Garden 1st Set
Reissue and 2015 remaster of Cecil Taylor's superb live set at Grosser Saal Volkshaus, in Basel, Switzerland in 1981, performing solo over three extended improvisations, presented for the first time in the original concert sequence.
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.
Pedal Steel guitar innovator Susan Alcorn in a mostly solo release, beautifully performing 4 lush compositions by Astor Piazzolla, with bassist Michael Formanek joining for the Alcorn-penned "Suite for AHL".
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.
Marco von Orelli 5
Innovative arrangements in trumpeter Marco von Oreilli's quintet release, performed with trombonist Lukas Briggen, pianist Michael Wintsch, bassist Kasper von Gruningen, and drummer Samuel Duhsler, through 7 original and lyrical compositions that never fail to surprise.
Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble
The Gospel According to Matthew & Michael
Frequent collaborators, Matthew Shipp (piano) and Michael Bisio (bass) are joined by fellow Downtown New Yorker Mat Maneri on viola create what they refer to as a chamber ensemble, performing the 15 improvised and inspired chapters of Shipp & Bisio's "Gospel".
Nate Wooley (w/ Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier & Matt Moran)
"Battle Pieces" was conceived as a background for an improviser, using linguistics, tape processes & aleatoric concepts to fashion an ever-shifting composition that supplies the soloist with information within the context of an ever-changing series of densities, velocities and silences.
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.
Detail: Stevens / Pedersen / Gjerstad
Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad started the forward thinking free improv group Detail in 1981 with Eivin One Pederson on keys and SME legend, drummer John Stevens; this live recording of the original lineup is a fantastic document of the roots of this important band.
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.
Tim Berne's Snakeoil
You've Been Watching Me
Saxophonist Tim Berne in his 3rd ECM album, leading his NY band Snakeoil, now a quintet with guitarist Ryan Ferreira joining pianist Matt Mitchell, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, and percussionist Ches Smith, for intricate, dynamic and sophisticated modern jazz.
Chris Corsano / Okkyung Lee / Bill Nace
Live At Stone [VINYL]
The trio of Chris Corsano (drums), Okkyung Lee (cello) and Bill Nace (guitar) performing live at John Zorn's NYC improv club The Stone in 2014, three free improvising titans of the modern age in a very limited LP.
Art Of The Improviser
Double CD of pianist Shipp in a trio with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey performing live in Troy, NY and at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC, presenting perspectives on the art of modern acoustic jazz.
Rutherford / Muller / Eisenstadt
The trio of bassist Torsten Muller, drummer Harris Eisenstadt and trombonist Paul Rutherford performing live at The Center for Contemporary Art in Sante Fe.
Jeb Bishop / Jason Roebke / Harris Eisenstadt
(Not Two Records)
Live recordings from Re Club in Krakow by the NY trio of trombonist Jeb Bishop, drummer Harris Eisenstadt, and bassist Jason Roebke, a great upbeat free playing sessions by three excellent young players.
Living By Lanterns
New Myth/Old Science
Bringing together four of Chicago's and four of New York's leading players for a work commissioned by Experimental Sound Studio in response to material contained in ESS's vast Sun Ra Audio Archive.
Now a nine-piece, Martin Kuchen leads the magnificently powerful Angles band through 7 demanding compositions, with trumpeter Magnus Broo back in the band alongside Alexander Zethson, Mattias Stahl, Jonan Berthling, Andreas Werlin, Eirik Hegdal, Mats Aleklint & Goran Kajfes.
Chicago / Sao Paulo Underground feat Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah and the Underground - Primative Jupiter [VINYL]
Live from Lisbon's Jazz em Agosto Festival, cornetist Rob Mazurek merges his Chicago and Sao Paulo Underground bands, adding bassist Matthew Lux and jazz legend tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, for a potent blend of modern jazz, electronics, and free improvised music.
As Serious As Your Life [reissue]
In 1996, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Joe McPhee's first solo release, McPhee recorded this remarkable album of solo reeds, pocket cornet, and electronics, using overdubbing to create gripping music including an homage to Miles Davis and unique versions of standards.
Cassette No. 1 [CASSETTE]
Cassette Day release of "Demos, live tracks, outtakes, noise, assorted bullshit" from this Canadian band, who create the equivalent of modern electronic music without actually using the techniques associated with that music--looping, splicing, programming, &c.
Innovative and idiosyncratic Swiss pianist Michel Wintsch in a set of original compositions that combine ambient sound and intentionality, displaying great technical skills and a unique mind that embraces melody and the unexpected aspects of improvisation.
Evan Parker / Derek Bailey / Han Bennink
The Topography of the Lungs [VINYL]
A much-needed vinyl reissue of the seminal London & European Free Improv trio release from 1970, an amazing album showing the relationships between established jazz forms and the emerging modern language.
Live at Cafe OTO [2 CDs]
Merging three legends--drummer Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now, Massacre), Guy Segers (Univers Zero) and Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple) for a wild improvising trio caught live at Cafe Oto in Lodon in 2013; not to be missed!
Henry Kaiser / Damon Smith
(Balance Point Acoustics)
The duo of Henry Kaiser and bassist Damon Smith perform 8 free improvisation with titles from the book "Company Week" by Peter Riley, a commentary on Derek Bailey's 1997 collective, Kaiser using a 1998 Monteleone Radio Flyer 7 string guitar at the request of Smith.
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