"Presenting Catalytic Record Club, where $30 buys your choice of three CDs from a menu of five, each month."
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."
A Night in Alchemia
McPhee / Edwards / Kugel
"European, Scandinavian and American avant-garde jazz are gently brought together. That makes an effort to evocative, bright and luminous sound. - Avant Scena"
Gustafsson / Vandermark / Baars / Nilssen-Love
"Recently unearthed, 7", 45 RPM, single, recorded during two 'Saxophone' projects of The Ex in Ethiopia. Features a trio of Ab Baars, Ken Vandermark, and Paal Nilssen-Love, and Mats Gustafsson solo on the B-side. "
Anker / Courvoisier / Mori
"It's music worthy of deep listening. Leaving the everyday, even as it rewards the effort of doing so, the profundity of the moment also reaches exalted status, making for music that's urgently alive even while it's shot through with contemplation. - Nic Jones, All About Jazz"
"Listening at high volumes reveal Corsano playing every inch of his drum set, woody chops echo beneath splashy fills and inhuman snare hits while Haker-Flaten runs speed trials around Wooley’s in-the red-runs across a ruinous tonal field. A truly magnificent thing to behold. - Ryan Hall, Tome to The Weather Machine:"
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"
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"
Birdies for Lulu
Sylvie Courvoisier Mark Feldman Quartet with Scott Colley and Billy Mintz
"This music possesses a striking beauty, even when it appears to be trying for a different effect. This in itself is a remarkable achievement, but that it’s also so damn accessible and easy to connect with just makes it that much more impressive. - Bird is the Worm"
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."
Blacks' Myths II
"On Black Myths, Stewart and Crudup craft evocative, Afro-futuristic grooves, frequently disrupted by eruptions of feedback dissonance or languid soundscapes. - Down Beat Magazine"
Frode Gjerstad Trio + Steve Swell
"Frode Gjerstad’s name can be legendary in Norway and all the European continent, due to the fact that he was practically the only one to contrast himself, from the beginning, to the saxophone style which defined the Scandinavian approach to jazz for 40 years, the one defined by Jan Garbarek, but his trio with Jon Rune Strom and Paal Nilssen-Love is relatively new on the scene. It started in 2011 and there’s only another recording with trombonist Steve Swell as special guest, “At Constellation”, from 2015. Of course, there were some previous cumplicities between these musicians: Nilssen-Love was a member of Gjerstad’s Circulasione Totale Orchestra since 1992 and the alto saxophonist and clarinetist played with Swell in several occasions, mostly when visiting the United States. Musically, the quartet proposes a very particular kind of free improvised music with strong connections to the free jazz tradition, reinforced by the participation of the American who collaborated with the likes of Cecil Taylor, Bill Dixon and Anthony Braxton. The energy level is very high, but the delivery isn’t always on the red: lots of dynamics and sudden contrasts keep the group interactions interesting and unpredictable. Frode Gjerstad’s approach to improvisation is distinctive in itself: he’s a melodic player, even if asymetrical, and he prefers the “old school” jazz phrasing to «reed-fueled bric-a-brac», as a music critic once wrote, managing to present it as if it’s a novelty."
Chordis Et Machina
Ikue Mori / Christian Rønn
"Endless probing that hooks into your neurons, this album leaves sonic organisms floating around you. Even if that's merely an illusion, the alchemy of Mori and Rønn’s hyperactive stew is very real. -Marc Masters"
"Poster advertising the release of the Cinc CD on Okkadisk and the 2006 North American tour of Paul Lytton, Ken Vandermark, and Philipp Wachsmann."
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"
Den Signede Dag
Ingebrigt Håker Flaten's Village Songs
"What is the likelihood that hymns from the time of Pietism would resonate with progressive free musicians in Austin, Texas? Particularly when they are sung in a language that feels distant, even to Norwegians. On this album the miraculous happens, in that old texts communicate across centuries and language borders. - Ivar Flaten"
Desert Encrypts Vol. 1
"The band is seriously locked-in, particularly the drummer and bassist, who provide a springy, ever-morphing foundation for the leader’s clarion pocket trumpet excursions - Peter Margasak"
Do Not Slam The Door!
Grenscó Collective Special 5 with Ken Vandermark
"Is there such a thing as coincidence? Perhaps. But in the encounter between István Grencsó and Ken Vandermark some kind of necessity seems to have been at work. If we compare the careers followed by these two artists in the last decade and a half or so, it seems as if their paths have intertwined, with parallels and intersections. This is far from being self-evident, because a fundamental consideration for both of them is constant renewal, and the search for ever newer forms of expression..."
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"
Large Unit Fendika
"It could be argued that this is the most accessible recording in the Large Unit catalogue, and there is no doubt that this is the first one you can dance to all the way through."
Field of Materials
Morris / Pride / Pitsiokos
"Catalytic Artist Album 019, available exclusively to Catalytic Sound members. Become a member to get a new CAA delivered each month, as well as two digital albums of your choice, and free shipping anywhere in the world. https://www.patreon.com/catalyticsound"
Morris / Cancura / Nazary
"Just listening to the absolute basic notion of what a sax trio should sound like, is a true joy. — Stef, The Free Jazz Collective"
"Rich and explosive when it’s boiling, it’s still damn rich when it’s just wafting. – Byron Coley for The Wire"
Hôtel du Nord
Sylvie Courvoisier - Mark Feldman Quartet
"It's full of an ethereal, non‑referential lyricism of the players' own – an affirmation of the power of pattern and audibly evolving relationships, even if very little of it resembles songs. - John Fordham, The Guardian"
How Thick You Think / That's Not a Virus
"Two blinking tracks by The Ex: direct, urgent, wilful and joyfully obstinate. Recorded in the rehearsal room in three hours and mixed in two: fat -free and no words wasted."
