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Recordings by or featuring Reed & Wind Players


 
Alexis, Roldolphe / Stephane Rives: Winds Doors Poplars
Alexis, Roldolphe / Stephane Rives:
Winds Doors Poplars

(Herbal International -- Malaysia )



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Rodolphe Alexis composed these works from a diverse set of recordings of trains, factories and other potent sounds, pairing them with recordings from saxophonist Stephane Rives using extended and unusual techniques, yielding these inventive and irrepressible sound works.

Bennet / Bryerton / Butcher / De Gruttola / Kaiser / Smith: Sextessense: A Tribute to John Stevens a
Bennet / Bryerton / Butcher / De Gruttola / Kaiser / Smith:
Sextessense: A Tribute to John Stevens and the SME

(Balance Point Acoustics -- USA )



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Butcher / Charles / Dorner - The Contest of Pleasures: Tempestuous
Butcher / Charles / Dorner - The Contest of Pleasures:
Tempestuous

(Another Timbre -- UK )



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Live recordings of this incredible improvising trio as influenced by a 'tempestuous' storm buffeting & rattling the windows of the church in which the performance took place.

Butcher / Durrant / Lovens /Malfatti / Russell: News From The Shed
Butcher / Durrant / Lovens /Malfatti / Russell:
News From The Shed

(Emanem -- Great Britain )



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Butcher / Muller / van der Schyff: Way Out Northwest
Butcher / Muller / van der Schyff:
Way Out Northwest

(Drip Audio -- Canada )



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British saxophone phenomenon John Butcher meets Vancouver's premiere bassist Torsten Müller and drummer Dylan van der Schyff for an amazing live set at the Western Front.

Butcher / Viltard / Prevost: "All But" - Meetings with Remarkable Saxophonists -- Volume 2
Butcher / Viltard / Prevost:
"All But" - Meetings with Remarkable Saxophonists -- Volume 2

(Matchless -- Great Britain )



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The second volume of Eddie Prevost's 2011 series of concerts at Network Theatre, Waterloo, London meeting with remarkable saxophonists, here with John Butcher on tenor & soprano, with Guillaume Viltard on double bass.

Butcher, John / Nilssen-Love, Pal: Concentric
Butcher, John / Nilssen-Love, Pal:
Concentric

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark): Western Automatic
Chicago Reed Quartet (Mazzarella / Rempis / Williams / Vandermark):
Western Automatic

(Aerophonic -- USA )



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Four generations of Chicago saxophonists--Dave Rempis, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, and Nick Mazzarella--come together in an interactive saxophone quartet with each player providing 2 compositions of well-developed, powerful, engaging free and lyrical jazz.

Denley, Jim: Through Fire, Crevice and The Hidden Valley
Denley, Jim:
Through Fire, Crevice and The Hidden Valley

(Splitrec -- Australia )



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Recorded live in an Australian National Park on a 15-day walk, saxophonist Jim Denley performs solo on the alto saxophone in response to and in conversation with the environment around him using the natural acoustics of this rugged and awe-inspiring region.

Denzler, Bertrand / Antonin Gerbal: Heretofore
Denzler, Bertrand / Antonin Gerbal:
Heretofore

(Umlaut Records -- Sweden / France / Germany )



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The duo of tenor saxophonist Bertrand Denzler and percussionist Antonin Gerbal, 2/3 of the Zoor trio, in an album of free improvisation contrasting simple and complex sounds, organic and mechanical rhythms while evoking asymmetric, geometric or enigmatic shapes.

Dijkstra, Jorrit : Music for Reeds and Electronics: Oakland
Dijkstra, Jorrit :
Music for Reeds and Electronics: Oakland

(Driff Records -- USA )



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A curious and remarkably enjoyable collection of works from Jorrit Dijkstra (sax, lyricon and electronics) in a quintet with Phillip Greenlief (reeds), Kyle Bruckman (double reeds & electronics), Frank Gratkowski (reeds), and Jon Raskin (sax & electronics).

