Dennis González

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Dennis González
Born 1954
Origin Abilene, Texas, U.S. Flag of the United States.svg
Genres Avant-garde jazz
Free jazz
Post bop
Occupations Trumpeter, composer, visual artist, writer, educator
Instruments Trumpet
Labels daagnim, Clean Feed, others
Associated acts daagnim, Yells At Eels
Website www.dennisgonzalez.com

Dennis González (often credited as Dennis Gonzalez; b. 1954, Abilene, Texas[1][2]) is a jazz musician, poet, visual artist and music educator based in Dallas, Texas.

Biography[edit]

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."[1] As of December 2006, González has released at least 28 albums under his own name.[3][4]

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."[5] 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."[5] González has also been 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.[6]

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.[2][7] The daagnim organization, which functioned both as a group of musicians and as a record label, was based on and named after the AACM.[2]

In 1978, González began working for Dallas radio station KERA-FM, where he hosted a music program, Miles Out.[8][9] He worked with KERA for 21 years, but left after the station had largely shifted from music programming to a news and talk format.[8]

For several years during the 1990s, González retired from jazz performance and recording.[7][9] In 2001, he formed a trio, Yells at Eels, with his sons Aaron (double bass) and Stefan (drums, vibraphone).[9] 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.[9]

Discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

  • Air Light (Sleep Sailor) (Daagnim, 1979)
  • Kukkia (Daagnim, 1981)
  • Stars / Air / Stripes (Daagnim, 1982)
  • Witness (Daagnim, 1983)
  • Anthem Suite (Daagnim, 1984)
  • Little Toot (Daagnim, 1985)
  • Stefan (Silkheart, 1986) with John Purcell
  • Namesake (Silkheart, 1987) with Charles Brackeen, Malachi Favors
  • Catechism (Music & Arts, 1987)
  • Debenge, Dbenge (Silkheart, 1988)
  • The Desert Wind (Silkheart, 1989) with Charles Brackeen
  • Hymn for a Perfect Heart of a Pearl (Konnex, 1990)
  • The Earth and the Heart (Konnex, 1989) with Nels Cline, Alex Cline, Andrew Cyrille
  • Forever the Falling of Stars (Daagnim, 1995)
  • Home (Daagnim, 2001)
  • Pictogram/Home Away from Home (Daagnim, 2002)
  • Old Time Revival (Entropy, 2002)
  • NY Midnight Suite (Clean Feed, 2004)
  • Nile River Suite (Daagnim, 2004)
  • Idle Wild (Clean Feed, 2005)
  • No Photograph Available (Clean Feed, 2006)
  • Dance Of The Soothsayer’s Tongue (Clean Feed, 2007)
  • The Gift Of Discernment (Not Two, 2008)
  • Renegade Spirits (Furthermore, 2008)
  • Hymn for Tomasz Stanko (2009) Faruq Z. Bey w/ Northwoods Improvisers Septet
  • A Matter Of Blood (Furthermore, 2009)
  • Songs of Early Autumn (No Business, 2009)
  • The Great Bydgoszcz Concert (Ayler Records, 2009)
  • ScapeGrace (Clean Feed, 2009)
  • Cape of Storms (Ayler Records, 2010)
  • The Hymn Project (Daagnim, 2011) with Ingebrigt Håker Flaten
  • So Soft Yet (Clean Feed Records, 2011)
  • Resurrection and Life (Ayler Records, 2011)
  • Colorado at Clinton (Ayler Records, 2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Dennis Gonzalez: Overview". Allmusic. All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved December 30, 2006. 
  2. ^ a b c Smith, Miyoshi (August 1992). "Dennis Gonzalez interview, 1989, New York City". Cadence Magazine (Redwood, NY: Cadnor Ltd.) 18 (8): pp. 11–18. ISSN 0162-6973. 
  3. ^ González, Aaron; Dennis González; Joe Milazzo. "Comprehensive Discography - As Leader". Talismans: The Art, Music and Writings of Dennis González. Archived from the original on July 14, 2006. Retrieved December 30, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Biography". Talismans: The Art, Music and Writings of Dennis González. Archived from the original on December 8, 2006. Retrieved December 30, 2006. 
  5. ^ a b Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (1996) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (Third ed.). London: Penguin Group. pp. 513–514. ISBN 0-14-051368-X. 
  6. ^ Hreha, Scott (2004-07-16). "NY Midnight Suite + Nile River Suite (review)". One Final Note. Scott Hreha. Retrieved December 30, 2006. 
  7. ^ a b Goin, Jesse (October 2005). "Dennis Gonzalez : The OFN Interview [part 1]". One Final Note. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  8. ^ a b Milazzo, Joe (April 2001). "Dennis Gonzalez : The OFN Interview". One Final Note. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 
  9. ^ a b c d Hopkins, Daniel (2010-07-08). "Dennis Gonzalez Finally Gets His Due". Dallas Observer (Dallas, Texas: Village Voice Media). ISSN 0732-0299. Retrieved 2010-07-09. 

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