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Honkies, The: How Do We Prevent The Advance Of The Desert? Honkies, The:
How Do We Prevent The Advance Of The Desert?

(Music a la Coque -- Italy )

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From 1987-93 this bizarre UK band took Rock-In-Opposition attitudes on tour in the UK & Europe, presenting their strangely informed approach to improvised rock with a punk attitude, fueled by dual saxes from Kathy Hulme & Caroline Kraabel, trumpeter Andy Diagram, and drummer Re Harrison, as heard on this reissue of their wonderfully weird 2nd album.

Bowie, Lester: Numbers1 & 2 - 50TH Anniversary Edition Bowie, Lester:
Numbers1 & 2 - 50TH Anniversary Edition

(NESSA -- USA )

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Remastering the 1st release on the Nessa label, two quartet sessions recorded in '67 and led by trumpeter Lester Bowie which would lead to the formation of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, performed with Roscoe Mitchell (reeds), Malachi Favors (bass) and, on the 2nd quartet, Joseph Jarman (reeds), an incredible forward-looking album of free improvisation.

DK & The Perfectly Ordinary: CAR DEW TREAT US DK & The Perfectly Ordinary:
CAR DEW TREAT US

(Spool -- Canada )

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A diverse set of artist interpret a random page from Cornelius Cardew's "Treatise", using the score alone with each artist unable to hear what the other participants were playing, which Spool label-leader Daniel Kernohan assembled into these 10 incredible audio tracks, each roughly 4:35 long, in a great interpretation of Cardew's (in)famous work.

Ochs, Larry / Sax and Drumming Core: Wild Red Yellow Ochs, Larry / Sax and Drumming Core:
Wild Red Yellow

(RogueArt -- France )

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Rova leader Larry Ochs takes his Sax and Drumming Core to the next level with this charged album of mind-bending free improvisation with an hallucinatory edge, joined by Libra artists Satoko Fujii on piano & synth and Natsuki Tamura on trumpet, with Scott Amendola on drums, William Winant and Matthias Bossi on a wild set of percussive instruments.

Univers Zero: Heresie [VINYL] Univers Zero:
Heresie [VINYL]

(Sub Rosa -- Belgium )

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A much-needed reissue of Univers Zero's second album, "Heresie", originally released in 1979, here in its 2010 Cuneiform Records remix; a classic of chamber rock music in the Rock in Opposition approach, featuring heavy use of dissonance and dark, brooding, and extremely complex melodies, a classic and important record showing creative paths in rock music.

Grimal, Alexandra / Benjamin Duboc / Valentin Ceccaldi: Bambu Grimal, Alexandra / Benjamin Duboc / Valentin Ceccaldi:
Bambu

(Ayler -- France )

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An unusual and captivating work from the trio of saxophonist Alexandra Grimal, double bassist Benjaim Duboc, and cellist Valentin Ceccaldi, leading their album with tracks from "Respirer l'ombre" by Giuseppe Penone "spontaneously used without permission but with great admiration," leading to powerful and unpredictable directions in free improvisation; excellent.

Bruckmann, Kyle Degradient: Dear Everyone [2 CDs] Bruckmann, Kyle Degradient:
Dear Everyone [2 CDs]

(Not Two -- Poland )

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West Coast oboist and english horn improviser composes a startlingly enjoyable work based on Matt Shears' book of recursive, encyclopedic poetry of the same name: 10 pieces colliding elements of skronk, spoken word, fried electroacoustic noise and dark prog within a Creative Music framework, with a core quartet of Aram Shelton, Jason Hoopes and Jordan Glenn, plus guest Weston Olencki and a large cast of readers.

Tamura, Natsuki / Alexander Frangenheim: Nax Tamura, Natsuki / Alexander Frangenheim:
Nax

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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An impressive, creative, startling meeting between Japanese trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and German double bassist Alexander Frangenheim, taking Tamura out of his more typical structured improv and Frangenhemin into more active and agressive styles than his Creative Sources output; a great album reminding just how fun and awe inspiring free improvised music can be.

Lisbon String Trio with Blaise Siwula : K'ampokol Che K'aay Lisbon String Trio with Blaise Siwula :
K'ampokol Che K'aay

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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One of the most active albums from the set of Lisbon String Trio (plus one) albums released in 2017, saxophonist Blaise Siwula brings a unique virtuosity to this live album from Galeria Monumental in Lisbon, prompting at times a chamber jazz feeling, alongside very free improvisation with impressive transitions from spacious to highly detailed playing.

