Summer has started, so what better time to reduce the prices on this great list of more than 100 titles -- CDs, LPs, 7" records and Cassettes -- being sold at distribution prices or lower, up to 30% off their regular retail price! Please take a good look at this list, which includes some stellar titels. But hurry, because this sale ends Sale ends Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at midnight! *Click Here to See Sale Items!
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.
Bobby Bradford / John Carter Quintet
No U Turn, Live in Pasadena 1975
(Dark Tree Records)
The Bobby Bradford & John Carter Quintet captured in performance in 1975, the earliest known recording of this configuration live from their 70s period in Los Angeles, playing amazing free jazz with Stanley Carter and Roberto Mirando on bass, and William Jeffrey on drums.
Solo Live At Snugs
Ellery Eskelin performing solo on tenor saxophone at 61 Local in Brooklyn, NY, four original compositions, personal and distinctive improvisation like listening to tales from a well seasoned and adept traveler.
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).
A much-needed reissue of this 1988 Last Exit album, with Bill Laswell (bass), Peter Brotzmann (sax), Sonny Sharrock (guitar) and Ronald Shannon Jackson (drums), muscular "darkwave" improvisation of virtuosic playing with superb energy, suspense and tension.
Cecil Taylor Quartet
Michigan State University, April 15th 1976
A live recording from the Power Center, Michigan State University at Ann Arbor in 1976 broadcast on WCBN-FM's Jazz Alive program, with pianist Cecil Taylor leading the quintet of Jimmy Lyons (sax), David S. Ware (sax), Raphe Malik (trumpet) and Marc Edwards (drums).
Frode Gjerstad Trio (w/ Paal Nilssen-Love / Jon Rune Strom)
One of the great modern groups in free improvisations, saxophonist & clarinetist Frode Gjerstad leads teh trio of Jon Rune Strom on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums in a liver performance at Miyazaki, Japan for 2 extended and 1 short improv of vital, informed and exuberant improvisations.
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.
Two passionate studio improvisations from saxophonist Matana Roberts, who lovingly dedicates the album to "those bard(s) of summer...the ideas herein of which I gleaned/interrogated/investigated/celebrated with you..."; subtle, rich, and inspiring.
(Pleasure of the Text Records)
The first solo electronics and percussion album by radical and legendary British improvisor Paul Lytton since 1979, recorded in the studio in Germany, and using a wealth of homemade instruments, laptop, percussive devices, objects, and electro-mechanical devices.
The Scrambling Ex (Van Huffel / Willers / Stiedle)
The Scrambling Ex
A bass-less collaborative trio consisting of three forward-moving, attacking players--Peter Van Huffel (reeds); Oliver Steidle-drums; Andreas Willer-guitars & bass--in a mix of modern jazz compositions and the intuitive process of spontaneous musical creation.
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.
Nordstrom / Johansson / Schlippenbach
Stockholm Connection [3 CDs]
A unique 3CD-box from Umlaut Records putting in attention the musical collaborations between two of Sweden's most headstrong musicians: the pioneers Bengt "Frippe" Nordstrom and Sven-Ake Johansson.
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.
Tom Jackson / Benedict Taylor / Daniel Thompson
Hunt At The Brook
Clarinetist Tom Jackson with two string playesr--violist Benedict Taylor and guitarist Daniel Thompson--in empathic improvisation where their individual voices permit a wide range of approaches in interactive improvisation, from fragile contemplation to active interaction.
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.
Peter Evans / Tim Dahl / Mike Pride
Pulverize The Sound
The trio of trumpeter Peter Evans, electric bassist Tim Dahl, and drummer/percussionist Mike Pride have played together since 2010, crossing the boundaries of improvisation, composition and rock in dynamic genre-defying music intended to be played loud.
Mette Rasmussen / Chris Corsano Duo
All The Ghosts At Once
The enduring sax and drum duo format is invigorated with US drummer Chris Corsano and Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen, who push each other in free improvisation that uses insanely great technique while delivering a passionate and ecstatic dialog.
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.
Karl Berger / Kirk Knuffke
Moon [2 CDs]
After performing at a night dedicated to Ed Blackwell and Don Cherry, vibraphone legend Karl Berger invited trumpeter Knuffke to Woodstock to teach and perform with him, from which this lovely album of duets was born, 2 CDs of original compositions of free and lyrical playing.
All Included (Kuchen / Johansson / Aleklint / Strom / Ostvang)
Satan in Plain Clothes
With members from Angles, Universal Indians, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Friends and Neighbors, &c. the quintet of Martin Kuchen (sax), Thomas Johansson (trumpet), Mats Aleklin (trombone), Jon Rune Strom (bass) and Tollef Ostvang (drums) play modern, energetic jazz that kicks Satan's ass; highly recommended!
Universal Indians + Joe McPhee (Dikeman / Strom / Ostvang)
The free improvising trio of John Dikeman on sax, Jon Rune Strom on bass, and Tollef Ostvang on drums, invites Joe McPhee on pocket trumpet and alto sax for a release of rugged free improv using unorthodox approaches and amazing dexterity in their playing.
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