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Converse, Connie (Anderson / Patton / Halvorson & Pavone / Haden / Kang / Wainwright / Elysian Field Converse, Connie (Anderson / Patton / Halvorson & Pavone / Haden / Kang / Wainwright / Elysian Fields / Tweedy / Amidon / ...):
Vanity Of Vanities - A Tribute To Connie Converse

(Tzadik -- USA )

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A pioneer of the modern singer/songwriter genre from the 50s, little is known of Connie Converse except her exceptional songbook, given life here in a tribute to her work through 16 songs interpreted by an amazing set of singers and instrumentalists, including Laurie Anderson, Petra Haden, Mary Halvorson, Mike Patton, Eyvind Kang, Oren Bloedow, Jessica Pavone, &c. &c.

Cochrane, Chris / Stuart Popejoy: Geologic Popejoy Cochrane, Chris / Stuart Popejoy:
Geologic Popejoy

(Infrequent Seams Records -- USA )

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Downtown NY guitarist Chris Cochrane (No Safety, Curlew) joins up with bassist Stuart Popejoy (Sugarlife, Bassoon, Sarah Bernstein Quartet) for an album of exploratory sonic environments born from improvisation, with rich guitar processing, glitch, heavy riffs, and indescribable sonic environments in a well-balance album of informed experimentation.

Lisbon String Trio with Blaise Siwula : K'ampokol Che K'aay Lisbon String Trio with Blaise Siwula :
K'ampokol Che K'aay

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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One of the most active albums from the set of Lisbon String Trio (plus one) albums released in 2017, saxophonist Blaise Siwula brings a unique virtuosity to this live album from Galeria Monumental in Lisbon, prompting at times a chamber jazz feeling, alongside very free improvisation with impressive transitions from spacious to highly detailed playing.

Tamura, Natsuki / Alexander Frangenheim: Nax Tamura, Natsuki / Alexander Frangenheim:
Nax

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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An impressive, creative, startling meeting between Japanese trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and German double bassist Alexander Frangenheim, taking Tamura out of his more typical structured improv and Frangenhemin into more active and agressive styles than his Creative Sources output; a great album reminding just how fun and awe inspiring free improvised music can be.

Gratkowski, Frank / Udo Schindler: Sounding Dialectics Gratkowski, Frank / Udo Schindler:
Sounding Dialectics

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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"Now, two duos with the participation of Udo Schindler, German multi-instrumentalist who has been paying particular attention to bass and bass variants of the clarinet, but also uses the soprano saxophone and, in "Empty Pigenhole", the ...

Frangenheim, Alexander / Nikolaus Neuser / Richard Scott: Trialectics Frangenheim, Alexander / Nikolaus Neuser / Richard Scott:
Trialectics

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Active and exciting electroacoustic improvisation with a strong emphasis on the electronics from Richard Scott and his uniquely developed modular synthesizer, from this Berlin-based collective trio with double bassist Alexander Frangenheim and trumpeter Nikolaus Neuser, exploring Trialectics, a complex system of 21st century thought and formal logic.

Otopus (Rodrigues / Humm / Curado / Piosik / Hencleeday / Almeida / Santos / Godinho): Vulgaris Otopus (Rodrigues / Humm / Curado / Piosik / Hencleeday / Almeida / Santos / Godinho):
Vulgaris

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Correctly configured, the Portugese ensemble Octopus is an octet, and though named after the most common of the breed, this 8-tentacled orchestration of strings, flute, trumpet, piano, guitar, electronics and percussion, all using extended techniques, slides deftly and with incredible restraint through a large, detailed dark-water work of electroacoustic improvisation.

