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Avram Fefer Quartet:
Juba Lee (Clean Feed)

From post/hard bop to African-influenced spiritual jazz, the 2nd release from saxophonist & clarinetist Avram Fefer's quartet with Marc Ribot on guitar, Eric Revis on bass and Chad Taylor on drums swings freely or finds introspective grooves in nine original Fefer compositions of rich melodies around unusual time signatures, yielding extraordinary soloing and group interplay. ... Click to View


Pulverize the Sound (Evans, Peter / Tim Dahl / Mike Pride):
Black (Relative Pitch)

Appropriately recorded at Seizures Palace in Brooklyn, the 3rd release from the NY trio Pulverize the Sound of Peter Evans on trumpet, Tim Dahl on electric bass and Mike Pride on drums & glockenspiel, expands on this 10 year working band's assertive approach to collective free improv, doing so with innovation, breathtaking technical skill and a wide range of mood and texture. ... Click to View


Titan to Tachyons (Gates / Dunn / Grohowski / Hollenberg):
Vonals (Tzadik)

Led by West Coast-based New Zealand guitarist Sally Gates, the 2nd album from this genre-blurring heavy improv band of original members Matt Hollenberg on the 6-string bass VI and Kenny Grohowski on drums, now officially a quartet with prior guest bassist Trevor Dunn a fourth member, here in 6 tracks that shred and weave intricate layers of jazz, rock, blues and metal. ... Click to View


Cory Smythe (w/ Jernberg / Modney / Reid / Evans / Elk / Muncy / Laubrock / Leon / Cox / Crump ):
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Pyroclastic Records)

After working with the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra, pianist Corey Smythe assmebled this incredible ensemble that includes Peter Evans (trumpet), Ingrid Laubrock (sax), Stephan Crump (bass), Tomeka Reid (cello), &c., performing works influenced by the Kern/Harbach standard "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", which Smythe then interprets abstractly in 7 solo renderings. ... Click to View


Disorder At The Border w/ Tobias Delius (D'Agaro / Maier / Kaucic):
Kataklisma (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

The long-established trio Disorder At The Border of Zlatko Kaucic on drums, Giovanni Maier on bass and Daniele D'Agaro on saxophone & clarinet invitee multi-reedist Tobias Delius to perform this extended free improvisation, Kataklisma in four parts, captured live at the Brda Contemporary Music Festival, in Šmartno Goriska Brda, Slovenia in 2017. ... Click to View


John Zorn (w/ Marsella / Roeder / Smith / Lage):
Incerto (Tzadik)

Bringing together John Zorn's trio from Suite for Piano (Brian Marsella, Jorge Roeder, Ches Smith) with guitarist Julian Lage, this new jazz quartet is a versatile and flexible unit capable of instantaneous changes in direction of genre or mood with virtuosic finesse and sensitivity, as Zorn's compositions explore concepts from Freud, Sartre, and the Uncertainty Principle. ... Click to View


Tyshawn Sorey Trio + 1 w/ Greg Osby:
The Off-Off Broadway Guide to Synergism [3 CDs] (Pi Recordings)

A 3-volume set from four night's performances at The Jazz Gallery in NYC by the Tyshawn Sorey trio of drummer Sorey, pianist Aaron Diehl and bassist Russell Hall, joined by alto saxophonist Greg Osby for sets of exceptionally sophisticated and passionate interpretations of jazz standards including work by Miles Davis, Billy Strayhorn, Cole Porter, Thelonious Monk, McCoy Tyner, &c. ... Click to View


Joe Morris / Jeremy Brown:
Magnitude (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

While in Calgary as a Killam Visiting Scholar, guitarist Joe Morris worked with multi-wind player and professor Jeremy Brown, whose solo work impressed Morris so much that they began performing regularly as a duo, deciding to rehearse and record this remarkable series of improvised duos that Morris describes as unique to his catalog, something conversationally precise and organic. ... Click to View


