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Continuing NoBusiness' archive series of late reed & wind player Sam Rivers, this wild and sophisticated concert from 2002 was recorded at the Freeport-McMoRan Theatre in New Orlean's Contemporary Arts Center, by the long-standing Sam Rivers Trio with Doug Matthews on upright & electric bass and bass clarinet, and Anthony Cole on tenor sax & piano. ... Click to View


John Russell / John Butcher / Dominic Lash:
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A live performance at the 2010 GIO Fest III in Glasgow, UK, from three of the UK's leading free improvisers--late guitarist John Russell, John Butcher on saxophones and Dominic Lash on double bass--a superb concert in five improvisations of incredible technical skill through both energetic and restrained passages, a brilliant example reminding us of the loss of the great guitarist. ... Click to View


Alessandro Bosetti :
Plane / Talea 31-34 [VINYL 2 LPs] (Holidays Records)

An amazing album of vocal interactions from composer Alessandro Bosetti using his archive of samples developed from dozens of recording sessions with vocalists, used in polyphonic constructions of utterances to create textures, counterpoint and juxtapositions offset by spartan use of harpsichord, Ondes Martenot, Cristal Baschet, grand piano, analog synth and Hammond organ. ... Click to View


Novi_sad:
ΚΕΡΑΥΝΟΣ (Raster Music)

Using environmental sounds & field recordings from 5 continents--Oceania: Tarkine Rainforest; Asia: Okinawa; Europe: Ancient Olympia And Iceland; Africa: Uganda, Botswana & Namibia; America: Amazon Rainforest & Niagara Falls--sound artist Thanasis Kaproulias takes listeners on an incredible journey through sound from reflective to cathartic, from ominous danger to awe-inspired beauty. ... Click to View


Jean-Yves Bosseur :
Musiques Vertes [VINYL] (Holidays Records)

French composer Jean-Yves Bosseur, a student of Henri Pousseur and Karlheinz Stockhausen, in an amazingly detailed 1980 work of 11 sonic expeditions, using an instrument developed by Jean-Pierre Armengaud and performed with a collective of local musicians and children, incorporating field recordings from French ornithologist Jean Claude Roché; startlingly original! ... Click to View


Derviche (Borchard / Favriou):
Murs Absurdes (Ayler)

The 2nd Derviche album on Ayler Records from the French electric bass and drum improvising duo of Eric Brochard and Fabrice Favriou, in five sequences of assertive and masterful instrumental improvising rock, ecstatically heavy material of thick detail and ominous overtone, intended to be played as a continuous suite and clearly intended for maximum amplitude! ... Click to View


International Nothing, The:
Just None of Those Things (Ftarri)

Using harmonic intersections and extraneous sonic emanations from two clarinets, the duo of Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke (also of The Magic I.D.) continue their long-standing International Nothing project of composed works through patient interactions of powerfully focused technique, here in their fifth album presenting a 42-minute work of delicate, dark beauty. ... Click to View


Amanda Irarrazabal / Miriam Den Boer Salmon:
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Using double bass, violin and objects to affect their instruments, Amsterdam violinist Miriam Den Boer Salmón and Chilean double bassist Amanda Irarrazabal present ten succinct sonic landscapes through fully free improvisation, their interactions building and scraping, intersecting and interacting in fascinating and frightening ways. ... Click to View


Wunschmusik (Wunsch / Steyer / Cavenati):
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German vocalist Birgit Wunsch leads this improvising trio with Edith Steyer on clarinet & saxophone and Alberto Cavenati on guitar, using abstract and atonal melodies in a chamber improvised setting for freely improvised voice, text and sound, crossing a sense of pop music with non-idiomatic improvisation of great technical and creative intent. ... Click to View


Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi:
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Focused on powerful sonic environments, the 10th release from the trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi find all three using electronics to create huge canvases over which Ambarchi performs on pedal steel, O'Rourke on synth and Haino on Suona, a Chinese double-reed, capturing this exceptional 4-part improvisation live at SuperDeluxe, in Tokyo, 2017. ... Click to View


Alvin Curran:
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Translating to "Light Flowers, Dark Flowers", Alvin Curran's 1978 release on his cooperative Ananda label receives its first remaster and reissue, bringing to life this joyfully surreal album of synthetic and acoustic instruments, field recordings and voice, unveiling itself like a cinematic work of dovetailed stories both reflective and energetically active. ... Click to View


David Behrman w/ Jon Gibson / Werner Durand :
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Three realizations of composer David Behrman's "Unforseen Events" work using computer algorithms to respond to pitch cues from an instrumentalist, first in Berlin in 1989 with Curran and Werner Durand on soprano sax, then in NY in 1999 with Jon Gibson on soprano sax; plus "ViewFinder" with Werner Durand using a motion-triggered camera to alter electronic & wind instrumental sound. ... Click to View


