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Keith Tippett / Matthew Bourne:
Aeolian [2 CDs] (Discus)

Two generations of remarkable pianists--Keith Tippets and Matthew Bourne--performed a series of two-piano concerts between 2017 and 2019, also recording in the studio, as heard in this 2-CD release, the first a set of consequential piano duos recorded at Leeds Conservatoire in 2019, the 2nd disc a live performance at Daylight Music at Union Chapel, London, Tippetts' final public performance. ... Click to View


Takatsuki Trio Quartet w/ Tobias Delius / Alex Dorner:
Berliner Quartette (Orbit577)

The Berlin-based collective Takatsuki Trio of Rieko Okuda on piano, Antti Virtaranta on double bass and Joshua Weitzel on guitar & Shamisen are expanded to a Quartett in two extended live sets at Berlins' Kuhlspot Social Club in 2020, first in an expansive set with trumpeter Axel Dorner, and then an intensely active set with tenor saxophonist & clarinetist Tobias Delius. ... Click to View


The Remote Viewers :
The Remote Code [3 CDs] (Remote Viewers)

Three CDs of three concerts at London's Iklecktik Club, presenting primarily compositions by David Petts plus collective improvisations, from Adrian Northover, David Petts, Caroline Kraabel and Sue Lynch on saxophones, John Edwards on bass and Rosa Theodora on piano, with Northover, Edwards & Petts adding percussion and electronics to their cryptically rich music. ... Click to View


New Rumours And Other Noises (Ada Rave / Nicolas Chentaroli / Raoul van der Weide):
The Moonlight Nightcall (Casco Records)

The debut of the Amsterdam-based trio of Argentinian pianist Nicolas Chientaroli and saxophonist & clarinetist Ada Rave with Dutch bassist Raoul van der Weide, all three using preparations, objects and voice to extend their unique approach to instant composition, heard in eight succinct, animated and sometimes eccentric dialogs recorded at BIMHuis. ... Click to View


Xavier Pamplona Septet:
Play The (Casco Records)

Initiating his Netherlands-based ensemble in 2016, contrabassist Raoul van der Weide assembles younger musicians, alongside Michael Moore for one piece, orchestrated up to a septet performing a dizzying and joyfully fun array of original compositions including pieces from ICP composers Bert Koppelaar, Guus Janssen and Tristan Honsinger, and a piece from Fred Katz. ... Click to View


Homei Yanagawa:
Homura (Armageddon Nova)

Two extended pieces of solo free improvisation from Japanese alto saxophonist Homei Yanagawa, aka Yoshinori Yanagawa, who regularly performs solo, releasing this album 30 years after his first solo album in 1991, Ground and Figure, here recording in the studio for confidently active and diverse approaches to solo expression; engaging and absorbing work. ... Click to View


The Pitch (Baltschun / Nutters / Joh / Thieke):
KM28 [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Tripticks Tapes)

The Pitch is the Berlin quartet of Boris Baltschun on JI organ &, sines, Koen Nutters on upright bass, Morten Joh on JI electric vibes & cassette tape delay and Michael Thieke on clarinet, performing at Karl-Marx-Strasse 28 as they break off into solos, duos and trios to create spaciously reflective electroacoustic music of indirect melodic warmth and development; gorgeous. ... Click to View


An PEK Solo Orchestra of PEKs:
Prisms (Evil Clown)

The first "Orchestra of PEKS" album to feature Tim Kaiser's recent electro-acoustic instrument, this multi-track solo recording also introduces multi-wind / multi-instrumentalist David Peck's new West African Kora, in a wild electroacoustic set performed on a dizzying array of reeds, winds, strings, electronics, metallic percussion, wood percussion, sirens and thunder tube. ... Click to View


Rodrigo Amado / This Is Our Language Quartet:
Let The Free Be Men (Trost Records)

