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Clifford Thornton / Arthur Jones Trio :
Ketchaoua / Scorpio (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Two powerfully intense 1969 free jazz recordings by American ex-patriots, saxophonist Arthur Jones and cornetist Clifford Thornton, recorded days apart in the same studio and released on BYG Records, Jones the connection with his own trio, and joining Thornton for four uniquely configured sessions that include Archie Shepp, Grachan Moncur III, Dave Burrell, and Sunny Murray. ... Click to View


Wayne Shorter:
Adams Apple To Super Nova Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Following the evolution in form and approach from composer and tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter from his 1966 Blue Note album Adam's Apple with Hancock, Workman and Chambers (including a pre-Miles "Footprints") to the 1969 Weather Report precursor Super Nova with John McLaughlin, Sonny Sharock, Miroslav Vitous, Chick Corea, and Jack DeJohnette. ... Click to View


Satoko Fujii:
Torrent (Piano Solo) (Libra)

The ninth solo album from pianist Satoko Fujii, the most recent in a "torrent" of solo releases over the last six years, this album a remarkable display of force and beauty in improvised playing on the keyboard and inside the piano, captured live at IYO Yume Mari Kan Bunka Hall in six improvisations of cascading notes and introspective passages; spectacular! ... Click to View


Peggy Lee Band:
A Giving Way (Songlines)

Rich in lyrical playing and creative freedom, Vancouver cellist Peggy Lee's 6th album expands on her goal to explore different strategies for improvisation within composition, featuring the unique voices of her ensemble including Brad Turner (trumpet), Jon Bentley (sax), Jeremy Berkman (trombone), Ron Samworth & Tony Wilson (guitars), Andre Lachance (bass) and Dylan van der Schyff (drums). ... Click to View


Natural Information Society Community Ensemble:
Since Time Is Gravity [VINYL 2 LPs] (Eremite)

Expanding the rhythmically exuberant Natural Information Society led by Chicago bassist & guimbri player Joshua Abrams with core members Lisa Alvarado (harmonium), Mikel Patrick Avery (drums) & Jason Stein (bass clarinet), are Hamid Drake (percussion), Josh Berman & Ben Lamar Gay (cornets), Nick Mazzarella & Mai Sugimoto (alto sax & flute), Kara Bershad (harp) and Ari Brown (sax). ... Click to View


Pere Ubu:
Trouble On Big Beat Street (Cherry Red)

The 19th Pere Ubu album brings members from the history and offshoots of the band that initiated in Cleveland with vocalist David Thomas, melded with members Keith Moline and Andy Diagram from Pale Boys, legendary drummer Chris Cutler (Wooden Birds & Pere Ubu), clarinetist & guitarist Alex Ward and bassist Michel Templem for 17 wide-ranging songs, often bizarre but always uniquely Ubu. ... Click to View


Elijah McLaughlin Ensemble:
III [VINYL w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

The third album in Chicago 6- & 12-string guitarist Elijah McLaughlin's numbered album series of original compositions, rich flowing works of lyrical textures augmented with environmental field recordings and tape loops, performed with Jason Toth on upright bass, Katinka Kleijn on cello, effects, Joel Styzens on hammered Dulcimer and Adler Scheidt on piano. ... Click to View


Chris Williams Quintet (w/ Patrick Shiroishi / Joshua White / Eric Revis / Guillermo Brown):
Live [CASSETTE] (Astral Spirits)

Trumpeter Chris Williams in a limited white label cassette release of a post-processed/collaged live concert at Blue Whale in Los Angeles, 2018, performing on trumpet & electronics with a quintet of incredible free players: Patrick Shiroishi on saxophones & objects, Joshua White on piano, Eric Revis on acoustic bass & electronics and Guillermo Brown on drums & electronics. ... Click to View


Mike Pride:
I Hate Work [ORANGE VINYL 2xLP] (Rarenoise Records)

A warmly lyrical, mostly instrumental album of modern jazz that surprisingly takes it's title from legendary punk band MDC, and its songs from their 1982 debut album Millions of Dead Cops, led by NY drummer Mike Pride and performed with Jamie Saft (keys), Brad Jones (bass), Mick Bar (guitars) and on a few songs, vocalists JG Thirlwell (Foetus), Sam Mickens (The Dead Science) and Dave Dictor from MDC itself. ... Click to View


