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December 2016:

American drummer Alphonse Mouzon, famous as member of Larry Coryell伍西 Eleventh House and Weather Report in 西熙70s, died on december 26 of cancer, at 68.


Trost releases two Joe McPhee伍西s albums. Live From The Magic City is an unissued april 1985 duo performance along with veteran French guitarist and composer Raymond Boni, on stage since 1971, and here also on electronics, whereas McPhee plays soprano sax and electronics, also singing. This release extracts from that concert three sets, notably the 35-minute Set 1. Bricktop, instead, features another duo with double bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten. On tenor and soprano saxes, Joe played with him three pieces (notably the 19:30-minute Harlem), live recorded in june 2015.


Strange City (Cold Spring, 2016) documents two long (32 and 34 minutes, respectively) Masami Akita (aka Merzbow) "mixed and noised reworkings", based on unreleased Sun Ra伍西s tracks coming from his huge archive. Studio recorded in may 2016, this music starts from "human" sounds of reeds and percussion, quickly distorted and remixed.


A Rainbow For Riley (Fractal, 2016) documents the duo electric guitars of Henry Kaiser and Russian Alexei Pliousnine. Coinceived, as title suggests, as a tribute to Terry Riley,

the album sports two long pieces, for 44 minutes. A Band of Phantoms is a "crescendo" in tempo and intensity, developping layers of notes, whereas the title-track sports a "liquid" sound.


Blooming Tall Phlox (L &H, 2016) is Yelena Eckemoff's tenth album, recorded in september 2013. This 2CD set, studio performed by the pianist with Verneri Pohjola (trumpet and flugelhorn), Panu Savolainen (vibraphone), Antti Lotjonen (double bass) and Olavi Louhivuori (drums, percussion), was conceived, states the leader, with "the idea of writing music about smell for some time before I met with drummer Olavi Louhivuori in Finland... the best place to record an album about smells. I brought fifteen songs to the session, already named and designed to express certain smells. Writing the poetry came later, even though I nurtured my ideas along with the music". The music merges her jazz approaches with mysterious and crepuscular sonorities.


American cornetist, trumpeter and bandleader Baltimore-born Taylor Ho Bynum (1975), student of Anthony Braxton, started his career in late 西熙90s, working also with Bill Dixon and Cecil Taylor. Then he recorded a series of collaborative albums: the october 1998 Crawlspace-Universal Noir, with Bhob Rainey, Eric Rosenthal and Jack Wright; the january 2002 Duets (Wesleyan) 2002 with Anthony Braxton. His career as leader begins in april 2003, performing recording sessions with the project SpiderMonkey Strings, with celloist Okkyung Lee, veteran vibraphonist Jay Hoggard, Jessica Pavone on violin and viola, among others, for the outcoming Other Stories (Three Suites), whose sessions were completed in february 2005. True Events (march 2006) was a collaboration free improvised with drummer Tomas Fujiwara. The two came back in may 2009 with another free improvised studio performance: Stepway, and in april 2012 along with Through Foundation, collectively composed and more avantgarde. The Convergence Quartet, his project created along with pianist Alexander Hawkins, bassist Dominic Lash and drummer Harris Eisenstadt, debuted with the Live In Oxford (november 2006), followed by Song-Dance (may 2009), Slow And Steady (november 2011), and the more complex and interesting Owl Jacket (october 2013). His sextet, comprising over the time of trombonist Bill Lowe, violist Jessica Pavone, saxophonists Matt Bauder and Jim Hobbs, bassist Ken Filiano, guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara, debuted with The Middle Picture (recorded between october 2005 and december 2006), followed by Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths (february 2008), the four-part suite Apparent Distance (premiered in august 2010), and Navigation (december 2012), collecting two very long suites more avantgarde and experimental. With this album his sextet became a septet, having been joined by vibraphonist Chad Taylor. In 2007 Bynum founded with Abraham Gomez-Delgado (percussion, voice) the 10-musician project Positive Catastrophe, comprising of, among others, Mark Taylor (french horn, mellophone), Matt Bauder (tenor and alto saxes, clarinet), Michael Attias (baritone sax), Pete Fitzpatrick (electric guitar) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). They released two albums for Cuneiform: Garabatos Volume One (august and september 2008) and Dibrujo, Dibrujo, Dibrujo... (november 2011). More recent is the debut of his PlusTet, a 15-piece ensemble comprising of Nate Wooley and Stephanie Richards (trumpets), Vincent Chancey (French horn), Steve Swell (trombone), Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tub), the sax trio of Jim Hobbs, Ingrid Laubrock and Matt Bauder, Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Tomeka Reid (cello), Jay Hoggard (vibraphone), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Ken Filiano (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). Recorded in january 2016, the album, Enter The Plus Tet, collects three pieces, among which the very long Sleeping Giant.


Erstwhile released the 4CD boxset A Room Extended, that documents a solo Keith Rowe伍西s production, an ideal follow-up of his 2007 The Room, recorded at home from mid-2013 to mid-2016. On guitar and electronics, Rowe composed four monumental CD-long untitled tracks, featuring an abstract electronic sound, mainly improvised.


I Roam The Cosmos (Art Yard, 2016) collects unreleased Sun Ra tapes dating back to a 1972 live session, performed by a 18-ensemble of his Arkestra. The vinyl sport a 52-minute suite, with the usual Danny Davis, Marshall Allen, Ronnie Boykins, Danny Roy Thompson, John Gilmore, etc. The leader was on keyboards.


Chris Corsano (drums), Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) and Nate Wooley (trumpet) produced Salt Task (Relative Pitch, 2016), an album of pure free jazz, particularly the 21-minute title-track. Studio recorded in september 2015.


Still Relative Pitch, and always by Sylvie Courvoisier on piano, releases Crop Circles, a studio collaboration with guitarist Mary Halvorson, ten pieces studio recorded in august 2016.


Recorded in october 2014, Satoko Fujii伍西s Orchestra Tokyo Peace (Libra, 2016) documents a tribute to guitarist Kelly Churko, who collaborated with several Fujii's lineups, and died two years ago, as suggests the 33-minute tune 2014. The music alternates solos, duos and orchestral noise-oriented moments, counterpointed by reeds dialogues and drones. The leader, however, doesn伍西t play: she composed the four pieces and conducted the orchestra (five various saxes, three trombones, five trumpets, one bassist and two drummers).


An historical reissue: the old 1955 vinyl Milt Jackson With John Lewis, Percy Heath, Kenny Clarke, Lou Donaldson And The Thelonious Monk Quintet, restored by the label Jeanne Diehl. This is a compilation of recordings Milt Jackson made with The Modern Jazz Quartet (with Lou Donaldson on sax) and the Thelonious Monk Quartet from 1948-1952, originally released in 1955.


Released now by Ictus, Duets 7 1977 documents a never issued live concert with Evan Parker on tenor & soprano saxes and Andrea Centazzo on percussion. Ictus also released another album with Andrea Centazzo: Bridges, a trio project along with Akira Sakata (woodwinds) and bassist Kiyoto Fujiwara, another live concert dating back to may 2016, from which were extracted five performances, on which Centazzo played an array of percussion instruments..


Reverse Tree (Black Truffle, 2016) is a new LP by Eyvind Kang (viola) and Jessika Kenney (voice), the follow-up of their Aestuarium (august 2005) and The Face Of The Earth (june 2012). Their chamber music presents two side-long works, along with a multitude of other instrumentalists: Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov on violin, Icelandic cellist Hildur Guonadottir, and guitarists Oren Ambarchi and Stephen O'Malley, an ensemble of strings and Seattle's Gamelan Pacifica, performing on Javanese instruments. Recorded in the same session of The Face Of The Earth.


John Butcher (sax and feedback), Thomas Lehn (analogue synthesiser) and Matthew Shipp (piano) recorded in february 2014 Tangle, an Otoruku release. The four tracks (43 minutes) present a trio improvisation very counterpointed, with frequent changes of time.


Jazz-rock guitarist Jeff Parker keeps to share his career as Tortoise伍西s member, collaborations with Rob Mazurek and as leader. His latest albums were The New Breed (International Anthem, 2016) and Slight Freedom (Eremite, 2016). The former features his namesake project that collects eight pieces recorded between february and december 2015, composed since long time and leaved alone at his home. Playing electric guitar, Korg MS20, electric piano, mellotron, loops and samplers, MIDI and drum programming, to develop these old ideas with many improvisations Parker was accompanied by Josh Johnson (alto sax, flute, clarinet, electric piano and mellotron), Paul Bryan (electric bass guitar), Jamire Williams and Jay Bellerose (drums) and his daughter Ruby on vocals. The latter is his first ever solo album, performed on electric guitar, effects and samplers, and collects four pieces recorded between 2013 and 2014, basically reworkings of tracks with drones, minimalisms, field recordings, found sounds and dark and melodic atmospheres.


November 2016:

American bassist Victor Bailey, who played with many jazz giants and became famous in `80s when he joined the Weather Report, later becoming the bassist for rockstars Madonna and Lady Gaga, died for illness on november 11, at 56.

Released just now by psi, but recorded in september 2012, As The Wind features Evan Parker on soprano sax along with veteran Velvet Underground's sideman Mark Nauseef (metallophone based percussion) and Toma Gouband (lithophone based percussion). The album, "one of the best records I've ever made", as states the leader, collects nine tracks mostly improvised, within the reverb of St. Peters church in Whitstable, where it was recorded. Still by Parker, Seven Pieces - Live at Willisau 1995 documents a Clean Feed's reissue by the sax trio formed along with Daunik Lazro and Joe McPhee. Firstly released in 1996 by the French label Vand'Oeuvre, this re-release collects the four pieces performed in may 1995 (notably the 37-minute The Emmet's Inch), plus other three performances from that concert. Veteran French saxophonist Daunik Lazro, let's remember, started his career since late `70s, sporting solo albums and collaborations in several lineups.

In Cahoots, other Clean Feed's album, gathers Ned Rothenberg (sax, clarinet, shakuhachi), Mark Feldman (violin) and Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) in their first trio session, studio recorded in june 2014. Nine pieces, basically improvised.

Third Clean Feed's album of this month is Chicago Plan, documenting the namesake project by Steve Swell (trombone), Gebhard Ullmann (tenor sax and bass clarinet), Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello and electronics) and Michael Zerang (drums). This is the follow-up of previous collaboration between the Swell Quartet and Ullmann. The six tracks were recorded in september 2015, mixing improvisations, world music and textures.

Genesis (More Is More, 2016) was recorded live during an European tour (november 2015 and february 2016) by the Peter Evans Quintet. This almost 100 minutes of music collect two multi-part suites: Genesis/Schismogenesis, consisting of four sections, and the five-part suite 3 for Alice (Coltrane). The lineup, let's remember, is led by the trumpetist and is comprising of Mostly Other People Do the Killing's Ron Stabinsky on piano (who replaced Carlos Homs), Tom Blancarte on double bass, Jim Black on drums and live processing, and Sam Pluta on live processing. Genesis was conceived as a mixing of melodic themes and abstract and improvised counterpoints.

The 4 CD boxset Keith Jarrett's A Multitude Of Angels (ECM, 2016) documents solo Italian concerts recorded in tour in october 1996. Extracted performances are mostly very long, particularly the CD-long 65-minute improvisation in two parts. Liner notes are personal by Jarrett.

MKM, the project founded by Jason Kahn, G乶ter M乴ler and Norbert M攕lang, comes back with Instants-Paris, their second release after the debuting spring 2007 MSA. This new album, released by Mikroton, sees M乴ler on ipods and electronics, M攕lang on "cracked everyday" electronics, and Kahn on analog synthesizer, radio and mixer. The 46-minute namesake suite features pulsing sonorities, noise, drones and layers of sounds.

Andrew Cyrille (drums) and Bill McHenry (tenor sax) recorded in november 2014 for Sunnyside the studio album Proximity. The twelve tracks, quite brief, are extensively presented here by the label.

Indestructible Fantasy (Fractal, 2016) has been released after having studio recorded in june 2006 by a lineup comprising of Henry Kaiser and Alexei Pliousnine (both on electric guitars), the veteran American Marco Eneidi (alto sax), the founder of Rova Saxophone Quartet Jon Raskin (alto, baritone and sopranino saxes), Scott R. Looney (piano), Damon Smith (double bass), and Gino Robair and veteran John Hanes (both on drums and percussion). These 80 minutes features an avant-garde and free jazz approach.

Dragonfly Breath III: Live at The Stone: Megaloprepus Caerulatus (Not Two, 2016) features the quartet of Paul Flaherty (alto & tenor saxes), Steve Swell ( trombone), Spencer Yeh ( violin, electronics & voice) and Weasel Walter (drums) in an untitled 41-minute composition live recorded in november 2015 to celebrate 60th Swell's birthday.

Mass (Rare Noise, 2016) documents the Bobby Previte debut as a leader for the follow-up to 2014's cooperative trio project The New Standard with bassist Steve Swallow and keyboardist Jamie Saft. Based on a rearrangement of Missa Sancti Jacobi by the 15th century composer Guillaume Dufay, with The Rose Ensemble (an 11-vocals group conducted by Jordan Sramek), and along with Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley, Earth's Don McGreevy, Mike Gamble, Jamie Saft (all on guitars) Marco Benevento (pipe and Rheem organs), Reed Mathis (bass) and the leader on drums, pipe and farfisa organs, guitar, bass synthesizer. Mass mixes various styles: classical music, choral vocals with drones, doom, noise, psychedelic rock 'n' roll, heavy metal based on feedback guitars, etc. Recorded in june 2016.

The Eastcote Studios Session (Dancing Wayang, 2016) is a new and rare studio LP by Borbetomagus. Recorded in october 2014, it unites Jim Sauter and Don Dietrich (saxes) and Donald Miller (guitar) and contains two side-long tracks: Dis and Dat, for 36 minutes. Presented here by the label.

The 3CD set The Singles (Strut, 2016) was worked in three years to collect virtually every 45 released by Sun Ra from 1952 through 1991. It also features a 36 page booklet, with liner notes written by a team of Sun Ra's experts, and historical photos. These 45s were pressed in very small quantities (sometimes only 50 copies).

Falling And Five Other Failings (Trost, 2016) gathers Mats Gustafsson (slide, tenor, baritone and bass saxes, keyboards) and Christof Kurzmann (ppooll software and voice, live processing) for a limited vinyl edition of 300. The album mixes minimalisms, drones, distorted sounds and concrete music. Ken Vandermark, from the liner notes: "On the surface, its fundamental components seem to come from the 20th century: the saxophone (invented in 1846, but not coming to the fore until jazz and Coleman Hawkins took a hold of it), the laptop computer (initially developed around 1980), and tape music (first started around 1950). But when examining the materials it becomes quickly apparent that, though the 'machines' may belong to the previous century, the methodologies applied to them do not. The six pieces on this album began as open improvisations. A section of each improvisation that was considered most successful from a musical standpoint was 'spliced out' and kept as a composition - the studio was used as a means to produce a performance rather than to strictly document, not usually the case when recording improvised music... In many cases, the grooves explored on this collection of recordings are about pulse, but not the rhythmic feel of jazz, nor the timing of late 20th century free improvisation. And as Christof Kurzmann. explained to me, the instrument he plays is not the laptop, but the software that he runs on it, called ppooll and refined by Klaus Filip and Arnold Habirl in [2015??]... ppooll gives Christof nearly infinite manufacturing possibilities for sound - from creating new material that's used later in performance, to processing sonic events in real time".

Germany-born (1970) saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, formed at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, after having studied with Jean Toussaint and Dave Liebman moved to England in 1989 and started her career in London playing alto, soprano, baritone and tenor saxes, and then recorded for Candid in 2008 her first credited album, Who Is It?, featuring a "latin" jazz in a quintet along with Davide Mantovani (bass), Ife Tolentino (guitar), the veteran Kim Burton (keyboards and accordion) and Helder Pack (percussion). Again for Candid she recorded (january 2001) Some Times, also singing in an octet comprising of Julian Siegel (alto and tenor saxes and bass clarinet), Larry Bartley (bass), Tom Skinner (drums), Ife Tolentino (guitar), Karim Merchant and Nikki Iles (both on piano), the veteran trombonist Mark Bassey (who played in Mike Westbrook's Orchestra), and Byron Wallen (trumpet and flugelhorn). Forensic (may 2003) made a turn in her style and inventive, featuring a sextet along with Karim Merchant (piano), Ben Davis (cello), Larry Bartley (double bass), Tom Skinner (drums) and Julian Siegel (bass clarinet). After having recorded in 2006 Let's Call This., a collaboration with pianist Liam Noble featuring duo improvisations and some famous reworkings (as the Thelonius Monk's title-track), she released Sleepthief (august 2007), an Intakt album in a trio with Liam Noble (piano) and Tom Rainey (drums). The trio came back with The Madness Of Crowds (september 2010). Relocated in Brooklyn in 2008, she created her trio project Paradoxical Frog, along with drummer Tyshawn Sorey and pianist Kris Davis. The namesake first album (august 2009), released by Clean Feed, features eight pieces individually composed by the trio, with many improvisations. The trio replicated with Union (october 2011), another Clean Feed album with nine pieces. In the meantime, she collaborated for Haste, a live february 2011 concert conducted by pianist Veryan Weston and the celloist Hannah Marshall. The CD, released by Emanem, features two very long compositions. In 2009, she created Anti-House, her most interesting project, reuniting John H俠ert (bass), Tom Rainey (drums and glockenspiel), Mary Halvorson (guitar) and Kris Davis (piano). The namesake first album (Intakt, 2010) was recorded in january 2010, documenting fourteen brief and lenghty pieces mostly improvised. Its follow-up, Strong Place (Intakt, 2013), features the same lineup which recorded in 2012 eight lenghty pieces, free performed. Roulette Of The Cradle, the latest project's release (Intakt, 2015) features other eight pieces mostly improvised (december 2014). Camino Cielo Echo (Intakt, 2012), studio recorded in may 2011, gathered Tom Rainey (drums) and Mary Halvorson (guitar) for another improvised release. She also collaborated in Mary Halvorson septet for Illusionary Sea (september 2012). The project Lark, documented in a june 2011 session, recorded the namesake album, six lenghty pieces that reunited Ralph Alessi (trumpet), Kris Davis (piano) and Tom Rainey (drums). Capricorn Climber (march 2012), featured a notable quintet led by pianist Kris Davis and comprising of Mat Maneri (viola), Trevor Dunn (bass) and Tom Rainey (drums and glockenspiel). And Other Desert Towns (Relative Pitch, 2014) documents a duo with drummer Tom Rainey, recorded in may 2013. Ubatuba (Firehouse 12, 2015) sports six pieces she composed and recorded (september 2014) along with Tim Berne (alto sax), Tom Rainey (drums), Ben Gerstein (trombone) and Dan Peck (tuba), an album with more space for compositions and themes. Hotel Grief (Intakt, 2015) was recorded live in december 2013 in a trio with Tom Rainey and Mary Halvorson, five avant-garde pieces collectively composed. Another duo with Tom Rainey was Buoyancy (Relative Pitch, 2016), live studio recorded in june 2014: four long pieces quite all improvised. Previously (april 2014) she collaborated in Anthony Braxton's Trillium J for the recording of Composition No. 380. Serpentines (Intakt, 2016), her latest release, features an interesting septet comprising of Peter Evans (trumpets), Dan Peck (tuba), Miya Masaoka (koto), Craig Taborn (piano), Sam Pluta (electronics) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums), the four compositions were studio recorded in may 2016, mixing themes, improvisations and live processings.

Hubris (Mego, 2016) documents the 40-minute three part namesake suite credited to Oren Amabrchi (here on guitar and voice) along a notable lineup comprising of Jim O'Rourke (bass and synthesizers), Mark Fell (computer), Will Guthrie drums), Joe Talia (drums and bass), Ricardo Villalobos (electronics), Arto Lindsay (guitar), Konrad Sprenger (guitar), Keith Fullerton Whitman (synthesizer) and Crys Cole (voice). Recorded from april 2015 to february 2016, it features sounds with massive use of electronics and drums but also discomusic and minimalistic approachs.

Musica Elettronica Viva's founders Frederic Rzewski (piano and vocals), Richard Teitelbaum (keyboards and computer) and Alvin Curran (keyboards, computer and shofar) reunited in may 2016 for the International Festival at Victoriaville, to compose and perform the Symphony No 106, a 1-hour suite released now by Victo.

Intakt releases Warsaw Concert, performed by the Alexander Von Schlippenbach Trio, which gathers the pianist along with Evan Parker (sax) and Paul Lovens (drums). The release sports the quite 1-hour concert collectively composed and live recorded in october 2015. Speaking about it, the musicians stated: 揟here was no plan agreed in advance. Nothing was discussed or decided. Everything improvised. The paraphrases of particular jazz themes, like embedded particles, should not be understood as quotations. They are a reference to our history, creating contrasts and also serving as an springboard for further development. We played continuously, without planned breaks. That抯 how it mostly goes with us.

New World releases No Favorites!, a recording by Rova+Orkestrova, a lineup consisting of the Rova Saxophone Quartet, plus Orkestrova抯 members Tara Flandreau (viola), Christina Stanley (violin), Alex Kelly (cello), Scott Walton (acoustic bass), John Shiurba (electric guitar), Jason Hoopes (electric bas) and Jordan Glenn (drums). This project recorded in july 2015 three long pieces: the 20-minute Nothing Stopped-But A Future (for Buckminster Fuller), composed by Ochs and conducted by well known Gino Robair; the 13-minute The Double Negative, composed by Adams and Raskin; the 27:30-minute Contours Of The Glass Head, collectively composed by the sax quartet. This album was intended to pay homage to their later lamented partner Butch Morris. The works are basically a continuous series of improvisations, also plenty though of silences and solos.

The self-released From The Heart, recorded in february 2016, features Angelica Sanchez on piano, Omar Tamez on electric & acoustic guitars, cuica, mbira & percussion, Peter Mack on bass and Harvey Sorgen (now member of reunited Hot Tuna) on drums. This lineup was organized to play jazz standards (Charles Mingus抯 Nostalgia in Times Square, Ron Carter抯 Little Waltz, Charlie Haden抯 For Turiya and the rare Carla Bley抯 Utviklingssang), plus some originals.

Nonesuch抯 Nearness documents a studio collaboration between Joshua Redman (tenor and soprano saxes) and Brad Mehldau (piano), collecting six pieces live recorded between july and november 2011. The performances are comprising of two famous standard reworkings: Charlie Parker抯 Ornithology and Thelonious Monk抯 In Walked Bud. The other four tracks are originals in a lyrical and melodic style, among which the 17-minute The Nearness Of You.

The Core Trio Live Featuring Matthew Shipp (Evil Rabbit, 2016) documents a live performance (november 2014) that saw the pianist along with bassist Thomas Helton, drummer Joe Hertenstein and saxtenorist Seth Paynter. From the concert were extracted two long sets (both over half hour), basically improvised.

Goldsmiths (Another Timbre, 2016) documents an august 2015 studio session by a lineup comprising of John Tilbury (piano), Angharad Davies (violin), Rhodri Davies (electric harp, melodica), Michael Duch (double bass), Lina Lapelyte (violin, voice) and John Lely (objects, electronics, melodica). The sextet composed some themes, quickly evolving them in collective improvisations.

Taylor Ho Bynum releases Enter The Plus Tet (Firehouse 12, 2016). In this new studio album the cornetist conducts a very notable ensemble: Nate Wooley and Stephanie Richards (trumpets), Vincent Chancey (French horn), Steve Swell (trombone), Bill Lowe (bass trombone, tub), the sax trio of Jim Hobbs, Ingrid Laubrock and Matt Bauder, Jason Kao Hwang (violin), Tomeka Reid (cello), Jay Hoggard (vibraphone), Mary Halvorson (guitar), Ken Filiano (bass) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). The leader composed three pieces, among which the very long Sleeping Giant is a tribute to recently dead Prince. Three (for Me We & Them) was instead written for Jabbo Ware抯 orchestra (from which the tune抯 title).

Away With You (Firehouse 12, 2016) documents the notable Mary Halvorson octet, created by the guitarist along with Susan Alcorn (pedal steel guitar), Jonathan Finlayson (trumpet), Jon Irabagon (alto sax), Ingrid Laubrock ( tenor sax), Jacob Garchik (trombone), John Hebert (bass) and Ches Smith (drums). Recorded in december 2015, it features eight new pieces.

The cassette It Is Dangerous To Lean Out (Astral Spirits, 2016) documents the Talibam!抯 duo of Matt Mottel (synthesizers) and Kevin Shea (drums) along with Alan Wilkinson (alto and baritone saxes) in two side-long improvisations, live performed the first in august 2013 and the second in december 2014.

Lifeblood (More Is More, 2016) documents the first Peter Evans solo trumpet in five years, that collects eleven performances live recorded in april 2016. Until now, they are presented on a USB credit card drive in mp3 and wav formats. Among the pieces, the two-part suites Lifeblood (27 minutes) and Prophets (26 minutes), recorded in another session on fall 2015.

The 2CD set DUO (DCWM) 2013 (RogueArt, 2016) documents a collaboration between Anthony Braxton (sopranino, soprano and alto saxes, electronics) and Miya Masaoka (21 string koto), studio recorded in august 2013. The three pieces (among which the 51-minute CD-long Experience 1) feature intimate themes, quickly evolved in improvisations, solos and collective.

Serpentines (Intakt, 2016) features the notable Ingrid Laubrock抯 namesake septet, comprising of the leader on tenor & soprano saxes & compositions, Peter Evans on trumpets, Dan Peck on tuba, Miya Masaoka on koto, Craig Taborn on piano, Sam Pluta on electronics and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. The four compositions were studio recorded in may 2016, and balance between themes, improvisations and live processings.

Recorded in early 2016, Cactus (Northern Spy, 2016) documents veteran drummer Bobby Kapp and pianist Matthew Shipp in a set of nine pieces, fully improvised, alternating frenetic and melodic moments, with many solos. The two, let抯 remember, already recorded together in a Kapp-led quartet, on Themes 4 Transmutation. Bobby Kapp has been active since the underground jazz movement in 60s New York, particularly playin on Impulse抯 Brown抯 Three for Shepp, Gato Barbieri抯 In Search Of The Mystery (1967), Noah Howard抯 At Judson Hall (1968) and Dave Burrell抯 High (1969).

A quartet featuring Dave Douglas on trumpet, german Frank Woeste on piano & Fender Rhodes, Matt Brewer on bass and Clarence Penn on drums recorded in january 2015 Dada People (Greenleaf, 2016), on which they pay homage to Man Ray and the Dada movement with ten new pieces, extensively presented by the label.

Rob Mazurek抯 Sao Paulo Underground, reuniting the leader on cornet, mellotron, modular synthesizer, moog, percussion and voice, Mauricio Takara on drums, cavaquinho, electronics, moog, percussion and voice, Guilherme Granado on keyboards, synthesizers, sampler, percussion and voice, and Thomas Rohrer on rabeca, flutes, soprano saxophone, electronics, percussion and voice, recorded Cantos Invisiveis (Cuneiform, 2016), on portuguese 搃nvisible corners. The nine pieces sport a mixing of an experimental jazz, world, country and folk, with massive use of electronics.

FMR released in the latest august three new Paul Dunmall抯 albums. Chords of Connections, recorded in january 2016, features the leader on tenor & soprano saxes, Liam Noble on piano, John Edwards on bass and Mark Sanders on drums, and sports three experimental long improvisations; Cardiff, recorded in february 2016, collects five compositions and features Dunmall on saxes, EWI and flute, Philip Gibbs on electric guitar, Ashley John Long on double bass and Trevor Taylor on vibes & electronic percussion; Electrosonics, recorded in december 2015, features Dunmall on WX11 Wind Synthesizer paired with Philip Gibbs on guitar. They studio improvised a nine-part suite (56 minutes).

Aziza (Dare2, 2016) is the debuting release by namesake Dave Holland抯 project, formed by the bassist in 2014 and comprising of Chris Potter (tenor and soprano saxes), Lionel Loueke (guitar, vocals) and Eric Harland (drums). Recorded in september 2015, this 73-minute long album features two originals by each of members.

Nuclear Family (Corbett vs. Dempsey, 2016) features Joe McPhee on alto & tenor saxes & pocket cornet, and his longtime partner Andre Jaume on alto & tenor saxes & bass clarinet. This studio recording of december 1979 was prepared for Hat Hut, but never released, and now is finally out; but only two of its pieces are originals; the rest are famous jazz covers, from Mingus Pithecanthropus Erectus and Self-Portrait in Three Colors, to Thelonious Monk抯 Evidence and Blue Monk, and from Billy Strayhorn抯 Chelsea Bridge to Duke Ellington抯 Come Sunday and Ornette Coleman抯 Lonely Woman.

And Corbett vs. Dempsey also restores Picnic, an old, forgotten and never rereleased Data抯 album by cellist Tristan Honsinger, recorded in february 1985 in a sextet along with trumpeter Toshinori Kondo, saxophonist Sean Bergen, bassist Jean Jacques Avenel (longtime member of Steve Lacy抯 trio), drummer Michael Vatcher, and vocalist Tiziana Simona Vigni. The ICP Orchestra member composed 11 of its 12 pieces.

The Long Road (Auricle, 2016) is the new album by BassDrumBone, the trio of bassist Mark Helias, drummer Gerry Hemingway and trombonist Ray Anderson, joined in this 2CD set by guests Jason Moran (piano) and Joe Lovano (tenor sax). The eleven studio pieces, recorded in august 2013, are completed by two live long 2013 performances.

On Behalf Of Nature (ECM, 2016) is the new Meredith Monk抯 release. Composed in 2012 and premiered in january 2013, this work was finally studio recorded in june 2015 for the CD. Speaking about it, Meredith says: 揃elieving that music speaks more directly than words, I worked to make a piece with a fluid, perceptual field that could expand awareness of what we are in danger of losing. On Behalf Of Nature is a meditation on our intimate connection to nature, its inner structures, the fragility of its ecology and our interdependence. The nineteen pieces were performed by her Ensemble: on vocals, Meredith was accompanied by Sidney Chen, Ellen Fisher, Katie Geissinger, Bruce Rameker and Allison Sniffin (voices); Bohdan Hilash (various woodwinds); John Hollenbeck (marimba, vibraphone, glockenspiel, percussion); Allison Sniffin (piano, keyboards, violin, French horn); Laura Sherman (harp). Extensively presented here by ECM.


September 2016:

Cuneiform releases the double-disc set America's National Parks, third album by The Golden Quintet, the Wadada Leo Smith's project that gathers the trumpetist along with Anthony Davis (piano), the new member Ashley Walters (cello), John Lindberg (bass) and Pheeroan akLaff (drums), plus Jesse Gilbert as video artist. This album is the ideal follow-up of previous Spiritual Dimensions and Ten Freedom Summers. The 90-minute six-movement suite sports above all the 30-minute The Mississippi River: Dark and Deep Dreams Flow the River - a National Memorial Park c. 5000 BC, that alternates minimalisms, feverish music and dark atmospheres. The release coincides with celebrations of the centennial of the National Park Service. Smith's main inspiration was taken from Ken Burns伍西 12-hour documentary series The National Parks: America伍西s Best Idea. Recorded in may 2016.

The double-disc set Lovers (Blue Note, 2016) documents a Nels Cline's project he calls "songs for lovers", performed with twenty plus musicians whose 18 pieces were recorded in november and december 2013. The album features however 13 covers and five originals by Cline. Very notable the ensemble, comprising of the leader on drums, electric, acoustic and lap steel guitars, plus, among others, JD Parran (various flutes, clarinets and saxes), Yuka Honda (celesta and synthesizer), Ben Goldberg (clarinets), Zeena Parkins (harp), Kenny Wollesen (vibraphone, marimba and percussion), and various violists, violinists and celloists.

Illegal Crowns (RougueArt, 2016) documents the namesake project gathering the quartet of Mary Halvorson (electric guitar), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet & flugelhorn), Benoit Delbecq (prepared & unprepared piano) and Tomas Fujiwara (drums). They studio recorded in may 2014 six pieces, composed individually (Halvorson and Ho Binum two pieces, Delbecq and Fujiwara one piece) whose themes are often broken by their improvisations.

Still by RogueArt, Counteract This Turmoil Like Trees And Birds (RogueArt, 2016) documents Eloping With The Sun, a new William Parker's project trio featuring the leader on double bass, shakuhachi flute, sintir, n伍西goni kemlah n伍西goni and thumb piano, along with Joe Morris (guitar, banjouke, banjo, double bass, fiddle, pocket trumpet and whistles) and Hamid Drake (drum set, frame drum, cymbals, gongs). In january 2015 they recorded ten new pieces for an album so presented by Taylor Ho Binum in his liner notes: "We need our musicians, our shamans and sonic scientists, to help us shake off the detritus of technology and consumption, to reawaken us to the fundamental beauty, immediacy, and necessity of human beings making sound. We need artists like Joe Morris, William Parker, and Hamid Drake to counteract this turmoil like trees and birds".

The CDR Fjordgata (Confront, 2016) documents the 44-minute namesake suite live recorded in may 2015 by the duo of John Butcher (saxophones) and Norvegian Michael Francis Duch (contrabass), on stage since 2004. The performance, quite unedited, was largely improvised.

Studio recorded in august 2015, Skip To The Solo (Public Eyesore, 2016) is credited to the duo of Henry Kaiser and Alan Licht, accompanied by Mikko Biffle (the three are all on electric guitars & basses) plus Rick Walker (drums) and guest bassist ex-Montreux Michael Manring. The fourteen pieces they performed sports a mixing of jazz-rock and avantgarde, with many solos and improvisations.

The Core Trio Live Featuring Matthew Shipp (FreeBass, 2016) documents two long sets (31 and 34 minutes) recorded in november 2014 by the pianist along with Seth Paynter (tenor sax), Thomas Helton (double bass) and Joe Hertenstein (drums). The same lineup, let's remember, already recorded in 2014 the studio album The Core Trio With Matthew Shipp (released by FreeBass), a vinyl featuring un untitled 42-minute piece.

Andrew Cyrille Quartet, formed by the drummer in 2014 and comprising of Bill Frisell (guitar), Richard Teitelbaum (piano and synthesizer) and Ben Street on contrabass, released for ECM The Declaration Of Musical Independence. Studio recorded in july 2014, the album starts with a reworking of John Coltrane's Coltrane Time, and then eight tracks, among which three collective improvisations, the rest having been composed mainly by Frisell.

Emanem just released Bremen & Stuttgart 1961, that documents unissued old performances by the trio of Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet), Paul Bley (piano) and Steve Swallow (double bass). This double-disc set features 26 recordings dating back to may and november 1961.

Absinth released The Physiognomy Of Depth, credited to the duo of Werner Dafeldecker (double bass) and Theo Nabicht (contrabass clarinet); studio recorded in august 2010, this album features the nine-part 39-minute suite Vessels, worked out in rehearsals created from themes composed.

Residing in Brooklyn and on stage since 2003, jazz canadian pianist and composer Kris Davis sports an interesting career and a "natural" and creative style, after having composed albums played with prominent jazz musicians, and solos piano. The eight pieces of Life Span, her first album, were recorded in june 2003 in a sextet along with Eivind Opsvik (bass), her husband Jeff Davis (drums), Russ Johnson (flugelhorn), Jason Rigby and Tony Malaby (both on tenor and soprano saxes). Since this release Davis revealed her natural gift as bandleader and for creativity in improvisations. The nine pieces of The Slightest Shift (october 2005) continued this approach with the same core lineup (Johnson and Rigby were absent). Rye Eclipse (june 2007), again with the previous lineup, features counterpointed and collective textures, enlightened above all by the 10-minute title-track. The ethereal and intimistic Good Citizen (may 2009) features a trio along with well known John Hebert (bass) and Tom Rainey (drums); Davis alternates cerebral and minimalistic moments into her themes, as in the notable ktj-1. Paradoxical Frog (august 2009), among her best works, was credited to the namesake project, a trio with Tyshawn Sorey (drums) and  Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax). Individually composed (Sorey and Davis three pieces, Laubrock two pieces), the album is plenty of dialogues and solos, and a more lyrical afflatus, as in the long Homograph, composed by Sorey. Still in august 2009, Davis recorded her first solo, Aeriol Piano, sporting a reworking of Jerome Kerns' All the Things You Are and seven original, some for prepared piano and other completely improvised. Union (october 2011), the second Paradoxical Frog album with the same trio, features nine compositions again individually composed (Sorey three pieces, Laubrock four and Davis two), with lyrical and dark moments. Capricorn Climber (march 2012), in a notable quintet comprising of Mat Maneri (viola), Ingrid Laubrock (sax), Trevor Dunn (bass) and Tom Rainey (drums and glockenspiel), is a bit more avantagarde. Massive Threads (october 2012) is her second (prepared) piano solo, featuring seven new pieces and a reworking of Thelonius Monk's Evidence. It's more minimalistic and cerebral, with several overdubs. Waiting For You To Grow (may 2013) sports the same trio of Good Citizen, with six lenghty pieces she composed, as title suggests, when was pregnant with her first child. The music alternates minimalistic and dark moments. Save Your Breath (january 2014), credited to her project Infrasound, features an ensemble with four clarinetists (Andrew Bishop, Ben Goldberg, Joachim Badenhorst, and Oscar Noriega), Jim Black (drums), Nate Radley (guitar) and Gary Versace (organ), and is instead more rock-oriented, with two long rearrangements from her previous albums, particularly the 14-minute title-track. Duopoly (Pyroclastic, 2016), her latest work, is an ambitious CD-DVD featuring duets along with jazz giants: Bill Frisell (guitar), Tim Berne (alto sax), Julian Lage (guitar), Craig Taborn, Angelica Sanchez (both on piano), Don Byron (clarinet), Marcus Gilmore, Billy Drummond (both on drums). Disc One features eight duos performing songs written by Ms. Davis, as well as a couple standards by Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington. The second disc is a DVD/film of eight freely improvised duets with Ms. Davis and all of the participants.

The DVK Thing Trio is a follow-up of Mats' Gustaffson The Thing, the reedist debuted in 2000 along with Ingebrigt H吾伍雾ker Flaten (bass) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums). Here is augmented to form an interesting lineup with the DVK Trio, aka Ken Vandermark (tenor & baritone saxes and Bb clarinet), Hamid Drake (drums) and Kent Kessler (bass). The sextet recorded in november 2014 Collider, released by Not Two. The studio performance collects three long pieces, particularly the 24-minute Moving Map.

More and more prolific Ivo Perelman just released for Leo the six volumes of his The Art of the Improv Trio. Five of them were recorded with drummer Gerald Cleaver, the sixth instead with Whit Dickey. The third member was, in turn, guitarist Joe Morris (volumes 5 and 6, both recorded in july 2016), Karl Berger on Steinway piano (in the six-part vol. 1, recorded in may 2016), violinist Mat Maneri (in the 13-part vol. 2, recorded in august 2015), pianist Matthew Shipp (in the 9-part vol. 3, recorded in july 2015), and bassist William Parker (in the 3-part vol. 4, recorded in march 2016). The leader was always on tenor sax.

Elliott Sharp's project Aggregat, featuring the leader guitarist (here, though, on soprano and tenor saxes and clarinets) along with Taylor Ho Bynum (trumpet), Brad Jones (bass), Terry L. Green (trombone) and Barry Altschul (drums), comes back with Dialectrical (Clean Feed, 2016). Studio recorded in february 2016, this album collects seven new pieces, featuring themes composed and eventually improvised.

Still by Clean Feed, So Beautiful It, Starts To Rain sports John Butcher (soprano and tenor saxes) along with the norwegian emergent Stale Liavik Solberg on drums and percussion. Recorded in august 2015, the album collects three compositions, whose music, say credits by the label, "is different from the sax/drums clich吾伍屋, with an economy of notes not very usual in free form territory and a relaxed decision making during the improvisations".

Studio recorded in february 2016, Ross Hammond And Vinny Golia (Prescott, 2016), as title suggests, features Vinny Golia on mezzo-soprano & B-flat soprano saxes, alto flute & bass clarinet, along with Ross Hammond on acoustic 12-string guitar. The seven pieces here collected are plenty of improvisations, into intense dialogues.

The vinyl Via Combusta (Trost, 2016) documents Chris Corsano (drums, percussion) and Massimo Pupillo (electric bass) in two side-long pieces studio recorded in april 2015. The duo created an album plenty of dark soundscapes.

Another Trost release is Semikujira, by the Arashi trio of Akira Sakata (alto sax, clarinet and voice), Johan Berthling (double bass) and Paal Nilssen-Love (drums, percussion), who played already together with Mats Gustafsson' projects Fire! and The Thing and eventually created the project, recording in 2014 the namesake album. The four pieces of their second album, studio recorded in may 2015, feature, as the previous experience, intense and loud themes and improvisations.

Igneity: After The Fall Of Civilization (UgExplode, 2016), documents the namesake 1-hour suite studio recorded in april 2015 by the Weasel Walter Large Ensemble, featuring the drummer and composer along with, among others, Brandon Lopez and Tim Dahl on double bass, Alan Licht, Henry Kaiser and Chris Welcome on guitars, the quartet sax of Chris Pitsiokos, Jim Sauter, Matt Nelson and Michael Foster, Steve Swell on trombone, Peter Evans on trumpet and Dan Peck on tuba. The performance has been frenetic, dense and plenty of improvisations. Still by Walter, the self-released Curses is an atypical solo album featuring the composer on several instruments (drums, cymbals, bells, rattles and assorted insect-like Euro-improv sounds), collecting four long movements (80 minutes) divided into 99 tracks, to be played, says credits, "either in sequence or random shuffle order, offering a virtually endless variety of listening experiences. Each movement utilizes a set of discrete structural means of organizing the sound sources". Recorded in january 2016.

Duet (Long Song, 2016), is the new album by Satoko Fujii, recorded by the pianist in november 2015 in a trio along with Joe Fonda (contrabass and flute) and Natsuki Tamura (trumpet). The CD features two long performances. Paul Bley, the first piece, was composed and performed by Fujii and Fonda (37 minutes) and features a continuous dialogue alternating brief themes evolved in improvisations. The trumpetist, longtime Fujii's partner in many albums, is present in JSN, the second piece (11 minutes) collectively composed and performed.

The unreleased Live At The Liederhalle in Stuttgart, May 12th 1966 (Modern Silence, 2016) is a vinyl documenting the Don Cherry Quintet started in 1963, this time along with Gato Barbieri (tenor sax), Karl Berger (piano), Bo Stief (bass) and Aldo Romano (drums). This quintet was also present on the 3disc Live At Caf吾伍屋 Monmartre 1966, by ESP.

Cuneiform releases two new albums by Richard Pinhas. The former, Process And Reality (whose title was taken from a 1929 book by English mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead), sports the leader on guitars and analog synth guitars along with Tatsuya Yoshida on drums and Masami Akita, aka Merzbow, on noise electronics. This 1-hour suite was recorded in 2015 and divided in four movements, plenty of improvisations. Mu, the latter release, features the leader on guitar synthesizer with Barry Cleveland (guitars, Moog guitar, EBow, M-Tron, Vocalizer 1000, kalimba, zither, percussion, programming, samples), ex-Montreux Michael Manring (bass, EBow bass) and Celso Alberti (drums, electronic drums, percussion). It sports five tracks, among which the 26-minute I Wish I Could Talk in Technicolor. Extensively presented here by the label.

The vinyl We Thought We Could Do Anything (New Images, 2016) features Alan Licht on guitar and Yeah Yeah Yeahs drummer Brain Chase, here also on electronics. They composed an experimental jazz-rock avantgarde album, with minimalistic drones, especially the side-long 18:12. Recorded in february 2013.

Clinging To A Dream (Chickencoop, 2016) documents the new Silver Apples album in 19 years. It features 11 new electronics songs created and performed with a built-in synthesizer by Simeon Coxe, remained alone. On march 2005 the original drummer Danny Taylor died of a heart attack at 56, and working as a solo performer, with Danny's drum sounds recreated by electronic means, Coxe continued under the name of Silver Apples live concerts with performances, currently still recording and performing as a solo.


August 2016:

Bobby Hutcherson, one of most prominent jazz vibraphonists of all times, died on August 15 of emphysema, at the age of 75.

Toots Thielemans, belgian jazz legend, harmonica and guitar player, died on 22 august for natural causes at 94.
Live At The Rainbow Gallery '79 (Hi Hat, 2016) documents an unissued live Anthony Braxton performance recorded in september 1979. The reedist led a stellar quartet, comprising of Muhal Richard Abrams (piano), George Lewis (trombone), Dave Holland (bass) and Barry Altschul (drums). They played four improvised sessions (especially the second, 28-minute long).

The same label just released Christmas Eve At Carnegie Hall 1949, credited to Charlie Parker & The Stars Of Modern Jazz, that documents sixteen live perfomances at a Christmas concert, featuring "Bird", Miles Davis, Bud Powell, Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughan, Max Roach, Lennie Tristano, Lee Konitz and five pieces by the Charlie Parker's quintet: Ornitology, Ko Ko, Cheryl, Bird Of Paradise and Now's The Time.

The DoLP Within & Without Miles, Live 1960 (Doxy, 2016) documents an april 1960 performance by the Miles Davis Quintet featuring John Coltrane, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, McCoy Tyner and Jimmy Cobb. This is the last Coltrane's recording before having started his quartet. Seven are the pieces (quite 14-minute long): If I Were A Bell, Fran Dance, All Blues>The Theme, The Night Has A Thousand Eyes, Every Time We Say Goodbye, Summertime and the two-part (almost half hour) Liberia.
Mats Gustafsson's Fire! Orchestra comes back with Ritual (Rune Grammofon, 2016), the new album comprising of five tracks recorded in a two-day session in december 2015. Current lineup sees the leader on several saxes conducting Mette Rasmussen, Jonas Kullhammar, Lotte Anker and Anna Hogberg on various saxes, Johan Berthling (bass), Per Texas Johansson (clarinets and sax), Andreas Werliin and Mads Forsby on drums, Andreas Berthling on electronics, Hild Sofie Tafjord (french horn), Finn Loxbo and Julien Desprez (guitars), Edvin Nahlin (keyboards), Martin Hederos (keyboards and violin), Mats 吾雾五leklint (trombone), Niklas Barno and Susana Santos Silva (trumpets), Per 吾雾伍ke Holmlander (tuba), Mariam Wallentin and Sofia Jernberg (vocals).

Source (Liminal, 2016) is credited to SLM (acronym for Source Liminal Music). The project, created in 2014 by Mark Dresser and conductor and composer Sarah Weaver, features a very notable lineup, comprising of Jen Shyu (voice), Robert Dick (flutes), Jane Ira Bloom, Marty Ehrlich and Oliver Lak (saxes), Ned Rothenberg (bass clarinet and shakuhachi), Amir ElSaffar (trumpet, voice, santoor), Julie Ferrara (oboe), Sara Schoenbeck (bassoon), Dave Taylor and Ray Anderson (trombone), Min Xiao-Fen (pipa), Miya Masaoka (koto), Ursel Schlicht (piano), Mark Dresser (double bass) and Gerry Hemingway (percussion), all conducted by Sarah Weaver. The album features two extended compositions: Spectral Syn, composed by Dresser and Weaver and already premiered by the two in november 2008, and the 39-minute Cycles Of Awakening, composed by Weaver and prermiered in december 2012. These collective performances integrate modern jazz, experimental and world music, that alternate to create complex textures and chamber music.

Blue York (Jeanne Dielman, 2016) is a collection featuring unreleased studio recordings by Sun Ra's Arkestra (march 1963). The leader, on piano, strings , organ, clavioline and gong, was accompanied by Danny Davis (alto sax, clarinet and percussion), Marshall Allen (alto sax, oboe and percussion), Pat Patrick (baritone sax, clarinet and percussion), Ronnie Boykins (bass), Robert Cummings (bass clarinet), Tommy Hunter (drums), John Gilmore (tenor sax, clarinet and percussion), Ali Hassan (trombone), Walter Miller (trumpet) and Art Jenkins (vocals and percussion). Nine tracks.

The vinyl Live At The Open Gate (NoBusiness, 2016) documents the quartet of Bobby Bradford (cornet), Hafez Modirzadeh (alto sax), Mark Dresser (bass) and Alex Cline (drums) in a live march 2013 performance from which were selected eight pieces, individually or collectively composed and here post-edited, in puyre free jazz style.

Still by NoBusiness, Forgiveness Suite is another vinyl documenting the namesake unissued two-part composition studio recorded in december 1979 by the quintet of trumpetist Arthur Williams (the album is credited to him, because composed the suite), along with the other trumpetist Toshinori Kondo, Peter Kuhn (sax), William Parker (bass) and Denis Charles (the veteran drummer who worked with Cecil Taylor, Billy Bang, Gil Evans, etc).

Summer Skyshift (Clean Feed, 2016) is a collaboration between John Butcher (here on tenor and soprano saxes) and the Portuguese RED Trio, the lineup comprising of Rodrigo Pinheiro (piano), Hernani Faustino (bass) and Gabriel Ferrandini (drums) on stage since 2008. Recorded from an august 2015 Jazz festival, the album sports four long tracks, mostly improvised, with the minimalistic piano approach by Pinheiro that contrasts the more free form Butcher's reeds. Let's remember the RED Trio sessionography: the self-titled 2010 Clean Feed album, recorded in june 2008; Empire (NoBusiness 2011), the previous collaboration with John Butcher, recorded in april 2010; Stem (Clean Feed, 2012), a collaboration with Nat Wooley recorded in february 2011; Rebento (NoBusiness, 2013), recorded in july 2012; North And The Red Stream (NoBusiness, 2014), a live album with vibraphonist Matthias Stahl recorded in november 2013; Mineral (Bocian, 2015), a vinyl live recorded in april 2014 with the collaboration of saxtenorist Gerard Lebik and trumpetist Piotr Damasiewicz; Live in Munich (Astral Spirits, 2015), a cassette recorded in april 2014.

The cassette Triangles Of Forces (Balance Point Acoustics, 2016) documents William Hooker (drums) and Damon Smith (laptop and 7 string electric upright) in four lenghty pieces studio recorded in july 2008. The improvised set sports solos and duos, inspired as a soundtrack for the 1920 silent film The Symbol of the Unconquered by Oscar Micheaux.

Cremaster duo, i.e. Ferran Fages (feedback mixing board, electroacoustic devices) and Alfredo Costa Monteiro (objects on electric guitar, electroacoustic devices), accompanied by pianist Sophie Agnel, recorded between 2009 and 2011 the two tracks of Isotopic, reunited in a CDR released now by Confront. The pianist first recorded her piano parts, then mixed with the Fages and Monteiro recordings. Agnel, born in Paris in 1964, started her career since 1995, alternating her classical formation with jazz adventures (Phil Minton and Steve Noble, among others). She also sports two piano solos: Solo, recorded between january and mars 2000, collecting nine improvised pieces, and Capsizing Moments (november 2008), an Emanem CD containing a three part suite (51 minutes), performed on a prepared piano.

Nate Wooley's Argonautica (Firehouse 12, 2016) documents the namesake 43-minute suite, conceived as a tribute to trumpeter Ron Miles. The two, respectively on trumpet and cornet, recorded the suite in december 2014, along with Cory Smythe (piano), Jozef Dumoulin (Fender Rhodes and electronics), Rudy Royston and Devin Gray (both on drums). The sound, alternatively abstract, intimate and free-form, sports also several lyrical moments.

Calibrated Thickness (816 Music, 2016) features Uri Caine on piano, Mark Helias on contrabass and Clarence Penn on drums, plus special guest Kirk Knuffke on cornet. The 15 songs Caine composed were recorded in march 2015.

Recorded in july 2015, Underground Underground (Slam, 2016) featuring the Paul Dunmall Quartet, with the leader and Howard Cottle on tenor saxes, Olie Brice on acoustic bass and Tony Bianco on drums. The album is conceived as a tribute to Sunship, but isn't a "cover" nor "reworked" disc: Dunmall wrote all of music, six tracks among which stands out the 17-minute Timberwolf.

Nessuno (IDA, 2016) features the unusual and notable quartet of Pauline Oliveros (accordion), Roscoe Mitchell ( alto & soprano saxes, flute), John Tilbury (piano) and Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet). They perfomed the 76-minute four part namesake suite in may 2011, alternating solos and duets and finally, for the first time ever, playing together as a quartet. Still by Oliveros, Four Meditations/Sound Geometries (Sub Rosa, 2016), recorded in march 2003, documents two her compositions: the 20-minute Four Meditations For Orchestra (1991-1997) and the 26-minute Sound Geometries (2003). The latter was conceived for Chamber Orchestra, Expanded Instrument System and 5.1 Surround Sound System. As say credits, "the 3 sections metaphors of the piece are intended to guide the players in their feelings and approaches to conducted, guided and improvisational music making to create differing atmospheres for each of the three sections. Players sounds are picked up during the performance by microphones, processed in one of ten geometrical patterns by the Oliveros designed Expanded Instrument System (EIS). The former piece asks the performers to listen then sound. Listen means to include all that is sounding and to find a space for each sound that is made. Pauline Oliveros and Ione are guests of Ensemble Musiques Nouvelle in this studio performance".
 
Recorded in may 2015, Deep Memory (Intakt, 2016) features Barry Guy (bass), Marilyn Crispell (piano) and Paul Lytton (drums) in a studio album comprising of seven tracks all composed by Guy, an ideal follow-up of previous Odyssey and Ithaca with the same lineup. The sound, mostly improvised, sports however many intimate moments.

Cut (Clean Feed, 2016) is the third Fred Lonberg-Holm's Stirrup release, after A Man Can't Ride On One (Whistler Records, 2015) and Sewn (482 Music, 2013). The leader, on cello and guitar, led Nick Macri (double bass) and Charles Rumback (drums) performing a mixing of acoustic melodie quickly evolved in improvisations.

Piano I (Room40, 2016) is the most recent album by David Shea. Let's read by him: "I spent an year unraveling my past approach to composing for piano and explored my own physical technique. No preparations, no samples, no extended electronics or reliance on my past sample acoustic techniques. The result of this year of practice, writing, listening, exploring and recording is this CD. Whether or not it is significant that a work is purely acoustic, prepared or electro-acoustically treated, fully composed or improvised, extended or played traditionally, etc., were not the central issues for me, it was this time spent with the piano, the ritual of playing and this re-working of my own physical and conscious process that forms the core of these fifteen pieces".

Walter Marchetti dead in may 2015. Concerto For The Left Hand In One Movement (Alga Marghen, 2016), for piano, is his last unreleased composition, recorded in april 2015, thirteen days before his death. Composed since 1994, this Concerto belongs to a series of works which develop from a preceding composition titled Canonic Variations for Orchestra on Prolapsed Time From Development to Hiccup of Black Cherry Jam. In this works Marchetti also used pre-recorded concrete sounds, and, say credits, "the pianist is obliged to hold a black umbrella opened over his head in his left hand during the whole performance of this concerto"... Therefore "on the one hand, the restrictive imposition of the paradox by which the music cannot manifest itself while respecting the letter of the enunciation, which leads to the impossibility of the music's "existence" (i.e. the obligation of holding an open black umbrella in the same hand) or, on the other hand, the transgression of this encumbrance in favor of the implicit possibility of playing the score with the right hand, leaving the music subjected to its own manifestation no longer able to coincide with its own realization, a magic made free from the lie of being truth". Limited edition of 300.


July 2016:

The Volume Surrounding The Task (january 2011) documents a 40-minute live improvisation by Kevin Drumm, Radu Malfatti (trombone) and and Lucio Capece (bass clarinet).
Pianist Yelena Eckemoff recorded in september 2015 with her Quartet Leaving Everything Behind (L & H, 2016). The leader, with Mark Feldman on violin, Billy Hart on drums and Ben Street on double bass, composed new 11 originals, several of which are unissued dating back to the 1980s. The sound, as always with Eckemoff, is a compromise between classical and modern jazz, with some bluesy tunes, and often intimate.

Generations Quartet, a new project led by altoist Oliver Lake and comprising of Michael Jefry Stevens (piano), Joe Fonda (double bass) and Emil Gross (drums), debuted with Flow (Not Two, 2016). Recorded in october 2015, this album is based upon themes composed and free improvisation. The seven lenghty pieces (notably the 17-minute Me Without Bella) were created in turn by each of members but Gross.

Jefry Stevens, a veteran pianist, started his career as a member of saxophonist Mark Whitecage's Liquid Time (april 1990) along whit Dave Douglas (trumpet) and Joe Fonda (bass). His discography as credited leader sports two piano solos: Portrait In Red (january 1991), a collection of sixteen brief originals, and the live The Survivor's Suite (november 2001), collecting both original compositions and standard tunes, including the 33-minute namesake suite. He also recorded the duets of Haiku (april 1995) with violinist Mark Feldman (who composed most of it), the live Short Stories (december 1993) with Mark Whitecage (saxes and clarinet), Aercine (february 2000) and When Lost Becomes Found (february 2001) in a quintet with bassist Steve Rust, drummer Harvey Sorgen, trumpetist Herb Robertson and violinist Mark Feldman (the latter also featuring guitarist Jimmy Williams), Play (january 2002) with bassoonist Michael Rabinowitz, Duets (march 2012) with vibraphonist Jason DeCristofaro, Seven (september 2008) with the Conference Call Quartet, consisting of Gebhard Ullmann (woodwinds), Joe Fonda (bass) and George Schuller (drums).

We Be All Africans documents the new Idris Ackamoor's Pyramids album, after their 2012 They Play to Make Music Fire!, when they reformed after 35 years. Current line-up features the leader on tenor sax, Sandra Poindexter on vocals & violin, Max Weisenfeldt on electric piano & marimba, Hashima Mark Williams on acoustic bass, Kimathi Asante on electric bass and Babatunde Lea on drums, plus several vocalists. The seven new pieces, a mixing of jazz, funk and soul, were recorded in 2015.

The 2CD set Song Sentimentale (Otoroku, 2016) features a session live recorded on january 2015 by the trio of Peter Broetzmann (tenor sax, clarinet, tarogato), William Parker (double bass, guembri, shakuhachi, shenai) and Hamid Drake (drums, frame drum, voice). The three pieces extracted from the completely improvised concert are: Shake-A-Tear (11:40), Stone Death (26:17) and Dwellers In A Dead Land (24:58).

Again by Broetzmann, his new project Defibrillator released Conversations About Not Eating Meat (Border of Silence, 2016), featuring six pieces performed by the reedist along with Sebastian Smolyn (electric trombone), Artur Smolyn (electronics) and Oliver Steidle (drums). This time the sound is heavily noise-oriented, thanks to Smolyn's electronics.

Doxy restores Copenhagen March 24th 1960, a session featuring the quintet led by Miles Davis (trumpet) and John Coltrane (tenor sax), along with Paul Chambers (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums) and Wynton Kelly (piano). Three are the pieces collected on the vinyl: Davis' So What (14:20) and All Blues-The Theme (15:30), and the traditional On Green Dolphin Street. A CD unofficial release (Gambit, 2005) also sports the Miles' Milestones (9.25).

It's Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry (Mego, 2016) documents Christian Fennesz (guitar, laptop) and Jim O' Rourke (synthesizer) in two long pieces recorded in september 2015, alternating experimental and distorted environment. CD Japan release features a third bonus track. The two, let's remember, played together in several albums since 1999, but this is their first duo experience.

Now Has No Dimension (FMR, 2016) sees the trio of Paul Dunmall (soprano and tenor saxes), Philip Gibbs (guitar) and Ashley John Young (double bass) in a january 2016 concert, from which were extracted  six lenghty pieces with many improvisations.

Musical Monsters - Willisau Concert (Intakt, 2016) documents a live august 1980 performance, until now unissued, gathering Don Cherry (trumpet), John Tchicai (alto sax and voice), Irene Schweizer (piano), Leon Francioli (bass) and Pierre Favre (drums). The four pieces extracted (quite one hour, the longest is 22:40) were mostly collectively composed. This is the first and only album on which Irene Schweizer played with Don Cherry.

Recorded in june 2015, Joe Morris' Shock Axis (Relative Pitch, 2016) is a ltd ed. CD featuring the new guitarist's trio, along with Chris Cretella on electric bass and Dave Parmelee on drums. The seven pieces documents a ferocious, intense and avantgarde sound, with many improvisations.

Our Cells Know (Tzadik, 2016) documents a solo Robert Dick伍西s performance, studio recorded in february 2016. The reedist used multiphonics and percussive effects playing his contrabass flute. The six lengthy pieces he composed, starting from brief themes, evolve quickly in large improvisations.

The Starbreak Splatterlight (Fractal, 2016) gathers Henry Kaiser (guitar & bass), Paul Plimley (piano & guitar), Lukas Ligeti and Weasel Walter (both on drums). Writing liner notes, Kaiser presents its sixteen mostly brief pieces as "a Decals' era Magic Band of Beefheart伍西s playing with Cecil Taylor, Blood Ulmer, Vince Guaraldi, and one of Ornette伍西s Prime Time rhythm sections. If that伍西s not unusual enough, we have here the first commercial release of master Canadian pianist Paul Plimley playing electric guitar". Recorded in september 2009.

Again Fractal restores Jazz Free, firstly released in 2012 by There and originally studio recorded in september 2008, and featuring the trio guitar of Nels Cline, Henry Kaiser and Mermen's Jim Thomas, along with Weasel Walter on drums and Mermen's bassist Allen Whitman. The twelve pieces, long and brief, documents a compromise between jazz and rock, but with many free improvisations.

The third album by Fractal, again with Henry Kaiser (here also on fretless bass) is Talk To Me About Invisible People, also featuring Kobe Dupree (synth and turntables), Jack Thompson (youngest son of more famous Richard, here on fretted bass and turntables) and Alexei Pliousnine (lap steel guitar). The album combines electronics, dark drones and enigmatic sounds.

An Untroublesome Defencelessness (Rare Noise, 2016) documents Merzbow (electronics), Keiji Haino (guitar, electronics, occasional vocals) and Balazs Pandi (drums) in "very loud volume" album, collecting two suites (26 and 28 minutes) with interminable titles, recorded in april 2015. Their instruments build a massive, loud sound, at times untenable.
 
The Advocate (Tzadik, 2016) is a long out of print recording by Tony Oxley (percussion and electronics) and Derek Bailey (guitars). The three collected recordings were created in the studio in 1975: Sheffield Phantoms (14 minutes), Medicine Men (4 minutes) and Playroom (12:30 minutes). Also included is the title-track, and an Oxley伍西s tribute to Bailey, a piece for electronics and percussion recorded live at the Bailey tribute concert at the London Barbicon in 2006.

Sacred Visions (Tzadik, 2016) presents two Zorn compositions, world premiered in may 2015: the 23-minute The Holy Visions and the 15-minute The Remedy Of Fortune, with vocal JACK quartet and a string quartet. Instead, Flauros: The Book Of Angels - Volume 29 (Tzadik, 2016) is a rocking, driving, unstoppable reading of Masada music by AutorYno trio (bassist Bertrand Delorme, drummer Cyril Grimaud and guitarist David Konopnicki), mixing psychedelia, surf, metal, thrash, reggae, hard rock, etc.

The Nine Dances Of Patrick O伍西Gonogon (Discus, 2016) features Keith Tippett on piano, Fulvio Sigurta on trumpet & flugelhorn, Sam Mayne on alto & soprano saxes and flute, James Gardiner-Bateman on alto sax, Kieran McLeod & Rob Harvey on trombones, Tom McCredie on bass and Peter Fairclough on drums, plus Julie Tippett vocalist on one track. The eleven pieces, conceived as a suite, are inspired by themes from Irish folk music and was written for his new octet. Recorded in october 2014.

Murmuration (Leo, 2016) features the project Blazing Flame, comprising of Steve Day (voice & percussion), Julie Tippetts (voice), Keith Tippett (piano), Aaron Standon (alto sax), Peter Evans (5-string electric violin), Julian Dale (double bass & cello) and Anton Henley (drums). Steve Day is better known as author of books on Ornette Coleman. This is the second disc from his current group Blazing Flame, after the previous still by Leo Play High Mountain Top, with the same lineup. Recorded in january and february 2016.

Soul Travelers (Rogue Art, 2016) is a ltd ed. vinyl featuring Steve Swell on trombone & compositions, Jemeel Moondoc on alto sax, Dave Burrell on piano, William Parker on contrabass and Gerald Cleaver on drums. Recorded in june 2015, it sports four lenghty pieces.

Recorded in may 2009, but out just now, Elongation (Nine Winds, 2016) features Vinny Golia on saxello, sopranino & tenor saxes, bass clarinet, kaval & Turkish ney, and Ken Filiano on contrabass & electronics. The two improvised together eleven pieces.

The vinyl Tribes Of New York (Jeanne Dielman, 2016) documents a collection compiling recordings from the early '60s by the Ornette Coleman Quartet; the leader, on alto sax, played along with Don Cherry (trumpet), Charlie Haden (bass) and Ed Blackwell (drums). All of eight tracks were studio recorded in july and august 1960.

The soundtrack Heart Of A Dog (Nonesuch, 2015) documents 27 Laurie Anderson伍西s themes for her film premiered in 2015 吾伍伍 Venice's La Biennale. The last theme was composed and performed by Lou Reed, her husband recently dead. The vocalist sings but there are also spoken words.

Six Primes (New World, 2016) documents a Chris Brown's solo piano work composed in 2014 for retuned piano in 13-limit just intonation, performed using the first six prime numbers to govern tuning, harmony, rhythmic subdivisions and form. Say the muician: "I employed this algorithmic control over form in part to evoke the egalitarianism of twelve-tone music, and to divert from monocentric tendencies of modal musics. Within that form, however, I allowed myself to compose freely, using a diversity of melodic, harmonic, and polyphonic ideas. Lou Harrison伍西s endlessly branching melodies, Cowell伍西s polyrhythms and tone clusters, Cage伍西s equanimity and Stockhausen伍西s deterministic force, the complex minimalism of Morton Feldman, and the harmonious buzz of Ellen Fullman... all provided influence and inspiration. I discovered that playing asymmetrical rhythms in odd numbered subdivisions of a strong pulse can evoke a bebop-like swing. And although I never thought about it during the composing process, I think I hear in its mixture of styles an influence of Ives". Recorded in two sessions: july 2015 and january 2016.


June 2016:

Instead Of The Sun (Herbal International, 2016) documents a january 2015 studio recording by Chris Abrahams and Burkhard Beins, who composed and performed nine pieces of obscure instrumentation, mixing drum sets and electronics, developping melodic themes quickly transformed in concrete music, with many variations and improvisations. Still by Necks' pianist, Fluid To The Influence (Room40, 2016) collects eight pieces composed and recorded between 2014 and 2015, ranging from electronics, piano improvisations and concrete soundscapes.

Return (Newvell, 2016) documents a solo piano album by Jack DeJohnette, who collected ten all-acoustic compositions; two are new, one is a cover, and the remainder are reinterpretations of older compositions of his own. Ode to Satie, one of two new compositions, is inspired by Gymnop俤ies, three piano compositions with a common theme. Dervish Trance is the other original, inspired by ecstatic Sufi dances.

The 2CD set The Inner Spectrum Of Variables (PI, 2016) documents Tyshawn Sorey in a sextet along with Cory Smythe (the pianist on his previous Alloy), Claudia Quintet's Chris Tordini (contrabass), Chern Hwei Fung (violin), Kyle Armbrust (viola) and Rubin Kodheli (celloist who worked with Laurie Anderson and Meredith Monk). Studio recorded in december 2015 after having premiered earlier in may, this work is largely inspired by composer Lawrence D. Butch Morris, but also, says Sorey in credits, AACM, Schoenberg, Bach, Brahms, Scriabin, Steve Reich, Morton Feldman, Frank Zappa, Harold Budd, Anthony Braxton, etc. His six-movement suite (almost two hours) is structurally quite intricate, involving themes, variations and improvisations. Recorded in december 2015. Extensively presented by the label. Newark-born in 1980 and now New York-based composer, pianist, trombonist and drummer Tyshawn Sorey started is career in may 2007, recording his first credited album, the 2 CD set That/ Not (Firehouse 12, 2007), collectively composed and studio performed with his first lineup: Thomas Morgan (bass), Cory Smithe (piano) and Ben Gerstein (trombone). Notable, in this work, the 43-minute Permutations For Solo Piano. After having joined Casimir Liberski Trio, with bassist Thomas Morgan led by pianist Casimir Liberski, he recorded in fall 2008 Evanescence (Dalang, 2010). Koan (482 Music, 2009), was recorded in may 2009 by the leader on drums and cymbals, Todd Neufeld on electric and acoustic guitar, and Thomas Morgan on bass and acoustic guitar. The six pieces are quite totally improvised: speaking about them, the composer stated: "I abandoned all systems on this record. Some of my earlier compositions used dodecaphonic methods and principles, but while I did select some of the pitch material for this release, there are no specific systems guiding form and structure". Three month after (august 2009) he collaborated as drummer with Kris Davis (piano) and Ingrid Laubrock (tenor sax) in Paradoxical Frog (Clean Feed, 2010), another free form experience. After having signed for PI in 2011, he relased Oblique-I, with a new lineup: Todd Neufeld (acoustic and electric guitars), Loren Stillman (alto sax), Chris Tordini (bass), and Jon Escreet (piano and electric piano). This long programmed work, recorded in june 2011, collects ten pieces, from a collection of 41 works he composed between 2002 and 2006. The approach, this time, is more melodic. Quite Simply (Enja, 2011), features a trio with again bassist Morgan and Angelika Niescier on alto sax, who recorded in summer 2010 six pieces composed by the reeddist, plus reworkings by Ornette Coleman and Anthony Braxton. The live studio recorded (august 2011) Purity (Sony 2012), was the fruit of a collaboration along with the veteran Dave Burrell (piano), Roberto Pettinato (tenor, baritone and soprano saxes) and the even more veteran Henry Grimes (violin and bass). The namesake 51-minute suite is another work largely improvised. Like Salamanders We Survive (july 2013) collects eight pieces recorded with bassist Torben Westergaard and Pierre Dorge (guitar and horn). Alloy (june 2014), released for PI, is the work that definitively signaled him as one of most prominent living composers. With the four pieces (among which the 31-minute A Love Song), performed with Cory Smythe (piano) and Christopher Tordini (contrabass), Sorey explores all of drums timbre possibilities, featuring influences by classical and avantagarde music. Template is a reworking of the namesake piece by his first album That/Not .

ECM restores Voice From The Past - Paradigm, a studio album originally released in 1982 and credited to the quartet of Gary Peacock (bass), who composed the six pieces, Jack DeJohnette (drums), Jan Garbarek (tenor and soprano saxes) and Tomasz Stanko (trumpet). Recorded in august 1981, the album features a mixing of abstract, postbop and lyrical jazz.

Different Times, Different Places (Ogun, 2016) is the second volume of rarities by bassist Harry Miller, that collects pieces performed by three different lineups. Miller, always on bass, is paired, in turn, with Louis Moholo on drums and Trevor Watts on alto sax, Keith Tippett on piano, also with UK guitarist Bernie Holland (worked with Bluesology, Hummingbird & Jody Grind), saxophonist Alan Wakeman (worked with Graham Collier), Dave Holdsworth on trumpet and Alan Tomlinson on trombone (they worked with Mike Westbrook and Steve Beresford). Recorded at various dates: december 1977, august 1978 and september 1982.

Pythagorean Dream (Foom, 2016) is the first Rhys Chatham's album in three years, enterely composed (two years of development) and performed by him, mostly on electric guitar, played with finger-picking and EBow techniques, but also on flute and trumpet. The namesake two-part suite (37 minutes) and Whitechapel Brass Variations (14 minutes) feature minimalistic feedback loops, Terry Riley's reminiscent.

European Radio Studio Recordings 1964
documents two Albert Ayler's sessions (september and november 1964) featuring the leader on tenor sax in a notable quartet, along with Don Cherry (cornet), Gary Peacock (double bass) and Sunny Murray (drums). Among the pieces, particular versions of Ghosts, Vibrations and Spirits, plus some unissued tracks.

In The Corner Of The Eye (Hatology, 2016) sports Christy Doran on acoustic and electric guitars and effects, in a quintet along with Hank Roberts (cello), Marty Ehrlich (clarinet, tenor sax), Urs Leimgruber (soprano sax) and Ray Anderson (trombone). The album restores unissued studio sessions (from october 1989 to june 1991) documented in ten pieces, that develop melodic themes in collective improvisations.

Still by Hatology, Willisau Live collects three tracks (notably the 52-minute On Or About) extracted from a concert at the Jazz Festival in Willisau (august 2015) held by Eskelin Ellery (tenor sax), Gary Versace (organ) and Gerry Hemingway (drums). In the liner notes, Eskelin states that "any distortion you may hear in the sound of the Hammond organ was original to the instrument and not introduced in the recording process".

Seven Storey Mountain V (Pleasure of the Text, 2016) documents the studio may 2015 production by Nate Wooley, who plays an amplified trumpet with a 19-players ensemble (most known are Ben Vida on electronics, C. Spencer Yeh on amplified violin and Colin Stetson on amplified reeds and brass). The namesake 49-minute suite is the fifth installment of 7 large works that began with a Festival of New Trumpet commission in 2007. The music here is noise-oriented, heavily underlined by the instruments (brass and reeds), all amplified.

Live In Koln February 23, 1975 (Modern Silence, 2016) documents a legendary, "one-off" recording that pairs Don Cherry (trumpet), Terry Riley (organ) and Karl Berger (vibes). Basically, this a tentative to "marry" jazz with Riley's minimalism. This is the "official" edition, after the 2013 bootleg vinyl, dreadfully recorded with many trumpet distortions. Three are the pieces: the 20-minute Descending Moonshine Dervishes, the 8-minute Sunrise Of The Planetary Dream Collector and a 12-minute free improvisation.

Credited to Mats Gustafsson and Friends, The 4 CD Boxset MG 50 - Peace & Fire (Trost, 2016) documents an october 2015 three-day session held for the 50th birthday of the leader, including performances also by Sven-Ake Johansson, Christof Kurzmann, G乶ther Christman, Paul Lovens, Thomas Lehn, The Thing & Ken Vandermark, Agust Fernandez, Ingebrigt H唊er Flaten, Paal Nilssen-Love, etc. Notable, among the pieces, the 20-minute I accept my longing, plenty of electronics, the 25-minute Wien, a vocal duet by Christof Kurzmann and Sofia Jernberg, the 24-minute Urban Pipes, a solo by Erwan Keravec on bigpipes, the 19-minute MatsMatMaM /MatsAtsTsS, a solo piano by Agusti Fernandez.

Full Blast, the Peter Broetzmann project created in 2010 along with Marino Pliakas (e-bass) and Michael Wertm乴ler (drums), comes back with Risc (Trost, 2016), that sees the reedist along with guest Gerd Rische (electronic recordings), who, though, dead six months after the session. The quartet recorded in march 2015 an album comprising of seven new pieces, almost improvised.

The 2 CD Set Perihelion (Aerophonic, 2016) features Dave Rempis on alto, tenor & baritone saxes, Joshua Abrams on bass & clarinet and Avreeayl Ra on drums & wooden flute, plus Jim Baker on keyboards & electronics. Disc 1 features the 43-minute Enceladus, a continuous set recorded in august 2015, that begins softly, and later develops a trance sound. Disc 2 features two pieces recorded in january 2016, particularly the 32-minute Cassini Division, with Jim Baker also on piano. Still by Rempis, Polynya (Aerophonic, 2016) features the project Gunwale, with the leader on alto, tenor & baritone saxes, Albert Wildeman on bass and Ryan Packard on drums & electronics. The three pieces (notable the 25-minute Wire) were recorded in january 2016.

Story Tellers (Discus, 2016) Documents Martin Archer's new sextet. This 2 CD, recorded between 2015 and 2016, set features six long pieces, conceived as a cycle divided into six books, each containing five chapters. The music alternates completely improvised passages, jazz fusion and obscure drums and drones. The leader, on alto, sopranino and baritone saxes, bass clarinet, flute, electronics and chimes, composed the album accompanied by Mick Somerset (concert and ethnic flutes, bass clarinet, harmonium, shaman drums, bells , rattles, musette), Kim Macari Stone-Lonergan (trumpet), Corey Mwamba (vibraphone), Anton Hunter (guitar and electronics) and Peter Fairclough (drums and percussion).

William Parker Quartet's Ao Vivo Na Fabrica (Selo Sesc, 2016; not to be confused with Anthony Braxton's Ao Vivo Jazz Na Fabrica) features Rob Brown on alto sax, Lewis Barnes on trumpet, the leader on double bass & compositions and Hamid Drake on drums. This disc was recorded live in Brazil in august 2015 and it consists of a long set (75 minutes).

Sun Ra Arkestra's Cosmos (Inner City, 2016) restores an originally hard-to-find, chaotic august 1976 studio session, firstly issued by French label Cobra. Sun Ra played the rocksichord in these seven tracks: The Mystery of Two, Interstellar Low-Ways, Neo-Project #2, Cosmos, Moonshine Journey, Journey Among The Stars and Jazz From An Unknown Planet. Features the core line up of Danny Thompson (baritone sax and flute), Danny Davis and Marshall Allen (both on flute and alto sax), John Gilmore (tenor sax), James Jackson (bassoon and flute), Craig Harris (trombone), Ahmed Abdullah (trumpet), Eloe Omoe (clarinet and flute), Anthony Bunn (electric bass), Vincent Chancey (french horn) and Larry Bright (drums).

The DoLP The Tale Of The Heike (Trost, 2016) documents the veteran Akira Sakata (here on reading, voices, alto saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, percussion and bells) in a solo performance originally released on CD in 2011, and now available on vinyl for the first time. This edition is though expanded, including four pieces from the 2013 DVD release of a live ensemble performance of the piece, with Tatsuhisa Yamamoto ( drums, percussion), Jim O'Rourke (guitar, vocals), Chizuru Ishii (percussion, taiko, vocals), Yumiko Tanaka (shamisen, reading). Recorded in august 2011 and june 2012.

Super Petite (Cuneiform, 2016) documents the latest Claudia Quintet album. The ten new pieces were recorded in may 2015, with the same September's lineup: the leader John Hollenbeck (drums and percussion), Red Wierenga (accordion), Matt Moran (vibraphone), Drew Gress (acoustic bass) and Chris Speed (clarinet and tenor sax). The sound, this time, balances between African jazz and minimalistic textures. The track Nightbreak is a reworking of the famous A Night in Tunisia.

Dave Douglas's Dark Territory (Greenleaf, 2016) features the second release by trumpetist with his electronic project High Risk, along with Jonathan Maron (Groove Collective) on electric and acoustic bass, Mark Guiliana (worked with David Bowie) on electric and acoustic drums and DJ, producer and beatmaker Shigeto (Ghostly International) on electronics. The seven new 7 tracks were recorded in october 2014.

Mira, by the Swedish label Konvoj, features the Konvoj Ensemble, i.e. Lotte Anker alto & soprano saxes, Evan Parker on tenor sax, Ola Paulson on alto and baritone sax, Liudas Mockunas on clarinets, Sten Sandell on grand piano & voice, Jakob Riis on computer and Anders Uddeskog on drums and percussion. The same ensemble played together for the first time during a residency at the festival Music Around in october 2012, recording the live album Colors Of. The new album, already premiered in november 2014, consists of 5 pieces (notable the 20-minute In the Belly of the Whale - 3 Days and 3 Nights) and utilizes a graphic score.

Gush, the Mats Gustafsson project he created since 1989, comes back with The March (Konvoj, 2016), their seventh release featuring the leader on soprano & tenor saxes, Sten Sandell on piano and Raymond Strid on drums, cymbals & percussion. Recorded live in may 2013, the trio plays abstract compositions largely improvised. The vinyl collects two pieces, one of them (Barely An Instant Before The March) being side-splitted (47 minutes).


May 2016:

FMR restores Dynamics Of The Impromptu, an old studio session comprising of six variations on the theme Impromptu Dinamics, recorded between november 1973 and january 1974 by the trio of Derek Bailey (acoustic and electric stereo guitars), Trevor Watts (soprano sax) and John Stevens (drums and cornet).

In Movement (ECM, 2016) documents the trio of Jack DeJohnette (drums, piano and electronic percussion), Ravi Coltrane (tenor, soprano and sopranino saxes) and Jimmy's son Matthew Garrison (electric bass and electronics) in an october 2015 studio session gathering three pieces collectively composed, other two by De Johnette and three reworkings (among which John Coltrane's Alabama and the Bill Evans/Miles Davis Blue In Green).

Emanem restores very rare and unfindable Spontaneous Music Ensemble's recordings. 1) New Surfacing (1978/92), originally released in 2008, collects two recordings: the trio of John Stevens (percussion, cornet or mini-trumpet, voice), Nigel Coombes (violin) & Roger Smith (guitar), who recorded a november 1978 concert, from which were extracted three pieces, notably the 23-minute Newcastle 78B; and the 32-minute studio Complete Surfaces, recorded in august 1992. 2) Hot & Cold Heroes (1980/91) gathered the same lineup in an extended home performance (the 28-minute Boileau Road) from march 1980, and in three unissued concerts (two october and one december 1991), with Neil Metcalfe (flute) and John Rangecroft (clarinet). 3) New Cool (1992) sports Byron Wallen (trumpet & flugelhorn), Ed Jones (soprano & tenor saxes), Gary Crosby (double bass) & John Stevens (drum set) in the whole august 1992 Crawley Jazz Festival performance. This rerelease after the original 1994 edition features extra material. 4) The previous unissued Hello Goodbye (1992) features the trio of Frode Gjerstad (alto sax), Derek Bailey (amplified guitar) and John Stevens (percussion & mini-trumpet) in a october 1992 concert, from which were extracted six pieces, notably the 24-minute Three By Three and the 21-minute Three Two Three Two One. 5) A New Distance (1993-4) presents two of the last performances by the group, along with Stevens (percussion & pocket trumpet), Roger Smith (guitar) and John Butcher (soprano & tenor saxes). The new edition added two short pieces from the 1993, also with Neil Metcalfe (flute). The core music (notably the 25-minute Stig) was recorded in february 1993, and in january and may 1994.

The vinyl Aithein (Karlrecords, 2016) sports the trio of Oren Ambarchi (guitar, drums), Stefano Pilia (guitar) and Massimo Pupillo (bass) in a live april 2015 session, from which were extracted two side-long tracks: Burn (12 min.) and Shine (20 min.), featuring improvised drones and post-rock atmospheres, with volume crescendos.

Recorded in november 2015, Andando El Tiempo (ECM, 2016) features Carla Bley on piano, Steve Swallow on bass and Andy Sheppard on soprano and tenor saxes. The album features three new pieces, all composed by the pianist, among which the three-part namesake 29-minute suite, in pure contemporary jazz.
 
Recorded in december 2014, the 2CD set The Unity Sessions (Nonesuch, 2016) documents the large ensemble Unity Band, created in 2012 by guitarist Pat Metheny, and here on their third album. Metheny arranged his material gathering Ben Williams (basses), Antonio Sanchez (drums), Giulio Carmassi (piano, flugelhorn, whistling, synth, and vocals) and Chris Potter (tenor and soprano saxes, bass clarinet, flute, guitar), integrated by his software orchestrionics, simulating electric and acoustic guitar, guitar synthesizer and electronics.

The DoLP The Intergalactic Thing (Roaratorio, 2016) collects never issued studio material recorded between august and november 1969 by Sun Ra and his Astro-Ihnfinity (sic) Orchestra. This exact name makes a difference with the other lineup, The Astro-Infinity Arkestra, by which have been released the 3CD set A Space Odyssey, that collects material recorded between 1933-1959, and To Those Of Earth... And Other Worlds. This new "anthology" sports, among others, new versions of Spontaneous Simplicity and The Exotic Forest.

With Cecil Taylor's Live In The Black Forest, Edel restores an album originally recorded in june 1978 and released the same year by MPS label. It features two 25-minute compositions: The Eel Pot and Sperichill On Calling, performed by the leader pianist with a sextet comprising of Jimmy Lyons (alto sax), Raphe Malik (trumpet), Ramsey Ameen (violin), Leroy Jenkins' bassist Sirone, and Ronald Shannon Jackson (drums).

Alien Flower Sutra (International Anthem, 2016) documents a sextet led by Rob Mazurek, on which the leader plays electronic treatments, modular synths and cornet along with Emmett Kelly (voice, guitar), Thomas Rohrer (rabeca), Guilherme Granado (synth, sampler, electronics), Carlos Issa (guitar, electronics) and Brittany Mazurek (voice). This album is though mostly a duo with Emmette Kelly (who wrote the lyrics for the ten pieces), featuring a long-progress work, composed in 2013, to explore new musical directions through jazzed folk. Notable the final 22-minute Overture Towards the Beginning of the End of Time, with a massive use of electronics.

Credited to Mostly Other People Do the Killing's pianist and member of Peter Evans Quintet Ron Stabinsky, Free For One (Hot Cup, 2016) documents a solo performance studio improvised on a Steinway Hamburg, rangin from modern classical to free jazz, but also very atypical approaches. Recorded in january 2015.

Defunkt's Live At Channel Zero (ESP, 2016) documents a february 2015 live performance, from which were extracted seven lenghty pieces, plus a july 2007 recording. The lineup: Joseph Bowie, vocals, trombone; John Mulkerin, trumpet; Bill Bickford and Ronny Drayton, guitars; Kim Clarke, bass; Kenny Martin, drums. It's a "jazzy" album, mostly funk and soul.

Tranzience (New World, 2016) documents four Elliott Sharp's studio pieces recorded between april 2012 and december 2014, inspired by, s title suggests, the transient, i.e., say liner notes, "the short burst of harmonics and noise at the beginning of any sound. Loud, rich, full of non-periodic components and high frequencies, they are the bow sounds, the spit sounds, the scrapes, the sounds that the casual listener tends to unconsciously filter out of their perception of the "musical". Tranzience is then "an imagined recreation of this process, based on thirty years of Sharp's experience with this phenomenon. He fashioned aluminum tube bows, smoothly polished on one side and with carved grooves on the other. The title-track 28 min.), composed in 2013, features the JACK Quartet: Chris Otto, violin; Ari Streisfeld, violin; John Pickford Richards, viola; Kevin McFarland, cello. The ten minutes of Approaching The Arches Of Corti (composed in 1997) features the New Thread Quartet: Geoffrey Landman, Kristen McKeon, Erin Rogers, Zach Herchen, all on soprano saxes. The 9 minutes of Homage Leroy Jenkins (composed in 2008) were performed by Joshua Rubin, clarinet; Rachel Golub, violin; Jenny Lin, piano. The 12 minutes of Venus & Jupiter (composed in 2012) feature the project Either/Or, along with Stephanie Griffin, viola; Margaret Lancaster, alto flute; Chris McIntyre, trombone; Joshua Rubin, bass clarinet; David Shively, marimba; Alex Waterman, cello; Richard Carrick, piano, conductor; this is the only piece on which the composer also plays (electroacoustic guitar).

Jane Ira Bloom released her new album Early Americans (Outline, 2016), that features the soprano saxophonist for the first time in a trio, along with bassist Mark Helias and drummer Bobby Previte. Recorded in the summer 2015, this recording features melodic themes post-bop developped in improvisations, with a bit of avant-garde.

Rez Abbasi and his project Junction, with Mark Shim (tenor sax & midi wind-controller), Ben Stivers (keyboards, B3 organ, Rhodes) and Kenny Grohowsky (drums), released Behind The Vibration (Cuneiform, 2016). Recorded in august 2015, the album features eight new pieces in a jazz-rock and south-asian sounds approach, of which the leader guitarist says: "The new album reflects a continuum of what I've been doing all along, finding fresh orchestrations to present my music through. In some ways this project connects me more directly back to my first love, the energy that comes out of rock music".

Convallaria (Cuneiform, 2016) is the second disc from Thumbscrew, the lineup gathering Mary Halvorson on guitar, Michael Formanek on acoustic bass and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. The eleven new pieces (three composed by Halvorson, three by Fujiwara and five by Formanek) were recorded in july 2015. The trio develops his textures and themes in extended improvisations.

Celloist Okkyung Lee and guitarist Bill Orcutt recorded the vinyl Live At Cafe Oto (Otoruku, 2016), performed in november 2015 as their first meeting. The four untitled pieces extracted from the concert feature a compromise between classical/jazz approach by the celloist, and the bluesy guitar by Orcutt.

Not Two releases Tensegrity, an album credited to Barry Guy Blue Shroud Band. This 4CD set sports small formations formed by the bassist, with which he recorded in november 2014 various performances. The pieces feature solos, duos, trios and quartets. The notable lineup is comprising of the leader bassist along with Savina Yannatou (voice), Michel Godard (tuba and serpent), Ben Dwyer  (guitar), Agusti Fernandez (piano), Torben Snekkestad (soprano & tenor saxes), Michael Niesemann (alto sax & oboe), Per Texas Johansson (tenor sax & clarinet), Peter Evans (trumpet), Julius Gabriel (baritone & soprano saxes), Maya Homburger (violin), Fanny Paccoud (viola), Lucas Niggli and Ramon Lopez (percussion). Extensively presented here by the label.

John Zorn's The Mockingbird (Tzadik, 2016) features his sixth collaboration with the Gnostic Trio, i.e. Bill Frisell (guitar), Carol Emanuel (harp) and Kelly Wollesen (vibraphone). The eight pieces Zorn composed, recorded in december 2015, feature a mixing of contemporary jazz, classical and world music.

Rolldown's bassist Jason Roebke formed recently his octet, a lineup comprising of Greg Ward (alto sax), Keefe Jackson (tenor and sopranino saxes, contrabass clarinet), Jason Stein (bass clarinet), Josh Berman (trumpet), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone) and Mike Reed (drums). They debuted with Cinema Spiral (NoBusiness, 2016), a studio album recorded in november 2014, containing seven pieces, collectively composed.

Still by NoBusiness, Purple Patio is collectively credited to the quintet of Nate Woolley (trumpet), Hugo Antunes (bass) and the drums trio of Jorge Queijo, Mario Costa and Chris Corsano. Recorded in may 2012, the vinyl features four lenghty pieces.

The Brooklyn Express (Joe Fonda on double bass, flute, Tiziano Tononi on drums, Daniele Cavallanti on tenor sax, Ney flute, Steve Swell on trombone, flute and Herb Robertson on trumpet) released No Time Left! (Long Song, 2016). Recorded in june 2015, it features seven pieces, among which Slaps, Tones and Drones (For Bill Dixon) 20:30.


April 2016:

Argentine jazz legend Leandro Barbieri, more known as "Gato", very famous for his latin jazz recordings, especially in the '70s, died of pneumonia on april 2, at 83.

Floresta (NonJazz, 2016) features Angelica Sanchez on piano & prepared piano, and Omar Tamez on guitars, mbira, kora, harmonica, percussion, jaw-harp, electronics, etc. in their second production, released as project Tierra Mestiza. These 70 minutes are plenty of quiet, ethereal and enigmatic atmospheres into which Sanchez inserts her piano variations. Premiered on february 2016 in concert.

Oasis is a self-released 2CD by Gunter Hampel (flute, bass clarinet & vibes) and Jeanne Lee (vocals). This edition restores a DoLP by legendary Italian Horo label. Recorded in Rome on july 1978, it features seven long pieces, particularly the 20-minute title-track.

The vinyl Melt (Trost, 2016) documents the trio of Mats Gustafsson (saxophone), Lightning Bolt's Brian Chippendale (drums) and Italian band Zu's Massimo Pupillo (electric bass) in a studio session (august 2014) on which they recorded three pieces, notably the two-part piece Faces Of Fear. Transformed. Melted (32 minutes, after the editing of the primitive 90-minute session), basically a free improvisation with many rock approaches.

Timekeepers (A-Musik, 2015) documents pianist John Tilbury and the member of Keith Rowe MIMEO Marcus Schmickler (on computer and editing) in the namesake 45-minute suite studio recorded in january 2012. This is their second experience, after the february 2004 Variety (same label). As for the previous release, Timekeepers features an enigmatic sound, with electronic environments that interlace the large intervals by the AMM pianist.

The Out Louds (Relative Pitch, 2016) features Mary Halvorson on guitar, Ben Goldberg on clarinet and Tomas Fujiwara on drums. Studio recorded in december 2014, this is a collaborative experience, where the eleven pieces alternate improvisations and intense, lyrical moments.

Looking Around (Erstwhile, 2016) documents a collaboration with Christian Wolff on prepared piano, whistles and stones, and Michael Pisaro on guitar, harmonic and stone. They recorded in november 2014 two extended works, both 28-minute long: Looking East and Looking West, that mix electronics and improvisations.

Recorded in february 2015, Soweto Stomp (Mode, 2016) features six pieces composed and played on violin by Malcolm Goldstein, who also directed the Ratchet Orchestra, a 18-musician all acoustic ensemble on stage since 1992. They performed brief themes quickly evolved in improvisations and microtonal sounds. Goldstein appears not only as composer, but also as a soloist and ensemble performer.

Tomorrow Outside Tomorrow (Mego, 2016) reunited the guitar trio of Alan Licht (also on electronics), Tetuzi Akiyama and Oren Ambarchi, along with Rob Mazurek (cornet) for a november 2014 studio session collecting two pieces: Blues Deceiver (21 min.) and the title-track (19 min.), featuring a compromise between improvisations, folk, blues and experimental music.

Cynosure (Hi4Head, 2016) restores the Trevor Watts' String Ensemble, featuring the leader on alto & soprano saxes, Dave Cole & Steve Hayton on guitars, Steve Donachie on violin, Sandy Spencer on cello, Colin McKenzie on bass guitar, Lindsay Cooper on double bass and Liam Genockey on drums. Recorded live in june 1976, this new edition sports three bonus tracks.

The curious minialbum Playing With A Dead Person (Bolt, 2016) features, as title suggests, the pianist John Tilbury who never couldn't meet Derek Bailey, and desiring nevertheless to play with him, took in studio a Bailey's three-part suite (the 22-minute Birthday Party), improvising to it for a commissioned session!

Not Two delivered the 28-minute CD Ears Are Filled With Wonder, that features the duo of Peter Broetzmann (tenor sax, bass clarinet, tarogato, b-flat clarinet) and Heather Leigh ( pedal steel guitar), recorded in november 2015.

By the same label, Left documents the trio of Borah Bergman (piano), Peter Broetzmann (tenor sax, clarinet and tarogato) and Frode Gjerstad (alto sax), in three long pieces (notably the 25-minute Left Out), recorded at Molde International Jazzfestival in july 1996.

Still Broetzmann. Beautiful Lies (NEOS, 2016) documents the reedist on tenor sax, clarinet and tarogato, with the International Composers and Improvisers (ICI) Ensemble, a german lineup on stage since 2004 (this is their fourth album), who already played with George Lewis and also with William Parker (in the december 2009 Winter Sun Crying). Recorded in concert in february 2014, this CD gathers the 32-minute Beauty Doesn't Lie and the 40-minute Auge Des Betrachters, two chamber music pieces featuring moments of intimate improvisations.

Italian label Victory restores Pianology, an old studio album recorded in march 1971 by pianists Wolfgang Dauner (here also on electric piano) and Masahiko Satoh (also on electric harpsichord). They composed together five tracks, in freeform classical and jazz piano style, with ring modulator sounds.

Originally released in an edition of tour-only CD-Rs by Kevin Drumm in 2012, The Back Room (Monotype, 2016) is now a regular vinyl release, featuring the 28-minute namesake suite, plenty of glitch, feedback and noise.

Miller's Tale (Intakt, 2016) sports the notable quartet of Sylvie Courvoisier (piano), Mark Feldman (violin), Evan Parker (soprano & tenor saxes) and Ikue Mori (electronics). They studio recorded in september 2015 nine pieces (for one hour), fully improvised. First four pieces are collective, the others are duo improvisations.

By the same label, Another Day In Fucking Paradise documents the trio of Fred Frith (electric guitar, voice), Jason Hoopes (electric and double bass) and Jordan Glenn (drums, percussion). Studio recorded in january 2016, this album is comprising of thirteen pieces, mostly brief and improvised, with intimate and dark atmospheres.

Still Intakt. The Blue Shroud documents the namesake Barry Guy's band, led by the composer (also on bass), and comprising of thirteen musicians, among which Agusti Fernandez on piano, Maya Homburger on violin, Miched Godard on tuba, the drummers Lucas Niggli and Ramon Lopez, Percy Pursglove (who worked with Mike Gibbs and Paul Dunmall) on trumpet. Recorded in october 2015 during the Ad Libitum Festival in Warsaw, the album features the two part (71 minutes) namesake suite, inspired by the painting Pablo Picasso's Guernica. Barry Guy uses techniques of new music and jazz improvisation, as well as fragments of Baroque music, and a poem by Irish writer Kerry Hardie.

Resonance releases Some Other Time: The Lost Session From The Black Forest, a never issued studio album credited to Bill Evans (piano) with Eddie Gomez (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums), extensiveley presented by the label. This 2CD set gathers a june 1968 studio session from which were extracted 21 tracks, with a few "everlasting" covers (In A Sentimental Mood, My Funny Valentine...), heavily improvised, though. The DoCD, but also DoLP, collects trios, duos and solos.

Leo released at the same time other five (!) Ivo Perelman's CDs. Blue documents a sax/guitar duo with Joe Morris, nine pieces freshly recorded in march 2016; Corpo, a twelve-part suite, was recorded in february 2016 as a duo with pianist Matthew Shipp; Soul was recorded a week after, as a quartet along with Matthew Shipp, Michel Bisio (bass) and Whit Dickey (drums); Breaking Point (july 2015) is another quartet, along with Mat Maneri (viola), Joe Morris (bass) and Gerald Cleaver (drums); The Hitchhiker features the second collaboration with vibraphonist Karl Berger, eleven pieces recorded in july 2015.

Grand Tour (Bolt, 2016) documents the four upright pianos quartet of John Tilbury, Zygmunt Krauze, Szabolcs Esztenyi (all also on regular piano) and Hubert Zemler (also on percussion), in a studio session dating back to november 2015. In these five long tracks (notably the 22-minute Keyboard Studies 2) the band tried out new techniques of composition and instrumentation. Krauze, which the album is cocredited with Tilbury to, is a veteran Polish contemporary pianist, on stage since 1967.

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(Tzadik, 2016), the Book of Angels Volume 28, sports John Zorn's Nova Express ensemble, a quartet featuring Joey Baron (drums), Trevor Dunn (basses), John Medeski (organ and piano) and Kenny Wollesen (vibraphone), joined by the Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista. The lineup created a space-age bachelor pad music program for the 21st century. Recorded in november 2015. Another John Zorn's album is The Painted Bird (Tzadik, 2016), that features the interesting quintet of John Medeski (organ), Ches Smith (congas, Voudun drums), Kenny Wollesen (vibes), Kenny Grohowski (drums) and Matt Hollenberg (guitar). Zorn composed nine pieces mixing solos improvisation, metal, classical, atonal and world music.

Audiographic releases The Lions Have Eaten One Of The Guards, a concert between Ken Vandermark on various reeds and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love, recorded in october 2013. The three tracks (notably the 28-minute Slang) are basically improvised, with a large range of timbres and textures. As stated Vandermark in an interview, "one thing that's different about Paal and I when we improvise is how a lot of the music really works with grooves as opposed to free time".

Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny (Nonesuch, 2016) joins the guitarist with a trio led by trumpeter Cuong Vu, along with Stomu Takeishi on bass and Ted Poor on drums. Recorded in february 2016, it comprises five tunes written by Vu plus one by Metheny and one by Andrew D'Angelo. Extensively presented here by the guitarist.

Many news by flutist Robert Dick. The Galilean Moons (Nemu, 2016) comprising also of the four-movement namesake suite, already premiered in july 2012. This work, with structured improvisations, features a duo with his wife Ursel Schlicht on piano, their second disc after Photosphere, inspired by sci-fi themes. Dick plays a custom-made slide flute. Startling Stories (North/South Consonance, 2016), instead, is a work composed along with Cynthia Folio and Sylvan Winds, comprising of: 1) five "vignettes" featuring also Alexandra Knoll on oboe, Amy Zoloto on clarinet, Svjetlana Kabalin on flute, Thomas Sefcovic on bassoon, and Zohar Schondorf on horn; two Dick's pieces; 3) Seven "Aphorisms" by the three composers. The self-produced and already premiered in april 2009 Gossip Cats Are Dancing is a collaboration with Areon Flutes i.e. a female flute chamber music trio from California, featuring Jill Heinke, Kassey Plaha and Sasha Launer. This disc sports five pieces by four composers, two from Robert Dick, who is also the guest soloist on the title piece. Mr. Dick plays the F Bass flute, a vey big instrument (see here Dick playing it).


March 2016:

Larry Young's 2CD set In Paris: The ORTF Recordings (Resonance, 2016) documents unheard live and studio recordings between december 1964 and february 1965, performed as a sideman with saxophonist Nathan Davis' Quartet (along with Woody Shaw on trumpet), notably a 20-minute live version of Woody Shaw's Zoltan, and with another band comprising of trumpeter Sonny Grey, saxophonist Jean-Claude Fohrenbach, pianist Jack Dieval, Italian drummer Franco Manzecchi, and conga player Jacky Bamboo. First CD contains a16-minute version of Young's Talkin' About J.C., whereas the second CD sports the solo piano Larry's Blues.

Bathysphere (Driff, 2016) is the self-titled first album by namesake project that reunites a notable mostly acoustic ensemble: Jorrit Dijkstra (alto sax, lyricon, analog synth), Pandelis Karayorgis (piano), Tony Malaby (soprano & tenor saxes), Seth Meicht (alto & tenor saxes), Charlie Kohlhase (tenor & baritone saxes), Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet), Forbes Graham and Daniel Rosenthal (both on trumpet), Jeb Bishop and Jeff Galindo (both on trombone), Josiah Reibstein (tuba), Nate McBride and Jef Charland (both on bass), Luther Gray (drums) and Andrew Neumann (analog electronics). Their album was studio recorded in july 2015, featuring seven lenghty pieces that develop melodic themes quickly enlarged by improvisations.

Stephen O'Malley's vinyl Dread Live (Ideal, 2016) documents a solo performance recorded in september 2013, and featuring two side-long minimalistic improvisations on electric guitar. Still by O'Malley, Peacemaker Assembly (Trost, 2016) is another vinyl featuring other two side-long jazz-rock compositions, performed with drummer Steve Noble, recorded in may 2014.

Recorded in october 2015, A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke (ECM 2016) documents an interesting collaboration between Vijay Iyer (piano, keyboards and electronics) and Wadada Leo Smith (trumpet), commissioned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art's LiveArts. The album features the namesake seven-movement suite (quite one hour), mostly improvised, even if plenty of silences and minimalistic textures, more intimist by Iyer, more passionate in their high notes and lyricism by Leo Smith. The happy creativity by the two makes this album one of the most notable of their production.

Another notable release: Old Locks And Irregular Verbs (PI, 2016) documents the new Henry Threadgill album, conceived as a tribute to the later lamented composer and conductor Lawrence D. ?Butch? Morris. The work was premeried in january 2014 by Double Up, the new Threadgill project, an interesting lineup with Jason Moran and David Virelles on pianos, Curtis Macdonald and Roman Filiu on alto saxes, Jose Davila on tuba, Christopher Hoffman on cello and Craig Weinrib on drums. The leader doesn't play: he just composed the music. The four part suite is 47-minute long.

The vinyl Past Piano Present/Live At Western Front 1985-2015 (Western Front, 2016) compiles five unreleased "piano solos" by Anthony Davis, Paul Plimley, veteran Al Neil and John Kameel Farah-Disklavier (who also was on keyboard and electronics in his two pieces of B-side).

CD/LP Signals (Trost, 2016) features Alexander von Schlippenbach and Aki Takase on piano, Illvibe on turntables and Paul Lovens on drums. The project debuted with august 2004 Lok 03, without Lovens. CD version includes five extra tracks.

Leaps In Leicester (Clean Feed, 2016) documents the duo of Evan Parker (tenor sax) and Alexander Hawkins (piano) in a studio album recorded in february 2015. The two worked together for many years, but this is their first duo album, that collects four tracks (notably the 35-minute The Shimmy, dedicated to Tony Marsh), plenty of dialogues and improvisations. Hawkins, let's remember, is on stage since 2006; he's member of The Convergence Quartet (Taylor Ho Bynum, Dominic Lash and Harris Eisenstadt.), played with Louis Moholo-Moholo, Joe McPhee, John Surman, Mulatu Astatke, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, etc. In july 2012, he recorded Song Singular, his first piano solo collecting ten pieces. In 2008 he founded his Ensemble, with Hannah Marshall (cello), Dominic Lash (double bass), Javier Carmona (drums), Otto Fischer (electric guitar) and Orphy Robinson (steel drums), recording in may 2008 No Now Is So, followed by All There, Ever Out (2011) and Step Wide, Step Deep (april 2013).

By the same label, Awosting Falls documents the interesting Starlite Motel project, comprising of Kristoffer Berre Alberts (alto & tenor saxes), Jamie Saft (Hammond organ, whitehall organ, moog, lapsteel guitar), Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Ibanez (8-string fretless bass, Fender precision bass, Univox Hi-Flyer bass) and Gard Nilssen (drums, percussion, electronics), who recorded this their first album in december 2014. The seven lenghty pieces feature a compromise between modern jazz and psychedelic space rock.

Still Clean Feed. Nearness And You gathers an acoustic septet led by Jazz Passengers' Roy Nathanson (alto, soprano & baritone saxes, vocals) comprising of Arturo O'Farrill, Anthony Coleman and Myra Melford (all on piano), along with Marc Ribot (acoustic guitar) and the trombone duo of Curtis Fowlkes (also on vocals) and Lucy Hollier. Live recorded in june 2015, the CD collects 15 pieces, brief and lenghty, mostly improvised.

Live recorded in studio in october 2013, The Bakery (Mikroton, 2016) features the two-part namesake suite (35minutes) performed by Keith Rowe (electronics and guitar) and Martin K乧hen (alto & baritone saxes, radio, iPod). The music presents an abstract and experimental avantgarde jazz, plenty of electronics.

Recorded in september 1963 and originally released by Galloton as The African Sound, and now restored as Jazz/The African Sound by Jazzman, this album documents the only production by Chris McGregor's ensemble The Castle Lager Big Band. The lineup gathers the leader on piano along with well known but also still obscure jazz players: Kippie Moeketsi (who worked with Dollar Brand) and Dudu Pukwana on alto sax, Mongezi Feza on trumpet, Roonie Beer on tenor sax, plus other eleven musician, mostly reedists, almost unknown. The album collects six pieces, among which two Dollar Brand's reworkings.

ICP Orchestra's Restless In Pieces (ICP, 2016) features Ab Baars, Michael Moore & Tobias Delius on saxes & clarinets, Thomas Heberer on trumpet, Wolter Weirbos on trombone, Guus Janssen on piano, Tristan Honsinger on cello & vocals, Mary Oliver on violin, Ernst Glerum on bass and Han Bennink on drums. ICP composed six new pieces, also presenting five Mengelberg's reworkings, plus one Herbie Nichols and another Thelonius Monk (Locomotive) cover. Recorded in october 2015.

The EX autoproduced the 2CD set At Bimhuis (1991-2015), that covers, as says the title, 25 years of their live recordings at the famous Amsterdam club. The album sports the collaborations of many jazz giants: Han Bennink, Ab Baars, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Peter Evans, John Butcher, Steve Beresford, etc.

News by Anthony Braxton. 3 Compositions [EEMHM] 2011 (Firehouse12, 2016) is a 3CD set featuring the leader on sopranino, soprano & alto saxes, Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet, flugelhorn & trumphone, Mary Halvorson on guitar, Jessica Pavone on viola & violin, Jay Rozen on tuba, Carl Testa on bass & bass clarinet and Aaron Siegel on percussion & vibes. Also, everybody are on iPods. Braxton explains in the liner notes what is the Echo Echo Mirror House Music (EEMHM). The music combines elements of his works (iPod-reworked) with this ensemble. The albums collectss Composition No. 372, Composition No. 373 and Composition No. 377. Recorded in may 2011. Quintet [Tristano] 2014 is a 7CD set by the same lable, conceived as the follow-up of his Eight (+1) Tristano Compositions 1989 For Warne Marsh. Recorded in three days (!) in january 2014, this release sees the leader only on piano, with Jackson Moore and Andre Vida on various reeds, plus  Eivind Opsvik (bass) and Mike Szekely (drums), and collects mostly reworkings of Tristano's compositions. Agains by the same label, Trillium J is a 4 CD + Blu-Ray set features latest Braxton's work: Composition n. 380, four acts premiered in april 2014 (seven hours!) and the same month studio recorded for the release. Among the performers of the Tri-Centric Orchestra, conducted by the leader who al,+so composed the libretto, let's mention Ken Filiano, Mark Helias, Ingrid Laubrock, Oscar Noriega, Taylor Ho Bynum, Jessica Pavone, etc.

Henry Kaiser's Nazca Lines - Solo Acoustic Guitar (HK, 2016) collects of 22 freely improvised solos on 18 different acoustic guitars.

New World releases Round The World Of Sound, an album presented by Dedalus and Muzzix, two contemporary experimental ensembles created by Didier Aschour, here performing music by Louis Hardin, aka Moondog. The ensembles, conducted by Aschour (also on guitar and percussion), is comprising of thirteen performers, quite all multiinstrumentists, playing trumpet, percussion, glockenspiel, piano, various saxes, flute, spinetta, organ, cello, guitars, trombone, many also being on vocals. In the session, held on november 2015, they performed 25 Hardin's pieces (entitled Madrigals Book 1), composed from 1950 to 1968, and, say credits 產nd is a nod to the system Johann Sebastian Bach used for his Well-Tempered Clavier. Here, Moondog passes through all the major and minor tonalities, following the cycle of fourths. Thus, the opening Bells Are Ringing is in C major, followed by Voices of Spring in A minor, What's the Most Exciting Thing in F major and so on until the return to C major with Sparrows.

The vinyl Kouen Kyoudai (Mego, 2016) documents a new work by Masami Akita aka Merzbow, recorded in 2015 on electronics, computer and drums along with singer-songwriter Eiko Ishibashi (piano, drums and synthesizers. The two side-long tracks feature a mix of noise, ambient and experimental approach, with many drones.


February 2016:

Bill Frisell's When You Wish Upon A Star (Okeh, 2016) pays tribute to the films and television music, with sixteen pieces, of which only one he composed, the rest being remakes of famous movies and TV musical themes (To Kill A Mockingbird, The Shadow Of Your Smile, Bonanza, Once Upon a Time In The West, etc.) he recorded in a quintet with Petra Haden (voice), Eyvind Kang (viola), Thomas Morgan (bass) and Rudy Royston (drums, percussion). This album, however, confirms that his musical inspiration has run out.

Icepick, the project trio created by Nate Wooley (trumpet), Chris Corsano (drums) and Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten (bass), who debuted with the cassette Hexane, comes back with the vinyl Amaranth (Astral Spirits, 2015), comprising of three tracks (among which the side-long 19-minute Rare Rufescent), studio recorded in september 2014.

By the same label, Zurich 1979 restores on vinyl a rare Joe McPhee's cassette, containing two side-long pieces live recorded in march 1979 on tenor sax. Always by McPhee, Corbett vs. Dempsey releases Alone Together: The Solo Ensemble Recordings 1974 & 1979, that documents unissued solo studio performances Joe recorded and overdubbed playing soprano, alto and tenor saxes, flugelhorn, trumpet and alto horn. The eleven pieces collected simulate duos, trios and quartets, with McPhee as solo performer.

Mostly Other People Do The Killing's bassist Moppa Elliott recorded in february 2015 Still, Up In The Air, a rare and ambitious "solo double bass" album, released just now by Hot Cup. Elliott mentions David Foster Wallace and Milorad Pavic's books among the works that have influenced his esthetic, away from the usual approach of solo players. These books have a non linear approach that "prevents the reader from progressing sequentially from page to page", say credits. His music alternates pizzicato, arco, with repetitive and dark sounds. Seven are the pieces, all titled "sequence".

Fugitive Beaute (Ignoring Gravity, 2015) documents a collaboration between Zeena Parkins (harp), Nate Wooley (trumpet), Vera Westera (vocals) and Bojan Vuletic (composition, poems and odd instruments), based on lines from Baudelaire's Les fleurs du mal. The thirteen pieces were recorded in july 2014.

The 2CD set The Ludwigsburg Concert (Swrmusic, 2015) documents an unissued live performance recorded in november 1993 by the pianist Lyle Mays, whose quartet was comprising of veteran Bob Sheppard (sax), Marc Johnson (bass) and Mark Walker (the drummer who worked on latest Oregon). The set features already known pieces by Mays, but in versions totally different from the studio performances, as, for instance, the 24-minute version of Fictionary. Among the tracks, also Either Ornette, never studio recorded.

Thomas Bonvalet (banjo, harmonica) and Jean-Luc Guionnet (organ) performed during the MONC Cultural Arts Centre's Festival of avant-garde culture, in october 2010, an untitled 40-minute piece, released on CD by French label BeCoq under the title of Loges De Souffle. Credits speak about it stating that "Guionnet does not play his usual reeds, but he uses the church organ as the key instrument for the fabulous sonic landscape they create, with Bonvalet playing banjo, mikes, amplifiers, harmonica and tuning fork (why not?). The album contains one 40-minute long soundscape, with the organ offering a kind of endless color-shifting drone as a foundation for an infinity of things to happen, shifts in intensity, harsh counter-sounds, reinforcing feedback and a multitude of little sparkles". More recently, the two came back with Fusees (same label, 2015), a vinyl with six pieces recorded in january 2014, performed by the two playing several instruments: Bonvalet is on banjo, effects, microphones, amplificateurs, diapasons, etc, whereas Guionnet played organ, harmonium, soprano sax and trumpet. Their music features a mix of jazz and very abstract textures.

Fabliaux (Greenleaf, 2016) documents Dave Douglas with the Monash Art Ensemble (also known for the collaboration with George Lewis on the august 2013 Hexis). The ensemble, founded in 2012, sports eight reeds, two strings, plus drums, contrabass, electronics, guitar, piano and electric piano (by well known Antripodean Collective's Paul Grabowsky). Recorded in march 2014, the album features medieval and obscure atmospheres in jazz contemporary key.

Nearly Extinct (Balance Point Acoustics, 2016) features the quartet of Henry Kaiser (electric guitar), Steve Parker (trombone), Damon Smith (double bass) and Chris Cogburn (drums). The music, improvised in one day of april 2015, features seven pieces free form, but also with a bit of rock, particularly in East Cape Yupik and Hixxkaryana (both 20-minute).

After the 3CD set Erta Ale, Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit Ensemble comes back with the 2CD set 2015 (PNL, 2015), live recorded in june 2015. The big band performed a long tour from which were extracted nine tracks, featuring two hours of music.

Frode Gjerstad Trio, with the leader on alto sax and clarinet, Jon Rune Strom on bass, Paal Nilssen-Love on drums, plus the collaboration of Steve Swell (trombone), recorded in november 2014 At Constellation (Circulasione Totale, 2015). The three compositions (the 29-minute Con, the 9-minute Stell and the 23-minute Ation) alternate duos and trios with many improvisations.

Studio recorded in november 2014, In Motion (Intakt, 2016) features the trio of Richard Poole (drums), Marilyn Crispell (piano) and Gary Peacock (bass), who composed together ten new pieces, basically improvised.

Again Paal Nilssen-Love is performer on Soul Stream (PNL, 2015), along with Yagi Michiyo (electric 21-string & 17-string bass kotos), Joe McPhee (pocket trumpet, tenor & alto saxes) and Lasse Marhaug (electronics). The studio session was recorded in january 2013, collecting five pieces. Japanese koto virtuoso Yagi Michiyo is already known, she having worked also with Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark, Elliott Sharp, Ground Zero, etc. Improvisations, here, are more counterpointed with the mix of acoustic and electronics, the free form and several moments of quiet and ethereal atmosphere.

Still Paal Nilssen-Love. Angular Mass (PNL, 2015) features again Yagi Michiyo (always electric 21-string & 17-string bass kotos) and Lass Marhaug (electronics & objects). Studio recorded in february 2011, these other five pieces feature a sound more dark, with a massive use of electronics, but always mostly improvised.

The project Circuit Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, featuring in their latest incarnation Paul Dunmall on wind synthesizer, sax & flute, Philip Gibbs on electric guitar & electronics and Trevor Taylor on acoustic & electronic percussion, delivers a self-titled (FMR, 2016) that is, though, the sixth their disc. The disc features an approach different from previous releases, being more ethereal and experimental. Recorded in september 2015, it collects five tracks. Let's remember the project's sessionography: Epiphany, Kitaoka and Genesis (all recorded in july 2006), Pyro (january 2011), Illusion (february 2012).

Christy Doran's project New Bag comes back with Elsewhere (Double Moon, 2015). Featuring the leader on electric guitar, Sarah Buechi on vocal, Vincent Membrez on keyboards and Lionel Friedl on drums & percussion, this album collects nine new pieces recorded in january 2015, balanced between jazz improvisations, rock and progressive.

Keith Tippett's Live In Piacenza (Dark Companion, 2016) documents a totally improvised performance on piano, a single 47-minute piece entitled Piacenza, live recorded in january 2012.

Tie The Stone To The Wheel (Fataka, 2016) documents the duo of Evan Parker (soprano and tenor saxes) and Seymour Wright (alto sax), in a studio performance recorded in march 2014, comprising of five pieces mostly improvised, among which the 18-minute Wheel I. Wright, let's remember, is known above all for his collaborations in the latest years with Nate Wooley.

The Book Of Angels Volume 27: Flaga (Tzadik, 2016) continues the "never ending story" of John Zorn's well known series. This time the performers are a notable piano trio: Craig Taborn along with Christian McBride (double bass) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums). Nine pieces.

The double-disc Ao Vivo Jazz Na Fabrica (Selo Sesc, 2016) documents a new stellar Anthony Braxton quartet, with the leader on alto, soprano & sopranino saxes & electronics, Taylor Ho Bynum on cornet, flugelhorn & bass trumpet, Ingrid Laubrock on soprano & tenor saxes and Mary Halvorson on guitar. Live recorded in august 2014 with pre-programed electronics, the set sports three long tracks, among which the 64-minute Composition No.366d and the CD-long 75-minute Composition No.367b.

Muenster Bern (Cubus, 2015) is a solo-reeds album by Peter Broetzmann, from a concert he recorded at october 2013 Zoom In Festival in Switzerland. Six pieces for almost 70 minutes.

Mats Gustafsson's project FIRE! comes back with She Sleeps, She Sleeps (Rune Grammofon, 2016), a studio march 2015 album featuring the leader on various saxes, Johan Berthling (double bass), Oren Ambarchi (guitar), Andreas Werliin (drums, lap steel guitar) and Leo Svensson (cello). The original and atypical four tracks feature a dark and quite minimalistic jazz. Still by Gustafsson, the surprising vinyl Piano Mating (X-Ray, 2015) is a recital on an old quasi-synthesiser called the Dubreq Pianomate, manufactured in the 1970s and he found, developed to attach to an acoustic piano, creating with this machine a two series of drones in both the side-long compositions, with many volume and pitches variations, recorded in 2015.

Sustain and Run (Selo Sesc, 2016) features Roscoe Mitchell on solo soprano & sopranino saxes, live recorded in two concerts of august 2013.

Emergent pianist Sebastian Lexer and drummer Steve Noble are the protagonists of a Fataka release: Muddy Ditch, comprising of two long tracks studio recorded, the 28-minute Pool on october 2011, and the 37-minute Loess in june 2014.

Jeff Parker and Rob Mazurek recorded in may 2013 the vinyl Some Jellyfish Live For Ever (RogueArt, 2016). The cornetist and the guitarist, also on effects, after 20 years of collaboration, come on their first ever duo album, five tracks mixing melodies, and jazz textures.

Ariha Brass Quartet (Al Maslakh, 2016) documents the reed quartet of Axel D攔ner, Franz Hautzinger, Mazen Kerbaj (all on trumpet) and Carl Ludwig H乥sch (tuba), who improvised in a studio session of november 2013 five tracks, whose looping sound is plenty of reverberations and minimalisms.


January 2016:

Canadian pianist Paul Bley, one of the most influential jazz musicians of ever, died of natural causes at his home on january 3, at 83.

OUTgoing (FMR, 2015) features the quartet of Fran噊is Carrier (alto sax and Chinese oboe), Steve Beresford (piano), John Edwards (acoustic bass) and Michel Lambert (drums) in a live may 2014 session, when they performed a concert from which were extracted five lenghty tracks, particularly the 21-minute Stoke Newington, and the 19-minute Liverpool Station. The performances are largely improvised.

Recorded in june 2015, The Bell (ECM, 2016) is the fifth studio album credited to drummer Ches Smith, also on vibraphone and timpani in a trio along with pianist Craig Taborn and violinist Mat Maneri. The nine pieces composed balance between meditative and experimental themes, chamber music with many improvisations and a bit of rock.

Live At Jazzwerkstatt Peitz (JazzWerkStatt, 2015) features Charles Gayle on tenor sax & piano, William Parker on bass and Hamid Drake on drums. Parker and Drake played together in many albums, but this is the first recording with Gayle. Recorded live in may 2014, it features five pieces collectively composed, among which the 28-minute Fearless.

The Rova Saxophone Quartet (sopranoist Bruce Ackley, altoist Steve Adams, tenorist Larry Ochs and baritonist Jon Raskin) releases Live At The Guelph Jazz Festival/Cleaning The Mirror (Rogue Art, 2015), recorded at the september 2012 Guelph Jazz Festival, when the group, accompanied by a stellar cast (Nels Cline on electric guitar, Fred Frith on electric bass, Carla Kihlstedt on violin and electronics, Jenny Scheinman on violins, Chris Brown on electronics, Ikue Mori on laptop electronics, Rob Mazurek on cornet and electronics and Hamid Drake on drums) performed the 68-minute Electric Ascension, an arrangement of John Coltranes' Ascension. This 3 disc set features a DVD & Blu-ray containing the documentary Cleaning the Mirror, telling the story of Rova's adaptation of Ascension, plus a brief history of Coltrane's original recording.

Time Passing... is an album "for soprano, bass-baritone, improvising vocalist & double-bassist and string ensemble" (Maya, 2016) featuring Barry Guy on double-bass & compositions, Savina Yannatou, Anja Poche and Matthew Brook on voices and Camerata Zurich string ensemble. Recorded live at the Hudderfield Contemporary Music Festival in november 2013, these 68 minutes (among which the 24-minute Ping) have the core music in Guy's contrabass. Composed in 2012, this contemporary work features several classical vocalists, who sing words written by Scottish poet Edwin Morgan and famous Irish dramatist Samuel Beckett.

Eleven Mirrors To The Light (Cold Spring, 2016) is the latest Z'EV's album, eleven new pieces (all 7-minute long) plenty of electronic drones.

The DoLP Barrow Street Blues (Holidays, 2016) is the third and final iteration of Joe MacPhee's Survival Unit III, recorded in november 2004 and dedicated to Ornette Coleman. "Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang and I were members of the Peter Brotzmann Chicago 10tet and by that time, we had been working together for five years". The music mixes blues, noise and minimalisms.

But The Word Dog Doesn't Bark is a self-produced DVD featuring the historical Schlippenbach Trio (with Paul Lovens, Evan Parker and the leader) in a 48-minute film (2 hours of bonus material) shot over 2007-2010.

Credited to David Ades on alto sax, A Life In A Day (Lion Share, 2015) also features Tony Malaby on soprano & tenor sax, Mark Helias on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums. The eleven pieces were recorded in september 2013. Australian David Ades started is career as musician in 1991, when he recorded the forgotten Bird On A Head; after twenty years, he recorded in september 2011 A Glorious Uncertainty, his first credited album with the same A Life In A Day quartet. Sadly, he died just two months after that session.

ECM's The Distance documents the Michael Formanek's Ensemble Kolossus, a notable big band conducted by Mark Helias and comprising of: Loren Stillman (alto sax), Oscar Noriega (alto sax, clarinet, bass clarinet), Chris Speed (tenor sax, clarinet), Brian Settles (tenor sax, flute), Tim Berne (baritone sax), Dave Ballou, Ralph Alessi, Jonathan Finlayson (trumpets), Kirk Knuffke (cornet), Alan Ferber, Jacob Garchik, Ben Gerstein (Trombones), Jeff Nelson (bass trombone, contrabass trombone), Patricia Brennan (Marimba), Mary Halvorson (Guitar), Kris Davis (Piano), and Tomas Fujiwara (Drums), in Formanek on bass. Recorded in december 2014, and premiered this month at NYC Winter Jazzfest 2016, The Distance features 19 pieces, among which the eight-part "Exoskeleton" suite.

Guitar Solo 2015 RIGHT (Doubtmusic, 2016) collects 123 (!) Otomo Yoshihide's guitar improvisations he reunited in a one-hour solo piece, created between 2014 and 2015, after having given them to Akihiko Matsumoto, who fed them into software he developed. For the recording, Yoshihide used a 1963 Gibson ES-175 guitar, which had belonged to the late Masayuki Takayanagi.

All Directions Home (Audiographic, 2015) features Nate Wooley on trumpet and Ken Vandermark on B-flat & bass clarinets, tenor & baritone saxes. Recorded in august 2015, this is their second duo CD. They composed eight new themes (the ninth is an Ornette Coleman rework), in various jazz styles.

Ken Vandermark's project Audio One comes back with What Thomas Bernhard Saw (Audiographic, 2015). Inspired by Austrian writer and critic Thomas Bernard, it was recorded in concert in august 2014, from which were extracted four long pieces. The lineup is the same of previous two albums: the leader is on various reeds, accompanied by Mars Williams (on various reeds too), Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone), Jeb Bishop (trombone), Josh Berman (cornet), Tim Daisy (drums), Nick Macri (acoustic and electric bass), Nick Mazzarella (alto sax), Jen Paulson (viola) and Dave Rempis (saxes).

The Message: Live At Kargart
(Holidays, 2015) documents a live february 2014 meeting between Konstrukt quartet's basic lineup with Peter Brotzmann. Previously, they recorded in november 2008 the studio album Dolunay, and then the studio Eklisia Sunday (may 2011). The new DoLP features a four-part 85-minute composition, free performed with large use of reeds, electronics, guitar and violin (Broetzmann is on tenor sax, clarinet and tarogato).

Corbett vs. Dempsey releases Red Chrysanthemums, a previously unreleased live recording of solo performances by Wadada Leo Smith, recorded in december 1977. These three tracks see the trumpetist also on flugelhorn, flute, steelophone, percussion and gongs.

The project Mopomoso, comprising of Evan Parker (saxes), John Russell (guitar), John Edwards and David Leahy (both on double bass), Pat Thomas (piano), Alison Blunt (violin), Benedict Taylor (viola), Kay Grant (voice) and Alex Ward (clarinet), releases the 4CD set Making Rooms (Weekertoft, 2016) live recorded in a april 2013 tour. On stage since 1991, the ensemble performed several subsets collected in these discs.Particularly,  Disc two features Pat Thomas alone at the piano on nine tracks, for almost one hour.

The cassette Fukuoka/Osaka (Notice, 2015) documents the two namesake compositions recorded in may 2014 by Jason Kahn (analogue synthesizer, radio, mixing board) paired with Tim Olive (magnetic pickups). Fukuoka, say credits, features "a series of gradual unfurlings; pockets of pockmarked, dented and torn glass clusters, tumbling upon and over each other, perhaps briefly interlocking by way of some fragile barb, only to instantaneously break loose", whereas Osaka "is more comfortably structured, framed by a few small squalls abetting the range of synth and radio static; an instrumentation that resides between thin layers of shifting, jittery translucent timbres".

Nigemizu (Uchimizu, 2015) features John Butcher on solo tenor & solo soprano sax, containing three long pieces recorded at two locations in Japan, one at a church in Osaka and two at the Hall Egg Farm in Fukaya: Enrai (26 minutes), the title-track (19 minutes) and Hamon (6 minutes) were recorded in may 2013.
 
After Ornette Coleman's death, labels are in searching of unissued or rare material of his own to restore. Atlantic, for instance, releases Twins, an obscure album it first released in 1971, but recorded between 1959 and 1960 with a very notable lineup (above all, Don Cherry, Charlier Haden and Eric Dolphy). The album collects: the 17-minute First Take (december 1960), that predated the more known version contained in Free Jazz; the 5,15-minute Little Symphony (july 1960); the 5,35-minute The Monk and the Nun (may 1959); the 10-minute Check Up (january 1960); the 4,35-minute Joy of a Toy (july 1960).

After their collaboration on Orphic Machine (recorded in september 2013), pianist Myra Melford and clarinetist Ben Goldberg self-produced Dialogue, their first duo release. 13 tracks.

The Weather Report's 4CD boxset The Legendary Live Tapes 1978-1981 (Legacy, 2015) documents concert recorded on that phase by Josef Zawinul (keyboards, ARP Quadra, synthesizer and acoustic piano), Jaco Pastorius (drums and bass), Wayne Shorter (saxes), Peter Erskine (drums and timpani) and Robert Thomas (percussion).

Ltd edition of 500 Clapham Duos (Treader, 2015) documents the only studio recording (may 2005) by John Tchicai (alto and tenor saxes and bass clarinet) and Evan Parker (soprano and tenor saxes), who improvised a set of pieces with various reed configurations. Eight tracks.

Ltd edition of 500 by the same label is Jems, by the improvising duo of bassist John Edwards and drummer Mark Sanders; they already recorded as a duo in Emanem Nisus Duets (july 2002). Sanders uses an horizontal orchestral bass drum.

The third Ltd edition of 500 by the same label is Clarinet Record, A five part suite dedicated to Jimmy Giuffre and Giancinto Scelsi, recorded by the trio of Alex Ward (clarinet), John Coxon ( electric & acoustic guitars, kalimbas, percussion, CDs & objects) and Ashley Wales (samples).

Old Growth Forest (Clean Feed, 2016) documents the Harris Eisenstadt's quartet, i.e. his trio with Jeb Bishop (trombone) and Jason Roebke (double bass) with Tony Malaby's (tenor sax) new entry, in a studio album (september 2015) of which, say credits, "some written material was prepared only to define a unified identity to the music, and everything else was kept open". Eight tracks.

Everybody's Somebody's Nobody (Clean Feed, 2015) is the first duo by San Francisco Bay Area scene trumpeter Darren Johnston and guitarist Fred Frith. Originally conceived to provide sounds for a short dance film for filmmakers John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson and choreographer Amy Seiwert, this project led to a regular CD release. The mostly intimate music was recorded in two sessions: september 2013 and december 2014. Johnston, let's remember, started his career in late '90, when he played with American saxophonist Aram Shelton, and recorded his first performances in early 2000's: his project Third Impulse, along with Loren Dempster (cello) and Niels Myrner (drums) recorded in 2001 only a self-titled. With bassist Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra, he played in albums No(W) Music (recorded between october 1999 and march 2001)and New Magical Kingdom (another long session, from 2001 to june 2004). After having left Lane, he recorded in 2007 the improvised studio session of Reasons For Moving, his first co-credited album with Fred Frith, ex Xiu-Xiu bassist Devin Hoff, Larry Ochs and Ches Smith. The Edge Of The Forest (recorded between february 2007 and january 2008) was his first full credited album, recorded with  Rob Reich (accordion), Ben Goldberg (clarinet), Devin Hoff (double bass), Smith Dobson V (drums) and Sheldon Brown (tenor sax). Then he created his project Gone To Chicago, recording The Big Lift (july 2010), along with Nate McBride (bass), Frank Rosaly (drums), Jeb Bishop (trombone) and Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone).

Pole Axe (Rare Noise, 2016) is the second release by project Slobber Pup (the first was Black Aces), featuring Jamie Saft (organs & keyboards), Joe Morris (guitar), Balazs Pandi (drums), plus as guest Mats Gustafsson tenor & baritone saxes). Recorded in december 2013, the disc features three long pieces that mix free jazz and heavy metal.

The same label releases Strength & Power, by the notable quartet of Roswell Rudd (trombone), Jamie Saft (piano), Trevor Dunn (acoustic bass) and Balazs Pandi (drums). Speaking about this improvised session (six tracks were extractecd), Saft states: "All the music was completely improvised in the studio. No predetermined compositions at all. No hand signals, no charts: nothing but trust, deepest intuition, and mutual respect".


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