"The four musicians of Lean Left are not just good at playing together, they know how to make the whole performance come together as a whole, without any compositions or preconceived movements every section is followed by something that takes the music in a new direction. Like a well made film noir you know what kind of trip you’re in for, but you’ll be surprised where it takes you. "
Mette Rasmussen / Tashi Dorji
Mette Rasmussen & Tashi Dorji
""The density of the improvisations isn’t of the overlapping non-communicative variety, but is rather sympathetic and well timed. When one provides hard lines, the other provides color. Their excellent rapport makes for a very compelling listen; let’s hope we hear a great deal more from this duo in the near future." -Nick Metzger, Free Jazz Blog"
"100% of the funds collected from the purchase of Mezzaluna [CAA-026] will go to Community Voices Heard (www.cvhaction.org), an organization suggested by Chris. CVH "is a member-led, multi-racial organization principally comprised of women of color and low-income families in New York State. CVH tackles tough issues and builds power to secure racial, social and economic justice for all New Yorkers. Through grassroots organizing, leadership development, policy changes, and creating new models of direct democracy CVH is creating a truly equitable New York State.""
Tashi Dorji & John Dieterich
""These cats set up and go. Both disorienting and elevating, this set of improv guitar is likely to rattle your mind." - J.M. Hart"
Frode Gjerstad Trio
"Recorded live at Mir, Oslo, September 28th 2010, it captures four parts of fully free and improvised music between Norwegians musicians, Frode Gjerstad on alto saxophone and clarinet, Jon Rune Strøm on bass and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums and percussion."
Frode Gjerstad Trio
"Frode again this time with different long time fellow players the excellent drummer Paal Nilseen Love and bassist Jon Rune Strom Recorded on tour in Japan in Miyazaki Three great tracks from masters of the art form."
Getatchew Mekuria & The Ex & Guests
"Moa Anbessa is a great introduction to Mekurya for rock fans. The Ex doesn’t cut their intensity a bit – heck, they need it all to keep up with Mekurya, still going strong in his seventies. This is a powerful, rocking record that will thrill even listeners who’ve never bought a “world music” album in their lives. -Steve Holtje, The Big Takeover "
Momentum 1: Stone
"Each disc on this collection has its own distinct feel, presenting six individual journeys within the whole. All of the musicians are acutely aware of their surroundings, and the inspiration that they drew from one another was palpable (Tim Niland, Music and More)"
Momentum 2 & 3 : Brüllt and Monster Roster
"Both discs of this installment of Momentum offer exciting developments in Vandermark’s discography. Incorporating electronics, composed themes, and free form sections, the arrangements are edgy and captivating throughout. The double disc set contains extensive liner notes by the musician and offers an excellent documentation of his continuing musical evolution." -Paul Acquaro "Free Jazz Blog"
Momentum 4: Consequent Duos 2015>2019
"A collection of duo recordings featuring Ken Vandermark in collaboration with internationally renowned, and critically acclaimed, musicians: Kris Davis, Hamid Drake, Paul Lytton, Ikue Mori, and William Parker. The material is documented on 5 CDs and was recorded during performances at Vandermark’s second Stone residency in New York City during January of 2018, and at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago. "
Momentum 5 - Stammer (Triptych)
"Composer and reedist Ken Vandermark premiers an ambitious new large ensemble project featuring musicians drawn from across a wide swath of the current improvised and experimental music scenes. Called, "Momentum 5: Stammer (triptych)," it is the fifth installment in his ongoing Momentum series, and the first specifically organized to utilize visual materials. The composition is inspired in part by Alvin Lucier's piece, "I Am Sitting in a Room," and Tony Conrad's, "Film Feedback.""
"At this juncture The Thing and its members need little by way of introduction. Individually their output plots a course through much of the territories mapped by contemporary improvised music, shines a light on its more outré reaches, and stretches the wallets of even the most committed listener. Moreover, seeing any of their names affiliated with a project has become a seal of quality, much as the FMP logo did a generation prior."
Monopiece + Jaap Blonk
Monopiece + Jaap Blonk
""If improvised music is about dialogue, then this is a great conversation; everybody talks, shuts up and responds and everybody leads as much as everybody waits." -Vital Weekly"
"A double-disc set that documents the live efforts of the Free Music Ensemble – a power trio featuring Ken Vandermark on reeds, Nat McBride on bass, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drums! One CD here features a 2005 Boston show, and the other includes a concert the next day, recorded up in Montreal presenting several concepts, each dedicated to a film legend (Orson Welles, Stanley Kubrick, Sergio Leone, Buster Keaton, etc)."
Moods for Roswell
Ab Baars & Joost Buis
"Featuring adaptations of compositions by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn."
Moods: Playing With The Elements
"McPhee, Duval, and Rosen harbor analogous super powers and a shared heroic sense when it comes to seat-of-the pants improvisation. It's all here, ripe and waiting for the hearing. -Derek Taylor, All About Jazz"
Mazen Kerbaj, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten & Tony Buck
"Catalytic Sound continues its CAA fundraising program in support of social justice with Catalytic Artist Album #9, a trio recording from Ingebrigt Håker Flaten with Mazen Kerbaj and Tony Buck, entitled "MOT." Each week Catalytic will continue to reissue these digital albums, formerly member-exclusive, to help raise donations for non-profit organizations chosen by musicians from the collective."
Claudio F Baroni
""Motum" means motion, and this is a central theme in the 3 pieces by composer Claudio F Baroni on this album. The concept is central to Baroni's work, and is explored musically and formally in his layered, dynamic, sophisticated style. The breathtaking pieces are taking the listener on a meandering path, starting from the origin of sound. Motum is Baroni's second collaboration with Unsounds. With liner notes by Samuel Vriezen."