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Ensemble 5 (Geisser / Blumer / Staub / Morgenthaler / Dell): The Human Factor
Ensemble 5 (Geisser / Blumer / Staub / Morgenthaler / Dell):
The Human Factor

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



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The long-running quartet of percussionist Heinz Geisser, bassist Fridolin Blumer, pianist Reto Staub and trombonist Robert Morgenthaler have for years extended their 4-tet with a 5th guest, here asking vibraphonist Christopher Dell to join them in the studio after a successful live performance in the spring of 2022, capturing this spectacular, wide-ranging example of collective improvisation.

Dorham, Kenny: Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia To Matador - Revisited
Dorham, Kenny:
Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia To Matador - Revisited

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



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Revisiting and remastering two essential albums from New York hard bop trumpeter Kenny Dorham, a tremendous musican who died much too young but left a legacy of 20 albums as a leader, here in his 1956 Blue Note album in a sextet that included Bobby Timmons and Kenny Burrell, and his 1963 United Artists Jazz album in a quintet with Jackie McLean, Bobby Timmons, Teddy Smith and JC. Moses.

Schmid, Silvan / Tom Wheatley / Eddie Prevost: The Wandering One - High Laver Levitation Volume 2
Schmid, Silvan / Tom Wheatley / Eddie Prevost:
The Wandering One - High Laver Levitation Volume 2

(Matchless -- UK )



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A live recording of freely improvised improv captured at All Hallows Church in High Laver, Essex in 2023 from the trio of AMM drummer and Matchless label-leader Eddie Prévost, Zürich and Maastricht trumpeter Silvan Shmid, and London double bassist Tom Wheatley of the group Widdershins, heard in three investigative conversations of great creative drive.

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

(Libra -- Japan )



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

Mcphee, Joe / Ken Vandermark: Musings of a Bahamian Son: Poems and Other Words
Mcphee, Joe / Ken Vandermark:
Musings of a Bahamian Son: Poems and Other Words

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )



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27 concise poems written and read by saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, punctuated by 9 musical interludes between McPhee on soprano sax and Chicago reedist Ken Vandermark on clarinet and bass, fortifying McPhee's captivating words that mix life observations among jazz references to Dolphy, Monk, Brötzmann, Coleman, &c.; a truly embraceable "book" of poetry.

Ulher, Birgit: Split Friction - Audiovisual Works [BOOK]
Ulher, Birgit:
Split Friction - Audiovisual Works [BOOK]

(Private -- Germany )



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Published on the occasion of Birgit Ulher's exhibition Split Friction at Errant Sound in Berlin from November 24-26, 2023, an interdisciplinary project spanning the intersection between exhibition, video, performance, concert and sound installation, documented in this 96 page full-color book with images from the installation, graphic scores, and essays in English & German.

STHLM svaga: Plays Carter, Plays Mitchell, Plays Shepp
STHLM svaga:
Plays Carter, Plays Mitchell, Plays Shepp

(thanatosis produktion -- Sweden )



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The Swedish free jazz septet STHLM svaga work at the liminal edges of delicate improvisation and song, for this album commissioning works from Archie Shepp, Ron Carter and Roscoe Mitchell, Carter traveling to Stockholm to provide guidance on his composition "Desert Lament"; the band also performs Coltrane's "Jupiter" and Per Henrik Wallin's piece "Winter Rhapsody".

Drake, Bob: The Room In The Tower
Drake, Bob:
The Room In The Tower

(Crumbling Tones -- UK )



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A great set of 11 succinct songs and instrumentals from multi-instrumentalist, prog icon Bob Drake of Thinking Plague, The Science Group, VRIL, and Peter Blegvad fame, vignettes that play with pop formats in insidious ways around recurring Drake themes including a Planet of Dogs, three rustic tales, and a perturbing room in the tower, all noted in a colored foldout poster with lyrics.

Space (Ullen / Bergman / Lund): Embrace the Space
Space (Ullen / Bergman / Lund):
Embrace the Space

(Relative Pitch -- USA )



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A startlingly exciting album of piano trio jazz from three creative innovators, in the followup to the 2022 debut of the Swedish Space Trio of Lisa Ullen on piano, Elsa Bergman on double bass and Anna Lund on drums, recording in the studio for eight collective improvisations of extremely well matched, highly interactive and exhilarating modern improv.

Gibson, Yedo: Conic Tube
Gibson, Yedo:
Conic Tube

(Relative Pitch -- USA )



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Born in São Paulo, Brazil and working in Amsterdam and Lisbon, and also part of the London Improvisers Orchestra, Yedo Gibson unleashes an album of solo improvisation on the soprano and tenor saxophones, his "conic tubes" which he uses to express the potential to change environment and energy through technically impressive, expressive playing.

