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Mendoza, Ava: New Spells [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31349
Catalog Code: AS136/RPR1125
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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A joint release between Astral Spirts and Relative Pitch, guitarist Ava Mendoza conjures five assertive and rugged "spells" performed on solo electric guitar, passionate works of raw technical skill and bold power as she improvises over two songs composed by herself, alongside pieces written for her from Devin Hoff, Trevor Dunn and John Dikeman.


Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions: w/ Avreeayl Ra & Matt Lux / Sunken Cages

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31276
Catalog Code: AS153-10
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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As part of Thollem McDonas' Astral Traveling Sessions concert series, the pianist met Chicago legendary drummer Avreeayl Ra and and highly active improvising bassist Matthew Lux for this exceptional concert of two extended improvisations, followed by 8 duo studio improvisations as "Sunken Cages" recorded in Philadelphia with electroacoustic drummer Ravish Momin.


Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions: Thollem + Karl Berger, Thollem + Michael Snow

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31275
Catalog Code: AS153-22
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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One of a series of pianist Thollem McDonas' Astral Traveling Sessions, a 25-album series of concerts from around the globe, performing concerts in varying configurations with 70 musicians, here with two collaborations: in Kingston, NY with the great vibraphonist Karl Berger for 3 improvisations, and in Toronto with pianist Michael Snow for an extended piano duo.


Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions: w/ Hafez Modirzadeh

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31274
Catalog Code: AS153-24
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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One of a series of pianist Thollem McDonas' Astral Traveling Sessions, this unique duo configuration with NY saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh uses a sonic palette of eight re-tuned pitches for piano and saxophone in an attempt to expand harmonic empathy, bringing Eastern pitch relationships to Western improvisation through a series of extraordinary solo and duo recordings.


Grdina, Gordon / Jim Black: Martian Kitties

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31273
Catalog Code: AS152CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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Thirteen succinct improvisations pitting Gordon Grdina's swinging middle-eastern flavors on the oud offset by gritty, experimental guitar work against drummer Jim Black's well-chosen and rock-solid grooves, an engaging album that shifts and explores a tremendous range of ideas and adventurous attitudes that span jazz, rock and experimental genres with ease.


Paula Shocron / William Parker / Pablo Diaz : El Templo

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31272
Catalog Code: AS164
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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A perfect matching for a free jazz collective piano trio, bringing frequent collaborators Argentinian pianist Paula Shocron and drummer Pablo Diaz, part of the SLD trio heard on Listen! Foundation and Hatology, together with NY bass legend William Parker, recording in NYC for four powerful improvisations of great technical prowess and attentive explorative interaction.


Johansson / Fite / Grip: Swinging at Topsi's [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31271
Catalog Code: AS175CAS
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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An evening of free improvisation recorded in Berlin at au Topsi Pohl in 2020 from the Swedish trio of Euro Free Jazz legend Sven-Ake Johansson on drums, Niklas Fite on acoustic guitar and Joel Grip on double bass, performing two extended and dynamic improvisations, and then settling into jazz standard form for "Isn't It Romantic" and "Out of Nowhere" sung by by Johansson.


Johansson / Fite / Grip: Swinging at Topsi's

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31270
Catalog Code: AS175CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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An evening of free improvisation recorded in Berlin at au Topsi Pohl in 2020 from the Swedish trio of Euro Free Jazz legend Sven-Ake Johansson on drums, Niklas Fite on acoustic guitar and Joel Grip on double bass, performing two extended and dynamic improvisations, and then settling into jazz standard form for "Isn't It Romantic" and "Out of Nowhere" sung by by Johansson.


Williams, Mars Presents: An Ayler Xmas Vol.5

Label: Astral Spirits / Soul What Records
Product Code: 31244
Catalog Code: SW009 / AS194
Country: USA
 
Price: $12.95



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This year's An Ayler Xmas is the 5th in the series from saxophonist Mars Williams, mashing holiday classics with works by saxophonist Albert Ayler, with the amazing sextet of Josh Berman on cornet, Jim Baker on piano, viola & Arp Synth, Brian Sandstrom on bass, guitar & trumpet, Steve Hunt on drums, Peter Maunu on violin and Kent Kessler or Krzysztof Pabian on bass.


Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions: Compilation Cassette [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31172
Catalog Code: AS153-14
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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Travelling through the US & Greece to join with performers for duos and trios, in six recordings between pianist Thollem McDonas in a trio with Amy Denio & Samantha Boshnack; a duo with Seetha Shivaswamy; a trio with Mat Weisman and Rick Kodramaz; a duo with Djallo Djakate; a hand percussion duo with Jason Finkelman; and a vocal duo with Maria Karamouza.


Cooper, Jack / Jeff Tobias : Tributaries [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31171
Catalog Code: AS181
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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Two side-long tracks of minimal improvisation from NY saxophonist Jeff Tobias (Sunwatchers) and UK guitarist Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting); "Wicken" and "Debden" are named for and inspired by the tributaries of the River Cam in North Essex, revealing themselves in steady progressions and subtle application of instrumental technique in a beautifully flowing reflection.


Artifacts (Tomeka Reid / Nicole Mitchell / Mike Reed): ...and then there's this

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31169
Catalog Code: AS139
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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Confirming their place in Chicago's improv legacy, the second album from the Artifacts Trio of Nicole Mitchell on flute & electronics, Tomeka Reid on cello and Mike Reed on drums & percussion expand the AACM canon with compositions from each member, plus several insightful and lively collective improvisations and one piece each from Roscoe Mitchell and Muhal Richard Abrams.


Strictly Missionary (Pitsiokos / Eisenberg / Lenz / Murray / Neuburg): Heisse Scheisse [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31168
Catalog Code: AS 182CS
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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Skronky multi-faceted NY Downtown-style improvisation with an electric edge from the quintet of Chris Pitsiokis on alto sax, winds, electronics & samples, Wendy Eisenberg on electric guitar, Richard Lenz on electric bass, Kevin Murray on acoustic & electronic drums and Nick Neuburg on percussion, rolling and rollicking through riffs and scrabbly exploration.


Mazzarella / Haker Flaten / Ra: What You Seek is Seeking You

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31166
Catalog Code: AS187CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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The Nick Mazzarella Trio, here configured as Mazzarella on alto saxophone & bells, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass and Avreeayl Ra on drums, are heard live at Constellation in Chicago in 2019, bringing together two generations of Chicago improvisers with Norwegian/US drummer Haker-Flaten for seven pieces espousing both tradition and innovative creative approaches.


Mazzarella / Haker Flaten / Ra: What You Seek is Seeking You [CASSETTE W/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31165
Catalog Code: AS187CAS
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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The Nick Mazzarella Trio, here configured as Mazzarella on alto saxophone & bells, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass and Avreeayl Ra on drums, are heard live at Constellation in Chicago in 2019, bringing together two generations of Chicago improvisers with Norwegian/US drummer Haker-Flaten for seven pieces espousing both tradition and innovative creative approaches.


Crazy Doberman: "Everyone Is Rolling Down A Hill" ... [VINYL]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31164
Catalog Code: AS170
Country: USA
 
Price: $19.95



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The Indiana collective Crazy Doberman in a 15-performer configuration including core members Tim Gick and Drew Davis, merging jazz and indescribable approaches to free improvisation with a mix of acoustic & electronic instruments, building their pieces from mysteriously cantankerous rumination to ecstatic grooves and much in-between.


Mako Sica (feat Tatsu Aoki / Thymme Jones / Jacob Fawcett) : Garland of Heads [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31163
Catalog Code: AS163
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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With virtually the same lineup as their Feeding Tube album Ourania, the Chicago-based duo of Mako Sica--Brent Fuscaldo (electric bass, voice, harmonica & percussion) and Przemyslaw Krys Drazek (electric trumpet, electric guitar & mandolin)--again join with Tatsu Aoki on bass & shamisen and Thymme Jones on keyboards, trumpet, balloon & voice, subbing drummer Jacob Fawcett.


