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.
Two brand-new discs from Joëlle Léandre: the Sudo Quartet (with Zingaro/Tramontana/Lovens) Live at Banlieue Bleue on NoBusiness Records, and Evidence, a duo with Jérôme Bourdellon on Relative Pitch Records. Closely associated with Joëlle, as sound-recordist on many of her CDs, is Jean-Marc Foussat who has his own solo CD out on his own Fou Records: L'oiseau. And an earlier link with Potlatch leads to their latest disc Pluie fine by Cremaster/Angharad Davies.
The very latest Ogun CD is Keep your heart straight, a duo from Alexander Hawkings and Louis Moholo-Moholo. And, for some unaccountable reason, I forgot to include the previous release so here it is now: Chris McGregor's re-issued (with additional material) solo In his good time. On Emanem is One four and two twos, from John Stevens/Paul Rutherford/Evan Parker/Barry Guy, a part-re-issue with previously unreleased duos; on absinthrecords there is Kopfüberwelle from Chris Abrahams/Sabine Vogel; and on LJ Records, Music from Mwendo Dawa.
Two new labels added this time. Kukuruku Recordings has been around for a while and has released around 20 discs, primarily on CD-R. Recent releases are the London Improvisers Orchestra with HMS concert; the self-titled Mike Cooper; a solo by Tasos Stamou, Objects 1, and Jennifer Walshe/Tomomi Adachi Live @ WKCR. A new solo John Butcher LP is in the works but is not quite yet available. Fataka has just released two new CDs: Cinema John Coxon/Evan Parker/Eddie Prévost; and At Oto by John Butcher/Matthew Shipp. A brand new recording by Sabu Toyozumi - Kosai Yujyo - has been jointly released by INaudible and improvising beings and features a large number of European improvisers - for example, Pascal Marzan, John Russell and Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg - usually in one-off groupings of varying sizes.
NoBusiness Records has just issued three LPs - Bobby Bradford/Frode Gjerstad/Ingebrigt Håker Flaten/Paal Nilssen-Love with Kampen; Mikolaj Trzaska/Olie Brice/Mark Sanders with Riverloam Trio (a double LP); and Liudas Mockunas/Barry Guy with Lava - and two CDs - Carlos Alves Zingaro/Jean Luc Cappozzo/Jerome Bourdellon/Nicolas Lelievre Live at Total Meeting; and Vinny Golia/Marco Eneidi/Lisa Mezzacappa/Vijay Anderson Hell-bent in the Pacific. Intakt's recent batch of releases include: Günter Baby Sommer/Savina Yannatou/Floros Floridis/Evgenios Voulgaris/Spilios Kastanis with a book and CD: Songs for Kommeno; a re-issue of three early solo Pierre Favre albums: Drums and dreams; Maya Homburger/Barry Guy with Tales of enchantment; and Alexander von Schlippenbach's solo Schlippenbach plays Monk
I have updated Tony Wren's page alongside three FMR CDs: Larry Stabbins/Howard Riley/Tony Wren/Mark Sanders with Sleeper and St Cyprians 2; and Howard Riley/Philipp Wachsmann/Tony Wren with St Cyprians 3. Also on FMR is Paul Dunmall/Neil McGovern with Intervention and Paul Dunmall also appears on Rare Music's Golden ocean alongside Sophia Domancich/Tony Levin/Miles Levin. The new Evil Rabbit CD is U-ex(perimental) from Mark Lotz/Meinrad Kneer alongside a raft of colleagues and the latest Wig CD is Live @ The Ironworks Vancouver from the Ig Henneman Sextet.
What was new on EFIP 1 September 2012
By now, most people will be aware of the sad news that Lol Coxhill died on 10 July. Here is a link to just one of several obituaries, from The Independent. A memorial concert, under the title, Remembering Lol Coxhill is being organised for Wednesday 19 September at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1, 1900-2100, doors open 1815.
Just released by NoBusiness Records is an extremely impressive, very handsomely-produced, 6CD-and-booklet box set of William Parker's unreleased early recordings from 1976 to 1987: Centering.
