Just when you thought it wasn't possible, up from the murky depths comes that Gong spawn, GONGZILLA! But wait, that's not Tokyo he's ravaging. It's LA and he's attacking the headquarters of various major record labels. It seems they've been filling the airwaves with mindless pap and Gongzilla is pissed and out for revenge. Go, Go Gongzilla!
Two of Gongzilla's instigators Bon Lozaga and Hansford Rowe decided it was time to take control and started their own label, LoLo Records. Theirs is an extremely potent blend of Progressive Rock and Fusion Jazz not for the faint of heart. You'll find such close friends as Happy Rhodes, David Torn, Allan Holdsworth, Percy Jones, Pierre & Benoit Moerlen, Randy Brecker and more jamming on these albums.
For fans of Happy Rhodes, one of Bon and Han's collaborators in Project Lo, you'll now find her solo releases on our Auntie Social Music page.
Gongzilla/Five Even ....CD $14.99
(excerpt from 'Five Even)
Journalist Bill Milkowski called Gongzilla "simply mind-boggling." Bon Lozaga and Hansford Rowe are joined on the new studio record Five Even by guitarists Chuck Garvey (moe.) and Jake Cinninger (Umphrey's McGee) plus fretless guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski (Screaming Headless Torsos) and bassist Kai Eckhardt (Garaj Mahal)! Contradictions and balance; GZ's quest is to bring us cool songs that singe the soul while balancing hyper precision and rockin' mayhem.
Next Order/Live-Roaring Colors ....CD $14.99
Next Order is a Japanese band formed in 2002. Heavy touring in Japan has cemented their rep as a wild yet disciplined mix of instrumental rock, jazz and free improvisation. Live-Roaring Colors is their second USA release on LoLo Records. Guitarist Yuji Muto is a graduate of the GIT Musicians Institute. The band has played live in Japan with Gongzilla, Tribal Tech and African Express Trio. Live-Roaring Colors is a totally live recording but no bootleg. The four piece band features two guitarists, one clean and one dirty, in constant communication. Their influences are Fusion, Thrash/Death Metal, and artists such as Allan Holdsworth, Gongzilla, King Crimson, Mike Stern, John Zorn, Napalm Death and Metallica.
Next Order/Live-Powered Nexus ....CD $14.99
(excerpt from 'Insomnia')
Next Order is a Japanese band formed in 2002. Heavy touring in Japan has cemented their rep as a wild yet disciplined mix of instrumental rock, jazz and free improvisation. Guitarist Yuji Moto is a graduate of the GIT Musicians Institute. The band has played live in Japan with Gongzilla, Tribal Tech and African Express Trio. Live-Powered Nexus is a totally live recording but no bootleg. The four piece band features two guitarists, one clean and one dirty, in constant communication. Their influences are Fusion, Thrash, and artists such as Allan Holdsworth, Gongzilla, King Crimson, Mike Stern, John Zorn, Napalm Death and Metallica.
Gongzilla/Live in Concert and the East Village Studio ....DVD $19.99
(still from the video)
After a year in the making, the Gongzilla DVD is finally on its way!!! Starring Bon Lozaga (guitars), Benoit Moerlen (vibes), Hansford Rowe (bass), Gary Husband (drums) and Phil Kester (percussion) plus special guest, guitarist Chuck Garvey. Gongzilla are captured live in concert with five camera coverage of their monster live show including a four minute drum solo by jazz-rock guru Gary Husband. Special guest Chuck Garvey from the jam band giant moe supplies a cool twist. We also spend the day with Gongzilla in Dangerous Studio during the recording of the East Village Sessions CD, Gongzilla's best selling CD to date. Region 0, NTSC, Dolby SR, total running time 1 hour & 50 minutes.
Bon/Two Plus Two ....CD $14.99
BON has been called many nameseverything from "heavy-metal-jazz-improvweirdness to simply tasty. One thing is certain: this band is tight. This compilation features the best of the first two BON CDs plus two new tunes recorded in 2004. Guitarist Bon Lozaga and bassist Hansford Rowe, both veterans of legendary 70s jazz-rockers, Pierre Moerlens GONG (which once featured Bons predecessor in the group, Allan Holdsworth), perform with drummer Vic Stevens in modern musics purest, most dynamic, and least forgiving(!) format; the power trio. Guests include pioneering guitarist David Torn. Bon Lozaga continues to amaze with his incredible ability to juggle interesting composition with tasty atmospheric chording and blistering soloing. GUITAR SHOP Lozaga captures the spirit of Ralph Towner, John McLaughlin and of course Allan Holdsworth. GIBRALTAR MAGAZINE
Gongzilla/East Village Sessions ....CD $13.99
Gongzilla has finished East Village Sessions, the new studio CD (album). It all went down in Manhattan's alphabet city. The sessions were all recorded using the ultimate analog gear and recorded in real-time. No synths, no clicks, no sequencing, no syncing, and no bullshit. Everything was video taped for an upcoming Gongzilla DVD by EscapeTV. The core band in the studio was Benoit Moerlen (vibes, marimba), Hansford Rowe (bass), Bon Lozaga (guitar), Phil Kester (perc) and Gary Husband (drums). Chris Muth at Dangerous Music got the best damn sound in the city. Gongzillas first two CDs, Suffer and Thrive, have become cult hits in the fusion world. They featured monster guitarists Allan Holdsworth and David Torn. East Village Sessions continues that tradition with frequent collaborator David Fuze Fiuczynski whose magic fretless guitar playing can also be heard on Gongzillas Live!
