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A live performance at Judson Church in Manhattan as part of the 20th Vision Festival from the NY/France free improvising trio of Joelle Leandre on double bass, Mat Maneri on viola, and Gerald Cleaver on drums and percussion, two tracks of steadily building, incredibly compatible dialog. ... Click to View


Tiger Trio (Leandre / Melford / Nicole Mitchell): Unleashed (RogueArt)

Pianist Myra Melford joins frequent collaborators, double bassist Joelle Leandre and flutist Nicole Mitchell, in a live performance at Galerie Zurcher, in Paris in 2016, for a set of spontaneous improvisations with a warm chamber jazz feeling of masterful dialog. ... Click to View


Hamid Drake / Sylvain Kassap: Heads Or Tails [2 CDs] (RogueArt)

A masterful fountain of melodic ideas, intriguing rhythms, and exceptional technical skill from the duo of Hamid Drake on drums and frame drum, and Sylvain Kassap on clarinets and chalumeau, recording live at the France Musique at Studio Theatre d’Alfortville and in the studio. ... Click to View


Keith Tippett Octet: The Nine Dances Of Patrick O'Gonogon (Discus)

Superlative large group jazz from UK pianist/composer Keith Tippett, presenting a series of lyrical and accessible compositions inspired by themes from Irish folk music, in a new Octet with alumni of the Royal Academy of Music's jazz programme and long-time Tippett collaborators. ... Click to View


Martin Archer : Story Tellers (Discus)

Martin Archer introduces a new sextet based on Chicago's AACM approach to free improvisation, in a 2-CD set of 6 large works divided into 5 or 6 chapters each, presenting character themes, rhythm ideas, composed duets, and improvised instructions; superb! ... Click to View


Sunshine! Quartet (Archer / Mwamba / Bennett / Fairclough): Sunshine! Quartet (Discus)

A small group setting where each performer brings a composition to the session, with Discus family members Martin Archer on saxophones, Corey Mwamba on vibraphone, Seth Bennet on double bass, and Peter Fariclough on drums, jazz balancing melodic and formidable free improvisation. ... Click to View


Juxtavoices: Warning: May Contain Notes (Discus)

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John Zorn / Garth Knox and the Saltarello Trio: Leonard: The Book of Angels Volume 30 (Tzadik)

Ensemble InterContemporain is viola player Garth Knox's string and percussion performance group, here called upon by John Zorn to present new interpretations of his "Book of Angels" Masada compositions, in nine magnificent recordings of great depth and intimacy. ... Click to View


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A studio encounter between pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and electric guitarist Mary Halvorson, both using sophisticated techniques giving unique voices to their playing styles, in a set of improvisations that balance playful, subtle, energetic, and emotional playing. ... Click to View


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Two superb improvisers who both sadly passed away in 2016, performing together in 2014 at John Zorn's The Stone in NYC, originally released as a memorial for Crothers by Oliveros, and now as a testament to the incredible talents and improvisational dialog of both musicians. ... Click to View


Thollem / Oliveros / Cline: Molecular Affinity [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (Roaratorio)

The 3rd recorded trio collaboration of pianist Thollem McDonas and guitarist Nels Cline, each changing the 3rd partner, this time with legendary accordionist, conceptualist and electronic artist Pauline Oliveros in a set of beautifully intertwining conversations. ... Click to View


Brian Chase / Andrea Parkins: Avalanche of Routes (Confront)

The NY duo of accordionist Andrea Parkins, using self-designed virtual instruments, field recordings, everyday objects and small instruments, and drummer Brian Chase, applying guitar pedals to his percussion, create fascinating sculpted works of electroacoustic improvisation. ... Click to View


Jackson / Long / Taylor / Tippett: Four Quartets (Confront)

Clarinetist Tom Jackson and pianist Keith Tippett have worked together since 2001, with bassist Ashley-John Long joining them in improvisation in 2009, adding violist Benedict Taylor that same year in London, here meeting in the studio for 4 subtle and expansive recordings. ... Click to View


Johan Lindvall: Solo / Ensemble (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Swedish composer and pianist Johan Lindvall in a series of 27 works performed solo or in an ensemble with Vilde Sandve Alnaes (violin), Kristine Tjogersen(clarinet), Jan Martin Gismervik(percussion), Henrik Munkeby Norstebo(trombone), Ina Sagstuen(voice), & Fredrik Rasten(guitar). ... Click to View


Bobby Previte: Mass [VINYL 2 LPs] (Rarenoise Records)

Drummer Bobby Previte's "Mass" is based on heavy electrified rearrangements of 15th century composer Guillaume Dufay's "Missa Sancti Jacobi", performed by The Rose Ensemble, Stephen O'Malley, Don McGreevy, Mike Gamble and Jamie Saft, Marco Benevento, and Reed Mathis. ... Click to View


Olivia Block : Dissolution [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (Glistening Examples)

