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Morris, Joe : Instantiation: Paradoxical Morris, Joe :
Instantiation: Paradoxical

(Glacial Erratic -- USA )

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One part of New York improvising guitarist and composer Joe Morris' "Instantiation" project, where each part is uniquely composed with specific notated and operational components making each impossible to perform the same way twice, here in a studio recording with clarinetist Dan O'Brien, bassist Brad Barrett, and violinist Elinor Speirs.

Parker, William : Conversations III [BOOK] Parker, William :
Conversations III [BOOK]

(RogueArt -- France )

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The third book in New York improvising bassist William Parker's interview with other improvisers, here with 33 interviews, 29 works of art by Jeff Schlangler and 13 photographs by Jacques Bisceglia; interviews include Steve Dalachinsky, Pheeroan Aklaff, Hamiet Bluiett, Craig Harris, Gerry Hemingway, Jason Kao Hwang, Ingrid Laubrock, Joe McPhee, &c.

Roadworks (Gallio / Streuli): As If You Were Here / Glassware [2 LPS + CD + DOWNLOAD] Roadworks (Gallio / Streuli):
As If You Were Here / Glassware [2 LPS + CD + DOWNLOAD]

(Percaso -- Austria )

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A deluxe 2 album release: "Glassware" on CD was composed by Swiss saxophonist Christoph Gallio for a commission by the Art Council Of The Canton Aargau, performed with Raphael Loher (piano), Ernst Thoma (synth), Dominique Girod (bass), and Nicolas Stocker (drums); then reworked into something creatively experimental in the 2 LP "As If You Were Here"; engaging and spellbinding!

Speak Easy (Wassermann / Minton / Lehn / Blume): @ Konfrontationen Speak Easy (Wassermann / Minton / Lehn / Blume):
@ Konfrontationen

(Confront -- UK )

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Since 2009 the UK & European ea-improvising quartet Speak Easy with two remarkable vocalists, Phil Minton and Ute Wasserman (also on birdcall whistles), Thomas Lehn on analog synthesizer and Martin Blume on drums & percussion, have startled and amazed listeners, as heard here in this extended performance at the 2016 Festival Konfrontationen in Nickelsdorf.

Gibbs, Phil / Neil Metcalfe / Adrian Northover / Marcello Magliocchi: The Visitors Gibbs, Phil / Neil Metcalfe / Adrian Northover / Marcello Magliocchi:
The Visitors

(FMR -- UK )

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Bringing diverse experience to collective improvisation, including various associations with Paul Dunmall, the quartet of guitarist Philip Gibbs, flutist Neil Metcalfe, saxophonist Adrian Northover on alto and tenor, and drummer Marcello Magliocchi are heard in six passionately restrained and technically superb improvisations beautifully recorded in the studio.

Schindler, Udo / Eric Zwang Eriksson: Poetry?? Ein Wurfelwurf Schindler, Udo / Eric Zwang Eriksson:
Poetry?? Ein Wurfelwurf

(FMR -- UK )

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Udo Schindler marks his 80th Salon fur Klang+Kunst in Munich as his first duo recording with a drummer, in a first-time meeting with long-time acquaintance, drummer/percussionist Eric Zwang Eriksson, joining him as they find inspired common ground with Schindler on alto sax, bass clarinet, cornet and euphonium and Eriksson using all aspects of his drums and percussive devices.

CARTOON (Biscoe / Pope / Turner): Change of Meaning CARTOON (Biscoe / Pope / Turner):
Change of Meaning

(Confront -- UK )

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A trio of UK free improvisers--Chris Biscoe on alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, John Pope on double bass, and Roger Turner on drumset & percussion--in two extended performances, one recorded in the studio in West London, the other live at The Bridge in Newcastle, collective improvisation of great clarity, direction and creativity.

Monash Art Ensemble (Grabowsky / Neal / Ford / Hannaford Williamson / Evans / Hope): Here Now Hear [ Monash Art Ensemble (Grabowsky / Neal / Ford / Hannaford Williamson / Evans / Hope):
Here Now Hear [2 CDs]

(FMR -- UK )

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"Here Now Hear" is comprised of nine innovative Australian works commissioned and recorded by the Monash Art Ensemble between 2017-2019f, featuring an eclectic mix of contemporary cross-genre music by significant Australian composers: Paul Grabowsky, Kate Neal, Andrew Ford, Robert Burke, Cat Hope, Marc Hannaford, Paul Williamson, Johannes Luebbers and Sandy Evans.

Hymn (Dowding / Hallett / Ross): Silence, Then Birds Hymn (Dowding / Hallett / Ross):
Silence, Then Birds

(Confront -- UK )

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Mysteriously evolving improvisations from the trio of Chris Dowding on trumpet, Sylvia Hallett on violin, bicycle wheel & saw, and Dave Ross using a self-designed time modulator, two recordings from St. Paul's Church in Marylebone and one at Camouflage in Norwich, ea-improv that has a natural feeling and beautifully paced development; fascinating.

