35 Grapes (19 Shown)
Fred Lonberg-Holm & Michael Zerang
"Like two abstract visual artists painting on the spot, these two begin with an idea of where they going and travel down some treacherous courses with little guidance. The results are uniformly stunning and enlightening. Zerang and Lonberg-Holm have done this sort of thing with others many times before, but this is clearly one of their best. -Steve Loewy, AllMusic"
50% Off Bundle: Ana & AM/FM
"This album bundle includes two CDs--Ana and AM/FM--by Large Unit and Paal Nilssen-Love & Anders Hana."
50% Off Bundle: Goofy June Bug & Live @ The Ironworks Vancouver
Ab Baars & Ig Henneman
"This album bundle includes two CDs--Goofy June Bug & Live @ The Ironworks Vancouver--by Ken Vandermark / Ab Baars and Ig Henneman Sextet."
"Proceeds raised from sales of "After Gaburo" will go toward Desis Rising Up and Moving, an organization suggested by Nate (www.drumnyc.org). It is a "multigenerational, membership led organization of low-wage South Asian and Indo-Caribbean immigrant workers and youth in New York City."
Alive at the Hideout
Tim Daisy / Jeb Bishop / Nate McBride
"All funds raised from the sales of this album will be donated to an organization that Tim has suggested, Dreams for Kids (dreamsforkids.org). "Dreams for Kids replaces charity with opportunity. They develop young social entrepreneurs through practical education and mentorship so they can turn their ideas into impact. They are a diverse group, with a staff, board members and young professionals from every community that empower youth as leaders to create lasting change in our communities.""
"In his upstate NY secret laboratory, home-based in Poughkeepsie, Joe McPhee diligently documented his activities throughout the '70s, with the help of Craig Johnson, the producer who started CjR as an outlet for McPhee's music. Among the unreleased tapes waxed in that span, Alone Together is unique and especially beautiful."
"The images as well as the CD tracks are meant to tell a story from beginning to end. However, just as you can leaf through the book in an arbitrary way, it is also recommended to listen to the CD on ‘random play’. -Jaap Blonk"
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."
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"
Ben Hall & Wally Shoup
"All funds raised from sales of this album will be donated to an organization that he's suggested, the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network (www.dbcfsn.org): "DBCFSN works to build self-reliance, food security and justice in Detroit’s Black community by influencing public policy, engaging in urban agriculture, promoting healthy eating, encouraging cooperative buying and directing youth towards careers in food-related fields. DBCFSN’s vision is to advance movement towards food sovereignty while advocating for justice in the food system that ensures access to healthy foods with dignity and respect for all of Detroit’s residents.""
Ben Bennett / Zoots Houston / Fred Lonberg-Holm
Pinkie No 2
"Notice Recordings’ Chicago origins were heavily galvanized by regularly seeing sets by cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and multi-instrumental improviser Zoots Houston. Both have since separately relocated to Kingston, NY, where they continue to engage with the kinds of musical exchanges exemplified here. This set, recorded live at Chicago’s Elastic Arts, finds them performing with percussionist Ben Bennett. Bennett, a musician and performance artist, is a notable figure in the current and vibrant free improv and jazz scene in NYC; recent collaborations include Michael Foster and Jack Wright, among others. "
Black-and-Red Immediate Sound Poster
"Vertically-oriented poster on heavy stock, advertising an April series of Immediate Sound Wednesday concerts at the Hideout, programmed by Umbrella Music."
""It wasn’t an exercise in constraint necessarily; it was just what I was feeling. I made that record because those were the sounds I was hearing in my head. The first solo record [Young Cricketer]...it wasn’t like it changed the world, but it did change my little world. It was a first statement, and that’s a powerful thing—it gives context to everything that comes after it. Since there's no point in saying the same thing twice, I felt like the second solo record should be as far away from the first as possible, while still feeling honest to me." Chris Corsano - Bomb Magazine"
"A guitar that sounds like razor blades dragged across the face of impending doom. A guitar that sounds like Godzilla crashing an orchestral performance set in a warehouse stocked with pessimism and confidence. A guitar that sounds like a tree being felled by a fighter jet’s depression. All in all, Tashi Dorji‘s Blue Twelve can only be summed up by actually listening to it. The beauty of the album lies in it’s desire to evoke fantastical melodies that avoid the expectations of normal guitar sounds. -7BitArcade"
""claire rousay has been exploring the sensitivities of sound always in relation to "the self" and "the other", equally. Her work is always seen as a contribution, as engagement. Recording, collaging and composing become acts of considering, remembering, giving."
