Articles tagged free jazz

23 Jun 2015 // 2:15 AM

Dave Douglas: High Risk

If there's truly any justice, High Risk will serve as a template for the future electro-jazz.

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Merzbow, Gustafsson, Pándi, Moore: Cuts of Guilt, Cuts Deeper

A stunningly ferocious noise album from four masters of their craft.

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The Balkan Clarinet Summit: Many Languages, One Soul

The Balkan Clarinet Summit has produced one of the most soulful, enjoyable, and diverse collaborative albums in some time.

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Double Naught Spy Car + Stew - “Sweet Jackie’s Revenge” (audio) (Premiere)

"Sweet Jackie's Revenge" is a fun cut of "free jazz pop" by this daring Los Angeles collective.

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John Coltrane: Offering: Live at Temple University

This set, performed just nine months before Coltrane's death, shows both the impressive openness of his late-era band and the limitations of its sound.

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Louis Sclavis Quartet: Silk and Salt Melodies

No matter what category you pigeonhole him into, jazz clarinetist Louis Sclavis turns his sounds into a miniature miracle.

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Matthew Shipp: I’ve Been to Many Places

Avant garde pianist Shipp explores his musical past through this contemporary solo set, hinting at where we may find him in the future.

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Sun Ra and His Arkestra: In the Orbit of Ra

On In the Orbit of Ra Sun Ra collaborator and Arkestra member Marshall Allen presents a portrait of the jazz legend every bit as complicated and strange as a cross-section of his reality could possibly be.

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10 Apr 2013 // 11:01 PM

Keith Jarrett: Hymns/Spheres

A double-disc set that finds the jazz pianist jamming on a baroque organ in the 1970s (when else?).

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Albert Ayler: Love Cry / The Last Album

Even when Albert Ayler was "selling out", his music was tough to swallow. This reissue twofer goes right to the heart of that paradox.

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Commitment: Commitment the Complete Recordings

Commitment: the Complete Recordings may not exactly be a forgotten gem or an earth-shattering epiphany, but it's a precious gift at the very least, a reminder that music can come from anyone, anywhere, and probably should.

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Destination: Out has a New Download Store

Who knows what we might find in there.

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15 Sep 2010 // 10:00 PM

David S. Ware: Onecept

David S. Ware vs. dialysis, Ware wins. We all win. We win free jazz minus the racket. Just pure music.

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15 Sep 2010 // 10:00 AM

Billy Bang: Prayer for Peace

What's the sound of a free jazz violinist seeking inner peace?

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Archie Shepp: The New York Contemporary Five

Archie Shepp's free-jazz all-star band was unstoppable... until they stopped themselves.

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10 Nov 2008 // 12:22 PM

When Obama takes office in January of 2009, it will be a half-century since Free Jazz forefather Ornette Coleman dropped the provocatively titled “The Shape of

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This clip taken from a 1981 documentary titled Imagine the Sound is a rare document of one of the avant-garde world’s greatest piano players, Cecil

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Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid: Tongues

A snapshot of the duo in their full flower, having mastered each others' languages and moved past any lingering reticence.

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Steve Reid Ensemble: Spirits Walk

Spirit Walk is ostensibly credited to the Steve Reid Ensemble, but the disc serves a far more important role as a companion piece to Reid and Hebden's recent collaborations.

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Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid: The Exchange Session Vol. 2

Who knew that free jazz's funkiest drumming and electronic music's warmest, most organic sounds were twins separated at birth?

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A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

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"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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