Frank Zappa 1974! Chicago Blues! Jorge Ben! Three Great Albums from Peter Brotzmann/ Fred Van Hove/Han Bennink Albert Mangelsdorff! Barney Wilen! Dorothy Ashby! Ed Sanders! More and More and More..!



DAVE DOUGLAS METAMORPHOSIS at Lincoln Center this Friday & Saturday, March 3rd & 4th! The rare, all-star line-up features Wadada Leo Smith & Dave Douglas on trumpets, Oliver Lake on alto sax, Marc Ribot on guitar, Myra Melford on piano, Mark Dresser on bass and Andrew Cyrille & Susie Ibarra on drums & percussion.

The shows are at 7 and 9pm both evenings and will take place in the Appel Theatre. You can save 25% using the discount code "JazzFan25" when purchasing online, at the box office and through CenterCharge.

Here's a link to an interview with Dave about the project.


Our New Release Sections Begins with this Treasure:

* CRAIG TABORN With CHRIS SPEED / CHRIS LIGHTCAP / DAVE KING - Daylight Ghosts (ECM 2527; Germany) Keyboardist Craig Taborn’s Daylight Ghosts is the Minneapolis-bred New Yorker’s third ECM release as a leader, a quartet album following the solo Avenging Angel and trio disc Chants. Both projects earned wide acclaim, with The Guardian saying that Taborn’s “musicality and his attention to detail are hypnotic, as is his remarkable sense of compositional narrative within an improvised performance.” Along with the questing Taborn on piano and electronic keyboards, the quartet of Daylight Ghosts features two other luminaries from the New York scene – reed player Chris Speed and bassist Chris Lightcap – plus drummer Dave King, the leader’s fellow Minnesota native and one-third of alt-jazz trio The Bad Plus. Each player draws from a broad artistic background, as informed by rock, electronica and diverse strains of world music as they are the various permutations of jazz improvisation. Dynamism and spectral ambience, acoustic and electric sounds, groove and lingering melody – all come together to animate Daylight Ghosts.
CD $16

* The Craig Taborn Quartet are currently in residence at the Village Vanguard - March 1st-5th!

TROUBLE KAZE With SATOKO FUJJI / SOPHIE AGNEL / NATSUKI TAMURA / CHRISTIAN PRUVOST / DIDIER LASSERRE / PETER ORRINS - June (Helix 009; France) Trouble Kaze is a six piece version Kaze, Satoko Fujii’s great ongoing half Japanese/half French quartet. This expanded version features Naksuki Tamura & Christian Pruvost on trumpets, Sophie Agnel & Satoko Fujii on pianos and Didier Lasserre & Peter Orins on drums. This of you who read the DMG newsletter regularly, most likely know about pianist Satoko Fujii and her longtime musical & life partner Natsuki Tamura, since we carry upwards of 70 titles from this prolific couple. This is the fourth disc from Kaze, perhaps Ms. Fujii’s most creative project. The two added guests are both French and we’ve seen a number of collaborations with Ms. Agnel: Steve Lacy, John Edwards, Phil Minton and Sunny Murray. Drummer Didier Lasserre has worked with Benjamin Duboc, Rasul Siddik and Steve Dalachinsky.
This disc was recorded live at La Malterie in Lille, France where Mr. Pruvost and Mr. Orins both live. This sextet is a double trio with two trumpets, two pianos and two drummers. Both Ms. Agnel and Ms. Fujii are known for playing inside the piano, hence we hear a number of strange, ghost-like manipulations weaved carefully into the ongoing sonic tapestry. The set unfolds slowly as each musician concentrates on a certain timbral / textural area. Often it is hard to tell the difference between working inside the piano, the percussion and the extended sounds made by the trumpets. Is that rubbed strings or bowed cymbals or both? Another question arises: what is the difference between modern chamber music *written) and an improvised sextet with the same instrumentation? Probably not very much and it would be hard to tell the difference. Eventually things erupt and the intensity moves into high gear, a powerful section of great release. This disc is superbly recorded, perfectly balanced and with extreme detail to the dynamic range. I’ve caught Kaze perhaps three times live in the past and each set was great. This extended version of the ensemble is even better and this disc captures their incredible set immensely well. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $16

SATOKO FUJII ORCHESTRA TOKYO CHRISTIAN PRUVOST / PETER ORINS / SACHI HAYASAKA - Peace - Tribute to Kelly Churko (Libra 217-039; Japan) Satoko Fujii has long led several big bands, three in Japan, one in New York and one in Berlin with around 18 discs of large ensemble music. I am not familiar with most of the musicians in this ensemble except for saxist Ms. Sachi Hayasaka who is relatively well known in Japan with a fine disc out on Tzadik. Also, the two guests here, Mr. Pruvost and Mr. Orins, are also members of the Ms. Fujii’s great quartet Kaze. Ms. Fujii wrote three three of the four pieces with one by her partner Nasuki Tamura. This is the fifth disc by Ms. Fujii’s Tokyo Orchestra and it does sound like this large ensemble has continued to evolve and grow stronger with each release. This disc begins with an extraordinary duo of trumpet and drums, perhaps it is her two guests from Kaze? Slowly, the rest of the orchestra comes in playing these feisty rising waves. The music builds to quick conclusion and then fades away. Another duo with trombone and tenor (?) sax erupts, thus kicking off the next section. Again, the rest of the orchestra slowly join then, with another tide of spirited rising waves flowing around them. Drummers Akira Horikoshi and Peter Orins sound marvelous together, pumping up tight currents of rhythms. This appears to be the pattern for this long work, improvised duos joined by the rest of the orchestra playing those infectious riffs, riding on top of the waves. Each duo is well executed and is enhanced when the rest of the orchestra comes in and pushes the intensity higher and higher. One of the highlights of this disc is a piece by Mr. Tamura called, “Jasper”, which has one of those spiritual themes that you hear once and it stays with you for many moons afterwards. I felt the urge to chant along with the theme, this is how compelling it is. Another highlight is the title track, called “Peace” which is anything but peaceful, it is an incredible free yet focused masterwork of explosive intensity! I listened to perhaps a half dozen large ensemble discs that were released over the past few months recently and I must admit that this one is by far the best! The Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo rise above the rest, reaching for the stars and beyond… - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $16

* ROB PRICE / BEN GALLINA / ANDY O’NEILL - All Region Player [LTD Edition of 100/numbered](Gutbrain 08; USA) Featuring Rob Price on guitar, Ben Gallina on bass and Andy O’Neill on drums. I’ve known Rob Price for more than 25 years, since meeting him at John Zorn & Bill Frisell shows at the old Knit in the early nineties. I’ve watched him evolve as a guitarist and bandleader, always coming up with a new way of presenting his playing and ideas. From his early band, Dim Sum Clip Job (swell OP CD on Avant) to his quartet with Ellery Eskelin and Trevor Dunn, he always keeps us guessing. As a longtime film fanatic, Mr. Price has worked with videos/films in the past to accompany his playing. For his new disc, Price has organized a new trio and plays his versions of the soundtrack music for some fifteen films. I recognize the titles of most but not all of the films here. Starting off with “The Gunfight at the OK Coral”, the sound is similar to those spaghetti western/post-surf soundtracks that also featured by another swell local trio, the Italian Surf Academy (led by Marco Cappelli). Rob’s trio does a fine job of evoking that infectious post-surf twang. By the fifth song, “The Schoolbus” from ‘Dirty Harry’, the trio are revving up with some great, quick strumming guitar eruptions. Each piece seems to evoke a different mood, from brooding to carefree to contemplative. I dig their version of “High Plains Drifter”, which is quite spooky, as well as “The Taking of Pelham 123”, which features some mind-blowing bent-note guitar freakiness. I must admit that I am a sucker for this sort of post-surf/soundtrack sound and have long collected records from many surf bands worldwide. All proceeds from this disc will go into the Keep DMG Alive fund so special thanks to Rob Price and his trusty trio! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $10

* The Rob Price Trio will play a CD release set here at DMG on Sunday, March 12th at 6pm - come on down and check them out!

