John Mars painting featured on cover of reissued Barry Altschul album

“Rural” by John Mars Liquitex & Collage on paper 32″ x 22″

“The CD era has certainly resulted in a plethora of interesting reissues of older material in all fields of music and, I am pleased to see that Sackville Records has chosen to re-release the Brahma album by one of my biggest heroes, the New York drummist Barry Altschul. I remember how thrilled and honoured I felt, when this incredible album of Barry’s was released with my painting on the cover.” (John Mars).

The great Jazz percussionist Barry Altschul had stints where he was a member of new Jazz groups that featured such luminaries as: Paul Bley, Anthony Braxton, Dave Holland, Gary Peacock, Kenny Wheeler and, Chick Corea. In 1977, the Manhattan based Altschul led an agressive and, highly original sounding trio date with Ray Anderson on trombone and Mark Helias on bass. The cover was graced by a then current John Mars painting entitled “Rural”.

This new CD reissue is available for $15 postpaid from Sackville Records

Box 1002
Station O
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M4A 2N4
phone/fax John Norris (416)465-9093

A series of 10 recordings on Sackville, entitled “Creative Improvised Music Classics” has recently been made available. These recordings include performances by Dave Holland, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Karl Berger, Oliver Lake, Julius Hemphill, George Lewis, Anthony Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Spencer Barefield, Leroy Jenkins, Don Pullen, Abdul Wadud and, Pheeroan ak Laff. All of the recordings were produced by Bill Smith.

“I recently received of all the recordings on Sackville and, I am most certainly getting a lot of inspiration from them while working in my painting studio. These CDs are great painting supplies for me! Don’t miss any of them!” (John Mars).

John Norris offers a special price of $130, if you buy all ten CDs at once, so, be sure to contact Mr. Norris using the information listed above.

this article was submitted by Zipporah Stephenson / September 2005