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Spring Heel Jack / Wadada Leo Smith / Pat Thomas / Steve Noble: Hackney Road [VINYL] Spring Heel Jack / Wadada Leo Smith / Pat Thomas / Steve Noble:
Hackney Road [VINYL]

(Treader -- UK )

Price: $24.95    

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The Spring Heel Jack duo of guitarist and multi-instrumentalist John Coxon and keyboard & electronics player Ashley Wale are joined by UK improvising masters Pat Thomas on synth, keyboard & theremin, Steve Noble on drums, and US legend Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, for a six "Scene" album of staggeringly intense improvisation over rich soundscapes; superb.

Amado / Mcphee / Kessler / Corsano: A History Of Nothing Amado / Mcphee / Kessler / Corsano:
A History Of Nothing

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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Following up their 2015 Not Two album "This is Our Language", the quartet organized by tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado with Joe McPhee on soprano saxophone and pocket trumpet, Kent Kessler on double bass, and Chris Corsano, a superb album of intense communication and soloing from a collective that merges free and lyrical playing, from ballads to full-on fury.

Amado / Mcphee / Kessler / Corsano: A History Of Nothing [VINYL] Amado / Mcphee / Kessler / Corsano:
A History Of Nothing [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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Following up their 2015 Not Two album "This is Our Language", the quartet organized by tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado with Joe McPhee on soprano saxophone and pocket trumpet, Kent Kessler on double bass, and Chris Corsano, a superb album of intense communication and soloing from a collective that merges free and lyrical playing, from ballads to full-on fury.

Bailey, Derek / Jamie Muir: Dart Drug [VINYL] Bailey, Derek / Jamie Muir:
Dart Drug [VINYL]

(Honest Jons Records -- UK )

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A reissue of the 1981 Incus LP of guitarist Derek Bailey with one-time King Crimson percussionist Jamie Muir ("Larks Tongues in Aspic"), also a member of Bailey's Music Improvisation Company, an album of hovering harmonics from Bailey's feedback amidst Muir's kitchen-sink collection of items that creates a unique and riveting complement to Bailey's playing.

Bailey, Derek: Aida [VINYL 2 LPs] Bailey, Derek:
Aida [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Honest Jons Records -- UK )

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Extending UK improvising guitarist Derek Bailey's 1980 solo album on his own Incus label with a full additional album of solo guitar recordings from the BBC in the same year, giving a fuller story of Bailey's development of his self-defined non-idiomatic improvisation, wonderfully commanding playing of great technical skill and clear intention.

Brotzmann, Peter The Octet  : Machine Gun [VINYL] Brotzmann, Peter The Octet:
Machine Gun [VINYL]

(Cien Fuegos -- Austria )

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One of the exemplary albums of European free jazz originally issued on Peter Brotzmann's on BRO label in 1968, aggressive but astute music from now-legendary players Brotzmann, Evan Parker & Gerd Dudek on tenor sax (Brotzmann doubles on baritone sax), Peter Kowald on bass, Fred Van Hove on piano, Buschi Niebergall on bass, and two drummers - Han Bennink and Sven-Ake Johansson.

Brotzmann, Peter The Octet  : Machine Gun - Alternate Takes [VINYL] Brotzmann, Peter The Octet :
Machine Gun - Alternate Takes [VINYL]

(Cien Fuegos -- Austria )

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First time issued on vinyl: alternate takes from the essential "Machine Gun" album on Brotzmann's BRO label in 1968, aggressive but astute music from now-legendary players Brotzmann, Evan Parker & Gerd Dudek on tenor sax (Brotzmann doubles on baritone sax), Peter Kowald on bass, Fred Van Hove on piano, Buschi Niebergall on bass, and two drummers - Han Bennink & Sven-Ake Johansson.

Victor's, Fay SoundNoiseFunk (feat Joe Morris): Wet Robots Victor's, Fay SoundNoiseFunk (feat Joe Morris):
Wet Robots

(ESP -- USA )

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SoundNoiseFUNK is New York free vocalist Fay Victor's quartet with Sam Newsome on soprano sax, Joe Morris on electric guitar and Reggie Nicholson on drums, a great collective group of leaders who perfect support Fay's wordless vocals and pointed statements, the title "Wet Robots" refererring to technology that is useless to help in an apocalyptic age; impressive.

Leandre, Joelle : A Woman's Work [8 CD BOX SET] Leandre, Joelle :
A Woman's Work [8 CD BOX SET]

(Not Two -- Poland )

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A thorough overview of bassist and vocalist Joelle Leandre's recent work in a boxed set of 8 CDs and a 16 page booklet of essays, photos and credits, each CD bringing a unique grouping from Les Diaboliques to duos with Mat Maneri, Fred Frith, Lauren Newton, & Jean-Luc Cappozzo, plus one solo disc and a quartet with Zlatko Kaucic, Evan Parker and Augusti Fernandez; magnificent.

