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Gary Windo - Dog Face (CD)

Genre: Pop/Rock
Release Date: 4th November 2013

Label: Gonzo
Catalogue Number: HST191CD
Price: £7.99
Available: In stock


Gary Windo - Dog Face

Gary Windo was one of those people who never achieved the full recognition due to him. At least, not while he was alive. A highly original musician with an instantly recognizable style, Windo was involved in the seventies with various musicians of the Canterbury scene. Most notable was his work with Robert Wyatt on the albums Rock Bottom (1974) and Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard (1975), and with Hugh Hopper on 1984 (1973) and Hoppertunity Box (1976). 

Windo was born in 1941 into a musical family in Brighton and began playing music at an early age. He learned to play drums at six, guitar at twelve and saxophone at seventeen. After sailing the world in the Merchant Navy, he settled in New York in 1962, studying tenor sax and music theory with Wayne Marsh and Lennie Tristano. A long period of apprenticeship, both on- and off-stage, followed during the sixties, until he moved back to England in 1969.

In March 1970 he took part in the all-star jam session at Graham Bond’s Sun Festival at The Roundhouse, with Jack Bruce, Mitch Mitchell and Brian Auger. Later that year he was invited to join Keith Tippett's 50-piece orchestra, Centipede, and then Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath. In 1971 he and Robert Wyatt formed Symbiosis, a prog-rock jamming band featuring Mongezi Feza, Nick Evans and Roy Babbington.

After playing pub gigs with guitarist Ray Russell's heavy-rock trio The Running Man, Windo recruited Russell for his own Gary Windo Quartet, which also featured Mongezi Feza on trumpet and Alan Rushton on drums. In 1973 he and Robert Wyatt formed the jazz quartet WMWM with pianist Dave MacRae and bassist Ron Matthewson. Windo was about to become a member of Wyatt's new Matching Mole group when Wyatt had his accident and the project was shelved. However, Windo appeared on Wyatt’s subsequent albums, Rock Bottom and Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard.

Meanwhile, Windo continued to tour with the Brotherhood of Breath and the occasional Centipede performance.  He also formed Gary Windo & Friends, with his wife Pam Windo on piano, guitarist Richard Brunton, and the rhythm section of Bill MacCormick, Nick Mason, and Laurie Allan. This line-up was for a one-off gig at Maidstone College of Art in November 1975, but was the precursor to Windo's Steam Radio Tapes project, recorded between 1976 and 1978 in Pink Floyd’s studio Britannia Row, but never released. Among the participants, along with the aforementioned, were Julie Tippetts, Robert Wyatt, Mike Hugg, Steve Hillage and Hugh Hopper.

In May 1976 Windo played on Hopper's album Hoppertunity Box and joined him in Carla Bley's band in time for the European Tour 1977 and the album that followed.  In 1979 the Windos emigrated to America where he continued playing with Carla Bley, notably on Musique Mécanique, as well as various related projects - Michael Mantler's More Movies, Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports. He also recorded the album Loaded Vinyl in Carla Bley’s studio, with Pam Windo and CBB members Steve Swallow and D. Sharpe, but again it remained unreleased. He also appeared on Daevid Allen's New York Gong album, About Time.

Windo spent the subsequent years in America doing copious session work, touring as special guest with rock’n’roll band NRBQ, and with the Psychedelic Furs. He played with Pam Windo & The Shades, and went on to record what would be his first released solo album, Dogface (1982).  An unsung classic, I am very proud to be part of the team that has finally made this peerless record available again.


Tracks:
Puppy Kisses
Feela Dog
Guard Duty
Rex and Spot Meet The International Bitches
Hound
Dogface
The Husky
Don't Be Cruel
Baxter
That's All
Lassie Breaks Out

 



 Review: Gary Windo review





After Gary Windo had mostly spent the 70s in the UK and included, inter alia, with Keith Tippett, Chris McGregor, Robert Wyatt, Hugh Hopper and Ray Russell and played live, he joined in 1977 the touring band of Carla Bley on (with whom he also on Nick Masons in 1979 ingested, but only published in 1981 solo album - actually a Carla Bley-album - to hear "Fictitous Sports"), and finally moved to the U.S. where he became a fixture in Bleys formation. 

There he met Windo 1980 to the producer Hal Willner, the Bley and Windo for his first solo album "Amarcord Nino Rota" recruited and Windo offered to record an album for him. Windo accepted the offer and so studios all sorts of pieces, recorded with members of the group of Windos wife Pam (Pam Windo & The Shades), the band NRBQ and all sorts of other musicians who were in the vicinity emerged in the Grog Kill, near Woodstock . The result was eventually published in 1982 under the title "Dogface" of Europe Records. 

