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Day & Taxi (Gallio / Jeger / Meier): Way [VINYL 2 LPs + CD] Day & Taxi (Gallio / Jeger / Meier):
Way [VINYL 2 LPs + CD]

(Percaso -- Switzerland )

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Swiss saxophonist Christoph Gallio has led the Day & Taxi group for more than 25 years, here as a trio with Silvan Jeger on double bass and David Meier on drums for a double LP of creative jazz blending unique contemporary composition with melodic approaches.

Rova::Orkestrova: No Favorites! (for Lawrence "Butch" Morris) Rova::Orkestrova:
No Favorites! (for Lawrence "Butch" Morris)

(New World Records -- USA )

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Paying homage to one of the most original creators in improvised music, Lawrence 'Butch' Morris, the Bay Area Rova Quartet is expanded into an orchestra with an impressive set of improvisers in three works that balance compositional approaches with improvisation through conduction.

Kowald, Peter Quintet: Peter Kowald Quintet [VINYL] Kowald, Peter Quintet:
Peter Kowald Quintet [VINYL]

(Cien Fuegos -- Austria )

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A reissue of Peter Kowald Quintet's self-titled album, originally released by FMP in 1972, with the line up of Peter Kowald on tuba, bass, and alphorn; Gunter Christmann and Paul Rutherford on trombone Peter van der Locht on alto saxophone; and Paul Lovens on drums.

Lee, Okkyung / Christian Marclay: Amalgam [VINYL] Lee, Okkyung / Christian Marclay:
Amalgam [VINYL]

(Northern Spy -- USA )

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A wild and exciting duo between cellist Okkyung Lee and legendary turntable improviser Christian Marclay performing live at London's Cafe Oto for a single long track that runs through an astonishing dynamic of invention and atmospheres in a gripping and spellbinding set.

Lee, Okkyung / Christian Marclay: Amalgam Lee, Okkyung / Christian Marclay:
Amalgam

(Northern Spy -- USA )

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A wild and exciting duo between cellist Okkyung Lee and legendary turntable improviser Christian Marclay performing live at London's Cafe Oto for a single long track that runs through an astonishing dynamic of invention and atmospheres in a gripping and spellbinding set.

BassDrumBone + guests Joe Lovano / Jason Moran: The Long Road [2 CDs] BassDrumBone + guests Joe Lovano / Jason Moran:
The Long Road [2 CDs]

(Auricle -- USA )

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The 40th Anniversary release for the creative free improvising jazz trio of Gerry Hemingway (drums), Mark Helias (bass) and Ray Anderson (trombone), with guests Joe Lovano on sax and Jason Moran on piano; superb lyrical soulful collective improvisation of the finest order.

McPhee, Joe / Andre Jaume: Nuclear Family McPhee, Joe / Andre Jaume:
Nuclear Family

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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In 1979 saxophonist/cornetist Joe McPhee met French reedist Andre Jaume in Paris to record this exceptional album of standards, drawing on works from Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Duke and Ellington, and Ornette Coleman; melodic, poignant, emotional and insightful jazz.

Chadbourne, Eugene : There'll Be No Tears Tonight Chadbourne, Eugene :
There'll Be No Tears Tonight

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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A much-needed reissue of Eugene Chadbourne's ground-breaking free country improv album recorded in NYC with a great Downtown NY lineup including Tom Cora, John Zorn, Scott Manring, and David Licht, performing twisted takes on classics by Paycheck, Haggard, Miller, &c.

Kurzmann, Christof / Mats Gustafsson: Falling And Five Other Failings [VINYL] Kurzmann, Christof / Mats Gustafsson:
Falling And Five Other Failings [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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Two versatile and innovative improvisers, Mats Gustafsson on saxophones and Christof Kurzmann on electronics and voice, extracted improvisations recorded in the studio to create the 7 parts of this rich, pulse-based and intensely understated work about Falling and Failing.

Kurzmann, Christof / Mats Gustafsson: Falling And Five Other Failings Kurzmann, Christof / Mats Gustafsson:
Falling And Five Other Failings

(Trost Records -- UK )

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Two versatile and innovative improvisers, Mats Gustafsson on saxophones and Christof Kurzmann on electronics and voice, extracted improvisations recorded in the studio to create the 7 parts of this rich, pulse-based and intensely understated work about Falling and Failing.

