July Comes to an End
And soon it is August, My Friend
Another Weeks Worth of Sonic Delights from
These Master Musicians and Composers:
Roscoe Mitchell Trios: Craig Taborn / Tyshawn Sorey / James Fei / Hugh Ragin / Jaribu Shahid / Tani Tabbal! Ikue Mori With Sylvie Courvoisier / Okkyung Lee / Jim Black! The Return of Progressive Greats: Miriodor & Cheer-Accident! Alexandra Grimal/Duboc/Ceccaldi! Lazro/Cappozzo/Lasserre!
Morton Feldman! Michael Pisaro! Maria de Alvear! Plus Historic Discs from: Sun Ra & His Arkestra! Gruppo Di Improvvisazione! Patto With Ollie Halsall! Grant Green! Blue Mitchell! Lester Young! Mike Bloomfirld & Mark Naftalin! Delaney & Bonnie & Friends! The Byrds! Delroy Wilson! Rare LPs from Pharaoh Sanders! Joe McPhee & Bryan Eubanks! Christian Wolff! Carl Stone, Phill Niblock & Pat Thomas!
Plus a Big Relative Pitch CD Sale!
THE DMG 26TH ANNIVERSARY SERIES OF SONIC CELEBRATIONS Continue with:
Sunday, July 30th:
6pm: PABLO DIAZ and PAULA SHOCRON - From the Argentinian Underground - New CD on HATology!
7pm: JESSE DULMAN & LEONIC GALAGANOV - Tuba $ Percussion
Sunday, August 6th:
6pm: PAPER BALLS DUO: DAVID GROLLMAN / JEFF BARSKY!
Sunday, August 13th:
6pm: CHRIS PITSIOKOS - Solo Alto Sax - Welcome Home from Euro Tour Set!
7pm: BRANDON LOPEZ - Solo ContraBass!
Sunday, August 20th:
6pm: RAS MOSHE & MUSIC NOW!
DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a small gallery. 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 Always Cosy
New from ECM:
ROSCOE MITCHELL With TYSHAWN SOREY / CRAIG TABORN / HUGH RAGIN / JAMES FEI / JARIBU SHAHID / TANI TABBAL - Bells for the South Side (ECM 2494/95; Germany) Roscoe Mitchell contrasts and – for the first time - combines the sounds and distinctive characters of his four trios in an exhilarating double album recorded at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Multi-instrumentalist and composer Mitchell had been invited to premiere new music at the museum, in the context of the exhibition The Freedom Principle, which celebrated the directions in music and art set in motion by the AACM on Chicago’s South Side. Starting out by exploring “Spatial Aspects of the Sound”, with the ensemble featuring both Craig Taborn and Tyshawn Sorey on pianos, Mitchell offers what amounts to a composer self-portrait in continually changing colours and textures, reflecting on his own history while looking toward the future. Two pieces - including the title composition – draw upon the full percussion instrumentarium of the Art Ensemble of Chicago – a panorama of gongs, bells, rattles, sirens, hand drums and more. Along the way there are remarkable contributions by all participants, among them a lyrical bass guitar feature for Jaribu Shahid on “EP 7849”, a heart-dilating solo by Tani Tabbal on “Cards for Drums”, an extended trumpet feature for Hugh Ragin on “Bells for the South Side”, evocative and atmospheric electronics from Craig Taborn and James Fei on “Red Moon in the Sky”, and plenty of Mitchell’s powerhouse saxophones throughout, from the piercing sopranino down to the mighty bass sax. The performance is concluded with “Odwalla”, the Mitchell-composed theme song of the Art Ensemble.
2 CD Set $28
IKUE MORI With SYLVIE COURVOISIER / OKKYUNG LEE / JIM BLACK - Obelisk (Tzadik 4018; USA) Universally acclaimed as a pioneer in live laptop electronics, Ikue’s signature style is still uniquely her own and has influenced two generations of laptop performers. Her new band project Obelisk is a super-band featuring three of the most acclaimed and original players in the Downtown scene: Sylvie Courvoisier, Okkyung Lee and Jim Black. Ikue’s startling compositions blend gorgeous melodies with hypnotic rhythms and evocative soundscapes. Strange and beautiful music from a legendary master of laptop improvisation!
MIRIODOR - Signal 9 (Cuneiform 438; USA) “Maybe in part due to the amazing amount and quality of new improvised music that I had the privilege of listening to and writing about over the last year, I have recently been revisiting old albums, many from the seventies and eighties, some of which I probably haven’t listened to since then. Much of this music could be said to come under the umbrella of progressive rock, which in some ways has enabled me to ‘clean my ears’ in a way that Murray Schafer might approve of before I reconnect with the wealth of improvised music that is continuing to be released, with the audience interest for it also gaining momentum at present. One of these groups, Miriodor, is still going strong and far from reforming to hash out old favourites to a worn-out audience, as many progressive rock bands have, their music is still fresh and vibrant having recently released a new and interesting album in the form of Signal 9.
This is the ninth studio release from the avant-rock group who have been steadily releasing an original catalogue of work over the last thirty-odd years. A group that is also recognized and linked with the Rock In Opposition movement, and although they weren’t one of the original groups in that loose collective, there are sounds and structures in their music which are reminiscent of bands such as Henry Cow. Originally hailing from the French Canadian province of Quebec, the group has had many line-up changes over the years, with the current formation consisting of Pascal Globensky (keyboards), Rémi Leclerc (drums), Bernard Falaise (guitar), and Nicolas Lessard (bass, keyboards). Signal 9 is also dedicated to one of the founding members of the group, François Émond, who sadly passed away during the making of the album.
