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  February 2024
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Cameron, Lisa / Alex Cunningham: Chasms
Cameron, Lisa / Alex Cunningham:
Chasms

(Waveform Alphabet -- USA )


Price: $14.95    




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Improvising over the abyss, Texas drummer Lisa Cameron (Roky Erickson, ST 37) and violinist Alex Cunningham (Sandy Ewen, Damon Smith, Claire Rousay) present three extended interactions using conventional instrumentation in unconventional ways, augmented by feedback, bowed cymbals, electronics and objects, under the control of exceptional technique.

Evans, Bill (w/ LoFaro / Motian): The Legendary Trio At Birdland 1960 Revisited
Evans, Bill (w/ LoFaro / Motian):
The Legendary Trio At Birdland 1960 Revisited

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


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Unofficial jazz documentarian Boris Rose captured these recordings on reel-to-reel tape of the Bill Evans Trio in 1960, an artistically fulfilling concert at Birdland in NYC and a rare recording of this particular trio with bassist scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian; originally issued in 1992 on the Cool & Blue label, here properly restored and remastered.

Fujii, Satoko Tokyo Trio (Fujii / Sugawa / Takemura): Jet Black
Fujii, Satoko Tokyo Trio (Fujii / Sugawa / Takemura):
Jet Black

(Libra -- Japan )


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A trio of leaders in their own right performing pianist Satoko Fujii's demanding compositions, bassist Takashi Sugawa and drummer Ittetsu Takemura rise to the challenge in a set of six exciting works that push and pull this remarkable piano trio in unexpected directions, responding to the twists and turns of Fujii's intense and intricate directions; superlative!

Futterman, Joel / Michael Wimberly: Innerpause
Futterman, Joel / Michael Wimberly:
Innerpause

(Creation Music -- USA )


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The result of two formidably versatile improvisers--pianist Joel Futterman and drummer/percussionist Michael Wimberly--meeting in Futterman's home city of Virginia Beach for a session of collective, spontaneous improvisation, is this magnificent two-part work released as the unedited live first takes, an epic journey through masterful technique and compelling expression.

Gallio, Christoph / Dominic Lash / Mark Sanders : Live At Cafe Oto London
Gallio, Christoph / Dominic Lash / Mark Sanders :
Live At Cafe Oto London

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


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Joining with two of London's finest free improvisers, Swiss saxophonist Christoph Gallio of DAY & TAXI fame and performing on alto, soprano & c-melody saxophones, meets drummer Mark Sanders and double bassist Dominic Lash at London's Cafe OTO for a remarkable concert of free collective playing in two large works: "Wildlife" in three parts, and "Homelife" in two parts.

Inoue, Satoko / Jo Kondo: Presents Jo Kondo's Works for Piano, 2015-2020
Inoue, Satoko / Jo Kondo:
Presents Jo Kondo's Works for Piano, 2015-2020

(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd -- Switzerland )


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The third album of piano works from Japanese composer Jo Kondo performed by pianist Satoko Inoue, known for her interpretations of Morton Feldman, John Cage, Luc Ferrari, &c., here performing Kondo works written between 2013 and 2020 that apply different methods and approaches to form and interpretation, including works that incorporate improvisation and choices left to the performer.

Kaze (Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura / Christian Pruvost / Peter Orins): Unwritten
Kaze (Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura / Christian Pruvost / Peter Orins):
Unwritten

(Circum-Libra / Libra -- Japan/France )


Price: $16.95    




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The Kaze quartet of trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, pianist Satoko Fujii, trumpeter & flugelhorn player Christian Pruvost and drummer Peter Orins, continues its avant-embracing and uniquely voiced project with this live performance at Lille, France, an episodic and spontaneously diverse set of three collective improvisations of intuitive, adventurous interaction.

Mazurek, Rob Exploding Star Orchestra / Small Unit: Spectral Fiction
Mazurek, Rob Exploding Star Orchestra / Small Unit:
Spectral Fiction

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )


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Compressing his Exploding Star Orchestra to a sextet, Chicago trumpeter Rob Mazurek presents two expansive works of ecstatic, exploratory electric and groove-oriented jazz, performed with Damon Locks (voice, electronics), Tomeka Reid (cello), Angelica Sanchez (Wurlitzer electric piano), Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten (double bass) and Chad Taylor (drums).

