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Big Bend RTS & Samuel Blaser: Aquarelle
Big Bend RTS & Samuel Blaser:
Aquarelle

(PGP RTS -- Serbia )


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"Big Band RTS was founded in 1948 under the name Radio Belgrade Entertainment Orchestra in the formation of a revue orchestra, and in 1954, with the separation of the string ensemble, it began work as a Big Jazz Orchestra (Big Band). Fo...

Edelman, Nataniel Trio (feat. Michael Formanek / Michael Attias): Un Ruido de Agua <i>[Used Item]</i
Edelman, Nataniel Trio (feat. Michael Formanek / Michael Attias):
Un Ruido de Agua [Used Item]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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A piano sax and bass trio led by Argentinian pianist Nataniel Edelman with Michael Formanek on bass and Michael Attias on alto sax, recording in the studio in Berlin for a mix of five Edelman compositions, one by Attias, and four collective improvisations, recorded in a single day for a consistently lyrical, flowing set of elegantly informed, magnificent playing.

Tarwid, Grzegorz Trio ( w/ Mucha / Karch): Flowers <i>[Used Item]</i>
Tarwid, Grzegorz Trio ( w/ Mucha / Karch):
Flowers [Used Item]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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Lyrically upbeat and expressive piano trio compositions from Polish pianist Grzegorz Tarwid and his trio with double bassist Max Mucha and drummer Albert Karch, all active performers on the Polish and European free jazz secene, here in six works of diverse moods that start with Latin tinges and seamlessly work through playful and pointillistic pieces to end in a tranquil "Sleep".

Calcanhar (Mortagua  / Azevedo): Jump <i>[Used Item]</i>
Calcanhar (Mortagua / Azevedo):
Jump [Used Item]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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The project name chosen by the duo of Portuguese improvisers, saxophonist Joao Mortagua and pianist Carlos Azevedo, translates to "heel", which they explain "represents the footprint we leave behind as we navigate a constantly evolving musical path", heard in 14 succinct improvisations that balance implicitly lyrical dialog with unconventional and often mischievous technique.

Rodrigues / Stoffner / Parrinha / Madeira: Altered Egos <i>[Used Item]</i>
Rodrigues / Stoffner / Parrinha / Madeira:
Altered Egos [Used Item]

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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A highly interactive and textural set of chamber-oriented free improvisations with an often pointillistic approach from the quartet of Portuguese improvisers Ernesto Rodrigues on viola & crackle box, Bruno Parrinha on clarinet & alto saxophone, Joao Madeira on double bass with Swiss electric guitarist Florian Stoffner, in three detailed and engaging conversations.

Rodrigues / Parrinha / McDonas / Flak / Oliveira: The Fleeting Nature Of Time <i>[Used Item]</i>
Rodrigues / Parrinha / McDonas / Flak / Oliveira:
The Fleeting Nature Of Time [Used Item]

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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Excellent pacing with introspective richness and detail through five improvisations, as US pianist Thollem McDonas joins Portuguese improvisers Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Bruno Parrinha on alto clarinet, Flak on acoustic guitar and Jose Oliveira on percussion for this studio recording in Lisbon, each passage reflecting a word from the title; inspired and beautiful.

Brotzmann / Kondo / Toyozumi: Complete Link
Brotzmann / Kondo / Toyozumi:
Complete Link

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )


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Bailey / Toyozumi: Breath Awareness
Bailey / Toyozumi:
Breath Awareness

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )


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Beger / Taubenfeld / Hazan / Drake: Cosmic Waves
Beger / Taubenfeld / Hazan / Drake:
Cosmic Waves

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )


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Borca / R. Brown / W. Parker / Workman / Nicholson / Murphy / Ibarra / Taylor-Baker: Good News Blues
Borca / R. Brown / W. Parker / Workman / Nicholson / Murphy / Ibarra / Taylor-Baker:
Good News Blues

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )


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McIntyre / Thompson / Suggs / Fielder: Rivbea Live! Series, Volume 1
McIntyre / Thompson / Suggs / Fielder:
Rivbea Live! Series, Volume 1

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )


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Edwards, John / Emil Karlsen / Dominic Lash: Action Theory
Edwards, John / Emil Karlsen / Dominic Lash:
Action Theory

(Spoonhunt -- UK )


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A new take on the classic guitar, bass & drums trio line-up, bringing together three generations of improvising musicians--John Edwards on double bass, Emil Karlsen on drums and Dominic Lash, more typically a double bassist, here on a Telecaster electric guitar--in five studio recordings of great intensity and varying direction fueled by a minute attention to detail.

Mirarchi, David: Ink Folly, Orchid Gleam <i>[Used Item]</i>
Mirarchi, David:
Ink Folly, Orchid Gleam [Used Item]

(Unbroken Sounds -- USA )


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Composer, poet and saxophonist David Mirarchi seeks to transform the written word into melodic, harmonic, rhythmic, and structural materials, using experimental compositional techniques, here recording in Brooklyn with trio of bassist Mathias Hojgaard Jensen and drummer Eliza Salem for a two part work transmuted from a two-part poem contrasting city life and nature.