Miriodor’s music is often comprised of complex composed structures with sudden switches between a variety of stylistic themes and genres, making for a colorful and interesting heady mix of diverse musical moments. If I were to pull out one track off the album that defined the group’s sound the most, the piece ‘Portrait-robot’ would probably be it. One of the longer tracks on the album it starts with a motorik bass and drums rhythm, which is joined by an angular keyboard melody before the guitar comes in signaling an immediate change of melody. This gradually builds and builds in typical rock fashion, which then collapses into ambient and electronic sounds. After a while the music regains the strong rock rhythm section backing topped by mellotron sounds that quickly give way to a humoresque and circus-like music. Without any musical theme wanting to outstay it’s welcome it quickly proceeds into a final thematic section that is a development of the ambient and electronic passage. As mentioned previously it is these many changes in stylistic musical material, incorporation of humour and whimsy, classic rock backing, fragmented/angular melodies, and experimentation with sound, which are either all incorporated into the longer tracks or are shorter tracks juxtaposed alongside one another in the running order, that characterizes the musical mission statement of the group.
The album is excellently arranged and the clear structures define and shape the wealth of musical information that is being communicated to the listener in an ordered and resolute manner. Miriodor seem to find a way to keep an originality to their music without doing anything radically different from album to album. For me this is the essence of good musicianship and artistic vision, which they encapsulate in the cocktail of sound that they have consistently produced over the life span of the group. In this respect Signal 9 is a rewarding album for their many fans and as good a place to start for any who are unfamiliar with their enjoyable brand of progressive music.” - Chris Haines, FreeJazzBlog.org
CHEER-ACCIDENT - Putting Off Death (Cuneiform 446; USA) “Bands, like the human beings that comprise them, are mortal. Against all the odds, in the face of an unstable record industry that never embraced their restless experimentation, Chicago avant-rock pioneers CHEER-ACCIDENT have survived to release their 18th album, Putting Off Death. More than 30 years after first joining forces, fellow eclecticists Thymme Jones and Jeff Libersher have faced down the inevitable and returned with a new set of songs that’s as unpredictable, exploratory and viscerally compelling as anything they’ve released over the course of their erratically evolving career. The music is action packed and filled to the brim with living, breathing humanity. The band’s continuing hunger bleeds through in the music’s immediacy. As Jones says, "There's still something to prove."
The band’s third release for Cuneiform follows in the elusive, meandering trajectory of their earlier work, which is always instantly identifiable if never quite definable. They’ve managed to conjure a unique collage of intricate prog, lush pop and experimental noise, drawing on hugely disparate influences without ever settling on a sound that could be definitively traced to any of them in isolation. Meaning that they always did and continue to, sound like no one but themselves.
Following their previous release, No Ifs, Ands or Dogs, after a gap of six years, Putting Off Death is on the one hand simply an assertion that "We’re still here" from a band that never expected to be. CHEER-ACCIDENT continues to make vital, adventurous music after three decades despite - or maybe because of? - a revolving cast of collaborators (more than a dozen musicians are featured), and a notoriety in uneasy balance with an accompanying obscurity.
In the unusually long span since the band’s last release, the music industry has undergone seismic changes, which led CHEER-ACCIDENT to question whether traditional albums were still the ideal platform for their music. In the meantime, they continued to write music until the seven songs that make up Putting Off Death revealed their thematic and musical coherence and virtually demanded to become an album.”
SUN RA and His ARKESTRA - Thunder of the Gods (Modern Harmonic 21; EEC) A New Sun Ra LP touches ground in the earthly bins, 50 years after it's creation! Sun Ra is still trying to get our attention 50 years after dispatching this transmission. Humanity's path since then makes his message even more urgent today. Years after Herman Poole "LeSony'r Ra" Blount "left the planet" he's still trying to reach us, to wake us up and to change our destiny. Sun Ra and the Arkestra weren't a traditional studio band, and every star in the vast galaxy of their discography reflects this. The origins of these records can be hard to pinpoint at times, but when it comes to Thunder Of The Gods, it's a bit easier. "Calling Planet Earth - We'll Wait For You" was discovered on tapes from Ra's, Universe In Blue, believed to be recorded in '71. The raucous title track and "Moonshots Across the Sky" are unearthed from the '66 Strange Strings sessions. Modern Harmonic has once again paired Ra's sonic art with the visual art of "The Father of Modern Space Art," Chesley Bonestell, whose 1952 work "Formation of the Earth's Continents" sprawls across the front and back covers.
ALEXANDRA GRIMAL / BENJAMIN DUBOC / VALENTIN CECCALDI - Bambu (Ayler 152; France) An unusual and captivating work from the trio of saxophonist Alexandra Grimal, double bassist Benjaim Duboc, and cellist Valentin Ceccaldi, leading their album with tracks from "Respirer l'ombre" by Giuseppe Penone "spontaneously used without permission but with great admiration," leading to powerful and unpredictable directions in free improvisation; excellent.
DAUNIK LAZRO / JEAN-LUC CAPPOZZO / DIDIER LASSERRE - Garden(s)(Ayler 150; France) The trio of Daunik Lazro on baritone and tenor saxophone, Jean-Luc Cappozzo on trumpet & flugelhorn and Didier Lasserre on drums, alternate jazz standards from Duke Ellington (Sophisticated Lady; Hop Head), John Coltrane (Lonnie's Lament), Albert Ayler (Angels), with original compositions and the 3-part "Garden", all in the varied traditions of jazz.
LEONOR FALCON - Imaga Mondo (Falcon Gumba; Argentina) Featuring Lenor Falcon on violin & compositions, Juanma Trujillo on guitar & mandolin, Christoph Knoche on bass clarinet & alien voice (1 track) and Juan Pablo Carletti on drums. The creative scene in South America continues to evolve with a handful of new releases every few months. Ms. Falcon just came to visit us and left us with her new quartet disc. Although I hadn’t heard of Ms. Falcon or guitarist Juanma Trujillo, I do know of Christof Knoche and Juan Pablo Carletti from different sources. German clarinetist Christof Knoche once had a disc out on Omnitone Records and has played here at DMG twice in the past year, working with (current) Downtowners Kirk Knuffke and Thomas Heberer. Argentinian drummer, Juan Pable Carletti, has been living in Jersey City for a while now, working with Tony Malaby and Daniel Levin. So I didn’t know what to expect when Ms. Falcon left us with this disc.