By this time, it should come as no surprise that Dave Peck records each & every live set and studio session that his various Leap of faith ensembles perform. What is surprising is that Mr. Peck releases all of these sessions with more than a hundred discs on his own Evil Clown label. A new box from the Evil Clown label has just arrived with another bunch of Leap of Faith and assorted offshoot ensembles… I will review three this week and…

Three New Discs from the Underground Phenomenon LEAP OF FAITH:

LEAP OF FAITH [PEK / GLYNIS LOMON / DAN O’BIEN / ZACH BARTOLOMEI / YURI ZBITNOV] - Centroids (Evil Clown 9128; USA) Featuring PEK on saxes, clarinets, double reeds, saxophone, etc; Glynis Lomon on cello & aquasonic; Dan O’Brien on tenor sax, clarinets & flutes; Zach Bartolomei on soprano & alto saxes, melodica & metals and Yuri Zbitnov on percussion, balafon and metals. This set was recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters on January 11th of this year (2017), less than 2 months ago. After the departure of original member reedman Steve Norton last year, Leap of Faith have continued and evolved with assorted new members taking his place. This disc features two new reed players: Dan O’Brien and Zach Bartolomei, tow new names for me. The core remains: PEK, Ms. Lomon and Mr. Zbitnov.
Like many of the Leap of faith sessions, this one begins slowly with a somewhat ritualistic aura. Several clarinets or other reeds, cymbals, assorted metal percussion give this an Art Ensemble of Chicago-like vibe. Moments are stripped down and filled with suspense, an edge-of-your-seat preparation. Several combinations of instruments stand out: marimba, cello, melodica and chattering saxes or clarinets midway is particularly mind-blowing! Since PEK collects rare reeds from around the world as well as a wealth of percussion and metals, the group systematically moves from one combination of instruments. Is this truly metal chaos?!? I think not. As far as this unit goes all out, they always remain focused and somehow connected. Like most LoF discs, this one also has a deranged vocal section with cartoon-like odd characters cut loose from the asylum. This section is pretty short but works well as a bridge between other weird worlds. While listening to the second half of this hour long disc, the music reminded me of way life is right now: ridiculous, hard-to-believe, explosive, too intense at times with occasional moments of humor or low-key reflection. Yet another twisted treasure from the deluge of great Leap of Faith discs. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $10

METAL CHAOS ENSEMBLE [PEK / YURI ZBITNOV] - Malleability (Evil Clown 9132; USA) This version of the Metal Chaos Ensembles features just two core members of the Leap of Faith clan: PEK on tenor & bass saxes, clarinets, dulzaina, electronics, theremin, daxophone, foghorn and assorted percussion & metals and Yuri Zbitnov on drums, daiko, chimes, glockenspiel, balafon, crotales, metals & voice. This is a stripped down version of Leap of Faith with just two members and it is one of the best discs. Superbly recorded at Evil Clown Headquarters, mostly reeds, percussion and minimal electronics. Unfolding slowly and concentrating on one or two instruments at a time. Rather than go too far out, the duo cautiously weave their sounds with great care. Everything is well-balanced and rarely too dense. If you haven’t started your Leap of faith collection yet, this would be a good place to start as it is one of their least demanding yet still compelling on several levels without going too far into the stratosphere of free/jazz insanity. Most impressive! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $10

MEKANIKS - The Great Klown Panic of 2016 (Evil Clown 9126; USA) Mekaniks are a quintet with just two Leap of Faith offshoot with just two original Leap of Faith members: PEK on assorted reeds, samples, melodica, electronics, aquasonic, foghorn, gushing, etc. and Yui Zbitnov on percussion, metals, balafon and drums. The other three members are occasional Leap of Faith participants: Bob Moores on space trumpet, guitar, electronics & metal, Drew Wesley on guitar & electronics and Joe Hartigan on metals, balafon and percussion. On the back cover of this disc, four of the five members are wearing clown red noses with a couple in frizzy wigs. The pictures appear to be taken at the session for this disc so perhaps this was Pek’s way of getting the ensemble in the Evil Clown spirit?!? The music was recorded in Pek’s studio in December of last year (2016). This session begins with a scary, hoarse-voiced intro shouting about being a clown with equally disorienting music erupting under the voice: eerie cymbals, metal percussion, layers of disturbing voices, almost too much to deal with. In recent times, daily life has been filled with a series of bad news, alternative facts (or lies) and things too depressing to mention. This disc often captures that same spirit of not being sure if we are living in a someone’s nightmare or not. Sometimes, it feels good to whistle while we walk past the graveyard where the evil ghosts are lurking. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $10

Seven New CDs from Leo Records will be Here in Approximately 1 week, pre-orders taken now:

IVO PERELMAN / KARL BERGER / GERALD CLEAVER - The Art of the Trio - Volume 1 (Leo 771; UK) Two constant elements in this trio are Ivo Perelman and Gerald Cleaver, who is a variegated, hyper-intuitive, yet utterly grounded drummer whose association with Perelman dates to 2010, during which time he has supported and helped shape Perelman's most intrepid explorations. Says Ivo: "Gerald is such an incredibly flexible, adaptive drummer in that sense, he is better than I am in reacting to what's happening. That's his role; my role is to provoke the reactions." This is the third time Ivo recorded with Karl Berger who swapped his mallets to the grand Steinway.
CD $16

IVO PERELMAN / MAT MANERI / WHIT DICKEY - The Art of the Trio - Volume 2 (Leo 772; UK) Matt Maneri: "Ivo I met much later: smooth, confidant and excellent. But Original! Where do these people come from? What is Ivo? He is a committed musician of the highest caliber, ready to go off the rails, crash the car, and explode my expectations. He is a master who does what he does, will do what he can and finalize the infinite. This CD, as every CD in this series, is accompanied by the brilliant notes by Neil Tesset, as well as Mat Maneri.
CD $16

IVO PERELMAN / WILLIAM PARKER / GERALD CLEAVER - The Art of the Trio - Volume 4 )(Leo 774; UK) The music we did and continue to do is always transcending itself unfolding in layers of sound, space and colors. We are actually painting with sound and enabling the concept of vision to live. Becoming a voice hearing and opening the floodgates of creativity. Once the gates are opened we discover they are eternal. They do not repeat themselves and it is no longer music it is the life of Ivo Perelman shared with the world like a window wide open looking out over a field of flowers called hope. The music that I have played with Ivo is beautiful. - William Parker, August 2016.
CD $16

