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Phillips, Barre / Motoharu Yoshizawa: Oh My, Those Boys! Phillips, Barre / Motoharu Yoshizawa:
Oh My, Those Boys!

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Two bass players--European free improv legend Barre Phillips and Japanese master Motoharu Yoshizawa--met at Cafe Amores in Yamaguchi, Japan in 1994, with Phillips on an amplified acoustic upright and Yoshizawa using an electric vertical 5-string bass of his own design, as the two weave and merge their unique sounds and approaches in a brilliant concert.

Phillips, Barre / Motoharu Yoshizawa: Oh My, Those Boys! [VINYL] Phillips, Barre / Motoharu Yoshizawa:
Oh My, Those Boys! [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Two bass players--European free improv legend Barre Phillips and Japanese master Motoharu Yoshizawa--met at Cafe Amores in Yamaguchi, Japan in 1994, with Phillips on an amplified acoustic upright and Yoshizawa using an electric vertical 5-string bass of his own design, as the two weave and merge their unique sounds and approaches in a brilliant concert.

Maguire, Phil  / James L. Malone: Working Title Maguire, Phil / James L. Malone:
Working Title

(Confront -- UK )

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Phil Maguire (Verz label) exchanges abstract electronics from a variety of lo-fi devices with glitch and aberrant guitarist James L. Malone, a London improviser who has worked with Eddie Prevost, Phil Durrant, Steve Beresford and Adam Bohman, as the two trade strange sonic disruptions, avoiding pandemonium, instead using noise in pointed discourse.

Morgan, Paul Khimasia : peoplegrowold Morgan, Paul Khimasia :
peoplegrowold

(Confront -- UK )

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Paul Khimasia Morgan is a British guitarist and sound artist who performs on a prepared acoustic guitar body and zither, using objects and electronics to create works of tones, interventions and transitions, here in four rich pieces of well-chosen sound delivered with patient pacing, keeping each piece active while exploring the potential of his instruments and devices.

Salis, Giacomo / Paolo Sanna: Humyth Salis, Giacomo / Paolo Sanna:
Humyth

(Confront -- UK )

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Creative uses of percussion from Italian drummers Giacomo Salis and Paolo Sanna, who explore gesture, movement, listening, and the investigation of natural materials and found objects, in five studio tracks that present the results of their research in both rhythmic sections and sections of abstract sound, honed from concerts, studio albums, and a collaboration with Jeph Jerman.

Minton, Phil / Roger Turner: Scraps Of Heard Minton, Phil / Roger Turner:
Scraps Of Heard

(Confront -- UK )

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London Free Improv Scene long-standing members, vocalist Phil Minton and drummer/percussionist Roger Turner's first album together, "Ammo", was released in 1984; the two have continued to record together, and this live recording from 2016 in Hanover, Germany shows the two continuing to create distinctly bizarre and wonderfully personal dialog unlike any other.

Rollet, Quentin / Jean-Marc Foussat / Christian Rollet: Entree Des Puys De Grele Rollet, Quentin / Jean-Marc Foussat / Christian Rollet:
Entree Des Puys De Grele

(Fou Records -- France )

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The french electroacoustic improvising trio of synth player and engineer Jean-Marc Foussat (Fou Records) with the father/son pair of saxophonist Quentin Rollet (Workshop De Lyon) and drummer/percussionist Christian Rollet (Rectangle Records, Bisou), in a rich, intensifying and often enthusiastically exploding set of extended and masterful improvisations.

Jerman, Jeph: Analog [2 CASSETTES] Jerman, Jeph:
Analog [2 CASSETTES]

(No Label -- USA )

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Sound explorer Jeph Jerman's "Analog" in two extended works merging field recordings and inexplicable sound, a hazy balance of muffled and indeterminate sound with great motion and punctuated moments, like hallucinatory memories heard from the wheel well of a car.

Porta Chiusa: Because Life Should Be So Wonderful (I) Porta Chiusa:
Because Life Should Be So Wonderful (I)

(Herbal International -- Malaysia )

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A beguiling and atmospheric work of overtones, harmonics, tonal and microtonal progressions from a trio of clarinetists (Hans Koch, Michael Thieke, and Paed Conca) with Japanese vocalist Maki Hachiya, an immaculately paced and exotic work of sound.

