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US bebop clarinetist Buddy De Franco, who played in '50s with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman, and was later bandleader of Glen Miller Orchestra, died on december 24, at 91.
Soulfood Available (Clean Feed, 2014) documents the july 2013 meeting at 54th Ljubljana Jazz Festival between the trio of Peter Brotzmann (tenor and alto saxes, b-flat clarinet, tarogato), John Edwards (double bass) and Steve Noble (drums). From the concert were extracted three pieces (notably the 44-minute title-track). Another album of free improvisation.
First Recordings (Trost, 2014) documents the very first compositions, found in the archives of FMP, by the Schlippenbach Trio, formed by the pianist with Evan Parker (tenor and soprano saxes) and Paul Lovens (drums). Recorded in april 1972, the album collects four pieces, among which the 38-minute Deals.
It Is Revealed is a ltd ed. DoLP that documents a studio may 1963 jam session, originally released by Zounds, and now restored by Doxy. The album features Prince Lasha on flute, Sonny Simmons on alto sax, Clifford Jordan on tenor sax, Don Cherry on trumpet, Fred Lyman on flugelhorn, Bill Wood & Orville Harrison on basses and Charles Moffett on drums. Among the three pieces, the 21-minute Lost Generation.
Mess Hall (Hatology, 2014) documents five extended pieces completely improvised for a studio album recorded in october 2011 by guitarist Joe Morris, who led a trio along with Stave Lantner (electric keyboard) and Jerome Deupree (drums).
Ltd ed. CD 28 Rue Dunois Juillet 1982 (Fou, 2014) documents two unreleased sets recorded at that date in a theatre by the quartet of Derek Bailey (guitar), Joelle Landre (double bass), Evan Parker (tenor and soprano saxes) and George Lewis (trombone). They performed two long compositions (36 and 43 minutes).
Victo presents Evan Parker's Seven ElectroAcoustic Septet, the namesake album by the new notable project the sopranoist created along with Okkyung Lee (cello), George Lewis (electronics and trombone), Sam Pluta and Ikue Mori (electronics), Ned Rothenberg (clarinets and shakuhachi) and Peter Evans (trumpet). The two long pieces they performed live in may 2014 are Seven-1 (46 minutes) and Seven-2 (19 minutes).
Space/Time - Redemption (TUM, 2014) documents the first duo recording by drummer Milford Graves (here also on vocals), and bassist Bill Laswell. They composed five extended pieces, among which Another Space (17:30 minutes) and Another Time (15:30 minutes). The duo premiered these compositions the last april.
The vinyl Harmon Gymnasium, University of California, Berkeley CA, April 7th 1967 (Keyhole, 2014) documents a concert recorded at that date by Miles Davis with his second quintet: Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Albert Stinson (bass), and Tony Williams (drums). Among the pieces, the only live recording of Dolores, and the well known Stella By Starlight.
The vinyl Whole Lotta Vole, released by finnish label Tyyfus, documents the two-part namesake suite (37 minutes) recorded live in september 2005 by Borbetomagus, consisting this time by the trio of Donald Miller (electric guitar) and Don Dietrich and Jim Sauter (both on saxes), featuring a jazz noise permormance.
Life In Four Parts (FMR, 2014) documents the Paul Dunmall sextet in a studio album recorded in march 2014 for the leader's birthday celebrations. This extended lineup with guests performed four extended pieces. Featuring Mike Fletcher (alto sax, flute, bagpipes), Chris Mapp (bass), Mark Sanders (drums), Mike Hurley (piano, organ), Percy Pursglove (trumpet) and the leader on tenor sax, flute, bagpipes.
Iorram presents The Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra with their studio album Improcherto (for HB), whose namesake suite (39 minutes) was recorded in march 2011. The orchestra, let's remember, features an "all acoustic" 20-member ensemble, among which, in this release, Lol Coxhill (soprano sax) & Evan Parker (tenor sax).
The CD Five Lines (Mikroton, 2014) features the namesake 40-minute suite recorded in september 2010 meeting of five electroacoustic improvisers: Casey Anderson (computer, objects, radio), Jason Kahn (analog synthesizer, radio, mixing board), Norbert Mslang (cracked everyday-electronics), Gnter Mller (ipods, electronics) and Mark Trayle (computer and electronics). The album features a combination of digital and analog instruments also noise and experimental sounds oriented, with many improvisations.
The quartet of bassist Pascal Niggenkemper, saxophonist Dave Rempis, drummer Chris Corsano and trumpeter Nate Wooley presents From Wolves To Whales (Aerophonic, 2014), a studio album recorded in february 2014. The five extended pieces they performed alternate solo and collective creations, largely improvised, but also song-form moments.
Rhodri Davies (acoustic & electric harp) and John Butcher (acoustic & amplified sax) present Routing Lynn (Ftarri, 2014), recorded in march 2014, consisting of a single 35-minute track. The music was integrated by electronics simulating natural sounds.
Bishopsgate Concert (Treader, 2014) features Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet & zurna (an arabic reed) and John Tilbury on piano. This disc consists of four solos (the starting Tilbury piano solo and three by Leo Smith), plus a 32-minute duo set.
Spring Heel Jack's Live In Antwerp (Treader, 2014) features Pat Thomas on piano & electronics, Alex ward on clarinet, Paul Lytton on drums, Ashley wales on electronics & samples and John Coxon on electric guitar. Recorded at the WIM Free Music Festival in Antwerp in september 2007. From the concert was extracted a 50-minute track.
Another Treader release: Spukhafte Fernwirkung (an expression by Einstein usually translated "spooky action at a distance") by the notable octet of Lori Freedman on clarinets, John Butcher on tenor & soprano saxes, Rhodri Davies on harps, Paul Lovens on percussion, Furt's Richard Barrett & Paul Obermayer on electronics and Phil Minton & Ute Wassermann on voices. This concert was recorded in october 2012, but the disc also features a studio piece.
The DoLP Five Concertos For Percussion Ensemble And Soloist (Cantaloupe, 2014) by drummer and composer Bobby Previte, assembles his new project Terminals, who performed five concertos for percussion ensemble and soloists, each inspired by terminal maps that Previte has noticed in airports around the world. Recorded in january 2014 by a lineup reuniting his So Percussion quartet along with Nels Cline (guitar), John Medeski (piano and organ) and Zeena Parkins (electric and acoustic harp). This is the second version of a work whose version 1 was premiered in march 2011. Extensively presented here.
Then & Now (Trost, 2014) is a DoLP credited to Christof Kurzmann, who gathered unreleased solos, duos and special collaborations with Warner Dafeldecker (bass), Ken Vandermark (clarinet), Mats Gustafsson (soprano sax), Robert Wyatt (trumpet), Mats Gustafsson, Tony Buck (drums), John Butcher (soprano and tenor saxes) and many more. He, on bass, vocals, electronics and alto sax alternated electronica, avant-garde and improvisations and political songs.
The 2CD set Chicago, April 1951 (Uptown, 2014) features Lennie Tristano on piano, Lee Konitz on alto sax, Warne Marsh on tenor sax, Willie Dennis on trombone, Buddy Jones on bass and Mickey Simonetta on drums. This set collects 14 previously unreleased tracks the pianist recorded at the Blue Note Jazz Club in Chicago at the title date: Sound-Lee (9:21); All The Things You Are (8:59); Sax Of A Kind (5:10); Background Music (8:10); I'll Remember April (9:17); I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me Variations (7:38); These Foolish Things (3:30); No Figs (9:48); Palo Alto (7:54); Judy (3:53); Pennies > From Heaven (8:28); Tautology (7:45).
ECM release Hamburg '72 documents the notable trio of Keith Jarrett (piano, flute, percussion and soprano sax), Charlie Haden (double bass) and Paul Motian (drums) in a june 1972 unreleased and remixed concert. This trio was formed since 1966. Among the pieces, a particular 14-minute version of Haden's Song For Che.
Another ECM release is the DVD Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi, the ambitious soundtrack of a Prashant Bhargava film, whose music was composed by Vijay Iyer, who plays piano and electronics accompanied by the International Contemporary Ensemble led by Adam Sliwinski. As state credits, this soundtrack was "inspired by the centennial of the Stravinsky-Nijinsky Le Sacre du Printemps to explore another of rite of spring: the Hindu festival of Holi, famous for its revelry of color in celebration of the love between the divine Krishna and Radha. The orchestra also features flute, alto flute, piccolo, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, contrabassoon, two trumpets, a string trio, percussion and another piano.
Hidros 6 - Knockin' (Not Two, 2014) is a 5-CD/2-LP/1-DVD box-set documenting Mats Gustafsson' NU ensemble and The Thing, plus solo performances recorded in october 2013. The leader, on slide, tenor, baritone and bass saxes, electronics and piano mate, was accompanied by: Ingebrigt Hker Flaten and Jon Rune Strom (bass), Per Ake Holmlander (tuba), dieb13 (turntables), Kjell Nordeson (vibes, drums, flexatone, glockenspiel), Agusti Fernandez (piano and organ), Christer Bothen (bass clarinet and guimbri), Joe McPhee (pocket trumpet, tenor sax and space organ), Peter Evans (trumpets), Stine Janvind Motland (vocals) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums). The pieces was mostly improvised and almost very long: let's remember a 26-minute reworking of Coltrane's India by The Thing along with Joe McPhee, and a 29-minute Duo between Agusti Fernandez on piano and Kjell Nordeson on vibes.
Nucleus with Leon Thomas' Live 1970 (Gearbox, 2014) is a DoLP of almost 70 minutes of music recorded at june 1970 Montreux Jazz festival, and now officially released. Nucleus performed vocalist Leon Thomas' repertoire. Also, among the pieces, a reworking of The Creator Has a Master Plan, originally on Pharoah Sanders' Karma. Let's remember the Nucleus' lineup: Ian Carr (trumpet, flugelhorn), Karl Jenkins (oboe, piano), Brian Smith (soprano and tenor saxes, flute), Chris Spedding (guitar), Jeff Clyne (bass) and John Marshall (drums).
The duo of pianist Dave Burrell and trombonist Steve Swell recorded live in january 2013 Turning Point (NoBusiness, 2014), an album featuring six new compositions by the pianist.
Still by NoBusiness, another live album, Medicine Buddha, by Billy Bang (on violin and thumb piano) and William Parker (bass, shakuhashi, dousn gouni), featuring, among other, the 22-minute title track and the 14-minute Eternal Planet (Dedicated to Leroy Jenkins), composed by Parker, whereas other pieces was composed together by the two. Recorded in may 2009.
Room (Mack Ave, 2014) features the guitar duo of Nels Cline and Julian Lage. They recorded ten original pieces in december 2013. Lage, on stage since 2008, is a contemporary and post bop guitarist who recorded already two credited albums, also collaborating with Fred Hersch and Gary Burton in other recordings. Cline, this time, plays without effects pedals or looping devices, while improvisations come mostly by Lage.
Funnel To A Thread (ReR, 2014) is the latest Biota's album. The 21 pieces have been some five years in the making. The lineup: Bill Sharp, Gordon Whitlow, Tom Katsimpalis, Larry Wilson, Charles O'Meara, Mark Piersel, Randy Yeates, James Gardner, Kristianne Gale, Randy Miotke, and Dave Zekman.
Michael Mantler's The Jazz Composer's Orchestra Update (ECM, 2014), released more than forty-five years later the original release, features Mantler's variations on album scores, reimagining the original by JCOA, with the original instrumentation but eliminating duplicatied instruments. The trumpetist recorded it in august and september 2013, along with the Nouvelle Cuisine Big Band conducted by Christoph Cech and featuring: Harry Sokal: tenor and soprano saxophones; Wolfgang Puschnig: alto sax, flute; Bjarne Roup: guitar; David Helbock: piano; Radio String Quartet Vienna: Bernie Mallinger, Ingmar Jenner: violin; Cynthia Liao: viola; Asja Valcic: cello. The reworking feature a bit of progressive rock atmospheres, above all by the guitarist.
The trio of Tom Chant (tenor and soprano saxes), John Edwards (double bass) and Eddie Prevost (drums) presents All Change (Matchless, 2014), a live album recorded in june 2012 and featuring a very long (74 minutes) two-part suite, with many improvisations. Tom Chant is a saxtenorist, clarintestist but also pianist on stage since 1999. He also worked with Ferran Fages and London Improvisers Orchestra. All Change is his third cocredited album.
The 4CD boxset Mad Dogs On The Loose (Not Two, 2014) gathers several small Barry Guy's Orchestra formations, who recorded sixteen pieces. Among the lineups, let's mention the well known Tarfala Trio (Mats Gustafsson, Barry Guy and Raymond Strid) and the ensemble gathering the leader along with pianist Agusti Fernandez, Evan Parker, Mats Gustafsson, Hans Koch and Herb Robertson. Among the other musicians, let's mark also violinist Maya Homburger, trombonist Johannes Bauer and drummer Paul Lytton. The tracks were recorded in november 2010.
Red Toucan presents Extremes, by the trio of Evan Parker and Paul Dunmall (both on tenor sax) and Tony Bianco (drums). They recorded in june 2014 three pieces: the brief All Ways (5:30 minutes) and the long title track (32 minutes) and Horus (23:50).
The Process (M.O.D. Technologies, 2014) is credited to the trio of Bill Laswell (bass, guitar and electronics), Jon Batiste (piano, electric piano and organ), and Chad Smith (drums), which also collaborated to TV on the Radio vocalist Tunde Adebimpe and trumpetist Toshinori Kondo. The eleven pieces they created feature a very funky jazz-rock, much improvised.
The posthumous vinyl Hindukush Serenade (Holiday, 2014) features John Tchicai and his longtime collaborator Hartmut Geerken in a may 1977 concert, on which the reedist played alto and soprano saxes, flute, bandura, tibetian bells, piano and percussion, whereas the keyboardist was on piano, prepared piano, piano strings, harp and gong. From the concert were extracted these three unreleased tracks, particularly the 24-minute Invocations For Angels And Demons, that sports a mix of jazz and world music.
The 2CD set Innerconnection (by NoBusiness), is a studio album credited to Ted Daniel's Energy Module, that gathers the leader (trumpet, flugelhorn, French hunting horn, Moroccan bugle) along with Daniel Carter (tenor sax), Oliver Lake (alto and soprano saxes, piccolo, cow bell), Richard Pierce (bass) and Tatsuya Nakamura (drums). The album, inspired by the namesake Dewey Redman recording (here reworked in a 25-minute version), collects in the first CD another jazz cover (Ayler's 15-minute version Ghosts), the rest being leader's compositions (especially the 32-minute Entering/Congeniality/Pagan Spain). Ted Daniel debuted in october 1970, when he recorded his namesake album along with his sextet, that also featured Hakin Jami, the bassist who played on Archie Shepp's Attica Blues. Innerconnection was studio recorded in november 1975, and never released until now.
Intakt releases two new album by Fred Frith. The first, Backscatter Bright Blue, is cocredited with bassist Barry Guy, and was studio recorded in august 2007. The ten pieces the duo composed are so presented by Guy: "Never having performed on the same stage... with the medium of improvisation being collaborative... both of us intently "listening in" to the other's sound world and extending our own techniques to create surprising new colours". The second album, Edge Of The Light, was studio recorded in july 2010, being cocredited with Danish composer and saxophonist Lotte Anker, cofounder with Ture Larsen of the Copenhagen Art Ensemble, and on stage since 1995; he played and recorded with Marilyn Crispell, Craig Taborn, Ikue Mori and Sylvie Courvoisier. The guitarist presents the eight pieces they composed as "Intensely, easy going, obstinately flexible, convolutedly simple, strangely obvious".
Still Fred Frith. The Natural Order (Northern Spy, 2014) documents a collaboration between the guitarist and John Butcher (soprano and tenor saxes). Studio recorded in october 2009, its ten pieces feature a single session without overdubs, with loud volumes and guitar drones. The duo recorded the album, says Frith, "to see what would happen. To have fun. To deepen the conversation"; Butcher instead speaks about it as "characterised a fair bit of my duo encounters with Fred is working at (for me) high volume. And I really wanted to get into, to go with, the energy of that - but without travelling to some of the overdone places where power often pushes a saxophone".
