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

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.


Mary Halvorson Octet
Away With You
(Firehouse 12 Records)

Mary Halvorson continues her string of excellent modern jazz albums with this octet release with fellow guitarist Susan Alcorn, Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon & Ingrid Laubrock (sax), Jacob Garchik (trombone), John Hebert (bass) and Ches Smith (drums).


BassDrumBone + guests Joe Lovano / Jason Moran
The Long Road [2 CDs]
(Auricle)

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.


Michael Pisaro / Reinier van Houdt
The Earth And The Sky [3 CDs]
(erstwhile)

erstwhile records releases their first CD on their ErstClass imprint, issuing and collecting historically important work, here with composer Michael Pisaro's piano works from 1994-2016, 11 compositions performed by Netherlands pianist Reinier van Houdt.


Graham Lambkin
Community [2 CDs]
(erstwhile)

Using electronics, field recordings and spoken word, Graham Lambkin explores "Community" in abstract and literal ways, reflecting on society and describing aspects of community through spoken word and sound, a thought-provoking and complex work of organized sound.


John Escreet (w/ Evan Parker / John Hebert / Tyshawn Sorey)
The Unknown (Live in Concert)
(Sunnyside Records)


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

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.


Evan Parker / Mark Nauseef / Toma Gouband
As The Wind
(psi)

A brilliant album of subtle and masterful improvisation recorded in 2012 at and using the reverb of the St. Peters church in Whitstable by soprano saxophonist Evan Parker with two percussionists: Toma Gouband on lithophone-based percussion and Mark Nauseef on metallophone-based percussion.


Joe McPhee / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten
Bricktop
(Trost Records)


Pauline Oliveros / Roscoe Mitchell / John Tilbury / Wadada Leo Smith
Nessuno
(Angelica)

The unexpected and open-minded quartet of Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, John Tilbury and Wadada Leo Smith performing live in Italy at the Angelika Festival in 2011, presenting the three part improvised work "Nessuno"; delicate, virtuosic, rewarding music from 4 masters.


Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake)
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds
(RogueArt)

An almost ceremonial release in percussive approaches to improvisation from the trio of William Parker on double bass, shakuhachi, thumb piano & more, Hamid Drake on drums, cymbals and gongs, and Joe Morris on guitar, banjo, bass, pocket trumpet, fiddle & whistles.


Dunmall / Noble / Edwards / Sanders
Chords Of Connections
(FMR)

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.


Fenetre Ovale (Risser / Ruhl / Billet / Gouband)
Deuxieme Volet
(Umlaut Records)

Transcendental and exceptional improvisation in the 2nd release from the Fenetre Ovale project, with composer Karl Naegelen and improvisers Eve Risser (piano) and Joris Ruhl (clarinet), expanded with the arrival of percussionist Toma Gouband and violinist Amaryllis Billet.


Steve Swell
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Improviser
(Swell Records)

A diverse and engrossing solo album from NY-based, global travelling trombonist Steve Swell, showing vast creative and technical skills through unusual techniques that balance with inventive and lyrical approaches to the horn, a tour-de-force of modern playing.


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

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.


Thomas Heberer / Achim Kaufmann / Ken Filiano
Interstices
(Nuscope)

Each member of this free improvising trio--trumpeter Thomas Heberer, pianist and prepared pianist Achim Kaufmann, and double bassist/prepared bassist Ken Filiano--contributes challenging compositions to this sophisticated album recorded at Firehouse 12.


Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble & Ensemble Laborintus
Moments Of Fatherhood
(RogueArt)

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.


Silver / Sanders / Wheatley
NAX/XUS
(Confront)


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

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.


Isabelle Duthoit / Georg Graewe
Parlance
(Nuscope)

The duo of French clarinetist Isabelle Duthoit and Viennese pianist Georg Graewe in a subtle and sophisticated set of improvisations with chamber music inclinations, using impressive technique that serves their beautiful and mesmerizing dialog.


Iancu Dumitrescu
Live In New York w/ Either/Or
(Edition Modern)

Iancu Dumitrescu premieres six new works of Spectral compositions performed by the 13 piece Either/Or Ensemble under the direction of Richard Carrik, presented in Colubmia University's Miller Theater in 2016, an amazing album of microcosmic and macrocosmic sound.


Anthony Braxton
Quintet (Basel) 1977
(Hatology)

Reissuing and remastering Braxton 1977 outstanding radio concert for Radio DRS in Safranzunft, Basel in 1977 in quintet with George Lewis on trombone, Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, Mark Helias on double bass, and Charles "Bobo" Shaw on drums.


Fredrik Nordstrom
Gentle Fire, Restless Dreams [2 CDs]
(Moserobie Music)

Saxophonist Fredrik Nordstrom releases two sides of his music, the hard-hitting "Gentle Fire" and the more contemplative "Restless Dreams" in a 2 CD release with Gerald Cleaver on drums and Swedish jazz musicians Jonas Ostholm on piano and Torbjourn Zetterberg on double bass.


Jackson Harrison Trio
Sintering
(Hatology)

Melodic and texturally rich jazz from the trio of pianist Jackson Harrison with Ben Waples on double bass and brother James Waples on drums, a lyrical album of original compositions named for the process of coalescing a powder into a solid by heating it without liquefaction.


Linda Smith Catlin
Dirt Road
(Another Timbre)

Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith's extended composition for violin and percussion in 15 parts, performed by percussionist Simon Limbrick and violinist Mira Benjamin, a unique orchestration that reveals a journey of steady pace, tension and beauty.


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

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.


BassDrumBone + guests Joe Lovano / Jason Moran
The Long Road [2 CDs]
(Auricle)

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.


Michael Pisaro / Reinier van Houdt
The Earth And The Sky [3 CDs]
(erstwhile)

erstwhile records releases their first CD on their ErstClass imprint, issuing and collecting historically important work, here with composer Michael Pisaro's piano works from 1994-2016, 11 compositions performed by Netherlands pianist Reinier van Houdt.


Graham Lambkin
Community [2 CDs]
(erstwhile)

Using electronics, field recordings and spoken word, Graham Lambkin explores "Community" in abstract and literal ways, reflecting on society and describing aspects of community through spoken word and sound, a thought-provoking and complex work of organized sound.


John Escreet (w/ Evan Parker / John Hebert / Tyshawn Sorey)
The Unknown (Live in Concert)
(Sunnyside Records)


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

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.


Evan Parker / Mark Nauseef / Toma Gouband
As The Wind
(psi)

A brilliant album of subtle and masterful improvisation recorded in 2012 at and using the reverb of the St. Peters church in Whitstable by soprano saxophonist Evan Parker with two percussionists: Toma Gouband on lithophone-based percussion and Mark Nauseef on metallophone-based percussion.


Joe McPhee / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten
Bricktop
(Trost Records)


Pauline Oliveros / Roscoe Mitchell / John Tilbury / Wadada Leo Smith
Nessuno
(Angelica)

The unexpected and open-minded quartet of Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, John Tilbury and Wadada Leo Smith performing live in Italy at the Angelika Festival in 2011, presenting the three part improvised work "Nessuno"; delicate, virtuosic, rewarding music from 4 masters.


Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake)
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds
(RogueArt)

An almost ceremonial release in percussive approaches to improvisation from the trio of William Parker on double bass, shakuhachi, thumb piano & more, Hamid Drake on drums, cymbals and gongs, and Joe Morris on guitar, banjo, bass, pocket trumpet, fiddle & whistles.


Dunmall / Noble / Edwards / Sanders
Chords Of Connections
(FMR)

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.


Fenetre Ovale (Risser / Ruhl / Billet / Gouband)
Deuxieme Volet
(Umlaut Records)

Transcendental and exceptional improvisation in the 2nd release from the Fenetre Ovale project, with composer Karl Naegelen and improvisers Eve Risser (piano) and Joris Ruhl (clarinet), expanded with the arrival of percussionist Toma Gouband and violinist Amaryllis Billet.


Steve Swell
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Improviser
(Swell Records)

A diverse and engrossing solo album from NY-based, global travelling trombonist Steve Swell, showing vast creative and technical skills through unusual techniques that balance with inventive and lyrical approaches to the horn, a tour-de-force of modern playing.


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

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.


Thomas Heberer / Achim Kaufmann / Ken Filiano
Interstices
(Nuscope)

Each member of this free improvising trio--trumpeter Thomas Heberer, pianist and prepared pianist Achim Kaufmann, and double bassist/prepared bassist Ken Filiano--contributes challenging compositions to this sophisticated album recorded at Firehouse 12.


Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble & Ensemble Laborintus
Moments Of Fatherhood
(RogueArt)

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.


Silver / Sanders / Wheatley
NAX/XUS
(Confront)


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

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.


Isabelle Duthoit / Georg Graewe
Parlance
(Nuscope)

The duo of French clarinetist Isabelle Duthoit and Viennese pianist Georg Graewe in a subtle and sophisticated set of improvisations with chamber music inclinations, using impressive technique that serves their beautiful and mesmerizing dialog.


Iancu Dumitrescu
Live In New York w/ Either/Or
(Edition Modern)

Iancu Dumitrescu premieres six new works of Spectral compositions performed by the 13 piece Either/Or Ensemble under the direction of Richard Carrik, presented in Colubmia University's Miller Theater in 2016, an amazing album of microcosmic and macrocosmic sound.


Anthony Braxton
Quintet (Basel) 1977
(Hatology)

Reissuing and remastering Braxton 1977 outstanding radio concert for Radio DRS in Safranzunft, Basel in 1977 in quintet with George Lewis on trombone, Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, Mark Helias on double bass, and Charles "Bobo" Shaw on drums.


Fredrik Nordstrom
Gentle Fire, Restless Dreams [2 CDs]
(Moserobie Music)

Saxophonist Fredrik Nordstrom releases two sides of his music, the hard-hitting "Gentle Fire" and the more contemplative "Restless Dreams" in a 2 CD release with Gerald Cleaver on drums and Swedish jazz musicians Jonas Ostholm on piano and Torbjourn Zetterberg on double bass.


Jackson Harrison Trio
Sintering
(Hatology)

Melodic and texturally rich jazz from the trio of pianist Jackson Harrison with Ben Waples on double bass and brother James Waples on drums, a lyrical album of original compositions named for the process of coalescing a powder into a solid by heating it without liquefaction.


Linda Smith Catlin
Dirt Road
(Another Timbre)

Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith's extended composition for violin and percussion in 15 parts, performed by percussionist Simon Limbrick and violinist Mira Benjamin, a unique orchestration that reveals a journey of steady pace, tension and beauty.


Nate Wooley
Argonautica
(Firehouse 12 Records)

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).


Chicago / Sao Paulo Underground feat Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah and the Underground - Primative Jupiter [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)

Live from Lisbon's Jazz em Agosto Festival, cornetist Rob Mazurek merges his Chicago and Sao Paulo Underground bands, adding bassist Matthew Lux and jazz legend tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, for a potent blend of modern jazz, electronics, and free improvised music.


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

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.


Jonas Kullhammar
Gentlemen (Original Motion Picture Jazz Tracks) [VINYL 2 LPs + CD]
(Moserobie Music)

Saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar leads various groupings of Carl Bagge on piano, Torbjorn Zetterberg on bass, Johan Holmegard on drums, Bernt Rosengren on sax, Goran Kajfes on cornet & Mattias Stahl on vibes in this soundtrack album for the motion picture "Gentlemen".


Motorpsycho
Child of the Future [VINYL]
(Rune Grammofon)

Repressed for the first time in 5 years, this was originally released in 2009, presenting six trademark Motorpsycho high energy rockers recorded by Steve Albini in his Chicago studio, referencing 60s and 70s rock in thick riffs and a powerful songs.


Universal Indians w/ Joe McPhee
Skullduggery [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Clean Feed)

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.


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

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!


Grip / Denzler / Johansson
Neukollner Modelle [VINYL]
(Umlaut Records)

Three generations of European improvisers from Paris to Berlin, the trio of bassist Joel Grip, saxophonist Bertrand Denzler and drummer Sven Ake Johansson present a two part extended work of intense yet lyrical playing, what Johansson refers to as "Constructive Free Jazz".


Free Nelson Mandoomjazz
The Organ Grinder [VINYL 2 LPS]
(Rarenoise Records)

The Edinburgh trio of Archibald (drums), Colin Stewart (bass) and Rebecca Sneddon (alto saxophone) play an experimental blend of doom metal and free jazz, with guests trumpeter Luc Klein and trombonist Patrick Darley, in an album that bridges heavy rock with melodic improv.


Horatiu Radulescu
Clepsydra / Astray [VINYL]
(Edition Rz)

Romanian-French composer Horatiu Radulescu with 2 works from 1983: "Clepsydra" for 16 Sound Icons played on a sideway piano, and the 1984 work "Astray" for 6 saxophones and Sound Icons.


MAP (Halvorson / Nakatani / Radding)
Fever Dream [VINYL]
(TAIGA)

A beautifully produced 3-sided double LP from New York's MAP, guitarist Mary Halvorson, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and bassist Reben Radding, amazing contemporary improvisation.


Eugene Chadbourne & Greg Malcolm
Jazz School [VINYL]
(Monotype)

A collection of lo-fi experimental miniatures from guitarists Chadbourne and Malcolm playing the music of Steve Lacy and Eric Dolphy in unexpected ways!


John Zorn
The Dreamers-The Gentle Side
(Tzadik)

Collecting and remastering the most lyrical and beautiful tracks from John Zorn's three Dreamers releases, presented in a picture disc pressed on 180 gram vinyl.


Pauline Oliveros
To Valerie Solanas And Marilyn Monroe In Recognition [VINYL]
(Roaratorio)

Oliveros wrote this piece in the late 60s for Valerie Solanas, noted for publishing the "SCUM Manifesto" and for shooting Andy Warhol; presented on LP for the first time, in 3 renditions.


Rova : Zorn
The Receiving Surfaces [VINYL]
(Metalanguage)

Limited LP-only release of Rova saxophone quartet (Larry Ochs, Steve Adams, Jon Raskin and Bruce Ackley) performing live with John Zorn at Yoshi's in San Francisco in 2010.


The Necks
Mindset [VINYL]
(Recommended Records)

The Necks 16th release layers polyrhythmic material to form seething blocks of sound, in two long pieces, one more stripped back to the live trio, the other featuring multiple strata of swirling Hammonds, noise-guitar and electronics.


