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DMG Newsletter for December 16th, 2016:

Closing in on the End of the Year
And a Healthy, Happy Holiday Season to All
Check out our List of this Week’s Essential Jewels:

Chris Corsano / Sylvie Courvoisier / Nate Wooley! Evan Parker & Andrea Centazzo 1977 Rarity! Silke Eberhard Trio/ Charles Mingus Tribute! Christoph Gallio’s Day & Taxi Return!
Max Nagl Nonet! Three More from Leap of Faith! Plus Historic Discs from: Charles Mingus! John Cage/Christian Wolff! Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe! Milt Jackson! Merzbow! James Brown Plus an amazing Relative Pitch 50th release sale!


DMG Needs Your Help!

2016 is just about to end and many of us will be glad to see this year go as it has been a difficult one for many of us. Business has slowed down considerably in recent months and took a large nosedive on Black Wednesday, the day after our disastrous election. Hence, we are struggling to make ends meet, pay the rent and survive. Our lease is up in less than 2 years (September of 2018) and we trying our best to make to then. To all of our regular mail-order and in-store customers, I say thanks for your continued support.

I know that many of you look forward to reading our weekly newsletter so I hope to continue to do this for as along as I or we can. When DMG closes in a couple of years, we will try to become the Downtown Music Archive so that our database will continue to document creative music from around the world. That is my/our goal.

A number of you have contributed to the Keep DMG Alive Fund over the past year, so special thanks to all of who believe in what we do. Any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated. If you want to donate any funds, you can use the link at the bottom of our homepage.

We are currently working on setting up a Download Subscription service, either monthly or weekly. We are asking any musicians who have been mentioned in any DMG newsletters to donate 1 solo piece for a download purpose. This is to provide an example of something you are presently working on so that anyone who visits our website can hear an example of the diverse, creative music community that we have worked so long to support.

Happy Holidays to all and special thanks to the many creative musicians, serious listeners, record labels and performance places that inspire us for whatever has gone downing the past and is coming up in the New Year! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery - 12/15/16


The FREE DMG Weekly New Music In-Store Series Continues on Sundays with:

Sunday, December 18th Double-Header of Creative Vocal Music:
6pm: VIV CORRINGHAM / MIA ZABELKA - Vocals / Violin
7pm: EMILIE LESBROS - Solo Vocals

Sunday, December 25th is Christmas Day so there is no in-store

Sunday, January 1st, 2017 is New Years Day so there is also no in-store

Monday, January 2nd 2017: New Years Celebration to Kick Off 2017 With Something Special!

Sunday, January 8th, 2017:
7pm: DANIEL LEVIN / HENRY FRASER - Cello & Contrabass

Sunday, January 15th:
6pm: SAM NEWSOME Solo Soprano Sax

Sunday, January 22nd:

Sunday, January 29th:
6pm: HAG: BRAD HENKEL / SEAN ALI / DAVID GROLLMAN - Trumpet / Contrabass / Snare Drum
7pm: MAKOTO KAWASIMA - Solo Alto Sax
8pm: BLAISE SIWULA / ERIC PLAKS - Saxes & keyboard

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


SYLVIE COURVOISIER / NATE WOOLEY / CHRIS CORSANO - Salt Task (Relative Pitch 1044; USA) Featuring Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, Nate Wooley on trumpet and Chris Corsano on drums. It seems incredible that this is the 50th release on the mighty Relative Pitch label, considering it has been around just five years! Relative Pitch has remained one of the most adventurous of all independent labels, giving an ever-growing pool of creative musicians a chance to stretch out and experiment. Each of these three musicians have worked with an ever-increasing network of many masters: Evan Parker, John Zorn, Mark Feldman, Joe McPhee and dozens of others. Just last Sunday (12/11/16), I caught Mr. Wooley in a trio with Fred Frith and Tania Chen and it was fabulous.
This is a studio recurring and the sound is superb. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a number of fine pianists (Kris Davis, Magda Mayas & Craig Taborn) working inside the piano but Sylvie Courvoisier has emerged at the top of this group. If you have seen her live, you know what I mean as she is consistently dazzling. Considering that this particular trio has not worked much (at all?) previously, they sound marvelous together. On the first long piece, they seem to expand, contract and breathe as one force. There is a section where Ms. Courvoisier starts to play a series of quick, resonating waves while Mr. Wooley sounds like he is squeaking like a balloon, that is just incredible. Chris Corsano is another magical musician who has a talent for spinning a percussive web which connects all of the other elements or sounds provided by the other toe members of this formidable trio. The music is often completely focused, sounding more like written chamber music at its best. There are certain improv dates which achieve a level of excellence that can’t be measured or explained yet you know they are transcendent. This is one such date and one of this year’s best! - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14 (Relative Pitch 50th Release CD sale further down in this newsletter!)


EVAN PARKER / ANDREA CENTAZZO - Duets 7 1977 (Ictus 178; Italy) Featuring Evan Parker on tenor & soprano saxes and Andrea Centazzo on percussion. The never released before historical duets of two of the masters of free improvisation. With cover notes by John Zorn!! "Four decades has not dated these sounds a jot: this is exciting music. Long thought lost, it is an historic meeting of two master improvisers at the very peak of their powers, and sounds just as fresh and modern as the day it was made. This is music that transcends time, style and genre. It is pure. It is real. It is Truth and Beauty." - John Zorn, October 7, 2016, NYC. Recorded live in concert in San Marcello (PT) and at Ictus Studio, Pistoia, Italy, July 1977. Mixed, edited and produced by Andrea Centazzo at Ictus Studio, Long Beach , CA (Oct, 2014 - Oct. 2016)
CD $15

“In a happy accident last May — the result of a last minute cancellation — Italian percussion legend Andrea Centazzo suddenly found himself on stage with two of Japan’s premier improvisers: woodwinds master Akira Sakata (of the Yousuke Yamashita Trio) and virtuosic bassist Kiyoto Fujiwara. In a benefit concert benefitting the children victimized by the great Japanese earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, Centazzo devised five performances on the spot with two men he never met before in an event that was truly unpremeditated. And the more spontaneous the setting, the more the true improvisers thrive.
That’s just how it turned out for this instant Italian/Japanese avant jazz supergroup, who spent a thrill-packed thirty-four minutes through five discreet performances while mostly ignoring unwritten rules about how a jazz trio is supposed to perform together. With the exception of being in tune with each other; that’s the one guideline they followed and the only one that matters, anyway.
Centazzo, with his vast array of percussion instruments and a kat mallet, always seems to know just levers to pull at any given moment, pivoting from rumbling around to match — even anticipate — the sudden note chases by Sakata, strategically placing gong sounds to provide a touch of majesty to the cacophony, or even squeaky toys to lighten the mood. Fujiwara also uses many of the weapons at his disposal, too, beginning the first three performances with a bow that often assumes the role of a second horn. When he puts down the bow on “Bridge #1,” he’s strumming his standup bass like a guitar. When he plucks the bass, it’s the right pulse for putting the punctuation in Sakata’s sentences.
Sakata is most conspicuous of the three; his alto sax or clarinet can stand still in exploratory moments and without warning, he’s running through rapid excursions perilously close along the edge. What’s even more remarkable is how the other two respond immediately and follow him through all his sudden pursuits of whimsy. On “Bridge #4,” he puts down his horns and uses his ample voice like a horn: moaning, chanting and hollering with a resonance just as powerful as what he achieves with instruments made of brass, wood and reeds.
“Bridge #5” is the oddity of the bunch simply by being the most conventional. Alongside an actual bass walk and 4/4 pulse, Sakata plays a tortured, blues drenched alto sax. But as those aching cries turn into screams, he inserts fractured quotes from “Stella By Starlight” all throughout his quavering solo. One of the most devastating inside/outside performances I’ve heard, ever.” - S. Victor Aaron, Something Else!
CD $15

