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Miele, Lucio: Kalpa Miele, Lucio:
Kalpa

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

Price: $15.95    

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A solo album from Italian percussionsit Lucio Miele, presenting six works of layered percussion with live electronics and, on three tracks, recitation from actor Simona Fredella, each piece sound-oriented with an incredibly diverse set of percussive variety, detailed atmospheric settings and diverse rhythmic foundation; a remarkable and sometimes hair-raising album.

Perelman, Ivo / Nate Wooley: Polarity Perelman, Ivo / Nate Wooley:
Polarity

(Burning Ambulance Music -- USA )

Price: $12.95    

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Tight interaction in an incredible weaving of creative ideas and technical prowess from the duo of tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman and trumpeter Nate Wooley, the two New York-based improvisers recording in the studio in Brooklyn in 2020 for ten dialogs, a perfect distillation of their work together after four CDs in larger group efforts; captivating.

Parker, Evan Electro-Acoustic Ensemble: Warszawa 2019 Parker, Evan Electro-Acoustic Ensemble:
Warszawa 2019

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

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Formed in 1990 as a sextet to explore the possibilities of real-time signal processing in an improvising context, the 30 year history of saxophonist Evan Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble and the first new album in 9 years explodes with this incredible 2019 live concert at Wojciech Krukowski Hall, in Warsaw, Poland as a 10-piece ensemble of masterful improvisers.

Merce, Sergio: En Lugar De Pensar Merce, Sergio:
En Lugar De Pensar

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Austria )

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One circular and one continuous composition from Argentinian composer Sergio Merce, using rich tones like clouds of sound generated by a microtonal saxophone, synthesizer and wind synth, the title referring to his sense of music a channel to see, to reveal, a channel that opens through intuition, observation and attention but not through thinking; beautiful.

Cambien, Jonas Trio (w / Roligheten / Wildhagen): Nature Hath Painted The Body Cambien, Jonas Trio (w / Roligheten / Wildhagen):
Nature Hath Painted The Body

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

Price: $14.95    

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Cleverly complex yet melodically embraceable, the trio of Beligan pianist residing in Norway, Jonas Cambien's trio with Andre Rolighete on tenor and soprano saxophone and drummer Andreas Wildhagen perform eleven original Cambien compositions, a mix of astute, joyful and irrepressibly creative approaches to jazz and free improvisation.

Cortex (Hoyer / Nilssen / Alberts / Johansson): Legal Tender [VINYL] Cortex (Hoyer / Nilssen / Alberts / Johansson):
Legal Tender [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

Price: $22.95    

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Seriously joyful and consequential "avant-garde party music" from the Norwegian Cortex quartet of Ola Hoyer on double bass, Gard Nilssen on drums & percussion, Kristoffer Berre Alberts on saxophone, and Thomas Johansson on trumpet, in their 6th album of irresistible, upbeat free jazz.

Chrome Hill (Lerheim / Nymo / Lofthus / Arntzen): This Is Chrome Hill [VINYL] Chrome Hill (Lerheim / Nymo / Lofthus / Arntzen):
This Is Chrome Hill [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Self-described as Scandinavian jazz rock noir, the Chrome Hill quartet of Asbjorn Lerheim on baritone guitar, Roger Arntzen on double bass, Torstein Lofthus on drums & vibraphone, and Atle Nymo on tenor saxophone, present a dramatic album of contrasts inspired by cinematic and musical moods, merging elements of folk, Delta blues and cowboy rock into their darkly cool sound.

Denzler, Bertrand / Antonin Gerbal: Sbatax Denzler, Bertrand / Antonin Gerbal:
Sbatax

(Umlaut Records -- Sweden / France / Germany )

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A burning album of free jazz caught live at Au Topsi Pohl, in Berlin, Germany in 2019 between the long-running duo of tenor saxophonist Bertrand Denzler and drummer Antonin Gerbal, best known for their work in Zoor or Denzler-Gerbal-Dorner, here working an "Interstellar Space" area of strength and energy through intense interaction and cathartic playing.

Smith, Wadada Leo / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed: Sun Beans of Shimmering Light Smith, Wadada Leo / Douglas R. Ewart / Mike Reed:
Sun Beans of Shimmering Light

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

Price: $13.95    

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Brass, winds and percussion bring a beautiful dialog of spiritually rich improvsations from the trio of Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet, Douglas Ewart on reeds & wind instruments, and Mike Reed on drums, recording in the studio in 2015 for five contemplative, often meditative, yet always bold dialogs that use spacious and free timing that showcases each player's masterful skills.

Wooley, Nate (w / Laubrock / Modney / Roberts / Courvoisier / Smythe / Matt Moran / Greenberg): Mutu Wooley, Nate (w / Laubrock / Modney / Roberts / Courvoisier / Smythe / Matt Moran / Greenberg):
Mutual Aid Music [2 CDs]

(Pleasure of the Text Records -- USA )

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"Mutual aid" is the primary ethic of an anarchistic utopia in which each knows what they have, is honest about what they need, and is prepared to give and receive accordingly; here in 8 compositions from trumpeter Nate Wooley performed with Ingrid Laubrock, Sylvie Courvoisier, Cory Smythe, Josh Modney, Matt Moran, Russell Greenberg, and Mariel Roberts.

