Freeness

Freeness: noun - to be exempt or released from something that controls, restrains or burdens. Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

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01Cutting-edge Jazz20191103

This first show features poetic dialogue between baritone saxophone and guitar in Cath Roberts’s quintet Sloth Racket and J Frisco, a trio that uphold Leeds’s reputation as a city for cutting-edge improvised music.

This first show features poetic dialogue between baritone saxophone and guitar in Cath Roberts’ quintet Sloth Racket and J Frisco, a trio that uphold Leeds’ reputation as a city for cutting-edge improvised music. There’s a chance to feel the sociable energy that exudes from Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra as Corey revisits their performance at Glasgow International Jazz Festival in 2014, and the American cellist Tomeka Reid unveils a new quartet album where melodies dodge out of the way of bouncing, angular rhythms.

02Pulled By Magnets20191110

This week, drummer Seb Rochford talks about his new band Pulled By Magnets which takes in black metal and Hindu Bhajans; Frisk Frugt from the experimental music collective Yoyooyoy creates a whole world in a two-minute improvisation, and the American saxophonist Steve Lehman returns with his long-standing trio on a record that demonstrates how their 10 years of collaborating makes the music ever stronger.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell

Corey Mwamba presents the best improvised music from the outer edges of jazz and beyond.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

03Roscoe Mitchell And The Art Ensemble Of Chicago20191117

This week, Roscoe Mitchell, a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, selects three tracks that have had a profound impact on him. The Art Ensemble of Chicago have been at the forefront of creative improvised music since 1969 and have fostered the careers of members such as Henry Threadgill and Wadada Leo Smith among others. Also in the show, a dazzling live recording of vocalist Cleveland Watkiss’ UK All Stars, featuring dancing electronics, driving rhythms and societal lyrics.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell

Corey Mwamba presents the best improvised music from the outer edges of jazz and beyond.
This week, Roscoe Mitchell selects three tracks that have had a profound impact on him. Mitchell is a founding member of The Art Ensemble of Chicago, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and is also part of the even longer-running Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) that has fostered the careers of so many exploratory musicians, including Henry Threadgill and Wadada Leo Smith.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3.

Corey Mwamba with words and music from Roscoe Mitchell of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

04Intimate Improvisations20191124

Corey Mwamba presents intimate improvisations by duos and small groups. With tracks by the husband-wife pair of violinist Mark Feldman and pianist Sylvie Courvoisier, and long-time friends and fellow saxophonists Lol Coxhill and Raymond MacDonald. Plus, Corey journeys back to London’s Cafe Oto in summer 2018 when a trio who had never played together before set the stage on fire: Rachel Musson on saxophones, Pat Thomas on piano and Mark Sanders on drums.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

05Gwrth-gitar20191201

Corey Mwamba explores ‘gwrth-gitâr’, a term used by Welsh improviser Ash Cooke meaning ‘anti-guitar’. It seeks to explore new ways of using a traditional and universally familiar object to paint an alternative view of the world. It is unrehearsed, and leaves as much to chance as it does to the ability of the operator. Gwrth-gitâr is, in part, the answer to the question 'what else can this thing do?'

Trumpets, electronics and drums combine to create rich glitchy and percussive textures on a new record by Tom Arthurs, Isambard Khroustaliov and Julian Sartorius. And there’s a live recording of flautist Nicole Mitchell’s ensemble performing on the mainstage at Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria.

Corey Mwamba explores 'gwrth-git\u00e2r', a term used by Ash Cooke meaning 'anti-guitar'.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

06Elliot Galvin20191208

Corey Mwamba presents the best jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit. Featuring a solo piano improvisation by Elliot Galvin recorded live in Paris, an oboe and bass duet from Melinda Maxwell and Sebastiano Dessanay, and a piece by the instrument builder Victor Gama that uses a 40-metre long string instrument, recorded and then played back through a granulator in live performance.

Corey Mwamba presents with a solo piano improvisation by Elliot Galvin.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

07Winter Warmth20191215

It’s cold and dark outside, so allow presenter Corey Mwamba to set you on fire, send electricity through your skin, and warm your bones with a hot selection of adventurous jazz and improvised music.

