Ikue Mori & Maja S.K. Ratkje
"The common sound territory, created together by Mori and Ratkje, balances between quietly growing tension and powerful outbursts of unrestrained, relentless noise. Within this harmony, Ratkje takes adventurous excursions towards the borders and unknown facets of sound, using treated voice as well as an acoustic and electronic workshop, while Mori's thoughtful laptop provides a strong frame and a sense of deep focus. In these carefully crafted, long and nuanced compositions, both artists maneuver between meditative, ritual areas and irregular, elusive noise blots. The most astonishing element of this superb performance is the realization that even though the compositions are entirely intuitive, created without any previous planning, guidelines or negotations, the listener can sense a nearly palpable sense of deep connection and understanding between the artists. Their knowledge and keen, immediate communication create an invisible harness, which naturally directs the stream of improvisation. This engaging, exhaustive listen is a contemplative retreat and a daring, dizzying somersault at once'. -Olga Drenda"
""This unconventional trio features Norwegians Paal Nilssen-Love (drums) and Lasse Marhaug (electronics), inceptive members of Vandermark's Powerhouse Sound. Exploring similar territory, Fire Room ventures further into the extremes of brutal cacophony and disquieting stillness.""
Terrie Ex & Ab Baars
"Both Baars - and Ex are resourceful, highly inventive improvisers and apparently eccentric and quite stubborn characters. Even though both know each other quite well they still manage to surprise. The ten studio pieces, recorded on September 2015, sound as playful, witty dialogues, where both Baars and Ex attempt to outsmart the other’s thread of thought with playful and urgent ideas, sometimes even tease the other with an outrageous and totally provocative gesture. -Eyal Hareuveni, Free Jazz Blog"
Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen-Love
"It is a short EP, but the quality of the playing, and the interaction between both musicians is among the best you can find - powerful and deeply emotional at the same time. Great stuff."
Universal Indians with Joe McPhee
"(Universal Indians; John Dikeman, Jon Rune Strøm & Tollef Østvang) have the partnership of another one of the “new thing” mavericks, Joe McPhee. Now, you may ask: is this a nostalgic celebration of the past, with the same kind of revisionist perspectives we find in present recuperations of the bebop formats? No. That wouldn’t be possible with the involvement of someone like McPhee, even if the American relocated in Amsterdam and the two Norwegian improvisers wanted it, and they don’t. Their guest is widely known for his achievements in renewing the free sub genre, and in his path he made important contributions to other music practices. This record reflects that openness and what you have here is the free jazz after free jazz. Intrigued enough?"
Michiyo Yagi / Joe McPhee / Lasse Marhaug / Paal Nilssen-Love
"Yagi, Marhaug and Nilssen-Love are joined by Joe McPhee, that confirms once again to be one of today’s great masters of creative music, still pushing the envelope after almost fifty years of glorious career... A true ensemble effort, this record keeps a cohesive approach and tight interplay throughout, revealing at each turn new shades of creativity and a treasure trove of unusual timbres and eccentric ideas. Highly recommended (Nicola Negri, The Free Jazz Collective)"
Fake the Facts
"In the trio Fake The Facts, he has found his band of cavemen. Dieb13, aka Dieter Kovacic is a turntable artist (not a DJ) that has contributed sound to Gustafsson's Swedish Azz band and projects by British saxophonist John Butcher. Guitarist Martin Siewert also eschews the language of his instrument for an abstract primeval sound. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
Don Dietrich / Ben Hall
"Fearless fire jazz from the deepest depths of the inferno. Outside tradition in total freedom and ecstatic insanity. Seriously awesome and scorching."
Stone / Water
Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet
"The whole thing starts off in full gear, with the reeds joined in a scream that could wake the dead. It is worth noting that this music reaches points of terrifying intensity at times, although it also balanced by a great deal of more subdued exploration. It seems to alternate between these extremes every few minutes or so, making for a very satisfying experience. –All About Jazz"
Mats Gustafsson & Colin Stetson
"The listener is not excluded from this conversation. Instead, it is extended to her via the duo's adherence to close listening and the economy of their individual and collective expressions. With Stones, Gustafsson and Stetson have encountered not only one another in a magical way, but they communicate the power of beauty itself."
"Two years ago, Gush celebrated 25 year as a group. One of the concerts on the anniversary tour was organized by FRIM/SYD at Inter Arts Center in Malmoe. Konvoj Records were there! Very few things need to be said about Gush. With their abstract compositions, dissonances and free improvisations, they have already found their way into the ears of most of the daring listeners. Gush was a central force in establishing the scene for free improvised music and free jazz in Sweden in the late 80's. The group and its musicians have since continued to strongly affect, mold, deform, develop, embroil and transform both the sound of their music as well as its audience. Konvoj Records are very proud to present a recording of this amazing event in May, 2013! "
The Midwest School
"Like a prize fighter, the ensemble moves with all the nimble dexterity of a small group when needed, bobbing and weaving until an opening presents itself, delivering precise jabs or opening out to rain down a concentrated torrent of blows. Hailing from a city which has had a hand in producing some top class large ensembles in recent years, Audio One is instantly a contender to the throne (Matthew Grigg, The Free Jazz Collective)"
The Music Of Norman Howard
School Days And The Thing
"Norman Howard played trumpet with the legendary Albert Ayler but, so far as we are aware, he only released a cassette recording as a band leader. This was on the Homeboy label in 1968 and was entitled "Burn Baby Burn". He played with Joe Phillips on alto saxophone, Walter Cliff on bass and Corney Millsap on drums. The inspiration behind our current release is to showcase this wonderful music with an updated hue. The recording, which was made in the cellar of the Anagram Records store in Stockholm on November 19th 2001, brings together Mats Gustafsson and a group of Swedish, Norwegian, and American musicians."