Bridges Freeze Before Roads
Fred Lonberg-Holm Quartet
"Four individual voices overlapping in convulsive fragmentations, yet never exceeding the threshold of a barely disturbed imperturbability; even if Lonberg-Holm is indicated as the “leader”, this is pure and simple “anarchic democracy”. The abundant fruits generated by the artistic sensitiveness brought in by Guillermo Gregorio on clarinet, Glenn Kotche on percussion and Jason Roebke on bass are tangible since the very first listen; the development of a common, if atypical language seems to be the only thing that matters for this quartet. -Massimo Ricci"
Frank Gratkowsli & Elisabeth Harnik
""Their interplay is so nuanced and quite often you may wonder where one idea began or finished as so much fascinating musical, intellectual, and emotional information is being exchanged at every given moment." - Eyal Hareuveni"
But A Night That Ends, As All Nights End, When The Sun Rises
""It’s also the kind of tape that welcomes the morning sun peeking over the horizon, greeting it with sleepy-eyed enthusiasm and going about its business following a productive all-nighter. It’s workmanlike in its progress, deliberate, yet full of surprises if you’re not ready for them." - Ryan Masteller, Tiny Mix Tapes"
"Poster advertising the release of the Cinc CD on Okkadisk and the 2006 North American tour of Paul Lytton, Ken Vandermark, and Philipp Wachsmann."
"All proceeds from the sales of this recording will go to an organization suggested by Andy, Black Lives Matter (blacklivesmatter.com), which "was founded in 2013 in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer. Black Lives Matter Foundation, Inc is a global organization in the US, UK, and Canada, whose mission is to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes. By combating and countering acts of violence, creating space for Black imagination and innovation, and centering Black joy, we are winning immediate improvements in our lives.""
Sylvie Courvoisier / Mary Halvorson
"This debut recording between two of New York’s most idiosyncratic and distinctive improvisers reveals just what careful listeners pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and guitarist Mary Halvorson really are. Each musician contributed pieces to the album, which is deeply chamber-like in its deft, interactive intimacy. But the real action is where they take those written themes. - Peter Margasak"
"With 19 tracks covering a variety of approaches and linked by short improvisations, Cut is a cohesive and workmanlike record with minimal flair and a lot of interest. In continuous dialogue with his own ideas and limitations, as well as that of his large but well-chosen arsenal, Chris Corsano continues to display a solo language that is both rigorous and inviting. - Clifford Allen, Tiny Mix Tapes Eureka! review"
Dimensional Stack Up
Ben Hall / Joe Morris / Ken Vandermark
"All proceeds from the sales of this recording will go to an organization suggested by Ben, the Ruth Ellis Center (www.ruthelliscenter.org). "
Either Or And
Evan Parker / Sylvie Courvoisier
""Even though the duo can get confrontational, they also know how to turn their dueling into fun and communicate the pleasure they take in playing with each other." - Alain Drouot, Down Beat"
Joe McPhee, John Heward & Joe Giardullo
"The second album in this Catalytic Artist Album fundraising series is Joe McPhee's trio album, "Erotic Winds," which also features Joe Giardullo and John Howard. All donations raised from sales of this recording will go in perpetuity to Black Girls Code, an organization recommended by Sylvie Courvoisier (https://www.blackgirlscode.com)."
""While Astral Spirits releases remarkable music on a near-weekly basis, this album has truly held its place as one of the best releases of the year." - Daniel Palmer, PostGenre"
"Blonk scrambled the station lists of the Berlin subway lines, U1 till U9, with a random process. This created in part pure sound poetry, performed here with a wide range of different vocal sounds."
Field of Materials
Joe Morris / Mike Pride / Chris Pitsiokos
"All funds raised from the sales of "Field of Materials," will be donated to an organization that Joe has suggested, the Jazz Coalition (www.jazzcoalition.org/coalition), which "aims to unite the global jazz community by welcoming all industry professionals, musicians, and supporters into an inclusive network. In an effort to boost collective morale during the COVID-19 pandemic, Jazz Coalition is mobilizing to support artists by commissioning the creation of new works. These commissions will become a new canon of music representing our collective resilience moving us all forward.""
