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Paul Dunmall Sun Ship Quartet (Skidmore / Kjaer / Solberg / Wastell): John Coltrane 50Th Memorial Concert At Cafe Oto [2 CDs] (Confront)

A stellar line-up commemorateing the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's passing, showcasing Paul Dunmall's blistering Coltrane influenced quartet together with special guest, lifelong Coltrane devotee saxophonist Alan Skidmore, and also marking the premiere performance of the newly formed international trio of Julie Kjaer (DK), Mark Wastell (GB) and Stale Liavik Solberg (NOR). ... Click to View


Anthony Pateras : Collected Works Vol. II (2005-2018) (Immediata)

The second volume in composer and audio explorer Anthony Pateras' "Collected Works" series, a sturdy 5 CD box set assembling 26 collaborations and solo works that bridge experimental and contemporary compositional work investigating electro-acoustic orchestration, temporal hallucination and sound phenomena, a remarkably diverse and fascinating collection. ... Click to View


Biota: Fragment For Balance (Recommended Records)

From Mnemonist Orchestra to Biota, with 18 albums in total, the Colorado collective Biota presents its 11th album on ReR, taking 4 years to complete this genre-defying album of gorgeous abstraction through free improvisation and composition, absorbing styles and reflecting them in a filtered ray of melody & song through unusual instrumentation and arrangment; absolutely recommended. ... Click to View


Jakob Ullmann : Femde Zeit Addendum 5 (Edition Rz)

Jakob Ullman's 5th solo work for piano is atypical for a piano performance, using electronic playback and requiring three assistants sustaining a soundscape to realize a concept of "gravity" that Ullman applies as laws in a conceptual soundscape modified by a series of abstract images, resulting in unexpected sonic environments, tones, timbres and momentum. ... Click to View


Turgut Ercetin (Ensemble Mosaik, Ensemble Apparat, Ensemble Adapter, Sonar Quartett): Panopticon Specularities (Edition Rz)

Istanbul composer Turgut Ercetin (1983, Daad artists-in-Berlin 2016 award winner) completed his doctorate studies at Stanford University, devleoping works engaged with issues of sound as sonic entities dealing with time and space, here in a string quartet performed by Arditti Quartet, and a work for voice and live electronics performed by Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgar. ... Click to View


David Behrman: On the Other Ocean [VINYL] (Lovely Music)

In 1977 David Behrman programmed a Kim 1 microcomputer developed at Mills College to analyze the music performed by the duo of bassoonist Arthur Stidfole, flutist Maggi Payne; and then the solo work of cellist David Gibson; for each work, the Kim 1 becoming a virtual musician responding to and interacting with the playing of each setting, following Behrman's instructions. ... Click to View


Robert Ashley: Private Parts [VINYL] (Lovely Music)

A reissue of Robert Ashley's 1978 release "Private Parts", presenting an unvarnished exposition of the inner workings of a man's mind through narrative, read by Ashley over the piano & synth of "Blue" Gene Tyranny and tabla player Kris, as Ashley describes two lives in an abstract narrative of keen observation and inside jokes; baffling and spellbinding. ... Click to View


Jacob Wick: Feel [VINYL] (Thin Wrist)

The first vinyl solo release from Chicago/NY/Mexico City avant trumpeter Jacob Wick, whose work includes exploring the physical form of the trumpet itself as he uses extended techniques and circular breathing as he deconstructs the instrument while performing, creating unusual textures and timbres, here in two side-long profoudnly contemplative improvisations. ... Click to View


Phew / Oren Ambarchi / Jim O'Rourke: Patience Soup [VINYL] (Black Truffle)

Performing at Japan's Playhouse in the Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center in 2015, Japanese underground legendary vocalist Phew joins Oren Ambarchi on guitar and Jim O'Rourke on piano & synth for the two part "Patience Soup", Phew's extreme vocal technique and electronics a powerful foil to the rich sonic environments of frequent collaborators Ambarchi & O'Rourke. ... Click to View


Edith Steyer: Hoox And Add-ons (Creative Sources)

A reflection of the previous year's solo work from Berlin-based saxophonist and clarinetist Edith Steyer, a member of GEDOK, the Berliner Senat and Composers Orchestra Berlin, here using preparations and extended techniques to open new possibilities in improvisations, as she explored ethnomusicology, using repetitive figures influenced by tribal music. ... Click to View


Kaikou (Yoshino / Natsuki Tamura): Kaikou (Oniva)

An intimate and unique collaboration between two far-ranging Japanese performers--Yoshino, also known for her work in Japanese underground rock, here on biwa (a short-necked fretted lute) and voice; and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii collaborator and Gato Libre leader--presenting exotic narratives in song using instrumental intervention of ardent improvisation. ... Click to View


Paul Dunmall / Mike Fletcher / Percy Pursglove / Richard Foote / Chris Mapp / Tymek Jozwiak: One Became Many (FMR)

A live album from Birmingham of informed free improvisation, recorded at the Lamp Tavern in 2018 by the quintet of Mike Fletcher on alto saxophone, Tymek Jozwiak on drums, Paul Dunmall on tenor saxophone, Richard Foote on trombone, and Percy Pursglove on trumpet, slowly evolving each of two extended improvisations while allowing focused interplay between group members. ... Click to View


