February Fades into March as the Chills Turn into Sunshine
Its Time for Spring to Break through from the Long Winter’s Grip
Time for Some New Sounds to Help Inspire and Soothe the Weird Vibes
So Check Out This Weeks Growing List of Important Discs from:
John Zorn/Simulacrum Six Trevor Dunn & Sara Serpa! Harriet Tubman [Brandon Ross/Melvin Gibbs/JT Lewis] Wadada Leo Smith! Paquito D’Rivera & the Vitral Sax Quartet! Gary Smulyan! Vitor Goncalves! Glenn Zaleski Trio! Victor Provost! Karl Nyberg & Bone Machine!
Harvey Mandel! Davy Mooney/John Ellis/Jon Cowherd/Matt Clohesy/Brian Blade! Seven New Discs from the Neos Label! Krokofant! Skullflower! A Dozen Reissued Gems from Be! Jazz: Albert Mangelsdorff! Irene Schweizer! Brotzmann/Van Hove/Bennink! Tomasz Stanko! Krzysztof Komeda! Dave Pike Set! Eje Thelin and Even More!
Plus Archival Discs from Ry Cooder! Little Feat! Eddie Hinton! Nurse with Wound! The Last of the Masada Studio CDs! And Lots More!
The FREE DMG Weekly New Music In-Store Series Continues on Sundays with:
Sunday, February 26th:
6pm: AARON RUBINSTEIN / JONATHAN MILBERGER / MICHAEL LAROCCA
7pm: JOHN WELSH / AUSTIN WHITE / ANDERS ZELINSKI- Guitar / Bass / Drums
Sunday, March 5th:
6pm: MUSIQUE LIBRE FEMMES QUARTET: CHERYL PYLE / JAMIE BAUM / CLAIRE DALY / CLAIRE de BRUNNER - 2 Flutes, Baritone Sax and Bassoon!
Sunday, March 12th: CD Release Set!
6pm: ROB PRICE / BEN GALLINA / ANDY O'NEILL - Guitar/Bass/Drums!
7pm: NICOLAS LETMAN-BURTONOVIC / NICK JOSWIAK BASS TRIO!
Sunday, March 19th:
6pm: JULIAN KIRSHNER / DAN FANDINO / SAM WEINBERG!
7pm: GERRIT HATCHER - Tenor Sax
Sunday, March 26th:
6pm: NLH - Solo Guitar!
7pm: SEAN ALI - Solo Contrabass!
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JOHN ZORN//SIMULACRUM [MATT HOLLENBERG/JOHN MEDESKI/KENNY GROHOWSKI] TREVOR DUNN / SARA SERPA - The Garden of Earthly Delights (Tzadik 8351; USA) The sixth CD by Zorn’s heaviest 21st century ensemble Simulacrum celebrates the 500th anniversary of the passing of one of the greatest painters the world has ever known—Hieronymus Bosch. A visionary of unparalleled power whose imagination and fantastical creations re- main uniquely his own, Bosch is one of the most enigmatic figures in world art. Inspired by his surreal visions of Heaven and Hell, “The Garden of Earthly Delights” blends heavy metal, blues, funk, jazz and modern classical music together into one of the strangest amalgams you’ve ever heard. Tighter than ever and joined by bassist Trevor Dunn, Medeski, Hollenberg and Grohowski are at their manic best in this jaw-dropping visit to a wild musical world where absolutely anything is possible!
HARRIET TUBMAN [BRANDON ROSS / MELVIN GIBBS / JT LEWIS] WADADA LEO SMITH - Araminta (Sunnyside 1458; USA) Featuring Brandon Ross on guitar, Melvin Gibbs on electric bass and JT Lewis on drums plus special guest Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet. This is the fourth disc from Harriet Tubman, a thoughtful power trio who have evolved in a variety of ways. Harriet Tubman are a black jazz/rock trio who are not afraid to ruffle some feathers by referencing of the racial strife that we all can’t escape considering what is going around us (in February of 2017). Song titles like “Nina Simone”, “Sweet Araminta” (slave liberator Harriet Tubman’s birth name) and “President Obama’s Speech at the Selma Bridge”, give us some serious food for thought. Even before Harriet Tubman’s first album was released around 1998, guitarist Brandon Ross and drummer JT Lewis, played together in Henry Threadgill’s Make a Move band. Inviting the great trumpeter, elder-statesman and visionary composer/multi-bandleader Wadada Leo Smith, makes this project even stronger still! Bassist Melvin Gibbs is often at the center of the trio providing that cosmic groove. When he and JT Lewis connect, the groove/vibe becomes infectious, celebratory with Mr. Ross and Mr. Smith weaving their lines around one another superbly. The secret weapon here is the often under-recognized guitar playing of Brandon Ross who never wastes a note, making every sound he emits count. Bending notes, squeezing out sparks and dropping bombs with the ever-amazing Wadada also providing his own shrewd Miles-like flurry on trumpet. Another highlight here is the production work of Scotty Hard, giving the trio an immense, dense, funk/rocking sound that puts them in a class of their own. I had the good fortune to catch Harriet Tubman play twice lice in recent months and both sets were great! This disc captures them at their best so you should get your own copy now and jump directly into their electric storm. It sure feels great! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
This lovely duo disc came out in 2014 but somehow we missed it, sorry. It is swell!
FOR LIVING LOVERS [BRANDON ROSS / STOMU TAKEISHI] - Revealing Essence (Sunnyside 1351; USA) “Let’s play a lot of notes.” “Let’s play loud.” These are things that were almost definitely not said during the sessions for Revealing Essence, the first album from For Living Lovers. The acoustic duo of guitarist/ banjoist Brandon Ross and bass guitarist Stomu Takeishi, For Living Lovers is, as its name suggests, an intimate project. The conversations are quiet and deep. Not everything is said out loud, and there is mystery present; often, when you think you’ve got a hold on the music, it slips away from you. Like life and love, the world of For Living Lovers is never static. And even if they’re intertwined, two voices can never be the same.
There is always something dividing them. “Lotus Blossom,” for instance, opens with about 90 seconds of ghostly notes. Then Takeishi’s tasteful bass emerges to swim with Ross’ emotional banjo. Later, the ethereal tones return and hang in the air. The effect is simultaneously soothing and unsettling-a feeling you can’t quite put your finger on. That idea can be applied to the album in general: Despite its name, Revealing Essence isn’t giving all the answers.
And maybe there’s a lesson in that. Maybe you need to answer your own questions sometimes. Ross does that on the solo banjo track “Iago Whispered,” which explores a folk realm both soulful and strange. Revealing Essence always seems to be about more than one thing. Even on a solo track, a musician is dueting with ideas.” - Brad Farberman, Jazz Times
THE VITRAL SAXOPHONE QUARTET [With ROMAN FILIU] PAQUITO D’RIVERA /YOSVANY TERRY/ et al - Kites Over Havana (Sunnyside 4558; USA) “In 1943, Cuban saxophonist Paquito D’Rivera established his own saxophone chamber group called Conjunto Sinfónico de Saxofones, which debuted at the National Conservatory in Havana. Over seventy years later, D’Rivera’s son, and world famous woodwind master, Paquito D’Rivera is proud to present the Vitral Saxophone Quartet and their new recording, Kites Over Havana. The terrific Vitral Saxophone Quartet is composed of four Cuban master saxophonists who all now live in the United States: Oscar Gongora on soprano, Roman Filiu on alto and soprano, Alejandro Rios on alto and tenor and Raul Cordies on baritone saxophone. The recording also features a handful of impressive guests, including Yosvany Terry on tenor and shekere, Dr. Paul Cohen on C melody saxophone, Dr. Adonis Gonzalez on piano and Paquito D’Rivera, himself, on clarinet and soprano saxophone.” - Sunnyside
About half of the dozen pieces feature just the Vitral Sax Quartet plus one sax septet and a few sax quartet plus piano and clarinet as guests. Legendary Cuban saxist Paquito D’Rivera composed three of the dozen pieces here and has been expanding his palette as a composer over the past decade or so with a half dozen discs exploring/blending the worlds of jazz/Latin/tango/modern composer streams. In the liner notes, Mr. Rivera mentions the a couple of important sax ensembles from Cuba, one from 1943 who were led by Tito D’Rivera (related to Paquito?) and another sax group from the early 1970’s. The name of the quartet, Vitral, means stained glass window in Spanish. which refracts light into different colors, similar to the way this quartet refracts music into many enticing colors.