Joe Mcphee & Chris Corsano
Scraps and Shadows [VINYL]
(Roaratorio)

The second release from the duo of Joe McPhee and Chris Corsano, seven pieces from ballads to combustible free playing in an album dedicated to Fred Anderson, Paul Flaherty, Han Bennink, Kidd Jordan, &c.


NOHOME (Caspar Brtozmann)
Nohome [2 VINYL LPs]
(Trost Records)

Turbulent and rugged free improvisation live in Berlin from the trio of electric guitarist Caspar Brotzmann, E-Bassist Marino Pliakas, and drummer Michael Wertmuller, with FM Einheit joining on steel for two tracks.


Angles 9
In Our Midst [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)

Clean Feed's 2nd LP is their 4th Angles release, expanding saxophonist Martin Kuchen's band to 9 pieces with Mattias Stahl, Johan Berthling, Alexander Zethson, Mats Aleklint, Eirik Hegdal, Goran Kajfes, and Magnus Broo in an album of rare expressiveness and power.


JoJo Hiroshige / PIKA / Lasse Marhaug / Paal Nilssen-Love
Osaka Fortune [VINYL]
(Premier Sang)

The quartet of two drummers (Paal-Nilssen-Love & Pika) and two noise artists (JoJo Hiroshige and Lasse Marhaug) performing live at Osaka Chika-Ikkai for six intense, powerful and informed noise improvisations.


Danny Fox
Wide Eyed [VINYL]
(Hot Cup Records)

Pianist Danny Fox's trio with bassist Chris van Voorst van Beest and drummer Max Goldman in an album showing how the tight rapport this touring band has developed on the road, performing Fox's melodic and inventive compositions with a wealth of influences and style.


Angles 9
Injuries [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Clean Feed)

Now a nine-piece, Martin Kuchen leads the magnificently powerful Angles band through 7 demanding compositions, with trumpeter Magnus Broo back in the band alongside Alexander Zethson, Mattias Stahl, Jonan Berthling, Andreas Werlin, Eirik Hegdal, Mats Aleklint & Goran Kajfes.


Akira Sakata / Johan Berthling / Paal Nilssen-Love
Arashi [VINYL]
(Trost Records)

Japanese saxophone legend Akira Sakata meets double bassist Johan Berthling (Fire!) and drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love (The Thing, &c) for 4 extended and intense studio recordings where all 3 push themselves into a mind-blowing album of free improvisation.


Otomo Yoshihide / Paal Nilssen-Love
[VINYL]
(JVTLANDT)

The fiery, complex and exultant duo of drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love and Otomo Yoshihide on electric guitar, performing at the Copenhagen Jazzhouse in May 2013, an intense and rewarding set from two authoritative improvisers.


Keir Neuringer
Ceremonies Out Of The Air [VINYL 2 LPs]
(New Atlantis)

Composer, saxophonist, writer, and interdisciplinary artist Keir Neuringer in a solo album of five extended improvisations performed before an invited audience, an emotional album of physical exhalations of grief at the loss of his mother months before the recording.


Peter Brotzmann & Jason Adasiewicz
Mollie's in the Mood [VINYL]
(Bro)

Brotzmann's own BRO label releases this performance at Chicago's Hideout of the duo of Peter Brotzmann on alto and tenor sax, b-flat clarinet and tarogato, and vibraophonist Jason Adasiewicz from their 2012 US tour for three stunning tracks of free improvisation.


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

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.


BassDrumBone + guests Joe Lovano / Jason Moran
The Long Road [2 CDs]
(Auricle)

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.


John Escreet (w/ Evan Parker / John Hebert / Tyshawn Sorey)
The Unknown (Live in Concert)
(Sunnyside Records)


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

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.


Evan Parker / Mark Nauseef / Toma Gouband
As The Wind
(psi)

A brilliant album of subtle and masterful improvisation recorded in 2012 at and using the reverb of the St. Peters church in Whitstable by soprano saxophonist Evan Parker with two percussionists: Toma Gouband on lithophone-based percussion and Mark Nauseef on metallophone-based percussion.


Joe McPhee / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten
Bricktop
(Trost Records)


Pauline Oliveros / Roscoe Mitchell / John Tilbury / Wadada Leo Smith
Nessuno
(Angelica)

The unexpected and open-minded quartet of Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, John Tilbury and Wadada Leo Smith performing live in Italy at the Angelika Festival in 2011, presenting the three part improvised work "Nessuno"; delicate, virtuosic, rewarding music from 4 masters.


Eloping with the Sun (William Parker / Morris / Drake)
Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees and Birds
(RogueArt)

An almost ceremonial release in percussive approaches to improvisation from the trio of William Parker on double bass, shakuhachi, thumb piano & more, Hamid Drake on drums, cymbals and gongs, and Joe Morris on guitar, banjo, bass, pocket trumpet, fiddle & whistles.


Dunmall / Noble / Edwards / Sanders
Chords Of Connections
(FMR)

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.


Fenetre Ovale (Risser / Ruhl / Billet / Gouband)
Deuxieme Volet
(Umlaut Records)

Transcendental and exceptional improvisation in the 2nd release from the Fenetre Ovale project, with composer Karl Naegelen and improvisers Eve Risser (piano) and Joris Ruhl (clarinet), expanded with the arrival of percussionist Toma Gouband and violinist Amaryllis Billet.


Steve Swell
The Loneliness of the Long Distance Improviser
(Swell Records)

A diverse and engrossing solo album from NY-based, global travelling trombonist Steve Swell, showing vast creative and technical skills through unusual techniques that balance with inventive and lyrical approaches to the horn, a tour-de-force of modern playing.


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

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.


Thomas Heberer / Achim Kaufmann / Ken Filiano
Interstices
(Nuscope)

Each member of this free improvising trio--trumpeter Thomas Heberer, pianist and prepared pianist Achim Kaufmann, and double bassist/prepared bassist Ken Filiano--contributes challenging compositions to this sophisticated album recorded at Firehouse 12.


Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble & Ensemble Laborintus
Moments Of Fatherhood
(RogueArt)

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.


Silver / Sanders / Wheatley
NAX/XUS
(Confront)


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

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.


Isabelle Duthoit / Georg Graewe
Parlance
(Nuscope)

The duo of French clarinetist Isabelle Duthoit and Viennese pianist Georg Graewe in a subtle and sophisticated set of improvisations with chamber music inclinations, using impressive technique that serves their beautiful and mesmerizing dialog.


Anthony Braxton
Quintet (Basel) 1977
(Hatology)

Reissuing and remastering Braxton 1977 outstanding radio concert for Radio DRS in Safranzunft, Basel in 1977 in quintet with George Lewis on trombone, Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, Mark Helias on double bass, and Charles "Bobo" Shaw on drums.


Fredrik Nordstrom
Gentle Fire, Restless Dreams [2 CDs]
(Moserobie Music)

Saxophonist Fredrik Nordstrom releases two sides of his music, the hard-hitting "Gentle Fire" and the more contemplative "Restless Dreams" in a 2 CD release with Gerald Cleaver on drums and Swedish jazz musicians Jonas Ostholm on piano and Torbjourn Zetterberg on double bass.


