Sarah Belle Reid: Underneath and Sonder (PFMCD132)

Jeff Kaiser

RELEASE CONCERT
Sarah Belle Reid
Civic Center Studios
Sunday, Oct 20, 7PM sharp
Ticket Fee : $12–20
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equal-sound-presents-thereminist-carolina-eyck-and-sarah-belle-reid-tickets-71459600589
207 South Broadway #Suite One
Los Angeles, CA 90012
https://equalsound.org/show/thereminist-carolina-eyck-sarah-belle-reid/

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Sarah Belle Reid
trumpet and electronics

1. Underneath I 1:57
2. Underneath II 2:01
3. Underneath III 2:58
4. Underneath IV 2:30
5. Sonder I 9:13
6. Sonder II 5:16
7. Sonder III 8:24
8. Sonder IV 5:59
9. Sonder V 3:03

Graphic score included.

Recorded May 27, 2018 and Mixed September–November 2018 by Ryan Gaston and Sarah Belle Reid, Dizzy Gillespie Digital Recording Studio, Valencia, CA
Mastering by John Baffa, December 20, 2018, TV Tray Studio, Ventura, CA
Layout and Design by Andrea Yasko
Graphic score artwork by Sarah Belle Reid

All compositions by Sarah Belle Reid
Live electronics created with the MIGSI Software App (2018), designed by Ryan Gaston and Sarah Belle Reid
© and ℗ 2019 Sarah Belle Reid, ASCAP

PFMCD132

Joshua Gerowitz’s Dark Forest Theory (PFMCD134)

Jeff Kaiser

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1 Akasha, Queen of the Damned 6:04
2 HBI 1.5 (Dark Forest Theory) 3:05
3 Deanna and Lwaxana 5:54
4 Pseudo Shamanistic Tendencies (Cubensis) 10:06
5 HBI 3.7 (Chrono-Synclastic Infundibulum) 3:47
6 HBI 5.9 (Voight-Kampff Empathy Test) 0:53
7 Nadia Vulvokov 7:01
8 HBI 10.14 (Ye Wenjie) 3:25
9 HBI 8.12 (Gom Jabbar) 4:13
10 HBI 9.13 (Sirens of Titan) 2:20

Personnel:
Casey Butler (sax, tracks 1,2,3,4,7,8,10), Carmina Escobar (voice, tracks 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,10), Sharon Chohi Kim (voice, tracks 1,2,3,4,7,8,10), Louis Lopez (trumpet, tracks 1,2,3,4,7,8,10), Joe Santa Maria (sax, tracks 1,3,4,7,8,9,10), Kathryn Shuman (voice, tracks 1,3,4,7,8,9,10), Micaela Tobin (voice, tracks 1,2,3,4,7,8,10), David Tranchina (bass, tracks 1,3,4,7,8,9,10), Colin Woodford (drums, tracks 1,3,4,5,6,7,8,10), and Joshua Gerowitz (guitar/fx all tracks)

Recorded by Nick Tipp at Citrus College, February 27th, 2019
Mixed and Mastered by Daniel Eaton at Little Castle Mastering
Original album artwork and layout by Georgia Bell

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 7 © 2019, Joshua Gerowitz, ASCAP.
Track 2 © 2019, Joshua Gerowitz, ASCAP; Casey Butler, BMI; Sharon Kim, ASCAP; Louis Lopez, ASCAP; Micaela Tobin
Tracks 5, 6 © 2019, Joshua Gerowitz, ASCAP; Carmina Escobar; Colin Woodford, ASCAP
Tracks 8, 10 © 2019, Joshua Gerowitz, ASCAP; Casey Butler, BMI; Carmina Escobar; Sharon Kim, ASCAP;
Louis Lopez, ASCAP; Joe Santa Maria, ASCAP; Kathryn Shuman; Micaela Tobin; David Tranchina, ASCAP; Colin Woodford, ASCAP
Track 9 © 2019, Joshua Gerowitz, ASCAP; Joe Santa Maria, ASCAP; Kathryn Shuman; David Tranchina, ASCAP

