June 02, 2009
Courvoisier-Mori-Hoff-Smith, The Stone
Sylvie Courvoisier, Devin Hoff, Ikue Mori, Ches Smith
Hollenbeck-Kornstad-Sverrisson, The Stone
John Hollenbeck, Hakon Kornstad, Skuli Sverrisson
The Listener, The Stone
Bruce Lee Gallanter

June 01, 2009
Kornstad-Opsvik-Seabrook-Wollesen, Nublu
Hakon Kornstad, Eivind Opsvik, Brandon Seabrook, Kenny Wollesen

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Quartet Offensive

Quartet Offensive is a Baltimore outfit that produces jagged avant-jazz-rock. Well worthwhile if you like the modern bands in the style those recently featured on Cuneiform Records. (Quartet Offensive is not on Cuneiform, but they could fit that label reasonably well.)

Brötzmann/Pliakas/Wertmüller Trio brings European free jazz to the New Hazlett

From the Pittsburgh City Paper:

Active in expanding definitions and expectations since the 1960s, Peter Brötzmann is perhaps the elder statesman of European free jazz. The German woodwind player (and visual artist) takes winds to the extreme; the most intense and least melodic moments of John Coltrane or Albert Ayler are just a starting point in much of his work.

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Bagatellen Reviews

From Bagatellen:

Jean-Luc Guionnet – Non-Organic Bias (Herbal International)

Malaysian sound artist Goh Lee Kwang began the new year in earnest, with several releases on his labels, Herbal and Why Not. Less enterprising than many labels in kind, and more a boutique project, Herbal International has managed to deal out one of the year’s most absorbing recordings, by French improviser and self-described […]

Harry Miller’s Isipingo – Full Steam Ahead

Cape Town-born bassist Harry Miller was already well-established in London jazz circles, playing with figures like Kenneth Terroade, John Surman and Mike Westbrook, by the time fellow South Africans the Blue Notes arrived on the UK scene in 1966. It wasn’t until about five years later that Miller joined former Blue Notes […]

Soft Machine – Drop

Mention the word “Canterbury” in certain circles and the likely reference is “Soft Machine.” Followers of the group’s transition from quirky psychedelia to a relentless and anthemic jazz-rock hybrid seem split on whether they like their Softs with Robert Wyatt’s otherworldly vocal whimsy or with only his drumming propelling organist Mike Ratledge, bassist […]

FAB Trio and Nu Band on Porter

Bassist-composer Joe Fonda has been a stalwart figure in the international creative improvisation community since the late ‘70s, though his fifteen years of regular appearances with reedman-composer Anthony Braxton probably stand out the most in his lengthy discography. However, it would be incomplete to call Fonda solely a Braxton acolyte – his work with pianist […]

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Squid’s Ear Reviews

From the Squid’s Ear:

Yoshi Wada – Earth Horns with Electronic Drones
Guy Klucevsek – Dancing on the Volcano
Rashied Ali Quintet – Live In Europe
Ronnie Boykins – The Will Come, Is Now
Anker / Courvoisier / Mori – Alien Huddle
Gordon Mumma – Music for Solo Piano (1960-2001)
Denman Maroney Quintet – Udentity
Marc Ducret – Le Sens de Marche
Alex Cline – Continuation
Gauci / Cline / Filiano / Pride – Red Feast

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