Tickmayer, Stevan Kovacs: Repetetive Selective Removal of One Protecting Group Tickmayer, Stevan Kovacs:
Repetetive Selective Removal of One Protecting Group

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )

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Vogel, Sabine : Aus dem Fotoalbum eines Pinguins Vogel, Sabine :
Aus dem Fotoalbum eines Pinguins

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Yamamoto, Tatsuhisa & Muneomi Senju: a thousand mountains ( acoustic & synthesized drums and percuss Yamamoto, Tatsuhisa & Muneomi Senju:
a thousand mountains ( acoustic & synthesized drums and percussions)

(Doubtmusic -- Japan )

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An ecstatic set of drum works from ex-Boredoms drummer Muneomi Senju and Satoko Fujii drummer Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, amazing, engaging and intense polyrhythmic playing!

Nabatov, Simon / Max Johnson / Michael Sarin: Free Reservoir Nabatov, Simon / Max Johnson / Michael Sarin:
Free Reservoir

(Leo -- UK )

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An exciting and forceful album of free jazz from the trio of pianist Simon Nabatov, bassist Max Johnson and drummer Michael Sarin, recording in the studio in New York City with each player propelling themselves in dynamic, inventive collective free playing with an experimental bent, but never departing from the traditions of identifiable jazz music; recommended!

Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Jeff Cosgrove: Live In Baltimore Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Jeff Cosgrove:
Live In Baltimore

(Leo -- UK )

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A rare live album from Brazilian-born/NY-based saxophonist Ivo Perelman, performing live at An Die Musik in Baltimore in 2017 in a trio with pianist Matthew Shipp and new drummer Jeff Cosgrove, for a single epic improvisation that takes the listener on an adventure from lyrical to energetic free jazz, all three players unhurried and absolutely focused.

Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Bobby Kapp: Heptagon Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Bobby Kapp:
Heptagon

(Leo -- UK )

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Releasing albums at a furious pace, Brazilian/NY saxophonist Ivo Perelman continues his collaborations with some of New York's finest players, here in a quartet with Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass and Bobby Kapp on drums, in the appropriately titled 7-part "Heptagon" of lyrical free improvisation of great intensity and dialog.

Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Joe Hertenstein: Scalene Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Joe Hertenstein:
Scalene

(Leo -- UK )

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Scalene describes a triangle having sides unequal in length, but there's nothing uneven in the back and forth from the NY trio of tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman, pianist Matthew Shipp, and new to Perelman & Shipp's many collaborations, drummer Joe Herteinstein, in a 10-part studio recording of energetic spontaneous improvisation with a strong lyrical center.

Mitchell, Roscoe / Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra: Ride The Wind Mitchell, Roscoe / Montreal-Toronto Art Orchestra:
Ride The Wind

(NESSA -- USA )

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Reedist and composer Roscoe Mitchell in a collaboration with the Montreal - Toronto Art Orchestra, an extraordinary group of improvising musicians comprised of 6 woodwinds, piano, vibraphone, tuba, 2 each of trumpet, trombone, viola, string bass and drums plus Mitchell on sopranino saxophone, a profoundly elaborate and absorbing work for a large improvising ensemble.

Cambien, Jonas Trio (w / Roligheten / Wildhagen): We Must Mustn't We Cambien, Jonas Trio (w / Roligheten / Wildhagen):
We Must Mustn't We

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Leveraging influences in improvisation and contemporary compositional music, Belgian/Oslo pianist Jonas Cambien, a member of Simiskina and Platform, extends his own trio of saxophonist Andre Rolighete and drummer Andreas Wildhagen with trumpeter Torstein Lavik Larsen on 2 tracks, as they balance jazz, avant, free improv and other hybrid forms in a compellingly creative album.

Delbecq, Benoit 4 (w / Turner / Hebert / Cleaver): Spots On Stripes Delbecq, Benoit 4 (w / Turner / Hebert / Cleaver):
Spots On Stripes

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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French pianist Benoit Delbecq brings together frequent collaborators from New York--Mark Turner on tenor saxophone and drummer Gerald Cleaver--and from Paris--Delbecq himself and double bassist John Hebert--for an album of refined and inventive contemporary jazz, the work of masterful players with years of experience and collaborations dating back to 2003.

Gjerstad, Frode  Trio + Steve Swell: Bop Stop Gjerstad, Frode Trio + Steve Swell:
Bop Stop

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The indefatigable Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad invites trombonist Steve Swell, with whom he collaborated in 2011 on the live album "At Constellation", to join his trio with Jon Rune Strom on double bass and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, at Cleveland's Bop stop during their 2017 tour, recording this impressive concert of exemplary collective free jazz.