IVO PERELMAN / JOE MORRIS / GERALD CLEAVER - The Art of the Trio - Volume 6 (Leo 776; UK) This CD is not a repeat of the previous album, vol. 5, where Joe Morris plays electric guitar. Here, on vol. 6, he plays bass which drastically changes the music. Filipe Freitas: "This is an album for the ones who are not afraid to feel, to experience, to be violently shaken, to touch the untouchable. Stimulating, extravagant, and urgent, the sixth volume of the series The Art of the Improv Trio is an improvisational tour de force that marks another golden cycle in Perelman's musical career. Personally, I would like to thank Ivo, not only for all these years of boundless music, but also for having remained faithful to his own beliefs.
CD $16

TRIO KIMMIG JOHN BUTCHER With HARALD KIMMIG/DANIRL STUDER/ALFRED ZIMMERLIN - Raw (Leo 766; UK) A string trio from the German-speaking part of Switzerland joined forces for the first time with their English guest on tenor and soprano saxophone. Harald Kimmig (violin), Daniel Studer (bass) and Alfred Zimmerlin (cello) decided that their tight improvising unit needs a new challenge with guest musicians. They invited an Englishman John Butcher (tenor and soprano saxophone) and their collaboration reached a new height. One can immediately hear the spiritual bond that developed between the trio and the Brit.
CD $16

FRANK GRATKOWSKI / SEBI TRAMONTANA - Live at Spanski Borci (Leo 779; UK) Frank Gratkowski: "The duo with Sebi is very special for me. It has a beautiful playfulness and lightness. The connection between us is almost mysterious and he makes me play very different than I do in other formations. I call it "instant songs " where each "song" tells its own little story." Sebi Tramontana: "Frank has got "wonderschuhe." What I have wished for me for years. Frank is a true "cominante" for me. I am very grateful that during the last 19 years I have been meeting him every now and then. Frank is a bottomless pit, human and artistic."
CD $16

SIMON NABATOV - Monk ’N More (Leo 780; UK) As Stuart Broomer writes in his notes, the new Nabatov's recording consists of two solo recordings made 18 years apart, the first a selection of Thelonious Monk compositions from 1995, the second a concert from 2013 in which Nabatov first employed electronic technology in performance to create a pitch-bending; expanding and fracturing double of the piano. The result is a recording that explores time in multiple ways, whether looking at decades or cycles per second, treating the experience of chronological time as both malleable substance and a special kind of consciousness.
CD $16

In stock next week:

NEUKOLLNER [BERTRAND DENZLER / JOEL GRIP / SVEN AKE JOHANSSON ALEX VON SCHLIPPENBACH] - Sektion 3-7 [2 CD Set](Umlaut Records 2627; EEC) The Neukollner trio of Bertrand Denzler on sax, Joel Grip on double bass, and Sven-Ake Johnasson on drums is joined by pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach for a double album of exhilarating free jazz that conjures standards-based jazz through well-structured instant compositions.
2 CD Set $22

KENT CARTER / ITARU OKI / MAKOTO SATOH / SYLVAIN GUERUNEAU - D'Une Rive A L'Autre (Improvising Beings 47; France) Dedicated to sailors, their adventures and rough living conditions while at sea, from the collective free improv quartet of US jazz master and Lacy associate Kent Carter on bass, French saxophonist Sylvain Guerineau, Makoto Sato on drums and Itaru Oki on trumpet & flute.
CD $12

TETUZI AKIYAMA / JASON KAHN / TOSHIMANRU NAKAMURA - IHJ / Ftarri (Winds Measure 31-2; EEC) Two live recordings of electroacoustic improv from the Japanese tour of guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama, Jason Kahn on synthesizer, and Toshimaru Nakamura on electronics, spacious yet detailed interaction that draws the listener into remarkable sound worlds.
CD $13

MICHAEL PISARO With DIDIER ASCHOUR / STEPHANE GARIN - Resting in a Fold of the Fog (Potlatch 117; France) Two rich sound works: "Grounded Cloud" which gathers fragments of noise and tone into a continuous fabric; and "Hearing Metal (4)", an investigation into metallic resonance, performed by Pisaro with Dedalus members Stephane Garin (percussion) and Didier Aschour (guitar).
CD $16

Two New Discs from Mode Records:

LANGSTON HUGHES // DAVID AMRAM/ERIC MINGUS/LARRY SIMON - “The Dream Keeper” (Mode Avant 17; USA) Langston Hughes (1902–67) was an American poet, novelist, social activist and playwright whose work showcased the dignity and beauty in ordinary black life. His African-American themes made him a primary contributor to the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. The hours he spent in Harlem clubs affected his work, making him one of the innovators of “Jazz/Poetry.” Hughes’ poetry is still powerful and contemporary today. The Langston Hughes Project came from jazz guitarist Larry Simon, who is the founder of JazzMouth, unique festival in Portsmouth, New Hampshire that combines jazz and spontaneous music with readings by some of the finest poets.
Hughes’ texts are brought to life by the rich, soulful delivery of Eric Mingus, son of Charles Mingus. For some years he worked as a ses- sion musician and backing singer, playing on dates with artists such as Carla Bley, Bobby McFerrin and Karen Mantler. He has also per- formed with the Mingus Big Band, Elliott Sharp’s Terraplane, Todd Rundgren, Elvis Costello, Nick Cave, Catherine Sikora and Levon Helm, and a featured performer in many of Hal Willner’s projects.
Simon also brought David Amram — composer, conductor, multi- instrumentalist, and author — to the project. As a classical composer and performer, his integration of jazz, folk and world music led him to work with Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Willie Nelson, Charles Mingus, Levon Helm and Betty Carter. Amram has composed more than 100 orchestral and chamber music works, and written many scores for Broadway theater and film, including the classic scores for the films Splendor in The Grass and The Manchurian Candidate.
Amram collaborated with Hughes on his cantata Let us Remember, premiered at the San Francisco Opera in 1965. Importantly, Amram gave the first ever public jazz/poetry readings in NYC in 1957-58 with Jack Kerouac, the spontaneous creation of words and music which came to be known as “jazz/poetry.”
And jazz/poetry is what “Langston Hughes: The Dream Keeper” is.
Half of the poems find Mingus with Amram on piano, as a duo. The instrumentally varied balance of the album are Mingus duos with electric guitar or Hammond organ; with woodwinds and percussion or larger ensembles.
CD $15

ALVIN LUCIER - Two Circles (Mode 295; USA) Alvin Lucier’s (b.1931) work has been more often described in terms of science than of art and his scores often contain experimental procedures. Lucier perfectly represents the fusion of a scientist with an artist. His pieces arise from an inspection of a pure physical phenomenon. The performers on Mode’s fourth disc of Lucier’s music are the Italian experimental music ensemble Alter Ego — two of the works were written for or dedicated to them — and Alvin Lucier himself. This new recording of I am Sitting in a Room is from the Biennale Musica 2012 in Italy. This is Lucier’s first new recording of the work since the original from 1980.
The interaction of electronic and acoustic sounds is the central point of Two Circles. These electronic sounds move from the same note in two glissandi, ascending and descending. The acoustic instruments interfere, generating beating (so-called binaural beats) from the inter- action of closed frequencies. In some cases, these pulsations give the impression to expand the sonic space, whilst in others they appear to bring to an ending.
In a comparable way, Fideliotrio focuses its attention on the tonal interplays between instruments. In this case, cello, viola and piano form a steady flux: the central note of the piano designs a sort of line around which the string instruments move. When the viola and cello start to drift away from piano’s tone, one may have the impression that the sonic stream is bending and is losing its center of gravity.
Artist Mochetti’s work focuses on light, space, time; it explores the use of materials and often includes a unique conception of the geometry, made of trajectories, lines and surfaces. In the Three Translations of the Works of Maurizio Mochetti, Lucier transfers the exploration of these elements to sound as he literally designs sonic profiles, reflections and music shapes. The booklet includes an interview with Lucier and flutist Manuel Zurria and liner notes by Riccardo Dillon Wanke and Alvin Lucier.
CD $15

Finally restocked titles from the Lovely Music Label: Robert Ashley and Alvin Lucier - Five Titles listed this week and another five next week!