Ensemble Nist-Nah:
Elders (Black Truffle)

The debut of Ensemble Nist-Nah, a nine-piece collective group of French percussionists led by Nantes-based Australian drummer and percussionist Will Guthrie, incorporating a diverse set of influences including Gamelan performance, contemporary composition, noise and jazz into rich and ecstatic performances, an exciting album of informed approaches to modern and traditional percussion. ... Click to View


Ensemble Nist-Nah:
Elders [VINYL] (Black Truffle)

The debut of Ensemble Nist-Nah, a nine-piece collective group of French percussionists led by Nantes-based Australian drummer and percussionist Will Guthrie, incorporating a diverse set of influences including Gamelan performance, contemporary composition, noise and jazz into rich and ecstatic performances, an exciting album of informed approaches to modern and traditional percussion. ... Click to View


Heroes Are Gang Leaders:
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Led by tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and poet Thomas Sayers Ellis, this 12-piece ensemble of pointed and ecstatic free jazz and spoken word are heard at the 2019 Sons D'Hiver Festival in Paris, 2019, their sound influenced by chamber elements and sharpened through insightful and demanding observations and the influence of Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones). ... Click to View


Steve Lacy / Andrea Centazzo:
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Reissuing the first release on the Ictus Records label run by percussionist Andrea Centazzo, this 1976 album was the culmination of two weeks of touring through Italy with saxophonist Steve Lacy, presented as a set of improvised free duets investigating timbral relationships, the fragmentation of melody, and abrasive, provocative noise. ... Click to View


Ben Miller :
In the Moment (Two Rooms)

Destroy All Monsters and Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra guitarist Ben Miller in an album of experimental solo guitar works, augmenting his guitar with effects, synthesizer, bass, tapes and radio to create seven fascinating works that reflect on his rock background through solid rhythmic and melodic hooks, but also captivates through unusual and suprising sonic elements. ... Click to View


Ben Miller:
In the Moment [VINYL] (Two Rooms)

Destroy All Monsters and Sensorium Saxophone Orchestra guitarist Ben Miller in an album of experimental solo guitar works, augmenting his guitar with effects, synthesizer, bass, tapes and radio to create seven fascinating works that reflect on his rock background through solid rhythmic and melodic hooks, but also captivates through unusual and suprising sonic elements. ... Click to View


Peter Ablinger / Biliana Voutchkova :
An Den Mond (Inexhaustible Editions)

An den Mond--magic spells for a healthier life--was developed between Austrian composer Peter Ablinger and violinist Bilian Voutchkova during the pandemic, consisting of 16 sequences of chants written by Ablinger and performed entrancingly by Voutchkova on voice and violin; plus Albinger's richly harmonic work "Augmented Study" for seven violins. ... Click to View


Nick Ashwood:
Unfolding/Overlay (Inexhaustible Editions)

Dedicated to Cor Fuhler, Tasmanian guitarist Nick Ashwood's extended composition is a thoughtfully introspective work of rich sonority, shifting harmonics and abstract tones generated through guitar bowing, recorded live to tape in two continuous recordings, the second overlaying the first as the work unfolds in a meditative and beautifully pensive manner. ... Click to View


Daniel Carter / Parker, William / Ughi, Federico:
The Dream (577 Records)

This album was developed to present Daniel Carter, typically a wind/reed/trumpeter player, on an album that included his piano playing, which then advanced by adding the goal of both Carter and long-time collaborator, drummer Federico Ughi, to record with bassist William Parker, who rounds out this excellent trio on bass, tuba and shakuhachi. ... Click to View


Kirk Knuffke / Frederico Ughi / Chris Welcome:
Garden Of Gifts (577 Records)

An early example of the focus and encompassing direction of the 577 label run by Italian-born/NY-based drummer Federico Ughi, in a trio with trumpeter Kirk Knuffke and guitarist Chris Welcome, building from an introspective approach to free playing as they expand their group energy through shards of organic sound, finally releasing into a beautiful "Inner Void". ... Click to View


Akchote / Halvorson / Frisell:
Loving Highsmith [2CDs] (Ayler)

The soundtrack to the documentary Loving Highsmith about thriller novelist Patricia Highsmith, with music composed by Belgium guitarist Noël Akchoté along with pieces by Cole Porter, Mancini, Johnny Mercer, Frank Sinatra, Hildegard von Bingen, Carl Fischer, &c, presented in two CDs, one each of duets between Akchoté and New York guitarists Mary Halvorson and Bill Frisell. ... Click to View


Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet:
Ultraman vs. Alien Metron [SINGLE SIDED VINYL] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Recorded during the 2002 studio sessions that yielded the albums A Short Visit to Nowhere and Broken English, this unreleased recording of a Mars Williams composition is issued as a 1-sided LP with the stellar lineup of Brötzmann with Williams, Ken Vandermark, Jeb Bishop, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang, Hamid Drake, Mats Gustafsson and Joe McPhee. ... Click to View


