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Octet Recordings


 
Parker, William - The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield: I Plan To Stay A Believer [2 CDs] Parker, William - The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield:
I Plan To Stay A Believer [2 CDs]

(Aum Fidelity -- USA )

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Parker's definitive document of his Curtis Mayfield songbook project with Hamid Drake, Dave Burrell, Sabir Mateen, Darryl Foster & Amiri Baraka, promoting Mayfield's positive messages of hope and fortitude.

P.O.W.E.R.: Tomahawk Territory P.O.W.E.R.:
Tomahawk Territory

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )

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Trio improvisations with guitar, violin, and an assortment of noise elements, thoughtful pieces that use space wisely as they prepare for vicious attacks of sound.

Atomic/School Days: Distil Atomic/School Days:
Distil

(Okka -- USA )

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A 2 CD set of a 2006 concert in Chicago from the melding of Atomic and School Days, with Jeb Bishop, Ken Vandermark, Magnus Broo, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, &c.

Boyko, DB / Duncan, Christine / Martin, Jean: Idiolalla Boyko, DB / Duncan, Christine / Martin, Jean:
Idiolalla

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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Vocalists DB Boyko and Christine Duncan turn gibberish into improvised poetry while accompanied by drummer Jean Martin who uses multi-timbered objects to create beautiful and absurd music.

Horvey, Amy: Interview Horvey, Amy:
Interview

(Malasartes -- Canada )

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A collection of narrative and experimental sound worlds for solo trumpet, born out of improvisation and organized through thoughtful collaborations with composers from Canada to Argentina.

Brady, Tim / Bradyworks, Quatuor Molinari: My 20th Century (CD + DVD) [DVD] Brady, Tim / Bradyworks, Quatuor Molinari:
My 20th Century (CD + DVD) [DVD]

(Ambiances Jazz -- Canada )

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Tim Brady with Bradyworks and Quatuor Molinari in a CD/DVD release of four synchronized musical, video & theater works, ambitious and fascinating compositional pieces.

Bynum, Taylor Ho / John Hebert / Gerald Cleaver: Book of Three: Continuum Bynum, Taylor Ho / John Hebert / Gerald Cleaver:
Book of Three: Continuum

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Collective improvisation from Ho Bynum's Book of Three with bassist John Hebert & drummer Gerald Cleaver, following their RogueArt CD with this exceptional album of original compositions plus works from Bobby Bradford, Salim Washington, and Jim Hobbs.

Jazz Hijokaidan: Made In Japan - Live At Shinjuku Pit Inn Jazz Hijokaidan:
Made In Japan - Live At Shinjuku Pit Inn

(Doubtmusic -- Japan )

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Hijokaidan renamed themselves "Jazz Hijokaidan" for the addition of Sakata Akira and Toyozumi "Sabu" Yoshisaburo to the group, recording this blazing improvised performance live at Shinjuku Pit Inn.

Threadgill, Henry Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs Threadgill, Henry Ensemble Double Up:
Old Locks and Irregular Verbs

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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Henry Threadgill's tribute to friend, composer-conductor Lawrence D. Butch Morris, in a detailed 4-part work with an excellent set of improvisers: Henry Threadgill, Jose Davila, Jason Moran, Christopher Hoffman, David Virelles, Roman Filiu, Curtis Macdonald, and Craig Weinrib.

Roebke, Jason Octet: Cinema Spiral Roebke, Jason Octet:
Cinema Spiral

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Bassist Jason Roebke leads his octet with Keefe Jackson, Greg Ward, Jason Stein, Josh Berman, Jeb Bishop, Jason Adasiewicz, and Mike Reed in a set of collaborative compositions, lyrical yet free improvisation from some of Chicago's finest players.

Brown, Earle: Chamber Music Brown, Earle:
Chamber Music

(Matchless -- Great Britain )

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Earle Brown conducts a chamber ensemble including John Tilbury on piano through a number of compositions, including versions of "October", "November", & "December", "Corroboree 1964 For Three Pianos", "Trio For Five Dances", and "Tracking Pierrot For Ensable".

