“’It is a journey that the pianist invites the listener to embark on," writes Alain Drouot, jazz journalist from Chicago. revealing a panorama of uncharted territories, the opener “yume” suggests that it will be well worth the trip.
Swiss pianist Stefan Aeby’s first solo piano recording is the product of three and half years of incubation and shows an understanding of what can be accomplished when taking advantage of a studio setting. whether composed or improvised, the pieces all have a common...

Stefan Aeby - Piano
André Pousaz - Bass
Michi Stulz - Drums

"The concert of the Stefan Aeby Trio at the Intakt Festival at Vortex Jazz Club in London 2017 was a highlight of live music in the capital that year. It made an emphatic statement on how improvisation transcends borders and underlined the strength of a new generation of players.
London journalist Kevin Le Genre writes: "Aeby, drummer Michi Stulz and double bassist André Pousaz make for an inherently contemporary propositi

Stefan Aeby: Piano
André Pousaz: Bass
Michi Stulz: Drums
“Acclaimed Swiss pianist and composer Stefan Aeby presents with his trio his debut on Intakt Records as a bandleader. His excellent new album "to the light" with bass player André Pousaz and drummer Michi Stulz has a clear, unique identity. The trio follows a free vision of minimal sound art, leaving space and time to react to each other, and to revel in the sounds.
Florian Keller writes in the liner notes: "To build their....

Christian Lillinger: Drums
Petter Eldh: Bass
Wanja Slavin: Saxophone
Peter Evans: Trumpet
"You are gonna love this quartet", writes American journalist Kevin Whitehead. "This quartet was preceded by the Starlight trio of the Berlin players Christian Lillinger, Petter Eldh and Wanja Slavin, but Peter Evans is obviously a full partner in a new band. He brought some prime material, and shows uncanny range. His improvising is airy and abstract, tuneful, and tinged with the blues. His lines..

Reid Anderson: Electric Bass, Electronics
Dave King: Acoustic and Electronic Drums
Craig Taborn: Synthesizers, Electric and Acoustic Piano

“Reid Anderson, Dave King, Craig Taborn: the start of this intimate fellowship, also a narrative showing the invaluable role of friendship in music, is dated 1982. At the forefront are songs based on a pop sensibility, played live without sequencers and delivered by astounding improvisers and virtuoso instrumentalists, eschewing the muscular...

Lotte Anker, Soprano, Alto and Tenor Saxophones / Sylvie Courvoisier, Piano / Ikue Mori, Electronics

"Of the three, Anker has the deepest background in jazz; after studies at Copenhagen University Rhytmic Conservatory, where she came in contact.

Joey Baron: Drums, Percussion
Robyn Schulkowsky: Drums, Percussion

"Robyn Schulkowsky, New Music's high priestess of percussion, and Joey Baron, one of the liveliest and most creative drummers in New York's Downtown scene, come from very different avant-garde traditions. Yet in meshing their talents when they play, categories blur – or rather dissolve. What they bring with them is a kind of oceanic experience.
Joey Baron is at home in contemporary jazz. He is one of John Zorn's favorite..

Tim Berne: Alto Saxophone
Hank Roberts: Cello
Aurora Nealand: Accordion, Clarinet, Voice

“Tim Berne’s work is characterized by tireless artistic dedication and creativity. His newly formed trio with accordionist and multi-instrumentalist Aurora Nealand and cellist Hank Roberts takes the listener on a sonically adventurous journey on Oceans And and delights with much imagination and amazing musical diversity. The pieces are penned by Tim Berne and all open doors to infinite interpretation.

Tim Berne: Alto Saxophone
Gregg Belisle-Chi: Guitar

“With his extensive artistic biography, Tim Berne is one of the most outstanding figures in American jazz. Rising star Gregg Belisle-Chi, a connoisseur of Berne's music, has this year released the acclaimed album Koi, featuring interpretations of Tim Berne's compositions on solo acoustic guitar. With his extensive skills and immense sonic potential, he is earning a central place in the landscape of contemporary acoustic guitar.

Tim Berne: Alto Saxophone
Matt Mitchell: Piano

“Tim Berne, pioneer of New York’s legendary “downtown scene”, and his long-time duo partner Matt Mitchell on piano release the album One More, Please – an impressive and refreshing example of the art of improvisation. The two virtuoso instrumentalists have worked together for more than ten years – including in Berne’s acclaimed band Snakeoil – and over this time have developed a distinctive language and musical depth in a dynamic musical...

