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TREVOR WATTS VERYAN WESTON MARK SANDERS JOHN EDWARDS
'HEAR NOW' a film by Mark French plus extra audio tracks [FMRDVD05]

Beautifully recorded and produced film by Mark French with various sections where Trevor Watts talks about the music. 4 separate dialogues , plus two tracks recorded by the quartet at Hastings Jazz Club in 2012


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Jose Lancastre NAU QUARTET
Fragments of Always [FMRCD451]

beautifully haunting improvisations played by the cream of Portugals improvisors, Rodrigo Pinheiro on piano, Hernani Faustino on bass , Jose Lancastre Alto Sax and led by wonderful drummer Joao Lancastre The 6 Aphorisms as a suite of many musical directions was recorded on 18th December 2016 at Timbuktu studios in Portugal. Wonderfully inventive free improv group that has its own special 'Sound' lyrical but busy and inventive


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LAWRENCE CASSERELY VIV CORRINGHAM
Anemoi [FMRCD450]

Viv and Lawrence have worked together since the 1990s, in Colourscape and various other venues. In April, 2014 they spent a day with ace record- ing engineer Matt Saunders in the wonderful environment of Piggotts in Buckinghamshire. It was so quiet that the subtle suggestions of life around them, from a bee to a passing light aircraft, simply became part of the performance. In ancient Greek myth, the Anemoi (Greek: Ανεμοι "Winds") were wind gods who were associated with various seasons and weather conditions. They were sometimes represented as mere gusts of wind, were personi- fied as winged men, or depicted as horses kept in the stables of the storm god Aeolus, who provided Odysseus with the Anemoi in the Odyssey. We have named our tracks after winds from other cultures as well as the Greek. They form a compass rose of winds from around the world.


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STEVE BERESFORD TREVOR TAYLOR IAN BRIGHTON
Kontakte Trio [FMRCD449]

The Kontakte Trio ( Beresford , Brighton and Taylor) evolved from one FMR's 30th year anniversary recording sessions at the Toni Visconti studio in Kingston University earlier this year. Taylor and Brighton had been playing together since the early 70's yet never had the opportunity to work with pianist and electronics improviser Steve Beresford. The primary objective as a trio was to explore their common interests in the electronics aspect of improvised music as well as that of the acoustic instrumentation. The recorded output, they feel, is uncompromising and surprising.


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DANNY KAMINS DAMON SMITH ALVIN FIELDER JOE HERTENSTEIN
After Effects [FMRCD448]

These four great American improvisers present wonderful Free Improvised Music
! The wonderful Front cover painting by Jerome Bryerton, oil on canvas and the music was recorded and mastered at Sugarhill Studios in Houstan Texas on April 1st 2016 by Jonathan Chan
Mixed and mastered by Jonathan Chan Check it out!


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PAUL DUNMAL MATHEW SHIPP JOHN EDWARDS MARK SANDERS
Live in London [FMRCD446]

The 'A' team this time with terrific pianist Mathew Ship play two extraordinary sets at Londons Cafe Oto in Feb 2010 and never released till now!!


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PEDRA CONTIDA
Amethyst [FMRCD445]

Recorded live in concert by Jose Martins on November 2016 this new recording by Portuguese group Pedra Contida features five tracks, Scree, Chalk Agate, Obsidian, Touchstone titled Amethyst the group has an eclectic line up of Harp, Alto saxophone, computer,electric guitar and drums and produce the wonderful thoughtful and creative improvisation we have come to expect With familiar names like Marcelo Dos Reis and Joao Pais Phili[e etc the music will not


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Francois Carrier Michel Lambert
ONENESS [FMRCD444]

