New Releases from Important Records

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Via Important Records:

Sentimental Something

William Basinski + Richard Chartier

Alessandro Cortini
Forse Vol. One

Eliane Radigue

Maja S.k. ratkje, Jon Wesseltoft, Camille Norment, per Gisle Galåen

Matthew Watson and Daniel Thomas Freeman
Catch Me Daddy – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Jd Emmanuel

Acid Mothers Temple

Alessandro Cortini
Forse 3

James Blackshaw
Summoning Suns

Charlemagne Palestine &Amp; Grumbling Fur Time Machine Orchestra

Kit Wilmans Fegradoe


Mugstar + Damo Suzuki
Start from Zero

DMG Newsletter July 31st, 2015

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Plane Crash 2: Henry Kaiser/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter! Hugh Hopper & Slava Ganelin! Joel Harrison 5: Cuong Vu/Kermit Driscoll/Brian Blade! Mob Scene: Bill Mobley/Danny Walsh/Pete Davenport! If, Bwana 3 CD Set! Steve Olson/Denman Maroney/Oscar Noriega! Godspeed You! B

Alan Sondheim/Azure Carter/Luke Damrosch! 1/2 Dozen Rectangle CD Reissues: Derek Bailey/Eugene Chadbourne/Phil Minton/Lol Coxhill! Plus a Prog/Downtown/Avant CD/DVD Sale! Eugene Chadbourne Chadula Sale! New LPs from Alvarius B.! Akira Sakata & Konstrukt! Virginia Genta, MV & EE and Daniel Bachman! More and More and..!


The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

This Sunday, August 2nd:

Sunday, August 9th – Tuba Double-Header:
6pm: CARL LUDWIG HUBSCH – Solo Tuba!
7pm: BEN STAPP – Solo Tuba!

Sunday, August 16th Early Double-Header:
5pm: LEAP OF FAITH: PEK- clarinets, saxes, double reeds/GLYNIS LOMON- cello, aquasonic/STEVE NORTON-clarinets, saxes/YURI ZBITNOV-drums!
6pm: THOMAS HEBERER – Solo Trumpet & 1st Meeting with the Leap of Faith Folks!

Forro / John Zorn Collaboration Reviewed

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From the Village Voice:

Here’s the thing about covering the music of another artist: It’s completely and totally mortifying when it doesn’t go perfectly and said musician is sitting in the venue watching the disaster unfold. This happened with Forro in the Dark on the occasion of their first live foray into the material from Forro Zinho – Forro in the Dark Plays John Zorn, the collaborative effort with the inventive, prolific multi-instrumentalist and composer that came out on July 28.

Frank Zappa’s Family Plans Massive New Release Schedule

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From Rolling Stone:

Although the final album that Frank Zappa worked on before his death came out earlier this year, the rock legend’s family has many more releases planned. A new partnership between the Zappa Family Trust and Universal Music Enterprises will allow for new product releases, film and theatrical productions and trademark licensing.

Ultimately, I’m somewhat disappointed by the posthumous Zappa releases to date. Sure, there are some great ones, but after 21+ years, the Zappa Family Trust is either holding back material or slow-rolling the releases. Let’s hope this new partnership brings forth new high-quality material at a rapid pace, rather than focus on reissues.

DMG Newsletter July 24th, 2015

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From DMG:

John Zorn/Forro Zinho! Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt! Peter Brotzmann/Fred Van Hove/Han Bennink 1971! Steve Lacy & Steve Potts 1979! New from ForTune: Charles Gayle Trio! Trevor Watts & Veryan Weston! Ed Cherry Special Trio!

Malerai/Uchihashi/Maya R! Marco Eneidi Screamin’ 4! Yells at Eels! Susan Alcorn & LaDonna Smith! Brooklyn Primal: Bill McHenry/Jerome Harris/Nicole Kampgen/Ed Schuller/Pete Davenport! 2 from Mara Rosenbloom/Darius Jones Qt!

