Chicago's leading free jazz DKV Trio of Ken Vandermark (reeds), Hamid Drake (drums) and Kent Kessler (bass) are joined by European Free Jazz leaders Mats Gustafsson (reeds), Paul Nilssen-Love (drums) and Massimo Pupillo (bass).
A two-tenor sax/two-guitar quartet of saxophonists Paul Dunmall and Mark Hanslip and guitarists Philip Gibbs and Ed Ricart in four superb improvisations, intense interaction and complex interplay from four authoritative voices linking the UK to the US.
The fifth album from the powerful Swedish trio Fire!, comprised of Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Johan Berthling (Tape) and drummer Andreas Werliin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums), with Mats playing keyboards and electronics on selected tracks.
Three West Coast saxophonists, Jon Raskin (Rova), Frank Gratkowsk (Zeitkratzer) and Phillip Grenlief, in a free improvising trio of highly interactive music using extended techniques to captivate and entertain the listener.
Taking their 2010 "Tipples" CD on the road, this CD captures the trio of Frode Gjerstad (sax & clarinet), David Watson (electric guitar) and Kevin Norton (drums, vibes, percussion) live in Middletown Conneticut during their 2013 tour.
Mary Halvorson leads her Septet with Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon (alto sax), Ingrid Laubrock (tenor saxophone), Jacob Garchik (trombone), John Hebert (bass) & Ches Smith (drums) through 6 original compositions and a Robert Wyatt cover!
Limited edition LP of Brooklyn-based guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson's second recording with her amazing working quintet of trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, saxophonist Jon Irabagon, bassist John Hebert, and drummer Ches Smith.
Keefe Jackson's all-reed group Likely So with Mars William, Waclaw Zimple, Marc Stucki, Peter A. Schmid, Thomas K.J. Mejer, & Dave Rempis in 11 compositions pushing the limits of the sax & clarinet family, recorded live at the 2013 Jazzwerkstatt Festival.
On the cover: Giorgio Magnanensi; Articles on Charlemagne Palestine; Sarah Neufeld; The Beirut Scene; Instant Places' Elastic Planets; Features on The Ondes Martenot; plus reviews of live events, recordings, books, &c &c.
The 12th release from the London-based Remote Viewers led by saxophonist David Petts, with four saxophones plus electronics, acoustic bass, keys and tuned percussion, crossing improvisation and rock forms in unique and sinister ways.
Pianist Howard Riley recorded these twelve solo piano performances live at Leicester Jazz House at Embrace Arts in 2012, with 4 original Riley compositions and 8 drawn from jazz standards or Thelonius Monk compositions.
Pianist Pat Thomas surprises by this album of 9 jazz standards with the rhythm section of Mark Sanders on drums and Dominic Lash on bass, recorded live at Brunel University and Vortex, unique interpretations of classic music from Coltrane, Coleman, Parker, &c.
A visual/sound work, in collaboration with visual artist Mariska De Groot, recorded using projected sounds of certain shapes in a narrative way, amplifying the "character" of abstract forms and leading to different mental states and emotions.
A minimal solo electronic work by Stylianos Tziritas, drawing inspiration from the concept of Love as the dominant expression of human life, in 5 musical compositions in which sound generators, electronics and contact microphone are used.
Following Ornette Coleman's 2 horn, bass & drum lineup, Italian/NY drummer Federico Ughi leads his quartet with David Schung (sax), Kirk Knuffke (cornet) & Max Johnson (bass) through 10 Coleman-inspired works of melodic free playing, excellent works of modern jazz.
Four recordings from the 1990 Latin America Tour of saxophonist Trevor Watts' Moire Music Drum Orchestra, with concerts from Venezuela and Mexico in a band with Nana Tsiboe, Nee-Daku Patato, Nana Appiah, Jojo Yates, Liam Genockey, and Colin Gibson.
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 duo of saxophonist Michel Doneda and clarinetist Joris Ruhl in subtle recordings from The ferme du linge, Orbey, France, emphasizing unusual aspects of their instruments, tonal interactions, and extended techniques.
Recorded and performed without loops, overlays or other technological aid, Norwegian drummer and composer Ola Djupvik explores his limits in a mix of European free improvisation, minimalism and contemporary composers like John Cage and Morton Feldman.
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.