I AM THREE [With SILKE EBERHARD / NIKOLAUS NEUSER / CHRISTIAN MARIEN] - Mingus Mingus Mingus (Leo 752; UK) The first sentence of Mingus' autobiography starts like this: "In other words: I am three". As jazz slowly becomes a more gender-neutral job market, it’s of great value to have talented women looking not just forward, but back as well. Saxophonist Silke Eberhard and pianist Aki Takase are prime examples of the latter, as they seem determined to help feminize the drunk-on-testosterone history of jazz.
They’ve each done albums of Eric Dolphy’s music and, as a duo, recorded two discs’ worth of Ornette Coleman compositions. Takase’s 2013 solo session, My Ellington, remains one of the most strikingly personal interpretations of the Duke’s songbook, and now Eberhard has taken on one of the most macho of bandleaders, Charles Mingus.
Together and separately, their projects have demonstrated a boldness in approach and interpretation, and that’s every bit as true for Mingus Mingus Mingus, the new disc by Eberhard’s trio, which takes the great man’s sentiment, “I am three,” as a band name. The music is stripped down to an unlikely trio of sax, trumpet (Nikolaus Neuser) and drums (Christian Marien), leaving Mingus’ two instruments (bass and piano) by the wayside.
It’s only by virtue of their economically crafty arrangements that the re-workings never seem thin or hollow. So confident are they in their approach that by “Jelly Roll,” the ninth of 12 tracks on this CD, they begin to dampen melodic sections as if to underscore how full the rest of the album sounds.
That's only after a round of successes, of course. The trio marches through Better Get Hit In Yo’ Soul,” does a pounding rendition of “Moanin’” and plays a wonderfully lyrical “Self-Portrait In Three Colors” (underscoring again Mingus’s trifurcated personality).
“Fables Of Faubus” is filled out by some exceptional mute-work by Neuser, and throughout the session Marien capably fills the lower register with bass and toms. The group’s “Orange Was The Color Of Her Dress, Then Blue Silk” uses the dual linearity of the two front line instruments to great advantage, making it dance.
Mingus looms all too large in progressive jazz of the last century to ever be forgotten. He’s too enigmatic a figure to replicate. To varying degrees, such diverse figures as Jean Derome, Joni Mitchell and Hal Willner—not to mention the standing Mingus Big Band and Mingus Orchestra—have attempted to fit into his shoes. This German double-horn trio stands up with the best of them.” - Kurt Gottschalk, Downbeat
CD $17

DAY & TAXI [CHRISTOPH GALLIO / SILVAN JEGER / DAVID MEIER] - Way (Percaso 34; Switzerland) Featuring Christoph Gallio on soprano, alto & C-melody saxes, Silvan Jeger on double bass & voice and David Meier on drums. Day & Taxi is an going trio led by Swiss saxist Christoph Gallio and whose rhythm team has evolved personnel-wise through the years. Their current rhythm team includes bassist Silvan Jeger who appeared on a recent CD by Frantz Loriot and drummer David Meier, who is a member of a great progressive power trio called SchnellerTrollerMeier with a disc out on Cuneiform from last year(2015).
The title of this disc, “Way”, refers to a path or direction and the way in which we choose one direction or another and where we end up. There are some 22 tracks here, many dedicated to various named folks, many short and a number up to eight minutes long. It sounds like Mr. Gallio is playing that C-melody sax on “Anna I’m Winter”, certainly an odd voice for sax that we rarely hear from. His tone is rich, warm and tenor-like. Gallio’s tone on soprano sax for “MM”, is somewhere in between Steve Lacy and Lol Coxhill, slightly bent with a smile poking through. A number of the short pieces are less than a minute yet always seem to have a purpose, set a scene or tell a story. Mr. Gallio keeps the rhythm team on their toes by varying structures and strategies on each piece. I kite the way “Achtel” starts off with one quirky theme and then walks its way through a long mid-section with a thoughtful bass solo. The second time I played this disc at home, I put it on shuffle to see if changed that much but I don’t think so as each piece is self-contained. “Ich War Da” reminds me of a suspense-filled section of a play, skeletal in the way it slowly unfolds. On a few of these songs, bassist Silvan Jeger,sing/speaks softly in a most charming voice which adds certain warmth to the proceedings. What I did most about this disc is that there it is mostly laid-back and enchanting without ever going too far out. An understated gem for its entire almost 70 minute length. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $14

MAX NAGL ENSEMBLE - Live at Porgy & Bess Vol. 2 (Rude Noises 024; Austria) Featuring Max Nagl & Clemens Salesny on saxes & clarinets, Pamelia Stickney on theremin, Joanna Lewis & Anne Harvey on violins, Daniel Reigler on trombone, Clemens Wenger on keyboard, Rapahel Preuuschi on bass and Herbert Picker on drums. Austrian saxist, Max Nagl, once lived in New York and worked with Downtowners like Steve Bernstein and Brad Jones in the Big Four in the early 2000’s. Both before this and after, Mr. Nagl has been in the center of the creative music in Austria with some two dozen discs out in his own Rude Noises label. He has also collaborated with a diverse cast of international musicians like: Ken Vandermark, Lol Coxhill, as well as once working with the late Tom Cora and Thomas Chapin in the Under Cover Band.
This is the second live disc from Max Nagl’s nine piece ensemble, which includes theremin player Pamelia Kursten (now Stickney), who once lived in New York & has an old CD on Tzadik. The other musicians are from the Austrian scene and have appeared on previous discs with Mr. Nagl. A circus-like vibe pervades on the opening song, “Ansage”, which has a most festive feel with the theremin and strings creating a hypnotic, ghost-like chorus on top. The theremin is also featured on “Parkgarage”, weaving its eerie yet charming voice to a sublime tapestry of strings and horns. The music here often sounds rather soundtrack-like as if it was accompanying a silent movie with each scene exposing a different encounter. Mr. Nagl’s writing and arranging has continued to mature, knowing the strengths of his superb yet modest ensemble. One highlight is a song called, “Die Gelbe Strasse” which reminds of one of those quaint songs by Van Dyke Parks, with a poignant theremin poking through a sublime cushion of strings and horns. Since there are few if any solos here, Mr. Nagl keeps things interesting by writing music that keeps shifting through striking twists and turns, from samba-like section to a sentimental ballad for the theremin to a burlesque-like sax detour. There is often the element of having fun at the center of this music which makes it even better. Nothing too serious but still engaging in its own way. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $12

I thought that Dave Peck (PEK) was pulling my leg, when he told me that his label, Evil Clown, had upwards of 100 CDs of his band Leap of Faith and his/their assorted offshoot projects: Metal Chaos Ensemble, Turbulence and String Theory… Now that I’ve reviewed and listed some 50+ discs, I can say that I am a big fan of this Boston area-based collective, who grow, mature, expand and mutate. PEK just sent us six more avant gems, so here goes:

Three New Discs from the Freaky Folks at the Leap of Faith / Evil Clown Empire:

