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Ayler, Albert: La Cave Live, Cleveland 1966 Revisited Ayler, Albert:
La Cave Live, Cleveland 1966 Revisited

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

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Never-before released recordings of tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler's 1966 band recording in his home town of Cleveland at club La Cave, recorded over two nights in a superb sextet with brother Donald on trumpet, Frank Wright on tenor sax, Michel Samson on violin, Clyde Shy on double bass and Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums, performing Aylers compositions and Don Cherry's "D.C.".

Wegmann, Judith / Marlies Debacker / Lukas Biner / Nicolas Wolf: Things In Between Wegmann, Judith / Marlies Debacker / Lukas Biner / Nicolas Wolf:
Things In Between

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

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Featuring two pianists--Judith Wegmann and Marlies Debacker--and two percussionists--Lukas Briner and Nicolas Wolf (a duo who play concerts in the dark under the name of Night Shadow Noise)--in collective improvisations of two pianists or as a quartet of duel pianists and drummers, for seven exciting and sophisticated recordings of instant composition.

Brussel / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Kurvers: Fantasy Eight Brussel / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Kurvers:
Fantasy Eight

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A set of succinct string improvisations using extraordinary technique and concentration with a chamber improvisation feeling, recorded at Vivaldisaal in Berlin from the quartet of Portuguese father & son improvisers Ernesto Rodrigues on viola and Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, and Berlin performers Julia Brussel on violin and Klaus Kurvers on double bass.

Formanek, Michael: Imperfect Measures Formanek, Michael:
Imperfect Measures

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Two decades after his last solo album, Michael Formanek returned to the studio to record these nine solo bass improvisations, each a profound spontaneous composition realizing structures and melodic development that incorporate journeys from abstraction into logical narrative territory as we follow the muse of a one of modern jazz' greatest bassists.

Rainey, Tom Obbligato: Untucked in Hannover Rainey, Tom Obbligato:
Untucked in Hannover

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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A collection of jazz standards performed with a modern approach to free playing, updating these essential melodies for the 21st century while adhering to their original warmth, from drummer Tom Rainey's exceptional New York Obligatto band of Ingrid Laubrock on saxophones, Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Drew Gress on bass, and Jacob Sacks on piano.

Talmor, Ohad Trio (w/ Dan Weiss / Miles Okazaki): Mise en place Talmor, Ohad Trio (w/ Dan Weiss / Miles Okazaki):
Mise en place

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Informed by the traditions of creative jazz; an interest in unusual time signatures; the music of Hinudstani and Brazil; through drummer Dan Weiss the influence of Indian Classical music; through Steve Coleman and Five Element compatriot, guitarist Miles Ozaki, an urban electric edge; making for an album both technically interesting and musically absolutely rewarding.

Parker, William (Parker / Carter / Drake): Painters Winter Parker, William (Parker / Carter / Drake):
Painters Winter

(Aum Fidelity -- USA )

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A 2nd season from composer, improviser & bassist William Parker, after his 2000 Thirsty Ear release Painter's Spring, this new trio album with drummer Hamid Drake, wind player Daniel Carter performing on trumpet, flute and reeds, and Parker himself on bass, trombonium & shakuhachi, paint the season with sound as they celebrate the winter through visionary jazz music.

Dickey, Whit / William Parker / Matthew Shipp: Village Mothership [VINYL] Dickey, Whit / William Parker / Matthew Shipp:
Village Mothership [VINYL]

(Tao Forms -- USA )

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An exemplary piano trio of compatriots who have collaborated in configurations since the 1980s--drummer Whit Dickey, bassist William Parker and pianist Matthew Shipp--three New York legendary free players in their first record as a trio since 1992's Circular Temple, here in six studio group improvisations demonstrating their easy confidence in profound collective conversation.

Shipp, Matthew: Codebreaker [VINYL] Shipp, Matthew:
Codebreaker [VINYL]

(Tao Forms -- USA )

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A fascinating solo piano record from New York free improvising luminary Matthew Shipp, a contemplative album that surprised even the pianist himself as he thoughtfully dissected harmonics to wring melodic fragments that bring sense to discursive streams of thought, his playing both investigational and charming, drawing an unlikely comparison to Bill Evans.

Ming Bau Set (feat Gerry Hemingway / Vera Baumann / Florestan Berset): Yakut's Gallop Ming Bau Set (feat Gerry Hemingway / Vera Baumann / Florestan Berset):
Yakut's Gallop

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

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Meeting regularly since 2018, these three Luzern, Switzerland improvisers have developed a shared language of collective creative improv, the best known of the three being drummer & percussionist Gerry Hemingway working with two younger generation musicians, acoustic & electric guitarist Florestan Berset and vocalist Vera Baumann, here in their first wonderfully paced album.

