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Millions, Kenny / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter

Fuck Music... Tell Jokes - You'll Make More Money [CASSETTE]

Millions, Kenny / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter: Fuck Music... Tell Jokes - You'll Make More Money [CA (Unhinged)

Including twisted introductions and between-tune raw discussion and "jokes", the free jazz trio of New York saxophonist and bass clarinetist Kenny Millions, bassist Damon Smith on amplified double bass, and drummer Weasel Walters take the stage in Bushwick, Brooklyn as they shred their way through a 47 minute set of serious free playing, informed and on fire.
 

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Label: Unhinged
Catalog ID: UH 004
Squidco Product Code: 26554

Format: CASSETTE
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Recorded live at Heck in Brooklyn on February 2, 2018.


Personnel:

Kenny Millions-saxophone, bass clarinet

Damon Smith-amplified double bass

Weasel Walter-drums

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"Kenneth Keshavan Maslak, who also performs under the stage name Kenny Millions (born February 26, 1950, Detroit) is an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, avant-garde performance artist, poet and restaurateur.

Kenneth Keshavan Maslak was born in downtown Detroit, Michigan to a family of Ukrainian immigrants who worked at the Ford Motor Company. Kenny began studying music from his grandfather at the age of five on the mandolin, and then started on the clarinet and saxophone at the age of six. He began working professionally from the age of 12. While attending Cass Technical High School, Kenny became a student of Larry Teal and Donald Sinta. After high school Maslak studied music and psychology at the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University and North Texas State University where he studied music composition with Martin Mailman in the late 1960s. Following this he played with Motown touring bands and many other jazz and R&B bands. After two years living in San Francisco and playing with Charles Moffett, Ray Anderson and David Murray, Maslak moved to New York City in 1972 and participated in the New York loft scene during the 1970s, performing his compositions frequently at Studio Rivbea, Ladies' Fort, Maslak Gallerxy, The Kitchen, Five Spot Cafe, Village Vanguard, CBGB, Museum Of Modern Art and at the Charlotte Moorman avant-garde festivals. At The Kitchen he performed with experimental musicians such as Garrett List, Rhys Chatham, Philip Glass, Laurie Anderson and associated with John Cage. During that period he developed his conceptual style of musical performance which he refers to as Multiplexmulti. Kenny also invented the Hum Ha Horn which he recorded with on some of his early LP releases. From 1978 to 1981 Maslak lived in Amsterdam, Netherlands where he played in avant-garde jazz circles with groups such as Instant Composer's Pool and recorded several titles for Leo Records, Black Saint Records and various other European labels with his trio. He also formed a punk rock-free jazz group, Loved by Millions, in which he began to use the pseudonym Kenny Millions. He returned to New York City in 1981 to 1987 then first moving to Miami, Florida in 1987. In 1988 to 1989 Kenny lived in Brussels, Belgium and in Moscow, The Soviet Union. Back to Miami, Florida in 1989 he and his wife became restaurateurs and opened up Sushi Blues Cafe and then afterwards Cafe Jamm in Florida, which they retired from in 2011. Kenny also collaborated with Hannibal Lokumbe, Abbey Rader, Paul Bley, Jack DeJohnette, Katsuyuki Itakura, Kazutoki Umezu, Sergey Kuryokhin, Sam Rivers, Sunny Murray, Frank Wright, Rashied Ali, Curtis Fuller, Marty Cook, Otomo Yoshihide, Toshinori Kondo, Roland Kirk, Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Peter Brötzmann, Derek Bailey, Roscoe Mitchell, John Tchicai, Dr. John, Mick Taylor, Bobby Keys, The Rolling Stones, Larry Coryell, Stan Getz, Chet Baker, Eddie Kirkland, Thurston Moore, Otto von Schirach, Blowfly (musician), Kool Keith, Tatsuya Nakatani, Weasel Walter, Frank "Rat Bastard" Falestra, etc."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keshavan_Maslak)
11/14/2018

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"Damon Smith studied double bass with Lisle Ellis and has had lessons with Bertram Turezky, Joëlle Leandré, John Lindberg, Mark Dresser and others. Damon's explorations into the sonic palette of the double bass have resulted in a personal, flexible improvisational language based in the American jazz avant-garde movement and European non-idiomatic free improvisation. Visual art, film and dance heavily influence his music, as evidenced by his CAMH performance of Ben Patterson's Variations for Double Bass, collaborations with director Werner Herzog on soundtracks for Grizzly Man and Encounters at the End of the World, and an early performance with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company.

Damon has collaborated with a wide range of musicians, including: Cecil Taylor, Marshall Allen (of Sun Ra's Arkestra), Henry Kaiser, Roscoe Mitchell, Michael Pisaro, Wadada Leo Smith, Marco Eneidi, Wolfgang Fuchs, Peter Brötzmann and Peter Kowald. After many years in the San Francisco Bay Area, and five great years in Houston, Texas working regularly with Alvin Fielder, Sandy Ewen, David Dove & Chris Cogburn, Damon will move to the Boston area in the fall of 2016. Damon has run Balance Point Acoustics record label since 2001, releasing music focusing on transatlantic collaborations between US and European musicians."

-Balance Point Acoustic Website (https://www.balancepointacoustics.com/damon-smith/)
11/14/2018

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"Weasel Walter (real name Walter Wyzowski) is a composer and instrumentalist who founded the band The Flying Luttenbachers in Chicago in 1991 with a current member of Cellular Chaos and Behold...The Arctopus. Over the years, The Flying Luttenbachers included noted Dylan Posa, and Michael Colligan, while creating a body of music drawing equally from no wave, death metal, gamelan, noise music, hardcore punk and modern classical. Walter moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003, where he formed the latest of many Luttenbachers lineups, remaining on percussion with the addition of bassist Mike Green (Burmese), and virtuoso guitarist Ed Rodriguez (ex-Colossamite, Gorge Trio). Singular guitar phenomenon Mick Barr (Krallice, Octis, Orthrelm) joined the group in 2005. The Flying Luttenbachers ceased to operate in late 2007. On November 25, 2009, Weasel Walter announced that he was moving to New York City to join the band Behold... The Arctopus on drums and will be writing "new, more extreme material from scratch." He also formed Cellular Chaos with Marc Edwards (drummer), Admiral Grey and Ceci Moss."

-Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weasel_Walter)
11/14/2018

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SIDE A



1. Fuck Music . . . Tell Jokes - You'll Make More Money 24:35

SIDE A



1. Fuck Music . . . Tell Jokes - You'll Make More Money 24:21
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"Recorded live in the hipster graveyard of Bushwick, Brooklyn, New York, Fuck Music... Tell Jokes - You'll Make More Money features the diaper jazz/fuck you trio of Kenny Millions, Damon Smith, and Weasel Walter.

Millions (aka. Keshavan Maslak), who recorded with the 1970s era free jazz heavy hitters (David Murray, Paul Bley, Sunny Murray) before growing disillusioned with the music industry to become a noisy and more unhinged artist, is in full confrontational mode. He scolds the trust fund kids in the audience, tells them to suck his dick, says "fuck you" a lot, and plays skronk sax and bass clarinet while wearing Depends. A real mature session.

Millions is joined by the equally fiery Damon Smith, a Quincy, Massachusetts-based double bassist who has played with the legends (Brotzmann, Cecil, Marshall Allen), and journeyman drummer Weasel Walter, known for his work with The Flying Luttenbachers and Lydia Lunch."-Unhinged

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