Doneda, Michel : Everybody Digs Michel Doneda
Doneda, Michel :
Everybody Digs Michel Doneda

(Relative Pitch -- USA )



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A collection of solo pieces from forward-thinking French soprano saxophonist Michel Doneda, using extended techniques and utilizing every inch of the horn, creating unconventional and captivating sonic expressions from the instrument.

Dunmall, Paul / Tony Bianco: Autumn
Dunmall, Paul / Tony Bianco:
Autumn

(FMR -- Great Britain )



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The collaboration of UK saxophonist Paul Dunmall and American ex-pat drummer Tony Bianco has at least a 15 year history, heard in these telepathic duos of free improvisation recorded at Delbury Hall, Shropshire in 2014 for 3 extended works of breathtaking playing.

FPR (Gratkowski / Greenlief / Raskin): All At Once
FPR (Gratkowski / Greenlief / Raskin):
All At Once

(Relative Pitch -- USA )



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Three West Coast saxophonists, Jon Raskin (Rova), Frank Gratkowsk (Zeitkratzer) and Phillip Grenlief, in a free improvising trio of highly interactive music using extended techniques to captivate and entertain the listener.

Gallio / Rupp: Fasane Hula Punk
Gallio / Rupp:
Fasane Hula Punk

(Rapid Moment -- Malaysia )



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The duo of electric guitarist Olaf Rupp and soprano saxophonist Christoph Gallio in a set of 13 studio improvisations, restrained and thoughtful dialog of great technical skill and unusual tonal approaches to both instruments.

Hetu, Joane: Seule dans les chants
Hetu, Joane:
Seule dans les chants

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )



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Joane Hetu in her first solo album for alto saxophone and voice that is poetic and intimate.

Howard, Earl / Denman Maroney  : Fire Song
Howard, Earl / Denman Maroney :
Fire Song

(erstwhile -- USA )



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International Nothing, The: The Dark Side of Success
International Nothing, The:
The Dark Side of Success

(Ftarri -- Japan )



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The duo of Berlin clarinetists Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke (The Magic I.D.) create rich, evolving soundscapes using tones and odd interjections in unison and in dissonance, dark works of subtle beauty in unique sound oriented compositions.

Lacy, Steve / Steve Potts: Tips
Lacy, Steve / Steve Potts:
Tips

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )



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Recorded in Paris in 1979, Steve Lacy (soprano sax) and Steve Potts (alto sax) perform music for the aphorisms of Georges Braque, as sung by Irene Aebi; originally issued on Hat Hut records, this reiusse remasters the original release and includes images from the score.

Lauzier, Philippe  / Eric Normand: Not the Music / do
Lauzier, Philippe / Eric Normand:
Not the Music / do

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )



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The Canadian duo of reedist Philippe Lauzier and bassist Eric Normand freely improvise in sound environments that are both introspective and precarious, using subtle and aberrant approaches to playing that evoke unusual aspects of their instruments in oddly refined dialog.

McPhee, Joe: Variations on a Blue Line / 'Round Midnight
McPhee, Joe:
Variations on a Blue Line / 'Round Midnight

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )



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A much-needed reissue of McPhee's 1979 Hat Hut LP documenting his 1977 concert at Salle Ste Croix des Pelletiers, performing 3 original compositions and Monk's "Round Midnight" with incredible skill and inventiveness.

Merce, Sergio: Microtonal Saxophone
Merce, Sergio:
Microtonal Saxophone

(Potlatch -- France )



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Using an alto saxophone where the original mechanisms have been replaced with water, gas & compressed air taps, saxophonist Sergio Merce can microtonally move the tuning of any note and create multiphonics, allowing him to play several sonic layers while using circular breathing.

Metzger, Matthieu: SelfCooking
Metzger, Matthieu:
SelfCooking

(Ayler -- France )



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A member of the French ONJ (Orchestre National de Jazz), saxophonist Metzger also works with a variety of real-time transformation music software; this is an excellent review of his compositions and his unique voice in modern improvisation.

