The Squid's Ear Magazine
London & UK improvisation and related


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

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )


Price: $16.95    




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

(Spoonhunt -- UK )


Price: $14.95    




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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.

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

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $29.95    




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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 )


Price: $15.95    




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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.

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

(Not Two -- Poland )


Price: $20.95    




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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...

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

(Matchless -- UK )


Price: $17.95    




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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 )


Price: $17.95    




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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.

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 )


Price: $15.95    




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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.

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

(Remote Viewers -- UK )


Price: $15.95    




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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 )


Price: $9.00    




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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.

Denyer, Frank / Octandre Ensemble: Screens <i>[Used Item]</i>
Denyer, Frank / Octandre Ensemble:
Screens [Used Item]

(Another Timbre -- UK )


Price: $9.00    




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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.

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

(Weight of Wax -- UK )


Price: $14.95    




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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.

Schwerdt, Oliver / Barry Guy / Baby Sommer: Fucking Ballads
Schwerdt, Oliver / Barry Guy / Baby Sommer:
Fucking Ballads

(Euphorium -- Germany )


Price: $16.95    




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An enthusiastic and energetically powerful trio meeting between three masters--Oliver Schwerdt on grand piano & percussion, Barry Guy on double bass and Baby Sommer on drums & percussion--performing live in 2021 at naTo, in Leipzig for two extended improvisations of remarkable communication, incredible virtuosity, but most importantly, incredible and compelling creative drive!

Paccione, Paul: Distant Musics
Paccione, Paul:
Distant Musics

(Another Timbre -- UK )


Price: $9.60    




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Influenced by the New York School of composers (Cage, Feldman, &c.), composer Paul Paccione revisits and revises five of his compositions written 40 years prior, performed by a 10-piece configuration of London's Apartment House; beautifully contemplative pieces linked together through common threads, the momentum of individual moments absorbed by the presence of the larger work.

Baldini, Marco: Maniera
Baldini, Marco:
Maniera

(Another Timbre -- UK )


Price: $9.60    




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Seven works from Italian composer Marco Baldini, a follow-up to his well-received 2023 album Vesperi, this album introducing a variety of recent chamber works for strings from trios to quintets, performed by members of London's Apartment House ensemble, with the pieces "Selva", "Plutone" and "Otto" written specifically for Apartment House.

Newland, Paul: Things That Happen Again
Newland, Paul:
Things That Happen Again

(Another Timbre -- UK )


Price: $9.60    




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A portrait of UK interdisciplinary composer Paul Newland's music through five pieces dating from 2009 to 2023 performed by members of London's Apartment House ensemble, including a string quartet, two different trio combinations, a short work for solo piano, and a score for open instrumentation, realised in this recording by a septet.

Durrant, Phil / Daniel Thompson: Live / Studio <i>[Used Item]</i>
Durrant, Phil / Daniel Thompson:
Live / Studio [Used Item]

(Bead -- UK )


Price: $10.00    




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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.

Dunmall, Paul / Paul Rogers / Marc Sanders: Wildlife
Dunmall, Paul / Paul Rogers / Marc Sanders:
Wildlife

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


Price: $15.95    




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A wildly explorative and masterful studio encounter for three of the UK's most well-known and well-recorded improvisers--Paul Dunmall on tenor & soprano saxophones, clarinet & flute; Paul Rogers on 7-string double bass; and Mark Sanders on drums--in four collective improvisations that run the gamut from explosive to introspective conversation; ferocious!

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

(Bead -- UK )


Price: $15.95    




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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.

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

(Swarming -- Canada )


Price: $13.95    




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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.

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 )


Price: $18.95    




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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.

Parker, Evan / George Lewis: From Saxophone & Trombone [VINYL] <i>[Used Item]</i>
Parker, Evan / George Lewis:
From Saxophone & Trombone [VINYL] [Used Item]

(Otoroku -- UK )


Price: $25.00    




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The first vinyl re-issue of the 1980 duo between UK saxophonist Evan Parker and US trombonist George Lewis, captured live at the Art Workers Guild in London, using the natural resonance of the space and phenomenal technique in an intense set of dialogs showing the mastery of each player and the forceful voice each of them brings to free improvisation.

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

(Another Timbre -- UK )


Price: $9.60    




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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.

Arnold, Martin: Flax
Arnold, Martin:
Flax

(Another Timbre -- UK )


Price: $9.60    




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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.