Referencing Ornette Coleman in the group name, Portuguese tenor saxophonist engages three US free jazz players--legendary saxophonist and pocket trumpeter Joe McPhee, double bassist Kent Kessler and drummer Chris Corsano--for this 2017 concert at Jazzhouse in Copenhagen, Denmark, capturing four exemplary, at times explosive, and always tightly interactive collective improvisations. ... Click to View


Mofaya! (John Dikeman / Jaimie Branch / Luke Stewart / Aleksandar Skoric):
Like One Long Dream (Trost Records)

A fiery record of collective free improvisation from the Mofaya! Quartet of American saxophonist based in The Netherlands John Dikeman, Chicago trumpeter Jaimie Branch, US East Coast bassist Luke Stewart and Slovenian drummer Aleksandar Skoric, recording live at Roze Tanker in Amsterdam for three exhilarating improvisations that embody US & European Free Jazz forms. ... Click to View


Lee Ranaldo / Jim Jarmusch / Marc Urselli / Balazs Pandi:
Churning of the Ocean (Trost Records)

Dark, often unsettling and rich in detail and innuendo, bassist Marc Urselli brings together this quartet with Lee Ranaldo on guitar, pedals & bells, Jim Jarmusch on guitars, pedals & synth, and Balazs Pandi on drums for their second album of sublimely tension-filled improvisation, patiently building to stealthy momentum and retreating back into night. ... Click to View


Eunhye Jeong:
Nolda (ESP Disk)

The title referring to the Korean word for "play" in a sense of transcending physical reality without abandoning it, pianist Eunhye Jeong, aka Chi-Da, presents a playful and free-flowing enjoyment in nine original compositions, revealing discerning experience and a nimble approach to her instrument as she explores a diverse range of moods through impressive technical skill. ... Click to View


SuperKlang (Aurier / Lemetre):
SuperKlang (Umlaut Records)

An effusive album of violin and percussion, fueled by the Iranian zarb drum and augmented with an eclectic mix of frame drums, nyckelharp and Tibetan bowls, from the French duo of violinist Frederic Aurier and percussionist Sylvain Lemetre, both trained classical musicians drawn to jazz forms, their duo an eclectically enjoyable blend of experimental and danceable, joyful music. ... Click to View


Umlaut Big Band:
Mary's Ideas [2 CDs] (Umlaut Records)

Rare and newly discovered works from jazz composer and pianist Mary Lou Williams performed by the Umlaut Big Band in their series of portraits of forgotten jazz artist, here taking a broad look at the prodigious career of this essential and gifted pianist, composer & arranger, whose influence on swing and early be-bop deserves this fitting and inclusive overview. ... Click to View


As If 3 (Bommel / Weide / Janssen):
Klinkklaar (Casco Records)

Bassist Raoul van der Weide formed this sophisticated Dutch piano trio with pianist Frank van Bommel and drummer Wim Janssen (the latter two part of Guus Janssen's trio) exploring instant composition in a variety of conceptual approaches, including richly lyrical music, darkly mysterious environments, and spirited and inventive interplay; an accomplished and encompassing album. ... Click to View


ISM:
Japanese Flower [VINYL] (Umlaut Records)

The ISM trio brings together Berlin, UK and Paris improvisers Antonin Gerbal (drums), Pat Thomas (piano) and Joel Grip (double bass) for their second album since 2015, recording live at Tokyo's Knuttel House in 2018 for two extended improvisations, collective pieces that unfold from lyrical beginning into tightly packed exchanges of exhilarating blooms. ... Click to View


Graham Dunning / Edward Lucas:
End Of A Cable [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Tsss Tapes)

A series of unusual improvisations between London free improvising trombonist Edward Lucas (Hyperion Ensemble, London Experimental Ensemble) and experimental sound artist, turntablist & percussionist Graham Dunning, merging acoustic sources with controlled feedback, objects and field recordings, pressed to dubplate to create these engagingly strange and concise dialogs. ... Click to View


Marcus Schmickler :
Sky Dice / Mapping the Studio [VINYL w/ DOWNLOAD] (Editions Mego)

