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Chrysakis, Thanos / Kurt Liedwart / Nuno Torres / Ernesto Rodrigues : Skiagraphia Chrysakis, Thanos / Kurt Liedwart / Nuno Torres / Ernesto Rodrigues :
Skiagraphia

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Three label leaders come together for an album of free electroacoustic improvisation--Thanos Chrysakis (Aural Terrains); Kurt Liedwart (Mikroton); Ernesto Rodrigues (Creative Sources), with Nuno Torres on sax--for an extended dialog built of exotic and microscopic sound, string aberrations, and reed abnormalities; exceptional.

Mayas, Magda / Pierre-Yves Martel / Eric Normand: Boule-spiel Mayas, Magda / Pierre-Yves Martel / Eric Normand:
Boule-spiel

(Tour de Bras -- France )

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Quebec improvisers Pierre-Yves Martel on Viola da Gamba, objects, and feedback, Eric Normand on electric bass and snare drum, are joined by Berlin pianist Magda Mayas for two extended works of free improvisation, manipulating and contorting strings with an electroacoustic edge, dark ruminations of exquisite detail, patience, and adroit interaction.

Ayler, Albert: Bells (White Vinyl 180gm) [VINYL] Ayler, Albert:
Bells (White Vinyl 180gm) [VINYL]

(ESP-Disk -- USA / EU )

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Albert Ayler's 1965 ESP album originally released as a 1-sided clear vinyl LP, the single "Bells" song actually an amalgamation of his piece "Holy Ghost" which transitions into "Bells", here augmented with "Vibrations aka (tune Q)2", performed with brother Donald on trumpet, Charles Tyler on alto sax, Lewis Worrell on bass, and Sunny Murray on drums.

Die Enttauschung  (Axel Dorner / Michael Griener / Rudi Mahall / Jan Roder): Lavaman Die Enttauschung (Axel Dorner / Michael Griener / Rudi Mahall / Jan Roder):
Lavaman

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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The remarkable European Free Jazz quintet Die Enttauschung, crossing bop forms with modern creative approaches to jazz for over 20 years, takes a new drummer--Michael Griener--and adds trombonist Christof Thewes, to join Rudi Mahall on clarinets, Axel Dorner on trumpet, and Jan Roder on bass, for an exciting and upbeat album of succinct tunes that both revere and abuse jazz history in wonderful ways.

Schweizer, Irene / Joey Baron : Live! Schweizer, Irene / Joey Baron :
Live!

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Two generations and two monumental masters of free improvisation from Europe and New York joined together at the unerhort!-Festival Rote Fabrik Zurich in 2015 to unleash this technically awesome and ebullient duo in a fantastic concert of dynamic power, lyrical insight, intense rhythmic support and counterpoint, and profound musical ideas; incredible!

Trio Heinz Herbert (w/ Dominic Landolt / Ramon Landolt / Mario Haenni): The Willisau Concert (Live) Trio Heinz Herbert (w/ Dominic Landolt / Ramon Landolt / Mario Haenni):
The Willisau Concert (Live)

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Textural improv of improbable grooves and tones driven by intense periods of interaction balanced with spatial sonic environments; adventurous and exuberant dialog caught live at the Jazzfestival Willisau, in Switzerland, 2016 from the trio of Dominic Landolt on guitar, Ramon Landolt on Hammond organ, synthesizer & samples and Mario Haenni on drums.

Takase, Aki / Paul Ayumi : Hotel Zauberberg Takase, Aki / Paul Ayumi :
Hotel Zauberberg

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Pianist Aki Takase and violinist Ayumi Paul's 1st collaboration is an 18 movement suite for violin and piano blending composition and improvisation, with 11 movements from Takase and 5 written with Paul, plus Mozart's "K. 1 minuet in G major" and the Preludio movement from Bach's solo violin partita in E major; an absorbing set of recordings inspired by the writings of Thomas Mann.

Pan-Scan Ensemble: Air And Light And Time And Space Pan-Scan Ensemble:
Air And Light And Time And Space

(PNL -- Norway )

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"Pan-Scan" refers to pan-Scandinavian, and the nine players on this thrilling and joyful recordings are all of that origin, performing live at Blow Out in Mir, Oslo, Norway in 2016, including both Lotte Anker and Ann Hogberg on sax, Thomas Johansson, Emil Stranberg and Goran Kajfes on trumpet, Sten Sandell on piano, and Paal Nilssen-Love and Stale Liavik on drums.