Isotope Ensemble: Yttrium Isotope Ensemble:
Yttrium

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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An incredible example of Creative Sources/Ernesto Rodrigues' large electroacoustic ensembles, blending acoustic and electronic sources in slow moving and subtle improvised works of a large scale, here with 12 musicians layering string, brass, keys, percussion, synth and computer into a mysterious harmonic and hallucinatory convergence of powerful intention.

Guy, Barry: Frogs [VINYL 7-inch PICTURE DISC] Guy, Barry:
Frogs [VINYL 7-inch PICTURE DISC]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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A 7" limited vinyl picture disc made to celebrate legendary European Free Jazz bassist Barry Guy's 70th birthday, with Guy providing "acoustic sounds" along with his collaborating frogs, Wasserfrosch (Rana Esculenta) and Laubfrosch (Hyla Arborea), side A presenting Frogs & Barry Guy, and side B, Barry Guy & Frogs; quirkly and wonderful free improv.

Haino, Keiji: Watashi Dake [VINYL + DOWNLOAD CODE] Haino, Keiji:
Watashi Dake [VINYL + DOWNLOAD CODE]

(Black Editions -- USA )

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Enigmatic Japanese legend Keiji Haino's 1981 debut album receives a fitting reissue in this metallic gold and silver jacket pressing, presenting the stark vocals, whispered and screamed, punctuating dark silences over intricate and sharp guitar figures that interweave, repeat, and stretch, trance-like, emerging from dark recesses; an essential piece of the Haino puzzle.

Drake, Bob: Antiquities [6-CD BOX SET] Drake, Bob:
Antiquities [6-CD BOX SET]

(Recommended Records -- UK )

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Collecting multi-instrumentalist & vocalist Bob Drake's albums Little Black Train, The Skull Mailbox and Other Horrors, XIII Songs and a Thing, The Shunned Country, and Bob's Drive-In in a solid box set, with a bonus CD, a specially curated collection of outtakes and oddities from this amazing avant-rocker, a member of Thinking Plague, 5uu's, Hail and The Science Group.

Sick Boss (Schmidt / Meger / Peggy Lee / JP Carter / Naylor / Page): Sick Boss Sick Boss (Schmidt / Meger / Peggy Lee / JP Carter / Naylor / Page):
Sick Boss

(Drip Audio -- Canada )

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A richly refined and sophisticated album drawing on improvisation, experimenation and rock elements from the collaborative Vancouver ensemble Sick Boss of core members guitarist Cole Schmidt, bassist James Meger and drummer Daniel Gaucher, with guests including guitarist Tony Wilson, cellist Peggy Lee, trumpeter JP Carter, synth player Tyson Naylor, &c. &c.

Samworth, Ron (Samworth / Adler / JP Carter / Naylor / Peggy Lee / James Meger): Dogs Do Dream Samworth, Ron (Samworth / Adler / JP Carter / Naylor / Peggy Lee / James Meger):
Dogs Do Dream

(Drip Audio -- Canada )

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Presented at the Vancouver International Improvisation Festival and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, guitarist Ron Samworth's conceptual work explores the life and dreams of a dog, with narration from Barbara Adler and an incredible ensemble including cellist Peggy, keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, trumpeter JP Carter, drummer Dylan van der Schyff, etc.

Orcutt, Bill: Bill Orcutt [VINYL] Orcutt, Bill:
Bill Orcutt [VINYL]

(Palilalia -- USA )

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Guitarist Bill Orcutt's self-titled solo album brings a mix of standards and original compositions, starting with Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" and eclectically running us to "The Star Spangled Banner", each song unfolding as he delivers in an unhurried way with rich sustain and reverb on a 4-string Telecaster, performing at The Living Room in San Francisco.

Orcutt, Bill: Bill Orcutt Orcutt, Bill:
Bill Orcutt

(Palilalia -- USA )

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Guitarist Bill Orcutt's self-titled solo album brings a mix of standards and original compositions, starting with Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman" and eclectically running us to "The Star Spangled Banner", each song unfolding as he delivers in an unhurried way with rich sustain and reverb on a 4-string Telecaster, performing at The Living Room in San Francisco.

Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere: 03 Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere:
03

(Discus -- UK )

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The improvising rock group Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere, led by Martin Archer, Chris Bywater, and Steve Dinsdale, in their 3rd album of innovative improvisation, haunting hypnotic grooves and blasts of sheer exuberance, with the band augmented by strings and trombone to give them a larger and more intense sound.

Orphax / Machinefabriek: Weerkaatsing Orphax / Machinefabriek:
Weerkaatsing

(Moving Furniture -- Netherlands )

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"Weerkaatsing is the first collaboration by Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) and Sietse van Erve (Orphax), both active players in the Dutch experimental electronic music field, in an album of mesmerizing sound and drone work, with one composition from each artist reworking a track from the other's previous work, and one new collaborative piece.

Schaefer, Janek: Glitter In My Tears Schaefer, Janek:
Glitter In My Tears

(Room40 -- Australia )

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A phenomenal album of mysteriously ambient and emotionally evocative music from London sound artist Janek Schaefer, creating 26 vignettes of dream states from texture, atmosphere, and emotive acoustic states, a collection of interludes, like reflective memories, interweave and carry the listener through passionate and beautiful passages.

Parker, William Quartets: Meditation / Resurrection [2 CDs] Parker, William Quartets:
Meditation / Resurrection [2 CDs]

(Aum Fidelity -- USA )

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New compositions from bassist William Parker, two CDs with the first performed by the William Parker Quartet of Hamid Drake on drums, Rob Brown on sax, and Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson on trumpet, the second with his In Order to Survive quartet with Brown, Drake, and Coooper-Moore on piano; a tremendous album of beautiful melodies and infectious rhythms.

Ware, David S. Trio: Live in New York, 2010 [2 CDs] Ware, David S. Trio:
Live in New York, 2010 [2 CDs]

(Aum Fidelity -- USA )

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A tremendous one-night engagement by late saxophone colossus David S. Ware and his latter day Trio with William Parker on bass and Warren Smith on drums, in an intimate club setting at Blue Note in New York City on October 4, 2010, the last time this trio came together, the previous an electrifying set at Vision Festival in June of 2015.

Dean, Elton Quintet: Welcomet - Live in Brazil, 1986 Dean, Elton Quintet:
Welcomet - Live in Brazil, 1986

(Ogun -- Great Britain )

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In 1986 saxophonist Elton Dean toured Brazil with his quintet of Harry Beckett on trumpet, Liam Genockey on drums, Marcio Mattos on bass, and Paul Rutherford on trombone, capturing this exemplary band at Radio Culture Sao Paulo, the tapes now transferred by Michael King and mastered by Martin Davidson, presenting the entire concert for the first time.

Maneri, Mat / Evan Parker / Lucian Ban: Sounding Tears Maneri, Mat / Evan Parker / Lucian Ban:
Sounding Tears

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Viola improviser and composer Mat Maneri leads this trio with British UK legend Evan Parker on soprano and tenor saxophone and Romanian ex-patriot and frequent collaborator Lucian Ban on piano, for ten compositions blending tradition, song, and improvisational tactics, recalling 20th century modern classical music in addition to jazz.

Stackenas, David: Bricks Stackenas, David:
Bricks

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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An amazing solo CD of free improvisation from guitarit David Stackenaus, showing incredible technique and melodic intent, equally at ease when exploring tonality and melody or abstract noisy textures; compelling and impressive playing!

Honest John (Moe / Johannesen / Hoyer / Nylander / Holm): International Breakthrough Honest John (Moe / Johannesen / Hoyer / Nylander / Holm):
International Breakthrough

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The Scandinavian quintet of Ole-Henrik Moe on violin, Kim Johannesen on guitar; Ola Hoyer on double bass; Erik Nylander on drums & drum machine; and Klaus Ellerhusen-Holm on alto saxophone and Bb on clarinet, in a daring album of mostly Ellerhusen-Holm compositions, arranged collectively into these creative and energetic gems.

Rova / Bruckmann & Kaiser: Steve Lacy's Saxophone Special Revisited Rova / Bruckmann & Kaiser:
Steve Lacy's Saxophone Special Revisited

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The Californian saxophone quartet composed of Bruce Ackley, Steve Adams, Larry Ochs and Jon Raskin is extended with Henry Kaiser on guitar and Kyle Bruckmann on analog synth to perform the music of saxophone legend Steve Lacy in 7 compositions, putting an eclectic spin on the iconic composer and performer's music.

