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Lewis, James Brandon (Lewis / Branch / Stewart / Pirog / Crudup III): An Unruly Manifesto Lewis, James Brandon (Lewis / Branch / Stewart / Pirog / Crudup III):
An Unruly Manifesto

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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New York tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis leads a quintet with Jaimie Branch on trumpet, Luke Stewart on bass, Anthony Pirog on guitar, and Warren Trae Crudup III on drums, in a free jazz album dedicated to Charlie Haden & Ornette Coleman and Surrealism, in an album of modern creative music with one foot planted in the 70s and one in the 2010s.

Riley, Howard: Live In The USA Riley, Howard:
Live In The USA

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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The brilliant UK pianist John Riley is caught live in a US tour in the fall of 1976, recorded at 3 locations in NYC and in Buffalo, NY, each of the well-recorded improvisation a masterwork of extended form as he plays both outside and inside the piano, ranging from warm sections of lyrical quality to fast-paced streams of consciousness in a Cecil Taylor mode; magnificent.

Bloor: Drolleries Bloor:
Drolleries

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Drolleries are small creatures adorning the margins of 13th-15th century illuminated manuscripts; Sam Weinberger is a Brooklyn saxophonist known for groups W-2 and this Bloor project with electric guitarist Andrew Smiley and drummer Jason Nazary, an assertive and rugged trio playing Weinberg's compositions about the perceptual phenomenon of ever-changing repetition.

Bloor: Drolleries [CASSETTE] Bloor:
Drolleries [CASSETTE]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Drolleries are small creatures adorning the margins of 13th-15th century illuminated manuscripts; Sam Weinberger is a Brooklyn saxophonist known for groups W-2 and this Bloor project with electric guitarist Andrew Smiley and drummer Jason Nazary, an assertive and rugged trio playing Weinberg's compositions about the perceptual phenomenon of ever-changing repetition.

Dunmall / Siegel / Pursglove / Sanders: As One Does Dunmall / Siegel / Pursglove / Sanders:
As One Does

(FMR -- UK )

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Two saxophones take the front line from Paul Dunmall's 2018 studio album, the leader on tenor saxophone with fellow tenor player Julian Siegel, also on bass clarinet, while Mark Sanders drums and Percy Pursglove handles bass and also trumpet, as the band falls into a hard bop mode, weaving lines together over wonderfully turbulent and soulful grooves; outstanding.

Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / James Owston / Jim Bashford: Inner And Outer Dunmall, Paul / Philip Gibbs / James Owston / Jim Bashford:
Inner And Outer

(FMR -- UK )

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Paul Dunmall's 2018 studio album in a quarte with James Owston on bass, Jim Bashford on drums, Philip Gibbs on guitar, and Dunmall on tenor saxophone, Gibbs's hollow-body opening the sound as Owston and Bashford trade rapid responses or provide solid grooves, the themes of the dialogs focused on space and time through intricate, complex and profound interaction.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Albert Cirera / Rodrigo Pinheiro / Carlos Santos: 3 Phases (I) White Rodrigues, Ernesto / Albert Cirera / Rodrigo Pinheiro / Carlos Santos:
3 Phases (I) White

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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"3 Phases", or different aspects of the approach that violist Ernesto Rodrigues applies to improvisation, in three different groupings over three different days, all live at O'Culto da Ajuda, in Lisbon, Portugal in 2018, here in an ea-improv setting with Albert Cirera on tenor saxophone, Rodrigo Pinheiro on piano, & Carlos Santos on field recordings & sine waves.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Bruno Parrinha / Nuno Torres / Paulo Galao: 3 Phases (II) Grey Rodrigues, Ernesto / Bruno Parrinha / Nuno Torres / Paulo Galao:
3 Phases (II) Grey

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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"3 Phases", or different aspects of the approach that violist Ernesto Rodrigues applies to improvisation, in three different groupings over three different days, all live at O'Culto da Ajuda, in Lisbon, Portugal in 2018, here in an acoustic sax trio with strings, with Bruno Parrinha on soprano, Nuno Torres on alto, Paulo Galao on tenor sax.

Diceros (Rodrigues / Mira / Silva / Curado / Almeida / Chagas /...): 3 Phases (III) Black Diceros (Rodrigues / Mira / Silva / Curado / Almeida / Chagas /...):
3 Phases (III) Black

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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"3 Phases", or 3 aspects of the approach that violist Ernesto Rodrigues applies to improvisation, in 3 different groupings over 3 different concerts at O'Culto da Ajuda, in Lisbon, here in an electroacoustic ensemble with Miguel Mira, Guilherme Rodrigues, Joao Silva, Eduardo Chagas, Paulo Curado, Noel Taylor, Miguel Almeida, Andre Holzer, Andre Hencleeday, Carlos Santos, and Joao Valinho.