Binot, Loris / Violaine Gestalder : Loris Binot & Violaine Gestalder
Binot, Loris / Violaine Gestalder :
Loris Binot & Violaine Gestalder

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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A contemplative and building collection of electroacoustic improvisations from French alto & soprano saxophonist Violaine Gestalder, augmenting her horn with effect pedals, and pianist Loris Binot, using preparations, magnetic bows and electronics to create sustained and percussive elements, recording in the CIM auditorium in Bal-Le-Duc, France for five rich and fascinating dialogs.

Gestalder, Violaine : Furtive
Gestalder, Violaine :
Furtive

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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With an impressive resume in improvised and contemporary forms, French saxophonist Violaíne Gestalder presents three major conceptual works for multiple players, using studio layering to perform all parts herself on soprano sax, voice & effects, a comprehensive, yearning, powerful and often mysteriously beautiful album that draws on her skills as a composer, improviser and experimenter.

TGB (Carolino / Frazao / Delgado): ROOM 4
TGB (Carolino / Frazao / Delgado):
ROOM 4

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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Twenty years of activity and advancement is heard in this fourth album from the dynamic tuba power trio of tubist Sergio Carolino, guitarist Mario Delgado & drummer Alexandre Frazao, an electric jazz unit of deep power and drive, on this album leaving behind cover tunes that included Deep Purple and Thelonious Monk to focus on compositions from each band member.

Rodrigues / Rodrigues: Intenso como o Mar
Rodrigues / Rodrigues:
Intenso como o Mar

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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With the nearly telepathic communication that only a father & son duo could have, Lisbon violist and Creative Sources label leader Ernesto Rodridgues and cellist Guilherme Rodrigues recorded these two string improvisations live at Cossoul in Lisbon during the "Esta Noite Improvisa-se", a melding of remarkable technique, concentration and profound expression.

Vicens, Gabriel: Mural
Vicens, Gabriel:
Mural

(Stradavarius -- Italy )



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

Simulacrum: Archetypes
Simulacrum:
Archetypes

(Evil Clown -- USA )



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One of the more electronic/ea ensembles from the Boston area collective led by David Peck, Simulacrum is an offshoot of Metal Chaos Ensemble, the core being Peck on reeds, percussion & electronics, Eric Wood on analog synth and Bob Moores on space trumpet & guitar, joined by Michael Caglianone (sax), Faruq Hassan (sampler), and Michael Knoblach (percussion).

Leap Of Faith: Cyclic Models
Leap Of Faith:
Cyclic Models

(Evil Clown -- USA )



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A larger ensemble for the Boston-area collective Leap of Faith of David Peck on clarinets, saxophones & flutes, and Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice, here extended with two horns, three strings, and drums including Cecil Taylor bassist Albey OnBass, plus John Fugarino on trumpets & brass, Tor Snyder on guitar and Eric Rosenthal on drums & percussion.

Chefkirk: Giant Size
Chefkirk:
Giant Size

(Love Earth Music -- USA )



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Eight distinctive works for electronics and sound from the alter ego of Roger H. Smith, using noise, percussive elements and unusual synthetics, layered around static and arpeggiated rhythms and punctuated with strange asides, the works run from 3:14 to 18:37 and were developed over a year and half; an excellent introduction to the sonic diversity Chefkirk revels in.

Midnight Only (RJ Myato / Jabe Ledoux): Midnight Only
Midnight Only (RJ Myato / Jabe Ledoux):
Midnight Only

(Love Earth Music -- USA )



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An album of dense electronics, drums and gongs from Vermont drummer and experimenter Jabe Ledoux, aka Jo Bled, and Pittsburgh noise artist RJ Myato, co-founder of NNN Coalition and curator of Enforced Existence label, in three works from assertive jumbles of sound, to buzzy drones with muted percussion and ending with an ocean of blurred and swooping harmonics.

Villavecchia, Liba Trio (Reviriego / Trilla) + Luis Vicente: Muracik
Villavecchia, Liba Trio (Reviriego / Trilla) + Luis Vicente:
Muracik

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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Trumpeter Luís Vicente joins the Spanish saxophonist Liba Villavechia's Trio with double bassist Alex Reveriego and drummer Vasco Trilla for a studio album of four Villavecchia compositions, and one each from Reviriego and Vicente, propelling the band into hard swinging free improv balanced with introspective abstraction and sonic extensions; masterful.

Ghost Trees: Intercept Method [VINYL 2 LPs]
Ghost Trees:
Intercept Method [VINYL 2 LPs]

(Future Recordings -- USA )



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Appropriately recording in New Jersey in the Van Gelder Studios, the North Carolina sax & drum duo of Brent Bagwell and Seth Nanaa stand in the shadows of Coltrane & Ali or McHenry & Cyrlle on their fourth release, a 2-LP, 180gm red-vinyl album of swinging, structured free jazz with a lyrically inclined outside attitude; twelve tracks of concise and compelling dialogs.

Garcia / Moimeme / Reviriego / Rodrigues / Santos: Mars Reveri
Garcia / Moimeme / Reviriego / Rodrigues / Santos:
Mars Reveri

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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An intense album of pyschedelic and subliminally detailed electroacoustic improvisation from the Portuguese quintet of Miguel A. Garcia on electronics, Abdul Moimeme on guitar & metals, Alex Reviriego on double bass, Ernesto Rodrigues on piano harp & viola and Carlos Santos on electronics, a powerful live set recorded in 2018 at Le Larraskito Kluba in Rekalde, Bilbao.

