“Song of Job”
Written by Andy Kulberg & Jim Roberts
As recorded by Seatrain for their self-titled album (from 1970)
Hear now the tale of Job, a righteous man, who had a loving wife,
And ten sons and seven daughters.
His fields were always ripe with wheat and corn.
He had ten thousand camels and five thousand sheep
And three thousand head of oxen.
At sunrise you would find him on his knees singing, "Yahweh Yehoa".
Well, one day in the court of heaven,
All the heavenly hosts were gathered there in the presence of the Lord,
And Satan was there among them.
Satan went to God, and God said, "Satan, Where you been?"
Satan said, "I been on Earth, among men."
God said, "You must have seen my faithful servant, Job.
You must have seen his worth and how he's evil's foe."
Job is evil's foe. Yes, he is.
Satan said, "Well, yes, God, Job is your man.
But if you struck him, God, well, what would he do then?
He'd turn his back on you and curse your name right to your face."
God said, "Allright, bub, go and test his faith --
Go and try Job's faith."
"O my God, O my God," cried poor Job.
"I have lost everything I owned.
I lost my cattle, I lost my land.
You took my children, too.
I'm losin' my mind and the love of my wife,
But I keep my faith in You.
I still have faith in You.
"O my God, O my God," can't you hear Job?
He's singin', "This world can no more be my home.
My so-called friends speak biting words,
Telling me what to do.
My health is gone, I cannot rest,
But I keep my faith in You.
I still have faith in You."
And Job's friends, they called to one another,
"Brothers! Righteous Job has fallen.
Come, let us go and give him what we can."
Long, long they journeyed until they found Job
In the ashes of his burnt-out farm.
And they sat down with him for seven days and nights in silence,
For they saw that he had suffered greatly.
But at last they could hold back no longer,
And with accusing fingers pointed at him they said,
"Oh, Job, what evil have you done to bring God's wrath upon you?"
And at this time, down the road comes Elihu,
What took one look and thought he had the whole scene covered!
That young man lectured Job until Job's poor heart near broke,
And from the whirlin' wind, God Himself spoke,
Sayin', "Who're these who claim to know my workings and all my ways?
Job has proved his faith and shall live joyous days."
Yes, Job lived joyful days. Oh, yes, he did.
Way back in my high school days (1969-1972), I was listening to FM radio, buying albums and attending concerts as often as I could. Starting in the summer 1968 (at 14) I went to South Mountain Arena on Pleasant Valley Way (a Monkees song was named after that area/street), to see rock concerts (by Steppenwolf, Creedence, Butterfield BB). In the Fall of 1969 I started to go to the Fillmore East in Greenwich Village and caught some 17 concerts over the next 2 years. In the summer of 1970, I started to regularly attend concerts in Central Park at Wollman Skating Rink. Ticket were only $1 or $2 since they were sponsored by the city. Nearly all my fave bands played there: the Byrds, Allman Brothers, Poco, Quicksilver, Flo & Eddie, the (later) Doors, Chambers Brothers, BB King, Two Generations of Brubeck, Miles Davis, Lee Michael, etc. I went to many of these concerts with my girlfriend at the time, Mindy Z. It was a great period to check live shows each and every week. One of my favorite live bands at that point was Seatrain. Seatrain started out as an offshoot of NYC’s Blues Project and included Peter Rowan (from Bill Monroe’s band & Earth Opera) plus Richard Greene (violin virtuoso who played with Gary Burton & many bluegrass bands). The above song, “Song of Job”, comes from Seatrain’s second & best, self-titled album from 1970. It tells the tale of Job, one of God’s most faithful servants. Job has everything a man could want: a loving family, a successful farm, a had-working man with a charmed life. Satan has a conversation with God in Heaven and says that Job will turn his back on God if he feels abandoned by God, so God decides to test Job’s faith. Richard Greene’s daredevil violin plays the voice of Satan. I have always loved songs that tell a tale with a moral for us humans to think about.
I often feel as if our faith in humanity is being tested every day. As right wing extremists push us further & further into fascism, immoral greed and environmental insensitivity, it becomes hard to believe in God or something that will push us closer to a saner, safer world. I want to organize the Million Mortal Anti-Fascist March for this Spring. Anyone who feels as if their world is being pushed too far towards Fascism is invited: Old Folks, Women, Children, Immigrants, Natives of all Cultures, Minorities, all Creative Misfits Worldwide, those who still believe in True Freedom of Thought… Let’s get together and show the Fake Patriots that we will not take it anymore. Ignore the Haters and Embrace the Lovers! - MC BruceLee
This Week’s New Discs Begin with:
BORDERLANDS TRIO with KRIS DAVIS / STEPHAN CRUMP / ERIC McPHERSON - Wandersphere (Intakt 370; Switzerland) Featuring Stephan Crump on contrabass, Kris Davis on piano and Eric McPherson on drums. This is the second disc from the Borderlands Trio, a cooperative no-leader trio whose first disc was released in 2017, some four years ago. All three of these seasoned Downtown musicians have kept busy in a variety of other projects during that time. Aside from getting quite a bit of well-deserved recognition in recent years, Ms. Davis keeps especially busy as a leader and collaborator with other Creative Musicians like Eric Revis, Ingrid Laubrock, Rob Mazurek and Ken Vandermark.
