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Nate Wooley / Ken Vandermark: East By Northwest (Pleasure of the Text Records)

A superb live set between trumpeter Nate Wooley and multi-reedist Ken Vandermark performing on clarinet, tenor saxophone, and baritone saxophone, captured live at the 2014 Okka Fest in Milwaukee, intelligent free improvisation balancing introspection and fire. ... Click to View


Carlo Costa Quartet: Sediment (Neither/Nor Records)

A new NY label from percussionist Carlo Costa in its 1st release, a quartet with Steve Swell on trombone, Sean ali on bass and Jonathan Moritz on sax, presenting an improvisational language that subsumes the individual players into a distinct group sound. ... Click to View


Peter Brotzmann & Jason Adasiewicz: Mollie's in the Mood [VINYL] (Bro)

Brotzmann's own BRO label releases this performance at Chicago's Hideout of the duo of Peter Brotzmann on alto and tenor sax, b-flat clarinet and tarogato, and vibraophonist Jason Adasiewicz from their 2012 US tour for three stunning tracks of free improvisation. ... Click to View


Ballister: The Ballister Monologues [CASSETTE with download code] (Astral Spirits)

Ballister's first cassette release finds the the trio of Paal Nilssen-Love (drums), Dave Rempis (reeds) and Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello & electronics) performing live at The Northern Door in Austin, Texas for a furious and dynamic set of two extended improvisations. ... Click to View


Will Guthrie: Stepped Stoned [CASSETTE with download code] (Astral Spirits)

France-based Australian drummer and percussionist Will Guthrie in a solo recording of powerful and diverse playing using a combination of drums, percussion, objects, junk, amplification and electronics. ... Click to View


Broken Trap Ensemble (Shelton / Rankin-Parker / Dutton / Pearce): Upes [CASSETTE with download code] (Astral Spirits)

West Coast Bay Area creative improvisers Aram Shelton (alto sax), Teddy Rankin-Parker (cello), Kristina Dutton (violin) and Daniel Pearce (drums) in a balanced release borrowing from jazz, modern improv, classical, folk, drone and beyond. ... Click to View


Sult (Dryer / Heule / Moe / Skaset): Svimmelhed (Conrad Sound / Humbler Records ‎)

West Coast/Oslo acoustic improvising ensemble Sult is the quartet of bassist Tony Dryer, percussionist Jacob Felix Heule, bassist Guro Skumsnes Moe, and acoustic guitarist havard Skaset, subdued and informed textured work with a dark intent. ... Click to View


Philip Corner: Through Two More-Than-Mysterious Barricades (Improvizations After François Couperin) [VINYL] (Roaratorio)

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Cornelius Cardew : Nova Musicha No. 6: Four Principles on Ireland and Other Pieces (1974) [VINYL] (MiruMir (Cramps))

180 gram reissue of Irish composer Cornelius Cardew's 1974 album, a series of compositions based on the revolutionary songs of different countries (i.e. the Irish Rebellion of 1798, the Islamic Rebellion of 1937, the uprisings in West Berlin in the early seventies). ... Click to View


Schlippenbach Trio: First Recordings [VINYL] (Trost Records)

These 1972 trio recordings of pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's Trio with Evan Parker on tenor & soprano sax, and Paul Lovens on drums recording at the Workshop Freie Musik at the Acadamy of the Arts, Berlin, were found in the FMP archives and are issued for the first time ever. ... Click to View


Christof Kurzmann : Then & Now [VINYL] (Trost Records)

Christof Kurzmann has been a part of Extended Versions, The Magic I.D., Made to Break, El Infierno, Trio x 3, &c; this double LP collects unreleased tracks from a diversity of projects with collaborators B. Fleischmann, Ken Vandermark, Robert Wyatt, Mats Gustafsson, Tony Buck, &c. &c. ... Click to View


David Sylvian (w/ Franz Wright / Christian Fennesz): There's a Light That Enters Houses With No Other House In Sight (Samadhi Sound)

David Sylvian's long form composition is a collaboration with American Pulitzer Prize winning poet Franz Wright, with music performed by Sylvian, Christian Fennesz and John Tilbury in a single long narrated work of insight and remarkable electroacoustic accompaniment. ... Click to View


