The 1st of two 3" CDs recorded by the Amalgamated quarter before a live audience at short-lived La Salle, Illinois music venue The Spark in November, 2007, reworked into detailed, lush, and strange electronic/industrial/noise/ambient constructions.
The 2nd of two 3" CDs formed out of material recorded by the Amalgamated quarter before a live audience at short-lived La Salle, Illinois music venue The Spark in November, 2007, edgier and more complex than the 1st release.
The duo of long-time collaborators guitarist Bill Frisell and drummer Joey Baron, two of Downtown NY's finest players, performing 9 tracks of original numbers and work by Sam Cooke, Ray Noble, Ron Carter, and Charlie Parker.
First reissue of this 1986 Agaric label LP release presenting the Borbetomagus trio of saxophonists Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich with guitarist Donald Miller performing their cathartic form of free improvisation live in Zurich, Switzerland.
Sweden's Skogen returns with a beautiful work for chamber ensemble with Magnus Granberg, Angharad Davies, Toshimaru Nakamura, Ko Ishikawa, Anna Lindal, Henrik Olsson, Petter wastberg and Erik Carlsson, interpreting a piece by Anders Dahl using a 12 tone system.
Double bassist Mark Dresser's first Quintet album in almost 20 years, innovative modern jazz from the impressive ensemble of Rudresh Mahanthappa (saxophone), Michael Dessen (trombone), Denman Maroney (hyperpiano), and Tom Rainey or Michael Sarin (drums).
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.
The 2nd CD of Romanian electroacoustic composer Iancu Dumitrescu & Ana-Maria Avram's performance with the Contemporary Music Ensemble Israel conducted by both composers, with special guest Stephen O'Malley on guitar.
Two works each from composers Iancu Dumitrescu and Ana-Maria Avram from a 2009 concert at Jerwood Hall as part of the LSO St Luke's London Festival Spectrum XXI, presenting 4 works, two using computer accompaniment, in ensembles including soloist Rane Moore and Tim Hodgkinson.
Taking song titles from the Arawak language, the Estamos Trio of Thollem McDonas (piano), Milo Tamez (drums) and Carmina Escobar (voice & electronics) brings together artists from the Mexican/U.S. border, creating beautiful creative works.
"Zwirn" means "twine" in German, an apt description of the interweaving sound that double bassists Daniel Studer and Peter Frey play together, in 7 freely improvised works of unusual technique and new musical structures.
Cory Bengtsen's (aka Gushing Cloud) first full length is an album of melodic electronics and guitar, collaborating on tracks with Cheer-Accident's Thymme Jones, Dog Hallucination's D. Petri, and Lovely Little Girls' Alex Perkolup.
Presenting compositions from all three players, the NY-based trio of Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Mary Halvorson (guitar) & Matt Wilson (drums) this exceptional trio play a stripped down, rocking blend of free form improvisation.
The Chicago electroacoustic quartet of saxophonist, sine tone & harmonium player Boris Hauff, drummer/electronicist Steven Hess, and reedist Keefe Jackson, recording in the studio 3 freely improvised pieces that build in intensity as the album develops.
The electroacoustic quartet of Christof Kurzmann (electronics), Devin Hoff (bass), Ken Vandermark (reeds) and Tim Daisy (drums) performing live in Lisbon, an innovative and significant band developing new languages for improvisation.
With 23 minutes of additional music, this reissues and painstakingly restores the original masters from this 1978 Ogun release featuring Chris McGregor's UK/South African band with Mike Osborne, Dudu Pukwana, Louis Moholo, Evan Parker, &c.
Joe McPhee recorded this smoking album in 1970, performing live at Vassar College Urban Center for Black Studies with Mike Kull (piano), Tyrone Crabb (bass), Bruce Thompson (percussion) and Ernest Bostic (percussion).
A distinctive solo album from legendary New York saxophonist and pocket trumpeter Joe McPhee, playing two extended solo improvisations, one dedicated to the late trumpeter Don Cherry, and one to innovative saxophonist Ornette Coleman.
