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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.

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:
Najwa

(Tum -- Finland )

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

Feldman, Morton: Triadic Memories & Piano [2 CDS] Feldman, Morton:
Triadic Memories & Piano [2 CDS]

(Hat [now] ART -- Sweden )

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Two substantial works for solo piano from late composer Morton Feldman, performed by Dutch avant-garde pianist John Snijders; "Triad Memories" is presented in two sections over 2 CDs, following Feldmans's socre, Snijders holding the sustain pedal halfway down for unusual harmonic decay, while "Piano" explores permutations in a work of suspended time and motion.

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.

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:
Lucille! [VINYL]

(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:
Lucille!

(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 [VINYL]

(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 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.

Taylor, Hollis: Absolute Bird [2 CDs] Taylor, Hollis:
Absolute Bird [2 CDs]

(ReR Megacorp -- UK )

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An unusual and distinctive record from violinist and ornithologist Hollis Taylor, a book with 2 CDS presenting 41 tracks of recordings of the Australian pied butcherbird, each track pairing a bird, environmental sound, and a single instrumentalist, with an impressive list of performers who take unique approaches to the challenge of accompanying a bird.

Metal Chaos Ensemble: Intermetallic Compounds Metal Chaos Ensemble:
Intermetallic Compounds

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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A massive and metallic improvisation from the Boston area trio of David Peck, Andria Nicodemou, and Yuri Zbitnoff, using metal, drums, bells, aquasonic, daxophone, guzheng, vibes, bells, sax, clarinet and reeds in an intense journey that absorbs the listener and then draws them into a turbulent world of active sound, receding again at journey's end; amazing.

Leap of Faith Orchestra: The Expanding Universe Leap of Faith Orchestra:
The Expanding Universe

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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The Leap of Faith Orchestra is a large improvisation ensemble comprised of 5 ub-units--Leap of Faith, Metal Chaos Ensemble, String Theory, Turbulence, and the New Language Collaborative--all assembled here for a massive and far-ranging experience, scored with time indices and English language descriptions by leader David Peck; dense and spectacular.

Leap of Faith Orchestra: Supernovae Leap of Faith Orchestra:
Supernovae

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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Boston area composer and multi-instrumentalist David Peck developed a unique approach to scoring for this large and idiosyncratic ensemble, referred to as Frame Notation, giving descriptions of sonority, time scale, events, playing occurrences, &c, leaving a great deal of freedom for these extraordinary musicians, as borne out in their incredible and extended performance.

Leap of Faith Orchestra: Possible Universes Leap of Faith Orchestra:
Possible Universes

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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Started in 1995 as an interdisciplinary unit of improvisational artists led by Boston area reedist/multi-instrumentalist David Peck and cellist Glynis Lomon, exploring multi-phonics, glissando, microtones, graphic & descriptive scores, and extended techniques, expanding the ensemble with like-minded musicians, here in this 2017 recording of full 24-piece orchestra.

Elks, The (Kai Fagaschinski / Liz Allbee / Billy Roisz / Marta Zapparoli): This Is Not The Ant Elks, The (Kai Fagaschinski / Liz Allbee / Billy Roisz / Marta Zapparoli):
This Is Not The Ant

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )

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An extremely balanced group of electroacoustic improvisers, Kai Fagaschinski on clarinet and Liz Allbee on trumpet make up the acoustic side, though sounding as electronic and other-worldly as Billy Roisz on e-bass and electronics and Marta Zapparoli on reel-to-reel tapes and tape machines, creating incredibly wide-ranging and psychedelic sonic environments.

Chrysakis, Thanos / Kurt Liedwart / Nuno Torres / Ernesto Rodrigues : Skiagraphia Chrysakis, Thanos / Kurt Liedwart / Nuno Torres / Ernesto Rodrigues :
Skiagraphia

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Three label leaders come together for an album of free electroacoustic improvisation--Thanos Chrysakis (Aural Terrains); Kurt Liedwart (Mikroton); Ernesto Rodrigues (Creative Sources), with Nuno Torres on sax--for an extended dialog built of exotic and microscopic sound, string aberrations, and reed abnormalities; exceptional.