ALVIN LUCIER - Panorama (Lovely Music LCD 1012; USA) 1997 release. A gorgeous recording of works for trombone and piano, transformed by Alvin Lucier's electronics and oscillators. Wind Shadows (1994), Music for Piano with One or More Snare Drums (1990), and Panorama (1993) -- were written for the Swiss musicians Roland Dahinden and Hildegard Kleeb, who play them on this CD. Also included: Music for Piano with Amplified Sonorous Vessels (1990), which was originally written for Margaret Leng Tan.
CD $13

ALVIN LUCIER - Music On A Long Thin Wire (Lovely Music 1011; USA) 1992 release. First released on Lovely Music in 1980. A 50-foot length of taut wire passes through the poles of a large magnet and is driven by an oscillator; the vibrations of the wire are miked at either end, amplified, and broadcast in stereo. The thin wire is set vibrating four times at four different frequencies; what results is not the low drone one might expect from a long, vibrating wire, but a complexity of evocative, ethereal chords. Music On A Long Thin Wire is a classic example of Alvin Lucier's investigations into the physics of sound and the sonic properties of natural processes.
CD $13

ROBERT ASHLEY - Private Parts (The Record)(Lovely Music LCD 1001; USA) 1990 release. Centered around the mesmerizing voice of Robert Ashley, presented here is early version (released on LP by Lovely Music in 1979) of "The Park" and "The Backyard", a masterpiece in its simplicity of form and in the purity and intensity of its effect on the listener. These two pieces were later to become the opening and closing segments of the seven part opera for television, Perfect Lives. Personnel: Robert Ashley - voice; "Blue" Gene Tyranny - keyboards; Kris - tablas.
CD $13

ROBERT ASHLEY - eL/Aficionado (Lovely Music 1004; USA) 1994 release. The fourth opera in Robert Ashley's Now Eleanor's Idea tetralogy: Junior, Jr.'s story. A group of scenes from the life of an agent. The scenes are a kind of debriefing to a jury of interrogators, in which the Interrogators challenge the agent in various forms of musical dialogue. The mood of the opera owes much to American society's ongoing fascination with espionage and with the character of those people who lead double lives. Featuring Thomas Buckner as the agent and Jacqueline Humbert, Sam Ashley, and Robert Ashley as his interrogators. Orchestration, music, and libretto by Robert Ashley; Engineering and mixing by Tom Hamilton. Comes with a booklet with the full libretto.
CD $13

ROBERT ASHLEY - Your Money My Life Goodbye (Lovely Music LCD 005; USA) 1998 release. An opera commissioned by Bayerisher Rundfunk Munich's Hörspiel und Medienkunst department about an internationally renowned swindler, who almost took down the European and American banking system. Featuring the voices of Robert Ashley, Sam Ashley, Thomas Buckner, Jackie Humbert, and Joan La Barbara. Recorded and mixed by Tom Hamilton. Robert Ashley on the piece: "Your Money My Life Goodbye is one of forty-nine vocal-ensemble pieces of various lengths (from ten minutes to ninety minutes or more) that can be used in many kinds of combinations to make an opera for stage, for radio or for television. Any of the combinations go under the title of the 'opera,' The Immortality Songs. When any of the pieces are performed separately, as in Your Money My Life Goodbye for Bayerischer Rundfunk, they take their individual titles. I have finished seven of the compositions. It looks like a lifetime of work. Hence, the title. In all of the forty-nine compositions some aspect of the musical structure (or many aspects of the musical structure) derive directly from the English language of the libretto. This process of derivation can be secretive and arcane (the music based, for instance, on grammatical structures or on the probability of the recurrence of certain syllables) or, as in Your Money My Life Goodbye, open and obvious. I think that the open and obvious approach - in this case, matching the syllables of the English (and the German) to the rhythm of the title-line, and matching the voice choices to the occurrence of the 'characters' in the text - is a good solution to the 'light-hearted' nature of the text. The story is simple. A woman responds to an invitation to attend a high-school reunion by sending her son, because she is incapacitated for some unknown reason. In describing her son, we get the idea that he is a high-level 'intelligence agent' (a spy). A sort of James Bond character. The woman writes that her son's wife will not attend the reunion, because she is recently dead, either from suicide or murder. The son's wife is described in great detail from various newspaper articles. She was an internationally renowned swindler, who almost took down the European and American banking system. She was a successful entrepreneur. Your Money My Life Goodbye doesn't take this seriously at all. Everybody is crazy."
CD $13

FRANK ZAPPA With JEAN-LUC PONTY / IAN UNDERWOOD / BRUCE FOWLER / SAL MARQUEZ / GEORGE DUKE / TOM FOWLER / RUTH UNDERWOOD / RALPH HUMPHREY - The Rare Tapes Broadcast (Hobo 013; EEC) Named the 'Un-Concert' by Zappa himself, the various live recordings featured on this CD come from a host of venues played by Frank and his then-mothers during their 1973 tours of the US, Canada and Australia. In large part recorded between June and December that year, Mother Superior Frank then chose to provide WLIR-FM New York with his own reels to broadcast this selection of rare diamonds across the airwaves on New Year's Eve 1974. The results are quite astonishing as can now be heard on this CD, featuring the entirety of the Zappa reels as were transmitted on that now legendary radio show. Featuring the kind of audio quality Zappa himself would always insist on, this remarkable collection of tracks features the superb musicianship of Frank Zappa, Jean-Luc Ponty, Tom Fowler, Ralph Humphrey, Ruth Underwood, Ian Underwood, George Duke, Bruce Fowler and Sal Marquez, who in unison make for possibly the most accomplished group Zappa ever employed."
CD $15

TAMPA RED/SONNY BOY WILLIAMSON/ROBERT NIGHTHAWK/MUDDY WATERS /JOHNNY SHINES/ et al - Windy City Blues 1935-1953 (Nighthawk 101; USA) "This first issue of Nighthawk Records documents primarily the transitional work of Southern born bluesmen who immigrated to Chicago before the Second World War, but whose careers endured into the postwar era. The lure of the major studios and the easy availability of club work on the growing South side made the Windy City the natural destination of talented blues musicians and the local blues scene was firmly established by the late 20s when the vanguard included Tampa Red, Big Bill, and Georgia Tom. The 30s brought Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Nighthawk, Washboard Sam and Memphis Minnie while the 40s produced Robert Lockwood, Johnny Shines and Muddy Waters. (full liner notes and photos located inside)"
CD $13

