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Jazz / Free Jazz
Performing in concert at Iklectik in London in 2017, the UK and Norwegian free improvising trio of Pat Thomas on Moog Theremini & IPad based electronics, John Butcher on saxophones, and Stale Liavik Solberg on drums & percussion impress through a mix of masterful free playing and eclectic electroacoustic conversations, an adventurous and wonderfully unpredictable set.
Pat Thomas / moog theremini & ipad based electronics
John Butcher / saxophones
Ståle Liavik Solberg / drums & percussion
In Concert at Iklectik, "Old Paradise Yard", London - 19 July 2017.Recorded by Giovanni La Rovere.Mixed by John ButcherMastered by Alan Jones at Laminal Audio
All music by Thomas / Butcher / Solberg (PRS/TONO)Thanks to Eduard Solaz.
Layout & Design by Jamie Zuverza.
Thomas, Butcher, Solberg – Fictional Souvenirs
The trio of Chicagoans Josh Berman (cornet) and Jason Roebke (double bass) and English free improvisation legend Paul Lytton came together in 2016 for a short European tour. The trio presented music from Berman’s critically acclaimed recording A Dance and a Hop on Delmark Records. On the course of the tour, the music became freer and freer, finally arriving at a unique language where trad jazz and pure sound improv come together. It’s a truly fresh sound and context for these three improvisers.
"Berman’s puckered tone, fatback licks and tart smears—as ever bridging the gap between the garrulous, vocalic excursions of Ellington trumpeters like Bubber Miley and Rex Stewart and modern seekers like Wadada Leo Smith and Nate Wooley--are steadily buffeted by the rhythm section’s shifting gambits. The bassist unfurls deep, woody lines and the drummer peppers his flow with wonderfully jarring, chaotic accents, but despite the turbulence they forge an inexorable sense of forward motion, providing a platform for the cornetist to toggle masterfully between lyric flurries and knotted outbursts." - Peter Margasak
Josh Berman / cornet
Paul Lytton / percussion
Jason Roebke / bass
JD Service (Jose & Marco Dicati) at Cinema Torresino, Padova, Italy - April 7, 2018.Jason Roebke at Fri Form, Trondheim, Norway - April 11, 2018.
Mixed by Todd A. Carter and Jason Roebke at belAir, Chicago.Mastered by Alan Jones at Laminal Audio.
Thanks to Ståle Liavik Solberg, Tollef Østvang, and Stefano Merighi.
Design by Jaime Zuverza.Layout by Drew Liverman.
Berman, Lytto, Roebke – Trio Discrepancies
"What better album to release for our 100th release in our 5th year here at Astral Spirits. A long time coming, we're incredibly proud to finally present to you the debut release from the trio of SUSAN ALCORN, JOE McPHEE & KEN VANDERMARK." Poem below by Joe McPhee:
LESS THAN ZERO
Clouded reflectionsBroken dreamsNightmare creaturesFlying
How could this happenWhat does it meanEmpty echoesFading
Tomorrow yesTomorrow noDo we stayOrDo we go
Tomorrow yes... more
Susan Alcorn / pedal steel guitar
Joe McPhee / soprano saxophone & pocket trumpet
Ken Vandermark / tenor saxophone & clarinet
Recorded by Ian Rundell September 13th, 2017 in Austin, TX.Produced, mixed & mastered by Alan Jones at Laminal Audio.Cover Art by Bill Nace.Layout by Bill Nace & Rosali Middleman
Compositions written by Susan Alcorn (UMA Sounds, ASCAP), Joe McPhee (JOMAC Publishing, ASCAP), & Ken Vandermark (Twenty First Mobile Music, ASCAP - Cien Fuegos)
We lovingly dedicate this album to refugees, immigrants, and the persecuted wherever they may be.
Alcorn, McPhee, Vandermark – Invitation To A Dream
"The trio of guitarist Tetuzi Akiyama, saxophonist Gregor Vidic, and drummer Nicolas Field introduces Akiyama to Vidic and Field's standing duo. The result is a magnificent set of exploratory improvisation. Vidic and Field's playing has a rich, textural quality, developed through their use of timbre and dynamics. In this way, Akiyama's multiphonic approach to guitar, and his innovative use of effects, offset's Vidic brilliantly. Over the course of 45 minutes, Akiyama, Vidic, and Field generate a nervy tension, walking razor thin lines, such as the ones threaded through the middle of "Inner Circle." In keeping with the overall Astral Spirits aesthetic, and as a capstone to their anniversary year, the trio's music is at times stateless, at other times murky and brooding, and yet it's always highly engaging, rich and thrilling." - Lee Rice Epstein, The Free Jazz Collective
Tetuzi Akiyama / electric guitar
Nicolas Field / drums & percussion
Gregor Vidic / tenor saxophone
Recorded at Gok Sound, Tokyo, July 19, 2017 by Yoshiaki Kondo. Mixed at Konnekt SoundLab by Nicolas Field. Mastered by Mikey Young. Thanks to Rhizome DC for hosting that great Astral Spirits event, Nate and all involved.
Akiyama, Field, Vidic – Interpersonal Subjectivities
Phase Eclipse is the debut of a duo featuring electronics musician Lea Bertucci and vocalist Amirtha Kidambi (both play other instruments, but not on this album). Even to say Bertucci’s on electronics is somewhat misleading, as her instrument on the album is, primarily, a reel-to-reel tape machine, which she uses to manipulate live recording of Kidambi’s vocals. The result is somewhat reminiscent of Peter Evans Quintet, where Sam Pluta plays a similar role as Bertucci does here. But the tactility of the tape reels warp sound in ways digital electronics can only mimic, and Kidambi vocals are, for those familiar with her quartet Elder Ones and Darius Jones’s Elizabeth-Caroline Unit, tremendously complex and equally tactile. Not unlike KVL, the layers of complexity can take a few listens to track, but plumbing the depths is highly rewarding." - Lee Rice Epstein, Free Jazz Blog
"What results is a music that’s simultaneously visceral and cerebral, intellectual and spiritual, and unlike anything else you’ve heard." - Steve Smith on Phase Eclipse
Recorded January 2019 at Pioneer Works and The Kitchen.Tracks 1-4 recorded by Justin Frye.Mixed & Mastered by Lea Bertucci.
Special thank you to Pioneer Works and The Kitchen. Side B dedicated to Ellen O'Meara.
Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci – Phase Eclipse
"The title of this album captures faithfully the urgent and restless atmosphere of this meeting. Amado and Corsano soar instantly into dense, turbulent stratosphere like there is no tomorrow. Both play with boundless energy, relying on their deep understanding of the art of the moment and super-fast instincts." - Eyal Hareuveni, The Free Jazz Collective
Rodrigo Amado / tenor saxophone
Chris Corsano/ drums
All compositions by Amado / Corsano
Recorded by Joaquim Monte at Manouche Studios, Lisbon, July 14th, 2014.
Mixed by Joaquim Monte and Rodrigo AmadoMastered by Tó Pinheiro da SilvaProduced by Rodrigo AmadoExectuve production by Nate CrossDesign & Layout by Jaime Zuverza.
Special thanks to Jaoquim Monte, Pedro Gomes, Gabriel Ferrandini, Miguel Mira, Luis Lopes, Jóse Bruno Parrinha and Eva Cipriano.
Rodrigo Amado & Chris Corsano – No Place to Fall