My definition of “splurge” won’t change the economics for Downtown Music Gallery, but I certainly spent enough to feel a little guilty. Start thinking community college, kids.
Seriously, I coordinated my recent NYC trip to have a good couple of hours to browse the stacks at DTM Gallery’s new, sub-basement digs in Chinatown, near the Manhattan Bridge. I wanted to buy some things that would be difficult to find at home, things I could save some shipping charges on — and one item that’s probably at Amoeba but that I wanted right away (and had learned about through the store’s excellent but way-too-tempting mailings).
But most of all, Bruce Lee Gallanter & co. have given adventurous music a cozy home with their store, and I wanted to drop them a few dimes as a thank you. Here’s what I came out with. Many of these will probably end up as reviews on the site, as I get around to giving them good listens.
Ben Perowsky Quartet — Esopus Opus (Skirl) … You know, it’s simple: I wanted to buy something from Skirl. It’s Chris Speed‘s label, and the discs come in handsome DVD cases (hard to store, nice to look at). Perowsky’s gotten some good reviews lately, and I have a fond memory of an early NYC trip, enjoying the free band at the basement bar at the then-meaningful Knitting Factory. It was a Perowsky-led quartet, with Chris Speed, and I loved it. I’ll never know if this is the same music. Doesn’t really matter.
Ambitious Lovers — Lust (Elektra, 1991) … These guys blew my mind, in good ways and bad, on Jools Holland and David Sanborn’s Night Music, during its short NBC run. I glanced at the used bins, saw this, and decided it was time to hear it.
Yoni Kretzmer‘s New Dilemma — s/t (Earsay, 2009) … I do occasional news searches for Tim Berne, just to see what’s up and see who’s claiming to be influenced by him. Kretzmer’s name came up a few months ago, and I found out DTM Gallery had a copy of his latest CD. (Bruce Lee Gallanter graciously searched the back stacks for it.) Score!
Tom Rainey Trio — Pool School (Clean Feed, 2010) … Brand spanking new and a pick off of a DTM newsletter. It’s got Rainey’s name up front, but Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock are equal partners here. There’s a unique sound here; I’ll be writing it up soon.
Denis Charles Triangle — Queen Mary (Silkheart) … From a box of old Silkheart CDs. I’d discovered Denis Charles shortly before his death, so I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for him, considering his limited output.
Fred Ho and the Green Monster Big Band — Celestial Green Monster (MutableMusic, 2010) … This one was lying out on the new-music rack, out of order. I like Fred. I want to hear more of his music. I grabbed it.
Henry Grimes — Solo (Ilk, 2009) … More than 2 hours of solo bass and violin. I’ve been debating for months as to whether I’ve got the time, patience, and guts for this one, since I’d want to listen to it in as close to a solid chunk as possible. Figured I’d give it a go.
Jessica Pavone — Songs of Synastry and Solitude (Tzadik, 2009) … I very much wanted to come away with a few Tzadik releases (prices are better than anywhere else), but surprised myself by coming away with only this one. I chose it because I was not able to attend the ESP-Disk concert held at the Bowery Poetry Club, where Pavone and Jason Kao Hwong were presenting bands.
Cosa Brava — Ragged Atlas (Intakt, 2010) … Fred Frith‘s return to pop songs, with Carla Kihlstedt (violin), Zeena Parkins (accordion, keys), Matthias Bossi (drums), and “The Norman Conquest” (sound manipulation). Been anticipating this one for some time.
Andrew d’Angelo Trio — Morthana with Pride!! (Doubt, 2005) … If you haven’t been to d’Angelo’s Web site to read about his triumph over cancer, you’re missing out. D’Angelo was also part of Human Feel, a band I got into after discovering Tim Berne’s Bloodcount. DTM Gallery didn’t have any of his Skirl album handy, but this one, which I’d never heard of, seemed a plum find in its place.