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Fred Van Hove: Piano Solo

Read "Piano Solo" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Belgian pianist Fred Van Hove has always been identified with the European free music movement, but he also stands outside the cadre of players that formed the FMP label. This rerelease (first time on CD) of two solo LPs, Prosper (1981) and Die Letzte (1986), reaffirm his personality and uniqueness as an improvising player.

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Peter Brötzmann: Wolk In Hosen

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In a blindfold test--and not knowing he was but 11 years old when this solo session was recorded in 1976--the sound heard on Wolk In Hosen might be mistaken for that of Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson. But no, it is, indeed, Gustafsson's hero and musical role model, the fire-breathing Peter Brötzmann.

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Schlippenbach Quartet: At Quartier Latin

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Released as part of the limited edition box FMP im Rückblick--in Retrospect (1969 - 2010), this recording by pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's Quartet, At Quartier Latin, is an incomparable time capsule that documents a crucial period in European improvisation and the development of today's jazz luminaries.

Available separately from the 12-CD box, this disc ...

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Gunter Christmann / Mats Gustafsson / Paul Lovens: Trio

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The language of free improvisation is decades old now and its power to shock has arguably diminished accordingly. If there's something in the contention that everything once radical is eventually co-opted by an ever broadening mainstream, free improvisation still gives the lie to it. Still the creative process behind it can appear inscrutable, and the very ...

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Christmann / Gustafsson / Lovens: Tr!o

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The first meeting (and there have been many more since) of this trio is a cause for a celebration that asks: “What took you so long?" Recorded live in 1994, this stellar document should not have taken sixteen years to surface.

Wrong righted, it celebrates the introduction of Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson (then age ...

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Peter Brotzmann: Lost & Found

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Lost & Found finds iconic free jazz reedman Peter Brötzmann recording both solo and live for the first time ever. Throughout the 50-plus years of music-making, his live recordings are probably the best at capturing the essence of this great man's passion; and further, hearing him without accompaniment is a direct line into his thoughts.

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Peter Brotzmann: Lost & Found

Read "Lost & Found" reviewed by Nic Jones

It's important to point out that this is Peter Brötzmann entirely solo on various reeds because, with this particular advocate of the free, the solo context has always amounted to something entirely different to his group work. As an unaccompanied soloist, he has always been an antithesis of Evan Parker's seamless flow on soprano sax in ...

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Olaf Rupp / Marino Pliakas / Michael Wertmuller: Too Much Is Not Enough

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This guitar, bass and drums trio has clearly moved beyond the power trip that such a line-up might imply. In doing so they have entered what, on the basis of this release, is a kind of nihilistic phase in which the power stems from collective endeavor, as opposed to any conventionally virtuosic approach.

This isn't necessarily ...

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Stefan Keune / Hans Schneider / Achim Kramer: No Comment

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Improvised music is rife with precedents in these early years of the twenty-first century, both on record and otherwise. The one for the trio of saxophone, bass and drums was set under the leadership of Sonny Rollins over half a century ago and since then the line-up has been amply documented on record. Set against those ...

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Alexander von Schlippenbach: Piano Solo '77

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Pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach hasn't so much refined his art over the course of his decades-long career as he has redefined his musical personality according to the demands of the setting he's working in and the musical company he's keeping. While that suggests adaptability, that tendency is tempered by the simultaneous singularity of his musical personality. ...