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Greg Saunier / Mary Halvorson / Ron Miles: New American Songbooks, Volume 1 [VINYL] (Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records)

Two essential Downtown New York improvisers--guitarist Mary Halvorson and trumpeter Ron Miles--are joined by drummer Greg Saunier of Deerhoof in response to Nate Wooley's request that the three expand the American Songbook in astouding instrumental versions of music by Fiona Apple, Elliott Smith, The Partridge Family, John Williams, James P. Johnson, &c. ... Click to View


Large Unit: Fluku (PNL)

The 3rd album from Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's big band Large Unit, here in a 12-member configuration, adding saxophonist Kristoffer Berre Alberts (Starlite Motel, Cortex) to the band, in an album centered on Nillsen-Love's penned title track "Fluku", and the equally impressive "Playgo", large complex works that showcase the group's collective and individual voices. ... Click to View


Large Unit: Selected Tracks 2013-2017 (PNL)

An excellent introduction to Norwegian percussionist and composer Paal Nilssen-Love's big band, Large Unit, through tracks showing the breadth of the band's ability in game pieces, ballads, a collaboration with Brazilian percussionists, live recordings from their 2015 North American tour and at Moers festival in Germany, and their first concert at Molde Jazzfestival in 2013. ... Click to View


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The 25 year collaboration of Norwegian free improvisers Frode Gjerstad on saxophones and clarinets and drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, starting with Circulasione Totale Orchestra and best experienced in their duo recordings, here in an album dedicated to Frode's close friend and musical colleague, pianist and accordion player Elvin One Pedersen. ... Click to View


Konstrukt / Keiji Haino: A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire [VINYL] (KARLRECORDS)

The Konstrukt free improvising band from Turkey, known for their collaborations with master musicians of a wide spectrum of approaches, joins forces with improvising Japanese psych guitarist, vocalist and sound artist Keiji Haino for two 3-part works of swirling sax, synth, sound and guitars, startling vocals, and hallucinatory rhythms. ... Click to View


Peter Hammill: From The Trees (Fie! Records)

Peter Hammill continues his immense solo career, intricately linked to his work with Van Der Graaf Generator, but more focused in intelligent lyrics, profound vocal layering, and fluid song structures, a unique voice who for more than 35 studio albums has developed an approach to songwriting and intellectual observation of subtle sophistication and detail. ... Click to View


Thanos Chrysakis / Kurt Liedwart / Nuno Torres / Ernesto Rodrigues : Skiagraphia (Creative Sources)

Three label leaders come together for an album of free electroacoustic improvisation--Thanos Chrysakis (Aural Terrains); Kurt Liedwart (Microton); Ernesto Rodrigues (Creative Sources), with Nuno Torres on sax--for an extended dialog built of exotic and microscopic sound, string abberations, and reed abnormalities; exceptional. ... Click to View


Charlemagne Palestine : STTT THOMASSS '''''''DINGGGDONGGGDINGGGzzzzzzz ferrrr TONYYY'''''''' [CASSETTE] (Blank Forms)

In memory of the late polymath avant-garde artist Tony Conrad (1940-2016), longtime friend and coconspirator Charlemagne Palestine returned to the site of their first encounter for a tribute performance on what would have been Conrad's 77th birthday, performing on the bells at St Thomas's Church, in New York City for a rich album of ritualistic ringing and tones. ... Click to View


Magda Mayas / Pierre-Yves Martel / Eric Normand: Boule-spiel (Tour de Bras)

Quebec improvisers Pierre-Yves Martel on Viola da Gamba, objects, and feedback, Eric Normand on electric bass and snare drum, are joined by Berlin pianist Magda Mayas for two extended works of free improvisation, manipulating and contorting strings with an electroacoustic edge, dark ruminations of exquisite detail, patience, and adroit interaction. ... Click to View


Albert Ayler: Bells (White Vinyl 180gm) [VINYL] (ESP-Disk)

Albert Ayler's 1965 ESP album originally released as a 1-sided clear vinyl LP, the single "Bells" song actually an amalgamation of his piece "Holy Ghost" which transitions into "Bells", here augmented with "Vibrations aka (tune Q)2", performed with brother Donald on trumpet, Charles Tyler on alto sax, Lewis Worrell on bass, and Sunny Murray on drums. ... Click to View


Irene Schweizer / Joey Baron : Live! (Intakt)