Two major works designed for multi-channel sound projections from electronic composer Marcus Schmickler: "Sky Dice / Mapping the Studio", a work for ARP 2500, Publison DHM89B, Publison Infernal Machine and Computer, premiered at Donaueschinger Tage fur Neue Musik in 2018; "Fortuna Ribbon" a 6-part work based on spatial hearing and auditory otoacoustic distortions. ... Click to View


Sean Conly:
The Buzz (577 Records)

A mix of lyrical, free and traditional compositions, the majority from leader, New York bassist Sean Conly, along with pieces from long-time collaborator Michael Attias, Sam Rivers and Paul Motian, performed in the piano trio format with drummer Francisco Mela and pianist Leo Genovese, in a great balance of jazz steeped in tradition but living fully in the present. ... Click to View


Sean Conly:
The Buzz [VINYL] (577 Records)

A mix of lyrical, free and traditional compositions, the majority from leader, New York bassist Sean Conly, along with pieces from long-time collaborator Michael Attias, Sam Rivers and Paul Motian, performed in the piano trio format with drummer Francisco Mela and pianist Leo Genovese, a great balance of jazz steeped in tradition but living fully in the present. ... Click to View


James Lewis Brandon / Red Lily Quintet (w / William Parker/ Chad Taylor / Kirk Knuffke / Chris Hoffman):
Jesup Wagon [VINYL w/ DOWNLOAD] (Tao Forms)

Led by tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and peformed by his Red Lily Quintet with Kirk Knuffke on cornet, William Parker on bass & gimbri, Christopher Hoffman on cello and Chad Taylor on drums & mbira, Lewis' work explores and reflects on the legacy of scientist George Washington Carver through 7 remarkable free jazz compositions. ... Click to View


Violeta Garcia / Emilie Girard-Charest:
Impermanence (Inexhaustible Editions/Tour De Bras)

Slippery confluence to taut string friction in the duo of Argentinian cellist & improviser Violeta Garcia and Quebec cellist Emilie Girard-Charest, both bringing impressive improvisational resumes and classical grounding to their uniquely informed dialogs, heard in a five part album exploring a remarkable range of technical skill and expression. ... Click to View


Modelbau (Frans de Waard):
Qonrad [CASSETTE] (Aubjects)

Using prepared re-recorded cassettes, iPad apps, sound effects, laptop, shortwave radio, small synthesizers, ancient 2bit sampling device, all recorded on the spot without multi-tracking or extensive post-editing, Frans de Waard's 2017 Modelbau release presents 22 concise recordings of joyfully quirky electronic expression, from Kraftwerkian sound to curious peculiarity; wonderful. ... Click to View


Anne-Francoise Jacques / Tim Olive:
Bistre [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Tsss Tapes)

The fourth release from the long-standing sonic research duo of Montreal sound artist Anne-F Jacques, who uses "rotating devices" based around small amplified motors, and Montreal ex-patriot living in Kobe, Japan Tim Olive (845 Audio), using magnetic pickups on objects and self-built instruments, here in six richly detailed and sometimes curiously menacing recordings. ... Click to View


Kevin Corcoran / Giacomo Salis / Paolo Sanna:
Sul Filo [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Tsss Tapes)

Initiating like a jet shaking the sky, the trio of Kevin Corcoran on percussion & objects, Giacomo Salis on percussion, objects & field recordings and Paolo Sanna on percussion & objects create otherworldly sonic environments that project collapsing and ringing events above often turbulent foundations, creating side-long journeys that engage through mysterious and surmisable sound. ... Click to View


Preliminary Saturation (de Turck / Jaspers / Smolders):
You Are The Universe (Moving Furniture)

In 2004, sound artist Jos Smolders released his Textures and Mobiles album on the CONV label; so taken by the sound, which is based on dtmf and ccitt tones generated by phones and pure sine waves, the Preliminary Saturation duo of Steffan de Turck and Wouter Jaspers created these three diverse edits and remixes of the album, one for a live performance at Smolder's 2006 birthday party. ... Click to View