Jackson / Long / Taylor / Tippett: Four Quartets Jackson / Long / Taylor / Tippett:
Four Quartets

(Confront -- Great Britain )

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Clarinetist Tom Jackson and pianist Keith Tippett have worked together since 2001, with bassist Ashley-John Long joining them in improvisation in 2009, adding violist Benedict Taylor that same year in London, here meeting in the studio for 4 subtle and expansive recordings.

Parker, Evan / Pat Thomas / John Russell / John Edwards / Alex Ward / Alison Blunt / Benedict Taylor Parker, Evan / Pat Thomas / John Russell / John Edwards / Alex Ward / Alison Blunt / Benedict Taylor / David Leahy / Kay Grant:
Mopomoso Tour 2013 | Making Rooms [4 CD BOX SET]

(Weekertoft -- Great Britain )

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An excellent 4-CD set from a UK tour of the long-running London monthly concert series Mopomoso, featuring improvisations from various grouping of John Russell, Evan Parker, John Edwards, David Leahy, Pat Thomas, Alison Blunt, Benedict Taylor, Kay Grant & Alex Ward.

Tatsuya, Yoshida / Cho Sokkyo / Tzboguchi Masayasu: TYU Tatsuya, Yoshida / Cho Sokkyo / Tzboguchi Masayasu:
TYU

(Magaibutsu -- Japan )

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The frequent and super-speed improvising duo of drummer Tatsuya Yoshida and guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi join forces with Tzboguchi Masayasu on keyboards and vocoder for an energetic, melodic, and at times outlandish album that pays homage to astonishingly complex rock forms.

Finlayson, Jonathan / Sicilian Defense: Moving Still Finlayson, Jonathan / Sicilian Defense:
Moving Still

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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NY trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson's 2nd Pi album, in a quintet with pianist Matt Mitchell, bassist John Hebert, guitarist Miles Okazaki, and drummer Craig Weinrib, for 6 original lyrical compositions with captivating progressions and top notch soloing making great modern jazz.

Pinhas, Richard / Tatsuya Yoshida  / Masami Akita : Process and Reality Pinhas, Richard / Tatsuya Yoshida / Masami Akita :
Process and Reality

(Cuneiform -- USA )

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Thick, noisy, complex, interweaving and stunningly cathartic music from the trio of French prog legend Richard Pinhas on guitar, Ruins/Magaibutsu drummer Tatsuya Yoshida, and pioneer of noise music Masami Akita, AKA Merzbow, recording in the studio in Tokyo.

Spontaneous Music Orchestra: Search & Reflect (1973-81) [2 CDs] Spontaneous Music Orchestra:
Search & Reflect (1973-81) [2 CDs]

(Emanem -- Great Britain )

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An amazing collection of concepts described in John Steven's manual "Search and Reflect" and recorded in workshops and concerts primarily in the 70s, with participants including Trevor Watts, Evan Parker, Paul Rutherfod, Ian Brighton, Nigel Coombes, John Russell, Lindsay Cooper, &c.

Giuffre, Jimmy 3: Bremen & Stuttgart (1961) [2 CDs] Giuffre, Jimmy 3:
Bremen & Stuttgart (1961) [2 CDs]

(Emanem -- Great Britain )

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The sophisticated and influential Jimmy Giuffre 3 led by clarinetist Giuffre with Paul Bley on piano and Steve Swallow on double bass, in a 2-CD reissue of their only known well-recorded concerts, alongside two tracks from their "Fusion" album not included in the ECM reissue.

Ewen / Smith / Walter: Live in Texas Ewen / Smith / Walter:
Live in Texas

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )

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Seven "hyperactive and urgent improvisations" of the reunited trio of guitarist Sandy Ewen, double bassist Damon Smith and drummer Weasel Walter, performing at the NMASS festval in Austin, Texas, and two venues in Houston, Texas; rugged and rewarding exploratory playing.