Emaille, Camille: Bekkos Emaille, Camille:
Bekkos

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Kern (Edith Steyer / Matthias Mueller / Yorgos Dimitriadis): Mittendrin Kern (Edith Steyer / Matthias Mueller / Yorgos Dimitriadis):
Mittendrin

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Adachi / Buck / Frangenheim / Gratkowski: Goldsbleed Adachi / Buck / Frangenheim / Gratkowski:
Goldsbleed

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Creative Sources core artist double bassist Alexander Frangenheim met Zeitkratzer multi-reedist Frank Gratkowski, The Necks drummer Tony Buck, and free improvising vocalist Adachi Tomomi, in one of a series of concerts at the loft Studio Boerne 45 in Berlin in 2015; this, their first meeting, yielded an impressive flow of creative and far-ranging collective dialog.

Voutchkova / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Mayas: The Afterlife of Trees Voutchkova / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Mayas:
The Afterlife of Trees

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Lytle, Michael / Denman Maroney / Stephen Flinn: Itinerant Lytle, Michael / Denman Maroney / Stephen Flinn:
Itinerant

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Beger, Albert / Shay Hazan: Black Minah| Beger, Albert / Shay Hazan:
Black Minah|

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Lencastre, Jose / Jorge Nuno / Pedro Santo : 08.30/18.09/10.10/10.18 Lencastre, Jose / Jorge Nuno / Pedro Santo :
08.30/18.09/10.10/10.18

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Amberg, Elio / Christoph Baumann: Life In A Pond Amberg, Elio / Christoph Baumann:
Life In A Pond

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Zek, Ame : First Bow Zek, Ame :
First Bow

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Chrysakis, Thanos / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Abdul Moimeme: Micrograp Chrysakis, Thanos / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Abdul Moimeme:
Micrographia

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Recording in Portugal, the quintet of Aural Terrains label leader Thanos Chrysakis on piano, Creative Sources label leader Ernesto Rodrigue on viola, son Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Miguel Mira on double bass and Abdul Moimeme on electric guitar, three parts of microscopic collective electroacoustic improvisation of highly focused, detailed interplay.

VCA (Vilanova / Castrillon / Andean): Ceres VCA (Vilanova / Castrillon / Andean):
Ceres

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Electroacoustic improvisation from the trio of Marc Vilanova on saxophone, Sergio Castrillon on cello, and pianist James Andean also performing on objects and electronics, in nine collective improvisations of close-knit dialog balancing intense activity and silent space, building tension and releasing it in unexpected and wonderfully eccentric ways.

Angelo, Miguel : I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert Angelo, Miguel :
I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Porto bassist Miguel Angelo's solo release is an album of pure improvisation, unrepeatable takes, which, for the artist, makes musical and emotional sense as a satisfying moment of musical sensation, through 11 tracks on the double bass of powerful playing, creative impulse, lyrical and rhythmic inventiveness, and ultimately, great satisfaction.

All Included: Satan in Plain Clothes [VINYL] All Included:
Satan in Plain Clothes [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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With members from Angles, Universal Indians, Frode Gjerstad Trio, Friends and Neighbors, &c. the quintet of Martin Kuchen (sax), Thomas Johansson (trumpet), Mats Aleklin (trombone), Jon Rune Strom (bass) and Tollef Ostvang (drums) play modern, energetic jazz that kicks Satan's ass; highly recommended!

Duthoit, Isabelle / Alexander Frangenheim / Roger Turner : Kochuu Duthoit, Isabelle / Alexander Frangenheim / Roger Turner :
Kochuu

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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"Back in July, I mentioned Skulking in the Big House from a quartet led by Alexander Frangenheim, and Frangenheim continues to release albums on Creative Sources, including more recently Kochuu, featuring French vocalist Isabelle Duthoit...

Hammill, Peter: From The Trees Hammill, Peter:
From The Trees

(Fie! Records -- UK )

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Peter Hammill continues his immense solo career, intricately linked to his work with Van Der Graaf Generator, but more focused in intelligent lyrics, profound vocal layering, and fluid song structures, a unique voice who for more than 35 studio albums has developed an approach to songwriting and intellectual observation of subtle sophistication and detail.