LITTLE WALTER/FLOYD JONES/JOHNNY SHINES/JOHN BRIM/ et al - Chicago Slickers 1948-1953 (Nighthawk 102; USA) "This issue of Nighthawk Records presents twenty-four classic recordings from Chicago's heyday as a blues center. The rapid local proliferation of small independent labels during the postwar years and the shoestring economics practiced by their owners, fostered a fierce competitiveness more than matched in the musical community. Unfortunately, the failure of such small labels as Parkway, Tempotone and Random often obscured in extreme rarity even the most inspired performances by such regional heavyweights as Little Walter, Floyd Jones, John Brim and Johnny Shines. The resurrection of these important recordings will be cause for celebration in blues circles. (full liner notes and photos located inside)"
CD $13

JORGE BEN - Tropical (Oficial OA 7601; USA) "One of Brazil's greatest songwriters, Jorge Ben rarely dwelled on any particular musical style, even the ones he helped create. By the mid 1970s, Ben had already innovated several groundbreaking new twists on the classic samba sound, in the process creating many tunes that became epoch-defining hits for South America's biggest country -- not to mention the world at large. For 1977's Tropical, he made the controversial decision to rework an album's worth of his most beloved songs in the new, disco and funk influenced Afro-Samba style he was exploring at the time. As a result, classics like 'Chove Chuva,' 'Taj Mahal,' and 'Mas Que Nada' get polished updates, alongside deeper rarities like 'Georgia'and 'Jesus de Praga,' making Tropical a sensual, sultry counterpoint to other Jorge Ben collections."
CD $14

JORGE BEN - Samba Nova (Oficial Arquivos 7602; USA) "Focusing on the early '70s heyday of Jorge Ben's long and prolific career, Samba Nova was originally compiled in 1976 to give North American audiences an overview of one of South America's greatest singer/songwriters. Now expanded to include two more of Ben's best-loved songs from the era ('Que Maravilha' and the original version of 'Taj Mahal,' notoriously borrowed by Rod Stewart for 'Da Ya Think I'm Sexy'), this collection brims with the cream of the crop from Ben's first five studio LPs of the 1970s. With massive classics like 'Oba, Lá Vem Ela," "Caramba!... Galileu da Galiléia,' and 'Morre o Burro Fica o Homem,' this is not only the perfect introduction to one of Brazil's greatest artists but an engrossing listen for all fans of modern samba."
CD $14

LP Section:

BROTZMANN/VAN HOVE/BENNINK PLUS ALBERT MANGELSDORFF - Elements (Cien Fuegos 016; Austria) Featuring: Peter Brötzmann: tenor saxophone; Fred Van Hove: piano; Han Bennink: drums, voice; Albert Mangelsdorff: trombone. Recorded during the Free Music Market, August 27 and 28, 1971, in Berlin. Designed by Peter Brötzmann. Part of the legendary "Berlin Trilogy" originally released by FMP in 1971 (FMP 0030). 180-gram vinyl. One-time pressing of 500. First standalone reissue.
"What reveals itself in the über energetics on display here is the ability of one quartet to take so much for granted and yet express so much in the process. Van Hove, for instance, shuns all conventions in his approach to the piano: he quotes Liszt and Schubert as well as Ellington and Peterson then wipes all of them out with his elbows as if erasing a chalkboard. His 'Florence Nightingale' is a perfect example. Texturally, he creates diversions from the fury while never disengaging from it. Brötzmann and Mangelsdorff are out and out challenging each other to see who can destroy their instruments first, and Han Bennick is the most proactive percussionist in jazz history. His use of anything and everything while simultaneously playing a trap kit that creates time is astonishing. Elsewhere, on Brötzmann's 'Elements,' African percussion and slow, long opened tonal drones by Mangelsdorff create a backdrop for the other two to explore without rushing in. Brötzmann enters almost tenderly, looking for a room to exit out of, but engaging himself in the microtonalities created by the rhythm section. Van Hove's long augmented chords create a mode for not opening but splintering that exit and Brötzmann ushers the band through in a hurry heading for the outer reaches of the possible. . . . one of the best documents of the period on any continent." - Thom Jurek, AllMusic, 1991
LP $30

PETER BROTZMANN / FRED VAN HOVE/ HAN BENNINK ALBERT MANGELSDORFF - Couscouss de la Mauresque (Cien Fuegos 017; Austria) Featuring: Peter Brötzmann: tenor saxophone; Fred Van Hove: piano; Han Bennink: drums, voice; Albert Mangelsdorff: trombone. Recorded during the Free Music Market, August 27 and 28, 1971, in Berlin. Designed by Peter Brötzmann. Part of the legendary "Berlin Trilogy" originally released by FMP in 1971 (FMP 0040). 180-gram vinyl. One-time pressing of 500. First standalone reissue.
"Brötzmann's regular trio was joined by the trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff, one of the most respected German jazz musicians, who has managed to keep abreast of musical developments for more than a decade. Those who remember him only for those fine early-sixties albums (like Tension, on German CBS) will be in for a shock, because he's updated his playing all the way. On 'Couscouss De La Mauresque', for instance, his tonal distortions rival those of Paul Rutherford, as he backs Brötzmann's wailing with a rip-snorting obligato. He has the advantage of being a virtuous technician, so that some of his wilder flights are truly breathtaking. . . . Mangelsdorff's technique doesn't hinder his fire, either, and he's well able to stand up to the rest of this very hairy band. Van Hove and Bennink obviously know each other inside out by now, and you'll hear few more exciting passages of music than their interlude during the trombonist's solo on 'Couscouss'. Bennink is getting further into textures every day, and on this album makes great play with his steel-drum and many unidentifiable implements, thus giving the music a great deal of variety. If you wanted to buy just one of these records, it would be very hard to choose because the level is so high throughout." --Richard Williams, Melody Maker, February 5, 1972
LP $30

BROTZMANN/VAN HOVE/BENNINK PLUS ALBERT MANGELSDORFF - The End (Cien Fuegos 018; Austria) Featuring: Peter Brötzmann: tenor saxophone; Fred Van Hove: piano; Han Bennink: drums, voice; Albert Mangelsdorff: trombone. Recorded during the Free Music Market, August 27 and 28, 1971, in Berlin. Designed by Peter Brötzmann. Part of the legendary "Berlin Trilogy" originally released by FMP in 1971 (FMP 0050). 180-gram vinyl. One-time pressing of 500. First standalone reissue.
"The great thing about this trilogy/set is how naturally everything flows. . . . each subdividing of the group, each solo excursion, feels smooth and logical, as though the player(s) in question had nodded to the others as if to say 'Gimme a minute here, I've got an idea,' and received assent in response. There's all the ferocity any free jazz diehard could ask for, but it never goes on so long that it becomes schtick, and it's always countered by passages that are genuinely beautiful in the most conventional, you-could-play-this-for-your-mom sense. Even without Mangelsdorff, Brötzmann, Van Hove and Bennink were a remarkably empathetic and attuned team, and when he joined them (and these records document their second and third times playing together, ever), everyone's game was raised." --Phil Freeman, Burning Ambulance, 2013
LP $30

