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Dunmall, Paul Sun Ship Quartet (Skidmore / Kjaer / Solberg / Wastell): John Coltrane 50Th Memorial C Dunmall, Paul Sun Ship Quartet (Skidmore / Kjaer / Solberg / Wastell):
John Coltrane 50Th Memorial Concert At Cafe Oto [2 CDs]

(Confront -- UK )

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A stellar line-up commemorateing the 50th anniversary of John Coltrane's passing, showcasing Paul Dunmall's blistering Coltrane influenced quartet together with special guest, lifelong Coltrane devotee saxophonist Alan Skidmore, and also marking the premiere performance of the newly formed international trio of Julie Kjaer (DK), Mark Wastell (GB) and Stale Liavik Solberg (NOR).

Biota: Fragment For Balance Biota:
Fragment For Balance

(Recommended Records -- USA )

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From Mnemonist Orchestra to Biota, with 18 albums in total, the Colorado collective Biota presents its 11th album on ReR, taking 4 years to complete this genre-defying album of gorgeous abstraction through free improvisation and composition, absorbing styles and reflecting them in a filtered ray of melody & song through unusual instrumentation and arrangment; absolutely recommended.

Wick, Jacob: Feel [VINYL] Wick, Jacob:
Feel [VINYL]

(Thin Wrist -- USA )

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The first vinyl solo release from Chicago/NY/Mexico City avant trumpeter Jacob Wick, whose work includes exploring the physical form of the trumpet itself as he uses extended techniques and circular breathing as he deconstructs the instrument while performing, creating unusual textures and timbres, here in two side-long profoudnly contemplative improvisations.

Steyer, Edith: Hoox And Add-ons Steyer, Edith:
Hoox And Add-ons

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A reflection of the previous year's solo work from Berlin-based saxophonist and clarinetist Edith Steyer, a member of GEDOK, the Berliner Senat and Composers Orchestra Berlin, here using preparations and extended techniques to open new possibilities in improvisations, as she explored ethnomusicology, using repetitive figures influenced by tribal music.

Dunmall, Paul / Mike Fletcher / Percy Pursglove / Richard Foote / Chris Mapp / Tymek Jozwiak: One Be Dunmall, Paul / Mike Fletcher / Percy Pursglove / Richard Foote / Chris Mapp / Tymek Jozwiak:
One Became Many

(FMR -- UK )

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A live album from Birmingham of informed free improvisation, recorded at the Lamp Tavern in 2018 by the quintet of Mike Fletcher on alto saxophone, Tymek Jozwiak on drums, Paul Dunmall on tenor saxophone, Richard Foote on trombone, and Percy Pursglove on trumpet, slowly evolving each of two extended improvisations while allowing focused interplay between group members.

Tomlinson, Alan Trio: Inside Out Tomlinson, Alan Trio:
Inside Out

(FMR -- UK )

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A live performance at IKLECTIK in London in 2018 from trombonist Alan Tomlinson's inventive trio with Phillip Marks on drums & percussion, Dave Tucker on electric guitar, with special guest John Edwards joining on bass violin on the title track, in a superb display of free jazz from an essential member of the London free jazz scene since the 70s.

Mezei, Szilard Trio & Gergely Ittzes: Stormy Silence / Viharos Csend Mezei, Szilard Trio & Gergely Ittzes:
Stormy Silence / Viharos Csend

(FMR -- UK )

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The Serbian trio led by violist Szilard Mezei with Istvan Csik on drums and Ervin Malina on double bass are joined by Hungarian flutist Gergely Ittzes performong on piccolo, alto and bass flutes, as Mezei's chamber-oriented free jazz trio reflect on the words of poet Szegedi-Szabo Bela.

I Nm I Nente (Yoshihide / Molina / Irarrazabal / Roman / Rios): I Nm I Nente I Nm I Nente (Yoshihide / Molina / Irarrazabal / Roman / Rios):
I Nm I Nente

(FMR -- UK )

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A quintet of audio explorers that includes Otomo Ysohihide, recording in NY for 11 abstract non-idiomatic improvisations using electronics, drums, turntables, 4 electric guitars, double bass, analog synth, and effects to create identifiable and aberrant sound sources, elements used for reverie or building into unlikely yet cogent grooves; fascinating.

Bec, Mathieu / Michel Doneda: A Peripheral Time Bec, Mathieu / Michel Doneda:
A Peripheral Time

(FMR -- UK )

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Using the natural resonance of the chapelle St Sylvestre des Brousses, French improvisers Michel Doneda on saxophone & radio and Mathieu Bec on snare drum and objects explore the space in four mostly acoustic improvisations, using masterful technique as their interactions intensify and recede, allowing space for each other and the unspoken third voice of the chapel itself.

