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Corsano, Chris / Bill Orcutt: Brace Up! [VINYL] Corsano, Chris / Bill Orcutt:
Brace Up! [VINYL]

(Palilalia -- USA )

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The first studio release after a series of live albums, the duo of Chris Corsano (drums) and Bill Orcutt (guitar), are heard recording in Brussells for 12 fierce, technically excellent, and powerfully fervent instrumentals as the two change up direction and intensity in a wealth of creative impulses played with exuberant enthusiasm on a wild ride.

Sorgen, Harvey / Joe Fonda / Marilyn Crispell: Dreamstruck Sorgen, Harvey / Joe Fonda / Marilyn Crispell:
Dreamstruck

(Not Two -- Poland )

Price: $15.95    

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With six collective compositions plus two by Joe Fonda, one from Paul Motian, and the title track by Bob Windbiel, the free improvising trio of Marilyn Crispell on piano, Joe Fonda on bass, and Harvey Sorgen on drums find lyrical beauty and masterfully controlled power in this superb album of creative free jazz, a remarkable example of the modern piano trio.

Vandermark / Kugel / Tokar: No-Exit Corner Vandermark / Kugel / Tokar:
No-Exit Corner

(Not Two -- Poland )

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The second CD by the trio featuring tenor saxophonist and clarinetist Ken Vandermark, drummer Klaus Kugel, and bassist Mark Tokar, the band back at Krakow's Alchemia Club, bringing these three Chicago and European players together for a skronky, energetic romp of commanding playing alongside unorthodox approaches and powerfully creative intent.

Yoshihide, Otomo / Paal Nilssen-Love: 19th of May, 2016 Yoshihide, Otomo / Paal Nilssen-Love:
19th of May, 2016

(PNL -- Norway )

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An intensively diverse and thrilling game of "cat and dog" between Norwegian percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love and Japanese guitarist Otomo Yoshihide, performing live at Dom Cultural Center, Moscow, Russia in 2016 for two extended improvisations that exemplify incredible technical skills, reflective and introspective dialog, and cathartic release; absolutely impressive.

Rutherford, Paul / Ken Vandermark / Torsten Muller / Dylan van der Schyff: Are We In Diego? Rutherford, Paul / Ken Vandermark / Torsten Muller / Dylan van der Schyff:
Are We In Diego?

(WhirrbooM! -- Canada )

Price: $14.95    

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A 2004 live recording in Vancouver featuring the late trombonist, Paul Rutherford, in an outstanding performance with the quartet of Ken Vandermark (reeds), Torsten Muller (contrabass), & Dylan van der Schyff (drums, percussion) recorded as they were concluding a West Coast tour, showing fire and sensitivity as they deliver 2 extended improvisations and 4 well-focused miniatures.

Seabrook, Brandon Trio: Convulsionaries [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] Seabrook, Brandon Trio:
Convulsionaries [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

Price: $7.95    

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Essentially a string trio, guitarist Brandon Seabrook's Trio with upright bassist Henry Fraser and cellist Daniel Levin is anything but typical string fair, blending improvisation with complex composition and rock sensibilities as one of New York's most unique downtown players takes listeners on a diverse and sometimes demented journey through genre and style.

Seabrook, Brandon Trio: Convulsionaries Seabrook, Brandon Trio:
Convulsionaries

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

Price: $12.95    

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Essentially a string trio, guitarist Brandon Seabrook's Trio with upright bassist Henry Fraser and cellist Daniel Levin is anything but typical string fair, blending improvisation with complex composition and rock sensibilities as one of New York's most unique downtown players takes listeners on a diverse and sometimes demented journey through genre and style.

Olsen, Lance Austin : Dark Heart Olsen, Lance Austin :
Dark Heart

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Four fascinating and detailed compositions from Canadian composer and painter Lance Austin Olsen, each work giving the performers space to collaborate on the results, using graphic scores and Cage-like elements from recordings; performers include Terje Paulsen, Gil Sanson, Ryoko Akama, Isaiah Ceccarelli, Katelyn Clark, Patrick Farmer and Apartment House.

Moore / Edwards / Prevost: Darkened, Yet Shone Moore / Edwards / Prevost:
Darkened, Yet Shone

(Matchless -- UK )

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Combining free improvisation, free jazz, rock, and electronic/EA-improv, the trio of Eddie Prevost (drums), NO Moore (guitarist), and bassist John Edwards are caught live at IKLECTIK in London, 2017, for a concert that changes pace from vigorous riffs to unconventional introspection, with masterful playing and profound technique, an exceptional performance.