Brulez les meubles (Beaudoin / Normand / Derome / Hollenbeck):
Tardif (Tour de Bras / Circum-Disc)

The Quebec project Brulez Les Meubles (Burn the Furniture) was conceived by long-time friends and contemporary jazz fans, bassist Eric Normand and guitarist Louis Beaudoin-de la Sablonniere, each collaboration inviting other musicians to join their warm & relaxed approach to modern jazz, here with Jean Derome on saxophone & flute and John Hollenbeck on drums. ... Click to View


Rodrigo Amado:
Refraction Solo (Trost Records)

An intimate encounter with Portuguese tenor saxophone player Rodrigo Amado, performing three original compositions -- the extended "Sweet Freedom", "Singular Blow" and "Shadow Waltz" -- performed at the Church of The Holy Ghost (Igreja do Espirito Santo) in Caldas da Rainha, an often introspective and innately lyrical set that reaches emphatic moments while always speaking directly. ... Click to View


Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Parrinha / Goncalves / Santos:
Quelque chose prie la patience des nuages (Creative Sources)

Translating loosely to "Something begs the patience of the clouds", the collaborative electroacoustic quintet of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Bruno Parrinha on bass clarinet, Luisa Goncalves on piano and Carlos Santos on electronics present two extended improvisations of tension, masterfully adept technical skill and intensively close listening. ... Click to View


Masing / Schwantke / Lin feat. Kakaduu:
Music With Birds [2 CDs] (Creative Sources)

An experiment in inter-species communication between the avian artist Kakaduu and the three instrumentalists Hui-Chun Lin (cello), Elo Masing (violin), Christoph Schwantke (8-string guitar), recorded during a private performance of two duets, which were developed from the practice of the three instrumentalists performing for Kakaduu over a period of two years. ... Click to View


Goncalo Almeida :
Improvisations on Amplified and Prepared Double Bass (Shhpuma)

Performing on double bass, amp and a volume pedal, Gonçalo Almeida (LAMA, Albatre, The Attic) explores new sonic environments and possiblities for the large strings, using feedback that modifies based on the physical location between the amp and the resonator of the double bass, Almeida improvises with bowing strokes, pizzicato and unusual string preparations. ... Click to View


John Zorn:
The Hermetic Organ Vol. 9 - Liber VII (Tzadik)

John Zorn's extended solo organ improvisation at the 2022 Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN performing on the Goulding & Wood seventy-rank organ at St. John's Cathedral, Zorn's performance inspired by Aleister Crowley's Liber Liberi vel Lapidis Lazuli and performed in a kind of trance state, as he traversed moods and mystery in a 44 minute journey of massive sound. ... Click to View


John Zorn:
The Hermetic Organ Vol. 10 - Bozar, Brussels [CD + DVD] (Tzadik)

A combination CD and DVD of John Zorn's improvisation on the powerful organ at Henri LeBoeuf Hall, Bozar in Brussels in a dramatic musical reading of the epic Faust legend, performed with classical soprano vocalist Barbara Hannigan, who improvises with Zorn for the first time, the film allowing listeners to view Zorn's unusual keyboard techniques in close proximity. ... Click to View


Matteo Liberatore :
Lacquer (Tripticks Tapes)

A series of concise noise explorations from Italian-born, Brooklyn-based guitarist Matteo Liberatore, more typically heard in composed and improv/experimental forms including work with Elliott Sharp & Weasel Walter, here in an assertive album of guitar-driven analog synthesis & noise using unusual structures, alien utterances and intense twists and turns. ... Click to View


Michel Pilz / Peter Kowald / Paul Lovens:
Carpathes [VINYL] (Cien Fuegos)

Reissuing the 1976 album on the German FMP Label, this trio session with Michel Pilz on bass clarinet, Peter Kowald on bass and Paul Lovens on percussion is an impressive example of the European Free Jazz scene of the time, all three musicians contributing compositions that unleash serious interplay of passionate expression and unorthodox approach to song structure and instrumental technique. ... Click to View


