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"This album bundle includes two CDs--Ana and AM/FM--by Large Unit and Paal Nilssen-Love & Anders Hana."
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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."
An Idea in Everything
David Greenberg / Chris Corsano / Glenn Jones
"“David Greenberger meanders around America, lovingly collecting the life stories of old people like fireflies in a jar. In an America that seems increasingly dominated by amnesia, and the erosion of its history, it’s very heartening – and poignant – to hear these fragments of lives as they draw to a close. The matter-of-fact tone that David uses in these vignettes is partly what makes them so emotional.” – Robyn Hitchcock"
"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"
Fred Van Hove, Paul Dunmall , Paul Rogers & Paul Lytton
""An attentive and responsive quartet of experts in the genre." -John Fordham, The Guardian"
At the Unity Theatre
Evan Parker & Paul Lytton
"Three years after Evan Parker and Paul Lytton's recording debut as a duo (Collective Calls, originally released by Incus), At the Unity Theatre captures them in a live setting. The studio album saw them foray into microscopic sounds. This time around the music is overall more feverish and loud, but it loses nothing in subtlety and intelligence. "In the Midst of Laughter and Glee," at 18 minutes long, stands as one of their best improvisations from that period. We are greeted by a low growl, like a long string being scratched; it may be the enigmatic lyttonophone but, in any case, it immediately tells you how unconventional this sax/drums duet was. Closer to the end, Parker squeezes out of his soprano sax the whiny sounds of an oboe or shenai, unfolding a sinuous mourning song that is simply stunning. He also plays a raspier tenor and uses a bullroarer and cassettes of prior performances -- but these are discernible only on very close listen. Lytton spends little time playing thedrum kit in a conventional way. Instead he focuses on objects and scrap metal, but still makes quite a racket. The CD reissue of this album (on Parker's Psi imprint) adds over 22 minutes of previously unissued material in the form of two extra improvisations from the same concert. At 18 minutes,"Through Consensus" was too long to make it on the original LP without sacrificing "In the Midst of Laughter and Glee," which is simply better. Despite some captivating activity, the two musicians drift apart, Parker trying to force the piece into a more powerful direction while Lytton instead moves deeper within his pile of scrap metal. It makes a nice bonus though." -Francois Couture, All Music "
""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"
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. "
"There is an unsettling darkness at work in Billow. It is not the black romanticism of teenage depression, but the discomfort that pops up at turning points, the discomfort from reading ghost stories, the short gasp when you stare down a cliff. Maybe all hallucinations that seem too real. Despite the bleakness and even hints of violence (bones get broken, curtains burn), the songs retain a slightly surreal vibe and scattered moments of fragile nakedness (“Sunflowerbby”). While many aspiring singer-songwriters attempt to get it all out at once and end up with over-wrought songs that try to convey too much, there’s a refreshing spirit and compactness to these songs. It is an intriguing and inventive series of stories and dreams, set to carefully crafted music. Elusive, suggestive and unvarnished, yet always heavy with a promise of both adventure and unease, because, as Hessels repeats in “Welter”: “Luck is everyone in disorder”. ” -Guy Peters, September 2018"
"Atlantic Rhythms presents the re-issue of Blacks' Myths self-titled 2018 debut, now available on a limited edition vinyl LP. Blacks’ Myths, is the inimitable rhythm section featuring bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Warren “Trae” Crudup III. The duo's first outing is a pulsing, hypnotic masterwork."
Blonk, Nijdam & Van der Putten
Jaap Blonk, Jan Nijdam en Bart van der Putten
"The trio started playing in 1990. From the beginning the trio was able to create it's own sound world. The musicians understand each other without the need for explanation. Intuitively they switch direction as one, go into fierce discussions, discover idyllic landscapes, play limping rhythms or dive into lyrical pursuits all this in pure sound."