Piet, Matt & His Disorganization (w / Berman / Mazzarella / Daisy): Rummage Out Piet, Matt & His Disorganization (w / Berman / Mazzarella / Daisy):
Rummage Out

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A young and fresh voice in the creative Chicago improv scene, pianist and composer Matt Piet, who leads his own trio and the band Four Letter Words, and one third of Rempis/Piet/Daisy, introduces a new quartet with saxophonist Nick Mazzarella, cornet player Josh Berman, and drummer Tim Daisy, a superb example of the energetic and active Chicago scene.

Risberg, Mattias : Stamps Risberg, Mattias :
Stamps

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Swedish pianist Mattias Risberg demonstrates the passion he dedicates to vintage instruments like mellotron, Hammond organ, analog synthesizers, clavichord and pipe organs, here in a solo album of piano, with some light preparations, and the pedals of a Moog Taurus, in an inventive album of improvisations inspired by the vivid images of postage stamps.

Salamon, Samo / Tony Malaby / Roberto Dani: Traveling Moving Breathing Salamon, Samo / Tony Malaby / Roberto Dani:
Traveling Moving Breathing

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A peer of Tim Berne, David Binney, Sabir Mateen, Mark Helias, &c., Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon presents an album of original compositions and one collective improvisation from his ever-changing Bassless Trio, here with drummer Roberto Dani and saxophonist Tony Malaby on tenor and soprano, in an introspective album of profound technique and lyrical playing.

Serpa, Sara (w / Laubrock / Fiedlander): Close Up Serpa, Sara (w / Laubrock / Fiedlander):
Close Up

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Lisbon, Portugal native, singer and composer Sara Serpa in a trio with saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and cellist Erik Friedlander, recording live at Pete's House, in Brooklyn, for an album of unusual and creative vocals inspired by experimentation and changing identities, bringing a unique approach to improvised voice, here in the company of accomplished players.

Turbamulta (Raon / Sao / Ferreira / Martins / Aroso): Turbamulta Turbamulta (Raon / Sao / Ferreira / Martins / Aroso):
Turbamulta

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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With orchestration of harp, daxophone, idiophones, piano, cello, guitar, percussion, sampling & electronics, the Portuguese quintet Turbamulta (roughly translates to "rowdy mob", though clearly a very sophisticated mob) was born from the band Powertrio of Eduardo Raon, Joana Sa and Luis Martins, expanded to blend compositional, EA and improv approaches into something unique and beautiful.

da Rocha, Maria: Beetroot & Other Stories da Rocha, Maria:
Beetroot & Other Stories

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Using violin, viola, synth and effect pedals, Portuguese string player Maria da Rocha creates rich environments of sound and unusual rhythmic structures over which she plays with subtlety and transcendence, in her first solo album, using her unique language as she tells the story of a beet and a witch, inspired by Odyssey Ulysses and Circe from Cortazar.

Gratkowski, Frank / Hamid Drake: Live In New Orleans Gratkowski, Frank / Hamid Drake:
Live In New Orleans

(Valid Records -- USA )

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Live recordings from the duo of saxophonist Frank Gratkowski and drummer Hamid Drake performing in New Orleans in 2009; amazing and far-ranging dialog from two masters.

Jordan, Kidd / Alvin Fielder / Joel Futterman / Steve Swell: Masters Of Improvisation Jordan, Kidd / Alvin Fielder / Joel Futterman / Steve Swell:
Masters Of Improvisation

(Valid -- USA )

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The New Orleans bass-less free jazz trio of tenor saxophonist Kidd Jordan, drummer Alvin Fielder and pianist Joel Futterman are joined by New York trombonist Steve Swell for a concert at the Old US Mint for an absolutely superlative recording of lyrical and expansive collective improvisation, each player urging the other on as they create instant epics of modern jazz.

Rova Saxophone Quartet: In Transverse Time Rova Saxophone Quartet:
In Transverse Time

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )

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Celebrating 40 years as a performing ensemble, the West Coast saxophone quartet ROVA of Bruce Ackley on soprano saxophone, Steve Adams on alto & sopranino saxophones, Jon Raskin on baritone saxophone, and Larry Ochs on tenor saxophone, reworked compositions from all members transversing their past 34 years, in an absolutely impressive and diverse album.