Machinefabriek: Engel Machinefabriek:
Engel

(Machinefabriek -- Netherlands )

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Rutger Zuydervelt, AKA Machinefabriek, expanded the existing score for Marta Alstadsaeter & Kim-Jomi Fischer's dance piece "Engel", which is a contemporary piece combining dance and circus acrobatics, the new soundtrack a large work combining rich mirages of electronica, ambient sound, assertive noise, and even a section of Paal Nilessen-Love's drumwork.

Niggenkemper, Pascal: Sound Within Sound | Wuppertal Diary [2 CDs] Niggenkemper, Pascal:
Sound Within Sound | Wuppertal Diary [2 CDs]

(Fitschgetau -- Germany )

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Adventurous double bassist Pascal Niggenkemper was artist in residence at Wuppertal in the fall of 2017, presenting concerts with a diverse set of masterful improvisers from Europe and the US, excerpts of which are meticulously programmed in this 2-CD collection, organized by artistic endeavor and intent, from the spacious/introspective to wildly lively encounters; recommended.

Coleman, Steve and Five Elements: Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets) [2 CDs] Coleman, Steve and Five Elements:
Live at the Village Vanguard, Vol. I (The Embedded Sets) [2 CDs]

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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With his earliest and most current performance history tied to the enduring Manhattan jazz club The Village Vanguard, alto saxophonist Steve Coleman records his Five Elements in a 2017 live show with Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Miles Okazaki on guitar, Anthony Tidd on bass, and Sean Rickman on drums for a fiery, exuberant and masterful concert of modern jazz.

Laubrock, Ingrid / Tom Rainey: Utter Laubrock, Ingrid / Tom Rainey:
Utter

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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After their 2016 tour of the US West Coast, husband and wife free improvising duo Ingrid Laubrock (tenor & soprano sax) and Tom Rainey (drums) entered a Brooklyn studio with a set of co-written compositions, which they weave together with free improv, relying on cues that can trigger a given composition at any time, adding a unique layer of communication to their exuberant playing.

Fox, Christopher (w/ John Butcher / Thomas Lehn / Paul Lovens / Axel Dorner): Topophony Fox, Christopher (w/ John Butcher / Thomas Lehn / Paul Lovens / Axel Dorner):
Topophony

(Hat [now] ART -- Switzerland )

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Three versions of English composer Christopher Fox's 2015 compositions "Topophony (for Orchestra With or Without Improvising Soloists", performed by the WDR Symphonieorchester conducted by Ilan Volkov, the 1st version with improvising trumpeter Axel Dorner, the 2nd without improvisation, and the 3rd with improvisers, saxophonist John Butcher & synth player Thomas Lehn.

Westbrook, Mike: Starcross Bridge Westbrook, Mike:
Starcross Bridge

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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A solo piano album of lyrical jazz compositions from London pianist and band leader Mike Westbrook, including pieces from Monk, Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Lennon & McCartney, and original work from himself and his partnership with Kate Westbrook, an album of musical and personal references with the title track dedicated to saxophonist Lou Gare.

Rempis, Dave / Jasper Stadhouders / Frank Rosaly: ICOCI Rempis, Dave / Jasper Stadhouders / Frank Rosaly:
ICOCI

(Aerophonic -- USA )

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With long-time Chicago partners saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Frank Rosaly, plus Dutch guitarist and electric bassist Jasper Stadhouders (Cactus Truck, Made to Break), this new trio plays assertive and energetic free jazz that shreds melodic riffs and raw power, decelerating for contemplative moments, as heard in two large improvisations named by digital sequences.

Mako Sica / Hamid Drake: Ronda [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] Mako Sica / Hamid Drake:
Ronda [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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The long-running Chicago free-rock trio Mako Sica currently comprised of Przemyslaw Drazek (trumpet & guitar), Brent Fuscaldo (guitar) and Chaetan Newell (drums & piano) are joined by free improvising legend Hamid Drake on drum kit, tablas and frame drum for a beautiful and rich album of genre merging, spiritually warm, primarily instrumental music, inclusive and persuasive.

Barabe, Charles : De la Fragilite [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] Barabe, Charles :
De la Fragilite [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Victoriaville, Quebec electronic composer Charles Barbare creates abstract electroacoustic works, here in an impressive 6-movement work that covers a wide ground from minimalistic rhythmic sections to time-stretched voices and electronics to musique mystery, his inquisitive approach allowing his scores to unfold in decipherable, dramatic and coherent ways.

