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Joelle Leandre 10: Can You Hear Me? (Ayler)

Known mostly as a masterful improviser, this 2015 live performance of her 2009 work for a tenet crosses compositional and improvisation boundaries, reflecting on her 40 year career while bringing out new subtleties from its original release, here with a superb set of performers. ... Click to View


Michel Blanc : Le Miroir des Ondes (Ayler)

Percussionist Michel Blanc's astounding 12-part work was composed around news events that occurred between 1972-89, in a tour-de-force of music drawing from improvised music, RIO oriented rock, and concrete sound; with Marc Ducret, Annabelle Playe, Anne Gimenez, & Antonin Rayon. ... Click to View


Bay's Leap: Swans Over Dorking (Citystream)

The debut album by the British Improvised Music trio Bay's Leap of clarinetist Noel Taylor, pianist Clare Simmonds and cellist James Barralet, presenting 11 spontaneously improvised compositions that bridge avant jazz and contemporary classical chamber music. ... Click to View


Mark Wastell : Quartet (Confront)

As close to straight-ahead improvisation as you'll hear from audio explorer Mark Wastell, in an authoritative quartet of free improvisers, with both Olie Brice and Dominic Lash on double bass, Alan Wilkinson on alto sax, and Wastell himself on violoncello. ... Click to View


Akode (Wilkinson / Johannsesn / Hoyer / Andersen): North And South (Confront)

Akode is the UK/Norwegian quartet of Alan Wilkinson on saxophone & clarinet, Kim Johannesen on guitar, Ola Hoyer on double bass, and Dag Erik Knedal Andersen on drums, bring masterful experience and youthful enthusiasm together for a strong concert at Cafe Oto. ... Click to View


Steve Noble / Daniel Thompson: Sunday Afternoon (Live At The Hundred Years Gallery) (Confront)

A recording of two London based improvisers of different generations communing in the resonant surroundings of the 100 Years Gallery, with drummer Noble creating glittering bell and gong like tones over which guitar Thompson hangs fractured harmonics and strange bending chords. ... Click to View


The Sealed Knot : Trembling Shade (Confront)

Two 2015 recordings at Exploratorium in Berlin, 2015 from the long-running The Sealed Knot project of percussionist Burkhard Beins, harpist Rhodri Davies, and double bassist Mark Wastell, in a dynamic set of percussive invocations and detailed sound work of unusual technique. ... Click to View


Neil Welch / Rutger Zuydervelt: Tides (Confront)

It started as Rutger Zuydervelt, aka Machinefabriek's request to saxophonist Neil Welch to improvise over a track that he sent to him; on receipt of the track he was so impressed with the details that he created this unexpected and rich work of organized sound from it. ... Click to View


Edith Alonso: Collapse (Aural Terrains)

Madrid multi-instrumentalist and cross media artist Edith Alonso in an album of prepared solo electric bass improvisations, a four part work of muscular and shadowy sound, dark vibrations with crepitating edges making a sinister and cathartic dungeon of sound. ... Click to View


Faint Glow / Justin Scott Gray : Quantum Ouch [CASSETTE] (Bicephalic)

Part of a series of 8 split release cassettes, hand-painted & numbered; Side A presents dark soundscapes from Jeff Winter, aka Faint Glow, in slowly unfolding electronic works; Side B a variety of electronic approaches from arpeggiated to slowly abrasive grumbling. ... Click to View


Chefkirk / S27E152 : Immediate Shred [CASSETTE] (Bicephalic)

Part of a series of 8 split release cassettes, hand-painted & numbered; Side A presents S27E152, aka Brisbane's Tristan Eyles, using field recordings and image synthesis; Side B is Chefkirk, aka Roger Smith, combining concrete sound with improvised drone and harsh electronics. ... Click to View


Arashi (Sakata / Berthling / Nilssen-Love): Semikujira [VINYL] (Trost Records)

