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Silent Fires: Forests

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Silent Fires is a quartet which brings together Italian pianist and composer Alessandro Sgobbio with three renowned Norwegians, violinist Håkon Aase, vocalist Karoline Wallace and trumpeter Hilde Marie Holsen--whose one-woman album Lazuli (Hubro, 2018) was very well received. As the YouTube clip below shows, in concert the four are often joined onstage by contemporary dancer and ...

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Keune, Russell, Schneider, Lovens.: Nothing Particularly Horrible: Live in Bochum ‘93

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Recorded live in concert, in October 1993, at Museum Bochum, during the Ruhr Jazz Festival, this album is not a reissue but is being released for the first time, its wryly amusing title indicating that it has been declared fit for public consumption. In fact, the album's four tracks, being the only recordings of this Anglo-German ...

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Two commissioned pieces from Insub Meta Orchestra

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Formed in September 2010, Switzerland's then 40-member Insub Meta Orchestra (IMO) issued its first album Archive #1 on the Insubordinations label in March 2012, closely followed by the digital release of Archive #2 in December 2012 and, by then 29-strong, Archive #3 on the new Insub label in February 2015. Following the release of 13 and ...

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Seamus Cater & Kai Fagaschinski: Secrets

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Available on twelve-inch 45rpm vinyl or as a download, Secrets is the debut album from the duo of Seamus Cater and Kai Fagaschinski, released after six years of secluded, painstaking work. Alongside Michael Thieke, Fagaschinski is half of the renowned clarinet duo The International Nothing, and he is also a member of the innovative clarinets-plus-vocals quartet ...

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Fourth Page: Live Wales - Hungary

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Live Wales--Hungary comprises in-concert recordings from gigs at Cwm Gwilym School House, Powys, Wales and Jazzaj, Lumen, Budapest, Hungary during a November 2018 tour. For the tour, Fourth Page's established core quartet of guitarist-vocalist Charlie Beresford, pianist Carolyn Hume, bassist Peter Marsh and drummer Paul May was expanded to a quintet or sextet by the addition ...

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Arve Henriksen: The Timeless Nowhere

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Released as a limited-edition four-LP set, including the music on two CDs--a total of forty-two tracks, running for over one-hundred-and-fifty-six minutes--Arve Henriksen's The Timeless Nowhere mainly comprises new recordings and unreleased material dating from 2007 to 2019. (Only the live recordings from the 2017 Punkt festival have previously been available, by streaming or download.) Not a ...

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Minton - Butcher - Robair: Blasphemious Fragments

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Studio-recorded in London in July 2017, Blasphemious Fragments brings together an appealing improvising trio comprising vocalist Phil Minton, saxophonist John Butcher and percussionist Gino Robair. For Butcher, the trio reacquaints him with players he has known for decades; he and Minton recorded Two Concerts (FMP) together as far back as 1995, in a trio with German ...

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Philip Thomas: Morton Feldman Piano

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Everything about this six-hour, five-disc box-set of Morton Feldman piano music radiates the care, attention-to-detail and, yes, love that have been invested in producing it. The artwork, packaging, documentation and information are all second to none, as is the crystal-clear recording quality. Any cynic questioning the need for another exquisitely-produced box-set should note that, among its ...

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Joachim Zoepf: Geschmacksarbeit

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Among other skills, Germany's Joachim Zoepf plays various saxophones as well as bass clarinet and piano. Having recently come across free improv, in 1989 he recorded for the first time, the result being the solo album Solo Reeds -Elements (Musikverlag H. Burger & M. Müller, 1989) on which he played soprano and baritone saxophones plus bass ...

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Ross Lambert: Magnit-Iz-Dat

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In the mid-1980s, guitarist Ross Lambert was first exposed to and immediately became committed to improvisatory music, in Sheffield via Derek Bailey. Since then he has been involved in, initiated and been a connector between a very wide variety of improv. In November 1999 he was one of the earliest participants in the weekly Friday-evening improv ...


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