Smash & Teeny with John Butcher: Gathering [2 CDs] Smash & Teeny with John Butcher:
Gathering [2 CDs]

(Spool -- Canada )

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Smash and Teeny are Toronto-based sound artists Nilan Perera and Sarah Peebles performing on guitar, laptop, detuned sho, and effects, here in a double CD of their intertwining improvisation combining active and spatial environments, joined on disc 2 for an extended dialog with John Butcher, plus a video featuring Chung Gong.

Sun Ra: Cosmos Sun Ra:
Cosmos

(Inner City -- USA )

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A grooving cosmic album issued in 1976 on the French Cobra label, Sun Ra leads his large ensemble on a Rocksichord keyboard, alongside Arkestra members Marshall Allen, Danny Davis and John Gilmore on sax, Craig Harris on trombone, Ahmed Abdulla on trumpet, Vince Chancey on French Horn, Jac Jackson, Eloe Omoe, and Danny Ray Thompson on winds, Larry Bright on drums, and Tony Bunn on bass.

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra New York: Fukushima Fujii, Satoko Orchestra New York:
Fukushima

(Libra -- Japan )

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Diverse aspects of the 2011 disaster at the Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant brought on by a tsunami orchestrated in sound by composer/pianist Satoko Fujii and rendered in remarkable ways from some of New York finest improvisers, including Tony Malaby, Ellery Eskelin, Oscar Noriega, Herb Roberts, Joe Fiedler, Stomu Takeishi, Nels Cline, &c &c.

Honsinger, Tristan & Massimo Simonini: Call Me Us Honsinger, Tristan & Massimo Simonini:
Call Me Us

(I Dischi di Angelica -- Italy )

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A highly unusual performance in 10 parts from cellist Honsinger and pre-existing media manipulist Simonini that falls between radio art, music theatre, and the inexplicable

Haino, Keiji / John Butcher: Light Never Bright Enough Haino, Keiji / John Butcher:
Light Never Bright Enough

(Otoroku -- UK )

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Japanese avant blues guitarist, vocalist and modern shaman Keiji Haino met UK free improvising vocalist John Butcher in 2012 when Butcher opened for Haino's Fushitsusha band at Cafe Oto; in 2016 they met to play two concerts, one in Hong Kong, one at London's Cafe Oto, the latter resulting in this powerful concert, five dialogs of intertwining reed, guitar and voice.

Mikami, Kan / John Edwards / Alex Nielson: Live at Cafe Oto Mikami, Kan / John Edwards / Alex Nielson:
Live at Cafe Oto

(Otoroku -- UK )

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More typically a solo performer, Japanese bluesman Kan Mikami has created a distinctive path for his voice, guitar and poetic lyrics; here he is propelled in an improvisational setting with two powerful UK players--John Edwards on bass and Alex Neilson on drums--captured live at London's Cafe Oto for a growling concert of finesse and brusque attitude.

Frangenheim, Alexander  : Talk For A Listener Frangenheim, Alexander :
Talk For A Listener

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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"We've written about Frangenheim before, whether playing solo, as on "The Knife Again", or in duo with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura on "Nax". On "Talk For A Listener", he goes far beyond conventions, getting rid of any foothold 'a listener"...

Bowie, Lester: Numbers1 & 2 - 50TH Anniversary Edition Bowie, Lester:
Numbers1 & 2 - 50TH Anniversary Edition

(NESSA -- USA )

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Remastering the 1st release on the Nessa label, two quartet sessions recorded in '67 and led by trumpeter Lester Bowie which would lead to the formation of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, performed with Roscoe Mitchell (reeds), Malachi Favors (bass) and, on the 2nd quartet, Joseph Jarman (reeds), an incredible forward-looking album of free improvisation.

