From time to time, I meet who a serious listener who has caught a set with DARIUS JONES and they exclaim that they were completely blown away by Mr. Jones and why does he not get the recognition he well deserves!?! I have been following Darius Jones for the past decade, attending many of his sets and reviewing each of his dozen discs, most of which are on the Aum Fidelity label. He still knocks me out each and every time I hear him play!
Former West Coast drummer, MICHAEL VATCHER, has been living & performing in Amsterdam for the past 30 years. I have been following his long career for many moons, checking him out with several bands with Michael Moore (especially noteworthy is Jewels & Binoculars, a Bob Dylan avant-jazz trio tribute unit), Four Walls (w/ Phil Minton, Veryan Weston & Luc Ex), Georg Graewe, Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher and more recently with 1000. For the past nearly 2 years, Mr. Vatcher has been living in NYC, playing with several ensembles and working here at DMG on occasion, which makes our days at DMG even more joyous! I recently organized a trio with Chris Pitsiokos, Mark Helias & Mr. Vatcher and they played here at DMG a few weeks ago - they were fabulous! Mr. Vatcher will be moving back to Amsterdam next month, so I got him to play here at DMG twice in the upcoming weeks. He is a master percussionist and one of the nicest folks I know! Please come down to hear him on 7/21/19 and 7/28/19!
Wow! To say that that this edition of FIMAV (a/k/a Victo Fest) was the best one in several years, would not be an understatement. A dozen or so of my friends from different places would certainly agree. I have been attending the Victo Fest every year since 1987 and look forward to it every year for a variety of reasons. The main reason is to catch four long days (21 sets!) of challenging music from around the Creative Music World. The other big reason for going every year is being with our coll
A few years back we were able to get all or most of the Black Saint/Soul Notes Box sets from Harmonia Mundi Distribution, who have since gone under. The distribution eventually went to RED who are based in NYC. I tried to do business with them but they said that DMG was too small to deal with?!? F*ck them! So we haven’t been able to get these for the past couple of years. Word is that around half of the below boxes are now out of print. We finally found a new distributor willing to do business
Greetings to Serious Music Listeners around the world! In January I asked a handful of my favorite journalists & label heads to submit their top 10 recommendations lists for 2018, plus another 5 of anything they would like to recommend: books, movies, plays, concerts, anything that occurred or was released in 2018. All formats and genres are welcome, whether new or reissued. I picked a diverse cast of my favorite journalists and serious listeners. Here is what they had to say ...
BARRY GUY with AGUSTI FERNANDEZ / MARILYN CRISPELL / JOELLE LEANDRE / PAUL LYTTON
ESP CASSETTE BOX-SET: ALBERT AYLER / MARION BROWN QUARTET / SONNY SIMMONS / SUN RA / RONNIE BOYKINS
WHIT DICKEY TAO QUARTETS With MATT SHIPP / ROB BROWN / WILLIAM PARKER and STEVE SWELL / MICHAEL BISIO
IN ORDER TO SURVIVE With WILLIAM PARKER / ROB BROWN / COOPER-MOORE / HAMID DRAKE
WILLIAM HOOKER with DAVID MURRAY / DAVID S. WARE / HASAAN SAWKINS / MARK MILLER / et al
Monday, May 1st was the 26th Anniversary of Downtown Music Gallery! That’s right, you heard right! We opened our doors on May 1st of 1991 in the East Village at 211 East 5th (between 2nd & 3rd Aves), having no idea how long we would last considering that there were upwards of a hundred record stores in Manhattan alone at that time. Now there are less than a dozen!?! We are in our third location (13 Monroe St in Chinatown), for eight years now, struggling to survive but still providing creative