7 March: I've just heard the very sad news that Wolfgang Fuchs died of a heart attack in Berlin on 3 February.
First off with Barry Guy. The new Maya release is Time passing... for soprano, bass-baritone, improvising vocalist, improvising double bass and string ensemble (2012). In addition, Duncan Heining has written an extensive piece for All About Jazz on Barry Guy's large group works. Divided into three parts it covers: Ploughs into swordshares, an overview of Guy's early move into music before focusing on his latest work The Blue Shroud; A prophet is not without honour, concentrating on the LJCO; and Back to the drawing board which looks at the Barry Guy New Orchestra and work with the Glasgow Improvisers' Orchestra. Duncan has also provided a review of the new Keith Tippett disc Mujician Solo IV: live in Piacenza.
A recent John Butcher solo CD recorded in Japan is Nigemizu; the Evan Parker Sant'Anna Arresi Quintet has Filu 'e Ferru an Italian release without obvious label name or number; the new Red Toucan disc is Rope from Uwe Oberg/Frank Paul Schubert/Wilbert de Joode/Mark Sanders; two recent discs on Umlaut are the 3CD Stockholm connection from Bengt Nordström/Sven-Åke Johansson/Alexander v. Schlippenbach/Orchestra; and Four girls, the third disc from Peeping Tom; new on Bruce's Fingers is Concretes from Paul Hession/Ewan Stefani.
Starting this time with a substantial update from NoBusiness Records, on both LP and CD. The LPs are: Fractions from Stefan Keune/Dominic Lash/Steve Noble; The Convergence Quartet with Owl jacket; Howard Riley's solo 10.11.12; John Lindberg/Anil Eraslan with Juggling kukla; the Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad Quartet with The Delaware River; Giovanni Di Domenico/Peter Jacquemyn/Chris Corsano with A little off the top; and Martin Küchen/Jon Rune Strøm/Tollef Østvang with Melted snow. And on CD there is: Intricacies, a 2CD set from Paul Hubweber/Frank Paul Schubert/Alexander von Schlippenbach/Clayton Thomas/Willi Kellers; Moon, a 2CD set from Karl Berger/Kirk Knuffke; Martin Küchen/Johan Berthling/Steve Noble with Night in Europe; Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden with Frictions/Frictions now; and a 2CD set from John Carter - Echoes from Rudolph's.
There are three new or recent Evan Parker discs: in duo with Peter Jacquemyn, Marsyas suite, on El Negocito Records; a duo with Motoharu Yoshizawa, Two chaps on Japanese vinyl and CD; and joining the duo Black Top on #Two on Babel. BGO Records has just released a 2CD set of John Stevens' Away containing the three Vertigo LPs John Stevens' Away; Somewhere in between; and Mazin ennit. INcipit Records from Italy has just released a CD/DVD box of live recordings of the duo of Livio Minafra and Louis Moholo-Moholo: Born free.
It was great to catch up with Jim Denley again in Sheffield recently, in between gigs with Mural (alongside Kim Myhr and Ingar Zach) and their latest release is a 3CD set on Sofa: Tempo. Jim's label Split also has two recent releases - the historical 2CD set from Teletopa: Tokyo 1972; and a duo of Jim Denley and Cor Fuhler: Truancy, both released on LP and CD. Another welcome and recent visitor to Sheffield was the classical guitarist Christían Alvear playing Jurg Frey; his discs of similar material include Antoine Burger: 24 petits préludes pour la guitare on Edition Wandelweiser Records; and Michael Pisaro: Melody, silence (for solo guitar) on Potlatch.
A clutch of new releases from Martin Davidson on Emanem: Marcio Mattos's SOL[os]; the first CD issue of Acta's John Russell/Phil Durrant/John Butcher LP Conceits (1987/1992) with some unissued music; John Russell With... (Henry Lowther, Satoko Fukuda, Phil Minton, Evan Parker, John Edwards, Thurston Moore) at his 60th birthday gig last December; Earlier outbreaks of iconoclasm, a 2CD-set from The Milo Fine Free Jazz Ensemble of previously issued hat Hut material plus unheard music; and a re-packaging of Iskra 1903 Chapter one (1970-1972). The re-issue of Evan Parker's Monoceros - included in my last update - is also part of this release package.
