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Angles 9Disappeared Behind The Sun ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
A really fantastic set from this Swedish nine piece ensemble – a record that's overflowing with brash performance and unbridled energy – adventurous, but never totally free – and always given the right sort of focus to make things come across with a tremendous amount of power! The feel is almost like a Moserobie Records take on a Charles Mingus style – and the lineup features Martin Kuchen on alto and tenor – who also composed the album's five long tracks – plus Magnus Broo on trumpet, Matthias Stahl on vibes, Goran Kajfes on cornet, Mats Aleklint on trombone, Eirik Hegdal on baritone, Alexander Zethson on piano, Johan Berthling on bass, and Andreas Werliin on drums. If you know any of those players at all, you can imagine the greatness of the group – on titles that include "Adror", "Equality & Death", "Pacemaker", "Disappeared Behind The Sun", and "Love Flee Thy House". CD

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Black Bombaim & Peter BrotzmannBlack Bombaim & Peter Brotzmann ... LP
Lovers & Lollypops/Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $26.99
One of the headiest Peter Brotzmann albums we've heard in years, thanks to the sound of the Black Bombaim group from Portugal – who play with a guitar-heavy drive that almost takes us back to Brotzmann's Last Exit recordings of the 80s! The group play with a forward energy that takes off right from the start – heavy drums and full-on fuzzy guitar, plus some deep electric bass as well – all of which puts the reedman in a different setting than most of his recent projects, and one that reminds us just how well-suited he can be for such an experience! Some of the performances here really blow our minds all over again – with a tone that's strong, and incredibly clear – sometimes even more focused than on some of Brotzmann's other recent records, but still very free and sharp-edged overall. The album was recorded live in the studio, with a very jamming vibe! LP, Vinyl record album

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Peter Brotzmann/John Edwards/Steve NobleSoulfood Available ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2014. Used Gatefold ... $13.99
The title's a very apt one – as saxophonist Peter Brotzmann somehow sounds even more soulful than ever – almost at a level that evokes John Coltrane and Albert Ayler with his searing, searching tones on the album's very long title track! "Soulful Available" is worth the price of admission alone – as Brotzmann blows this very spiritual tenor over bass from John Edwards and drums from Steve Noble – as all three players build intensity and resonate together, almost with a 60s ESP sort of vibe – quite different than usual for Peter, but really appreciated as well! Some of the more familiar Brotzmann sense of tone and timing come through on the album's two shorter tracks, both of which are great too – "Nail Dogs By Ears" and "Don't Fly Away". CD

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Jonas Cambien TrioWe Must Mustn't We ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
A record that announces its difference right from the very first note – then keeps on setting itself apart with each new musical selection! The group's led by pianist Jonas Cambien – who can play both warmly and starkly – and the sound is balanced between the drums and percussion of Andreas Wildhagen, and the reed work of Andre Roligheten – who blows tenor, soprano, bass clarinet, and flute – often with textural tones that fold in nicely alongside the piano and drums! Yet despite that statement, there's also no set style to the group – as they really explore different interpolations of their instruments on every track – often in ways that seem to have an inherent structure, but which are also strikingly new as well – maybe even more powerful because of their tuneful inclinations than if the musicians were more free-minded. Titles include "Creationism", "Swear Like A Bear", "Unlikely Friendship", "Long Long Long", "Sister You Proved Me Right", "Crib", and "Animalism". CD

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CortexAvant Garde Party Music ... LP
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ... $23.99
The title might be a bit goofy, but it's actually a pretty great way to sum up the spirit of this group – as the contemporary Cortex come from avant roots, but also have a vibrancy that makes their music sound more celebratory than confrontational! The quartet features endlessly creative rhythms from the duo of Olya Hoyer on bass and Gard Nilssen on drums – topped by beautiful interplay between the trumpet of Thomas Johansson and saxophonist Kristoffer Berre Alberts – both players who can sometimes be completely in step with each other, sometimes almost at odds, and individually really work to make the whole record soar when it's time for their solos. Titles include "Mac Davis", "Grinder", "Chaos", "Waltz", "Disturbance", "Obverse/Reverse", and "Off Course". LP, Vinyl record album

