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Piano Trio (Piano, Bass & Drums)


 
Cambien, Jonas Trio: A Zoology of the Future Cambien, Jonas Trio:
A Zoology of the Future

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Belgian pianist based in Oslo, Jonas Cambien's Trio with Andre Roligheten on reeds and Andreas Wildhagen on drums, in an album of unique compositions using simple ideas yielding complex improvisation & dialog, named for the Dougal Dixons book "After Man: A Zoology of the Future".

Cappozzo, Cecile Trio (Grente / Ziemniak w/ Jean-Luc Cappozzo): Sub Rosa Cappozzo, Cecile Trio (Grente / Ziemniak w/ Jean-Luc Cappozzo):
Sub Rosa

(Ayler -- France )

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The French free improvising trio of pianist Cecile Cappozzo, double bassist Patrice Grente, and drummer Etienne Ziemniak are heard in performance at "la Maison en Bois" in Abbeville-la-Riviere in 2018, with trumpeter Jean-Luc Capozzo joining them on the title track, as they bring order to the 4 part "Chaos" through superb collective improvisation.

Carter, Daniel / William Parker / Federico Ughi: The Dream [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] Carter, Daniel / William Parker / Federico Ughi:
The Dream [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

(577 Records -- USA )

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This album was developed to present Daniel Carter, typically a wind/reed/trumpeter player, on an album that included his piano playing, which then advanced by adding the goal of both Carter and long-time collaborator, drummer Federico Ughi, to record with bassist William Parker, who rounds out this excellent trio on bass, tuba and shakuhachi.

Chrysakis / Villegas / Mayne: Palimpsesto Chrysakis / Villegas / Mayne:
Palimpsesto

(Aural Terrains -- Greece/UK )

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Thanos Chrysakis with Dario Villega and Oli Mayne in improvised set using electronics, prepared pianos, percussion, &c, a colored palimpset of sound.

Correction: Two Nights in April Correction:
Two Nights in April

(Ayler -- Sweden )

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Two live dates from Crescendo and Glenn Miller Cafe in Sweden from the trio of Sebastian Bergstrom on piano, Joachim Nyberg on bass, and Emil Astrand-Melin on drums.

Delbecq, Benoit / Jorrit Dijkstra / John Hollenbeck: Linger Delbecq, Benoit / Jorrit Dijkstra / John Hollenbeck:
Linger

(Driff Records -- USA )

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The long-running collaboration of Paris pianist Benoit Delbecq and Netherlands-born, Boston-area saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra is joined by Boston drummer John Hollenbeck, the pianist and saxophonist also picking up electronics and bass synth as they improvise over 10 concepts of movement through texture and distinctive approaches to their instruments.

Delbecq, Benoit 3: INK Delbecq, Benoit 3:
INK

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Miles Perkin takes the late bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel's place in pianist Benoit Delbecq's trio with Emile Biavenda on drums and percussion, in an inventive and lyrical album balancing structure versus improvisational freedom in engaging ways.

Domeniconi / Schlegel / Suter  : Quince Dreams Domeniconi / Schlegel / Suter :
Quince Dreams

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Three versatile improvisers with pedigrees including Christian Weber, Christian Wolfarth, Objets Trouves, Big Bold Back Bone, &c, the Swiss trio of Roberto Domeniconi on piano, Jan Schlegel on electric bass, and Sheldon Suter on drums use unusual and extended techniques integrated within free improv in this coproduction with RSI Rete Due Radiotelevision, Switzerland.

Dunietz / Edwards / Noble: Cousin It Dunietz / Edwards / Noble:
Cousin It

(Hopscotch Records -- USA )

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Israeli pianist Maya Dunietz comes together with British free improvisers John Edwards (bass) and Steve Noble (drums) for a trio record of creative and informed playing, a marvel of power and inventiveness.

Ellipsis (Butler / Heilbron / Windfeld): Bulawayo Ellipsis (Butler / Heilbron / Windfeld):
Bulawayo

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Erb, Christoph / Jim Baker / Frank Rosaly: ...Don't Buy Him A Parrot... Erb, Christoph / Jim Baker / Frank Rosaly:
...Don't Buy Him A Parrot...