'Oneness' is the dynamic Canadians latest release Francois says There are moments when everything flows. When it occurs , one disappears . No more thoughts, no more image, no more anything. Travelling is fascinating, especially when playing music. Michel, Rafal and i gathered at Alchemia Klub on the afternoon of May 25th, 2015 for this session The previous night we were playing in front of an audience at the same place and the recording of this concert 'The Joy Of Being was released in December 2016. I don't have much memories of the music but I remember the feeling, I ws sick and It took all my energy to take care of a bad fever. What strikes me the most is the resonance. As if we were possessed by a higher source of energy. I am speechless. I can't describe to speak about music. Al I can really do is play


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Peter Urpeth Silence Ensemble
SPEECH John Cage [FMRCD443]

Great news for fans of wonderful composer John Cage! A new release by the Silence ensemble led by pianist Peter Urpeth featuring three pieces all featuring radio. Radio Music (for 1-8 performers)(1956) Imaginary Landscape No 5 for any 42 recordings (1952) and Speech for 5 radios with news reader (1955) with the news read by John Cavanagh. members of this recording include Peter Urpeth who directs Stuart Wilding, Gerry Loose, Jon Macleod, and John Cavanagh


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VASCO TRILLA SZILARD MERZEI MARINA DZUKIJIEV
If You Still [FMRCD442]

Surprising and tantalising improvisations of wide ranging creativity from three great players, Szilard Merzei on viola and Marina Dzukijev on piano , led by the irrepressible and wonderful drummer Vasco Trilla, his third album for FMR. With this combination you don't know what to expect, chamber music?, sombre quiet introverted? none of it!


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Robert Burke George Lewis Paul Grabowsky Mark Hellias
SHIFT [FMRCD441]

The music on this CD (their first on FMR) is the result four great musicians - Burke, Lewis, Grabowsky and Helias- with a background in Jazz coming together to experiment and create music without the need for critics approval either from institutional oversight or industry-enformed norms and prerequisites. And because each is free to express himself asa collaborating individual without genre based limitation, the music they create is ‘free’ music


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EDWARDS MAGLIOCCHI METCALFE NORTHOVER THOMPSON
Runcible Quintet [FMRCD437]

They dined on mince, and slice of quince, which they ate with a runcible spoon, and hand in hand, on the edge of the sand, they danced by the light of the moon (from the owl and the Pussy cat (1871) by Edward Lear the music here was recorded at Iklectik on 18th April 2016


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PAUL DUNMALL JOHN EDWARDS JOHN EDWARDS LIAM NOBLE
Go Straight around the square [FMRCD435]

yet another outing for FMR stalwart Paul Dunmall, this one was recorded last year at the Vortex live, hence its title ‘Just go straight round the square’ His fellow cahoots for this spirited outing including top players on the scene, John Edwards, Mark Sanders and the wonderful pianist Liam Noble Pauls also a pationatte painter and engraver and choose this wood engraving Quad Two’ by Peter Lawrence


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Ashley John Long double bass
PSI [FMRCD434]

Fabulous improvisations by the new virtuoso bass player and his premier release!!!


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IKEBANA Reinhold fried Hannes Strobl Elena Kakaliagou Nora Kraal
P.O.P. Psychology of perception [FMRCD432]

Fascinating drone music from this interesting German ensemble ! ikebana takes its name from the tradition of Japanese flower arranging which dates back to the 7th century. The 8 track names are related to this such as Shoka, Rikka, Nigeria and Morimono


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Bernd Reincke John Hughes Chad Popple
Play the trio [FMRCD431]

Reincke//Hughes//Popple focus on the music of "The Trio" and thus the compositions of John Surman, Barre Phillips and Stu Martin. Formed in 1969, “The Trio" was one of the most original and inspirational European or European-based bands (Martin and Phillips were American expatriates), whose music has unjustly been forgotten. Their compositions are often short and varied, generally setting specific parameters of rhythm, dynamics, or harmonic lattices. Reincke//Hughes//Popple provide their own original interpretations, using the tunes as a springboard for powerful swinging moments, free improvisations, sizzling duets and unexpected energy explosions. 