Mathieu Bec / Michel Doneda: A Peripheral Time (FMR)

Using the natural resonance of the chapelle St Sylvestre des Brousses, French improvisers Michel Doneda on saxophone & radio and Mathieu Bec on snare drum and objects explore the space in four mostly acoustic improvisations, using masterful technique as their interactions intensify and recede, allowing space for each other and the unspoken third voice of the chapel itself. ... Click to View


Alan Tomlinson Trio: Inside Out (FMR)

A live performance at IKLECTIK in London in 2018 from trombonist Alan Tomlinson's inventive trio with Phillip Marks on drums & percussion, Dave Tucker on electric guitar, with special guest John Edwards joining on bass violin on the title track, in a superb display of free jazz from an essential member of the London free jazz scene since the 70s. ... Click to View


Szilard Mezei Trio & Gergely Ittzes: Stormy Silence / Viharos Csend (FMR)

The Serbian trio led by violist Szilard Mezei with Istvan Csik on drums and Ervin Malina on double bass are joined by Hungarian flutist Gergely Ittzes performong on piccolo, alto and bass flutes, as Mezei's chamber-oriented free jazz trio reflect on the words of poet Szegedi-Szabo Bela. ... Click to View


I Nm I Nente (Yoshihide / Molina / Irarrazabal / Roman / Rios): I Nm I Nente (FMR)

A quintet of audio explorers that includes Otomo Ysohihide, recording in NY for 11 abstract non-idiomatic improvisations using electronics, drums, turntables, 4 electric guitars, double bass, analog synth, and effects to create identifiable and aberrant sound sources, elements used for reverie or building into unlikely yet cogent grooves; fascinating. ... Click to View


Triyeoh (Bashford / Trigg / Yeoh): Futile (FMR)

London violinist Pei Ann Yeoh started TriYeoh while doing her postgraduate work at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, bringing together UK drummer Jim Bashford and bassist Ash Trigg as they perform her lyrical and exciting compositions, as she seeks to elevate what the violin can do in an avant-garde jazz setting; compelling, upbeat, energetic and enthusiastic improvisation! ... Click to View


Jean-Jacques Duerinckx / Anatole Damien : Dry / Wet (FMR)

A duo of Brussels audio explorers, Jean-Jacques Duerinckx on sopranino saxophone and Anatole Damien on tabletop guitar and electronics, contrasting acoustic "dry" and highly effected "wet" sounds, the two develop sonic environments that build and release using unusual reed techniques and mutated string scrabbling in a strangely compelling set of dialogs. ... Click to View


Ed Gauden's Crux+1: Control (FMR)

BirminghamDrummer Ed Gauden's Crux trio with bassist Colin Somervell and saxophonist Mark Hanslip adds keyboardist Steve Tromans, their 3rd album for FMR after their self-titled and "Believe" release, developed from the sax and drum duo of Gauden & Hanslip; here in n extended studio improvisation of considerate exploration and lyrical intention. ... Click to View


Daphne Oram: Oramics [4 LPs - 2019 REISSUE] (Young Americans)

Repressed for 2019!
Daphne Oram, founder of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, in a remarkable 44-track collection 4 LP release showcasing her important work and curious nature: 155 minutes/8 sides of vinyl in a heavyweight 300 gram gatefold sleeve with rare archival material. ... Click to View


The Fictive Five (Ochs / Wooley / Filiano / Niggenkemper / Eisenstadt): Anything Is Possible (Clean Feed)

A tour-de-force of modern creative jazz from the quintet of Larry Ochs on tenor & sopranino saxophones, Nate Wooley on trumpet, Ken Filiano on bass & effects, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass & effects, and Harris Eisenstadt on drums, the familiar history of the musicians and the staggering skill of each bearing out the album's title, in 2 collective and 3 Ochs compositions. ... Click to View


The Selva (Jacinto / Almeida / Morao): Canicula Rosa (Clean Feed)

The 2nd album from the Portuguese trio of cellist Ricardo Jacinto, double bassist Goncalo Almeida, and drummer Nuno Morao, blending free jazz and freely improvised music using effect pedals and electronic devices to expand their collective improvisations, textured playing influenced by folk melodies and an experimental post-rock bent; mesmerizing and passionate. ... Click to View


John O'Gallagher / Liam Noble / Drew Gress / Jim Bashford: Meridians (FMR)

NY Drummer Jim Bashford brought together the quartet of John O'Gallagher on alto saxophone, Drew Gress on bass, and Liam Noble on piano, writing these lyrical free jazz compositions that they brought on a tour of the UK, recording this album in the studio in Birmingham while touring, the band on fire as they work through Bashford's martial art's-influenced pieces. ... Click to View


Frode Gjerstad / Dag Magnus Narvesen : Live At Tou (FMR)

