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Marion Brown Quartet:
Mary Ann (Live In Bremen 1969) [2 CDs] (Moosicus)

A beautifully recorded session at Germany's Club Lila Eule for Radio Bremen from 1969 by the Marion Brown Quartet, his touring band at the time with AACM legendary drummer Steve McCall and German double bassist Siggi Busch and trombonist Ed Kröger, performing eight solid free jazz pieces including "Ode to Coltrane" and "Juba Lee"; a spectacular addition to Brown's discography. ... Click to View


Chris Cochrane / John Thayer:
Excavation [VINYL] (Astral Editions)

The core duo of guitarist & bassist Chris Cochrane (No Safety) and drummer & electronics artist John Thayer dig deep into a bag of aural tricks in eight compelling tracks that blur rock, jazz and experimental approaches to upbeat rhythmic music, assisted on various pieces by an excellent cast including Zeena Parkins, Graham Haynes, Gelsey Bell, and Kato Hideki. ... Click to View


KVL (Quin Kirchner / Daniel Van Duerm / Matthew Lux):
Volume 2 [VINYL w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Exploring the crossing point of jazz and funky electro-beats, experimental electronics and dub grooves, the Chicago trio of Quin Kirchner on drums, percussion, sampler & electronics, Daniel Van Duerm on acoustic & electric pianos, organ, mellotron & electronics and Matthew Lux on bass & electronics dig more deeply into their engaging and upbeat approach to modern forms of fusion improv. ... Click to View


David Lord:
Forest Standards, Volume 3 [VINYL] (Big Ego / Astral Spirits)

The third volume in West Coast/Montreal/Kansas guitarist David Lord's series exploring the concept of what makes a jazz standard, in ten beautifully warm and lyrically rich Lord compositions performed with Chad Taylor on drums & percussion, Christine Tavolacci on flute, David Tranchina on double bass and Nathan Hubbard on vibraphone, marimba & percussion. ... Click to View


Xavier Charles / Eric Normand:
Balises [VINYL] (Tour de Bras / Ramble)

Seven forays into dark experimental electroacoustic improvisation from electric bassist and Tour de Bras label-leader Éric Normand and French clarinetist Xavier Charles, leveraging unlikely techniques on both instruments, eight dialogs both assertive and cautiously mysterious, employing harmonic overtones, remarkable reed techniques, and rich electronic foundations. ... Click to View


Gerrit Hatcher:
Solo Five (Kettle Hole Records)

An intimate set of solo expressions from Chicago tenor saxophonist and Kettle Hole label-leader Gerrit Hatcher, seven improvisations recorded in the studio that bring together the soloist's interests in free jazz, lyrical playing and intricate technical passages on the sax, infused with a sense of whimsy alongside serious concentrative playing. ... Click to View


Guilherme Rodrigues :
Acoustic Reverb (Creative Sources)

58 Compositions for Cello as part of a sound investigation process from Portuguese cellist based in Berlin, Guilherme Rodrigues, recording in 11 locations with interesting resonant properties, capturing several brief improvisations at each space, the architecture, delay, decay, and interaction affecting his approach and the sonic response to his playing. ... Click to View


Guro Skumsnes Moe / Philippe Petit:
Guro Skumsnes Moe & Philippe Petit (Public Eyesore)

Bringing together two noise improvisers and experimenters, Guro Skumsnes Moe from Sult and MoE performing on octabass & electric bass, and Philippe Petit (who has albums on Aural Terrains, Monotype and Bolt) performing on synthesizer and turntables, both also providing vocal utterance, for two thick journeys of twisted, diverse and often deep sonics bridged by an abstract interlude. ... Click to View


Jeff Surak:
Eris I Dysnomia (CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD) (Eh?)