The Borderlands Trio is definitely a collective where all three members are involved in spontaneous improvisation, no one musician get composer credits. When collective improvisation works, it follows its own logic as it unfolds. The first long piece, “Super-Organism” begins quietly with ultra-subtle suspense, just a few fragments of a notes at a time. Ms. Davis has a distinctive way of muting certain notes inside the piano. Although there is a sense of calm at the center, there is a slow drama or tale unfolding as well. Ms Davis does a splendid job of balancing two different dynamic roles: the muted notes and the unmuted notes have a different effect on us. The muted notes end as soon as they are struck while the unmuted notes resonate at different speeds depending on the way the pedal attached the piano is used. The rhythm team (bass & drums) provide an ongoing connected flow which is easy to follow since we can just jump in and go with the flow. Ms. Davis provides a wave of notes, speeding up, slowing down, weaving through the rapids, from simmering to climbing to soaring together. Mr. Crump’s bass is the heartbeat at the center, steady at times, then also spinning more quickly at times. On the second long piece, “An Invitation to Disappear”, Ms. Davis repeats the same muted note over & over like a clock ticking to great effect. As I sit here listening, it seems like a film unfolding, the rhythm team like a train weaving its way through a landscape/horizon while the piano tells us tales as we move. There is a great section here where Mr. Davis speeds up her lines closer to the way Keith Tippett does, effortless sounding but astonishing to hear nonetheless. I realize that this is only the first week of the new year (2022) but already we have a contender for the year’s best of list. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
2 CD Set $30
FIVE GREAT NEW DISCS FROM THE ERSTWHILE and ELSEWHERE EMPRIRE:
MICHAEL PISARO-LIU - Revolution Shuffle (ErstSolo 006-2; USA) “We are in a period where revolutionary change (personal, political, environmental) is necessary and possible. Perhaps we are right now, without fully realizing it, in the midst of this transformation. The warning signs are everywhere. California (where I live) and other parts of the world are set on fire by environmental changes every summer. Young people struggle to live, let alone find the faith and courage to have children of their own. The world’s governments don’t even try to hide their support of the capitalist war of the oligarchy against the lower classes. Like most people, I’ve experienced these and other dramatic shifts in the past few years, starting even before the pandemic began.” - Michael Pisaro
We are all going through some difficult times presently and it often seems like it is just getting worse. It is the job or purpose of all artists, especially musicians to create art/music which reflects what many of us are feeling, no matter how we try to articulate it ourselves. Composer Michael Pisaro has been working on his own way of reflecting and dealing with things for the past several years. This 2 CD set, called ‘Revolution Shuffle’, is his response. Since everyone takes their inspiration from different places, everyone’s response is different. Each of the two discs here contains 53 1-minute segments. Mr. Pisaro mentions certain composers, musicians and other folks how have inspired these pieces: Don Cherry, John Cage, Charles Ives, J Dilla, Guy Debord, DJ Screw and the Harry Smith Folk Anthology.
Due to the pandemic, many of us have had to stay indoors much more than we used to do. Hence, we deal with the world from within our own private world. Although the pieces here are 1 minute each, they flow together just like own lives are a series of connected events. The sounds here are often fascinating and slowing morphing into something else. Varieties of static, odd noises, sampled sounds, music fragments, spaghetti western soundtracks, soft drones, lost voices emanating from our phones, sounds which are interesting but hard to figure out their source, techno synth groove, dub groove (“it’s Satan”), certain samples seem to melt as we listen to them, an interview excerpt in French, crowd chaos, samples of crackly records… The overall effect is similar to watching a film which has a series of images which we can interpret for ourselves. The main thing here that I appreciate is that every 1 minute piece evokes a different feeling due to the sounds involved which include music fragments, noise, spoken & sung words and assorted sounds which effect us in ways that are not so easy to explain. One of the recurring themes is about the “revolution” which gets mentioned several times. “Revolution” is more of an idea that people discuss and which rarely occurs in a way that we can notice with any regularity. What I do like the most about these discs is that I do hear (or feel) a narrative or story as if unfolds. Michael Pisaro is a master of sonic manipulation so every sound here fits within the overall framework. Most impressive on several different levels. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
2 CD Set $22
VANESSA ROSSETTO / LIONEL MARCHETTI - The Tower (The City) (Erstwhile 092; USA) It’s been a remarkable few decades watching how far Erstwhile has travelled since its humble beginnings as, ostensibly, an ‘avant/improv’ label. But like those who forever attempt to pigeonhole ECM with similarly clumsy appellations, it’s equally fruitless to subjugate Erstwhile in to any neat categorical boxes. This latest from longtime sound excavationist/experimentalist Marchetti and cohort Vanessa Rossetto works a magic all its own, taking elements from a grand historical record of musique actuelle, musique concréte, Chris Watson-esque field recordings, and even more outré forms of ambient and interspatial soundscaping to produce these five widescreen cinematic epics for the mind. As enigmatic and mysterious as the literary callback in the title, the opening twenty-five minutes of “The City, Folded” feels like the aural equivalent of Thomas Disch’s masterful work of speculative fiction,“334”. Photo-negative snapshots of children’s voices, cavorting in afternoon reverie, engaging in simple adolescent game-play, stops and starts through what sounds like the duo exposing the serene yet somehow creepy underbelly of urbanism, its structures, its foundations, and its hard-won fluidity, full of “Eraserhead”-like hiss and whistles, strange curlicues evaporating in summertime humidity, the microphonic sudden capture of cell-phone tones and blossoming electronic tapestries akin to Scanner’s late 90s surveillance abstractions. “The Tower” ups the ante, digging deeper into the mainframe of societal/metropolitan flux, underpinned by ghostly entrails and an almost psychotropic bent that further reveals hidden substrata of sonic insights. Rossetto and Marchetti tease us with ever-more complex layering as the track progresses, conversations eavesdropped upon, emotions stripped bare, juxtaposing sight and sound with the same fantastic attention to depth and detail as forebears Pierre Henry and Bernard Parmegiani. Often provocative, occasionally scary, this is a genuinely fascinating listen. - Darren Bergstein, DMG
JORDAN DYKSTRA / KOEN NUTTERS - In Better Shape Than You Found Me (Elsewhere 018; USA) An hour-long excursion into ephemeral, post-modern electro-classicism, what at first feels like a laborious exercise in minimalistic, near-drone dynamics turns out to have a significant amount of meat on its bones. The instrumentation appears obvious but is nevertheless subsumed into the greater whole. Dykstra’s tools include viola, pitch pipe, crotales, piano with Ebow, and an amalgamation of field recordings dappled over with beautifully rendered electronic programming, while Nutters seems to handle ’strictly’ the piano (and accompanying ‘programming’ thereof), along with his own collection of mutative field recordings. The result easily transcends the sum of its parts. As the initial fifteen minutes ebbs, flows, and grows, the seemingly ’simplistic’ harmonic tones over time shed their dark, low-key susurrations to allow Nutters’s starkly struck single-keyboard notes to burst through the nocturnal membrane in well-timed explosions while Dykstra’s intermittent percussives rustle about. The combination of these particular characteristics give the piece a meditational affect that one might associate with musics primed for yoga, deep-listening, and mental focusing, but it’s clear Dykstra and Nutters are far more ambitious in their intent than to construct easily digestible ambient installations. Pass that initial quarter-hour and one finds oneself caught in an foreboding, brooding landscape of windswept, empty streets and an isolationist brutalism of minor-key piano interludes recalling nothing less than Lustmord crossing paths with the soundtrack from Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut”. In the recording’s closing half-hour, the vast, stark electronic shimmer and underlying tensions coalesce in a shifting array of ebony-colored patterns that stalk about the grey environs with a zombie-like lilt; it is here that Dykstra’s viola and pitched pipes evoke spectral, ancestral rites even as they mimic the tableau of late 90s faux-industrial artists baring their ragged souls. In that respect, Dykstra and Nutters herein reflect the tenor of our solipsistic times, preferring to embrace the darkness instead of lighting a candle. And damn if it doesn’t work. - Darren Bergstein, DMG
GUY VANDROMME // BRUNO DUPLANT - l’infini des possibles (12 etudes pour piano) (elsewhere 01-2; USA) Compositions by Bruno Duplant, performed on piano by Guy Vandromme. “l’infini des possibles is a set of twelve studies for solo piano, written by French composer Bruno Duplant in 2019. The score consists of lowercase letters (a, b, c, d, e, f, g) and spaces in between, which leaves the pianist an openness for interpretation and artistic determinations. The Belgian pianist/conductor Guy Vandromme intensely studied these 12 pieces via in-depth discussions with Duplant over two years, and realized them for this recording of a double CD in the spring of 2021, on a Steinway & Son C-Grand from 1896 at his home studio in Messelbroek.”
