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Solo Discs by John Zorn! Thollem McDonas! Henry Kaiser/Alexei Pliousnine/Marco Eneidi/Jon Raskin/Scott R. Looney/Damon Smith/Gino Robair/John Hanes! Jack Wright & Zach Darrup! Van Der Graaf Generator! Jah Wobble & Keith Levene! Sun Ra Meets Merzbow! Steve Reich / Terry Riley!
The Delegation! Ingrid Laubrock’s Serpentines Reviewed! Michel Redolfi! Nadja! Francisco Ali-Brouchoud! Plus Archival Discs from Michael Snow! Dexter Gordon! Queen Ida & the Bon Temps Zydeco Band! Washington Phillips! Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra! Moondog! Bun-Ching Lam! Conrad Schnitzler and Ryuichi Sakamoto!
The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:
Sunday, November 13th:
6pm: GLOBAL INTERLUDE Featuring DAVID AARON / DAVE GOULD - Saxes and Drums & Toys
Sunday, November 20th: NYC Debut of FREE WORLD MUSIC Featuring:
6pm: LI DAIGUO and RICK PARKER- Cello/Pipa/Vocals and Trombone/Synth/Electronics
Sunday, December 4th:
6pm: LOUISE D.E. JENSEN & ADAM CAINE
7pm: LOUISE DE JENSEN SAX TRIO With CHRIS PITSIOKOS & NICK LYONS
Sunday, December 18th Double-Header:
6pm: VIV CORRINGHAM / MIA ZABELKA - Vocals / Violin
7pm: JEFF PLATZ / DMITRY ISHENKO / DALIUS NAUJOKAITIS - Guitar / Bass / Drums
DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a former Buddhist temple & beauty salon. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Cosy
JEREMIAH CYMERMAN Interviews BRUCE LEE GALLANTER for Podcast Episode 89!
Clarinetist/composer/Tzadik & 5049 Records recording artist, Jeremiah Cymerman, has restarted his podcast interview series recently, which have featured dozens of great in-depth interviews with important musicians: Zeena Parkins, Ned Rothenberg, Ken Vandermark, Fred Frith, Mark Feldman, Nels Cline and many more. Check them out at: http://www.5049records.com
Earlier this week, Mr. Cymerman,uploaded a lengthy interview with yours truly, Bruce Lee Gallanter, recorded last month. Here is the link for it: http://www.5049records.com/episode-89-bruce-lee-gallanter. If you like this or any of the other interviews, you can make a comment or a contribution or both. Thanks Jeremiah, I appreciate the opportunity to talk at length about why Music is so important to me.
This Weeks Newsletter Begins with this Great Disc from our Main Man JZ:
JOHN ZORN The Classic Guide To Strategy - Vol. 4 (Tzadik 8349; USA) Of all the projects Zorn has created, the longest running and most personal are his solo saxophone improvisations, which began back in 1973 and were first documented a decade later on Lumina. After over 40 years there is still no one who plays the sax quite like John Zorn. Using the instrument as sound maker, he commands a saxophone language of unmatched versatility. Collected under the enigmatic title of The Classic Guide to Strategy, five volumes were planned—Volume 1 (1983), Volume 2 (1986), Volume 3 (2003), and now the penultimate Volume 4 is finally made available on Tzadik. Filled with wit, drama, playfulness and intensity, the composer’s legendary virtuosity and powerful improvisational logic is on full display in this astonishing release recorded at EMPAC in early 2013. You have to hear it to believe it!
We played this disc here at DMG the other day and were all blown away by it as Mr. Zorn remains one of the most intense, creative and distinctive solo saxists on the planet! Outstanding! - BLG
Two More Tzadik REISSUES for This Month:
BUN-CHING LAM - The Child God (Tzadik 7061b; USA) Bun-Ching Lam was born in Macao and holds a Ph.D in composition from the University of California at San Diego. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including most recently the treasured Rome Prize for Composition.
For her second Tzadik recording, Bun-Ching Lam has assembled some of the greatest traditional music performers of China and matched them with some of New York’s most creative instrumentalists in creating a beautiful and lyrical meeting of western art music and Chinese troubadour traditions. Her mini-opera, The Child God written as a shadow-play, incorporates spoken narration, instrumental music and tenor songs. Based on a Ming Dynasty mystical novel The Creation of the Gods, it tells the story of No Cha, from his miraculous birth, to the discovery of his own supernatural powers. Adventurous, charming and delightful.
MUDDY WORLD - Finery of the Storm (Tzadik 7261b; USA) Complex instrumentals from an exciting new band from Tokyo blending rock, jazz, flamenco and more. Combining the precision of This Heat, the hypnotic moods of John Fahey and the improvisational edge of Massacre, these three young musicians have fashioned a clean new sound out of the classic guitar, bass and drums format. Loping grooves and swirling counterpoint from a sharp new band out of Japan.
HENRY KAISER/ALEXEI PLIOUSNINE with MARCO ENEIDI/JON RASKIN/SCOTT R. LOONEY/DAMON SMITH/GINO ROBAIR - Indestructible Fantasy (Fractal 310; USA) Featuring an impressive double band of sorts: Henry Kaiser & Alexei Pliousnine on guitars, Marco Eneidi (alto) & Jon Raskin (alto & bari) on saxes, Scott R. Looney on piano, Damon Smith on contrabass and Gino Robair & John Hanes on drums. This lengthy (79 minutes) disc was recorded in June of 2006 but never released as a disc until now. Mr. Kaiser has a knack for organizing recording sessions depending on who is available at the time. For this session, which Mr. Kaiser co-leads with Russian guest guitarist Alexei Pliousnine, he has put together a strong, mostly Bay area-based team. Since this set was recorded a decade ago, bassist Damon Smith moved to Texas and recently to Boston, a former Downtown sax great Marco Eneidi passed away suddenly earlier this year (2016). You should recognize the other names here like Jon Raskin (founder of Rova Sax Qt), John Hanes (various Kaiser rocks bands with his brother Hilary Hanes) and Gino Robair (experimental percussionist & recording engineer).
What is “free music”? Is this music totally free? Parts of it sound free of form yet it more episodic, different combinations of players/instruments emerging and submerging. The doubled instruments: guitars, saxes and drums, often work well together, listening and interacting tightly, often as a unified voice. Saxist Marco Eneidi, who lived in Austria and in Mexico over the past decade, was often fighting a variety of personal demons. His slightly bent and bluesy tone seems to erupt throughout this disc, adding both an edge and poignancy to the proceedings, weaving Ornette and Eric Dolphy-like lines with his own sound. There is a most hypnotic section when things calm down to eerie bowed bass, rubbed strings inside the piano, simmering saxes, ghostlike sustained guitar and rustling percussion. On the title piece, things move organically, the mood/vibe slowly evolves, through suspense-filled sections, with different combinations of players cautiously weaving their wares into a wonderful connection of spirits. Henry Kaiser seems to have some magic glue which brings together gifted improvisers from varied backgrounds and allows them to cast a net and create a their own balanced world/story. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
THOLLEM McDONAS - Meeting At The Parting Place (Odradek 502; Czech Republic) This disc features Thollem McDonas on solo piano and it was released on a new label called Odradek Records, a non-profit, artist run label based in Lawrence, Kansas. There are some thoughtful liner notes provided by two musicians: Joan Jeanrenaud (former cellist for Kronos) and Downtown bass great William Parker. I am a longtime of nomadic pianist Thollem McDonis, whose improvised sessions with Nels Cline, Brian Chase, Arrington De Dionyso and Rent Romus continue to astonish anyone lucky enough to hear them. I have heard Mr. McDonas play solo piano on occasion and that is also pretty incredible. Both live performances and recordings seem to appear out of nowhere so getting a promo in the mail is often an unexpected delight. I hadn’t heard of this label before now, but am delighted to hear this disc.