Blonk, Zach & Grydeland
Jaap Blonk, Ingar Zach & Ivar Grydeland
""Fourth record in the Kontrans "improvisors" series, with the seminal design by Melle Hammer""
"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"
Both Will Escape
Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon
""I'd say expect great things, but they're already happening. Magic brother shit has arrived." - Tom Burris, Free Jazz Blog"
""The earliest recording on CD available of Blonk's work with his trio, Braaxtaal is a wild romp through the sound poet's bizarre and surrealistic world, where one is as likely to be shocked as surprised." -Steve Loewy, AllMusic"
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"
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"
Collective Calls (Revisited) (Jubilee)
Evan Paker & Paul Lytton
""This recording from Paul Lytton and Evan Parker marks their golden jubilee as musical collaborators and good friends, the title serving as a tip-of-the-hat to their first duo record Collective Calls (Urban) (Two Microphones) which was originally released on Incus in 1972 after they'd already played together for a couple of years. I've spent a good deal of time the last few weeks enjoying both albums and noting similarities and differences, and so it follows that this review is colored by the lense of that exercise. Gone are the electronics and prickly intensity of the 72' sessions, interchanged here with distinctively refined technique and a confederation secured through the blood-and-guts of a half century of collaboration." -Nick Metzger, Free Jazz Blog"
Tomeka Reid & Joe Morris
""Morris' and Reid's album is a challenge and argument for future, and more frequent, cello and guitar duo explorations. Tomeka Reid (cello), Joe Morris (guitar).""
Concert in Vilnius
Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
""In short, this set is prime European free improvisation. The trio crafts a dense and information-rich offering, one in which the intensity ebbs and flows through the activity remains lively. Guy and Lytton, in particular, play artfully off one another with the latter moving in and out of structured forms and the former giving every inch of his instrument a workout. The theme, if any, is to do the unexpected – whether that means playing at the edge of hearing or making loud, abstract declarations. Parker provides his rolling solos, simultaneously melodic and angular, which often jolt his companions into even fiercer endeavors." - Mike, AvantMusicNews"
Jaap Blonk's Splinks
""From very short ditties (the 16 “Reportraits” are only ten seconds long) to 15-minute compositions, humor has always been an important part of Blonk’s work and it is central here: musicians have fun, so does the listener." - Underbelly"
Days To Be Told
"This is not a music built with drama or dependent on punch lines for its engagement with the listener. It is an album born of a modern jazz that knows its days are numbered, but not necessarily in any recognizable sequence. It is a walking daydream of precision-discipline and grit. A moment in movement captured in a recording studio in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn on an early autumn afternoon, Days to be Told is an opportunity to listen with artists who are playing the miraculous precision of hearing as a tool for social reconstruction and planetary rebirth." -Thomas Stanley "
Do they do those in Red?
Paul Lytton, Joker Nies, Richard Scott & Georg Wissel
"In fond memory of Paul Rutherford."
Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
""On many occasions, the musician’s invoke the sensation of performing on some sort of imaginary plane as the music stretches outward or conveys a truly expansive landscape that seems infinite or unending." -Glenn Astarita, AllAboutJazz"
""This continues a somewhat new direction for the ever-inventive sound sculptor Jaap Blonk, who never seems to shy from flirting with the extremes of noise/music. For this version of his group Braaxtaal, the vocalist recites his poetry supplemented by his own contributions on electronics, and he is joined by Rob Daenen on sampler and Theo Bodewes on drums and sampler. Blonk speaks in the obscure and unique fictional language of Onderland, which sounds like the Dutch language, but is actually totally different from it." -Steve Loewy"
"“Featuring” is a release of “Puzzlemusik” label. Album was recorded by five jazz stars – it’s Phil Vachsman (violin, live electronics), Paul Lytton (drums, percussion, live electronics, home-made instruments), Sten Sandell (piano), Floros Floridis (clarinet, bass clarinet) and Nate Wooley (trumpet). "
"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."
