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I Am Three (Eberhard / Neuser / Marien): Mingus Mingus Mingus (Leo)

Saxophonist Silke Eberhard leads her trio with Nikolaus Neuser on trumpet and Christian Marien on drums, through a distillation of well known and lesser known Mingus tunes, restricting each tune to its essence in 3-4 minute renderings focusing on Mingus' compositional strength. ... Click to View


Simon Nabatov: Monk 'N' More (Leo)

Pianist Simon Nabatov plays the music of Thelonious Monk in a live concert from 1995, alternating those recordings with a 2013 concert of solo electroacoustic work, an unusual approach that focuese the melodic aspects of Monk while highlighting his eccentricity and intrepidity ... Click to View


Trio Kimmig (Kimmig / Studer / Zimmerline / John Butcher): Raw (Leo)

The Swiss string trio led by violinist Harald Kimmig, with Daniel Studer on bass and Alfred Zimmerlin on cello, is joined by UK saxophonist John Butcher for a set of improvisations that build with a unique percussive vitality and burning intensity. ... Click to View


John Zorn: The Garden Of Earthly Delights (Tzadik)

Composer John Zorn's Simulacrum ensemble of or Dunn (bass), John Medeski (keyboards), Kenny Grohowski (drums), Matt Hollenberg (guitar), and Sara Serpa (voice) in their 6th album of heavy improv, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the passing of painter Hieronymus Bosch. ... Click to View


Jack Wright / Roughhousing: You Haven't Heard This Yet (Spring Garden Music)

The trio of Jack Wright on sax, Evan Lipson on double bass, and Zachary Darrup on guitar and objects, from a long history of camaraderie have developed a rough-neck style of interacting, here in long recording, released with 7 solo sax recordings from Wright. ... Click to View


Harris Eisenstadt : Recent Developments (Songlines)

NY Composer and percussionist Harris Eisenstadt furthers his exploration into long-form composition and unusual instrumentation in his 20th release as a bandleader, with a spectacular improv ensemble including Nate Wooley, Jeb Bishop, Han Roberts, Anna Webber, &c. &c. ... Click to View


Jean-Marc Foussat / Sylvain Guerineau / Joe McPhee: Quod (Fou Records)

Experimental improvisation from three masterful players - Joe McPhee on soprano sax, Sylvain Guerineau on tenor saxophone, and Jean-Marc Foussat on synthesizer and voice, recoring in France in 2010 for two extended works of concentrated and diverse dialog. ... Click to View


Derek Bailey / Joelle Leandre / George Lewis / Evan Parker : 28 Rue Dunois Juillet 1982 (Fou Records)

A superb encounter from France in 1928 between four masters in a fertile and creative period: Derek Bailey (guitar), Joelle Leandre (double bass), George Lewis (trombone),and Evan Parker (saxophone), each bringing incredible experience to their enduring collective music. ... Click to View


Cecile & Jean-Luc Cappozzo: Soul Eyes (Fou Records)

A delicate album of melodic free playing from trumpeter Jean-Luc Cappozzo and his partner Cecile Cappozzon piano, covering the work of Charles Mingus ("Pithecantropus Erectus", "Goodbye Porkpie Hat") and Mal Waldron ("No More Tears," "The Seagulls of Kristiansund"). ... Click to View


Brotzmann / Van Hove / Bennink (w/ Albert Mangelsdorff): Elements [VINYL] (Cien Fuegos)

In 1971 the quartet of Peter Brotzmann on tenor sax, Fred Van Hove on piano, Han Bennink on drums, and Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone took the stage at The Free Music Market in Berlin to perform this aggressive and informed album of prime European Free Improvisation. ... Click to View


Brotzmann / Van Hove / Bennink (w/ Albert Mangelsdorff): Couscouss de la Mauresque [VINYL] (Cien Fuegos)

The early 70s trio of tenor saxophonist Peter Brotzmann with Fred Van Hove on piano, Han Bennink on drums is joined by trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff for a live recording at Free Music Market, in Berlin for two extended and fiery improvisations of incredible skill and drive. ... Click to View


Brotzmann / Van Hove / Bennink (w/ Albert Mangelsdorff): The End [VINYL] (Cien Fuegos)

The final portion of the live recording at Free Music Market, in Berlin in 1970 from the trio of tenor saxophonist Peter Brotzmann with Fred Van Hove on piano, Han Bennink on drums, and joined by trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff for three extended and fiery improvisations ... Click to View


DEK Trio (Ken Vandermark / Elisabeth Harnik / Didi Kern): Burning Below Zero (Trost Records)

One of Chicago reedist Ken Vandermark's regular trios while in Austria, DEK is named for the letters of the 1st name of Vandermark, drummer Didi Kern and pianist Elisabeth Harnik, drawing inspiration from free improv, free rock, & cross-media projects of each member. ... Click to View


Johannes Bauer / Peter Brotzmann: Blue City (Live At Blue City Osaka / Japan 16. October 1997) (Trost Records)