Barker Trio: Avert Your I [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] Barker Trio:
Avert Your I [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

Price: $7.95    

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After releasing drummer Andrew Barker's duo with Daniel Carter, "Polyhedron", Astral Spirits takes on Barker's trio album with sidemen Michael Foster on tenor & soprano sax, plus electronics, and Tim Dahl on bass, Barker also adding synth & electronics, for an album of ruggedly intense, propulsive playing with a probing inquisitiveness.

Blegvad, Peter : Bandbox [6 CD BOX SET] Blegvad, Peter :
Bandbox [6 CD BOX SET]

(Recommended Records -- UK )

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Starting with Blegvad's "Downtime" LP, this box traces the evolution of the Peter Blegvad Trio into a quintet with Karen Mantler and Bob Drake, released in a solid box with a double CD of alternate versions, unreleased material and live performances, plus a 72 page book of photographs, memorabilia, drawings, documents and recollections; the ultimate reissue!

Rogers, Paul / Olaf Rupp / Frank Paul Schubert: Three Stories About Rain, Sunlight And The Hidden So Rogers, Paul / Olaf Rupp / Frank Paul Schubert:
Three Stories About Rain, Sunlight And The Hidden Soil

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

Price: $13.95    

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A unique merging of free improvisation and chamber jazz, the trio of UK bassist Paul Rogers with German guitarist Olaf Rupp and soprano saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert using stunning technique in sensible ways as they present three extended works, energetic yet never frenetic, stretching their concepts through tight and enthralling dialog, a great achievement.

Mahobin (Fujii / Anker / Tamura / Mori): Live at Big Apple in Kobe Mahobin (Fujii / Anker / Tamura / Mori):
Live at Big Apple in Kobe

(Libra -- Japan )

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Continuing the celebration of pianist Satoko Fujii's 60th birtday by releasing one CD each month, this quartet brings an excellent set of electroacoustic improvisation to the collection in a quartet with trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, New York saxophonist Lotte Anker, and New York electronic artist and former DNA drummer Ikue Mori, performing live at Tokyo's Big Apple in 2018.

Golia / Kaiser / Moses / Smith / Walter: Astral Plane Crash Golia / Kaiser / Moses / Smith / Walter:
Astral Plane Crash

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )

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The West Coast Plane Crash trio of Henry Kaiser (guitar), Damon Smith (bass) and Weasel Walter (drums) is extended with Vinny Golia (reeds) and Ra-Kalam Bob Moses (drums) for two absolutely impressive improvisations that show forcefully restrained and coherent playing that follows an intuitive narrative only possible from such skilled and virtuosic musicians.

Mako Sica / Hamid Drake: Ronda [VINYL 2 LPs] Mako Sica / Hamid Drake:
Ronda [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Feeding Tube Records -- USA )

Price: $29.95    

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The long-running Chicago free-rock trio Mako Sica currently comprised of Przemyslaw Drazek (trumpet & guitar), Brent Fuscaldo (guitar) and Chaetan Newell (drums & piano) are joined by free improvising legend Hamid Drake on drum kit, tablas and frame drum for a beautiful and rich album of genre merging, spiritually warm, primarily instrumental music, inclusive and persuasive.

Mitchell, Roscoe Sextet: Sound Mitchell, Roscoe Sextet:
Sound

(Delmark -- USA )

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A much-need reissue of saxophone, reed & wind player Roscoe Mitchell's landmark 1966 free jazz album, advancing the concepts of the AACM through improvisation that incorporates texture, space, and interaction in free playing that doesnt't rely on cathartic playing, but instead uses collective exploration of "sound", opening doors to new and still-modern approaches to jazz.

Massaro, Francesco: Maniera Nera Massaro, Francesco:
Maniera Nera

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Translating to "Black Manner", saxophonist and electroacoustic artist Francesco Massaro, a member of the Italian band Bestiario, presents a dark and troubling album of intense and power solo saxophone and acousmatic accompaniment, which he refers to as "fixed media", each of the 8 pieces referencing musicians including Lenoci, La Volpe, &c.; enigmatic and superb.

Isotope Ensemble: Lanthanum Isotope Ensemble:
Lanthanum

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Creative Sources collective Isotope Ensemble led by Ernesto Rodrigues performed with a large electroacoustic group continues their investigation of isotopes, focusing on Lanthanum, a soft metal used in flints, through subtly-developing interplay the band, moving as one body, reaching several highly controlled periods of passionate improvisation, contrasting with beautifully serene sections; impressive.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Adam Pultz Melbye / kriton b.: The Distant Sound Within Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Adam Pultz Melbye / kriton b.:
The Distant Sound Within

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Three strings--cello from Guilherme Rodrigues, double bass from Adam Pultz Melbye, and viola from Ernesto Rodrigues--plus harmonium and objects from Kriton Beyer, in a live performance at Kuhlspot Social Club in Berlin, each of the 9 movements a concentrative work named with a three-letter onomatopoeia, as the players draw sound from a mysterious dark distance.