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.
Electroacoustic improvisation from the trio of Fabio Martini (clarinets, electroncis), Andrea Reali (voice, electronics) and Danilo Sala (drums, percussion & objects), unusual and sometimes absurdist dialog from three skilled innovators.
Solo work recorded between 1992 & 2012 from Portugese electric guitarist Nuno Rebelo, using unusual techniques and approaches to render a wide and fascinating palette of sound and captivating playing styles.
A soft blending of Ernesto Rodrigues' viola, Radu Malfatti's trombone, and Ricardo Guerreiro's fragile sine waves and computerized hums over two patiently restrained, extended works of rich subtlety and gesture.
Orchestrated from strings, piano, percussives, laptop & objects, this quintet creates a complex collective voice from high- and low-frequency drones, dissonant long string tones, slow piano chords, metallic sounds, and rich electronics.
Two tracks from two groupings, anchored by Ernesto Rodrigues on viola and Jonathan Sielaff on bass clarinet, paired first with Vic Rawlings on cello & electronics and Leif Sundstrom on electronics; then with Gust Burns on piano and Manuel Mota on electric guitar.
The trio of Australian violinist Jon Rose, UK electronics artist Richard Barrett, and bassist Meinrad Kneer, in an album of free electro-acoustic improv taking it's 11 tracks titles from the Greek name for rosin.
Christoph Schiller's first solo work for spinet, amplified objects and piano, using a simple but brilliant structure which combines improvised pieces in a unique chain-like pattern of repetition and development.
The trio of guitarist Elliott Sharp, bassist Melvin Gibbs, & drummer Lucas Niggli met for the first time to perform live at The Stone, NYC during the two week 2012 Intakt Festival, recording this scorching album in the studio the next day.
Avant jazz trumpeter and flugelhornist Susana Santos Silva and double bassist Torbjorn Zetterberg performing a set of introspective and explorative duos using impressive technique in a creative and riveting dialog.
1967 recordings from the duo of John Stevens (percussion) and Evan Parker (soprano & tenor sax), plus Peter Kowald making the group a trio on two tracks; seminal work from three incredibly influential players.
Two drummers - Jim Black & Paul Lytton - and two trumpeters - Nate Wooley & Peter Evans - came together at the 53rd Ljubljana Jazz Festival to record these extended improvisations, demonstrating the phenomenal skill and compatibility of these outstanding players.
Surprisingly after long partnerships with Peter Brotzmann's Tentet and the saxophone trio Sonore, this is the first time that Ken Vandermark & Mats Gustafsson have recorded as a duo, here in 6 incredible improvisations balancing technique, power, and beauty.
An excellent quartet of UK and European improvisers recording at Gateway Studio, London in 1997, a set of 8 intriguing recordings emphasizing the acoustics end of free improvisation with accented electronic interventions.
Pianist Eri Yamamoto's trio with bassist David Ambrosio and drummer Ikuo Takeuchi in a set of emotional and beautiful original works, surprisingly her first-ever live album, recorded at Klavierhaus, in NYC, 2012.
Using mostly unprocessed electric guitars, the duo of Elliott Sharp and Scott Fields' latest release presents eight dueling guitar works using dynamic, angular tones and textures, from extremely aggressive work to clean avant-jazz with twisted technical intent.
An improvised concert at Les Instantes Chavires near Paris in 2011, the last outing of the duo of saxophonist Lol Coxhill and trumpter Michel Doneda, two fine improvisers at the top of their respective abilities.
A masterful fountain of melodic ideas, intriguing rhythms, and exceptional technical skill from the duo of Hamid Drake on drums and frame drum, and Sylvain Kassap on clarinets and chalumeau, recording live at the France Musique at Studio Theatre d’Alfortville and in the studio.
A live performance at Judson Church in Manhattan as part of the 20th Vision Festival from the NY/France free improvising trio of Joelle Leandre on double bass, Mat Maneri on viola, and Gerald Cleaver on drums and percussion, two tracks of steadily building, incredibly compatible dialog.