Kaiser, Henry / Ed Pettersen: We Call All Times Soon Kaiser, Henry / Ed Pettersen:
We Call All Times Soon

(Split Rock Records -- USA )

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A series of acoustic guitar duos between Henry Kaiser playing on an 18-string harp guitar, and Ed Pettersen, playing an 8-string Weissenborn guitar, freely improvised and with a psychedelic/cosmic impulse as the two draw on elements of Americana and roots-based folk music in four extended recordings, the camaraderie and mutual intent evident in this fascinating album.

Masahiko, Togashi Quartet (w / Yoshizawa / Takagi /Takayanagi): We Now Create: Music For Strings, Wi Masahiko, Togashi Quartet (w / Yoshizawa / Takagi /Takayanagi):
We Now Create: Music For Strings, Winds And Percussions

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An excellent debut from drummer/percussionist Masahiko Togashi's Quartet released in 1969, a remarkable free jazz album of strong technical and creative skills, with Motoharu Yoshizawa on bass and cello, Mototeru Takagi on sax and reeds, and Masayuki Takayanagi on guitar, an important advance for the players who would go on to form influential bands like New Directions.

Bailey, Derek: Lot 74 [VINYL] Bailey, Derek:
Lot 74 [VINYL]

(Honest Jons Records -- UK )

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An impressive vinyl reissue of guitarist Derek Bailey, one of the most unique and influential free improvisers, in his 1974 solo recording on the Incus label, with Bailey playing on two amps and two volume pedals, a veritable duo split in the stereo field with occasional banter and observations, as he blends abstract and lyrical approaches on guitar in amazing ways.

Bailey, Derek / Tristan Honsinger: Duo [VINYL] Bailey, Derek / Tristan Honsinger:
Duo [VINYL]

(Honest Jons Records -- UK )

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A proper reissue of the 1976 Incus album from guitarist Derek Bailey and cellist Tristan Honsinger, primarily from a live concert at at Verity's Place in London on February 7, 1976, with two unusual studio recordings punctuating the album, an early example of their long history of collaboration and a great example of their intense, joyful, and truly free improvisation together.

Elephant9: Greatest Show On Earth [VINYL+CD] Elephant9:
Greatest Show On Earth [VINYL+CD]

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The Norwegian Elephant9 trio of Stale Storlokken on organs and keyboard, Nikolai Haengsle on bass, and Torstein Lofthus on drums, are complemented by Pekka Pohjola of Wigwam fame, for their fifth studio album, a powerful blend of prog-era instrumental rock that's informed by impressive improvisational skill and fueled by the original enthusiasm of complex rock forms.

Creta: Creta [VINYL] Creta:
Creta [VINYL]

(KARLRECORDS -- Germany )

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Massimo Pupillo (ZU, Laniakea), electronic artist Luciano Lamanna and string instrument virtuoso Roberto Zanisi combine to form Creta, creating sonic works that blend sci-fi ambient atmospheres with dark bass pulses and languid Mediterranean string instruments, an unusual yet surprisingly complementary set of approaches yielding a darkly lyrical album.

Charles, Xavier / Alma Fury / Otomo Yoshihide / Otani Yasuhiro: High Tones For Winter Fashion Charles, Xavier / Alma Fury / Otomo Yoshihide / Otani Yasuhiro:
High Tones For Winter Fashion

(Textile Records -- France )

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A series of collaborations between French and Japanese established improvisers, with Otani Yashuiro and Otomo Yoshihide on computer, turntable and electronics, the duo Alma Fury of Claude Besnard and Vonick Moccoli on synth and samplers, and Xavier Charles on radio, electronics and objects, presenting several short tracks and a live performance in Bourges.

Flower-Corsano Duo: The Radiant Mirror Flower-Corsano Duo:
The Radiant Mirror

(Textile Records -- USA )

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The first of three albums from the duo of shahi baaja (Japanese electric dulcimer/harp) and banjo player Mick Flower (Vibracathedral Orchestra) and drummer/percussionist Chris Corsano, the excitement and thrill of their raucous yet controlled improvisations exploding through three tracks of "Earth", "Wind", and "Fire", a joyful and spectacular album!