Eventless Plot: Structures
Eventless Plot:
Structures

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Three configurations of delicately detailed, reductionist electroacoustic improv from the Greek Eventless Plot trio of Vasilis Liolios (inside piano, e-bow piano, objects & psaltiri), Yiannis Tsirikoglou (objects, guitar, MAX/MSP) and Aris Giatas (piano), in one piece as a trio, then with guest Chris Cundy on bass clarinet, and a third with Louis Portal on percussion.

Johansson, Karin / Lisen Rylander Love: Arter [VINYL]
Johansson, Karin / Lisen Rylander Love:
Arter [VINYL]

(Havtorn Records -- Sweden )



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The Swedish title translating to "Species", the contemplatively elegant interactions between pianist Karin Johansson and tenor saxophonist Lisen Rylander are named for extinct species of animals and plants, as the two improvise over the loss of species that disappear from the earth every year, their wistful music augmented through preparations, kalimbas, live electronics and percussion.

Van Huffel's, Peter Callisto: Meandering Demons
Van Huffel's, Peter Callisto:
Meandering Demons

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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A step into a darker world than Gorilla Mask from the debut of baritone saxophonist Peter Van Huffel's bass-less quartet Callisto with Lina Allemano on trumpet, Antonis Anissegos on piano & electronics and Joe Hertenstein on drums, a solid jazz quartet that shies from clichŽ in devilishly deep collective interplay fostered by Van Huffel's inventive compositions.

Mitchell, Matt: Illimitable [2 CDs]
Mitchell, Matt:
Illimitable [2 CDs]

(Obliquity -- USA )



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"100% improvised, one take, no edits" from New York pianist Matt Mitchell's solo album in four extended improvisations of impressive detail and creative direction, eschewing any particular style while crossing many, Mitchell's technical skills making complex passages clear even when he names them as abstruse, an impressive accomplishment and an absorbing album of solo piano improv.

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

(Tzadik -- USA )



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

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

(Northern Spy -- USA )



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Using a democratic compositional concept of cues that any of the musicians can employ to redirect all players into new structures, leading to exemplary improv from the core quintet of Steph Richards on trumpet & flugelhorn, Joshua White on piano, Stomu Takeishi on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drumset, plus Max Jaffe replacing Cleaver on drums & sensory electronics for one live track.

Griffure: Paratonnerre
Griffure:
Paratonnerre

(Umlaut Records -- France )



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The French duo Griffure of cellist & vocalist Leonore Grollemund and violinist & vocalist Amaryllis Billet are transformed into a string quintet enhanced by electroacoustic instrumentation, with violinist Chloe Julian, violist Alix Gauthier and double bassist Lea Yeche, all three providing vocals, in 15 evocative works that shift between composition, improv and text.

Quintans / Rogers / Lopez: Future Folk
Quintans / Rogers / Lopez:
Future Folk

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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With artwork gracing the cover from percussionist Ramón López as part of his Jazz Paintings series, the trio of López, double bassist Paul Rogers and electric guitarist Santiago Quintans are heard in eleven succinct, highly interactive and energetic collective improvisations of dexterous interweaving and confident conversation.

Almeida, Goncalo / Rutger Zuydervelt: Eventual
Almeida, Goncalo / Rutger Zuydervelt:
Eventual

(gusstaff records -- Poland )



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The first full-length collaboration between Portuguese double bassist Gonçalo Almeida and Netherlands sound artist Rutger Zuydervelt, aka Machinefabriek, born from the soundtrack to Lex Reitsma's documentary about photographer Koos Breukel, including additional recordings to create this beautiful long-form drone merging rich electronics with Gonçalo's powerfully textured harmonics.

Turba, Ruben / Minami Saeki: The Gift
Turba, Ruben / Minami Saeki:
The Gift

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )



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Thirteen realizations of sound artist Rubén Turba and violist Minami Saeki's concept for two musicians or more, where each performer chooses five sounds as a "gift" to one of the others, played up to three times during the realization before moving to the next sound; these recordings were made independently in Tokyo & Madrid and then combined without editing.

Stewart, Luke Silt Trio (w/ Settles / Crudup or Taylor): Unknown Rivers
Stewart, Luke Silt Trio (w/ Settles / Crudup or Taylor):
Unknown Rivers

(Pi Recordings -- USA )



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The long-running Silt Trio led by DC bassist and composer Luke Stewart, with Brian Settles on tenor sax and either drummer Trae Crudup or Chad Taylor, in their debut for Pi Recordings with seven Stewart compositions founded around his deep grooves; playful and sophisticated work that leave room for tremendous soloing and support from each trio configuration.

