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  February 2015
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Chrysakis, Thanos / Chris Cundy / James O'Sullivan: Asphodels Abide Chrysakis, Thanos / Chris Cundy / James O'Sullivan:
Asphodels Abide

(Aural Terrains -- Greece/UK )

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Sophisticated and interactive electroacoustic improvisation from the trio of Chris Cundy on bass clarinet, James O'Sullivan on guitar, and Aural Terrains label leader Thanos Chrysakis on laptop, synth and radio, performing the six part "Asphodels Abide".

Daniel, Sylvain / Gregoire Galichet / Matthieu Metzger: Killing Spree Daniel, Sylvain / Gregoire Galichet / Matthieu Metzger:
Killing Spree

(Ayler -- France )

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Saxophonist Matthieu Metzger takes us on the dark side in a "Killing Spree" with electric bassist Sylvain Daniel and drummer Gregoire Galichet, 9 pieces of demanding improvisation that share a Naked City or Court of the Crimson King energy fueled by awesome technical prowess.

Dollshot: Dollshot Dollshot:
Dollshot

(Underwolf -- USA )

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An unusual and thickly strung album bridging dark rock and improvised music from saxophonist Noah Kaplan, bassist and prepared bassis Giacomo Merega, bassist and prepared painist Wes Matthews, and vocalist Rosalie Kaplan.

Earnear: earNear Earnear:
earNear

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )

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Intricate interactions in free improv from the Portugese trio of violist Joao Camoes, cellist Miguel Mira (Open Field String Trio, Nuovo Camerata), and pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro (Red Trio), focused on the balance between contrasting counterpoint, polyrhythms and fluid soundscapes.

Lauzier, Philippe  / Eric Normand: Not the Music / do Lauzier, Philippe / Eric Normand:
Not the Music / do

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )

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The Canadian duo of reedist Philippe Lauzier and bassist Eric Normand freely improvise in sound environments that are both introspective and precarious, using subtle and aberrant approaches to playing that evoke unusual aspects of their instruments in oddly refined dialog.

Machinefabriek: Loos Machinefabriek:
Loos

(self-released -- Netherlands )

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A live performance at Ephemere, Studio Loos in The Netherlands from Rutger Zuydervelt, AKA Machinefabriek, in a set that mixes his sources with recordings from the room, creating a dynamic and vibrant recording that ranges from subtle near-silence to thick electronic excitement.

Ulher, Birgit / Leonel Kaplan: Stereo Trumpet Ulher, Birgit / Leonel Kaplan:
Stereo Trumpet

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Recordings of two German trumpeters--Birgit Uhler and Leonel Kaplan--both using extended techniques and modern instrumental language, splitting their recordings between the left and right channels for clarity in their fascinating and unconventional dialogs.

Wooley, Nate (w/ Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier & Matt Moran): Battle Pieces Wooley, Nate (w/ Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier & Matt Moran):
Battle Pieces

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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"Battle Pieces" was conceived as a background for an improviser, using linguistics, tape processes & aleatoric concepts to fashion an ever-shifting composition that supplies the soloist with information within the context of an ever-changing series of densities, velocities and silences.

Cosottini / Melani / Miano / Pisani: Cardinal Cosottini / Melani / Miano / Pisani:
Cardinal

(Impressus Records -- USA )

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The quartet of Cosottini, Melano, Pisani, Miano (EAQuartet Electroacoustic) in compositions referring to the 4 cardinal map points using graphic scores, games, open readings, &c.

Eisenstadt, Harris (w/ Moore, Schoenbeck, Dresser): Golden State II Eisenstadt, Harris (w/ Moore, Schoenbeck, Dresser):
Golden State II

(Songlines -- USA )

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Live recordings at the 2014 Vancouver International Jazz Festival from drummer Harris Eisenstadt's excellent and lyrical Golden State chamber jazz ensemble, here as a quartet with Michael Moore on clarinet, Sara Schoenbeck on bassoon, and Mark Dresser on bass.