Five Arias For Nalca
Benjamín Vergara / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Aaron Zarzutzki
"In all five tracks there’s never just a single idea of how the recording will proceed. They seem to decide on the spot, always ready to change direction or choose another path. This is probably the most important lesson learned in collective improvisation. -Fotis Nikolakopoulos, Free Jazz Collective"
Four Images of Wank
Party Knüllers meets Jim Baker
""Baker turns up the heat on the open-ended yet nuanced sonic journeys and his electronic sounds extend the manipulated cello sounds of Lonberg-Holm and the invented percussive techniques of Solberg. The improvisations are structured with a sense of tension, drama and dark humor, almost as cinematic images for a film made by some hyper-active species of aliens, using dissonant, noisy sounds as vocabulary of too enthusiastic courtship. Maybe Baker was right after all and Party Knüllers should have adopted his advise that 'the music might arrive with fewer potentially self-disparaging description....'"- Eyal Hareuveni, All About Jazz"
Sylvie Courvoisier Trio
""There is abundant creativity here, but it is channeled so skillfully that it never feels gratuitous or self-indulgent. It is just another ideal opportunity for three masters to display their craft in close communication and genuine rapport." - Troy Dostert, All About Jazz "
Akira Sakata & Chikamorachi
"Makes the (re-)discovery of Sakata a real pleasure and joy for the ears. Let's hope it doesn't take another twenty years before his next album is available outside of Japan. -Free Jazz Collective"
Green Just As I Could See
Andrea Neumann / Bonnie Jones
""Four extended electroacoustic works from Berlin's inside pianist and mixing board artist Andrea Neumann and Baltimore's Bonnie Jones on electronics, minimal and edgy pieces of unusual and absorbing character." - Squidco"
Bonnie Jones & Jeff Surak
"A remarkable document of two musicians in their prime, Gymnastics is a split release from Baltimore based sound artist Bonnie Jones and veteran DC experimenter Jeff Surak."
"Rich and explosive when it’s boiling, it’s still damn rich when it’s just wafting. – Byron Coley for The Wire"
Udo Schindler & Jaap Blonk
"As free improvisation, without any obvious signs of prior preparation or no-go areas, Hillside Talks makes fascinating listening and sheds light on the possibilities of the genre. - John Eyles, Squid's Ear"
Sylvie Courvoisier & Jacques Demierre
"Proceeds raised from sales of "Hoodoos" will go toward the Bail Project, an organization suggested by Sylvie (bailproject.org). "The Bail Project, Inc. is a non-profit organization designed to combat mass incarceration by disrupting the money bail system ‒ one person at a time."
House of Vines
"100% of donations raised through the sale of CAA-023 will go to the National Black Food & Justice Alliance (https://www.blackfoodjustice.org/aboutus), an organization suggested by Ikue Mori. The NBFJA "is a coalition of Black-led organizations aimed at developing Black leadership, supporting Black communities, organizing Black self-determination, and building institutions for Black food sovereignty & liberation. The Alliance seeks to achieve this by engaging in broad based coalition organizing for black food and land, increasing visibility of Black led narratives and work, advancing Black led visions for just and sustainable communities, and building capacity for self-determination within our local, national, and international food systems and land rights work. We focus our work on black food sovereignty, self-determining food economies, and land. We approach food sovereignty, land and self-determining food economies through the lens of healing, organizing & resistance against anti-Blackness.""
I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
Jacob Wick / claire rousay
""A Jack Spicer quote - “Get those words out of your mouth and into your heart” - may be useful when consuming this provocatively bare duo performance, which compels the listener to abandon any presumptions about improvised music. Switching between squeamish spurts of controlled trumpet exhalations and an intentionally hackneyed melodic line that grows more compelling with every repetition, Wick’s playing is obstinate, confusing, and deeply welcoming. rousay surrounds the trumpet’s pure and metallic tones with deft sonic movement and anti-ideas, oddly-placed drum rolls and rhythmically elusive brushed patterns. Recorded at Marigny Studios in New Orleans by Rick Nelson, this is music that is egoless, non-narrative, and without identity, and yet it is in fact emphatic and deeply felt. The duo insists on framing improvisation on their own terms, not so much ignoring chops and improv tropes, but playing as if they simply don’t exist, a brash surfacing of new paths forward." - Notice Recordings"
I Wonder If I Was Screaming
AALY Trio + Ken Vandermark
"" I Wonder If I Was Screaming continued AALY's string of excellent releases and helped cement their reputation as one of the very best working ensembles at the turn of the century." -Brian Olewnick, AllMusic"
Immediate Sound "Cyclone" Poster
"Poster by Cricket Press, advertising the Immediate Sound Wednesday concert series at the Hideout, programmed by Umbrella Music."