Abrahams, Chris / Mark Wastell: A Thousand Sacred Steps Abrahams, Chris / Mark Wastell:
A Thousand Sacred Steps

(Confront -- UK )

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Drenched in beautiful ambiance, this inspired and spiritual meeting between Necks pianist Chris Abrahams and percussionist Mark Wastell performing on tam-tam and cymbals, was recorded while The Necks were in residence at Cafe Oto in London, the empathy between the two immediately evident in their graceful approach to these four evolving improvisations.

AMM (Tilbury / Prevost): Industria AMM (Tilbury / Prevost):
Industria

(Matchless -- UK )

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The title Indústria was chosen by Eddie Prevost in tribute to the history behind the Museu Industrial de Bala do Tejo, in Portugal where this concert took place by the legendary free improvisation band AMM, represented here as the duo of percussionist Eddie Prévost and pianist John Tilbury, performing as part of the 2015 OUT.FEST - Festival Internacional de Musica Exploratoria do Barreiro.

Smith, Damon / Peter Kowald / Joelle Leandre / Bertram Turetzky: Bass Duos 2000-2007 [3 CDs + 3 Post Smith, Damon / Peter Kowald / Joelle Leandre / Bertram Turetzky:
Bass Duos 2000-2007 [3 CDs + 3 Postcards]

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )

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Three CDs, each dedicated to a mix of concert and studio recordings of double bass duos, the first between Damon Smith and Peter Kowald in 2000 at Gallery 2310, in Oakland, CA; the 2nd between Smith and Joëlle Léandre in 2002, which was recorded by Henry Kaiser; and between Smith and Bertram Turetzky at 1510 8th St. Performance Space, in Oakland, CA in 2007.

Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly): Sud Des Alpes Rempis Percussion Quartet, The (w/ Haker Flaten / Daisy / Rosaly):
Sud Des Alpes

(Aerophonic -- USA )

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The 10th album from The Rempis Percussion Quartet, the dual-drumming free improvising collective quartet of Dave Rempis on alto & tenor saxophones, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten on bass, and Tim Daisy & Frank Rosaly on drums, celebrating their 15th anniversary as a working band through this exhilarating concert captured during their 2019 European Tour at AMR in Geneva, Switzerland.

Gonzalez, Dennis Ataraxia Trio+2 (w / Phelps / Lakpriya + Derek Rogers / Jess Garland): Nights Enter Gonzalez, Dennis Ataraxia Trio+2 (w / Phelps / Lakpriya + Derek Rogers / Jess Garland):
Nights Enter

(Ayler Records -- France )

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Unlike anything in trumpeter Dennis Gonzalez's discography, this album was developed from Moog recordings by Derek Rogers, whose shifting tonalities and colors led Gonzalez to a Jon Hassel-influenced approach, adding a rhythmic basis of tabla and djembe from Jagath Lakpriya and sitar-inspired harp from Jess Garland, underpinned by the rich bass work of Drew Phelps.

Nagano, Sana (w/ Apflebaum / Matsuno / Filiano / Herternstein): Smashing Humans [VINYL] Nagano, Sana (w/ Apflebaum / Matsuno / Filiano / Herternstein):
Smashing Humans [VINYL]

(577 -- USA )

Price: $22.00    

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The debut of a new electric jazz quintet from NY violinist Sana Nagano, with Peter Appfelbaum on tenor saxophone & megaphone, Keisuke Matsuno on electric guitar, Ken Filiano on acoustic bass & effects, and Joe Hertenstein on drums, an inventive and energetic album of joyful urgency and tremendous group dynamic, fueled by Nagano's exuberant and lyrical compositions.

Granberg, Magnus w/ Miki Maruta, Ko Ishikawa, Toshimaru Nakamura: Come Down to Earth Where Sorrow Dw Granberg, Magnus w/ Miki Maruta, Ko Ishikawa, Toshimaru Nakamura:
Come Down to Earth Where Sorrow Dwelleth

(Meenna -- Japan )

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Stockholm composer Magnus Granberg's first visit to Japan was to perform at the 2019 Ftarri Festival, adapting his extended and subtle work "Come Down to Earth Where Sorrow Dwelleth", originally composed for the Boston ensemble Ordinary Affects, here reworked for sho, koto, prepared piano and electronics performed by Ko Ishikawa, Miki Maruta and Toshimaru Nakamura.

Parker, Evan ElectroAcoustic Ensemble (w/ Sainkho Namtchylak): Fixing the Fluctuating Idea Parker, Evan ElectroAcoustic Ensemble (w/ Sainkho Namtchylak):
Fixing the Fluctuating Idea

(Victo -- Canada )

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Evan Parker's Electroacoustic Ensemble, merging reeds, strings and percussion with live signal processing to create something indescribably transformative is further amplified with the addition of free improvising vocalist and Tuvan throat singer Sainkho Namtchylak, adding an unearthly layer of interaction and transmogrification to this incredible 1996 FIMAV performance.