Reed, Mike: The Separatist Party [VINYL]
Reed, Mike:
The Separatist Party [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


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Transforming a sense of isolation and separation into exuberant and pointed expression, drummer Mike Reed brings together this hybrid sextet of Chicago players, including cornetist Ben LaMar Gay, poet and spoken word artist Marvin Tate (D-Settlement), and members of Bitchin Bajas (Rob Frye, Cooper Crain, and Dan Quinlivan), for 9 heartfelt, intensely passionate pieces.

Reed, Mike: The Separatist Party
Reed, Mike:
The Separatist Party

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


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Transforming a sense of isolation and separation into exuberant and pointed expression, drummer Mike Reed brings together this hybrid sextet of Chicago players, including cornetist Ben LaMar Gay, poet and spoken word artist Marvin Tate (D-Settlement), and members of Bitchin Bajas (Rob Frye, Cooper Crain, and Dan Quinlivan), for 9 heartfelt, intensely passionate pieces.

Davis, Anthony / Kyle Motl / Kjell Nordeson: Vertical Motion [VINYL]
Davis, Anthony / Kyle Motl / Kjell Nordeson:
Vertical Motion [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


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"In 2018, I had the good fortune to organize a session with two absolute heroes of music: Anthony Davis, and Kjell Nordeson. I'd been playing with Kjell in various groups for a few years, and had been studying with Anthony at UC San Die...

Davis, Caroline / Wendy Eisenberg: Accept When [VINYL]
Davis, Caroline / Wendy Eisenberg:
Accept When [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


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Based on a growing friendship and friendly improvisations developed between 2022 & '23, New York guitarist Wendy Eisenberg and saxophonist and activist Caroline Davis developed this set of ten songs--poignant, expressive, deeply personal, unconventional, illusory--performed with drummer Greg Saunier, reminding of the early Downtown NY scene in their confident fragility; beautiful.

Ahmed (Thomas / Grip / Gerbal / Wright): Wood Blues [VINYL 2 LPs]
Ahmed (Thomas / Grip / Gerbal / Wright):
Wood Blues [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


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A rollicking album of hard blues from the أحمد [Ahmed] quartet of Pat Thomas on piano, Joel Grip on double bass, Antonin Gerbal on drums and Seymour Wright on alto saxophone, performing live in 2022 as part of the Counterflows Festival at The Glue Factory in Glasgow, for a hard driving, upbeat performance in front of an enthusiastic audience.

Houle / Gentile / Hawkins: Fatrasies
Houle / Gentile / Hawkins:
Fatrasies

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )


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The transatlantic trio of UK pianist Alexander Hawkins, NY drummer Kate Gentile and Canadian reedist Francois Houle are heard in four masterful spontaneous improvisations in their live performance at the 39th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, Houle performing on clarinets (sometimes two at a time) including the early, deep-note basset clarinet.

Little, Booker: Out Front To And Friends, Revisited
Little, Booker:
Out Front To And Friends, Revisited

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


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The lesser known hard bop trumpeter Booker Little died at just 23, but left a legacy in these two sextet albums that balance lyricism with freedom — Out Front and Booker Little and Friend — the former recorded with Eric Dophy and Max Roach, and the latter with George Coleman & Julian Priester, both albums with legendary players including Ron Carter, Reggie Workman, Art Davis, Don Friedman &c..

Ayler, Albert: Live Greenwich Village To Love Cry, Revisited
Ayler, Albert:
Live Greenwich Village To Love Cry, Revisited

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


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Bringing together two contrasting Impulse! albums from Aylers late 60's output: the exemplary free jazz release Live Greenwich Village in two sessions with core Ayler associates, brother Donald, Michael Sampson, Henry Grimes, Beaver Harris, &c.; then Ayler's challenging attempt to reach a more popular following in Love Cry, with Milford Graves taking the drummers chair.

Park, Han-earl / Yorgos Dimitriadis / Camila Nebbia: Gonggong 225088
Park, Han-earl / Yorgos Dimitriadis / Camila Nebbia:
Gonggong 225088

(Waveform Alphabet -- USA )


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The project of Korean-American guitarist, improviser and composer Han-earl Park, Gonggong 225088 is his trio with Argentinian saxophonist, composer and visual artist Camila Nebbia, and Greek drummer, improviser and sound artist Yorgos Dimitriadis, in an album of collective improvisation that expands its percolating jazz roots with spacious moments of electronics and extended expression.

Carter, Daniel / Matthew Putman / Federico Ughi: Stream of a Dream
Carter, Daniel / Matthew Putman / Federico Ughi:
Stream of a Dream

(577 Records -- USA )


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After participating together in many groups over more than a decade, this is the first time these three improvisers and core performers on the 577 label--Daniel Carter on saxophone, trumpet & clarinet, Matthew Putman on piano and Federico Ughi on drums--have come together as a trio, captured live at the 2024 Forward Festival in Brooklyn for three extended, dexterous conversations.

Gargaud, Guillaume / Eero Savela: Syyspimee
Gargaud, Guillaume / Eero Savela:
Syyspimee

(Ramble Records -- Australia )


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"French guitarist, composer and improviser Guillaume Gargaud and Finnish trumpet player Eero Savela join forces again for SYYSPIMEE. SYYSPIMEE (the darkness of autumn in Finnish) follows the 2020 release 'Helsinki' and sees them continu...