Figures and Grounds
Adam Linson Systems Quartet
""Linson's aim to explore the range of possibilities at the intersection of jazz and computer music goes some way to being achieved; it still feels as if there are yet more possibilities to be explored. As an exemplar of the use of electronics and processing with a small improvising group, Figures and Grounds is a great success." -John Eyles, All About Jazz"
Jaap Blonk, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Michael Zerang
"Cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and percussionist Michael Zerang have collaboratively joined forces before, but the addition of Dutch vocalist Jaap Blonk is a wonderful complement to the Chicago duo. Blonk, of course, is much more than your usual "singer, " as the sounds he caresses from his vocal chords are utterly unconventional and strikingly unique. He is literally a one-man band, reaching into a bag of bizarre blips and pops, wonderfully complementing his colleagues. Lonberg-Holm and Zerang have mastered their crafts so well that they almost sound as one. Transforming the cello into a wildly, freestyle machine, Lonberg-Holm creates a unique blend of noise and scratches into which Zerang holds on and digs. The results are totally satisfying, and each of the ten tracks glows with highlights. ~Steven A. Loewy"
Five Men Singing
Jaap Blonk, Koichi Makigami, Paul Dutton, Phil Minton & David Moss
""You may call them sound poets, vocalists, or even singers, but when you gather all five of them on-stage they become pure entertainers. Five Men Singing is the genuine avant-garde voice summit. Recorded live at the 2003 Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville, this performance is a delightful demonstration of what the human voice is capable of, what level of excitement group improvisation can provide, and what creative singing is all about. The performance is spontaneous, mischievous, occasionally deviant, often humorous, and extremely physical." -François Couture"
Fixing the Fluctuating Ideas
Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble with Sainkho Namtchylak
""The ElectroAcoustic Ensemble is one of the most significant events in the humanization of electronic music, in making it mobile and spontaneously responsive. Fluctuating, by the Ensemble itself, is more than a valuable document, it’s a major revelatory work." -Stuart Broomer"
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 "
Free Zone Appleby 2004
Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton / Philipp Wachsmann / Joel Ryan
""In 2004, the Free Zone feature of the Appleby Jazz Festival presented a sequence of duo and trio combinations featuring bassist Barry Guy, percussionist Paul Lytton, saxophonist Evan Parker, violinist Philipp Wachsmann, and Joel Ryan on live computer processing. Every set was twofold, starting with a duo between Ryan and one of the acoustic players, followed by a trio between the three other musicians. Ryan's work with free improvisers never ceases to amaze; his approach is much more complementary than the usual fragmentation processes of other computer artists working in live situations. His duo with Wachsmann ranks among the best material he has recorded yet. The two of them are literally fused together, each one reinventing the language of the other." - François Couture, AllMusic"
Ab Baars Trio
""The Ab Baars Trio embodies the heights improvisational music can scale. The trio glides effortlessly between delicately detailed and gently intricate work and the geometrically grandiose, but never falls prey to sneering gaudiness. The trio’s creations, when at their peak, are transcendent works created by true soulmates of sound." -Barb Stewart "
Sten Sandell / David Stackenäs / Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
""Gubbröra" (34 minutes ..) belongs to the complete quintet. The authority of Parker, Guy and Lytton enriches the vocabulary of the group and melts a magma of music whose rivulets run parallel, alternating quiet and fury." - All About Jazz Staff, Italy"
Gusts Against Particles
Joe Morris & Damon Smith
"This LP is the first release for Open Systems and is a limited, hand numbered edition of 200 copies. "Gusts Against Particles needs to be taken literally. Airborne particles move in random ways under the power of wind. When is alive, it sometimes swims against the tide." - Kenneth Blanchard"
Johnson / Rempis / Abrams / Spencer / Cunningham
"This one-off quintet grouping was featured as part of a month-long Tuesday night residency organized by saxophonist Dave Rempis and drummer Jeremy Cunningham at The Whistler in Chicago – a venue that’s become home to a broad array of musicians in the Chicago jazz scene. Each week in February 2019, the two curated a different quintet lineup featuring two horns, bass, and two drummers. Aside from the musicians featured on this recording, made during the second week of the residency, other musicians involved included Avreeayl Ra, Mars Williams, Katie Ernst, Quin Kirchner, Ayana Woods, and Tyler Damon."
Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
""And no matter what line-up we are listening to - the music is fascinating – it is diverse and the musicianship is simply great. The musicians are piling up layer after layer of sounds, and although the musical atmosphere created is hard and sometimes even grinding, you can feel a beauty underneath based on communication and imagination. Highly recommended." -Martin Schray, in a 5 Star Review on Free Jazz Blog"
Hook, Drift & Shuffle
Evan Parker with George Lewis, Barry Guy & Paul Lytton
""Huge washes of semi-static transparent sound permeate, while transient peaks also abound; the opening moments of "Shuffle find a descending honk from Parker resonating with the electronics employed by Lytton and trombonist George Lewis, making his tenor sound bigger than life." -Marc Medwin, All About Jazz"
Hübsch, Van Bebber & Blonk
Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Claus van Bebber & Jaap Blonk
""Blonk recites (?) sings (?) moans (?) in his usual fashion and is probably one of the more wilder characters in this kind of music. His elastic voice seems to be capable of just doing anything with it. It works really nice along the strange sounds produced on a tuba and the turntables." -Vital Weekly"
Hugo Ball's Six Sound Poems, 1916
Jaap Blonk, Bart van der Putten, Pieter Meurs & Damon Smith
"Reissue of two out-of-print CDs as a double album: the 1989 live recording of Hugo Ball's Six Sound Poems by the trio Baba-Oemf (Jaap Blonk, Bart van der Putten, Pieter Meurs) and the 2013 duo recording of the same poems by Jaap Blonk and Damon Smith."
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"
"All donations received from the sale of this recording will go to the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF) [https://www.naacpldf.org], "America’s premier legal organization fighting for racial justice. Through litigation, advocacy, and public education, LDF seeks structural changes to expand democracy, eliminate disparities, and achieve racial justice in a society that fulfills the promise of equality for all Americans. LDF also defends the gains and protections won over the past 80 years of civil rights struggle and works to improve the quality and diversity of judicial and executive appointments. LDF’s mission has always been transformative: to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.""
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."
JaJeWeDa: Pioneer Works Vol. 1
Jeb Bishop, Jaap Blonk, Weasel Walter & Damon Smith
"The sonic result of this alchemical gamble is a wide-open, unruly field of play where anything can and will happen. The New York City session and performance documented on these releases run the gamut from delicate chamber textures to Xenakis-meets-cracked-video-game burbling to all-out electronic meltdowns."
""My first solo release since 'Averschuw' (Kontrans 947, 2001). It features multitrack vocal pieces, work with live electronics and my first algorithmic compositions." -Jaap Blonk"
Komen & Gaan
ICP Septet + Joris Roelofs + Terrie Ex
""Much of the album is devoted to improvisations by subgroups that are by turns impelled by collegiality and bristling with challenge. They differ nearly as much from one another as they all do from the twice-visited, Ellingtonian pastiche, “De Linkershoen, De Rechtershoen” (The Left Shoe, the Right Shoe). While it might have been more fun to be there, sneaking drinks from the bottles on the tables while the musicians played with and provoked one another, the music’s mercurial progress is amusement enough to put a smile on your face." -Bill Meyer, Dusted Magazine"
Let the World Cry (Duets)
"Featuring duets with Shaine Scarminach, Eugene Chadbourne, Dave Rempis, and Fred Lonberg-Holm"
""Lifespans is a mesmerizing and hallucinating piece of electronic music. Listen to it at a fairly loud volume, or with headphones, and you will hear myriads of voices and melodies, never repeating themselves.""
Lisboa / Moiré Studies
Fred Lonberg-Holm/Simon Camatta & Chris Pitsiokos/Florian Walter
"SIDE A duo by Fred Lonberg-Holm and Simon Camatta and SIDE B is Chris Pitsiokos and Florian Walter."
