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




9.25.18 Mc’n’ Mac “Beautie on the Waters”

Beautie on the Waters


Mary MacQueen vocals,  bass, guitar, recorders, animal sounds
Jim McAuley acoustic & elec. guitars, vocals, Megalyra
Alan Cook & Brafo Aginaton drums/perc
Wayne Peet B-3
Gongfarmer Collective (last track)
Jim & Mary, Alan Cook, Andrew Pask, Scott Fraser + Scott Walton
1. Birmingham Sunday
2. S’Ann An Ila
3. Wild Mountain Thyme
4. So Beauty on the Water Stood
5. Red Cross Store
6. Mo Nighean Donn Nam Meall-shuilean
7. To My Old Brown Earth
8. Saltarello
9. Anthem For Doomed Youth
10. So Beauty on the Water Stood (reprise)
Anthem for Doomed Youth
by Wilfred Owen
What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? 
      — Only the monstrous anger of the guns. 
      Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle 
Can patter out their hasty orisons. 
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; 
      Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,— 
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; 
      And bugles calling for them from sad shires. 
What candles may be held to speed them all? 
      Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes 
Shall shine the holy glimmers of goodbyes. 
Produced by Jim McAuley, Mary MacQueen and Wayne Peet
Executive Producer:  Fabrizio Perissinotto
Engineered & mixed  by Wayne Peet at Killzone Studios, Los Angeles
Album Art + Design by Kio Griffith

Mc’n’Mac is Jim McAuley and Mary MacQueen, two Los Angeles-based musicians whose music reflects their shared love of folk, blues, free improvisation and classical music. Their approach is intuitive and heartfelt, mercifully free of cynicism and irony. From Renaissance art songs to ’60’s protest, this is music that speaks directly to our contemporary lives with urgency and passion.

Mary MacQueen is a singer and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist (acoustic bass, recorders, guitar, whistling and animal sounds) with wide ranging experience as a performer, composer and teacher.
She was raised in a home filled with poetry, music, and games from around the world and devoid of television and commercial radio. From teen-age experiences in Cape Breton Nova Scotia, immersed in farming and Gaelic culture, to studies with contemporary bass master Bertram Turetzky and an MA in cross-cultural studies of Yoruba and Celtic music, she has continued to explore the connections and intersections of traditional music across different cultures and centuries. Her paintings and original compositions reveal her love of nature and commitment to the environment.

Jim McAuley began his musical life as a classical guitarist, but was soon seduced by the sound of finger-picked blues, folk and jazz. His original work combines these influences into a highly personal improvisational style. His previous Long Song release, “Gongfarmer 36”, was named by Acoustic Guitar Magazine as one of the top CD’s of 2012. The current album returns him to his 60’s roots.

Mary and Jim have been making music together for nearly a decade. Their joy in playing together is palpable, their synergistic bond amazing. After years of relative obscurity playing privately and in local venues, Long Song Records is proud to offer this beautiful music to a worldwide audience.

©2018 Mc’n’Mac

5.4.18 Dino Malito “Dino Malito”

Dino Malito

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Dino Malito electric + acoustic guitars, bass guitar, ukulele, mandolin, dulcimer, shamisen

1. Great Voyage
2. Tienshan
3. Aurora
4. Silk Road
5. Utopia


All songs arranged, performed and produced by Dino Malito 
Recorded by Dino Malito at Orlando II, Los Angeles, CA
Mixed and Mastered by Tim Gennert
Executive Producer : Eiichi Naito
Marketing & Promotions : Atsuko Mizuta, Tomoko Kakimoto
Public Relations : Craig Melone / Hands On P.R.
Album Art + Design : Kio Griffith
Cover Painting + Photography : “Oil Spill #8” 2017 by Kio Griffith
Music composed by Kitaro

All songs published by Domo World Music Publishing (BMI)

©2018 Dino Malito


3.30.18 The Vinny Golia Sextet “Trajectory”



Vinny Golia bull roarer, zun, singing bowls, gongs & bells, bass drum, sopranino, Bb & G soprano, tenor & baritone saxophones, Eb flute, G, Eb & contra alto clarinets, fujara 
Gavin Templeton alto saxophone 
Daniel Rosenboom  Bb trumpet & flugelhorn 
Alexander Noice  electric guitar & pedals 
Miller Wrenn acoustic and electric bass 
Andrew Lessman drums & percussion 


1. T’semekwe (as real as any hoax can be)
2. OK Doctor Xavier I guess only women have …them (no not those we have them too…) – Take 1
3. Ugly Bags of Mostly Water (I knew some people like that once…)
4. Dr. Loomis Welcome Back To The Hospital
5. The Penabus (going to Leyte soon can you get me one)
6. Spaniard’s Dilemma which coffuire to choose – for John T… (no not him)
7. By The End Of The Day…
8. Ananaki (what they left…)
9. OK Doctor Xavier I guess only women have …them (no not those we have them too…) – Take 2
10. From The Piano Comes This… (All the colors of the rainbow – for Hugues)
11. Sparks or Dare..for Elizabeth or Eleanor (have you ever been to Roanoke)
12. Gift of the Nile
13. Just Like The Older Ones (A message from space…)
14. Modred’s Curse (Ares Vallis)
15. Night time messages (not exactly as planned but still ok…)
16. Well It’s a valuable appendage… Jack Burton has paid his dues the check is in the mail…