Another NoBusiness studio album just released is Five Fizzles For Samuel Beckett, a vinyl that documents five "solo bass" compositions by Barry Guy he composed and recorded in a church in january 2009.
Bill Frisell' Guitar in the Space Age! (Okeh, 2014) documents the guitarist's lineup (Greg Leisz on pedal steel and electric guitar, Tony Scherr on bass and Kenny Wollesen on drums and vibes) performing two new compositions by the leader, the rest being an "electric" reworking of famous old acoustic covers: Baja, by Lee Hazlewood, Surfer Girl (Beach Boys), Pete Seeger's Turn, Turn Turn, Kinks' Tired Of Waiting For You, etc.). Frisell explains: "Growing up as a kid in the early `60s, it seemed as if anything was possible - the future was going to be so great. But at the same time there was a serious sense of fear: the Cold War, duck and cover, the civil rights struggle -Vietnam was on the way. So while there was something really liberating and empowering about coming of age during that time, there was also a lot of darkness-it just had to leave a mark on you."
Life On Sandpaper (FMR, 2014), a studio album recorded in august 2012, documents the collaboration of celloist Fred Lonberg-Holm with his long time colleague Frode Gjerstad (here on clarinets and an unusual bass saxophone). The nine pieces they composed feature counterpointed dialogs and free improvisations.
Again by FMR, Trevor Watts studio recorded in june 2014 Veracity, a "solo alto sax" album that collects 13 lyrical and "strong" pieces (brief, but the final title-track) composed by the SME member.
Still FMR. The Ravens Look, studio recorded in february 2013, is credited to the trio of Paul Dunmall (soprano sax, clarinets, contrabassoon), Philip Gibbs (acoustic guitar) and Neil Metcalfe (flute). The six tracks (among which the 16-minute The Great Swan Awaits Us) feature a basically melodic approach, with many counterpoints.
The Last Judgement (Tzadik, 2014) is the final John Zorn's project Moonchild album, performed with Mike Patton (vocals), Trevor Dunn (bass), Joey Baron (drums) and John Medeski (organ). The suite Zorn composed features a lyrical approach.
Dave Liebman's project Expansions presents Samsara (Whaling City Sound, 2014), featuring the leader on soprano sax and wooden flute, Bobby Avey on piano and electric piano, Matt Vashlishan on alto sax, clarinet and flute, Tony Marino on electric and acoustic basses, Alex Ritz on drums. Their eleven pieces feature an avant-garde approach, with collective improvisations.
3CD set Youuu + Mee = Weee (Sub Rosa, 2014) is the first recorded collaboration between Charlemagne Palestine and Rhys Chatham. These 166 minutes see Palestine on Bsendorfer piano, Yamaha organ, and voice, and Chatham on trumpet, loop pedal and electric guitar.
The Most Painful Time Happens Only Once Has it Arrived Already...? (Ideologic Organ Soma, 2014) documents the project Nazoranai by Keiji Haino (guitar, vocals, and synth), Oren Ambarchi (drums) and Stephen O'Malley (bass), on the follow-up of their self-titled debut album. Recorded in july 2013, this vinyl/CD collects four long tracks, featuring improvised rock-based shapes. Haino and Ambarchi, along with Jim O'Rourke, keep to collaborate together for another vinyl: Tea Time For Those Determined To Completely Exhaust Every Bit of This Body They've Been Given (Black Truffle, 2014), their sixth release, that documents the entire second set of the march 2013 concert at SuperDeluxe (the first was the album Only Wanting To Melt Beautifully...). This second set sees them on the "classic" instrumentation of guitar, bass and drums.
Peter Evans Quintet, after having debuted in 2011 with Ghosts, comes back with the same lineup but the pianist Ron Stabinski, who replaced Carlos Homs. The new album, Destination: Void, (More Is More, 2014) sees the group debuting four new compositions (among which the 27-minute Tresillo) by Evans, with many improvisations. The leader is on trumpet, piccolo trumpet, compositions, along with Ron Stabinsky (piano), Tom Blancarte (bass), Jim Black (drums) and Sam Pluta (live electronics). Studio recorded in march 2013, the pieces were rehearsed in concerts since 2011. Still by Evans, the vinyl Event Horizon (Carrier, 2014) is the follow-up of the 2012 Sum And Difference, and features the trumpetist with Sam Pluta on laptop in three pieces, mixing counterpoints with unified sonic entities. Recorded live in fall 2013.
After her two albums of Coin Coin project, Gens De Couleur Libres (july 2010) and Mississippi Moonchile (november 2012), altoist Matana Roberts comes back with another project trio, formed with Canadian guitarist Sam Shalabi and bassist Nicolas Caloia. Feldspar, their first album, was recorded in december 2011. The seven pieces mix avantgarde rock, melodies and improvisations. Shalabi recorded in 2012 the latest album of his Effect, Feign To Delight Gaiety Of Gods, a 2CD set released by Annihaya. The lineup was comprising of Will Eizlini (percussion, violin, keyboards, samples), John Heward (drums, voice), Anthony von Seck (electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards), Osama Shalabi aka Peggy Lipton (electric guitar, oud, keyboards), Alexandre St-Onge (electric and acoustic bass, keyboards, voice).
Transmigration Of The Magus (Tzadik, 2014) This newest release by John Zorn's Gnostic Trio expands the group into a sextet, featuring Bill Frisell (guitar), John Medeski (organ), Bridget Kibbey and Carol Emanuel (harps), Al Lipowski and Kenny Wollesen (vibes, bells). Nine pieces.
Storms (Glacial Erratic, 2014) documents a duo guitar comprising of well known Joe Morris and his emergent collaborator Chris Cretella. In april and may 2014 they studio recorded ten acoustic pieces, freely interpreted.
Icepick is the trio project by Nate Wooley (trumpet), Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten (bass) and Chris Corsano (drums). They debuted with the cassette Hexane (Astral Spirits, 2014), recorded live in november 2013 and featuring the two long pieces Heptane (17 minutes) and Pentane (26 minutes), basically improvised.
Reverse Blue is the new project by Mary Halvorson. The self-titled debut album (Relative Pitch, 2014) features the guitarist with Chris Speed on tenor sax & clarinet, Eivind Opsvik on double bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. Half of the ten songs was written by Halvorson, pluys one each by the other musicians. The sound is progressive rock oriented, but with many moments of calm, textures and intimate counterpoints. Recorded in december 2013.
Corbett Vs. Dempsey presents Flats Fixed, a september 1998 studio recording by the trio of two bassists Peter Kowald and Kent Kessler with celloist Fred Lonberg-Holm. The planned CD wasn't released for the sudden death of Kowald. The same label releases Sonic STREET Chicago, recorded in november 2013 by Thurston Moore, featuring a single improvisation by the guitarist.
Oliver Lake's Organ Quartet presents What I Heard (Passin' Thru, 2014), that features the leader on alto sax, flute & compositions, Jared Gold on Hammond B3 organ, Freddie Hendrix on trumpet and Chris Beck on drums.
Short-Sighted Dream Colossus (Bag, 2014) features John Dieterich on guitars, Ben Goldberg on clarinet and Scott Amendola on drums. The trio recorded in august 2010 fifteen pieces relatively short, each of them being quite different in sound and structure.
ICP Orchestra's East Of The Sun (ICP, 2014) has been recorded in march 2014, reuniting a notable ensemble: Ernst Glerum (bass), Tristan Honsinger (cello and vocals), Michael Moore (clarinet and alto sax), Ab Baars and Tobias Delius both on clarinet and tenor sax, Thomas Heberer on cornet, Han Bennink on drums and vocals, Guus Janssen on piano and organ, Wolter Wierbos on trombone and Mary Oliver on violin, viola and vocals. This is the first ICP Orchestra release without the pianist Misha Mengelberg. 14 pieces, mostly brief and mostly improvised. Mengelberg, anyway, contributed writing four pieces.
Frangloband (Gonzo, 2014) features Patrice Meyer on guitar, Pierre-Olivier Govin on baritone & alto saxes, Hugh Hopper on electric bass and Francois Verly on drums & tablas, plus Gong's Didier Malherbe as guest on bamboo flute & soprano sax. This is the second CD of unreleased Hugh Hopper rarities that was produced by Canterbury specialist Mike King. This volume features Mr. Hopper's project Frangloband. This set was recorded live in march 2003. Hopper wrote six piece, the seventh being the John Coltrane's cover Mr. Syms.
Saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, with pianist Craig Taborn (and here also on organ and synthesizers) and drummer Kikanju Baku, present Conversations I (Wide Hive, 2014), that collects ten pieces of pure avantgarde jazz. The follow-up, Conversations II (Wide Hive, 2014) collects other 11 pieces, was recorded in the same studio session (september 2013).
Gerry Hemingway's WHO Trio releases The WHO Zoo (Auricle, 2014), their first album in five years after the previous february 2008 Less Is More. The lineup is the same, with bassist Banz Oester and pianist Michel Wintsch, but the new 2CD set (recorded between november 2011 and december 2013) adds other instruments, Hemingway being also on harmonica and vocals and Wintsch also on synthesizers. The acoustic first CD collects seven pieces, whose approach isn't yet away from song format, even if mostly improvised. Secon CD gathers three very long tracks (among which the 25-minute Lamp Bowl), and is more free form.
Not Two presents two new albums by Ken Vandermark. His DKV Trio, along with Kent Kessler (bass) and Hamid Drake (drums & percussion) recorded the 5CD set Sound In Motion In Sound, while the 6CD set of Nine Ways To Read A Bridge was performed by the reedist with a very notable lineup: Agusti Fernandez (piano & prepared piano on the album 1), Christof Kurzmann (electronics & voice on the album 2), Joe McPhee (pocket trumpet, tenor & alto saxes, alto clarinet on the album 3), Joe Morris (electric guitar on the album 4), Nate Wooley (trumpet) and Paul Lytton (drums & percussion) on the album 5), John Tilbury (piano) and Eddie Prevost (percussion) on the album 6.
Sun Ra Arkestra's vinyl Crystal Spears, is a multisession album recorded in 1973 originally projected as an Impulse! release and out only now as an extreme limited edition (75 copies only), featuring four tracks arranged by the leader (on organ, marimba, mini-moog, electronic vibes, gong, rocksichord) along with Akh Tal Ebah and Kwame Hadi (both on trumpet and percussion), Marshall Allen (oboe, alto sax, flute and piccolo), Danny Davis (alto sax, flute and percussion), John Gilmore (tenor sax), Eloe Omoe (clarinet and percussion), Danny Ray Thompson (baritone sax and bongos), Clifford Jarvis (drums), Atakatune and Odun (congas) and Eugene Brennan (percussion). Among the pieces, the 20-minute Sunrise in the Western Sky. Again by Sun Ra & His Astro Infinity Arkestra, Sign Of The Myth (Roaratorio, 2014) is a vinyl documenting a 1972 unreleased session (the same of Pathways To Unknown Worlds) originally to be released by ABC, and left until now unreleaased after the contract was cancelled.
Combat Astronomy's 2CD set Time Distort Nine (Discus, 2014) documents the trio of leader Martin Archer (organ, electric piano, software grand piano, mellotron, laptop, software trumpet, baritone, alto and sopranino saxes, clarinets, glockenspiel) along with Peter Fairclough (drums and percussion) and James Huggett (five string fretless and fretted basses, guitar, programmed drums). They recorded between 2012 and 2014 twelve new pieces (among which the 17-minute Tenser Quadrant and the 21-minute Unity Weapon), mixing overdubbed improvisations, ambient and noise.
My Cat Is An Alien's 3xLP Abstract Expressionism For The Ears (Opax, 2014) documents over 2 hours of music recorded in february 2014 with the collaboration of Belgian Cdric Stevens (aka Acid Kirk), who recently collaborated in Fennesz's new album Becs. The extended pieces feature abstract sounds, drones and noise and textures. Roberto Opalio was on voices, pedal effects, electronic devices, and vertical piano; his brother Maurizio on self-made string instruments, pedal effects, cymbal, piano strings; Cdric Stevens played electric guitar, analogue modular system, minimoog. Among the tracks, let's mention the 34-minute two-part suite When The Sun Goes Down There's Nothing Left To Tune and the 25-minute long pieces Shifting At Zero Gravity and Intersection Of Shadows. Furthermore, the vinyl Aurora Coelestis documents the fourth soloist album by Roberto Opalio. It features two new compositions for glockenspiel and voice, recorded in march 2014, minimalistic-oriented. The music created on glockenspiel was run through Roberto's homemade electronics.
1.2. Albert Ayler is an obscure Spontaneous Music Ensemble live recording eriginally released in 1982 by Affinity, now restored as a CD-R. It featured Ron Herman (bass), Trevor Watts (soprano sax), Julie Tippetts (vocals and acoustic guitar) and the leader John Stevens on vocals and percussion. The quartet recorded in 1971 the suite Albert Ayler (obviously in two parts on the old vinyl).
Tikkun (Cuneiform, 2014) documents a collaboration between Richard Pinhas (guitar, synth guitar, effects) and Oren Ambarchi (guitar, loops), along with Joe Talia (drums, effects) Masami Akita aka Merzbow (loops, noise, effects), Duncan Pinhas (sequences, effects, noise) and Eric Borelva (additional drums). This studio album, that features three long tracks, comes with a DVD documenting four lenghty pieces, particularly the 41-minute Paris - Part One - TnVO. Still by Pinhas, Welcome In The Void (Cuneiform, 2014) is a collaboration with Ruin's percussionist Yoshida Tatsuya. The release, recorded in 2013, features the two-part 68-minute suite.
School Days, restored by Emanem, is an album collectively credited to Steve Lacy (soprano sax), Roswell Rudd (trombone), Henry Grimes (double bass), Dennis Charles and Roy Haynes (both on drum set), Thelonious Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax) and John Ore (double bass), documents two sessions (august 1960 and march 1963) from which were collected nine well known Th. Monk's pieces. 1963 session documents the Steve Lacy Quartet (with Rudd/Charles/Grimes). 1960 session features Lacy with the Monk's Quintet. Always by Lacy and still by Emanem, the 2CD set Cycles (1976-80) documents twenty "solo soprano sax performances" recorded live and studio by Lacy and almost all unissued, recorded between november 1976 and december 1980.
Still Emanem restores Spontaneous Music Ensemble's Oliv & Familie (january 1968), adding for this re-release two tracks recorded in february 1969 (the piece Familie, presented in two versions, 20 and 11-minute long).
The 3CD Set Erta Ale (PNL, 2014) documents drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's 11-piece ensemble Large Unit, whose personnel includes Lasse Marhaug on turntable & electronics and Jon Rune Strom on bass, the rest being three brass (cornet, trombone & tuba), two saxists, electric guitar, two basses and two drummers. The music was studio recorded in january and february 2014 (first two CD), and live in june 2014 (third CD). The all long pieces feature solos and collective performances.
The vinyl Babylon (Roaratorio, 2014) documents a collaboration between Joe McPhee and Turkish free-improvisation group Konstrukt, formed in 2008 and well known for his collaborations with Evan Parker, Marshall Allen and Peter Brotzmann. The leader, on tenor sax and pocket trumpet, recorded live in march 2014 four extended pieces, mixing traditional music, raga, free jazz, melodies and electronics. Let's remember the Konstrut's lineup: Korhan Futaci (tenor and alto sax, voice, Moog theremin), Umut Caglar (Micromoog, electric organ, guitar), Ozun Usta (acoustic and upright basses, cura) and Korhan Arguden (drums, old k zildjian cymbals).
