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Gonzalez, Dennis Yells at Eels: Colorado at Clinton (Ayler)

Trumpeter & cornetist Dennis Gonzalez' Yells At Eels with sons Aaron Gonzalez on bass and Stefan Gonzalez on drums adds Aakash Mittal (Rudresh Mahanthappa, Ravish Momin) on alto sax for a dynamic studio release of Gonzalez and Mittal compositions.
 

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UPC: 7320470171394

Label: Ayler
Catalog ID: AYLCD-133
Squidco Product Code: 17934

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: Sweden
Packaging: Cardstock gatefold foldover
Recorded by Dennis Gonzalez on September 5th, 2011 and October 14th, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.


Personnel:

Dennis Gonzalez-C trumpet, Bb cornet

Aakash Mittal-alto saxophone

Stefan Gonzalez-drums

Aaron Gonzalez-contrabass

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Artist Biographies:

"Dennis González, often credited Dennis Gonzalez (born 1954) is a jazz trumpeter, artist, and educator from Texas.

González' primary musical instrument is the trumpet (including B♭, C, and pocket trumpets), though he has also played drums, flute, synthesizer, and baritone saxophone. Allmusic describes González as "[a] talented trumpeter who has recorded a consistently rewarding string of lesser-known dates," whose "playing falls between advanced hard bop and free jazz."

The Penguin Guide to Jazz notes that González' recordings during the 1980s for Silkheart Records represented "part of a determined effort to wrest creative initiative back from New York and the West Coast." The Penguin Guide further notes that one of González' greatest achievements is having coaxed saxophonist Charles Brackeen out of retirement during the late 1980s, and that by the early 1990s, González "more than ever before... seems the heir of Don Cherry." González was also instrumental in double bassist Henry Grimes' return to performing and recording. Grimes' November 2003 appearance on González' Nile River Suite was the bassist's first official recording in more than thirty-five years.

During the late 1970s, González started the Dallas Association for Avant-Garde and Neo Impressionistic Music, or daagnim, at the suggestion of Anthony Braxton and Art Lande. The daagnim organization, which functioned both as a group of musicians and as a record label, was based on and named after the AACM.

In 1978, González began working for Dallas radio station KERA-FM, where he hosted a music program, Miles Out. He worked with KERA for 21 years, but left after the station had largely shifted from music programming to a news and talk format.

For several years during the 1990s, González retired from jazz performance and recording. In 2001, he formed a trio, Yells at Eels, with his sons Aaron (double bass) and Stefan (drums, vibraphone). In 2010, the trio recorded with Ariel Pink, appearing on the song "Hot Body Rub" on the album Before Today, and on a vinyl EP, Ariel Pink With Added Pizzazz. González's most recent offering with Yells at Eels is a collaboration with Fort Worth experimental drone rock outfit Pinkish Black Vanishing Light in the Tunnel of Dreams released May of 2020."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Gonz%C3%A1lez)
11/25/2020

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"Drummer Stefan González was born in Dallas, Texas. Raised in a musical household, he took early inspiration to start drumming from the elders who rehearsed and recorded with his father, Dennis González Ð the masters Alvin Fielder, W.A. Richardson, Andrew Cyrille, and Louis Moholo. By the age of 11 he had put together his first heavy grunge bands (Facelift and Oblivion) and he started focusing on his main project, Akkolyte. Akkolyte, which started as a solo project in which Stefan overdubbed drums, guitar, bass, and vocals, added Aaron on electric bass, and it became a duo. By 2004 Akkolyte had already done a myriad of successful mini tours and an all encompassing 28 day tour of the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. He also began playing in the family New Jazz/Improv trio Yells At Eels.

Stefan has since gone on to play with the bands Target Rats, Terminal Dysentery, Just Another Consumer, Waking Terror, Rat Salad, Forbes/Young/Gonzalez Trio, =2 0Unconscious Collective, and the Portuguese group Luis Lopes' Humanization Quartet, as well as leading a big band with fellow experimental improvisers in Mexico City in 2006: German Bringas, Remi Alvarez, Gabriel Lauber, and many others.

In the free improvisational/avant garde jazz realm he has played and recorded with Oliver Lake, Sabir Mateen, Douglas Ewart, Tim Green, George Cartwright, Ernest Khabeer Dawkins, Rodrigo Amado, Luis Lopes, Tatsuya Nakatani, Faruq Z. Bey, Damon Smith, Alvin Fielder, Leena Conquest, Famoudou Don Moye, and many more. Recent endeavors have included touring the East Coast and Colombia with Puerto Rican punk legends Cojoba, as well as the recording of Akkolyte's long awaited LP."

-No Idea Festival (https://noideafestival.com/old/2009/stefan_gonzalez.shtml)
11/25/2020

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Aaron González is an American bassist, the brother of Stefan González and son of Dennis Gonzalez. He is known for the group Akkolyte, Aphonic Curtains, Curtis Clark Trio, Dennis Gonzalez Jnaana Septet, Dennis González Yells At Eels, Luís Lopes Humanization 4tet, and Unconscious Collective.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/1797583-Aaron-Gonz%C3%A1lez)
11/25/2020

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track listing:


1. Devil's Slide [for Javier Chavez] 13:20

2. Shadows 5:23

3. Wind Streaks in Syrtis Major 10:06

4. Shades of India 14:10

5. Constellations on the Ground 8:27

6. Dokonori Shiito 6:51
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"As children, Aakash Mittal and Stefan González were great friends, often visiting each others' homes after attending school all day at Rosemont Elementary in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. And then one day, Aakash and his family were gone, and the friends stayed out of touch for years until one day a message appeared in Dennis González' inbox, explaining what he'd been doing all those years.

In the meantime, Aakash Mittal had been studying with Rudresh Mahanthappa, playing or recording music (including his own quartet debut) with Ravish Momin among others. So it was decided that on Aakash's next visits to family in Dallas, he would join Yells At Eels (Dennis' trio with sons Stefan and Aaron) to record this CD. The recordings were intense and felt like they had known each other for years, which, of course, they had. But it really felt like they'd been playing together through the lost years.

There would be much to say about the pieces that they played those two days, and of the stories that were told or created, but it's probably better to let the music sound out its own story, for you to create your own film to this soundtrack of the four lives meeting on two beautiful autumn days."-Ayler

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