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Evan Parker John Russell Ian Brighton Philipp Wachsmann Marcio Mattos Trevor Taylor
Reunion at Cafe Uno [FMRCD430]

On August 14th 2016 Cafe Oto staged a reunion of a group of old friends , the group Stringthing featuring Ian Brighton Electric Guitar, Philip Wachsmann Violin, Trevor Taylor Percussion and electronics and Marcio Matttos cello , with Evan Parker saxophone and john Russell acoustic guitar String thing had not recorded through circumstances since 1988 when they recorded 'Eleven years from Yesterday (FMR02) Coincidently only the second cd in the FMR catalogue


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Frode Gjerstad Alvin Fielder Damon Smith
THE SHAPE FINDS ITS OWN WAY [FMRCD429]

This trio happened at the No Idea festival in Austin, Texas, February 2016, as an ad hoc combination. I came to Austin with a flu, and felt while playing, I was unable to get any decent sound out of my horn. I was really struggling! I was quite surprised when I heard the recording. Which to me sounds good! Damon and Alvin have played together for some time. I knew Damon a little bit, but I never even met Alvin before. I knew he was a very early member of the AACM in Chicago when they first started and he played with the people that we all know about. He is a “historic” person. Damon is a bassplayer who has worked with a lot of important European and US improvisers and so have I. Frode Gjerstad


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Paul Dunmall Quintet
DREAMTIME [FMRCD428]

This gig was part of a very short three-date tour, assembled by Birmingham promoter Tony Dudley-Evans. Saxophonist Paul Dunmall's free jazz and improvising eminence has now cloaked the entire globe, so his regular Stateside tours have helped forge relationships with some of his finest American counterparts. The Chicagoan drummer Hamid Drake is one of these sonic allies, and a further collaboration between the pair is destined for natural success, both of them being powerful and thoughtful in equal proportions. Dunmall has penned an extended work for this gig in the intimate, and very nearly sold out Hexagon Theatre, The Dreamtime Suite retaining a free- form mien even though set within a pre-determined structure.


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Onno Gevaert Marcelo dos Reis Luis Vincente Krisdtjan Martinsson
INLAYERS [FMRCD427]

Tantalising improvisations from a great and eclectic group of Portugals very best improvisers Luis Vicente and Marcelo will be well known by FMR followers Recorded in Amsterdam in April last year the cover of the cd is a wonderful piece of art by chris Ripken that gives the album its title 'Inlayer' The group features Onno Gevaert on drums, Marcelo dos Reis acoustic guitar , Luis Vicente on trumpet and Kristjan Martinson on piano the titles of the tracks are Glaze, Fresco, Varnish, Tempera, Pentimenti, Underdrawing


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ED GAUDEN MARK HANSLIP
And how the who can think the what..... [FMRCD426]

This is the third outing on CD from Mark Hanslip and Ed Gauden, but the first for FMR. This time as a duo The pair were originally billed to play a concert as a trio with a pianist, who had to drop out at the last minute, forcing the two remaining musicians to do a duo set. They enjoyed it very much, and felt it was good enough to get their duo on tape, so they went into the studio and this is the result


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Francois Carrier Michel Lambert Alecy Lampin
FREDOM IS SPACE FOR THE SPIRIT [FMRCD425]

5 new sparkling improvisations from their European tour recorded live at Experimental Sound Gallery in St Petersburg Russia in may 2014!