Brain Dead Ensemble (Eldridge / Kiefer / Polymeneas / Magnusson): EFZ Brain Dead Ensemble (Eldridge / Kiefer / Polymeneas / Magnusson):
EFZ

(Confront -- UK )

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Two feedback cellos, a feedback bass and a threnoscope, a software tool used for for drones, live coding & microtonal composition, as the quartet of Alice Eldridge, Chris Kiefer, Thanos Polymeneas and Thor Magnusson meet in the studio in Glasgow to perform these heavily dark and subtly detailed improvisations, incredible environments of ominous and cathartic sound.

Risser, Eve: Apres Un Reve Risser, Eve:
Apres Un Reve

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A remarkably varied and unique approach to prepared piano that French pianist Eve Risser refers to as "piano droit", heard in her performance at FGO Barbara, in Paris on an upright piano, chosen for its specific mechanical qualities that allow Risser to generate a surprising amount of rhythmic variety, as she performs a single work mixing composed and improvised elements.

Eisenstadt, Harris (w/ Wooley / Hawkins / Niggenkemper): Canada Day Quartet Live Eisenstadt, Harris (w/ Wooley / Hawkins / Niggenkemper):
Canada Day Quartet Live

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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While staying in the village Poschiavo in Switzerland at the Uncool Artist Residency program with his wife and son, drummer/composer Harris Eisenstadt composed more than 50 single-line, three-system unison compositions and multi-voice tunes, flexible to be arranged for any size group, as heard in this all-star quartet configuration of his Canada Day ensemble.

Clarke, Zack Trio (w/ Kim / Cass / Dre Hocevar): Vertical Shores Clarke, Zack Trio (w/ Kim / Cass / Dre Hocevar):
Vertical Shores

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A lyrical album of original compositions from New York pianist Zack Clarke, in an acoustic jazz piano trio with double bassist Kim Cass and drummer Dre Hocevar, recording in the Systems Two studio in Brooklyn for nine pieces of both optimistic and mercurial temperament, a great example mixing virtuosic form and perceptive communication in a classic configuration.

Lencastre's, Joao Communion 3 (w/ Sacks / Opsvik): Song(s) Of Hope Lencastre's, Joao Communion 3 (w/ Sacks / Opsvik):
Song(s) Of Hope

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The 2nd release on Clean Feed by drummer Joao Lencastre's Communion, a shape-shifting ensemble here configured with 2 New York improvisers from Lencastre's associations over 15 years in NYC--pianist Jakob Sacks and bassist Eivind Opsvik--for 10 studio recordings which include the 4-part "Magnetic Frequency", blurring lyrical avant jazz and chamber forms; beautiful.

Spirit in Spirit (Lencastre / Van der Weide / Govaert): Live at Zaal 100 Spirit in Spirit (Lencastre / Van der Weide / Govaert):
Live at Zaal 100

(FMR -- UK )

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A free jazz project from the trio of Portuguese alto saxophonist Jose Lencastre, French double bassist Raoul Van der Weide, and Dutch drummer Onno Govaert, performing at Amsterdam's Zaal 100 in 2018 for a concert of collective improvisation, intelligent discourse of coherently creative progressions and energetic but never overblown playing; exemplary.

Arthurs / Khroustaliov / Sartorious: Hangkerum Arthurs / Khroustaliov / Sartorious:
Hangkerum

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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An album of alien soundscape and un-anticipatable rhythm with seductive brass sonority floating above, from the Swiss trio of trumpeter Tom Arthurs, Isambard Khroustaliov on electronics, and Julian Sartorious on drums & percussion, contrasting complex and strangely aberrant sonic and rhythmic environments with lyrically virtuosic trumpet work.

Ferrandini, Gabriel (w/ Faustino / Sousa): Volupias [VINYL] Ferrandini, Gabriel (w/ Faustino / Sousa):
Volupias [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Turning to one third of his more familiar Red Trio setting, percussionist/drummer Gabriel Ferrandini enlists bassist Hernani Faustino and tenor saxophonist Pedro Sousa (Sousa/Berthling/Ferrandini, PeterGabriel Duo) to perform 9 Ferrandini compositions named after streets in Lisbon leading from Ferrandini's house to his studio and then to ZDB.

Threnody (Berthling / Kuchen / Noble): A Paradigm Of Suspicion Threnody (Berthling / Kuchen / Noble):
A Paradigm Of Suspicion

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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Previously a trio under their own names releasing the album "Threnody", the grouping of saxophonist Martin Kuchen (Angles), Johan Berthling (Fire!, Angles) and Steve Noble (St. Francis Duo, SFQ) now take the name Threnody as they burn through four extended improvisations of quickly shifting rhythm and dynamic and intensity; a remarkably passionate album.

