The Squid's Ear Magazine
NY Improv & Downtown NY


 
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.

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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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.

Pavone, Jessica: Reverse Bloom
Pavone, Jessica:
Reverse Bloom

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $8.40    




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"On the evening of July 13th, 2023, I trekked up to Arnold Hall for a very special performance at The Stone. I sat in the front row and took out my notebook then turned to my right and looked around the space. The dimly lit room buzzed w...

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

(Astral Spirits -- USA )


Price: $19.95    




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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 )


Price: $23.95    




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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.

Vicens, Gabriel: Mural
Vicens, Gabriel:
Mural

(Stradavarius -- Italy )


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Reflecting on the slow decay of Roman and Egyptian murals, New York City-based, Puerto Rican-born composer, guitarist, visual artist and No Base Trio member, Gabriel Vicéns, presents a collection of chamber works including two piano trios, a wind quintet performed by Nu Quintet, cello & violin and violin & piano duos, a solo piano work, and a sextet conducted by David Bloom.

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 )


Price: $15.00    




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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.

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 )


Price: $19.95    




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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.

Lubelski, Samara / Marcia Bassett: Indexical/Rhizome
Lubelski, Samara / Marcia Bassett:
Indexical/Rhizome

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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Following their recordings of improvisations for the abstract film "Triangulated Waves", the long-running collaboration of guitarist Marcia Bassette (Yew Recordings, Heavy Conversation, Heavy Blossom) and violinist Samara Lubelski (Fiery Furnaces, White Magic, Thurston Moore, God Is My Co-Pilot) join for two extended sonic adventures of intertwining, effected strings.

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 )


Price: $13.95    




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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 )


Price: $13.95    




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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 )


Price: $13.95    




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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.

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 )


Price: $97.95    




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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.

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

(Soul City Sounds -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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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.

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

(Northern Spy -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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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 )


Price: $14.95    




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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.

Zorn, John: The Hermetic Organ Volume 12 - The Bosch Requiem
Zorn, John:
The Hermetic Organ Volume 12 - The Bosch Requiem

(Tzadik -- USA )


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Part of composer, saxophonist and organ improviser John Zorn's 70th birthday celebration, this 12th volume in his The Hermetic Organ series finds Zorn performing on the two organs at the Grote Kerk (Great Church) in Den Bosch, The Netherlands, first solo and then with John Medeski, in a tribute to the 15th century proto-Surrealist painter Hieronymus Bosch.

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

(RogueArt -- France )


Price: $26.95    




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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.

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

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


Price: $15.95    




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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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Warpeha, Zosha : Silver Dawn
Warpeha, Zosha :
Silver Dawn

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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A beautifully contemplative collection of vignettes performed on solo Hardanger d'amore, a sympathetic-stringed relative of the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, from Brooklyn improviser and composer Zosha Warpeha, in 13 works of thoughtfully spacious playing utilizing the resonance and rich texture of the Hardanger fiddle, seemingly suspending time despite beguiling momentum.

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

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


Price: $13.95    




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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!

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 )


Price: $14.95    




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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 )


Price: $9.00    




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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.

Brown, Marion : Three For Shepp to Gesprachsfetzen Revisited
Brown, Marion :
Three For Shepp to Gesprachsfetzen Revisited

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


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Remastering and restoring Marion Brown's 1967 Impulse! album with Grachan Moncure III, Dave Burrel, Stanley Cowell, Sirone, Beaver Harris & Bobby Capp, and his 1968 album on the Calig label with Gunter Hampel, Steve McCall, Ambrosa Jackson & Buschi Niedergall; two albums of essential "New Thing" work through fascinating composed forms by Brown, plus Archie Shepps' "Delicado"; essential.

Tamura, Natsuki / Jim Black: NatJim
Tamura, Natsuki / Jim Black:
NatJim

(Libra -- Japan )


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Right out of the gate one feels the energy and excitement between Japanese trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and NY drummer Jim Black, each pushing the other through strong instrumental character and outrageous technique over nine Tamura compositions recorded in the studio in Switzerland, their first recording in 25 years since their 1999 Buzz Records album White and Blue.

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

(Another Timbre -- UK )


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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.

Newsome, Sam / Max Johnson: Tubes
Newsome, Sam / Max Johnson:
Tubes

(Unbroken Sounds -- USA )


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A rollicking and unusual duo with a fair sense of humor and tremendous instrumental skill between saxophonist Sam Newsome (SoundNoiseFunk, Steve Swell) performing on soprano sax with horn preparations and toys, and double bassist Max Johnson, who composed six of the seven pieces on this compelling album, the seventh being an intriguing cover of Thelonious Monk's "Blue Monk".