"Dogface" is a kind of concept album, all the tracks have but something to do with dogs. Otherwise, can be found with a clear No Wave impact on the album a loose, quite humorous mix of jazz-rock (me occasional Canterbury allusions), Brassrock, edged jazz, gutgelauntes free game Rock mess, bulky, blaster-heavy rhythm and blues and slanted rock. The whole thing is produced quite earthy and powerful, is presented with virtuosity and color, comes very spontaneous and spirited out of the speakers, but offers all in all no real prog fare, and is also for the Canterbury-adepts of little interest. 

Windo fans, friends expressive sax performances and especially those who appreciate the very experimental productions of the jazz-rock no-wave scene of New York in the early 80s of last century, can of course still access here. With "Pussy kisses", "Rex and Spot meet the international bitches", "Hound", "The Huskey" or "Lassie Breaks Out" they get quite likely to hear highlights of the genre. The other, more traditional brass bands, jazz or R & B numbers are but on the other hand was somewhat unspectacular.

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 Review: GW Dogface German review translated


 

Gary Windo / Dogface
Dogface Playing time: 39:43
Format: CD
Label: Gonzo Multimedia, 2014 (1982)
Style: Fusion


Review on 22/02/2014 Wolfgang Giese


So this is a 'dog face', the Gary Windo on the cover trying to represent? Well, maybe it is to act aggressively? I think it is more of a little amusing. Or does he want the same bite? All this might be evidence of the expected music ...
To dogs, the subjects also seem to turn, you just look up the tracklist. So I am curious what here between puppies and Lassie romps. The information for each song indicate that different bands act.So I have these also reported accordingly. For this there are in the booklet still a 'historical note':'Except for NRBQ , all bands in this recordings were variations of Pam Windo & The Shades ".
Along with Hal Willner produced Gary Windo this album in 1982 in the Grog Kill Studios, Willow / New York, except for a well-rehearsed in the Bearsville Studios piece. Probably the Saxer has viewed his album as a concept album, because a glance at the track list makes this presumption. With the kisses of a puppy, the plate begins with a title that looks like a jam session. Jazz Rock, which is four and a half minutes just hidden - pity you could here can run even more. In any case, all the tracks are quite short, and thus should have a more typical song character. For this purpose it to me but a lack of recognizable themes, which addressed the first song jam character is retained. Only very scribed melodies such as in "Guard Duty" are quite superficial and along with NRBQ a rather oblique rhythm'n'blues piece is commanded, which can score by short solos.
Windos solos are always fraught quite expressive and with a slight hint of the style of play of free jazz. Since the music is not otherwise exempted, thus a contrast between the friction and the particular charm of this music is created, produced when then erupted again from the usual scheme.Very interesting and subtly avant-garde, for example, "Rex And Spot Meet The International Bitches", and the panting of a dog (the scraps of language - in German language - it can be seen that there probably is a German Shepherd dog talk) immersed in the with six minutes on the longest song.
So we see from a wild, tangled mix ' zappa -esque 'moments from Brassrock with saxophone eruptions, a little Canterbury sound here, rhythm and blues and rock. A cover song there is, "Do not Be Cruel" - this is now to be seen close to the original or a parody? Anyway, this instrumental version goes well and loose, rocking merrily on the season. But contemplative it comes to when it comes to the dog (?) "Baxter" is. Many jazz elements were woven here.
was only really wild, it will then end, when Lassie breaks. Here goes beyond the music all borders and could move the one or the other listeners of the same. It was only about two minutes from the actors agree on a topic that is quite formidable after Soft Machine sounds - great, I love this outbreak!
Line-up:
Gary Windo (vocals, saxophone solos all, lead tenor saxophone on all tracks except on # 1 where he plays alto sax) The K9's: John Platania (guitar) Pam Windo (piano) John C.Marsh (bass) Ron Riddle (drums) The Wet Dogs:Joseph Spampinato (bass, harmonica), Tom Ardolino (drums) The Dogface Barking and Clapping Ensemble (barking and clapping) Pam And Gary Windo band 1082 (doglovers) Gary 'Spot' Windo (tenor saxophones, vocals ) Pam Windo (keyboards, xylophone, vocals) Ted 'Rex' Orr (guitar, percussion, vocals) Robert Gelles (guitar, percussion) , David Oliver (keyboards, Moog bass, marimba, percussion) Nicky Parker (drums) NRBQ (AKC)Donn Adams (trombone) Al Anderson (guitar, lead vocal on # 11) Terry Adams (piano, clarinet, organ) Joseph Spampinato (bass), Tom Ardolino (drums) The Chows Ian Bennett (tenor saxophone) Charlie Brocco (guitar) Pam Windo (piano), Ed Fitzgerald (bass) Chris Grassi (drums) The Woofs Ken Day (trumpet), Chuck Ver Straeten (trombone) Susan Pilla (piccolo, flute) Peter Buettner (alto saxophone) Bill Ylitalo (alto saxophone), Ian Bennett (tenor saxophone ) Charlie Brocco (guitar) Pam Windo (piano) Ted Orr (guitar - # 5) Ed Fitzgerald (bass - # 5)Chris Grassi (drums - # 5) John Platania (guitar - # 8) . John Marsh (bass - # 8) Ron Riddle (drums - # 8)

