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Improvisors Mark Kissinger, Ernesto Diaz-Infante and Rotcod Zzaj (aka Dick Metcalf) created this via postal mail
Topic: improvised jazz
Zzaj Productions
by Dick Metcalf and Ernesto Diaz-Infante
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Another absorbing excursion with improvisational composers Ernesto Diaz- Infante (guitars) and Rotcod Zzaj (keyboards). You will find yourself on a journey to the far reaches of your (collective) mind. Relaxing, yet quite intense! If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could make a small donation (via Paypal) to help with the costs of maintaining a...
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Topics: experimental, rock, jazz, improvised
Cratediggers
by Dick Metcalf and Eric Hausmann
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Most of the music here came from a visit I made to Eric Hausmann's abode (then in Florida)... we jammed all afternoon and got some excellent music from the session, now released on our "Undelivered Pizza Jam" CD.
Topics: experimental, rock, jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by John M Bennett and Rotcod Zzaj
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Inventive duos with continuous interaction of Rotcod's improvised Jazz style keyboards and sublime poetry. Extemporized readings with Shakuhachi. Side B's title, "Wordweave" is an apt description. Recommended for poetry lovers. âAnother great CD from Rotcod Zzaj and John Bennett with the addition of Ficus Strangulensis. 90 minutes of lyrical music actuelle. Inventive duos with continuous interaction of Rotcod's improvised Jazz style keyboards and sublime poetry. Recommended for...
Topics: jazz, spoken-word, improvised, avant-garde
Zzaj Productions
by Dick Metcalf
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This is pure solo Zzaj... many of the tracks you'll hear on this CD are compositions that were made for collaborations, so if it sounds familiar, it may be because you've heard the tunes on other albums. If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could make a small donation (via Paypal) to help with the costs of maintaining a netlabel (there's a button on...
Topics: jazz, improvised, music
Zzaj Productions
by Eric Hausmann; Dick Metcalf
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Eric Hausmann (who worked in/on the original Factsheet Five with Gunderloy) hooked up with Rotcod Zzaj while Zzaj was over in Korea (15 years). They put together some very original & stimulating music. âCoast Of Ghristmasâ is one of the better ones, ergo thâ CD. If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could make a small donation (via Paypal) to...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Mr. Painful; Dick Metcalf
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Our guitar-playin' pal Mr. Painful joined us (seems like years ago, it was really only '96) on some skull-rippin' sessions here at my "In The Shadow Studios" (of Mount Rainier, of course). The results are as powerful as th' big quake comin' that'll dump us all into thee Pacific! Some H-O-T music on here, sure to thrill all those who luv git-arz' that jus' won't QUIT!!! If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Harlan Mark Vale; Dick Metcalf
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A more recent pairing of Northwest experimentalists Rotcod Zzaj (aka Dick Metcalf, or Mr. Dick), & Harlan Mark Vale (aka Kramtones). A thoroughly relaxed set, with lots of nuances. These 2 cats have been playing together since the late 1970â²s, and have turned out a LOT of very interesting improvised music! If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you...
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Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Jim Konen; Mark Kissinger; Rotcod Zzaj
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Michigan, Washington & Pennsylvania is âwhereâ this trio hails from. 2 guitarists (Jim Konen in Pontiac & Mark Kissinger in Sharon) & one itinerant keyboardist & poet⦠(Rotcod Zzaj in OlyWa).We did this (as happens with so many of our projects) through the mails. Good reviews from Aural Innovations reviewer Jerry Kranitz & others along the wayâ¦. If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Eric Wallack; Dick Metcalf
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Guitarist extraordinaire Eric Wallack has always been a favorite collaborator of mine... he agreed to lay down some hyper-guitar over tracks that had featured my vocals & the results are here for your ears! HIGH energy, to be sure! If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could make a small donation (via Paypal) to help with the costs of maintaining...
Topics: jazz, improvised, vocal
Zzaj Productions
by Eric Wallack; Dick Metcalf
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Eric Wallack is a music professor in Ohio who played guitar and Chapman stick on these keyboard/synth compositions by Dick Metcalf. This music was all done through the mails. Eric is a master at his instruments, and plays a blend of psychedelic & straight-ahead rock that is very attractive in oh so many ways. If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you...
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Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Ernesto Diaz-Infante; Dick Metcalf
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Ernesto Diaz-Infante provides colorful improvised backgrounds for Zzaj to indulge his musical fantasies on. One of the most adventurous excursions this duo has been on yet, with art (most graciously) furnished by Peter Sharpe. If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could make a small donation (via Paypal) to help with the costs of maintaining a...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Rotcod Zzaj, Harlan Mark Vale, Peter Tomshany
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This trio may pose a bit of a challenge for folks who aren't used to "experimental" music. On the other hand, those who love freeform anything will love this band. Several of the songs on the streams are too large for the limit, so the only way you can hear the entire track is to purchase the digital CD... but you'll get the idea from the streams! If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free...