Two generations and two monumental masters of free improvisation from Europe and New York joined together at the unerhort!-Festival Rote Fabrik Zurich in 2015 to unleash this technically awesome and ebullient duo in a fantastic concert of dynamic power, lyrical insight, intense rhythmic support and counterpoint, and profound musical ideas; incredible! ... Click to View


Die Enttauschung (Axel Dorner / Michael Griener / Rudi Mahall / Jan Roder): Lavaman (Intakt)

The remarkable European Free Jazz quintet Die Enttauschung, crossing bop forms with modern creative approaches to jazz for over 20 years, take a new drummer--Michael Griener--and adds trombonist Christof Thewes, to join Rudi Mahall on clarinets, Axel Dorner on trumpet, and Jan Roder on bass, for an exciting and upbeat album of succinct tunes that both revere and abuse jazz history in wonderful ways. ... Click to View


Trio Heinz Herbert (w/ Dominic Landolt / Ramon Landolt / Mario Haenni): The Willisau Concert (Live) (Intakt)

Textural improv of improbable grooves and tones driven by intense periods of interaction balanced with spatial sonic environments; adventurous and exuberant dialog caught live at the Jazzfestival Willisau, in Switzerland, 2016 from the trio of Dominic Landolt on guitar, Ramon Landolt on Hammond organ, synthesizer & samples and Mario Haenni on drums. ... Click to View


Aruan Ortiz : Cub(an)ism (Intakt)

Cuban pianist Aruan Ortiz explores a range of musical idioms and styles, drawing on experiences from many phases of Ortiz' life in Cuba, Spain, France and the US, exploring cubist principles, faceting, and multiple perspectives with folkloric elements, as he presents 10 original compositions of passionate and playful music, performed with virtuosic skill. ... Click to View


Aki Takase / Paul Ayumi : Hotel Zauberberg (Intakt)

Pianist Aki Takase and violinist Ayumi Paul's 1st collaboration is an 18 movement suite for violin and piano blending composition and improvisation, with 11 movements from Takase and 5 written with Paul, plus Mozart's "K. 1 minuet in G major" and the Preludio movement from Bach's solo violin partita in E major; an absorbing set of recordings inspired by the writings of Thomas Mann. ... Click to View


Hans Hassler: Wie Die Zeit Hinter Mir Her (Intakt)

Swiss accordionist Hans Hassler stands above the (small) crowd of improvising accordionist in the breadth of his career, his ability to balance both lyrical, abstract, serious, and humorous aspects in his approach to the instrument, a true original in intent and ability to engage his listeners, in 15 original and diverse compositions recorded in 2017. ... Click to View


Pan-Scan Ensemble: Air And Light And Time And Space (PNL)

"Pan-Scan" refers to pan-Scandinavian, and the nine players on this thrilling and joyful recordings are all of that origin, performing live at Blow Out in Mir, Oslo, Norway in 2016, including both Lotte Anker and Ann Hogberg on sax, Thomas Johansson, Emil Stranberg and Goran Kajfes on trumpet, Sten Sandell on piano, and Paal Nilssen-Love and Stale Liavik on drums. ... Click to View


Xavier Charles / Michel F Cote / Franz Hautzinger / Philippe Lauzier / Eric Normand: Torche! (Tour de Bras)

An exceptional free improvising quintet of Montreal & Quebec improvisers--bassist Eric Normand, drummer Michel F. Cote, and bass clarinetist Philippe Lauzier--with French clarinetist Xavier Charles and German trumpeter Franz Hautzinger, performing live during the 2016 Festival de Musique de Creation, creating fascinating commontion with incredible restraint. ... Click to View


Fraufraulein: Heavy Objects [CASSETTE] (Marginal Frequency)

The duo of Brooklyn electronics, field recording, bass guitar and french horn artists Billy Gomberg and Anne Guthrie, using musical and abstract sounds to create something between the concrete textures of field recording and spontaneous composition, presenting restrained yet detailed sound that engages the listener through transition and mystery. ... Click to View


Joda Clement / Mathieu Ruhlmann: Kindred (Marginal Frequency)

A unique cover of Brian Eno's "Taking Tiger Mountain" using synthesizer, field recordings, electromagnetic feedback, treatments, objects, oscillators, shruti box, reel to reel, ukelin, guitar, piano, clarinet, cello and voice, from Joda Clement and Mathieu Ruhlmann joined by Cristian Alvear, Gregory Moskos, Alexandra Spence, Tim Clement, Judith Hamann and A.F. Jones. ... Click to View