Angles 9: Disappeared Behind the Sun [VINYL] Angles 9:
Disappeared Behind the Sun [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Saxophonist Martin Kuchen's amazing 9-piece Angles ensemble returns for an album titled for the grief of those who disappear due to war, crime and oppression, music that celebrates the tense balance in the challenge to confront and lead away from darkness and tyranny.

Ayler, Albert Quartet: Copenhagen Live 1964 Ayler, Albert Quartet:
Copenhagen Live 1964

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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In 1964 Albert Ayler's approach to free improvisation had found its voice, in a quartet supported by the now-legendary players Don Cherry on cornet, Gary Peacock on doublebass, and Sunny Murray on drums, heard live in a well-recorded concert at Club Montmarte, in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1964; ferocious and forward thinking, an astonishing concert!

Shipp, Matthew: Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich Shipp, Matthew:
Invisible Touch At Taktlos Zurich

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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A fluid and freely improvised solo set from New York pianist Matthew Shipp performing live at the Taktlos Festival in Zurich, Switzerland, 2016, presenting profoundly virtuosic playing skills and remarkable instincts in a continuous 45 minute set that maintains interest and strong bearing as he takes his audience on a commanding and coherent journey.

Schlippenbach Trio (Schlippenbach / Evan Parker / Lovens): Features Schlippenbach Trio (Schlippenbach / Evan Parker / Lovens):
Features

(Intakt -- Austria )

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The long-standing Schlippenbach Trio with Evan Parker on saxophone and Paul Lovens on drums presents 15 concise "Features", improvisations of great depth and diversity, from the beautifully stark solo piano that opens the album to intense collective interactions, avoiding excess in deference to the profound expression of an inspiring group chemistry.

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

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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

Frith, Fred / Hans Koch: You Are Here Frith, Fred / Hans Koch:
You Are Here

(Intakt -- Austria )

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Two commanding players from the UK & European improv scene who have consistently pushed the envelope in free improvisation--electric & prepared guitarist Fred Frith and saxophonist/bass clarinetist Hans Koch--present an album of assertive interactions, merging alien environments with amazing technical playing and inexplicable approaches to sound - superb!

Trio 3 (Lake / Workman / Cyrille): Visiting Texture Trio 3 (Lake / Workman / Cyrille):
Visiting Texture

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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This time around the long-standing trio of drummer Andrew Cyrille, bassist Reggie Workman, and saxophonist Oliver Lake doesn't add a 4th player to the group, instead focusing on the trio itself and their intuitive and implicitly lyrical approach to free jazz, in this 11th album recorded in the studio to feature their masterful collective playing as a group of equals where "music is the leader".

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

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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

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

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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

Guy, Barry / Marilyn Crispell / Paul Lytton: Deep Memory Guy, Barry / Marilyn Crispell / Paul Lytton:
Deep Memory

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Inspired by Irish painter Hughie O' Donoghue, bassist and composer Barry Guy takes the same trio from his albums "Odyssey" and "Ithaka"--pianist Marilyn Crispell and drummer Paul Lytton--on an impressionist album of expressive and emotional playing, with lyrical and explosive peformances that reflect a haunting music showcasing each player's skills; stunning.

Courvoisier, Sylvie / Mark Feldman / Evan Parker / Ikue Mori: Miller's Tale Courvoisier, Sylvie / Mark Feldman / Evan Parker / Ikue Mori:
Miller's Tale

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Collective improvisation from a quartet of masters -- NY based Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, Mark Feldman on violin, Ikue Mori on electronics, and London improviser Evan Parker on soprano and tenor sax -- for four pieces as a quartet and five duos of varying configurations, folding back the structure of the band through more intimate conversations; simply excellent.

Black, Jim Trio: The Constant Black, Jim Trio:
The Constant

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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A beautiful example of the modern piano trio, led by in-demand drummer, Jim Black, with Elias Stemeseder the pianist and Thomas Morgan on bass, in a lyrical album that uses Black's compelling and elusive drumming on 9 original Black compositions and one unexpected standard, as all three deliver complex playing that sounds accessible and engaging, a true achievement.