""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 Blå
""There are all the violent shrieks and wails one expects from Gustafsson, the polyrhythmic, Paul Lovens-ian drumming of Paal Nilssen-Love and Flaten's updated Mingus style. But there also are enough quiet, almost introspective moments that highlight each musician's technical facility and make the louder portions even more forceful." -Andrey Henkin, All About Jazz"
Live at Vassar 1970
Joe McPhee Quintet / Ernie Bostic Quartet
"Poughkeepsie, NY, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee organized a great double-bill at Vassar College in 1970, featuring himself and his local underground jazz peers. One discs in the 2-CD package of previously unreleased music consists of a complete set of music by McPhee's quintet - wild and deeply soulful free jazz quite close in spirit to McPhee's legendary debut, NATION TIME, with clear connections to Pharoah Sanders; on the second disc, a simmering Hammond B-3 set introduces the Ernie Bostic Quartet and serves as an on-the-ground, in-the-crib soul-jazz foil to McPhee's political and astral explorations. "
Live in Ljubliana
Trumpets and Drums
"Trumpet and drums, or more exactly: two trumpets and two drumsets. The trumpeters, Nate Wooley and Peter Evans, are used to playing together, but it’s a first finding such different drummers (one a natural born rhythmicist, the other an architect of textures) as Jim Black and Paul Lytton playing together. Wooley has a duo with Lytton, and Evans worked with the two men holding the sticks. So, don’t think there’s a double duet acting here, or that previous Wooley / Evans or Wooley / Lytton experiences give a base of security to the events heard. As the wild card of the quartet, Black would easily (just by being himself) cut off all attempts to go to chartered terrain, but truth is he doesn’t need to: veteran improviser Lytton and the two younger horn players are known, precisely, for their ability to contradict themselves and to perform the unexpected. So, “Trumpet and Drums” isn’t the kind of summit you normally get when the same instruments are on stage. There’s no battle of skills, even if they’re well evident. That’s something else what conducts this meeting of giants: to find what the mirrors don’t show. And the four musicians do find what they search for, and so can you."
Maja Ratkje & Jaap Blonk
"This duo deals with improvised vocals – with or without electronic effects. Jaap Blonk is a Dutch performer who has performed sound poetry and free improvisation since the 80’s. They have released two album on Kontrans, one without and one with live electronics. More or less all sounds are derived from the voice/mouth region."
Mars Williams Presents an Ayler Xmas Vol. 4 - Chicago vs. N.Y.C
""The music isn't so much a mash-up as a recognition that Albert Ayler's use of national anthems, military band marches together with his hymn-like creations were part and parcel of a universal sound. A natural addition to that list is Xmas music." - Mark Corroto, All About Jazz"
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 Dieterich
""These cats set up and go. Both disorienting and elevating, this set of improv guitar is likely to rattle your mind." - J.M. Hart"
Monopiece + Jaap Blonk
Monopiece + Jaap Blonk
""If improvised music is about dialogue, then this is a great conversation; everybody talks, shuts up and responds and everybody leads as much as everybody waits." -Vital Weekly"
Music For David Mossman - Live at Vortex London
Evan Parker, Barry Guy & Paul Lytton
"Evan Parker, Barry Guy and Paul Lytton – three legendary figures in the field of improvisation – have each developed their own epochal styles. These long-time friends and collaborators now present the latest of their Trio recordings – part of an ongoing series that began in 1980 with the now out-of-print LP 'Tracks'. Their powerful improvisations reveal them as a trio of unyielding innovation, both conserving and constantly renewing a rich heritage of achievement in free jazz."
John Butcher / Joachim Badenhorst / Paul Lytton
""With these three, it’s not surprising that the music involves a nearly complete deconstruction of each instrument, resulting in a world where the possibilities of sound are placed before the assurances of form, where specifics of technique becomes obscure, secondary even, and the actual act of performing begins slipping from awareness. In short, Nachtigall is just good free improvisation—the sort of vibrant, abstruse interaction we expect when we read who’s on the bill." - Dan Sorrells, FreejazzBlog"
Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
""Nightwork: Live At The Sunset captures an amazing live performance in early 2010 from saxophonist Evan Parker, bassist Barry Guy, and percussionist Paul Lytton. The virtuosity and high communication level between these three improvisational masters is front and center for its two improvised pieces. There is a stark contrast in how the three work together in this trio versus the larger context of Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, creating a sound that appears brighter and more direct." -Mark Redlefsen, AllAboutJazz.com"
No Place to Fall
Rodrigo Amado & Chis Corsano
""A new chapter in the tradition of the great tenor-drums duets!" - Ulrich Jonas"
Nate Wooley / Liudas Mockūnas / Barry Guy / Arkadijus Gotesmanas
""This is a quartet full of potential and I was left wanting more, much more." - Colin Green, The Free Jazz Collective"
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"
Phases of the Night
Barry Guy / Marilyn Crispell / Paul Lytton
"After two highly praised trio CDs, Odysse and Ithaca, the composer and bassist Barry Guy presents a new CD with the same trio members, pianist Marilyn Crispell and percussionist Paul Lytton. For his new compositions, Barry Guy was inspired by paintings of Max Ernst, Dorothea Tanning, Wilfredo Lam and Yves Tanguy, which provide the springboard for the compositional strategies that reflect dream scenarios and unusual juxtapositions of material whilst preserving improvising. Barry Guy writes: «A sense of space coupled with high energy drives the vehicle of the imagination to create a suite of pieces that take us on a night journey. Importantly for me is the preservation of the classic piano trio tradition where sonority and interplay reign supreme. On top of this we can research our fantasies concerning the musical trajectories inspired by images conjured up by some very special artists.»"
