Avant-Garde

Naked City - Naked City Live, Vol. 1: Knitting Factory 1989

It's almost inconceivable to believe that Naked City, the vanguard supergroup comprised of John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Fred Frith, Wayne Horvitz, and Joey Baron, never recorded a live album during the...

Arve Henriksen / Teun Verbruggen - Black Swan

To some, this might seem like an unlikely collaboration. Throughout much of his recent career, whether solo or as a member of Supersilent, Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen has explored expansive,...

Satoko Fujii - Bacchus

As the most prolific recording artist of the past two decades, pianist Satoko Fujii keeps churning out excellent modern progressive improvisation jazz. This trumpet led quartet, performing a set of...

Igor Wakhevitch - Donc...

The music of French composer Igor Wakhevitch is as difficult to summarize as any modern classical or avant-garde performer you care to name.

He never stayed put in one particular idiom or an...

Maggi Payne - Crystal

These are seven beautiful and well-crafted electronic music compositions that suggest vast internal and universal dimensions. Events within the interior of a humble flute become a gigantic sonic la...

Bang on a Can - Gigantic Dancing Human Machine: Bang on a Can Plays Louis Andriessen

Listening to Bang on a Can's all-Andriessen recording from 2002, Gigantic Dancing Human Machine, you can't help but move with the music -- not so much dancing or swaying as dodging and careening.

Pago Libre - Cinémagique

Pago Libre clearly creates a new world on this collection of 15 soundtracks for an imaginary cinema, filled with fluid sequences, movements, narrative improvisation, colors, and folk songs that par...

Alan Licht - A New York Minute

This two-CD set samples many sides of Alan Licht's musical persona. What strikes immediately is his resourcefulness and restlessness: no two pieces explore the same ground. Disc One presents four s...

Weird Little Boy - Weird Little Boy

From the first ten seconds of this album, you know exactly where jazz masochist John Zorn is heading with Weird Little Boy, one of his many noise projects with Mr. Bungle singer Mike Patton. A Phil...

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