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Swell's, Steve Systems For Total Immersion: Hommage A Luciano Berio Swell's, Steve Systems For Total Immersion:
Hommage A Luciano Berio

(Silkheart -- USA )

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After Bartok and Messiaen, trombonist & composer Steve Swell takes his sextet with Marty Ehrlich (winds), Sam Newsome (sax), Jim Pugliese (marimba), Ellen Christi (voice) and Gerald Cleaver (drums) into an exploration of Italian composer Luciano Berio with a diverse set of works reflecting Berio's vast curiosity and ovouer; a spectacular collection from a fantastic band.

Radigue, Eliane: Opus 17 [2 CDs] Radigue, Eliane:
Opus 17 [2 CDs]

(Important Records -- USA )

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French electroacoustic composer and innovator Eliane Radigue's final work made with feedback material from 1970, five pieces that strip away at the familiar, deconstructing and decomposing classical works into mesmerizing drones, or creating rich pulsating works of sound with intense harmonic development and controlled feedback, a powerful opus of sound.

McPhee, Joe / Michael Bisio / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Juma Sultan: The Sweet Spot McPhee, Joe / Michael Bisio / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Juma Sultan:
The Sweet Spot

(RogueArt -- France )

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Bringing together four masterful players into the studio in NYC--Joe McPhee on saxophones, Michael Bisio on double bass, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and Juma Sultan on percussion--for a set of with one composition each from McPhee, Sultan and Lonberg-Holm, two collective improvisations, Charlie Haden's "Human Being" and Henry Grimes "For Django".

Edwards, John / N.O. Moore / Eddie Prevost / Alan Wilkinson: EMPoWered Edwards, John / N.O. Moore / Eddie Prevost / Alan Wilkinson:
EMPoWered

(577 Records -- USA )

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A live performance from London's I'klectik by British musicians John Edwards (double bass), N.O. Moore (guitar), and Eddie Prévost (drums), who have a long-standing history as a trio known for both energetic playing and extraordinary introspection, here expanded with saxophonist Alan Wilkinson for two outstanding performances of technical mastery and deep communication.

Tsahar, Assif / William Parker / Hamid Drake: In Between The Tumbling A Stillness [VINYL] Tsahar, Assif / William Parker / Hamid Drake:
In Between The Tumbling A Stillness [VINYL]

(Hopscotch Records -- USA )

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A fierce free jazz concert recorded live at Levontin 7, in Tel Aviv by three players with a long history of collaboration and dynamic trio settings, from Israeli saxophonist formerly based in NYC Assif Tsahar, bassist William Parker and Chicago drummer Hamid Drake, in two extended, energetic and inventive improvisations and a concise closing "Stillness".

Tsahar, Assif / William Parker / Hamid Drake: In Between The Tumbling A Stillness Tsahar, Assif / William Parker / Hamid Drake:
In Between The Tumbling A Stillness

(Hopscotch Records -- USA )

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A fierce free jazz concert recorded live at Levontin 7, in Tel Aviv by three players with a long history of collaboration and dynamic trio settings, from Israeli saxophonist formerly based in NYC Assif Tsahar, bassist William Parker and Chicago drummer Hamid Drake, in two extended, energetic and inventive improvisations and a concise closing "Stillness".

Guthrie, Will: People Pleaser 2 [VINYL] Guthrie, Will:
People Pleaser 2 [VINYL]

(Kythibong -- France )

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Impressive experimental approaches to organized recordings of rhythmic and melodic percussion, a mix of quirky and curious samples & loops, spoken word, field recordings and inexplicable origins, captivating the listener in concise and diverse expositions and dynamic pacing, a journey in "pleasingly" upbeat passages and moments of awe and contemplation.

Futari (Satoko Fujii / Taiko Saito): Underground Futari (Satoko Fujii / Taiko Saito):
Underground

(Libra -- Japan )

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Pandemic restrictions having cancelled their European tour, the Futari duo of pianist Satoko Fujii and vibraphonist Taiko Saito chose instead to develop a new collaborative album of improvisations exchanged by sound file, each intently listening to the other's recordings, their care and pensive responses creating an astounding and sublime album of stunningly beautiful music.

Carter, Daniel / Ayumi Ishito / Eric Plaks / Zach Swanson / Jon Panikkar: Open Question Vol. 1 Carter, Daniel / Ayumi Ishito / Eric Plaks / Zach Swanson / Jon Panikkar:
Open Question Vol. 1

(577 Records -- USA )

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A wonderfully warm and innately lyrical free jazz quintet that grew organically from weekly jam sessions in Harlem starting in 2019, comprised of tenor saxophonist Ayumi Ishito, pianist Eric Plaks, bassist Zach Swanson, and drummer Jon Panikkar, and later, multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter, Ishito the driving force in the project and this beautiful recording.