Leap of Faith Orchestra & Sub-Units: Virtual Particles [2 CDS] Leap of Faith Orchestra & Sub-Units:
Virtual Particles [2 CDS]

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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An octet version of the Boston improvising ensemble Leap of faith Orchestra, in a 3-part work using composer and multi-reedist, multi-instrumentalist David Pecks' timed segments, guiding the musicians through the piece while keeping the performance exuberantly controlled and intensely focused, finding unusual paths for creative statement.

Daniel, Ted with Henry Grimes / Michael Marcus: Duology [VINYL] Daniel, Ted with Henry Grimes / Michael Marcus:
Duology [VINYL]

(Ujamaa Records -- USA )

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Legendary New York trumpeter Ted Daniel, whose skills were honed in the 70s Loft Scene, in his 4th Duology album with the trio of Michael Marcus on clarinets and Henry Grimes on bass and violin, the leader also performing on French hunting horn, an album of varied mood and intensity that sits firmly in the free jazz legacy of daring harmonies and melodies.

Brotzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennink: Fifty Years After... Live at the Lila Eule 2018 Brotzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennink:
Fifty Years After... Live at the Lila Eule 2018

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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50 years after saxophonist Peter Brotzmann's Octet recorded the legendary "Machine Gun" album, the trio of Berlin pianist, composer Alexander von Schlippenbach and Dutch percussionist Han Bennink commemorated the album at Lila Eule in Bremen, the concert heard here so successful that the trio decided to release the album and continue on as a working trio.

Kodian Trio: III Kodian Trio:
III

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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Recorded during their 2018 European tour, the 3rd album from the Kodian Trio of Andrew Lisle on drums, Dirk Serries on guitar, and Colin Webster on alto saxophone, is influenced by their active traveling and performing, evoking those experiences in inventive free jazz with experimental intention, from the boisterously energetic to the introspectively reflective.

Konstrukt + Ken Vandermark: Kozmik Bazaar [VINYL] Konstrukt + Ken Vandermark:
Kozmik Bazaar [VINYL]

(KARLRECORDS -- Germany )

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In November 2018, the groove-oriented Turkish electric improvising quartet Konstrukt of saxophonist & electronic artist Korhan Futaci, guitarist Umut Caglar, double bassist Apostolos Sideris, and drummer Berkan Tilavel, met with Chicago multi-reedist Ken Vandermark in Instanbul, recording these improvisation, a mix of muscular playing and psychedelic interaction.

Eastley, Max / Fergus Kelly / Mark Wastell: The Map Is Not The Territory Eastley, Max / Fergus Kelly / Mark Wastell:
The Map Is Not The Territory

(Confront -- UK )

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The 8th release on Confront's Core series of factory-pressed CDs brings together improvisers Max Eastley, Fergus Kelly and Mark Wastell, employing electroacoustic devices, invented instruments, metal percussion, a piano frame and tam tam to create a rich and mysterious sound world, darkly hopeful emanations in a nighttime traversal across unknown lands.

Ratkje, Maja S.K.: Sult [VINYL _ CD] Ratkje, Maja S.K.:
Sult [VINYL _ CD]

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )

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Starting with a pipe organ, adding metal tubes, PVC tubes, a wind machine, guitar strings, a bass string, a resin thread, metal and glass percussion, and a bow, Maja SK Ratjke developed this unusual instrument for a live performance in Jo Stromgren's ballet "Sult" ("Hunger"), taking the instrument to the studio for this extraordinarily interesting album of keys and song.

Berman / Lytton / Roebke: Trio Discrepancies [VINYL] Berman / Lytton / Roebke:
Trio Discrepancies [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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The 2nd release from the trio of Chicago cornetist Josh Berman, UK drummer/percussionist Paul Lytton and Chicago bassist Jason Roebke, featuring material recorded during the trio's April 2018 European tour, in two extended side-long improvisations from Padova, Italy and Trondheim, Norway, in sets of profound technique and creative prowess; exceptional.

Pursglove, Percy / Paul Dunmall / Mark Sanders / John Etheridge: Deps Pursglove, Percy / Paul Dunmall / Mark Sanders / John Etheridge:
Deps

(FMR -- UK )

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A smoking session recorded at Bristol Fringe Club, UK in 2019 from the quartet of frequent collaborators Percy Pursglove on bass & trumpet, Mark Sanders on drums, and Paul Dunmall on soprano & tenor saxophones and alto flute, and on this concert John Etheridge (Soft Machine, Zappatistas) on electric guitar, adding great technical skill and intensity to this exceptional concert.