PFMCD134

Danny Gouker: Signal Problems / Love Letters (PFMCD124)

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Signal Problems

Love Letter

Danny Gouker: Trumpet, Compositions
Eric Trudel: Tenor Saxophone
Adam Hopkins: Bass
Nathan Ellman-bell: Drums

1. Mad Lib 5:28
2. Haiku 4:22
3. Word Play 4:56
4. Enough is Enough 3:24
5. Final Word 4: 24

All music ©2018, Daniel Allen Gouker ASCAP
Recorded at an Airbnb in Catskill, NY by Nathaniel Morgan Aug 15, 2017
Mixed by Nathaniel Morgan, January 2018
Mastered by Wayne Peet at Newzone Studio, March 2018
Artwork and Layout by T.J. Huff

pfMENTUM CD124
PFMCD124

Joshua Gerowitz: Solano Canyon (PFMCD099)

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Joshua Gerowitz: Solano Canyon

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1. Smooth as Ice 5:29
2. Hamburger Island #1 1:12
3. Swoot 4:56
4. Morning Landscape Illusion 6:57
5. Hamburger Island #4 4:40
6. Chicken, Cigarette, Bed #2 7:57
7. Hamburger Island #3 3:18
8. Angels Point 2:15

Personnel: Joshua Gerowitz (guitar), Louis Lopez (trumpet, tracks 1-7), Colin Woodford (drums, tracks 1-7), Jake Rosenzweig (bass, tracks 2, 5, 6, 7), Carmina Escobar (voice, tracks 2, 5, 7), Joe Santa Maria (saxophones, tracks 1, 3, 4), David Tranchina (bass, tracks 1, 3, 4)

Recorded by Nels Jensen at The Pie Studios, July 2016
Mixed by Daniel Eaton, December 2016
Mastered by Evren Goknar, January 2017
Additional mastering by Daniel Eaton, April 2017
Original album artwork and layout by Georgia Bell

Tracks 1, 3, 4, 6, 8 © 2017, Joshua Gerowitz, ASCAP
Tracks 2, 5, 7, © 2017, Daniel Eaton, ASCAP; Carmina Escobar; Joshua Gerowitz, ASCAP; Louis Lopez, ASCAP; Jake Rosenzweig, ASCAP; Colin Woodford, ASCAP

pfMENTUM CD099
PFMCD099
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Adam Hopkins: Party Pack Ice (PFMCD107)

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Adam Hopkins: Party Pack ICE
(please note, this is an EP, the price has been reduced from our full price.)

1. 39.6432°N (1:43)
2. Little Mathletes (4:39)
3. Duckpin (1:44)
4. To Record Only Water For Ten Days (3:51)
5. Hobart’s Law of Kinetics (1:18)
6. The Stephanies (8:47)
7. 76.7408°W (2:00)

Adam Hopkins – bass, compositions
Patrick Breiner – tenor saxophone
Eric Trudel – tenor saxophone
Dustin Carlson – guitar
Nathan Ellman-Bell – drums

Released August 10, 2017

All music © 2017 Adam Hopkins / Add-Hop Music (BMI)
Recorded live by Nathaniel Morgan at iBeam Brooklyn, March 18, 2015.
Mixed and edited by Nathaniel Morgan at Buckminster Palace, 2016.
Mastered by Wayne Peet at Newzone Studio, 2017.
Artwork, layout, and design by TJ Huff, huffart.com.

Very sincere thanks to TJ Huff and Nathaniel Morgan–your artistic and musical visions exceeded all expectations in their contribution to this project. Special thanks to Jeff Kaiser, Maxwell Gualtieri, & Louis Lopez at pfMENTUM for their support and enthusiasm for this record, and for creative music as a whole. And finally thanks to friends, family, and places in Baltimore from various points in time over the past 7 years–you inspired this recording in pretty much every imaginable way.

pfMENTUM CD107
PFMCD107

Peter Kuhn / Dave Sewelson: Our Earth / Our World (PFMCD097)

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Peter Kuhn: alto and tenor sax, Bb clarinet
Dave Sewelson: baritone and sopranino sax
Larry Roland: bass • Gerald Cleaver: drums

1) Our Earth 25:22
2) Our World 12:36
3) It Matters 11:07

Our Earth / Our World

“Just because you don’t see me, it doesn’t mean I am gone.”