Thanks in particular to Raymond Strid, as a result of which there's been a significant update to his page on this site. I'll leave the reader to explore everything there but here are a few of the discographical additions: Birds from the trio of Mats Gustafsson/John Russell/Raymond Strid; the self-title LP THE ÄGG; Ten from the Fredrik Ljungkvist Yun Kan 10; Fylkingen and LP-only release by The Electrics; the 2CD set Oslo/Wien from Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø/Raymond Strid/Nina De Heney; and Gush's latest release The march on Konvoj Records.
There's a French element to several of the items in this update so I've decided to bring these (otherwise somewhat unrelated (!) releases together. First off is the brand new Bloc Thyristors vinyl, the first meeting between Kasper T. Toeplitz/Jean-Noël Cognard/Jac Berrocal, Disséminés çá et lá, with a striking and unsettling cover. Then there's the new Joëlle Léandre CD, her second duo with guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay, Trans 2, the new duo between Michel Doneda and Lê Quan Ninh: Aplomb on Vand'Oeuvre; and the new Potlatch disc: Christián Alvear's Michael Pisaro: Melody, silence (for solo guitar).
Furtheremore, one of three new Evan Parker discs was recorded at Montreuil: Trance Map is a special signed, limited edition CD-R from the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, background provided on the page. The others are the long-awaited re-issue of Monoceros on psi and Lawrence D. "Butch" Morris' Possible universe: Conduction 192, recorded at Sant'Anna Arresi and released on NBR/SAJazz.
The latest John Butcher CD is a duo with Andy Moor, Experiments with a leaf on Unsounds; Hans Koch has a solo with multitracking, Erfolg on Deszpot; on Leo there's Encounters from Luc Houtkamp/Simon Nabatov/Martin Blume; on LJ Records there's Sudden meeting from Susanna Lindeborg/Ove Johansson/Thomas Fanto/Michael Andersson; and California connection from Natural Artefacts (Susanna Lindeborg/Ove Johansson/Per Anders Nilsson/Gino Robair/Tim Perkis).
Thank you to those who have contacted me over the last couple of months to say it is worth continuing with the site and that it does form a useful function. And here's another well-stocked update...
First off, a focus on Peter Brötzmann, in particular as a result of Gérard Rouy's excellent book of conversations with Peter: We thought we could change the world. Gérard was kind enough to ask if he could include my PB discography in the book and, seeing it in print has encouraged me to not only do a significant update (with more to come) but a re-organisation to try to make it easier to work through Peter's substantial and continuing output. The new additions have a fair number of very new, new or slightly older (!) vinyl releases beginning with two releases on the OMLOTT label, both duos with Peeter Uuskyla: Dead and useless (also on CD); and the just released double LP, Red cloud on silver. Then there's the recently released Mollie's in the mood on BRÖ, Mental shake on OTOROKU, and Solid and spirit on Nero's Neptune. On CD there's Solo at Dobialab. In addition to the OMLOTT label, I've now added Trost to the Independent labels page and new CD addtions here include: Brötzmann/Noble I am here where are you; Peter Brötzmann/Sonny Sharrock Whatthefuckdoyouwant; Peter Brötzmann/Keiji Haino/Jim O'Rourke Two city blues 2; Soundtrack from Fake the Facts; First recordlings from the Schlippenbach Trio; Boot! from The Thing; and The Thing/Thurston Moore Live.
The latest two Wig CDs are both from the Ab Baars Trio, the first with NY guests: Invisible blow; the second Slate blue. And finishing as I started, with vinyl, there's the new Bloc Thyristors release, interestingly with insert CD, from Tribraque - Jean-François Pauvros/Patrick Müller/Jean-Noël Cognard - Le passé du futur est toujours présent.