Frith, Fred Trio: Another Day in Fucking Paradise Frith, Fred Trio:
Another Day in Fucking Paradise

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Proclaiming that he had nothing more in mind then getting together with a couple of formidable musicians, guitarist Fred Frith and Mills College alumni Jordan Glenn on drums and Jason Hoopes on electric and double bass take their listeners through 13 connected pieces that reference rock, jazz and ea-soundscape in an impressive album from a remarkable new group.

Guy, Barry: The Blue Shroud Guy, Barry:
The Blue Shroud

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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A massive work from bassist/composer Barry Guy inspired by the covering of Picasso's painting Guernica at the UN as we argued for war with Iraq, realized with a 14-member group that includes violinist Maya Homburger, pianist Agusti Fernandez, percussionists Lucas Nigglie & Ramon Lopez, with songs on texts by Irish poet Kerry Hardie; profound and inspired.

Takase, Aki / Alexander von Schlippenbach: So Long, Eric! Homage to Eric Dolphy Takase, Aki / Alexander von Schlippenbach:
So Long, Eric! Homage to Eric Dolphy

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Alexander von Schlippenbach and Aki Takase assembled an ensemble of Dolphy interpreters that includes bass clarinetist Rudi Mahall, saxophonist Tobias Delius, vibraphonist Karl Berger, trumpeter Axel Dorner, trombonist Nils Wogram, &c, for a fresh take on compositions from one of free jazz's most iconic composers -- Eric Dolphy -- captured live in Berlin, 2014.

Feldman, Morton : Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello Feldman, Morton :
Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Morton Feldman's final composition, originally premiered in 1987, here performed by pianist Mark Knoop, violinist Aisha Orazbayeva, violist Bridget Carey, and cellist Anton Lukoszevieze, recording a year after their successful performance at London's Cafe Oto, maintaining focus and concentration on this large, unhurried work of micro-variations.

Akama, Ryoko : Places And Pages [2 CDs] Akama, Ryoko :
Places And Pages [2 CDs]

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Composer Ryoko Akama releases a 2 disc set of 23 scores in the crossroads of minimalism and sound compositions, quiet and loud, performed in a sextet with the composer herself plus Christian Muller, Cristian Alvear, Cyril Bondi, Stefan Thut, and d'incise, each section like a page in a notebook related to place, space, time or location.

Lussier, Rene / Robert Marcel Lepage / Quatuor Bozzini: Chants et danses  ...with strings (Vol. III) Lussier, Rene / Robert Marcel Lepage / Quatuor Bozzini:
Chants et danses ...with strings (Vol. III)

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )

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Taking two of Montreal's most vital musicians, guitarist Rene Lussier and clarinetist Robert Lepage, and joining them with the far-ranging string quartet Le Quatuor Bozzini for a stunning album that merges chamber music, noise music, and improvisation without leaving behind melody, intention and direction; magnificent!

Cage, John: Klang der Wandlungen [3 CDs] Cage, John:
Klang der Wandlungen [3 CDs]

(Edition Rz -- Germany )

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An impressive triple-CD box with recordings of some late works by John Cage, including "Seventy-Four for Orchestra, 1992", "103 for Orchestra, 1991, part 1 & 2", In a Landscape fur Harfe", "Postcard From Heaven fur Eine Bis Zwanzig Harfen", and some of "The Harmony of Maine"; including a 32 page booklet with photos and liner notes by Jakob Ullmann.

Rothenberg, Ned / Hamid Drake: Full Circle - Live in Lodz Rothenberg, Ned / Hamid Drake:
Full Circle - Live in Lodz

(Foundation Listen -- Poland )

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Two legendary improvisers, Downtown New York multi-reedist and shakuhachi player Ned Rothenberg met Chicago drummer Hamid Drake at Ciagoty I Tesknoty, in Lodz, Poland in 2016 to record this effusive, extraordinary live concert of improvised music, demonstrating both enormous instrumental skill while imparting wonderfully upbeat energy; outstanding!

Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Gerald Cleaver: The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 3 Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Gerald Cleaver:
The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 3

(Leo -- UK )

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The 3rd part of NY/Brazilian saxophonist Ivo Perelman's "Art of the Improv Trio" series, with Matthew Shipp on piano and Gerald Cleaver on drums, each an essential element in the interplay and subtle skills of these masterful players, with Perelman's voice exceptionally strong as he demonstrates the full range of his sax through free and melodic passage.