Allbee, Liz: Rille Allbee, Liz:
Rille

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Berlin trumpeter Liz Allbee's solo work focuses on the interaction of voice, extended approaches to her instruments, which includes her self-designed quadrophonic trumpet, electronics and acoustic homemade instruments, on Rille presenting four enigmatic works of dramatic pacing--environmental and rhythmic--guided by impressionistic spoken words and moments of tonal clarity.

Zethson, Alex Ensemble: Some Of Them Were Never Unprepared Zethson, Alex Ensemble:
Some Of Them Were Never Unprepared

(Relative Pitch -- USA )

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Exploring how a composition can provide a sense of weightlessness, and influenced by the music of gamelan, krautrock, Tony Conrad & Arnold Dreyblatt, composer Alex Zethson structured these works to influence the 13 performers in his ensemble into a state of intense focus and listening as they strike, bow and pluck their instruments, creating an ecstatic sense of infinite motion.

Who Trio (Wintsch / Hemingway / Oester): Strell [VINYL] Who Trio (Wintsch / Hemingway / Oester):
Strell [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The collective Who Trio of pianist Michel Wintsch, bassist Bänz Oester and drummer Gerry Hemingway take on the music of Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington in eight studio recordings and one live performance, interpreting in a collective fashion rather than straight readings of each work, allowing a unique level of freedom to be applied to these essential jazz compositions.

Sandell, Sten / Lisa Ullen: Double Music Sandell, Sten / Lisa Ullen:
Double Music

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The first duo album by pianists Sten Sandell and Lisa Ullén, recorded in their home country of Sweden, performing eight freely improvised piano works which include the two-part "Double Music" and two-part "Onyx", each recording contrasting complex interplay of discord and harmony with beautiful passages of introspection and intellectual depth; a remarkable merging of masterful talent.

Lencastre, Joao Communion (Lencastre / Cirera / Toscano / Lackner / Fernrandes / Branco / Hasselberg Lencastre, Joao Communion (Lencastre / Cirera / Toscano / Lackner / Fernrandes / Branco / Hasselberg / Cascais):
Unlimited Dreams

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Exploring dream-like instrumental states in electrified modern creative jazz, drummer and composer João Lencastre leads an octet featuring saxophonists Albert Cirera & Ricard Toscano, guitarists André Fernandes & Pedro Branco, pianist Benny Lackner and bassists João Hasselberg & Nelson Cascais through six original compositions of fascinating free-flowing forms.

Friends & Neighbors (Roligheten / Johansson / Gronberg / Rune Strom / Ostvang): The Earth Is # Friends & Neighbors (Roligheten / Johansson / Gronberg / Rune Strom / Ostvang):
The Earth Is #

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Referencing 60s free jazz (the band's name is from an Ornette Coleman album) and structuring their tunes with melodic heads that develop into intricate structures giving the players room for impressive soloing, in the 5th album from the Scandinavian quintet of Andre Roligheten (winds), Thomas Johansson (trumpets), Oscar Gronberg (piano), Jon Rune Strom (bass), and Tollef Ostvang (drums).

Ballrogg (Ellerhusen-Holm / Arntzen / Stackenas): Rolling Ball [VINYL] Ballrogg (Ellerhusen-Holm / Arntzen / Stackenas):
Rolling Ball [VINYL]

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The Norwegian trio Ballrog, which started as the duo of Klaus Ellerhusen-Holm on clarinet and Roger Arntzen on double bass, then expanded with guitarist Ivar Grydeland, who is replaced by guitarist David Stackenäus, a perfect choice for the lyrical chamber approach of intertwining lines and fluid melodic statement, with a sense of "free chamber americana"; beautiful.

Necks, The: Mindset [VINYL] Necks, The:
Mindset [VINYL]

(ReR Vinyl -- UK )

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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.

Pukwana, Dudu / Misha Mengelberg / Han Bennink: Yi Yole [VINYL] Pukwana, Dudu / Misha Mengelberg / Han Bennink:
Yi Yole [VINYL]

(Our Swimmer -- Germany )

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Recorded at the ICP Jubileum festival in Uithoorn, Holland, in 1978, this concert brings together the core of the Instant Composers Pool--pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink--with legendary South African alto saxophonist Dudu Pukwana (Blue Notes), Bennink also playing trombone, clarinet, and viola, in a lyrical and unpredictable set filled with humor and astounding playing.

Mengelberg / Brotzmann / Parker / Bennink / Rutherford / Bailey / Bennink : Groupcomposing [VINYL] Mengelberg / Brotzmann / Parker / Bennink / Rutherford / Bailey / Bennink :
Groupcomposing [VINYL]

(Our Swimmer -- Germany )

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Authoritative and playful free improvisation in the European Free Jazz style, this 1978 album on Misha Mengelberg and Han Bennink's Instant Composers Pool (ICP) label, included the pianist and drummer along with Peter Brotzmann, Peter Bennink and Evan Paker on sax, Paul Rutherford on trombone, and Derek Bailey on guitar, in a much-need reissue of this seminal album.

