Acid Mothers Temple SWR
Yes, No & Perhaps
Acid Mother Temple SWR merge's AMT's Kawabata Kakoto (guitar, voice,) and Tsuyama Atsushi (bass, vocals, sax) with Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins, Koenji Hyakkei, &c), here in their 6th release, crazy prog-oriented rock of indescribable insanity and skill!
Guitarist Mary Halvorson's project with Chris Speed on sax & clarinet, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Tomas Fuijwara on drums, a band formed for a one-off concert at the Blue Note in NYC, that continued on based on the strength of the bond between them, as heard on this superb release.
Mostly Other People Do The Killing
(Hot Cup Records)
New York's brilliant band takes on Miles Davis' classic "Kind of Blue" in a note-for-note recreation, a head-scratching anomaly that is as close to performing a perfect replica as is imaginable.
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.
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble
Black Is Back - 40th Anniversary Project
Percussionist Kahil El' Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble with Ernest Khabeer Dawkins on saxophone and Corey Wilkes on trumpet, referencing the history of jazz in contemporary settings, with superb rhythmic textures and excellent soloing.
School Days (1960/3)
Presenting a 1963 gig by the quartet of Steve Lacy (saxophone), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Dennis Charles (drums) and Henry Grimes (bass), playing piano-less interpretations of the music of Thelonious Monk; plus Lacy with the Monk Quintet live in Philadelphia, 1960.
Venice [VINYL 2 LPs]
Special 10th anniversary edition of Fennesz' classic "Venice" album from 2004 recorded with David Sylvian on vocals and Burkhard Stangl on guitar, presented in a gatefold double LP release.
Joshua Abrams (Town & Country, Matana Roberts & Chad Taylor, &c) in an infectious groove-based album built around the guimbri, a 3-stringed animal hide bass used by the Gnawa of North Africa, with a bonus 20 minutes of material not included in the LP.
Spontaneous Music Ensemble
Oliv & Familie (1968-9)
Reissuing the 3rd release from drummer John Steven's Spontaneous Music Ensemble with 31 minutes of previously unissued material, with participants including Derek Bailey, Kenny Wheeler, Evan Parker, Dave Holland, Maggie Nichols, Trevor Watts, Johnny Dyani, &c &c.
Tower-Bridge [2 CDs]
Guitarist Marc Ducret completes his "Tower" series with a 12-piece ensemble including all musicians from the 4 Tower volumes, including Tim Berne, Tom Rainey, Matthias Mahler, &c. in 2 CDs of two concerts from their 2012 tour; innovative and astoundingly great modern jazz.
Wadada Smith Leo
The Great Lakes Suites [2 CDs]
Outstanding compositions and performances on a 2 disc set from trumpeter Leo Smith, each piece dedicated to one of the US Great Lakes, with multi-wind player Henry Threadgill, bassist John Lindberg, and drummer Jack DeJohnette, a milestone in a superlative career!
NG4 Quartet (Keith Rowe / Anthony Taillard / Emmanuel Leduc / Julien Ottavi)
A Quartet For Guitars
Keith Rowe, Anthony Taillard, Emmanuel Leduc and Julien Ottavi perform on electric guitars and electronics, following a score of 9 sections worked out between them for over a year before recording these six improvisations.
Keith Rowe / Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Ilia Belorukov / Kurt Liedwart
Two recordings from spina!studio in St. Petersburg during the Teni Zvuka 2013 Festival, one a duo btween Keith Rowe and Alfredo Costa Monteiro, and the other filling out to a quartet with Ilia Belorukov and Kurt Liedwart; detailed interactions with impressive restraint.
Cycles (1976-80) [2 CDs]
Solo saxophone performances of three of Steve Lacy's cycles--"Shots", "Sands", and "Hedges"--recorded in concert and in the studio in the late 70's and 1980, with the majority of the material previously unreleased; thoughtful, technical, lyrical, astounding music from a true master!
Udu Calls Trio feat. William Parker
The Vancouver Tapes
(Long Song Records)
A live recording from 1999 in Vancouver, two extended improvisations from drummer Tiziano Tononi's UDU Calls Trio featuring William Parker on double bass; Tiziano Tononi on drums, congas, gong, bells & whistles; Daniele Cavallanti on saxophone, Ney flute and bells.
TiPPLE (Gjerstad / Norton / Watson)
No Sugar on Anything
The trio of NY players David Watson on electric guitar, Kevin Norton on percussion, vibes and marimba, and Norwegian Frode Gjerstad on multiple reeds, for 9 uniquely voiced free improvisations recorded in the studio; diverse concepts in reflective and moving dialog.
Gjerstad / Norton / Watson
Taking their 2010 "Tipples" CD on the road, this CD captures the trio of Frode Gjerstad (sax & clarinet), David Watson (electric guitar) and Kevin Norton (drums, vibes, percussion) live in Middletown Conneticut during their 2013 tour.
Paul Dunmall / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe
The Ravens Look
Paul Dunmall performs on soprano sax along with clarinets and contra bassoon, in a give and take album with flutist Neil Metcalf and guitarist Philip Gibbs, a trio that allows space and a free melodic approach to guide their intelligent discourse.
Willi Kellers Quartet
Life In A Black Box
Grid Mesh drummer Willi Kellers Quartet with the dual saxophone lineup of Paul Dunmall and Frank Paul Schubert and bassist Clayton Thomas (BassX3, Ames Room) performing live at Black box/CUBA, in Muenster, DE; powerful and innovative improv.
Takara / Pupillo / Nilssen-Love
Raids On The Unspeakable [VINYL]
Recorded in a small club in Copenhagen "Raids on the Unspeakable" excerpts a scorching and radical performance - so powerful, in fact, that the neighbors protested.
Matana Roberts / Sam Shalabi / Nicolas Caloia
(Tour de Bras)
A meeting beween two major musicans from the Montreal scene--Sam Shalabi (Shalabi Effect) and Nicolas Caloia (Ratchet Orchestra) and American saxophonist Matana Roberts (Coin Coin)--for a drumless trio uniquely balancing free and melodic styles in masterful ways.
Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi
Only Wanting to Melt Beautifully Away Is It a Lack of Contentment That Stirs Affection for Those Things Said to Be as of Yet Unseen [VINYL]
The 5th release from the trio of multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Keiji Haino, guitarist Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi on wineglass and percussion is an introspective and beautifully developed set recorded live at their March 2013 concert at SuperDeluxe.
The Zoopkeeper's House (Trio/Quartet/Quintet)
A series of exceptional compositions by saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc plus one by Alice Coltrane, performed in a variety of group settings, from duos to quintet, with sidemen Matthew Shipp, Roy Campbell, Steve Swell, Hilliard Greene, and Newman Taylor Baker.
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