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Chamber Rock


 
Blast 4tet: Sift
Blast 4tet:
Sift

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )


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Blast's 2nd release on the ReR label, compositional rock that incorporates complex compositions with improvisation sections in seamless and breathtaking ways.

Blast: Altrastrata
Blast:
Altrastrata

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )


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Fabbro, Guido Del : Agregats
Fabbro, Guido Del :
Agregats

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )


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Violinist Del Fabbro (Fanfare Pourpour, Rouge Ciel) present 13 pieces for up to ten players with Jean Derome, Pierre Tanguay in a melting pot of avant-rock & compositional forms.

Fond of Tigers: Release The Saviours
Fond of Tigers:
Release The Saviours

(Drip Audio -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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Since 2003 this Vancouver septet has merged jazz, improv, electro-acoustic, and progressive/avant musics into an exhilarating ordered chaos of highly listenable music.

Henry Cow: Western Culture
Henry Cow:
Western Culture

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )


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Saint Dirt Elementary School: Abandoned Ballroom
Saint Dirt Elementary School:
Abandoned Ballroom

(Barnyard -- Canada )


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The chamber rock 8 piece Saint Dirt Elementary School ensemble in their second release on Barnyard, superb sophisticated compositions reminiscent of L'Ensemble Raye or Conventum.

Science Group, The (Cutler > Tickmayer > Drake): ...A Mere Coincidence...
Science Group, The (Cutler > Tickmayer > Drake):
...A Mere Coincidence...

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )


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Science Group, The: Spoors
Science Group, The:
Spoors

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )


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Dixon Orchestra, Bill: 17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur
Dixon Orchestra, Bill:
17 Musicians In Search of a Sound: Darfur

(Aum Fidelity -- USA )


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Legendary trumpeter, composer and educator Bill Dixon in a 17 piece orchestra playing original compositions live at the 12th Vision Festival in New York City.

Afterfall (Lopes / Giardullo / Miguel / Duboc / Sorgen): Afterfall
Afterfall (Lopes / Giardullo / Miguel / Duboc / Sorgen):
Afterfall

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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Luis Lopes put together this international group including Sei Miguel, Joe Giardullo & Benjamin Duboc for gigs in Portugal, which worked so well that they went to the studio for this impressive release.

Kayo Dot: Choirs Of The Eye
Kayo Dot:
Choirs Of The Eye

(Tzadik -- USA )


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Drake, Hamid / Sylvain Kassap: Heads Or Tails [2 CDs]
Drake, Hamid / Sylvain Kassap:
Heads Or Tails [2 CDs]

(RogueArt -- France )


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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.

Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver): An Air of Unreality [VINYL]
Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver):
An Air of Unreality [VINYL]

(RogueArt -- France )


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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.

Pollak, Andreas / Johan Graden: Terror Of Positivity
Pollak, Andreas / Johan Graden:
Terror Of Positivity

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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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.

Maclean, Steve: GPS
Maclean, Steve:
GPS

(Recommended Records -- USA )


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Steve MacLean's 5-piece ensemble perform complex, composed polyrhythmic pieces interspersed with atmospheric improvisations for guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion and various objects.

Cosa Brava w/ Fred Frith: Ragged Atlas
Cosa Brava w/ Fred Frith:
Ragged Atlas

(Intakt -- Switzerland )


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Fred Frith's West Coast Cosa Brava with Carla Kihlstedt, Zeena Parkins, and Matthias Bossi playing all Frith compositions driven by his love of the (improvised) rock format.

Stop Motion Orchestra: Lightworks
Stop Motion Orchestra:
Lightworks

(Megaphone / Knock 'Em Dead -- USA )


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Fitting squarely in the Rock In Opposition mold, Stop Motion Orchestra is an Austin, Texas-based instrumental chamber rock band orchestrated with sax, violin, guitar, synth-bass, drums, here in their second album bringing a bright and melodic force that reminds of Hamster Theatre, Debile Menthol or L'Ensemble Raye; sophisticated, charming and knowledgeable music.

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!

Trrma' / Charlemagne Palestine: Sssseegmmeentss Frrooom Baaari [VINYL]
Trrma' / Charlemagne Palestine:
Sssseegmmeentss Frrooom Baaari [VINYL]

(BeCoq -- France )


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Stochastic music for percussion and synthesizers from New York avant conceptualist and keyboardist Charlemagne Palestine, here on piano & electronics, with the Italian duo Trrma' of Giovanni Todisco on percussion and Guiseppe Candiano on synth, in two side-long works of irregular rhythm, complexity and dissonance that build and recede in a suspenseful journey.

Schindler, Udo / Etienne Rolin / Luc Laine: In Search Of Surprise
Schindler, Udo / Etienne Rolin / Luc Laine:
In Search Of Surprise

(FMR -- UK )


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Unique voicing through the orchestration of saxophones, basset horn, glissotar (a modern continuous pitch wind instrument) and vibraphone, heard in this recording at the international artist house Villa Waldberta, in Feldafing-Munich, Germany, for seven recordings that blend free jazz forms with chamber jazz approaches with remarkable sophistication and composure.

Eclectic Maybe Band: Again Alors?
Eclectic Maybe Band:
Again Alors?

(Discus -- UK )


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Led by Univers Zero bassist and composer Guy Seger, the third album from Eclectic Maybe Band combines elements of rock, jazz, electronic and abstract landscapes, performed by an ensemble of chamber rock players including Discus label leader Martin Archer, varying groupings within the band focusing on each section in a mix of composed and improvised approaches.

