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Stray: Into Darkness

Read "Into Darkness" reviewed by John Sharpe

Two old masters and two younger pretenders unite to produce Into Darkness. Saxophonist John Butcher and guitarist John Russell were both part of the so-called second generation of improvisers, following in the wake of progenitors such as Evan Parker, Derek Bailey and John Stevens. Joining them in a continuous 51-minute live performance from London's Iklektic in ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Cologne Open 2018

Read "Cologne Open 2018" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Cologne Open
Stadtgarten
Cologne, Gemany
March 1-2, 2018

Cologne Open, the first edition of a new showcase festival offering a selection of the city's jazz musicians, spanned two nights in the renowned Stadtgarten venue. It was launched on the occasion of a meeting of the newly established Artistic ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Butcher, John Edwards, Mark Sanders: Last Dream at the Morning

Read "Last Dream at the Morning" reviewed by Alberto Bazzurro

Radicalismo improvvisativo duro e puro, per questi tre senatori del ramo, appartenenti alla seconda generazione di musicisti inglesi specializzati nella pratica specifica. Il sassofonismo ispido e acuminato, esplicitamente antigrazioso, di John Butcher (espresso su tenore e soprano, guarda caso) s'ispira palpabilmente a Evan Parker, pontefice massimo in materia (con cui fra l'altro John Edwards ha collaborato ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

John Butcher/John Edwards/Mark Sanders: Last Dream of the Morning

Read "Last Dream of the Morning" reviewed by Mark Corroto

For good free improvisation three things are required. First, musicians who are masters of their instruments, next, players who have created their own language, and, finally, performers who are simpatico. The first prerequisite is obvious, unless of course you were able to appreciate Ornette Coleman when he took up the violin without first learning the instrument. ...

Anemone: A Wing Dissolved In Light

Read "A Wing Dissolved In Light" reviewed by John Sharpe

Meetings of peripatetic improvisers form regular occurrences in these straitened times, but by uniting a quintet of musicians from three continents, each from different countries, Anemone takes the custom to extremes. Of course free improvisation provides a touchstone which transcends any cultural or language differences. Perhaps the surprise comes in realizing that A Wing Dissolved In ...

Per Gärdin/Pedro Lopes/Rodrigo Pinheiro: History Of The Lisbon Chaplaincy

Read "History Of The Lisbon Chaplaincy" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It's interesting just how much place influences a recording. Was the session captured in a hermetically sealed studio or a noisy jazz club? Is the sound engineered or merely captured? And how does the architecture of the recording space effect the sound? Sound experimentalist Pauline Oliveros often recorded in an empty water cistern, timing notes against ...

Derek Bailey

Read "Derek Bailey" reviewed by John Eyles

Guitarist Derek Bailey was one of the more prominent and influential musicians from the “first generation of free improvisation" that developed in London in the mid-sixties and gradually promoted the music around the world. Although several members of that generation were leaders, Bailey often seemed the de facto leader of the group. Partly, this was a ...

John Butcher, Ståle Liavik Solberg: So Beautiful, It Starts to Rain

Read "So Beautiful, It Starts to Rain" reviewed by Vic Albani

John Butcher sta lentamente prendendo il posto di “sua maestà" Evan Parker che potremmo definire quasi uno specialista degli incontri in duo con percussionisti vari.

Scherzi a parte, il sessantatreenne sassofonista di Brighton attivo discograficamente sin dalla fine degli anni Ottanta, torna a far brillare casa Clean Feed da una parte con una ristampa ...

Momentum: Momentum

Read "Momentum" reviewed by John Sharpe

Three Norwegian musicians unite as Momentum to explore the junction of minimalism and improv. Forming the sides of an equilateral triangle are reedman Jørgen Mathisen (who can be heard with bassist Per Zanussi's 5 and power trio Krokofant), bassist Christian Meaas Svendsen (part of drummer Paal Nilssen-Love's Large Unit) and drummer Andreas Wildhagen (heard to excellent ...

NEWS: RECORDING

New Releases On NoBusiness Records -- March 2017

New Releases On NoBusiness Records -- March 2017

NoBusiness Records has just released four new vinyls and three new CD's. Look for them on NoBusiness Records website. NoBusiness Records in cooperation with Japanese Chap-Chap Records has started a series of releases of unreleased concerts that took place in Japan in the 90s. Concerts were organised by big fans of free jazz and improvised music Takeo ...