Parker / Guy / Lytton + Peter Evans: Scenes in the House of Music
Parker / Guy / Lytton + Peter Evans:
Scenes in the House of Music

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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The classic European Free Improv trio of Evan Parker, Barry Guy and Pual Lytton is joined by New York trumpeter Peter Evans for an incredible live concert at Casa de Musica, Portugal.

Parker, Evan / John Edwards / Chris Corsano: A Glancing Blow
Parker, Evan / John Edwards / Chris Corsano:
A Glancing Blow

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton: Live at Maya Recordings Festival
Parker, Evan / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton:
Live at Maya Recordings Festival

(NoBusiness -- Lithuania )



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Superb improvisation from three masters - Evan Parker on sax, Barry Guy on bass and Paul Lytton on drums - performing at the Maya Recordings Festival, September 23 - 25, 2011 at Theater am Gleis, Winterthur, Switzerland.

Parker, Evan / Leimgruber, Urs: Twine
Parker, Evan / Leimgruber, Urs:
Twine

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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British sax giant Evan Parker meets Swiss tenor and soprano explorer Urs Leimgruber in an album of intertwining sax discussion using an unusual and unique language.

Rasmussen, Mette / Chris Corsano Duo: All The Ghosts At Once
Rasmussen, Mette / Chris Corsano Duo:
All The Ghosts At Once

(Relative Pitch -- USA )



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The enduring sax and drum duo format is invigorated with US drummer Chris Corsano and Danish saxophonist Mette Rasmussen, who push each other in free improvisation that uses insanely great technique while delivering a passionate and ecstatic dialog.

Roberts, Matana : Always
Roberts, Matana :
Always

(Relative Pitch -- USA )



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Two passionate studio improvisations from saxophonist Matana Roberts, who lovingly dedicates the album to "those bard(s) of summer...the ideas herein of which I gleaned/interrogated/investigated/celebrated with you..."; subtle, rich, and inspiring.

Smith, Wadada Leo / Lewis, George / Zorn, John: Sonic Rivers
Smith, Wadada Leo / Lewis, George / Zorn, John:
Sonic Rivers

(Tzadik -- USA )



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Tzadik's new Spectrum series begins with the collaboration of 3 legendary NY performers--Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet); George Lewis (trombone); John Zorn (alto sax)--in 8 technically superb and joyfully unique compositions and collective improvisations.

Tsahar, Assif / Tatsuya Nakatani: I Got It Bad
Tsahar, Assif / Tatsuya Nakatani:
I Got It Bad

(Hopscotch Records -- USA )



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The third collaboration from the duo of Israeli saxophonist Assif Tsahar and Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, an amazing journey in tone and rhythm from two kindred spirits through 20 short, inventive, and stunning improvisations.

Vandermark, Ken and Mats Gustafsson: Verses
Vandermark, Ken and Mats Gustafsson:
Verses

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )



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Surprisingly after long partnerships with Peter Brotzmann's Tentet and the saxophone trio Sonore, this is the first time that Ken Vandermark & Mats Gustafsson have recorded as a duo, here in 6 incredible improvisations balancing technique, power, and beauty.

Weightless (Butcher / Edwards / Spera / Braida): A Brush with Dignity
Weightless (Butcher / Edwards / Spera / Braida):
A Brush with Dignity

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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Music inspired and fascinated by Italian cultural history, art, poetry, &c., from the collective quartet of John Butcher, John Edwards, Fabrizio Spera and Alberto Braida.

Williams, Darren: Reed
Williams, Darren:
Reed

(Bug Incision Records -- Canada )



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Calgary's saxophonist Darren Williams, who has worked with Mats Gustafsson, Cody Oliver, Eugene Chadbourne, and Han Bennink, in a solo album of remarkable power using extended techniques in composed and improvised pieces that push Williams into astounding territory.

Battikha, Philippe: Invisible Backgrounds
Battikha, Philippe:
Invisible Backgrounds

(Samizdat -- USA )



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A beautiful solo album from Montreal/Brooklyn trumpeter Philippe Battikha, who also developed the field recordings over which he plays, joined on two tracks by double bassist Johan Fortune, in a melancholy and haunting album of emotionally rich soundscapes.