Bugge, Maja : No Exit Bugge, Maja :
No Exit

(Discus -- UK )

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Recorded in Britain's longest tunnel--the Standedge Canal Tunnel--during the Marsden Jazz Festival 2017, Norwegian cellist and composer Maja Bugge's solo album uses the natural resonance of the tunnel as an accompaniment to her expressive playing, recorded at a concert that blended composed work with improvisations that respond to the tunnel's unique resonant properties.

Ochs, Larry / Gerald Cleaver / Nels Cline: What Is To Be Done Ochs, Larry / Gerald Cleaver / Nels Cline:
What Is To Be Done

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The first release from the trio of Nels Cline, Gerald Cleaver, and Larry Ochs in a 2016 concert at Gallery5 Arts, in Richmond, Virginia, captured as part of the trio's series touring around the Northeast each December since 2015, playing what Larry Ochs describes as music that "seeks sonically to soothe, to inspire, and to conspire", in three urgent and powerful improvisations.

Mathisen's, Jorgen Instant Light: Mayhall's Object Mathisen's, Jorgen Instant Light:
Mayhall's Object

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Saxophonist Jorgen Mathisen (The Core) composes for and leads his quartet with fellow Norwegian players Erlend Slettevoll on piano, Trygve Waldemar Fiske on double bass, and Dag Erik Knedal Andersen on drums, through six lyrical free jazz compositions, often in a Coltrane mode, his music influenced by sci-fi, Sun Ra, and Philip K. Dick; a solid record of modern jazz.

TGB (Carolino / Delgado / Frazao): III TGB (Carolino / Delgado / Frazao):
III

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The 3rd Clean Feed album from this Portuguese band of unusual orchestration and intentions that cross jazz and rock idioms, from the trio of Sergio Carolino on tuba, Mario Delgado on guitar, and Alexandre Frazao on drums, with rapid fire attacks and tight compositional moments balanced by wonderful open, sonic moments, surprising with a cover of King Crimson's "Starless".

Conde, Alberto Iberian Roots Trio: The Wake Of An Artist - Tribute To Bernardo Sassetti Conde, Alberto Iberian Roots Trio:
The Wake Of An Artist - Tribute To Bernardo Sassetti

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A tribute to pianist and composer Bernardo Sassetti from a trio that includes two members of Sassetti's Trio--bassist Carlos Barretto and drummer Alexandre Frazao, along with pianist Alberto Conde and violist Jose Valente, as they interpret Sassetti compositions, a Federico Mompou Sassetti played frequently, along with original compositions from all members.

Caines, Ron / Martin Archer Axis: Les Oiseaux de Matisse Caines, Ron / Martin Archer Axis:
Les Oiseaux de Matisse

(Discus -- UK )

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Saxophonist Ron Caines, who led the innovative band East of Eden in the late 60s, joins a septet including Martin Archer on reeds & electronics, Laura Cole on keys, Gus Garside on bass, Johnny Hunter on drums, Graham Clark on violin & guitar, and Herve Perez in live sound processing & shakuhachi as they merge improv with real time processing and studio collage.

Wschod (Pinheiro / Kozera / Suchar): Wschod Wschod (Pinheiro / Kozera / Suchar):
Wschod

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Red Trio pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro joins Polish free improvisers, drummer Kuba Suchar from the European band Robotobibok, which became Mikrokolektyw, and double bassist Zbigniew Kozera from Sundogs and LEM, for five collective improvisations, diverse and dynamic dialogs of profound technique and creative intention.

Petzold, Dietrich / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues : Ljubljana Petzold, Dietrich / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues :
Ljubljana

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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German violinist & composer Dietrich Petzold joins violist Ernesto Rodrigues and cellist Guilherme Rodrigues, Petzold bringing along a viola, clavichord and bowed metal objects, as the three perform live at SKUC Gallery, in Ljubljana, Slovenia for the 6 improvisations that build from languid tonal environments to detailed, rapid improv, all with remarkable control and patience.

Dias, Jose : After Silence, Vol.1 Dias, Jose :
After Silence, Vol.1

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Portuguese guitarist Jose Dias steps away from his quartet and trio, and from the many scores for theatre, contemporary dance and animation film that he's composed, to focus on his solo electric guitar work, in this album that applies subtle affects and a warm, ethereal ambiance to expressive and passionate pieces, each conveying a sense of narrative and purpose.

Ianes, Luis: Antiguas Construcciones Utiles (Crusoe) Ianes, Luis:
Antiguas Construcciones Utiles (Crusoe)

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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With references to "Robinson Crusoe" and titles referencing islands, the sea and shipwrecks, Argentinian guitarist living in Brooklyn, NY, Luis Ianes (Parias Ensemble) records his album that roughly translates to "Useful Ancient Constructions", using effects to create percussive, accompanying, and aquatic sounds, sometimes idiosyncratic, always interesting.