Nakatani, Tatsuya: Yama Yaki Nakatani, Tatsuya:
Yama Yaki

(Nakatani-Kobo -- USA )

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Recorded in his home state of New Mexico, Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani presents a 46 minute continuous improvisation of acoustic percussion, a perfect reflection of his solo performance sets, Nakatani alternating between extremely rapid interactions and reflective and atmospheric environments, always creative and quick-witted through staggeringly impressive playing.

Nakatani Gong Orchestra: Live Concert At Silo City Nakatani Gong Orchestra:
Live Concert At Silo City

(Nakatani-Kobo -- USA )

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A full scale concert of Tatsuya Nakatani's Gong Orchestra with 15 performers bowing and striking Nakatani's collection large gongs under the conduction of Nakatani, recorded at the Silo City performance space in Buffalo, NY in 2017 in a rich, deep and mysterious album of large tones using the natural resonance of the Marine A Grain Elevator.

Holy Mountain, The: Toad Of Light [VINYL] Holy Mountain, The:
Toad Of Light [VINYL]

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Cinematic aesthetics and themes from the Norwegian Holy Mountain duo, performing on the uncommon pairing of two instruments--accordion played by Andreas Angell, and drums with acoustic and electronic parts and vintage synthesizer played by Aleksander Tidemann--in their 3rd release inspired by the dystopian sci-fi visions of John Carpenter, Philip Glass and Daft Punk.

Bica, Carlos & Azul (feat. Frank Mobus / Jim Black): Azul In Ljubljana Bica, Carlos & Azul (feat. Frank Mobus / Jim Black):
Azul In Ljubljana

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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For their 7th album after 20 years of collaboration, double bassist Carlos Bica's trio Azul with Frank Mobus on guitar and Jim Black on drums presents this exemplary live album recorded at the 2015 Ljubljana Jazz Festival in Lsovenia, clearly illustrating their characteristic clean and lyrically melodic sound through beautiful textural and energetic playing.

Costa, Mario (w/ Marc Ducret / Beniot Delbecq): Oxy Patina Costa, Mario (w/ Marc Ducret / Beniot Delbecq):
Oxy Patina

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Drummer, composers and electronic artist Mario Costa in his first solo album as a leader, presenting 9 original compositions performed at the 26th Festival de Jazz na Praca da Erva in a trio with French improvisers Benoit Delbecq on piano, prepared piano and synth, and Marc Ducret on guitar, a great album and an absolutely stunning concert by three masterful players.

Schnell (Borel / Borghini / Lillinger): Live At Sowieso Schnell (Borel / Borghini / Lillinger):
Live At Sowieso

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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An album of accelerated bebop from the perspective of the original intention of the form, performed live in Berlin from the trio of Pierre Borel on saxophone, Antonio Borghini on bass, and Christian Lillinger on drums, their goal to investigate speed, stasis and trance and play jazz "on its verge, at high speed, where body memory, intuition and the unconscious are essentials".

LFU (Lisbon Freedom Unit) : Praise Of Our Folly LFU (Lisbon Freedom Unit) :
Praise Of Our Folly

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Without a leader, this 9 piece collective ensemble includes members of Red Trio (Rodrigo Pinheiro, Hernaani Faustino and Gabriel Ferrandini), Garden (Jose Bruno Parrinha, Ricardo Jacinto, Luis Lopes), the duo Eitr (Pedro Sousa and Pedro Lopes), 2/3 of the Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio (Amado, Ferrandini) and hafl of the Luis Lopes Humanization 4tet (Lopes and Amado).

Revert, Matthew / Vanessa Rossetto: Everyone Needs A Plan Revert, Matthew / Vanessa Rossetto:
Everyone Needs A Plan

(erstwhile -- USA )

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The second collaboration between sound artist Vanessa Rossetto and writer and sound artist Matthew Revert is a monumental work that studies the evolution of communication through fragments of spoken words, and a rich tapestry of sound from acoustic and electronic instruments, field recordings, and perplexing and dramatic sources of sound.

Capece, Lucio / Marc Baron: My Trust In You Capece, Lucio / Marc Baron:
My Trust In You

(erstwhile -- USA )

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Two electroacoustic improvisers and composers--Lucio Capece on reeds, analog synths, effects, field recordings, drums machines, speakers in motion, and Marc Baron on field recordings and analog devices--developed these 6 extraordinary recordings that blend motion, perspective, sound and noise, and concrete references in a mystifying and mesmerizing journey in sound.