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Michael Dessen TrioSomewhere In The Upstream ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
Trombonist Michael Dessen is really fantastic here – blowing with great sense of shape and soul on some more straightforward numbers, then getting nicely abstract as he introduces some electronics to his music! Dessen's not the first trombonist to bring in electronics to his music, but his work here is maybe the strongest we've heard in the mode – a lot warmer than it sometimes can be, and nicely balanced with the bass of Christopher Tordini and drums of Dan Weiss. The album's dedicated to Yusef Lateef – which may have something to do with the quality, as it would be hard to go wrong with Lateef as a guidepost. But then again, the whole thing's very unique – and very much one of the strongest statements we've ever heard from Dessen! CD

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Whit Dickey/Kirk KnuffkeFierce Silence ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. Used Gatefold ... $9.99
A brilliant pairing of drums and cornet – and a record that's every bit as bold as the musicians who created it! Drummer Whit Dickey punctuates the sound here in great ways – sometimes snapping the kit with an infectious pulse, sometimes moving into gentler sonic realms – but always with an inventive style that hangs somewhere between the role of timekeeping and much freer modes – while Kirk Knuffke's cornet lines step out with a spacious sound of their own – often hitting a different time structure than Whit, or concentrating on a key sonic quality – before blowing off into new shapes and tones. The pairing almost feels as if Max Roach and Leo Smith cut a set of duets – and titles include "The Calling", "Fierce Silence", "Stalker", "Lodestar", "Legba's Dance", "Ashes", and "Leave It To The Wind". CD
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FCT Trio Meets Carlo AttiFrom Sun Ra To Donald Trump ... CD
Clean Feed, 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
With a title and cover like this, we had to check the record out – and the sound within doesn't fail to disappoint! The song titles themselves are extremely political, but the music has a very universal appeal in the freer side of the spectrum – almost a poetic take on the world of free improvisation, with as much tunefulness as unbridled sense of exploration in the musicians! Players include Simone Graziano on piano, Gabriele Evangelista on bass, and Francesco Cusa on drums – working with guest Carlo Atti on saxes. Titles include "Delivering A Load Of Musical Boxes To Wall Street", "Adam Smith Counts Every Penny", "Fiscal Regime In The Life Of The New York Taxidriver/Jazzman", "Sun Ra Vs Donald Trump", and "Accelerating From The Global Society To The Foamed Society". CD

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Friends & NeighborsWhat's Wrong ... LP
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. New Copy ... $23.99
Friends & Neighbors come on even stronger here than on their previous record – with a blistering array of sharp-edged notes that really live up to the Ornette Coleman legacy that inspired their name! The group's incredibly deft – free, but never unstructured – able to turn on a dime, and draw the best from each individual member – while never making it feel like the quintet is being overshadowed by a larger ego or two. There's a sympathy between the players that you don't always get on records like this – and although the performances are quite free, they have an intrinsic logic that makes them extremely powerful. Group features Andre Roligheten on tenor and clarinet, Thomas Johansson on trumpet, Oscar Gronberg on piano, Jon Rune Strom on bass, and Tollef Ostvang on drums – and titles include "Fool Pay", "Duality", "Nokken", "Melting Snow", "Friends", and "Jaguar". LP, Vinyl record album

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John Lindberg BC3 with Wendell Harrison & Kevin NoBorn In An Urban Ruin ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. New Copy Gatefold ... $13.99
Bassist John Lindberg is the leader here – but the record starts with a beautiful solo clarinet piece by reedman Wendell Harrison – who we've loved ever since his Tribe Records work of the 70s! Harrison has played in many formats over the years – some more straight or polished than others – but here, in the company of a great trio, he reminds us that he can still be an incredibly powerful, spiritual player when needed – working here on both bass clarinet and standard clarinet – with a creative sound that rivals John Carter at his best on the instruments. The group also features wonderful vibes from Kevin Norton – whose tones balance things out nicely, and have this sharper attack at points that resonates well with Lindberg's bass. Norton also plays additional percussion – and titles include "Swooping Deep", "The Excavation", "The Left Wrist", "Devastation Of Vegetation", "Born In An Urban Ruin", and "Vermont Roadside Family". CD

