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DMG Newsletter for Friday, November 1st, 2019

“Monster / Suicide / America” by Steppenwolf
From their fourth album, ‘Monster’, released November, 1969

Once the religious, the hunted and weary
Chasing the promise of freedom and hope
Came to this country to build a new vision
Far from the reaches of kingdom and pope
Like good Christians, some would burn the witches
Later some got slaves to gather riches
But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding light

And once the ties with the crown had been broken
Westward in saddle and wagon it went
And 'til the railroad linked ocean to ocean
Many the lives which had come to an end
While we bullied, stole and bought our a homeland
We began the slaughter of the red man
But still from near and far to seek America
They came by thousands to court the wild
And she just patiently smiled and bore a child
To be their spirit and guiding lightThe blue and grey they stomped it
They kicked it just like a dog
And when the war over
They stuffed it just like a hog
And though the past has it's share of injustice
Kind was the spirit in many a way
But it's protectors and friends have been sleeping
Now it's a monster and will not obey

The spirit was freedom and justice
And it's keepers seem generous and kind
It's leaders were supposed to serve the country
But now they won't pay it no mind
'Cause the people grew fat and got lazy
And now their vote is a meaningless joke
They babble about law and order
But it's all just an echo of what they've been told
Yeah, there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watchin'
Our cities have turned into jungles
And corruption is stranglin' the land
The police force is watching the people
And the people just can't understand
We don't know how to mind our own business
'Cause the whole worlds got to be just like us
Now we are fighting a war over there
No matter who's the winner
We can't pay the cost
'Cause there's a monster on the loose
It's got our heads into a noose
And it just sits there watching

AMERICA where are you now?
Don't you care about your sons and daughters?
Don't you know we need you now
We can't fight alone against the monster

It seems hard to believe that this song & album, ‘Monster’ was released 50 years ago next month!?! Most folks just remember Steppenwolf from their big hit & biker anthem, “Born to Be Wild”, but they had much more going on than that. Their records were consistently strong and their lyrics were well thought out, well worth considering. The above song does a good job of capturing the darker side of American history, much of it still rings true today. Who is the MONSTER that they are warning us about?!?! Check out some of the YouTube videos for this song. - BLG/DMG


The Independent Promoters Alliance,
Eric’s House of Improv and Downtown Music Gallery Present:

The Rare Return of BassDrumBone

Saturday, November 9th at 8pm:
Rare Appearance at ZÃœRCHER Gallery -
33 Bleecker St. (East of Lafayette), NY NY 10012
Tel: 212-777-0790 /


The Downtown Music Gallery 28th Anniversary Celebrations began on May 1st & Continues! Every In-store This Summer Helps Celebrate the Spirit of Creative Music Performed Live.

This Sunday, November 3rd there will be NO IN-STORE!
BLG will be attending of John Zorn’s New MASADA Quartet at the Village Vanguard! The New Masada Quartet features John Zorn on alto sax, Julian Lage on guitar, Jorge Roeder on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums!

Sunday, November 10th:

Sunday, November 24th:
6pm: THOMAS HELTON - Solo ContraBass
7pm: REGGIE NICHOLSON - Solo Drums

Sunday, December 8th:
6pm: SAM HARNET - Mandolin / SANA NAGANO - Violin / ZACH SWANSON -
Acoustic Bass!

Sunday, December 15th:
6pm: PATRICK BRENNAN - Solo Alto Sax!
8pm: M - violin/electronics / N - guitar/electronics / HANS TAMMEN - Buchla!

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


Two BLG/DMG Recommended Gigs:

Eric’s House of Improv Presents:

Friday, November 1, 2019 at 8:00

Celebrating the AUM Fidelity Release "Peace Planet & Box of Light" and
The Duo's "Drone Dream" on NoBusiness Records
At 244 Rehearsal Studios (244 West 54th Street, 10th Floor)


PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING DISC HAS BEEN DELAYED Until the end of November or beginning of December due to a manufacturing problem:

TOMAS FUJIWARA With PATRICIA BRENNAN / TOMEKA REID - 7 Poets Trio (Rogue Art 095; France)
CD $16


This Week’s Dynamite Discs Begin with This Treasure:

IVO PERELMAN / MATTHEW SHIPP / WILLIAM PARKER / BOBBY KAPP - Ineffable Joy (ESP-Disk; USA) “Prolific tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman wanted to be on ESP, because ESP's 1967 Gato Barbieri album In Search of the Mystery was an important record for Perelman, both being South American tenorists of an avant bent. So it is no coincidence that the drummer on In Search of the Mystery, Bobby Kapp (who's also on Noah Howard's second ESP-Disk', At Judson Hall (1968)), mans the kit for the present album. For that matter, the bassist, William Parker, made his recorded debut on ESP as well, playing on Frank Lowe's Black Beings (1973). And Perelman has a twenty-three-year/thirty-three-and-counting-albums collaboration with pianist Matthew Shipp, who's been associated with ESP since 2015. Kapp and Shipp are on Perelman's  2017 Leo album Tarvos, Parker and Shipp have made multiple albums with Perelman, and this is even the second time out for this quartet, after 2017's Heptagon (Leo). Somehow, though, their interplay remains fresh. Of course each player has particular gestures and general textures that recur from time to time, but like a kaleidoscope, each turn finds familiar elements recombinating into new patterns. Parker, Perelman, and Shipp frequently interweave spontaneous melodies of dazzling complexity. The free-bop of the rhythm section introduction to "Jubilation" is an unexpected delight. Kapp's skittering accents throughout are a lesson in setting a pulse without being obvious about it, with "Bliss" being a prime example. "Exuberance" crowns the album in particularly ecstatic fashion, the four players' unique and distinctive styles coming together in an exultant expression of creative freedom that's communicative and accessible. (from the liner notes)”
CD $12