Grisey, Gerard / Iancu Dumitrescu / Niels Christian Rasmussen / Thanos Chrysakis / Salvatore Sciarri Grisey, Gerard / Iancu Dumitrescu / Niels Christian Rasmussen / Thanos Chrysakis / Salvatore Sciarrino / Lori Freedman / Tim Hodgkinson:
Music for Violas, Bass Clarinets & Flutes

(Aural Terrains -- UK / EU )

Price: $16.95    

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Compositions for violas, bass clarinets and flutes performed by Vincent Royer, Jill Valentine, Jason Alder, Chris Cundy, Tim Hodgkinson, Yoni Silver, Lori Freedman, Carla Rees, Karin de Fleyt, Thanos Chrysakis, Katrina Lauder, with compositions from Gerard Grisey, Iancu Dumitrescu, Thanos Chrysakis, Niels Rasmussen, Salvatore Sciarrino, Lori Freedman, and Tim Hodgkinson.

Taylor, Mike: Trio, Quartet & Composer, Revisited Taylor, Mike:
Trio, Quartet & Composer, Revisited

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

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Found dead in the Thames River in 1969, pianist & composer Mike Taylor left a legacy of two solid & lyrical jazz albums, of which the complete Trio album and one track from Pendulum are remastered; but he was also a songwriter for the Eric Clapton/Ginger Baker/Jack Bruce band Cream, of which three Taylor compositions with lyrics and vocals by Baker are included.

Coltrane, John Quartet: Newport, New York, Alabama, 1963, Revisited Coltrane, John Quartet:
Newport, New York, Alabama, 1963, Revisited

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

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Two quartets performing two live concerts from 1963 led by John Coltrane on tenor & soprano saxophones, the first at the Newport Jazz Festival with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on double bass and Roy Haynes on drums, the second at Birdland with Elvin Jones on the drums, plus 2 studio recordings with that quartet at Van Gelder Studio in the same year.

Dunmall, Paul / Keith Tippett / Philip Gibbs / Pete Fairclough: Onosante Dunmall, Paul / Keith Tippett / Philip Gibbs / Pete Fairclough:
Onosante

(577 -- USA )

Price: $14.00    

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A 4-track collective improvisation project performed by Paul Dunmall (saxophones, fife & bagpipes), pianist Keith Tippett, guitarist Philip Gibbs and drummer Pete Fairclough, recorded at Victoria Rooms at the University of Bristol, UK in 2000 and originally issued on Dunmall's own DUNS label, here reissued 20 years later in the memory of Keith Tippett.

Zorn, John (Frisell / Riley / Lage): Teresa de Avila Zorn, John (Frisell / Riley / Lage):
Teresa de Avila

(Tzadik -- USA )

Price: $17.95    

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The third and final CD in composer John Zorn's trilogy inspired by historic figures of Christian mysticism, following works for Francesco d'Assisi and Julian of Norwich, these 10 pieces are conducted by Zorn and written specifically for the acoustic guitar trio of Bill Frisell, Julian Lage and Gyan Riley; an album of breathtaking character and inspired playing.

Parkins / Rasmussen / Sawyer: Glass Triangle Parkins / Rasmussen / Sawyer:
Glass Triangle

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

Price: $13.95    

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The boisterous and wonderfully controlled Downtown NY trio of Zeena Parkins on electric harp & objects, Mette Rasmussen on alto saxophone & objects, and Ryan Sawyer on percussion burn through six free improvisations of enthusiastic drive and incredible interaction using "string, breath and bell, harp, horn and drum" in a great example of modern creative improv.

Derome, Jean: Solo Souffles Derome, Jean:
Solo Souffles

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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The remarkably creative flutist & saxophonist Jean Derome often incorporates unusual instruments into his improvisations and compositions, including bird calls, harps, kalimbas, sirens, flower plastic wrappings, bells, &c &c.... on this album Derome focuses on those unique instruments and noise makers through 23 surprising pieces illustrating his incredible collection.

Quatuor Bozzini: Alvin Lucier: Navigations Quatuor Bozzini:
Alvin Lucier: Navigations

(Collection QB -- Canada )

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Performing four of avant composer Alvin Lucier's works composed between 1991 and 2004, the Montreal-based Quatuor Bozzini (Clemens Merkel on violin, Alissa Cheung on violin, Stephanie Bozzini on viola, and Isabelle Bozzini on cello) focus on Lucier's works of sonic exploration, including the intensely harmonic interactions of the album's title work.

Treesearch (GoGwilt / Motl / Kuester): Birdward Treesearch (GoGwilt / Motl / Kuester):
Birdward

(577 -- USA )

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The 2nd album from the trio of Keir GoGwilt on violin, Kyle Motl on bass and Nicolee Kuester on horn, the pieces combining original poems written by GoGwilt and Kuester with precise musical arrangement and poetic structures, around which the trio improvise with melodic and unexpected approaches, fascinating their listeners with peculiar insight and superb playing.