Hear a swelteringly great track from recent big British break-through band Steam Down, and a classic performance from the incandescent spirit that was pianist Cecil Taylor.

Produced by Jack Howson
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3.

Corey Mwamba presents a hot selection of adventurous improvised music to warm your bones.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

08Elis James's Mid-life Crisis20191222

Welsh comic and broadcaster Elis James selects three of his favourite tracks for the show. 2019 has seen Elis develop a new-found, serious obsession with free jazz, which his wife has labelled his “mid-life crisis music”. Tonight he can indulge that passion without restraint …

Also, Corey Mwamba presents some seasonally appropriate choices, including a festive jam from London experimentalists Ill Considered.

Produced by Jack Howson
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3.

Comic and broadcaster Elis James adds some free-jazz choices to Corey Mwamba's playlist.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

Welsh comic and broadcaster Elis James selects three of his favourite tracks for the show. 2019 has seen Elis develop a new-found, serious obsession with free jazz, which his wife has labelled his “mid-life crisis music ? Tonight he can indulge that passion without restraint …

09Dulcet Tones On A Dulcitone20191229

Corey Mwamba presents Adam Fairhall performing on a dulcitone, a keyboard instrument from the 19th century which he prepares in a way that evokes the sound of an African balafon, played in a way that’s inspired by the fast repeating figures of Keith Tippett. Plus there’s music from Tim Hill’s new quartet based on the piano-less groups of Ornette Coleman and Anthony Braxton, and a track by bandleader Laura Cole with her octet Metamorphic.

Corey Mwamba presents Adam Fairhall performing on a prepared dulcitone.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

10Angel Bat Dawid20200105

Angel Bat Dawid brought a free and spiritual jazz sound forged in her hometown of Chicago to the Clore Ballroom last November for the London Jazz Festival. Corey Mwamba presents the closing section of her set alongside some sage advice from Angel on the importance of listening.

Viola player Mat Maneri’s calm and reflective playing is informed by the vibratoless tone of Baroque music and the melodic language of Paul Bley; we hear music from his new quartet album Dust. Plus vocalist Fay Victor presents her reaction to the modern way of life together with cellist Marika Hughes and saxophonist Darius Jones and a live recording from British bassist Barry Guy’s 70th birthday concert.

Live music from Angel Bat Dawid's set at the London Jazz Festival

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

11Konfrontationen Festival 40th Anniversary20200112

Corey Mwamba presents live music from the Konfrontationen festival. For the last 40 years the small town of Nickelsdorf on the Austrian/Hungarian border becomes a hub for the best new free and improvised music across central Europe. Tonight Corey features highlights from a freely improvised set by US drummer Hamid Drake and Swiss pianist Irène Schweizer, and the hip-hop meets improv post-apocalyptic powerhouse Anguish featuring Will Brooks, Mats Gustafsson, Hans Joachim Irmler, Mike Mare and Andreas Werliin.

Also in the show: music from pianist/composer Satoko Fujii and drummer Taysuya Yoshida's new album Baikamo that’s full of playful energy; and psychedelic otherworldly sounds from Leverton Fox.

Live music from the 40th edition of Konfrontationen festival in Austria.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

12Ideas Of Noise20200119

Corey Mwamba looks ahead to Birmingham’s Ideas of Noise festival, which champions sound art, noise and adventurous improvisation. This year’s line-up includes the premiere of Oli Brice’s new group with saxophonist Paul Dunmall, and New York drummer Tom Rainey’s trio with Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock. Plus, pianist Daniel Bernardes brings Messiaen’s compositional processes to the 21st century via his piano trio and percussion ensemble, on his latest album Liturgy of the Birds.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening Production for BBC Radio 3.

Corey looks ahead to the Ideas of Noise festival for sound art, noise and improvisation.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

Corey Mwamba looks ahead to Birmingham’s Ideas of Noise festival, which champions sound art, noise and adventurous improvisation. This year’s line-up includes the premiere of Oli Brice’s new group with saxophonist Paul Dunmall, and New York drummer Tom Rainey’s trio with Mary Halvorson and Ingrid Laubrock. Plus, pianist Daniel Bernardes brings Messiaen’s compositional processes to the 21st century via his piano trio and percussion ensemble, on his latest album Liturgy of the Birds.

