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Polyorchard: Red October [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD] Polyorchard:
Red October [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD]

(Out and Gone Music -- USA )

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Polyorchard founder and double bassist David Menestres leads the quartet of Jeb Bishop on trombone, Shawn Galvin on percussion, and Laurent Estoppey on saxophone, using skills drawn from both improvisation and compositional music to present six free dialogs showing intent listening amongst the four as they create complex, interweaving, sophisticated statements; impressive!

Hall's, Ben Racehorse Names (w/ Joe Morris): The New Favorite Thing Called Breathing Hall's, Ben Racehorse Names (w/ Joe Morris):
The New Favorite Thing Called Breathing

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Out and unusual compositions from drummer Ben Hall and his sextet with Mick Dobday on electric piano & organ, Anthony Levin DEcanini on electronics, Ronnie Zawadi on percussion, John Dierker on reeds, Mike Khoury on viola & violin, and joined by Joe Morris on guitar, for 6 "Spines", free compositions using odd compositional structures leading to superb solo and group playing.

Bailey, Derek / Han Bennink: Derek Bailey & Han Bennink [VINYL 2 LPs] Bailey, Derek / Han Bennink:
Derek Bailey & Han Bennink [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Honest Jons Records -- UK )

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The third volume in Honest Jon's Records reissue of early and essential albums from UK free improvising guitarist Derek Bailey, remastering and adding additional unreleased material, here from Bailey's duo album with Dutch drummer Han Bennink from 1972 recorded in '69, originally issued on Bailey's Incus label, alongside a previously unreleased '70 improv session.

Bailey, Derek / Anthony Braxton: Royal [VINYL 2 LPs] Bailey, Derek / Anthony Braxton:
Royal [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Honest Jons Records -- UK )

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Reissuing the 1984 album of the live collaboration between New York multi-reedist Anthony Braxton and UK free improvising guitarist Derek Bailey, caught in performance at the Royal Hotel, in Luton, England in 1974, and originally intended to be released as two volumes; here the first volume and never-released second volume are in one newly mastered double LP.

Bailey, Derek: Solo Guitar Volume 1 [VINYL 2 LPs] Bailey, Derek:
Solo Guitar Volume 1 [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Honest Jons Records -- USA )

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A reissue and remaster of the late free improvising legend Derek Bailey's "Solo Guitar Volume 1" released on Bailey's own Incus label in 1971, is the first in a series of 3 albums from the Honest Jon's label to re-issue Bailey's early albums, this volume adding tracks from previous reissues and a performance at York University in 1972; essential.

subterrene: Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been subterrene:
Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been

(Bad Architect Records -- USA )

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Rich sonic atmospheres from subterrene, aka Grant Stewart, a member of the 910 Noise collective, using slowly evolving and dovetailing drones that resonate and reveal shimmering beauty, deeply controlled and maintaining aural interest without any sense of impatience, maintaining a steady hand that reveals hidden harmonics amongst beautiful clouds of sound.

Perelman, Ivo / Nate Wooley / Brandon Lopez / Gerald Cleaver: Octagon Perelman, Ivo / Nate Wooley / Brandon Lopez / Gerald Cleaver:
Octagon

(Leo -- UK )

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The second release pairing Brazilian-born, New York-based saxophonist Ivo Perelman with trumpeter Nate Wooley, in a quartet with bassist Brandon Lopez and drummer Gerald Cleaver, a frequent hard bop configuration, here in an 8 part set of studio recordings that range from exultant and vigorous group interplay to pointillist interaction, a superb album of creative modern jazz.

Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Nate Wooley: Philosopher's Stone Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Nate Wooley:
Philosopher's Stone

(Leo -- UK )

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An inevitable meeting of New York luminaries, trumpeter Nate Wooley joins saxophonist Ivo Perelman with frequent sideman Matthew Shipp for an album of complex and sophisticated collective free improvisation, spectacular playing and like-minded conversation of incredible technique and lyrical innuendo; released with the quartet album "Octagon".

