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ICP OrchestraAan & Uit ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2003. New Copy ... $19.99 24.99
The mighty Misha Mengelberg is a wonderful force in this recording by the larger ICP group – not only composing most of the original song structures, but also providing the kind of piano work that initially made the group so great – linking their more contemporary creation to an older legacy of postwar modern jazz! The record bristles with character and creative fire right from the start – with a bit of vocalization from Misha, alongside reeds from Ab Baars, Tobias Delius, and Michael Moore – plus trumpet from Thomas Heberer, trombone from Wolter Wierbos, bass from Ernst Glerum, cello from Tristan Honsinger, violin from Mary Oliver, and fantastic work on drums from Han Bennink – who's the other key musical bookend in the set. Most tracks are short, and wonderfully dynamic – and titles include "Let's Climb A Hill", "Opa", "Tuinek", "Aan & Uit", "Barbaric", and "Back To Lippiza". CD

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ICP OrchestraBospaadje Konijnehol I (Forest Path Rabbithole I) ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 1992. New Copy ... $19.99 24.99
There's a beautiful assemblage of players here – all working under that special Instant Composers banner that seems to create a special sort of magic – shifting sounds as the different players come together under the leadership of pianist Misha Mengelberg, who also structured most of the loose compositions that are used as the basis for free improvisation, or "instant composing" as the group states with their name! Players include Han Bennink on percussion, Ab Baars and Michael Moore on reeds, George Lewis and Wolter Wierbos on trombones, Erns Clerum on bass, Evert Hekkema on trumpet, Ernst Reijseger on cello, Maartje Ten Hoorn on violin, and Maurice Horsthuis on viola – all working together in all these wonderful ways, as inventive as any of the best music you'd hear from Mengelberg or Bennink in other settings. The set features two long, loosely-structured suites – Mengelberg's "De Purperen Sofa", and "Ellington Mix" – which features extrapolations of Ellington themes greatly changed up by Misha. CD

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ICP OrchestraLive At The Bimhuis ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2008. New Copy ... $19.99 24.99
No matter what the lineup, the ICP Orchestra always has a way of making a special sort of magic of their own – blending song structure with very dynamic improvisation – at a level that often makes the end result of the group's music feel like much more than just the sum of its parts! Here, the group explodes a familiar Thelonious Monk composition at the start of the set, then takes off into even more wonderful material based around song structures by Misha Mengelberg – the pianist whose participation in the project has guided things strongly for decades! Other players here include Michael Moore on alto, Ab Bars and Tobias Delius on tenor – all three of whom also play clarinet – plus Wolter Wierbos on trombone, Thomas Heberer on trumpet, Erns Glerum on bass, Han Bennink on drums, and Tristan Honsinger on cello. The mix of dynamic group energy and sensitive individual expression is wonderful – and titles include "Jackying", "Rollo 2", "Met", "Reef", "Misha Pass The Donkey", "Jaolers Ik", and a version of the Herbie Nichols tune "Change Of Season". CD