Dunmall / Swell / Owston / Sanders: So Perhaps Dunmall / Swell / Owston / Sanders:
So Perhaps

(FMR -- UK )

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British saxophonist Paul Dunmall and American trombonist Steve Swell in a quartet with master drummer Mark Sanders and emerging UK bassist James Owston took the stage at Jubilee Center Birmingham, UK in 2019 for this dynamic album of collective improvisation, in a staggering concert of powerful technique and upbeat, ultimately swinging free jazz.

Wachsmann, Philipp / Trevor Taylor / Paul Medley / Matthew Hutchinson : Old Dreams New Horizons Wachsmann, Philipp / Trevor Taylor / Paul Medley / Matthew Hutchinson :
Old Dreams New Horizons

(FMR -- UK )

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Quartet, trio and duo sessions between Paul Medley on alto saxophone & bass clarinet, Trevor Taylor on percussion & electronics, Matthew Hutchinson on piano, and Philipp Wachsmann on violin & electronics; improv and ea-improv that uses space and patient pacing, merging approaches from Circuit Electro-Acoustic Ensemble with an overall acoustic chamber feel--beautiful.

Denzler / Grip / Johansson: Zyklus 1 [2 CDs] Denzler / Grip / Johansson:
Zyklus 1 [2 CDs]

(Umlaut Records / SAJ -- Germany )

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Exploring new ways of interplay within a classic jazz trio setting, "Zyklus 1" or "Cycle 1" is the 3rd album from the trio of Bertrand Denzler on tenor saxophone, Joel Grip on double bass, and Sven on Ake Johansson on drums, a double CD + poster of four improvisations that reference "Time" through masterful technique and superb collective free jazz.

Daniel, Ted Trio: "The Loft Years", Volume One Daniel, Ted Trio:
"The Loft Years", Volume One

(Ujamaa Records -- USA )

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Free Jazz in the mid-70s in New York City was guided by The Loft movement of artist-run venues throughout the city, the perfect environment for trumpeter Ted Daniel to develop his approach to the extended improvisations heard here, recorded in the studio with his trio of Tatsuya Nakamura on drums & percussion and Richard Pierce on bass, Daniel playing flugelhorn & French horn.

Daniel, Ted: Solo At Abbrazia San Zeno, Pisa, Italy Daniel, Ted:
Solo At Abbrazia San Zeno, Pisa, Italy

(Ujamaa Records -- USA )

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Recorded during the Jazz Festival in Pisa, Italy while trumpeter Ted Daniel was touring through Europe, good fortune making an opportunity for Daniel to present his first fully spontaneous solo performance, captured at Abbrazia San Zeno and dedicated to his father, where Daniel plays with authenticity, relaxed warmth, impressive technique and spiritual creativity.

Daniel, Ted: Ted Daniel Sextet Daniel, Ted:
Ted Daniel Sextet

(Ujamaa Records -- USA )

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Released on trumpeter Ted Daniel's own Ujamaa record label, this impressive free jazz album, in a sextet with two bassists (Richard Pierce and Hakim Jami), two percussionists (Kenneth Hughes and Warren Benbow), Otis Harris on alto sax, and Daniel himse on trumpet, flugelhorn, french horn & bugle, performing two pieces from Harris, and three pieces by Daniel.

Leap of Faith Orchestra: performs The Photon Epoch by PEK Leap of Faith Orchestra:
performs The Photon Epoch by PEK

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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The full Boston-area Leap of Faith Orchestra in its largest configuration performing a Frame Notation Score composed by PEK to guide the improvisation, this work based on the The Photon Epoch, a period in the evolution of the early universe, using a vast assemblage of instruments and devices to create a unique narrative in an energetic and wonderfully unpredictable journey.

Kaucic, Zlatko Quintet: Morning Patches Kaucic, Zlatko Quintet:
Morning Patches

(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!) -- Poland )

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Using the natural resonance of the St. Martin's Church, in Smartno, Slovenia, percussionist Zlatko Kaucic leads the quintet of Michael Moore on alto sax & clarinet, Marco Colonna on clarinet & bass clarinet, Albert Cirera on tenor sax, and Silvia Bolognesi on Double Bass, in ten conversations from cinematic conversation to commandingly interactive.

Sonifications (Banks / Canha / Taylor): The Anthropocene Epoch [CD + DVD] Sonifications (Banks / Canha / Taylor):
The Anthropocene Epoch [CD + DVD]

(FMR -- UK )

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The UK trio of Dan Banks on piano, Jose Canha on double bass, and Trevor Taylor on drums & percussion, reflect on man's influence on climate and the environment in a 2 disc DVD/CD set, transforming data from NASA and Our World in Data into sonic platforms over which they adeptly improvise with lyrical intent; includes a 38 page booklet of photos & text detailing their process.

