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RED Trio w/ John Butcher: Summer Skyshift (Clean Feed)

The second collaboration between the Portugese Red Trio of Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano), Hernani Faustino (double bass) and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums) with UK saxophonist John Butcher, performing live at Jazz em Agosto Festival in 2015, revealing new aspects to their project. ... Click to View


Tony Malaby Paloma Recio: Incantations (Clean Feed)

NY Saxophonist Tony Malaby's Paloma Recio with Ben Monder on guitar, Eivind Opsvik on double bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums in a studio album performing Malaby's 4-part "Incantation Suite", lyrically free improvisation with a shimmering essence invoking dreamlike states. ... Click to View


Pascal: Niggenkemper 7eme Continent: Talking Trash (Clean Feed)

With 2 clarinetists--Joris Ruhl and Joachim Badenhorst--and 2 prepared pianists--Eve Risser and Philip Zoubek--plus flutist Julian Elvira, leader/bassist Pascal Niggenkempber explores his "different twins" concept in 9 uniquely orchestrated and impressive improvisations. ... Click to View


Steve Lehman Camouflage Trio: Interface [VINYL 2 LPs] (Clean Feed)

Reissuing and re-mixing New York saxophonist Steve Lehman's 2004 album with his previous Camouflage Trio of Mark Dress on double bass and Pheeroan Aklaff on drums, perfoming a stupendous set of original compositions live at Teatro Academica Gil Vicente in Coimbra, Portugal. ... Click to View


Nick Millevoi: Disertion (Shhpuma)

Guitarist Nick Millevoi leads an ensemble that includes Jamie Saft on Hammon Organ, Ches Smith on drums, Johnny Deblase on bass, Dan Blacksberg on trombone and June Bender on violin, for an album equally embracing and subverting a wealth of rock and jazz forms. ... Click to View


Starlite Motel (Alberts / Saft / Haker-Flaten / Nilssen): Awosting Falls [VINYL] (Clean Feed)

Scandinavian and American musicians join together to form this quartet, with Kristoffer Berre Alberts on saxes, Jamie Saft on organ and keys, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on electric bass, and Gard Nilssen on drums & electronics, for an album of spacey and groove oriented jazz. ... Click to View


Festen (Hedtjarn / Ullen / Bergman / Carlsson): Festen (Clean Feed)

A remarkable album of free improvisation from the Scandinavian quartet of Isak Hedtjarn on clarinet, Lisa Ullen on piano, Elsa Bergman on double bass, and Erik Carlsson on drums, captivating the listener with active and detailed interplay of strong intention and technical skill. ... Click to View


Jonas Cambien Trio: A Zoology of the Future (Clean Feed)

Belgian pianist based in Oslo, Jonas Cambien's Trio with Andre Roligheten on reeds and Andreas Wildhagen on drums, in an album of unique compositions using simple ideas yielding complex improvisation & dialog, named for the Dougal Dixons book "After Man: A Zoology of the Future". ... Click to View


Sei Miguel : (Five) Stories Untold (Clean Feed)

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Bruno Parrinha / Luis Lopes / Ricardo Jacinto: Garden (Clean Feed)

A dark and gritty album of experimental improvisation from the Portuguese trio of Jose Bruno Parrinha on reeds, Luis Lopes on electric guitar, and Ricard Jacinto on cello and electronics, dense yet restrained playing that occasionally emerges to moments of beauty. ... Click to View


Okkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt: Live at Cafe OTO [VINYL] (Otoroku)

Two string players who have developed distinctive improvisation styles--cellist Okkyung Lee and guitarist Bil Orcutt--meet for their first encounter at London's Cafe Oto, for an exultant and sophisticated duo showing intense skill and strong conversational powers. ... Click to View


Roger Turner / Yukihiro Isso: Takanehishigu [VINYL] (Otoroku)

UK drummer/percussionist Roger Turner in his first meeting with Japanese Noh flutist Yukihiro Isso, an accomplished improviser who has performed with Cecil Taylor, Peter Brotzmann, John Zorn, &c., for a unique and fascinating conversation bridging two traditions. ... Click to View


Asiq Nargile : Yurt Yeri [VINYL] (Otoroku)

Nargile Mehtiyeva aka Asiq Nargile, the only female Asiq living and performing in the ethnic Azeri region of Georgia, performs on the long-neck lute, or saz, accompanying herself on voice, in an ecstatic live performance at London's Cafe Oto in 2014. ... Click to View


Jungle: Mat Walerian / Matthew Shipp / Hamid Drake: Live at Okuden [2 CDs] (ESP)