Kuzu (Dave Rempis / Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon): Hiljaisuus [VINYL] Kuzu (Dave Rempis / Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon):
Hiljaisuus [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Kuzu is a hard-charging but patient trio that came together in the fall of 2017, after saxophonist Dave Rempis, a stalwart of the Chicago improvised music scene, worked with both Tashi Dorji (guitar) and Tyler Damon (drums) individually as part of a lengthy solo tour of the U.S.; this new trio is captured at Elastic Arts, in Chicago in an intense and dynamic live set.

Tilbury, John / Keith Rowe / Kjell Bjorgeengen: Sissel Tilbury, John / Keith Rowe / Kjell Bjorgeengen:
Sissel

(Sofa Music -- Norway )

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AMM alumni, pianist John Tilbury and guitarist Keith Rowe, join with Norwegian performer/conceptualist Kjell Bjorgeengen, whose work is often an amalgamation of sound waves, moving images and lights; here Kjell suggested a painting by Nicolas Poussin as a focal point for the trio's improvisation at this performance in Stavanger, Norway.

Brighton, Ian: Imaginings Brighton, Ian:
Imaginings

(FMR -- UK )

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Looking back and fondly imagining some of the locations and configuration that UK guitarist Ian Brighton played in the 70s, Brighton developed the pieces on this album, each compositions varying the personnel from life-long partners (Taylor, Wachsmann, Mattos) to musicians Brighton has performed with since his 2016 return to improvisation (Carrier, Beresford, Metcalfe).

Baumann, Franziska / Udo Schindler: Blue Sonic Vibrations Baumann, Franziska / Udo Schindler:
Blue Sonic Vibrations

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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German saxophonist and leader of the Salon for Klang + Kunst started the Improx, or "The X for the Unknown and the Unheard" with Gunnar Geisse, here in the third edition of the series with Swiss free improvising vocalist Franziska Baumann, captured live at two performances in 2018 in Germany & Switzerland, for unusual, quick-witted and innovative interchanges.

Shock Troops: Central Dada Time Shock Troops:
Central Dada Time

(FMR -- UK )

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Recorded in 1989 and only now released, this studio album includes Pat Thomas on keys & electronics in a sextet with guitar & bass, synth, turntables, electronic wind instruments, drum machines, samplers, &c., merging ea-improv approaches with disruptively odd asides, fragmented voices, and swelling interventions, making something otherworldly out of then-revelatory technology.

Zwerv (Taubenfeld / Vicente / Lucifero / Zwerver / Chientaroli / ven der Weide / Hadow): Music From Zwerv (Taubenfeld / Vicente / Lucifero / Zwerver / Chientaroli / ven der Weide / Hadow):
Music From Any Moment

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Guitarist Henk Zwerver leads this collective free improvising band in their second release, now extended to a septet with the addition of Salvoandrea Lucifero on trombone, joining Zwerver: Ziv Taubenfeld on bass clarinet, Luis Vicente on trumpet, Nico Chientaroli on piano, Raoul ven der Weide on double bass, objects, and George Hadow on drums.

Space Trio (Bratanov / Hajigrudev / Angelov): Space Trio Space Trio (Bratanov / Hajigrudev / Angelov):
Space Trio

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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An album of free improvisation from the Bulgarian trio of Jivko Bratanov on piano, Vasil Hajigrudev on double bass, and Georgi Angelov on percussion, obliquely referencing the jazz tradition while steering from idiomatic tendencies, pushing themselves through dialog that emphasizes unusual sounds through technique, with a strong percussive element from all players.

Brown, Marion / Dave Burrell: Live At The Black Musicians' Conference, 1981 Brown, Marion / Dave Burrell:
Live At The Black Musicians' Conference, 1981

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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In 1981 Archie Shepp and Roman Wiggins coordinated the University of Massachusettes's week-long event of workshops, concerts & lectures focused on modern jazz, the opening concert the wonderfully sophisticated duo of alto saxophonist Marion Brown and pianist Dave Burrell peforming 7 pieces of compositions from each, plus two Strayhorn pieces, ending with "Lush Life"; essential.

Jones Jones (Larry Ochs / Mark Dresser / Vladimir Tarasov): A Jones In Time Saves Nine [VINYL] Jones Jones (Larry Ochs / Mark Dresser / Vladimir Tarasov):
A Jones In Time Saves Nine [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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The 3rd album from the trio of Larry Ochs (Rova Saxophone Quartet) on tenor & sopranino saxophones, Downtown NY mainstay and West Coast migrant Mark Dresser on bass, and Ganelin Trio alumnus Vladimir Tarasov on drums and percussion, in four superb examples of collective improvisation captured live in two concerts in Berkeley and San Diego, CA in 2016.

