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".
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.
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.
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".
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!
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.
John Russell / Phil Durrant / John Butcher
In 1987 the trio of John Butcher on tenor & soprano sax, Phil Durrant on violin & trombone, and John Russel on acoustic plectrum guitar, released this LP of free improvisations using superb forward-thinking dialog, remarkable 3 decades after its release!
The four part "Monoceros" was recorded by saxophonist Evan Parker, here on soprano, in 1987, originally for the Incus label, here in a remastered form with Parker showing his masterful use of the extended techniques that have influenced a generation of players.
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 Trio
Pianist Matthew Shipp's trio with Whit Dickey on drums and Michael Bisio on bass, take on Duke's Ellington's classic compositions, adding free elements and unexpected angles without losing the melodic charm of these classic jazz standards; recommended.
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.
Evan Parker / Paul Dunmall / Tony Bianco
Two saxes and drums, an unusual trio from three free improvising legends playing exultant and exemplary music that even they described as "extreme" as they recorded this session in Bianco's Garden Cottage studio, creating 3 superb examples of modern dialog in improvisation.
Nordstrom / Johansson / Schlippenbach
Stockholm Connection [3 CDs]
A unique 3CD-box from Umlaut Records putting in attention the musical collaborations between two of Sweden's most headstrong musicians: the pioneers Bengt "Frippe" Nordstrom and Sven-Ake Johansson.
Amon: The Book Of Angels Volume 24
Tzadik's series reinterpreting John Zorn's Masada compositions releases the 24th "Book of Angels", performed by Klezmerson, a Mexico-based ensemble led by violist & composer Benjamin Shwartz, who founded the group in 2003 to integrate music from a Mexican standpoint.
Kali Fasteau Z (with Jordan / Rozie / Parran / McBee)
New York pianist Kali Z. Fasteau in a quintet with L. Mixashawn Rozie on sax, flute, and djembe, Kidd Jordan on tenor sax, J.D. Parran on flute and clarinet, and Ron McBee on percussion, a beautiful journey in jazz that borrows from the past while looking to the future.
Two live realizations of "Knots", a frenetic and absorbing work of free improv over a compositional framework, from Ambarchi's album "Audience of One", here in a duo performance by Ambarchi and Talia at Tokyo's SuperDeluxe; and with the Eyvind Kang-led Sinfonietta Cracovia.
Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble
Earlier Outbreaks of Iconoclasm (1976-8) [2 CDs]
An excellent reissue of reedist/drummer/pianist Milo Fine, bringing together material released on Hat Hut in 1976 & '7 ("Hah!" & "The Constant Extension Of Inescapable Tradition") plus his never-issued '78 album "When I Was Five Years Old, I Predicted Your Whole Life".
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.
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.
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.
New Sights, Old Sounds [2 CDs]
A much-needed reissue of Derek Bailey's 1978 2-CD Japanese release on the Morgue label, the first disc a series of studio improvisations and the second presenting two live performances in Nagoya and Kalavinka.
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.
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