Triyeoh (Bashford / Trigg / Yeoh): Futile Triyeoh (Bashford / Trigg / Yeoh):
Futile

(FMR -- UK )

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London violinist Pei Ann Yeoh started TriYeoh while doing her postgraduate work at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, bringing together UK drummer Jim Bashford and bassist Ash Trigg as they perform her lyrical and exciting compositions, as she seeks to elevate what the violin can do in an avant-garde jazz setting; compelling, upbeat, energetic and enthusiastic improvisation!

Duerinckx, Jean-Jacques / Anatole Damien : Dry / Wet Duerinckx, Jean-Jacques / Anatole Damien :
Dry / Wet

(FMR -- UK )

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A duo of Brussels audio explorers, Jean-Jacques Duerinckx on sopranino saxophone and Anatole Damien on tabletop guitar and electronics, contrasting acoustic "dry" and highly effected "wet" sounds, the two develop sonic environments that build and release using unusual reed techniques and mutated string scrabbling in a strangely compelling set of dialogs.

Gauden's, Ed Crux+1: Control Gauden's, Ed Crux+1:
Control

(FMR -- UK )

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BirminghamDrummer Ed Gauden's Crux trio with bassist Colin Somervell and saxophonist Mark Hanslip adds keyboardist Steve Tromans, their 3rd album for FMR after their self-titled and "Believe" release, developed from the sax and drum duo of Gauden & Hanslip; here in n extended studio improvisation of considerate exploration and lyrical intention.

Kaikou (Yoshino / Natsuki Tamura): Kaikou Kaikou (Yoshino / Natsuki Tamura):
Kaikou

(Oniva -- Japan )

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An intimate and unique collaboration between two far-ranging Japanese performers--Yoshino, also known for her work in Japanese underground rock, here on biwa (a short-necked fretted lute) and voice; and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, Satoko Fujii collaborator and Gato Libre leader--presenting exotic narratives in song using instrumental intervention of ardent improvisation.

Fictive Five, The (Ochs / Wooley / Filiano / Niggenkemper / Eisenstadt): Anything Is Possible Fictive Five, The (Ochs / Wooley / Filiano / Niggenkemper / Eisenstadt):
Anything Is Possible

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A tour-de-force of modern creative jazz from the quintet of Larry Ochs on tenor & sopranino saxophones, Nate Wooley on trumpet, Ken Filiano on bass & effects, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass & effects, and Harris Eisenstadt on drums, the familiar history of the musicians and the staggering skill of each bearing out the album's title, in 2 collective and 3 Ochs compositions.

Selva, The (Jacinto / Almeida / Morao): Canicula Rosa Selva, The (Jacinto / Almeida / Morao):
Canicula Rosa

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The 2nd album from the Portuguese trio of cellist Ricardo Jacinto, double bassist Goncalo Almeida, and drummer Nuno Morao, blending free jazz and freely improvised music using effect pedals and electronic devices to expand their collective improvisations, textured playing influenced by folk melodies and an experimental post-rock bent; mesmerizing and passionate.

O'Gallagher, John / Liam Noble / Drew Gress / Jim Bashford: Meridians O'Gallagher, John / Liam Noble / Drew Gress / Jim Bashford:
Meridians

(FMR -- UK )

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NY Drummer Jim Bashford brought together the quartet of John O'Gallagher on alto saxophone, Drew Gress on bass, and Liam Noble on piano, writing these lyrical free jazz compositions that they brought on a tour of the UK, recording this album in the studio in Birmingham while touring, the band on fire as they work through Bashford's martial art's-influenced pieces.

Gjerstad, Frode / Dag Magnus Narvesen : Live At Tou Gjerstad, Frode / Dag Magnus Narvesen :
Live At Tou

(FMR -- UK )

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The first proper tour for these two Norwegian musicians performing live at Stavenger's cultural center Tou Scene, Frode Gjerstad performing on alto & tenor sax, alto flute and clarinet, Dag Magnus Navesen (DAMANA octet, Von Schlippenbach) on drum set and percussion, as they approach free jazz with subtle but spirited control in an impressive set of five improvisations.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Lauri Hyvarinen / Abdul Moimeme / Carlos Santos: Kuori Rodrigues, Ernesto / Lauri Hyvarinen / Abdul Moimeme / Carlos Santos:
Kuori

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Finnish guitarist Lauri Hyvarinen joins Portugues Creative Sources collective members Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Abdul Moimeme on electric guitar, and Carlos Santos on synthesizer, for a studio album whose title refers to the shell of an object, a mysterious reference peeled away by this quartet through subliminal playing of intense technique and concentration.

Galao, Paulo / Guilherme Rodrigues / Nuno Morao: Hymn Galao, Paulo / Guilherme Rodrigues / Nuno Morao:
Hymn

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A suite in seven parts named in Latin with abstract spiritual connotations from the Portuguese free improvising trio of Paulo Galao on clarinet & bass clarinet, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, and Nuno Morao on percussion, each movement using subdued yet detailed and active motion, a confident and adept meditation of powerfully controlled communion.