Zywizna: Roginski, Raphael with Genowefa Lenarcik: plays Zaswiec Niesiacku and other Kurpian songs Zywizna: Roginski, Raphael with Genowefa Lenarcik:
plays Zaswiec Niesiacku and other Kurpian songs

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Guitarist Raphael Roginski reinterprets the music of the Kurpi region of Poland, performed with vocalist Genowefa Lenarcik who was born in 1940 in the village of Krobia, part of the Kurpi region, and is the daughter of folk singing legend Stanislaw Brzozowy; together they bring out the rich heritage of this region, expanded by the natural sounds of the forests of Northeaster Poland.

Roginski, Raphael (feat. Olga Myslowska / Sebstian Witkowski): plays Henry Purcell Roginski, Raphael (feat. Olga Myslowska / Sebstian Witkowski):
plays Henry Purcell

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Polish guitarist Raphael Roginski presents works from baroque English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695), considered one of the greatest English composers, performed on solo guitar and with accompaniment by Sebastian Witkowski on synth and Olga Myslowska on voice, a beautiful and languorous album that pays homage to the profound lasting qualities of Purcell's music.

Roginski, Raphael : Populista Presents BOX [3 CDs + POSTER] Roginski, Raphael :
Populista Presents BOX [3 CDs + POSTER]

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Raphael Roginski's Trilogy - 3 CDs in Bolt's Populista series: CD 1. "Raphael Roginski plays John Coltrane and Langston Hughes African mystic music"; CD 2. "Zywizna plays Zaswiec Niesiacku and other Kurpian songs"; CD 3. "Populista presents Raphael Roginski plays Henry Purcell featuring Olga Myslowska and Sebstian Witkowski"; in a slip box with a poster.

Bosetti, Alessandro : Notebooks Bosetti, Alessandro :
Notebooks

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Czech composer Leos Janacek was fascinated with speech melodies, writing them down in notebooks to use in his compositions; Italian composer Alessandro Bosetti has adapted these notes, using the words themselves to create a series of works that builds rhythmic structures in place of melody, injecting himself and other performers into Janacek's interest in the voice.

Schaeffer, Boguslaw : Travel Notes Schaeffer, Boguslaw :
Travel Notes

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Several compostions by Polish composer Boguslaw Schaeffer developed in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio from 1966-1978, including works for tape, electronic computer, voice, a quadraphonic generator, the SynLab synthesizer, composed using both graphic and notated scores, and realized with incredibly detailed layering and development of the material.

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra New York: Fukushima Fujii, Satoko Orchestra New York:
Fukushima

(Libra -- Japan )

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Diverse aspects of the 2011 disaster at the Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant brought on by a tsunami orchestrated in sound by composer/pianist Satoko Fujii and rendered in remarkable ways from some of New York finest improvisers, including Tony Malaby, Ellery Eskelin, Oscar Noriega, Herb Roberts, Joe Fiedler, Stomu Takeishi, Nels Cline, &c &c.

Saunier, Greg / Mary Halvorson / Ron Miles: New American Songbooks, Volume 1 [VINYL] Saunier, Greg / Mary Halvorson / Ron Miles:
New American Songbooks, Volume 1 [VINYL]

(Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records -- USA )

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Two essential Downtown New York improvisers--guitarist Mary Halvorson and trumpeter Ron Miles--are joined by drummer Greg Saunier of Deerhoof in response to Nate Wooley's request that the three expand the American Songbook, creating astounding instrumental versions of music by Fiona Apple, Elliott Smith, The Partridge Family, John Williams, James P. Johnson, &c.

Blegvad, Peter : Go Figure Blegvad, Peter :
Go Figure

(Recommended Records -- UK )

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Peter Blegvad expands his trio with Henry Cow alumni, drummer Chris Cutler and bassist John Greaves, this time with Karen Mantler on keys and chordal instruments, and Bob Drake on guitar, voice and percussion, reworking songs from his solo career and work with Slapp Happy, alongside new numbers of classic Blegvad wordplay, wit, depth and humor; like the label, Recommended!

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!

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.