Ortiz, Aruan : Cub(an)ism Ortiz, Aruan :
Cub(an)ism

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Cuban pianist Aruan Ortiz explores a range of musical idioms and styles, drawing on experiences from many phases of Ortiz' life in Cuba, Spain, France and the US, exploring cubist principles, faceting, and multiple perspectives with folkloric elements, as he presents 10 original compositions of passionate and playful music, performed with virtuosic skill.

Hassler, Hans: Wie Die Zeit Hinter Mir Her Hassler, Hans:
Wie Die Zeit Hinter Mir Her

(Intakt -- Austria )

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Swiss accordionist Hans Hassler stands above the (small) crowd of improvising accordionist in the breadth of his career, his ability to balance both lyrical, abstract, serious, and humorous aspects in his approach to the instrument, a true original in intent and ability to engage his listeners, in 15 original and diverse compositions recorded in 2017.

Charles, Xavier / Michel F Cote / Franz Hautzinger / Philippe Lauzier / Eric Normand: Torche! Charles, Xavier / Michel F Cote / Franz Hautzinger / Philippe Lauzier / Eric Normand:
Torche!

(Tour de Bras -- France )

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An exceptional free improvising quintet of Montreal & Quebec improvisers--bassist Eric Normand, drummer Michel F. Cote, and bass clarinetist Philippe Lauzier--with French clarinetist Xavier Charles and German trumpeter Franz Hautzinger, performing live during the 2016 Festival de Musique de Creation, creating fascinating commotion with incredible restraint.

Williams, Mars presents (w/ Berman / Lonberg-Holm / Baker / Kessler / Sandstrom / Hunt): An Ayler Xm Williams, Mars presents (w/ Berman / Lonberg-Holm / Baker / Kessler / Sandstrom / Hunt):
An Ayler Xmas: The Music of Albert Ayler & Songs of Christmas

(Soul What Records -- USA )

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Chicago saxophonist Mars Williams directs his Albert Ayler tribute band, Witches and Devils, to merge Ayler-esque compositions with Christmas songs, performed by Josh Berman (cornet) Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello), Jim Baker (keys, viola), Kent Kessler (bass), Brian Sandstrom (bass, guitar, trumpet); an unexpected and welcome present for your free jazz festivities!

Boneshaker (Mars Williams / Paal Nilssen-Love /  Kent Kessler): Unusual Words Boneshaker (Mars Williams / Paal Nilssen-Love / Kent Kessler):
Unusual Words

(Soul What Records -- USA )

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A CD intended to sell at concerts from Mars Williams' own Soul What Records label, a studio recording in 2012 from the powerhouse trio of Chicago multi-reedist Mars Williams, in-demand Norwegian drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, and Chicago bassist Kent Kessler, running the gamut from furious blowing to introspective interaction.

Irabagon, Jon  / Joe Fiedler / Todd Neufeld: In Formation Network Irabagon, Jon / Joe Fiedler / Todd Neufeld:
In Formation Network

(Nuscope -- USA )

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Saxophonist Jon Irabagon, trombonist Joe Fiedler, and guitarist Todd Neufeld met in April, 2017 in Mount Vernon at the Oktaven Audio studio to record these nine varied compositions, presenting a unifying trio sound and identity that reflects Chicago's Giuffre trio, but with a unique collective attitude as the trio employs a varied set of compositional strategies.

Sharp, Elliott / Mary Halvorson / Marc Ribot: ERR Guitar Sharp, Elliott / Mary Halvorson / Marc Ribot:
ERR Guitar

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Elliott Sharp's New York Studio zOaR was the meeting place for three New York guitarists--Sharp himself, Mary Halvorson, and Marc Ribot--who find common ground by blending a variety of approaches to the instrument in 12 excellent and generally succinct collective improvisations, stretching, bending, plucking and inexplicably effecting their guitars.

McPhee, Joe: The Willisau Concert McPhee, Joe:
The Willisau Concert

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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Recorded in 1975 at the Swiss Willisau Jazz Festival, Joe McPhee's trio with John Synder on synth and Makaya Ntshoko on drums, and McPhee on tenor and sopranox sax, was Hat Hut's 2nd release and has been out of print since; Corbett vs. Dempsey asked McPhee what unavailable album he'd like to see in print, and this suberb album was his first choice.

Sun Ra: Discipline 27-II [2017 REMASTER] Sun Ra:
Discipline 27-II [2017 REMASTER]

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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The 2nd volume in Sun Ra's "Discipline" series was recorded during the same sessions as 1972's Impulse release "Space Is the Place", with Sun Ra on electronic keyboards and Moog, and a large band including Marshall Allen, John Gilmore, Danny Davis, Akh Tal Ebah, June Tyson, &c.

