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SHANTI PAUL JAYSHINA JOSH ISON JOSE CANHA TREVOR TAYLOR DAN BANKS
OSCILATIONS 12 TONE MUSIC FOR JAZZ QUINTET [FMRCD568]

The music on this cd was composed by percussionist Trevor Taylor for jazz quintet,using partly 12 tone technique and in parts space notation, a graphic method where the players interpret the music written in a non conventional way. All of this hopefully is woven along with conventional solos and free form improvisation into a coherent music


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Musician Supreme
KEITH TIPPET [FMRCD587]

New box set containing 4 cds from the Keith Tippett canon on FMR to celebrate this extraordinary musician who gave so much to the UK scene No notes but 4 cds in individual sleeves the cds are Linukea , he's amazing piece for piano and string quartet, an early duo with Howard Riley in Bern and two recordings with his Dartington improvising trio featuring Pul Dunmall and Julie Tippetts. One with tracks recorded at the old vortex and the BBC and the other at the Priory as part of the now defunct Southend Jazz festival 2004


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Dunmall Pursglove Foote Saunders Owston Bashford
C O S M I C D R E A M P R O J E C T I O N [FMRCD596]

Wow this is a throw back, tunes! yes in a very rare excursion Paul fronts a sextet that sounds like a big band playing some of his new tunes. Again beautifully recorded at Samsun studios on Sept 11th 2020, this new ensemble 'Cosmic Dream Projection' produces as they say a sound 'greater than its individual parts! All are great players who excel but for me Percy Pursglove stands out on trumpet. For many Dunmall fans this new venture will get you salivating at the mouth! its that good. The tunes act as a springboard to some energetic creative and burning improv you will not be disappointed. Tunes are back!!!!!


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luc Houtkamp Steve Bereseford Martin Blume
SHED 1 [FMRCD597]

3 compelling improvisations by three European masters! British pianist Steve Berseford with ace German improv drummer Martin Blume with (and now living in Malta) saxophonist Luc Houtkamp. The trio produce a menacing landscape of intricate and subtle sounds mostly low key, introspective and rumbling, searching taunting and testing . Beresford is always interesting from his prepared piano to his humorous toys and you never quite know which direction things will go. Every so often an impassioned saxophone will wail for awhile and kick start a more frenetic episode but the drums are always thoughtful never overpowering , subtle and enduring. Ultimately highly controlled improvisations by three Euro masters! check it out!


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PAUL DUNMALL. ASHLEY JOHN LONG TREVOR TAYLOR PHILIPP WACHSMANN
CIRCUIT [FMRCD436]

CIRCUIT ELECTRO ACOUSTIC ENSEMBLE with PAUL DUNMALL / PHILIPP WACHSMANN / ASHLEY JOHN LONG / TREVOR TAYLOR - December (FMR 601-0221; UK) Masters at work here, make no bones about it. Individually and collectively, these four veterans of the British improv scene are responsible for some of the most thought-provoking, challenging, and damned-well involving music to inhabit its respective genre, however much said genre migrates, mutates, and morphs.


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STEFAN KEUNE ERHARD HIRT HANDS SCHNEIDER PAUL LYTTON
XPACT II [FMRCD601]

This is the third cd on FMR cd for Martin Keune, and here again he's in great company with Erhard Hirt on Guitar , Hans Schneider on double bass and the master percussionists Paul Lytton, well apparently on everything! This is the second incarnation of the XPact group and 34 years have passed before this new Xpact group, Xpact II the music is impossible to catorgarise, as it proceeds through myriad levels of improvisational density The pace is fast and furious but everyone contributes mightily and its thoroughly engaging . The music enters many levels and you'll just have to hang on to your hat and listen hard!


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CARLO MASCOLO JOAO MADERIA FELICE FURIOSO
CINESTASIA [FMRCD602]

Recorded in May 2017 Cinestesia. is a trio of free improvisation featuring Felice Furioso on percussion Portugese master Joao Madeira on double Bass and Carlo Mascolo on trombone, an interesting combination indeed. The recording came about after a fruitful meeting in Lisbon at the M.I.A. festival The music on this cd evokes a special human tension present in all three musicians -composers delicate and tenuous , which explores a form of un common sensitivity where sound processed instinctively though gesture in action deeply involves the three musicians complicit in balancing the elusive sound matter and structure most relevant to instant composition, most often avoiding the severity of cliches in improvisation. 7 great tracks of stimulating and highly creative improv


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DAN BANKS JOSE CANHA TREVOR TAYLOR ROBIN PORTER
LOST AT SEA [FMRCD603]