Djll / Perkins: Kinda
Djll / Perkins:
Kinda

(Artifact Recordings -- USA )


Price: $9.95    




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Expanding on their 2007 release Kinda Green, the decades-long collaboration of SF Bay Area improvisors Tom Djll on trumpet & electronics and Tim Perkis on "coding" and electronics presents six unusual spontaneous compositions of live trumpet, electronics and real-time manipulation, release by the Ubu, Incorporated project supporting experimental and electronic music.

Tamarisk (Carter / Menestres / Weathers): House of the People, Property is Theft
Tamarisk (Carter / Menestres / Weathers):
House of the People, Property is Theft

(Editions Glomar -- USA )


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The Tamarisk trio of bassist David Menestres, guitarist Andrew Weathers and vocalist Christina Carter (Charalambides) are heard live at Casa del Popolo, in Montreal and at PIT, in Brooklyn, New York, joined in Brooklyn by flutist Laura Cocks, each performance an extended journey between assertive, cathartic improvisation and introspective rumination.

Djll, Tom: Thistle
Djll, Tom:
Thistle

(Soul On Rice -- USA )


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Using analog computers that "require a lot of real-time intervention to flesh out their neurotic narratives", the typically trumpeter Tom Djll (Grosse Abfahrt) turns his attention to a series of prickly sound works of strange intention and direction, through fourteen works titled like a series of math equations mashed into a dictionary; good weird fun.

Terton (Belogenis / Dunn / Sawyer): Outer, Inner, Secret
Terton (Belogenis / Dunn / Sawyer):
Outer, Inner, Secret

(Tzadik -- USA )


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In Tibetan Buddhism a terton is a person who is a discoverer of ancient hidden texts or terma, an apt description of the masterful, exploratory free jazz heard in the New York City band Terton of Trevor Dunn on bass, Louie Belogenis on tenor & soprano saxophones and Ryan Sawyer on drums, in ten powerfully assertive studio improvisations.

[ism] (Pat Thomas / Joel Grip / Aontonin Gerbal): Maua
[ism] (Pat Thomas / Joel Grip / Aontonin Gerbal):
Maua

(577 Records -- USA )


Price: $16.00    




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Recordings from the Berlin club Au Topsi Pohl where the [ism] piano trio of Pat Thomas on piano, Joel Grip on double bass and Antonin Gerbal on drums played 4-nights in a row, May 18-21, 2022, Thomas performing on a Bösendorfer grand piano, creating an omnipresent and precise sound that drove the band to great heights of interactive, warmly diverse playing.

Wooley, Nate: Moths
Wooley, Nate:
Moths

(Editions Verde -- USA )


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Nate Wooley's exquisite improvised composition begins with a musical gesture and four parameters of change from each player--harmonic motion, articulation, extension, & physicality--which directs their "flight" in its slowly evolving pace, creating a varying mosaic of sound, as beautifully rendered by Laura Cocks (flute), Madison Greenstone (clarinet) and Eric Wubbels (keys & voice).

Sikora, Catherine / Susan Alcorn: Filament
Sikora, Catherine / Susan Alcorn:
Filament

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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The first meeting of tenor saxophonist Catherine Sikora and pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn was at the Zurcher Gallery in New York City in 2022, an inventive dialog of free improvisation split between three "Filaments", their interaction ranging from delicate dialog to asservite discourse in a wonderfully expressive concert of sincere affinity.

Reid / Edwards / Coudoux
Reid / Edwards / Coudoux:
Reid / Edwards / Coudoux

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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Three innovative cellists at the intersection of improvisation, contemporary compositional and experimental forms — Tomeka Reid from Chicago, Isidora Edwards from Chile and based in London, and Elisabeth Coudoux from Germany — meet in Wiesbaden to record these four multi-layered improvisations merging their unique perspectives with great concentrative expression.

Fully Celebrated Orchestra (Hobbs / Bynum / Ayers / Gray / Shanko): Sob Story
Fully Celebrated Orchestra (Hobbs / Bynum / Ayers / Gray / Shanko):
Sob Story

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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Picking up from their last album in 2005, Lapis Exilis, alto saxophonist Jim Hobb's Fully Celebrated Orchestra joyfully returns with a new set of lyrical Hobb's compositions, Timo Shanko still creating a solid bass foundation and Luther Gray taking Django Carranza's place, extending the band with AYCH member Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet and Ian Ayers on guitar.