Davies, Angharad / Phil Julian: Neutral Red
Davies, Angharad / Phil Julian:
Neutral Red

(Fataka -- UK )


Price: $14.95    




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At the request of Fataka, amplified violinist Angharad Davies and electronic improviser Phil Julian met at Cate OTO in 2014 & 2018, the two exploiting their distinct approaches to free improvisation to perform these evolving works that ebb and flow in almost hallucinatory intensity while exploring the timbral potential of their unique instrumentation.

Butcher, John / Thomas Lehn / John Tilbury: Lights
Butcher, John / Thomas Lehn / John Tilbury:
Lights

(Fataka -- UK )


Price: $14.95    




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Recorded for the release concert of their 2013 album Exta, the trio of John Butcher on saxophones, Thomas Lehn on analog synthesizer and John Tilbury on piano captured this extraordinary live concert at Cafe Oto in London, only the second time the group had performed together, recording in two extended sets but segmented into four exceptional and dramatic improvisations.

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

(Week-End Records -- Germany )


Price: $58.95    




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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.

Dunmall / Brackenbury / Brice / Bianco: Prema
Dunmall / Brackenbury / Brice / Bianco:
Prema

(FMR -- UK )


Price: $14.95    




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Part of a series at Birmingham, UK's East Jazz Club by saxophonist Paul Dunmall with some of the UK's finest improvisers, here in a quartet of two string players—Olie Brice on bass and Faith Brackenbury on violin—plus long-time collaborator Tony Bianco on drums, the title Prema referring to divine love or higher love, as heard in this tremendous, extended performances.

Delta Saxophone Quartet: Late Music
Delta Saxophone Quartet:
Late Music

(FMR -- UK )


Price: $14.95    




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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.

Frequency Distasters (Beresford / Magaletti / Martino): Naize
Frequency Distasters (Beresford / Magaletti / Martino):
Naize

(Confront -- UK )


Price: $13.95    




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An expressive piano trio from Steve Beresford on piano, Italian-born, UK-based drummer/percussionist Valentina Magaletti, and Italian Bassist Pierpaolo Martino, Beresford using piano preparations, electronics & toys to expand the palette of their instrumentation, all three bringing a wealth of experience in jazz, free improv and experimental sound to their solid conversations.

Bailey, Derek / Simon H. Fell: At Sound 323 [VINYL 180gm WHITE  2 LPs]
Bailey, Derek / Simon H. Fell:
At Sound 323 [VINYL 180gm WHITE 2 LPs]

(Confront -- UK )


Price: $34.95    




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The full performance of legendary improvising guitarist Derek Bailey's 2001 exhilarating duo with bassist Simon H. Fell at Sound 323, originally released as a mini-CD and voted record of the year in 2002 by The Wire, then released on CD and now as a deluxe 2 LP set on 180gm White Vinyl.

Lash, Dominic / Stale Liavik Solberg: Hey Kye
Lash, Dominic / Stale Liavik Solberg:
Hey Kye

(Confront -- UK )


Price: $13.95    




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John Butcher mastered this live recording immaculately captured by Alex Ward at the Vortex in London in 2022 between two exceptional free improvisers, Dominic Lash on electric guitar and Ståle Liavik Solberg on drums & percussion, their three-part dialog sliding in and out of jazz, non-idiomatic and experimental modes in quick-witted and masterful exchanges.

Glennie, Evelyn / Szilard Mezei POLAR QUARTET: Capt's Look
Glennie, Evelyn / Szilard Mezei POLAR QUARTET:
Capt's Look

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


Price: $15.95    




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Originally working together in avant percussionist Evelyn Glennie's improvisation Core-tet Project, Serbian violist and composer Szilard Mezei comes together again with his quartet of Bogdan Rankovic on reeds, Ervin Malia on double bass and Ivan Burka on vibraphone to present this 2022 meticulous chamber improvisation concert at Gradska Koncertna Dvorana / City Concert Hall.

Armaroli, Sergio / Evan Parker: Dialog
Armaroli, Sergio / Evan Parker:
Dialog

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


Price: $18.95    




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Recording remotely in a call-and-response, vibraphonist Sergio Armaroli and saxophonist Evan Parker resolved an issue of recording in the same physical space by interleaving recordings of solo improvisations recorded in response to each other's sequential recordings, Armaroli with the 6-part "Two Rooms One Vibraphone" and Parker with the 5-part "Interludes".

