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DMG Newsletter for July 10th, 2020: R.I.P. Ennio Morricone

“Hallucinations” by Tim Buckley
From the album, ‘Goodbye and Hello’ from 1967

I saw you walking
Only yesterday
When I ran to catch you
You disappeared
And the street was gray

The candle died
Now you are gone
For the flame was too bright
Now you are gone

I heard you laughing
With your laugh of gold
When I called out to you
Silence returned
And the air was cold

The castle fell
Now you are gone
And no more rings the bell
Now you are gone

I found a letter
On the day it rained
When I tore it open
There in my hands
Only ash remained

The castle fell
Now you are gone
And no more rings the bell
Now you are gone

I felt you breathing
As I fell asleep
When I reached out to touch you
No one was there
And the night was deep

The candle died
Now you are gone
For the flame was too bright
Now you are gone

I saw you walking
Only yesterday
When I ran to catch you
You disappeared
And the street was gray

The castle fell
Now you are gone
No more rings the bell
Now you are gone

Hallucinations are what you often see or experience when you do certain psychedelic substances. There are other ways to achieve this, having one’s mind altered in a variety of different ways. I did my fair share of those substances when I was at college in the mid-seventies and haven’t touched them in some thirty years, not since attending a bluegrass festival (Silver Fox) in the late 80’s/early 90’s (thanks Brother Russell). I also quit smoking herb around 1998 for more than a decade, when two close musician friends of mine, Thomas Chapin & Tom Cora, died  within a few months of each other. Both were around the same age as me and they were the first two Downtown musicians that I knew well who passed away. I decided to take better care of myself and stopped doing any mind-altering substances. My goal was to let music itself touch me in the many ways that it could due before I did any substances. I wanted to stop falling asleep at gigs and hear music on a deeper level. I am still working at it but do feel that music has the power to inspire us, nourish us and help us navigate through the more treacherous parts of life. I do believe that certain music and lyrics have a way to reach us on levels that are not easy to articulate but we recognize their special effect nonetheless.

   The above song can be found on Tim Buckley’s second album, ‘Goodbye & Hello’ from 1967. That album is still one of my favorites of all and if you get a chance to hear it on a good stereo you will know why it remains a classic. I once heard Camper Van Chadbourne cover this song, as well as hearing Dr. Chadbourne perform it solo. Read those words, they do capture the ineffable (or magic) quality that an hallucination has. Something to ponder. - BLG/DMG  

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ENNIO MORRICONE, One of the Greatest Composers of the 20th Century Passes at 91

Last week, the day after our last newsletter was transmitted I heard about the passing of Italian composer, Ennio Morricone. I remember reading about him for many years but didn’t really check out his music (outside of seeing/hearing it in a few Italian movies), until John Zorn did a tribute to him in 1986, called ‘The Big Gundown’. It was on Nonesuch Records which is a large label and which helped Mr. Zorn’s recognition was increased manyfold. I still love that record and have worked hard to find and hear many of Morricone’s soundtracks ever since. I now own nearly two dozen and have listened to  several this past week. Earlier today I listened to Morricone’s ‘Chamber Music’ on Virgin/Venture from 1988 and it is extraordinary music. I have much more to listen to in the next week or so.
 
Here are two articles about ENNIO MORRICONE which were published in the last week, both are superbly written and well worth reading:

By John Zorn, New York Contemporary Composer:

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/08/arts/music/ennio-morricone-john-zorn.html?referringSource=articleShare

By Glenn Kenny, New York Times Film Critic:

https://decider.com/?post_type=article&p=812109


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New Things This Week begin with:

SOFT MACHINE with JOHN ETHERIDGE / THEO TRAVIS / ROY BABBINGTON / JOHN MARSHALL - Live at The Baked Potato (MoonJune Records 102; USA) Featuring John Etheridge on lead guitar, Teo Travis on saxes, flute, Fender Rhodes electric piano & effects, Roy Babbington on bass guitar and John Marshall on drums. For three nights in mid-October of 2018, legendary Canterbury/Progressive/Jazz/Rock quartet, Soft Machine, played at the Iridium in NYC for three nights. It was their first appearance in NYC since March of 1974 (at the Academy of Music)! The tour they did took them across the US and was their 50th Anniversary tour, their first album released in 1968. Although the original band lasted from 1967 through 1976, their personnel and sound/style changed on every record and tour. Even before they finally split up, different ex-members would play together in different formations: Hopper/Dean/Tippett/Gallivan, Soft Heap, Soft Head, Soft Works, Soft Mountain and eventually Soft Machine Legacy. For this massive 50th anniversary celebration, the band got permission from Mike Ratledge, (the only member who played on all their original records), and decided to call themselves just Soft Machine. They have long been my favorite Canterbury/Progressive band, ever since purchasing Soft Machine - Volume 1 in 1968 and following them through each and every turn or change in personnel/direction. When I attended school in London (9/75-1/76), I got to interview a half dozen members of the Softs, and have maintained friendships with Hugh Elton Hopper & Dean. I caught 4 out of the 5 sets they played at the Iridium and was completely blown away by all four sets! Thanks to their manager Leonardo Petrovic, I got to introduce them for the first set on Saturday night, one of my proudest moments ever! Considering that this was an anniversary tour, the quartet did something very special, they reached back into the Softs studio albums catalogue and did pieces from Third, Four, Six, Seven, Bundles and Softs. Since I had only caught Soft Machine live just a few times (twice in 1974 and once in 1975), I had never heard most of this older material live. Hearing them perform “Out-Bloody-Rageous” (Third). “Teeth” (Four) and “Hazard Profile” (from Bundles), brought tears of recognition and pride to my eyes & ears. This CD was recorded on that same tour and it captures Soft Machine in full flight… still one of the great Progressive/Jazz/Rock bands of all time! Could this be the live album of the year? Decade? Century?!? You know what I think….. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG  
CD $14


STEVE TIBBETTS - Compilation: Acoustibbetts / Elektrobitts / ExoTibbetts (Frammis BZZ-19; USA) Featuring Steve Tibbetts on guitars, kalimba, synth & piano and Marc Anderson on percussion plus Marcus Weiss, Tim Weinhold & Steve Cochrane on percussion, Jim Anton, Anthony Cox & Bob Hughes on bass, Michelle Kinney on cello and Choying Drolma & others on vocals. I am a longtime fan of galactic guitarist, Steve Tibbetts, whose first album came out in 1977. Mr. Tibbetts has recorded a dozen discs in his 40 years musical journey, eight of which were released by ECM. Recently Mr. Tibbetts released a 3 CD set, limited edition package, consisting of tracks from all of his previous records, most of which are currently out-of-print. Instead of placing each of the pieces here in chronological order, each of the three discs features a unifying theme: acoustic, electric and exotic/ethnic. Mr. Tibbetts was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1954 so we are the same age. He has been living in St. Paul, Minn. for many years, which is where many of these pieces were recorded. His longtime musical partner is percussionist Marc Anderson, who can be found on most (all?) of Mr. Tibbetts’ records. The first disc here is all (or mostly) acoustic. The music on this disc is often sublime, lovely, calm, exquisite, enchanting: tasty layers of acoustic guitars (6 & 12 strings), with subtle percussion (tablas), minimal piano or synth and occasional kalimba (a/k/a thumb piano). The music here is more creating a mood, taking us on a somber, dreamy journey. Mr. Tibbetts has long recorded and produced himself and his recordings have a lush, warm, superb sound. It makes sense that he would end up on ECM since his recordings often do have that similar ECM-like magical sound. As these pieces unfold, Tibbetts starts to add select amounts of other guitar, percussion, bass or synth parts, everything is nuanced just right. When I first started to review the first disc (7/8/20), the sun was out and it was hot & humid. Midway, through this disc, it is overcast which fits with the solemn mood of this disc. I especially like when Mr. Tibbetts plays his 12-string acoustic, reminding me of Ralph Towner in his early (mid-70’s) days. A number of these pieces sound like they are influenced by assorted ethnic strains but it is hard to pinpoint anything in particular.      
3 CD Set $18  (signed & LTD Edition)