Gregorio / Smith / Bryerton: The Cold Arrow
Gregorio / Smith / Bryerton:
The Cold Arrow

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )


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The second trio release from clarinetist Guillermo Gregorio, double bassist Damon Smith and Jerome Bryerton on gongs, selected metal & cymbals (but no drums), in a sophisticated album of eight collective improvisations numbered as "The Planar Effect" and two Gregorio compositions, an absolutely impressive set that obscures the line between "spontaneous" and "composition".

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

(Bead -- UK )


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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.

Void Patrol (Sharp / Stetson / Martin / MacDonald): Live @ Victo
Void Patrol (Sharp / Stetson / Martin / MacDonald):
Live @ Victo

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )


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A wild and adventurous concert and one of the highlights of the 39th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville from the electric improvising quartet of Elliott Sharp on electric guitar & electronics, Colin Stetson on bass, alto & tenor saxophones, Billy Martin on drums & percussion and Payton Macdonald on marimba, vibraphone & African xylophone.

Lennon, Sean Ono: Asterisms [VINYL]
Lennon, Sean Ono:
Asterisms [VINYL]

(Tzadik -- USA )


Price: $29.95    




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The chameleonic styles of Sean Ono Lennon are in full force on this instrumental record, merging rock, jazz, experimental and cinematic styles in captivating ways, performed with the spectacular ensemble of Devon Hoff (bass), Yuka Honda (electronics), Johnny Mathar (drums), João Nogueira (Wurlitzer), Ches Smith (drums), Michael Leonhart (trumpet) & Mauro Refosco (percussion).

Phantom Orchard (Ikue Mori / Zeena Parkins): Hit Parade of Tears
Phantom Orchard (Ikue Mori / Zeena Parkins):
Hit Parade of Tears

(Tzadik -- USA )


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Distilling their ensemble to its original duo configuration, New York improvisers Zeena Parkins and Ikue Mori reflect on the stories of Japanese author Izumi Suzuki through ten mysteriously eclectic and beautifully developed compositions of harp (acoustic and electric), electronics, percussion, harmonium, ondes martenot, and much more; wonderful, imaginative and evocative work.

Braxton, Anthony: 10 Comp (Lorraine) 2022
Braxton, Anthony:
10 Comp (Lorraine) 2022

(New Braxton House -- USA )


Price: $120.00    




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Documenting six live performances with Anthony Braxton's Lorraine Trio featuring trumpeter Susana Santos Silva, accordionist/vocalist Adam Matlock, and Anthony Braxton, plus four studio recordings featuring Braxton, saxophonist James Fei, and bassists Zach Rowden and Carl Testa, in a solid box set of 10 CDs in five gatefold wallets with a 28 page booklet of notes by Anthony Braxton.

Sharp, Elliot: Arbor
Sharp, Elliot:
Arbor

(zOaR Records -- USA )


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A collection of arboreal pieces for solo acoustic guitar--wood transformed into a resonator with the help of metal oscillators and digital manipulation--performed in the studio by NY guitarist and improviser Elliott Sharp, developing the works around trees, "austere and intense", each piece unfolding like delicate branches of acoustic and ethereal framework.

Webber, Anna (O'Farrill / Roberts / Stemeseder / Mok): Shimmer Wince
Webber, Anna (O'Farrill / Roberts / Stemeseder / Mok):
Shimmer Wince

(Intakt -- Switzerland )


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Anna Webber's explorations of just intonation in a quintet of New York improvisers, with Webber herself on tenor sax & flutes, Adam O'Farrill on trumpet, Mariel Roberts on cello, Elias Stemeseder on synthesizer and Lesley Mok on drums, her approachable compositions blurring the lines between tuning systems while focusing on fascinatingly exotic tonal combinations.

Lewis, James Brandon Quartet : Transfiguration
Lewis, James Brandon Quartet :
Transfiguration

(Intakt -- Switzerland )


Price: $18.95    




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With a rare ability to play hard-hitting jazz while maintaining a lyrical sense to his compositions, tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis' new studio album from his quartet of Aruan Ortiz on piano, Brad Jones on bass and Chad Taylor on drums is the fourth album from this working band, demonstrating their strong group affinity that invokes impressive soloing from all four.

