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Improvised Rock


 
Acid Mothers Temple SWR & Umezu Kazutoki: Sax & The City Acid Mothers Temple SWR & Umezu Kazutoki:
Sax & The City

(Magaibutsu -- Japan )

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A live multitrack recording from 2009 of the collaboration of Acid Mothers Temple SWR - Kawabata Makoto, Tsuyama Atushi, and Yoshida Tatsuya - with saxophonist Umezu Kazutoki.

Acid Mothers Temple SWR: Yes, No & Perhaps Acid Mothers Temple SWR:
Yes, No & Perhaps

(Magaibutsu -- Japan )

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Acid Mother Temple SWR merge's AMT's Kawabata Kakoto (guitar, voice,) and Tsuyama Atsushi (bass, vocals, sax) with Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins, Koenji Hyakkei, &c), here in their 6th release, crazy prog-oriented rock of indescribable insanity and skill!

Babin's, Tommy Benzene: Your Body Is Your Prison Babin's, Tommy Benzene:
Your Body Is Your Prison

(Drip Audio -- Canada )

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Bassist Babin's Benzene band mixes free improvisation with rock overtones, tight changes giving way to excellent solos from all members of this exceptional quartet.

BARK!: Fume of Sighs BARK!:
Fume of Sighs

(psi -- Great Britain )

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The third CD by the trio of Rex Casswell (electric guitar), Phillip Marks (percussion) and Paul Obermayer (samples), creating beautiful jagged, sharp edged textures propelled by some of their tightest, strangest, most powerful rhythmic designs yet.

Brio: Acid Cock Brio:
Acid Cock

(Long Song Records -- Italy )

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The Zagreb, Croatia free jazz/noise rock guitar-drums duo of Gordan Krajacic on guitar and Neven Krajacic on drums and vocals in their 3rd release, a suite blending melody with brutal atonality, hard groove and guitar-riffs with free playing.

Chadbourne, Eugene: Stop Snoring Chadbourne, Eugene:
Stop Snoring

(Chadula -- USA )

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Eugene Chadbourne in a trio with tenor saxophonist Darren Williams and multi-reedist, brass player and drummer Scott Henderson in studio recordings of new Chadbourne original numbers.

Ecstasy Mule: Ecstasy Mule Contemplates Hunting and Drinking When the Rainbow is Enuf Ecstasy Mule:
Ecstasy Mule Contemplates Hunting and Drinking When the Rainbow is Enuf

(Batterrie -- USA )

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Ecstasy Mule's demented improv blues in a maxi-single presenting 3 version of "Missouri Couple seeks Law Against Hunting + Drinking" from 3 NYC performances.

Ecstasy Mule: Sings Songs of Love & Redemption [3" CD] Ecstasy Mule:
Sings Songs of Love & Redemption [3" CD]

(Batterrie -- USA )

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Upper Manhattan's ecstatic blues- and Bailey-influenced acousto-electric improvising band in a 3" release of exultant, exotic and unusual music.

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

(Drip Audio -- Canada )

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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: Box 2: The Road: Volumes 6-10 with DVD Henry Cow:
Box 2: The Road: Volumes 6-10 with DVD

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )

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Henry Cow's early years on the road, live recordings masterfully restored by Bob Drake, including the only known video of Henry Cow in Switzerland - amazing and essential!

Ishiwarizakura: Okuno Hosomichi Ishiwarizakura:
Okuno Hosomichi

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )

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A live recording of this quartet from the Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku region of Japan, improvised an29730d impressive rock from Yoshida Tatsuya (drums), Nasuno Mitsuru (bass), Kita Naoki (violin) and Murakami Naoki (guitar).

Kam Hassah: This forest [VINYL] Kam Hassah:
This forest [VINYL]

(Dokuro -- Italy )

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"This Forest" is a single sided LP from Italian noise artist Kam Hassah, dense stratas of sounds moving in hypnagocic ways, a gloomy forest of sounds.

Kazuhisa / Tatsuya / Satoshi: Deposition & Erosion Kazuhisa / Tatsuya / Satoshi:
Deposition & Erosion

(Magaibutsu -- Japan )

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The dynamic duo of drummer Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins, Korekyojin, Koenji Hyakkei) and guitarist Uchihashi Kazuhisa (Altered States, Ground Zero) meet in the studio with pianist Mishiba Satoshi for ten multi-tracked rock improvisations of great diversity, power and beauty.