Halvorson, Mary / Bill Frisell: The Maid With The Flaxen Hair Halvorson, Mary / Bill Frisell:
The Maid With The Flaxen Hair

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Two Downtown NY guitarists, both masterful players with unique approaches to their instrument, come together to present extraordinary and brilliant interpretations of an eclectic set of standards and compositions, titled for Claude Debussy's 1910 solo piano work, and including pieces by Hoagy Charmichael, Johnny Smith, Willard Robinson, and a number of traditional works.

Voutchkova, Biliana / Michael Thieke: Blurred Music Voutchkova, Biliana / Michael Thieke:
Blurred Music

(elsewhere -- USA )

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Berlin-based violinist Biliana Voutchkova and German clarinetist Michael Thieke (Magic I.D., International Nothing) present a stunning achievement in blending compositional, pre-structured material with live improvisation, creating a blurring of virtually identical sections that create microtonal anomalies in timing, rhythm, timbre and motive, as heard in 3 amazing performances.

Naughton, Bobby / Wadada Leo Smith / Perry Robinson: The Haunt Naughton, Bobby / Wadada Leo Smith / Perry Robinson:
The Haunt

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Reissuing Otic Records' 1976 LP "The Haunt" led by Bobby Naughton on vibes in a trio with Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, and Perry Robinson on clarinet, very much in the India Navigation / loft scene vein of forward-thinking free improvisation: spacious and thoughtful as the players meticulously develop their concepts with uncompromising skill and artistry.

Bailey, Derek: Aida [VINYL 2 LPs] Bailey, Derek:
Aida [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Honest Jons Records -- UK )

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Extending UK improvising guitarist Derek Bailey's 1980 solo album on his own Incus label with a full additional album of solo guitar recordings from the BBC in the same year, giving a fuller story of Bailey's development of his self-defined non-idiomatic improvisation, wonderfully commanding playing of great technical skill and clear intention.

Mitchell, Nicole : Maroon Cloud Mitchell, Nicole :
Maroon Cloud

(FPE Records -- USA )

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An eight-part suite from Chicago flutist Nicole Mitchell, extending her series of dystopian futures and the need for resistance and change, presented in a drummer-less quartet with Mitchell, cellist Tomeka Reid, pianist Aruan Ortiz and vocalist Fay Victor, recorded live at National Sawdust in Brooklyn as part of John Zorn's 2017 Stone Commissioning Series.

Lubelski, Samara / Bill Nace: S/T Lubelski, Samara / Bill Nace:
S/T

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Issuing on CD the duo album of violinist Samara Lubelski and guitarist Bill Nace, originally released on Nace's Open Mouth label early in 2018, presenting a series of psychedelic textural works, Lubelski creating vibrant and reiterating structures that Nace uses as a foundation for swells and expressive emanations; hypnotic and mesmerizing.

Ghost Trees Big Band: Goodyear [2 7-inch VINYL RECORDS] Ghost Trees Big Band:
Goodyear [2 7-inch VINYL RECORDS]

(Future Recordings -- USA )

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The hard-working duo Ghost Trees of saxophonist Brent Bagwell and drummer Seth Nanaa, extended their group to a 10-piece band of interesting orchestration--piano, vibraphones, sax, pedal steels guitar, bass, cellos and violas--taking over the Charlotte, NC Goodyear building to present their unique compositions blending conceptual composition and improvisation.

McPhee, Joe / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel: Journey to Parazzar McPhee, Joe / John Edwards / Klaus Kugel:
Journey to Parazzar

(Not Two -- Poland )

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Recorded at Metallurgov House Of Culture in the Ukraine as the 2nd concert of their tour, the trio of Joe McPhee (trumpet, alto saxophone), John Edwards (double bass), and Klaus Kugel (drums) present a masterful concert that includes a 29-minute "Re-Hairing In Zaporozhye" a 19-minute "To Rush At The Wind", and a wonderfully unconventional tribute to Cecil Taylor.

Akmee (Pedersen / Jerve / Albertsend / Wildhagen): Neptun [VINYL] Akmee (Pedersen / Jerve / Albertsend / Wildhagen):
Neptun [VINYL]

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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Debut album from this Oslo collective quartet of free improvisers led by drummer Andreas Wildhagen (Nilssen-Love Large Unit) with Erik Kimestad Pedersen on trumpet, Kjetil Jerve on piano, and Erlend Olderskog Albertsen on double bass, a thoroughly modern band that balances more experimental playing with improv in the European tradition; a strong start.