Topics: jazz, improvised, music
Zzaj Productions
by Dick Metcalf, Ernesto Diaz-Infante, Eric Wallack
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Ernesto Diaz-Infante & I had already performed on (nearly) 20 CD's when we decided to do this one. In the interim, I had been working with Eric Wallack on a couple of CD's, and decided his style would mesh perfectly with the tapes I got back from Ernesto. Most of the album cover concept came from Eric; I was pretty much (just) doing overdubs over Ernesto & Eric's work. If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All...
Topics: poetry, jazz, improvised, experimental
Zzaj Productions
by Dick Metcalf, aka Rotcod Zzaj
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Sonic Nuggets is the first album by Jim Konen (guitars) and Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj, who played Kurzweill PC 88 on this CD). Konen is famous in his local zone (Detroit/Motown) for some masterful techno guitar playing that he performs as "VisionEar". Metcalf has been recording and performing around the country (& the world) since about 1975. This CD also includes some Olympia performances between Dick Metcalf, drummer Jim Russell and guitarist Peter Tomshany - wild and crazy...
Topics: experimental, rock, jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Eric Hausmann; Dick Metcalf; John M Bennett
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Most of the music here came from a visit I made to Eric Hausmannâs abode (then in Florida)⦠we jammed all afternoon and got some excellent music from the session, now released on our âUndelivered Pizza Jamâ CD. I also invited poet John M. Bennett (Columbus, Ohio) to join us on a couple of the tunes, & that turned out to work really well, with great reviews of the CD coming from all kinds of âzines, in great part because of Johnâs additions! If you'd like to look at some of our other...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Davey Williams; LaDonna Smith; Wally Shoup; John Thompson; Dick Metcalf
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Davey Williams, Wally Shoup, & LaDonna Smith invited Zzaj to visit/play with them in a seedy lil' punk joint named "The Cavern". This CD is the result! If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could make a small donation (via Paypal) to help with the costs of maintaining a netlabel (there's a button on the page linked in above, or use the...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by John Alkins; Harlan Mark Vale; Dick Metcalf; Peter Tomshany
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âThe Yakkersâ were an offshoot of an earlier Zzaj Productions group, âThe Imaginary Bandâ. T.I.B. was joined by John Alkins on percussion/keyboards, making the dynamic much different, ergo a new band. If you like improvised and (very) experimental music - this is IT! If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could make a small donation (via Paypal)...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Dick Metcalf
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Right after I moved back to Olympia, Washington from Korea the first time (around 1995), I started recording a lot of solo keyboard works⦠experimented with a sampler and my espresso machine one night and thatâs where these 12 tunes came from. Some a little âoddâ, but all with high playing energy! If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Bret Hart; Bob Jordan; Dick Metcalf
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My improvising pal Bret Hart was working & playing up in the great NorâEast when I hooked back up with him (& a whole host of his krew) on this rock cum jazz adventure⦠I laid down several base tracks, sent âem his way & the magick came right back out of the tape recorder. If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could make a small...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Russ Stedman; Dick Metcalf
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Listeners familiar with the great underground *stars* of the â80â²s and â90â²s will know Russ Stedmanâs name right away⦠he is one RAWK-in guitar player, with a ton of his own releases! The name Zzaj may not be (nearly) as familiar, but heâs been in/on the scene for just about thâ same amount of time. This collaboration represents some very interesting stylistic mixes, for sure; it should have WIDE appeal. If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Ernesto Diaz-Infante; Dick Metcalf
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Veduta was the 3rd group comprised of San-Francisco multi-instrumentalist Ernesto Diaz-Infante and perpetrator & instigator Rotcod Zzaj (aka Dick Metcalf). It was a TRULY experimental production, yet had some very memorable improvised compositions! Why this name? It's from an old art collection, I believe Do you play live? Used to, though Ernesto & I haven't seen each other for at least 5 years or so How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry? Absolutely...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by John Alkins; Harlan Mark Vale; Dick Metcalf; Mr. Painful
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âStages Of Alternate Realityâ, or S.O.A.R., continued their wild jam sessions late into the Puget Sound night on this second session. Neighbors were disturbed at great length, but we had an absolute blast twisting sounds âround until they could not (possibly) be bent in any other directions. Everyone was âtogetherâ, and by the early morning hours, there was no question that we were able to fly like the birds scattered all around the edge of the magnificent Puget Sound that we were playing...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Ernesto Diaz-Infante; Dick Metcalf
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Ernesto Diaz-Infante is a multi-instrumentalist from San Francisco who created some long-distance spontaneous mayhem with Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj). This avant-garde CD, titled "IMAGINED EXISTENCE", is the result. If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could make a small donation (via Paypal) to help with the costs of maintaining a...