Aranda, Irene / Johannes Nastejo / Nuria Andorra: Inner Core Aranda, Irene / Johannes Nastejo / Nuria Andorra:
Inner Core

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Referencing geothermal physics in the titles of their improvisations, these three Spanish improvisers create a riveting and radical set of experimental works, with Irene Aranda working inside and out of the piano, Johannes Nastejo extending and adapting his double bass, and percussionist Nuria Andorra using an arsenal of metallic and percussive objects.

Lux's, Matthew Communication Arts Quartet: Contra/Fact  [VINYL] Lux's, Matthew Communication Arts Quartet:
Contra/Fact [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Chicago bassist Matthew Lux (Isotope 217, Exploding Star Orchestra) in an album of effusive and spiritual percussive grooves under electronic and acoustic leads, performed with Ben Lamar Gay on cornet, electronics and percussion, Mikel Patrick Avery on drums, percussion, mellotron and more, and Jayve Montgomery on various woodwinds, samples and percussion.

Barker, Andrew / Daniel Carter : Polyhedron [CASSETTE] Barker, Andrew / Daniel Carter :
Polyhedron [CASSETTE]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Four duos from New York multi-reedist, wind and brass improviser Daniel Carter and drummer/percussionist Andrew Barker, dedicating each of four pieces to each player's past collaborators--Roy Campbell, Sabir Mateen, William Parker and Charles Water--through informed dialog that push each player into passionate territory with strong lyrical affinity.

McCowen, John: 4 Chairs In Three Dimensions [CASSETTE] McCowen, John:
4 Chairs In Three Dimensions [CASSETTE]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Using only acoustic techniques and recording live, New York clarinetist and contrabass clarinetist John McCowen (Tweak Bird, Wei Zhongle) draws out an incredibly impressive array of harmonic difference tones, interference beats and inexplicable sound from these typically monophonic instruments, using circular breathing to create long drones and aberrant textures.

Mockunas, Liudas / Jacek Mazurkiewicz / Hakon Berre: Live In Warsaw [CASSETTE] Mockunas, Liudas / Jacek Mazurkiewicz / Hakon Berre:
Live In Warsaw [CASSETTE]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Lithunian reedist Liudas Mockunas, Polish bassist and electronicicst Jacek Mazurkiewicz (3Fonia, Warsaw Improvisers Orchestra, Modular String Trio) and Norwegian drummer Hakon Berre (Aram Shelton, Susana Santos Silva) are captured live in Warsaw at Mozg in 2015 for three exploratory improvisations with Mockunas on clarinet, soprano & tenor saxes.

Stewart, Luke: Works for Upright Bass & Amplifier [CASSETTE] Stewart, Luke:
Works for Upright Bass & Amplifier [CASSETTE]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Bassist and sound artist Luke Stewart is a Washington, DC stalwart, a member of a variety of improvised and rock bands and active in Sonic Circuits, and also an Artist-In-Residence at Union Arts and Manufacturing; this solo work uses the resonant feedback of an amplifier with unusual double bass technique to coax a fascinating journey that accompanied his 2017 art exhibit.

Ghost Trees: The Fascination [VINYL] Ghost Trees:
The Fascination [VINYL]

(Future Recordings -- USA )

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Recording in Asheville, NC, the Ghost Trees Duo of Seth Nanaa on drums and Brent Bagwell on tenor sax release their 3rd album as a clear vinyl LP, 11 inventive dialogs of expressive and energetic jazz born from fifteen years working together, from the trio The Eastern Seaboard to their own hard-working duo and recent Ghost Tree Big Band project.

Ghost Trees Big Band: Goodyear [2 7-inch VINYL RECORDS] Ghost Trees Big Band:
Goodyear [2 7-inch VINYL RECORDS]

(Future Recordings -- USA )

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The hard-working duo Ghost Trees of saxophonist Brent Bagwell and drummer Seth Nanaa, extended their group to a 10-piece band of interesting orchestration--piano, vibraphones, sax, pedal steels guitar, bass, cellos and violas--taking over the Charlotte, NC Goodyear building to present their interesting compositions blending conceptual composition and improvisation.

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

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Three free improvisations from the Lisbon, Portugal trio of Jorge Nuno on electric guitar, Jose Lencastre on alto saxophone and Pedro Santo on drums, four pieces titled for the length of their dialog as they explore spacious sound sculpting and energetic free playing, a nicely balanced set of work that transition with finesse between ardor and tranquility.