Camoes, Joao / Jean-Luc Cappozzo / Jean-Marc Foussat: Autres Paysages Camoes, Joao / Jean-Luc Cappozzo / Jean-Marc Foussat:
Autres Paysages

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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"Autres Paysages" or "Other Landscapes" pins the description on the rich, turbulent, and mesmerizing music this trio creates, with French violist Joao Camoes and Jean-Marc Foussat on the EMS Synthi AKS collaborating for their 3rd album, joined by trumpeter Jean-Luc Cappozzo, as acoustics and electronics subsume and survive seamlessly in an inspired set of recordings.

Leap of Faith Orchestra: The Expanding Universe Leap of Faith Orchestra:
The Expanding Universe

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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The Leap of Faith Orchestra is a large improvisation ensemble comprised of 5 ub-units--Leap of Faith, Metal Chaos Ensemble, String Theory, Turbulence, and the New Language Collaborative--all assembled here for a massive and far-ranging experience, scored with time indices and English language descriptions by leader David Peck; dense and spectacular.

Lisbon String Trio with Etienne Brunet: Telepathie Lisbon String Trio with Etienne Brunet:
Telepathie

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Portugal's Lisbon String Trio with Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Miguel Mira on cello, and Alvaro Rosso on double bass, in a series of releases adding one additional improviser, here joined by Etienne Brunet on soprano saxophone, for two extended improvisations of active counterpoint and beautiful open sections, an excellent and rousing collaboration.

Lisbon String Trio with Luiz Rocha: Akuanduba Lisbon String Trio with Luiz Rocha:
Akuanduba

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The 4th collaboration for Portugal's Lisbon String Trio of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Miguel Mira on cello, and Alvaro Rosso on double bass, with Brazilian clarinetist based in Barcelona Luiz Rocha, all captured live at Casa dos Bicos, Fundacao Jose Saramago, in Lisbon in 2017 for free improvisation that maintains a calm center amidst seething and commanding playing.

Un Coup de Des (Barriere / Sainz): Volcan Evaporado Un Coup de Des (Barriere / Sainz):
Volcan Evaporado

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Two women in a duo of voice and amplified objects, Lali Barrier using a variety of devices that are clearly micro-amplifed and mixed in performance, as Marta Sainz intones vocal sounds, never speaking but creating innuendo and drama at a cautious pace, allowing Barrier's objects to interact, creating an unusual sonic environment of unpredictable and interesting discourse.

Chadbourne, Eugene : The Lost Eddie Chatterbox Session [2017 REISSUE] Chadbourne, Eugene :
The Lost Eddie Chatterbox Session [2017 REISSUE]

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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Reissuing free improvising guitarist Eugene Chadbourne's 1977, San Francisco recording of compositions by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Ornette Coleman, plus a few standards and originals, captured on an ailing quarter-track tape deck, but saved for the force of his playing, here restored, corrected, and remastered.

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

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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

Tree Ear (Strinning / Troller / Hemingway): Witches Butter Tree Ear (Strinning / Troller / Hemingway):
Witches Butter

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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

FCT Trio meets Carlos Atti (Atti / Graziano / Evangelista / Cusa): From Sun Ra to Donald Trump FCT Trio meets Carlos Atti (Atti / Graziano / Evangelista / Cusa):
From Sun Ra to Donald Trump

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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With humorous titles referencing everything from Sun Ra to Donald Trump, Italian drummer Francesco Cusa's quartet with Carlo Atti (sax), Simone Graziano (piano) and Gabriele Evangelista (bass), reimagine the concepts of traditional jazz standards and formats into contemporatry approaches of composition and playing, in a serious and lyrical album of modern creative jazz.

Moster, Parker, Abrams & Herndon: Ran Do Moster, Parker, Abrams & Herndon:
Ran Do

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Chicago and Norway free improvisers come together in the quartet of Kjetil Moster (tenor sax), Jeff Parker (guitar), John Herndon (drums) and Joshua Abrams (double bass), having played once in Chicago's bar Rodan in 2008, and finally reunited to bring this album, blending polyrhythmic, rock, jazz, free playing, textural and grooves together into an exhilarating music.

Risser, Eve  / Kaja Draksler: To Pianos Risser, Eve / Kaja Draksler:
To Pianos

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Two pianists dedicate to their instruments at the Gallus Hall of Cankarjev Dom during the 57th Jazz Festival Ljubljana: Paris-based pianist Eve Risser (Umlaut, En-Corps, &c) and Slovenian pianist Kaja Draskler (I/O, Draskler Octet, &c.), to record these inventive duos, weaving their keys together or working inside and out of the piano in incredible sonic approaches.