Lavelle, Matt & The 12 Houses: The Crop Circles Suite
Lavelle, Matt & The 12 Houses:
The Crop Circles Suite

(Mahakala Music -- USA )



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An album to absorb and get excited over, as Matt Lavelle pursues a long-running dream to bring his 12 Houses Orchestra to record, here in an incredible collection of compositions, just the first set of a larger concept of solid jazz pieces that pivot on astrology and numerology as reflected in time signature, bar lines, melody notes, chords, and intervals; powerful, lyrical, spectacular work!

Lai, Clara (Lai / Reviriego / Roca): Corpos
Lai, Clara (Lai / Reviriego / Roca):
Corpos

(Phonogram Unit -- Portugal )



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The debut album from pianist Clara Lai's Barcelona-based trio with Alex Reviriego on double bass and Oriol Roca on drums, Lai's background in classical and jazz improvisation felt in the precision of her playing as the trio explores collective construction and structural improvisation, coaxing active and contemplative moments among uniquely experimental approaches.

Crispell, Marilyn / Jason Stein / Damon Smith / Adam Shead: Spi-Raling Horn
Crispell, Marilyn / Jason Stein / Damon Smith / Adam Shead:
Spi-Raling Horn

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )



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A collaboration between the working trio of bass clarinetist Jason Stein, double bassist Damon Smith, and drummer Adam Shead, adding pianist Marilyn Crispell, initiated by Smith & Crispell's admiration of painter Cy Twombly, whose artwork graces this album's cover, recorded live and complete in the studio after two live concerts between the quartet; masterful collective improv!

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

(Unbroken Sounds -- USA )



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

Magee, Massimo: Toneflower [VINYL]
Magee, Massimo:
Toneflower [VINYL]

(577 Records -- USA )



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A solo sax album of patterns and intersections from London writer, artist & musician Massimo Magee, influenced by a wealth of sources from Braxton to Stockhausen, each of the five parts of Toneflower affected through mic placement as Magee builds to wild expressiveness, transforming round tones into stratospheric pitches, using circular breathing for extended expressiveness; stunning!

Rahma Quartet (Rasha Ragab / Christoph Nicolaus / Werner Dafeldecker / Lucio Capece) : "Mercy Is Cal
Rahma Quartet (Rasha Ragab / Christoph Nicolaus / Werner Dafeldecker / Lucio Capece) :
"Mercy Is Called Down By Mercy To The Last" Live

(Meenna -- Japan )



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A multinational quartet based in Germany led by Egyptian artist Rasha Ragab who chose and recites the texts — poems from Persian mystic al-Hallaj (858-922 AD) — in this extended piece of sound-oriented instrumental compostions from Lucio Capece, who also performs on bass clarinet, in a quartet with Werner Dafeldecker on double bass and Christoph Niolaus on stone harp.

Perturbations: That's Where the Unknown Is
Perturbations:
That's Where the Unknown Is

(Evil Clown -- USA )



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"Perturbed" by the sonic intervention of sound engineer and performer Joel Simches, who applies various effect processes to the continually morphing free improvisations of Boston collective players David Peck on reeds, percussion and synthetics, Michael Caglianone on soprano, alto & tenor saxophones, clarinet, flute & percussion, and Albey onBass on bass and percussion.

Leap of Faith / Kane Loggia Hypothesis: Interconnected by Testable Relations
Leap of Faith / Kane Loggia Hypothesis:
Interconnected by Testable Relations

(Evil Clown -- USA )



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A split release between two essential duos from the Boston-area Evil Clown collective: first, the core duo of Leap of Faith — David Peck on reeds & percussion and Glynis Lomon on cellos, aquasonic & voice — in a trio with trumpeter John Fugarino; second, the Kane Loggia Hypothesis duo of Bonnie Kane on sax, flute & electronics and John Loggia on drums, in a trio with drummer Ben James.

Caveira (Gomes / Sousa / Abras / Ferrandini): Ficar Vivo [VINYL]
Caveira (Gomes / Sousa / Abras / Ferrandini):
Ficar Vivo [VINYL]

(Shhpuma -- Portugal )



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Originally formed in 2005 by guitarist Pedro Gomes as a Portuguese free rock group, this Lisboa-based band has transformed into this burning quartet that bridges rock and free improv in both savage and brooding moments, from the superb quartet of Gomes on guitar, Pedro Sousa on saxophone, Gabriel Ferrandini on drums and Miguel Abras on electric bass.

Taylor, Cecil Unit (w/ Lyons / Silva / Cooper / Murray): Live At Fat Tuesdays 1980 - First Visit Arc
Taylor, Cecil Unit (w/ Lyons / Silva / Cooper / Murray):
Live At Fat Tuesdays 1980 - First Visit Archive [CD + POSTCARDS]

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



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A superb and extended live performance from 1980 at NYC's Fat Tuesday jazz club, from the outstanding sextet of forward-thinking free improvisers, Jimmy Lyons on alto sax, Ramsey Ameen on violin, Alan Silva on double bass & cello, Jerome Cooper on drums & African Balaphone and Sunny Murray on drums, led by Cecil Taylor on piano in an ecstatic concert never previously released.

