Chris Lightcap Bigmouth
Bassist Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth features 2 saxophonists--Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, Craig Tabor on keys and Gerald Cleavers on drums, in 8 melodic tracks inspired by landmarks of NYC and influenced by jazz tradition, West African music, pop hooks, and more.
Harris Eisenstadt (w/ Moore, Schoenbeck, Dresser)
Golden State II
Live recordings at the 2014 Vancouver International Jazz Festival from drummer Harris Eisenstadt's excellent and lyrical Golden State chamber jazz ensemble, here as a quartet with Michael Moore on clarinet, Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon, and Mark Dresser on bass.
A beautiful jazz trio record from New York collaborators Mario Pavone, who provided all of the compositions except for one group improvisation, with Matt Mitchell on piano and Tyshawn Sorey on drums; lyrical, lovely, and sophisticated music.
Concert In Milwaukee [CASSETTE]
A reissue of the Bailey solo guitar cassette tape release of a 1983 concert in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from the same year, originally sold by Bailey in concert during his tour of Japan in the same year.
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.
Roscoe Mitchell (with Craig Taborn / Kikanju Baku)
The trio of AACM legend Roscoe Mitchell on sax and flute, Craig Taborn on piano, organ and synth, and Kikanju Baku on drums & percussion, in the first of two "conversational" albums of advanced and dynamic improv in a forceful and captivating set of group compositions.
Frode Gjerstad Trio (w/ Steve Swell)
The well-traveled and nearly telephathic Norwegian trio of reedist Frode Gjerstad performing on alto sax and clarinet with drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and bassist Jon Rune Strom are joined by NY trombonist Steve Swell for a live concert at at Constellation in Chicago, 2014.
Bailey / Butcher / Robair
(Weight of Wax)
John Butcher and Derek Bailey performed together starting in 1989, and in 2000 the duo was joined by percussionist Gino Robair for this studio session at Moat Studios, London.
Keiji Haino / Peter Brotzmann / Jim O'Rourke
Two City Blues PT 1 [VINYL]
The first of two releases documenting the trio of three towering figures, German free jazz legend Peter Brotzmann, Japanese avant-garde wizard Keiji Haino, and wildly versatile American composer and musician Jim O'Rourke, recording at Shinjuku Pit Inn, in Tokyo, 2010.
Roger Turner & Otomo Yoshihide
The Last Train
UK free improvising drummer Roger Turner meets Japanese guitarist Otomo Yoshihide at the Hara Museum, Tokyo in the winter of 2013 for a performance that balances introspective improvisation with assertive and authoritative playing for a captivating and dynamic album.
Des pas sur la neige
Following her trio record with Benjamin Duboc and Edward Perraud, pianist Eve Risser releases this contemplative and gorgeous solo album, a beautifully paced and delicate album for the piano, augmented with moving preparations for sonic and percussive accents.
Keiji Haino / Peter Brotzmann / Jim O'Rourke
Two City Blues PT 2
One of two sets recorded on one intense night at Tokyo's Shinjuku Pit Inn from the trio of Japanese improvised rock legend Haino Keiji, European Free Jazz saxophone master Peter Brotzmann, and versatile American composer and musician Jim O'Rourke.
Evan Parker / Paul Dunmall / Tony Bianco
Two saxes and drums, an unusual trio from three free improvising legends playing exultant and exemplary music that even they described as "extreme" as they recorded this session in Bianco's Garden Cottage studio, creating 3 superb examples of modern dialog in improvisation.
Andrew Barker / Paul Dunmall / Tim Dahl
During Paul Dunmall's visit for the NY Vision Festival 2012 he joined drummer Andrew Barker in his studio, adding bassist Tim Dahl for several pieces, for an album of assertive improvisation that's as informed by masterful technique as it is by impulsive drive.
Noise Matrix Mantras / Modular Waves [2 CDs]
After more than 20 years David Myers revives Arcane Device with this 2 disc set, applying his fascinating approach to feedback and electronic music through 14 live tracks using a noise matrix, and 4 larger works using modular waves.
Gruppo di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza
A 1971 recording from this early Italian free improvising group featuring Ennio Morricone, a series of haunting improvisations, each inspired by the effects of a different drug, made of electronic glitches, skronky horns, pounded piano, funky drums, and tape experiments.
Deux Maisons (Two Houses) is a chamber jazz quartet bringing together French and Portuguese players of the current generation: from France, 2 brothers, Theo & Valentin Ceccaldi (violin and cello); from Portugal, Luis Vicente (trumpet) & Marco Franco (drums).
Look With Thine Ears
Ever-active bassist Pascal Niggenkemper in his first solo album of riveting and intriguing double bass work, from agressive to contemplative and immersive improvisations using work using bass preparations to transform the instrument and make us rethink its potential.
Birgit Ulher / Leonel Kaplan
Recordings of two German trumpeters--Birgit Uhler and Leonel Kaplan--both using extended techniques and modern instrumental language, splitting their recordings between the left and right channels for clarity in their fascinating and unconventional dialogs.
Assif Tsahar / Nakatani, Tatsuya
Performing at Astor Place in the East Village, NYC every Sunday for 3 years prior to this recording created the unique sound and tight interactions of these remarkable recordings.
East Of West
The nearly telepathic rapport between Norwegians Frode Gjerstad (sax), Paal Nilssen-Love (percussion) and Jon Rune Strom (bass) was captured in Stavanger, Norway in 2011, six group improvisations of succinct and spectacular free music.
Evan Parker / Lee / Evans
The Bleeding Edge
London's fiercest free improvising saxophonist Evan Parker meets Downtown New York cellist Okkyung Lee and trumpeter Peter Evans for a series of superb duos and trios on "The Bleeding Edge".
Nation Time: The Complete Recordings [4 CD BOX]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)
Joe McPhee's landmark 1970 album in a beautiful 4-CD box set reissue, with 3 CDs presenting music leading up to the album's release, including tracks previously unreleased on CD (or in any format), and an extensive booklet with photos, interviews and liner notes.
Derek Bailey / Trevor Watts / John Stevens
Dynamics of the Impromptu
Live recordings from 1973-74 from the trio of drummer John Stevens, guitarist Derek Bailey, and saxophonist Trevor Watts, dynamic works performed "impromptu" with a wealth of ideas as these innovators demonstrate the skills that helped define them as masterful players.
Kinya Sogawa is one of the most outstanding shakuhachi performers in Japan today, and is also one of Japan's finest shakuhachi makers, here in an album of masterful performance on one of his own instruments.
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