Billy Bang's final studio album, a quintet with Dick Griffin (trombone), Andrew Bemkey (piano), Hilliard Greene (bass) and Newman Taylor-Baker (drums) performing works from Bang, Barry Altschul, Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins.
Sweden's advanced free jazz piano trio Correction (Sebastian Bergstrom on piano, Joacim Hyberg on bass, and Emil Astrand-Melin on drums) are met by fellow Swede, baritone saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, for a stunning album ranging from abstract to hard blowing improv.
New York poet Steve Dalachinsky, indelibly linked to the creative Downtown NY jazz scene, in duos with French double bass player, improviser and composer Joelle Leandre, recorded live at Rogueart in Paris, May 2012.
The Luso-Canadian trio Lama (Susana Santos Silva-trumpet; Goncalo Almeida-bass; Greg Smith-drums/electronics) join forces with NY reedist Chris Speed to perform these superb electro-chamber works recorded during the Portalegre Jazz Fest.
New York & San Francisco double and single-reedist Steven Lugerner and his quartet with Darren Johnston (trumpet), Myra Melford (piano) and Matt Wilson (drums) present an incredible concept album in 10 tracks of structure free improvisation.
Summer 2013 issue with 8 track CD. On the cover and featured: Colin Stetson. Profile on Buffalo new music. Articles on SlowPitch's Emoralis, soft-circuit sound sculpture. Plus reviews, events, words, &c.
Superb improvisation from three masters - Evan Parker on sax, Barry Guy on bass and Paul Lytton on drums - performing at the Maya Recordings Festival, September 23 - 25, 2011 at Theater am Gleis, Winterthur, Switzerland.
An extended and passionate work from NYC saxophonist Ivo Perelman, recorded at a studio session intended as a trio with drummer Cleaver and pianist Shipp, but from a scheduling mixup, serendipitously evolved into a quartet with the addition of William Parker on bass.
Drummer Frank Rosaly's debut as a leader in an extension of his original soundtrack work from the documentary "Scrappers", performed with James Falzone (clarinet), Jason Stein (bass clarinet), Keefe Jackson (reeds), Jason Adasiewicz (vibes) and Jason Roebke (bass).
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith composed these 5 works inspired by the Occupy movement for the 22-piece orchestra TUMO, an improvising orchestra that is assembled specifically for each project they participate in.
Hinting at what was to come, this reissues the first SME LP from 1966 with one additional '67 track, more free jazz than free improv from the quintet of John Stevens (drums), Kenny Wheller (flugelhorn), Paul Rutherford (trombone), Trevor Watts (sax) and Bruce Cale (bass).
Two recordings from the beginning and the end of the longest-lived version of the SME - the trio of John Stevens (percussion, cornet or mini-trumpet, voice), Nigel Coombes (violin) & Roger Smith (guitar).
The sextet of Jorrit Dijkstra (sax), Pandelis Karayorgis (piano), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Mary Oliver (violin), Nate McBride (bass) and Han Bennink (drums) once again take on the music of Steve Lacy in this second volume.
Tenor saxophonist Sam Hillmer (The Diamond Terrifier) takes NYC's Zs into a new direction as a trio with guitarist Patrick Higgins and percussionist Greg Fox, presenting the two part "Grain", a massive work of reorganized sound.
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.
Featuring Argentinian composer and improviser Andrew Raffo Dewar on soprano saxophone and the great Garrison Fewell on guitar, trombonist Swell leads this trio through the 10 part "Estuaries" based on a graphic score and poem written by Swell.
Chicago free improvising mainstay Fred Lonberg-Holm's Stirrup trio with Nick Macri on double bass and Charles Rumback on drums crosses genres and grooves in an album balancing lyrical and hard-grooved tunes, with Lonberg-Holm taking up guitar on a number of tracks.
The Ex join with European and Chicago jazz artists Mats Gustafsson (saxophone), Ken Vandermark (sax), Wolter Wierbos (trombone) and Roy Paci (trumpet) for a hard-hitting album that fuses rock, improvisation, and African rhythms.
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.
A NYC supergroup led by keyboardist Jamie Saft with bassist Trevor Dunn, guitarist Joe Morris and drummer Balazs Pandi, rugged and savage improvised music crossing the boundaries of free jazz and rock impunity.
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.
The second volume of the project heard in the previous Creative Sources album, "Suspensao", here in a 9-piece electroacoust ensemble with viola, cello, doublebass, alto sax, trombone, piano, electric guitar, computer and percussion, suspenseful lowercase music that unfolds in mysterious, beautiful and rewarding ways.
Jean-Luc Guionnet creates a portrayal of Lake Annecy near his home as described through its geographical location, and heard in a series of snapshot field recording compositions that describe the environment, fauna, people and civilization that abound around it.