Erstwhile has 3 recent releases: two live 'ErstLive' CDs from the AMPLIFY festival at The Stone in NYC in September 2011 - Christian Wolff/Keith Rowe; and s'approcher s'éloigner s'absenter, a composition by Antoine Beuger performed by Barry Chabala, Dominic Lash, and Ben Owen - and the double CD by Jason Lescalleet, Songs about nothing. Also, from earlier in the year and probably gone into some kind of postal limbo, Jon Abbey having kindly just recently sent me a replacement, there's Andrea Neumann/Bonnie Jones' Green just as I could see. Andrea Neumann and Bonnie Jones appear in trio with Christine Abdelnour on Olof Bright's AS:IS while Andrea Neumann is also part of a trio with Sven-Åke Johansson and Axel Dörner on Olof Bright's Große gartenbauausstellung. The third new Olof Bright disc is Lovsång och Hemlighet/Cerchio from the J/L Duo.
Two new saxophone/piano duo discs this time: Dialogues in two places, a 2CD set from Trevor Watts and Veryan Weston on Hi 4 Head Records; and Dortmund variations from Evan Parker and Georg Graewe on nuscope. Evan Parker also contributes, along with Urs Leimgruber, Joëlle Léandre and fifteen other musicians on Rogueart's 13 miniatures for Albert Ayler. And Joëlle Léandre has two new CDs: a duo with guitarist Serge Teyssot-Gay, Trans; and the solo Wols circus, twelve compositions corresponding to the titles of the etchings by Otto Wols, created between 1942 and 1949.
URGENT! late addition (2 July). I've just heard from Veryan Weston that Lol Coxhill is very ill in hospital, having been there for six months now. Further information and suggestions for ways in which to help are included in the attached document which, for speed, I'm including as a pdf.
Straight off the press are the three new psi releases: Evan Parker Electroacoustic Ensemble with Hasselt; Bark! with Fume of sighs; and Gerd Dudek's Day and night. And on the Canadian Tour de Bras label, Vivaces features Le Grand Groupe Régional d'Improvisation Libérée avec Evan Parker.
No Evan Parker on the new releases from NoBusiness Records but some close musical colleagues on LP: Nate Wooley/Christian Weber/Paul Lytton with Six feet under and The Thing with Barry Guy - Metal! (2LP). On 2LP and also CD there's Narada Burton Greene solo Live at Kerrytown House; and on CD, Andrew Lamb's Rhapsody in black; and Henry P. Warner/Earl Freeman/Philip Spigner with Freestyle Band.
The new Intakt releases include two groups with Barry Guy: Katharina Weber/Barry Guy/Balts Nill Games and improvisations and Paul Plimley/Barry Guy/Lucas Niggli's Hexentrio; the other two new issues are Fred Frith Cosa Brava with The letter and Jürg Wickihalder Orchestra with the opera Narziss und echo.
A bit of an emphasis on bass players in this update as there's also Nick Stephens in duo with Frode Gjerstad on Loose Torque: Different times. And Umlaut's Joel Grip has released a beautiful looking and sounding solo bass LP: Pickelhaube while he's also on one of the new Ayler releases as part of Snus - Can't stop snusing; the other Ayler CD is Alexandra Grimal with Andromeda. A little while ago Cuneiform released Blixt by Raoul Björkenheim/Bill Laswell/Morgen Ågren.
LJ Records have just released an impressive 3CD set by Sten Sandell, solo, in duo and in trio and with one disc dedicated to 'sounds': Music inside the language. Birgit Ulher's page has been updated and she has two recent releases: the solo Hochdruckzone on Entr'acte and the duo Myelin with Heddy Boubaker on Intonema: Axon. New on Erstwhile is Crosshatches, a 2CD work from Michael Pisaro/Toshiya Tsunoda and on Potlatch there is 300 Basses (3 accordions) with Sei ritornelli. Alister Spence/Raymond MacDonald have a duo on Rufus Records, Stepping between the shadows.
There's a Canadian element about this update as well, for in addition to the Vivaces disc mentioned above, there are two new CDs on Red Toucan: Ensemble X and Cookbook from Thomas Heberer's Clarino, and the latest Peter Brötzmann release, 2CDs on Victo: Solo + Trio Roma. Recent releases on the Canadian Barnyard Records are Abandoned ballroom by Saint Dirt Elementary School and The Element Choir & William Parker At Christ Church Deer Park.
Another beautiful piece of vinyl has recently been released, this time by Cafe OTO, initiating their own label, OTO roku: ...the worse the better by Peter Brötzmann, John Edwards and Steve Noble, it's also available as a download.