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

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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

Frangenheim, Alexander / Nikolaus Neuser / Richard Scott: Trialectics Frangenheim, Alexander / Nikolaus Neuser / Richard Scott:
Trialectics

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Active and exciting electroacoustic improvisation with a strong emphasis on the electronics from Richard Scott and his uniquely developed modular synthesizer, from this Berlin-based collective trio with double bassist Alexander Frangenheim and trumpeter Nikolaus Neuser, exploring Trialectics, a complex system of 21st century thought and formal logic.

Foster, Michael / Ben Bennett: In It [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] Foster, Michael / Ben Bennett:
In It [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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The second release for the duo of Ben Bennett on drums, percussions and membranophones, and Michael Foster on tenor, soprano, sopranino saxophones and aerophone, in uniquely voiced improvisations that develop both carefully and, at times, erratically, but always with an ear to interesting dialog that captivates and confuses the listener.

Jeck, Philip: Iklectik Jeck, Philip:
Iklectik

(Touch -- UK )

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Named for the IKLECTIK performance space in London, England, Jeck's four part piece creates beautiful atmospheric passages which transition with field recordings, muted spoken word, symphonic-like passages, and other obscure sources, occasionally increasing in assertiveness but never leaving an exotic dream state of beautiful tonal environments.

Lacy, Steve: Free for a Minute (1966-72) [2 CDs] Lacy, Steve:
Free for a Minute (1966-72) [2 CDs]

(Emanem -- UK )

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Four sessions on a 2 CD set, all featuring Steve Lacy and Kent Carter: (1) DISPOSABILITY, the 1965 trio record with Aldo Romano of jazz standards, originals and free improv; (2) SORTIE, the 1966 free improv quartet + Enrico Rava album; (3) previously unissued 1967 'Free Fall' Film Cues in a quintet with Rava, Karl Berger, & Paul Motian; (4) two never issued '72 quintet pieces with Steve Potts, Irene Aebi on cello and Noel Mcghie.

Boneshaker: Thinking Out Loud [VINYL] Boneshaker:
Thinking Out Loud [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The third album from this international trio of powerful improvisers--Norwegian drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, Chicago bassist Kent Kessler, and Chicago/NY saxophonist Mars William-- in four odysseys that take the listener from introspective playing to out and out blowing, using technique to serve their incredible dialog.

Boneshaker (Mars Williams / Paal Nilssen-Love /  Kent Kessler): Thinking Out Loud Boneshaker (Mars Williams / Paal Nilssen-Love / Kent Kessler):
Thinking Out Loud

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The third album from this international trio of powerful improvisers--Norwegian drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, Chicago bassist Kent Kessler, and Chicago/NY saxophonist Mars William-- in four odysseys that take the listener from introspective playing to out and out blowing, using technique to serve their incredible dialog.

Deep Tide Quartet (Archer / Macari / Cole / Shaw): See One, Do One, Teach One Deep Tide Quartet (Archer / Macari / Cole / Shaw):
See One, Do One, Teach One

(Discus -- UK )

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Originally a studio project, The UK Deep Tide Trio of Martin Archer on sax, Kim Macari on trumpet, Laura Cole on piano and Walt Shaw on percussion & live electronics evolved into a performing organization based on the strength of their open-ended approach to free jazz and improvisation, heard here balancing melody and structure in well-paced and thoughtful improv.

Butcher, John / John Edwards / Mark Sanders: Last Dream Of The Morning Butcher, John / John Edwards / Mark Sanders:
Last Dream Of The Morning

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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A studio album between three UK master improvisers -- John Butcher on sax, John Edwards on double bass, and Mark Sanders on drums -- the trio pushing the envelope in technique and dialog in nearly telepathic playing that transports the listener into their environment, as the music builds and releases in effortless ways that are stunning and exulant; highly recommended.

Filosofer: Landet Er Gitt Oss [VINYL] Filosofer:
Landet Er Gitt Oss [VINYL]

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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An hallucinogenic and commanding blending of improvisation, song, spoken word, and tonal/timbral music from double bassist Christian Meaas Svendsen's Filosofer, creating beautiful sonic environments out of which voice and message emerge and submerge, buoyed by a string quartet (two violins and two double basses), computers, turntables, synths and samplers.

