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Edelin's, Michel Flute Fever Orchestra with special guest Nicole Mitchell: Kalamania [2 CDs] Edelin's, Michel Flute Fever Orchestra with special guest Nicole Mitchell:
Kalamania [2 CDs]

(RogueArt -- France )

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French flutist Michel Edelin leads this 6-piece band named in honor of Jeremy Steig, with 4 flutists including Sylvaine Helary, Ludivine Issambourg, and Nicole Mitchell, plus John Betsch (drums) and Peter Giron (bass) in exceptional, unexpected and inclusive approaches to improv.

Braxton, Anthony / Miya Masaoka: Duo (Dcwm) 2013 [2 CDs] Braxton, Anthony / Miya Masaoka:
Duo (Dcwm) 2013 [2 CDs]

(RogueArt -- France )

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Two performers who have stretched the boundaries of their instruments--Miya Masaoka on 12-string koto and Anthony Braxton on saxophones and software-based electronics--in subtle and unusual environments where each player fills the phrases of the other in unforseen ways.

Corsano / Courviosier / Wooley: Salt Task Corsano / Courviosier / Wooley:
Salt Task

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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First recorded meeting of Chris Corsano (drums), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), and Nate Wooley (trumpet) in the studio in Brooklyn, 2015, for a completely open, sensitive set of improvisations that are constantly on the edge, at times explosive, and always in a focused dialog.

HMZ (Hubsch / Martel / Zoubek): Drought HMZ (Hubsch / Martel / Zoubek):
Drought

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )

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A live performance at the Loft in Cologne, Germany, 2015 from the recording and performing trio of Carl Ludwig Hubsch on tuba & objects, Pierre Yves Martel on viola da Gamba & harmonica, and Philip Zoubek on the prepared piano, restrained yet highly active playing.

Unami, Taku / Devin DiSanto: Taku Unami / Devin DiSanto Unami, Taku / Devin DiSanto:
Taku Unami / Devin DiSanto

(erstwhile -- USA )

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A live performance at Fridman Gallery in New York City as part of erstwhile's AMPLIFY 2015 festival from sound artists Taku Unami & Devin DiSanto, using electronics, concrete sounds, and spoken word to create diverse active environments of narratives and pure sound.

Epitaphs: Epitaphs [CASSETTE] Epitaphs:
Epitaphs [CASSETTE]

(Wee Space Tapes -- USA )

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New York City poet Colleen McCarthy & drummer David Grollman both read and improvise on McCarthy's book of short verses, "Epitaphs", honoring the deceased and the not-dead-yet who suffer(ed) variously psychoses and suicide, with Grollman accompanying on snare drum.

Kurzmann, Christof / Mats Gustafsson: Falling And Five Other Failings Kurzmann, Christof / Mats Gustafsson:
Falling And Five Other Failings

(Trost Records -- UK )

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Two versatile and innovative improvisers, Mats Gustafsson on saxophones and Christof Kurzmann on electronics and voice, extracted improvisations recorded in the studio to create the 7 parts of this rich, pulse-based and intensely understated work about Falling and Failing.

Film In Music: Tell Tale Film In Music:
Tell Tale

(Drip Audio -- Canada )

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Vancouver based cellist Peggy Lee leads the Film in Music project with a cast of superb improvisers including Dylan van der Schyff (drums), Torsten Muller (bass), Jesse Zubot (violin), &c, writing compositional drama for the 8 band members as as a basis for adventurous improv.

Borbetomagus: The Eastcote Studios Session [VINYL] Borbetomagus:
The Eastcote Studios Session [VINYL]

(Dancing Wayang -- UK )

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A rare studio album from the aggressive and influential free improv trio Borbetomagus of saxophonists Jim Sauter & Don Dietrich and guitarist Donald Miller, recorded in London in 2014, and described by Sauter himself as "unlike anything we've ever recorded before".

Musica Elettronica Viva: Symphony No 106 Musica Elettronica Viva:
Symphony No 106

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )

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Documenting a reunion of Musica Elettronica Viva's founders Frederic Rzewski (piano and vocals), Richard Teitelbaum (keyboards and computer) and Alvin Curran (keyboards, computer and shofar) at the 32nd International Festival Of Current Music in Victoriaville, Canada in 2016.

