Brotzmann / van Hove / Bennink
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Unreleased material from legendary European players Peter Brotzmann (sax), Fred Van Hove (piano) and Han Bennink (drums), captured live in 1971 for intensely heavy playing at the 2nd Internationales New Jazz Meeting Auf Burg Altena, and in detailed studio work at Radio Bremen.
Matthew Shipp Quartet Declared Enemy
Our Lady Of The Flowers
Named after Jean Genet's infamous novel, New York pianist Matthew Shipp's quartet Declared Enemy with Sabir Mateen on tenor sax & clarinet, William Parker on double bass, and Gerald Cleaver on drums, return for a second outstanding album of dynamic and masterful jazz.
Guitar Solo 2015 LEFT
Reflecting on his studies with guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi, Otomo Yoshihide plays one of Takayanagi's favorite electric guitars, a 1963 Gibson-175, to record 6 extended and informed free improvisations, including Ornette's "Lonely Woman" and "Song for Che".
Solos - Bimhuis
Live recordings from guitarist Joe Morris, performing solo at Bimhuis in Amsterdam in two Octobers from 2013 to 2014, showing remarkable technical and creative skills while captivating his audience with accessible progressions and story-telling; masterful!
Fred Frith / Evan Parker
Hello, I Must Be Going
Two masters who rarely play together--guitarist Fred Frith and saxophonist Evan Parker--performing together as a duo at the 30th Musique Actuelle Festival in Victoriaville, Canada for an amazing exchange of ideas and intensely subtle dialog.
ISKRA 1903 (Rutherford / Bailey / Guy)
Chapter One (1970-2) [3 CDs]
A reissue of Emanem 4301, a classic concert and studio performances from '70-'72 by the innovative trio of Paul Rutherford (trombone, piano) Derek Bailey (guitar) and Barry Guy (double bass), which was a much expanded reissue of the early Incus releaes 3/4 of the same name.
Steve Lacy / Steve Potts
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Recorded in Paris in 1979, Steve Lacy (soprano sax) and Steve Potts (alto sax) perform music for the aphorisms of Georges Braque, as sung by Irene Aebi; originally issued on Hat Hut records, this reiusse remasters the original release and includes images from the score.
John Russell (with Phil Minton, Thurston Moore, Evan Parker, &c.)
British free improvising guitar master John Russell's 60th birthday gig at London's Cafe Oto is celebrated in a duo with Phil Minton, a trio with Henry Lowther & Satoko Fakuda, in a trio with Evan Parker and John Edwards, and in a duo with Thurston Moore.
Henry Threadgill & Zooid
In for a Penny, In for a Pound [2 CDs]
Henry Threadgill's new epic work in four movements written specifically to feature each of the musicians in Zooid: "Ceroepic" for Elliott Kavee (drums), "Dosepic" for Christopher Hoffman (cello), "Tresepic" for Jose Davila (trombone & tuba), and "Unoepic" for Liberty Ellman (guitar).
Schlippenbach / Parker / Edwards / Prevost
3 Nights at Cafe Oto
Presenting 3 CDs, a DVD, and a solid 80-page book of images and text, capturing 3 nights at Cafe Oto from the trio of Evan Parker (tenor sax), John Edwards (double bass), and Eddie Prevost (drums), joined one night by Alexander v. Schlippenbach, and another night by Christof Thewes.
A reissue of the uniquely configured trio of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, Masa Kwate on traditional Japanese percussion, and Irene Aebi on voice and violin, from their 1977 LP release on the French Musica label, restored and remastered.
Kris Davis Infrasound (Davis / Goldberg / Noriega / Badenhorst / Bishop / Radley / Versace / Black)
Save Your Breath
A superb octet including pianist and leader Kris Davis providing innovative compositions, with the powerful support of Ben Goldberg, Oscar Noriega, Joachim Badenhorst & Andrew Bishop on reeds, Nate Radley on guitar, Gary Versace on organ, and Jim Black on drums.
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
Joe Morris wrote this book to discuss aspects of free music, including responses to his questionnaire written by Joe McPhee, William Parker, Jamie Saft, Ken Vandermark, Marilyn Crispell, Nate Wooley, Jack Wright, Matthew Shipp, &c.