NATE WOOLEY With INGRID LAUBROCK / SYLVIE COURVOISIER / MATT MORAN - Battle Pieces 4 (Relative Pitch 1097; USA) Featuring Nate Wooley on trumpet & composition, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor & soprano saxes, Sylvie Courvoisier on piano and Matt Moran on vibes. Downtown trumpet ace, Nate Wooley, never ceases to amaze me/us. Aside from leading several of his own projects like Seven Story Mountain and Battle Pieces, he has appeared on a dozen discs by other leaders over the past year or two: Harris Eisenstadt’s Canada Day, improv dates with Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Ivo Perelman, Larry Ochs Fictive Five and Fred Frith. He also edits an ongoing series of small books/magazine called Sound American. There have been two previous Battle Pieces discs (each one around two years apart), the personnel has remained the same, a rarity in current times which helps to have this quartet evolve together over time. This one was recorded at Roulette in December of 2018.
This piece unfolds slowly, carefully and sounds more like chamber music than modern jazz. Mr. Wooley begins with hushed muted trumpet before pulling out the mute for some more forceful playing with Ms. Laubrock moving between showing him and moving deftly around him on tenor. The piano and vibes provide a soft yet expansive cushion underneath. The music is often stripped down and filled with suspense at times. Ms. Courvoisier takes an incredible, long solo midway, selectively plucking or rubbing certain strings inside the piano, as well as providing those immense waves, utilizing the entire piano keyboard. During the piano solo the trumpet and vibes play some written, sparse, doubled figures, making this a fascinating blend of (improvised and written) extremes. Since certain parts are obviously written or at least sketched out, this gives members of the quartet a chance to weave in their own layers, solos or connected lines. The solos, whether accompanied or not, sound like they are part of the overall plan or composition. Overall, the disc is an outstanding effort from all members, an inspired group effort from beginning to the end. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

OTOMO YOSHIHIDE / MASAHIKO SATOH / ROGER TURNER - SEA (Relative Pitch 1092; USA) Featuring Otomo Yoshihide on guitar & whistling, Masahiko sato on piano and Roger Turner on drums & percussion. Japanese guitarist/turntablist/electronics wizard Otomo Yoshihide has been recording less frequently in the last few years, mainly making money from doing some soundtrack work for a TV show. He has been a part of a few improv groups who have relatively recent discs out on the Not Two, FMR and PNL labels. This is the second disc from this particular line-up who also have a couple of duo disc out with just Otomo and Roger Turner from 2016. Pianist Masahiko Sato, you should recall from his with Kang Tae Hwan, Wolfgang Dauner and Peter Brotzmann. UK drummer, Roger Turner, is another committed player who has worked with Konk Pack, Phil Minton and Derek Bailey. This disc was recorded live at the Shinjuku Pitt Inn in Tokyo in October of 2005.
All three of these men are gifted improvisers who come from different backgrounds yet they sound wonderful as a trio of connected parts. When this dis begins, it is hard to tell exactly what Otomo is doing. Whistling or bowing his guitar or both simultaneously? There is a playful sense going on here with the piano and percussion creating a strong web, a fascinating tapestry of note spinning by all three members of the trio. I like the way Otomo takes an inspired noise guitar solo at a more restrained volume which fits perfectly with the rest of the trio. There is an ongoing dialogue going on here, with all three men weaving their lines tightly together, several waves coalescing nicely. The interplay get more intense and spirited as it evolves with Otomo bending and twisting his notes at the center of piano & drums storm, which moves from calm to turbulent and back to a more restrained section. You can tell that these three have working together in the past since the improv is so tight and connected no matter where they go. A great date all the way around. Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

RAMON LOPEZ / MARK FELDMAN - Trappist-1 (Relative Pitch 1093; USA) Featuring Mark Feldman on violin and Ramon Lopez on drums & tablas. This disc was recorded at park West Studios in Brooklyn in December of 2017. Violinist extraordinaire, Mark Feldman, is one of the most inventive string players on the Downtown scene, whether working in a duo or quartet with Sylvie Courvoisier, the Masada or Arcado String Trios or projects with Dave Douglas. Whenever I’ve caught Mr. Feldman playing with Ms Courvoisier or in several John Zorn projects, he is often dazzling but I know what to expect. I love to hear him in a more improvised situation since this where he takes some chance and we don’t really know what to expect. I recently caught Mr. Feldman in a quartet with violist Mat Maneri, the results were an unexpected delight. Spanish drummer, Raymon Lopez, is another spirited improviser who has worked with: Barry Guy, Joachim Kuhn and Satoko Fujii.
This is a studio recording, all acoustic and the sound is superb, the balance between the two perfect. No matter what Mr. Feldman does, he is well-matched here in all of his flights of fancy. Often Mr. Feldman is just astonishing, playing those lightning like cascades, reaching for those immense heights and then sailing back down to the earth for a calm landing. As this disc evolves, both players take off erupting and soaring together like a flock of birds flying together, united and gliding on the wind. This is an exciting release, diverse, intense, organic, consistently engaging, an edge-of-your-seat sort of experience. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