Perelman, Ivo / Mark Helias / Tom Rainey: Truth Seeker
Perelman, Ivo / Mark Helias / Tom Rainey:
Truth Seeker

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


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Meeting at Park West Studios in Brooklyn, the NY trio of Ivo Perelman on tenor saxophone, Mark Helias on bass and Tom Rainey on drums record seven collective free improvisations of great depth and expression, unhurried playing that concentrates on the group dialog, yielding space for exceptional soloing supported by perceptive interaction; masterful!

Smith, Wadada Leo / Joe Morris: Earth's Frequencies
Smith, Wadada Leo / Joe Morris:
Earth's Frequencies

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


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Delicately forceful, the live concert at Real Art Ways, in Hartford, Connecticut as part of the ImprovisatioNOW concert series, is a perfect encounter between two legendary New York improvisers--trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and guitarist Joe Morris--capturing five dialogs of impressive technique and creative expression, including references to Monk and Ma Rainey.

Shipp Trio, Matthew (Shipp / Bisio / Baker): New Concepts in Piano Trio Jazz
Shipp Trio, Matthew (Shipp / Bisio / Baker):
New Concepts in Piano Trio Jazz

(ESP -- USA )


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The evolution of NY pianist Matthew Shipp's trio with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Newman Taylor Baker reaches new heights in this implicitly lyrical album of spontaneous collective playing, eight improvisations warmly captured in the Park West Studios, showing the deep connection that years of collaboration brings to their thoughtfully astute and imaginative playing.

Perelman, Ivo Quartet (w/ Shipp / Helias / Rainey): Water Music
Perelman, Ivo Quartet (w/ Shipp / Helias / Rainey):
Water Music

(RogueArt -- France )


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After shattering the mouthpiece he had used for years, tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman searched for a replacement, choosing the same mouthpiece used by Paul Desmond, provoking a shift in style to more melodic lines, as heard in this studio album performed with the exemplary quartet of pianist Matthew Shipp, double bassist Mark Helias and drummer Tom Rainey.

Easter Quartet, The (Weissenfels / Filliano / Grassi / Capp): Light End
Easter Quartet, The (Weissenfels / Filliano / Grassi / Capp):
Light End

(Not Two -- Poland )


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From subtle dynamics to invigorating free exchanges, the collective improvising band Easter Quartet brings together New York luminaries Ken Filiano on bass with two drummer/percussionists--Lou Grassi and Todd Capp--and Leipzig, German pianist Simone Weissenfels, performing in the studio for three extended, forcefully confident, evolving improvisations.

Smith, Ches: Laugh Ash
Smith, Ches:
Laugh Ash

(Pyroclastic Records -- USA )


Price: $14.95    




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A stunning album that effortlessly blends styles from jazz, electronics, minimalism and contemporary forms, rendered by an eclectic group of primarily NY artists including Nate Wooley, Jennifer Choi, James Brandin Lews, Oscar Noriega, Anna Webber, Shahzad Ismaily and Smith himself, in an exhilarating and well-balanced set of Smith compositions that inform and groove spectacularly!

Perelman, Ivo (Fowler / Workman / Cyrille): Embracing the Unknown
Perelman, Ivo (Fowler / Workman / Cyrille):
Embracing the Unknown

(Mahakala Music -- USA )


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Recording with the legendary rhythm section of bassist Reggie Workman and drummer Andrew Cyrille, tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and stritch & saxello player Chad Fowler perfectly complement each other as they play off and complete each other's lines and phrases under the support of astute foundational support, an exemplary album of collective, cross-generational free improvisation.

Fowler, Chad / Shanyse Strickland / Sana Nagano / Melanie Dyer / Ken Filiano / Anders Griffen: Birds
Fowler, Chad / Shanyse Strickland / Sana Nagano / Melanie Dyer / Ken Filiano / Anders Griffen:
Birdsong

(Mahakala Music -- USA )


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Highlighting the parallel to changes in birdsong in urban areas because of anthropogenic ambient noise, this diverse ensemble demonstrates the evolution of improv approaches through unique origins and backgrounds; with Chad Fowler (stritch, flute), Shanyse Strickland (French Horn), Sana Nagano (violin), Melanie Dyer (viola), Ken Filiano (bass) and Anders Griffen (drums).