The music on this CD is beautiful. It moves me to stand on one foot and hop in joy. It's laced with a dark and searing lyricism that one finds on those hot summer nights when the freedom bell tolls and all the heavy weight players would pick up their horns and blow all night. Dave Sewelson, Peter Kuhn, Larry Roland, and Gerald Cleaver are creating their own tradition and it is reborn each time they play.

The music swoops and soars into inner and outer space. Cane reeds vibrating and living in both the urban and celestial worlds at the same time. The sound re-enters with the earth touching it’s own root then resurfacing as colorful flowers made of soil and mud wrapped in a shell of hope that rests on a cradle of freedom. Then the phrase, “Just because you don’t see me, it doesn’t mean I am gone.”

Peter Kuhn who is back on the scene meeting with Dave Sewelson who still remains one of the best kept secrets on the music scene but is a hero in the tone world. Here they cross paths with Larry Roland’s mystical bass and Gerald Cleavers Saturday morning Detroit thrust. I would suggest you clean your palate and give this music a big listen. Veterans are in the house bringing in some of that old time religion. No time to experiment they know exactly where they are going into the unknown where pure creativity lives. 

—William Parker, 2015


 

If I had to choose a way to describe the music that flows through Our Earth/Our World that description would begin with intuition and conversation. The best of freely-improvised music is always rich in these details, and the dialog between Kuhn and Sewelson has obviously stood the test of time.

This disc, recorded on a brisk April evening at the 2015 Arts for Art Festival begins with the sonic swirl of Dave Sewelson’s rough-hewn baritone saxophone jostling against the slinky sinew of Peter Kuhn’s Bb clarinet. Right away, the melodic interplay between the two musicians, (an association that began some 40 years ago) rings true and devastatingly clear. Themes and riffs wrap around each other with serpentine grit and gristle, all with the surety of notated material – yet nothing was written down. “No discussion, no plan, no charts or even concepts,” Kuhn related, via email. “I had never met Larry or Gerald before the set, and they hadn’t played together before this either.”

Kuhn was making reference to the sterling rhythm section of Larry Roland on bass and the marvelous Gerald Cleaver on drums, who both leap into the fray of the 26-minute opener, “Our Earth,” with muscled dialog and multidirectional waves of motion, including a brief drum and bass duet that precedes Kuhn’s screaming essay on tenor saxophone, which wails in the best of the post-Ayler traditions – a sermon of great extremes joined at its orgiastic apex by Sewelson’s equally committed spiraling altissimo pealing. All of this flows atop the crisp martial cadences and precise control of dynamics initiated by Cleaver’s snare and the depth of Roland’s arco and pizzicato accompaniment. Sewelson returns on the tiny sopranino saxophone – his sound is dark, fat, and swollen with sonic fertility. Once again, the horns entwine and spiral into deep conversation. A joyous beginning.

Cleaver, an acknowledged master of subtle gestures, opens the second selection, “Our World,” with a stunning drum narrative that leads both hornmen into a writhing jostle of overtones on sopranino and clarinet, respectively, over the relentless ostinato of Roland. Back on baritone, Sewelson whinnies and squeals, all while alluding to an almost Motown-like pocket as Kuhn’s tenor reengages, stoking the fire with chortling repetitions and bone-chilling eruptions into the upper register.
That sense of joyful audacity deepens when Roland unleashes a monstrous solo to introduce the final selection, “It Matters,” where Kuhn’s lithe Bb clarinet burrows a serpentine course deep into the heart of the music, all the while guided by the ebb and flow of Cleaver’s drums, which both explode and illuminate.

You can feel the enthusiasm of the packed house – not just in the applause that peppers each selection – but in the spontaneous gasps and groans that accompany several unforgettable moments of deep listening. Turn it up. Enjoy. Repeat.