The opening song, “Wapango” was written by Mr. Rivera fir another Cuban sax unit from the early seventies and I can’t quite point to any one tradition although this is some type of modern chamber music. The quartet is joined by subtle percussion (shekhere, a West African gourd with beads) and piano on “Afro”. Mr. D’Rivera riveting clarinet is featured but it is the entire quartet who play this rich, complex multi-layered tapestry. On “Berceuse” for sax septet, the harmonies are so warm-toned and rich in shades, that it sounds more like strings than reeds. There is a suite of pieces here written by Alde Maro Romero which sound like some ancient, Renaissance-like small chamber orchestra: charming, elegant and rather quaint like Penquin Cafe. I have long been a fan of sax quartets like World Sax and Rova Sax Quartets who embrace a more experimental aesthetic. The Vitral Saxophone Quartet show a completely other side to the sax quartet sound, sometimes austere and restrained yet just as rich in color in more subtle ways. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
GARY SMULYAN - Royalty at Le Duc (Sunnyside 4751; USA) Personnel: Gary Smulyan - baritone sax, Olivier Hutman - piano, Michael Rosciglione - bass and Bernd Reiter - drums. Baritone saxophonist Gary Smulyan is definitely at the top of a short list of players who have mastered the big horn. His expert service in the fantastic large ensembles of Mel Lewis, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie and the Village Vanguard Orchestra has made him a standout section player and soloist. It is a rare pleasure to hear Smulyan in a small ensemble performance, so it was a terrific opportunity to record him when he appeared at Le Duc des Lombards in Paris with an expert rhythm section. Royalty at Le Duc presents the brilliant Smulyan in a setting that allows his music to truly blossom, live in a jazz club.”
VITOR GONCALVES QUARTET With TODD NEUFELD / THOMAS MORGAN / DAN WEISS - Vitor Goncalves Quartet (Sunyyside 1462; USA) Personnel: Vitor Goncalves - piano,
Todd Neufeld - guitar, Thomas Morgan - bass and Dan Weiss - drums. While in New York, Gonçalves kept meeting musicians who had deep affinities for Brazilian music but who were not deeply versed in it. He decided to make it a goal to inject elements of his lingua franca into his new projects and composition. For his new recording, Gonçalves assembled an ensemble that would be capable of approaching his hybrid music with vigor and elasticity. The quartet that he enlisted includes guitarist Neufeld along with virtuosic bassist Thomas Morgan and the highly adaptable drummer Dan Weiss.
VICTOR PROVOST - Bright Eyes (Sunnyside 4559; USA) Personnel: Victor Provost - steel pan, Alex Brown - piano, Zach Brown - bass and Billy Williams, Jr. - drums . Beginning a new chapter in life can lead to unexpected opportunities. Steel pan master Victor Provost has met each new phase in his life with enthusiasm and an effort to use the momentum of change to spur his creative forces. It was while expecting his first child’s birth that he funneled his nervous excitement into composing and recording his new album, Bright Eyes.
GLENN ZALESKI With DEZRON DOUGLAS / CRAIG WEINRIB - Fellowship (Sunnyside 1478; USA) Through the act of improvisation, the jazz musician is continually composing. When it comes to formal composing of pieces for a jazz ensemble, the jazz musician must be able to not only write a good melody but also to provide a “springboard” for the ensemble to communicate and improvise. Pianist Glenn Zaleski’s second recording for Sunnyside, Fellowship, reconvenes his trio, featuring bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Craig Weinrib, to play a program of original compositions and a couple of insightfully arranged standards.” - Sunnyside
DAVY MOONEY With JOHN ELLIS/ JON COWHERD / MATT CLOHESY / BRIAN BLADE - Hope of Home (Sunnyside 1463; USA) Guitarist Davy Mooney left his home of New Orleans in 2005 as Hurricane Katrina loomed. He left his newly acquired house and eventually settled into life away, mainly off and on, for six years in the jazz capital of the world, New York City. In 2013, Mooney moved back with his wife, balancing the anxiety of leaving New York and getting acclimated once again with his hometown. His new Hope of Home showcases Mooney’s efforts to integrate his New York and New Orleans personalities in a moving, musical fashion.
BONE MACHINE With KARL NYBERG / ADRIAN LOSETH WAADE / VIKTOR REUTER / WILLIAM SOOVIK - Vol. 1 (Fonogram 084; Sweden) Bone Machine is Karl Nyberg on saxes & bass clarinet, Adrian Loseth Waade on violin, Viktor Reuter on bass and William Soovik on drums. Last Sunday (2/19/17), we had two great sax & drums duos here at DMG: Ingrid Laubrock & Nick Fraser (1st set) and MooseBumps (Karl Nyborg & Anton Jonsson) from Sweden. I didn’t know much of the Swedish duo although saxist Karl Nyberg is a member of the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra and Left Exit, Mr. K, who have a recent disc out on Clean Feed. Mr. Nyberg left us with this fine quartet disc. The other members of this quartet are unfamiliar to me. The name of the quartet is also the title of a great disc by Tom Waits.
The music starts off quietly with some exquisite harmonies form the violin and sax, with sublime, skeletal playing from the bass and drums. There are a few short pieces, some called “Interlude” which bridge other pieces with subtle, moody suspense. On “Klaras Vals”, the bass clarinet and drums create one pulsating undertow while the violin & bass wheeze mournfully on top. There is something charming about this music that I find most delightful but not so easy to explain. All but three of these pieces were composed by different band members with the others being group improvs. I dig the way the rhythm team stops several times while the tenor sax and violin play intricate yet somber chamber parts by themselves on “Tack Till Veronica”. ViolinistAdrian Loseth Waade sounds like a folkier version of Mat Maneri at times playing those sad, slightlyy bent notes just right. This is one of the more magical yet understated gems I’ve heard in recent memory. In a blindfold test it would nearly impossible to tell where this quartet was from yet I am impressed nonetheless. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
STUART POPEJOY With SARAH BERNSTEIN / AVRAM FEFER / STEVE SWELL / KENNY WOLLESON - “Pleonid” (Leo 783; USA) Featuring Sarah Bernstein on violin, Avram Fefer on alto sax, Steve Swell on trombone, Stuart Popejoy on bass guitar & compositions and Kenny Wolleson on vibes & drums. The music on this disc is not what it seems if you base it just on the personnel involved. The entire one hour piece was generated and scored by a software program that developed by Stuart Popejoy over a five year period (2007-2012). This version was recorded live at the Firehouse Space in Brooklyn in May of 2012. Mr. Popejoy explains the way the piece is set up in the liner notes but it is not very obvious listing closely to this disc. Although you should recognize the names of all five members of this quintet from varied projects, this is a unique blend of Downtown’s rich cultural tapestry.
