Rempis/Abrams/Ra + Baker
"But while they don't seek to exploit extended techniques, how they interrelate is far from conventional, especially when Baker switches from the piano to synthesizer. -John Sharpe, All About Jazz"
Are We In Diego?
Paul Rutherford, Ken Vandermark, Torsten Müller & Dylan van der Schyff
"This recording features the late trombonist, Paul Rutherford, in an outstanding performance from 2004. The band was concluding a West Coast tour and shows both fire and sensitivity, delivering two extended improvisations and four well-focussed miniatures. With Ken Vandermark (reeds), Torsten Müller (contrabass), & Dylan van der Schyff (drums, percussion). "
Artifact: Live In St. Johann
"An amazing lineup of European, Chicago and UK players in a live set from the 2008 ArtActs Festival, music that merges the boundaries of ea-improv and free jazz."
Tomomi Adachi & Jaap Blonk
"It is all very vibrant and energetic as the two move quickly between sounds, textures, moods, pitches and have near perfect control over their voices and electronics. All of that makes this is forty- one minutes of very fine voice poetry. - Vital Weekly, Netherlands"
At The Hideout
Jeb Bishop / Jaap Blonk / Lou Mallozzi / Frank Rosaly
""The group's jagged improvisations [are] some of the most compelling and confrontational I've heard this year." —Peter Margasak"
"Eight meditations on just intonations. Electro-instrumental music of shining serenity."
"The Ex are a regression to the pop of rage. They understand that punk's form of protest was to amplify your alienation and disposession... The Ex are best when they're the sound of a collapsing system, a catastrophic fury that's senseless and unnegotiable. That's their lure in this era of pragmatic reformers"
Duo Baars - Henneman
"...I dare you to draw a clear line between what is written and what is not. Even in free improvisation mode, this duo is in sync. That, and the unique melodicism arising from their duets, are what makes Autumn Songs an artistic success, an example of musical perfection. -Francois Couture Listening Diary monsieurdelire.com 2013"
""For each piece I experimented with a different configuration of sound equipment, and made a recording at a stage where the setup still held a certain amount of unpredictability for me. I chose to stick to my voice as the sole source of sound in these recording, using it straight as well as in sampled and processed form." -Jaap Blonk, April 2001"
Azimuth (Live at Constellation)
Nick Mazzarella Trio
"The tape Azimuth (Live at Constellation) features three lengthy group improvisations all marked by a fiery intensity, with the front man's playing less indebted to his usual Ornette Coleman and John Coltrane influences. - Peter Margasak"
Joe Morris Quartet
""Maneri’s viola sings and saws through imaginative solos and commentaries, and it blends wonderfully with the guitarist’s flinty single-note lines and harmonic shards, evoking whole worlds of music—not only shades of Ornette Coleman but abstractions of Africa, India and Appalachias.""
Mats Gustafsson / Paal Nilssen-Love / Mesele Asmamaw
"Baro 101 totally undermines the notion that improv is a stale, overly-intellectualised genre for Western, coffee-swilling virtuosos. It’s warm and it swings, engaging and challenging at once. This is, to me, what improv should be, -The Liminal"
"The set up and sequencing of the album, featuring the four distinct voices, makes for a captivating listen. Battle Pieces is a thoughtful and unusually constructed album that offers the patient listener a fine musical experience. -Paul Acquaro, The Free Jazz Collective"
Battle Pieces 2
"The second series of Battle Pieces, a compositional system that now consists of roughly 100 short pieces that are manipulated and articulated differently by the members of the band for each performance in order to give one member who is purely improvising a very hard time, is out today on Relative Pitch Records. Beautiful playing all the way around on this live set recorded in Germany last year and featuring Sylvie Courvoisier, Ingrid Laubrock, and Matt Moran. - Nate Wooley"
Battle Pieces 4
"The music written for Battle Pieces was the first within a system Wooley calls "social music". Each piece is constructed for a single soloist, who improvises with no score. The remaining members of the group perform an ever changing kaleidoscope of short and long pieces without verbal recourse with each other or the soloist. -Nate Wooley"
Be Music, Night
Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet
"First of all there is a great line-up going at this point, with the titanically endowed reed configuration of Brotzmann, Gustafsson, Vandermark and McPhee (the latter on alto sax and trumpet), plus Jeb Bishop on the trombone. Then there is Lonberg-Holm on cello, Kessler on bass, and the duo drum-team of Nilssen-Love and Zerang. Mike Pearson appears in the guise of recitator, since Be Music, Night centers around the poems of Kenneth Patchen and a hommage to his work."