Brice, Olie / Rachel Musson / Mark Sanders: Immense Blue
Brice, Olie / Rachel Musson / Mark Sanders:
Immense Blue

(West Hill Records -- UK )


Price: $13.95    




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From the fertile London free improv scene comes this substantial concert recorded at the Vortex Jazz Club in 2022 by the trio of Olie Brice on double bass, Rachel Musson on tenor saxophone and Mark Sanders on drums, three highly compatible players from two generations of improvisers in three extended improvisations of energetic free jazz balanced by contemplative exploration.

Dunmalll, Paul (Dunmall / Kinch / Cole / Mwamba / Kane / Drake): Bright Light A Joyous Celebration
Dunmalll, Paul (Dunmall / Kinch / Cole / Mwamba / Kane / Drake):
Bright Light A Joyous Celebration

(Discus -- UK )


Price: $15.95    




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Recalling his Sun Quartet album, UK saxophonist Paul Dunmall's new sextet pivots off the jubilant rhythm section of drummer Hamid Drake, double bassist Dave Kane and vibraphonist Corey Mwamba, with three saxophonists--Dunmall on tenor & c-soprano saxophones, Xhosa Cole on tenor and Soweto Kinch on alto & tenor saxophones--in a truly joyful bright celebration of free flowing jazz.

Oxley, Tony / Stefan Holker: The New World
Oxley, Tony / Stefan Holker:
The New World

(Discus -- UK )


Price: $14.95    




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A meeting between two percussive collaborators from legendary UK improviser Tony Oxley and long-time collaborator and member of Oxley's Celebration Orchestra, Stefan Holker, the latter on acoustic percussion while Oxley performs in his inimitable style of close miking and effecting percussive objects, as the pair perform six Oxley compositions of tightly ringing, energetic activity.

Parker, Evan / George Lewis: From Saxophone & Trombone [VINYL]
Parker, Evan / George Lewis:
From Saxophone & Trombone [VINYL]

(Otoroku -- UK )


Price: $28.95    




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The first vinyl re-issue of the 1980 duo between UK saxophonist Evan Parker and US trombonist George Lewis, captured live at the Art Workers Guild in London, using the natural resonance of the space and phenomenal technique in an intense set of dialogs showing the mastery of each player and the forceful voice each of them brings to free improvisation.

Parker, Evan / Paul Lytton: Collective Calls (Urban) (Two Microphones) [VINYL]
Parker, Evan / Paul Lytton:
Collective Calls (Urban) (Two Microphones) [VINYL]

(Otoroku -- UK )


Price: $28.95    




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A much-needed reissue of saxophonist Evan Parker and drummer/percussionist Paul Lytton's first duo album, recorded in London at the loft of The Standard Essenco in 1972 and originally released on the Incus label, the duo approaching their instruments in fantastic and unusual ways in a dialog far ahead of its time, augmented with recordings and eccentric assemblages.

Charbin / Prevost: The Cry of a Dove Announcing Rain (Two Afternoon Concerts at Cafe OTO)
Charbin / Prevost:
The Cry of a Dove Announcing Rain (Two Afternoon Concerts at Cafe OTO)

(Matchless -- UK )


Price: $17.95    




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Two unfolding, extended sets from a 2022 concert at Cafe OTO by AMM legendary percussionist Eddie Prévost and French pianist based in London, Marjolain Charbin, the pianist playing inside and out her of instrument augmented by objects, Prévost creating sonic environments through cymbal bowing and scraping, as the duo evolve into high motion and withdraw into suspenseful beauty.

Butcher / Prevost: High Laver Levitations Vol 1: Unearthed
Butcher / Prevost:
High Laver Levitations Vol 1: Unearthed

(Matchless -- UK )


Price: $17.95    




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Long-time collaborators and iconoclastic improvisers, drummer Eddie Prévost and saxophonist John Butcher, met at All Hallows Church, in High Laver, Essex in 2023, using the natural ambience of the space to capture these three improvisations, Prévost playing primarily on a drum kit and both in a more jazz-oriented sax and drum duo, extended by both players' exceptional technique.