""This 1981 recording collects tapes from the Evan Parker-directed Improvisors' (sic) Symposium at the international jazz festival held in Pisa, Italy, in 1980. Side one is made up of duets. There are two wind duets and one for strings. The first wind duet is a series of elongated tones that becomes circular motions and striated microtonal meditations between Evan Parker on soprano saxophone and George Lewis on trombone. The first is a slow, almost imperceptibly evolving piece of exchanged lines and intersected tonal integration. The second is a circular, oddly angled work in which the two performers create arpeggiated spaces of microphonic textures and then exchange them no less than three times in nine minutes, adding to the expansion of the circle. The string duet between bassist Maarten Altena and guitarist Derek Bailey is a remarkably focused quest for fire in which strings are regarded purely and practically as surfaces first and elements for musical improvisation second. Two quintet pieces make up the second side, and the piece performed by an ensemble with two bassists (Altena and Barry Guy) and three trombonists (Lewis, Paul Rutherford, and Giancarlo Schiaffini) works best. Deeper tonal studies that involve almost ritualistic triangulation and counterpoint are very rare in improvisers' groups these days. The counterpoint shifts here are arbitrary (they can consist of two basses, two trombones, a bass and a trombone, etc.), with the microtonal invention that contains a triad being equally random and ever-changing. For nearly 12 minutes, the piece is a breathtaking end to a very satisfying collection." -Thom Jurek, All Music"
Jaap Blonk & Maja Ratkje
"Maja Ratkje and Jaap Blonk have been performing and recording together since 2001. their first release was a cd of acoustic voice duets (majaap, Kontrans 850)"
Jaap Blonk & Cor Fuhler
"Since 1990 Jaap Blonk and Cor Fuhler have been collaborating in several groups in dutch improvised music, as well as in a pair of experimental radio plays. this is their first available recording as a duo."
Elisabeth Harnik & Christoff Kurzmann
"All donations received from the sale of this album will go to the Flüchtlingsprojekt Ute Bock ("Refugee Project Ute Bock") "
Scenes in the House of Music
Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton + Peter Evans
"Parker/Guy/Lytton is already a classic trio, even if this group is continuously changing what we think we know about the music played by Parker with Barry Guy and Paul Lytton. But when they’re associated with someone like trumpeter Peter Evans, we can anticipate a journey into uncharted territory. In “Scenes in the House of Music”, the quartet with Evans is something else entirely, as is the combination of Lytton, Guy with Evans, without Parker. Any previously released P/G/L improvisation won’t prepare you for this. Refreshed, sometimes more edgy, on occasion more “driving” or even “jazzy”, here and there with a chamber feeling, the music on this CD is of a particularly high level of refinement – one of trained spontaneity. All the musicians listen before playing, and what they play is in close interaction with what the others do. This isn’t only free music, it’s also egalitarian music, even given the difference of age between the P/G/L and the band’s guest Peter Evans; and in return Peter Evan’s respect for the older artists is audible, but it is never reverential. On the contrary, he’s always trying to take them out of their confort zones. The really delicious parts happen when the veterans shake the young performer’s world, showing him, and us, that they’re still the masters of this game."