Sikora, Catherine / Susan Alcorn: Filament
Sikora, Catherine / Susan Alcorn:
Filament

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


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The first meeting of tenor saxophonist Catherine Sikora and pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn was at the Zurcher Gallery in New York City in 2022, an inventive dialog of free improvisation split between three "Filaments", their interaction ranging from delicate dialog to asservite discourse in a wonderfully expressive concert of sincere affinity.

Fully Celebrated Orchestra (Hobbs / Bynum / Ayers / Gray / Shanko): Sob Story
Fully Celebrated Orchestra (Hobbs / Bynum / Ayers / Gray / Shanko):
Sob Story

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


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Picking up from their last album in 2005, Lapis Exilis, alto saxophonist Jim Hobb's Fully Celebrated Orchestra joyfully returns with a new set of lyrical Hobb's compositions, Timo Shanko still creating a solid bass foundation and Luther Gray taking Django Carranza's place, extending the band with AYCH member Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet and Ian Ayers on guitar.

Genovese, Leo / John Lockwood / Nat Mugavero: The Art Of Not Playing
Genovese, Leo / John Lockwood / Nat Mugavero:
The Art Of Not Playing

(577 Records -- USA )


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Quite a bit of insightful collective playing actually, from the trio of New York-based Argentinian pianist Leo Genovese, bassist John Lockwood and drummer Nat Mugavero, in seven untitled studio improvisations that explore open approaches to their conversations through unhurried, masterful, expressive and explorative playing with an upbeat attitude.

Tamarisk (Carter / Menestres / Weathers): House of the People, Property is Theft
Tamarisk (Carter / Menestres / Weathers):
House of the People, Property is Theft

(Glomar Editions -- USA )


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The Tamarisk trio of bassist David Menestres, guitarist Andrew Weathers and vocalist Christina Carter (Charalambides) are heard live at Casa del Popolo, in Montreal and at PIT, in Brooklyn, New York, joined in Brooklyn by flutist Laura Cocks, each performance an extended journey between assertive, cathartic improvisation and introspective rumination.

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

(Swarming -- Canada )


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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.

Ono Lennon, Sean: Asterisms
Ono Lennon, Sean:
Asterisms

(Tzadik -- USA )


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The chameleonic styles of Sean Ono Lennon are in full force on this instrumental record, merging rock, jazz, experimental and cinematic styles in captivating ways, performed with the spectacular ensemble of Devon Hoff (bass), Yuka Honda (electronics), Johnny Mathar (drums), João Nogueira (Wurlitzer), Ches Smith (drums), Michael Leonhart (trumpet) & Mauro Refosco (percussion).

Old Mountain (feat Tony Malaby): Another State of Rhythm
Old Mountain (feat Tony Malaby):
Another State of Rhythm

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )


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Old Mountain is the Portuguese duo of pianist Pedro Branco and drummer João Sousa, drawing on melodic jazz of the past with a venturous twist, here in their 3rd album, dedicated to Misha Mengelberg, Masabumi Kikuchi, Thelonious Monk and Paul Motian, extended as a quintet with double bassists João Hasselberg & Hernani Faustino and tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby.

PNY Quintet (Swell / Brown / Edelin / Giron / Betsch): Over The Wall
PNY Quintet (Swell / Brown / Edelin / Giron / Betsch):
Over The Wall

(RogueArt -- France )


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While NY trombonist Steve Swell and alto saxophonist Rob Brown were in Paris, flutist Michel Edelin, who has recorded and performed with Swell over more than a decade, organized this session with Paris-based American ex-pats, drummer John Betsch and bassist Peter Giron, recording three Swell compositions, two by Brown, one from Edelin and four collective improvisations; magnifique!

Evans, Bill (w/ LoFaro / Motian): The Legendary Trio At Birdland 1960 Revisited
Evans, Bill (w/ LoFaro / Motian):
The Legendary Trio At Birdland 1960 Revisited

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


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Unofficial jazz documentarian Boris Rose captured these recordings on reel-to-reel tape of the Bill Evans Trio in 1960, an artistically fulfilling concert at Birdland in NYC and a rare recording of this particular trio with bassist scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian; originally issued in 1992 on the Cool & Blue label, here properly restored and remastered.

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

(Otoroku -- UK )


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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.

Hove, Erik: Solo
Hove, Erik:
Solo

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )


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Splitting time between Montreal and New York, Canadian saxophonist Erik Hove recorded these twelve deceptively restrained solo improvisations in various locations in 2020 & 2021, applying electronics to his playing which is influenced by both improvisers like Steve Lehman, Henry Threadgill or Steve Coleman and spectral composers like Gerard Grisey or Tristan Murail.