Tim Berne: Alte Saxophone
Matt Mitchell: Piano
Oscar Noriega: Bass Clarinet, Bb Clarinet
Ches Smith: Drums, Percussion

"Tim Berne's Snakeoil, this group that has grown into a conspired unit over many years, presents with The Deceptive 4 an extraordinary live double album. "This double-disc live document, The Deceptive 4, traces the evolution of both Berne's writing for Snakeoil and the way the band interprets his compositions onstage ­– from the group's nascent beginnings to not lo

Luciano Biondini: Accordion / Michel Godard: Tuba, Serpent, Bass / Lucas Niggli: Drums

Mavì is the title of the Biondini-Godard-Niggli trio's new CD. It refers to a clear blue, the colour seen when looking at the earth from outer space...

Luciano Biondini: Accordion solo
"Luciano Biondini is one of the few outstanding masters of the accordion in Europe, a musician who is at home with jazz music as well as being deeply rooted in the music of his homeland: the mediterranean.

After two CDs with Swiss drummer Lucas Niggli and French tuba player Michel Godard, Biondini has recorded a solo album for the Intakt label, dedicated entirely to the music of the area he grew up in: the city of Spoleto, in Umbria, Northern Italy. His plays..

Luciano Biondini: Accordion / Michel Godard: Tuba, Serpent, Bass / Lucas Niggli: Drums

"When Luciano Biondini, Michel Godard und Lucas Niggli play music together the borders between Early and New Music, between imaginary folk and jazz inspired.

This band continues in sound and spirit to his post-rock leaning 'jazz' outfit, Alas No Axis, but with different players and a bit of a different result. Still, if you are a fan of ANA, you'll love this.
Oskar Guojonsson : Tenor Saxophone
Elias Stemeseder: Keyboards
Chris Tordini: Electric Bass
Jim Black: Drums & Sampler

"Malamute is Jim Black’s latest gathering of like-minded musical souls. The band toured Europe for the first time in May 2015 performing sketches of the musi

Elias Stemeseder: Piano
Thomas Morgan: Bass
Jim Black: Drums

“The Chicoago Reader describes the Jim Black Trio with Thomas Morgan (Bass) and Elias Stemeseder (Piano) "one of the best bands in Jim Black's busy career". In the HardStudios Winterthur the trio recorded this new album over two days. It is their fourth CD as a trio and their second release on Intakt Records.
Drummer Jim Black has one of the most immediately recognizable styles in Jazz -– his wonderful unhinged playing bear

Jim Black: Drums, Composition
Elias Stemeseder: Piano
Thomas Morgan: Bass
"Since the nineties, the drummer and bandleader Jim Black has been one of the most influential figures of progressive jazz. On his Intakt Records debut, Jim Black plays with the acclaimed young pianist Elias Stemeseder and highly in-demand New York bass player Thomas Morgan contemporary jazz with distinctive arrangements, complex rhythms and expressive improvisations.
Hank Shteamer writes in the linernotes...

Stephan Crump: Acoustic Bass
Kris Davis: Piano
Eric McPherson: Drums
"Borderlands Trio, the collective effort of bassist Stephan Crump, pianist Kris Davis and drummer Eric McPherson, has luck on its side. Less than a year old, its chemistry is unusually deep. And while I don’t often use the term, it’s also a band that boasts a bit of magic.
The album title Asteroida is the Latin term for starfish – a creature that can regenerate parts of itself whenever need be. That idea resonates with.

Anthony Braxton ,Alto Saxophone
Anthony Braxton’s musical cosmos has no limits, is colorful and moves tumultuously. In the world of jazz, he made his debut with the solo double-LP, For Alto. The first unaccompanied saxophone solo jazz record was a...

Tim Berne Alte Saxophone
Chris Speed Tenor Saxophone
Reid Anderson Bass
Dave King Drums

“Broken Shadows brings together four luminaries of the American jazz scene: Tim Berne, Chris Speed, Reid Anderson and Dave King. Broken Shadows has very strong connections, in twos. Saxophonists Tim Berne and Chris Speed have been playing together since 1992; Bassist Reid Anderson and drummer Dave King – two thirds of the legendary band The Bad Plus – have been playing together for over 35 years..

Sarah Buechi: Voice
Franz Hellmüller: Guitar
Rafael Jerjen: Bass

“She makes the music of the future”, headlines Zurich jazz critic Manfred Papst in an extensive portrait of singer Sarah Buechi. The singer has studied a wide variety of music in America, Ireland, Ghana and India to further develop songwriting, world and jazz in a highly personal way, whereby the balance of composition and improvisation is central. With Moon Trail she presents her new trio.
“A strong shared feeling...

Sarah Buechi, Voice, Composition, Lyrics
Stefan Aeby, Piano
André Pousaz, Double Bass
Lionel Friedli, Drums

"Turning something complicated into something straight_forward. Loaded questions into shimmering and dancing images. Follow your heart. Find your way, keep on moving relentlessly. Together with Sarah Buechi in the Shadow Garden.