Washington DC-area sound artist and Zeromoon label-leader Jeff Surak, creating audio environments since the 80's home taping days, in a set of sound recordings of electro-acoustic drones, tape generated musique concrete, "plus a heavy dose of weirdness"; five tracks of diverse approaches to sonic experimentation, particularly the epic "Parasite Lost". ... Click to View


Playbackers (Silbert / Foam / Young):
Playbackers Record [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Tripticks Tapes)

Recording to 4 track cassette, this unusual and experimental Boston-area trio of active sound artists--Stella Silbert, Arkm Foam and Neil 'Cloaca' Young--improvise over abstract territory using turntables, a no-input mixer, objects, an open reel tape machine, contact mics, and cassette players, emerging with equally tongue-in-cheek and serious aural interactions. ... Click to View


Chad Taylor Trio (feat. Brian Settles / Neil Podgurski):
The Reel (Astral Spirits)

The 2nd album as a leader from NY drummer's Chad Taylor's Trio with long-time collaborators and friends, saxophonist Brian Settles and pianist Neil Podgurski, in nine diverse compositions with contributions from all three players along with two works from late pianist Andrew Hill; a wonderfully balanced album of creative jazz, from meditative to joyfully upbeat and rhythmically compelling. ... Click to View


The Remote Viewers :
This Strange Place (Remote Viewers)

Continuing the sense of film noir and consummate conceptual compositions, Dave Pett's Remote Viewers ensemble of four saxophones--Adrian Northover, Sue Lynch, Caroline Kraabel & David Petts--and the powerful and often drum-like double bass of John Edwards, continue their journey in this strange place with 10 new solidly crepuscular and complex works. ... Click to View


Allen Lowe And The Constant Sorrow Orchestra:
In the Dark [3 CDs] (ESP Disk)

After suffering and recovering from cancer surgery for a tumor in his sinus, the darkest period of despair in NY-area tenor saxophonist Allen Lowe's life, he turned to composition of new jazz works, finding that the music poured out of him, as heard in this set of lyrical and sophisticated original compositions performed with his aptly named ensemble: The Constant Sorrow Orchestra. ... Click to View


Mario Costa (w/ Cuong Vu / Benoit Delbecq / Bruno Chevillon):
Chromosome (Clean Feed)

Titled for Portuguese drummer Mario Costa's disciplined approach to composition and the DNA-like consideration of his band members--Cuong Vu on trumpet, Benoit Delbecq on piano, synths & samplers and Bruno Chevillon on double bass--this 2nd release as a leader shows Costa advancing his ideas through nine rigorously composed original works, impeccably realized by this outstanding band. ... Click to View


Allochtone:
Plait-il? (Tour de Bras)

Organized by Miriodor drummer & composer Remi Leclerc, this experimental group features Canadian & European improvisers in a creative session with a sense of novelty and humor, from Pianist Andre Pelletier (Saint-Pascal), accordionist Robin Servant and guitarist Olivier D'Amours (Rimouski), bassist Alexandre Dubuc (Montreal) and saxophonist Cathy Heyden (Paris). ... Click to View


Rupp / Brand:
Myotis Myotis (Creative Sources)

Each track in this beautiful pairing of strings through cello and electric guitar is named after nature, the title referencing a brown-eared bat, as the Berlin duo of guitarist Olaf Rupp and cellist Ulrike Brand intertwine in an unhurried series of dialog that prioritize natural fluidity, reflecting the confidence that nearly ten years working together has imbued to their improvisations. ... Click to View


Eliane Radigue:
Naldjorlak [2 CDs] (Saltern)

A live recording in 2020 at AXART in Los Angeles of Eliane Radigue's first acoustic composition, investigating the physical properties of resonating bodies and dynamic systems, composed in 2005 in collaboration with West Coast cellist Charles Curtis, who also performed on the original 2006 recording at Rglise de Notre-Dame de Bon Secours in Paris that is included in this 2-CD set. ... Click to View


Toshimaru Nakamura :
No Input Mixing Board 11 - Live In Tokyo (Input Error)

