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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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Cooper-moore And Stephen Gauci2020091320200912 (R3)A conversational duo between two idiosyncratic voices of American avant-garde, pianist Cooper-Moore and saxophonist Stephen Gauci. Their relaxed and colloquial sound was developed while performing weekly during a seven-month residency at the Happylucky No.1 gallery in Brooklyn.

Elsewhere there’s a new quartet album recorded live by the trumpet and flugelhorn player Charlotte Keeffe and a reissue from 1971 by pianist Ndikho Xaba. Ndikho was an exiled South African musician who moved to the U.S. and made links between the struggle against apartheid and the Black Power movement, blending jazz spirituality of the late 1960s with an African jazz tradition.

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A conversational duo between two idiosyncratic voices of the American avant-garde.

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

Discus Music20201115Celebrating the 100th release on the wide-ranging creative label Discus Music run by Martin Archer. Beginning 30-years ago as an output for Martin’s own music, Discus has since branched out to supporting a diverse range of musicians across the globe and covers areas of extended song form, free jazz, electronic music and left-field rock. The honour of their 100th title goes to the Palestinian pianist Dirar Kalash and his first encounter with a grand piano for a long time.

Plus, a track from saxophonist and free jazz pioneer Albert Ayler’s 1964 live album Bells and Prophecy; the noise artist and poet Moor Mother shares her first foray into theatrical work and a younger label, Bloxham Tapes celebrates their 25th release with a slowly moving duo of clarinet and electronics.

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Celebrating the 100th release on wide-ranging label Discus Music

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

Discus Music20201115Celebrating the 100th release on the wide-ranging creative label Discus Music run by Martin Archer. Beginning 30-years ago as an output for Martin’s own music, Discus has since branched out to supporting a diverse range of musicians across the globe and covers areas of extended song form, free jazz, electronic music and left-field rock. The honour of their 100th title goes to the Palestinian pianist Dirar Kalash and his first encounter with a grand piano for a long time.

Plus, a track from saxophonist and free jazz pioneer Albert Ayler’s 1964 live album Bells and Prophecy; the noise artist and poet Moor Mother shares her first foray into theatrical work and a younger label, Bloxham Tapes celebrates their 25th release with a slowly moving duo of clarinet and electronics.

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

Celebrating the 100th release on wide-ranging label Discus Music

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

George Burt And Cledona Cassidy2020092020200919 (R3)Guitarist George Burt and singer Clíona Cassidy introduce their new record Rain Shadow, a mixture of folk-inspired songs and operatic improvised dreamscapes. Corey presents a track from the pianist Sylvie Courvoiser’s new trio album which takes angular be-bop themes and latin grooves and gives them a fresh modern spin. And there’s warm oscillating electronics and vocal experiments from the Italian duo Ignacio Córdoba and Sara Persico.

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Improvised dreamscapes of operatic and folk-inspired jazz.

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

Honking Horns20201129Corey Mwamba presents a guided listen to the best adventurous improvised music from around the world. This week features screaming saxophone lines from the Swedish player Anna Högberg’s group Attack and a fresh take on Eric Dolphy’s unpredictable harmonies and rhythmic invention on a new album from the pianist Alexander Hawkins and clarinettist Marco Colonna.

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Screaming saxophone lines from the Swedish player Anna H\u00f6gberg\u2019s group Attack.

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

Honking Horns20201129Corey Mwamba presents a guided listen to the best adventurous improvised music from around the world. This week features screaming saxophone lines from the Swedish player Anna Högberg’s group Attack and a fresh take on Eric Dolphy’s unpredictable harmonies and rhythmic invention on a new album from the pianist Alexander Hawkins and clarinettist Marco Colonna.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
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Screaming saxophone lines from the Swedish player Anna H\u00f6gberg\u2019s group Attack.

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

Joyful, Joyful20201101Corey Mwamba presents music that ignites joy and happiness. Featuring trumpeter Dave Holsworth’s rollicking interplay with his group New Brew and a playfully inquisitive saxophone duo from Dee Byrne on alto and Cath Roberts on baritone.

Plus, a luminous sound collage bringing together snippets of pop music samples and layered electronics with the inimitable voices of saxophonist Lol Coxhill and bassoonist Lindsey Cooper, best known for her work with Henry Cow. The recording is from 1999 and comes from the archive of Scatter, a gig series in Glasgow and also features the keyboardist and sound maker Pat Thomas and Bill Wells on electric bass.

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.

