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Chicago Jazz & Improvisation


 
4 Corners: Alive In Lisbon [DVD] 4 Corners:
Alive In Lisbon [DVD]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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4 Corners with Ken Vandermark, Magnus Broo, Adam Land and Paal Nilssen-Love in a live DVD from a March 2007 gig in Portugal playing 5 extended tracks. (PAL format)

Abrams, Joshua Quartet: Unknown Known Abrams, Joshua Quartet:
Unknown Known

(RogueArt -- France )

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The Chicago quartet of Joshua Abrams (double bass), David Boykin (tenor saxophone), Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone), and Frank Rosaly (drums) performing an excellent set of modern jazz influenced by dream states.

Abrams, Muhal Richard : SoundDance Abrams, Muhal Richard :
SoundDance

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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A double CD of pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, the first in duo with saxophonist Fred Anderson, and the second with trombonist George Lewis, also on laptop, celebrating Abram's 80th birthday!

Abrams, Muhal Richard / Lewis, George / Mitchell, Roscoe: Streaming Abrams, Muhal Richard / Lewis, George / Mitchell, Roscoe:
Streaming

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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Abrams, Muhal Richard: Vision Towards Essence Abrams, Muhal Richard:
Vision Towards Essence

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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Adasiewicz, Jason: Spacer Adasiewicz, Jason:
Spacer

(Delmark -- USA )

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Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz's Chicago Trio with drummer Mike Reed and bassist Nate McBride in a great modern jazz release of original compositions, informed, warm and compelling music.

Adasiewicz's, Jason Sun Rooms: From The Region Adasiewicz's, Jason Sun Rooms:
From The Region

(Delmark -- USA )

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Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms explores the sparse territory of the vibraphone trio with fellow Chicago player Mike Reed on drums and Texan via Norway bassist Ingrebrigt Haker-Flaten replacing Nate McBrite; tasteful and lyrical jazz with a modern edge.

Ajemian, Jason / Tony Malaby / Rob Mazurek / Chad Taylor: A Way a Land of Life [VINYL] Ajemian, Jason / Tony Malaby / Rob Mazurek / Chad Taylor:
A Way a Land of Life [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Bassist Jason Ajemian composed these 8 works performed with the Chicago/NY band of Tony Malaby on tenor sax, Rob Mazurek on cornet & electronics, and Chad Taylor on drums, a dynamic set of music that varies through a spectrum of styles while staying true to its jazz roots.

AMM: Combines + Laminates + Treatise '84 AMM:
Combines + Laminates + Treatise '84

(Matchless -- Great Britain )

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Anderson, Fred / Bankhead, Harrison: The Great Vision Concert Anderson, Fred / Bankhead, Harrison:
The Great Vision Concert

(Ayler -- Sweden )

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Anderson, Fred: Missing Link Anderson, Fred:
Missing Link

(NESSA -- USA )

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An early recording of saxophonist Fred Anderson in 1979 with Hamid Drake, Larry Hayrod and Adam Rudolph in a classic display of Anderson's unique approach to improv.

Anderson, Fred: Staying In The Game Anderson, Fred:
Staying In The Game

(Engine -- USA )

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Tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson in trio with fellow Chicago players Harrison Bankhead and Tim Daisy in a set of both rousing and thoughtful original compositions.

Arrive: Shelton / Adasiewicz / Roebke / Daisy: There Was Arrive: Shelton / Adasiewicz / Roebke / Daisy:
There Was

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Arrive, formed in 2001, is Aram Shelton's Chicago band with vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tim Daisy, a remarkable album of structured free playing.

Art Ensemble of Chicago: [sirius calling] Art Ensemble of Chicago:
[sirius calling]

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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Art Ensemble of Chicago: Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City:  Live at Iridium [2 CDs] Art Ensemble of Chicago:
Non-Cognitive Aspects of the City: Live at Iridium [2 CDs]

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Meeting Art Ensemble of Chicago:
The Meeting

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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Artifact iTi: Live in St. Johann Artifact iTi:
Live in St. Johann

(Okka -- USA )

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An amazing lineup of European, Chicago and UK players in a live set from the 2008 ArtActs Festival, music that merges the boundaries of ea-improv and free jazz.

Asheim, Nils Henrik / Nilssen-Love, Paal: Late Play Asheim, Nils Henrik / Nilssen-Love, Paal:
Late Play

(PNL -- Norway )

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Percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love in duet with organist Nils Henrik Asheim for dark onimous works of dramatic tension and tactile, scraping and thunderous drumming.