Mars Williams presents (w/ Berman / Lonberg-Holdm / Baker / Kessler / Sandstrom / Hunt): An Ayler Xmas: The Music of Albert Ayler & Songs of Christmas (Soul What Records)

Chicago saxophonist Mars Williams directs his Albert Ayler tribute band, Witches and Devils, to merge Ayler-esque compositions with Christmas songs, performed by Josh Berman (cornet) Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Jim Baker (keys, viola), Kent Kessler (bass), Brian Sandstrom (bass, guitar, trumpet); an unexpected and welcome present for your free jazz festivities! ... Click to View


Boneshaker (Mars Williams / Paal Nilssen-Love / Kent Kessler): Unusual Words (Soul What Records)

A CD intended to sell at concerts from Mars Williams' own Soul What Records label, a studio recording in 2012 from the powerhouse trio of Chicago multi-reedist Mars Williams, in-demand Norwegian drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, and Chicago bassist Kent Kessler, running the gamut from furious blowing to introspective interaction. ... Click to View


Elliott Sharp / Mary Halvorson / Marc Ribot: ERR Guitar (Intakt)

Elliott Sharp's New York Studio zOaR was the meeting place for three New York guitarists--Sharp himself, Mary Halvorson, and Marc Ribot--who find common ground by blending a variety of approaches to the instrument in 12 excellent and generally succinct collective improvisations, stretching, bending, plucking and inexplicably effecting their guitars. ... Click to View


John Cage: Klang der Wandlungen [3 CDs] (Edition Rz)

An impressive triple-CD box with recordings of some late works by John Cage, including "Seventy-Four for Orchestra, 1992", "103 for Orchestra, 1991, part 1 & 2", In a Landscape fur Harfe", "Postcard From Heaven fur Eine Bis Zwanzig Harfen", and some of "The Harmony of Maine"; including a 32 page booklet with photos and liner notes by Jakob Ullmann. ... Click to View


Jurg Frey: L'ame Est Sans Retenue I [5 CDs] (erstwhile)

A massive work from composer Jurg Frey focused on the dynamic relationship between sound and silence, and how it can affect our perception of the silence in a frame of space and time, using environmental sounds of field recordings and silence to create a massive work over six hours, modifying pitch, rhythm, dynamics, texture, and overtone, here properly released on 5 CDs. ... Click to View


Michael Pisaro / Samuel Dunscombe / Steven Andrew Flato / Wen Liu / Celeste Oram / Johannes Regnier: Organ For The Senses (Marginal Frequency)

San Diego's Parkeology director Kate Clark and composer Samuel Dunscombe organized this concert to take advantage of the Balboa Park's Spreckels Organ, inviting local and regional experimental composers to develop works for the 5,017 pipe instrument, attracting artists like Michael Pisaro, Samuel Dunscombe, Steven Andrew Flato, Wen Liu, &c. ... Click to View


Jon Irabagon / Joe Fiedler / Todd Neufeld: In Formation Network (Nuscope)

Saxophonist Jon Irabagon, trombonist Joe Fiedler, and guitarist Todd Neufeld met in April, 2017 in Mount Vernon at the Oktaven Audio studio to record these nine varied compositions, presenting a unifying trio sound and identity that reflects Chicago's Giuffre trio, but with a unique collective attitude as the trio employs a varied set of compositional strategies. ... Click to View


Joe McPhee: The Willisau Concert (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Recorded in 1975 at the Swiss Willisau Jazz Festival, Joe McPhee's trio with John Synder on synth and Makaya Ntshoko on drums, and McPhee on tenor and sopranox sax, was Hat Hut's 2nd release and has been out of print since; Corbett vs. Dempsey asked McPhee what unavailable album he'd like to see in print, and this suberb album was his first choice. ... Click to View


Eugene Chadbourne : The Lost Eddie Chatterbox Session [2017 REISSUE] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Reissuing free improvising guitarist Eugene Chadbourne's 1977, San Francisco recording of compositions by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman, plus a few standards and originals, captured on an ailing quarter-track tape deck, but saved for the force of his playing, here restored, corrected, and remastered. ... Click to View


Sun Ra: Discipline 27-II [2017 REMASTER] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

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


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  Internet Radio, MusicWorks, Blossom Toes & Rational Diet!  
   review by Phil Zampino
  2007-07-29

Before talking about new releases, I'd like to mention that Internet Radio, while granted a reprieve recently, still urgently needs your moral and vocal support, and probably a call to your Senator. If you haven't been following the issue, on July 13, 2007 the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals refused to stop the increase in mandatory royalties issued against Internet radio stations, an increase that amounts to three times the current rate.

