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)"
Sounds In A Garden
Wolter Wierbos / Jasper Stadhouders / Tim Daisy
"Sounds in a Garden documents an improvised meeting between Dutch trombone great Wolter Wierbos, young star Jasper Stadhouders on electric bass and electric guitar, and Chicago's Tim Daisy on drums. Recorded on one beautiful afternoon at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago."
Sounds Like a Sandwich
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."
"This free-improvising trio came together in the fall of 2011, when Rempis journeyed to the West Coast to discover some things about his compatriots on the Bay Area improving scene. Trumpeter Johnston, a frequent visitor to Chicago, where the two had collaborated in several different settings in the years prior, suggested this trio lineup for a performance at Oakland’s Uptown Nightclub. Although Rempis hadn’t worked with Ochs before, the latter’s renowned experience in the all-horn lineup of ROVA made the idea especially appealing. From the first few notes, that initial meeting flowed comfortably, yet in totally unexpected ways, with all three making logical structural decisions that gave their improvisations the feel of through-composed pieces. Eager to continue developing this language that the three later came to dub “invisible architecture,” Rempis made a follow-up trip to the Bay Area in the spring of 2012 for two more concerts and a studio recording session. Spectral, the first document of their work, was the result of that visit, and shows an improvising trio playing out an audible game of chess. Not satisfied with simply existing in the moment, these three combine sensibilities to look many moves ahead, setting each other up time and again to capitalize on structural possibilities that give rare and meaningful form to an otherwise very spontaneous music."
Decoy with Joe McPhee
"I can’t be wrong: this is definitely genuine, joyous, satisfying and great jazz! The recording stands as testimony to the second set of the first night of Decoy’s two-day residence in Café Oto during October 2011 featuring Joe McPhee."
Ab Baars Trio
"the deft and creative musicianship here creates a very sophisticated type of conversation, indulging the full range of musical emotion. Recommended."
"It somehow splits the difference between gamelan music and an imaginary Terry Riley version of the 70s jingle "Buy the World a Coke." - J.R. Nelson, Chicago Reader"
Lasse Marhaug & Paal Nilssen-Love
"Paal Nilssen-Love with Lasse Marhaug, recorded and edited by Fe-mail/Spunk Hild Sofie Tafjord to create 6 fascinating free-form compositions of sound and texture. "A really fascinating album." -Eyal Hareuveni"
"The band's debut release on Touch And Go. This is is a wonderful record for adventurous listeners. Let The Ex jump start your weary ears."
Steam In the Casa
Frode Gjerstad Trio
"There's an infectious enthusiasm in the proceedings, with the musicians constantly interacting with each other's ideas without fear of dismantling effective combinations, always in search of new paths to explore. "
Duo Baars - Henneman
"Eminent Dutch multi-reedman Ab Baars is known to skirt the fringes of modern jazz within a variety of mechanisms. Stof presents a largely minimalist portraiture of his craftsmanship, within a tight-knit duo framework with cellist Ig Henneman. Consisting of improvisations that are occasionally embedded into structured compositional elements, the artists pursue freedom of expression throughout."