On February 27, 2012 while returning from an evening passage to the store Trayon Martin was illegally targeted and followed. He was doing nothing wrong. The unjustified pursuit of this young man led to a nightmarish scene where the unarmed seventeen year old was shot and killed despite the fact that he had the legal right to stand his ground. This single act ended his life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. Surely; this must be viewed as a crime against humanity. Similar crimes were committed against Amadau Diallo, Renisha McBride, Jordan Davis, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Ousmane Zongo, Timothy Stansbury, Akai Gurley and countless other African American men, woman and children, and yet justice has yet to be delivered to their memories, loved ones and communities.

The "Trayvon Martin Suite," Bill Cole's latest release with long-time collaborator Joseph Daley, pays homage to this victim, and all victims, of brutal racialized violence. This duo album was recorded at the University of Virginia on March 29, 2012 and released on Jodamusic Records in April of 2015.

MidwestRecords.com writes: "These two pros return to the days of civil rights jazz in their tribute to Trayvon Martin and they know how to convey the anger and confusion the times bestow. Like prime period civil rights jazz, this isn't easy to listen to but it shows that listening in general is what's needed for any one that wants to seek a newer world[.]"

Downtown Music Gallery writes: "Each piece does a great job of capturing the spirit/vibe of what transpired that night and the mixed feelings we are all still dealing with due to too many other similar, continuing tragedies. This is an important, strong and immensely timely work that should be heard by many folks everywhere."

This album will soon be available to order and download on CDBaby. You can also purchase it from the Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, New York - also takes online orders) and The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York - also takes online orders), or order the CD via e-mail: just send your request to billcole@billcole.org


 

Released on December 29, 2014, "Sunsum" is the latest release from Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble. It was recorded on July 7th, 2014 at the San Clemente Soto Cultural Center in New York as part of the Evolving Music Series of Arts of Art. It is the group's 8th album and features Bill Cole, Warren Smith, Joseph Daly, Lisette Santiago, Ras Moshe, and Gerald Veasley.

"Listen to Bill Cole—no matter what reed instrument he is playing—and you will never be the same again." - jazzdagama.com

"Sunsum" is now available to order and download on CDBaby - click here!

It is also available at The Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, New York - also takes online orders) and The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York - also takes online orders). You can also order the CD via e-mail: just send your request to billcole@billcole.org


 

The 8th album recorded by the Untempered Ensemble, "Politics" is a tribute to Cole's dear friend and long-term collaborator, poet Jayne Cortez, who passed away in 2012. The album features Bill Cole (Chinese sonas, hojok, piri, nagaswarm, shenai, Tibetan trumpet, digeridoo and Ghanaian flute), Warren Smith (percussion, glockenspiel), Joe Daley (euphonium, tuba), Shayna Dulberger (acoustic bass) and Ras Moshe (tenor sax) and daughter Althea SullyCole (vocals and kora).

This album is available at The Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, New York - also takes online orders) and The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York - also takes online orders). You can also order the CD via e-mail: just send your request to billcole@billcole.org.


 

"[This album] put[s] together performers both young and old, established and up-and-coming, to forge music representing Bill Cole’s singular vision of Eastern and African enhanced jazz." (S. Victor Aaron for Something Else Reviews).

Recorded live in the Black Box Theater of Syracuse University and released in 2011, this self-titled album marks the seventh work released by Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble. It features Cole on Chinese sonas, Korean hojok and piri, Indian nagaswarm and shenai and Tibetan trumpet, as well as the Australian digeridoo and Ghanaian flute. It also features master percussionist Warren Smith (percussion, glockenspiel), Joe Daley (euphonium, tuba), son Atticus Cole (hand drums, percussion), Shayna Dulberger (acoustic bass) and Ras Moshe (tenor sax) and daughter Althea SullyCole (vocals). Recorded and mastered by Check Eller. 

This album is available at The Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, New York - also takes online orders) and The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York - also takes online orders). You can also order the CD via e-mail: just send your request to billcole@billcole.org


 

The critically acclaimed "Billy Bang / Bill Cole" duet album is a rare recording of a live performance given at UVA's University Chapel 2009. It features six improvised works performed live by Bill Cole on shenai, nagaswarm, flute, digeridoo, and sona and the late master Billy Bang on violin.

