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Boneshaker: Thinking Out Loud [VINYL] Boneshaker:
Thinking Out Loud [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The third album from this international trio of powerful improvisers--Norwegian drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, Chicago bassist Kent Kessler, and Chicago/NY saxophonist Mars William-- in four odysseys that take the listener from introspective playing to out and out blowing, using technique to serve their incredible dialog.

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

(Dark Tree Records -- France )

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

Made to Break: Trebuchet Made to Break:
Trebuchet

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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

Made to Break: Trebuchet [VINYL] Made to Break:
Trebuchet [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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

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

(For Practically -- USA )

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

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

(Not On Label -- USA )

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

Polyorchard: Red October [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD] Polyorchard:
Red October [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD]

(Out and Gone Music -- USA )

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Polyorchard founder and double bassist David Menestres leads the quartet of Jeb Bishop on trombone, Shawn Galvin on percussion, and Laurent Estoppey on saxophone, using skills drawn from both improvisation and compositional music to present six free dialogs showing intent listening amongst the four as they create complex, interweaving, sophisticated statements; impressive!

Sonore: OTO Sonore:
OTO

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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

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

(Armageddon Nova -- Japan )

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

Third Coast Ensemble: Wrecks Third Coast Ensemble:
Wrecks

(RogueArt -- Austria )

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

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

(RogueArt -- France )

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An absolutely phenomenal example of free improvisation, both on cello and on voice, from French improviser Didier Petite performing live at La Plantation, in Beijing, China in 2016, showing profoundly great skill, a fount of creative impulse and ideas, and wonderfully idiosyncratic vocals and songs to accompany himself; an inspiring and delightful record.

Mitchell, Roscoe / Matthew Shipp: Accelerated Projection Mitchell, Roscoe / Matthew Shipp:
Accelerated Projection

(RogueArt -- Austria )

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A masterful concert recorded at Sant'Anna Arresi Jazz Festival in Sardinia, Italy in 2005 between Chicago AACM legendary saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell, performing on alto and soprano saxophones, and New York pianist Matthew Shipp, a member of Mitchell's Note Factor for 10 years, here presenting a 7 part work, pushing and challenging each other to great heights.

Parker, William : Conversations II Dialogues & Monologues [CD & BOOK] Parker, William :
Conversations II Dialogues & Monologues [CD & BOOK]

(RogueArt -- France )

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

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

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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

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

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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

Afrit Nebula (Edwards / Edwards / Harris): Triality Afrit Nebula (Edwards / Edwards / Harris):
Triality

(FMR -- UK )

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A mix of Afro-Cuban, Middle Eastern, jazz and rock traditions fuel the rich rhythmic and spiritual music of the trio of Elaine Edwards (The Moors) on saxophone and flute, Ken Edwards on bass and voice, and Jamie Harris on percussion and voice, referencing the powerful Arabian mythical demon "Afrit" and the insterstellar clouds of dust that make up a nebula.

Delta Saxophone Quartet: Bowie, Berlin & Beyond Delta Saxophone Quartet:
Bowie, Berlin & Beyond

(FMR -- UK )

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The UK's Delta Saxophone Quartet of Chris Caldwell, Peter Whyman, Graeme Blevins and Tim Holmes, known for their interpretations of compositional and popular music, take on the music of David Bowie, particularly focused on his Berlin years, and also connected pieces from Brian Eno's ambient output, and Brecht's "Alabama Song" in reference to Bowie's "Baal" album.

Dunmall / Schubert / Dessanay / Bashford: Sign Of The Times Dunmall / Schubert / Dessanay / Bashford:
Sign Of The Times

(FMR -- UK )

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With packaging embellished by 5 images of Paul Dunmall's wood engravings, this album catches the saxophonist on soprano, alto and tenor in the company of saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert on soprano and alto, with Sebastiano Dessanay on bass and Jim Bashford on drums, performing live at Lamp Tavern, in Birmingham for an album of intertwining reeds and solid rhythmic support.