Gravitones: plus Sounding Brass Gravitones:
plus Sounding Brass

(for T -- The Netherlands )

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Musique Action #4 (Marclay / Jauniaux / Minton / Yoshihide / Parkins / Weston / Vatcher / Luc Ex): M Musique Action #4 (Marclay / Jauniaux / Minton / Yoshihide / Parkins / Weston / Vatcher / Luc Ex):
Madame Luckerniddle - Tribute to Tom Cora

(Vand'Oeuvre -- France )

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The fourth of a collection dedicated to the French Musique Action Festival, here in a tribute to Tom Cora recorded in 1998 with Catherine Jauniaux, Phil Minton, Zeena Parkins, Christian Marclay, Otomo Yoshihide, Veryan Weston, &c. &c.

Temple of Bon Matin: Flower Footed Ghost Temple of Bon Matin:
Flower Footed Ghost

(Ruby Red Editora -- Portugal )

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Apocalyptic free-form jam logic from this free jazz unit including Ed Wilcox (Arthur Doyle), Vinne Paternostro, &c. in a set of deep south psychedelic improvisation.

Damana: Dag Magnus Narvesen Octet (Alberts / Mathisen / Roligheten / Powell / Kompen / Dale / Myhr / Damana: Dag Magnus Narvesen Octet (Alberts / Mathisen / Roligheten / Powell / Kompen / Dale / Myhr / Narvesen):
Cornua Copiae

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Norwegian drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen's octet with Kristoffer Alberts, Jorgen Mathisen and Andree Roligheten on reeds, and Hayden Powell and Kristoffer Kompen on brass, merging New Orleans and free jazz traditions in creative and lyrical jazz of embraceable compositions and exceptional soloing.

Feel No Other: Feel No Other <i>[Used Item]</i> Feel No Other:
Feel No Other [Used Item]

(Silber -- USA )

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Electric Bird Noise artist Brian Lea McKenzie extends his concepts in a new duo with vocalist Claudia Gregory (Exhaust the Fox, Claudia Versus the Queen of Hearts), with a new band name and a compelling set of epic electro-rock songs.

Murcia, Sarah: Never Mind The Future <i>[Used Item]</i> Murcia, Sarah:
Never Mind The Future [Used Item]

(Ayler -- France )

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Revisiting Sex Pistols' "Never Mind the Bollocks" in a band with Benoit Delbecq on piano, Gilles Coronado on guitar, Olivier Py on sax, Franck Vaillant on drums, and Sarah Murcia on bass, splitting the vocals with Mark Tompkins in a unique take on a punk classic.

Zemler, Hubert : Gostak & Doshes <i>[Used Item]</i> Zemler, Hubert :
Gostak & Doshes [Used Item]

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Drummer/percussionist Hubert Zemler's second solo album with two compositions inspired by electronic music, particularly by works of the ensemble Suaves Figures, recorded in the vaults of the Camaldolese Church in Bielany, Warsaw with Milosz Pekala on vibraphones.

Ensemble Hodos: Lifework : A Unity - Ensemble Hodos plays Philip Corner (Vol. 1) Ensemble Hodos:
Lifework : A Unity - Ensemble Hodos plays Philip Corner (Vol. 1)

(Umlaut Records -- France )

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Saxophonist Pierre-Antoine Badaroux and double bassist Sebastien Beliah formed Ensemble Hodos in 2008 to perform the music of composers who wrote scores that include freedom and/or improvisation for the players, here performing the music of Philip Corner.

Brady, Tim: 24 Frames - Scatter [2 CDs] + Trance [CD + DVD] <i>[Used Item]</i> Brady, Tim:
24 Frames - Scatter [2 CDs] + Trance [CD + DVD] [Used Item]

(Ambiances Jazz -- Canada )

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Putting together two releases from Montreal guitarist and composer Tim Brady's "24 Frames" project: "Trance" (CD + DVD) and "Scatter" (2 CDs), performed solo and with his Bradyworks ensemble.