BARNEY WILEN - Moshi (Souffle Continu 015; France) Deluxe remastered reissue of Barney Wilen's 1972 album Moshi, featuring additional artwork and a 20-page booklet of rare pictures, sheet music, and the original liner notes. Includes a bonus DVD (packaged with exclusive artwork) of Caroline de Bendern's 1971 film à l'intention de Mlle Issoufou à Bilma, documenting this amazing African journey. Limited edition of 1000. "In 1970 Barney Wilen assembled a team of filmmakers, technicians, and musicians to travel to Africa for the purpose of recording the music of the native pygmy tribes. Upon returning to Paris two years later, he created Moshi, a dark, eccentric effort fusing avant jazz sensibilities with African rhythms, ambient sound effects, and melodies rooted in American blues traditions. Cut with French and African players including guitarist Pierre Chaze, pianist Michel Graillier, and percussionist Didier Leon, this is music with few precedents or followers, spanning from extraterrestrial dissonance to earthbound, street-legal funk. Wilen pays little heed to conventional structure, assembling tracks like 'Afrika Freak Out' and 'Zombizar' from spare parts of indeterminate origins." --Jason Ankeny, AllMusic
2 LP/DVD $40

DOROTHY ASHBY - Soft Winds / The Swinging Harp Of Dorothy Ashby (Doxy ACV 2085; Russia) Doxy present a reissue of Dorothy Ashby's Soft Winds / The Swinging Harp Of Dorothy Ashby, originally released in 1961. From the original liner notes: "Dorothy Ashby may not be the first jazz harpist (Caspar Reardon) or the first female jazz harpist (Adele Girard), but her good feeling for time and ability to construct melodic, guitar-like lines, mark her as the most accomplished modern jazz harpist (...) Accompanying her was another Detroit girl, Terry Pollard. Terry's main instrument is the piano and she is one of the best in the country, bar none. She is also a pretty fair country vibraharpist and in this set, Miss Pollard plays vibes exclusively. With them is still another Detroiter, Herman Wright, who like Miss Pollard has worked with Terry Gibbs and Yusef Lateef, and who also served as Miss Ashby's regular bassist. (...) Completing the quartet is Jimmy Cobb, drummer for the Miles Davis group. During the proceedings, Cobb travels between brushes and sticks without upsetting the equilibrium of this essentially quiet set. There is wide range of material presented here, from blues like Benny Goodman's title number, 'Soft Winds', and Miss Ashby's 'With Strings Attached', to movie themes such as 'Laura', 'Wild Is the Wind', and 'The Guns Of Navarone'. Then there are works by such superior writers of standards as Kurt Weill ('My Ship'); Gershwin ('The Man I Love' and 'Love Is Here To Stay')" Edition of 500.
LP $21

ED SANDERS - Yiddish Speaking Socialists Of The Lower East Side (Okraina 005; Belgium) Yiddish-Speaking Socialists Of The Lower East Side by Ed Sanders (b. 1939), founder of the mythical Fugs in 1964 and also a writer, publisher, activist, etc., is an epic piece of almost 18 minutes in length, a vocal setting of a dense and reasoned text that runs to eight typed pages, 1400 words, 8500 characters. First issued on cassette in 1991 by the label Hyperaction P.C.C., the piece recalls an almost fifty-year history of Jewish militancy in New York by poetic means - combining historical scholarship, emotion and clarity, the echoes of the past found in the present: of the pogroms and escape from Eastern Europe in the 1880s up to the death of Meyer London, the Socialist member of Congress, in 1926 (not overlooking exile, the crossing of the Atlantic, arrival at Ellis Island, back-breaking work in the sweatshops, the creation of political parties and trade unions, the outbreak of the First World War - the rupture in the narrative caused by this is marked here by the passage from the A-side to the B-side of the record). This is a literary project that is simultaneously ambitious and highly personal and which cannot help but recall America: A History In Verse (nine volumes published between 1998-2008), which has occupied Ed Sanders for almost 15 years and which, over more than 3000 pages, recounts in verse the history - both poetic and political - of the United States. For this recording of Yiddish-Speaking Socialists Of The Lower East Side, Ed Sanders accompanies himself on a "pulse lyre", a small, finger-operated synthesizer which he invented himself in order to accompany the declamation of his texts in the manner of the acoustic lyre used by the ancient poets (Sanders studied Greek at university). Yiddish-Speaking Socialists Of The Lower East Side is a text (and a recording) of dual resonance, animated by the fits and starts of history as well as the rhythm of the writing (and reading) of Ed Sanders. This reissue was re-recorded in mono in 2006; Mastered by Harris Newman (Grey Market Mastering, Montréal 2014); Illustrations by Gwénola Carrère; Comes in a gatefold sleeve.
2-10” EP Set $17

GLENN JONES/CHRIS CORSANO/DAVID GREENBERGER - An Idea In Everything (Okraina 008; Belgium) When David Greenberger first embarked on what has become a life-long journey, drummer Chris Corsano was not yet five years old! In 1979, after graduating from art school in Boston, Greenberger took the job of activities director at the Duplex Nursing Home, an all-male elder care facility in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, and began collecting the stories, poems and music reviews of its aged patients for what became his Duplex Planet project, an undertaking that would eventually encompass nearly 200 issues of a digest-sized magazine, a series of CDs, books, comics, and performance art. Eventually the nursing home closed, but David has remained engaged in what has become the central art form of his life: the "art of conversation." Three decades later, Chris Corsano set in motion the project present here. With guitarist and banjo player Glenn Jones, a longtime friend of both Greenberger and Corsano, the three began recording in Greenberger's living room in upstate New York. In just three days, with no advance preparation, they recorded the 28 tracks that make up An Idea In Everything. Corsano improvised, Jones invented new tunings for his banjo and guitar on the fly, and Greenberger selected and read stories in direct response to the music. Everything was spontaneous and live. Despite the dark and sad feeling of some of the texts (dealing with aging, memory loss, etc.), there is also humor, joy and grit. The resulting is a rollercoaster of emotions, a glittering patchwork of sonic atmospheres and an oral encyclopedia on dozens of subjects. David Greenberger on the release: "When newcomers hear that I have regular conversations and interviews with elderly people, they assume I collect oral history. What that assumption implies is that when one grows old we become solely a repository of our past. From the start, my mission has been to offer a range of characters who are already old, so that we can get to know them as they are in the present, without celebrating or mourning the loss of who they were before."
2-10” EP Set $21

FLUXUS COLLECTION [With GEORGE MACIUNAS/YOKO ONO/LA MONTE YOUNG/JOHN CAGE/WALTER MARCHETTI/DICK HIGGINS/PHILIP CORNER/et al] - A Collection Of Music And Sound Events (Song Cycle CY 997; UK) Song Cycle Records present a reissue of Fluxus Anthology: A Collection Of Music And Sound Events, originally released in 1989. Fluxus was a collaborative movement of artists that worked across the diverse artistic mediums of performance, music, dance, poetry, photography, architecture, painting, sculpture, and film during the 1960s. Emerging in New York City, and spreading to Europe and Japan, Fluxus was led by recognized artists such as George Maciunas, Yoko Ono, Joseph Beuys, Nam June Paik, La Monte Young, and John Cage. Fluxus Anthology is a collection of works created by these visionary artists, featuring works by: Walter Marchetti, Juan Hidalgo, La Monte Young, Ben Vautier, Wolf Vostell, Milan Knizák, Robert Filliou, Alison Knowles, Emmett Williams, John Cage, Joseph Beuys, Yoko Ono, Dick Higgins, Philip Corner, Eric Andersen, Robert Watts, and Ken Friedman. Released in collaboration with Maurizio Nannucci. Presented here on clear, 180 gram vinyl.
LP $30

