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Susan Alcorn/Joe McPhee/Ken VandermarkInvitation To A Dream (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... $15.99
Amazing sounds from three great improvisers – two of whom we've known and loved for years, one of whom we're just beginning to discover! The trio features Ken Vandermark on tenor and clarinet, Joe McPhee on soprano sax and pocket trumpet, and Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar – the last of which is an instrument that's used in very different, very unconventional ways – more like a subtle sonic element, but still with some musical qualities – which then seems to create the same sort of balance in McPhee and Vandermark, both of whom are more fragile, more sensitive here than we've heard them in years! There's still a few more fully-blown passages, but the real beauty of the record lies in the more subtle sonic interplay, which is magical throughout. Titles include "Invitation To A Dream", "The Eyes Of Memory", "Rise & Rise", "Every Season Has Its Reason", and "I Am Because You Are". LP, Vinyl record album

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Rodrigo Amado & Chris CorsanoNo Place To Fall ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99
Searing sounds from this excellent duo – Rodrigo Amado on tenor and Chris Corsano on drums – both musicians that have such a clear, tight understanding of each other that they're able to improvised freely in fantastic ways – whether moving at top speed as a duo, or stepping carefully around empty sonic space as they fill things in together! The record is one that really elevates our appreciation of both musicians, and which will have us certainly keeping an ear out for lots more in the future – and Amado especially is really emerging as a bold-toned tenorist with a strong current of soul. Titles include "Don't Take It Too Bad", "Announcement", "We'll Be Here In The Morning", "No Place To Fall", and "Into The Valley". CD
(Limited edition.)

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Burton Greene/Damon Smith/Ra Kalam Bob MosesLife's Intense Mystery ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99 12.00
Amazing sounds from pianist Burton Greene – a modernist who's been quietly continuing a great legacy of creative music he started in the 60s – still sounding distinct and full of imagination in this well-recorded recent trio performance! The set has Greene working with Damon Smith on bass and Ra Kalam Bob Moses on drums and percussion – both musicians whose overall sense of sound matches the wideness of Burton's scope – which makes the whole thing way way different than any familiar sort of trio recording! Instead, the balance swings easily between each of the three points on the triangle, but with different moments of force that keep things very lively, and very compelling – on titles that include the three part title track "Life's Intense Mystery", plus "Anything That Ain't Yes Get Rid Of It", "Kid Play", and "Perc Waves". CD

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Kuzu (Dave Rempis/Tashi Dorji/Tyler Damon)Hiljaisuus ... LP
Astral Spirits/Monofonus, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
A pretty intense power trio from the Chicago scene – a group that features guitar from Tashi Dorji, drums and percussion from Tyler Damon, and alto, tenor, and baritone sax from the great Dave Rempis! The album features one completely sprawling improvisation – "Fontanelles" – a very long track that has these guys coming together with a sonic frenzy that's completely mindblowing – maybe not that surprising from Rempis, but with a new fire in the company of Dorji – a guitarist that we might be hearing here for the first time, and who can play with this focused energy that's only driven on more deeply by the drums of Damon! The album features another shorter track – "Gash" – but a number that's still quite open and full of energy – with an explosive middle that makes us wonder if there was anything left of the studio once these guys finished recording. LP, Vinyl record album

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Rob MazurekLove Waves Ecstatic Charge ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99
An amazing piece of music from Rob Mazurek – and a real testament to the growth as an artist that he's been experiencing in the Marfa scene! The album is all electronic, but has a different vibe than some of Rob's electronic work in Chicago and Brazil – at one level maybe more visual, as it's clearly tied to visual sources – but at another level more structured with a narrative sensibility – so that the progression of sonic elements moves along in a way that really makes sense. At some level, we might even be tempted to call a few of these pieces "songs", although they're still very abstract, and rarely tuneful – just these nicely focused passages created by Mazurek on a modular synth, but in ways that really move past both the regular uses of the instrument, and his more familiar sounds. Titles include "Wave Charge", "Ecstatic", "Love Waves", "Charged Waves", and "Wave Static". CD