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.

Paul, Leah: We Will Do The Worrying Paul, Leah:
We Will Do The Worrying

(Skirl -- USA )

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LA flutist Leah Paul began these works as through-composed chamber pieces, with lyrical content evolving as each song took shape, performed in a hybrid band of improvisers and chamber players with Afton Hefley singing about meditation of dreams and childhood memories.

Drake, Hamid / Sylvain Kassap: Heads Or Tails [2 CDs] Drake, Hamid / Sylvain Kassap:
Heads Or Tails [2 CDs]

(RogueArt -- France )

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A masterful fountain of melodic ideas, intriguing rhythms, and exceptional technical skill from the duo of Hamid Drake on drums and frame drum, and Sylvain Kassap on clarinets and chalumeau, recording live at the France Musique at Studio Theatre d’Alfortville and in the studio.

Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver): An Air of Unreality [VINYL] Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver):
An Air of Unreality [VINYL]

(RogueArt -- France )

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A live performance at Judson Church in Manhattan as part of the 20th Vision Festival from the NY/France free improvising trio of Joelle Leandre on double bass, Mat Maneri on viola, and Gerald Cleaver on drums and percussion, two tracks of steadily building, incredibly compatible dialog.

Draksler, Kaja Octet (w/ Baars / Nielsdoottir / Polence / Rave / Dumitriu / Heyndels / Govaert): Gle Draksler, Kaja Octet (w/ Baars / Nielsdoottir / Polence / Rave / Dumitriu / Heyndels / Govaert):
Gledalec [2 CDs]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Draksler's interest in poetry drives this 2-CD release, with a chamber octet of improvisers and orchestra players, with 2 vocalists, two reedists (inc. Ab Baars), violin, piano, double bass, drums & orchestral percussion, performing Draksler's compositions for the words of Pablo Neruda and Andriana Minou.

Miller, Harry: Different Times, Different Places Volume Two Miller, Harry:
Different Times, Different Places Volume Two

(Ogun -- Great Britain )

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Compiling un-released material from late British bassist Harry Miller's recordings from 1977, 78 & 82, in bands with drummer Louis Moholo, guitarist Bernie Holland, pianist Keith Tippett, saxophonists Trevor Watts & Alan Wakeman, trombonist Alan Tomlinson, and trumpeter Dave Holdsworth; effusive joyful lyrical jazz infused with African rhythms.

Paul, Leah: We Will Do The Worrying <i>[Used Item]</i> Paul, Leah:
We Will Do The Worrying [Used Item]

(Skirl -- USA )

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LA flutist Leah Paul began these works as through-composed chamber pieces, with lyrical content evolving as each song took shape, performed in a hybrid band of improvisers and chamber players with Afton Hefley singing about meditation of dreams and childhood memories.

Anderson, Fortner: Solitary Pleasures <i>[Used Item]</i> Anderson, Fortner:
Solitary Pleasures [Used Item]

(&Records -- Canada )

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The 35 poems found on Fortner Anderson's "Solitary Pleasures", performed with Michel F Cote, Sam Shalabi and Alexandre St-Onge, speak of the obsessions, phantasies and encounters of Anderson's life.

Clinamen Trio   (Marion / Di Donato / Berger): Decline Clinamen Trio (Marion / Di Donato / Berger):
Decline

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Roman philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus named "Clinamen" the unpredictable (in time and space) swerve of atoms falling in the void, which aptly describes the unexpected directions taken in subtle free improvisation from this French trio, led by bassist Louis-Michel Marion, with Jacques Di Donato on clarinet, and Philippe Berger on viola.

Glerum Omnibus: Omnibus Two <i>[Used Item]</i> Glerum Omnibus:
Omnibus Two [Used Item]

(Favorite -- The Netherlands )

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Previously played Squidco store copy, used for cataloging and samples, in excellent condition.

Review Copy, not new but in mint condition. May have a strike, the word "Promo" or a drill hole. Inquire on condition if you are concern...

