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Lopez / Nelson / Nicodemou / Cleaver: The Industry Of Entropy Lopez / Nelson / Nicodemou / Cleaver:
The Industry Of Entropy

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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A great example of Downtown New York modern improvisation that takes unexpected twists and turns, from the collective quartet of bassist Brandon Lopez, a frequent collaborator with Nate Wooley and Ivo Perelman, tenor saxophonist Matt Nelson ( tUnE-yArDs), vibraphonist Andria Nicodemou (Thread Ensemble, Taylor Ho Bynum), and Gerald Cleaver (Veil of Names, Uncle June, &c).

Hall's, Ben Racehorse Names (w/ Joe Morris): The New Favorite Thing Called Breathing Hall's, Ben Racehorse Names (w/ Joe Morris):
The New Favorite Thing Called Breathing

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Out and unusual compositions from drummer Ben Hall and his sextet with Mick Dobday on electric piano & organ, Anthony Levin DEcanini on electronics, Ronnie Zawadi on percussion, John Dierker on reeds, Mike Khoury on viola & violin, and joined by Joe Morris on guitar, for 6 "Spines", free compositions using odd compositional structures leading to superb solo and group playing.

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.

Blegvad, Peter : Go Figure Blegvad, Peter :
Go Figure

(Recommended Records -- UK )

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Peter Blegvad expands his trio with Henry Cow alumni, drummer Chris Cutler and bassist John Greaves, this time with Karen Mantler on keys and chordal instruments, and Bob Drake on guitar, voice and percussion, reworking songs from his solo career and work with Slapp Happy, alongside new numbers of classic Blegvad wordplay, wit, depth and humor; like the label, Recommended!

Made to Break: Trebuchet Made to Break:
Trebuchet

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The eight release from Ken Vandermark's hard-hitting quartet with Austrian electronic improviser Christof Kurzmann, Netherlands bassist Jasper Stadhouders, and Chicago drummer and frequent Vandermark collaborator Tim Daisy, for 3 vigorous and extreme pieces dedicated to Shellac, Susan Sontag, and Kerry James Marshall; powerful, informed, essential.

Made to Break: Trebuchet [VINYL] Made to Break:
Trebuchet [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The eight release from Ken Vandermark's hard-hitting quartet with Austrian electronic improviser Christof Kurzmann, Netherlands bassist Jasper Stadhouders, and Chicago drummer and frequent Vandermark collaborator Tim Daisy, for 3 vigorous and extreme pieces dedicated to Shellac, Susan Sontag, and Kerry James Marshall; powerful, informed, essential.

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.

Becoming Animal (Massimo Pupillo / Gordon Sharp): A Distant Hand Lifted [VINYL] Becoming Animal (Massimo Pupillo / Gordon Sharp):
A Distant Hand Lifted [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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An album of dark atmospheric electroacoustic sound with voice and introductory narrative from Zu bassist Massimo Pupillo and Gordon Sharp of Cindytalk, the first meeting between the two, performed live at Cafe Oto for four pieces of rich sonics, emotional and hypnotic playing from two creative masters with a long history of powerful and passionate music.

Mikami, Kan / John Edwards / Alex Nielson: Live at Cafe Oto [VINYL] Mikami, Kan / John Edwards / Alex Nielson:
Live at Cafe Oto [VINYL]

(Otoroku -- UK )

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More typically a solo performer, Japanese bluesman Kan Mikami has created a distinctive path for his voice, guitar and poetic lyrics; here he is propelled in an improvisational setting with two powerful UK players--John Edwards on bass and Alex Neilson on drums--captured live at London's Cafe Oto for a growling concert of finesse and brusque attitude.

Third Coast Ensemble: Wrecks Third Coast Ensemble:
Wrecks

(RogueArt -- Austria )

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Merging France's Nautilis Ensemble with musicians from Chicago created this large improvising orchestra, here in a new suite composed by Rob Mazurek and dedicated to Great Lake Michigan and the devestation of thousands of shipwrecks over many centuries, using historical data, first hand accounts of shipwrecks off both shores, magical realism and steampunk aesthetics.