Keiji / Makoto / Tatsuya: Ichi to Ichi ga Kasanatte Shimaumade [DVD] Keiji / Makoto / Tatsuya:
Ichi to Ichi ga Kasanatte Shimaumade [DVD]

(Magaibutsu -- Japan )

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The trio of Haino Keiji, Kawabata Makoto (Acid Mothers Temple) & Yoshida Tatsuya (Ruins, &c) performing live at Beat Tokyo in 2008, intense improvised rock from three masters.

Korekyojinn (Tatsuya / Natsuki / Mitsuru): Jackson [2014 Remaster] (incl "Kaleidoscope" and "Yes Med Korekyojinn (Tatsuya / Natsuki / Mitsuru):
Jackson [2014 Remaster] (incl "Kaleidoscope" and "Yes Medley")

(Magaibutsu -- Japan )

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A 2014 reissue of this 2006 release, adding a complete 10.5 minute version of "Kaleidoscope", and an amazing "Yes Medley", from the trio of drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, bassist Nasuno Mitsuru, and guitarist Kido Natsuki.

LEK: Giant World Knowlege Bliss Control LEK:
Giant World Knowlege Bliss Control

(Fuzzworld Record -- USA )

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Masson, Nicolas Parallels : Thirty Six Ghosts Masson, Nicolas Parallels :
Thirty Six Ghosts

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Tenor saxophonist Nicolas Masson's quartet mixes influences as far-ranging as Ornette Coleman, Black Sabbath, Wayne Short, Warne Marsh and Olivier Messiaen.

Pixel Hexing: A Databending / Video Art Compilation [DVD] Pixel Hexing:
A Databending / Video Art Compilation [DVD]

(Bicephalic -- USA )

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A DVD compilation of databending & video art from video and sound artists Raul Dominguez & Miguel A. Garcia, Muckrackers, loopool & Zara Kand, Kelly Donovan, Wayne Mason, Nipple Stools, CihanLucia, Third I, Carl Kruger, Meat Hands, Somnaphon, Regosphere.

Postmarks (Boris Hauf / D Bayne / Martin Siewert): National Parks Postmarks (Boris Hauf / D Bayne / Martin Siewert):
National Parks

(Monotype -- Poland )

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The duo of saxophonist Boris Hauf and pianist D Bayne team up with guitarist Martin Siewert in this collection of tracks inspired by different U.S. national parks and their representation in iconic posters.

Remote Viewers, The: Crimeways Remote Viewers, The:
Crimeways

(Remote Viewers -- Great Britain )

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The 12th release from the London-based Remote Viewers led by saxophonist David Petts, with four saxophones plus electronics, acoustic bass, keys and tuned percussion, crossing improvisation and rock forms in unique and sinister ways.

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.

Sax Ruins: Blimmguass [JAPANESE EDITION] Sax Ruins:
Blimmguass [JAPANESE EDITION]

(Magaibutsu -- Japan )

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The second Sax Ruins album with Tatsuya Yoshida (drums) and Ono Ryoko (alto sax) with guest Ryuichi Yoshida on baritone sax, performing new arrangements of Ruins works including "Vrresto", "Refusal Fossil", &c.

Shockabilly: Live At 10 Foot Henry's Shockabilly:
Live At 10 Foot Henry's

(Chadula -- USA )

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Shockabilly (Eugene Chadbourne, David Licht, and Kramer) in sound board recordings from their performance at 10 Feet Henry, Calgary in 1983, perhaps one of their best live releases!

Sorites Paradox: Sorites Paradox Sorites Paradox:
Sorites Paradox

(Magaibutsu -- Japan )

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Eccentric Japanese vocalist Makigami Koichi joins Ruins/Korekyojinn drummer Yoshida Tatsuya, Altered States guitarist Uchihashi Kazuhisa, and Shimizu Kazuto (Hikasu) for an album of impressive and slightly deranged rock.

Tatsuya, Yoshida / Imahori Tsuneo : DOTS Tatsuya, Yoshida / Imahori Tsuneo :
DOTS

(Doubtmusic -- Japan )

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Ruins drummer Yoshida Tatsuya and Tipographica guitarist Imahori Tsuneo in fiery and dense improvised power rock taken at high speed, edited and overdubbed in the studio.

Weber, Allen: Hot Shock Weber, Allen:
Hot Shock

(NO LABEL -- USA )

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Grooves with Energy, or Sandunga Jazz Fusion as guitarist and leader Allen Weber describes his mix of jazz rock fusion infused with Latin, Carribeo, Funk, Blues, R & B and Rock.