Wooley, Nate: Moths
Wooley, Nate:
Moths

(Editions Verde -- USA )


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Nate Wooley's exquisite improvised composition begins with a musical gesture and four parameters of change from each player--harmonic motion, articulation, extension, & physicality--which directs their "flight" in its slowly evolving pace, creating a varying mosaic of sound, as beautifully rendered by Laura Cocks (flute), Madison Greenstone (clarinet) and Eric Wubbels (keys & voice).

Hanes, Simon: Tsons of Tsunami
Hanes, Simon:
Tsons of Tsunami

(Tzadik -- USA )


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Drawing on a far-ranging set of influences--jazz, rock, contemporary, surf & exotica--California-born improvising guitarist Simon Hanes (of Trigger, who covered Zorn's Bagatelles) now resides in NYC, appropriately releasing an album of eclectic, generally upbeat, sometimes quirky, typically melodic instrumentals performed with an octet ensemble of incredible musicianship.

Angeles, Camilo / Joanna Mattrey: Hailstone Temple [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Angeles, Camilo / Joanna Mattrey:
Hailstone Temple [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Notice Recordings -- USA )


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Excerpted from their 2022 concert at Museo Ex Teresa Arte Actual in Mexico, flutist Camilo Ángeles (TVL REC label), also performing on bass flute, joins with New York City violist Joanna Mattrey, an active performer and improviser associated with Issue Project Room and Roulette, for six unusual duos of wind, string and voice leveraging the natural resonance of the museum space.

Shipp, Matthew / Steve Swell: Space Cube Jazz
Shipp, Matthew / Steve Swell:
Space Cube Jazz

(RogueArt -- France )


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The first duo recordings from fellow New York jazz musicians, trombonist Steve Swell and pianist Matthew Shipp, having brushed shoulders together with Whit Dickey, Dom Minasai, Jemeel Moondoc, Allen Lowe &c., they bring a wealth of familiar knowledge and language to their binary concentration, through twelve concise dialogs themed around the dark expanse of space; masterful and intimate.

Fonda, Joe (Fonda / Braxton / Bufalino / Dodd / Robertson / Alexiev): From The Source
Fonda, Joe (Fonda / Braxton / Bufalino / Dodd / Robertson / Alexiev):
From The Source

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


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A unique 1995 studio album from bassist Joe Fonda, remastered reissued to bring to life this septet with Anthony Braxton on reeds & winds, Herb Robertson on trumpet, Grisha Alexiev on drums, Vickie Dodds on vocals, and integrating tap dancer Brenda Bufalino as a full percussive voice into the ensemble's unique merging of jazz and dance, and of the healing arts and the performing arts.

Harnik, Elisabeth / Steve Swell: Welcome to the Troposphere
Harnik, Elisabeth / Steve Swell:
Welcome to the Troposphere

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


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An explorative album of collective free improvisation from the transatlantic duo of German pianist Elisabeth Harnik and New York trombonist Steve Swell, following up on their 2020 album Tonotopic Organisation, this 2022 live concert at Offene Ohren, in Munich brings listeners current to both improvisers immense creative drive, masterful skill, and their mutual, exuberant rapport.

Blasco, Merche / Lucie Vitkova: Anette [2 CDs] <i>[Used Item]</i>
Blasco, Merche / Lucie Vitkova:
Anette [2 CDs] [Used Item]

(XI Records -- USA )


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An unusual pairing of effected accordion and a 3D printer from Czech accordionist living in NY, Lucie Vitkova, also performing on harmonica, Korg Volca Bass and Moog, and NY multimedia artist Merch Blasco, the album titled for the name of Blasco's 3D printer "Anette", which also printed the thimble-microphones she wears on her fingers to capture parts of this performance.

McLean, Jackie: Let Freedom Ring To Destination...Out! - Revisited
McLean, Jackie:
Let Freedom Ring To Destination...Out! - Revisited

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


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Remastering and reissuing two vital Blue Note albums from alto saxophonist Jackie McLean: 1963's Let Freedom Ring in a quartet with Walter Davis (piano), Herbie Lewis (double bass) & Billy Higgins (drums); then 1964's Destination... Out! in a quintet with Grachan Moncur III (trombone), Bobby Hutcherson (vibes), Larry Ridley (double bass) and Roy Haynes (drums).