What was new on EFIP 1 January 2015
Well, it's just coming up for 20 years for this web site. I had almost decided to call it a day at this point as new releases have become more difficult to come by and the currency of my information is beginning to lag. But, having discussed this with a number of people, I've decided to continue. So, many thanks to Evan Parker, Maya Homburger, Barry Guy, Paul Lytton, Sten Sandell, Richard Barrett, Joëlle Léandre, Danas Mikailionis and Ernesto Rodrigues, among others, for persuading me there's a value in continuing. And here's the latest, very substantial, update, thanks in large part to those mentioned.
Again, a very brief update, beginning with two new CDs from Joëlle Léandre: in duo with Vincent Courtois Live at Kesselhaus, Berlin on Jazzdor; and in trio with Thomas Buckner and Nicole Mitchell, Flowing stream on Leo. The latest Ogun release is For the Blue Notes by the Louis Moholo-Moholo Unit; on Ayler there's Marc Ducret's culmination to his Tower sequence with the large-scale 2CD Tower-bridge; on Euphorium there is Dirn Bridge from the trio of Axel Dörner/Elan Pauer (Oliver Schwerdt)/Christian Lillinger; on Erstwhile there are two new 2CD sets: II from Jürg Frey/Radu Malfatti; and The abyss from Kevin Drumm/Jason Lescalleet; and the new Rudi Records CD is (In)Obediens from Fabio Sartori/Marco Colonna/Cristiano Calcagnile. The latest Paul Dunmall disc has him in trio with Andrew Barker and Tim Dahl: Luddite on New Atlantis Records.
What was new on EFIP 1 July 2014
A very brief update this time, beginning with new CDs and LPs from NoBusiness Records: three LPs: Malus from Nate Wooley/Hugo Antunes/Chris Corsano; A way a land of life from Jason Ajemian/Tony Malaby/Rob Mazurek/Chad Taylor; and Live in Lisbon by Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio/Peter Evans; and 2 CDs: Max Johnson/Ingrid Laubrock/Mat Maneri/Tomas Fujiwara with The prisoner; and Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio/Peter Evans with The freedom principle (different music from the LP).
Recently out on FMR is an excellent DVD based around Trevor Watts (including Veryon Weston, Mark Sanders and John Edwards): Hear Now. On Loosetorque there's Crackle a second duo between Fred Lonberg-Holm and Nick Stephens; on Balance Point Acoustics there's North of Blanco from a quartet of Jaap Blonk/Sandy Ewen/Damon Smith/Chris Cogburn; on Ayler, La scala from Théo Ceccaldi/Roberto Negro/Valentin Ceccaldi/Adrien Chennebault; and on Amirani, Lasting ephemerals from the duo of Gianni Mimmo/Alison Blunt.
What was new on EFIP 1 May 2014
A substantial update this time, beginning with two new releases from Joëlle Léandre, both duos: 3 (i.e. the third released recording) on Ayler with Pascal Contet and Sisters where on Rogueart with Nicole Mitchell. New on ECM is the violin/double bass duo of Vilde&Inga (Vilde Sandve Alnæs and Inga Margrete Aas) with Makrofauna. The latest releases on Emanem are: Steve Lacy solo Avignon and after volume 2; Nigel Coombes/Steve Beresford White string's attached (a re-issue with additional material and corrections, of the old Bead LP); and Tandem remastered from John Carter/Bobby Bradford, a double CD package of the two single discs previously released on Emanem. There are three recent Paul Dunmall CDs: on SLAM Cherry pickin' from Jim Dvorak/Paul Dunmall/Mark Sanders/Chris Mapp; and on FMR, the Deep Whole Trio with That deep calling; and Paul Dunmall/Paul Rogers/Philip Gibbs with The clouds turned silver. Also on FMR is Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra and George Lewis with Artificial life 2007.
