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Gonzalez, Dennis Yells At Eels (feat. Rodrigo Amado): The Great Bydgoszcz Concert (Ayler)

Drummer Gonzalez and his sons traveled to Warsaw to meet saxophonist Rodrigo Amado for this incredible live concert of original compositions plus Ornette's "Happy House".

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UPC: 7320470118511

Label: Ayler
Catalog ID: aylCD-095
Squidco Product Code: 12064

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2009
Country: France
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded live at Mózg, Bydgoszcz, Poland, on March 10, 2008.


Dennis Gonzalez- cornet, C trumpet, voice

Rodrigo Amado-tenor sax

Aaron Gonzalez-acoustic bass

Stefan Gonzalez-drums

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"In March of 2008, my sons and I got on board a northbound airliner that would take us first from Dallas to Minneapolis, then Amsterdam, and finally to our long-awaited destination, Warsaw. Zbigniew Szwajewski and I had worked on the possibility of our touring northeastern Poland for a few months, and it was about to happen. At the same time, in Lisbon, Portugal, saxophonist Rodrigo Amado was boarding a plane which would take him to Warsaw where he would meet us for our second tour together.

We've always had a great time playing with guest instrumentalists, but Rodrigo is more than a guest - he is like a brother to all three of us, and a fine improviser as well... stronger and stronger all the time, as you can hear in this recording. As for my sons Aaron and Stefan, I've been playing music with them for ten years now in Yells At Eels - in May of 2009 we celebrated our first decade together - and they are monsters on their instruments (as jazz musicians like to say), and a real joy to play with.

We were warmly met at Warsaw's Frederic Chopin International Airport by Jarek Polit, owner of the finest jazz and blues record store in Poland, Rubikon, and our translator/caretaker in Warsaw, Joana 'Asia' Chojnaska. From that moment on, the four of us were treated like royalty, every need met the second we mentioned it. The audiences were right with us from the first note, and they completely filled the venues where we played, cheering us on at every turn, and coming up to talk to us and congratulate us on our music. And although Zbig is a busy industrialist, he drove us everywhere, taking care of problems, checking us in and out of hotels, making sure we were awakened at the right time to make our daily treks to the different cities where our concerts were to be presented, feeding us the best food at the right time, and just generally preparing everything in advance so that we didn't have a care in the world, except for playing the best we could for our newfound (and in some cases, long-standing) fans. Our thanks to Zbig, Asia, Jarek, and our driver Jacek, as well as the presenters at the concert halls and clubs where we played in Warsaw, Poznań, Bydgoszcz (Mózg especially, where this was recorded), Gdynia, Olsztyn, and then again in Warsaw, where the legendary Tomasz Stańko was in attendance."-Dennis Gonzalez

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"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."

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"Portuguese saxophonist (alto, C melody, baritone, and tenor) Rodrigo Amado specializes in free-form, composition-in-the-moment jazz, and his various projects and trios have given him an international following. Born in Lisbon in 1964, Amado began studying the sax at the age of 17, briefly at the Hot Club Music School of Lisbon and with mentors Carlos Martins, Pedro Madaleno, and Jorge Reis, among other leading Portuguese jazz artists. With diverse musical interests, he explored how improvisation is handled in other genres, although his work with his various ensembles like the Lisbon Improvisation Players and the Motion Trio (with Miguel Mira and Gabriel Ferrandini) falls clearly under the umbrella of 21st century jazz, and he has been an in-demand studio player on numerous recorded projects. He started his own label, Clean Feed, in 2001, with brothers Pedro and Carlos Costa, before leaving the imprint in 2005 to start a second label, European Echoes. Also an accomplished professional photographer, Amado continues to be a bright light on the Portuguese and international improvisational jazz scene."

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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.

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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."

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Track Listing:

1. Crow Soul 15:30

2. Happy House 8:46

3. Joining Pleasure with Useful 14:15

4. Document for William Parker 9:41

5. Dialeto da Desordem 6:52

6. Litania 9:34

7. Elegy for a Slaughtered Democracy 8:49

8. Oszkosz Bydgoszcz 4:39

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