The 2nd LP from Polish multi-wind & reedist Mat Walerian, his 2nd with NY pianist Matthew Shipp, and the 2nd recorded within the live Okuden Concert Series, adding drummer Hamid Drake for an excellent album of free improvisation that flows beautifully from track to track. ... Click to View


Brooklyn Express, The (Fonda / Tononi / Cavallanti / Swell / Robertson): No Time Left! (Long Song Records)

Long time collaborators, Italian saxophonist Daniele Cavallanti and drummer Tiziano Tononi, travelled to NYC to record with friends new and old, the results of which are this dynamic free jazz album recorded with Steve Swell (trombone), Herb Robertson (cornet) and Joe Fonda (bass). ... Click to View


Emanuele Parrini : The Blessed Prince (Long Song Records)

Violinist Emanuele Parrini leads his quartet with Dimitiri Grechi Espinoz on alto sax, Giovanni Maier on double bass, and Andrea Melani on drums, performing Parrini's 3 part "The Blessed Prince", and original compositions from bassist Maier; lyrical and innovative modern jazz. ... Click to View


Friction (Akinobu / Minoru / Reck): Zone Tripper (Tzadik)

Friction, one of the most important and longest running underground bands in Japan, is currently the trio of Reck (bass, guitar & vocals), Iami Akinobu (guitar) and Sato Minoru (drums), in a hard-edged album of original songs and remixes; demanding and powerful modern rock. ... Click to View


Nova Express Quintet / John Zorn: Andras: The Book Of Angels Volume 28 (Tzadik)

The 28th release in John Zorn's Book of Angels series, performing the Masada song books in distinct groupings, brings together the all-star NY group of Cyro Baptista, Joey Baron, Trevor Dunn, John Medeski, and Kenny Wollesen for a blend of jazz, Afro-Cuban bop, Exotica, and more. ... Click to View


New Zion Trio & Cyro Baptista: Sunshine Seas [VINYL] (Rarenoise Records)

The third album from Jamie Saft's New Zion Trio with Brad Jones on bass, Craig Santiago on drums, and Vanessa Saft on vocals, finds the trio joined by percussionist Cyro Baptista for an album of compelling dub and grooves with an upbeat spiritual pulse. ... Click to View


David Fiuczynski : Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! [VINYL] (Rarenoise Records)

Dedicated to both composer Olivier Messiaen and hip-hop record producer J Dilla, David Fiuczynski uses non-Western tuning to show the connections between exotic bird calls and J Dilla's 'flam beats' while referencing Messiaen, Gagaku, and other Pan-Asian ingredients. ... Click to View


Kuhn / Sewelson / Cleaver / Roland: Our Earth / Our World (pfmentum)

Multi-reediest Peter Kuhn in a trio with saxophonist Dave Sewelson, bassist Larry Roland, and drummer Gerald Cleaver, performing live at Arts For Arts Our Earth/Our World music series in 2015 for three extended and free improvisations of masterful skill and joy. ... Click to View


Ken Vandermark : Site Specific [2 CDs + BOOK] (Audiographic Records)

2 CDs and a book of photos documenting solo work from Chicago improviser Ken Vandermark performing on clarinet, tenor, and baritone sax in 4 sites--a house, a cavern, a train trestle, & a skate park--dedicating the performances to important musicians, and to Buster Keaton, and Jay Adams. ... Click to View


The Artaud Beats : Logos (Recommended Records)

After performing at Jean-Herve Peron's 2010 Avant Garde Festival, Yumi Hara (keys, violin & voice), Geoff Leigh (winds & electronics), John Greaves (bass & piano) and Chris Cutler (drums & percussion) present their first studio album mixing open-minded composed and improvised music. ... Click to View


Oren Ambarchi / Kassel Jaeger / James Rushford: Pale Calling [VINYL] (Black Truffle)

The first collaboration between Oren Ambarchi, Kassel Jaeger and James Rushford presents two side-long recordings of slowly cycling electronics, distracted vocal mumbles and often unidentifiable field recordings, a layered and mesmerizing haze of obscured audio stratum. ... Click to View


Pascal Battus / Dafne Vicente-Sandoval : [2 CDs] (Potlatch)

An intense and dynamic album of unusual electroacoustic improvisation from the duo of Pascal Battus performing on rotating surfaces, styrofoam, paper, plastic objects, and microphones, and Dafne Vicente-Sandoval performing on bassoon, microphones and mixing board. ... Click to View


Serocki Kazimierz : Pianophonie (Bolt)

Two works for piano and orchestra from Polish composer Kazimierz Serocki, recorded for Polish Radio in Krakow in 1973 with Jerzy Witkowski on piano (Forte e piano) and for Great Polish Radio in Katowice in 1979 with Szablocs Esztenyi on piano ("Pianophonie"). ... Click to View