A very brief update this time but including the sumptous 4LP box set from vinyl-only Bloc Thryristors featuring the quartet of Keith Tippett/Michel Pilz/Paul Rogers/Jean-Noël Cognard: L'Étau: choses clandestines. There are five (four? read on...) new releases from Germany's Euphorium Records: Lillischwerdt's Small pauer; the New Old Luten Quintet's Big pauer; an interesting film on DVD by Gudrun Pappelteich: Alles was baumelt, bringt glück!; and Oliver Schwerdt/Günter Sommer's Dry swing/Tandem spaces. The fifth release is Edithrakneff Weinermond/Romondoprath Ulfkutter's Peripherduette but this sounds kind of suspicious to me and in fact the catalogue number is the same as the Schwerdt/Sommer CD and the music is the same. I'm assuming this is one of Oliver Schwerdt's jokes.
Quite a few overlaps here and there, as well. For example, on one of the new Ayler CDs, Jöelle Léandre appears with the Théo Ceccaldi Trio: Can you smile?, the other Ayler release being Everything is in the instructions from Scott Fields and Jeffrey Lependorf. One of two new Paul Dunmall CDs on FMR is Red Dhal Sextet - Hilary Jeffery/Frank Paul Schubert/Paul Dunmall/Alexander Von Schlippenbach/Mike Majkowski/Yorgos Dimitriadis - that includes the Fabric Trio who have their LP out on NoBusiness. The other Dunmall release features Philip Gibbs and Trevor Taylor: New atmospheres. New on Ogun is the excellent Different times, different places with previously unreleased recordings from two Harry Miller groups, both featuring Mike Osborne who was part of S.O.S. who have a 2CD release out on Cuneiform: Looking for the next one.
Apologies for not updating in October but I didn't get round to it; also there weren't that many releases to be added.
So a pretty small addition here, beginning with new CDs from Incus, Emanem and Loose Torque. Incus recently issued Tony Oxley A birthday tribute - 75 years which, alongside a solo, has historical duo, trio and quartet recordings from 1977 and 1993; Emanem's recently released 2CD is South on the Northern from the second version (Rutherford/Guy/Wachsmann) of Iskra 1903; John Stevens' Away At home (at The Plough, Stockwell), previously unissued, has recently come out on Nick Stephens' Loose Torque label.
Recent CDs from Paul Dunmall are Descent III by Paul Dunmall/Mark Sanders/Pat Thomas, Weeping idols by Dunmall/Hanslip/Gibbs/Ricard, both on FMR, and Remembrance by Paul Dunmall/Paul Rogers/Tony Bianco, a 2CD set on NoBusiness Records. There are two recent duo releases from Phil Minton: By the stream with Audrey Chen on Subrosa and Phil Minton/Dylan Nyoukis, a single-sided 12" vinyl disc, a co-release on Ptomata Kato Ap'To Krevati/Phase!/MAFIA. Balance Point Acoustics has released its second digital download-only album, a trio of Fred Van Hove/Damon Smith/Peter Jaquemyn from L'Archiduc, Brussels in 2008: Burns longer. The most recent CD from the label is From-to-from by Alvin Fielder/David Dove/Jason Jackson/Damon Smith; and I've also just added Zen Kaiju a duo between Kiku Day and Henry Kaiser. The Trespass Trio (Martin Küchen/Per Zanussi/Raymond Strid) have two recent CDs on Clean Feed: Bruda Beda; and Human encore with Joe McPhee.
Apologies for not updating in July but there just wasn't the time to do it.
This update has a large number of items from Evan Parker and Barry Guy and I'll start off with Mad dogs, on the Polish Not Two label. This is from Barry Guy's New Orchestra but, as it says on the cover, it's 'small formations' so there's nothing from the large group itself. 5 CDs and all housed in an LP-sized cover with notes and CDs. Very impressive!. Other recent Not Two CDs are: the New Atlantis Octet with Unto the sun; Evan Parker/Agusti Fernández duo on The voice is one; Jason Roebke and Tobias Delius's Panoramic; Konstrukt with Peter Brötzmann and others: Eklisia Sunday; Brötzmann/Satoh/Moriyama with Yatagarasu; and François Carrier/Michel Lambert/John Edwards/Steve Beresford with Overground to the Vortex.