Jackson Harrison Trio
Sintering
(Hatology)

Melodic and texturally rich jazz from the trio of pianist Jackson Harrison with Ben Waples on double bass and brother James Waples on drums, a lyrical album of original compositions named for the process of coalescing a powder into a solid by heating it without liquefaction.


Nate Wooley
Argonautica
(Firehouse 12 Records)

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).


Chris Cundy
Gustav Lost
(FMR)

A melodic set of improvisations composed by bass clarinetist Chris Cundy, using approaches for songwriting to create compelling jazz compositions, in a band with Fyfe Dangerfield on piano, Mat Martin on guitar, Hannah Marshall on cello, Mark Sanders on drums and Dominic Lash on bass.


Jonathan Finlayson / Sicilian Defense
Moving Still
(Pi Recordings)

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.


Chicago / Sao Paulo Underground feat Pharoah Sanders
Pharoah and the Underground - Primative Jupiter [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)

Live from Lisbon's Jazz em Agosto Festival, cornetist Rob Mazurek merges his Chicago and Sao Paulo Underground bands, adding bassist Matthew Lux and jazz legend tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, for a potent blend of modern jazz, electronics, and free improvised music.


Anthony Braxton / Quartet
(Santa Cruz) 1993 1st Set [REPRESS]
(Hatology)

Reissuing and remastering saxophonist Anthony Braxton's stellar release documenting his 1993 live performance with Marilyn Crispell on piano, Mark Dresser on bass, and Gerry Hemingway on percussion & marimba, demanding collective improvisation from masterful players.


Otomo Yoshihide
Guitar Solo 2015 RIGHT
(Doubtmusic)

The complement to his "Guitar Solo "RIGHT", Otomo Yoshihide recorded 123 structured guitar improvisations on Masayuki Takayanagi's 1963 Gibson, then gave them to Akihiko Matsumoto who fed them into software he developed to play them back using a set of intelligent rules.


Alessandro Bosetti
Stille Post. Radio Works: 2003-2011[4 CD Box Set w/ 36 page booklet]
(Monotype/Bolt)

Conceptualist/composer Alessandro Bosetti in a 4CD box set and extensive booklet presenting large and unusual radio works that he's composed from 2003-2011, using "translations, misunderstandings, travels, microphones, headphones and sonorous telephone games as creative tools."


Aaron Dilloway
Songs About Jason [VINYL 10-inch]
(Amethyst Sunset)

Originally released in a limited edition of forty copies for a solo/duo show with Jason Lescalleet in 2013, this 10" release remasters the original album; a disorienting and melodic album of tape loops and dark ambient drone.


Oren Ambarchi
Hubris
(Editions Mego)

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.


Banabila & Machinefabriek
Macrocosms
(Tapu Record)

The 4th collaboration between electronic artists Michel Banabila and Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt), in captivating music exploring the concepts of macro and micro: how insiginificant we become when zooming out, and how small worlds can be found when zooming in.


Ossatura
Maps And Mazes
(Recommended Records)

The new release from Italy's excellent electroacoustic experimental band Ossatura led by Elio Martusciello takes the band into new territory, detailed and more luminous, more acoustic, with vibes and clarinet (Michael Thieke) and even a lovely song surprising long-time fans.


Eugene Chadbourne
Horror Part III -- X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes
(Chadula)


Kyron
Dark Goddess
(Black Note)

Dark electronic soundscapes with dark beats and vocal improvisations.


Otomo Yoshihide
Modulation with 2 Electric Guitars and 2 Amplifiers
(Doubtmusic)

Yoshihide's 2nd solo guitar on Doubtmusic uses feedback phasing and interruption from 2 electric guitars and 2 amplifiers intended for VERY LOUD playback!


Beaks Plinth
Kai Kohola Leo
(Gigante Sound)

Dedicated to Les Baxter, Arthury Lyman, and Martin Denny, this is Jared Blum's dark vision "doom exotica", huge barrel percussion, hollow flutes, chimes, klings, klangs & haunted voices.


Lord Tang

(Gigante Sound)

Producer and Gigante co-founder, Dominic Cramp, moves his plunderphonics into more melodic and beat driven territory with crumpled beats and fractured dubs over rolling hills of heavyweight bass.


Kyron
Perdurabo
(Black Note)

An ambient electronic adventure driven by experimental touches of noise and glitch in a journey through moods of mystery, melancholy, eminent peril, and even elation inspired by the magickal strength of Aleister Crowley.


Pixel Hexing
A Databending / Video Art Compilation [DVD]
(Bicephalic)

A DVD compilation of databending & video art from video and sound artists Raul Dominguez & Miguel A. Garcia, Muckrackers, loopool & Zara Kand, Kelly Donovan, Wayne Mason, Nipple Stools, CihanLucia, Third I, Carl Kruger, Meat Hands, Somnaphon, Regosphere.


Helene Prevost
A La Plage
(Tour de Bras)

A mix of sound art and improvisation from Quebec/Actuelle musician Helene Prevost, 10 minimal "Plages", or luminous surfaces, created with Eric Normand, Stephae Claude, and Mario Gauthier.


Shanyio
Pribegie
(Thirsty Leaves Music)

"Pribegie", or "Wandering" from Romanian multi-instrumentalist Alexandru Hegyesi is a psychedelic mix of drone, folk and traditional music, assiste by percussionist Thomas Almadi, clarinetist Calin Torsan, Xu on amplified objects, and Loalue on oblique beats and free electrons.


Helen Mirra / Ernst Karel
A Map Of Parallels 41-N And 49-N At A Scale Of Ten Seconds To One Degree
(Shhpuma)

A map of the latitudes delineating the geographical area where the European - North American history of deforestation and resforestation has played out, in a work of guitar and field effects from Portugese artist Helen Mirra and sound artist Ernst Karel.


Coclea
Coclea
(Shhpuma)

Clean Feed's side label Shhpuma presents a solo release from multi-instrumentalist Guilherme Goncalves (Gala Drop), dreamy and informed guitar-driven music borrowing from kosmische musik, Edgar Froese, or Loren Connors, in gorgeously paced lush instrumental music.


Chuck Bettis
Pixel Bleed
(Living Myth)

New York improvisor and electronic artist Chuck Bettis in an exploration of decay and repetition, performed live using Max/Msp with no overdubs or sequencers, using simple pop melody progressions and superimposing them over the cut-up techniques of musique concrete.


Harry Bertoia
Complete Sonambient Collection [11CD BOX SET]
(Important Records)

Sonic sculptor Harry Bertoia's 100th is celebrated by restoring his original LP releases from their master tapes in an 11-CD box printed with metallic inks, each CD in replica jackets, and including a 100-page book of essays, interviews, plus modern and archival photos.


Michel Banabila
Tapu Sampler 2016
(Tapu Record)

Michel Banabila's excellent melodically experimental electroacoustic label Tapu in their 2016 double CD sampler, with tracks from Banabila, Asid & Banabila, Banabila & Van Geel, Banabila & Machinefabriek, Banabila & Erker, and Banabila/Erker/Samson.


Howard Stelzer / Frans De Waard
However [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)

A recomposition of sound artists Howard Stelzer and Frans de Waard's album "Pink Pearl", reworked into two extended compositions of throbbing ambience that glacially grows over the life of each compositions.