Carl, Rudiger Inc.: King Alcohol (New Version) [2 CDs] Carl, Rudiger Inc.:
King Alcohol (New Version) [2 CDs]

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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The debut album of Rudiger Carl is an assertive studio session of brilliant free jazz from 1972, with Carl on tenor saxophone, Gunter Christmann on trombone, and Detlef Schonenberg on drums, presenting a great example of early European Free Improv, remastered from the original tapes and issued on CD for the first time, with a 2nd CD of previously unreleased bonus tracks.

Reichel, Hans: Wichlinghauser Blues Reichel, Hans:
Wichlinghauser Blues

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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The debut LP by legendary German guitar improvisor and instrument inventor Hans Reichel, an incredible display of brilliant playing, both technically and by approach, playing on acoustic and unfiltered electric guitars, originally issued on FMP in 1973, here re-mastered from the original tapes and retaining the original design; highly recommended.

Reichel, Hans: Bonobo Reichel, Hans:
Bonobo

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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Second LP in the catalog of German guitarist and instrument inventor Hans Reichel (1949-2011), a program of microtonal string investigations that is still beguiling and fresh four decades later, originally released on FMP in 1976, with a great album cover from Reichel demonstrating how he created his neck-to-neck guitar; absolutely impressive and essential.

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

(FPE Records -- USA )

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

Kontakte Trio (Trevor Taylor / Ian Brighton / Steve Beresford): Kontakte Trio Kontakte Trio (Trevor Taylor / Ian Brighton / Steve Beresford):
Kontakte Trio

(FMR -- UK )

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An important and well-matched trio of electroacoustic improvisers, and a welcome addition to guitarist Ian Brighton's return to active music life, with Steve Beresford on piano, prepared piano and electronics, and Trevor Taylor (Circuit) on percussion and electronics, six unhurried improvisations of intricate interplay and interchange themed on physics.

Dunmall / Shipp / Edwards / Sanders: Live in London Dunmall / Shipp / Edwards / Sanders:
Live in London

(FMR -- UK )

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Two extended examples of free improvisation from UK stalwarts, tenor saxophonist Paul Dunmall, bassist John Edwards, and drummer Mark Sanders, joined by New York pianist Matthew Shipp, all captured live at Cafe Oto in 2010; set one is an unflagging example of energetic collective improv, set two more introspective yet vital and demanding; a superb concert!

Tipple (Frode Gjerstad / Kevin Norton / David Watson): Live at Elastic Arts Tipple (Frode Gjerstad / Kevin Norton / David Watson):
Live at Elastic Arts

(FMR -- UK )

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Tipple, the trio of Frode Gjerstad on alto sax and clarinet, Kevin Norton on percussion, and David Watson on electric guitar, are captured live for an energetic and masterly concert at Elastic Arts, in Chicago, Illinois in 2015, four "Elastic" improvisations of intense interaction, from collective conversation to stunning solo statements; jaw dropping.

Rummel, Simon Ensemble: IM MEER Rummel, Simon Ensemble:
IM MEER

(Umlaut Records -- Germany )

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German composer and improviser Simon Rummel presents the 2nd release from his 11-piece Simon Rummel Ensemble, blending his interest in acoustic phenomena and improvisational harmonics in an extended work that shifts from beautiful tonal work to disruptive cacophony and back to melodic music, blending jazz and 20th century approaches; a great achievement.

Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp : The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 6 Saturn Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp :
The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 6 Saturn

(Leo -- UK )

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For more than 20 years Brazilian/NY saxophonist Ivo Perelman and NY pianist Matthew Shipp have collaborated in a diverse set of projects that have led to more than 30 albums; this 6th volume bring us back to the core, evoking the planet Saturn in a 10-part series of duos between these two masterful players, showing fire and angular playing in mid-tempo exploration.

Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ William Parker / Whit Dickey): The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 5 Perelman, Ivo & Matthew Shipp (w/ William Parker / Whit Dickey):
The Art Of Perelman-Shipp Volume 5 Rhea

(Leo -- UK )

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For more than 20 years Brazilian/NY saxophonist Ivo Perelman and NY pianist Matthew Shipp have collaborated in a diverse set of projects that have led to more than 30 albums; this 5th volume celebrating that partnership brings the duo together with bassist William Parker and drummer Whit Dickey, where the long-term bonds of all 4 players push each to great heights.

Thomas, Pat: The Elephant Clock of Al Jazari [VINYL] Thomas, Pat:
The Elephant Clock of Al Jazari [VINYL]

(Otoroku -- UK )

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Inspired by the automatic water clock invented by Iraq inventor, engineer, and father of robotics, Badi' al-Zaman ibn al-Razzaz al-Jazari built in the 12th century, pianist Pat Thomas recorded these four exceptional improvisations of powerful solo piano with an unusual and inventive twist live at London's Cafe Oto in 2015.

Shipp, Matthew : Magnetism(s) [2 CDs] Shipp, Matthew :
Magnetism(s) [2 CDs]

(RogueArt -- France )

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The creative NY jazz trio led by pianist Matthew Shipp with Rob Brown on alto sax and flute and William Parker on bass re-release and re-master their 1999 Bleu Regards album "Magnetism", a 20-part suite of concise and informed dialogs; and add a live CD of the trio recording three larger "Magnetism" improvisations captured at the Stone, 2016.

Martins, Luis Jose: Tentos - Invencoes E Encantamentos Martins, Luis Jose:
Tentos - Invencoes E Encantamentos

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Luis Jose Martins uses classical guitar, prepared guitar, electronics, and percussion in a solo album of incredible detail and lyrical, beautiful playing of original compositions that blend his playing with modern techniques and electronics into melodic masterpieces, performed in the natural resonance of the church of the convent of S. Bento in Avis.

Wooley, Nate: Knknighgh (Minimal Poetry for Aram Saroyan) Wooley, Nate:
Knknighgh (Minimal Poetry for Aram Saroyan)

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Pronounced as "knife", this new project from NY trumpeter Nate Wooley brings together Chris Pitsiokos on alto sax, Brandon Lopez on bass, and Dre Hocevar on drums in a fresh take on the concepts of free jazz, using short material composed by Wooley and based on the poetry of Aram Saroyan, used in looping and repeating structures that never sound as such.

Johnson, Max: In The West Johnson, Max:
In The West

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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New York bassist Max Johnson expands his piano trio of Kris Davis on piano and Mike Pride on drums with Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar, adding an eclectic Western flavor to overall on-point, anchored and driven modern jazz of a high order, balancing lyrical playing with moments of free collective playing, in a beautiful and extraordinary album.

LAMA + Joachim Badenhorst: Metamorphosis LAMA + Joachim Badenhorst:
Metamorphosis

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A superb example of contemporary collective improvisation crossing from acoustic improvisation into electroacoustic material from the quartet of Joachim Badenhorst on clarinets, Susana Santos Silva on trumpet, Goncalo Almeida on double bass, keyboards & effects, and Greg Smith on drums & laptop, performing live at Jazzcase series Dommelhof, 2016.

Mind Games (Niescier / Maroney / Ilgenfritz / Drury): Ephemera Obscura Mind Games (Niescier / Maroney / Ilgenfritz / Drury):
Ephemera Obscura

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A unconventional yet lyrical album of creative jazz from the New York quartet of Angelika Niescier on alto sax, Denman Maroney on hyperpiano, James Ilgenfritz on contrabass, and Andrew Drury on percussion, Maroney's piano preparations and Drury's objects complementing complex time signatures and intricate notated materials that yield lush, beautiful music.

Revis, Eric: Sing Me Some Cry Revis, Eric:
Sing Me Some Cry

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Double Bassist Eric Revis expands his concepts in this outstanding album with fellow New Yorkers, pianist Kris Davis and drummer Chad Taylor, and Chicago reedist Ken Vandermark on tenor saxophone, with all four players providing compositions that push the limit on structure and form while opening up the players to superb soloing settings of great modern jazz.

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.

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.

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.

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.



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