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December 2009: Beginnings (from Tzadik) collects 17 (all brief) tracks from the earliest Meredith Monk's years (october 1966/july 1980). The collection has been hand-selected by Meredith from his personal archives. With Meredith's voice (but she plays also guitar, bass, jew's harp, organ and piano), we can listen also to Andrea Goodman, Susan Kampe and Monica Solem's voices, Lanny Harrison and Collin Walcott (percussions), Don Preston (drums and organ), and Daniel Zellman (on Echoplex Delay System).    

ErstLive 8 (for Erstwhile) is a live performance by the duo Keith Rowe/Toshimaru Nakamura, recorded in September 2008, that completes a tetralogy set in three nights in the «Amplify 2008 light festival» in Tokyo. Keith plays guitar and electronics, while Toshimaru Nakamura is on a no-input mixing board.

The Damage Is Done (for Not Two) is a Peter Brotzmann 2 CD-set, recorded on March 2008, that features Peter on alto/tenor saxes, tarogato and clarinet, with Joe McPhee on trumpet and alto sax, Kent Kessler on bass and Michael Zerang on drums. 6 tracks (particularly the title-track, 30 minutes).

From Burkhard Stangl is out now (but it was recorded in Vienna, May 31st and August 23rd, 2007) Musik: Ein Portrat in Sehnsucht, his sixth release for Erstwhile, following Wrapped Islands (with Polwechsel and Fennesz), Eh (with dieb13), and 3 releases from Schnee (his duo with Kurzmann), whose most recent has been Neuschnee (released earlier in 2009, but recorded over a four-year period). With Burkhard on guitars, electronic devices, piano and vibraphone, play Kai Fagaschinski (clarinet, piano, acoustic guitar) and Klaus Filip (field recordings). 7 tracks, 45 minutes.

2009 has seen the release of 3 new albums by sax-tenorist Ivo Perelman. The most recent features a trio lineup, this time the rhythm section Dominic Duval (bass)/Brian Wilson (drums). The title: Mind Games, recorded in november 2008. 5 tracks, particularly the long G. S. Farewell (28 min.). The second album, Nowhere To Hide (again with Duval, for Not Two), features 7 tracks (particularly Timeless 15 min. and Amisade , 23 min.), and was recorded in february 2008. Third album, New Beginnings (for Cadence), is a suite in 3 parts (54 min.), and was recorded in december 2007.

From Art Yard comes a reissue of a very rare work by Sun Ra: The Antique Blacks, a performance recorded in august 1974, 8 tracks for 53 minutes, on which he plays rocksichord and synthesizer; the lineup sees also Akh Tal Ebah (trumpet) Marshall Allen and Danny Davis (alto sax) John Gilmore (tenor sax), Dale Williams (electric guitar), and Clifford Jarvis (drums), among others.

Atomic Jazz restores on CD a rare and long out-of-print 2-LP set by Horo, the legendary seventy-years italian label: Duplicity, that presents the duo Lee Konitz (alto sax)/Martial Solal (piano). 7 tracks recorded in Rome, november 1977.

Supersilent 9 (for Rune Grammofon), is the new album from the progressive jazz-rock band (that this time is lacking of drummer Jarle Vespestad), played by the members on 3 overlaid Hammond organs, collective group improvisations without «solos». Recorded in March 2009, it features 4 tracks for 50 minutes.
 
Roscoe Mitchell' Contact (for Rogue Art) is a CD+DVD played by the saxophonist on alto and soprano, with David Wessel on electronics, that collects a concert filmed October 20, 2004 in Paris (the DVD), and a session recorded in Berkeley on October 13-14, 2002 (the CD).

Parken (released the last september by ILK as CD and as LP too), sees drummer Han Bennink for the first time as group leader, a trio formed in the summer 2008 and composed by pianist Simon Toldman and clarinettist Joachim Badenhorst. 9 tracks, 50 minutes.

New albums from Elliott Sharp. After Octal: The Book One (from Clean Feed), a solo work recorded in august 2007 on which he presents 8 tracks (almost 1 hour) playing a Koll 8-string electroacustic guitarbass, and Base, recorded in 2008, on which we can listen to Elliott with Antoine Berthiaume both on guitars (11 tracks), from MoonJune is out Protoplastic, recorded without overdubs in september 2008, on which Elliott, on electric guitar, sax and electronics, plays with Boris Savoldelli (on vocals and electronics). Neos instead releases War Zones, on which the guitarist (here on electric bass too) plays with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs (on vocals), Philip Jeck (on turntables), Hans Koch (on reeds), Fredy Studer (on drums) and Bernhard Lang (on keyboards and electronics). Elliott presents two performances, both composed in 2007 and premiered in october 2007. The former, Paranoia (40 min.), a sequence of eight semi-improvised blocks (extracted from the music theatre work Der Alte vom Berge), inspired by the book Conspiracy Nation: The Politics Of Paranoia In Postwar America, edited by Peter Knight. The latter work is Ripples from the Bang (24 min.), mostly improvised with pre-prepared electronic sound files.

The label Rogue Art presents Stone Shift, the new Larry Ochs' Drumming Core performance, recorded live on september and november 2007 in Venice. 4 long (10 to 20 minute) compositions, with Larry on tenor and sopranino saxes, Satoko Fuji on synthesizer and piano, Natsuki Tamura on trumpet and the duo-drummers Scott Amendola/Donald Robinson.

Plastic Temptation (for Winter & Winter) is Uri Caine's Bedrock third work, on which the keyboardist plays with Tim Lefebvre (bass and guitar), Zach Danziger (drums), the gospel singer Barbara Walker and Elizabeth Pupo Walker (percussion). 18 tracks (for 1 hour, presented on tour the last september.

After 8 years, a new CD from Jim O'Rourke. Released in september by Drag City, The Visitor is a 38-minutes 1-track CD (but LP too) that took 3 years to make, including 1 year to mix it. O'Rourke plays all of instruments: guitars, trombone, drums, piano, banjo, clarinet, cello, but many others. Indeed, the album is is built from 200 tracks and what must be close to 40 instruments.

Of The Body Prone is Ahleuchatistas' fifth album, issued by Tzadik in september. Recorded the last april, his 10 tracks feature a mostly improvised jazz-rock, and, above all, a new drummer: Ryan Oslance.

Cadence releases The Last Dance, Vols. 1 & 2, a 2-CD set played by duo Cecil taylor (piano)/Dominic Duval (bass). Recorded in spring 2003, it features 1 track on first CD (more than 1 hour), and 1 track on the second (24 minutes).

Again for Cadence, Han & Frode is the new work credited to Han Bennink, recorded in March 2008, on which the drummer plays with Frode Gjerstad (on alto saxophone and bass clarinet).

Weight/Counterweight (a 180g LP for Broken Research) marks the return of trumpetist Bill Dixon to a trio lineup, this time with rhythmic section Aaron Siegel (bass)/Ben Hall (drums, percussion). Recorded in April 2008.

