Elliott Sharp: electroacoustic guitar, laptop

"The guitarist Elliot Sharp is oneof the most striking personalities of the New York Downtown scene. Along with John Zorn, Arto Lindsay, Bill Frisell and Marc Ribot, Sharp has been at the heart of...

Elliott Sharp: Guitars / Melvin Gibbs: Bass / Lance Carter: Drums

"With the bassist Melvin Gibbs and the drummer Lance Carter, Elliott Sharp has formed a trio that cultivates the pleasure of playing, of sound, drive and expression. At the...

Elliott Sharp: 8-String Guitarbass, Soprano Sax, Electronics, Samples & Textures
Zeena Parkins: Electric Harp
Bobby Previte: Drums

"Aready teeming, activity on the sun increases further culminating with the peak, an elevated state in which sunspots and flares proliferate with profound effects throughout the solar system: fever dreams, ecstatic dances, restless movements both of populations and thought, soul transfers. On this occasion forces coalesced in the Austrian Tirol with drummer..

Elliott Sharp: Guitar
Mary Halvorson: Guitar
Marc Ribot: Guitar
"Last summer in Elliott Sharp's recording studio in Manhattan, New York guitarist Sharp spent a day with guitar colleague Mary Halvorson and another with Marc Ribot, legendary guitarist of Tom Waits, The Lounge Lizards and Marianne Faithful. The result was a series of recordings that could only be created by friends. They represent the great art of guitar playing by three exceptional musicians looking for new sonic adventures in.

"The Age of Carbon covers the period from the first full Elliott Sharp Carbon LP in 1984 through the Tocsin CD of 1991. This 3-disc collection gives a sonic overview of the band in its different iterations in those hot, dense, and fast years in New...

Elliott Sharp: Guitar / Melvin Gibbs: Bass / Lucas Niggli: Drums

"During the two-weeks festival by Intakt Records at John Zorn's club The Stone in New York's East Village, Sharp-Gibbs-Niggli performed for the first time. Three musicians with...

Wadada Leo Smith Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Electonics / Günter Baby Sommer Drums, Percussion

"This duo has established its own abstract-concrete musical space. In a mature dimension, magic can be produced like this, using spurs to ramble to a cosmic..

Günter Baby Sommer Drums, Percussion, Voice

"Günter 'Baby' Sommer is at the height of his musical career. After 'Song for Kommeno' (Intakt CD 190) Sommer, one of the architects of European jazz drumming, now presents his Solo masterpiece...

Günter Sommer: Drums, Gongs, Bandoneon, Darabuka, Mundharmonika

"I hate drum solos. So I'm pleased to report that German improvisational percussionist Sommer's lastest solo album sounds like many things, but never a drum solo. He often plays...

Günter Baby Sommer: Drums, Percussion
Till Brönner: Trumpet, Flügelhorn, Electronics

"Baby Sommer is at the height of his musical career. After 'Song for Kommeno', his Solo masterpiece 'Dedications' and the duo with American trumpet player Wadada Leo Smith 'Wisdom In Time', he presents at his 75th birthday a duo recording with German trumpet player Till Brönner. The listeners will notice quite quickly how relaxed Till Brönner and Baby Sommer correspond, the chosen musical material included...

Savina Yannatou: Voice / Floros Floridis: Soprano Sax, Clarinet, Bassclarinet / Evgenios Voulgaris: Yayli Tanbur, Oud / Spilios Kastanis: Bass / Günter Baby Sommer: Drums, Percussion.

"A homage to the Greek village of Kommeno where, in 1943

Chris Speed: Tenor Saxophone
Chris Tordini: Acoustic Bass
Dave King: Drums
" This new album by Chris Speed's excellent trio with drummer Dave King and bassist Chris Tordini is in many ways Speed's most fully developed and personal work to date. Since arriving in New York in the early 1990s, he has become one of the most vital improvising musicians on the scene through work that has always ranged widely, moving from a jazz base out through various forms of folk, classical and rock music...

Chris Speed: Tenor Saxophone
Chris Tordini: Acoustic Bass
Dave King: Drums

“Since arriving in New York in the early 1990s, Chris Speed has become one of the most vital improvising musicians on the scene through work that has always varied widely, moving from a jazz base out through various forms of folk, classical and rock music.
Over the last six years the reedist has been sorting through the varied strands of his circuitous, decades-long career, using his versatile trio with...

Co Streiff altosax, sopranosax
Tommy Meier tenorsax, bassclarinet, balafon
Russ Johnson trumpet, flugelhorn
Ben Jeger piano, farfisa, clavinet, accordeon
Christian Weber doublebass
Fredi Flükiger drums, percussion, balafon...

Co Streiff: Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Tommy Meier: Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Christof Gantert: Trumpet
Ben Jeger: Piano, Accordion
Christian Weber: Bass
Fredi Flükiger: Drums

"After her successful duo album

Co Streiff, Saxophone / Irène Schweizer, Piano

" A recording with dialogues between the pianist Irène Schweizer and the saxophone player Co Streiff has been long overdue. Not only because they have been working together for years, not only.