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Ramiro Molina Luis Conde Nicolas Rios Bateria
RULEMARES [FMRCD424]

In this work there isi a common territory of sounds. It could be like an imaginary landscape map, created by walks, talks, learning and playing together through night and days of to big lands with the desert in between. The music score for this kind of work doesn't exist. Therefore, the only thing that we know so far, is that there is a long way form one Housed door to the other


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CHRIS CUNDY : GUSTAV LOST
Fyfe Dangerfield, Mat Martin, HHannah Marshall, Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders, and Chris Cundy [FMRCD423]

For several years now bass clarinettist Chris Cundy has kept a steady recording output that represents mainly free improvisation and experimental music, but he’s also worked as an arranger and accompanist alongside a string of alt-pop artists including Little Annie, Ladan Hussein (aka Cold Specks), Baby Dee, Devon Sproule, and Fyfe Dangerfield. There have also been pictorial soundtracks made in collaboration with the electronica group Longstone and he has produced music for theatre. With Gustav Lost ( a play on the composer Gustav Holst perhaps?) he presents an album of instrumentals played by an ensemble who take on a broad range of Cundy’s musical ideas, while allowing a spontaneity of its own.


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Ntschuks Bonga Andy Champion Cory Mwamba
PAPERSTONE SUITE [FMRCD422]

The Bonga/Champion/Mwamba Trio was formed in the summer of 2012. At the time Ntshuks was in Newcastle on tour with the RSC and approached Paul Bream of Jazz North East about the possibility of playing whilst in town. Ntshuks suggested asking Corey to play and Paul suggested Andy Champion as the third member of the group. Corey & Andy have a long and varied musical history, and Ntshuks and Corey played as part of Orphy Robinson’s Spontaneous Cosmic Raw Xtra, as well as in Corey’s own group, Heralds. Paul programmed the trio to appear at the Very Long Splinter end of season concert at the Bridge Hotel. The musical rapport was instantaneous and each subse- quent meeting has been explosive. The trio appeared at the Gateshead International Festival in 2013, supporting the Louis Moholo-Moholo / Alexander Hawkins Duo. The music on this CD was recorded at the Paperstone Studios in Nottingham in Nov 2013. The trio spent a day playing in a beautiful room performing a series of improvisations that form the Paperstone Suite parts I-VII.


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Mia Zabelka Nicola Hein
THE HONEY PUMP [FMRCD421]

This duo from Vienna and Cologne plays free improvised music. The music is created in the moment, without previously agreed concepts or compositions. Beside the pleasure in free improvisation itself, a further strong basis the musicians share is the process of extending traditional instrumental techniques (both with and without preparation and tools), with which the group creates dense but dynamic sonic landscapes with significant room for silence. The heterogeneous instrumentation - string instruments, whether plucked or bowed - provides an enormous acoustic field of potential; nonetheless, it is not always clear which instrument is the source of the sound heard at a given moment.


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PAUL DUNMALL LIAM NOBLE JOHN EDWARDS MARK SANDERS
Chords of Connection [FMRCD419]

Recorded at Birmingham University in Jan 2016 and mixed by Simon Hall, these three tracks show unequivocally Pul Dunmalls statue as Saxophonist supreme,alongside an ensemble also full of virtuosos The front cover also features another of his creative streams, art and shows one of his recent abstract lino cuts theres little to say about the music anther than its strong , creative and utterly compelling


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Vasco Trilla prepared drums and assorted percussion
RAINBOW SERPENT [FMRCD417]

Vasco is really one of the modern masters of a new 'free' approach to drum set and percussion Defying the accepted conventions of speed, and 'flashy' drum set playing, making an incredible musical statement. Taking us through myriad of tones and emotions along a varied and tonally hybrid journey. A must have for all drum set players who want to add something a little different to their sound world!


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Udo Schindler Marco Von Orelli
LUFT.SPIELE [FMRCD416]

Udo Schindler's second cd for FMR features the trumpeter Marco von Orelli as well as Udo himself playing Soprano and Tenor saxophone. But also (and rarely seen in woodwind players) he also plays the cornet What follows are 9 great improvisations recorded in Sept 2015, at the 58th Salon for Klang+Kunst in Munch


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PAUL DUNMALL Wx11 wind synthesizer PHILLIP GIBBS. Guitar
Electrosonics [FMRCD415]

Long time musical compatriots embark on a journey of pure electronic sound This is the first time Paul has recorded exclusively with the wind synth (a Yamah WX11) and along with the electric guitar they produce nine tracks of outstanding creative music!