The PSI label releases Set, the new CD credited to Evan Parker, on which saxophonist leads a respected ensemble that collects Barry Guy (bass), Paul Lytton (tympani, percussion, live electronics), the Furt-duo Richard Barrett/Paul Obermayer (on electronics), Lawrence Casserley (signal processing instrument), Walter Prati (live processing) and Marco Vecchi (sound projection). This work, previously unreleased, was commissioned by Donaueschinger Musiktage in 2003.

Laurence Family, a new vinyl-only label, releases Light On The Wall by the duo Tim Daisy (drums)/Ken Vandermark (tenor saxophone and clarinets), that's the outcome of an european tour in May of 2007 (for the first LP) and of «solo performances» recorded in May 2008 (second LP). And with regard to Ken Vandermark, Not Two has just released Resonance, a 10-CD box set that documents live performances recorded in november 2007.

New World releases Ingram Marshall' September Canons, that collects 4 compositions that date back to several years Ingram's career: 1) the title-track, composed and premiered in 2002 (13 minutes), that features Todd Reynoldson on violin and electronic processing. September Canons is a «lamentation» on the events of September 11, 2001. 2) Peaceable Kingdom, composed and premiered in 1990 (18 minutes), with Members of the Yale Philharmonia conducted by Julian Pellicano (Marshall processed music at tape). The work combines the sounds of a Yugoslavian funeral procession, church bells recorded in Bellagio, Italy, and chamber ensemble. This version was recorded December 18, 2008. 3) Woodstone, composed in 1981 (17 minutes) with The Berkeley Gamelan directed by Daniel Schmidt. It's a gamelan fantasia on a theme from Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata 4) The Fragility Cycles ("Gambuh"), composed between 1976/1980 (15 minutes, a version was also included in the Fog Tropes CD reissue), on which Ingram Marshall is on gambuh (a balinese flute), Serge synthesizer and live electronic processing.
November 2009:
Bassist and celloist Norris Jones, better known as Sirone, died on october in Berlin, at 69. With Leroy Jenkins and Jerome Cooper, he founded the legendary Revolutionary Ensemble, whose first LP, Vietnam, recorded in march 1972, has been reissued just now by ESP.

Transatlantic Visions (from Rogue Art label) is a live performance from Vision Festival XIII concert, recorded  in New York, June 2008, that sees the duo Joelle Leandre on double bass and George Lewis on trombone.
    
Marty Ehrlich comes back with his Rites Quartet on Things Have Got To Change (Clean Feed label), that features 3 of Julius Hemphill's compositions (2 unreleased till now) and a number of Ehrlich's originals inspired by Hemphill's writing. With Marty on alto sax, play James Zollar (trumpet), Erik Friedlander (cello) and Pheeroan akLaff (drums).

Boy From Black Mountain
is Beat Circus' following for Dreamland. Brian Carpenter's band, after having recorded the latter in 2006, has continued his projected trilogy with other sessions in 2007 and 2008, released just nonw by Cuneiform. The outcome are 13 tracks for 40 minutes, on which Brian sings and plays harmonica, accordion, piano, trumpet and harmonium, with Paran Amirinazari (violin), Jordan Voelker (viola), Paul Dilley (upright bass and acoustic guitar), Andrew Stern (electric guitar and tenor banjo), Doug LaRosa (trombone), Ron Caswell (tuba), Gavin McCarthy (drums) and Julia Kent (cello). A very eclectic recording, that sweeps through experimental music, jazz, cabaret, circus, bluegrass, gospel, and other undefinable styles.

Pan Atlantic (for Auand label) is Bobby Previte's new CD, recorded in april2009 and released in live version too, on which the drummer is also on fender rhodes, and play with Gianluca Petrella (trombone), Wolfgang Puschnig (alto sax, baritone sax), Benoit Delbecq (fender rhodes too) and Nils Davidsen (electric bass).

With Paris/London - Testament (out just now for ECM as a 3CD set) Keith Jarrett comes back to his «solo piano» standard, with two concerts recorded the former in Paris (in 8 parts), on november 2008, and the latter in London (december 2008), in 12 parts.

Sonore is a trio composed by Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark and Peter Brotzmann, whose Okkadisk has already published in 2004 No One Ever Works Alone, recorded live in october 2003, that contained 7 improvised tracks, on which Peter played alto clarinet, tarogato, alto, tenor and bass saxes, Mats played tenor and baritone sax, and Ken played b-flat clarinet, tenor and baritone sax. Now, from same label is out Call Before You Dig, on which the lineup presents a 2 CD-set: the former was recorded in concert on December 12, 2008; the latter in the studio, the day after.

>From Tzadik, Femina is a new John Zorn's work, that composed music and conducts an ensemble (as always, very eclectic) formed by Jennifer Choi (violin), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Carol Emanuel (harp), Okkyung Lee (cello), Ikue Mori (electronics), Shayna Dunkelman (percussion) and special guest Laurie Anderson for the opening narration. Recorded in december 2008.

Duo (Heidelberg Loppem) 2007
is a Leo's double CD that sees Anthony Braxton on sopranino, soprano and alto saxophones and contrabass clarinet, with bassist Joëlle Léandre. Recorded on March 2007.

For Incus, The Ducks Palace is a CD credited to guitarist Duck Baker, that see Derek Bailey on guitar too, Cyro Baptista on percussion, Roswell Rudd on trombone and John Zorn on alto sax. 7 tracks, almost 1 hour, recorded by this lineup at various dates, from march 1993 to march 2004.

Sense, for psi label, is the new work from Furt, the lineup that, after projects with various ensembles, comes back as a duo, i.e. Richard Barrett and Paul Obermayer (here both on electronics). This CD features two compositions: the former, Uranus, is a studio work in 12 parts (45 minutes), completed in august 2008; the latter is Curtains, dedicated in memory of Karlheinz Stockhausen (25 minutes), recorded live on January 2009.

Live in Vilnius is a double LP from No Business, that presents 7 tracks performed live on march 2007 from David Ware's quartet, lineup on which the tenorist plays with Matthew Shipp (piano) William Parker (bass) and Guillermo E. Brown (drums).

The Traeder label publishes SpaceShipp, an inusual collaboration among J Spaceman (on Vox Starstreamer) and Matthew Shipp (on celeste, golden voice harmonium), recorded in London on july 2006. Two tracks, 40 and 10 minutes, respectively.

Still from Treader, Treader Duos, a 3-tracks CD (25 minutes each of them), recorded in february 2008, that features on first piece the duo John Butcher (tenor and soprano saxes)/Mark Sanders (drums); on second piece, the duo Alex Ward (clarinet)/Roger Turner (drums); on third, the duo John Tchicai (tenor sax and bass clkarinet)/Tony Marsh (drums).

Treader again. Abbey Road Quartet is a Wadada Leo Smith's CD on which the trumpetist plays with a very notable lineup: John Coxon (electric guitar), Pat Thomas (piano and synthesizer) and Mark Sanders (drums). 5 tracks, almost 50 minutes, recorded in London, august 2008.