There are some 12 etudes here, 6 per CD. The music is often sparse, just a note or two at a time, struck once and then slowly fading to silence. It feels as if the composer, Bruno Duplant, has slowed down the pulse of the planet until we are all sitting down together considering the way life actually unfolds. Since the music is so minimal or sparse, this gives us a chance to consider every note as it is placed. One thing I begin to notice as I adjust to the sparse pulse is that each note or small group of notes evokes a different feeling or vibe, sometimes lighter or darker or more spacious or even somewhat disorienting. Today, the sun is shining outside. Yesterday it was dark with a light cold drizzle. Both the amount of light and the music I am listening to have an effect on my mood. The liner notes explain that the composer’s score is open to interpretation hence the performer (pianist) gets to color the sound and placement of notes. The listener (us) also has a chance to listen to this music when they choose to and to hear or react in their own way. The title of the piece makes reference to “infinite possibilities”. Since infinity is more a concept that can be considered by us not so infinite physical beings, the music does seem to have more possibilities then we might think. While listening to this 2 disc set, I got the feeling that the music would never end, there would another small cluster of notes on popping even after the disc ended. The music had done it magic and put me in another frame of mind, the erstwhile/elsewhere frame of mind. A much better place to be than reading the dreaded daily Raw Story or Daily KOS reports. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
2 CD Set $22
MICHAEL PISARO-LIU // BARBARA DANG & MUZZIX - Tombstones (elsewhere 017; USA) The Muzzix ensemble features Barbara Dang on direction, piano & cymbal, Yoann Bellefont on double bass & Roland synth, Ivann Cruz on guitar, Raphael Godeau guitar, Christian Pruvost on trumpet, Maryline Pruvost - vocals & clapping and Peter Orins on drum with all members doing assorted vocal parts. Michael Pisaro seems to be the most prolific of all composer/musicians from the Erstwhile Empire considering he has several dozen releases on various labels: Wandelweiser, New World, erstwhile, elsewhere and his own Gravity Wave label. His catalogue includes solo & duo efforts as well as ensemble works which he has composed for. Of the seven member Muzziz ensemble, the only members I know previously are French musicians: Christian Pruvost and Peter Orins, both of whom have worked with Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura in their Kaze quartet. Both Mr. Pruvost and Mr. Orins are part of a musicians collective that is based in Lille, France, which also includes an ensemble called TOC with Ivann Cruz from Muzzix as well.
The title of this disc and piece is called “Tombstones” and was composed by Mr. Pisaro-Liu from 2006-2010. The title seems appropriate since the feeling that is evoked is one of hushed, solitary, quietly spooky suspense. Several floating voices are all well used as part of the entire ensemble float tightly together. The piece sounds conducted or directed since the ensemble works together in a series of emerging waves, rising higher and then submerging beneath the surface. The main voice (Ms. Pruvost), has that sad, bittersweet, Robert Wyatt-like fragility that many of us have come to admire. The overall feeling of the music here is more like a quaint pop record than a modern classical or New Music offering. Some of the vocals are spoken words which just describe a certain scene, vibe or thought. Every note, every sound, each voice seems to be part of an ongoing well-conceived work. By looking at the song titles and instrumentation, one might think that this is some sort of a pop record but this isn’t really the case. It is rather difficult to place this in some sort of pigeonhole. There is much more going on here than might readily meet the eye or ear. Quietly quirky, nonetheless. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
BEN RICHTER - Panthalassa: Dream Music of the Once and Future Ocean (Infrequent Seams IS1013; USA) An accordionist, electronicist, and composer, Richter attempts to convey the metaphorical, spiritual, and literal largesse of Panthalassa, the once great, world-encompassing ocean, through a economy of instrumental means that is successful on many levels. It is a big undertaking, and Richter’s densely harmonic drones, realized both acoustically and electronically, blend in dense, undulating waves of sound that blur any distinction between his instrumental sources. The three parts of the vast title track, especially when heard at louder volume, not only has an enveloping effect on the listener but uses its preening microtonal values to essentially reshape the active environment one engages it in. Richter’s overlapping waveforms shout out to both Phill Niblock’s similarly augured soundscapes, as well as Pauline Oliveros’s dictum of deep listening, for only through repeated exposures can one truly get a handle on the immense magnitude of the frequencies melting your very walls. “Farther Reaches” sidesteps the electronics in favor of an acoustic orchestral set-up, but the end result remains the same: slow-moving drones and pulsing tonal intrusions that make like persistent ear-worms nestling deep into your cochlea. “Cryptobiosis” utilizes more of a Niblockian-influenced amalgamation of sine waves to bore out the more porous sections of the brain, softly but stealthily rising in pitch until the widening dynamics of the tones themselves open up areas of sonic dynamism that work their trembling magic in ever-more pernicious ways. Music for mental medication, perchance to dream? It’s all way too involving to be mere wallpaper or affect—more like shiver me timbres. - Darren Bergstein, DMG