In the liner notes, Mr. McDonas, discusses a wealth of influences from European concert music, jazz of the 1960’s & 70’s, punk-rock and various ethnic musics. While listening to this disc,his focus and approach keeps shifting, evolving and moving in unexpected ways. Sometimes he mutes the strings inside the piano as he repeats certain phrases, speeding up, slowing down and weaving different lines over and with each other. Over the course of an hour, McDonas seems to develop certain themes, sometimes classical sounding, other times, familiar melodies, stretched out in odd ways. There are a number of more restrained sections which fit but were relatively rare in earlier solo piano offerings. When Mr. McDonas does speed up to those dizzying tempos, he doesn’t quite sound like anyone else and it pretty amazing at that. It sounds as if there are two or more separate lines interconnecting at the same time, it is hard to keep track. Quite a tour-de-force, nonetheless. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $17 (In stock early next week)
JACK WRIGHT / ZACH DARRUP - Meet & Greet (Spring Garden 22; USA) Featuring Jack Wright on alto & soprano saxes and Zach Darrup on guitar & objects. Legendary saxist Jack Wright played a fabulous solo set here last Sunday (11/6/16) and showed that after more than forty years, he continues to grow and take chances as one of the original voices of free form sax music. Besides do the rare solo set, Mr. Wrights loves to travel and has collaborated with a wealth of known and little-known: (Michel Doneda, Joe McPhee & Tatsuya Nakatani…) Whenever Mr. Wright plays here, he leaves with with a short stack of discs, often from his own Spring Garden label.
Case in point, for this disc Mr. Wright works with a guitarist named Zach Darrup, someone with whom I am not previously familiar. When this disc began, I was reminded of those early sets by John Zorn and Fred Frith which dealt with those restrained Downtown fractured sounds. Bent notes yet completely focused with no extremes or eruptions. The duo take their time and sound as if they are listening and responding intensely. Mr. Darrup often sounds like a blend of Frith and Eugene Chadbourne from the early eighties, but without Dr. Chad’s twisted sense of humor. In conversation with Mr. Wright last Sunday, he claimed that he works hard at avoiding predictable patterns, techniques or tricks when he plays. As soon as the applause gets louder, he moves in another direction, trying to approach each situation with a new perspective. Wright often sounds like he exploring a variety of ideas, one or two at a time as he sheds layers and digs deeper into his evolving vocabulary. Slowly, the intensity begins to build. The exchange becomes more heated as the dialogue bristles. There is a sense of calm at the center of this which feels just right as if no one need to be anywhere sometime soon. The vibe here is one of a warm yet fascinating conversation and as long as you are patient and perceptive you will hear what is going on below and above the surface. We also received a handful of other newer titles from Jack Wright recently but in very small quantities. We will list them in a future newsletter when we get some more copies in stock. In the meantime, grab this one before it disappears into one of free music rabbit holes. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
FRANCISCO ALI-BROUCHOUD - Ganzfeld (Nose Sore 056; Argentina) This disc features Francisco Ali-Brouchoud on electronics/samples and was recorded in Buenos Aires. This disc is dedicated to the memory of Zbigniew Karkowski, legendary Polish-born electro-acoustic/experimental music composer who studied with Xenakis, Messiaen and Boulez. Over the past year, we’ve been visited by several musicians from Argentina, so there must be some sort of scene going on as each disc I’ve heard reveals a different type of creative music. Mr. Ali-Brouchoud stopped by earlier this week and left us with this disc. Starting with “HL”, it sounds as if Mr. Ali-Brouchoud is carefully manipulating feedback or static or some sort of swirling electronic soundscape. I found this music to be consistently fascinating. There appears to be several layers of sonic lines which float around one another, while certain elements are expanded or slowly manipulated. On “Prisoner’s Cinema”, the sounds become more disorienting, the sound of metals being ground erupts and makes us feel uneasy. Slowly, Mr. Brouchoud will focus on one sound, bending it carefully as it evolves. Eventually things settle down to a more restrained sort of static, more like crickets softly being altered. By the last piece, things calm down a bit but remain consistently engaging without the risk of going too far out there too often. Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
Two Great New Discs in-stock next week:
VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR - Do Not Disturb (Esoteric Antenna 1062; UK) Esoteric Antenna are delighted to announce the release of the excellent new album by the legendary VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR. Do Not Disturb" is the band's 13th studio album and was recorded in the closing months of 2015 and the Spring of 2016. A true group effort, Peter Hammill, Hugh Banton and Guy Evans continue to follow in the tradition of Van Der Graaf Generator by delivering an album that is both powerful and possesses and emotive beauty. "Do Not Disturb" is another highlight of the band's career, during which their music has been influential on successive generations of musicians.
JAH WOBBLE & KEITH LEVENE - Yin & Yang (Cherry Red 540; UK) Historic reunion of the original guitarists from Public Image Limited: post-punk dub bass legend Jah Wobble and that master of angular six-string fretwork Keith Levene. Wobble and Levene were the driving forces behind PiL's landmark 1980 album Metal Box, which they revisited this year with several highly-acclaimed live shows. Yin & Yang is their first collaboration since Metal Box, retaining that album's dense, abstract layers in places while also venturing into new, uncharted territory.
“Inevitably comparisons are going to be drawn between this and the 2012 This is PiL album. Wobble and Levene were what made First Edition and Metal Box the inspirational albums they remain. Lydon was the focus, the ringmaster, the one that gave them the opportunity and space to create it. It goes without saying that his unmistakable voice and lyrical bile were a part of their disorientating charm, but without them PIL could’ve been a messthetics abortion. From the tittle tattle I’ve heard the only reason Wobble didn’t rejoin PIL a few years back was because he was offered a job, working for Lydon, not a collaboration working with his old friend.
Against the odds though the Lu, Scott and Bruce Pil have released a mighty, multi-faceted album and played some of the best gigs of this or any other year. This IS Pil is at last a worthy successor to Metal Box. And in a way, so is this. Yin & Yang is the sound of Wobble and Levene reuniting as friends and musicians.
Their motivation was no doubt artistic but coloured with a hint of nostalgia and perhaps a bit of envy / antipathy to Lydon. Wobb and Keith would deny it no doubt; but from a fans perspective it just means there is twice as much music available to enjoy than if Lydon and Wobble had buried the hatchet.
So, is Yin & Yang as good as This is PIL? No, it’s not. But it is a great stand-alone piece of work. It sounds like an extended jams at times and a bit unfinished or rushed. There is very little post-production in evidence. It’s rough edged, studio-live and a back to basics approach. As Wobble said it includes nods to UK Psychedelia, Miles Davis and Dub.” - Ged Babey, LouderThanWar
THE DELEGATION - Evergreen (Canceled World) (ESP-Disk 5017; USA) The Delegation is a project of young phenomena Gabriel Zucker that mixes jazz, classical, electronica, rock, and more into a new sound that lives up to ESP-Disk's old catchphrase "You never heard such sounds in your life!" This improvising group came together at the 2013 Banff Jazz and Creative Music Workshop and was soon commissioned by the American Composers Forum; the result is the twelve-movement work on this two-disc set, which was premiered at the Jazz Gallery in New York City in 2014 and earned ASCAP's Morton Gould Young Composers Award. Personnel: Gabriel Zucker - piano, compositions, lyrics, electronics, voice; Adam O'Farrill - trumpet; Eric Trudel - tenor saxophone; Jacob Teichroew - tenor saxophone, clarinet; Bryan Qu - tenor saxophone; Mark Chung - violin; Ron Lawrence - viola; Eric Allen - cello; Artemisz Polonyi - voice; Lorena del Mar - voice; Bam Bam Rodriguez - bass; Gabriel Globus-Hoenich - drums; David Su - additional electronics.
Praise for Gabriel Zucker: "...suavely combined a symphony orchestra and a jazz band, beginning with a haunting orchestral hush and passing a gentle theme through the jazz soloists. It was a nocturne out of early Bernstein or introspective Sinatra." --Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times from Universal at Midnight's Carnegie Hall premiere.
Acclaim for Gabriel Zucker from Bach Society Prize of the Yale Music Department for being "a pianist who has excelled in solo, concerto and chamber music genres, a jazz pianist who has sustained a creative and virtuosic activity during his time at Yale, and a composer who has intensified his ambitious endeavor to find a synthesis between his art music and jazz interests."