A free blowing session from the trio of Japanese saxophonist, clarinetist and vocalist Akira Sakta, double bassist Johan Berthling, and drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, a furiously intense album fueled by a scorching rhythm section and Sakata's urgent playing. ... Click to View


Michiyo Yagi / Lasse Marhaug / Joe McPhee / Paal Nilssen-Love: Soul Stream (PNL)

A intensely introspective album of free improvisation from frequent collaborators, reed and trumpter Joe McPhee, drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, electronic artist Lasse Marhaug, and Japanese koto player Michiyo Yagi, performing live at GOK Sound in Tokyo, 2013; beautiful. ... Click to View


Full Blast (Brotzmann / Pliakas / Wertmuller): Risc [VINYL 2 LPs] (Trost Records)

Full Blast, the long-running trio of Peter Brotzmann (reeds), Marino Pliakis (electric bass) and Michael Wertmuller (drums), recording in the studio for an album of seven masterful free improvisations of strong technical and powerfully intense playing. ... Click to View


Chris Corsano / Massimo Pupillo: Via Combusta [VINYL] (Trost Records)

A dark and powerful album of drums, percussion, and electric bass from the duo of Italian bassist Massimo Pupillo (Zu) and NY drummer Chris Corsano, both using a myriad of percussive and electronic strategies to create soundscapes that keep the listener on the edge of their seat. ... Click to View


Peter Frey K. / Daniel Studer: Zurich Concerts: 15 Years of Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey [2 CDs] (Leo)

A stunning example of modern creative improv from the duo of bassists Peter Frey and Daniel Studer, in concert with configurations of duos, trios and one septet, with performers including John Butcher, Hans Koch, Magda Mayas, Jacques Demierre, Gerry Hemingway, &c. &c. ... Click to View


Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / Michael Bisio / Whit Dickey: Soul (Leo)

The long running duo of NY pianist Matthew Shipp and Brazilian/NY saxophonist Ivo Perelman forms the basis for this excellent quartet, with mainstays Michael Bisio on bass and Whit Dickey on drums, in an expressive and soulful album that balances enthusiasm and brilliant restraint. ... Click to View


Matthieu Prual: Inside Walks (Creative Sources)

A unique approach to solo reeds and winds from French multi-reedist Matthieu Prual, also on flute and ORLA Keyboard, maintaining lyrical and comprehensible approaches with strong technical skills in captivating and succinct statements, truly excellent work. ... Click to View


Rodrigues / Greenlief / Swafford: Sidereus Nuncius (Creative Sources)

An extended and far-ranging acoustic free improvisation from the trio of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Phillip Greenlief on tenor sax, and Tom Wafford on violin, recorded live at the Gallery 1412 during the Seattle Improvised Music Festival of 2006. ... Click to View


Edi Olvitt (Robert / Stokart / Chkifi): LOLO (Creative Sources)

Citing their influences as Bill Frisell, Paul Motian, John Zorn, and Steve Lacy, the Brussels-based bassless jazz trio of Quentin Stokart (guitar), Mathieu Robert (sax), and Nicolas Chkifi (drums) play lyrical and intelligently restrained music. ... Click to View


Robert Ashley: In Sara, Mencken, Christ And Beethoven There Were Men And Women [REISSUE] (Cramps)

Robert Ashley's minimal masterpiece centers on John Barton Wolgamot's experimental poem "In Sarah, Mencken, Christ and Beethoven There Were Men and Women," consisting of one sentence repeated over and over, only changing names inserted into the sentence with each iteration. ... Click to View


Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp: Corpo (Leo)

After many years working together in the vital Downtown NY scene, saxophonist Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp take their playing the next step after their previous duo "Callas", in thoughtful improv that expresses in both their mutual language and masterful skills. ... Click to View


Ivo Perelman / Karl Berger: The Hitchhiker (Leo)

The second CD that NY saxophonist Ivo Perelman has recorded with Ornette alumni Karl Berger, the first with Berger on piano, and here on vibraphone, opening new aspects of sound to the commanding dialog between these two friends and seasoned improvisers. ... Click to View