The piece is broken into 7 minute sections so that it is easier to access a particular fragment. The first time I listened to this disc, I thought, does this music sound like it was created by a computer? Yes and no. The first part has a hypnotic, restrained and eerie aura with short solos over a vibes and bass rhythmic cushion. Both horn players (Fefer & Swell) are often known to play fast and furious in freer settings but must play with more restraint than usual here and sound just right. Over the past decade, Kenny Wolleson has been playing more and more vibes, especially for several John Zorn projects. Mr. Wolleson seems like a perfect choice to play these chamber-like arrangements, his soft tough provides a glowing, somber undertow. What changes though out this piece is the combination of duos and trios. There is an extraordinary violin and trombone duo with a written part for the vibes underneath. There are also several inspired solos from Fefer’s bitter-sweet alto sax, showing a much different side to his usual fiery playing. Mr. Popejoy’s bass guitar is often at the center, holding down the rhythm or structure but rarely playing a usual bass role. Kenny Wolleson switches to drums about halfway through, turning up the heat and pushing the chamber jazz vibe into a more vibrant episode. It took some time but once I calmed down, I was able to appreciate the thoughtful playing and arrangements of this elegant gem. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
Seven (!) New Discs from the Neos Label:
FRANCOIS POULENC / COLIN MCPHEE / JOHN ADAMS - Concerti III (Neos 21703; Germany) Performed by GrauSchumacher Piano Duo, Trio Mediæval. Three completely different composers -- but three works with a great deal in common: gamelan, minimalism, parody. The GrauSchumacher Piano Duo keeps coming up with surprising but logical ideas, realizing these with fantastic pianistic virtuosity. In the 1960s, When American composers bid farewell to the cerebral exercises of the European avant-garde substantiated by historical-philosophical considerations, proclaiming the cult of a new simplicity, they also did this with reference to African drumming rituals, Indonesian gamelan music, pop art, and pop music. They called the result "minimalism," the most important characteristic of which, as with the gamelan, was repetitive patterns above a steady beat; these are transported into other musical aggregate states by means of gradually increasing (at first almost unnoticeable) disturbances, irregularities, and phase shifts. Together with the re-enthronement of the major and minor keys, these procedures frequently created psychedelic effects -- by no means unintentionally. American composer John Adams has provided a particularly vivid report on the stimuli that led him to compose his Grand Pianola Music (1982): he dreamt that he was driving on Interstate 5 when he was approached from behind by two black stretch limousines; when they passed him, they were transformed into the world's longest Steinway pianos and then launched salvos of B-flat major and E-flat major arpeggios at 90 miles per hour. Another important stimulus was the recollection of having walked through the halls of the San Francisco Conservatory and heard the sonic flood of 20 or more pianos "playing Chopin, the Emperor Concerto, Hanon, Rachmaninoff, the 'Maple Leaf Rag,' and much more." This disc presents the GrauSchumacher Piano Duo's performance of Adams's Grand Pianola Music with the Trio Mediæval and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, conducted by Brad Lubman, along with the GrauSchumacher Piano Duo and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin's performances of Francis Poulenc's Concerto en ré mineur (1932) and Colin McPhee's Tabuh-Tabuhan (1936).
INS OFFENE // MESSIAEN/STOCKHAUSEN/DUSAPIN/TAKEMITSU/SCELSI/GUBAIDULINA/DEBUSSY/ et al - Klaviermusik der Moderne/Piano Music of Modern Age (Neos 11610; Germany) Performed by Andreas Skouras, piano. Ever since the music of modernism radically emancipated itself from its historically nurtured "worlds of concepts and feelings" (Nietzsche), composers have been diligently striving to liberate themselves from the standards, models, and experiences of the past while embarking upon an indefinite journey, without orientation, into the open. This presentation of piano works -- not comprehensible in their respective conceptions and so widely differing in their respective aesthetics and styles -- is, at the same time, a musically varied, richly contrasted, heterogeneous, and sensual journey into the piano music of modernism. Includes Greek-German pianist and harpsichordist Andreas Skouras's performances of: Prélude no 1 "Brouillards" by Claude Debussy (1862-1918), Mode de valeurs et d'intensités by Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992), Klavierstück V by Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007), Étude no 6 by Pascal Dusapin (born 1955), Quattro illustrazioni by Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988), Litany by Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996), Chaconne by Sofia Gubaidulina (born 1931), Für Alina by Arvo Pärt (born 1935), and Fünf Miniaturen by Hans-Michael Rummler (born 1946). Skouras appears frequently as a soloist or chamber musician throughout Europe at festivals such as Early Music in London, Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence, Gidon Kremer's Lockenhaus Chamber Music Festival, and les muséiques Basel, as well as in the United States, where he has performed at Carnegie Hall. His chamber music partners include Julia Rebekka Adler, Peter Sadlo, Wen-Sinn Yang, and Minas Borboudakis, and he has performed with the English Chamber Orchestra, the ASKO Ensemble, the Ensemble intercontemporain, and the Munich Chamber Orchestra -- with conductors such as Peter Eötvös, Susanna Mälkki, Constantinos Carydis, Markus Poschner, Christoph Poppen, Dirk Kaftan, and Jac van Steen.
KALEVI AHO - Piano Works (Neos 10915; Germany) Finnish composer Kalevi Aho (born 1949) is a true giant among composers, both in terms of craftsmanship and of sonic and formal imagination. Although his works are not performed as much internationally as some of his colleagues', he is without doubt Finland's most brilliant symphonic and operatic composer of his time. This disc presents harpsichordist and pianist Andreas Skouras's brilliant first recording of this music for solo piano. The pieces are as many-sided as they are unpredictable, crossing borders in pianism. Violinist Anna Kalandarishvili appears on Halla for violin and piano (1992).
NIKOLAUS BRASS - String Trios (Neos 11512; Germany) Performed by TrioCoriolis. "Listening to the production I had a strong feeling that these three pieces form a kind of unity after all, that they do develop something like a single thought -- over a period of over 30 years. One can never know that when one writes the individual work. Now I see something of my identity in the trios." Nikolaus Brass (born 1949, Lindau, Germany) initially studied medicine and took private composition lessons with Peter Kiesewetter, before later studying with Frank Michael Beyer and Helmut Lachenmann. Between 1978 and 1986 he regularly attended the Darmstadt Summer Courses, where he also met with Morton Feldman. His music has become standard at every important new music festival, such as the Donaueschingen Festival, musica viva in Munich, Ultraschall Berlin, ECLAT Stuttgart, Klangspuren Schwaz, and Witten Days for New Chamber Music. Brass has turned more toward staged projects in the 2010s (the chamber music theater work Sommertag, based on Norwegian author and dramatist Jon Fosse's work of the same name of, was premiered in 2014 at the Munich Biennale). Brass has received numerous awards, including the Music Prize of the State Capital Munich in 2009. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts. This disc presents TrioCoriolis's performance of three of his works.
ERNST HELMUTH FLAMMER - String Quartets Nos. 4 & 5 (Neos 11618; Germany) Performed by Jade Quartett. E. H. Flammer presents two enormous works, asking the listener for intense and long-lasting attention -- with String Quartet No. 4 lasting about ten minutes longer than even Beethoven's famous Op. 132 -- but once it begins the listener will be unable to think of anything else. Voyage éternel de l'oiseau de feu (The journey through time of the firebird), evokes that ever-inquisitive creature, always on the way to new shores, pouncing with carefree verve on the new, which stands for an obsession with a journey into the infinite, harshly interrupted time and again by the "troublemaker" (Kurt Schwitters's "error in the system"), yet finally departing forever into the virtual, into the open. The Jade Quartett -- Hanlin Liang, violin; Hyunji You, violin; Igor Michalski, viola; Shihyu You-Holz, cello -- takes its name not only from the substance, but is also a portmanteau of "Ja" (a romanization of the Mandarin word for "Asia") and "DE," the country code of the ensemble's adopted country of Germany. This connection is also programmatic for the quartet, which is especially concerned with performing works from their Asian homeland as well as the classical European quartet repertoire.
MUZIO CLEMENTI/GILEAD MISHORY/GIUSEPPE TARTINI - To Aeneas (Neos 21601; Germany) Performed by Gilead Mishory, piano. Gilead Mishory was born in 1960 in Jerusalem and studied at the Rubin Academy. On the recommendation of Alfred Brendel he completed his studies with Gerhard Oppitz in Munich and with Hans Leygraf at the Salzburg Mozarteum. Gilead Mishory is the first pianist to have recorded the complete piano works and chamber music with piano by Leos Janáček. Enthusiastic reviewers describe him as "a magician of sound," "a technically perfect poet of the piano," and "a pianist with a sense of sound, charm and esprit." Since 2000 Gilead Mishory has been a full professor at the renowned University of Music in Freiburg, succeeding Carl Seemann, Robert D. Levin, and Michel Béroff. He is regularly invited to give master classes all over the world. This disc contains his performances of Muzio Clementi's Sonata in G minor "Didone abbandonata" (1821), his own An Aeneas / To Aeneas / À Énée, and his 2011 arrangement of Giuseppe Tartini's Sonata in G minor "Didone abbandonata" (1731).