Rave, Ada Trio (w/ Nicola L. Hein / Wilbert De Joode): The Sea, the Storm and the Full Moon Rave, Ada Trio (w/ Nicola L. Hein / Wilbert De Joode):
The Sea, the Storm and the Full Moon

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Mixing free jazz and and open-minded collective improv using unusual techniques from Argentinian-born, Amsterdam-based saxophonist Ada Rave and her trio with German prepared guitarist Nicola L. Hein and Netherland bassist Wilbert De Joode, blending lyrical formats as she seeks new paths in the combination of written composition and spontaneous improvisation.

Sirius (Tembe / Trinite): Acoustic Main Suite Plus The Inner One Sirius (Tembe / Trinite):
Acoustic Main Suite Plus The Inner One

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A beautifully complex album of resonant improvisation from Swazi born trumpeter Yaw Tembe, who is committed to bring Africa to the Portuguese free music scene, Yaw, along with Paris veteran percussionist/objects manipulator Monsieur Trinitee, blend patient sonic environments with percussive platforms and both meditative and scrabbly trumpet work; an absorbing release.

Fraser, Nick (w/ Malaby / Downing / Clutton): Is Life Long? Fraser, Nick (w/ Malaby / Downing / Clutton):
Is Life Long?

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Toronto drummer Nick Fraser leads the quartet of Tony Malaby on saxophones, Andrew Downing on cellos, and Rob Clutton on bass in their 3rd album together, presenting 6 Fraser original compositions, using both string players to create unique harmonic environments over which they combine lyrical and contemporary approaches to jazz and improv.

Lencastre's, Joao Communion 3 (Lencastre / Sacks / Opsvik): Movements In Freedom Lencastre's, Joao Communion 3 (Lencastre / Sacks / Opsvik):
Movements In Freedom

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Communion is Portuguese drummer and composer Joao Lencastre's project to bring musicians from the American and international jazz scenes together, here in his 3rd release presenting a piano trio with two New Yorkers--pianist Jacob Sack and Norwegian bassist living in New York, Eivind Opsvik--for 3 Lencastre compositions, 1 Ornette Coleman piece, and 6 collective compositions.

Imaginary Numbers (McPhee / Niggenkemper / Solberg): Imaginary Numbers Imaginary Numbers (McPhee / Niggenkemper / Solberg):
Imaginary Numbers

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Playing both pocket trumpet and tenor sax, Joe McPhee joins German/French/NY bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, and Norwegian drummer Stale Liavik Solberg, for an authoritative and bold album of collective free improv, three extended conversations that center on "A Supreme Love (For John Coltrane)", pointing to the history and sympathies of these impressive musicians.

Aalberg, Kullhammar, Zetterber & Santos Silva: Basement Sessions Vol.4 (The Bali Tapes) Aalberg, Kullhammar, Zetterber & Santos Silva:
Basement Sessions Vol.4 (The Bali Tapes)

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The 4th volumes of this remarkable set of "basement sessions" from the Swedish trio of Espen Aalberg on drums & percussion, Jonas Kullhammar on saxophone & flute, and Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass, joined by Susana Santos Silva on trumpet, for a beautiful album of free hard bop, encompassing spiritual and ritual aspects of gamelan music in a unique and wonderful album.

Swell, Steve (w/ Brown / Hwang / Ulrich / Boston / Pugliese): Music for Six Musicians: Hommage a Oli Swell, Steve (w/ Brown / Hwang / Ulrich / Boston / Pugliese):
Music for Six Musicians: Hommage a Olivier Messiaen

(Silkheart -- France )

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Steve Swell presents an homage to composer Olivier Messiaen in a sextet with Rob Brown (saxophone), Jason Kao Hwang (violin & viola), Robert Boston (piano & organ), Tomas Ulrich (cello), and Jim Pugliese (drums & percussion) performed live at Metro Baptist Church in NYC, 2017, a presentation of encompassing and passionate free music that knows little boundary.

Helias, Mark / Tom Rainey / Tony Malaby: The Signal Maker Helias, Mark / Tom Rainey / Tony Malaby:
The Signal Maker

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Double bass player Mark Helias leads his Open Loose trio, founded in 1996 and currently comprised of Tom Rainey on drums and Tony Malaby on tenor sax, taking Helias' compositions and reworking them live until they become the dozen magnificent pieces recorded on this album: a diverse, flexible and creative set of approaches to jazz and free improvisation.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Carlos Santos: Piano Rodrigues, Ernesto / Carlos Santos:
Piano

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A unique take on the piano, with both participants--Ernesto Rodrigues and Carlos Santos--approaching the physical aspects of the instrument, somewhat beyond prepared piano, as the two record not just the strings but the wood, metal and most likely wheels of the instrument, creating a cantankerous display of sound that unfolds slowly; idiosyncratic and noteworthy.

Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Karyobin (1968) [2017 REISSUE] Spontaneous Music Ensemble:
Karyobin (1968) [2017 REISSUE]

(Emanem -- Spain )

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The 2nd SME record to be issued, a 1968 classic of free improvisation as the quintet of John Stevens, Evan Parker, Derek Bailey, Dave Holland, and Kenny Wheeler, the 1st SME to feature their new organisational method, here remastered with far superior sound and balance than previous issues, with new notes by Evan Parker, Dave Holland and Martin Davidson plus session photos.

Khan, George: Ah! (1968-2005) [2 CDs] Khan, George:
Ah! (1968-2005) [2 CDs]

(Emanem -- Spain )

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An essential retrospective of UK saxophonist and flutist George Khan's long career featuring 4 concerts: a 1980 duo with People Band percussionist Terry Day; a 1968 quintet with Peter Lemer (piano), Albert Kovitz (clarinet), Frank Flowers (double bass) and Terry Day; in 1975 with Terry Day and bassist Charlie Hart; and solo in London around 2005 at Mopomoso.

Musicianer (Sinton / Ajemian / Taylor): Slow Learner Musicianer (Sinton / Ajemian / Taylor):
Slow Learner

(Iluso -- USA )

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Sidney Bechet referred to fellow musician as "musicianers", the title for New York baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton's trio with Jason Ajemian on acoustic bass and Chad Taylor on drums and percussion, in an outstandingly creative and compelling album of modern jazz showing the strong links between these three, dating back to their work together in Chicago in the 80s.

Sinton, Josh: Krasa Sinton, Josh:
Krasa

(Irabbagast -- USA )

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New York reedist Josh Sinton takes the contrabass clarinet on a wild ride, performing live with no overdubs, using clip-on mics, a mixing board, a sans amp box, a volume pedal, and a bass amp, as he explores sonic possibilities and unexpected directions for this big reed instrument in his quest to redefine the old Slavic word for beauty or splendor: krasa.

Schlippenbach Trio (Schlippenbach / Evan Parker / Lovens): Warsaw Concert Schlippenbach Trio (Schlippenbach / Evan Parker / Lovens):
Warsaw Concert

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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After 44 years, the UK/European free improvising trio of pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach with saxophonist Evan Parker and drummer Paul Lovens, present this, their 20th album, an incredible extended performance plus a brief coda recorded during the Ad Libitum Festival at the Polish broadcasting, a testament to masterful skill and the endurance of free jazz.

Zorn, John: The Hermetic Organ Vol. 5 _Philharmonie De Paris Zorn, John:
The Hermetic Organ Vol. 5 _Philharmonie De Paris

(Tzadik -- USA )

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During a week in April 2017 John Zorn travelled to Paris, where he performed several concerts including "The Interpretation of Dreams", presented an evening with guests, and performed solo on the organ at the Grande salle Pierre Boulez, the full concert of which is presented on this CD, along with 30 minutes of recordings made before the evening's concert.

Bohlen, Katharina / Reinald Noisten / Claudius Reimann : Long Clarinets - Short Stories? Bohlen, Katharina / Reinald Noisten / Claudius Reimann :
Long Clarinets - Short Stories?

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Extending the realm of reeds in improvisation, the trio of three clarinetists--Katharina Bohlen, Reinald Noisten, and Claudius Reimann--perform on clarinet and bass clarinet with a diverse set of approaches, opening their 12 movement work with a trio of bass clarinets, and then permuting bass, b-flat clarinets and sax with remarkable technique.

Zorn, John / Eugene Chadbourne: 1977-1981 [VINYL LP + BOOK] Zorn, John / Eugene Chadbourne:
1977-1981 [VINYL LP + BOOK]

(Song Cycle -- Italy )

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Deluxe box set edition of the 1998 Materiali Sonori CD, originally released to accompany the book release of "Sonora: John Zorn", here in its first vinyl release presenting early Downtown NY recordings between the duo of Zorn and guitarist Eugene Chadbourne, with vital players including Tom Cora, Polly Bradfield, Davey Williams, Fred Frith, Mark Kramer, &c.

Bishop, Jeb / Dan Ruccia: Scratch Slice Jag Bishop, Jeb / Dan Ruccia:
Scratch Slice Jag

(Out & Gone Records -- USA )

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Trombonist Jeb Bishop and North Carolina-based Out & Gone Collective member, violist Dan Ruccia, after touring and performing with Eugene Chadbourne, Dan Lilley, and David Menestres, found their sound so compatible that they recorded this duo album using the languages of free jazz, chamber music, and extended improvisations to create something unexpected and rare.