Dunmall, Paul / Percy Pursglove / Tony Orrell: Nothing in Stone Dunmall, Paul / Percy Pursglove / Tony Orrell:
Nothing in Stone

(FMR -- UK )

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Recording at Jazz at the Fringe in Bristol in 2017, saxophonist Paul Dunmall shows his Coltrane influence in three extended improvisation with the trio of long-time collaborator Tony Orrell on drums and percussion, and bassist and trumpeter Percy Pursglove, in a concert that presents masterful playing, impressive creative asides, and insightful soloing.

Kabas + Luis Vicente + Carlos Godinho: Negen / Live at SMUP [2 CDs] Kabas + Luis Vicente + Carlos Godinho:
Negen / Live at SMUP [2 CDs]

(FMR -- UK )

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The Belgian creative improvising quartet Kabas of Jan Daelman on flute, Thijs Troch on piano, Nils Vermeulen on double bass, and Elias Devoldere on drums for a 2-CD release, one album in studio with trumpeter Luis Vicente (Deux Maisons, Chamber 4), and one live at Portugal's SMUP with both Vicente and percussionist Carlos Godinho (Variable Geometry Orchestra).

Kuhn, Peter Trio (Kuhn / Motl / Hubbard): Intention Kuhn, Peter Trio (Kuhn / Motl / Hubbard):
Intention

(FMR -- UK )

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Clarinetist and bass clarinetist Peter Kuhn defines his "intentions" with his trio of bassist Kyle Motl and drummer Nathan Hubbard, recording in the studio in 2017 for an album of determined, informed and demanding free improvisation, a reflection of Kuhn's life and his direction to create superb modern jazz music with power, release, and inventive joy.

Miller / Martino / Northover: The Dinner Party Miller / Martino / Northover:
The Dinner Party

(FMR -- UK )

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A collective free improvising trio active on the London jazz scene for the last few years, comprised of Kurt Weil interpreter, pianist Vladimir Miller whose first quartet was formed in 1987; double bassist Pierpaolo Martino, who studied with Joelle Leandre and Mark Dresser; and saxophonist Adrian Northover known for The Remote Viewers and London Improvisers Orchestra.

Rose / Kellers / Roder: New World Rose / Kellers / Roder:
New World

(FMR -- UK )

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Exceptional improvisation with a dark underpinning and masterful technique from the Berlin-based collective trio of Simon Rose on baritone and alto saxophones, Willi Keller on drums, and Jan Roder on double bass, recording in the studio and mixed by Olaf Rupp, for an intense ride through seven recordings with titles like "Human Head" or "That Metal Smell".

Mezei, Szilard Trio (w/  Malina / Csik): Cink Mezei, Szilard Trio (w/ Malina / Csik):
Cink

(FMR -- UK )

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Blending Serbian ethnic flavors, rich experience in both improvised and compositional/symphonic music, with inventive and creative free improvisation, viola player Szilard Mezei's leads his trio with double bassist Ervin Malina and drummer Istvan Csik through seven original compositions, two of which were captured live in performance in Novi Sad.

Cordame: Satie Variations Cordame:
Satie Variations

(Malasartes -- Canada )

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Montreal's six-piece Cordame and composer Jean Felix Mailloux arrange and interpret 18th century composer Erik Satie's work "17 Variations" in celebration of his 150th birthday, adding a lilting swing and beautiful features allowing the orchestration of piano, harp, violin, cello, double bass, and percussion to improvise over these enduring melodies.

Mazzarella, Nick / Tomeka Reid: Signaling Mazzarella, Nick / Tomeka Reid:
Signaling

(NESSA -- USA )

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A fully and freely improvised duo from Chicago artists Nick Mazzarella on alto saxophone and Tomeka Reid on cello, using flowing and long lyrical lines with an unhurried sense of depth and richness even in the most complicated of runs, and playful inventiveness throughout, opening the album with a tribute to the duo work of Julius Hemphill and Abdul Wadud.

Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ William Parker): The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 1 Titan Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ William Parker):
The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 1 Titan

(Leo -- UK )

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For more than 20 years Brazilian tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and New York pianist Matthew Shipp have collaborated in a diverse set of projects that have led to more than 30 albums; this first volume of 6 albums brings the two together with frequent collaborator William Parker for a 6 part work, fittingly dedicated to Saturn's largest moon, "Titan".

Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ Bobby Kapp): The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 2 Tarvos Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ Bobby Kapp):
The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 2 Tarvos

(Leo -- UK )

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For more than 20 years Brazilian tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and New York pianist Matthew Shipp have collaborated in a diverse set of projects that have led to more than 30 albums; this second volume brings the duo together with legendary drummer Bobby Kapp, who's nimble and relaxed approach showcases himself and the duo of Pereleman Shipp with grace.

Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ William Parker / Whit Dickey): The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 3 Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ William Parker / Whit Dickey):
The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 3 Pandora

(Leo -- UK )

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For more than 20 years Brazilian/NY saxophonist Ivo Perelman and NY pianist Matthew Shipp have collaborated in a diverse set of projects that have led to more than 30 albums; this 3rd volume brings David S. Ware's (or Shipp's Trio) rhythm section the studio for a turbulent and ultimately fiersome album of free improv that only such long relationships can invoke.

Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ Michael Bisio): The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 4 Hyperion Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ Michael Bisio):
The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 4 Hyperion

(Leo -- UK )

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For more than 20 years Brazilian/NY saxophonist Ivo Perelman and NY pianist Matthew Shipp have collaborated in a diverse set of projects that have led to more than 30 albums; this 4th volume celebrating that partnership adds another long-term compatriot, NY bassist Michael Bisio, for a 10 part series of improvisations exploring a diverse set of approaches.

Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ William Parker / Whit Dickey): The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 5 Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ William Parker / Whit Dickey):
The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 5 Rhea

(Leo -- UK )

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For more than 20 years Brazilian/NY saxophonist Ivo Perelman and NY pianist Matthew Shipp have collaborated in a diverse set of projects that have led to more than 30 albums; this 5th volume celebrating that partnership brings the duo together with bassist William Parker and drummer Whit Dickey, where the long-term bonds of all 4 players push each to great heights.

Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp : The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 6 Saturn Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp :
The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 6 Saturn

(Leo -- UK )

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For more than 20 years Brazilian/NY saxophonist Ivo Perelman and NY pianist Matthew Shipp have collaborated in a diverse set of projects that have led to more than 30 albums; this 6th volume bring us back to the core, evoking the planet Saturn in a 10-part series of duos between these two masterful players, showing fire and angular playing in mid-tempo exploration.

Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ Andrew Cyrille): The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 7 Dione Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ Andrew Cyrille):
The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 7 Dione

(Leo -- UK )

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For more than 20 years Brazilian/NY saxophonist Ivo Perelman and NY pianist Matthew Shipp have collaborated in a diverse set of projects that have led to more than 30 albums; this 7th and final volume brings legendary drummer Andrew Cyrille together with the duo in a subtle album propelled by Cyrille's authoritative rhythms and superb interaction of all three players.

Tandaapushi: Borromean Rings Tandaapushi:
Borromean Rings

(JVTLANDT -- Norway )

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The second album from this Norwegian electric improvising power trio, using dark rhythmic grooves over which guitar, electric piano, amplified objects, no-input mixing board, and pianet emerge, creating hypnotic states that lead to exultant moments through sinuous melody, building and releasing intensity while maintaining a consistent gauzy undertone.

Cambien, Jonas / Adrian Myhr: Simiskina Cambien, Jonas / Adrian Myhr:
Simiskina

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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With a discography of both contemporary and improvised music, Beligan pianist residing in Norway Jonas Cambien (Platform, Karokh) joins forces with Norwegian double bassist Adrian Myhr (Delius, Dorner, Buck) for an album that balances concentrative and muscular interplay, influenced by Cambien's piano preparations and Myhr's sophisticated techniques.

Lumpert, Igor / Innertextures (Ward / Tordini / Grohowski): Eleven Lumpert, Igor / Innertextures (Ward / Tordini / Grohowski):
Eleven

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The 3rd release of saxophonist Igor Lumpert's Innertextures, expanded to a quartet with the Chicago saxophonist Greg Ward joining the previous trio of Chris Tordini on double bass, and now with Kenny Grohowski on drums, with trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson joining on two tracks and bass clarinetist John Ellis on another, all performing Lumpert's exuberant and clever compositions.