Three-Layer Cake (Mike Pride / Mike Watt / Brandon Seabrook):
Stove-Top [GREEN VINYL] (Rarenoise Records)

Circumventing pandemic lockdowns, the trio of Brandon Seabrook on guitar, banjo & tapes, Mike Pride on drums, marimba, glockenspiel, bells & organ and Mike Watt on bass recorded their contributions in separate studios and file-shared to create this genre-merging album of free improv, rock, experimental and inexplicable forms; an inspired and seriously unique album of challenges overcome. ... Click to View


Marion Brown Quartet:
Mary Ann (Live In Bremen 1969) [2 CDs] (Moosicus)

A beautifully recorded session at Germany's Club Lila Eule for Radio Bremen from 1969 by the Marion Brown Quartet, his touring band at the time with AACM legendary drummer Steve McCall and German double bassist Siggi Busch and trombonist Ed Kröger, performing eight solid free jazz pieces including "Ode to Coltrane" and "Juba Lee"; a spectacular addition to Brown's discography. ... Click to View


Chris Cochrane / John Thayer:
Excavation [VINYL] (Astral Editions)

The core duo of guitarist & bassist Chris Cochrane (No Safety) and drummer & electronics artist John Thayer dig deep into a bag of aural tricks in eight compelling tracks that blur rock, jazz and experimental approaches to upbeat rhythmic music, assisted on various pieces by an excellent cast including Zeena Parkins, Graham Haynes, Gelsey Bell, and Kato Hideki. ... Click to View


KVL (Quin Kirchner / Daniel Van Duerm / Matthew Lux):
Volume 2 [VINYL w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Exploring the crossing point of jazz and funky electro-beats, experimental electronics and dub grooves, the Chicago trio of Quin Kirchner on drums, percussion, sampler & electronics, Daniel Van Duerm on acoustic & electric pianos, organ, mellotron & electronics and Matthew Lux on bass & electronics dig more deeply into their engaging and upbeat approach to modern forms of fusion improv. ... Click to View


David Lord:
Forest Standards, Volume 3 [VINYL] (Big Ego / Astral Spirits)

The third volume in West Coast/Montreal/Kansas guitarist David Lord's series exploring the concept of what makes a jazz standard, in ten beautifully warm and lyrically rich Lord compositions performed with Chad Taylor on drums & percussion, Christine Tavolacci on flute, David Tranchina on double bass and Nathan Hubbard on vibraphone, marimba & percussion. ... Click to View


Xavier Charles / Eric Normand:
Balises [VINYL] (Tour de Bras / Ramble)

Seven forays into dark experimental electroacoustic improvisation from electric bassist and Tour de Bras label-leader Éric Normand and French clarinetist Xavier Charles, leveraging unlikely techniques on both instruments, eight dialogs both assertive and cautiously mysterious, employing harmonic overtones, remarkable reed techniques, and rich electronic foundations. ... Click to View


Gerrit Hatcher:
Solo Five (Kettle Hole Records)

An intimate set of solo expressions from Chicago tenor saxophonist and Kettle Hole label-leader Gerrit Hatcher, seven improvisations recorded in the studio that bring together the soloist's interests in free jazz, lyrical playing and intricate technical passages on the sax, infused with a sense of whimsy alongside serious concentrative playing. ... Click to View


Guilherme Rodrigues :
Acoustic Reverb (Creative Sources)

58 Compositions for Cello as part of a sound investigation process from Portuguese cellist based in Berlin, Guilherme Rodrigues, recording in 11 locations with interesting resonant properties, capturing several brief improvisations at each space, the architecture, delay, decay, and interaction affecting his approach and the sonic response to his playing. ... Click to View


Guro Skumsnes Moe / Philippe Petit:
Guro Skumsnes Moe & Philippe Petit (Public Eyesore)

Bringing together two noise improvisers and experimenters, Guro Skumsnes Moe from Sult and MoE performing on octabass & electric bass, and Philippe Petit (who has albums on Aural Terrains, Monotype and Bolt) performing on synthesizer and turntables, both also providing vocal utterance, for two thick journeys of twisted, diverse and often deep sonics bridged by an abstract interlude. ... Click to View


Jeff Surak:
Eris I Dysnomia [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Eh?)