Golia, Vinny Wind Quartet: Live At The Century City Playhouse Golia, Vinny Wind Quartet:
Live At The Century City Playhouse

(Dark Tree Records -- France )

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Dark Tree's Southern California archive series adds this phenomenal session from multi-woodwind player Vinny Golia's Wind Quartet with clarinetist John Carter, trombonist Glenn Ferris, and cornetist Bobby Bradford, recorded fairly early in their careers in 1979 live at Century City Playhouse in LA for two sets of exploratory, dexterous and astounding jazz.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Konstrukt / Keiji Haino: A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire [VINYL] Konstrukt / Keiji Haino:
A Philosophy Warping, Little By Little That Way Lies A Quagmire [VINYL]

(KARLRECORDS -- Germany )

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The Konstrukt free improvising band from Turkey, known for their collaborations with master musicians of a wide spectrum of approaches, joins forces with improvising Japanese psych guitarist, vocalist and sound artist Keiji Haino for two 3-part works of swirling sax, synth, sound and guitars, startling vocals, and hallucinatory rhythms.

Made to Break: Trebuchet [VINYL] Made to Break:
Trebuchet [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The eight release from Ken Vandermark's hard-hitting quartet with Austrian electronic improviser Christof Kurzmann, Netherlands bassist Jasper Stadhouders, and Chicago drummer and frequent Vandermark collaborator Tim Daisy, for 3 vigorous and extreme pieces dedicated to Shellac, Susan Sontag, and Kerry James Marshall; powerful, informed, essential.

Made to Break: Trebuchet Made to Break:
Trebuchet

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The eight release from Ken Vandermark's hard-hitting quartet with Austrian electronic improviser Christof Kurzmann, Netherlands bassist Jasper Stadhouders, and Chicago drummer and frequent Vandermark collaborator Tim Daisy, for 3 vigorous and extreme pieces dedicated to Shellac, Susan Sontag, and Kerry James Marshall; powerful, informed, essential.

Hammill, Peter: From The Trees Hammill, Peter:
From The Trees

(Fie! Records -- UK )

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Peter Hammill continues his immense solo career, intricately linked to his work with Van Der Graaf Generator, but more focused in intelligent lyrics, profound vocal layering, and fluid song structures, a unique voice who for more than 35 studio albums has developed an approach to songwriting and intellectual observation of subtle sophistication and detail.

Sista Maj: Series Of Nested Universes [2 CDs] Sista Maj:
Series Of Nested Universes [2 CDs]

(Space Rock Productions -- E.U. )

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Organized by Camper van Beethoven violinist Johan Segal, Sista Maj is an instrumental psychedelic rock trio with Mikael Tuominen on bass, baritone guitar and sitar, and Andreas Axelsson on drums and percussion, with Segal also on organ, electric guitar, synth and bass, for a double CD exploring sophisticated heavy electric rock, jazz, hypnotic, and space music.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Third Coast Ensemble: Wrecks Third Coast Ensemble:
Wrecks

(RogueArt -- Austria )

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Merging France's Nautilis Ensemble with musicians from Chicago created this large improvising orchestra, here in a new suite composed by Rob Mazurek and dedicated to Great Lake Michigan and the devestation of thousands of shipwrecks over many centuries, using historical data, first hand accounts of shipwrecks off both shores, magical realism and steampunk aesthetics.

Large Unit: Fluku Large Unit:
Fluku

(PNL -- Norway )

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The 3rd album from Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's big band Large Unit, here in a 12-member configuration, adding saxophonist Kristoffer Berre Alberts (Starlite Motel, Cortex) to the band, in an album centered on Nillsen-Love's penned title track "Fluku", and the equally impressive "Playgo", large complex works that showcase the group's collective and individual voices.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Paint Mostly Other People Do the Killing:
Paint

(Hot Cup -- USA )

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The first release by the piano trio configuration of Mostly Other People Do the Killing features bassist/composer Moppa Elliott, pianist Ron Stabinsky, and drummer Kevin Shea, with each composition named after a small town in Pennsylvania that contains a color, and the town of "Paint, PA" lent its name to the title, with one apt Duke Ellington cover.

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.