INGRID LAUBROCK // GRAND GROUPE REGIONAL D’IMPROVISATION LIBEREE - Plays Ingrid Laubrock (Circum-Disc/Tour de Bras 9039; Canada) GGRIL (Grand Groupe Regional D’Improvisation Liberee) are a large improvising ensemble from the town of Rimouski in eastern Quebec. I had heard of this ensemble when they released a collaboration with Evan Parker in 2012 and by now (2020) they have five discs out on their own labels: Tour de Bras & Circum-Disc. Their previous disc features a collaboration with John Butcher, Jim Denley and Xavier Charles. For this, their latest disc, GGRIL play the music of Ingrid Laubrock, who is also a guest musician.  Saxist/composer/multi-bandleader, Ingrid Laubrock, is always on the move, whether leading several bands, collaborating with Anthony Braxton or Mary Halvorson or Kris Davis or Tom Rainey. She consistently surprises me with the diversity of her craft, both playing and composing, in various sized ensembles. Just two years ago, Intakt released Ms. Laubrock’s ‘Contemporary Chaos Practices’ for a large ensemble, which was one of the best, most thoughtful and challenging discs of that year (2018).
   For this disc Ms. Laubrock composed and played with GGRIL, a 16 piece ensemble. The instrumentation is rather unique: harp, accordion, violin, 2 cellos, trumpet, trombone, bari sax, 3 electric guitars, electric & acoustic bassists, two percussionists and Ms. Laubrock. The first & longest piece is called “Silent Lights” and it sounds as if the notes (strings & el. guitars) are being slowly stretched out, an eerie sort of suspense is going on. Slowly more members of the ensemble come in with everyone playing with focused restraint. Even when things start to erupt freely, there is a tight, unified element which holds this together. Certain fragments are obviously written out or at least tightly directed. “Stark Dark” starts off with some metal-like power chords from the guitar(s), quite like industrial rock from the late 70’s/early 80’s, but soon breaking into stark spaciousness. One must listen closely here since things happen on a most restrained, most careful level. From a molten eruption to slightly less disorienting vocals-through-sax (?) sounds, to some radiator-like hissing to subtle plucked strings, it is as if we are walking through an ever-changing landscape. Like in a fascinating film or entering a Star Trek holodeck and being transported to other worlds. Both Ms. Laubrock and GGRIL have done a marvelous job here of combining a variety of sounds into a seamless journey. This is around 31 minutes long but long enough to capture our imaginations and listen to it again and again. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG              
CD $14


NOAH KAPLAN QUARTET with JOE MORRIS / GIACOMO MEREGA / JASON NAZARY - Out of the Hole (Hat Ezz-Thetics 1017; Switzerland) Featuring Noah Kaplan on tenor & soprano saxes & (all but one) compositions, Joe Morris on guitar, Giacomo Merega on electric bass and Jason Nazary on drums. This is the third disc by the Noah Kaplan Quartet to be released on the Hat label. This session was recorded live at Firehouse 12 in April of 2012 but wasn’t released until recently. The personnel of Joe Morris, Giacomo Merega and Jason Nazary has remained the same as the previous releases. The title track is first and it is most cerebral, as if we are floating with a dreamworld, gliding in slow motion. The liner notes refer to Mr. Kaplan’s playing & writing as microtonal and it does sound as if he is stretching those notes out into those cracks between other regular notes. Mr. Kaplan switches to soprano sax on “Aprosexia”, the interplay between the sax and guitar is extraordinary, complex spiraling lines weaving tightly in and out of focus while the rhythm team seems to be weaving on a different wavelength underneath, the drummer adding occasional electronic spurts like subtle sonic seasoning. “Umwelt” starts with soft, simmering, dream-like ripples and slowly evolves. The piece increases in tempo and intensity throughout and by midway, Joe Morris launches off into an incredible, quick, furiously fleet-fingered guitar solo, which is followed by a cerebral tenor solo backed by just distant, marching drums. There are moments here when Mr. Kaplan concentrates on bending and twisting his notes in ways that sound disorienting and it will take some time to adjust to the way he fits his fractures together. Both Mr. Kaplan and Mr. Morris work well together, they have found a common language and have a tight rapport. The rhythm team also does a fine job of supporting and connecting the various currents flowing through the rapids. I had to work a bit here to hear and see the way things are connected on different levels. There seems to be some ghosts floating around in the mix here, I am unsure of who or what is making some of the sounds. The mystery remains intact. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $15


JASON STEIN / RALEIGH DAILEY / TIM DAISY - Opening Lines (Llama 003; USA) Featuring Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Raleigh Dailey on piano and Tim Daisy on percussion. In 2014, we received a duo CD which featured Peter Evans (trumpet) and Raleigh Dailey (piano). It turned out to be a gem and I was glad that Mr. Dailey had dropped one off to us. Recently we received a new disc from Mr. Dailey, a trio with two musicians from Chicago, Jason Stein (bass clarinet) and Tim Daisy (percussion). Mr. Dailey is a professor at the University of Kentucky and a well-regarded composer as well. No doubt you know of Jason Stein, who plays bass clarinet exclusively and co-runs several of his own bands: Locksmith Isidore and Hearts & Minds. Aside from his longtime work with Ken Vandermark, ace drummer & composer, Tim Daisy, runs his own Relay label, which has some 27 discs of Daisy’s assorted solo and group projects.
   This disc was recorded in a studio in Lexington, Kentucky in October of 2014. This disc appears to be fully improvised yet it is hard to tell since there is quite a bit of tight interaction going on throughout. What I like about this is the way the trio are often pushing each other further out yet remain consistently connected. When they calm down on “Against the Gray”, they strip things down to a more sparse, suspense-filled level. This gives the trio some time to explore on a more restrained, sub-atomic level of dialogue. There is quite a bit of focused, sprawling, cosmic-sounding music going on here. I can hear some deep levels of interplay going on throughout, several lines or ideas are being interwoven on different levels, we must listen closely to hear all that is going on. Jump in the tide and go for a ride. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG       
CD $12 [In stock early next week]


JAMES CARNEY SEXTET with RAVI COLTRANE / STEPHANIE RICHARDS / OSCAR NORIEGA / DEZRON DOUGLAS / TOM RAINEY - Pure Heart (Sunnyside 1561; USA) The combination of concept, effort and the right collaborators typically leads to good things no matter what the goal might be. These elements are especially integral to cohesion within a musical ensemble in performance, especially a group built of musicians who haven’t previously played together. Pianist/composer James Carney was thinking along these lines when he came up with the idea and chose the musicians for his new recording, Pure Heart. The sextet that Carney put together is quite an assemblage. For the horns, he recruited his longtime friend and saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, bass clarinetist and alto saxophonist Oscar Noriega, and recent collaborator and trumpeter Stephanie Richards. Bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Tom Rainey met in their first time ever pairing. In fact, most of these players had never played together before, except Coltrane and Douglas and Noriega and Rainey. // The pieces that Carney wrote for the sextet were well conceived but left room for stylistic interpretations from the players. Carney understood that with all of these special conceptualists and stylists that it would serve the music best to allow them to bring their personalities to the service of the pieces. Carney wrote the pieces with his conception of counterpoint through interlocking rhythmic parts and tried to make any bit of abstraction have its own logic. The results exceeded his expectations and have kept him busy writing similar material ever since.
CD $15

