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Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs (Pi Recordings)

Henry Threadgill's tribute to friend, composer-conductor Lawrence D. Butch Morris, in a detailed 4-part work with an excellent set of improvisers: Henry Threadgill, Jose Davila, Jason Moran, Christopher Hoffman, David Virelles, Roman Filiu, Curtis Macdonald, and Craig Weinrib. ... Click to View


Derek Bailey / John Tilbury: Playing with a Dead Person [VINYL] (Bolt)

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Illtet (Ladd / Parker / Sorey ): Gain [VINYL WITH DOWNLOAD] (RogueArt)

Crossing NY and Chicago artists, the quartet of Mike Ladd on vocals & synth, Jeff Parker on electric guitar, Tyshawn Sorey on drums, trombone & electric piano, and HPRIZM/High Priest on synth create thought-provoking spoken environments of intense improv. ... Click to View


Astral Colonels (Anthony Pateras / Valerio Tricoli): Good Times in the End Times (Immediata)

Anthony Pateras & Valerio Tricoli worked 7 years transforming pianos, organs, harpsichords, tape machines and synthesizers into an expansive sonic otherworld that celebrates the "End of Times" in three parts; a meticulous and fascinating work. ... Click to View


Extended Pianos: Switch On A Dime (Immediata)

Robin Fox uses stochastic improvisations, live analogue processing, feedback experiments, atmospheric tape composition, and ultra-physical episodic structures to manipulate the prepared piano playing of Anthony Pateras and Erik Griswold, creating an exceptional and engrossing work. ... Click to View


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Alan Licht on guitar and electronics and Tetuzi Akiyama on guitar explored the lines that divide improvisation, composition, folk, blues, and experimental music in this Tokyo recording from 2014, two large works, the title track featuring Rob Mazurek on cornet. ... Click to View


The Ex: The Ex at The Bimhuis (1991-2015) [2 CDs] (Ex Records)

A double CD with booklet, posters and articles, compiling almost 25 years of live performances from the improvising and intelligent Netherlands rock band The Ex, 12 concerts with guests including Ab Baars, John Butcher, Wolter Wierbos, Han Bennink, Getatchew Mekuria, &c. ... Click to View


eRikm: Doubse Hysterie (Monotype)

A 6 part work based on immersive listening with a smartphone featuring a GPS and audio headphones made during a train trip across the Arc Jurassien, developed into 6 rich and detailed compositions, performed with violinist Julia Eckhardt and cellist Silvia Platzer. ... Click to View


Kevin Drumm : The Back Room [VINYL] (Monotype)

Kevin Drumm released this originally on a CDR in 2012 to be sold on tour, now released properly on vinly LP, 5 tracks of intensive sound, glitch and feedback from one of the modern masters of noise. ... Click to View


Leif Elggren: Das Baank [VINYL] (Fragment Factory)

A solo album from veteran Swedish artist Leif Elggren, a sound and symbolic record as a powerful statement on the limits of social and political absurdity and corruption in our present time, and commenting on repression, violence, fear and power. ... Click to View


John Zorn: The Painted Bird (Tzadik)

Crossing heavy improv with jazz, classical, world music and more, Zorn's latest compositions are handled by the ensemble of John Medeski (organ), Ches Smith (congas, Voudun drums), Kenny Wollesen (vibes), Kenny Grohowski (drums), and Matt Hollenberg (guitar). ... Click to View


Cyro Baptista: Bluefly (Tzadik)

A pop-infused psychedelic trip featuring Cyro with a huge lineup of superb musicians, lyrical improvisation with latin and world influences, with Baptista taking vocals over his eclectic and melodically embraceable music; a beautiful album to return to frequently. ... Click to View


Dave Douglas High Risk: Dark Territory [VINYL] - Record Store Day Release (Greenleaf Music)

A collection of new music from the creative electronic-inspired ensemble High Risk headed by NY trumpeter Dave Douglas, exploring the intersection of creative improvisation and modern electronic music production in lyrical and unexpected ways. ... Click to View


Nate Wooley / Ken Vandermark: All Directions Home (Audiographic Records / Pleasure of the Text Records)

Live recordings from Milwaukee's Sugar Maple in 2015 of the dynamic and amazing duo of NY trumpeter Nate Wooley and Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark, a tour-de-force of technical and melodic playing showcasing both players and their nearly telepathic high-speed improv exchange. ... Click to View


Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love: The Lions Have Eaten One of the Guards (Audiographic Records)

The continuing adventures of European drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and Chicago reedist Ken Vandermark, this album was recorded live in Antwerp Belgium in 2013, showing the powerful technical skills of both players and their euphorically great approach to free improv. ... Click to View