World Heritage, The: Live At Goodman World Heritage, The:
Live At Goodman

(Magaibutsu -- Japan )

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The World Heritage in their 5th release recorded live at Tokyo's Akihabara Goodman in 2012, amazing improvised instrumental rock from Tatsuya Yoshida (drums), Seiichi Yamamoto (guitar), Natsuki Kido (guitar), Yuji Katsui (violin) and Mitsuru Nasuno (bass).

Yoshihide, Otomo : Core Anode Yoshihide, Otomo :
Core Anode

(Meenna -- Japan )

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Core Anode is Otomo's roaring-sound project, 3 pieces recorded live at concerts in Tokyo (2002), Copenhagen (2006), and London (2006).

Zorn, John: The True Discoveries Of Witches And Demons Zorn, John:
The True Discoveries Of Witches And Demons

(Tzadik -- USA )

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The second release by Zorn's heavy new organ trio Simulacrum of John Medeski, Matt Hollenberg and Kenny Grohowski with guests Mark Ribot on guitar and Trevor Dunn on bass, three generations of musical explorers coming together to rip your mind to shreds.

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.

Prevost, Eddie / Alan Wilkinson: So Are We, So Are We Prevost, Eddie / Alan Wilkinson:
So Are We, So Are We

(Matchless -- Great Britain )

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Gricer: Gricer Gricer:
Gricer

(Taut Recordings -- Great Britain )

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Hotel Hotel: The Sad Sea Hotel Hotel:
The Sad Sea

(Silber Media -- USA )

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Instrumental post rock inspired by a torturous ocean journey: the sounds of hurricanes funneled through violins, guitars, drums, & effect pedals; nice squid cover!

Kihlstedt / Bossi / Ismaily: Causing A Tiger Kihlstedt / Bossi / Ismaily:
Causing A Tiger

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )

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The trio of violinist/vocalist Carla Kihlstedt, bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Matthias Bossi explore the language of memory and dreams through songs, improvisation, and field recordings.

Wolf Eyes / Braxton, Anthony: Black Vomit Wolf Eyes / Braxton, Anthony:
Black Vomit

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )

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Pedromonkeyfinger: Eye Day Rabbit Pedromonkeyfinger:
Eye Day Rabbit

(Bug Incision Records -- Canada )

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"Surreal slabs of processed sound float by each other in brilliant high fidelity, from the man behind much of the documentation of Bug Incision's live activites..."

Heumen, Robert van : Fury Heumen, Robert van :
Fury

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Dutch improviser van Heumen (N Collective, OfficeR, &c.) in a dynamic and shifting solo work of laptop electronics, noise textures, and text.

Zwaanenburg, Jos: 20 Odd Years: Music For Flute(s) & Live Electronics Zwaanenburg, Jos:
20 Odd Years: Music For Flute(s) & Live Electronics

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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Dutch flautist and electronic artist Jos Zwaanenburg in a release that updates and reinvents the technology for works written by British composers for Zwaanenburg over the last 20 years.

IKB: Monochrome Bleu Sans Titre IKB:
Monochrome Bleu Sans Titre

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Referencing the work of French artist and composer Yves Klein, this large group of Creative Sources regulars perform the 4 part Monochrome Bleu Sans Titre, a subtle and rich work of acoustic and electronic improvisation.

Paul, Leah: Trenza Paul, Leah:
Trenza

(Skirl -- USA )

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Flutist Leah Paul presents two engaging compositions in multiple movements, performed with a chamber ensemble of Chris Speed (reeds), Rob Jost (french horn), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Peter Sachon (cello), Tanya Kalmanovitch (viola), Ben Kono (oboe) and Michel Gentile (flute).

Ich B!n Nintendo (Winther / Nergaard / Johansen): Lykke Ich B!n Nintendo (Winther / Nergaard / Johansen):
Lykke

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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The Ich Bin Nintendo trio of Christian Skar Winther (guitar & voice), Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard (bass) and Joakim Heibo Johansen (drums) take their improvised noise music into the post-punk world with demanding and energetic music that voices it's power and exultation.

Ich B!n Nintendo (Winther / Nergaard / Johansen): Lykke [VINYL] Ich B!n Nintendo (Winther / Nergaard / Johansen):
Lykke [VINYL]

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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The Ich Bin Nintendo trio of Christian Skar Winther (guitar & voice), Magnus Skavhaug Nergaard (bass) and Joakim Heibo Johansen (drums) take their improvised noise music into the post-punk world with demanding and energetic music that voices it's power and exultation.