Pollak, Andreas / Johan Graden: Terror Of Positivity Pollak, Andreas / Johan Graden:
Terror Of Positivity

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The Swedish duo of percussionist Andreas Pollak and prepared pianist Johan Graden (Adam & Alma) in an album of references and innuendo, clandestine and furtive sounds that evoke great mystery and drama in beautifully shaped sound; evocative music that deceives to emerge from the electronic realm while in actuality coming from all acoustic sources.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Nuno Torres / Eduardo Chagas / Antonio Chap Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Nuno Torres / Eduardo Chagas / Antonio Chaparreiro / Rodrigo Pinheiro / Carlos Santos / Jose Oliveira :
Jadis La Pluie Etait Bleue

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The second volume of the project heard in the previous Creative Sources album, "Suspensao", here in a 9-piece electroacoust ensemble with viola, cello, doublebass, alto sax, trombone, piano, electric guitar, computer and percussion, suspenseful lowercase music that unfolds in mysterious, beautiful and rewarding ways.

Sa, Joana & Luis Jose Martins: Almost a Song <i>[Used Item]</i> Sa, Joana & Luis Jose Martins:
Almost a Song [Used Item]

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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A beautiful collaboration between Luis Jose Martins on classical guitar, percussion & electronics, and Joan Sa on piano, toy piano, celestra, idiophones & electronics, gentle music that's nearly a song, but actually sophisticated, textured, and lovely contemporary improvisation.

Brady, Tim: 24 Frames - Scatter [2 CDs] + Trance [CD + DVD] Brady, Tim:
24 Frames - Scatter [2 CDs] + Trance [CD + DVD]

(Ambiances Jazz -- Canada )

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Putting together two releases from Montreal guitarist and composer Tim Brady's "24 Frames" project: "Trance" (CD + DVD) and "Scatter" (2 CDs), performed solo and with his Bradyworks ensemble.

Shiurba, John: Triplicate Shiurba, John:
Triplicate

(Spool -- Canada )

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Composer John Shiurba with an impressive West Coast octet including vocalists Lara Bruckmann & Morgan Guberman, trumpeter Tom Djll, drummer Gino Robair, and bassist Matthew Sperry, &c. conducting them through five twisted compositions.

Beuger, Antoine : Ockeghem Octets Beuger, Antoine :
Ockeghem Octets

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Wandelweiser composer Antoine Beuger presents 25 of the 50 pages of his "Ockeghem Octets", each piece dedicated to one of Beuger's heroes, performed by an octet comprised of melodica, concertina, harmonium, e-bow zither, cello, flute, accordion and alto flute, each player provided notes and a playing methodology to create these gorgeous soundscape.

Skogen / Magnus Granberg: 'Ist gefallen in den Schnee' (2010) and 'Despairs had Governed Me Too Long Skogen / Magnus Granberg:
'Ist gefallen in den Schnee' (2010) and 'Despairs had Governed Me Too Long' (2012) [double CD reissue]

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Ist gefallen in den Schnee: A piece by Swedish composer-pianist Magnus Granberg, performed with Angharad Davies, Anna Lindal, Leo Svensson Sander, John Eriksson, Erik Carlsson, Henrik Olsson, Petter Wastberg and Toshimaru Nakamura; Despairs: A beautiful extended composition exquisitely played by an ensemble of fine musicians.

Svendsen, Christian Meaas : Avin Svendsen, Christian Meaas :
Avin

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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Known more for his double bass work, Christian Meaas Svendsen releases a stunningly beautiful album of unusually orchestrated pop songs with an 8-piece band of Nordic improvisers and performers, a dramatic album of tension and release which, despite lyrics in Norwegian, draws all listeners in through inventive and innovative musical structures.

Svendsen, Christian Meaas : Avin [VINYL LP] Svendsen, Christian Meaas :
Avin [VINYL LP]

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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Known more for his double bass work, Christian Meaas Svendsen releases a stunningly beautiful album of unusually orchestrated pop songs with an 8-piece band of Nordic improvisers and performers, a dramatic album of tension and release which, despite lyrics in Norwegian, draws all listeners in through inventive and innovative musical structures.