John Butcher / Michael Duch: Fjordgata (Confront)

A live recording at the Jazzfest Trondheim, Trondelag Senter for Samtidskunst, in May 2015 from the freely improvising duo of John Butcher and contrabassist Michael Duch, a superb extended concert of incredible reed technique and concept anchored by Duch's flexible bass work. ... Click to View


Konstrukt / Peter Brotzmann / Huseyin Ertunc / Dogan Dogusel / Barlas Tan Ozemek: Eklisia Sunday [VINYL] (Holidays Records)

2011 recordings of the Turkish free jazz quartet Konstrukt of Korhan Futaci (sax), Umut Caglar (electric guitar), Ozun Usta (double bass, djembe, gong, bells) and Korhan Arguden (drums) augmented with additional bass, guitar, piano, and featuring saxophonist Peter Brotzmann. ... Click to View


Terry Riley: The 3 Generations Trio (Angelica)

Recorded during the 2013 Angelica Festival at Teatro Comunale, Terry Riley's 3 Generations Trio bring Riley on synth, piano and Indian influenced vocals together with son Gyan on guitar and Tracy Silverman on electric violin for an immersive and meditative performance. ... Click to View


Christian Wolff : Angelica Music (Angelica)

Taken from 2 concerts during the 2013 Angelica Festival in Santa Caterina, with the Apartment House Ensemble, percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, and Wolff himself; compositions include several "Excercises", his "Duo for Violins", and a variation on a Morton Feldman work. ... Click to View


Carlos Costa: Door of No Return (Aural Terrains)

Double-bassist Carlo Costa, originally from the Canary Islands and who has worked with Tim Berne, Tomas Fujiwara, Ingar Zach, Wade Matthews, &c. in a solo album of solid and unusual bass technique including plucking, bowing and scraping, in his 9-part series of "Doors". ... Click to View


Mannfred Werder : 2003 [3 CDs] (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Pushing the envelope on minimalism, Manfredd Werder's 3 scores for "2003" present just 6 tones, the instructions telling 3, 2 or 1 performers to play a pitch or sound for 3-7 seconds twice during the performance; realized by Erik Carlson, Stephanie Richards, and D. Edward Davis. ... Click to View


The Wire: #391 September 2016 [MAGAZINE] (The Wire)

Silver Apples (Keith Moline meets New York's indomitable electro-punk duo); Steve Lehman; Noura Mint Seymali; Milan's electronicists: Die Schachtel, Nicola Ratti, Attila Faravelli, Giuseppe Ielasi, Enrico Malatesta; Invisible Jukebox: Suzanne Ciani; plus reviews, essays, comix, &c. ... Click to View

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Pauline Oliveros / Roscoe Mitchell / John Tilbury / Wadada Leo Smith
Nessuno
(Angelica)

The unexpected and open-minded quartet of Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, John Tilbury and Wadada Leo Smith performing live in Italy at the Angelika Festival in 2011, presenting the three part improvised work "Nessuno"; delicate, virtuosic, rewarding music from 4 masters.


Joe Morris
Shock Axis
(Relative Pitch)

A limited edition release of guitarist Joe Morri's new NY-area aggressive improvising trio with younger players Dave Parmelle on drums and Chris Cretella on electric bass, shredding with awesome technical skill and intense harmonic and melodic force, really powerful stuff!


Anthony Braxton
Live At The Rainbow Gallery '79
(Hi Hat)

A great set of free bop oriented improvisations from Anthony Braxton in a great quintet with Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, George Lewis on trombone, Dave Holland on bass, and Barry Altschul on drums, recorded at Rainbow Gallery, in Minneapolis, Minnesota for broadcast.


Cage . Pisaro . Frey . Beuger
Accordion Music
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Four works interpreted for accordion performed by Edwin Alexander Buchhol, including John Cage's "Cheap Imitation"; Michael Pisaro's "Here (2)"; Jurg Frey's "Sam Lazaro Bros." and Antoine Beuger's "die geschichte des sandkorns".