Atomic / School Days: Nuclear Assembly Hall Atomic / School Days:
Nuclear Assembly Hall

(Okka -- USA )

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Auris + Gino: Rub Auris + Gino:
Rub

(Public Eyesore -- USA )

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The Electroacoustic improv trio of Eric Leonardson (springboard & electronics), Julia E. Miller (guitar & electronics), and Christopher Preissing (flute & electronics), present 3 collective improvisations and 3 duos between Auris members and percussionist Gino Robair.

Ballister (Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Paal Nilssen-Love): Mechanisms Ballister (Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Paal Nilssen-Love):
Mechanisms

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Chicago and Norway collide in the continuing collaboration of the "free-wheeling trio" of Ballister: Dave Rempis, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Paal Nilssen-Love, amazing and forward-thinking free jazz.

Ballister (Rempis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love): Both Ends [VINYL] Ballister (Rempis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love):
Both Ends [VINYL]

(Bocian -- Poland )

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The trio of Dave Rempis (sax), Fred Lonberg-Hold (cello & electronics) and Paal Nilssen-Love in a vinyl edition of their hard-hitting and powerful free improvisation performing live in concert in February, 2012 at Powiekszenie, Warsaw.

Ballister (Rempis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love): Worse For The Wear Ballister (Rempis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love):
Worse For The Wear

(Aerophonic -- USA )

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The fifth release from the international power trio of Dave Rempis (sax), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello & electronics) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) in a rewarding release of heavy grooves, offset by introspective soundscapes and moments of quiet beauty.

Bankhead, Harrison Quartet: Velvet Blue Bankhead, Harrison Quartet:
Velvet Blue

(Engine -- USA )

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A scorching and musically inclusive quartet led by bassist Harrison Bankhead (also on marimba and piano), with Mars Williams on sax, Ed Wilkerson on clarinets and didgeridoo, and Avreeayl Ra on drums and thumb piano.

Bankhead, Harrison Sextet: Morning Sun Harvest Moon Bankhead, Harrison Sextet:
Morning Sun Harvest Moon

(Engine -- USA )

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Chicago heavyweight bassist Harrison Bankhead in his long-overdue debut as a leader, a sextet that journeys through beautiful and eclectic jazz styles from the atmospheric to compelling grooves.

Berman, Josh & His Gang: There Now Berman, Josh & His Gang:
There Now

(Delmark -- USA )

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Cornetist Berman's band with Jeb Bishop (trombone), Guillermo Gregorio (clarinet), Jason Stein (bass clarinet), Keefe Jackson (sax), Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Joshua Abrams (bass) & Frank Rosaly (drums) mixing new and standard compositions.

Berne, Tim & The Copenhagen Art Ensemble: Open, Coma Berne, Tim & The Copenhagen Art Ensemble:
Open, Coma

(Screwgun -- USA )

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2000 studio and live release from Tim Berne with a big band grouping of the Copenhagen Art Ensemble including trumpeter Herb Robertson and guitarist Marc Ducret.

Bishop, Jeb & Jorrit Dijkstra: 1000 Words Bishop, Jeb & Jorrit Dijkstra:
1000 Words

(Driff Records -- USA )

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The duo of trombonist Jeb Bishop and saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra in a studio release from Chicago performing a dozen succinct free improvisations using nothing but their horns and mutes.

Boneshaker (Williams / Nilssen-Love / Kessler): Boneshaker [VINYL] Boneshaker (Williams / Nilssen-Love / Kessler):
Boneshaker [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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An apt title for the driven and exhilarating free jazz from the transatlatic trio of Mars Williams (reeds, toy instruments), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums & percussion) and Kent Kessler (bass).

Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, Peter: American Landscapes 2 Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, Peter:
American Landscapes 2

(Okka -- USA )

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Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, Peter: Signs Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, Peter:
Signs

(Okka -- USA )

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Brotzmann, Peter & Jason Adasiewicz: Mollie's in the Mood [VINYL] Brotzmann, Peter & Jason Adasiewicz:
Mollie's in the Mood [VINYL]

(Bro -- USA )

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Brotzmann's own BRO label releases this performance at Chicago's Hideout of the duo of Peter Brotzmann on alto and tenor sax, b-flat clarinet and tarogato, and vibraophonist Jason Adasiewicz from their 2012 US tour for three stunning tracks of free improvisation.