Parker, William : Conversations II Dialogues & Monologues [CD & BOOK] Parker, William :
Conversations II Dialogues & Monologues [CD & BOOK]

(RogueArt -- France )

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The 2nd volume in New York free improvising basist William Parker's "Conversations" series, more than 500 pages with 32 interview between William Parker and artists including Marshall Allen, Tim Berne, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Dresser, Henry Grimes, &c &c, plus a CD excerpting those interviews and punctuated with duos between Parker and saxophonist Kidd Jordan.

Strycharski / Andriessen: Ghost Strycharski / Andriessen:
Ghost

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Polish composer and recorder player Dominik Strycharski wrote these pieces in response to a work for the recorder by composer Louis Andriessen that he dedicated to Frans Bruggen: "Melodie"; Strycharski response is "Harmonie", performed in a duo with pianist Sebastian Zawadzki to demonstrate the impracticability of harmony in its purest forms.

Novaks Kapelle: Fartwind - Complete Discography  (1967-1979) [2 CDs] Novaks Kapelle:
Fartwind - Complete Discography (1967-1979) [2 CDs]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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Hard rocking Novaks Kapelle was an Austrian underground rock band, formed in 1967 by Erwin Novak, Walla Mauritz, Peter Travnicek and Helge Thor, with Paul Brown Steiner joining in 1970, and after a period of quiet, in 1978 jazz guitarist Harri Stojka joined the band; this double CD collects all known tracks, presenting a fascinating evolution of style.

Kodian Trio: II [VINYL] Kodian Trio:
II [VINYL]

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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The uniquely voiced free improvising Kodian Trio formed of saxophonist Colin Webster using aggressive techniques and unusual approaches to his horn, electric guitarist Dirk Serries (vidnaObmana) throwing spiky lines in forceful and unorthodox dialog, and in-demand UK drummer Andrew Lisle providing underpinning and punctuation, in six far-ranging and impressive tracks.

Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Feat. Pika: Astro Infinity Discotheque [VINYL 2 LPs Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Feat. Pika:
Astro Infinity Discotheque [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Bam Balam Records -- France )

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A live album in 2016 from the mind-blowing and prolific Japanese psychedelic improvising rock band Acid Mothers Temple with Kawabata Makoto, Higashi Hiroshi, Mitsuru Tabata, Stoshima Nani, S T, and Pika, performing some of their well known works and starting with Gong's "Flying Teapot", all recorded at 15th Acid Mothers Temple Festival at Tokuzo (Nagoya).

Golia, Vinny Wind Quartet: Live At The Century City Playhouse Golia, Vinny Wind Quartet:
Live At The Century City Playhouse

(Dark Tree Records -- France )

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Dark Tree's Southern California archive series adds this phenomenal session from multi-woodwind player Vinny Golia's Wind Quartet with clarinetist John Carter, trombonist Glenn Ferris, and cornetist Bobby Bradford, recorded fairly early in their careers in 1979 live at Century City Playhouse in LA for two sets of exploratory, dexterous and astounding jazz.

Kobi, Christian (solo and with Taku Sugimoto / Yoko Ikeda / Wakana Ikeda: Atta! Kobi, Christian (solo and with Taku Sugimoto / Yoko Ikeda / Wakana Ikeda:
Atta!

(Monotype -- Poland )

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Four solo saxophone improvisations, two on tenor and two on soprano, using remarkable technique and concentration from Swiss improviser Christian Kobi performing live in Tokyo and Osaka in 2017, plus a live quartet improvisation with flutist Wakana Ikeda, violinist Yoko Ikeda, and guitarist Taku Sugimoto for an open-approached performance of detailed, minimal improv.

Polyorchard: Red October [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD] Polyorchard:
Red October [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD]

(Out and Gone Music -- USA )

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Polyorchard founder and double bassist David Menestres leads the quartet of Jeb Bishop on trombone, Shawn Galvin on percussion, and Laurent Estoppey on saxophone, using skills drawn from both improvisation and compositional music to present six free dialogs showing intent listening amongst the four as they create complex, interweaving, sophisticated statements; impressive!