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Tony Malaby/William Parker/Nasheet Waits/Wadada LeTamarindo Live ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2010. Used ... $9.99
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Rob MazurekRome ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredible solo record from Rob Mazurek – a wonderful change from some of his larger group and collaborative projects – even though we love those a heck of a lot too! This set's a great reminder of the core improvisational genius that Rob's always had, but which sometimes is overshadowed by the group activity on his other records. Here, Mazurek blows cornet alone, and also plays both standard and prepared piano – and colors things with just a dash of his great electronics – often used in more sparing and subtle ways than some of his group efforts. A really beautiful set from a musician who continues to reward us over the years – with titles that include "Twombly At New Church", "Gazing Through Walls", "King Of Rome", and "Sweet Life In Disrepair". CD

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Meridian Trio (Nick Mazzarella/Matt Ulery/Jeremy CTriangulum ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
Triangulum – a great title for the wonderful energy of this group – which swings perfectly between the three sharp points of Nick Mazzarella on alto, Matt Ulery on bass, and Jeremy Cunningham on drums! These guys are freewheeling, but always soulful – not just because of Nick's well-shaped sense of tone – which can be arch-modern, yet with a surprisingly warm core – but also because the bass of Ulery has this completely rapt (wrapped?) approach – almost like some deep force watching over the whole proceedings, which then seems to set Cunningham free on drums. The group represents an amazing third (or fourth?) wave in the contemporary avant scene in Chicago – the kind of joyous expression that continues to make us proud to live in a city that can create music this wonderful. Titles include "Ringdown", "Reminiscing", "Witch Hazel", "Rhododendron", "Strange", and "Inflection Point". CD

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Gard Nilssen's Acoustic UnityLive In Europe (3LP & 3CD set) ... LP
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy 3LP & 3CD Gatefold ... $55.99
A trio of live performances from this excellent trio – material recorded in Oslo, Ljubljana, and the North Sea festival – brought together here in a really wonderful package! The first record features just the trio – Gard Nilssen on some incredibly dynamic drums, working with Petter Eldh on bass and Andre Roligheten on tenor and soprano sax – a group who really find a new way to open things up past the original trio mode of Sonny Rollins in the 50s, but without the oft-trod territory of the familiar avant power trio too. The group is joined by Fredrik Ljungkvist on tenor and clarinet on the second album – and we always love Fred's work on any session, this one included. The final record features a quintet – with the presence of Jorgen Mathisen on tenor and clarinet, and Kristoffer Berre Alberts on alto, tenor, and baritone – which really ups the reed power of the album! A heck of a lot of music in one short space – all free, but nicely structured into songforms too. LP, Vinyl record album

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Bruno Parrinha/Luis Lopes/Ricardo JacintoGarden ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2016. Used ... $4.99
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Jonah Parzen-JohnsonI Try To Remember Where I Came From ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
A totally cool combination of musical elements – baritone sax and analog electronics – both played here by Jonah Parzen-Johnson with a style that's unlike anything else we can think of! Sure, saxes and electronics have come together before – ever since Richard Tietelbaum and Anthony Braxton first recorded together back in the 70s. But there's also a very different vibe here that comes both from the baritone, and its deeper sonic range – and the way that Jonah uses his electronics, sometimes with flutteringly rhythmic elements that really make the music shimmer, but without overwhelming it at all. He's also not afraid to blow straight and soulfully at times too – which is especially great when the electronics are more abstract – and throughout, the album's full of these revelatory moments that make the whole thing a delight. Titles include "These Shoulders Those Shoulders", "Cabin Pressure", "I Have Questions", "What Do I Do With Sorry", "Guns Make Us Murderers", and "Too Many Dreams". CD

