BRAD LINDE’s Team Players celebrates the release of their 3rd album, "Smells Like Team Spirit" featuring 12-tone music inspired by bowling and outer space exploration. In addition to new music written by the entire team, the quartet reimagines songs by Jimmie Haskell, Albert Ayler, and old chestnuts associated with Thelonious Monk. The rest of the quintet features Mr. Linde & BILLY WOLFE on saxes, AARON QUINN on guitar and DERIC DICKENS on drums. Ace drummer, Deric Dickens, plays here at DMG on occasion and last time left us with a slew of great self-produced CD’s.
Aside from being the nephew of & collaborating famed beat boet Anne Waldman, DEVIN BRAHJA WALDMAN, also works with Daniel Carter, Thurston Moore, HAGL (Heroes are Gang Leaders) and has a his own unit which is based in Montreal. Drummer, DEVIN GRAY, is a rare breed, a Downtown drummer who seems to work with an unpredictable cast of great players: Ellery Eskelin, Gary Thomas, Nate Wooley, Anna Webber and Kris Davis. Check out either of his discs on Skirl, they are both super-duper cool!
“If a hundred crackpot 4-track cassettes met in the eye of a cyclone, the result could near what’s heard in Oxide.” (Massimo Ricci/Touching Extremes). Since their first performances together in the beginning of the 80s, CHRISTOF IRMER (violin) and HANS TAMMEN (guitar) have collaborated on numerous projects. The music of their duo OXIDE changes frequently between soundscapes and fierce sonic outbursts, and draws extensively from their 30 year long collaboration.”
LIOR MILLIGER, an emerging improviser and saxophone player in New York's free jazz scene,
has collaborates with a growing number of prominent musicians. Longtime Downtown bassist HILL GREENE has worked with many of Downtown's finest: Charles Gayle, Gebhard Ullmann, Dave Douglas and Jemeel Mondoc. Ace drummer JOE HERTENSTEIN also gets around, playing in Texas, NYC and in Europe with noted fellow spirits: Jon Irabagon, Ivo Perelman, Thomas Heberer and many more. The MILLIGER / GREENE / HERTENSTEIN Trio should blow some minds!
The ReR label started out as Recommended Records and was/still is run by Chris Cutler, drummer & lyricist for Henry Cow, the Art Bears, News from Babel, Hail… As far as documenting the history of truly creative, progressive music, there are tow labels which have long done the great job: ReR and Cuneiform. As a longtime proghead myself (3 faves of all time: Mothers of Invention/Soft Machine/Henry Cow), I collect everything that both of these labels have released. We just got in a large bunch of
The Jazz Journalists Association recognized Bruce Gallanter as the 2018 Jazz Hero for New York City.
Every winter seems to get longer and more difficult, so that when FIMAV, (Festival International Musique Actuelle Victoriaville in Quebec) rolls around, we all seem to look forward to this vacation more and more every year! Considering that I’ve been attending this mighty fest every year since 1987, (thirty years!), I usually think I knew what to expect, but this is rarely the case. At least as far as the music is concerned. There are always surprises in store each year. In advance of this fe
CHRIS LIGHTCAP With NELS CLINE / JOHN MEDESKI / CURTIS HASSELBRING / JONATHAN GOLDBERGER / DAN REISER
MICHAEL GIBBS & GARY BURTON QUARTET With ALAN SKIDMORE / JOHN SURMAN / MIKE OSBORNE / CHRIS SPEDDING / KENNY WHEELER / HENRY LOWTHER / FRANK RICOTTI / JACK BRUCE / et al
WINGED SERPENT: SYLVIE COURVOISIER / KRIS DAVIS / CRAIG TABORN / BRIAN MARSELLA / ARUAN ORTIZ / ANTHONY COLEMAN
Monday, May 1st was the 26th Anniversary of Downtown Music Gallery! That’s right, you heard right! We opened our doors on May 1st of 1991 in the East Village at 211 East 5th (between 2nd & 3rd Aves), having no idea how long we would last considering that there were upwards of a hundred record stores in Manhattan alone at that time. Now there are less than a dozen!?! We are in our third location (13 Monroe St in Chinatown), for eight years now, struggling to survive but still providing creative