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Marhaug, Lasse: Void [7"] Marhaug, Lasse:
Void [7"]

(BeCoq -- France )

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Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton: Music For David Mossman Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton:
Music For David Mossman

(Intakt -- Austria )

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David Mossman is the founder of The Vortex Jazz Club in London, where in January 1983 the British trio of Evan Parker on sax, Barry Guy on bass, and Paul Lytton on drums recorded their first album together on the Incus label, "Tracks"; returning now, 43 years later, to pay tribute to the club and to record this absolutely impressive album of commanding free improvisation.

Chrysakis, Thanos: Equinox Chrysakis, Thanos:
Equinox

(Aural Terrains -- Greece/UK )

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A remarkable album of electronic composition from sound experimenter and improviser Thanos Chrysakis, ten stunning compositions that explore a diverse set of tones across a broad spectrum of rich deep timbre and beautiful high frequency ringing, bell-tones at times taking the focus, at others providing a rotating basis for ethereal experiments; sophisticated and engaging!

Denio, Amy: The Big Embrace Denio, Amy:
The Big Embrace

(Spoot -- USA )

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Her 10th solo album is a welcome addition to composer, singer, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Denio's catalog, introducing 16 new songs, instrumental works, and general quirky superlative music that looks at life with a sharply optimistic eye and a joyful melody in her heart, taking delight in the banal and focusing criticism on the inane; wonderful!

Meirano, Gabriele / Federico Ughi: Coordinate Orientali [CD + DOWNLOAD] Meirano, Gabriele / Federico Ughi:
Coordinate Orientali [CD + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

Price: $14.95    

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A duo between two Italian born improvisers--New York based drummer and 577 Label leader Federico Ughi, and pianist Gabriele Meirano, active in the London jazz club scene for more than a decade--for an album of insightful free jazz in a dialog that shows both thoughtful and challenging moments in an open-minded, ultimately lyrical conversation between two like-minded players.

McKenzie II, Donald Sturge Anthony  (w/ Nels Cline, Arnold Lee, Melvin Gibbs, David Hofstra, Vernon McKenzie II, Donald Sturge Anthony (w/ Nels Cline, Arnold Lee, Melvin Gibbs, David Hofstra, Vernon Reid, CX Kidtronik):
Silenced [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

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A six track album from drummer Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II written about the abuse of force from those charged to protect us, in a series of duos with amazing performances from guitarist Nels Cline, saxophonist Arnold Lee, bassist Melvin Gibbs, bassist Dave Hofstra, guitarist Vernon Reid, and drummer/keyboardist CX KIDTRONIX; disturbing and important work.

Mateen, Sabir (w/ Steve Swell / Matt Lavelle / Matthew Heyner / Michael Thompson): Prophecies Come T Mateen, Sabir (w/ Steve Swell / Matt Lavelle / Matthew Heyner / Michael Thompson):
Prophecies Come To Pass [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

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Saxophonist Sabir Mateen's NY based Shapes, Textures, and Sound Ensemble with Steve Swell on trombone, Matt Lavelle on trumpet, Matthew Heyner on bass and Michael T.A. Thompson on drums, run though a gamut of post-bop and collective, creative jazz forms with energy, incredible dexterity, and tremendous group interplay, a great example of the modern spirit of jazz.

Daniel Carter / William Parker / Federico Ughi: The Dream [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] Daniel Carter / William Parker / Federico Ughi:
The Dream [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

(577 -- USA )

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This album was developed to present Daniel Carter, typically a wind/reed/trumpeter player, on an album that included his piano playing, which then advanced by adding the goal of both Carter and long-time collaborator, drummer Federico Ughi, to record with bassist William Parker, who rounds out this excellent trio on bass, tuba and shakuhachi.

Tree Ear (Strinning / Troller / Hemingway): Witches Butter [VINYL] Tree Ear (Strinning / Troller / Hemingway):
Witches Butter [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

Price: $22.95    

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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.

Millevoi's, Nick Desertion Trio (w/ Jamie Saft): Midtown Tilt Millevoi's, Nick Desertion Trio (w/ Jamie Saft):
Midtown Tilt

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Leaning more towards rock than jazz, but blending compelling blues-based improv, NY guitarist Nick Millevoi leads his Desertion project through a look at Wildwood, NY, the core of the trio as bassist Johnny DeBlase (Many Arms, Sabbath Assembly) and drummer Kevin Shea (Mostly Other People Do The Killing, Talibam!), with Jamie Saft on organ throughout.

Heat Death, The (Moster / Kuchen / Aleklint / Hyouer, Andersen): The Glenn Miller Sessions [3 CDs] Heat Death, The (Moster / Kuchen / Aleklint / Hyouer, Andersen):
The Glenn Miller Sessions [3 CDs]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

Price: $22.95    

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With members of The Core, Angles 9, Cortex, &c. The Heat Death is a Norwegian quintet with dual reeds and winds from Kjetil Moster & Martin Kuchen, Mats Aleklint on trombone, Olay Hoyer on bass, and Dag Erik Knedal Andersen on drums, a blazing band of energetic, informed and joyful free improv in a long-anticipated releases presenting 3 CDs of extended play.

Cortex: Avant-Garde Party Music [VINYL] Cortex:
Avant-Garde Party Music [VINYL]

(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.

Nilssen's, Gard Acoustic Unity : Live in Europe  [VINYL 3 LPs + 3 CDs] Nilssen's, Gard Acoustic Unity :
Live in Europe [VINYL 3 LPs + 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.