Sun Ra: Discipline 27-II [VINYL] (Saturn)

The 2nd volume in Sun Ra's "Discipline" series was recorded during the same sessions as 1972's Impulse release "Space Is the Place", with Sun Ra on electronic keyboards and Moog, and a large band including Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Danny Davis, Akh Tal Ebah, June Tyson, &c. ... Click to View


Solidarity Unit, Inc: Red, Black and Green [VINYL] (Eremite)

Percussionist Charles "Bobo" Shaw produced this album, which documents what happened at the Black Artists Group Room in St. Louis, MO, on September 18, 1970, the day Jimi Hendrix died, performed in an ensemble including Oliver Lake on sax & flute and Joseph Bowie on trombone. ... Click to View


Evan Parker / Derek Bailey / Han Bennink: The Topography of the Lungs [VINYL] (Otoroku)

A much-needed vinyl reissue of the seminal London & European Free Improv trio release from 1970, an amazing album showing the relationships between established jazz forms and the emerging modern language. ... Click to View


Luigi Nono: Seguente [2 CDs] (Edition Rz)

Reissuing composer Luigi Nono's 1990 Edition Rz LP with the addition of 3 works, presenting 6 remarkable symphonic works combining live electronics and voice, intended to expand the technical possibilities of sound and the perceptive faculties of the listener. ... Click to View


Ferdinand Kriwet : Hortexte Radio Texts Zwei [VINYL 2 LP Picture Discs] (Edition Rz)

A beautiful 2 picture disc LP and booklet of radio plays (Horspiele) from sound artist and poet Ferdinand Kriwet, presenting 6 works including Hortext (radiotext) I, and Rotoradios I & II. ... Click to View


Chris Forsyth / Nate Wooley: Third [VINYL] (Rekem Records)

The 3rd collaboration between guitarist Chris Forsyth and trumpeter Nate Wooley following "The Duchess of Oysterville" and "Chocolate Monk", here recording live in concert in Philadelphia for the two part "Evening Rage", creating rich sonic palettes of unexpected sound. ... Click to View


ROIL (Chris Abrahams / Mike Majkowski / James Waples): Raft Of The Meadows [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

Free improvisation using the jazz idiom as a jumping off point from the trio of pianist Chris Abrahams (The Necks), bassist Mike Majkowski, and drummer James Waples, superb technical playing with a melodic intent and excellent pacing. ... Click to View


Barry Guy : Five Fizzles for Samuel Beckett [10-inch VINYL] (NoBusiness)

A limited 10-inch pressing from European Free Improvisation bassist Barry Guy, performing with the ambiance of St. Catherine's Church in Vilnius, Lithuania, using extended techniques and unusual approaches to the instrument that are both remarkable and satisfying. ... Click to View


Ted Daniel's Energy Module (feat. Oliver Lake and Daniel Carter): Innerconnection [VINYL 2 LPs] (NoBusiness)

Trumpeter Ted Daniel's Energy Module with Daniel Carter, Oliver Lake, Richard Pierce and Tatsuya Nakamura, a post-bop free improvising quintet from the mid-70s, here in an unreleased studio session showing raw power and superb playing. ... Click to View


Tony Malaby / Juan Pablo Carletti / Christopher Hoffman: Nino/Brujo [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

Percussionist Juan Pablo Carletti leads a trio with Tony Malaby on sax and Christopher Hoffman on cello, beautifully unfolding jazz that balances light and dark, melodic and free approaches with textural percussive work. ... Click to View


Billy Bang / William Parker: Medicine Buddha (NoBusiness)

A 2009 concert at The Rubin Museum Of Art, New York, on the 8th May, 2009 from the duo of double bassist William Parker, also performing on shakuhashi, dousn gouni; and the late violinist Billy Bang, also performing on thumb piano; organic and deeply felt dialog. ... Click to View


Ted Daniel's Energy Module (feat. Oliver Lake and Daniel Carter): Innerconnection (NoBusiness)

Trumpeter Ted Daniel's Energy Module with Daniel Carter, Oliver Lake, Richard Pierce and Tatsuya Nakamura, a post-bop free improvising quintet from the mid-70s, here in an unreleased studio session showing raw power and superb playing. ... Click to View