Bruckmann, Kyle: Wrack Bruckmann, Kyle:
Wrack

(Red Toucan -- Canada )

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Oboist & english horn player Kyle Bruckmann brought together this Chicaco group with Tim Daisy (drums), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Kurt Johnson (bass) and Jen Clare Paulson (viola) to integrate non-traditional instruments in the ever-evolving intersection of modern jazz.

Bruckmann, Kyle: Wrack: Intents & Purposes Bruckmann, Kyle:
Wrack: Intents & Purposes

(482 Music -- USA )

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Bruckmann's Chicago based released bridges the gap between modern classical music and Chicago's experimental jazz scene in a hybrid form of chamber jazz.

Chadbourne, Eugene: Leaders Split Crack (Blues 2004) Chadbourne, Eugene:
Leaders Split Crack (Blues 2004)

(Chadula -- USA )

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Chicago / Sao Paulo Underground feat Pharoah Sanders: Pharoah and the Underground - Primative Jupite Chicago / Sao Paulo Underground feat Pharoah Sanders:
Pharoah and the Underground - Primative Jupiter [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Live from Lisbon's Jazz em Agosto Festival, cornetist Rob Mazurek merges his Chicago and Sao Paulo Underground bands, adding bassist Matthew Lux and jazz legend tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, for a potent blend of modern jazz, electronics, and free improvised music.

Chicago / Sao Paulo Underground feat Pharoah Sanders: Pharoah and the Underground / Spiral Mercury Chicago / Sao Paulo Underground feat Pharoah Sanders:
Pharoah and the Underground / Spiral Mercury

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Live from Lisbon's Jazz em Agosto Festival, cornetist Rob Mazurek merges his Chicago and Sao Paulo Underground bands, adding bassist Matthew Lux and jazz legend tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, for a potent blend of modern jazz, electronics, and free improvised music.

Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark): Western Automatic Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark):
Western Automatic

(Aerophonic -- USA )

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Four generations of Chicago saxophonists--Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, and Nick Mazzarella--come together in an interactive saxophone quartet with each player providing 2 compositions of well-developed, powerful, engaging free and lyrical jazz.

Chicago Tentet: At Molde 2007 Chicago Tentet:
At Molde 2007

(Okka -- USA )

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Brotzmann's mighty Tentet with Joe McPhee, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love, &c. live at Molde, Norway in 2007.

Chicago Trio (Dawkins / Bankhead / Drake): Velvet Songs (To Baba Fred Anderson) [2 CDs] Chicago Trio (Dawkins / Bankhead / Drake):
Velvet Songs (To Baba Fred Anderson) [2 CDs]

(RogueArt -- France )

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Recorded live at the Velvet Lounge a year before saxophonist and club owner Fred Anderson passed away, the Chicago Trio (Ernest Dawkins, Harrison Bankhead, Hamid Drake) dedicates this double CD to the legendary Chicago figure.

Chicago Underground Duo: Age of Energy Chicago Underground Duo:
Age of Energy

(Northern Spy -- USA )

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Their 6th duo album, cornetist/electronic artist Rob Mazurek & drummer/percussionist/electronic artist Chad Taylor's release is concerned with the balance between controlled and uncontrolled experiences.

Chicago Underground Duo: Locus Chicago Underground Duo:
Locus

(Northern Spy -- USA )

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The Chicago duo of Rob Mazurek and Chad Taylor on cornet, synth, electronics, bamboo flutes drums, mbira, guitar & balaphone, mixings bits of breakbeat and Afropop with jazz, ambient and electronica elements in unmistakable and compelling grooves.

Coppice: Big Wad Excisions Coppice:
Big Wad Excisions

(Quakebasket -- USA )

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The Chicago-based duo of Noe Cuellar and Joseph Kramer on bellows and electronics, since 2009 producing original compositions for stage and fixed media, uncovering sonic textures & compositional ideas that are peculiar to their unique instrumentation.

D'Agaro, Daniele: Chicago Overtones D'Agaro, Daniele:
Chicago Overtones

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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Dijkstra, Jorrit: Pillow Circles Dijkstra, Jorrit:
Pillow Circles

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Saxophonist Dijkstra in compositions commissioned from the North Sea Jazz Festival 2009, 9 works written for Henry Threadgill, George Lewis, Fred Frith, &c.

