Ab Baars Trio
""The Ab Baars Trio embodies the heights improvisational music can scale. The trio glides effortlessly between delicately detailed and gently intricate work and the geometrically grandiose, but never falls prey to sneering gaudiness. The trio’s creations, when at their peak, are transcendent works created by true soulmates of sound." -Barb Stewart "
Geometry Of Caves
Tomeka Reid, Kyoko Kitamura, Taylor Ho Bynum, Joe Morris
"The record also makes plenty of room for each of the musicians' individual strengths to emerge: Bynum is in especially fine form, with movement from lyrical beauty to pure abstraction and noise (just listen to his menacing growls on "Glowworm" as evidence); but Morris is also characteristically exceptional, whether offering prickly fragments or his patented scrapes, as he's continually seeking ways to advance the dialogue. Reid's relentless imagination leads her from chamber-like passages to motion-filled ostinato phrases that always possess compelling rhythmic energy; and Kitamura will be a revelation to those who haven't yet encountered her unique brand of vocal improvisation, turning in an instant from subtle to spasmodic." - Troy Dostert All About Jazz"
Geometry of Distance
Kitamura / Bynum / Morris / Reid
"The four musicians compose as one, weaving a kaleidoscope of unconventional textures and contrapuntal melodies, opening the door to a new sonic universe which only exists in real time composition."
Geometry of Trees
Tomeka Reid / Kyoko Kitamura / Taylor Ho Bynum / Joe Morris
"This foursome is resolute in its acceptance of communal responsibility and creation. Vocalist Kyoko Kitamura sings and speaks in wordless flurries matching Taylor Ho Bynum’s brassy exhortations on cornet. Cellist Tomeka Reid and guitarist Joe Morris worry and pluck their respective strings, applying speed and torque in the loosing of spidery cascades of crinkled and crenelated tones. Pitch and timbre differentials are a big part of the interplay with instruments juxtaposed in bursts of activity."
Zeena Parkins / Mette Rasmussen / Ryan Sawyer
"Zeena Parkins, Mette Rasmussen and Ryan Sawyer in a new formation voicing string, breath and bell, harp, horn and drum speaking sparkling messages and hand-written letters of a Chain of New Hopes, back and forth, from the past and future dreams of a world in which efficiency would not be and will not be, the way to justice."
"Glasses was recorded in October, 1977, during a highly significant period in McPhee's work, as he was pioneering the transatlantic, collaborative spirit that has helped to define the last three decades of his career. Documented in Tavannes, Switzerland, the set contains sensational tenor work, including the title piece, which finds McPhee ringing out a rhythm on a half-full wine glass, from which he extrapolates a melody on the saxophone, as well as a stunning version of John Coltrane's "Naima.""
Goofy June Bug
Ab Baars Trio & Ken Vandermark
"This pairing is as comfortable as a reunion of grade school classmates. Recorded live at Amsterdam's Bimhuis at tour's end, Goofy June Bug finds both men splitting their time between tenor saxophone and clarinet (backed by Baars' regular rhythm section of Wilbert de Joode and Martin van Duynhoven) and both honor each other's musical traditions: Baars' compositions are as likely to carry a '60s free jazz influence as Vandermark's are to contain European classical elements."
Terrie Ex & Paal Nilssen-Love
"It’s powerful, speedy, chaotic, but with a high degree of interplay and charm. Improvised, yes, but never out of focus. Although the two slow it down at times, they soon build up to the energies described, uncompromising, vibrant, hard, sonic, exploring their noisy palette of sound.” (FREQ)"
Green Just As I Could See
Andrea Neumann / Bonnie Jones
""Four extended electroacoustic works from Berlin's inside pianist and mixing board artist Andrea Neumann and Baltimore's Bonnie Jones on electronics, minimal and edgy pieces of unusual and absorbing character." - Squidco"
Sten Sandell / David Stackenäs / Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
""Gubbröra" (34 minutes ..) belongs to the complete quintet. The authority of Parker, Guy and Lytton enriches the vocabulary of the group and melts a magma of music whose rivulets run parallel, alternating quiet and fury." - All About Jazz Staff, Italy"
Bonnie Jones & Jeff Surak
"A remarkable document of two musicians in their prime, Gymnastics is a split release from Baltimore based sound artist Bonnie Jones and veteran DC experimenter Jeff Surak."
Hands Up! You're Free
"Maybe in bursts, where the undertow doesn't need to be ribbed with volume, this record represents the real Ex, the complex, hyperfast, mobile scourge of convenient ignorance and partyline stupidity."
Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
""And no matter what line-up we are listening to - the music is fascinating – it is diverse and the musicianship is simply great. The musicians are piling up layer after layer of sounds, and although the musical atmosphere created is hard and sometimes even grinding, you can feel a beauty underneath based on communication and imagination. Highly recommended." -Martin Schray, in a 5 Star Review on Free Jazz Blog"
"Recorded 5th June 2001 at the Koeienverhuur Studio in Purmerland and 21st May 2002 at Villa Zuid, Wormer by Dolf Planteydt. Mastered at LOUD, Amsterdam by Zlaya."
"This Chicago group once again crafts a seamless blending of dub, funk, and punk into a thick, hazy, immersive listen. -Jason Crock, Pitchfork"
Anne-James Chaton / Andy Moor / Thurston Moore
"Heretics is a series of portraits of radical heretical figures found throughout the history of schismatic thinking.Heretics like Caravaggio, William Burroughs, Jose Mujica, Marquis de Sade and Johnny Rotten, fascinated the artists. These influential figures are presented here in the form of poetic texts and catchy melodies combined with experimental noise. - With the addition of ex-Sonic Youth guitarist, singer and songwriter Thurston Moore, Anne-James Chaton and Andy Moor’s more than a decade long collaboration becomes an exciting trio. They researched and created the material for Heretics during a residency in the French port of St Nazaire, in July 2014. They used voice, guitars and electronics in solo, duo or trio, to collaboratively explore their ideas and co-write texts and music. -Unsounds"
"The Ex met Kurdish singer Brader Mûsîkî in 1991and asked him, after seeing him play, for the ‘6.Series’. Brader with The Ex as backing band became “6.2“: “Millîtan” and “Cemê Rynê”, plus a booklet with extensive Kurdish history. Between 1991-1993 they did some concerts together... Then, after more than 25 years, they met again. Socially it felt like yesterday. Eating together, telling history, listening to music. - Terrie Ex"