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John Edwards, Okkyung Lee
White Cable, Black Wires

This recording on London-based improvisation label Fataka pairs up two of the most engaging string-bowers in the game: John Edwards with his double bass and Okkyung Lee with her cello. White Cable, Black Wires is a feast of scratching, plucking, creaking, buzzing energy that feels intensely physical. Edition of 500 CDs.

John Butcher, Thomas Lehn, John Tilbury

John Coxon, Evan Parker, Eddie Prévost

John Butcher, Matthew Shipp
At Oto

Pianist Matthew Shipp invited the radical saxophonist John Butcher to join him during a 2010 residency at Cafe Oto, and here are the crisply-recorded results. Butcher is a master of extended technique, wrangling multiphonics out of his instrument using circular breathing, whereas Shipp is from a more traditionally ‘jazz’ background, producing some interesting meeting points in the music. At Oto is released by Fataka.

Axel Dorner & Mark Sanders

This recording on quality improvisation label Fataka puts inventive London drummer Mark Sanders alongside Berlin’s Axel Dörner, a trumpet player who pushes his instrument to the furthest points of breathy abstraction. With electronic processing and esoteric percussion also in the mix, it can at times be impossible to work out which sounds are coming from where. Stonecipher is a masterpiece of electroacoustic conversation.

Ikue Mori & Steve Noble
Prediction and Warning

Here’s an unusual record of percussive free improvisation from the duo of Steve Noble (the drumming member of London’s improvisational royalty) and Ikue Mori (formerly of DNA). Mori complements Noble’s kit with a barrage of electronic percussion and sound fragments, producing a fizzing multi-directional flurry of textures and rhythms. CD on Fataka.

Nate Wooley & Seymour Wright
About Trumpet and Saxophone