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ICP TentetTetterettet ... LP
Instant Composers Pool/Our Swimmer, 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 29.99 About October 15, 2021
A landmark record from the Dutch jazz scene – one that takes all the strong 70s years of free improvisation in that world, and helps it find a new sort of focus! As fans of the scene know, ICP stands for Instant Composers Pool – writing while improvising on the spot – a notion that's applied here to a completely amazing tentet, with a lineup that moves even beyond the core scene – to include Misha Mengelberg on piano, John Tchicai on alto and soprano, Gilius Bergeyk on alto, Peter Bennink on alto and sopranino, Peter Brotzmann on alto and tenor, Bert Koppelaar on trombone, Tristan Honsinger on cello, Alan Silva on bass, Han Bennink on drums and bass clarinet, and Michel Waisisz on the very cool "crackle box". The force of the individual players is already amazing – but the way they come together here is breathtaking – sometimes with a full blast that should be chaos, but which finds an amazing sense of song, thanks in part to the strength of Mengelberg on piano. Titles include "Valse Trovee", "Ludvig's Blue Note", "Dank", "Alexander's Marschbefehl", "Rumboon", and five "Tetterettet" selections. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ ICP OrchestraEast Of The Sun ... CD
ICP (Germany), 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An unusual musical moment for the ICP Orchestra – as the recording is the first in the group's long history to not feature the work of co-founder Misha Mengelberg on piano – a loss here that is noted by the group's wordless vocal performance of Misha's "Psalm" theme at the start of the set, before launching off into territory that covers both his compositions and those of other group members – swinging nicely between structure and individual freedom! Drummer Han Bennink is still a key member of the group, and Guus Janssen takes up the piano and a bit of organ – but in very different ways than Mengelberg – in a lineup that also features Ab Baars and Tobias Delius on clarinet and tenor, Michael Moore on alto, Wolter Wierbos on trombone, Thomas Heberer on cornet, Mary Oliver on violin and viola, Ernst Glerum on bass, and Tristan Honsinger on cello. Many of the tracks are relatively short, in comparison to some of the group's other work – and they've sometimes go this special sparkle and wit that shows that Mengelberg's influence is alive and well in the group, even if he's not participating in the recording. Titles include "Rondo", "Sendai", "Impro Een", "Browse Of Morning", "Oorwurm", "Bleekgezicht", and "Pilaren/Twee Lijnen". CD

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✨✧ ICP OrchestraInstant Composers Pool (52CD & 2DVD set) ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), Late 60s/1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 52CD & 2DVDset ... Out Of Stock
An amazing document of this legendary improvising collective – material recorded over the span of many years – from 1967 to 2009 – and featuring some of the most important free jazz players on the planet! CDs include albums ICP 001 through ICP 050, and the set also features two DVDs as well – with performances by Han Bennink, Misha Mengelberg, Willem Breuker, John Tchicai, Maarten Altena, Theo Loevendie, Manfred Schoof, Derek Bailey, Steve Lacy, Steve Beresford, Ab Baars, Peter Brotzmann, Dudu Pukwana, and many others – all working in a variety of interesting combinations. The set comes with a huge booklet of notes, too – an amazing testament to the long-running project that is the Instant Composers Pool! CD
(Hand-numbered limited edition pressing! Includes a few stuck/stamped-on items, too – plus book, poster, and insert! NOTE: Inside of box is slightly damaged – a poor design – a corner has a very light ding, and this is reflected in the pricing.)

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✨✧ ICP Orchestra & Nieuw Amsterdams PeilDe Hondemepper ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful recent work from this decades-long creative music project – a set that has a number of tunes and plenty of spirit from group founder Misha Mengelberg – even though Mengelberg's health means that he's no longer part of the lineup! Yet Misha really brought the ICP, and the European scene in general, a special sort of energy – dynamic improvisation that matched the best of his generation, but a sense of warmth and wit that are completely unique – carried on here in great ways by the group, who are expanded with the addition of the Niew Amsterdams Peil – which makes for a much larger group than usual, with the addition of instrumentation that includes bassoon, mandolin, and panflute – in addition to more familiar saxes, trumpet, trombone, piano, and cello. The music is wonderfully playful – effortlessly swinging between structure and freedom – and titles include "De Hondemepper", "Pools & Pals", "A La Russe", "Cro Magnon Nights", "Een Hutje Van Gras", "Dressoir", and "De Purperen Softa". CD