ICP TENTET: Tetterettet [VINYL] ICP TENTET:
Tetterettet [VINYL]

(Our Swimmer -- Germany )

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10 years after drummer Han Bennink, pianist Misha Mengelberg, and saxophonist Willem Breuker formed the ICP co-op, Bennink & Mengelberg formed this 10-piece "Tetterettet", an all-star international group including Peter Brotzmann, Tristan Honsinger, John Tchicai, this their first incredible and far-ranging album, remastered and available on CD for the first time.

Feldman, Morton (Judith Wegmann / Andreas Kunz): For John Cage [2 CDs] Feldman, Morton (Judith Wegmann / Andreas Kunz):
For John Cage [2 CDs]

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

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First performed in 1982, Morton Feldmans' monumental composition for piano and violin dedicated to peer John Cage creates a distinctive environment of instrumental interaction where patterns are subtly varied in a virtual suspension of time as the music drifts and reflects, beautifully rendered in this 2021 recording by pianist Judith Wegmann and violinist Andreas Kunz.

Zucker, Gabriel & The Delegation: Leftover Beats from the Edge of Time [2 CDs] Zucker, Gabriel & The Delegation:
Leftover Beats from the Edge of Time [2 CDs]

(ESP-Disk -- USA )

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Without bowing to genre restrictions, Gabriel Zucker's indie jazz orchestra The Delegation combines free jazz, chamber forms, avant song structures and experimental layering & transitions, as his large work in four sections of three movements each, explores time and the competing impulses of a backwards-looking nostalgia and a forwards-looking futurist belief in progress; innovative & stunning!

Rova Saxophone Quartet: The Circumference of Reason Rova Saxophone Quartet:
The Circumference of Reason

(ESP Disk -- USA )

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Four decades into their project, the SF Bay Area saxophone quartet ROVA of Bruce Ackley (soprano & tenor), Steve Adams (alto & sopranino), Larry Ochs (tenor) and Jon Raskin (baritone) continue expanding their magnificent repertoire with original compositions, collective improvisations, and a piece from Glenn Spearman (Cecil Taylor, Double Trio) arranged by Larry Ochs.

Lussier / D'Orion / Kuster / Tetreault : Printemps 2021 Lussier / D'Orion / Kuster / Tetreault :
Printemps 2021

(Victo -- Canada )

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This mercurial and impressive 2021 Victoriaville Festival concert brought together improvisers from three duos as a quartet: guitarist Rene Lussier, who has a long running duo with turntablist Martin Tetreault; Erick d'Orion on computer and electronics, who also has a experimental sound duo with Tetrault; and frequently collaborator with Lussier, drummer Robbie Kuster.

Artifacts (Tomeka Reid / Nicole Mitchell / Mike Reed): ...and then there's this Artifacts (Tomeka Reid / Nicole Mitchell / Mike Reed):
...and then there's this

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Confirming their place in Chicago's improv legacy, the second album from the Artifacts Trio of Nicole Mitchell on flute & electronics, Tomeka Reid on cello and Mike Reed on drums & percussion expand the AACM canon with compositions from each member, plus several insightful and lively collective improvisations and one piece each from Roscoe Mitchell and Muhal Richard Abrams.

Fielder, Alvin / David Dove / Jason Jackson / Damon Smith : The Very Cup of Trembling Fielder, Alvin / David Dove / Jason Jackson / Damon Smith :
The Very Cup of Trembling

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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Five inventive, lively and informed collective improvisations plus one brief interlude from the quartet of Alvin Fielder on drums, David Dove on trombone, Jason Jackson on tenor & baritone saxophones and Damon Smith on double bass, recording in Texas three years after their excellent From-To-From, with titles provided courtesy of poet and scholar Fred Moten.

Threadgill, Henry Zooid: Poof [VINYL] Threadgill, Henry Zooid:
Poof [VINYL]

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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The sixth album in saxophonist and composer Henry Threadgill's Zood small ensemble project Zooid, a quintet with guitarist Liberty Ellman, tuba & trombonist Jose Davila, cellist Christopher Hoffman and drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee, following Threadgill's serial intervallic language compositions to create an amazingly intricate yet warmly embraceable avant jazz; exceptional!

Threadgill, Henry Zooid: Poof Threadgill, Henry Zooid:
Poof

(Pi Recordings -- USA )

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The sixth album in saxophonist and composer Henry Threadgill's Zood small ensemble project Zooid, a quintet with guitarist Liberty Ellman, tuba & trombonist Jose Davila, cellist Christopher Hoffman and drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee, following Threadgill's serial intervallic language compositions to create an amazingly intricate yet warmly embraceable avant jazz; exceptional!