Spring Roll (Helary / Mayot / Rayon / Lemetre / Davis): Episodes Spring Roll (Helary / Mayot / Rayon / Lemetre / Davis):
Episodes

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Picking up from flutist Sylvaine Helary's 2015 Ayler release "Spring Roll/Printemps", this evolved album of chamber jazz performed with Hugues Mayot on saxophone & clarinet, Antonin Rayon on piano & Moog, Sylvain Lemetre on vibes & percussions, and Kris Davis on piano, presents sophisticated compositions from Helary, Davis, Rayon Dan Blake, and Matt Mitchell.

Vicente, Luis / Vasco Trilla: A Brighter Side Of Darkness Vicente, Luis / Vasco Trilla:
A Brighter Side Of Darkness

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Starting from silence, the improvisations on this collective and fully spontaneous album from trumpeter Luis Vicente and percussionist Vasco Trilla never reaches cathartic crescendo, but as only skilled innovators such as they can do, they captivate the listener in other-worldly environments of advanced technique and profound intention; engrossing and ineffable.

Bica, Carlos / Daniel Erdmann / Dj Illvibe: I Am The Escaped One Bica, Carlos / Daniel Erdmann / Dj Illvibe:
I Am The Escaped One

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Portugese double bassist Carlos Bica joins forces with German saxophonist Daniel Erdmann and turntablist DJ Illvibe, the son of pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, for a unique album of improvisation blending experimental and jazz approaches with substantive layers of genre-blending from Illvibe's record arsenal, all handled with accessible control and lyrical sophistication.

Steidle, Oli & The Killing Popes (Steidle / Mobus / Nicholls / Downes / Donkin): Ego Pills Steidle, Oli & The Killing Popes (Steidle / Mobus / Nicholls / Downes / Donkin):
Ego Pills

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Rapid fire playing and a wicked humor fuels drummer Olie Steidle's album with guitarist Frank Mobus, keyboardists Kit Downes and Dan Nicholls, and bassist Phil Donkin, mashing together electro-jazz, art rock, hardcore and club music into upbeat and twisted music, building up to a narrative "Speed Junky on Funny Human Darts"; insanely embraceable and stunning.

Steidle, Oli & The Killing Popes (Steidle / Mobus / Nicholls / Downes / Donkin): Ego Pills [VINYL] Steidle, Oli & The Killing Popes (Steidle / Mobus / Nicholls / Downes / Donkin):
Ego Pills [VINYL]

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Rapid fire playing and a wicked humor fuels drummer Olie Steidle's album with guitarist Frank Mobus, keyboardists Kit Downes and Dan Nicholls, and bassist Phil Donkin, mashing together electro-jazz, art rock, hardcore and club music into upbeat and twisted music, building up to a narrative "Speed Junky on Funny Human Darts"; insanely embraceable and stunning.

Guillotine (Lopes / Ceccaldi / Wildhagen): Guillotine Guillotine (Lopes / Ceccaldi / Wildhagen):
Guillotine

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Recalling the French Revolution, Portuguese guitarist Luis Lopes joins forces with French cellist Valentin Ceccaldi and Norwegian drummer Andreas Wildhagen as they slice through complex electric improvisation in a triptych for Marie Antoinette, ending in a Robespierre-like reign of terror "Orgasmic Dance"; muscular, convoluted, unsettling and exultant.

Spillmann, Matthias Trio (Spillmann / Lang / Baumgartner): Live At The Bird's Eye Jazz Club Spillmann, Matthias Trio (Spillmann / Lang / Baumgartner):
Live At The Bird's Eye Jazz Club

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Matthias' Spillmann's Trio with the leader on trumpet and flugelhorn, Swiss drummer Mortiz Baumgartner and Danish Bassist Andreas Lang are caught live at Bird's Eye Jazz Club, in Basel Switzerland in 2017 for a lyrical and informed album of hard bop, seminal free jazz and jazz standards, including pieces by Ornette Coleman, Billy Strayhorn, Joe Lavano, and William C. Handy.

TGB: Tuba, Guitarra & Bateria TGB:
Tuba, Guitarra & Bateria

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The first album from the trio of Portuguese musicians Sergio Carolino on tuba, Mario Delgado on guitar, and Alexandre Frazao on drums, turns jazz on its ear in an unusual format where the tuba functions less as a bass but instead like a lead instrument, on par with the guitar and drums, as the perform works by the likes of Monk, Carlos Barretto, Led Zeppelin, Bud Powell, &c.

Spike Orchestra: The Book Beri'ah Vol 3 - Binah Spike Orchestra:
The Book Beri'ah Vol 3 - Binah

(Tzadik -- USA )

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The second Masada book project from the adventurous London big band Spike Orchestra, whose interpretations of Zorn's Book of Angels compositions in their Cerberus album was a high point in that series by presenting lyrical strength, skill and power, heard again merging jazz, rock, & klezmer & more as they take on 9 compositions in Zorn's Book Beriah series.

