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2010-09-19

joshua abrams' natural information continues to receive super-positive notices in the press.  read ben ratliff's 19 september new york times "playlist" review & brian morton's review in the october issue of the wire


2010-09-07

michael lucio sternbach, a friend dating back to the halcyon days of eremite's amherst unitarian meetinghouse concert series, directed a cool profile of peter brötzmann that includes live footage & an interview with pb from the early 2000s.  see it here

apparently rahsaan roland kirk requested that after death his ashes be mixed with the finest gage & smoked by his friends. here's another inspired option for when the album that is life finally reaches the end.


2010-08-31

scope the glowing early reviews of joshua abrams new eremite l/p natural information. dustedmagazine.com calls it "easily one of the best records 2010 will see."  to mark the occasion of NI's release eremite is massively discounting its last two premium vinyl releases, sunny murray's big chief & solidarity unit inc's red black & green.  buy these dudes for $17.50 rather than $25, now.  available at this special price for one week only.


2010-08-22

eremite is delighted to see that two weeks out from its release date joshua abrams natural information tops the week's charts at CKUT in montreal, confirming yet again the city & the station's good taste.   abrams will play montreal's venerable casa del popolo october 27 on a natural information tour of the northeast, complete tour schedule to be posted soon.   thanks montreal, & see you again in "the future." 

producing small edition specialist l/ps to quality-freak standards doesn't make for meaningful promo budgets.  all the same eremite loves to hear from radio stations & programmers.  send your cool playlists & i will do my best to work with you.


2010-08-20

best summer regards from eremite.  eremite is thrilled to be working with living legend juma sultan on a project devoted to the music & history of his band aboriginal music society.  dating from the late '60s --when juma played in jimmy hendrix's gypsy sun & rainbows--  & early '70s, the recordings feature (among others) frank lowe, abdul wadud, julius hemphill, philip wilson, gene dinwiddie, earl cross, ralph walsh, ali abuwi & rod hicks. the material is drawn from midnight concerts at tinker street cinema in woodstock, studio sessions, & new york city lofts.  organizing strong solo voices & dense collective improvisation around the elemental, downright spooky grooves emanating from the percussion section of sultan, abuwi & wilson, AMS achieved something truly unique & heavy, a supremely zoned & incantatory form of "spiritual" jazz.   the music will be presented in a two album, one c/d set with a fat book of ephemera & texts.   rather incredibly these will be the first AMS recordings ever released.  check out the vibe here: juma sultan aboriginal music society

meanwhile eremite eagerly awaits the 07 september release of joshua abrams seriously fantastic natural information l/p, see here for details & pre-order info joshua abrams natural information

finally, for now, wolfgang's vault has been posting some stupendous shit from various editions of the newport jazz festival, including 1964 concerts by george russell (with john gilmore) & max roach & the late abbey lincoln...  & today, no way!, the 03 july 1969 set by sunny murray's septet!? great performances & sound quality, unfortunately wolfgang's vault fades out "flower trane." in any case you can stream it free here: sunny at newport