Joel Dorn’s Hyena Records, which also just worked out a licensing deal to distribute T.S. Monk’s new Thelonious label, has announced another partnership. Pianist-vocalist-Night Tripper Dr. John (aka the grammatically challenged Mac Rebennack) is creating Skinji Brim to document his 20-year archive of concert recordings, and Dorn’s Hyena Records will oversee the label. Skinji Brim also plans select new artist signings. “Look for some off the hook stuff from this crew,” Rebennack said in a statement. “My hope is that we turn Skinji Brim into a vehicle for artists that ain’t found a home nowhere, but has some solid music to project.”
The label will debut with The Rebennack Chronicles series with the September 23 release of All By Hisself: Live at the Lonestar. The disc presents Dr. John on December 22 and 23, 1986, at the Lonestar in New York City during a solo concert performance.