Nilssen's, Gard Acoustic Unity : Live in Europe  [VINYL 3 LPs + 3 CDs] Nilssen's, Gard Acoustic Unity :
Live in Europe [VINYL 3 LPs + 3 CDs]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Three complete 2016 concerts at North Sea Jazz Festival, Ljubljana Jazz Festival and Oslo Jazz Festiva, and 3 CDs to present them, from drummer Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity, a superb free/post-bop group with a core of Nilssen, bassist Petter Eldh, and saxophonist Andre Roligheten, featuring 3 saxophonists: Fredrik Ljungkvis, Kristoffer Berre Alberts, and Jorgen Mathisen.

Silva, Susana Santos : All The Rivers | Live At Panteao Nacional Silva, Susana Santos :
All The Rivers | Live At Panteao Nacional

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Exploring the ambient sound of the immense marble temple of the Portuguese National Pantheon, trumpeter Susana Santos Silva recorded this beautiful and spiritual solo improvisation as part of the Rescaldo Festival, adding tin whistle and bells as her stunning tone and impressive technique resonated and invoked the spirit of this 17th century monument.

Strom, Jon Rune Quintet: Fragments Strom, Jon Rune Quintet:
Fragments

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Playing both upright & electric bass and doubling that with 2nd bassist Christian Meaas Svendsen, Jon Rune Strom leads his quintet of young Norwegian players--trumpeter Thomas Johansson, saxophonist Andre Roligheten, and drummer Andreas Wildhagen--for a live set at one of Norway's premiere jazz clubs, Nasjonal Jazzscene, for a jazz album of powerfully expressive free playing.

Heat Death, The (Moster / Kuchen / Aleklint / Hyouer, Andersen): The Glenn Miller Sessions [3 CDs] Heat Death, The (Moster / Kuchen / Aleklint / Hyouer, Andersen):
The Glenn Miller Sessions [3 CDs]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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With members of The Core, Angles 9, Cortex, &c. The Heat Death is a Norwegian quintet with dual reeds and winds from Kjetil Moster & Martin Kuchen, Mats Aleklint on trombone, Olay Hoyer on bass, and Dag Erik Knedal Andersen on drums, a blazing band of energetic, informed and joyful free improv in a long-anticipated releases presenting 3 CDs of extended play.

Tree Ear (Strinning / Troller / Hemingway): Witches Butter [VINYL] Tree Ear (Strinning / Troller / Hemingway):
Witches Butter [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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After percussionist and composer Gerry Hemingway migrated to Luzern, Switzerland he joined forces with the creative improvising community in that city, in particular with guitarist Manuel Troller and saxophonist and bass clarinetist Sebastian Strinning, the trio taking the name Tree Ear, blending free and idiomatic improv in bold, uncommon and spellbinding ways.

Millevoi's, Nick Desertion Trio (w/ Jamie Saft): Midtown Tilt Millevoi's, Nick Desertion Trio (w/ Jamie Saft):
Midtown Tilt

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Leaning more towards rock than jazz, but blending compelling blues-based improv, NY guitarist Nick Millevoi leads his Desertion project through a look at Wildwood, NY, the core of the trio as bassist Johnny DeBlase (Many Arms, Sabbath Assembly) and drummer Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Talibam!), with Jamie Saft on organ throughout.

Orquesta Del Tiempo Perdido: Stille Orquesta Del Tiempo Perdido:
Stille

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Dutch multi-instrumentalist/composer Jeroen Kimman conceived this album and performs most of the instruments on this album, assisted by Dutch musicians including Michael Moore, Mark Morse, Koen Kaptijn, Michiel van Dijk, &c., for music blending contemporary compositional music, jazz, experimental electroacoustic, math-rock, pop, exotica and even vaudeville.

