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Stefan Keune Paul Lovens
Live 2013 [FMRCD407]

3 Great new improvisations from ace improvisers , Keune and Lovens recorded in 3 three locations around Europe! Stefan Keune and Paul Lovens have been working together in various ensembles since the early nineties ,. In 2013 they had the opportunity to perform as a duo, the results were these are these fabulous recordings


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Paul Dunmall Phillip Gibbs Ashley John Long Trevor Taylor
CARDIFF [FMRCD409]

Recorded in Cardiff School of music on the 13th of Feb 2016 this cd contains wonderful improvisations of both electronic and pure acoustic nature and introduces a major new voice in the music, the wonderful virtuosic playing of bassist Ashley Long who shines on the 5 tracks


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Ntschuks Bonga Andy Champion Cory Mwamba
PAPERSTONE SUITE [FMRCD422]

The Bonga/Champion/Mwamba Trio was formed in the summer of 2012. At the time Ntshuks was in Newcastle on tour with the RSC and approached Paul Bream of Jazz North East about the possibility of playing whilst in town. Ntshuks suggested asking Corey to play and Paul suggested Andy Champion as the third member of the group. Corey & Andy have a long and varied musical history, and Ntshuks and Corey played as part of Orphy Robinson’s Spontaneous Cosmic Raw Xtra, as well as in Corey’s own group, Heralds. Paul programmed the trio to appear at the Very Long Splinter end of season concert at the Bridge Hotel. The musical rapport was instantaneous and each subse- quent meeting has been explosive. The trio appeared at the Gateshead International Festival in 2013, supporting the Louis Moholo-Moholo / Alexander Hawkins Duo. The music on this CD was recorded at the Paperstone Studios in Nottingham in Nov 2013. The trio spent a day playing in a beautiful room performing a series of improvisations that form the Paperstone Suite parts I-VII.


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Mia Zabelka Nicola Hein
THE HONEY PUMP [FMRCD421]

This duo from Vienna and Cologne plays free improvised music. The music is created in the moment, without previously agreed concepts or compositions. Beside the pleasure in free improvisation itself, a further strong basis the musicians share is the process of extending traditional instrumental techniques (both with and without preparation and tools), with which the group creates dense but dynamic sonic landscapes with significant room for silence. The heterogeneous instrumentation - string instruments, whether plucked or bowed - provides an enormous acoustic field of potential; nonetheless, it is not always clear which instrument is the source of the sound heard at a given moment.


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CHRIS CUNDY : GUSTAV LOST
Fyfe Dangerfield, Mat Martin, HHannah Marshall, Dominic Lash, Mark Sanders, and Chris Cundy [FMRCD423]

For several years now bass clarinettist Chris Cundy has kept a steady recording output that represents mainly free improvisation and experimental music, but he’s also worked as an arranger and accompanist alongside a string of alt-pop artists including Little Annie, Ladan Hussein (aka Cold Specks), Baby Dee, Devon Sproule, and Fyfe Dangerfield. There have also been pictorial soundtracks made in collaboration with the electronica group Longstone and he has produced music for theatre. With Gustav Lost ( a play on the composer Gustav Holst perhaps?) he presents an album of instrumentals played by an ensemble who take on a broad range of Cundy’s musical ideas, while allowing a spontaneity of its own.


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Udo Schindler Marco Von Orelli
LUFT.SPIELE [FMRCD416]

Udo Schindler's second cd for FMR features the trumpeter Marco von Orelli as well as Udo himself playing Soprano and Tenor saxophone. But also (and rarely seen in woodwind players) he also plays the cornet What follows are 9 great improvisations recorded in Sept 2015, at the 58th Salon for Klang+Kunst in Munch


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Ramiro Molina Luis Conde Nicolas Rios Bateria
RULEMARES [FMRCD424]

In this work there isi a common territory of sounds. It could be like an imaginary landscape map, created by walks, talks, learning and playing together through night and days of to big lands with the desert in between. The music score for this kind of work doesn't exist. Therefore, the only thing that we know so far, is that there is a long way form one Housed door to the other


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IKEBANA Reinhold fried Hannes Strobl Elena Kakaliagou Nora Kraal
P.O.P. Psychology of perception [FMRCD432]

Fascinating drone music from this interesting German ensemble ! ikebana takes its name from the tradition of Japanese flower arranging which dates back to the 7th century. The 8 track names are related to this such as Shoka, Rikka, Nigeria and Morimono


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Onno Gevaert Marcelo dos Reis Luis Vincente Krisdtjan Martinsson
INLAYERS [FMRCD427]

Tantalising improvisations from a great and eclectic group of Portugals very best improvisers Luis Vicente and Marcelo will be well known by FMR followers Recorded in Amsterdam in April last year the cover of the cd is a wonderful piece of art by chris Ripken that gives the album its title 'Inlayer' The group features Onno Gevaert on drums, Marcelo dos Reis acoustic guitar , Luis Vicente on trumpet and Kristjan Martinson on piano the titles of the tracks are Glaze, Fresco, Varnish, Tempera, Pentimenti, Underdrawing


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Frode Gjerstad Alvin Fielder Damon Smith
THE SHAPE FINDS ITS OWN WAY [FMRCD429]

This trio happened at the No Idea festival in Austin, Texas, February 2016, as an ad hoc combination. I came to Austin with a flu, and felt while playing, I was unable to get any decent sound out of my horn. I was really struggling! I was quite surprised when I heard the recording. Which to me sounds good! Damon and Alvin have played together for some time. I knew Damon a little bit, but I never even met Alvin before. I knew he was a very early member of the AACM in Chicago when they first started and he played with the people that we all know about. He is a “historic” person. Damon is a bassplayer who has worked with a lot of important European and US improvisers and so have I. Frode Gjerstad


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Paul Dunmall Quintet
DREAMTIME [FMRCD428]

This gig was part of a very short three-date tour, assembled by Birmingham promoter Tony Dudley-Evans. Saxophonist Paul Dunmall's free jazz and improvising eminence has now cloaked the entire globe, so his regular Stateside tours have helped forge relationships with some of his finest American counterparts. The Chicagoan drummer Hamid Drake is one of these sonic allies, and a further collaboration between the pair is destined for natural success, both of them being powerful and thoughtful in equal proportions. Dunmall has penned an extended work for this gig in the intimate, and very nearly sold out Hexagon Theatre, The Dreamtime Suite retaining a free- form mien even though set within a pre-determined structure.


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Bernd Reincke John Hughes Chad Popple
Play the trio [FMRCD431]

Reincke//Hughes//Popple focus on the music of "The Trio" and thus the compositions of John Surman, Barre Phillips and Stu Martin. Formed in 1969, “The Trio" was one of the most original and inspirational European or European-based bands (Martin and Phillips were American expatriates), whose music has unjustly been forgotten. Their compositions are often short and varied, generally setting specific parameters of rhythm, dynamics, or harmonic lattices. Reincke//Hughes//Popple provide their own original interpretations, using the tunes as a springboard for powerful swinging moments, free improvisations, sizzling duets and unexpected energy explosions. 



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PAUL DUNMALL LIAM NOBLE JOHN EDWARDS MARK SANDERS
Chords of Connection [FMRCD419]

Recorded at Birmingham University in Jan 2016 and mixed by Simon Hall, these three tracks show unequivocally Pul Dunmalls statue as Saxophonist supreme,alongside an ensemble also full of virtuosos The front cover also features another of his creative streams, art and shows one of his recent abstract lino cuts theres little to say about the music anther than its strong , creative and utterly compelling

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