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Endresen, Sidsel / Jan Bang: Hum Endresen, Sidsel / Jan Bang:
Hum

(Confront -- UK )

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Using sampler, dictaphone, and voice, the duo of Sidsel Endresen and Jan Bang improvise and interact to create unorthodox hybrids of fractured electronics and articulated word, as edgy and engaging as it is unusual, captured live at Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene, in Oslo, Norway in 2016, a great followup to Bang's "And Poppies From Kandahar" Samadhi album.

Flaherty, Paul / Chris Corsano: The Hated Music [VINYL 2 LPs] Flaherty, Paul / Chris Corsano:
The Hated Music [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Feeding Tube Records -- USA )

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Gary Panter's artwork is updated and the format is vinyl this time for this welcome reissue of the 2000 Ecstatic Yod CD from the now long-running duo of tenor & alto saxophonist Paul Flaherty and drummer Chris Corsano, a superb free jazz album of great invention and seriously deep playing, from hard attacks to introspective musing, truly impressive!

Mako Sica / Hamid Drake: Ronda [VINYL 2 LPs] Mako Sica / Hamid Drake:
Ronda [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Feeding Tube Records -- USA )

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The long-running Chicago free-rock trio Mako Sica currently comprised of Przemyslaw Drazek (trumpet & guitar), Brent Fuscaldo (guitar) and Chaetan Newell (drums & piano) are joined by free improvising legend Hamid Drake on drum kit, tablas and frame drum for a beautiful and rich album of genre merging, spiritually warm, primarily instrumental music, inclusive and persuasive.

Nakamura, Toshimaru: Re-Verbed (No-Input Mixing Board 9) Nakamura, Toshimaru:
Re-Verbed (No-Input Mixing Board 9)

(Room40 -- Australia )

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Tokyo-based electronics artist Toshimaru Nakamura's 9th album of No-Input Mixing Board music, elucidating sound from the mixing board without any audio sources, showing the amazing evolution of his approach as he turns this "empty" "instrument" into an amazing source of rhythmic and assertive sound that's both surprising and wonderfully musical.

Noyes, Charles K. / Owen Maercks w/ Henry Kaiser / Greg Goodman: Free Mammals [VINYL] Noyes, Charles K. / Owen Maercks w/ Henry Kaiser / Greg Goodman:
Free Mammals [VINYL]

(Feeding Tube Records -- USA )

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A great example of open-minded West Coast free improvisation around the late 70s from the quartet of Charles K. Noyes on percussion & saxophone, Owen Maercks on guitar, Henry Kaiser on guitar, and Greg Goodman on piano & percussion, side A from a live concert in Berkeley recorded by guitarist Henry Kaiser, side B from sutdio sessions in San Francisco.

Barker Trio: Avert Your I [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] Barker Trio:
Avert Your I [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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After releasing drummer Andrew Barker's duo with Daniel Carter, "Polyhedron", Astral Spirits takes on Barker's trio album with sidemen Michael Foster on tenor & soprano sax, plus electronics, and Tim Dahl on bass, Barker also adding synth & electronics, for an album of ruggedly intense, propulsive playing with a probing inquisitiveness.

Dahlgreen, Signe: Kunki Snuk [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] Dahlgreen, Signe:
Kunki Snuk [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Solo improvisations on the heavy side from Swedish saxophonist Signe Lykkebo Dahlgreen (Yes Deer, Per-Ake Holmander, Anna Hogberg), using prodigious technique and a tenacious style she pushes the sax into odd harmonic territory balancing complex technical playing with raw energy and angst, a balance that keeps her listeners on the edge of their seats.

Fujii, Satoko / Joe Fonda: Mizu Fujii, Satoko / Joe Fonda:
Mizu

(Long Song Records -- Italy )

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With commanding instrumental skills and a growing history of collaboration, bassist Joe Fonda and pianist Satoko Fujii are heard again in two live concerts as part of their 2017 European tour, two duos from Belgium and one in Germany, the CD taking its title from the Japanese word for "water" as the two converse in powerfully emotional and technically breathtaking ways.