Nakatani, Tatsuya & Michel Doneda: Duo
Nakatani, Tatsuya & Michel Doneda:
Duo

(Nakatani-Kobo -- USA )



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The long-running duo of US-based Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani and French saxophonist Michel Doneda in an album merging superb technical skills and creative approaches in an almost telepathic dialog of surprising twists and turns.

Cosottini / Melani / Miano / Pisani: Cardinal
Cosottini / Melani / Miano / Pisani:
Cardinal

(Impressus Records -- USA )



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The quartet of Cosottini, Melano, Pisani, Miano (EAQuartet Electroacoustic) in compositions referring to the 4 cardinal map points using graphic scores, games, open readings, &c.

Brotzmann, Peter: Solo + Trio Roma [2 CDs]
Brotzmann, Peter:
Solo + Trio Roma [2 CDs]

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )



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Victoriaville celebrated European Free Jazz legend Peter Brotzmann's 70th birthday by presenting two concerts: one solo, and one with the amazing Trio Roma of Massimo Pupillo and Paal Nilssen-Love, both presented on this essential 2 CD release.

Butcher / Buck / Mayas / Stangl: Plume
Butcher / Buck / Mayas / Stangl:
Plume

(Unsounds -- The Netherlands )



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Drummer/percussionist Tony Buck and saxophonist John Butcher are the common elements in these two trios, one with guitarist Burkhard Stangl, and one with pianist Magda Mayas, using imaginative and unusual approaches to improvisation.

Butcher, John: 13 Friendly Numbers
Butcher, John:
13 Friendly Numbers

(Unsounds -- The Netherlands )



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Jackson, Keefe / Hans-Peter Pfammatter
Jackson, Keefe / Hans-Peter Pfammatter:

(Sonnenzimmer -- USA )



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Chicago saxophonist Keefe Jacksonand Swiss pianist Hans-Peter Pfammatter in a contemplative and expressive duo album demonstrating powerful technique and subtle restraint through nine improvisations.

Moor / Lehn / Butcher: Thermal
Moor / Lehn / Butcher:
Thermal

(Unsounds -- The Netherlands )



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Parker, Evan / Sainkho Namtchylak: Mars Song
Parker, Evan / Sainkho Namtchylak:
Mars Song

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )



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Intense meeting of saxophone legend Parker and the remarkable Tuvan improvising vocalist Namtchylak performing live at Music Gallery in Toronto, 1996.

Parker, Evan & GGRIL (Grand Groupe Regional d'Improvisation Liberee): Vivaces
Parker, Evan & GGRIL (Grand Groupe Regional d'Improvisation Liberee):
Vivaces

(Tour de Bras -- Canada )



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Le Grand Groupe Regional d'Improvisation Liberee (GGRIL) of the St. Lawrence region is conducted by British saxophonist Evan Parker in this live concert held in Rimouski after a workshop hosted by Evan Parker.

Parker, Evan Trio & Peter Brotzmann Trio : The Bishop's Move
Parker, Evan Trio & Peter Brotzmann Trio :
The Bishop's Move

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )



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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.

Bardeau / Couratier / Lecinte / Lemaire: Quaturo Machaut
Bardeau / Couratier / Lecinte / Lemaire:
Quaturo Machaut

(Ayler -- France )



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Taking their name from composer Guillaume de Machaut, Quentin Biardeau directs his saxophone quartet as they reinterpret his 1365 polyphonic mass "Messe de Nostre Dame", using the resonance of the the Abbey of Noirlac, France to enhance these beautifully paced compositions.

di Scipio, Agostino : Horbare Okosysteme: Live elektronic compositions 1993-2005
di Scipio, Agostino :
Horbare Okosysteme: Live elektronic compositions 1993-2005

(Edition Rz -- Germany )



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Live electronic compositions from 1993-2005 by composer Agostino Di Scipio, using acoustic instruments and digital sound processing to create unusual and previously unheard sound worlds.

