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).
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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!
Known for his trio work with Barre Phillips and the late Peter Kowald, alto saxophonist & flautist Biggi Vinkeloe leads a trio with bassist Damon Smith and drummer/vibraphonist Kjell Nordeson through 14 original group improvisations of elegance and style.
On the cover: Demdike Stare; Heatsick+Helm; Robert Beatty; Laraaji; Maria Chavez; Kurt Gottschalk's Invisible Blindfold with Maria Chavez; Savage Pencil on Lou Reed; Esmerine; Dot Wiggin; Joe McPhee; &c. &c!
New York-based trumpeter Nate Wooley and London-based saxophonist Seymour Wright in a series of 9 duos using the fringes of their instruments in exploratory and introspective dialog of great depth and intensity.
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.