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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Saxophonist and bass clarinetist Christoph Erb travels between Europe and Chicago, here in a trio with Chicago mainstays, pianist Jim Baker and drummer Frank Rosaly, for an intense and fierce album of collective improvisation captured live at their second-only encounter on the stage of the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago in 2014.

Fox, Danny: Wide Eyed Fox, Danny:
Wide Eyed

(Hot Cup Records -- USA )

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Pianist Danny Fox's trio with bassist Chris van Voorst van Beest and drummer Max Goldman in an album showing how the tight rapport this touring band has developed on the road, performing Fox's melodic and inventive compositions with a wealth of influences and style.

Free Pantone Trio: A Blink Of An Eye To The Nature Of Things Free Pantone Trio:
A Blink Of An Eye To The Nature Of Things

(FMR -- UK )

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Free Pantone trio is a Portuguese musical group recently created in Lisbon by bassist Rui Sousa, pianist Manuel Guimaraes and drummer Joao Valinho, using a trans-idiomatic and experimental approach they seek to exploit diverse musical genres and sub-genres from jazz and contemporary music using improvisation and real-time composition as their uniting principle.

Fujii Trio, Satoko : Trace A River Fujii Trio, Satoko :
Trace A River

(Libra -- Japan )

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Satoko Fujii's excellent trio with Mark Dresser on bass and Jim Black on drums: spiritous, technically impressive, melodically and conceptually adventurous music not to miss!

Giallorenzo, Paul Trio: Flow Giallorenzo, Paul Trio:
Flow

(Delmark -- USA )

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Nine original compositions from pianist Paul Giallorenzo in his 2nd Delmark CD, reducing the band to a classic piano trio with compatriots Joshua Abrams on bass and Mikel Patrick Avery on drums, in a passionate album that balances high energy polytonal swing to profound and lyrical ballads, with abstract blues and free-form inventiveness; excellent.

Gluck, Bob Trio: Returning Gluck, Bob Trio:
Returning

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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Reprising the energetic trio on his first jazz recording "Sideways", pianist/composer Bob Gluck is joined by bassist Michael Bisio and drummer/percussionist Dean Sharp for 6 original Gluck compositions.

Hasselberg, Joao / Pedro Branco: From Order To Chaos Hasselberg, Joao / Pedro Branco:
From Order To Chaos

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Primarily a bass and guitar duo between Portugese natives Joao Hasselberg, on double bass and electric, and electric guitarist Pedro Branco, here in their second album together of delicately sophisticated string improvisations, joined by a a great set of collaborators to expand the duo to trio and quartet.

Higgins, Tyler (w / Stevens / Higgins): Blue Mood Higgins, Tyler (w / Stevens / Higgins):
Blue Mood

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Hailing from Atlanta, GA, guitarist Tyler Higgins is also a multi-instrumentalist and composer who merges genres of moody, cinematic music based around folk, blues, jazz and twisted with unusual approaches, aided in his endeavors by drummer Paul Steven and wordless vocalist Ellen Higgins, producing a alluring set of musical narratives.

Karayorgis, Pandelis / Jeff Charland / Luther Gray: Cocoon Karayorgis, Pandelis / Jeff Charland / Luther Gray:
Cocoon

(Driff Records -- USA )

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The Boston based trio of pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, bassist Jef Charland and drummer Luther Gray documented their work on their own compositions in 2012, after a year's worth of monthly concerts.

Karayorgis, Pandelis Trio (w/ Damon Smith / Eric Rosenthal): Cliff Karayorgis, Pandelis Trio (w/ Damon Smith / Eric Rosenthal):
Cliff

(Driff Records -- USA )

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Contrasting his concurrent piano trio album with Nate McBride and Luther Gray, "Pools", "Cliff" is a first encounter between Boston-area pianist and composer Pandelis Karayorgis and drummer Eric Rosenthal with double bassist Damon Smith, recently migrated from the West Coast, as the three present a concentrative album of collective improvisation revealing three masterful players.