Contour (Mikroton, 2014) documents the quartet of Keith Rowe (guitar, electronics), Alfredo Costa Monteiro (accordion, objects), Ilia Belorukov (alto sax, objects, ipod, mini-subwoofer, mini-speaker) and Kurt Liedwart (objects, electronics) who recorded live in april 2013 two long tracks, the 24-minute Two (with Rowe and Monteiro only) and the 36-minute Four (with all the quartet), featuring an abstract and improvised music. The same lineup, but without Monteiro, studio recorded (for Russian label Intonema) Tri, an album more experimental and with massive use of electronics, consisting of two long pieces: the 42-minute S and the 31-minute Bez. Recorded in april 2013.
Recorded in july 2012, Ultima Armonia (Leo, 2014) is the namesake album by the Stevan Tickmayer project the pianist created along with composer and multi-instrumentist Boric Kovac, with the collaboration of bassist Milos Matic and drummer Lav Kovac. They recorded an album of "non jazz", even if it's mostly improvised, based on the traditional music and culture of Carpathian-Balkan area. Extensively presented, along with streaming audios, here.
Recorded in june 2013, DuDu (Libra, 2014) documents Gato Libre, the trumpetist Natsuki Tamura lineup, along with pianist Satoko Fujii, eight lenghty pieces of mostly improvised jazz music, with intriguing moments of mystical and hypnotic sounds, for instance in Scramble. Tamura leads his trio with guitarist Kazuhiko Tsumura and trombonist Yasuko Kaneko, whereas this time Fujii, as guest, is on accordion only.
The self-produced Everything Here Is Possible documents the "Steinway D concert grand piano" duo of Alister Spence and Myra Melford. They studio recorded in november 2012 five extended pieces (especially the 18-minute A Bird Translates), mostly improvised, without overdubs nor editings, but lyrical and quite never abstract.
Again by Leo, Skein documents the sextet of reedist Frank Gratkowski (here on flute, clarinets and alto sax), pianist Achim Kaufmann, bassist Wilbert de Joode, celloist Okkyung Lee, Furt's member Richard Barrett (electronics) and Neck's drummer Tony Buck. Quite totally improvised. Recorded live in may 2013, the album features among the six pieces the 21-minute Schacht.
Black Beauty, the until now unreleased 1973 studio album by Arthur Lee's rock band Love, along with bonus tracks featuring live performances and two unreleased Lee studio cuts, is finally out thanks to High Moon label. Recorded for the Buffalo label, the album remained unreleased because suddenly the company folded. Among the pieces, Product Of Our Times was recorded live in 1970.
Minimal Gods (Cuneiform, 2014) is the new Happy Family in 17 years. The lineup is still the same: Kenichi Morimoto (keyboards), Takahiro Izutani (guitar), Keiichi Nagase (drums), but the new bassist Hidemi Ichikawa who replaced Tatsuya Miyano. Their sound keeps featuring a progressive and avantgarde jazz-rock.
Acid Mothers Temple SWR, who merges AMT's Kawabata Makoto (guitar, voice and guitar synthesizer) and Tsuyama Atsushi (bass, vocals, recorder, soprano sax) with Yoshida Tatsuya (drums, vocal, keyboards, percussion), presents Yes, No & Perhaps, their 6th release for Japan label Magaibutsu. Recorded at several dates between 2009 and 2012, the CD collects 11 tracks.
Canadian trumpetist Kenny Wheeler, on stage since '60s, who worked with many British jazzmen and ensembles, died on september 18 at 84, after a long illness.
American trumpetist, composer and arranger Gerald Wilson, known above all for his collaborations with Jimmie Lunceford's big band, died on september 8 of pneumonia, at 96.
Guitarist Oren Ambarchi and percussionist Eli Keszler present the vinyl Alps (Dancing Wayang, 2014) a two side-long pieces (20 and 15 minutes) album mixing improvisations, noise, rock, and drones. Recorded in june 2013, it features the guitarist also on bowed cymbal and the percussionist also on crotales and spring harp. Keszler started his soloist career in september 2005, releasing since then eight credited albums, and only recently recorded with other musicians (let's remember the november 2010 Ithaca, cocredited with Joe McPhee). Still by Ambarchi, the vinyl Quixotism (Mego, 2014) is an album recorded between 2012-2014, whose five-part suite was composed by the leader on guitars and percussion, who recorded it with John Tilbury (piano), Thomas Brinkmann (computable drums), Matt Chamberlain (drums & electronics), Crys Cole ( contact mics & brushes), Jim O'Rourke and Eyvind Kang (bowed gender & violas), plus the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra conducted by Ilan Volkov. Ambarchi presents an ambitious work, plenty of abstract and experimental textures.
Return The Tides (Cuneiform, 2014) is a DoLP/CD release documenting the latest Rob Mazurek's Sao Paulo Underground album, recorded in spring 2013. The leader, on cornet, electronics and voice, led Mauricio Takara (drums, cavaquinho and voice), Guilherme Granado (keyboards, synths, sampler and voice), Thomas Rohrer (rabeca, electronics, soprano sax and voice), Rogerio Martins (percussion and voice) and Rodrigo Brandao (voice), performing four extended pieces, featuring a mix of electronics, avant-garde jazz, post-rock and noise sounds.
Misha Mengelberg's Nunc! (Nemu, 2014) documents a live concert recorded in december 2011 with a lineup led by the pianist and comprising of Dirk Bell (guitar), Ryan Carniaux (trumpet), Gerd Dudek (tenor sax), Joscha Oetz (bass) and the veteran Nils Tegen (drums). From the performance were extracted three new Misha's compositions: Eleven Steps (6:22), the six-part suite To Heaven (38 minutes) and the two-part Zok! (35 minutes).
So Long, Eric! (intakt, 2014) documents nine Eric Dolphy's compositions (recorded live in june 2014) reinterpreted by the piano duo of Alexander Von Schlippenbach and Aki Takase, and accompanied by the notable ensemble of Karl Berger (vibraphone), Rudi Mahalla (clarinets), Tobias Delius (tenor sax), Henrik Walsd Oorff (alto sax), Axel Drner (trumpet), Nils Wogram (trombone), Wilber De Joode and Antonio Borghini (basses), Han Bennink and Heinrich Kbberling (drums), quite all already interpreters of Dolphy's music. Among the pieces: Out There, Out To Lunch, Serene, Miss Ann, Hat and Beard, Something Sweet Something Tender.
Credited to Weasel Walter and to Talibam!, Polyp (MNOAD, 2014) was recorded by Walter (bass clarinet, guitar, percussion, vocals), Kevin Shea (drums, percussion, electronic drums and vocals) and Matt Mottel (synthesizer, electronics, vocals). The trio composed 11 pieces of pure improvisation and nonsense music. Originally released as a CDR in 2009 with the title: Keep Your Laws Off My Body!, it was reworked and re-sequenced now for an official release.
Charles Lloyd's Manhattan Stories (Resonance, 2014) features the only documented recordings by Charles Lloyd's Quartet, comprising of guitarist Gabor Szabo, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Pete La Roca (the leader was on tenor sax and flute). The short-lived quartet recorded live in september 1965 the six long pieces collected in this 2CD set, among which Lloyd's classic Sweet Georgia Bright and Dream Weaver as well as Szab¢'s Lady Gabor, originally recorded by the Chico Hamilton Quintet.
More and more prolific, John Zorn keeps to produce new albums. Tzadik released just now: 1) The Dream Membrane, a collaborative project trio recorded in june 2014, with the leader (shofar and alto sax), Bill Laswell (bass and drones) and writer/illustrator David Chaim Smith, who reads selections from his book The Awakening Ground; 2) Valentine's Day, new trio version of 2011's Enigmata duo version, performed this time by Trevor Dunn (electric 5-string bass), Marc Ribot (electric guitar) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums); 3) Aguares, the 23th volume of Book of Angel's serie, performed by Masada Octeto, an israelian ensemble led by the Cuban Roberto Rodriguez.
Nachtigall (Klein, 2014) documents a trio organized by Belgian Joachim Badenhorst (clarinets and tenor sax) who reunited John Butcher (tenor and soprano saxes) and Paul Lytton (percussion) for a studio session held in march 2013. The eight pieces they recorded sport an abstruse an quite totally free music, based on decostruction of each instrument.
JVTLANDT presents Otomo Yoshihide&Paal Nilsson-Love, a vinyl that, as title suggests, contains an untitled 34-minute piece live recorded in may 2013 by the guitarist and the drummer. The performance starts from a maelstrom-improvised approach, swithching gradually to a more rarefied, subtle and accessible atmosphere.
Okka restores Baraka, a studio album by well known DVK Trio, that gathers Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake and Kent Kessler. They, respectively on reeds, drums and bass, recorded in february 1997 five tracks collectively composed, among which the namesake Baraka (36 minutes), with massive use of improvisations.
The ltd ed. DoLP Out Loud (Triple Point, 2014) documents the complete and until now unreleased 1974 studio recordings (tapes were discovered a few months ago) by the enigmatic Frank Lowe's quartet, with the leader on tenor and soprano saxes, Joseph Bowie (trombone), William Parker (bass) and Steve Reid (drums), with guest trumpestist Ahmed Abdullah (who worked with Sun Ra Arkestra between 1975 and 1997). The 38-page brochure documents the brief history of this quartet. Among the pieces, let's mark the 23-minute Whew! and the 24-minute Untitled 3.
Szpilman (MultiKulti, 2014), whose title refers to the protagonist of Roman Polanski's film Pianist, a symbol of the survivors of Holocaust, documents an Uri Caine album, on which he reinterpreted in jazz key the music of the pianist. Commissioned by the Narodowy Institute Audiowizualny and premiered in Tzadik festival in Poland in july 2013, this album was recorded with the double-bassist Ksawery Wojcinski and the drummer Robert Rasz.
Maya's release A Moment's Liberty features the Barry Guy's trio Aurora, on which the bassist plays with pianist Agusti Fernandez and drummer Ramon Lopez. They recorded live in may 2013 ten improvised pieces, among which the 18-minute title track.
The Deconstruction Of What You Know is a self-produced 77-minute CD featuring Henry Kaiser on electric guitar, Joshua Allen on tenor sax, Randy Hunt on acoustic bass and William Winant on drums. The lineup produced a free form performance. Still by Kaiser, the 2CD set Collection Of Curiosities For Airplay: 1977-2002 (Playola, 2014) documents 38 tracks collected from 25 years of his career, featuring notable collaborations: Fred Frith, Richard Thompson, David Lindley, Wadada Leo Smith, Harvey Mandel, Steve Kimock, Freddie Roulette, Sergei Kuriokhin, D'Gary and Mike Keneally. A dozen of pieces are solo guitars.
Recorded live in september 2013, World Of Objects (5049 Records, 2014) features Jeremiah Cymerman on clarinet, electronics and post production, Evan Parker on tenor & soprano saxes and Nate Wooley on trumpet. Cymerman composed three pieces (among which the 28-minute Box Of Memories) mixing his mysterious ambient of electronics with the acoustic sound of the reedists.
Doxy restores the DoLP Live At The Cafe Montmartre, a Cecil Taylor live performance recorded in november 1962 and originally released by Debut in 1963, sporting four tracks, among which the 21-minute D Trad, That's What. The re-release features three bonus tracks omitted from the original version, comprising of the freshly composed Nefertiti and a 20-minute Untitled Sample. The pianist led a bass-less trio, featuring Jimmy Lions (alto sax) and Arthur Murray (drums).
Still Doxy restores the DoLP Berlin Concerts, originally released by Enja in 1978, that features Eric Dolphy on flute, clarinet and alto sax in a quintet with George Joyner (bass), Buster Smith (drums), Pepsi Auer (piano) and Benny Bailey (trumpet). They recorded the seven tracks here collected in august 1961. Let's remember: Hot House (19 minutes), When Lights Are Low, (13 minutes), Hi Fly (15 minutes) and I'll Remember April (13 minutes).
Again Doxy restores Chazz!, a very old vinyl credited to Charles Mingus Quintet and recorded before a live audience in december 1955 by the Charles Mingus Quintet; the first release was out by Debut in 1962. The contrabassist led the drummers Max Roach and Willie Jones, the pianist Mal Waldron, the tenorist George Barrow and the trombonist Eddie Bert. The album was later released under the title Mingus At The Boemia.
Rituals (Room40, 2014) collects seven pieces composed in last five years by David Shea, who reunited a lineup comprising of Oren Ambarchi (guitar), Joe Talia (drums) and Jirish Makwana (tablas), while the leader is on electronics, piano, jew's harp and vocals. The album was inspired by traditional ritual music centered on Buddhist and Taoist traditions as well as the work of Luc Ferrari and Giacinto Scelsi.
Cocredited with Swiss soprano and tenor saxophonist Jrg Wickihalder (who also worked with Barry Guy's New York Orchestra), Spring (Intakt, 2014) is the new album by pianist Irene Schweizer, studio recorded in february 2014, on which were collected 10 new pieces composed by the two, plus two Th. Monk's covers.
At The Reception (Songlines, 2014) features the Wayne Horvitz's Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, the big band jazz he formed in 2012, inspired by Butch Morris' conduction. The ensemble (bass, clarinet, piano, drums, four saxes, four trombones and three trumpets) recorded live in march and april 2013. Horvitz also released, always for Songlines, Wish The Children Would Come On Home, studio recorded in august 2013, and featuring 16 brief jazz compositions played on keyboards and electronics along with trombonists Andy Clausen and Willem De Koch, and trumpetists Riley Mulherkar and Zubin Hensler. Still by Horvitz, his project "55: Music and dance in Concrete", created with coreographer Yukio Suzuki, video artist Yohei Saito and engineer Tucker Martine. The self-produced namesake vinyl (recorded in june 2012) features 110 fragments: 55 composed short motifs for chamber music and 55 pieces from various invited improvisers. Among the musicians, let's remember the violist Eyvind Kang. The work was premiered in april 2013. Extensively presented here.
Peter Evans' Mostly Other People Do The Killing, the lineup led by the trumpetist with Jon Irabagon (alto & tenor saxes), Ron Stabinsky (piano), Moppa Elliott (acoustic bass) and Kevin Shea (drums), presents Blue (Hot Cup, 2014), a... true copy of Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue, followed closely, note by note, and now studio recorded after they presented it live in concerts since 2002. Irabagon plays the roles of Coltrane and Adderley (naturally overdubbed), while Evans "is" Miles Davis.
The 2CD set The Abyss (Ertswhile, 2014) features Kevin Drumm on guitar, piano, electronics and tapes and Jason Lescalleet on Hammond organ, Casio, amplified objects & tapes. Recorded between may 2013 and june 2014, it consists of dense and minimalistic ambient landscapes. First CD features seven pieces, particularly the 34-minute namesake suite; second CD takes the 50-minute suite The Echo Of Your Past.
I've Been To Many Places (Thirsty Ear, 2014) is the latest Matthew Shipp solo piano, featuring 17 pieces (three are covers of Summertime, Tenderly and Naima), some older and reworked.
Either Or And (Relative Pitch, 2014) is a collaborative album by Evan Parker ( tenor & soprano saxes) and Sylvie Courvoisier (piano). Eight tracks, recorded in september 2013.
Particularly active in these times, Wadada Leo Smith presents Red Hill (Rare Noise, 2014), on which the trumpetist assembled another notable lineup, comprising of Jamie Saft (piano & Fender Rhodes), Joe Morris (acoustic bass) and Balazs Pandi (drums). The six pieces are mostly free and improvised. Recorded in december 2013. The label speaks extensively of this release.
The 3CD set Phase/Transitions (Pogus, 2014) ) is a multisession work, recorded between september 2008 and august 2012, documenting the follow-up of the Triple Point project Quartet For The End Of Space, with the same lineup, i.e. Pauline Oliveros (V-accordion), Doug Van Nort (granular-feedback expanded instrument system and electronics) and Jonas Braasch (soprano sax). The trio collected 39 electro/acoustic improvisations, with no overdubs nor post-processing.