Wilkinson / Edwards / Noble: 3 Of A Kind [VINYL] Wilkinson / Edwards / Noble:
3 Of A Kind [VINYL]

(Bo Weavil Recordings -- UK )

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Recorded live at IKLECTIK, in London, 2017, the trio of Alan Wilkinson on alto and baritone saxophones and bass clarinet and the rhythm team of John Edwards on double bass, and Steve Noble on drums, perform a steaming and cathartic free jazz informed by decades of experience and a fierce energy and determination that only masterful players like these can create.

Thornton, Clifford Memorial Quartet, The (McPhee / Lazro / Foussat / Sato): Sweet Oranges Thornton, Clifford Memorial Quartet, The (McPhee / Lazro / Foussat / Sato):
Sweet Oranges

(Not Two -- Poland )

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An absolutely fitting and exceptional tribute to late trumpeter & trombonist Clifford Thornton from a quartet of NY and European free jazz musicians, particularly Joe McPhee who recorded with Thornton and cites him as an influence, plus Daunik Lazro (sax), Makoto Sato (drums) and Jean-Marc Foussate (synth), recorded live at Nickelsdorf's Konfrontationen Festival 2017.

Parker, William: Voices Fall From The Sky [3 CD BOX SET] Parker, William:
Voices Fall From The Sky [3 CD BOX SET]

(Aum Fidelity -- USA )

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William Parker developed these works presented in three complementary albums titled "Voices Fall From The Sky", "Songs", and "Essence", bringing together new compositions with long unavailable or new versions of previous pieces, performed in various configurations from solo to large ensemble, the songs reflecting freedom, compassion, anti-oppression, anti-violence, a love of nature, spirit and creation; essential elements in Parker's optimistic oeuvre.

Lee, Okkyung: Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Steel.Flower.Bird) Lee, Okkyung:
Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Steel.Flower.Bird)

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Cellist Okkyung Lee explores her Korean roots in an amazing long-form composition combining electronics, improvisation, composed melodies and noise with Korean traditional music, performed with the superb ensemble of John Edwards (bass), Ches Smith (drums), John Butcher (sax), Jae Hyo Chang (Korean percussion), Song Hee Kwon (Pansori singing), and Lasse Marhaug (electronics).

Mezei, Szilard Septet: Hajnali APN Mezei, Szilard Septet:
Hajnali APN

(FMR -- UK )

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Serbian violinist and composer Szilard Mezei's septet in a recording for KCNS Novi Sad from 2015, three tracks of contemporarily orchestrated free improvisation performing three extended Mezei compositions, sophisticated works with effortlessly elaborate structures affording his septet opportunity in group interplay and well-developed soloing, a great achievement.

Acda, Chantal / Bill Frisell: Live at Jazz Middelheim Acda, Chantal / Bill Frisell:
Live at Jazz Middelheim

(Glitterhouse -- Germany )

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New York improvising guitarist Bill Frisell recording with Dutch/Belgian chanteuse Chantal Acda (Sleepingdog) at the 2017 Jazz Middelheim Fest, in Antwerp, Belgium, which they agreed to do based on mutual satisfaction of their collaboration on Acda's studio album "Bounce Back" that year, resulting in a wonderfully compatible concert of rich and beautiful music.

Bailey, Derek / Evan Parker: The London Concert [VINYL] Bailey, Derek / Evan Parker:
The London Concert [VINYL]

(Otoroku -- UK )

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Long out of print on both the Incus label where it was released in 1975, and on Evan Parker's psi imprint, this is a much needed reissue of the original configuration of this legendary album of UK free improvising guitarist Derek Bailey in concert with saxophonist Evan Parker on tenor and soprano, performing live at Wigmore Hall in London on 14 February 1975; essential.

Parker, Evan / Derek Bailey / Han Bennink: The Topography of the Lungs [VINYL] Parker, Evan / Derek Bailey / Han Bennink:
The Topography of the Lungs [VINYL]

(Otoroku -- Great Britain )

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2018 Reissue: A much-needed vinyl reissue of the seminal London & European Free Improv trio release from 1970, an amazing album showing the relationships between established jazz forms and the emerging modern language.

DKV Trio (Drake / Kessler / Vandermark): Latitude 41.88 DKV Trio (Drake / Kessler / Vandermark):
Latitude 41.88

(Not Two -- Poland )

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An incredible concert at Sugar Maple in Milwaukee from the Chicago trio of Hamid Drake on drums, Kent Kessler on bass, and Ken Vandermark on reeds, a working trio of intense free jazz that formed in the 90s and has developed an almost telepathic rapport through energetic and cathartic collective playing, one of the exceptional examples of Chicago jazz.