Immediate Sound Poster
"Hand-printed poster by Dan Grzeca, advertising the March 2007 Immediate Sound residency at the Hideout, Chicago."
Fred Lonberg-Holm / Farida Amadou / Simon Camatta
"All funds raised from the sale of this album will go to an organization suggested by Fred, Médecins Sans Frontières, which "provides medical assistance to people affected by conflict, epidemics, disasters, or exclusion from healthcare. Their teams are made up of tens of thousands of health professionals, logistic and administrative staff - bound together by our charter. Their actions are guided by medical ethics and the principles of impartiality, independence and neutrality. We are a non-profit, self-governed, member-based organisation. MSF was founded in 1971 in Paris by a group of journalists and doctors. Today, they are a worldwide movement of nearly 65,000 people." credits "
It's Magnificent, but It Isn't War
Cold Bleak Heat
""Using music in a way that would make Plato squeal, these four accomplished musicians -- certainly among the forefront of experimental music -- have crafted an unrelenting slab of noise that's as violent as it is sublime." - Mr. P, Tiny Mix Tapes"
Traces of Cookery / Kochspuren
"Traces of Cookery started with seven pairings of cooking ingredients, mostly of somewhat unusual nature, that were mixed together. Of these I took photos with a microscope, and chose one photo of everypair. The first image of every series in the book is such an original photo, with no processing done afterwards. Then, the next six images are variations of the first one, created with a mixture of digital and manual procedures."
""The ten untitled improvisations radiate a kind of almost spiritual refining of Lonberg-Holm’s deep, personal relationship with the instrument. He channels and distills his extensive experience to the most essential, in an honest, sober and unpretentious manner that still sparks with the initial innocence and passion to discover new, fascinating sounds." - Salt Peanuts"
Live at Elastic Arts
Claire Rousay & Carol Genetti
""Percussionist Claire Rousay's first-time encounter with improviser Carol Genetti, performing on voice, tube and electronics, captured live at Chicago's Elastic Arts performance space, for a reserved yet highly engaging set that highlights Genetti's amplified and transformed utterances through Rousay's spare but perfectly complementary interjections." - Squidco"
Live in Chicago
Heart of the Ghost
"Proceeds raised from sales of this recording will go in perpetuity to Black Lives Matter DC, an organization recommended by Luke (www.blacklivesmatterdmv.org). "
Live in Zurich
Joe Morris & Christian Weber
"Proceeds raised from sales of this recording will go toward the Jazz Coalition, an organization suggested by Joe that has been granting $1000 to many musicians, particularly people of color and women, during this period of limited concert possibilities (www.jazzcoalition.org/coalition). T"
Mette Rasmussen / Tashi Dorji
Mette Rasmussen & Tashi Dorji
""The density of the improvisations isn’t of the overlapping non-communicative variety, but is rather sympathetic and well timed. When one provides hard lines, the other provides color. Their excellent rapport makes for a very compelling listen; let’s hope we hear a great deal more from this duo in the near future." -Nick Metzger, Free Jazz Blog"
Tashi Dorji & John Dietrich
""These cats set up and go. Both disorienting and elevating, this set of improv guitar is likely to rattle your mind." - J.M. Hart"
Mazen Kerbaj, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten & Tony Buck
"Catalytic Sound continues its CAA fundraising program in support of social justice with Catalytic Artist Album #9, a trio recording from Ingebrigt Håker Flaten with Mazen Kerbaj and Tony Buck, entitled "MOT." Each week Catalytic will continue to reissue these digital albums, formerly member-exclusive, to help raise donations for non-profit organizations chosen by musicians from the collective."
Moulin Vert Improvisations
"All proceeds from the sales of this recording will go to Assata's Daughters (www.assatasdaughters.org), "a Black woman-led, young person-directed organization rooted in the Black Radical Tradition which organizes young Black people in Chicago by providing them with political education, leadership development, mentorship, and revolutionary services. Through their programs they aim to Deepen, Escalate, and Sustain the Movement for Black Liberation.""
