Innova Recordings Profiled

From All About Jazz:

Minnesota’s Innova Records is one of the more prolific and longer-standing independent labels working in the US. An extension of the St. Paul-based American Composers Forum, Innova has been issuing a healthy number of discs in a surprising array of styles since 1982. Formal and quirky composed works sit alongside extended improv and teenager radio dramas in the label’s catalogue of over 700 titles. But as with any healthy eclecticism, it isn’t the point but a byproduct of people following their instincts.

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: The Red Krayola with Art & Language
Album: Five American Portraits
Label: Drag City
Review date: Jan. 20, 2010

Artist: Pan Sonic & Keiji Haino
Album: Shall I Download a Blackhole and Offer it to You
Label: Blast First Petite
Review date: Jan. 15, 2010

Artist: Ambarchi / Fennesz / Pimmon / Rehberg / Rowe
Album: Afternoon Tea
Label: Black Truffle
Review date: Jan. 14, 2010

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All About Jazz Reviews

From All About Jazz:

Multiple Artists
Alone, Again (Naturally): Peter Brotzmann, Olaf Rupp, Henry Kaiser, John Butcher, Woody Sullender and Frank Rosaly
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Ned Rothenberg / Catherine Jauniaux / Barre Phillips
While You Were Out (Kadima Collective)
Reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

Tom Hamilton / Bruce Eisenbeil
Shadow Machine (Pogus)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Mostly Other People Do the Killing
Forty Fort (Hot Cup Records)
Reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Multitude, Solitude (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Evan Parker
set: For Lynn Margulis (Psi)
Reviewed by Raul d’Gama Rose

Nicolas Masson Parallels
Thirty Six Ghosts (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

After the Air Raid (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Dave Rempis / Frank Rosaly
Cyrillic (482 Music)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Joe McPhee
Alto (Roaratorio Records)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

Essex Foam Party (Psi)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Sun Ra
Sun Ra Quartet in Italy, 1978 (Art Yard)
Reviewed by Robert Dugan

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Dusted Reviews

From Dusted:

Artist: Colin McLean / Andy Moor
Album: Everything but the Beginning
Label: Unsounds
Review date: Jan. 5, 2010

Artist: Bill Dixon
Album: Tapestries for Small Orchestra
Label: Firehouse 12
Review date: Jan. 4, 2010

Artist: Pontiak
Album: Sea Voids
Label: Thrill Jockey
Review date: Jan. 4, 2010

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

Sad-ish news from The Squid’s Ear, as Verge Music is shutting down. The lining on this dark cloud is that Squidco is going to take over the distribution of some of the labels Verge used to handle.

In any case, we have bunch of new reviews from the Squid folks:

Frode Gjerstad / John Edwards / Mark Sanders – Bergen
– Dave Madden

Olivier Capparos & Lionel Marchetti – Equus (Grand Vehicule)
– Dave Madden

Jessica Pavone – Songs Of Synastry And Solitude
– Massimo Ricci

Elton Dean’s Ninesense – Happy Daze + Oh! For the Edge
– Darren Bergstein

Ergo – Multitude, Solitude
– Darren Bergstein

The Nu Band – Lower East Side Blues
(Porter Records)
– Paul Serralheiro

La Casa, Eric / Jean-Luc Guionnet – Inscape. Lille-Flandres
– Jeph Jerman

Moscow Composers Orchestra & Sainkho Namchylak – Portrait of an Idealist
– Jeph Jerman

Various Artists – Three 7″ Records and 1 Various Artists CD
(Generate Records)
– Massimo Ricci

Anthony Braxton – Creative Orchestra (Koeln) 1978
– Kurt Gottschalk

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Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Church – Faceless
Faceless is a very disturbing, original, often organic & brooding mixture of atmospheric guitar textures, cleverly placed field recordings & all manner of creative yet often uneasy sound making.

Bodies Floating In the Bay – The Glimmer Of Darkness
Bodies Floating In the Bay may sound like the name of another straight-up Gallio influence slice of HNW, and through there elements of walled noise here this is a much more complex & detailed beast that`s difficult to put into one noise bracket or genre.

Alo Girl – Unsane
Unsane is the first official & full length sonic offering from Italian Harsh noise  project Alo Girl  which is all the work of  Cristiano Renzoni; runner of the Urashima label & the other half of Richard Ramirez An Innocent Young Throat-Cutter.