AMK
Wiretap [CASSETTE]
(Banned Productions)

Legendary sound artist AMK in a 6 track cassette release of sounds performed on records and record players with sources including Elvin Jones, Gary Madeley, Aston Barrestt, Carlton Barrett, Joe Higgs, John B, John Bonham, Keith Moon and Howard Stelzer.


Michael Pisaro
Hearing Metal 1
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Greg Stuart realizes Michael Pisaro's first and haunting "Hearing Metal" on tam-tam, a large piece of metal which is mic-ed and recorded to create a vast and rich sound when played by bow or hand, here in 3 compositions layering the instrument in combination with sine tones.


Jaap Blonk
Polyphtong
(Kontrans)

An amazing album of vocal utterance and layered sound from Dutch improviser and experimenter Jaap Blonk, using spatial placement and movement extended by electronic means to focus on phonetic concepts, particularly the diphtong and approximant.


Matthew Revert / Vanessa Rossetto
Earnest Rubbish
(erstwhile)

Three extended compositions using field recordings and electronic processing from Vanessa Rossetto and Matthew Revert, using obscure references in song titles to mask subtle dovetailing and transitioning of concrete sound and mysterious tones.


Iancu Dumitrescu
Live In New York w/ Either/Or
(Edition Modern)

Iancu Dumitrescu premieres six new works of Spectral compositions performed by the 13 piece Either/Or Ensemble under the direction of Richard Carrik, presented in Colubmia University's Miller Theater in 2016, an amazing album of microcosmic and macrocosmic sound.


Linda Smith Catlin
Dirt Road
(Another Timbre)

Canadian composer Linda Catlin Smith's extended composition for violin and percussion in 15 parts, performed by percussionist Simon Limbrick and violinist Mira Benjamin, a unique orchestration that reveals a journey of steady pace, tension and beauty.


Jurg Frey
Beuger . Cage
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Clarinetist Jurg Frey performs two works, one composed by Antoine Beuger and one by John Cage, both related to time, or of becoming and of unceasing becoming, pieces using silence in powerful sound structures, contrasting empty moments with the complexity of individual sound.


Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram
Live In Berlin
(Edition Modern)

Spectral composers Iancu Dumitrescu & Ana-Maria Avram present 4 works recorded live in Berlin from 2009-14, with participants including Yoni Silver, Tim Hodgkinson, Stephan O'Malley, orchestration including stretchable steel and computer, crystals, prepared piano, &c.


Marek Poliks
Hull Treader
(Another Timbre)

Referencing sci-fi, C.S. Lewis, and alien worlds, the compositions of Marek Poliks each have a central metaphor like alien environment and warmth, spaceship and cradling, performed by ensembles using traditional and electronic instruments and objects.


Illogical Harmonies (Chang / Majkowski)
Volume
(Another Timbre)

A joint composition for violin and double bass, developed over six months in 2015 by violinist and Wandelweiser composer Johnny Chang with bassist Mike Majkowski, a fragile and beautifully revealing work in 5 parts that moves slowly through subtle harmonic changes.


Morton Feldman
Neither
(Hat [now] ART)


Ana-Maria Avram / Dumitrescu, Iancu
In Tokyo
(Edition Modern)


Ana-Maria Avram / Dumitrescu, Iancu
Spectral Collection XXI
(Edition Modern)


Horatiu Radulescu
Clepsydra / Astray [VINYL]
(Edition Rz)

Romanian-French composer Horatiu Radulescu with 2 works from 1983: "Clepsydra" for 16 Sound Icons played on a sideway piano, and the 1984 work "Astray" for 6 saxophones and Sound Icons.


BAKU
Symphony of Sirens
(Recommended Records)

2 CDs & 72 pg book in a comprehensive presentation of the experiments and innovations in the exploration of sound by the historical Russian Avantgardes, 1908-42.


Jennings / Cage / Tilbury / Lexer
Lost Daylight
(Another Timbre)

Pianist John Tilbury is captured with remarkable clarity by Sebastian Lexer as he performs works by composers Terry Jennings and John Cage (with Lexer on electronics); superb performances!


Jani Christou
Enantiodromie / Praxis / Epicycle / Anaparastasis III / Mysterion / Anaparastasis I / Praxis For 12
(Edition Rz)

7 works by Greek composer Jani Christou performed by the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, Rundfunkorchester Hanover, NDR, Ensemble "musik unserer zeit", and Christou himself.


Ana-Maria Avram / Dumitrescu, Iancu
Live in London (I)
(Edition Modern)

Electro-acoustic composers Ana-Maria Avram and Iancu Dumitrescu with large groups including the Hyperion Ensemble, plus Tim Hodginkson on clarinet, performing in Conway Hall, London in 2008.


Michael Pisaro / Greg Stuart
July Mountain: three versions
(Gravity Wave)

Three versions of Pisano's composition based on Wallace Steen's poem: a reissue of the original version; an alternate version with different field recordings; and one with the percussion parts alone for the listener to add their own fields recordings.


Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram
Live in Israel
(Edition Modern)

Romanian electroacoustic composer Iancu Dumitrescu & Ana-Maria Avram's performed these 5 works in January, 2011 with their Contemporary Music Ensemble Israel conducted by both composers, with special guest Stephen O'Malley on guitar.


Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram
Electronic Music
(Edition Modern)

Three works for computer from Iancu Dumitrescu and one from Ana-Maria Avram, each a radical works of spectral music in tribute to ILan Volkov, Andy Wilson, Ben Watson and Stephen O'Malley.


Peter Ablinger
Grisailles
(Hat [now] ART)

Peter Ablinger's works for three pianos are made up of overlapping sound-layers, repeated octaves, and barely audible sounds made by fingers darting across keys; played by Hildegard Kleeb.


Aldo Clementi / Ives Ensemble
Madrigale
(Hat [now] ART)

Composer Aldo Clement's "Madrigale" performed by the Ives Ensemble in 1996-97.


Iancu Dumitrescu / Ana-Maria Avram
Paris-London (III), Spectrum XXI Festival
(Edition Modern)

Three works from Romanian composer Iancu Dumitrescu, and two from Ana-Maria Avram, recorded at the 6th edition of the Spectrum XXI Festival held in London, Paris, Berlin and Bucharest in 2011, presenting works gravitating around the "Spectral Music" nucleus.


Ilan Volkov conducts Ana-Maria Avram / Iancu Dumitrescu
Hyperion International Ensemble
(Edition Modern)

Ilan Volkov directs the Bucharest based chamber group Hyperion Ensemble merging the history of Romanian music with moder avant-garde music, here performing the music of Ana-Maria Avram & Iancu Dumitrescu with guest guitarist Stephan O'Malley.


Michael Pisaro
Melody, Silence (For Solo Guitar)
(Potlatch)

A collection of materials for solo guitarist, written by Michael Pisaro and here performed by Christian Alvear, presenting the performer with up to 12 fragments which can be played in any order and which allow for various transformations, cuts, extensions and silences.


Clara Iannotta
A Failed Entertainment. Works 2009-2014
(Edition Rz)

Works from Italian composer Clare Iannotta recorded from 2012 - 2014, including a work for string quartet composed for the DAAD artist-in-Berlin program titled "A Failed Entertainment" commissioned by Quaturo Diotima; plus 6 works for contemporary ensembles.


