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Stephen Haynes Quintet (feat Joe Morris / William Parker / Warren Smith): Pomegranate (New Atlantis)

An organic and rich album of broadly influenced creative jazz from NY cornetist Stephen Haynes, in a quintet extending his trio Parrhesia with guitarist Joe Morris and percussionist Warren Smith, adding bassist William Parker and tuba player Ben Stapp. ... Click to View

Philippe Lauzier : Transparence (Schraum)

Quebec bass clarinetist and saxophonist Philippe Lauzier is an accomplished improviser and composer, here in his solo debut, an epic suite that finds untreated acoustic reeds mingling with textured overdubs and subtle feedback, music that is equally jarring and hypnotic. ... Click to View

Roel Meelkop: Oude Koeien (Herbal International)

Sound artist Roel Meelkop compiles various limited vinyl 7", 10" and lathe cut releases from Korm Plastics and related labels, along with one work made for this release, showing the variety of approaches and concepts Meelkop applies to his fascinating sound work. ... Click to View

Goh Kwang Lee: The Lost Testimony Of Rashomon (Herbal International)

A diverse set of electronic compositions from hauntingly beautiful to tormented soundscapes, composed by Goh Lee Kwang for a multimedia stage work based on Rashomon, a short story about moral ambiguity written in 1915 and based on a 1000-year-old Japanese tale. ... Click to View

Elliott Sharp + Scott Fields: Akra Kampoj (New Atlantis)

Using mostly unprocessed electric guitars, the duo of Elliott Sharp and Scott Fields latest release presents eight dueling guitar works using dynamic, angular tones and textures, from extremely aggressive work to clean avant-jazz with twisted technical intent. ... Click to View

Thanos Chrysakis : Above the Hidden Track An Endless Blaze (Aural Terrains)

Composer/performer Thanos Chrysakis in a studio electronic work, using a diversity of methods and approaches that imply his usual free improvisational approaches by creating a rich and elaborate sound world of distinctive, unique and often warped electronic sound. ... Click to View

Magnus Granberg : How Deep is the Ocean, How High is the Sky? (Another Timbre)

Swedish composer Magnus Granberg (Skogen) places baroque instruments alongside prepared piano, objects and electronics in an exquisite 60-minute piece performed with an excellent set of performers including Cyril Bondi, d'incise, Eric Ruffing, Christoph Schiller, &c. ... Click to View

Jurg Frey : Grizzana and other pieces 2009-2014 [2 CDs] (Another Timbre)

The Ensemble Grizzana (Ryoko Akama, Mira Benjamin, Richard Craig, Emma Richards, Philip Thomas and Seth Woods) performs a series of delicate and beautiful chamber pieces by Swiss composer and clarinetist Jurg Frey, who also performs on clarinet. ... Click to View

James Saunders : Assigned #15 (Another Timbre)

Leading contemporary music ensemble Apartment House perform a new piece developing out of James Saunders's long-term modular project '#unassigned'; the new piece, "assigned #15" creates a mesmeric, dense, jungle-like soundworld across its 45 minutes duration. ... Click to View

Burkhard Beins / Enrico Malatesta / Michael Vorfeld / Christian Wolfarth / Ingar Zach: Gluck (Mikroton Recordings)

The international percussion quintet of Burkhard Beins, Enrico Malatesta, Michael Vorfeld, Christian Wolfarth and Ingar Zach, using compositional and improvisational methods to create new forms of contemporary percussion music with a unique group aesthetic. ... Click to View

Taumatrop (Fages / Marquez): For John Ayrton Paris (Confront)

The duo of Ferran Fages on electronic devices and Eduard Maquez on percussion in a beautiful long-form drone, a drifting and haunting work that hangs off of slowly building crescendos which release to beautifully suspended sonic environments. ... Click to View

Matilda Rolfsson / Richard Sanderson / Mark Wastell: Live at l'Klectic (Confront)

The subtly complex trio of Richard Sanderson on amplified melodeon, dictaphones & small percussion, Mark Wastell on tam-tam & shruti box, and Matilda Rolfsson on percussion performing an extended improvisation live at The Horse Improv Club, l'Klectic, London. ... Click to View