Mako Sica / Hamid Drake: Ronda [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] Mako Sica / Hamid Drake:
Ronda [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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The long-running Chicago free-rock trio Mako Sica currently comprised of Przemyslaw Drazek (trumpet & guitar), Brent Fuscaldo (guitar) and Chaetan Newell (drums & piano) are joined by free improvising legend Hamid Drake on drum kit, tablas and frame drum for a beautiful and rich album of genre merging, spiritually warm, primarily instrumental music, inclusive and persuasive.

Obnox (Lamont Thomas): Templo del Sonido [RED VINYL] Obnox (Lamont Thomas):
Templo del Sonido [RED VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Ohio garage and free rock mainstay Lamont Thomas, AKA Obnox, was approached by Astral Spirits to make a free jazz record, the unexpected results sounding more like a rock record in a wild ride of noise, funk, electro, voice, and percussion, a savage album with the protest and pointed sensibilities of the early 60s; pressed on translucent red vinyl.

Bent Spoon Trio: Nine Year Itch Bent Spoon Trio:
Nine Year Itch

(Bug Incision Records -- Canada )

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Formed in 2002 as a quartet, then in 2005 as the trio of Chris Dadge (percussion, trumpet, bass), David Laing (bass & trombone), and Scott Munro (sax, melodica, &c), then as the duo of Dadge & Monro in 2008; 2016 found the trio together again in Calgary for the closing of the Emmedia performance space, their entire set of unique collective improv captured for this CD.

Dadge, Chris / Jonathon Wilcke: Three Live Pieces Dadge, Chris / Jonathon Wilcke:
Three Live Pieces

(Bug Incision Records -- Canada )

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With a 15 year history of collaboration, Bug Incision label leader Chris Dadge joins with fellow Calgary free improviser Jonathon Wilcke on saxophone for an album of live performances in their home city, two performances from Parlour and one at Local 510, showing strong rapport in their duo of uniquely unconventional percussion and lyrically quirky sax.

Morris, Joe / Chris Dadge / Jonathon Wilcke: Rural Optimism Morris, Joe / Chris Dadge / Jonathon Wilcke:
Rural Optimism

(Bug Incision Records -- Canada )

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During guitarist Joe Morris' stay as a visiting scholar at University of Calgary, Morris joined the Chris Dadge / Jonathon Wilkes duo, first on stage and then in the studio to record this first-rate album of collective improvisation, merging idiosyncratic percussive activity, abstract and lyrical sax declarations, and profound and pointillistic guitar work.

Morris, Joe / Rob Oxoby: Dancing With Penguins Morris, Joe / Rob Oxoby:
Dancing With Penguins

(Bug Incision Records -- Canada )

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Improvising guitarist/bassist, writer, and educator Joe Morris spent four months as visiting scholar at the University of Calgary, during which time he recorded with University of Calgary professor and double bassist Rob Oxoby, this freely improvised album with Morris on electric guitar, a great confluence of strings in 6 concentrated and adept dialogs.

Akmee (Pedersen / Jerve / Albertsend / Wildhagen): Neptun Akmee (Pedersen / Jerve / Albertsend / Wildhagen):
Neptun

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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Debut album from this Oslo collective quartet of free improvisers led by drummer Andreas Wildhagen (Nilssen-Love Large Unit) with Erik Kimestad Pedersen on trumpet, Kjetil Jerve on piano, and Erlend Olderskog Albertsen on double bass, a thoroughly modern band that balances more experimental playing with improv in the European tradition; a strong start.

Akmee (Pedersen / Jerve / Albertsend / Wildhagen): Neptun [VINYL] Akmee (Pedersen / Jerve / Albertsend / Wildhagen):
Neptun [VINYL]

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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Debut album from this Oslo collective quartet of free improvisers led by drummer Andreas Wildhagen (Nilssen-Love Large Unit) with Erik Kimestad Pedersen on trumpet, Kjetil Jerve on piano, and Erlend Olderskog Albertsen on double bass, a thoroughly modern band that balances more experimental playing with improv in the European tradition; a strong start.

Hvizdalek / Nergaard / Tavil / Garner: Juxtaposition Hvizdalek / Nergaard / Tavil / Garner:
Juxtaposition

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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Sonic sources of a wide variety of timbre, rhythm and tone, mixed with voice, feedback, even bird sounds, make up the strata of this intriguing album from Oslo Improvisers Agnes Hvizdalek (voice), Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard (electric bass, electronics, field recordings), Utku Tavil (snare drum, no input mixer, sampler), and Natali Abrahamsen Garner (voice, electronics).