"The meeting of these two whack jazz masters holding little back is a real treat for fans of both of them." (S. Victor Aaron - Something Else Reviews)

"Two Masters Live At The Prism," recorded in 2004, is the sole duo recording of long-term collaborators William Parker and Bill Cole. They album exhibits the mastery of their techniques on an extensive list of instruments from around the world; with Bill Cole on Didgeridoo (Australia), Flute (Ghana), Sona (China), Shehnai (India), Nageswaram (India), Hojok (Korea), and Voice; and William Parker on Bass, Doson Ngoni (Mali), Flute (Indonesia), Dunno (Talking Drum), Whistle, and Voice.

"[T]his record serves as an illuminating example of the intuitive relationship that Cole and Parker share." (Jerry D'Souza, AllAboutJazz.com)

This album is available at The Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, New York - also takes online orders) and The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York - also takes online orders). It can also be found on Amazon.com. You can also order the CD via e-mail: just send your request to billcole@billcole.org


 

"Seasoning The Greens," recorded live in 2001 in Burlington, VT, has been heralded as a great feat in the fusion of world music and free jazz. Featuring Bill Cole (sona, hojok, piri, nagaswarm, shenai, Tibetan trumpet, digeridoo and Ghanaian flute), Cooper-Moore (percussion, self-made instruments), Warren Smith (percussion, glockenspiel), Joe Daley (euphonium, tuba), William Parker (acoustic bass), Sam Furnace (tenor sax), and Atticus Cole (percussion), it is a free-jazz world tour worth taking.

"Bill Cole's music is a treasure for all the world to hear, beautiful art inspired by and borrowed from all cultures and delivered back with love. Seasoning the Greens (both the piece and the album) may be the reedman's most heartwarming and downright irresistible work yet.... Seasoning the Greens is a must-have." (Francoise Couture, AllMusic.com)

"Seasoning The Greens is successful not only because free jazz and many types of nonwestern music share characteristics, but also because Cole knows how to add up their differences in a natural way." (Charlie Wilmoth - Dusted Magazine)

"A worthwhile listen for the geographically curious jazzer." (Peter Marsh - BBC Review)

"An education for the ear, an essential disc for listeners with geographical aspirations or interests in a different musical palette." (Dan McClenaghan - All About Jazz)

This album is available at The Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, New York - also takes online orders) and The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York - also takes online orders). You can also order the CD via e-mail: just send your request to billcole@billcole.org


 

"Proverbs For Sam", the sixth album release by the Untempered Ensemble, is tribute to Bill Cole longtime musical partner Sam Furnace. Sam Furnace blew a mighty and brave but warm alto saxophone aside Cole until his untimely death from cancer in 2003. These live performances from the Vision Festival in New York City and at the Burlington, VT based Flynn Center in 2001 feature Bill Cole (sona, hojok, piri, nagaswarm, shenai, Tibetan trumpet, digeridoo and Ghanaian flute), Cooper-Moore (percussion, self-made instruments), Warren Smith (percussion, glockenspiel), Joe Daley (euphonium, tuba), William Parker (acoustic bass) and Sam Furnace (tenor sax).

"A bracing merger of East-West traditions recorded in the presence of an appreciative audience, Proverbs for Sam is a vibrant investigation of pan-global musical possibilities and a celebratory ode to a beloved artist." (Troy Collins - All About Jazz)

"This recording... has a depth, spirit, and soul transcending many other similar projects, while standing proudly alongside musics from the Art Ensemble, other A.A.C.M. groups, and the modernists of the African-American root-strata disapora self-determining tradition." (Michael G. Nastos, AllMusic.Com)

"Proverbs for Sam is a fitting tribute and carries a spiritual weight not found in most run-of-the-mill world music projects." (Jeff Stockton - All About Jazz)

This album is available at The Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, New York - also takes online orders) and The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York - also takes online orders). You can also order the CD via e-mail: just send your request to billcole@billcole.org


"Bill Cole and the Untempered Ensemble: Duets and Solos Vol. I & II" are an engaging set of intimate improvisations from some of the most notable legends in free jazz. The recordings bear witness to musical relationships, decades in the making, between Bill Cole and his masterful collaborators in the Untempered Ensemble: William Parker, Warren Smith, Joseph Daly, Cooper-Moore, and Sam Furnace.