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✨✧ ICP Septet with Joris Roelofs & Terrie ExKomen & Gaan ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The ICP have two great guests here – well, maybe three – the guitar of Terrie Ex, the bass clarinet of Joris Roelofs, and the sounds of a pianola – which brings a very different vibe to the record than usual! The songs are shortish, and have varying levels of sonic interplay – sometimes modes that are almost tunefully sentimental, but braced against more outside, avant territory – almost as if this version of the group were encouraging some smaller group improvisation and melodic expression – in ways that make for a record that's full of surprises, and a nice degree of wit as well! Players include Aab Baars on tenor and shakohachi, Mary Oliver on violin and viola, Wolter Wierbos on trombone, Michael Moore on clarinet, Guus Janssen on piano, and Han Bennink on snare drum, cymbal, cajon, jeu de boules, and even a horseshoe too. Titles include "Guju", "HaAbTer", "Kroket", "Sound Of Music", "Lucht", "GuTer", and "Kiksaus". CD

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✨✧ ICP Orchestra & Mattijs Van De WoerdRestless In Pieces ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
If the ICP is restless here, it's from a creative standpoint – as the group do a fantastic job of moving through musical sources from Thelonious Monk, Herbie Nichols, Charles Ives, and Misha Mengelberg – illuminating all the tunes with that unique blend of structure and improvisation that's always made them so great! The lineup here is relatively large – Ab Baars on clarinet and tenor, Wolter Wierbos on trombone, Tristan Honsinger on cello, Mary Olivery on viola and violin, Michael Moore on clarinet and alto, Ernst Glerum on bass, Tobias Delius on tenor and clarinet, Thomas Heberer on cornet and trumpet, Guus Janssen on piano, and Han Bennink on drums – a bigger group than usual, with the addition of Mattijs Van De Woerd on vocals, too. Titles include "Restless In Pieces", "Rollo 1", "Locomotive", "Lady Sings The Blues", "Blue Chopsticks", "Antaole", "One Thing All At Once", and "Jojo Jive". CD

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✨✧ Instant Composers Pool (Misha Mengelberg, Han Bennink, Willem Breuker & Others)Incipient ICP – 1966 to 1971 ... CD
Corbett vs. Dempsey, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 25.00
Rare music from this legendary Dutch free jazz collective – all pulled from the earliest years of the project, when the ICP group were every bit as important to improvised music as combos in the German and French scenes! The core players here are Misha Mengelberg on piano, Han Bennink on drums, and Willem Breuker on reeds – but with all ICP recordings, the "pool" is the most important part – as the lineup shifts fantastically, always in pursuit of new improvising possibilities – spontaneous creation amidst musicians who also include Manfred Schoof on cornet and flugelhorn, Theo Loevendie on soprano sax, Piet Noordijk on alto, Frederic Rzewski on electronics, and Willem Van Manen on trombone. Some moments have even more unusual instrumentation – steel drums, electrified viola, accordion, toy instruments, and amplified recorder – and throughout it all, the sense of unified group action and individual improvisation is tremendous. Most of the work on the CD has been unissued before – save for one track from the 53CD box ICP, and three more from a rare Dutch Jazz Scene LP box set from Radio Netherlands. 2CD set features 17 tracks in all – and titles include "Piano Distance", "Adebar Der Geheimnisvolle", "Jump Italiano", "Viet Cong", "Session No 1", "New Alto", "ICP 4 14 Write Your Own Part", "Stch Shuffle", "Siep", "Angels", and "Trammermusik". CD
 
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Steve Beresford & Han BenninkB + B In Edam ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2000. New Copy ... $19.99 24.99
Delightful work from this amazingly creative duo – a pair of freely-improvising musicians, but also one who take things far from the familiar modes of free jazz! Han Bennink is incredible on the drums – able to move with stunning dexterity, but never in a way that's bombastic or egotistic at all – and Steve Beresford used piano and toy electronics in these ways that really show his quick wit and open ear for all sorts of sonic territory! Beresford can make some noisy moments, but never revels in them – as the strength of the performance seems to come from the return to tunefulness – which both players do in ways that balance out their freer flights, and really show us the genius behind their instant compositions. Titles include "Crumbs In Bed", "Hagel Slag", "Billow Your Pillow", and "Teas Not Made". CD