Carter, Daniel / Patrick Holmes / Matthew Putman / Hilliard Greene / Federico Ughi: Telepathic Allia Carter, Daniel / Patrick Holmes / Matthew Putman / Hilliard Greene / Federico Ughi:
Telepathic Alliances [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

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Recording in Brooklyn, the quintet of Daniel Carter on alto, soprano & tenor saxophones, Patrick Holmes on clarinet, Matthew Putman on piano, Hilliard Greene on bass, and Federico Ughi on drums bring together players of a very different backgrounds who share a nearly telepathic level of communication through free improv, in an album graced with Carter's poetry.

Daniel Carter / William Parker / Federico Ughi: The Dream [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] Daniel Carter / William Parker / Federico Ughi:
The Dream [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

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This album was developed to present Daniel Carter, typically a wind/reed/trumpeter player, on an album that included his piano playing, which then advanced by adding the goal of both Carter and long-time collaborator, drummer Federico Ughi, to record with bassist William Parker, who rounds out this excellent trio on bass, tuba and shakuhachi.

Meirano, Gabriele / Federico Ughi: Coordinate Orientali [CD + DOWNLOAD] Meirano, Gabriele / Federico Ughi:
Coordinate Orientali [CD + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

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A duo between two Italian born improvisers--New York based drummer and 577 Label leader Federico Ughi, and pianist Gabriele Meirano, active in the London jazz club scene for more than a decade--for an album of insightful free jazz in a dialog that shows both thoughtful and challenging moments in an open-minded, ultimately lyrical conversation between two like-minded players.

Meirano, Gabriele / Xu Fengxia: New Vintage Sessions [CDr + DOWNLOAD] Meirano, Gabriele / Xu Fengxia:
New Vintage Sessions [CDr + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

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A collaboration between the China based Italian pianist Gabriele Meirano and the Berlin based Chinese musician Xu Fengxia, a pioneer in combining Chinese music with improvisation; the two first played together when Peter Brotzmann invited them to join him in a trio concert at the Shanghai Art Center in 2011, here in a duo that fuses Far East sounds and the blues.

McKenzie II, Donald Sturge Anthony  (w/ Nels Cline, Arnold Lee, Melvin Gibbs, David Hofstra, Vernon McKenzie II, Donald Sturge Anthony (w/ Nels Cline, Arnold Lee, Melvin Gibbs, David Hofstra, Vernon Reid, CX Kidtronik):
Silenced [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

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A six track album from drummer Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II written about the abuse of force from those charged to protect us, in a series of duos with amazing performances from guitarist Nels Cline, saxophonist Arnold Lee, bassist Melvin Gibbs, bassist Dave Hofstra, guitarist Vernon Reid, and drummer/keyboardist CX KIDTRONIX; disturbing and important work.

Ughi, Federico  (Ughi / Irwin / Snyder / Adu / Swanson): Heart Talk [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] Ughi, Federico (Ughi / Irwin / Snyder / Adu / Swanson):
Heart Talk [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

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New York drummer Federico Ughi in a band with long time collaborator David Schnug on sax, Mike Irwin on trumpet, and Jeff Snyder on electronics, more of a creative jazz album than electric, with Leila Adu on vocals and Zach Swanson on bass on 2 tracks each; informed, intelligent and lyrical free improvisation from a tight-knit group of superb players.

Weston, Grant Calvin / Lucas Brode: Flying Kites [CD + DOWNLOAD] Weston, Grant Calvin / Lucas Brode:
Flying Kites [CD + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

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A powerful recording that features heavy, intricate and deep grooves from Philadelphian Grant Calvin Weston (Ornette Coleman's Prime Time) on drums, percussion and synths and Lucas Brode on guitars, effects and loops, a great album of creative improvisation that blends fusion-oriented playing balanced with modern sound collage and atmospheric moments.

Fujii, Satoko: Solo Fujii, Satoko:
Solo

(Libra -- Japan )

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A stunning album of solo performances, the first of 12 monthly releases from Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii celebrating her 60th birthday, in an impressive set of seven original compositions illustrating her incredible skills in both profoundly beautiful and technically spectacular playing inside and out of the piano, an exceptional start to the series.

