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Leaving Room: Ryley Walker and Charles Rumback on Collaboration and Listening

Little Common Twist, the latest improvisatory album from Ryley Walker and jazz drummer Charles Rumback, sounds like listening. The two musicians are locked in intuitive communion that confines neither guitar nor drums to their pigeonholes. We ask them how they do it and why.

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Tangents' 'New Bodies' Is Unlike Any Other Record You'll Hear This Year

Shapeshifting Sydney quintet Tangents burn the genre maps and follow their impeccable improv instincts on New Bodies.

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Thomas Strønen's Time Is a Blind Guide Delivers Thoughtful Improvisations and Stellar Group Dynamics on 'Lucus'

Adapting to a new pianist clearly hasn't been a challenge. Fusing jazz, classical, and striking modern aesthetics, Thomas Strønen's Lucus is a beautiful reflection on musical freedom.

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A 50th Anniversary Reflection on the Greatness of Lenny Bruce

Chief among Bruce’s peeves is hypocrisy of any stripe, and chief among his virtues is his constant willingness to cop to his own sordid contradictions.

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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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Mathias Kunzli: Playground

Playground is a happy reminder that now remains the time, as always, to hear our world from a fresh perspective.

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Humcrush with Sidsel Endresen: Ha!

It's Thomas Strønen's beatwork that sets the best tracks alight.

Mike Schiller
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Earth: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II

The unrehearsed and unconstrained nature of Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II proves that even at its most spontaneous, Earth has the power to astound and inspire.

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Roedelius: Plays Piano (Live in London 1985)

Given Roedelius' skill on the ivories and the beautiful sound of the Steinway Grand which he plays, Plays Piano is a pretty listen, even if structurally it is confusing.

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Billy Bang & Bill Cole: Billy Bang Bill Cole

Billy Bang and Bill Cole have a few things in common other than a similar first name and untempered instruments.

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Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven: Fleeting Music

"Oh, screw it. Roll tape," says Belgian composer Jean-Philippe Collard-Neven.

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Supersilent: 10

Improvised soundscapes from a group impressively in sync, in a more somber setting than usual.

Stephen Rowland
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