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Dudu Pukwana, Misha Mengelberg, & Han BenninkYi Yole ... CD
ICP/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1978. New Copy Gatefold ... $12.99 15.00
A fantastic slice of sound from the legendary Dudu Pukwana – not his work with the famous Blue Notes combo, nor his globally-styled projects – but instead this searing free jazz date cut for the ICP label with Misha Mengelberg on piano and Hank Bennink on drums, clarinet, viola, and trombone! Pukwana is always great, but here he comes on with an improvising force that's even more amazing than you might expect – really stretching out over long tracks on alto sax, with moments that echo his more familiar tones, but with a lot more intensity – really driven on by the fantastic piano impulses from Mengelberg, and all pushed to the brink by Bennink's boundless energy on all instruments. Titles include "The King Of Weasle Is Called Easle", "Yi Yole", and "Silopobock". CD

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Joris Roelofs & Han BenninkIcarus ... LP
ICP (Netherlands), 2018. New Copy ... $24.99 34.99
Fantastic work from a duo who can take familiar instruments, and make them come out sounding completely different and in all these weird and wonderful ways! You may already know this quality from drummer Han Bennink, whose work has delighted us for decades – and he's equally matched here by the energy of Joris Roelfs, who blows bass clarinet and Bb clarinet with all these unusual textures, tones, and sonic explosions that really keep things interesting throughout! The territory is a bit like Jimmy Giuffre in his later years, but much farther out – and Roelofs has a great way of shifting the mood from track to track – as Bennink responds beautifully, also playing a bit of clarinet and piano too. Titles include variations on "This Is New", "Song For Che", and "Something Sweet Something Tender", plus the originals "Rondo 2", "Icarus", "Gustav 1", "Die Alte Perucke", "Guidi", and "Bahbachbah". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Misha MengelbergPech Onderweg ... LP
ICP (Netherlands), 1978. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant 70s recording from pianist Misha Mengelberg – all solo, recorded live at the Bimhuis – and at a level that instantly shows why we'd put Misha right up there with American giants like Thelonious Monk or Herbie Nichols! Sure, most folks know Mengelberg as more of a free jazz musician – but he's also got a great ear for structure and sense in his music too, and effortlessly blends bold expression with an inherent sense of cohesion – working with sharp angles, but also softening them with his inherent sense of wit and warmth! The balance is incredible – and captured here at a level that's even better than some of Mengelberg's better-known classics – the kind of record that can easily appeal to ears on both sides of the fence, and which makes us miss Misha more than ever. Titles include "Suite Banana", "Pech Onderweg", "Raspodie Soliee Bref", and "Wie Jeuk Heeft Als Moet Men Zich Krabben". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Han Bennink & Guus JanssenMij Een Biet ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great live duets between drummer Han Bennink and pianist Guus Janssen – the latter of whom was Misha Mengelberg's replacement in the larger ICP organization, and has turned out to be a fantastic musical partner for Han on a number of other recordings! Here, things are stripped down to just the two of them – and Bennink leaps right out in the fray with that really unique improvisational quality of his – that mode of being really freely expressive and sonically experimental, yet somehow holding close to a sense of tunefulness too – a quality that Janssen has really showed us in his piano, which rings out beautifully here, with tones and colors that get a nice sort of focus in comparison to some of his later group recordings. Titles include "Ips", "Riedel", "Beuk", "Verder Geen Leed", and "Meej Een Biet" – all billed as "instant compositions" – plus versions of the Wynton Kelly tune "Little Girl Your Daddy Is Calling You" and the Mengelberg song "Op Het Strand Van Scheveningen". CD

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✨✧ Han Bennink & Misha MengelbergMiHa ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 1997. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of those improvising records that can only make us say "wow" after hearing the first few seconds of sound – a brilliant pair of improvisations between drummer Han Bennink and pianist Misha Mengelberg – both of them completely freewheeling on their instruments, but often working with a sense of inherent structure and surprising tunefulness too! That quality is maybe no surprise, given how frequently the duo have interacted over the years – yet even here, when Bennink might be blowing us away with his frenetic intensity on the drum kit, or Misha might be making us smile with a slight snippet of a song – the duo are also really listening to each other as they interact, not showing off just for the performance – the kind of care and class that makes these two such musical giants. The set features two live improvisations, each over 30 minutes long – both great! CD