Philippe Battikha : Invisible Backgrounds (Samizdat)

A beautiful solo album from Montreal/Brooklyn trumpeter Philippe Battikha, who also developed the field recordings over which he plays, joined on two tracks by double bassist Johan Fortune, in a melancholy and haunting album of emotionally rich soundscapes. ... Click to View

Sharon Sharrock : No Is No (Don't Fuck Around With Your Women) (Improvising Beings)

Two extended and frenetic works of improvisation with free vocals from Linda Sharock, in a sextet including Itaru Oki on trumpet, Mario Rechter on reeds & voilin, Eric Zinman on piano, Makoto Sato on drums and Yoram Rosilio on bass; demanding, complex and cathartic jazz! ... Click to View

Lucien Johnson / Alan Silva / Makoto Sato: Stinging Netttles (Improvising Beings)

The trio of New Zealand saxophonist Lucien Johnson, living in Paris, with the rhythm section of Alan Silva on double bass and Makoto Sato on drums for an expressive album of free jazz with inventive counterpoint and soulful playing in the Ayler tradition. ... Click to View

Forro Zinho / Zorn, John: Forro Zinho - Forro In The Dark Plays Zorn (Tzadik)

Forro is a NY East Village rock ensemble that reinterprets forro--traditional Brazilian folk music--using modern Downtown language, here taking on the compositions of John Zorn in rhythmically rich melodic approaches that's equal parts tribute and collaboration. ... Click to View

Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt: Bret Higgins' Atlas Revolt (Tzadik)

A Canadian quintet led by double bassist Bret Higgins (Zebrina) merging latin, R&B, soul, film soundtracks, jazz and more into moody and infectious grooves, lyrical and upbeat music that borrows freely from a variety of world and folk styles in exuberant ways. ... Click to View

Amir ElSaffar Two Rivers Ensemble: Crisis (Pi Recordings)

NY trumpeter Amir ElSaffar's Two Rivers Ensemble, exploring the juncture between jazz and music of the Middle East through sophisticated and lyrically stunning music, here focusing on revolution, civil war, and sectarian violence; a culture's struggle for survival. ... Click to View

Georg Graewe: Stills And Stories (Random Acoustics)

German pianist and Euro Free Jazz stalwart Georg Graewe in his first solo release in more than a decade, a remarkable set of succinct compositions balancing astonishing technical skills with beautifully expressive playing, presented in several series of "stills" and "stories". ... Click to View

Ilia Belorukov / Harpakahylo / Patryk Lichota / Kim_Nasung: After (Nueni)

A short and succinct album of free improvisation from the Russian quartet of Ilia Belorukov (sax), Hapakahylo (drums, objects), Patryk Lichota (sax, objects), and Kim_Nasung (Guzheng), using unusual techniques to conjur unexpected audio environments. ... Click to View

Lali Barriere / Miguel A. Garcia : Espejuelo (Nueni)

The duo of Miguel A. Garcia on electronics and Lali Barriere on objects and no-input mixer for an album of investigative, detailed improvisation that's well paced and calmly complex. ... Click to View

Yoni Kretzmer / Andrew Drury: Oranges (OutNow Recordings)

A Downtown NY duo of OutNow label leader and saxophonist Yoni Kretzmer with drummer Andrew Drury, who both push the envelop with extended and unusual techniques amidst energetic playing and unusual freeform improv yielding unusual audio environments. ... Click to View

Eric La Casa / Cedric Peyronnet: La Creuse (Herbal International)

Eric La Casa and Cedric Peyronnet collected sounds in a triangular area in the north of the Creuse departement, France, giving the landscape a sonic corporeality by each initiating a sound work based on a specific site, which the other composer expanded upon. ... Click to View

Eric Cordier / Seijiro Murayama: Nuit (Herbal International)

On the surface an album of organized field recordings, which Eric Cordier recorded in both France and Japan, from outdoor sounds (frogs/birds) to indoor environments, over which Murayama added percussion and vocal utterances, synthesizing unusual and engaging environments. ... Click to View