Copland, Marc / Drew Gress / Joey Baron: And I Love Her Copland, Marc / Drew Gress / Joey Baron:
And I Love Her

(Illusions/Mirage -- USA )

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Brought together originally as the rhythm section for John Abercrombie, the trio of pianist Marc Copland, bassist Drew Gress and drummer Joey Baron have continued on as a performing trio, heard here in NYC for a lyrical set of standards, popular tunes, and originals including pieces by Coltrane, Hancock, Lennon-McCartney, Cole Porter, and John Abercrombie.

Tapscott, Horace w/ the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and the Great Voice Of Ugmaa: Why Don't You Lis Tapscott, Horace w/ the Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra and the Great Voice Of Ugmaa:
Why Don't You Listen? - Live at LACMA, 1998

(Dark Tree Records -- France )

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Formed in 1961 with the goal of preserving, developing and performing African-American music, pianist Horace Tapscott is heard in this well-recorded concert from 1998, his last public performance, at LACMA in Los Angeles with a 20 piece orchestra including sax, trombone, a 12 member chorus, three bassists, and 3 percussionists; a significant addition to Tapscott's catalog.

Rasmussen, Mette / Julien Desprez: The Hatch Rasmussen, Mette / Julien Desprez:
The Hatch

(Dark Tree Records -- France )

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An exhilarating duo between Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen on alto sax and French electric guitarist Julien Desprez using a variety of effects, recording in France for seven approach-ably twisted dialogs using spectacular technique and a diversity of approaches, from full force playing to introspective textural work, a marvel of spontaneity.

Kassap, Sylvain / Benjamin Duboc: Le Funambule Kassap, Sylvain / Benjamin Duboc:
Le Funambule

(Dark Tree Records -- France )

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With mystery and drama the duo of clarinetist Sylvain Kassap and double bassist Benjamin Duboc start their performance with whisperings, Kassap's expanded range and vocabulary on the clarinet evocative against Duboc's strong bowing and plucking, as they both take their listeners across a tightrope of carefully balanced, masterfully evolving free conversation.

Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein: Broken Fall (VINYL) Kid Millions & Sarah Bernstein:
Broken Fall (VINYL)

(577 -- USA )

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Pulling inspiration from disparate influences such as early liturgical music, Ornette Coleman, Laurie Anderson, Yoko Ono, Milford Graves, and composers Morton Feldman and Lou Harrison, Kid Millions and Sarah Bernstein create a cyclical form of spontaneous thematic music through powerful electronics, wild vocalizations, and unrelenting drum textures.

Leap of Faith: Potential and Actual Infinities Leap of Faith:
Potential and Actual Infinities

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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For this performance the Leap of Faith trio of PEK on clarinets, saxophones, double reeds & flutes, Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice, and Yuri Zbitnov on drums & percussion was joined by Jim Warshauer (reeds) and Eric Dahlman (trumpet, overtone voice) to perform two improvisations, including a long work featuring transformations across highly varied sonorities.

Large Unit: Rio Fun [VINYL] Large Unit:
Rio Fun [VINYL]

(PNL -- Norway )

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Recorded live at the end of the first European tour of 2015 at the Bimhuis club in Amsterdam, this limited EP shows Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit in an extended and multi-sectioned piece that evolves in stages, ultimately demonstrating the tight and dynamic interplay of the band and its varied approaches to sound and intense modern jazz.

Parker, Evan / Lotte Anker / Torben Snekkestad: Inference Parker, Evan / Lotte Anker / Torben Snekkestad:
Inference

(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!) -- Poland )

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Three saxophonists -- Evan Parker, Lotte Anker, and Torben Snekkestad -- all on soprano sax plus Anker on tenor and Snekkestad on trumpet, in a primarily reed trio performing live in in Copenhagen, Denmark at KoncertKirken Blagards Plads, in two highly interactive improvisations that explore harmonic interaction, interference, and tonal intersections; fascinating!

Parker / Trzaska / Edwards / Sanders: City Fall [2 CDs] Parker / Trzaska / Edwards / Sanders:
City Fall [2 CDs]

(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!) -- Poland )

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Part of Evan Parker's 70th birthday in 2014, this album captures the super-charged quartet of Evan Parker on tenor saxophone, Mikolaj Trzaska on alto sax, bass clarinet, John Edwards on double bass, and Mark Sanders on drums, in two sets for two extended improvisations of both power playing and powerful communication, along with one shorter final statement.

Morris, Joe / Evan Parker: The Village Morris, Joe / Evan Parker:
The Village

(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!) -- Poland )

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Two innovators and masters of free improvisation meet in New York City's Greenwich House--NY guitarist Joe Morris and London saxophonist Evan Parker on soprano and tenor--to record these two extended improvisations of rapid parallel and intertwining dialog, both taking a non-frenetic approach to intensely virtuosic skill on their instrument; fascinating.