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Trevor Watts Stephen Grew
Confluent [FMRCD414]

This exuberance that bursts out like tropical juices. In front of our instru- ments and within a few seconds, somehow the music unfolds in a particular way and you follow that to the ends of the earth. The pieces were improvised in a series of unusual stages. Trevor and I first performed in London last September, we liked what happened and Trevor suggested making music at a distance, especially as I was living on the west coast of Lancashire and he on the south coast. Trevor then suggested I send him some solo piano music. The solo piano pieces were material from a solo recording I did with Charlie Mc Govern at the Lit & Phil in Newcastle, an excellent venue with a really nice Kawai B, grand piano. Charlie then sent the solo music which has since become a solo album and Trevor improvised his lines over the top of the pieces, as we didn't have quite enough material for a whole album, I then returned to Newcastle to record a live gig in May 2015, Trevor worked his magic on the remaining material, consequently the music was pieced together to form this album. The first three tracks having a slightly different feel, not surprisingly to the last three tracks


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Rob Hall Chick Lyall
Myth [FMRCD413]

Scottish duo of Rob Hall (Saxophones, clarinet )& Chick Lyall (piano)has developed a highly distinctive musical language and identity. Their music is informed by a very wide range of genres from Baroque chamber music to free jazz, contemporary classical and folk idioms, connecting with the broader European music tradition though often articulated with an American attitude. The central thread through all their work is the intense musical dialogue that they are capable of building between them. MYTH is the fifth release by the duo for the FMR label. As with previous albums, MYTH explores a variety of approaches ranging from Jazz to 20th cen- tury classical composition and freely improvised interludes, the centrepiece of which is a suite of music written by the Greek composer and conductor Giannis Konstantinidis. Originally grouped as a set of 44 Miniatures for Piano, 12 are performed here with extended improvisations


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Frode Gjerstad Ramiro Molina
Unseen Seas [FMRCD412]

I first met Ramiro Molina in 2013. I was touring in South- America with my trio and Ramiro helped me setting up some gigs in Chile. After our arrival, he took us to the fish market and I had some of the most beautiful fish dishes in my life - so sim- ple and so tasty! That was my main reason for wanting to go back. the fish market. Ramiro invited my back in September of 2015. I did a workshop there and we played some gigs together as well as recorded the music for this CD. It is great to meet someone on the other side of the globe and to be able to play in a meaningful way after only a few minutes. Thanks for a very nice stay in your house and for the music! Frode Gjerstad


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John Bacon Jonathan Golove Esin Gunduz Michael McNeill
resonance MIGRATION [FMRCD411]

Somewhat a departure for FMR this music was recorded at the University of Buffalo New York state in 2014, and features the original music of the American based group ResAUance. Many of the pieces have a Turkish flavour. which can be ascertained from the titles such as Kizilciklar Oldu Mu , Bir Firtina, and are based on Turkish folk songs however much of the music is Jazz based in feel, with plenty of improvisation from an ensemble of very competent players! refreshing and original using an unusual combination of piano,Vibes, voice, cello, drums/percussion


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Frode Gjerstad Fabiana Galante Luis Conde
Give and Take [FMRCD410]

the results of another of Frode Gjerstads South American trips, this time with Luis Conde again but joined by the wonderful Fabiana Galante


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Paul Dunmall Phillip Gibbs Ashley John Long Trevor Taylor
CARDIFF [FMRCD409]

Recorded in Cardiff School of music on the 13th of Feb 2016 this cd contains wonderful improvisations of both electronic and pure acoustic nature and introduces a major new voice in the music, the wonderful virtuosic playing of bassist Ashley Long who shines on the 5 tracks


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Paul Dunmall Phillip Gibbs Ashley John Long
NOW HAS NO DIMENSION [FMRCD408]

fantastic new improvisations recorded in Cardiff and introducing a major new and wonderful voice on FMR , bassist Ashley John Long! nothing more can be said part from just sit down and listen!


