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A deluxe 2 album release: "Glassware" on CD was composed by Swiss saxophonist Christoph Gallio for a commission by the Art Council Of The Canton Aargau, performed with Raphael Loher (piano), Ernst Thoma (synth), Dominique Girod (bass), and Nicolas Stocker (drums); then reworked into something creatively experimental in the 2 LP "As If You Were Here"; engaging and spellbinding! ... Click to View


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Oddly Imploded (Gregoretti / Argenziano): They Just Sit About (Shhpuma)

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Spirit in Spirit (Lencastre / Van der Weide / Govaert): Live at Zaal 100 (FMR)

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Threnody (Berthling / Kuchen / Noble): A Paradigm Of Suspicion (Trost Records)

Previously a trio under their own names releasing the album "Threnody", the grouping of saxophonist Martin Kuchen (Angles), Johan Berthling (Fire!, Angles) and Steve Noble (St. Francis Duo, SFQ) now take the name Threnody as they burn through four extended improvisations of quickly shifting rhythm and dynamic and intensity; a remarkably passionate album. ... Click to View


Ted Daniel with Henry Grimes / Michael Marcus: Duology [VINYL] (Ujamaa Records)

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Leap of Faith Orchestra & Sub-Units: Virtual Particles [2 CDS] (Evil Clown)

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Brotzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennink: Fifty Years After... Live at the Lila Eule 2018 (Trost Records)

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Kodian Trio: III (Trost Records)

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Keiji Haino / Sumac: Even for just the briefest moment Keep charging this "expiation" [VINYL 2 LPs] (Trost Records)

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Keiji Haino / Jim O'Rourke / Oren Ambarchi: In the past only geniuses were capable of staging the perfect crime (also known as a revolution) Today anybody can accomplish their aims... (Black Truffle)

The ninth album from the enduring trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi, recorded in 2015 at Tokyo's SuperDeluxe, with both Ambarchi and O'Rourke performing on drums and percussion, O'Rourke also using a Hammond Organ and Ambarchi on flute, while Haino asserts himself on guitar, electronics and voice, in 2 groove-based pieces and 2 side-long epics. ... Click to View


Konstrukt + Ken Vandermark: Kozmik Bazaar [VINYL] (KARLRECORDS)

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Max Eastley / Fergus Kelly / Mark Wastell: The Map Is Not The Territory (Confront)

The 8th release on Confront's Core series of factory-pressed CDs brings together improvisers Max Eastley, Fergus Kelly and Mark Wastell, employing electroacoustic devices, invented instruments, metal percussion, a piano frame and tam tam to create a rich and mysterious sound world, darkly hopeful emanations in a nighttime traversal across unknown lands. ... Click to View


Chris Burn / Philip Thomas: as if as (Confront)

Contemporary composer, improviser and pianist Chris Burn in 4 lively, playful and fasciatingly structured works, as heard in Philip Thomas's renderings: "as if as"; "only the snow"; a transcription of Derek Bailey's "from ten, two, and three" in 6 parts; "pressings and screening" in 4 parts; and "the sky a silver dissonance" with Kate Ledger as a 2nd pianist. ... Click to View


Bill Orcutt: Odds Against Tomorrow (Palilalia)

After his recent work interpreting the American Songbook, guitarist Bill Orcutt returns to his own compositions in an album cleanly recorded through a Fender Twin in Orcutt's living room, with three pieces multi-tracked, the rest simply pure Orcutt, reflecting beautiful blues-tinged lyricism, jarring interwining of notes, and impressive passages of superb virtuosity. ... Click to View


Bill Orcutt: Odds Against Tomorrow [VINYL] (Palilalia)

After his recent work interpreting the American Songbook, guitarist Bill Orcutt returns to his own compositions in an album cleanly recorded through a Fender Twin in Orcutt's living room, with three pieces multi-tracked, the rest simply pure Orcutt, reflecting beautiful blues-tinged lyricism, jarring interwining of notes, and impressive passages of superb virtuosity. ... Click to View


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   review by Kurt Gottschalk
  2015-02-09
Michel Doneda: Everybody Digs Michel Doneda (Relative Pitch)

While French saxophonist Michel Doneda has been recording for 30 years (his first album, Terra, was released by Nato in 1985), he isn't often seen in North America nor heard on stateside labels a couple of releases on the Quebec label Victo and one on Sedimental may be the only American releases prior to the wonderful (and wonderfully titled) Everybody Digs Michel Doneda, issued by the New York City-based Relative Pitch Records.

Doneda is an extreme internist on his instrument, much like the British saxophonist John Butcher but perhaps rawer, more brutal (would "punk" be too far a stretch?) in his approach. The sounds he makes derive almost entirely from air blown through the horn without overt notes being produced. It is music that feels very quiet, introspective, internal, although at times surprisingly is very much not.

Everybody Digs was recorded in La Chapelle de las Planques in Tanus, France, in April of 2013 and the resonance of the chapel provides a nice external reverberation to the internal vibrations, a subtle but distinctive echo to the seven tracks. The 45-minute recital ranges from meditative to rhythmic to abrupt, even within a sonic palette that seems (on the surface) to be somewhat limited. There's a lot of sound within Doneda's soprano saxophone, and this CD captures it quite nicely.



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