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   Creative Artists

• Samuel Blaser
• Dreamstruck (Crispell/Fonda/Sorgen)
• Joel Futterman
• Graewe/Lonberg Holm/Gratkowski
• Lionel Hampton Orchestra 1958
• Sage Harlow J
• Sylvain Kassap Sextet
• Nickolas Mohanna
• New Monuments (Don Dietrich/Ben Hall/Camille Dietrich/Tony Gordon)
• Jeff Parker/Eric Revis/Nasheet Waits
• Playfield (Carter/Muhr/Ishito/Plaks/Namenwirth/Takahashi/Swanson/Panikkar)
• Rempis/Reid/Abrams
• Marina Rosenfeld
• David Ryan (Crosby/Innocenti/Lash)
• Seabrook/Cleaver/Cooper-Moore
• Horace Silver Quintet
• Christian Wolfarth
• The Work
• Yamazaki/Ino/Hayashi



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577 Records
Aerophonic
Astral Spirits
Aural Terrains
Between The Lines
Doubtmusic
Edition Wandelweiser

    
ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd
Fundacja Sluchaj!
Hiddenbell Records
RogueArt
Run/Off Editions
Torn Light
Ultragash

    

    
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   Jazz & Improvisation

Blaser, Samuel: 7th Heaven
(Between The Lines)


Based in New York at the time of this recording, Swiss trombonist and composer Samuel Blaser's quartet with Thomas Morgan on double bass, Gerald Cleaver on drums and Scott Dubois on guitar explore rhythmic and tonal approaches to improvisation, bridging modern compositional forms with traditional jazz in energetic playing of an engagingly relaxed mood.
   
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Dreamstruck (Crispell / Fonda / Sorgen): With Grace In Mind
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)


Officially taking their group name from the title of their first album, The Dreamstruck trio of Marilyn Crispell on piano, Joe Fonda on bass and Harvey Sorgen on drums are heard in this innately lyrical and masterfully controlled, concise set of studio recordings, with compositions from each performer and two collective improvisations, a remarkable example of the modern piano trio.
 
Squidco Pick

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Futterman, Joel: Intervals 2
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)


Technically brilliant and creatively inventive, pianist Joel Futterman expands on his 2020 Listen! Foundation CD with a second three-part journey into his powerfully investigative approach to solo jazz improvisation, referencing a history of styles and techniques that display both a dynamo of intricate ability and a sensitivity to timing, space and melodic expression.
 
Squidco Pick

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Graewe / Lonberg Holm / Gratkowski: Trilinear Polarity
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)


In 2004 legendary European Free Jazz pianist Georg Graewe and German multi-reedist Frank Gratkowski met with Chicago cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm on the stage at LOFT in Cologne, Germany to perform these six collective improvisations with an innate chamber jazz feeling, particularly the four part "Trilinear Polarity"; a spectacular set available for the first time.
 
Squidco Pick

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Hampton, Lionel Orchestra 1958: The Mess Is Here, Revisited
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)


An influence on the next generation of small band and bop players, vibraphonist and Band Leader Lionel Hampton's programs included both crowd-pleasers and sophisticatedly complex sections, heard here in this 1958 studio recording from Stuttgart, Germany while touring Europe, Ghana and Israel with his exceptional band expanded by three German jazz musicians.
   
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Kassap, Sylvain Sextet : Octobres
(RogueArt)


An extension to a cycle of recordings that started in 1985 with his Saxifrages Octet, clarinetist Sylvain Kassap leads his sextet through original compositions that integrate jazz, compositional and avant rock structures into a unique chamber jazz form, a sophisticated approach to writing as Kassap commemorates the 1917 October Revolution in Russia.
 
Squidco Pick

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New Monuments (Don Dietrich / Ben Hall / Camille Dietrich / Tony Gordon): Language is the Skin [CD w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Torn Light)


Recording in Detroit in 2021 the ruggedly extreme free jazz quartet New Monuments of Don Dietrich (Borbetomagus) on saxophone, Ben Hall on percussion, Camille Dietrich on cello and Tony Gordon on electric bass guitar shred through six collective improvisations, taking time for burning solo moments and electrically-fueled exchanges; scorching!
   
