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Two from Lisbon’s Phonogram Unit ~ The Free Jazz Collective

hyper.object – inter.independence (Phonogram Unit, 2022) Jose Lencastre – Common Ground (Phonogram Unit, 2022) By Stuart Broomer Phonogram Unit is a Lisbon musicians’ label that over the past two years has released a series of often brilliant recordings, notable for their thoughtful conception, recording quality and design as well as frequently excellent musical results. The … Read more

Paul Plimley 1953-2022 ~ The Free Jazz Collective

Paul Plimley at the 2014 Vancouver Jazz Festival. Photo by Mark Miller By Stuart Broomer The Canadian pianist Paul Plimley passed, from cancer, on May 19. It was a sudden event. He had moved to a hospice just two weeks before. Around that time, I had written a review of a remarkable recording by Paul … Read more

Catching up with A New Wave of Jazz ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Nick Ostrum A New Wave of Jazz is a label run by Dirk Serries whose first activities reach back to 2015. Since then, it has accrued over 50 releases of free jazz and related minimalist music, if one takes into account those recordings released through their subscriber service. Many of these involve Serries himself; … Read more

Kobe Van Cauwenberghe’s Ghost Trance Septet Plays Anthony Braxton (El Negocito, 2022) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Sammy Stein Ghent-based el Negocito records will release Kobe Van Cauwenberghe’s Ghost Trance Septet plays Anthony Braxton on June 2, combined with a performance at the Contemporary Arts Museum of SMAK In Ghent, showcasing the results of Kobe Van Cauwenberghe’s research on Anthony Braxton and his spectacular Ghost Trance Music. Anthony Braxton is one … Read more

John Butcher – 5 LPs from Berlin (and Leipzig) on ​​NI VU NI CONNU ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Paul Acquaro British saxophonist John Butcher is no stranger to Berlin. Linked to the Echtzeit scene that emerged during the heady days of post re-unification Germany in the abundant derelict spaces that served as breeding grounds for creativity. Butcher, on the occasion of this 65th birthday, held a short residency in November 2019 at … Read more

The Collaborative Works of the Viennese Studio Dan Ensemble ~ The Free Jazz Collective

The Viennese experimental ensemble Studio Dan was founded in 2005 by composer-trombonist Dan Daniel Riegler and since then has kept refining its inclusive aesthetics and has operated on the borders between diverse sub-genres of contemporary music: improvisation, new music, jazz, art- rock and more. Studio Dan has commissioned works by like-minded composers and improvisers like … Read more

Albert Ayler – Revelations: The Complete ORTF 1970 Fondation Maeght Recordings (Elemental, 2022) ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Lee Rice Epstein What can any of us add to the legacy of Albert Ayler? What can be said that hasn’t been said better by his own horn and vocals? In 2004, on the Holy Ghost box, listeners finally heard Ayler’s final performance, a short set from July 28, 1970, with his last quintet, … Read more

The Living Music (Wolke, 2022) ***** ~ The Free Jazz Collective

By Paul Acquaro In 2017, my wife and I visited Munich’s Haus der Kunst, an imposing concrete building set on the edge of the English Garden, and next to the Eisbachwelle, the mission to see the FMP exhibition. We did not have much time on the vacation, so we skipped documenta 14 in Kassel, even … Read more

FMP: The Living Music – Interview with Markus Müller ~ The Free Jazz Collective

An Interview with Markus Müller about the book FMP: The Living Musicreviewed here. By Martin Schray and Paul Acquaro Mr. Müller, the FMP exhibitions in Munich in 2017 and in Berlin in 2018 were a wonderfully created and fantastic look back at the wok of FMP. How and when did the decision to also do … Read more