|Origin||Abilene, Texas, U.S.|
|Occupations||Trumpeter, composer, visual artist, writer, educator|
|Labels||daagnim, Clean Feed, others|
|Associated acts||daagnim, Yells At Eels|
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." As of December 2006[update], González has released at least 28 albums under his own name. He has recorded for the Silkheart, Konnex, Gowi, Brut, Clean Feed, Music and Art, Koch Jazz, and 8th Harmonic Breakdown record labels.
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 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.
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.
Notes and references
- Yanow, Scott. "Dennis Gonzalez: Overview". Allmusic. All Media Guide, LLC. Retrieved December 30, 2006.
- 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.
- 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.
- "Biography". Talismans: The Art, Music and Writings of Dennis González. Archived from the original on December 8, 2006. Retrieved December 30, 2006.
- Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (1996) . The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD (Third ed.). London: Penguin Group. pp. 513–514. ISBN 0-14-051368-X.
- Hreha, Scott (2004-07-16). "NY Midnight Suite + Nile River Suite (review)". One Final Note. Scott Hreha. Retrieved December 30, 2006.
- Goin, Jesse (October 2005). "Dennis Gonzalez : The OFN Interview [part 1]". One Final Note. Retrieved 2010-07-09.
- Milazzo, Joe (April 2001). "Dennis Gonzalez : The OFN Interview". One Final Note. Retrieved 2010-07-09.
- 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.
- Talismans (official website)
- Dennis Gonzalez at AllMusic
- Dennis Gonzalez Yells At Eels on Myspace
- AllAboutJazz Profile