GIORGIO NETTI - ciclo del ritorno (Neos 51701-02; Germany) Performed by Anna Spina, viola; Benoît Piccand, sound director. One could describe Italian composer Giorgio Netti's ciclo del ritorno for viola solo as a small odyssey of breathing, becoming acoustically transformed from the body, to space into the body, to material and body, to an instrument of tradition. It narrates a journey and return carrying on the tradition of the νόστοι (the poems of the Iliad, describing the return of the Greeks to their homeland after the conquest of Troy), whereby the viola assumes the role of the narrator, simultaneously serving as a narrating voice and the location of the journey; the expanded acoustical space as a slow return to the instrument, as separation and rebirth. Performed by Anna Spina, viola, with Benoît Piccand, sound director. PAL, NTSC, region-free DVD. PCM 2.0 stereo. 16:9 aspect ratio. Includes an interview with Netti by Marcus Weiss.
KROKOFANT - Krokofant III (Rune Grammofon 2189; Norway) On their third album in just three years, Krokofant typify a new and invigorating movement currently sweeping the Nordic region: hard-boiled improvisation and strong instrumental personalities bolted onto rock beats and driving rhythms. Equally powerful on record and on stage, Krokofant pull no punches, sounding off like some unholy three-way marriage of early '70s jazz rock (think Mahavishnu Orchestra, Terje Rypdal), the sprawling progressive odysseys of King Crimson and Van Der Graaf Generator, and the fierce heat of John Zorn or Peter Brötzmann's harsh free jazz ensembles. The group was properly born during the sessions at the proudly analog Engfelt & Forsgren Studio that led to their self-titled debut released on Rune Grammofon in 2014 (RCD 2154CD/RLP3154LP). This studio, with Christian Engfelt in charge of recording and mixing, has proved perfect for capturing the essence of a group like Krokofant, so it was only natural that they went back for the second album (RCD 2177CD/RLP3177LP, 2015) and now their third with Engfelt. Real musicians captured playing together in real time, you simply can´t beat that when it comes to this kind of music. Krokofant are the trio of: Axel Skalstad, Jørgen Mathisen, and Tom Hasslan.
SKULLFLOWER - The Spirals of Great Harm (Cold Spring 225; UK) The Spirals of Great Harm is the new sprawling double disc from black noise classicists Skullflower - referencing Inferno XVII, Dante and Virgil's spiraling descent into the abyss on demon Geryon. Full of harsh beauty and hymns for lost Albions, battle songs against the homogenization of modern "lyfe" - fuck the new estate! Skullflower on The Spirits of Great Harm: "Hedgerows, tapestries, dream woods, dragon lands. After Draconis (CSR 190CD, 2014), we have been released to roam through the multiverse, fashioning trinkets and ornaments from jewelled sounds, and leaving them as waymarkers on our astral travels. We seem to be circling, encountering familiar territories, yet always changed, because these circles, from a true perspective; are all part of a great averse spiral, our pattern, our map, which is the terrain itself. You will hear hints and echoes of native keening, lush prog romanticism, and the charcoal textures of noise, but all subsumed within our alchemy, the unmistakable wellspring of sound that is SF." Comes in a six-panel digipak.
2 CD Set $21
ROSARIO BONACCORSO - A Beautiful Story (Via Veneto Jazz 112; Italy) A Beautiful Story is the title of the new album by Rosario Bonaccorso, produced by Via Veneto Jazz. Following his last album released in 2015, Viaggiando on Via Veneto Jazz (VVJ 098CD, 1991), Rosario Bonaccorso continues to enrich and expand his musical pathway, evolving his ideas as a band leader and composer. The twelve outstanding compositions on A Beautiful Story immediately enchant the listener with their beauty and depth. Once again, his music is smooth and powerful, and the listener is swept away into an overpowering, yet refined, intimate universe. On this new album, the double bassist is joined by a group of acclaimed musicians: his friend Dino Rubino on the flugelhorn, Enrico Zanisi on the piano and Alessandro Paternesi on the drums. These young "lions", widely appreciated by critics and audiences on both Italian and European jazz scenes, are sensitive and mature artists and despite their young age, they boast of a rich variety of noteworthy collaborations and experiences. There's a particular charm in the musical direction and the refined sound of this quartet, where the Italian flair for writing music is manifest, Rosario Bonaccorso representing this at its finest. With A Beautiful Story, Rosario Bonaccorso allures the listener into a sonic journey filling heart and soul, radiating the myriad of emotions in his music.
DEAD WITCHES - Ouija (Heavy Psych Sounds 048; Italy) Mark Greening (formerly of Electric Wizard, also of Ramesses and With The Dead) and vocalist Virginia Monti (Psychedelic Witchcraft) joined forces to found the heaviest occult psych super-beast to see the light in 2016, taking shape as Dead Witches. Keeping it mysterious, the band has released a couple of snippets for their upcoming works. Metal Nexus has called the album "an alluring, somewhat hypnotic style of music steeped in vintage aesthetics and mystique." The debut album, Ouija is full of doomy, slow grooves. There's something occult in the riffing, and the classic doom drumming by the great Mark Greening meeting the warm vocal melodies of Virginia Monti. The album features six songs, about 33 minutes of unreleased music. Recorded in October of 2016 at the Chuckalumba, the same studio where Electric Wizard's Dopethrone (2000) was recorded. Beware as the witches are coming to take your soul. RIYL: Electric Wizard, Sleep, Pentagram.
THE CLAMPS - Blend, Shake, Swallow (Heavy Psych Sounds 047; Italy) The Clamps are a three-piece speed-stoner rock n' roll band formed in northern Italy around 2012. Made up by former members of local punk, metal and alternative rock bands, The Clamps started to hit the road a few months later for plenty of shows in Italy and Europe, where they shared the stage with bands such as The Sewergrooves, Nashville Pussy, Pontiac, Valient Thorr, Wild Eyes, Valley Of The Sun, Black Tusk, and more. The Clamps squeeze stoner, speed-rock, punk and rock n'roll into a well-recognizable, no-frills, fat and fuzzy sound. Their live shows are pure energy. The debut album Deadly Kick For A Fat Fucker was released in 2013. The second album Blend, Shake, Swallow is made of eleven speed-rock n' roll super tracks. The album is fast, the production is high quality. It's the perfect soundtrack for a fast and furious car journey on the highway to hell! There's a pinch of punk n' toll too that makes the album tracks much more groovy and dirty. Their sound will destroy your face once you push the start button. RIYL: Motorhead, Hellacopters and Nashville Pussy.
HARVEY MANDEL - Snake Attack (RockBeat Records 3357; USA) Always the innovator, always in demand and a pioneer of electric blues, few guitarists can claim to have played with John Mayall, Canned Heat and the Rolling Stones, performed at Woodstock and at the Grammy Awards with Bob Dylan. Harvey "The Snake" Mandel's career has spanned over 50 years, bridging the gap between the blues, jazz and rock with his two handed fretboard tapping and his creative use of sustain and controlled feedback. Mandel was a major influence on the styles of legendary artists Stanley Jordan, Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai, among others. Born in Michigan but raised in Chicago, he played with other Second City blues and rock greats like Charlie Musselwhite, Howlin' Wolf, Mike Bloomfield, Steve Miller, Muddy Waters and Barry Goldberg before moving to San Francisco after being invited to play at the Fillmore by Bill Graham. And the "Snake" (so named by Barry Goldberg) continues to perform at a high level as hen tours with the Chicago Blues Reunion and the Snake Crew.