Brotzmann / McPhee / Kessler / Zerang
Tales Out Of Time
A much-needed reissue of the 2002 release from the quartet of Peter Brotzmann (reeds), Joe McPhee (sax, pocket cornet, trumpet), Kent Kessler (double bass) and Michael Zerang (drums & percussion) recording in the studio for incredible free improvisation from four titans.
The: Renga Ensemble Falzone / Vandermark / Jackson / Rothenberg / Stein / Goldberg
The Room Is
Chicago clarinetist James Falzone leads a sextet of reeds with Ken Vandermark, Ben Goldberg, Keefe Jackson, Ned Rothenberg, & Jason Stein in a set of 14 intelligent compositions joining minimalism, classical inferences and jazz with asymmetrical parts using both structure and freedom.
Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker-Flaten / Rosaly / Daisy)
Cash And Carry
After 10 years together, the Rempis Percussion Quartet led by saxophonist Dave Rempist, Frank Rosaly, Tim Daisy on drums and percussion, and Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on bass, recorded this concert at Chicago's Hungry Brain for a superlative album of rhythmically simmering free improv.
The Turbine! (Bankhead / Duboc / Drake / Lopez + guests)
Entropy/Enthalpy [2 CDs]
The transatlantic quartet of Harrison Bankhead & Benjamin Duboc on double bass, and Hamid Drake & Ramon Lopez on drums and percussion in recordings from a 2014 tour of France as part of The Bridge, with guests William Parker, Jean-Luc Cappozzo, and Lionel Garcin.
The 5th studio album from the trio of Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins alone / Koenji Hyakkei), Kido Natsuki (Bondage Fruit / Salle Gavoux), Nasunomitsuru (Altered states / Umbeltipo), avant-progressive instrumental rock, melodic and complex rock performed at breakneck speed.
John Butcher / Burkhard Beins / Mark Wastell
Mysteriously dark electroacoustic improv from the adept trio of John Butcher on acoustic and amplified saxophones, Burkhard Beins on amplified bass drum and electronics, and Mark Wastell on amplified 32" paiste tam-tam, slowly evolving, rich environments in sound.
Rob Mazurek / Exploding Star Orchestra
Galactic Parables: Volume 1 [2 CDs]
Composer, cornetist, and musical director Rob Mazurek leads his largest regular ensemble, the Exploding Star Orchestra, through one of his most ambitious recordings, part of an epic science fiction opera inspired by the writings of Samuel R. Delany and Stanislaw Lem.
Canto General featuring Louis Moholo-Moholo
The South-African inspired Italian improvising group Canto General (named as a reference to poet Pablo Neruda) led by trumpeter Pino Manafra and saxophonist Roberto Ottaviano invite drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo for an album of compositions from Harry Miller, Keith Tippett, Mongezi Feza, &c.
Leaving Knowledge, Wisdom and Brilliance / Chasing The Bird? [8 CD BOX]
An 8 CD set presenting 2 major works from saxophonist Sonny Simmons celebrating his 80th birthday, split into two sections: "Chasing The Bird" and "Leaving Knowledge Wisdom And Brilliance", using a variety of approaches using improv and world music to create a visionary music.
Eight not-so-simple songs from O'Rourke performed with Tokyo musicians, intensely personal, beautifully paced and mixed songs that could have come from the 70s, with impeccable studio skills and written from a modern perspective with a bit of dark millennial humor.
Francois Carrier / Michel Lambert
After their "Live in Russia" volumes, eloquent French Canadian saxophonist and creative drummer Michel Lambert present 9 new improvisations recorded at Resonance studios in their home town of Montreal, a tremendous dialog between these two free yet lyrical players.
Paul Dunmall / Tony Bianco
The collaboration of UK saxophonist Paul Dunmall and American ex-pat drummer Tony Bianco has at least a 15 year history, heard in these telepathic duos of free improvisation recorded at Delbury Hall, Shropshire in 2014 for 3 extended works of breathtaking playing.
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