13Polyrhythmic Playtime20200126

Corey Mwamba presents high-energy exploratory improvisation and razor-sharp polyrhythms from a trio called Taupe and the debut full-length album by saxophonist John Butcher and Steve Beresford, who plays electronics and objects. Plus a chance to bathe in some luscious low end, with a track featuring two organs and two bass clarinets recorded in a reverberant church.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

High-energy exploratory improvisation and razor-sharp polyrhythms hosted by Corey Mwamba.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

Corey Mwamba presents high-energy exploratory improvisation and razor-sharp polyrhythms from a trio called Taupe and the debut full-length album by saxophonist John Butcher and Steve Beresford, who plays electronics and objects. Plus a chance to bathe in some luscious low end, with a track featuring two organs and two bass clarinets recorded in a reverberant church.

14Improvising With The Australian Outback20200209

Allis Hamilton is an artist living in a hand-built shack in the Australian outback. She makes improvised music in a trio called Alias Nun who are inspired by the aural soundscapes of the surrounding bush. Even though their home is far away from the wildfires plaguing the country, there are days when the air is thick with smoke. Allis describes how the complex emotions these devastating fires arouse can find an outlet in improvised music.

Also on the show, saxophonist Mette Rasmussen creates some gorgeously gritty vocalisations through her instrument, in a duo with guitarist Julien Desprez, and there’s a meditative piece that improvises with volume for turntables and electronics. Presented by Corey Mwamba.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

Allis Hamilton describes how Australia's wildfires have affected her as an improviser.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

15Hindustani Classical Music And Asmr20200216

Corey Mwamba presents an improvisation rooted in Hindustani classical music by the cellist, sitarist and vocalist Pete Yelding; a tingling track that provokes an ASMR reaction (like the hair on the back of your neck standing on end when someone whispers in your ear) by using wide stereo and sounds that require close attention. Plus new music from the Portuguese trumpeter, composer and vocalist Susana Santos Silva and her Impermanence quintet.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

An improvisation rooted in Hindustani classical music and a tingling ASMR synth track.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

16Beats And Bluegrass20200223

Corey Mwamba plays the best jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit. This week features Lushandverdant, a hip hop producer who improvises with samples taken from old soul and gospel records. Deconstructed bluegrass, jazz and avant-garde techniques come together in a track from the international trio Multifarious and there’s sludgy doom from Pulled By Magnets, the new project of drummer Seb Rochford.

Hip hop-inspired improv, using samples from old soul records, and deconstructed bluegrass

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

17Roll The Dice20200301

Corey Mwamba hosts the best adventurous improvisation. Featuring a chance piece for a new-music chamber ensemble, where a roll of the dice determines how many times to play certain materials and which path through the score to take, recorded at the Brasswind Festival in Norway. Plus, freewheeling avant-blues from Kim Macari’s Family Band, and an abstract take on a British church hymn by saxophonist Guido Spannocchi and Capitol K.

A chance piece for a new-music chamber ensemble, and freewheeling avant-blues

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

18Nomadic Future Folk20200308

Improvisatory explorations within African avant-garde music between dumama from South Africa and the Algerian-German musician kechou. Plus, a free approach to driving grooves from Wildflower’s new record featuring drummer Tom Skinner, Leon Brichard on bass and Idris Rahman on flutes. And the Russian musician Ilia Belorukov performs with percussion, field recordings and samples to create a buzzing electro-acoustic piece. Presented by Corey Mwamba.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

19Kit Downes20200315

British pianist, composer and organist Kit Downes’ work is widely known on the UK jazz scene - from his groove-based group Troyka to the spectral soundscapes on his most recent release for the ECM label. Kit shares his three favourite, lesser-known examples of great improvisation with tracks by American guitarist Mary Halvorson, vocalist Ingebjørg Loe Bjørnstad and South African pianist Bheki Mseleku.

Also in the show, creative modern arrangements from the Austrian bassist and composer Gina Schwarz, and the Italian cellist Francesco Guerri blurs the line between contemporary classical music and free improvisation.