For Balance Point, guitarist Henry Kaiser present is new «solo» work: Where Endless Meets Disappearing, on which he plays acoustic and electric guitars in 18 tracks (mostly brief), recorded in may 2009.

Mahakali is a DUNS ltd ed. CD on which Paul Dunmall plays soprano and tenor sax with pianist Evelyn Chang. 4 tracks, recorded in november 2008.


October 2009: The Douglas label restores and releases (for the first time in USA) Wildflowers: Loft Jazz New York 1976, a 3 CD-set originally issued as 5 LPs, that collects studio sessions recorded at Sam Rivers' Rivbea Studio in May 1976 over the course of 7 evenings. 22 tracks, over 3 hours of music. Among the musicians: Kalaparusha, Ken McIntyre, Sunny Murray, Sam Rivers, Henry Threadgill, Harold Smith, Ken McIntyre, Anthony Braxton, Marion Brown, Leo Smith, Randy Weston, Dave Burrell, Andrew Cyrille, Hamiet Bluiett, Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, David Murray, Roscoe Mitchell, etc.

After a long silence, two new works by John Tchicai. The former, One Long Minute (for Nu Bop), was recorded February 1, 2008, and sees the tenorist with Alex Weiss (tenor sax, alto sax, percussion), Garrison Fewell (guitar, percussion, bow), Dmitry Ishenko (bass) and Ches Smith (drums). On the latter, recorded in summer 2008, Look To The Neutrino, John  plays tenor sax and flute with Greg Burk (piano, flute), Marc Abrams (double bass, voice) and Enzo Carpentieri (drums).

ECM releases Wait Till You See Her, a new CD from John Abercrombie, on which the guitarist plays with Mark Feldman (violin), Thomas Morgan (double bass) and Joey Baron (drums). 8 tracks, recorded december 2008.

For Clean Feed, Weightless, the new John Butcher project, presents A Brush With Dignity, on which the saxophonist is on tenor and soprano with Alberto Braida (piano) and rhythm section John Edwards (double bass)/Fabrizio Spera (drums). Recorded october 2008.

Disfarmer, inspired by the life of famous photograph Mike Disfarmer, died in 1959, is the new Bill Frisell' project, whose world premiere, as Musical Portraits from Heber Spring, dates back to march 2007. The performance was eventually recorded in february and may 2008, and is now out for Nonesuch. With Bill, on electric and acoustic guitars, loops and music boxes, play Greg Leisz on steel guitars and mandolin, Jenny Scheinman on violin and Viktor Krauss on bass. 70 minutes, 21 tracks, almost by Frisell.

Sometimes they come back. This Brings Us To, Vol. 1 (for Pi Recordings) is the new Henry Threadgill's work in 8 years, that presents his lineup Zooid, on which he plays flute and alto saxophone with Liberty Ellman (guitar), Jose Davila (trombone and tuba), Stomu Takeishi (bass guitar) and Elliot Humberto Kavee (drums). Henry has spent a lot of time creating and perfecting a new system of improvisation. His 6 compositions are organized along a series of interval blocks comprised of 3 notes, each of which is assigned to a musician, who is free to move around within these intervals, improvising melodies and creating counterpoint to one another. A particular «free» jazz, recorded in november 2008.

After 2 years, Sasu Ripatti comes back on stage as Vladislav Delay with a limited edition double vinyl LP: Tummaa, for The Leaf label, that features a live trio on which Vladislav is on percussion, Lucio Capece is on clarinet and saxophone, and Scottish soundtrack composer and arranger Craig Armstrong is on piano and Rhodes. Delay has recorded own drum parts, and invited Capece to his studio to improvise alongside the drums. Armstrong featured «solos piano». As Delay states (an interview that you can read it here), this recording reflects a renewed interest in jazz and acoustic performances. 7 tracks, recorded mostly on a remote island within the Arctic Circle during the winter of 2008/2009 (indeed, Tummaa in finnish means darkness).

OkkaDisk releases 35mm, the new studio album by Ken Vandermark, whose new Chicago-based project, the Frame Quartet, collects Tim Daisy on drums, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics, and Nate McBride on bass and electronics. Ken plays tenor sax and clarinet in these 6 new tracks, dedicated to Peter Brotzmann, Ennio Moricone, Jimmy Lyons, and Steve Lacy. Recorded in Chicago on July 2009.

Cuneiform's Spiritual Dimensions is a 2 CD-set that features two Wadada Leo Smith's groups. The first CD comes by his Golden Quintet and was recorded at Vision Festival XIII in New York. Wadada plays trumpet, with Vijay Iyer (piano and synthesizer), John Lindberg (bass) and drummers Pheeroan AkLaff and Don Moye. Mostly acoustic, presents 5 of Smith's compositions. Second CD is the first-ever release by Wadada's Organic, and features 4 guitarists: Michael Gregory, Nels Cline, Brandon Ross and Lamar Smith. With Wadada, always on trumpet, we can listen also to Okkyung Lee on cello, Skuli Sverrisson on electric bass, John Lindberg on acoustic bass and Pheeroan AkLaff on drums. 4 lengthy tracks (all between 12 and 19 minutes), all composed by Smith.

Manafon (from the label Samadhisound) is a CD credited to David Sylvian, on which he surrounds himself with a notable jazzmen lineup. While he singing and playing acoustic guitar, electronics and keyboards, we can listen to, among others, Christian Fennesz on computer and guitar, Werner Dafeldecker on double bass, Burkhard Stangl and Keith Rowe on guitars, John Tilbury on piano, Evan Parker on saxophone, etc. This CD is out now, but collects 9 tracks whose sessions date back between 2004-2007.

Sound Are Active releases Elevating Device, an 1-track (44 minutes) CD credited to Nels Cline and ex-Shadowfax G.E. Stinson. This track has been recorded the last summer. Both the musicians are on electric guitars and electronics. Indeed, this music is presented as «an extreme sonic manipulation».

For his label jazzcontinuum, Graham Collier presents a «new» double CD, Directing 14 Jackson Pollocks. First CD is entitled Forty Years On, and features alternative versions of Collier's compositions, with Geoff Warren, Alex Bonney, Mark Bassey, Harry Beckett and Chris Biscoe, Roger Dean (keyboards), Jeff Clyne (bass) Trevor Tomkins (drums). Second CD, The Vonetta Factor, collects the title-track, commissioned by Birmingham Jazz and recorded, as CD 1, in november 2004; and another version of The Alternate Third Colour, a Collier classic recorded during his 60th birthday celebrations in London, November 1997, on which play Geoff Warren, Simon Finch, Roger Dean, Andy Clyndert, John Marshall, Oren Marshall, etc.
   