Elephant9: Greatest Show On Earth Elephant9:
Greatest Show On Earth

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )

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The Norwegian Elephant9 trio of Stale Storlokken on organs and keyboard, Nikolai Haengsle on bass, and Torstein Lofthus on drums, are complemented by Pekka Pohjola of Wigwam fame, for their fifth studio album, a powerful blend of prog-era instrumental rock that's informed by impressive improvisational skill and fueled by the original enthusiasm of complex rock forms.

PascAli: Suspicious Activity PascAli:
Suspicious Activity

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The acoustic bass duo of New Yorker Sean Ali and European Pascal Niggenkemper use unusual techniques and preparations for the large double bass to make a series of 22 concise, diverse, and engaging improvisations.

Kaiser, Henry : Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets Kaiser, Henry :
Friends & Heroes: Guitar Duets

(Fractal Music -- Canada )

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Drawn from decades of work, guitarist Henry Kaiser collects an astonishingly diverse set of recordings of duos with fellow guitarists Derek Bailey, Debashish Bhattacharaya, Fred Frith, Knut Reiersrud, Sandy Ewen, Chris Muir, Ian Brighton, Nels Cline, Jim O'Rourke, Elliott Sharp, Eugene Chadbourne, Davey Williams, Roberto Zorzi, Bill Frisell, and John Russell.

Acre (Baron / Boschi / Bonini): Unexpected Variations Acre (Baron / Boschi / Bonini):
Unexpected Variations

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The Italian Acre trio of Ermanno Baron on drums & objects, Ginomaria Boschi on guitar & effects, and Marco 'uBiK' Bonini on laptop, tapes, theremin, in a five-part improvised work using a "free game" methodology to promote new modulations and configurations in organic and synthetic sounds and timbre, make each player subsume into their collective sound.

Domeniconi / Schlegel / Suter  : Quince Dreams Domeniconi / Schlegel / Suter :
Quince Dreams

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Three versatile improvisers with pedigrees including Christian Weber, Christian Wolfarth, Objets Trouves, Big Bold Back Bone, &c, the Swiss trio of Roberto Domeniconi on piano, Jan Schlegel on electric bass, and Sheldon Suter on drums use unusual and extended techniques integrated within free improv in this coproduction with RSI Rete Due Radiotelevision, Switzerland.

Suspensao: Physis Suspensao:
Physis

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The third album on Creative Sources for this 10-piece ensemble with 5 string players, piano, sax, trombone, electronics and percussion, freely improvising in an extended work themed for the Greek theological, philosophical, and scientific term typically translated as nature or physics, in a rich tapestry of meticulous detail and profoundly subtle communication.

Kimmig, Harald / Ernesto Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Guilherme Rodrigues / Alvaro Rosso / Vasco Trilla Kimmig, Harald / Ernesto Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Guilherme Rodrigues / Alvaro Rosso / Vasco Trilla:
Zweige

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The Creative Sources core string improvisers of violist Ernesto Rodrigues, cellist Guilherme Rodrigues, cellist Miguel Mira, and double bassist Alvaro Rosso, with frequent collaborator percussionist Vasco Trilla, are joined by German violinist Harald Kimmig (Trio Kimmig) for a dynamic album that fluctuates from acoustic lowercase to rapid pointillistic improv.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues/ Eduardo Chagas/ Andre Hencleeday/ Carlos Santos : Spiric S Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues/ Eduardo Chagas/ Andre Hencleeday/ Carlos Santos :
Spiric Sections

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The affect of Carlos Santos' electronics and recordings are the foundation of this Portuguese quintet's improvisations, creating an environment over which Ernesto & Guilherme Rodrigues on viola & cello, Eduardo Chagas on trombone, and Andre Hencleeday add subtle gestures of unusual approaches to their instruments, in a mysterious album of lowercase improv.

Animals & Giraffes (Greenlief / la Rocco / Leidecker): Landlocked Beach Animals & Giraffes (Greenlief / la Rocco / Leidecker):
Landlocked Beach

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A fascinating work of spoken word and free improvisation from writer Claudia La Rocco and the duo of Phillip Greenlief on sax and Wobbly (aka Jon Leidecker) on electronics and live sampling, La Rocco's unexpected text of the mundane and the fantastic repeated, manipulated and mangled, bringing the words in and out of focus as the music and sonic environment.