Grdina, Gordon / Jim Black: Martian Kitties [CASSETTE W/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31162
Catalog Code: AS152CAS
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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Thirteen succinct improvisations pitting Gordon Grdina's swinging middle-eastern flavors on the oud offset by gritty, experimental guitar work against drummer Jim Black's well-chosen and rock-solid grooves, an engaging album that shifts and explores a tremendous range of ideas and adventurous attitudes that span jazz, rock and experimental genres with ease.


Fielder, Alvin / David Dove / Jason Jackson / Damon Smith : The Very Cup of Trembling

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 31160
Catalog Code: AS162
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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Five inventive, lively and informed collective improvisations plus one brief interlude from the quartet of Alvin Fielder on drums, David Dove on trombone, Jason Jackson on tenor & baritone saxophones and Damon Smith on double bass, recording in Texas three years after their excellent From-To-From, with titles provided courtesy of poet and scholar Fred Moten.


Gustafsson, Mats / Joachim Nordwall: Shadows of Tomorrow b/w The Brain Produces Electrical Waves [7'' VINYL w/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 30474
Catalog Code: AS167
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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After their duo album A Map of Guilt and many albums together under various Fire! groupings, Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and electronic artist Joachim Nordwall face off again for a limited 7" single: two simmering dialogs, remarkable counterpunches of rumbling synthetics, instrumental noise, pulsating bass tones, heavy breath and terrifying innuendo!


Novik, Aaron: Grounded [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 30280
Catalog Code: AS159CS
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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During the lockdown of 2020 clarinetist and composer Aaron Novik recorded the sounds of clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabass clarinet, using those samples to create this 10-part composition, a work of active counterpoint and minimalist structures with a playful sense of humor, the character of the samples bringing forth both acoustic and electronic evocations.


Schlarb, Chris / Chad Taylor: Time No Changes [VINYL]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 30279
Catalog Code: AS169LP
Country: USA
 
Price: $19.95



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Chicago Underground Duo drummer Chad Taylor joins with West Coast guitarist, composer and studio head Chris Schlarb for five extended improvisations on drums, mbira, 6- and 12-string guitars, Moog synth & Hammond organ, the album recorded in a single session with each piece a spiritually warm and melodically expressive dialog of embraceable music.


Williams, Chris Ryan & Patrick Shiroishi: Sans Soleil [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 30278
Catalog Code: AS157CS
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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Interdisciplinary artist based between NYC and LA, Chris Ryan Williams, and Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist based in LA, Patrick Shiroishi, explore extremely open approaches to free improvisation, Williams primarily performing on brass instruments and Shiroishi on sax & reed instruments, with additional sources from synth, glockenspiel, and electric toothbrush.


Leonardi, Stefano / Antonio Bertoni: Viandes [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 30277
Catalog Code: AS158CS
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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Using unusual techniques and a collection of instruments that include the standard Western instruments of cello and flute, along with guembri, sulittu, dilli kaval, bass xun, launeddas (mancosedda, tumbu), plus the application of objects against strings, the Italian duo of Antonio Bertoni & Stefano Leonardi engage in seven remarkable and assertive improvised duos.


Vernacular (Caswell / Kulcsar / Washington): The Little Bird [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 30276
Catalog Code: AS160CS
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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Originally released in 2004 on CDR and only now properly released, the Cleveland trio of Lawrence Caswell (bass, vocals), Chris Kulcsar (drums, guitar) and R.A. Washington (trumpet, percussion) embraced the heart of free jazz and the concepts of freedom in bold and passionate improvisation and a scathing song, captured in two concerts at The Black Eye and Grog Shop.


Smith, Wadada Leo / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed: Sun Beans of Shimmering Light

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 30270
Catalog Code: AS166CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $13.95



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Brass, winds and percussion bring a beautiful dialog of spiritually rich improvsations from the trio of Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, Douglas Ewart on reeds & wind instruments, and Mike Reed on drums, recording in the studio in 2015 for five contemplative, often meditative, yet always bold dialogs that use spacious and free timing that showcases each player's masterful skills.


