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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.
  • Vinyl LP (TR180LP)
  • CD (TR180CD)

Sakata / Laswell / Drake / Cosey

Cool your jets, that’s not THE Drake. It’s actually drummer Hamid Drake, and along with Bill Laswell and Pete Cosey he is part of the quartet led by Japanese saxophonist/vocalist/synth player Akira Sakata on this 2000 LP. Fisherman’s.com is a potent mix of free jazz, jazz fusion, post-rock and psych-rock. Sakata absolutely commands the record, raising his voice to the sky one minute and bellowing down his saxophone the next. This Trost release marks the first time that Fisherman’s.com has been made available on vinyl.
  • Vinyl LP (TR173)
  • In stock and ready to ship
  • Last copy

Zu & Eugene S. Robinson
The Left Hand Path

This collaborative LP features Zu on a more droney mission than their usual polyrhythmic jazz freakouts, maybe because that sound has 0 room for vocals. Self-proclaimed as 'moon musick', it features the voice of Oxbow's Eugene S. Robinson floating over Zu's electronics, perhaps curbing the madness. Perhaps.
  • Vinyl LP (TR133LP)
  • In stock and ready to ship

ZU & Mats Gustafsson
How To Raise An Ox

When it was released in 2006, How To Raise An Ox, the collaborative LP between Italian post-jazz crew Zu and Swedish saxophone master Mats Gustafsson, sounded like a line in the sand. Over a decade on and it still does. A freakish combination of free jazz, doom metal and noise rock that continues to inspire new acts. Re-released by Trost Records (Boneshaker, Stephen O’Malley).

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)

Goodnight, Civilization

  • Vinyl 12" (TR131)

Mats Gustafsson / Christof Kurzmann
Falling and Five Other Failings

Mats Gustafsson, the fierce sax exploder who shouldn’t need any introduction at all (The Thing and Fire! and everything else) spent time in the studio with Vienna electronic improviser Christof Kurzmann. Naturally, sparks flew all over the shop. Falling and Five Other Failings is released on CD and LP by Trost.

Peter Brötzmann / Heather Leigh
Ears Are Filled With Wonder

Much excitement around for this first time collaboration between free-blowing sax overlord Peter Brötzmann and pedal steel scourer Heather Leigh. Ears Filled With Wonder shows an interesting improvisational dynamic, with as much time spent conjuring atmospheres as exploding them. Vinyl release on Trost.

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.
  • Vinyl LP (TR142LP)
  • CD (TR142)

Joe McPhee / Raymond Boni
Jukebox Series #3

Well well: Trost have roped in the wonderful Joe McPhee to participate in their series of new-duo 7”s. For Jukebox Series #3 he is paired with guitarist Raymond Boni for a playful pair of tracks, which feature lots of electronically-modified voice alongside the tumbling guitar and McPhee’s incisive soprano saxophone.

The Thing / Shit & Shine
Jukebox Series #4

From Vienna’s Trost label comes a fierce new edition of the Jukebox Series. Shit & Shine take an axe and hammer to Red River by Mats Gustaffson’s The Thing. The result is a lightning bolt of power riffs to the face. Hold onto your lederhosen. Out on limited edition 7” from Trost.

Brötzmann / Haino / O'Rourke
Two City Blues 1

What happens when you cross a German saxophone player, an American guitarist, and a Japanese shamisen and guitar player? Why, you get Two City Blues 1. Brötzmann, Heino and O’Rourke collaborated to record two tracks in two days between the three of them. This will undoubtably turn out to be something real special!

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. 
  • CD (TR107)

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.  
  • Vinyl LP (TTR003LP)

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?  
  • CD (TR108)

Akira Sakata / Johan Berthling / Paal Nilssen-Love

Peter Brötzmann / Sonny Sharrock

This live recording from the archives of Peter Brötzmann was mixed by Lou Malozzi in Chicago, mastered by Martin Siewert in Vienna.  Peter Brötzmann: alto/tenor/bass-saxophone, tarogato Sonny Sharrock: electric guitar Recorded live : 09/03/1987, JAM/ KULTURFABRIK IN ESCH/ ALZETTE/ LUXEMBURG Drawing & Artwork by Brötzmann

Sun Ra Arkestra
Live in Nickelsdorf 1984

The leftfield jazz genius Sun Ra took his Arkestra to Nickelsdorf in Austria back in 1984, offering up three whole hours of his dizzying improvisations and arrangements, with the usual extensive and overwhelming roster of players: Marshall Allen is of course present on alto, but there are also a series of percussionists and bongo players. There were dancers, too, but I don't think you can hear them.
  • Vinyl LP box set (TR118LP)
  • CD box set (TR118)

Fake The Facts

Fake The Facts are a three-piece featuring legendary Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and experimental artists Dieb13 (Turntables, Klopfer) and Martin Siewert (Guitar, electronics). Soundtrack is an improvised electronic/industrial/jazz mess-on-purpose punctuated with ambient passages to create a modern dynamic work. Soundtrack is available on limited edition 180g vinyl LP and CD.


Wow, just look at that cover. Not sure that the musical contents of this Container will be able to match up to the impact that that has, but thats only fair. Valina made the trip over from Austria to Chicago so as to be recorded by Steve Albini, and here are the appropriately noise-rocky results. Out on the Trost label.

DKV Trio with Gustafsson / Nilssen-Love / Pupillo

Lydia Lunch & Philippe Petit
In Comfort