Carrier, Francois / Michel Lambert /  Rafal Mazur: Beyond Dimensions Carrier, Francois / Michel Lambert / Rafal Mazur:
Beyond Dimensions

(FMR -- UK )

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It would be an understatement to call the Canadian trio of Francois Carrier (alto saxophone), Michel Lambert (drums) and Rafal Mazur (acoustic bass guitar) a working trio, as the band seems constantly on the go, performing their complex avant jazz live in Romania in 2016 at Aethernativ, for four extended, intricate and cathartic free dialogs.

Dunmall, Paul / John O'Gallagher / John Edwards / Mark Sanders: Freedom Music Dunmall, Paul / John O'Gallagher / John Edwards / Mark Sanders:
Freedom Music

(FMR -- UK )

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Live recordings at Hexagon Theatre in Birmingham in 2018 from the UK free improvising quartet of Paul Dunmall on tenor saxophone, John O'Gallagher on alto saxophone, John Edwards on bass, and Mark Sanders on drums, the two saxophonists bringing distinct approaches together as they weave and parry over the powerhouse rhythm duo of Edwards and Sanders.

Burke, Robert / Tony Malaby / Mark Helias: Head Under Water Burke, Robert / Tony Malaby / Mark Helias:
Head Under Water

(FMR -- UK )

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A beautiful trio album bringing together New York saxophonist Tony Malaby and Australian saxophonist Robert Burke with NY bassist Mark Helias for sophisticated and organic collective improvisations with a chamber jazz sensibility, which the musicians describe as an immersive journey bringing together each player's experiences, expertise and egos.

Fujioka / Shiroishi / Casanova: Kage Cometa Fujioka / Shiroishi / Casanova:
Kage Cometa

(FMR -- UK )

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A West Coast trio of electric and acoustic jazz from Patrick Shiroishi on alto & soprano saxophones, Dylan Fujioka on drums, and Paco Casanova on keyboards and electric piano, performing live at The Museum of Contemporary Art in LA in 2017 for an extended journey, at times psychedelic and others contemporary but always serious, revelatory and commanding.

Turner, Roger / Henry Kaiser / Martin Kuchen / Damon Smith / Jeff Coffin / Ed Pettersen / Tania Chen Turner, Roger / Henry Kaiser / Martin Kuchen / Damon Smith / Jeff Coffin / Ed Pettersen / Tania Chen / Jordan Muscatello:
Interstellar Transmissions

(Split Rock Records -- USA )

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Two fascinating experimental concepts executed by Roger Turner, Henry Kaiser, Martin Kuchen, Damon Smith, Jeff Coffin, Ed Pettersen, Tania Chen, & Jordan Muscatello; Disc 1, each musician improvised alone to NASA recordings from the Voyager spacecraft, the results mixed together over the Voyager track; Disc 2, three improvisers play together in response to Voyager tracks.

Thumbscrew (Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara / Mary Halvorson): Ours Thumbscrew (Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara / Mary Halvorson):
Ours

(Cuneiform Records -- USA )

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The New York free improvising jazz trio Thumbscrew with long-time collaborators guitarist Mary Halvorson, double bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara in the 1st of 2 albums on the reborn Cuneiform label, here presenting creative original compositions from each of the three musicians in 9 virtuosic, sometimes quirky, and always warmly adventurous tunes.

Thumbscrew (Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara / Mary Halvorson): Theirs Thumbscrew (Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara / Mary Halvorson):
Theirs

(Cuneiform Records -- USA )

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The second of two albums from the reborn Cuneiform label by New York free improvising jazz trio Thumbscrew with long-time collaborators guitarist Mary Halvorson, double bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, here presenting compositions from jazz greats Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Nichols, Stanley Cowell, Misha Mengelberg, &c.

Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe / Ashley John Long : Seascapes Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe / Ashley John Long :
Seascapes

(FMR -- UK )

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Long-time collaborators, saxophonist Paul Dunmall and guitar Philip Gibbs are joined by Neil Metcalfe on flute and Ashley-John Long on bass for a concert at the Victoria Rooms, in Bristol, England in 2017, six collective improvisation of spectacular technique and inventive playing, often at very fast tempos, but always resolving to an inner calm and beauty.

Gjerstad, Frode / John Stevens / Johnny Mbizio Dyani: Detail 83 Gjerstad, Frode / John Stevens / Johnny Mbizio Dyani:
Detail 83

(FMR -- UK )

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A significant release from the history of the Detail trio of Frode Gjerstad on reeds, John Stevens on drums, and Johnny Dyani on bass, recorded at the Red Seahouses in Norway in 1938 during Detail's first trio tour, a smoking set of free jazz showing the power of these innovative players around the time of their first album, "Backwards and Forwards".

