Seven Storey Mountain V
"This album requires active engagement on the part of the listener. It’ll push you through your confusion into a place satisfyingly close to enlightenment. High volume and good speakers are heavily recommended."
"“Most obviously it establishes a space in which four distinct musical forces can explore potentialities… Collectively their experience encompasses jazz, free improvisation. Electronic noise, new music, and more; across Shelter’s nine tracks, late-night balladry rubs elbows with baleful funk and room-clearing power electronics” (Bill Meyer, The Wire) "Combining his recent duo work with Wooley and his powerful electronics heavy group Made to Break (which includes Stadhouders), the outcome, Shelter, is a forward thinking post-free Jazz/post punk/post rock milepost on the way to somewhere altogether new." (Paul Acquaro, The Free Jazz Collective) Named #3 Jazz / Improv record of 2017 by Bill Meyer in Magnet"
Short Visit to Nowhere
Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet Plus Two
""Certainly when, among other things, the double bass line-up with Kent Kessler and William Parker also presents, the drum tandem Hamid Drake-Michael Zerang or the trio brass with Joe McPhee, Jeb Bishop and Roy Campbell. Where the road is so open for focusing on a crushing group sound, the Chicago Tentet opts for a more modest approach. Especially Brötzmann's more than forty-minute 'Stonewater' leaves a lot of room for 'smaller' passages. The Arabic beginning is a striking example of this. With the tumbling hand drum and the eastern singing style of Hamid Drake, on which Brötzmann releases his elaborate, clarinet-like tarogato.""
The Vandermark 5
"Using American jazzmen for their spiritual inspiration and the European model of free jazz improv, Vandermark and company have come up with something entirely their own: a solid, gritty, soulful funk and squall band who holds within their collective grasp the souls of Sun Ra, Steve Lacy, Albert Ayler, and James Brown's JBs."
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."
"The vinyl years 1980-1990. Ex Records, 2005 EX 099D All Corpses Smell The Same (7", He Records, 1980) EX 001 Utregpunx (compilation 7", Rock Against Records, 1980) Z 2 New Horizons in Retailing (7" flexi, Ping Pong Records, 1980) w/ Raket fanzine Weapons For El Salvador (7", f 3,50 Records, 1981) EX 006 w/ Gramschap Villa Zuid Moet Blijven (split 7" flexi, 1981) Gonna Rob The Spermbank (12", Sneeelleeer Records, 1983), EX 015 The Red Dance Package (split 12", CNT Productions, 1983) CNT 017 Awara / The Ex (split 7", Gramschap, 1984), DEI 975-EX 21 w/ Gramschap magazine Rara Rap (7", Lala Records, 1988), WAWA 01 Stonestampers / Steinklopfer (7", Ex Records, 1990), EX 043 Mekons / The Ex (split 7", Clawfist, 1990), CF 4 credits "
"Site Specific is a neat entry in the Ken Vandermark oeuvre: a minimalistic, beautifully bound book packed with two CDs capturing live solo field performances in '14 and '15, showcasing Vandermark's photographs taken as he has toured the world. Time and place take a back seat to imagery, textures and emerging themes (Paul Acquaro, The Free Jazz Collective)"
Joe McPhee, Damon Smith, Alvin Fielder
"Recorded at the venerable Roulette venue in New York City it’s a free jazz conclave at once in the tradition and transcendent of the same in the vibrant gathering of passion and skill each player brings to the stage. McPhee further reveals the lineage in written form through a poem penned to John Coltrane and James Baldwin printed on the gate-fold sleeve. The six situations vary dramatically in duration and design. Inspired by a series of artworks by Dan Flavin, they find the players planting common ground from the jump (Derek Taylor, Dusted Magazine)"
"The sixth release by Ballister, recorded live at the renowned Café Oto in London in March of 2015 finds a well-honed working unit that's settled into the deep groove of their stride on a long tour. Exactly halfway through the journey, on the eve of Rempis’ fortieth birthday, the band bursts out the gate screaming, spewing fire and ash into what might have otherwise been a quiet Monday in London. Although the band and these players are often characterized as working in “improvised music,” or “jazz,” or some other equally insufficient moniker, this music rocks in a way that “Rock” hasn’t in years. The trio’s rhythmic drive drags the listener along face first, at times with flat-out abandon, and at times in lurches and spurts. But overall trajectory for this concert, and this group generally, remains full speed ahead with no time to look back."
Ab Baars Trio
"While making readers aware that the Ab Baars trio - whose line-up has Wilbert de Joode's double bass and Martin van Duynhoven's drums appearing alongside the leader's tenor sax, clarinet, and shakuhachi - started in 1990, Slate Blue's liner notes implicitly invite the listener to measure the progress made by this trio, also its unvarying distance from the "landscape"."