DENNY ZEITLIN / BUSTER WILLIAMS / MATT WILSON - Live at Mezzrow (Sunnyside 1582; USA) The current iteration of the Denny Zeitlin Trio was born for a large stage but finds itself at home in all settings. The ever-evolving Trio finds a special location in time and place whenever it meets. But, their incredible impact is best heard in intimate environments, as evidenced by their new release, Live at Mezzrow. The great pianist/composer Denny Zeitlin originally assembled this ensemble in 2001 when he was asked to present a trio performance at the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Having recorded a recent album together, the great bassist Buster Williams, was a natural choice. The drum chair was intended to go to Al Foster, but when he proved unavailable, Zeitlin happily discovered the remarkable Matt Wilson.
CD $15

BENNY GREEN with DAVID WONG / AARON KIMMEL / et al - Benny’s Crib (Sunnyside 1589; USA) I planned Benny’s Crib to be a continuation of the ensemble cast I’d presented on Then and Now, which is my working trio augmented by three guest performers, flautist Anne Drummond, vocalist Veronica Swift and percussionist Josh Jones for a few of the selections, as a further extensions of my basic instrumental palette of piano, bass and drums. With Anne’s flutes and Veronica’s voice, I like to “stack” or “layer” a virtual “few” of them to make chords and counterpoint, sometimes doubling the clusters I play on the piano with my right hand. // Bassist David Wong has now worked in my band longer than anyone, seven years, and again lends his impeccable service to Benny’s Crib. The lone variation in personnel from the previous album is our new drummer, Aaron Kimmel, who we love.
CD $15


FRANCO DE GEMINI - Franco De Gemini Performs Ennio Morricone (Beat Records 1016; Italy) Beat Records kick off 2020 with the fifth release in the L'uomo dell'armonica series, dedicated to the historical leader and founder of Beat Records Company Publishing Group, harmonica player Franco De Gemini. Franco passed away in July 2013, leaving an enormous void, but he keeps on living through immortal musical performances that connoted his long career. This time Beat Records selected his collaborations with maestro Ennio Morricone, with whom he'd worked many times as soloist, but most notably Once Upon A Time In The West (Sergio Leone, 1968). A cool selection for highlighting the stylistic measure of the evolution both for the composer and the performer, passing through film music milestones, some of which have long since gone missing from the market. Including Per Per Un Pugno Di Dollari (A Fistful of Dollars, 1967), Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (The Goods, the Bad and the Ugly, 1967), C'Era Una Volta Il West (Once Upon A Time In The West, 1968), Faccia A Faccia (Face to Face, 1967), Sette Donne Per I MacGregor (1968), L'alibi (1969), and many more, the scores in which the contribution of the harmonica player to the wonderful Maestro's music was iconic. By the end of the track list, Beat Records offer again the ghost track released through our 50th year Once Upon A Time In The West edition featuring the studio sound tests by Franco De Gemini during the recording session of that soundtrack. Franco De Gemini plays Ennio Morricone, original recordings from the motion picture soundtracks. Graphic layout and liner notes by Daniele De Gemini. Mastering by Claudio Fuiano and Daniel Winkler. Slim jewel case with an external obi.
CD $21


FM EINHEIT (EINSTURZENDE NEUBAUTEN) / ANDREAS AMMER - Hammerschlag (Cold Spring Records 281; UK) “Hammerschlag -- created by FM Einheit (member of Einstürzende Neubauten, early 1980s to mid-1990s), with Andreas Ammer -- features many percussive industrial elements and "machine music" (chains, scraping, coiled springs, objects), noise, experimental electronics, and provocative musical compositions familiar to the ears of Neubauten fans. An oratorio with prelude and two noise interludes, based on Russian futurist Aleksej Kapitonovič Gastev, the "bard of the machine age". FM Einheit is an industrial and electronic musician and actor, primarily known for his percussion work with Einstürzende Neubauten. He has also collaborated with musicians such as: Diamanda Galás, Eraldo Bernocchi, Mona Mur, KMFDM, Goethes Erben, and many more. He was also involved in the projects Stein and Gry. Andreas Ammer has been creating works with FM Einheit since the early 1990's. "Just a moment longer, and through the confused chaos of these days, the legendary realization of the future roar of events is triumphant" --A.K. Gastev (A Bundle of Orders). Hammerschlag was premiered in 2019 at the Diaghilev Festival in Perm as a live concert with Teodor Currentzis, the chief conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra, as Aleksej Kapitonovič Gastev. The concert served as the basis for a German-Russian radio play version.
CD $16


STEVE PICCOLO - Domestic Exile (Mental Experience 029; Spain) “Mental Experience present the first ever reissue of Steve Piccolo's debut album from 1982, Domestic Exile. A hidden gem of minimalist beauty, mixing a post-punk/DIY/lo-fi aesthetic with art-rock and spoken poetry. Steve Piccolo has been active since the mid-1970s in music, theater, performance art, sound installations, video and film soundtracks. In 1979, he started with the Lurie brothers the "fake jazz"/no wave band, Lounge Lizards. Domestic Exile was recorded one year after the seminal Lounge Lizards debut, at a time when Steve was living a kinda schizophrenic existence: working at Wall Street by day and going to clubs and art spaces almost every evening (he was one of the artists filmed for the no wave documentary 135 Grand Street New York 1979). Early on, he was influenced by Mose Allison, Tom Lehrer, Randy Newman, and "people who put thoughtful witty lyrics onto rather standard pop music". In just two weeks, Steve wrote the collection of songs which would form Domestic Exile. Somebody described them as "Neurotic City Folklore" as the lyrics dealt with living in NYC, urban angst, isolation, yuppies, nuclear paranoia. The recording took place at the ZBS Foundation in New York, engineered by Bob Bielecki (a collaborator of Laurie Anderson and La Monte Young). Steve sang, played electric guitar, bass/double bass and percussion. He was joined by Lounge Lizards bandmate Evan Lurie on Farfisa keyboard and G. Lindahl on synth. Although one of the tracks, the catchy "I Don't Want To Join A Cult", was an underground hit in Manhattan -- even Debbie Harry (Blondie) wanted to do a cover version -- no one expressed interest in releasing Domestic Exile. Soon after, Steve went to Italy and Domestic Exile was finally released on a local label. The result was a minimalist art-rock masterpiece which could be described as a lo-fi version of John Cale's Music For A New Society. Sadly, the quality of the original pressing was not very good and there was a mistake with a couple of song titles/running order. These issues have been fixed for this new reissue. Carefully remastered by Gak Sato. Includes insert with detailed liner notes and track-by-track comments by Steve plus lyrics.
   "I was always fascinated by society's total dropouts, and by the idea of surviving completely outside the system, without an identity, papers, money, job, family. But not without friends... that would be unthinkable, unnecessary cruelty." --Steve Piccolo
CD $17