Dave Rempis & Lasse Marhaug
"The whole thing sounds ugly, hideous, dirty and evil – yet, there is a certain beauty under the surface because the music makes you feel alive as well, it makes you feel real if you commit yourself unconditionally ….. but it is not for the faint of heart! -Martin Schray, Free Jazz Blog "
NINA: Place Where the Trees Stand in the Water
Bonnie Jones / Chris Cogburn / Liz Tonne
""This ten-inch record documents a live performance of NINA—Chris Cogburn, Bonnie Jones, and Liz Tonne—at the 2009 Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas. The trio explores their converging timbres—Cogburn on bowed and scraped percussion, Jones on electronics, and Tonne on voice—in a performance that highlights their subtle nudges of texture and the limits of expression and audibility." - Chris Kennedy, MusicWorks"
No Place to Fall
Rodrigo Amado & Chis Corsano
""A new chapter in the tradition of the great tenor-drums duets!" - Ulrich Jonas"
North of Blanco
Jaap Blonk / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn
""A really cool album with a wide array of diverse sounds and adventurous textures." - Ed Pettersen, Free Jazz Blog"
Tim Daisy & Frank Rosaly
"The third album in this Catalytic Artist Album fundraising series is the Tim Daisy / Frank Rosaly duo record "Northern Duets." All donations raised from sales of this recording will go in perpetuity to BYP100, an organization recommended by Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. (www.byp100.org/about)."
Zeno van den Broek & Gagi Petrovic
"In the summer of 2014 Gaudeamus brought together audio-visual artist Zeno van den Broek and composer Gagi Petrovic and commissioned a large scale composition project. The electro-acoustic piece Ob-literate is the duo's resulting work for organ, vocal ensemble, electronics and custom built performative objects."
Of Things Beyond Thule volume 2
McPhee / Rempis / Reid / Lopez / Nilssen-Love
"A must-own for fans of these musicians – a telling insight into the give and take of five individuals asserting themselves as forces to be reckoned with, while never losing sight of their collective mission. A genuine understanding of how to be responsible to and for one another."
Jaap Blonk / Bart van der Putten / Paul Pallesen
"Double CD with eight longer pieces, with meticulous trio improvisations."
On the A and on the B
Per-Åke Holmlander & Tim Daisy
"Featuring solos from Holmlander on Side A and a duo with Tim Daisy on Side B."
Toshimaru Nakamura / English (Joe Foster & Bonnie Jones)
"“The sense of engagement between Nakamura and English is at all times palpable, and One Day is an extremely valuable and pleasing addition to their discographies.” - Brian Marley, The Wire"
Fred Lonberg-Holm & Peter Brötzmann
""What makes this record such a delight is the synergy between these two remarkable talents. They speak the same language, even if following along requires a dictionary." - Kevin Press, The Moderns"
"All funds from the sales of Padova Solo will be donated to the Chicago Women's Health Center (www.chicagowomenshealthcenter.org) an organization that Mats has suggested. The CWHC "facilitates the empowerment of women, trans people, and young people by providing access to health care and health education in a respectful environment where people pay what they can afford. Each year, over 6,000 women, trans people, and young people access health services through CWHC. CWHC provides care and services that people in Chicago need, but often cannot find anywhere else. Since we opened our doors in 1975, CWHC’s programs have been shaped by our clients’ and students’ needs for accessible, comprehensive health care and health education.""
Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet 10th Anniversary Poster
"Poster adverting 2007 concerts commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet. Two-color poster by Dan Grzeca."
"...certainly invites itself to be played again and again, which I think is what music on a physical release should be all about, so I would prefer this one over the previous. Blonk has successfully re-invented what he is doing, and explores new roads here. - Vital Weekly, Netherlands"
Powerhouse Sound at The Empty Bottle, 2008 Poster
"Two-color silkscreened print from Dan Grzeca, advertising Stop Smiling Magazine's 2008 Jazz Issue release party, featuring Powerhouse Sound at The Empty Bottle."
Paul G. Smyth & Chris Corsano
"We're up to our knees in duo and small group improv discs, so it takes something special to stand out. This one's a genuine keeper. —The Wire"
Quand Fond La Neige, Où Va Le Blanc?