Karayorgis, Pandelis Trio (w/ Nate McBride / Luther Gray): Pools Karayorgis, Pandelis Trio (w/ Nate McBride / Luther Gray):
Pools

(Driff Records -- USA )

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The classic piano trio gets Boston-area pianist Pandelis Karayorgis' take on lyrical free playing, recorded in an informal studio session as drummer Luther Gray and bassist Nate McBride run through a a set of mostly Karayorgis compositions plus two collective compositions, great modern jazz informed by a variety of projects each has collaborated on.

Kaufmann / Landfermann / Lillinger: Grunen Kaufmann / Landfermann / Lillinger:
Grunen

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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"Grunen" (The Greening) is a live totally improvised recording from the trio of pianist Achim Kaufmann, bassist Robert Landfermann, and drummer Christian Lillinger.

Landaeus, Mathias: Into Life Landaeus, Mathias:
Into Life

(Moserobie Music -- Sweden )

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Pianist Mathias Landaeus leads his trio with Johnny Aman on bass and Jonas Holgersson on drums through five original pieces, a mazurka by Chopin, and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", an eclectic take on the piano trio blending modern techniques with both traditional and creative compositions.

Lencastre's, Joao Communion 3 (Lencastre / Sacks / Opsvik): Movements In Freedom Lencastre's, Joao Communion 3 (Lencastre / Sacks / Opsvik):
Movements In Freedom

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Communion is Portuguese drummer and composer Joao Lencastre's project to bring musicians from the American and international jazz scenes together, here in his 3rd release presenting a piano trio with two New Yorkers--pianist Jacob Sack and Norwegian bassist living in New York, Eivind Opsvik--for 3 Lencastre compositions, 1 Ornette Coleman piece, and 6 collective compositions.

Marsella, Brian Trio: Outspoken: The Music Of The Legendary Hasaan Marsella, Brian Trio:
Outspoken: The Music Of The Legendary Hasaan

(Tzadik -- USA )

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From Philadelphia comes this exuberant album with its feet firmly planted in jazz tradition as the trio of pianist Brian Marsella, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Anway Marshall pay tribute to composer and pianist Hasaan Ibn Ali (1931-1980), an influence on Coltrane, Tyner, etc., with 7 Ali originals and a composition for Ali from Marsella.

Mayas, Magda / Pierre-Yves Martel / Eric Normand: Boule-spiel Mayas, Magda / Pierre-Yves Martel / Eric Normand:
Boule-spiel

(Tour de Bras -- France )

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Quebec improvisers Pierre-Yves Martel on Viola da Gamba, objects, and feedback, Eric Normand on electric bass and snare drum, are joined by Berlin pianist Magda Mayas for two extended works of free improvisation, manipulating and contorting strings with an electroacoustic edge, dark ruminations of exquisite detail, patience, and adroit interaction.

MI3: Free Advice MI3:
Free Advice

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The Boston free jazz piano trio MI3 switch from electronics to acoustics in this set that mixes obscure Ellington and Sun Ra numbers with edgy originals.

Mitchell, Roscoe / Brus Trio: After Fallen Leaves Mitchell, Roscoe / Brus Trio:
After Fallen Leaves

(Silkheart -- Sweden )

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Nabatov, Simon / Max Johnson / Michael Sarin: Free Reservoir Nabatov, Simon / Max Johnson / Michael Sarin:
Free Reservoir

(Leo Records -- UK )

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An exciting and forceful album of free jazz from the trio of pianist Simon Nabatov, bassist Max Johnson and drummer Michael Sarin, recording in the studio in New York City with each player propelling themselves in dynamic, inventive collective free playing with an experimental bent, but never departing from the traditions of identifiable jazz music; recommended!

Necks, The: Mindset Necks, The:
Mindset

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )

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The Necks 16th release layers polyrhythmic material to form seething blocks of sound, in two long pieces, one more stripped back to the live trio, the other featuring multiple strata of swirling Hammonds, noise-guitar and electronics.

Necks, The: Silverwater Necks, The:
Silverwater

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The trio of Chris Abrahams, Lloyd Swanton & Tony Buck in their first release in 4 years, named for an industrial suburb, a bleak and beautifully building affair in The Necks tradition.