Duthoit, Isabelle / Franz Hautzinger: Dans le Morvan
Duthoit, Isabelle / Franz Hautzinger:
Dans le Morvan

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


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French free vocalist Isabelle Duthoit and world traveling improviser and Zeitkratzer trumpeter Franz Hautzinger continue their collaborations at GMEA Centre National de Creation Musicale, in Albi, France to record these 11 unusual duos, using outrageous technique and inexplicable intent to create aberrant accompaniments to your most subtle and frightening dreams.

Star City Survivor: Wilderness
Star City Survivor:
Wilderness

(Soul City Sounds -- USA )


Price: $12.95    




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The follow-up to their debut album, Orbital Decay, finds guitarist Phil Venable and drummer Tommy Jackson delving deeper into their free duo referencing free jazz, ambient, no wave, and other forms of experimental and avant-garde music, their often turbulent dialog inspired by a desire to find hope in the world despite a contemporary period of death and injustice.

Arnold, Martin: Flax
Arnold, Martin:
Flax

(Another Timbre -- UK )


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Commissioned in 2020 by pianist Philip Thomas, whose health prevented him from performing the work, Canadian composer Martin Arnold's 79-minute hypnotic solo work for piano emphasizes the keyboard's upper register in slow moving textural melodies influenced by innovative 50's & 60's bop pianists, performed in 2022 at the University of Huddersfield by pianist Kerry Yong.

Denyer, Frank / Octandre Ensemble: Screens
Denyer, Frank / Octandre Ensemble:
Screens

(Another Timbre -- UK )


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An exceptional collection of works by composer Frank Denyer written between 1973 and 2021, especially the monumental 5-part "Five Views of the Path", performed by the UK Octandre Ensemble led by composer Christian Mason and conductor Jon Hargreaves, which focuses on modern composers with an emphasis on works of timbre and ritual, Denyer's work being an ideal match.

Haino, Keiji / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi: With Pats On The Head, Just One Too Few Is Evil, One To
Haino, Keiji / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi:
With Pats On The Head, Just One Too Few Is Evil, One Too Many Is Good That's All It Is [VINYL 3 LPs]

(Black Truffle -- Australia )


Price: $64.95    




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Documenting the complete performance at the now-shuttered Tokyo underground club SuperDeluxe, the trio of Keiji Haino on guitar, voice, flute, snare & oboe, Jim O'Rouke on 6-string bass, electric guitar, synth & electronics, and Oren Ambarchi on drums & percussion, performed for 2 hours in an amazingly diverse set of acoustic and electronic improvisation.

Impetus Group (Serries / Webster / Verbruggen / Verhoeven / Jackson)): Density Dots
Impetus Group (Serries / Webster / Verbruggen / Verhoeven / Jackson)):
Density Dots

(Klanggalerie -- Austria )


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Their impetus motivated by the 60's & 70's London improv scene, epitomized by Derek Bailey's Company group, guitarist Dirk Serries leads this assemblage of quick-witted improviser as they challenge each other through pointillistic and sublime passages; from Tom Jackson (clarinet), Colin Webster (sax), Martina Verhoeven (piano), Dirk Serries (guitar) & Teun Verbruggen (drums).

Cahen, Robert: La nef des fous [VINYL]
Cahen, Robert:
La nef des fous [VINYL]

(Recollection GRM -- USA )


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Electroacoustic composer Robert Cahen studied at ORTF and CNSM in Paris under Pierre Shaeffer, turning to video work in the 1970s and applying musique concrete concepts to moving image, these compositions recorded at the GRM studios between 1971 and 1974 show his mastery over sound and his expressive ability to morph transitions through rich sonic detail.

Vaggione, Horacio: Schall / Rechant [VINYL]
Vaggione, Horacio:
Schall / Rechant [VINYL]

(Recollection GRM -- France )


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Specializing in micromontage, granular synthesis, and microsound, Argentinian-born and Paris-based electroacoustic composer Horacio Vaggione recorded these four compositions at at INA GRM in Paris between 1994 and 2002, each a fascinatingly detailed work illustrating his research into sound and compositions, with a stunning aesthetic for dramatically unfolding concepts.