Tippetts, Julie / Mark Wastell: Unraveling The Waterfall Tippetts, Julie / Mark Wastell:
Unraveling The Waterfall

(Confront -- UK )

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An intensely concentrative and deeply spiritual performance at Cafe Oto in 2017 from the duo of Julie Tippetts on voice, Sri Lankan hand drums, bells, singing bowls, water bowls, thumb piano, seed pod shaker, Balinese mini xylophone, and struck hand drum, and Mark Wastell on tam tam, cracked ride cymbal, shruti box, chimes, hand drum, Indian temple bells, and singing bowls.

Edwards, John / Olie Brice: At Iklectik Edwards, John / Olie Brice:
At Iklectik

(Confront -- UK )

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Double double bass from the duo of John Edwards and Olie Brice performing live at Iklectik Arts Lab, in London in 2017, a return of sorts as Brice's first live improv gig was opening for the Sunny Murray Trio with Edwards and Bevan; here the two combine, in contrast and confluence as they demonstrate massive technique and concentrative conversation.

Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Nate Wooley: Philosopher's Stone Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Nate Wooley:
Philosopher's Stone

(Leo -- UK )

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An inevitable meeting of New York luminaries, trumpeter Nate Wooley joins saxophonist Ivo Perelman with frequent sideman Matthew Shipp for an album of complex and sophisticated collective free improvisation, spectacular playing and like-minded conversation of incredible technique and lyrical innuendo; released with the quartet album "Octagon".

Perelman, Ivo / Nate Wooley / Brandon Lopez / Gerald Cleaver: Octagon Perelman, Ivo / Nate Wooley / Brandon Lopez / Gerald Cleaver:
Octagon

(Leo -- UK )

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The second release pairing Brazilian-born, New York-based saxophonist Ivo Perelman with trumpeter Nate Wooley, in a quartet with bassist Brandon Lopez and drummer Gerald Cleaver, a frequent hard bop configuration, here in an 8 part set of studio recordings that range from exultant and vigorous group interplay to pointillist interaction, a superb album of creative modern jazz.

Ozo: A Kind of Zo Ozo:
A Kind of Zo

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Acoustic free improvisation with an ea-attitude, improvising drummer/percussionist Pedro Oliveira (Bernardo Sassetti) and classical pianist Paulo Mesquita used prepared instruments in a dialog that contrasts solid rhythmically melodic piano progressions with a mix of propulsive percussion, deep resonant tones, environmental timbre, and percussive interventions.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: Those Who Came Never Before Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.:
Those Who Came Never Before

(Nod and Smile Records -- E.U. )

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Four psychedelic blues and rock tracks from Japan's Acid Mothers Temple led by guitarist Kawabata Makoto, with vocalist Cotton Casino, synth guru Higashi Hiroshi, guitarist Mitsuru Tabata, drummer Satoshima Nani, and S/T Wold on tape, space and time, informed and psych-referencing music that slowly builds into intricate and explosive inner headspaces.

Barbez w/ Velina Brown: For Those Who Came After: Songs Of Resistance From The Spanish Civil War <i> Barbez w/ Velina Brown:
For Those Who Came After: Songs Of Resistance From The Spanish Civil War [Used Item]

(Important Records -- USA )

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New York's literate and genre-encompassing rock band Barbez led by guitarist and journalist Dan Kaufman present their 5th album, renderings of protest songs from The Spanish Civil War in a tribute to the Spanish International Brigades, blending avant-rock, contemporary classical, and folk music styles into a compelling and historically important set of songs.

Giallorenzo, Paul Trio: Flow Giallorenzo, Paul Trio:
Flow

(Delmark -- USA )

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Nine original compositions from pianist Paul Giallorenzo in his 2nd Delmark CD, reducing the band to a classic piano trio with compatriots Joshua Abrams on bass and Mikel Patrick Avery on drums, in a passionate album that balances high energy polytonal swing to profound and lyrical ballads, with abstract blues and free-form inventiveness; excellent.