Ben Goldberg / John Schott / Trevor Dunn: Almost Never (Nuscope)

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg leads a trio with electric guitarist John Schott and Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn for a lyrical and beautifully reserved album of improvisation that uses a subtly spacious approach to creating environments for informed interchange. ... Click to View


John Cage: Empty Words (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

John Cage's "Empty Words" (1974) is drawn from the Journals of Henry David Thoreau, written in four parts: Part I omits sentences, Part II omits phrases, and Part III omits words. Part IV, which omits syllables, leaves us nothing but a virtual lullaby of letters and sounds. ... Click to View


Antoine Beuger : Two . Too (For Erwin-Josef Speckmann) (Edition Wandelweiser Records )

Jurg Frey on clarinet and Irene Kurka on soprano vocals perform Wandelweiser composer Antoine Beuger's extended composition "Two"; then the duo of Rhodri Davies on harp and Ko Ishikawa on sho are layered on the first recording, creating a refreshingly new take on the piece. ... Click to View


Olive / Owen (Tim Olive / Ben Owen): 63-66 (845 Audio)

Recording in Brooklyn in 2014, this collaboration between Olive and Ben Owen presents four tracks of electronic improvisation using shortwave radio, oscillators, paper, contact microphones and magnetic pickups, creating a mysterious and well-paced album of sound experimentation. ... Click to View


Linda Sharrock The Network: They Begin To Speak [2 CDs] (Improvising Beings)

Improvising vocalist Linda Sharrock in a 2 CD release, one live with a sextet including trumpeter Itaru Oki and pianist Eric Zinman, one in the studio in a quartet with Derek Saw on trumpet and John Jasnoch on electric guitar, both performing the complex 3 part title track. ... Click to View


Martin Kay: Courtyards (Herbal International)

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Mr. Stonecipher: The Fleeting EP (910 Noise)

The solo harsh dream sound project of media and sound artist Ryan Lewis, delving deep into his childhood traumas through sound, which he developed as an outlet and meditative release for the artist using sound. ... Click to View


John Tilbury / Zygmunt Krauze: Grand Tour (Bolt)

Polish conceptual composer Zygmunt Krauze meets pianist John Tilbury, who studied in Warsaw in the 1960s, and returned in 2015 for a residency; this delicate and beautiful work was recorded at the Concert Studio of Polish Radio in Warsaw with 4 pianos and a percussionist. ... Click to View


Rafel Mazur / Keir Neuringer: Diachronic Paths (Relative Pitch)

A beautifully evolving set of duos, or "paths" from Philadelphia saxophonist Keir Neuringer and Polish bassis Rafal Mazur, using monumental technique to support a dialog that's technical and intensely focused while remaining lyrically sophisticated and imaginative. ... Click to View


Szilard Mezei Trio: Secret Public (Aural Terrains)

Serbian violist Szilard Mezei trio with double bassist Ervin Malina and drummer/percussionist Istvan Csik, in two extended works that blend seemingly chaotic approaches to improvisation with subtle and spacious playing, a tremendous achievement. ... Click to View


Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson) : What Thomas Bernard Saw (Audiographic Records)

A brilliant ensemble of primarily Chicago players led by multi-reedist Ken Vandermark and with a cast including Jason Adasiewicz, Jeb Bishop, Mars Williams, Josh Berman, &c. &c., captured in two fiery live sets at Constellation, Chicago and Sugar Maple, Milwaukee in 2014. ... Click to View


Takuji Naka / Tim Olive: The New Attractive (EM Records)

The magnetic heads on Takuji Naka's cassette decks and Tim Olive's magnetic pickups explain The New "Attractive" aspect of the title, as this duo use pliable metals, analog electronics and a battered spring reverb unit to create a unique journey in sound. ... Click to View


John Cage: Early Music (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Early compositions from John Cage performed on accordion by Edwin Alexander Buchholz and violin by Joanna Becker, presenting "Dream" (1948); "In a Landscape" (1948); "Six Melodies" (1950); and "Souvenir" (1983). ... Click to View


Tim Blechmann / Goh Lee Kwang: DRONE (Herbal International)

Recorded at Herbal International headquarters, Finders Art Space in Kuala Lumpur, Tim Bleichman and label founder Goh Lee Kwang reunite for this album of no-input mixer and laptop, an extended work of powerful sound, glitch, and indescribeable sonic environments. ... Click to View


Goh Kwang Lee: Innere Freuden / Internal Pleasures (Herbal International)

The title of this work for a cross-wired analog DJ mixer from Goh Lee Kwang translates to "Internal Pleasures", as he finds unexpected sounds from the noise floor of his equipment, which he develops into 7 untitled sound works of hiss, hum, controlled feedback, and rich sound. ... Click to View


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