SQID: SQID (Mikroton Recordings)

An international quartet of electroacoustic improvisers, SQID (Angelica Castello, Mario de Vega, Attila Faravelli and Burkhard Stangl) formed in 2011, using field recordings of sound instruments and objects which they use in live performance to make remarkable audio environments. ... Click to View

Simon Phillips James : Blage 3 (Mikroton Recordings)

A reduction of composer Simon James Phillips' 5 hour improvisation performed with Tony Buck (drums), Werner Dafeldecker (bass), BJ Nilsen (electronics), Liz Allbee (trumpet), Arthur Rother (guitar) & Simon James Phillips (piano) exploring time, perception and place. ... Click to View

Zbigniew Karkowski / Kelly Churko: Infallibilism (Herbal International)

Noise and sound artist Zbigniew Karkowski and Canadian born Japanese based noiser Kelly Churko in four recordings from Super Deluxe and Soup in Tokyo, bookmarking the release with harsh distortion offset by spacious and dynamic glitch and subtly aberrant sound. ... Click to View

Benjamin Duboc: St. James Infirmary (Improvising Beings)

French bassist Benjamin Duboc, part of The Turbine!, Nuts, and a member of the Dark Tree roster, in a solo album of two extended improvisations: the traditional folk song "St. James Infirmary Blues"; and a free improvisation named for the church in which the album was recorded. ... Click to View

Itapu Oki / Axel Dorner: Root Of Bohemian (Improvising Beings)

Two trumpeters 20 years apart, Germany's Axel Dorner and Japan's Itaru Oki are both known for their versatile approach to jazz, from traditional to the freest forms using extended techniques, in a unique dialog challenging the limits of the horn with fascinating results. ... Click to View

Gene Janas / Vinnie Paternostro / Jay Reeve / Other Matter : United Slaves #2~3 (Improvising Beings)

Recorded in Brooklyn and Paris, this quintet crosses the threshold between jazz, rock and electronic sound with a somewhat dark intent, using guitar & sitar, organs, syths, pianos, drums, bass and sounds to evoke thick and extended psychedelic environments. ... Click to View

Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith: Valle de Mexico (Confront)

Guitarist Sandy Ewen and double bassist Damon Smith recorded these 2 extended improvsations in concert as part a "Desbordamientos" series at Cine Tonala, in Mexico City, pairing live music with screenings of Derek Bailey's 4-part series on improvisation. ... Click to View

Patrick Shiroishi : White Sun Sutra (Confront)

Upsilon Acrux/Corima/Nakata saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi in an emotional album of solo saxophone recorded as a tribute to his grandfather, alone and overdubbed, pushing the limits of his mind and body through haunting, beautiful, and intense compositions and playing. ... Click to View

Leif Elggren / Joachim Nordwall: Prepresence (Confront)

A heavy, lo-fi, monster drone set recorded in concert at iDEALFEST, Fylkingen, Stockholm from the duo of Ideal Label head Joachim Nordwall & electronic artist Leif Elggren, using electric hair clippers and analogue synthesiser yielding a thick yet detailed performance. ... Click to View

Joe McPhee: Solos: The Lost Tapes (1980-1981-1984) [VINYL] (Roaratorio)

A collection of material from saxophonist Joe McPhee's personal archive of recordings, presenting unreleased material from 1980-1984, a diverse set demonstrating his investigative approach to solo playing from freely improvised, experimental, to melodic work. ... Click to View

Maja Ratkje S.K. / Jon Wesseltoft / Camille Norment / Per Gisle Galaen: Celadon (Important Records)

An exquisite and meditative work from this quartet, performing on voice, bells, accordion, organ, harmonium, glass harmonica and zither, recorded in the distinctive acoustics of the mausoleum of Norwegian sculptor and painter Emanuel Vigeland (1875-1948) in Oslo. ... Click to View

The Wire: #378 August 2015 [MAGAZINE] (The Wire)