The 2CD set Love And Ghosts (Aum Fidelity, 2014) documents the third disc from the trio of drummer Gerald Cleaver, bassist William Parker and pianist Craig Taborn. Recorded live in two sessions recorded respectively in studio (first CD) in june 2011 and live in the same month, featuring music mostly improvised in very long tracks, particularly the 21-minute Bisanz and the 18-minute title-track and Comte. Let's remember that the previous two albums were recorded by the trio as the project Farmers By Nature. The first, a self-titled released by the same label, was recorded live in june 2008; the second, Out Of This World's Distortions (AUM Fidelity again), is instead their first studio album, featuring six lenghty tracks (especially the 18-minute Tait's Traced Traits) recorded in june 2010.
Credited to Wadada Leo Smith, the 2CD set Great Lakes Suite (TUM, 2014) reunites a stellar quartet, where the trumpetist is accompanied by Henry Threadgill (alto sax and flutes), John Lindberg (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums). Plenty of duets and solos, the music, all written by Leo Smith, collects six extended pieces, particularly the 22-minute Lake Michigan.
Still by AUM Fidelity, The Darkseid Recital features Darius Jones on alto sax and Matthew Shipp on piano, their second release as project Cosmic Lieder, after the october 2012 self-titled. Their musical approach, although oriented to improvisation, sports intriguing moments of calm, meditation and minimalism. The nine pieces collected were studio recorded between 2011 and 2013.
Matchless released Place Sub. V, credited to AMM and performed by the core duo of pianist John Tilbury and percussionist Eddie Prévost. The single hour-long track was recorded in may 2012, featuring a minimalistic and quiet work, on which Tilbury alternates his also prepared piano with metallic sounds of gongs and cymbal. Prévost also is one of three protagonists on another Matchless release, Tri-Borough Triptych, 80 minutes recorded in several sessions with saxophonist Evan Parker and pianist Sebastian Lexer in three short duets and a very long trio in 2012, quite totally improvised, with very long moments of piano and sax drones.
Again by Matchless, Ftarri Collection 2 is a collaborative album recorded live in april 2008, two pieces featuring, the first (23 minutes), the quartet of Noid (cello), Kai Fagaschinsk (clarinet), Axel Dörner (trumpet) and Taku Unami (computer, guitar); the second (31 minutes) sees the duo of Eddie Prévost (percussion) and Sachiko M (sinewaves).
On Piano Music 1959-70 (still Matchless), pianist John Tilbury presents a 1966 recording, on which he interpreted several early Cornelius Cardew compositions. Let's remember: February Piece, Volo Solo, Unintended Piano Music, Material and Treatise. The label puts online extensive liner notes.
Leo releases Reverie, an album recorded by Ivo Perelman and Karl Berger to celebrates Ivo Perelman's 25th anniversary of his recording sessions. If Ivo is always on tenor sax, this time Karl Berger plays piano, and the two produced a lyric, intimate sound, although plenty of improvisations.
Constellations (Clamshell, 2014) features Agusti Fernandez on piano & prepared piano and Mats Gustafsson on soprano & baritone saxes. The duo recorded these ten new pieces in april 2013, where Gustafsson' sound is surprisingly more low and disposed to follow from close up the pianist.
Impulse! rare John Coltrane studio album, recorded by the saxtenorist with his standard quartet Garrison/Jones/Mc Coy Tyner in april and june 1962, has been re-released now by Doxy, after other always limited re-releases. The album collects five pieces, among which the 14-minute Out Of This World, an old song originally written in 1945 by duo songwriters Harold Arlen & Johnny Mercer. The other pieces: the Mal Waldron's Soul Eyes (5:22), and three pieces written by Coltrane: The Inch Worm (6:14), Tunji (Toon-Gee) (6:33) and Miles' Mode (7:30). Still Impulse! releases the 2CD set Offering: Live at Temple University, a november 1966 live concert by John Coltrane (on soprano & tenor saxes, flute & vocals) along with bassist Johnson (who replaced Jimmy Garrison), Pharoah Sanders (tenor sax & piccolo ), Alice Coltrane (piano) and Rashied Ali (drums), which collaborated to also saxophonists Arnold Joyner and Steve Knoblauch and percussionists Umar Ali, Algie DeWitt, Robert Kenyatta, and Charles Brown. Particularly, the title-track was performed before his febrauary 1967 studio session. The Naima version (16:30), doesn't seem the same of Giant Steps nor Live at the Village Vanguard Again, only a few moments remember the original melody. Among the other pieces, a 26-minute-long version of Crescent, a 21:30-minute version of Leo, and a 23-minute version of My Favorite Things.
Kevin Drumm's Trouble (Mego, 2014) documents a 54-minute suite, recorded in winter 2013-2014. The label presents it as one of his quietest albums, neither ambient nor drone but a more complex investigation into the deep recesses of sound.
Supersilent's 12 (Rune Grammofon, 2014) is their new album in four years. Recorded during three different sessions in 2011, it features dark soundscapes, performed by the current core trio: Helge Sten (audio virus, electronics), Stale Storlokken (keyboards, electronics) and Arve Henriksen (trumpet, electronics).
Join! (Orf, 2014) is the new Franz Koglmann album in five years, a musical opera whose libretto (sung in German and English} was written by Alfred Zellinger, who tells the story of a computer corporation, Gen & Brain, that produced a microchip which enables its carriers to be online any time, turning them into a kind of brave new Join! world, a social network without any cumbersome hardware. The play features seven opera singers (soprano, alto, tenor, bas and three baritones) and the Ensemble die reihe conducted by Carsten Paap; the leader plays flugelhorn and trumpet along with his partner, the bassist Peter Herbert and an ensemble playing flute, piccolo, violins, viola, cello, oboe, English horn, clarinets, trumpet, alto sax, trombone, tuba, guitar and percussion. Join! was premiered in may 2013.
Not Two restores In Krakow In November, a duo album between pianist Satoko Fujii and trumpetist Natsuki Tamura, recorded in november 2005. The music, even if mainly improvised, features meditative moments of melodic and folk approach.
Studio recorded in april 2013, The Evil Art Contest (Rat, 2014) featuries Marc Ducret on guitar, Nate Wooley on trumpet and Teun Verbruggen on drums and electronics. The eight pieces are all totally improvised.
Gnostic Trio, the lineup produced by John Zorn and comprising of Bill Frisell (guitar), Kenny Wollesen (vibraphone and bells) and Carol Emanuel (harp), after having debuted with The Gnostic Preludes (december 2011), followed by The Mysteries (december 2012) and the pure jazz In Lambeth, (april 2013), comes back with The Testament Of Solomon (Tzadik, 2014), an album that, as the previous, features a melodic and spiritual approach, that mixes classical, jazz and folk music. Recorded in march 2014.
Italian label Caligola restores Capriccio A Milano, a january 1989 studio session recorded by the group Similado, that reunited trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff, an Italian lineup comprising of Roberto Ottaviano (soprano sax), well known for his collaborations with Franz Koglmann and Mal Waldron, Franco D'Andrea (piano), Riccardo Bianchi & Roberto Zorzi (guitars), Paolo Damiani (double bass) and Alberto Olivieri (drums), along with the well known Ernst Reijseger (cello) and Trilok Gurtu (tablas & percussion). The album collected five tracks collectively composed.
Tone Ventures (Sciensonic, 2014) features the duo of Roscoe Mitchell on alto, sopranino & bass sax, baroque flute, bass recorder & percussion, and Scott Robinson on tenor, mezzo-soprano, bass & contrabass saxes, slide sax, tenor & baritone rothophones, bass flute, contrabass sarrusophone, tarogato, power-bore bugle, theremin, bass marimba and percussion.
Wollman Rink, Central Park, NY, August 3rd 1968 (Keyhole, 2014) documents The Mothers Of Invention's appearance at the 1968 Schaefer Music Festival, when Frank Zappa played two 40-minute sets, presenting pieces yet not recorded and other left unreleased. Let's mention the starting Jazz/Rock Improvisation (4:30) and long versions of Trouble Every Day (11:30), Help, I'm a Rock (12:30), above all a 17-minute version of Orange County Lumber Truck and Holiday in Berlin (10 minutes).
David Rosenboom's Zones Of Influence, originally written in 1984-85, has been for the first time completely realized, performed and studio recorded on a 2CD set (Pogus, 2014); this is a five-part cycle of works for where the percussionist's performance is processed in complex patternings, also introducing a technique for making sequences of continuous variations, starting with two long, 60-note melodies, which were freely composed in advance. Each of the five works in this set involves entirely different percussion setups, written scores and computer algorithms. To this album, on which the leader is on computer and electronics, also collaborated William Winant on percussion, marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, metallophone, etc.
Jim O'Rourke and John Duncan present the vinyl YEAH (iDEAL, 2014), a collaborative album twenty years in the making, whose first side was studio recorded in 1993, and the second live in 2013. The sound is dark and experimental, with many dronings.
After having stopped his activity in 2011 for the effects of a post-polio syndrome, Charlie Haden, Shenandoah bassist legend founder of Liberation Music Orchestras, died on july 11 at 77.
Italian composer, conductor, jazz educator and pianist Giorgio Gaslini, also pioneer in 70's of new jazz music in Italy, died on july 28 at 85, for complications after a fall.
Zeena Parkins and Ikue Mori's Phantom Orchard comes back with Through The Looking-Glass (Tzadik, 2014). The two (respectively on harp, electric harp and celesta and electronics) recorded it in october 2013 after three years in the making, expanding their lineup with Sara Parkins (violin), Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje (vocals and electronics), Maggie Parkins (cello) and Sylvie Courvoisier (piano). Twelve pieces.
The 4CD set Trio (New Haven) 2013 (New Braxton House, 2014) features Anthony Braxton's first trio recording with two drummers: Tomas Fujiwara and Tom Rainey. Mostly improvised, the performance, recorded in february 2013, with the leader on several saxes, gathers four works, one per CD: Composition No. 364a (+227, 367f, 367h), Composition No. 364f (+241, 366e, 367d), Composition No. 366d (+338, 363f, 365g) and Composition No. 366b (+346, 367b, 367n). Instead, the 12 CD set 12 Duets (New Braxton House, 2014A) features the leader also on electronics with vocalist Kyoko Kitamura, Erica Dicker (violin and prepared/scordatura violin), and Katherine Young (bassoon, electronics). Recorded in august 2012. Let's also point out a bootleg: Quartet (Salzburg) 1985 - 05.19 sports the 46-minute Composition 105a, 110a, 40c, 40h, recorded in may 1985 with the leader on reeds, John Lindberg on bass, Gerry Hemingway on drums and Marilyn Crispell on piano. Still Braxton: Duo (Amherst) 2010 (Firehouse, 2014) features the reedist with his longtime collaborator Taylor Ho Bynum in their first stand-alone concert, recorded in september 2010, from which were extracted two 45-minute performances.
The 2 CD set The Complete Bura-Bura: Masahiko Togashi 30th Anniversary Concert - Now and Future (Movie Gold, 2014) restores the complete may 1986 concert (previous LP and CD editions released only four of the ten tracks) performed by drummer Masahiko Togashi, Don Cherry (pocket trumpet, piano), Steve Lacy (soprano sax), and Dave Holland (double bass). Among the recovered tracks, let's mention Cherry's Mopti and Togashi's 18-minute Spiritual Nature. Togashi, died in 2007, has been on stage since late '60s, and released many credited albums, particularly his "solo" Rings (november 1975), on which he played drums, percussion, vibraphone, marimba, celesta and glockenspiel. He also worked and recorded with Steve Lacy, Don Cherry and Paul Bley.
Phoenix-born in 1972 and relocated to New York since 1994, pianist, composer and educator Angelica Sanchez started her career playing gigs in several lineups, debuting with the notable quartet of Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Michel Formanek (bass) and Tom Rainey (drums): they recorded live in studio the eight pieces of Mirror Me (june 2001). Later, without Formanek, the lineup, with Angelica on electric piano, recorded live several gigs, collected in the two volumes of Alive In Brooklyn (september 2003). The core trio became a quintet in the following Life Between (december 2007), thanks to Marc Ducret (electric guitar) and Drew Gress (double bass). A Little House (Clean Feed, 2011) is a solo album recorded in april 2010, on which Angelica plays piano and toy piano, featuring 13 pieces, mostly theme-oriented, but also totally improvised (but no children lullabies). On the same session, Angelica recorded the six tracks of Wires And Moss, more hard bop oriented, in a quintet with Marc Ducret (guitar), Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Drew Gress (double bass) an Tom Rainey (drums). The six lenghty pieces are a mixing of jazz fusion and counterpointed hard bop. Twine Forest is instead a collaboration with trumpetist Wadada Leo Smith, eight pieces recorded in april 2013, featuring a sound more intimate (particularly the minimalistic Echolocation), even if mostly improvised. Dias De Sol, is a duet with Omar Tamez (guitar, kalimba and harmonic). The seven pieces (all quite brief but the starting 11-minute Carion Y Amenecer) feature a peaceful, lyric and bluesy sound, also still improvised. The collaboration has a follow-up in Recuerdos De Monk, recorded as the Kaheri Quartet, with Ratzo B. Harris on acoustic bass and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion. The album featuring basically group improvisations. Angelica also collaborated in several prominent projects, especially with Wadada Leo Smith (Heart's Reflections and Ten Freedom Summers).
John Zorn keeps to produce his Book of Angels serie. Adramelech is the vol. 22 (Tzadik, 2014), performed by Zion80 (the brainchild of guitarist Jon Madof), who led a project that mixes the Afro-pop music la Fela Kuti with the Jewish tradition. The eight tracks feature a 11-piece ensemble, with Klezmatics members Frank London (trumpet) and Matt Darriau: (alto sax, kaval and clarinet), Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz (bass), Yoshie Fruchter (guitar), Jessica Lurie, who played in Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic's Pictures of Motion (baritone sax and flute), Brian Marsella (keyboards), Greg Wall (tenor sax), Yuval Lion (drums), Zach Mayer (baritone sax), plus percussionists Mauro Refosco and Marlon Sobol. Recorded in may 2014. And Zorn comes back with Nova Express, the project with John Medeski, Trevor Dunn, Kenny Wollesen and Joey Baron; they recorded On Leaves Of Grass (Tzadik, 2014), on which Ikue Mori joined the lineup. This is the sixth album, inspired by and dedicated to American poet Walt Whitman. The sound is hypnotic and minimalistic, also quite improvised.
The DoLP Noema collects 37 short Jason Kahn's pieces he composed from source material recorded in 2012 and then rielaborated in several session from january 2013 and march 2014. The sound mixes concrete music, minimalism, drones and ambient.
Recorded in august 2012, Momentum Anomaly (New Atlantis, 2014) gathers five solo acoustic guitar compositions by Elliott Sharp, the follow-up of Velocity Of Hue and Quadrature. As in his previous albums, Sharp uses the e-bow, makin the drone and hypnotic effect on his guitar.
Low Cost Space Flights (Feeding Tube, 2014) features the new duo album by saxophonist Paul Flaherty and drummer Chris Corsano. Recorded in june 2013, the three tracks are mostly improvised.
Wiring (Intakt, 2014) features the Trio 3's sixth album, on which pianist Vijay Iyer joined Olive Lake (alto sax), Reggie Workman (bass) and Andrew Cyrille (drums). The quartet composed and studio recorded in august 2013 eleven new pieces (70 minutes).
