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Mia Dyberg: Ticket!

Read "Ticket!" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Raised in Sweden and Denmark, alto saxophonist Mia Dyberg has made a name for herself on Berlin's improvised music scene, notably in the duos Sonic Horizons, with cellist Guilherme Rodrigues, and with Italian turntable musician Roberta Wjm Andreucci in Morph! Ticket! is Dyberg's second trio outing to take inspiration from beat poet William S. Burroughs, following ...

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Cortex: Avant-Garde Party Music

Read "Avant-Garde Party Music" reviewed by Vic Albani

Fossero tutte così le party-band!

Cortex e Clean Feed colpiscono ancora e questo nuovo e ironico Avant-Garde Party Music la dice lunga sulle prospettive dello straordinario quartetto norvegese che dà alle stampe un nuovo capitolo della loro fortunata discografia. Se qualcuno cercasse una naturale evoluzione di un moderno hard-bop che attraversando gli insegnamenti di ...

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Fredrik Nordstrom: Needs

Read "Needs" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Un doppio quartetto alla maniera di Ornette Coleman anni sessanta con alcuni dei più importanti improvvisatori svedesi riuniti dal sassofonista Fredrik Nordstrom è il meraviglioso ensemble che da vita a Needs. Il risultato è un disco di estrema bellezza nel quale le radici solide del bop si espandono e raggiungono i territori della libera improvvisazione, del ...

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Davis - Frith - Greenlief: Lantskap Logic

Read "Lantskap Logic" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Guitarist Fred Frith (Henry Cow, Massacre, Arte Quartett) is one the earth's greatest improvisers. He is joined on Lantskap Logic by a pair of attuned futurists--pipe organist, educator Evelyn Davis (Cheer Accident), and saxophonist/composer Phillip Greenlief (They Might Be Giants)--to record this album at the Mills College chapel, which houses the pipe organ, and seemed to ...

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The Way Ahead: Bells, Ghosts and other Saints

Read "Bells, Ghosts and other Saints" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Perry Farrell, of the rock band Jane's Addiction, might have said/sung it best in 1988, on the track “Ted, Just Admit it..." when he whispered “Nothing's Shocking." Indeed, nothing is in the 21st century. Marcel Duchamp's painting “Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2" (1912) is mostly admired today, and certainly not the trigger for a riot. ...

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Benoit Delbecq 4: Spots On Stripes

Read "Spots On Stripes" reviewed by John Sharpe

In the animal kingdom both spots and stripes contribute to the camouflage which keeps the wearer hidden from either potential predators or prey. There's something similarly disorientating about this enigmatic album from French pianist Benoit Delbecq. Renowned as someone who has taken John Cage's idea of prepared piano into the jazz sphere, Delbecq has studied with ...

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Lynn Cassiers Imaginary Band: Imaginary Band

Read "Imaginary Band" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Belgian vocalist, experimentalist Lynn Cassiers' debut album with this band is largely unclassifiable. So, we take the easy way out and state that it heavily leans towards the avant-garde spectrum, although these loose, semi-structured works are embedded with jazz, free improv, and the leader's silky vocals, intermittently treated with electronics. No doubt, the music parallels the ...

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Sean Conly: Hard Knocks

Read "Hard Knocks" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This trio gives credence to the old saying that, “too many cooks spoil the broth." Given the musicians' course of action, it would seem that additional instrumentalists may have gotten in the way of progress. This is due to the band's extreme agility coupled with a horde of alternative routes, undulating bop grooves, an uncluttered soundstage ...

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Jonas Cambien Trio: We Must Mustn't We

Read "We Must Mustn't We" reviewed by John Sharpe

Why change a winning formula? Norwegian-based Belgian pianist Jonas Cambien maintains his run of success with We Must Mustn't We, the follow-up to the excellent A Zoology of the Future (Clean Feed, 2016) by the same trio, comprising reedman André Roligheten and drummer Andreas Wildhagen. Cambien presents the same distinctive mixture of lurching rhythms, unusual saxophone ...

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Matt Piet & His Disorganization: Rummage Out

Read "Rummage Out" reviewed by John Sharpe

Perhaps it was pianist Matt Piet's appearances with esteemed reedman Dave Rempis on the co-operative Hit The Ground Running (Aerophonic, 2016) which first started to garner him attention, but he is certainly beginning to gain a reputation in his own right, a trend which can only be furthered by the release of Rummage Out. Piet set ...