Hvizdalek / Nergaard / Tavil / Garner: Juxtaposition [CASSETTE] Hvizdalek / Nergaard / Tavil / Garner:
Juxtaposition [CASSETTE]

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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Sonic sources of a wide variety of timbre, rhythm and tone, mixed with voice, feedback, even bird sounds, make up the strata of this intriguing album from Oslo Improvisers Agnes Hvizdalek (voice), Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard (electric bass, electronics, field recordings), Utku Tavil (snare drum, no input mixer, sampler), and Natali Abrahamsen Garner (voice, electronics).

Kwang, Goh Lee / Christian Meaas Svendsen: Gibberish, Balderdash and Drivel Kwang, Goh Lee / Christian Meaas Svendsen:
Gibberish, Balderdash and Drivel

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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Three "nonsensical" musical conversations between Malaysian experimental musician and Herbal International label founder Goh Lee Kwang, and Norwegian bass player and Nakama label leader Christian Meeas Svendsen; a first encounter between two different mindsets, nationalities and generations, packaged with a pencil to let you draw your own cover.

Kwang, Goh Lee / Christian Meaas Svendsen: Gibberish, Balderdash and Drivel [VINYL] Kwang, Goh Lee / Christian Meaas Svendsen:
Gibberish, Balderdash and Drivel [VINYL]

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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Three "nonsensical" musical conversations between Malaysian experimental musician and Herbal International label founder Goh Lee Kwang, and Norwegian bass player and Nakama label leader Christian Meeas Svendsen; a first encounter between two different mindsets, nationalities and generations, packaged with a pencil to let you draw your own cover.

Nakama: Worst Generation Nakama:
Worst Generation

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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Freely improvised and unusual collective improv from the quintet of Christian Meaas Svendsen (double bass), Andreas Wildhagen (drums), Ayumi Nataka (piano), Adrian Loseth Waade (violin) and Agness Hvizdalek (voice), an abstract yet energetic album with Hvizdalek's voice adding an exotic edge to extended techniques based in free jazz strategies.

Nakama: Worst Generation [VINYL] Nakama:
Worst Generation [VINYL]

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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Freely improvised and unusual collective improv from the quintet of Christian Meaas Svendsen (double bass), Andreas Wildhagen (drums), Ayumi Nataka (piano), Adrian Loseth Waade (violin) and Agness Hvizdalek (voice), an abstract yet energetic album with Hvizdalek's voice adding an exotic edge to extended techniques based in free jazz strategies.

Coleman, Steve and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets) [2 CDs] Coleman, Steve and Five Elements:
Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets) [2 CDs]

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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With his earliest and most current performance history tied to the enduring Manhattan jazz club The Village Vanguard, alto saxophonist Steve Coleman records his Five Elements in a 2017 live show with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Miles Okazaki on guitar, Anthony Tidd on bass, and Sean Rickman on drums for a fiery, exuberant and masterful concert of modern jazz.

Coleman's, Steve Natal Eclipse: Morphogenesis Coleman's, Steve Natal Eclipse:
Morphogenesis

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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Steve Coleman's Natal Eclipse brings together 9 musicians in a chamber jazz setting without a drum set--Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jen Shyu (vocals), Matt Mitchell (piano), Mara Grand (tenor sax), Rane Moore (clarinet), Kristin Lee (violin), Greg Chudzik (bass), and Neeraj Mehta (percussion)--performing 9 of Coleman's sophisticated original compositions.

Mitzlaff, Urlich: Ten Sonic Miniatures about the "Scream" by Edvard Munch Mitzlaff, Urlich:
Ten Sonic Miniatures about the "Scream" by Edvard Munch

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Using Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream" as his muse, German cellist living in Portugal, Ulrich Mitzlaff, presents 10 acoustic miniatures from just over a minute to 4 1/2 minutes in length, including wildly interactive moments of delirium to darkly melodic bowed passages, using his impressive technique to create vivid depictions of Munch's work.