The 8 CD box set Leaving Knowledge, Wisdom And Brilliance//Chasing The Bird? (Improvising Beings, 2014) celebrates Sonny Simmon's 80th birthday, featuring the leader on two colossal compositions, each of them taking 4 CDs. On the former, the leader is on vocals, english horn and alto sax, along with Bruno Gregoire (percussion and vocals), Michel Kristof (esra, sintir, sitar and percussion) and Julien Palomo (synthesizer, piano, harmonium, organ, percussion, strings and vocals). On the latter, we also can listen nobodisoundz (aka Philippe Neau) on electronics. Eight years in the making and studio recording these seven hours of music, between june 2006 and january 2014. But again by Simmons, the 2CD set No Title: Jazz & Poetry On The Occasion Of The Clyfford Museum features the first disc with the leader on alto sax and English horn with the 25th Century Orchestra, comprising of, among others, Grachan Moncur III on trombone, Michael Marcus on bass & B-flat clarinets, Dave Burrell on piano, Thomas Bellier on guitar, William Parker on bass and Warren Smith on drums, plus three poets: Maureen Owen, Bin Ramke and Eleni Sikelianos. Second CD features only the three poets above mentioned, and is a solo poetry disc.
The DoLP Enter (Rune Grammofon, 2014) is the first Mats Gustafsson's Fire! Orchestra studio album. The 28-musician ensemble recorded it in january 2014. Rune Grammofon released it along with Second Exit, the follow-up of Exit, another vinyl recorded live in september 2012. Let's mark the collaboration of Oren Ambarchi on his guitar.
Chicago/Sao Paulo Underground is another Rob Mazurek's project, featuring the collaboration of Pharoah Sanders on tenor sax. Spiral Mercury (Clean Feed , 2014) sees the leader on cornet, electronics, flute & voice, and also Chad Taylor (drums, mbira), Matthew Lux (bass), Mauricio Takara (cavaquinho, percussion & electronics) and Guilherme Granado (synths, samplers, percussion, voice). Mazurek crossed Chicago Undeground and Sao Paulo Underground in the august 2013 jazz festival in Portugal, creating a live recording. Furthermore, from the same session, the vinyl Primative Jupiter is another Clean Feed album by the same lineup.
Guitarist Joe Morris' Quartet, featuring violist Mat Maneri, bassist Chris Lightcap and drummer Gerald Cleaver, comes back with Balance (Clean Feed, 2014). The lineup recorded this album in december 2013, composing six new lenghty tracks, whose themes balance with their improvisations.
The Nature Of Connections (Rune Grammofon, 2014) is the latest Arve Henriksen album. The trumpetist, here also on piano, recorded a solo acoustic mixing of folk, minimalism, chamber music and jazz, mostly composed, though, by his collaborators and performers, violinists Nils Okland and Gjermund Larsen, cellist Svante Henryson, bassist Mats Eilertsen and drummer Audun Kleive.
Present Joys (Greenleaf, 2014) features Dave Douglas and Uri Caine restoring in their first duo album the 17th century shape-note singing, so described by Douglas: "Shape-note and psalm-tune singing come from early American composers and really hinges on non-academic way of thinking about harmony and making multi-part vocal music. That intrigued me because sometimes what we do as improvisers is to go on instinct and intuition, making stuff that may not always be precisely explainable". The two, obviously, play their piano and trumpet. The ten pieces were recorded in december 2013.
Born and raised in Moscow, then relocated in North Carolina, pianist and composer Yelena Eckemoff began her career working as a piano teacher and gaving solo concerts, and also spent several years digging into electronic music. Her albums, mostly released by L & H label he cofounded, mix jazz and classical, especially in trios. The project 21 Biblical Psalms was conceived since 1990, creating over one hundred original settings, released in limited editions and then live performed many times, the latest being in october 2006. Russian Songs & Romances (spring 1998) was performed along with mezzo-soprano Esfira Kodesh. The Birth of Emmanuel, inspired by the Gospel of Matthew, was firstly recorded in 1997 under the name Christmas Story from Matthew and then reworked in the fall of 2000. Kaleidoscope Of Life (released in 2001) is a 74-minute release mixing melodies, jazz improvisations and electronic textures. Advocate Of Love (summer 2008) was performed by Yelena on piano, Pat Lawrence on double-bass, Gayle Masarie on cello and Michael Bolejack on drums, mostly improvised. Cold Sun was recorded in 2009, featuyring Mads Vinding (double bass) and Peter Erskine (drums). In Grass Catching The Wind (recorded in 2010) Morten Lund replaced Erskin eon drums. Flying Steps in another trio (on which plays another bassist, Darek Oleszkiewicz, who worked with Brad Mehldau and Steve Kuhn), recorded in august 2010, more jazz-oriented. Forget-me-not (august 2011) features another rhythm section: Mats Eilertsen on double-bass and Marilyn Mazur on drums and cymbals. Glass Song (march 2012) sees Arild Andersen on double-bass and Peter Erskine on drums, improvising on Eckemoff's melodies. A Touch of Radiance (self-produced and recorded in may 2014), is the latest album, whose lineup became a quintet, with Mark Turner (tenor sax), Joe Locke (vibraphone), George Mraz (bass) and Billy Hart (drums), who makes the sound a bit more jazz beat. The pianist, always classical oriented, and Mark Turner on his sax alternate their solos with collective improvisations.
The vinyl New York Electronic, 1965 (Sub Rosa, 2014) restores from archives the drone-based experiments by Angus MacLise; these are only electronic compositions, the follow-up of Cloud Doctrine. Side A features the 28-minute Electronic Mix For 'Expanded Cinema', recorded in november 1965, and features a mixing of drones and electronics. Side B features other six tracks, also performed with John Cale and Tony Conrad, always recorded in 1965.
The French label Desire restores on ltd ed. vinyl and also on CD the EP Pusherman, a little known Live Skull studio album recorded in april 1986 by Mark C, Tom Paine, Marnie Greenholz and James Lo, joined here by drummer Rich Hutchins and Thalia Zedek on vocals. The album was out of print for 30 years, reissued now with six unreleased bonus tracks. Tom Paine & Mark C wrote the liner notes in a 24-page booklet.
US composer and jazz pianist Horace Silver, the father of hard bop, died after a cardiac arrest on june 18, at 85.
The Boston Modern Orchestra Project releases Notes From The Underground, the first studio credited Anthony Davis album in 26 years, since his 1988 The Ghost Factory, from which comes Wayang V, one of the three works here collected. Wayang V, for solo piano and orchestra, was premiered by the San Francisco Symphony with the composer as soloist in 1984. The new version was studio recorded on november 2007, always in four movements (25 minutes), conducted by Gil Rose. Notes From The Underground, for full orchestra, is dedicated to Ralph Ellison and was commissioned and premiered by the American Composers Orchestra in 1988 at Carnegie Hall. Release version (11 minutes) was recorded on july 2013, conducted again by Gil Rose. You Have The Right To Remain Silent, for solo clarinet/contra-alto clarinet and chamber ensemble, was written for clarinetist J.D. Parran and the Perspectives Ensemble, who premiered the work at New Yorks Miller Theatre in april 2007. Release version (25 minutes) was recorded on december 2011, with J. D. Parran on clarinet and contra-alto clarinet, and Earl Howard on kurzweil. From the liner notes written by Davis, let's read: Notes From the Underground has been performed by a number of orchestras, including performances by conductor Loren Maazel. The piece riffs on Duke Ellingtons seminal work Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue, transposing Ellingtons imaginative sonorities of woodwinds, trumpets, trombones and rhythm section into antiphonal orchestral choirs. The work is conceived in two sections, Shadow and Act. Shadow begins the piece by presenting material from the later section in fragments, with a solo for the percussionist. The pizzicato strings introduce a retrograde inversion of material that appears later in the second section. Act is conceived in ten steps. You Have the Right to Remain Silent, for solo clarinet, kurzweil and chamber ensemble, was conceived as a concerto for clarinetist J.D. Parran with realtime processing by Earl Howard on the kurzweil. I imagined the clarinet being interrogated by the orchestra as the orchestra utters You have the right to remain silent.. Wayang V is the fifth in a series of six works that draw inspiration from Balinese gamelan music. The introduction begins with piano improvisation over a repeating texture that finally reveals the central themes of the piece. The orchestra is divided into choirs that present layering rhythmic material. The second section features a piano improvisation that plays against transforming textures that conclude with the introduction of the third section, a march variation in the brass of a theme in the first section. The brass theme, along with a rhythmic texture for piano, builds antiphonally with the mallet and woodwind instruments. There is an interlude with piano, marimba, vibraphone and drums before the final keçak section, starting with solo violin on an E-flat. The Wayangs became the basis for my second opera, Under the Double Moon.
Anthony Braxton's label releases (until now digital noly) Syntactical GTM Choir (NYC) 2011, a performance recorded live in october 2011, featuring his 53-minute Composition 256, one of his Ghost Trance pieces performed with a notable choir of vocalists Anne Rhodes, Kyoko Kitamura, Amy Crawford, Jean Carla Rodea, Fay Victor, Kamala Sankaram, Elizabeth Saunders, Nick Hallett, Vince Vincent, Wesley Chinn, Chris DiMeglio, Michael Douglas Jones and Adam Matlock. The performance also incorporates excerpts from Trillium E, Composition No.221 and Language Music, as well as an accordion duel and a 4-hand piano interlude.
In The Abstract (Not Two, 2014) is the latest Ken Vandermark album, on which the reedist played in a trio with Norwegian pianist Havard Skarpnes Wiik and drummer Chad Taylor. Nine pieces recorded in july 2013. Still as for Vandermark, Audio One are a new all-star Chicago 10-piece ensemble led by the reedist, along with Mars Williams, Dave Rempis & Nick Mazzarella on saxes & clarinet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Josh Berman on cornet, Jen Paulson on viola, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Nick Macri on acoustic & electric bass and Tim Daisy on drums. They debuted with An International Report (Audiographic, 2014), whose CD edition comes with 2 extra cuts. Their music is dedicated to Braxton, Hemphill, Threadgill, Roscoe Mithchell, and Anna Karina, composed and led by the leader. Their second album, The Midwest School (Audiographic, 2014) CD edition with extra cut, also covers the Henry Threadgill's Keep Right on Playing Through the Mirror Over the Water, along with music of the Art Ensemble, Braxton and Hemphill. Both of albums were recorded in february 2014.
Microscopic Septet's saxtenorist Paul Shapiro presents Shofarot Verses (Tzadik, 2014), an album he studio recorded between september and december 2013 in a quartet with Marc Ribot (guitar), Brad Jones (acoustic bass and vocals) and Tony Lewis (drums). The leader, also on alto and soprano saxes and shofar, composed nine pieces in a modern jazz melodic-oriented.
Splitrec restores a recently discovered box of lost tapes hidden away in a garage for over four decades, performed by Teletopa, an Australian group created in 1970 and comprising of founder David Ahern (violin, percussion and electronics), Peter Evans (percussion and electronics), Geoffrey Collins (flute, percussion and electronics), Roger Frampton (sax, percussion and electronics). This work, entitled Tokyo 1972, collected in a 2CD set and also as a 3LP set, features two 50-minute improvisations from a studio session. Let's remember that the founder David Ahern studied in Germany with Stockhausen where he met Cornelius Cardew, which participated in performances of La Monte Young's String Trio with, and also took part in the realisation of Paragraph 2 of Cardew's The Great Learning.
Visitation (ArtistShare, 2014) documents Saxophone Summit, the very notable sextet of Joe Lovano (tenor and soprano saxes, alto clarinet), Ravi Coltrane (tenor sax) Dave Liebman (soprano and tenor saxes), Phil Markowitz (piano), Cecil McBee (bass) and Billy Hart (drums) created in 1996, in their third album, after Gathering Of Spirits (january 2004), an hard bop album on which also played Michael Brecker, and the more free Seraphic Light (october 2007). The new album features six pieces recorded in february 2011.
Period is a project created in early 2006 by drummer Mike Pride and Zs' guitarists Charlie Looker. The duo debuted with 1, recorded in spring 2006 and released by Funhole, but quickly desappeared from stores. For the recording of 2 (Public Eyesore, 2014), another Zs member, Sam Hillmer (tenor sax), along with multiinstrumentist Chuck Bettis (laptop) and the emergent Darius Jones (alto sax), joined the project. The quintet present seven new tracks (particularly the 17-minute Two), featuring a mixing of free jazz, rock and electroacoustic ambient. Credits don't give recording infos about.
Recorded in december 2013, Sonic Rivers (Tzadik, 2014) features George Lewis on trombone and electronics, John Zorn on alto sax and Wadada Leo Smith on trumpet. The trio inaugures the new Tzadik serie Spectrum, and composed nine new pieces, seven collectively and two by Leo Smith, mostly improvised but plenty of silence and refined atmospheres.
Stephen Gosling (piano), Greg Cohen (bass) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums) performed in february 2014 In The Hall of Mirrors, the new album composed by John Zorn for Tzadik. The six new tracks sport a mixing of classical and jazz.
The DoLP The Oslo Tapes (Bocian, 2014) documents a studio session recorded in august 2013 by saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and well known avantgarde composer Lasse Marhaug. The two composed and performed two pieces (both 12:30 minutes) featuring textures mixed with amplified saxes and electronics.
By the same label, Both Ends is another vinyl documenting the new Ballister's album. The trio, always comprising of Dave Rempis (saxes), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello and electronics) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums), recorded live in concert in february 2012, from which were extracted two tracks, basically improvised.
Detour (Erstwhile, 2014) documents a collaboration between avantgarde musicians Toshiya Tsunoda and Manfred Werder. The former, on stage since 1996, spent his latest years in collaborations (Taku Sugimoto, Michael Graeve, Michael Pisaro, etc.) spaced out by solo albums, notably Low Frequency Observed At Maguchi Bay (august 2005), a field recording suite, the 2CD set The Argyll Recordings (august 2007), even more minimalistic, The Temple Recording, another 2CD set recorded in december 2010 and may 2012, and the last Grains Of Spring (spring 2012), whose pieces suggest their content in their titles, inspired by Greek philosophy. Manfred Werder is a Swisse minimalistic pianist who started his career at the same time of Tsunoda, but he is basically a composer, whose works are performed mainly by Antoine Beuger. Detour was recorded by Tsunoda and Werder in several 2013 sessions, and features the namesake 65-minute suite, an electronic and experimental work, more ambient-oriented.
A Field Perpetually At The Edge Of Disorder (Fataka, 2014) documents a collaboration between John Edwards (double bass), Mark Sanders (drums and percussion) and John Tilbury (bird calls, piano and tape). The nameasake two-part suite (68 minutes), mostly improvised, was recorded in june 2013.
Slam releases Cherry Pickin, al album featuring Jim Dvorak (trumpet and voice), Paul Dunmall (tenor sax and saxello), Chris Mapp (bass) and Mark Sanders (drums). The quartet performed seven new pieces, notably the final 20-minute As Above, So Below, the only track not composed by Dvorak. Recorded in july 2013.
That Deep Calling (FMR, 2014) features Paul Dunmall on saxes, Paul Rogers on bass and Mark Sanders on drums. This album was recorded live in may 2013. From the concert were extracted three very long pieces, free improvised. By the same label, The Clouds Turned Silver features instead Paul Dunmall on flute, soprano sax & bass clarinet, Philip Gibbs on guitars and Paul Rogers on bass. Dunmall plays flute and bass clarinet. This studio album also was recorded in may 2013, and features again three long pieces, a chamber music mostly free performed.
2CD Cuneiform set Zuhn Wohl Unsai: Live February 6 1974 Radio Bremen documents an unreleased Magma entire radio broadcast featuring Christian Vander (drums, vocals), Claude Olmos (guitar), Gerard Bikialo (organ, piano), Jannik Top (bass), Klaus Blasquiz (vocals) and Michel Graillier (piano, clavinet). Only four the pieces extracted, all by Vander: Sowiloi (12:30), a 35-minute version of Mekanïk Destruktiw Kommandoh, Korusz II (20 min.) and a 26-minute version of Theusz Hamtaahk.
Another from archive Cuneiform release is Solar Flares Burn For You, started, say credits, as a simple collection of the two BBC Top Gear sessions that Robert Wyatt recorded in 1972 and 1974. But as Hugh Hopper and Curved Air's keyboardist Francis Monkman worked on it, Robert became more and more involved in it, until it ended up in its final form. In addition to the Top Gear recordings, there is a previously unheard and little known 1973 soundtrack for a short experimental film.
