All Directions Home
Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley
"All Directions Home wastes exactly no time getting going. The pairing is a fruitful one, with two bridging their deep interests in jazz history and tradition with their equally unique talents using extended techniques and crafting avant-garde compositions. Highly recommended (Lee Rice Epstein, The Free Jazz Collective)"
And She Speaks - A Collection of Ballads
""Since I first started making music I listened extensively to ballads that were being played by the great saxophonists. These inspiring examples became part of my playing, my sound, my language. This CD is a salute to that tradition".-Ab Baars Internationally acclaimed for both his solo and ensemble music performed, Dutch multi-wind player Ab Baars presents a studio album of solo playing on the clarinet, saxophone, and shakuhachi, inspired by and focusing on the traditions of ballads from great saxophonists, with improvisations colored by songs like "Naima", "Body and Soul", "Solitude"."
And The Weathermen Shrug Their Shoulders
The Ex + Tom Cora
"Like Sonic Youth, The Ex knows that their harshest parts stand out in bolder and better relief when balanced with softer moments."
"The Ex and Tom Cora have joined forces again for another passionate and eclectic release."
"A new voyage of discovery, once again quite enervating... Poetry and chaos side by side, like confrontation and trance, in a wild collision of styles. Uneasy listening."
Angels, Devils & Haints
""Epic" is a word that seems appropriate to describe the music on this two-disc offering by saxophonist and trumpeter Joe McPhee. Accompanied by four double-bassists, the veteran free-jazzer from upstate New York has concocted a tribute to the spirit of one of the genre's early patron saints and called it, appropriately enough The Albert Ayler 2000 Project."
Tim Daisy's Fulcrum Ensemble
"The three compositions on the group’s latest release “Animation” take inspiration from a range of contemporary musical ideas including: the innovative performance and compositional techniques pioneered by the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, structural and textural innovations connected to contemporary composers including Earle Brown, Anthony Braxton and Terry Riley, as well as the energy and spirit generated by the American “free jazz” movement of the 1960’s and 70's, notably the work of Julius Hemphill, Marion Brown, and Don Cherry. "
David Grubbs / Mats Gustafsson
"Duets for harmonium and whateveraphone. These pieces are starkly out of character for both individuals, but no less excellent"
"This debut release by the regular working trio of Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, and Avreeayl Ra is a perfect example of what makes Chicago such a fertile breeding ground for improvised music; three musicians of widely varying ages, backgrounds, playing experiences, and musical interests join forces to deliver moments of both sublime beauty and volcanic energy, continually tempered by the seamless narrative momentum that they weave together in a seemingly effortless way. Although the trio has only been working since the fall of 2012, their group dynamic reveals a chemistry that feels much more seasoned than such a short time might allow – perhaps a result of their shared interest in musical experiences that transcend the every day level, and offer something more substantial to the listener. With Abrams doubling on several different string instruments, and Ra on his characteristically wide array of percussion, the music these three create together is wide-ranging in nature, drawing upon influences from around the world to create a sound that’s totally unique within the current milieu of improvised music. credits "