2 CD Set $15
INGRID LAUBROCK SEPTET With PETER EVANS / MIYA MASAOKA / DAN PECK / SAM PLUTA / CRAIG TABORN / TYSHAWN SOREY - Serpentines (Intakt 272; Switzerland) Featuring Ingrid Laubrock on tenor & soprano saxes & compositions, Peter Evans on trumpets, Dan Peck on tuba, Miya Masaoka on koto, Craig Taborn on piano, Sam Pluta on electronics and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. I caught an early version of this piece at the Vision Festival last year and wasn’t sure what to think so I had to listen more closely to this disc a few times to hear what it is the I like so much about it. Ms. Laubrock continues to grow in leaps and bounds, with each project or band very different from anything previous. The unusual instrumentation of saxes/trumpets/tuba/koto/piano/electronics and drums is certainly unique. Opening with “Pothole Analytics” in 2 parts, the music is sparse yet carefully laid out, like minimal strokes of paint on an empty frame. Gradually layers of lines erupt, tight fragments, thoughtfully constructed. The music is closer to the modern chamber music approach of Anthony Braxton, who Ms. Laubrock has collaborated with. Tuba man Dan Peck is an immensely diverse musicians who works in both chamber ensembles and his own loud, metal-sounding trio. His growling tuba drone is at the center of “Chip in Brain”, another suspense-filled minimalist work which is superbly hypnotic, with exquisite koto, trumpet, glockenspiel and hushed electronics floating in the atmosphere. What makes this disc so special is that it sounds as if Ms. Laubrock spent a good deal of time making sure each note or sound is well-placed, cautious yet effective. Besides pushing herself to take chances and experiment with her saxes, Ms. Laubrock has become of the most inventive and unpredictable composers within the current, ever-evolving Downtown Scene. Bravo! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
SUN RA / MERZBOW - Strange City (Cold Spring 228; UK) Cold Spring Records present Strange City (CSR 228CD & CSR 229LP) featuring completely different music on each format. Officially licensed from Irwin Chusid of the Sun Ra estate, Cold Spring's Justin Mitchell negotiated rare and unreleased tracks from the Sun Ra archive to be remixed and treated by Masami Akita (Merzbow). The tracks incorporate the jazz power of Sun Ra, carried into brutal excess by the legendary Japanese artist Merzbow. CD version comes in a six-panel matte laminated digipak.
STEVE REICH / TERRY RILEY - Six Pianos / Keyboard Study #1 (Folm 002; Germany) After the widely noticed performance at the "Acht Brücken Festival 2016" at Cologne's Philharmonic Hall, Gregor Schwellenbach, Hauschka, Erol Sarp (of Grandbrothers), Daniel Brandt and Paul Frick (both of Brandt Brauer Frick) and John Kameel Farah release their interpretation of Steve Reich's "Six Pianos" as a studio recording via FILM. The re-recording of this piece is an interpretation of Reich's composition but still far more than just that - it is a modern approach to his idea behind it. The basic idea came up at the beginning of the '70s at the Baldwin Piano & Organ Company in New York. During a rehearsal phase, which Steve Reich spent in this very piano store, the idea emerged of writing a composition for all the grand pianos available to him at the company. By the time of the finished piece, the actual number of pianos had settled down to six, where "Six Pianos" developed in 1973. On the occasion of his 80th birthday, the six pianists declare their love to Steve Reich with this release. Shaped by electronic club music as well as their classical education, they form "Six Pianos" in dignified modernity and top it off with today's sound aesthetics and technical recording possibilities. Presented here is not the recording from the Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne Philharmonics), but the ensemble playing six different grand pianos in six different locations throughout Germany. Each pianist performed his part on his piano using his typical studio equipment and passed the recording over to the next one. Thus the six characteristic and individual timbres of the performers overlay to create the overall picture - "Six Pianos" the way it should be looked at in 2016. Jan Brauer mixed "Six Pianos" in the studio while Lukas Vogel provided delays for the "Keyboard Study #1". "Keyboard Study #1" by Terry Riley is a worthy companion for Reich's composition. The piece is kind of a building set of ever lengthening, repetitive patterns played against each other with the right and left hand displaced. The composition proposes various possible combinations for the performer to choose from and repeat at will. And what the performers have chosen proves Gregor Schwellenbach's assumption: "Terry Riley's and Steve Reich's music are open doors for pianists socialized by pop music and their audience."
MICHEL REDOLFI - Desert Tracks (Sub Rosa 418; Belgium) Sub Rosa present Michel Redolfi's Desert Tracks as part of their Early Electronic Series, originally released by INA-GRM in 1988 alongside "Pacific Tubular Waves". In 1987, Michel Redolfi hit the California desert road during the fall, to catch those hypothetical poly-sensorial desert tones. He visited the Mojave Desert, Death Valley, Palm Canyon and came back with an extraordinary album of early electronic music, sparse and bright to express the crude light and the divine silences. In 1969, Michel Redolfi, with the co-foundation of the Groupe de Musique Expérimentale de Marseille, pursued his passion for electro-acoustic music at an early age. During the '80s and '90s he composed collaborative works with Luc Ferrari, Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Henry and Jean-Claude Risset. As a resident of the United States from 1973 to 1984, he carried out his research with several new music centers, including the CME at the University of California in San Diego and the California Institute of the Arts. Also during this period he developed several collaborations with American composers. The natural elements highlighted by technology are a constant in Redolfi's catalog: many of his electroacoustic pieces stylize and orchestrate sound matter, and are recorded in remote locations as on Pacific Tubular Waves, originally released with Immersion in 1980 (REGRM 014LP, 2015) and Jungles (1997). He currently heads a major studio in sound design, Audionaute, based in Nice, France. CD comes as a six-panel digipack with a 12-page book.
NADJA - The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun, Nor Carved With A Knife (Gizeh 070; UK) Nadja return with The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun, Nor Carved With A Knife, their first release for Gizeh Records. The Canadian/Berlin-based ambient doom duo of Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff continue their ultra-prolific output with a monolithic record which explores the depths of heavy noisescape-related music. Encompassing distorted riffs and hypnotic rhythms the album sonically attempts to continue on from the more structured elements of the duo's recent Queller album (2014), coupling that approach with Nadja's more traditional sprawling, dense and challenging sounds. The relentless fuzzed-out textures repeat and build into a blissful and cathartic whole - a place to be completely immersed. In the deep, glacial and all-consuming world that Baker and Buckareff provide the listener with here, there is a will to dissolve, to let the record wash right over you or perhaps even through you. At times crushingly beautiful, The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun, Nor Carved With A Knife is brought to life by its clever restraints with quieter interludes serving a perfect purpose against its more intense, heavier moments. The album's intriguing title comes from a runic inscription on an Icelandic burial stone but the phrase also appears on the Eggja Stone which provided some of the lyrical content on the record. Nadja have a habit of transcending genres and indeed throughout their career, they have been incredibly difficult to pin down. The Stone Is Not Hit By The Sun, Nor Carved With A Knife is a welcome addition to that hefty catalogue and stands up tall against their most impressive work. Aidan Baker - guitars, vocals, drum machine; Leah Buckareff - bass guitar Recorded in the autumn of 2015 at Broken Spine Studios, Berlin. Mastered by James Plotkin. Artwork by Aidan Baker and Richard Knox.
YISHAK BANJAW - Love Songs Vol. 2 (Teranga Beat 021; Senegal) Ethiopian minimal wave from 1986. Teranga Beat presents Yishak Banjaw's first international release. Yishak Banjaw is a composer and keyboard player from Addis Ababa known to his country for his innovative compositions and unique sound. His ability to transform traditional Ethiopian songs into spacey minimal-wave gems creates an ultra-hypnotic and psychedelic atmosphere. Love Songs Vol. 2 was recorded in 1986 at Yishak's house, while he was working for the Police Band in Eritrea. It was released by an Eritrean label on cassette and was also distributed in Ethiopia. However, due to the shaky political situation, Yishak was forbidden to travel anywhere outside his country, including Ethiopia. Consequently, Love Songs Vol. 2 remained a very obscure and neglected musical experiment, until now. Yishak has released seven albums on cassette but, unlike many Ethiopian musicians, he has never managed to reach a wider and international audience. On this album, Yishak Banjaw chose to play everything on a small Casio PT, "a keyboard for kids" as he proudly mentions. He recorded the whole album live, directly to his tape recorder. Although his main instrument was a Godwin keyboard, he actually preferred to rent the Casio from a friend, as he was blown away by the way it sounded. This choice alone reveals a genuine talent that dared to go beyond what his colleagues were doing at that time. CD version includes a booklet with photos and liner notes outlining the story of this unique musician who carried the long tradition of Ethiopia into another level.