""It would have been a very tall ask for attention to the music of this living pantomime, had Parker and his ensemble not found a way to engage even the most skeptical mind—with which Lynn Margulis also had to contend in her halcyon days. Appreciative attention comes quick to Parker and his group's profound interpretation of a difficult theory on set for Lynn Margulis. Margulis may surely be pleased as well, from wherever she is listening." -Raul D'Gama Rose, AllAboutJazz.com"
Shards and Constellations
Alexander Hawkins & Tomeka Reid
"Five of the compositions are collectively conceived with intricate textures and interplay. Two of the pieces feature works by two masters from the first generation of the AACM – Muhal Richard Abrams and Leroy Jenkins. "Shards and Constellations is a singular achievement exploring a broad spectrum of musical avenues from the lyrical to the pointillistic, from the angular to the serene. This adventurous music deserves to be heard," writes Anthony Davis in the liner notes."
Tomeka Reid & Nick Mazzarella
"Cellist / composer Tomeka Reid and saxophonist / composer Nick Mazzarella have become valuable contributors to the Chicago music scene(s) for over a decade. This collection of duets demonstrates equally their instrumental skills and innate musicality. The saxophone / cello combination goes back to, at least, the '50s with the Chico Hamilton Quintet and recordings by Eric Dolphy and Ron Carter in the '60s. Most relevant here though is the pairing of Julius Hemphill and Abdul Wadud in the '70s and beyond."
Solos / Trios
"A Curious Music seven-inch disc with trios and solo material from Fred Lonberg-Holm in the beginning of the 90's."
Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagist
"The original soundtrack performed by Tomeka Reid & co. for the critically-acclaimed, feature-length 2014 documentary, "Hairy Who and The Chicago Imagists," directed by Leslie Buchbinder of Pentimenti Productions."
"Working with his BRAXTAAL group, Blonk combines wit with sputters, twists, and loose social commentary to demonstrate his extraordinary ability to mold the human voice into often unrecognizable forms. Vocalizing in English (and other tongues, some nonsensical), this recording is not easy listening. In fact, it may disrupt and even annoy with its unique vocabulary of noise/sound. Nonetheless, there is much here to savor, and Blonk's utterly unique style and marvelous technique are quite astonishing. Performances by Blonk are not for the squeamish (he has been known to simulate the sounds of bodily functions), and this one is no exception. But for those open to something entirely different that is challenging as well as entertaining, though sometimes upsetting, a fling with Jaap Blonk might do the trick. Especially gripping are his renditions of the entertaining "Speechlos," and the prescient "Rational," and the provocative "As I Was Saying.""
Daniel Levin / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten / Chris Corsano
""There may be only three players here but, like the titular contraption, the result belies reality - at times, you’d swear you were listening to a much larger group." -Derek Stone, Free Jazz Blog"
Stefan Keune / Paul Lytton / Hans Schneider / Erhard Hirt
X PACT II
"This freight train phrase describes an object of study that’s been woefully under-attended relative to its counterparts in London, Amsterdam, and New York. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, across Germany, especially in the north, with outposts in smaller cities like Witten, Wuppertal, Leverkusen, Wiesbaden, and Aachen, musicians gathered as workshops, cooperatives, and collectives, presenting themselves in festivals, projects, or “meetings,” following the example set out by Jost Gebers and Peter Brötzmann’s Berlin-centered first wave free music organization, Free Music Production (FMP), away from which these regionally diffuse platforms pushed. The scenes cross-pollenated, germinated, grew into their own particular musical ecosystems. Some amalgamations were fleeting; others were longer lasting. A few jelled into bona fide bands."
The Long Haul
Rempis Percussion Quartet
"This live recording from 2011 by the longstanding working band The Rempis Percussion Quartet documents a period of work in between two previous releases - 2010's Montreal Parade, and 2013's Phalanx - the first release ever put out on Aerophonic Records! Here we find a band live onstage, and ready to roll for what had increasingly become a rare "hometown" performance after Flaten moved away from Chicago a few years earlier. Situated at the legendary Hideout, a warm Chicago venue that served as a home base every Wednesday night from 2006-2014 for the improvised music scene locally, nationally, and internationally, the band was comfortable, fired up, and ready to go for the occasion. We're very happy to present this previously undocumented era in the band's development for the first time."