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Rob MazurekPsychotropic Electric Eel Dreams IV ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99
An extended electronic piece from Rob Mazurek – one that features no trumpet at all, and just has Rob working on a modular synth, which he uses to rework the sound source of electric eels recorded in Brazil! The approach is fantastic – often as breathy and sound-building as Mazurek's longer pieces in an acoustic setting, but moodier and eerier too – maybe in part because the music was originally created for an installation, but stands here more than strongly enough on its own! It's hard to imagine that eels might even have such qualities, given that they live in such a sound-deadening environment – but Rob's really used their inspiration to create some really great music on his own, further expanding his electronic palette at a time when he's also been giving us some great acoustic sounds. The set features two long pieces – "Psychotropic Electric Eel Dreams IV A" and "Psychotropic Electric Eel Dreams IV B". CD

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Charles Rumback/Jim Baker/James Singleton/Greg WardCadillac Turns ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99 12.00
An album recorded under the leadership of drummer Charles Rumback – but a set that might also be the most revelatory work we've ever heard from pianist Jim Baker too! Rumback wrote all the tunes on the set – these open, long-flowing numbers that have a strongly spiritual component – which really comes through in Baker's piano, as he opens up in these cascading note clusters that are filled with more joy, life, and hope than we've ever heard in his music – given fuller strength via the alto solos of Greg Ward, a strongly pointed player who brings the whole thing into focus! James Singleton handles the bass, in a way that's well-attuned to Rumback's energy – and titles include "Dragons In Denver", "Convulsive", "Too Toney", and "Salt Lines/Storybook Skyline". CD

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Patrick Shiroishi/Vinny Golia/Dylan Fujioka/Alex ClineBorasisi ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... $8.99 12.00
Two saxophonists and two percussionists – coming together here in a pair of beautiful long-form improvisations! Patrick Shiroishi and Vinny Golia handle the reeds, and Dylan Fujioka and Alex Cline are on drums and percussion – and the album's two extended, improvised tracks have this great sense of space and sympathy – as the musicians are really starting to feel each other out at the start, then find ways to unfurl stronger, bolder aspects of their performance – yet with distinct sonic elements that really keep the individuality of each member. Titles include "Right Eye Sun" and "Left Eye Moon". CD

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Pat Thomas/John Butcher/Stale Liavik SolbergFictional Souvenirs ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. Used ... $6.99
One of the most unusual settings we've ever heard for the always-sharp saxophone work of John Butcher – a set that features lots of moogy moments from Pat Thomas, who uses both a theremini and electronics – alongside much more organic sounds on percussion from Stale Liavik Solberg! Butcher's always had this incredible ear for tones and unusual phrasings, but the trio here really brings out that quality even more than before – so much so, it's almost difficult to tell who's handling what elements at times – which is quite a testament to all three improvisers! Titles include "Dust", "Solution", "Threads", "Keys", "The Effort & A Smile", and "Heartaches". CD

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✨✧ Tetuzi Akiyama/Nicolas Field /Gregor VidicInterpersonal Subjectivities ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio recorded with a great texture of sounds – the guitar of Tetzui Akiyama, the drums of Nicolas Field, and the tenor of Gregor Vidic – the last of which is often blown in this careful, sound-shaping style that's a big change from the usual! Akiyama's guitar is great too – not the louder noise that might be used in an improvisational session like this – and instead a more careful approach to the subtler sonic reaches, with slow-building, soft-glowing elements that are punctuated with bolder moments from Nicolas Field. Titles include "Inner Circle", "Synchronous Ancestor", and "Wandering". CD