Cassiber: The Cassiber Box redux [6 CDs, 1 DVD and Book]
Cassiber:
The Cassiber Box redux [6 CDs, 1 DVD and Book]

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )


Price: $64.95    




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Reissuing the 2013 box set of the 1980s UK/Euro improvising rock band Cassiber, including their 4 remastered studio albums + 2 additional CDs, a 2 hour DVD, and a 32-page color book, revealing an amazing band merging experimental rock, fringe jazz, punk, pop, plunderphonics, improvisation, & musique concrete with an energetic and complex form of studio composition - superb!

Surplus 1980: Illusion of Consistency [VINYL + CD + DOWNLOAD]
Surplus 1980:
Illusion of Consistency [VINYL + CD + DOWNLOAD]

(Surplus Industries -- USA )


Price: $19.95    




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Composed using an "exquisite corpse" method during the pandemic, where each player provided a partially complete track with instructions to expand their concept, enlisting an incredible set of musicians across the US & Europe, directed by Moe! Staiano, including Jesse Quattro, Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, GW Sok, Amy X Neuburg, Darren Johnston, &c &c.

Frith, Fred: Guitar Solos/Fifty [VINYL 2 LPs]
Frith, Fred:
Guitar Solos/Fifty [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Week-End Records -- Germany )


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While still a member of Henry Cow, guitarist Fred Frith released his first solo album simply titled Guitar Solos in 1974, a remarkable album of expression through preparations, treatments and effects; 50 years later Frith expands on that album with new compositions using a similar setup as the original, paired in this 2-LP release with the remastered original album.

Durrant, Phil / Daniel Thompson: Live / Studio
Durrant, Phil / Daniel Thompson:
Live / Studio

(Bead -- UK )


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The improvising string duo of stalwart London improvisers, Daniel Thompson on acoustic guitar and Phil Durrant on the octave mandola, are heard in two settings of texturally rich, intricate interactions, first at Cafe OTO in 2022 for an extended improvisation, then at Cable Street Studios two months later for six succint, impressively diverse dialogs.

Courvoisier, Sylvie (feat. Wadada Leo Smith / Christian Fennesz / Nate Wooley / Drew Gress / Kenny W
Courvoisier, Sylvie (feat. Wadada Leo Smith / Christian Fennesz / Nate Wooley / Drew Gress / Kenny Wollesen):
Chimaera [2 CDs]

(Intakt -- Switzerland )


Price: $29.95    




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Chimaera is the ensemble of Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, her core trio with Drew Gress on bass, Kenny Wollesen on drums & vibraphone, expanded by two trumpeters--Wadada Leo Smith & Nate Wooley--and affected by Austrian guitarist Christian Fennesz who provides sonic backdrops for the improvisations over Courvoisier's compositions, focusing on aura over pyrotechnics; absolutely sublime.

Laubrock, Ingrid (w/ Jon Irabagon / Zeena Parkins / Tom Rainey): Monochromes
Laubrock, Ingrid (w/ Jon Irabagon / Zeena Parkins / Tom Rainey):
Monochromes

(Intakt -- Austria )


Price: $18.95    




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Saxophonist & composer Ingrid Laubrock's quartet with Jon Irabagon on sopranino sax, Zeena Parkins on electric harp and Tom Rainey on drums, in a work of conventional and graphic notation with text instructions, accompanied by fixed media tape pieces (monochromes), from Nate Wooley, Adam Matlock, Tom Rainey, and by JD Allen, David Breskin & Ingrid Laubrock manipulating Harry Bertoia sculptures.

Lewis, James Brandon Quartet : Transfiguration
Lewis, James Brandon Quartet :
Transfiguration

(Intakt -- Switzerland )


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With a rare ability to play hard-hitting jazz while maintaining a lyrical sense to his compositions, tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis' new studio album from his quartet of Aruan Ortiz on piano, Brad Jones on bass and Chad Taylor on drums is the fourth album from this working band, demonstrating their strong group affinity that invokes impressive soloing from all four.

Smith, Ches: Laugh Ash
Smith, Ches:
Laugh Ash

(Pyroclastic Records -- USA )


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A stunning album that effortlessly blends styles from jazz, electronics, minimalism and contemporary forms, rendered by an eclectic group of primarily NY artists including Nate Wooley, Jennifer Choi, James Brandin Lews, Oscar Noriega, Anna Webber, Shahzad Ismaily and Smith himself, in an exhilarating and well-balanced set of Smith compositions that inform and groove spectacularly!