Drake, Bob : Arx Pilosa Drake, Bob :
Arx Pilosa

(Recommended Records -- UK )

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Another twisted, complex and irresistible album from multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Bob Drake, practically presenting a history of the rock genre in 20 short pieces that twist and turn in inventive, humorous, peculiar, mesmerizing, and masterly songs.

Edelin's, Michel Flute Fever Orchestra with special guest Nicole Mitchell: Kalamania [2 CDs] Edelin's, Michel Flute Fever Orchestra with special guest Nicole Mitchell:
Kalamania [2 CDs]

(RogueArt -- France )

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French flutist Michel Edelin leads this 6-piece band named in honor of Jeremy Steig, with 4 flutists including Sylvaine Helary, Ludivine Issambourg, and Nicole Mitchell, plus John Betsch (drums) and Peter Giron (bass) in exceptional, unexpected and inclusive approaches to improv.

I Am Three (Eberhard / Neuser / Marien): Mingus Mingus Mingus I Am Three (Eberhard / Neuser / Marien):
Mingus Mingus Mingus

(Leo -- UK )

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Saxophonist Silke Eberhard leads her trio with Nikolaus Neuser on trumpet and Christian Marien on drums, through a distillation of well known and lesser known Mingus tunes, restricting each tune to its essence in 3-4 minute renderings focusing on Mingus' compositional strength.

Hein, Nicola L. / Mia Zabelka : The Honey Pump Hein, Nicola L. / Mia Zabelka :
The Honey Pump

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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Instant compositions on from Nicola L. Hein on guitar and Mia Zabelka on violin, both versed in soundscape and sonic sculptures, using extended techniques to create dense but dynamic sonic landscapes with significant room for silence.

Dunmall / Noble / Edwards / Sanders: Chords Of Connections Dunmall / Noble / Edwards / Sanders:
Chords Of Connections

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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A stunning example of collective free improvisation from the quartet of frequent collaborators and superb improvisers, Paul Dunmall on tenor & soprano sax, Liam Noble on piano, Mark Sanders on drums, and John Edwards on bass, recording in the studio in Birmingham.

Forebrace (Ward / Sassi / Horro / Doulton): Steeped Forebrace (Ward / Sassi / Horro / Doulton):
Steeped

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Blending jazz and rock forms with frenetic excitement and masterful control, multi-reedist Forebrace quartet with Roberto Sassi (electric guitar), Santiago Horro (electric bass) and Jem Doulton (drums) run the gamut on exultantly virtuosic improvisation, here recording live at Cafe Oto.

Cortex (Johansson / Alberts / Hoyer / Nilssen): Live in New York [VINYL] Cortex (Johansson / Alberts / Hoyer / Nilssen):
Live in New York [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Approaching the free side of 60s postbop in the Ornette Coleman vein, the Cortex quartet of Thomas Johansson (trumpet), Kristoffer Alberts (sax), Ola Hoyer (double bass) and Gard Nilssen (drums) are captured for a dynamic and captivating set at IBeam in Brooklyn in 2015.

Evans, Peter: Lifeblood [USB Drive] Evans, Peter:
Lifeblood [USB Drive]

(More Is More -- USA )

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Trumpeter Peter Evans' first solo release in over 5 years, presenting two demanding and impressive live performances from 2015/16, during Evan's residency at Roulette, and at Bop Stop in Cleveland, presented on a USB credit card drive in mp3 and wav formats, with liner notes.

Naked Wolf (Ex / Gibson / Jaeger / Provan / Szafirowski): Ahum Naked Wolf (Ex / Gibson / Jaeger / Provan / Szafirowski):
Ahum

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Bridging improv and rock, this quintet including Luc Ex on guitar uses instrumental and vocal forms to draw on a wealth of styles with references to free improv, post-punk and RIO styles, beautifully pacing the album from energetic improv to slowly unfolding atmospheres.

Sharp, Elliott Aggregat (Bynum / Greene II / Jones / Altschul): Dialectrical Sharp, Elliott Aggregat (Bynum / Greene II / Jones / Altschul):
Dialectrical

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Downtown New York multi-reedist mainstay Elliott Sharp in his third Aggregat release, in a quintet with Taylor Ho Bynum on trumpet, Barry Altschul on drums, Terry L. Greene II on trombone, and Brad Jones on bass, pushing elastic limits on the concepts of jazz and free improv.