In the Sea (Tristan Honsinger / Nicolas Caloia / Joshua Zubot): Forks and Spoons In the Sea (Tristan Honsinger / Nicolas Caloia / Joshua Zubot):
Forks and Spoons

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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With two magnificent albums and more than 100 concert performances, the masterful dialog from this working string trio of Canadian, European and American players--Tristan Honsinger on cello and voice; Joshua Zubot, on violin; Nicolas Caloia on double bass--is evident in their thrilling exchanges and dynamic approaches to both rapid and reflective improvisation.

Petzold, Dietrich / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues / Matthias Bauer: dis/con/sent Petzold, Dietrich / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues / Matthias Bauer:
dis/con/sent

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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An album for bowed strings, bowed metal, and double bass, from the quartet of Dietrich Petzold on violin, viola, bowed metal, Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, and Matthias Bauer on double bass, presenting a seven part suite recorded in the studio in Berlin, active and exciting music that bridges classical technique with free improvisation.

Gestalder / Marion / Becheanu: 3 vues d'un paysage / 3 views of a landscape Gestalder / Marion / Becheanu:
3 vues d'un paysage / 3 views of a landscape

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A subtle album of soundscape from the French trio of Violaine Gestalder on saxophones, Louis Michel Marion on double bass, and Stefania Becheanu on field recordings, depicting 3 virtual aural views of a single landscape, the field recordings conveying a sense of location as the bass and sax use extended techniques and subliminal playing to create their vista.

Crump, Stephan / Ingrid Laubrock / Cory Smythe: Channels Crump, Stephan / Ingrid Laubrock / Cory Smythe:
Channels

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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The NY trio of Stephan Crump on acoustic bass, Ingrid Laubrock on tenor & soprano saxophones, and Cory Smythe on piano follow-up to their "Planktonic Finales" album with this live album recorded at the Unerhort!-Festival in Zurich in 2017, in a lyrically free album of solid compositional structures that result in warmly creative and singular jazz.

Zorn, John: The Hermetic Organ Vol 6 - For Edgar Allan Poe Zorn, John:
The Hermetic Organ Vol 6 - For Edgar Allan Poe

(Tzadik -- USA )

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The 6th in John Zorn's "Hermetic Organ" series of real-time improvisations performed by Zorn himself, this volume paying tribute to the 19th century suspense and horror writer Edgar Allan Poe, as Zorn evokes Poe's enduring and chilling imagination using the organ's immense power and implicit sense of foreboding, stretching the limits of the organ.

Arthurs, Tom: Augmented Nature Arthurs, Tom:
Augmented Nature

(Confront -- UK )

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A one-take improvisation recorded in Berlin by trumpeter Tom Arthurs, caught on New Year's Day 2018 using piccolo trumpet, mutes and binaural field recordings, intended for headphone listening, as he provides an incredible sense of location while stimulating his listener with subtle interventions that ultimately act as a backdrop for his distinctive and sly soloing.

Gennaro, Mike / Alex Ward: Running for Trains Gennaro, Mike / Alex Ward:
Running for Trains

(Confront -- UK )

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Three separate live recordings from Hamburg, Gottingen and Berlin, Germany from the duo of Canadian drummer Mike Gennaro and UK clarinettist & electric guitarist Alex Ward, during their 5-stop November 2017 tour crossing Germany by train, selecting six of Gennaro's well captured recordings from their most interesting, exciting or innovative improvisations; exceptional!

Schindler, Udo: Pneuma_Extreme Schindler, Udo:
Pneuma_Extreme

(Confront -- UK )

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Selected short pieces for C double bass clarinet from German multi-reedist Udo Schinder, recorded live at his performance space for avant, free, and sound-oriented improvisation, Salon fur Klang + Kunst, in Krailling, Munich; Schindler presents a diverse set of approaches recorded to give strength and warmth to both subtle and vociferous statements.

Smet, Catherine / Dirk Wachtelaer: Improvisations Smet, Catherine / Dirk Wachtelaer:
Improvisations

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Taking two players from Guy Seger's Eclectic Maybe Band (Discus Records), classically trained Catherine Smet and improvising drummer Dirk Wachtelaer fulfill their album's title with 11 free dialogs, their dexterous mastery evident as they carry on energetic conversations of urgent activity, or lay back in cultivated discourse of sophisticated artistry; engaging.

Rowland's Evil Jazz Trio (Galewicz / Sandstad Dalen / Nordberg Funderud): Death Machine Rowland's Evil Jazz Trio (Galewicz / Sandstad Dalen / Nordberg Funderud):
Death Machine

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The Norwegian guitar trio led by Roland Galewicz on drums, Henrik Sandstad Dalen on double bass, and Havard Nordberg Funderud on guitar, free improvisers with a dark intent captured live at Kafe Haerverk, in Oslo in 2018 as they perform Galewicz's rhythm-heavy three part "Death Machine Suite", Funderud's spacious "Nice Things" and Dalen's searing "Holmenkollekspressen".