Huy (Junji / Kazuhisa / Yoshida)
Huy
(Magaibutsu Limited)

The Japanese trio of Hirose Junji on tenor saxophone, Innocence label founder Uchihashi Kazuhisa on guitar, and Yoshida Tatsuya on drums, initiating Magaibutsu's "Improv Session Series" with this on-fire album of controlled chaos, recorded live at Foxhole in Kichijoji.


Perch Hen Brock & Rainy (Ab Baars / Ig Henneman / Ingrid Laubrock / Tom Raine)
Live @ The Jazz Happening Tampere
(Relative Pitch)

Crossing Netherland and New York players, Ab Baars on reeds, Ig Henneman on viola, Ingrid Laubrcok on sax and Tom Rainey on drums present an album of insightful improv that borrows approaches to sound from natural world, performed live at Tampere Jazz Happening, Finland in 2014.


Cortex (Johansson / Alberts / Hoyer / Nilssen)
Live in New York
(Clean Feed)

Approaching the free side of 60s postbop in the Ornette Coleman vein, the Cortex quartet of Thomas Johansson (trumpet), Kristoffer Alberts (sax), Ola Hoyer (double bass) and Gard Nilssen (drums) are captured for a dynamic and captivating set at IBeam in Brooklyn in 2015.


The World Heritage (Yamamoto Seiichi / Katsui Yuji / Kido Natsuki / Nasuno Mitsuru / Yoshida Tatsuya)
The Land of Light
(Magaibutsu)

The Japanese improvising rock quintet The World Heritage--Yamamoto Seiichi, Katsui Yuji, Kido Natsuki, Nasuno Mitsuru, and Yoshida Tatsuya--with two guitars, violin, bass and drums, in a live recording of dynamic collective improvisation at Akihabara Goodman in 2013.


Hartmut Geerken And Chris Trent
Omniverse Sun Ra [BOOK]
(Art Yard)

Originally published in 1994, Hartmut Geerken and Chris Trent's comprehensive reference of Sun Ra includes a pictorial and annotated discography, essays and photo documents, photographs; this 2nd edition adds new photographs, photo documents, and essays.


Jurg Frey
String Quartet No. 3 / Unhorbare Zeit
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Two works from composer Frey performed by Montreal's string ensemble Quatuor Bozzini: "String Quartet No. 3", a minimal work of colors, sensations, shadows, durations; and "Unhorbare Zeit" exploring durations without sound, or empty volumes, to achieve lucidity and transparency.


Frode Gjerstad / Jon Rune Strom / Paal Nilssen-Love
Steam In the Casa
(PNL)

A live recording from the Casa Del Popolo club in Montreal, Canada, named because Gjerstad was upset that Air Canada had messed up his sax in transit, which he played regardless; his frustration pushed him into an overwhelmingly amazing set of smoking free jazz!


Steve Swell Quintet (Swell / Moondoc / Burrell / W. Parker / Cleaver)
Soul Travelers [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]
(RogueArt)

A great set of Downtown NY players led by trombonist Steve Swell, with Jemeel Moondoc on alto sax, Dave Burrell on piano, William Parker on double bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums, a heartfelt and masterfully soulful album of excellent modern jazz in a limited LP.


Anthony Burr / Anthony Pateras
The Long Exhale
(Immediata)

Beautifully slow drifting compositions for clarinet, ARP 2600, piano and prepared piano from the duo of Anthony Burr and Anthony Pateras, drawing on Cage and Feldman in these expansive and tranquil works that create beautiful and quietly exotic sound environments.


Hal Rammel
The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures [BOOK + 2 CDS]
(Penumbra)

A book and 2 CDs celebrating the 25th anniversary of this unusual and fascinating musical instrument designed and built by Hal Rammel, an artist's palette outfitted with a contact mic and vertically-mounted rods, played with a variety of uniquely designed bows and mallets.