The first proper tour for these two Norwegian musicians performing live at Stavenger's cultural center Tou Scene, Frode Gjerstad performing on alto & tenor sax, alto flute and clarinet, Dag Magnus Navesen (DAMANA octet, Von Schlippenbach) on drum set and percussion, as they approach free jazz with subtle but spirited control in an impressive set of five improvisations. ... Click to View


Paulo Galao / Guilherme Rodrigues / Nuno Morao: Hymn (Creative Sources)

A suite in seven parts named in Latin with abstract spiritual connotations from the Portuguese free improvising trio of Paulo Galao on clarinet & bass clarinet, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, and Nuno Morao on percussion, each movement using subdued yet detailed and active motion, a confident and adept meditation of powerfully controlled communion. ... Click to View


Ernesto Rodrigues / Lauri Hyvarinen / Abdul Moimeme / Carlos Santos: Kuori (Creative Sources)

Finnish guitarist Lauri Hyvarinen joins Portugues Creative Sources collective members Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Abdul Moimeme on electric guitar, and Carlos Santos on synthesizer, for a studio album whose title refers to the shell of an object, a mysterious reference peeled away by this quartet through subliminal playing of intense technique and concentration. ... Click to View


Carlos Bica / Daniel Erdmann / Dj Illvibe: I Am The Escaped One (Clean Feed)

Portugese double bassist Carlos Bica joins forces with German saxophonist Daniel Erdmann and turntablist DJ Illvibe, the son of pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, for a unique album of improvisation blending experimental and jazz approaches with substantive layers of genre-blending from Illvibe's record arsenal, all handled with accessible control and lyrical sophistication. ... Click to View


Oli Steidle & The Killing Popes (Steidle / Mobus / Nicholls / Downes / Donkin): Ego Pills (Shhpuma)

Rapid fire playing and a wicked humor fuels drummer Olie Steidle's album with guitarist Frank Mobus, keyboardists Kit Downes and Dan Nicholls, and bassist Phil Donkin, mashing together electro-jazz, art rock, hardcore and club music into upbeat and twisted music, building up to a narrative "Speed Junky on Funny Human Darts"; insanely embraceable and stunning. ... Click to View


Oli Steidle & The Killing Popes (Steidle / Mobus / Nicholls / Downes / Donkin): Ego Pills [VINYL] (Shhpuma)

Rapid fire playing and a wicked humor fuels drummer Olie Steidle's album with guitarist Frank Mobus, keyboardists Kit Downes and Dan Nicholls, and bassist Phil Donkin, mashing together electro-jazz, art rock, hardcore and club music into upbeat and twisted music, building up to a narrative "Speed Junky on Funny Human Darts"; insanely embraceable and stunning. ... Click to View


Luis Vicente / Vasco Trilla: A Brighter Side Of Darkness (Clean Feed)

Starting from silence, the improvisations on this collective and fully spontaneous album from trumpeter Luis Vicente and percussionist Vasco Trilla never reaches cathartic crescendo, but as only skilled innovators such as they can do, they captivate the listener in other-worldly environments of advanced technique and profound intention; engrossing and ineffable. ... Click to View


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Anthony Pateras :
Collected Works Vol. II
(2005-2018)
(Immediata)



Paul Dunmall
Sun Ship Quartet (Skidmore /
Kjaer /
Solberg /
Wastell):
John Coltrane
50Th Memorial Concert
At Cafe Oto
[2 CDs]
(Confront)



Biota:
Fragment For Balance
(Recommended Records)



Zlatko Kaucic (w/ Evan Parker,
Agusti Fernandez,
Rafal Mazur,
Lotte Anger,
Artun Majewski,
Phil Minton,
Johannes Bauer):
Diversity
[5 CD BOX SET]
(Not Two)



Paul Dunmall /
Mike Fletcher /
Percy Pursglove /
Richard Foote /
Chris Mapp /
Tymek Jozwiak:
One Became Many
(FMR)



Alan Tomlinson Trio:
Inside Out
(FMR)



The Fictive Five
(Ochs /
Wooley /
Filiano /
Niggenkemper /
Eisenstadt):
Anything Is Possible
(Clean Feed)



Spring Roll
(Helary /
Mayot /
Rayon /
Lemetre /
Davis):
Episodes
(Clean Feed)



Spike Orchestra:
The Book Beri'ah
Vol 3 - Binah
(Tzadik)



Dietrich Petzold /
Ernesto Rodrigues /
Guilherme Rodrigues /
Matthias Bauer:
dis/con/sent
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Mike Gennaro /
Alex Ward:
Running for Trains
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Udo Schindler:
Pneuma_Extreme
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Stephan Crump /
Ingrid Laubrock /
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Satoko Fujii
ma-do:
Heat Wave
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Devin Gray /
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Michael Formanaek /
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Dirigo Rataplan II
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Satoko Fujii:
Stone
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Gil Sanson /
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Works on Paper
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Boneshaker
(Williams /
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Fake Music
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Winged Serpents
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Taborn /
Marsella /
Ortiz /
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Six Encomiums
For Cecil Taylor
(Tzadik)



Ingrid Laubrock (w/ Halvorson /
Davis /
Wooley):
Contemporary Chaos Practices
- Two Works For Orchestra
With Soloists
(Intakt)







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