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Paulo Curado / Bruno Parrinha / Eduardo Chagas: Backlighting Rodrigues, Ernesto / Paulo Curado / Bruno Parrinha / Eduardo Chagas:
Backlighting

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A live recording of a subtle improvisation led by Portuguese violist Ernesto Rodrigues in a quartet with winds and brass--Paulo Curado on flute, Bruno Parrinha on soprano saxophone & bass clarinet, and Eduardo Chagas on alto trombone--each using understated approaches to their instruments using extended and unusual techniques, aptly titled but rewarding close listening.

Fujii, Satoko: Stone Fujii, Satoko:
Stone

(Libra -- Japan )

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A stunning solo album working inside and outside of the piano and coaxing electronic response from the strings from pianist Satoko Fujii, caputered at Samurai Hotel in NY in September of 2018, and in the studio in Brooklyn three months later, during her prolific 60th "kanreki" birthday year, here in 15 dynamic and far-ranging improvisations revealing her depth and creative powers.

Fujii, Satoko ma-do: Heat Wave Fujii, Satoko ma-do:
Heat Wave

(Libra -- Japan )

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Satako Fujii's 2008 release introducing her then new ma-do quartet of Satoko Fujii on piano, Natsuki Tamura on trumpet, Akira Horikoshi on drums, and late bassist Norikatsu Koreyasu, the band name signifying "window" and "the silence between notes", in an album of superb, lively, eclectic and absolutely exciting improvisation from 9 original Fujii compositions.

Killing Spree (Metzger / Daniel / Galichet): Boko Boko Tour Killing Spree (Metzger / Daniel / Galichet):
Boko Boko Tour

(Ayler -- France )

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A heavy album merging free improvisation, blues and rock forms from the French Killing Spree trio of Matthieu Metzger on alto saxophone & electronics, Sylvain Daniel on electric bass & effects, and Gregoire Galichet on drums, living up to the band name in dark malice captured live at Club Soto in Kyoto, Japan during their 2018 Japanese tour; vengeful.

Fields, Scott Ensemble: Barclay Fields, Scott Ensemble:
Barclay

(Ayler -- France )

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Guitarist and composer Scott Fields presents the 3rd installment of his Beckett Trilogy, based on the writings of Irish novelist and poet Samuel Barclay Beckett (1906-1989), whose ironic black comedies Fields characterizes musically in instrumental compositions performed by his quartet with cellist Scott Roller, drummer Domnik Mahnig, and saxophonist Matthias Schubert.

Gray, Devin / Ellery Eskelin / Michael Formanaek / Dave Ballou: Dirigo Rataplan II Gray, Devin / Ellery Eskelin / Michael Formanaek / Dave Ballou:
Dirigo Rataplan II

(Rataplan Records -- USA )

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Brooklyn drummer Devin Gray leads 3 musicians with Baltimore ties--Ellery Eskelin (sax), Dave Ballou (trumpet) and Michael Formanek (bass)--the rhythm team of this chord-less quartet providing the perfect platform for the diverse song structures in Gray's compositions, through tight melodic interaction or unrestricted excursions for the horn section; superb modern jazz.

Wassermann, Ute / Jaap Blonk / Michael Vorfeld : Improvisors Wassermann, Ute / Jaap Blonk / Michael Vorfeld :
Improvisors

(Kontrans -- USA )

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Blending two of the most unconventional voices on the planet--Ute Wasswerman and Jaap Blonk--with percussionist Michael Vorfeld, also on string instrument, light bulbs and electronic devices, Wasserman adding voice, whistles, kutu wapa, frog buzzer, and mirliton, and Blonk adding electronics; wonderfully eccentric while impressively informed and masterfully executed.

Boneshaker (Williams / Nilssen-Love / Kessler): Fake Music Boneshaker (Williams / Nilssen-Love / Kessler):
Fake Music

(Soul What Records -- USA )

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Masterful, fervent free jazz from trans-Atlantic trio of Mars Williams on saxophones, Kent Kessler on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums, captured live at Elastic Arts, in Chicago in 2017 for three impressive collective improvisations of intense energy, articulate and extended expression, and ecstatic improvisation in an exceptional and cohesive concert.

Ughi, Federico feat. Rachel Musson: Transoceanico [VINYL] Ughi, Federico feat. Rachel Musson:
Transoceanico [VINYL]

(577 -- USA )

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"Transoceanico" signifies the global reach of Rome, Italy-born improvising drummer Federico Ughi, celebrating 20 years since his first album recorded in London while residing there, leading to his current Brooklyn launchpad for many global tours and albums, this impressive LP realized in a superb free jazz trio with bassist Adam Lane and tenor saxophonist Rachel Musson.