Akmee (Pedersen / Jerve / Albertsend / Wildhagen): Neptun Akmee (Pedersen / Jerve / Albertsend / Wildhagen):
Neptun

(Nakama Records -- Norway )

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Debut album from this Oslo collective quartet of free improvisers led by drummer Andreas Wildhagen (Nilssen-Love Large Unit) with Erik Kimestad Pedersen on trumpet, Kjetil Jerve on piano, and Erlend Olderskog Albertsen on double bass, a thoroughly modern band that balances more experimental playing with improv in the European tradition; a strong start.

Rose, Simon / Philippe Lemoine: Seance Rose, Simon / Philippe Lemoine:
Seance

(Tour de Bras -- France )

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Tenor and baritone saxophones in an exchange of spectral interactions that emphasize harmonic overtones and intersections, unusual emanations from both instruments in a perfectly paced improvisations, each of the 12 dialogs named aptly for locations and crossing in Englad and France, adding a sense of journey to these mysterious and wonderful expeditions.

Lux's, Matthew Communication Arts Quartet: Contra/Fact  [VINYL] Lux's, Matthew Communication Arts Quartet:
Contra/Fact [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

Price: $15.95    

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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.

McCowen, John: 4 Chairs In Three Dimensions [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] McCowen, John:
4 Chairs In Three Dimensions [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

Price: $7.95    

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Using only acoustic techniques and recording live, New York clarinetist and contrabass clarinetist John McCowen (Tweak Bird, Wei Zhongle) draws out an incredibly impressive array of harmonic difference tones, interference beats and inexplicable sound from these typically monophonic instruments, using circular breathing to create long drones and aberrant textures.

Spring Heel Jack / Wadada Leo Smith / Pat Thomas / Steve Noble: Hackney Road [VINYL] Spring Heel Jack / Wadada Leo Smith / Pat Thomas / Steve Noble:
Hackney Road [VINYL]

(Treader -- UK )

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The Spring Heel Jack duo of guitarist and multi-instrumentalist John Coxon and keyboard & electronics player Ashley Wale are joined by UK improvising masters Pat Thomas on synth, keyboard & theremin, Steve Noble on drums, and US legend Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, for a six "Scene" album of staggeringly intense improvisation over rich soundscapes; superb.

Flaherty, Paul / Chris Corsano: The Hated Music [VINYL 2 LPs] Flaherty, Paul / Chris Corsano:
The Hated Music [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Feeding Tube Records -- USA )

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Gary Panter's artwork is updated and the format is vinyl this time for this welcome reissue of the 2000 Ecstatic Yod CD from the now long-running duo of tenor & alto saxophonist Paul Flaherty and drummer Chris Corsano, a superb free jazz album of great invention and seriously deep playing, from hard attacks to introspective musing, truly impressive!

Nakamura, Toshimaru: Re-Verbed (No-Input Mixing Board 9) Nakamura, Toshimaru:
Re-Verbed (No-Input Mixing Board 9)

(Room40 -- Australia )

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Tokyo-based electronics artist Toshimaru Nakamura's 9th album of No-Input Mixing Board music, elucidating sound from the mixing board without any audio sources, showing the amazing evolution of his approach as he turns this "empty" "instrument" into an amazing source of rhythmic and assertive sound that's both surprising and wonderfully musical.

Musci, Roberto / Giovanni Venosta: Messages & Portraits (2018 Edition) Musci, Roberto / Giovanni Venosta:
Messages & Portraits (2018 Edition)

(Recommended Records -- UK )

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A welcome reissue of two 1980s, forward-thinking albums of electronic compositions from Milanese ethnomusicologist composers, sound engineers and performers Giovanni Venosta and Roberto Musci, incorporating exotic field recordings from their world travels into accessibly sophisticated pieces, creating unexpectedly innovative, novel and melodically rich hybrids.

Moholo-Moholo's, Louis Five Blokes: Uplift The People Moholo-Moholo's, Louis Five Blokes:
Uplift The People

(Ogun -- UK )

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Drummer Moholo-Moholo, a member of Blue Notes, Elton Dean's Ninesene, Foxes Fox, London Improvisers Orchestra, a sideman for Brotzmann, Keith Tippets sideman and drummer and most importantly, band leader in a rich, lyrical and spiritual album recorded live at Cafe Oto in 2017 with Alexander Hawkins (piano), John Edwards (bass), Shabaka Hutchings (sax) and Jason Yard (sax).

Thumbscrew (Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara / Mary Halvorson): Theirs Thumbscrew (Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara / Mary Halvorson):
Theirs

(Cuneiform Records -- USA )

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The second of two albums from the reborn Cuneiform label by New York free improvising jazz trio Thumbscrew with long-time collaborators guitarist Mary Halvorson, double bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, here presenting compositions from jazz greats Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Nichols, Stanley Cowell, Misha Mengelberg, &c.