Sound explorer Olivia Block reflects upon human "webs of significance" and the way electronic communication and recording technologies both improve and complicate those webs, in a remarkably detailed set of layered recordings contrasting clear and fragmented sound. ... Click to View


S.A.S.W: Fine Pattern [CASSETTE] (Winds Measure)

Reissuing Japanese sound artist Minoru Sato's 1995 work, searching a stationary wave (SASW) based on "aspect" works, re-released on cassette with two additional tracks from an exhibition catalogue from ICC, 2000, and one unreleased piece, "days of the sky another mix". ... Click to View


Somnoroase Pasarele / Alan Courtis / Directives / Crank Sturgeon : Noosphertilizer IV [2 CASSETTES] (Aubjects)

5 artists in a split release of 3 cassette tapes, the artists (Somnoroase Pasarele / Alan Courtis / Directives / Crank Sturgeon ) are based in disparate geographical regions of Earth: Romania, Argentina, Massachussetts USA, San Francisco USA, and Normal IL USA. ... Click to View


Yoshida Tatsuya / Cho Sokkyo / Tzboguchi Masayasu: TYU (Magaibutsu)

The frequent and super-speed improvising duo of drummer Tatsuya Yoshida and guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi join forces with Tzboguchi Masayasu on keyboards and vocoder for an energetic, melodic, and at times outlandish album that pays homage to astonishingly complex rock forms. ... Click to View


Motorpsycho: Angels And Daemons At Play [6 CD BOX SET] (Rune Grammofon)

The fourth installment in the ongoing Motorpsycho luxury box-set reissue program, presenting their 1997 classic release, showing the band going in a more experimental direction than previously, and adding the "Starmelt" EP alongside other rarities. ... Click to View


Sean Ali: With My Head in the Sand [CASSETTE] (Wee Space Tapes)

An unusual album of abstracted sound and spoken word, NY bassist Sean Ali's first solo album, using extraneous and unidentifiable sound and punctuation over layered voices of varying quality in a non-linear narrative, a curious album of impressive sonic interest. ... Click to View


Jack Wright / Joel Kromer / Edmond Cho: This Is Where You Get Off (Spring Garden Music)

After working together in various combinations for two years, the trio of Jack Wright on saxophones, Joel Kromer on modular synth, and Edmond Cho on guitar recorded these two large improvisations, demanding and rewarding free improvisation. ... Click to View


Jack Wright / Ron Stabinsky: Just What You Need Today (Spring Garden Music)

Mostly Other People Do The Killing pianist Ron Stabinsky joins free jazz saxophonist Jack Wright for a wild session pushing both players into adventurous territory, Stabinsky taking up the trumpet and using dental floss, light bulbs and other objects inside the piano. ... Click to View


Jack Wright / Guillaume Viltard / Grundik Kasyansky: And Surging Roars Against My Pillow (Spring Garden Music)

Recording in London in 2010 as part of series of performances and studio sessions, the trio of Jack Wright on saxophone, Guillaume Viltard on double bass and Grundik Kasyansky electronics present a freely improvised set of advanced techniques that impart lyrical warmth. ... Click to View


Joao Camoes / Jean-Marc Foussat / Claude Parle: Bien Mental (Fou Records)

The trio of Jean-Marc Foussat on synthesizer, Claude Parle on accordion, and Joao Camoe on alto violin in three electroacoustic improvisation in a dialog of unusual approach balancing serious performance skills with quirky humor, "well mental" music indeed. ... Click to View


Francois Carrier / Michel Lambert / Alexey Lapin: Freedom Is Space For The Spirit (FMR)

During their 2014 tour, Canadian saxophonist Francois Carrier and long-time partner, percussionist Michel Lambert, went into the Experimental Sound Gallery [ESG 21] in St. Petersburg, Russia with pianist Alexey Lapin to record these superb free improvisations. ... Click to View


Paul Dunmall Quintet: The Dreamtime Suite (FMR)

Saxophonist Paul Dunmall's quintet with Hamid Drake, Dave Kane, Steve Tromans, and Percy Pusgove, bridge traditional with chamber jazz and world music, including a work for bagpipes and frame drum, in a monumental suite of improvisational possibilities. ... Click to View


Alvin Fielder / Frode Gjerstad / Damon Smith : The Shape Finds Its Own Space (FMR)

West Coast double bassist and mid-west drummer Alvin Fielder meet Norways saxophonist Frode Gjerstad at the 2016 No Idea Festival in Austin, TX, opening the festival with this remarkable display of free improvisation, a seething and burning set from these veteran players. ... Click to View


Reincke / Huges / Popple: Play "The Trio" (FMR)

The Trio was the influential 60's band of saxophonist John Surman, drummer Stu Martin, and bassist Barre Phillips, here paid tribute by saxophonist Bernd Reincke, drummer Chad Popple, and bassist John Hughes, using their tunes as a springboard for exuberant modern improv. ... Click to View


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