Adachi, Tomomi / Jaap Blonk: Asemic Dialogues Adachi, Tomomi / Jaap Blonk:
Asemic Dialogues

(Kontrans -- Netherlands )

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Performing together since 2004 between Tokyo and Amsterdam, Dutch vocal improviser, innovator and electronicist Jaap Blonk meets Japanese vocal improviser and fellow electronics artist Tomomi Adachi at Lettretage in Berlin in 2017, recording this, the 5th in Kontrans' Electronic Improvisation, for two extended and energetic dialogs of unique creative interplay.

Implicate Order, The : At Seixal Implicate Order, The :
At Seixal

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The very first album from Portugal's impressive Clean Feed Records is this live album at Auditorio do Forum Cultural do Seixal from the trio of Steve Swell on trombone, Ken Filiano on bass and Lou Grassi on drums, joined by Paulo Curado on alto sax and Rodrigo Amado on baritone sax, a significant concert merging free players from two nations with profound influence on jazz music.

Moondoc, Jemeel Quartet: The Astral Revelations Moondoc, Jemeel Quartet:
The Astral Revelations

(RogueArt -- France )

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Saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc takes his masterful NY quartet of pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist Hilliard Green, and drummer Newman Taylor Baker to perform live at Bimhuis in Amsterdam in 2016, capturing four remarkable improvisations of Moondoc compositions including an extended rendering of "Cosmic Nickelodeon", the band balancing lyricism with intensely creative playing.

North Of North (Pateras / Tinkler / Veltheim): North Of North North Of North (Pateras / Tinkler / Veltheim):
North Of North

(Offcompass -- Australia )

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The first release on pianist Anthony Pateras' new label OffCompass intended to explore a more diverse set of projects, is from the North Of North trio of Anthony Pateras on piano, Scott Tinkler on trumpet, and Erkki Veltheim on electric violin, using improvisation, Carnatic music, 20th and 21st century compositional strategies, mathematical theories and open forms of jazz.

Palazzi, Caterina Sudoku Killer: Asperger Palazzi, Caterina Sudoku Killer:
Asperger

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A wicked hybrid of jazz, avant rock and cinematic elements, bassist Caterina Palazzi's quintet Sudoku Killer takes on the music of Disney in a suite where each track is dedicated to an antagonist from movies like "Snow White" or "Sleeping Beauty", performed with Giacomo Ancillotto (guitar), Maurizio Chiavaro (drums), Sergio Pomante (sax) and Antonio Raia (sax).

Pinton, Alberto: Noi Siamo: Opus Facere Pinton, Alberto: Noi Siamo:
Opus Facere

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Multi-reedist and wind player Alberto Pinton's quartet Noi Siamo ("We Are") with Niklas Barno on trumpet, Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass and Konrad Agnas on drums, are caught at the Swedish Glenn Miller Cafe in Stockholm for this exciting album of knowledgable and passionate free jazz, a dynamic concert referencing Eric Dolphy, Freddy Hubbard, and Ornette Coleman.

Conly, Sean : Hard Knocks Conly, Sean :
Hard Knocks

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The history of bassist Sean Conly's collaborations and releases shows a strong love of the jazz tradition and a perceptive writing style that references that tradition, heard here in free and lyrical original Conly compositions performed in the studio in a trio setting with fellow New York musicians Satoshi Takeishi on drums and Michael Attias on alto saxophone.

Guthrie, Will : 6 Days into 8 [CASSETTE] Guthrie, Will :
6 Days into 8 [CASSETTE]

(Careful Catalog -- USA )

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The sixth set performed during an 8-day tour of Japan in 2018 by Australian drummer / percussionist Will Guthrie (Ames Room, The Sommes Ensemble) took place at 0g in Osaka, captured here as a 32 minute set of vigorous playing tempered with introspective passages, using powerful technique and unorthodox approaches to his kit; cathartic and captivating.

Holland, Dave Feat. Evan Parker / Craig Taborn / Ches Smith: Uncharted Territories [2 CDs] Holland, Dave Feat. Evan Parker / Craig Taborn / Ches Smith:
Uncharted Territories [2 CDs]

(Dare2 Records -- E.U. )

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Reuniting bassist Dave Holland with saxophonist Evan Parker, a longtime friend from their early days in London, and joined by Craig Taborn on piano and electronics, and Ches Smith on percussion, as the group performs as a quartet and also in a variety of permutations of duo and trio configurations, in a set of rich and informed dialogs of masterful skill.

Jackson, Keefe / Jason Adasiewicz: Rows And Rows [VINYL] Jackson, Keefe / Jason Adasiewicz:
Rows And Rows [VINYL]

(Delmark -- USA )

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An inventive and lyrical set of duos between Chicago tenor saxophonist and bass clarinetist Keefe Jackson and vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, nine concise pieces that blend free improvisation with compositions seamlessly in a really delightful duo.