Lateness At Tusk Festival2020100420201003 (R3)Freeness has teamed up with Late Junction, our sibling show for adventurous music on Radio 3 to curate a stage at this year's TUSK Festival. A revered annual festival for experimental sounds based in Newcastle, TUSK is happening virtually this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Together we’ve invited three ensembles to BLANK studios to record an exclusive, socially distanced session for broadcast across both programmes.

On the bill is a first-time collaboration between electronic artist Stephen Bishop and turntablist Mariam Rezaei; the left-field folk duo of Cath and Phil Tyler and a new quartet called Caröm put together by the double-bassist Andy Champion, a central figure on the North East jazz scene.

And if that still isn’t enough, there are also highlights from the rest of TUSK Virtual 2020‘s exciting line-up.

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Exclusive session recordings curated by Late Junction and Freeness for TUSK Virtual 2020

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

Mariam Rezaei And Stephen Bishop In Session2020101120201010 (R3)Corey Mwamba presents more music from the socially distanced Lateness sessions recorded in Newcastle for Late Junction and Freeness in association with TUSK festival. Tonight’s highlights include the first live performance between turntablist Mariam Rezaei and electronic artist Stephen Bishop and some short improvisations from ad hoc collaborations that happened on the day.

Also in the show, pianist Cecil Taylor and percussionist Tony Oxley perform at Birdland in Neuburg in 2011 and a meeting in Chicago between the reeds player Ken Vandermark, saxophonist Joe McPhee and bassist Kent Kessler.

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Highlights from turntablist Mariam Rezaei and electronic artist Stephen Bishop's session.

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

Remembering Gary Peacock2020092720200926 (R3)Corey Mwamba reflects on the exploratory bass playing of the late Gary Peacock. The anchor to many great ensembles including 30 years with Keith Jarrett’s standards trio, he was an incredibly versatile player, comfortable with every style of jazz. Corey selects a track from his 1981 album with saxophonist Jan Gabarek, drummer Jack DeJohnette and trumpeter Tomasz Stanko: Voice from the Past - Paradigm.

Plus, a selection from a suite of improvised viola duets by Mat Maneri and Tanya Kalmanovitch and a 1976 session from The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra, a black music ensemble founded in Los Angeles by Horace Tapscott in 1961 which is still going strong today.

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Photo by Caterina di Perri / ECM Records

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

Solo Guitar Experiments20201206

Italian guitarist Francesca Naibo talks about her debut solo album Namatoulee. Francesca’s music is a unique and colourful sonic experience that explores the instrument’s acoustic and electric possibilities from roaring drones to microscopic vibrations. Plus, music from Ariana Tikao, a leading figure in the taonga pūoro (Māori musical instruments) revival, and a thrilling call and response between pianist Liam Noble and saxophone player Paul Dunmall on a quartet album that features Mark Sanders on drums and John Edwards on bass.

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Italian guitarist Francesca Naibo talks about her debut solo album Namatoulee.

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

Sonic Explorations From Thailand20201108A Bangkok-based duo called Yama create music inspired by yoga philosophy. Paponpat Weerawit and Don Pengboon are two unsung heroes of Thailand’s underground experimental music scene. Together they make music that embraces you with open arms and curious ears.

Plus, a compelling juxtaposition between elegiac horn lines and a field of fuzz and distortion. It comes from a new group called Scarla O’Horror featuring James Allsopp (tenor saxophone), Alex Bonney (trumpet), Isambard Khroustaliov (electronics) and Tim Giles (drums). And the Slovenian pianist and composer Kaja Draksler pulls together a stellar band for a collage piece containing the poetry of Robert Frost, Handel’s psalm Dominus a dextris tuis and free improvisation.

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

South African Soul Music20201122Catchy hooks and chaotic group interplay captured live from Louis Moholo-Moholo’s Unit. As the last surviving member of the beloved South African group the Blue Notes, drummer Moholo-Moholo leads an all-star octet in celebrating the bands lasting influence in a rousing concert recorded in Milan, Italy, in 2012.

Plus, there’s music that reflects on lost connections by piecing together two isolated performances from violinist Florence Rutherfoord-Jones and drummer Jonathan Lodder. Neither heard what the other had played until the tracks were mixed, months later. The end result is a cohesive piece that captures the energy of two collaborating musicians.

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Catchy hooks and chaotic group interplay captured live from Louis Moholo-Moholo\u2019s Unit.

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

South African Soul Music20201122Catchy hooks and chaotic group interplay captured live from Louis Moholo-Moholo’s Unit. As the last surviving member of the beloved South African group the Blue Notes, drummer Moholo-Moholo leads an all-star octet in celebrating the bands lasting influence in a rousing concert recorded in Milan, Italy, in 2012.