Washington DC-area sound artist and Zeromoon label-leader Jeff Surak, creating audio environments since the 80's home taping days, in a set of sound recordings of electro-acoustic drones, tape generated musique concrete, "plus a heavy dose of weirdness"; five tracks of diverse approaches to sonic experimentation, particularly the epic "Parasite Lost". ... Click to View


Playbackers (Silbert / Foam / Young):
Playbackers Record [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Tripticks Tapes)

Recording to 4 track cassette, this unusual and experimental Boston-area trio of active sound artists--Stella Silbert, Arkm Foam and Neil 'Cloaca' Young--improvise over abstract territory using turntables, a no-input mixer, objects, an open reel tape machine, contact mics, and cassette players, emerging with equally tongue-in-cheek and serious aural interactions. ... Click to View


Chad Taylor Trio (feat. Brian Settles / Neil Podgurski):
The Reel (Astral Spirits)

The 2nd album as a leader from NY drummer's Chad Taylor's Trio with long-time collaborators and friends, saxophonist Brian Settles and pianist Neil Podgurski, in nine diverse compositions with contributions from all three players along with two works from late pianist Andrew Hill; a wonderfully balanced album of creative jazz, from meditative to joyfully upbeat and rhythmically compelling. ... Click to View


The Remote Viewers :
This Strange Place (Remote Viewers)

Continuing the sense of film noir and consummate conceptual compositions, Dave Pett's Remote Viewers ensemble of four saxophones--Adrian Northover, Sue Lynch, Caroline Kraabel & David Petts--and the powerful and often drum-like double bass of John Edwards, continue their journey in this strange place with 10 new solidly crepuscular and complex works. ... Click to View


Allen Lowe And The Constant Sorrow Orchestra:
In the Dark [3 CDs] (ESP Disk)

After suffering and recovering from cancer surgery for a tumor in his sinus, the darkest period of despair in NY-area tenor saxophonist Allen Lowe's life, he turned to composition of new jazz works, finding that the music poured out of him, as heard in this set of lyrical and sophisticated original compositions performed with his aptly named ensemble: The Constant Sorrow Orchestra. ... Click to View


Mario Costa (w/ Cuong Vu / Benoit Delbecq / Bruno Chevillon):
Chromosome (Clean Feed)

Titled for Portuguese drummer Mario Costa's disciplined approach to composition and the DNA-like consideration of his band members--Cuong Vu on trumpet, Benoit Delbecq on piano, synths & samplers and Bruno Chevillon on double bass--this 2nd release as a leader shows Costa advancing his ideas through nine rigorously composed original works, impeccably realized by this outstanding band. ... Click to View


Allochtone:
Plait-il? (Tour de Bras)

Organized by Miriodor drummer & composer Remi Leclerc, this experimental group features Canadian & European improvisers in a creative session with a sense of novelty and humor, from Pianist Andre Pelletier (Saint-Pascal), accordionist Robin Servant and guitarist Olivier D'Amours (Rimouski), bassist Alexandre Dubuc (Montreal) and saxophonist Cathy Heyden (Paris). ... Click to View


Rupp / Brand:
Myotis Myotis (Creative Sources)

Each track in this beautiful pairing of strings through cello and electric guitar is named after nature, the title referencing a brown-eared bat, as the Berlin duo of guitarist Olaf Rupp and cellist Ulrike Brand intertwine in an unhurried series of dialog that prioritize natural fluidity, reflecting the confidence that nearly ten years working together has imbued to their improvisations. ... Click to View


Eliane Radigue:
Naldjorlak [2 CDs] (Saltern)

A live recording in 2020 at AXART in Los Angeles of Eliane Radigue's first acoustic composition, investigating the physical properties of resonating bodies and dynamic systems, composed in 2005 in collaboration with West Coast cellist Charles Curtis, who also performed on the original 2006 recording at Rglise de Notre-Dame de Bon Secours in Paris that is included in this 2-CD set. ... Click to View