Chadbourne, Eugene: Lets Get Weird But Comfortable Chadbourne, Eugene:
Lets Get Weird But Comfortable

(Chadula -- USA )

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Named for an audience comment that their music was "weird but comfortable", guitarist Eugene Chadbourne's band with Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jorrit Dijkstra on saxophone, Nate McBride on bass, and Curt Newton on bass are caught live in Boston covering the music of Thelonius Monk, Misha Mengelberg, Steve Lacy, Duke Ellington, Doc Chad, Willie Nelson and The James Gang.

Omelette: Live At The JazzLab Omelette:
Live At The JazzLab

(FMR -- UK )

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Australia's performing trio Omelette of Jordan Murray on trombone, Ronny Fereller on drums, and Luke Howard on piano follow up their 2014 album on Jazzhead with this live album, the trio joined by Chilean percussionist working in Melbourne Javier Fredes, for a lyrical and rhythmically rich live performance at Melbourne's JazzLab in 2017.

Angles 3: Parede Angles 3:
Parede

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Martin Kuchen's Angles band changes shape constantly, originally a trio and expanding as large as Angles 10, but this album, recorded live at SMUP, Parede, Portugal in 2016, returns the band to the original trio of Kuchen on sax, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on double bass, and Kjell Nordeson on drums & percussion, reworking Angles compositions to their essence.

Honest John w/ Ab Baars: Treem Honest John w/ Ab Baars:
Treem

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The Norwegian quintet Honest John of Ole Henrik Moe on violin, Kim Johannesen on guitar & banjo, Ola Hoyer on double bass, Erik Nylander on drums & drum machine, on Klaus Ellerhusen sax and clarinet, are joined by multi-reedist and shakuhachi player Ab Baars at Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria to capture this quirky, controlled, and incredibly knowledgeable concert.

Clark, Scott: Tonow Clark, Scott:
Tonow

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Drummer Scott Clark continues to explore his Native American roots in this album dedicated to the protests at Standing Rock, North Dakota, each heartfelt piece titled for aspects of those demonstrations, performed with bassist Cameron Ralston, trumpeter Bob Miller, saxophonist Jason Scott, guitarist Alan Parker, and extended with Chicago guitarist Tobin Summerfield.

Cassiers, Lynn: Imaginary Band Cassiers, Lynn:
Imaginary Band

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Composer, vocalist and electronics artist Lynn Cassiers' new septet with Sylvain Debaisieux (soprano and tenor saxophone), Ananta Roossens (violin), Niels Van Heertum (euphonium), Erik Vermeulen (piano), Manolo Cabras (double bass) and Marek Patrman (drums) in their adventurous debut album blending improv, pop aesthetics, electronics, dreamlike voice, and solid playing.

Pitsiokos, Chris / CP Unit: Silver Bullet In The Autumn Of Your Years Pitsiokos, Chris / CP Unit:
Silver Bullet In The Autumn Of Your Years

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Pushing the envelope in genre-smashing collective improvisation, Brooklyn-based sax and synth player Chris Pitsiokos and his CP Unit with 2 electric bassists--Tim Dahl and Henry Fraser--2 drummers--Jason Nazary and Connor Baker--and guitarist Sam Lisabeth, take a twisted path through improv, rock, and electronics that always shows a fierce allegiance to free jazz.

AMM: An Unintended Legacy [3 CDs] AMM:
An Unintended Legacy [3 CDs]

(Matchless -- UK )

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A beautiful 3-CD set with a hardcover book presenting 3 full concerts from 2015 & 2016 of the AMM trio configuration of John Tilbury (piano), Keith Rowe (guitar) and Eddie Prevost (percussion). The 70 page book, dedicated to saxophonist Lou Gare, includes an AMM discography, plus photos, and essays by Paige Mitchell and Allen Fisher; Keith Rowe; Eddie Prevost; and Seymour Wright.

Thing, The (Gustafsson / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love + McPhee): Again Thing, The (Gustafsson / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love + McPhee):
Again

(The Thing Records -- Austria )

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The Thing "again" as Gustafsson on saxophones, Haker Flaten on electric and acoustic bass, and Nilssen-Love on drums & percussion present 3 extended blues-based, Ayler-inflected free jazz pieces, with Gustafsson's powerfully emotional playing over Haker-Flaten and Nilssen-Love's powerful polyrhythmic foundations; Joe McPhee joins for one track taking on a Frank Lowe piece.

