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Instruments with Preparations


 
Abbott, Simeon + Chris Dadge: a menu isn't a meal Abbott, Simeon + Chris Dadge:
a menu isn't a meal

(Bug Incision Records -- Canada )

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Longtime collaborators Abbott and Dadge release their first album together, a dizzying array of ideas and sounds recorded live at the monthly Calgary based Bug Incision concert series.

Alonso, Edith: Collapse Alonso, Edith:
Collapse

(Aural Terrains -- Greece/UK )

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Madrid multi-instrumentalist and cross media artist Edith Alonso in an album of prepared solo electric bass improvisations, a four part work of muscular and shadowy sound, dark vibrations with crepitating edges making a sinister and cathartic dungeon of sound.

Astral Colonels (Anthony Pateras / Valerio Tricoli): Good Times in the End Times Astral Colonels (Anthony Pateras / Valerio Tricoli):
Good Times in the End Times

(Immediata -- Australia )

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Anthony Pateras & Valerio Tricoli worked 7 years transforming pianos, organs, harpsichords, tape machines and synthesizers into an expansive sonic otherworld that celebrates the "End of Times" in three parts; a meticulous and fascinating work.

Bayal & Arnaud Riviere: First Contact Bayal & Arnaud Riviere:
First Contact

(Bug Incision Records -- Canada )

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John Boyle & Aya Onishi of Nihilist Spasm Band with Arnaud Riviere of Textile Orchestra from their first set of unrelenting primal improv at Sonic Protest 2007 in France.

Phosphor (Beins / Dorner / Hayward / Krebs): Phosphor II Phosphor (Beins / Dorner / Hayward / Krebs):
Phosphor II

(Potlatch -- France )

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Electro-acoustic improv from the Phosphor grouping, an amazing set of musicians who began working together in 2001 and have developed a complex and incredible form of interplay.

Bleak House: Dark Poetry Bleak House:
Dark Poetry

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The Norwegian free-improvising trio of prepared pianist Dag-Filip Roaldsnes, alto saxophonist Kim-Erik Pedersen, and percussionist Tore Sandbakken in 14 darkly graceful and succinct works.

Blonk, Jaap / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn: North of Blanco Blonk, Jaap / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn:
North of Blanco

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )

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Six focused quartet improvisations with complex, independent layers of rich textures. Featuring Dutch vocalist/sound-poet Jaap Blonk and three Texas improvisors: Damon Smith (bass), Sandy Ewen (guitar & objects), Chris Cogburn (percussion).

Bondi / d'incise / Rodrigues / Chagas / Torres / Moimeme: Brume Bondi / d'incise / Rodrigues / Chagas / Torres / Moimeme:
Brume

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Extended improvisations using a mix of acoustic and electric instruments from the sextet of Ernesto Rodrigues, d'incise, Cyril Bondi, Abdul Moiemem, Eduardo Chagas, and Nuno Torres.

Boubaker / Rodrigues / Moimem: Le Beau Deviant Boubaker / Rodrigues / Moimem:
Le Beau Deviant

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Deviant beauty from the trio of Heddy Boubaker (sax), Ernesto Rodrigues (viola) and Abdul Moimeme (prepared electric guitar), dark and sinister improv using extended techniques and a quietly turbulent approach.

Brennan, John Wolf: The Speed Of Dark Brennan, John Wolf:
The Speed Of Dark

(Leo Records -- UK )

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Solo piano works from Brennan, also performing on arcopiano, pizzicatopiano, sordinopiano, tamburopiano, frampiano, indian harmonium, Irish whistle, Hohner accordion & melodica, Yamaha e-piano.

Burn / Thomas / Fell: The Middle Distance Burn / Thomas / Fell:
The Middle Distance

(Another Timbre -- UK )

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Unconvention improvisation fueled by the influence of contempary compositions from bassist Simon H. Fell, pianist Philip Thomas, and prepared pianist Chris Burn.

Burr, Anthony / Anthony Pateras: The Long Exhale Burr, Anthony / Anthony Pateras:
The Long Exhale

(Immediata -- Australia )

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Beautifully slow drifting compositions for clarinet, ARP 2600, piano and prepared piano from the duo of Anthony Burr and Anthony Pateras, drawing on Cage and Feldman in these expansive and tranquil works that create beautiful and quietly exotic sound environments.