Plus Archival Discs from: Frank Zappa & the Mothers! Horace Silver & Woody Shaw! Weather Report 1980! Larry Coryell & 11th House! Waylon Jennings! Joe Ely! Dolly Parton! Karen Dalton! King Tubby! Bunny Lee! Scientist & Mad Professor! The Congos! King Jammy! Sun Ra Arkestra & Another Large LP Section!


The DMG FREE Weekly In-Store Concert Series Continues With:

Sunday, July 26th:

Sunday, August 9th – Tuba Double-Header:
6pm: CARL LUDWIG HUBSCH – Solo Tuba!
7pm: BEN STAPP – Solo Tuba!

Sunday, August 16th Early Double-Header:
5pm: LEAP OF FAITH: PEK-clarinets, saxes, double reeds/GLYNIS LOMON-cello, aquasonic/STEVE NORTON-clarinets, saxes/YURI ZBITNOV-drums!

New Tzadik Releases

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John Zorn (cropped version)

From Tzadik:

Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt – Bret Higgins’ Atlas Revolt

A fabulous release by this Canadian instrumental band that blends Latin, r&b, soul, film soundtracks, jazz and more into moody and infectious grooves. Bret Higgins is no stranger to Tzadik, performing on the 2014 release Zebrina and performing with Tzadik regulars like Frank London, David Buchbinder, Ben Goldberg and many others. A new take on The Meters and Booker T, this is small unit instrumental music that you will return to again and again.

John Zorn – Forro Zinho — Forro In The Dark Plays Zorn’

There has never been a Zorn CD like this one! One of the most exciting bands to come out of the wild late night Nublu scene in the East VIllage, Forro in the Dark combines the driving dance rhythms of forro from Northeastern Brazil with rock, jazz, reggae, folk and country. Here they take on some of Zorn’s most lyrical and grooving compositions to create a charming CD of Brazilian-tinged dance music. Endlessly listenable, this is a CD filled with catchy hooks, burning solos, driving rhythms and infectious Zorn melodies, new and old. Produced by Jesse Harris and featuring Brazilian legend Marcos Valle as a special guest.

Upcoming Creative Music Releases

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From Fully Altered Media:

AUGUST 2015:

Louie Belogenis’ Blue Buddha – Blue Buddha (Tzadik) – Tenor saxophonist Louie Belogenis plays with a luminous open heart, and a tone reminiscent of Albert Ayler. Cutting his teeth with masters such as Rashied Ali, Sunny Murray and Borah Bergman he has recorded several CDs under his own name, and now presents his most unique and adventurous group to date. Featuring an all-star ensemble of three of the most exciting musicians working today–Dave Douglas, Bill Laswell and Tyshawn Sorey –this brilliant group performs as if part of a sacred ceremony, seamlessly weaving together diverse traditions. Uncompromising improvisational music that speaks to the spiritual. Out August 21.


Mike Reed’s People, Places and Things – A New Kind of Dance (482 Music) – The formidable Chicago drummer and composer Mike Reed has been a catalyst and architect for new music in Chicago since the early 2000s. Still freshly anointed as chairperson for the Chicago Jazz Festival and founder of the performing arts venue Constellation, Reed takes time to offer the sixth release by his long running quartet, People Places & Things. By combining Reed’s penchant for playful melodies and a love of deep swing, People Places & Things steps forward, while firmly rooted in Chicago’s jazz lineage. Additionally, guest pianist Matthew Shipp and guest trumpeter Marquis Hill offer plenty of space to keep the quartet (Greg Ward, alto sax; Tim Haldeman, tenor sax; Jason Roebke, bass) on their toes. Out September 25th.


Dave Douglas Quintet – Brazen Heart (Greenleaf) – Dave’s longstanding quintet, one of the best bands working in jazz today, featuring Jon Irabagon (saxophones), Matt Mitchell (piano), Linda Oh (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums). Brazen Heart is a heart-felt remembrance of Douglas’ brother, featuring a batch of great new original compositions, as well as two spirituals, “Deep River” and “There Is A Balm In Gilead”. This new material grew out of the band’s extensive travels around the United State and Europe in Douglas’ 50th birthday year. Out October 2nd.