Webber, Anna (O'Farrill / Roberts / Stemeseder / Mok): Shimmer Wince
Webber, Anna (O'Farrill / Roberts / Stemeseder / Mok):
Shimmer Wince

(Intakt -- Switzerland )


Price: $18.95    




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Anna Webber's explorations of just intonation in a quintet of New York improvisers, with Webber herself on tenor sax & flutes, Adam O'Farrill on trumpet, Mariel Roberts on cello, Elias Stemeseder on synthesizer and Lesley Mok on drums, her approachable compositions blurring the lines between tuning systems while focusing on fascinatingly exotic tonal combinations.

Variable Geometry Orchestra: There's Always Someone Who Says No
Variable Geometry Orchestra:
There's Always Someone Who Says No

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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One of the largest ensembles associated with Creative Sources, merging acoustic and electronic improvisers, this conduction by violist Ernesto Rodrigues at Torre Do Tombo in Lisbon in 2023 was the opening for an exhibition about the struggle of college students against the Portuguese dictatorship during the years 1970-74, leading to the Carnation Revolution.

Taylor / Serries: Obsidian
Taylor / Serries:
Obsidian

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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Their familiarity honed from work together in the Impetus Group and in Tonus, viola improviser Benedict Taylor and archtop guitarist Dirk Serries (Vidna Obmana) are heard in seven free improvisations recorded in 2023 at the Kapel Oude Klooster in Brecht, Belgium, their strings in plucked, bowed and curious consonance through unusual technique and expression.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Dirk Serries / Joao Madeira / Jose Oliveira : Dripping
Rodrigues, Ernesto / Dirk Serries / Joao Madeira / Jose Oliveira :
Dripping

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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One of the core Creative Sources trios of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola & crackle box, João Madeira on double bass and Jose Oliveira on percussion, is extended to a quartet with Netherland's New Wave of Jazz/Vidna Obmama archtop guitarist Dirk Serries, presenting the 9-part "Dripping" series of free chamber-oriented lowercase improvisation.

Rodrigues / Parrinha / Madeira: Into the Wood
Rodrigues / Parrinha / Madeira:
Into the Wood

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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Working together in a variety of setting and ensembles--Variable Geometry Orchestra, Suspensao, groupings with Hernani Faustino & Jose Oliveira, with Michel Stawicki, and with onsieur Trinite--the core trio of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Bruno Parrinha on bass clarinet and Joao Madeira on double bass, is heard in three studio improvisations of dark woods explorations.

Rodrigues / Parrinha / Flak / Levine: Quadruple Quadrature Questions
Rodrigues / Parrinha / Flak / Levine:
Quadruple Quadrature Questions

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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While theremin & synth specialist Andrew Levine was on a 2023 tour of Portugal he met with a core trio of Creative Sources improvisers--Ernesto Rodrigues on viola & Crackle Box, Bruno Parrinha on bass clarinet & objects, Flak on electric guitar & effects--meeting in Flak's countryside studio for one detailed, extensive improvisation and 6 short works of differing sonic characters and colour.

Rodrigues / Lonberg-Holm / Hencleeday / Oliveira: Uncommon Statement
Rodrigues / Lonberg-Holm / Hencleeday / Oliveira:
Uncommon Statement

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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Two unique string players--Lisbon's Ernesto Rodrigues on viola and Chicago's Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello--with pianist Andre Hencleeday and percussionist Jose Oliveira, in an exhilarating concert of dynamic free improvisation captured live in 2023 at Lisboa Incomum in Lisbon, presented as two "Statements", an apt description of their confident and declarative interplay.

Quintans / Rogers / Lopez: Future Folk
Quintans / Rogers / Lopez:
Future Folk

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


Price: $15.95    




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Dorner / Rodrigues / Kim / Flinn: Chess Music
Dorner / Rodrigues / Kim / Flinn:
Chess Music

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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A profoundly patient extended improvisation referencing the pensive and strategic decisions made in a game of chess, creating a dynamic interplay of sounds through unconvential technique in this live recording at Werkhalle Wiesenburg, Berlin from the quartet of trumpeter Axel Dorner, cellist Guilherme Rodrigues, tenor saxophonist Jung-Jae Kim and percussionist Stephen Flinn.

dis/con/sent (Petzold / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Bauer): Munchen
dis/con/sent (Petzold / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Bauer):
Munchen

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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A double opus of improvised String Quartets in four movements each, using impressive technique and exquisite pacing in this live recording captured at the Offene Ohren, in Munich, Germany, 2023 by Dietrich Petzold on violin, tenor violin, clavichord & bowed metal, Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello and Matthias Bauer on double bass.