Cherry, Don: Complete Communion & Symphony For Improvisers, Revisited Cherry, Don:
Complete Communion & Symphony For Improvisers, Revisited

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

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Following a 1964 Albert Ayler tour, trumpeter Don Cherry remained in Europe, working on new concepts of improvising based on form itself, developing his concepts with saxophonist Gato Barbieri, vibraphonist Karl Berger & bassist J.F. Jenny Clark, composing two brilliant albums: 1966's Communion with Barbieri, Henry Grimes & Ed Blackwell; and in 1967 Symphony for Improvisers as a septet.

Perelman, Ivo (Duos w/ Burrell / Crispell / Ortiz / Parks / Courvoisie / Fernandez / Taborn / Sanche Perelman, Ivo (Duos w/ Burrell / Crispell / Ortiz / Parks / Courvoisie / Fernandez / Taborn / Sanchez / Iyer):
Brass And Ivory Tales [9-CD BOX SET]

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

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Referring to the brass saxophone and the piano's ivory keys, Brazilian saxophonist based in New York City Ivo Perelman celebrates his 60th birthday with this 9-CD set of diverse approaches to sax & piano duos, performed with some of world's finest improvising pianists: Dave Burrell, Marilyn Crispell, Aaron Parks, Augusti Fernandez, Craig Taborn, Angelica Sanchez and Vijay Iyer.

Brown, Marion: Why Not? Porto Novo! Revisited Brown, Marion:
Why Not? Porto Novo! Revisited

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

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Reissuing two essential albums from saxophonist Marion Brown--Why Not? (ESP, 1968) and Porto Novo (Polydor, 1969)--the first recorded in NY in a quartet with pianist Stanley Cowell, bassist Sirone and drummer Rashied Ali, the second recorded in The Netherlands in a trio with Han Bennink on drums and Maarten Van Regteren Altena on double bass; essential.

Remote Viewers, The : The Remote Code [3 CDs] Remote Viewers, The :
The Remote Code [3 CDs]

(Remote Viewers -- UK )

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Three CDs of three concerts at London's Iklecktik Club, presenting primarily compositions by David Petts plus collective improvisations, from Adrian Northover, David Petts, Caroline Kraabel and Sue Lynch on saxophones, John Edwards on bass and Rosa Theodora on piano, with Northover, Edwards & Petts adding percussion and electronics to their cryptically rich music.

Ward, Alex: Gated Ward, Alex:
Gated

(Discus -- UK )

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A stunning solo album showing the widely diverse interests of UK clarinetist and guitarist Alex Ward, recording in the studio in 10 multi-track pieces using clarinets, saxophones, guitars, keyboards, electric bass and assorted software instruments in a mix of pre-composed and improvised approaches, burning the spectrum from contemplative to aggressively assertive performance.

Tippett, Keith / Matthew Bourne: Aeolian  [2 CDs] Tippett, Keith / Matthew Bourne:
Aeolian [2 CDs]

(Discus -- UK )

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Two generations of remarkable pianists--Keith Tippets and Matthew Bourne--performed a series of two-piano concerts between 2017 and 2019, also recording in the studio, as heard in this 2-CD release, the first a set of consequential piano duos recorded at Leeds Conservatoire in 2019, the 2nd disc a live performance at Daylight Music at Union Chapel, London, Tippetts' final public performance.

Lewis, James Brandon / Red Lily Quintet (w / William Parker/ Chad Taylor / Kirk Knuffke / Chris Hoff Lewis, James Brandon / Red Lily Quintet (w / William Parker/ Chad Taylor / Kirk Knuffke / Chris Hoffman):
Jesup Wagon [VINYL w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tao Forms -- USA )

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Led by tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and peformed by his Red Lily Quintet with Kirk Knuffke on cornet, William Parker on bass & gimbri, Christopher Hoffman on cello and Chad Taylor on drums & mbira, Lewis' work explores and reflects on the legacy of scientist George Washington Carver through 7 remarkable free jazz compositions.

Conly, Sean: The Buzz [VINYL] Conly, Sean:
The Buzz [VINYL]

(577 Records -- USA )

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A mix of lyrical, free and traditional compositions, the majority from leader, New York bassist Sean Conly, along with pieces from long-time collaborator Michael Attias, Sam Rivers and Paul Motian, performed in the piano trio format with drummer Francisco Mela and pianist Leo Genovese, a great balance of jazz steeped in tradition but living fully in the present.