Christine Abdelnour & Chris Corsano
"""Below The Hull" pairs moisture and thumps, and "The Mended Lid" displays Morse code wind and head-high squeal in high speed discourse. When the pair do eventually resort to more "normal" sounding sax/drum interplay ("Sitting Still While the House Next Door Burns"), it comes as a surprise, another facet of their constructions. Turn the diamond in your fingers and listen to the the light dance." - Jeph Jerman, Squid's Ear"
Red-and-Black Immediate Sound Poster
"Vertically-oriented poster on heavy stock, advertising a January series of Immediate Sound Wednesday concerts at the Hideout, programmed by Umbrella Music. "
"In solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives, 100% of all funds raised from sales of this album will go to the One DC organization recommended by Catalytic artist Luke Stewart. The mission of One DC is "to exercise political strength to create and preserve racial and economic equity in Shaw and the District. We seek to create a community in DC that is equitable for all." (onedconline.org)."
Fred Lonberg-Holm & Ken Vandermark
"Fred Lonberg-Holm and Ken Vandermark are like a small band on this album, tight, voluminous, ideally matched, often it seems as if the music was pre-composed (but all of it is freely improvised). The music is like a dance between a songbird (cello) and a belling deer (tenor saxophone), sometimes their energy literally collides. -Martin Schray, Free Jazz Blog"
Paul Flaherty / Greg Kelley / Chris Corsano
"The second offering from Flaherty & Corsano is a trio disc with Boston-based trumpeter Greg Kelley. Released in July, 2002, on Flaherty's new imprint Wet Paint, with Paul's artwork gracing the front cover."
"All funds raised from sales of this album will be donated to Aldea- The People's Justice Center (aldeapjc.org), an organization suggested by Brandon that "provides quality pro bono legal and social services to vulnerable detained and free immigrant populations throughout Pennsylvania, and offer universal pro bono representation to every family detained by ICE in the state. Aldea also participates in important and impactful litigation nationwide to protect immigrant children and their families. We will not give up until we free the families currently in ICE detention – together.""
Scratch and Sniff
"All funds raised from sales of this album will be donated to an organization that Dave has suggested, Circles & Ciphers (www.circlesandciphers.org): "Circles & Ciphers is a hip-hop infused restorative justice organization led by and for young people impacted by violence. Through art-based peace circles, education, and direct action they collectively heal and work to bring about the abolition of the prison-industrial complex.""
The Thing with Joe McPhee
""A listen to this reissued recording these many years later confirms this supergroup as living legends. Now, when will that hiatus end?" -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
Silk-screened "Houses" Poster
"Created for the Vandermark 5's "Beat Reader" record release concerts at the Green Mill, 2008."
Silk-screened "Monster" Poster
"Created for the Vandermark Five's April 2007 concerts at the Green Mill, Chicago."
Silkscreened Vandermark 5 vs. Atomic Poster
"Silkscreened Vandermark 5 vs. Atomic poster from Methane Studios, 2004. "
Smoked Sunshine Vitriol Spits
""Young bassist Brandon Lopez has become a force on New York’s improvised-music scene these past few years, in large part due to his formidable power. The recent self-released solo album Smoked Sunshine Vitriol Spits is a testament to his strength—his oversize instrument can sound like a toy in his hands, and the way he wields and manhandles it in a live setting (e.g., his performance here last fall as a member of Amirtha Kidambi’s Elder Ones) makes it look like one too." - Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader"
Studio Sessions Vol. 3
Morris / Gauci / Lane
"The sound on this disc is superb, warm, clean, intense and bristling with energy! We can tell that Mr. Gauci has worked long and hard on his great tone. Burnished and filled with passion and fury. The rhythm team is equally powerful, throttling, burning, soaring, erupting. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery"
Tim Daisy, Terrie Hessels & Dave Rempis
"Proceeds raised from sales of this recording will go toward a cause recommended by Dave, the "Keep Fendika Grooving" GoFundMe campaign, which is raising donations to help support the Fendika Cultural Center (fendika.org). "
"Claire Rousay’s t4t is an apt release for 2019. On side a: “things you’ve said you like” she weaves in unaltered spoken fragments - sourced from “emails, texts, sexts, and voicemails” in between the minimalist, percussive textures that she is known for creating. Side b: “things i doubt you’d care about” is more tightly wound, scraping and water and breathing - an anxious and pent listen that ends abruptly and unresolved, literally edging the listener."
Elisabeth Harnik & Paal Nilssen-Love
"All sales of Tangram will go to Stand by Me Lesvos (standbymelesvos.gr), an organization recommended by Elisabeth and Paal that was "founded in 2017 by local Greek citizens of Lesvos Island, Stand By Me Lesvos is a different type of Non Profit. With little funds they have created a safe, positive space, where local Greeks, refugees and international team members are all working side by side, just in walking distance from the overcrowded Moria. While international NGOs come and go, they live in Lesvos. Their commitment is for the long term, focusing on three main targets: Education, Empowerment and Integration. We collaborate with Greek locals, Moria camp residents and international team members, because we can only face this situation standing together.""