The Moment's Energy
Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
""A composition that could never be performed the same way twice, its careful construction of sound in real-time and post-production makes for an ambitiously considered experience of great power and unsettling subtlety." - John Kelman, AllAboutJazz"
Tomeka Reid / Filippo Monico
""A wonderful, fully-improvised document of shifting tonal color, empathic interplay and dark, layered feeling - finally capturing on record the freer depth of Ms Reid's evolving art." -Olle Lawson, Free Jazz Blog 4.5 star review"
The Punk and The Gaffers
Philipp Wachsmann / Kalle Moberg / Paul Lytton
"The intergenerational trio was brought together at the Blow Out festival in Oslo in 2018, where they generated a lot of excitement. Norwegian music journalist Johan Hauknes wrote: "This was not your average impro-set, this was fresh, new, exciting and riveting!""
The Strobe Sessions
The Rempis / Rosaly Duo
"This unheard album was recorded back in January 2012, as a follow-up to longtime musical partners Dave Rempis and Frank Rosaly’s 2009 duo debut Cyrillic on 482 Music. After recording, mixing, and mastering the record, 482 Music declined this second release, leaving the record unheard until now. That experience was one of the reasons Rempis decided to start his own imprint, Aerophonic Records, in 2013. Heard here for the first time, the album holds up almost ten years later as a testament to the deeply empathetic relationship that these two sensitive improvisers have both had naturally, and also worked hard to develop further. And it helps to fill in some history between that first release, and 2020’s Codes/Myths on Aerophonic."
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."
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"
Tony Bevan, Joe Morris, Tony Buck & Dominic Lash
""The most exciting and original jazz plucker to emerge in the last decade." – John Corbett, Downbeat "Joe Morris is one of the most profound improvisors at work in the U.S." – Will Montgomery, The Wire"
Towards The Margins
Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
""Concentrated listening can produce wonderful rewards for the patient consumer. Parker's role seems less that of a leader than an instigator. He does, nonetheless, afford himself the opportunity to press his revolutionary technique to action." Steve Loewy, AllMusicGuide"
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"
Lisa Cameron & Claire Rousay
""Anyway, ever listen to jazz drum solos and not wonder where the rest of the ensemble is? Get used to it with these two – they’re like they’re own group, and they have no use for any melodic accompaniment. Plus, the drum solos sound like a full band." - Ryan, Cassette Gods"
Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble
"The ElectroAcoustic Ensemble was formed in 1990 as a sextet to explore the possibilities of real-time signal processing in an improvising context. and shortly became an opus magnum ensemble in the whole of Evan Parker's musical biography. Most of the CDs documenting the development of this exciting large ensemble were released by the legendary ECM label. The last time when EAE brought us its new CD titled Hasselt was nine years ago (PSI). Now, after this very long period, we proudly announce the brand new Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble is coming! Beautifully recorded two years ago on the Warsaw-based festival Ad Libitum by Kuba Sosulski and beautifully mixed by Fil Gomez and Evan Parker himself in the middle of 2020 at Arcobarco, Ramsgate, UK."
Wassermann, Blonk & Vorfeld
Ute Wassermann, Jaap Blonk and Michael Vorfeld
"Blending two of the most unconventional voices on the planet--Ute Wasswerman and Jaap Blonk--with percussionist Michael Vorfeld, also on string instrument, light bulbs and electronic devices, Wasserman adding voice, whistles, kutu wapa, frog buzzer, and mirliton, and Blonk adding electronics; wonderfully eccentric while impressively informed and masterfully executed."
We've Had Enough!
Fay Victor's Soundnoisefunk
""The supergroup that the improviser/lyricist calls SoundNoiseFunk -- is entirely deserving of its name -- their red-hot chemistry is evident from the get-go. On Wet Robots, Fay Victor's SoundNoiseFunk sound extraordinarily alive indeed." --Brad Cohan (JazzTimes)"
Evan Parker / Barry Guy / Paul Lytton
""What is important is: a sapphire symbolises and invokes quietude, peace, purity. States that Evan Parker, Barry Guy and Paul Lytton reached during the set presented here. By means of music, rough and wild, which condenses organically into something of angular beauty. A union which ultimately makes for the «purity» of this set. A magical, mysterious set for posterity." — Frank von Niederhäusern"