DKV Trio + Gustafsson / Nilssen-Love / Pupillo: Schl8hof DKV Trio + Gustafsson / Nilssen-Love / Pupillo:
Schl8hof

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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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).

DKV Trio + Gustafsson / Nilssen-Love / Pupillo: Schl8hof [VINYL] DKV Trio + Gustafsson / Nilssen-Love / Pupillo:
Schl8hof [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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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).

Double Tandem (Vandermark/ Baars / Nilssen-Love): OX Double Tandem (Vandermark/ Baars / Nilssen-Love):
OX

(Den Records -- Italy )

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Double tandem brings the dual reeds of Dutch multi-reedist Ab Baars and Chicago multi-reedist Ken Vandermark together with Norwegian drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love for a powerful live performance at the Novara Jazz Winter Session.

Eisenstadt, Harris: Guewel Eisenstadt, Harris:
Guewel

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Drummer Eisenstadt in a NY based African influenced quintet with trumpeters Taylor Ho Bynum and Nate Wooley, Mark Taylor on French Horn and Josh Sinton on baritone sax.

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Black Is Back - 40th Anniversary Project Ethnic Heritage Ensemble:
Black Is Back - 40th Anniversary Project

(KATALYST -- USA )

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Percussionist Kahil El' Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble with Ernest Khabeer Dawkins on saxophone and Corey Wilkes on trumpet, referencing the history of jazz in contemporary settings, with superb rhythmic textures and excellent soloing.

Exploding Star Orchestra: Stars Have Shapes Exploding Star Orchestra:
Stars Have Shapes

(Delmark -- USA )

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Jazz cornetist Rob Mazurek with Nicole Mitchell, Matt Bauder, Jeb Bishop, Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Stein, Mike Reed, &c. &c., a unique and incredible orchestra of acoustic & electronic improvisation.

Falzone, James Allos Musica: Lamentations Falzone, James Allos Musica:
Lamentations

(Allos Musica -- USA )

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Chicago clarinetist James Falzone's longstanding Allos Musica ensemble with oud player Ronnie Malley and Tim Mulvenna on hand drums and percussion, playing collective improvisations inspired by Arabic musical forms.

Fefer / Revis / Taylor: Ritual Fefer / Revis / Taylor:
Ritual

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Saxophonist Fefer's NY based trio with bassist Eric Revis and drummer Chad Taylor play an ecstatic and spiritually charged modern jazz style with great drive and expressiveness.

Fields Ensemble, Scott: We Are The Phliks Fields Ensemble, Scott:
We Are The Phliks

(RogueArt -- France )

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Fields, Scott: drawings Fields, Scott:
drawings

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A series of brief guitar improvisations based on the visual art of Thomas Hornung, who creates chalk artwork that usually takes less than 1 minute to create.

Fields, Scott: Five Frozen Eggs Fields, Scott:
Five Frozen Eggs

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Recorded in 1996 and first released by Music and Arts, this is perhaps Scott Fields' most important recording session to date: intricate compositions and superior interplay with his Chicago peers of Hamid Drake, Marilyn Crispell, and Hans Sturm.

Fieldwork: Door Fieldwork:
Door

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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The NY trio of Steve Lehman, Vijay Iyer and new drummer Tyshawn Sorey in their 3rd Pi release, with wide influences from M-Base, Ornette Coleman, Art Ensemble, &c.

Fight the Big Bull: Dying will be Easy Fight the Big Bull:
Dying will be Easy

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Matthew White's collective Fight the Big Bull nonet utilizes the history of jazz in compsitions that refer to Blind Willie Johnson, Charles Mingus, Art Ensemble, &c. &c.

Flatlands Collective, The: Maatjes Flatlands Collective, The:
Maatjes

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Recorded after a tour in Netherlands, Germany & Belgium, Jorrit Djikstra's Flatlands Collective crosses Europe and Chicago with players Jeb Bishop, Jason Roebke, Fred Lonberg-Holm, &c.

FME: Montage FME:
Montage

(Okka -- USA )

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Fournier / Mitchell / Taylor / Reid / Santacruz: Watershed Fournier / Mitchell / Taylor / Reid / Santacruz:
Watershed

(RogueArt -- France )

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French drummer Denis Fournier's open structure compositions are performed by the magnificent quintet of flutist Nicole Mitchell, saxophonist Hanah Jon Taylor, cellist Tomeka Reid and bassist Bernard Santacruz.

