"Quartet 1000 brings together four highly acclaimed improvisers from the Netherlands (Wilbert de Joode - bass), USA (Michael Vatcher - drums), Germany (Jan Klare - sax) and Belgium (Bart Maris - trumpet) who played with all the biggest ...
The trio of Belgian reedist Joachim Badenhorst, French-Japanese violist Frantz Loriot, and French-German bassist Pascal Niggenkemper formed the Baloni trio in Brooklyn in 2008, presenting a blend of chamber and free jazz; reserved to frenetic playing that consistently surprises.
In the second volume of their collaboration, Banabila and Van Geel explore further into their neo-classical mix of viola improvisations, ambient textures, minimal compositions, and modular experiments.
A compilation of tracks from the melodic side of string and electronic artist Michel Banabila, with two exclusive tracks, and collecting previous work with artists like Anton Goudsmit, Eric Vloeimans, Michel van Schie, Salar Asid, Anne Bakker, Mete Erker, Mehmet Polat, Yasar Saka, &c.
A 2 CD Compilation of Banabila tracks released between 1999 and 2008, taken from his work on the Dutch label Steamin' Soundworks, and from his soundtrack and television work, with conspirators including Frank Van Der Kooij, Eric Vloeimans, Yasar Saka, Anton Goudsmit, Zenial, &c.
Saxophonist Tim Berne in his 3rd ECM album, leading his NY band Snakeoil, now a quintet with guitarist Ryan Ferreira joining pianist Matt Mitchell, clarinetist Oscar Noriega, and percussionist Ches Smith, for intricate, dynamic and sophisticated modern jazz.
A lovely album of instrumental guitar and songs in James Blackshaw's tenth studio album, the first recording to feature his voice and lyrics, drawing inspiration from '60s and '70s singer-songwriters, baroque and orchestral pop, and folk music.
Composer Per Bloland blends custom built electronics with instrumental textures to create unique soundscapes, presenting 5 works performed by Ecce Ensemble Chamber Industrial in a release of vigorous electroacoustic and instrumental compositions.
The 2nd release from Italian composer/performer Alessandro Bosetti and Australian pianist Chris Abrahams (The Necks), a very intimate album of sonic explorations that spans improvised fragments and original renditions of compositions like Steve Lacy's "Esteem" with Bosetti's lyrics.
A soundtrack of sorts, organized from improvised recordings between Boxhead Ensemble leader Michael Krassner and Adam Busch (Manishevitz, Sonoi) and Wil Hendricks (Califone, Simon Joyner, Lofty Pillars, etc), creative and immersive music to get lost in.
A collection of experimental, electroacoustic, and comprovized works from composer, sound artist, performer, and improviser Arturas Bumsteinas, inspired by Central European cultural landscape, including a radio play commisioned by Bolt Records.
Since working together in Thermal, saxophonist John Butcher and The Ex guitarist Andy Moor have collaborated in live performance, here recording in a cathedral in Berne, Switzerland in 2013, using its natural reverb to augment their impeccably paced and inspired dialog.
1999 release of the trio of John Butcher on soprano & tenor sax, Phil Durrant on violin, and John Russell on guitar, meticulous improvisation using outrageous technique, "unorthodox thematic development and off-center interplay which at times is odd and surreal".
A double CD featuring two extended live performances by the electroacoustic quartet of John Butcher (sax), Angharad Davies (violin), Rhodri Davies (harps) & Lee Patterson (amplifed devices), one an improv from Durham in 2013, the other a graphic score from Newcastle, 2014.
Improvising harpist Rhodri Davies in a solo career retrospective box set with 4 LPs (+ download codes) in screenprinted heavy card sleeves with artwork by Jean Luc Guionnet, plus curated flyers, posters, a booklet written by Rhodri Davies, an essay by David Toop, &c. &c.
Five idiosyncratic compositions by English composer Frank Denyer with performers including The Barton Workshop, Elisabeth Smalt, Juliet Fraser, Kiku Day and Frank Denyer himself, using shakuhachi, voice, muted strings, percussion and an axe striking a block of wood.
"Hornets Collage, which features the first all-North American lineup on the nuscope label, is an exciting and varied affair. The disc includes renowned composer Scott Fields, who performs on acoustic guitar. Also featured on this disc a...
An excellent reissue of reedist/drummer/pianist Milo Fine, bringing together material released on Hat Hut in 1976 & '7 ("Hah!" & "The Constant Extension Of Inescapable Tradition") plus his never-issued '78 album "When I Was Five Years Old, I Predicted Your Whole Life".