Polyorchard: Color Theory in Black and White Polyorchard:
Color Theory in Black and White

(Not On Label -- USA )

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Two trios, "Black" with cellist Chris Eubank and violist Dan Ruccia, and "White" with trombonist Jeb Bishop and saxophonist Laurent Estoppey, each with the foundation of bassist David Menestres, balancing experience in free improvisation and compositional music to create an exciting hybrid, a chamber collective of tumult and control.

Roginski, Raphael : Populista Presents BOX [3 CDs + POSTER] Roginski, Raphael :
Populista Presents BOX [3 CDs + POSTER]

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Raphael Roginski's Trilogy - 3 CDs in Bolt's Populista series: CD 1. "Raphael Roginski plays John Coltrane and Langston Hughes African mystic music"; CD 2. "Zywizna plays Zaswiec Niesiacku and other Kurpian songs"; CD 3. "Populista presents Raphael Roginski plays Henry Purcell featuring Olga Myslowska and Sebstian Witkowski"; in a slip box with a poster.

Zywizna: Roginski, Raphael with Genowefa Lenarcik: plays Zaswiec Niesiacku and other Kurpian songs Zywizna: Roginski, Raphael with Genowefa Lenarcik:
plays Zaswiec Niesiacku and other Kurpian songs

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Guitarist Raphael Roginski reinterprets the music of the Kurpi region of Poland, performed with vocalist Genowefa Lenarcik who was born in 1940 in the village of Krobia, part of the Kurpi region, and is the daughter of folk singing legend Stanislaw Brzozowy; together they bring out the rich heritage of this region, expanded by the natural sounds of the forests of Northeaster Poland.

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.

Various Artists: Lao Dan / Rick Countryman / Colin Webster: Saxophone Anatomy Various Artists: Lao Dan / Rick Countryman / Colin Webster:
Saxophone Anatomy

(Armageddon Nova -- Japan )

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Saxophone solo improvisation omnibus by three free saxophonists from around the globe: Lao Dan from China recording in an underground bomb shelter in an agressive solo performance; US ex-pat Rick Countryman from the Philippines in a traditional yet extremely free jazz exposition; and London's Colin Webster on baritone sax for an exploration of extended techniques.

Oyauchi, Aishi : Wrong Exit Oyauchi, Aishi :
Wrong Exit

(Armageddon Nova -- Japan )

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Under-recorded but legendary Japanese free improvising saxophonist Aishi Oyauchi in a double CD, performing on alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, and piano through 52 untitled and inventive pieces, from a few seconds in length to several minutes, presented as 7 composite tracks; part of the Armageddon Nova Series exploring radical free improvisation.

subterrene: Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been subterrene:
Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been

(Bad Architect Records -- USA )

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Rich sonic atmospheres from subterrene, aka Grant Stewart, a member of the 910 Noise collective, using slowly evolving and dovetailing drones that resonate and reveal shimmering beauty, deeply controlled and maintaining aural interest without any sense of impatience, maintaining a steady hand that reveals hidden harmonics amongst beautiful clouds of sound.

Bosetti, Alessandro : Notebooks Bosetti, Alessandro :
Notebooks

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Czech composer Leos Janacek was fascinated with speech melodies, writing them down in notebooks to use in his compositions; Italian composer Alessandro Bosetti has adapted these notes, using the words themselves to create a series of works that builds rhythmic structures in place of melody, injecting himself and other performers into Janacek's interest in the voice.

Roginski, Raphael (feat. Olga Myslowska / Sebstian Witkowski): plays Henry Purcell Roginski, Raphael (feat. Olga Myslowska / Sebstian Witkowski):
plays Henry Purcell

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Polish guitarist Raphael Roginski presents works from baroque English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695), considered one of the greatest English composers, performed on solo guitar and with accompaniment by Sebastian Witkowski on synth and Olga Myslowska on voice, a beautiful and languorous album that pays homage to the profound lasting qualities of Purcell's music.