Sigur Rós, the Icelandic band, known for their ethereal, post-rock sound palette, evoking the combined aesthetics of rock, classical Euro- pean music, and minimalism, has become somewhat of a household name over the past twenty years. However, their increasing popularity has not diminished their experimental spirit, and to this day, their highly atmospheric music captures the natural beauty and magnificence of Iceland. ‘Lost At Sea’ intends to capture, explore, and recast the captivating sonic landscapes woven by Sigur Rós through a combination of free improvisation and structured compositions. The works included in this CD exist along the line of re-arrangement and homage, with mo- ments featuring more direct references to Sigur Rós's work ('Lost At Sea', for example) and others that are more evocative and subtle ('Victory & The Rose'). Lost At Sea will take you on a fascinating journey through a sonic landscape inspired by the work of Sigur Rós, lensed and constructed by the creative voices of Dan Banks, José Canha, Trevor Taylor, and Robin Porter. All compositions and arrangements by Dan Banks.


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GUY-FRANK PELLERIN MATTHIAS BOSS EUGENIO SANNA
WATER REFLECTIONS [FMRCD604]

Altogether a splendid release of careful thoughtful but always creative and well paced small group improvisation by an Italian supergroup of Guy Frank Pelerin on soprano and tenor sax, Eugenio Sanna. guitar and objects, Matthias Boss violin and voice Recording quality is excellent .The three aim for a single voice where the response and call is almost immediate and although they come from very different musical backgrounds you'd be hard pressed to tell they work so well together In all 10 tracks that hold your concentration because of the quality of the interchange. A really nice group!


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Alberto Pederneschi Solo Percussiion
MICROCOSMO [FMRCD606]

one of the most original and interesting solo percussion cd's we have heard in a long time! Alberto has a style and vision all his own as he battles with prepared drums, drums, kalimba, objects, voice Theres something very special and origial in these pieces and approach!


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GIng Lenz den zwanzigsten durchs Gebirg oder nicht
UDO SCHINDLER. PATRICK SCHIMANSKI [FMRCD607]

-After an impressive level of recent releases on FMR Udo Schindler teams up with Drummer percussionist Patrick Schiminski for another duo series of improvisations at the 'Salon fur Klang + Kunst in Munich the scene of such healthy creative and productive improvised Munich. This time the inspiration is from the novel Lenz by Georg Buchner. With players both moving though a wide range of instruments and electronics this beautifully recorded music will delight!


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Tibor Takacs Laslo Lenkes Goran Grubisic
FUNAMBULISTS [FMRCD608]

Describing Serbian group 'The Funambulists' music is difficult! Its improvisation yes but its many other things too The group provide an extraordinary large sound field for just three people. The barrage never lets up! a veritable onslaught of sound in a consistent wave of aural shock and energy . The guitar (Laslo Lenkes)is loud and thoroughly probing, making the saxophone (Tibor Taskacs Fakii) have to work hard in the upper register to be heard whilst Goran Grubisics pounding drums complete the onslaught, in this barrage and wall of sound. Introvert, and subtle improvisation this is not, but if you get off on energy alone you won't be disappointed!


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DOCTOR STEPHEN TROMANS Solo Piano
THE WAY [FMRCD609]

This album was a watershed moment in m recent life. I was in the process of recovering from a period of severe mental and physical strain occasioned from work stresses and the realities of life under pandemic restrictions, loss off livelihood etc Three days before the session I was visited , in the form of a shadow entity, possibly an aspect of my creative 'physche', in the early hours of the morning with a telepathic directive to record again: a new solo album, in a great studio, on grand piano. And to improvise it all on the day, from my experiance of late


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ED JONES EMIL KARLSEN
FROM WHERE LIGHT FALLS [FMRCD610]

Ed Jones is perhaps the most well know name in the is this beautifully recorded free improv recorded at Leeds Conservatoire in 2020, and the music clearly shows his jazz heritage In many ways it reminds me of many of the great drum saxophone black American free jazz duos it has the intensity without anger, musical, density with restraint, in fact its very subtle introduction to an exciting new duo. Emil Karlsen is a fine collaborator sounding some times like John Stevens and Elvin or Rahied Ali and uses interesting and stimulating percussion combinations This is their debut album but I hope it won't be their last! great stuff


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Vasco Trilla percussion Liba Villavecchia. saxophone
ASEBIA [FMRCD611]

Asebeia is a new duo cd featuring one of the greatest percussionist of the day Vasco Trilla with saxophonist Liba Villavevvhia However the music follows a serious path having the title 'Criminal charge for desecration and disrespecting of divine objects' to understand more about this read the attached pdf! The music as expected is passionate improvisation . Its beautifully recorded and the 8 tracks weave an aural magic as Vasco swops many percussion sounds, hit struck bowed in a tapestry for Liba to respond. Highly recommended! titles are Kolnos, Eaudalmonia, Pisits, Akolasia, Ataraxia, Eidola, Sophrosyne and Thelon

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