Mitchell, Roscoe With Yuganaut (Rush / Abbs / Mann): Four Ways Mitchell, Roscoe With Yuganaut (Rush / Abbs / Mann):
Four Ways

(NESSA -- USA )

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Chicago luminary, multi-wind player Roscoe Mitchell has collaborated over the previous 2 decades with multi-instrumentalist Stephen Rush, here joining Rush's band Yugonaut with Tom Abbs on bass, cello, violin, tuba & digideroo and Geoff Mann on drums, cornet & banjo, to perform these energetic improvisations live at Ann Arbor's Edgefest in 2009.

Stein, Jason Quartet: Lucille! Stein, Jason Quartet:
Lucille!

(Delmark -- USA )

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Bass clarinetist Jason Stein draws from the work of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Lennie Tristano plus original compositions, with his quartet of Chicago peers Keefe Jackson (tenor sax & contrabass clarinet) and Joshua Abrams (bass) and NY drummer Tom Rainey, in enthusiastically energetic and lyrical music that uses modern creative skills to look forward and back.

Kuchen, Martin / Jon Rune Strom / Tollef Ostvang: Melted Snow [VINYL] Kuchen, Martin / Jon Rune Strom / Tollef Ostvang:
Melted Snow [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Martin Kuchen (Angles, Fire! Orchestra, All Included, &c) on tenor and soprano sax, Jon Rune Strom on bass, and Tollef Ostvang on drums for an album of muscular playing and intense interaction, including a breakdown of All Included's "Satan In Plain Clothes".

Bosetti, Alessandro : Notebooks Bosetti, Alessandro :
Notebooks

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Czech composer Leos Janacek was fascinated with speech melodies, writing them down in notebooks to use in his compositions; Italian composer Alessandro Bosetti has adapted these notes, using the words themselves to create a series of works that builds rhythmic structures in place of melody, injecting himself and other performers into Janacek's interest in the voice.

DJ Lenar: Drite Shtilkayt DJ Lenar:
Drite Shtilkayt

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Using recordings of Polish Jewish cantors with cello arrangements from Marek Czerniewicz, DJ Lenar (aka Marcin Lenarczyk) dedicates an album to the memory of Polish Jews by reimagining the recordings in subtle and sincere ways, reinforcing the powerful voices that guide the liturgical music of the Jewish faith, accompanied by a booklet of inspirational text.

Refusenik (Arturas Bumsteinas): Musikaliszer Pinkos Refusenik (Arturas Bumsteinas):
Musikaliszer Pinkos

(Bolt -- Poland )

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A collection of more than two hundred Hebrew religious chants compiled and published by cantor Abraham Berenstein in 1927 in Vilna, Poland (today Vilnius, Lithuania), re-composed by Arturas Bumsteinas using fragments of melodies found found in the Berenstein's book, with electronics recorded on the old Russian analogue synthezier Polyvox then mixed in EMS.

Roginski, Raphael (feat. Olga Myslowska / Sebstian Witkowski): plays Henry Purcell Roginski, Raphael (feat. Olga Myslowska / Sebstian Witkowski):
plays Henry Purcell

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Polish guitarist Raphael Roginski presents works from baroque English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695), considered one of the greatest English composers, performed on solo guitar and with accompaniment by Sebastian Witkowski on synth and Olga Myslowska on voice, a beautiful and languorous album that pays homage to the profound lasting qualities of Purcell's music.

Schaeffer, Boguslaw : Travel Notes Schaeffer, Boguslaw :
Travel Notes

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Several compostions by Polish composer Boguslaw Schaeffer developed in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio from 1966-1978, including works for tape, electronic computer, voice, a quadraphonic generator, the SynLab synthesizer, composed using both graphic and notated scores, and realized with incredibly detailed layering and development of the material.

Zeitkratzer: plays PRES Zeitkratzer:
plays PRES

(Bolt -- Poland )

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International contemporary music group Zeitkratzer directed by Reinhold Friedl performs reinterpreted instrumental version of six pieces representing different stages of Polish Radio Experimental Studio's history.