Rempis, Dave / Tashi Dorji Duo: Gnash
Rempis, Dave / Tashi Dorji Duo:
Gnash

(Aerophonic -- USA )


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Beginning their tours as a duo in 2017 and expanded into the trio Kuzu, Bhutanese improvising guitarist Tashi Dorji and Chicago saxophone improviser Dave Rempis recorded these four exotically powerful dialogs after their 2023 tour, performing at The Sugar Maple, in Milwaukee, Rempis on multiple saxophones including the soprano sax that the late Mars Williams gifted to him.

Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp: Magical Incantation
Perelman, Ivo / Matthew Shipp:
Magical Incantation

(Soul City Sounds -- USA )


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A standout in the many collaborations between New York pianist Matthew Shipp and Brazil-born, NY-based tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman, recording in the studio for eight elegantly lyrical improvisations that invoke both devotional and decisive dialogs, from an introspective "Prayer" to a dissipated "Lustihood", a spellbinding set of fraternal invocations.

Sery, Christelle / Jerome Descamps: Te Ti'ama
Sery, Christelle / Jerome Descamps:
Te Ti'ama

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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"Enigmatic and deeply emblematic, a sensitive dialogue unbound by predetermined roles, Te Ti'ama announces the opportune arrival of an exciting new duo defining an undocumented path in guitar-trombone dynamics. While taking obvious inspi...

Nabatov, Simon Quartet feat. Ralph Alessi: Lovely Music
Nabatov, Simon Quartet feat. Ralph Alessi:
Lovely Music

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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"Lovely" but also free to take some wild asides, Russian-American pianist Simon Nabatov's quintet with trumpeter Ralph Allessi, saxophonist Sebastian Gille, bassist David Helm and drummer Leif Berger pivots around melodic cores from Nabatov's alluring compositions as he explores themes of love, refraining from cloying approaches through sophisticated and often edgy direction for his players.

Gantar, Miha: New York City [5 CDs]
Gantar, Miha:
New York City [5 CDs]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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The 3rd box set from Slovenian pianist & composer residing in Amsterdam, Miha Gantar, in five CDs collaborating with NYC improvisors and contemporary players performing Gantar compositions and collective improv, in configurations from a quintet, two trios including one with bassist John Hebert & drummer Eric McPherson, a duo with tenor saxophonist Zoh Amba, ending with Gantar solo.

Studer, Daniel: Extended II <i>[Used Item]</i>
Studer, Daniel:
Extended II [Used Item]

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


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Presented in two sonic rendering, one for stereo playback and a binaural mix for headophones, this exceptional 2021 chamber jazz string performance at Kunstraum Walcheturm in Zurich displays spectacular technique and concentration, from the quintet of Daniel Studer (double bass), Harald Kimmig (violin), Frantz Loriot (viola), Alfred Zimmerlin (violoncello) and Philip Zoubek (piano).

Modney (Modney / Wooley / Gentile / Roberts / Pluta /   Symthe / ...): Ascending Primes [2 CDs]
Modney (Modney / Wooley / Gentile / Roberts / Pluta / Symthe / ...):
Ascending Primes [2 CDs]

(Pyroclastic Records -- USA )


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Exploring tuning systems and the extremes of harmonicity and dissonance through compositions that employ prime numbers of players in solo, trio, quintet, septet, and undectet (11) configurations, violinist Modney takes listeners into transcendent and turbulent spaces spanning improvisation and composition, detailed in a 24-page booklet with collages from Ellsworth Kelly.

Leon, David: Bird's Eye
Leon, David:
Bird's Eye

(Pyroclastic Records -- USA )


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An exotic album of improvised music with a wide focus, founded in saxophonist David Leon's interest in Afrocuban folkloric music, expanded through DoYeon Kim's gayagum, a traditional 12-string Korean zither, and punctuated with the exploratory drumming, percussion and glockenspiel of Lesley Mok; assertively unpredictable and continuously intriguing improv.

Guy, Barry / Ken Vandermark: Occasional Poems [2 CDs]
Guy, Barry / Ken Vandermark:
Occasional Poems [2 CDs]

(Not Two -- Poland )


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"For British bassist Barry Guy the concert that produced this fine double disc package occurred at the end of a four day intensive residency in Krakow culminating in the premier of an ambitious new work by his Blue Shroud Band. While fo...

Leap of Faith / Kane Loggia Hypothesis: Interconnected by Testable Relations
Leap of Faith / Kane Loggia Hypothesis:
Interconnected by Testable Relations

(Evil Clown -- USA )


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A split release between two essential duos from the Boston-area Evil Clown collective: first, the core duo of Leap of Faith — David Peck on reeds & percussion and Glynis Lomon on cellos, aquasonic & voice — in a trio with trumpeter John Fugarino; second, the Kane Loggia Hypothesis duo of Bonnie Kane on sax, flute & electronics and John Loggia on drums, in a trio with drummer Ben James.