Bozek / Takahashi: SADOIL
Bozek / Takahashi:
SADOIL

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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Pointillistic, scrabbly and playful improvisation from the duo of Polish double bassist Marcin Bozek, known for creating and as the conductor of the Gdynia Improvisers Orchestra, and viola improviser and baroque musician Marie Takahashi of Reanimation Quartet; together their five improvisations show remarkable technique, momentum and determination in a wonderful confluence of strings.

Guionnet / La Casa / Samartzis / Warburton: Parking (Collection Paris)
Guionnet / La Casa / Samartzis / Warburton:
Parking (Collection Paris)

(Swarming -- Canada )


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Two improvisations by saxophonist Jean-Luc Guionnet & violinist Dan Warburton recorded in Paris & Melbourne parking garages 14 years apart, registering the behavior and characteristics of environmental and instrumental sound within these unique spaces, edited by Eric La Casa and Philip Samartzis as a 4-channel master by synchronizing two sets of independent stereo recordings.

Novoa, Eva: Novoa / Gress / Gray Trio Vol.1
Novoa, Eva:
Novoa / Gress / Gray Trio Vol.1

(577 Records -- USA )


Price: $16.00    




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Spanish pianist Eva Novoa leads the trio of Drew Gress on bass and Devon Gray on drums in her second 577 album, and the first of two volumes with this trio, in a solid and lyrical traditional piano trio album of melodic themes, masterly trio interplay, swinging touches and strong grooves, augmented at times with a subtle electronic tapestry of modular synthesis provided by Gress.

Zajc, Rebeka Rusjan : Prelude
Zajc, Rebeka Rusjan :
Prelude

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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The debut for young Slovenian pianist Rebeka Rusjan Zajc, living and working in Amsterdam, brings forward a new voice in lyrically elegant and virtuosically confident solo piano improvisation, her extended piece "Illusion" divided in natural segments that allow her progressions to develop through accomplished, lively runs and moments of suspended beauty.

Old Mountain (feat Tony Malaby): Another State of Rhythm
Old Mountain (feat Tony Malaby):
Another State of Rhythm

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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Old Mountain is the Portuguese duo of pianist Pedro Branco and drummer João Sousa, drawing on melodic jazz of the past with a venturous twist, here in their 3rd album, dedicated to Misha Mengelberg, Masabumi Kikuchi, Thelonious Monk and Paul Motian, extended as a quintet with double bassists João Hasselberg & Hernani Faustino and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby.

Scheen Jazzorkester & Cortex: Frameworks - Music by Thomas Johansson
Scheen Jazzorkester & Cortex:
Frameworks - Music by Thomas Johansson

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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Merging jazz organizations, Norwegian trumpeter & composer Thomas Johansson brings together the third stream large band Scheen Jazzorkester with the electric jazz band Cortex (Kristoffer Alberts (baritone & tenor saxophone), Ola Høyer (double bass) and Dag Erik Knedal Andersen (drums)), for a rousing, exciting and diverse live concert at Hamar Teater in Norway.

Cambien, Jonas: Maca Conu
Cambien, Jonas:
Maca Conu

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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Commissioned by Norway's Motvind festival, Belgian-born, Oslo-based composer & keyboardist Jonas Cambien takes a sly approach to his compositions, incorporating contemporary & experimental forms with solid free jazz playing, performed with drummer Andreas Wildhagen, bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, saxophonist Signe Emmeluth and guest trombonist Guro Kvale (Scheen Jazzorkester).

Doronzo, Giuseppe / Andy Moor / Frank Rosaly: Futuro Ancestrale
Doronzo, Giuseppe / Andy Moor / Frank Rosaly:
Futuro Ancestrale

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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Having worked together in other collaborations, this was the first meeting as a trio by Giuseppe Doronzo on baritone sax & Iranian bagpipe, Andy Moor on electric guitar and Frank Rosaly on drums, performing live at BIMHUIS in Amsterdam for a contemplatively charged set of unorthodox instrumental approaches using contemporary improv attitudes through structured and collective playing.