Hellgren, My / Peter Soderberg: Plucked and Bowed
Hellgren, My / Peter Soderberg:
Plucked and Bowed

(FRIM Records -- Sweden )


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The literal album title belies the subtle interplay between Swedish improvisers, cellist My Hellgren and Peter Söderberg, the latter known for his work on classical lute but here on guitar, oud and theorbo (a long-necked lute that adds additional bass notes), recording an extended, warmly beautiful and intricate acoustic dialog of gentle tension and masterful skill.

Graewe / Lonberg Holm / Gratkowski: Trilinear Polarity
Graewe / Lonberg Holm / Gratkowski:
Trilinear Polarity

(Fundacja Sluchaj! -- Poland )


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In 2004 legendary European Free Jazz pianist Georg Graewe and German multi-reedist Frank Gratkowski met with Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm on the stage at LOFT in Cologne, Germany to perform these six collective improvisations with an innate chamber jazz feeling, particularly the four part "Trilinear Polarity"; a spectacular set available for the first time.

Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Parrinha / Goncalves / Santos: Quelque chose prie la patience des nuages
Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Parrinha / Goncalves / Santos:
Quelque chose prie la patience des nuages

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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Translating loosely to "Something begs the patience of the clouds", the collaborative electroacoustic quintet of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Bruno Parrinha on bass clarinet, Luisa Goncalves on piano and Carlos Santos on electronics present two extended improvisations of tension, masterfully adept technical skill and intensively close listening.

Frith, Fred: Impur II
Frith, Fred:
Impur II

(ReR/ Fred Records -- Great Britain )


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The 2nd part of a composition commissioned by L'Ecole Nationale de Musique de Villeurbanne as a 2 year residency and performed by a large group conducted by Frith.

Baldini, Marco : Vesperi
Baldini, Marco :
Vesperi

(Another Timbre -- UK )


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Influenced by the seemingly contradictory sources of 16th century Italian composers and their polyphonic compositions, Eliane Radigue, and North Indian classical, Italian composer Marco Baldini's beautifully dark works employ a slow, rarefied pace and subdued dynamics with a fascination for pianissimo playing, heard in eight chamber compositions for low strings and marimba.

Johnson, Max : When the Streets Were Quiet
Johnson, Max :
When the Streets Were Quiet

(New Focus Recordings -- USA )


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Better known for his bass work with his own free jazz trio and quartet, or as a sideman for Simon Nabatov, Chris Pitsiokis, &c. this album reveals another facet to the musician, presenting a chamber music album of strings, reeds and piano, where his role as composer and conductor brings life to works with references to Messiaen & Kafka.

Granberg, Magnus: Evening Star, Vesper Bell
Granberg, Magnus:
Evening Star, Vesper Bell

(Another Timbre -- UK )


Price: $15.95    




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Written for and performed by the UK ensemble Apartment House, composer & performer Magnus Granberg's latest work reduces his working size from the larger Skogen ensemble to this sextet, opening new possibilities for composed structures that incorporate improvisation, in a work structured around components from Schubert's Abendbilder and So in Love by Cole Porter.

Cooper, Jack (feat. Alexander Hawkins & members of Apartment House: Arrival [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
Cooper, Jack (feat. Alexander Hawkins & members of Apartment House:
Arrival [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $8.95    




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A delicate work of experimental chamber music from UK composer Jack Oliver Cooper (Modern Nature) performed by pianist Alexander Hawkins, cellist Anton Lukoszevieze and clarinetist Heather Roche, Arrival is delineated into twelve dovetailed parts that explore minimalism, patience and restraint; thoughtful music that rewards in close contemplation.

Pateras, Anthony: A Dread of Voids
Pateras, Anthony:
A Dread of Voids

(Another Timbre -- UK )


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Two works written for a group of Australian performers living in Berlin--Jon Heilbron, Rebecca Lane, Jess Aszodi & Sam Dunscombe--by Australian composer and pianist Anthony Pateras, A Dread Of Voids developed for a residency at the Archipel Festival in Geneva after enduring a pandemic quarantine; and Patterned Language, composed for the Astra Chamber Music Society.



Best Sellers in This Category:

Judson Trio (Joelle Leandre / Mat Maneri / Gerald Cleaver): An Air of Unreality [VINYL]

Drake, Hamid / Sylvain Kassap: Heads Or Tails [2 CDs]

Graewe / Lonberg Holm / Gratkowski: Trilinear Polarity

Mazzarella, Nick Trio: Counterbalance [VINYL]

Stop Motion Orchestra: Lightworks

Schindler, Udo / Etienne Rolin / Luc Laine: In Search Of Surprise

Eclectic Maybe Band: Again Alors?

Pollak, Andreas / Johan Graden: Terror Of Positivity

Pateras, Anthony: A Dread of Voids

Baldini, Marco : Vesperi

Trrma' / Charlemagne Palestine: Sssseegmmeentss Frrooom Baaari [VINYL]

Hellgren, My / Peter Soderberg: Plucked and Bowed

Granberg, Magnus: Evening Star, Vesper Bell

Cooper, Jack (feat. Alexander Hawkins & members of Apartment House: Arrival [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

Maclean, Steve: GPS

Blast 4tet: Sift

Johnson, Max : When the Streets Were Quiet

Fond of Tigers: Release The Saviours

Saint Dirt Elementary School: Abandoned Ballroom

Science Group, The (Cutler > Tickmayer > Drake): ...A Mere Coincidence...

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