NICK DUNSTON with LOUNA DEKKER-VARGAS / LEDAN FINCK / TAL YAHALOM / STEPHEN BOEGEHOLD - Atlantic Extraction (Out of Your Head 004; USA) Featuring Louna Dekker Vargas on flutes, Ledan Finck on violin & viola, Tal Yahalom on guitar, Nick Dunston on double bass & compositions and Stephen Boegehold on drums. One of the great things about being at the center of Downtown Creative Music Scene is watching new musicians arrive, evolve and become important parts of what makes this scene/community thrive. In the last year or so, I’ve been observing bassist Nick Dunston play with Dave Douglas (at Zurcher) & Noah Becker (here at DMG). Last summer, Mr. Dunston brought his quintet Atlantic Extraction here to DMG. The only musician in the quintet that I had previously heard was/is guitarist Tal Yahalom, who once played here with Matt Wilson.
The set here by Atlantic Extraction was superb, so I eagerly awaited this, their first release. Starting with “Collage No. 2”, Mr. Dunston keeps the violin, flute and guitar all swirling tightly together - is it free? Not really. There is strong balance here between the written parts and freer parts. In the middle of “Tattle Snake”, the guitar bursts out of the swirl and plays a spirited prog-like written segment along with the drums and rest of the band. Most impressive and unexpected. One of the things that Mr. Dunston does so well is keeping the rhythm team centered around one theme while the guitar, flute and/or violin play those interconnected lines above. This is often done a restrained volume so it is easy to listen to or hear unobstructed. Another highlight is when one of the lead instrument plays a theme which is soon doubled or tripled by the other frontline players. About midway, I thought I heard the guitarist break into a sped up version of “Oh Susannah”, with some furious fast paced-piccolo interspersed. Very odd. Mr. Dunston keeps everyone on their toes here by altering the direction and inserting some surprising twists and turns. At times, a piece will build into an explosive section and then wind down just as quickly. This disc is a breath of fresh air from the upcoming Downtown New Music Scene! Check it out now! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $12

JUDI SILVANO and BRUCE ARNOLD - Cloudwalking (Muse Eek 304; USA) Featuring Judi Silvano on vocals & effects and Bruce Arnold on guitars & effects. This is the second disc from Judi Silvano and Bruce Arnold. To call Ms. Silvano just a jazz singer would be misleading since, as this disc shows, there is quite a bit more going on here than one might imagine. We can still hear her jazz background but she is still stepping into another world, rather mysterious sounding. Her voice on “Ingenue” is lovely, warm, dreamy sounds without words. Mr. Arnold also plays solemn, spacy echoplex guitar chords underneath. Ms. Silvano selectively uses an ample amount of echo effects to expand the sound of her voice. The effects that both musicians use are similar in the way they pulsate and work well together. The effects that Mr. Arnold uses add a hypnotic groove at times upon which Mr. Silvano lets her voice glide, rhythmically, tastefully. There is some magic spice going on here, a rather soothing, dream-like vibe that feels better that some of the more aggravating nonsense we all have to deal with at times. Is this music for a fairy tale or a quaint movie for our minds when we are mellowing out? I like when the voices lays out for a bit while Mr. Arnold creates enchanting scenes from different short stories or chapters in a novel. This gives Ms. Silvano a chance to add her own part of the story, her creating different characters. Since there are no lyrics to think about, it is only the sound of her voice to evoke different feelings. Overall, I find this disc to be rather charming and not too far out, but enough to take us all on a magic carpet ride upwards and onwards. This duo will be playing here at DMG early next year, so keep you eyes peeled. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $10

BRAD LINDE’S GUMSHOE with PATRICK BOOTH / ERIKA DOHI / JONATHAN TAYLOR - Gumshoe (Bleebop Records #1707; USA) Featuring Brad Linde on alto & tenor saxes, Patrick Booth on soprano & tenor saxes, Erika Dohi on piano & Fender Rhodes and Jonathan Taylor on drums. DC saxist Brad Linde is also a teacher and runs several bands concurrently. He came to the store to visit last week and left us with five discs, each one with differing personnel and music direction, from a Dixieland/Swing tribute to completely free terrain. This disc features a quartet with two members who are also on some of the other discs that Mr. Linde just left us, Mr. Booth and Mr. Taylor. This quartet features collective, free improvising. There is no bassist involved yet each member seems to be integral to the solid, spirited quartet sound. Although the music is free, it has a cerebral, laid back aesthetic. Both saxes spin out somber, dreamy lines while the piano and drums also with free yet subtle elegance. On “Seeds Sown”, the electric piano played hushed cascades underneath the stirring yet somber Trane-like tenor swirls. Although this music is allegedly free, it is also focused, often calm and never frenetic. On “For Valentine’s Day”, the soprano and tenor saxes play these somber, reflective tones, sound as if they are about to float away into someone’s dream. Even when the quartet break out of the more restrained side of freer terrain on “Banff 2013”, you can tell that they are still listening and responding without the kettle boiling over. When many folks hear the term “free jazz”, they often think of the screaming saxophones of John Coltrane or Albert Ayler or Ornette Coleman. Fair enough. There is another side to free music which involves a variety of less frenetic approach. This disc shows the a more refined, thoughtful side which I love. Good late night listening with a subtle buzz going on. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $10

THE MESSTHETICS with ANTHONY PIROG / JOE LALLY / BRENDAN CANTY - The Messthetics (Dischord 186; USA) We have been playing both Messthetics CD’s here at DMG over and over. This trio may just be the best instrumental power trio (guitar/bass/drums) that has appeared in many years. In the 1960’s, we had some amazing power trio’s like Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience. In the nineties we had another bunch of amazing power trios featuring Buckethead and Shawn Lane/Jonas Hellborg Trio and later the Ahleuchatistas. Now we have the Messthetics who feature Anthony Pirog (from Janel & Anthony, James Brandon Lewis Five and a recent Henry Kaiser quintet), plus the dynamite rhythm team Fugazi (long running DC hardcore giants) Joe Lally on bass and Brendan Canty on drums. I can’t wait to catch these dudes live. In the meantime grab both of their discs and be blown away! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $13