Zorn, John: The Classic Guide To Strategy Vol. 4 Zorn, John:
The Classic Guide To Strategy Vol. 4

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Downtown NY saxophonist John Zorn started his "Classic Guide to Strategy" in 1983, slowly releasing volumes up to this 4th, showing the depth of his conceptual underpinnings and superb playing style, technique, and truly unique approach to the saxophone.

Day & Taxi (Gallio / Jeger / Meier): Way [VINYL 2 LPs + CD] Day & Taxi (Gallio / Jeger / Meier):
Way [VINYL 2 LPs + CD]

(Percaso -- Switzerland )

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Swiss saxophonist Christoph Gallio has led the Day & Taxi group for more than 25 years, here as a trio with Silvan Jeger on double bass and David Meier on drums for a double LP of creative jazz blending unique contemporary composition with melodic approaches.

Rupp / Muller / Fischerlehner: TAM Rupp / Muller / Fischerlehner:
TAM

(Not Applicable -- Great Britain )

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Free improvisation from the German trio of Olaf Rupp (electric guitar), Matthias Muller (trombone), and Rudi Fischerlehner (drums), evolving pieces of intuitive music that plays below and above the surface in murky musics or confident collective improvisation.

Chrysakis, Thanos / Christian Kobi / Christian Skjodt / Zsolt Sores : Carved Water Chrysakis, Thanos / Christian Kobi / Christian Skjodt / Zsolt Sores :
Carved Water

(Aural Terrains -- Greece/UK )

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Using principles similar to Pauline Oliveros' Deep Listening, the quartet of Thanos Chrysakis, Christian Kobi, Christian Skjodt, and Zsolt Sores use acoustic and electronic instruments in carefully developed improvisations based around dynamics, densities & textures.

Riley, Howard : Constant Change 1976-2016 [5 CDs] Riley, Howard :
Constant Change 1976-2016 [5 CDs]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Pianist Howard Riley in a 5 CD box of absolutely impressive solo piano never before released on CD, including festival recordings in Paris & Debrecen, a 1987 cassette-only release, and three new albums from 2014, 15 & 16 titled as "Longer Story" "One", "Two" & "Three"; esssential!

Nu Band, The: The Final Concert [VINYL] Nu Band, The:
The Final Concert [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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The Nu Band with Roy Campbell, Jr on trumpet, Lou Grassi on drums, Joe Fonda on bass and Mark Whitecage on reeds toured from 2000-2014 until Campbell's passing; this excellent concert was their last with Campbell from their last tour, recorded at Sagewerk in Austria.

Kuchen, Martin / Mark Tokar / Arkadijus Gotesmanas: Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival [VINYL] Kuchen, Martin / Mark Tokar / Arkadijus Gotesmanas:
Live at Vilnius Jazz Festival [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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A live recording from the Vilnius Jazz and Music of Silent Film Festival in 2016, performing for an adaptation of the silent film "The Lost World" by Arturas Jevdokimovas, by the trio of Martin Kuchen on sax & flute, Mark Tokar on bass, and Arkadijus Goesmanas on drums.

Dikeman, John / Luis Vicente / Hugo Antunes / Gabriel Ferrandini: Salao Brasil [VINYL] Dikeman, John / Luis Vicente / Hugo Antunes / Gabriel Ferrandini:
Salao Brasil [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Live recordings from Salao, Brazil in 2016 by the quartet of John Dikeman on tenor saxophone, Luis Vicente on trumpet, Hugo Antunes on double bass, and Gabriel Ferrandini on drums, for two sets of exploratory and often explosive free jazz.

Cirera, Albert / Hernani Faustino / Gabriel Ferrandini / Agusti Fernandez: Before the Silence Cirera, Albert / Hernani Faustino / Gabriel Ferrandini / Agusti Fernandez:
Before the Silence

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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The quartet of saxophonist Albert Cirera, pianist Agusti Fernandez, Hernani Faustino on bass and Gabriel Ferrandini on drums recording during the Voll Damm Festival Jazz Vic in Barcelona in 2015 for a set of four expansive, collective improvisations of intense interaction.