Genovese, Leo: Ritual Genovese, Leo:
Ritual

(577 Records -- USA )

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Essentially a piano trio, Portuguese pianist and composer Leo Genovese leads his trio with Demian Cabaud on bass and renowned drummer Jeff Williams (Lookout Farm, Dave Liebman), also joined by Argentinian vocalist Nadia Larcheron for four pieces, Genovese's compositions using interesting structures that balance warmly lyrical and experimental approaches to modern jazz.

Konstrukt feat. Thurston Moore: Turkish Belly [VINYL] Konstrukt feat. Thurston Moore:
Turkish Belly [VINYL]

(KARLRECORDS -- Germany )

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A blistering set of improvisations featuring two electric guitarists--Konkstrukt's own Umut Caglar and NY Sonic improviser Thurston Moore--performing live at SalonIKSV in Istanbul, Turkey, blurring acoustics and electronics as the quintet creates intrepid environments for an intense journey in free improvisation, howling and biting along the way.

New Old Luten Trio: Short Night [3'' CD] New Old Luten Trio:
Short Night [3'' CD]

(Euphorium -- Germany )

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A 3" CD-EP of the New Old Luten Trio, expanded into a quintet by the addition of two double bassists--John Edwards and Robert Landfermann--to the lineup of Euro Free Jazz reedist Ernst-Ludwig Petrowsky, pianist Elan Pauer (aka Oliver Schwerdt) and drummer/percussionist Christian Lillinger, in the warm-up set before the concert yielding the album Tumult!.

Simulacrum: Hyperreality Simulacrum:
Hyperreality

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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An offshoot of the Boston-area collective Metal Chaos Ensemble featuring multi-reedist PEK, also on percussion & electronics, Eric Woods on analog synth and Bob Moores on space trumpet, guitar and electronics, with guests Grant Beale on guitar & electronics and William Middlemiss Jr on guitar and electronics, in an electronic and clamorous extended improvisation.

New York Contemporary Five: Copenhagen 1963, Revisited New York Contemporary Five:
Copenhagen 1963, Revisited

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Originally released in 1964 on The Sonet label as Volumes 1 & 2, this CD remasters this exceptional 1963 concert of original material and pieces by Ornette & Monk, complete in sequence as performed at Jazzhaus Montmarte in Copenhagen with Archie Shepp on tenor saxophone, Don Cherry on cornet, John Tchicai on alto saxophone, Don Moore on double bass and J.C. Moses on drums.

Coleman, Ornette: New York Is Now & Love Call, Revisited Coleman, Ornette:
New York Is Now & Love Call, Revisited

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

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An overlooked chapter in Ornette Coleman's recording career, these two Blue Note albums recorded in NY in 1968 and issued in '68 & '71 feature the innovative alto saxophonist joined by West Coast tenor saxophonist recently moved to NYC, Dewey Redman, and Coltrane sidemen, drummer Elvin Jones & bassist Jimmy Garrison, for two sessions of inventive and accomplished free jazz.

Tippett, Keith / Julie Tippetts / Philip Gibbs / Paul Dunmall: Mahogany Rain Tippett, Keith / Julie Tippetts / Philip Gibbs / Paul Dunmall:
Mahogany Rain

(577 Records -- USA )

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Originally recorded in 2005 for a small 100-copy release, the single extended track on Mahogany Rain offers an hour of mesmerizing improvisational sound, sparsely composed and deeply experimental and performed by Keith Tippett on piano & percussion, Julie Tippetts on xylophone & voice, Philip Gibbs on guitars, and Paul Dunmall on soprano & tenor saxophones.

Sinton, Josh: b. Sinton, Josh:
b.

(FiP recordings -- USA )

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The third solo saxophone record from Brooklyn improviser Josh Sinton, and his first recorded solely on the baritone saxophone, an instrument for which Sinton explains he has dedicated half his life, heard in this remarkably diverse set on the lower horn that he approaches lyrically, technically, emotionally and with startling singularity.

Battus, Pascal / Michel Doneda: Miracle Battus, Pascal / Michel Doneda:
Miracle

(Potlatch -- France )

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Dovetailing and combining the rich harmonics of Michel Doneda's soprano and sopranino saxophone with Pascal Battus' rotating surfaces--mechanisms from small consumer electronics and their like put in motion and in contact with resonators and vibrators--this French improvising duo create fascinatingly shifting, unusual textures and sonic environments.