Jurg Frey
String Quartets
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Composer Jurg Frey's 1988 work "String Quartet" realized by Nadia Francavilla, Clemens Merkel, Stephanie Bozzini and Isabelle Bozzini, exploring ideas of audibility: the moment when sound waves move in space and the air touches the body.


Fire! Orchestra
Ritual [VINYL 2 LPs + CD]
(Rune Grammofon)

The incredible Fire! Orchestra in a 21-piece rendition performs in the studio for an ecstatic album of free improvisation and song, with an amazing lineup including Mats Gustafsson, Mette Rasmussen, Johan Berthling, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Lotte Anker, &c. &c.


Large Unit
Ana
(PNL)

Drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit recorded this ecstatic, Brazilian influenced material in 2015 after a mammoth European and North-American tour, hours after their performance at the 2015 Oslo Jazzfestival with an extended line-up with Brazilian percussion players.


Michiyo Yagi / Lasse Marhaug / Paal Nilssen-Love
Angular Mass
(PNL)

Japanese Koto virtuoso Michiyo Yagi joins the longstanding duo of drummer Paal-Nilssen-Love and electronics wizard Lasse Marhaug for a session of extended improvisations, driving the traditional Japanese instruments into non-idiomatic and percussive extremes.


Jurg Frey
Lucier . Wolff . Schlothauer . Frey
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Six compositions from Lucier, Wolff, Schlothauer, and Frey, exploring harmonic beats on the acoustic clarinet, deriving melody in unexpected ways; seeking static tones between sound and noise; and investigating melodic variations; inquisitive, thought-provoking, alluring work.


North Of North (Anthony Pateras / Scott Tinkler / Erkki Veltheim)
The Moment In and Of Itself
(Immediata)

Drawing from Xenakian architextures, Carterian set theory, Carnatic music, sharp-edged pointillism & orchestrational symbiosis, pianist Anthony Pateras steps back from electronic music for chamber-oriented improvisations with trumpeter Scott Tinkler & voilinist Erkki Veltheim.


Kazuto Shimizu / Yoshida Tatsuya / Nasyuno Mitsuru
SYN LIVE
(Magaibutsu Limited)

The Japanese improvising rock trio of Kazuto Shimizu on keyboards, Nasyuno Mitsuru on bass, and Yoshida Tatsuya on drums performing live at Club Goodman in Akihabara, Japan, 2016 for technically superb, fast paced, turn-on-a-dime, joyful prog-oriented playing.


David Sylvian (w/ Jan Bang, Otomo Yoshihide, Toshimaru Nakamura)
Playing The Schoolhouse
(Confront)

With contributions from Otomo Yoshihide and Toshimaru Nakamura, David Sylvian recorded this album for Mark Wastell after much discussion, creating an intense and mysterious album of organized concrete sound and field recordings based on an improvisation with Jan Bang.


Mark Wastell
Quartet
(Confront)

As close to straight-ahead improvisation as you'll hear from audio explorer Mark Wastell, in an authoritative quartet of free improvisers, with both Olie Brice and Dominic Lash on double bass, Alan Wilkinson on alto sax, and Wastell himself on violoncello.


Ellery Eskelin Trio (w/ Gary Versace / Gerry Hemingway)
Willisau Live
(Hatology)

2015 recordings of tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin's trio with Gary Versace on organ and Gerry Hemingway on drums, an ebullient set live at the Jazz Festival in Willisau, Switzerland, sequencing Count Basie, Victor Young, Ernie Burnett, and Thelonious Monk tunes.


John Butcher / Michael Duch
Fjordgata
(Confront)

A live recording at the Jazzfest Trondheim, Trondelag Senter for Samtidskunst, in May 2015 from the freely improvising duo of John Butcher and contrabassist Michael Duch, a superb extended concert of incredible reed technique and concept anchored by Duch's flexible bass work.



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