Schaeffer, Boguslaw : Travel Notes Schaeffer, Boguslaw :
Travel Notes

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Several compostions by Polish composer Boguslaw Schaeffer developed in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio from 1966-1978, including works for tape, electronic computer, voice, a quadraphonic generator, the SynLab synthesizer, composed using both graphic and notated scores, and realized with incredibly detailed layering and development of the material.

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

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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

VCA (Vilanova / Castrillon / Andean): Ceres VCA (Vilanova / Castrillon / Andean):
Ceres

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Electroacoustic improvisation from the trio of Marc Vilanova on saxophone, Sergio Castrillon on cello, and pianist James Andean also performing on objects and electronics, in nine collective improvisations of close-knit dialog balancing intense activity and silent space, building tension and releasing it in unexpected and wonderfully eccentric ways.

Refusenik (Arturas Bumsteinas): Musikaliszer Pinkos Refusenik (Arturas Bumsteinas):
Musikaliszer Pinkos

(Bolt -- Poland )

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A collection of more than two hundred Hebrew religious chants compiled and published by cantor Abraham Berenstein in 1927 in Vilna, Poland (today Vilnius, Lithuania), re-composed by Arturas Bumsteinas using fragments of melodies found found in the Berenstein's book, with electronics recorded on the old Russian analogue synthezier Polyvox then mixed in EMS.

DJ Lenar: Drite Shtilkayt DJ Lenar:
Drite Shtilkayt

(Bolt -- Poland )

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Using recordings of Polish Jewish cantors with cello arrangements from Marek Czerniewicz, DJ Lenar (aka Marcin Lenarczyk) dedicates an album to the memory of Polish Jews by reimagining the recordings in subtle and sincere ways, reinforcing the powerful voices that guide the liturgical music of the Jewish faith, accompanied by a booklet of inspirational text.

Chrysakis, Thanos / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Abdul Moimeme: Micrograp Chrysakis, Thanos / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Abdul Moimeme:
Micrographia

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Recording in Portugal, the quintet of Aural Terrains label leader Thanos Chrysakis on piano, Creative Sources label leader Ernesto Rodrigue on viola, son Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Miguel Mira on double bass and Abdul Moimeme on electric guitar, three parts of microscopic collective electroacoustic improvisation of highly focused, detailed interplay.

Zuydervelt, Rutger : Astroneer 2 (Original Game Soundtrack) Zuydervelt, Rutger :
Astroneer 2 (Original Game Soundtrack)

(Machinefabriek -- The Netherlands )

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The second volume of Rutger Zuydervelt AKA Machinefabriek's soundtrack for System Era's Astroneer game, a sci-fi exploration and adventure game, in discrete tracks presenting the themes and melodies that are played continuously in reaction to the action of the player in the game.

Sol, Edward / Alpha Crucis: Excessive Weight [CASSETTE] Sol, Edward / Alpha Crucis:
Excessive Weight [CASSETTE]

(Banned Productions -- USA )

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Ukrainian sound artist Edward Sol collaborated with Puerto Rican sound experimenter Jorge Castro (Cornucopia) via the post to create these two long works of harmonic drones from indecipherable sources creating slowly building chambers of rich noise that resonate and shift above deep underpinnings of cavernous bass.

Black, Jim: Malamute Black, Jim:
Malamute

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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New York drummer Jim Black's multinational quartet, which toured Europe in 2015, is captured in the studio for an album of acoustic-electric improvisation that experiments with tunes and structures, using Elias Stemeseder's keyboards and Black's samplers in unexpected ways around strong playing from saxophonist Oskar Gudjonsson and bassist Chris Tordini.

Brume: Fractisum [CASSETTE] Brume:
Fractisum [CASSETTE]

(Banned Productions -- USA )

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2nd edition of French electroacoustic sound artist Christian Renou's (aka Brume) 2012 massive opus in sound, the two part "Fractisum" which uses field recordings, metallic objects, tubes, ms20 & triton synthesizer, tape, sampler, and voice to create rapidly shifting exposes of sound contrasted by periods of beautifully ringing sonic environments; brilliant.