Krokofant w/ Stale Storlokken / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten: Fifth Krokofant w/ Stale Storlokken / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten:
Fifth

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )

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As on their prior album Q, the Nordic Krokofant free improvising jazz/rock trio of Axel Skalstad on drums & vibes, Tom Hasslan on guitar and Jorgen Mathisen on saxophone are joined by bassist Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten (The Thing) and Stale Storlokken (Elephant9, Supersilent), cementing their lineup as they forge adventurous and spectacular playing on this Fifth album.

Cooper-Moore & Stephen Gauci: Conversations Vol. 2 Cooper-Moore & Stephen Gauci:
Conversations Vol. 2

(577 Records -- USA )

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The second of two volumes from legendary Downtown NY pianist Cooper-Moore and saxophonist Stephen Gauci, recorded after a seven-month residency at Happylucky No. 1 Gallery in Brooklyn, allowing the two players to develop a natural dialog of unique and idiosyncratic approaches to their instruments, resulting in these seven solid recordings freely improvised in the studio.

Mela, Francisco feat. Matthew Shipp / William Parker: Music Frees Our Souls, Vol. 1 [VINYL] Mela, Francisco feat. Matthew Shipp / William Parker:
Music Frees Our Souls, Vol. 1 [VINYL]

(577 Records -- USA )

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A member of pianist McCoy Tyner's Trio and Joe Lavano's Quartet, New York drummer Francisco Mela's own career as a leader is heard in this energetic trio album with two of NY's finest--pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker--recording in the studio in Brooklyn in 2020 for two extended and powerful collective improvisations and a brief "Dark Light".

GULFH of Berlin (Ullmann / Gschlossol / Fink / Leipnitz / Haves): GULFH of Berlin GULFH of Berlin (Ullmann / Gschlossol / Fink / Leipnitz / Haves):
GULFH of Berlin

(ESP-Disk -- USA )

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The core quartet of Gulfh of Berlin — Gebhard Ullmann on tenor saxophone & bass clarinet, Gerhard Gschlossl on trombone & sousaphone, Johannes Fink on double bass & cello and Jan Leipnitz on drums & objects — are heard in the studio with guest Michael Haves providing live sound processing, expanding the sound of Gulfh's innovative sound-sculpting avant jazz

Lillischwerdt: Small Pauer [3'' CD] Lillischwerdt:
Small Pauer [3'' CD]

(Euphorium -- Germany )

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A 3" CD of three technically impressive, intricate improvisations: first in a solo piano piece by pianist Oliver Schwerdt, followed by a duo with drummer & percussionist Christian Lillinger with Schwerdt also on small instruments, ending in a piano trio format with double bassist Robert Landfermann, a high-speed affair of quick-witted interplay and almost telepathic communication.

Bennington, James Colour And Sound: Everlasting Belle Bennington, James Colour And Sound:
Everlasting Belle

(ThatSwan! -- USA )

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A tribute to legendary audio engineer George Belle (1948-2019) who worked with a who's who including Horace Tapscott, Jimmy Smith, Gene Rodenberry, &c., in a set of compositions from Mal Waldron, Albert Heath, Herbie Nichols plus original work from leader James Bennigton, saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, saxophonist James Cook, and group improvisations.

PEK Solo: Requiem for Raymond PEK Solo:
Requiem for Raymond

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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A heart-felt and yearning solo work by Boston multi-instrumentalist and improviser David Peck performed as a requiem for the passing of his father, Raymond Sheldon Peck, in September of 2020, recorded a few hours after receiving the news, in an emotional work with heavy-hearted percussion behind grief-struck clarinet, contrabass clarinet, and flutes.

Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions: Thollem + Karl Berger, Thollem + Michael Snow Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions:
Thollem + Karl Berger, Thollem + Michael Snow

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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One of a series of pianist Thollem McDonas' Astral Traveling Sessions, a 25-album series of concerts from around the globe, performing concerts in varying configurations with 70 musicians, here with two collaborations: in Kingston, NY with the great vibraphonist Karl Berger for 3 improvisations, and in Toronto with pianist Michael Snow for an extended piano duo.

Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions: w/ Avreeayl Ra & Matt Lux / Sunken Cages Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions:
w/ Avreeayl Ra & Matt Lux / Sunken Cages

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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As part of Thollem McDonas' Astral Traveling Sessions concert series, the pianist met Chicago legendary drummer Avreeayl Ra and and highly active improvising bassist Matthew Lux for this exceptional concert of two extended improvisations, followed by 8 duo studio improvisations as "Sunken Cages" recorded in Philadelphia with electroacoustic drummer Ravish Momin.

Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions: w/ Hafez Modirzadeh Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions:
w/ Hafez Modirzadeh

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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One of a series of pianist Thollem McDonas' Astral Traveling Sessions, this unique duo configuration with NY saxophonist Hafez Modirzadeh uses a sonic palette of eight re-tuned pitches for piano and saxophone in an attempt to expand harmonic empathy, bringing Eastern pitch relationships to Western improvisation through a series of extraordinary solo and duo recordings.

Leimgruber, Urs: Untitled [3'' CD] Leimgruber, Urs:
Untitled [3'' CD]

(Euphorium -- Germany )

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A companion of sorts to the Euphorium release from Leimgruber/Turner/Dorner/da Boff/Flesh, London/Leipzig/Luzern, soprano saxophone Urs Leimgruber breaks off solo for an extended improvisation recorded at the same studio on the same day in Leipzig.

Lonberg-Holm / Moimeme / Santos: Transition Zone Lonberg-Holm / Moimeme / Santos:
Transition Zone

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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With a history of collaboration in the Lisbon improvisation scene through bands including Variable Geometry Orchestra, IKB, Isotope Ensemble, &c., guitarist Abdul Moimême (performing on two guitars simultaneously) and electronics artist Carlos Santos join with Chicago cellist & electronic improviser Fred Lonberg-Holm for five elaborate alien soundscapes of impressive detail and skill.

Schirmer, Brode Unit (w/ Jan Roder / Matthias Broede): Berlin, Germany Schirmer, Brode Unit (w/ Jan Roder / Matthias Broede):
Berlin, Germany

(FMR -- UK )

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Led by bass clarinetist Tobias Schirmer and harmonica player Matthias Broede, also on piano, with Jan Roder on bass and drummer Bernd Oezsevim, this German quartet blends contemporary jazz through four original Brode compositions and two collective improvisations, performed with melodic intent and tight, quick interaction as recorded live at Tito's Zentrifuge in Berlin.

Schvarzman, Pablo / Francois Carrier / Michel Lambert / Diego Calicedo : Glow Schvarzman, Pablo / Francois Carrier / Michel Lambert / Diego Calicedo :
Glow

(FMR -- UK )

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The longstanding Canadian duo of alto saxophonist Francois Carrier and drummer Michel Lambert recorded this expressively energetic album of five dynamic free improvisations at Soda Acustic in Barcelona in a quartet with two South American electric guitarists living in Spain: Argentinian guitarist Pablo Scvarzman and Colombian guitarist Diego Calicedo.

Ruokangas, Heikki / Landon George: Stagnant Rapture Ruokangas, Heikki / Landon George:
Stagnant Rapture

(Habitable Records -- Portugal )

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Merging gritty and angular guitar work with versatile and creative drumming, the duo of Finish guitarist Heikki Ruokangas and North Carolina multi-instrumentalist Landon George show their diverse interests in both technically assertive playing and beautifully misty environments, through eleven concise works including two parts of "Chaos", a "Rainy Day" and a "Rainy Eve".

Svobodni (Bennington / Hunger / Priest / Seyler): Mercenary Blues Svobodni (Bennington / Hunger / Priest / Seyler):
Mercenary Blues

(ThatSwan! -- USA )

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Thematic improvisations pairing synthetic sounds and effects with acoustic bass, sax and drums, recorded in the studio by the Chicago quartet of Jimmy Bennington on drums & percussion, Phil Hunger on synth, guitar & effects, Dvi Priest on acoustic bass & effects, Brian Seyler on tenor saxophone, augmented by field recording from a Syrian marketplace, Jackals and Hyenas.

Bennington, James Colour And Sound: Live at Andy's Bennington, James Colour And Sound:
Live at Andy's

(ThatSwan! -- USA )

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Chicago drummer and composer Jimmy Bennington is heard live at Andy's Jazz Club in 2018 in a solid straight-ahead set with his Colour and Sound sextet of Fred Jackson, Jr. on alto & soprano saxophones, Artie Black on tenor saxophone, Dustin Laurenzi on tenor saxophone, Dan Pierson on piano, Mike Harmon on bass, with compositions from band members and arrangments from Bennington.