A Dozen Amazing Rare Reissues of European Avant Jazz Were Just Released - Pre-orderes taken now! If you take three or more, you will save $1 per single CD, $2 per double CD and $5 off of the big box set (New Jazz Festival Balver Hohle)!!! Sale from 2/23 to 3/3/17!
The great Be! Jazz and Be! Free labels have recently unleashed a few dozen of important European Modern Jazz reissues from the 1960’s & 1970’s. I have combed through their long list and have chosen a dozen gems that should make those of of lovers/collectors of Euro Avant Jazz very happy. Copies have just arrived at our distributor this week so we are taking pre-orders to figure out how many copies to grab as all of them are limited editions. Out of this entire batch, the only ones I own on vinyl are by Krzysztof Komeda (‘Ballet Etudes’), Eje Thelin (‘Night Music 1974’) and the Dave Pike Set. Each of those are prime examples of Euro jazz at its best! The first two double CDs look especially exciting! - BLG
ALBERT MANGELSDORFF QUINTETT/KLAUS DOLDINGER QUARTETT/ROLF KUHN & KLAUS DOLDINGER QUARTETT/HAS KOLLER QUINTET/ et al - Modern At The German Jazz Festival 1966 (Be! Jazz 608458’ France) We are very excited to announce what we think is one of the most exciting jazz albums that have been issued in recent years. It includes the most beautiful unreleased live recordings from the German Jazz Festival 1966! Please check the whos's who of the German jazz scene in the track listing. This 2-CD set comes in a SABA-style packaging. We had the impression that those recordings could easily have been part of the SABA/MPS catalogue back in 1966 - that's why we decided to design the cover and booklet in the style of original 1960s SABA sleeves. The front features original artwork by German jazz graphic icon Günther Kieser. This album's music will not only blow you away - it comes in perfectly remastered top quality as well. Terms like "a must" are overused nowadays; however, we promise this is a "real must" for every serious jazz collector. It truly deserves any superlative available!
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IRENE SCHWEIZER TRIO/GUNTER HAMPEL QUARTETT/DON CHERRY QUARTET/LE DOUBLE SIX de PARIS/CHARLES LLOYD QUARTET/ et al - More Modern At The German Jazz Festival 1966 (Be! Jazz 608889; France) We are very excited to announce what we think is one of the most exciting jazz albums that have been issued in recent years. It includes the most beautiful unreleased live recordings from the German Jazz Festival 1966! Please check the whos's who of the German jazz scene in the track listing. This 2-CD set comes in a SABA-style packaging. We had the impression that those recordings could easily have been part of the SABA/MPS catalogue back in 1966 -that's why we decided to design the cover and booklet in the style of original 1960s SABA sleeves. The front features original artwork by German jazz graphic icon Günther Kieser. This album's music will not only blow you away - it comes in perfectly remastered top quality as well. Terms like 'a must' are overused nowadays; however, we promise this is a 'real must' for every serious jazz collector. It truly deserves any superlative available!
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NEW JAZZ FESTIVAL BALVER HOHLE With BROTZMANN/VAN HOVE/BENNINK / SOS (JOHN SURMAN/MIKE OSBORNE/ALAN SKIDMORE) / FRANZ KOGLMANN/STEVE LACY QUINTET / MISHA MENGELBERG / HAN BENNINK DUO/GARY BURTON QUARTET / JIRI STIVIN / EMIL VIKLICKY / et al - New Jazz 1974 & 1975 (Be! Jazz 623343; France) Box with 11 CDs featuring the best of the New Jazz scene from Europe and the USA in 1974/75; 13 hours of music recorded live inside the cave at Balve, West Germany 32-page booklet with concert pictures, posters, flyers and newspaper clippings (in German and English)
11 CD Deluxe Box Set $160
TOMASZ STANKO QUINTET With ZBIGNIEW SEIFERT/JANUSZ MUNIAK/BRONISLAW SUCHANEK/JANUSZ STEFANSKI - Jazzmessage From Poland (Be! Free 6098; France) Tomasz Stanko was considered the first free-jazz trumpeter in Europe. He debuted at the end of the 1950s in Krakow and in the 1960s joined Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, later recording a masterpiece of European jazz, the album ''Astigmatic''. In the early 1970s he was part of the international free jazz scene and performed at major European festivals with his Tomasz Stanko Quintet. In the 1980s Stanko played with Cecil Taylor, and led his own bands that incorporated reggae, latino, electronic, and rap inspirations.
KRZYSZTOF KOMEDA With JAN WROBLEWSKI / ALLAN BOTSCHINSKY / et al - Ballet Etudes: The Music Of Komeda (Be! Jazz 6087; France) Krzysztof Komeda was a Polish film music composer and jazz pianist. Perhaps best known for his soundtrack work, Komeda wrote the scores for Roman Polanski's films ROSEMARY'S BABY, THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS, KNIFE IN THE WATER and CUL-DE-SAC. Komeda's album Astigmatic (1965) is widely regarded as one of the most important European jazz albums; critic Stuart Nicholson describes the album as ''marking a shift away from the dominant American approach with the emergence of a specific European aesthetic.'' This period, in which Komeda was improving his own musical language, was crowned with ''Ballet Etudes'' performed at the Jazz Jamboree '62. Although the reaction of domestic critics for the Etudes was rather cold, it opened the doors to Europe for Krzysztof Komeda. The original Danish Metronome LP is very desired among jazz collectors worldwide. Top copies sell for astronomic prices. This reissue comes perfectly restorated and remastered on Be! Jazz including the original liner notes.
DAVE PIKE SET With VOLKER KRIEGEL / HANS RETTENBACHER / PETER BAUMEISTER - At Studio (Be! Free 622728; EEC) American vibraphonist Dave Pike was one of the most popular musicians on the German jazz scene in the late '60s and early '70s. The Dave Pike Set attracted attention with its very individual sound, drawing from jazz, rock, free sounds and folk, and operated among the pioneers of independent European fusion music. Together with his three German sidemen (including guitarist Volker Kriegel) Pike recorded four studio albums and performed at numerous festivals, e.g. at the Berlin Jazz Festival in 1969. These excellent live recordings, here with remastered sound on DOUBLE-CD, were made at a concert in Cologne on 11 March, 1971.
2 CD Set $40
EJE THELIN GROUP - Night Music 1974 (Be! Jazz 6100; France) Featuring Eje Thelin on trombone, Harald Svesson on piano & electric piano, Bruno Raberg on acoustic & electric bass and Leroy Lowe on drums. Thelin was one of the strongest voices on the trombone to emerge from Sweden in the 60s. His knowledge of every style of jazz helped him to develop an identity for his own groups and gave him the opportunity of playing with illustrious visitors such as George Russell. This album contains an unreleased recording of a previously unknown 1974 live session.The recording has not been edited. The Eje Thelin Group was formed in the autumn of 1974 and this is one of their earliest live sessions.
EJE THELIN QUINTET - Jazz Jamboree 1962 Vol. 2 (Be! Jazz 6099; France) Thelin was one of the strongest voices on the trombone to emerge from Sweden in the 60s. His knowledge of every style of jazz helped him to develop an identity for his own groups and gave him the opportunity of playing with illustrious visitors such as George Russell. Thelin moved to Austria where he taught for five years, while still jointly leading a group with Joachim Kühn; they both appeared on Don Cherry's album "Eternal Rhythm". On his return to Sweden Thelin continued to lead his own groups and gained life-long government support for his merits as a leading artist. Sadly, he died in his early 50s in 1990. Thelin will be remembered as one of the most powerful trombonists in modal and free music to come from Europe.
EJE THELIN QUINTET - At the German Jazz Festival (Be! Jazz 6066; France) Tomasz Stanko was considered the first free-jazz trumpeter in Europe. He debuted at the end of the 1950s in Krakow and in the 1960s joined Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, later recording a masterpiece of European jazz, the album ''Astigmatic''. In the early 1970s he was part of the international free jazz scene and performed at major European festivals with his Tomasz Stanko Quintet. In the 1980s Stanko played with Cecil Taylor and led his own bands that incorporated reggae, latino, electronic, and rap inspirations.