Tracklist
01: Puppy Kisses [Gary And The K9's] (4:32)
02: Feela Dog [Pam And Gary Windo Volume 1982] (2:53)
03: Guard Duty [Gary And NRBQ] (3:39)
04: Rex And Spot Meet The International Bitches [Pam And Gary Windo Volume 1982] (5:59)
05: Hound [Gary And The Woofs] (4:07)
07: Dogface [Gary And The Wet Dogs] (2:25)
08: The Husky [Gary And The K9's] (3:09)
09: Do not Be Cruel [Gary And The Woofs] (3:37)
10: Baxter [Gary And NRBQ] (2:35)
11: That's All [Gary And NRBQ] (4:12)
12: Lassie Breaks Out [Gary And The Chows] (3:07) (all music / lyrics composed by Gary Windo / Pam Windo, exept # 2 by Rufus Thomas, # 3 by Terry Adams, # 4 by Windo / Windo / Orr, plus # 8 by Blackwell / Presley, # 9 by Al Anderson, # 10 by Sister Rosette Tharpe)

 Review: GARY WINDO: Dogface US review


(Gary Windo)
Label(s): 
Genre: 
Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Grade: 
C-
Format: 
LP
Tracks: 
11
Of the three Gary Windo albums that I reviewed this week Dog Face is probably the hardest to connect with due to the fact that it’s all over the map. You’ve got this crazy dog theme that’s somewhere between Fritz the Cat (but with dogs), George Clinton, and Frank Zappa. On paper that all sounds good, but the execution of the album is like putting all these idea’s into a basket and then dropping it down the stairs, everything fall as it may. Very abstract Jazz. 
I gave the album quite a few spins. One of my favorites was Rex and Spot Meet the International Bitches, a very concentrated tune, in contrast with the rest of the album that really had fun with itself. As for the rest of the album, moments of clarity pop up here and there, but for the most part its mostly all free form jazz that seems boundless with Windo exploding into a seemingly directionless execution, but like it’s said in The Legend of 1900, “If you don’t know what it is, it’s Jazz”. 
Review by AJ Garcia 

 Review: GARY WINDO: Dogface German review translated


http://rocktimes.de/gesamt/w/gary_windo/dogface.html

Gary Windo / Dogface
Dogface Playing time: 39:43
Format: CD
Label: Gonzo Multimedia, 2014 (1982)
Style: Fusion




