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Yoshihide, Otomo / Paal Nilssen-Love (JVTLANDT)

The fiery, complex and exultant duo of drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love and Otomo Yoshihide on electric guitar, performing at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse in May 2013, an intense and rewarding set from two authoritative improvisers. ... Click to View


Yoshihide, Otomo / Paal Nilssen-Love: [VINYL] (JVTLANDT)

The fiery, complex and exultant duo of drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love and Otomo Yoshihide on electric guitar, performing at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse in May 2013, an intense and rewarding set from two authoritative improvisers. ... Click to View


Tilting: Holy Seven (Barnyard)

Bassist Nic Caloia (Ratchet Orchestra) with his Montreal based quartet of pianist Guillaume Dostaler, drummer Isaiah Ceccarelli and Jean Derome on baritone sax and bass flute, in an album of great compositional mood and creative playing. ... Click to View


McDonas, Thollem / Gino Robair: Trio Music Minus One (For Dennis Palmer) (Setola Di Maiale)

Remembering Shaking Ray Levis' Dennis Palmer in a duo between percussionist Gino Robair and pianist Thollem McDonas on Rhodes and analog effects, a mind-bending duo of technical brillians and unexpected twists and turns, a fitting tribute to the late SRL keyboardist. ... Click to View


Bad News From Houston (McDonas / Dieterich): In The Valley Of The Cloud Builder (Post Consumer)

Deerhoof guitarist John Dieterich meets ups with keyboardist Thollem McDonas in an unusual duo created from amplified piano and acoustic guitar and feedback, creating compelling and inventive music and sonic environments. ... Click to View


TSIGOTI: Read Between The Lines...Think Outside Them (Post Consumer)

The TSIGOTI quarter brings together Italians Jacopo Andreini on guitar, Andrea Caprara on drums, and Piero Spitilli on bass with California pianist Thollem McDonas for critical avant punk with a technically brilliant flair. ... Click to View


Henriksen, Arve : The Nature of Connections (Rune Grammofon)

Featuring pieces composed by trumpeter Arve Henriksen's collaborators, and original material, this album is tinted with Nordic folk and contemporary, minimalist chamber music, beautiful pieces summoning the past in modern ways. ... Click to View


Zuydervelt, Rutger : Stay Tuned (Baskaru)

An adaptation of a multi-channel sound installation, inspired by the tuning of an orchestra, with contributions from 152 musicians including Jeb Bishop, Olivia Block, Werner Dafeldecker, Ferran Fages, Franz Hautzinger, Martin Kuchen, Annette Krebs, Nate Wooley, &c. &c. ... Click to View


Tank Of Danzig: Not Trendy (Music a la Coque)

Blending elements of punk, no wave and free jazz reminding of Crass, The Ex, Gang of Four, &c., the cry of free jazz driven by strong bass lines and groove guitar riffs, this Italian band sings in English on a mix of socially conscious songs and observant themes. ... Click to View


Zorn, John : The Testament Of Solomon (Tzadik)

Zorn's Gnostic Trio (Bill Frisell-guitar; Carol Emanuel-harp; Kenny Wollesen-vibes) in an album drawing inspiration from the Biblical Song of Solomon, intended as a companion to Zorn's vocal masterpiece Shir Hashirim, in a beautiful blend of classical, jazz and folk music. ... Click to View


Zebrina: Hamidbar Medaber (Tzadik)

Canadian jazz pianist Jonathan Feldman leads this dynamic band blending 21st century lyrical jazz with klezmer influences, featuring West Coast clarinetist Ben Goldberg, in an album of compelling and dynamic compositions. ... Click to View


Maase, Lily Trio: The Suite Unraveling (Tzadik)

NY guitarist Lily Maase's The Suite Unraveling present their first release as a trio with Curt Garey on percussion and keys, and Michael Kammers on sax and organ, adventurous music bridging rock and jazz in Dowtnown NY ways. ... Click to View


Kuchen, Martin : ...And Everything Inside Came Down As Dust (Confront)

During his residency in Vienna as part of Johannes Heuer's "Vor Anker", Kuchen recorded these curious solo works using saxophone and preparations, 6 pieces of understated intent using unconventional approaches rewarding the active listener. ... Click to View


Ist (Davies / Fell / Wastell): Consequences (of Time and Place) (Confront)

ist (The Improvising String Trio) of Rhodri Davies (harp), Simon H. Fell (bass) and Mark Wastell (violincello) performing at The Natural Music Club in London, 1997, using unorthodox techniques in indeterminate systems and free improvisation for fascinating results. ... Click to View


Sealed Knot, The: All Angels (Confront)

The 1st official recording of ea-improv trio The Sealed Knot (Burkhard Beins (percussion), Rhodri Davies (harp) and Mark Wastell (violincello)) is this live concert from All Angels Church, London in 2000, part of a series of collaborations between London and Berlin improvisers. ... Click to View


Traw / Rhodri Davies: Cwymp Y Dwr Ar Ganol Dydd (Confront)