Conde, Luis / Fabiana Galante / Frode Gjerstad: Give And Take Conde, Luis / Fabiana Galante / Frode Gjerstad:
Give And Take

(FMR -- Great Britain )

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During multi-reedist Frode Gjerstad's tour of South America in 2015 he met with pianist Fabiana Galante and fellow reedist Luis Conde to record these excellent improvisations, all three using unusual and extended techniques to create these 8 captivating dialogs.

Derome, Jean / Malcolm Goldstein / Rainer Wiens: 6 Improvisations Derome, Jean / Malcolm Goldstein / Rainer Wiens:
6 Improvisations

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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Having worked together in many projects for many years, this is the 1st trio record from Montreal improvisers Jean Derome, Malcolm Goldstein & Rainer Wiens, six free studio improvisations showing the subtle and sophisticated dialog that such long association yields.

Dollshot: Dollshot Dollshot:
Dollshot

(Underwolf -- USA )

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An unusual and thickly strung album bridging dark rock and improvised music from saxophonist Noah Kaplan, bassist and prepared bassis Giacomo Merega, bassist and prepared painist Wes Matthews, and vocalist Rosalie Kaplan.

Donarier's, Matthieu  / Albert van Veenendaal's Planetarium: The Visible Ones Donarier's, Matthieu / Albert van Veenendaal's Planetarium:
The Visible Ones

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The duo of French saxophonist Matthieu Donarier and Dutch pianist/prepared pianist Albert van Veenendaal (I Compani), beautifully paced and inventive dialog between two melodic players who embrace both improvisational and compositional styles.

Dorner / Rodrigues / Guerreiro / Momeme: Fabula Dorner / Rodrigues / Guerreiro / Momeme:
Fabula

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A live recording from Portugal's Cine-Theatre Curvo-Semedo of the minimal ea-improv quartet of trumpeter Axel Dorner, violist Ernesto Rodrigues, prepared electric guitarist Abdul Moimeme, and Ricardo Guerreiro on computer.

Evans, Peter Quintet: Destination: Void Evans, Peter Quintet:
Destination: Void

(More Is More -- USA )

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The second release from NY trumpeter Peter Evans Quintet with Ron Stabinsky on piano, Tom Blancarte on bass, Sam Pluta on live electronics, and Jim Black on drums, an epic and amazingly sophisticated album based on Frank Herbert's novel of the same name.

Extended Pianos (Fox / Griswold / Pateras): Switch On A Dime Extended Pianos (Fox / Griswold / Pateras):
Switch On A Dime

(Immediata -- Australia )

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Extended Pianos employ stochastic improvisations, live analogue processing, feedback experiments, atmospheric tape composition, and ultra-physical episodic structures to manipulate prepared piano performances in real time, creating an exceptional and engrossing work.

Foschia / Irmer / Wissel / Goyvaerts: Canaries On The Pole #2 Foschia / Irmer / Wissel / Goyvaerts:
Canaries On The Pole #2

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The improvising quartet of Canaries on the Pole (Foschia / goyvaerts / Irmer / Wissel) in their second release after their self-titled debut on the Free Elephant label.

Freedman, Lori: 3 Freedman, Lori:
3

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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Clarinetist Lori Freedman brought together 3 distinct trios over the course of 3 consecutive nights with a total of 6 other Montreal musicians for live encounters of improvisation.

Fujii, Satoko / Natsuki Tamura: Kisaragi Fujii, Satoko / Natsuki Tamura:
Kisaragi

(Libra -- Japan )

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On their 5th album together, pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura push the limits on approach and technique with their instruments, creating otherworldly and captivating improvisations, both players deciding against using "normal instrumental sounds", instead using preparations and textural approaches to create truly unique music.

Furt plus: Equals Furt plus:
Equals

(psi -- Great Britain )

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The followup to Furt's expanded format as heard on Spin Networks in 2005, in electroacoustic trios with John Butcher, Phil Minton, Rhodri Davies, Ute Wassermann, &c.

HMZ (Hubsch / Martel / Zoubek): Drought HMZ (Hubsch / Martel / Zoubek):
Drought

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )

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A live performance at the Loft in Cologne, Germany, 2015 from the recording and performing trio of Carl Ludwig Hubsch on tuba & objects, Pierre Yves Martel on viola da Gamba & harmonica, and Philip Zoubek on the prepared piano, restrained yet highly active playing.

IKB: Chelonoidis Nigra IKB:
Chelonoidis Nigra

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Ernesto Rodrigues leads a 16 piece orchestra of strings, reeds, winds, voice, brass, accordion, electric guitar, electronics and percussion through the elaborately restrained work "Chelodnis Nigra", rewarding the careful listener with fascinating layers of sound.