Kaze (Fujii / Tamura / Pruvost / Orins): Atody Man Kaze (Fujii / Tamura / Pruvost / Orins):
Atody Man

(Libra -- Japan )

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The fifth album from the French and Japanese quartet Kaze, initiated by drummer Pter Orins, with two trumpeters--Christian Pruvost and Natsuki Tamura--and pianist Satoko Fujii, all using extended and unusual techniques as they perform innovative compositions from Fujii, Orins, and Tamura with a balance of serious and playful approaches; brilliant.

Carter, Daniel / Federico Ughi: Extra Room [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] Carter, Daniel / Federico Ughi:
Extra Room [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

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For more than 15 years multi-reedist, wind and trumpet player Daniel Carter and drummer Federico Ughi have collaborated in live performance and on record, here showing the results of their work in this duo album, the vinyl edition of their exceptional 2013 CD release that shows their melodic and technical sides, their jazz roots, and their warm camaraderie.

Mateen, Sabir (w/ Steve Swell / Matt Lavelle / Matthew Heyner / Michael Thompson): Prophecies Come T Mateen, Sabir (w/ Steve Swell / Matt Lavelle / Matthew Heyner / Michael Thompson):
Prophecies Come To Pass [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

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Saxophonist Sabir Mateen's NY based Shapes, Textures, and Sound Ensemble with Steve Swell on trombone, Matt Lavelle on trumpet, Matthew Heyner on bass and Michael T.A. Thompson on drums, run though a gamut of post-bop and collective, creative jazz forms with energy, incredible dexterity, and tremendous group interplay, a great example of the modern spirit of jazz.

Carter, Daniel / Demian Richardson / Matthew Putman / David Moss / Federico Ughi: The Gowanus Record Carter, Daniel / Demian Richardson / Matthew Putman / David Moss / Federico Ughi:
The Gowanus Recordings [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

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A unique collective jazz album drawing on science and math in 5 improvised works from the New York quintet of Daniel Carter on alto & tenor sax, clarinet and trumpet, Demian Richardson on trumpet, Matthew Putman on piano, Dave Moss on upright bass, and Federico Ughi on drums, in a limited edition LP with a download code; superlative playing in rich layers of interaction.

Adkins, Michael Quartet (w/ Russ Lossing / Larry Grenadier / Paul Motion): Flaneur Adkins, Michael Quartet (w/ Russ Lossing / Larry Grenadier / Paul Motion):
Flaneur

(Hatology -- Austria )

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Much is made of Canadian saxophonist Michael Adkin's mid-tempo approach to jazz, heard here in his 3rd album, "Flaneur", which translates to "stroller" or "saunterer", an apt description of the lyrical, unhurried yet technically adept and sophisticated approach taken by his quartet with Russ Lossing on piano, Larry Grenadier on bass and Paul Motian on drums.

Blaser, Samuel Trio (w/ Marc Ducret / Peter Bruun): Taktlos Zurich 2017 Blaser, Samuel Trio (w/ Marc Ducret / Peter Bruun):
Taktlos Zurich 2017

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With a history of work in Switzerland, NY and Berlin, trombonist Samuel Blaser brings his multi-national trio with avant improvising guitarist Marc Ducret and Dutch drummer Peter Bruun to the stage of the Taktlos Festival in Zurich, Switzerland in 2017 for a set of extended improvisations, all three players displaying a unique language of incisive and fascinating free jazz.

Eichenberger, Markus / Daniel Studer: Suspended Eichenberger, Markus / Daniel Studer:
Suspended

(Hatology -- Austria )

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Swiss compatriots with a long history of creative approaches to improvisation, double bassist Daniel Studer and clarinetist & bass clarinetist Markus Eichenberger join together for a studio album recorded at Radio Zurich in 2016, an album of furtive tension and suspense, each track named for a motion or subtle action that they carefully describe.

Melford, Myra Trio: Alive In The House Of Saints CD 2 Melford, Myra Trio:
Alive In The House Of Saints CD 2

(Hatology -- Austria )

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The much-anticipated 2nd volume in pianist Myra Melford's series of live performances, "Alive In The House Of Saints", documenting sublimely beautiful and innovative playing with her trio of Lindsey Horner on bass and jazz legend Reggie Nicholson on drums, performing live in two concerts in Germany in 1993.