Jurg Frey
Grizzana and other pieces 2009-2014 [2 CDs]
(Another Timbre)

The Ensemble Grizzana (Ryoko Akama, Mira Benjamin, Richard Craig, Emma Richards, Philip Thomas and Seth Woods) performs a series of delicate and beautiful chamber pieces by Swiss composer and clarinetist Jurg Frey, who also performs on clarinet.


Joseph Kudirka
'Beauty and Industry' - ensemble works played by Apartment House
(Another Timbre)

Six musicians from the UK Fluxus group Apartment House, including Philip Thomas (piano), Bridget Carey (voila), Anton Lukoszevieze, Simon Limbrick (percussion), present several realizations of composer Joseph Kurdirka's pieces, including text scores and fully-notated works.


Huy (Junji / Kazuhisa / Yoshida)
Huy
(Magaibutsu Limited)

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.


Acid Mothers Temple SWR & Umezu Kazutoki
Sax & The City
(Magaibutsu)

A live multitrack recording from 2009 of the collaboration of Acid Mothers Temple SWR - Kawabata Makoto, Tsuyama Atushi, and Yoshida Tatsuya - with saxophonist Umezu Kazutoki.


Korekyojinn
Fall Line
(Magaibutsu)

The 5th studio album from the trio of Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins alone / Koenji Hyakkei), Kido Natsuki (Bondage Fruit / Salle Gavoux), Nasunomitsuru (Altered states / Umbeltipo), avant-progressive instrumental rock, melodic and complex rock performed at breakneck speed.


Motorpsycho
Child of the Future [VINYL]
(Rune Grammofon)

Repressed for the first time in 5 years, this was originally released in 2009, presenting six trademark Motorpsycho high energy rockers recorded by Steve Albini in his Chicago studio, referencing 60s and 70s rock in thick riffs and a powerful songs.


Kazuto Shimizu / Yoshida Tatsuya / Nasyuno Mitsuru
SYN LIVE
(Magaibutsu Limited)

The Japanese improvising rock trio of Kazuto Shimizu on keyboards, Nasyuno Mitsuru on bass, and Yoshida Tatsuya on drums performing live at Club Goodman in Akihabara, Japan, 2016 for technically superb, fast paced, turn-on-a-dime, joyful prog-oriented playing.


The World Heritage (Yamamoto Seiichi / Katsui Yuji / Kido Natsuki / Nasuno Mitsuru / Yoshida Tatsuya)
The Land of Light
(Magaibutsu)

The Japanese improvising rock quintet The World Heritage--Yamamoto Seiichi, Katsui Yuji, Kido Natsuki, Nasuno Mitsuru, and Yoshida Tatsuya--with two guitars, violin, bass and drums, in a live recording of dynamic collective improvisation at Akihabara Goodman in 2013.


PYN (Pittard / Yoshida / Nasuno)
L'elan Createur
(Magaibutsu Limited)

Following their 2015 album "Songs for children who don't want to sleep", the quartet of Yan Pittard on guitar & oud, Mitsuru Nasuno on bass, Maki Nakano on vocals, and Tatsuya Yoshida on drums present this soundtrack album, which translates to "the creative urge".


Unnatural Ways
We Aliens
(Tzadik)

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.


Bob Drake
Arx Pilosa
(Recommended Records)

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.


Richard Pinhas / Barry Cleveland (feat Manring / Alberti)
Mu
(Cuneiform)

Four improvised works from legendary French artist Richard Pinhas & guitarist/synth player Barry Cleveland, plus Michael Manring on bass and Celso Alberti on percussion; exotic and enveloping music that merges art rock, ambient, electronic, avant-garde jazz, and various "world" musics.


Locomotive; Duchesne, Fradette, Grandmont, Leclerc
Locomotive
(Ambiances Magnetiques)

Eighteen songs by the dynamic quartet Locomotive, led by composer and guitarist Andre Duchesne, that are intelligent, melodic, and energetic.


Marianne Nowottny
Afraid of Me
(Abaton)


The Grandmothers
Eating the Astoria
(Obvious Music)


This Heat
This Heat (1st album)
(This Is/Recommended Records)


This Heat
Out of Cold Storage Box Set (6 CDs)
(This Is/Recommended Records)


News From Babel
Sirens and Silences / Work Resumed on the Tower / Letters Home
(Recommended Records)


This Heat
Deceit
(Recommended Records)


Erica Pomerance
You Used to Think
(ESP)

Folk songs with poetic influences from Erica Pomerance in her 1968 ESP release with an eclectic mix of classical, improvisational, folk and rock musicians.


Miimo
miimo 2
(Amorfon)

Miimo are a Japanese dub & electronica group consisting of Yoshio Machida, Norihide Saji and Tatsu, whose tracks have appeared in documentaries and TV spots throughout Japan.


Seijaku
Mail From FUSHITSUSHA
(Doubtmusic)

Guitarist/vocalist Haino Keiji, bassist Nasuno Mitsuru and drummer Ichiraku Yoshimitsu play the 21-st century blues, dark, distorted and dynamic rock for your shattered future.


Sekkutsu Jean
DVD
(Magaibutsu)

The intense Japanese rock duo of bassist Sato Kenji and drummer Yoshida Tatsuya performing live at Tokyo's Show Boat in 2008, and at UFO Club in 2006.


Korekyojin
Tundra
(Magaibutsu)

The Korekyojinn power rock trio of drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, guitarist Kido Natsuki and bassist Nasuno Mitsuru in their 4th album of intense, complex, and exultant rock.


Korekyojinn with Tsuboy Akihisa
Doldrums
(Magaibutsu Limited)

Korekyojinn (Yoshida Tatsuya, Nasuno Mitsuru and Kido Natuski) in their 7th release, joined by violinist Akihisa Tsuboy, recorded live at Tokyo's Koenji High, Lush, and Missions from 2008-2010.


Ishiwarizakura
Okuno Hosomichi
(Magaibutsu Limited)

A live recording of this quartet from the Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku region of Japan, improvised and impressive rock from Yoshida Tatsuya (drums), Nasuno Mitsuru (bass), Kita Naoki (violin) and Murakami Naoki (guitar).


Duncan / Mariani / Musci
The Day After "The End Of The World" Party
(Auditorium)


Albert Ayler Quartet with Don Cherry
European Radio Studio Recordings 1964
(Hatology)

Recorded during Albert Ayler's 1964 European tour with Don Cherry on cornet, Gary Peacock on bass, and Sunny Murray on drums, perhaps Ayler's best band and most creative period, well captured at Hilversum in The Netherlands and for Danish Radio Copenhagen, Denmark.


Joe Morris
Perpetual Frontier The Properties of Free Music [BOOK]
(Riti Publishing)

Joe Morris wrote this book to discuss aspects of free music, including responses to his questionnaire written by Joe McPhee, William Parker, Jamie Saft, Ken Vandermark, Marilyn Crispell, Nate Wooley, Jack Wright, Matthew Shipp, &c.


Tomas Fujiwara / Ben Goldberg / Mary Halvorson
The Out Louds
(Relative Pitch)

The first release from the NY/West Coast trio of Tomas Fujiwara on drums, Ben Goldberg on clarinet, and Mary Halvorson on guitar, a collaborative improv of lyrical and nuanced improv, using great skill and sophistication in dialog that takes unexpected twists and turns.


