Deeply Discounted II/Sequences of Snow
Ken Vandermark & Nate Wooley
"Ken Vandermark and Nate Wooley release their third recording as a duo, an LP entitled "Deeply Discounted/Sequences of Snow." Their first two albums, also released as co-productions between Audiographic Records and Pleasure of the Text, were critically acclaimed (East By Northwest  received a 5 star review in the "Free Jazz Collective"; and "The New York City Jazz Record" stated that All Directions Home  "showcases the strengths that have made the duo luminaries in their respective scenes."). In addition, their performance at Issue Project Room, Brooklyn, on May 16th, 2017 was heralded as one of the "Concerts of the Year" by "The New York City Jazz Record". This latest album is an exciting new statement from the duo, featuring long-form compositions for the first time, written specifically for the LP format and developed while touring in North America during 2017. Nate Wooley's piece, "Deeply Discounted II," is inspired by John Cage's "Cheap Imitation" which, in turn, was inspired by Erik Satie's, "Socrate;" Ken Vandermark's composition, "Sequences of Snow," is dedicated to the visual artist and musician, Michael Snow, and was influenced by several of Snow's experimental films, such as "Wavelength," "Dripping Water," "La Région Centrale," "So Is This," and "See You Later.""
En Las Montañas de Excesos
Chris Cogburn//Ingebrigt Håker Flaten//Bob Hoffnar//Henry Kaiser
"En Las Montañas de Excesos is the unease & frisson of scaling a mountain, a trek with long moments to peer over the edge or stare far off into your thoughts. From the collective fingertips & minds of drummer/percussionist Chris Cogburn (SSBT), prolific bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (The Young Mothers; Atomic), composer & pedal steel guitar maestro Bob Hoffnar (The Mood Illusion; Indoor Life) & renowned guitar experimentalist Henry Kaiser, the album is a towering edifice of free rock, fusion and new music. "
Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More
"Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More by Konrad Smoleński is a sculptural instrument that reproduces, at regular intervals, a music piece written for bronze bells, wide range loudspeakers, and other resonating objects. First presented in the Polish Pavilion at the 55th International Art Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia, the sound object is primarily based on the manipulation of the sound of toiling bells."
""The icing on the cake of the Swedish azz line-up are 79-year-old Holmström himself and 72-year-old trumpet legend Bengt Ernryd. Compared to the original, Swedish azz’s version is much gloomier. Kjell Nordeson’s vibraphone illustrates an insecure atmosphere, then Ernryd’s trumpet in combination with the other reeds increases the tension before the piece turns to a violent free jazz orgy, in which any order seems to have gone overboard. All instruments struggle with each other, there is absolute turmoil. It is interesting that in contrast to other Swedish azz pieces the electronics are hardly audible. All in all, Swedish azz have adopted the structure as well as the focus on the acoustic instrumentation of the original." "
Hong Kong Cab
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten's Time Machine
"Time Machine is Ingebrigt Håker Flaten — electric and acoustic bass, effect pedals. His robust fingerwork is ever-present in this new collection that explores mood & texture in a bold departure from his usual propulsive rhythms. An outgrowth of his eclectic outings with the likes of The Thing, Atomic, The Young Mothers, Plutonium Farmers and more, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten bridges the divide between jazz & rock, exemplifying the rugged freedom that defines both genres, joining pioneers like James Blood Ulmer, Stanley Clarke, Sonny Sharrock and Bill Frissell."
I Forgot to Breathe
"Lean Left are a lethal combination of radical commitment, sonic intensity and breathtaking fluency from four musicians who, between them, have rarely strayed from the outermost borders of jazz and punk... The density, clarity and balance maintained throughout the two sets was a breathtaking reminder that this stormy, industrial territory is where many of the most pressing questions are asked of the structure and content of jazz today (Geoff Winston, LondonJazz)"
"The debut record of LUFT – is a two volume album of exceptional explorations within the bagpipe and reed universe —— unknown music of poetic beauty and high energy cascades. Fast moving changes in texture and layers vs static repetitions and alternatives densities and melody treatments! Vol 1 – is focusing on the interaction between the two persons/ instruments – with a huge variety in extended techniques and various ways of treating the instruments – leading to an improvised music never heard of."