JOKI FREUND QUINTET With ALBERT MANGELSDORFF / EMIL MANGELSDORFF / et al - European Jazz Sounds (Be! Jazz 6091; France) Be! Jazz is excited to announce the revival of the ''European Jazz Sounds'' series that started around 1960 with legendary albums by the Michael Naura Quintet, Tubby Hayes or Max Greger. On our first volume we present the early recordings of the renowned ''Joki Freund Quintet'' from the late 1950s. German saxophonist and arranger Joki Freund played with Jutta Hipp in the mid-'50s, before forming his own Joki Freund Quintet. During the late Fifties they played at various European festivals with visiting American musicians like Donald Byrd, Arthur Taylor, and Doug Watkins. The group got famous for their John Coltrane-influenced masterpiece ''Yogi Jazz'' in 1963.
CHRISTIAN SCHWINDT QUINTET With HEIKKI SARMANTO / et al - For Friends and Relatives (Be! Jazz 6083; France) Featuring: Erik Dannholm on alto & tenor sax, Otto Donner on trumpet, Heikki Sarmanto on piano, Tapani Tamminen on bass and Christian Schwindt on drums. We are happy to announce For Friends And Relatives, one of the real top 10 European jazz highlights. Superlatives are often used nowadays, but we strongly believe that this album is one of the true 1960s Euro jazz ''holy-grails''. The Schwindt Quintet was formed during the early '60s in Helsinki/ Finland. This album delivers beautiful top-quality jazz that couldn't be better. This is probably the reason why the few original copies of the album that popped up sell for astronomic prices, up to a few thousand dollars. We'd like to point out that the LP/CD comes in a fantastic new remastering. During the remastering process we found out that the original sound was quite inferior with a few mistakes included. Our new version sounds amazing, even if you already know the album.
TOMASZ STANKO & ADAM MAKOWICZ UNIT - Featuring Czeslaw Bartkowski (Be! Free 6097; France) Tomasc Stanko, trumpet, Adam Makowicz, e-piano, Czeslaw Bartkowski, drums, percussion Recorded 1975. Tomasz Stanko was considered the first free-jazz trumpeter in Europe. He debuted at the end of the 1950s in Krakow and in the 1960s joined Krzysztof Komeda’s quintet, later recording a masterpiece of European jazz, the album 'Astigmatic'. In the early 1970s he was part of the international free jazz scene and performed at major European festivals with his Tomasz Stanko Quintet. In the 1980s Stanko played with Cecil Taylor, and led his own bands that incorporated reggae, latino, electronic, and rap inspirations. This album – unavailable for 40 years – was newly remastered for optimal sound.
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LITTLE FEAT - Transmission Impossible (Eat to the Beat 067; EEC) With an influence as far reaching still as their musical eclecticism was during the band's golden era, Little Feat remain one of the very finest American groups of the 1970s. And while their classic LPs from that time remain essential, it was during their live shows that they transcended mere excellence and took proceedings to somewhere quite extraordinary, if not supernatural. This delightful triple disc set captures perfectly the mighty Feat doing exactly what they did best, when they were doing it best. Featuring three complete FM radio broadcast recordings from the years 1973, 1974 and 1975 respectively, during which the true nature of this legendary act, nay institution, is revealed in dynamic performance and magnificent audio quality, this collection will surely become a fixed asset in the collections of fans the world across. The first disc here includes the group's performance at the intimate Ebbets Field venue in Denver Colorado, recorded on 19th July 1973, just a few months after the release of Dixie Chicken, arguably Little Feat's most cherished album. Next up comes the 1974 in-studio recording they made for transmission at New York's Ultrasound Studios on 19th September that year, shortly after Feats Don't Fail Me Now came out, another favourite LP among those in the know. Finally, the set concludes with one of the most famous gigs they ever performed, the 1975 Halloween show from Boston's majestic Orpheum Theatre, a recording made a month before The Last Record Album was issued.
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RY COODER - Live At The Bottom Line '74 (Rox Vox 2034; UK) Ry Cooder, live at the Bottom Line in New York on May 16th, 1974. By 1974, Ry Cooder was firmly established as one of America's leading guitarists and arrangers. This superb live set was broadcast on WNYU-FM, just after the release of his classic Paradise and Lunch album (1974), and finds him tackling a typically eclectic range of material. The entire syndicated radio broadcast is presented here with background notes and images.
EDDIE HINTON AND THE NIGHTHAWKS - Rose's Cantina Atlanta '79 (Echoes 2010; UK) Considered by many to be the world's best blue-eyed soul singer, Eddie Hinton wrote, produced, arranged, and played on one more classic records than many realize. His guitar is heard on albums by Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, Bobby Womack, Dusty Springfield, and countless other iconic greats, and while he's not as well known by name, his contribution to music will never be forgotten. This 1979 recording finds him guesting with the legendary Nighthawks at Rose's Cantina in Atlanta, Georgia. It's an extravaganza of pumped-up soul and R&B, with broken strings and adrenaline, down to the bone, presented here in its entirety as originally broadcast on WLIR-FM. Professionally remastered sound; includes background liners, interviews, and rare archival photos.
NURSE WITH WOUND - Spiral Insana (Rotorelief 050BK; France) Rotorelief inaugurates its Silver Collection with this deluxe expanded reissue of Nurse With Wound's 1986 masterpiece Spiral Insana. Two-CD version includes 30-page metallic hardcover book (15 x 20 x 2 cm) containing color and black-and-white art by Babs Santini (Steven Stapleton). One of Nurse With Wound's most deep and mysterious recordings, Spiral Insana is more ambient and user-friendly than many other NWW outings, without losing any of its surreal edge. Stapleton and guests Robert Haigh and David Jackman mix prepared piano, percussion, loops, and various bric-à-brac into an hour-long collage of mashed-up sound, jarring juxtapositions, buzz-saw distortion, and even a pipe organ. If that sounds disorienting, that's because it is. This edition marks the definitive release of the complete Spiral Insana sessions, with the contents of the original 1986 LP augmented by three recordings from the same period: "Mourning Smile" (originally released on the 1987 LP Drunk With The Old Man Of The Mountains and later included on the 1997 United Dairies CD reissue of Spiral Insana), "Nihil" (first released on the 1997 Spiral Insana CD reissue), and "A Missing Sense," a 25-minute tribute to Robert Ashley's Automatic Writing originally released as the NWW half of a 1986 LP split with Organum. Steven Stapleton: drums, cello, radio, guitar, bowed piano, percussion, loops, voice, tuba, organ, electronics; Robert Haigh: guitar; David Jackman: banjo, splutter, voice; Chris Wallis: acoustic guitar; David Tibet: trumpet; Diana Rogerson: voice; Andrew McKenzie: voice. Mastered by Denis Blackham. Cover art and pictures by Babs Santini. "Still stands as one of the clear highlights of Stephen Stapleton's singularly daunting and mountainous discography. . . . Many of the varied interludes are noisy, fragmented, and somewhat abrasive, but there is always a playful sense of mischief lurking in the shadows, ready to blunder into the steadily darkening fever dream at any second. . . . a brilliantly skewed and excellent album that has not faded with age one bit." - Anthony D'Amico, Brainwashed
2 CD/BOOK $35
BURIED ALIVE!! - Demented Teenage Fuzz From Down Under 1965-1970 [6 CD Set] (Particles 005; UK) The world down under produced some of the most ferocious and provocative sounds to have emerged from the 1960s. Crammed full of fuzz, distortion, feedback, phasing, and wild dementia, this uncompromising sound was the precursor to punk rock. Buried Alive!! conjures up a superb collection of rampant amphetamine fury, jammed tight with the most vile and repulsive '60s delinquency ever put together. This six-disc anthology culls together 150 long lost sounds of toxic, teenage rebellion from Australasia. Professionally re-mastered original sound; Includes a full-color, 80-page booklet with expansive liners containing group biographies, archival imagery, and previously unreleased recordings. Buried Alive!! is the first definitive collection devoted to Australasian 1960s beat, punk and psych. Features: Masters Apprentices, Mike Furber, Chants R&B, Black Diamonds, Derek's Accent, The Elois, Russ Kruger, The Creatures, The Soul Agents, The In-Sect, Sandy Edmonds, MPD LTD, The Purple Hearts, The Bluestars, The Down And Out, The Dark Ages, The Selected Few, The Vince Maloney Sect, The Allusions, Steve And The Board, Barrington Davis, The Deakins, The Missing Links, The Hergs, Roadrunners…
6 CD Set $36
The Final MASADA STUDIO CD Sale!