SLD Trio (Shocron / Lamonega / Diaz): El Contorno del Espacio SLD Trio (Shocron / Lamonega / Diaz):
El Contorno del Espacio

(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!) -- Poland )

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The third SLD Trio album from the Argentinian free improvising band with a strong NY presence of pianist Paula Shoctron (also narrating on "Transformacion"), bassist German Lamonega, and Pablo Diaz, in ten diverse and confident recordings, performing compositions from each musicians one collective improvisation, and Duke Ellington's "Melancholia".

Vandermark, Ken (w/ Lytton / Mori / Davis / Parker / Drake): Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019 [ Vandermark, Ken (w/ Lytton / Mori / Davis / Parker / Drake):
Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019 [5-CD BOX]

(Audiographic Records -- USA )

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A limited box set collecting duo recordings featuring Ken Vandermark in collaboration with internationally and acclaimed musicians -- Kris Davis, Hamid Drake, Paul Lytton, Ikue Mori, and William Parker -- documented on 5 CDs that were recorded during performances at Vandermark's 2nd Stone residency in NYC, January 2018, and at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.

Quintet, The (Neumann / Andresen / Opsvik / Gutvik / Nilssen-Love): Events 1998-1999 [5 CDs] Quintet, The (Neumann / Andresen / Opsvik / Gutvik / Nilssen-Love):
Events 1998-1999 [5 CDs]

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A 5 CD box set that tells the story of The Quintet, which brought two of the most important proponents of Norwegian free jazz in the 60s and 70s--saxophonist Carl Magnus Neumann and bassist Bjornar Andresen--together with younger generation drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, bassist Eivind Opsvik, and guitarist Ketil Gutvik, reissuing their 1999 album and adding 4 studio and live sessions.

Carter, Daniel / Stelios Mihas / Irma Nejando / Federico Ughi: Radical Invisibility [VINYL] Carter, Daniel / Stelios Mihas / Irma Nejando / Federico Ughi:
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Debut of this group named by NY multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, with Stelios Mihas on guitar, Federico Ughi on drums, and (mysterious) Irma Nejando on bass, presenting this studio album of free, well-matched and interactive collective improvisations of acoustic and electric instrumentation, each track dedicated to artists who inspired the members of the quartet.

Carter, Daniel / Patrick Holmes / Matthew Putman / Hilliard Greene / Federico Ughi: Electric Telepat Carter, Daniel / Patrick Holmes / Matthew Putman / Hilliard Greene / Federico Ughi:
Electric Telepathy, Vol. 1

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Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter's Telepathic Band with Patrick Holmes (clarinet), Matthew Putman (keyboards), Hilliard Greene (bass) and Federico Ughi (drums) present their first volume of "psych-jazz", in actively mesmerizing music that explores the border between the "default world" and the "dream world", a meditation on electricity through profound playing.

Carter, Daniel / Patrick Holmes / Matthew Putman / Hilliard Greene / Federico Ughi: Electric Telepat Carter, Daniel / Patrick Holmes / Matthew Putman / Hilliard Greene / Federico Ughi:
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(577 -- USA )

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Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter's Telepathic Band with Patrick Holmes (clarinet), Matthew Putman (keyboards), Hilliard Greene (bass) and Federico Ughi (drums) present their first volume of "psych-jazz", in actively mesmerizing music that explores the border between the "default world" and the "dream world", a meditation on electricity through profound playing.

McPhee, Joe / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel: A Night In Alchemia McPhee, Joe / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel:
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(Not Two -- Poland )

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The working trio of New York trumpeter & saxophonist Joe McPhee, London double bassist John Edwards, and German drummer Klaus Kugel, actively touring through Europe since 2017, are heard live at Alchemia in Krakow, Poland in 2018, for four monumental examples of free improvisation in superlative playing with intense rhythmic interaction and deeply expressive soloing.

Shipp, Matthew / Mark Helias / Gordon Grdina: Skin and Bones Shipp, Matthew / Mark Helias / Gordon Grdina:
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(Not Two -- Poland )

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Recording two days after their concert in British Columbia, BC at Alternator Centre for Contemporary Art's Skin And Bones Music Series, the trio of pianist Matthew Shipp, guitarist Gordon Grdina and bassist Mark Helias captured these collective improvisations at Afterlife Studios in Vancouver BC, titling their album after their well-received concert.

Alcorn, Susan / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark: Invitation To A Dream Alcorn, Susan / Joe McPhee / Ken Vandermark:
Invitation To A Dream

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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An excellent album of informed free improvisation in the debut of this masterful trio of legendary musicians spread across the US--Joe McPhee on soprano sax & pocket trumpet [NY], Ken Vandermark on tenor sax & clarinet [Chicago], and Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar [Texas], a profound album from assertive to introspective playing in seven captivating collective improvisations.