Butcher, John / Stale Liavik Solberg: So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain Butcher, John / Stale Liavik Solberg:
So Beautiful, It Starts To Rain

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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British free improvising legend John Butcher met Scandinavian drummer Stale Liavik Solberg at Cafe Oto to record these intensely detailed yet sublimely reserved duos, three pieces segmenting the album title, an intimate and never extravagent dialog of great technical depth.

Machinefabriek (w/ Anne Bakker / Edita Karkoschka): Crumble Machinefabriek (w/ Anne Bakker / Edita Karkoschka):
Crumble

(Self Released -- Netherlands )

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A beautifully dramatic album from the trio of electronic artist Rutger Zydervelt (Machinefabriek), violinist Anne Bakker, and vocalist Edita Karkoschka, a sculpted work full of dramatic turns, immersive drones, glitchy electronics and intimate gestures.

Hearts & Minds (Stein / Giallorenzo / Rosaly): Hearts & Minds [VINYL] Hearts & Minds (Stein / Giallorenzo / Rosaly):
Hearts & Minds [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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The Chicago trio of Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Paul Giallorenzon on keys, and Frank Rosaly on drums, performing a joyful album of lyrical jazz, blending compositions and free playing with modern creative skills and unpredictable, enthusiastic soloing; superb!

Jackson / Baker / Kirshner: The Noisy Miner  [CASSETTE with DOWNLOAD CODE] Jackson / Baker / Kirshner:
The Noisy Miner [CASSETTE with DOWNLOAD CODE]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Chicago mainstays Keefe Jackson on tenor and sopranino sax, Jim Baker on piano and synths, and Julian Kirshner on drums, are caught live at the Constellation in 2015 for a forceful, demanding yet lyrical set of free improvisations, a great example of the fertile Chicago scene.

Talibam! w/ Alan Wilkinson: It is Dangerous to Lean Out  [CASSETTE with DOWNLOAD CODE] Talibam! w/ Alan Wilkinson:
It is Dangerous to Lean Out [CASSETTE with DOWNLOAD CODE]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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The Downtown NY insanely creative duo Talibam! of Kevin Shea on drums and Matt Motel on keys is joined by free improvising legend, saxophonist Alan Wilkinson, for two incendiary improvisations performed live at Sant'anna Arresi Jazz Festival in Sardinia, Italy.

Konstrukt w/ Graham Massey & David McLean: Live at Islington Mills  [CASSETTE with DOWNLOAD CODE] Konstrukt w/ Graham Massey & David McLean:
Live at Islington Mills [CASSETTE with DOWNLOAD CODE]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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The Turkish Konstrukt trio teamed up with 808 State guitarist Graham Massey and pianist David Andrew McLean (Charles Hayward's Anonymous Bash) for a live album at Islington Mill in Salford England for two sides of blistering avant-funk & cosmic space sounds.

Ambarchi, Oren: Hubris [VINYL] Ambarchi, Oren:
Hubris [VINYL]

(Editions Mego -- Austria )

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Continuing on from "Sagittarian Domain" & "Quixotism", Oren Ambarchi joins forces with Jim O'Rourke, Chris Cole, Keith Fullerton Whitmanm, Konrad Sprenger, Mark Fell, Will Guthrie, Joe Talia, Ricardo Villalobos and Arto Lindsay for this album of driving rhythm and sound.

Ambarchi, Oren: Hubris Ambarchi, Oren:
Hubris

(Editions Mego -- Austria )

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Continuing on from "Sagittarian Domain" & "Quixotism", Oren Ambarchi joins forces with Jim O'Rourke, Chris Cole, Keith Fullerton Whitmanm, Konrad Sprenger, Mark Fell, Will Guthrie, Joe Talia, Ricardo Villalobos and Arto Lindsay for this album of driving rhythm and sound.