Carter, Daniel / Watson Jennison / William Parker / Federico Ughi: Live! Volume 1: Erie [VINYL] Carter, Daniel / Watson Jennison / William Parker / Federico Ughi:
Live! Volume 1: Erie [VINYL]

(577 -- USA )

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Working together in tours and recording since 2005, the NY trio of multi-reedist and wind player Daniel Carter, bassis William Parker and drummer/percussionist Federico Ughi are joined by saxophonist Watson Jennison also on flute, recorder and keyboards for this enlightened album of modern and transcendent jazz in a limited, remastered LP edition with bonus material.

Durrant, Phil / Martin Vishnick: Rifinitori di Momenti Durrant, Phil / Martin Vishnick:
Rifinitori di Momenti

(Confront -- UK )

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Two seasoned and broad-minded improvisors - Phil Durrant (Mimeo, Lunge, Beinhaltung) here performing on mandolin, and Martin Vishnick performing on classical guitar, in a series of duets of contrasting and intertwining string discourse using profound and sometimes strange techniques, from unhurried abstractions to focused and urgent interplay; impressive.

Polyorchard (Pence / Jackson / Menestres / Ruccia / Phaneuf): Sommian Polyorchard (Pence / Jackson / Menestres / Ruccia / Phaneuf):
Sommian

(Out & Gone Records -- USA )

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The North Carolina improvising collective Polyorchard is heard in this exceptional studio album, configured as a quintet with Michael Thomas Jackson on clarinet, David Menestres on double bass, Crowmeat Bob Pence on bass clarinet, Charles Phaneuf on clarinet, and Dan Ruccia on viola, for the 6 lettered "Sommian" suite of collective and far-ranging experimental improv.

Polyorchard (Estoppey / Jackson / Menestres / Ruccia): Black Mountain Polyorchard (Estoppey / Jackson / Menestres / Ruccia):
Black Mountain

(Out & Gone Records -- USA )

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The North Carolina improvising collective Polyorchard, wrote this set of unusual and diverse improvisation for the 8th {Re}HAPPENING at Black Mountain College on March 31, 2018, this album a studio recording of that music featuring saxophonist Laurent Estoppey, Michael Thomas Jackson on clarinet and radio, David Menestres on bass and objects, and Dan Ruccia on viola and piano.

Metal Chaos Ensemble: Luminiferous Aether Metal Chaos Ensemble:
Luminiferous Aether

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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Metal Chaos Ensemble, formed in 2015 as a working project to explore rhythms on metallic instruments guided by rules-based chaotic systems of a very large number of small components, in a quintet studio recording using three dedicated drummers, reeds, electronics, and accompanying "tape" mixes, resulting in epic, inspired and wonderfully unpredictable improvisation.

Turbulence: Flow Across Scales Turbulence:
Flow Across Scales

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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A larger than previous Boston collective's Turbulence ensemble with 6 of the regular horn players from Leap of Faith Orchestra, performing multi-reedist and instrumentalist PEK's extended framework, with drummer percussionist Yui Zbitnoff; the ensembe breaks down to three duos and guest saxophonist Bob O'Brien, captured live at Outpost 186, in Cambridge, MA in August 2018.

Schorken, Hanna: You Told Me How To Dance Schorken, Hanna:
You Told Me How To Dance

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Hanna Schorken is a published German writer & poet, jazz vocalist and free improviser, since 2005 living in Koln and developing a personal and idiosyncratic approach to sound poetry and experimental voice recordings, heard here in a 7 part work where each movement completes the titles of the poem "I So Liked Spring"; "You"; "Told"; "Me"; "How"; "To"; "Dance".

Hauta-aho, Teppo / Jukka Kaariainen: Winter Suite Hauta-aho, Teppo / Jukka Kaariainen:
Winter Suite

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Finnish composer and bassist Teppo Hauta-aho, who works in both classical and improvised music and has recorded albums with Anthony Braxton and Evan Parker, is joined by Finnish experimental guitarist Jukka Kaariainen for an album that brings warmth to the frosty austerity of winter through intricate dialog, from stark reserve to rapid, fascinating flurries.

Laubrock, Ingrid (w/ Halvorson / Davis / Wooley): Contemporary Chaos Practices - Two Works For Orche Laubrock, Ingrid (w/ Halvorson / Davis / Wooley):
Contemporary Chaos Practices - Two Works For Orchestra With Soloists

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Studio recordings of two startlingly impressive compositions for orchestra and improvisers, with four soloists--Mary Halvorson (guitar), Kris Davis (piano), Nate Wooley (trumpet), and Laubrock (saxophone)-- presenting "Vogelfrei" written for the 2014 second Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute Reading, and "Contemporary Chaos Practices" written for the 2017 Moers Festival.