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Parker, Jeff / Eric Revis / Nasheet Waits: Eastside Romp
(RogueArt)


Though having worked together in various collaborations, the trio of Jeff Parker on guitar, Eric Revis on double bass and Nasheet Waits on drums had never recorded as a trio before this 2016 studio date in Pasadena, CA, each player contributing compositions for the album, along with one collective improvisation and a cover of Marion Brown's "Similar Limits".
   
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Parker, Jeff / Eric Revis / Nasheet Waits: Eastside Romp [VINYL]
(RogueArt)


Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
   
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Playfield (Carter / Muhr / Ishito / Plaks / Namenwirth / Takahashi / Swanson / Panikkar): Stepping Out, Vol. 1
(577 Records)


Having previously released outdoor live performances integrating the sounds of NY into their expansive improvisations, the Playfield octet led by Daniel Carter with Ayumi Ishito (Sax), Eric Plaks (Piano & Rhodes), Aron Namenwirth (Guitar), Yutaka Takahashi (Guitar), Luisa Muhr (voice), Zachary Swanson (Bass) and Jon Panikkar (Drums) step inside to record three far-reaching and inclusive studio improvisations.
   
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Rempis / Reid / Abrams: Allium
(Aerophonic)


The second release from the Chicago chamber-oriented, collective free jazz trio of Dave Rempis on alto & tenor saxophone, Tomeka Reid on cello, and Joshua Abrams on bass, expanding on their highly concentrative and contemplative approach to group dialog, a powerfully assured and seemingly composed set of nine impeccable improvisations.
 
Squidco Pick

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Seabrook / Cleaver / Cooper-Moore: In The Swarm [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)


The second album from guitarist Brandon Seabrook's Trio with Gerald Cleaver on drums & pulsating & punctuating electronics, Cooper-Moore providing massive and unconvential bass sounds on his Diddley Bow, and Seabrook himself playing banjo in inexplicably rapid and staccato runs or electric guitar with eccentric effects; rip-roaring, sometimes surreal, absolutely superb!
 
Squidco Pick

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Silver, Horace Quintet: Live New York, Revisited
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)


Recorded around the time of his most famous records, Song For My Father and The Cape Verdean Blues, lyrical hard bop/Blue Note pianist and composer Horace Silver's band is heard live at The Half Note in NYC and at "The Cork & Bib" on Long Island with his spectacular band including trumpeters Carmell Jones & Woody Shaw and saxophonist Joe Henderson.
 
Squidco Pick

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Yamazaki / Ino / Hayashi: TRYANGLE
(Doubtmusic)


Two 60's collaborators of Japanese guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi--drummer Hiroshi Yamazaki and bassist Nobuyoshi Ino--formed this "Tryangle" to invite third improvisers for their performances, here joining forces with alto saxophonist Eiichi Hayashi (Catle Band, Aki Takase) for this exceptional live concert at Koen-dori Classics, in Tokyo, Japan in 2022.
   
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   Experimental/Electronic

Harlow, Sage J : Variations Without A Theme (Drones Ongs)
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)


Australian sound poet and vocalist Sage J Harlow aka Sage Pbbbt, whose innovative vocal work takes inspiration from Tuvan and Mongolian overtone singing and Inuit throat singing, created this mysterious set of electroacoustic compositions on the unceeded lands of the Whadjuk People of the Noongar Nation, developing four works of spellbinding spectral ambience.
   
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Mohanna, Nickolas: Sight Drawings [VINYL w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Run/Off Editions)


Using sources from the world about him--field recordings, sampled orchestral noises, and voice recorders--New York composer and sound artist Nickolas Mohanna explores the spatial impressions of sound within a delicate acousmatic language, weaving inexplicable sounds into reorganized, recognizable components, creating a solid and compelling structural language.
 