Co Streiff: Alto saxophone, Soprano saxophone / Russ Johnson: Trumpet / Christian Weber: Bass / Julian Sartorius: Drums.

"What cements the relationship of Swiss saxophonist Co Streiff and American trumpeter Russ Johnson, is a shared aesthetic,...

Aki Takase, Piano, Celesta / Louis Sclavis, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet / Dominique Pifarély, Violin / Vincent Courtois, Cello

"La Planète Quartet is one of Aki Takase's newest ensembles, arising from her partnership with the French clarinettist

"Aki Takase's phenomenal technique and her talent for improvisation is well known, as is her love for the jazz classics. She has already paid tribute to Fats Waller and recorded with saxophonist Silke Eberhard an "Ornette Coleman Anthology". Now she....

Recorded just a week before the 50th anniversary of the death of this great, great musician, this is a worthy tribute.

"So long, Eric! For this tribute to Eric Dolphy, Alexander von Schlippenbach and Aki Takase have put together an ensemble...

Aki Takase: Piano
Ayumi Paul: Violin

"The project 'Hotel Zauberberg' arose out of Aki Takase's and Yumi Paul's shared admiration for the writer Thomas Mann. It mostly consists of notated compositions, with some improvised parts as well...

Aki Takase: Piano
David Murray: Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
"Over the years, Aki Takase und David Murray have amassed respective bodies of soul-stirring compositions, of which several pieces related to the rites of passage of middle age are included on Cherry – Sakura, making this a markedly different conversation than before – and one that is more profound.
Cherry – Sakura presents an unsparing conversation about the defining issues of later life by two artists who have seen it all at...

"Two grand pianos, quasi two orchestras, driven by two of the most distinguished personalities of contemporary jazz: Aki Takase and Alexander von Schlippenbach – they are having a conversation within the medium of sound. But they complement one anothe

Aki Takase: Piano / Han Bennink: Drums.

"It's hard to imagine anyone new to Takase's music not being instantly won over by Two for Two. She likes the playful composer pianists, performing Monk here, and Fats Waller and Carla Bley elsewhere....

Aki Takase, Piano / Lauren Newton, Voice

"Aki Takase and Lauren Newton correspond to and contradict one another with sounds, tones, vocalizations, words. They converse in fantasy languages, plunge into areas of deep emotion and fly off into the..

AKI TAKASE Piano / LOUIS SCLAVIS Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone

The first Duo-CD of Aki Takase and Louis Sclavis can be read as a musical journal of a grandiose successful musical meeting. “In the end”, says Sclavis, “it’s all...


"Since 1995, whenever Aki Takase has not been making solo recordings, she has always sought the company of Rudi Mahal: The depth of their knowledge of jazz history and their craft-oriented...

Aki Takase: Piano / Silke Eberhard: Alto Sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet

" Wonderful, impressive, exciting, almost odd, and in any case fascinating: two women play Ornette Coleman tunes in a duo with reeds and piano, and beyond that with...

"Cecil Taylor¹s concert in Willisau took place on a Sunday afternoon. On Friday he flew from New York over the Atlantic to Switzerland. Hardly had he moved into his hotel room and freshened up than he demanded a piano. In the high school Sursee...

Yves Theiler : Piano
Luca Sisera : Bass
Lukas Mantel : Drums

“31 -year-old pianist Yves Theiler is one of the most significant voices in international contemporary jazz in Europe. Deeply rooted in the tradition of jazz and equipped with a daring desire to experiment, he distinguishes himself as a composer as well as a free improviser with a sovereign creative will. At the centre of his musical work is the Yves Theiler Trio, which reveres an urgent ensemble music in which improvisational.


"Time being what it is, there are several ways to approach Time Being, the latest and, I think, best of the Trio 3 albums – among them, its...

Olive Lake: Alto Saxophone
Reggie Workman: Bass
Andrew Cyrille: Drums
Vijay Iyer: Piano

Three heavy weights of American jazz Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman and Andrew Cyrille make up the band Trio 3. For their 6th album on Intakt....

Reggie Workman: Bass / Andrew Cyrille: Drums / Oliver Lake: Alto Saxophone, Flute / Geri Allen: Piano

"Geri Allen is a natural choice, an already well-established collaborator with each member of Trio 3. Cyrille played on her 1984 debut...

Reggie Workman: Bass / Andrew Cyrille: Drums / Oliver Lake: Alto Saxophone, Flute / Geri Allen: Piano.

"Trio 3 played five evenings together with pianist Geri Allen in the New York jazz club Birdland, paying homage to the jazz pianist Mary...

Irène Schweizer: Piano / Reggie Workman: Bass / Andrew Cyrille: Drums / Oliver Lake: Alto Saxophone

"What we get to hear on this album is a transatlantic encounter that casts an up-to-date yet historical light on many relations and cross...