We just got in a box from the DIW label in Japan. It contained the last copies of 4 (of the 10) Masada studio CDs that we have long offered. As far as we know, they will not be remanufacturing any of these in the future. There was once talk of a Masada Studio 10 CD Box Set but it seems doubtful that this will happen in the future. We only have a handful of copies of 2, 6 & 7, but we have a dozen copies of 8. These copies are sealed Japanese imports with the Obi’s intact. Check to see if you need any of these as they won't last long!
MASADA [JOHN ZORN/DAVE DOUGLAS/GREG COHEN/JOEY BARON] - 2 [Beit] (DIW 889; Japan)
MASADA [JOHN ZORN/DAVE DOUGLAS/GREG COHEN/JOEY BARON] - 6 [Vav] (DIW 900; Japan)
MASADA [JOHN ZORN/DAVE DOUGLAS/GREG COHEN/JOEY BARON] - 7 [Zayin] (DIW 915; Japan)
MASADA [JOHN ZORN/DAVE DOUGLAS/GREG COHEN/JOEY BARON] - 8 [Het] (DIW 889; Japan)
MARK DAGLEY - Collected Works 1978-2016 (Feeding Tube 297; USA) "Mark Dagley, although largely focusing on his visual art for the last many years, is a musician whose work has always intrigued us. We already issued some of his work with The Girls (FTR 220LP, 2015), Hi Sheriffs Of Blue (FTR 093LP, 2014) and Marianne Nowottny (FTR 221LP, 2015). Now, here's Collected Works, only the second album issued under his own name. We had bugged Mark for a good long while about digging up the tapes for the 'Shut It Up/Gossip Crowd' single he'd done back in '79 (immediately precursing the Hi Sheriffs), and when he transferred that material to cassette, he included some newly unearthed electronic work done at the same time he was working with The Girls. The stuff was great, collapsing waves of splendid analog murk, so we immediately requested a full album of 'solo' material. The resulting set spans almost 40 years of work and ranges from experimental blues explosions for solo guitar to drone-oriented electronics, transcriptions for a mechanical music box, and the splutzo No Wave kuck we had originally asked about. It documents four decades of strange invention, carried out almost fully beyond the view of the record buying public. It's a lucky break for you that we had the moral fiber to bring this mother to ground. It's an amazing and mysterious listen from first note to last." - Byron Coley, 2017
AFRICA BOOGALOO - The Latinization Of West Africa (Honest Jon’s 041; UK)
Originally released in 2009. Honest Jon's presents a collection of music from '60s and '70s West Africa that is heavily influenced by Latin sounds from the era, representing a mutual cultural exchange that would have a permanent impact on the evolution of each region's trademark sound. Much of what makes modern Latin music so irresistible came from Africa in the first place. When the first waves of African rhythms, reconstituted in the Caribbean, returned home on radios and records, Africans -- especially in West and Central Africa -- received them with great enthusiasm. Staid dance bands that replicated European music soon began to swing as Caribbean accents settled in their rhythm sections. By the 1950s, Africa had produced its own Calypsonians, and more than one African musician changed his name to give it a Latin flavor. Some even composed songs in Spanish, while others wrote nonsense lyrics that only sounded like the real thing. No band mixed local and Latin styles more successfully than Orchestre Baobab and its leader Balla Sidibe. The mesmerizing "On Verra Ca" finds Baobab leaning in the direction of the stuttering mbalax sound that Youssou N'Dour carried to great popularity. Other Senegalese bands followed the trend, like the Rio Band, Orchestre N'Guewel, and Laba Sosseh from Gambia (like his compatriot Amara Toure) who styled himself as a salsa singer after his hero Johnny Pacheco. From Benin, Gnonnas Pedro sang in every pop style imaginable, but he seems especially at home in an Afro-Cuban embrace, as you will hear on the 1977 recording "Adigbedoto." The closing track also comes from Benin, a 1976 recording by the celebrated Orchestre Poly Rythmo -- though the singer, Pierre Tchana, hails from Cameroun. "Quiero Wapacha" features another Camerounian singer, Charles Lembe, and also from Cameroun is legendary African Jazz saxophonist, Manu Dibango, who is featured here alongside Le Grand Calle and Cuban flutist Don Gonzalo. Orchestre OK Jazz recorded any number of Afro-Cuban inspired sides: "Micorrason" is one of the band's earliest songs, recorded soon after their formation in 1956. There is no better evidence of the push-me-pull-you, back-and-forthing between two cultures than the Afro-Latin compilation we have here. All the flow from an unparalleled period of exuberance and creativity after World War II had ended and before homegrown tyranny had yet to descend on the land. It was Africa's moment, optimistic and free. You can hear it in the music. --Adapted from text by Gary Stewart, author of Rumba On The River: A History of the Popular Music of the Two Congos.
2 LP Set $25
ANNA MAKIRERE - Tiare Avatea (Little Axe 015; USA) "The lone recordings of teenaged vocalist Anna Makirere of Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Sung in close harmony in Māori Kuki Airan, Tiare Avatea pairs Makirere's casual yet masterful vocalizations with virtuoso accompanists. Somewhere between slack-key and flat-picked, the brilliant guitar work is seasoned tastefully with sunburned effects. Translating literally to 'Afternoon Flower,' this radiant collection of originals and traditionals was issued regionally on cassette in 1981. It remains a unique look into Cook Islands sound and style."
Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for February of 2017
THE STONE RESIDENCIES - CHRIS DINGMAN - FEB 21 – 26
9 pm - Omens - Steve Lehman (alto sax) Matt Brewer (bass) Tyshawn Sorey (drums) Chris Dingman (vibes); A reunion of Dingman’s first NYC-based ensemble, in its first performance since 2005. Ominous, visceral, and complex music played by a band of visionary artists.
9 pm - Waking Dreams - Chris Dingman (vibes) Ryan Ferreira (guitar) Chris Tordini (bass) Tommy Crane (drums) Miriam Elhajli (vocals); Dingman’s flagship ensemble plays new songs featuring guest vocalist Miriam Elhajli, new instrumental compositions, and highlights from his debut album Waking Dreams.
9 pm - Solo, Duo, Trio, Quartet, Quintet - Chris Dingman (vibes) Kaoru Watanabe (flutes) Charlie Burnham (violin) Ryan Ferreira (guitar) Zaneta Sykes (percussion); New directions and combinations for a group of lyrical players well-versed in multiple languages of improvisation.
THE STONE RESIDENCIES - OSCAR NORIEGA - FEB 28 – MAR 5
830 pm - DUO - Oscar Noriega (alto sax, bass clarinet, clarinet) Ches Smith (drums, vibraphone)
830 pm - TRIO - Tim Berne (alto sax) Mary Halverson (guitar) Oscar Noriega (drums) Jeong Lim Yang (bass)
830 pm - TRIO - Tim Berne (alto sax) Mary Halverson (guitar) Oscar Noriega (drums) Jeong Lim Yang (bass)
830 pm - TRIO HORNITO - Oscar Noriega (alto sax) Denman Maroney (guitar) Tom Rainey (drums)
830 pm - OSCAR NORIEGA QUARTET: Mary Halvorson (guitar) Trevor Dunn (bass) Dan Weiss (drums)
830 pm - PLAY PARTY - Oscar Noriega (alto saxophone) Jeff Parker (guitar) Trevor Dunn (bass) Ben Perowsky (drums)
830 pm - PHOENIX - Oscar Noriega (alto sax, bass clarinet) Jeff Parker (guitar) Dezron Douglas (bass) Pheeroan akLaff (drums)
There are no refreshments or merchandise at The Stone.
