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)"
I Love It When You Snore
Paal Nilssen-Love & Mats Gustafsson
"The music here is purposely directed to be an exploration into new sounds and ideas. With a television playing in the background as the two play “Snarkus Brutal,” they pause as if to giggle at the snoring actor. Fans of Gustafsson’s extended techniques including slap tongue, flutter, and vocalization will offer many revelations, and Nilssen-Love is a perfect foil for Mats’ sounds."
"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."
Invitation to a Dream
Alcorn / McPhee / Vandermark
"Some matches are made in heaven and can be brought to a studio in Austin, Texas. Baltimore-based pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn, Poughkeepsie-based sax and pocket trumpet player Joe McPhee, and Chicagoan reeds player Ken Vandermark player is, no doubt, one of these rare matches. - Eyal Hareuveni, The Free Jazz Collective, 5 star review "
Sten Sandell & Paal Nilssen-Love
"The best improvisors are the ones that seem to invent and uninvent their instruments right in front of your eyes and ears. Swedish pianist Sten Sandell and Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are two musical champions with a long experience of doing exactly that. ”Jacana”, the latest in our occasional series of unusual duo combinations, features the pair’s sparky improvised set captured at the 2013 Kongsberg Jazz Festival in southern Norway."
Jazz pa Svenska
"Their music is played first reverently, with full melody and rhythm, but then the band shifts the whole thing into a modern package, including live electronics. The band is Mats Gustafsson on alto, baritone saxes and live electronics, Kjell Nordeson on vibraphone, dieb13 on turntables, Per-Ake Holmlander on tuba and cimbasso, and Erik Carlsson on drums and selected percussion."
Konstrukt + Ken Vandermark
"Starts with a reference to Ornette Coleman before turning more and more into a psychedelic trip that goes way beyond the "jazz idiom". But what else to expect from such a stellar constellation? "
Light On the Wall
Ken Vandermark & Tim Daisy
"Great duo and solo performances by Chicagoans drummer and percussionist Tim Daisy and saxophone player Ken Vandermark. Double LP, the first one documenting the duo experience and the 2nd LP documenting the solo performances. Come in a beautiful double vinyl by Laurence Family Records."
Lightning Over Water
Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love
"Two LPs and a 7" - if you cannot get enough of the duo of reed player Ken Vandermark and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love on this album, you're insatiable - and that's just what we want. In fact, if we weren't just a little ... umm ... obsessed with the thrill that we get from music that skirts the edges, from the tightrope of free improv to the more considered composition and all that falls between, then this sad and depraved world would be just that much more sadder and depraved. So, a hearty salute to this intrepid duo and their muscular improvisation."
Mats Gustafsson / Christian Marclay
"Both known for charting paths less travelled, here they point to strange, liminal zones of perception on their first collaboration, with Gustafsson’s electronically processed tenor and baritone sax channelling an ecology of wee beastie insect sounds against the the signature unpredictability of Marclay’s palette of turntables and noise. - Boomkat"
Low Level Stink
"As usual, the band’s music takes in Rock’n’Roll thrash and punk rock… Low Level Stink contains quieter and more nuanced moments, crackling and nervous soundscapes leading the listener into a labyrinth of sound (Martin Schray, The Free Jazz Collective)"
The Young Mothers
"“Then Young Mothers roared out of the gate with fierce, jarring visceral power. Theirs is a dense, multi-layered sound where Ivesian contrapuntal lines often divide the ensemble into competing units -- How fortunate 30 or so of us were that they docked in Deep Ellum last night. I'll be anxiously awaiting their return.” -Ken Shimamoto "
Dave Rempis & Lasse Marhaug
"This limited edition, 180-gm vinyl LP features one of Norway’s most renowned noise musicians, and one of Chicago’s most active saxophonists, pitting two like-minded individuals from slightly different worlds together for a deeper exploration of each other’s sonic pallet."
Narrominded: Split LP Series #3
Mats Gustafsson / Cor Fuhler
"The third installment in the Narrominded Split LP Series consists of new works by two important musicians from the world of European free improvisation. Pianist Cor Fuhler and saxophone player Mats Gustafsson have been exploring new possibilities for their instruments for the past twenty years. Not only by putting these instruments in radically different contexts, but more importantly by developing new ways of playing. Fuhler mainly works inside the grand piano, stimulating the strings with all sorts of magnets, ebows and customised handtools. Gustafsson has broadened the textural possibilities of his instrument with an extended array of tongue techniques. While the explorations of these two musicians take them to very different musical and emotional terrain, the unrelenting sense of experiment is what connects them on this LP."
WOOLEY / YEH / CHEN / CARTER
"Blurring the lines between electronic and acoustic music, as well as composition versus improvisation, NCAT is a unique quartet consisting of an improvising trio whose music has been mutated and structured in post-production by its fourth member. The bulk of the musical material on this LP was recorded at STEIM in Amsterdam, during a residency of cellist/vocalist Audrey Chen, violinist/vocalist C. Spencer Yeh, and trumpet player Nate Wooley. After sifting through the collected recordings from the week, the trio sent selected pieces off to Todd Carter of TV Pow for mixing and mastering. What they received a few weeks later was a music totally transformed, as Carter had taken the piece and reconfigured them into stunning works of electro-acoustic composition. "
New American Songbooks Vol. 2
Kris Davis, Matt Mitchell, Aruán Ortiz, Matthew Shipp
"Last year’s release found three distinctive voices—Mary Halvorson, Ron Miles, and Greg Saunier—working together to arrange works from mass media. Their collaboration, only a few days in total, culminated in a recording that felt equal parts wild and warm; intimate and revolutionary. Volume 2 goes in another direction. While the warmth and intimacy is still very present, thanks in large part to the expert sound at Ryan Streber’s Oktaven Studios, the experience is one-on-one, as the listener is the recipient of four mini-recitals from four of the most profound interpreters on the piano today: Kris Davis, Matt Mitchell, Aruán Ortiz, and Matthew Shipp. "