Thollem (w/ Alex Cline / Susan Alcorn): Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 30268
Catalog Code: AS153-08CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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In 2019 pianist Thollem McDonas toured the US -- 12 months and 25 albums worth of recordings -- joining collaborators from a vast spectrum of improvisers and performers, this album presenting two such recordings: one a duo with drummer/percussionist Alex Cline from a live concert in Santa Monica; the other a duo with guitarist Susan Alcorn recorded in Baltimore.


Cameron, Lisa / Sandy Ewen: See Creatures Too [2 CASSETTES]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 30267
Catalog Code: AS148CS
Country: USA
 
Price: $13.95



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From the depths of the deepest electroacoustic sea, the duo of Lisa Cameron on berimbauophone, percussion & devices and Sandy Ewen on guitar & devices release the second of their "Sea Creatures" series: two cassettes of dark aquatic audio, one recorded in the studio and the other during their 2019 Texas tour celebrating the release of the first album.


Kuzu (Dave Rempis / Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon): The Glass Delusion [VINYL]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 30265
Catalog Code: AS122LP
Country: USA
 
Price: $19.95



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A wild ride in two live performances, one at Elastic Arts in Chicago and the other at The Sugar Maple in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, both in 2018 from the Kuzu trio of Dave Rempis on alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, Tashi Dorji on guitar, and Tyler Damon on drums, evolving free improvisation that builds from introspective to full-on burning free jazz.


Mitchell, Roscoe & Mike Reed: The Ritual and The Dance

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 30016
Catalog Code: AS145CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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An ecstatic and intense album of saxophone and drum improvisation from the duo of AACM legend Roscoe Mitchel and drummer Mike Reed, also performing on electronics, the two Chicago mainstays performing at the Oorstof concert series Zuiderpershuis in Antwerp, Belgium in 2015 for an extended single improvisation of passionate and penetrating dialog.


Cymerman, Jeremiah / Charlie Looker: A Horizon Made of Canvas

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 30015
Catalog Code: AS144CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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A series of ominous duos on the dark side from NY improviser Jeremiah Cymerman on clarinets & pedals, and Charlie Looker (Extra Life, Psalm Zero) on guitars & piano, each of the five pieces exploring murky caverns of warmly bleak environments rendered through Looker's deep piano & guitar work, perforated by cracks of light through Cymerman's riffs & exclamations.


Cymerman, Jeremiah / Charlie Looker: A Horizon Made of Canvas [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 30014
Catalog Code: AS144CS
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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A series of ominous duos on the dark side from NY improviser Jeremiah Cymerman on clarinets & pedals, and Charlie Looker (Extra Life, Psalm Zero) on guitars & piano, each of the five pieces exploring murky caverns of warmly bleak environments rendered through Looker's deep piano & guitar work, perforated by cracks of light through Cymerman's riffs & exclamations.


Williams, Mars Presents: An Ayler Xmas Vol. 4: Chicago vs. NYC [VINYL]

Label: Astral Spirits / Soul What Records
Product Code: 29788
Catalog Code: AS154LP/SWR008_LP
Country: USA
 
Price: $18.95



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This year's An Ayler Xmas, the 4th in the series from saxophonist Mars Williams, expands to a double CD with recordings from two bands: Josh Berman, Jim Baker, Kent Kessler, Brian Sandstrom & Steve Hunt (Chicago); and Steve Swell, Hilliard Greene, Chris Corsano, Nels Cline & Fred Lonberg-Holm (NYC); in incredible free jazz mashups and bash-ups of Holiday favorites.