Rodrigues / Rodrigues / de Toni / Trilla: Synchronous Rotation Rodrigues / Rodrigues / de Toni / Trilla:
Synchronous Rotation

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A live recording at O'Culto da Ajuda, Lisbon, during the 2017 CreativeFest #11 from the quartet of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Gianna de Toni on double bass, and Vasco Trilla on percussion, a sinuous, curving extended improvisation of subtle shades, with certain rotations more forceful, but always gravitating to quietude.

Vogl + Bettis: Bobo Fossils [CASSETTE] Vogl + Bettis:
Bobo Fossils [CASSETTE]

(Earth2Ether -- USA )

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From their work together in the New York aberrant hardcore band Meta-matics, the electoacoustic duo of Frank Vogl and Chuck Bettis emerged, creating a peculiar and energetic dialog from Bettis' max/msp patches and Franke's tabletop prepared bass, performed live as improvised spontaneous compositions of great detail and unpredictability.

Camarasa / Mahler: TbPn Camarasa / Mahler:
TbPn

(Gigantonium -- France )

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Recorded in concert during "Culture with a Big Q" in Toulouse, France in 2017, the duo of Xavier Camarasa on piano/prepared piano and Matthias Mahler on trombone, take Camarasa's compositions and arrange them to alternate between melodic free sections and contemporary abstract passages using extended techniques, heard in this captivating and versatile performance.

Nauseef, Mark: All In All In all Nauseef, Mark:
All In All In all

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Influenced by rock, jazz, Javanese and Balinese gamelan, NY drummer Mark Nauseef's career has embraced an inclusive blending of styles, heard in this fantastic new album embracing compositional and ea styles, recorded with previous collaborators including Tony Oxley, Bill Laswell, Walter Quintus, along with Sylvie Courvoisier, Pat Thomas, Miroslav Tadic, & Arthur Jarvinen.

Mahall, Rudi / Alexander von Schlippenbach: So Far Mahall, Rudi / Alexander von Schlippenbach:
So Far

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach and clarinetist Rudi Mahall have been exploring the music of jazz and free improvisation for decades in their own bands or together in Globe Unity Orchestra; here they are heard in their essential element as a duo, pushing their music in rapid runs and elegant and emotional moments with imposing technique and authoritative confidence.

Duo Baars Henneman & Dave Burrell: Trandans Duo Baars Henneman & Dave Burrell:
Trandans

(Wig -- The Netherlands )

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A concert of sophisticated and introspective improvisation from the long-running duo of multi-reedist Ab Baars performing on tenor sax, clarinet & shakuhacih, and viola player Ig Henneman, who invited NY pianist Dave Burrell to join them at a concert at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam for a sublime series of unhurried, delicate and reflective improvisations.

Baars, Ab: Solo: And She Speaks | A Collection Of Ballads Baars, Ab:
Solo: And She Speaks | A Collection Of Ballads

(Wig -- Netherlands )

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Internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music performed, Dutch multi-wind player Ab Baars presents a studio album of solo playing on the clarinet, saxophone, and shakuhachi, inspired by and focusing on the traditions of ballads from great saxophonists, with improvisations colored by songs like "Naima", "Body and Soul", "Solitude", &c.

Duo Baars-Henneman: Canzoni di Primavera Duo Baars-Henneman:
Canzoni di Primavera

(Wig -- Netherlands )

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After their album "Autumn Songs" the Dutch improvising duo of Ab Baars on tenor sax, clarinet and shakuhachi and Ig Henneman on viola, celebrate the music of spring in "Canzoni di Primavera" (Songs of Spring) in 10 vivacious works blending free jazz and chamber music, with subtle use of timbre, dissonance and melody in pieces inspired by poets, composers and artists.

Tarry, Chris / Dylan van der Schyff: Sponge Tarry, Chris / Dylan van der Schyff:
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(Spool -- Canada )

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An unusual and absorbing record of percussion and electronic improvisation from bassist and tape machine manipulator Chris Tarry and Vancouver drummer and samplist Dylan van der Schyff.

Janinet, Clement: O.U.R.S. Janinet, Clement:
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(Gigantonium -- France )

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French violinist Clement Janinet composes music for quartet inspired by the lyricism of the free jazz melodies of the 60s (Ornette Coleman, Phoraoh Sanders, &c.) and the timbral and rhythmic textures of repetitive music (Steve Reich, Philip Glass, John Adams, &c) in several quartet configurations including bass clarinet, tenor sax, bass, drums, guitrar, and cello.