Anthony Braxton
Quartet (Santa Cruz) 1993, 2nd Set
(Hatology)

Remaster of the exhilarating second set from saxophonist and composer Anthony Braxton's concert at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz, CA, 1993, one of 7 nights performing with the quartet of Marilyn Crispell on piano, Mark Dresser on bass, and Gerry Hemingway on percussion.


Anthony Braxton / Quartet
(Santa Cruz) 1993 1st Set [REPRESS]
(Hatology)

Reissuing and remastering saxophonist Anthony Braxton's stellar release documenting his 1993 live performance with Marilyn Crispell on piano, Mark Dresser on bass, and Gerry Hemingway on percussion & marimba, demanding collective improvisation from masterful players.


Ellery Eskelin Trio (w/ Gary Versace / Gerry Hemingway)
Willisau Live
(Hatology)

2015 recordings of tenor saxophonist Ellery Eskelin's trio with Gary Versace on organ and Gerry Hemingway on drums, an ebullient set live at the Jazz Festival in Willisau, Switzerland, sequencing Count Basie, Victor Young, Ernie Burnett, and Thelonious Monk tunes.


Steve Swell's Kende Dreams (Swell/ Brown / Crothers / Parker / Taylor)
Hommage A Bartok
(Silkheart)

Trombonist Steve Swell presents an homage to composer Bela Bartok, applying jazz techniques to the composer's music to find something new and unexpected, in an amazing quintet with Connie Crothers (piano), William Parker (bass), Chad Taylor (drums) & Rob Brown (sax).


Cecil Taylor
Garden, 2nd Set
(Hatology)

The second set of Cecil Taylor's superb live set at Grosser Saal Volkshaus, in Basel, Switzerland in 1981, performing solo over five improvisations, presented for the first time in the original concert sequence.


Jemeel Moondoc / Hilliard Greene
Cosmic Nickelodeon
(Relative Pitch)

Jemeel Moondoc's third release on New York's Relative Pitch label is this duo with bassist Hilliar Greene, a soulful album of bluesy free playing, Greene's solid finger and bow work anchoring Moondoc for beautiful, informed, quirky and sincerely heartfelt playing.


Hartmut Geerken And Chris Trent
Omniverse Sun Ra [BOOK]
(Art Yard)

Originally published in 1994, Hartmut Geerken and Chris Trent's comprehensive reference of Sun Ra includes a pictorial and annotated discography, essays and photo documents, photographs; this 2nd edition adds new photographs, photo documents, and essays.


Cecil Taylor
Garden 1st Set
(Hatology)

Reissue and 2015 remaster of Cecil Taylor's superb live set at Grosser Saal Volkshaus, in Basel, Switzerland in 1981, performing solo over three extended improvisations, presented for the first time in the original concert sequence.


Tony Malaby Paloma Recio
Incantations
(Clean Feed)

NY Saxophonist Tony Malaby's Paloma Recio with Ben Monder on guitar, Eivind Opsvik on double bass, and Nasheet Waits on drums in a studio album performing Malaby's 4-part "Incantation Suite", lyrically free improvisation with a shimmering essence invoking dreamlike states.


Joe Morris
Shock Axis
(Relative Pitch)

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!


Ingrid Laubrock / Tom Rainey
Buoyancy
(Relative Pitch)

Drawing on several years and many shared projects, the duo of Ingrid Laubrock (sax) and Tom Rainey (drums) recorded this excellent album of sophisticated improvisation at the end of a 17-date tour, performing for a studio audience at Audio for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin.


Steve Lacy Four
Morning Joy ...Paris Live [reissue]
(Hatology)

One night at the Paris Sunset Club by saxophonist Steve Lacy's Quartet with Steve Potts on sax, Jean-Jacques Avenel on bass and Oliver Johnson on drums, performing an exuberant mix of Lacy originals and Thelonius Monk tunes, remastered & expanded for Hat's 40th Anniversary.


Roger Turner / Satoh Masahiko / Otomo Yoshihide
Live at Hall Egg Farm
(Doubtmusic)

During legendary UK free improvising drummer Roger Turner's 2015 tour of Japan he met with guitarist Otomo Yoshihide and pianist Satoh Masahiko to record this monumental and astounding 66 minute improvisation at Fukaya City's Hall Egg Farm.


Angry Waves (Takyanagi / Ino / Yamazaki)
Angry Waves / Vol.1
(Jinya Disc)

The late free improvising Japanese guiatarist Takayanagi Masayuki's free jazz trio with an Albert Ayler intent, formed in 1982 with Nobuyoshi Ino on bass and Hiroshi Yamazaki on drums, a pre-cursor to Takayanaki's Action Direct.


Morton Feldman
Clarinet & String Quartet
(Hat [now] ART)

2 works for clarinet and string quartet, active compositions with a unique perspective in sound & texture; 2 versions of the 2 part 1961 work, and the larger 1983 composition.


Chris Lightcap Bigmouth
Epicenter
(Clean Feed)

Bassist Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth features 2 saxophonists--Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, Craig Tabor on keys and Gerald Cleavers on drums, in 8 melodic tracks inspired by landmarks of NYC and influenced by jazz tradition, West African music, pop hooks, and more.


Christy Doran
In The Corner Of The Eye
(Hatology)

Irish guitarist Christy Doran in a quintet with NY Downtown stars Hank Roberts (cello) and Marty Ehrlich (reeds), UK legend Ray Anderson (trombone) and Swiss sax master Urs Leimgruber, in recordings from 1989-1991 showing incredible melodic, technical and creative skills.


Angry Waves (Takyanagi / Ino / Yamazaki)
Angry Waves / Vol.2
(Jinya Disc)

The late free improvising Japanese guiatarist Takayanagi Masayuki's free jazz trio with an Albert Ayler intent, formed in 1982 with Nobuyoshi Ino on bass and Hiroshi Yamazaki on drums, a pre-cursor to Takayanaki's Action Direct.


Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up
Old Locks and Irregular Verbs
(Pi Recordings)

Henry Threadgill's tribute to friend, composer-conductor Lawrence D. Butch Morris, in a detailed 4-part work with an excellent set of improvisers: Henry Threadgill, Jose Davila, Jason Moran, Christopher Hoffman, David Virelles, Roman Filiu, Curtis Macdonald, and Craig Weinrib.


Alexander Hawkins / Evan Parker
Leaps in Leicester
(Clean Feed)

Established players on the London and European Free Jazz scene from two generations, saxophonist Evan Parker and pianist Alexander Hawkins come together for a duo of remarkable insight, technical skill, and inventive dialog from two masterful players.


Pauline Oliveros / Roscoe Mitchell / John Tilbury / Wadada Leo Smith
Nessuno
(Angelica)

The unexpected and open-minded quartet of Pauline Oliveros, Roscoe Mitchell, John Tilbury and Wadada Leo Smith performing live in Italy at the Angelika Festival in 2011, presenting the three part improvised work "Nessuno"; delicate, virtuosic, rewarding music from 4 masters.


Sun Ra Arkestra
Sunrise In Different Dimensions
(Hatology)

3rd edition of this great live recording of Sun Ra and his Arkestra from 1980 in Switzerland, originally released as a double LP, and remastered for CD in 2010.


Peter Brotzmann / William Parker / Hamid Drake
Song Sentimentale
(Otoroku)

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.


Huy (Junji / Kazuhisa / Yoshida)
Huy
(Magaibutsu Limited)

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.


