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Pinkish Black & Yells at Eels: Vanishing Light... (Ayler)

Trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez merges his Yells at Eel project with bassist Aaron Gonzalez and drummer/percussionist Stefan Gonzalez, with Texas-based experimental rock band Pinkish Black--Daron Beck on keyboards and Jon Teague on drums & synthesizers--for a gripping and masterful hybrid of improvisation, dark synthetic rock and heavy moods; a riveting journey.
 

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Daron Beck-keyboards, synthesizer

Jon Teague-drums, synthesizer

Dennis Gonzalez-pocket, trumpets, conch shell, percussion

Aaron Gonzalez-double bass, electric bass, voice

Stefan Gonzalez-drums, percussion, marimba, coil spring


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UPC: 3473351400190

Label: Ayler
Catalog ID: AYlCD-163
Squidco Product Code: 29259

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2020
Country: France
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded at Cloudland Studio, in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 22nd, 2019, by Britt Robisheaux.

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"Since the early 2000's, all personalities involved in both Yells At Eels and Pinkish Black have shared an elevated respect and admiration with one another. The idea of an eventual live and studio collaboration between the two long running musical projects finally came together after many years of discussing it in passing.

Between these two titan level bands you may sense an understated tension or delicate insecurity not typically found in our often boisterous and/or brutal approach(es) to the art we make. I don't see it as a hindrance as much as I do an humbling sense of surrender based on our mutual respect; paired with the looming issue of personal health which was compromised on both sides during the time of this recording.

Both Daron Beck (Pinkish Black) and my father Dennis (Yells At Eels) were suffering through trying times in regards to heart health - heart attacks and congestive heart failure issues, to be exact. Despite these unsure and frightening obstacles, we came together with hearts full of both beaming love and bludgeoning despair to make this piece of music you now hold in your hands. A meditation amongst brothers. A soundtrack of nightmares, of beauty, and of perseverance."- Stefan Gonzalez, April 2020


Artist Biographies

Daron Beck is a Texas-based keyboardist and vocalist, known for the groups Yeti, Maxine's Radiator, The Great Tyrant, and Pinkish Black.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/2750128-Daron-Beck)
6/19/2024

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Jon Teague is an American drummer based in Texas, known for the groups Pinkish Black, The Great Tyrant, and Yeti.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/1026747-Jon-Teague)
6/19/2024

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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."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dennis_Gonz%C3%A1lez)
6/19/2024

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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)
6/19/2024

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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)
6/19/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Meditation 12:54

2. Slow Cascade Of Tears 8:19

3. Heatstroke Mirage 9:12

4. Vanishing Light In The Tunnel Of Dreams 13:55

5. The Sorrow Of Guernica 8:16

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