|SHAKING RAY RECORDS:|
The Shaking Ray Levi Society supports not only its own performing wing--The Shaking Ray Levis--it is involved in producing an documenting the work of other improvisers and creators, as well. One of the ways this is accomplished is through the Society's own production company, Shaking Ray Records. Contact Us for more information.
(SRR CD-002) -1997
Live at Lamar's (SRR CD-003) Live at Lamar’s, the latest recording by British guitar legend Derek Bailey and his East Tennessee co-conspirators, Dennis Palmer (synthesizer) and Bob Stagner (percussion), is a testament to their long-standing collaboration that now spans three decades. The ensemble playing found on Live at Lamar’s, shifting from the heavenly, gospel-tinged opening to the sounds of one-hundred-twenty-three devils riding giant catfish atop waves of hellfire, speaks well to the notion that “all that rises must converge.” Live at Lamar’s is a Shaking Ray Records release, limited edition of 1,000.
Shaking Ray Levis have an aptitude for sounding fresh and free
from cliché while not appearing self-consciously outlandish.
They accommodate Bailey's singular playing in ways that set
his idiosyncrasies to advantage, cast them in a relatively
unfamiliar light and whet the appetite for more."
READ TONY MOSTROM'S REVIEW.
Available in our store.
The Gospel Record (SRR
7 traditional Southern Gospel songs.
This project combines Southern Gospel compositions with firey yet lovely improvisations, a crossover that transcends qualities characteristic of both genres. The Gospel Record (Reference Edition) expresses the spirit of improvisation: it freely juxtaposes the atonal style of Derek’s playing with Amy and Dennis’ diverging interpretations of Southern Gospel, and takes on a striking depth as a result of this convergence.
The pairing of Southern
Gospel and “Old-Timey Avant Garde” partners traditional Gospel
lyrics and vocal melodies with nontraditional and expressive
guitar sounds and cross-rhythmic homemade heavy metal and funk
samples. The effect is at once jubilant and haunting, a reminder
of our own mortality and materiality and the inexhaustible
presence of the spirit.
Wings (SRR CD-005)
A.S.A.P. Wings is the first album from the trio of Killick Erik Hinds, Dennis Palmer and Bob Stagner, a.k.a. the Shaking Ray Levis. The music is a juggernaut, a whale of a hoot. Post-post-modern revivalism at its ornery and most unabashed best, and there's even a cover of The Residents' Red Rider. Open up yr wind-ers, open up yr doors...
The Shaking Ray Levis is an ongoing collaboration of musicians with a common interest in improvisation. The project was conceived and led by the Chattanooga-based team of Dennis J. Palmer and Bob Stagner. The latest incarnation of the group is a trio with Killick of Athens, Georgia. They use storytelling, synthesizers, samplers, percussion, and Killick's one-of-a-kind H'arpeggione to achieve their distinctive sound. They are the first American group to have recorded for Incus Records, the record label of late British free improvisational guitarist Derek Bailey. Additionally, they have performed and recorded with John Zorn, David Greenberger, Fred Frith, Min Tanaka, Amy Denio, Ken Vandermark, Peter Kowald, Susan Alcorn, Larry Ochs, Habib Koite, Chris Cutler, Susie Allen, and Derek Bailey, as well as many other critically acclaimed artists. Click here to learn more about "Thealm Ol' Levi Boys."
of Athens, Georgia is a tireless advocate for improvised and the
other kind of music. He plays here his devil cello: the
H'arpeggione, an upright acoustic instrument with sympathetic
strings. Killick focuses on the raw sound of his strings in all
their microtonal glory; his style blends primitive folk, heavy
metal, and sacred musics from around the world into a
doomy/pretty/physically exhausting voice. He runs Solponticello
Records and is the fellow who put out a solo acoustic
H'arpeggione version of Slayer's Reign In Blood.
|RELEASES FEATURING THE SHAKING RAY LEVIS:|
Mayor of the Tennessee River - David Greenberger and the Shaking Ray Levis (with Kenny Palmer & Frank Pahl) (PP-8701) PelPel Recordings, 2003. Mayor of the Tennessee River is the newest Duplex Planet CD presenting 17 awe-inspiring stories from senior residents of Chattanooga Tennessee. This CD has been featured on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and includes monologues by David Greenberger, with music written and performed by the Shaking Ray Levis (Dennis Palmer-synthesizers, samples & vocoder, Bob Stagner-drums, Kenny Palmer-bass, Frank Pahl-guitar, National steel guitar & samples). Available in our store.
Borbetomagus with Shaking Ray
Levi's 10" (AG-1991)
A Stab at the Residents (Vaccination
Records Compilation CD)
Lots of "Resident-ual"
Tunes performed "super-styled like" by the Shaking Ray Levi's,
Only a Mother and Amy
Denio to name just a few!
Ingrdients From a Vile Recipe, Vol. 3 (Trackshun
Industries #TR720, Vancouver, BC, 1995)
*Muckraker 6 Compilation; vinyl 7" and magazine, both available through the Society itself; PO Box 21534, Chattanooga, TN 37424, or E-Mail. Featuring the Levi's songs "Buck Tooth Hippie 89," "Chief Hoochie Foot," plus work by LaDonna Smith and Davey Williams.
Live at WREK
(WREK 91.1 FM CD compilation - 1997)
Frank Pahl -
Order from: Vaccination
*Low Life RRR; Lo Z (out of print)
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