LE THEATRE DU CHENE NOIR - Aurora (Souffle Continuo Records 060; France) Souffle Continu Records present a reissue Le Théâtre du Chêne Noir's Aurora, originally released in 1971. In 1972, Steve Lacy recorded Solo, one of the gems in his discography, in the Théâtre du Chêne Noir in Avignon. The previous year (which was also the year in which Aurora appeared), the eponymous group of actors led by Gérard Gelas, took up residence in what was a 12th century chapel. The Théâtre du Chêne Noir is therefore not just the name of a space open to all kinds of artistic audacity, but also the name of the great Theatre Group which resides there. Gérard Terronès showed some flair when he published, in 1971 on Futura, the first album by Théâtre du Chêne Noir. It has to be said that the group run by Gérard Gelas was right up his street: non-conformist, eccentric, protesting, just so alive... Singing too, as you can still hear today on Aurora, recorded at Avignon the 22nd and 23rd of June 1971. Aurora, which had been created a few weeks earlier at Ariane Mnouchkine's Théâtre du Soleil, is according to, Gelas' own words, a fantastic tale with actor musicians who play out the fabulous story of the Earth, and children who fight against terrifying bird men who fly from planet to planet to enslave the inhabitants and become the masters of the universe. It is an ambitious subject and thankfully (even more so for the album than for the play), the actors are also excellent musicians! If you can find Chêne Noir between Checkpoint Charlie and Chillum in the Nurse With Wound List created by Steven Stapleton and John Fothergill, Aurora is closer to Stances à Sophie by the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and the Divine Comédie by Bernard Parmegiani and François Bayle. So, move forward it cautiously in this landscape of recitals and songs, of mysteries and cries, where saxophones and flutes, electric guitars and percussions spring up... Could the tragic climax have been possible without music? The Théâtre du Chêne Noir replies no to the question and creates a fascinating mix of text and music without one dominating the other. Enjoy the show! Remastered from the master tapes. Licensed from Futura / Marge. CD version includes two bonus, unreleased tracks from the Miss Madona EP.
CD $15


CONSTANTINE - In Memory Of A Summer Day (Guerssen Records 062; Spain) Day Of Light, the first album by Chicago musician Constantine, released as a private edition in 2015, took the underground psych-folk scene by storm and it's now a cult album between psychedelic aficionados. Guerssen Records announce the release of Constantine's second effort: In Memory Of A Summer Day, another psychedelic folk-rock gem filled with pastoral tales of adventure, beauty, and sorrow. Recommended for fans of Mark Fry, Shide & Acorn, Trader Horne, Donovan. Come sit beside the riverbank and try to recall the happy summer days... Includes twelve lyric insert pages. LP version housed in a whimsical storybook-illustrated gatefold sleeve (artwork by Stephen Titra of O.W.L.).
CD $17


BACK IN STOCK FROM RED TOUCAN RECORDS:

SFQ [SIMON H FELL QUARTET/QUINTET with ALEX WARD / GAIL BRAND / ALEX MAGUIRE] - Four Compositions: Three Quintets/Liverpool Quartet (Red Toucan 9326; Canada) The pieces on these two CDs were originally conceived as two separate albums, being the second and third recorded installments of my SFQ project (the first being 'Thirteen Rectangles', Bruce's Fingers 2002). But when Michel Passaretti of Red Toucan told me he wanted to release both recordings as a double album, I was of course delighted - although I wasn't sure in which order we should program the two performances. In the end, I decided on a chronological arrangement, so SFQ2 follows SFQ1; but I would encourage listeners to feel free to treat the two discs as two separate albums, or the four pieces as discrete works, as their own preference suggests. - Simon Fell The Simon H. Fell Quintet features Alex Ward on clarinet, Gail Brand on trombone, Alex Maguire on piano, Mr. Fell on double bass and Steve Noble on drums. We know of Alex Ward from his collaborations with Derek Bailey, Ms. Brand from her wonderful band called Lunge on Emanem, Maguire has worked with Elton Dean and Noble with Paul Dunmall. There are three compositions for this quintet, No. 50, 40.5d and 62b. "Composition No. 50" is titled "Koln Klang" and is a dark and mysterious work, closer to modern classical and quite sparse in places, with a recurring motif of a short, violent piano and drum eruption. "Comp. No. 40.5d" is "Trapped by Formalism 2" and it is a collection of excerpts from different genres, high speed bebop turns into freer jazz meets modern classical, ultra tight and quick changing. This is certainly a challenge for the quintet, yet it remains focused and fascinating throughout. "Comp. No. 62b" is called "Gruppen Modular 2", and it has few different themes running simultaneously and reminds me of Mr. Braxton, picture his quartet from the mid-seventies with George Lewis, Dave Holland & Barry Altschul. Alex Maguire's Cecil Taylor piano is especially amazing, as well as Graham's great bass playing and solo. Disc features the Liverpool Quartet which features Alex Ward on clarinet, Guy Llewellyn on french horn, Simon on bass and the ever in-demand Mark Sanders on drums & electronics. I haven't heard of Mr. Llewellyn before this, but Mark Sanders plays with everyone from Paul Dunmall to Elton Dean to Jah Wobble. This great quartet performs a 7 part work known as "Composition No. 70: Liverpool Quartet". Inspired by Harrison Birtwhistle and Igor Stravinsky, Most impressive here is the superb clarinet playing of Alex Ward, which must navigate some rather difficult charts, diverse dynamics, while exchanging an ongoing dialogue with the intricacies of the other three musicians. Mr. Fell has a wonderful way of demanding the most from his players, it is impossible to tell which is written and which is improvised since the thread which runs through all of it is so clear. Obviously, one of this year's best and most challenging releases. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG - 7/3/2015
2 CD Set $20


EVAN PARKER/PAUL DUNMALL/TONY BIANCO - Extremes (Red Toucan 9349; Canada) This was recorded in a small home studio in Garden Cottage, Delbury Hall in June of 2014 and it features Evan Parker and Paul Dunmall on tenor saxes and Tony Bianco on drums. Although both Mr. Parker and Mr. Dunmall are considered to be amongst the titans of the tenor in the UK and love each others playing , they have only recorded together on a handful of occasions previously besides their work with the London Jazz Composers Orchestra. British drummer Tony Bianco has worked with Dunmall on some two dozen discs previously as well as working with Dave Liebman, Elton Dean and Alex Von Schlippenbach. Both saxists have been influenced greatly by John Coltrane, the legendary US sax legend who passed away in 1967. I love the way both Mr. Parker and Mr. Dunmall let loose and spew long spiraling lines together in cosmic colossal streams. Mr. Bianco sounds like the perfect drummer to balance both powerful players, navigating the rapids, increasing the flow/pulse faster or slower as the waves or currents increase. Bianco gets a solo section in the first long piece, "Extreme" and sounds wonderful by himself. There are also a few sax and drums duo sections which also stand out since both the saxist and drummer lock in together so well. These sections remind me of someone who surfs on a tidal wave. When the other sax comes in, the intensity increases and both saxes soar higher and higher still. For those of us who love when Trane and Pharoah take off for the stars, this disc provides that much needed medicine to help us all achieve nirvana. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $15