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

(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.

R.A.N. (Albert Cirera / Rafal Mazur / Nicolas Field): Five Spontaneous Ones R.A.N. (Albert Cirera / Rafal Mazur / Nicolas Field):
Five Spontaneous Ones

(Not Two -- Poland )

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The UK/Europe trio of Albert Cirera on saxophones, Rafal Mazur on bass guitar, and Nicolas Field on drums, in five ordinal improvisations recorded at Alchemia Club in 2018, for a concert of vigorously assertive playing and seething interactive layers, laying back at times to build their progressions, ending the concert with an explorative "Fifth" improvisation.

Schwarm 13: At Studioboerne45 Schwarm 13:
At Studioboerne45

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Schwarm, or "Swarm", 13 is a German ensemble performing instant compositions, directed by clarinetist Rudi Debrunner and saxophonist Max Stehle, who also provides conceptions for the band, which is comprised of reeds, guitar, violin, viola, cello, piano, percussion, double bass, and voice, presenting (appropriately) 13 improvisations captured live at Studioboerne45.

Metal Chaos Ensemble: Beyond the Holy Mountain Metal Chaos Ensemble:
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(Evil Clown -- USA )

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With a core of Leap of Faith members (David Peck, Glynis Lomon & Yuri Zbitnov) along with trumpet, bass, computer & electronics, Moog, and analog synth, this rendering of Boston's far-ranging collective, using David Peck's framework compositions and arsenal of instruments, takes their listeners through controlled cosmic chaos with recitation and electronic companionship; wild!

Bishop, Jeb Flex Quartet: Re-Collect Bishop, Jeb Flex Quartet:
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(Not Two -- Poland )

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A set of Jeb Bishop compositions performed at The Hungry Brain in Chicago, from the inventively lyrical quartet of Jeb Bishop (trombone), Russ Johnson (trumpet), Frank Rosaly (drums), and Jason Roebke (bass), performing music written for this same quartet at the invitation of Ken Vandermark for the Okka Festival 7 in Milwaukee; optimistic and joyful modern jazz!

Courvoisier, Sylvie / Mark Feldman: Time Gone Out Courvoisier, Sylvie / Mark Feldman:
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(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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At around 20 years of collaboration, the duo of pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and violinist Mark Feldman has redefined the dialog between European and American approaches to improvisation and composition, bridging traditional and modern approaches, here in a studio album of power and restraint, energy and fragility, discipline and freedom.

Rocher, Christophe / Joe Fonda / Harvey Sorgen: New Origin Rocher, Christophe / Joe Fonda / Harvey Sorgen:
New Origin

(Not Two -- Poland )

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The trio of bassist Joe Fonda, drummer Harvey Sorgen and clarinetist Christopher Rocher in an album dedicated to reedist Perry Robinson, a heartfelt album balancing structured composition and collective work, with authoritative free playing from all three as Rocher switches between bass clarinet and b-flat, Fonda plucks and bows, and Sorgen skilfully mixes it up.

Dick, Robert / Joelle Leandre / Miya Masaoka: Solar Wind Dick, Robert / Joelle Leandre / Miya Masaoka:
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(Not Two -- Poland )

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Virtuosic collective improvisations with Robert Dick on flute, bass flute, contrabass flute, & piccolo flute, Joelle Leandre on contrabass and Miya Masaoka on koto & percussion, Dick and Leandre punctuating the conversation with their voice on 4 pieces, as the three record in the studio in NYC in 2018 for 12 succinct dialogs that balance abstraction and passionate intention.

Musson, Rachel / Pat Thomas / Mark Sanders: Shifa:  Live at Cafe Oto [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] Musson, Rachel / Pat Thomas / Mark Sanders:
Shifa: Live at Cafe Oto [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

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"Shifa", or "Healing", is the London-based trio of saxophonist Rachel Musson, pianist Pat Thomas, and drummer Mark Sanders, here in a live concert at Cafe Oto in 2018 of two collective improvisations of arching sax lines, rolling and potent drumming, powerful block chords and intricate lines, from dark to joyful moments, an intoxicating tonic for the ears.

Braxton, Anthony: Dortmund (Quartet) 1976 Braxton, Anthony:
Dortmund (Quartet) 1976

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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An essential album in Braxton's catalog, this 1976 recording at the Jazzfestival "Jazz Life" in Dortmund, German with the superb quartet of Dave Holland on bass, Barry Altschul on drums & percussion, and George Lewis on trombone, in an album of post-bop avant modern jazz performing five Braxton numbered compositions; challengingly brilliant and exhilarating!