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.

Fire!: The Hands [VINYL + CD] Fire!:
The Hands [VINYL + CD]

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )

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Very much a tight knit unit with three equal players, Fire! has been likened to powerful guitar led trios such as Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, but with Johan Berthling's heavy, doom-laden basslines being such a typical identifier,...

Fire!: The Hands Fire!:
The Hands

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )

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Very much a tight knit unit with three equal players, Fire! has been likened to powerful guitar led trios such as Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, but with Johan Berthling's heavy, doom-laden basslines being such a typical identifier,...

Dunmall / Schubert / Dessanay / Bashford: Sign Of The Times Dunmall / Schubert / Dessanay / Bashford:
Sign Of The Times

(FMR -- UK )

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With packaging embellished by 5 images of Paul Dunmall's wood engravings, this album catches the saxophonist on soprano, alto and tenor in the company of saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert on soprano and alto, with Sebastiano Dessanay on bass and Jim Bashford on drums, performing live at Lamp Tavern, in Birmingham for an album of intertwining reeds and solid rhythmic support.

Dunmall, Paul / Percy Pursglove / Tony Orrell: Nothing in Stone Dunmall, Paul / Percy Pursglove / Tony Orrell:
Nothing in Stone

(FMR -- UK )

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Recording at Jazz at the Fringe in Bristol in 2017, saxophonist Paul Dunmall shows his Coltrane influence in three extended improvisation with the trio of long-time collaborator Tony Orrell on drums and percussion, and bassist and trumpeter Percy Pursglove, in a concert that presents masterful playing, impressive creative asides, and insightful soloing.

Rose / Kellers / Roder: New World Rose / Kellers / Roder:
New World

(FMR -- UK )

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Exceptional improvisation with a dark underpinning and masterful technique from the Berlin-based collective trio of Simon Rose on baritone and alto saxophones, Willi Keller on drums, and Jan Roder on double bass, recording in the studio and mixed by Olaf Rupp, for an intense ride through seven recordings with titles like "Human Head" or "That Metal Smell".

Mezei, Szilard Trio (w/  Malina / Csik): Cink Mezei, Szilard Trio (w/ Malina / Csik):
Cink

(FMR -- UK )

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Blending Serbian ethnic flavors, rich experience in both improvised and compositional/symphonic music, with inventive and creative free improvisation, viola player Szilard Mezei's leads his trio with double bassist Ervin Malina and drummer Istvan Csik through seven original compositions, two of which were captured live in performance in Novi Sad.

Falaise, Bernard : Lezardes et zebrures Falaise, Bernard :
Lezardes et zebrures

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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A wonderfully inventive and enjoyable solo guitar album from Montreal guitarist Bernard Falaise, a member of Miriodor, Klaxon Gueule, les Projectionnistes, Diesel and other groups, here mostly focused on acoustic guitar with open turning fed into effects pedals, alongside pieces for electric guitar, glockenspiel and melodica; magnifique!

Derome, Jean : Resistances Derome, Jean :
Resistances

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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With many participants from Ensemble Musique and the Montreal Musique Actuelle scene, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jean Derome directs an ensemble into the exploration of electricity and "Resistances", blending electronics, turntable, 60 Hz hums and other electronics into an orchestra of improvisers executing his dynamic 16 movement composition.

Cora, Tom: Live At The Western Front Cora, Tom:
Live At The Western Front

(Klanggalerie -- Austria )

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Few musicians better represent the Downtown NY scene's early years than late cellist Tom Cora, a key player who performed and recorded with John Zorn, Fred Frith, Polly Bradfield, Samm Bennett, &c, &c, bridging and blurring the lines between jazz, improv, rock, and compositional music, heard here in an exuberant and masterful solo set live at Vancouver's The Western Front in 1986.

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 )

Price: $31.95    

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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 )

Price: $31.95    

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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 )

Price: $31.95    

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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.

Myers, David Lee: Ether Music Myers, David Lee:
Ether Music

(Starkland -- USA )

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Best known for his work under the name Arcane Device in the 80s and 90s, New York sound artist David Lee Myers carves a unique path in electronics and what he refers to as "feedback music", developing unique approaches and instruments to generate distinctive forms of electronic music, here in a 10 track album of stunningly beautiful and mysterious sound.

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 )

Price: $22.95    

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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 )

Price: $14.95    

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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 )

Price: $16.95    

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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 )

Price: $22.95    

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The eighth 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 eighth 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 )

Price: $14.95    

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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. )

Price: $14.95    

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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 )

Price: $13.95    

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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.

Petit, Didier : D'Accord Petit, Didier :
D'Accord

(RogueArt -- France )

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An absolutely phenomenal example of free improvisation, both on cello and on voice, from French improviser Didier Petite performing live at La Plantation, in Beijing, China in 2016, showing profoundly great skill, a fount of creative impulse and ideas, and wonderfully idiosyncratic vocals and songs to accompany himself; an inspiring and delightful record.

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.

Melford, Myra Trio: Alive In The House Of Saints CD 2 Melford, Myra Trio:
Alive In The House Of Saints CD 2

(Hatology -- Austria )

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The much-anticipated 2nd volume in pianist Myra Melford's series of live performances, "Alive In The House Of Saints", documenting sublimely beautiful and innovative playing with her trio of Lindsey Horner on bass and jazz legend Reggie Nicholson on drums, performing live in two concerts in Germany in 1993.

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.

 

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