Zeh, Jason: A Series Of Objects [CASSETTE] Zeh, Jason:
A Series Of Objects [CASSETTE]

(Banned Productions -- USA )

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American sound artist Jason Zeh recorded these two extended works of drone and slowly evolving interpositions on the ruins of the Great Black Swamp in 2011 & 2012, each side a single work that initiates a rich sonic platform that ultimately shifts sinuously as new sounds dovetail each other, lulling the listener hypnotically, then furtively altering the environment.

Smash & Teeny with John Butcher: Gathering [2 CDs] Smash & Teeny with John Butcher:
Gathering [2 CDs]

(Spool -- Canada )

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Smash and Teeny are Toronto-based sound artists Nilan Perera and Sarah Peebles performing on guitar, laptop, detuned sho, and effects, here in a double CD of their intertwining improvisation combining active and spatial environments, joined on disc 2 for an extended dialog with John Butcher, plus a video featuring Chung Gong.

Adachi / Buck / Frangenheim / Gratkowski: Goldsbleed Adachi / Buck / Frangenheim / Gratkowski:
Goldsbleed

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Creative Sources core artist double bassist Alexander Frangenheim met Zeitkratzer multi-reedist Frank Gratkowski, The Necks drummer Tony Buck, and free improvising vocalist Adachi Tomomi, in one of a series of concerts at the loft Studio Boerne 45 in Berlin in 2015; this, their first meeting, yielded an impressive flow of creative and far-ranging collective dialog.

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.

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.

Giallorenzo, Paul Trio: Flow Giallorenzo, Paul Trio:
Flow

(Delmark -- USA )

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Nine original compositions from pianist Paul Giallorenzo in his 2nd Delmark CD, reducing the band to a classic piano trio with compatriots Joshua Abrams on bass and Mikel Patrick Avery on drums, in a passionate album that balances high energy polytonal swing to profound and lyrical ballads, with abstract blues and free-form inventiveness; excellent.

Tippetts, Julie / Mark Wastell: Unraveling The Waterfall Tippetts, Julie / Mark Wastell:
Unraveling The Waterfall

(Confront -- UK )

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An intensely concentrative and deeply spiritual performance at Cafe Oto in 2017 from the duo of Julie Tippetts on voice, Sri Lankan hand drums, bells, singing bowls, water bowls, thumb piano, seed pod shaker, Balinese mini xylophone, and struck hand drum, and Mark Wastell on tam tam, cracked ride cymbal, shruti box, chimes, hand drum, Indian temple bells, and singing bowls.

Edwards, John / Olie Brice: At Iklectik Edwards, John / Olie Brice:
At Iklectik

(Confront -- UK )

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Double double bass from the duo of John Edwards and Olie Brice performing live at Iklectik Arts Lab, in London in 2017, a return of sorts as Brice's first live improv gig was opening for the Sunny Murray Trio with Edwards and Bevan; here the two combine, in contrast and confluence as they demonstrate massive technique and concentrative conversation.

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

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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

String Theory: Heptaphonies String Theory:
Heptaphonies

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Drawing its name from the seven members making up this string ensemble led by violist Ernesto Rodrigues, String Theory complements the concurrent Lisbon String Trio albums by magnifying concepts in freely improvised string interactions, using unusual harmonics, melodic and percussive approaches to instruments, and quickly moving quietly intense interaction.

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.

Lisbon String Trio with Carlo Mascolo : Intonarumori Lisbon String Trio with Carlo Mascolo :
Intonarumori

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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One of six Lisbon String Trio albums, each joining the core trio of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Alvaro Rosso on double bass, and Miguel Mira on cello with a 4th improviser, here with trombonist Carlo Mascolo, performing live at Mira's Palace in Lisbon, Portugal for one of the most harmonically unique albums of the set as the trombone weaves in and out of the strings.