Mitchell's, Nicole Black Earth Ensemble & Ensemble Laborintus: Moments Of Fatherhood Mitchell's, Nicole Black Earth Ensemble & Ensemble Laborintus:
Moments Of Fatherhood

(RogueArt -- France )

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Chicago flautist Nicole Mitchell presents a work inspired by photographs from scholar and leader of social justice, W.E.B. Dubois, about African American prosperity after the civil war, a rich and compelling set of compositions performed in an ensemble of superb Chicago improvisers.

Unnatural Ways: We Aliens Unnatural Ways:
We Aliens

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Moving from Oakland to Brooklyn guitarist Ava Mendoza's improvising rock trio Unnatural Ways with Tim Dahl (bass) and Sam Ospovat (drums) release their first Tzadik album of blistering psychedelic blues based instrumentals, wonderfully deformed, cutting edge rock.

Wooley, Nate: Argonautica Wooley, Nate:
Argonautica

(Firehouse 12 Records -- USA )

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Trumpeter Nate Wooley's major 3-part work makes oblique reference to dodecaphony, ambient tape music, and the minimalist rock of Terry Riley, conceived as a tribute to Wooley's mentor Ron Miles, who performs alongside Devin Gray & Rudy Royston (drums), Cory Smythe & Jozef Dumoulin (piano).

XT (Seymour Wright / Paul Abbot): Pah' XT (Seymour Wright / Paul Abbot):
Pah'

(Pleasure of the Text Records -- USA )

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The duo of Paul Abbot on drum kits, percussion & computer, and Seymour Wright on alto saxophone and feedback, in a massive edge-of-your seat live recording from London's Cafe Oto in 2015, a mix of brutal and beautiful playing with unexpected and surprising twists.

Leandre, Joelle 10: Can You Hear Me? Leandre, Joelle 10:
Can You Hear Me?

(Ayler Records -- France )

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Known mostly as a masterful improviser, this 2015 live performance of her 2009 work for a tenet crosses compositional and improvisation boundaries, reflecting on her 40 year career while bringing out new subtleties from its original release, here with a superb set of performers.

Blanc, Michel : Le Miroir des Ondes Blanc, Michel :
Le Miroir des Ondes

(Ayler -- France )

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Percussionist Michel Blanc's astounding 12-part work was composed around news events that occurred between 1972-89, in a tour-de-force of music drawing from improvised music, RIO oriented rock, and concrete sound; with Marc Ducret, Annabelle Playe, Anne Gimenez, & Antonin Rayon.

Baron, Marc : Un Salon Au Fond D'un Lac Baron, Marc :
Un Salon Au Fond D'un Lac

(Potlatch -- France )

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Beautifully paced and enigmatically interesting compositions from Marc Baron, using only analog processes in three compositions for reel to reel tape, blending field recordings, cut-up, noise, found sound, pre-recorded and degraded tapes in unusual and absorbing ways.

Rammel, Hal: The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures [BOOK + 2 CDS] Rammel, Hal:
The Amplified Palette: A History in Pictures [BOOK + 2 CDS]

(Penumbra -- USA )

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A book and 2 CDs celebrating the 25th anniversary of this unusual and fascinating musical instrument designed and built by Hal Rammel, an artist's palette outfitted with a contact mic and vertically-mounted rods, played with a variety of uniquely designed bows and mallets.

Huy (Junji / Kazuhisa / Yoshida): Huy Huy (Junji / Kazuhisa / Yoshida):
Huy

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )

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The Japanese trio of Hirose Junji on tenor saxophone, Innocence label founder Uchihashi Kazuhisa on guitar, and Yoshida Tatsuya on drums, initiating Magaibutsu's "Improv Session Series" with this on-fire album of controlled chaos, recorded live at Foxhole in Kichijoji.

Hinds, Killick & Henry Kaiser: Xenosynchronicity II Hinds, Killick & Henry Kaiser:
Xenosynchronicity II

(Self Released -- USA )

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Appalachian guitarist Killick Hinds reunites with West Coast guitarist Henry Kaiser for their second album of sophisticated string interactions, using vast technical skills and creative intent to present an enjoyable and diverse set of textures and styles.

