March-19th-2005, 05:28 PM
Peace and Light!
Nile River Suite re-pressing!
Thanks to the efforts of some of you all and the quick buy-up of the original pressing of Nile River Suite, we've re-negotiated with Henry Grimes' management and now have a re-pressing (not so limited as before) for you to purchase online.
Gohere for ordering instructions.
Dennis Gonzalez's Inspiration Band:
Dennis Gonzalez - trumpet
Roy Campbell, Jr. - trumpets, flute
Sabir Mateen - reeds, flute
Henry Grimes - bass
Michael "T.A." Thompson - drums
March-19th-2005, 05:34 PM
▼ Molly the Barn Owl
Mazel tov! That's the best news I've heard in a long time!
Folks, IMO, Nile River Suite is a masterpiece and one of Dennis's very finest albums (of the ones that I've heard)--and that's saying a lot!
March-21st-2005, 08:00 AM
Dennis -- You've become one of jazz's most legendary come-back kids!
March-21st-2005, 07:37 PM
Dennis - Just curious. Why is it that Henry Grimes seems to be able to make demands regarding how limited a pressing will be of a recording under your leadership?
March-22nd-2005, 10:48 AM
Peace and Light!
A yes...the business of jazz. You know, relyles, there are as many way of doing business as there are opportunities to do business, and the business of music is funny sometimes.
This is the short version. Knowing that Henry Grimes had been "found", but that he had no recordings as of the time of the recording of Nile River Suite, and having no money with which to finance a recording with Henry Grimes and company, and because Henry already had an agreement with a European record company specifying certain conditions for him to interact with other musicians in the recorded media, his manager and I agreed that I would press a very limited amount of CD's, give all musicians involved the same amount of CD's to sell (100 each)...in selling them, that would be the fee that each musician would be paid for playing on the recording and I would get at least part of my investment back (airfare to NY, hotel in NY, rent on the space where the recording took place, food, minor expenses) by selling my 100. Of course, I had to send out review copies and a few radio station copies, so I really didn't make my money back. Every musician was free to sell theirs at whatever price they wanted...if you sell all 100 at $15, your fee is $1500...not too bad these days.
Well, this is such a precious recording, and a historical document, and needless to say, I think most of the musicians sold out rather quickly. Mine were gone within 3 weeks or so. That's all she wrote...or at least that's what I thought!
...until Henry and Marshall Allen decided to go on a major tour these past few weeks, and people started asking for Nile River. Henry's manager e-mailed me, and we came to an agreement that we could do a re-pressing, and each musician would pay for their share and sell them...a very wise thing indeed.
There are some underlying things that happened, but basically, that's the story...you can PM me for more "juicy" details, relyles!