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First conceived during the 2016 Forward Festival when noise guitarist Gene Moore and NYC experimental bassist Gene Janas invited noted avant-garde drummer Federico Ughi for the second part of their set, the results being so impressive that they asked saxophonist Paul Flaherty to join them to record this album and to perform at the Forward Festival 2017. ... Click to View


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Silvan Schmid Quintet: At Gamut (Hatology)

Swiss trumpeter Silvan Schmid is a cofounder of the Gamut Kollektiv, organizing festivals and concerts, here caught live in 2016 at Gamut Series No 1 at Amboss Rampe in Zurich with his own quintet of Tapiwa Svosve on sax, Silvan Jeger on cello, Vincent Glanzmann on drums, and Lucas Wirz on tuba performing 6 Schmid compositions of profoundly lyrical free jazz. ... Click to View


Bucher / Tan / Countryman: Tributary (Self Released)

American ex-pat and Philippines-based alto saxophonist Rick Countryman joins with Philippines bassist Simon Tan and visiting Swiss drummer Christian Bucher to capture this live concert in that starts by paying homage to Eric Dolphy, amongst a strong set of jazz and blues influenced numbers and the two part building and flowing "Tributary". ... Click to View


Bucher / Countryman: Estuary (Self Released)

A live concert in the Philippines from American expatriate saxophonist Rick Countryman and visiting Swiss drummer Christian Bucher, a classic free jazz drum and sax duo informed by creative playing and superb rhythmic interplay, balancing lyrical progressions with a wonderful stream of concepts, this is a great example of the far reach of free jazz. ... Click to View


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Four configurations of free jazz recorded live during a vist by trombonist Sabu Toyozumi to Manila: first in a duo with alto saxophonist Rick Countryman; then in a duo with drummer and erhu player Sabu Toyozumi; then expanded to a quintet with vocalist Stella Ignaci and electric bassist Simon Tan; and last as a free jazz trio with Countryman, Tan, and Toyzumi. ... Click to View


Leap Of Faith: Thought Experiment (Evil Clown)

The core trio of Leap of Faith Orchestra--David Peck on clarinets, saxophones & flutes, Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice and Yuri Zbitnoff on drums & percussion--joined by Mimi Rabson on violin, the quartet recording with the full Leap of Faith Orchestra arsenal of instruments; plus an expanded LOF recording of the Orchestra work "Possible Worlds". ... Click to View


Leap Of Faith: Gravitation (Evil Clown)

The core of Leap of Faith Orchestra--David Peck on reeds and winds, Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice and Yuri Zbitnoff on drums & percussion-- joined by Eric Zinman on piano, recorded at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA, where Evil Clown has a residency on the third Saturday of each month, presenting a variation of subunits from one of their larger units. ... Click to View


PEK Solo: Fulcrum (Evil Clown)

Extracting the leader from a multitude of ensembles, David Peck's solo album has him performing on tenor saxophone, bass saxophone, clarinet, contraalto clarinet, bassoon, tarota, hand chimes, accordion, [d]ronin, wood, metal, aquasonic, daxophone, Atlantis gong, plus pre-recorded mixes adding a "soloist with tape" aspect to his complex and rich performance. ... Click to View


Turbulence: Amorphous Solids (Evil Clown)

Turbulence is the extended horn section for the Leap of Faith Orchestra, a varying-sized ensemble, recording here at Boston area's Outpost 196 as a quartet with PEK on reeds, Bob Moores on trumpet and Dan O'Brien on sax, clarinets & flutes, all playing an assortment of percussive devices, with Leap of Faith core member Yuri Zbitnoff as a dedicated percussionist. ... Click to View


Metal Chaos Ensemble: Shape Memory (Evil Clown)

Wind player David Peck and percussionist Yuri Zbitnoff formed Metal Chaos Ensemble to explore chaotic rhythms on metallic instruments, employing an arsenal of percussion, electronic and wind instruments, becoming one of Evil Clown's most prolific sub-units, here with Bob Moores on space trumpet & guitar, Eric Woods on analog synth, and Eric Zinman on percussion. ... Click to View