Nakatani / Kawabata / Chou: Perigee [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD CODE] Nakatani / Kawabata / Chou:
Perigee [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD CODE]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Perigree: when the moon is closest to the earth: this unique album of free improvisation joins world traveling percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, guitarist Makoto Kawabata (Acid Mothers Temple, Mainliner, etc) and cellist Henna Chou in an album of mystical sound, from bowing percussion, long string tones, muted riffs and disquieting rhythm; consummate and cathartic.

Borderlands Trio (Stephan Crump / Kris Davis / Eric McPherson): Asteroidea Borderlands Trio (Stephan Crump / Kris Davis / Eric McPherson):
Asteroidea

(Intakt -- Austria )

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The New York collective trio of bassist Stephan Crump, pianist Kris Davis and drummer Eric McPherson focuses on starfish (asteroida), which can regenerate lost sections of itself, as this band creates highly focused group compositions that use melodic elements as rhythm and vice versa, recontextualizing and transforming their confident and masterful playing.

Various Artists: Asian Meeting Recordings #1 Various Artists:
Asian Meeting Recordings #1

(Doubtmusic -- Japan )

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Otomo Yoshihide started The Asian Meeting Festival in 2005 to foster creative interaction between Japanese and other Asian musicians, since 2014 curated by DJ Sniff, and here in the 2017 edition at GOK Sound, in Tokyo, Japan with a who's-who of players including Yoshihide, Ryoko Ono, Ko Ishikawa, Son X, KEITO, Yuji Ishihara, Yuen Chee Wai, &c. &c.

Roligheten (Roligheten / Loseth / Strom / Nylander): Homegrown Roligheten (Roligheten / Loseth / Strom / Nylander):
Homegrown

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Saxophonist and bass clarinetist Andre Roligheten leads his quartet with Adrian Loseth Waade on violin, Jon Rune Strom on double bass, and Erik Nylander on drums and percussion through 7 original compositions and Ornette Coleman's "Kathleen Gray", writing for the players, particularly the combination of sax and violin, and the flexibility of a chordless quartet.

Hocevar, Dre : Surface Of Inscription Hocevar, Dre :
Surface Of Inscription

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Composer and drummer Dre Hocevar brings an unusual sense of unity, logic and purpose to his improvised work resulting from a number of distinct compositional procedures, performed by vocalist Charmaine Lee, pianist Elias Stemeseder, brass player Weston Olencki reedist Michael Foster, and electronics artist Bernardo Barros, a unique and rewarding album.

Slow Is Possible (Pontiifice / Figueira / Fonseca / Clemente / Santos Dias / Sousa): Moonwatchers Slow Is Possible (Pontiifice / Figueira / Fonseca / Clemente / Santos Dias / Sousa):
Moonwatchers

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A stunningly beautiful album of langurous jazz from a sextet collective of young Portuguese musicians, self-described as a chamber band for the new century, in their 2nd album using melodic elements alongside classical contemporay music, post-rock, alternative metal, intelligent pop, free improvisation and more, creating a rich and embraceable music.

Cortex: Avant-Garde Party Music Cortex:
Avant-Garde Party Music

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Cortex propels their persuasive, groove oriented approach to jazz with this swinging album that blends free jazz styles with great hard bop, in line with a band like The Thing, this Scandinavian group wants to make your body move without indulging in excess or pandering, instead following a muse that's solidly in the exuberant free jazz tradition.

Travassos: Life Is A Simple Mess [BOOK + CD] Travassos:
Life Is A Simple Mess [BOOK + CD]

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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A fascinating book of artwork from Clean Feed visual designer and electronic improviser Travassos, with perceptive text from Nate Wooley punctuating the imagery, plus an accompanying CD with audio work ranging from improv to electroacoustic from bands with Travassos as a member: One Eye Project, Pinkdraft, Pao, Fluke, Iff + Travassos, and Big Bold Back Bone.

Smith, Wadada Leo: Solo - Reflections And Meditations On Monk Smith, Wadada Leo:
Solo - Reflections And Meditations On Monk

(Tum -- Finland )

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An intimate album of solo trumpet from Wadada Leo Smith, performing compositions by Thelonious Monk, Smith professing in an essay in the accompanying booklet that he was motivated to become a composer by Monk above other contemporaries for his ideas of composition and bands; his admiration and love of Monk's work is clear in this beautifully lyrical album.