Historic & Archival Recordings, Restocks & Reissued Discs:
WASHINGTON PHILLIPS - Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams (Dust-to-Digital 049; USA) Dust-to-Digital's inaugural release, 2003's Goodbye, Babylon (DTD 001CD), included two recordings by a mysterious gospel musician from Texas named Washington Phillips, who died in 1954. After fielding inquiries about the hauntingly beautiful songs from listeners around the world, in 2013, Dust-to-Digital checked in with Michael Corcoran, the leading researcher on Phillips, to see if any new information had been uncovered. Indeed, Michael had some leads, but he would need a working budget to track them down. Three years later, in 2016, after combing through various archives and talking with the last surviving people from the Simsboro-area who remembered Phillips, the name of Phillips's homemade instrument (the Manzarene) has been revealed, in addition to the time, place, and manner of his death and many anecdotes about his life. Dust-to-Digital now share this story with Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams, a 76-page hardcover book by Michael Corcoran accompanied by a CD of recordings made by Phillips between 1927 and 1929. To ensure a superior listening experience, the label tracked down the most pristine original copies of Phillips's 78-RPM records, created high-resolution transfers, and had the audio expertly remastered for the best-sounding Phillips reissue to date. Hear the sublime, hypnotic, ethereal music of Washington Phillips in clarity like never before. Washington Phillips and His Manzarene Dreams includes song lyrics, label reproductions, and photos, along with liner notes by Michael Corcoran.
"The mystery of Washington Phillips begins the first time you hear his sweetly-sung Christian blues, bathed in a celestial haze of notes from an instrument that sounds like a child's music box. His music is a simple prayer, with the blessing in the asking, the singing, the playing. But his ethereal sound is also highly developed to the point of being almost psychedelic. Where did this strange and moving music come from?" - Michael Corcoran
DEXTER GORDON - Village Vanguard, NYC Feb '83 (Hi Hat 3043; UK) Dexter Gordon, live at the Village Vanguard, New York City on February, 27th 1983. Dexter Gordon's long and remarkable career saw him perform alongside Lester Young, Lionel Hampton, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane and many others. After a long spell in Europe, he returned to the US in 1976, and was named Down Beat Musician of the Year in 1978 and 1980. This superb set was broadcast by National Public Radio, and finds the great saxophonist celebrating his 60th birthday in typically authoritative and entertaining style. Digitally remastered here for greatly enhanced sound quality. Presented with background notes and images.
2 CD Set $24
QUEEN IDA AND THE BON TEMPS ZYDECO BAND - Live From The Old Waldorf, San Francisco, '80 (Interference 022; UK) Queen Ida And The Bon Temps Zydeco Band live from The Old Waldorf, San Francisco on September, 7th 1980. Ida Guillory is a jewel in the history of roots music who wears her own crown. Her passionate grasp of Creole roots lay charged behind the accordion, having offered compelling results since the 1970s. Countless appearances alongside her brother Al Rapone in the Bon Temps Zydeco Band have given widespread joy to more than just a roots audience. While San Francisco's famed venue was perhaps more familiar to contemporary rock acts, Queen Ida was always going to be "at home" wherever she played, an attitude that is felt throughout this prized set here. Professionally re-mastered original KALX-FM broadcast with background liners and rare archival photos.
CIRCUS DAYS - Pop Psych Obscurities 1966-1972 [6 CD Box Set](Particles Partbox 007; UK) Spread over six discs, Particles present Circus Days, over 100 of the finest pop, psych and pop-psych gems ever mined. Dating from the glory days of British flower power, the set encompasses performances both by familiar acts (Vashti Bunyan, Arzachel, The Factory) and lesser-known ones (Rhubarb Rhubarb, Blue Yoghurt, The Katdz), and even a smattering of clowns (Bob Monkhouse, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore spring to mind). Coming complete with a packed program featuring many rare pictures, this is one freak-show for which you'll want a ringside seat. Deluxe six-CD set with 105 rare tracks, many previously un-compiled. Full-color 52-page booklet with detailed group biographies. Sleeve notes by Nick Saloman. Features: Clover, Los Brincos, Lomax All-Stars, Stars, Head West, Waterloo, Johnny Burton, Tandem, The Penny Peeps, Jon Plum, Nick Garrie, Dry Ice, Alex Harvey, The Fruit Machine, Orange Peel, The Smoke, Nimrod, The Fingers, Blonde On Blonde, The Wire Machine, The Eggy, Fruit Machine, The Green Scarab, Cirkus, Tamara Koran and Perception, Hat & Tie, The Actress, Shy Limbs, The Churchills, The Lovin', The Summer Set, Thane Russal, The Mirage, Earth, Druid Chase, The Marianne, The Fenmen, The Living Daylights, The Medium, Cat's Pyjamas, Jerusalem, Kate, Opus, Andromeda, Bent Frame, The Answers, Juan & Junior, Cardboard Orchestra, Broken Toys, Shubert, Temple Row, Jon Isherwood, Peter & The Wolves, Peter Janes, The Cortinas, Tuesday's Children, Tomorrow's Thoughts, Rainbows, The Worrying Kynde, The Secrets, Threshold Of Pleasure, David Copperfield Style, Jason Crest, The Sweetshop, Dave Justin, Cecil McCartney, Pattern People, Juice, The Scots Of St. James, Together, Price & Sheridan, The Cymbaline, Timothy Grass, Queen Flora's Recollections, Motivation, Leze Majesty, Sparrow, The Idle Hands, Green Pavane, The Amelia Smile, The Essence, The Majamood and six mystery tracks.
6 CD Box Set $32
LP Only Section / New & Reissued Vinyl for those of us who still use our turntables:
MICHAEL SNOW - Musics For Piano, Whistling, Microphone And Tape Recorder (Song Cycle 999; UK) Musician, visual artist, composer, writer, and sculptor Michael Snow is also one of the world's most highly acclaimed experimental filmmakers. In 1975 he released this album under the record company Chatham Square. The label was founded by the owner of Michael Snow's gallery, the Bykert Gallery, which also issued the first Philip Glass recordings. This reissue is released in collaboration with Michael Snow. 180-gram vinyl; gatefold sleeve.
2 LP Set $40
AN ANTHOLOGY OF NOISE & ELECTRONIC MUSIC - Volume 3 [2 LP Set](Sub Rosa 220; Belgium) The third volume of Sub Rosa's Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music available on vinyl for the first time. The third volume continues to show all the aspects of electronic music from the early beginning to the present - including two pieces of historical concrete music (of the '70s), several pieces of American tape music (Columbia University) with a special focus on all the electronic music from Germany - WDR early works, krautrock, electronic music of the '90s. Features recent work from the greatest noise artists and several unsung electronic pioneers. Includes a six page poster including extensive critical and biographical notes. Features: Keith Fullerton Whitman/Hrvatski, Hugh Le Caine, Ilhan Mimaroglu, Bernard Parmegiani, Michel Chion, Zbigniew Karkowski, Masami Akita/Merzbow, Michael J Schumacher, Justin Bennett, Scott Gibbons/Lilith, Francisco López, Erkki Kurenniemi, Carsten Nicolai/Alva Noto, To Rococo Rot, Peter Rehberg/Pita, Herbert Eimert & Robert Beyer, Faust, Michael Rother (Neu!), Asmus Tietchens, Günther Rabl, Rune Lindblad and Carl Michael Von Hausswolff & Erik Pauser/Phauss.
3 LP Set $30
TLAHOUN GESSESSE - Sima! (Mississippi 030; USA) "Great songs form one of Ethiopia's most beloved singers - Talhoun Gessesse (English spelling varies). These recordings span from 1969 to 1975 and cover the range of Talhoun's styles and moods. Some mystical modal songs, some straight up rockers, and some ballads. All totally killer songs from the golden age of Ethiopian Soul Music. Talhoun's voice, alongside Mahmoud Ahmed's, is one of the strongest in the land. Don't miss out on this monstrously good LP."