"Drummer Christian Wolfarth and saxophonist Donat Fisch first recorded in this formation more than ten years ago. Circle and Line 2 is the Swiss duo's reunion and an unique free jazz achievement. Saxophone and drum duos rarely become an...
Three exquisite electro-acoustic compositions by the New York-based duo of Anne Guthrie (french horn, electronics, recordings) and Billy Gomberg (bass guitar, recordings), using a combination of field recordings, electronics and improvisations on French horn and bass guitar.
Deconstructed sounds from Ralf Wehowsky (RLW) on electronics & Johannes Frisch on double bass, citing Ornette Coleman's "Free Jazz" album as an (abstract?) influence, using noise, glitch, acoustics and jump-cut compositional styles that surprise but won't make you want to dance.
Pianist Satoko Fujii's large ensemble blending masterful Japanese and Euro players like Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Natsuka Tamura with Matthias Schubert, Gebhard Ullmann, &c., with Fujii's compositions amazingly flexible frameworks that lend themselves to great soloing and ensemble playing.
Pianist Satoko Fujii's Tobira ("door") expands the original trio configuration of Todd Nicholson on bass and Takashi Itani on drums, with trumpeter/husband Natsuki Tamura, playing inventive free improvisation with sophistication in melodic heads and superb soloing.
"The cleverness of improvisation plays an integral part of this Russian trio's compositions that merely reference jazz standards. The artists reconfigure and loosely interpret while injecting their personal insights. The program consist...
"Heinz Geisser (Switzerland) and Shiro Onuma (Japan) transmit superhuman-like drumming heroics by performing with a sense of urgency, spurred upon by the semblance of a uniform musical plane. This is not a cut-throat competition. Two dr...
"Saxophonist and composer Joachim Gies presents his new German-Israeli trio SOUND/BODY/CELLS. With the vocalist Ronni Gilla who summons up the depths of the human voice, subtle drumming of Denis Stilke and unique sounds of Gies' saxopho...
Gintas K, in a moment of frustration, took more than 40 elements from some recent work he was preparing and put them into multichannel software which, with a few corrections, became this surprising and complex work of organized and detailed sound.
The first release from the German free improvising trio of pianist Georg Graewe, bassist Marcio Mattos, and drummer Michael Vatcher, playing Graewe's rich and intricate spontaneous compositions that ebb and flow effortlessly into each other.
The followup to "Cuts" by Japanese noisemaker Merzbow (aka Masami Akita), Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Hungarian drummer Balazs Pandi, adding Sonic Youth founder Thurston Moore to create a supergroup of vicious sonic improvisation spanning 4 nations.
Percussionist and composer Nick Hennies presents four tracks featuring sine waves paired with speech, vibraphone, hi-hat and voice recorded over several years in Austin, TX and Ithaca, NY, contrasting electronics and percussion with the starkness of the human voice.
The pairing of eccentric sound artist Jeph Jerman with Quakebasket label leader/percussionist Tim Barnes, using unidentifiable sound sources, field recordings, and the occasional acoustic instrument to create unique, curious and absorbing environments.
Natsuki Tamura & Christian Pruvost on trumpets, Satoko Fuji on piano and Peter Orins on drums for a quartet where all members are active compositional contributors, creating a powerful ensemble sound with strong soloing using modern creative techniques; excellent!
A limited reissue of the 2005 release from the quartet of Jonas Kullhammar (amplified clarinet & tenor sax), Per Johansson (amplified clarinet & alto sax), Sven Lindvall-Bjarton (bass), & Martin Jonsson-Vistalite (drums), in a great blend of free & contemporary jazz.
Yannis Kyriakides and Andy Moor's exploration and mining of the rich and mysterious terrain of Greek rebetika music from early 20th century, using a combination and juxtaposition of rebetika elements with their own distinct sonic explorations.
Using "recordings" and "devices", this is the first release from the long-standing collaboration of Eric La Casa and Taku Umani, 15 untitled tracks of curious and subtly discursive sound work recorded in a diverse set of locations.
Balancing active organized sound worlds from Graham Lambkin with Wandelweiser discretion from Michael Pisaro in five tracks that punctuate concrete sound compositions with Feldman-esque piano progressions, bound together by a short poem; captivating and elusive.
"On this dazzling duet recording with multi-woodwind ace Akosh S. (Szelevenyi Akos) at the Olympic Cafe in Paris the musicinas present seven works with a gait that intimates poetry in motion. Glenn Astarita writes in his liner notes tha...
NY-based Arto Lindsay's diverse career includes No Wave band DNA, Ambitious Lovers with Peter Scherer, acclaimed Brazilian-tinged pop records, and improvising with a great set of Downtown NY players, much of which is presented in this excellent cross-section of his work to date.