ARVE HENRIKSEN - The Timeless Nowhere (Rune Grammofon 3210; Norway) “In a world where being loud seems to be the only ticket for attention, Arve Henriksen has somewhat quietly and without much ado established himself as an important, major player on the European jazz scene. In his 20 years with Rune Grammofon counting 11 solo albums (including one for ECM) and 12 albums with Supersilent (including two for Smalltown Supersound), in addition to four albums with Food as well as numerous collaborations, far too many to mention here. During these years he has also performed quite extensively in Europe, in later years being more choose-y, often preferring more unique venues and locations. Consisting of unreleased material from around ten years back and up until 2019, The Timeless Nowhere is not a compilation in the traditional sense, but can still be seen as a career overview including many facets of his work, at the same time portraying an artist on an unstoppable quest for discovery through exploration. Indeed, these are also four individual albums that could easily have justified separate releases, but at this stage in Arve's artistic journey it also made perfect sense to assemble them as a box set. The common denominator is about inspiration drawn from composers, collaborators, new discoveries and more specifically; spontaneous interaction with other musicians without other purposes than the music itself. No talk, no demands, no intentions, no explaining; just music in a timeless nowhere. "Captured Under Mountainsides" points to the wild landscape scenery of the area where Arve grew up in the western part of Norway; overwhelming and often strikingly beautiful, but also isolated and with a sense of melancholy. "Acousmograph" is Arve on his own, inspired by compositions and musicians, more experimental in nature and partly based on sketch recordings in odd locations. "Cryosphere" is a co-production with long-time collaborator Jan Bang re-modelling material from a series of evolving concert performances. "Towards Language - Live At Punkt" could be seen as a departure from Arve´s usual approach, but at the same time it´s not. This is not a static run through - Arve would never allow that -- but rather the kind of re-imagining process that is such a vital part of his music making.”
4 LP 2 CD Box Set $90

MARK ENBATTA'S TRIBE - Mark Enbatta's Tribe (Bam Balam Records 068; France) “Bam Balam Records present Tribe from the great singer songwriter Mark Enbatta. Mark Enbatta is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the psychedelic-garage band The Vietnam Veterans. Starting in 1982, an official split with The Vietnam Veterans was declared in 1987, but the members of the band never stopped working together under various names like the Curanderos, the Late Veterans, the Veterans, the Vietnam Chain, the Smiling Droopies, the Gitanes, or even on solo projects. Their audience never stopped calling them the Vietnam Veterans... There was nothing you could do about it! When Lucas Trouble died in 2016, Mark officially declared they wouldn't use the original band's name anymore. Lucas wasn't an original member but he was Mark's friend and partner in crime since the early days. The further psychedelic adventures of the Vietnam Veterans will now happen as the Tribe. Same singer/songwriter, two former members of the VV's and a new bassist. The Tribe's first album is maybe darker than what people could expect but Mark wrote it during Lucas Trouble's agony. Five years after A Fistful of Love (2014), here is another trip inside haunted human minds. Some bad trips give special emotions... Songs about love, friendship, death, secrets, fakes, time, treasons, life, Polly Ticks and (what a surprise!) sex…”
CD $12

Reissues, Restocks, Archival & Historic recordings:

PATTO [MIKE PATTO / OLLIE HALSALL / et al] - Hold Your Fire (Esoteric 5043364; UK) Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the classic 1971 album Hold Your Fire by the legendary Patto. One of the truly great bands of the early 1970s, Patto featured a line-up comprising Mike Patto (vocals), Ollie Halsall (guitar, vibes, keyboards, vocals), Clive Griffiths (bass) and John Halsey (drums). The band arose from the ashes of the group Timebox and recorded their self-titled debut album in 1970. Patto were graced by the presence of the stunning guitar playing of Ollie Halsall and a highly original and unique musical style that set them aside from their progressive rock contemporaries of the era. Hold Your Fire was the band's second album and includes such classics as 'You, You Point Your Finger', 'Hold Your Fire' and 'Air Raid Shelter'. This Esoteric Recordings remastered and expanded edition has been fully sanctioned by all members of Patto and their representatives (for the first time ever) and is now a two CD set with thirteen bonus tracks including five out-takes from the album recording sessions (two previously unreleased) and eight previously unreleased BBC session recordings from 1971 including a legendary session for the BBC Radio One In Concert series in March 1971 (featuring guest guitarist Bernie Holland) and a session for Sounds of the Seventies from June 1971.
Second fabulous release (1971) from one of the greatest British rock/jazz/prog bands of all time featuring the astonishing guitar work of Olly Halsall, the splendid vocals and insightful lyrics of Mike Patto and the superb rhythm team of Clive Griffiths & John Halsey who would later play with the Rutles. Previously known as Timebox and later known as Boxer, Patto were known for completely obliterating any other bands unfortunate enough to appear on stage after or before them. No one could match their blend of hard rock with jazz chops and great vocals with intelligent and provocative lyrics. Legendary guitar hero Olly Halsall played both faster and with a highly individual choice of notes than anyone since. He joined John Hiseman's Tempest and was a perfect foil for Kevin Ayers for many years after that. Hear why Nels Cline, Gary Lucas and myself still rave about this incredible and unrecognized guitar god! Sadly, both Halsall and Patto are now dead and gone.” - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
2 CD Set $23

PATTO [MIKE PATTO/OLLIE HALSALL et al] - Monkey's Bum (Esoteric ECLEC 2587; UK) ‘Monkey's Bum’ is previously unreleased material from1973 sessions on O.S.R. Records. This would’ve been the fourth album by Patto, the amazing rock/jazz/progressive British quartet which featured the incredible lead guitar work by Ollie Halsall and the great vocals & lyric by Mike Patto.
CD $18

