On Friday, February 2nd, 2018, Georg Graewe, Damon Smith, and Michael Vatcher recorded at Oktaven Audio in Mt. Vernon, New York for the next nuscope recordings release, due this coming September.
This is our 20th anniversary recording, and hearkens back to the great sessions in Germany in 1995 that provided the music for Subsymbolism and Impressions of Monk with Vatcher, Graewe, and bassist Marcio Mattos.
The resulting music is very different, with a more taut rhythmic feel, a pronounced lyricism, and fresh improvisational directions.
We agree with the Free Jazz blog – it was a great year for the music! All of the supposed political roadblocks, populism, and discouragements have not stopped creativity; in fact, it has obviously fed it!
Here is the label’s top 10 for the year in no particular order:
- Chamber 4 – City of Light (Clean Feed)
- Risser/Duboc/Perraud – Generation (Dark Tree)
- Arve Henriksen – Towards Language (Rune Grammofon)
- Walter/Butcher/Smith – The Catastrophe Of Minimalism (Balance Point Acoustics)
- Matt Mitchell plays Tim Berne – førage (Screwgun)
- Aruan Ortiz – Cub(an)ism (Intakt)
- Ballrogg – Abaft the Beam (Clean Feed)
- Timuçin Şahin – Nothing Bad Can Happen (Between the Lines)
- John Abercrombie Quartet – Up and Coming (ECM)
- Michael Attias Quartet – Nerve Dance (Clean Feed)
Nuscope deemed these 10 discs as favorites of 2016 outside of the label:
Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith – a cosmic rhythm with each stroke (ECM)
Sebastian Lexer and Steve Noble – Muddy Ditch (Fataka)
Dominique Pifarely Quartet – Trace Provisioire (ECM)
Ingrid Laubrock – Serpentines (Intakt)
Evan Parker with Mark Nauseef and Toma Gouband – as the wind (Psi)
Christian Wallumrød Ensemble – Kurzsam and Fulger (Hubro)
Angelika Niescier and Florian Weber – NYC Five (Intakt)
Illegal Crowns – Illegal Crowns (Rogue Art)
Ned Rothenberg, Mark Feldman, and Sylvie Courvoisier – In Cahoots (Clean Feed)
John Lindberg BC3 – Born in an Urban Ruin (Clean Feed)
Nuscope deemed these 10 discs as favorites of 2015 outside of the label:
Vijay Iyer Trio – Break Stuff (ECM)
Arve Henriksen – The Nature of Connections (Rune Grammofon)
Benoît Delbecq 3 – Ink (Clean Feed)
Kris Davis Infrasound – Save Your Breath (Clean Feed)
Stefano Battaglia Trio – In The Morning (ECM)
Henry Threadgill Zooid – In for a Penny, in for a Pound (Pi Recordings)
Wayne Horvitz – Some Places Are Forever Afternoon (Songlines)
Samuel Blaser Quartet – Spring Rain (Whirlwind)
Michel Wintsch – Roof Fool (hatOLOGY)
Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House – Roulette of the Cradle (Intakt)
Achim Kaufmann has won a major prize in Germany!
This year, pianist Achim Kaufmann will be awarded the prestigious Albert Mangelsdorff Prize in Germany. According to the Berlin Buhnen website:
Pianist Achim Kaufmann will be awarded the Albert-Mangelsdorff-Preis, which is bestowed biannually by the Union of German Jazz Musicians and includes prize money of 15,000 Euros. The award is donated by the GEMA-Foundation, the Society for the Administration of Neighbouring Rights (GVL) and the Promotion- and Support Fund of the German Composers’ Association.
“For many years, Achim Kaufmann has been one of the most inspiring and exciting personalities of the European jazz and improvisation scene. His music bears witness to great harmonic subtlety and structural depth. A brilliant pianist and composer, his reflected exploration of tradition has led him to a nuanced, contemporary sound language that encompasses poetry, energy and abstraction in equal measure.”
-Julia Neupert, member of the jury
The Heberer/Kaufmann/Filiano session was a smashing success, with all three musicians in great form. Even given the eight compositions that the musicians brought collectively to the session, the free improvisations were all top-notch. More details forthcoming on what promises to be a very notable release.