Necks, The: The Boys Necks, The:
The Boys

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )

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Sclavis / Taborn / Rainey: Eldorado Trio Sclavis / Taborn / Rainey:
Eldorado Trio

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Reedist Louis Sclavis' new cooperative trio with keyboardist Craig Taborn and drummer Tom Rainey in a mix of studio and live recordings from Casa da Musica, Porto.

Shipp, Matthew Trio: Root Of Things Shipp, Matthew Trio:
Root Of Things

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Pianist Shipp's long-standing trio with bassist Michael Bisio and drummer Whit Dickey, complex and inspired compositions that makes modern creative approaches to jazz beautifully accessible and essential.

Tandaapushi: Borromean Rings Tandaapushi:
Borromean Rings

(JVTLANDT -- Norway )

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The second album from this Norwegian electric improvising power trio, using dark rhythmic grooves over which guitar, electric piano, amplified objects, no-input mixing board, and pianet emerge, creating hypnotic states that lead to exultant moments through sinuous melody, building and releasing intensity while maintaining a consistent gauzy undertone.

van Hemmen, Flin (w/ Neufeld / Obsvik): Drums of Days van Hemmen, Flin (w/ Neufeld / Obsvik):
Drums of Days

(Neither/Nor Records -- USA )

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Debut album as a leader from drummer and pianist Flin van Hemmen, an evocative album of original compositions and improvisations recorded in a trio with Eyvind Opsvik on double bass and Todd Neufeld on acoustic guitar, with Tony Malaby on alto and soprano sax on one track; a beautifully cinematic and poetic album that allows for space and reflection.

Van Iniitu, Sylvain / Thomas Coquelet / Quentin Conrate: Maneries Ramonandi Fournellos Van Iniitu, Sylvain / Thomas Coquelet / Quentin Conrate:
Maneries Ramonandi Fournellos

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Wintsch / Weber / Wolfarth: Willisau Wintsch / Weber / Wolfarth:
Willisau

(Hatology -- Switzerland )

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The improvisational and untraditional piano trio of Michel Wintsch (piano, synthesizers), Christian Weber (bass), and Christian Wolfart (drums) in a fantastic, live performance from Willisau.

WPB3 (Werchowska / Pontevia / Boubaker): A Floating World WPB3 (Werchowska / Pontevia / Boubaker):
A Floating World

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )

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The French WPB3 trio explores areas between abstract minimalist, contemporary concrete instrumental improvised music and energetic noisy free jazz with an uncompromisingly totally free approach.

Haarla, Iro / Ulf Krokfors / Barry Altschul: Around Again | The Music Of Carla Bley Haarla, Iro / Ulf Krokfors / Barry Altschul:
Around Again | The Music Of Carla Bley

(Tum -- Finland )

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A magnificent tribute to the music of Carla Bley in 12 arrangements of Bley's early songbook, performed by a trio led by Finnish pianist and band leader Iro Haarla, with long-time associate Ulf Krokfors on double bass and free jazz legend and Bley associate, drummer Barry Altschul, in a heartfelt, lyrical and refined approach to Bley's elegant compositions.

Conde, Alberto Iberian Roots Trio: The Wake Of An Artist - Tribute To Bernardo Sassetti Conde, Alberto Iberian Roots Trio:
The Wake Of An Artist - Tribute To Bernardo Sassetti

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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A tribute to pianist and composer Bernardo Sassetti from a trio that includes two members of Sassetti's Trio--bassist Carlos Barretto and drummer Alexandre Frazao--along with pianist Alberto Conde and violist Jose Valente, as they interpret Sassetti compositions, a Federico Mompou piece Sassetti played frequently, along with original compositions from all members.

Wschod (Pinheiro / Kozera / Suchar): Wschod Wschod (Pinheiro / Kozera / Suchar):
Wschod

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Red Trio pianist Rodrigo Pinheiro joins Polish free improvisers, drummer Kuba Suchar from the European band Robotobibok (which became Mikrokolektyw), and double bassist Zbigniew Kozera from Sundogs and LEM, for five collective improvisations, diverse and dynamic dialogs of profound technique and creative intention.

