Fistfull of Improvisation 1
John Butcher (saxophones)
Xavier Charles (clarinet),
Axel Dorner (trumpet)
The Contest of Pleasures
Some intensely oblique textural nu-school shit. Recorded....hm....1997? 2000 at latest. Sharp if not prescient. IMHO, some of the strongest, or at least most wondrous, group material by any of the participants. A must-hear even if you usually don't care for the improv thing based on preponderance of squiggle-blat, almost all of which has been erased in advance by the participants. Scary-incisive groupmind energy. Keeper!
Gunter Christmann (trombone/cello) & Thomas Lehn (analogue synth):
Temps Duree (1998, ltd ed of 150)
light-speed and prickly-as-fuck. hard to place what makes this record special aside from the excellent playing, but it is definitely not a matter of just fine playing...the quickness here, the jabs and feints familiar to those of us who have listened to (probabably too much) "European free improv" quite a bit....these are here, but the moments of interaction seem to be packed especially dense..
Giuseppe Ielasi: solo live cdr (Absurd)
This is nothing but nothing like Ielasi's more recent work, a much more spartan affair; those who like the quiet Kevin Drumm might find a lot to like here. I think this was released c. 2000, maybe a little earlier. I uploaded it quite some time ago, but the link still seems to work.
Taku Sugimoto: OPPOSITE
Gossamer dew-speckled-spiderweb guitar spun with patience you could cut with a very sharp knife. I know we had this here at some point, but it's an old upload of mine, it's good quality, I think (mp3-320?), and if you haven't heard it yet, you must, must, must.
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