Preliminary Saturation (Wouter Jaspers / Steffan de Turck):
Summer Breeze [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Muzan Editions)

Two large works of sound from frequent collaborators, Dutch sound artist and experimenter Steffan de Turck (aka Staplerfahrer) and Netherlands sonic innovator Wouter Jaspers, the first piece contrasting music-box synthetic melodies with deep drone and noise; the second a dark work of haunting properties that evolves to a spectral whisper of submerged voice. ... Click to View


Wadada Smith Leo / Henry Kaiser / Alex Varty:
Pacifica Koral Reef (577 Records)

Interpreting trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's Ankhrasmation graphic score--the term joining the Egyptian symbol for life, the Ethiopian word for leader and the universal term for mother--Smith and guitarists Alex Varty & Henry Kaiser use the rich combination of visual cues and musical notation to record this rapturous and unduplicable album of profound and engaging improvisation. ... Click to View


Palu Berner / Michael Moore:
Amulet [2 CDs] (Ramboy)

More uncommon than than the sax/drum duo format, reedist Michael Moore performs on clarinet and Paul Berner on contrabass, releasing this double CD of intimately recorded duos, an eclectic mix of standards and original compositions in a lovely and engaging set of lyrical and succinct expression from two eloquent and passionate improvisers. ... Click to View


John Zorn:
Chaos Magick (Tzadik)

"Chaos Magick" is a contemporary magical practice based on the ideas of Austin Osman Spare, influencing the work of William Burroughs, Robert Anton Wilson, and Aleister Crowley, and here inspiring the compositions of John Zorn for his Simulacrum ensemble of Kenny Grohowski on drums & percussion, Matt Hollenberg on electric guitar, Brian Marsella on electric piano and John Medeski on organ. ... Click to View



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  • October 6, 2021:

    With barely a peep the summer has faded to fall in this hemisphere, and we're finding ourselves indoors just a bit more, listening to the summer's excellent releases and the first excellent releases of the fall; read on to see what's coming in the next few weeks!



    We found this summer to be an extremely busy one, pushed on by very impressive albums from some of our catalog's most interesting artists and labels. Here are the top 15 albums by sales for the summer, as selected by our insightful customers.

    Campbell, Roy / John Dikeman / Raoul van der Weide / Peter Jacquemyn / Klaus Kugel: When The Time Is Right (577 Records)

    Performing at Bimhuis in 2013, the trans-Atlantic quintet of Roy Campbell on trumpet, flugelhorn & flute, John Dikeman on saxophone, Raoul van der Weide on cello & percussion, Peter Jacquemyn on bass & voice and Klaus Kugel on drums, perform an extended, energetic and dynamic set of free improvisation, with intricate melodies and beautifully rich transitions.



    Mela, Francisco feat. Matthew Shipp / William Parker: Music Frees Our Souls, Vol. 1 (577 Records)

    A member of pianist McCoy Tyner's Trio and Joe Lavano's Quartet, New York drummer Francisco Mela's own career as a leader is heard in this energetic trio album with two of NY's finest--pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker--recording in the studio in Brooklyn in 2020 for two extended and powerful collective improvisations and a brief "Dark Light".



    Ackerley, Jessica / Daniel Carter: Friendship: Lucid Shared Dreams and Time Travel (577 Records)

    Developed over outdoor sessions performed during the summer of 2020 around NYC, this is the first release from the duo of multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter and acoustic guitarist Jessica Ackerley, their warm collaboration heard in effortless interactions inspired by the dream-like, meditative approach in both improviser's playing; lovely.