Chrysakis / Slaven / O'Sullivan / Wigens: Zafiros en el Barro Chrysakis / Slaven / O'Sullivan / Wigens:
Zafiros en el Barro

(Aural Terrains -- Greece/UK )

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Intricate and beautifully paced electroacoustic improv from the quartet of Thanos Chrysakis (laptop, synth & radio), Ken Slaven (berimbu, autoharp, violin), James O'Sullivan (guitar) and Jerry Wigens (clarinet & mandolin).

Franco, Mario / Samuel Rohrer / Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva: Brightbird Franco, Mario / Samuel Rohrer / Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva:
Brightbird

(Arjunamusic -- Germany )

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A lyrical piano trio album from Swiss drummer Samuel Rohrer and two Portuguese musicians, pianist Joao Paulo Esteves da Silva and bassist Mario Franco, recording in France for 13 sophisticated pieces of melodic compositions used as a jumping off point for nuanced improvisation and exploration, all three revealing beauty in embraceable motifs and luminous song.

Theiler, Yves Trio (w/ Luca Sisera / Lukas Mantel): WE Theiler, Yves Trio (w/ Luca Sisera / Lukas Mantel):
WE

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Swiss pianist and composer Yves Theiler's Trio with bassist Luca Sisear and Lukas Mantel in a lyrical and upbeat album of contemporary jazz, balancing free playing with optimistic melodic arrangements leaving himself and his players plenty of room for expression, their association since 2012 bringing a nearly telepathic rapport in their enthusiastic interaction.

Fox, Danny: Wide Eyed [VINYL] <i>[Used Item]</i> Fox, Danny:
Wide Eyed [VINYL] [Used Item]

(Hot Cup Records -- USA )

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Pianist Danny Fox's trio with bassist Chris van Voorst van Beest and drummer Max Goldman in an album showing how the tight rapport this touring band has developed on the road, performing Fox's melodic and inventive compositions with a wealth of influences and style.

Greene / Smith / Moses: Life's Intense Mystery Greene / Smith / Moses:
Life's Intense Mystery

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Performing live at Lily Pad in Cambridge, MA, the trio of free jazz piano legend Burton Green in a trio with bassist Damon Smith and drummer Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, in 6 collective improvisations, with impressive playing from all three as they segway through the three part "Life's Intense Mystery", taking exploratory moments and even some "Kid Play" inbetween.

ISM (Pat Thomas / Joel Grip / Antonin Gerbal): Metaphor ISM (Pat Thomas / Joel Grip / Antonin Gerbal):
Metaphor

(Umlaut Records -- Sweden / France / Germany )

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Performing at Knuttel House, in Tokyo, Japan in 2018, the wonderfully complex and trio of Pat Thomas on piano, Joel Grip on double bass, and Antonin Gerbal on drums, bridging traditional jazz piano trio with contemporary forms, in the first of a 2-part installment, each track named for a flower as they balance dense highly active playing with abstract lyricism.

Zorn, John: The Hierophant Zorn, John:
The Hierophant

(Tzadik -- USA )

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John Zorn composed this suite of compositions drawing inspiration from the mystic world of the Tarot and its wide range of impressions, emotions and inferences, from breathtaking activity to introspective elegance, performed as a piano trio by a spectacular group of Downtown NY performers: Brian Marsella on piano, Trevor dunn on bass, and Kenny Wollesen on drums.

Pavone, Mario Dialect Trio: Philosophy Pavone, Mario Dialect Trio:
Philosophy

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Three in-demand New York improvisers--Mario Pavone on double bass, Matt Mitchell on piano, and Tyshawn Sorey on drums-- recording in the studio in one of the premiere spaces in the Metropolitan area, Firehouse 12, resulting in this profoundly authoritatve piano trio album, with five Pavone original compositions, two from Annette Peacock, and one collective improv.

CARL (Damon Smith / Daniel Kamins /  Andrew Durham): Solid Bottom [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] CARL (Damon Smith / Daniel Kamins / Andrew Durham):
Solid Bottom [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Two basses and a lower-end saxophone from the trio of Damon Smith on double bass, Andrew Durham on electric bass, and Danny Kamins on baritone sax, Durham also adding effects and "Radio Manipulation" to their deep sound, Durham & Kamins the core of CARL with Damon Smith adding extra underpinnings to their slowly developing, sometimes pensive, sometimes cantankerous, profound improvisation.