Plus, there’s music that reflects on lost connections by piecing together two isolated performances from violinist Florence Rutherfoord-Jones and drummer Jonathan Lodder. Neither heard what the other had played until the tracks were mixed, months later. The end result is a cohesive piece that captures the energy of two collaborating musicians.

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

Catchy hooks and chaotic group interplay captured live from Louis Moholo-Moholo\u2019s Unit.

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

Stretched Atmospheric Songs2020102520201024 (R3)Fourth Page, a quartet who make quietly intense music that combines fragments of jazz with experimental English folk, introduce their recent commission by Jazz South. Plus, there’s music from the soundtrack to a South African documentary about the 1976 student uprising from a group called SPAZA alongside a track from the new album by Leeds-based trio J Frisco that combines buzzy synths, soaring saxophone and feedback loops.

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Quietly intense music that combines fragments of jazz with experimental English folk.

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

01Cutting-edge Jazz20191103This 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 Magnets20191110This 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.

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

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

03Roscoe Mitchell And The Art Ensemble Of Chicago20191117This 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.

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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.

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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 Improvisations20191124Corey 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-gitar20191201Corey 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 Galvin20191208Corey 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 Warmth20191215It’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.

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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 Crisis20191222Welsh 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.

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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 Dulcitone2019122920200718 (R3)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.

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.

10Angel Bat Dawid2020010520200725 (R3)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.

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

11Konfrontationen Festival 40th Anniversary2020011220200801 (R3)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 Noise20200119Corey 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.

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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 Playtime2020012620200808 (R3)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.

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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 Outback2020020920200815 (R3)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.

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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 Asmr2020021620200822 (R3)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.

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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 Bluegrass20200223Corey 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 Dice20200301Corey 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 Folk20200308Improvisatory 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.

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

19Kit Downes20200315British 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 Ensembles2020032220200829 (R3)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.

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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 Sounds20200329Corey 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.

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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.

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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)
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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.

23Lo-fi Percussive Propulsions2020041220201017 (R3)Free-flowing saxophone lines, timbral guitar and double drums from We Bow To No Masters out of Los Angeles. An archive tape of the British-Jamacian saxophonist Joe Harriott, who combined his love of Charlie Parker’s be-bop with his Caribbean roots and free-form innovations. The cellist Hannah Marshall performs a spare and sensitive solo improvisation and there’s music from New York-based quartet Orientation of We, whose aim is to imitate the movement of a school of fish by improvising as closely to one another as possible without crashing into each other.

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Free-flowing saxophone lines, timbral guitar and double drums from We Bow To No Masters.

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

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.

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.

Corey Mwamba presents improvisers' responses to social distancing. Saxophonist Caroline Kraabel performs a solo piece alongside a ticking clock and there’s remote music-making from Kit Downes on piano, cellist Lucy Railton, bassist Petter Eldh and saxophonist Tom Challenger. Plus, a live recording of Bex Burch’s band Vula Viel which is centred around the sound of her gyil, a wooden xylophone from West Africa. Recorded at London’s Cafe Oto they were joined on stage by a special guest, the American composer and trombonist Peter Zummo.

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26Lara Jones2020051020200509 (R3)Corey Mwamba presents the best new jazz and improvised music with an adventurous spirit.

The saxophonist and composer introduces her new solo album, Enso. It combines recordings she’s made of everyday experiences over the last year, processed and mixed with electronics and her saxophone playing.

Also in the show, Corey plays a track from guitarist Chris Montague’s new record for a drum-less trio that focuses on colour and harmony, and a dreamy solo piece by the Newcastle-based pianist Paul Taylor.

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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.

Corey Mwamba presents a selection of adventurous improvised music. This week's playlist features the saxophonist Anthony Braxton duetting with harpist Jacqueline Kerrod at the Angelica International Festival of Music in Bologna, a track from recorder player Laura Cannell’s new album, recorded inside Wapping Hydraulic Power Station, and exploratory new music from guitarist Otto Fischer.

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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.

The saxophonist introduces us to a series of solo vignettes recorded in the front seat of his car during lockdown. After realising that he wouldn’t be able to be with his mother for her 80th birthday, Steve Lehman created a gift that pays tribute to the incredibly wide array of music that she introduced him to as a child.

Plus there’s a recording of Joëlle Léandre’s Tentet performing her long-form piece Can You Hear Me?, an allegory of talking and listening at the Tampere Jazz Festival 2019. Presented by Corey Mwamba.