Gallio, Christoph / Roger Turner: You Can Blackmail Me Later
Gallio, Christoph / Roger Turner:
You Can Blackmail Me Later

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


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During a sabbatical in London, Swiss saxophonist Christoph Gallio (Day & Taxi) renewed his friendship with percussionist Roger Turner, with whom he had performed in a trio with Urs Leimgruber; meeting at Turner's London flat, they developed the spontaneous language heard on this freely improvised album, Gallio on soprano, alto & C-melody saxophones and Turner on drums & distinctive percussive devices.

Hendriksen, Alex / Fabian Gisler / Paul Amereller: Lotus Blossom
Hendriksen, Alex / Fabian Gisler / Paul Amereller:
Lotus Blossom

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


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Unabashedly lyrical and focused on jazz tradition, the Swiss trio of Alex Hendriksen on tenor saxophone, Fabian Gisler on double bass and Paul Amereller on drums present an album of standards, including pieces by Tadd Dameron, Billy Strayhorn, Jerome Kern, Thelonious Monk and Benny Golson, warmly interpreted with extraordinary band interplay and individual soloing.

Braxton, Anthony: Solo Bern 1984 First Visit
Braxton, Anthony:
Solo Bern 1984 First Visit

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


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Thirteen years after his breakthrough solo saxophone album For Alto, Anthony Braxton is heard in an inventive solo concert on the same instrument, performing at the Altes Schlachthaus Theatre in Bern, Switzerland for a set of original numbered compositions, the standards "Alone Together" and "I Remember You", and two Coltrane pieces: "Giant Steps" and "Naima".

Mitchell, Matt: Illimitable [2 CDs]
Mitchell, Matt:
Illimitable [2 CDs]

(Obliquity -- USA )


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"100% improvised, one take, no edits" from New York pianist Matt Mitchell's solo album in four extended improvisations of impressive detail and creative direction, eschewing any particular style while crossing many, Mitchell's technical skills making complex passages clear even when he names them as abstruse, an impressive accomplishment and an absorbing album of solo piano improv.

Prevost, Eddie: Loci Of Change
Prevost, Eddie:
Loci Of Change

(Matchless -- UK )


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First ever solo percussion release by the founding member of AMM, recorded in 1996. "Such complex layering is a characteristic of AMM music and it is to AMM music that the most immediate comparisons must be made. The 'landscape' pieces ...

Schmid, Silvan / Tom Wheatley / Eddie Prevost: The Wandering One - High Laver Levitation Volume 2
Schmid, Silvan / Tom Wheatley / Eddie Prevost:
The Wandering One - High Laver Levitation Volume 2

(Matchless -- UK )


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A live recording of freely improvised improv captured at All Hallows Church in High Laver, Essex in 2023 from the trio of AMM drummer and Matchless label-leader Eddie Prévost, Zürich and Maastricht trumpeter Silvan Shmid, and London double bassist Tom Wheatley of the group Widdershins, heard in three investigative conversations of great creative drive.

Mayas, Magda Filamental (Mayas / Abdelnour / Caddy / Davies / Davies / Mayaas / Parks / Theriot-Ramo
Mayas, Magda Filamental (Mayas / Abdelnour / Caddy / Davies / Davies / Mayaas / Parks / Theriot-Ramos / Thieke):
Ritual Mechanics

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


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The 2nd release from Magda Mayas' Filamental octet of Mayas, Zeena Parkins, Michel Thieke, Christine Abdelnour, Angharad Davies, Rhodri Davies, Aimée Theriot and Anthea Caddy, is a fascinating studio composition developed from individual recordings provided by each musician, assembled into two detailed and cohesive works of impressive contours and almost ceremonial beauty.

Sobek, Chloe / Tim Berne: Burning Up
Sobek, Chloe / Tim Berne:
Burning Up

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


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The first meeting between New York alto saxophonist Tim Berner and Australian string player Chloë Sobek, performing on the violone, a precursor to the modern double bass, in five improvisations recorded outside of the studio to create an intimate space for their spontaneous, articulate and well-balanced dialogs, from rapt introspection to blazing intensity.

Mcphee, Joe / Ken Vandermark: Musings of a Bahamian Son: Poems and Other Words
Mcphee, Joe / Ken Vandermark:
Musings of a Bahamian Son: Poems and Other Words

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )


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27 concise poems written and read by saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, punctuated by 9 musical interludes between McPhee on soprano sax and Chicago reedist Ken Vandermark on clarinet and bass, fortifying McPhee's captivating words that mix life observations among jazz references to Dolphy, Monk, Brötzmann, Coleman, &c.; a truly embraceable "book" of poetry.

Ghost Trees: Intercept Method [VINYL 2 LPs]
Ghost Trees:
Intercept Method [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Future Recordings -- USA )


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Appropriately recording in New Jersey in the Van Gelder Studios, the North Carolina sax & drum duo of Brent Bagwell and Seth Nanaa stand in the shadows of Coltrane & Ali or McHenry & Cyrlle on their fourth release, a 2-LP, 180gm red-vinyl album of swinging, structured free jazz with a lyrically inclined outside attitude; twelve tracks of concise and compelling dialogs.

