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Dead Neanderthals – Prime (2014)

Dead Neanderthals – Prime (2014)

A wake-up call to anyone who thought free jazz was a dying art.

Something Else! sneak peek: Wadada Leo Smith, “Lake Superior” from The Great Lakes Suites (2014)

Something Else! sneak peek: Wadada Leo Smith, “Lake Superior” from The Great Lakes Suites (2014)

Wadada Leo Smith and his band of free jazz icons show the young guys how it’s done.

The Core Trio – The Core Trio with Matthew Shipp (2014)

The Core Trio – The Core Trio with Matthew Shipp (2014)

With or without the fourth player, the Core Trio exemplify what free jazz sounds like when the minds behind it are set free.

Johnny DeBlase – Guided Motion (2014)

Johnny DeBlase – Guided Motion (2014)

Embracing technology in the making of music doesn’t guarantee good results, of course, but it always helps when time-honored principles and philosophies are also applied. And, of course, an open, creative mind. Johnny DeBlase held true to all of these things when crafting the darkly ambient ‘Guided Motion.’

One Track Mind: Johnny Butler, “Macaroni Dip” (2014)

One Track Mind: Johnny Butler, “Macaroni Dip” (2014)

Earlier this year, outlier saxophonist Johnny Butler made an EP titled Raise It Up, pulling most everything from the pantry and throwing it into a logic board-laden blender.

Farmers By Nature – Love And Ghosts (2014)

Farmers By Nature – Love And Ghosts (2014)

This improvised music supergroup is truly a democratic musical commune.

Darius Jones + Matthew Shipp – The Darkseid Recital (2014)

Darius Jones + Matthew Shipp – The Darkseid Recital (2014)

Unpredictability and real passion characterizes ‘The Darkseid Recital’ as a whole, just as it did for Jones’ and Shipp’s amazing ‘Cosmic Lieder’, but those things are magnified from doing it from the stage. That’s the perfect way to follow up on that earlier, acclaimed duet.

Ricardo Tejero/Marco Serrato/Borja Díaz – Sputnik Trio (2014)

Ricardo Tejero/Marco Serrato/Borja Díaz – Sputnik Trio (2014)

ree-form jazz doesn’t need to go on for mind-numbingly lengths if the musicians know what they’re doing. The Sputnik Trio have this all figured out.

Indigo Mist [Cuong Vu + Richard Karpen] – That The Days Go By And Never Come Again (2014)

Indigo Mist [Cuong Vu + Richard Karpen] – That The Days Go By And Never Come Again (2014)

Provocative and fanciful, they bring Ellington and Strayhorn closer to us.

Henry Kaiser (Yo Miles!) and Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers) plan a live-in-the-studio improv record together

Henry Kaiser (Yo Miles!) and Scott Amendola (Nels Cline Singers) plan a live-in-the-studio improv record together

Two Bay Area pacesetters of improvised and avant-garde music will soon join forces.