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

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



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

Ghost Trees (Nanaa / Bagwell): Universal Topics [VINYL]
Ghost Trees (Nanaa / Bagwell):
Universal Topics [VINYL]

(Future Recordings -- USA )



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Recording in the Van Gelder studio in NJ, the Ghost Trees Duo of Seth Nanaa on drums and Brent Bagwell on tenor saxophone release an album of nine inventive dialogs, expressive and energetic jazz born from fifteen years working together, from the trio The Eastern Seaboard to their own hard-working duo and recent Ghost Tree Big Band project.

Lencastre, Jose (Genovese / Gress / Branco): Safe In Your Own World
Lencastre, Jose (Genovese / Gress / Branco):
Safe In Your Own World

(Phonogram Unit -- Portugal )



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A first time meeting between drummer João Lencastre and bassist Drew Gress, and an extension of the long association between Lencastre and pianist Leo Genovese, recorded during a short tour as a trio, inviting guitarist Pedro Branco for this studio date to add energetic urgency to Lencastre's melodically charged compositions, yielding great soloing and interplay.

Devouring the Guilt (Bill Harris / Gerrit Hatcher / Eli Namay): Not To Want To Say
Devouring the Guilt (Bill Harris / Gerrit Hatcher / Eli Namay):
Not To Want To Say

(Kettle Hole Records -- USA )



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Releasing their first album in 2017, the collective trio of Chicago improvisers Bill Harris on drums, Gerrit Hatcher on tenor saxophone and Eli Namay on bass (now based in Pittsburgh), this third release is their first studio album, in two long-form improvisations that work on a spontaneous canvas of edgy contemplation and assertive conversation.

Johansson, Karin / Lisen Rylander Love: Arter
Johansson, Karin / Lisen Rylander Love:
Arter

(Havtorn Records -- Sweden )



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The Swedish title translating to "Species", the contemplatively elegant interactions between pianist Karin Johansson and tenor saxophonist Lisen Rylander are named for extinct species of animals and plants, as the two improvise over the loss of species that disappear from the earth every year, their wistful music augmented through preparations, kalimbas, live electronics and percussion.

Johansson, Karin / Finn Loxbo : Vent
Johansson, Karin / Finn Loxbo :
Vent

(Omlott -- Sweden )



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Performing on prepared piano & accordion (Karin Johansson) and guitar & electronics (Fin Loxbo), this Swedish duo explore unhurried and varied soundscapes, their skill and discerning motion allowing individual sounds space for clear expression in virtual narratives, the album's tracks captured in a variety of locations including the resonance of an old water reservoir.

Johansson, Karin / Finn Loxbo : Vent [VINYL]
Johansson, Karin / Finn Loxbo :
Vent [VINYL]

(Omlott -- Sweden )



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Performing on prepared piano & accordion (Karin Johansson) and guitar & electronics (Fin Loxbo), this Swedish duo explore unhurried and varied soundscapes, their skill and discerning motion allowing individual sounds space for clear expression in virtual narratives, the album's tracks captured in a variety of locations including the resonance of an old water reservoir.

Angles & Elle-Kari with Strings: The Death of Kalypso
Angles & Elle-Kari with Strings:
The Death of Kalypso

(thanatosis produktion -- Sweden )



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The 12th album from Martin Küchen's Angles ensemble is expanded and developed with notations and string arrangements from Alexander Zethson, and the voice of Elle-Kari Sander, in an engrossing album of powerfully compelling jazz rhythms & soloing, orchestral swells and emphatic songs pivoting around the mythology of the nymph Calypso, woven into contemporary concepts; sensational!

Angles & Elle-Kari with Strings: The Death of Kalypso [VINYL 2 LPs]
Angles & Elle-Kari with Strings:
The Death of Kalypso [VINYL 2 LPs]

(thanatosis produktion -- Sweden )



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The 12th album from Martin Küchen's Angles ensemble is expanded and developed with notations and string arrangements from Alexander Zethson, and the voice of Elle-Kari Sander, in an engrossing album of powerfully compelling jazz rhythms & soloing, orchestral swells and emphatic songs pivoting around the mythology of the nymph Calypso, woven into contemporary concepts; sensational!

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

(Soul City Sounds -- USA )



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Having worked together as members of the Kidd Jordan Quartet, pianist Joel Futterman and bassist William Parker recorded these collective duo improvisations in the studio in New York City in 2020, a perfect match of technical mastery pushing the boundaries of free playing through creative use of tonality, rhythm, and harmony from two extraordinarily compatibile improvisers.

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

(577 Records -- USA )



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

ORD: Hemligheter pa vagen
ORD:
Hemligheter pa vagen

(Havtorn Records -- Sweden )



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Inspired by the memoir from Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, this first album from the ORD quintet uses text from Tranströmer and original work from pianist & composer Karin Johansson and vocalist Jenny Willén, with trombonist Niclas Rhyd, reedist Gunnel Samuelsson and bassist Hasse Westling, in an exquisite set of introspective songs that bridge composed and improvised forms.