Natural Information Society w/ Evan Parker: Descension (Out of Our Constrictions) [VINYL 2 LPs] Natural Information Society w/ Evan Parker:
Descension (Out of Our Constrictions) [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Eremite -- USA )

Price: $37.95    

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The first live album from Chicago bassist and guimbri player Joshua Abrams is the 6th Natural Information Society album, captured live in the summer of 2019 at Cafe Oto in London, the core quartet with Lisa Alvarado on harmonium, Mikel Patrick on drums and Jason Stein on bass clarinet joined by UK legend Evan Parker on soprano saxophone for four ecstatic improvisations.

Satoko, Fujii: Hazuki Satoko, Fujii:
Hazuki

(Libra -- Japan )

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With the sudden cessation of touring due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Satoko Fujii turned to composing and recording herself in a home studio that she developed with the help of sound engineer Mike Marciano, freeing herself to explore new compositional methods and approaches to theory, this superb solo album the results of seven months of sublime self-expression.

Feldman, Mark: Sounding Point Feldman, Mark:
Sounding Point

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Including six of his own compositions, a work by Sylvie Courvoiser and Ornette Coleman's "Peace Warrior", New York violin virtuoso Mark Feldman's new solo album, recorded in the studio in Brooklyn, is a touchpoint to his skills and creative imagination today, 26 years after his first solo album, displaying a profound ability to engage and inspire his listeners.

Frith, Fred / Ikue Mori: A Mountain Doesn't Know it's Tall Frith, Fred / Ikue Mori:
A Mountain Doesn't Know it's Tall

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Having worked together for 40 years starting in the 80's in the Downtown NY scene, guitarist Fred Frith and electronic artist Ikue Mori recorded this album in Germany, using studio time left after recording the music for a radio play by Werner Penzel, using that work as an influence for these exceptional improvisations on home made instruments, toys and electronics.

Hawkins, Alexander feat/ Evan Parker + Riot Ensemble: Togetherness Music Hawkins, Alexander feat/ Evan Parker + Riot Ensemble:
Togetherness Music

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Pianist Alexander Hawkins' six movement composition is realized by the UK Riot Ensemble, known primarily for their work with notated contemporary music, adding Evan Parker's incredible soprano sax soloing, and filtered through Matthew Wright's live electronic processing, resulting in this amazing hybrid masterwork that bridges modern 21st Century forms.

Boiron, Baptiste / Bruno Chevillon / Frederic Gastard: La [2 CDs] Boiron, Baptiste / Bruno Chevillon / Frederic Gastard:
La [2 CDs]

(Ayler -- France )

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During a residency in 2020 at the Domaine de Kerguehennec in Brittany, saxophonist and composer Baptiste Boiron developed this repertoire for the trio Lá of Boiron on soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, Bruno Chevillon on double bass, and Frederic Gastard on bass saxophone, Boiron's compositions applying a wealth of creative approaches merging contemporary and improvised playing.

Drake, Bob: Planets & Animals Drake, Bob:
Planets & Animals

(Recommended Records -- UK )

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Bob Drake continues to tug on the heart-strings of prog in short but smart songs that reference the best of the last few decades of prog/psych/avant rock forms, Drake as always handling all parts in a great balance of guitar, electronic & acoustic instruments, including some newly invented instruments; includes a fold-out poster in Bob Drake style from Joe Mruk.

Miranda, Roberto Home Music Ensemble (Bradford / Carter / Newton / Tapscott / &c): Live At Bing Thea Miranda, Roberto Home Music Ensemble (Bradford / Carter / Newton / Tapscott / &c):
Live At Bing Theatre: Los Angeles, 1985

(Dark Tree Records -- France )

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Dark Tree's Roots series continues to unearth hidden masterworks from the West Coast scene, here with bassist Roberto Miranda's Home Music ensemble in 1985, an 11-piece large band performing Miranda's lyrically rhythmic compositions, with an all-star cast including flutist James Newton, clarinetist John Carter, pianist Horace Tapscott, trumpeter Bobby Bradford, &c.

McKenzie II, Donald Sturge Anthony (feat. Nels Cline / Melvin Gibbs  / Vernon Reid): Silenced McKenzie II, Donald Sturge Anthony (feat. Nels Cline / Melvin Gibbs / Vernon Reid):
Silenced

(577 -- USA )

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A six track album from drummer Donald Sturge Anthony McKenzie II written about the abuse of force from those charged to protect us, in a series of duos with amazing performances from guitarist Nels Cline, saxophonist Arnold Lee, bassist Melvin Gibbs, bassist Dave Hofstra, guitarist Vernon Reid, and drummer/keyboardist CX KIDTRONIX; disturbing and important work.

