Category Archives: Improv

ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO-LES STANCES A SOPHIE.

Art Ensemble of Chicago-Les Stances A Sophie. Label: Soul Jazz Records. There aren’t many groups that are still going strong after fifty years, but that is the case with the avant-garde jazz group the Art Ensemble of Chicago. Their roots can be traced to the Advancement of Creative Musicians which was , founded in Chicago …

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HOLGER CZUKAY, JAH WOBBLE, JAKI LIEBEZEIT-FULL CIRCLE.  

Holger Czukay, Jah Wobble, Jaki Liebezeit-Full Circle. Label: Gronland Records. Having released eleven albums in eleven years, Can called time on their career in 1979. By then, Can were rightly regarded by critics as one of the most important, influential and innovative bands of the Krautrock era. However, like many of the Krautrock bands, Can …

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MOSTER!-STATES OF MIND.

Moster!-States Of Mind.  Label: Hubro Music. In March 2015, Norwegian supergroup Moster! released their third album third album When You Cut Into The Present to widespread critical  acclaim and hailed as a career defining release. Now three years later and Moster! return with their much-anticipated fourth album States Of Mind which has just been released on Hubro …

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JOHN COLTRANE-BOTH DIRECTIONS AT ONCE: THE LOST ALBUM-VINYL. 

John Coltrane-Both Directions At Once: The Lost Album-Vinyl. Label: Impulse! As John Coltrane and his classic quartet arrived at the Van Gelder studios in Englewood Cliffs, on the ‘6th’ of March 1963, the band were in good spirits having played a barnstorming set at Birdland the night before. It was one of the best sets …

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ARVE HENRIKSEN-THE HEIGHT OF THE REEDS.

Arve Henriksen-The Height Of The Reeds. Label: Rune Grammofon. Originally, The Height Of The Reeds’ project was commissioned by the city of Hull, to celebrate the city being chosen as Britain´s cultural capital in 2017. This was only port of the story behind The Height Of The Reeds. It’s  a culturally important commission that celebrates …

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MOSKUS-MIRAKLER.

Moskus-Mirakler. Label|: Hubro Music. The Moskus story began at the prestigious Trondheim Conservatory of Music, in Norway, in 2011. That was when bassist Fredrik Luhr Dietrichson first met drummer Hans Hulbækmo and pianist Anja Lauvdal and decided to form a new  group which they called Moskus.  Little did they realise at that first meeting, that Moskus would become the …

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SUN RA AND HIS ARKESTRA-THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET.

Sun Ra and His Arkestra-The Other Side Of The Street. Label: Sweet Earth Nowadays, music journalists are guilty of using the words innovator and pioneer for too freely, but that is the perfect description of the inimitable Sun Ra. He’s   now regarded as one of the true pioneers of free jazz and a truly …

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MIGUEL FLORES-PRIMITIVO (1983) SOUNDS ESSENTIAL COLLECTION VOLUME 2-VINYL.

Miguel Flores-Primitivo (1983) Sounds Essentials Collection Volume 2-Vinyl. Label: Buh Records. Many words have been used to describe avant-garde musician Miguel Flores is his native Peru. This includes brave and determined, after learning to walk again after an accident just as he was making a breakthrough with the rock group Pax. Miguel Flores has been described …

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TOHRU AIZAWA QUARTET-TACHIBANA.

Tohru Aizawa Quartet-Tachibana.  Label: BBE Records. Release Date: ‘27th’ of July 2018. For many connoisseurs of jazz, especially seventies J-Jazz, one little known private pressing is their holy grail, and everywhere they go is the album they search for. There’s always the hope that in a backstreet record shop, antique centre or thrift store in …

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HILDE MARIE HOLSEN-LAZULI.

Hilde Marie Holsen-Lazuli.  Label: Hubro Music. Three years after releasing her critically acclaimed debut album Ask, trumpeter and soundscape artist  Hilde Marie Holsen returns with her much-anticipated sophomore Lazuli, on Hubro Music. It features a suite of four compositions that were inspired by visual art, and were named after minerals that are used to colour …

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ALE HOP-BODILESS.