ORD: Hemligheter pa vagen [VINYL]
ORD:
Hemligheter pa vagen [VINYL]

(Havtorn Records -- Sweden )



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Inspired by the memoir from Swedish poet Tomas Tranströmer, this first album from the ORD quintet uses text from Tranströmer and original work from pianist & composer Karin Johansson and vocalist Jenny Willén, with trombonist Niclas Rhyd, reedist Gunnel Samuelsson and bassist Hasse Westling, in an exquisite set of introspective songs that bridge composed and improvised forms.

Evil Clown Shorties : Volume 2 (2023-2024)
Evil Clown Shorties :
Volume 2 (2023-2024)

(Evil Clown -- USA )



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While typically performing and releasing extended improvisations that last an hour or more, before each of the Evil Clown's Livestreamed performances they record a short improvisation, referred to as "Shorties", taking approaches that yield unique character to the longer works, collected here in 15 recordings with permutations of regular collective members.

Leap Of Faith Chinese Orchestra: Magic Squares
Leap Of Faith Chinese Orchestra:
Magic Squares

(Evil Clown -- USA )



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A unique and fascinating edition of the Leap of Faith Orchestra, bringing special guests Jimmy Zhao, Yazhi Gao, Jiaxin Winky Wan, Ziya Gao, and Kaixin Hou performing on Chinese instruments to join with the core duo of David Peck on clarinets, saxophones, clarinets & flutes, Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice, along with percussionist/drummer Michael Knoblach and bassist Scott Samenfeld.

Brotzmann, Peter / Majid Bekkas / Hamid Drake: Catching Ghosts
Brotzmann, Peter / Majid Bekkas / Hamid Drake:
Catching Ghosts

(ACT Music + Vision -- Germany )



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A powerful, spiritual and warmly dynamic album of international and cross-cultural free improvisation meticulously recorded live at Jazzfest Berlin in 2022 from the trio of German reedist Peter Brötzmann on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Chicago drummer/percussionist Hamid Drake, and Moroccan guembri player and vocalist Majid Bekkas.

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

(RogueArt -- France )



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

Polwechsel: Embrace [4 LP BOX SET]
Polwechsel:
Embrace [4 LP BOX SET]

(NI-VU-NI-CONNU -- Luxembourg )



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BACK IN STOCK! The current Polwechsel quartet of Werner Dafeldecker, Michael Moser, Martin Brandlmayr and Burkhard Beins — merging improvisation and contemporary forms for outstandingly paced and conceptualized performance — are joined by luminaries John Butcher, Klaus Lang, Magda Mayas, Andrea Neumann and Peter Ablinger, released in a deluxe 4-LP box set with a 32-page booklet.

Kaiser, Henry: The Lost Chord
Kaiser, Henry:
The Lost Chord

(Metalanguage -- USA )



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Focused around a poem by Adelaide Anne Procter titled "A Lost Chord", West Coast guitarist Henry Kaiser invokes the spirit of Procter's words through a stunningly beautiful album of both contemplative and technically excellent work, his first solo album performed on the lower tuned baritone guitar, in 10 tracks inspired by Frith, Xenakis, Evan Parker, Ligeti, &c.
Includes a free copy of Trouble with the Treble while quantities last!

Futterman, Joel / Ike Levin Duo: Infinite Dimensions
Futterman, Joel / Ike Levin Duo:
Infinite Dimensions

(CLM -- USA )



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Two spontaneously composed original improvisation from the collaborative partnership of Ike Levin on tenor saxophone and Joel Futterman on piano & Indian flute, their long history together allowing great depth of connection, passionate expression and periods of reflective contemplation, weaving their playing with meticulous detail inside an impressive and masterful journey.

Yoshihide, Otomo: Hummingbird and Four Flowers: Turntable and Harmonium Solo Live
Yoshihide, Otomo:
Hummingbird and Four Flowers: Turntable and Harmonium Solo Live

(Hitorri -- Japan )



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Part of a concert to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of Ftarri's physical store in Suidobashi, Tokyo, drawing on performers from the Improvised Music From Japan imprint, turntable and sonic legend Otomo Yoshihide performed this solo concert in two sets, first using a turntable and the Ftarri store's harmonium (pump organ), and then on the turntable alone.

Gregg, J. J. / David Van Auken: Lunar Prairie [CD w/ DOWNLOAD]
Gregg, J. J. / David Van Auken:
Lunar Prairie [CD w/ DOWNLOAD]

(IntangibleCat -- USA )



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After meeting through mutual esteem of their individual SoundCloud presences, these Oregon string players met to develop their compellingly engaging work in rehearsal, David Van Auken's guitar arrangements the perfect canvas for the sitar melodies of J.J. Gregg; after touring together they went into the studio for this album's 8 tracks, plus two live recordings.

