The guitar trio of Tetuzi Akiyama, Tom Carter and Christian Kiefer with guests Scott Leftridge on bass and Chip Conrad on percussion in a set of beautiful works bringing out the best of these 3 acclaimed players.
Clean Feed's 2nd LP is their 4th Angles release, expanding saxophonist Martin Kuchen's band to 9 pieces with Mattias Stahl, Johan Berthling, Alexander Zethson, Mats Aleklint, Eirik Hegdal, Goran Kajfes, and Magnus Broo in an album of rare expressiveness and power.
The 2nd release by the duo of Ashley Paul & Eli Keszler, merging the off kilter, quiet and fragile song based work of Ashley with the material-based sound from the duo's live performances, with no electronic processing; isolating, rich, alien and challenging music.
The full performance of legendary improvising guitarist Derek Bailey's 2001 exhilarating duo with bassist Simon H. Fell at Sound 323, originally released as a mini-CD and voted record of the year in 2002 by The Wire.
A ridiculously spirited, lovingly raucous tribute to Merle Haggard from saxophonist Bryan Murray's eccentric band with Jon Irabagon (sax), Jon Lundbom (guitar), Moppa Elliott (bass) and Danny Fischer (drums), with Doc Chadbourne on vocals, banjo and dobro.
Drummer, percussionist and composer Alex Cline re-imagines a landmark composition by Roscoe Mitchell, recording it live with Oliver Lake, Vinny Golia, Zeena Parkins, Mark Dresser, &c at the 2011 Angel City Jazz Festival, released as a CD & DVD package.
A 1990 release on Frode Gjerstad's Circulasione label capturing the original Detail quartet ( Gjerstad-sax, John Stevens-drums, Johnny Dyani-bass and Bobby Bradford-cornet) performing live in the UK, an amazing example of this international band's abilities.
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).
Jason Viseltear, based in NYC, makes violins, violas, and cellos for both contemporary and period / baroque performance. Inexplicably, Mr. Dorgon dedicated this work to him, a piece of sound and noise, perhaps constructed using string instruments; perhaps not.
Influenced by Cecil Taylor, Kaja Draksler is a Slovene piano player living in Amsterdam, performing inside and out of the piano in a unique style that approaches performing as a vision of the piano as a miniature orchestra.
The latest chapter in trumpeter Amir ElSaffar's continuing investigation into the tonal systems of Middle Eastern cultures within a jazz context, in a quintet with Ole Mathisen (sax), John Escreet (piano), Francois Moutin (bass) & Dan Weiss (drums).
Drawing together improvisers from the American South - 60's AACM drummer Alvin Fielder hails from Jackson, Mississippi with trombonist Dave Dove and saxophonist Jason Jackson and bassist Damon Smith from Houston - for six dynamic and captivating improvisations.
The minimalist duo of Klaus Fili performing on sinus-waves and Dafne Vicente-Sandoval on bassoon, performed deconstructively and amplified with miniature microphones, in two extended recordings of introspective and austere dialog.
The nearly telepathic rapport between Norwegians Frode Gjerstad (sax), Paal Nilssen-Love (percussion) and Jon Rune Strom (bass) was captured in Stavanger, Norway in 2011, six group improvisations of succinct and spectacular free music.
German reeidst Frank Gratkowski in a trio with West Coast percussionist Jerome Bryerton and bassist Damon Smith, in an album of free music that blends the sensibilities of free improv with contemporary compositional music.
Two concerts from an eight-year gap in the published recordings of the ISKRA 1903 trio of Paul Rutherford (trombone), Philipp Wachsmann (violin & electronics) and Barry Guy (bass & electronics), masterful improvisation blending acoustics and electronics.
An intense look at veterans of color from the last decade's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan performed with lyricist Mike Ladd, Maurice Decaul, Lynn Hill, Guillermo & Pamela Z, plus the band of Liberty Ellman (guitar), Kassa Overall (drums) and Okkyung Lee (cello).
With links to Foton Quartet, Rob Mazurek, Nicole Mitchell, Keith Rowe, Kevin Drumm, Matt Bauder, &c, the Polish & German quartet of Anna Kaluza (sax), Artur Majewski (trumpet), Rafal Mazur (guitar) & Kuba Suchar (drums) perform a perfect blend of bebop, free forms, west coast jazz and free improvisation.
A reissue of an out-of-print CDR from 2009, sound artist Eli Keszler covers a wide area of sound from glistening, spinning crotales and stick and drum clusters to high pitched sustain and sympathetic vibration formations.
An incredible and twisted journey in sound from sonic explorers Graham Lambkin and Jason Lescalleet, who alternately hypnotize and startle the listeners in a series of "photographs" documenting their personal histories in sound.
The electroacoustic improvising trio Looper of Martin Kuchen (sax & pocket radio), Ingar Zach (percussion) and Nikos Vleiotis (cello & video) presenting four intense and extended works recorded in the studio.