Carrier, Francois / Michel Lambert / Rafal Mazur: The Joy Of Being Carrier, Francois / Michel Lambert / Rafal Mazur:
The Joy Of Being

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Live recordings from Alchemia Jazz Klub in Krakow, Poland in 2015 of the freely improvising trio of Francois Carrier on sax and Chinese oboe, Michel Lambert on drums, and Rafal Mazur on acoustic bass guitar, uniquely intertwining interchanges of joyful dialog.

Burrell, Dave / Bob Stewart: The Crave Play the music of Jelly Roll Morton and Dave Burrell [VINYL] Burrell, Dave / Bob Stewart:
The Crave Play the music of Jelly Roll Morton and Dave Burrell [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Frequent collaborators, pianist Dave Burrell and tuba player Bob Stewart take on the early jazz music of Jelly Roll Morton alongside original compositions from Burrell, performed live at the Kolner Stadtgarten in Cologne, Germany in 1994 for a joyful look forward and back.

Picnic (Honsinger / Kondo / Bergen / Jacques Avenel / Vatcher / Vigni): Picnic Picnic (Honsinger / Kondo / Bergen / Jacques Avenel / Vatcher / Vigni):
Picnic

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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ICP Orchestra cellist/composer Tristan Honsinger wrote these sophisticated works combining free improv with mischievous songs in a band with Toshinori Kondo on trumpet, Sean Bergen on sax, Jean Jacques Avenel on bass, Michael Vatcher on drums and Tiziana Simona Vigni on voice.

Chadbourne, Eugene : There'll Be No Tears Tonight Chadbourne, Eugene :
There'll Be No Tears Tonight

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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A much-needed reissue of Eugene Chadbourne's ground-breaking free country improv album recorded in NYC with a great Downtown NY lineup including Tom Cora, John Zorn, Scott Manring, and David Licht, performing twisted takes on classics by Paycheck, Haggard, Miller, &c.

Dresser, Mark Seven (Mitchell / Ehrlich / Boroff / Dessen / White / Black): Sedimental You Dresser, Mark Seven (Mitchell / Ehrlich / Boroff / Dessen / White / Black):
Sedimental You

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Downtown NY scene pioneering bassist, currently on the West Coast, Mark Dresser presents an album of original compositions performed with an amazing septet including Marty Ehrlich, Jim Black, Joshua White, Michael Dessen, David Morales Borof, and Nicole Mitchell.

Parker, Evan / Daunik Lazro / Joe McPhee: Seven Pieces. Live At Willisau 1995 Parker, Evan / Daunik Lazro / Joe McPhee:
Seven Pieces. Live At Willisau 1995

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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1995 recordings of the superb saxophone trio of Evan Paker on tenor & soprano, Daunik Lazro on alto & baritone, and Joe McPhee on alto & soprano, plus alto clarinet and pocket trumpet, a group that went undocumented until this live concert tape at Willisau was discovered.

Motif (Lonning / Nymo / Thieke / Wilk / Johansen / Vagan): My Head is Listening Motif (Lonning / Nymo / Thieke / Wilk / Johansen / Vagan):
My Head is Listening

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Since 1999 the Norwegian Motif band has surprised listeners with their energetic, intelligent approach to experimental jazz, bridging free, structured, and collective approaches to improvised music, here as a sextet of trumpet/sax/clarinet/piano/bass/drums.

Rothenberg, Ned / Mark Feldman / Sylvie Courvoisier: In Cahoots Rothenberg, Ned / Mark Feldman / Sylvie Courvoisier:
In Cahoots

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Long time collaborators and friends, part of the original Downtown NY scene, mutli-reedist and shakuhachi player Ned Rothenberg joins violinist Mark Feldman and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier to record a beautifully insightful album of commanding improvisation.

Risser, Eve / White Desert Orchestra: Les Deux Versants Se Regardent Risser, Eve / White Desert Orchestra:
Les Deux Versants Se Regardent

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Pianist and composer Eve Risser wrote this work after a mystical experience in Bryce Canyon, Utah, adding a choir to her 10-piece orchestra, balancing big band and chamber orchestra through instrumentation and approach, creating a complex and fulfilling journey in sound.