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Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Dick Metcalf
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I invited PA-based guitarist Mark Kissinger in on this ride, along with multi-instrumentalist improvisor Ernesto Diaz-Infante... we came up with some sounds that are quite unique, at least according to many reviewers
Topics: experimental, improvised, jazz
Zzaj Productions
by Harlan Mark Vale; Dick Metcalf; Remus Glaude
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Harlan Mark Vale has played synthesizers & drums for (at least) the past 20 years or so in the Great Northwest. Remus Glaude prime instrument is trumpet, though he plays plenty of keyboards, too. Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) has been playing wild & kra-zee keyboards for about 25 years now. This recording was from a live show at âThe Lifeboatâ restaurant in Olympia, Washington. If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by John Alkins; Harlan Mark Vale; Dick Metcalf
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I was on a cruise through Olympia on my way back to Korea after a whirlwind tour of the U.S. while on a two-week vacation with my wife. We set things up so my old playing pals Harlan Mark Vale, John Alkins & a whole host of others from the local Olympia scene would be available for jamminâ down & out. This is one of the gutsiest jazz jam sessions youâll ever hear. Much fun for all (including you, the listener, of course)! If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts,...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Dick Metcalf
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Some wild & crazy improvisations from Ken Fletcher (Oregon at the time this was recorded) and Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj, currently in Korea, but in Olympia, Washington when this project was realized). Lots of "different" sounds and ideas! If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could make a small donation (via Paypal) to help with the...
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Topics: jazz, improvised, improvisation, freeform
Zzaj Productions
by Harlan Mark Vale; Dick Metcalf
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This was an âinstantâ group, formed by Harlan Mark Vale (aka Kramtones) & Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj in the early-â90â²s. We did this one between Korea & OlyWa in (only) a matter of weeks. Mark and I had been playing together since the late 1970â²s, and since I was so big into the âdigital undergroundâ (at that time known as the âHometaper networkâ), we knew we had to put some more music together. If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Jeff Olson; Dick Metcalf
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HOT onnaâ heels of our last CD together, ânEW dIRECTIONSâ, comes straight-ahead instrumental, improv, poetry, all mixed into one VOLCANICALLY pleasurable listening experience! Iâve NEVER enjoyed playing instrumental pieces as much as with Jeff Olson (of the Screaminâ Popeyes), & this CD (literally) SHINES, volkz! If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Matt Turner; Dick Metcalf; Ernesto Diaz-Infante
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This band was formed out of a need (by improvisors Matt Turner, Ernesto Diaz-Infante & Rotcod Zzaj) to explore the insectuous world of the âbuggedâ! Why this name? We found it buried deeply in the âOrkin Manâsâ truck, I think⦠Do you play live? Not usually. How, do you think, does the internet (or mp3) change the music industry? Tremendously, though we havenât gotten our ârecord dealâ yet. Would you sign a record contract with a major label? You BET-chum! If you'd like to look at...
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Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by John Alkins; Harlan Mark Vale; Dick Metcalf
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This trio (John Alkins, Harlan Mark Vale and Dick Metcalf) has been playing experimental music since the early 1980â²s. On this outing, they were (about) 50 yards away from the edge of the Puget Sound, listening to (and watching) the waves roll in on a beautiful sunset evening. This music will soothe and excite you (at the same time). If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by Ernesto Diaz-Infante; Dick Metcalf
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There were many hints of the mystery involved in the creation (of this music) during the mixdowns⦠far more than high-class experiments, this music will intrigue you! Ernesto Diaz-Infante on prepared guitars/vocals and Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) on Kurzweill PC 88. If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could make a small donation (via Paypal)...
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by John Alkins; Harlan Mark Vale; Dick Metcalf
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Another adventure with Trillium. We are involved in all things musical; If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could make a small donation (via Paypal) to help with the costs of maintaining a netlabel (there's a button on the page linked in above, or use the account rotcod@rotcodzzaj.com)
Topics: jazz, improvised
Zzaj Productions
by John Alkins; Harlan Mark Vale; Dick Metcalf; Mr. Painful
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âStages Of Alternate Realityâ, or S.O.A.R., is one of the wildest jam-bands you have ever heard. Formed on a whim by the waters of the Puget Sound, they invaded the night with sounds never before heard after the first return of Rotcod Zzaj from Morning Calm. One kra-zee ride to oblivion, without doubt! If you'd like to look at some of our other musical efforts, please visit our magazine, at Improvijazzation Nation All of our music is free to download, but we'd be very grateful if you could...
Topics: jazz, improvised