If the the first piece, “Nymphs and Spaceman” is any indication, then we are in for a pleasant surprise. While Trujillo plays a calm, hypnotic line on the mandolin, Ms. Falcon’s violin(s) sails in bathed in eerie echoes, several layers ghost-like strings weaving their way around one another with one lead string wheezing or sighing at the center. A completely mesmerizing opening. For “Gnomes” has the violin and bass clarinet play intricate lines around one another, both glowing with calm vibe at the center. “Play More Bebop” sounds like a request that an old school jazz freak might say, hence the quartet do play a relaxed version of bop, without the roller-coaster like intensity of Bird & Diz & Co. “Cronopios” shows that the quartet play freely yet still remain focused and not too far out. My fave piece is called, “Humanoides” and it has the guitar playing some dark slightly bent chords while the violin and bass clarinet exchange lines. each taking strong solos. I dig the way guitarist Trujillo creates a brooding undertow while using a minimal of effects on his guitar. The bass clarinet and violin both get a chance to stretch out on the first half of “Striding” while the restrained yet distorted guitar builds to a slow yet menacing crescendo in the second half. What I find most interesting about this disc/quartet is that they seem to be in between any established genres like: jazz, rock or progressive although they do draw from all of the above. An impressive departure from the DMG norm. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery
New Contemporary Composer, Electronic and Electro-Acoustic Releases: In Stock Next Week!
MORTON FELDMAN - Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello (Another Timbre 113; UK) Morton Feldman's final composition, originally premiered in 1987, here performed by pianist Mark Knoop, violinist Aisha Orazbayeva, violist Bridget Carey, and cellist Anton Lukoszevieze, recording a year after their successful performance at London's Cafe Oto, maintaining focus and concentration on this large, unhurried work of micro-variations.
MICHAEL PISARO // MaDaM ELECTRO-ACOUSTIC IMPROVISATION ENSEMBLE - Sometimes (Edition Wandelweiser EWR 1703; Austria) The MaDam Electroacoustic Improvisation Collective based in Spain performs the first in Pisaro's 34 piece Harmony Series, which attempts to create the conditions for a harmonic situation without giving any actual notes, just numbers, durations of tones, and pauses; this work is based on "swell piece (for alison knowles)" (1967) by James Tenney.
MARIA de ALVEAR / ANTOINE BEUGER - Besando El Tiempo (Edition Wandelweiser EWR 1704/05; Austria) Antoine Beuger performs composer Maria De Alvear's 1995 contemplative work "Besando El Tiempo" (Kissing The Time) written using an automatic script and originally composed for the flautist Caren Levine; after hearing Beuger's interpretation she requested that he record it, the result this rendition that takes the composition on an introspective journey.
2 CD Set $15
GRUPPO DI IMPROVVISAZIONE NUOVA CONSONANZA With ENNIO MORRICONE / FRANCO EVANGELISTI / et al - Azioni/Reazioni 1967-1969 (Die Schachtel 033; Italy) The year 2007 saw one of the most remarkable findings in the long treasure-hunting history of Die Schachtel: the complete set of recordings of the early manifestation (1967-1969) of one of the most legendary improv group of all time, the Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza. Rescued by the private archives of Walter Branchi, one of the original founding members -- alongside Franco Evangelisti, Ennio Morricone, Ivan Vandor, Roland Kayn, Egisto Macchi, Mario Bertoncini, and John Heineman -- the tapes were then restored in their entirety. Only a part of them were published in a CD-only boxset in an edition of 500, titled Azioni 1967-1969, which also featured a DVD with the original film Nuova Consonanza shot by Theo Gallher during the rehearsal and concert that the group held on March 19th and 20th, 1967, at the Galleria d'arte Moderna in Rome. Spanning from free-jazz to total abstract noise to wild electronic sounds, their music was -- and remains -- one of the most dynamic, original, and uncompromising expression of a period defined by intense experimentation and musical bravery, anticipating experiments to come in years following. Or, to put it simple, "They were utterly unique," as per the words that John Zorn, who expressively wrote for this edition. To mark the ten-year anniversary of its original release, Die Schachtel present Azioni/Reazioni 1967-1969, the complete cycle of improvisations -- which includes thirteen additional, never before published pieces -- taken from the original tapes. Remastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.
Available in three versions. All versions include a 64-page, sewn-bound, LP-size book in English and Italian, complete with essays, memories shared by the group, a new article by Valentina Bertolani exploring in detail the techniques of the group, a chronology, a collection of original reviews by Maurizio Farina, and a set of unpublished black-and-white photos of the group playing in Venice's Teatro Della Fenice in 1968, taken from the archives of the Venice Biennale. All versions also include a DVD (PAL 5.1 audio - region free) with the original film Nuova Consonanza shot by Theo Gallher. CD version includes four CDs, DVD, and book -- edition of 300
4 CD/DVD Box $68
Progressive Restocks, Reissues and Assorted Sale CDs:
PATTO With OLLIE HALSALL - Hold Your Fire: Expanded Edition (Esoteric 5043364; UK) Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of the classic 1971 album Hold Your Fire by the legendary Patto. One of the truly great bands of the early 1970s, Patto featured a line-up comprising Mike Patto (vocals), Ollie Halsall (guitar, vibes, keyboards, vocals), Clive Griffiths (bass) and John Halsey (drums). The band arose from the ashes of the group Timebox and recorded their self-titled debut album in 1970. Patto were graced by the presence of the stunning guitar playing of Ollie Halsall and a highly original and unique musical style that set them aside from their progressive rock contemporaries of the era. Hold Your Fire was the band's second album and includes such classics as 'You, You Point Your Finger', 'Hold Your Fire' and 'Air Raid Shelter'. This Esoteric Recordings remastered and expanded edition has been fully sanctioned by all members of Patto and their representatives (for the first time ever) and is now a two CD set with thirteen bonus tracks including five out-takes from the album recording sessions (two previously unreleased) and eight previously unreleased BBC session recordings from 1971 including a legendary session for the BBC Radio One In Concert series in March 1971 (featuring guest guitarist Bernie Holland) and a session for Sounds of the Seventies from June 1971.