DAVE LIEBMAN / EVAN PARKER / TONY BIANCO - Relevance (Red Toucan 9338; Canada) After decades of playing with musicians from the famous to the esoteric to relatively unknown, there still exists for me a wish list of those who for one reason or another I haven't performed or recorded with. Near the top of my list was saxophonist Evan Parker. With the help of an old friend and compatriot, Tony Bianco, we were able to arrange a gig at the Vortex in London for the BBC. Of course I have always had the utmost respect for Evan's art, his unique technical mastery and longstanding reputation as one of the masters of the free jazz idiom. As would be expected for such an occasion we said hello, went directly to the stage and improvised two sets. I will remember this evening as one of my best experiences with a peer saxophonist. Tony, as always provided the perfect flowing and consistent 'carpet' for us to commune together. As Evan and I both evolved from the Coltrane aesthetic, I think that this meeting could be seen in some ways as similar to the encounter we all know of Newk and Trane on Tenor Madness (1957) - different approaches to a common language. (I would imagine to dedicated jazz listeners, this meeting will also be of some historical value.) - Dave Liebman
CD $15

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LARGE NEW USED CD SALE!!!! We just acquired a new collection of USED CD’s, most of which are modern classical CD’s. Here is a nice list of around 100 USED gems. Most of which haven’t been listed before now, and the few that have, have had their prices lowered. Remember this is a first come, first served sale so please order quickly so you can get all or some of what you want. Regular customers whose address & payment info we have on file, no need to include that. If you tare not a regular customer, please do include your address & payment info, you can send sensitive info via our secure system.  

Here is the deal for this sale:

take 3-5 CD’s and get 10% off

take 6 or more CD’s and get 25% off

JOHN ADAMS / PHILIP GLASS - Violin Concertos of John Adams & Philip Glass (Telarc CD-80494 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

JOHN ADAMS // EMANUEL AX - Century Rolls/Lollapalooza/Slonmsky's Earbox (Elektra/Nonesuch 79607 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED
Sealed promo

RALPH ALESSI And THIS AGAINST THAT With RAVI COLTRANE / ANDY MILNE / DREW GRESS / MARK FERBER - Look (Between the Lines 71213 ,EEC)
CD 10.00 USED

LOUIS ANDRIESSEN // SCHOENBERG ENSEMBLE - De Staat (Nonesuch 79251 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

ROBERT ASHLEY with THOMAS BUCKNER / JACQULINE HUMBERT / JOAN LA BARBARA / AMY X NEUBERG - Improvement [2 CD set] (Elektra/Nonesuch 79289 ,USA)
CD 20.00 USED

ROBERT ASHLEY with THOMAS BUCKNER / JACQUELINE HUMBERT / JOAN LA BARBARA / AMY X NEUBERG - Improvement [2 CD set] (Elektra/Nonesuch 79289 ,USA)
CD 25.00 USED
Last sealed copy

ROBERT ASHLEY with THOMAS BUCKNER / JACQUELINE HUMBERT/ et al - el/Aficionado (Lovely Music 1004 ,USA)
CD 15.00 USED

ALBAN BERG // PIERRE BOULEZ - Chamber Concerto / Three Orchestral Pieces, Op. 6 / Violin Concerto (Sony SMK 68 331 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

ALBAN BERG // PIERRE BOULEZ - Lulu-Suite (Sony SMK 45 830 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

PIERRE BOULEZ // ENSEMBLE INTERCONTEMPORAIN / CHRISTINE SCHAFER - Pli Selan Pli (Deutsche Grammophon 289 471 344 ,Germany)
CD 10.00 USED

ANTHONY BRAXTON With PETER NICKLAUS WILSON - Eight Duets Hamburg (1991) (Music & Arts 710 ,USA)
CD 15.00 USED
Last sealed copy

ANTHONY BRAXTON With KENNY WHEELER or GEORGE E LEWIS / DAVE HOLLAND / BARRY ALTSCHUL - Anthony Braxton Live: Montreux Jazz Festival 1975/Berlin Jazz Days 1976 (Arista/RCA Bluebird 6626 ,USA)
CD 20.00 USED

some scuffs, but plays right!
GAVIN BRYARS / / CHARLIE HADEN / JULIAN LLOYD WEBBER / NEXUS - Farewell To Philosophy (PointMusic 454126 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

GAVIN BRYARS With TOM WAITS - Jesus' Blood Never Failed Me Yet (PointMusic 438823 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

GAVIN BRYARS - The Sinking Of The Titanic (PointMusic 108359 ,USA)
CD 15.00 USED
Last sealed copy!

DAVID BYRNE With ADRIAN BELEW / BRIAN ENO / et al - "The Catherine Wheel": The Complete Score from (Sire 3645 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

JOHN CAGE // MARGARET LENG TAN - Daughters of the Lonesome Isle (New Albion 070 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

JOHN CAGE // ARDITTI QUARTET - Vol. 3: Complete String Quartets Vol 1 (mode 17 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

URI CAINE ENSEMBLE / LA GAIA SCIENZA with DAVID MOSS / DAVID GILMORE // ROBERT SCHUMANN - Robert Schumann: Love Fugue (W&W 049 ,Germany)
CD 15.00 USED
still sealed

ELLIOTT CARTER / PIERRE BOULEZ / ENSEMBLE INTERCONTEMPORAIN - Concerto Pour Hautbois / Esprit Rude / A Mirror on Which to Dwell / Penthode (Erato 2292-45364 ,Germany)
CD 10.00 USED

ALVIN CURRAN - Songs And Views Of The Magnetic Garden (RCA/Catylyst 61823 ,USA)
CD 20.00 USED

ALVIN CURRAN / ROVA SAXOPHONE QUARTET [BRUCE ACKLEY/STEVE ADAMS/LARRY OCHS/JON RASKIN] - Electric Rags II (New Albion 027 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

BENOIT DELBECQ & FRED HERSCH DOUBLE TRIO With MARK HELIAS / GERRY HEMINGWAY / STEVE ARGUELLES / JEAN-JACQUES AVENEL - Fun House (Songlines 1600 ,Canada)
CD 10.00 USED

WHIT DICKEY / MATTHEW SHIPP / ROB BROWN / MAT MANERI / NOMMONSEMBLE - Life Cycle (AUM Fidelity 20 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

ETHIOPIQUES [V.A.] - Vol. 15: Jump to Addis - Europe Meets Ethiopia (Buda Musique 82264 ,EEC)
CD 10.00 USED

ETHIOPIQUES [V.A.] - Vol. 25: 1971-1975 Modern Roots (Buda Musique 860177 ,EEC)
CD 10.00 USED

MORTON FELDMAN // JOAN LA BARBARA / RALPH GRIERSON/ERIKA DUKE KIRKPATRICK/SAN FRANCISCO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PLAYERS - Only (Works for Voice and Instruments) (New Albion 085) - Rare sealed copy!
CD 12.00 USED

JEFF GAUTHIER QUARTET With DAVID WITHAM / JOEL HAMILTON / ALEX CLINE - The Present (Nine Winds 196 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

PHILIP GLASS - Symphony No 3 (Elektra/Nonesuch 79581 ,USA)- Rare sealed copy!
CD 10.00 USED

PHILIP GLASS // DENNIS RUSSELL DAVIES - Symphony No. 2 (Nonesuch 79496 ,USA)- Rare sealed copy!
CD 10.00 USED

PHILIP GLASS - Glassworks (Columbia/Sony ,USA) - Sealed copy!
CD 9.00 USED

HEINER GOEBBELS with DAVID MOSS / JUNGE DEUTSCHE PHILHARMONIE - Surrogate Cities (ECM 1688 NS ,Germany)
CD 14.00 USED