Nuscope deemed these 10 discs as favorites of 2014 outside of the label (in no particular order):
Louis Sclavis Quartet – Silk And Salt Melodies (ECM)
Mark Turner Quartet – Lathe of Heaven (ECM)
Sylvie Courvoisier Trio – Double Windsor (Tzadik)
Matthieu Donarier and Albert van Veenendaal – The Visible Ones (Clean Feed)
Nels Cline and Julian Lage – room (Mack Avenue)
Kent Carter, Gianni Lenoci, and Bill Elgart – Plaything (No Business)
Steve Lehman Octet – Mise en Abîme (Pi Recordings)
Equilibrium – Liquid Light (Songlines)
Jimmy Giuffre 3 & 4 – New York Concerts (Elemental Music)
Bill Frisell, Carol Emanuel, and Kenny Wolleson – In Lambeth and Testament of Solomon (Tzadik)
On January 22, 2013, three innovative musicians recorded at Studio de Meudon in Paris, France for nuscope recordings. Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser, who currently resides in Berlin, Germany and Brooklyn, New York, is best known for his meditative, original, and exciting trombone playing. Paris resident Benoît Delbecq, of course, is a truly original pianist who merges such seemingly disparate influences as Gyorgy Ligeti, John Cage, Steve Lacy, and even electronica into a new and refreshing style. Gerry Hemingway, now resident in Luzern, Switzerland, is a penultimate drummer and composer who has performed with many musicians including Anthony Braxton and Ray Anderson. Hemingway has recorded for nuscope as a part of his great trio with Georg Graewe and Ernst Reijseger (Counterfactuals – CD 1010).
All three musicians have ties to one another. Blaser and Delbecq recently recorded and toured with Francois Houle’s sextet. Hemingway is the replacement for the late Paul Motian in Blaser’s Consort in Motion, who is about to record a new disc in February for the Songlines label. Delbecq and Hemingway have performed as a duo, and also recorded as a part of a special double trio featuring pianist Fred Hersch (also for Songlines).
This recording is to include compositions by all musicians. Following the recording, Delbecq will go into Plush Studio with the great engineer, Etienne Bultingaire, to mix the recording. Nuscope’s engineer, Alan Bise will follow with the final master for 88.2/24 bit download and CD. With luck, the recording will be released in October of this year. This should be an exciting project that is of utmost interest to fans of all three musicians.
As of very recently, 12 of nuscope’s 26 recordings are available as high resolution MP3, AIFF, and FLAC files on the HDTracks website. Alberto Braida’s Talus is also available as an 88.2 kHz/24 bit download for those who have the capacity to download music files that approach and even surpass SACD sound quality.
David and Norman Chesky of the audiophile record label Chesky Records founded HDtracks, which is a high-quality music download service offering a diverse catalog of independent music from around the world. As a result, HDtracks lets users download unencrypted files that play on any computer or portable device.
HDtracks is the premiere online music store for audiophiles who demand the best-sounding music possible. As consumers are left with fewer options to purchase high quality recordings, the Cheskys started HDtracks to fill the void. Therefore, nuscope recordings is proud to have many of its recordings available on HDTracks.
Nuscope deemed these 10 discs as favorites of 2013 outside of the label (in no particular order):
Mark Dresser – Nourishments (Clean Feed)
Craig Taborn Trio – Chants (ECM)
Tomasz Stanko New York Quartet – Wisława (ECM)
Benoît Delbecq and Fred Hersch Double Trio – Fun House (Songlines)
Samuel Blaser Consort in Motion – A Mirror to Machaut (Songlines)
Sylvie Courvoisier – Mark Feldman Duo – Live at Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Intakt)
Kris Davis – Capricorn Climber (Clean Feed) and Massive Threads (Thirsty Ear)
Thomas Heberer and Achim Kaufmann – Knoten (Red Toucan)
Agustí Fernández, Barry Guy, and Ramón López – A Moment’s Liberty (Maya)
Jacob Anderskov – Strings, Percussion & Piano (ILK)
Nuscope’s Top 10 of 2012
Nuscope deemed these 10 discs as favorites of 2012 outside of the label (in no particular order):
Louis Sclavis – Sources (ECM)
Maya Homburger / Barry Guy – Tales of Enchantment (Intakt)
Tim Berne – Snake Oil and Michael Formanek – Small Places (ECM)
Paradoxical Frog (Kris Davis / Ingrid Laubrock / Tyshawn Sorey) – Union (Clean Feed)
Thomas Heberer’s Clarino – Cookbook (Red Toucan)
Angelica Sanchez – Wires and Moss (Clean Feed)
Jim Black – Somatic (Winter and Winter)
Ned Rothenberg – World of Odd Harmonies (Tzadik)
Marc Ducret – Tower vol. 4 (Ayler)