9.5.21 Daren Burns Double Quartet / Fragmentations

Daren Burns Double Quartet


Vinny Golia – woodwinds

Brian Walsh – bass clarinet

Motoko Honda – piano/keyboards

Woody Aplanalp – guitar

Steuart Liebig – six string bass

Trevor Andries – drums

Craig Bunch – drums

Randy Gloss – percussion/tabla/kanjira

Daren Burns – compositions/fretless bass

Matt Brownlie – engineer / mixing


1. Tips for Musicians when Performing in Bars

2. Bald with a Beard

3. Phone Zombies

4. Quiet Chaos

5. Sacred Dilettante

6. Neither Orangutan nor Robot

7. Slipshod Demigod

8. Fragmentation 

9. Sheep Miscellaneous Soup

10. Thoughts and Prayer

11. Hurt


Mastered by Andy VanDette at The Engine Room

Recorded at NRG Studios, North Hollywood

Album Artwork and Design by Kio Griffith.

© 2021 Urban Nerds


6.25.21 Marcos & The Wild Machinations / Marcos & The Wild Machinations

Marcos & The Wild Machinations


Marcos Fernandes – vocals, guitar

Yoshiharu Hiramoto – bass

Sono Kaneko – vocals

Saiya Kawabe – drums

Mitsuru Kotaki – keyboards

Keikin Shu – guitar


1. City Lights 

2. Come Back 

3. House of Cards 

4. Time Has Come (For JT) 

6. Time Is Running Out (For JC) 

6. Demons of the Day         


Recorded between December 2020 and February 2021 at Gumbo Studio by Shinji Kawase. Additional recordings at West Valley House by Marcos Fernandes.

Mixed and mastered by Shinji Kawase.

Produced by Marcos Fernandes.

All songs written by Marcos Fernandes except Come Back by Marcos Fernandes and Elizabeth Levett-Fortier. Arranged by The Wild Machinations.

Album Artwork and Design by Kio Griffith.

Special thanks to Yuko Kitayama. 

Dedicated to the memory of James A. Wells.

© 2021 Accretions


5.26.20 Bruno Råberg, Jason Robinson, Bob Weiner / The Urgency Of Now

Bruno Råberg, Jason Robinson, Bob Weiner
The Urgency Of Now


Bruno Råberg – bass

Jason Robison – tenor and soprano saxophones, alto flute, percussion

Bob Weiner – percussion


1. Encounter                                     

2. Barbary Crossfade                        

3. Escape Velocity                            

4. For This Land (Bruno Råberg)    

5. Rotations                                       

6. Remembering Brother Yusef      

7. Endangered Speak Ease               

8. The Urgency of Now                    

9. Berlin Ballad (John Tchicai)        


All pieces by Bruno Råberg (Orbis Music/STIM Sweden), Jason Robinson (Circumvention Music/ASCAP), and Bob Weiner (BMI) except: For This Land (Bruno Råberg, Orbis Music/STIM Sweden) and Berlin Ballad (John Tchicai, KODA Denmark).

Recorded on July 26, 2017 and June 29, 2018 at Sound Sphere II, Lexington, Massachusetts

Recorded and mixed by Bruno Råberg

Mastered by Warren Amerman, Rotary Records, West Springfield, Massachusetts

Produced by Bruno Råberg, Jason Robinson, and Bob Weiner

Our sincerest thanks to Eric Hofbauer

Album Artwork and Design by Kio Griffith

Creative Nation CNM039




3.9.20 Jason Robinson and Eric Hofbauer / Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late: Duo Music of Ken Aldcroft

Jason Robinson and Eric Hofbauer
Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late: Duo Music of Ken Aldcroft


Jason Robinson – tenor saxophone

Eric Hofbauer – guitar


1. Two Hours Early   

2. Study In      

3. Just East                   

4. Sphere                           

5. Work Song                     

6. Reminiscent                     

7. Cat & Mouse                      

8. Jones’ Place                

9. Lonely Dance          

10. First, Not Last              

11. Parkdale Serenade         

12. Two Hours Early (Alt)   


All songs composed by Ken Aldcroft (Kenneth Grant Aldcroft/SOCAN)

All proceeds from this project go to Maria and Liam Aldcroft

Recorded on March 5, 2018, at Union Sound Company, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Mixed and mastered at Rotary Records, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA

Recording engineers: John Sorenson and Leon Taheny

Mixing and mastering engineer: Warren Amerman

Liner notes by Joe Sorbara

Produced by Jason Robinson and Eric Hofbauer

Album Artwork and Design by Kio Griffith

Accretions ALP071




2.7.20 D+N+A David / Nelson / Agreement

David / Nelson / Agreement

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Mon David – vocals

Josh Nelson – piano


1)  DID I EVER REALLY LIVE (Albert Hague/Allan Sherman) 

2)  YOU MUST BELIEVE IN SPRING   (M. Legrand/A & M Bergman)

3)  LUSH LIFE   (B. Strayhorn)

4) DEVIL MAY CARE    (Johnny Burke/Harry Warren)

5)  HERE’S TO LIFE    (Artie Butler/Phyllis Molinary)

6)  IN PRAISE OF BILL EVANS:  I REMEMBER BILL/VERY EARLY/WALTZ FOR DEBBY    (D. Sebesky/B. Evans, Carol Hall/B. Evans, Gene Lees)

7)  IF YOU NEVER COME TO ME/SKYLARK   (A.Jobim/Hoagy Carmichael/Johnny Mercer) 

8)  STRAIGHT NO CHASER/BILLIE’S BOUNCE   (Thelonius Monk, Eddie Jefferson, Charlie Parker, Mon David)

9)  IMAGINE  (J. Lennon)

10)  BLAME IT ON MY YOUTH  (Oscar Levant, Edward Heyman)

11)  I CHOSE THE MOON    (Bill Cantos, Mark Winkler)

12)  ALWAYS AND FOREVER    (Pat Metheny, Mon David) (3:50)


Produced by Mon David & Josh Nelson

Associate Producer: Cathy Segal-Garcia 

Executive Producers:  Dan Davilla, Mon David

Recorded by Talley Sherwood at Tritone Recording in Glendale, CA 2019 

Mixed and mastered by Paul Tavenner / Big City Recording Studios, Chatsworth CA 2019

Album Artwork and Design by Kio Griffith

Band Photography:   Dario Griffin

Dash Hoffman Records 1026



2.2.20 Luz Azul “Luz Azul”

Luz Azul


Anna Homler – voice, toys and devices

Marcos Fernandes – percussion and electronics

Robert Montoya – electronics


Side A

1.   Signals

2.   Secret Games

Side B

1.   Chaya  Sa’la

2.   La Fête

3.   Recollecting the Swarm


All music composed sand performed by Luz Azul.

Recording, mixing and post-production by Mark Wheaton at Catasonic

Mastered by Gert Van Hoof at Cochlea Mastering

Cut by Dubplates & Mastering Berlin

Album Artwork and Design by Kio Griffith


© All Rights Reserved

cortizona 009 / 2020


12.26.19 Jon Armstrong Sextet “Reabsorb”


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Jon Armstrong – Tenor Sax

Dan Rosenboom – Trumpet

Ryan Dragon – Trombone

Joshua White – Piano

Benjamin Shepherd – Electric Bass

Tina Raymond – Drum Set


1.”Hit it”

Hit it as loudly as possible

best case scenario:

They’ll mention the quiet when I’m gone

2. “Released”


Light moves Inside a green leaf

Now I’m absorbed by green

bouncing the loop of light


All music composed by Jon Armstrong (ASCAP)

Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Dan Rosenboom

Recorded at BoomHill Studio

Album Artwork and Design by Kio Griffith

© Jon Armstrong Music (ASCAP) 2020

All Rights Reserved.

℗© Orenda Records, 2020


7.12.19 Jim McAuley & Scot Ray “Second Earth”

Second Earth

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Jim McAuley classical, 6-string, 12-string, high-strung Dobro, prepared parlor guitar

Scot Ray lap steel slide guitar, effects


This album documents an extraordinary February afternoon when two improvising guitarists met for the first time to record some music.  Nothing was planned or discussed in advance.  The resulting tracks are presented here in the order they were recorded, no edits, nothing added or deleted.

1. Second Earth

2. The Day Was Green

3. Household Deer

4. Future Memories

5. Outer Banks

6. Coruscations

7. Time’s Arrow

8. Henry Charles Marx

9. Lodestar

10. Intermodal

11. Here’s looking at Euclid


Recorded February 28, 2019, by Scot Ray.

Mixed and mastered by Wayne Peet at Killzone Studio

Special thanks to Fabrizio Perissinotto for his support and enthusiasm.