Ozo: A Kind of Zo Ozo:
A Kind of Zo

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Acoustic free improvisation with an ea-attitude, improvising drummer/percussionist Pedro Oliveira (Bernardo Sassetti) and classical pianist Paulo Mesquita used prepared instruments in a dialog that contrasts solid rhythmically melodic piano progressions with a mix of propulsive percussion, deep resonant tones, environmental timbre, and percussive interventions.

Bailey, Derek: Solo Guitar Volume 1 [VINYL 2 LPs] Bailey, Derek:
Solo Guitar Volume 1 [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Honest Jons Records -- USA )

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A reissue and remaster of the late free improvising legend Derek Bailey's "Solo Guitar Volume 1" released on Bailey's own Incus label in 1971, is the first in a series of 3 albums from the Honest Jon's label to re-issue Bailey's early albums, this volume adding tracks from previous reissues and a performance at York University in 1972; essential.

Bailey, Derek / Anthony Braxton: Royal [VINYL 2 LPs] Bailey, Derek / Anthony Braxton:
Royal [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Honest Jons Records -- UK )

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Reissuing the 1984 album of the live collaboration between New York multi-reedist Anthony Braxton and UK free improvising guitarist Derek Bailey, caught in performance at the Royal Hotel, in Luton, England in 1974, and originally intended to be released as two volumes; here the first volume and never-released second volume are in one newly mastered double LP.

Bailey, Derek / Han Bennink: Derek Bailey & Han Bennink [VINYL 2 LPs] Bailey, Derek / Han Bennink:
Derek Bailey & Han Bennink [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Honest Jons Records -- UK )

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The third volume in Honest Jon's Records reissue of early and essential albums from UK free improvising guitarist Derek Bailey, remastering and adding additional unreleased material, here from Bailey's duo album with Dutch drummer Han Bennink from 1972 recorded in '69, originally issued on Bailey's Incus label, alongside a previously unreleased '70 improv session.

Haino, Keiji / John Butcher: Light Never Bright Enough Haino, Keiji / John Butcher:
Light Never Bright Enough

(Otoroku -- UK )

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Japanese avant blues guitarist, vocalist and modern shaman Keiji Haino met UK free improvising vocalist John Butcher in 2012 when Butcher opened for Haino's Fushitsusha band at Cafe Oto; in 2016 they met to play two concerts, one in Hong Kong, one at London's Cafe Oto, the latter resulting in this powerful concert, five dialogs of intertwining reed, guitar and voice.

Haino, Keiji / John Butcher: Light Never Bright Enough [VINYL] Haino, Keiji / John Butcher:
Light Never Bright Enough [VINYL]

(Otoroku -- UK )

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Japanese avant blues guitarist, vocalist and modern shaman Keiji Haino met UK free improvising vocalist John Butcher in 2012 when Butcher opened for Haino's Fushitsusha band at Cafe Oto; in 2016 they met to play two concerts, one in Hong Kong, one at London's Cafe Oto, the latter resulting in this powerful concert, five dialogs of intertwining reed, guitar and voice.

Mikami, Kan / John Edwards / Alex Nielson: Live at Cafe Oto Mikami, Kan / John Edwards / Alex Nielson:
Live at Cafe Oto

(Otoroku -- UK )

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More typically a solo performer, Japanese bluesman Kan Mikami has created a distinctive path for his voice, guitar and poetic lyrics; here he is propelled in an improvisational setting with two powerful UK players--John Edwards on bass and Alex Neilson on drums--captured live at London's Cafe Oto for a growling concert of finesse and brusque attitude.

Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Nate Wooley: Philosopher's Stone Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp / Nate Wooley:
Philosopher's Stone

(Leo -- UK )

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An inevitable meeting of New York luminaries, trumpeter Nate Wooley joins saxophonist Ivo Perelman with frequent sideman Matthew Shipp for an album of complex and sophisticated collective free improvisation, spectacular playing and like-minded conversation of incredible technique and lyrical innuendo; released with the quartet album "Octagon".