Ale Hop-Bodiless. Label: Buh Records. Recently, Berlin-based Ale Hop, who is one of Peru’s leading composers and experimental electronic musicians released her new album Bodiless on Lima-based Buh Records. Bodiless is a carefully crafted collection of nine new songs that feature Ale Hop’s trademark complex pop arrangements. However, Bodiless is quite different from Ale Hop’s …

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LARAAJI-SUN TRANSFORMATIONS-RECORD STORE DAY 2018.

Laraaji-Sun Transformations-Record Store Day 2018. Label: All Saints Records. Laraaji’s career has spanned five decades, and during that period, the American multi-instrumentalist has released around forty albums and countless collaborations. Many of these albums were self released by Laraaji on cassettes, and feature his unique and inimitable genre-melting sound. This is best described as a …

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TORTUSA AND BREISTEIN-MIND VESSEL.

Tortusa and Breistein-Mind Vessel. Label: Jazzland Recordings. In March 2016, Norwegian-American electronic musician John Derek Bishop a.k.a.Tortusa, released his critically acclaimed debut album I Know This Place-The Eivind Aarset Collages on Jazzland Recordings. It was hailed by critics as an ambitious and innovative album of groundbreaking music.  The judges of the prestigious Spellemann Prize 2016 …

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MOGWAI-TEN RAPID (COLLECTED RECORDINGS 1996-1997)-RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EDITION.

Mogwai-Ten Rapid (Collected Recordings 1996–1997) Record Store Day 2018 Edition. Label: Rock Action Records. Nowadays, there aren’t many bands that stay together twenty-seven years, and release thirteen studio albums, five soundtracks and two live albums. There’s also the small matter of two remix albums and the four compilations that the Glasgow-based band Mogwai have released. The …

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MIMAN-ULME.

Miman-Ulme. Label: Motvind Records. Over the last few years, Norway’s eclectic music scene has been thriving, as familiar faces and new bands release albums of ambitious, exciting and innovative music. This includes the improv trio Miman, who recently released their much-anticipated debut album Ulme, on Motvind Records.  Having released Ulme, Miman embarked upon a European …

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SPLASHGIRL-SIXTH SENSE.

Splashgirl-Sixth Sense. Label: Hubro Music.   When Splashgirl released their fifth album Hibernation, in February 2016, their star was already in the ascendancy and the Norwegian doom jazz trio had already released a quartet of ambitious and innovative albums. Four became five when Hibernation was released to critical acclaim, and was hailed as Splashgirl’s finest hour and as …

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FRODE HALTLI-AVANT FOLK.

Frode Haltli-Avant Folk. Label: Hubro Music. Release Date: ‘15th’ June 2018. Album Of The Week. Frode Haltli was born in Levanger, in the municipality of Trøndelag, on the ’15th’ of May 1975, and by the time he was seven, had already started to play the accordion. The young  Frode Haltli proved to be a prodigious …

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THELONIOUS MONK-MONK RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EDITION.

Thelonious Monk-Monk. Label: Music On Vinyl. By the time Thelonious Monk began recording Monk, which was his seventh album for Columbia Records, the forty-seven year old pianist was a vastly experienced musician who had already released over twenty albums on Blue Note, Prestige and Riverside Records. However, since Thelonious Monk signed to Columbia, he had recorded …

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DATASHOCK-KRAUTER DER PROVINZ.

Datashock-Kräuter der Provinz. Label: Bureau B.  Release Date: ‘25th’ of May 2018. Ever since Datashock was founded in the city Saarlouis, in Southwestern Germany in 2003, the neo-hippie-spook-folk collective’s lineup has been fluid, with members leaving and joining the group over the last fifteen years. By the time Datashock entered the studio to record the …

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LINDA PERHACS-I’M A HARMONY RECORD STORE DAY 2018 EDITION.

Linda Perhacs-I’m A Harmony Record Store Day 2018 Edition. The Linda Perhacs story is a case of what might have been for the seventy-five year old singer-songwriter who nowadays, is regarded as the true Queen of psychedelic folk. Linda Perhacs career began in 1970, when she released her debut album Parallelograms on Kapp Records. Sadly, Parallelograms which nowadays, is regarded …

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