Mengelberg, Misha: Two Days In Chicago [2 CDs] Mengelberg, Misha:
Two Days In Chicago [2 CDs]

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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In 1998 European legendary free improvising pianist Misha Mengelberg spent two days in Chicago, recording in the studio and then live at The Velvet Lounge in a variety of settings of collective free playing and covering Monk tunes, with the support of Ken Vandermark, Fred Anderson, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Kent Kessler, Hamid Drake, Ab BAars, Wilbert de Joode, &c.

Big Tent (Jerome Kitzke / Steve Rust / Harvey Sorgen): I Am Waiting Big Tent (Jerome Kitzke / Steve Rust / Harvey Sorgen):
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(Not Two -- Poland )

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The New York trio of pianist Jerome Kitzke, bassist Steve Rust on electric and acoustic, and drummer/percussionist Harvey Sorgen, alternate consummately clever approaches to collective playing with Kitzke's humorously ironic and insightful reading of four poems by Lawrence Ferlinghetti from his book "A Coney Island of the Mind", in honor of his 100th birthday.

Alder, Jason / Piotr Michalowski: Contradictions Alder, Jason / Piotr Michalowski:
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(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Dialogs on the lowest of reed instruments from the Ann Arbor, Michigan duo of Jason Alder and Piotr Michalowski, using Leblanc paperclip contrabass clarinets and Selmer rosewood contrabass and contra-alto clarinets, as they apply diverse approaches to avant improvisation of deep interaction, from active grumblings to beautiful tonal stretches.

Shipp, Matthew : Invisible Light, Live Sao Paulo Shipp, Matthew :
Invisible Light, Live Sao Paulo

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )

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Captured live at the 2016 Jazz at the Factory Festival in Sao Paulo, this addition to New York pianist Matthew Shipp's catalog finds the masterful player presenting his own compositions like "Symbol Systems", "Gamma Ray" or "Invisible" light alongside unique takes on "Angel Eyes", "On Green Dolphin Street", "Yesterdays" and "Summertime".

von Orelli, Marco / Tommy Meier / Luca Sisera / Sheldon Suter: Lotus Crash von Orelli, Marco / Tommy Meier / Luca Sisera / Sheldon Suter:
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(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )

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Trumpeter Marco von Orelli's piano-less quartet with Tommy Meier on tenor saxophone, bass clarinet, Luca Sisera on double bass, and Sheldon Suter on drums is caught live at Theater am Gleis, in Winterthur, Switzerland in 2018, and at Boudoir au Revoir, the same year, performing von Orelli's compellingly clever compositions, plus one each from Adam lane and Tommy Meier.

Lossing, Russ Trio: Ways Lossing, Russ Trio:
Ways

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )

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An essential part of the New York jazz scene since the mid-80s, pianist Russ Lossing's compositions employ concept and space in unique and personal ways, as heard in these 8 original works performed with his trio of long-time collaborators, double bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Billy Mintz, for an album of highly evolved and lyrically sophisticated music.

Brown, Marion: Capricorn Moon To Juba Lee (remastered) Brown, Marion:
Capricorn Moon To Juba Lee (remastered)

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )

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Merging and remastering two essential albums from free jazz saxophonist Marion Brown: his 1966 ESP album "Marion Brown Quartet" with trumpeter Alan Shorter, bassist Reggie Johnson and percussionist Rahied Ali; and his 1967 Fontana album "Juba-Lee" in a septet with Reggie Johnson, drummer Beaver Harris, pianist Dave Burrell, trombonist Grachan Moncur III & saxophonist Bennie Maupin.

Ayler, Albert Quartets: Spirits To Ghosts (remastered) Ayler, Albert Quartets:
Spirits To Ghosts (remastered)

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )

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Three variations of quartet settings from iconoclastic free jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler, remastering and combining two Debut Records albums, "Spirits" from 1964 with Norman Howard (trumpet), Sunny Murray (drums), and alternating bass between Henry Grimes & Earle Henderson; and 1965's "Ghosts" on Debut Records with Don Cherry (trumpet), Gary Peacock (bass), and Sunny Murray.

Parker, Evan / Matthew Wright / Trance Map+: Crepuscule in Nickelsdorf Parker, Evan / Matthew Wright / Trance Map+:
Crepuscule in Nickelsdorf

(Intakt -- USA )

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Composed by saxophonist Evan Parker and electronic artist Matthew Right, "Trance Map" has Parker triggering interactions with samples from Wright's record collection, reshaped by live processing, here in an incredible expanded performance at Konfrontationen 2017 with Adam Linson on bass & electronics, John Coxon on turntable & electronics, and Ashley Wales on electronics.

Takase, Aki: Hokusai Piano Solo Takase, Aki:
Hokusai Piano Solo

(Intakt -- Austria )

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Under the inspiration of Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai, Berlin-based improvising pianist Aki Takase recorded these impressive works over two days at the Sendesaal Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg, some live during an award ceremony where she was awarded The Berlin Jazz Prize, some in the studio, including a duo with pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach.

 

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