Harth, Alfred 23 / Wolfgang Seidel: Five Eyes Harth, Alfred 23 / Wolfgang Seidel:
Five Eyes

(Moloko Records -- Korea & Germany )

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A fascinating psychedelic stew of improv and audio construction dovetailing tremendous playing with unexpected concrete and electronic interventions from the duo of Alfred 23 Harth on reeds, trombone, keys, and misc., and Wolfgang Seidel on drums, percussion and misc.

BZ BZ UEU: Tapes & Vinyls BZ BZ UEU:
Tapes & Vinyls

(Music a la Coque -- Italy )

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Reissue of Italian improvising rock band of Jacopo Andreini (sax), Pino Montecalvo (bass), Carlo Lupori (drums), Efisio Biancofiore (guitar), Edi Leo (trumpet), active from 1993 to 2005, in their first demo tape recorded live in studio in 1994 plus two 7" split with NO and God Is My Co-Pilot.

Blake, Ran with Ricky Ford and Steve Lacy: That Certain Feeling Blake, Ran with Ricky Ford and Steve Lacy:
That Certain Feeling

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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2010 master of this 1990 classic, not your average book of standards, pianist Blake takes an unusual and broad take on Gershwin with the help of saxophonists Ricky Ford and Steve Lacy.

Huy (Junji / Kazuhisa / Yoshida): Huy Huy (Junji / Kazuhisa / Yoshida):
Huy

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )

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The Japanese trio of Hirose Junji on tenor saxophone, Innocence label founder Uchihashi Kazuhisa on guitar, and Yoshida Tatsuya on drums, initiating Magaibutsu's "Improv Session Series" with this on-fire album of controlled chaos, recorded live at Foxhole in Kichijoji.

PYN (Pittard / Yoshida / Nasuno): L'elan Createur PYN (Pittard / Yoshida / Nasuno):
L'elan Createur

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )

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Following their 2015 album "Songs for children who don't want to sleep", the quartet of Yan Pittard on guitar & oud, Mitsuru Nasuno on bass, Maki Nakano on vocals, and Tatsuya Yoshida on drums present this soundtrack album, which translates to "the creative urge".

Shimizu, Kazuto / Yoshida Tatsuya / Nasyuno Mitsuru: SYN LIVE Shimizu, Kazuto / Yoshida Tatsuya / Nasyuno Mitsuru:
SYN LIVE

(Magaibutsu Limited -- Japan )

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The Japanese improvising rock trio of Kazuto Shimizu on keyboards, Nasyuno Mitsuru on bass, and Yoshida Tatsuya on drums performing live at Club Goodman in Akihabara, Japan, 2016 for technically superb, fast paced, turn-on-a-dime, joyful prog-oriented playing.

Various Artists: I Never Meta Guitar Too Various Artists:
I Never Meta Guitar Too

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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An ongoing compilation organized by Elliott Sharp that is dedicated to solo guitar with 16 original tracks by various artists ranging from acoustic, electro-acoustic, electric, all the way to electronic.

Various Artists: I Never Meta Guitar Three Various Artists:
I Never Meta Guitar Three

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The 3rd issue from Elliott Sharp's compiled series of guitar work in the 21st century, demonstrating new sounds, processes, techniques, melodies, riffs and gestures from a who's-who of modern improvising guitarists, a must-have release for all guitar fans and players.

Machinefabriek (w/ Anne Bakker / Edita Karkoschka): Crumble Machinefabriek (w/ Anne Bakker / Edita Karkoschka):
Crumble

(Self Released -- Netherlands )

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A beautifully dramatic album from the trio of electronic artist Rutger Zydervelt (Machinefabriek), violinist Anne Bakker, and vocalist Edita Karkoschka, a sculpted work full of dramatic turns, immersive drones, glitchy electronics and intimate gestures.

Kazuhisa, Uchihashi and Sotoyama Akira: Uchisoto 1 Kazuhisa, Uchihashi and Sotoyama Akira:
Uchisoto 1

(Innocent Records -- Japan )

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Altered States guitarist Uchihashi Kazuhisa in a set of improvised duos with drummer and percussionist Akira Sotoyama, a frequent player with Otomo, Haco, &c.

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

(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.

