ESP DISK

"Early recording (1967) of Eastern European free improvisation, which maintained a strong tension between restraint and the all-out blowing of its Western relatives. Though more traditional postbop inspirations are evident, there is the beautiful...

Fay Victor - voice, texts, compositions
Sam Newsome - soprano saxophone
Joe Morris - electric guitar
Reggie Nicholson – drums

“The second album by this all-star quartet Far Victor's SoundNoiseFunk -- both on ESP-Disk' -- was recorded over two sets mixing planned and freely improvised music. It is a cry of frustration, but also determination and celebration.
Frustration with the state of our country, determination to do something about it, and celebration of the power and joy of..

Wet Robots is Fay Victor's first album as a leader released on an American label other than her own Greene Street Music, but she is already a star on the New York avant-jazz scene.

From Bradley Bambarger's liner notes: "Few vocalists have the sheer boldness -- the outright fearlessness -- of Fay Victor as an improviser. The New York native has long been a creative force on the avant-jazz scene, as a singer, bandleader, composer, arranger, and teacher. She has worked on both sides of the...

"In the Spring of 1966, ESP was given a grant by the New York State Council on the Arts, to tour the five colleges in the state with music departments. Artists for this tour included the Sun Ra Arkestra, Burton Greene, Patty Waters, Giuseppi Logan and...

This 2012, newly transfered and remastered version is by far the best sounding CD version of this album! Marzette Watts was much better known as a painter, but he was a fine musician and this was the 2nd of only 2 albums he released. It has a great...

"WeFreeStrings was founded in 2011. This is the group's second album. Leader Melanie Dyer (not to be confused with the Australian country pop songwriter of the same name) is a jazz viola player and composer based in New York City who currently performs with the Sun Ra Arkestra, Dead Lecturers, Heroes Are Gang Leaders, Baba Andrew Lamb, Gwen Laster's New Muse 4tet, William Parker, Tomeka Reid Stringtet, Janice Lowe/Tyehimbe Jess Millie & Christina project, and Patricia Nicholson's Women with an Axe to...

Megumi Yonezawa - piano
Masa Kamaguchi - bass
Ken Kobayashi - drums

"Japanese musicians Megumi Yonezawa, Masa Kamaguchi, and Ken Kobayashi present Boundary. The pianist and drummer live in New York City and often collaborate; the bassist lives in Madrid but comes to New York City twice a year for a month each time. The producer heard them at Manhattan jazz bar Tomi Jazz and immediately booked a session to capture their magic before Masa Kamaguchi left town. Megumi Yonezawa, from Hokkaido.

"Drawing from the traditions of Sun Ra, the Art Ensemble of Chicago as well as Miles Davis in his '60s and '70s electric period, multi-instrumentalists Steve Rush (fender rhodes, moog, bells, recorder, slide whistle, euphonium, maraca, ocarina...

"For his debut as a leader, drummer James Zitro leads a couple of lengthy blowouts ("Freeken" and "Happy Pretty"), plus the dense "Fourth." With altoist Allan Praskin, tenor saxophonist Bert Wilson, trumpeter Warren Gale, pianist Michael Cohen and...

Gabriel Zucker - piano, compositions
Tyshawn Sorey – drums
Adam O'Farrill – trumpet
Eric Trudel - saxophone

“A suite inspired by Rachel Kushner's novel The Flamethrowers (2013), Weighting is a spacious mix of composition and improvisation, frequently intimate -- sometimes consisting of just intertwined sax and trumpet lines -- but occasionally punctuated with rowdy outbursts or densely-woven passages.
Gabriel Zucker’s work combines maximalist compositions with the progressive..

"he latest release from polymath and musical maximalist Gabriel Zucker is a sprawling and ambitious achievement that defies categorization, featuring complex mixed-meter jazz, virtuosic chamber music, electronic soundscapes, and indie art rock -- performed with emotion and urgency by Zucker's virtuoso large ensemble The Delegation. Written primarily between 2015 and 2018, during several stints Zucker spent living and performing in England and throughout Europe, the record reckons with time, and with the...