LEAP OF FAITH ORCHESTRA With DAVE PEK/GLYNIS LOMON/YURI ZBITNOV/ANDRIA NICODEMOU/FORBES GRAHAM/SYDNEY SMART/ et al - Supernovae (Evil Clown 9125; USA) This is an expanded version of the Leap of Faith collective with some 21 members and it was recorded just last month (in November of 2016). Considering that creative gig opportunities are relatively scarce in the Boston area, Leap of Faith founder, Dave Peck, has tapped into a large underground network of musicians, many of whom I’ve never heard of, and gotten them to play in different versions of Leap of Faith and their offshoot units. 21 musicians is quite a large ensemble and one would think that this disc/set would be mostly chaotic but that is not the case. Mr. Peck is using some sort of timing and/or conducting device which seems to keep the unwieldy ensemble focused. I recognize the three core menbers of Leap of Faith (PEK, Lomon & Zbitnov) as well as a few of the more occasional players: trumpeter, Forbes Graham, vibist Andria Nicodemou and drummer Syd Smart. Commencing with gong blast and we are off and soaring. Everyone in this massive ensemble doubles on varied percussion like metals, rachets and flex-a-tones. You can see the large set-up on the back of this disc. The first part features an extraordinary percussion section for tympani’s, cymbals and other layers of small percussion. This long work (77 minutes) sounds like it is sectional, with various subgroups emerging and with occasional solos rising above the waves. If I didn’t know better, I would think that this was a Braxton or Globe Unity Orchestra piece, this is how strong and well-balanced it is. Longtime Leap of Faith mainstay, Glynis Lomon pulls off an exceptional cello solo with various other musicians interacting around her in short bursts. What blows my mind is when a certain section, like the brass (tubas, trombone & trumpets) all weave their lines together into an impressive display of different currents creating a fascinating tapestry. This happens time and again as different sections or subgroups emerge and expand. As a longtime fan of large ensembles and orchestras, this is one of the more successful orchestral units I’ve heard in a long while! Long live Leap of Faith and their ever-growing network. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $10

TURBULENCE DOOM CHOIR With DAVE PEK/DAVE HARRIS/JOHN BAYLIES/YURI ZBITNOV - Lava Flow (Evil Clown 9117; USA) The Turbulence Doom Choir features PEK on clarinets, saxes, theremin, saxophone, etc., Dave Harris & John Baylies on electric tubas and Yuri Zbitnov on drums & other percussion. Turbulence is yet another Leap of faith offshoot unit with two core members: PEK & percussionist Zbitnov, plus fellows on amplified tubas, both of whom are members of the Leap of Faith Orchestra and a few smaller LoF sessions. “Turbulence” seems like a most appropriate title since this is what it feels like to be a raft on an ocean of crisscrossing currents. Both tubas are in the center creating layers of low-end drones with the disorienting blend of PEK’s shrewd reeds & double reeds and Zbitnov’s dizzying percussion. As with all of the discs from the Leap of Faith network, this one evolves organically to give each member of the quartet a chance to converse and evolve. Leap of Faith secret weapon is their drummer Yuri Zbitnov who knows when to navigate the rapids or lead the rhythmic currents. In the first long section, Yuri is featured and creates a great robust groove, making us want to dance to the central infectious vibe. This is a strong spirited date, that rarely too far out and sounds consistently spirited, engaging and filled with a central focus or magic. It is not that turbulent but still most well-conceived. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $10

LEAP OF FAITH With PEK / CHARLIE KOHLHASE/ GLYNIS LOMON / YURI ZBITNOV - Psuedorandom Generators (Evil Clown 9119; USA) Featuring PEK on clarinets, saxes, double-reeds, aquasonic, game calls, etc; Charlie Kohlhase on alto, tenor & bari saxes; Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice and Yuri Zbitnov on drums & percussion. The original core quartet for Leap of Faith was/is PEK, Glynis Lomon, Steve Norton and Yuri Zbitnov. Recently Steve Norton has moved leaving PEK, Lomon and Zbitnov to work with different guests. For this disc, the core trio works with longtime Boston-based saxist Charlie Kohkhase who has worked with the Either/Orchestra, John Tchicai, the Mandala Octet and has a number of swell records as a leader. Mr. Kohlhase is a veteran of the Boston progressive jazz scene. One of the things I dig most about Leap of Faith is that they sought out a number of Beantown veterans: Syd Smart, the Fringe,
This quartet version of Leap of Faith is compact: focused and fortified. The interplay the two reedmen is consistently inspired and probing. Somewhere between the Art Ensemble of Chicago (small instruments, whistles & metals) and Euro Free/jazz/improv is what we have here. Cellist Lomon and percussionist Zbitnov are some sort cosmic rhythm team. When Mr. Kohlhase switches to alto sax midway, he adds a bluesy element to the usually further out interaction. Soon both reeds begin bending their notes inside-out, around and with each other with equally shrewd shifting strings and eerie rubbed, bowed and manipulated cymbals & drums. This disc is an entire 70+ minute set, long yet consistently engaging. At times, it is hard to tell who is playing each sound as all four members acoustically manipulate their sound. From somber to stimulating to mind-blowing!- Bruce Lee Gallanter, DMG
CD $10

GAETANO LIGUORI COLLECTIVE ORCHESTRA With GUIDO MAZZON/ROBERTO BELLATALLA / et al - Gaetano Liguori Collective Orchestra (Black Sweat 030; Italy) Black Sweat Records present a reissue of Gaetano Liguori Collective Orchestra's self-titled album, originally released in 1976. The Collective Orchestra was a visionary, short-living creative music collective led by Gaetano Liguori, a main protagonist of Italian free jazz since the early '70s. It was an important attempt to put together young musicians from the two main towns in Italy, and its respective leading figures, Milan and Rome. Previous attempts to set up anything similar were, in fact, either frustrated by rivalries between the various personalities or were destined to be one-off events. Liguori's vision is simply wonderful here - even bolder and more expressive than on his previous works for PDU - and the energy which he summons and transmits throughout is extraordinary. The near-telepathic interplay of the core set of Gaetano Liguori on piano, Roberto Bellatalla on double bass, Filippo Monico on drums, Guido Mazzon on trumpet, and young musicians Edoardo Ricci, Giancarlo Maurino and Massimo Urbani on soprano and alto saxophones, is given a richly expanded sound palette by the addition of Danilo Terenzi on trombone, Roberto Del Piano on Fender bass and Sandro Cesaroni on flute. There's something really magical about the reciprocity that occurs when he plays these exceptional improvisers and the album still possesses a "sense of the new" feel that is as gripping as anything recorded by Italian ensembles around the same time. The sound is strong and freely exploratory, at a level that's completely fresh and very striking, and is handled here with a wonderful balance between playful arrangements and fierce improvisations. Filled with power and imagination and originally released in 1976 on PDU.
CD $20

AMPLIFICADOR - Novissima Musica Brasileira: The Brazilian 10's Generation (Far Out Recordings FARO 186; UK) Over the past few decades, there has been a seismic shift in Brazil's musical landscape. A plethora of varying musical undergrounds has developed across the nation. While Rio and São Paulo have been overwhelmed with networks of talented musicians for a long time, creative life is now bursting all over the country. Amplificador exists to document and propagate the wonderfully diverse music currently blossoming from Brazil's vivacious and geographically varied musical undergrounds. This compilation draws together some of the components of "Novíssima Música Brasileira" ("brand new Brazilian music"), ranging from Afro-grooves to rock, to modern samba and MPB. The music reaches back across Brazil's incredibly rich musical and cultural traditions, while also taking in influence from other movements around the globe. Abayomy Afrobeat Orchestra from Rio formed because of their shared love of the music of Fela Kuti. But what sets Abayomy apart from other groups of a similar nature is the fact that their sound also brings with it the songs and rhythms of candomblé. Similarly, Zebrabeat Afro-Amazônia Orquestra draw upon traditional guitarradas and carimbos from the state of Pará and fuse these with the poly-rhythms of Afro-beat to create another regional hybrid, which stays true to both its Amazonian and African roots, yet which results in a very fresh, Brazilian sound. From Belo Horizonte (the capital of Minas Gerais), Iconilli are another key band on Brazil's Afro-groove scene. With influences as varied as funk, jazz and psychedelic rock, congado, mining harmonies, maracatu, coco, ijexá, carimbó, Iconilli somehow manage to balance all of these sounds in such a way that makes it impossible to pin them down. From the Northeastern city of Joao Pessao, Paraiba, Burro Morto's psychedelic Afro sound leans more towards rock and funk influences, with a hint of regional Brazilian rhythms such as frevo and forro. They add another flavor to the Brazilian afro-groove scene: just one of the many exciting facets of Novíssima Música Brasileira. CD version also features, in addition to the previously mentioned artists: Ive Seixas, Passo Torto, Luziluzia, The Baggios, Fino Coletivo, Zulumbi, André Sampaio E Os Afromandinga, Amplexos, DJ Dolores, Os Sertões, Aeromoças E Tenistas Russas, Fabrício and Motormama; Includes 16-page booklet.
CD $15