By Barry Guy's London Jazz Composers Orchestra, Intakt releases Radio Rondo/Schaffhausen Concert, a CD that collects two tracks recorded Mai, 21, 2008 at Schaffhauser Jazzfestival, Switzerland. The first, however, is an Irene Schweizer «piano solo» (15 minutes). The second is a Radio Rondo (30 minutes) on which Guy conducts his orchestra, that features still Irene Schweizer (piano), Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson, Trevor Watts, Simon Picard, Pete McPhail (all on reeds), Conrad Bauer, Johannes Bauer, Alan Tomlinson (all on trombone), Henry Lowther, Herb Robertson, Rich Laughlin (all on trumpet), Per Ake Holmlander (tuba), Phil Wachsmann (violin), Barre Phillips (bass), and drummers Paul Lytton and Lucas Niggli.

September 2009: Rashied Ali, the drummer that played with many freejazzmen of '60, and with John Coltrane in the last years of his life, died on August 12, at 74.

Composer and educator Joe Maneri died on August 24 in Boston. He was 82 years old.

Duos With Lee (for Sunny Side) pairs two talents: the octogenarian saxophonist Lee Konitz and the young pianist Dan Tepfer (that, after collaborations with Steve Lacy, had been working as a sideman with Konitz himself since early 2007). These studio sessions were recorded between December 2008 and March 2009.

With The Lenox Jazz School Concert August 29, 1959, Free Factory restores an unissued private Ornette Coleman's recording, a benefit concert on which the altoist played with Don Cherry (trumpet), Steve Kuhn (piano), Ian Underwood (flute), Ted Carter (tenor sax), Jimmy Giuffre, Kenny Dorham and others. That summer program, founded by John Lewis and held from 1957 to 1960, was released as a limited edition vynil distributed privately as benefit, and never for sale.

Well-known trio Medeski, Martin & Wood has released, for Indirecto, the last part of trilogy Radiolarians, a new project for recording their works in studio after having performed them live in tour. Radiolarian I, recorded in february 2008, was released in september; II was recorded July and released april 2009; and now is out III, recorded last november.

Fox Fire (for Maya) is new Ken Vandermark's work, a 2-CD set recorded in concert in november 2008, whose title refers to a finnish fable about a fox starting fires by running across the snow with its sweeping tail sending sparks off into the sky: the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. With Ken on tenor sax and clarinet, play the rhythm section Barry Guy (bass)/Mark Sanders (percussion).

For Thirsty Ears, Ben Neill back on stage with is mutantrumpet. Night Science is his new «solo» work on electronics and programming. 10 tracks, recorded several months ago in New York.

Improvisations (Duo) 2008, from SoLyd Records, is a collaboration between Anthony Braxton on saxes and Maral Yakshieva on piano, a 2 CD-set with only two tracks (each almost 1 hour), recorded in July 2008 at Wesleyan University of Middletown.

Ping Pong presents Out Of The Past, a never issued collaboration between Derek Bailey and percussionist Steve Noble. 12 tracks, almost brief, recorded on 1 February 1999 in London.

>From the same label, The Early Years, a trio collaboration between Lol Coxhill on soprano sax, John Edwards on double bass and again Steve Noble on drums. 9 tracks, recorded on 11 January 2004 in London.

Still Steve Noble. FMR publishes Views of Mancini, credited to The Mancini Project, a lineup that collects Steve on turntables and manipulations, Simon H. Fell on double bass and prerecordings, Pat Thomas on piano and Han Bennink on drums. 8 tracks, recorded 28 January 2003 always in London.

Folks History is a 4CD-set DUNS limited edition based around written folk melodies, on which Paul Dunmall (at soprano sax, Eb clarinet, bagpipes, flute) plays with Paul Rogers (at five string double bass). Recorded between July 1994 and April 1996.

August 2009:

George Russell, the famous pianist of New York New York and Electronic Sonata For Souls Loved By Nature, died on July 27, at 86.

 

On Weight of Wax is out somethingtobesaid, credited to John Butcher, a performance recorded in november 2008 in concert at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, on which the saxophonist plays with Chris Burn (piano), Gino Robair (percussion), John Edwards (bass), Thomas Lehn (synthesizer), Clare Cooper (harp/ghuzeng) and Adam Linson (bass and electronics).

 

From Transparency, a never issued concert by Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Solar Research Arkestra: Helsinki 1971, a 2-CD set with a bonus DVD, that sports a performance recorded live on october 14, 1971. Sun Ra plays keyboards, and particularly performs several solo-synth. Among others: Doug E. Williams (tp,flhrn), Marshall Allen (as,fl,oboe,perc) Danny Davis (as,fl,perc), John Gilmore (ts,d,perc,vcl) Danny Ray Thompson (bar,fl,perc), etc.

 

The Dark Tree is an hatOLOGY 2 CD-set 1991 reissue of a quartet performance credited to Horace Tapscott, that sees the pianist with John Carter on clarinet and Cecil McBee/Andrew Cyrille on the rhythm section. Recorded live at Hollywood, december 1989, 9 tracks for more than 2 hours of music.

 

From New World, a revisited version for David Rosenboom's How Much Better if Plymouth Rock Had Landed on the Pilgrims, his old work composed and developed during the period 1969-71, and re-recorded from october 2008 to january 2009 in a 2 CD-set. Disc 1 (1 hour) includes 5 sections, and features Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, (cellos), David Rosenboom (computer, live electronics, generators, organ, tapes, synthesizers, etc.), Thomas G. McFaul (wah-wah piano), Lynn David Newton (electric bass), Vinny Golia (piccolo, flute, various saxophones), Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet). Disc 2 (55 minutes) is less «electronic», and includes 4 sections  with Tony DiGennaro (electric bass), Alex Noice and Jake Vossler (both on electric guitar), again Daniel Rosenboom (trumpet), David Rosenboom, (piano), Gavin Templeton (alto sax), Brian Walsh (baritone sax).

 

Flying Luttenbachers' drummer Weasel Walter presents Apocalyptik Paranoia, his new very «free» performance, recorded July 14th, 2008 in Oakland for the label Gaffer, on which he plays with Henry Kaiser on acoustic & electric guitars, Peter Evans, Greg Kelley and Forbes Graham on trumpets, and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello. On each of these 8 pieces the lineup is different, and different is the sound too.

 

John Zorn's O'o (for Tzadik) is the follow up of Dreamers: again a work of eclectic and multi-stylistic world music on which John leads a group composed by Cyro Baptista and Joey Baron (drums), Trevor Dunn (bass), Marc Ribot (guitar), Jamie Saft (piano, organ) and Kenny Wollesen (vibraphone). Recorded February 2009.

 

Brewster's Rooster is a new John Surman's CD, again for ECM as his latest works. He has composed almost of tracks, and plays baritone and soprano saxes in a quartet with John Abercrombie (guitar), Drew Gress (double bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums). Recorded February 2008.

 

Comet's Tail is the new project from Jazz Surge Orchestra (MAMA label), that collects live performances recorded April, October and November 2007. Chuck Owen directs the orchestra to play Michael Brecker's compositions as a tribute for the desappeared saxophonist. Among musicians, Randy Brecker (trumpet and flugelhorn), Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano (tenor and soprano sax), Mike Mainieri (vibes), Mike Stern (guitar), Per Danielsson (piano), etc.