Lambkin, Graham / James Rushford: Gondolas [2 CDs]
Lambkin, Graham / James Rushford:
Gondolas [2 CDs]

(erstwhile -- USA )


Price: $20.95    




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The first collaboration between electroacoustic composers and performers, Graham Lambkin (The Shadow Ring) from Kent, England and Australian composer, improviser and concrète collagist James Rushford, the two developing a series of fascinatingly mysterious and detailed sound compositions that incorporate live playing; beautifully packaged.

[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.

Officer!: Bandagen <i>[Used Item]</i>
Officer!:
Bandagen [Used Item]

(Klanggalerie -- Austria )


Price: $13.00    




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After The Work and his involvement with This Heat, guitarist Mick Hobbs formed Officer!, a shape-shifting RIO band that presented Hobb's unique, amusing and incisive songs, releasing three proper albums and, in 1989, a cassette on the Swiss label No Records that is here reissued, half of the album written for a stage play called Bandagen by Grazia Pergoletti.

Stoffner, Florian / John Butcher / Chris Corsano: Braids
Stoffner, Florian / John Butcher / Chris Corsano:
Braids

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


Price: $18.95    




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With incredible skill and nuance, using extended and stunning technique, and through intent listening of nearly telepathic communication, the trio of Florian Stoffner on guitar, John Butcher on tenor & soprano saxophones and Chris Corsano on drums & half clarinet, perform seven subtle and detailed improvisations live at Le Singe, in Biel/Bienne, Switzerland in 2022.

Wastell, Mark: Pre-Existing Commitments
Wastell, Mark:
Pre-Existing Commitments

(Hundred Years Gallery -- UK )


Price: $13.95    




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During cellist and Confront label-leader Mark Wastell's 2022 residency at the East London Hundred Years Gallery he recorded four solo recordings, using his acutely creative approach to the strings in unique ways for each recording, which he then layered in the studio without edits to create this wildly and often psychedelically stochastic orchestral work.

Nicols, Maggie / Matilda Rolfsson / Mark Wastell: Semiotic Drift
Nicols, Maggie / Matilda Rolfsson / Mark Wastell:
Semiotic Drift

(Confront -- UK )


Price: $9.60    




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Extending the duo of British improvisers, legendary vocalist and leader of London's The Gathering, Maggie Nicols, also performing on taps and percussion, and Confront label-leader, percussionist Mark Wastell performing on cymbals and frame drum, with Swedish percussionist Matilda Rolfsson on bass drum, captured in a captivating concert at All Ears in Oslo in 2023.

Freboeuf, Didier / Jean-Luc Petit: Crusts
Freboeuf, Didier / Jean-Luc Petit:
Crusts

(Fou Records -- France )


Price: $14.95    




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An open-minded duet between French pianist Didier Fréboeuf, also performing on clavietta and objects, and tenor & sopranino saxophonist and contrabass clarinetist Jean-Luc Petit, in an improvisatory exploration of three crusts--"Bark", "Scab" and "Crisp"--music of impressive, creative dexterity that balances scrabbly playing with introspection around each crusty littoral.

Butcher, John: The Very Fabric
Butcher, John:
The Very Fabric

(Ftarri / Hitorri -- Japan )


Price: $14.95    




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Impeccably recorded inside the Brønshøj Water Tower, in Copenhagen, Denmark, a highly resonant space built 100 years ago, where UK tenor and soprano saxophonist John Butcher continues his investigations into spaces with natural delay and decay, through 11 improvisations of discriminating pacing as he finds incredible beauty in floating and shifting tones and instrument errata; exquisite.

Minor / Traindl / Querlier / Lete / Regef: Enfin La Mer
Minor / Traindl / Querlier / Lete / Regef:
Enfin La Mer

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )


Price: $16.95    




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Two suites recorded in 1978 from the French improvising quintet of Jouk Minor on baritone saxophone & contrabass clarinet, Josef Traindl on trombone, Jean Querlier on alto saxophone, Christian Lete on drums and Dominique Regef on hurdy gurdy, two journeys guided by waves of drone from Regef's hurdy-gurdy as each player emerges and subsides in billows and surges of collective expression.

Squid: O Monolith
Squid:
O Monolith

(Warp Records -- UK )


Price: $14.95    




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The second full-length album from the UK genre-merging rock band Squid, in eight new songs of quirky imagistic and insightful lyrics and playing, surprising instrumental combinations and an experimental approach to layering sound, born from onstage improv experiments during their 2021 tour, recording this album at Peter Gabriel's studio at the end of that tour.