Rainey, Tom Trio: Camino Cielo Echo Rainey, Tom Trio:
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(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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NY drummer Tom Rainey's Trio with guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock in an album of informed free improvisation, powerful yet persuasively alluring playing from some of NY's finest.

Shed Metal (Daniel Kernohan / Dan Lander): Equivalent Insecurity Shed Metal (Daniel Kernohan / Dan Lander):
Equivalent Insecurity

(Spool -- Canada )

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Verge Music founder Daniel Kernohan aka Dee Kay and radio host Dan Lander developed this album of electroacoustic interaction between 1987-1989 in a dilapidated row house on "the wrong side of the tracks" in Toronto, using "instruments, toys, stuff, sound" to create an amusing, sometimes startling, and insightful series of interactions; unpredictable and interesting.

Trio 3 + Geri Allen: At This Time Trio 3 + Geri Allen:
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(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Trio 3 (Reggie Workman, Andrew Cyrille, and Oliver Lake in the next Trio 3 + release, here with pianist Geri Allen, amazing interplay from four statesmen of modern jazz.

Various Artists: INstruments Various Artists:
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(List -- France )

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A 2004 collection of commissioned compositions exploring the relations between acoustic instruments and digital process including Dafeldecker/Siewert, Janek Shaefer, Steinbruchel, Gunter Miller, &c.

Cardew, Cornelius / London Experimental Ensemble: Treatise Cardew, Cornelius / London Experimental Ensemble:
Treatise

(Split Rock Records -- USA )

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The full two-hour performance of Cornelius Cardew's entire 193-page legendary Treatise graphic score, performed at Iklectik in London, England on January 28, 2017 in an 11-member ensemble of some of London's most interesting improvisers including participants in Scratch Orchestra, in a double CD release with liner notes by AMM founder Eddie Prevost.

Angles: Every Woman is a Tree Angles:
Every Woman is a Tree

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Scandinavian Alto saxophonist Martin Kuchen in a sextet with Magnus Broo and Mats Aleklint playing Kuchen originals, free jazz with a post-bop twist.

Bruun's, Peter All Too Human (w/ Tranberg / Ducret / Toldam): Vernacular Avant-garde Bruun's, Peter All Too Human (w/ Tranberg / Ducret / Toldam):
Vernacular Avant-garde

(Ayler -- France )

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Copenhagen drummer Peter Bruun leads a band with guitarist Marc Ducret, trumpeter Kasper Tranberg and synth player Simon Toldam, and upbeat electric free jazz album of powerful intent and compelling compositions performing melodic and insightful compositions, the band well acquainted from work on Ducret's own albums and with Samuel Blaser; recommended.

Monniot, Christophe & Grand Orchestre du Tricot: Jericho Sinfonia Monniot, Christophe & Grand Orchestre du Tricot:
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(Ayler -- France )

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A unique ensemble performing a long-form composition by French saxophonist Christophe Monniot with the 12-piece Grand Orchestre du Tricot, 12 movements that are punctuated by layered spoken words, a subtle and sophisticated work realized with performers including Roberto Negro, Florian Satche, Quentin Biardeau, Jean-Baptiste Lacou, &c.

Rempis, Dave / Tim Daisy & Guests: Dodecahedron Rempis, Dave / Tim Daisy & Guests:
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(Aerophonic -- USA )

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Marking their 20th anniversary working together, the collaboration between Chicago improvisers, saxophonist Dave Rempis and percussionist Tim Daisy, release their third duo recording, inviting an incredible list of improvisers to perform live with them at Elastic Arts in Chicago in 2017: Jason Adasiewicz, Jim Baker, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Steve Swell, Katie Young, and Aaron Zarzutzki.

Spectral (Dave Rempis / Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs): Empty Castles Spectral (Dave Rempis / Darren Johnston / Larry Ochs):
Empty Castles

(Aerophonic -- USA )

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Spectral, since 2012 the working horn trio of Dave Rempis on alto & baritone sax, Darren Johnston on trumpet, and Larry Ochs on sopranino & tenor sax, split their time between San Francisco and Chicago, in their 3rd album of spontaneous, complex free improv, here using the setting of Bunker A-168 in Mare Island Shoreline Heritage Preserve, CA, to influence their performance.