IKB: Monochrome Bleu Sans Titre IKB:
Monochrome Bleu Sans Titre

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Referencing the work of French artist and composer Yves Klein, this large group of Creative Sources regulars perform the 4 part Monochrome Bleu Sans Titre, a subtle and rich work of acoustic and electronic improvisation.

  Jerman / Salis / Sanna:
KIO GE

(Confront -- UK )

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A collaboration between American sound artist Jeph Jerman and Italian percussionists Paolo Sanna and Giacomo Salis, twelve intriguing short improvisations using extended techniques and lowercase approaches that include minimal textures, field recordings, abstract atmospheres and organic sounds.

Kahn, Jason: Timelines Los Angeles Kahn, Jason:
Timelines Los Angeles

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Jason Kahn brought Olivia Block, Mark Trayle, and Ulrich Krieger together to create this work for the 2008 Cal Arts Center for Experiments in Art, Information and Technology Festival.

Kuchen, Martin : ...And Everything Inside Came Down As Dust Kuchen, Martin :
...And Everything Inside Came Down As Dust

(Confront -- Great Britain )

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During his residency in Vienna as part of Johannes Heuer's "Vor Anker", Kuchen recorded these curious solo works using saxophone and preparations, 6 pieces of understated intent using unconventional approaches rewarding the active listener.

Lauzier / Martel: Sainct Laurens Lauzier / Martel:
Sainct Laurens

(&Records -- Canada )

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Sparse but detailed improvisational journeys from the long-running duo of saxophonist Philippe Lauzier and bassist/electronic artist Pierre-Yves Martel.

Leandre, Joelle, Quentin Sirjacq: Out of Nowhere Leandre, Joelle, Quentin Sirjacq:
Out of Nowhere

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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An engaging encounter between bassist Leandre and pianist Sirjacq, delicate yet intense interaction from two sophisticated & listening players from different generations.

Lettow, Gunnar / Korhan Erel: Bad Falling Bostel Lettow, Gunnar / Korhan Erel:
Bad Falling Bostel

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Taking their name from the German Town Bad Fallingbostel, this album collects recordings from the 3 year collaboration of these two improvising sound artists: Gunnar Lettow on prepared bass guitar, electronics & objects; and Korhan Erel on computer & controllers.

MacLean, Steve & Chris Cutler: Year of the Dragon MacLean, Steve & Chris Cutler:
Year of the Dragon

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )

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Instrumental and song work from Chris Cutler (Henry Cow, &c.) and Steve MacLean (Dr. Nerve) with Julie Thompson as vocalist, subtle non-linear songs created using unusual processes.

Maclean, Steve: GPS Maclean, Steve:
GPS

(Recommended Records -- USA )

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Steve MacLean's 5-piece ensemble perform complex, composed polyrhythmic pieces interspersed with atmospheric improvisations for guitar, bass, keyboard, percussion and various objects.

Malaby's, Tony TubaCello: Scorpion Eater Malaby's, Tony TubaCello:
Scorpion Eater

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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NY saxophonist Tony Malaby's latest album was recorded with his most consistent collaborators--tubist Dan Peck, cellist Christopher Hoffman, and drummer/percussionist John Hollenbeck--in an album of energetic improv with a unique timbral configuration.

Mazurek, Rob (w/ Takara / Granado / Rohrer / Somervell): Chants and Corners Mazurek, Rob (w/ Takara / Granado / Rohrer / Somervell):
Chants and Corners

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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With members of Sao Paulo Underground, Pharoah and The Underground, and Chicago Underground, cornetist/electroacoustic artist Rob Mazurek leads a quintet with Mauricio Takara (drums), Thomas Rohrer (winds), Philip Somervell (piano) and Guilherme Granado (keys) through a unexpected confluence of styles to create an otherworldly blend of spiritual music.

McAuley, Jim: Gongfarmer 36 McAuley, Jim:
Gongfarmer 36

(Long Song Records -- Italy )

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A collection of solo recordings by acoustic guitarist Jim McAuley, an improviser who redefines the classic instrument and whose music embodies aspects of jazz, blues, folk, and contemporary classic.

McAuley, Jim: The Ultimate Frog McAuley, Jim:
The Ultimate Frog

(Drip Audio -- Canada )

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Guitarist and string player Jim McAuley's "The Ultimate Frog" is a double album made up of duets with artists Leroy Jenkins, Nels Cline, Ken Filiano, and Alex Cline.

