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Lena Circus with Itaru Oki: Zanshin

Read "Zanshin" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Guitarist Antoine Letellier and guitarist/reed player Nicolas Moulin formed Lena Circus as a duo in 1999 and the pair produced nine recordings that were marketed primarily in France. Expanding to a trio formation with percussionist Guillaume Arbonville in 2003 they released a prolific ten albums by 2012. Mid-way through that decade, the group began to add ...

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Sonny Simmons: Leaving Knowledge, Wisdom and Brilliance / Chasing the Bird?

Read "Leaving Knowledge, Wisdom and Brilliance / Chasing the Bird?" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

American alto sax and English horn (Cor Anglais) player Sonny Simmons needs no introduction. Now 81 years old, Simmons was a key player in America's free jazz eruption in the 1960s. He released his first solo albums on ESP- Disk, the exponent label of free jazz and recorded or played with legendary musicians like Eric Dolphy, ...

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Jean-Luc Petit: Matière des Souffles

Read "Matière des Souffles" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

French reed player Jean-Luc Petit mastered his art through extensive, mostly free improvised, solo work with actor and poet Daniel Crumb (including the staging of Charles Bukowski poems) and various duets with double bassist Benjamin Duboc, percussionist Didier Lasserre and sax players Daunik Lazro and Sylvain Guérineau among many other forward-thinking local improvisers.

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François Tusques / Alexandra Grimal / Sylvain Guérineau: La Jungle du Douanier Rousseau

Read "La Jungle du Douanier Rousseau" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

This ad-hoc French trio brings tenor saxophone players and free improvisers--Sylvain Guérineau, who is also a gifted painter, and Alexandra Grimal to the musical universe of veteran pianist Francois Tusques, who began to play jazz in post-war France and was a close associate of expatriate Americans like Don Cherry and The Art Ensemble of Chicago during ...

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Itaru Oki: Chorui Zukan

Read "Chorui Zukan" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Japanese trumpeter Itaru Oki is one of the forefathers of the free jazz scene in Japan; he was a member of the seminal, experimental Japanese trio ESSG, with pianist Satoh Masahiko, and drummer Togashi Masahiko, an improviser who was a role model for many Japanese musicians. Among them was pianist Satoko Fujii, and trumpeter Natsuki Tamura, ...

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Benjamin Duboc: St. James Infirmary

Read "St. James Infirmary" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

French double bassist Benjamin Duboc belongs to the elite of the European free improvisation scene. He is a musician with a unique command of the bull fiddle, employing a wide array of inventive and original extended techniques. But he is also an improviser that charges each of his solo performances with captivating emotional power. ...

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Noah Rosen / Alan Siva: O.I.L. (Orchestrated Improvised Lives)

Read "O.I.L. (Orchestrated Improvised Lives)" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni

Alan Silva is one of the last true heroes of free jazz and improvised music. He was at the right place, at the right time with his own powerful sound. He played, while still playing the double bass, on some of the formative recordings of the forefathers of the sixties free jazz as Albert Ayler, Sun ...


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