Brady, Tim / Bradyworks: 24 Frames - Scatter [2 CDs] Brady, Tim / Bradyworks:
24 Frames - Scatter [2 CDs]

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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Montreal creative guitarist Tim Brady and his Bradyworks (Lori Freedman, Karen Young, &c) performing 6 duos for electric guitar with other instruments, and 12 compositions for electric guitar (with and without effects pedals).

Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza: Azioni/Reazioni 1967-1969 [4CD +  DVD BOX] Gruppo Di Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza:
Azioni/Reazioni 1967-1969 [4CD + DVD BOX]

(Die Schachtel -- Italy )

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Box set CD reissue of the 2007 release of this seminal Italian free improvising group's complete recordings from 1967-69, in a deluxe box with 4 CDs, a DVD containing the original film "Nuova Consonanza" shot by Theo Gallher of their 1967 concert, and a 64 page LP-size book in English and Italian with essays, group commentary, collected reviews, &c.

Mitchell, Nicole: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds Mitchell, Nicole:
Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds

(FPE Records -- USA )

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The second astounding album from Chicago Flutist Nicole Mitchell on the FPE label, continuing her project in the sphere of Sun Ra and Afrofuturists, merging fiction, fantasy and sound in an electro-chamber octet, encompassing contemporary classical, globally oriented fusion, gospel, avant-rock, spoken word, and funk-inspired groove research.

Mitchell, Nicole: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds [VINYL] Mitchell, Nicole:
Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds [VINYL]

(FPE Records -- USA )

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The second astounding album from Chicago Flutist Nicole Mitchell on the FPE label, continuing her project in the sphere of Sun Ra and Afrofuturists, merging fiction, fantasy and sound in an electro-chamber octet, encompassing contemporary classical, globally oriented fusion, gospel, avant-rock, spoken word, and funk-inspired groove research.

Smith, Wadada Leo: Najwa Smith, Wadada Leo:
Najwa

(Tum -- Finland )

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Paying tribute to musicians whose vision paved the way for modern creative players to use new approaches, language and philosophy in improvisation, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's band with four guitarists, electric bass, drums and percussion dedicates five incredible compositions to Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Ronald Shannon Jackson, and Billie Holiday.

Diceros (Rodrigues / Hencleday / Rodrigues / Flak / Curado / Parrinha / Guerreiro / Godinho): Urze Diceros (Rodrigues / Hencleday / Rodrigues / Flak / Curado / Parrinha / Guerreiro / Godinho):
Urze

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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An extended improvisation of mostly quiet, occasionally cantankerous, but always intriguing free music, primarily acoustic playing with a strong cast of string players, plus reeds, keys, and computer, creating suspenseful music of great tension and impressive restraint as the sound evolves in gradations and facets of sound.

Suspensao ( Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Mira / Torres / Chagas / Chaprreiro / Santos / Morao): Porto Cov Suspensao ( Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Mira / Torres / Chagas / Chaprreiro / Santos / Morao):
Porto Covo

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Frey, Jurg : Collection Gustave Roud [2 CDs] Frey, Jurg :
Collection Gustave Roud [2 CDs]

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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A double CD with five beautiful pieces that engage with the work of the extraordinary French-Swiss poet Gustave Roud, with performers including Dante Boon, Stefan Thut, Andrew McIntosh and Jurg Frey himself, 10 compositions that Frey wrote in the manner that Roud would, roaming with a sketchbook and developing the pieces based on impressions of his surroundings.

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).

Laubrock, Ingrid Octet: Zurich Concert Laubrock, Ingrid Octet:
Zurich Concert

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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The NEWJazz Meeting of the SWR German Radio in Baden-Baden brought saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock together with Tom Rainey, Ben Davis, Drew Gress, Liam Noble, Ted Reichman and Mary Halvorson to develop these 7 pieces, recorded live in concert in Zurich, 2011.