4! (Patrizia Oliva / Carlo Mascolo / Domenico Saccente / Felice Furioso): Factorial 4! (Patrizia Oliva / Carlo Mascolo / Domenico Saccente / Felice Furioso):
Factorial

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Free electroacoustic improvisation from the Italian quartet of Patrizia Oliva on voice, electronics, bawu, objects, Carlo Mascolo on prepared trombone, Domenico Saccente on accordion and prepared piano, and Felice Furioso on drums, cupa cupa, contrabbassa, sounded objects, using voice and unusual instrumentation to guide unusual and forward-thinking improv.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Fred Marty / Carlos Santos: Jardin Carre Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Fred Marty / Carlos Santos:
Jardin Carre

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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French double bassist Fred Marty joins Creative Sources core performers, violist Ernesto Rodrigues, cellist Guilherme Rodrigues and electronic artist Carlos Santos for an extensive improvisation exploring both lyrical and pointillistic improvisation, themed loosely around a garden quartet or frame, the music detailed, active and formidably sophisticated.

Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Mar / Espvall / Faustino / Mira / &c.: Sul Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Mar / Espvall / Faustino / Mira / &c.:
Sul

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Adam Pultz Melbye / kriton b.: The Distant Sound Within Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Adam Pultz Melbye / kriton b.:
The Distant Sound Within

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Three strings--cello from Guilherme Rodrigues, double bass from Adam Pultz Melbye, and viola from Ernesto Rodrigues--plus harmonium and objects from Kriton Beyer, in a live performance at Kuhlspot Social Club in Berlin, each of the 9 movements a concentrative work named with a three-letter onomatopoeia, as the players draw sound from a mysterious dark distance.

Isotope Ensemble: Lanthanum Isotope Ensemble:
Lanthanum

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Rodrigues, Ernesto / Rodrigues, Guilherme / Richard Scott: We Still Have Bodies Rodrigues, Ernesto / Rodrigues, Guilherme / Richard Scott:
We Still Have Bodies

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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AntiClan: Volcano Hour AntiClan:
Volcano Hour

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Massaro, Francesco: Maniera Nera Massaro, Francesco:
Maniera Nera

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Olaf, Rupp / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues: RRR Olaf, Rupp / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues:
RRR

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Skerebotte Fatta: Riders From The Ra Skerebotte Fatta:
Riders From The Ra

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Cirera, Albert / Abdul Moimeme / Alvaro Rosso: Dissection Room Cirera, Albert / Abdul Moimeme / Alvaro Rosso:
Dissection Room

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Lisbon String Trio & Carlos Zingaro: Theia Lisbon String Trio & Carlos Zingaro:
Theia

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Lisbon String Trio / Sei Miguel: From Faust Lisbon String Trio / Sei Miguel:
From Faust

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"After six albums from the Lisbon String Trio last year, this year (so far, anyway) there are three: In fact, all nine albums were recorded within a year of each other, as the most recent releases date only to earlier in March this year tha...

Anissegos, Antonis / Christos Yermenoglou: Intertitles Anissegos, Antonis / Christos Yermenoglou:
Intertitles

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Fulgosi, Andreas / Carlo Mascolo: Losca Mio Gulfos Fulgosi, Andreas / Carlo Mascolo:
Losca Mio Gulfos

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Nakatani, Tatsuya: Nakatani Mixtape Vol 1 - 2018 [CASSETTE] Nakatani, Tatsuya:
Nakatani Mixtape Vol 1 - 2018 [CASSETTE]

(Nakatani-Kobo -- USA )

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A series of recordings from percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani's many travels in the US and Canada, both live and in the studio, with solo work and duos with Mark Molnar on cello, Mark Weaver on tuba, Gil Selinger on cello, Bonnie Kane on amplified saxophone and flute, and Rhonda Taylor on baritone saxophone.

Vandermark, Ken (w/ Daisy / Kurzmann / Stadhouders /  / Wooley / Yeh): Momentum 2 & 3 [2 CDs] Vandermark, Ken (w/ Daisy / Kurzmann / Stadhouders / / Wooley / Yeh):
Momentum 2 & 3 [2 CDs]

(Audiographic Records -- USA )

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"Ken Vandermark was struggling to put together an American tour, with promoters and venue owners reluctant to host to mini festival of improvised music that he envisioned. Eventually, they found studios in Nashville and Chicago that wo...