Thing, The (Gustafsson / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love + McPhee): Again [VINYL] Thing, The (Gustafsson / Haker Flaten / Nilssen-Love + McPhee):
Again [VINYL]

(The Thing Records -- Austria )

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The Thing "again" as Gustafsson on saxophones, Haker Flaten on electric and acoustic bass, and Nilssen-Love on drums & percussion present 3 extended blues-based, Ayler-inflected free jazz pieces, with Gustafsson's powerfully emotional playing over Haker-Flaten and Nilssen-Love's powerful polyrhythmic foundations; Joe McPhee joins for one track taking on a Frank Lowe piece.

Halvorson, Mary : Code Girl [2 CDs] Halvorson, Mary :
Code Girl [2 CDs]

(Firehouse 12 Records -- USA )

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Always open to new approaches, NY guitarist Mary Halvorson takes her trio with drummer Tomas Fujiwara and bassist Michael Formanek, adds trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and, in a twist of the thumbscrew, vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, for a mix of song and instrumental pieces that balance jazz and rock sensibilities with lyricism, intricate lines, and creative spirit.

Halvorson, Mary : Code Girl [VINYL] Halvorson, Mary :
Code Girl [VINYL]

(Firehouse 12 Records -- USA )

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Always open to new approaches, NY guitarist Mary Halvorson takes her trio with drummer Tomas Fujiwara and bassist Michael Formanek, adds trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and, in a twist of the thumbscrew, vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, for a mix of song and instrumental pieces that balance jazz and rock sensibilities with lyricism, intricate lines, and creative spirit.

Ceramic Dog (Ribot / Ches Smith / Shahzad Ismaily): Y R U Still Here? Ceramic Dog (Ribot / Ches Smith / Shahzad Ismaily):
Y R U Still Here?

(Northern Spy -- USA )

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In the Downtown NY tradition of blurring rock and improvisation, the trio of Marc Ribot on guitar and voice, Shahzad Ismaily on bass, Moog, percussion and voice, and Ches Smith on drums, percussion and electronics, answer their own question 'why are you still here' through 11 genre-crossing songs of turmoil and inquisitiveness, perfect for the polarities of the time.

Ceramic Dog (Ribot / Ches Smith / Shahzad Ismaily): Y R U Still Here? [VINYL] Ceramic Dog (Ribot / Ches Smith / Shahzad Ismaily):
Y R U Still Here? [VINYL]

(Northern Spy -- USA )

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In the Downtown NY tradition of blurring rock and improvisation, the trio of Marc Ribot on guitar and voice, Shahzad Ismaily on bass, Moog, percussion and voice, and Ches Smith on drums, percussion and electronics, answer their own question 'why are you still here' through 11 genre-crossing songs of turmoil and inquisitiveness, perfect for the polarities of the time.

Rasmussen, Mette / Tashi Dorji: S/T [VINYL] Rasmussen, Mette / Tashi Dorji:
S/T [VINYL]

(Feeding Tube Records -- USA )

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Captured live, the excitingly assertive improvisation of Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen and Bhutan electric guitarist Tashi Dorji on the stage at Hotel2Tango in Montreal, Quebec in 2016, and at La Sala Rosa, each pushing the limits on their instruments while retaining control of their conversation, a taut balancing act of extraordinary playing.

Carter, Daniel / William Parker / Matthew Shipp: Seraphic Light (Live At Tufts University) Carter, Daniel / William Parker / Matthew Shipp:
Seraphic Light (Live At Tufts University)

(Aum Fidelity -- USA )

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A long-form 3-part work of collective improvisation from 3 masterful New York free jazz legends--Daniel Carter on flute, trumpet, clarinet, and saxophones, William Parker on bass, and Matthew Shipp on piano--performing live at Tufts University in 2017 in a beautifully thoughtful and lyrical concert presented after a screening of the '59 film "The Cry of Jazz".

Moholo-Moholo's, Louis Five Blokes: Uplift The People Moholo-Moholo's, Louis Five Blokes:
Uplift The People

(Ogun -- UK )

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Drummer Moholo-Moholo, a member of Blue Notes, Elton Dean's Ninesene, Foxes Fox, London Improvisers Orchestra, a sideman for Brotzmann, Keith Tippets sideman and drummer and most importantly, band leader in a rich, lyrical and spiritual album recorded live at Cafe Oto in 2017 with Alexander Hawkins (piano), John Edwards (bass), Shabaka Hutchings (sax) and Jason Yard (sax).

Harnik, Elisabeth / Joelle Leandre: Tender Music Harnik, Elisabeth / Joelle Leandre:
Tender Music

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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Two like-minded musicians with a history in compositional and improvised music, pianist and prepared pianist Elisabeth Harnik and double bassist and vocalist Joelle Leandre met at WIST, in Graz, Austria in 2016 to perform and record this live album of insightful and compelling dialog between two masterful musicians full of creativity and virtuosic skill.