Don't get me wrong, it's important that musicians are paid by anyone making money from their music. But the issue here is far more complicated, aggravated by the very nature of computers: for the first time the Copyright Royalty Board can require broadcasters to tell them how many listeners they have. Broadcast radio and satellite radio don't have this requirement, and in fact broadcast radio couldn't provide it if they wanted to. So broadcast radio and satellite radio don't have to pay based on the number of listeners they have; internet radio stations will, if Copyright Royalty Board has their way. This is an unreasonable requirement that can only shut down the majority of internet radio, which at last count has 70 million listeners every month.

A more reasonable idea is to base royalties around the broadcaster's revenue, so that not-for-profit stations can broadcast to as many listeners as are interested without breaking the bank and forcing them to shutdown. Satellite Radio pays royalties in this way, while AM, FM and other land-based radio stations pay no royalties, just a yearly fee.

When you think about that payment structure it's overwhelmingly ironic that the stations most profit oriented, the Clear Channels and their like, pay no royalties. Meanwhile the little guys and the new businesses get squashed. For listeners of obscure music this couldn't be a bigger issue, as we've all benefited greatly from the underdog radio stations playing music that would never get onto the big profit-oriented stations. Don't stand by - Eff.org has a lot of information to help you voice your opinion.



MusicWorks: #98 Summer 2007
Musicworks magazine is a Canadian quarterly music magazine that, since 1978, has covered the more serious end of improv and avant-garde music, often drawing from the music community for it's writers. In this month alone Tim Brady, John Luther Adams, and John Oswald have written for the magazine. The scope of the subjects covered is broad but consistent, introducing the reader to interesting artists, many of whom are concerned with innovative applications of theory and concept.

Currently we're selling the magazine only version of the magazine, and we've also sold the CD version a few times. Magazine sales don't really benefit our business, but we sell them to promote and preserve the printeed arts, the few magazine writing about these kinds of music, of which there is far too little.



Rational Diet: Rational Diet
(AltrOck Productions)
Hailing from Belarus, which is wedged between Russia and the Ukraine, Rational Diet create RIO-oriented chamber rock and improvised rock with a strange sense of humor that reflects their East-European roots. They quote their influences as Shostakovich, Stravinsky, Webern, Ives, Henry Cow, Art Bears, Universe Zero, Present, Debile Menthol - an interesting set of comparisons that gives an idea of the complexity of the music, but not of the odd combination of styles from dark and demanding rock to avant-humour and other inexplicable approaches. It's an intense and rewarding album for those interested in complex compositional and experimental rock.



Blossom Toes: We Are Ever So Clean
(Sunbeam Records)
Blossom Toes put out two albums between 1967 and 1969 that are advanced examples of heavy psych rock; in fact the band's problem live was that the complex orchestration and use of studio trickery couldn't well be recreated live. Brian Godding and Brian Belshaw were the core of the band, having met as apprentices at the Hilger and Watts scientific instrument factory in Islington. The band was initially an R&B outfit named The Ingoes. The band took off when Yardbirds' manager Giorgio Gomelsky got involved, bringing them to Paris to develop a cult following, in the hopes of recording on his new Marmalade label, a subsidiary of Polydor. The strategy worked, and on return to England Blossom Toes was able to record the 15 track inventive masterpieces that makes up we are ever so clean. It's a clever record that embraces pop music and plays with it with quirky wit and melodic adventure. It's quite an achievement, one that lasted through two albums, with Godding moving on to a career in the 80's that included work with Robery Wyatt, Julie Driscoll, Keith Tippett, Magma and Mike Westbrook.

This is we are ever so clean's first official reissue, timed to coincide with its 40th anniversary, and was produced with the band's full involvement. It also includes ten bonus tracks taken from non-LP singles, demos, out-takes and live performances; a full-color 12-page booklet with rare photographs and band history, and an introduction from Brian Godding. A classic.


Blossom Toes: If Only For A Moment
(Sunbeam Records)
Blossom Toe's second and final studio album followed 1967's we are ever so clean's by two years. If Only For A Moment shows the band settled down into more complex song forms, and working with other artists including Julie Driscoll or US folk singer Shawn Philips. Produced with the band's full involvement, this first CD reissue includes seven bonus tracks taken from non-LP singles, demos, out-takes and live performances; a full-color 12-page booklet with rare photographs and band history, and an introduction from Brian Godding.





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