Traw (Welsh for pitch or encompassing wholeness) is harpist and electronic artist Rhodri Davies with sampling and real-time processing artists Owen Martell, Richard Llewellyn, and Simon Proffitt, here in 6 pieces about water using layers of Davies' sonic output. ... Click to View


Browne, Mark: Genial Decay (Confront)

Using sopranino, sorano and decayed tenor saxophone, Mark Brown recorded these unusual improvisations, generating a huge variety of sounds and tones, and then constructing those recordings into this curious and captivating 40 minute work. ... Click to View


Brassier, Ray & Mattin: Unfree Improvisation/Compulsive Freedom (Confront)

A sound work about freedom, choice and politics, performed at Arika's Festival Episode 4 "Freedom is a Constant Struggle" in Glasgow, 2013, from the duo of Mattin (computer and feedback) and written with Lebanese philosopher Ray Brassier. ... Click to View


Sontag Shogun: Tale (Palaver Press)

Brooklyn's Sontag Shogun (Ian Temple-piano; Jesse Perlstein-electronics; Jeremy Young-tapes & electronics) in their debut album, compiling three years of composing and directed textural improvisations, presented in 9 rich musical works. ... Click to View


Szilard: Rust Parhelion [CASSETTE] (Palaver Press)

Limited cassette release of Sizlard's beautiful "colourpalette" loop series, featuring two side-length pieces composed for rotating loop-cycles, which adhere to strict compositional limitations. ... Click to View


Nu Creative Methods: Superstitions (Music a la Coque)

Originally released in 1984 on cassette by ADN tapes, these early works from Bernard Pruvost and Pierre Bastien use an unusual array of instruments to create irregular improvised music with a No Wave aesthetic. ... Click to View


lll人 (Daichi Yoshikawa / Paul Abbott / Seymour Wright): Gjerhan (Otoroku)

The trio of Daichi Yoshikawa (feedback), Paul Abbott (drums) and Seymour Wright (sax) in two 20 minute excerpts from two separate performances at Cafe OTO in 2013, bare exuberant and exhilarating free improvisation on the cutting edge. ... Click to View


Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza: [VINYL] (Superior Viaduct)

Italy's Gruppo D'improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza is considered the first collective of experimental composers, releasing groundbreaking work from 1964-1980; this is the first reissue of their innovative 1973 album on the Italian label General Music. ... Click to View


Kahn, Jason: Noema [VINYL 2 LPs] (Editions)

Exploring Kyoto through a series of 37 compositions organized from field recordings of everyday sound in the city made during Jason Kahn's 3 month stay in 2012, creating unique audio memories evoking and commenting on the structure of Kyoto's social spaces. ... Click to View


Wire, The: #367 September 2014 [MAGAZINE] (The Wire)

September 2014 issue of the UK's finest music magazine. On the cover: Dean Blunt; Plus David Rosenboom; The Primer: Pharoah Sanders; Cross Platform: Sarah Angliss; Invisible Jukebox: Justin Broadrick (Godflesh); Drew Mulholland; Catherine Lamb; Slackk; &c. &c. ... Click to View


Rod, Johannes: Free Jazz and Improvisation on Vinyl 1965-1985: A Guide to 60 Independent Labels [BOOK] (Rune Grammofon)

Johannes Rod compiled this guide to independent labels and their releases of free jazz, improvisation and non-mainstream jazz released between 1965 and 1985, with 60 label discographies, 64 sleeve illustrations, and a foreword from Mats Gustafsson. ... Click to View


Day & Taxi (Gallio / Jeger / Meier): Artists [2 CDs] (Percaso)

Balancing jazz and contemporary music, the Swiss trio of Christoph Gallio (saxes), Silvan Jeger (double bass) and David Meier (drums), continues the history of this touring band that started in 1989, here in their 8th release of excellent modern jazz. ... Click to View


Ducret, Marc: Tower-Bridge [2 CDs] (Ayler)

Guitarist Marc Ducret completes his "Tower" series with a 12-piece ensemble including all musicians from the 4 Tower volumes, including Tim Berne, Tom Rainey, Matthias Mahler, &c. in 2 CDs of two concerts from their 2012 tour; innovative and astoundingly great modern jazz. ... Click to View


Ceccaldi / Negro / Ceccaldi / Chennebault: La Scala (Ayler)

The French quartet of Theo Ceccaldi (violin), Roberto Negro (piano), Valentin Ceccaldi (cello), and Adrien Chennebault (drums), mixing an unlikely set of improvised and composed styles for music that is indescribably absorbing, adventurous, sophisticated, and inspired. ... Click to View


Whammies, The (Dijkstra / Oliver / Karayorgis / Roebke / Bishop / Bennink): Play The Music of Steve Lacy Vol. 3, Live (Driff Records)

Recorded during their 2014 tour, Jorrit Dijkstra (sax), Pandelis Karayorgis (piano), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Mary Oliver (violin), Jason Roebke (bass) and Han Bennink (drums) recorded this new set of inspired Steve Lacy & Monks tunes primarily in Padova, Italy. ... Click to View


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