Parker, Evan / Matthew Wright Trance Map + Peter Evans / Mark Nauseef: Etching the Ether
Parker, Evan / Matthew Wright Trance Map + Peter Evans / Mark Nauseef:
Etching the Ether

(Intakt -- Switzerland )


Price: $18.95    




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Evan Parker and Matthew Wright are the core of Trance Map, the soprano saxophonist and live electronics duo expanding on their original 2011 concept with Trance Map+, adding guest musicians to their unique approach to electroacoustic improvisation, here in an exceptional quartet configuration with Peter Evans on trumpet & piccolo trumpet, and Mark Nauseff on percussion.

Noble, Liam / Geoff Simkins: Lucky Teeth <i>[Used Item]</i>
Noble, Liam / Geoff Simkins:
Lucky Teeth [Used Item]

(FMR -- UK )


Price: $10.00    




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Referencing the unusual 1896 feat of catching a turnip dropped 270 feet from a bridge by a member of the troupe The Royal Zanettos, the duo of London pianist Liam Noble and Geoff Simkins perform the slightly less daring but equally fascinating feat of performing a lyrical jazz concert at The Vortex in Dalston in 2022, for a mix of originals, standards and traditional tunes.

Tromans, Doctor Steve: The Way <i>[Used Item]</i>
Tromans, Doctor Steve:
The Way [Used Item]

(FMR -- UK )


Price: $10.00    




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A member of the Paul Dunmall Quintet and Ed Gauden's Crux, Birmingham UK pianist, composer and band leader Steve Tromans presents an album of original work, lyrical and introspective pieces improvised in the studio as a response to the duress of the global pandemic, motivated to record on a great piano in the great Sansom Studio based on recent life experiences.

Fields, Scott Ensemble: The Songs of Steve Dalachinsky
Fields, Scott Ensemble:
The Songs of Steve Dalachinsky

(Ayler -- France )


Price: $12.00    




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Irish guitarist and composer Scott Fields has worked with the poems of late New York writer Steve Dalachinsky over the years, here bringing together an ensemble of improvisers, electronic and contemporary classical performers to set a suite of six poems by Dalachinsky sung by soprano Barbara Schachtner, with interludes between each weaving them into a larger and satisfying opus.

Bonney, Alex / Paul Dunmall / Mark Sanders: The Beholder's Share
Bonney, Alex / Paul Dunmall / Mark Sanders:
The Beholder's Share

(Bead -- UK )


Price: $15.95    




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Joining long-time UK improvising collaborators, saxophonist Paul Dunmall and drummer Mark Sanders is London performer and engineer Alex Bonney performing on trumpet, modular synthesizer and laptop, the trio recording in the studio for three conversations of lyrically inclined electro-acoustic improv, Bonney's synthetics adding an alien aspect to sophisticated dialog.

Sjostrom, Harri / Erhard Hirt / Philipp Wachsman / Paul Lytton: Especially For You
Sjostrom, Harri / Erhard Hirt / Philipp Wachsman / Paul Lytton:
Especially For You

(Bead -- UK )


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A concert recording on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of Einstein Kultur in Munich from the quartet of Erhard Hirt on guitar & computer and Paul Lytton on drums, percussion & objects (half of the Quartet XPACT) plus Harri Sjostrom on soprano & sopranino saxophones and Philipp Wachsmann on violin & electronics, presenting a remarkable set of collective ea-improvisations.

Butcher, John / Dominic Lash / Emil Karlsen: Here and How
Butcher, John / Dominic Lash / Emil Karlsen:
Here and How

(Bead -- UK )


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Impeccably recorded in the studio, the long-running and varied collaborations of saxophonist John Butcher, double bassist Dominic Lash and drummer Emil Karlsen come together for the first time as a trio, recording eight succinct improvisations of remarkable technique and nearly telepathic dialog, allowing space for each player to display their masterful skill.

Day, Bryan / Dereck Higgins: Woven Territories
Day, Bryan / Dereck Higgins:
Woven Territories

(Public Eyesore -- USA )


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San Francisco East Bay sonic artist and Public Eyesore/Eh? label-leader Bryan Day meets Omaha bass player and sound artist Dereck Higgins for four enveloping works of sound, sonically rich and epic journeys through terrains of identifiable musical elements and acousmatic curiosity, all with an ear to story-telling as the duo weave passages of fantastic elements.