Wang, Hong-Kai and Mattin: Collapsing Ourselves [VINYL] Wang, Hong-Kai and Mattin:
Collapsing Ourselves [VINYL]

(Mount Analogue -- Sweden )

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A unique album of self-aware conversation from Hong-Kai Wang and Mattin, who record themselves responding to their own dialog, addressing those responses to the audience and adding their reaction to the final recordings, creating an abstract spoken ambiance.

Apuh!: Ett [VINYL] Apuh!:
Ett [VINYL]

(Palsrobot -- Sweden )

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Debut LP of the young Gothenburg, Sweden trio of saxophonist Adrian Asling Sellius, drummer Hampus Ohman-Frolund, and double bass player Matt Dimming, drawing on elements of pop and rock, klezmer, cinematic soundscapes, experimental noise, and free jazz.

Vulture Club, The: Live Young, Die Fast and Leave an Exquisite Corpse Vulture Club, The:
Live Young, Die Fast and Leave an Exquisite Corpse

(Utech Records -- USA )

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Mattin : Songbook #5 [VINYL] <i>[Used Item]</i> Mattin :
Songbook #5 [VINYL] [Used Item]

(Disembraining Machine -- Australia )

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Mattin takes 5 spontaneous 5-minute songs from 5 musicians, and a 25 minute concert structured by 5 instructions based on those song titles, then records vocals for the 5 songs as a singing lecture, then superimposes all 3 to create the five 5-minutes songs on this album.

Charles, Xavier / Eric Normand : Avis Aux Reacteurs Charles, Xavier / Eric Normand :
Avis Aux Reacteurs

(Inexhaustible Editions -- Slovenia )

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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.

Mazzarella, Nick Trio: Counterbalance [VINYL] Mazzarella, Nick Trio:
Counterbalance [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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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!

Durand, Werner : Schwingende Luftsaulen 2 Durand, Werner :
Schwingende Luftsaulen 2

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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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.

Livebatts! Livebatts!:

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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Recorded in the mid-90s, Livebatts! was a project of John White (Cornelius Cardew, Scratch Orchestra) developed to exploit "toy" keyboards of the 80s--cheap battery-driven instruments that hold tremendous potential for "serious" music-making--used here in a playful quartet with vocalist MJ Coldiron, Andrea Rocca (guitar & samples) and Nancy Ruffer (electrified flute).

Nealand, Aurora / Steve Marquette / Anton Hatwich / Paul Thibodeaux: Kobra Quartet  [CASSETTE w/ DOW Nealand, Aurora / Steve Marquette / Anton Hatwich / Paul Thibodeaux:
Kobra Quartet [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Quietly lurking as it prepares to attack, this Kobra is the free improvising quaret of Aurora Nealand on accordion, alto saxophone, voice & objects, Steve Marquette on acoustic & electric guitars, Anton Hatwich on bass, and Paul Thibodeaux on drums, captured live at Chicago's Hungry Brain during the Instigation Festival for a mysterious 2-part "New Omens" and some "Telly Attire".

Sharp, Elliott / Sergio Sorrentino: Spilla' Sharp, Elliott / Sergio Sorrentino:
Spilla'

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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'Spilla' means 'to play' in the language of Neapolitan musicians, and playing here are NY guitarist and composer Elliott Sharp and Italian guitarist Sergio Sorrentino, presenting world premier recordings of 4 works recorded live in Vercelli, Italy: two improvisations and two graphic scores performed on electric guitar with incredible technique and passion.

Mattin : Songbook #5 [VINYL] <i>[Used Item]</i> Mattin :
Songbook #5 [VINYL] [Used Item]

(Disembraining Machine -- Australia )

Price: $14.95

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Mattin takes 5 spontaneous 5-minute songs from 5 musicians, and a 25 minute concert structured by 5 instructions based on those song titles, then records vocals for the 5 songs as a singing lecture, then superimposes all 3 to create the five 5-minutes songs on this album.