Shea, David: The Thousand Buddha Caves Shea, David:
The Thousand Buddha Caves

(Room40 -- Australia )

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Composer, keyboardist and conceptualist David Shea continues his musical journeys through the world's ancient trading routes that began with his albums Hsi-Yu Chi, The Tower of Mirrors, Satyricon and Rituals, here in ten encompassing compositions exploring the trading route from ancient Xian to Rome, through music, stories, history and Buddhist influences.

Fire!: Defeat Fire!:
Defeat

(Rune Grammofon -- Norway )

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On their 6th recording as a trio concept, The Fire! trio of Mats Gustafsson (sax), Johan Berthling (bass guitar) and Andreas Werlin (drums) add to their energetic approach to free improvisation through Mats Gustafsson performing on both baritone sax and flute, and by the addition of guests Goran Kajfes on quartertone trumpet and Mats Aleklint on trombone and sousaphone.

Brice, Olie / Binker Golding / Henry Kaiser / N.O. Moore / Eddie Prevost: The Secret Handshake with Brice, Olie / Binker Golding / Henry Kaiser / N.O. Moore / Eddie Prevost:
The Secret Handshake with Danger Vol. One

(577 -- Italy )

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

Niblock, Phill [CLEAR VINYL]: MMXX-12: Browned Niblock, Phill [CLEAR VINYL]:
MMXX-12: Browned

(Matiere Memoire -- Belgium )

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Recording in Cologne, Germany, the quartet of Arne Deforce on cello, Deborah Walker on cello, Erik Drescher on flute, and Dafne Vicent Sandoval on bassoon realize NY composer Phill Niblock's work of acoustic drone, using long sustained notes to create a seething combination of harmonic interactions with an ominous tone, ending somewhat abruptly to reveal its layers.

O'Malley, Stephen: MMXX-11: ...st-Vast Sommaren [CLEAR VINYL] O'Malley, Stephen:
MMXX-11: ...st-Vast Sommaren [CLEAR VINYL]

(Matiere Memoire -- Belgium )

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A rich and beautiful drone work from Stephen O'Malley recorded at EMS in Stockholm, the title translating to "East-West Summer", as the piece emulates an accommodating evening, electronic crickets introducing and then settling into a slowly rotating and absorbing combination of tones, the flickering crickets returning to fade out the sense of restful night.

Thumbscrew (Fujiwara / Halvorson / Formanek): Never Is Enough [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] Thumbscrew (Fujiwara / Halvorson / Formanek):
Never Is Enough [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

(Cuneiform -- USA )

Price: $38.95    

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Recorded at the same time and influenced by the recording of their 2020 album The Anthony Braxton Project, the NY Thumbscrew trio of Tomas Fujiwara on drums, Mary Halvorson on guitar, and Michael Formanek on double bass & electric bass present 9 original compositions, three pieces from each of the musicians, of melodically inclined forward thinking, creative jazz.

Thumbscrew (Fujiwara / Halvorson / Formanek): Never Is Enough Thumbscrew (Fujiwara / Halvorson / Formanek):
Never Is Enough

(Cuneiform -- USA )

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Recorded at the same time and influenced by the recording of their 2020 album The Anthony Braxton Project, the NY Thumbscrew trio of Tomas Fujiwara on drums, Mary Halvorson on guitar, and Michael Formanek on double bass & electric bass present 9 original compositions, three pieces from each of the musicians, of melodically inclined forward thinking, creative jazz.

Chase, Claire: Density 2036 [4 CDs] Chase, Claire:
Density 2036 [4 CDs]

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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Part of flutist Claire Chase's project to commission a modern body of work for the instrument, this 4-CD set features 17 works by 15 composers, including the multi-part album-long composition "Pan" by Brazilian-born Marcos Balter, with works for the entire flute family from piccolo to contrabass flute; participants include Tyshawn Sorey, Vijay Iyer, Pauline Oliveros, &c.

Vario 34 (Christmann / Frangenheim / Gustafsson / Lehn / Lovens): Vario 34-3 Vario 34 (Christmann / Frangenheim / Gustafsson / Lehn / Lovens):
Vario 34-3

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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Since 1979 cellist & trombonist Günter Christmann has led around 50 variations of "Vario", inviting musicians, actors, dancers, & filmmakers to partake; Vario 34--Christmann, Paul Loven (percussionist), Mats Gustafsson (sax), Thomas Lehn (live-electronics), and Alexander Frangenheim (bass)--first performed in 1993, and these Berlin recordings are from their 3rd meeting in 2018.

Instant Composers Pool: Incipient ICP, 1966-71 [2 CDs] Instant Composers Pool:
Incipient ICP, 1966-71 [2 CDs]

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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Founded in 1967 by pianist Misha Mengelberg, drummer Han Bennink, and saxophonist & clarinetist Willem Breuker, this double CD documents the earliest years of the ICP collective through live & studio recordings from 1966-71, with an impressive cast of jazz and contemporary compositional players creating a delightfully diverse set of approaches to improvisation.