Marker (w/ Ken Vandermark): Wired For Sound Marker (w/ Ken Vandermark):
Wired For Sound

(Audiographic Records -- USA )

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The debut from this Chicago band merging strong grooves with free playing, with 2 guitarists--Andrew Clinkman & Steve Marquette, plus Macie Stewart on keys & violin, Phil Sudderberg on drums, and Ken Vandermark on reeds, each of the 3 tracks dedicated to an artist: Belgian movie director Chantal Akerman; German choreographer Pina Bausch; and Anthony Braxton and Bernie Worrell.

Yoshihide, Otomo / Paal Nilssen-Love: 19th of May, 2016 Yoshihide, Otomo / Paal Nilssen-Love:
19th of May, 2016

(PNL -- Norway )

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An intensively diverse and thrilling game of "cat and dog" between Norwegian percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love and Japanese guitarist Otomo Yoshihide, performing live at Dom Cultural Center, Moscow, Russia in 2016 for two extended improvisations that exemplify incredible technical skills, reflective and introspective dialog, and cathartic release; absolutely impressive.

Rutherford, Paul / Ken Vandermark / Torsten Muller / Dylan van der Schyff: Are We In Diego? Rutherford, Paul / Ken Vandermark / Torsten Muller / Dylan van der Schyff:
Are We In Diego?

(WhirrbooM! -- Canada )

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"This recording is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and colleague, Paul Rutherford, who left us in 2007. Paul was a brilliant trombonist and improviser, with a warm personality and a wonderful sense of humor. He was also a sta...

Bucher / Countryman (w/ Simon Tan / Isla Antinero): Extremely Live in Manila Bucher / Countryman (w/ Simon Tan / Isla Antinero):
Extremely Live in Manila

(ChapChap Records -- Japan )

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A live concert in Quezon City from the Manila based duo of Rich Countryman on alto saxophone and Swiss drummer Christian Bucher, who are joined on one track by acoustic bassist Simon Tan and trombonist Isla Antinero.

Ikeda / Prevost: The Whole Moon Rests in a Dewdrop on the Grass Ikeda / Prevost:
The Whole Moon Rests in a Dewdrop on the Grass

(Matchless -- UK )

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"Rare duo set from Japanese musician and artist Ken Ikeda - who has composed and recorded for David Lynch and Moriko Mori amongst others - and English percussionist Eddie Prevost, the seminal figure of free improvised music since the 196...

Moore / Edwards / Prevost: Darkened, Yet Shone Moore / Edwards / Prevost:
Darkened, Yet Shone

(Matchless -- UK )

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"The trio of Eddie Prévost (drums), NO Moore (guitarism), and bassist John Edwards (if 'bassist' captures everything it is that John Edwards can do) combines improvisation, free jazz, rock, and electronic sound into a sonorous agg...

Musicworks: #131 Fall 2018 [MAGAZINE + CD] Musicworks:
#131 Fall 2018 [MAGAZINE + CD]

(Musicworks -- Canada )

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The second issue in the 40th anniversary year of Canada's foremost magazine exploring new music in composed, improvised, experimental and other unusual musics, articles including Peggy Lee, Circuit Bending, composer Maria de Alvear, an article on the Bug Incision label, plus a 14-track CD with tracks to accompany the articles, plus album reviews, live reviews, &c. &c.

Yes Deer: Gloss [VINYL] Yes Deer:
Gloss [VINYL]

(BeCoq -- France )

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Louis Minus XVI: De Anima [VINYL] Louis Minus XVI:
De Anima [VINYL]

(BeCoq -- France )

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"It's been almost 10 years since Louis Minus XVI reigned over the free jazz of the Flandres. Fortunately for us, his reign is not ready to stop with this new album "De Anima".

This Art Ensemble of Lille is hyperactive. In addition ...

Mitchell, Nicole : Maroon Cloud Mitchell, Nicole :
Maroon Cloud

(FPE Records -- USA )

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"Maroon Cloud, a powerful eight-part suite by celebrated flutist Nicole Mitchell, is a paean to the human gift of imagination and its ability to foster resistance in our dystopian times. It features a drum-less quartet with Mitche...

Earth Tongues (Costa / Peck / Moffett): Rune Earth Tongues (Costa / Peck / Moffett):
Rune

(Neither/Nor Records -- USA )

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"An ensemble dedicated to exploring the scope and scale of experimental improvised music, Earth Tongues approaches each performance as a chance to build new, challenging work that take silence and ambient sound into full account. Consist...