Mekaniks: The Great Klown Panik of 2017 - Klownpocalypse (Evil Clown)

A collaboration of Leap of Faith members, percussionist Yuri Zbitnov, multi-reedist and wind player David Peck, with guests from the Evil Clown roster, adding electroacoustic elements including looping, sampling and electronic processing to their improvisation, here with Joel Simches on real-time signal processing, alongside sound artists Greg Grinnell & Bob Moores. ... Click to View


Anthony Braxton : Braxton: (Willisau) 1991 Studio [2 CDs] (Hatology)

Reissuing and remastering the two studio albums from the 1992 4-CD boxset of Anthony Braxton's Quartet with Marily Crispell (piano), Mark Dresser (double bass) and Gerry Hemingway (drums & marimba) recording in Willisau, Switzerland, realizing 10 Braxton numbered compositions with masterful skill and virtuosity, an exceptional set of modern jazz. ... Click to View


Matthew Shipp : Symbol Systems (Hatology)

Originally issued in 1995 on the No More Records label, this was New York pianist Matthew Shipp's 6th release as a leader and first solo album, still a rarity in his discography, as we hear Shipp in 14 succinct improvisation that explore texture, tone, and his frameworks that embrace a structured approach to theoretical aspects of the music with warmth and lyricism. ... Click to View


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  The Remote Viewers 
  No Voice from the Hall  
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   review by Darren Bergstein
  2017-02-24
The Remote Viewers: No Voice from the Hall (Remote Viewers)

The noise of art? Herewith it's emitted via a cacophony of yowls en masse — and in fits and starts as well — through the less-traveled schema found in the improv playbook courtesy of Brit sax bashers The Remote Viewers. No Voice From the Hall is the fifteenth release from this venerable outfit, and they've aged like cabernet exposed to the sun: pungent, astringent, and acidic, four of the septet issue an utterly vainglorious racket from their fleet of horns, under which drums, bass, and assorted esoteric electronic devices attempt some measure of ballast. It's a rollercoaster of form, chaos barely held in check for the duration, until someone assaults a valve and all hell breaks loose again.

But we digress. The Remote Viewers have a long and storied history across the U.K.'s improv circuit, and the niche they've carved out for themselves is connected to a rich tapestry of post-Coltrane/Ayler free enterprisers severing the jugular of traditionalist 'jazz' norms in search of space. The links are fairly explicit, both physically and tonally. Bassist John Edwards is a genre veteran, as a former member of the infamous B-Shops for the Poor, and there's more than just a hint of the Shopper's clarion calls within the Viewers's remit. Horn players Sue Lynch and Caroline Kraabel open gaping seams in the group's compositions with the same moxie and energetic venom as mainstays Adrian Northover and David Petts. Drummer Mark Sanders squares the circle; amidst the spit and polish, his is a powerful presence kept to the shadows for the most part, lest he become wholly subsumed in the ever-burgeoning maelstrom galvanized by his partners.

The bulk of this gargantuan recording is taken up by the nine-part comprovisation that is the album's title. Alternating bits of call and response with tense-filled moments of probing, searching nuance, the septet leapfrog between 'delicate' poise and abrupt thunder, Sanders and Edwards the phantom navigators who brilliantly fail to regain control of the rocking ship — in this regard, their percussive/pulse attack wants to overwhelm as it seeks to contain. Conversely, the quartet of horns, when reaching extreme levels of Borbetomagus proportions, weave and bob as they come to grips with ever more tumultuous seas of sound. When the recording reaches critical mass, even the final, waning notes feel like supernova explosions left to disperse in the ether. As a welcome breath of air to the sometimes stultifying provenance of lowercase improv, The Remote Viewers provide a much-needed kick in the brass.



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