Winter, Michael / Liminar: Single Track Winter, Michael / Liminar:
Single Track

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Working with Liminar, one of the premier new music ensembles in Mexico, German/US composer Michael Winter wrote this dynamic and extended work pursuing a method of enumerating all ways of articulating a 6-note chord with 7 instruments bound by certain constraints, using the computer science concept of "Gray Code" switches to create shifts within the piece's progressions.

Locals, The (Thomas, Ward / Thomas / Lash / Hasson-Davis): The Locals Play The Music Of Anthony Brax Locals, The (Thomas, Ward / Thomas / Lash / Hasson-Davis):
The Locals Play The Music Of Anthony Braxton

(Discus -- UK )

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An upbeat and energetic performance at the Konfrontation Festival, Ulrichsberg in 2006, featuring six early compositions by Anthony Braxton, arranged by pianist Pat Thomas and performed by the quintet of superb improvisers and interpreters Alex Ward on clarinet, Evan Thomas on electric guitar, Dominic Lash on electric bass, and Darren Hasson-Davis on drums.

Zorn, John (Gosling / Hashimoto / Roeder / Smith): Heaven and Earth Magick Zorn, John (Gosling / Hashimoto / Roeder / Smith):
Heaven and Earth Magick

(Tzadik -- USA )

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Zorn's compositions on this album bridge the worlds of contemporary compositional and fully improvised jazz, Zorn conducting a quartet with Stephen Gosling's piano and Sae Hashimoto's vibraphone parts fully notated, while drummer Ches Smith and bassist Jorge Roeder provide an improvisational rhythm section, bringing to life these dynamic and lyrical works.

IST (Davies / Fell / Wastell) + John Butcher / Phil Durrant: A More Attractive Way [5 CD BOX SET + 2 IST (Davies / Fell / Wastell) + John Butcher / Phil Durrant:
A More Attractive Way [5 CD BOX SET + 20 page booklet]

(Confront -- UK )

Price: $44.95    

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A comprehensive album of live performances from IST (Rhodri Davies: harp, preparations; Simon H. Fell: double bass, preparations; Mark Wastell: violoncello, preparations) between 1996 and 2000, beginning with their concert at Club Orange in London and including concerts in London, Billericay, Norwich and Cambridge, with a 20 page booklet of photos and text from the band & collaborators.

Parker, William: Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World (Volumes 1-10) [10 CD BOX SET] Parker, William:
Migration of Silence Into and Out of The Tone World (Volumes 1-10) [10 CD BOX SET]

(Centering Records -- USA )

Price: $79.95    

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A 10-album collection in a solid box set of vocal and instrumental suites recorded expressly for this set between late 2018 and early 2020, with women's voices at its core (both on voice & other instruments), taking a vast view of music from around the globe through free improvisation and re-imagined sonic collage, performed by groupings of extraordinary performers.

Mori, Ikue / Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura: Prickly Pear Cactus Mori, Ikue / Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura:
Prickly Pear Cactus

(Libra -- Japan )

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Extending their previous collaborations during the time of pandemic, NY electronic improviser Ikue Mori and Japanese improvisers Natsuki Tamura on trumpet and Satoko Fujii on piano developed this extraordinary ea-improv album via file exchange, starting with Fujii's piano improvisations to which Mori & Tamura added their layers, with Mori mixing the final, startling results.

Sun Ra Arkestra: Swirling [2 LPS] Sun Ra Arkestra:
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(STRUT / Artyard -- UK & US )

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The first new Sun Ra Arkestra album in twenty years, recorded in Philadelphia under the direction of saxophonist Marshall Allan, with long-standing Arkestra members including Danny Ray Thompson, Michael Ray, Vincent Chancey, Knoel Scott, Cecil Brooks, Atakatune, Elson Nascimento and Tyler Mitchel, with new material and new renderings of classic Ra compositions.

Metal Chaos Ensemble: Don Quixote Metal Chaos Ensemble:
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(Evil Clown -- USA )

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An epic journey through diverse improvisational approaches within a composed framework, using heavy percussion of unusual & world origins, electronics, rock/groove elements and prepared mixes created from samples, from the Boston duo of David Peck (PEK) on reeds & an arsenal of devices & sources, and Yuri Zbitnoff on drums & percussion, with narration points along the way.

Schnee (Christof Kurzmann / Burkhard Stangl) : Cher [VINYL] Schnee (Christof Kurzmann / Burkhard Stangl) :
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(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )

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The fourth album in 20 years from the Schnee duo of guitarist Burkhard Stangl (efzeg, Polwechsel) and Christof Kurzmann performing on lloop, voice and "ruber bands", creating music for films that have not yet been created through intensely moody electroacoustic environments, Kurzmann's voice sometimes guiding the narrative of their visionary sound.

MKM (Norbert Moslang / Jason Kahn / Gunter Muller): Bangalore [VINYL] MKM (Norbert Moslang / Jason Kahn / Gunter Muller):
Bangalore [VINYL]

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )

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A stunning album of electroacoustic improv that truly pushes the envelope, from the MKM trio of Gunter Muller on iPods & electronics, Jason Kahn on modular synthesizer, mixer & radio, and Norbert Moslang on cracked everyday electronics, three masters of the form in their 5th Mikroton release after decades working together in configurations on labels like For4Ears.