LOU HARRISON / /DAVID TANENBAUM / WILLIAM WINANT / SAN FRANCISCO CONTEMPORARY MUSIC PLAYERS - The Perilous Chapel (New Albion 055 ,USA)
CD 20.00 USED

GERRY HEMINGWAY - Acoustic Solo Works 1983-94 (RandomAcoustics 16 ,Germany)
CD 15.00 USED

JOHN HOLLENBECK LARGE ENSEMBLE With THEO BLECKMANN / KATE McGARY / GARY VERSACE / et al - Songs I Like Alot (Sunnyside 1339 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

MIKKO INNANEN & INNKVISITIO With FREDRIK LJUNGKVIST / DANIEL ERDMANN / SEPPO KANTONEN / JOONAS RIIPA - Clustrophy (TUM 025 ,Finland)
CD 10.00 USED

KRONOS QUARTET // GEOREG CRUMB / THOMAS TALLIS / ISTVAN MARTA / CHARLES IVES / DMITRI SHOSHTAKOVICH - Black Angels: Crumb, Ives, Tallis, .. (Elektra/Nonesuch 79242 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

KRONOS QUARTET // SOFIA GUBAIDULINA / TIGRAN TALMIZYAN / OSVALDO GOLIJOV / GIYA KANCHELI - Night Prayers (Elektra/Nonesuch 79346 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

KRONOS QUARTET // TERRY RILEY - Salome Dances For Peace [2 CD set] (Elektra/Nonesuch 79217 ,USA)
CD 12.00 USED

GYORGY KURTAG // ADRIENNE CSENGERY / ANDRAS KELLER - Kafka-Fragmente, op. 24 (Hungaraton HCD 31135 ,Hungary) Rare sealed copy!
CD 12.00 USED

JOELLE LEANDRE / PASCAL CONTET - 3 (Ayler 137 ,EEC)
CD 15.00 USED

GYORGY LIGETI // PIERRE BOULEZ / ENSEMBLE INCONTEMPORAIN - Chamber Concerto / Ramifications / String Quartet No. 2 / Adventures / Lux Aeterna (Deutsche Grammophon 423 244 ,Germany)
CD 12.00 USED

GYORGY LIGETI // ALFONS & ALOYS KONTARSKY / GERD ZACHER / et al - Adventures (Deutsche Grammophon 471 608-2 ,Germany)
CD 12.00 USED

GYORGY LIGETI - 7: Chamber Music (Sony 62309 ,USA)
CD 12.00 USED

GYORGY LIGETI // PIERRE-LAURENT AIMAND - 3: Works For Piano (Sony 62308 ,USA)
CD 12.00 USED

GYORGY LIGETI - 5: Mechanical Music (Sony 62310 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

GYORGY LIGETI - The Ligeti Project I: Melodien / Chamber Concerto / Piano Concerto / Mysteries of the Macabre (Teldec 8573-83953 ,EEC)
CD 12.00 USED

TAJ MAHAL / V M BHATT / N RAVIKIRAN - Mumtaz Mahal (WaterLily 46 ,USA)-Amazing blend of Indian/raga/free improv with the blues!
CD 12.00 USED

MYRA MELFORD THE SAME RIVER TWICE With DAVE DOUGLAS / CHRIS SPEED / ERIK FRIEDLANDER / MICHAEL SARIN - The Same River, Twice (Gramavision 79513 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

METHOD OF DEFIANCE with BILL LASWELL / BERNIE WORRELL / GARRISON HAWK / GUY LICATA / DR ISRAEL] - Jahbulon (MODT 02 ,USA) - cover slightly bent
CD 10.00 USED

GRACHAN MONCUR III With LEE MORGAN / JACKIE McLEAN / BOBBY HUTCHERSON / BOB CRANSHAW / TONY WILLIAMS - Evolution (Blue Note CDP 7 84153 ,USA)
CD 20.00 USED

GRACHAN MONCUR III With WAYNE SHORTER / HERBIE HANCOCK / CECIL McBEE / TONY WILLIAMS - Some Other Stuff (Blue Note CDP 7243 8 32092 ,USA)
CD 20.00 USED

EIVIND OPSVIK With TONY MALABY / LOREN STILLMAN / CRAIG TABORN / JACOB SACKS / GERALD CLEAVER / et al - Overseas (Fresh Sound NT 146 ,EEC)
CD 10.00 USED

EVAN PARKER / JOHN EDWARDS / CHRIS CORSANO - A Glancing Blow (Clean Feed 85 CP ,Portugal)
CD 10.00 USED

ARVO PART // ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR - Te Deum (ECM 1505 NS ,USA)
CD 12.00 USED - Rare sealed copy!

ARVO PART // ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC / CHAMBER CHOIR - Kanon Pokajanen [2 CD set] (ECM 1654/55 NS ,USA) - Sealed promo copy!
CD 20.00 USED

ARVO PART // PAUL HILLIER & THEATRE OF VOICES - I Am The True Vine (Harmonia Mundi 907242 ,EEC)
CD 12.00 USED - Rare sealed copy!

ARVO PART / /GIDON KREMER / KEITH JARRETT / STATTORCHESTER STUTTGART et al - Tabula Rasa (ECM 1275 New Series ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

ARVO PART // HILLIARD ENSEMBLE / ESTONIAN PHILHARMONIC CHAMBER CHOIR - Litany (ECM 1592 New Series ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

ARVO PART // HILLIARD ENSEMBLE / GIDOM KREMER / et al - Arbos (ECM 1325 NS ,USA)
CD 12.00 USED

ARVO PART / VELJO TORMIS - 7 Magnificat-Antiphonen / Magnificat / Summa (Collins Classics 14722 ,UK)
CD 12.00 USED - Sealed, cut corner, promo.

ARVO PART / JOHN TAVERNER - Out of the Night (Sony SK 61753 ,USA)
CD 12.00 USED
Sealed promo

ARVO PART / BAMBERG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA - Cello Concerto "Pro et Contra" / Perpetuum Mobile / Symphony No. 1 "Polyphonic" (BIS CD-434 ,Austria)
CD 10.00 USED

[9!] with EDDIE PREVOST / SEBASTIAN LEXER / SEYMOUR WRIGHT / et al - none (-t) (Matchless 54 ,UK)
CD 10.00 USED

LOU REED With ROBERT QUINE / FERNANDO SAUNDERS / FRED MAHER - Live In Concert [a/k/a Live in Italy] (BMG ,EEC)
CD 13.00 USED

STEVE REICH // MICHAEL TILSON THOMAS - The Desert Music (Nonesuch/Elektra 79101 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

STEVE REICH / BANG ON A CAN - New York Counterpoint/Eight Lines/Four Organs (Nonesuch/Elektra 79481 ,USA) - still sealed!
CD 10.00 USED

HERB ROBERTSON / DOMINIC DUVAL / JAY ROSEN - Falling In Flat Space (Cadence 1065 ,USA)
CD 9.00 USED

ROVA SAXOPHONE QUARTET [BRUCE ACKLEY / LARRY OCHS / JON RASKIN / ANDREW VOIGT] - As Was (UMS/Atavistic 216 ,USA)
CD 12.00 USED

ROBYN SCHULKOWSKY / NILS PETTER MOLVAER - Hastening Westward (ECM 1564 New Series ,Germany)
CD 10.00 USED