Erik Friedlander – Oscalypso (Skipstone) – Erik Friedlander has long been recognized as a pioneer of the cello in jazz, improvised and chamber musics. For his latest project, Oscalypso, Friedlander pays tribute to the work of his idol and jazz-cello pioneer Oscar Pettiford, with his all-star band of saxophonist Michael Blake, bassist Trevor Dunn, and drummer Michael Sarin. Out October 9th.

Mike Sopko – Sopko, Laswell, Pridgen (Self-Released) – Guitarist Mike Sopko, a fixture in the Bay Area who’s just returned to his native Cleveland presents a ferocious studio document which captures his rapport with drummer Thomas Pridgen (formerly of The Mars Volta) and bassist Bill Laswell, a musical hero to many including Sopko himself. Balancing free improvisation, collective composition and inventive post-production, the trio encounter proves to be as uninhibited and rhythmically charged as it is focused and refined. Out October 16th.

Bill MacKay’s Darts And Arrows – Altamira (ears&eyes records) – Chicago-based guitarist Bill MacKay helms the group Darts & Arrows, one of the most promising bands on Chicago’s experimental rock and new music scene. Darts & Arrows features some of Chicago’s most in-demand musicians: alto-saxophonist Nick Mazzarella, AACM violist Renee Baker and drummer Frank Rosaly. Altamira is the quartet’s most fully realized effort, retaining the edgy vitality of their improvised work while painting beautifully textured sonic pictures on a series of through-composed pieces. Out October 16th.

Jacob Garchik – Ye Olde (Self-Released) – Trombonist Jacob Garchik embarks upon a bold conceptual adventure through a Brooklyn that never was, replete with imagined castles and gargoyles coming alive. He envisions his sidemen as a band of heroes, navigating this fictional universe he’s created. Ye Olde features guitarists Mary Halvorson, Brandon Seabrook, and Jonathan Goldberger along with drummer Vinnie Sperrazza and the leader on trombone. Out October 23rd.

Scott Jeppesen – Wonders (Self-Released)- In musical explorations of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, saxophonist and composer Scott Jeppesen releases Wonders, an adventurous set of original works conjuring imagery of grandeur. No less grand is the supporting cast featuring guitarist Larry Koonse, pianist Josh Nelson, bassist Dave Robaire, drummer Dan Schnelle, and saxophonist/producer Bob Sheppard. Out October 23rd.

Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reid Trio – Artifacts (482 Music) – After 15 years of music collaborations in a variety of ensemble contexts, the all-star trio of Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid and Mike Reed have come together to celebrate their long-term relationship and their common cultural and aesthetic threads. All are members of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and served on the organization’s executive board from 2009 to 2011 (holding the positions of Chairperson, Treasurer and Vice Chairperson, respectively). It’s more than appropriate that the trio would also celebrate some of the music composed by AACM members over the past 50 years: Its forthcoming record dips into the fathomless well of the AACM’s musical history, and furthers the organization’s motto of “Ancient to the Future.” Out October 30th.


Adegoke Steve Colson – Tones For (Silver Sphinx Records)
Veteran AACM pianist Adegoke Steve Colson releases his first solo piano record (2 CDs) of his 40 year career, which began in Chicago at Northwestern University as a classical pianist and has continued for the last three decades in the New York area as an guest lecturer and Adjunct Professor at Montclair State University. Over the last 30+ years, he has collaborated extensively with his wife, Iqua Colson, saxophonist David Murray, drummer Andrew Cyrille, the late poet Amiri Baraka and countless others. One of the second wave of AACM musicians, his original Colson Unity Troupe included bassist Reggie Willis, percussionist Dushun Mosley, multireedist Wallace McMillan and wife Iqua on vocals. Out November 19th.