Toshimaru Nakamura :
No Input Mixing Board 11 - Live In Tokyo (Input Error)

Four live recordings from Tokyo performances during 2021 & 2022 by No-Input Mixing Board performer Toshimaru Nakamura, the 11th in his series of albums featuring his unique approach to cross-wiring a mixer to harness the unexpected (and manufacturer's ill-advised) sounds of feedback & distortion, structuring the results into surprising and riveting sonic soundscapes. ... Click to View


Erick d'Orion / Martin Tetreault:
Vigiles (Tour de Bras)

Part of a 2022 creative residency at the Abbey of Saint-Benoît-Labre, in Beauce at the invitation of the organization EXEcentrer, this duo recording captures the September concert of two magnificent Montreal sound artists: Érick d'Orion performing on electronics & synthesizers, and Martin Tétreault on turntables, vinyl records & synthesizer. ... Click to View


Aki Onda:
Brisbane September 25 2004 (CASSETTE) (Room40)

As part of a 2004 performance series at Fabrique in Brisbane, Australia, Lawrence English invited experimental cassette and field recording artrist Aki Onda to present his unique approach to reusing and rupturing recordings using cassettes, Walkmans, delay pedals and fender twin amps, improvising this extended work & its coda, blurring concrete and inexplicable sources in remarkable ways. ... Click to View



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  Don Cherry 
  Complete Communion & Symphony For Improvisers - Revisited  
  (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd) 


  
   review by John Eyles
  2022-03-15
Don Cherry: Complete Communion & Symphony For Improvisers - Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

This one-disc album consists of Don Cherry's first two Blue Note releases, Complete Communion (1966) and Symphony for Improvisers (1967). The two together have a running time just under eighty minutes and were fitted onto a single CD by shortening the pauses between tracks. The tracks here are those from the original releases without any 'bonus tracks' as some re-releases feature. The album's remastered sound is first rate, with the basses in particular sounding better than on the Blue Note releases. Both original albums were recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, the first on Christmas Eve 1965, the second on September 19th 1966. On Complete Communion, Cherry's cornet was joined by Gato Barbieri on tenor saxophone, Henry Grimes on bass and Ed Blackwell on drums; for Symphony for Improvisers that quartet was expanded to a septet by Pharaoh Sanders on tenor saxophone or piccolo, Karl Berger on vibes or piano, and French bassist J. F. Jenny-Clark; yes, two tenor saxophonists and two bassists...

The album's four tracks were all composed by Cherry; each of them was originally one side of an LP, running for about twenty minutes. Although each track is sub-divided into four sections, there are no gaps between them and the transition from one to the next is subtle and virtually indistinguishable. Inevitably, given the differences between their ensembles, the two albums sound and feel very different. On Complete Communion, Cherry and Barbieri dominate and feed off one another, sometimes taking turns to solo, at other times soloing together or trading phrases in a call-and-response dialogue. Throughout, Grimes and Blackwell give a near-perfect performance which shapes and underpins the pieces, allowing the horns the freedom to roam far and wide. Although each of them is allowed space for their own solos, together Grimes and Blackwell are heard at their best. Perhaps the greatest compliment that can be paid to Complete Communion is that it does not sound composed even though it had to be improvised music was never this free and tight.

In improvised music, there is a tipping point between small groups in which all the members can improvise together and larger groupings which require some organising principle to avoid anarchy or cacophony. In moving from the quartet to the septet of Symphony For Improvisers, Cherry seems to have been aware of that tipping point and taken steps to avoid it. Rather than the symphony suggested by the album title, Cherry's music more closely resembles the common jazz format of head plus solos, giving the music more structure than that on the quartet album and so avoiding the risk of chaos. As a result, the seven never get in each other's way or overload the listener. As on the quartet album, Blackwell and Grimes now plus Jenny-Clark do a commendable job without drawing particular attention to themselves. When the time is right, everyone gets to solo, with Cherry and the saxes being particularly noteworthy. Taken as a whole, this album will surely appeal to fans of Cherry's other work and to lovers of '60's free jazz in general.



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