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The art of improvisation in music did not begin with jazz, but the appearance of jazz in the early 20th century has certainly heightened the popularity of improvisation in all styles of contemporary music.

The artists featured in JMA's Jazz Related Improvisation genre play improvised music that has strong similarities to jazz, especially avant-garde jazz. The boundary between the Jazz Related Improvisation genre and the Avant-Garde Jazz and Fusion genres may not always be clear, but generally the JMA Avant-Garde jazz artist comes from a jazz background, while the Jazz Related Improviser may come from a more eclectic background. Also, the artists listed in this genre may include groups that mix jazz artists with other experimental artists.

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TOM WAITS Bone Machine Album Cover Bone Machine
TOM WAITS
4.80 | 6 ratings
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CASSIBER Beauty & The Beast Album Cover Beauty & The Beast
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CLAUDIO MILANO (NICHELODEON) Il gioco del silenzio (as NichelOdeon) Album Cover Il gioco del silenzio (as NichelOdeon)
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SUPERSILENT 5 Album Cover 5
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BACK DOOR Back Door Album Cover Back Door
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TOM WAITS Franks Wild Years Album Cover Franks Wild Years
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ROBERT FRIPP The Gates Of Paradise Album Cover The Gates Of Paradise
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THINKING PLAGUE In Extremis Album Cover In Extremis
THINKING PLAGUE
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NIK BÄRTSCH Awase Album Cover Awase
NIK BÄRTSCH
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FRED FRITH Skeleton Crew  : Learn To Talk Album Cover Skeleton Crew : Learn To Talk
FRED FRITH
4.33 | 3 ratings
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FRED FRITH Digital Wildlife (with Maybe Monday) Album Cover Digital Wildlife (with Maybe Monday)
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4.33 | 3 ratings
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FRED FRITH Speechless Album Cover Speechless
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4.19 | 8 ratings
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DAVID DARLING Eight String Religion

Album · 1993 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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Matti P
American cellist and composer DAVID DARLING (1941-2021) came into my radar as a collaborator of Norwegian pianist and composer Ketil Björnstad on his ECM albums The Sea (1995) and The Sea II (1998), alongside guitarist Terje Rypdal and drummer Jon Christensen. The spatially impressionistic and melancholic instrumental music on those albums made a deep impression on me in the late 90's, and if I remember right, soon afterwards I also found this solo album of Darling from the library. Otherwise his output is not familiar to me.

This aptly titled album indeed has almost a "sacred" feel of introspection. Released on the New Age label Hearts Of Space, it is a wholeheartedly NewAgey collaboration between Darling on cello, piano and other miscallenous instruments plus wordless voice, and the engineer/producer Mickey Houlihan who added some field recordings of mainly water and birds. This music is thoroughly peaceful, tender and soothing, but unlike much of the so called New Age Music, definitely not clichéd or calculated in a hollow way. Of course it always depends on the individual listener how any music reaches one's "inner spirit" or "soul". In my case, listening to this album is a truly beautiful and cleansing experience. The deep-voiced cello has the key role in the magical equation.

Not necessarily each of the eight (!) pieces are anything more than harmonic and beautiful sonic tapestry for relaxation, and that's ok. Because there are deeply impressive highlights too. 'Soft Light' functions perfectly as the opener with its slow-paced dueting between piano and cello's pizzicato. 'Clouds' takes one deeper into inner visions and emotions, with a slight Oriental feel in the melodies and the delicate use of voice.

My favourite is 'Sweet River' that starts with birdsong and gentle sounds of water. The piano plays a melancholic melody, the voice is heard occasionally, and before you realize your mind is floating along the river in a timeless, placeless way. The production is perfect, each little detail serves the whole. The light percussion is a bit reminiscent of the vases in the NITS album Ting (1992). On 'Sojourn' the soft repeated pattern makes me think of BRIAN ENO at his most delicate -- yes, Ambient is another fitting category for this album -- while the cello wails beautifully at its top register, making allusions to the aforementioned The Sea albums.

On the final piece 'Remember' the voice is at its most central, in both the melodic and the sonic sense. No proper words, just d's and wovels. To sum things up, I warmly recommend this album if you appreciate calm introspection in music, the sound of cello, the ECM-like spatial production, and the Ambient genre, and are not put off by the term New Age or the sound effects of nature.

TOM WAITS Bone Machine

Album · 1992 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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Tom Waits at this point needs no introduction, he has an iconic mix of Jazz, Blues and Avant Garde music with splashes of Gothic County and a very cartoon like version of industrial rock and I'd say that all of those traits really shine here and I personally believe that Bone Machine is his best album. The album opens with what sounds like a ribcage xylophone? It's very cartoon sounding and then We get Tom's description of The Bible's Revalations. Following up that is a very gloomy song a nice little ballad like track but we're given to tracks that really hit the nail on the head "Such A Scream" is a very CAPTAIN BEEFHEART esc song from the vocals to the instrumental then what follows that song is a very RESIDENTS like song which reminds me a lot of there album DUCK STAB with some Captain Beefheart like vocals. The album seems to be heavily themed around death and man the sound of the album surely reflects that. Really I don't know what to say this is a terrific and a must for any music fan

CLAUDIO MILANO (NICHELODEON) ManifestAzioni live 2011​-​2023

Live album · 2023 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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Vocalist/voice artist Claudio Milano is a stand-alone figure on the Italian music scene. A singer with wide-range operatic vocals, Claudio works on a fragile soil mixing classical music, free improvisation, Italian tradition and progressive rock aesthetics. Knowing Claudio almost for two decades, I still can't stop wondering about his ability to disappear for years and then return on the scene as a Phenix back again.