HASTINGS OF MALAWI - Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth (Sub Rosa 428; Belgium) First reissue of Hastings Of Malawi's classic masterpiece Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth, originally released on the Papal Products label in 1981. Hastings Of Malawi were Heman Pathak, David Hodes and John Grieve. They recorded Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth in one night in 1981 with no plan and no idea of what they were doing. They played drums, clarinet, synthesizer and piano but also made use of things that they found lying around the studio - old records, cook books, telephone directories and a telephone. The recordings were played down the phone to randomly dialed numbers with the reactions added to the recording. All three had been involved in the recording of the first Nurse With Wound album Chance Meeting On A Dissecting Table Of A Sewing Machine And An Umbrella (1979) and had contributed metal scrapings, piano, effects, clarinet and guitar during the session. The star of the record is Pat Simmons who was the voice of the UK speaking clock between 1963 and 1984. In his book Lipstick Traces (1989) writer Greil Marcus seeks to draw a line from Dada through the Situationist International to punk rock. If this line exists, then Vibrant Stapler Obscures Characteristic Growth sits on the end of it. The only review that the album received was from Steve Stapleton who suggested that "nobody should miss this vinyl disaster" - good or bad are not concepts that can be applied to this recording. The record stands firmly in opposition to the now all pervading concepts of commercialization, celebrity culture and the commodification of creative activity. Originally 1000 copies were pressed on orange/red vinyl. 120 copies were sold through Rough Trade and Virgin Records. 800 copies were bought and later destroyed by the United Dairies label, adding to the elusiveness of this record. This reissue is on red vinyl, just like the original pressing. File under: dada, underground, post-industrial, concrete music, DIY, punk.
SUN RA & HIS ARKESTRA - Super-Sonic Jazz (Cornbread 16008; USA) Cornbread Records present a reissue of Sun Ra & His Arkestra's Super-Sonic Jazz, originally released in 1957. Recorded in 1956 in Chicago, Super-Sonic Jazz is one of the earliest and most sought after titles from the Arkestra. Featuring Arkestra mainstays like Pat Patrick, John Gilmore, and Julian Priester, the album is, like Ra always was, years ahead of its time. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a deluxe jacket, and a download card.
SUN RA & HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA - The Nubians Of Plutonia (Cornbread 16009; USA) Presenting a reissue of Sun Ra & His Myth Science Arkestra's The Nubians Of Plutonia, originally released in 1969. Featuring the early classic Arkestra lineup that included Pat Patrick, Ronnie Boykins, John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, James Spaulding, and more, The Nubians Of Plutonia is one of the best and most sought after of Sun Ra's early titles. Recorded in the late '50s in Chicago, this LP is a top-tier landmark in a prolific career. Essential Sun Ra reissued on 180 gram vinyl and includes a download code.
MOONDOG - Snaketime Series (Cornbread 16004; USA) Cornbread Records present a reissue of Moondog's Snaketime Series, one of the earliest and rarest of Moondog's recordings, originally released in 1956. "Snaketime" is what Moondog himself referred to as his unique sense of time in music, what he called "a slithery rhythm". And indeed, almost nobody else was making music as unique as this in the 1950s, drawing influence from city sounds, and working on many of his own instrumental invitations, Snaketime Series is truly cutting edge American avant-garde. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a deluxe jacket, and a download card.
JAMES BROWN AND THE FAMOUS FLAMES - Think! (Cornbread 16002; USA) Cornbread Records present a reissue of James Brown And The Famous Flames's third studio album Think!, originally released in 1960. Though the title track was a cover of The 5 Royales, it's guaranteed that James Brown is who everyone on the planet now associates the song with. Absolutely essential early R&B from the "Godfather" himself, the "Hardest Working Man In Show Business". Reissued on 180 gram vinyl with a deluxe jacket, two bonus tracks, and a download card.
WILSON PICKETT - I Don't Want No Part Time Love: The Early Years Of The Wicked Pickett (Cornbread 16010; USA) Cornbread Records presents a compilation featuring Wilson Pickett titled I Don't Want No Part Time Love: The Early Years Of The Wicked Pickett. Featuring some of his earliest recordings out of Detroit with The Falcons, and very early solo material, this collection shows the legend of soul music when he was just getting started. Though these are early recordings, Pickett's voice is fully formed and some of these tracks are the equals of later hits like "In The Midnight Hour", and "Ninety-Nine And A Half". For fans of American soul music, this collection is absolutely necessary. Issued on 180 gram LP with a deluxe jacket, and a download card.
ERMA FRANKLIN - Her Name Is Erma (Cornbread 16003; USA) Cornbread Records present a reissue of Erma Franklin's debut album, Her Name Is Erma, originally released in 1962. Erma Franklin was born in 1938 in Shelby, Mississippi, but was raised - with her sisters, Aretha and Carolyn - in Detroit, Michigan. The daughter of the legendary preacher, gospel musician, and civil rights activist Reverend C.L. Franklin, Erma grew up singing in the church, like so many other R&B and soul greats of the time. After recording backing vocals with her sister, Erma got the chance in 1962 to cut her debut album. Though she would only record one more album and retire from music entirely in the 1970s, this debut shows a singer just as talented as her more famous sister. A husky, soul belter of a voice is showcased here, with all the tracks from the original LP, including two bonus tracks. Reissued on 180 gram vinyl and includes a download code.
RUTH BROWN - Late Date With Ruth Brown (Cornbread 16005; USA) Cornbread Records present a reissue of Ruth Brown's debut album, Late Date With Ruth Brown, originally released in 1959. Probably the best and most popular female artist of the 1950s jump blues and R&B scene, Ruth Brown was a powerhouse vocalist, and Late Date With Ruth Brown is a perfect example of her husky, smoky, and raunchy presence. Before Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, even before Ray Charles, Ruth Brown was the R&B star of Atlantic Records (there's a reason Atlantic was often referred to as "the house that Ruth built", also a nod to another NYC institution, Yankee Stadium). Essential 1950s R&B from an absolute legend, reissued on 180 gram vinyl and includes a download code.
HU VIBRATIONAL [With ADAM RUDOLPH/BILL LASWELL/STEVE GORN/ et al] - The Epic Botanical Beat Suite - Boonghee Music 4 (Meta Records 019; Japan) Hu Vibrational's The Epic Botanical Beat Suite - Boonghee Music 4 mixes deep percussive African rhythms and Afro-jazz with elements of hip-hop and electronica. Recorded and mixed at Bill Laswell's state of the art studio, this is the fourth album for Hu Vibrational. Produced and mixed by Adam Rudolph together with longtime Laswell engineer James Dellatacoma, the album features seven world percussionists along several special guests including Bill Laswell hitting the deep pockets on bass plus Norwegian guitar whiz Eivind Aarset creating ethereal electronic palettes. Joining Rudolph in the groove department are percussionists from his Go: Organic Orchestra project: Brahim Fribgane, James Hurt, Matt Kilmer, Tim Kieper, Keita Ogawa and Tripp Dudley. Each of these great drummers has performed extensively worldwide; here they perform Rudolph's rhythm compositions on a wide variety of world percussion. The tracks were then electronically processed and transformed into a true ancient-to-future expression; a dance music style Hu calls "Boonghee Music". With two acclaimed releases on Soul Jazz Records, Beautiful - Boonghee Music 2 (2003) and Universal Mother - Boonghee Music 3 (2006), and one release on Scott Heren's (Prefuse 73) Eastern developments label , Boonghee Music 1 (2002), Hu Vibrational's deep spiritual music draws on the links between Africa, jazz music and avant-garde hip-hop. Adam Rudolph is known for work with Don Cherry, Pharaoh Sanders and other great jazz artists, as well as his 25 year partnership with the legendary Yusef Lateef. He currently also leads his Moving Pictures Octet and the 36 piece Go: Organic Orchestra. Almost ten years since the last Hu Vibrational release of Boonghee Music, Rudolph turns his creative energies back to Hu by creating a deep groove masterpiece - indeed; a vision of future dance music. As Tommy Chong so aptly puts it, "When you hit a groove, it's not you; it's the spirit world." Personnel: Adam Rudolph - bata, slit drum, rebolo, gangkogoui, udu, percussion; Brahim Frigbane - cajon, tarija, udu, percussion; James Hurt - sogo, kidi, igbo bell, udu, percussion; Matt Kilmer - frame drum, djembe, kanjira, udu, percussion; Tim Kieper - dusun'goni, pandeiro, caxixi, udu, percussion; Keita Ogawa - earthtone drum, frame drum, hadjira, pandeiro, udu, percussion; Tripp Dudley - kanjira, cajon, bayan, frame drum, udu, percussion; Eivind Aarset - electric guitars; Steve Gorn - bansuri flutes; Bill Laswell - electric bass; Alex Marcelo - Fender Rhodes.