NOMADE ORQUESTRA - Nomade Orquestra (Far Out Recordings FARO 189; UK) Nomade Orquestra came together in Sao Paolo in the year 2012, though they could just as easily have emerged fully formed into our world from a mystical land where spaced out jazz soundtracks daily life and the passing of time is rhythm and groove. Such is their elusive, ethereal yet highly accomplished and deeply funky otherness. The time is ripe for ten of the most talented and daring musicians working in Brazil today to deliver their fully formed debut. Effortlessly weaving through the disparate sounds of Brazil's diverse musical diaspora, the group describe themselves and their shared project as "the point where different musical expressions and strands meet and interact in a unique way." From funk and soul to Afro-beat, Ethio-grooves, dub and hip hop, their sound remains firmly anchored in the world of jazz while taking off to the cosmic stratosphere and incorporating electronic elements, alongside traditional Brazilian styles. In line with the bands's musical and spiritual influences, adopted from age old lineages of the global east, the album's opening track "Samurai" kicks off the psychedelic party with the strike of a gong. Dream-like synths, Marcos Mauricio's arresting piano and André Calixto's beautifully expressive tenor saxophone shed the first light on this enchanting new incarnation of global roots music. "Sonhos De Tóquio" hypnotic grooving bassline is complimented with psychedelic guitar riffs and ominous synth washes, building a sound both tranquil and unsettling. Bobby McFerrin makes an appearance in spirit on "Bedum", possibly the album's most directly expressive track. "Morning Birds", features the talents of Otis Trio's Beto Montag, who brings his deft marimba playing to the party for an Afro-beat tinged beauty that further highlights the varied and deep roots of Nomade's musical influences. "Garuda" finds Nomade Orchestra in a more contemplative, mood. Bringing together soaring Chinese flutes, Hawaiian style fuzz guitar, snake charming saxophone and some world class oud playing from guest musician Luciano Sallun, the track is a spiritual wonder and another part of a highly sensory journey that recalls the mystical jazz musings of Herbie Hancock and Pharoah Sanders while sounding like the Brazilian take on Taoism. Making music like none other in Brazil, or indeed the world, Nomade Orquestra lead the way.
CD $15

TERRAKOTA - Oxala (Zephyrous Records ZEP 035; Belgium) Since 2006, Terrakota have forged their own pan-African and trans-Atlantic roots-world-kota sound, a style that has travelled the world, always looking for musical fusions within the multi-ethnic cauldron: Afro-Brazilian rhythms, soukouss, reggae, Afro-beat, gnawa, with influences from India and beyond. On their sixth studio album Oxalá, the band embrace their Portuguese roots while diving more deeply into their rock influences. Terrakota's first albums were inspired by travels to Burkina Faso, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, while also incorporating influences from Latin America. The fourth album is clearly marked by their trip to India. Oxalá is inspired by an internal travel, giving light to Portuguese songs built on top of their Afro-explosive melting pot. Africa remains the main source, the starting point from where the band looks for the perfect alchemy to get to their trademark modern roots sound, where all borders, distances and barriers are wiped out. The darkest pages of human history somehow fascinate Terrakota, following the ancient trade routes, but turned upside-down, from the new world back to Africa, drinking from the fantastic musical diversity that has been spread around the world through slavery. On this sixth album, the leaders of the Portuguese Afro/world/fusion scene have again invited guests to make the music even richer, special people with whom the band has a privileged relationship: traditional Alentejo singer Vitorino, Indian singer Mahesh Vinayakram, French rapper Florian Doucet, beat-maker and producer Beat Laden, Kumpania Algazzara's horn section, and backing vocals by the Lisbon-based Selma Uamusse (Mozambique) and Anastácia Carvalho (Angola), without forgetting a brilliant text by the Angolan rapper Luaty Ikonoklasta. After parting ways with vocalist Romi and two sabbaticals, Terrakota has added fresh blood with the young and talented singer/multi-instrumentalist Gonçalo Sarmento, the gracious performer/dancer Diana Rego, as well as new drummer Márcio Pinto and percussionist Paulo das Cavernas. These new elements and the extra years of travelling for the veterans have brought Terrakota to an even more mature sound, with concise lyrics and the guts to do some songwriting in addition to their explosive Afro-world sound. The Portuguese globetrotters have reached new highs with Oxalá. Comes in a four-panel digipak sleeve and includes a 28-page booklet.
CD $15

SAM & DAVE - Live At Trax, New York, '79 (Air Cuts 8016; UK) On October 27, 1979 at New York's Trax club, southern soul duo, Sam & Dave, performed a mixture of their hits and less celebrated vintage B-sides. Broadcast on WPIX in New York, these tracks include versions of their smashes "Soul Man", "Hold On, I'm Comin'", "I Thank You", and "You Got Me Hummin'", as well as a ten-minute arrangement of the soul classic "Bring It On Home to Me". The entire broadcast is presented here, professionally re-mastered. Includes background liner notes and rare archival photos.
CD $17

JAMES BROWN - Soul Train Live IAir Cuts 8057; UK) James Brown, live on Soul Train, America's leading TV showcase for soul, funk and R&B. By 1973, James Brown was known as "the Godfather of Soul", reflecting his huge influence over a new generation of black singers. It was therefore inevitable that he would appear on Soul Train, America's leading TV showcase for soul, funk and R&B acts, broadcast on WCIU-TV. This album presents the entire original WCIU-TV broadcast of two stupendous performances captured on February 10th 1973 and September 14th 1974, showcasing material from his remarkable back catalog, as well as his hugely popular The Payback LP (1973). Presented here with background notes and rare archival photos.
CD $17

DELIA DERBYSHIRE AND ELSA STANSFIELD - Circle Of Light (Trunk 061; UK) Trunk Records present a highly important and unreleased soundtrack for Circle Of Life, created in 1972 by musician Delia Derbyshire and artist Elsa Stansfield. The soundtrack is a mix of concrete ideas, sound design, tape manipulation, natural environmental sounds and birdsong. The recording was originally commissioned by director, producer and art collector Anthony Roland for his 1972 film about the slides of radical stills photographer, Pamela Bone. The film has been rarely seen and the soundtrack has never been released until now. This is the longest known work by Delia Derbyshire - either alone or in association with anyone else - and has been licensed by Trunk Records exclusively worldwide from the Anthony Roland archive/collection. Mastered by Jon Brooks, AKA The Advisory Circle. Full color four-page CD sleeve.
CD $16