Ghost Trees (Nanaa / Bagwell): Universal Topics [VINYL]
Ghost Trees (Nanaa / Bagwell):
Universal Topics [VINYL]

(Future Recordings -- USA )


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Recording in the Van Gelder studio in NJ, the Ghost Trees Duo of Seth Nanaa on drums and Brent Bagwell on tenor saxophone release an album of nine inventive dialogs, expressive and energetic jazz born from fifteen years working together, from the trio The Eastern Seaboard to their own hard-working duo and recent Ghost Tree Big Band project.

ORD: Hemligheter pa vagen [VINYL]
ORD:
Hemligheter pa vagen [VINYL]

(Havtorn Records -- Sweden )


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Inspired by the memoir from Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, this first album from the ORD quintet uses text from Tranströmer and original work from pianist & composer Karin Johansson and vocalist Jenny Willén, with trombonist Niclas Rhyd, reedist Gunnel Samuelsson and bassist Hasse Westling, in an exquisite set of introspective songs that bridge composed and improvised forms.

ORD: Hemligheter pa vagen
ORD:
Hemligheter pa vagen

(Havtorn Records -- Sweden )


Price: $13.95    




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Inspired by the memoir from Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, this first album from the ORD quintet uses text from Tranströmer and original work from pianist & composer Karin Johansson and vocalist Jenny Willén, with trombonist Niclas Rhyd, reedist Gunnel Samuelsson and bassist Hasse Westling, in an exquisite set of introspective songs that bridge composed and improvised forms.

Ensemble 5 (Geisser / Blumer / Staub / Morgenthaler / Dell): The Human Factor
Ensemble 5 (Geisser / Blumer / Staub / Morgenthaler / Dell):
The Human Factor

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


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The long-running quartet of percussionist Heinz Geisser, bassist Fridolin Blumer, pianist Reto Staub and trombonist Robert Morgenthaler have for years extended their 4-tet with a 5th guest, here asking vibraphonist Christopher Dell to join them in the studio after a successful live performance in the spring of 2022, capturing this spectacular, wide-ranging example of collective improvisation.

Dorham, Kenny: Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia To Matador - Revisited
Dorham, Kenny:
Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia To Matador - Revisited

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


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Revisiting and remastering two essential albums from New York hard bop trumpeter Kenny Dorham, a tremendous musican who died much too young but left a legacy of 20 albums as a leader, here in his 1956 Blue Note album in a sextet that included Bobby Timmons and Kenny Burrell, and his 1963 United Artists Jazz album in a quintet with Jackie McLean, Bobby Timmons, Teddy Smith and JC. Moses.

Braxton, Anthony Saxophone Quartet: Sax QT (Lorraine) 2022 [4 CDs]
Braxton, Anthony Saxophone Quartet:
Sax QT (Lorraine) 2022 [4 CDs]

(I Dischi di Angelica -- Italy )


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A complement to the New Braxton House Lorraine box, these live performances of Anthony Braxton's Lorraine system are performed in four European cities by Braxton himself on alto, soprano & sopranino saxophones, James Fei on sopranino & alto saxophones, Chris Jonas on alto & tenor saxophonse, Ingrid Laubrock on soprano & tenor saxophones, and Andre Vida on baritone, tenor and soprano saxophones.

Adena Quartet ( Kazuhisa Uchihashi / Keisuk Ohta / Shinobu Kawai / Akira Sotoyama): Adena Quartet
Adena Quartet ( Kazuhisa Uchihashi / Keisuk Ohta / Shinobu Kawai / Akira Sotoyama):
Adena Quartet

(Doubtmusic -- Japan )


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The first album from the Japanese improvising quartet of electric guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi (Altered States), cross-media violinist Keisuke Ohta, bassist Shinobu Kawai (Yoshihide Otomo Special Big Band, Akira Sakata) and drummer Akira Sotoyama (Tipographica, Koichi Matsukaze Quartet), in three avant jazz improvisations captured live at Knuttel House in Tokyo.

Stewart, Luke Silt Trio (w/ Settles / Crudup or Taylor): Unknown Rivers
Stewart, Luke Silt Trio (w/ Settles / Crudup or Taylor):
Unknown Rivers

(Pi Recordings -- USA )


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The long-running Silt Trio led by DC bassist and composer Luke Stewart, with Brian Settles on tenor sax and either drummer Trae Crudup or Chad Taylor, in their debut for Pi Recordings with seven Stewart compositions founded around his deep grooves; playful and sophisticated work that leave room for tremendous soloing and support from each trio configuration.

Futterman, Joel / Ike Levin Duo: Infinite Dimensions
Futterman, Joel / Ike Levin Duo:
Infinite Dimensions

(CLM -- USA )


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Two spontaneously composed original improvisation from the collaborative partnership of Ike Levin on tenor saxophone and Joel Futterman on piano & Indian flute, their long history together allowing great depth of connection, passionate expression and periods of reflective contemplation, weaving their playing with meticulous detail inside an impressive and masterful journey.