Amok Amor: We Know Not What We Do Amok Amor:
We Know Not What We Do

(Intakt -- Austria )

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An edgy, technically spectacular, inventive and slightly twisted jazz quartet of German-based free improvisers Christian Lillinger (drums), Petter Eldh (bass), Wanja Slavin (sax), with NY trumpeter Peter Evans (Mostly Other People Do the Killing) on trumpet, for 9 innovative compositions that thrill, amuse, and keep you on the edge of your seat.

Buechi, Sarah: Contradiction Of Happiness Buechi, Sarah:
Contradiction Of Happiness

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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An engaging set of modern jazz songs from Swiss singer Sarah Buechi in a septet of primarily string players + drums, expanding her more typical quartet, each composition imbuing a lyrical sense of drama and expressiveness around sophisticated and cosmopolitan themes, her seductive voice interacting with the band and giving her players space to improvise.

Eberhard, Silke Trio: Being Inn Eberhard, Silke Trio:
Being Inn

(Intakt -- Austria )

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Berlin saxophonist & bass clarinetist Silke Eberhard leads her trio with Jan Roder on bass and Kay Lubke on drums through a conceptual jazz album where tracks are connected by a fictional Inn, opening a literal door to the album and then introducing us to superb playing on Dolphy or Mahall-inspired free jazz, including a "Willisau Suite", "Towels", a "Wake-Up Call", &c.

Eskelin / Weber / Griener: Sensations of Tone Eskelin / Weber / Griener:
Sensations of Tone

(Intakt -- Austria )

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Taking their title from a 19th century text by Hermann von Helmholtz on acoustics and perception of sound, the trio of NY saxophonist Ellery Eskelin, German drummer Michael Griener, and Swiss bassist Christian Weber present a a series of improvised pieces alternated with early jazz compositions, juxtaposing both approaches to highlight their similarities and the differences.

Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton: Music For David Mossman Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton:
Music For David Mossman

(Intakt -- Austria )

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David Mossman is the founder of The Vortex Jazz Club in London, where in January 1983 the British trio of Evan Parker on sax, Barry Guy on bass, and Paul Lytton on drums recorded their first album together on the Incus label, "Tracks"; returning now, 43 years later, to pay tribute to the club and to record this absolutely impressive album of commanding free improvisation.

Wickihalder, Jurg / Barry Guy / Lucas Niggli: Beyond Wickihalder, Jurg / Barry Guy / Lucas Niggli:
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(Intakt -- Austria )

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A working trio formed from 3 generations of free jazz players dedicated to performing and recording, Jurg Wickihalder (sax), Barry Guy (bass) and Lucas Niggli (drums) spent two days at the Loft in Cologne, Germany recording this album of virtuosic skill and joyful playing, effortlessly passing from lyrical to abstract sections with always a song in their collective heart.

Levin, Daniel / Chris Pitsiokos / Brandon Seabrook: Stomiidae Levin, Daniel / Chris Pitsiokos / Brandon Seabrook:
Stomiidae

(Dark Tree Records -- France )

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A collective trio of vanguard improvisers and frequent New York collaborators, Daniel Levin on cello, Chris Pitsiokos on alto saxophone, and Brandon Seabrook on electric guitar, a working band captured here in the studio at Firehouse 12 for a powerful set of idiosyncratic and exhilarating improvisations with tracks and the title named for a family of deep sea fish.

Kretzmer's, Yoni New Dilemma (Kretzmer / Loriot / Hoffamn / Sinton / Niggenkemper / Van Hemmen): Mon Kretzmer's, Yoni New Dilemma (Kretzmer / Loriot / Hoffamn / Sinton / Niggenkemper / Van Hemmen):
Months, Weeks and Days [2 CDs]

(OutNow Recordings -- USA )

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The 2nd album for NY-based saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer's Chamber-Improv ensemble New Dilemma with Frantz Loriot (viola), Christopher Hoffman (cello), Josh Sinton (bass clarinet), Pascal Niggenkemper (double bass) and Flin Van Hemmen (drums), investigating "the intricacies differentiating and combining the written and the improvised continue with further depth and chance".