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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.

...From a long-running duo featuring Shane Parish’s finger-style acoustic guitar and avant-garde percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani. France’s Orchestre National de Jazz perform a storming set live at Kesselhaus in Berlin as part of the Jazzdor Festival. And melodic musings from a Washington-based duo consisting of guitarist Gary Prince and saxophonist Kate Olson.

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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.

Corey Mwamba presents a new reissue of a rare Japanese pressing by the fusion drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson. There’s lockdown-inspired sounds from the venerable British saxophonist Trevor Watts. Plus sound artist Gawain Hewitt overcomes the technical challenge of recording a real-time collaboration remotely and captures a soul-stirring performance by saxophonist Kaidi Akinnibi and Dominic Canning on piano.

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31Mariam Rezaei2020061420200613 (R3)The turntablist talks about how she makes the glitchy juxtapositions on her new album.

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The turntablist Mariam Rezaei talks about how she makes the glitchy juxtapositions on her new album SKEEN. Manipulating sounds through a variety of techniques performed live, SKEEN also reflects on the challenges faced by people identifying with multiple ethnicities.

Plus, freeform improvisations from a new quartet put together by the American saxophonist Paul Flaherty.

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32Kim Macari Sits In2020062120200620 (R3)Musician and composer Kim Macari sits in the presenter chair for the first of two shows.

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

Musician and composer Kim Macari sits in the presenter chair for the first of two shows. Featuring music that likes to ask hard questions, break rules and follow its own path. Including the pianist Vijay Iyer’s project with the MC/poet Mike Ladd which voices the dreams of American veterans returning from war, improvisations for radio by John Cage and David Tudor, and new music from the Dutch saxophonist Tineke Postma.

Originally from Fife and now based in London, Kim’s artistic work includes her quartet Family Band, solo trumpet, spoken word and an exploration of graphic scores. She is also a programmer for the Vortex Jazz Club in north London and an artist-activist often appearing as a speaker on topics including gender politics in the arts, political art and national identity.

33Keith Tippett Tribute2020062820200627 (R3)Remembering the late, great pianist Keith Tippett. Presented by Kim Macari.

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The second of two shows presented by the musician Kim Macari, featuring a tribute to the late, great pianist Keith Tippett who passed away recently. As well as his startling skill as an improviser, Keith was known for his ability to bring people together, and to bring out the best in them. We hear an archive interview with Keith discussing his legendary solo performances with music from his album The Dartington Concert from 1992.

Also in the show an aptly titled track, Full On, by Jah Wobble and Evan Parker, that exudes an endless energy. There’s new music by the cellist Lucy Railton called Lament in Three Parts and a piece by Kim’s all-time favourite band, Amok Amor. Featuring Christian Lillinger (drums), Petter Eldh (bass), Wanja Slavin (alto sax) and Peter Evans (trumpet), Amok Amor places elements of classical avant-garde and hip-hop on top of a solid jazz and improvised music foundation.

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34Finnish Blues2020070520200704 (R3)Saxophonist Jorma Tapio connects the traditions of shamanic songs and free jazz.

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Saxophonist Jorma Tapio connects the traditions of shamanic songs and free jazz on his reinterpretation of the traditional songs from East Karelia. Originally a region of Finland, but now part of Russia, the area is famous for being populated by shamans, healers and players of the kantele, a Finnish stringed folk instrument that was a fundamental part of the local music scene for centuries.

Also in the show, the first album recorded by humans and produced by birds. Growing up in a musicians home, the non-human artist tandem that is Kakaduu (two parrots: Säuks and Präuks) became unique experts on music and were offered the opportunity to produce an album by the free improvising trio WIG. Plus, a mesmerising piece by the violin and double bass duo Vilde&Inga. Presented by Corey Mwamba.

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35Hopeful Noise2020071220200711 (R3)Tender, melancholic and hopeful sounds from a Greek trio called TUSK

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Tender, melancholic and hopeful sounds from a Greek trio called TUSK who make short nostalgic pieces that draw on psychedelia, noise and electronic music. We'll also hear more music from the American composer George Lewis as recorded at Bergen's experimental music festival Borealis, following the first instalment from that concert in the New Music Show.

The long-running Italian band Anatrofobia return with a new release of spacious, textural interplay and a new member, the vocalist Cristina Trotto Gatta. They’ve been described by the critic Nazim Comunale as "too cultured and cerebral for jazzcore, too punk for academic circles, too quiet for lovers of the more physical free, too intelligent for those who believe that a saxophone means necessarily jazz."

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