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Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players


 
Quartetski: Quartetski Does Bartok - Mikrokosmos, Sz 107 Quartetski:
Quartetski Does Bartok - Mikrokosmos, Sz 107

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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Composed between 1926 and 1939, "Mikrokosmos" was Bela Bartok's attempt to solve certain technical problems in the art of piano playing, here adapted by the 5-piece Quartetski into a fascinating series of progressive exercises and etudes, oddly enough presented without a piano.

Rova Saxophone Quartet: In Transverse Time Rova Saxophone Quartet:
In Transverse Time

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )

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Celebrating 40 years as a performing ensemble, the West Coast saxophone quartet ROVA of Bruce Ackley on soprano saxophone, Steve Adams on alto & sopranino saxophones, Jon Raskin on baritone saxophone, and Larry Ochs on tenor saxophone, reworked compositions from all members transversing their past 34 years, in an absolutely impressive and diverse album.

Godet, Jean-Brice: Epiphanies Godet, Jean-Brice:
Epiphanies

(Gigantonium -- France )

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French experimental improviser Jean-Brice Godet, a frequent collaborator with Joelle Leandre and a member of Cuir, in a solo album of 8 etudes for dictaphone, radio, and clarinet, a unique album of extreme and eccentric technique on reeds punctuated by unearthly voice and radio transmissions, a curious album that rewards detailed listening.

Mahall, Rudi / Alexander von Schlippenbach: So Far Mahall, Rudi / Alexander von Schlippenbach:
So Far

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach and clarinetist Rudi Mahall have been exploring the music of jazz and free improvisation for decades in their own bands or together in Globe Unity Orchestra; here they are heard in their essential element as a duo, pushing their music in rapid runs and elegant and emotional moments with imposing technique and authoritative confidence.

Baars, Ab: Solo: And She Speaks | A Collection Of Ballads Baars, Ab:
Solo: And She Speaks | A Collection Of Ballads

(Wig -- Netherlands )

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Internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music performed, Dutch multi-wind player Ab Baars presents a studio album of solo playing on the clarinet, saxophone, and shakuhachi, inspired by and focusing on the traditions of ballads from great saxophonists, with improvisations colored by songs like "Naima", "Body and Soul", "Solitude", &c.

Brotzmann, Peter / Fred Lonberg-Holm: Ouroboros [VINYL] Brotzmann, Peter / Fred Lonberg-Holm:
Ouroboros [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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The follow-up to 2008's Brotzmann/Lonberg-Holm duo album on Atavistic, "The Brain of the Dog in Section", this limited LP was recorded in 2011 at The Loft in Koln, Germany, bringing multi-reed legend Peter Brotzmann together again with Chicago cellist and electronic artist Fred Lonberg-Holm for a thrilling album of diverse, dynamic, and superb improvisation.

Chrysakis, Thanos / Chris Cundy / Peer Schlechta / Ove Volquartz : Music for Two Organs & Two Bass C Chrysakis, Thanos / Chris Cundy / Peer Schlechta / Ove Volquartz :
Music for Two Organs & Two Bass Clarinets

(Aural Terrains -- E.U. )

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Recording at the Neustadter Kirche in Hofgeismar, Germany, the quartet of Thanos Chrysakis and Peer Schlechta organ with Chris Cundy and Ove Volquartz on bass clarinets, use the resonance and massive sound of their organs to create active improvisations of deep tones, cries, and unearthly squalls, an incredible set of interacting textures and runs.

Shibolet, Ariel: 132: Work For Multiphonics Shibolet, Ariel:
132: Work For Multiphonics

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Kadima Collective saxophonist Ariel Shibolet presents an extended solo work for soprano saxophone, a patiently unfolding piece using multiphonics, an extended technique where the typically monophonic saxophone produces several notes at once, the harmonics and textures becoming the focus and excitement as Shibolet commands the instrument into unanticipated territory.

Stoffner, Florian / Albert Cirera: I'm A Resonant Aircraft Stoffner, Florian / Albert Cirera:
I'm A Resonant Aircraft

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Swiss electric guitarist Florian Stoffner (Manuel Mengis Grupp) and Spanish/Portuguese saxophonist Albert Cirera (Agusti Fernandez Liquid Trio) present the 8 part "IRMA" in concise free improvisations, restrained but alert and quick-witted dialogs that explore their instruments with alternate approaches to each in articulate ways.

Bucher / Countryman: Estuary Bucher / Countryman:
Estuary

(Self Released -- Philippines )

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A live concert in the Philippines from American expatriate saxophonist Rick Countryman and visiting Swiss drummer Christian Bucher, a classic free jazz drum and sax duo informed by creative playing and superb rhythmic interplay, balancing lyrical progressions with a wonderful stream of concepts, this is a great example of the far reach of free jazz.

Haubenstock-Ramati, Roman: Mobile For Shakespeare Haubenstock-Ramati, Roman:
Mobile For Shakespeare

(Hat [now] ART -- Switzerland )

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A series of musical "mobiles" from European composer Roman Haubenstock-Ramati, sonic transformations of the visual experiences of Alexander Calder's dynamic sculptures.

Metcalfe, Neil / Guillaume Viltard / Daniel Thompson: Garden of Water and Light Metcalfe, Neil / Guillaume Viltard / Daniel Thompson:
Garden of Water and Light

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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The complete set from the live performance of Neil Metcalfe (flute), Guillaume Viltard (double bass) and Daniel Thompson (guitars), performing in the extraordinary space of St Leopards Shoreditch Church in Hackney, London.

Nechustan, Alon: Ritual Fire Nechustan, Alon:
Ritual Fire

(Between the lines -- Germany )

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Pianist Nechusthan leads his powerful trio of bassist Ken Filiano & drummer Bob Meyers, plus clarinet legend Harold Rubin, in a Jackson Pollack-influenced action suite, 10 pieces of free improvisation following a larger structured process.

PEK Solo: Fulcrum PEK Solo:
Fulcrum

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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Extracting the leader from a multitude of ensembles, David Peck's solo album has him performing on tenor saxophone, bass saxophone, clarinet, contraalto clarinet, bassoon, tarota, hand chimes, accordion, [d]ronin, wood, metal, aquasonic, daxophone, Atlantis gong, plus pre-recorded mixes adding a "soloist with tape" aspect to his complex and rich performance.

Turbulence: Amorphous Solids Turbulence:
Amorphous Solids

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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Turbulence is the extended horn section for the Leap of Faith Orchestra, a varying-sized ensemble, recording here at Boston area's Outpost 196 as a quartet with PEK on reeds, Bob Moores on trumpet and Dan O'Brien on sax, clarinets & flutes, all playing an assortment of percussive devices, with Leap of Faith core member Yuri Zbitnoff as a dedicated percussionist.

Knuffke, Kirk / Ben Goldberg: Uncompahgre Knuffke, Kirk / Ben Goldberg:
Uncompahgre

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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