THE RESIDENTS - Not Available (Preserved Edition)(Cryptic Corporation 007; USA) "Formed in the early 1970s, The Residents have been charting a unique path through the musical landscape for almost fifty years. From far-out, experimental recordings to highly conceptual, innovative multi-platform projects, the band refuses to stand still, and continues to move in several different directions at once. Among the band's extensive back catalogue, one record sits alone -- composed in accordance with the group's infamous Theory Of Obscurity, Not Available, and the saga that surrounded its release, comprises perhaps the most truly 'Residential' work the group have yet produced, and remains their most intriguing album among fans and critics alike. Now, over forty years after that saga unfolded, and produced using the original masters and multitrack tapes, this package explores and expands the classic album in unprecedented detail -- Disc 2 reveals the original 1974 X Is For Xtra (A Conclusion) recordings which were adapted, edited, remixed and reprocessed into 'Not Available' by Ralph Records in 1978. Familiar and recognisable in places, entirely unheard in others, this revelatory new material sheds paradigm-shifting light on a masterpiece of 20th Century pop culture. Remastered, expanded, and pREServed for future generations -- this is The Residents as we've always wanted to hear them, and the latest in a series of archival reissues that will continue throughout 2020 and beyond."
2 CD Set $18

VOLKER KRIEGEL - Two Concerts (Lagos 1979 & Bochum 1990)(Made in Germany 1312; Germany) "The digitalisation of Volker Kriegel's private audio tape archive (1943-2003) conserves the musical legacy of one of the great musicians and pioneers of jazz rock in Germany. Familiar as well as unknown facets of Volker Kriegel's music became accessible again in best possible sound, complemented by rare or previously unreleased bonus material. With the present recordings we open another chapter and present two fascinating concert recordings from two very different creative phases in Volker Kriegel's life: one dating from 1979, with the Mild Maniac Orchestra and guests in Lagos, Nigeria, and the other from 1990, with his last band in Bochum. In 1979 Volker Kriegel was well established in the German and European jazz rock scene. Under the aegis of the Goethe-Institute he and his Mild Maniac Orchestra and guests toured for seven weeks through eleven countries of West- and East Africa in early 1979. Exploring Kriegel's personal tape archive unearthed the recordings from the Africa tour, with some 30 hours of concert recordings on a total of 15 tapes! Among these, this evening of two concerts in Lagos showed the most convincing playing and recording quality, both artistically and acoustically. Time leap into 1990: Volker Kriegel plays with a new band in Bochum. Only keyboardist Thomas Bettermann remains from the old Mild Maniac Orchestra line-up. This last career phase of Volker Kriegel as bandleader had so far only been documented by his one studio album, Palazzo Blue (1987). The recordings from Bochum are the perfect live counterpart. Volker Kriegel, naturally forms the center of the action, in which however the individual talents of his fellow musicians could fully unfold: saxophonist Christof Lauer with his powerful, expressive playing, keyboarder Thomas Bettermann as soloist and sensitive companion of Kriegel, and Michael Schürmann and Thomas Alkier as perfectly coordinated rhythm team."
2 CD Set $22

ROY WOOD - Mustard (Remastered and Expanded)(Esoteric Recordings 2695; UK) "Unavailable on CD for many years, this welcome Esoteric Recordings edition has been newly re-mastered and includes seven bonus tracks drawn from singles released between May 1975 and August 1976, including two released under the Wizzard moniker. The release also restores the original artwork and features a new essay."
CD $18

THE FALL - 1982 (Cherry Red CRCDBOX 082; UK) "1982 was a decisive year for The Fall. Their critically acclaimed album Hex Enduction Hour was released in March on Kamera Records, closely followed by Room To Live in September. This six-disc boxset brings together those two classic albums alongside a host of John Peel sessions, Kamera singles, live performances and the group's live album In A Hole, recorded during their tour of New Zealand and originally released on Flying Nun Records. Also included in the box is a replica poster from the August 1982 show at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand and a replica press-release for Hex Enduction Hour."
6 CD Set $68

Back in Stock:

ZEENA PARKINS' THE ADORABLES With SHAYNA DUNKELMAN/PRESHISH MOMENTS DANNY BLUME/DEEP SINGH et al - The Adorables (Cryptogramophone 147; USA) The Adorables is the latest band led by Zeena Parkins with percussionist Shayna Dunkelman and electronic guru Preshish Moments. Zeena Parkins is a harpist with Bjork, and a stalwart of the Downtown NY scene. THE ADORABLES mixes lush acoustic orchestration with live electronics, beats, and unusual instruments. Visceral, unearlthly, exquisitely rich sounds mix with drones, crafted sound processing,feedback and the guts of harp strings. Guest appearances by Deep Singh and Dave Sharma - percussion, Kristin Slipp - vocals, and Danny Blume - guitar.
CD $14

WAYNE HORVITZ EUROPEAN ORCHESTRA with SILKE EBERHARD / ALEX WARD / LUCA CALABRESE / ERIC BOEREN / WOLTER WEIRBOS / GERHARD GSCHLOSSL / et al - Live at the Bimhuis (NovaraJazz 002; Italy) Featuring Wayne Horvitz - composer & conduction, Luca Calabrese & Eric Boeren on trumpets, Silke Eberhard, Edoardo Marraffa & John Dikeman on saxes, Wolter Weirbos & Gerhard Schlossl on trombones, Alex Ward on clarinet & guitar, Danilo Gallo on bass and Zeno de Rossi on drums. This was recorded live at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam and includes a well selected Italian/Dutch crew. The late Butch Morris was a longtime friend and early collaborator with Wayne Horvitz. Since Mr. Morris’ recent passing, Mr. Horvitz has been working on his own version of conducting, something that Mr. Morris pioneered over several decades. I know most of the personnel here from different groupings and labels. Along with another orchestral disc out on the National Sawdust label, Mr. Horvitz is showing himself to be an excellent compose and conductor of strong, spirited and well thought out music.
Right from the first note, we low there is something special going on here. Mr. Horvitz has written some skeletal themes to open each piece. The theme(s) are woven together with layers of freer and written parts, which emerge from a rich ocean to connected currents. Mr. Horvitz has long worked with material which has that Americana sound, elements of folk, blues, jazz from various eras are all part of his palette. It is something he shares with his wife & occasional collaborator Robin Holcomb, as well as their longtime cohort Bill Frisell. While the waves of written music evolve, swirling together, the varied horns spin a web around one another, peppering the band with short blasts or solos. Besides the often heart-warming music that Mr. Horvitz has long created, it is also the righteous, touching harmonies he writes for the rest of the ensemble which make this so magical. This is a live recording and it has splendid sound. This disc is some 74 minutes long and I was consistently enchanted throughout its long length. Could this be the great disc of the year? Definitely a contender! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $18