LP $25 [Very Limited Edition]
CONRAD SCHNITZLER / SCHNEIDER TM - Con-Struct (Bureau B 252; Germany) LP version, includes CD. Conrad Schnitzler (1937-2011), composer and concept artist, was one of the most important representatives of Germany's electronic music avant-garde. A student of Joseph Beuys, he founded Berlin's legendary Zodiak Free Arts Lab, a subculture club in 1967/68, was a member of Tangerine Dream (with Klaus Schulze and Edgar Froese) and Kluster (with Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius) and also released countless solo albums. Schneider TM (Dirk Dresselhaus) has been involved in various musical fields since the late 1980s. Between 1989 and 1997 he played and sang in bands like Locust Fudge and Hip Young Things, before focusing more on electronic music from 1997 onwards, starting up his Schneider TM project. In 1999, Dresselhaus formed the duo Angel with Ilpo Väisänen. The Con-Struct series features Schnitzler's daily excursions through the sonic diversity of his synthesizers. He preserved these exceptional sounds for use in combination with each other in subsequent live performances, amassing a vast sound archive of his discoveries over time. When Jens Strüver, the producer of the Con-Struct series, was granted access to this audio library at the outset of the 2010 decade, he came up with the idea of constructing new compositions, not remixes, from the archived material. On completion of the first Con-Struct album, he decided to develop the concept into a series, with different electronic musicians invited into Schnitzler's unique world of sound. Schneider TM on his involvement: "I am very happy and honored to be invited to do an album for the Con-Struct series and wanted to do something special and genuine in this posthumous collaboration with Conrad Schnitzler. I wanted to get as close to his spirit as possible, so I created a musical situation as if we were actually collaborating together in the same room, with Conrad playing his pre-recorded sound-files or modular system and me dubbing and processing it live on the fly - almost as if it was a live-concert situation. Next to many other aspects of Schnitzler's vast oeuvre, I am fond of the noisy, poly-harmonic, poly-rhythmic and sometimes quite humorous minimalism of his music, as well as his way of using chance, which often leads to magical and raw beauty. There are no other sounds on this record except for ones created by Schnitzler, sent through my system and processed live. During the sessions I had the feeling of being in a conversation with him."
LP + CD $24
RYUICHI SAKAMOTO - Music For Film (ButButsak 001; Belgium) Music For Film is the first compilation dedicated to the film music of Ryuichi Sakamoto, played by the Brussels Philharmonic and conducted by Dirk Brossé. This selection includes compositions from Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983), The Last Emperor (1987), The Sheltering Sky (1990), High Heels (1991), Wild Palms (1993), Little Buddha (1993), Snake Eyes (1998), Femme Fatale (2002), Babel (2006), Hara-Kiri: Death Of A Samurai (2011), Yae No Sakura (2013) and The Revenant (2015). Sakamoto was already a celebrated pioneer in electronic music and composer/pianist/singer in Japan when he was asked by Nagisa Oshima to write the music for the Merry Christmas Mr.Lawrence, his first major score. The list of major directors Sakamoto worked with is impressive: the veteran Japanese director Yoji Yamada, Takashi Miike, Bernardo Bertolucci, Brian De Palma, Pedro Almodovar, Volker Schlöndorff and Oliver Stone. Sakamoto conceived a unique approach of film scoring: a blend of splendid melodies, synthesizer work, traditional orchestral music, drum tracks, sound effects and unusual musical colors. Out of his striking contrast of musical styles and cultures, he created fascinating and enchanting standout scores. From Merry Christmas, Mr.Lawrence, there's the haunting main theme that manages simultaneously to be Japanese and western, a central idea in the film. For The Last Emperor, Sakamoto's score blends Chinese gestures with accessible melodies. For The Sheltering Sky, based on Paul Bowles's novel, "Sakamoto wrote a rich, profusely emotive score, reflecting the emotional journey of the two characters." For Little Buddha, the composer "integrates a standard Hollywood-style film underscore with several Indian motifs." Sakamoto's one-time collaboration with Spanish director Pedro Almodovar resulted in a flavorful sound, reliant on the sounds of a flamenco guitar. Knowing Sakamoto's admiration for frequent Hitchcock collaborator Bernard Herrmann, it's no wonder Brian De Palma asked him for the music for Snake Eyes. As Jerry McCulley testifies, the result was brilliant: "Sakamoto... crank[s] up the brass and swirling strings into an unsettling sonic maelstrom that would've done late '50s Hitch proud." In Femme Fatale, Sakamoto's next collaboration with De Palma is his playful pastiche on Ravel's Bolero, the obsessive rhythm of the opening sequence becoming a jewel heist at the Cannes film festival. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's The Revenant marked Sakamoto's triumphant comeback after he survived throat cancer. For The Revenant, Sakamoto composed new ambient music that's simultaneously subdued, low-key and emotionally powerful. Includes CD.
2 LP + CD $30
Big ANTHONY BRAXTON Sale! $1 Off of each one when you take 3 or more of these. $2 off of all 2 CD sets & $5 off ‘Trillium R’!
Now that Anthony Braxton has retired from teaching at Wesleyan University, the saxist/composer/visionary can concentrate on composing, playing selective performances (often in Europe) and helping to run the Tri-centric Foundation. Their yearly festival at Roulette in Brooklyn is always much anticipated as it features new works from Mr. Braxton as well as from a number of his current collaborators and alumni. In recent years labels like Firehouse 12, Hatology, Tzadik, Rai Trade and Seiso have released CDs of his vast catalogue. One of our favorite labels is Victo from the FIMAV Festival in Quebec. All nine CDs on this label are essential for Braxton & all New Music fans. The Diamond Curtain Wall Trio (Victo 108) with Mary Halvorson & Taylor Ho Bynum was recently picked by the NY Times as essential listening referenced in a long feature article on Ms. Halvorson. You can check out a recent interview with the amazing Anthony Braxton at: www.heraldscotland.com/arts_ents/14836989.Anthony_Braxton_still_knows_no_boundaries/
Big ANTHONY BRAXTON Sale! $1 Off of each one when you take 3 or more of these. $2 off of all 2 CD sets & $5 off ‘Trillium R’! Here’s that list:
ANTHONY BRAXTON/DEREK BAILEY - Moment Precieux (Victo 02; Canada)
ANTHONY BRAXTON With EVAN PARKER/PAUL SMOKER/GEORGE E LEWIS/BOBBY NAUGHTON/JOELLE LEANDRE/GERRY HEMINGWAY - Ensemble (Victoriaville) 1988 (Victo 007 ,Canada)
ANTHONY BRAXTON With MARILYN CRISPELL/MARK DRESSER/GERRY HEMINGWAY - Quartet (Victoriaville) 1992 (Victo 021; Canada)
ANTHONY BRAXTON SEXTET With TAYLOR HO BYNUM/JESSICA PAVONE/JAY ROZEN/CHRIS DAHLGREN/AARON SIEGEL - (Victoriaville) 2005: Composition 345 (Victo 098; Canada)
WOLF EYES & ANTHONY BRAXTON - Black Vomit: Live May 21st 2005 at 22nd Victoriaville New Musique Actuel Festival (Victo 099; Canada)
ANTHONY BRAXTON/FRED FRITH - Duo (Victoriaville) 2005 (Victo 100; Canada)
ANTHONY BRAXTON [DIAMOND CURTAIN WALL] TRIO With TAYLOR HO BYNUM/MARY HALVORSON - Trio (Victoriaville) 2007 (Victo 108; Canada)
ANTHONY BRAXTON 12+1-TET With JAMES FEI/STEVE LEHMAN/TAYLOR HO BYNUM/MARY HALVORSON/JESSICA PAVONE/NICOLE MITCHELL/SARA SCHOENBECK/REUT REGEV/JAY ROZEN/CARL TESTA - 12+1tet (Victoriaville) 2007 (Victo 109; Canada)
ANTHONY BRAXTON SEPTET With TAYLOR HO BYNUM/MARY HALVORSON/JESSICA PAVONE/JAY ROSEN/AARON SIEGEL/CARL TESTA - Echo Echo Mirror House (Compostion No 347 +): Live at Victoriaville 21 May 2011 (Victo 125; Canada)
ANTHONY BRAXTON With J D PARRAN/BRANDON EVANS/JAMES FEI/JACKSON MOORE/ANDRE VIDA/KEVIN O'NEIL/JOE FONDA/KEVIN NORTON - Ninetet (Yoshi's) 1997, Vol 4 [2 CD Set] (Leo 500/501 ,UK)
2 CD Set $18
ANTHONY BRAXTON With J D PARRAN/BRANDON EVANS/JAMES FEI/JACKSON MOORE/ANDRE VIDA/KEVIN O'NEIL/JOE FONDA/KEVIN NORTON - Ninetet (Yoshi's) 1997, Vol 4 [2 CD Set] (Leo 500/501 ,UK)
2 CD Set $18
ANTHONY BRAXTON & ITALIAN INSTABILE ORCHESTRA (CARLO ACTIS DATO/GIANLUIGI TROVESI et al) Creative Orchestra (Bolzano) 2007 (Rai Trade 13; Italy)
ANTHONY BRAXTON SEXTET With ROLAND DAHINDEN/JASON KAO HWANG/TED REICHMANN/JOE FONDA/KEVIN NORTON - Sextet (Istanbul) 1996: Composition Nos 185 & 186 [2 CD set] (Braxton House 001; USA)
2 CD Set $16
ANTHONY BRAXTON - Composition No. 102 (for Orchestra & Puppet Theater) (Braxton House 003; USA)
ANTHONY BRAXTON With J D PARRAN/BRANDON EVANS/ANDRE VIDA/ROLAND DAHINDEN/JACQUI CARRASCO/GWEN LASTER/TED REICHMAN/JOE FONDA/KEVIN NORTON - Tentet (New York) 1996: Composition No 193 (Braxton House 004; USA)
ANTHONY BRAXTON QUARTET With TED REICHMAN/JOE FONDA/KEVIN NORTON - Four Compositions (Quartet) 1995: Nos 182, 183, 184, 181 (Braxton House 005 ,USA)
ANTHONY BRAXTON With J D PARRAN/AARON STEWART/LIBBY VAN CLEVE/MELINDA NEWMAN/LILY WHITE/JACQUI CARRASCO/GWEN LASTER/NIOKA WORKMAN/JOE FONDA/KEVIN NORTON - Ensemble (New York) 1995: Composition No 187 (Braxton House 007; USA)
ANTHONY BRAXTON OCTET With ROLAND DAHINDEN/ANDRE VIDA/BRANDON EVANS/JASON KAO HWANG/TED REICHMANN/JOE FONDA/KEVIN NORTON - Octet (New York) 1995: Composition No 188 (Braxton House 006; USA)
ANTHONY BRAXTON With HERB ROBERTSON/MICHAEL ATTIAS/CHRIS SPEED/STEVE SWELL/TOM VARNER/PERRY ROBINSON/NED ROTHENBERG/MARK WHITECAGE/BRANDON EVANS/TED REICHMAN/JOE FONDA et al - Trillium R: Shala Fears For The Poor - Composition No 162 (Opera in Four Acts) [4 CD set & Libretto] (Braxton House 008; USA)
4 CD Set $45 ($40 during this sale)
ANTHONY BRAXTON With J D PARRAN/CHRIS JONAS/BRANDON EVANS/ANDRE VIDA/JAMES FEI/KEVIN O'NEILL/SETH MISTERKA/JONATHAN ZORN/JOE FONDA/KEVIN NORTON - Four Compositions (Washington, D.C.) 1998: Nos 46, 70, 222, 223 [2 CD set] (Braxton House 009; USA)
2 CD Set $16 ($14 during this sale)
ANTHONY BRAXTON/WILLIAM PARKER/MILFORD GRAVES - Beyond Quantum (Tzadik 7626; USA)
ANTHONY BRAXTON With MARY HALVORSON/TAYLOR HO BYNUM/JESSICA PAVONE/CARL TESTA/JAY ROZEN/AARON SIEGEL - 3 Compositions 2011 [EEMHM] [3 CD Set] (Firehouse 12 2020; USA)
3 CD Set $36 ($3 off during this sale)
Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for October & November of 2016:
THE STONE is located at the NW corner of Avenue C & East 2nd Sts.
THE STONE RESIDENCIES - MARTY EHRLICH - NOV 8 – 13
8 pm - FIRST MEETING: DUENDE WINDS - Marty Ehrlich (clarinets) Nicole Mitchell (flutes) Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon) Tomeka Reid (cello)
10 pm - TRIO EXALTATION - Marty Ehrlich (sax, clarinet, flute) Michael Formanek (bass) Tomas Fujiwara (drums) and a special guest
8 pm - THE MARTY EHRICH SEXTET - Marty Ehrlich (sax, clarinet, flute) Jack Walrath (trumpet) Ray Anderson (trombone) James Weidman (piano) Mike Formanek (bass) Ben Perowsky (drums)
10 pm - duO dUo Duo - Marty Ehrlich, Ned Rothenberg (reeds) Michael Formanek (bass) Ray Anderson (trombone)
8 pm - SHARDS AND SPLINTERS - Marty Ehrlich (sax, clarinet, flute) Fay Victor (voice) Angelica Sanchez (piano) Kate Gentile (drums)
10 pm - Marty Ehrlich plays John Zorn’s BAGATELLES
Marty Ehrlich (reeds) Michael Formanek (bass) Ben Perowsky (drums)
THE STONE RESIDENCIES - JON MADOF - NOV 15-20
8 pm - Jon Madof (guitar) Jessica Lurie (baritone sax) Yoshie Fruchter (bass) Yonadav Halevy (drums)
10 pm - Jon Madof, Ty Citerman (guitars) Yoshie Fruchter (bass) Yonadav Halevy (drums)
8 pm- Jon Madof (guitar) Eden Pearlstein (emcee) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Yonadav Halevy (drums)
10 pm - Jon Madof (guitar) Eden Pearlstein (emcee) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Yonadav Halevy (drums) Yoshie Fruchter (bass)
8 and 10 pm - Blivet - Jon Madof (guitar) Brian Marsella (organ) Shanir Blumenkranz (bass) Mathias Künzli (drums)
8 pm - ERNESTO MARTINEZ SPECIAL DAY - Ernesto Martinez and his microritmica
Here from Mexico for one special performance.
Zion80 plays music from John Zorn's Masada Book B'riah!
ONE SET BEGINNING AT 9PM - NOTE 9PM START TIME!
Jon Madof, Yoshie Fruchter (guitars) Matt Darriau (alto sax) Greg Wall (tenor sax) Frank London (trumpet) Jessica Lurie (bari sax, flute) Zach Mayer (bari sax) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Marlon Sobol (percussion) Yuval Lion (drums)
9 pm - Zion80 - Jon Madof, Yoshie Fruchter (guitars) Matt Darriau (alto sax) Greg Wall (tenor sax) Frank London (trumpet) Jessica Lurie (bari sax, flute) Zach Mayer (bari sax) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Marlon Sobol (percussion) Yuval Lion (drums)
NOTE DIFFERENT TIME! ONE SET THAT BEGINS AT 9PM!
9 pm - Zion80 - Jon Madof, Yoshie Fruchter (guitars) Matt Darriau (alto sax) Greg Wall (tenor sax) Frank London (trumpet) Jessica Lurie (bari sax, flute) Zach Mayer (bari sax) Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass) Brian Marsella (keyboard) Marlon Sobol (percussion) Yuval Lion (drums)
NOTE DIFFERENT TIME! ONE SET THAT BEGINS AT 9PM!