HENNING CHRISTIANSEN - Opus 67 Strategygetarts A Symphony, Hommage A Richard Demarco (Penultimate Press 025; UK) Opus 67 Strategygetarts A Symphony, Hommage Á Richard Demarco is a previously unissued recording by Henning Christiansen from 1971. In 1970, the Richard Demarco Gallery in collaboration with the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf organized the exhibition, Strategy: Get Arts. This celebration of art from Düsseldorf was held at the Edinburgh College of Art during the Edinburgh International Festival. The title of the exhibition was a palindrome created by André Thomkins and featured works by Joseph Beuys, Claus Böhmler, George Brecht, Henning Christiansen, Robert Filliou, Dorothy Iannone, Mauricio Kagel, and Dieter Roth amongst others. Opus 67 Strategygetarts A Symphony, Hommage Á Richard Demarco was sent to Richard Demarco as a gift following the exhibition. Having returned to Denmark, Christiansen, along with sound technician Peter Sakse, created Strategygetarts, a sound collage incorporating field recordings from urban spaces, supermarkets, a boxing game, etc. The sole "musical" element is a piano motif which repeatedly punctuates the recordings. The first side moves forwards, the flip back. A reverse groove will set you straight. Opus 67 Strategygetarts A Symphony, Hommage Á Richard Demarco comes in a high-gloss sleeve, featuring two original artworks by Henning Christiansen; Edition of 500.
LP $25

METQAL QINAWI - Metqal Qinawi (Akenaton 001; Egypt) Metqāl Quenāwī, born in 1929 (Luxor, Egypt), also known as Met'qal, Metaqal Kinawi Metaqal, Metaqal Rebab Ensemble, Metkaal Kenawe or Awlad Metqāl, developed an intense artistic career based on rescuing folk traditions from southern Egypt. Recovering the traditions of the Said, the southern region around Luxor, Qena, and Asyut, Metqāl was brought up on the customs of the Fellahin (agricultural laborers who passed on the age-old traditions of Egypt), which were disseminated across the nation by the rebab, an instrument of Bedouin origin, a type of violin, made out of coconut shell, wood, animal skin, with two or three strings and played with a horse hair bow. The themes he evokes are pastoral and rural visions and love, and his compositions, written from the age of nine onwards, were received with enthusiasm, enabling him to move to Cairo where he was met with great success and was in constant demand to play at celebrations, such as weddings. His many recordings, disseminated and rescued in the '70s and '80s on multiple cassettes, made Metqāl into a key reference in Egyptian music and took him to perform in Paris, where he was not only celebrated by the Egyptian community, but also acclaimed by the cultural press. His work is as prolific as the number of offspring he had - he had 25 children from nine different marriages. Now, Akenaton presents this legend to the west, leaving the spirit of the Said ready for listeners to swing their hips on the dancefloor. Edition of 500.
LP $25

EXPRESSWAY YO-YO DIETING - Undone Harmony Following (Type 131; UK) Undone Harmony Following is the latest offering from Oregon's Pat Maher, a noise veteran whose career has taken him in a variety of different directions, from the pitch-black drone of his work as Indignant Senility to the fractured house of Diamond Catalog. This time he reprises the Yo-Yo Dieting project (last seen on 2010's exemplary Bubblethug) to once again plumb the depths of screwed and chopped rap, diving into haunted crevices and dissolving his collection of tapes and battered CDs and emerging with a truly confounding full-length. Maher's skill is in retaining the unmistakable sound of hip-hop while pushing and pulling it into narcotic, ear-destroying directions. Think a tenth generation copy of a DJ Screw tape piped through a broken overdrive pedal or Lil Ugly Mane blasted through a blown speaker system from a car a few blocks down the street. Tracks don't so much start and finish as they do bubble up from an oily swamp of tape hiss, reverb and delay, with beats and bass undulating beneath half-heard vocals and jagged bursts of white noise. It's not an easy listen, but it's about as vital as it gets. Mastered and cut by Matt Colton. Edition of 500.
LP $18


Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for February of 2017


3/3 Friday
830 pm - OSCAR NORIEGA QUARTET: Mary Halvorson (guitar) Trevor Dunn (bass) Dan Weiss (drums)

3/4 Saturday
830 pm - PLAY PARTY - Oscar Noriega (alto saxophone) Jeff Parker (guitar) Trevor Dunn (bass) Ben Perowsky (drums)

3/5 Sunday
830 pm - PHOENIX - Oscar Noriega (alto sax, bass clarinet) Jeff Parker (guitar) Dezron Douglas (bass) Pheeroan akLaff (drums)


3/7 Tuesday
830 pm - I Don't Hear Nothin' but the Blues - Jon Irabagon (sax) Ava Mendoza (guitar) Mick Barr (guitar) Mike Pride (drums)

3/8 Wednesday
830 pm - Jon Irabagon Organ Trio
Jon Irabagon (sax) Gary Versace (organ) Nasheet Waits (drums)

3/9 Thursday
830 pm - Jon Irabagon (sax) Mark Helias (bass) and Barry Altschul (drums)

3/10 Friday
830 pm - Jon Irabagon Ensemble - Tim Hagans (trumpet) Jon Irabagon (sax) Hank Roberts (cello) Matt Mitchell (piano) Chris Lightcap (bass) Dan Weiss (drums)

3/11 Saturday
830 pm - Sirius Quartet with Jon Irabagon and Myra Melford - Fung Chern Hwei (violin) Gregor Huebner (violin) Ron Lawrence (viola) Jeremy Harman (cello) Jon Irabagon (saxophone) Myra Melford (piano)

3/12 Sunday
830 pm - Outright! - Tim Hagans (trumpet) Jon Irabagon (saxophone) Uri Caine (piano) Michael Formanek (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums)

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 Mar 03 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM JEFF DAVIS AUTHORITIES BAND - Jeff Davis, drums, comp.; Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Drew Gress, bass; Jonathan Goldberger, guitar

Saturday Mar 04
9:00PM & 10:30PM PETROS KLAMPANIS SEPTET - Petros Klampanis, bass; Julian Shore, piano; Maria Manousaki, violin; Gokce Erem, violin; Carrie Frey, viola; Caleigh Drane, cello; John Hadfield, percussion

Sunday Mar 05
8:35PM DJANGO AT CORNELIA STREET, DAN LEVINSON - clarinet; Koran Agan, guitar; Josh Kaye, guitar; Eduardo Belo, bass

Mon March 6th
8:30PM AMRAM & CO - David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes, composition & surprises; Kevin Twigg, drums, glockenspiel; Rene Hart, bass; Elliot Peper, bongos AMRAM & CO image

Tues March 7th:
8:00PM VOXECSTATIC: MARY FOSTER CONKLIN - Mary Foster Conklin, voice; Deanna Witkowski, piano; Ed Howard, bass
9:30PM VOXECSTATIC: PAUL JOST QUARTET - Paul Jost, voice; Jim Ridl, piano; Dean Johnson, bass voxecstatic: Paul Jost Quartet image