Naked Wolf (Ex / Gibson / Jaeger / Provan / Szafirowski): Ahum Naked Wolf (Ex / Gibson / Jaeger / Provan / Szafirowski):
Ahum

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Bridging improv and rock, this quintet including Luc Ex on guitar uses instrumental and vocal forms to draw on a wealth of styles with references to free improv, post-punk and RIO styles, beautifully pacing the album from energetic improv to slowly unfolding atmospheres.

Sawai, Kazue / Michel Doneda / Kazuo Imai / Le Quan Ninh / Tetsu Saitoh: Une chance pour l'ombre Sawai, Kazue / Michel Doneda / Kazuo Imai / Le Quan Ninh / Tetsu Saitoh:
Une chance pour l'ombre

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )

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Blouin, Hugo / Claude Bourque / Paul Gregoire: L' Ossuaire [2 CDs] Blouin, Hugo / Claude Bourque / Paul Gregoire:
L' Ossuaire [2 CDs]

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )

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Recordings of an installation piece built in Iles-de-la-Madeleine in the summer of 2013, a large sculpture made of resonant metal pipes with propane torches and whale bones, used as a huge musical instrument allowing three people to play simultaneously from different sides.

Chadbourne, Eugene : There'll Be No Tears Tonight Chadbourne, Eugene :
There'll Be No Tears Tonight

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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A much-needed reissue of Eugene Chadbourne's ground-breaking free country improv album recorded in NYC with a great Downtown NY lineup including Tom Cora, John Zorn, Scott Manring, and David Licht, performing twisted takes on classics by Paycheck, Haggard, Miller, &c.

Black Bombaim & Peter Brotzmann: Black Bombaim & Peter Brotzmann [VINYL] Black Bombaim & Peter Brotzmann:
Black Bombaim & Peter Brotzmann [VINYL]

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Portugese stoner rock band Black Bombaim and German free jazz saxophonist Peter Brotzmann recorded this album live at Estudios Sa Da Bandeira in Portugal, a power trio + 1 of uncompromising and burning improvisation, a less common but completely rewarding setting for Brotzmann.

Mendoza, Ava / Maxime Petit / Will Guthrie: [7-inch VINYL] Mendoza, Ava / Maxime Petit / Will Guthrie:
[7-inch VINYL]

(BeCoq -- France )

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An excellent instrumental 7-inch from the trio of Ava Mendoza on guitar, Maxime Petit on bass and Will Guthrie on drums, recording in the studio in France, four rocking pieces showing the band's chops, quirky asides, and aggressive yet clean playing style.

Fond of Tigers: Uninhabit Fond of Tigers:
Uninhabit

(Drip Audio -- Canada )

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The 4th album in 14 years from this instrumental Vancouver 7-piece avant rock band exploring both heavy and beautiful sonic environments; the band shares members with The Tony Wilson 6Tet, Dark Blue World, Aeroplane Trio, with Drip Audio leader Jesse Zubot on violin.

Mystical Weapons (Sean Lennon / Greg Saunier): Crotesque [VINYL] Mystical Weapons (Sean Lennon / Greg Saunier):
Crotesque [VINYL]

(Northern Spy -- USA )

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Sean Lennon & Greg Saunier (Mystical Weapons) are joined by multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Shahzad Ismaily for this one-sided, 19.50 minute art LP with an original illustration by Sean Lennon screen-printed on the B side.

Tatsuya, Yoshida / Cho Sokkyo / Tzboguchi Masayasu: TYU Tatsuya, Yoshida / Cho Sokkyo / Tzboguchi Masayasu:
TYU

(Magaibutsu -- Japan )

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The frequent and super-speed improvising duo of drummer Tatsuya Yoshida and guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi join forces with Tzboguchi Masayasu on keyboards and vocoder for an energetic, melodic, and at times outlandish album that pays homage to astonishingly complex rock forms.

Gorilla Mask (Van Huffel / Fidezius / Fischerlehner): Iron Lung Gorilla Mask (Van Huffel / Fidezius / Fischerlehner):
Iron Lung

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Hard-edged and tightly controlled free jazz from the trio of Peter Van Huffel on alto sax, Roland Fidezius on electric bass, and Rudi Fischerlehner on drums, blending jazz & punk sensibilities in works with great technical twists and turns over savagely lyrical music.

Foussat, Jean-Marc : L'oiseau [VINYL] Foussat, Jean-Marc :
L'oiseau [VINYL]

(Fou Records -- France )

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An amazing album of electronic experimentation from multi-instrumentalist Jean-Marc Foussat, dedicating the album to the late painter and son Victor Foussat, through two extended and far-ranging works that blends concrete sounds with intense playing and sonic environments.