    Ishito, Ayumi: The Spacemen Vol. 1 (577 Records)

    Somewhere between Acid Mothers, 70s Miles or Sun Ra's Arkestra, NY-based Japanese saxophonist Ayumi Ishito's first Spacemen volume with Theo Woodward on synth & vocals, Nebula and the Velvet Queen on theremin, Jake Strauss on guitar & bass and Steven Bartishev on drums, lives up to it's cosmic moniker through exploratory improv blurring jazz, electronica and psych.



    Genovese, Leo / Mariano Otero / Sergio Verdinelli: Trio Sin Tiempo: Ritmos de Agua (577 Records)

    A lyrical piano trio album from three seasoned Argentinian-born improvising musicians -- Leo Genovese on piano, Mariano Otero on bass and Sergio Verdinelli on drums -- each contributing compositions to the album, along with one piece by Luis Alberto Spinetta, with whom Verdinelli has performed extensively; a lovely and sophisticated album of modern jazz.



    Carter, Daniel / Tobias Wilner / Djibril Toure / Federico Ughi: New York United Volume 2 (577 Records)

    The second volume of this rich and exotic quartet in a sublime merging of jazz, electronics and compositional approaches yielding melodically dream-like music and environments, from reedist, flutist && trumpeter Daniel Carter, Tobias Wilner (Blue Foundation) on synth and keys, Wu-Tang Clan bassist Djibril Toure and Italian/NY drummer Federico Ughi.



    Harriott, Joe Quintet: Free Form & Abstract Revisited [2 CDs] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

    Two essential early 60s release from famed UK saxophonist Joe Harriott, an innovator bringing free jazz concepts to the British audience with his quintet of Shake Kane on trumpet & flugelhorn, Pat Smythe on piano, Coleridge Goode on double bass and Phil Seaman on drums, referencing the new forms of jazz from US artists like Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman.



    Rivers, Sam Quartet (feat. Jerry Byrd / Rael Wesley Grant / Steve Ellington) : Archive series. Volume 5 - Undulation (NoBusiness)

    During the early 80s saxophonist and wind improviser Sam Rivers formed his quartet around electric instruments, with the core rhythm section of drummer Steve Ellington and electric bass guitarist Rael Wesley Grant, the other lead instrument on guitar during that time, sometimes with Kevin Eubanks, and on this previously unreleased, superb live performance in Florence, Italy, guitarist Jerry Byrd.



    Taylor, Cecil Ensemble: Goetingen [2 CDs] (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

    A double CD of the complete Cecil Taylor Ensemble's 1990 performance at Junges Theater in Gottingen, Sweden, with personnel similar to his 1989 Cecil Taylor Workshop Ensemble album Legba Crossing, here in an adventurous concert of large group improvisation with Taylor performing on piano while directing and conducting the extended orchestration that includes balafon & elephanthorn!



    Ayler, Albert Trio: New York Eye And Ear Control, Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

    After moving to NYC in the early 60s, filmmaker Michael Snow was introduced the music of saxophonist Albert Ayler's Trio with bassist Gary Peacock & drummer Sunny Murray, inviting them and trumpeter Don Cherry, trombonist Rudd and altoist John Tchicai to record these three brilliant freely improvised tracks, parts of which would be used in his art film "New York Eye and Ear Control".



    Vicente, Luis / Vasco Trilla: Made of Mist (577 Records)

    Mist and mystery in pensive and meticulous improvisation from the Portuguese duo of trumpeter Luis Vicente and percussionist Vasco Trilla, their 2nd studio album after their 2019 Clean Feed release, exploring textures and timbres through extended techniques and detailed percussive interaction, as confident expressions rise and submerges in a wonderfully abstracted haze.



    Coltrane, John: Chasin The Trane, Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

    The 4-night engagement at the Village Vanguard in November 1961 with sidemen Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Jimmy Garrison & Elvin Jones resulted in saxophonist John Coltrane's 1962 "Live at the Village Vanguard" album, his evolving freedom surprisingly divisive and even decried as "anti-jazz", here reissued and remastered with a bonus version of "Spiritual".