Reggie Workman: Bass / Andrew Cyrille: Drums, Voice / Oliver Lake: Alto Saxophone, Sopranino Saxophone, Voice / Jason Moran: Piano

"Three 'heavy weights' of American jazz Oliver Lake, Reggie Workmann and Andrew Cyrille make up the band...

Andrew Cyrille: Drums
Reggie Workman: Bass
Oliver Lake: Saxophone
"Among other things, Visiting Texture illustrates the principle of addition by subtraction. It's the first studio album by Trio 3 as an actual trio with Oliver Lake on alto saxophone, Reggie Workman on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums in more than a decade, since the excellent Time Being in 2006. The intervening years have seen the group work powerfully with some serious guest pianists: notably Geri Allen, Irene Schweizer...

Dominic Landolt: Guitar, Effects
Ramon Landolt: Synth, Samples, Piano
Mario Hänni: Drums, Effects
"The music of Trio Heinz Herbert is first and foremost a tonal experience. Broad arcs and ingenious geometric grooves give it its form. Spaces are created, pivotal points set, textures woven. Within these free markings the tonal chemistry begins to unfold its potential. Sometimes a space shuttle floats through an underwater garden, sometimes the sounds glisten like a cell under the microscope...

Dominik Landolt: Guitar, Effects
Ramon Landolt: Synth, Samples, Piano
Mario Hänni: Drums, Effects

The trio's captivating aesthetic is thanks to a symbiotic intensity of expressio. It contains traces of '70s free jazz psychedelics and particles of contemporary club culture and aspires to a broad fusion of free jazz and electronic music, energetically driven by a collective improvisation which outflanks solo gymnastics. After their celebrated 2016 recording, The Willisau Concert, with YES.

Saadet Türköz:Voice
Karsiga Ahmediyar Dombra on 2, 3, 6, 10
Sayan Akmolda Kilkobuz, Dombra on 1, 5, 7, 8, 13
Talgat Mushik Sazsirnay, Shankobuz, Sibizgi on 5, 8
Selim Kerey Sidiyik Dombra on 9, 11, 12
Mamer Rayeskhan Dombra on 1

ELLIOTT SHARP Analog Synthesizers, Bass Clarinet, Glissentar

“Saadet Türköz's Influences spread far and wide. Born in 1961, the singer grew up on the Bosporus where Europe and Asia meet. Her ancestors were nomads who migrated from Semey to Kazakhstan to East Turkestan from where they fled via India and Pakistan to Istanbul. But Istanbul, international city, modern metropolis and history-laden cultural crucible, is not the only place to be influenced.
In her...

Ken Vandermark: Saxophone, Clarinet
Nate Wooley: Trumpet
Sylvie Courvoisier: Piano
Tom Rainey: Drums Percussion

“It was only during Ken Vandermark's residency at the Jazz club The Stone in January 2016 that Vandermark found himself in the same vicinity as Nate Wooley, Sylvie Courvoisier and Tom Rainey. A year later they went into the studio with nine compositions – three each by Courvoisier, Vandermark and Wooley.
These four musicians have well-documented, distinct personalitie

Urs Voerkel: Piano / Gabriela Scherrer: Voice / Priska Walss: Trombone / Jacques Widmer: Drums / Irène Schweizer: Drums / Paul Lovens: Drums

"I met Urs first time in Heidelberg at a summer school organised by Karl Berger. It must be almos

Priska Walss: Trombone, Alphorn / Gabriela Friedli: Piano

"In the current jazz scene in Zurich, Switzerland, Priska Walss and Gabriela Friedli have made a name for themselves through numerous projects. For Intakt Records, Priska Walss has...

Trevor Watts: alto and soprano saxophones, leader, composer
Colin McKenzie: Bass
Paapa J. Mensah: kit drums, indian finger drums, african tana drums, cabassa, ankle bells, djembe, zebra skin drums, lead vocals

"This album has an...

Katharina Weber: Piano
"A new piano icon – this is how Fred Frith describes Katharina Weber. For almost thirty years now the classically educated pianist and composer moves within the world of New Music and Improvisation. The CD Woven Time is...

Katharina Weber: Piano
Fred Frith: Guitar
Fredy Studer: Drums, Gong

"A new "piano icon" – this is how Fred Frith describes Katharina Weber. For almost thirty years now the classically trained pianist and composer moves within the world.

Florian Egli: Saxophone, Clarinet
Dave Gisler: Guitar
Martina Berther: E-Bass
Rico Baumann: Drums

"The quartet Weird Beard was founded by Zurich based saxophonist Florian Egli. Following the debut album 'Everything Moves' on Intakt Records, they release a second studio album, recorded again in the Blackbox Studio in Brittany by the out­standing sound engineer David Odlum. 'Orientation' is a sophisticated record on which Weird Beard increasingly focus their attention on the creation o