Loriot, Frantz : Reflections on an Introspective Path Loriot, Frantz :
Reflections on an Introspective Path

(Neither/Nor Records -- USA )

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French-Japanese violist Frantz Loriot's first solo album takes the viola into unusual territory, using an acousmatic approach to create music and sounds with no visual reference by transforming the sound of the viola through preparations and remarkable extended techniques, layering and assembling his works to create concrete statements of movement.

Costa's Acustica, Carlo: Strata Costa's Acustica, Carlo:
Strata

(Neither/Nor Records -- USA )

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New York composer and drummer Carlo Costa assembled this accomplished ensemble of NY improvisers for a live performance at IBeam in Brooklyn, capturing his piece "Strata" that evolves layers of sound from very sparse to densely yet accesibly stacked sound, varying recurring material to change perspectives in the aural space as the piece progresses; impressive.

van Hemmen, Flin (w/ Neufeld / Obsvik): Drums of Days van Hemmen, Flin (w/ Neufeld / Obsvik):
Drums of Days

(Neither/Nor Records -- USA )

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Debut album as a leader from drummer and pianist Flin van Hemmen, an evocative album of original compositions and improvisations recorded in a trio with Eyvind Opsvik on double bass and Todd Neufeld on acoustic guitar, with Tony Malaby on alto and soprano sax on one track; a beautifully cinematic and poetic album that allows for space and reflection.

Earth Tongues (Moffett / Peck / Costa): Ohio [CDx2] Earth Tongues (Moffett / Peck / Costa):
Ohio [CDx2]

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"An ensemble dedicated to exploring the scope and scale of experimental improvised music, Earth Tongues approaches each performance as a chance to build new, engaging work that questions our relationship to music and our understanding of...

Ali, Sean : My Tongue Crumbles After Ali, Sean :
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"Sean Ali's stunning solo bass debut album 'My Tongue Crumbles After' features eight improvisations for acoustic double bass. On a few selections Sean also makes use of tape collages which he assembled from field recordings and voice rec...

Natura Morta (Loriot / Ali / Costa): Environ Natura Morta (Loriot / Ali / Costa):
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"Implicit in the album title is the sonic endeavor that we have undertaken in our fourth album. The three pieces of Environ trace a textural mapping of an aural landscape. Sound heard as dust, slowly and steadily accumulating then wisped...

While We Still Have Bodies (Gerstein / Ali / Foster / van Hemmen): While We Still Have Bodies While We Still Have Bodies (Gerstein / Ali / Foster / van Hemmen):
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"After several years of performing regularly in New York City, While We Still Have Bodies present their eponymous debut album. The single extended improvisation presented here is imbued with an arcane ritualistic quality and ranges from ...

Volden, Havard / Carlo Costa: In the Wake Volden, Havard / Carlo Costa:
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"Norwegian guitarist Havard Volden and New York-city based percussionist Carlo Costa present their first collaboration on record with an album of acoustic improvisations. The music on In the Wake makes use of repetitive patterns, slow de...

Rua, Vitor & The Metaphysical Angels: When Better Isn't Quite Good Enough [2 CDs] Rua, Vitor & The Metaphysical Angels:
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Guitarist Vitor Rua (GNR, Telectu) recorded the 15 pieces of this 2-CD set first as a series of overdubbed solo improvisations, using his virtuosic skills to create intriguing and compelling works, which he orchestrated and recorded with the quintet of Hernani Faustino on bass, Luis San Payo on drums, Manuel Guimaraes on organ, Nuno Reis on trumpet, and Paulo Galao on clarinets.

Lee, Peggy : Echo Painting Lee, Peggy :
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"In 2015 Coastal Jazz and Blues Society in Vancouver, BC commissioned Peggy Lee to compose a suite of music for a new 10-piece ensemble. The intent was to create an ensemble including some of the most active and interesting improvisers o...

Company 91 (Bailey / Lovens / Zorn / Buckethead): Volume 2 Company 91 (Bailey / Lovens / Zorn / Buckethead):
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(Incus -- UK )

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Guitarist Derek Bailey organized "Company Week" sessions to help musicians break out of their familiar patterns by having them play in varying combinations over several nights, here with Pat Thomas (electronics & keyboards), Paul Lovens (percussion), Paul Rogers (bass), Buckethead (guitar), Yves Robert (trombone), Vanessa Mackness (voice), John Zorn (saxophone), & Alexander Balanescu (violin).