Cremaster / Komora A: split [7-inch VINYL] <i>[Used Item]</i> Cremaster / Komora A:
split [7-inch VINYL] [Used Item]

(Monotype -- Poland )

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A split 7" release between Cremaster (Alfredo Costa Monteiro (electronics) and Ferran Fages (feedback mixing board and electroacoustic devices); and the Komora A trio of Karol Koszniec (electronics), Dominik Kowalczyk (laptop) and Jakub Mikolajczyk (modular synth).

Brotzmann, Peter / Lonberg-Holm, Fred: Memories Of A Tunicate Brotzmann, Peter / Lonberg-Holm, Fred:
Memories Of A Tunicate

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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While both improvisers were in New York City for the 2019 Vision Festival, multi-reedist and European Free Improv legend Peter Brötzmann met Chicago cellist and electronics artist Fred Lonberg-Holm to record their 3rd album together, their 1st album in the studio a diverse set of incredible concentration, with Brötzmann performing on tenor saxophone, woodwind, and clarinet.

Laubrock, Ingrid / Kris Davis: Blood Moon Laubrock, Ingrid / Kris Davis:
Blood Moon

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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German saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and Vancouver pianist Kris Davis, both living and working in NY, and having worked together in a variety of groups including Laubrock's Anti-House, a trio with drummer Tyshawn Sorey, Tom Rainey's Obligatto, &c. &c., concentrate their sophisticated playing with this duo album of 7 original compositions and 2 free improvisations.

Pinkish Black & Yells at Eels: Vanishing Light... Pinkish Black & Yells at Eels:
Vanishing Light...

(Ayler -- France )

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Trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez merges his Yells at Eel project with bassist Aaron Gonzalez and drummer/percussionist Stefan Gonzalez, with Texas-based experimental rock band Pinkish Black--Daron Beck on keyboards and Jon Teague on drums & synthesizers--for a gripping and masterful hybrid of improvisation, dark synthetic rock and heavy moods; a riveting journey.

Russell, John / Ray Russell / Henry Kaiser / Olle Brice: The Dukes of Bedford Russell, John / Ray Russell / Henry Kaiser / Olle Brice:
The Dukes of Bedford

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )

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Exploring the lineage of the Dukes of Bedford, the Russell lineage in Bedford, England, in groupings of acoustic & electric guitarists John Russell, Ray Russell, and Henry Kaiser along with double bassist Ollie Brice, from duos to quartets, eight Duke "Russells" from 1680 to 2003 are explored through intricate and joyfully creative and technically amazing string improvisations.

Smith, Damon: Whatever Is Not Stone Is Light Smith, Damon:
Whatever Is Not Stone Is Light

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )

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Taking his title from a poem by Octavio Paz with titles from translations by Lysander Kemp of other Octavio Paz poems, this solo album from double bassist Damon Smith is his definitive statement on the instrument: 23 tracks from 46 seconds to 5 minutes 50, developed over 15 years and displaying Smith's incredible technique and creative intent; incomparable.

Mattin : Songbook #5 [VINYL] Mattin :
Songbook #5 [VINYL]

(Disembraining Machine -- Australia )

Price: $18.95

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Mattin takes 5 spontaneous 5-minute songs from 5 musicians, and a 25 minute concert structured by 5 instructions based on those song titles, then records vocals for the 5 songs as a singing lecture, then superimposes all 3 to create the five 5-minutes songs on this album.

Mohanna, Nickolas: Phase Line Mohanna, Nickolas:
Phase Line

(Run/Off Editions -- USA )

Price: $12.95

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Digital sound processing oscillating through a variety of media saturated sources including electronic billboards, kiosk stations, traffic control devices and other city environments, knotted into sculptural arpeggiation by sound artists Nickolas Mohanna.







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