On the cover: Ashtray Navigations; Flying Saucer Attack and members of Movietone, Crescent and Third Eye Foundation; Yorkshire Psychedelia; Invisible Jukebox: Mark Perry; Brooklyn rapper Ka; Ethiopian producer Mikael Seifu; Charlotte Prodger. ... Click to View


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Carlo Costa Quartet: Sediment (Neither/Nor Records) Carlo Costa Quartet - Sediment
(Neither/Nor Records)
- Christopher Mandel

:  () QRD Magazine by Brian John Mitchell

Billy Bang / William Parker: Medicine Buddha (NoBusiness) Billy Bang / William Parker - Medicine Buddha
- Massimo Ricci

Roger Turner & Otomo Yoshihide: The Last Train (Fataka) Roger Turner & Otomo Yoshihide - The Last Train
- Jeph Jerman

Wooley / Rempis / Niggenkemper / Corsano: From Wolves to Whales (Aerophonic) Wooley / Rempis / Niggenkemper / Corsano - From Wolves to Whales
- Dave Madden

:  () Shaking the Squid - August 10, 2015 by philz

Brotzmann / Edwards / Noble: Soulfood Available (Clean Feed) Brotzmann / Edwards / Noble - Soulfood Available
(Clean Feed)
- John Eyles

Michel Banabila / Oene van Geel: Music For Viola And Electronics 2 (Tapu Records) Michel Banabila / Oene van Geel - Music For Viola And Electronics 2
(Tapu Records)
- Christopher Mandel

Amir ElSaffar: Alchemy (Pi Recordings) Amir ElSaffar - Alchemy
(Pi Recordings)
- Paul Serralheiro

Steve Lacy: School Days (Emanem) Steve Lacy - School Days
- Matt Schulz

Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack: ...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire (Singlespeed Music) Kyle Bruckmann's Wrack - ...Awaits Silent Tristero's Empire
(Singlespeed Music)
- Massimo Ricci

Funf: La regle (Ambiances Magnetiques) Funf - La regle
(Ambiances Magnetiques)
- Dave Madden

Christopher Fox: Works for Piano (Hat[now]ART) Christopher Fox - Works for Piano
- Brian Olewnick

Ryoko Akama / Bruno Duplant / Dominic Lash: Next To Nothing (Another Timbre) Ryoko Akama / Bruno Duplant / Dominic Lash - Next To Nothing
(Another Timbre)
- Christopher Mandel

Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Oliv & Familie (Emanem) Spontaneous Music Ensemble - Oliv & Familie
- Brian Olewnick

NG4 Quartet: A Quartet for Guitars (Mikroton) NG4 Quartet - A Quartet for Guitars
- Kurt Gottschalk

:  () Shaking the Squid - June 20 2015 by philz

Geraldine Equiluz: Rubedo'ro (Malasartes) Geraldine Equiluz - Rubedo'ro
- Paul Serralheiro

Steve Lacy: Cycles (Emanem) Steve Lacy - Cycles
- Marc Medwin

Subtle Lip Can: Reflective Drime (Drip Audio) Subtle Lip Can - Reflective Drime
(Drip Audio)
- John Eyles

John Butcher & Rhodri Davies: Routing Lynn (Ftarri) John Butcher & Rhodri Davies - Routing Lynn
- Dave Madden

Joe Morris Quartet: Balance (Clean Feed) Joe Morris Quartet - Balance
(Clean Feed)
- Brian Olewnick

Dorner / Hayward / Krebs / Neumann: The Berlin Series No. 3 (Another Timbre) Dorner / Hayward / Krebs / Neumann - The Berlin Series No. 3
(Another Timbre)
- Dave Madden

:  () Shaking the Squid - June 3 2015 by philz

Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet: 4 Blokes (Ogun) Louis Moholo-Moholo Quartet - 4 Blokes
- Paul Serralheiro

Keith Rowe / Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Ilia Belorukov / Kurt Liedwart: Contour (Mikroton) Keith Rowe / Alfredo Costa Monteiro / Ilia Belorukov / Kurt Liedwart - Contour
- Kurt Gottschalk

Paul Rutherford Trio: Gheim - live at Bracknell 1983 (Emanem) Paul Rutherford Trio - Gheim - live at Bracknell 1983
- Jeph Jerman