Company 91 (Bailey / Lovens / Zorn / Buckethead): Volume 3 Company 91 (Bailey / Lovens / Zorn / Buckethead):
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(Incus -- UK )

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Guitarist Derek Bailey organized "Company Week" sessions to help musicians break out of their familiar patterns by having them play in varying combinations over several nights, here with Pat Thomas (electronics & keyboards), Paul Lovens (percussion), Paul Rogers (bass), Buckethead (guitar), Yves Robert (trombone), Vanessa Mackness (voice), John Zorn (saxophone), & Alexander Balanescu (violin).

Olsen, Lance Austin : Dark Heart Olsen, Lance Austin :
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(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Four fascinating and detailed compositions from Canadian composer and painter Lance Austin Olsen, each work giving the performers space to collaborate on the results, using graphic scores and Cage-like elements from recordings; performers include Terje Paulsen, Gil Sanson, Ryoko Akama, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Katelyn Clark, Patrick Farmer and Apartment House.

Rose, Simon: Schmetterling Rose, Simon:
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(Not Two Records -- Great Britain )

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London Improvisers Orchestra saxophonist Simon Rose in a solo album of improvisations recorded in the hall of a Berlin psychiatric hospital noted for its extraordinary acoustic properties.

Rempis, Dave / Jasper Stadhouders / Frank Rosaly: ICOCI Rempis, Dave / Jasper Stadhouders / Frank Rosaly:
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(Aerophonic -- USA )

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"This transatlantic trio combines musical sensibilities derived from their experiences in two world capitals of improvised music, Chicago and Amsterdam. Rempis and Rosaly, both longtime staples of the Chicago scene, have partnered for m...

Rempis, Dave / Tomeka Reid / Joshua Abrams: Ithra Rempis, Dave / Tomeka Reid / Joshua Abrams:
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"This collaborative trio featuring three mid-career artists with deep roots in the Chicago improvised music scene puts forth a stunning and austere debut, a chamber-like exploration in which their three voices intertwine seamlessly into...

Zankel, Bobby & The Wonderful Sound 6: Celebrating William Parker at 65 Zankel, Bobby & The Wonderful Sound 6:
Celebrating William Parker at 65

(Not Two -- Poland )

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Celebrating bassist and composer William Parker's 65th birthday at the Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia in a band led by Bobby Zankel on alto saxophone, Muhammad Ali on drums, Dave Burrell on piano, Steve Swell on trombone, Diane Monroe on violin, and William Parker himself on bass, in a 4-part suite of beautifully turbulent and masterful free jazz.

Vandermark / Kugel / Tokar: No-Exit Corner Vandermark / Kugel / Tokar:
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the second CD by the trio featuring the tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Vandermark, the drummer Klaus Kugel, and the bassist Mark Tokar has the band back at Krakow's Alchemia Club, bringing these three Chicago and European players together for a skronky, energetic romp of commanding playing alongside unorthodox approaches and powerfully creative intent.

Sorgen, Harvey / Joe Fonda / Marilyn Crispell: Dreamstruck Sorgen, Harvey / Joe Fonda / Marilyn Crispell:
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A lyrical album of virtuosic free jazz from the NY trio of Marilyn Crispell on piano, Joe Fonda on bass, and Harvey Sorgen on drums.

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Sakata, Akira / Nicolas Field: First Thirst | Live at Cave12 Sakata, Akira / Nicolas Field:
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The long-running collaboration of Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata and Swiss drummer Nicolas Field is heard in this powerful duo concert, live at Cave12 in Geneva, Switzerland, in June of 2008.

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Fish-Scale Sunrise (Ab Baars / Kaja Draksler / Joe Williamson: No Queen Rises Fish-Scale Sunrise (Ab Baars / Kaja Draksler / Joe Williamson:
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Jackson, Keefe / Benjamin Vergara / Jim Baker / Phil Sudderberg: The Hallowed Plant Jackson, Keefe / Benjamin Vergara / Jim Baker / Phil Sudderberg:
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