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✨✧ Greetje Bijma/Nora Mulder/Mary OliverPicatrix ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most unusual records we've ever heard on the groundbreaking ICP label – and that's really saying a lot, given their long legacy of experimental music! Greetje Bijma is a singer – but not the sort that always sings songs – maybe more of a vocal expressionist, working here in modes that move between the free improvisational range of her partners, and maybe some of the earlier experiments in dadaist voice – in a series of short selections that change up the modes fantastically throughout the entire set. Nora Mulder plays some very cool prepared piano, and Mary Oliver shifts between violin, viola, and Hardanger fiddle – on titles that include "Frigus Mundi", "North Pole", "Echo", "Donaudampfschiff", "Arnaaluk", "Who's There", "Wally Wally", "Birds", and "Vilegenzwaam". CD

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✨✧ Tobias DeliusLuftlucht ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2009. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The tenor of Tobias Delius sounds wonderful here – set up in a quartet that's got a perfect ICP sort of spirit – Han Bennink on drums, Tristan Honsinger on cello, and Joe Williamson on bass! The players work together in this mode that's got some sort of structure around the edges and lots of very personal improvisation in the middle – sensitive to not just the strengths of each group member, but also that very particular sonic space they're inhabiting at the moment – so that there's a sense of balance here that's beautifully artful – peppered with, perhaps, a slight dose of humor as well. The music was all recorded in one afternoon at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam – and titles include "Poeing", "Cistern", "Befana", "Kit", "Guest Room/Luftlucht", and "Yellow/Malvasia". CD

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✨✧ Tobias DeliusPelikanismus ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2001. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A quartet of musicians with a wonderfully deft feel – a group led by saxophonist Tobias Delius, but very much an equal balance between the drums of Han Bennink, cello of Tristan Honsinger, and bass of Joe Williams! There's a spirit here that takes us back to Bennink's first explosion of creativity on the Dutch scene at the end of the 60s – and after all these many years, the drummer is still breathtaking on the kit – and clearly inspirational for all three other players – although again, nobod really seems to be the "boss" in the lineup, because the instrumental interplay is filled with all these magical moments of combination, creation, and association. Delius blows tenor and a bit of clarinet – and titles include "Die Like A Duck", "Gestreken Eend", "Belly Can", "Lene", "Ringelnatter", "Plush Fabrication", and "Reciprocal". CD

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✨✧ Mary OliverWitchfiddle ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2001. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The album's got a pretty striking name – and there might well be a bit of witchery in the way that Mary Oliver handles her instruments here – a variety of fiddles that get expression in ways that are often very different than her performances with the ICP Orchestra! The album is solo throughout – with Oliver on violin, viola, and on one track, a hardanger fiddle – all instruments used in ways that show an amazing understanding of their possibilities for textures and sounds, at a level that's a great reminder that when a string player wants to be solo like this, the result doesn't have to be another session in an ECM Records mode! The set features 11 solo improvisations, running in length from fifty seconds to almost seven minutes. CD

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✨✧ Mary Oliver & Rozemarie HeggenOh Ho ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2008. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really beautiful mix of improvisations and works by unusual contemporary composers – a set that's very much in the tradition of other ICP records by Mary Oliver, but which really draws a lot from both the bass work of Rozemarie Heggen, and the introduction of the ideas of the others who contribute to the set! Each of the other composers is given space inside to briefly describe the idea of their works – a range of conceptions that really pushes both players past their usual space, while their own improvisations allow them to contain a core spirit of the record – and perhaps the most striking might be the long work at the end, titled "As They Step Into The Same Rivers" – which is billed as a piece for viola, contrabass, and ipod shuffle! Other titles include "Once Upon", "Apneu", "Douchegordijn", "Matti's Song", "Sisi", "Motorboot", and "Perla Oscura Perla Clara". CD

