From NY and Boston the Aych group (pronounce as "H", a letter shared by all 3's names) presents three improvisers representing some of the best of the new breed of modern jazz based players in a trio without bass and drums.
The Blue Notes with Louis Moholo-Moholo, Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana & Johnny Dyani in the 2nd Ogun release from their 1979 tour of Belgium and Holland, performing their South African rooted jazz live at Jazzclub De Hoop.
Toronto creative improviser multi-reedist Kyle Brenders (AIMToronto, The Rent) in an unhurried and intuitive duo with the drummer & percussionist of his quartet Brandon Miguel Valdivia (Not The Wind, Not The Flag).
Jazz, country and western music converge in unexpected ways in the 2nd release from the quintet of saxophonists Bryan Murray & Jon Irabagon, guitarist Jon Lundbom, bassist Moppa Elliott, and drummer Danny Fischer.
Tense and subtle improvisation from the Belgian duo of pianist Marjolaine Charbin playing inside and out of the piano and alto saxophonist Frans van Isacker using microtonal and extended approaches with the sax.
Highlights from saxophonist Steve Lacy's first solo concerts in Avignon 1972 originally released on LP in 1974, with additional recordings and a solo performance of his "Clangs" cycle from Berlin, 1974.
Four sessions of music mostly against the Vietnam War - all featuring Steve Lacy and Irene Aebi, in sextet, trio, and quintet with associates including Enrico Rava, Karl Berger, Kent Carter, Richard Tietelbaum, &c.
Bassist Mezzacappa and her Nightshade (Cory Wright (clarinet), John Finkbeiner (guitar), Tim Perkis (electronics), Kjell Nordeson (vibes & percussion)) performing compositions inspired by diverse composers from Messiaen to Zappa.
Drummer Paal Nilssen-Love and electric guitarist Anders Hana follow up their Utech release "AM/FM" with this 10" record presenting two tracks, "Hand near ass" and "Senvill analpose", in a clear plastic sleeve with testicles on the label.
Ex guitarist Terrie and drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love met in the Jottem Studio in Wormerveer, NL, to record these 4 extended and rugged improvisations; rhythm vs strings with a skronky temperament.
A compilation of Downtown NY harpist, keyboardist and composer Zeena Parkins' work for film, featuring many of the NY mainstays: Shelley Hirsch, Christian Marclay, Ikue Mori, Okkyung Lee, James Pugliese, David Watson, &c. &c.
The trio of drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, electronic and turntable artist Lasse Marhaug and vocalist/electronic artist Maja Solveig Kjestrup Ratkje met at Cafe Mono during the Oslo Jazz Festival to perform these excellent and disturbing recordings.
Drawing on American creative music, Mbira music of Zimbabwe, and traditional Chinese music, trumpeter Leo Smith's ensemble with drummer Pheeroan akLaff and pipa player Min Xiao-Fen perform 5 extraordinary compositions of lyrical vision.
Bassist Per Zanussi expands his band to 13 players including saxophonists Jonas Kullhammar, Martin Kuchen, Jorgen Mathisen, Jketil Moster, guitarist Stian Westerhus, &c. for an amazing set of compositions on the edge of modern jazz.
Using mostly unprocessed electric guitars, the duo of Elliott Sharp and Scott Fields' latest release presents eight dueling guitar works using dynamic, angular tones and textures, from extremely aggressive work to clean avant-jazz with twisted technical intent.
The trio of guitarists Gary Smith and Ninni Morgia with vocalist and synth player Silvia Kastel, layered complex effected guitar against blues-based playing with intense vocals and glitchy keyboard counterpoint.
Alessandro Bosetti provides voice and electronics on words & text from a variety of writers, as performed in a trio with drummer Ches Smith and fretless guitarist Kenta Nagai; fascinating and perplexing expression.
Drummer/percussionist Hubert Zemler's second solo album with two compositions inspired by electronic music, particularly by works of the ensemble Suaves Figures, recorded in the vaults of the Camaldolese Church in Bielany, Warsaw with Milosz Pekala on vibraphones.
A masterful fountain of melodic ideas, intriguing rhythms, and exceptional technical skill from the duo of Hamid Drake on drums and frame drum, and Sylvain Kassap on clarinets and chalumeau, recording live at the France Musique at Studio Theatre d’Alfortville and in the studio.
A live performance at Judson Church in Manhattan as part of the 20th Vision Festival from the NY/France free improvising trio of Joelle Leandre on double bass, Mat Maneri on viola, and Gerald Cleaver on drums and percussion, two tracks of steadily building, incredibly compatible dialog.
Roman philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus named "Clinamen" the unpredictable (in time and space) swerve of atoms falling in the void, which aptly describes the unexpected directions taken in subtle free improvisation from this French trio, led by bassist Louis-Michel Marion, with Jacques Di Donato on clarinet, and Philippe Berger on viola.
A co-production between BeCoq Records and Creative Sources, the quartet of saxophonist Mathhiew Lebrun with 3 guitarists--Leo Rathier, Paul Menard, and Thomas Coquelet--use preparations, feedbacks, glass, cymbals, microswitches, and unusual sax techniques to create unusual sonic environments that ebb and flow in introspective and disquieting ways.
A beautiful collaboration between Luis Jose Martins on classical guitar, percussion & electronics, and Joan Sa on piano, toy piano, celestra, idiophones & electronics, gentle music that's nearly a song, but actually sophisticated, textured, and lovely contemporary improvisation.
Live recordings at LOFT in Cologne, Germany from the trio of George Wissel on prepared saxophone, Achim Tang on doublebass, and Simon Camatta on drums & percussion, performing seven "Movements" that use prodigious technique with reserve and direction, revealing the structure of their work as the pieces build and recede in fascinating ways.
Vocalist Lina Nyberg in a quintet with David Stackenas (guitar), Cecilia Persson (piano), Josef Kallerdahl (bass) & Peter Danemo (drums), singing original works plus one by poet Coleman Barks, and Paul Simon's "So Long Frank Lloyd Wright".
Guitarist Joacim Nyberg, also performing on double bass, bell and recorder, in a live performance in Stockholm, Sweden at Fylkingen in 2014, using "Wood, steel, air. Hands, fingers, heart" in an open-ended and ardent exposition of his interpretation of jazz.
The first full-length release from sound experimenter Nick Hoffman since 2014, this professional cassette release uses customized generative software (Side A) and recordings of electric fan motors and metallic objects (Side B) to create unusual sound worlds comprised of concrete and abstract sounds in fascinatingly obscure and captivating narratives.
NY drummer Tom Rainey's Trio with guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock in an album of informed free improvisation, powerful yet persuasively alluring playing from some of NY's finest.