JAAP BLONK / DAMON SMITH / BART VAN DER PUTTEN / PIETER MEURS - Hugo Ball: Six Sound Poems 1916 (Kontrans 1167; BPA; Earth) - To those unfamiliar, Dutch vocalist and composer Jaap Blonk has carried himself as an authority on the pre-war European avant-garde with longevity, rigour and grace. His specific interpretive expertise is in the sound poetry of early Dadaists. Sound poetry explores and defines vocal sounds in terms of pure phonetics, embodying playfulness and the absolute potential of both the written word and the human mouth. Jaap is a virtuoso at both. His interpretation of the oft-performed Ursonate by Kurt Schwitters should be considered a primary text for all sound enthusiasts, or anyone interested in the limits of performance. The history and defining characteristics of Dada in its primary form are at this point essential for a contemporary understanding of improvised music, arguably to a similar degree as the history of Jazz itself (certainly so in Europe). Control that harnesses the random, a love of human expressive potential on its own terms, and flirtation with (or often embodiment of) anarchic political situations helped set the stage for the work of Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, and dictated the vocabulary for the European experimental music scene (Han Bennink et. al), whose approach has always had at least one foot, and often several knees, in the Captial A Art World. While Schwitter’s work might be more familiar to the casual art historian, Hugo Ball is most adequately credited with initiating the specifics of Dada as a movement. As explaned in the refreshingly detailed liner notes, Ball was essential to both coining the term Dada, and initiating the scene around Cabaret Voltaire, considered the birthplace of the movement. This double CD contains Blonk’s interpretation of 6 of Ball’s sound poems in two configurations. The first disc presents an archival performance from 1989 featuring two excellent but relatively unknown collaborators, saxophonist Bart van der Putten and bassist Pieter Meurs. The second CD is a duo with the excellent mensch, daring and comprehensive bassist and DMG familiar Damon Smith from Spring 2021. Devoid of historical context, these recordings document high levels of interplay, sonic invention, nuance, and humor. These are completely enjoyable on their own in terms of absolute sonics. What is remarkable to me though is appreciating these discs in terms of historical intersection. At the time that these poems were written (1916), Jazz itself was still in its infancy, and Merce Cunningham was still months away from being a thought, and their early presentations were unadorned and direct by design in underground spaces. To have these gestures that helped define an idiom of expression re-coded and preserved within the context of such vibrant ensemble dynamics is a rare treat, and is thoughtfully aligned I think with the original intention. How delightful it is to understand that non-idiomatic improvisation, can actually have primary texts, or works that can be excavated and honored for their history without sacrificing the essential elements of bodily presence and synaptic freshness. - Frank Meadows for DMG
LAJOS DUDAS - On the Third-Stream-Path (JazzSick Records 5147; EEC) Featuring Lajos Dudas, Theo Jorgensmann, Diether Kuhr & Eckard Koltermann on clarinets, Hubert Bergmann or Reinhard Knoll on piano, Elmar Guantes on bass, Philipp vab Endert on guitar and the WDR Radio Orchestra. More than a decade ago, I discovered the music of Hungarian clarinetist Lajos Dudas, due to a record called, “50 Years with Jazz Clarinet” on Dudas’ own JazzSick label. Since reviewing that disc in 2011, Mr. Dudas & myself have become friends and I’ve reviewed another dozen & a half of his fine discs. Mr. Dudas turned 80 last year (2021) and claimed to have retired from playing. Dudas has been going through his vast tape archives for the past few years and is now releasing a few choice discs of previously unreleased gems. This disc is a compilation of Mr. Dudas in a variety of contexts, playing his own music & arrangements in solo, duos, a clarinet quartet and with the WDR Radio Orchestra in Cologne, Germany. The term, “Third Stream” in the CD title, refers to a phrase which was coined by Gunther Schuller in the 1950’s and which deals with the blending of modern jazz and modern classical music during that period of time.
This disc begins with a clarinet quartet, two of whose members, Theo Jorgensmann and Eckard Koltermann, I recognize from records that they’ve done on the their own. I dig the writing and playing on the opener, “Minimal Musical”, especially since Mr. Dudas uses all four clarinets in a most thoughtful and harmonious way. “Recital” features four pieces for solo clarinet and is dedicated to composer, Igor Stravinsky. “There is No Doubt” is an improvised duo for piano & clarinet and it is most impressive with Lajos and pianist Hurb Bergmann, exchanging lines quickly and intensely. One of the highlights here is a trio with vocalist named Yildiz Ibrahimova & alto saxist Sebastian Bucholz in which they perform a Bulgarian Dance. Pianist Hubert Bergmann has worked with Mr. Dudas through many years, hence their trio with with Elmar Guantes, is something else: all three musicians swirlinh tightly together from contemplative to eruptive. The most piece is a long work “Concertino for Klarrinette under Orchestra” which features Mr. Dudas’ clarinet with the WDR Orchestra. The wring and playing here are most impressive and cover a wide range of colors and emotions. I find it is good thing for Lajos Dudas spend his time finding treasures like these. There is quite a bit of impressive playing and arranging throughout this entire disc. Now it is your turn to check this wonderful, gifted player and composer. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
Here a rare clip from Lajos Dudas: https://soundcloud.com/el-de-1/jazz-workshop-at-concert
DMG CLOSET CLASSIC FROM AN OLD FRIEND:
ANDRE VIDA With ANTHONY BRAXTON / TYSHAWN SOREY / TIM BARNES / AXEL DORNER / BRANDON EVANS / CHRIS LIGHTCAP / LOREN DEMPSTER / et al - Brud: Volumes I, II, & III -1995-2011 (Pan 20; EEC) Andre Vida was once part of the Braxton mafia and can be heard on some half dozen of Mr. Braxton's Ghost Trance recordings. In the past decade Andre has worked with a diverse group of musicians like Sonny Simmons, Kevin Blechdom, James Lidell, Tower Recordings, MV & EE and Lee Ranaldo. Mr. Vida is currently living and playing in Berlin and recently entered the Guiness Book of World Records by performing some 403 solo sax sets, nine times a day as part of Anri Sala's film and sound installation at the Serpentine Gallery. This triple CD features a variety of works from 1995 'til 2011 at various locations from the old Knitting Factory & the Cooler in NYC to various locations in California and Berlin. Each of the 27 pieces features different personnel, instrumentation and construction. Like most of the musicians who have studied and/or collaborated with Mr. Braxton, Andre is an ambitious musician and a restless spirit. Mr. Vida composed or directed each piece so there quite a bit a challenging music to process here. There is too much here to absorb quickly so I will just mention a few highlights. The opening piece is for a quartet with Braxton & Vida on saxes, Loren Dempster on cello and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. The music is restrained and cautiously arranged with quaint harmonies for the saxes and cello. There are a number of solo pieces for cello (played by Erika Duke Kirkpatrick) and Andre on tenor or bari saxes. Each of the solo sax pieces explore different themes and/or textures and each one is something to behold. You can tell that Mr. Vida has always had an idea behind everything he performs or writes since each piece is successful at conveying a variety tactics, drawing from a wealth of influences. After listening to two of the three discs found here I will say that this is a tour-de-force from one todays' most formidable musicians and composers. I can't wait to heard the third disc - XBERG SUITE with Clayton Thomas, Elisabeth King, and Steve Heather - so that is what I am just about to do. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
3 CD Set $20
DMG LP SECTION:
MASAHIKO TOGASHI, STEVE LACY, DON CHERRY & DAVE HOLLAND - Live at Yubin Chokin Kaikan Hall, Tokyo on May 14, 1986 (Victory 25AH986LP; Italy) For this historical concert held at the Yubin Chokin Hall, in Tokyo on May 14, 1986, the legendary Japanese drummer Masahiko Togashi brought together an amazing line-up with such modern jazz luminaries as Steve Lacy (soprano sax), Don Cherry (pocket trumpet), and Dave Holland (bass). This particular album consists of four previously unpublished tracks (on vinyl), including some highly regarded Lacy's compositions such as "The Crus"" and "Quakes" and Don Cherry's African flavored anthem called "Mopti". The Lacy-Cherry frontline flies over the agile, airy rhythm section of Holland and Togashi and the interplay between the four master musicians sounds loose and relaxed. This is a must-hear for any post free jazz fan.”
LP $25 [This LP sold out the last time we listed it quickly so do not hesitate to get one this time]
HENRY COW with FRED FRITH / LINDSAY COOPER / TIM HODGKINSON / JOHN GREAVES / CHRIS CUTLER - Unrest (ReR Vinyl VHC2; UK/Italy) ReR Vinyl present a reissue of Henry Cow's Unrest, originally released in 1974. Dating from 1974, and following on from the re-release of Leg End, this is the second in the label's series of vinyl reissues of the original Virgin albums. Geoff Leigh had left the group and Lindsay Cooper joined on bassoon, oboe, flute, and soprano sax. The mix was more "live" than Leg End, with the drums much more up front. The first half is highly composed material, with some of the Cow's best loved tunes, like "Half Asleep Half Awake" and "Bittern Storm Over Ulm". For the second half the material was all written in the studio, using loops, varispeed tapes and electronics, and superimposing live improvisation and composed passages.”
Side one of this album is my favorite music from my favorite progressive band of all. This is progressive rock/jazz/modern classical music at it very best! It is also especially well recorded and should be heard on a real stereo system, a great turntable and great speakers. If you get to hear just one album this year on a good system, this is the one to hear! - BLG at DMG
HENRY COW with LINDSAY COOPER / TIM HODGKINSON / CHRIS CUTLER / ANNE-MARIE ROELOFFS / IRENE SCHWEIZER - Western Culture (RER VINYL VHC4; UK / Italy) ReR Vinyl present a reissue of Henry Cow's Western Culture, originally released in 1978. The last Henry Cow record made after the group had officially disbanded. "I'm biased of course but I believe this was a milestone recording, and perhaps the closest we came to getting the music to sound the way we wanted on disc." - Chris Cutler Guest appearances by Irene Schweitzer and Anne-Marie Roeloffs.
FAUST - 71 Minutes (ReR VF1; Italy) With Magma, Faust was one of the most important of all the European groups of the '70s. Compiled from "lost" and unreleased material, originally released as Munich & Elsewhere on the tenth anniversary of their disbandment (including prophetic pre-dub mixing) as well as most of the unreleased Faust Party 3 LP. Intense, eccentric, hypnotic, a true timeless classic. 71 Minutes marked the second in ReR Vinyl's series of Faust reissues. 180 gram vinyl.”
2 LP Set $38
MARS - Mars Archives Volume Two: 11000 Volts to Tunnel (Feeding Tube Records 274; USA) "The second amazing volume (of three), compiled by Mark Cunningham after culling every known live tape of Mars, documents the band in its first fully-matured form. Recorded at CBGB and Max's in the early months of 1978, this captures the sound of Mars around the time their first single, '3E/11000 Volts,' was released by the French Rebel label (a precursor of ZE). They're still playing their early songs, and working out the material that would be on No New York (LR 102CD/LP). Two of the tracks ('Cairo' and 'RTMT') were never released in any form back in the day, and the whole album surges along like one of the weirdest rock rides anybody has ever imagined. There are still small tendrils of the more formal approach Mars took in their earliest days, but the function of the material is on its way to becoming utterly alien. Even though I saw the band around this time, the incredible strangeness of their approach is astonishing. Words fail me. No one else has ever created anything quite like the wall of sound they managed. On the second side, as an added bonus, the audience source tape is full of hooting and hollering by people like Lydia Lunch, Bradley Field, Kristian Hoffman, and various other reprobates with whom they were sharing rehearsal space at the time. Package looks great, too. Grainy, just the way it should be. Has an insert with brief notes by Mark, a couple of pics and handwritten lyrics that read better than I'd ever imagined them to be. Essential stuff." -- Byron Coley, 2016. Edition of 500.
