Saint-Petersburg saxophonist Ilia Belorukov & Moscow-based electronic and computer musician Kurt Liedwart in a release balancing silence, space and chance using sinewaves & computers and prepared saxophone, a mix of modern ea-improv and Wandelweiser intent.
Trombonist Samuel Blaser leads a trio of Benoit Delbecqu (piano & keys) and Gerry Hemingway (drums & percussion) through 11 tracks that merge modern improvisation with conceptual compositional elements creating intense, introspective & intelligent music.
A concert featuring exceptional unaccompanied solo improvisations by John Russell (guitar), Phil Minton (voice), John Edwards (double bass), Lol Coxhill (saxophone) and Chris Burn (piano, percussion) followed by an impromptu performance as a quintet.
The 1st of 3 releases documenting composer/cornetist Taylor Ho Bynums' Navigation project, in 2 CDS of studio recordings with his Sextet: Jim Hobbs on saxophone, Bill Lowe on trombone & tuba, Mary Halvorson on guitar, Ken Filiano on bass, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums & vibraphone.
Kent Carter (double bass) leads Carl Zingaro (violin) and Francois Dreno (viola) in a string trio with touches of classical chamber, jazz, and European folk music. Albrecht Maurer (violin) and Emmanuelle Roch (viola) later join Carter in two pieces.
Intricate and beautifully paced electroacoustic improv from the quartet of Thanos Chrysakis (laptop, synth & radio), Ken Slaven (berimbu, autoharp, violin), James O'Sullivan (guitar) and Jerry Wigens (clarinet & mandolin).
Active in various formats since 2005 when The London Musicians' Collective commissioned the ensemble from electric harpist Rhodri Davies, this album with John Butcher (sax & amplifier) and Lee Patterson on amplified devices is surprisingly their first release.
Paul Dunmall (bagpipes, sax) and Stevie Wishart (hurdy-gurdy) play as a duo to start this Brussels concert, followed by a flustering duo with Dunmall on sax and Paul Lytton on percussion, and ending with a group performance by the unlikely trio.
Baritone saxophonist Charles Evans artfully navigates seven ballads, from standard pieces such as "Body and Soul" and "Chelsea Bridge" to 2 original compositions, in a band with Moppa Elliott (bass), Eli Hludzik (drums), Neil Shah (piano), and Eric Dutko (guitar).
A strange album of songs from the oddly captivating West Coast artist Featherbeard, using mountain dulcimer, baritone ukulele, a mahogany guitar, autoharp, samba drums, pump organs and of course, his voice; obsessive and wonderfully creative music.
The trio of Miguel A. Garcia (electronics), Tomas Gris (objects) and Lee Noyes (piano) in a single extended and understated improvisation mixing acoustic and electronic sources, building and subsiding in its interesting journey.
Frequent collaborators, German pianist Georg Graewe, Dutch cellist Ernst Reijseger, and American percussionist Gerry Hemingway, performing free improvisation using "unorthodox harmonic structures, ferocious interplay, and a plethora of contrasting elements".
Georg Graewe in a series of 13 piano fantasies from 2 to 7 minutes long, non-idiomatic improvisation incorporating diverse modern styles in rich variety, from introspective work to elaborate and inventive playing using great technical and dramatic control.
The first CD from 2002 by German saxophonist/clarinetist Frank Gratkowski, Belgian pianist/ accordionist Fred Van Hove, and drummer/percussionist Tony Oxley, reserved yet unrestrained free improvisation; smart dialog from three tremendous players.
Sylvia Hallet uses just a bowed bicycle wheel and digital delays to create originals songs, improvises violin and voice on another track, and constructs a tape collage soundtrack made for a dance film.
Both eight and six-piece ensembles are conducted by Masashi Harada dancing. Artists include Greg Kelley, Tucker Dulin, Christian Pincock, Eric Carlson, Bhob Rainey, Aleta Cole, Dan Levin, Mike Bullock and Phil Tomasic.
Margareth Kammerer (Magic I.D., ONJO, International Nothing) explores songs in experimental and improvised setting, in a band with Christof Kurzmann (saxophone), Axel Dorner (trumpet), Burkhard Stangl (vibraphone), Werner Dafeldecker (bass), &c.
NYC & Israeli saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer's Brooklyn band with Daniel Levin on cello, Eyal Maoz on guitar and Andrew Drury on drums, performing five extended Kretzmer compositions with great diversity, style and grace.
An ambient electronic adventure driven by experimental touches of noise and glitch in a journey through moods of mystery, melancholy, eminent peril, and even elation inspired by the magickal strength of Aleister Crowley.
The entire Bimhuis concert from 2002 as well as two studio tracks from 2000 by the improvising quartet of Gail Brand (trombone), Phil Durrant (electronics, violin), Pat Thomas (electronics, piano) and Mark Sanders (percussion).
Percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani in a duo with Ahleuchatistas guitarist Shane Perlowin, who complements Nakatani's intuitive percussive work with arpeggiated grooves and intricate guitar work, to create introspective and ardent works of music and sound.
The excellent trio of Maggie Nicols (voice), Caroline Kraabel (saxophone, voice) and Charlotte Hug (viola) record a set of improvisation just a month after performing at the Freedom of the City Festival.
Two pieces emphasizing situation, location, the close-in, spatialised listening of small speakers and small receivers, recorded in Maia, near Dunedin by Noyes and Sally Ann Mcintyre using mics, samplers, a mixer and feedback loops.
For the first time in 25 years, Howard Riley overdubs a piano by recording one part as if he were playing a solo and the immediately overdubbing the second part, resulting in nine improvisations and a jazz tribute to Monk.
The first CD by the multi-national trio of Swedish pianist Sten Sandell, Chicago-based cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Chicago-based percussionist Michael Zerang, an amazingly diverse set using unusual techniques and intensive dialog.
Swedish pianist Sten Sandell's 2002 release, his first solo recording involving only one piano, demonstrating his skills as a composer through improvisations with a classical bent and a unique individualism.
A 10" release presenting three unreleased tracks from the Art Yard Sun Ra & His Arkestra vaults, "Along Came Ra" featuring June Tyson; "The Sky Is A Sea Of Darkness When There Is No Sun" and "We Travel The Spaceways."
Kindred Spirits & Artyard collaborated to reissue this key 1978 Sun Ra small ensemble album with John Gilmore (sax), Michael Ray (trumpet), and Luqman Ali (drums) recorded at Teatro Cilak in Milan, Italy.
Collaborators since 1998, NY hyperpianist Denman Maroney's playing is captured and processed by Hans Tammen, who also plays the "endangered guitar" and electronics, in a spectacular and thought-provoking album of techniques and concepts.
A diverse and fascinating release from clarinetist Michael Thieke, also on zither and providing field recordings, with guitarist Martin Siewert, accordionist Luca Venitucci, and two bassists--Christian Weber & Derek Shirley, and two drummers--Steve Heather and Eric Schaefer.
The sixth studio album from the trio of Mats Gustafsson (saxophones), Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (electric bass), and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums), the first release on their own label, a record that transforms rock, noise, and improv in intense and exultant ways.
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Skronky improv from the trio of Mats Gustafsson (sax), Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (electric bass) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) in this 180gm vinyl issue of their 2011 Smalltown Superjazz release, recorded in monaural sound for straight-to-your-brain free jazz!