Chicago Plan, The (Swell / Ullmann / Lonberg-Holdm / Zerang): The Chicago Plan Chicago Plan, The (Swell / Ullmann / Lonberg-Holdm / Zerang):
The Chicago Plan

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Bringing together the core of the Gebhard Ullmann / Steve Swell Quartet in sax and trombone with Chicago mainstay improvisers Fred Longberg-Holm on cello & electronics and Michael Zerang on drums for an album that embraces free jazz, world rhythms, and experimental sound.

Hocevar, Dre (Hocevar / Pluta / Tevis  / Qu / Rasmussen / Corren / Clarke / St. Louis / Fraser): Tra Hocevar, Dre (Hocevar / Pluta / Tevis / Qu / Rasmussen / Corren / Clarke / St. Louis / Fraser):
Transcendental Within the Sphere of Indivisible Remainder

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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An expansive album blending acoustic and electronic instruments in unique ways, creating a tapestry of sound as a framework for creative improvisation, composed by drummer Dre Hocevar & performed in an ensemble that includes some of New York's finest young improvisers.

Friends & Neighbors (Roligheten / Johansson / Gronberg / Rune Strom / Ostvang): What's Wrong [VINYL] Friends & Neighbors (Roligheten / Johansson / Gronberg / Rune Strom / Ostvang):
What's Wrong [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Following jazz traditions blending lyrical and free approaches with unexpected twists and turns from the Norwegian quintet of Andree Roligheten on sax, Thomas Johansson on trumpet, Oscar Gronberg on piano, Jon Rune Strom on double bass, and Tollef Ostvang on drums.

Mathisen / Svendsen / Wildhagen: Momentum  [VINYL] Mathisen / Svendsen / Wildhagen:
Momentum [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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With a list of projects including Shagma, The Core, Zanussi 5 and Mopti, the trio of Jorgen Mathisen (sax), Christian Meaas Svendsen (bass) and Andreas Wildhagen (drums), "Momentum" is an apt name for their uniquely building, unpredictable and atypical improvisations.

McPhee, Joe / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten: Bricktop McPhee, Joe / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten:
Bricktop

(Trost Records -- UK )

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Live recordings at Sugar Maple/Okka Fest in 2015 from the duo of saxophonist Joe McPhee on tenor & soprano, and double bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, in a set dedicated to Paris jazz singer and club owner Ada Beatrice Queen Victoria Louise Virginia Smith, aka Bricktop.

McPhee, Joe / Raymond Boni: Live From The Magic City (Birmingham, Alabama) McPhee, Joe / Raymond Boni:
Live From The Magic City (Birmingham, Alabama)

(Trost Records -- UK )

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During the 80s, free jazz saxophonist Joe McPhee teamed up with French guitarist Raymond Boni to perform and release albums; this live concert at the University of Alabama is from that period, an excellent example instant composition inspired by Eric Dolphy.

Braxton, Anthony: Quintet (Basel) 1977 Braxton, Anthony:
Quintet (Basel) 1977

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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Reissuing and remastering Braxton's outstanding radio concert for Radio DRS in Safranzunft, Basel in 1977 in a quintet with George Lewis on trombone, Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, Mark Helias on double bass, and Charles "Bobo" Shaw on drums.

Harrison, Jackson Trio: Sintering Harrison, Jackson Trio:
Sintering

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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Melodic and texturally rich jazz from the trio of pianist Jackson Harrison with Ben Waples on double bass and brother James Waples on drums, a lyrical album of original compositions named for the process of coalescing a powder into a solid by heating it without liquefaction.

Snik: Metasediment Rock [VINYL] Snik:
Metasediment Rock [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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SNIK IS led by trombonist Kristoffer Kompen and bassist Ole Morten Vagan, who provide the compositions for their quartet with saxophonist Kristoffer Berre Alberts and drummer Erik Nylander, in an album that ranges from meditative free playing to hard swinging bop oriented jazz.