Thumbscrew (Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara / Mary Halvorson): Ours Thumbscrew (Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara / Mary Halvorson):
Ours

(Cuneiform Records -- USA )

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The New York free improvising jazz trio Thumbscrew with long-time collaborators guitarist Mary Halvorson, double bassist Michael Formanek and drummer Tomas Fujiwara in the 1st of 2 albums on the reborn Cuneiform label, here presenting creative original compositions from each of the three musicians in 9 virtuosic, sometimes quirky, and always warmly adventurous tunes.

Zorn, John: In A Convex Mirror Zorn, John:
In A Convex Mirror

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Three pieces of "sonic voodoo" with John Zorn improvising on saxophone over the hypnotic Hatian influenced drumming of Ches Smith, while Downtown NY experimenter Ikue Mori provides swirls of sound and other aural additions, Zorn's incredible technique, lyrical skills and unusual twists and turns keeping the listener captivated over compelling and rich rhythm.

Amado / Mcphee / Kessler / Corsano: A History Of Nothing [VINYL] Amado / Mcphee / Kessler / Corsano:
A History Of Nothing [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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Following up their 2015 Not Two album "This is Our Language", the quartet organized by tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado with Joe McPhee on soprano saxophone and pocket trumpet, Kent Kessler on double bass, and Chris Corsano, a superb album of intense communication and soloing from a collective that merges free and lyrical playing, from ballads to full-on fury.

Amado / Mcphee / Kessler / Corsano: A History Of Nothing Amado / Mcphee / Kessler / Corsano:
A History Of Nothing

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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Following up their 2015 Not Two album "This is Our Language", the quartet organized by tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado with Joe McPhee on soprano saxophone and pocket trumpet, Kent Kessler on double bass, and Chris Corsano, a superb album of intense communication and soloing from a collective that merges free and lyrical playing, from ballads to full-on fury.

Hawkins, Chester: Natural Causes - Original Music For Pale Trees, A Film By Tim Ashby [VINYL] Hawkins, Chester:
Natural Causes - Original Music For Pale Trees, A Film By Tim Ashby [VINYL]

(Intangible Arts -- USA )

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Washington, DC based electronic experimenter Chester Hawkins (Blue Sausage Infant) was commissioned by director Tim Ashby to compose this work for the soundtrack to his feature-length film "Pale Trees", Hawkin's music illustrating the film's gradient of psychological colors from darkness, rage, and vengeance through a mix of kosmische drone in a Tangerine Dream vein.

Halvorson, Mary : Code Girl [VINYL] Halvorson, Mary :
Code Girl [VINYL]

(Firehouse 12 Records -- USA )

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Always open to new approaches, NY guitarist Mary Halvorson takes her trio with drummer Tomas Fujiwara and bassist Michael Formanek, adds trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and, in a twist of the thumbscrew, vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, for a mix of song and instrumental pieces that balance jazz and rock sensibilities with lyricism, intricate lines, and creative spirit.

Halvorson, Mary : Code Girl [2 CDs] Halvorson, Mary :
Code Girl [2 CDs]

(Firehouse 12 Records -- USA )

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Always open to new approaches, NY guitarist Mary Halvorson takes her trio with drummer Tomas Fujiwara and bassist Michael Formanek, adds trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and, in a twist of the thumbscrew, vocalist Amirtha Kidambi, for a mix of song and instrumental pieces that balance jazz and rock sensibilities with lyricism, intricate lines, and creative spirit.

Baron, Joey / Robyn Schulkowsky: Now You Hear Me Baron, Joey / Robyn Schulkowsky:
Now You Hear Me

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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An astounding album of dual drums and percussions from Downtown NY legend Joey Baron and contemporary composition innovator and collaborator Robyn Schulkowsky, their second album together after a 15 year history that has included a residency at Grand Central Station, tours in South America, Europe, and China, and performances using the sculptures of artist Eduard Habicher.

Blonk, Jaap : Irrelevant Comments Blonk, Jaap :
Irrelevant Comments

(Kontrans -- Netherlands )

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As he delves further into electronics, Netherlands vocal improviser and experimental artists Jaap Blonk finds an ever-increasing array of approaches to modify his voice and set it into alien and astounding environments, here in 16 tracks of musique concrete, sound poetry, pulse based electronics, soundscapes, and inexplicable hybrids of the same.