Henry Cow: Vol. 8: Bremen Henry Cow:
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Part of the Henry Cow boxset, now available for individual purchase, compiled from live recordings, radio transcription, or early recordings, remastered and presented to give a complete look at the history of Henry Cow.

Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere: 02 Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere:
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An absolutely impressive album blending advanced/progressive rock forms with improvisation, starting from collective improvisation and layering in the studio to create a sophisticated psychedelic music, the second album from this ensemble that is headed by Martin Archer (reeds & keys), Chris Bywater (keys & synth), and Steve Dinsdale (drums & percussion).

Faust: Fresh Air [VINYL + CD] Faust:
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Recorded during their 2016 US tour, Peron and Werner "Zappi" Diermaier used ever-changing ensembles from different locations on the tour to make these recordings, mated with Peron's field recordings, to blend rhythm, noise, spoken word, strong rock and blues hooks, and experimental/industrial elements; another great, eclectic Faust release!

Humcrush (Storlokken / Stronen): Enter Humcrush Humcrush (Storlokken / Stronen):
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After a six year break the Humcrush duo of Stale Storlokken on keys and Thomas Stronen on drums & electronics return with this studio album of rhythmic angularities and experimental sound worlds, drawing on their experiences with bands including Supersilent, Food, Elephant9, Time is a blind guide, Meadow and Motorpsycho.

Korekyojinn Acoustic: Kaleidoscope Korekyojinn Acoustic:
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The Korekyojin trio of Tatsuya Yoshida on percussion, Kido Natsuki on guitar and Mitsuru Nasuno on fretless bass, plus violinist Miyamoto Rei on several tracks, take their intricate and exuberant rock into acoustic territory with this impressive album, which includes acoustic takes on "Arabesque", "Careless Heart", "Four Holes in the Sky", &c.

Clinamen Trio   (Marion / Di Donato / Berger): Decline Clinamen Trio (Marion / Di Donato / Berger):
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(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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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.

Peregrine Falls (Grdina / Loewen): Peregrine Falls Peregrine Falls (Grdina / Loewen):
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Named for the moment when a Peregrine Falcon falls from flight to attack its prey, the Vancouver duo of Gordon Grdina on guitars, oud, electronics and Kenton Loewen on drums and percussion present a heavy album of improvised rock with raw energy, riveting technique and powerful grooves with an Arabic influence and essence; of interest to King Crimson fans.

Samworth, Ron (Samworth / Adler / JP Carter / Naylor / Peggy Lee / James Meger): Dogs Do Dream Samworth, Ron (Samworth / Adler / JP Carter / Naylor / Peggy Lee / James Meger):
Dogs Do Dream

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Presented at the Vancouver International Improvisation Festival and the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, guitarist Ron Samworth's conceptual work explores the life and dreams of a dog, with narration from Barbara Adler and an incredible ensemble including cellist Peggy, keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, trumpeter JP Carter, drummer Dylan van der Schyff, etc.

Sick Boss (Schmidt / Meger / Peggy Lee / JP Carter / Naylor / Page): Sick Boss Sick Boss (Schmidt / Meger / Peggy Lee / JP Carter / Naylor / Page):
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A richly refined and sophisticated album drawing on improvisation, experimenation and rock elements from the collaborative Vancouver ensemble Sick Boss of core members guitarist Cole Schmidt, bassist James Meger and drummer Daniel Gaucher, with guests including guitarist Tony Wilson, cellist Peggy Lee, trumpeter JP Carter, synth player Tyson Naylor, &c. &c.

Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere: 03 Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere:
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The improvising rock group Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere, led by Martin Archer, Chris Bywater, and Steve Dinsdale, in their 3rd album of innovative improvisation, haunting hypnotic grooves and blasts of sheer exuberance, with the band augmented by strings and trombone to give them a larger and more intense sound.

Scarassatti / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Torres: Amoa Hi Scarassatti / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Torres:
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Titled for the Amazonas Indians, Brazilian sound sculptor Marco Scarassatti performs on his self-made instrument the Kraiser in a quartet with Creative Sources regulars Ernesto Rodrigues, Guilherme Rodrigues, and Nuno Torres for a dream-like set of improvisations named with indigenous expressions, blending neoprimitivism with creative acoustic improvisation.

 

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