Wednesday Mar 08
6:00PM NYCELLO - CRAIG HULTGREN SOLO CELLO - On March 8th, Composers Concordance will present ‘NYCello’ as part of the 6th Annual CompCord Festival: ‘New York/New Music.’ The program will feature cellist Craig Hultgren, a longtime advocate of new and daring music, who will perform compositions created specifically for him. He will perform new and recent compositions by Dan Cooper, Joe Deninzon, Craig Hultgren, Chuck Mason, David Morneau, Gene Pritsker, Ann Warren, Mark Zanter
8:01PM JON DE LUCIA QUARTET, CD RELEASE: AS THE RIVER SINGS - Jon De Lucia, saxes, clarinet; Greg Ruggiero, guitar; Sean Smith, bass; Billy Mintz, drums

Thursday Mar 09
8:01PM STRANABAND - Colin Stranahan, drums, comp.; Glen Zaleski, piano; Gilad Hekselman, guitar; Rick Rosato, bass

Friday Mar 10
6:00PM COURTNEY CUTCHINS: GRUNGE TO GRACE - Courtney Cutchins, voice; Billy Test, piano; Gregg Belisle-Chi, guitar; Marty Kenney, bass; Robin Baytas, drums
9:00PM & 10:30PM PETER BRENDLER QUARTET - Peter Brendler, bass, comp.; Walt Weiskoph, sax; Zach Lapidus, piano; Billy Drummond , drums

Saturday Mar 11
9:00PM & 10:30PM MAT MANERI QUARTET - Mat Maneri, viola; Lucian Ban, piano; John Hebert, bass; Randy Peterson, drums

Sunday - Mar 12
6:00PM GLASSER/TAUBENHOUSE - Dave Glasser, alto sax; Yaniv Taubenhouse, piano
8:35PM MICHAEL BLANCO QUARTET - John Ellis, tenor sax; Kevin Hays, piano; Clarence Penn, drums; Michael Blanco, bass


I-Beam Presents:

Friday, March 3rd 8:00 PM
Liebowitz / Lyons / Filiano / Wimberly
Duo (8:00 pm)
Carol Liebowitz – piano
Nick Lyons – alto saxophone
Quartet (9:00 pm)
Carol Liebowitz – piano
Nick Lyons – alto saxophone
Ken Filiano – bass
Michael Wimberly – drums

Saturday, March 4th 8:00 PM
4bandits Marius Duboule Recollections
Michel Maurer 4bandits
Peyton Pleninger, tenor saxophone
Alex Levine, guitar
Dan Martinez, bass
Michel Maurer, drums
9:00pm - Marius Duboule Recollections
Marius Duboule, guitar
Peyton Pleninger, tenor saxophone
Michel Maurer, drums

FLYWAYS : 3 Birds : Maviel / Lane / Bloom
Friday, March 10th 8:00 PM
Anais Maviel Voice & Drum
Adam Lane Bass
Mara Rosenbloom Piano & Composition
8:00pm & 9:00pm Sets

Saturday, March 11th 7:30 PM
Barcelona meets Brooklyn Eva Novoa Trio Analog Sextet
7:30pm - Barcelona meets Brooklyn
Eva Novoa, piano
Manel Fortià, bass
8:30pm - Eva Novoa Trio
Eva Novoa, piano
Kim Cass, bass
Devin Gray, drums
9:30 - Analog Sextet
Sarah Bernstein, violin
Dave Scott, trumpet
Sean Sonderegger, tenor saxophone & bass clarinet
Eva Novoa, piano
Max Johnson, bass
Jeff Hirshfield, drums

Saturday, March 25th 8:30 PM
8:30 Zeena Parkins/Mary Halvorson
9:30 Zeena Parkins TBD

Saturday, April 8th 8:30 PM
Susan Alcorn & Sylvie Courvoisier
Susan Alcorn – Pedal Steel
Sylvie Courvoisier – Piano

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 March 2017:

Mar 3
Tomoko Omura : violin
Yuhan Su: vibraphone
8:15p ZORYA
Karolina Beimcik: voice, violin
Miki Yamanaka - piano
Noah Garabedian - double bass
Jimmy Mcbride - drums
Rafał Sarnecki - guitar

Mar 5
9:30p - The Kevin Harris Project
Kevin Harris - Piano
Juan Mayorga - Drums
Dan Blake - Sax
Matt Garrison - Bass

Mar 6:
8:15p - Chase Baird Group
Chase Baird - tenor saxophone, EWI
Nir Felder - guitar
Julian Pollack - piano, synthesizers
Dan Chmielinski - bass
Adam Arruda - drums

Mar 7
8:15p - LehCats Plays For All Nations To Have Peace
LehCats Featuring Karen & Norbert Stachel

Mar 8
7p - Quartetto Tomassini
Patrisa Tomassini violin
Lorenza Ponce violin
Ina Paris viola
Nelly Rocha cello

Mar 9
7pm: The Ryan Carraher Group: 1 year Anniversary of “Vocturnal"

Mar 10
8pm: Inarhyme Records Presents:
The Dale Wilson Big Band
With Special Guest Fiete Felsch of the Hamburg Radio Jazz Orchestra

Mar 12
7:30p - Garcon Management presents
"Encounter" - A Night of Worship - with Anne Garcon and NOW
Anne Garcon and NOW
Destiny Music Group
Naomi Raine

Shapeshifter is located at
18 Whitwell Place in Brooklyn, NY
R train to Union stop



Sound It Out series @ Greenwich House – Concerts, January-June 2017

Saturday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. – Two sets of classical meets jazz!
Michael Bates’ Shostakovich Project- Michael Bates, double-bass/arrangements; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Greg Tardy, saxophone/clarinet; Russ Lossing, piano/Fender Rhodes; Michael Sarin, drums

Thursday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. – Double-bill of duos!
Sylvie Courvoisier Mary Halvorson & Mark Feldman
Sylvie Courvoisier, piano; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Mark Feldman, violin

Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. – All-star double-bill!
Wadada Leo Smith & Angelica Sanchez Angelica Sanchez Trio w/ Michael Formanek & Tyshawn Sorey, Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet; Angelica Sanchez, piano

Friday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. – Cross-generational double-bill!
Ralph Alessi solo Alex Koo, Mark Turner & Ralph Alessi - trumpet
Alex Koo Derudder, piano; Mark Turner, tenor saxophone; Ralph Alessi, trumpet

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


Alt Guitar Summit 2017 Lineup:

March 10th at Le Poisson Rouge Celebrating Pat Metheny
Featuring Nels Cline, Rez Abbasi, Nir Felder, Joel Harrison String Choir, Mike Moreno, Camila Meza, Liberty Ellman, and Miles Okazaki Quartet. Also will include an interview with Pat Metheny!

Sat., March 11-Studio 151 / Nublu 151 Avenue C 8-11 pm: Solo Voices and Communal Raptures: Nels Cline Solo; John Schott Trio; Rafiq Bhatia Collective with Marcus Gilmore and Rahsaan Carter; Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Guitar Orchestra: feat. Miles Okazaki, Nels Cline, Joel Harrison, David Gilmore, Damon Banks, Rez Abbasi, Kenny Wessel, Marco Cappelli and more

March 15th at National Sawdust: Guitars From Heaven and Hell
Featuring Steven Mackey, Dither Guitar Quartet, Joel Harrison’s Resophonic Guitar Orchestra w/ Elliott Sharp and Brandon Ross; Steven Bernstein Blue Campfire w/ Dave Tronzo, Steve Cardenas and special guest guitarist