Prevost, Eddie / NO Moore / Henry Kaiser / Binker Golding / Olie Brice: The Secret Handshake with Da
Prevost, Eddie / NO Moore / Henry Kaiser / Binker Golding / Olie Brice:
The Secret Handshake with Danger Volume Two

(577 Records -- USA )


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The 2nd volume of the UK/US West Coast quintet of legendary AMM drummer Eddie Prévost, guitarist Henry Kaiser, N.O. Moore on "guitarisism", Blinker Golding on saxophone and Olie Brice on double bass, merging free jazz and free improvisation in a rollicking album of electric jazz recorded in London, adding two more exhilarating "Doors" of quick shifting improv.

Nicols / Kraabel / Hug: On Dizziness
Nicols / Kraabel / Hug:
On Dizziness

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )


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A 2022 live performance at The Vortex in London from the trio of Maggie Nicols on voice, Caroline Kraabel on alto saxophone & voice and Charlotte Hug on viola & voice, reuniting the partnership from their 2002 Emanem album, Transitions, each track taking its titles from an observational poem by Jenny Xie, rendered in expressive, mostly wordless vocalization.

Evangelista, Karl (feat. Alex Hawkins / Tatsu Aoki / Michael Zerang): What Else Is There?
Evangelista, Karl (feat. Alex Hawkins / Tatsu Aoki / Michael Zerang):
What Else Is There?

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


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Meeting in the studio in Chicago, the quartet of Oakland guitarist Karl Evangelista, UK pianist Alexander Hawkins, midwestern bassist Tatsu Aoki and Chicago drummer Michael Zerang combine Evangelista's open-ended compositions with a series of dialogic free improvisations around the concepts of music and family, instrumentally answering the question posed by the album's title.

Guy, Barry Blue Shroud Band: All This This Here
Guy, Barry Blue Shroud Band:
All This This Here

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


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The title and text drawn from Samuel Beckett's last poem and meditation on language, "what is the word" and also his "Brief Dream", plus a poem from Barra O Seaghdha and two 18th century Edo Haikus, Barry Guy's exquisite work about life in transit through eight movements is performed with a stellar ensemble including Agusti Fernandez, Maya Homburg, Lucas Niggli, Percuy Pursgolve, &c.

Das Rad: Veer
Das Rad:
Veer

(Discus -- UK )


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Adding bassist Jon Short to their lineup, the 4th album from Das Rad continues the band's genre-merging approach of rock & improv forms rooted in prog, kosmiche, and jazz rock, this post-pandemic album bringing the band back together for live interaction, their enthusiasm evident in their energetic intercourse, particularly in the extended suite "Expergefactor".

Anthropology Band: Scald - Live 2022 [3 CDS]
Anthropology Band:
Scald - Live 2022 [3 CDS]

(Discus -- UK )


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Recording at London's Cafe OTO, and at the 2022 Newcastle Festival Of Jazz And Improvised Music, saxophonist and composer Martin Archer's exceptional 8-piece line up of his exuberant avant-electric jazz band blurring lines between 70's Miles and AACM abstractions, is heard across three CDs of fiery soloing, contemplative transitions, and spectacular group interplay.

Butcher / Day / Eastley: Angles Of Enquiry
Butcher / Day / Eastley:
Angles Of Enquiry

(Confront -- UK )


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A six part improvisational inquiry from three experienced London investigators--John Butcher on saxophones, Terry Day on drums and Max Eastley performing on his self-developed electroacoustic monochord, along with percussion and a bird call--all three performing with unusual and extended techniques to create a uniqe sonic palette applied to extremely focused conversations.

Jones / Lash / Wastel: Meditating With The Father, Son, And Holy Ghost
Jones / Lash / Wastel:
Meditating With The Father, Son, And Holy Ghost

(Confront -- UK )


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An interpretation and reimagining of the opening track of Coltrane's Meditations, from the UK trio of Ed Jones on tenor & soprano saxophones, Dominic Lash on double bass and Mark Wastell on tam tam, gongs, cymbal & percussion, performed live at Cafe OTO in London in 2023, transforming the original recording's density into a slowly opening, evolving work of beauty.

Widdershins (Coleman / Ederer / Malone / Mills / Gold / Hill / Kordik): Widdershins
Widdershins (Coleman / Ederer / Malone / Mills / Gold / Hill / Kordik):
Widdershins

(Matchless -- UK )


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To celebrate drummer/percussionist Eddie Prévost's 80th birthday, Café Oto hosted four concerts once a week in June, 2022, each a differing configuration from Prévost's history; this third concert presents combinations of improvisers from Prévost's weekly workshop series through diverse groupings from trio to septet.