WADADA LEO SMITH & ECO D'ALBERI with EDOARDO MARRAFFA / ALBERTO BRAIDA / ANTONIO BORGHINI / FABRIZIO SPERA - June 6th 2013 (Novara Jazz 01; Italy) The first release from Novara Jazz Series, the new label associated with the Novara Jazz Festival, presents the unprecedented meeting of American composer and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, the great master of creative jazz, and Eco D'Alberi, one of the foremost Italian avant-jazz groups. The music, recorded live during the 2013 edition of the festival, resounds with great "live" intensity throughout the entire set. Wadada's spectacular trumpet sound is highly integrated within the group sound texture. Very dense sound-events alternate with more open parts within a narrative musical structure, essentially based on deep hearing and tight collective interplay. Features: Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet), Edoardo Marraffa (tenor and sopranino sax), Alberto Braida (piano), Antonio Borghini (bass), and Fabrizio Spera (drums). From the liner notes by Marcello Lorrai: "Leo Smith, a creative music forerunner, active since the very early period of the Chicago AACM, has often represented a bridge between the Afro-American avant-garde and the European free improv scene. In his long history he has had the chance to experiment in extremely different contexts, showing a particular openness to dialog in the field of the instant music-making practice. Eco d'Alberi seem to have absorbed the entire spectrum of both American creative music and European free improvisation. Beyond different cultural backgrounds and generation gaps, the interest in both adventurous and rational sound-shapes, together with some sort of logical intensity seems to be the common ground of this meeting and this timeless music." A hand-numbered limited edition of 500 copies.
CD $18


COMPANY with DEREK BAILEY / STEVE LACY / TOSHINORI KONDO / LINDSAY COOPER / TRISTAN HONSINGER / RADU MALFATTI / DAVID TOOP / MAARTEN ALTENA / et al - 1981 (Honest Jon’s Records 210; UK) “Previously unreleased recordings by various line-ups drawn from Derek Bailey, Tristan Honsinger, Christine Jeffrey, Toshinori Kondo, Charlie Morrow, David Toop, Maarten Altena, Georgie Born, Lindsay Cooper, Steve Lacy, Radu Malfatti, and Jamie Muir. Journalists often make the brief history of free improvisation conform to the idea that the history of music is a nice straight line from past to present: Beethoven... Brahms... Boulez. Thus Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, and John Stevens -- together with Brötzmann and co across the Channel -- were the trailblazing "first generation", forging a wholly new language alongside contemporary avant-garde and free jazz. Figures like Toshinori Kondo and David Toop, willing as they were to incorporate snippets of all kinds of music, were the pesky "second generation", happily cocking a snook at the "ideological purity" of Bailey's non-idiomatic improvisation. Company 1981 shows up the foolishness -- the wrongness -- of such storylines. Check the eclectic collection of guests Bailey invited to Company Weeks over the years. He had clear ideas about the music, but he was no ideological purist. One of the founders of Fluxus, Charlie Morrow, injects blasts of Cageian fun into half the recordings here, whether blurting military fanfares from his trumpet, or intoning far-flung scraps of speech. Cellist Tristan Honsinger and vocalist Christine Jeffrey join in the joyful glossolalia, while Bailey, Toop, and Kondo contribute delicious, delicate, hooligan Arabesques, by turns. The remainder are performed by a different ensemble: Bailey, bassist Maarten Altena, former Henry Cow members Georgie Born and Lindsay Cooper on cello and bassoon, the insanely inventive Jamie Muir on percussion, and trombonist Radu Malfatti, showing his mastery of extended technique. Were that not enough, there's the inimitable purity of Steve Lacy's soprano ringing high and clear above the melee. Glorious! There's always been this idea that free improvisation is somehow difficult listening, but when the doors of perception are thrown open and prejudice cast aside, you realize that it's not difficult at all. "Is it that easy?" chirps Morrow, at one point. Indeed it is. Enjoy yourself.”
2 LP Set $32

MILES DAVIS with GEORGE COLEMAN / HERBIE HANCOCK / RON CATER / TONY WILLIAMS - Monterey Jazz Festival 1963 (Wax Love 82134; Italy) Recorded September 20, 1963, at the Monterey Jazz Festival, this set featured Miles Davis's new quintet, with George Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Ron Carter, and Tony Williams. This group, minus Coleman and with the addition of Wayne Shorter, would soon go on to make some of the most highly regarded jazz LPs of all time. This smoking set features a wonderful rendition of "So What", among others. Essential live jazz classic.
LP $18