2 CD Set $23
HOPPER / DEAN / TIPPETT / GALLIVAN - Mercy Dash (HST 130; UK) The 2nd and much more obscure release by this free jazz/fusion supergroup, with Hugh Hopper-bass, Elton Dean - alto & saxello, Keith Tippett - piano & electric piano and Joe Gallivan - drums & drum synths. Reissued once before on CD, but unavailable for something near a decade now, this combines Canterbury-ish jazz rock with the more outward bound stylings of Elton & Keith. It's great to have this back again!
JOHN McLAUGHLIN / ZAKIR HUSSAIN / JIMMY HERRING / WAYNE KRANTZ / ALEX MACHACEK / ANTHONY JACKSON / LENNY WHITE - The New Universe Music Festival 2010 (Abstract Logix 031; USA) "On November 20 and 21, 2010, maverick record label Abstract Logix hosted a series of spectacular performances, featuring an array of artists who handily defy genre categorization in favor of unbridled expression. The first New Universe Festival was a die-hard music lover's dream, defined by artists who seamlessly mingle compositional ingenuity and improvisational grace and fervor. Among the featured musicians were pioneering guitarist John McLaughlin and his current band the 4th Dimension with special guest, tabla legend Zakir Hussain; Widespread Panic guitar hero Jimmy Herring with his electric band; Return To Forever Drummer Lenny White; the all-star quartet Human Element (keyboardist Scott Kinsey, bassist Matt Garrison, percussionist Arto Tunçboyaciyan; fearless guitarist and improviser Wayne Krantz appearing with the amazing Anthony Jackson on bass; visionary Indian composer and drummer Ranjit Barot; and emerging guitar visionary Alex Machacek.
A 2-CD Set of the festival featuring 131 minutes of music was released in July of 2011 to rave reviews. This 2-DVD Set features the music released on the CD, as well as an additional 60 minutes of the grand finale Jam tribute to John McLaughlin featuring all the artists of the festival - along with behind the scenes footage and extensive interviews."
2 DVD Set $18
Three More Essential Modern Jazz Classics from the Enlightenment Label:
GRANT GREEN With BABY FACE WILLETTE/KENNY DREW/YUSEF LATEEF/BROTHER JACK McDUFF/HERBIE HANCOCK/AL HAREWOOD/BEN TUCKER/DAVE BAILEY/BEN DIXON/BILLY HIGGINS / et al - The Classic Albums (Enlightenment 9120; EEC) This collection, which compiles eight full albums from Grant Green's early career, features the very best of this majestic guitarist's playing. Running at over five hour across four discs, this set forms the perfect introduction to the music of this often overlooked artist for those new to his work, and a welcome reminder of his finest performances for those already well-versed. Albums include: ‘Grant’s First Stand’, ‘Green Street’, ’Sunday Mornin’’, ‘Grandstand’, ‘Born to Be Blue’, ‘Feelin’ the Spirit’, ‘Am I Blue’ and ‘Idle Moments’.
4 CD Set $18
BLUE MITCHELL With BENNY GOLSON/CURTIS FULLER/JOHNNY GRIFFIN/WILBUR WARE/WYNTON KELLY/CEDAR WALTON/PAUL CHAMBERS/SAM JONES/ART BLAKEY/PHILLY JOE JONES/ROY BROOKS - Complete Albums Collection: 1958-1963 (Enlightenment 9121; EEC) This collection, collates Blue Mitchell's catalogue of albums released between 1958 and 1963. Featuring eight complete, original LPs - making over five hours of remastered music in total - this set provides A Perfect Introduction To This Sometimes Underrated Musician's Work, Or A Poignant Reminder Of The Great Jazz Man's Talent, Style And Panache. Albums featured include: ‘Out of the Blue’, ‘Blue Soul’, ‘The Cup Bearers’, ‘Blue’s Moods’, ‘Big 6’,
4 CD Set $18
LESTER YOUNG With TEDDY WILSON / HARRY EDISON / ROY ELDRIDGE / OSCAR PETERSON / HERB ELLIS / RAY BROWN / LOUIE BELLSON / et al - Classic Albums Collection: 1955 - 1958 (Enlightenment 9123; EEC) Although marred by health issues, Lester Young's playing as the bebop genre developed remained as spectacular as ever it was, and over the course of the eight original and remastered albums that complete this set it is wholly apparent just why Young's music has remained so influential to generations of jazz performers, and so popular with fans both new and old. Albums include: ‘Pres and Sweets’. ‘Laughin’ to Keep from Cryin’’, ‘Lester Swings Again’,’Going for Myself’,
4 CD Set $18
MIKE BLOOMFIELD and MARK NAFTALIN - Live At The Record Plant 1973 (Air Cuts 8032; UK) Mike Bloomfield and Mark Naftalin, live at the Record Plant, Sausalito on April 22nd, 1973. Although blues-rock guitar great Mike Bloomfield had retreated from the spotlight in the early 1970s, he continued to play in low-key settings such as the performance on this CD. Recorded at Sausalito's Record Plant on April 22, 1973 for broadcast on KSAN-FM in San Francisco, the performance also feature longtime collaborator Mark Naftalin on piano. Only one of the songs from the set would make its way to a later release from Bloomfield. The entire broadcast is presented here, digitally remastered, with background liners and rare archival photos.