Illegal Crowns (Halvorson / Fujiwara / Delbecq / Ho Bynum): Illegal Crowns Illegal Crowns (Halvorson / Fujiwara / Delbecq / Ho Bynum):
Illegal Crowns

(RogueArt -- France )

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A cooperative band of mostly NY improvisers-- Mary Halvorson on guitar, Tomas Fujiwara on drums, Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet & flugelhorn, and French pianist Benoit Delbecq, recording in the studio for a album of uniquely unusual and rewarding compositions from all players.

Arashi (Sakata / Berthling / Nilssen-Love): Semikujira Arashi (Sakata / Berthling / Nilssen-Love):
Semikujira

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The trio of Akira Sakata on reeds & voice, Johan Berthling on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums & percussion in an intense set of free jazz denoted by the name Arashi (Storm), an apt description of the fury and irreproachable power of this trio's playing.

DNA: A Taste Of DNA [12-inch VINYL] DNA:
A Taste Of DNA [12-inch VINYL]

(Superior Viaduct -- USA )

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An essential part of the late 70's influential Downtown NY scene, the trio of Arto Lindsay (guitar and voice), Ikue Mori (drums), and Tim Wright (bass), released few albums, but this 1981 EP captures the essence of their tightly controlled manic approach to wildly improvised rock.

Dick, Robert: Our Cells Know Dick, Robert:
Our Cells Know

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Using multiphonics, percussive effects, circular breathing and other extended approaches to the contrabass flute, composer/performer/improviser Robert Dick releases a mesmerizing album of improvisations, breaking new terrain by letting the largest of flutes lead his muse.

Universal Indians w/ Joe McPhee: Skullduggery [VINYL 2 LPs] Universal Indians w/ Joe McPhee:
Skullduggery [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The free improvising trio of John Dikeman on sax, Jon Rune Strom on bass, and Tollef Ostvang on drums, invites Joe McPhee on pocket trumpet and alto sax for a release of rugged free improv using unorthodox approaches and amazing dexterity in their playing.

Carate Urio Orchestra (Badenhorst / Olaffson / Olaffson / Soniano / Niggenkemper /  Loriot / Roig): Carate Urio Orchestra (Badenhorst / Olaffson / Olaffson / Soniano / Niggenkemper / Loriot / Roig):
Ljubljana

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Active since 2013, this ever-changing band was formed by multi-reedist Joachim Badenhorst, blending jazz, post-rock, noise, lo- fi, psychedelica, and ambient music into a potent brew, as heard here in this septet rendering performing live at the 2015 Ljubljana Jazz Festival.

Cortex (Johansson / Alberts / Hoyer / Nilssen): Live in New York Cortex (Johansson / Alberts / Hoyer / Nilssen):
Live in New York

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Approaching the free side of 60s postbop in the Ornette Coleman vein, the Cortex quartet of Thomas Johansson (trumpet), Kristoffer Alberts (sax), Ola Hoyer (double bass) and Gard Nilssen (drums) are captured for a dynamic and captivating set at IBeam in Brooklyn in 2015.

Silva / Anker / Sandell / Zetterberg / Falt: Life and Other Transient Storms Silva / Anker / Sandell / Zetterberg / Falt:
Life and Other Transient Storms

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Live recordings at the 2015 Tampere Jazz Happening from the first meeting of Susana Santos Silva on trumpet, Lotte Anker on sax, Sten Sandell on piano, Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass and Jon Falt on drums, a modern supergroup of responsive and subtle collective improvisation.

Stirrup (Lonberg-Holm / Macri / Rumback): Cut Stirrup (Lonberg-Holm / Macri / Rumback):
Cut

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Chicago free improvising mainstay Fred Lonberg-Holm's Stirrup trio with Nick Macri on double bass and Charles Rumback on drums crosses genres and grooves in an album balancing lyrical and hard-grooved tunes, with Lonberg-Holm taking up guitar on a number of tracks.

Modular String Trio (Okhrimchuk / Jedrzejewski / Kacperczyk): Ants Bees and Butterflies Modular String Trio (Okhrimchuk / Jedrzejewski / Kacperczyk):
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(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A most unusual trio: actually a quartet, this Polish/Ukraine group has three strings (violin, cello, contrabass) with modular synth and electronics reinforcing their sound, less EA than chamber jazz with fascinating orchestration and wonderful harmonic and melodic invention.