Fujii, Satoko: Ninety-Nine Years Fujii, Satoko:
Ninety-Nine Years

(Libra -- Japan )

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Composer-pianist Satoko Fujii's new Orchestra Berlin, a ten-piece ensemble, presents a powerful work written specifically for this group in thought-provoking compositions of and uninhibited energy, with performers including saxophonists Gebhard Ullmann, Paulina Owczarek & Matthias Schubert, trombonist Matthias Muller, bassist Jan Roder, and drummers Peter Orins and Michael Griener.

Kira Kira (Tamura / Spence / Fujii / Takemura): Bright Force Kira Kira (Tamura / Spence / Fujii / Takemura):
Bright Force

(Libra -- Japan )

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Since 2007 Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and Australian keyboardist Alister Spence have collaborated on performance and recording in several configurations, including work with Tony Buck, Raymond McDonald, Jim O'Rourke, &c.; this energetic and otherworldly quartet session with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and drummer Ittetsu Takemura was recored live Knuttel House, in Tokyo, 2017.

Chulki, Hong / Will Guthrie: Mosquitoes and Crabs Chulki, Hong / Will Guthrie:
Mosquitoes and Crabs

(erstwhile -- USA )

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Recording in Seoul, South Korea at Mullae Arts Village in 2016, the duo of Australian drummer/percussionist Will Guthrie and improvising noise artist Hong Chulki release 8 pieces with concise works under 1 minute to larger improvisations up to 8 minutes, contrasting interesting rhythms with indescribable electronics, found sounds, and unusual environments.

Dixon, Bill: Odyssey (Solo Works) [6 CD BOX SET] Dixon, Bill:
Odyssey (Solo Works) [6 CD BOX SET]

(Archive Edition -- USA )

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This 2001 limited 6-CD box set of late trumpeter Bill Dixon's solo work in 5 CDs plus 1 CD of Dixon speaking, including two 32-page booklets containing essays, interviews, & writings, plus reproductions of 13 Dixon paintings, along with 3 inserts; an essential example of Dixon's incredible creative output, the final copies of which were recently discovered and available one last time.

Tsunoda, Toshiya / Taku Unami: Wovenland Tsunoda, Toshiya / Taku Unami:
Wovenland

(erstwhile -- USA )

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The liner notes give good detail to each composition from these Japanese sound artists and composers Toshiya Tsunoda and Taku Unami, reworking and transforming field recordings from a diverse set of environmental locations by changing pitch, playback speeds, frequency, amplitude, &., creating 11 compositions, imbuing the mundane with unusual and surprising aural attributes.

Leandre, Joelle: Dire du Dire Leandre, Joelle:
Dire du Dire

(Rectangle -- France )

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An hour-long interview in the French language between French improvisers, bassist and vocalist Joelle Leandre and guiatist Noel Akchote, originally released in 2000, Leandre very engaged and at times quite animated and in good spirits, the CD partitioned into six equal sections for easy indexing.

Chadbourne, Eugene / Steve Beresford / Alex Ward: Pleasures of the Horror [VINYL] Chadbourne, Eugene / Steve Beresford / Alex Ward:
Pleasures of the Horror [VINYL]

(Bisou Records -- France )

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Eugene Chadbourne has been obsessed with "horror" for years, so when Bisou asked him to make an album for children he suggested theming it on horror movies and monsters, taking keyboardist Steve Beresford and multi-reedist Alex Ward into a London studio to record these 9 tracks, with references to classic horror and to Chad's own Shockabilly project.

Faloon, Mike : The Other Night at Quinn's [BOOK] Faloon, Mike :
The Other Night at Quinn's [BOOK]

(Razorcake -- USA )

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Mike Faloon writes about "Quinn's", the upstate NY diner turned into a collaborative, cooperative live music venue and Japanese restaurant co-owned by Steve Ventura and curated by James Keepnews, written from a variety of perspectives, alongside essays, interviews and photographs, as Faloon searches for self and finds fascinating patrons, performers, and music.

Sun Ra: The Cymbals / Symbols Sessions: New York City 1973 [2 CDs] Sun Ra:
The Cymbals / Symbols Sessions: New York City 1973 [2 CDs]

(Modern Harmonic -- USA )

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In 1973 Sun Ra went into the studio for Impulse! to record "Cymbals" with the octet of Danny Davis, John Gilmore, Elmoe Omoe, Ronnie Boykins, Derek Morris, and Akh Tal Ebah; though 2 LP's worth of material were recorded, the album was never released until now, in a remastered edition bringing listeners this much-anticipated album of synth-heavy, Arkestra-oriented 'Ra.



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