The Avondale Addition
"…this just hits like an especially robust excursion into the beauty of avant-Chicago...with stretches that roll and even groove; in terms of rhythm (movement) and foundational sturdiness, The Avondale Addition is a substantial ride (that lasts for just over an hour). Everybody plays at a high level, and this [is] splendid stuff. –Joseph Neff (The Vinyl District)"
The Ballister Monologues
""The three men work very well together, with Rempis' naked and vulnerable saxophone going from a whisper to a full throated scream at will, and Nilssen-Love, who has seemingly played on 1,000 LP's this year, has pummeling rhythm. Lonberg-Holm is the wild card, almost the trickster as compared to the other more instruments. whether sawing away at his cello or blasting jolts of pure electricity into the proceedings, he has a pivotal role." - Tim Niland, Jazz and Blues"
The Beloved Music
Paul Flaherty & Chris Corsano
"Buoyed by flowing swells of tom skin, The Beloved Music is an aural analog to Clyfford Still's caked oils or Richard Serra's manhandled lead. Flaherty and Corsano make music that is here, and they don't give a shit if you're around to love it or not. -Clifford Allen, Bagatellen"
The Body Imitates the Landscape
Claudio f. Baroni
"The music on this album originates in the interactive sound installation The Body Imitates the Landscape by artist Adi Hollander: she designed a collection of ergonomic objects that are meant to transform music into vibrations felt through the entire body. Hollander was inspired by the Japanese book Karada by Michitaro Tada about the ‘school of the body’. Hollander and Claudio F. Baroni made a live version of the installation where Baroni’s music, performed by Maze, was experienced live by the public. As it was channeled through the objects, the public could at once hear the music in the space and feel it in their bodies."
The Dim Bulb
Steve Baczkowski / Chris Corsano / Paul Flaherty
"Veteran underground alto/tenor saxophonist Paul Flaherty and his much-younger compadre, drummer Chris Corsano, have a bond. As a duo, they most often sound like a thundering herd of elephants, with Corsano cast as the thundering herd and Flaherty as the elephants, or like Indians in an old western charging the cowboys on galloping horseback and in full war cry. The Dim Bulb introduces baritone player Steve Baczkowski, an even farther underground free improviser from Buffalo and the effect is at once overwhelming and exhilarating. The music flickers like electricity in a brownout, straining to sustain itself, then surging to incandescence. -Jeff Stockton"
The Ex "Saxophones" Poster
"Advertising Ethiopian concerts and workshops by Ken Vandermark, Ab Baars, Paal Nilssen-Love, Andy Moor, and Terrie Ex."
Frode Gjerstad & Fred Lonberg- Holm
""A live recording from Kongsberg Jazzfestival in 2017 between frequent collaborators, Norwegian improviser Frode Gjerstad on reeds and Chicago improviser Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics, their second FMR album as a duo, alongside their work in the Cello Quartet and VCDC, showing the progression of their dynamic and fascinating dialog." - Squidco"
The Young Cricketer
""The Young Cricketer plays out like a showreel for Corsano’s miraculous dexterity and virtuosity as a drummer. It’s a set of recordings made during Corsano’s time living in Manchester back in 2006 utilising all manner of objects and apparatus to offset and treat his drumkit, often morphing its sound into something unrecognisable. The Young Cricketer is a beautifully recorded album, with Corsano’s expanded kit occupying a vast stereo field, and every percussive gesture allotted its own distinct place in the mix. Consequently, this is probably the most thorough representation of Corsano’s near peerless drumming yet committed to record and stands as a pretty indispensable document for all lovers of free music and percussive invention. Stunning.” - Julien Héraud"
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"
Dave Rempis / Matt Piet / Tim Daisy
"Throughout the album, Rempis plays with an open, fluid voice, which pairs well with Daisy’s resonant pitches and warm rhythms. And his sly references and unvarnished fury cut straight through Chicago’s thick night air. - Lee Rice Epstein, The Free Jazz Collective"
Ingebrigt Haker Flaten
"The solo album, which is a bit of a rarity in Flaten’s decorated recording history, takes a wholesale improvisational approach while keeping Charlie Parker’s classic number “Confirmation” and a religious folk song from his home village Oppdal, contained on Ingebrigt’s album Village Songs "Den Signede Dag,” as subconscious points of attack."