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Stefan Keune Paul Lovens
Live 2013 [FMRCD407]

3 Great new improvisations from ace improvisers , Keune and Lovens recorded in 3 three locations around Europe! Stefan Keune and Paul Lovens have been working together in various ensembles since the early nineties ,. In 2013 they had the opportunity to perform as a duo, the results were these are these fabulous recordings


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Paul Dunmall Phillip Gibbs Trevor Taylor
CIRCUIT ELCTRO ACOUSTIC ENSEMBLE [FMRCD406]

The three musketeers meet again for yet anther tussle of the sound titans! This is the 7th cd by the ensemble that has no fixed personnel, and whose members are only interested in using state of the art electronics as part of their weopandy, a group started and largely curated by Taylor a long time lover of electro music and improvisation its also interesting in that for the first time Paul Dunmall uses (to great effect) an electronic wind instrument the WX11, capable of the most amazing sounds and octave stretches when in the hands of a musician with ultra sense of musical integrity Attibutes Dunmall has in droves!! Hes also at his best here acting as a foil for Gibbs rich guitar tapestries and Taylors large percussion setup and electronic mallet keyboard soundscape, always creative wether on the WX11 as here or also on flute and saxophone on other of the 5 engrossing tracks!


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JOAO PAULO ESTVES DA SILVER NELSO CASCAIS JOAO LANCASTRE
NO PROJECT TRIO [FMRCD405]

NO PROJECT TRIO is a Portuguese free improvisation trio, They don't compose in advance, just meet in a risky and paradoxical world where composition coincides with playing and rehearsals with studio or public sessions. To let the music flow out at the moment is their only project, a no project , in fact , but never the less , a project! And what a project , 8 improvisations of great passion, pathos and often sublime introspection All musicians Joao Paulo Esteves Da Silva on piano, Nelson Cascais on bass and wonderful drummer Joao Lencastre aqquit themselves with high distinction. Music and great Improvisation knows no borders, only ears eager to capture these sublime creations. Highly Recommended!


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Dialogues for Ornette!
TREVOR WATTS VERYAN WESTON [FMRCD404]

This tribute to Ornette Colman, consists of to separate recordings. The first recorded at the Bim Huis in Amsterdam on the 13th of June this year, consists of a live recording of 3 pieces Although recorded live, the sound is excellent and the duo engage on an enduring and fast moving landscape of music . having played together so much their empathy is fast, exciting and engaging! The second recording consisting of two improvisations was made while on tour recently in rio De Janerio and although a different kind of venue both players reach great heights of improvisation creativity


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Parnassia Palustris
UDO SCHINDLER FRANK PAUL SCHUBERT [FMRCD403]

Parnassia Palustris takes its name from a form of grass A perennial, shortly rhizomatous herb of base-rich flushes in short grasslands Recorded at the 51st 'Salon Klang and kunst in krailling. Munich, Germany in Jan 2015 , the music features only the improvisations of two saxophonists playing only soprano saxophones Udo Schindler and Frank Paul Schubert. An encounter full of rewarding contrasts! The two musicians play often very differently, but this makes it all the more interesting in their often conflicting ideas


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Paul Dunmall John Edwards Tony Marsh
TO BE REAL [FMRCD402]

Doyens of this music will know that Tony Marsh passed away a few years ago now, and this was one of his last recordings. A much loved drummer percussionist of supreme talent and the backbone of many ensembles. Consisting of 4 tracks the first was recorded live at the Vortex in London in 2010 by Gus Gusseti, whilst the the remaining 4 where recorded in the studios of the University of England in Bristol in 2007, With none of this music previously released we are lucky this great trio (that also boasts the incredible bass player John Edwards) can be heard at their peak.