DELANEY & BONNIE AND FRIENDS With DUANE ALLMAN - Livin' On The Open Road: Live At The A&R Recording Studios 1971 (Air Cuts 8064; UK) Delanie & Bonnie And Friends, live from the A&R Recording Studios, New York on July 22nd, 1971. By the summer of 1971, Delaney and Bonnie were internationally renowned for their exciting rock/soul hybrid, and their uncanny ability to attract collaborators of the highest ability. This remarkable session was captured live at A&R Studios in New York for broadcast on WABC-FM. It finds them supported by a host of fine musicians, including Duane Allman (giving one of his last performances), Gregg Allman, and King Curtis, and culminates in an epic rendition of "Only You Know & I Know". Duane Allman is featured on "Come On In My Kitchen", "Goin' Down The Road Feeling Bad", "Poor Elijah", and "The Ghetto". The entire original WABC-FM broadcast is presented here, professionally remastered, with background notes and images.
THE BYRDS - The Broadcast Archive (TBA 6054; EEC) This charming triple disc set includes a host of rare live broadcasts from The Byrds, or from main-man Roger McGuinn, recorded between 1968 and 1991. On the first disc, two different shows from '68 are featured, both starring the admirable, albeit fleeting, talents of Gram Parsons. Firstly their legendary gig from the Piper Club in Rome on 2nd May, and secondly their Ardent Studios, Baton Rouge, broadcast from 18th April. The second CD has the band's Fillmore West appearance from 15th June 1969 and their show at the Bridges Auditorium in Claremont CA from the same year. Completing this set, on the third and final CD, is a dynamic solo show from Roger McGuinn performed at the Electric Ladyland Studios in New York in 1991, recorded while the great man was out promoting his Back From Rio album.
3 CD Set $20
DELROY WILSON - Here Come The Heartaches (Kingston Sounds 067; UK) Delroy Wilson, the original "Cool Operator", was also known to many as "Teacher". A title given to him as he unselfishly taught the up-and-coming singers, including Dennis Brown, the art and delivery of singing technique. Delroy's rich tone to his voice added a depth to any song that he chose to sing. Delroy Wilson (b.1948 Kingston, Jamaica) began his musical career at the school that was Coxsone Dodd's studio One label. After a brief stop in 1969, which saw Delroy working for producer Sonia Pottinger's Tip Top label, he was producing such hits including "It Hurts" and "Put Yourself In My Place". The 1970s saw Delroy Wilson's arrival at Bunny "Striker" Lee's door and what would result in a winning formula, scoring hit after hit. It is from this great period in Delroy's career that Kingston Sounds have compiled this selection of killer tunes, cut with the drum and bass rhythm kings themselves, Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. Such classics as "Who Care", "Can I Change Your Mind", "Get Ready", "You Must Believe Me", and the timeless title track to this collection, "Here Come The Heartaches". An album of great tracks cut with "The Hitmaker from Jamaica", Bunny Lee and his team. A match made in heaven. CD version includes four bonus tracks.
CARIBBEAN AUDIO ODYSSEY - Volume One Two (Stag-O-Lee 110; Germany) Both volumes of Stag-O-Lee's 10" series Caribbean Audio Odyssey on one compact disc. Calypso in the Caribbean includes a range of genres, including: the benna genre of Antiguan and Barbudan music; mento, a style of Jamaican folk music that greatly influenced ska and reggae; ska, the precursor to rocksteady and reggae; spouge, a style of Barbadian popular music; cadence-lypso, which mixed calypso with the cadence rampa of Haiti and Dominican traditional music; and soca music, a style of kaiso/calypso, with influences from cadence-lypso, soul, funk, and Indian musical instruments. From the liner notes: "CALYPSO, the infectious rhythms and melodies of the Caribbean area originated in Trinidad. It is really the musical expression of the Afro- West-Indian population. There are various explanations for the origin of the word 'Calypso', but it is most likely that it stems from the African word 'Kaiso', which means BRAVO. The lyrics (in a dialectic English) and the melody are usually made up at the spur of the moment. The words very often have a double meaning. The topic is sex, but frequently deals with current events of social and political happenings. The rhythms are enticing and therefore popular for dancing." Features: Maria Bryant, Lord Kitchener, Orchestral Overtures, Duke Of Iron, Count Owen & His Calypsonians, Blind Blake, The Charmer, The Talbot Brothers, Wilmoth Houdini, Small Island Pride, Ruben McCoy & The Hamiltonians, Anatol's Cubans, Charlie Binger & His Quartet, Orchestre Combo Zombie, Noro Morales Y Su Orchestra, Tommy McCook & The Supersonics, and Cyril Diaz & His Orchestra.