Dave Burrell / Steve Swell: Turning Point (NoBusiness)

The 3rd in a series of 5 suites from pianist Dave Burrell commemorating the people and events of the American Civil War, a mature and passionate work performed in a duo with NY trombonist Steve Swell, performed live at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia. ... Click to View


Gunter Sommer Baby: Whispering Eurasia (NEOS Music)

The 1st recording from the ensemble of Akira Ando (bass), Xu Fengxia (guzheng), Gunter Baby Sommer (percussion) and Gunda Gottschalk (violin), draws on the aesthetics of Chinese classical music, Japanese improvisation, American-style jazz, & European free improvisation. ... Click to View


Morton Feldman played by John Tilbury & Philip Thomas: Two Pianos And Other Pieces 1953-1969 [2 CDs] (Another Timbre)

"Two Pianos" is one of Morton Feldman's most experimental and radical works, performed here by John Tilbury & Philip Thomas; plus lesser known works including 'Piece for Four Pianos', 'Between Categories', 'False Relationships and the Extended Ending' and 'Two Pieces for Three Pianos'. ... Click to View


Ryoko Akama / Bruno Duplant / Dominic Lash: Next To Nothing (Another Timbre)

Four text scores composed by Ryoko Akama and performed by himself on VCS3 synthesizer with Bruno Duplant on percussion & tone generator and Dominic Lash on double bass, clarinet & laptop; four beautifully evolving and carefully paced works. ... Click to View


John Lely played by Anton Lukoszevieze: The Harmonics Of Real Strings (Another Timbre)

Four realisations of composer John Lely's simple but brilliant composition 'The Harmonics of Real Strings', a very slow glissando along the full length of one bowed string, performed by Anton Lukoszevieze; one realization for each string of the cello. ... Click to View


Jamie Drouin & Lance Austin Olsen: Sometimes We All Disappear (Another Timbre)

A restrained electronic improvisation from the duo of Jamie Drouin on suitcase modular & portable radio, and Lance Austin Olsen on amplified objects and audio cassettes, utlitizing space, isolated and connected events, and the listener's own environment. ... Click to View


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An Earful of Rainey  


By Steve Smith 2004-05-09

Fred Hersch The Fred Hersch Trio Plays... (Chesky, 1994) Given the longevity of pianist Fred Hersch's trio with Rainey and bassist Drew Gress, the band left few recordings to mark its live-wire chemistry. This one features the band setting its own stamp on familiar tunes by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and others. The lyricism comes in broad strokes, but listen closely for the sense of play with which Rainey always animated this trio.

New and Used Consensus (Knitting Factory, 1995) Rainey actually enjoyed a rare composer credit on this all-star collective's earlier release, Souvenir (also on Knitting Factory). But the band's second and last album displays an increased assurance in both its compositions -- by Dave Douglas, Andy Laster, Mark Feldman and Kermit Driscoll -- and its interplay as a bona fide ensemble.

Tim Berne's Paraphrase Visitation Rites (Screwgun, 1998) One of the earliest documents of the long-form free fantasies spun by Berne, Rainey and bassist Drew Gress, Visitation Rites also remains among the most potent examples of this trio's empathic interplay. The disc's three long cuts capture perfectly the band's uniquely potent balance of improvisational sprawl and composerly gesture.

Tim Berne Science Friction (Screwgun, 2002) If Rainey has proven to be the perfect foil for the long arches of tension and release in Berne's free improvisations and long-form compositions, Science Friction - which teamed the two with guitarist Marc Ducret and keyboardist Craig Taborn - also proves that Rainey has become the most sympatico animator of Berne's dense, itchy funk compositions. Even in a tighter format, there's no reining in the drummer's imagination.

Mark Helias Verbs of Will (Radio Legs, 2002) Rainey has worked with bassman Mark Helias for years, driving both his more compositionally-oriented bands and his sprawling free-jazz trio Open Loose. The latest release by the latter demonstrates a greater concision of expression, like a gallon of black coffee distilled into a series of shots. Verbs of Will also demonstrates the potency of another burgeoning relationship: that of Rainey and rising young saxophonist Tony Malaby, who has used the drummer on three of his releases to date.



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