Futterman, Joel / William Parker: Why
Futterman, Joel / William Parker:
Why

(Soul City Sounds -- USA )


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Having worked together as members of the Kidd Jordan Quartet, pianist Joel Futterman and bassist William Parker recorded these collective duo improvisations in the studio in New York City in 2020, a perfect match of technical mastery pushing the boundaries of free playing through creative use of tonality, rhythm, and harmony from two extraordinarily compatibile improvisers.

Devouring the Guilt (Bill Harris / Gerrit Hatcher / Eli Namay): Not To Want To Say
Devouring the Guilt (Bill Harris / Gerrit Hatcher / Eli Namay):
Not To Want To Say

(Kettle Hole Records -- USA )


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Releasing their first album in 2017, the collective trio of Chicago improvisers Bill Harris on drums, Gerrit Hatcher on tenor saxophone and Eli Namay on bass (now based in Pittsburgh), this third release is their first studio album, in two long-form improvisations that work on a spontaneous canvas of edgy contemplation and assertive conversation.

Richards, Steph (w/ White / Takeishi / Cleaver / Jaffee) : Power Vibe
Richards, Steph (w/ White / Takeishi / Cleaver / Jaffee) :
Power Vibe

(Northern Spy -- USA )


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Using a democratic compositional concept of cues that any of the musicians can employ to redirect all players into new structures, leading to exemplary improv from the core quintet of Steph Richards on trumpet & flugelhorn, Joshua White on piano, Stomu Takeishi on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drumset, plus Max Jaffe replacing Cleaver on drums & sensory electronics for one live track.

Douglas, Dave: Gifts
Douglas, Dave:
Gifts

(Greenleaf Music -- USA )


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A new book of compositions and four interesting interpretations of Billy Strayhorn songs from trumpeter Dave Douglas' premier of a new quartet with tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and two members of the post-rock trio Son Lux — guitarist Rafiq Bhatia and drummer Ian Chang — in a lyrically embraceable and sophisticated album dedicated to the gifts of life and music we all share.

Amberg, Elio / Christoph Baumann: Life In A Pond <i>[Used Item]</i>
Amberg, Elio / Christoph Baumann:
Life In A Pond [Used Item]

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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Nine freely improvised introspections as "enlightening spots on different forms of life in a rather muddy environment" from Lucerne, Switzerland based tenor saxophonist Elio Amberg and pianist Christoph Baumann, wonderful miniatures of great style and skill, a diverse exploration of their fictional pond that's quite spellbinding and exciting.

Turbulence Orchestra: Trapped In A Whorl <i>[Used Item]</i>
Turbulence Orchestra:
Trapped In A Whorl [Used Item]

(Evil Clown -- USA )


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Zajc, Rebeka Rusjan : Prelude <i>[Used Item]</i>
Zajc, Rebeka Rusjan :
Prelude [Used Item]

(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.

Shipp, Matthew: The Data [2 CDs]
Shipp, Matthew:
The Data [2 CDs]

(RogueArt -- France )


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Recording in the Merkin Concert Hall on a Steinway Grand Piano, New York pianist Matthew Shipp's seventeen numbered tracks of "The Data" takes listeners through a virtual history of jazz and contemporary improvisation, from beautifully lyrical moments to rapidly complex matrices of expression, balancing his approaches into an absorbing and rewarding album.

Gratkowski / Uchihashi / Heather / Sundland: Frank Gratkowski's Entrainment
Gratkowski / Uchihashi / Heather / Sundland:
Frank Gratkowski's Entrainment

(Klanggalerie -- Austria )


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A stunningly powerful quartet of electric jazz captured live at the 2022 Freejazz Festival in Saarbrucken, Germany between German alto saxophonist Frank Gratkowski (Skein), Japanese guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi (Ground Zero, Altered States), electric bassist Dan Peter Sundland and drummer Steve Heather, performing four assertive, charged and cathartic collective improvisations.

Deupree, Jerome / Joe Morris  / Matthew Shipp: Travelogue
Deupree, Jerome / Joe Morris / Matthew Shipp:
Travelogue

(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!) -- Poland )


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"Legendary pianist Matthew Shipp, one of the greatest improvisers Joe Morris and fantastic drummer Jerome Deupree known from iconic band MORPHINE together!!!!!!!!!!"-Fundacja Sluchaj

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Nabatov, Simon: Raging Bulgakov [2 CDs]
Nabatov, Simon:
Raging Bulgakov [2 CDs]

(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!) -- Poland )


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Composer and pianist Simon Nabatov sets to music two major works of modern Russian literature — Mikhail Bulgakov's The Fatal Eggs and Heart of a Dog — each interpretation spanning an album's worth of material and performed with an extraordinary septet of chamber jazz performers through piano, sax, trombone, viola, cellos, bass and drums.

Kimura, Izumi / Barry Guy / Gerry Hemingway: Six Hands Open As One
Kimura, Izumi / Barry Guy / Gerry Hemingway:
Six Hands Open As One

(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!) -- Poland )


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Five years after their extraordinary debut album Illuminated Silence, the trio of pianist Izumi Kimura, bassist Barry Guy and drummer Gerry Hemingway present four compositions for free improv, two pieces reflecting on the current state of warfare, with two from pieces Kimura and one each from Guy and Hemingway, the liner notes from each artist explaining the impetus for their work.