Four live recordings from Tokyo performances during 2021 & 2022 by No-Input Mixing Board performer Toshimaru Nakamura, the 11th in his series of albums featuring his unique approach to cross-wiring a mixer to harness the unexpected (and manufacturer's ill-advised) sounds of feedback & distortion, structuring the results into surprising and riveting sonic soundscapes. ... Click to View


Erick d'Orion / Martin Tetreault:
Vigiles (Tour de Bras)

Part of a 2022 creative residency at the Abbey of Saint-Benoît-Labre, in Beauce at the invitation of the organization EXEcentrer, this duo recording captures the September concert of two magnificent Montreal sound artists: Érick d'Orion performing on electronics & synthesizers, and Martin Tétreault on turntables, vinyl records & synthesizer. ... Click to View


Aki Onda:
Brisbane September 25 2004 (CASSETTE) (Room40)

As part of a 2004 performance series at Fabrique in Brisbane, Australia, Lawrence English invited experimental cassette and field recording artrist Aki Onda to present his unique approach to reusing and rupturing recordings using cassettes, Walkmans, delay pedals and fender twin amps, improvising this extended work & its coda, blurring concrete and inexplicable sources in remarkable ways. ... Click to View


Brandon Lopez:
vilevilevilevilevilevilevilevile (Tao Forms)

Extremely active in the Downtown NY scene as a versatile double bassist in a wide variety of settings, Brandon Lopez presents a tour de force album of solo improvisations, developed to illuminate his abilities as a powerful string player but also as a mischief-maker on the strings through unexpected technique and the application of "RealBadVibes". ... Click to View


Brandon Lopez:
vilevilevilevilevilevilevilevile [VINYL] (Tao Forms)

Extremely active in the Downtown NY scene as a versatile double bassist in a wide variety of settings, Brandon Lopez presents a tour de force album of solo improvisations, developed to illuminate his abilities as a powerful string player but also as a mischief-maker on the strings through unexpected technique and the application of "RealBadVibes". ... Click to View


Philippe Lauzier / Carlo Costa:
Interspace (Tour de Bras / Inexhaustible Editions )

After performing together in Canada beginning in 2019, bass clarinetist & electronic artist Philippe Lauzier and NY percussionist Carl Costa remained in contact during the pandemic by exchanging compositional concepts, the 4-part "Sincronica Vaga" and "Soft Routine" the results, the former based on dovetailing motives, the latter on harmonic counterpoint interaction. ... Click to View


Alva Noto:
Kinder der Sonne (Noton)

Referencing Maxim Gorky's plays Children of the Sun, Alva Noto, aka Carsten Nicola, developed this music for a theater piece titled Komplitzen (Accomplices) by Simon Stone, presented in fourteen compositions of lush electronics, rich atmospheres of tones & timbre, detailed glitch and glacial rhythms that create a wonderful sense of tension and release. ... Click to View


Alva Noto:
Kinder der Sonne [VINYL 2 LPs] (Noton)

Referencing Maxim Gorky's plays Children of the Sun, Alva Noto, aka Carsten Nicola, developed this music for a theater piece titled Komplitzen (Accomplices) by Simon Stone, presented in fourteen compositions of lush electronics, rich atmospheres of tones & timbre, detailed glitch and glacial rhythms that create a wonderful sense of tension and release. ... Click to View


Don Cherry:
Live In Ankara [VINYL] (Trading Places)

Reissuing trumpeter Don Cherry's 1969 album on the Sonet label, performing at the US Embassy in Ankara, Turkey in a quartet with Turkish improvisers Selcuk Sun on bass, Okay Temiz on drums & percussion and Irfan Sumer on percussion & tenor saxophone, for a wild set of world-influenced free jazz, particularly two pieces referencing Ornette Coleman, and several pieces using Turkish folk melodies. ... Click to View


Thomas Rehnert / Ulf Mengersen:
Content: GXII (Creative Sources)