Cyclone Trio (Massimo Magee / Tim Green / Tony Irving): The Clear Revolution Cyclone Trio (Massimo Magee / Tim Green / Tony Irving):
The Clear Revolution

(577 -- USA )

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An exciting album of free jazz from the Australia/London-based Cyclone Trio, their name apt in the feverish interaction between saxophonist Massimo Magee and dual drummers Tony Irving and Tim Green on the opening work, the album patterned like a storm that slows introspectively for a quiet eye, then drums up a final gale force that dissipates to a sort of calm; brilliant.

Trilla, Vasco: Unmoved Mover Trilla, Vasco:
Unmoved Mover

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

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A dramatic set of improvisations performed on timpani and gongs from Spanish percussionist Vasco Trilla, from the quietest of moments to massively profound and encompassing events, Trilla's timing evoking both meditative passages and moments of power, in a rich and spiritual album that impresses by both technical ability and by the sense of story he reveals.

Taylor, Cecil Quintet (feat. Harri Sjostrom / Tristan Honsinger / Teppo Hauta-aho / Paul Lovens): Li Taylor, Cecil Quintet (feat. Harri Sjostrom / Tristan Honsinger / Teppo Hauta-aho / Paul Lovens):
Lifting The Bandstand

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

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Though not well documented, free jazz legendary pianist Cecil Taylor's working band for 3 years in the late nineties was this quintet of Harri Sjostrom on soprano saxophone, Tristan Honsinger on cello, Teppo Hauta-aho on double bass, and Paul Lovens on drums, cymbals & gongs, heard in this energetic concert at Tampere Jazz Happening in Finland, 2018.

Underflow, The (Gustafsson / Grubbs / Mazurek): Instant Opaque Evening [VINYL 2 LPs] Underflow, The (Gustafsson / Grubbs / Mazurek):
Instant Opaque Evening [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Blue Chopsticks -- USA )

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The followup to their 2019 Corbett vs. Dempsey album and formalizing their trio name as "The Underflow", is an epic double LP of diverse and inspired free-ea from the trio of Mats Gustafsson on flute, fluteophone, baritone saxophone & live electronics, David Grubbs on electric guiar & voice, and Rob Mazurek on piccolo trumpet, wooden flute, electronics, percussion & voice.

Taylor, Cecil Mixed To Unit: Structures Revisited Taylor, Cecil Mixed To Unit:
Structures Revisited

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

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Bringing together two essential and impeccably remastered 1960's Cecil Taylor albums — Cecil Taylor Unit Structures and Cecil Taylor Unit Mixed — presenting both traditional influences and Taylor's unique approaches to modern jazz, featuring two septets with musicians including Jimmy Lyons, Henry Grimes, Archies Shepp, Ted Curson, Andrew Cyrille, Roswell Rudd, Sunny Murray, &c.

Shepp, Archie: Blase And Yasmina Revisited Shepp, Archie:
Blase And Yasmina Revisited

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

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Revisiting two of Archie Shepp's 1969 recordings released on the BYG label as Blasé, and title track to Yasmina, three tracks featuring the vocals of Jeanne Lee, with four band configurations including Dave Burrell, Malachi Favors, Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Sunny Murray, Philly Joe Jones, &c., beautifully remastered to bring to light Shepp's pan-stylistic impulses.

Ayler, Albert Quintet 1966: Berlin, Paris & Stockholm. Revisited [2 CDs] Ayler, Albert Quintet 1966:
Berlin, Paris & Stockholm. Revisited [2 CDs]

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

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Tenor saxophonist Albert Ayler's 1966 quintet brought a unique orchestration to his music, heard in these live performances in Berlin, Lörrach, Paris & Stockholm in November of 1966, four concerts presented chronologically as performed with the exemplary playing of brother Donald Ayler on trumpet, Michel Samson on violin, William Folwell on bass, and Beaver Harris on drums.

String Theory: Musique Placide String Theory:
Musique Placide

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The 8-piece String Theory ensemble directed by violist Ernesto Rodrigues performs a beautiful and subtle work inspired by a poem written by Rodrigues, "Une Ombre Du Bonheur", realized through viola, violin, cellos, viola de gamba, double bass, piano, zither and objects, a stunningly beautiful and deceptively tranquil work of exceptional detail and dexterous execution.

Denzler / Rodrigues / Moimeme: Immobility and Movement Denzler / Rodrigues / Moimeme:
Immobility and Movement

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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An exquisite and mysterious album of free improvisation merging acoustic and subtle electroacoustic elements, from the trio of Bertrand Denzler on tenor saxophone, Ernesto Rodrigues on viola and Abdul Moimeme on electric guitar & objects, recording in the studio for this extensive work in four parts that transitions between moments of transfixing sound and cautious motion.

