I’m remixing and remastering a 2005 session with Andrew Lamb and Warren Smith.
I’m serially releasing it on Bandcamp. Each week I will put up a new track for folks to download for free. After a week I will make the free track for sale and put up another free track.
This was a duo sax/drums record done in a small cathedral here in Brooklyn NY.
Excerpt from here:
Bankheadowi managed to get to his own sextet really delicious experienced instrumentalists.
Purchase here if you feel the urge:
Exerpt from review here:
“The band works together for a lively Afro groove that will appeal to all with a sense of time. The quartet format gives it an intimate quality but the music rollocks and rocks steadily with tribal and Afrobeat influences front and center.
Sylvain sounds convincing and very together on his instruments; Karl Berger is right there with nicely ethnic touches and his good sense at piano as well as expectedly rangy and compelling vibes; Sergo Decius plays very hip congas and hand drums, making this session pop; and Matt Pavolka gives the groove that all-important woody bottom with taste, drive, dexterity and a nicely fat tone.”
Review by Hrayr Attarian here at All About Jazz.
Flautist Sylvain Leroux’s debut, Quatuor Créole, is an enchanting mélange of Guinean sounds, French influences and jazz inflections. In that aspect it is essentially Creole, but not necessary a work of New Orleanian or Haitian folkloric music.
Leroux plays the tambin, a West African reed flute, and a dozon ngoni, a lute from the same region—often alternating between the two on the same track.
You can buy this music and support this musician here:
From Sylvain Leroux’s debut record on my label, Engine Studios, to be released on July 26, 2012.
Sylvain Leroux: tambin, flute, alto sax, khaen, dozon ngoni
Karl Berger: Piano, vibraphone
Sergo Decius: Congas, percussions
Matt Pavolka: Contrabass
If you would like to hear this record and purchase it and support Mike Gamble and my label you can go here:
You can support independent music and independent labels at the link above. It’s like $5.
Nate Chinen NY Times review here:
Atmosphere reigns in “Loomer” (Engine), the intriguing new solo release by the guitarist Mike Gamble, but that doesn’t mean the music lacks for plot or incident. Mr. Gamble, a trained improviser who also travels in the same orbit as the Seattle doom band Earth, recorded “Loomer” with loops and effects but no preprogrammed material: everything, including the shrewd, shambling drumming, was created alone in real time. (If you’re in New England, you can see him do this live sometime over the next two weeks; check his schedule at mikegamble.tumblr.com.) Mr. Gamble knows his way around a drone, but he also puts a lot of shifting harmony and texture in these one-man sketches, some of which — like “I’m on Your Side,” with its abstracted trip-hop beat — come across as thoughtfully developed compositions.
You can purchase and support Kidd Jordan’s music/my label here:
This is a fascinating performance by some still under-recognized masters of the music. They make music that is beholden to nobody’s creed save their own.
Complete review (.pdf):
Kidd Jordan On Fire: Al lAbout Jazz Review