Butcher / Charbin / Kanngiesser / Prevost: The Art Of Noticing
Butcher / Charbin / Kanngiesser / Prevost:
The Art Of Noticing

(Matchless -- UK )


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"To celebrate drummer/percussionist Eddie Prévost's 80th birthday, Café Oto hosted four concerts once a week in June, 2022, each a differing configuration from Prévost's history; this 2nd concert brings together Prévost, Marjolaine Charbin (piano), Ute Kanngiesser (cello) and John Butcher (sax), the same group that recorded the contemporary album Sounds of Assembly on the Meena label.

Yarde / Wright / Wilkinson / Smith / Lynch / Chat: A Company of Others
Yarde / Wright / Wilkinson / Smith / Lynch / Chat:
A Company of Others

(Matchless -- UK )


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To celebrate drummer/percussionist Eddie Prévost's 80th birthday, Café Oto hosted four concerts once a week in June, 2022, each a differing configuration from Prévost's history; this first concert brings together Prévost with four horn players, NO Moore on guitar and Marcio Matttons on double bass, for varying duos, trios and full ensemble performances.

Feldman, Morton / Apartment House: Violin and String Quartet [2 CDs]
Feldman, Morton / Apartment House:
Violin and String Quartet [2 CDs]

(Another Timbre -- UK )


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One of New York School minimalist composer Morton Feldman's later works, this extended composition spread across two CDs invokes waves of beautifully suspended, weaving strings from four violinists and cello, performed by the UK Apartment House ensemble violinists Mira Benjamin, Chihiro Ono, Amalia Young & Bridget Carey and cellist Anton Lukoszevieze.

Hawkins, Alexander Trio (w/ Neil Charles / Stephen Davis): Carnival Celestial
Hawkins, Alexander Trio (w/ Neil Charles / Stephen Davis):
Carnival Celestial

(Intakt -- Switzerland )


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Unique approaches to the piano trio format, alerted to the listener by merging synthetics and samples into the opening, bubbling carnival-esque "Rapture", then settling into more recognizable yet innovative approaches to creative, modern jazz through Hawkin's fascinating compositions, electronics drifting in and out at times but generally adhering to great, modern jazz.

Aspyrian (Porter / Gillen / Parkinson): To Explore (Vol. 1)
Aspyrian (Porter / Gillen / Parkinson):
To Explore (Vol. 1)

(Hidden Threads -- UK )


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A compelling and lyrical debut from the London-based trio Aspyrian of Robin Porter on tenor & soprano saxophones, Jack Gillen on guitar and Matt Parkinson on drums, the band name from Old English translating to "To search, explore, trace, discover, explain", which the band does with ebullient dexterity through seven original compositions from Porter and Parkinson.

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 )


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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.

Dunmall, Paul: Meditations For Clarinets
Dunmall, Paul:
Meditations For Clarinets

(FMR -- UK )


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Known best for his extraordinary saxophone playing, UK reedist and wind player Paul Dunmall also is a first-rate clarinetist, one of the most challenging of the single reed instruments, heard here in four extended improvisations captured in the studio, performing with contemplative thoughtfulness and prodigious technique on four members of the clarinet family: C, A, Eb and Bb.

Dunmall, Paul / Olie Brice: The Laughing Stone
Dunmall, Paul / Olie Brice:
The Laughing Stone

(Confront -- UK )


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Taking their song titles from Basil Bunting's 1966 poem "Briggflatts", a mixed freeverse work with a changing rhyme scheme that is noted for its use of sound through word play to move its listeners, an apt analogy to the masterful and sophisticated dialog between double bassist Olie Brice and multi-reedist Paul Dunmall, Dunmall performing on alto & tenor saxophones, flute & clarinet.

Doneda / Frangenheim / Turner: NAIL in Ulrichsberg
Doneda / Frangenheim / Turner:
NAIL in Ulrichsberg

(Concepts of Doing -- Austria )


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Working together many years in various formations--saxophonist Michel Doneda & drummer Roger Turner with John Russell; bassist Alexander Frangenheim & Turner in quartets with Pat Thomas or Phil Wachsman; Doneda & Frangenheim's own duo--this concert at Jazzatelier Ulrichsberg recorded during their European tour shows their incredible compatibility and seemingly telepathic conversations.