FRANCOIS TUSQUES with RONNIE BEER / EARL FREEMAN / KENNETH TERROADE / BARRE PHILLIPS / NOEL McGHIE / et al - Alors Nosferatu Combina Un Plan Ingenieux (Cacophonic 026; UK) “François Tusques on Alors Nosferatu Combina Un Plan Ingenieux: "After Le Nouveau Jazz was released in early 1967 (CACK 014LP), I worked for two years with Bernard Vitet, Beb Guérin and a few other friends on a happening loosely based on Lewis Carroll's The Hunting Of The Snark. There was a strong element of theater to it and we presented it in playhouses, museums, public places, institutions... It never made it to wax and I gave up on the idea soon after when Sunny Murray and Alan Silva showed up in Paris in late 1968. I had meant to upend the conventions of performance with this happening: now I was fully part of a similar revolution, the 'New Music', with its very originators. Nevertheless, the 'Snark' adventure was never over, and the bands I co-directed still used the musical themes (and methods) we had developed for the project. The headlines for the performances and the name of the band itself were still lifted from 'fantastique fiction' works: for instance, we performed as the 'Boojum Consort' and used the title of the present LP was used several times at festivals. The music enclosed here is heavily indebted to free jazz but also retains various elements of the former happening (for instance, I also play saw, marimba and organ, and stray away from jazz references). My famous Shandar and 'Dazibao' albums are partially made up of the same material and were recorded at the same period/momentum which lasted roughly from the Spring of 1969 to late 1971 when I started to distance myself from free music. The final macabre incarnation of this work was the show 'Who Killed Albert Ayler?' whose political content stirred controversy. Gérard Terronès considered recording it, he even advertised it, but again nothing materialized. We found these recordings in my basement. The old reels and cassettes were unmarked or the cases (and sadly some of the music) damaged by time, water, and rats! To the best of my recollections, and from posters and advertising of the events, the artists who took part in the 1969-1971 concerts who make up this record are Ronnie Beer, Joseph Déjean, Claude Delcloo, Earl Freeman, Beckie Friend, Eddy Gaumont, Beb Guérin, Noel McGhie, Jouck Minor, Barre Phillips, Aldo Romano, Alan Silva, Kenneth Terroade, Jacques Thollot, and Bernard Vitet. Who, when, where (American Center quite often), exactly, I can't say..."
LP $26

MOHAMMAD REZA MORTAZAVI - Ritme Jaavdanegi (Latency Recordings LTNC 018; France) "Mohammad Reza Mortazavi is a virtuoso percussionist known for playing traditional Persian instruments such as the tombak and daf. After developing more than thirty new striking techniques and progressing to be one of the most prominent players in Iran, Mortazavi travelled to Germany, eventually settling in Berlin to record and perform regular concerts the world over. His acclaimed performances have taken in venues such as Berlin Philharmonie and Sydney Opera House. In recent years, he has been embraced by the experimental electronic music community, collaborating with Burnt Friedman, Fis and Mark Fell. Ritme Jaavdanegi is Mortazavi's sixth LP, and his first one available on vinyl. The album came together from recordings made in Berlin in June 2019, inspired by Mortazavi's vivid reminiscence about profound experiences he had listening to music as a child. As he drifted in this time-slipping reverie, the phrase 'ritme jaavdanegi' or 'rhythm of eternity' came to mind, and he found the phrase itself to match the 11/8 metre he was striving for. As such, all eight pieces on this album adhere to this time signature, which in itself harks back to the Aksak, a rhythmic pattern based on the alteration of binary and ternary quantities executed in a fast tempo, intrinsic to traditional music from Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and the Balkans. In the same way these non-standard folk rhythms started to impact on Western music in the early 20th Century, so now you can hear an ever-increasing embrace of polyrhythms and metres that break away from the dominant 4/4 ideology. What's most striking about Ritme Jaavdanegi, perceived through a lens of modern Western experimental music, is how Mortazavi's virtuosic playing rivals the intensely programmed dynamics of electronica. His rapid, needlepoint drum hits bend their tonality in incredibly musical ways, but there is still an underlying focus on cyclical repetition that encourages the same ancient transcendental quality that so many contemporary artists strive for."
LP $24


Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for October & November of 2019:

Is Located at the New School’s Glass Box Theatre
55 West 13th street - just east of 6th ave


11/1 Friday
8:30 pm - SpermChurch - Sannety (electronics) Trevor Dunn (bass)

11/2 Saturday
8:30 pm - SPCH DRMS - Sannety (electronics) Trevor Dunn (bass) Ches Smith, William Winant (percussion)


11/5 Tuesday
8:30 pm - Being & Becoming - Peter Evans (trumpets) Joel Ross (vibraphone) Nick Jozwiak (bass) Savannah Harris (drums)

11/6 Wednesday
8:30 pm - Peter Evans Solo (trumpets)

11/7 Thursday
8:30 pm - TRIO - Peter Evans (trumpets) Alice Teyssier (flutes, voice) Ryan Muncy (saxes)

11/8 Friday
8:30 pm - Peter Evans Ensemble - Peter Evans (trumpets, compositions) Sam Pluta (live electronics) Levy Lorenzo (percussion, electronics) Ron Stabinsky (piano, synths)

11/9 Saturday
8:30 pm - Music for Brass and Percussion - Peter Evans, Adam O’Farrill (trumpets) Dave Byrd-Marrow (french horn) Weston Olencki, Kalia Vendever (trombones) Dan Peck (tuba) Levy Lorenzo, Shayna Dunkelman, Ian Antonio, Weasel Walter (percussion)

THE (NEW) STONE is located in The New School’s Glass Box Theatre  
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 Stone Series at HappyLucky No. 1 is Curated by John Zorn
Friday, November 1, 2019 - 8:00 PM
PAULINE KIM with Kim Harris, Jessie Cox and Spencer Topel
String Noise Sounds:
Pauline Kim Harris, violin
Jessie Cox, drums
Spencer Topel, acoustic synthesizer

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 8:00 PM
PAULINE KIM with Conrad Harris
String Noise:
Music by Alvin Lucier
Conrad Harris, violin
Pauline Kim Harris, violin

HappyLucky No. 1 is located at
734 Nostrand Ave, near Sterling
easy access from the A/C/2/3/4 trains


I-BEAM Presents:

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2019 - 8:00 PM 10:30 PM
Aaron Irwin Sextet: 8p
Aaron Irwin - clarinet
Peter Hess - clarinet
Matthew McDonald - trombone
Emily Wong - horn
Jeff Miles - guitar
Gary Wang - bass
Bryan Murray Band (Playing the music of George Jones): 9:30p
Bryan Murray - saxophone
Terrance McManus - guitar
Art Bailey - organ
Dan Monaghan - drums

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2019 - 7:30 PM 9:00 PM
Russ Lossing, piano, compositions
Adam Kolker, tenor/BC
Matt Pavolka, bass
Dayeon Seok, drums

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019 - 8:30 PM 10:30 PM
Neal Kirkwood - Piano
Lindsey Horner - Bass
Michael Sarin - Drums



Bushwick Improvised Music Series Continues:

Monday November 4th
7pm Reggie Sylvester - drums
Ed Keller - guitar
Bryan McCune - trumpet/electronics
Joe Ravo - guitar

8pm Stephen Gauci - tenor saxophone
Adam Lane - bass
Kevin Shea - drums

Kevin Murray - drums
Kaelen Ghandhi - tenor saxophone
Dave Sewelson - baritone saxophone
William Parker - bass

9:45pm Tom Chess - oud
Zach Swanson - bass
Noel Brennan - drums

10:45pm Yuma Uesaka - saxophones
Raquel Klein - electronics
Joey Chang - keyboards
Nikki Pet - clarinet
Pablo O'Connell - oboe
Katherine Kyu Hyeon Lim - violin

11:30pm Gaya Feldheim Schorr - vocals
Adam O'Farrill - trumpet
Downstairs @ Bushwick Public House
1288 Myrtle Avenue in Bushwick, Brooklyn
(Across the street from M train Central Ave stop)


Concert Friday, November 1 from 7 - 9 pm

KALI. Z. FASTEAU: Piano, Drum Set, Nai Flute
Melanie Dyer: Viola
Shayna Dulberger: Contrabass
Ron McBee: African Percussion, Berimbau

Greater Calvary Baptist Church
43-55 West 124th Street
Harlem, NY 10027


November 1, 2019 8:00PM

SARAH WEAVER - Composer and Conductor

The ensemble will perform "Interhere" from the Synchrony Series and other new works.

The DiMenna Center for Classical Music, Cary Hall
450 W. 37th Street
New York, NY 10018

Synchrony Series is a compilation album of contemporary music by composer Sarah Weaver and collaborations based on concepts of synchrony. The work is realized in pieces for solo, duo, large ensemble, and network music ensemble (live performance via the internet by musicians in different geographic locations). The music synthesizes influences of classical, jazz, world, contemplative, and electronic music for artistic and social purpose. Featuring: Jane Ira Bloom, soprano saxophone, Ned Rothenberg, woodwinds, Julie Ferrara, oboe, James Zollar, trumpet, Ray Anderson, trombone, David Taylor, bass trombone, Min Xiao-Fen, pipa, Denman Maroney, piano, Mark Dresser, bass, Gerry Hemingway, drumset, Sarah Weaver, conductor, composer

Tickets $20/$15 Students & Seniors


Eric’s House of Improv Presents:

November 1, 2019 at 8:00   
Whit Dickey, Rob Brown, Michael Bisio, Steve Swell and
Whit Dickey & Kirk Knuffke Duo
Celebrating the AUM Fidelity Release "Peace Planet & Box of Light" and
The Duo's "Drone Dream" on NoBusiness Records
At 244 Rehearsal Studios (244 West 54th Street, 10th Floor)
November 8, 2019 at 8:00  
Duology: Michael Marcus, Ted Daniel with Juini Booth,
Celebrating the Release of their new recording "Duology with Henry Grimes"
At 244 Rehearsal Studios (244 West 54th Street, 10th Floor)
November 11, 2019  at 8:00  
Too Noisy Fish (Featuring members of the Deranged Belgian Big Band Flat Earth Society) Peter Vandenberghe on piano, Kristof Roseeuw on bass & Raf Vertessen on drums 
At 244 Rehearsal Studios (244 West 54th Street, 10th Floor)
November 23, 2019 at 8:00  
Trio XL: Joe McPhee, Dominic Duval, Jr., Jay Rosen & Rosi Hertlein 
At 244 Rehearsal Studios (244 West 54th Street, 10th Floor)


Thursday Nov 7, 7 - 9pm
Howl Arts: Celebrating Bob Kaufman: An evening of poetry, film & music. 

Featuring poet David Henderson performing with bassist
William Parker and trumpet, flute and reed player
Daniel Carter.
Also including poets:
Maria Damon, Patricia Spears Jones, Kaye McDonough, Uche Nduka, Christopher Stackhouse, Anne Waldman, and others. 

Howl Event Space, 6 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003
This is FREE EVENT! 


Saturday, November 23rd, 2019, 7pm

Blank Forms presents:

NATE WOOLEY - Seven Storey Mountain

Seven Storey Mountain VI features Nate Wooley (trumpet), C Spencer Yeh (violin), Samara Lubelski (violin), Ben Hall (drums), Chris Corsano (drums), Ryan Sawyer (drums), Emily Manzo (keyboard), Isabelle O’Connell (keyboard), Ava Mendoza (guitar), Julien Desperez (guitar), Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar), and the voices of Mellissa Hughes, Kamala Sankaram, Anne Rhodes, Charlotte Mundy, Bridget Hogan, Daisy Press, Anaïs Maveiel, Christina Kay, Shannyn Rinker, Aubrey Johnson, Gelsey Bell, Yoon Sun Choi, Lisa Karrer, Dafna Naphtali, Amirtha Kidambi, Jasmine Wilson, Samita Sinha, Ariadne Greif, Nina Mutlu, and Erica Koehring directed by Megan Schubert.

Blank Forms at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
346 W 20th St, New York, NY 10011