Perelman, Ivo / Nate Wooley /  Mat Moran / Matt Maneri / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Joe Morris: Seven Skies
Perelman, Ivo / Nate Wooley / Mat Moran / Matt Maneri / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Joe Morris:
Seven Skies Orchestra [2 CDs]

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


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A rare setting for tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman in a larger ensemble: an exemplary sextet with trumpeter Nate Wooley and vibraphonist Matt Moran over a string section of Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Joe Morris on bass and Mat Maneri on viola, recording a ten-part work sans drums or piano, allowing fascinating new orchestral possibilities performed with utmost creative mastery.

Lewis, James Brandon  Quartet: Molecular Systematic Music: Live [2 CDs]
Lewis, James Brandon Quartet:
Molecular Systematic Music: Live [2 CDs]

(Intakt -- Switzerland )


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The first live recordings from 2021 in Switzerland of NY saxophonist James Brandon Lewis' Molecular concept of composition, inspired by molecular biology and yielding lyrical and sophisticated structures for his players, heard in nine compositions performed with the exemplary quartet of Brad Jones on bass, Chad Taylor on drums, Aruán Ortiz on piano and Lewis on tenor sax.

Courvoisier, Sylvie (feat. Wadada Leo Smith / Christian Fennesz / Nate Wooley / Drew Gress / Kenny W
Courvoisier, Sylvie (feat. Wadada Leo Smith / Christian Fennesz / Nate Wooley / Drew Gress / Kenny Wollesen):
Chimaera [2 CDs]

(Intakt -- Switzerland )


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Chimaera is the ensemble of Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, her core trio with Drew Gress on bass, Kenny Wollesen on drums & vibraphone, expanded by two trumpeters--Wadada Leo Smith & Nate Wooley--and affected by Austrian guitarist Christian Fennesz who provides sonic backdrops for the improvisations over Courvoisier's compositions, focusing on aura over pyrotechnics; absolutely sublime.

Tabbal, Tani Quartet (w/ McPhee / Bisio / Siegel): Intentional
Tabbal, Tani Quartet (w/ McPhee / Bisio / Siegel):
Intentional

(Mahakala Music -- USA )


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Drummer with some of the most significant of free jazz icons--Roscoe Mitchell, David Murray, Henry Threadgill, Anthony Braxton, &c.--Tani Tabbal's own trio with fellow New Yorkers Michael Bisio on bass and Adam Siegel on alto sax are joined by Joe McPhee on tenor sax, with compositions from each of Tabbal, Bisio and Joe McPhee, plus four collective improvisations.

Schiller, Christoph / Carlo Costa: Spinet and Drums
Schiller, Christoph / Carlo Costa:
Spinet and Drums

(Neither/Nor Records -- USA )


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Three "Card Pieces", short series of pitch collections in a timeline with no other parameter spelled out, performed in a minimalist approach by Swiss spinet player Christoph Schiller and New York drummer & improviser Carlo Costa, where metallic strings are offset by organic and ringing responses, with a final work "Sottobosco" expanding their palette and pace.

Wright, Jack: What Is What
Wright, Jack:
What Is What

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


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Improviser, influencer and world traveler performing with exceptional players in interesting situations, saxophonist Jack Wright is heard in four solo improvisations that support the description of his wide vocabulary on the horn: "leaping pitches, punchy, precise timing, sharp and intrusive multiphonics, surprising gaps of silence, and obscene animalistic sounds".

Blum, John / David Murray / Chad Taylor: The Recursive Tree
Blum, John / David Murray / Chad Taylor:
The Recursive Tree

(Relative Pitch -- USA )


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An assertive album of collective free jazz from three masterful NYC players — John Blum (piano), David Murray (tenor sax) and Chad Taylor (drums) — recording in the studio for eight high-octane improvisations inspired by the mathematical and natural concept of recursion, comparing nature's expansive growth with the growth of jazz through the incremental expansion of ideas and influences.

Monk, Thelonious with John Coltrane: 1957, Revisited
Monk, Thelonious with John Coltrane:
1957, Revisited

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


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A transformative experience for John Coltrane, whose 1957 studio sessions with pianist Thelonious Monk, recorded after Monk's residency at the Five Spot, came at a transitional point for the iconic tenor saxophonist, expanding his knowledge of harmonic structure and refining his approach to soloing; with Coleman Hawkins, Art Blakey, Gigi Gryce, Ray Copeland, Wilbur Ware and Shadow Wilson.

 

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