Otopus (Rodrigues / Humm / Curado / Piosik / Hencleeday / Almeida / Santos / Godinho): Vulgaris Otopus (Rodrigues / Humm / Curado / Piosik / Hencleeday / Almeida / Santos / Godinho):
Vulgaris

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Correctly configured, the Portugese ensemble Octopus is an octet, and though named after the most common of the breed, this 8-tentacled orchestration of strings, flute, trumpet, piano, guitar, electronics and percussion, all using extended techniques, slides deftly and with incredible restraint through a large, detailed dark-water work of electroacoustic improvisation.

Moholo-Moholo, Louis Unit: An Open Letter to My Wife Mpumi Moholo-Moholo, Louis Unit:
An Open Letter to My Wife Mpumi

(Ogun -- Great Britain )

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Louis Moholo's Unit, a septet with John Edwards on bass, Pule Pheto on piano, dual saxophones from Jason Yarde and Nutshuks Bonga and vibraphonist Orphy Robinson.

Nauseef, Mark: All In All In all Nauseef, Mark:
All In All In all

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Influenced by rock, jazz, Javanese and Balinese gamelan, NY drummer Mark Nauseef's career has embraced an inclusive blending of styles, heard in this fantastic new album embracing compositional and ea styles, recorded with previous collaborators including Tony Oxley, Bill Laswell, Walter Quintus, along with Sylvie Courvoisier, Pat Thomas, Miroslav Tadic, & Arthur Jarvinen.

Film In Music: Tell Tale <i>[Used Item]</i> Film In Music:
Tell Tale [Used Item]

(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.

Sun Ra: The Cymbals / Symbols Sessions: New York City 1973 [2 CDs] Sun Ra:
The Cymbals / Symbols Sessions: New York City 1973 [2 CDs]

(Modern Harmonic -- USA )

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In 1973 Sun Ra went into the studio for Impulse! to record "Cymbals" with the octet of Danny Davis, John Gilmore, Elmoe Omoe, Ronnie Boykins, Derek Morris, and Akh Tal Ebah; though 2 LP's worth of material were recorded, the album was never released until now, in a remastered edition bringing listeners this much-anticipated album of synth-heavy, Arkestra-oriented 'Ra.

Sun Ra: The Cymbals / Symbols Sessions: New York City 1973 [VINYL 2 LPs] Sun Ra:
The Cymbals / Symbols Sessions: New York City 1973 [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Modern Harmonic -- USA )

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In 1973 Sun Ra went into the studio for Impulse! to record "Cymbals" with the octet of Danny Davis, John Gilmore, Elmoe Omoe, Ronnie Boykins, Derek Morris, and Akh Tal Ebah; though 2 LP's worth of material were recorded, the album was never released until now, in a remastered edition bringing listeners this much-anticipated album of synth-heavy, Arkestra-oriented 'Ra.

Angles 8: By Way of Deception - Live in Ljubljana Angles 8:
By Way of Deception - Live in Ljubljana

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A fantastic concert recorded during the 52nd Ljubljana Jazz Festival, presenting an ambitious and remarkable pair of compositions from saxophonist Martin Kuchen, extending his regular 6 piece band to an octet.

Bosetti, Alessandro : Il Fiore della Bocca Bosetti, Alessandro :
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Threadgill, Henry : Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus Threadgill, Henry :
Double Up, Plays Double Up Plus

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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Composer Henry Threadgill's Double Up band does not include Threadgill himself, but for this second release with the group he adds a 3rd piano (also doubling on harmonium) alongside two alto saxophones, cello, tuba, drums and percussion, the octet performing Threadgill's complex yet effortlessly intricate and distinctive compositions that allow his performers to shine.

Metamorphic: The Two Fridas Metamorphic:
The Two Fridas

(Discus -- UK )

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Having met at Middlesex University in 2001, this sophisticated London-based contemporary jazz/folk sextet formed in 2011, recently adding vocalist Kerry Andrew (Juice), as pianist Laura Cole composes music and text based on her personal experiences; pieces include two collective improvs and 2 reworkings of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman".



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