Perelman, Ivo / Nate Wooley / Brandon Lopez / Gerald Cleaver: Octagon Perelman, Ivo / Nate Wooley / Brandon Lopez / Gerald Cleaver:
Octagon

(Leo -- UK )

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The second release pairing Brazilian-born, New York-based saxophonist Ivo Perelman with trumpeter Nate Wooley, in a quartet with bassist Brandon Lopez and drummer Gerald Cleaver, a frequent hard bop configuration, here in an 8 part set of studio recordings that range from exultant and vigorous group interplay to pointillist interaction, a superb album of creative modern jazz.

Mitchell, Roscoe With Yuganaut (Rush / Abbs / Mann): Four Ways Mitchell, Roscoe With Yuganaut (Rush / Abbs / Mann):
Four Ways

(NESSA -- USA )

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Chicago luminary, multi-wind player Roscoe Mitchell has collaborated over the previous 2 decades with multi-instrumentalist Stephen Rush, here joining Rush's band Yugonaut with Tom Abbs on bass, cello, violin, tuba & digideroo and Geoff Mann on drums, cornet & banjo, to perform these energetic improvisations live at Ann Arbor's Edgefest in 2009.

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.

Jamal, Khan / The Creative Arts Ensemble: Drum Dance to the Motherland [VINYL] Jamal, Khan / The Creative Arts Ensemble:
Drum Dance to the Motherland [VINYL]

(Eremite -- USA )

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A definitive vinyl remaster of vibraphonist Khan Jama's 1972 album in a sextet of vibes, marimba, drums, African percussion, glockenspiel, guitar, bass, and live sound effects, a legendary album fusing free jazz, black psychedelia, and early dub elements, a truly unique album from an artist with a profound perspective applying a wide rhythmic spectrum to free jazz.

Fujii, Satoko Orchestra New York: Fukushima Fujii, Satoko Orchestra New York:
Fukushima

(Libra -- Japan )

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Diverse aspects of the 2011 disaster at the Japanese Fukushima nuclear power plant brought on by a tsunami orchestrated in sound by composer/pianist Satoko Fujii and rendered in remarkable ways from some of New York finest improvisers, including Tony Malaby, Ellery Eskelin, Oscar Noriega, Herb Roberts, Joe Fiedler, Stomu Takeishi, Nels Cline, &c &c.

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.

Rainey, Tom Obbligato: Float Upstream Rainey, Tom Obbligato:
Float Upstream

(Intakt -- Austria )

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An album of standards interpreted by NY drummer Tom Rainey's and his band Obbligato of Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones, Kris Davis on piano, and Drew Gress on bass, sincerely approaching the great songbooks that fuel traditional jazz, each updated and modulated but not overtly deconstructed, as the band finds great inspiration for group interplay.

Hawkins, Alexander / Elaine Mitchener Quartet (w / Neil Charles / Stephen Davis) : UpRoot Hawkins, Alexander / Elaine Mitchener Quartet (w / Neil Charles / Stephen Davis) :
UpRoot

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Oxford-based keyboardist and composer Alexander Hawkins balances free improv and lyrical jazz forms in a quartet with bassist Neil Charles, drummer Stephen Davis, and vocalist Elaine Mitchener, with both Hawkins compositions and pieces from Archie Shepp, Jeanne Lee, and Patty Waters, a beautiful balance that appeals to modern listeners steeped in the history.

Rodiguez, Manolo : Trampantojos Rodiguez, Manolo :
Trampantojos

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Portuguese guitarist Manolo Rodriguez chose these 9 pieces from about 8 hours of improvised music, recorded on a Gibson acoustic guitar with piezo microphones on various parts of the guitar, passed through effects and finally controlled by a mixer, intended as a tribute to "the sense of sight as an intermediary of thought, and to artists who, with their eyes, have changed the world."

Angelo, Miguel : I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert Angelo, Miguel :
I Think I'm Going To Eat Dessert

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Porto bassist Miguel Angelo's solo release is an album of pure improvisation, unrepeatable takes, which, for the artist, makes musical and emotional sense as a satisfying moment of musical sensation, through 11 tracks on the double bass of powerful playing, creative impulse, lyrical and rhythmic inventiveness, and ultimately, great satisfaction.