Composer & pianist Marcin Masecki wrote this work, inspired by Frederic Rzewski and presenting variations on the Chilean song "El pueblo unido jamas sera vencido" (The town united will never be defeated) and invited pianist Piotr Nowicki to perform it for this recording.
Surprisingly the first solo album from bassist Marcio Mattos, an important member of the London free improv and jazz scenes since the 70's, here presenting recordings from late 90s and 2000's, and a live recording at St. Mary's Old Church in Stoke Newington, 2010.
Virtuosic guitarist Ava Mendoza's Unnatural Ways, a Brooklyn-based trio with keyboardist Dominique Leone and drummer Nick Tamburro, in their debut LP of polyrhythmic, infectious and propulsive rock with declamatory vocals and insanely great playing.
Blending field recordings of temples, rain, bells, cicadas, radios, and other regional sounds from Khmer & Siam with native music to create a rich audioscape of those exotic lands, both mysterious and liltingly melodic on a beautiful journey in sound.
Jamie Newton works with sound using guitar, keyboards, field recordings, processing, and Kyoto croquet, here in a contemplative set of works merging drone and thick noise with indistinct rhythms and layers of concrete sounds.
Tonewheel organ meditations along with feedback and sound forms using processed guitar, keyboards and field recordings from sound artist Jamie Newton, 2 slowly evolving tonal works sandwiching three more turbulent pieces in a journey of drone, noise and reflection.
A mix of free jazz, rock, and avant-garde experimental music from clarinetist Francesco Chiapperini in a quartet with Gianluca Elia on tenor sax, Dario Trapani on electric guitar, and Anotonio Fusco on drums; lyrical modern jazz with a good dose of free chaos.
A bizarre album of vocalizations, dictaphone recordings, and other phlegmatic and spittled output from the UK duo of Jon Marshall and Joe Murray, who appropriately name this strange album with the word "Incomprehension", a word which the 14 tracks of this CD live up to.
The four part "Monoceros" was recorded by saxophonist Evan Parker, here on soprano, in 1987, originally for the Incus label, here in a remastered form with Parker showing his masterful use of the extended techniques that have influenced a generation of players.
A freely improvised collaboration between Ahleuchatistas guitarist Shane Perlowin and trumpeter Jacob Wick, both using a contemplative approach of unusual and extended techniques while allowing space and tension to develop their deceptively rich dialog.
Composer Frank Perry presents some new and some old unreleased recordings of solos, duos and trios featuring world famous musicians such as Evan Parker, David Toop, Paul Lytton, Paul Lovens, Jin Hi Kim and Trevor Taylor.
A collection of materials for solo guitarist, written by Michael Pisaro and here performed by Christian Alvear, presenting the performer with up to 12 fragments which can be played in any order and which allow for various transformations, cuts, extensions and silences.
Two compositions from Eugeniusz Rudnik, and a large work from vocalist Maja S. K. Ratkje performed live at The Polish Radio Experimental Studio using Rudnik's samples, her voice, and her own concrete elements in a virtual "dialog" with the composer.
Two excellent side-long tracks from an incredible show in Munich recorded in April 2014 from Portugal's free improvising Red Trio of Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano), Hernani Faustino (bass) and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums), their first release on a US label.
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Electroacoustic landscape composer Michel Redolfi in a work for Synclavier digital synthesizer recorded between 1979 & 1980, attempting to musically translate his research on underwater sound in the Pacific, from the movement of rolling waves to its depths.
In 1987 the trio of John Butcher on tenor & soprano sax, Phil Durrant on violin & trombone, and John Russel on acoustic plectrum guitar, released this LP of free improvisations using superb forward-thinking dialog, remarkable 3 decades after its release!
A live recording of lyrical post-bop jazz from Swedish legend, tenor saxophnoist Nisse Standstrom, in a live recording from 2014 fronting a quintet of creative players Jonas Kullhammar on tenor sax, Leio Lindberg on piano, Kenji Rabson on bass, and Moussa Fadera on drums.
One of saxophonists Evan Parker's favorite recordings from the long-running trio led by pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach with drummer Paul Lytton, the powerhouse free improvised "Pakistani Pomade" alubm is reissued on 180 gram vinyl with its original cover.
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New York pianist Matthew Shipp in a live concert at Okunden Music Concert Series in 2015 with Polish woodwind player Mat Walerian, performing on alto saxophone, bass clarinet, soprano clarinet, flute; 10 lyrical and beautifully paced original jazz compositions.