Marsella, Brian: Buer: The Book of Angels Volume 31 Marsella, Brian:
Buer: The Book of Angels Volume 31

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Brian Marsella, pianist from Banquet of the Spirits, Zion80 and The Flail, in a trio album taking on John Zorn's Masada compositions, The Book of Angels, with the actual Masada rhythm section of Trevor Dunn on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums, in 16 lyrical and effusive pieces focused through the eyes of piano masters from Satie to Pullen.

Wooley, Nate: The Complete Syllables Music [4 CD Box Set] Wooley, Nate:
The Complete Syllables Music [4 CD Box Set]

(Pleasure of the Text Records -- USA )

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Composer, improviser, and trumpet player Nate Wooley continues to cement his place as an American iconoclast by releasing the complete recordings of his revolutionary solo [Syllables] compositions as a deluxe 4 CD set consisting of two reissues of out-of-print early works: 8 [Syllables] (2013) and 9 [Syllables] (2014) as well as the premiere recording of his 150 minute epic For Kenneth Gaburo.

Baczkowski, Steve / Chris Corsano / Paul Flaherty: The Dull Blade [VINYL] Baczkowski, Steve / Chris Corsano / Paul Flaherty:
The Dull Blade [VINYL]

(FEEDING TUBE RECORDS -- USA )

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A decade after their last album "Dim Bulb", "The Dull Blade" follows up with the trio of Chris Corsano on drums and duel saxophonist Steve Baczkowski and Paul Flaherty, recorded live in the studio at New Haven, Connecticut's Firehouse 12, an incredible album of fiery and ferocious playing with an outsider jazz attitude; brilliant.

Abrams, Joshua Natural Information Society: Simultonality [VINYL] Abrams, Joshua Natural Information Society:
Simultonality [VINYL]

(Eremite -- USA )

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Chicago bassist and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Abrams follows up his incredible "Simultonality" album with this faster-paced album recorded with his Natural Information Society, joining traditional musics, American minimalism & jazz with the gnawa ceremonial instrument the guimbri.

Lean Left: I Forgot To Breathe [VINYL] Lean Left:
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(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The 7th album from the quartet of Netherlands guitarists Andy Moor and Terrie Hessels (The Ex) with Chicago free improvising multi-reedist Ken Vandermark and Netherlands drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love in an album balancing amazing energy with profound introspective moments in thrilling edge-of-your-seat improvisation - excellent!

Lean Left: I Forgot To Breathe Lean Left:
I Forgot To Breathe

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The 7th album from the quartet of Netherlands guitarists Andy Moor and Terrie Hessels (The Ex) with Chicago free improvising multi-reedist Ken Vandermark and Netherlands drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love in an album balancing amazing energy with profound introspective moments in thrilling edge-of-your-seat improvisation - excellent!

Korekyojinn Acoustic: Kaleidoscope Korekyojinn Acoustic:
Kaleidoscope

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )

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The Korekyojin trio of Tatsuya Yoshida on percussion, Kido Natsuki on guitar and Mitsuru Nasuno on fretless bass, plus violinist Miyamoto Rei on several tracks, take their intricate and exuberant rock into acoustic territory with this impressive album, which includes acoustic takes on "Arabesque", "Careless Heart", "Four Holes in the Sky", &c.

Contida, Pedra : Amethyst Contida, Pedra :
Amethyst

(FMR -- UK )

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The Portugese quintet of Angelica V. Salvi on harp, Miguel Carvalhais on computer, Nuno Torres on alto saxophone, Marcello doe Reis on electric guitar, and Joao Pais Filipe on drums & percussion in a live concert in Brazil at Salao for a far-ranging album of electroacoustic free improvisation, beautifully building to frenetic, collective dialog.

Mezei, Szilard: Still Now (If You Still) Mezei, Szilard:
Still Now (If You Still)

(FMR -- UK )

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An exciting album crossing free improvisation with chamber approaches and extended techniques from Serbian violist Szilard Mezei performing in a trio with pianist Marina Dzukljev and drummer/percussionist Vasco Trilla, recording in Novi Sad, Serbia in 2017.