NAD: dangereuXorcisms NAD:
dangereuXorcisms

(CKC -- Italy )

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A fun and lyrical jazz album that references a host of culture and style, performed in collaborations with the NAD core of keyboardist and "soundmaster" Nicola C. Salerno and guitarist Roberto Zorzi and artists including the ROVA Saxophone Quartet, presenting original compositions and eclectic covers from Ornette Coleman, Chocolat, and even Pink Floyd's "Interstellar Overdrive"!

PEK Solo / An Orchestra of PEKs: Stretching the Fabric of Space PEK Solo / An Orchestra of PEKs:
Stretching the Fabric of Space

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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Part of Boston multi-wind/instrumentalist David Peck's "Orchestra of PEKs" series, this extended improvisation finds PEK interacting with a pre-recorded Ableton Mix of synthetics developed during his Semantic Notions album, over which he improvises on clarinets, saxophones double reeds & flutes, along with many percussive instruments, particularly a Chinese guqin.

Leap Of Faith: Lattice Leap Of Faith:
Lattice

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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Boston's Leap of Faith Orchestra core duo is multi-reedist David Peck (PEK), also a multi-instrumentalist and keeper of Evil Clown's massive arsenal of unusual percussive instruments, and LOFO's drummer Steve Niemitz, also performing on a diverse percussion set, here in a quartet with synth player Eric Woods and cellist Glynis Lomon, captured from a 2021 live-streamed concert.

El'Zabar, Kahil Quartet: A Time for Healing El'Zabar, Kahil Quartet:
A Time for Healing

(Spiritmuse Records -- UK )

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Chicago spiritual jazz shaman, drummer/percussionist Kahil El'Zabar, leads a quartet of younger generation musicians--Corey Wilkes (trumpet), Justin Dillard (keyboards), Isaiah Collier (saxophone)--through a set of seven original compositions, plus Coltrane's "Resolution"; warmly soulful grooves intended as the healing force so needed in the context of this album's era.

Trilla, Vasco: Acoustic Masks Trilla, Vasco:
Acoustic Masks

(577 Records -- USA )

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Each track named for the instruments used (aquaspring, overtone triangles, metronome & blowing tube, &c.) and inspired by a book from Elias Canetti, Spanish percussionist Vasco Trilla's creative improvisations reflect on the phrase: "every completely unknown language is a kind of acoustic mask; as soon as one learns it, it becomes a face, understandable and soon familiar."

Pettersen, Ed: The Problem With Livia Pettersen, Ed:
The Problem With Livia

(Orbit577 -- USA )

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Given the chance to perform in the dark fresco-covered room of the Emmanuel Vigeland Mausoleum and museum in Oslo, Norway, guitarist Ed Petterson brought his 8-string Weissenborn guitar, various keyboards and a modular synth, using the pensive atmosphere of the location to trace spacious and exploratory works through 15 varied and succinct improvisations.

Paivinen, Pepa: Personal Breath Paivinen, Pepa:
Personal Breath

(Orbit577 -- USA )

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Bringing to life the story of an event that changed the course of Finland's 1918 civil war, taking listeners on a narrative journey of haunting beauty and power presented through a layering of chamber composition and improvisation, from the duo of Pepa Paivinen performing on flutes, woodwinds & Seagull Merlin dulcimer and drummer/percussionist Jussi Miettola.

IKB: Titanus Giganteus IKB:
Titanus Giganteus

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Post-pandemic, the electroacoustic IKB ensemble returned to the stage in 2021 at O'Culto da Ajuda in Lisbon with some of Portugal's finest improvisers performing under the direction of violist Ernetso Rodrigues, to express in sound the large rainforest beetle Titanus Giganteus, represented in an extended collective improvisation of restraint fueled by masterful and creative skill.

Crazy Doberman: Illusory Expansion [VINYL] Crazy Doberman:
Illusory Expansion [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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With core members Drew Davis, Tim Gick, and John Olsen (Wolf Eyes), the wonderfully eclectic ensemble on each Crazy Doberman album shifts as they introduce musicians who can express the experimental improv structures required for each project, blurring genres and using whatever tools necessary to move from abstract to high intensity motion; a sublimely eccentric big band.

Metal Chaos Ensemble: Tinier Even Then Science Metal Chaos Ensemble:
Tinier Even Then Science

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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Exploring chaotic rhythms on metallic instruments, this is an extended septet version of the Boston free improvising ensemble in a complex improvisatory journey of reeds, synths and percussion, performed by PEK on reeds, Mike Caglianone on saxophones, Boob Moores on trumpet & keyboards, Mike Gruen on bass, Steve Niemitz on drums and real time signal processing from Joel Simches.