Nabatov, Simon / Barry Guy / Gerry Hemingway : Luminous Nabatov, Simon / Barry Guy / Gerry Hemingway :
Luminous

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Twelve dialogs of burning, intuitive and astute free improvisation from three players steeped in the form--Simon Nabatov on piano, Barry Guy on double bass, and Gerry Hemingway on drums & marimba, performing live at LOFT in Cologne, Germany in 2015, an essential example of modern creative playing that surprises and enlightens with repeated listens.

Smith, Wadada Leo / Sabu Toyozumi: Burning Meditation Smith, Wadada Leo / Sabu Toyozumi:
Burning Meditation

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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"Burning" is an accurate description of the energetic, spiritual and enthusiastic duo of Japanese percussionist Sabu Toyozumi and NY trumpet legend Wadada Leo Smith, also performing on koto, flute, percussion and voice, caught live at C.S Akarenga in Yamaguchi City for 6 stunning dialogs, including one dedicated to late trumpeter Don Cherry.

Smith, Wadada Leo / Sabu Toyozumi: Burning Meditation [VINYL] Smith, Wadada Leo / Sabu Toyozumi:
Burning Meditation [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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"Burning" is an accurate description of the energetic, spiritual and enthusiastic duo of Japanese percussionist Sabu Toyozumi and NY trumpet legend Wadada Leo Smith, also performing on koto, flute, percussion and voice, caught live at C.S Akarenga in Yamaguchi City for 6 stunning dialogs, including one dedicated to late trumpeter Don Cherry.

Kuchen, Martin / Rafal Mazur: Baza  [VINYL] Kuchen, Martin / Rafal Mazur:
Baza [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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A unique freely improvised sax and bass duo from Angles leader Martin Kuchen on alto and sopranino saxophones, and Rafal Mazur on acoustic bass guitar, recording live at BAZA Club in Krakow, Poland in 2017 they perform the two part "Baza", initiating with mastery and determination, morphing to more meditative playing, and ending with impressive assertion.

Abe, Kaoru / Sabu Toyozumi: Banka [VINYL] Abe, Kaoru / Sabu Toyozumi:
Banka [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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NoBusiness continues their essential 70's reissue series of renowned Japanese free improvisers, here in an LP and extended CD edition of the live duo of percussionist Sabu Toyozumi and saxophonist Kaoru Abe on alto, soprano & sopranino saxophones, the LP presenting their 1978 concert at Gaja, Hatsudai in Tokyo, the CD extended with a live set at Minor, Kichijoji the same year.

Abe, Kaoru / Sabu Toyozumi: Mannyoka Abe, Kaoru / Sabu Toyozumi:
Mannyoka

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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NoBusiness continues their essential 70's reissue series of renowned Japanese free improvisers, here in an LP and extended CD edition of the live duo of percussionist Sabu Toyozumi and saxophonist Kaoru Abe on alto, soprano & sopranino saxophones, the LP presenting their 1978 concert at Gaja, Hatsudai in Tokyo, the CD extended with a live set at Minor, Kichijoji the same year.

Mockunas, Liudas: Hydro 2 Mockunas, Liudas:
Hydro 2

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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The second volume of Lithuanian soprano and tenor saxophonist Liudas Mockunas's unusual album of water-based saxophone technique, augmenting the instrument by placing the bell of the sax into water, here in an epic live performance that uses both water and extreme technical skills and authoritative intent as he draws astoundingly diverse sounds from his instrument.

Lewis, George / Roscoe Mitchell: Voyage And Homecoming Lewis, George / Roscoe Mitchell:
Voyage And Homecoming

(RogueArt -- France )

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The long-running association of Chicago legends, trombonist George Lewis and saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, are recorded live at CTM Festival at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, in Berlin in 2018, accompanied by Lewis' laptop adding a third voice that responds and generates textural and rhythmic accompaniment in response to the playing of both improvisers; impressive and exotic.

Shipp, Matthew / Mat Maneri: Conference Of The Mat/ts Shipp, Matthew / Mat Maneri:
Conference Of The Mat/ts

(RogueArt -- France )

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Starting with their 1994 "Critical Mass" album, and as a follow-up to pianist Matthew Shipp and violist Mat Maneri's initial duo on Hatology, "Gravitational Systems", the collaboration of pianist Matthew Shipp and violist Mat Maneri expands with this 13-part "Conference", in a freely improvised and empathetic music of force and fragile sophistication; beautiful.