Silver, Yoni: peep holes
Silver, Yoni:
peep holes

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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An incredible display of control and lyrical development in understated improvisation using circular breathing and extended techniques from Israeli bass clarinetist Yoni Silver.

McPhee, Joe : Alone Together: The Solo Ensemble Recordings 1974 & 1979
McPhee, Joe :
Alone Together: The Solo Ensemble Recordings 1974 & 1979

(Corbett vs. Dempsey -- USA )



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In 1979 Joe McPhee, working with CJR produced Craig Johnson, recorded this set of overdubbed recordings of himself performing on saxes, trumpet and flugelhorn over original compositions showcasing solo, duo, trio and quartet contexts, an album of virtual McPhee ensembles!

Szuszkiewicz, Kamil: Robot Czarek
Szuszkiewicz, Kamil:
Robot Czarek

(Bolt -- Poland )



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Using saxophone and electronics in unexpected ways, Warszawa composer Kamil Szuszkiewicz's 9 movement "Robot Czarek" is described as a "sound cartoon", using odd punctuation of voice and effected interactive instrumental interjections to tell his libretto's strange tale.

Sikora, Catherine : Jersey
Sikora, Catherine :
Jersey

(Relative Pitch -- USA )



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Irish-born New York based tenor saxophonist Catherine Sikora, know for her work with Eric Mingus, Hans-earl Park and Nick Didkovsky, in her first solo album, a strong release of passionate and informed free improv, 13 pieces revealing a unique and adept approach to the horn.

 
Butcher, John / Michael Duch:
Fjordgata

(Confront -- Great Britain )



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A live recording at the Jazzfest Trondheim, Trondelag Senter for Samtidskunst, in May 2015 from the freely improvising duo of John Butcher and contrabassist Michael Duch, a superb extended concert of incredible reed technique and concept anchored by Duch's flexible bass work.

Merce, Sergio: Be Nothing
Merce, Sergio:
Be Nothing

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Germany )



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A beautifully ambient album of analogue synthesiser, microtonal saxophone and electronics by Argentinian saxophonist Sergio Merce, a single long track that pauses and resumes its rich tones and harmonies at a deliberate and measured pace, allowing each environment to ring.

XT (Seymour Wright / Paul Abbot): Pah'
XT (Seymour Wright / Paul Abbot):
Pah'

(Pleasure of the Text Records -- USA )



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The duo of Paul Abbot on drum kits, percussion & computer, and Seymour Wright on alto saxophone and feedback, in a massive edge-of-your seat live recording from London's Cafe Oto in 2015, a mix of brutal and beautiful playing with unexpected and surprising twists.

Quasar (quatuor de saxophones): Du souffle
Quasar (quatuor de saxophones):
Du souffle

(Collection QB -- Canada )



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Montreal saxophone quartet Quasar (Jean-Marc Bouchard, Marie-Chantal Leclair, Mathieu Leclair, & Andre Leroux) in their 3rd incredible album of contemporary saxophone compositions, presenting 14 rich and varied compositions, including commissioned and premier works.

Brotzmann, Peter / Steve Noble / John Edwards: The Worse The Better: Live at Cafe OTO, January 2010
Brotzmann, Peter / Steve Noble / John Edwards:
The Worse The Better: Live at Cafe OTO, January 2010 [VINYL REPRESS]

(Otoroku -- Great Britain )



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LP edition of the first set performed by the trio of Peter Brotzmann, Steve Noble and John Edwards at Cafe OTO in January 2010 during Brotzmann's first residency at the venue, and the first time this trio had played together.

Zimmerlin, Alfred: Dunki . Frey . Aeschbacher . Capt . Hefti . Moster
Zimmerlin, Alfred:
Dunki . Frey . Aeschbacher . Capt . Hefti . Moster

(Edition Wandelweiser Records -- Norway )



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German composer Alfred Zimmerlin presents 3 pieces that balance compositional and improvisational approaches, with a 7-part work for strings, a large Klavierstruck work for microtonal piano, and an improvised chamber work, "Klarinettenquintett," with Jurg Frey on clarinet.