Bert Noglik writes in the liner notes: "The scope of songs ranges from those with a ballad feel up to those surging with emotion, from...

Eugene Chadbourne: Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Voice
"For me playing solo is the purest form of expression. The two solo CDs Strings and Songs give a representativ cross section of my work. In a way they go to the heart of my music."- Eugene Chadbourne...

Eugene Chadbourne: Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Voice
"For me playing solo is the purest form of expression. The two solo CDs Strings and Songs give a representativ cross section of my work. In a way they go to the heart of my music."- Eugene Chadbourne

Don Cherry: Trumpet
John Tchicai: Alto Saxophone, Voice
Irène Schweizer: Piano
Léon Francioli: Bass
Pierre Favre: Drums
"The music of this concert is adventurous, taking the liberty of breaking all the rules of style through playing without getting totally out of hand", writes Christian Rentsch in the liner notes. In short: This CD is a stroke of luck.
For decades, the live recording of the Musical Monsters from 30 August 1980 lay carefully packed away in the archives of the...

Lindsay Cooper: Bassoon, Saxophone, Composer / Phil Minton: Voice / Elvira Plenar: Piano / Robyn Schulkowsky: Percussion / Dean Brodrick: Accordeon, Keyboards / Paul Jayasinha: Trumpet, Cello / Robyn Archer: Lyrics


Sylvie Courvoisier Piano
Mark Feldman Violin
Scott Colley Bass
Billy Mintz Drums

"'Birdies for Lulu" unveils a revamped Sylvie Courvoisier - Mark Feldman quartet, with the much sought-after bassist Scott Colley and drummer Billy.

Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano
Wadada Leo Smith: Trumpet
Nate Wooley: Trumpet
Christian Fennesz: Guitar, electronics
Drew Gress: Bass
Kenny Wollesen: Drums, vibraphone

“Chimaera is the newest ensemble of pianist and composer Sylvie Courvoisier. The virtuoso band brings together key musical personalities from the New York jazz scene in Wadada Leo Smith, Nate Wooley, Drew Gress and Kenny Wollesen, and features Austrian artist Christian Fennesz, whose ambient textures can be...

Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano, Compositions
Drew Gress: Bass
Kenny Wollesen: Drums & Wollesonic

"Sylvie Courvoisier presents a new trio album at the height of her mastery and success. "Free Hoops" (Intakt CD 351) follows the widely celebrated trio album "D'Agala" (Intakt CD 300) which "The New York Times" counted as among the best records of the year.
With every concert and every album this glorious trio's modus operandi becomes more clear – Sylvie Courvoisier, Drew Gress and Kenny...

Sylvie Courvoisier, Piano, Composition / Mark Feldman, Violin / Vincent Courtois, Cello / Ikue Mori, Electronics / Gerald Cleaver, Drums

In April 2006, Courvoisier reconvened the quintet with Mark Feldman, Vincent Courtois, Ikue Mori, Gerald...

Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano / Jacques Demierre: Piano

"In this collection of pieces, selected from among the output of a recording session that lasted almost two whole days and represented a joint project, the playing reflects the complementary...

Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano
Mark Feldman: Violin

“For almost 20 years, Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman have been continuously redefining the dialogue between Western and American music, improvisation and composition, tradition and modernity. The most diverse playing attitudes and atmospherics network in the alert reactions of the two players – dance, world-weariness, liberating noise, shrill jumping cascades, the confession of simple beauty.
Their latest live release was described...

Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano
Mark Feldman: Violin
Evan Parker: Soprano & Tenor Saxophone
Ikue Mori: Electronics

"Miller's Tale is the high point of the collaboration of the distinctive musicians Sylvie Courvoisier, Mark Feldmann, Evan Parker and Ikue Mori. In September 2015, they recorded the fully improvised pieces for this album. The album's track sequencing of first four whole group pieces followed by five duo pieces offer multifaced aural impressions and a rich listening experience.

Sylvie Courvoisier: piano / Mark Feldman: violin / Thomas Morgan: bass / Gerry Hemingway: drums.

Since the release of last year's TO FLY TO STEAL (their debut on Intakt), the members of the Sylvie Courvoisier – Mark Feldman Quartet forged..

"Since their move to Brooklyn, New York, in 1998, Sylvie Courvoisier has been at home in both worlds, Europe and America. In both her playing and her composition she shows neoclassical influences mixed with European improvised music and the...

Sylvie Courvoisier: piano / Mark Feldman: violin / Thomas Morgan: bass / Gerry Hemingway: drums

After the sucess of the quintet CD Lonelyville, Sylvie Courvoisier and Mark Feldman recorded To Fly to Steal with the rhythm team of Thomas...

