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Julie Sassoon, Willi Kellers: Waves

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Although pianist Julie Sassoon's first recording—the trio Azilut!'s To the Power of Three (Babel)—was released in 2001, the intervening years have not seen a stream of albums from her; in fact, her releases to date can be counted on two hands. However, in Sassoon's case quantity is far less important than the variety and quality of ...

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Bertrand Denzler / CoÔ: Arc

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This release is particularly welcome as Potlatch Records has not released an album since Infra by Pascale Criton, in September 2017. As the label issued its first album--No Waiting, by Derek Bailey & Joëlle Léandre--in 1998, this is an opportunity to mark the ground-breaking label's twentieth anniversary, and send congratulations to proprietor Jacques Oger. It is ...

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Urs Leimgruber, Jacques Demierre, Barre Phillips, Thomas Lehn: Willisau

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The LDP trio (shorthand for Swiss saxophonist Urs Leimgruber, Swiss pianist Jacques Demierre and American-born bassist Barre Phillips) first came together when they recorded Wing Vane (Les Disques Victo, 2001) which was followed-up with LDP—Cologne (Psi, 2005), an early use of the trio's abbreviated name. Subsequent LDP releases have come every three or four years, all ...

Three releases on Iluso Records

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Iluso Records was formed in 2013 by the Australian drummer Mike Caratti and the Madrid-born, New York-based guitarist Alvaro Domene, the two having met and become close friends in 2007 when they were both studying on the jazz course at Middlesex University, London, and maintained contact after they left London in 2011. They initially formed the ...

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Beresford Hammond: Circle Inside The Folds

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Circle Inside the Folds is the fourth album on The 52nd label featuring the duo of guitarist, pianist and vocalist Charlie Beresford with classically-trained cellist Sonia Hammond, following The Science of Snow (2014), The Lightning Bell (2016)--on which the duo were joined by Beresford's Fourth Page band mate pianist Carolyn Hume and guest vocalist Judie Tzuke--and ...

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Dark Star Safari: Dark Star Safari

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The birth of the quartet Dark Star Safari (named after a 2003 Paul Theroux travel book) dates back to a December 2017 session at the Candybomber studio in Berlin, initiated by Swiss drummer Samuel Rohrer who invited along two Norwegians--sampler and keyboardist Jan Bang and guitarist Eivind Aarset--having previously played with them at gigs including Norway's ...

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Four releases on Another Timbre from a "wonderfully fertile grey area"

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Just after he had launched his Another Timbre label, in late 2007, Simon Reynell said, “I've been a fan of contemporary music since my late teens. I first got into it through the classical end— Stockhausen, Nono, Berio, Cage—but soon discovered free improvisation. I was always more drawn to improvisation which, to my ears at least, ...

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Jon Heilbron: Pieces for Chord Organs

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Although Australian double bassist Jon Heilbron had already accumulated an impressive CV for a player still in his twenties, the release of Pieces for Chord Organs marked the first album issued under his own name. His past releases consisted of one track on the Norwegian cassette compilation Nonfigurativ Musikk 11 (Nonfigurativ Musikk, 2016), the album Small ...

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Gil Sansón / Lance Austin Olsen: Works on Paper

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Coinciding with the first anniversary of the formation of the Elsewhere label, its sixth release maintains the high standards set by the previous five. If anything, the two-CD set Works on Paper may be slightly more experimental, even risk-taking, than its predecessors--none of which could ever be described as safe.

First, some history. Back ...

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Evan Parker and Paul G. Smyth on Weekertoft

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In 2016, English guitarist John Russell and Irish pianist Paul G. Smyth set up the independent Weekertoft label to release music they had been involved in, including recordings made at Russell's longstanding monthly Mopomoso concert series or annual Fete Quaqua festival. As the label reached its third anniversary, its catalogue was dominated by two large sets--the ...