Working with modular synthesizer systems and amplified double bass, the Berlin duo of Ulf Mengersen, a member of Berlin Improvisers Orchestra and Ensemble MIA, and Thomas Rehnert, an experimental musician, sound artist and composer known for rock, theater, radio, visual arts and free improv settings, recorded these 10 electroacoustic improvisations in the studio in 2021. ... Click to View


Brasilia Laptop Orchestra:
BSBL0rk: 10 yEars aLive (Public Eyesore)

For more than 10 years since its inception as a spin-off from founder and principal programmer Eufrasio Prates's doctorate research in 2012, the Brasilia Laptop Orquestra has become a regular institution on the Brasiliense experimental and electronic scene, the orchestra an ever-changing collaboration of musicians, heard in 11 recordings captured live between 2013-2020. ... Click to View


Leap of Faith:
Quatum Jitters (Evil Clown)

The core duet of the Leap of Faith Orchestra of David Peck on clarinets, saxophones, clarinets & flutes and Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice, are joined by Michael Caglianone on trumpet, Eric Woods on modular synth, Albey on bass, all processed in real time by Joel Simches, extending their previous acoustic-only approach to incorporate electronics. ... Click to View


Fred Frith And Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles:
Something About This Landscape For Ensemble (Sub Rosa)

Commissioned by and recorded during the 2018 Ars Musical Festival, Fred Frith composed this work while under the inspiration of his residency at Lou Harrison's straw-bale house in the desert at Joshua Tree, CA, then performed with the Ensemble Musiques Nouvelles, along with two very unique improvisations, one recorded during the dress rehearsal and then again in concert. ... Click to View



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  Satoko Fujii / Otomo Yoshihide 
  Perpetual Motion  
  (Ayler Records) 


  
   review by Massimo Ricci
  2023-05-02
Satoko Fujii / Otomo Yoshihide: Perpetual Motion (Ayler Records)

Because it memorializes Otomo Yoshihide's initial encounter with pianist Satoko Fujii, this concert is historically important. The day this recording at Tokyo's Pit Inn took place January 10, 2022 was in fact the first time these musicians played together despite having known each other for years. Stephane Berland's Ayler deserves praise for providing us with this stimulating document, among many from the esteemed French imprint.

The creative souls of Fujii and Otomo seek and recognize themselves from the very outset. Primarily via the exploration of silence, plumbed through the strings of the instruments in such a way as to take advantage of the natural reverberations of the room. Next, the inherently compositional structure of the improvisation attempts to emerge, where Fujii inserts oblique arpeggios and concatenations of phrases, to which Otomo responds with an integration of clean notes and dissonant designs bathing in overdriven tones.

The combination ignites quickly as it begins to burn. The flare-ups, however, while brought about by the overlapping of heftier figurations, by no means portend an anarchy of geometries that, in this specific context, could have resulted in a loss of significance. In contrast, Fujii and Otomo rapidly regain control of the reciprocal listening aspect by conjuring up peaceful atmospheres again, albeit still tinged with a restless undercurrent. Small eruptions occur throughout yet remain within the range of intelligibility. The two appear to be fighting quite stubbornly at one point, amassing intensely hammered keyboard and distortion. As the duo abruptly enters a rather visceral realm, this may be the performance's most inaccessible and dense episode. But when the floods slow down, the landscape transforms once more.

And so it continues with lots of peaks and valleys, plus rhythmic and timbral clashes that must be heard "from the inside" to distinguish the concealed subtleties. Beyond the sporadic instants of unsure direction, Fujii and Otomo get the most out of intuition at any given time, expertly and intelligently handling acoustic tension. Their musicianship is of a caliber that not only keeps the ship afloat, but also provides an audience with multiple uh-ohs. Even a single headphone listen to some of the guitar-derived corrosion and resonant piano rumbles is worthwhile. In conclusion, the pair slowly return to the opening calm, the statement that seals an occasionally enlightening protracted conversation.



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