Anne-James Chaton & Andy Moor
"A collection of poetry guitar music pieces originally released as a series of four seven inch singles based around the themes of transportation and transition; side A constructed from real or factual information and material, side B from fiction and fantasy. -Unsounds"
Harold E. Smith / Mike Kull / Joe McPhee
"McPhee states that Trinity was the first record where he really began to feel comfortable with his tenor playing. Drinking in his work on each of his horns over the duration of the album it’s startling how much of McPhee the mature player is already solidly in place and his explanation takes on new candor. Curiously the gothic sword and sorcery cover illustration is left unexplained."
"The angular guitars, in-your-face drums, rock cello, and punk vocals are flawless, like a well-slicked machine, perfected through numerous live performances. After a surprising 25 years of existence, The Ex have no signs of becoming stale, tame, or rusty; challenging themselves to bring completely new ideas into the mix.’’ Jon Whitney - The Brainwashed Brain. "
Two Days In December
"With these duos I think that we tried to be as free from musical categories and boundaries as we could, playing what the music suggested not what our preconceptions dictated. -Ken Vandermark"
""What is here, though, is beyond these landmarks of traditional jazz. The world is not flat and neither is jazz, and if you can place some faith in that, you can get into this. FME pays tribute to four innovators of free jazz and improvised music: saxophonist and trumpeter Joe McPhee, percussionist Paul Lytton, guitarist Joe Morris and saxophonist Peter Brötzmann." -All About Jazz"
Underground Railroad + Live At Holy Cross Monastery
"This set is one of the most essential recordings of late-'60s free jazz, and anybody remotely interested in the period needs to hear it."
Deep Listening Band / Joe McPhee Quartet
"One never knows what Pauline Oliveros will do next, but whatever it is, she is sure to go beyond boundaries and categories. She is sui generis, an artist whose wide open creativity is both inspiring and challenging. On Unquenchable Fire, the musicians have brought the full force of their intelligence and sensitivity to Oliveros’ vision, creating a listening experience both memorable and evocative. -Florence Wetzel, All About Jazz"
"Composer and sound recordist Francisco López operates in an area where music and sound merge. With its rich variety of sonorities and its percussive quality, the piano is an ideal instrument for his purposes; and Dutch pianist Reinier van Houdt, with whom López developed the piece, is an ideal performer. -Rene Van Peer"
Joe Morris, Brad Barrett, Eric Stilwell
"I think this is what Joe Morris continues to do for so long and with so much stubborn obstinacy. This record, like every one of his last records, is his last position on the creative frontier, what he calls a “perpetual frontier”, a temporary position that may be already uncomfortable for him and already calls the desire to explore again, to move even further ahead. There are personalities that never stop, are tireless, they endure routines, are bold. Joe Morris is one of these people. And, in the art world, to be daring, it always pays."
Veer and Haul
Ab Baars + Mariëtte Rouppe van der Voort
"…Rouppe van der Voort performs miracles in dexterity on the piccolo in "E si fussi pisci", turning it into a penny whistle sliding out of control. Stopping on a dime 45 seconds before the end of the piece, she prompts a quiet and fragile coda that is so perfect you'll go back to the booklet to make sure it was not scored. Other highlights include the busy and playful title track, the tender "Duet for John and Bob" and "Bells," where Baars launches into a soulful non-idiomatic tenor sax solo. Veer and Haul is a title that evokes big ships performing clumsy maneuvers, but Baars and Rouppe van der Voort's lines are sketching a fascinating dance". --François Couture, All Music Guide "
""Netherlands reed king Ab Baars has played with everyone from Guus Janssen to Franz Koglmann and led his own wonderfully playful avant quartet. But Verderame marks his first outing unaccompanied and takes an unusual understated tack. Over the course of nine originals -- many of them tributes to friends and inspirations -- and a gorgeous reworking of Billy Strayhorn's "Lotus Blossom," Baars offers a wonderfully personal album of warm reflections, tender microtonal explorations, and quick-witted charm." -Thom Jurek, All Music"
Morris / Klingsberg / Quinn / Sabin / Sengupta
"My goal with Instantiation is to create unique and rewarding experiences for listeners by synthesizing the meta-properties of Free music in new and creative ways. I rely on the attention to the material and the individual and collective artistry of the ensemble of players to realize a unique result with each performance. - Joe Morris"