Zu / Mats Gustafsson: How To Raise An Ox [VINYL] Zu / Mats Gustafsson:
How To Raise An Ox [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The first vinyl edition of the 2004 collaboration of Italian power trio Zu of Luca Tommaso Mai on baritone sax, Massimo Pupillo on bass, and Jacopo Battaglia on drums, with Swedish baritone sax phenomenon Mats Gustafsson, what Atavistic calls a "hypno-skronk implosion" of dueling baritones sax over wonderfully intense and skronky free improvisation; a classic!

Fujii / Fonda / Mimmo: Triad Fujii / Fonda / Mimmo:
Triad

(Long Song Records -- Italy )

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An album recorded on the 59th birthday of pianist-composer Satoko Fujii, the second recorded with bassist Joe Fonda on the Long Song imprint, this time in a trio with soprano saxophonist Gianni Mimmo, the focus of the album the 42 minute monumental improvisation "Birthday Girl", a sophisticated and engaging dialog of lyrical playing and great beauty.

Ehrlich, Marty: Trio Exaltation Ehrlich, Marty:
Trio Exaltation

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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With a history of playing together in the Andrew Hill Sextet, Marty Ehrlich immediately chose bassist John Hebert and drummer Nasheet Waits to join Ehrlich in his new trio endeavor, the multi-wind & reed player on alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and wooden flutes as they perform 9 lyrical and sophisticated Ehrlich compositions, plus one by Andrew Hill.

Chrome Hill: The Explorer Chrome Hill:
The Explorer

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The Norwegian quartet formerly known as "Damp" with baritone guitarist Asbjorn Lerheim, tenor saxophonist Atle Nymo, drummer Torstein Lofthus, and double bassist Roger Arntzen, blend expressive forms of jazz with blues and rock in an expansive and rich set of tunes that both pay homage and look to new and inclusive formations of emotional and effusive music.

Knuffke, Kirk / Ben Goldberg: Uncompahgre Knuffke, Kirk / Ben Goldberg:
Uncompahgre

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Two extraordinary players from two coasts--clarinetist Ben Goldberg from the West and cornetist Kirk Knuffke from the East--in an exuberant duo of lyrical and virtuosic free jazz that astonishes the listener with the ease of their interactions in both parallel and contrasting lines, supporting the other as they express themselves uniquely; an impressive achievement!

Tatakai Trio (Kuchen / Lindsjo / Strid): HappI Tatakai Trio (Kuchen / Lindsjo / Strid):
HappI

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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A trio of well-versed Swedish free improvisers--Martin Kuchen on soprano & sopranino saxophones, Raymond Strid on drums, and Anders Lijndsjo on guitar--in 8 studio improvisations of unusual and highly rhythmic and upbeat interplay, titled with happy adjectives, an apt description of the joy these three find in unconventional approaches to improvisation.

Reid, Tomeka / Kyoko Kitamura / Taylor Ho Bynum / Joe Morris: Geometry of Caves Reid, Tomeka / Kyoko Kitamura / Taylor Ho Bynum / Joe Morris:
Geometry of Caves

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Bringing New York and Chicago performers together, the quartet of cellist Tomeka Reid, guitarist Joe Morris, cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum and free vocalist Kyoko Kitamura present an album of expressive and creative collective improvisation, bridging chamber forms and free jazz with a captivatingly eccentric appeal from Kitamura's wordless vocalese.

Richards, Stephanie : Full Moon Richards, Stephanie :
Full Moon

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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An extremely interesting experimental record of free improvisation and electronics from the duo of Dino J.A. Deane and trumpeter Stephanie Richards, whose work with Henry Threadgill and Butch Morris is felt in these pieces where Richards explores resonance in brass and percussion as Deane samples and manipulates her playing live; an inventive and effusive album.

Lana Trio w/ Sofia Jernberg: Lana Trio w/ Sofia Jernberg Lana Trio w/ Sofia Jernberg:
Lana Trio w/ Sofia Jernberg

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The Norwegian experimental collective improvising group of Henrik Munkeby Norstebo on trombone, Kjetil Jerve on piano, and Andreas Wildhagen on drums & percussion are the core trio here, presenting their third release by adding free improvising vocalist Sofia Jernberg, bringing a sense of unpredictability to a finely controlled chaos of technical mastery.

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.

This Is It! (Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura / Takashi Itani): 1538 This Is It! (Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura / Takashi Itani):
1538

(Libra -- Japan )

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Part of pianist Satoko Fujii's "Kanreki" (60th Birthday) tour and monthly album release, the "This Is It!" Trio with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and drummer/percussionist Takashi Itani is heard at Koendori Classics, in Tokyo, Japan, in January 2018, for an incredible album of Fujii's compositions that include quirky asides in coherent and effusive playing.

 

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