 

Buffalo Collision is the new project by saxophonist Tim Berne, that began his recordings last year, with Duck (for the label Screwgun), released in late 2008, that collects long lenght tracks in quartet with Tim Ethan Iverson (piano), Hank Roberts (cello) and Dave King (drums).

 

Under The Water is a «four hands» solo piano Recital Hall concert, performed by Myra Melford and Satoko Fujii (ltd edition for Libra), recorded live on September 14, 2007 at Berkeley, based on five water-themed improvisations.
July 2009:

Spirit Moves is Dave Douglas's first studio album in three years and the debut recording of his project Brass Ecstasy. Published by Greenleaf, his own label launched in 2005, the performance sees the trumpetist with Luis Bonilla (trombone), Vincent Chancey (french horn), Marcus Rojas (tuba) and Nasheet Waits (drums). 8 new original compositions and three arrangements of classics by Otis Redding, Hank Williams and Rufus Wainwright. Recorded december 2008.

On Staying in the Game (for Engine Studios), Fred Anderson plays tenor sax with the rhythm section of Harrison Bankhead (acoustic bass)/Tim Daisy (drums). Recorded november 2008.

John Coltrane's Live in France July 1965 (for Gambit) collects two complete consecutive 1965 concerts in France by the classic quartet (i.e. John at tenor, McCoy Tyner on piano, and the rhythm section of Jimmy Garrison/Elvin Jones). The first was taped the day after the performance of A Love Supreme; the second comes from the Salle Pleyel concert (long unavailable). It's noteworthy, particularly, the inclusion of Ascension on both of these concerts: these are the only other known versions of the tune apart from the studio recordings.

Masada, the old John Zorn's project, back on stage with Stolas: The Book of Angels, Vol. 12 (for Tzadik), that follows Zaebos (vol. 11), and on which Zorn plays alto sax with a quintet formed by Joey Baron (drums), Uri Caine (piano), Greg Cohen (bass), Dave Douglas (trumpet) and Joe Lovano (tenor sax). Recorded february 2009.

For ECM, Enrico Rava recorded in february 2008 New York Days, gathering a quintet on which the trumpetist plays with Stefano Bollani (piano), Mark Turner (tenor sax), Larry Grenadier (double-bass) and Paul Motian (drums).

The Moment's Energy is the fifth ECM disc from Evan Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble. Recorded in november 2007, it features a large and notable line-up, with Evan at soprano sax, Peter Evans (trumpet), Ko Ishikawa (sho), Ned Rothenberg (clarinet), Philipp Wachsmann (violin, live electronics), Agustí Fernandez (prepared piano), Barry Guy (double-bass), Paul Lytton (percussion, live electronics), and others.

For Incus is out A Silent Dance, a Derek Bailey live recording, his second experience with pianist Agustì Fernandez, after Barcelona; the guitarist played in may 2005 with his new instrumental approach, after his limitations caused by motor neurone desease. This was his last public performance: he died seven months after. Still for Incus is also out All Thumbs, a solo live Bailey's guitar concert, recorded on july 2004.

At This Time (from Intakt) is Trio 3/Geri Allen performance on which the pianist plays with Oliver Lake (alto sax & flute), and the rhythm section of Reggie Workman-Andrew Cyrille. 10 tracks recorded at the end of august 2008.


June 2009:

ITM, a Jazzwerkstatt Records' division, has just released Nomads, a series of duets, on which Dave Liebman and Michael Stephans play seven instruments in addition to their main voices, including piano, pocket cornet, tibetan singing bowls, alto-valve trombone, and voice. 14 duets that vary in time, from one to 14 minutes, which include compositions by both men, as well as Keith Jarrett, Harold Arlen, Duke Ellington, and others. Recorded in 2007, without overdubs.

An invaluable rarity from Disconforme: John Coltrane Last Performance At Newport July 2 1966, on which Last stands for last ever. As always, a respected line-up is with John (on soprano and alto saxes): Pharoah Sanders (tenor sax and piccolo), Alice Coltrane (piano), Jimmy Garrison (bass), Rashied Ali (drums).

Americais a collaboration (6 tracks) between Jack DeJohnette and Wadada Leo Smith, composed by the drummer and the trumpetist in 1979. The project was proposed to ECM, but it was rejected; tracks were recorded november 2008, and now are out for Tzadik.

Smell the Difference (for Skirl) is the third album (mostly jazz-rock oriented) by TYFT, the guitarist Hilmar Jensson's ensemble, performed with Andrew D'Angelo (alto sax, bass clarinet); Jim Black (drums); Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet); Peter Evans (trumpet) and Joel Hamilton (electronics).

Wig releases Sliptong, a performance recorded on 8 December 2008 at Amsterdam with Misha Mengelberg on piano, Ab Baars on clarinet and tenor saxophone, and Ig Henneman on viola.

Field (for Hat Hut) is a new project from Polwechsel ensemble, formed by Werner Dafeldecker, that collects this time the bassist with Burkhard Beins and Martin Brandlmayr (both on drums), John Butcher on tenor and soprano saxes, and Michael Moses on cello, and that sees also the collaboration of John Tilbury on piano. Two tracks for 40 min., recorded in August 2007.


May 2009:

Nowhere to Hide is new work by Ivo Perelman, that plays tenor sax with Dominic Duval at acoustic bass. 7 tracks for Not Two label, recorded in New York in February 2008.

Trombone Tribe (Sunny Side label) is new studio work (15 tracks) by Roswell Rudd, on which the famous trombonist plays with a large ensemble, particularly Bert Cotton (elec. guitar), Barry Altschul (drums), Henry Grimes (bass and violin), and a 20-reeds section, with Bob Stewart (tuba), Deborah Weisz ans Steve Swell (trombone), among others.

Free Factory releases Piano Solo at Town Hall 1971, an old Cecil Taylor's performance recorded at New York in July 1971, an uninterrupted medley combining parts of four tunes: Arzoolie Dance Rouge, Point, Shows and Hot Point. First vinyl release was by J-For-Jazz, as Mirage/Tangent/Afro-Rosette. CD reissue comes with two brief bonus tracks, on which Taylor plays with Jimmy Lyons (alto sax), Henry Grimes (bass) and Andrew Cyrille (drums).

Solyd releases Improvisations (Duo) 2008, a 2-CD set on which Anthony Braxton plays saxes with pianist Maral Yakshieva. Two performances, each almost 1 hour, recorded July 12, 2008.

No-Fi releases Good Cop Bad Cop, a Derek Bailey's performance recorded on 14 November 2003 at Liverpool, on which the guitarist presents his solo guitar improvisations with Tony Bevan (saxophone), Paul Hession (drums) and Otomo Yoshihide. And the guitarist is one of the party in Gracility (from Musicnow), credited to Laurie Scott Baker (that plays double bass and synthesizer), on which we listen also to Keith Rowe (guitar), Evan Parker (soprano sax) and John Tilbury, organ. A 2 CD set, that restores old performances, recorded from 1969 to 1975.