Freeman, Von: Have No Fear Freeman, Von:
Have No Fear

(NESSA -- USA )

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CD reissue of Earl Lavon "Von" Freeman's Nessa LP with pianist John Young, bassist David Shipp and drummer Wilbur Campbell, a great straight-ahead Chicago session mixing standards and original compositions.

Full Blast & Friends: Sketches & Ballads Full Blast & Friends:
Sketches & Ballads

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The Full Blast trio of reedist Peter Brotzmann, bassist Mario Piakas and drummer Michael Wertmueller are joined by Ken Vandermark, Thomas Heberer and Dirk Rothbrust for an excellent concert at Donaueschinger Musiktage, 2010.

Full Blast & Friends: Sketches & Ballads [VINYL] Full Blast & Friends:
Sketches & Ballads [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The Full Blast trio of reedist Peter Brotzmann, bassist Mario Piakas and drummer Michael Wertmueller are joined by Ken Vandermark, Thomas Heberer and Dirk Rothbrust for an excellent concert at Donaueschinger Musiktage, 2010.

Giallorenzo, Paul Gitgo: Force Majeure Giallorenzo, Paul Gitgo:
Force Majeure

(Delmark -- USA )

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Pianist Paul Giallorenzo's exploration of improvisation within composition, anchored in jazz traditions of time, form, and melody in his 1st Delmark release with trombonist Jeb Bishop, saxophonist Mars Williams, bassist Anton Hatwich and drummer Quin Kirchner.

Giallorenzo, Paul Gitmo: Emergent Giallorenzo, Paul Gitmo:
Emergent

(Leo -- Great Britain )

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Paul Giallorenzo's touring band with Jeb Bishop (trombone), Mars Williams (sax), Anton Hatwich (bass) and Marc Riordan (drums), exceptional bop-based modern music from an excellent Chicago composer and pianist.

Gjerstad / Lonberg-Holm / Sen / Nilssen-Love: The Cello Quartet Gjerstad / Lonberg-Holm / Sen / Nilssen-Love:
The Cello Quartet

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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Extraordinary reed player Gjerstad on alto sax and clarinet in a quartet with two cellos (Fred Lonberg-Holm & Amit Sen) and all around drummer Paal Nielsen-Love.

Gjerstad / Lonberg-Holm / Zerang: Sugar Maple Gjerstad / Lonberg-Holm / Zerang:
Sugar Maple

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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The inimitable Frode Gjerstad in a trio with some of Chicago's finest, bassist Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist Michael Zerang performing live at Milwaukee's Sugar Maple, 2009.

Gjerstad Trio, Frode: Hide Out Gjerstad Trio, Frode:
Hide Out

(PNL -- Norway )

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Named for the venue, Chicago's Hide Out, the trio of reedist Frode Gjerstad, drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, and bassist Jon Rune Strom recorded these three propulsive and scorching improvised pieces in the summer of 2011.

Gjerstad, Frode / Fred Lonberg-Holm: Tistel Gjerstad, Frode / Fred Lonberg-Holm:
Tistel

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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Perhaps Norway's most creative multi-reedist Frode Gjerstad meets Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm for a series of freely improvised duets, a remarkable dialog from two tremendous improvisers.

Gjerstad, Frode / Parker, William / Drake, Hamid: On Reade Street Gjerstad, Frode / Parker, William / Drake, Hamid:
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(FMR -- Great Britain )

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Insanely great improvisation in the 3rd recorded outing for this amazing trio, bringing Free Europe and New York Downtown players together for 3 extended compositions.

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Green Pasture Happiness, The : Aut Disce Aut Discede <i>[Used Item]</i> Green Pasture Happiness, The :
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"What happens when improvisation comes to it's logical limits in regards to method, timbre, and structure? Arguably something like the Green Pasture Happiness. Utilizing non-instruments as instruments they have carved a space between no...

Gregorio, Guillermo: Degrees Of Iconicity Gregorio, Guillermo:
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(Hat [now] ART -- Switzerland )

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Hauf / Hess / Jackson / Juun: Proxemics Hauf / Hess / Jackson / Juun:
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The Chicago electroacoustic quartet of saxophonist, sine tone & harmonium player Boris Hauff, drummer/electronicist Steven Hess, and reedist Keefe Jackson, recording in the studio 3 freely improvised pieces that build in intensity as the album develops.

 

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