Charles, Xavier / Eric Normand : Avis Aux Reacteurs Charles, Xavier / Eric Normand :
Avis Aux Reacteurs

(Inexhaustible Editions -- Slovenia )

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Recorded live at Silence Sounds in Guelph Canada, the duo of Xavier Charles on clarinet and Eric Normand on electric bass & objects eschew idiom in favor of their unique natural language on their instruments, applying patient development of truly idiosyncratic and fascinating command through a single extended work punctuated in seven diverse passages.

Mazzarella, Nick Trio: Counterbalance [VINYL] Mazzarella, Nick Trio:
Counterbalance [VINYL]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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From 2008-16 until drummer Frank Rosaly moved to Amsterdam, alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella's Trio was an active part of Chicago's creative jazz scene; in early 2018 Rosaly returned for a visit and Mazzarella composed a suite of 6 new pieces to commemorate the trio's tenth anniversary, the exuberant result this excellent concert recorded at Co-Prosperity Sphere!

Attias, Michael : Echos La Nuit Attias, Michael :
Echos La Nuit

(Out Of Your Head Records -- USA )

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A beautiful solo set of 12 improvisations, Michael Attias performing on alto sax with his left hand and piano with his right, captured in the natural reverberation of La Maison en Bois in Abeville-La-Riviere, France; surprisingly his 1st solo album, developed over 12 years yet played in under an hour with no retakes, a wonderful nuanced reflection in tone, melody & color.

Durand, Werner : Schwingende Luftsaulen 2 Durand, Werner :
Schwingende Luftsaulen 2

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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A beautifully hypnotic album of saxophone, accompanied by Pan-Ney, Shruti Box and Organ, recorded in overdubs by composer/wind player Werner Durand in this 2nd chapter of his trilogy focused on the Pan-Ney, a self-built instrument for repetitive foundations, as Durand draws on elements of nature, mythology, dance, religion, literature and folklore.

Fisher, Colin Quartet: Living Midnight [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Fisher, Colin Quartet:
Living Midnight [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Toronto-area saxophonist Colin Fisher, best known for his group I Have Eaten The City, with his collective quartet of NY players Daniel Carter on tenor, alto & soprano saxophones + clarinet & flute, Brandon Lopez on upright bass, and Marc Edwards on drums & percussion, for three extended and exploratory improvisations of exemplary creative insight.

Fraser, Nick / Kris Davis / Tony Malaby (with Laubrock & Allemano): Zoning [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Fraser, Nick / Kris Davis / Tony Malaby (with Laubrock & Allemano):
Zoning [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

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Recording in Toronto, the core trio of drummer Nick Fraser, saxophonist Tony Malaby and pianist Kris Davis are joined on four tracks by tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and trumpeter Lina Allemano, in an album of composed and collective improvisation, merging Toronto, NY and European influences in an accomplished album of diverse approaches and orchestrations.

Lawler, R Keenan / John Krausbauer: Spectre Of Radiants Lawler, R Keenan / John Krausbauer:
Spectre Of Radiants

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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An extended and rich confluence of strings from R Keenan Lawler and John Krausbauer, using resonator guitar and banjo, sustained tones that intertwine in a beautiful and optimistic drone, minimalistic yet drenched in a profusion of harmonic detail; a beautiful and elusive dream mixing between an Indian raga and an alien electronic environment.

Livebatts! Livebatts!:

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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Recorded in the mid-90s, Livebatts! was a project of John White (Cornelius Cardew, Scratch Orchestra) developed to exploit "toy" keyboards of the 80s--cheap battery-driven instruments that hold tremendous potential for "serious" music-making--used here in a playful quartet with vocalist MJ Coldiron, Andrea Rocca (guitar & samples) and Nancy Ruffer (electrified flute).