The debut recording from NY pianist Matt Mitchell, in a duo with drummer Ches Smith on drums, percussion & vibes, 15 inventive original compositions written to push Mitchell's technical skills in improvisational settings, each an ingenious little puzzle.
The long-running duo pairing of Mats Gustafsson (The Thing, Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, etc) and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth, Chelsea Light Moving, Dream/Aktion Unit, etc) in a limited LP of power and sound.
Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani presents thirteen pieces that take the listener on an expedition in the modern use of percussion, beautifully paced with rich sound, unexpected harmonic properties, fascinating punctuation, a mesmerizing journey.
The Necks trio of Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums) and Lloyd Swanton (bass) return to their evolving improvisation format, with ethereal arco harmonics, mesmeric piano riffs, subliminal pulses, twittering electronics, and even an arco bass choir.
NY based German-French bassist Pascal Niggenkemper in a European septet with reedist Frank Gratkowski, pianist Eve Risser, violist Frantz Loriot, vibraophonist Els Vandeweyer, voicals Emilie Lesbros, and drummer Christian Lillinger recording at the Loft, Cologne.
NYC's leading harp improviser Zeena Parkins and her "Adorables" of percussionist Shayna Dunkelman and electronic artist Preshish Moments in a mix of lush acoustic orchestration with live electronics, beats, and unusual instruments.
Saxophonist/multi-instrumentalist Ashley Paul's debut sounds like a minimalist psycho-acoustic experiment of sustained horns, subtle shifts of tone color, swelling with sustaining bowed bells and percussion, and subliminal vocals; a mysterious and beautiful release.
NY based pianist Angelica Sanchez in a stunning and intimate duo with legendary free improv trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, an album of superb conversation that flows naturally from their work together in Leo Smith's projects Golden Quartet and Organic.
The 2nd Aggregat album expands the first release's trio of Elliott Sharp (just on reeds this time), Brad Jones (bass) and Ches Smith (drums) into a quintet with Nate Wooley (trumpet) and Terry L. Green (trombone) for an amazing set of free jazz compositions.
An Australian improvising string chamber trio combing pure energy, dynamic sensibilities and a bombastic approach to percussive attack, with Jon Rose (violin), Clayton Thomas (bass) and Mike Majkowski (bass).
In 2000, saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and curator John Corbett organized a 16-piece free music big-band featuring key members of the Chicago and Swedish scenes, recording these two impressive, ecstatic, and explosive works.
Blurring the lines between electronic and acoustic music, as well as composition versus improvisation, NCAT is a unique quartet consisting of an improvising trio whose music has been mutated and structured in post-production by its fourth member.
Extending Nate Wooley's Seven Storey Mountain project with Chris Corsano, C. Spencer Yeh, David Grubbs, Ben Vida, Matt Moran, &c., here in 2 CDs presenting SSM Parts III & IV, recorded live at Issue Project Room in 2010 and 2012.
Two iconic New York players - saxophonist John Zorn and guitarist Thurston Moore - meet for the first time, presenting seven exhilarating improvisations of great diversity, inventiveness, sonic power, and creative drive.
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.
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.
Posthumous release by this explosive free improvised music quartet, a levelling outburst of abstraction and energy from pianist Charity Chan, trumpeter Peter Evans, bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer Weasel Walter.
New York drummer Harris Eisenstadt's new ensemble crosses the country with Chicago flutist Nicole Mitchell, NY & West Coast bassist Mark Dresser, and NY bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck, blending orchestral instruments in chamber and improvising contexts.
The GGRIL is a Canadian ensemble of musicians who experiment with various forms of interactions possible in an orchestra without a conductor, bringing together a dozen musicians from different backgrounds.
Percussionist Michel F Cote takes his Mecha Fixes Clocks ensemble (Philippe Lauzier-sax, Elwood Epps-trumpet, Jean Rene-sax, Pierre-Yves Martel-feedback, Bernard Falaise-guitar, Guillaume Dostaler-piano) on a compelling audio tour of air travel.
An unusual Jamie Saft release in our catalog (and Veal's!), a kid's album of original and traditional songs, recorded with wife Vanessa Saft, and featuring Rob Machold on percussion, Lonesom Bert on vocals & guitar, and Kenny Wollesen on drums.
The second full length from Kingston's New Zion Trio bringing together Reggae and Jazz musicians Jamie Saft (piano/keyboards), Brad Jones (acoustic bass), and Craig Santiago (drums) with special guest H.R. Human Rights, legendary vocalist of Bad Brains.
Jamie Saft's NY-based Veal label presents the first New Zion Trio album, bringing together Reggae and Jazz musicians Jamie Saft (piano/keyboards), Brad Jones (acoustic bass), and Craig Santiago (drums) for an album mixing roots reggae, dancehall, dub & jazz.