Roger, Danielle Palardy : Cannibale Roger, Danielle Palardy :
Cannibale

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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Composer/percussionist Danielle Palardy Roger's musical satire about capitalism, performed with some of Montreal's finest improvisers using conventional & unconventional instruments and voice, captured live at the Gesu Amphitheater, in Montreal in 2018: Michel F Cote, Andre Duchesne, Joane Hetu, Elizabeth Lima, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Alexander St-Onge, and Ida Toniato.

Derome, Jean : Sudoku pour Pygmees Derome, Jean :
Sudoku pour Pygmees

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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The meticulous and magnificently creative mind of wind player and composer Jean Derome used a 2010 Sudoko puzzle as a guide for his "Sudoko Pour Pygmees", presented alongside "7 Dances (for 15)" and "5 Thoughts (for hard rubber)", performed by an octet of Montreal mainstays including Pierre Tanguay, Pierre Cartier, Guido Del Fabbro, Bernard Falaise, &c.

Butcher, John / Philippe Lauzier / Eric Normand: How Does This Happen? Butcher, John / Philippe Lauzier / Eric Normand:
How Does This Happen?

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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The Montreal free improvising, experimenting duo "Not The Music" of bassist Eric Norman & bass clarinetist Philippe Lauzier invited UK saxophonist John Butcher for concerts in Ottawa and Montreal, recording the two impressive 5-part series heard on this album--"en consequence" (consequently) and "par irruption" (by bursting), of masterful and profoundly pensive prowess.

Whim Ensemble (Ofer Pelz / Preston Beebe): Pre-Fall Whim Ensemble (Ofer Pelz / Preston Beebe):
Pre-Fall

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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Prepared piano and percussion from Ofer Pelz and Preston Beebe, the percussionist using a diverse set of approaches to drums, cymbals and devices, blurring the sonic distinctions with Israeli-born Montreal-based pianist Ofer Pelz, whose preparations transform the piano in remarkable ways as the two focus on time, texture, space, and ambiance through seven fascinating improvisations.

Freedman, Lori : Solor Freedman, Lori :
Solor

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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The counterpart to Montreal bass clarinetist Lori Freedman's album "Excess" of recordings from her 11-city North American solo tour "The Virtuosity of Excess", this CD "Solor" was developed after that tour allowing Freedman to focus on her past and current creative work, presenting 5 of her solo compositions, 3 of which were written for the album, plus two improvisations.

HMMH (Hetu / Martel / Mouchous / Hubsch): Fleur de chaos HMMH (Hetu / Martel / Mouchous / Hubsch):
Fleur de chaos

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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A quartet of creative improvisers from Montreal--Joane Hetu (sax and voice), Pierre-Yves Martel (viola da gamba, harmonica), Emilie Mouchous (synth)--and from Germany--Carl Ludwig Hubsch (tuba)--blend conventional instruments with objects and profound techniques to create detailed and carefully controlled aural environments, enveloping the listener in rich, imaginative environments.

Haarla, Iro / Ulf Krokfors / Barry Altschul: Around Again | The Music Of Carla Bley Haarla, Iro / Ulf Krokfors / Barry Altschul:
Around Again | The Music Of Carla Bley

(Tum -- Finland )

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A magnificent tribute to the music of Carla Bley in 12 arrangements of Bley's early songbook, performed by a trio led by Finnish pianist and band leader Iro Haarla, with long-time associate Ulf Krokfors on double bass and free jazz legend and Bley associate, drummer Barry Altschul, in a heartfelt, lyrical and refined approach to Bley's elegant compositions.

Sakata, Akira / Simon Nabatov / Takashi Seo / Darren Moore: Not Seeing Is A Flower Sakata, Akira / Simon Nabatov / Takashi Seo / Darren Moore:
Not Seeing Is A Flower

(Leo -- USA )

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An absolutely impressive example of collective free improvisation as the quartet of Japanese jazz masters Takashi Seo on acoustic bass and Akira Sakata on alto saxophone, clarinet, vocals, and percussion meet Australian Darren Moore on drums & percussion, and Russian Simon Nabatov on piano for an extended 6-part live set at Chiba's "Jazzspot" Candy.

Monicker (Scott Thomson / Arthur Bull / Roger Turner): Spine Monicker (Scott Thomson / Arthur Bull / Roger Turner):
Spine

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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Legendary UK drummer Roger Turner and Canadian guitarist Arthur Bull, seasoned improvisers since the 70s and already working as a duo, joined with Montreal trombonist Scott Thomson during Thomson's 2017 residency in Halifax through suddenlyListen, touring and recording this album of propulsive and dynamic creative improvisation during their 2018 tour of Eastern Canada.