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Matt Piet & His DisorganizationRummage Out ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
A strong group statement from Chicago pianist Matt Piet – a newer player on the city's improvising scene, but one who's already making his presence known – lined up here beautifully with heavyweights Josh Berman on cornet, Nick Mazzarella on alto, and Tim Daisy on drums and percussion! The album just features two long tracks – and both of them are maybe more of a nod back at an earlier generation of Chicago improvisers than some of the recent work of the other players – as Piet blocks things out in mood at the start, then builds up a strong energy between all of the players – with Mazzarella sounding especially great in the setting – really coming across with these searing, spiritual tones. Berman is great too – more subtle at times, but also looser and freer too – and titles include "Lost & Found" and "The Last Place You Look". CD

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Eric RevisSing Me Some Cry ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99
The bass of Eric Revis sounds better than we ever remember – and that's saying a lot, because we've really liked his other records too! Yet here, it almost feels like Revis is out to re-state himself as a musician – coming on strong with a tone that could put him up there with the giants of earlier years – and beautifully matched with drummer Chad Taylor, who's always been an amazing example of that rare quality of being tight and loose at the same time! Ken Vandermark blows tenor and clarinet – but in a way that really seems to respect the path taken by Revis and Taylor – as does the piano of Kris Davis, which punctuates the sound perfectly. Titles include "Sing Me Some Cry", "PT 44", "Good Company", "Rye Eclipse", "Rumples", and "Drunkard's Lullaby". CD

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Mattias RisbergStamps ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
A pretty great little album of solo piano – one that not only has a different vibe, given that Mattias Risberg also uses a moog Taurus – but also because the piano here seems to be both normal and "prepared"! Risberg has a great way of pulling out odd sounds that are still surprisingly tuneful – laying them out in progressions that are often quite angular and jagged, but which have a warm quality as well – almost painterly in the way that Mattias handles his music, with a beautifully personal touch. The whole album's played live, without overdubs – and the Taurus is handled with foot pedals, in a subtle but striking way. Titles include "Marine", "Emerald", "Vermillion", "Cobalt", "Sienna", "Viridian", and "Umber". CD

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Samo Salamon, Tony Malaby, & Roberto DaniTraveling Moving Breathing ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
We find ourselves loving the sax work of Tony Malaby more and more as the years go on – and here, he's perfectly situated in a trio with Samo Salamon on guitar and Roberto Dani on drums – a group that really finds the best way to triangulate the efforts of all three players! Unlike other takes on this format, where the tenor might dominate – Malaby's work on that instrument, and a bit of soprano, are bold, but also phrased in ways that resonate beautifully with the drums and guitar – which themselves, especially the latter, take on these elements that are completely captivating – all of which makes for a record that's a lot more inside than you might guess from the cover! Titles include "Breathing", "Traveling Without Motion", "Pedro Is Clean", "Arnold", "Kei's Dream", and "Moving Target". CD
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Bobby ByrdI Need Help ... LP
King, Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $129.99
The stunning only album ever from the great Bobby Byrd – know to many as a longtime associate of James Brown, and finally getting his chance to shine here in the spotlight! Bobby was in the game before James, and always continued to change his groove in all the right ways with The Godfather – so this late 60s recording has Byrd coming across just like the best last James Brown material on King – with production from James, and backing from the same group too! There's loads of classics here that went onto become huge funky 45s over the years – and big sample cuts too – and titles include "I Need Help (I Can't Do It Alone) (parts 1 & 2)", "Funky Soul", "My Concerto", "You Got To Have A Job (If You Don't Work, You Can't Eat)", and "Hang Ups We Don't Need (The Hungry We've Got To Feed)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – nice and clean! Cover has light wear and a very small bit of seam splitting.)

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