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG // PIERRE BOULEZ - Moses Und Aron [2 CD set] (Duetsche Grammofon 449 174-2 ,Germany) - Still sealed!
CD 20.00 USED

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG // PIERRE BOULEZ - Die Jakobsleiter / Chamber Symphony No. 1 (Sony SMK 48 462 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

YOCHK'O SEFFER - Chromophonie (Musea ,France)
CD 12.00 USED

MATTHEW SHIPP TRIO With WILLIAM PARKER / WHIT DICKEY - Circular Temple (Quinton 01 ,USA)
CD 15.00 USED

WADADA LEO SMITH & TUMO With JUHANI AALTONEN / FREDRIK LJUNGKVIST / KALLE KALIMA / JOHN LINDBERG / STEFAN PASBORG / et al - Occupy The World (TUM 037 ,Finland)
2 CD Set 16.00 USED

KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN // YVAR MIKHASHOFF/ROSALIND BEVAN/OLE ORSTED - Mantra (New Albion 025 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED
Some scuffs

KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN // DAVID TUDOR - Klavierstucke (Hat Art 6142 ,Switzerland)
CD 20.00 USED

KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN // PETER EOTVOS / MARKUS STOCKHAUSEN / et al - Spiral I & II, Pole, Wach, Japan, Zykus, Tierkries [2 CD Set] (EMI 95598 ,Germany)
CD 15.00 USED

KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN // DAVID TUDOR - Kontakte (Wergo 6009 ,Germany)- slight scuffs
CD 12.00 USED

KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN / ARDITTI STRING QUARTET - Helikopter-Streichquartett (Helicopter String Quartet) (Montaigne 782097 ,France)
CD 10.00 USED

KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN // SINGCIRCLE / GREGORY ROSE - Stimmung (Hyperion 66115 ,UK)- Out-of-print & Rare!
CD 12.00 USED

JOHN SURMAN / JACK DeJOHNETTE - Invisible Nature: Live In Tampere And Berlin (ECM 1796 ,Germany)
CD 12.00 USED

CECIL TAYLOR With BILL DIXON / JIMMY LYONS / HENRY GRIMES / ALAN SILVA / ANDREW CYRILLE - Conquistador! (Blue Note RVG ,USA)
CD 15.00 USED

CHARLES TOLLIVER BIG BAND With STANLEY COWELL / BILLY HARPER / DAVID WEISS / HOWARD JOHNSON/CECIL McBEE / et al - With Love (Blue Note/Mosaic ,USA)
CD 15.00 USED

GEBHARD ULLMANN / MICHAEL JEFRY STEVENS / JOE FONDA / HAN BENNINK] - Variations on a Master Plan (Leo 371 ,UK)
CD 10.00 USED

UNIVERS ZERO [DANIEL DENIS / DIRK DESCHEEMAEKER / MICHAEL DELORY / CHRISTIAN GENET / JEAN-LUC POUVIER/ANDRE MERGEN] - Uzed (Cuneiform 15 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

EDGAR VARESE // PIERRE BOULEZ, cond. - Ameriques / Arcana / Deserts / Ionisation / Offrandes / Integrales (Sony SMK 45844 ,USA)
CD 10.00 USED

EBERHARD WEBER COLOURS With CHARLIE MARIANO / RAINER BRUNINGHAUS / JOHN MARSHALL - Yellow Fields (ECM 1066 ,Germany)
CD 10.00 USED

WERGO COLLECTION: GYORGY LIGETI / KARLHEINZ STOCKHAUSEN / JOHN CAGE / MEREDITH MONK / CHARLES IVES / HANS WERNER HENZE / et al - Wergo Collection: Music of Our Century (Wergo 60200-50 ,Germany)
CD 10.00 USED

CHRISTIAN WOLFF // BARTON WORKSHOP - Vol. 2: I Like to Think of Harriet Tubman: Chamber Works (mode 69 ,USA)
CD 12.00 USED

IANNIS XENAKIS // ENSEMBLE INCONTEMPORAIN / PIERRE BOULEZ - Phlegra / Jalons / Keren / Nomos / Alpha / Thallein (Erato 45770 ,EEC)
CD 10.00 USED


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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. Many of us are going stir crazy staying at home so if you want to inspire us and help us get through these difficult times, please show us what you got. I listed some these last week but have also a few more.

MORE THINGS TO DO WHILE YOU ARE WAITING AROUND FOR THE WORLD TO END OR GET BETTER:

STILL STIR CRAZY AFTER ALL THESE YEARS!

This is the section where I usually recommend upcoming concerts in the NYC area. As far as I can tell there are no upcoming shows anywhere around here, except perhaps on-line. All places I usually frequent are now closed for the foreseeable future. And everyone is worried about the near future, their health and their sanity for their friends and family. I am trying to come up with something inspirational to put out there but I am also very worried about myself, the store, all of the creative musicians that we need and support, as well as everyone else who has lost their jobs.  

 I have been at home at my old apartment in New Jersey, cleaning, reorganizing my collection, finding lots of doubles, listening to dozens of records, CD’s,cassettes and DVD’s. And working on my ongoing series of discographies and assorted music lists.

   Over the past month a number of musicians have been putting up some music on-line for anyone to check out. I know that many of us are going a bit stir crazy so it is time to do some soul searching and serious listening. Here is a list of some music links to check out:

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THIS IS FROM MY GOOD FRIEND JESSICA HALLOCK,

who runs the New York Noise website and helps to promote creative music from hundreds of different musicians! At the beginning of April, Jessica convinced me not to go to the store and stay at home & work from there/here. Thanks to Jessica, Frank Meadows and Charmaine Lee, I have taken their advice seriously and I remain safe and alive (at home) while the store continues to do mail-order. Thanks Jessica, I do appreciate your tough love, this is what it takes sometimes to get the elder folks to break with their usual routine or habits and think more clearly about life.

This is from Jessica Hallock, please do check it out, there is so much to explore here and I know some of you are bored and need some inspiration/distraction:

Livestreams are obviously no replacement for live shows, but they're all the community we have right now––so experimental music calendar NYC-Noise.com now provides links to livestreams (with artist / curator donation info); a roundup of local musicians' releases; COVID-19-related resources, including links to grants, petitions, & a local venue donation list; & an Instagram account (@NYC_Noise) promoting artists and releases. Please let me know about your livestreams &/or new records at www.nyc-noise.com/submit.

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This one from KOBY ISRAELITE: Tribute to Jeff Beck

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODycjvPTSf0&feature=youtu.be

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TERRY RILEY - June 24th!

Here is a new version of Terry’s “In C” (Covid Version)

Organized by Benjamin Miller in Detroit

COVID ENSEMBLE: John D Morton electric Guitar Pulse, Ben Miller acoustic-electric-bass guitars, Mike Khoury violin, Molly Jones flute, Kevin Gosa alto-soprano saxophones, Roger Clark Miller jaymar toy piano, Mike List marimba, Thom Monks vibraphone, John Keith wurlitzer and Clem Fortuna accordion.

https://youtu.be/0SldkN0Mg8Q

1 hour long and truly transcendent! - BLG

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This was sent to us by KURT RALSKE from Todd Capp’s Mystery Train, Dissipated Face, Ultra Vivid Scene & Suburban Bohemia!

