Drummer Gerald Cleaver leads this New York quintet through eight original compositions that fuse improvisation with modern jazz, post-punk, and electrified noise.
An amazing display mixing composition with free improvisation, using circular breathing and remarkably forceful playing to express an internal logic that captivates the listener with intensity and passion.
Summer 2013 issue with 8 track CD. On the cover and featured: Colin Stetson. Profile on Buffalo new music. Articles on SlowPitch's Emoralis, soft-circuit sound sculpture. Plus reviews, events, words, &c.
Six "Rex", 2 "Wrecks" and 1 "XXX" from the duo of British reedist Evan Parker and NY pianist Matthew Shipp in a double CD release, one in the studio and one live at Vortex in London, exceptional interplay from two masters.
French artists Michel Edelin (flute), Jacques Di Donato (reeds), Jean-Jacques Avenel (bass) and Simon Goubert (drums) in a melodic and creative jazz album that surprises in beautiful and unusual compositional structures.
The trio of Mats Gustafsson (saxophones), John Russell (guitar), and Raymond Strid (drums) play an outstanding live set of improvisation with timbrical richness at Hagen Festen 2011
Two live recordings taken from performances by avant-rock, guitar legends Thurston Moore and Loren Connors; limited release as part of Record Store Day 2013.
Elements of tape collage and field recordings blend with death metal and drone in ways both minimalistic and extreme in Gravetemple's debut album, a group that started as a side project of the band Sunn O))).
Vocalist Junko Hiroshige from the Japanese group Hijokaidan goes head-to-head with noise artist Kylie Minoise in this blistering studio album that was recorded live in studio with no overdubs.
Paul Giallorenzo's touring band with Jeb Bishop (trombone), Mars Williams (sax), Anton Hatwich (bass) and Marc Riordan (drums), exceptional bop-based modern music from an excellent Chicago composer and pianist.
Chicago pianist Paul Giallorenzo's hard swinging band with Davis Rempis (sax), Josh Berman (cornet), Anton Hatwich (bass) and Frank Rosaly (drums) recalls 60's bop alongside modern free approaches and incredible enthusiasm for the leader's compositions.
Columbus, Ohio artist Ben Bennett (Wrest Trio, What Trio) creates an exquisite racket armed with a mutant kit of recycled and modified acoustic instruments and found objects.
Guitarist Marc Ducret's sextet performs comments on the music previously played in the other albums of the Tower series, either as rewritten fragments or developments of excerpts or patterns.
Multi-reedist Peter Brotzmann and drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake met in the studio in New York City, April 2010, to record this double album of fiercely intense and beautiful improvised music.
A collection of guitar, electronic and voice works pieces from Anne-James Chaton and Andy Moor, originally released as a series of four seven inch singles here combined into a single CD with 3 bonus tracks.
The 20th volume of the Book of Angels series is led by virtuoso guitarist Pet Metheny as he creatively plays John Zorn's compositions with a large assortment of instruments.
On their second release for Tzadik, the emerging trio from the Washington, DC area plays a more traditional set for the classic format of guitar that is powerful and on-point.
Debut album of a five-piece ensemble from the Boston underground rock scene that mixes noise, improv and composition into intense performances with punk influences.
Three open improvisations recorded in concert at Kunstencentrum Belgie Hasselt, Belgium in 2010 by sub-groups from the Electrocacoustic Ensemble, plus an extended performance by the whole ensemble.
Saxophonist Gerd Dudek's 2012 concert in London at the Vortex in a quartet with Hans Koller (piano), Oli Hayhurst (bass) and Gene Calderazzo (drums), with Dudek and Koller picking some of their favorite jazz tunes including works by Nichols, Shorter, Coleman, Wheeler, &c.
The third CD by the trio of Rex Casswell (electric guitar), Phillip Marks (percussion) and Paul Obermayer (samples), creating beautiful jagged, sharp edged textures propelled by some of their tightest, strangest, most powerful rhythmic designs yet.
An improvised concert at Les Instantes Chavires near Paris in 2011, the last outing of the duo of saxophonist Lol Coxhill and trumpter Michel Doneda, two fine improvisers at the top of their respective abilities.
Gatefold LP compiled from tour recordings of guitar/drum duo of Bill Orcutt and Chris Corsano, 12 tracks recorded August & September of 2012 in Brooklyn, Easthampton, Philadelphia & Baltimore.
Archival recordings from the punk club CBGB that captures the live fusion of punk rock and avant-garde jazz by the open-minded members of Dissipated Face with saxophonist Daniel Carter.
Capturing a well-recorded live show from Pere Ubu's fertile period of "Modern Dance" with David Thomas, Tom Herman, Allen Ravenstine, Tony Maimone, and Scott Krauss; amazing and strangely twisted rock.
Wire (Colin Newman, Graham Lewis, Robert Grey and Matthew Simms) returns to unfinished material from their creatively turbulent late 70s period, reworking and expanding on ideas using modern strategies.
Recorded live from a show at Storyville jazz club in Norway, this album showcases a number of free jazz, rock-influenced pieces by Bushman's Revenge from their previous records.
An avant-rock, free-metal album by this Norwegian trio, teeming with heavy riffs from guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen who is accompanied by fiery bass and drums.
Recording in the same studio where they made some of their first albums twenty years ago, the core trio of Motorpsycho is joined by guitarist Reine Fiske for their latest album of stand-alone songs.
The Texas duo of amplified & acoustic trombonist David Dove and Jawwaad Taylor on electronics, voice and trumpet, urban-oriented creative free improvisation in slowly evolving and evocative forms.