Barbara Majewska Kinga / Emilia Sitarz: play Franz Schubert Winterreise (Bolt)

Barbara Kinga Majewska and Emilia Sitarz interpret Franz Schubert's "Winterreise" (Winter Journey), a song cycle of 24 poems by Wilhelm Muller, exposing new tensions and interrelations existing in Schubert's cycle in unexpected and unusual ways. ... Click to View


Joanna Sokolowska Halszka: plays Franz Schubert Winterreise (Bolt)

Vocalist Joanna Halszka Sokolowska interprets Franz Shubert's "Winterreise", a 19th century work setting the poems of Wilhelm Muller to music, recorded in a single take on a winter night in Warsaw, Poland at the Komuna Theater, a fragile and unique look at this famous work. ... Click to View


Antoine Beuger: Keine Fernen Mehr (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Antoine Beuger introduces this album with a short poem by Amy Lowell in reference to the larkspur, in two discs with 17 tracks on each of Beuger whistling, quietly and with a silence and patience of intense concentration emerging from near silence. ... Click to View


Frey . Beuger / Duo Contour : Duos (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

The duo Contour of Stephen Altoff (trumpet) & Lee Forrest Ferguson (percussion) perform Antoine Beuger's "dedekind duos" dedicated to mathematician Julius Wilhelm Richard Dedekind; and Jurg Frey's "22 Sachelchen" or "small things", 22 focused miniature compositions. ... Click to View

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Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up
Old Locks and Irregular Verbs
(Pi Recordings)

Henry Threadgill's tribute to friend, composer-conductor Lawrence D. Butch Morris, in a detailed 4-part work with an excellent set of improvisers: Henry Threadgill, Jose Davila, Jason Moran, Christopher Hoffman, David Virelles, Roman Filiu, Curtis Macdonald, and Craig Weinrib.


Jemeel Moondoc / Hilliard Greene
Cosmic Nickelodeon
(Relative Pitch)

Jemeel Moondoc's third release on New York's Relative Pitch label is this duo with bassist Hilliar Greene, a soulful album of bluesy free playing, Greene's solid finger and bow work anchoring Moondoc for beautiful, informed, quirky and sincerely heartfelt playing.


Linda Sharrock The Network
They Begin To Speak [2 CDs]
(Improvising Beings)

Improvising vocalist Linda Sharrock in a 2 CD release, one live with a sextet including trumpeter Itaru Oki and pianist Eric Zinman, one in the studio in a quartet with Derek Saw on trumpet and John Jasnoch on electric guitar, both performing the complex 3 part title track.


Evan Parker / Joe Morris / Nate Wooley
Ninth Square
(Clean Feed)

The extraordinary trio of three masterful players from different generations who have broken with convention while playing within free forms--Evan Parker on sax; Joe Morris on guitar; and Nate Wooley on trumpet--performing live at Firehouse 12 in Connecticut, 2014.


Joe Morris
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)

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.


Tomas Fujiwara / Ben Goldberg / Mary Halvorson
The Out Louds
(Relative Pitch)

The first release from the NY/West Coast trio of Tomas Fujiwara on drums, Ben Goldberg on clarinet, and Mary Halvorson on guitar, a collaborative improv of lyrical and nuanced improv, using great skill and sophistication in dialog that takes unexpected twists and turns.


Brotzmann Peter / Fred Hopkins / Rashied Ali
Songlines [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Trost Records)

Emphasizing the lyrical aspects of free jazz, the superb trio of Peter Brotzmann on alto & tenor sax and taragato, Fred Hopkins on bass, and Rashied Ali on drums, recorded this album in 1991, now remastered to bring this exceptional music back to the foreground.


Nacka Forum (Kajfes / Kullhammar / Berthling / Osgood)
We Are The World [VINYL]
(Moserobie Music)

Nacka Forum, the Scandinavian quartet of Jonas Kullhammar on sax and other winds, Goran Kajfes on trumpet & cornet, Johan Berthling on double bass and Kresten Osgood on drums, in their 5th studio album of lyrical free jazz of massive technical and creative skill.


Nacka Forum (Kajfes / Kullhammar / Berthling / Osgood)
We Are The World
(Moserobie Music)

Nacka Forum, the Scandinavian quartet of Jonas Kullhammar on sax and other winds, Goran Kajfes on trumpet & cornet, Johan Berthling on double bass and Kresten Osgood on drums, in their 5th studio album of lyrical free jazz of massive technical and creative skill.


Oki Itaru / Leena Circus
Zanshin
(Improvising Beings)

The Leena Circus trio of Antoine Letellier on sax, trumpet & guitar, Nicolas Moulin on guitar, and Guillaume Arbonville on drums, joins with trumpeter Itaru Oki for an album of open-ended and downright psychedelic free improvisation, a superb achievement in creative music.