Frank Wright Trio:
Frank Wright Trio [VINYL] (ESP-Disk)

Mississippi born, saxophonist Frank Wright followed Albert Ayler to NYC to join the free jazz scene of the mid-60s, signed to ESP on the spot after label owner Bernard Stollman heard him sit in with John Coltrane, this his first release on label in a trio with bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Tom Price as they rip through three original Wright compositions. ... Click to View


Ernesto Rodrigues / Jose Lencastre / Miguel Mira / Hernani Faustino / Joao Lencastre:
Affinity Suite (Creative Sources)

A chamber jazz quintet orchestrated for three strings, saxophone and percussion from Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Jose Lencastre on alto saxophone, Miguel Mira on cello, Hernani Faustino on double bass and Joao Lencastre on drums, technically advanced collective playing that simmers with an underlying jazz fire unique to many of Rodrigues' groupings. ... Click to View


Akira Sakata / Takeo Moriyama:
Mitochondria [VINYL 2 LPs] (Trost Records)

An absolutely intense sax & drum duo recorded in Chiba Prefecture, Japan at Kashiwa Church in 1986 between free improvising saxophonist Akira Sakata and drummer Takeo Moriyama, two influential performers whose work began in the Yosuke Yamashita Trio in the early 70's, here in concentrated form for 18 improvisations, including a burning version of Albert Ayler's "Ghosts". ... Click to View


Mark Wastell:
Cello-intern Solos (Confront)

Beginning in February 2022 on the 1st Saturday of the month Mark Wastell would bring his cello to the Hundred Years Gallery in London with the grace of gallery owners Graham MacKeachan and Montse Gallego and play, not as a performance, not as a rehearsal, just to play and record his improvisations as he expands his reach on the instrument, heard here in 17 fascinating excerpts. ... Click to View


Trevor Dunn's Trio (w/ Halvorson / Smith) Convulsant avec Folie a Quatre:
Seances (Pyroclastic Records)

A series of powerful "séances" from the Trio-Convulsant of Trevor Dunn on bass, Mary Halvorson on guitar, and Ches Smith on drums & percussion, imagining through improv the 18th century French sect of Convulsionnaires of Saint-Médard, assisted by the Folie à Quatre of Carla Kihlstedt (volin), Oscar Noriega (clarinet), Mariel Roberts (cell) and Anna Webber (flute). ... Click to View


Patricia Brennan (w/ Herrera / Cass / Gilmore):
More Touch (Pyroclastic Records)

Three drummer/percussionists and bass make up vibraphonist, marimbist, improviser and composer Patricia Brennan's sophomore album, reimagining the percussion quartet through jazz, new music and latin influences including Mexican folkloric roots, working with deceptively relaxed, highly interactive grooves that turn angular melodies into warmly irresistible music. ... Click to View


Mats Gustafsson / Nu Ensemble:
Hidros 8 Heal (Trost Records)

A conduction of an absolutely impressive ensemble of free and ea- improvisers on a powerfully diverse journey, from Anna Högberg & Gustafsson on sax, Susana Santos Silva on trumpet, Per-Åke Holmlander on tuba, Hedvig Mollestad on guitar, Dieb13 on turntables, Christof Kurzmann on lloopp & voice, Massimo Pupillo on bass, Gert-Jan Prins on drums & electronics, and Ivar Loe Bjørnstad on drums. ... Click to View


Mats Gustafsson / Nu Ensemble:
Hidros 8 Heal [VINYL] (Trost Records)

A conduction of an absolutely impressive ensemble of free and ea- improvisers on a powerfully diverse journey, from Anna Högberg & Gustafsson on sax, Susana Santos Silva on trumpet, Per-Åke Holmlander on tuba, Hedvig Mollestad on guitar, Dieb13 on turntables, Christof Kurzmann on lloopp & voice, Massimo Pupillo on bass, Gert-Jan Prins on drums & electronics, and Ivar Loe Bjørnstad on drums. ... Click to View