Roman philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus named "Clinamen" the unpredictable (in time and space) swerve of atoms falling in the void, which aptly describes the unexpected directions taken in subtle free improvisation from this French trio, led by bassist Louis-Michel Marion, with Jacques Di Donato on clarinet, and Philippe Berger on viola.
The Swedish duo of percussionist Andreas Pollak and prepared pianist Johan Graden (Adam & Alma) in an album of references and innuendo, clandestine and furtive sounds that evoke great mystery and drama in beautifully shaped sound; evocative music that deceives to emerge from the electronic realm while in actuality coming from all acoustic sources.
The second volume of the project heard in the previous Creative Sources album, "Suspensao", here in a 9-piece electroacoust ensemble with viola, cello, doublebass, alto sax, trombone, piano, electric guitar, computer and percussion, suspenseful lowercase music that unfolds in mysterious, beautiful and rewarding ways.
Live recordings at LOFT in Cologne, Germany from the trio of George Wissel on prepared saxophone, Achim Tang on doublebass, and Simon Camatta on drums & percussion, performing seven "Movements" that use prodigious technique with reserve and direction, revealing the structure of their work as the pieces build and recede in fascinating ways.
The first spoken word LP by author, music journalist, poet, and head of Ecstatic Yod Records, Byron Coley, talking about underground cultural history in verse on Side A, and reading from his forthcoming novel, "Dominoes" on the B Side.
The intense lowercase trio of Creative Source label leader Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, percussionist Christian Wolfarth on cymbals, and Ricardo Guerreiro on interactive computer performing the 6 part "All About Mimi" in the studio.
The Para trio with hornist Elena Kakaliagou, pianist Ingrid Schmoliner, and bassist/composer Thomas Skempowski contains within itself both composed and improvised musics, here in 8 pieces of exceptional and well-paced dramatic work.
A quirky and ingenious duo from two saxophonists using extended techniques: Alipio C. Neto on soprano sax and Thelmo Cristovam on C-melody sax, using the reeds, body and breath to create an unusual and uncommon dialog.
Unique approaches to modern jazz from NY trumpeter Nate Wooley's Sextet with Josh Sinton (reeds), Matt Moran (vibes), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Dan Peck (tuba) and Harris Eisenstadt (drums), extraordinary music from exceptional players.
Having previously worked together with Joe McPhee and Kent Kessler, this album distills the Portuguese saxophonist Rodrigo Amado and NY drummer/percussionist Chris Corsano to a concentrated sax and drum duo of earnest and edgy playing, bending jazz, free and blues idioms to their will with magnificent technique and power, both clearly elated in their meeting.
Recorded live at Silence Sounds in Guelph Canada, the duo of Xavier Charles on clarinet and Eric Normand on electric bass & objects eschew idiom in favor of their unique natural language on their instruments, applying patient development of truly idiosyncratic and fascinating command through a single extended work punctuated in seven diverse passages.
From 2008-16 until drummer Frank Rosaly moved to Amsterdam, alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella's Trio was an active part of Chicago's creative jazz scene; in early 2018 Rosaly returned for a visit and Mazzarella composed a suite of 6 new pieces to commemorate the trio's tenth anniversary, the exuberant result this excellent concert recorded at Co-Prosperity Sphere!
A beautiful solo set of 12 improvisations, Michael Attias performing on alto sax with his left hand and piano with his right, captured in the natural reverberation of La Maison en Bois in Abeville-La-Riviere, France; surprisingly his 1st solo album, developed over 12 years yet played in under an hour with no retakes, a wonderful nuanced reflection in tone, melody & color.
A beautifully hypnotic album of saxophone, accompanied by Pan-Ney, Shruti Box and Organ, recorded in overdubs by composer/wind player Werner Durand in this 2nd chapter of his trilogy focused on the Pan-Ney, a self-built instrument for repetitive foundations, as Durand draws on elements of nature, mythology, dance, religion, literature and folklore.