Baldini, Marco: Maniera
Baldini, Marco:
Maniera

(Another Timbre -- UK )



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Seven works from Italian composer Marco Baldini, a follow-up to his well-received 2023 album Vesperi, this album introducing a variety of recent chamber works for strings from trios to quintets, performed by members of London's Apartment House ensemble, with the pieces "Selva", "Plutone" and "Otto" written specifically for Apartment House.

Epstein, Nomi: Shades
Epstein, Nomi:
Shades

(Another Timbre -- UK )



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Influenced by New York School composers, Fluxus, Oliveros Sonic Meditations, and Wandelweiser, Boston-based composer Nomi Epstein's fascinating scores take unique and experimental approaches to composition, heard here in three chamber works, two recorded by London's Apartment House, and a live recording from a 2019 concert in Berlin, "sounds for Berlin".

Wittenburg, Florian: Regenprasseln
Wittenburg, Florian:
Regenprasseln

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )



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Translating to "rain pattering", German-born international sound artist Florian Wittenburg uses a MetaSynth and the Kyma visual programming language for sound design to emulate the sounds of rain pattering from aperiodic to periodic in two parts, along with heating noises in two parts, and a clock ticking; compellingly structured accompaniment to your personal ambiance.

Schwerdt, Oliver / Barry Guy / Baby Sommer: Fucking Ballads
Schwerdt, Oliver / Barry Guy / Baby Sommer:
Fucking Ballads

(Euphorium -- Germany )



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An enthusiastic and energetically powerful trio meeting between three masters--Oliver Schwerdt on grand piano & percussion, Barry Guy on double bass and Baby Sommer on drums & percussion--performing live in 2021 at naTo, in Leipzig for two extended improvisations of remarkable communication, incredible virtuosity, but most importantly, incredible and compelling creative drive!

JAKAL (Fred Lonberg-Holm / Keefe Jackson / Julian Kirshner): Peroration
JAKAL (Fred Lonberg-Holm / Keefe Jackson / Julian Kirshner):
Peroration

(Amalgam -- USA )



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Formerly known as J@K@L, this Chicago trio has explored hard hitting improvisation since 2014, the band name an amalgamation of the performer's names--Keefe Jackson on tenor & sopranino saxophone & tube, Julian Kirshner on drums and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, tenor guitar and electronics--in a dynamic and exciting 2022 concert at Elastic Arts, in Chicago.

Teiku (Harlow / Taylor / Shahid / Formanek / Leafar): Teiku
Teiku (Harlow / Taylor / Shahid / Formanek / Leafar):
Teiku

(577 Records -- USA )



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Teiku, a Talmudic acronym that roughly translates to "unanswered question", was co-founded by pianist Josh Harlow and percussionist Jonathan Barahal Taylor to explore each of their family's unique Passover vocal melodies through improvisation and sonic exploration, performed in a quintet with Art Ensemble/Sun Ra bassist Jaribu Shahid and reedists Peter Formanek & Rafael Leafar.

Remote Viewers, The: Inside The Blizzard / Trivia
Remote Viewers, The:
Inside The Blizzard / Trivia

(Remote Viewers -- UK )



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UK Composer David Pett's Remote Viewers present two large works: "Inside the Blizzard" in five parts of configurations from solo to quintet; and "Trivia", a quintet work in eight parts; solid, compelling work of forceful confidence from members Adrian Northover, Sue Lynch, Caroline Krabbel & Petts on sax, John Edwards on bass, Hutch Demouilpied on trumpet and Rosa Theodora on piano.

Nuno, Jorge: Labirinto
Nuno, Jorge:
Labirinto

(Phonogram Unit -- Portugal )



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After recovering from heart surgery, Portuguese guitarist Jorge Nuno (Ensemble MIOA, Isoptope, Voltaic Trio, &c) records this solo improv album to show his resilience, performed primarily on acoustic guitar in a balanced journey of assertive and introspective playing, accompanied by an insert of a text work by Rui Baião.

Duplant, Bruno / Rutger Zuydervelt: Edge Of Oblivion
Duplant, Bruno / Rutger Zuydervelt:
Edge Of Oblivion

(Machinefabriek -- Netherlands )



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The third collaboration between sound and electronic artists Bruno Duplant and Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) is a darkly heavy and dramatic work of subtle motion that slowly unfolds and shifts through vast sonic environments, fueled by acousmatic sources that take the listener to the edge of darkness and then pulls them back in warm waves or rich ambiance.

Profos, Felix / Peter Conradin Zumthor: Grund
Profos, Felix / Peter Conradin Zumthor:
Grund

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )



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Since 2021 Swiss composer Felix Profos and drummer Peter Conradin Zumthor have performed as the duo Grund, Profos performing on harmonium and on the 1973 Italian organ Bontempi Pop3, Zumthor on bass drum, gong, bells & snare, their extended work on this self-titled album a tranquil and meditative work of slow transitions with moments of terse activity, receding with grace and serenity.