Williams, Mars Presents: An Ayler Xmas Vol. 4: Chicago vs. NYC [2 CDs]

Label: Astral Spirits / Soul What Records
Product Code: 29787
Catalog Code: AS154CD/SWR008_CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $17.95



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This year's An Ayler Xmas, the 4th in the series from saxophonist Mars Williams, expands to a double CD with recordings from two bands: Josh Berman, Jim Baker, Kent Kessler, Brian Sandstrom & Steve Hunt (Chicago); and Steve Swell, Hilliard Greene, Chris Corsano, Nels Cline & Fred Lonberg-Holm (NYC); in incredible free jazz mashups and bash-ups of Holiday favorites.


Stewart, Luke Exposure Quintet: [VINYL 2 LPs]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29700
Catalog Code: AS142LP
Country: USA
 
Price: $26.95



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Dave Rempis invited bassist & composer Luke Stewart to his Exposure Series at Elastic Arts in Chicago in 2018, assembling a band for Stewart with Edward Wilkerson & Ken Vandermark on reeds, Jim Baker on piano, and Avreeayl Ra on drums; Vandermark then invited the band back to his Option Series at Experimental Sound Studio; this double album presents recordings from both.


Pavone, J. String Ensemble: Lost and Found [CD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29696
Catalog Code: AS143CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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Jessica Pavones String Ensemble with Pavone and Abby Swidler on violas, and Erica Dicker and Angela Morris on violins, are recorded live at Firehouse 12 in a set of Pavone compositions combining traditional notation and improvisation, with a focus on sustained collaborative playing and the application of ideas exploring the healing potential of sonic vibrations.


Pavone, J. String Ensemble: Lost and Found [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29694
Catalog Code: AS143CS
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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Jessica Pavones String Ensemble with Pavone and Abby Swidler on violas, and Erica Dicker and Angela Morris on violins, are recorded live at Firehouse 12 in a set of Pavone compositions combining traditional notation and improvisation, with a focus on sustained collaborative playing and the application of ideas exploring the healing potential of sonic vibrations.


Jackson / Baker / Kirshner: So Glossy and So Thin [CASSETTE W/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29691
Catalog Code: AS129CS
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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The second release for the Chicago trio of Keefe Jackson on tenor & sopranino saxophones, Jim Baker on piano & synthesizer, and Julian Kirshner on drums, following their 2016 album The Noisy Miner, are heard in two performances a year apart at the Hungry Brain, each an extended exploration of remarkably compatible, creative and uniquely lyrical collective collaboration.av


Bishop, Jeb Centrifugal Trio: [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29689
Catalog Code: AS147CS
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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A live recording from zentri-fuge in Berlin, led by trombonist Jeb Bishop, with Milan bassist Antonio Borghini (Mike Patton's Mondo Cane) and German drummer Michael Griener (Carl-Ludwig Hübsch' Primordial Soup), in a collective set of free and energetic improvisations, five pieces that "Jounce", "Jitter", "Plumb" and "Dither" through an exciting and expressive concert.


Laurenzi, Dustin Snaketime: Behold [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29442
Catalog Code: AS141
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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Originally planned for release in conjunction with their appearance at the 2020 Pitchfork Festival, saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi's Snaketime Octet celebrates the theoretical 104th birthday of eccentric NY composer Moondog with 4 tracks intended for his 2019 Snaketime album, performed with Jason Stein, Nick Mazzarella, Chad McCullough, two drummers and bass.


Seabrook, Brandon (w/ Cooper-Moore / Gerald Cleaver): Exultations

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29286
Catalog Code: AS132CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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The title aptly describes the intense excitement and exhilaration of NY guitarist Brandon Seabrook's second trio album on Astral Spirits, performed with rhythm giants Cooper-Moore on Diddley Bow (a single-string bass) and free jazz drum legend Gerald Cleaver, the two creating a percolating interactive foundation for Seabrooks powerfully expressive and investigative playing.


Seabrook, Brandon (w/ Cooper-Moore / Gerald Cleaver): Exultations [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29285
Catalog Code: AS132CS
Country: USA
 
Price: $7.95



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The title aptly describes the intense excitement and exhilaration of NY guitarist Brandon Seabrook's second trio album on Astral Spirits, performed with rhythm giants Cooper-Moore on Diddley Bow (a single-string bass) and free jazz drum legend Gerald Cleaver, the two creating a percolating interactive foundation for Seabrooks powerfully expressive and investigative playing.


