ESP-Disk’ release party/concert Friday, 10/22, 7-10 at Mama Tried, Third Ave & 27th St. in Brooklyn. Three bands, free admission (tip jar), outdoors (indoors if it rains).
Bridge of Flowers
ESP-Disk’s Drive To Revive Weird Rock continues with this Massachusetts quartet’s magnificent LP A Soft Day’s Night. Formed in 2016, BoF has an LP on the great Feeding Tube imprint and a handful of cassettes and CD-Rs. Velvet Underground influence with underground/outsider feel thanks to the unique vision of singer/lyricist Jeffrey Gallagher.
The Red Microphone
Radical poetry and jazz unite on this group’s 2021 ESP-Disk’ release And I Became of the Dark. Following up on their well-received 2017 ESP-Disk’ album backing poet Amina Baraka, The Red Microphone added guitarist Dave Ross to its roster and went into the studio with Ivan Julian (guitarist of punk icons Richard Hell & the Voidoids). A few other veterans of the downtown NYC jazz scene joined in to help accompany the provocative, political poetry of John Pietaro, who doubles on voice and drums.
ESP artist Ken Kobayashi’s free-improv quartet with saxophonist Henry Raker, electric bassist Jochem van Dijk, and keyboardist Steve Holtje finally celebrates the release of their 2020 album Threads.