Conly, Sean: The Buzz Conly, Sean:
The Buzz

(577 Records -- USA )

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A mix of lyrical, free and traditional compositions, the majority from leader, New York bassist Sean Conly, along with pieces from long-time collaborator Michael Attias, Sam Rivers and Paul Motian, performed in the piano trio format with drummer Francisco Mela and pianist Leo Genovese, in a great balance of jazz steeped in tradition but living fully in the present.

Amado, Rodrigo / This Is Our Language Quartet: Let The Free Be Men Amado, Rodrigo / This Is Our Language Quartet:
Let The Free Be Men

(Trost Records -- Austria )

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Referencing Ornette Coleman in the group name, Portuguese tenor saxophonist engages three US free jazz players--legendary saxophonist and pocket trumpeter Joe McPhee, double bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Chris Corsano--for this 2017 concert at Jazzhouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, capturing four exemplary, at times explosive, and always tightly interactive collective improvisations.

Expanse Meets The JMDE Quartet: Scope Expanse Meets The JMDE Quartet:
Scope

(Evil Clown -- USA )

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David Peck's Grand Aesthetic approach to compositional structures for groupings of any size and orchestral combination leads to unexpected and sometimes exotic results, as heard in this live and monumental performance of his Expanse project expanded with percussionist Michael Knoblach, David Welans on flutes, Eric Dahlman on trumpet and Jimmy Zhao on Chinese instruments.

Zorn, John: Meditations On The Tarot Zorn, John:
Meditations On The Tarot

(Tzadik -- USA )

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The followup to John Zorns' 2019 CD The Hierophant, exploring the single Tarot card of the same name, this album performed by pianist Brian Marsella's Trio with Kenny Wollesen on drums and Trevor Dunn on bass, continues Zorn's exploration into the mystery of the occult through the remaining 13 cards, rendered as lyrical and sophisticated jazz compositions.

Berner, Palu / Michael Moore: Amulet [2 CDs] Berner, Palu / Michael Moore:
Amulet [2 CDs]

(Ramboy -- Netherlands )

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More uncommon than than the sax/drum duo format, reedist Michael Moore performs on clarinet and Paul Berner on contrabass, releasing this double CD of intimately recorded duos, an eclectic mix of standards and original compositions in a lovely and engaging set of lyrical and succinct expression from two eloquent and passionate improvisers.

Smith, Wadada Leo / Henry Kaiser / Alex Varty: Pacifica Koral Reef Smith, Wadada Leo / Henry Kaiser / Alex Varty:
Pacifica Koral Reef

(577 Records -- USA )

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Interpreting trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's Ankhrasmation graphic score--the term joining the Egyptian symbol for life, the Ethiopian word for leader and the universal term for mother--Smith and guitarists Alex Varty & Henry Kaiser use the rich combination of visual cues and musical notation to record this rapturous and unduplicable album of profound and engaging improvisation.

Umlaut Big Band: Mary's Ideas [2 CDs] Umlaut Big Band:
Mary's Ideas [2 CDs]

(Umlaut Records -- France )

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Rare and newly discovered works from jazz composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams performed by the Umlaut Big Band in their series of portraits of forgotten jazz artist, here taking a broad look at the prodigious career of this essential and gifted pianist, composer & arranger, whose influence on swing and early be-bop deserves this fitting and inclusive overview.

ISM: Japanese Flower [VINYL] ISM:
Japanese Flower [VINYL]

(Umlaut Records -- France )

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The ISM trio brings together Berlin, UK and Paris improvisers Antonin Gerbal (drums), Pat Thomas (piano) and Joel Grip (double bass) for their second album since 2015, recording live at Tokyo's Knuttel House in 2018 for two extended improvisations, collective pieces that unfold from lyrical beginning into tightly packed exchanges of exhilarating blooms.

Schmoliner, Ingrid / Hamid Drake: Awon Ona [2 CDs] Schmoliner, Ingrid / Hamid Drake:
Awon Ona [2 CDs]

(Klanggalerie -- Germany )

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An outstanding pair of concerts from Austrian pianist & vocalist Igrid Schmoliner and Chicago drummer & percussionist Hamid Drake, Schmoliner coming from a compositional/avant background, Drake merging jazz and world approaches to his playing, together creating something wonderfully informed and exciting, making their complex interplay radiantly lucid to their audience.

As If 3 (Bommel / Weide / Janssen): Klinkklaar As If 3 (Bommel / Weide / Janssen):
Klinkklaar

(Casco Records -- Netherlands )

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Bassist Raoul van der Weide formed this sophisticated Dutch piano trio with pianist Frank van Bommel and drummer Wim Janssen (the latter two part of Guus Janssen's trio) exploring instant composition in a variety of conceptual approaches, including richly lyrical music, darkly mysterious environments, and spirited and inventive interplay; an accomplished and encompassing album.