Friends & Neighbors (Roligheten / Johansson / Gronberg / Strom / Ostvang): Circles
Friends & Neighbors (Roligheten / Johansson / Gronberg / Strom / Ostvang):
Circles

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


Price: $14.95    




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An exuberant album of modern jazz from the Norwegian quintet of Andre Roligheten on tenor saxophone, Thomas Johansson on trumpet, Oscar Gronberg on piano, Jon Rune Strom on double bass and Tollef Ostvang on drums & percussion, their 6th full album of lyrically rich, energetic free jazz taking the 60's & 70s New Thing movement into new modern directions; excellent!

Baker, Jim / Steve Hunt / Jakob Heinemann: Horizon Scanners
Baker, Jim / Steve Hunt / Jakob Heinemann:
Horizon Scanners

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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Rooted in an approach to the piano trio attributed to Bill Evan's non-hierarchical improvisation, the trio of long-standing collaborators Jim Baker on piano and Steve Hunt on drums & percussion, with younger generation double bassist Jakob Heinemann, bring equal voice to their highly interactive conversations in a mix of live and studio performances.

Sa, Joana: A Body as Listening
Sa, Joana:
A Body as Listening

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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The concluding opus of a trilogy that began with "Through This Looking Glass" and followed with "In Praise Of Disorder", Portuguese pianist Joana Sa merges acoustic piano with well-balanced electronics and resonance, using preparations and fragments of previous recordings to create a uniquely expressive solo performance: forceful, fragile, and captivatingly fascinating.

Williams, Mars / Hamid Drake: I Know You Are But What Am I?
Williams, Mars / Hamid Drake:
I Know You Are But What Am I?

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )


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The second of three archival albums from late saxophonist Mars Williams' vaults, this 1996 recording is a rare duet with Chicago drummer Hamid Drake, and is also one of the first concerts of the Empty Bottle Jazz and Improvised Music series, a diverse set of four improvisations marked by energetic enthusiasm, doubling of reeds, and wild playing from both.

NRG Ensemble (directed by Mars Williams): Hold That Thought
NRG Ensemble (directed by Mars Williams):
Hold That Thought

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )


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The 1st of three archival albums from saxophonist Mars Williams' vaults, this 1996 concert in Utrecht with the NRG Ensemble--the band that Williams' carried forward after Hal Russell's passing in 1992--in an unrestrained concert of original material from Williams and fellow saxophonist Ken Vandermark, with Kent Kessler on bass, Steve Hunt on drums, and Brian Sandstrom on bass, guitar & trumpet.

Easter Quartet, The (Weissenfels / Filliano / Grassi / Capp): Light End
Easter Quartet, The (Weissenfels / Filliano / Grassi / Capp):
Light End

(Not Two -- Poland )


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From subtle dynamics to invigorating free exchanges, the collective improvising band Easter Quartet brings together New York luminaries Ken Filiano on bass with two drummer/percussionists--Lou Grassi and Todd Capp--and Leipzig, German pianist Simone Weissenfels, performing in the studio for three extended, forcefully confident, evolving improvisations.

Mezei, Szilard: Always The Same
Mezei, Szilard:
Always The Same

(Not Two -- Poland )


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In September of 2002, Szilard Mezei performed a series of 5 consecutive, unaccompanied solo concerts in Hungary improvising on viola, this album presenting two of these captivating and magnificent performances, balancing impressive technique with his ability to captivate through stunning passages of exquisite lyricism and thematic development, an incredible achievement.

PNY Quintet (Swell / Brown / Edelin / Giron / Betsch): Over The Wall
PNY Quintet (Swell / Brown / Edelin / Giron / Betsch):
Over The Wall

(RogueArt -- France )


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While NY trombonist Steve Swell and alto saxophonist Rob Brown were in Paris, flutist Michel Edelin, who has recorded and performed with Swell over more than a decade, organized this session with Paris-based American ex-pats, drummer John Betsch and bassist Peter Giron, recording three Swell compositions, two by Brown, one from Edelin and four collective improvisations; magnifique!

Elliott Sharp: SysOrk: Occam's Machete
Elliott Sharp:
SysOrk: Occam's Machete

(zOaR Records -- USA )


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Assembling a world-class ensemble of 24 string players drawing from the Quartets JACK, Sirius, Flux, and Bergamot, here performing as SysOrk, Elliott Sharp's large-scale algorithmic composition provides simple instructions to the participants, creating a seething sonic tapestry of shifting, swirling tones and acoustic drones, exceptionally immersive and detailed.

 

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