Taylor, Hollis: Absolute Bird [2 CDs] Taylor, Hollis:
Absolute Bird [2 CDs]

(ReR Megacorp -- UK )

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An unusual and distinctive record from violinist and ornithologist Hollis Taylor, a book with 2 CDS presenting 41 tracks of recordings of the Australian pied butcherbird, each track pairing a bird, environmental sound, and a single instrumentalist, with an impressive list of performers who take unique approaches to the challenge of accompanying a bird.

Remote Viewers, The : Last Man In Europe Remote Viewers, The :
Last Man In Europe

(Remote Viewers -- UK )

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The saxophone-heavy UK improvising band Remote Viewers returns to a trio format, with founders David Petts on tenor sax and Adrian Northover on soprano sax, plus John Edwards on double bass, as the stripped-down band employs signature harmonic territory and compositional approaches, making this a distinctively concentrated and welcome Remote Viewers album.

Schindler, Udo / Johannes Ollinger / Dine Doneff: Waterway Schindler, Udo / Johannes Ollinger / Dine Doneff:
Waterway

(FMR -- UK )

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The quirky acoustic trio of German improvisers Udo Schindler on clarinet, saxophone, cornet, and Euphonium, Johannes Ollinger on acoustic guitar and toys, and Dine Doneff on double bass, waterphone, and toys, the odd instrumentation adding surprising textures and disorienting angles to really fine dialog, technically, melodically, and eccentrically.

Tomlinson, Alan Trio ( w/ Dave Tucker / Phillip Marks): Out And Out Tomlinson, Alan Trio ( w/ Dave Tucker / Phillip Marks):
Out And Out

(FMR -- UK )

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London Jazz Composers Orchestra trombonist Alan Tomlinson, performing on tenor and alto trombone, with his trio of Dave Tucker on guitar and Phillip Marks on percussion, are caught live in Birmingham, Lancaster, London, and during the Harwich Festival, from 2009-16, demonstrating the strong rapport and exciting dialog these players have developed over years performing together.

Leap of Faith Orchestra: Supernovae Leap of Faith Orchestra:
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(Evil Clown -- USA )

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Boston area composer and multi-instrumentalist David Peck developed a unique approach to scoring for this large and idiosyncratic ensemble, referred to as Frame Notation, giving descriptions of sonority, time scale, events, playing occurrences, &c, leaving a great deal of freedom for these extraordinary musicians, as borne out in their incredible and extended performance.

Area, David / Tomas Gris / Ernesto Rodrigues : Chorismos Area, David / Tomas Gris / Ernesto Rodrigues :
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(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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An album of patience and concentrated listening from the lowercase trio of David Area on electronics, Tomas Gris on guitar and objects, and Ernesto Rodrigues on harp and objects, each player subtly coaxing sounds out of their instruments while the electronics act as environmental ambience over which tones slowly voice, recede and occasionally punctuate.

Fujiwara, Tomas : Triple Double Fujiwara, Tomas :
Triple Double

(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.

Bynum, Taylor Ho : Enter the Plustet [VINYL] Bynum, Taylor Ho :
Enter the Plustet [VINYL]

(Firehouse 12 Records -- USA )

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Cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum draws on a variety of techniques from improvised conduction to big band orchestration to deconstructed fanfares, with a large 15 member ensemble of impressive improvisers embodying a diversity of generations, backgrounds, ethnicities, and gender, presenting three large scale compositions that are ambitious and wonderfully accomplished.

Halvorson, Mary: Away With You [VINYL 2 LPs] Halvorson, Mary:
Away With You [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Firehouse 12 Records -- USA )

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Mary Halvorson continues her string of excellent modern jazz albums with this octet release with fellow guitarist Susan Alcorn, Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon & Ingrid Laubrock (sax), Jacob Garchik (trombone), John Hebert (bass) and Ches Smith (drums).

Lux's, Matthew Communication Arts Quartet: Contra/Fact [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD CODE] Lux's, Matthew Communication Arts Quartet:
Contra/Fact [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD CODE]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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

Urpeth, Peter / Olie Brice / Terry Day / Ntshuks Bonga): Wraith Island (Live At Cafe Oto) Urpeth, Peter / Olie Brice / Terry Day / Ntshuks Bonga):
Wraith Island (Live At Cafe Oto)

(FMR -- UK )

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Actually four quartet improvisations and two duets, London creative improvisers Peter Urpeth on piano, Olie Brice on bass, Terry Day on drums and Ntshuks Bonga on saxophone took to Cafe Oto in January, 2017, to record this excellent album of collective free improvisation drawing on decades of experience in an absorbing and engaging concert.