"Whether [Bill Cole is] sounding like Dewey Redman's unhinged twin alongside veteran Warren Smith's trap set, or taking the background drone role on the digeridoo to accompany Cooper-Moore's "horizontal hoe-handle harp", the results are never less than engaging on a level above their preternatural sonics." (James Lindbloom - One Final Note)

This album is available at The Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, New York - also takes online orders) and The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York - also takes online orders). You can also order the CD via e-mail: just send your request to billcole@billcole.org


 

"Bill Cole and the Untempered Ensemble: Duets and Solos Vol. I & II" are an engaging set of intimate improvisations from some of the most notable legends in free jazz. The recordings bear witness to musical relationships, decades in the making, between Bill Cole and his masterful collaborators in the Untempered Ensemble: William Parker, Warren Smith, Joseph Daly, Cooper-Moore, and Sam Furnace.

"Whether [Bill Cole is] sounding like Dewey Redman's unhinged twin alongside veteran Warren Smith's trap set, or taking the background drone role on the digeridoo to accompany Cooper-Moore's "horizontal hoe-handle harp", the results are never less than engaging on a level above their preternatural sonics." (James Lindbloom - One Final Note)

This album is available at The Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, New York - also takes online orders) and The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York - also takes online orders). You can also order the CD via e-mail: just send your request to billcole@billcole.org


 

Recorded in Greenfield, Massachusettes, on November 20th, 1999, this classic recording of the Untempered Ensemble is a sprawling 2-CD set that "represents a virtuosic synthesis of composition and improvisation, and of conventional and unconventional timbres," writes Michael A. Parker for All About Jazz. He continues, "I’m willing to claim that this is one of the most important documents of Jazz in the past ten years."

The album features Bill Cole (sona, hojok, piri, nagaswarm, shenai, Tibetan trumpet, digeridoo and Ghanaian flute), Cooper-Moore (percussion, self-made instruments), Warren Smith (percussion, glockenspiel), Joe Daley (euphonium, tuba), William Parker (acoustic bass), Sam Furnace (tenor sax), and Atticus Cole (percussion)

This album is available at The Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, New York - also takes online orders) and The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York - also takes online orders). It can also be found on Amazon.com. You can also order the CD via e-mail: just send your request to billcole@billcole.org


 

The "Untempered Trio," is a studio recording of the trio that lies at the foundation of Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble: Bill Cole (Nagaswaram, Hojok, Sona, Shenai and Balaphone), Warren Smith (Multi-Percussion), and Joe Daley (Baritorn Horn, Tuba and Synthesizer).

This album is available at The Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, New York - also takes online orders) and The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York - also takes online orders). You can also order the CD via e-mail: just send your request to billcole@billcole.org.


This rare, early recording from Bill Cole represents the first of a seven-part series of concerts he performed at Dartmouth College in the late 1970's. Cole developed these major works based on the philosophy of the Ibo of Nigeria, taught to him by Fela Sowande, which holds that the human soul reincarnates seven times. Each of the “Seven Cycles” increased in length and size – ranging from the First Cycle (featuring Sam Rivers and Warren Smith) to later Cycles that included as many as 40 musicians, drumming ensembles and Gospel choirs. As mentioned above, this first cycle, recorded in the Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Centre, Dartmouth College, on the 1st of August 1975, features Bill Cole (Indian shenai, voice), Sam Rivers (tenor saxophone and piano) and Warren Smith (drums, kettle drums, marimba and percussion).

This album is available at The Downtown Music Gallery (13 Monroe Street, New York, New York - also takes online orders) and The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Avenue, Rochester, New York - also takes online orders). You can also order the CD via e-mail: just send your request to billcole@billcole.org