Rupp / Fischerlehner: Live in Aarhus Rupp / Fischerlehner:
Live in Aarhus

(Farai-Records -- Austria )

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The roots of Xenofox, the duo of electric guitarist Olaf Rupp and drummer Rudi Fischerlehner, performing at the 2014 Lydfestival in Aarhus, Denmark in an excursive set of free improv with a rock-oriented edge that ebbs and flows with power and technical skill.

Xenofox (Rupp / Fischerlehner): Hundred Beginnings Xenofox (Rupp / Fischerlehner):
Hundred Beginnings

(Farai-Records -- Austria )

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The debut of Xenofox, the duo of Olaf Rupp on electric guitar and Rudi Fischerlehner on drum playing electric improv that ranges from critically dense to spacious and exploratory, blending rock and European Free Improv sensibilities into a moody and absorbing album.

Lipchitz: Lipchitz [CASSETTE] Lipchitz:
Lipchitz [CASSETTE]

(Wee Space Tapes -- USA )

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An unusual duo of voice and percussion from New York City percussionist David Grollman (Prom Night, Wee Tapes) and vocalist Ryan Krause, using space, dynamics and acoustic to create improvised works that range from atmospherically tonal to bizarrely interactive.

Musicworks: #126 Fall 2016 [MAGAZINE + CD] Musicworks:
#126 Fall 2016 [MAGAZINE + CD]

(Musicworks -- Canada )

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Canada's premiere music magazine, with articles on The Sound Future of Virtual Reality; Roarke Menzies; Heidi Chan; Erin Gee; Eric Normand; Carmen Braden; Nick Dourado; plus a CD with recordings from Eric Normand, Carmen Braden, Erin Gee, Nick Dourado, Heidi Chan, and Plumes Ensemble.

Nordstrom, Fredrik : Gentle Fire, Restless Dreams [2 CDs] Nordstrom, Fredrik :
Gentle Fire, Restless Dreams [2 CDs]

(Moserobie Music -- Norway )

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Saxophonist Fredrik Nordstrom releases two sides of his music, the hard-hitting "Gentle Fire" and the more contemplative "Restless Dreams" in a 2 CD release with Gerald Cleaver on drums and Swedish jazz musicians Jonas Ostholm on piano and Torbjourn Zetterberg on double bass.

Remote Viewers, The: No Voice From The Hall Remote Viewers, The:
No Voice From The Hall

(Remote Viewers -- Great Britain )

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The 15th album from the UK based, saxophone heavy Remote Viewers led by David Petts, bridging compositions and improvisation with a rock sensibility, in a sextet that includes improv heavies Mark Sanders on drums and John Edwards on bass.

Duthoit, Isabelle / Georg Graewe: Parlance Duthoit, Isabelle / Georg Graewe:
Parlance

(Nuscope -- USA )

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The duo of French clarinetist Isabelle Duthoit and Viennese pianist Georg Graewe in a subtle and sophisticated set of improvisations with chamber music inclinations, using impressive technique that serves their beautiful and mesmerizing dialog.

Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: The Organ Grinder [VINYL 2 LPS] Free Nelson Mandoomjazz:
The Organ Grinder [VINYL 2 LPS]

(Rarenoise Records -- Great Britain )

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The Edinburgh trio of Archibald (drums), Colin Stewart (bass) and Rebecca Sneddon (alto saxophone) play an experimental blend of doom metal and free jazz, with guests trumpeter Luc Klein and trombonist Patrick Darley, in an album that bridges heavy rock with melodic improv.

Cundy, Chris: Gustav Lost Cundy, Chris:
Gustav Lost

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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A melodic set of improvisations composed by bass clarinetist Chris Cundy, using approaches for songwriting to create compelling jazz compositions, in a band with Fyfe Dangerfield on piano, Mat Martin on guitar, Hannah Marshall on cello, Mark Sanders on drums and Dominic Lash on bass.

Rummel, Simon Ensemble: Nichts Fur Alle (Nothing For All) Rummel, Simon Ensemble:
Nichts Fur Alle (Nothing For All)

(Umlaut Records -- Germany )

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Cologne pianist and composer Simon Russell wrote these compositions, melding jazz, classical, electronic, even tango music into lyrical and joyfully quirky works, performed by his ensemble with Goerg Wissel, Matthias Muche, Udo Moll, Carl Ludwig Hubsch, &c.

