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Dental Kafka

Recorded back in the summer of 2018, Dental Kafka is the second album-length project by Bonjintan, the collaboration between cult hero guitarist Jim O’Rourke and Japanese free-jazz icon Akira Sakata. Teaming up with pianist Giovanni Di Domenico and percussionist Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, it consists of four side-length pieces of avant-garde and free-form jazz adventures. 

Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon
To Catch A Bird In A Net Of Wind

Consisting of two gigantic, side-long compositions, To Catch A Bird In A Net of Wind sees guitarist Tashi Dorji and percussionist Tyler Damon further developing their sense of a shared musical form and content. Their sound is influenced by jazz and freeform aesthetics, but has hints of the political underpinning it too. 
  • Vinyl LP (TR195LP)
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Luca T. Mai
Heavenly Guide

Best known for his participation in the legendary Italian avant-garde rock outfit ZU, the hugely talented baritone saxophonist Luca T. Mai makes his first-ever solo recording, titled Heavenly Guide. It’s a wonderfully immersive and deeply emotional listening experience, ranging from energetic blasts of noise to serene soundscapes. 
  • Vinyl LP (TR186LP)
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Peter Brötzmann / Heather Leigh
Sparrow Nights

Lap steel guitar expert Heather Leigh, whose announcement of an upcoming “pop” album for Mego has caused some excitement, is still cranking out the avant-garde ones as well. Here’s another for trusty Viennese ear-troubler Trost with prolific producer of reedy rackets Peter Brötzmann. Leigh is on lap steel, Brötzmann on various clarinets and saxes. Their interactions sound like a highly enthusiastic dialogue in which each participant continually interrupts the other - but always in friendly agreement.

Peter Brötzmann
I Surrender Dear

I Surrender Dear is the result of the Trost label inviting the mercurial saxophonist Peter Brötzmann to Vienna to record cover versions of his favourite jazz tunes over the summer of 2018, something that had always been an artistic goal of his since the beginning of his long and illustrious career. 

Made To Break
F4 Fake

Made To Break is a funky jazz ensemble with added electronic flourishes led by Chicago-based saxophonist, clarinet player and improviser, Ken Vandermark. F4 Fake is their latest album. This incarnation of the band features Christof Kurzmann making electronic noises, Jasper Stadhouders on bass and Tim Daisy on drums.

Chris Corsano / Massimo Pupillo
Via Combusta

Those in the know will immediately identify this as a premium slice of heavy-hitting improvisation: how could it fail to be with this personnel? Massimo Pupillo plays grinding noise-bass for Zu, and Chris Corsano has played impossibly-expressive drums alongside almost every notable member of the experimental music scene. Consequently, Via Combusta kicks ass.
  • Vinyl LP (TR144)
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Keiji Haino + SUMAC
Even for just the briefest moment / Keep charging this “expiation” / Plug in to making it slightly better

If you’re a fan of the more outre end of modern rock music, chances are that you enjoyed that Keiji Haino/SUMAC collaborative LP which came out back in 2018. You’ll be pleased to hear, then, that they’ve done another one, and it’s got another silly title. Even for just the briefest moment / Keep charging this “expiation” / Plug in to making it slightly better (bloody hell) is really impressive stuff, punching through the walls of psych-rock and post-metal to stumble onto something far stranger. Maybe Melt Banana would be a similar band?
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Brötzmann / Schlippenbach / Bennink
Fifty Years After... Live at the Lila Eule, Bremen 26.05.2018

Fifty Years After... Live at the Lila Eule, Bremen 26.05.2018 by Brötzmann/ Schlippenbach / Bennink is a live celebration of Peter Brötzmann’s 1968 album, Machine Gun. The free jazz saxophonist assembled a trio of  Alexander von Schlippenbach on piano and Han Bennink (who played on the original album) on drums to play the album live. It went so well they decided to release it, and here it is.

Lee Ranaldo, Jim Jarmusch, Marc Urselli, Balázs Pándi

The curiously titled s/t is the brainchild of producer Marc Urselli, who brought together three complete strangers to each other (indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo and sometime Merzbow drummer Balázs Pándi) for a one-off, late-night studio session in New York. CD edition contains two extra tracks from the three-track LP version.

Tony Buck & Massimo Pupillo
Time Being

Tony Buck and Massimo Pupillo come from fairly different corners of the free-improvised music world, with Buck’s group The Necks famed for their tranquil ecstacy and Pupillo’s group Zu known for their metallic brutality. This duo record finds them carving out some new territory of their own, with ambience, noise and electronics coalescing into some pretty vivid scenes. Time Being is released by Trost.

Sakata / Laswell / Drake / Cosey

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Zu & Eugene S. Robinson
The Left Hand Path

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ZU & Mats Gustafsson
How To Raise An Ox

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Mats Gustafsson / Christof Kurzmann
Falling and Five Other Failings

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Peter Brötzmann / Heather Leigh
Ears Are Filled With Wonder

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St. Francis Duo
Peacemaker Assembly

St. Francis Duo is the name given to the collaboration of Stephen O’Malley, the avant-drone guitar mage of Sunn O))), KTL and the like, and Steve Noble, who is quite simply one of the best, most inventive drummers out there. The two whip up a heavy storm, Noble darting in, out, and all around O’Malley’s huge guitar sound. Peacemaker Assembly is released by Trost.

Joe McPhee / Raymond Boni
Jukebox Series #3

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The Thing / Shit & Shine
Jukebox Series #4

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Brötzmann / Haino / O'Rourke
Two City Blues 1

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Full Blast & Friends
Sketches and Ballads

This group comes together on the orders of one Michael Wertmueller, the part-composer, part-drummer who makes Full Blasts what it is. The & Friends part is thanks to the contributions of saxophonist Peter Brötzmann and e-bassist Marino Pliakas as well as clarinet player Ken Vandermark and additional percussionist Dirk Rothbrust. 'Sketches And Ballads' is equal parts loose and disciplined, moving between more prepared arrangements to lightning-fast blastbeats and moments of free-form. 

The Thing with Thurston Moore

The thing with Thurston Moore is that he's fairly tall. The Thing with Thurston Moore is a collaboration between the lanky, non-ageing Sonic Youth controller and the madcap Scandinavian free-jazz monsters. Whilst on tour they popped into Thurston's local Cafe Oto and invited the mopheaded guitar mangler on stage to make a right old racket.  

Cafe OTO

This is a recording of Peter Brotzmann, Ken Vandermark and Mats Gustafsson all blowing horns at Cafe Oto in April 2011 culminating in a particularly windy night across north-east London. Originally broadcast on Jazz on 3. I wonder if anyone in the audience was shushed as happened to me the last two times I attended Cafe Oto?  

Akira Sakata / Johan Berthling / Paal Nilssen-Love

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Peter Brötzmann / Sonny Sharrock

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Sun Ra Arkestra
Live in Nickelsdorf 1984

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Fake The Facts

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Made To Break
Cherchez la femme

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DKV Trio with Gustafsson / Nilssen-Love / Pupillo

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Lydia Lunch & Philippe Petit
In Comfort

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