Fox, Billy Blackbirds and Bullets: Dulces Fox, Billy Blackbirds and Bullets:
Dulces

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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NY percussionist Billy Fox in a septet playing compositions influenced by music from South Asia, The Middle East and Africa, filtered into compelling compositions for jazz ensemble.

Le GGRIL: Sommes [3 CDs] Le GGRIL:
Sommes [3 CDs]

(Tour de Bras / Circum-Disc -- Canada )

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A magnificent triple-CD set from the Quebec creative ensemble GGRIL performing the works of Frederic Blondy, Robert Marcel Lepage, Lisa Cay Miller, Malcolm Goldstein, Caroline Kraabel, Allison Cameron, Martin Arnold, Lori Freedman, Michel F. Cote, Jean Derome and Gus Garside, a significant and beautifully packaged release from one of Canada's most important new music groups.

Gjerstad, Frode / Kent Carter / John Stevens: Detail-90 [VINYL] Gjerstad, Frode / Kent Carter / John Stevens:
Detail-90 [VINYL]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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The second incarnation of the Detail trio of saxophonist Frode Gjerstad and drummer John Stevens with Kent Cart taking the role of double bass, is heard in this studio recording from 1990 at NRK-studio in Stavanger, Norway, a superb example of the nearly telepathic freedom four years of playing together afforded them, as heard in two extended, energetic improvisations.

CP Unit (Pitsiokis / Lisabeth / Fraser / Nazary): Riding Photon Time CP Unit (Pitsiokis / Lisabeth / Fraser / Nazary):
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The first live album from the CP Unit led by alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos and his quartet with Sam Lisabeth on electric guitar, Henry Fraser on electric bass and Jason Nazary on drums & electronics, captured live at the 2018 Moers Festival in Germany in 8 compositions drawn from previous studio tracks and two new pieces; thrilling and brilliant modern jazz!

Taylor, Cecil / Sunny Murray: Corona Taylor, Cecil / Sunny Murray:
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(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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Beginning with an 8-member vocal incantation led by Taylor himself, this incredible reunion concert between pianist Cecil Taylor and drummer Sunny Murray was recorded by the FMP label in 1996 at the Total Music Meeting in Podewil, Berlin, an incredible display of pyrotechnical playing with an exultant excitement through three "sector" improvisations; extraordinary!

Carl, Rudiger / Joel Grip / Sven-Ake Johansson: In Early November Carl, Rudiger / Joel Grip / Sven-Ake Johansson:
In Early November

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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Two European Free Improvisation legends--Prussian clarinetist Rudiger Carl and Swedish drummer Sven-Ake Johansson--join with younger double bassist Joel Grip (Umlaut Records) for three improvised "Inflections" performed live at Au Topsi Pohl in Berlin, superb examples of the historical depth of free jazz across Europe and the continuing energy each new generation brings.

Brotzmann, Peter: Along The Way [BOOK] Brotzmann, Peter:
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(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )

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A beautiful 228 page limited edition hardcover book chronicling the last decade of artwork by saxophonist Peter Brotzmann, created spontaneously while on the road or between tours using materials at hand; featuring essays by Brotzmann, Thomas Milroth, John Corbett, Markus Muller, Sotiris Kontos, Stephen O'Malley, Heather Leigh and Karl Lippegaus.

Niblock, Phill: NuDaf Niblock, Phill:
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(XI Records -- USA )

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An extended electroacoustic composition from composer Phil Niblock based on recordings captured at Marcus Schmickler's Piethopraxis studio in Koln of bassoonist Dafne Vicente-Sandoval, layering her playing and using multiphonics to create beautifully rich textures that slowly evolve, shifting in hypnotic ways as the pieces arches and descends through harmonic interaction.

Jacques, Anne-Francoise / Tim Olive: Bistre [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Jacques, Anne-Francoise / Tim Olive:
Bistre [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Tsss Tapes -- Spain )

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The fourth release from the long-standing sonic research duo of Montreal sound artist Anne-F Jacques, who uses "rotating devices" based around small amplified motors, and Montreal ex-patriot living in Kobe, Japan Tim Olive (845 Audio), using magnetic pickups on objects and self-built instruments, here in six richly detailed and sometimes curiously menacing recordings.

Ferreyra, Beatriz: Canto+ [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] Ferreyra, Beatriz:
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(Room40 -- Australia )

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GRM alumnus and collaborator with Pierre Schaeffer & Francois Bayle, French electroacoustic, acousmatic and musique concrete composer Beatriz Ferreyra is heard in five works from 40 years of compositions, astonishing pieces of embraceable, radical, strange and inspired sound, including the amazing "Mad Man's Song" and works dedicated to Bayle & Bernard Bashet.