Gongzilla/Suffer ....CD $13.99
After having been out of print for a couple years, "Suffer", the first Gongzilla CD, has finally been re-released!!! Allan who? That's Allan Holdsworth's great playing on this and many other tracks. Gongzilla is the latest generation in the Gong extended family and the most vicious. Pulse Magazine rated this album as the #3 Fusion album for 1995. The core of this album is Allan, Bon, Hansford, Benoit Moerlen and Bobby Thomas of Weather Report with some special guests.
Hansford Rowe/No Other ....CD $13.99
Ten sumptious songs that will singe your soul! The American-born bassist, better known as "Hanny" to his friends, made his debut on the New York club scene where he met drummer Pierre Moerlen with whom Hansford reformed the award winning jazz rock group, Gong. As interest in the band grew exponentially, so did opportunities to collaborate with the likes of Mike Oldfield, Allan Holdsworth, Bireli Lagrene and LaMonte Young. He regularly cultivates a bunch of musical projects with fellow ex-Gonger, guitarist Bon Lozaga, under the auspices of their company, LoLo Records (including work with artists such as Gary Husband, David Torn, and David Fiuczynski). Hansford is finally putting out his first solo album - No Other - that features such guests as Happy Rhodes, Bon Lozaga, David Fiucynski, Bob Muller and more!
Michael Zentner/Playtime ....CD $13.99
Not a new release, but now made available to us through his friends at LoLo Records, this recording by violinist Michael Zentner features an incredible array of talent including Tony Levin, Simon Phillips, Vernon Reid, Omar Hakim, Robby Krieger, Anthony Jackson, Jerry Marotta, Jeff Berlin, Ray Gomez, Percy Jones and Dizzy Reed.
Forever Sharp and Vivid/Forever Sharp and Vivid ....CD $13.99
DAVID TORN - guitar
CHRIS MASSEY - drums
DAVID CASTIGLIONE - bass clarinet, sax
The music of the newly formed eclectic trio, FOREVER, SHARP & VIVID, is draped across the influences of jazz and rock by one of the most accomplished improvising guitarist in the last two decades. DAVID TORN being of both worlds, with his amiable exploratory spirit and forever evolving loop effects, provides the framework for this group which includes fellow New Yorkers, drummer CHRIS MASSEY and multi-reed player DAVID CASTIGLIONE. Massey and Castiglione, probing and jabbing like prize-fighters, bob and weave behind Torns multiple layers conjuring up ghosts of early Tony Williams / Bobby Hutcherson experiments or Terje Rypdals "Descendre" era explorations.
Project Lo/Black Canvas ....CD $13.99
The latest album from Bon Lozaga and Project Lo is their most exotic blending acoustic guitar and electronics. Black Canvas features such musicians as Caryn Lin on violin, Percy Jones (Brand X) on bass and guest vocalist Happy Rhodes on several tracks including the haunting cover version of Peter Gabriel's 'Mercy Street.'
Common Ground/Not Enough Space ....CD $13.99
Saxophonist Chris Farr and guitarist Erik Sayles return for a new Common Ground album leading a crack band featuring jazz drummer extraordinaire Dennis Chambers.
Gongzilla/Thrive ....CD $13.99
The Monster is back and this time he's tripping! Gongzilla returns with the brand new recording, Thrive, an ambient swirl of jazz, rock and fusion. Bon, Hansford and Benoit Moerlen return for this Gongzilla album with help from David Torn on guitar and loops and Gary Husband (from Allan Holdsworth's band) on drums. Honestly, folks, this one sneaks up on you!
Common Ground/Common Ground ....CD $13.99
Common Ground - Philadelphia saxophonist Chris Farr and guitarist Erik Sayles create a CD of cutting-edge jazz with drummer Zach Danziger (Michel Camilo), Tim Lefebvre (Leni Stern) and special guests Randy Brecker and Dennis Chambers. "The spaces speak as loudly as the noises for the intense duo Common Ground. Their eponymously titled album uses brisk, unusual timings and breaks to barrel through an eclectic range of styles." - Jazz Times
Geno White/Standing in Stereo ....CD $13.99
Sonic Abandon/Sonic Abandon ....CD $13.99 Cover
Project Lo/Dabblings in Darkness ....CD $13.99 Cover
Vic Stevens Mistaken Identities/Where to Now ....CD $13.99 Cover
Steel Blue/Steel Blue ....CD $13.99 Cover
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