:  () Shaking the Squid - May 25 2015 by philz

Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit: For the Blue Notes (Ogun) Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit - For the Blue Notes
- John Eyles

Michael Edwards: for rei as a doe (Aural Terrains) Michael Edwards - for rei as a doe
(Aural Terrains)
- Brian Olewnick

:  () Shaking the Squid - May 18 2015 by philz

Fred Lonberg Holm / Frode Gjerstad: Life On Sandpaper (FMR) Fred Lonberg Holm / Frode Gjerstad - Life On Sandpaper
- Massimo Ricci

Akira Sakata / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Ketil Gutvik / Paal Nilssen-Love: The Cliff of Time (PNL) Akira Sakata / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Ketil Gutvik / Paal Nilssen-Love - The Cliff of Time
- Matt Schulz

:  () Shaking the Squid - May 9 2015 by philz

Jennifer Allum & Ute Kanngiesser: Bell Tower Recordings (Matchless) Jennifer Allum & Ute Kanngiesser - Bell Tower Recordings
- Massimo Ricci

Francois Carrier, Michel Lambert, Alexey Lapin: The Russian Concerts Volume 2 (FMR Records) Francois Carrier, Michel Lambert, Alexey Lapin - The Russian Concerts Volume 2
(FMR Records)
- John Eyles

:  () Shaking the Squid - May 4 2015 by philz

Joe Morris Quartet: Balance (Clean Feed) Joe Morris Quartet - Balance
(Clean Feed)
- Brian Olewnick

Eric Revis Quartet: In Memory of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed) Eric Revis Quartet - In Memory of Things Yet Seen
(Clean Feed)
- Paul Serralheiro

:  () Shaking the Squid - April 25 2015 by philz

Fake The Facts: Soundtrack (Trost Records) Fake The Facts - Soundtrack
(Trost Records)
- Jeph Jerman

Greg Cohen: Golden State (Relative Pitch) Greg Cohen - Golden State
(Relative Pitch)
- Paul Serralheiro

:  () Shaking the Squid - April 11 2015 by philz

Otomo Yoshihide & Paal Nilssen-Love:  (JVTLANDT) Otomo Yoshihide & Paal Nilssen-Love
- Kurt Gottschalk

Paul Flaherty & Randall Colbourne: Ironic Havoc (Relative Pitch Records) Paul Flaherty & Randall Colbourne - Ironic Havoc
(Relative Pitch Records)
- Jeph Jerman

:  () Shaking the Squid - April 4 2015 by philz

Lunt: Water Belongs To The Night (Tremens Archives / We Are Unique!) Lunt - Water Belongs To The Night
(Tremens Archives / We Are Unique!)
- Massimo Ricci

John Edwards / Mark Sanders / John Tilbury: A Field Perpetually at the Edge of Disorder (Fataka) John Edwards / Mark Sanders / John Tilbury - A Field Perpetually at the Edge of Disorder
- Brian Olewnick

:  () Shaking the Squid - March 28, 2015 by philz

Matthew Shipp Trio: The Root of Things (Relative Pitch) Matthew Shipp Trio - The Root of Things
(Relative Pitch)
- Matt Schulz

Paul Dunmall / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe: The Ravens Look (FMR) Paul Dunmall / Philip Gibbs / Neil Metcalfe - The Ravens Look
- Christopher Mandel

:  () Shaking the Squid - March 21, 2015 by philz

Evan Parker and Sylvie Courvoisier: Either Or And (Relative Pitch) Evan Parker and Sylvie Courvoisier - Either Or And
(Relative Pitch)
- Dave Madden

Arto Lindsay / Paal Nilssen-Love: Scarcity (PNL Records) Arto Lindsay / Paal Nilssen-Love - Scarcity
(PNL Records)
- Kurt Gottschalk

Mary Halvorson / Michael Formaneck / Tomas Fujiwara: Thumbscrew (Cueniform) Mary Halvorson / Michael Formaneck / Tomas Fujiwara - Thumbscrew
- Matt Schulz

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