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✨✧ KVL (Quin Kirchner/Daniel Van Duerm/Matthew Lux)KVL Volume 1 ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The debut album from a very hip trio – one that features Quin Kirchner on drums and percussion, Daniel Van Duerm on organ and electric piano, and Matt Lux on bass – plus all three members on some sort of electronics! The tunes are instrumental and experimental, but almost always have some sort of structure and rhythmic energy – a quality that maybe nods more towards the work that Lux has done on other sides of the Chicago scene over the years – as he's been one of the most diverse, adaptable, and collaborative bassists we can think of! There's some really great sounds running throughout – a record that's maybe post-jazz, post-rock, and post-improv – with titles that include "North Branch", "Bladewalker", and "Peaceable" – the last of which features guest trumpet from Jaimie Branch. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Nick Mazzarella TrioCounterbalance (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Alto saxophonist Nick Mazzarella has really been setting the Chicago scene on fire of late – and that legacy certainly stands strong within the first few minutes of this recently-recorded live set – a searing trio date that has Mazzarella working at the height of his powers! Nick can spin out flurries of notes one minute, then hit spacious, thoughtful passages the next – energy that's really balanced out by the amazing work of Frank Rosaly on drums, and the strong placement of Anton Hatwich's sounds on the bass – served up at a level that's bold enough to match the fast-thinking creativity of both Rosaly and Nick. Titles include "The Puzzle", "Counterbalance", "Headway"," Innermost", "About Looking", and "Phonetic". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Susan Alcorn/Joe McPhee/Ken VandermarkInvitation To A Dream ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Amazing sounds from three great improvisers – two of whom we've known and loved for years, one of whom we're just beginning to discover! The trio features Ken Vandermark on tenor and clarinet, Joe McPhee on soprano sax and pocket trumpet, and Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar – the last of which is an instrument that's used in very different, very unconventional ways – more like a subtle sonic element, but still with some musical qualities – which then seems to create the same sort of balance in McPhee and Vandermark, both of whom are more fragile, more sensitive here than we've heard them in years! There's still a few more fully-blown passages, but the real beauty of the record lies in the more subtle sonic interplay, which is magical throughout. Titles include "Invitation To A Dream", "The Eyes Of Memory", "Rise & Rise", "Every Season Has Its Reason", and "I Am Because You Are". CD
Also available Invitation To A Dream (180 gram pressing) ... LP 15.99

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✨✧ Josh Berman/Paul Lytton/Jason RoebkeTrio Discrepancies (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic interplay between a very free trio – Josh Berman on cornet, Jason Roebke on bass, and Paul Lytton on percussion – really opening up on two side-long improvisations! Berman can work in more arranged settings, but he's very free here – and expressing himself with this amazingly bold sense of phrasing on the cornet – with energy that just builds and builds as the music goes on! Lytton's a joy, as always – with percussive elements that have a crackle that almost reminds us of some of his electronics, too – clearly a sonic sensibility inspired by that side of the spectrum – rounded out by deeper, more soulful sounds from the bass of Roebke. The set features two improvisations – "Padova" and "Trondheim" – one recorded in Italy, the other in Norway. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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✨✧ Harris EisenstadtOld Growth Forest II ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great second meeting of a really fantastic group – the kind of combo that shows just the right sort of magic that can happen when you bring together improvisers who really have a strong sense of sympathy for each other! The music here is already way more than the sum of its parts – and it has some really incredible parts – Harris Eisenstadt in the lead on drums, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Tony Malaby on tenor and soprano sax, and Jason Roebke on bass – all musicians who really get each other's strengths, and find a way to make music that's mindblowing, but in surprisingly subtle ways. Roebke's an especially powerful force here – and titles include "Biomass", "Shaded Canopy", "Song With Owen", "Pit & Mound", "Nurse Logs", and "Needles/Seedlings". CD