—Robert Bush, 2016

© 2016 Dependent Origination Music, ASCAP

Recorded at Arts For Arts Our Earth/Our World series, NYC, April 2015

Mastered by Wayne Peet, Newzone Studio, Los Angeles

Photos ©2016 Michael Klayman. Used by permission.

Layout, Jeff Kaiser

pfMENTUM CD097

PFMCD097

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John Blevins exciting new recording on pfMENTUM

Dedicated to creative music—and the musicians that make it. John Blevins: Matterhorn On the latest pfMENTUM release, John Blevins leads his ensemble Matterhorn through an exciting set of compositions and improvisations that reflect both the jazz-rock experiments of the late 1960s and contemporary sonic explorations. You can check out the album—and a free track!—here.   Members John Blevins (Trumpet/ Compositions), …

John Blevins: Matterhorn (PFMLP092)

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John Blevins: Matterhorn

(Please note: this is for the VINYL version, the CD version is here.)

Side A:
1. Identity Theft
2. Unaware
3. Brink
4. Nascent

Side B:
1. Little Dickens
2. See
3. Breathe
4. Hear

John Blevins – Trumpet
Drew Williams – Tenor Saxophone
Brad Mulholland – Alto Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet
Nick Grinder – Trombone
Marta Sanchez – Fender Rhodes
Jeff Mclaughlin – Guitar
Marty Kenney – Bass
Nathan Ellman-Bell – Drums/Percussion
John Doing – Congas

Produced by John Blevins and Shane Endsley

Recorded at Grand Street Recording in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Jake Lummus on July 21 and 22, 2014

Edited and mixed by Jake Lummus and John Blevins, Autumn 2014

Mastered by Liberty Ellman on December 12, 2014

All compositions © and& ℗ 2015 John Blevins Music (ASCAP)

Original artwork and design by Sam Gezari

THANK YOU to Nathan, Marty, Jeff, Nick, Drew, Brad, Marta, and John for their dedication to this music. It’s an honor to play with you.

Special thanks to Shane Endsley, Jake Lummus, Liberty Ellman, Leah Jubara, Matt Hurley, Simon Yu, Sam Gezari, Daniel Stessen, and to Bill Jubara and everyone who supported this project on Kickstarter. Special thanks to my loving, supportive family and especially to Amanda.

For Ray and Howell.

pfMENTUM LP092

PFMLP092

John Blevins: Matterhorn (PFMCD092)

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John Blevins: Matterhorn

(Please note: this is for the CD version, the vinyl version is available here.)

1. Identity Theft
2. Unaware
3. Brink
4. Nascent
5. Little Dickens
6. See
7. Breathe
8. Hear
9. See (alternate take)

John Blevins – Trumpet
Drew Williams – Tenor Saxophone
Brad Mulholland – Alto Saxophone/Flute/Clarinet
Nick Grinder – Trombone
Marta Sanchez – Fender Rhodes
Jeff Mclaughlin – Guitar
Marty Kenney – Bass
Nathan Ellman-Bell – Drums/Percussion
John Doing – Congas

Produced by John Blevins and Shane Endsley

Recorded at Grand Street Recording in Williamsburg, Brooklyn by Jake Lummus on July 21 and 22, 2014

Edited and mixed by Jake Lummus and John Blevins, Autumn 2014

Mastered by Liberty Ellman on December 12, 2014

All compositions © and& ℗ 2015 John Blevins Music (ASCAP)

Original artwork and design by Sam Gezari

THANK YOU to Nathan, Marty, Jeff, Nick, Drew, Brad, Marta, and John for their dedication to this music. It’s an honor to play with you.

Special thanks to Shane Endsley, Jake Lummus, Liberty Ellman, Leah Jubara, Matt Hurley, Simon Yu, Sam Gezari, Daniel Stessen, and to Bill Jubara and everyone who supported this project on Kickstarter. Special thanks to my loving, supportive family and especially to Amanda.

For Ray and Howell.

pfMENTUM CD092

PFMCD092