    Muller, Matthias / Ricardo Tejero / Vasco Trilla: Implositions (Orbit577)

    The first release from the Barcelona-based trio of Matthias Muller (trombone), Ricardo Tejero (saxophone), and Vasco Trilla (percussion), the band examining "physics, metaphysics, and the root causes of tension that hold our world together" through fully improvised improvisation using unusual voicing, textures, modes of expression and techniques.



    Parker, Evan Electroacoustic Quartet: Concert in Iwaki (Uchimizu Records)

    Requested to organize a Japanese tour focused on the electroacoustic aspects of Evan Parker's work, the saxophonist distilled his larger Electracoustic Ensemble to the quartet of himself, Paul Lytton on percussion & live electronics, Joel Ryan on computer and Lawrence Casserley on signal processing, heard here in the resonant space of the Iwaki City Art Museum in Fukushima.



    Frisque Concordance (Georg Graewe / John Butcher / Wilbert De Joode / Mark Sanders): Distinct Machinery [2 CDs] (Random Acoustics)

    The second incarnation of Frisque Concordance, formed in 1992 by Georg Graewe & John Butcher and currently the quartet of Butcher on tenor & soprano saxophones, Graewe on piano, Wilbert de Joode on double bass and Mark Sanders on drums, in a 2-CD set, the first a superb studio set recorded in Vienna in 2017, the second a live concert at the 2018 Konfrontationen Festival in Nickelsdorf.








    Fascinating Collaborators: Vasco Trilla and Luis Vicente

    Increasingly on my radar are two Portuguese improvisers who move in diverse circles of both creative jazz and non-idiomatic improvisations: percussionist Vasco Trilla and trumpeter Luis Vicente. Both are found on a number of core labels in the Squidco catalog--Clean Feed, Creative Sources, FMR, NoBusiness, Trilla also represented on the Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!) label, and Not Two.

    The collaboration of Trilla and Vicente includes a trio with saxophonist Yedo Gibson, which yield their L3 album on Multikulti in 2018, and a live concert with pianist Witold Oleszak, also released on Multikulti in 2019 as Live At 1st Spontaneous Music Festival. As a duo they released the excellent A Brighter Side Of Darkness on Clean Feed in 2019, an album of free improvisation that builds out of a shrouded quietness and evolves into a bright fury. Their new album on 577 Records does less building, and shies from strong melodic statement, instead exploring techniques and approaches that fit with their work on the Creative Sources label; they stay in the "Mist", ruminating in intelligent and marvelously moody ways. I look forward to further collaborations, as the pairing of trumpet and percussion is less frequently found in abstract/non-idiomatic expression, surprising as brass tones and timbres are a great match for free percussive intervention.

    Vicente, Luis / Vasco Trilla: Made of Mist (577 Records)

    Mist and mystery in pensive and meticulous improvisation from the Portuguese duo of trumpeter Luis Vicente and percussionist Vasco Trilla, their 2nd studio album after their 2019 Clean Feed release, exploring textures and timbres through extended techniques and detailed percussive interaction as confident expression rise and submerges in a wonderfully abstracted haze.



    Vicente, Luis / Vasco Trilla: A Brighter Side Of Darkness (Clean Feed)

    Starting from silence, the improvisations on this collective and fully spontaneous album from trumpeter Luis Vicente and percussionist Vasco Trilla never reaches cathartic crescendo, but as only skilled innovators such as they can do, they captivate the listener in other-worldly environments of advanced technique and profound intention; engrossing and ineffable.



    Williams, Mars / Vasco Trilla: Spiracle (Not Two)

    A truly unique duo album of sax and drums from Chicago reedist Mars Williams and Spanish percussionist Vasco Trilla, using their immense technical skills to pivot reflective and meditative playing around exuberant free jazz spirit, maintaining a sense of journey and sonic introspection through unusual and extended technique; a beautifully balanced album.



