Sonic Youth & Mats Gustafsson
"Although the disc is divided into separate tracks, Hidros 3 is really one extended piece, with no gaps whatsoever. Dedicated to Patti Smith, it frequently sounds like improvisation rather than composition. The piece was recorded live at its premiere in 2000. The players were housed in small rooms of the Art museum in Ystad, Sweden, during its KulturBro festival. Jim O'Rourke was in charge of the mixing, the only performer capable of filtering the composite whole. The audience were free to wander from chamber to chamber, experiencing various subjective perspectives of the performance."
Mats Gustafsson Nu Ensemble
"“The NU ensemble is back again! After some years of contemplation, recharging and reforming. In attack mode… in poetry mode… in love mode. A forever-changing beast. From the first installment of the ensemble back in the early 90’s, this ensemble has always been about the now, the instant now. NU. How to deal with and combine both freely improvised music and compositional methods and ideas. In the moment. Nothing radically new in that, but a very important process with lots of new perspectives to explore and joy to be shared!” Mats Gustafsson, from the liner notes"
"The music on Hiljaisuus is a game of recurring structures. Harmonic islands consisting of staccato and repetitive patterns are used as springboards and fixed points for further improvisation. -Martin Schray, Free Jazz Blog"
Udo Schindler & Jaap Blonk
"As free improvisation, without any obvious signs of prior preparation or no-go areas, Hillside Talks makes fascinating listening and sheds light on the possibilities of the genre. - John Eyles, Squid's Ear"
History Is What's Happening
"Musically, they sound like a rather more melodic version of Crass; politically, they are a lot harder and their lyrics are excellent... An unashamed political manifesto."
Hit The Ground Running
"Each player is allowed to express where they are now in their jazz thinking but still have the foresight and self control to propel the track and calm the track whenever it is needed. -Philip Coombs, Free Jazz Blog"
Brandon Lopez / Chris Corsano / Sam Yulsman
"Corsano’s presence is generally an indicator of quality, and Lopez’s pedigree is assured post-Elder Ones, but it’s Yulman who’s the real delight here. His flinty clusters of notes shower ‘8.05’, the album’s closing track, in tough, glittering shards, opening up the trio’s frantic rhythmic glowers to let the sunshine in. His intro to ’21.21’ is dissonant and stately, initially restrained enough to let the other two drift by, then gaining pace to kick off a fractious knees-up. Holy jazz, Batman, this is really free." - Paul Margree, Radiofreemidwich"
Homework 1: (For Muhal Richard Abrams, Curtis Mayfield & Dinah Washington)
"As part of the special edition Marker live box set "Roadwork 1 / Roadwork 2 / Homework 1", we are happy to release Systems vs. Artifacts digital album of Homework 1. Recorded by Dave Zuchowski at The Hungry Brain, Chicago on February 18, 2018. Mixed and mastered by Dave Zuchowski at One Room Studio. "
Sylvie Courvoisier & Jacques Demierre
"Proceeds raised from sales of "Hoodoos" will go toward the Bail Project, an organization suggested by Sylvie (bailproject.org). "The Bail Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system ‒ one person at a time."
Hoofbeats of the Snorting Swine
"Typical Vandermark in that it feels as if the duo is running (or careering) down composed lines, even as they blow right away from them... A dialogue for two epic sensibilities."
House of Vines
"100% of donations raised through the sale of CAA-023 will go to the National Black Food & Justice Alliance (https://www.blackfoodjustice.org/aboutus), an organization suggested by Ikue Mori. The NBFJA "is a coalition of Black-led organizations aimed at developing Black leadership, supporting Black communities, organizing Black self-determination, and building institutions for Black food sovereignty & liberation. The Alliance seeks to achieve this by engaging in broad based coalition organizing for black food and land, increasing visibility of Black led narratives and work, advancing Black led visions for just and sustainable communities, and building capacity for self-determination within our local, national, and international food systems and land rights work. We focus our work on black food sovereignty, self-determining food economies, and land. We approach food sovereignty, land and self-determining food economies through the lens of healing, organizing & resistance against anti-Blackness.""
""Hulgizey" 2nd CD from phenomenal blind singer from the barcircuit in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia who specialized in the songs of Tlahoun Gessesse, the greatest singer ever of Ethiopia. He sang w/both passion & depth, in an improvised & swinging style."
Trespass Trio + Joe McPhee
"Human Encore is full of fiery brilliance, which is not surprising given the strength of the players involved. It's also further proof of Clean Feed's fine work, as well as the veritable explosion of music emanating from Portugal. -Florence Wetzel, All About Jazz"
Yong Yandsen / Christian Meaas Svendsen / Paal Nilssen-Love
"Hungry Ghosts are beings who are driven by intense emotional needs, periodically roaming the earth’s surface in search for anything that can satisfy their cravings. Now they are here for you! The omnipotent living legend Paal-Nilssen Love clashes head to head with bass prodigy Christian Meaas Svendsen on bass, playing with 2-3 bows, cheek, voice, hands and feet. In the midst of the battle we find Yong Yandsen, a high- octane Malaysian sax virtuoso who virtually explodes on stage combining the best of Japanese noise and European free-jazz-or-whatever-you- wanna-call-it together with the aforementioned gentlemen. Are they the Hungry Ghosts, or are they here to exorcise them out of you? One thing is sure: Don’t leave the Hungry Ghosts hungry! "
Terrie Ex & Paal Nilssen-Love
"Ex guitarist Terrie and drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love met in the Jottem Studio in Wormerveer, NL, to record these 4 extended and rugged improvisations; rhythm vs strings with a skronky temperament."
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."
I See You Baby Shakin' That Ass
Cato Salsa Experience And The Thing With Joe McPhee
"Metallic guitar chords and pounding drums pierce your ears with the answer as the octet open up with a cover P. J. Harvey's "Who The Fuck". You hear the wailing saxophones of The Thing's Mats Gustafsson, along with McPhee hovering over the screaming guitars, and you look for shelter. And that's only the beginning of the aural assault. "