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✨✧ Colin Fisher QuartetLiving Midnight ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
This might be the only we've seen with saxophonist Colin Fisher as a leader – but the set's got a quality that will certainly have us looking out for more! The group features Brandon Lopez on bass and Marc Edwards on drums – with both Fisher and Daniel Carter on reeds – the former on tenor and alto, the latter on tenor, alto, soprano, clarinet, and flute (although we'd swear that we hear a trumpet in there somewhere as well!) The open space of the record allows the horns to work together in a loose formation that almost recalls the spirit of the loft jazz scene in the 70s – as does the work of Lopez and Edwards too – long, improvised performances that have a very organic feel – with titles that include "Crescent Moon Furnace", "Valley Spirit", and "Embryonic Breath". CD

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✨✧ Nick Fraser/Kris Davis/Tony MalabyZoning ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Drummer Nick Fraser has a great sense of cyclical energy here – a way of playing freely, but elliptically – so that there's this sense of passage and phase in some of the music, even while all the members are improvising with great intensity! The core trio features Fraser on drums, Kris Davis on piano, and Tony Malaby on saxes – the last of whom blows with an angular energy that strikes a great balance between the piano and drums. Half the record also features two more guests – Ingrid Laubrock on tenor and Lina Allemano on trumpet – and titles include "Zoning", "Wells Tower", "Sketch 46", "Coda", "Charismatics", and "Events". CD

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✨✧ Hearts & Minds (Jason Stein/Paul Giallorenzo/Chad Taylor)Electroradiance ... CD
Astral Spirits/Monofonus, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautifully bold setting for the bass clarinet of Jason Stein – a heady trio that features Paul Giallorenzo on keyboards and electronics, and the great Chad Taylor on drums – a musician who can't help but bring a sense of swing to this very far-reaching session! Taylor's always been one of our favorites – a musician who sometimes has the elliptical swing of a Billy Higgins or Hugh Walker, but can also be totally free as well – and here, he somehow manages to balance both sides of his music – while Stein blows bass clarinet the way most folks might handle a tenor – and Giallorenzo manages to color all the empty spots with nicely subtle work from his electric forces. Titles include "Slowly Drifting Outward", "Slippery Slope", "Treeline"," Back & Forth", "Future Told", "Frencher Frosty's Book", and "Electroradiance". CD

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✨✧ Dustin LaurenziSnaketime – The Music Of Moondog (with bonus download) ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The music of the legendary Moondog, but performed here with a unique spin that's all its own – by a strong group of Chicago musicians led by tenorist Dustin Laurenzi! Unlike some other Moondog tributes, which often stick strongly in the spirit of the original recordings, these guys really take off on their own – bringing a lot more jazz into the mix, and clearly unable to keep their own exuberant spirits from letting loose in the setting – no surprise, given that the lineup features Nick Mazzarella on alto, Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Dave Miller on guitar, Chad McCullough on trumpet, Matt Ulery on bass, and both Quin Kirchner and Ryan Packard on drums and percussion. Many tracks are longer than Moondog would have taken them – in a good way – and titles include "Down Is Up", "All Is Loneliness", "Lament 1", "Nero's Expedition", "Remember", "Fiesta Piano Solo", and "Lullaby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ Rob MazurekDesert Encrypts Vol 1 ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really beautiful record from Rob Mazurek – and one of his most different recordings in years! The set's a quartet date, recorded live – and has especially strong input from Kris Davis, who plays both piano and prepared piano – using the acoustic instrument to inflect the music of Mazurek in a really different way! Also great is bassist Ingegbrigt Haker Flaten – always a great presence, but maybe more conventionally swinging at times here than usual, if that's possible. Although the bass may well be driven strongly by the drums of Chad Taylor – a longtime partner of Rob's, but also really showing the growth he's experienced since their more frequent projects from ten to twenty years back. Mazurek himself is almost understated, but in a way that lets the whole group work strongly as a whole – and Rob plays piccolo, trumpet, and modular synth! CD