Nundata – Inudata
Nundata is a rather mysterious noise project I’ve seemingly been able to find little about…it’s even unclear were the project comes from some sources claim Japan others  Serbia. Inudata is the first of a trilogy of concept albums but like the project it’s self’s it’s difficult to find any info on what the story is behind the album the only clue we have is the track titles “Last Iceberg collapse” & “Tsunami Warrior”.

Terra Sancta – Disintegration
Terra Sancta is an Australian project who has been involved in the creation of the most arid and desolate soundscapes since the mid 90´s. “Disintegration”, their latest effort, is a full length CD release on US Malignant Records and is a monument of cinematic wasteland and deeply buried mysticism.

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All About Jazz Reviews

Andre Hayward, Dave Douglas, Joe Lovano, Migue...
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From All About Jazz:

Empty Cage Quartet
Gravity (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Mike Keneally
Scambot 1 (Exowax)
Reviewed by John Kelman

Uwe Oberg / Christof Thewes / Michael Griener
Lacy Pool (Hatology)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Peter Brotzmann
Peter Brotzmann: Die Like A Dog
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Tony Malaby‘s Apparitions
Voladores (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Troy Collins

Lucien Dubuis Trio with Marc Ribot
Ultime Cosmos (Enja Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Dave Douglas‘ Tiny Bell Trio
Constellations (Hat Hut Records)
Reviewed by Chris May

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All About Jazz Reviews

Dave Douglas at the North Sea Jazz Festival 2007.
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From All About Jazz:

Hans Tammen
Third Eye Orchestra (Innova Recordings)
Reviewed by Marc Medwin

Multiple Artists
Globe Unity: France
Reviewed by Fred Bouchard

John Butcher & Mark Sanders / Alex Ward & Roger Turner / John Tchicai & Tony Marsh
Treader Duos (Treader)
Reviewed by John Eyles

Rob Brown Trio
Live at Firehouse 12 (NotTwo Records)
Reviewed by Jeff Stockton

Michael Attias
Renku In Coimbra (Clean Feed Records)
Reviewed by Martin Longley

Dom Minasi String Quartet
Dissonance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder (Konnex Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Gerry Hemingway
Songs (Between the Lines)
Reviewed by Martin Longley

Garrison Fewell
Variable Density Sound Orchestra (Creative Nation Music)
Reviewed by Lyn Horton

Darius Jones
Man’ish Boy (A Raw & Beautiful Thing) (AUM Fidelity)
Reviewed by John Sharpe

Dave Douglas
A Single Sky (Greenleaf Music)
Reviewed by Martin Longley

Ulrich Gumpert / Gunter Baby Sommer
Das Donnernde Leben (Intakt Records)
Reviewed by Mark Corroto

Bengt Nordstrom
Creative Addition (Ayler Records)
Reviewed by Clifford Allen

Ed Palermo
Eddy Loves Frank (Cuneiform Records)
Reviewed by Ken Dryden

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Dusted Reviews

Dusted Reviews

Artist: N.E.W. (Noble/Edwards/Ward)
Album: NEWtoons
Label: Bo’Weavil
Review date: Dec. 11, 2009

Artist: Animal Collective
Album: Fall Be Kind
Label: Domino
Review date: Dec. 11, 2009

Artist: Hayward/Coxon/Thomas/Taylor
Album: About
Label: Treader
Review date: Dec. 9, 2009

Album: An Anthology of Chinese Experimental Music: 1992-2008
Label: Sub Rosa
Review date: Dec. 8, 2009

Artist: Peter Brötzmann
Album: A Night in Sana’a
Label: ARM
Review date: Dec. 8, 2009

Artist: Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown
Album: Varmint
Label: Cuneiform
Review date: Dec. 2, 2009

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Free Jazz Blog Reviews

From Free Jazz:

Monday, November 30, 2009
Joachim Gies & Sound/body/cells – Shimmering (Leo Records, 2009)
Sainkhò Namtchylak & Dickson Dee – Tea Opera (Leo Records, 2009)
Katja Krusche & Martin Krusche – I Am One (Leo Records, 2009)
Stefano Luigi – Painting On Wood (Leo Records, 2009)
Viviane Houle – Treize (Drip Audio, 2009)

Sunday, November 29, 2009
Li Tie Qiao – Wind Of Lunacy

Friday, November 27, 2009
Lotte Anker, Craig Taborn, Gerald Cleaver – Floating Islands (Ilk, 2009) *****

Thursday, November 26, 2009
Jesse Stacken & Kirk Knuffke – Mockingbird (Steeplechase, 2009) ****

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