The Sublime And The Profane
"This is a rare copy of this unique CD limited to 220 copies showcasing Günter Christmann's work alongside a host of improvisers. The CD itself has a wooden panel front opening up to a 2 x CD jewel case."
The Sugarhill Suite
"The musicians address a narrow window within a broad perspective. The recording as a whole describes a memory of the epitome of the Harlem Renaissance and how musicians came out of that time still longing for a recurrence of the dream of the focal point which was Sugar Hill- --where resided the quintessence of the African-American culture.... one whole world within a geometry of avenues and streets. The music possesses a substantive subtlety. It is taut and somewhat restrained, even though the fluidity of McPhee’s tenor lines overrides the tightness of the rhythm section. The music is soft even when it is loud. The music grows out of melody into abstraction easily, without fracture (Lyn Horton, jazzreview.com)"
Kaja Draksler & Terrie Ex
"Scrape meets sigh, jagged fish-hook pluck meets sparse wire-damped drizzle, instinct meets intuition, and when the disc is done, it’ll seem quite sensible to dive back in and swim the whole length in reverse. - Bill Meyer, Dusted"
The Watermelon Suite
"McPhee is such a versatile player that sparks fly whether he blows a saxophone or trumpet. Here, he performs solely on the soprano sax, joined by bassist Dominic Duval and percussionist Jay Rosen. The mood is generally more pensive than to be expected, although fires are lit in a few of the pieces. McPhee shows himself to be a thoughtful, sensitive player, where every note counts and space is just as important. - Steve Loewy, AllMusic "
John Butcher / Andy Moor / Thomas Lehn
"A set of stunning improvisations by Andy Moor (electric guitar), John Butcher (saxophones) and Thomas Lehn (EMS synth). "One of the most thrilling improv outings released this year so far." -Dan Warburton, The Wire"
Jaap Blonk & Terrie Ex
"Don't expect conventional stuff. Let yourself be challenged. Who's Knocking? Well, Jaap Blonk and Terrie Hessels who not only make music very freely, but are also busy with electronics. Friends, musicians among themselves. Very nice album for those who like to be surprised. -Philippe De Cleen, Written in Music"
Throw Down Your Hammer and Sing
Nate Wooley / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Jason Roebke
"The five improvisations on Throw Down Your Hammer and Sing still retain their attachment to the tools at the players' disposal; split-tones and cagey muted brass are clearly the trumpeter's task, while cutting tenor projection and string bulwarks belong to cello and bass, respectively. -Clifford Allen, All About Jazz"
Joe McPhee / Jamie Saft / Joe Morris / Charles Downs
"Expanding upon the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic advances established by Coltrane and his spiritual brethren half a century ago, Ticonderoga is a bracingly vital reminder of the expressive potential of free music. -Troy Collins, All About Jazz"
Time to do my Lions
"This is a varied recording, a generous offering of personable, personal, and pleasingly experimental songs. Baar's employs just the right amount of stream of consciousness to soulfulness in his melodies to make 'Time to do my lions' a fascinating one. -Paul Acquaro, All About Jazz"
Mats Gustafsson and Jason Adasiewicz
""From the very beginning the atmosphere brings to mind the soundtracks of French film noir classics. Most of the pieces are incredibly slow, quiet, even tender and surprisingly tuneful. ... At the end of the day the music evokes an alternative kind of tension, one with a different kind of energy, one with less volume, one with a bigger focus on restraint. Gustafsson and Adasiewicz explore more subtle dynamics and moods, which are still full of passion and intensity." - Martin Schray"
Tooth and Nail
Joe Morris & Nate Wooley
"This kind of association indicates us, from the start, that we’re going to testify something very special, a journey of puzzling discoveries, mutual challenges, brilliant spontaneous solutions, dynamic interchange, and close interaction."
Torturing the Saxophone
""The title of the CD comes from Robert Crumb, the famous comics artist and collector of old shellacs. Gustafsson sent the CD to him and Crumb’s puzzled response are the liner notes for the album. (“I was kind of shocked at what a negative, unpleasant experience it was, listening to it. I had to take it off long before it reached the end”). Poor Mr Crumb, how could you listen so hard the wrong way? How could you miss the beauty underneath? But reading his lines notes in which he expresses his confused feelings are just the icing on the cake of a great album." - Martin Schray"
Details in the Air
"Trzaska, Górczyński and Vandermark play in the same Champions league. - Maciej Lewenstein. "
Duo Baars - Henneman & Dave Burrell
"The brilliance of this trio is proved most powerful when we start to think about all the other moments they could have uttered a note and most certainly would have changed the direction of the music... from beginning to end this is marvellous, improvised music. A music so marvellous that we tend to forget that it did not exist before Ab Baars, Dave Burrell and Ig Henneman stepped on the stage of the Bimhuis that one night in September. And which after that intriguing concert did exist only as a memory. Until now. (Mischa Andriessen)"