Zuydervelt, Rutger : Astroneer 2 (Original Game Soundtrack) Zuydervelt, Rutger :
Astroneer 2 (Original Game Soundtrack)

(Machinefabriek -- The Netherlands )

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The second volume of Rutger Zuydervelt AKA Machinefabriek's soundtrack for System Era's Astroneer game, a sci-fi exploration and adventure game, in discrete tracks presenting the themes and melodies that are played continuously in reaction to the action of the player in the game.

Chadbourne, Eugene: Museo Della Musica Chadbourne, Eugene:
Museo Della Musica

(Chadula -- USA )

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Inspired by a concert in Bologna, Italy at the Museo della Musica, these are studio tracks with one live recording from that concert, great new versions of classic songs!

Golia, Vinny Wind Quartet: Live At The Century City Playhouse Golia, Vinny Wind Quartet:
Live At The Century City Playhouse

(Dark Tree Records -- France )

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Dark Tree's Southern California archive series adds this phenomenal session from multi-woodwind player Vinny Golia's Wind Quartet with clarinetist John Carter, trombonist Glenn Ferris, and cornetist Bobby Bradford, recorded fairly early in their careers in 1979 live at Century City Playhouse in LA for two sets of exploratory, dexterous and astounding jazz.

Kobi, Christian (solo and with Taku Sugimoto / Yoko Ikeda / Wakana Ikeda: Atta! Kobi, Christian (solo and with Taku Sugimoto / Yoko Ikeda / Wakana Ikeda:
Atta!

(Monotype -- Poland )

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Four solo saxophone improvisations, two on tenor and two on soprano, using remarkable technique and concentration from Swiss improviser Christian Kobi performing live in Tokyo and Osaka in 2017, plus a live quartet improvisation with flutist Wakana Ikeda, violinist Yoko Ikeda, and guitarist Taku Sugimoto for an open-approached performance of detailed, minimal improv.

Made to Break: Trebuchet Made to Break:
Trebuchet

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The eight release from Ken Vandermark's hard-hitting quartet with Austrian electronic improviser Christof Kurzmann, Netherlands bassist Jasper Stadhouders, and Chicago drummer and frequent Vandermark collaborator Tim Daisy, for 3 vigorous and extreme pieces dedicated to Shellac, Susan Sontag, and Kerry James Marshall; powerful, informed, essential.

Mitchell's, Nicole Black Earth: Intergalactic Beings Mitchell's, Nicole Black Earth:
Intergalactic Beings

(For Practically -- USA )

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Nicole Mitchell explores the work of African-American writer Octavia Butler in a science fiction concept of intergalactic integration, achieved through 9 detailed pieces that balance improvisation, composition and song in unique and sophisticated ways.

Oyauchi, Aishi : Wrong Exit Oyauchi, Aishi :
Wrong Exit

(Armageddon Nova -- Japan )

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Under-recorded but legendary Japanese free improvising saxophonist Aishi Oyauchi in a double CD, performing on alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, and piano through 52 untitled and inventive pieces, from a few seconds in length to several minutes, presented as 7 composite tracks; part of the Armageddon Nova Series exploring radical free improvisation.

Polyorchard: Color Theory in Black and White Polyorchard:
Color Theory in Black and White

(Not On Label -- USA )

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Two trios, "Black" with cellist Chris Eubank and violist Dan Ruccia, and "White" with trombonist Jeb Bishop and saxophonist Laurent Estoppey, each with the foundation of bassist David Menestres, balancing experience in free improvisation and compositional music to create an exciting hybrid, a chamber collective of tumult and control.

Roginski, Raphael : Populista Presents BOX [3 CDs + POSTER] Roginski, Raphael :
Populista Presents BOX [3 CDs + POSTER]

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Raphael Roginski's Trilogy - 3 CDs in Bolt's Populista series: CD 1. "Raphael Roginski plays John Coltrane and Langston Hughes African mystic music"; CD 2. "Zywizna plays Zaswiec Niesiacku and other Kurpian songs"; CD 3. "Populista presents Raphael Roginski plays Henry Purcell featuring Olga Myslowska and Sebstian Witkowski"; in a slip box with a poster.

