Zorn's 3rd CD for his 21st century ensemble The Gnostic Trio - Bill Frisell (guitar), Carol Emanuel (harp), Kenny Wollesen (vibraphone & bells), and Ikue Mori (electronics), a a transcendent record celebrating the work of poet and artist William Blake.
John Zorn draws on traditions from plainchant, mediaeval ars nova, Renaissance madrigals, 20th century vocal techniques and minimalism in an album for a cappella voice as performed by The Sapphites vocal quintet.
3 pieces of magic and religious mysticism: a string trio-satanic counterpoint for the Witches' Sabbath written for the ICE Ensemble; a work for Shakespeare's "The Tempest"; and Chicago-based Fifth House Ensemble performing Zorn's mini piano concerto.
Henry Kaiser in a solo album paying tribute to a handful of his heroes who have tragically died in the past few years, including Basho, Stockhausen, Randy California, Sun Ra, Morton Feldman, Masayuki Takayanagi, Toru Takemitsu, Pete Cosey & Sonny Sharrock, &c.
A live recording from Warsaw and Berlin of John Zorn & Bill Laswell's Painkiller project performing with drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, an epic hour long suite surrounded by two short hardcore blasts of searing intensity.
The World Heritage in their 5th release recorded live at Tokyo's Akihabara Goodman in 2012, amazing improvised instrumental rock from Tatsuya Yoshida (drums), Seiichi Yamamoto (guitar), Natsuki Kido (guitar), Yuji Katsui (violin) and Mitsuru Nasuno (bass).
The final album in Ryoji Ikeda's trilogy on Raster-Noton that began in 2005 with "Dataplex" and continued with 2008's "Test Pattern", here integrating, differentiating and re/de/meta-constructing the music of the previous two albums.
Trio 3 - Oliver Lake (sax), Reggie Workman (bass) & Andrew Cyrille (drums) - in their 5th release, adding guest pianist Jason Moran, who acts as a catalyst to push the group into far-reaching modern territory, including a rhythmic narrative work from Oliver Lake.
Saxophonist and clarinetist Michael Jaeger's quartet with Vincent Membrez (piano), Luca Sisera (bass) and Norbert Pfammatter (drums) play with rhythms, sounds and spaces, merging traditional and new forms in euphoric ways.
Drummer William Hooker recorded this session live at Roulette in NYC in a trio with David Soldier on violin, banjo & guitar, and Roy Campbell on trumpet and flute, powerful free improvisation from Downtown NY.
The second half of a June 11, 2011 session at 3 Egg Studios, Brooklyn NY for the blazing free jazz trio of saxophonist Kidd Jordan, bassist & cellist Harrison Bankhead, and drummer Warren Smith.
Triptet (Michael Monhart on sax, Tom Baker on guitar & theremin and Greg Campbell on drums & percussion) formed to explore the music of Sun Ra, in their 2nd release pushing the cosmic envelope through live processing to create beautiful acoustic and alien soundscapes.
Drummer Jeremy Carlstedt and guitarist Martin Philadelphy in a duo of "slow epic earth/space travelling, some indie rock shimmy shake, the floating of textures and waves, old school freak punk throwdown and even some swinging."
West African sound from the Mandingo Ambassadors, using drums, guitar, reeds and voice to create an irresistibly rhythmic music of grooves that keep the listener moving.
The second Sax Ruins album with Tatsuya Yoshida (drums) and Ono Ryoko (alto sax) with guests Ryuichi Yoshida on baritone sax, performing new arrangements of Ruins works including "Vrresto", "Refusal Fossil", &c.
The final night of Otomo and Sachiko's first residency at London's Cafe OTO in 2009 saw the pair joined by the long running trio of Evan Parker, John Edwards and Tony Marsh and special guest John Butcher for an exceptional set of creative improvisation.
Otomo Yoshihide performs solo on Cafe Otot's piano using the instrument as a control matrix for harmonically rich feedback tones and devastating clusters of complex noise, released in a limited 45rpm mastering for maximum dynamic range.
Active in various formats since 2005 when The London Musicians' Collective commissioned the ensemble from electric harpist Rhodri Davies, this album with John Butcher (sax & amplifier) and and Lee Patterson on amplified devices is surprisingly their first release.
A diverse and fascinating release from clarinetist Michael Thieke, also on zither and providing field recordings, with guitarist Martin Siewert, accorionist Luca Venitucci, and two bassists--Christian Weber & Derek Shirley, and two drummers--Steve Heather and Eric Schaefer.
Margareth Kammerer (Magic I.D., ONJO, International Nothing) explores songs in experimental and improvised setting, in a band with Christof Kurzmann ( saxophone), Axel Dorner (trumpet), Burkhard Stangl (vibraphone), Werner Dafeldecker (bass), &c.
Saint-Petersburg saxophonist Ilia Belorukov & Moscow-based electronic and computer musician Kurt Liedwart in a release balancing silence, space and chance using sinewaves & computers and prepared saxophone, a mix of modern ea-improv and Wandelweiser intent.
Swedish pianist Sten Sandell's 2002 release, his first solo recording involving only one piano, demonstrating his skills as a composer through improvisations with a classical bent and a unique individualism.
The first CD from 2002 by German saxophonist/clarinettist Frank Gratkowski, Belgian pianist/ accordionist Fred Van Hove, and drummer/percussionist Tony Oxley, reserved yet unrestrained free improvisation; smart dialog from three tremendous players.
Reissuing pianist Ran Blake's 1965 ESP release presenting original compositions and works by Ornette Colman and George Russell, along with arrangements of standards, an expressive and passionate release heralding Blake's long and brilliant career.
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.
A 1990 release on Frode Gjerstad's Circulasione label capturing the original Detail quartet ( Gjerstad-sax, John Stevens-drums, Johnny Dyani-bass and Bobby Bradford-cornet) performing live in the UK, an amazing example of this international band's abilities.
A 7" from drummer Moe! Staiano's West Coast Mute Socialite band, "Cheap Clocks" b/w "Violet Smith", featuring Liz Allbee (trumpet), Shayna Dunkleman (drums), Alee Karim (bass), Ava Mendoaz (guitar & screams)
The first studio release of Israeli saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer's Tel Aviv band with Nitai Levi (bass clarinet), Shai Ran (bass) and Haim Peskoff (drums), a mix of ebullient, melodic and free jazz.
NYC & Israeli saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer's Brooklyn band with Daniel Levin on cello, Eyal Maoz on guitar and Andrew Drury on drums, performing five extended Kretzmer compositions with great diversity, style and grace.