MICHAEL HURLEY - Blue Navigator (Feeding Tube Records 539; USA) "Pleased as punch are we to be reissuing Michael Hurley's long-lost 1984 album, Blue Navigator. Admittedly, Secret Seven and Mississippi collaborated on a dandy 8-track version a decade ago, but the record has mostly been available as an obscure import CD -- if at all -- for many a year. The reason for this is that the Rooster Records HQ burned down in 1987, taking master tapes, extra covers and whatever else there was with it. This was a general bummer, but especially so for us Hurley fans, since his final LP with Rounder was Snockgrass in 1980, and he didn't hook up with Fundamental to do Watertower until 1987. The disappearance of Blue Navigator from this earth left a sizable hole. Which we'd now like to think has been plugged. Recorded with a cast of Northern Vermont hepcats including guitarist Jon Weber (of Dan Hicks' original Hot Licks), head Rooster William Wright on guitar and mandolin, Nancy Beavan on vocals, Gordon Stone on pedal steel and various other goners, all playing some sweet rural swing displaying exactly how Hurley became the toast of the snowmobile club circuit during his days in the North Country. A mix of old favorites -- 'Werewolf,' 'Open Up (Eternal Lips)' -- new favorites -- 'Code of the Mountains,' 'Ghost Woman Blues' -- and even a re-write -- 'Blue Navigator' -- it's a great, very casual sounding session, revealing more layers the more you listen. The instrumentation varies a lot between tunes, but the music always flows with Snocky grace and assurance. For this reissue, Michael has written a set of illustrated liner notes that scoot around just the way his conversation does on a long car ride. Which makes me miss the open road as much as anything else today. Just close your eyes, sink back into the music on Blue Navigator and pretend you're drifting through the hills and valleys of the Green Mountain State on your way to a cold growler of beer. You'll soon feel like a million bucks. Promise!" - Byron Coley, 2020
THE DMG FINAL DVD SALE!
One of the great things that happened due to & during the pandemic was that I finally had the opportunity to go through most of vast collection of LP’s, CD’s, singles, cassettes & DVD’s at my apartment in NJ and actualLy see what I had amassed. I’ve lived in the apartment some 40 years as of next summer and have acquired a sizable Creative Music collection. The problem always was/is that I rarely have the time to actually sort through my many of the pieces that I collected over the many years. I actually listened to more than 300 LP’s that I owned but never listened to in the first few months of the pandemic. I’ve made lists of some/many of the items that I’ve found & rediscovered. At one point last year, I got tired of watching old episodes of Star Trek, the Practice, NYPD Blue & Northern Exposure and started to watch DVD’s from the wall of milk crates in my bedroom. Hence, I’ve watched dozens DVD’s of Jimi Hendrix, Duke Ellington, Bob Dylan, the Mothers of Invention, Canterbury bands, Krautrock, the Dead, the Stones, lots of ethnic music, blues, jazz & country docs, etc. Watching these DVD’s does take some time, patience and effort but it also gives me (us) a more visual perspective of the music I often just listen to seriously. We used to stock & sell quite a bit more of music DVD’s than we have now. This is what we have left, lots of gems if you can find the time to view them. All prices have been reduced from what we regularly charge and many of these are our last copies. You can reviews for many of these on the DMG website/database.
FREDERIC AQUAVIVA - Aatie (Casus 01011; Earth) DVD with No Sound, visuals only
DAEVID ALLEN’S UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS - Play Soft Machine (Voiceprint DVD 001; UK)
DEREK BAILEY // ROBERT O'HAIRE, dir. - Playing For Friends On 5th Street: Live At Downtown Music Gallery (Straw2Gold 02; USA)
AMIRI BARAKA & ROB BROWN - Somebody Blew Up America (Media Sanctuary FJ-09; USA)
IVA BITTOVA & BANG ON A CAN ALL-STARS - Super Chameleon (Indies Scope, Czech Republic)
DVD $20 [last copy]
ARI BROWN with PHAREZ WHITTED / KIRK BROWN / YOSEF BEN ISRAEL / AVREEAYL RA - Live at the Green Mill (Delmark 1577; USA)
DVD USED $10
PETER BROWN / PATRICK ADAMES / PATRICIA GILYARD - The Story of P&P Records (P&P Records; USA)
BUCKETHEAD - Young Buckethead 2 (Avabella Productions; USA)
BUCKETHEAD // CAROLINE MUNRO & ALSO SANBRELL - Open the Gate, Step In, Lose Your Mind (Shriekshow SS 0327; Earth)
EUGENE CHADBOURNE & JIMMY CARL BLACK - The Jim & Jack Show - Live @ The Stone (Modern Alchemy 02; USA)
EUGENE CHADBOURNE - “Get Out of Iraq Now (Straw2Gold-003; USA) -
COMPAY SEGUNDO - Quijote Tropical (Malanga 2969007; USA)
SYLVIE COURVOISIER TRIO with MARK FELDMAN / ANJA LECHNER - “Abaton” (La Huit; France)
SONNY CRISS & THE L.A. ALL-STARS with HARRY EDISON / TEDDY EDWARDS / HAMPTON HAWES / LES McCANN TRIO - In Concert (Rhapsody Films 2869002; USA)
MILES DAVIS with CHARLIE PARKER / LESTER YOUNG / DIZZY GILLESPIE / BILLIE HOLIDAY / BB KING / COUNT BASIE / KEITH JARRETT / JOHN COLTRANE / et al - The Cool Jazz Sound (Efor Films; USA)
MILES DAVIS with JOHN SCOFIELD / BOB BERG / ROBERT IRVING / DARYL JONES / STEVE THORNTON / VINCENT WILBURN - Live in Montreal (Jazz Door 11029; Germany)