Vaczi, Daniel Multet: Reticular Vaczi, Daniel Multet:
Reticular

(FMR -- UK )

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A persuasive album of lyrical groove-based electric free improv from the Hungarian quintet of Daniel Vaczi on saxophones & piano, Balazs Horvath on double bass, Zsolt Sarvari Kovacs on drums, Marton Fenyvesi on electric guitar & effects and Aved Janos on saxophones, Vaczi also programming the Budapest Music Center's player piano in unusual ways for the 3-art "Fabula".

Smith, Wadada Leo: Rosa Parks: Pure Love Smith, Wadada Leo:
Rosa Parks: Pure Love

(Tum -- Finland )

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Inspired by the civil rights movement and the iconic Rosa Parks, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's album pays tribute through impressive compositional skills that merge work with RedKoral Quartet, Blue Trumpet Quartet, Diamond Voices, and Janus duo, featuring excerpts from Anthony Braxton, Steve McCall, Leroy Jenkins, and words from Martin Luther King Jr and a text by Rosa Parks.

Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp: Live In Brussels [2 CDs] Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp:
Live In Brussels [2 CDs]

(Leo -- UK )

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The complete performance of alto saxophonist Ivo Perelman and pianist Matthew Shipp's concert at L'Archiduc, in Brussels, Belgium in 2017, two extended sets that reveal the intimate conversations between the two New Yorker's styles, in beautiful phrasing, extended expressions, and impressive mastery, as they merge free playing with innate lyricism.

Houle, Francois / Alexander Hawkins / Harris Eisenstadt: You Have Options Houle, Francois / Alexander Hawkins / Harris Eisenstadt:
You Have Options

(Songlines -- Canada )

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The Canadian trio of clarinetist Francois Houle, pianist Alexander Hawkins and drummer Harris Eisenstadt first met in 2014 for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, taking several years to get them together again for this beautifully lyrical and sophisticated album of chamber jazz, with compositions from all three plus pieces by Steve Lacy, Andrew Hill and Charles Ives.

Freedman, Lori: Excess Freedman, Lori:
Excess

(Collection QB -- Canada )

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Using voice, kick drum, electronics with immersive spatialization, and bass clarinet, Lori Freedman presents an exhilarating and impressive live performance at Montreal's Studio 270, exploring the beauty of extremes, her playing and incredible sense of timing the culmination of her 11-city North American tour titled "The Virtuosity of Excess"; absolutely impressive.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Silva / Curado / Parrinha / Almeida / Santos / Valinho: Stratus Rodrigues, Ernesto / Silva / Curado / Parrinha / Almeida / Santos / Valinho:
Stratus

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A live performance at Galeria Monumental, in Lisbon of diverse textures, extended techniques, and intent listening from the free improvising septet of Ernesto Rodrigues (viola), Joao Silva (trumpet), Paulo Curado (flute), Bruno Parrinha (alto sax & bass clarinet), Miguel Almeida (classical guitar), Carlos Santos (computer & synth), and Joao Valinho (snare drum & objects).

Brighton, Ian: Marsh Gas [REISSUE] Brighton, Ian:
Marsh Gas [REISSUE]

(FMR -- UK )

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Reissuing the 1977 album from UK guitarist Ian Brighton, written as an instrumental story for children, apparently very sophisticated children, in a mix of composed and freely improvised passages, using non-idiomatic approaches with unusual and extended techniques, open atmospheric passages and strange transitions, a peculiar and wonderful album of imaginative playing.

Chrysakis, Thanos / Sue Lynch / James O'Sullivan / Joe Wright : Iridescent Strand Chrysakis, Thanos / Sue Lynch / James O'Sullivan / Joe Wright :
Iridescent Strand

(Aural Terrains -- Greece )

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Very much in an AMM mold of electroacoustic improvisation, this album of intense cooperation and sonic depth presents five sections numbered by Roman numerals, performed in the studio by the adept and investigative quintet of Thanos Chrysakis on computer & synthesizers, Sue Lynch on reeds, James O'Sullivan on guitar, and Joe Wright on sax & dynamic feedback system.

Cameron, Lisa / Sandy Ewen: See Creatures [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] Cameron, Lisa / Sandy Ewen:
See Creatures [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Essentially two guitarists with some very unusual outboard equipment and an odd oceanic attitude, as West Coast/NY transplant guitarist Sandy Ewens meets Austin, TX lap steel guitarist Lisa Cameron, both using objects, percussion and feedback to create a remarkably diverse set of deep sea and nautical sounds, a semblance of sailing on a very temperamental vessel.

Hatcher, Gerrit: Parables for the Tenor [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] Hatcher, Gerrit:
Parables for the Tenor [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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An extremely intimate album of solo saxophone improvisation from Chicago tenor saxophonist, improviser, and composer Gerrit Hatcher, known for his work with Mars Williams, Julian Kirshner, &c., in his second solo album, playing music that can be embraced and understood, sharing his vulnerabilities and conviction alongside his strength on the horn.