Schall Und Rausch (Mukarji / Arrias / Dorner / Fagaschinski): Vapour Schall Und Rausch (Mukarji / Arrias / Dorner / Fagaschinski):
Vapour

(Confront -- Great Britain )

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Meaning "sound and smoke", the quartet of trumpeter Axel Dorner, pianist Tisha Mukarji, and reedist Johan Arrias & Kai Fagaschinski are caught live at Ausland in Berlin for a set of tonal improvisations based on compositions, creating outstanding textural environments.

Gerbal, Antonin : Sound Of Drums Gerbal, Antonin :
Sound Of Drums

(Umlaut Records -- Germany )

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An absorbing album of solo drum work from French drummer/percussionist Antonin Gerbal, recording in the studio and demonstrating his profound sonic and technical approaches to the drums, isolated from projects like Peeping Tom, Bertrand Denzler/ONCEIM or Zoor.

Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake): Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake):
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds

(RogueArt -- France )

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An almost ceremonial release in percussive approaches to improvisation from the trio of William Parker on double bass, shakuhachi, thumb piano & more, Hamid Drake on drums, cymbals and gongs, and Joe Morris on guitar, banjo, bass, pocket trumpet, fiddle & whistles.

Mitchell's, Nicole Black Earth Ensemble & Ensemble Laborintus: Moments Of Fatherhood Mitchell's, Nicole Black Earth Ensemble & Ensemble Laborintus:
Moments Of Fatherhood

(RogueArt -- France )

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Chicago flautist Nicole Mitchell presents a work inspired by photographs from scholar and leader of social justice, W.E.B. Dubois, about African American prosperity after the civil war, a rich and compelling set of compositions performed in an ensemble of superb Chicago improvisers.

Illegal Crowns (Halvorson / Fujiwara / Delbecq / Ho Bynum): Illegal Crowns Illegal Crowns (Halvorson / Fujiwara / Delbecq / Ho Bynum):
Illegal Crowns

(RogueArt -- France )

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A cooperative band of mostly NY improvisers-- Mary Halvorson on guitar, Tomas Fujiwara on drums, Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet & flugelhorn, and French pianist Benoit Delbecq, recording in the studio for a album of uniquely unusual and rewarding compositions from all players.

Spontaneous Music Orchestra: Search & Reflect (1973-81) [2 CDs] Spontaneous Music Orchestra:
Search & Reflect (1973-81) [2 CDs]

(Emanem -- Great Britain )

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An amazing collection of concepts described in John Steven's manual "Search and Reflect" and recorded in workshops and concerts primarily in the 70s, with participants including Trevor Watts, Evan Parker, Paul Rutherfod, Ian Brighton, Nigel Coombes, John Russell, Lindsay Cooper, &c.

Giuffre, Jimmy 3: Bremen & Stuttgart (1961) [2 CDs] Giuffre, Jimmy 3:
Bremen & Stuttgart (1961) [2 CDs]

(Emanem -- Great Britain )

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The sophisticated and influential Jimmy Giuffre 3 led by clarinetist Giuffre with Paul Bley on piano and Steve Swallow on double bass, in a 2-CD reissue of their only known well-recorded concerts, alongside two tracks from their "Fusion" album not included in the ECM reissue.

Parker, Evan / Mark Nauseef / Toma Gouband : As The Wind Parker, Evan / Mark Nauseef / Toma Gouband :
As The Wind

(psi -- Spain )

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A brilliant album of subtle and masterful improvisation recorded in 2012 at and using the reverb of the St. Peters church in Whitstable by soprano saxophonist Evan Parker with two percussionists: Toma Gouband on lithophone-based percussion and Mark Nauseef on metallophone-based percussion.

Weston, Veryan: Discoveries on Tracker Action Organs Weston, Veryan:
Discoveries on Tracker Action Organs

(Emanem -- Great Britain )

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Legendary pianist Veryan Weston set out across England in 2014 in search of tracker-action organs, which he tested for suitability for a planned trio album, where possible recording himself on the instrument, as heard in these seven recordings of unusual and impressive improvisations.