Newest Claudio release - double-CD album "ManifestAzioni live 2011​-​2023" contains previously unreleased live music from the last twelve years, recorded by Claudio's different projects and collaborations.

The double set opens with very eloquent music - true rock song, recorded by legendary Rock Progressivo Italiano band Area descendants, Area Open Project, with Claudio responsible for the vocals. In the early 70s, Area was a very popular band led by Greek-Egyptian vocalist Demetrio Stratos, renown by his theatrical vocals and unusual voice improvisations. Claudio obviously pays respect to Stratos, one of his big influences. An excellent piece for fans of progressive rock with original Area bassist Ares Tavolazzi on board.

Six set's tracks come from I Sincopatici - Milanese keys/bass/drums trio, accompanying Claudio singing the songs based on Dante Alighieri's poetry. Six more tracks are recorded with "border music" band Strepitz, with feel-able folklore influences and rock arrangements (Area's original guitarist Paolo Tofani's three-necks guitar soloing on "Aghe Aghe benedete" is impressive).

There are pieces on this set coming from some of Milano's own projects from the previous decade (multimedia NichelOdeon and duo with sounds artist Marco Tuppo InSonar) as well.

Second set's disc opens with a vocal-only composition, based on controversial Bulgarian author Nikolay Rainov (who studied Theology in Russia) "Il Diavolo Creatore". "Pan’s Pot" is a duet with voice artist Arrington De Dionyso and "SenseNonSex" is a vocal duet with Giulia Zaniboni.

Being of very eclectic origin, this album's material fits together quite well, especially on CD 1. With great recording quality considering its a collection of different periods archival recordings, and feel-able Italian progressive rock tradition, this release is probably a bit more framed than many of Claudio's previous works. Those already familiar with Claudio Milano's art will no doubt enjoy this, and probably it will attract some new listeners as well.

KAJA DRAKSLER Kaja Draksler Octet : Out For Stars

Album · 2020 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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Pianist Kaja Draksler, who left her home in Slovenia for jazz studies in Amsterdam, was lucky enough to be noticed at a very early stage in her musical career, partially because of her active live activities and participation in different cross-genre projects. "Out For Stars" is her ambitious work, based on poems by Robert Frost.

"Out for Stars" features a multi-national team of Amsterdam-based musicians and includes such various artists as Dutch reeds veteran Ab Baars, rising Argentinian female sax player Ada Rave, Icelandic singer Björk Níelsdóttir and Latvian vocalist Laura Polence among others. Musically, the album contains a dark mix of piano and reeds free jazz dissonance, pastoral vocals, chamber strings, poetic balladry, Nordic spacey sound and romantic melodicism of the past all presented in almost ideal order, without even a trace of chaos.

Possibly, not a music one will listen to very often, but a great example of successful contemporary post-modernist music, strongly rooted in a tradition.

YUJI MUTO & MIZUKI Glow

Album · 2022 · Jazz Related Improv/Composition
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Really really surprised at their soundscape, to be honest.

The album "Glow" released in June 2022 was produced by a twin guitar project Yuji MUTO & MIZUKI. Yuji is already known as a guitar virtuoso with musical diversity like jazz, rock, metal, hardcore, ambient, or something, and has been quite active for launching various projects like Next Order, Palstic Dogs, and some duo improvisational jazz rock projects. He invited another glorious guitarist, Mizuki, as a partner for this new unit, and the two geniuses created an enchanting album full of unpredictable but comfortable ambience. I've already heard from Yuji that this album was completely kinda fantastic and an ambient ensemble but could not believe it in a sudden manner ... I assumed there would be something heavy or metallic somewhere in this production, actually. But his words are really true, and I pleasantly find his 'greatly ambivalent' guitar technique with Mizuki's wondrous storytelling can grab my heart out strictly.

From the beginning of the first shot "Thaw", calm, fluent, gorgeous phrases are wrapping the audience up. They extend mysterious polyrhythmic sentences around the turf but we cannot feel any awkwardness via them. Sounds like their eye and mind contacts should have perfectly been united and matured. They play such crazy complicated melodic and rhythmic lines in a normal, 'without-struggle' way. The third "Astral", where female hummings are addictive, is also a complex tune but we cannot find any turbulence nor weariness but heartwarming, relaxing atmosphere deeply in it. "Sakura (Cherry Blossom)" has simple repetitive phrases saturated with momentarily dreamy texture. Very monotonous but never boring nor disappointing. We can enjoy slow tempo peaceful quietness plus brilliant mysticism via "20-6", one of my favourite tracks ... let me say this is a sorta musical icon of theirs. On the contrary, the following one, "Caelum", possesses clear, unambiguous guitar-oriented personal touches all around. Also this should be their flavourful flavour, methinks. The last "Beginning" (pretty sweet that they play the song with such a title at the last of this album) makes us feel their primitive positive intention, regardless of calm, easygoing vibes. Every single track involves heartwarming marvelous aroma. Recommended for lots of people tired under such a tough situation.

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