Cochrane, Chris / Stuart Popejoy: Geologic Popejoy Cochrane, Chris / Stuart Popejoy:
Geologic Popejoy

(Infrequent Seams Records -- USA )

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Downtown NY guitarist Chris Cochrane (No Safety, Curlew) joins up with bassist Stuart Popejoy (Sugarlife, Bassoon, Sarah Bernstein Quartet) for an album of exploratory sonic environments born from improvisation, with rich guitar processing, glitch, heavy riffs, and indescribable sonic environments in a well-balance album of informed experimentation.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Eduardo Chagas / Abdul Moimeme / Joao Madeira: Cloud Voices Rodrigues, Ernesto / Eduardo Chagas / Abdul Moimeme / Joao Madeira:
Cloud Voices

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A three part improvised work for viola, trombone, electric guitar and double bass from, respectively, Ernesto Rodrigues, Eduardo Chagas, Abdul Moimeme, and Joao Madeira, an ascending conversation that uses innuendo, mystery, subtle movement, silence and swells to create atmospheric environments, each "voice" shifting enigmatically in sublimely hazy ways.

Converse, Connie (Anderson / Patton / Halvorson & Pavone / Haden / Kang / Wainwright / Elysian Field Converse, Connie (Anderson / Patton / Halvorson & Pavone / Haden / Kang / Wainwright / Elysian Fields / Tweedy / Amidon / ...):
Vanity Of Vanities - A Tribute To Connie Converse

(Tzadik -- USA )

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A pioneer of the modern singer/songwriter genre from the 50s, little is known of Connie Converse except her exceptional songbook, given life here in a tribute to her work through 16 songs interpreted by an amazing set of singers and instrumentalists, including Laurie Anderson, Petra Haden, Mary Halvorson, Mike Patton, Eyvind Kang, Oren Bloedow, Jessica Pavone, &c. &c.

Sun Ra: Cosmos Sun Ra:
Cosmos

(Inner City -- USA )

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A grooving cosmic album issued in 1976 on the French Cobra label, Sun Ra leads his large ensemble on a Rocksichord keyboard, alongside Arkestra members Marshall Allen, Danny Davis and John Gilmore on sax, Craig Harris on trombone, Ahmed Abdulla on trumpet, Vince Chancey on French Horn, Jac Jackson, Eloe Omoe, and Danny Ray Thompson on winds, Larry Bright on drums, and Tony Bunn on bass.

Saunier, Greg / Mary Halvorson / Ron Miles: New American Songbooks, Volume 1 [VINYL] Saunier, Greg / Mary Halvorson / Ron Miles:
New American Songbooks, Volume 1 [VINYL]

(Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records -- USA )

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Two essential Downtown New York improvisers--guitarist Mary Halvorson and trumpeter Ron Miles--are joined by drummer Greg Saunier of Deerhoof in response to Nate Wooley's request that the three expand the American Songbook, creating astounding instrumental versions of music by Fiona Apple, Elliott Smith, The Partridge Family, John Williams, James P. Johnson, &c.

Large Unit: Fluku Large Unit:
Fluku

(PNL -- Norway )

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The 3rd album from Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's big band Large Unit, here in a 12-member configuration, adding saxophonist Kristoffer Berre Alberts (Starlite Motel, Cortex) to the band, in an album centered on Nillsen-Love's penned title track "Fluku", and the equally impressive "Playgo", large complex works that showcase the group's collective and individual voices.

Large Unit: Selected Tracks 2013-2017 Large Unit:
Selected Tracks 2013-2017

(PNL -- Norway )

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An excellent introduction to Norwegian percussionist and composer Paal Nilssen-Love's big band, Large Unit, through tracks showing the breadth of the band's ability in game pieces, ballads, a collaboration with Brazilian percussionists, live recordings from their 2015 North American tour and at Moers festival in Germany, and their first concert at Molde Jazzfestival in 2013.

 

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