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✨✧ Dave Rempis/Matt Piet/Tim DaisyThrow Tomatoes ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Two fantastic improvisations from the Chicago scene – both featuring the well-known talents of Dave Rempis on saxes and Tim Daisy on drums – plus the rising genius of Matt Piet on piano! Piet's a name we've only begun to pay attention to – but his bold sense of freedom here really seems to drive the proceedings on even more strongly than we might have guessed – with an urgency that really sets Rempis on fire, who then seems to do the same to the trio – while Daisy balanced beautifully between more sensitive percussion and a full-on attack of the drum kit. Titles include "To Play Is The Thing" and "The Thousand Natural Shocks". CD

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✨✧ Jim Sauter & Kid MillionsSafe & Sane (with bonus download) ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A searing little record that definitely lives up to the Borbetomagus legacy – one that has Kid Millions going completely nuts on the drums, while Jim Sauter spins out waves and waves of noise on tenor sax and electronics! There's not a lot of subtlety in the approach, but that's never been Jim's calling card – and it's great to hear that his legacy is alive and well, on long tracks that include "Falling Spider", and "Chrysanthemum (parts 1 & 2)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 – with download!)

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✨✧ Pat Thomas/John Butcher/Stale Liavik SolbergFictional Souvenirs ... CD
Astral Spirits, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most unusual settings we've ever heard for the always-sharp saxophone work of John Butcher – a set that features lots of moogy moments from Pat Thomas, who uses both a theremini and electronics – alongside much more organic sounds on percussion from Stale Liavik Solberg! Butcher's always had this incredible ear for tones and unusual phrasings, but the trio here really brings out that quality even more than before – so much so, it's almost difficult to tell who's handling what elements at times – which is quite a testament to all three improvisers! Titles include "Dust", "Solution", "Threads", "Keys", "The Effort & A Smile", and "Heartaches". CD
Also available Fictional Souvenirs ... CD 6.99

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✨✧ Matthew Lux's Communication Arts QuartetContra/Fact ... LP
Astral Spirits, 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The fantastic first album as a leader from Chicago bassist Matthew Lux – long overdue after over two decades of wonderful work on the city's scene with a variety of other combos! Matt's fantastic here as a leader – completely inventive to the point where he can evoke Charles Mingus on one track, then hit a global funk element on another, and reach these strange sci-fi elements on the next – but all while keeping his feet very firmly planted on the ground! There's an unbridled sense of creativity going on here – kind of that post-avant, post-free mode that the International Anthem scene has gotten going – and Lux's partners here are Mikel Patrick Avery on drums, acoustic guitar, and mellotron; Ben Lamar Gay on cornet, electronics, and melodica; and Jayve Montgromery on tenor, flute, samples, and clarinumpet! With that mix of instrumentation – Lux also plays some guitar, chirimia, and synth, and everyone plays percussion – you can imagine that sonic textures of the album, which often stays in relatively spiritual territory. Titles include "Ninna Nanna", "Mercury Lights", "Singlet", "Paw Paw", "CGLW", "Gris/Bleu", and "Israels". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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✨✧ Ken Vandermark's Topology Nonet feat Joe McPheeImpressions Of Po Music ... CD
Okka Disk, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Ken Vandermark works here in musical modes first proposed by Joe McPhee – his famous concept of Po Music – performed here by a group that also features Joe, and a whole host of great players from the Chicago scene! Vandermark and McPhee have influenced each other a lot in the past few decades – but the approach here is to return to Joe's early Hat Art use of the Po concept – especially the way it presents ideas as provocation – which are then turned into improvisational fire by a group that includes Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Josh Berman onc ornet, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Kent Kessler on bass, Dave Rempis on saxes, Tim Daisy on drums, and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and electronics. Both Vandermark and McPhee play tenor – and the music has an intensity that's amazing for such a large group of improvisers – further proof that all players are very well-matched. Titles include "Impressions Of Eroc Tinu", "Impressions Of Knox", "Impressions Of Astral Spirits/Age", and "Impressions Of Sweet Dragon". CD
 
 
 



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