Album Artwork and Design by Kio Griffith


All tunes by Jim McAuley and Scot Ray

©2019 Gongfarmer Music (BMI)

6.12.19 GF3 “Preludes: Book 1”

Preludes: Book 1

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Gary Fukushima farrand upright piano, wurlitzer electric piano, yamaha electric grand piano, hammond organ, synths, cowbells
JP Maramba electric and acoustic bass
Miles Senzaki drums
Jens Kuross hammond organ, various percussion and effects pedals


Preludes, Book I

Prelude One (origin)
Prelude Two (el)
Prelude Three (5916)
Prelude Four (ghost)
Prelude Five (4b.)
Prelude Six (throne)


All Preludes composed by Gary Fukushima (Kushimafu Music, ASCAP)

Produced by Jens Kuross
Recorded and mixed by Miles Senzaki at Grandma’s Dojo, Los Angeles, CA
Mastered by Peter Doell at Aftermaster
Album Artwork and Design by Kio Griffith

© 2019 Kushimafu Music


12.12.18 Jim Piela “Out Of Orbit”

Out Of Orbit

Jim Piela  Alto Saxophone

Joey Lamb  Trumpet

Bob Sabin  Bass

Josh Bailey   Drums


1. Little One
2. Early Bird
3. Moment’s Notice
4. Bolos and Bowties
5. Out of Orbit
6. In the Basement
7. The Younger and The Elder
8. I’ll Be Seeing You


Out of Orbit, the bold new album by saxophonist and composer Jim Piela, is a celebration of the unknown. It’s about embracing fears with honesty and resolve, not running from or pushing them out of mind. With trumpeter Joey Lamb, bassist Bob Sabin, and drummer Josh Bailey, Piela’s adventurous quartet navigates his original compositions, as well as a couple of salient classics, with grace and ingenuity, fully embracing Wayne Shorter’s famous definition: “Jazz means, ‘I Dare You.’” 

“As a young man, I came up musically in a small Midwestern scene, a town right on the Mississippi river.  There was plenty of work so long as you could groove and play/write creative and compelling melodies, both of which became incredibly important to me.  As I developed, though, I came to realize how my fear of what was unaccustomed had driven my life. It became increasingly important to me to break from my echo chamber, both musically and culturally, and challenge myself in a place like New York City.  Such a drastic change terrified me, and that fear permeated into my life and my playing. Fear can push us into non-action, but it can also inspire. So one day I settled my commitments, packed my bags and got on a plane. I only had a few connections in the city, and no idea as to what might be in store, but with determination and a few serious legs up from then-strangers-now-friends, I was able to adapt.  Confronting the unknown and steering straight into what I feared most was my catalyst for creation. 

“In the album; the space provided by playing without a chordal instrument, the high flying melodies, and the deep grooves reflect the untethered freedom and excitement I’ve found immersing myself in the unfamiliar. Fear is an extremely powerful emotion, but this album celebrates the elation that is uncovered when one overcomes that fear, takes risks and pursues the road less traveled. I think of every tune as a snapshot in time that facing the unknown brought about, and finding overwhelming joy in that moment.” –Jim Piela 

In a moment where our culture seeks examples of courage and expressions of beauty, every contribution is valuable. When we feel that in any moment life can come apart at the seams, the challenge is to walk the line between order and chaos. Sometimes focus on the small things, the basement jam sessions, the quiet moments before dawn in an otherwise noisy world, our pets, our family, our friends far away, can give a composer purpose. It’s in that purpose that we can find courage and drive, and a place on the scene. Out of Orbit is a reflection of that purpose and a bold statement by a salient new voice: Jim Piela has accepted Shorter’s dare, and has launched into orbit in the jazz sphere. 


Tracks 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7 composed by Jim Piela (ASCAP)
© Piela Music (ASCAP), 2019. All rights reserved.
“Moment’s Notice” by John Coltrane, © 1957, JOWCOL Music
“I’ll Be Seeing You” by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal © L.Lee Phillips, Trustee, Sammy Fain Trust d/b/a Fain Music Co, and BMG Gold Songs

Produced by: Jim Piela, Mike Verselli
Recorded at: Bacque Recording Engineering Studios in Roselle, New Jersey, on April 29, 2018
Recording Engineer: Luis Bacque
Assistant Engineer: Thom Beemer
Mixed and Mastered at: Luis Bacque Recording Engineering Studios
Album Artwork and Design by Kio Griffith