Smith, Wadada Leo: Najwa Smith, Wadada Leo:
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(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.

Brume: Fractisum [CASSETTE] Brume:
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(Banned Productions -- USA )

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2nd edition of French electroacoustic sound artist Christian Renou's (aka Brume) 2012 massive opus in sound, the two part "Fractisum" which uses field recordings, metallic objects, tubes, ms20 & triton synthesizer, tape, sampler, and voice to create rapidly shifting exposes of sound contrasted by periods of beautifully ringing sonic environments; brilliant.

Dresser, Mark : Modicana [VINYL] Dresser, Mark :
Modicana [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Double Bassist Mark Dresser, a mainstay of the Downtown NY scene as an improviser and composer, and also prominent on the US West Coast and as an international touring artist, releases a powerful album of distinctive solo playing, both technically and melodically, with 2 tracks caught live at the Umea Jazz Festival and others recorded at the University of California, San Diego.

Lamb, Andrew / Warren Smith / Arkadijus Gotesmanas: The Sea of Modicum [VINYL] Lamb, Andrew / Warren Smith / Arkadijus Gotesmanas:
The Sea of Modicum [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Captured live at the 2016 Vilnius Jazz Festival, the free jazz trio of saxophonist Andrew Lamb and percussionists Warren Smith and Arkadijus Gotesmanas provide a unique orchestration, with the percussionists building rhythmic structures over which AACM alumni Lamb's powerful saxophone work emerges; a great album of solid exploratory free jazz.

Gibson, Yedo / Hernani Faustino / Vasco Trilla: CHAIN Gibson, Yedo / Hernani Faustino / Vasco Trilla:
CHAIN

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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A fiery and energetic album of masterful free jazz from Brazilian saxophonist Yedo Gibson, Portuguese-Brazilian drummer and percussionist Vasco Trilla, and Portuguese bass player Hernani Faustino (Red Trio, K4 Quadrado Azul), recording in the studio for 6 dynamic dialogs that uses a variety of approaches and references to free jazz and creative improv.

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!

Kemp, Alice: Fill My Body With Flowers And Rice [VINYL] Kemp, Alice:
Fill My Body With Flowers And Rice [VINYL]

(Fragment Factory -- E.U. )

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Sound composer and multi-disciplinary artist Alice Kemp's first full length vinyl album is a mysterious and beautifully paced release blending acoustic and electronic sources, field recordings, voice and inexplicable sound to create dream-like sonic environments, subtle and suggestive sound that contains clues of ritual, longing, and beauty.

Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly): Cochonnerie Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly):
Cochonnerie

(Aerophonic -- USA )

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13 years playing together and releasing this, their 8th album, the Chicago quartet of Dave Rempis on sax, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on electric bass, Frank Rosaly on drums, and Tim Daisy on drums, are captured live at Elastic Arts, in Chicago for three awe-inspiring collective improvisations of great energy, resolution, and focus.

Smith, Wadada Leo / Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii / Ikue Mori: Aspiration Smith, Wadada Leo / Natsuki Tamura / Satoko Fujii / Ikue Mori:
Aspiration

(Libra -- Japan )

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Pianist/composer Satoko Fujii's "Aspiration" brings together four masterful improvisers and innovators--trumpeters Wadada Leo Smith and Natsuki Tamura, and Downtown NY laptop player Ikue Mori--for an album of exciting and exceptional free playing over compositions from Fujii, Tamura, and one collective composition, a brilliant pinnacle of creative music.

Wooley, Nate: Battle Pieces 2 Wooley, Nate:
Battle Pieces 2

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Commissioned by Anthony Braxton's Tri-Centric Foundation, trumpeter Nate Wooley developed a modular compositional structure of small melodic, rhythmic, harmonic, conceptual, textural, and timbral fragments, allowing Ingrid Laubrock (sax), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), and Matt Moran (Vibes) exceptional freedom in improvisation, here in their 2nd recording live at Koeln's Loft.