All compositions & arrangements by Vinny Golia 
© ninewinds BMI 2017 
Sound Engineered By John Baffa, Brotheryn Studio, Ojai California 
Mixed by John Baffa & Vinny Golia 
Mastered by John Baffa 
TV Tray Studios, Ventura, California 
Album Art + Design by Kio Griffith
Cover photography by Kio Griffith
Band photography Lena Golia & Aubre Hill 
This project is a joint collaboration between Ninewinds Records and Orenda Records 
NWCD0343 / ORENDA0050 

©Ninewinds Records and Orenda Records, 2018 



For over a decade, The Vinny Golia Sextet has dedicated itself to the compositions of Los Angeles creative music legend and multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia. Juxtaposing composition with dynamic improvisation, Golia’s music engages the mind and the heart, and radiates an enigmatic spirit that has inspired generations of musicians. Trajectory presents an epic collection of music written and performed in every-evolving ways over the last 10+ years, and features an adventurous lineup that shines on Golia’s unique approach to modern jazz language. 

Golia’s reputation in the jazz world is sterling, but in Los Angeles he has also been a major driver of the creative music scene and mentor to several generations of musicians. Through his record label, Nine Winds Records, he has supported countless musicians’ visions at various points in their careers, and as a teacher he has influenced and guided developing artists in the pursuit their craft. The Vinny Golia Sextet features Vinny alongside 5 of his former students who have become prominent members of the Los Angeles jazz and creative music community. Saxophonist Gavin Templeton, trumpeter Daniel Rosenboom, guitarist Alexander Noice, bassist Miller Wrenn, and drummer Andrew Lessman have a deep understanding of Golia’s complex compositional style, and bring intense vitality and strong individual personality to the music, as Golia leads the way. 

With roots in the visual arts, Vinny Golia approaches music in a highly colorful way, using swaths of instrumental timbres and motivic melodic elements in a modular way. Golia is well-known as a woodwind specialist, but on Trajectory he also showcases an array of unusual percussion to expand the album’s sonic palette. The mysterious whirring of the bull roarer that opens “Ts’emekwe (as real as any hoax can be?)” sets the tone before launching into the segmented phrases and driving rhythm that characterize Golia’s writing. The rhythm section is powerful and pointed throughout the record, accenting the angular lines, and propelling the improvisations with dynamic jazz-rock fire. Groove underlies the intricate writing, but several of the tunes on Trajectory stretch in an ethereal, dream-like fashion, as in “Ugly Bags of Mostly Water (I knew some people like that once…),” allowing the band to drift into beautiful floating expression as well. There is no shortage of virtuosity from Golia on his various woodwinds, particularly the saxophones, as well as from the rest of the band. Each band member is featured in a variety of contexts and shines with a remarkable range of soloistic expression. 

With Trajectory, The Vinny Golia Sextet makes a bold artistic statement that is both an arrival and a point of departure. The Sextet is an ongoing project with a huge catalog of unrecorded compositions, and this milestone double album hardly contains the complete picture: it’s a stop along the way for the visionary composer and his ensemble, as they push forward into the future. 

Trajectory is a collaboration between Nine Winds Records and Orenda Records. 

3.23.18 Burning Ghosts “Kakistocracy”


Daniel Rosenboom  Trumpet
Jake Vossler  Guitars
Richard Giddens  Bass
Aaron McLendon Drums


2. Sanctimony
3. Dig Thy Grave
4. Espionage
5. Resonance (For the Victims of American Gun Lust)
6. Ideology
7. Kakistocracy


We live in a Kakistocracy. This is music made for the resistance. 


“Progressive anger can blast down some ugly walls, and Burning Ghosts’ new recording shows how to do it without saying a word (or firing a shot)… If you’re wishing for this decade’s most potent way of declaring “We’re not gonna take it,” look no further.” —MetalJazz.com

“Burning Ghosts [is] one of the best bands to emerge from L.A. in years.” —Downtown Music Gallery (NYC) 

“Burning Ghosts, an L.A.-based fiery quartet that aims at today’s world injustices by verging on electric fusion genius to impress… If you’re the adventurous type, Burning Ghosts will make you spin with the immense force of their underground volleys. I trust this band will have all the attention they deserve to keep protesting with this quality.” —JazzTrail 

“Boxes be damned, classifying this as jazz- rock or jazz-metal is a waste of energy. It is simply what it is, which is great music… Marvelous.” –Jazz In Europe

Recorded December 2017 at Orenda Sound (Los Angeles, CA)
Sound Engineered, Mixed, and Mastered by Daniel Rosenboom
All tracks except “Dig Thy Grave” composed by Daniel Rosenboom (ASCAP)
“Dig Thy Grave” composed by Jake Vossler (ASCAP)
Album Art + Design by Kio Griffith

© Burning Ghosts, 2018