Richard Poole: Drums / Marilyn Crispell: Piano / Gary Peacock: Bass

"Nevessa' is a recording studio in the town of Woodstock, New York state, where pianist Marilyn Crispell is based. There she met up with drummer Richard Poole and bass player Gary Peacock in November 2014 for a session of creative improvisation. The result was ten beautiful pieces of music which document the great art of spontaneous music-making and underline the outstanding personalities of these three fantastic musicians...

Marilyn Crispell: Piano
Gerry Hemingway: Drums, Percussion, Vibraphone

"In the summer of 2013 the duo of Marilyn Crispell (piano) and Gerry Hemingway (drums) played at a number of prestigious festivals all over Europe. On their new album...

Barry Guy: Bass / Marilyn Crispell: Piano / Paul Lytton: Drums

After two highly praised trio CDs, Odysse and Ithaca, the composer and bassist Barry Guy presents a new CD with the same trio members, pianist Marilyn Crispell and percussionist...

Stephan Crump: Acoustic Bass
Ingrid Laubrock: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Cory Smythe: Piano

“For me, free improvisation is nothing more than composing – spontaneous composing from the moment," says bassist Stephan Crump. In this trio, three ideal-typical partners come together who bring along thinking in compositional structures. Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock is active as a composer in her countless projects, always swinging playfully between composition and improvisation and moving...

Steve Lehman: Alto Saxophone / Stephan Crump: Acoustic Bass.

"Steve Lehman and Stephan Crump are two of the most exciting agents of the young New York jazz scene. Crump has earned considerable acclaim as a member of Vijay Iyer's trio and...

Andrew Cyrille: Drums, Percussion

Andrew Cyrille’s longtime companion Oliver Lake praises the master of African-American rhythms in his poem The Real Cyrille – “making the real magic … the real rhythms … the real sounds … expanding his African/Haitian roots … surfing the drums for masterful lyrical snippets … a master of color … painting coloring riffing always stretchin’ searchin’ lookin’ for that next sound color sound!” Lake’s words astutely describe the artistry of Andrew Cyrille and the...

Jacques Demierre: Piano
Barry Guy: Bass
Lucas Niggli: Drums

"Dense and sensitive, precise and passionate!» is what the press said after the trio of Jacques Demierre, Barry Guy, and Lucas Niggli performed in front of a good 3’000...

Harry Sokal Tenor & Soprano Sax, Effects
Heiri Känzig Bass
Martin Valihora Drums

"The new album by the trio DEPART contains highly explosive, groove based music. Three very talented musicians form the new line-up: saxophonist Harry...

Xaver Rüegg: Double Bass
Tapiwa Svosve: Alto Saxophone, Synths / Electronics
Vojko Huter: Guitar, Synths / Electronics
Paul Amereller: Drums

"All in their twenties, the four young men are currently a top tip on the Swiss jazz scene. District Five have taken time over their debut album, the antithesis of short-term project culture. Now, with Decoy, they do justice to the album’s title, throwing us a seductive bait.
The aim behind the album is to transcend conventional jazz and...

Conny Bauer Trombone / Johannes Bauer Trombone / Uwe Kropinski Guitar / Joe Sachse Guitar

"Music is an art of the moment, improvised music in particular, nonetheless it can make history as is the case with Doppelmoppel. The first record of

Kaja Draksler: Piano
Petter Eldh: Bass
Christian Lillinger: Drums

“Kaja Draksler, Petter Eldh and Christian Lillinger are among the most thrilling, deep, and versatile figures to emerge in Europe over the last decade and the music of the trio is nothing less than a hybrid of personalities largely unimaginable if one examined the work of the players outside of this configuration. They knew they had something special right away.
Lillinger and Eldh have been working together for much of

Kaja Draksler: Piano
Susana Santos Silva: Trumpet

“Kaja Draksler and Susana Santos Silva are among the most original and articulate voices of European jazz innovation. Their art fuses composition and free improvisation with structures, musical logic and advanced techniques. Both defy stylistic and historical boundaries and have found a highly personal expression in both their compositions and their improvisational playing, which is colourful, intricate and abstract.
“The way they lure...

Silke Eberhard: Alto Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Jan Roder: Bass
Kay Lübke: Drums

"Being the Up And Down", Silke Eberhard's new CD with her trio with Jan Roder on bass and Kay Lübke on drums was recorded both in the studio as well as at a live concert at the A-Trane in Berlin. This was the result of her winning the prestigious Berlin Jazz Prize, which affords the winner the honor of playing a concert and getting some recording days by Radio Berlin Brandenburg. Thus on this disc you hear a...