PHAROAH SANDERS With SONNY FORTUNE / SONNY SHARROCK / LONNIE LISTON SMITH / CECIL McBEE / SIRONE / BILLY HART / MAJEED SHABAZZ / et al - Izipho Zam (My Gifts)(Everland Jazz 003; Austria) Everland Jazz present a reissue of Pharoah Sanders's Izipho Zam (My Gifts), originally released in 1973. "Popular and increasingly in demand, Izipho Zam (My Gifts) falls into the 'rare' category among record collectors and is a gift to fans of master Pharoah Sanders. This demand is partially galvanized by the fact that 'Prince Of Peace' has become an inspirational mine to hip hop artists and is much loved by samplers. Izipho Zam is Pharoah Sander's third album, initially recorded in January 1969, it was originally released on the Strata-East label in 1973. On Izipho Zam, Sanders and his band take you on a journey into another world providing an amazing experience! Passionate, intense and free, Sanders saxophone especially, is exquisite, pouring out its soul telling a story of its own. Hailed by peers as the best tenor saxophonist in the world, Pharoah Sanders is a legend in jazz music. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of free jazz and is the mentor of jazz giant, saxophonist Robert Stewart. Born in 1940 into a musical family as Farell Sanders in Arkansas, he first played the clarinet before switching to tenor saxophone in high school. After high school, he moved to California to study music and art. In 1961, Sanders moved to New York where he often played gigs with a number of free jazz dignitaries including Billy Higgins, Sun Ra and Don Cherry. His name 'Pharoah' was given to him by Sun Ra, who was his bandleader then. It was during one of these gigs that he met John Coltrane who became his mentor. While playing with Coltrane, Sanders inevitably rose to prominence due to his very distinctive tenor saxophone sound." --Rachel Kinoti Licensed by Strata-East Recordings.
JOE McPHEE and BRYAN EUBANKS - My Undocumented Alien Clarinet (Penultimate Press 030; UK) What constitutes an unidentified sighting, the rarely heard "alien" clarinet playing of Joe McPhee and the ineffable electronics of Bryan Eubanks? Penultimate Press present My Undocumented Alien Clarinet: a strange sensual addition to the ever inquisitive McPhee canon. My Undocumented Alien Clarinet is a beguiling document of a performance held at Alternative Books, Kingston, New York, Sunday, August 6, 2006 under the auspices of the Pauline Oliveros Foundation's New Vanguard Series. My Undocumented Alien Clarinet captures a unique intimate improvisation exploring the outer reaches of the form. Joe McPhee, (b.1939 USA) is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, improviser, conceptualist and theoretician. He has collaborated with Pauline Oliveros, Graham Lambkin, Peter Brötzmann, Evan Parker, Raymond Boni, among many others. With a career spanning nearly 50 years and over 100 recordings, he continues to tour internationally, forge new connections and reach for music's outer limits. "His magical take on avant-garde sax remains one of the wonders of the scene. He still has one of the most beautiful tones on the planet, even when he's reaching for jazz's outer limits" --Time Out, New York. Bryan Eubanks (b. 1977, USA) is a musician composing electronic and acoustic works for small ensembles, solo instruments, and custom generative software; improvising in collaboration; and working with acoustic holography, a stereophonic recording and diffusion technique. Personnel: Joe McPhee - B-flat and E-flat alto clarinet, Roland MC202 Micro Composer synthesizer; Bryan Eubanks - Open-circuit electronics (sinetones). Artwork by Jerry Starpoli; Liner notes by Joe McPhee; In memory of Jerry Starpoli. Edition of 499.
CHRISTIAN WOLFF - Berlin Exercises (God Records 041; Austria) Christian Wolff on Berlin Exercises: "'Exercise' indicates relatively shorter pieces in which the process of work, of practicing and of trying things out within specified limits, in short a kind of discipline in process, are being attempted. I regard them as both exercises in composing and for performers, especially as the performers function as members of an ensemble." Performed by Ensemble Zwischentöne: Christian Wolff (piano, melodica); Hans-Ulrich Altenkirch (vibraphone); Ellen Fricke (voice); Robin Hayward (tuba); Rainer Killius (contrabass recorder); Aleksander Kolkowski (violin); Kurt König (percussion); Annette Krebs (guitar); Inge Morgenroth (tenor saxophone); Natalia Pschenitschnikowa (flutes); Helles Weber (accordion); Peter Ablinger (artistic director). Includes 28-page booklet with liner notes from Bill Dietz and fax exchange between Christian Wolff and Peter Ablinger, as well as some score examples and sketches.
CARL STONE - Electronic Music From The Seventies And Eighties (Unseen Worlds 015; USA) "This 3LP set contains a selection of seven early works by American composer Carl Stone, all previously unpublished except for 'Shing Kee,' which appeared on the 1992 New Albion CD release, Mom's. Notorious, formerly elusive recordings like 'Sukothai,' 'Shibucho,' and 'Dong Il Jang' exemplify how Stone masterfully guided his art through the transition period when New Music exited the loft scene of the 1970s for a stab at commercial presence in the 1980s, satisfying both impulses by fusing his compositional ambition with systems of live performance that were simultaneously pop savvy, commercial suicide, and technologically and aesthetically forward thinking. His live performance practice, documented here in a carefully restored archival recording of 'Kuk Il Kwan' at The Kitchen in 1981, has merged seamlessly with today's computer-driven methods. The earliest works of this collection, 'LIM' and 'Chao Praya,' realized on the Buchla 200, date to the early 1970s while Stone was a student of James Tenney and Morton Subotnick at CalArts, a rare glimpse of Stone working with purely electronic source material. Liner notes by Carl Stone, Jonathan Gold, Richard Gehr, and Marc Weidenbaum accompany on a gatefold sleeve. Download card is included with a digital-only bonus track, 'Unthaitled' from 1978. Mastered and cut by Rashad Becker. 'Of the serious composers to come out of 1980s California, Carl Stone is the one who has always performed in nightclubs as well as concert halls, for spiky-haired punks as well as the Ph.D-and-ponytail set -- his brand of electro-acoustic bricolage was probably better known among jazz musicians than it was to the blue-haired Monday Evening Concerts crowd.' --Jonathan Gold, from the liner notes.”
3 LP Set $35
PHILL NIBLOCK - Rhymes With Water (God Records 043; Austria) For his premiere recording on God Records, Phill Niblock confirms his minimalistic musical approach and composes two monumental pieces for flutes and additional voices, respectively. Commissioned by Erik Drescher and Natalia Pschenitschnikova, Niblock again delivers an almost stripped, uncompromising one-way sound monolith. Tremendous, straight, and to the point... Personnel: Phill Niblock - composition; Natalia Pschenitschnikova - bass flute, voice; Erik Drescher - glissando flute.