Sonore: OTO Sonore:
OTO

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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A live recording at London's Cafe Oto for BBC Radio's Jazz on 3 program with the incredible saxophone trio Sonore featuring Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark, and Mats Gustafsson.

subterrene: Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been subterrene:
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(Bad Architect Records -- USA )

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Rich sonic atmospheres from subterrene, aka Grant Stewart, a member of the 910 Noise collective, using slowly evolving and dovetailing drones that resonate and reveal shimmering beauty, deeply controlled and maintaining aural interest without any sense of impatience, maintaining a steady hand that reveals hidden harmonics amongst beautiful clouds of sound.

Various Artists: Lao Dan / Rick Countryman / Colin Webster: Saxophone Anatomy Various Artists: Lao Dan / Rick Countryman / Colin Webster:
Saxophone Anatomy

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Saxophone solo improvisation omnibus by three free saxophonists from around the globe: Lao Dan from China recording in an underground bomb shelter in an agressive solo performance; US ex-pat Rick Countryman from the Philippines in a traditional yet extremely free jazz exposition; and London's Colin Webster on baritone sax for an exploration of extended techniques.

Zywizna: Roginski, Raphael with Genowefa Lenarcik: plays Zaswiec Niesiacku and other Kurpian songs Zywizna: Roginski, Raphael with Genowefa Lenarcik:
plays Zaswiec Niesiacku and other Kurpian songs

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Guitarist Raphael Roginski reinterprets the music of the Kurpi region of Poland, performed with vocalist Genowefa Lenarcik who was born in 1940 in the village of Krobia, part of the Kurpi region, and is the daughter of folk singing legend Stanislaw Brzozowy; together they bring out the rich heritage of this region, expanded by the natural sounds of the forests of Northeaster Poland.

Third Coast Ensemble: Wrecks Third Coast Ensemble:
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(RogueArt -- Austria )

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Merging France's Nautilis Ensemble with musicians from Chicago created this large improvising orchestra, here in a new suite composed by Rob Mazurek and dedicated to Great Lake Michigan and the devestation of thousands of shipwrecks over many centuries, using historical data, first hand accounts of shipwrecks off both shores, magical realism and steampunk aesthetics.

Petit, Didier : D'Accord Petit, Didier :
D'Accord

(RogueArt -- France )

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"This disc is the after since the before, it closes 20 years of a different practice of this instrument I've been lugging around for nearly 50 years. I've always thought of it like the embryo of another that finds itself after the same....

Mitchell, Roscoe / Matthew Shipp: Accelerated Projection Mitchell, Roscoe / Matthew Shipp:
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(RogueArt -- Austria )

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"Roscoe Mitchell, member of AACM from its early stage and founding member of Art Ensemble of Chicago is a living legend, a national treasure, involved in whether it as a solo, a duet, an ensemble or a classical music situation. Matthew ...

Parker, William : Conversations II Dialogues & Monologues [CD & BOOK] Parker, William :
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(RogueArt -- France )

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The 2nd volume in New York free improvising basist William Parker's "Conversations" series, more than 500 pages with 32 interview between William Parker and artists including Marshall Allen, Tim Berne, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Dresser, Henry Grimes, &c &c, plus a CD excerpting those interviews and punctuated with duos between Parker and saxophonist Kidd Jordan.

Blegvad, Peter : Go Figure Blegvad, Peter :
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(Recommended Records -- UK )

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Peter Blegvad expands his trio with Henry Cow alumni, drummer Chris Cutler and bassist John Greaves, this time with Karen Mantler on keys and chordal instruments, and Bob Drake on guitar, voice and percussion, reworking songs from his solo career and work with Slapp Happy, alongside new numbers of classic Blegvad wordplay, wit, depth and humor; like the label, Recommended!