DeDionyso / Meek / Rico: From The Land of the Wicked King [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] DeDionyso / Meek / Rico:
From The Land of the Wicked King [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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A joint release between Noel Meek's New Zealand label Called God In The Music and Astral Spirits, the trio of Meek himself on electronics, Arrington de Dionyso on saxophone and Rodrigo Rico on drums are caught live at Gallery 1412 in Seattle, WA in 2017 for a freely improvised album of controlled chaos among intensely wicked and mischievous electroacoustic improv.

Foster, Michael / Steve Swell / Brandon Lopez / Weasel Walter: Throes are the Only Problem Foster, Michael / Steve Swell / Brandon Lopez / Weasel Walter:
Throes are the Only Problem

(Ugexplode -- USA )

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Listed in Jazz Right Now's "Best Records of 2017", the New York City based quartet of Michael Foster (saxophones), Steve Swell (trombone), Brandon Lopez (bass) and Weasel Walter (drums) presents four collective free jazz improvisations, powerfully dynamic playing using masterful skill and extended techniques to convey the essence of the form.

Bopp, Christiane: Noyau de Lune Bopp, Christiane:
Noyau de Lune

(Fou Records -- France )

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A tour-de-force of solo improvisation from French trombonist Christiane Bopp, flawlessly captured by sound engineer Jean Marc Foussat, as Bopp transforms her instrument through technical skill, lyrical ability, and unusual technique, creating virtual duets, furtive expression, and thundering emotion, an absolutely impressive example of modern trombone language.

Davis / Mitchell / Ortiz / Shipp: New American Songbooks, Volume 2 [VINYL] Davis / Mitchell / Ortiz / Shipp:
New American Songbooks, Volume 2 [VINYL]

(Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records -- USA )

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The 2nd volume of Sound American's "New American Songbooks" turns from the 1st volume's group approach to the singular voices of 4 masterful pianists--Kris Davis, Matt Mitchell, Aruan Ortiz, and Matthew Shipp--as they interpret the music of traditional hymns, Carla Bley, filmaker/composer Ed Bland, and bandcamp era composers Ryan Power & Christopher Weisman.

Parker / Bishop / Karayorgis / McBride / Gray: The Diagonal Filter Parker / Bishop / Karayorgis / McBride / Gray:
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(Not Two -- Poland )

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Uniting masterful players from across the East Coast into the Boston area, with Boston pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, Boston native/Chicago-based bassist Nate McBride, DC drummer Luther Gray, North Carolina/Chicago-based trombonist Jeb Bishop, and Chicago guitarist Jeff Parker, in a strong album of lyrical free jazz with compositions from all five players.

Ward, Greg Presents Rogue Parade: Stomping Off From Greenwood Ward, Greg Presents Rogue Parade:
Stomping Off From Greenwood

(Greenleaf Music -- USA )

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Returning to his native Chicago after a stint in NYC, saxophonist Greg Ward (Tortoise) formed this new group with Matt Gold and Dave Miller (guitars & effects), Matt Ulery (bass), and Quin Kirchner (drums), recording this impressive album of modern jazz: lyrical, funky and perfectly paced, engaging but never indulgent, with unexpected compositional twists and turns.

Zorn, John: SALEM, 1692 Zorn, John:
SALEM, 1692

(Tzadik -- USA )

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NY Composer John Zorn and Dowtown luminary John Zorn's instrumental quartet of Trevor Dunn on bass, Kenny Grohowski on drums, Julian Lage on guitar, and Matt Hollenberg on guitar in their second album of fiery improvisation, focusing on the Salem Witch Trials of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692 through superlative playing and passionate improvisation; burning!

Royston, Rudy: Flatbed Buggy Royston, Rudy:
Flatbed Buggy

(Greenleaf Music -- USA )

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The third album from drummer Rudy Royston features his new chamber-like quintet featuring Gary Versace (accordion), John Ellis (woodwinds), Hank Roberts (cello) and Joe Martin (bass) playing music inspired by Royston's upbringing in Texas, lyrical and sophisticated modern jazz from a drummer frequently called upon by jazz masters Bill Frisell, JD Allen, or Dave Douglas.

Ewen, Sandy / Weasel Walter: Idiomatic Ewen, Sandy / Weasel Walter:
Idiomatic

(Ugexplode -- USA )

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Uniquely voice free improvisation from the duo of guitarist Sandy Ewen, rejecting effects in favor of extended techniques and non-standard approaches that employ Ewen's simple preparations made with ordinary objects, and Walter's applying unconventional rhythmic strategies and live electronic processing, resulting in 3 detailed and unexpected dialogs.