Schubert, Frank Paul / Rudi Fischerlehner: Willing Suspension of Disbelief
Schubert, Frank Paul / Rudi Fischerlehner:
Willing Suspension of Disbelief

(Not Applicable -- UK )



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Long-time collaborators and compatriots Frank Paul Schubert on soprano sax and Rudi Fischerlehner on drums and percussion recorded these intricate and engaging improvisations in their shared studio in Berlin, presented as a live album, unedited and in the order performed.

Kobi, Christian / Christian Muller: A Second Day
Kobi, Christian / Christian Muller:
A Second Day

(Herbal International -- Malaysia )



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An album of unusual reed improvisations using extended and unusual acoustic techniques and further extended with electronics, field recordings, and samples, from the Swiss duo of Kobi Christian on soprano sax and Christian Muller on bass clarinet, sampler & electronics.

Machinefabriek: Assemblage
Machinefabriek:
Assemblage

(Zoharum -- Poland )



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A great collection of short film soundtracks and pieces that appeared on compilation albums and out-of-print CDRs, including the "Nerf" EP, the tracks for the book "Things That A Mutant Needs To Know" by Reinaldo Laddaga, and 3 soundtracks of which two are for a short movie and one for a video installation, alongside tracks from other compilations.

Clinamen Trio   (Marion / Di Donato / Berger): Decline
Clinamen Trio (Marion / Di Donato / Berger):
Decline

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Roman philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus named "Clinamen" the unpredictable (in time and space) swerve of atoms falling in the void, which aptly describes the unexpected directions taken in subtle free improvisation from this French trio, led by bassist Louis-Michel Marion, with Jacques Di Donato on clarinet, and Philippe Berger on viola.

Lillinger, Christian / Tobias Deluis: Dicht
Lillinger, Christian / Tobias Deluis:
Dicht

(Relative Pitch -- USA )



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Berlin-based improvisers Christian Lillinger on drums and Tobias Delius on tenor sax and clarinet in an album of powerful rhythms, instant melodies, and quick-witted responses, bridging a generation of experience in dialog and give and take that works well head on and in reserve, a great encounter from two modern and active creative players.

Fauna (Simon Rose / Paul Stapleton): Fauna
Fauna (Simon Rose / Paul Stapleton):
Fauna

(pfmentum -- USA )



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British saxophonist Simon Rose uses extended and evocative techniques in this exceptional set of duos with Paul Stapleton, who plays a Bonsai Sound Sculpture, an assemblage of unusual electronic and acoustic components allowing a wide range of expression.

Keune, Stefan: Sunday Sundaes
Keune, Stefan:
Sunday Sundaes

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Solo improvisation from Stefen Keune performing on sopranino and alto saxophones, intense playing that focuses on hard-blowing and extreme performance, wringing a singularly desperate yet astute language from the horn.

Lepage, Robert Marcel: Canard Branchu
Lepage, Robert Marcel:
Canard Branchu

(Ambiances Magnetiques -- Canada )



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A rich work for clarinets, bass and drums orchestrated for six musicians including Actuelle core players Lori Freedman, Pierre Tanguay, and Lepage himself, through 14 works that may have something to do with a swamp.

Parodi, Claudio: Heavy Nichel
Parodi, Claudio:
Heavy Nichel

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Solo improvisations on the Turkish Clarinet from Claudio Parodi, an Italian classically trained pianist who also works with self-built/self-modified electronics, non-western reeds, and selected percussions.

Wright, Jack: As If Anything Can Be The Same
Wright, Jack:
As If Anything Can Be The Same

(Relative Pitch -- USA )



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Acclaimed free improvising saxophonist Jack Wright is joined by his son Ben on double bass for these exceptional duos that balance space and color through extended techniques and an impecable sense of timing.

Schindler, Udo: Botenstoffe
Schindler, Udo:
Botenstoffe

(Confront -- UK )



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A series of duo recordings between saxophonist, clarinetist and cornet player Udo Schindler and pianists, all recorded at Schindler's Salon for Sound and Art at Krailing, Germany between 2013 and 2016, with Claudia Ulla Binder, Masako Ohta, Elisabeth Harnik, Katharnia Weber, and Lisa Ullen; song titles taken from SONDAGEN (Soundings) in memory of poet Thomas Kling.

