A large work from Brooklyn's jazz-oriented Little Women with saxophonists Travis Laplante & Darius Jones, guitarist Andrew Smiley, and drummer Jason Nazary, a sophisticated building work collectively composed and refined over two years.
"Anchored" is the debut solo release for Jon DeRosa (Aarktica), a work of cinematic pop in a dark troubadour style reminiscent of Lou Reed or Robert Wyatt, with rich songs belying a quiet and dark lyrical violence.
Tarbaby (Orrin Evans on piano, Eric Revis on bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums) is joined by saxophonist Oliver Lake and guitarist Marc Ducret for an album inspired by philosopher, psychologist and revolutionary Franz Fanon, a superb album balancing melodic and intense playing.
Drummer Deric Dickens wrote the melodies and concepts for these duos in an Ornette/Cherry mode, recording with fellow New York musicians including Kirk Knuffke, Ben Cohen, Jon Crowley, Jef Lederer, Matt Wilson, and Jeremy Udden.
A live recording at the Outpost from a tour in 2013, the first time the Desert Sweets trio of Biggi Vinkelo on sax & flute, Mark Weaver on tuba and didgeridoo, and Damon Smith on double bass, reuniting after their 2001 recording for a beautiful album of intimate improvisation.
Electric Bird Noise artist Brian Lea McKenzie extends his concepts in a new duo with vocalist Claudia Gregory (Exhaust the Fox, Claudia Versus the Queen of Hearts), with a new band name and a compelling set of epic electro-rock songs.
Revisiting Sex Pistols' "Never Mind the Bollocks" in a band with Benoit Delbecq on piano, Gilles Coronado on guitar, Olivier Py on sax, Franck Vaillant on drums, and Sarah Murcia on bass, splitting the vocals with Mark Tompkins in a unique take on a punk classic.
Referencing sci-fi, C.S. Lewis, and alien worlds, the compositions of Marek Poliks each have a central metaphor like alien environment and warmth, spaceship and cradling, performed by ensembles using traditional and electronic instruments and objects.
An album of tones and tonal environments from Barry Chabala and A.F. Jones, using guitars and effects to create slowly moving tones punctuated with unusual utterances of unknown origin; rich and curiously non-specific sound that lives in the back- and foreground.
A 3 CD set from bassist Benjamin Duboc: a solo disc of low register improv; plus 2 discs in duo and trio settings with Didier Lasserre, Sylvain Guerineau, Jean-Luc Petit, Pascal Battus, Sophie Agnel & Christian Pruvost.
A live concert of Fields' Quite Large Orchestra (aka Multiple Joyce Orchestra) with Frank Gratkowski, Christina Fuchs, Thomas Lehn, Carl Hubsch, &c. &c. performing modular compositions for improvising chamber group, plus an homage to Merzbow.
The Triple D Trio of Aurora Josephson (voice), Jacob Lindsay (clarinet) & Damon Smith (bass) met with visiting European improvisers Philipp Wachsmann (violin) and Martin Blume (drums) to record these live concerts in Oakland and SF.