Leap Of Faith: Emergent Spacetime
Leap Of Faith:
Emergent Spacetime

(Evil Clown -- USA )



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The core of the Boston improvising collective Leap of Faith Orchestra are the duo of cellist Glynis Lomon and reedist and multi-instrumentalist David Peck, here joined by Eric Woods on analog synth and new collective member Jared Seabrook on drums & percussion, for two examples of Peck's broad palette concept yielding evolving transformations through free playing

Expanse: Reach
Expanse:
Reach

(Evil Clown -- USA )



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Perhaps the most synthetic of Evil Clown releases, Expanse represents space and restraint, this the 8th album from the Boston improvising collective of David Peck on reeds, winds, synths and percussion, Robin Amos on synths, Michael Knoblach on percussion (including egg beater, humpty dumpty toy, and teething rings) and Joel Simches providing real-time processing; inexplicably interesting.

Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Open Me, A Higher Consciousness Of Sound And Spirit
Ethnic Heritage Ensemble:
Open Me, A Higher Consciousness Of Sound And Spirit

(Spiritmuse Records -- USA )



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Celebrating 50 years, percussionist Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble as the trio of El'Zabar, Corey Wilkes (trumpet) and Alex Harding (bar. sax), joined on tracks by James Sanders (violin) and Ishmael Ali (cello), reinterpret classics including "Great Black Music", "Ornette" and Aretha Franklin's "Compared to What", along with Miles' "All Blues" and McCoy Tyner's "Passion Dance".

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

(Tzadik -- USA )



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

Kimmel.Ali.Harris (Jeff Kimmel / Ishmael Ali / Bill Harris): Flora Oblique [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
Kimmel.Ali.Harris (Jeff Kimmel / Ishmael Ali / Bill Harris):
Flora Oblique [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]

(Amalgam -- USA )



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The third release for the Chicago collective improvising trio of Jeff Kimmel on clarinet & electronics, Ishmael Ali on cello & electronics and Bill Harris on drums & feedback, acoustic interplay in the foreground with electronics adding layers of intriguing sonic pressure as their playing evolves through clear and cohesive conversation over punctuated & textural foundations.

Donofrio, Anthony: These Calm Words
Donofrio, Anthony:
These Calm Words

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )



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An exquisite recording of composer Anthony Donofrio 1972 work for solo vibraphone captured at the University of Nebraska where Donofrio teaches and directs their new music ensemble, this extended work for solo vibraphone performed by Donofrio himself, living up to its title in a delicate advancement from clear playing to unusual vibraphone timbres and technique.

Houben, Eva-Maria (Kei Kondo / Takahiro Kuroda): His Master's Voice / Aus Den Fliegenden Blattern Ei
Houben, Eva-Maria (Kei Kondo / Takahiro Kuroda):
His Master's Voice / Aus Den Fliegenden Blattern Eines Fahrenden Waldhornisten / Lose Verbunden

(Ftarri Clasical -- Japan )



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One of two albums capturing a May 15th, 2023 concert in Tokyo by composer Takahiro Kuroda at the Ftarri performance space, titled "Square of Thoughts Vol. 2: Eva-Maria Houben and Horn + x", this album presenting two Houben works for solo horn performed by virtuoso horn player Kei Kondo, and one solo piano piece performed by Kuroda on upright piano.

Houben, Eva-Maria (Takahiro Kuroda / Kei Kondo): Echo Fantasy II
Houben, Eva-Maria (Takahiro Kuroda / Kei Kondo):
Echo Fantasy II

(Ftarri Clasical -- Japan )



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The second of two albums capturing a May 15th, 2023 concert in Tokyo by composer & pianist Takahiro Kuroda at the Ftarri performance space, titled "Square of Thoughts Vol. 2: Eva-Maria Houben and Horn + x", this album presenting a 2018 Houben composition for horn and piano titled "Echo Fantasy II", performed by virtuoso horn player Kei Kondo and Takahiro Kuroda on upright piano.

Zuydervelt, Rutger: Kites (music for a performance by Roshanak Morrowatian)
Zuydervelt, Rutger:
Kites (music for a performance by Roshanak Morrowatian)

(Machinefabriek -- Netherlands )



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Music for a solo dance piece performed by Roshanak Morrowatian and composed by Netherland electronic artist Rutger Zuydervelt, the subject of the dance reflecting on the experience of young asylum seekers forced from their native countries to grow up somewhere unfamiliar, the music in seven parts weaving fragments of Iranian popular music into Zuydervelt's abstract electronics.

Banabila, Michel / Stijn Huwels / Cok Van Vuuren : One Moment In Time [CASSETTE]
Banabila, Michel / Stijn Huwels / Cok Van Vuuren :
One Moment In Time [CASSETTE]

(Tapu Records -- Netherlands )



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Extending their initial collaboration "One Moment in Time", released during the pandemic and picked up by Apple Music's Pure Meditation playlist, the trio of Stijn Huwels on electric guitar & pedals, Cok van Vuuren on dobro & mando guitars, and Michel Banabila on keys, sampler, voice & granular fx, extend their catalog with "Across the Sky", a beautifully warm work of layered drones.

 

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