Sica, Mako / Hamid Drake (feat Tatsu Aoki / Thymme Jones): Ourania [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] Sica, Mako / Hamid Drake (feat Tatsu Aoki / Thymme Jones):
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(Feeding Tube Records -- USA )

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The core of Chicago's Mako Sica--Brent Fuscaldo (electric bass, voice, harmonica & percussion) and Przemyslaw Krys Drazek (electric trumpet, electric guitar & mandolin)--join forces with Hamid Drake on drums & percussion, Tatsu Aoki on upright bass & shamisen and Cheer-Accident's Thymme Jones on keyboards, trumpet, balloon & voice for a warmly spiritual album.

Golding, Binker / John Edwards / Steve Noble: Moon Day [VINYL - Limited Edition] Golding, Binker / John Edwards / Steve Noble:
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(Byrd Out -- UK )

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UK saxophonist Binker Golding (Binker & Moses) in a new trio with the powerful rhythm section of frequent collaborators, double bassist John Edwards and drummer Steve Noble, in a commanding album of free playing with titles referencing Coltrane, conveying a strong sense of both 60s and modern free playing throughout, propelled by tight and near-telepathic interaction.

Allum, Jennifer / John Butcher / Ute Kanngiesser / Eddie Prevost: Sounds of Assembly Allum, Jennifer / John Butcher / Ute Kanngiesser / Eddie Prevost:
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(Meenna -- Japan )

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Assembled in London to improvise music for Stewart Morgan's film Eddie Prevost's Blood, this release adds much more material beyond the soundtrack, in a superb example of free and charged creative improvisation seeking unique combinations of expression, from Jennifer Allum on violin, John Butcher on saxophones, Ute Kanngiesser on cello and Eddie Prevost on percussion.

Parker, Evan Electroacoustic Quartet: Concert in Iwaki Parker, Evan Electroacoustic Quartet:
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(Uchimizu Records -- Japan )

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Requested to organize a Japanese tour focused on the electroacoustic aspects of Evan Parker's work, the saxophonist distilled his larger Electracoustic Ensemble to the quartet of himself, Paul Lytton on percussion & live electronics, Joel Ryan on computer and Lawrence Casserley on signal processing, heard here in the resonant space of the Iwaki City Art Museum in Fukushima.

Myers, David Lee: Reduced to a Geometrical Point Myers, David Lee:
Reduced to a Geometrical Point

(Cronica -- Spain )

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Using feedback matrices, oscillator banks and multi-processing, NYC sound and feedback artist David Lee Myers, A.K.A. Arcane Device, references the quote from metaphysics scholar Frithjof Schuon--"You must detach your life from an awareness of the multiple and reduce it to a geometrical point before God"--which he manifests in four focused works of rich, slowly evolving sound.

Lash, Dominic Quartet (w / Carmona / Tejero / Ward): Limulus Lash, Dominic Quartet (w / Carmona / Tejero / Ward):
Limulus

(Spoonhunt -- UK )

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Honing their conversation in their third release as a band, British double bassist Dominic Lash's Quartet with Javier Carmona on drums & percussion, Ricardo Tejero on alto saxophone and Alex Ward on electric guitar are heard live at Cafe OTO in London, Lash providing all compositions and arrangements over six wide-ranging, edgy and innovative improvisations; outstanding!

Fujii, Satoko: Piano Music Fujii, Satoko:
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(Libra -- Japan )

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A stunning sound collage made from recorded fragments of Fujii's studio piano, captured inside and out using traditional piano sonorities and preparations that often microscopically detail the instrument, then edited into two electroacoustic compositions of startling and unexpected expansiveness and wonder; a unique and fascinating release in Fujii's large oeuvre.

Flying Luttenbachers, The: Negative Infinity [VINYL] Flying Luttenbachers, The:
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(ugEXPLODE / GOD Records -- USA )

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Adhering to the tenets of "Dissonance, Speed, Aggression, Weirdness, and Singularity", Weasel Walter leads his Flying Luttenbachers in their 15th album of no wave, punk jazz & brutal prog, Weasel switching to guitar and yielding the drum chair to Sam Ospovat, as the band rips through ridiculously complex twists and turns, even taking on Albert Ayler's strange '66/'67 musical suites.

Butcher, John / Dominic Lash / John Russell / Mark Sanders: Discernment Butcher, John / Dominic Lash / John Russell / Mark Sanders:
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(Spoonhunt -- UK )

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An album of perceptive free improvisation recorded live at London's Cafe OTO from the quartet of John Butcher on tenor & soprano saxophones, Dominic Lash on double bass, John Russell on guitar and Mark Sanders on drums & percussion, three "discerning" and one "discerned" dialogs of discriminating sophistication that only four such masterful and experienced musicians can convey.