Strycharski / Andriessen: Ghost Strycharski / Andriessen:
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(Bolt -- Poland )

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Polish composer and recorder player Dominik Strycharski wrote these pieces in response to a work for the recorder by composer Louis Andriessen that he dedicated to Frans Bruggen: "Melodie"; Strycharski response is "Harmonie", performed in a duo with pianist Sebastian Zawadzki to demonstrate the impracticability of harmony in its purest forms.

Karski, Dominik : GLIMMER Flute o'clock Karski, Dominik :
GLIMMER Flute o'clock

(Bolt -- Poland )

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"The works on this disc present a story of my love affair with the flutes. It started in 2002 when I was writing Glimmer, which awoke my fascination with the low flutes, especially the bass flute, then turning into an obsession, as two ...

Zemler, Hubert : Puppation of Dissonance Zemler, Hubert :
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(Bolt -- Poland )

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"The latest Hubert Zemler's release entitled "Pupation of Dissonance" makes a sort of tribute to percussion music history. The title work by Hubert Zemler relates to a gradual emancipation of percussion sounds throughout the 20th centur...

Lambinet / Palosz / Sokolowski / Szuszkiewicz / Ziporyn: Musiquette. Improvisations on Gorecki Lambinet / Palosz / Sokolowski / Szuszkiewicz / Ziporyn:
Musiquette. Improvisations on Gorecki

(Bolt -- Poland )

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"We began with performing the original work, then we played a certain conceptual game. We imagined landing on a strange planet and trying to recreate "Lerchenmusik" without access to any notes and recordings. We attempted to answer the ...

Butcher, John / Eddie Prevost : Interworks Butcher, John / Eddie Prevost :
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(Matchless -- Great Britain )

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Faust: Fresh Air Faust:
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(Bureau B -- Germany )

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Recorded during their 2016 US tour, Peron and Werner "Zappi" Diermaier used ever-changing ensembles from different locations on the tour to make these recordings, mated with Peron's field recordings, to blend rhythm, noise, spoken word, strong rock and blues hooks, and experimental/industrial elements; another great, eclectic Faust release!

Hall's, Ben Racehorse Names (w/ Joe Morris): The New Favorite Thing Called Breathing Hall's, Ben Racehorse Names (w/ Joe Morris):
The New Favorite Thing Called Breathing

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Out and unusual compositions from drummer Ben Hall and his sextet with Mick Dobday on electric piano & organ, Anthony Levin DEcanini on electronics, Ronnie Zawadi on percussion, John Dierker on reeds, Mike Khoury on viola & violin, and joined by Joe Morris on guitar, for 6 "Spines", free compositions using odd compositional structures leading to superb solo and group playing.

Lopez / Nelson / Nicodemou / Cleaver: The Industry Of Entropy Lopez / Nelson / Nicodemou / Cleaver:
The Industry Of Entropy

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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A great example of Downtown New York modern improvisation that takes unexpected twists and turns, from the collective quartet of bassist Brandon Lopez, a frequent collaborator with Nate Wooley and Ivo Perelman, tenor saxophonist Matt Nelson ( tUnE-yArDs), vibraphonist Andria Nicodemou (Thread Ensemble, Taylor Ho Bynum), and Gerald Cleaver (Veil of Names, Uncle June, &c).

Novaks Kapelle: Fartwind - Complete Discography  (1967-1979) [2 CDs] Novaks Kapelle:
Fartwind - Complete Discography (1967-1979) [2 CDs]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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Hard rocking Novaks Kapelle was an Austrian underground rock band, formed in 1967 by Erwin Novak, Walla Mauritz, Peter Travnicek and Helge Thor, with Paul Brown Steiner joining in 1970, and after a period of quiet, in 1978 jazz guitarist Harri Stojka joined the band; this double CD collects all known tracks, presenting a fascinating evolution of style.



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