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Brötzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennink: Fifty Years After...

Read "Fifty Years After..." reviewed by Mark Corroto

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the game changing recording Machine Gun (BRÖ, 1968), saxophonist Peter Brötzmann recruited drummer Han Bennink from the original session, plus pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach. While Schlippenbach wasn't in the house for Machine Gun (the pianist was Fred Van Hove), he can be heard on the Peter Brötzmann Group's fully automatic ...

Clean Feed 2018

Read "Clean Feed 2018" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Since it's inception in 2002, Lisbon, Portugal's Clean Feed Records has released nearly 500 recordings. Last year the total was 64. Keeping up with their output might be the best way to follow innovative jazz and improvised music in the 21st century. Besides releasing music by masters such as Peter Brotzmann, Joe McPhee, Ivo Perelman, Elliott ...

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Fred Van Hove, Roger Turner: The Corner

Read "The Corner" reviewed by Vincenzo Roggero

Uno è pianista da considerare tra i pionieri del free jazz in Europa (da ricordare la sua partecipazione negli anni sessanta ai gruppi di Peter Brotzmann e, in particolare, al fondamentale album Machine Gun) l'altro è batterista fin dagli anni settanta coinvolto nelle vicende più ispirate dell'avanguardia e dell'improvvisazione inglese. Parliamo di Fred Van Hove e ...

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Exhaustion / Kris Wanders: Exhaustion / Kris Wanders

Read "Exhaustion / Kris Wanders" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The marriage of punk rock to free jazz is a natural fit. Both art forms are DIY; punk a rejection of corporate rock-n-roll of the 1970s and free jazz, the stasis of jazz, some fifty years post-birth. Today, we find Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore playing with The Thing, Borbetomagus, The Ex and Ken Vandermark, John Zorn's ...

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Fred Van Hove/ Shih-Yang Lee: Galactic Alignment

Read "Galactic Alignment" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Imagine what is was like when man first discovered fire. Fire! How his life changed, his dinner could be cooked, and soon after that (in the history of the universe terms) he was playing video games. Same could be said for the first musician to improvise. Next came New Orleans jazz, which could be documented by ...

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konstruKt: Turkish Free Music

Read "Turkish Free Music" reviewed by Mark Corroto

When we think of the term “virus," we equate it with human disease or an infection, as in a computer virus. But consider the musical virus known as free jazz, or improvisation. Its origins can be traced back to a Louis Armstrong solo deviating from his brass band's arrangement. Quickly, his extemporizing blossomed into jazz music ...

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Vandeweyer / Van Hove / Lovens / Blume: Quat Live At Hasselt

Read "Quat Live At Hasselt" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

This live sound recorded at a Belgian venue vividly transfers to disc, augmenting the dual percussionist-backed quartet's investigative mechanics amid crashing cadenzas, moments of quietude, and multilayered formulations. Featuring eminent Belgian pianist Fred Van Hove and vibraphonist Els Vandeweyer on the front end, the improvisational format yields a democratic approach as the musicians generally operate from ...

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Vandeweyer / Van Hove / Lovens / Blume: Quat Live At Hasselt

Read "Quat Live At Hasselt" reviewed by John Sharpe

In one sense the cover of Quat Live At Hasselt could act as a metaphor for what lies within, due to its focus on a narrow spectral range. At first glance the black appears uniform, punctuated only by the white text. But on further scrutiny, an intricately patterned network of various shades of grey becomes apparent, ...

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Thollem McDonas: The Beauty of Never Going Back Home

Read "Thollem McDonas: The Beauty of Never Going Back Home" reviewed by Dave Wayne

What is often forgotten about improvised music is that it can come from anywhere. Though its history is inextricably intertwined with jazz, improvisation is part and parcel of a myriad of musical cultures. Pianist and composer Thollem McDonas is not just aware of this fact, it is part of his daily existence. About 10 years ago, ...

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Evan Parker's Psi Label Celebrates First Ten Years

Read "Evan Parker's Psi Label Celebrates First Ten Years" reviewed by John Eyles

November 2011 marks the tenth anniversary of saxophonist Evan Parker's Psi label. Its first release, the fine Parker solo album Lines Burnt in Light, was recorded on October 11 2001 and released within a month of recording. In the following decade, the label released a total of 83 CD's of which 14 were re-releases including 13 ...