Second Layer releases C-Section, a performance credited to Evan Parker, on which he plays tenor and soprano saxes with John Wiese at electronics. Recorded in London on 4 May 2008.

The SLAM label presents Moment to Moment, from a quartet formed by Paul Dunmall (tenor sax), Matthew Bourne (piano, cello), Dave Kane (bass) and Steve Davis (drums). Almost 1 hour, recorded at University of West of England, 22 June 2008. And still Dunmall with his tenor sax forms a trio, with Andrew Cyrille (drums) and Henry Grimes (bass and violin), that presents Opus de Life (Porter Records), 5 tracks recorded in concert at the NYC Vision Festival, on 14 June 2008.

Hairy Bones, for Okka, is the latest work from Peter Brötzmann, on which he plays alto/tenor saxes and clarinet with Toshinori Kondo (electric trumpet), Massimo Pupillo (electric bass) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums). Two long tracks recorded in concert at BimHuis, Amsterdam, on 6 September 2008.

Earstwhile presents Soba To Bara, the new work by Toshimaru Nakamura, a 48 minutes track recorded in june 2008 on which japanese improvisor «plays» his no-input mixing board with Ami Yoshida, whose vocal performances remember Meredith Monk's style.

NeuSchnee (for the neo-label ErstPop) is a five-part suite recorded bertween 2003 and 2007 by the duo Christof Kurzmann (vocals, lloopp, clarinet, rubber band)/Burkhard Stangl (guitars, vibraphone, piano, background vocals).


April 2009:

Coupled with bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Evan Parker plays reeds in The Brewery Tap, a live performance recorded at Oslo Jazz Festival the 13th of August 2007. Released by the  Smalltown Superjazz label.

Günter Hampel. On the Birth label are out: Vibes Vibes, that collects «solo vibrafon» pieces recorded in New York on April 22, 2008; and Live in Berlin, a double CD recorded on December 18, 2008, on which Günter plays vibes, bass clarinet, flute, percussion with Johannes Schleiermacher (tenor sax, percussion), Andreas Lang (bass, percussion) and Bernd Oezsevim (drums, percussion).

Metamorphosen is the title of the latest work from the Branford Marsalis Quartet, on his homonymous label. Let's remember the lineup: with Branford on sax, there are pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts. Recorded August 25/27, 2008.

The last february 26, pianist Geri Allen has performed the world premiere of her new solo piano work, Refractions, Flying Toward the Sound. From this concert will be made Allen's upcoming CD release on Motema label.

Live at the Bimhuis is the 46th record from the ICP label, with the famous orchestra, that recorded this performance in Amsterdam, on 8 May 2008. It features 9 tracks, with many of historical members. Lineup sees Misha Mengelberg on piano; Ab Baars on tenor saxophone, clarinet; Michael Moore on alto saxophone, clarinet; Tobias Delius on tenor saxophone, clarinet; Mary Oliver on violin, viola; Ernst Glerum on bass; Tristan Honsinger on cello; Thomas Heberer on trumpet; Wolter Wierbos on trombone and last, but not least, drummer Han Bennink.

And is out just now Goofy June Bug, a work from a member from the glorious ICP orchestra, Ab Baars, that has recorded it october 21 & 22 2007; he plays tenor sax, clarinet and shakuhachi, with the rhythm section of Wilbert de Joode (double bass)/Martin van Duynhoven (drums), and, above all, Ken Vandermark on tenor sax and clarinet.

With a 12-pages booklet, Gambit restores in their entirety Eric Dolphy's experience in latin world music. The Complete Latin Jazz Sides features 16 tracks (the last is a Max Roach's bonus) recorded in august and december 1960 and august 1961. The personnel of this Latin Jazz Quintet sees Eric on alto sax, flute and bass clarinet, with several latin musicians and Mal Waldron and Cliff Jordan, among others.

From RLR label, a very rare historical performance by Miles Davis, recorded in june 1950, till now produced only on italian very bad vinyl quality: The Birdland Jam Session, that features Miles and Fats Navarro trumpets, with J.J. Johnson (trombone), Brew More (tenor sax), Tadd Dameron and Walter Bishop jr. (piano), Curly Russell (bass), and Art Blakey (drums). Among the 9 tracks, there are very famous pieces, from Gershwin's Embraceable You to Thelonius Monk's Eronel.

From Impro-jazz label, European Nights 1964-1971 is a 52-minutes zone-free DVD, credited to Bill Evans, with plays piano with Lee Konitz at alto sax and rhythm section of Niels-Henning Orsted Petersen (b)/Alan Dawson (d) in a unissued performance recorded november 1965; but, above all, features a Charlie Mingus sextet, on which the bassist play with Eddie Preston (tp), Charles McPherson (as), Bobby Jones (ts), Jaki Byard (p) and Dannie Richmond (d). The performance dates back to October 21, 1970, and presents new versions of Pithecantropus Erectus and Mingus, Mingus, Mingus.

Transparency label presents Complete Live at Slug's Saloon 1972, a 6-CD Boxed Set of 2 complete shows recorded live at Slug's Saloon, NYC, from June and August 1972 by Sun Ra and his Arkestra. This is the first document ever published from 1966-1972 years, when Sun Ra and the Arkestra played at the legendary NY avenue Slug's Saloon nearly every monday night.

After having recorded in september 2000 his first release with Acoustic Guitar Trio, Nels Cline repeated this experience with Vignes (for Long Song label); lineup was the same: he played acoustic guitars and electronics with Rod Poole (acoustic guitar, preparations, bowed acoustic guitar) and Jim McAuley (acoustic guitars, preparations). The album is out just know, but was recorded in july 2003.

Angels, Devils & Haints is a Cadence Jazz double CD on which Joe McPhee at tenor/alto sax and pocket trumpet celebrates 40 years after is first recording, with bass-quartet Michael Bisio, Dominic Duval, Paul Rogers and Claude Tchamitian. Dedicated to Albert Ayler, whose titles are often paraphrased. First CD was recorded at Europa Jazz Festival, May 1, 2000; the second, 17 days after at Action Jazz, Pannonica (France).


March 2009:

Ian Carr, leader of Nucleus, one of the oldest jazz-rock bands, died on february 25, at 75.

The Acrobat Music Group has just acquired a library of more than 22,000 recordings, radio broadcastings and o.o.p. LPs. Among its first releases: On The Radio: Live 1956-57 by the Dave Brubeck quartet, on which he played piano with altoist Paul Desmond, drummer Joe Morello, and bassist Eugene Wright. More interesting, though, is the second Acrobat release, the Broadcast Sessions 1958-59, on which we can listen to Miles Davis in live sessions at New York clubs for radio and TV broadcasts in 1958 (may and november) and 1959. Davis plays with his lineup at that time: John Coltrane at tenor, Cannonball Adderley at alto, Red Garland on piano, and rhythm section of Paul Chambers/Philly Joe Jones. Of the party were Bill Evans on piano and Jimmy Cobb on drums too. The TV show featured also Gerry Mulligan on baritone and Nat Adderley on cornet.

