- Johnathon Barber – Vision Ahead – Vision Ahead
- Martin Küchen, Jon Rune Strøm, Tollef Østvang – Melted Snow – Melted Snow
- Roger Turner / Henry Kaiser / Martin Kuchen / Damon Smith / Jeff Coffin / Ed Pettersen / Tania Chen / Jordan Muscatello – Sun – Interstellar Transmissions
- Gianni Mimmo – Aspera – Prossime Trascendenze
- Bob Gingery – Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part V – Kittyhawk
- Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People – A Remark You Made – Weather Or Not
- Takahiro Kitte Quartet – Odd Story – Over The Horizon
- Johnathon Barber – Carry On – Vision Ahead
- Gianni Mimmo, Hannah Marshall, Nicola Guazzaloca – The Remaining Tale – Again: The Shoreditch Trio Live In Bruxelles
- Mia Dyberg Trio – Wil’s Swing – Ticket!
- Dave Ballou and BeepHonk – Fluffer Nutter – The Windup
- Jacob Anderskov with Agnostic Revelations – Sand – Granular Alchemy
- Gianni Mimmo – Daphne – Prossime Trascendenze
- Bob Gingery – Soft Six – Kittyhawk
- Roger Turner / Henry Kaiser / Martin Kuchen / Damon Smith / Jeff Coffin / Ed Pettersen / Tania Chen / Jordan Muscatello – Uranus- Interstellar Transmissions
- Johnathon Barber – Mr JB – Vision Ahead
Johnathon Barber – Vision Ahead – Vision Ahead
The drummers highly-anticipated debut album. Featuring pianist Taber Gable, guitarist Andrew Renfroe, saxophonist Godwin Louis, bassist Matt Dwonszyk, and vocalists Denise Renee and Sasha Foster (collectively and eponymously known as the album title), Vision Ahead is Barber’s product of six years spent cultivating a distinct and immaculately tailored sound with like-minded musicians who, together, now present themselves as an undeniable, sonically-solid unit. Vision Ahead serves as a showcase of the fresh prospects that can be envisioned and the greatness that can be achieved when one is forced to face unanticipated, desolating life-challenges.
Martin Küchen, Jon Rune Strøm, Tollef Østvang – Melted Snow – Melted Snow
Recorded April 9, 2014 at Skansen Lydstudio Trondheim, Norway
Martin Küchen tenor, soprano saxophone
Jon Rune Strøm double bass
Tollef Østvang drums
2015 NoBusiness Records NBLP 89
Roger Turner / Henry Kaiser / Martin Kuchen / Damon Smith / Jeff Coffin / Ed Pettersen / Tania Chen / Jordan Muscatello/Henry Kaiser – Sun – Interstellar Transmissions
Recorded at Westpoint Studio and at Elk Dog Studio 2, in London, England
Henry Kaiser recorded in California by Sandor Nagyszalanczy
Henry Kaiser 18 string harp guitar
Martin Kuchen saxophone
Jeff Coffin saxophone
Damon Smith acoustic bass
Tanya Chen piano
Jordan Muscatello electric bass
Roger Turner drums
2018 Split Rock Records SRR18003
It started with the WOW signal. Then the Voyager spacecraft Improv artists around the world play to the interstellar sound recordings made by the Voyager spacecraft. Space – we are answering, are you listening? recordings appeared one day on his screen. Listening to the sounds from space, he was entranced. He recognized the sounds… “This is part of the sound I have been hearing in my head all these years”. Then he wanted to see what would happen when other musicians heard them. What if each musician improvised with the Voyager sounds without hearing the others? Would the separate recordings make music together?
Henry Kaiser – 18 string harp guitar (California), Martin Kuchen – sax (Sweden), Jeff Coffin – sax (Nashville), Damon Smith – acoustic bass (Massachusetts), Tanya Chen – piano (San Francisco), Jordan Muscatello – electric bass (London), Roger Turner – drums (London). Ed Pettersen – guitar (London)
They selected four of the nine Voyager recordings from the NASA site. Each musician went into the studio alone and improvised to the Voyager track. The individual musician tracks were mixed against the backdrop of the original Voyager recording.
Gianni Mimmo – Aspera – Prossime Trascendenze
- Gianni Mimmo soprano saxophone
- Alison Blunt violin
- Mario Arcari English horn
- Martin Mayes French Horn
- Marco Clivati percussion
From the work Cinque Multipli (2014)
2017 Amirani Records AMRN047
Bob Gingery – Shine On You Crazy Diamond Part V – Kittyhawk
Recorded on May 4, 2016 at Big Orange Sheep, Brooklyn, NY
Bob Gingery bass
Jon Irabagon tenor saxophone
Mike Baggetta guitar
Jeff Hirshfield drums
2018 Fresh Sound FSNT-544
Gerry Gibbs & Thrasher People – A Remark You Made – Weather Or Not
Acoustic Bass, Electric Bass – Hans Glawischnig
Drums, Percussion, Electronics, Voice – Gerry Gibbs
Piano, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Organ, Vocals – Alex Collins
Whaling City Sound – WCS 091- 2017
Takahiro Kitte Quartet – Odd Story – Over The Horizon
Takahiro Kitte saxophone
Michele Franzini piano
Tito Mangialajo Rantzer bass
Roberto Paglieri drums
2018 Takahiro Kitte
Johnathon Barber – Carry On – Vision Ahead
Gianni Mimmo, Hannah Marshall, Nicola Guazzaloca – The Remaining Tale – Again: The Shoreditch Trio Live In Bruxelles
Recorded October 3, 2010 at Air-Odeon Studio Bruxelles, Belgium
Gianni Mimmo soprano saxophone
Hannah Marshall cello
Nicola Guazzaloca piano
2012 Amirani Records AMRN029
Live at Air-Odeon studio in Bruxelles during the 2010 Belgian tour, recorded and mastered by the magic Michel Huon, here is the second excellent release of this awesome trio featuring an inventive, fresher, refined instant compositions. Brilliant interplay, intriguing inner voices and tone nuance declinations are the sincere output of the trio that shows here a terrific attention to the detail, engaging concentration and an overall formal sense as well. Talented skills, dramatic balance, soulful performance are the precious gift of The Shoreditch Trio taken here is a superb live concert.