McAuley, Jim / Scot Ray: Second Earth McAuley, Jim / Scot Ray:
Second Earth

(Long Song Records -- Italy )

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An excellent first meeting of two guitarists recording on a February afternoon and released in the sequence recorded with no edits or changes, from Jim McAuley on guitar and Scot Ray on lap steel slide guitar with effects, an innately lyrical blending of styles masking the strong technical skills and long histories of these two superlative players.

Nealand, Aurora / Steve Marquette / Anton Hatwich / Paul Thibodeaux: Kobra Quartet  [CASSETTE w/ DOW Nealand, Aurora / Steve Marquette / Anton Hatwich / Paul Thibodeaux:
Kobra Quartet [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Quietly lurking as it prepares to attack, this Kobra is the free improvising quaret of Aurora Nealand on accordion, alto saxophone, voice & objects, Steve Marquette on acoustic & electric guitars, Anton Hatwich on bass, and Paul Thibodeaux on drums, captured live at Chicago's Hungry Brain during the Instigation Festival for a mysterious 2-part "New Omens" and some "Telly Attire".

Sharp, Elliott / Sergio Sorrentino: Spilla' Sharp, Elliott / Sergio Sorrentino:
Spilla'

(ANTS Records -- Italy )

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'Spilla' means 'to play' in the language of Neapolitan musicians, and playing here are NY guitarist and composer Elliott Sharp and Italian guitarist Sergio Sorrentino, presenting world premier recordings of 4 works recorded live in Vercelli, Italy: two improvisations and two graphic scores performed on electric guitar with incredible technique and passion.

Trrma' / Charlemagne Palestine: Sssseegmmeentss Frrooom Baaari [VINYL] Trrma' / Charlemagne Palestine:
Sssseegmmeentss Frrooom Baaari [VINYL]

(BeCoq -- France )

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Stochastic music for percussion and synthesizers from New York avant conceptualist and keyboardist Charlemagne Palestine, here on piano & electronics, with the Italian duo Trrma' of Giovanni Todisco on percussion and Guiseppe Candiano on synth, in two side-long works of irregular rhythm, complexity and dissonance that build and recede in a suspenseful journey.

Bernardes, Daniel / Drumming GP: Liturgy of the Birds - in memoriam Olivier Messiaen Bernardes, Daniel / Drumming GP:
Liturgy of the Birds - in memoriam Olivier Messiaen

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Pianist Daniel Bernardes pays homage to French composer Olivier Messiaen, augmenting his piano trio of Antonio Augusto Aguiar on bass and Mario Costa on drums with the Drumming GP Ensemble of Miquel Bernat on marimba, Jeffrey Davis & Pedro Gois on vibraphones, and Joao Dias on glockenspiel, a wonderful merging of contemporary percussive composition and modern jazz.

Yamamoto, Eri Trio / Choral Chameleon: Goshu Ondo Suite Yamamoto, Eri Trio / Choral Chameleon:
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(Aum Fidelity -- USA )

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Composed for choir and jazz trio, pianist Eri Yamamoto and her trio with drummer Ikuo Takeuchi and bassist David Ambrosio present a 7-part work based on a traditional circle-dance song performed at festivals in the Shiga prefecture of Japan, emulating the vocal parts of that tradition with the choir Choral Chameleon, directed by Vince Peterson.

Lerner, Marilyn / Ken Filiano / Lou Grassi: Intention Lerner, Marilyn / Ken Filiano / Lou Grassi:
Intention

(Not Two -- Poland )

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Marilyn Lerner (piano), Ken Filiano (bass & effects) and Lou Grassi (drums & percussion) extend their trio work after their previous two NoBusiness releases with this album of profound collective improvisation, blending lyrical and abstract work in energetic but never frenetic conversation, in a range of mood performed with incredible technical and inventive skill.

Oberg, Uwe / Joe Fonda / Lucia Martinez: Relight Oberg, Uwe / Joe Fonda / Lucia Martinez:
Relight

(Not Two -- Poland )

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An exciting trio recording of the creatively unorthodox and superb collective piano trio of German pianist Uwe Oberg, Spanish drummer & percussionist based in Berlin Lucia Martinez, and New York bassist Joe Fonda, also on flute, performing at the the 2019 Just Music Festival in Weisboden, the band's implicit joy of their performance clearly heard in these recordings.