Squidco Pick

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Rosenfeld, Marina: roygbiv&b [BOOK]
(Run/Off Editions)


A handsome spiral-bound book to accompany experimental sound artist and turntablist Marin Rosenfeld's roygbiv&b project riffing on the title through performance memory exercises, with text including a "User's Manual", a foreward by musicologist Benjamin Piekut, color & b/w images from the performance & exhibition, and four fold-out pages with scores.
   
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   Rock/R.I.O./Prog

Work, The: The Worst of Everywhere [2 CDs]
(Ultragash)


Originally released by Woof Records in 1982 on cassette, this double CD reissues an essential lo-fi document from The Work (Bill Gilonis, Mick Hobbs, Tim Hodgkinson and Rick Wilson) in live performances from gigs and rehearsals assembled in cut-up form, adding new pieces and expanding on others, joined at times by Catherine Jauniaux, Bob Ostertag, Chris Cutler, &c.
 
Squidco Pick

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   Compositional

Ryan, David (Crosby / Innocenti / Lash): Fields And Refrains
(Aural Terrains)


A collection of three modified solo pieces and one collective performance with a minimalist aesthetic through compositions by David Ryan, performed by William Crosby on guitar, Luca Innocenti on church organ & Hammond organ and Dominic Lash on contrabass, each score allowing for interpretation and improvisation, particularly the final collaborative piece.
   
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Wolfarth, Christian: 39 / Part I - III
(Hiddenbell Records)


39 tracks make up this compelling 3-part solo percussion work from Swiss improviser and composer Christian Wolfarth, using a game approach where some sequences are determined by the roll of a dice for note values, rest and tempo, Wolfarth performing on dead wood, a drum or 39 pine cones, augmented with recordings of stones, water, footsteps, church bells, &c.
   
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Samuel Blaser / Consort In Motion:
A Mirror To Machaut
(Songlines)


Samuel Blaser / Marc Ducret :
Voyageurs
(Jazzdor Series)


Cyprien Busolini / Bertrand Gauguet:
Miroir
(Akousis Records)


Amelia Cuni / Alex Mendizabal:
Stimmen Aus Himmel Und Holle
(ANTS Records)


Gareth Davis / Machinefabriek:
Standards (of Sorts)
(Sublime Retreat)


Magnus Granberg :
Night Will Fade and Fall Apart [2 CDs]
(thanatosis produktion)


The Haters / Kavader:
De Haters Und Kadaver [CASSETTE]
(Tribe Tapes)


Die Hochstapler :
Beauty Lies
(Umlaut Records)


Hannes Lingens:
Nachthund [VINYL + CD]
(Umlaut Records)


Made in China (Michael Blake / Samuel Blaser / Michael Sarin):
Transmissions
(For Tune)


Artur Malecki & The Creature Trio (w/ Chmiel / Aftyka):
Widoki
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)


Aonghus McEvoy :
Under & Cracked [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)


Rie Nakajima / Takahiro Kawaguchi:
Utsuho [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Tsss Tapes)


Tatsuya Nakatani / Donald Miller / Rob Cambre / Emmalee Sutton :
Moisant Stock Yards
(Nakatani-Kobo)


Tatsuya Nakatani / Kris Tiner:
Dagny
(Nakatani-Kobo)


Tatsuya Nakatani / Kyle Motl:
Quicksand
(Nakatani-Kobo)


Tatsuya Nakatani / Shawn Hansan / Michal Stover / Jeff Harshbarger:
Kansas City Ship
(Nakatani-Kobo)


River People (Bucher / Countryman / Alegre / Hori):
Sol Expression
(ChapChap Records)


Hal Russell / Joel Futterman:
The Chicago River [3 CDs]
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)


Tragic Assembly:
Blood Drains And Memories
(Soul City Sounds)


Various Artists:
Free Percussion/Water [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Tsss Tapes)


Devin Waldman Brahja / Hamid Drake:
Mediumistic Methodology [CASSETTE]
(Astral Spirits)


Alex Zethson:
Residy
(thanatosis produktion)


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