Mia Dyberg Trio – Wil’s Swing – Ticket!
Recorded in January 2017 at Lademann in Copenhagen, Denmark
Mia Dyberg alto saxophone
Asger Thomsen double bass
Dag Magnus Narvesen drums
2018 Clean Feed CF487CD
“You may label the music recorded in Ticket! as free jazz, but nothing here conforms with what you usually hear with that identity. Why? Because alto saxophonist Mia Dyberg, double bassist Asger Thomsen and drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen transpose to music the processes used by William S. Burroughs in his poetry, and not only the cut-up techniques of that Beat Generation icon: there’s much of the playfulness, the pulse and the “silver smoke of dreams” which define Burroughs’ writing.
The music is energetic and full of groove, sometimes melodic, others with a hint of the bluesy AACM influence, the group improvisations never hiding the individual contributions of these three Scandinavian musicians.
Dyberg is a Danish saxophonist, improviser and composer based in Berlin and one of the new exciting voices on the European jazz scene, crossing sound experimentation and the characteristic Swedish melancholy in collaborations with improvisers like Herb Robertson, Clayton Thomas, Tristan Honsinger and Axel Dorner.
Thomsen is a constant presence in the Copenhagen scene, be it alternative rock, creative jazz or avant-garde music, and Narvesen is becoming a percussionist of first choice for many improvising European and American luminaries. Together, they’re either explosive and impressionistic, wild and lyrical. “-Clean Feed
Dave Ballou and BeepHonk – Fluffer Nutter – The Windup
Recorded at The Windup Space, in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 27th, 2017
Dave Ballou trumpet
Anthony Pirog guitar, effects
Adam Hopkins double bass
Mike Kuhl drums, cymbals
2018 Clean Feed CF489CD
“The title of this debut album from the band BeepHonk refers to the place where it all started in 2011: the Windup Space, in Baltimore. There, bassist Adam Hopkins organized weekly concerts through the Out Of Your Head Collective, which presented performances of improvisers in one-time-only combinations.
Most never performed as a band again, but one remained active to this day, albeit in intervals due to the filled agendas of their members. Continuing thereafter as BeepHonk, Hopkins, guitarist Anthony Pirog (The Messthetics) and drummer Mike Kuhl assembled themselves around the trumpeter and composer Dave Ballou (Solo Trumpet, Clean Feed 2015), known for his appearances in both mainstream and creative jazz.
They attempted a studio album, only to discover that the improvisations so central to the project were simultaneously more loose and focused in front of an audience. As a result, in 2017 they returned to The Windup Space to record its namesake album live. This is the happy result – a magnificent document of the virtues of collective interplay and creative score reading.
There are some recognizable factors, like the way a simple line introduced by Ballou organizes everything, reminiscent of Steve Lacy, and Pirog’s use of delays and loops. The rest is very much their own thing, generally with short tunes beginning, developing and ending in a very natural way, without a single gram of fat.” -Clean Feed
Jacob Anderskov with Agnostic Revelations – Sand – Granular Alchemy
” … fantastic Danish pianist Jacob Anderskov … , The pianist’s compositions unfold slowly, but they feel linear. Cleaver gives the music an appealing slipperiness with his ability to smear time—accelerating and decelerating, playing ballad tempo against the grain on “Sediments,” turning pulse into something that throbs more than it ticks.” – Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
Jacob Anderskov piano
Chris Speed tenor saxophone, clarinet
Michael Formanek contrabass
Gerald Cleaver drums
2012 ILK Music ILK195CD
“This quartet brings together different threads in my production in a way I had dreamed about for some time. It draws upon the large-scale music I have composed for a.o. Anderskov Accident, and yet has a spirit and a kind of awareness also found in my smaller groups and in my solo work.
The compositions here are all from a larger series of compositions with a metaphori- cal starting point concerning basic elements/ materials. (Other compositions from that series – a.o. Bone, Water, Wood & Soil – have found their way into the repertoire of other ensembles, and will probably appear on future albums).
The album title (Granular Alchemy) refers to these materials, with a focus on partly their tactility, partly the mental concept of them in culture/religion & science over the millenia, and partly the possible chances of transforming the materials or the concepts of them through conscious or mystic human actions.
It is an ongoing adventure to play this music with these musicians. I am grateful to be allowed to experience this.” –Jacob Anderskov
Gianni Mimmo – Daphne – Prossime Trascendenze
Gianni Mimmo soprano saxophone
Mario Mariotti trumpet
Angelo Contini trombone
Fabio Sacconi double bass
Michele Marelli basset horn
Benedict Taylor viola
From Due Sestetti (2015)
2017 Amirani Records AMRN047
Bob Gingery – Soft Six – Kittyhawk
Roger Turner / Henry Kaiser / Martin Kuchen / Damon Smith / Jeff Coffin / Ed Pettersen / Tania Chen / Jordan Muscatello/Henry Kaiser – Uranus- Interstellar Transmissions
Martin Kuchen – sax, Roger Turner – drums, Ed Pettersen – guitar
With five Voyager tracks still left to play with, including ones of a more complicated and dynamic nature, Part two of the experiment was to have three improvisers live in a room responding to the recording fed into the room. Live with no edits or overdub.
Johnathon Barber – Mr JB – Vision Ahead