Graewe, George / Ernst Reijseger / Gerry Hemingway: Concertgebouw Brugge 2014 Graewe, George / Ernst Reijseger / Gerry Hemingway:
Concertgebouw Brugge 2014

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

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Performing together since 1989, at first frequently and now as very special events, this concert at Concertgebouw in Brugge of pianist Georg Graewe, cellist Ernst Reijseger, and drummer and marimba player Gerry Hemingway, is a superb example of the both telepathic and confidently confrontational interplay of their chamber-oriented and superbly paced improvisation.

Cappozzo, Cecile Trio (Grente / Ziemniak w/ Jean-Luc Cappozzo): Sub Rosa <i>[Used Item]</i> Cappozzo, Cecile Trio (Grente / Ziemniak w/ Jean-Luc Cappozzo):
Sub Rosa [Used Item]

(Ayler -- France )

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The French free improvising trio of pianist Cecile Cappozzo, double bassist Patrice Grente, and drummer Etienne Ziemniak are heard in performance at "la Maison en Bois" in Abbeville-la-Riviere in 2018, with trumpeter Jean-Luc Capozzo joining them on the title track, as they bring order to the 4 part "Chaos" through superb collective improvisation.

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(Hot Cup Records -- USA )

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Pianist Danny Fox's trio with bassist Chris van Voorst van Beest and drummer Max Goldman in an album showing how the tight rapport this touring band has developed on the road, performing Fox's melodic and inventive compositions with a wealth of influences and style.

Landaeus, Mathias: Into Life [VINYL] Landaeus, Mathias:
Into Life [VINYL]

(Moserobie Music -- Sweden )

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Pianist Mathias Landaeus leads his trio with Johnny Aman on bass and Jonas Holgersson on drums through five original pieces, a mazurka by Chopin, and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", an eclectic take on the piano trio blending modern techniques with both traditional and creative compositions.

Cremaster / Komora A: split [7-inch VINYL] <i>[Used Item]</i> Cremaster / Komora A:
split [7-inch VINYL] [Used Item]

(Monotype -- Poland )

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A split 7" release between Cremaster (Alfredo Costa Monteiro (electronics) and Ferran Fages (feedback mixing board and electroacoustic devices); and the Komora A trio of Karol Koszniec (electronics), Dominik Kowalczyk (laptop) and Jakub Mikolajczyk (modular synth).

Brotzmann, Peter / Lonberg-Holm, Fred: Memories Of A Tunicate Brotzmann, Peter / Lonberg-Holm, Fred:
Memories Of A Tunicate

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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While both improvisers were in New York City for the 2019 Vision Festival, multi-reedist and European Free Improv legend Peter Brötzmann met Chicago cellist and electronics artist Fred Lonberg-Holm to record their 3rd album together, their 1st album in the studio a diverse set of incredible concentration, with Brötzmann performing on tenor saxophone, woodwind, and clarinet.

Foussat, Jean-Marc / Daunik Lazro / Evan Parker: Cafe OTO 2020 [2 CDs] Foussat, Jean-Marc / Daunik Lazro / Evan Parker:
Cafe OTO 2020 [2 CDs]

(Fou Records -- France )

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A momentous 2020 concert at London's Cafe OTO, presented in two discs, the 1st with label leader Jean-Marc Foussat in a solo improvisation on synth and voice, the 2nd in a trio with Daunik Lazro on tenor & baritone sax, and Evan Parker on soprano sax, the 2 saxophones weaving and responding to Foussat's remarkable alien soundscapes and vocalization in an immersive extended improvisation.

Mateen, Sabir / Patrick Holmes / Federico Ughi : Survival Situation [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] Mateen, Sabir / Patrick Holmes / Federico Ughi :
Survival Situation [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

(577 Records -- USA )

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Having played together in a variety of settings, but never as a trio, saxophonist Sabir Mateen, clarinetist Patrick Holmes and drummer Federico Ughi met in a recording studio in Tuscany, Italy to record this album of wide-ranging free improvisation, Mateen's Farfisa playing and vocal declamations bringing a Sun Ra element to the vehement and profound dialog.

 

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