Muche / Zoubek / Tang: Excerpts From Anything Muche / Zoubek / Tang:
Excerpts From Anything

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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An acoustic trio using ea approaches in a set of distinct tracks using trombone, prepared piano and double bass, a fascinatingly diverse set of improvisations that alternately lull and jar the listener.

Nanoschlaf: Die Trockene Familie Nanoschlaf:
Die Trockene Familie

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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The trio of bassist Achim Tang, prepared pianist Philip Zoubek, and trombonist Matthias Muche extended with Sven Hahne on computer and Christian Thome on drums and electronics in a freely improvised electroacoustic album of subtle pacing and diverse approaches, with many of the rhythmic elements imparting a gamelan feeling.

Niggenkemper, Pascal Vision 7: Lucky Prime Niggenkemper, Pascal Vision 7:
Lucky Prime

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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NY based German-French bassist Pascal Niggenkemper in a European septet with reedist Frank Gratkowski, pianist Eve Risser, violist Frantz Loriot, vibraophonist Els Vandeweyer, voicals Emilie Lesbros, and drummer Christian Lillinger recording at the Loft, Cologne.

Niggenkemper, Pascal: 7eme Continent: Talking Trash Niggenkemper, Pascal: 7eme Continent:
Talking Trash

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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With 2 clarinetists--Joris Ruhl and Joachim Badenhorst--and 2 prepared pianists--Eve Risser and Philip Zoubek--plus flutist Julian Elvira, leader/bassist Pascal Niggenkemper explores his "different twins" concept in 9 uniquely orchestrated and impressive improvisations.

Nos Phillipe: Shh ... Camille Nos Phillipe:
Shh ... Camille

(Confront -- Great Britain )

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Jonathan Webb and Robert Hopps combine processed field recordings with guitar, turntables, electronics, and found sounds in long form drone-oriented improvisations.

Riedl, Josef Anton : Klangregionen 1951-2007 Riedl, Josef Anton :
Klangregionen 1951-2007

(Edition Rz -- Germany )

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Two CD set of electronic and concrete compositions from German composer Riedl, with recordings from Siemens-Studio for elektronische Musik and Studio for konkrete Musik.

Rieman / Dalaba / Dempster: Lung Tree Rieman / Dalaba / Dempster:
Lung Tree

(Recommended Records -- Great Britain )

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Robertson, Herb - NY Downtown Allstars: Elaboration Robertson, Herb - NY Downtown Allstars:
Elaboration

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Robinson, Eugene S. & Philippe Petit: The Crying of Lot 69 Robinson, Eugene S. & Philippe Petit:
The Crying of Lot 69

(Monotype -- Poland )

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An electronic sound and narrative work from Philippe Petit and Oxbow founder/frontman Eugene S. Robinson, equal parts Pynchon and the dog eating dog laws of the senseless jungle.

Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Goncalves /...: suspensao [2 CDs] Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Goncalves /...:
suspensao [2 CDs]

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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A large group under the direction of violinist Ernesto Rodrigues (also on harp, metronome & objects) in 4 extended improvisations of great suspense and tension through sound and silence.

Roger, Danielle Palardy: Pinta, Nina & Maria Roger, Danielle Palardy:
Pinta, Nina & Maria

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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3 live recordings from 3 ensembles - GGRIL, Ensemble SuperMusique and ECM+ - exploring relationsips between early music and contemporary creative music; with Jean Derome, Joane Hetu, Diane Labrosse, Bernard Falaise, &c. &c.

Rose, Simon / Stefan Schultze: The Ten Thousand Things Rose, Simon / Stefan Schultze:
The Ten Thousand Things

(Red Toucan -- Canada )

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Free improvising saxophonist Simon Rose, on baritone and alto sax, meets composer/arranger Stefan Schultze on prepared piano for 11 exploratory works based around Schultze's "modules"--bits and pieces attached inside the piano--creating unusual platforms for free improvisation.

Rummel, Simon Ensemble: Nichts Fur Alle (Nothing For All) Rummel, Simon Ensemble:
Nichts Fur Alle (Nothing For All)

(Umlaut Records -- Sweden / France / Germany )

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Cologne pianist and composer Simon Russell wrote these compositions, melding jazz, classical, electronic, even tango music into lyrical and joyfully quirky works, performed by his ensemble with Goerg Wissel, Matthias Muche, Udo Moll, Carl Ludwig Hubsch, &c.