Elks, The (Kai Fagaschinski / Liz Allbee / Billy Roisz / Marta Zapparoli): This Is Not The Ant
Elks, The (Kai Fagaschinski / Liz Allbee / Billy Roisz / Marta Zapparoli):
This Is Not The Ant

(Mikroton Recordings -- Russia )



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An extremely balanced group of electroacoustic improvisers, Kai Fagaschinski on clarinet and Liz Allbee on trumpet make up the acoustic side, though sounding as electronic and other-worldly as Billy Roisz on e-bass and electronics and Marta Zapparoli on reel-to-reel tapes and tape machines, creating incredibly wide-ranging and psychedelic sonic environments.

Donarier, Matthieu / Santiago Quintans: Sun Dome
Donarier, Matthieu / Santiago Quintans:
Sun Dome

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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Using a diverse set of strategies in free improvisation, from abstract textures, sonic and microtonal exploration to solid counterpoint, French saxophonist Matthieu Donarier and Spanish electric guitarist residing in France Santiago Quintans delight in the variety and dynamic approach to their album, in 14 tracks that surprise and captivate their listeners.

Bohlen, Katharina / Reinald Noisten / Claudius Reimann : Long Clarinets - Short Stories?
Bohlen, Katharina / Reinald Noisten / Claudius Reimann :
Long Clarinets - Short Stories?

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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Extending the realm of reeds in improvisation, the trio of three clarinetists--Katharina Bohlen, Reinald Noisten, and Claudius Reimann--perform on clarinet and bass clarinet with a diverse set of approaches, opening their 12 movement work with a trio of bass clarinets, and then permuting bass, b-flat clarinets and sax with remarkable technique.

Giesriegl & Schindler: So{u}ndages
Giesriegl & Schindler:
So{u}ndages

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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"Both Giesriegl and Gratkowski are responsible for the sound in the gearbox. It deals with an extreme range of vocalisms, which are often composed of elements of spoken language, which are part of the sound ensemble. He draws from an al...

Braxton, Anthony : Solo (Victoriaville) 2017
Braxton, Anthony :
Solo (Victoriaville) 2017

(Les Disques Victo -- Canada )



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On the 30th anniversary of the Victo Festival Anthony Braxton took to the stage for a magnificent solo performance on the alto sax, performing 8 spontaneous compositions and an 8+ minute version of "Body and Soul", seamlessly crossing lyrical and complex approaches to the horn using his unique intervallic, trimbral and diagrammatic language, a stunning and embraceable accomplishment.

Barbares (Bopp / Foussat / Petit / Sato): Debris d'orgueil
Barbares (Bopp / Foussat / Petit / Sato):
Debris d'orgueil

(Fou Records -- France )



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Two live recordings at Theatre au Clain, in Poitiers, France and at le Bistrot, in Bayonne, from the free improvising quartet of Christiane Bopp on trombone, Jean-Marc Foussat on synth & voice, Jean-Luc Petit on bass clarinet and sopranino sax, and Makoto Sato on drums, for submersive interchanges blending electronics and acoustics in remarkable ways.

Sirius (Tembe / Trinite): Acoustic Main Suite Plus The Inner One
Sirius (Tembe / Trinite):
Acoustic Main Suite Plus The Inner One

(Clean Feed -- Portugal )



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A beautifully complex album of resonant improvisation from Swazi born trumpeter Yaw Tembe, who is committed to bring Africa to the Portuguese free music scene, Yaw, along with Paris veteran percussionist/objects manipulator Monsieur Trinitee, blend patient sonic environments with percussive platforms and both meditative and scrabbly trumpet work; an absorbing release.

Neto, Alipio C. / Thelmo Cristovam: Triatoma Infestans
Neto, Alipio C. / Thelmo Cristovam:
Triatoma Infestans

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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A quirky and ingenious duo from two saxophonists using extended techniques: Alipio C. Neto on soprano sax and Thelmo Cristovam on C-melody sax, using the reeds, body and breath to create an unusual and uncommon dialog.