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."
irrt, irrt das ohr
"Harnik's 2005 solo debut on Extraplatte, featuring microtonal improvisations for piano."
"Philosopher's Stone finds Perelman, Wooley and Matthew Shipp in fellowship. The pianist, for the most part, plays the role of field governor, supplying the fuel for these ten pieces. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
Known / Unknown
Paul Lytton / Nate Wooley
"Both musicians explore the outside possibilities of their respective instruments and both utilize electronics to further disassemble the sound. The sound tends toward small gestures, magnifying silence and echoey reverberations. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
Live at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne
Sylvie Courvoisier / Mark Feldman
"Even at their most heated, Courvoisier and Feldman always sound as if they're weighing proportions, massaging nuances, and drawing listeners in. - John Fordham, The Guardian"
"Lonelyville may be Courvoisier's strongest work yet as a bandleader in a discography that has included compelling trios, solo albums as well as duets with percussionists and other pianists. It's tempting to call it a crowning achievement. It's much more satisfying, however, to realize that there is, no doubt, much more where this came from. - Kurt Gottschalk, All About Jazz"
Courvoisier / Feldman / Mori / Parker
"With little-to-no rhythmic underpinning, and a similar lack of melodic anchors, these group improvisations rely on the ability of the players to emulate conversation - the turn-taking, the constant recycling of old ideas, the unplanned arrival of new ideas, and the strained silences. Miller’s Tale has all of this and more, and it represents some of the finest that free jazz has to offer. - Derek Stone, The Free Jazz Collective"
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 "
No Time Left for Sadness
Joe McPhee & Fred Lonberg-Holm
"Recalling some of McPhee's landmark records with Marseilles musicians in terms of telepathy and trust, it's an outing whose intensity is measured not in decibels, but in emotional integrity."
"Featuring Christian Wallumrød on piano, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten on bass, and Per Oddvar Johansen on drums."
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."
"The quartet works through a vague off-kilter blues ramping the pulse before its denouement. The quartet plays a rough tug-of-war on the brief "Part 5" and chills into "Part 6," delivering an (almost) call-and-response performance. -Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
Of Things Beyond Thule volume 1
McPhee / Rempis / Reid / Lopez / Nilssen-Love
"McPhee is the natural leader Of Things Beyond Thule, with his warm, dark tone on the pocket trumpet and tenor sax. Nilssen-Love and Lopez act here as an inventive rhythm section that hold back its endless energy and supports cleverly McPhee’s beautiful melodies. Rempis adds lush and rich harmonies while Reid deepens the intimate atmosphere of this set and drives the music forward with subtle contributions. - Eyal Hareuveni, Free Jazz Blog"
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."
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."
Vandermark / Drake / Trovalusci / Ceccarelli
""Open Border is a beautiful, truly collaborative project between Ken Vandermark on reed instruments, Luigi Ceccarelli on electronics, Hamid Drake on drums and Gianni Trovalusci on flutes... Interplay between Drake and Vandermark stellar as always, as is the light and fluid section for flute and electronic sound, and graceful spoken vocalization leading everyone to come together for a elegant and memorable conclusion. This was a unique and very enjoyable album, taking three stellar instrumentalists and adding Ceccarelli to create electronic sound and process the other band members playing in real time to create a vibrant and rich performance that continuously moves in dynamic and spontaneous ways." -Tim Niland, Music and More, April 4, 2020"
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."
Circulasione Totale Orchestra
"Madness erupts again, with screeching electronics, disrupting every notion of possible comfort, to be altered by steady rhythm and great soloing, "electric Miles"-like at moments. -Stef, The Free Jazz Collective"
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."
Purple Dark Opal
"As Coltrane drew from jazz, gospel, and Eastern music, Kuzu do too, updating their approach with rock, metal and the tools of free jazz. We hear Rempis' patented rip, tear, crunch sound, but also there is a tranquility about this music not found in most free jazz. - Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
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. "
Bradford / Gjerstad / Håker Flaten / Nilssen-Love
"Free jazz in the best tradition. And the audience is enthusiastic too. - The Free Jazz Collective"
"A collection of compositions and improvisations combining recent explorations with turntable manipulation, percussion and radio static with his expanding vocabulary as both a composer and improviser on the marimba."
Signs and Epigrams
"What makes Signs and Epigrams compelling for intrepid listeners is the density of Courvoisier's constructions, the audacious ways she exploits her materials, and the utter ferocity of her performances. - Blair Sanderson, AllMusic"
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. "
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"
Joe Morris Instantiation
"Switches is scored with invented notation that is read in line from right to left. Each player has different pages. The performer assigns value to the notation by making a sound. Players also have additional pages consisting of 13 units of traditional notation. The independent use of the score generates a natural juxtaposition of material. - Joe Morris, liner notes"
The Ex "Saxophones" Poster
"Advertising Ethiopian concerts and workshops by Ken Vandermark, Ab Baars, Paal Nilssen-Love, Andy Moor, and Terrie Ex."
The Shithole Country & Boogie Band
Mats Gustafsson / Wendy Gondeln/ Wolfgang Voigt
"Uncommon bedfellows: disjunct techno and improvised music. But the Shitholes make it work brilliantly, even inviting minimal techno pioneer and co- founder of Cologne's seminal Kompakt label Wolfgang Voigt to edit and remix two of the twisted tracks. - Corbett vs Dempsey"
"Recorded live in concert by Iztok Zupan at Tube’s, Graz/Austria on 24th March 2019."
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?"