    Trilla, Vasco: Unmoved Mover (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

    A dramatic set of improvisations performed on timpani and gongs from Spanish percussionist Vasco Trilla, from the quietest of moments to massively profound and encompassing events, Trilla's timing evoking both meditative passages and moments of power, in a rich and spiritual album that impresses by both technical ability and by the sense of story he reveals.



    Gardin, Per / Vasco Trilla: Singularity (Creative Sources)

    Swedish saxophonist Per Gärdin on alto and soprano, and Spanish percussionist Vasco Trilla performing primarily on timpani & gongs, along with clock chimes, metronomes and a drum set, recording in the studio between 2020 & 2021 in both Stockholm and Barcelona, the two favoring spacious environments for their improvisations as they expand and dissipate energy in perceptive ways.



    Isotope Ensemble: Helium (Creative Sources)

    With an ensemble of adept improvisers including Luis Vicente on trumpet, Nuno Torres, Jose Lencastre and Bruno Parrinha on reeds, Luis Lopes on guitar, &c, Creative Sources leader and violist Ernesto Rodrigues' Isotope Ensemble examines the element "Helium" in a monumental 44-minute electroacoustic improvisation recorded live at O'Culto da Ajuda, in Lisbon.








    The Coltrane Catalog from ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Ltd Expands

    The revival of the Hat Hut line through the ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Ltd label has brought a number of essential reissues back to life, alongside live recordings of US free jazz and hard bop players touring through Europe. In particular, the label has released multiple albums from Marion Brown, Albert Ayler, Jimmy Giuffre, Charlie Parker, and most recently, John Coltrane. This summer saw the release of a remastered and extended edition of Coltrane's Live at the Village Vanguard, an essential album capturing Coltrane during his transition into more free playing. The ezz-thetic reissue is titled Chasin The Trane, Revisited, and is the fourth in the series of issues of John Coltrane material, as listed below.

    Coltrane, John Quartet: Impressions Graz 1962 (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

    Taking his quartet on a European tour in the fall of 1962, Coltrane's band with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on double bass, and Elvin Jones on drums performed in Graz, Austria at Stefaniensaal, the concert beautifully recorded by ORF Steiermark and here released as the first of two volumes, showing both Coltrane's lyrical origins and expanding free inclinations.



    Coltrane, John Quartet: My Favorite Things Graz 1962 (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

    The 2nd volume from tenor & soprano saxophonist John Coltrane 1962 tour of Europe and Scandinavia, heard here in late November at Stefaniensaal, Graz with his quartet of pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy Garrison, and drummer Elvin Jones, the band playing classic numbers under the influence of Coltrane's expanding drive to transform his music toward greater freedom.



    Coltrane, John Quartet: Newport, New York, Alabama, 1963, Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

    Two quartets performing two live concerts from 1963 led by John Coltrane on tenor & soprano saxophones, the first at the Newport Jazz Festival with McCoy Tyner on piano, Jimmy Garrison on double bass and Roy Haynes on drums, the second at Birdland with Elvin Jones on the drums, plus 2 studio recordings with that quartet at Van Gelder Studio in the same year.



    Coltrane, John: Chasin The Trane, Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

    The 4-night engagement at the Village Vanguard in November 1961 with sidemen Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Jimmy Garrison & Elvin Jones resulted in saxophonist John Coltrane's 1962 "Live at the Village Vanguard" album, his evolving freedom surprisingly divisive and even decried as "anti-jazz", here reissued and remastered with a bonus version of "Spiritual".