Beger, Albert / Shay Hazan: Black Mynah
Beger, Albert / Shay Hazan:
Black Mynah

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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A beautiful album of darkly lyrical jazz duos from Israeli saxophonist and bass clarinetist Albert Beger and collaborator and member of the Albert Beger Quartet Shay Hazan, on double bass and guimbri, for seven pieces recorded in the studio: 6 improvised works and the composed piece "Cycles".

Oyauchi, Aishi : Wrong Exit
Oyauchi, Aishi :
Wrong Exit

(Armageddon Nova -- Japan )



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Under-recorded but legendary Japanese free improvising saxophonist Aishi Oyauchi in a double CD, performing on alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, and piano through 52 untitled and inventive pieces, from a few seconds in length to several minutes, presented as 7 composite tracks; part of the Armageddon Nova Series exploring radical free improvisation.

Various Artists: Lao Dan / Rick Countryman / Colin Webster: Saxophone Anatomy
Various Artists: Lao Dan / Rick Countryman / Colin Webster:
Saxophone Anatomy

(Armageddon Nova -- Japan )



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Saxophone solo improvisation omnibus by three free saxophonists from around the globe: Lao Dan from China recording in an underground bomb shelter in an agressive solo performance; US ex-pat Rick Countryman from the Philippines in a traditional yet extremely free jazz exposition; and London's Colin Webster on baritone sax for an exploration of extended techniques.

Mochizuki, Harutaka : Through The Glass
Mochizuki, Harutaka :
Through The Glass

(Armageddon Nova -- Japan )



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Multi-instrumentalist improviser Harutaka Mochizuki releases this solo album performing on saxophone, performing two extended improvisations that explore the instrument as a whole, producing unusual sounds from the physical and mechanical aspects of the horn alongside more traditional playing, using an expanded range of dynamics to build tension and interest.

Oyauchi, Aishi : Hidden Though It Is Difficult
Oyauchi, Aishi :
Hidden Though It Is Difficult

(Armageddon Nova -- Japan )



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Aishi Oyauchi is a free improvising alto saxophonist in the tradition of Kaoru Abe and who hails from the same first generation of Japanese free improvisers from the 1960s; this album finds him performing on alto and soprano sax at Performing Art Center, using space and abrupt diversions alongside unusual tone and technique with percussive asides.

Dunmall / Schubert / Dessanay / Bashford: Sign Of The Times
Dunmall / Schubert / Dessanay / Bashford:
Sign Of The Times

(FMR -- UK )



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With packaging embellished by 5 images of Paul Dunmall's wood engravings, this album catches the saxophonist on soprano, alto and tenor in the company of saxophonist Frank Paul Schubert on soprano and alto, with Sebastiano Dessanay on bass and Jim Bashford on drums, performing live at Lamp Tavern, in Birmingham for an album of intertwining reeds and solid rhythmic support.

International Nothing, The: In Doubt We Trust
International Nothing, The:
In Doubt We Trust

(Ftarri -- Japan )



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The duo project of Berlin-based clarinetists Kai Fagaschinski and Michal Thieke, (Magic I.D., Christof Kurzmann, Splitter Ochester) in their 5th album of timbre-rich, harmonically fascinating and slowly evolving reed interactions, returning to their core duo after their previous quartet album, here presenting a large rich and beautifully weaving work.

Loxbo, Finn / Erik Blennow Calalv : Snow Country
Loxbo, Finn / Erik Blennow Calalv :
Snow Country

(Creative Sources -- Portugal )



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A duo between Swedish guitarist Finn Loxbo (Fire! Orchestra) and bass clarinetist Erik Blennow Calalv, in a low-key, moody and tranquil album of improvisations with titles implying their unhurried approach to their dialog--"Clouds", "Moving, Dancing", and "Ryoanji"-- making a beautiful album of nearly ambient but decidedly determined music.

 

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