Alves, Pedro Melo Omniae Large Ensemble: Lumina Alves, Pedro Melo Omniae Large Ensemble:
Lumina

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Three expansive and stunning performances at Centro Cultural de Vila Flor as part of the Guimaraes Jazz 2020 festival by drummer and percussionist Pedro Melo Alves' expanded 23-piece Omniae Ensemble directed by Pedro Carneiro, adding electronics, voice and a diverse orchestration that gives his band both power but also flexibility to express an astonishing array of moods.

The Rite Of Trio (Silva / Louro / Alves): Free Development Of Delirium The Rite Of Trio (Silva / Louro / Alves):
Free Development Of Delirium

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Drawing on genres blurring avant jazz, compositional forms, experimental rock and their uniquely twisted sense of humor, the Portuguese trio of guitarist Andre Silva, bassist Filipe Louro, and drummer Pedro Alves (also credited for screams!) present their sophomore album, a strange and compelling set of delirious improvisations in three Parts organized across 13 tracks.

Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions: Compilation Cassette [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Thollem's Astral Traveling Sessions:
Compilation Cassette [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Travelling through the US & Greece to join with performers for duos and trios, in six recordings between pianist Thollem McDonas in a trio with Amy Denio & Samantha Boshnack; a duo with Seetha Shivaswamy; a trio with Mat Weisman and Rick Kodramaz; a duo with Djallo Djakate; a hand percussion duo with Jason Finkelman; and a vocal duo with Maria Karamouza.

Hatcher / Maunu / Kirshner: Live at Splice Series Hatcher / Maunu / Kirshner:
Live at Splice Series

(Kettle Hole Records -- USA )

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A trio of younger generation Chicago free improvisers from Gerrit Hatcher on tenor saxophone, Peter Maunu on guitar, violin & mandolin and Julian Kirshner on drums, performing at The Beat Kitchen as part of the Live at Splice Series, in two recordings from contemplative and darkly spacious to kinetically energetic, released in a limited edition CD.

Kuchen, Martin Kuchen / Michaela Antalova: Thunder Before Lightning [VINYL] Kuchen, Martin Kuchen / Michaela Antalova:
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(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Borrowing elements from a vast spectrum of improvisatory styles, fueled by a variety of saxophones, tanpura, drums, prepared cymbals and voice, Swedish improviser Martin Küchen (Angles) joins with Slovak percussionist living in Oslo, Michaela Antalová, taking their listeners on a meteorological journey through a remarkable tempest of sound.

Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Stephan Bleier : Anamorphose Rodrigues, Ernesto / Guilherme Rodrigues / Stephan Bleier :
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(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A confluence of strings from the trio of Portuguese improvisers Ernesto Rodrigues on viola and Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, performing in Berlin with double bassist Stephan Bleier, the title referring to a gradual ascending progression formed through small changes, an apt analogy for the illusory and shape-shifting approach their 5-part improvisations lead.

Niblock, Alan: Scratching the Surface Niblock, Alan:
Scratching the Surface

(FMR -- UK )

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A solo album from Belfast double bassist Alan Niblock, known for his own group Ambient Forces, and his work in a trio with Paul Dunmall and Mark Sanders (Dark Energy), on his own demonstrating a powerfully warm approach to the large strings, augmented and transformed through preparations and objects, improvising in a flowing continuum of rich strategies and concepts.

Strictly Missionary (Pitsiokos / Eisenberg / Lenz / Murray / Neuburg): Heisse Scheisse [CASSETTE w/ Strictly Missionary (Pitsiokos / Eisenberg / Lenz / Murray / Neuburg):
Heisse Scheisse [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Skronky multi-faceted NY Downtown-style improvisation with an electric edge from the quintet of Chris Pitsiokis on alto sax, winds, electronics & samples, Wendy Eisenberg on electric guitar, Richard Lenz on electric bass, Kevin Murray on acoustic & electronic drums and Nick Neuburg on percussion, rolling and rollicking through riffs and scrabbly exploration.

Vernacular (Caswell / Kulcsar / Washington): The Little Bird [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Vernacular (Caswell / Kulcsar / Washington):
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Originally released in 2004 on CDR and only now properly released, the Cleveland trio of Lawrence Caswell (bass, vocals), Chris Kulcsar (drums, guitar) and R.A. Washington (trumpet, percussion) embraced the heart of free jazz and the concepts of freedom in bold and passionate improvisation and a scathing song, captured in two concerts at The Black Eye and Grog Shop.