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 Nov 11
9:00PM & 10:30PM MARIO PAVONE/MIXED QUINTET - Mario Pavone, bass; Tony Malaby, saxophones; Dave Ballou, trumpet; Oscar Noriega, clarinet, bass clarinet; Peter McEachern, trombone; Michael Sarin, drums
Saturday Nov 12
9:00PM & 10:30PM DUANE EUBANKS QUARTET - Duane Eubanks, trumpet; Sharp Radway, piano; Corcoran Holt, bass; Chris Beck , drums
Sunday Nov 13
8:35PM PATRICK CORNELIUS OCTET - Patrick Cornelius, alto sax; Philip Dizack, trumpet; Lucas Pino, tenor sax; Nick Vayenas, trombone; Perry Smith, guitar; Glenn Zaleski, piano; Peter Slavov, bass; Paul Wiltgen, drums
Mon Nov 14th:
6:00PM ETHAN HELM QUARTET - Ethan Helm, alto saxophone, composition; Mike Verselli, piano; Marty Kenney, bass; Jason Burger, drums
8:30PM 16TH AND 17TH CENTURY SONG: COURTIERS AND COURTESANS - Veronica Gonzalez, soprano; Chris Baum, lute; Bradley King, tenor; Annalisa Ewald, guitar
Tues Nov 15th:
8:00PM DEBORAH LATZ TRIO - BIRTHDAY OF LIFE CELEBRATION
Deborah Latz, voice; Adam Fisher, cello; John Di Martino, piano 9:30PM DEBORAH LATZ & PAT WICTOR DUO - BIRTHDAY OF LIFE CELEBRATION
Deborah Latz, voice; Pat Wictor, voice, guitar
Wednesday Nov 16
6:00PM DIEGO BARBER TRIO - Diego Barber - guitar; Ari Hoenig, drums; Javier Moreno, double bass
8:01PM MITCH MARCUS QUARTET - Mitch Marcus, tenor sax; Tom Chang - guitar; Leon Boykins, bass; Ches Smith, drums
Thursday Nov 17
8:01PM DAVID AMRAM/ROBIN HIRSCH BIRTHDAY BASH - David Amram, piano, french horn, flutes; Robin Hirsch
Friday Nov 18
6:00PM THE DAVID LOPATO TRIO - David Lopato, piano; Ratzo Harris, string bass; Michael Sarin, drums
9:00PM & 10:30PM NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES: HELIO ALVES QUARTET
Helio Alves, piano; Romero Lubambo, guitar; Edward Perez, bass; Edu Ribeiro, drums
Saturday Nov 19
9:00PM & 10:30PM AUBREY JOHNSON GROUP - Aubrey Johnson, voice, comp.; Tomoko Omura, violin; Michael Sachs, alto sax, bass clarinet; Chris Ziemba, piano; Matt Aronoff, bass; Jeremy Noller, drums
Sunday Nov 20
6:00PM JD WARREN & THE RUDIMENT - Dermel Warren, vocals; Gil Defay, trumpet; Joel Desroches, piano; Jake Leckie, bass; Jeremy Warren, drums, 8:30PM ANDREAS ARNOLD DUO - Andreas Arnold, guitar; Mario Rincon, voice
10:00PM MARIA MANOUSAKI QUARTET - Maria Manousaki, violin; Guy Mintus, piano; Panayiotis Andreou, bass; Ziv Ravitz, drums
Friday, November 11th 8:00 PM
Sean Sonderegger + Eva Novoa
Eva Novoa Trio 8:00 PM
Eva Novoa-Piano / TBA-Bass / Devin Gray-Drums
9pm: 8 bit aesthetic
Sean Sonderegger-Tenor Sax, Compositions
Michael Eaton-Tenor Sax
10:00 PM - Sonderegger/Novoa/Scott
Sean Sonderegger-Tenor Sax
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 October/November Schedule:
7pm - Jesse Lewis & Ike Sturm duo
8pm - The Awakening Orchestra presents:
Election year: a Work in progress. - part iii - ethos, pathos, logos.
9:30p - Makrokosmos Orchestra - Fifteen-player ensemble featuring Christine Correa, voice; Michel Gentile flutes; Adam Kolker, tenor saxophone, clarinet; Tim O'Dell, saxophones; Alan Brady, bass clarinet; Marshall Sealy, French horn; John Carlson, trumpet; Jacob Varmus, trumpet; David Chamberlain, euphonium; Dale Turk, bass trombone; John Deley, keyboards, sound design; Richard Nelson, guitar; Ken Filiano, bass; Rex Benincasa, hand percussion; and Eric Halvorson, drums. Compositions by Richard Nelson and Tim O'Dell.
8:30p - Miriam Elhajli
7pm: Dave Kain Trio
with Peter Brandler, Ronan Itzik
8:15 - Dan Arcamone Trio
with Rich Zurkowski, Kenny Grohowski
The Jazz Gallery Mentoring Series Concert, Vol. 3, Ed.3
Dayna Stephens with Patrick Bartley
7p - Dayna Stephens – tenor saxophone/EWI
Patrick Bartley – alto saxophone
Gadi Lehavi – piano
Ben Street – bass
Leon Foster Thomas Group
9:30p - Peter Lenz / Billy Test Large Ensemble
Songyi Jeon - voice
Matt Woroshyl – Alto Sax, Flute
Jay Rattman – Alto Sax, Clarinet
Anna Webber – Teno Sax, Flute
Brian Krock – Teno Sax, Clarinet
Owen Broder – Bari Sax, Bass Clarinet
John Lake – Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Adam O'Farril - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Danny Jonokuchi - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Oskar Stenmark - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Eric Miller – Trombone
Brian Drye – Trombone (Solo)
Seth Weaver -Trombone
Nick Grinder – Bass Trombone
Keisuke Matsuno – guitar
Arcoiris Sandoval – Piano
Yoshi Waki – Double Bass
Peter Lenz – Drums / Composition
Billy Test - Conductor / Composition
8pm: 5th International Pure Data Convention in New York City
Pd Convention NYU
Shapeshifter is located at
18 Whitwell Place in Brooklyn, NY
R train to Union stop
Sound It Out series @ Greenwich House
Concerts, Sept-Dec 2016
Saturday, November 12, 8:00 p.m. – In Praise of Ornette! - Fay Victor’s In Praise of Ornette: Fay Victor, voice, arrangements, text; Darius Jones, alto saxophone; Kenny Wessel, electric guitar; Sean Conly, double-bass
Wednesday, November 30, 7:30 p.m. – Guitar Double-Bill!
Mike Baggetta Trio + Anders Nilsson Trio: Mike Baggetta, guitar; Jerome Harris, bass; Billy Mintz, drums; Anders Nilsson, guitar; Michaël Attias, alto saxophone; Ken Filiano, double-bass
Friday, December 2, 8:00 p.m. – Great Quintet!
Dave Scott Quintet: Dave Scott, trumpet; Rich Perry, tenor saxophone; Gary Versace, piano; John Hébert, double-bass; Satoshi Takeishi, drums
Thursday, December 15, 8:00 p.m. – Powerhouse Double-Bill!
Mara Rosenbloom Trio + Sean Conly’s Re: Action+1
Mara Rosenbloom, piano; Sean Conly, double-bass; Chad Taylor, drums
Sean Conly, double-bass; Michaël Attias & Tony Malaby, saxes; Kris Davis, piano; Gerald Cleaver, drums
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
This from Vocalist ANAIS MAVIEL:
FRI, NOV 11, 7:30pm
BRIC House Artist Studio, 647 Fulton Street (Enter on Rockwell Place) Brooklyn, NY - The Commons Choir BROOKLYN REZOUND work-in-progress with Martita Abril, Sylvestre Akakpo, Ilona Bito, Yoon Sun Choi, Lydia Chrisman, Daria Faïn, Bob Holman, Shantelle C. Jackson, Darius Jones, Robert Kocik, Judah Levenson, Anaïs Maviel, Shelley Nicole, Jean Carla Rodea, Eli Tamondong, David Thomson, Julia Uleha, and Saul Ulerio
MON, NOV 14, 9PM
65 Fenimore Street, Brooklyn
Mehdi Darvishi - solo percussion
Anaïs Maviel & Leonid Galaganov - percussion, strings, winds, voice
SUN, NOV 20, (time TBA)
Panoply Performance Laboratory, 104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn
"Play Time Practice" - Choregraphy - Ilona Bito, Music - Anaïs Maviel
Dancers - Kirsten Schnittker, Jeremy Pfeiffer, Adi Eytan, Ilona Bito
John Zorn: Music for Agnes Martin
Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2, 2016
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Legendary composer John Zorn assembles a cast of musicians for an evening of music performed in the Guggenheim’s iconic rotunda. Zorn’s “Dark River” from his 1995 album ‘Redbird’ was inspired by Agnes Martin, and this program serves as the premiere of two brand-new compositions also inspired by her work, “Praise” and “Blue Stratagem.” The program concludes with an exhibition viewing of Agnes Martin.
Compositions and performers (in order of appearance)
Carol Emanuel, harp
Ikue Mori, electronics
William Winant, vibraphone/percussion
John Zorn, vibraphone/percussion
“Dark River” (1995)
William Winant, bass drums
Ches Smith, bass drums
“Curling” (1977), performed by Dither
James Moore, guitar
Gyan Riley, guitar
Taylor Levine, guitar
Josh Lopez, guitar
“Blue Stratagem” (2016), performed by the American Brass Quintet
Kevin Cobb, trumpet
Louis Hanzlik, trumpet
Eric Reed, horn
Michael Powell, trombone
John Rojak, bass trombone