Microfiche (Alduca / Calligeros / Conner / Gill / Manojlovic / Murphy-Haste / Schack-Arnott): Everyt Microfiche (Alduca / Calligeros / Conner / Gill / Manojlovic / Murphy-Haste / Schack-Arnott):
Everything and Other Infinities

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The 2nd release from this Sydney, Austrlian acoustic sextet, creating subtle yet dynamic improvisations influenced by the musical concepts of John Cage and Morton Feldman, balancing contemplative sections with building surges, these works developed on their 2019 Europe tour, which included performances at Copenhagen Jazz Festival as well as shows in Berlin and Stockholm.

Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander): Walk My Way, Volume Five Various Artists (curated by Nick Vander):
Walk My Way, Volume Five

(Orbit577 -- USA )

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The final of five volumes from this series curated by Nick Vander, a testament to the incredible musical range of the guitar and the imaginative possibility of guitarists around the world, with tracks from Harvey Valdes, Antonio Guillen, Boris Belica, Sandy Ewen, Denis Sorokin, Arvind Ganga, Pengboon Don, Josue Amador, Todd Clouser, and Mohammed Ashraf.

Zorn, John  Gnosis Quartet: Gnosis: The Inner Light Zorn, John Gnosis Quartet:
Gnosis: The Inner Light

(Tzadik -- USA )

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John Zorn's Gnostic Quartet of Bill Frisell on guitar, Carol Emanuel on harp, John Medeski on organ, piano & Fender Rhodes, and Kenny Wollesen on vibraphone perform Zorn's melodic compositions dedicated to one of Zorn's earliest mentors, Ennio Morricone, through nine compositions of "beautiful harmonies, a driving rhythmic pulse and stunning lyricism."

Flow Trio w/ Joe Mcphee: Winter Garden Flow Trio w/ Joe Mcphee:
Winter Garden

(ESP -- USA )

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Joining the exemplary New York City Flow Trio of Louie Belogenis on tenor & soprano saxophones, Joe Morris on bass, and Charles Downs on drums is NY legendary saxophonist & trumpeter Joe McPhee, performing on tenor saxophone in an album of collective free jazz that reminds its listeners of the power of passionately unfettered yet superbly controlled free playing.

Parker, Evan: Saxophone Solos [VINYL] Parker, Evan:
Saxophone Solos [VINYL]

(Otoroku -- UK )

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Virtually unprecedented for the time, Evan Parker's 1976 solo soprano saxophone album captures Parker's prowess and unusual harmonic approach to the saxophone in a 1975 concert at the Unity Theatre in London and in the FMP studio the same year, using the instrument in startling ways as he captivates his listeners through a unique revelation of logic, drama and staggering skill.

Parker, Evan: Six of One [VINYL] Parker, Evan:
Six of One [VINYL]

(Otoroku -- UK )

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London's Otoroku label keeps this magnificent album in print with a 2021 reissue of the 1982 Incus release featuring Evan Parker performing solo on soprano saxophone, using the natural resonance of the Church Of St. Jude-on-the-Hill, in Hampstead London as he explores upper tones and high frequency split tones in a technically brilliant display.

Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & The Maxx: Live [VINYL] Trondheim Jazz Orchestra & The Maxx:
Live [VINYL]

(MNJ -- Norway )

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The Norwegian big band Trondheim Jazz Orchestra joins together with the Swedish-origin trio The MaXx (Oscar Gronberg-keyboards, Petter Kraft-guitar & saxophone, Tomas Jarmy-drums) to develop and perform this monumental work of modern electric jazz, an abstract rock opera written specifically to leverage the power of the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra.

Dunmall, Paul / Matthew Shipp / Joe Morris : The Bright Awakening Dunmall, Paul / Matthew Shipp / Joe Morris :
The Bright Awakening

(RogueArt -- France )

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A brilliant example of trans-Atlantic collective free improv from the quartet of New York free jazz heavies Matthew Shipp on piano, Joe Morris on double bass, Gerald Cleaver on drums, and UK tenor saxophonist Paul Dunmall, playing in the tradition of ecstatic and extended free jazz in a nearly hour long live performance recorded at Roulette in Brooklyn in 2012.

Shipp, Matthew / Evan Parker: Leonine Aspects Shipp, Matthew / Evan Parker:
Leonine Aspects

(RogueArt -- France )

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Meeting in France in 2017 for the Festival Météo de Mulhouse, Evan Parker alternating between soprano and tenor saxophones and Matthew Shipp on acoustic piano, present an epic extended improvisation that naturally evolves through several sections, followed by a brief post-script, each musician attentively focused as they support the clarity of each other's playing.

Crispell / Prevost / Smith: ConcertOTO Crispell / Prevost / Smith:
ConcertOTO

(Matchless -- UK )

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American pianist Marilyn Crispell joined London Improviser's Orchestra saxophonist & clarinetist Harry Smith and AMM drummer Eddie Prévost for this 2012 concert at London's Cafe OTO, playing in a melodic free jazz mode of passionate interaction and deep communication, resulting in an unforced and naturally masterful set of thoughtfully lyrical improvisation.

 

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