Officer!: Bandagen
Officer!:
Bandagen

(Klanggalerie -- Austria )


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After The Work and his involvement with This Heat, guitarist Mick Hobbs formed Officer!, a shape-shifting RIO band that presented Hobb's unique, amusing and incisive songs, releasing three proper albums and, in 1989, a cassette on the Swiss label No Records that is here reissued, half of the album written for a stage play called Bandagen by Grazia Pergoletti.

Butcher, John / Pat Thomas / Dominic Lash / Steve Noble: Fathom [COLORED VINYL]
Butcher, John / Pat Thomas / Dominic Lash / Steve Noble:
Fathom [COLORED VINYL]

(577 Records -- USA )


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The debut for UK saxophonist John Butcher on 577 Records is this exemplary 2021 live recording at Cafe OTO in London by the quartet of Butcher on tenor and soprano saxophones, Pat Thomas on piano, Dominic Lash on double bass and Steve Noble on drums, four of the UK's leading free improvisers demonstrating their prodigious abilities in concentrated conversation.

Butcher, John / Pat Thomas / Dominic Lash / Steve Noble: Fathom
Butcher, John / Pat Thomas / Dominic Lash / Steve Noble:
Fathom

(577 Records -- USA )


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The debut for UK saxophonist John Butcher on 577 Records is this exemplary 2021 live recording at Cafe OTO in London by the quartet of Butcher on tenor and soprano saxophones, Pat Thomas on piano, Dominic Lash on double bass and Steve Noble on drums, four of the UK's leading free improvisers demonstrating their prodigious abilities in concentrated conversation.

Sanders, Mark / Chris Mapp / Andrew Woodhead: CollapseUncollapse: Time in Images
Sanders, Mark / Chris Mapp / Andrew Woodhead:
CollapseUncollapse: Time in Images

(577 Records -- USA )


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Starting as an electric jazz album, the UK trio of Mark Sanders on drums & percussion, Chris Mapp on bass & electronics and Andrew Woodhead on keys & electronics slip into moody and experimental ea-improv territory, fluctuating between acoustic and electronic material of masterful virtuosity, presenting two unconventional solo sections for drummer Sanders along the way.

Dunmall, Paul Quartet : World Without
Dunmall, Paul Quartet :
World Without

(577 Records -- USA )


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Seeking to organize a group of musicians driven by an underlying pulse and a central energy, going beyond the abstract improvisations he has been familiar with for years, saxophonist Paul Dunmall assembled Steven Saunders on guitar, Dave Kane on bass and Miles Levin on drums, achieving these impressive improvisations, captured in the studio in Birmingham.

Donatoni, Franco / Iannis Xenakis / Xavier Bonfill / Thanos Chrysakis / Tim Hodgkinson : Music For T
Donatoni, Franco / Iannis Xenakis / Xavier Bonfill / Thanos Chrysakis / Tim Hodgkinson :
Music For Trombones, Bass Clarinets & Horn

(Aural Terrains -- UK )


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Five interpretations of works by contemporary composers Franco Donatoni, Iannis Xenakis, Xavier Bonfil, Thanos Chrysakis and Tim Hodgkinson performed by a stellar set of performers in varying configurations, including bass clarinetist Jason Adler, trombonist Christian Larsen, bass clarinetist Yoni Silver, clarinetist Hodgkinson, horn player Julian Faultless, &c.

Parker, Evan: NYC 1978
Parker, Evan:
NYC 1978

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


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In 1978 after recording his acclaimed solo album Monoceros, saxophonist Evan Parker embarked on a solo tour of the US and Canada, in New York City performing at the legendary loft space Environ, his first-ever solo performance in NYC and a masterpiece of extended techniques, circular breathing and spectacular control on the soprano and tenor saxophones.

Remote Viewers, The: This Strange Place
Remote Viewers, The:
This Strange Place

(Remote Viewers -- UK )


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Continuing the sense of film noir and consummate conceptual compositions, Dave Pett's Remote Viewers ensemble of four saxophones--Adrian Northover, Sue Lynch, Caroline Kraabel & David Petts--and the powerful and often drum-like double bass of John Edwards, continue their journey in this strange place with 10 new solidly crepuscular and complex works.

 

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