Forward Festival & 577 Records are proud to announce a new album:
Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II
Silenced II - Views from the Auction Block
Silenced is a project by Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II playing improvised/one take duos with legendary musicians. This second volume features duets with Elliott Sharp, Vernon Reid, and Bill Laswell.
The album is out as a limited edition vinyl and digital download on Forward Festival & 577 Records www.577records.com
“Ramarley Graham is the first tune of Silenced II, and it features Elliott Sharp. It is one of those performances that, when I listen back, I think someone else is playing drums. That’s how great it sounds, to me. It sounds so good; it just has to be someone else playing drums. The Holy Spirit must have been in the room that day. Elliott and I have been playing for many many years. He’s iconic. He's an idol of mine and was Cecil Taylor’s favorite guitar player. One take.
Bill Laswell and I created a soundscape that is moody and guttural at the same time. I am in shock and awe that he chooses to consistently perform with me as well as use me as a hired drummer on his productions. One take.
I always want to sound like a piano, when I play solos. Hence my expansive drum set with an array of tones. My kit gives me this. It’s on full display in Akai Gurley.
Elektra Jagger McKenzie, the last composition on the LP, features my frequent music collaborator, Vernon Reid. It’s an homage to my daughter”
- Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II
"In Silenced Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II has reconnected contemporary improvisational music to one of the most crucial & controversial issues facing us today - the misuse of lethal force by those sworn to Serve & Protect ALL of us. I am proud to be amongst the artists participating in this remarkable project”. - Vernon Reid
“Improvising in duo with master drummer Don McKenzie is a heart-to-heart conversation at hypersonic speeds and simultaneously accessing fantastic theory, earthy humor, and the news of the day. As a player, always unpredictable and always gripping”. - Elliott Sharp
If you haven’t done so already, check out the first volume of Silenced, featuring duos with Nels Cline, Vernon Reid, Melvin Gibbs, Arnold Lee, Dave Hofstra and CX KidtroniK.
Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II is an American musician and composer from New York City. His career has led him to tour and record with an impressive list of music legends including Vernon Reid, James Blood Ulmer, Bill Laswell, Marc Ribot, P.Diddy, Gravediggaz, Pharoahe Monch, Mr. Complex, Martin Luther, Cody Chesnutt, and The Persuaders.
The album is out August 31st, 2018 on Forward Festival & 577 Records www.577records.com
This project played an impressive set at the Forward Festival 2017.
If you haven’t done so already, check out the first volume of Silenced, featuring duos with Nels Cline, Vernon Reid, Melvin Gibbs, Arnold Lee, Dave Hofstra and CX KidtroniK. Link: 577records.bandcamp.com/album/silenced
100% of profit from the sale of this album goes to the musicians, of this, a significant portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity, including the Garner Way Foundation.”
released August 31, 2018
Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II - Drums
Elliott Sharp - Guitar on ‘Ramarley Graham’
Bill Laswell - Bass on ‘Natasha McKenna’
Vernon Reid - Guitar on Elektra Jagger McKenzie’
Recorded Summer of 2016
Recorded and Mixed by James Dellatacoma
at Orange Music Sound Studio, West Orange, NJ
Master and editing by Jeremy Loucas at Sear Sound, New York, NY
Post-production for ‘Elektra Jagger McKenzie’:
Edward Marks-Engineer/Producer @Edward Marks Productions
Cover photo by Barron Claiborne
Artwork design by Sergio Vezzali
Donald McKenzie - Clavedon LLC (BMI)
Elliott Sharp - zOaR Music (BMI)
Vernon Reid - Dare to Dream Music (BMI)
100% of profit from the sale of this album goes to the musicians, of this, a significant portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity, including the Garner Way Foundation.
Don McKenzie endorses and utilized the following equipment in this recording:
Kickport acoustic drum enhancement
Roc n Soc drum thrones
Porter & Davies tactile drum monitoring systems
Ultimate Ears in-ear monitors
577 Records is an independent record label based in Brooklyn, New York operating since 2001
Brooklyn, New York