Taylor, Cecil : Music From Two Continents feat Stanko, Rava, Frank Wright, Lyons, Borca, Barker, Ham Taylor, Cecil :
Music From Two Continents feat Stanko, Rava, Frank Wright, Lyons, Borca, Barker, Hampel

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

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A truly wild concert of free jazz from Cecil Taylor's transatlantic orchestra, captured live at the 1984 Jazz Jamboree in Warsaw, Poland, bringing together impressive improvisers from the US--William Parker, John Tchicai, Jimmy Lyons, Karen Borca, Frank Wright, & Henry Martinez--with European Free Jazz leaders Tomasz Stank, Enrico Rava, Conrd Bauer & Günter Hampel.

Williams, Mars Presents: An Ayler Xmas Vol.5 Williams, Mars Presents:
An Ayler Xmas Vol.5

(Astral Spirits / Soul What Records -- USA )

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This year's An Ayler Xmas is the 5th in the series from saxophonist Mars Williams, mashing holiday classics with works by saxophonist Albert Ayler, with the amazing sextet of Josh Berman on cornet, Jim Baker on piano, viola & Arp Synth, Brian Sandstrom on bass, guitar & trumpet, Steve Hunt on drums, Peter Maunu on violin and Kent Kessler or Krzysztof Pabian on bass.

Rempis, Dave / Avreeayl Ra: Bennu [VINYL] Rempis, Dave / Avreeayl Ra:
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(Aerophonic -- USA )

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The first recorded document of longtime collaborators performing as a duo, Dave Rempis (alto & tenor saxophones) and Avreeayl Ra (drums & percussion), in a thoughtfully building and muscular sax/drum pairing of both meditative and joyful free playing, captured at Constellation in Chicago after months where both players were unable to perform in person; exceptional!

Mendoza, Ava: New Spells Mendoza, Ava:
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(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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A joint release between Astral Spirts and Relative Pitch, guitarist Ava Mendoza conjures five assertive and rugged "spells" performed on solo electric guitar, passionate works of raw technical skill and bold power as she improvises over two songs composed by herself, alongside pieces written for her from Devin Hoff, Trevor Dunn and John Dikeman.

Mendoza, Ava: New Spells [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Mendoza, Ava:
New Spells [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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A joint release between Astral Spirts and Relative Pitch, guitarist Ava Mendoza conjures five assertive and rugged "spells" performed on solo electric guitar, passionate works of raw technical skill and bold power as she improvises over two songs composed by herself, alongside pieces written for her from Devin Hoff, Trevor Dunn and John Dikeman.

Lee, Robbie: Prismatist Lee, Robbie:
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(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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With a history of both improvisation and rock, NY saxophonist and sound artist (Creature Automatic, Love As Laughter) concentrates on the sopranino saxophone in this solo album, performing acoustic feats of impressive technical skill, and on many tracks performing with tuning forks and live electronics, sequenced in a compelling journey of contrasts and wonder.

Killick!: Imbricate Killick!:
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(Habitable Records -- Portugal )

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A series of real-time improvised performances from Athens, Georgia guitarist Killick Hinds, made with strings and occasional computer augmentation, an album he describes as to date his fullest expression of the Appalachian Trance Metal/Piedmont Shaman Rock concept that he has been developing for years, these works inspired by Zaila Avant-garde, Paolo Angeli and Bali.

Schindler / Stemkowoski: Related Unigue Items Schindler / Stemkowoski:
Related Unigue Items

(FMR -- UK )

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Recorded at the 2019 Salon fur Klang+Kunst, in Krailing/Munich, this consummate and creative meeting of multi-reed & brass improviser Udo Schindler and double bassist Thomas Stempkowski was performed as a dedication to bassist Simon H. Fell who passed from cancer in 2020; sadly Stempkowski also died during the production of this album, making this both a farewell and a memorial.

PEK Solo: Decision Boundary PEK Solo:
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(Evil Clown -- USA )

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With exotic instrumentation including clariphone, tarota, nadaswaram, mussette, flutes, clarinets, English horn, medieval pipe, whistles, concertina and gongs, Boston improviser David Peck performs over elements captured on a loop station, all decisions made in real time as he evolves this extended improvisation, creating a diverse and unusual recording.

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

(FMR -- UK )

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

Lopes, Luis Love Song: Emmentes Lopes, Luis Love Song:
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(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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The third release in Portuguese guitarist Luís Lopes' Love Song Project is a solo album performed on a nylon-stringed acoustic guitar, six beautifully peaceful and introspective improvisations revealing a calm side to Lopes' often assertive electric guitar work, instead allowing harmonics and notes express his curiosity of life and love of music.

