Ingebrigt Haker Flaten
""His most recent outing as a leader, (Exit) Knarr, is a favorite of mine. Not being as free as most of the projects he’s been involved in lately, it’s still tremendously explorative and rewardingly palpable. Spearheading a stellar aggregation of Scandinavian musicians, Flaten demonstrates his compositional abilities throughout six fully realized offerings of breathtaking quality. Each piece, dedicated to a different city, describes the trajectory of the musician with a very particular feel." -Jazz Trail"
12 Clarinets In a Fridge
"I often work and compose in my kitchen, and that's how I came to the idea of recording the sounds of various appliances, to make pieces of concréte clarinet. Hétérogène is the result of my collecting of sounds through the years; in this montage they are assembled and combined with concrete sounds. Matériel uses sound material left over from the recordings for this release; the bins of the recording studio. –Xavier Charles, 2014"
13 Erindringer Fra Hr. Grøns Liv
"Bass – Peter Friis Nielsen Drums, Percussion – Peter Ole Jørgensen Layout – Renée Paaschburg Producer, Mixed By – Pere Oliver Jørgens Saxophone – Mats Gustafsson Tuba, Trombone – Per-Åke Holmlander*"
13 Friendly Numbers
"A masterful record which should be investigated by anyone interested in free playing. –Penguin Guide to Jazz"
19th of May 2016
Otomo Yoshihide & Paal Nilssen-Love
""[Nilssen-Love and Yoshihide] take turns playing, back and forth, individually and in union, finding unexpected synergies in an amazing interpretative game of cat n’ dog, in the end circling each other repeatedly until they’ve torn the listening space to shreds. It’s not for the weak-hearted." - TJ Norris / Toneshift credits releases June 15, 2018 Otomo Yoshihide: electric guitar Paal Nilssen-Love: drums and percussion "
"With the unmistakable “Ex energy”. The three-pronged guitar approach is still as exciting as ever, with the guitars of Andy Moor, Terrie Hessels and Arnold de Boer creating tense, interlocking webs of connections and drummer Katherina Bornefeld pushing the band with dancing, hypnotic patterns. - Guy Peters, Geraarsbergen, 2018 "
27 Years Later
"Drummer and percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love performed this incredibly diverse solo set at the Forum, Norway during the 2002 Molde International Jazz Festival. The CD was originally released in a limited edition of 150 on the Utech label in 2005. This reissue on Nilssen-Love's own PNL label puts this extraordinary set back in print for a wider audience. Recommended!"
35 Grapes (19 Shown)
Fred Lonberg-Holm & Michael Zerang
"Like two abstract visual artists painting on the spot, these two begin with an idea of where they going and travel down some treacherous courses with little guidance. The results are uniformly stunning and enlightening. Zerang and Lonberg-Holm have done this sort of thing with others many times before, but this is clearly one of their best. -Steve Loewy, AllMusic"
"The session unveils an array of evocative styles, including bluesy noir, pungent funk, and austere impressionism. "Multi-Chrome (for Peter Brotzmann, Han Bennink, Fred Van Hove)" opens the record with an ominous vamp that suddenly vanishes, leaving an electro-acoustic cello cadenza in its wake. A serpentine pulse materializes, leading the group through myriad changes before downshifting into a somber tenor and bass duet that precedes the recapitulated theme. The remainder of the album follows similarly unpredictable patterns. "
"If you already sensed that the free bop style played by Ken Vandermark has roots in rhythm ‘n’ blues, here is the recording that confirms your impression. The context enables him to show his origins, and is provided here by a rock solid rhythm section formed by Adam Lane (sometimes with his double bass plugged to a distortion pedal, and when that happens it really grooves) and Paal Nilssen-Love, a drummer who seems to have four arms and four legs A second horn, the trumpet of the amazing Magnus Broo, relates to the saxophonist and clarinetist just as Donald Ayler did with his brother Albert."
50% Off Bundle: Ana & AM/FM
"This album bundle includes two CDs--Ana and AM/FM--by Large Unit and Paal Nilssen-Love & Anders Hana."
50% Off Bundle: Goofy June Bug & Live @ The Ironworks Vancouver
Ab Baars & Ig Henneman
"This album bundle includes two CDs--Goofy June Bug & Live @ The Ironworks Vancouver--by Ken Vandermark / Ab Baars and Ig Henneman Sextet."
"The first solo electronics and percussion by the radical European improvisor in over thirty years, "?""!" is the culmination of decades of research into and experience of new modes of communication. -Nate Wooley, Pleasure of the Text"
A Fine Day In Berlin
The Tim Daisy Trio
"Daisy recorded this improvised session with Norwegian pianist Havard Wiik and Australian bassist Clayton Thomas during a particularly adventurous afternoon session in Berlin. It's definitely not a standard piano trio. It's more of an experimental vehicle maneuvered by the collective spirit of the players and the moment. —Tom Burris"
A Heart That Responds From Schooling
Alessandro Bosetti & Chris Abrahams
"A Heart That Responds to Schooling is the second album recorded by italian composer and performer Alessandro Bosetti and Australian pianist Chris Abrahams. The album is a chest of intimate and oblique sonic explorations that span both improvised fragments and original renditions of compositions like Steve Lacy’s Esteem (with Bosetti’s lyrics) and Milton Nascimento’s Bridges (Travessia) in the english version with Gene lee’s lyrics. It was Recorded in Berlin in November 2013, and is following the critically acclaimed debut We Who Had Left in 2012. -Unsounds"
A History of Nothing
Rodrigo Amado, Joe McPhee Kent Kessler & Chris Corsano
"Amado’s quartet is in peak form, exerting another biting album that comprehends both volcanic and ruminative sonic layers. Just let the freedom touch you while enjoying this finely calibrated commotion. -Filipe Freitas "
A Little Off The Top
Giovanni Di Domenico / Peter Jacquemyn / Chris Corsano
"'Three adept protagonists in the free improv arena assemble in a multinational gathering on A Little Bit Off The Top. Both Italian pianist Giovanni di Domenico and Belgian bassist Peter Jacquemyn are active on the Brussels scene, while American drummer Chris Corsano shares experience with the pianist of hook ups with the likes of guitarist Jim O'Rourke and veteran Japanese saxophonist Akira Sakata. The limited edition LP presents a threesome with an egalitarian outlook, manifest in the how the focus doesn't remain settled on any one participant but shifts restlessly around the group." -John Sharpe, All About Jazz"
A Mountain Doesn't Know It's Tall
Ikue Mori & Fred Frith
""Frith’s clinical, yet chaotic approach to guitar, along with home-made instruments, “various toys and objects” with all its unusual timbres makes it such an impeccable fit for Mori’s randomized menagerie of bent circuit sounds both tonal and percussive. Often, it’s hard to pull the two apart." -S. Victor Aaron"