Kirchner, Quin: The Shadows and The Light [2 CDs]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29284
Catalog Code: AS135/STR004_CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $15.95



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Recorded over 2 days in a Chicago studio in configurations from duos to an octet, drummer Quin Kirchner provides the compositions on this double CD for 11 pieces, alongside works by Frank Foster, Phil Cohran, Sun Ra & Carla Bley, presented as a story or a journey of differing styles and forms, made cohesive by Kirchner's remarkable drumming and coherently diverse interests.


Kirchner, Quin: The Shadows and The Light [VINYL 2 LPs]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29283
Catalog Code: AS135/STR004_LP
Country: USA
 
Price: $29.95



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Recorded over 2 days in a Chicago studio in configurations from duos to an octet, drummer Quin Kirchner provides the compositions on this double LP for 11 pieces, alongside works by Frank Foster, Phil Cohran, Sun Ra & Carla Bley, presented as a story or a journey of differing styles and forms, made cohesive by Kirchner's remarkable drumming and coherently diverse interests.


Icepick (Nate Wooley / Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten / Chris Corsano): Hellraiser [VINYL]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29282
Catalog Code: AS104/MF208
Country: USA
 
Price: $15.95



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The 3rd album from the improvising trio of Nate Wooley on trumpet, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Chris Corsano on drums, is a live recording at the 2018 Experimental Sound Studio's Option Series, a smoldering session of collective improvisation that builds tension through impressive rhythmic texture and releases it in cathartic and passionate passages.


Evangelista, Karl (w/ Alexander Hawkins / Louis Moholo-Moholo / Trevor Watts): Apura! [2 CDs]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29233
Catalog Code: AS130CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $15.95



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Filipino guitarist Karl Evangelista translates the name of the seminal South African sextet Chris McGregor Group's album "Very Urgent" to the tagalog equivalent--"Apura!"-- recording in London with McGregor group drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo and kindred soul Trevor Watts on saxophones, plus luminary pianist Alexander Hawkins, for a sophisticated album of exemplary collective improv.


Crazy Doberman: Illusory Expansion [VINYL]

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29229
Catalog Code: AS099LP
Country: USA
 
Price: $19.95



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With core members Drew Davis, Tim Gick, and John Olsen (Wolf Eyes), the wonderfully eclectic ensemble on each Crazy Doberman album shifts as they introduce musicians who can express the experimental improv structures required for each project, blurring genres and using whatever tools necessary to move from abstract to high intensity motion; a sublimely eccentric big band.


Cunningham, Alex / Claire Rousay: Specifically The Water

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29226
Catalog Code: AS123CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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A wide range of approach and style in the debut duo recording from Alex Cunningham (violin) and Claire Rousay (percussion), a free affair of expressive and well-matched interaction, from effusively sophisticated rapport to pointillist dexterity and drive, from moments of intense introspection to cantankerous conversation, a fascinating and unpredictable dialog.


Rumback, Charles: June Holiday

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29225
Catalog Code: AS111CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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A soulful and lyrically passionate album of modern jazz from Chicago drummer Charles Rumback in a trio with pianist Jim Baker and bassist John Tate, their third album together, with all three bringing compositions to the session, yielding a sensitive, understated yet impeccable balance of melodic music that reveals great strength at its center.


Chicago Underground Quartet: Good Days

Label: Astral Spirits
Product Code: 29224
Catalog Code: AS125CD
Country: USA
 
Price: $11.95



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19 years after the last Chicago Underground Quartet album, this session with Rob Mazurek on piccolo trumpet, electronics & bells, Jeff Parker on electric guitar, and Chad Taylor on drums, percussion and newcomer Josh Johnson on synth bass & keys is a warm reunion, with individual compositions from Taylor, Mazurek & Parker, and two solo pieces by Mazurek and Taylor.