ERNEST DAWKINS’ NEW HORIZONS ENSEMBLE - Live at the Original Velvet Lounge (Delmark 1570; USA)
DVD USED $10
DELTA SAXOPHONE QUARTET - Uneasy Dreams (FMR; UK)
FRANCIS DHOMONT / PAUL LANSKY // ULI AUMULLER, dir. - My Cinema for the Ears (Bridge 9117; USA)
NICK DIDKOVSKY / DAVE BALLOU / KEVIN NORTON // ZINC NINE PSYCHEDELIC - Tribeca New Music Festival (Self-made; USA)
DUKE ELLINGTON - London Concert 1964 [DVD] (Impro-Jazz; EEC) Rec live in London February 1964
ANDY EMLER / CLAUDE TCHAMITCHIAN / ERIC ECHAMPARD TRIO MARC DUCRET - Andy Emler: On Air [DVD] (In Circum Girum 906)
EMPTY CAFE QUARTET with JASON MEARS / KRIS TINER / et al - Free Jazz from the Sanctuary (Media Sanctuary; USA)
BRIAN ENO // DUNCAN WARD & GABRIELLA CARDAZZON, dirs. - Imaginary Landscapes: Brian Eno [DVD] (Movie Gold ,EEC)
ELLERY ESKELIN / ANDREA PARKINS / JIM BLACK - On The Road With... [DVD] (Prime Source 3010; USA)
ETHNIC HERITAGE ENSEMBLE with KAHIL EL’ZABAR / ERNEST DAWKINS / COREY WILKES / FAREED HAQUE - Hot N’ Heavy (Delmark 1574; USA)
ALBERT FALZON, dir. // BRIAN ENO / HAROLD BUDD - The Khumbe Mela - Same As It Ever Was: Filmed In India And Throughout The Waterways Of Kashmir [DVD] (Movie Gold; EEC)
ERIK FRIEDLANDER - the jazz sessions (MVD Visual 19; USA)
ERIK FRIEDLANDER - Vanishing Point - A Road Journal (Arconomics; USA)
BILL FRISELL - Blues Dream Live (Image Entertainment; USA)
DVD USED $10
FRED FRITH // NICOLAS HUMBERT / WERNER PENZEL - Steps Across the Border (Winter & Winter 915 001-7; Germany)
FOUR CORNERS with KEN VANDERMARK / MAGNUS BROO / ADAM LANE / PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE - Alive in Lisbon (Clean Feed 134; Portugal)
EDDIE GALE - Trumpet & Water: Up Close And Personal [DVD] (Creative View 200501)
DIZZY GILLESPIE - Live in ’58 & ’70 (Jazz Icons; Germany) with Sonny Still, Ray Brown & Kenny Clarke.
VINNY GOLIA NEW MUSIC ORCHESTRA - Live at the Redcat Los Angeles (Nine Wind / pfMNENTUM; USA)
PETER GREEN - Man of the World - The Peter Green Story (MVD Visual; USA)
MERLE HAGGARD - Legendary Performances (Shout Factory; USA)
PETER HAMMILL - In the Passionskirchs - Berlin MCMXCII (Voiceprint 065; UK)
GUNTER HAMPELMUSIC DANCE COMPANY - Jungbrunnen Fountain of Youth (Birth ; Earth)
2 DVD Set $15
IMABARI MEETING 1991: GINGER BAKER BAND / TOSHINORI KONDO / BILL LASWELL DROP ZONE / DESA SUNDA/ RANKIN’ TAXI - Live (Human Nature Spirit; Earth)
HANS KOCH / MARTIN SCHUTZ / FREDDY STUDER - Hardcore Chamber Music (Intakt Records 131; Switzerland)
KOENJIHYAKKEI - Live at Koenji High (Skin Graft 104; USA) with Tatsuya Yoshida, leader of RUINS
LEE KONITZ - Portrait of An Artist as a Saxophonist (Efor Films; Spain) with Harold Danko - piano
LEE KONITZ - Solos - the jazz sessions (MVD Visual; USA)
IZUMI KUREMOTO - Opening (Self-produced; USA) with Anoosh Barclay, Judith McIntyre, Ellen Gronningen…
STEVE LACY with STEVE POTTS / IRENE AEBI / BOBBY FEW / JEAN-JACQUES AVENEL / OLIVER JOHNSON // PETER BULL, dir. (Master Of The Soprano Sax [aka Lift The Bandstand] (Efor 2869051; EARTH)
LEGENDARY NEW ORLEANS MUSICIANS // DANNY BARKER / MILT HINTON / CHESTER ZARDIS / ALAN LOMAX - Legendary New Orleans Musicians (Rhapsody; Spain)
GARY LUCAS' GODS & MONSTERS With JASON CHANDLER/ERNIE BROOKS/JONATHAN KANE et al - Live At The Knitting Factory June 2002 [DVD] (private release ,USA)
GARY LUCAS music//PAUL WEGNER & CARL BOESE dirs. - The Golem [DVD] (private release ,USA)
GARY LUCAS - Russian Fireworks: Live In St. Petersburg [DVD] (private release ,USA)
MACHINE GUN with BOB MUSSO / THOMAS CHAPIN /JOHN ‘LUNAR’ RICHEY / JAIR-OHM PARKER-WELLS / ‘SMOKIN’ BILL BRYANT - Live from The Court Tavern 02/24/90 and 12/08/1990 (MussoMusic; USA)
MACHINE GUN with BOB MUSSO / THOMAS CHAPIN /JOHN ‘LUNAR’ RICHEY / JAIR-OHM PARKER-WELLS / ‘SMOKIN’ BILL BRYANT - Live from the WEBO Art Space - 09/22/91 (MussoMusic; USA)
MC5 - Sonic Revolution - A Celebration of the MC5 (Image; USA)
JOHN McLAUGHLIN / ZAKIR HUSSAIN // REMEBER SHAKTI - The Way of Beauty (Sunnyside 3076; USA)
RAZ MESINAI - Tunnel Vision [DVD] (Tzadik 3013; USA)
METHOD OF DEFIANCE with BILL LASWELL / BERNIE WORRELL / TOSHINORI KONDO / DR. ISRAEL / HAWKMAN / DJ KRUSH - Soundcheck (Self-produced; NYC)
NICOLE MITCHELL’S BLACK EARTH ENSEMBLE - Black Unstoppable (Delmark 1575; USA) w/ David Boykin, Jeff Parker, Tomeka Reid…
DVD USED $10
RAVISH MOMIN'S TRIO TARANA With SAM BARDFELD / BRIAN PUNKA - Live At The Sanctuary [DVD] (MediaSanctuary; USA)
TISZIJI MUNOZ With PAUL SHAFFER / DON PATE / RA-KALAM BOB MOSES - Burning the Bed - Live at the Tonic (Anami 069)
TISZIJI MUNOZ & LAM-SOBO JOHN MEDESKI With ADAM BENHAM / TONY FALCO / DON PATE - The Heart Is The Universe (Anami 047; USA)
TISZIJI MUNOZ & PAUL SHAFFER with LAM-SOBO JOHN MEDESKI / TONY FALCO / DON PATE / JOHN LOCKWOOD - The Anniversary Concert (Anami 044; USA)
BOB MUSSO / BILL LASWELL / LANCE CARTER - Live from The Bowery Poetry Club - 11/07/2004 (Musso Music; USA)
TOSHIMARU NAKAMURA / BILLY ROISZ // AVVA - gdansk quenn (erstwhile 048; USA)
OLGA NEUWIRTH - Music for Films (Kairos 0012772 KAI; EEC)
2 DVD Set $20
WILLIAM PARKER / DAVID BUDBILL / LOIS ELBY - On Being Native (Red Rocks Media; Earth) w/ Daniel Carter, Jason Hwang, Jean Cook...