ETANT DONNES - Re-Up (Munster Records 367; Spain) Munster Records present a reissue of Étant Donnés's Re-Up, originally released in 1999. For Re-Up, France's Étant Donnés (Eric & Marc Hurtado) brought in Alan Vega, Lydia Lunch and Genesis P-Orridge to provide lyrics and vocals for specific contributions. Vega, featured on the first four tracks, juxtaposes his stream-of-conscious vocals with the phasing pulses and analog crackles and sighs on "Shadows Lights", responding to the rhythmic ticking and splintering synth on the title cut, helping on a track he originally wrote with Martin Rev to cover Suicide's "Ghost Rider" with an eerie Elvis Presley vamp, along with the epic "Brutal Piss Rods". Lydia Lunch follows on "Sexodrone", a lengthy piece where treated trumpet from Mark Cunningham duels with Lunch's breaths and icy cold delivery. Genesis P-Orridge brings along a different feel with a steady spoken word work on the three final tracks: the metallic gongs, bells and revolving synth washes of "At Last", the companion piece "Angel With Iron Wings" and "Secret Tear". The latter track also features Bachir Attar, leader of The Master Musicians Of Jajouka, playing the ghaita; P-Orridge and Attar conclude the voyage with a vigorous call-and-response between P-Orridge's instrument of flesh (voice) and Attar's human-made one. A perfect soundtrack for sensual explorers. The last bonus track is a 2014 remix of "Ghost Rider" by Marc Hurtado that gives the feeling of being transported into the center of an intergalactic war. Packaged in new artwork.
CD $18

BOHREN & DER CLUB OF GORE - Black Earth (Pias 39223302; Germany) Pias present a reissue of Black Earth by the German doom jazz cult band, Bohren & Der Club Of Gore, originally released in 2002. Black Earth is a masterpiece and the perfect soundtrack for an imaginary movie experiencing the nights in a dangerous city. For fans of SunnO, OM, Max Richter, Fennesz.
"The substance we are seeking here lies beyond the bare bones of fact, the when and the where (founded in 1988, Mülheim an der Ruhr) or personnel and instruments. Mysteries may very well lurk here or there along the way. What keeps the final two founder members going after all this time? Do Morten Gass and Robin Rodenberg have skeletons locked in their closets? How dearly we would we love to know the answer to that one, alas the most beautiful puzzles tend to remain unsolved. Including their debut Gore Motel (1994), Bohren & Der Club Of Gore have amassed an impressive eight long players... Strange as it may seem, there is a uniform consistency to their reception. Whatever the band does, critiques are unfailingly positive, yet repetitious. Consider the arrival of Christoph Clöser in 1997, by way of illustration. When he joined the group, his saxophone replaced the departing Reiner Henseleit's guitar as one of the defining instruments in the band. This was arguably the sharpest break in their sound to this day and a significant marker in terms of the band's reverence for Dutch instrumentalists Gore (the clue is in the name), whose repetitive riffs paved the way for how the guitar would be deployed in a post-everything future... Similarly conspicuous by their absence in the Bohren chronicles are the numerous instruments which they added to the mix. The introduction of choirs at least had a clear visual impact. Since Thorsten Benning left at the end of 2015, the band has continued as a trio, sharing shifts on the drums. A decrease in personnel was conversely accompanied by quantum leaps forward in the group's musical development - or more precisely, minor adjustments triggered major effects. The music of Bohren & Der Club Of Gore opens up remarkable rooms of association, from a warm burrow to a pristine secret lodge, from a dusky woodland tavern to a smoky quayside dive... These sinister crackling songs are invitations to secrete oneself in darkness." - Lars Brinkman.
CD $15

Rarity found:

EVIL EYE [JONATHAN MORITZ/NATE WOOLEY/KEN FILIANO/MIKE PRIDE] - Evil Eye (Funhole #005) Jonathan Moritz- tenor sax; Nate Wooley- trumpet; Ken Filiano- bass; Mike Pride- drums. EVIL EYE is a modern jazz quartet led by Jonathan Moritz & Mike Pride. This is live recording from November 2003 remastered by Mike Pride to pristine popping sound quality ala HatHut Records in 2006. Features 2 modern jazz compositions by Moritz and 2 chamber jazz pieces by Mike Pride; also features inspired and hard-edged neu-jazz at its finest.
LTD Edition CD $8

LP Section:

CHARLES MINGUS With ERIC DOLPHY/ROY ELDRIDGE/JIMMY KNEPPER/TOMMY FLANAGAN/JO JONES - The Eldridge Session (Doxy 2068; Russian Federation) The great bassist and band leader Charles Mingus cut some of his most exciting and rewarding recordings in 1960. Taped during the apex of Mingus's creativity, this incredible session showcases such stars as Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, Eric Dolphy on alto saxophone, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Jo Jones on drums. First edition of 500 (numbered).
LP $21

JOHN CAGE/CHRISTIAN WOLFF - John Cage / Christian Wolff (Jeanne Dielman 118; Belgium) Presenting a reissue John Cage and Christian Wolff's self-titled album, originally released in 1963. This album was an early showcase of both 20th century composers's experimental chops, and is highly regarded as some of their finest work. Cage's piece, which spans the whole of the first side, was originally composed in 1960, and like many of his pieces, would never be performed the same way twice. It involves the overlaying of transparencies to create the "score", while performers manipulate phonographic cartridges in a variety of ways to create amplified sound. To add to the effect, this particular performance is actually the superimposition of four performances. In all, it is a truly groundbreaking piece of 20th century classical. Wolff's side, while less extreme, is equally innovative, and a window into his particular pointillist vision of music.
LP $22

RASHIED ALI AND FRANK LOWE - Duo Exchange (No Label 101; USA) A replica reissue of Rashied Ali and Frank Lowe's Duo Exchange LP from 1973, originally released by Survival Records. From Thurston Moore's Top Ten Free Jazz Underground (1996): "Frank Lowe has been studying and playing a consistently developing tenor sax style for a few decades now. At present he's been swinging through a Lester Young trip, which can be heard majestically on his Ecstatic Peace recording Out Of Nowhere (1993). In the early '70s, however, he was a firebrand who snarled and blew hot lava skronk from loft to loft. He played with Alice Coltrane on some of her more out sessions. Rashied Ali was the free-yet-disciplined drummer whom Coltrane enlisted to play alongside Elvin Jones and Pharaoh Sanders (and Alice) in his last mind-bending, space-maniacal recordings (check out surely the Coltrane/Ali duet CD Interstellar Space (1974)). Elvin quit the group because Rashied was too hardcore. Those were the fuckin' days. And Rashied had his own club downtown NYC called Ali's Alley. Duo Exchange is Rashied and Frank completely going at it and just burning notes and chords wherever they can find 'em. Totally sick. Survival was Rashied's record label which had cool b&w matte sleeves and some crucial releases mostly with his quartet/quintet and a duo session with violinist LeRoy Jenkins."
LP $23

MILT JACKSON WITH JOHN LEWIS, PERCY HEATH, KENNY CLARKE, LOU DONALDSON AND THE THELONIOUS MONK QUINTET - Milt Jackson With John Lewis, Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, Lou Donaldson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet (Jeanne Diehl 120; Belgium) Prese a reissue of a compilation of recordings Milt Jackson made with The Modern Jazz Quartet (with Lou Donaldson on saxophone) and The Thelonious Monk Quartet from 1948-1952, originally released in 1955. This release highlights the bebop brilliance of vibraphonist master Jackson. Inspired by Lionel Hampton, Jackson took up the vibes at age 16 and was performing in Dizzy Gillespie's group by age 22. It was in Gillespie's group that the foundations of one of the most well-known and best-selling jazz groups, The Modern Jazz Quartet, were laid in the ground. That group, who recorded countless albums, first recorded in 1952, and these are some of their earliest recordings. Essential music from a jazz master, accompanied by some of the brightest artists in jazz history.
LP $22