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✨✧ Han Bennink & Oscar Jan HooglandGoede Reis ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Drummer Han Bennink always has a way of picking the most creative improvisers to work with – and that's definitely the case here, as he teams up with Oscar Jan Hoogland – a musician whose main instrument is piano, but who also handles electric clavichord, record players, cassettes, megaphones, and crackle box – sometimes handling more than one instrument at once! The sonic variety makes for a hugely interesting record – a reminder that Bennink can always match himself up to whatever sort of environment is at hand, even if it's one that's supra-musical – and the music here really leaps from the grooves as the duo makes their way through selections that include "Propeller", "Fleurette Africaine Fleurete Japonaise", "Frafra Traffick/Masinko Monk/Rookgordijn/Rhythm Three", "Musique Automatique Typographique", "Hornin In Hornin Out/Peers Counting Song", and a version of "Ugly Beauty". CD

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✨✧ Han Bennink & Oscar Jan HooglandGoede Reis ... LP
ICP (Netherlands), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Drummer Han Bennink always has a way of picking the most creative improvisers to work with – and that's definitely the case here, as he teams up with Oscar Jan Hoogland – a musician whose main instrument is piano, but who also handles electric clavichord, record players, cassettes, megaphones, and crackle box – sometimes handling more than one instrument at once! The sonic variety makes for a hugely interesting record – a reminder that Bennink can always match himself up to whatever sort of environment is at hand, even if it's one that's supra-musical – and the music here really leaps from the grooves as the duo makes their way through selections that include "Propeller", "Fleurette Africaine Fleurete Japonaise", "Frafra Traffick/Masinko Monk/Rookgordijn/Rhythm Three", "Musique Automatique Typographique", "Hornin In Hornin Out/Peers Counting Song", and a version of "Ugly Beauty". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Han Bennink TrioAdelante ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The legendary drummer Han Bennink works here with two very well-matched younger players – Simon Toldam on piano and Joachim Badenhorst on tenor, clarinet, and bass clarinet – a reedman whose ability to shift in tones and textures really matches Bennink's always inventive energy on the kit! There's a sense of sound here that displays the sensitivity the improvisers show for each other – moments that can be light and whimsical one minute, then shift into these surprisingly thoughtful passages the next – all while still feeling like things are hanging in air, up to the spontaneous decisions of the musicians. We're not sure that we've heard much of Badenhorst before, but he's wonderful throughout – on titles that include "Peer's Counting Song", "March Of The Supermoon", "Waterzooi", "Boontje", "Supertyphoon", "Gordijn", and "Comacina Dreamin". CD

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✨✧ Joris Roelofs & Han BenninkIcarus ... CD
ICP (Netherlands), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from a duo who can take familiar instruments, and make them come out sounding completely different and in all these weird and wonderful ways! You may already know this quality from drummer Han Bennink, whose work has delighted us for decades – and he's equally matched here by the energy of Joris Roelfs, who blows bass clarinet and Bb clarinet with all these unusual textures, tones, and sonic explosions that really keep things interesting throughout! The territory is a bit like Jimmy Giuffre in his later years, but much farther out – and Roelofs has a great way of shifting the mood from track to track – as Bennink responds beautifully, also playing a bit of clarinet and piano too. Titles include variations on "This Is New", "Song For Che", and "Something Sweet Something Tender", plus the originals "Rondo 2", "Icarus", "Gustav 1", "Die Alte Perucke", "Guidi", and "Bahbachbah". CD
Also available Icarus ... LP 24.99
 