The Smalltown Superjazz label presents Tomorrow Came Today, a duo performance by Joe McPhee (tenor sax, pocket trumpet) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums). Recorded on August 15, 2007, it has 8 tracks, for 45 min.

The Leo label presents an unissued live performance by Sun Ra and his Arkestra. Live in Cleveland was a concert recorded january 30, 1975 on which Sun Ra played piano, moog and organ, together a notable reeds section (John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, Danny Davis, Eloe Omoe, Danny Thompson, James Jackson).

Two long awaited India Navigation's re-releases for the Candid label: the former is Chico Freeman's Morning Prayer, recorded September 8, 1978 in Chicago with Chico and Henry Threadgill at reeds, Muhal Richard Abrams on piano, Cecil McBee (bass, cello), Steve McCall and Ben Montgomery (drums, percussion), and Douglas Ewart (baritone and bamboo flute). The latter, by Air group (that was Henry Threadgill at reeds and rhythm section of Fred Hopkins/Steve McCall), is Air Song, recorded September 10, 1975 in Chicago.

Japanese Toshimaru Nakamura presents is new performance for the Creative Sources label: Stationary, 3 pieces 45 m. lenght, on which he plays no-input mixing board, with Mark Trayle at laptop. Recorded January 2007.

For the Kadima label, is out a Live in Concert by the duo Mark Dresser on bass and Denman Maroney on piano, recorded on June 10, 2008 at Vision Festival XIII, NYC.

A new «solo recording» for the guitarist Nels Cline: Coward (for the Cryptogramophone label), on which he plays guitars, effects and electronics. 15 tracks, recorded april 2008. This work has already met with the favour of the critics. His twin brother, Alex, has recorded the month after Continuation (same label). The drummer plays with: Peggy Lee (cello); Myra Melford (piano, harmonium); Scott Walton (bass) and Jeff Gauthier (violin). 7 Tracks, quite 80 min.

A respected lineup: Tony Malaby (tenor and soprano saxophones); Mark Helias (double bass) and Kevin Norton (drums, vibraphone), comes with Paul Dunmall, that plays tenor saxophone and bagpipes in his new work, Ancient and Future Airs, published from Clean Feed and recorded on June 15, 2008.

From the same label, composed and premiered in 2007, is finally out Udentity, a Denman Maroney performance in seven parts, on which we can listen to his famous hyperpiano with Ned Rothenberg (alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet), Dave Ballou (trumpet), Reuben Radding (bass) and Michael Sarin (drums).

Still Clean Feed label. Comes back on stage Gerry Hemigway's WHO trio; we can listen to the drummer with Michel Wintsch (piano) and Banz Oester (bass). The title: Less Is More. Seven tracks.

The Intakt label publishes Still Urban and The Big Picture, two new CDs by Fred Frith, both recorded in january 2008, on which the guitarist plays with ARTE, i.e. a sax quartet formed by Beat Hofstetter (soprano), Sascha Armbruster (alto), Andrea Formenti (tenor) and Beat Kappeler (baritone and alto).



February 2009:

2008 ended with one of the most eagerly awaited reissues: the 8-CD boxed set The Complete Arista Recordings (5000 copies limited edition), Mosaic label restores all of Anthony Braxton's LPs published by Arista between 1974 and 1980. Let's remember the 9 titles: New York, Fall 1974 (rec. 9/1974); Five Pieces 1975 (rec. 7/1975); The Montreux/Berlin Concerts (rec. 7/1975); Creative Orchestra Music 1976 (rec. 2/1976); Duets 1976 (rec. 8/1976); For Trio (rec. 9/1977); For Four Orchestras (rec. 5/1978); Alto Saxophone Improvisations 1979 (rec. mostly 11/1978 and 6/1979); For Two Pianos (rec. 9/1980). With a booklet plenty of photos and extensive liner notes on each session.

Atavistic's The Brain of the Dog in Section is a live performance, recorded in november 2007 at Chicago, on which Peter Brötzmann plays saxophones with Fred Lonberg-Holm at drums.

On the Editio Princeps label, is out Ivo Perelman's The Complete Ibeji Sessions, a double CD that recovers two old sessions performed by the brazilian saxophonist, released by the independent label Ibeji; the former, released as Soccer Land, was recorded in july 1994; the latter, released as Tapeba Songs, was recorded in march 1995. The lineup, with Perelman on tenor: José Eduardo Nazario: drums; Lelo Nazario, keyboards, electronic percussion, electronic bass; Evaldo Guedes, bass; Paulo Bellinati, string guitars; Rodolfo Stroeter, acoustic bass. A limited edition, with 4 bonus tracks.

Berne Concert, for the Intakt label, is a new work by altoist Oliver Lake, performed with Irene Schweizer (piano), Reggie Workman (bass) and Andrew Cyrille (drums). The concert was recorded on november 23, 2007: 7 tracks, lasting one hour.

Shakti (for AUM Fidelity label) is David Ware's first new work in almost 6 years. A studio session recorded in may 2008, with David on tenor sax, Joe Morris on guitar and percussion, William Parker on bass and Warren Smith on drums.

The Californian label RLR (Record Label Records) recovers a never released session by Sonny Rollins. Tokyo 1963 documents a live performance recorded just in Tokyo, september 19, 1963, whose importance is based above all in the lineup: with Sonny on tenor, played Reshid Kmal Ali (trumpet); Paul Bley (piano); Henry Grimes (bass); Roy McCurdy (drums); and Betty Carter, that sings in 2 of 7 pieces.

For the Gambit label, is out The Paris Concerts 1965-1966. So, are finally available on CD two old french sessions by Ornette Coleman, on which the altoist plays with rhythm section of David Izenzon (bass) and Charles Moffett (drums). Performed in Paris, november 4, 1965, (4 pieces) and february 12, 1966 (3 pieces).

The Mutable Music releases Beyond The Boundary of Time, the last live performance known by Leroy Jenkins before his death, with his legendary Revolutionary Ensemble. The lineup, reformed for the occasion, was the same: Leroy Jenkins (violin); Sirone (bass); Jerome Cooper (drums). Recorded on may 25, 2005 in Warsaw, Poland. 5 pieces, one for each of members, and 2 group improvisations.

The Lonehill Jazz label releases Eric Dolphy & John Lewis Play Kurt Weill, one of the last musical documents ever recorded by the great altoist and flautist, for the occasion with the MJQ pianist, an old performance on which Dolphy played the first session (he departed his life before the second, planned for the year after). This CD collects 7 tracks from old LP Mack the Knife and other Berlin Theatre Songs of Kurt Weill, whose personnel was: Eric Dolphy (as, fl), John Lewis (p), Nick Travis (tp), Thad Jones (cnt), Mike Zwerin (b-tp, arr), Jerome Richardson (as, b-cl), Jimmy Raney (g), Richard Davis (b), Connie Kay (d). As first session were recorded three pieces (with Dolphy), in NYC, on january 10, 1964. The second session, without Eric, was recorded on june 1, 1965. As bonus tracks, three pieces recorded on september 1960 with Dolphy, Benny Golson (ts), Jimmy Giuffre (bs), John Lewis (p), Jim Hall (g), George Duvivier (b) and Connie Kay (d), among others.

Trumpetist Tom Harrell, after having recorded in april 2007 for Abeat label The Cube, a session with an italian lineup: Dado Moroni (piano); Andrea Dulbecco (vibes, marimba); Riccardo Fioravanti (double bass); Enzo Zirilli (drums, percussion); Stefano Bagnoli (drums) - comes back on stage for High Note label, with Prana Dance, recorded in New Jersey on may and june 2008. He plays trumpet and flugelhorn with Wayne Escoffery (sorpano and tenor sax), Danny Grissett (piano, Fender Rhodes), Ugonna Okegwo (bass) and Johnathan Blake (drums).

Pianist Matthew Shipp's latest performances come with Joe Morris on bass and Whit Dickey on drums. The trio has released two CDs for the Thirsty Ears label. The first has been Piano Vortex, recorded in New York, february 28, 2007. The second is called Harmonic Disorder, and has been recorded in august 2008.

The Emanem label presents Check For Monsters, a trio on which pianist Steve Beresford plays with Okkyung Lee on cello and Peter Evans on trumpet; the performance dates back to march 2008.

For the Porter label, is out Live in Amsterdam 2008, that collects Joe Fonda (bass), Barry Altschul (drums) and Billy Bang (violin). Recorded in Amsterdam, on April 16, 2008.

After Epicycle, Alfredo Costa Monteiro presents his new solo recording (a solo piece half hour lenght): Centre of Mass, for Another Timbre Byways label, on which he plays cymbal and resonant objects. Recorded in june 2008.

Etchings is a new work by Paul Dunmall, a DVD limited edition for DUNS label, on which the tenorist plays with Tony Orrell on drums. the performance was recorded recorded on 16 August 2006. Dunmall plays also soprano in pairs with violinist Roman Mints in Exodus, for Quartz label, whose recording dates back to may 2008.

For Creative Sources label, is out Noite, recorded in Lisbon on october 2007 by the quartet: Jean-Luc Guionnet (alto saxophone), Guilherme Rodrigues (cello), Ernesto Rodrigues (viola) and Seijiro Murayama (percussion).


January 2009:

Concertos, for ECM, is a seven one-movement «concertos» composed by Michael Mantler, on which ex JCOA collects several musicians and styles (Majella Stockhausen and Pedro Carneiro for avantgarde music, Roswell Rudd for jazz, Nick Mason for rock, among others) conducted by Roland Kluttig. Recorded november 2007.

Reel Recordings specializes in restored and forgotted english new jazz-rock sessions from '70 and '80. Here you can see the list of recovered sessions, from Keith Tippett, Elton Dean, Harry Miller, Kevin Ayers among others.

Monk, from Gramercy Park label, is a new Han Bennink's work, on which the drummer plays together Michiel Borstlap on piano and Ernst Glerum on bass. 12 tracks, recorded at Chicken Village Studio, Antwerp, April 2008.

Anthony Braxton's Composition N° 361, a work over 70 minutes, has been released by Victo as titled 12+1tet (Victoriaville) 2007, on which 13 musicians played live at the 24th Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville on May 2007.

Collected Fiction is an Okka Disk 2 CD collaboration on which Ken Vandermark plays reeds with a bass-quartet: Kent Kessler, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Nate McBride and Wilbert de Joode. Recorded in february 2008.

Iron Wedding is a «four-hands piano solo» for Intakt label, on which Alexander von Schlippenbach plays together Aki Takase 17 tracks, recorded in Berlin, March 2008.

Cuneiform too rediscovers old english jazz-rock sessions from '70 and '80. Golden Section is the title for a never issued work from Isotope, a lineup with Gary Boyle, Hugh Hopper and others. 13 tracks, recorded from july 1974 to may 1975.

New World releases on 4 CDs old and recent records from Alvin Curran and his Musica Elettronica Viva, titled MEV 40. Old tracks are on first CD, recorded in october 1967 and december 1972. Most recent are on the fourth CD, recorded june 2002 and august 2007.

French label Rogueart presents several releases. 1) Turn, a Roscoe Mitchell's quintet with 14 tracks recorded January 2005 played as following: Roscoe Mitchell, soprano, alto, tenor and bass saxophones, flute, piccolo, percussion; Corey Wilkes, trumpet, flugelhorn, small percussion; Craig Taborn, piano; Jaribu Shahid, bass, electric bass, small percussion; Tani Tabbal, drums, percussion; 2) No Side Effects, always Roscoe Mitchell, but is a trio this time, on which the saxophonists plays with Harrison Bankhead on bass and cello, and Vincent Davis on drums; 3) Salute to 100001 stars: a tribute to Jean Genet, played by lineup Declared Enemy, with Matthew Shipp, piano; Sabir Mateen, clarinets, alto saxophone; William Parker, double bass; Gerald Cleaver, drums; Denis Lavant, spoken words. Recorded on December 2004 (instrumental) and June 2005 (spoken words); 4) Right Hemisphere, self-titled from Matthew Shipp's new lineup, on which the pianist is with Rob Brown, alto saxophone; Joe Morris, double bass; Whit Dickey, drums. Recorded on January 2006 at New York; 5) Un piano, a «piano solo» by Matthew Shipp, 12 tracks recorded on July 2007 at New York; 6) Spiller Alley, with trio Larry Ochs (sopranino and tenor saxophones), Miya Masaoka (koto) and Peggy Lee (cello). Recorded live in Europe in April 2006.

>From Erstwhile label, news about Keith Rowe. ErstLive 007, a «one track solo» on which he plays guitar and electronics, recorded in Tokyo on 20 September 2008; and ErstLive 006, a duo on which he plays same instruments with Taku Nami at computer and mandolin. Another «one track», recorded the day before.

News for Günter Müller too. For 4 Ears label has released: 1) Taste Tribes, a collaboration on which he plays electronics with Alfred 23 Harth (tenor saxophone, clarinet), Kaoss Pad (thumb piano, voice, Dochirak con arco) and Hans Joachim Irmler (organ). 5 tracks recorded in August 2007; 2) msa, an all-electronics and synthesizer work with Jason Kahn and Norbert Moslang. 6 tracks recorded during a sudamerican tour in 2007.

Meenna label presents Core Anode, new work by Otomo Yoshihide on which guitarist and turntablist is with a 21 musicians ensemble, and plays 3 tracks, respectively recorded in december 2002, july and december 2006. Rossbin label releases Chadbourne Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, on which guitarist collects 16 compositions recorded with another ensemble (15 musicians) between 2002 and 2006.

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