Brotzmann, Peter / William Parker / Hamid Drake: Song Sentimentale [VINYL] Brotzmann, Peter / William Parker / Hamid Drake:
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(Otoroku -- Great Britain )

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One of a dual CD/LP release documenting three nights at London's Cafe Oto by the trio of Peter Brotzmann on reeds, William Parker on double bass, guembri, shakuhachi, and shenai, and Hamid Drake on drums, an incredible display of improvised music from three masters of the form.

Brotzmann, Peter / William Parker / Hamid Drake: Song Sentimentale Brotzmann, Peter / William Parker / Hamid Drake:
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(Otoroku -- Great Britain )

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One of a dual CD/LP release documenting three nights at London's Cafe Oto by the trio of Peter Brotzmann on reeds, William Parker on double bass, guembri, shakuhachi, and shenai, and Hamid Drake on drums, an incredible display of improvised music from three masters of the form.

Smith Quartet with John Tilbury: Morton Feldman: Music for Piano and Strings Volume 3 [DVD-AUDIO] Smith Quartet with John Tilbury:
Morton Feldman: Music for Piano and Strings Volume 3 [DVD-AUDIO]

(Matchless -- Great Britain )

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Recorded live at the Huddersfield Festival of Contemporary Music in 2006, this is the 3rd and final volume of works by Morton Feldman performed by the Smith Quartet with John Tilbury on piano, recorded in high quality DVD audio and with extensive liner notes by Tilbury.

Marsh, Tony / Chefa Alonso: Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9) Marsh, Tony / Chefa Alonso:
Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)

(Emanem -- Great Britain )

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During her stay in London from 2004-2008, saxophonist Chefa Alonso developed a rewarding duo with percussionist Tony Marsh of great technical and musical value, as heard on these excellent recordings from Red Rose and Ryan's Bar in London, and Matadero in Huesca, Spain.

Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Withdrawal (1966/7)[REISSUE] Spontaneous Music Ensemble:
Withdrawal (1966/7)[REISSUE]

(Emanem -- Great Britain )

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Featuring the earliest published recordings of Barry Guy & Evan Parker, percussionist John Steven's presents transitional sextet and septet performances of his groundbreaking free improv group from 1966 & '67 with Trevor Watts, Paul Rutherford, Kenny Wheeler, and Derek Bailey.

Perch Hen Brock & Rainy (Ab Baars  / Ig Henneman / Ingrid Laubrock / Tom Raine): Live @ The Jazz Hap Perch Hen Brock & Rainy (Ab Baars / Ig Henneman / Ingrid Laubrock / Tom Raine):
Live @ The Jazz Happening Tampere

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Crossing Netherland and New York players, Ab Baars on reeds, Ig Henneman on viola, Ingrid Laubrcok on sax and Tom Rainey on drums present an album of insightful improv that borrows approaches to sound from natural world, performed live at Tampere Jazz Happening, Finland in 2014.

Morris, Joe: Shock Axis Morris, Joe:
Shock Axis

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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A limited edition release of guitarist Joe Morri's new NY-area aggressive improvising trio with younger players Dave Parmelle on drums and Chris Cretella on electric bass, shredding with awesome technical skill and intense harmonic and melodic force, really powerful stuff!

Bradford, Bobby / Hafez Modirzadeh / Mark Dresser / Alex Cline: Live At The Open Gate [VINYL] Bradford, Bobby / Hafez Modirzadeh / Mark Dresser / Alex Cline:
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(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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West Coast cornetist Bobby Bradford captured live in 2013 for a superb set at the Center for the Arts in Los Angeles, part of the Open Gate Theatre Sunday evening concert series, in a quartet with Hafez Modirzadeh on alto sax, Mark Dresser on bass, and Alex Cline on drums.

Wooley / Antunes / Queijo / Costa / Corsano: Purple Patio  [VINYL] Wooley / Antunes / Queijo / Costa / Corsano:
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(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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A very open album of improvisation, using an intensely responsive section of three drums and one bass, with Wooley in amazing form playing above the fray, from introspective reserve to seething runs, supported by a wicked undercurrent of astounding, criss-crossing rhythm.