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Steve Lacy, Evan Parker, Enrico Rava, & OthersLaboratorio Della Quercia ... LP
Horo/Alternative Fox (UK), 1979. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
A fantastic entry into the improvising orchestra genre – a set that's similar to classics by ICP and London Jazz Composers Orchestra – and which also features a bit of crossover in members with both groups! The lineup here features the cream of the crop of the European avant scene of the late 70s – all brought together with that special care that always makes Horo Records albums so wonderful! There's a beautiful balance between group sounds and individual solo voices – very important, given that the strong lineup features musicians who includes Roswell Rudd and Danilo Terenzi on trombone, Kenny Wheeler and Enrico Rava on trumpets, Steve Potts on alto and soprano, Evan Parker on tenor and soprano, Steve Lacy on soprano, Massimo Urbani on alto, Frederik Rzewski and Martin Joseph on pianos, Tristan Honsinger and Irene Aebi on cellos, Kent Carter and Roberto Bellatalla on bass, Paul Lytton on drums and percussion, and Noel McGhee and Roberto Gatto on drums. Phew – that's a long list, and if you know the names at all, you'll know the tremendous sense of creativity that goes into the record – on long improvised tracks that include "Tromblues", "La Quercia", "Vortex Waltz", "The Message From The Maine", and "Dialogando". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dudu Pukwana, Misha Mengelberg, & Han BenninkYi Yole ... LP
ICP/Our Swimmer, 1978. New Copy (reissue)... About October 15, 2021
A fantastic slice of sound from the legendary Dudu Pukwana – not his work with the famous Blue Notes combo, nor his globally-styled projects – but instead this searing free jazz date cut for the ICP label with Misha Mengelberg on piano and Hank Bennink on drums, clarinet, viola, and trombone! Pukwana is always great, but here he comes on with an improvising force that's even more amazing than you might expect – really stretching out over long tracks on alto sax, with moments that echo his more familiar tones, but with a lot more intensity – really driven on by the fantastic piano impulses from Mengelberg, and all pushed to the brink by Bennink's boundless energy on all instruments. Titles include "The King Of Weasle Is Called Easle", "Yi Yole", and "Silopobock". LP, Vinyl record album
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✨✧ Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio & Alexander Von SchlippenbachField ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2021. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The album's a very open field of improvisation – served up here by a great lineup that has the piano of Alexander Von Schlippenbach joining the trio of Rodrigo Amado on tenor, Miguel Mira on cello, and Gabriel Ferrandini on drums! Although a guest, Schlippenbach makes his presence instantly known – and almost gives the whole proceedings an ICP sort of energy, with all sorts of wonderfully angular lines, served up with that thoughtfully spacious sort of quality that always makes his work on the piano so unique! Amado's almost trying to catch up and run past Alexander at times – not too much, but really stretching himself nicely in the presence of the older improvisational master – who clearly has an impact on the rest of the group too. The set features one long improvisation, "The Field" – which runs for 56 minutes in length. CD

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✨✧ Peter Brotzmann/Fred Van Hove/Han BenninkBrotzmann/Van Hove/Bennink – 1971 (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
JG/Corbett vs. Dempsey, 1971. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Very rare, very obscure material from this important free jazz trio of the German scene in the 70s – a set that features one long performance originally issued on the JG label, despite the FMP-like image on the cover – plus two more tracks from the same year that appear here for the first time ever! "Just For Altena" offers up the power trio at their best – very freewheeling piano from Fred Van Hove, drums from Han Bennink, and tenor from Peter Brotzmann – with intensity that may well surpass the Machine Gun years, and an understanding of each players strengths that means that there's almost no tentative moments at all in the improvisation! "Filet Americain" and "ICP No 17" are from earlier in 1971 – and showcase a different, more sonic side of the trio – some tones that are at the farther end of hearing, which ruminate then blossom into bolder statements, but still often with a very abstracted approach to each instrument. Great stuff – and every bit as essential as any of the better-known Brotzman recordings of the time! CD
(Beautiful package – with a heavy Japanese-style paper sleeve!)
 
 
 



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