Time Gone Out
Sylvie Courvoisier & Mark Feldman
"The tour de force title track, at almost twenty minutes, is a world unto itself, with beautiful, charged musical fragments entering and receding, and enough room for each musician to develop ideas both independently and mutually, being governed all the while by the piece's central logic. Its use of space is especially noteworthy, allowing Courvoisier and Feldman to take full advantage of its expansive duration in presenting their ideas. And "Not a Song, Other Songs" may be even better, with a somewhat menacing undercurrent to the music provided by Courvoisier's thunderous chordal attacks and Feldman's ecstatic surges. - Troy Dostert, All About Jazz"
Elisabeth Harnik & Steve Swell
""Two great improvisers, pianist Elisabeth Harnik from Austria and trombone master Steve Swell play together! It's their first CD release! Check out how deep and colourful can be improvised music world!"-Fundacja Sluchaj"
Traces of Speech
"As if the language of human beings was adopted and enhanced by aliens who charged any basic articulation with tons of information, employing vocals as one but not the dominant practical in a chain of sounds, keeping its expressiveness and emotional delivery neutral. Now, after this radical alteration, only a margin of this intriguing form of communication can be deciphered by us humans, but all—earthlings and other forms of beings in the greater universe—can get a glimpse of its infinite options. Eyal Hareuveni, All About Jazz"
Lol Coxhill / Joe McPhee / Chris Corsano / Evan Parker
""McPhee picked up his soprano mid-way through the second set, heightening the lyricism of the three saxophones. Then, being a devotee of Don Cherry, he switched to pocket trumpet, allowing him to interject, and punctuate the concentrated sound layers built up by the quartet, and lead the music out through a different door."- Geoff Winston (londonjazznews.com)"
""The sound and mood paired with titles and cover art referencing religious iconography (common across many Lopez releases) places this in a similar camp as the eastern-tinged meditative psychedelia of the aforementioned OM and turn-of-the-millenium Roy Montgomery." - Keith Prosk"
Tuufuhhoowaah / Bday Shots
""What makes Rousay's recent output distinct from others working in a broadly experimental and percussive manner, however, is her exceptional ability to make the sonic characteristics of any object sound like an invitation to intimacy." - Tom Piekarski"
Lotte Anker / Fred Lonberg-Holm & Dave Jackson / Dirk Serries
"Anker and Lonberg-Holm’s duet plays on all their strengths. Their extended improvisation takes a kind of narrative approach with the titling, “Ice King” / “Melt” / “The Frigid Air” / “Cold Only Hurts Those Who Feel,” and the playing is thrillingly free. Anker and Lonberg-Holm both have a way of taking tuneful lines to their scorched edges, successfully mixing atonal leaps with extended techniques. -Lee Rice Epstein, Free Jazz Blog"
Untitled #2 (The Mute)
Jessica Sligter & Wilbert Bulsink
"Centering on the idea of voicelessness, The Mute explores a concept that can be investigated acoustically, but that can also be approached in social terms. How can those who have no voice in our society be heard?"
Vancouver Live Sound (In Memory of Ken Pickering)
Ab Baars & Ig Henneman
"Proceeds raised from sales of this recording will go toward a cause recommended by Ab, PEN America (pen.org/about-us/), which "stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. "
Vandermark 5 vs. Atomic Poster
Vandermark 5 / Atomic
"Poster advertising a Vandermark 5 / Atomic double bill at Echo Lounge in Atlanta. Order multiple posters at no extra shipping cost. "
Works for Upright Bass and Amplifier
"Works for Upright Bass and Amplifier is an emotionally charged record that deserves a lot of attention. I’m hoping that Astral Spirits, the label that put out the project on cassette in limited quantities, finds a way to release this masterpiece on vinyl one day. - Gabriel Jermaine Vanlandingham-Dunn, Jazz Right Now"
¡Todos de Pie!
"¡Todos De Pie! is a project spearheaded by drummer Frank Rosaly that examines the music of Puerto Rico through the lens of experimental and improvised processes. Using Bomba, Plena, Son, Guaracha and Yaguaré from Puerto Rico as a framework, ¡TdP! pushes the boundary of genre and tradition. It is also an exploration of Frank's relationship with his Puerto Rican roots, approaching the music of his blood heritage through his cultural heritage as an American jazz/improvising musician."