Fake Humans (Fisher / Didur): Exegesis [ VINYL] Fake Humans (Fisher / Didur):
Exegesis [ VINYL]

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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The Toronto-based duo of Colin Fisher on woodwinds and percussion and Carl Didur on keyboards and bass bridge acoustic and electronic improv with science fiction sensibilities in their two part "Exegesis", a critical exposition of un-genred music that borrows from global sources in service to their unusual and exotic tale; a wonderfully perplexing album.

Angles 3: Parede Angles 3:
Parede

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Martin Kuchen's Angles band changes shape constantly, originally a trio and expanding as large as Angles 10, but this album, recorded live at SMUP, Parede, Portugal in 2016, returns the band to the original trio of Kuchen on sax, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten on double bass, and Kjell Nordeson on drums & percussion, reworking Angles compositions to their essence.

Honest John w/ Ab Baars: Treem Honest John w/ Ab Baars:
Treem

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The Norwegian quintet Honest John of Ole Henrik Moe on violin, Kim Johannesen on guitar & banjo, Ola Hoyer on double bass, Erik Nylander on drums & drum machine, on Klaus Ellerhusen sax and clarinet, are joined by multi-reedist and shakuhachi player Ab Baars at Nasjonal Jazzscene Victoria to capture this quirky, controlled, and incredibly knowledgeable concert.

Ehrlich, Marty: Trio Exaltation Ehrlich, Marty:
Trio Exaltation

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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With a history of playing together in the Andrew Hill Sextet, Marty Ehrlich immediately chose bassist John Hebert and drummer Nasheet Waits to join Ehrlich in his new trio endeavor, the multi-wind & reed player on alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet and wooden flutes as they perform 9 lyrical and sophisticated Ehrlich compositions, plus one by Andrew Hill.

Palazzi, Caterina Sudoku Killer: Asperger Palazzi, Caterina Sudoku Killer:
Asperger

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A wicked hybrid of jazz, avant rock and cinematic elements, bassist Caterina Palazzi's quintet Sudoku Killer takes on the music of Disney in a suite where each track is dedicated to an antagonist from movies like "Snow White" or "Sleeping Beauty", performed with Giacomo Ancillotto (guitar), Maurizio Chiavaro (drums), Sergio Pomante (sax) and Antonio Raia (sax).

Merce, Sergio: Three Dimensions Of The Spirit Merce, Sergio:
Three Dimensions Of The Spirit

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Conservatory trained Argentinian saxophonist Sergio Merce uses a prepared tenor sax and a microtonal sax to create rich harmonics and slowly moving tonal works, layering aberrant and alluring tones in restrained configurations that allow each stratum of sound to be distinguished and appreciated, creating mesmerizing compositions of elusive and illusionistic sound.

Ichiyanagi, Toshi with Eye Music: Sapporo Ichiyanagi, Toshi with Eye Music:
Sapporo

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )

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Written in 1963 for up to 15 peformers plus a conductor who may also make sound, Japanese composer and Fluxus artist Toshi Ichiyanagi's score has 16 pages marked with combinations of lines, dots and letters indicating duration, number of events, and moments of restraint, each player using a different page, with certain options of switching pages with another player during performance.

Chadbourne, Eugene: Lets Get Weird But Comfortable Chadbourne, Eugene:
Lets Get Weird But Comfortable

(Chadula -- USA )

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Named for an audience comment that their music was "weird but comfortable", guitarist Eugene Chadbourne's band with Jeb Bishop on trombone, Jorrit Dijkstra on saxophone, Nate McBride on bass, and Curt Newton on bass are caught live in Boston covering the music of Thelonius Monk, Misha Mengelberg, Steve Lacy, Duke Ellington, Doc Chad, Willie Nelson and The James Gang.

Lee, Okkyung: Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Steel.Flower.Bird) Lee, Okkyung:
Cheol-Kkot-Sae (Steel.Flower.Bird)

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Cellist Okkyung Lee explores her Korean roots in an amazing long-form composition combining electronics, improvisation, composed melodies and noise with Korean traditional music, performed with the superb ensemble of John Edwards (bass), Ches Smith (drums), John Butcher (sax), Jae Hyo Chang (Korean percussion), Song Hee Kwon (Pansori singing), and Lasse Marhaug (electronics).

Cage, John: Two2 Cage, John:
Two2

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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One of a handful of John Cage's number pieces, this work for two pianists follows the forms of Renga poetry, composed with 36 lines of music, each containing 5 measures, and each line having 31 events occuring in the sequence 5-7-5-7-7, with the pianists allowed their own tempo but waiting to synchronize each measure, as performed by Mark Knoop and Philip Thomas.



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