Susan Alcorn
Soldad
(Relative Pitch)

Pedal Steel guitar innovator Susan Alcorn in a mostly solo release, beautifully performing 4 lush compositions by Astor Piazzolla, with bassist Michael Formanek joining for the Alcorn-penned "Suite for AHL".


MMM Quartet (Joelle Leandre, Fred Frith, Alvin Curran, Urs Leimgruber)
Oakland/Lisboa
(RogueArt)

Rich, subtle and unusual improv from the MillsMusicMafia (MMM) Quartet of Joelle Leandre on double bass, Fred Frith on electric guitar, Alvin Curran on keys, and Urs Leimgruber on sax, recording these spiritual and detailed improvisations live at Jazz em Agosto in Portugal.


Harris Eisenstadt
Old Growth Forest
(Clean Feed)

New York drummer Harris Eisenstadt revives his trio with trombonist Jeb Bishop and bassist Jason Roebke, adding tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby, recording in the studio after two concerts at John Zorn's venue The Stone in 2015, heard in here in momentous and heartfelt jazz.


Nate Wooley / Ken Vandermark
All Directions Home
(Audiographic Records / Pleasure of the Text Records)

Live recordings from Milwaukee's Sugar Maple in 2015 of the dynamic and amazing duo of NY trumpeter Nate Wooley and Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark, a tour-de-force of technical and melodic playing showcasing both players and their nearly telepathic high-speed improv exchange.


Michael Bisio / Kirk Knuffke Duo
Row for William O.
(Relative Pitch)

New York bassist Michael Bisio pays tribute to his teacher William O. Smith in this tremendous duo with cornetist Kirk Knuffke, in a beautiful mix of lyrical playing and heavy technical skills made to sound remarkably simply; a joyful and profound jazz album.


Derek Bailey / John Tilbury
Playing with a Dead Person [VINYL]
(Bolt)

Despite their desire to record together, UK improvisers, guitarist Derek Bailey and pianist John Tilbury, never quite worked it out; so Tilbury instead took these solo Bailey recordings into the studio and improvised to them, making Bailey the dead leader of their duo.


Jimmy Lyons
Push Pull [2CDs]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Originally issued on the Hat Hut label as a 3-LP set, this 1978 recording of Cecil Taylor compatriot, saxophonist Jimmy Lyons, performing live at Collective for Living Cinema in New York in a unique band with Karen Borca (bassoon), Munner Bernard Fennel (cello) and Roger Blank (drums).


RED Trio w/ John Butcher
Summer Skyshift
(Clean Feed)

The second collaboration between the Portugese Red Trio of Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano), Hernani Faustino (double bass) and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums) with UK saxophonist John Butcher, performing live at Jazz em Agosto Festival in 2015, revealing new aspects to their project.


Ran Blake & Anthony Braxton
A Memory Of Vienna
(Hatology)

In 1988, on the spur of the moment, Blake and Braxton met to record this set of 8 standards, including pieces by Monk, Parker, Gillespie, Miles Davis, Mal Waldron, &c.


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

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.


The World Heritage (Yamamoto Seiichi / Katsui Yuji / Kido Natsuki / Nasuno Mitsuru / Yoshida Tatsuya)
The Land of Light
(Magaibutsu)

The Japanese improvising rock quintet The World Heritage--Yamamoto Seiichi, Katsui Yuji, Kido Natsuki, Nasuno Mitsuru, and Yoshida Tatsuya--with two guitars, violin, bass and drums, in a live recording of dynamic collective improvisation at Akihabara Goodman in 2013.


Mary Halvorson Octet
Away With You
(Firehouse 12 Records)

Mary Halvorson continues her string of excellent modern jazz albums with this octet release with fellow guitarist Susan Alcorn, Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon & Ingrid Laubrock (sax), Jacob Garchik (trombone), John Hebert (bass) and Ches Smith (drums).


Joe McPhee
As Serious As Your Life [reissue]
(Hatology)

In 1996, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Joe McPhee's first solo release, McPhee recorded this remarkable album of solo reeds, pocket cornet, and electronics, using overdubbing to create gripping music including an homage to Miles Davis and unique versions of standards.


Steve Lacy
Shots
(Hatology)

A reissue of the uniquely configured trio of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, Masa Kwate on traditional Japanese percussion, and Irene Aebi on voice and violin, from their 1977 LP release on the French Musica label, restored and remastered.


Marc Ducret Trio + 3 (Chevillon / Echampard + Monniot / Blaser / Martinez)
Metatonal
(Ayler)

Guitarist Marc Ducret expands his trio of bassist Bruno Chevillon and drummer Eric Echampard with saxophonist Christophe Monniot, trumpeter Frabrice Martinez, and trombonist Samuel Blaser for a tour de force of dynamic and quickly shifting improv that both shreds and reflects.


Fred Frith / Darren Johnston
Everybody's Somebody's Nobody
(Clean Feed)

Bay Area trumpeter Darren Johnston meets improvising guitar legend Fred Frith for an incredibly well-paced series of duos, remarkable improv that uses space, skill, extended techniques and unexpected approaches to both instruments in vivid and beautiful discourse.


Audio One (Vandermark/Adasiewicz/Berman/Bishop/Rempis/Williams/Mazzarrella/Daisy/Macri/Paulson)
What Thomas Bernard Saw
(Audiographic Records)

A brilliant ensemble of primarily Chicago players led by multi-reedist Ken Vandermark and with a cast including Jason Adasiewicz, Jeb Bishop, Mars Williams, Josh Berman, &c. &c., captured in two fiery live sets at Constellation, Chicago and Sugar Maple, Milwaukee in 2014.


Otomo Yoshihide
Guitar Solo 2015 RIGHT
(Doubtmusic)

The complement to his "Guitar Solo "RIGHT", Otomo Yoshihide recorded 123 structured guitar improvisations on Masayuki Takayanagi's 1963 Gibson, then gave them to Akihiko Matsumoto who fed them into software he developed to play them back using a set of intelligent rules.


Eric Revis
Crowded Solitudes
(Clean Feed)

New York bassist Eric Revis' Trio with Kris Davis on piano and Gerald Cleaver taking over the drum position in an album that crosses the traditional piano trio concept with modern free parlance, for both lyrical and unconventionally creative moments.


Daniel Levin Quartet
Blurry
(Hatology)

Cellist Levin's 2nd hatOlogy CD, a quartet of NY players using extended technique in Levin compositions and unusual readings of Ornette Coleman and Charlier Parker pieces.


Michael Adkins Quartet
Rotator
(Hatology)

New York tenor saxophonist and composer Michael Adkins with his quartet including Paul Motian on drums in a set of 9 original compositions.


Russ Lossing / Ed Schuller / Paul Motian
As It Grows
(Hatology)

Composer and pianist Russ Lossing explores the eloquence of silence as his music grows out of silence and the space between thought and gesture in this trio with Ed Schuller (bass) and Paul Motian (drums).


Korekyojinn
Fall Line
(Magaibutsu)

The 5th studio album from the trio of Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins alone / Koenji Hyakkei), Kido Natsuki (Bondage Fruit / Salle Gavoux), Nasunomitsuru (Altered states / Umbeltipo), avant-progressive instrumental rock, melodic and complex rock performed at breakneck speed.