Review on 22/02/2014 Wolfgang Giese


So this is a 'dog face', the Gary Windo on the cover trying to represent? Well, maybe it is to act aggressively? I think it is more of a little amusing. Or does he want the same bite? All this might be evidence of the expected music ...
To dogs, the subjects also seem to turn, you just look up the tracklist. So I am curious what here between puppies and Lassie romps. The information for each song indicate that different bands act.So I have these also reported accordingly. For this there are in the booklet still a 'historical note':'Except for NRBQ , all bands in this recordings were variations of Pam Windo & The Shades ".
Along with Hal Willner produced Gary Windo this album in 1982 in the Grog Kill Studios, Willow / New York, except for a well-rehearsed in the Bearsville Studios piece. Probably the Saxer has viewed his album as a concept album, because a glance at the track list makes this presumption. With the kisses of a puppy, the plate begins with a title that looks like a jam session. Jazz Rock, which is four and a half minutes just hidden - pity you could here can run even more. In any case, all the tracks are quite short, and thus should have a more typical song character. For this purpose it to me but a lack of recognizable themes, which addressed the first song jam character is retained. Only very scribed melodies such as in "Guard Duty" are quite superficial and along with NRBQ a rather oblique rhythm'n'blues piece is commanded, which can score by short solos.
Windos solos are always fraught quite expressive and with a slight hint of the style of play of free jazz. Since the music is not otherwise exempted, thus a contrast between the friction and the particular charm of this music is created, produced when then erupted again from the usual scheme.Very interesting and subtly avant-garde, for example, "Rex And Spot Meet The International Bitches", and the panting of a dog (the scraps of language - in German language - it can be seen that there probably is a German Shepherd dog talk) immersed in the with six minutes on the longest song.
So we see from a wild, tangled mix ' zappa -esque 'moments from Brassrock with saxophone eruptions, a little Canterbury sound here, rhythm and blues and rock. A cover song there is, "Do not Be Cruel" - this is now to be seen close to the original or a parody? Anyway, this instrumental version goes well and loose, rocking merrily on the season. But contemplative it comes to when it comes to the dog (?) "Baxter" is. Many jazz elements were woven here.
was only really wild, it will then end, when Lassie breaks. Here goes beyond the music all borders and could move the one or the other listeners of the same. It was only about two minutes from the actors agree on a topic that is quite formidable after Soft Machine sounds - great, I love this outbreak!
Line-up:
Gary Windo (vocals, saxophone solos all, lead tenor saxophone on all tracks except on # 1 where he plays alto sax) The K9's: John Platania (guitar) Pam Windo (piano) John C.Marsh (bass) Ron Riddle (drums) The Wet Dogs:Joseph Spampinato (bass, harmonica), Tom Ardolino (drums) The Dogface Barking and Clapping Ensemble (barking and clapping) Pam And Gary Windo band 1082 (doglovers) Gary 'Spot' Windo (tenor saxophones, vocals ) Pam Windo (keyboards, xylophone, vocals) Ted 'Rex' Orr (guitar, percussion, vocals) Robert Gelles (guitar, percussion) , David Oliver (keyboards, Moog bass, marimba, percussion) Nicky Parker (drums) NRBQ (AKC)Donn Adams (trombone) Al Anderson (guitar, lead vocal on # 11) Terry Adams (piano, clarinet, organ) Joseph Spampinato (bass), Tom Ardolino (drums) The Chows Ian Bennett (tenor saxophone) Charlie Brocco (guitar) Pam Windo (piano), Ed Fitzgerald (bass) Chris Grassi (drums) The Woofs Ken Day (trumpet), Chuck Ver Straeten (trombone) Susan Pilla (piccolo, flute) Peter Buettner (alto saxophone) Bill Ylitalo (alto saxophone), Ian Bennett (tenor saxophone ) Charlie Brocco (guitar) Pam Windo (piano) Ted Orr (guitar - # 5) Ed Fitzgerald (bass - # 5)Chris Grassi (drums - # 5) John Platania (guitar - # 8) . John Marsh (bass - # 8) Ron Riddle (drums - # 8)

Tracklist
01: Puppy Kisses [Gary And The K9's] (4:32)
02: Feela Dog [Pam And Gary Windo Volume 1982] (2:53)
03: Guard Duty [Gary And NRBQ] (3:39)
04: Rex And Spot Meet The International Bitches [Pam And Gary Windo Volume 1982] (5:59)
05: Hound [Gary And The Woofs] (4:07)
07: Dogface [Gary And The Wet Dogs] (2:25)
08: The Husky [Gary And The K9's] (3:09)
09: Do not Be Cruel [Gary And The Woofs] (3:37)
10: Baxter [Gary And NRBQ] (2:35)
11: That's All [Gary And NRBQ] (4:12)
12: Lassie Breaks Out [Gary And The Chows] (3:07) (all music / lyrics composed by Gary Windo / Pam Windo, exept # 2 by Rufus Thomas, # 3 by Terry Adams, # 4 by Windo / Windo / Orr, plus # 8 by Blackwell / Presley, # 9 by Al Anderson, # 10 by Sister Rosette Tharpe)

CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO:
Steam Radio Tapes
CD - £9.99

Dog Face
CD - £9.99

Deep Water
CD - £9.99

 Review: GARY WINDO: Dogface US review


(Gary Windo)
Label(s): 
Genre: 
Release Date: 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Grade: 
C-
Format: 
LP
Tracks: 
11
Of the three Gary Windo albums that I reviewed this week Dog Face is probably the hardest to connect with due to the fact that it’s all over the map. You’ve got this crazy dog theme that’s somewhere between Fritz the Cat (but with dogs), George Clinton, and Frank Zappa. On paper that all sounds good, but the execution of the album is like putting all these idea’s into a basket and then dropping it down the stairs, everything fall as it may. Very abstract Jazz. 
I gave the album quite a few spins. One of my favorites was Rex and Spot Meet the International Bitches, a very concentrated tune, in contrast with the rest of the album that really had fun with itself. As for the rest of the album, moments of clarity pop up here and there, but for the most part its mostly all free form jazz that seems boundless with Windo exploding into a seemingly directionless execution, but like it’s said in The Legend of 1900, “If you don’t know what it is, it’s Jazz”. 
Review by AJ Garcia 
CURRENTLY AVAILABLE AT GONZO:

Steam Radio Tapes
CD - £9.99

Dog Face
CD - £9.99

Deep Water
CD - £9.99

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