Piotrowicz, Kamil / Erik Kimestad / Simon Albertsen: The President
Piotrowicz, Kamil / Erik Kimestad / Simon Albertsen:
The President

(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!) -- Poland )


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"Kamil Piotrowicz - one of the brightest and most acclaimed for his creativity pianists on the artistic map of Poland, an artist associated with the new Scandinavian (Danish) improvised music scene accompanied by equally talented two mu...

Ruhl, Joris: Feuilles <i>[Used Item]</i>
Ruhl, Joris:
Feuilles [Used Item]

(Umlaut Records -- France )


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Clarinetist Xavier Charles, accordionist Jonas Kocher and percussionist Toma Gouband join French improviser Joris Ruhl for this extended improvisation of multiphonics, textures and timbres, evolving from subtle harmonics into vast waves of sound, pausing to punctuate with pointillist interaction, then expanding into dramatic waves of sound before carefully fading away; sublime.

Gibson, Yedo: Conic Tube
Gibson, Yedo:
Conic Tube

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


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Born in São Paulo, Brazil and working in Amsterdam and Lisbon, and also part of the London Improvisers Orchestra, Yedo Gibson unleashes an album of solo improvisation on the soprano and tenor saxophones, his "conic tubes" which he uses to express the potential to change environment and energy through technically impressive, expressive playing.

Carey, Kirsten / Aaron Edgcomb: Mature Defense Mechanism
Carey, Kirsten / Aaron Edgcomb:
Mature Defense Mechanism

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


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Known best for the guitar work on clipping's Rick and Morty song "Stab Him in the Throat", Chicago guitarist Kirsten Carey joins with drummer Aaron Edgcomb (Trigger) for this set of mischievous improvised experiments that explore the relationships between rock, jazz and experimental sound through eleven assertive dialogs of quirky, skronky, and inspired playing.

Lavelle, Matt & The 12 Houses: The Crop Circles Suite
Lavelle, Matt & The 12 Houses:
The Crop Circles Suite

(Mahakala Music -- USA )


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An album to absorb and get excited over, as Matt Lavelle pursues a long-running dream to bring his 12 Houses Orchestra to record, here in an incredible collection of compositions, just the first set of a larger concept of solid jazz pieces that pivot on astrology and numerology as reflected in time signature, bar lines, melody notes, chords, and intervals; powerful, lyrical, spectacular work!

Remote Viewers, The: Inside The Blizzard / Trivia
Remote Viewers, The:
Inside The Blizzard / Trivia

(Remote Viewers -- UK )


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UK Composer David Pett's Remote Viewers present two large works: "Inside the Blizzard" in five parts of configurations from solo to quintet; and "Trivia", a quintet work in eight parts; solid, compelling work of forceful confidence from members Adrian Northover, Sue Lynch, Caroline Krabbel & Petts on sax, John Edwards on bass, Hutch Demouilpied on trumpet and Rosa Theodora on piano.

Delta Saxophone Quartet: Late Music <i>[Used Item]</i>
Delta Saxophone Quartet:
Late Music [Used Item]

(FMR -- UK )


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Marking their 40th anniversary with this 8th album, London's lyrically sophisticated Delta Saxophone Quartet in varying sax configurations of Christian Forshaw, Graeme Blevins, Howard McGill, Kathryn McGuiness, Andy Tweed, Tim Holmes and Chris Caldwell, reflect on their history in a diverse set of pieces including covers of Joy Division, David Bowie, The Durutti Column, &c.

Crispell, Marilyn / Jason Stein / Damon Smith / Adam Shead: Spi-Raling Horn
Crispell, Marilyn / Jason Stein / Damon Smith / Adam Shead:
Spi-Raling Horn

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )


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A collaboration between the working trio of bass clarinetist Jason Stein, double bassist Damon Smith, and drummer Adam Shead, adding pianist Marilyn Crispell, initiated by Smith & Crispell's admiration of painter Cy Twombly, whose artwork graces this album's cover, recorded live and complete in the studio after two live concerts between the quartet; masterful collective improv!

Fully Celebrated Orchestra (Hobbs / Bynum / Ayers / Gray / Shanko): Sob Story <i>[Used Item]</i>
Fully Celebrated Orchestra (Hobbs / Bynum / Ayers / Gray / Shanko):
Sob Story [Used Item]

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


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Rodrigues, Ernesto / Nuno Torres / Johannes von Buttlar: Cosmic Collision
Rodrigues, Ernesto / Nuno Torres / Johannes von Buttlar:
Cosmic Collision

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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Frequent collaborators Ernesto Rodrigues on viola & crackle box and Nuno Torres on alto saxophone join with Berlin percussionist Johannes von Buttlar, a member of the Altered Forms Trio who have collaborated with Fred Frith, Raymond McDonald, &c., for four "Cosmic Collisions", highly interactive improvisations with impressive inertia and extraordinary technique.