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Frode Gjestad saxophone with Monkey Plot
MONKEY PLOT AND FRODE GJERSTAD [FMRCD401]

Recorded by Frode Gjerstad at a play with the young Norwegian members of the quartet, Monkey Plot, who play incredibly quiet and sensitive improvisations The outcome is startlingly fascinating music of great depth and tension A marriage made in heaven and yet another step in Frodes wonderful musical journey


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FRANCOIS CARRIER STEVE BERESFORD MICHEL LAMBERT JOHN EDWARDS
OUTGOING [FMRCD400]

Now forming an impressive collection on FMR (previous cds included Kathmandu, All out, Shores and Ditches, IO , and the Russian concerts in 2 releases), OUTGOING was recorded on tour in Europe. The music here recorded at one concert at londons Vortex club in May 2014 The mainstay are Canadian Musicians saxophonist Francois Carrier and drummer Michel Lambert with British bass player extraordinare John Edwards and legend Steve Beresford piano added to the already wonderful ensemble brimming with talent and creativeness!


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Michael Dymny Vasco Trilla
CAVE CANEM [FMRCD399]

This powerful duo emerged in Krakow from a colaboration of Discordian Records (Barcelona based label) with some Polish improvisers As a result , the duo played a few gigs in Poland and Spain, toured Europe and recorded an album entitled Cave Canem . The cd features saxophonist Paulina Owczarek as a special guest and was recorded by master Rafal Drewniany in Alchemia ,Krakow. Michał Dymny is an improvising musician, playing the electric guitar. He has developed an individual style based on sonoristic techniques and instrument preparations that he applies in free improvisation. He has participated in a number of events organized by the Krakow-based group Improvising Artists, as well as in projects known as Entropy and Process – Laboratory of Intuition. “Vasco Trilla just doesn’t stop moving, from one sound to the next, his economy of motion is almost as impressive as the sounds he makes. At one point, he bends low, blowing through the hole in a cymbal resting on the drum before him – so hard as to lift it momentarily – while simultaneously detuning the drumhead; the resulting vibration fills the room. Vasco Trilla is the clockwork alchemist of percussion”. Dave Foxall”


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Billy Hart, Eddie Henderson & Chris Sullivan with Bob Gluck
INFINITE SPIRIT [FMRCD398]

'Infinite Search' is Bob Glucks 4th album for FMRfollowing 'Sideways', 'Returning' and 'Something Quiet' An exciting exploration of the musical vocabulary and searching spirit that inspired Herbie Hancock’s seminal sextet, the Mwandishi band. This new quartet of jazz explorers includes two musical masters from the original ensemble. The musical performances sparkle with a plenitude of sonic colors and textures, robust grooves, melodic lyricism, and collective musical intuition


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Paul Dunmall Phillip Gibbs Alison Blunt Neil Metcalfe Hanna Marsh
I LOOK AT YOU [FMRCD397]

Paul Dunmall leads a highly stimulating session of almost classical improvisers ensemble The guitar of Philip Gibbs is balanced by the strings of Alison Blunt and Hanna Marsh, fast making big waves in the improvising circles with their musicality and creativeness All of this topped of with the serene sound of flute virtuoso Neil Metcalfe and off course Dunmall himself, ever omnipotent, providing the spark and trigger for these often ultra delicate excursions into sound this record is a milestone in just how good improvisers are, sounding often as if they played together every day and rehearsed for long periods difficult introverted written contemporary music, but no its all improvised . Fabulous music!!! that will these musicians reputation no harm at all. The sting players are are stunningly good and add so much to the music!