Dedicated to his mother, who died the last year, Mother Ode is a Rob Mazurek solo album he recorded live in july 2013, and now released by Corbett vs. Dempsey. For the nine pieces composed, all quite brief but the final 15-minute You Were Born With Sun In Your Eyes, Mazurek played cornet, boxes, bells, flute, books, voice, maracas, electronics, he brought within a box filled with various implements (apples, distortion, sun, as say credits). At the end of the performance, Mazurek was shaking the remaining contents of the box over his head until he could no longer hold his arms aloft.
Lifted out from Sun Ra archives, Art Yard releases on vinyl Space Aura, recorded in may 1966 along with his closest members as Sun Ra and his Band from Outer Space. The leader was on piano and clavioline; John Gilmore on tenor sax and percussion; Marshall Allen on alto sax, oboe, flute, piccolo and percussion; Pat Patrick on baritone sax, flute and percussion; Robert Cummings on bass clarinet; Teddy Nance and Ali Hassan on trombone; Clifford Jarvis on drums); Ronnie Boykins on bass, James Jacson on log drums, flute and percussion, and Carl Nimrod Malone on sun horn, gong and percussion. These recordings are unheard in any realm. Side A sports a Solo Piano Introduction and the title track, whereas Side B features Song Of the Sparer and Exotic Forest. In the meantime, an unidentified label presents Church Organ 1948, a one-sided LP that is Sun Ra's first solo homemade recording. No more notices or credits were released until now. Instead, Live In Nickelsdorf 1984 is a 3xCD by Trost, featuring Sun Ra Arkestra live at Austria on march 1984., the entire (nearly three hour) performance. The leader was on piano, synth, vocals along with John Gilmore (tenor sax, clarinet, evi, vocals), Marshall Allen (alto sax, flute, kora), Danny Ray Thompson (baritone sax, flute), Eloe Omoe aka Leroy Taylor (alto sax, bass clarinet), James Jackson (basoon, flute, drums, vocals), Ronnie Brown (trumpet), Rollo Radford (standup bass), Don Mumford (drums), Matthew Brown (congas, dance), Myriam Broche (dance), Greg Pratt (dance).
Eyvind Kang presents Alastor (Tzadik, 2014), the volume 21 of John Zorn's saga Book of Angels. For Kang, Zorn composed 10 new tunes, performed with orchestral arrangements, playing electric bass, guitars, zither, synthesizer, oud, percussion, piano, sitar, viola and violin. A large ensemble accompanied him.
In Pursuit Of Magic (482, 2014) documents a live collaboration between Roscoe Mitchell on sopranino and alto sax and several woodwinds, and Mike Reed on drums & percussion. The duet was recorded in april 2013. Among the performances, were extracted for the CD release the two long pieces Constellations Over Denmark (21 min.) and Light Can Bend (25 min.).
Enja restores on CD the vinyl Payan: Solo Piano, featuring Alexander Von Schlippenbach on solo piano and all compositions. Not to be confused with the 1977 Solo Piano, this album was studio recorded in february 1972 and released by FMR, collecting ten pieces, all quite brief but the final 10-minute Kinds Of Weirdness.
Steve Noble (drums), Pat Thomas (piano and synthesizer), John Coxon (electric guitar) and Alan Wilkinson (alto and baritone saxes) are the protagonists of The Founder Effect III (Treader, 2013), a 3-set release studio recorded in november 2012, featuring long compositions mostly improvised.
Spectral (Aerophonic, 2014) was recorded in may 2012 by the namesake project featuring the reed trio of Dave Rempis (alto sax), Darren Johnston (trumpet) and Larry Ochs (tenor & sopranino saxes). The seven pieces (two of them are over 10 minutes), although mostly improvised, sport a calm and rarefied atmosphere, that makes the listening more accessible.
The 4CD set The Complete 'At Fillmore' East June 17-20, 1970 (Columbia, 2014) documents the volume 3 of the Bootleg Series, collecting the entire concerts recorded in april and june 1970 at Fillmore Est by Miles Davis with his stellar cast: saxophionist Steve Grossman, pianists Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett, bassist Dave Holland, drummer Jack De Johnette and percussionist Airto Moreira. These bootlegs were originally issued in severely edited form to accommodate LP sides. The release sports additional 135 minutes of music: Wayne Shorter's Paraphernalia and Footprints, Miles Runs The Voodoo Down, Spanish Key, etc.
Steel Hammer (Cantaloupe, 2014) features Julia Wolfe along with her Bang On A Can All-Stars, plus the Trio Mediaeval. Inspired by Appalachian music, Julia based her text on over 200 versions of the John Henry ballad. Among the instruments played, let's mention wooden bones, mountain dulcimer, banjo, clapping, clogging, etc. Premiered in november 2009.
Becs documents the return of Christian Fennesz to the Austrian label Mego after the 2001 Endless Summer, of which this new work is the follow-up, recorded in the last two years. The seven tracks see the collaboration of Cedric Steven (modular synthesizer), Werner Dafeldecker (bass) and drummers Martin Brandlmayr and Tony Buck. The leader was on guitar.
After their debuting january 2010 The Worse The Better, the trio of Peter Broetzmann (alto and tenor sax, Bflat clarinet, taragato), John Edwards (who intentionally used a broken double bass and a failing amplifier) and Steve Noble (drums) comes back with Mental Shake (Otoruku, 2014), on which Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone) joined the trio for this session, recorded in august 2013.
Jimmy Giuffre's New York Concerts (Elemental, 2014) is 2CD set documenting two unreleased tapes of the reedist died in 2008. These tracks, recorded in may and in september 1965, were discovered in 2012, and feature the leader on clarinet and tenor sax, along with Richard Davis and Barre Philips on bass, Don Friedman on piano and Joe Chambers on drums.
Jason Kahn's Walcheturm (Banned Productions , 2014) is a cassette documenting a two-part 29 minute-suite recorded using a mixing board, contact microphone, radio and electro magnetic conductor, to reflect direct and spacial aspects of the sound. Recorded in april 2011.
The project NG4 Quartet was created by Keith Rowe, Emmanuel Leduc, Formanex' Anthony Taillard and Julien Ottavi. The four guitarists debuted with A Quartet For Guitars (Mikroton, 2014), an album recorded in december 2013, documenting five extended pieces on which they also were on electronics.
Again by Mikroton, I Hope It Doesn't Work documents a collaboration between guitarist Kazuhisa Uchihashi (here also on daxophone), celloist Noid (aka Arnold Haberl) and Tamara Wilhelm on electronics. The five pieces (among which the 18-minute From A Purely Practical Viewpoint, This Sounds Complicated) were live recorded at two concerts in july 2011 and july 2013, and features an experimental jazz mixed with large use of droning improvisations.
Still by Mikroton, Scuba features the quartet of composer Angelica Castello (electronics and subcontrabass), Billy Roisz (electronics), Burkhard Stangl (electric guitar) and Dieb13 (aka Dieter Kovacic) on turntables and computer. The namesake experimental and droning suite (43 minutes) was recorded in december 2013.
Another cassette from the same label is Forks, by Machinefabriek, aka Rutger Zuydervelt, recorded with tuning forks, steel wool, contact mics, memo recorders, looped cassettes an answering machine tape, a ring modulator and looper pedals. Recorded in march 2012, this is another two-part suite (36 minutes).
Schack Tati (Cuneiform, 2014) documents the new Mats Öberg and Morgan Agren studio album in five years. The keyboardist and the drummer recorded over two years (2012-2014) an eclectic album, switching from glitch to electronic, from jazz to avantgarde and rock. Let's remember, however, that Oberg came back in january 2012, when he recorded Alla Drömmars Sang (Country & Eastern, 2013), a CD with new nine pieces mixing folk, jazz and world music, performed on harmonica and keyboard along with Jonas Knutsson (sax) and Lena Willemark (vocals, violin and viola).
Japan pianist Satoko Fujii alternates her soloist career with projects and four great ensembles, Orchestras that take their names from their based-city: Tokyo (four albums until now), Nagoya (three albums), Kobe (one album) and above all New York, whose Shiki (Libra, 2014) is the ninth album. Recorded in january 2013, it features the core ensemble of Stomu Takeishi (bass), Oscar Noriega (bass clarinet and alto sax), Aaron Alexander (drums) and Tony Malaby (soprano and tenor saxes) along with the trombone trio of Curtis Hasselbring, Joe Fiedler, and Joey Sellers, plus Ellery Eskelin (tenor sax), Briggan Krauss (alto sax), Andy Laster (baritone sax), Natsuki Tamura Herb Robertson, Steven Bernstein and Dave Ballou (a trumpet quartet!). Stands out from the others the namesake 36-minute suite composed by the leader. Let's remember the New York Orchestra's sessionography: South Wind (june 1997), Jo (may 1998), Double Take (october and november 1999), The Future of the Past (september 2001), the two-session Blueprint (september 2001 and july 2003), Undulation (september 2005), Summer Suite (september 2007) and Eto (october 2010).
The Cliff Of Time (PNL, 2014) features Akira Sakata on alto sax & B-flat clarinet, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello & electronics, Ketil Gutvik on electric guitar and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums & percussion. Studio recorded in august 2013, the sound is quite totally improvised and dissonant.
Welcome In The Void (Cuneiform, 2014) is a collaboration between composer Richard Pinhas and drummer Yoshida Tatsuya. This is the follow-up of Desolation Row, and is described by the composer as a kind of journey, not more into the being but into the void - the nothingness that is now the center or the absence-of-center of our societies. After a 4-minute introduction, the album sports a single, 64-minute track, featuring guitar solos, percussion and electronics. Composed and recorded in 2013.
Hephaestus (Mego, 2014) was recorded in december 2011 by celloist Arne Deforce and Pan Sonic's Mika Vainio on processings and electronics. The mixing of acoustic and electronics produces a sound that balances with ambient, minimalism and droning textures.
Always active, Ivo Perelman comes back with Book Of Sound, a Leo release performed in a trio with pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker, who composed the six new pieces, recording them with the saxtenorist in october 2013.
Univers Zero 13th album Phosphorescent Dreams was released until now only in Japan, by Arcangelo. Recorded in july 2013, it was performed by a new lineup, consisting of Antoine Guenet (keyboards), Nicolas Dechene (guitars), Dimitry Evers (bass), Kurt Bude (clarinets, alto and tenor saxes) Daniel Denis (drums). This release marks a turn in their production: indeed, speaking about the album, the drummer says: I wanted this 13th album to open the band's music to other directions, different sound and musical structures, different from the ones that had been in use for years. I think it is necessary and crucial for a group to question itself now and then. The old form was stagnant and did not give the impression of change, and the consequences were increasingly demotivating. So there was no choice, I felt I had to take the difficult decision to break up the group. Luckily I had met Nicolas Dechene and Antoine Guenet who could contribute with freshness and new energy to this next incarnation of UZ. I wanted the future of Univers Zero's music to have less noise than before and to obtain new energy in a more rock and electrical orientation, and integrated with guitar. Mixing Kurt Bude compositions with mine, forms an excellent rich diversity in fusion. Each track on the disc has its own identity and its own color. I really think this CD has reached maturity, and after 40 years of existence I can truly say UZ is again taking an important step. Extensively presented here by the group.
Nothing to do with the namesake Herbie Hancock album, The New Standard (Rare Noise, 2014) features the trio of Jamie Saft and the rhythm section of drummer Bobby Previte and bassist Steve Swallow. Saft alternates between piano and organ. Ten original tracks, seven of which by the keyboardist, who presents extensively here the album.
After their debuting namesake album recorded in september 2010, Endangered Blood, the acoustic jazz project created in 2008 and featuring Chris Speed (tenor sax), Oscar Noriega (alto sax and bass clarinet), Trevor Dunn (bass) and Jim Black (drums) comes back with Work Your Magic (Skirl, 2013). Recorded in december 2012, it sports eight new pieces, mostly composed by Speed, featuring a mixing of free and hard bop jazz.
The irreverently entitled Whatthefuckdoyouwant (Trost, 2014) presents a collaborative performance between Peter Brotzmann and Sonny Sharrock. Recorded on march 1987, it features the reedist on alto/tenor/bass-saxes and tarogato), whereas Sharrock is on his electric guitar.
After a very long illness, American saxophonist Fred Ho, founder of
several multi-ethnic ensembles and active above all in '80s, died on
april 12, at 56.
Luminosity: The Last Suites (JazzContinuum, 2014) is a 2CD set documenting, as title suggests, the last Graham Collier's works before his death in september 2011. Each disc contains an entire suite, The Blue Suite and the title piece, Luminosity, still unrecorded at his death, and here presented after a recording session in june 2013, by a reconvened lineup, comprising, among others, of Art Themen (tenor sax), Steve Waterman (trumpet), Roger Dean (piano and electronics), Ed Speight (guitar), Roy Babbington (bass), John Marshall (drums), James Allsopp (bass clarinet), Andy Panayi (flute), Martin Shaw (trumpet). The Blue Suite was composed in 2006, and is a homage to Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue, premiered in Italy in 2009. Luminosity instead was composed in 2010, and was originally written for Paul Cram's Upstream Orchestra.
After Provoke and Lacerba, Cherchez la Femme (Trost, 2014), is the third release by Made To Break, the project reedist Ken Vandermark created in 2011, featuring now a new contributor, Christof Kurzmann (on electronics), the others being, as known, the drummer Tim Daisy and the bassist Devin Hoff. Recorded in march 2013, this vinyl collects three new long pieces, notably the 18-minute Capital Black, mostly improvised.
NoBusiness presents A Way A Land Of Life, an album recorded in december 2006 by a quartet comprising of Jason Ajemian (bass, electronics), Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Rob Mazurek (cornet, electronics) and Chad Taylor (drums).
Again by NoBysiness, the vinyl MALUS documents the trio of Nate Wooley (trumpet, amplifier), Hugo Antunes (double bass, amplifier) and Chris Corsano (drums, amplifier) in seven tracks recorded in may 2012, largely improvised.
Always active, Mats Gustaffson created in 2011 Fake The Facts, a new project trio, along with turntablist Dieb13 (aka Dieter Kovacic) and well known guitarist Martin Siewert. The trio debuted with a self-titled vinyl released by Mego, studio recorded in march and april 2011. The three long pieces, notably the long-side 22-minute Zoom, feature an experimental mixing of noise and jazz, with large use of electronics. And now the group comes back with the CD Soundtrack (Trost, 2014), recorded in january 2013 with the same lineup, keeping to feature the same abstract sound. Six new pieces. Again Gustafsson: The vinyl Sin Gas (Bocian, 2014) document a collaboration between Paal Nilssen-Love on congas and Mats Gustafsson on tenor, baritone and bass saxes. The two studio recorded in february 2013 three long tracks (especially the first long-side 22-minute Limited Denisty), as usual basically improvised.
Karl restores Brutal Calling, a Japan 2004 release quickly out-of-print, that features bassist Bill Laswell along with Submerged (aka Kurt Gluck) on drums and electronics. The album was conceived as a reaction to the Twin Towers attack, creating a very dark atmosphere.
Dave Rempis (alto sax) and Lasse Marhaug (electronics), after their collaboration with Ken Vandermark's Territory Band, present Naancore (Aerophonic, 2014). Studio recorded in august 2012 and released in a 300 ltd ed. vinyl, their noise-oriented performance features two tracks, Skinning The Poke and Strategikon, both 20-minute long.
Pat Metheny Unity Group presents Kin (Nonesuch, 2014), their second album after the february 2012 debuting self-titled. Featuring the new entries of saxophonist/multi-instrumentist Chris Potter and Italian vocalist and pianist Giulio Carmassi (who also plays trumpet, trombone, French horn, cello, vibes, clarinet, flute, recorder and alto sax), the album was recorded in june 2013, and sees the leader as composer, arranger and player of acoustic and electric guitar, electronics and synthesizer. His melodic approach merges choral counterpoints and improvisations by his lineup.
Recorded in two sessions (autumn 2012 and spring 2013), Mukashi (Once Upon A Time) is the latest Abdullah Ibrahim album, on which Dollar Brand fused Asian atmospheres with stories and inspiration from his Africa. Melodic themes quickly evolve in variations and improvisations by Cleave Guyton ( sax, flute, clarinet), Eugen Bazijan and Scott Roller (both on cello), whereas the leader, on flute and vocals, sports also solo piano tracks.
Manhattan Moonrise (Cuneiform, 2014) is the new Microscopic Septet album. This is their first CD containing newly composed material since the late '80s, with a combination of older and re-arranged tunes, along with new material composed by founders, pianist Joel Forrester and saxophonist Phillip Johnston. Studio recorded at the end of november 2013 by the same lineup of Friday The 13th, i.e. the two founders along with Don Davis on alto sax, Dave Sewelson ob baritone sax, David Hofstra on bass, Richard Dworkin on drums and Mike Hashim on tenor sax.
Recorded in september 2012, A Mothers Work Is Never Done (Tektite, 2014) debutes the Ingebrigt Håker Flaten's project The Young Mothers. The bassist gathered a respected lineup with Jawwaad Taylor (trumpet, electronics and vocals), Jason Jackson (alto, tenor and baritone saxes), Jonathan Horne (guitar), Stefan Gonzalez (drums, vibraphone and vocals) and Frank Rosaly (drums), plus several guests, among which Waitresses' sopranoist Mars Williams, to perform seven new pieces that merge modern jazz, free improvisation, indie rock and also hip hop.
The label Slubmusic Tengu released in last january Quartet/Octet, that collects two Taku Sugimoto's namesake classical compositions, live studio recorded in october 2013. The very brief Quartet reunites the guitarist with Nikos Veliotis (cello), Taku Unami (sine tones) and Kazushige Kinoshita (violin). The 32-minute Octet features the leader and the celloist along with Masahiko Okura (clarinet), Ko Ishikawa (sho), Klaus Filip and Taku Unami (sine tones), well known trombonist Radu Malfatti and vocalist Moe Kamura.
Veteran multi-instrumentist Doug Wieselman, who worked with many jazz and rock musicians (let's remember Robin Holcomb, Anthony and The Johnsons, Wayne Horvitz and Bill Frisell), debuted his first credited and solo album, From Water: Solo Clarinet ('88 Records, 2014), a vinyl that, as title suggests, features a solo clarinet album, performed on vintage clarinets with live looping through a vintage 1960 Vibrolux amplifier and then recorded with eight microphones. The ten pieces sport moments of pure solo clarinet, multi-layered loops and vocal choir. Listen to the leader: This is music primarily made from melodies that I have heard from bodies of water - ocean beaches, streams, hot springs as well as wind. These melodies sound to me like a chorus of exuberant voices. Each melody is specific to the place. If I return to a beach, even after many years, I hear the same song. I think this has something to do with what the earth can tell us, if only we can take the time and patience to listen. This is an attempt to share what I have been hearing, through the filter of my perception, from water.
Dedicated to Jimmy Giuffre, Riverside (Greenleaf, 2014) documents the namesake Dave Douglas' project, conceived five years ago, that gathers the leader trumpetist with veteran Canadian saxophonist Chet Doxas (who also worked with Maria Schneider, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, and Bill Stewart), bassist Steve Swallow and Jim Doxas (Chet's brother) on drums. The music is a mixing of improvisations, bluegrass and Appalachian music. Among the eleven tracks, brief but the final 12-minute Sing On The Mountain High/Northern Miner, there are two Giuffre's reworkings of The Train And The River and Travelin' Light. The live studio session, recorded in september 2012, is extensively presented by the label here.
From the namesake label, Woodstock Sessions 2 is a studio session recorded in august 2013 that gathered the trio of keyboardist Medeski, drummer Billy Martin & bassist Chris Wood along with guitarist Nels Cline. This is part of a new series that aims to bring the musicians together in front of their fans in the recording studio. The quartet treated fans to nearly two hours of improvised music spanning two sets, then mixed into nine separate tracks, for more than one hour of mostly improvised music, noise and avantgarde oriented.
Two Sunrise (845 Audio, 2014) documents a collaboration between Jason Kahn (electronics) and Tim Olive (pickups, electronics); four untitled pieces, recorded three of them in studio (september 2012), and one live the month after, chosen from several hours of recordings, minimally edited and sequenced.
Live At Area Sismica (Unsounds, 2014) documents the fifth release by Lean Left, the lineup that gathers Ex guitarists Terrie Ex and Andy Moor with drummer Paal Nilssen-love and saxophonist Ken Vandermark, a live album recorded in Italy in september 2012. Among the six pieces, remember the 18-minute Traitors Head and the 25-minute Terpuk.
Performed by the duo Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love, Lightning Over Water (a Laurence Family DoLPs + a 7") was recorded live in Poland in october 2011. Ninety-five minutes of playing-time extracted from a 200 minutes total running time by the drummer and the reedist, who started their collaboration in 2000 when the group School Days was formed. Among the pieces, let's mention the 21-minute Farewell To Language, the 17-minute The Table That Exploded, the 20-minute A Storm Of Images and the 25-minute Five Against The House.
Plymouth (Rare Noise, 2014) is the self-titled album by the project that reunites Jamie Saft (organ, echoplex piano, Fender Rhodes), Joe Morris (electric guitar), Chris Lightcap (electric bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums) and Mary Halvorson (electric guitar). Their album, recorded in 2013, mixes basically dubbed free jazz, psychedelic rock and noise. Among the pieces, the opening 20-minute Manomet and the final 29-minute Standish.
For his Really OK (Skirl, 2014), veteran saxophonist Chris Speed created a classical trio with drummer Dave King (who worked with Bad Plus and Husker Du's Greg Norton) and bassist Chris Tordini (who played in recent Claudia Quintet's September), featuring a melodic jazz sound. He composed seven new pieces, also performing three jazz covers. Recorded in august 2013, the album is presented by Chris: I feel fortunate to have a band where I get to focus on swing and melody and song form, and still do it in our own way. There is an ideology today of either focusing only on your own individual vision of music or totally immersing yourself in the tradition and repertoire of the past - one or the other. But I want to do both.
Emanem restores Tandem, first released in 1996 on two single CDs as Tandem 1 and Tandem 2, that documents a collaboration between clarinetist John Carter and cornetist Bobby Bradford. This re-release replaces the previous, reprocessing the music and improving the sound of the live recordings, two separate duo concerts, ten tracks recorded in april 1982, and the final six in october 1979, when Carter and Bradford played as support act to Art Ensemble Of Chicago. Seven tracks were solo performances (four by Carter, three by Bradford).
Quakebasket restores Futuro, an unissued performance dating back to winter 2003, credited to the trio of Tetuzi Akiyama (guitar), Tim Barnes (percussion) and Masafumi Ezaki (trumpet). The album is a namesake 35-minute suite.
The label Sound Of White Columns presents Radio Songs, a vinyl that collects four Meredith Monk compositions she penned since 1972 to include them in her opera Quarry. Along with Quarry Waltz and Quarry Radio, the releases includes Gotham Lullaby, later integrated in Quarry, plus an unissued Gotham Blues. Meredith sings and plays piano. Recording sessions for these pieces date back to 1976.
Utopia Andata e Ritorno, released by Alga Marghen, is the latest work by Walter Marchetti, recorded in april and june 2005. It has two parts, each one 70-minute long. The first part, L'Andata, is concrete music that puts together a real storm and a recital for solo piano. In the second CD, Il ritorno, is even more abstract, with field recordings of deformed sound waves.
Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke and Oren Ambarchi keep to collaborate together since 2009, releasing now the vinyl Only Wanting To Melt Beautifully Away Is It A Lack Of Contentment That Stirs Affection For Those Things Said To Be As Of Yet Unseen (Black Truffle, 2014), that features the entire first set of a march 2013 concert, their fifth release, mixed as a single continuous piece performed on acoustic strings, synth, flute and percussion, whereas Haino sings and plays kantele (a Finnish variant of the dulcimer), synthesizer, wooden flute and drum machine. Furthermore Haino comes back with Fushitsusha, releasing another album interminably entitled: Nothing Changes No One Can Change Anything, I Am Ever-Changing Only You Can Change Yourself, a 3CD set by Utech, recorded in april 1996. For this live three-hour session, saxophonist Peter Brötzmann joined the trio. Particularly, Disc One is plenty of solo drums and unaccompanied bass.
Yellow Electric just restored the long unfindable Roy Montgomery's 324 E. 13th Street, that contains ten singles and two albums, originally releaased by Drunken Fish in 1999.
Astrorgasm From The Inner Space (Important, 2014) is the new Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O album. Recorded in december 2013 and in january 2014, the four long pieces were performed by a lineup comprising of thir first vocalist Cotton Casino (here also on bubble guitar), Tsuyama Atsushi (bass and acoustic guitar), Ichiraku Yoshimitsu and Shimura Koji (drums), Higashi Hiroshi (synthesizer), Tabata Mitsuru (guitar-synthesizer), Jiji No Hoppetaroman (tabla), and the leader Kawabata Makoto on electric guitar, bouzouki, acoustic guitar, sarangi, tambura, harmonium, electronics, tape machine, yangqin, drums.
Empiricism In The West (Relative Pitch, 2014) features Vinny
Golia on bass flute, soprillo, sopranino & bass saxes, B-flat
& contra-alto clarinets and Urs Leimgruber on soprano and tenor
saxes. The first time that this duo has recorded, this is an all
acoustic duo, the sounds very concentrated, even if it's difficult
to identify the players, and the instruments too. Ten tracks
recorded at a date in 2013.
Navigation (Possibility Abstracts X & XI), recorded in december 2012, now out by Firehouse, is a DoLP credited to cornetist Taylor Ho Bynum he performed along with Jim Hobbs (alto sax), Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tuba), Mary Halvorson (electric guitar), Ken Filiano (acoustic bass), and Tomas Fujiwara and Chad Taylor (both on drums and vibraphone). This is the follow-up of his Navigation project; these two live sets broken in six movements. As Bynum says in credits, ®while the materials within each section are pre-composed, the overall structure and order of Navigation is modular and improvisational in nature, so each performance creates a markedly different version of the music. What to play next and how to play it is the real-time decision of the members of the ensemble¯.
Mutations (ECM, 2014) is the new album by Vijay Iyer, here on piano and electronics along with the string quartet of Miranda Cuckson and Michi Wiancko on violin, Kyle Armbrust on viola and Kivie Cahn-Lipman on cello. Recorded in september 2013, it features the core namesake suite in ten movements, alternating lyrical atmospheres and fragments of electro-acoustic counterpoints and improvisations. The album also sports three Iyer's piano solos: Spellbound and Sacrosanct, Cowrie Shells and the Shimmering Sea (reworking of one of his early compositions); Vuln, Part 2 and When We're Gone, he composed the last summer.
Barry Guy's New Orchestra presents Amphi + Radio Rondo (Intakt, 2014), recorded in march 2013. Barry Guy plays his bass and directs the notable ensemble comprising of Agust¡ Fern ndez (piano), Maya Homburger (baroque violin), Evan Parker and Jrg Wickihalder (saxes), Mats Gustafsson (sax and fluteophone), Hans Koch (bass clarinet), Herb Robertson (trumpet), Johannes Bauer (trombone), Per ke Holmlander (tuba), Paul Lytton and Raymond Strid (percussion). Barry Guy writes: ®As always I try to structure the composition to place all the players in a creative dialogue with each other, carefully grading the tensions and releases in the music to take the listener on - Amphi may be termed as chamber music, whilst Radio Rondo looks towards a more orchestral landscape. In some ways, the listener must also adjust their expectations since the expansiveness of the concert grand piano resonating within an obvious big picture as in Radio Rondo, differs markedly from the (no less resonant) more internalized musical gestures of the baroque violin in Amphi. Importantly, the musicians in the BGNO deliver improvisations of nuanced sensibility in response to two quite different compositional strategies¯.
Macroscope (Mac Avenue, 2014) is the new album by The Nels Cline Singers, i.e. the project the guitarist created since 2002, whose music mixes jazz, rock, electronic noise, loops and dance rhythms. Their fifth release, recorded in the summer of 2013, still features the core duo with drummer Scott Amendola and bassist Trevor Dunn (who replaces Devin Hoff), plus well known keyboardist Yuka C. Honda (Cibo Matto), percussionists Cyro Baptista and Josh Jones, and harpist Zeena Parkins.
John Zorn's Psychomagia (Tzadik, 2014) was performed by the Moroccan Abraxas quartet (who arranged the Book of Angels series). Here they perform a complex new suite of music written expressly for them by Zorn. Recorded in december 2013 and mixed by Bill Laswell. Still by Zorn, The Alchemist (again Tzadik) features his sixth quartet (Jay Campbell on cello, David Fulmer on viola, along with Jesse Mills and Pauline Kim on violin), plus the trio vocals of Jane Sheldon, Kirsten Sollek and Mellissa Hughes. This album contains two long pieces, the title-track and Earthspirit, premiered in july 2013 and then studio recorded in october 2013 for the CD release. Still by Tzadik, Fragmentations, Prayers And Interjections is the first release of Zorn's orchestral work in over 15 years, four of Zorn's compositions for large ensembles, including Orchestra Variations (1996) commissioned by the New York Philharmonic, and Suppots et Suppliciations (2012) commissioned by the BBC Symphony and inspired by the late writings of Antonin Artaud. Also included is the Zorn's violin concerto Contes de Fees, performed by Chris Otto, and the string orchestra version of Kol Nidre. Orchestra was conducted by David Fulmer and recorded live at Miller Theatre for Zorn's 60th birthday concert.
Sireena releases the until now unissued The Munich Recordings 1966, by the Manfred Schoof Quintet, on which the leader trumpetist led Alexander Von Schlippenbach (piano), who composed three of the six pieces, Can's drummer Jaki Liebezeit, Gerd Dudek (tenor sax) and Buschi Niebergall (bass). Studio recorded between october and december 1966, was an album of pure free jazz, largely improvised starting from some themes.
Club Lingerie (Transparency, 2014) is a 2CD set that documents an unissued studio performance by Sun Ra and his Arkestra, recorded in december 1985. Sun Ra, on keyboards and vocals, led his large ensemble (Marshall Allen and Danny Ray Thompson on alto saxo and flute; saxophonists Pat Patrick on baritone, Ronald Wilson and John Gilmore on tenor; Tyler Mitchell on bass; Eloe Omoe on bass clarinet; Avreeayl Ra and James Jacson on percussion; Carl LeBlanc on electric guitar; Tyrone Hill on trombone; Ronnie Brown on trumpet) performing thirteen pieces, particularly a 16-minute version of Mack The Knife, and several piano solos by the leader. Still by Sun Ra, Roaratorio releases the unissued vinyl Other Strange Worlds. Recorded at Sun Ra NYC apartment in may 1965, this album features the core quintet of Sun Ra (who played percussion, strings, celeste and kalimba) with John Gilmore (percussion, shakerae, cymbals), Marshall Allen (kora, oboe, percussion), Art Jenkins (space voice and percussion), and Ali Hasaan (trombone and percussion) who performed texture string experiment with many improvisations and a large use of exotic reeds and homemade percussion.
Bo Weavil restores Pieces Of Light, a forgotten Joe McPhee vinyl first released by CJR. Studio recorded in april 1974, this album is cocredited with John Synder (on Arp synthesizer), whereas the reedist played a large set of instruments (trumpet, flugel-horn, e-flat alto horn, pocket cornet, tenor saxophone, flute, modified nagoya harp, ceramic wind chimes, bird chimes, bamboo wind chimes, voice). The two present an electroacustic mix of jazz and avantgarde music. Along with this ultrarare recording, Bo Weavil also restored (always on vinyl) the more known Nation Time, Underground Railroad and Trinity.
Peter Evans and Raleigh Dailey present Measure From Zero, released by the new jazz label Llama, on which the pianist and the trumpeter Peter Evans performed an improvised acoustic studio session recorded in september 2013.
Mehliana - Taming the Dragon (Nonesuch, 2014) features 12 new pieces by Brad Mehldau he composed playing synths, Fender Rhodes, piano, spoken voice and "Ahh" vocals (sic) along with drummer Mark Guiliana (here also on electronics). The two, after having performed for several years come finally to their debuting studio album, recorded in 2013.
Kernelings (Auricle, 2014) collects unreleased solo works by Gerry Hemingway the drummer composed between 1995-2012, starting recording sessions since 2005 until 2012. Playing percussion and drum set, Hemingway also performed these fifteen pieces on harmonica, voice and live electronics. A companion film DVD is released with the CD, that features an atypical musical approach by Gerry, from minimalism to low-fi and experimental improvisations.
Supersilent trumpetist Arve Henriksen comes back with the 2CD set Chron + Cosmic Creation (Rune Grammofon, 2014), that reunites his already released Chron along with Cosmic Creation, an eight-part suite recorded over several years; performed on trumpet and effects, this composition is the follow-up of Places Of Worship (Rune Grammofon, 2013), on which he, playing trumpets, field recordings and voice, led a sextet with Jan Bang (samples, programming), Erik Honore (samples, synth bass, synthesizer), Lars Danielsson (double bass), Eivind Aarset (guitars), Jon Balke (piano) and Ingar Zach (percussion). Ten brief pieces, conceived as tone poems and mood compositions, quite Hassell-reminiscent.
The quintet East-West Collective presents Humeurs (RogueArt, 2013), studio recorded in june 2013 by the members Didier Petit (cello and vocals), Sylvain Kassap (clarinet), Xu Fengxia (guzheng and vocals), Miya Masaoka (koto) and Larry Ochs (tenor and sopranino saxes). The seven pieces were all composed by Didier Petit, but the 15-minute By Any Other Name, by Ochs. Another album mostly improvised.
Oslo Concert (ECM, 2014) documents a rare Paul Bley's solo performance on piano. Recorded live at the Oslo Jazz Festival in august 2008, from that concert were extracted five pieces, four from Bley's repertory, plus a version of Sonny Rollins' Pent-Up House.
Root Of Things (Relative Pitch, 2014) documents the trio of Matthew Shipp (piano & compositions), Michael Bisio (bass) and Whit Dickey (drums). This six ®all originals¯ by Shipp features melodic approaches with solos piano and collective improvisations. Recorded in september 2013.
Callithump (Winter & Winter, 2014) is the second piano solo album by Uri Caine. He performed eleven new pieces on a specially selected Steinway grand piano, without editing live-to-analog-two-track. Studio recorded in december 2012.
The Diane Moser Quintet, led by the pianist and comprising of Marty Ehrlich (alto sax and clarinet), Ben Williams (trombone), Mark Dresser (contrabass) and Gerry Hemingway (drums), presents Music For The Last Flower (Planet Arts, 2013). This 45-minute suite was inspired by the James Thurder's book The Last Flower, A Parable in Pictures, and also features many solos by the performers. Premiered since 2004, was studio recorded in october 2011. Extensively presented here by the leader and pianist.
Rob Mazurek's Chicago Underground Duo comes back with Locus (Northern Spy, 2014), their seventh album, on which the co-leaders, Rob Mazurek on cornet, synth, Game Boy, electronics, bamboo flute and voice, and Chad Taylor on drums, mbira, guitar and balaphone, composed nine new pieces experimenting with electronic ambiance, beats and free playing.
Tetuzi Akiyama and Anla Courtis present Naranja Songs (Public Eyesore, 2014), featuring four long pieces (particularly the starting 14-minute Mind Mochileros). Studio recorded in september 2008, this album features moments of very slow music alternating with drones and minimalist approachs. Again by Courtis, Yagua Ovy (MIE, 2011) documents instead a collaboration with Daniel Menche. The three long tracks balance between noise, drone and field recordings, with a large use of tapes, effects and processed sounds, along with the Courtis' guitar.
One (RareNoise, 2013) is the self-titled by the new trio of Ivo Perelman (tenor sax), Joe Morris (electric bass) and the Hungarian (who worked with Merzbow) Balazs Pandi (drums). Their six pieces alternate noise and free improvisations, recorded in april 2013. Still by Perelman, Two Men Walking (Leo, 2014) documents the second collaboration with violist Mat Maneri; they recorded ten pieces. The Other Edge, instead (again Leo, 2014) is the follow-up of The Edge, with the same rhythm section (Whit Dickey and Michael Bisio), joined by the pianist Matthew Shipp. Recorded in january 2014.
Birdland 1953 is a 3CD set compilation by ESP, that collects 49 performances recorded from february and september 1953 by Bud Powell in several trios, with, among others, Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, George Duvivier, Roy Haynes, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, etc. Powell biographer Peter Pullman noted that ®1953 was 'the busiest year of Powell's career. After having spent more than sixteen months in various mental institutions, where he was subjected to electroshock therapy, he was finally released early in that year. Declared 'incompetent' by the state of New York, he was placed under the supervision of Oscar Goodstein, his personal manager and the manager of Birdland, who booked Powell to play for twenty weeks at the club. The regular work that the pianist had during the year allowed him to regain much of the virtuoso technique that had often eluded him after repeated nervous breakdowns¯.
Regions Of The Old School (MIE, 2013) documents the first-ever DoLP by Richard Youngs. With the collaboration of vocalist Madeleine Hynes and Neil Campbell on synthesizer, Youngs plays an array of electronics and composed five extended pieces (especially the 22-minute The Thoughtlife), as always experimental oriented.
If, Bwana presents Thirty Date, a triple CDR (Inyrdisk, 2014) that commemorate 30 years of his career, 200 minutes of concrete and experimental music. Al Margolis remastered and repackaged these self-released tapes sold during a brief tour in 2013. Among the pieces, the long drone compositions of Organ Life(less), Massed Roses and Forks, Waves, Bees, with large use of bassoons and voices.
US trumpeter Roy Campbell jr, well known from the 70s for his performances
with many jazz musicians (Don Cherry, William Parker, Peter Brotzmann, Billy
Bang, Matthew Shipp, etc.), but also active with avantgarde rock groups
(Spring Heel Jack, Yo La Tengo, etc.), died at his home for a cardiovascular disease on january 9, at 61.
Complete Remastered Recordings on Black Saint & Soul Note is a 9 CD boxset collecting Paul Bley albums never reissued until now. Tango Palace (may 1983) and Hot (march 1985) were quite famous, but the remaining are still little known: Live At Sweet Basil collected five tracks (particularly the 15,30-minute Lover Man) recorded in march 1988 at very known Jazz club in Greenwich Village (New York City), by the Paul quartet with John Abercrombie (guitar), Red Mitchell (double bass) and Barry Altschul (drums); Sonor was recorded in may 1983 with percussionist George Cross McDonald; Conversations With A Goose documents a trio with Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet and soprano sax) and Steve Swallow (electric bass), recorded in may 1993; Chaos in another trio, with bassist Furio Di Castri and drummer Tony Oxley, recorded in march 1994, mostly improvised; Mindset is a duo with bassist Gary Peacock, fourteen pieces recorded in april 1992; Memoirs is another trio, possibly the most important reissue, with rhythmic section of Charlie Haden and Paul Motian, 10 pieces studio recorded in july 1990; Notes, finally, is a duo with Paul Motian, thirteen pieces recorded in july 1987.
Red Dhal Sextet (FMR) is the namesake CD performed by Hilary Jeffery (trombone), Frank Paul Schubert (alto sax), Paul Dunmall (tenor sax), Alexander Von Schlippenbach (piano), Mike Majkowski (bass) and Yorgos Dimitriadis (drums). They studio recorded six pieces in september 2011, particularly the 15-minute Red Dhal.
The same label also released another CD credited to Paul Dunmall, who, on flute and soprano sax, recorded in a trio with Philip Gibbs (electro acoustic guitar) and Trevor Taylor (acoustic and electronic percussion) New Atmospheres, a studio session of november 2012, when they performed three long pieces (14, 18 and 10 minutes).
Always active, Jason Kahn presents Yugue (Akuseku, 2013), a trio namesake concert recorded in october 2012 by the leader on voice, analog synthesizer, mixing board and short wave radio, along with Takahiro Yamamoto (turntables) and Takuji Naka (sax, tape and electronic device). Two pieces (the second performed without the leader).
L'Innomable releases Shortening Distance, a live performance recorded in april 2012 just comprising of the 31-minute namesake piece, played by John Butcher (saxes), Leonel Kaplan (trumpet) and Christof Kurzmann (electronics). The trio featured a jazz sound mostly intimate and pastoral, integrated by droning effects.
Mingus In Paris: The Complete 'America' Session 1970 is a 2 CD set by Sue Mingus/Sunnyside that documents an october 1970 studio session Charles Mingus held in France with Charles McPherson (alto sax), Bobby Jones (tenor sax), Eddie Preston (trumpet), Jaki Byard (piano) and Dannie Richmond (drums). Originally released as a rare DoLP, the remastered 2-CD edition contains the entire session (8 master tracks plus 18 alternate takes), featuring, as say liner notes, one of the least-documented periods of Mingus career. Among the tracks, the reworking of Tony Bennett's I Left My Heart in San Francisco, the Charlie Parker Reincarnation of a Lovebird, and Mingus' Pithecanthropus Erectus.
Saturn, the Sun Ra label, restores again on vinyl the very rare 1970 Continuation. This album featured on B side the live Continuation To Jupiter Festival, recorded somewhere in 1969, and on side A four studio tracks recorded, state credits, longtime before, in march 1963. Sun Ra, mostly on piano and organ, was accompanied by his historical partners, John Gilmore (tenor sax and clarinet), Marshall Allen (alto sax and oboe), Danny Davis (alto sax and clarinet), along with Walter Miller (trumpet) and other reedists. There's also a 2CD set edition, with second CD fully of unreleased material. Still by Sun Ra, Space Aura is a studio EP released by Art Yard and until now unknown. Recorded in may 1966 at the University of Buffalo, it features the leader on piano and clavioline, along with John Gilmore (tenor sax, percussion), Marshall Allen (alto saxophone, oboe, flute, piccolo, percussion), Pat Patrick (baritone sax, flute, percussion), Robert Cummings (bass clarinet), Teddy Nance and Ali Hassan (trombone), Clifford Jarvis (drums), Ronnie Boykins (bass), James Jacson (log drums, flute, percussion) and Carl Nimrod Malone (sun horn, gong, percussion). Four pieces.
Interactions Quartet features the saxophonist Andrew Raffo Dewar's lineup debut for Rastascan. The leader, on soprano sax, composed two very long pieces performed with Kyle Bruckmann (oboe, English horn and analog electronics), Gino Robair (percussion and analog electronics) and John Shiurba (electric guitar). The first, Interactions, is six-part suite composed in 2009 and dedicated to Guillermo Gregorio; the second, is an old 2002 Piece For Four Instruments, dedicated to Earle Brown. The 76-minute CD, that mixes electronic, classical and jazz, was recorded in november 2009.
Christy Doran's new project Bunter Hund, featuring the leader guitarist in a quartet with Christian Weber (double bass), Patricia Draeger (accordion) and Lionel Friedli (drums), debuted for Unit with Walkin' The Dog, an album recorded sometime in 2013.
FMR releases Artificial Life 2007, premiered for the first time in december of that year by George Lewis with GIO (Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra), whose rearsal (original tape was lost) was recorded for this CD in december 2012. The session, divided in three part (10, 19 and 20 minutes), the third being a collective improvisation. GIO is a large ensemble comprising of acoustic and electric guitar, alto, tenor, baritone and soprano sax, cello, double bass, drums, piano, electric piano and electronics (by London Improvisers Orchestra's Jim McEwan), flutes, freench horn, oboe, three trombones (one of them played by the leader), trumpet and two vocalist, among which Maggie Nicols, who is well known for her collaborations in '70s with Keith Tippett and Centipede.
Emanem presents the 2CD set South On The Northern, live album recorded by the second ®version¯ of Paul Rutherford's Iskra 1903, that gathered the trombonist along with bassist Barry Guy and violinist Philip Wachsmann (the two, here, also on electronics). The performance collects two concerts in south London pubs, free group improvisations for 151 minutes. First disc sports four tracks recorded in november 1988; the second collects three tracks (notably the final 32-minute Clapham Common Sun 3) recorded in april 1989.
Ogun restores Different Times, Different Places, an album of british jazz-rock of '70s, credited to Harry Miller; the bassist played with a small ensemble comprising of Louis Moholo-Moholo (drums), Chris McGregor and Keith Tippett (pianos), Mike Osborne (alto sax), Marc Charig (trumpet) Nick Evans and Malcolm Griffiths (both on trombone). The seven pieces (particularly the live 17-minute Eli's Song) come from two session, a London studio in june 1973 and a live French festivali in july 1976.
Recorded in april 2013, Thumbscrew (Cuneiform, 2014) is the new Mary Halvorson project the guitarist created with bassist Michael Formanek and American drummer Tomas Fujiwara. Each of them composed three pieces for this CD, whose sound is near to other Halvorson projects, but a bit more oriented to improvisation.
Open The Door To Gentleness (released by Birth) is a 2CD set featuring the Gunter Hampel quartet, with the leader on vibes, bass clarinet and flute, Johannes Schleiermacher on tenor sax, Cavana Lee Hampel on voice and Bernd Oezsevim on drums. Recorded live in september 2013, it collects eight compositions by the leader, the group switching from melody to improvisations, intense and intimate moments.
Beyond The Planets is an Improvising Beings 2CD set, documenting the latest Sonny Simmons recording. The leader, on alto sax and english horn, played in a septet with Michael Marcus (clarinets), Grachan Moncur III (trombone), Dave Burrell (piano), Thomas Bellier (electric guitar), William Parker (bass) and Warren Smith (drums). CD 1 features seven pieces studio recorded in january 2012, The Sacred Moments suite (47 minutes), a duo with the harpist recorded the month after, plus four extra solo tracks by Delphine Latil. Music mixes classical settings and ambiance sounds. The second CD features another duo, this time with the young French jazz-rock guitarist Thomas Bellier. Five pieces recorded in july 2011 at Bellier's home, more jazz-rock oriented.
The Ltd ed. RCA El Trilogy is a private Dave Douglas recording, documenting modern dance music composed and played for three different Trisha Brown choregraphed dances. Premiered in december 2013, the release presents dance performances first done from july 1999 to june 2000. The leader plays on on trumpet, along with Mark Feldman on violin, Guy Klucevsek on accordion, Greg Cohen on bass, Greg Tardy on clarinet & tenor sax and Susie Ibarra on drums.
Doing The Splash (Megaphone, 2013) marks the return of Tim Hodgkinson's Konk Pack. The leader (on lap steel guitar) recorded in december 2012 this album with Thomas Lehn (analog synthesizer) and Roger Turner (drumset & percussion). This performance is mostly an electro-acoustic improvisation, full of static and meditative moments.
Parliament/Funkadelic legend Bernie Worrell released Elevation: The Upper Air (MODT, 2013), his first solo piano album, based on, among others, Coltrane, Zawinul, Santana and Mingus themes, featuring an intimate and unexpected sound, mostly soul-oriented. Produced by Bill Laswell, this album comes furthermore with Standards (Scufflin, 2013), another Worrell creation featuring famous (or infamous?) jazz standards (Take the 'A' Train, Take Five, Moon River, etc.).
The vinyl The Love Robots (PNL, 2013) was produced by the trio of Jim O'Rourke (guitar), Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) and Lasse Marhaug (electronics). They recorded in studio this album in february 2011, featuring a psychedelic noise sound in two long-side pieces.
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