MERZBOW - Remblandt Assemblage (Urashima 115; Italy) Urashima present a reissue of Merzbow's Remblandt Assemblage, originally released on cassette in 1981. Merzbow stands as the most important artist in noise music. The moniker of Japanese artist Masami Akita was born in Tokyo in 1979. Inspired by Dadaism and Surrealism, Akita took the name for his project from German artist Kurt Schwitters's pre-war architectural assemblage "The Cathedral of Erotic Misery" or "Merzbau". Just as Schwitters attacked the entrenched artistic traditions of his time with his revolutionary avant-garde collages, so too would Akita, challenging the contemporary concept of what is called music. Merzbow would draw further influence from the Futurist movement. Not only would he embrace the Futurists's love of technology and the machine civilization, but he would push their fondness for noise to the very boundaries of the extreme. Working in his home, he quickly gained notoriety as a purveyor of a musical genre composed solely of pure, unadulterated noise. Consequently, in 1980 Masami founded the first noise label, Lowest Music & Arts. Remblandt Assemblage was recorded and mixed at his home in the same year and originally released on cassette the following year on his own label. For the recording of this tape, Masami used a wide range of instruments: tapes, prepared acoustic guitar, tabla, junk percussion, microphone, radio, egg cutter and noise. This is the very first Merzbow album to use tape manipulations. Only a few copies were made and distributed on cassette in 1981, it was otherwise not widely available until being partially reissued on the legendary Merzbox in 2000. For the first time, the complete 1981 cassette version is released on double vinyl here. No changes of pitch were made in the mastering process; digitally remastered from original cassette master for this reissue by Masami Akita in Tokyo, 2016. 140 gram black vinyl with black label and black inner sleeve; Comes in a deluxe silver silkscreen on black three panels cardboard sleeve with artwork of five original collages by Masami Akita (circa 1980); Edition of 199.
2 LP Set $34

ALESSANDRO BOSETTI - Plane/Talea (Holidays Records 096; Italy) Italian composer Alessandro Bosetti presents Plane/Talea. Bosetti explains: "The cycle of compositions collected under the title Plane/Talea reflect my interest in vocal polyphonic music. They envision an 'impossible choir' constructed through the sampling of thousands of fragments and pieces of voices, my own and those of others, and their re-composition into polyphonic garlands and textures. This cycle can be intended as the utopic sonification of an impossible community in which the voice is atomized into primary particles and later reconstituted into sonic masses and clouds. These are too dense and complex for a chorus of real human beings to sing. The music of Plane/Talea is the sonic projection of such a community. The voice is not processed or altered in any way but subjected to molecular reorganization. Theoretically, a hyper-chorus could sing material of this type but, perhaps fortunately, such a choir does not yet exist. Up until now, in the process of creation of my vocal music, I've kept two poles and influences in balance: that of madrigalism, in its late renaissance and contemporary incarnations, and that of hyper-polyphony, which is close to spectral music. Though not ever having actually written in one or the other of these two styles, I've always felt this unresolvable and fertile tension in my work." Recorded, composed and mixed by Alessandro Bosetti at GMEM (Centre National de Création Musicale in Marseille). Additional recordings by Attila Faravelli at Spazio O', Milano. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin; Embossed lettering; Edition of 300.
LP $26

LEO SVIRSKY - Heights in Depths (CW 002; USA) “Washington DC-born composer is now based in the Netherlands in The Hague House / improviser Cordova homogenizer Leo Svirsky (Leo Suvarusuki). Following "Songs In The Key Of Survival" by piano and songs, the solo accordion of the accordion announced as the second solo work. A side "Heights in Depths" is a very minimalistic performance that emphasizes complex beats and harmonic changes, unstable Moire fringes, based on the long tones of the high range extending straight in one direction. B side "Depths in Heights" is a relatively undulating composition of harmony, rendition style and breath inflation, the transition of the code which increases the coarse texture of the midrange range and the color tone in the second half is particularly beautiful. Both sides are based on composing a skeleton, while a change in texture is instantly induced, so as to lurk within fluctuations of contradictory things such as tension and relaxation, paralysis and arousal, sedation and exaltation, keeping the balance It progresses steadily. Recording is on Easter of March 27th this year, at Art Gallery W139 in Amsterdam. Inner sleeves are excerpts of text "The Pursuit of the Millennium" by historian Norman Cohn (Norman Kohn) on its label site "To descend from the oneness or Eternity, into the multiplicity , Is to lose ourselves in an endlesse Labyrinth. (It is to lose ourselves in an endless labyrinth to descend from identity or eternity to diversity) ", probably in religious thought It is regarded as a work focusing on the relationship between "persistence / circulation / universality" and "sound / perception". Release source is based on Brooklyn Catch Wave, a newly launched label this year. Owner of Britton Powell (Britton-Powell) is, through the band activities in the east coast of the emo / indie rock scene, is currently in solo, composer who is doing the composer-playing activities close to the minimalism / experimental music Cum-bassist. The catalog number of this work, which became the first release of the label, is No. 2, the first editing edition of Brussels composer Dominique Lawalrée (Dominique Lavalle), the third in Munich's avant-garde folk music group Between The guitarist Roberto Détrée (Roberto Detole) 's solo work reissue has been announced.” - post-ambient.blogspot
LP $16

GHERASIM LUCA - Theatre De Bouche (Holidays Records 097; Italy) Ghérasim Luca (Bucarest, 1913 - Paris, 1994) was a Romanian-Jewish poet, co-founder and theorist of the Romanian Surrealist artists group. Harassed in his country, after World War II and a local exile, he moved to Paris through Israel in 1952. His work on French language - characterized by the stammering effects described by Gilles Deleuze - attains its highest degree of expression during the public reading of his writings thanks to the whole-body work. Théâtre De Bouche was recorded on February 21st, 1984 at Studio Sofreson by Rémi Goux and originally appeared as a cassette included in a special book edition published in 1984 by Criapl'e (Le Soleil Noir), highlighting all axiomatic human torments. This edition, the second volume in a series of sound poetry releases coordinated by Luca Garino, comes in a deluxe edition featuring the complete recording of the entire text by the author, and the reproduction of a dry point drawing by Micheline Catty which was originally included in the limited book edition. "Ghérasim Luca was the man who relentlessly pushed language toward its limits, which he transmuted from a mere instrument of representation into an extreme style of intensities. Luca knew how to stammer not just words, but language itself." --Gilles Deleuze. Embossed lettering; Edition of 250.
LP $26

HENNING CHRISTIANSEN - Musik Hessayistik (Holidays 101; Italy) Henning Christiansen (Copenhagen, 1932 - Isle of Møn, 2008) was a Danish composer and an active member of the Fluxus movement. He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen and at the more liberal Ex-School (Eks-Skolen), embracing its radical approach in study and creation of art and developing into his own musical thinking. In 1962, he attended the George Maciunas's International Festspiele Neuster Musik in Wiesbaden, where he probably experienced an epiphany that caused a significant shift in his artistic practice and musical composition. Musik Essayistik is the combined reissue of twin releases Fluxid (1983) and Fluxyl (1984) - two of the most obscure and enigmatic records in Christiansen's discography - previously issued separately by Borgen Records in Denmark. Four minimal pieces exploring the clash between instrumental composition-improvisation and pre-recorded real sounds. Embossed green ear on front cover; Edition of 300.
2 LP Set $35


50th Release Relative Pitch Celebration & Sale!