Powerful and diverse duo recordings between trombonist Johannes Bauer and Peter Brotzmann on tenor & alto saxophone, Tarogato, & clarinet, recorded in Osaka, Japan in 1997, released as a tribute to Bauer, who passed away in 2016, part of Brotzmann's archive of unreleased material. ... Click to View


Michel Banabila : Sound Years [VINYL] (Tapu Record)

A captivating compilation from electronic composer Michel Banabila recorded between 2005-2016, a combination of studio, live and theatre recordings remixed into two continuous tracks of sound, with collaborations including Oene Van Geel and Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek). ... Click to View


Liederkreis (Judith Berkson): Liederkreis [VINYL] (B. Walter Recordings)

NYC vocalist, composer and keyboardist Judith Berkson in the debut album for her one-woman band Liederkreis (translating to "song-cycle", a reference to Schumann), taking a sharp turn from previous work through experimental synth, voice and effects in unique and often aberrant ways. ... Click to View


Rotozaza (Hein / Mahall / Melbye / Lillinger): Zero (Leo)

The Berlin quartet of bass clarinetist Rudi Mahall, Nicola L. Hein on guitar, Adam Pultz Melbye on bass and Christian Lillinger on drums, using traditional and extended techniques in spontaneous compositions that blend free jazz and sound improvisation in truly unique ways. ... Click to View


Ruins: Burning Stone [REISSUE] (Magaibutsu Limited)

Tatsuya Yoshida's insanely complex and exhilarating rock project Ruins started around 1986, and bassist Ryuichi Masuda (also a member of Koenji Hyakkei) has been with him since the early days; this CD reissues the 1992 Shimmy Disc album, originally an LP, here with the CD bonus tracks. ... Click to View


Kazuhisa Uchihashi / Richard Scott: Awesome Entities (Doubtmusic)

Japanese guitarist and daxophone player Kazuhisa Uchihashi joins forces with Berlin-based composer and free improvising analogue modular synthesizer player Richard Scott for an album of unique orchestration, the daxophone "humanizing" the playing with unusual voicing. ... Click to View


Henry Cow: Vol. 1: Beginnings (Recommended Records)

Part of the Henry Cow boxset, now available for individual purchase, compiled from live recordings, radio transcription, or early recordings, remastered and presented to give a complete look at the history of Henry Cow. ... Click to View


Henry Cow: Vol. 2: 1974-5 (Recommended Records)

Part of the Henry Cow boxset, now available for individual purchase, compiled from live recordings, radio transcription, or early recordings, remastered and presented to give a complete look at the history of Henry Cow. ... Click to View


Henry Cow: Vol. 3: Hamburg (Recommended Records)

Part of the Henry Cow boxset, now available for individual purchase, compiled from live recordings, radio transcription, or early recordings, remastered and presented to give a complete look at the history of Henry Cow. ... Click to View


Henry Cow: Vol. 7: Later and Post-Virgin (Recommended Records)

Part of the Henry Cow boxset, now available for individual purchase, compiled from live recordings, radio transcription, or early recordings, remastered and presented to give a complete look at the history of Henry Cow. ... Click to View


Henry Cow: Vol. 8: Bremen (Recommended Records)

Part of the Henry Cow boxset, now available for individual purchase, compiled from live recordings, radio transcription, or early recordings, remastered and presented to give a complete look at the history of Henry Cow. ... Click to View


Henry Cow: Vol. 9: Late (Recommended Records)

Part of the Henry Cow boxset, now available for individual purchase, compiled from live recordings, radio transcription, or early recordings, remastered and presented to give a complete look at the history of Henry Cow. ... Click to View


Henry Cow: Vol. 10: Vevey 1976 [DVD] (Recommended Records)

Part of the Henry Cow boxset, now available for individual purchase, compiled from live recordings, radio transcription, or early recordings, remastered and presented to give a complete look at the history of Henry Cow. ... Click to View


Anthony Braxton : 3 Compositions Of New Jazz (Delmark)

Anthony Braxton's first album as a leader, recorded in 1968 with Braxton performing on sax, clarinet, flute, bagpipes, accordion, bells & snare, in the company of trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and violinist Leroy Jenkins, each taking on a variety of instruments as well. ... Click to View


Eugene Chadbourne : Boogie With The Hook (Leo)

Two decades of duets recorded from New York City to The Netherlands between eccentric free country improviser and vocalist Euguene Chadbourne on guitar and banjo, with free improv masters John Zorn, Derek Bailey, Han Bennink, Volcmar Verkerk, and Charles Tyler. ... Click to View


Marilyn Crispell Trio : Live in Zurich (Leo)

Pianist and vocalist Marilyn Crispell's 2nd trio album from 1990 recorded live at Switzerland's Taktlos Festival in 1989, in the company of masterful free improvisers Reggie Workman on bass and Paul Motian on drums. ... Click to View


Junji Hirose / Yoshinori Mochizuk / IRONFIST Tatsushima : HMT (Doubtmusic)

Three free improvisations at the burning heart of the Japanese Free Improv scene from the trio of Junji Hirose on sax, Yoshinori Mochizuki on bass, and Ironfist Tatsushima on drums, balancing two tracks of frenetic playing with a lowercase extended instrumental piece. ... Click to View


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