Winged Serpents (Courvoisier / Davis / Taborn / Marsella / Ortiz / Coleman): Six Encomiums For Cecil Winged Serpents (Courvoisier / Davis / Taborn / Marsella / Ortiz / Coleman):
Six Encomiums For Cecil Taylor

(Tzadik -- USA )

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The Winged Serpents is a collective of solo pianist brought together by John Zorn to pay tribute to brilliant free jazz pianist Cecil Taylor, taking their name from his 1985 Soul Note album "Winged Serpent", Craig Taborn, Sylvie Courvoisier, Brian Marsella, Kris Davis, Aruan Ortiz, and Anthony Coleman each pay homage in original improvisations that invoke the spirit of Taylor's work.

Hawkins, Alexander : Iron Into Wind Hawkins, Alexander :
Iron Into Wind

(Intakt -- Austria )

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A masterful performance at Radio Studio Zurich in Switzerland in 2018 from London jazz pianist Alexander Hawkins, improvising over a wide range of interests from jazz & blues to avant compositional work, with impressive skill as he runs complex and diverging figures on each hand that are coherent and exhilarating to follow, balanced with beautiful reflective sections.

Wooley, Nate (Wooley / Sawyer / Halvorson / Alcorn): Columbia Icefield Wooley, Nate (Wooley / Sawyer / Halvorson / Alcorn):
Columbia Icefield

(Northern Spy -- USA )

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With two guitarists--Mary Halvorson and Susan Alcorn on pedal steel--and Ryan Sawyer on drums, New York trumpeter explores the Rocky Mountains Columbia Icefield, the largest icefield in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, through sophisticated compositions and superbly illustrative sound, an exceptional album of improvisation and intention from four modern masters.

De Saram, Mandhira / Benoit Delbecq: Spinneret De Saram, Mandhira / Benoit Delbecq:
Spinneret

(Confront -- UK )

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Delicate improvised interaction based around a day of meditative composing from London-based violinist Mandhira de Saram, a founding member and leader of the Ligeti Quartet, and French pianist Benoit Delbecq, an active improviser also involved in theater, dance, and visual arts; here the two use profound control and mastery to create intensity without excess.

Shipp, Matthew Trio / Nicole Mitchell: All Things Are Shipp, Matthew Trio / Nicole Mitchell:
All Things Are

(RogueArt -- France )

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Chicago and New York come together in Brooklyn to record this excellent encounter between pianist Matthew Shipp and flutist Nicole Mitchell, with Michael Bisio on bass and Newman Taylor Baker on drums, bridging exciting free playing with strong lyrical elements, balancing kinetically exuberant interaction with introspective and dark moments; inspired and masterful.

Cleric (John Zorn - Masada Book 3): The Book Beri'ah Vol 2 | Chokhma Cleric (John Zorn - Masada Book 3):
The Book Beri'ah Vol 2 | Chokhma

(Tzadik -- USA )

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John Zorn's Masada Book Three, "The Book Beri'ah", continues in its second volume with this powerful and demanding album from the Philadelphia avant-metal band of Ludovic Beier on accordion & accordina, Timba Harris on violins, Matt Hollenberg on guitars & Oud, Dan Kennedy on bass, Larry Kwartowitz on drums, and Nick Shellenberger on keyboards & vocals.

Costa, Carlo: Oblio Costa, Carlo:
Oblio

(Neither/Nor Records -- USA )

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New York-based Italian percussionist and Neither/Nor label leader Carlo Costa in a solo percussion album of two pieces using drum set, concert bass drum, singing bowls, bells, triangles, wood blocks, tiles, styrofoam, cymbals, violin bows, marbles, chains, knives, and other objects, creating fascinating alien soundscapes of momentous activity without histrionics.

Dim Thickets (Carlo Costa / Jason Nazary): Dim Thickets [CASSETTE] Dim Thickets (Carlo Costa / Jason Nazary):
Dim Thickets [CASSETTE]

(Anticausal Systems -- USA )

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Bringing together two New York percussionists for a wild ride of that finds drummer Jason Nazary performing exclusively on electronics against and alongside Neither/Nor label-leader Carlo Costa's percussion, using glitch and aberrant electronics in actively constrained ways as the two dart and weave around each other in an exciting and unique improvisational dialog.

Andersen, Arild / Clive Bell / Mark Wastell: Tales Of Hackney Andersen, Arild / Clive Bell / Mark Wastell:
Tales Of Hackney

(Confront -- UK )

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World instrumentation of shakuhachi, thai flute, shinobue, thai mouth organ, and shruti box blends with western orchestration of double bass, percussion and electronics as Clive Bell, Arild Andersen, and Mark Wastell come together in the studio after their well-received concert at Cafe Oto in London to develop these beautifully lyrical improvisations.