Ken Vandermark's Marker:
McPhee Marker [VINYL EP] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

A 12-inch 45rpm EP from Chicago Ken Vandermark's band Marker with guest Joe McPhee on tenor saxophone, performing the Parliament Funkadelic track "Night of the Thumpasorus Peoples" and DNA's "Egomaniac's Kiss", with Vandermark on tenor & baritone saxophones plus guitarists Andrew Clinkman & Steve Marquette, keyboardist Macie Stewart and drummer Phil Sudderberg. ... Click to View


Daniel Carter / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver :
Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2 (577 Records)

The 2nd of two studio albums from the quartet of Daniel Carter on saxophone & flute, Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums, recordings from the same sessions as the 1st volume with five shorter works, as the long-time collaborators and friends show their nearly telepathic rapport in adventurous and masterful modern jazz. ... Click to View


Flying Luttenbachers, The (Walter / Dahl / Battistoni / Nelson / Ospovat):
Terror Iridescence (ugEXPLODE)

Perhaps the darkest and most experimental album from the Flying Luttenbachers, the 4th from the NYC-based version of Weasel Walter on guitars & drums+bagpipe chanter & electronics, Tim Dahl on bass, Katie Battistoni on guitar, Matt Nelson on sax & live electronics and Sam Ospovat on drums, in two extended, terrific collective improvisations. ... Click to View


Martin Escalante / Tete Leguia / Weasel Walter:
Katyusha (ugEXPLODE)

An aggressive album of ballistic free improvisation recorded live at Seizures Palace, in Brooklyn in 2021 from the trio of Martin Escalante on saxophone, Tete Leguia on bass guitar and Weasel Walter on drums, three tracks of sax multiphonics, altissimo shrieks and subtones, bass feedback, magnetic field disruption, found objects, and distortion and high impact drumming. ... Click to View


Johan Berthling :
Bjornhorn (thanatosis produktion)

An extended 7-part solo improvisation from Swedish double bassist Johan Berthling (Angles, Fire!, Nacka Forum, Sten Sandell Trio, &c) using magnificent technique, timing and pacing in a diverse set that includes a reference to Charlie Hayden's "Turiya". ... Click to View


Masayuki Takayanagi / New Direction:
Station '70: Call in Question / Live Independence [VINYL 3 LP BOX] (Black Editions)

Reissuing and remastering the two PSF albums from Japanese improvising guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi's New Directions group of bassist Motoharu Yoshizawa, saxophonist Mototeru Takagi and drummer Sabu Toyozumi, plus a previously unreleased side-long "Mass Projection" recording, presented in a deluxe 3 LP box set with images by Yuji Itsumi and liner notes in English and Japanese. ... Click to View



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  CP Unit (Pitsiokis / Lisabeth / Fraser / Nazary) 
  Riding Photon Time  
  (Eleatic Records) 


  
   review by Jeph Jerman
  2022-01-31
CP Unit (Pitsiokis / Lisabeth / Fraser / Nazary): Riding Photon Time (Eleatic Records)

A couple of short live sets from Chris Pitsiokos' electric unit, comprised of Sam Lisbeth on guitar, Henry Fraser on Bass, Jason Nazary on drums and electronics and Pitsiokos manning alto sax and electronics. These are mostly very high-energy compositions with mind-bogglingly intricate unison "heads" which flow into adept group improvisations and thoughtful solos.

The opener, "Once Upon A Time Called Now", let's you know what you're in for. A short sax/drum intro presages the first of those unison passages that seems to erupt at just the right moment. The sound of surprise amped up to eleven. "Sybilant" begins more ethereally, with string drones and soft bombs, electronics seemingly peeking through from another era; Ornette meets Babbit. A mid-paced stop/start rhythm pops up, tripping funkily beneath Pitsiokos' sweet lyricism and some wiggly guitar. The band seems able to stretch their playing in multiple directions depending on the whims of whoever is soloing or leading at any given moment, elastic exercises in group-mind which are quite thrilling. "The Tower" features a maddeningly loopy melody which gradually loses notes over a muscular, propulsive rhythm section. How these guys keep their places in the midst of everything is beyond me. "A Knob On The Face Of A Man" is perhaps the most Coleman-esque melody on display, a sing-song playground taunt that keeps coming around to nag you between blistering solos.

Not quite Prime Time, but in that tradition certainly, and more so as the disc spins on. I also detect a bit of Anthony Braxton in the alto solos and in the way the compositions are structured. A bit of Dolphy in there as well. Electronics are used sparingly, but to great effect, especially on "Dirt is The New Clean", turning Pitsiokos into a chorus of reeds. If you'd like to get an idea of this band's power, there are videos all over the internet. Careful, you might get hooked.



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