Sandell, Sten / Mattias Stahl: Grann Musik (Neighbour Music) Sandell, Sten / Mattias Stahl:
Grann Musik (Neighbour Music)

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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The piano and vibraphone duo of Sten Sandell and Mattias Stahl in improvisations that borrow from both Sun Ra and contemporary classical such as Cage, Cowell, Xenakis, &c.

  Scotch Of St James, The:
Live at Amplify 2004

(Confront -- Great Britain )

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Tim Barnes on snare drum and amplification and Mark Wastell on amplified textures, tuned metal, making small, mostly unidentifiable sounds with a Cage-style open flair.

Taxonomy: Fega / Lella / Martusciello: 10 Taxonomical Movements Taxonomy: Fega / Lella / Martusciello:
10 Taxonomical Movements

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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Fascinating compositions combining improvisation and organized sound from Martusciello, Lella, & Fega, using acoustic and electronic instruments to frightening effect.

Tilbury, John / Eddie Prevost: Discrete Moments Tilbury, John / Eddie Prevost:
Discrete Moments

(Matchless -- Great Britain )

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Frith, Fred / Hans Koch: You Are Here Frith, Fred / Hans Koch:
You Are Here

(Intakt -- Switzerland )

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Two commanding players from the UK & European improv scene who have consistently pushed the envelope in free improvisation--electric & prepared guitarist Fred Frith and saxophonist/bass clarinetist Hans Koch--present an album of assertive interactions, merging alien environments with amazing technical playing and inexplicable approaches to sound - superb!

Binder, Claudia: Piano Solo II Binder, Claudia:
Piano Solo II

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Pianist Claudia Binder presents 3 concepts for solo piano - the introspective "Room for a Sound" and it's dramatic inverse, "Sound for a Room"; "Polyphony" in 3 parts using piano preparation, one part playful, one part serious, one part peculiar; and an inexplicable "It Takes Two to Tango"--in performances revealing a curious mind and tremendous skill.

Corso (Emilio Gordoa / Nicola L. Hein): Unwanted Pregnancy Corso (Emilio Gordoa / Nicola L. Hein):
Unwanted Pregnancy

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Mexican composer and vibraphonist based in Berlin since 2012, Emilio Gordoa in a duo with guitarist Nicola L. Hein, using preparations to their vibraphones, percussion, and guitar, in an 8 part composition of diverse approaches to improvisation, from exuberant interaction to Reich-like minimalism to cantankerous experimentation, a well-rounded and interesting album.

Ozo: A Kind of Zo Ozo:
A Kind of Zo

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )

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Acoustic free improvisation with an ea-attitude, improvising drummer/percussionist Pedro Oliveira (Bernardo Sassetti) and classical pianist Paulo Mesquita used prepared instruments in a dialog that contrasts solid rhythmically melodic piano progressions with a mix of propulsive percussion, deep resonant tones, environmental timbre, and percussive interventions.

Risberg, Mattias : Stamps Risberg, Mattias :
Stamps

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Swedish pianist Mattias Risberg demonstrates the passion he dedicates to vintage instruments like mellotron, Hammond organ, analog synthesizers, clavichord and pipe organs, here in a solo album of piano, with some light preparations, and the pedals of a Moog Taurus, in an inventive album of improvisations inspired by the vivid images of postage stamps.

Costa, Mario (w/ Marc Ducret / Beniot Delbecq): Oxy Patina Costa, Mario (w/ Marc Ducret / Beniot Delbecq):
Oxy Patina

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )

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Drummer, composers and electronic artist Mario Costa in his first solo album as a leader, presenting 9 original compositions performed at the 26th Festival de Jazz na Praca da Erva in a trio with French improvisers Benoit Delbecq on piano, prepared piano and synth, and Marc Ducret on guitar, a great album and an absolutely stunning concert by three masterful players.

Anissegos, Antonis / Christos Yermenoglou: Intertitles Anissegos, Antonis / Christos Yermenoglou:
Intertitles

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Berlin pianist Antonis Anissegos and Greek drummer Christos Yermenoglou in an album of obscurely titled free improvisations, sophisticated and thoughtful discourse using both traditional and extended techniques, Anissegos inside and out of the piano, as the two converse through understated yet strong melodic threads, a truly lovely and accomplished album.