This Heat
This Heat (1st album)
(This Is/Recommended Records)


Lean Left
Live At Area Sismica
(Unsounds)

The amazing combination of Ex guitarists Terrie Ex and Andy Moor with drummer Paal Nilssen-love and Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark in their 5th release, a live album from Italy showing the aggressive and exuberantly determined band in excellent form.


Universal Indians + Joe McPhee (Dikeman / Strom / Ostvang)
Skullduggery
(Clean Feed)

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.


Sousa / Berthling / Ferrandini
Casa Futuro
(Clean Feed)

With members from Fire!, Red Trio, Amado Motion Trio, &c., the trio of Pedro Sousa (sax), Johan Berthling (bass) and GabrielFerrandini (drums) push the envelope in free improvisation that is energetic, argumentative, restless, and ultimately extremely intelligent.


Nick Fraser (feat. Tony Malaby and Kris Davis)
Too Many Continents
(Clean Feed)

Toronto drummer and composer Nick Fraser in a superb trio with saxophonist Tony Malaby and pianist Kris Davis, performing Fraser originals that merge free improvisation, jazz and avant compositional approaches with astonishing solos from all three.


MMM Quartet (Joelle Leandre, Fred Frith, Alvin Curran, Urs Leimgruber)
Oakland/Lisboa
(RogueArt)

Rich, subtle and unusual improv from the MillsMusicMafia (MMM) Quartet of Joelle Leandre on double bass, Fred Frith on electric guitar, Alvin Curran on keys, and Urs Leimgruber on sax, recording these spiritual and detailed improvisations live at Jazz em Agosto in Portugal.


Nate Wooley / Ken Vandermark
All Directions Home
(Audiographic Records / Pleasure of the Text Records)

Live recordings from Milwaukee's Sugar Maple in 2015 of the dynamic and amazing duo of NY trumpeter Nate Wooley and Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark, a tour-de-force of technical and melodic playing showcasing both players and their nearly telepathic high-speed improv exchange.


Jungle: Mat Walerian / Matthew Shipp / Hamid Drake
Live at Okuden [2 CDs]
(ESP)

The 2nd LP from Polish multi-wind & reedist Mat Walerian, his 2nd with NY pianist Matthew Shipp, and the 2nd recorded within the live Okuden Concert Series, adding drummer Hamid Drake for an excellent album of free improvisation that flows beautifully from track to track.


Jonas Kullhammar & The New Kids On The Rock
[VINYL]
(Moserobie Music)

A demo album so good it had to be released: saxophonist Jonas Kullhamar (here on the Braithophone) leads a quartet with exceptional young Swedish jazz musicians Johan Graden (piano), Vilhelm Bromander (bass), and Konrad Agnas (drums); irresistible grooves with a great vibe!


Extended Pianos (Fox / Griswold / Pateras)
Switch On A Dime
(Immediata)

Extended Pianos employ stochastic improvisations, live analogue processing, feedback experiments, atmospheric tape composition, and ultra-physical episodic structures to manipulate prepared piano performances in real time, creating an exceptional and engrossing work.


Astral Colonels (Anthony Pateras / Valerio Tricoli)
Good Times in the End Times
(Immediata)

Anthony Pateras & Valerio Tricoli worked 7 years transforming pianos, organs, harpsichords, tape machines and synthesizers into an expansive sonic otherworld that celebrates the "End of Times" in three parts; a meticulous and fascinating work.


Kuhn / Sewelson / Cleaver / Roland
Our Earth / Our World
(pfmentum)

Multi-reediest Peter Kuhn in a trio with saxophonist Dave Sewelson, bassist Larry Roland, and drummer Gerald Cleaver, performing live at Arts For Arts Our Earth/Our World music series in 2015 for three extended and free improvisations of masterful skill and joy.


Angles
Epileptical West - Live in Coimbra
(Clean Feed)

Saxophonist Martin Kuchen's Angles sextet with trumpeter Magnus Broo, trombonist Mats Aleklint and vibraphonist Mattias Stahl in jazz with a polyrhythmic and refined world music accent.


Sclavis / Taborn / Rainey
Eldorado Trio
(Clean Feed)

Reedist Louis Sclavis' new cooperative trio with keyboardist Craig Taborn and drummer Tom Rainey in a mix of studio and live recordings from Casa da Musica, Porto.


Ben Goldberg / John Schott / Trevor Dunn
Almost Never
(Nuscope)

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg leads a trio with electric guitarist John Schott and Mr. Bungle bassist Trevor Dunn for a lyrical and beautifully reserved album of improvisation that uses a subtly spacious approach to creating environments for informed interchange.


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