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    GOOSE PANNEE

    A tremendous early showcase for Rüdiger Carl and Irène Schweizer, before an appreciative Berlin audience. Goose Pannée opens with one tune by each, revealing the depth of their talents, before building to the side-long climax that is the title track. A full-bore… Continue reading

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    ZWECKNAGEL

    An intense duet captured live before an enraptured audience in 1980. Radu Malfatti and Harry Miller are masters of their instruments, and extended technique is the order of the day here. The two men keep up a fairly furious level… Continue reading

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    NUMBER SIX

    This music’s unclassifiable originality probably accounts for it failing to make a big splash when it first appeared in 1978. Rempel’s ensemble seamlessly meshes jazz and classical modes, finding previously unknown common ground between Ayler, Ligeti, Ravel, and more. The… Continue reading

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    THREE BLOKES

    “Who would have thought a series of soprano saxophone duets would be so compelling?” So begins one rave review of this classic summit meeting between three of jazz’s finest improvisers. The performances on Three Blokes find Lol Coxhill, Evan Parker, and… Continue reading

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    JOHN TCHICAI & STRANGE BROTHERS

    John Tchicai = John Tchicai!!! Strange Brothers = Tchicai’s late 1970s band, three Danish gents with a common purpose: follow Tchicai unto the breach. This uber-rare self-titled outing captures the band before a friendly Berlin audience, as they travel in… Continue reading

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    HIT AND RUN

    We admit that we generally couldn’t care less about bagpipes, but Paul Dunmall’s playing on Hit and Run is nothing short of a revelation. In his hands, it recalls various non-western instruments and conjures up entrancing drones and spiraling patterns. This… Continue reading

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    MUJICIAN III (august air)

    An ocean of sound emanates from Keith Tippett’s piano during this 1987 concert. As the title indicates, it’s the third such solo recital to get the “Mujician” marker, and his last solo statement on record until a 1992’s “Darlington Concert”… Continue reading

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    21st CENTURY TEXTS

    A Modern Classic! Simply put: 21st Century Texts is a monster. It’s gripping and intense without sacrificing memorable hooks, lyrical nuance, and rhythmic punch. As the song titles indicate, it’s also steeped in jazz history while forging its own blazing… Continue reading

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    THE TREE OF LIFE

    This solo performance finds pianist Cecil Taylor at the absolute height of his powers (“one of Taylor’s most rewarding recordings”–The Wire), moving seamlessly between delicate lyricism and swells of sheer intensity. Split into five tracks, The Tree of Life makes… Continue reading

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    LEGBA CROSSING

    From FMP’s massive, and otherwise out of print, 11-CD box set Cecil Taylor “In Berlin ’88” — widely acclaimed as one of the greatest achievements in jazz. Cecil Taylor has written extensively for big bands, but there are precious few recordings… Continue reading

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    ROMAN

    Louis Sclavis is not afraid of noise. More notably, he is not afraid of silence, either. Within this thirteen-chapter Roman (French for novel), Sclavis and idiosyncratic guitarist Jean-Marc Montera create a fully-realized sound world that ranges from near-quiet to roiling,… Continue reading

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    TRIO DE CLARINETTES: LIVE

    A lovely live performance capturing the relatively rare configuration of three clarinets. All three performers are given room to shine as the group wends its way through Sclavis’ five-part Berliner Suite, plus an additional dose of Boulez. Airy, spacious, and… Continue reading

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    PROCESS AND REALITY

    Evan Parker has done as much to advance the language of the saxophone as his namesake Charlie. This is one of his essential releases and a great introduction to his innovations. It’s a solo album comprised of short tracks and… Continue reading

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    LONDON AIR LIFT

    London Air Lift features one of saxophonist Evan Parker’s most stirring and sympathetic quartets – including guitar, bass, and drums. It showcases Parker’s links to the jazz tradition while carving out new sonic territory. These eight tracks are taut and… Continue reading