Roebke, Jason Octet: Cinema Spiral Roebke, Jason Octet:
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(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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

Anker / Lonberg-Holm & Jackson / Serries: Two Duos [CASSETTE with download] Anker / Lonberg-Holm & Jackson / Serries:
Two Duos [CASSETTE with download]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Two aspects of reed & string duos, side A presents Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm with Danish/NY saxophonist Lotte Anker in 4 free improvisations of unusual technique; side B is UK saxophonist Dave Jackson & Dirk Serries on electric guitar for an extended improv live at Cafe Oto.

Wooley, Nate: Seven Storey Mountain V Wooley, Nate:
Seven Storey Mountain V

(Pleasure of the Text Records -- USA )

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The 5th of 7 large and inspiring works that began with a Festival of New Trumpet commission in 2007, here in an ensemble of 19 players including C. Spencer Yeh, Ben Vida, Ben Hall, Matt Moran, Chris Dingman, Dan Peck, Josh Sinton, Colin Stetson, the TILT brass octet, &c.

Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp: Corpo Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp:
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(Leo -- Great Britain )

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After many years working together in the vital Downtown NY scene, saxophonist Ivo Perelman and Matthew Shipp take their playing the next step after their previous duo "Callas", in thoughtful improv that expresses in both their mutual language and masterful skills.

Frey, Peter K. / Daniel Studer: Zurich Concerts: 15 Years of Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey [2 CDs] Frey, Peter K. / Daniel Studer:
Zurich Concerts: 15 Years of Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey [2 CDs]

(Leo -- Great Britain )

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A stunning example of modern creative improv from the duo of bassists Peter Frey and Daniel Studer, in concert with configurations of duos, trios and one septet, with performers including John Butcher, Hans Koch, Magda Mayas, Jacques Demierre, Gerry Hemingway, &c. &c.

Fujii, Satoko / Joe Fonda: Duet Fujii, Satoko / Joe Fonda:
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(Long Song Records -- Italy )

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First meeting of Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii and New York bassist Joe Fonda, initiated at the suggestion of Fonda, recording in Portland, Maine at the Dimensions in Jazz Series, a beautifully recorded and intimate duo of superb dialog between two seasoned improvisers.

Steve Swell Quintet (Swell / Moondoc / Burrell / W. Parker / Cleaver): Soul Travelers [VINYL + DOWNL Steve Swell Quintet (Swell / Moondoc / Burrell / W. Parker / Cleaver):
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(RogueArt -- France )

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A great set of Downtown NY players led by trombonist Steve Swell, with Jemeel Moondoc on alto sax, Dave Burrell on piano, William Parker on double bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums, a heartfelt and masterfully soulful album of excellent modern jazz in a limited LP.

Loriot, Frantz Systematic Distortion Orchestra: The Assembly Loriot, Frantz Systematic Distortion Orchestra:
The Assembly

(OutNow Recordings -- USA )

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The 11 piece Systematic Distortion Orchestra is led by composer and viola player Frantz Loriot, with Brooklyn Downtown players Nathaniel Morgan (sax), Brad Henkel & Joe Moffet (trumpet), Ben Gerstein, Sam Kulik (trombone), Sean Ali & Pascal Niggenkemper (bass), and 3 drummers.

Kretzmer, Yoni (Steve Swell / Thomas Heberer / Max Johnson / Chad Taylor): FIVE Kretzmer, Yoni (Steve Swell / Thomas Heberer / Max Johnson / Chad Taylor):
FIVE

(OutNow Recordings -- USA )

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An excellent example of collective free improv from a quintet led by NY tenor saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer with collaborators Steve Swell (trombone), Thomas Heberer (cornet), Max Johnson (double bass) and Chad Taylor (drums), capturing the horn sound of the late 60's Blue Note era.

Kretzmer / Ajemian / Shea: Until Your Throat is Dry Kretzmer / Ajemian / Shea:
Until Your Throat is Dry

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The trio of NY free improvisers Yoni Kretzmer on tenor sax and Kevin Shea on drums (Talibam, Mostly Other People Do the Killing) with bassist Jason Ajemian in an intense album of "immaterial tangibility, the raw flesh, dirty concreteness, thoughtlessness and stuff called music."



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