Stein Quartet, Jason: Lucille! [VINYL] Stein Quartet, Jason:
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(Delmark -- USA )

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Bass clarinetist Jason Stein draws from the work of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Lennie Tristano plus original compositions, with his quartet of Chicago peers Keefe Jackson (tenor sax & contrabass clarinet) and Joshua Abrams (bass) and NY drummer Tom Rainey, in enthusiastically energetic and lyrical music that uses modern creative skills to look forward and back.

Stein, Jason Quartet: Lucille! Stein, Jason Quartet:
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(Delmark -- USA )

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Bass clarinetist Jason Stein draws from the work of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Lennie Tristano plus original compositions, with his quartet of Chicago peers Keefe Jackson (tenor sax & contrabass clarinet) and Joshua Abrams (bass) and NY drummer Tom Rainey, in enthusiastically energetic and lyrical music that uses modern creative skills to look forward and back.

Myers, David Lee: Superpositions [CASSETTE with Download Code] Myers, David Lee:
Superpositions [CASSETTE with Download Code]

(Cronica -- USA )

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David Lee Myers, AKA Arcane Device, explores feedback in its most beautiful forms, over decades developing systems to capture the microscopic edges of errant signals and convert them into lovely long tones, using a series of matrix mixers to manipulate them in real time, creating works of fragile charm, impressive interstices of rhythm, and gorgeous melodic nodes.

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.

Foussat, Jean-Marc / Jamal Moss / Jean-Francois Pauvros: plays Tristan Tzara : L'homme Approximatif Foussat, Jean-Marc / Jamal Moss / Jean-Francois Pauvros:
plays Tristan Tzara : L'homme Approximatif

(Fou Records -- France )

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An album of spoken word and sound, Jean-Francois Pauvros reads from Tristan Tzara's "L'homme Approximatif" (The Approximate Man) over flutes from Chicago producer and flautist Jamal Moss, AKA Hieroglyphic Being, and Jean-Marc Foussat on synth and voice, a mysterious album of subtle insinuation with an intriguing underpinning of electroacoustic sound.

Suzuki, Akio / John Butcher: Immediate Landscapes Suzuki, Akio / John Butcher:
Immediate Landscapes

(Ftarri -- Japan )

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At the same event in Scotland that John Butcher recorded his excellent "Resonant Spaces" album, he also joined forces with sound artist Akio Suzuki on a variety of objects and sound devices to record the first 5 tracks of this unusual album of very free improv, the last track by the duo recording at the 2015 Ftarri Festival at SuperDeluxe in Tokyo.

Ulmer, James Blood W/ The Thing: Baby Talk [VINYL] Ulmer, James Blood W/ The Thing:
Baby Talk [VINYL]

(The Thing Records -- Austria )

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The Thing with Mats Gustafsson on tenor and baritone sax, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on electric and double bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and percussion, are joined by Downtown NY legend, guitarist James Blood Ulmer, for a live set at the Moldel International Jazz Festival in 2015 performing an exuberant and all-out impressive set of Ulmer composions.

Ulmer, James Blood W/ The Thing: Baby Talk Ulmer, James Blood W/ The Thing:
Baby Talk

(The Thing Records -- Austria )

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The Thing with Mats Gustafsson on tenor and baritone sax, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on electric and double bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and percussion, are joined by Downtown NY legend, guitarist James Blood Ulmer, for a live set at the Moldel International Jazz Festival in 2015 performing an exuberant and all-out impressive set of Ulmer composions.

Wolff, Christian / Eddie Prevost: Uncertain Outcomes [2 CDs] Wolff, Christian / Eddie Prevost:
Uncertain Outcomes [2 CDs]

(Matchless -- UK )

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Two concerts of experimental improvisation from two giants of conceptual improvisation and composition, recorded at IKLECTIK in London in 2015 and at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, New Hampshire in 2016; with superb pacing and brilliant execution, these dialogs between keyboard and percussive instruments explore unique sound worlds with depth, inquisitiveness, and a sense of wonder.

 

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