Jackson / Baker / Kirshner: The Noisy Miner  [CASSETTE with DOWNLOAD CODE] Jackson / Baker / Kirshner:
The Noisy Miner [CASSETTE with DOWNLOAD CODE]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Chicago mainstays Keefe Jackson on tenor and sopranino sax, Jim Baker on piano and synths, and Julian Kirshner on drums, are caught live at the Constellation in 2015 for a forceful, demanding yet lyrical set of free improvisations, a great example of the fertile Chicago scene.

Dunmall / Noble / Edwards / Sanders: Chords Of Connections Dunmall / Noble / Edwards / Sanders:
Chords Of Connections

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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A stunning example of collective free improvisation from the quartet of frequent collaborators and superb improvisers, Paul Dunmall on tenor & soprano sax, Liam Noble on piano, Mark Sanders on drums, and John Edwards on bass, recording in the studio in Birmingham.

Dunmall, Paul / Phillip Gibbs: Electrosonics Dunmall, Paul / Phillip Gibbs:
Electrosonics

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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An album of improvised electronics from frequent collaborators Paul Dunmall on a Yamaha WX11 electronic wind instrument, and Philip Gibbs performing on electric guitar, in 9-parts exploring the unusual tonalities in both expansive and highly technical approaches.

Hein, Nicola L. / Mia Zabelka : The Honey Pump Hein, Nicola L. / Mia Zabelka :
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(FMR -- Great Britain )

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Instant compositions on from Nicola L. Hein on guitar and Mia Zabelka on violin, both versed in soundscape and sonic sculptures, using extended techniques to create dense but dynamic sonic landscapes with significant room for silence.

Schindler, Udo / Marco von Orelli : Luft.Spiele Schindler, Udo / Marco von Orelli :
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(FMR -- Great Britain )

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A wild dialog between Swiss trumpeter Marco von Orelli and saxophonist Udo Schindler, recording live at the 58th SALON for Klang+Kunst in Krailing/Munich in 2015, using an insanely advanced set of techniques and approaches to their horns for intense and exultant effect.

Bonga / Champion / Mwamba: Paperstone Suite Bonga / Champion / Mwamba:
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(FMR -- Great Britain )

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Since 2012 the improvising trio of saxophonist Ntshuks Bonga, bassist Andy Champion and Corey Mwamba have met to perform at concerts and festivals, here captured in the studio in a dynamic dialog balancing fervent and contemplative playing with commanding skill.

Ishikawa, Ko / Tetuzi Akiyama / Hideo Ikegami: Live at Kissa Sakaiki Ishikawa, Ko / Tetuzi Akiyama / Hideo Ikegami:
Live at Kissa Sakaiki

(Confront -- Great Britain )

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Contrabassist Hideo Ikegami organized this trio with frequent collaborator, guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama, and Sho master Ko Ishikawa, performing at the Tokyo cafe Kissa Sakaiki, presenting two sets of extended free improvisation with a unique sense of space and sound.

Jerman / Barnes: Versatile Ambience [VINYL] Jerman / Barnes:
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(IDEA Intermedia -- USA )

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Without referencing typical genre or style, the collaboration of sound artists Tim Barnes and Jeph Jerman moves a step forward with this 45 RPM LP release of texture and atmosphere, with assistance from Ken Vandermark, Jacob Duncan, Aaron Michael Bulter, Sara Saltau & Bret Berry.

Ewen / Smith / Walter: Live in Texas Ewen / Smith / Walter:
Live in Texas

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )

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Seven "hyperactive and urgent improvisations" of the reunited trio of guitarist Sandy Ewen, double bassist Damon Smith and drummer Weasel Walter, performing at the NMASS festval in Austin, Texas, and two venues in Houston, Texas; rugged and rewarding exploratory playing.

Fielder, Alvin / Damon Smith: Song For Chico Fielder, Alvin / Damon Smith:
Song For Chico

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )

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Free improvisations and a few fascinating covers of work by Cecil Taylor, Chico Hamilton, and Johnny Dyani from the duo of double bassist Damon Smith and legendary drummer Alvin Fielder, showing intense and unusual approaches in great rhythmic dialog.