Fire!: The Hands Fire!:
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(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )

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The genre-defying trio Fire! with Mats Gustafsson on saxophones & electronics, Andreas Werliin on drums, percussion and effects, and Johan Berthling on upright and electric bass, blend heavy and dark elements of free improvisation, free rock, free blues, sound and noise, and sampled overlays in their latest, cultured and crude album of brooding and gripping music.

Fire!: The Hands [VINYL + CD] Fire!:
The Hands [VINYL + CD]

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )

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The genre-defying trio Fire! with Mats Gustafsson on saxophones & electronics, Andreas Werliin on drums, percussion and effects, and Johan Berthling on upright and electric bass, blend heavy and dark elements of free improvisation, free rock, free blues, sound and noise, and sampled overlays in their latest, cultured and crude album of brooding and gripping music.

Cortex: Avant-Garde Party Music [VINYL] Cortex:
Avant-Garde Party Music [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Cortex propels their persuasive, groove oriented approach to jazz with this swinging album that blends free jazz styles with great hard bop, in line with a band like The Thing, this Scandinavian group wants to make your body move without indulging in excess or pandering, instead following a muse that's solidly in the exuberant free jazz tradition.

Kuhn, Peter (w/ Cline/ Clucas / Sewelson / Walton): Dependent Origination Kuhn, Peter (w/ Cline/ Clucas / Sewelson / Walton):
Dependent Origination

(FMR -- UK )

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Multi-reedist Peter Kuhn returned to the San Diego scene in 2013, forming the Dependent Origination band with a core of drummer Alex Cline and saxophonist Dave Sewelson, referencing the Buddhist concept of interdependent co-arising; 4 years later this album adding Dan Clucas (cornet) & Scott Walton (bass) represents the current state of this excellent collective band.

Botheen, Christer  / Vilhelm Bromander: Deep Botheen, Christer / Vilhelm Bromander:
Deep

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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"Deep" is the word, as two Swedish improvisers--bass and contrabass clarinetist Christer Bothen, a member of Fire! Orchestra and Mats Gustafsson's Nu Ensemble, and double bassist Vilhelm Bromander, a peer of Axel Dorner, Sten Sandell, Raymond Strid, &c.--formed the duo "CBVB" to explore the possibilities of their big instruments, heard in this 6 movement, profound suite.

Bistre (Muller /  Rodrigues / Wong): As We Read Along... Bistre (Muller / Rodrigues / Wong):
As We Read Along...

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A trio of free improvisers recording five detailed and subdued dialogs in the studio, from trombonist Matthias Muller (Splitter Orchester), cellist Guilherme Rodrigues, and guitarist Eric Wong, collective improvisation guided by long pointillistic passages that converge into lyrical focal points, a profound example of concentrative discourse.

Bear Brother (Skorpen / Skeidsvoll / Skeidsvoll / Bjorgo / Mellem): Bear Brother Bear Brother (Skorpen / Skeidsvoll / Skeidsvoll / Bjorgo / Mellem):
Bear Brother

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Bear Brother is a young quintet that plays energetic and melodious free jazz with references to both American and European improvisational music, comprised of Erling Skorpen on trumpet, Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvoll on saxophone, Isach Skeidsvoll on piano, Hakon Norby Bjorgo on bass, and Martin Mellem on drums, with each band member contributing compositions.

Braxton, Anthony: Sextet (Parker) 1993 [11-CD BOX SET] Braxton, Anthony:
Sextet (Parker) 1993 [11-CD BOX SET]

(New Braxton House -- USA )

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Originally released on Hat Hut in '95, this 11-CD box blows open these 2 European concerts in Zurich and Koln, reworking the music of Charlie Parker and associated bop composers, with Braxton himself on reeds, plus saxophonist Ari Brown, trumpeter Paul Smoker, pianist Misha Mengelberg, and alternating between drummers Han Bennink and Pheeroan AkLaff; superb, essential!



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