Carrier, Francois / Michel Lambert / Rafal Mazur: Oneness Carrier, Francois / Michel Lambert / Rafal Mazur:
Oneness

(FMR -- UK )

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The well-traveled working group of Francois Carrier (alto saxophone, Chinese oboe), Michel Lambert (drums) and Rafal Mazur (acoustic bass guitar) performing live at Alchemia Club in Krakow, Poland in 2015 for an excellent example of collective free improvisation with distinctive and unconventional approaches to their dialog.

Burke, Rob / George Lewis / Paul Grabowsky / Mark Helias: Shift Burke, Rob / George Lewis / Paul Grabowsky / Mark Helias:
Shift

(FMR -- UK )

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A meeting in NY's Lower East Village between four improvisors--Robert Burke on saxes, George Lewis on trombone & electronics, Paul Grabowsky on piano & snare drum, and Mark Helias on acoustic bass--playing a pre-composed work, blending 21st century composition with modern jazz sensibility, enhanced by Lewis' computer-based "shapeshifts".

Davies, Rhodri / David Sylvian / Mark Wastell: There Is No Love Davies, Rhodri / David Sylvian / Mark Wastell:
There Is No Love

(Confront -- UK )

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Confront initiates their new Core Series with the text piece "There Is No Love" with David Sylvian on voice, vocal treatments and electronics, Rhodri Davies on harp, vibraphone and radio, and Mark Wastel on tam tam and percussion, a sophisticated spoken word piece of shadowy atmosphere and innuendo, leveraging approaches from experimental, improvised and composed music.

International Nothing, The: The Power Of Negative Thinking International Nothing, The:
The Power Of Negative Thinking

(Monotype -- Russia )

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The 4th album from The International Nothing, originally the clarinet duo of Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke, now extended with Christian Weber on double bass and Eric Schaefer on percussion, adding new facets to their sonic spectrum of precise microtonal interaction.

Beins, Burkhard / Lucio Capece / Martin Kuchen / Paul Vogel: Fracture Mechanics Beins, Burkhard / Lucio Capece / Martin Kuchen / Paul Vogel:
Fracture Mechanics

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )

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"Fracture Mechanics" is the scientific study of cracks in any material, an apt title from these European experimental innovators--Burkhard Beins, Lucio Capece, Martin Kuchen, and Paul Vogel--pulling back the curtain on process and creating an impressive album crossing acoustic and electronic improv, organized sound, and inexplicable interaction; recommended.

En Corps (Eve Risser / Benjamin Duboc / Edward Perraud): Generation En Corps (Eve Risser / Benjamin Duboc / Edward Perraud):
Generation

(Dark Tree Records -- France )

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The 2nd album from En Corps, the improvising trio of Eve Risser on piano, Benjamin Duboc on double bass, and Edward Perraud on drums, was recorded live at Artacts 16 festival in St Johann, Austria in 2016, performing two building works--"Des Corps" and "Des Ames" (The Bodies, The Souls)--which evolve from intricate quiet interplay into rich harmonic interaction.

Spunk: Still Eating Ginger Bread For Breakfast Spunk:
Still Eating Ginger Bread For Breakfast

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )

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Norway's unconventional improvising quartet SPUNK with Maja S. K. Ratkje, Hild Sofie Tafjord, Lene Grenager and Kristin Andersen are heard live at Nasjonal Jazzscene in Oslo, Norway in 2015, capturing these two sets of uniquely unexpected and jaw-dropping recordings from a band on the cutting edge of avant improvisation.

Anemone (John Butcher / Peter Evans / Frederic Blondy / Clayton Thomas / Paul Lovens): A Wing Dissol Anemone (John Butcher / Peter Evans / Frederic Blondy / Clayton Thomas / Paul Lovens):
A Wing Dissolved in Light [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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A brilliant quintet brought together for the Tampere Jazz Happening, in Finland in 2013, with NY trumpeter Peter Evans, UK saxophonist John Butcher, Australian bassist Clayton Thomas, German drummer/percussionist Paul Lovens, and French pianist Frederic Blondy for a phenomenal extended improvisation presented in parts: "Une Aile Dissoute Dans La Lumiere".

Majkowski, Mike : Days and Other Days [VINYL] Majkowski, Mike :
Days and Other Days [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Following double bassist Mike Majkowski's Astral Spirts cassette "Neighbouring Objects", this vinyl release is Majkowski's 7th solo album, here using analog synthesizer, percussion, piano, vibraphone, samples, and field recordings to create an amazing sonic universe through sound, tone, timbre, deep cogitation and mutant interjections.