Only music. All ages are welcome.
Cash Only at the door. There is no phone.
There is no food or beverage served or allowed
just a serious listening environment.
The Stone is booked purely on a curatorial basis
The CORNELIA STREET CAFE - 212-989-9319
29 Cornelia St in the heart of the West Greenwich Village, NYC
Friday Feb 24
9:00PM & 10:30PM THE CRASH TRIO ONE - Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Leo Genovese, piano; Santi Debriano, bass; Francisco Mela, drums
Saturday Feb 25
69:00PM & 10:30PM TOM CHANG QUINTET - Tom Chang, guitar, comp.; Jeremy Powell, tenor sax; Quinsin Nachoff, tenor sax; Sam Minaie, bass; tba, drums
Sunday Feb 26
6:00PM ELEKTRA KURTIS WITH PUBLIQUARTET - Elektra Kurtis, violin; Curtis Stewart, violin; Jannina Norpoth, violin; Nick Revel, viola; Amanda Gookin, cello
8:35PM SOFIA RIBEIRO - Sofia Ribeiro, voice; Juan Andres Ospina, piano; Petros Klampanis, bass; Marcelo Woloski, percussion
Mon Feb 27th:
8:30PM WILLIAM HOOKER TRIO "AT-ONE-MENT" - Dave Ross, guitar; Eriq Robinson, trumpet; William Hooker, drums/spoken word
Tues Feb 28th:
8:00PM MARTA SANCHEZ QUINTET - Roman Filiu, alto sax; Jerome Sabbagh, tenor sax; Marta Sanchez, piano; Rick Rosato, bass; Daniel Dor, drums
9:30PM CARMEN STAAF TRIO - Carmen Staaf, piano; Jorge Roeder, bass; Colin Stranahan, drums
Wednesday Mar 01
8:00PM MAREIKE WIENING QUINTET - Mareike Wiening, drums; Rich Perry, tenor sax; Florian Weber, piano; Alex Goodman, guitar; Johannes Felscher, bass
9:30PM YUHAN SU QUINTET - Yuhan Su, vibraphone; Matt Holman, trumpet; Alex LoRe, alto sax; Petros Klampanis, bass; Nathan Ellman-Bell, drums
Thursday Mar 02
8:01PM ROB GARCIA QUARTET - Noah Preminger, tenor sax; Gary Versace, piano; Vicente Archer, bass; Rob Garcia, drums
Friday Mar 03 - 9:00PM & 10:30PM JEFF DAVIS AUTHORITIES BAND - Jeff Davis, drums, comp.; Jon Irabagon, tenor sax; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Drew Gress, bass; Jonathan Goldberger, guitar
Saturday Mar 04
9:00PM & 10:30PM PETROS KLAMPANIS SEPTET - Petros Klampanis, bass; Julian Shore, piano; Maria Manousaki, violin; Gokce Erem, violin; Carrie Frey, viola; Caleigh Drane, cello; John Hadfield, percussion
Sunday Mar 05
8:35PM DJANGO AT CORNELIA STREET, DAN LEVINSON - clarinet; Koran Agan, guitar; Josh Kaye, guitar; Eduardo Belo, bass
Friday, March 3rd 8:00 PM
Liebowitz / Lyons / Filiano / Wimberly
Duo (8:00 pm)
Carol Liebowitz – piano
Nick Lyons – alto saxophone
Quartet (9:00 pm)
Carol Liebowitz – piano
Nick Lyons – alto saxophone
Ken Filiano – bass
Michael Wimberly – drums
FLYWAYS : 3 Birds : Maviel / Lane / Bloom
Friday, March 10th 8:00 PM
Anais Maviel Voice & Drum
Adam Lane Bass
Mara Rosenbloom Piano & Composition
8:00pm & 9:00pm Sets
Barcelona meets Brooklyn Eva Novoa Trio Analog Sextet
Saturday, March 11th 7:30 PM
7:30pm - Barcelona meets Brooklyn
Eva Novoa, piano
Manel Fortià, bass
8:30pm - Eva Novoa Trio
Eva Novoa, piano
Kim Cass, bass
Devin Gray, drums
9:30 - Analog Sextet
Sarah Bernstein, violin
Dave Scott, trumpet
Sean Sonderegger, tenor saxophone & bass clarinet
Eva Novoa, piano
Max Johnson, bass
Jeff Hirshfield, drums
Saturday, March 25th 8:30 PM $
8:30 Zeena Parkins/Mary Halvorson
9:30 Zeena Parkins TBD
I-Beam is located at 168 7th Street in Brooklyn, NY 11215 - Directions: SUBWAY: Take the F or R trains to 4th Ave & 9th Street. Walk down 4th ave to 7th street. Make a left on 7th and walk past 3rd ave. We are located on the ground floor, the grey doors to the right of the stairs of #168.
Shapeshifter January 2017:
7p & 8:15p - Anthony Smith's Retrosonik
"Reimagining the 80's"
Anthony Smith: vibraphone
Featuring Laura Angyal: vocals
Marcos Varela: bass
Shapeshifter is located at
18 Whitwell Place in Brooklyn, NY
R train to Union stop
GREENWICH HOUSE SOUND IT OUT SERIES:
Sound It Out series @ Greenwich House – Concerts, January-June 2017
Saturday, March 4, 7:30 p.m. – Two sets of classical meets jazz!
Michael Bates’ Shostakovich Project- Michael Bates, double-bass/arrangements; Russ Johnson, trumpet; Greg Tardy, saxophone/clarinet; Russ Lossing, piano/Fender Rhodes; Michael Sarin, drums
Thursday, March 16, 7:30 p.m. – Double-bill of duos!
Sylvie Courvoisier Mary Halvorson & Mark Feldman
Sylvie Courvoisier, piano; Mary Halvorson, guitar; Mark Feldman, violin
Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. – All-star double-bill!
Wadada Leo Smith & Angelica Sanchez Angelica Sanchez Trio w/ Michael Formanek & Tyshawn Sorey, Wadada Leo Smith, trumpet; Angelica Sanchez, piano
Friday, March 31, 7:30 p.m. – Cross-generational double-bill!
Ralph Alessi solo Alex Koo, Mark Turner & Ralph Alessi - trumpet
Alex Koo Derudder, piano; Mark Turner, tenor saxophone; Ralph Alessi, trumpet
Greenwich House Music School:
46 Barrow Street, just west of 7th Avenue South in
New York City’s West Village;
www.greenwichhouse.org / 212-242-4770
Alt Guitar Summit 2017 Lineup:
March 10th at Le Poisson Rouge Celebrating Pat Metheny
Featuring Nels Cline, Rez Abbasi, Nir Felder, Joel Harrison String Choir, Mike Moreno, Camila Meza, Liberty Ellman, and Miles Okazaki Quartet. Also will include an interview with Pat Metheny!
Sat., March 11-Studio 151 / Nublu 151 Avenue C 8-11 pm: Solo Voices and Communal Raptures: Nels Cline Solo; John Schott Trio; Rafiq Bhatia Collective with Marcus Gilmore and Rahsaan Carter; Adam Rudolph’s Go Organic Guitar Orchestra: feat. Miles Okazaki, Nels Cline, Joel Harrison, David Gilmore, Damon Banks, Rez Abbasi, Kenny Wessel, Marco Cappelli and more
March 15th at National Sawdust: Guitars From Heaven and Hell
Featuring Steven Mackey, Dither Guitar Quartet, Joel Harrison’s Resophonic Guitar Orchestra w/ Elliott Sharp and Brandon Ross; Steven Bernstein Blue Campfire w/ Dave Tronzo, Steve Cardenas and special guest guitarist