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.
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.