Swell, Steve: The Loneliness of the Long Distance Improviser Swell, Steve:
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(Swell Records -- USA )

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A diverse and engrossing solo album from NY-based, global travelling trombonist Steve Swell, showing vast creative and technical skills through unusual techniques that balance with inventive and lyrical approaches to the horn, a tour-de-force of modern playing.

Fenetre Ovale (Risser / Ruhl / Billet / Gouband): Deuxieme Volet Fenetre Ovale (Risser / Ruhl / Billet / Gouband):
Deuxieme Volet

(Umlaut Records -- Germany )

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Transcendental and exceptional improvisation in the 2nd release from the Fenetre Ovale project, with composer Karl Naegelen and improvisers Eve Risser (piano) and Joris Ruhl (clarinet), expanded with the arrival of percussionist Toma Gouband and violinist Amaryllis Billet.

Sao Paulo Underground / Rob Mazurek: Cantos Invisiveis Sao Paulo Underground / Rob Mazurek:
Cantos Invisiveis

(Cuneiform -- USA )

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The 5th album for Sao Paulo Underground with Rob Mazurek, bringing Brazilian drummer/percussionist Mauricio Takata and keyboardist Guilherem Granado together with the Chicago cornetist, also on keys, and here with Swiss/Brazilian transplant Thomas Rohrer on winds.

Normand, Eric: Mattempa Normand, Eric:
Mattempa

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )

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Based on Canadian physician & author Jacques Ferron's book "Gaspe Mattempa", bassist Eric Normad leads a quintet into a mythological audio world with Raphael Arsenault (violin), Philippe Lauzier (bass clarinet), Alexandre Robichaud (trumpet) & Antoine Letourneau-Berger (percussion).

Wright, Jack / Zachary Darrup: Meet & Greet Wright, Jack / Zachary Darrup:
Meet & Greet

(Spring Garden Music -- USA )

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Interactive free improvisation on sax and guitar from Jack Wright on alto and soprano, and Zachary Darrup on electric guitar, a mix of intensely technical work alongside strange and even aberrant voicings from both instruments, a great balance of exuberant and thoughtful playing.

Wright, Jack : Sample Tape: 1979-1985 Wright, Jack :
Sample Tape: 1979-1985

(Spring Garden Music -- USA )

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In the 80s sasxophonist Jack Wright used his "Sample Tape" as a way of communicating his own personal views and preferences in his playing to others; this release updates that calling card with new, edited, and improved works, as he digs through his extensive recording archives.

Parker, Evan / Pat Thomas / John Russell / John Edwards / Alex Ward / Alison Blunt / Benedict Taylor Parker, Evan / Pat Thomas / John Russell / John Edwards / Alex Ward / Alison Blunt / Benedict Taylor / David Leahy / Kay Grant:
Mopomoso Tour 2013 | Making Rooms [4 CD BOX SET]

(Weekertoft -- Great Britain )

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An excellent 4-CD set from a UK tour of the long-running London monthly concert series Mopomoso, featuring improvisations from various grouping of John Russell, Evan Parker, John Edwards, David Leahy, Pat Thomas, Alison Blunt, Benedict Taylor, Kay Grant & Alex Ward.

Brotzmann, Peter / Steve Noble / John Edwards: The Worse The Better: Live at Cafe OTO, January 2010 Brotzmann, Peter / Steve Noble / John Edwards:
The Worse The Better: Live at Cafe OTO, January 2010 [VINYL REPRESS]

(Otoroku -- Great Britain )

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LP edition of the first set performed by the trio of Peter Brotzmann, Steve Noble and John Edwards at Cafe OTO in January 2010 during Brotzmann's first residency at the venue, and the first time this trio had played together.

Hearts & Minds (Stein / Giallorenzo / Rosaly): Hearts & Minds [VINYL] Hearts & Minds (Stein / Giallorenzo / Rosaly):
Hearts & Minds [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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The Chicago trio of Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Paul Giallorenzon on keys, and Frank Rosaly on drums, performing a joyful album of lyrical jazz, blending compositions and free playing with modern creative skills and unpredictable, enthusiastic soloing; superb!



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