Until the end of the year, the entire Relative Pitch Catalogue is on sale here at DMG! If you purchase the new Corsano/Courvoisier/Wooley CD at $14, any other disc on this great label is lowered to $13. If you take 5 or more, you can take $2 off of each CD (except for the new one). There are reviews of each & every disc in the DMG database and samples on the Relative Pitch website. Happy Hunting!!! Here’s the great list of gems:

CHRIS ABRAHAMS & MAGDA MAYAS - Gardener (Relative Pitch 1011 ,USA)

SUSAN ALCORN - Soledad: Improvisation And The Music Of Astor Piazzola (Relative Pitch 1032 ,USA)

AYCH [JIM HOBBS/TAYLOR HO BYNUM/MARY HALVORSON] - As The Crow Flies (Relative Pitch 1004 ,USA)

AB BAARS / IG HENNEMAN / INGRID LAUBROCK / TOM RAINEY - Perch Hen Brock & Rain - Live @ The Jazz Happening Tampere (Relative Pitch 1051 ,USA)

JOEY BARON With BILL FRISELL - Just Listen (Relative Pitch 1001 ,USA)

MICHAEL BISIO/MATTHEW SHIPP - Floating Ice (Relative Pitch 1005 ,USA)


MICHAEL BISIO & KIRK KNUFFKE - Row for William O. (Relative Pitch 1043 ,USA)

BOGAN GHOST [LIZ ALLBEE/ANTHEA CADDY] - Zerfall (Relative Pitch 1021 ,USA)


LEILA BORDREUIL / MICHAEL FOSTER - Caustic Ballads (Relative Pitch 1034 ,USA)

GREG COHEN With BILL FRISELL - Golden State (Relative Pitch 1020 ,USA)


MICHEL DONEDA - Everybody Loves Michel Doneda! : Solo Saxophone (Relative Pitch 1027 ,USA)


PAUL FLAHERTY & RANDALL COLBOURNE - Ironic Havoc (Relative Pitch 1019 ,USA)



TOMAS FUJIWARA TRIO [With BRANDON SEABROOK/RALPH - Variable Bets (Relative Pitch 1028 ,USA)

STEPHEN GAUCI/KIRK KNUFFKE/KEN FILIANO - Chasing Tales (Relative Pitch 1023 ,USA)


VINNY GOLIA/URS LEIMGRUBER - Empiricism In The West (Relative Pitch 1016 ,USA)


INGRID LAUBROCK/TOM RAINEY - And Other Desert Towns (Relative Pitch 1018 ,USA)

INGRID LAUBROCK / TOM RAINEY - Buoyancy (Relative Pitch 1048 ,USA)

JOELLE LEANDRE/PHILLIP GREENLIEF - That Overt Object Of Desire (Relative Pitch 1002 ,USA)

JOELLE LEANDRE & JEROME BOURDELLON - Evidence (Relative Pitch 1010 ,USA)

URS LEIMGRUBER/ROGER TURNER - The Pancake Tour (Relative Pitch 1007 ,USA)

THOLLEM MCDONAS/MICHAEL WIMBERLY/NELS CLINE - Thollem/Wimberly/Cline (Relative Pitch 1041 ,USA)



JEMEEL MOONDOC & HILLIARD GREENE - Cosmic Nickelodeon (Relative Pitch 1047 ,USA)

JOE MORRIS/AGUSTI FERNANDEZ/NATE WOOLEY - From The Discrete To The Particular (Relative Pitch 1008 ,USA)

JOE MORRIS With CHRIS CRETELLA/DAVE PARMELEE - Shock Axis (Relative Pitch 1050 ,USA)

KEIR NEURINGER / RAFAL MAZUR - Diachronic Paths (Relative Pitch 1046 ,USA)

EVAN PARKER/SYLVIE COURVOISIER - Either or And (Relative Pitch 1024 ,USA)

JESSICA PAVONE - Silent Spills (Relative Pitch 1038 ,USA)

PULVERIZE THE SOUND [PETER EVANS/TIM DAHL/MIKE PRIDE] - Pulverize The Sound (Relative Pitch 1039 ,USA)

METTE RASMUSSEN & CHRIS CORSANO - All The Ghosts At Once (Relative Pitch 1037 ,USA)

MATANA ROBERTS - Always (Relative Pitch 1036 ,USA)


MATTHEW SHIPP CHAMBER ENSEMBLE With MICHAEL BISIO/MAT MANERI - The Gospel According to Matthew & Michael (Relative Pitch 1035 ,USA)


CATHERINE SIKORA - Jersey (Relative Pitch 1049 ,USA)


BIRGIT ULHER & LEONEL KAPLAN - Stereo Trumpet (Relative Pitch 1030 ,USA)



JACK WRIGHT/BEN WRIGHT - As If Anything Could Be The Same (Relative Pitch 1017 ,USA)


Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for December of 2016:

A special Stone Residency double-bill: the SF based duo IMA will play every night at 8pm and the brilliant NY cellist Michael Nicolas will play every night at 10pm!

12/16 Friday
8 pm - IMA - Nava Dunkelman (percussion) Amma Ateria (electronics)
10 pm - DUOS AND TRIOS - Ches Smith (drums, vibes) Kenny Wollesen (drums, vibes) Michael Nicolas (cello)

12/17 Saturday
8 pm - IMA + Erik Friedlander + Pauchi Sasaki - Erik Friedlander (cello) Pauchi Sasaki (violin) Nava Dunkelman (percussion) Amma Ateria (electronics)
10 pm - DUOS, TRIOS AND QUARTET - Mark Feldman (violin) Michael Nicolas (cello) Mark Helias (bass) Trevor Dunn (bass)

12/18 Sunday
8 pm - IMA + Annie Lewandowski + Zeena Parkins - Annie Lewandowski (piano) Zeena Parkins (electric harp) Nava Dunkelman (percussion) Amma Ateria (elec)
10 pm - TRIO - Nava Dunkelman (percussion) Amma Ateria (electronics) Michael Nicolas (cello)

Three special nights featuring two bands with Philly born Matt Hollenberg: John Zorn's cutting edge metal organ trio SIMULACRUM and Matt's newest instrumental project.

12/21 Wednesday
8 pm - SIMULACRUM - John Medeski (organ) Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Kenny Grohowski (drums) John Zorn’s mindbending organ trio in a rare live appearance! NOT TO BE MISSED!
10 pm - MATT HOLLENBERG—SHARDIK - Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Nick Shellenberger (bass) Matt Buckley (drums) - World Premiere of Cleric and Simulacrum guitarist Matt Hollenberg’s new instrumental unit!

12/22 Thursday
8 pm - SIMULACRUM - John Medeski (organ) Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Kenny Grohowski (drums) - John Zorn’s mindbending organ trio in a rare live appearance! NOT TO BE MISSED!
10 pm - MATT HOLLENBERG—SHARDIK - Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Nick Shellenberger (bass) Matt Buckley (drums) - World Premiere of Cleric and Simulacrum guitarist Matt Hollenberg’s new instrumental unit!

12/23 Friday
8 pm - SIMULACRUM - John Medeski (organ) Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Kenny Grohowski (drums) - John Zorn’s mindbending organ trio in a rare live appearance! NOT TO BE MISSED!
10 pm - MATT HOLLENBERG—SHARDIK - Matt Hollenberg (guitar) Nick Shellenberger (bass) Matt Buckley (drums) - World Premiere of Cleric and Simulacrum guitarist Matt Hollenberg’s new instrumental unit!

COME ON DOWN AND HELP THE STONE SURVIVE! - John Zorn will appear every night playing with a rotating series of some of the best musicians in town!