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Malcolm Ball Kate Cuzner
NA Compos Mentis [FMRCD396]

Delightful and eclectic improvisations by Malcolm Ball using percussion and Ondes Martinot and Kate Cuzner on flutes , piano and live electronics


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Frode Gjerstad Roger Turner Borre Molstad
Blood Samples The Cabinet Trio [FMRCD395]

Another step out for fascinating Norwegian saxophonist Frode Gjerstad this time on Alto Sax and Bb Clarinet alongside the unusual combination of ace drummer/ percussionist Roger Turner and fellow Norwegian tuba player Borre Molstad a rarified musical setting that provides exciting and creative playing from all , proving that on the contrary , unusual musical setting and combinations can often produce the most interesting music The cd was recorded at Cafe Mir in Oslo at the 'Blow Out' festival in 2013


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Chick lyall David Garrett
Green Room Concertante [FMRCD394]

Chick Lyall and David Garrett have worked together as improvisers since the 70's. At that time they had only the most primitive and paltry means at their disposal, an out of tune piano, various sound objects used as percussion and a range of household implements to create a ragbag of sonorities This new cd (their 3rd for FMR) contains wonderful but precarious balance between pre-prepared material, sequenced segments, lyrical piano interludes and minimalist debuted riffs in a shifting combination of electronic and acoustic instruments. Recommended!!!


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Marcelo dos Reis Luis Vincente Theo Ceccaldi Vlentin Ceccaldi
Chamber 4 [FMRCD393]

Recorded live on the first of three concerts that occurred in Lisbon, Coimbra and Porto, this fascinating combination of instruments results in this beautiful crafted music by Portuguese and French ensemble, Chamber 4, based in Lisbon and Paris. Acoustic guitar, violin with cello and some rich voices combining with an exquisite trumpet. These are incredible gems of improvisation, subtle, intelligent and very moving


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Paul Dunmall Tony Bianco
Autumn [FMRCD392]

Paul Dunmall in another epic improv session this time in duo with the great American drummer Tony Bianco , now resident in the uk


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Chris Caldwell Susie Hodder-Williams Trevor Taylor
Unlimited the Sound Within [FMRCD390]

Following on from their critically acclaimed albums of Mariners Way & Northern Lights, Susie Hodder-Williams (flute/alto flute/piccolo) & Chris Caldwell (sop/alto sax & bass clarinet) join forces with the percussionist, experimental jazz drummer and contemporary music label owner of FMR Records, Trevor Taylor, for the musical exploration of The Sound Within FMR CD390-0115. If Mariners Way evoked the mythical journey of the ancient mariner across the moors of South West England, The Sound Within journeys to a place which is within all of us, totally familiar yet often overlooked, a place where insights are created. This is where the formless becomes form, through the process of being in the moment. The three musicians weave an improvisational tapestry responding to what's happening around them. Their individual thoughts creating their feelings and responses both through the texture, length and quality of the note they produce and the often overlooked power of stillness. The musicians here came along with an openness of not being tied to any formalised agendas or attachment to outcomes. Through this they touch the beauty of being truly free, a place where universal mind, personal thought and consciousness exist together in perfect harmony.


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Tom Jackson Benedict Taylor Daniel Thompson
Hunt at the Brook [FMRCD389]

All three of these musicians are earning a reputation as wonderful improvisers. The lineup of clarinets with Guitar and Viola is a truly beautiful combination of sublte and moving sounds that mesh into mesmerising editions of truly creative contemporary music Its different, almost like a classical ensemble, the talent creativity and integrity of these musicians shines


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Peter Van Huffelel, Oliver Steidle, Andreas Willers
The Scrambling Ex [FMRCD387]

The Scrambling Ex, powerful trio featuring 3 major European improvisers!


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Francois Carrier Michel lambert
iO [FMRCD384]

After their stunning two cds Live in Russia Vol 1 and 2, eloquent French Canadian saxophonist and drummer par excellence Michel Lambert excel yet again in 9 new improvisations recorded at Resonance studios in their home town of Montreal They are ever becoming a powerful and confident voice in the music!!


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Trevor Watts
VERACITY [FMRCD377]

Trevor Watts first and amazing solo saxophone recording takes him into new territory great to see a musician of this statue totally in his own space!

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