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Greg Ward : Phonic Juggernaut
“Greg Ward’s Phonic Juggernaut” is a consummation of the marriage of jazz improvisation and composition, an unrestrained exploration of the saxophone as a voice all its own. As Ward’s debut with Thirsty Ear, the recording presents a burgeoning ja... More info

Antipop Consortium : Knives From Heaven
with Matthew Shipp and William Parker
The penetrating quartet of Beans, Priest, Shipp and Parker synthesizes a newly realized form of hip-hop and jazz. The album combines Shipp and Parker's most ardent and agonizing playing with Antipop's most vehement and expressive rap. It embodies the "nuances of impro... More info

Matthew Shipp : The Art of the Improviser
"The Art of the Improviser", a 2XCD, is Shipp's most audacious attempt yet to answer the enigmatic question of what it means to be a modern jazz musician. Already having explored the possibilities of electronically infused jazz on critically acclaimed project... More info

Weasel Walter - Mary Halvorson - Peter Evans : Electric Fruit

"Electric Fruit" alludes to the vexing encounter between nature and technology, one of the most complex issues that we face as a global society. The album brings together a powerhouse of innovators—Weasel Walter, Mary Halvorson and Peter Evans—t... More info

Scanner with The Post Modern Jazz Quartet : Blink of an Eye
The blending of jazz and electronics has been one of the more difficult musical challenges, as it attempts to humanize the machine or mechanize the free spirit of improvisation. It's a very tricky balance to get right, as they can be on a collision course with each othe... More info

Nils Petter Molvaer : Hamada
It is Nils Petter Molvaer´s most angry and darkest album up to date with climaxes in the songs “Friction” and “Cruel Altitude” where he and his fellow musicians, Eivind Aarset (g) and Audun Kleive (dr), leave the paths of ambient, electron... More info

Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) : Woodbox Beats and Balladry
Having carved a reputation for himself as an innovative composer, performer, violinist, and band leader, Haitian-American artist Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR) melds his classical music roots with his own cultural references and vibrant musical imagination. Proving that h... More info

Matthew Shipp : 4D

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Matthew Shipp’s new solo piano CD, "4D" is the complete synthesis and culmination of all of his past Thirsty Ear releases, with the added wrinkle of standards reinterpreted as only he could muster, while combining his own brand of composition to the mix.... More info

DJ Spooky : The Secret Song
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Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) is a rennaisance man, with his base of interest rooted firmly in the world of creativity through sound.  Now, he returns to his original form as DJ and master provocateur with his new album  “The Secret Song”. In his rol... More info

Ben Neill : Night Science
Ben Neill has been described as a “creative composer, genius performer and inventor of the mutantrumpet” (Time Out New york 2008) whose music “masterfully blurs the line between electronic dance music and jazz sounds (Billboard).  Neill has recent... More info

Sex Mob : Sex Mob Meets Medeski - Live In Willisau
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Sex Mob was formed in October 1995 to play the "late nite hang" at the Knitting Factory, the now legendary mecca of downtown music. The band ,(consisting of Steven Bernstein - slide trumpet; Briggan Krauss- alto sax; Tony Scherr- bass ; and Kenny Wollesen- dr... More info

Mary Halvorson and Jessica Pavone : Thin Air
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Mary Halvorson & Jessica Pavone have collectively been featured in The New York Times, Jazz Review, The Wire, Time Out New York, Time Out Chicago, The New York Press, Jazztimes, All About Jazz, BBC and Downbeat. From the collaborative minds and nimble fingers of Mar... More info

blink. : The Epidemic of Ideas
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blink.’s debut recording,”the epidemic of ideas”, is 12 original compositions pushing the boundaries of jazz, funk, future music and electronica. Blink. Is a musical collective steeped in the youthful examination of the time honored tradition of jazz.... More info

Rock The Net : Musicians For Network Neutrality
Songs By Musicians Who Support An Open Internet
Wilco, Bright Eyes, They Might Be Giants, Portastatic, Aimee Mann, Guster, Matthew Shipp, Palomar, The Wrens, DJ Spooky, BC Camplight, David Bazan, David Miller, Free Form Funky Freqs and The Calssic Brown have all donated a track to the compilation, which will be relea... More info


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