release date: 26.11.2021 via Pyroclastic Records
release date: 29.10.2021 via Pyroclastic Records
Searching for the Disappeared Hour, due out October 29, 2021 via Pyroclastic Records, finds the two acclaimed artists exploring notions of time through evocative original compositions and thrilling improvisations
“[Courvoisier and Halvorson are] two of New York’s most idiosyncratic and distinctive improvisers… [Their debut recording] Crop Circles is deeply chamber-like in its deft, interactive intimacy.” – Peter Margasak, Downbeat
“This meeting of two of the brightest minds on the edgier side of jazz today produces music that’s astonishing both in its fluency and ceaseless ingenuity.” – S. Victor Aaron, Something Else!
To paraphrase the late Douglas Adams, “Time is an illusion. Pandemic time doubly so.” On their brilliant new duo album, Searching for the Disappeared Hour, pianist Sylvie Courvoisier and guitarist Mary Halvorson make up for lost time with an hour’s worth of kaleidoscopic beauty and startling invention.
release date: 11.06.2021 via Pyroclastic Records
The recording and accompanying film showcase the band’s synergistic connection and exhilarating, alchemical mix of musical forms
5-stars. “Haitian traditions inspire the percussionist’s exhilarating hybrid of melodic drums, evocative vocals and fiery improvisation… Smith wanted the resources of traditional vocalists, highly melodic drummers and melody-instrument jazz improvisers to become
4-stars. “Smith brings a jazz sensibility, opening the band to exploration and excavation into the pieces he built from drum patters with new songs written by and traditional tunes woven in by Brevil…The results are inviting and engaging, playing to tradition without being beholden to it.” – Kurt Gottschalk, Stereophile
5 stars. “The pieces are all profoundly original…. simply extraordinary, innovative and important…infinitely beautiful and pure…. a truly rare work that – at these levels of quality – has never really been even imagined before.” – Vic Albani, All About Jazz Italia – Album of the Week
“I’ve been on the scene, and know a lot of people, but projects like this are the kind of thing you live for.” – saxophonist and MacArthur Fellow Miguel Zenón
With its remarkable merging of traditional Haitian Vodou with contemporary jazz and beyond, the groundbreaking album
release date: 12.02.2021 via Pyroclastic Records
“Benoît Delbecq is one of the few true improvising piano geniuses of our times. He has steadfastly created his own musical universe of sound, impeccable craft and beauty that is wondrous, resonant and free in the best sense of the word.” — Fred Hersch, pianist and composer
“[Music of] exotic and mysterious qualities” — Bill Shoemaker, JazzTimes
“Delbecq likes to go beyond normal technique. He puts things on and between the piano strings to make it a raw and sensitive percussion machine.”— Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
release date: 30.10.2020 via Pyroclastic Records
“Listen to the transfixing opening cut, ‘Laser Beaming Hearts,’ and in addition to Taborn’s aesthetic kinship with Detroit techno titan Carl Craig, you’ll be reminded of how many hours these improvisers have devoted, separately and in various configurations, to shifting the balance between abstraction and groove.” – Nate Chinen, WBGO
“Collages of dark and dirty parts, musical cast-offs, so to speak, that have been artfully reattached.” — Patrick Sisson, PopMatters
“More rewards await, rich and replete.” — Phil DiPietro, All About Jazz
For more than a decade, Junk Magic has been honing a collective sound that relies on individual expressions, imagination and subversion. Appearing first as a 2004 album title under pianist-composer Craig Taborn’s name, Junk Magic has transitioned into a sonic identity comprising electronic sound design, production techniques and elements of improvised music.
release date: 16.10.2020 via Pyroclastic Records
“Wooley’s investment [is] in the imaginative and emotional side of an experience that’s both physical and not.” — Justin Cober-Lake, PopMatters
“The prettiest, most progressive campfire music ever.” — Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times
Genre-defiant trumpet player and composer Nate Wooley brings together artists from seemingly disparate musical communities with the release of Seven Storey Mountain VI on Pyroclastic Records, the sixth iteration of his ecstatic song-cycle.
release date: October 2, 2020 on Pyroclastic Records
“Ms. Sanchez improvises with crisp articulation and muscular command. Her chords, both dense and concise, offset free improvisations that reflect careful attention to narrative clarity.” — Giovanni Russonello, The New York Times
For the past two decades, pianist-composer Angelica Sanchez has shocked, bent and blurred lines and perceptions that separate composition from improvisation. How to Turn the Moon, her first release on Pyroclastic Records, offers a momentary culmination of that expression.
available September 11 on Pyroclastic Records
The opening track, ‘Baby Renfroe,’ suggests James Brown funk as refracted through a dichroic prism…. It’s a good first taste of the album, in that it conveys a certain in-betweenness: the band sounds tight but open, calm but spring-coiled.” – Nate Chinen, WBGO’s “Take Five”
” A Basist with a strong rhythmic compass and a stout, beefy tone” — The New York Times
Poised to challenge those limited views of Revis’ expression, Slipknots Through a Looking Glass — his eighth solo-led album, and first release on Pyroclastic Records — explores new territory alongside familiar travelers: drummer Chad Taylor, pianist Kris Davis and saxophone masters Darius Jones and Bill McHenry.
available June 12 on Pyroclastic Records
“A growing number of musicians have mastered both notated and improvised music, but few have done it with more skill, insight and sensitivity than pianist Cory Smythe.” — Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader
“Pianist Cory Smythe exploits every textural possibility of the instrument” — Winton Cooke-Wilson, SPIN magazine
Pianist and composer Cory Smythe evokes cyborg choirs and coastal floods on Accelerate Every Voice, his second release for Pyroclastic Records and the follow-up to 2018 album Circulate Susanna. Bringing together five vocalists from the a cappella, new and improvised music scenes, AEV cradles Smythe’s piano in an uncanny valley of voices before submerging it in an undersea expanse.