George, Kazemde: I Insist George, Kazemde:
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(Greenleaf Music -- USA )

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A solid modern jazz album in the Blue Note tradition with a Latin angle, the title a reference to Max Roach's 1960 protest album We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, evoked through strongly melodic tunes composed by Brooklyn saxophonist Kazemde George and performed with vocalist Sami Stevens, keyboardist Isaac Wilson, bassist Tyrone Allen II, and drummer Adam Arruda.

Diaphane (Loriot / Costa / Hubsch / Loher): Paris Diaphane (Loriot / Costa / Hubsch / Loher):
Paris

(Neither/Nor Records -- USA )

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A live album at the Cafe de Paris in 2019, and the recording debut of the international quartet Diaphane of Frantz Loriot on viola, Raphael Loher on piano, Carl Ludwig Hübsch on tuba and Carlo Costa on percussion, heard here in an extended and fully free improvisation using unusual techniques and objects to extend the pallet of their acoustic instruments.

Euphorium_freakestra: 2 Trios & 2 Babies Euphorium_freakestra:
2 Trios & 2 Babies

(Euphorium -- Germany )

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Two drummerless trios meet two drummers in this incredible 2006 concert at naTo, in Leipzig, one from trumpeter Matthias Mainz, cello player Matthias Lorenz and bass player Michael Haves, the other from Fabian Niermann on tenor saxophone, Konrad Gruneberg on double bass and Oliver Schwerdt on the grand piano, the drummers Christian Lillinger & Gunter Baby Sommer.

Mirror Unit (Georg Wissel / Tim O'Dwyer): Sonic Rivers Mirror Unit (Georg Wissel / Tim O'Dwyer):
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(FMR -- UK )

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Following their Creative Sources album Wind Makes Weather, alto saxophonists Tim O'Dwyer and Georg Wissel, both employing preparations on their instruments, improvise a confluence of sonic rivers evoking, exploring and reflecting waterways from around the world, captured in concert at the cinema hall of the cultural center Alte Feuerwache, in Cologne.

Cooper, Jack / Jeff Tobias : Tributaries [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Cooper, Jack / Jeff Tobias :
Tributaries [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Two side-long tracks of minimal improvisation from NY saxophonist Jeff Tobias (Sunwatchers) and UK guitarist Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting); "Wicken" and "Debden" are named for and inspired by the tributaries of the River Cam in North Essex, revealing themselves in steady progressions and subtle application of instrumental technique in a beautifully flowing reflection.

Gargaud, Guillaume: 17 Compositions Gargaud, Guillaume:
17 Compositions

(New Focus Recordings -- Greece )

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A compilation of improvised steel-string acoustic guitar works framed by pitch and intervallic restrictions, from French composer and guitarist Guillaume Gargaud, 17 succinct pieces that evade standard jazz vocabulary while integrating influences from Messiaen to Webern to Cecil Taylor, paced in contemplative and sophisticated style.

Lee, Okkyung: Na-Reul (나를 ) Lee, Okkyung:
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(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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Extremely personal and passionate, cellist Okkyung Lee recorded this album after separation from her instrument for months as she traveled to Korea to be with her dying father during pandemic; the 9 pieces are layered with strings, instrument sounds, voice and with profound timing, creating an intensely beautiful album reflecting the anguish and loss of the time.

McPhee, Joe: Route 84 Quarantine Blues McPhee, Joe:
Route 84 Quarantine Blues

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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One of Corbett vs. Dempsey's Black Cross Solo Sessions, Joe McPhees approaches his album recorded during pandemic lockdown in his home through tenor sax, voice, water, objects and field recordings, the center of the album a cycle of compositions by Charles Mingus, alongside works by Carla Bley and influences by Joni Mitchell, and a virtual symphony of saxes on the title track.

Dunmall, Paul / Jonathan Impett / Andrew Ball / Paul Rogers / Phillip Gibbs: Undistracted Dunmall, Paul / Jonathan Impett / Andrew Ball / Paul Rogers / Phillip Gibbs:
Undistracted

(FMR -- UK )

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A 2004 quintet recording from Victoria Rooms in Bristol with the core of long-time collaborators Paul Dunmall on tenor sax, Paul Rogers on bass and Philip Gibbs, performing with two improvisers also well known for their work in compositional forms--Jonathan Impett on trumpet and Andrew Ball on piano--bringing unique perspectives to their far-ranging, advanced improvisation.

 

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