Caveira (Gomes / Sousa / Abras / Ferrandini): Ficar Vivo [VINYL]
Caveira (Gomes / Sousa / Abras / Ferrandini):
Ficar Vivo [VINYL]

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )


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Originally formed in 2005 by guitarist Pedro Gomes as a Portuguese free rock group, this Lisboa-based band has transformed into this burning quartet that bridges rock and free improv in both savage and brooding moments, from the superb quartet of Gomes on guitar, Pedro Sousa on saxophone, Gabriel Ferrandini on drums and Miguel Abras on electric bass.

Villavecchia, Liba Trio (Reviriego / Trilla) + Luis Vicente: Muracik
Villavecchia, Liba Trio (Reviriego / Trilla) + Luis Vicente:
Muracik

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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Trumpeter Luís Vicente joins the Spanish saxophonist Liba Villavechia's Trio with double bassist Alex Reveriego and drummer Vasco Trilla for a studio album of four Villavecchia compositions, and one each from Reviriego and Vicente, propelling the band into hard swinging free improv balanced with introspective abstraction and sonic extensions; masterful.

TGB (Carolino / Frazao / Delgado): ROOM 4
TGB (Carolino / Frazao / Delgado):
ROOM 4

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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Twenty years of activity and advancement is heard in this fourth album from the dynamic tuba power trio of tubist Sergio Carolino, guitarist Mario Delgado & drummer Alexandre Frazao, an electric jazz unit of deep power and drive, on this album leaving behind cover tunes that included Deep Purple and Thelonious Monk to focus on compositions from each band member.

Van Huffel's, Peter Callisto: Meandering Demons
Van Huffel's, Peter Callisto:
Meandering Demons

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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A step into a darker world than Gorilla Mask from the debut of baritone saxophonist Peter Van Huffel's bass-less quartet Callisto with Lina Allemano on trumpet, Antonis Anissegos on piano & electronics and Joe Hertenstein on drums, a solid jazz quartet that shies from clichŽ in devilishly deep collective interplay fostered by Van Huffel's inventive compositions.

Angles & Elle-Kari with Strings: The Death of Kalypso [VINYL 2 LPs]
Angles & Elle-Kari with Strings:
The Death of Kalypso [VINYL 2 LPs]

(thanatosis produktion -- Sweden )


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The 12th album from Martin Küchen's Angles ensemble is expanded and developed with notations and string arrangements from Alexander Zethson, and the voice of Elle-Kari Sander, in an engrossing album of powerfully compelling jazz rhythms & soloing, orchestral swells and emphatic songs pivoting around the mythology of the nymph Calypso, woven into contemporary concepts; sensational!

Ambarchi, Oren / Johan Berthling / Andreas Werliin: Ghosted II [VINYL]
Ambarchi, Oren / Johan Berthling / Andreas Werliin:
Ghosted II [VINYL]

(Drag City -- USA )


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Driven by compelling rhythms and subtle interactions that wind around them, the trio of guitarist Oren Ambarchi, bassist Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werliin expand their Ghosted concept in this second album, four diverse pieces fusing "funk-jazz heads, polyrhythmic skeletons, ambient pastorals, post-kraut drones and shimmering soundtrack reveries".

Yoshihide, Otomo: Hummingbird and Four Flowers: Turntable and Harmonium Solo Live
Yoshihide, Otomo:
Hummingbird and Four Flowers: Turntable and Harmonium Solo Live

(Hitorri -- Japan )


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Part of a concert to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of Ftarri's physical store in Suidobashi, Tokyo, drawing on performers from the Improvised Music From Japan imprint, turntable and sonic legend Otomo Yoshihide performed this solo concert in two sets, first using a turntable and the Ftarri store's harmonium (pump organ), and then on the turntable alone.

Space (Ullen / Bergman / Lund): Embrace the Space
Space (Ullen / Bergman / Lund):
Embrace the Space

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


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A startlingly exciting album of piano trio jazz from three creative innovators, in the followup to the 2022 debut of the Swedish Space Trio of Lisa Ullen on piano, Elsa Bergman on double bass and Anna Lund on drums, recording in the studio for eight collective improvisations of extremely well matched, highly interactive and exhilarating modern improv.

Taylor, Cecil Unit (w/ Lyons / Silva / Cooper / Murray): Live At Fat Tuesdays 1980 - First Visit Arc
Taylor, Cecil Unit (w/ Lyons / Silva / Cooper / Murray):
Live At Fat Tuesdays 1980 - First Visit Archive [CD + POSTCARDS]

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


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A superb and extended live performance from 1980 at NYC's Fat Tuesday jazz club, from the outstanding sextet of forward-thinking free improvisers, Jimmy Lyons on alto sax, Ramsey Ameen on violin, Alan Silva on double bass & cello, Jerome Cooper on drums & African Balaphone and Sunny Murray on drums, led by Cecil Taylor on piano in an ecstatic concert never previously released.

Butcher, John + 13: Fluid Fixations
Butcher, John + 13:
Fluid Fixations

(Weight of Wax -- UK )


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Commissioned for the 2021 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, John Butcher's fantastic work for 14 improvisers of unique approach employs what Butcher refers to as "psychological orchestration"--imagining how each performer might respond to particular ideas & their sonic company--the score, which includes photographic imagery, directing specific solos, duos & small groupings.

 

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