12/29 Thursday
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests

12/30 Friday
John Zorn (sax) and many special guests

BRING THE NEW YEARS IN EAST VILLAGE STYLE WITH A SPECIAL IMPROV CONCERT AT THE STONE! THIRTY DOLLARS - Thurston Moore (guitar) Okkyung Lee (cello) Ikue Mori (electronics) John Zorn (sax)

12/31 Saturday
8 pm - THURSTON MOORE—NEW YEAR'S IMPROV CONCERT - Thurston Moore (guitar) Okkyung Lee (cello) Ikue Mori (electronics) John Zorn (sax) William Winant (percussion) - ONLY ONE SET AT 8PM, GIVING YOU PLENTY OF TIME TO GET TO YOUR NEW YEAR'S PARTY AND RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH YOUR FRIENDS! THIRTY DOLLARS


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 Dec 16
6:00PM ANDREW SCHILLER TRIO - Hery Paz, tenor saxophone; Dayeon Seok, drums; Andrew Schiller, bass, compositions
9:00PM & 10:30PM JOHN HEBERT QUARTET - John Hebert , bass; Jen Shyu, voice; Ben Monder, guitar; Billy Drummond , drums

Saturday Dec 17
Albert Marques, piano; Ran Livneh, bass; Ari Hoenig, drums
9:00PM & 10:30PM MATT PAVOLKA BAND - Ben Monder, guitar; Pete Rende, piano;

Sunday Dec 18
8:35PM NEW BRAZILIAN PERSPECTIVES: LIVIO ALMEIDA GROUP Livio Almeida, tenor sax, flute, sop. sax; Adam O'Farrill, trumpet; Edward Perez, bass; Zack O'Farrill, drums

Mon Dec 19th:
8:30PM CLASSICAL AT THE CORNELIA: SCHIELE - Nikita Morozow; Adrianne Munden-Dixon, violins; Mujan Hosseinzadeh, viola; Molly Aronson, cello; Melanie Chirignan, flute
Program for the evening:
Villa-Lobos Jet Whistle
Arthur Foote- Night Piece
Joan Tower- Rising
Haydn- Sunrise

Tuesday Dec 20
8:00PM JB4 - Adam Kolker , tenor sax; Will Sellenraad, guitar; Michael Blanco, bass; Jason Byrne, drums
9:30PM OSKAR STENMARK NYC QUARTET - Oskar Stenmark, flugelhorn; Billy Test, piano; Robin Baytas, drums; Kaisa Mäensivu , bass

Wednesday Dec 21
8:01PM MICHAEL BLANCO SPIRIT FORWARD QUARTET - John Ellis, tenor sax; Kevin Hays, piano; Clarence Penn, drums; Michael Blanco, bass

Thursday Dec 22
8:01PM STREAMS, CD RELEASE: SECOND STREAM - Yago Vazquez, piano; Scott Lee, bass; Jeff Hirshfield, drums

Friday Dec 23
9:00PM & 10:30PM MARTA SANCHEZ QUINTET - Roman Filiu, alto sax; Jerome Sabbagh,tenor sax; Marta Sanchez, piano; Allan Mednard, drums

Saturday Dec 24

Sunday Dec 25
3:00PM METROPOLITAN KLEZMER: SANTA KLEZ - Debra Kreisberg, clarinet, alto saxophone; Karen Waltuch, viola; Rachelle Garniez, accordion, piano & vocals; Brian Glassman, double bass; Eve Sicular, drums, bandleader - Two Shows: 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.!


This Sunday, December 18th at 6pm

Jon Irabagon - solo sopranino sax

Peter Evans Septet
PE- trumpets, compositions
Mazz Swift- violin
Sam Pluta - live electronics
Ron Stabinsky- synthesizers
Levy Lorenzo- percussion
Tom Blancarte- bass
Jim Black- drums

6pm at the Fridman Gallery
287 Spring Street, Soho, NYC


I-Beam Presents:

Saturday, December 17th 8:30 PM - BEE LINE
Billy Martin – drums and percussion
Chris Cochrane – guitar and…
Kato Hideki – Bass

Tuesday, January 3rd 8:30 PM
The Out Louds
Tomas Fujiwara – Drums
Ben Goldberg – Clarinets
Mary Halvorson – Guitar

Sunday, January 8th 8:30 PM
Chris Jentsch NO-NET
Mike McGinnis’s MusicNOW Trio + Goldberg / Drye / Sacks

Wednesday, January 11th 8:30 PM
8:30 pm - Goldberg / Drye / Sacks
Ben Goldberg – Clarinet
Brian Drye – Trombone
Jacob Sacks – Piano
9:30 pm - Mike McGinnis’s MusicNOW Trio
Mike McGinnis – Clarinet
Tom Rainey – Drums
Angelica Sanchez – Piano

Saturday, January 21st 8:30 PM
Billy Mintz Two Bass Band
Ron Horton – Trumpet
Dave Scott – Trumpet
John O’Gallager – Saxophones
Adam Kolker – Saxophones
Brian Drye – Trombone
Curtis Fowlkes – Trombone
Masa Kamaguchi – Bass
Cameron Brown – Bass
Billy Mintz – Drums / Compositions

Sunday, January 22nd 8:30 PM
Sean Moran’s – Sun Tiger
Sean Moran – Guitar
Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums
Hank Roberts – Cello

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 December Schedule:

Dec 15
7p Eskimo Wave
8:15: Dubovoy/Warpeha
Alexander Dubovoy, piano; Zosha Warpeha, violin

Dec 15 - Tony Glausi
9:30p - Tony Glausi Quintet

Dec 16
815p - Sara Serpa & City Fragments
André Matos- guitar
Erik Friedlander- Cello
Tyshawn Sorey- drums
9:30pb - Marko Djordjevic & Sveti - Julian Pollack - piano, Evan Marien - bass, Marko Djordjevic - drums and compositions

Dec 20 - A Night of Illusions: featuring Alfredo Colon's Quartet and Daryl's Trifecta
7pm - Alfredo Colon Quartet - Alfredo Colon's Quartet: Alfredo Colon (Alto saxophone/EWI), Mike Mroz (Guitar), Daryl Chen (Bass), Dionna Derose (Drums)
8:15pm - Daryl's Trifecta feat Ronnie Burrage: Daryl Chen (Electric Bass), Nat Janoff (Guitar) & Ronnie Burrage (Drums)

Shapeshifter is located at
18 Whitwell Place in Brooklyn, NY
R train to Union stop


Sound It Out series @ Greenwich House
Concerts, Dec 2016

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, 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, 212-242-4770


ECM Concerts Upcoming in December, Not to Miss!

Tuesday, December 20th at 7pm
At National Sawdust in Brooklyn
80 North 6th St. (Take L train to Bedford)
tickets at


This from Cellist LEILA BORDREUIL:

Issue Project Room, Friday December 16th at 8 PM, for the premiere of Memory City, my newest composition for large ensemble and multi-channel amplification.

The ensemble will feature Nate Wooley (trumpet), Anne Guthrie (french horn), Chris McIntyre (trombone), Michael Foster (saxophone) and Ben Bennett (perc)
Opening: Leila Bordreuil - solo multi-channel cello set.

Other Upcoming performances:
January 4th @ Silent Barn, Brooklyn
--Leila Bordreuil/ Michael Foster
--Sunk Heaven
--Julia Santoli
--Arian Schaffee

January 6th @ Arts for Arts, Manhattan
--Leila Bordreuil/ MIchael Foster
--Jason Kao Hwang
--Tony Malaby/ Ben Gernstein/ Tom Rainey

January 14th
@ All Ears Festival, Oslo

January 16th
--solo @ Mayhem, Copenhagen

January 18th @ Cafe Oto, London
--Leila Bordreuil Solo
--Thomas Ankersmit

January 20th @ Occii, Amsterdam
--solo cello - Leila Bordreuil