Davis / Mitchell / Ortiz / Shipp: New American Songbooks, Volume 2 [VINYL] Davis / Mitchell / Ortiz / Shipp:
New American Songbooks, Volume 2 [VINYL]

(Sound American/Pleasure of the Text Records -- USA )

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The 2nd volume of Sound American's "New American Songbooks" turns from the 1st volume's group approach to the singular voices of 4 masterful pianists--Kris Davis, Matt Mitchell, Aruan Ortiz, and Matthew Shipp--as they interpret the music of traditional hymns, Carla Bley, filmaker/composer Ed Bland, and bandcamp era composers Ryan Power & Christopher Weisman.

Vaczi, Daniel Multet: Reticular Vaczi, Daniel Multet:
Reticular

(FMR -- UK )

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A persuasive album of lyrical groove-based electric free improv from the Hungarian quintet of Daniel Vaczi on saxophones & piano, Balazs Horvath on double bass, Zsolt Sarvari Kovacs on drums, Marton Fenyvesi on electric guitar & effects and Aved Janos on saxophones, Vaczi also programming the Budapest Music Center's player piano in unusual ways for the 3-art "Fabula".

Whim Ensemble (Ofer Pelz / Preston Beebe): Pre-Fall Whim Ensemble (Ofer Pelz / Preston Beebe):
Pre-Fall

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )

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Prepared piano and percussion from Ofer Pelz and Preston Beebe, the percussionist using a diverse set of approaches to drums, cymbals and devices, blurring the sonic distinctions with Israeli-born Montreal-based pianist Ofer Pelz, whose preparations transform the piano in remarkable ways as the two focus on time, texture, space, and ambiance through seven fascinating improvisations.

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

Massaro, Francesco / Giovanni Cristino / Walter Forestiere: Undergrowth Massaro, Francesco / Giovanni Cristino / Walter Forestiere:
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The Italian trio of saxophonist/clarinetist Francesco Masaro, pianist and prepared pianist Giovanni Cristino, and drummer/percussionist Walter Forestiere, take us on a journey at the lower levels of a forest's undergrowth, adding objects, preparations and extended techniques in a blend of free jazz and nonidiomatic forms to reveal mystery and brightness in the brambles.

Cajlan / Wissel / Nillesen: fourtyfour fiftythree Cajlan / Wissel / Nillesen:
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(Creative Sources -- USA )

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A trio of improvisers recorded live at Exploratorium in Berlin, 2018, from Zemun prepared pianist Dusica Cajlan-Wissel, European percussionist Etienne Nillesen on extended snare drum, and improviser/sculptur Georg Wissel on prepared alto saxophone, through extended technique and preparations creating unusual sonic interactions of detail and restrained idiosyncratic discourse.

Girard, Doreen / Tim Olive: Boro Girard, Doreen / Tim Olive:
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(845 Audio -- Japan )

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Recording in Saskatoon in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan the day before their performance at the Sounds Like Festival, audio explorer Tim Olive brings his magnetic pickups in a first meeting with Doreen Girard performing on a prepared tsymbaly, a Ukranian hammer dulcimer, for a single, unusually evolving, and wonderfully rich improvisation.

Anemochore (Frantz Loriot / Sebastian Strinning / Daniel Studer / Benjamin Brodbeck): Suites And See Anemochore (Frantz Loriot / Sebastian Strinning / Daniel Studer / Benjamin Brodbeck):
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(Creative Sources -- Portugal )

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Taking their name from plants whose seeds are distributed by wind, violist Frantz Loriot and bassist Daniel Studer formed Anemochore in 2016 to purse different playing techniques and preparations in their search for unique forms of improvisation, here with drummer Benjamin Brodbeck and saxophonist & bass clarinetist Sebastian Strinning, recorded by Jean-Marc Foussat.

Ali / Bordreuil / Mattrey : I Used To Sing So Lyrical [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] Ali / Bordreuil / Mattrey :
I Used To Sing So Lyrical [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Astral Spirits -- USA )

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The debut recording of New York double bassist Sean Ali's improvising string trio with violist Joanna Mattrey and cellist Leila Bordreuil, having worked together since 2015, each brings impressive technique and a somewhat twisted approach to their strings in a diverse set of extended improvisation from pensive and spacious to formidable density.

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

Tippett, Keith: The Unlonely Raindancer Tippett, Keith:
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(Discus -- UK )

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Mujician pianist Keith Tippetts embarked on his first solo tour in 1979, capturing these concert recordings that were originally released in 1980 on vinyl on the Universe Label; long out of print, Discus has revived these extraordinary recordings, showing the incredible technical abilities, endurance, and quick-witted creative powers of this legendary improviser.

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

 

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