PAT THOMAS - The Elephant Clock of Al Jazari (Otoroku 019; UK) Recorded live at OTO in May 2015, The Elephant Clock Of Al Jazari comprises four typically genre-defying and sonically dexterous pieces from one of the UK's best pianists. In Thomas's own words: "The title for this album, was inspired by the incredible automatic water clock invented by Badi' al-Zaman ibn al-Razzaz al-Jazari. Al Jazari refers to the fact he was born in Al Jazira which lies between the Tigris and the Euphrates in what is now Northern Iraq. Badi al Zaman means prodigy of the age. He is known by historians of technology as the father of modern robotics. The Elephant Clock at seven meters high is a testament to his engineering genius, it utilizes Greek water raising technology, combined with an Indian elephant, Egyptian phoenix, Arabian figures, Persian carpet and Chinese Dragons celebrating the diversity of cultures in the world. This and other marvels of engineering can be found in his Book of the Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices translated by Donald Hill (Pakistan Hijra Council). Over 50 devices are mentioned. Amongst them the first analog computer, his remarkable Castle Clock, however, the debt the world owes this Muslim genius is found in his remarkable water raising devices, particularly water raising device number '4' where for the first time a crank connecting rod system is used. The crank is considered to be the most important single mechanical device after the wheel, by 1206 this is found fully developed in Jazari`s machines predating Francesco di Giorgio Martini by three centuries. 'For Al Haytham' is dedicated to the great polymath genius who wrote the great book on vision, the first person to give us a true understanding of how we see. 'Lubb' is an Arabic word meaning innermost consciousness whilst to conclude proceedings 'Done' is loosely based on a well-known standard."
RELATIVE PITCH CD SALE - Nearly Half of Their Great Catalogue:
$10 each - July 28th - August 4th:
CHRIS ABRAHAMS & MAGDA MAYAS - Gardener (Relative Pitch 1011; USA)
AB BAARS / IG HENNEMAN / INGRID LAUBROCK / TOM RAINEY - Perch Hen Brock & Rain - Live @ The Jazz Happening Tampere (Relative Pitch 1051; USA)
MICHAEL BISIO With KIRK KNUFFKE / ART BAILEY / MICHAEL WIMBERLY - Accortet (Relative Pitch 1040; USA)
JOHN BUTCHER / TORSTEN MULLER / DYLAN VAN DER SCHYFF//WAY OUT NORTHWEST - The White Spot (Relative Pitch 1006; USA)
TAYLOR HO BYNUM/JOHN HEBERT/GERALD CLEAVER]/BOOK OF THREE - Continuum (2012) (Relative Pitch 1012; 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 ALESSI] - Variable Bets (Relative Pitch 1028; USA)
FRANK GRATKOWSKI/PHILLIP GREENLIEF/JON RASKIN//FPR - All at Once (Relative Pitch 1015; USA)
INGRID LAUBROCK / TOM RAINEY - And Other Desert Towns (Relative Pitch 1018; 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)
KEIR NEURINGER / RAFAL MAZUR - Diachronic Paths (Relative Pitch 1046; USA)
EVAN PARKER/SYLVIE COURVOISIER - Either or And (Relative Pitch 1024; USA)
MATANA ROBERTS - Always (Relative Pitch 1036; USA)
MATTHEW SHIPP TRIO MICHAEL BISIO/WHIT DICKEY - Root of Things (Relative Pitch 1022; 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)
ALEX WARD / ROBERTO SASSI / SANTIAGO HORRO / JEM DOULTON //FOREBRACE - Steeped (Relative Pitch 1052; USA)
JACK WRIGHT/BEN WRIGHT - As If Anything Could Be The Same (Relative Pitch 1017; USA)
Bruce Lee Gallanter’s Recommended Gig List for July & August of 2017
THE STONE RESIDENCIES - PETER APFELBAUM - JULY 25-30
830 pm - PETER APFELBAUM, AARON JOHNSTON with BILL LASWELL - Peter Apfelbaum (woodwinds, keyboards, percussion) Bill Laswell (bass) Aaron Johnston (drums)
THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
KEN VANDERMARK - FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS JULY 28-29 AT 830
JULY 28—Ken Vandermark (reeds) Joe McPhee (reeds, brass)
JULY 29—Ken Vandermark (reeds) C. Spencer Yeh (violin, voice, electronics)
830 pm - PETER APFELBAUM and WILL BERNARD ENSEMBLE: LANTERNS AND CATHEDRALS - Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax, piano) Will Bernard (guitar) Brian Drye (trombone) Mike McGinnis (clarinet) Ellen Gronningen (violin) Devin Hoff (bass) Michael Sarin (drums)
830 pm - PETER APFELBAUM, MARK GUILIANA & SAHR NGAUJAH - Peter Apfelbaum (woodwinds, keyboards, percussion) Sahr Ngaujah (vocals/spoken word) Mark Guiliana (drums, electronics)
830 pm - PETER APFELBAUM & THE NEW YORK HIEROGLYPHICS - Peter Apfelbaum (tenor sax, piano, percussion) Abdoulaye Diabate (vocals) Peck Allmond (trumpet, tenor sax, flute) Steven Bernstein (trumpet) Josh Roseman (trombone) Natalie Cressman (trombone) Tony Jones (tenor sax) Norbert Stachel (baritone sax, flute) Charlie Burnham (violin) Will Bernard (guitar) Brad Jones (bass) JT Lewis (drums)
THE STONE RESIDENCIES - ZEENA PARKINS - AUGUST 1–6
8:30 pm - MZM - Zeena Parkins (harp) Miya Masaoka (koto) Myra Melford (piano)
Celebrating their premiere release this month on Infrequent Seams.