Ullen, Lisa / Torsten Muller: Into The Staring Town Ullen, Lisa / Torsten Muller:
Into The Staring Town

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Recording at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in 2014, the duo of Swedish pianist Lisa Ullen and German double bassist Torsten Muller perform two extended improvisations focused on music and sound, using extended techniques and unusual approaches to their instruments in service to the spontaneous flow of ideas between them, never excessive, always captivating.

Rodrigues, Ernesto /  Guilherme Rodrigues / Alexander Frangenheim: Underwater Music Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Alexander Frangenheim:
Underwater Music

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Like the Lisbon String Trio, this trio explores strings in a viola, cello and double bass trio configuration, from Creative Sources core players Ernesto Rodrigues, Guilherme Rodrigues, and Alexander Frangenheim, exploring a classic trio concept towards new expressions and boundaries, through spritely interaction and sonic expedition.

Corso (Emilio Gordoa / Nicola L. Hein): Unwanted Pregnancy Corso (Emilio Gordoa / Nicola L. Hein):
Unwanted Pregnancy

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Mexican composer and vibraphonist based in Berlin since 2012, Emilio Gordoa in a duo with guitarist Nicola L. Hein, using preparations to their vibraphones, percussion, and guitar, in an 8 part composition of diverse approaches to improvisation, from exuberant interaction to Reich-like minimalism to cantankerous experimentation, a well-rounded and interesting album.

Halvorson, Mary Quartet (w/ Gress / Fujiwara / Okazaki): Paimon: The Book Of Angels Volume 32 Halvorson, Mary Quartet (w/ Gress / Fujiwara / Okazaki):
Paimon: The Book Of Angels Volume 32

(Tzadik -- USA )

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The final album from John Zorn's "Book of Angels" series presenting Zorn's Masada compositions, here with 10 previously unrecorded compositions from "Masada Book Two" performed by NY guitarist Mary Halvorson in a quartet with Drew Gress on bass, Tomas Fujiwara on drums, and Miles Okazaki on guitar, in an album of joyfully exciting and melodic improvisations.

Mori, Ikue (w/ Jim Black / Okkyung Lee / Sylvie Courvoisier): Obelisk Mori, Ikue (w/ Jim Black / Okkyung Lee / Sylvie Courvoisier):
Obelisk

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Ikue Mori's Obelisk project brings together her unique electronics with Downtown Scene key players, Jim Black on drums, Okkyung Lee on cello, and Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, an album driven by Mori's melodic compositions that take unexpected twists and turns in dramatic and lyrical playing, Mori's electronics bringing an exotic charm and ringing beauty to her works.

Taborn, Craig / Ikue Mori: Highsmith Taborn, Craig / Ikue Mori:
Highsmith

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Two of Downtown NY's most innovative performers collaborate for an album placing the rich acoustic piano work of Craig Taborn beside the slippery electronics of Ikue Mori, the result of their live performances that started at New York's Village Vanguard in 2016 and leading to this album, which presents a set of 11 unique and sophisticated dialogs.

Burning Ghosts (Giddens / McLendon / Rosenboom / Vossler): Reclamation Burning Ghosts (Giddens / McLendon / Rosenboom / Vossler):
Reclamation

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Burning Ghost is the West Coast rock influenced improvising quartet of Daniel Rosenboom on trumpet, guitarist Jake Vossler, Richard Giddens on double bass, and Aaron McLendon on drums, in a fiery album of heavy playing that borrows from jazz and metal rock forms, with ominious political overtones in their titles while showing articulate and impressive playing skill.

Zorn, John: The Interpretation Of Dreams Zorn, John:
The Interpretation Of Dreams

(Tzadik -- USA )

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A new set of works from Downtown New York composer John Zorn inspired by the surrealism of Luis Bunuel and the psychotropic dream world of William S. Burroughs, in three compositions performed by Jack Quartet, the rhythm section from the piano quintet Obscure Objects of Desire, plus vivbraphonist Sae Hashimoto, pianist Steve Gosling, and drummer Tyshawn Sorey.

Shardik (Shellenberger / Buckley / Hollenberg) Shardik (Shellenberger / Buckley / Hollenberg):
Shardik

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Born from rock bands like Cleric and Simulacrum, this NY instrumental, improvising rock trio blends avant-garde classical, free jazz, dissonant math metal, ambient and world music into a powerful new mix, with Nick Shellenberger on bass and synth, Matt Buckley on drums & percussion, and Matt Hollenberg on guitar; intricate, edgy, demanding and driven music.