    Focus on Saxophonist & Composer Chris Pitsiokos

    A New York saxophonist on my radar since hearing his 2015 New Atlantis album Gordian Twine is Chris Pitsiokos. A confident and bold player, his main group is his own CP Unit, but he is also heard accompanying creative modern jazz artists including Dre Hocevar, Nate Wooley, Daniel Levin, Weasel Walter, and has recorded in duos with Otomo Yoshihide and Violeta Garcia. We added three Pitsiokos albums recently, including a personal favorite in his Carny Cant vinyl album, a great example of genre-merging and free expression, an example of why I have followed the Downtown NY scene for so many decades. Pitsiokos, Chris: Carny Cant [VINYL] (Eleatic Records)

    In the spirit of Downtown NY by merging forms of jazz, rock and experimental music, Chris Pitsiokos bookends his album with two solo pieces, joining forces with NY electric guitarist Rick Eye for 4 tracks, drummer Jason Nazary the third on 3 of those, as Pitsiokis performs on alto & baritone sax, harmonica, electric bass, guitar & drums, electronic instruments & voice.



    CP Unit (Pitsiokis / Lisabeth / Fraser / Nazary): Riding Photon Time (Eleatic Records)

    The first live album from the CP Unit led by alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos and his quartet with Sam Lisabeth on electric guitar, Henry Fraser on electric bass and Jason Nazary on drums & electronics, captured live at the 2018 Moers Festival in Germany in 8 compositions drawn from previous studio tracks and two new pieces; thrilling and brilliant modern jazz!



    Pitsiokis, Chris Quartet ( w/ Smiley / Fraser / Nazary): One Eye with a Microscope Attached (Eleatic Records)

    Taking an angular approach to modern jazz that reminds of Steve Coleman/Five Elements, New York alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos provides the compositions for the six improvisations on this live album recorded at Seizure's Palace, in Brooklyn in a quartet with Andrew Smiley on electric guitar, Henry Fraser on electric bass and Jason Nazary on drums.








    Ivo Perelman 9-CD Box Set on Listen! Foundation:

    Listen! Foundation teased us earlier this year by writing us that a limited and very exciting release as imminent, but that they wouldn't tell us yet what it was. This week they finally informed us about the 9-CD Box Set celebrating saxophonist Ivo Perelman's 60th birthday was being released on September 25. Limited to 250 copies worldwide, the box presents a set of duos with a different improviser on each disc. And what a selection of improvisers:

    You can ask us to email you when the box set is in stock and ready to ship using our upcoming releases page. If you're absolutely certain you want a copy you can reserve one by clicking the "Charge & Ship" button at the bottom of the request page. The price of the box set will be no more that $129.95, plus the cost of standard shipping (US Media Mail or International Economy) - we will not charge you until the box is ready to ship). I rarely suggest pre-ordering, but this box is very limited and we're only allocated a set number of them, so it might be prudent to reserve a copy.



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    [VINYL w/ DOWNLOAD]
    (Tao Forms)



    Anne-Francoise Jacques /
    Tim Olive:
    Bistre
    [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
    (Tsss Tapes)



    Modelbau (
    Frans de Waard):
    Qonrad
    [CASSETTE]
    (Aubjects)



    Sean Conly:
    The Buzz
    (577 Records)



    Expanse Meets
    The JMDE Quartet:
    Scope
    (Evil Clown)



    Palu Berner /
    Michael Moore:
    Amulet
    [2 CDs]
    (Ramboy)



    John Zorn:
    Meditations On The Tarot
    (Tzadik)



    Wadada Smith Leo /
    Henry Kaiser /
    Alex Varty:
    Pacifica Koral Reef
    (577 Records)



    CP Unit (
    Pitsiokis /
    Lisabeth /
    Fraser /
    Nazary):
    Riding Photon Time
    (Eleatic Records)



    Ingrid Schmoliner /
    Hamid Drake:
    Awon Ona
    [2 CDs]
    (Klanggalerie)



    Frode Gjerstad /
    Kent Carter /
    John Stevens:
    Detail-90
    [VINYL]
    (NoBusiness)



    Rudiger Carl /
    Joel Grip /
    Sven-Ake Johansson:
    In Early November
    (Corbett vs. Dempsey)



    Cecil Taylor & Sunny Murray:
    Corona
    (Corbett vs. Dempsey)



    Le GGRIL:
    Sommes
    [3 CDs]
    (Tour de Bras /
    Circum-Disc)







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