WILLIAM PARKER / OLUYEMI THOMAS / JOE McPHEE / LISA SOKOLOV // JEFF SCHLANGER - Spiritworld (Music Witness; USA)
BOBBY PREVITE / JAMIE SAFT / SKERIK - Live in Japan 2003 (Word Public 001; Earth)
ROMANTIC WARRIORS III [V.A. Documentary on the Canterbury Scene: SOFT MACHINE/MATCHING MOLE/NUCLEUS/HATIELD AND THE NORTH/THE MUFFINS et al] - Canterbury Tales (ZeitgeistMedia)
DVD SALE $15
ROMANTIC WARRIORS II [V.A. Documentary on RIO: AKSAK MABOUL/ART BEARS/HENRY COW/MAGMA/STORMY SIX/UNIVERS ZERO et al]//ADELE SCHMIDT & JOSE ZEGARRA HOLDER, dirs. - A Progressive Music Saga About Rock In Opposition (ZeitgeistMedia) DVD $20
JON ROSE - Rosin (ReR JR 8-11; UK)
BOOK / 3 CD’s/ Datadisc w/ Quicktime Videos = $40
CARLOS SANTANA BAND RAVI COLTRANE/HERBIE HANCOCK/WAYNE SHORTER/STEVE WINWOOD/CHICK COREA et al - Hymns For Peace: Live At Montreux 2004 [2 DVD set] (Eagle Media; USA)
SHADOWPLAYERS [V.A.] with JOY DIVISION / NEW ORDER - Factory Records and Manchester Post Punk [DVD] (LTM 2391; UK)
DVD Sale $15
ZOOT SIMS QUARTET//SHELLY MANNE QUARTET - In Concert [DVD] (Rhapsody 2869004)
SOFT MACHINE ROBERT WYATT - The Soft Machine Factor: A Pataphysical Introduction To... [DVD] (Movie Gold; Earth)
SOFT MACHINE LEGACY [HUGH HOPPER/ELTON DEAN/JOHN ETHERIDGE/JOHN MARSHALL: SOFT WORKS] - Live At The New Morning: The Paris Concert December 12 2005 [DVD] (InAkustik)
RICHARD THOMPSON BAND - Live In Providence [DVD] (Cooking Vinyl/Spin Art)
WALTER THOMPSON ORCHESTRA - PEXO: A Soundpainting Symphony [DVD] (Dane 64)
FAY VICTOR ENSEMBLE - Free jazz from the Sanctuary (Media Sanctuary; USA) w/ Anders Nilsson, Ken Filiano & Michael TA Thompson
STEVE WILSON - 4/1/2 (K Scope; UK)
WORDSOUND 10TH ANNIVERSARY With SPECTRE / BILL LASWELL / CROOKED / BOOTY CLAP / et al] - The Video Album [Ltd Ed DVD] (Wordsound 50; Earth)
FRANK ZAPPA/THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION - Pixel Dust [DVD] (Movie Gold; EEC)
FRANK ZAPPA - Video From Hell [DVD] (Movie Gold; EEC)
FRANK ZAPPA/THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION//ROELOF KIERS, director - The True Story Of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels [DVD] (Movie Gold; EEC)
FRANK ZAPPA / TONY PALMER - 200 Motels (MVD Entertainment Group; Earth) Legit version from the director.
ATTENTION ALL CREATIVE MUSICIANS OUT THERE, Around the world.
If you have a link for some music that you are working on and want to share it with the folks who read the DMG Newsletter, please send the link to DMG at DMG@Downtownmusicgallery.com.
The Independent Promoters Alliance Presents:
The NuBand @ Michiko Featuring:
THOMAS HEBERER / KENNY WESSEL / JOE FONDA / LOU GRASSI!
Friday, January 21 at 7 pm $20 (suggested donation)
Machiko - 149 West 46th Street (Manhattan), Stage 2
Proof of vaccination and ID are required by the venue.
$20 (suggested donation)
SOUP & SOUND AROUND BROOKLYN:
1/13 CHRISTINE CORREA (video) sings Max Roach protest songs
1/23 special Soup & Sound & Sauna! Double bill featuring JR RHODES THE FOREST (percussion ensemble) and soup and (yes) a SAUNA at Orchard Hill Farm in East Alstead, New Hampshire
4/15 JULIAN PRIESTER
Soup & Sound Around Brooklyn 2021, is a program of Continuum Culture & Arts, Inc.,
And non-profit 501(C)(3) organization. www.continuumculture.org
Soup & Sound
292 Lefferts Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11225-4115
This one is from CHRIS CUTLER, original member of Henry Cow, Art Bears, News from Babel, respected author and founder of Recommended Records. This is Chris’ wonderful podcast and I urge you all to give it a listen…
Guitarist and DMG-pal HENRY KAISER has a monthly Video Solo Series on Cuneiform’s Youtube page:
My good friend & guitar master GARY LUCAS is playing half hour sets at his apartment in the West village every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday at 3pm EST on Facebook. Different songs & improvisations on each episode. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/gary.lucas.5836/
This clip just arrived in my email from British Sax Colossus PAUL DUNMALL: