Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit
"Ana, Paal Nilssen-Love Large Unit's second full-length album, was recorded just a few hours after the Large Unit's ecstatic performance at the Oslo Jazz Festival on August 2015, while the group still riding high on the adrenalin of the live performance. Ana offers an extended version of the Large Unit, augmented by two Brazilian percussionists, Celio de Carvalho and Paulinho Bicolor, both also played in the live performance and enriched the sonic spectrum of the Large Unit."
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"
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. -Paul Serralheiro, Squid's Ear"
Michiyo Yagi / Paal Nilssen-Love / Lasse Marhaug
"Koto virtuoso Michiyo Yagi joins the longstanding Norwegian duo of drummer Paal-Nilssen-Love and electronics wizard Lasse Marhaug for a session of extended improvisations. Galvanized by Nilssen-Love’s arsenal of sounds and textures, Yagi drives the most traditional of Japanese instruments to non-idiomatic and percussive extremes while Marhaug’s abstractions reach heights of surprising lyricism. A veritable atlas of strange and wonderful sonic terrain, “Angular Mass” invites the listener to an unforgettable adventure."
Tim Daisy's Fulcrum Ensemble
"Daisy uses this intimate knowledge to his advantage, writing three compositions that not only call on each musician’s unique personal range but also collapse them together into a single complex layered mass. —Eric McDowell, Free Jazz Blog"
The Vandermark 5
"Typical of Vandermark's episodic writing, the piece eschews standardized forms, modulating through a series of stylistic changes that range from metallic funk to austere neo-classicism. The rhythm section gracefully complies with each transition as Vandermark's brawny tenor cries and tranquil clarinet musings contrast with Dave Rempis' serpentine alto salvos."
"The images as well as the CD tracks are meant to tell a story from beginning to end. However, just as you can leaf through the book in an arbitrary way, it is also recommended to listen to the CD on ‘random play’. -Jaap Blonk"
Antonin Artaud's To Have Done with the Judgement of God
"This new recording aims at faithfully capturing the spirit Artaud intended to convey: the lucidity as well as the powerful emotions. Jaap Blonk performs the complete text, while taking the liberty of inserting more of Artaud’s sound poems and some improvisations. A famous short poem by Artaud was added as an epilogue."
David Grubbs / Mats Gustafsson
"Duets for harmonium and whateveraphone. These pieces are starkly out of character for both individuals, but no less excellent"
"The potential for this new trio is infinite. Hopefully, there will be more where this came from. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
Rempis/Abrams/Ra + Baker
"But while they don't seek to exploit extended techniques, how they interrelate is far from conventional, especially when Baker switches from the piano to synthesizer. -John Sharpe, All About Jazz"
Akira Sakata / Johan Berthling / Paal Nilssen-Love
"A focused force of nature, the trio burns a path as precise as a straight line, and as deep as a scar. -Bird is the Worm"
Are We In Diego?
Paul Rutherford, Ken Vandermark, Torsten Müller & Dylan van der Schyff
"This recording features the late trombonist, Paul Rutherford, in an outstanding performance from 2004. The band was concluding a West Coast tour and shows both fire and sensitivity, delivering two extended improvisations and four well-focussed miniatures. With Ken Vandermark (reeds), Torsten Müller (contrabass), & Dylan van der Schyff (drums, percussion). "
Artifact: Live In St. Johann
"An amazing lineup of European, Chicago and UK players in a live set from the 2008 ArtActs Festival, music that merges the boundaries of ea-improv and free jazz."
Tomomi Adachi & Jaap Blonk
"It is all very vibrant and energetic as the two move quickly between sounds, textures, moods, pitches and have near perfect control over their voices and electronics. All of that makes this is forty- one minutes of very fine voice poetry. - Vital Weekly, Netherlands"
Satoko Fujii, Wadada Leo Smith, Natsuki Tamura & Ikue Mori
""The group chemistry is magical on pianist-composer Satoko Fujii's Aspiration, featuring an all-star quartet with trumpeters Wadada Leo Smith and Natsuki Tamura, and laptop player Ikue Mori. The nearly telepathic link among them takes the music into places where it grows ever deeper and more intuitive." - Brathwaite & Katz"
At The Hideout
Jeb Bishop / Jaap Blonk / Lou Mallozzi / Frank Rosaly
""The group's jagged improvisations [are] some of the most compelling and confrontational I've heard this year." —Peter Margasak"