Coltrane, John: Chasin The Trane, Revisited Coltrane, John:
Chasin The Trane, Revisited

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

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The 4-night engagement at the Village Vanguard in November 1961 with sidemen Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Jimmy Garrison & Elvin Jones resulted in saxophonist John Coltrane's 1962 "Live at the Village Vanguard" album, his evolving freedom surprisingly divisive and even decried as "anti-jazz", here reissued and remastered with a bonus version of "Spiritual".

Flying Luttenbachers, The: Negative Infinity Flying Luttenbachers, The:
Negative Infinity

(ugEXPLODE -- USA )

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Adhering to the tenets of "Dissonance, Speed, Aggression, Weirdness, and Singularity", Weasel Walter leads his Flying Luttenbachers in their 15th album of no wave, punk jazz & brutal prog, Weasel switching to guitar and yielding the drum chair to Sam Ospovat, as the band rips through ridiculously complex twists and turns, even taking on Albert Ayler's strange '66/'67 musical suites.

Cage, John / Apartment House: Number Pieces [4-CD BOX SET] Cage, John / Apartment House:
Number Pieces [4-CD BOX SET]

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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A 4-disc box-set with a 44-page booklet of extensive notes, presenting John Cage's Number Pieces which he wrote in the last five years of his life, adapted for mid-size ensembles and performed by the London-based ensemble Apartment House, compositions 'Five' to 'Fourteen' along with alternative versions of three of the pieces; significant and essential.

Lee, Yoon-Ji : Padong Lee, Yoon-Ji :
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(zOaR Records -- USA )

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Five compositions from Yoon-Ji Lee, whose work employs unconventional and nonlinear structures that focus on quick transformations of language, noise, texture, and tonal color, here with five works, one performed by JACK Quartet & Mivos Quaret, a work for solo Saenghwang, a solo piano work, a string quartet, and a mixed chamber ensemble.

Sharp's, Elliott Terraplane: Century Sharp's, Elliott Terraplane:
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(zOaR Records -- USA )

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An unflinching look at life in post-Reconstruction America, commemorating the anniversary of Nancy Cunard's 1934 collection of African-American writings, poems, and song lyrics titled Negro: An Anthology, from Elliott Sharp's Terraplane, with vocalists Tracie Morris, Eric Mingus, Mikel Banks, and instrumentalist including Sharp, Dave Hofstra, recordings from Hubert Sumlin, &c.

Ongon: Exuvia [WHITE VINYL] Ongon:
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(Loup editions -- Italy )

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String player Antonio Bertoni (Leo Records, Astral Sprits) in his solo Ongon project seeks to bring back the shamanic elements of Moroccan Gnawa Music, particularly using the trance-inducing bass instrument guimbri, his hypnotic and exotic music set into a rich weaving of electronics, samples and concrete synthesis built ad hoc by Bertoni himself.

Futterman, Joel: Creation Series [5CD BOX SET] Futterman, Joel:
Creation Series [5CD BOX SET]

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Five major works in a Creation Series concept from pianist Joel Futterman, each disc presenting from 2 to 4 parts in an ambitious and accomplished set of solo improvisations that start simply with monophonics and evolve into increasingly complex and inspired works of incredible creative control; a masterful release reflecting a lifetime of innovation and inventiveness.

Rivers, Sam Quartet (feat. Jerry Byrd / Rael Wesley Grant / Steve Ellington) : Archive series. Volum Rivers, Sam Quartet (feat. Jerry Byrd / Rael Wesley Grant / Steve Ellington) :
Archive series. Volume 5 - Undulation

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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During the early 80s saxophonist and wind improviser Sam Rivers formed his quartet around electric instruments, with the core rhythm section of drummer Steve Ellington and electric bass guitarist Rael Wesley Grant, the other lead instrument on guitar during that time, sometimes with Kevin Eubanks, and on this previously unreleased, superb live performance in Florence, Italy, guitarist Jerry Byrd.

Amado, Rodrigo Motion Trio / Alexander von Schlippenbach: The Field Amado, Rodrigo Motion Trio / Alexander von Schlippenbach:
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(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )

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Portuguese tenor saxophonist Rodrigo Amado's Motion Trio with cellist Miguel Mira and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini in his bands 7th full album, recorded live at the 2019 Vilnius Jazz Festival in Lithuania performing with special guest, pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach, for an extended improvisation of masterfully evolving changes and dynamics.

Kuzu (Rempis / Dorji / Damon): All Your Ghosts in One Corner Kuzu (Rempis / Dorji / Damon):
All Your Ghosts in One Corner

(Aerophonic -- USA )

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Touring the South and Midwest US just before the pandemic lockdown, the assertive Chicago trio Kuzu of Dave Rempis on alto, tenor & baritone saxophones, Tashi Dorji on guitar and Tyler Damon on drums, processed and echoed the sense of uncertainty they encountered, capturing it in depth during two concerts and reflecting it in this powerful, almost ritualistic free jazz album.

 

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