Stein's, Jason Locksmith Isidore: After Caroline [VINYL] Stein's, Jason Locksmith Isidore:
After Caroline [VINYL]

(Northern Spy -- USA )

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The fourth release from Chicago bass clarinetist Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore, a trio with Jason Roebke on bass and New York drummer Mike Pride, playing modern creative jazz with a twisted melodic sense through Stein's original compositions, alongside one collective comoposition and John Coltrane's "26-2", a great example of 21st century jazz.

Quinteros / Gallio / Elgier / Von Schultz: Mokita Quinteros / Gallio / Elgier / Von Schultz:
Mokita

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Cellist Cecilia Quinteros formed this free jazz quartet with Christoph Gallio on soprano and alto saxophones, Alex Elgier on piano and Marcelo Von Schultz on drums, recording in Buenos Aires, Argentina for four spectacular improvisations with idiosyncratic language on their instruments and unbridled enthusiasm in their playing, even in introspective moments.

Gate, The (Peck / Blancarte / Osborne): Island Virus Gate, The (Peck / Blancarte / Osborne):
Island Virus

(Tubapede -- USA )

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NY Tuba-driven trio The Gate led by Dan Peck on tuba & effects, with Tom Blancarte on upright electric bass and Brian Osborne on percussion, in a studio album of shorter pieces exploring the dark side of the huge brass instrument and the band's dark, enormous sound, with tongue-in-cheek titles like "Black Bird of Death Spewing Death Puke"; ominously impressive.

Timespine (Sa  / Kilma / Trips): Urban Season Timespine (Sa / Kilma / Trips):
Urban Season

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Resonant and upbeat exploratory free improvisation in the 2nd album from the Portuguese trio of Dead Combo guitarist To Trips, and String Theory members, Adrian Sa on zither, field recordings & reactive software and John Klima on electric fretless bass, in beautifully rambling melodic work with unusual sonic environments and asides, an appealing and absorbing album.

Evans, Peter / Weasel Walter: Poisonous Evans, Peter / Weasel Walter:
Poisonous

(Ugexplode -- USA )

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"Poisonous" is an auditory hallucination created with simple tools--acoustic trumpet and drums--from NY free improvisers Peter Evans and Weasel Walter, presenting seven pieces of forceful, modern abstraction, blurring the lines between composition and improvisation in a display of impeccable technical skill, mindboggling energy, and wonderfully twisted inspiration.

Moffett, Joe : More Of It And Closer [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD CODE] Moffett, Joe :
More Of It And Closer [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD CODE]

(Tubapede -- USA )

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New York trumpeter Joe Moffett (Earth Tongues) in a solo album of absolutely impressive technique and intensely personal playing, at times using amplifiers and computer applications to generate unique sonic environments for the horn or playing beautifully lyrical tone, timbres, grunts and spits; an album of profound, introspective inner dialog.

Gate, The (Peck / Blancarte / Osborne): Live! [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD CODE] Gate, The (Peck / Blancarte / Osborne):
Live! [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD CODE]

(Tubapede -- USA )

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The NY based, long-running trio The Gate led by Dan Peck on tuba and effects, with double bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer Brian Osborne, in a cassette culled from live concerts in Hannover and Brussels while on a European tour in November of 2015, "a brutally unfiltered representation of The Gate's special brand of spontaneous composition."

Musicworks: #132 Fall 2018 [MAGAZINE + CD] Musicworks:
#132 Fall 2018 [MAGAZINE + CD]

(Musicworks -- Canada )

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The final issue of the premier Canadian new music magazine Musicworks' 40th anniversary year, with Darcy Spidle on the cover, plus articles on Luke Nickel, Lina Allemano, Andre Cormier, Joseph Shabason, Thanya Iyer, the Ociciwan Contemporary Art Collective, plus a 9 track CD with music from Darcy Spidle, Shabason, Iyer, Luke Nickel & Heather Roche, &c. &c.

Vertrek Ensemble : Another Idea Of North Vertrek Ensemble :
Another Idea Of North

(Volatile Records -- Canada )

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The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Vertrek Ensemble of Vadim Budman on guitars and trumpet and Ron de Jong on percussion, in their first album, collecting solos, duos, and trios with guests Mark Kelly on banjo and Ian Birse on guitar & effects, predating their albums with legendary improvisers Derek Bailey and Euguene Chadbourne.

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra Tokyo: Kikoeru, Tribute to Masaya Kimura Fujii, Satoko Orchestra Tokyo:
Kikoeru, Tribute to Masaya Kimura

(Libra -- Japan )

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Completing a year of monthly albums for pianist Satoko Fujii's "kanreki", or 60th birthday, is this impressive and cathartic album written for Fujii's Orchestra Tokyo as a tribute to late tenor saxophonist and 10 year orchestra member Masaya Kimura, with four compositions from Fujii and two from trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, in an album of both profound testimonly and celebratory release.

 

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