Rediscovered documentary on ALICE COLTRANE from 1970

https://www.reddit.com/r/Jazz/comments/hhp7tb/15_minute_documentary_on_alice_coltrane_from_1970/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=ios_app&utm_name=iossmf

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This one comes from LEN 37 SIEGFRIED from Ecstasy Mule & Suburban Bohemia:

AMY DENIO: Vocal Exercises for Everybody and Solo Vocal(s) Performance by Amy!

https://www.facebook.com/amy.denio/videos/10223053760793684/notif_id=1593198013002519¬if_t=live_video

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THIS IS FROM GUITAR MASTER HENRY KAISER:

I have been recording video performances weekly and they get posted on Thursdays on the Cuneiform Records Youtube page.

This week it is a duo with Mike Baggetta, that just went up:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewhXf3x745A

The week before it was a solo with some nice abstract animation of mine:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXLi4wcVgHk

All of the weekly solos so far are always here:

https://www.youtube.com/user/CuneiformRecords/videos

once in a while they are historical old thangs from my video archive
and I will be doing more collaborations with other improvisors.
I plan to keep this up until there are live gigs again
so there will likely be a lot more of these
best, Henry


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From INGRID LAUBROCK & TOM RAINEY:

Every Week for the entirety of this pandemic/lockdown INGRID LAUBROCK & TIM RAINEY have been posting a new duo offering. I have listened to every one of these as they were sent out and am much impressed by the way this duo continues to evolve and work their way through many ideas. You can check out each one here:

https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-16
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-15
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-14
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-13
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-12-anthony-braxton
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-11
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-10
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-9
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-8
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-7
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-6
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-5
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-4
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-3
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-2
https://ingrid-laubrock.bandcamp.com/track/stir-crazy-episode-1

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This comes from electric bassist, GIACOMO MEREGA:

My series is called ‘Solipsism Digest’. More vids to come!

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCjfGoeQKD8qw77LD4iH6dZA

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This is from good friend DON WHITE from Texas and who goes to the FIMAV Fest every year:

Two Live Sets with Experimental Guitarist SANDY EWEN:

They Who Sound Special Delivery - Sandy Ewen, Houston, TX, 5/30/20:

https://youtu.be/M8MA_Kl1TSU

Etched In The Eye with Sandy Ewen - Guitar, Objects, Danny Kamins - Alto and Baritone Saxes & Robert Pearson - Keyboards

Space HL, Houston, TX, 12/19/19:  https://youtu.be/zO19zhPrQhI

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This is from Kevin Reilly at Relative Pitch Records:

JAMES BRANDON LEWIS Live at The Spectrum, In Brooklyn:

https://www.instagram.com/p/CA_Xh4bgLwE/?igshid=xvbxhvq6dxrr

Support your favorite artists on Friday through bandcamp.
They are waiving their revenue share.

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THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS is the leader of the great Poetry/Music/Confrontation Band HEROES ARE GANG LEADERS a/k/a HAGL.

HAGL has a website that you should check out at:  www.heroesaregangleaders.com
for the latest intersection of music-minded words and word-minded music and while you are there also check out The Lokotown Reverb where classic overlooked Oral Literature, Studio Recordings and Live Performances are given a fresh look!

GIANTHOLOGY is a forum for writing not whining, aesthetics not agenda, ideas not issues, vision not victimhood, GIANTHOLOGY is edited by the members of Heroes Are Gang Leaders.
Send 2 to 4 unpublished works to HeroesAreGangLeaders@gmail.com.  

https://heroesaregangleaders.com/2020/07/08/gianthology-oliver-lake/

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The RUBIN MUSEUM Daily Offering: 

Check it out at: https://www.instagram.com/rubinmuseum/channel/?mc_cid=0176fb37a6&mc_eid=39c235b0f4

Over the past few weeks, uncertainty has become a prominent part of everyday life. Although the unknown can be unsettling, we can find inspiration in the ways performing artists tap into impermanence to fuel their creativity.

https://linktr.ee/rubinmuseum

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ROULETTE AT HOME:

Roulette TV: Nick Dunston

In early 2019, Roulette TV sat down with bassist and composer Nick Dunston ahead of the first concert of his year-long Van Lier Fellowship. In addition to the interview, this episode features live performance footage of Dunston's quintet Atlantic Extraction and the world premiere of The Floor is Lava! written for five double basses. Dunston also premiered La Operación—a multi-movement composition written for soprano voice, two alto saxophones, two double basses, and two percussionists—as part of his fellowship in the same year. Check out:
https://vimeo.com/342125717?utm_source=Roulette Master List&utm_campaign=34384bb216-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_08_15_09_07_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c36db137d7-34384bb216-302668229

Playlist: Excerpts from the Black Avant-Garde - Tracks by Tomeka Reid, Reggie Workman, Diedre Murray, Anthony Davis, Amiri Baraka, Henry Threadgill, William Parker, Matana Roberts from the Roulette concert archive. - https://soundcloud.com/roulette_intermedium/sets/blackavantgarde?utm_source=Roulette Master List&utm_campaign=34384bb216-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_08_15_09_07_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c36db137d7-34384bb216-302668229

Ridgewood Radio
The weekly stream on WFMU features concert recordings by Roscoe Mitchell & Francesco Filidei, John Oswald/Miguel Frasconi/Marvin Green, and Wadada Leo Smith’s Nyabinghi Arkeztra from 1991 at Roulette. Tune in: 1. https://wfmu.org/playlists/shows/93933?utm_source=Roulette Master List&utm_campaign=34384bb216-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_08_15_09_07_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c36db137d7-34384bb216-302668229
2. https://roulette.org/event/wadada-selasie-leo-smith-2/?utm_source=Roulette Master List&utm_campaign=34384bb216-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_08_15_09_07_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c36db137d7-34384bb216-302668229

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ARTS FOR ART Presents:

Friday, June 26, 8pm
Francisco Mela / Hery Paz / Juanma Trujillo
https://www.artsforart.org/onlinesalon.html

Oliver Lake Big Band:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hbewwty-7U0&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Audience&utm_campaign=96b2be884e 18a2-96b2be884e-85161517

Vincent Chancey Trio:
/www.youtube.com/watch?v=drsaIWuza9s&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Audience&utm_campaign=96b2be884e-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_03_30_08_58_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3be2db18a2-96b2be884e-85161517

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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 on each episode. Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/gary.lucas.5836

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STREAMING SESSIONS FROM THE EARly GROUP:

A friend of mine named Mauro Stocco from Italy is producing a series of streaming sessions, to sustain some great contemporary musicians and improvisers in this "pandemic" period:

UPCOMING:

10th ALVIN CURRAN ( Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/894396004303660/ )

17th GERRY HEMINGWAY ( Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1108428936207002/ )

24th ARTURO STALTERI ( Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/3053199028096720/ )

EARly (www.earlygroup.org) is proud to present a series of live streaming performances, broadcasted via a high-resolution, dedicated platform, at the following address: https://eventi.kromeidon.it

Ticket: 10 euro per performance, all the proceeds will go to the Artists.
A "replay" will be available for all ticketholders.
Time: 8.30 p.m. Italy (CEST) = 7.30 p.m. London = 2.30 p.m. Eastern time (NYC) = 3.30 a.m. Tokio 4.30 a.m. Sidney

PAST EVENTS:
June 12th - JON ROSE (Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/1520424481459326 )
June 19th - ROBERTO ZORZI DANILO GALLO
( Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1652279368274532/ )
June 26th - ROGER TURNER (Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/595396221095467/ )
July 03rd - ANDREA CENTAZZO ( Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/554567335422570/ )