No Business Records have recently released Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton Live at Maya Recordings Festival on 2LP and on CD. And other No Business releases are, on LP: The Group (Ahmed Abdullah/Marion Brown/Billy Bang/Sirone/Fred Hopkins/Andrew Cyrille) Live; Szilárd Mezei Tubass Quintet with Canons - 2nd hoisting; Thomas Borgmann/Wilber Morris/Reggie Nicholson Nasty & sweet (2LP); Shift by Correction with Mats Gustafsson; the self-titled Melodic Art-Tet (2LP) (Charles Brackeen/Ahmed Abdullah/William Parker/Roger Blank/Tony Waters); and Steven Lugerner/Myra Melford/Darren Johnston/Matt Wilson with For we have heard; and on CD: The Group Live; The Convergence Quartet's Slow and steady; Vandeweyer/Van Hove/Lovens/Blume QUAT: live at Hasselt; and the Melodic Art-Tet.
Evan Parker also appears in duo with Matthew Shipp on Rogueart's double CD Rex, Wrecks & XXX; and he's part of Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath on Procession: live at Toulouse, just released for the first time on CD on Ogun with additional music. And Barry Guy is a (former) member of John Potter's The Dowland Project whose Night sessions CD, recorded in 2001 and 2006, has just been released on ECM. Emanem have recently re-released Challenge from the Spontaneous Music Ensemble of 1966-7 (including Evan Parker); New surfacing from the Spontaneous Music Ensemble of 1978 and 1992 (with better sound than the previous releases); and Sitting on your stairs by Lol Coxhill and Michel Doneda.
The latest CD from Joëlle Léandre is a duo with Steve Dalachinsky on the new Dark Tree label: The bill has been paid. New on Ayler Records is Marc Ducret's Tower vol. 3. The two most recent CDs on Fataka are both duos: Axel Dörner/Mark Sanders with Stonecipher and Ikue Mori/Steve Noble's Prediction and warning. Ex Records have brought out Enormous door by The Ex & Brass Unbound; Red Toucan have issued Thomas Heberer/Achim Kaufmann's duo Knoten; and on Rudi Records there is Jazz resistant by Camanda Barabba.
Next update: maybe 2 months? - early October?
What was new on EFIP 1 May 2013
As in the previous update, I'm starting off with a particularly impressive box set of 4 heavyweight 180g LPs documenting the highlights of the Just Not Cricket! festival that was held in Berlin in October 2011 with its line-up of 16 musicians from 4 different generations of British Improvisors. It's the first vinyl release from the new Ni-Vu-Ni-Connu label run by Antoine Prum and a DVD of the festival and other films of British improvisors should be released later in 2013. An earlier DVD from the same label is Tschüss Bethanien! by Rüdiger Carl and Sven-Åke Johansson.
Four brand-new releases on Erstwhile are Making A by Keith Rowe/Graham Lambkin and the first three CDs on the new aeu imprint: Joe Panzer/Greg Stuart's Dystonia duos; Anne Guthrie/Richard Kamerman's Sinter; and Graham Stephenson/Aaron Zarzutzki's Touching. New and recent on Unsounds are Plume by John Butcher/Tony Buck/Magda Mayas/Burkhard Stangl and Myriad from Magda Mayas/Christine Abdelnour.
Starting off with really impressive boxes. First, there's the Peter Brötzmann 5-CD set on Trost, Long story short, all recorded at the Unlimited Festival at Wels in November 2011. And, secondly, the 3-LP coloured vinyl box on Bloc Thyristors from the quartet of Conny Bauer/Johannes Bauer/Barry Guy/Jean-Noël Cognard: BRIGANTIN - la fièvre de l'indépendance.