Watts, Trevor / Stephen Grew Duo: All There Is Watts, Trevor / Stephen Grew Duo:
All There Is

(Discus -- UK )

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A strong and enthralling set of dialogs captured live from the working duo of pianist Stephen Grew and saxophonist Trevor Watts on alto & soprano, intricate exchanges of great energy but also great compassion and introspection, a well-rounded set of adventurous exchanges that highlight the incredible skills of both players.

Brand, Ulrike / Olaf Rupp: Shadowscores Brand, Ulrike / Olaf Rupp:
Shadowscores

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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An unlikely pairing, cellist Ulrike Brand is best known for her work with John Cage and Giacinto Scelsi, while Olaf Rupp is a regular contributor in a variety of setting in the European Free Improv scene; here they join for an album of free improvisation, finding shared and gripping language in creative and uncommon approaches to their strings.

Scarassatti / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Torres: Amoa Hi Scarassatti / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Torres:
Amoa Hi

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Titled for the Amazonas Indians, Brazilian sound sculptor Marco Scarassatti performs on his self-made instrument the Kraiser in a quartet with Creative Sources regulars Ernesto Rodrigues, Guilherme Rodrigues, and Nuno Torres for a dream-like set of improvisations named with indigenous expressions, blending neoprimitivism with creative acoustic improvisation.

Wooley, Nate / Daniele Martini / Joao Lobo : Legacy of Ashes Wooley, Nate / Daniele Martini / Joao Lobo :
Legacy of Ashes

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A free jazz session recorded in Brussells between trumpeter Nate Wooley and half of the Daniele Martini Quartet--saxophonist Martini himself and drummer Joao Lobo--stepping in and out of modal jazz with a contemplative approach, using extended techniques to great effect, Lobo handling the foundation and rhythm in absolutely impressive ways.

Zumthor, Peter Conradin : Grunschall [VINYL] Zumthor, Peter Conradin :
Grunschall [VINYL]

(Hiddenbell Records -- Switzerland )

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Percussionist Peter Conradin Zumthor presents a stunning debut solo album, capturing one of the truly independent voices in the Swiss musical landscape in a 7-part contiguous work recorded at Radio Studio 1 in Zurich with a great feeling for form, distances and dynamics, as an incredibly focused, virtuosic, creative and deeply felt story is told.

Wolfarth, Christian: Spuren [VINYL] Wolfarth, Christian:
Spuren [VINYL]

(Hiddenbell Records -- Switzerland )

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The two parts of "Spuren" from Swiss percussionist Christian Wolfarth cover each side in an album of concentrative timbre and strategy, evoking continuous sounds that are diverted into unexpected avenues, drawing the listener into trance-like states with rich resonance, tone, and malleable rhythms, then surprising with unforseen audio twists.

Ballister: Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD] Ballister:
Low Level Stink [VINYL & DVD]

(Dropa Disc -- Belgium )

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One of the super-groups of free improvisation, colliding elements of jazz, rock, ea-improv and beyond, the Ballister trio of Chicago stalwarts Dave Rempis (sax) and Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello) are captured live at the Oorstof concert series in De Studio, Antwerp, presenting the concert in a limited, combined vinyl LP and DVD release.

Parker, Evan / John Edwards / Steve Noble : PEN Parker, Evan / John Edwards / Steve Noble :
PEN

(Dropa Disc -- Belgium )

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Bringing together three leaders from the UK free jazz scene, the new trio of Evan Parker on tenor sax, Steve Noble on drums & percussion, and John Edwards on double bass present a masterful album drawing from the roots of free improvisation in playing that rises and recedes like a tidal force, captured live at the Oorstof concert series in Antwerp.

MIR 8 (Andrea Belfi / Werner Dafeldecker / Hilary Jeffery / Tim Wright): Perihelion [VINYL] MIR 8 (Andrea Belfi / Werner Dafeldecker / Hilary Jeffery / Tim Wright):
Perihelion [VINYL]

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Mir 8 brings electroacoustic artists Andrea Belfi (drums/percussion), Werner Dafeldecker (electroncis, bass), Hilary Jeffrey (trombone) and Tim Wright (computer & electronics) together for their debut album of four cinematic tracks following an abstract narrative through panoramic landscapes.



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