The British pianist digs out his favourite, lesser-known examples of great improvisation.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

20Improvisation For Large Ensembles20200322

Under the direction of Mats Gustafsson, the Fire! Orchestra takes on Krzysztof Penderecki´s piece Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra written in 1971. There’s live music from the 50th anniversary homecoming gig by the Art Ensemble of Chicago recorded in Millennium Park, Chicago last summer; and absorbing tonal improvisation in a collaboration between the French group Ikui Doki and vocalist Sofia Jernberg. Presented by Corey Mwamba.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

With tracks from Sweden's Fire! Orchestra and the Art Ensemble of Chicago.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

21Surrounding Sounds20200329

Corey Mwamba shares improvised music that’s inspired by place. Trumpeter Byron Wallen’s new album Portrait emerged from time sitting in a square in Woolwich, reflecting on the community around him, with its mixture of Nepalese elders, Somali mothers and descendants of dockworkers. Tom Ward and Tim Fairhall’s latest record was created during a week in a bothy on the isle of Eigg, with squeaky stove doors and murmuring wind and waves finding their way into their spontaneous creations.

Plus, music for ocarina from Mexico, a live recording from Fredrik Nordström NEEDS at the Stockholm Jazz Festival, and solo guitar music improvised to silent films by Dada/Surrealist artist Man Ray.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

From Woolwich to the Hebrides. Improvisation inspired by place, presented by Corey Mwamba.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

22Sonically Submerged2020040520200404 (R3)

Corey Mwamba presents two, dark ambient improvisations that evoke the feeling of being underwater. Firstly, shimmering electronic noise and bowed percussion from Diana Policarpo and secondly, trumpeter Yazz Ahmed joins keyboard player Jason Singh on a mellow, floating track from an album called Water Songs. Also in the show, a track from the long-awaited third album by the angular post-jazz group Let Spin, and a duo with a 33-year age gap from pianist Sullivan Fortner and bass player Rufus Reid.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

Dark, ambient improvisations that evoke the feeling of being underwater.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

23Duos With Strings2020041920200418 (R3)

Adventurous improvised music. This week, a series of duos involving string players.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

Corey Mwamba presents a selection of adventurous improvised music. This week features a series of duos involving string players. There’s a new album by the Chicago cellist Tomeka Reid with British pianist Alexander Hawkins; some Americana-inspired music from violin player Jen Curtis with drummer Tyshawn Sorey, and a Radio 3 session track from two musicians who’ve never met before, South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and Sarathy Korwar playing tabla.

Plus, Steve Beresford records a solo piano piece from his home during lockdown, and music from a global Chinese music collective combining traditional instruments with industrial electronics.

24Robert Mitchell2020042620200425 (R3)

British pianist Robert Mitchell shares his thoughts on long-form solo improvisations.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

What goes through a musician’s head before they embark on a long solo improvisation? Pianist Robert Mitchell shares his aspirations and the mental preparation process he went through for his forthcoming album. It’s a 37-minute solo performance dedicated to Cecil Taylor and recorded in a familiar setting for Robert, the Jazz Cafe in Camden.

Also in the show, Corey shares new music from the American experimental jazz vocalist Patty Waters and there’s an uplifting, energetic performance by Gard Nilssen’s Supersonic Orchestra recorded live at Molde International Jazz Festival in 2019.

25Isolation Creations2020050320200502 (R3)

Improvisers' responses to social distancing and a live recording of Vula Viel.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

26Lara Jones2020051020200509 (R3)

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

27Sax And Harp2020051720200516 (R3)

Saxophonist Anthony Braxton duets with harpist Jacqueline Kerrod.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

28Steve Lehman2020052420200523 (R3)

The saxophonist introduces a series of solo vignettes recorded in the front seat of a car.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

29Deep Listening And Explosive Energy2020053120200530 (R3)

From a long-running duo combining finger-style acoustic guitar and avant-garde percussion

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

30Jazz Rock Jams2020060720200606 (R3)

A rare Japanese pressing by fusion drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson is re-released.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

31Mariam Rezaei2020061420200613 (R3)

The turntablist talks about how she makes the glitchy juxtapositions on her new album.

Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.