Marc Copland Quartet (w/ Gress / Verheyen / Ferber):
Someday (Inner Voice Jazz)

Bringing together veteran bassist Drew Gress with younger generation players, Belgian-American saxophonist Robin Verheyen (Bram De Looze) and drummer Mark Ferber (Gary Peacock, Ralph Alessi), pianist Marc Copland's new quartet presents a lyrical album of original compositions and standards; virtuosic, energetic and sensitively interpreted works of modern jazz. ... Click to View


Yves Charuest / Michel Ratte / Peter Kowald:
Montreal, 1985 [VINYL] (Tour de Bras / Ramble)

During a 1985 stay in Montreal, iconic German double bassist Peter Kowald asked alto saxophonist Yves Charuest to perform a series of duos with him, after which Charuest invited Michel Ratté to perform as a trio live at Le Bruit Court, recording in their studio these solid free jazz recordings that remained in storage for 37 years prior to this release! ... Click to View


Brulez les meubles (Beaudoin / Normand / Derome / Hollenbeck):
Tardif [VINYL] (Tour de Bras / Ramble)

The Quebec project Brulez Les Meubles (Burn the Furniture) was conceived by long-time friends and contemporary jazz fans, bassist Eric Normand and guitarist Louis Beaudoin-de la Sablonniere, each collaboration inviting other musicians to join their warm & relaxed approach to modern jazz, here with Jean Derome on saxophone & flute and John Hollenbeck on drums. ... Click to View


Vanessa Rossetto :
The Actress [2 CDs] (erstwhile)

An unusual narrative of field recordings, electronics and chamber instrumentation from composer Vanessa Rossetto, through two CDs weaving an abstracted and detailed story of recurring motifs, indescribably intertwined with spoken word, equestrian moments, environmental recordings, and melodic progressions of strings and harps; a momentous work of collaged composition. ... Click to View


Clara de Asis / Ryoko Akama:
Sisbiosis (erstwhile)

Engrossing interactions of electronic sound, abstract percussion, static, metallic ringing and other ephemeral sonic assertions, from French-based Spanish sound artist Clara de Asís and UK-based Japanese-Korean installation & sound artist Ryoko Akama: three tracks of live electroacoustic improvisation, and three compositions extracted from those sessions. ... Click to View



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Marc Copland Quartet (
w/ Gress /
Verheyen /
Ferber):
Someday
(Inner Voice Jazz)



Vanessa Rossetto :
The Actress
[2 CDs]
(erstwhile)



Trevor Dunn's Trio (
w/ Halvorson /
Smith)
Convulsant avec
Folie a Quatre:
Seances
(Pyroclastic Records)



Mats Gustafsson /
Nu Ensemble:
Hidros 8 Heal
(Trost Records)



Patricia Brennan (
w/ Herrera /
Cass /
Gilmore):
More Touch
(Pyroclastic Records)



Peter Brotzmann /
Fred Van Hove /
Han Bennink:
Jazz in
der Kammer Nr.71
[VINYL 2 LPs]
(Trost Records)



Weston Olencki:
Old Time Music
[CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Tripticks Tapes)



Brulez les meubles (
Beaudoin /
Normand /
Derome /
Hollenbeck):
Tardiff
[VINYL]
(Tour de Bras /
Ramble)



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Metcalfe /
Wachsmann /
Karlsen):
The Way We Speak
(Bead)



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Amado /
Almeida /
Govaert):
Love Ghosts
(NoBusiness)



Blue Reality Quartet (
Joe McPhee /
Michael Marcus /
Jay Rosen /
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Ella's Island
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2nd Sessions 1956,
Revisited
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Ltd)



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