Seen, The: Archive : Volumes Vi - X : 2014 To 2016 Seen, The:
Archive : Volumes Vi - X : 2014 To 2016

(Confront -- UK )

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Five concerts of exceptional free improvisation, recorded in London, the last at Cafe OTO, across 5 CDs of collective ensembles known as "The Seen", presenting of some of the UK & Europe's finest improvisers, including Mark Wastell, John Butcher, David Toop, Dominic Lash, Phil Durrant, Angharad Davies, Jason Kahn, Bertrand Denzler, Yoni Silver, Chris Burn, &c.

Torn, David / Tim Berne / Ches Smith: Sun Of Goldfinger [VINYL] Torn, David / Tim Berne / Ches Smith:
Sun Of Goldfinger [VINYL]

(ECM -- Germany )

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The fourth ECM album from NY Saxophonist Tim Berne and drummer Ches Smith, here in a trio with textural guitarist David Torn in three extended compositions merging jazz, rock and ambient forms, the middle track augmented with the Scorchio String Quartet and Craig Taborn, as they ebb and flow intense energy, fascinating compositional turns, and superb playing.

Torn, David / Tim Berne / Ches Smith: Sun Of Goldfinger Torn, David / Tim Berne / Ches Smith:
Sun Of Goldfinger

(ECM -- Germany )

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The fourth ECM album from NY Saxophonist Tim Berne and drummer Ches Smith, here in a trio with textural guitarist David Torn in three extended compositions merging jazz, rock and ambient forms, the middle track augmented with the Scorchio String Quartet and Craig Taborn, as they ebb and flow intense energy, fascinating compositional turns, and superb playing.

Braxton, Anthony: GTM (Syntax) 2017 [12 CD BOX SET] Braxton, Anthony:
GTM (Syntax) 2017 [12 CD BOX SET]

(New Braxton House/Firehouse 12 Records -- USA )

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LAST COPIES! A 12-hour collection over 12 CDs of composer Anthony Braxton's Ghost Trance Music (GTM), a compositional system he developed with his superlative Tri-Centric Vocal Ensemble, GTM allowing the ensemble to generate a performance in real time in a mix of sung, spoken, and non-verbal utterances, with unpredictable and surprising results that reveal fascinating layers with each listen.

Urge Trio, The: Live At The Hungry Brain Urge Trio, The:
Live At The Hungry Brain

(Veto -- Switzerland )

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The second of two live concerts on Christopher Erb's Veto label for the Chicago/Swiss trio of Tomeka Reid on cello, Keefe Jackson on tenor & sopranino saxophones & bass clarinet, Christoph Erb on tenor and soprano, here in Chicago's Hungry Brain for an album of radical free improvisation contrasting reeds and string through impressive technique and fascinating collective discourse.

Fujiwara, Tomas : Triple Double [VINYL 2 LPs] Fujiwara, Tomas :
Triple Double [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Firehouse 12 Records -- USA )

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Drummer Tomas Fujiwara's sextet is actually two trios interacting, with fellow drummer Gerald Cleaver, both Mary Halvorson and Brandon Seabrook on guitar, and Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet and Ralph Alessi on trumpet, the pairings forming unisons and contrasts that add an unrestrained sense of enthusiasm and excitement to Fujiwara's sophisticated compositions.

Flying Luttenbachers, The: Shattered Dimension Flying Luttenbachers, The:
Shattered Dimension

(ugEXPLODE -- USA )

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Weasel Walter is the constant in the no-wave influenced free improvising band Flying Luttenbachers, formed in 1991 and on hiatus since 2007; Walter reassembled the concept in 2018 for a tour in France, then again in 2019 with this lineup of saxophonist Matt Nelson, guitarist Brandon Seabrook and bassist Tim Dahl, recording this startling, demanding and excellent album.

Oyauchi / Deku Duo: Now's The Time? [VINYL] Oyauchi / Deku Duo:
Now's The Time? [VINYL]

(Armageddon Nova -- Japan )

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The first release on Japan's Armageddon Nova, now reissued as a limited 180gm double vinyl LP, presenting a 2012 concert at Performing Arts Center, in Japan in 2012 by the duo of free improvising alto saxophonist Aishi Oyauchi, a peer of Karou Abe in the 60s, and contrabassist Deku, a member of the 70s free improvising group New Jazz Syndicate.

Spence, Alister / Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe: Imagine Meeting You Here Spence, Alister / Satoko Fujii Orchestra Kobe:
Imagine Meeting You Here

(Alister Spence Music -- Australia )

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Australian composer Alister Spence wrote this in five parts composed for an improvising orchestra, which was first premiered in 2016 by Satoko Fujii's orchestras in Kobe, Nagoya and Tokyo, and the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra; this recordings in 2017 at Big Apple Jazz Club in Kobe revisits the work with Fujii's Orchestra Kobe, conducted by the composer.

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

(Aerophonic -- 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.

 

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