Denny Zeitlin performing at Pacific High Studio, San Francisco, c. early 1970s
This 2/LP gatefold vinyl will be available with: Now-Again Reserve: a deluxe vinyl subscription. in January 2022.
The Name of This Terrain (1969) is the missing entry in jazz pianist/composer/psychiatrist Denny Zeitlin’s discography, a wonderful and weird fusion of avant-classical, jazz, funk, rock and electronic music.
The album, privately pressed as a demo in 1969, is a rarity that so defied its own existence that even after its co-producer Bill Young died and his copies were discovered, Zeitlin steadfastly resisted its release for almost 20 years. Zeitlin went as far as destroyed own his remaining demos so not to posthumously suffer the same ignominy. Following his reappraisal, this album is issued with its creator’s blessing and guidance.
You will surely never hear an album like this again, by the musician the venerable jazz critic Leonard Feather called, “the most versatile young pianist to come to prominence in the early sixties,” and who took a left turn at the end of the decade, documenting a pivotal 20th century moment with passion, intellect, and humor in turn.
The album is accompanied by a bonus disc available only to Now-Again Reserve subscribers, containing Zeitlin recordings issued before and after The Name of This Terrain, and an extensive booklet tells Zeitlin’s story, and that of this special “betwixt and between” album, a private issue finally ready for the public to engage. Subscribers also receive a CD of the album.
Photos: (1) Denny Zeitlin, George Marsh, and Mel Graves performing at Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, early 70s. (2) Zeitlin, early 70s. (3) Zeitlin in studio scoring Invasion of the Body Snatchers, 1978.