Also just released from Emanem/psi are: Daylight by John Butcher/Mark Sanders; Haste by Veryan Weston/Ingrid Laubrock/Hannah Marshall; the long-awaited (by me anyway!!) Foxes fox Live at the Vortex; and Toma Gouband's Courants des vents. Martin Davidson also remastered the new 2CD release on John Jack's Cadillac label, the Mike Osborne Trio (with Harry Miller and Tony Levin): The Birmingham Jazz concert.
New on Red Toucan is Shoe by Jan Klare's 1000; on Long Song Records there's Parallel worlds by Alan Silva/Burton Greene; on Potlatch newly out is Lucio Capece's Zero plus zero; on abzu, Piotr Michalowski/Jaime Rodríguez Matos/Christopher M. Skebo with Dyads; and on NURNICHTNUR Arte-facts by Florian Wittenburg.
What was new on EFIP 1 March 2012
A number of musician addition/changes this time, the first for quite a while (apart from updating discographies). The addition is Nick Stephens who played for a long time with John Stevens and who also runs the Loose Torque label. In adding Nick's discography there's one or two rare-ish John Stevens Away discs and also the new CD on Leo - Kongens gade - by Jon Corbett's Dangerous Musics: in trio with Nick Stephens and Louis Moholo-Moholo. And Louis also appears, of course, on the brand new Blue Notes Ogun release, Before the wind changes, recorded in Belgium in 1979. The second change is a major update of Georg Graewe's biography, coming after the recent release (see last update) of Grubenklang.reloaded. And, finally, it's good to see that Paul Hession's own web site is back up and running so I've added a link from Paul's page on my site, together with the brand new Hession/Wilkinson/Fell CD, Two falls & a submission.
Substantial new releases from NoBusiness Records: Joe McPhee/Michael Zerang with Creole gardens: a New Orleans suite on LP and CD; Pascal Niggenkemper with Upcoming hurricane on LP and CD; Julius Hemphill/Peter Kowald Live at Kassiopeia on 2LP and 2CD; Lazro/Pauvros/Turner with Curare on LP and CD; Nobuyasu Furuya Quintet with The major (LP only); Ran Blake/David "Knife" Fabris with Vilnius Noir (LP only); the self-titled Hasler/Paeffgen/Berger (CD only); and Mockuno NuClear with Drop it (CD only).
Finally, if you haven't heard, an ICP box is in the works, bringing together all the music ever issued on ICP's 50 releases. Further information at http://www.icporchestra.com/icpbox/.
What was new on EFIP 1 January 2012
A little old news now, but very sad to hear that Hans Reichel died on 22 November 2011.
On the release front, it's particularly exciting to welcome back Georg Graewe's Random Acoustics label with a new web site (get the link from the labels index) and a Book/DVD release, grubenklang. reloaded. The book is a 120-page A4-landscape paperback of photographs, writings, interviews, comments and data and includes a DVD with approximately 70 minutes of video and 4 hours of audio from a wide range of musicians and groups. Full details on the linked page.
A major update on Creative Sources records with: Henrik Munkeby Nørstebø Solo; Martine Altenburger/Frédéric Blondy/Bertrand Gauget Vers l'ile paresseuse; Boris Hauf/Steven Hess/Keefe Jackson/Juun Proxemics; David Chiesa/Jean Sébastien Mariage Oort; Hans Koch/Thomas Rohrer/Antonio Panda Gianfratti Aicó; Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Gil Gonçalves/Nuno Torres/Abdul Moiméme/Armando Pereira/Carlos Santos/José Oliveira Suspensâo; Erik Carlsson The bird and the giant; Abdul Moimême/Ricardo Guerreiro Knettanu; Matthias Muche/Philip Zoubek/Achim Tang Excerpts from anything; Steve Beresford/Stephen Flinn/Dave Tucker Ink room; Heddy Boubaker/Ernesto Rodrigues/Abdul Moiméme Le beau déviant; Alon Nechushtan Dark forces; Marjolaine Charbin/Frans Van Isacker Kryscraft; Olaf Rupp/Joe Williamson/Tony Buck Wierd weapons 2; and Joe Williamson Hoard.
Mbari Música from Portugal have recently released the wonderful solo piano disc El laberint de la memòria by Agustí Fernández. MET-X from Brussels have released a new disc with Trevor Watts: 11 songs by Mishalle/Watts/Drame/Foliba/Marockin' Brass. And on Leipzig's Euphorium Records, there's Friedrichsschwerdt with Gay - Wir saunawirt.