Faruq Z. Bey with the Northwoods Improvisers featuring Mike Carey and Skeeter Shelton | AUZAR | Entropy Stereo Recordings

Faruq Z. Bey returns with his third effort on Entropy Stereo, Auzar. Auzar features the three horn lineup of Bey, Michael Carey and Skeeter Shelton, representing the first time Bey has recorded with the three horn line up since his days with his seminal Detroit group Griot Galaxy. Representing a clear evolution from Bey’s last two efforts 19 Moons and Ashirai Pattern, Auzar features a unified ensemble sound with an emphasis on unique rhythmic and harmonic possibilities. Bey contributes three compositions to the disc. Faruq Z. Bey and the Northwoods Improvisers comprise a natural joining of mind and soul on Auzar in their strongest effort yet. Featuring the composition Zycron by Tani Tabbal. Continue reading

Faruq Z. Bey with Northwoods Improvisers | Journey into the Valley | Entropy Stereo Recordings

Faruq Z. Bey – tenor, alto saxophone, poetry | Mike Carey – tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, flute | Skeeter Shelton – tenor, soprano saxophone | Mike Gilmore – vibes, marimba | Mike Johnston – bass, gongs | Nick Ashton – drums. Executive producer: Mike Khoury. Recording, mixing & mastering: Tim O’Brien. Photography: Jay Shurtliff. Design: Mark Rudolph. All music is acoustic.A film by: Timothy O’Brien and Andrew Bare. Original DVD contains: 1 hour feature live music performance3 bonus songs 3 interviews 3 poetry pieces slide show (plus more) bonus CD of 5 tracks taken from the dvd (same sound mixes). Continue reading

Farouq Z. Bey with Northwoods Improvisers | Emerging Field | Entropy Stereo Recordings

Emerging Field marks the sixth release of Faruq Z. Bey with the Northwoods Improvisers on the Entropy Stereo label. This release finds the group exploring rhythm and space in a broader sense than previous offerings. Faruq Z. Bey, Mike Carey, and Skeeter Shelton create thoughtful space and intricate conversations in their horn lines evoking a relaxed and passionate response with a solid blues focus. Mike Johnston and Nick Ashton root the group with their sound rhythmic foundation. The track Mokondi brings out the strength of this rhythm section. Mike Gilmore floats in and out of the music with vibes and marimba reminding one of some of the fantastic work of the late Walt Dickerson. Among the highlights are Carey’s arrangement of Ornette Coleman’s Beauty is a Rare Thing, and Mike Johnston’s Tenere’. Continue reading

Griot Galaxy | Live at the D.I.A. | Entropy Stereo Recordings

For nearly two decades Griot Galaxy was at the vanguard of the Detroit Music scene. Members of the band performed and recorded with Roscoe Mitchell, Sun Ra, Abdullah Ibrahim and Phil Cohran. The fact that there were only two releases of the band under their own name during this period seems criminal. Entropy Stereo is pleased to present this complete concert performance at the Detroit Institute of Arts from 1983. Beautifully recorded, this is Griot Galaxy at their peak. Griot Galaxy was Faruq Z. Bey, Tani Tabbal, Jaribu Shahid, Tony Holland and David McMurray. Continue reading

Faruq Z. Bey with Northwoods Improvisers | Primal Waters | Entropy Stereo Recordings

Faruq Z. Bey – tenor, alto saxophone | Mike Carey – flute, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, kalimba | Skeeter C. R. Shelton – tenor, soprano, alto saxophone, flute | Mike Gilmore – vibes, kalimba | Mike Johnston – bass, shakers, bells | Nick Ashton – drums, log drum. Live Studio Recording, August 4, 2011. Recorded and Mixed by; Mike Johnston. Cover Design; Mark Rudolph / Mike Johnston. Cover Photo by; M. Andren Continue reading