Rova::Orkestra: Electric Ascension (2003) Rova::Orkestra:
Electric Ascension (2003)

(Atavistic -- USA )

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New source for this amazing album: "Massive and intense in-studio interpretation of John Coltrane's masterwork, Ascension, as performed by an all-star ensemble featuring The Rova Saxophone Quartet, Nels Cline (Wilco), guitar legend Fred Frith, Ikue Mori (formerly of No New York stars DNA), turntable wizard Otomo Yoshihide, plus other stellar guests."-Larry Ochs

Brotzmann, Peter Group: Alarm (1981) Brotzmann, Peter Group:
Alarm (1981)

(Atavistic -- USA )

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Peter Brotzmann's 9-piece ensemble for the 164th NDR-JAZZWORKSHOP with the South African rhythm team of Harry Miller (bass) and Louis Moholo (drums), plus Frank Wright & Willem Breuker(sax), Hannes Bauer & Alan Tomlinson (trombone) and Alexander Von Schlippenbach (piano).

Braxton, Anthony : Solo (Victoriaville) 2017 Braxton, Anthony :
Solo (Victoriaville) 2017

(Victo -- Canada )

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On the 30th anniversary of the Victo Festival Anthony Braxton took to the stage for a magnificent solo performance on the alto sax, performing 8 spontaneous compositions and an 8+ minute version of "Body and Soul", seamlessly crossing lyrical and complex approaches to the horn using his unique intervallic, trimbral and diagrammatic language, a stunning and embraceable accomplishment.

Gjerstad, Frode / Fred Lonberg-Holm: The Houdan Gjerstad, Frode / Fred Lonberg-Holm:
The Houdan

(FMR -- UK )

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A live recording from Kongsberg Jazzfestival in 2017 between frequent collaborators, Norwegian improviser Frode Gjerstad on reeds and Chicago improviser Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics, their second FMR album as a duo, alongside their work in the Cello Quartet and VCDC, showing the progression of their dynamic and fascinating dialog.

Carrier, Francois / Michel Lambert: Out Of Silence Carrier, Francois / Michel Lambert:
Out Of Silence

(FMR -- UK )

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Freely improvised music from the masterful duo of Canadian saxophonist Fracois Carrier and drummer/percussionist Michel Lambert, performing live at Ryan's Bar in Stoke Newington, London in 2015, seven tracks showing the depth of discussion between these two long collaborating musicians, supporting and pushing each other to great heights.

Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra: The Word For it Now Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra:
The Word For it Now

(FMR -- UK )

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Recordings from the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra Festival in Scotland recorded in 2013 & 2015, the 20+ piece orchestra blending acoustic, electronic and vocal instruments into incredibly diverse and rich compositions, here presenting "A Peculiar Slumber" I & II, and the impressive and large work "A Bit in the Air", both exploring words and loss of control.

Insub Meta Orchestra: 13 & 27 Insub Meta Orchestra:
13 & 27

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Coordinated and composed by d'incise and Cyril Bondi, this incredible Swiss-based collective of 30 to 40 experimental musicians was founded in 2010 and has presented concerts and recordings since; this CD presents two works, "13 unissons" splitting the orchestra into 13 subgroups; and "27 times" where each musician plays 27 times in 30 minutes; phenomenal.

Mezei, Szilard / Tim Trevor-Briscoe / Nicola Guazzaloca : Exuvia Mezei, Szilard / Tim Trevor-Briscoe / Nicola Guazzaloca :
Exuvia

(FMR -- UK )

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An amazing example of extremely detailed collective free improvisation from the trio of Szilard Mezei on viola, Tim Trevor-Briscoe on alto & tenor saxophone, soprano clarinet, and bass clarinet, and Nicola Guazzaloca on piano, Mezei's strings adding a rapid-scatter of expressive playing, as the trio pitches forward and lays back for lyrical moments; astonishing!

Munich Rat Pack (Schindler / Kolb / Tramontana): Hell Dunkel: Sound Notes For Wind Trio Plus Munich Rat Pack (Schindler / Kolb / Tramontana):
Hell Dunkel: Sound Notes For Wind Trio Plus

(FMR -- UK )

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Live recordings from Pollat-Pavillion in Munich, Germany in 2015 from this seriously fun spontaneous collective improvising trio of Udo Schindler on reeds, cornet, euphonium, and monophonic analogue synthesizer, Philipp Kolb on trumpet, tuba and live electronics, and Sebastiano Tramontana on trombone, voice and whistling; expect the unexpected!



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