8:30 pm - Duo - Zeena Parkins (harp) Brian Chase (drums)
8:30 pm - Captiva - Zeena Parkins (harp, piano) - Captiva solo project for acoustic harp and live electronic processing and Impossible Tasks for transducer activated piano and electric harp.
THE STONE AT THE NEW SCHOOL—55 WEST 13TH STREET
TRIGGER PLAYS ZORN - FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS AUGUST 4–5 AT 8:30PM
FRIDAY AUGUST 4—TRIGGER PLAYS JOHN ZORN BAGATELLES
FRIDAY AUGUST 5—TRIGGER PLAYS JOHN ZORN APPARITIONS (enigmata/valentines day)
Will Greene (guitar) Simon Hanes (bass) Aaron Edgcomb (drums)
8:30 pm - Trio - Zeena Parkins (electric harp) Devin Hoff (bass) Michael TA Thompson (drums) New Trio.
8:30 pm - Trio - George Lewis (trombone, electronics) j §§§§Ikue Mori (electronics) - Trio with George Lewis and long time duo partner Ikue Mori.
8:30 pm - Green Dome - Ryan Sawyer (drums) Ryan Ross Smith (prepared piano, electronics) Zeena Parkins (acoustic harp) Performing the Shetland Lace Set.
All Sets start at 8:30pm Tickets: $20
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 Jul 28
6:00PM DONGFENG LIU TRIO - Dongfeng Liu, piano; John Benitez, bass; Francis Benitez, drums
Saturday Jul 29
9:00PM & 10:30PM BRIAN LANDRUS ORCHESTRA, CD RELEASE: GENERATIONS - Brian Landrus, baritone sax, bass clarinet; Igmar Thomas, trumpet; Alan Ferber, trombone; Brandee Younger, harp; Frank Carlberg, piano; Jay Anderson, bass; Billy Hart, drums
Sunday Jul 30
8:30PM 'CIRCLE OF COLLUSION' - Marty Ehrlich, alto sax; Michael Blake, tenor sax; Michael Bates, bass; Alex Ritz, drums
10:00PM JAKOB DREYER QUARTET - Jason Rigby, tenor sax; Vitor Goncalves, piano; Jakob Dreyer, bass; Jochen Rueckert, drums
Tues Aug 1st:
8:00PM VOXECSTATIC: BRENDA EARLE STOKES NEW TRIO - Brenda Earle Stokes, piano, voice; Evan Gregor, bass; Ross Pederson, drums
9:30PM VOXECSTATIC: ELIANE AMHERD BAND - Eliane Amherd, voice, guitar; Jennifer Vincent, bass; Sean Dixon, drums
Wednesday Aug 02
8:00PM ALEX WYATT GROUP - Alex Wyatt, drums; Kyle Wilson, tenor sax; Jon DeLucia, alto sax; Danny Fox, piano; Pablo Menares, bass
Thursday Aug 03
8:00PM TONY MALABY FEST.: TONY MALABY TRIO - Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Ben Monder, guitar; Tom Rainey, drums
9:30PM TONY MALABY QUARTET - Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Leo Genovese, piano; William Parker, bass; Billy Mintz, drums
Friday Aug 04
9:00PM & 10:30PM TONY MALABY FEST.: APPARITIONS - Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Michael Formanek, cello; Tom Rainey, drums; Randy Peterson, drums
Saturday Aug 05
9:00PM & 10:30PM TONY MALABY FEST.: TONY MALABY QUARTET - Tony Malaby, tenor sax; Brandon Seabrook, guitar; William Parker, bass; Billy Mintz, drums
Shapeshifter July & August, 2017:
July 28 -
Will Sacks double bill
7p - Andy Hunter
8:15p - The Billy Mintz Quintet - John Gross- tenor sax, Tony Malaby- tenor sax, Roberta Piket- piano and organ, Hilliard Greene- bass, Billy Mintz- Drums
Aug 6 - David Smith
Brooklyn Jazz Underground 11th Annual Festival
6pm - Brooklyn Youth Ensembles with Brooklyn Jazz Underground
7pm - Brooklyn Jazz Underground Ensemble
7:50pm - Owen Howard Group
8:40pm - Adam Kolker Group
9:30pm - David Smith Quintet
7pm: be steadwell live
Be Steadwell featuring musical guests- queer pop singer songwriter from DC performs her cheezy, cathartic tunes live.
7p and 8:15p - Nathan Peck & the Funky Electrical Unit/Andy Bianco Quintet
9:30p - Beledo, Doron, and Tony with Special Guests
Beledo (guitar, piano)
Tony Steele (bass)
Doron Lev (drums)
Shapeshifter is located at
18 Whitwell Place in Brooklyn, NY
R train to Union stop
Saturday, July 29th 8:30 PM
Sean Moran’s Sun Tiger
Sean Moran – Guitar
Hank Roberts – Cello
Vinnie Sperrazza – Drums
Friday, August 18th 8:30 & 9:30pm
Saturday, August 19th 8:30 PM
Laura Henningsdottir (alto sax)
J.P. Lakehill (piano)
Ollie Herman (drums)
Friday, August 25th
Novoa / Makabe Duo Novoa / Paz / Jiménez / Hyde Quartet
8pm - Novoa / Makabe Duo
Emi Makabe – vocals, effects & shamisen
Eva Novoa – piano & gongs
9pm - Novoa / Paz / Jiménez / Hyde Quartet
Hery Paz – tenor sax
Eva Novoa – piano
Kenneth Jiménez – bass
Evan Hyde – drums
Saturday, August 26th 8:30 PM
Billy Mintz Quintet
Tony Malaby – tenor saxophone
Adam Kolker – tenor saxophone
Roberta Piket – piano
Hilliard Greene – bass
Billy Mintz – drums
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.