Actions For Free Jazz

Actions For Free Jazz

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Lasse Marhaug - STSAFJ250

“Smalltown Superjazzz was a free-jazz subsidiary label to Smalltown Supersound from 2005-2012. The label has been dormant in the years 2012 to 2019, but is now reborn as the AFJ-Serie. The AFJ-Series represents a new start - built on the foundation and heritage of the Superjazzz label. AFJ-Series is short for Actions for free jazz. This was the slogan for Smalltown Superjazzz and was borrowed at the time from Don Cherry & Krystzof Penderecki’s The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra track “Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra” from the 1971 album “Actions”. AFJ-Series is a series and a subsidiary label within Smalltown Supersound.

AFJ-Series is proud to release this compilation which features music from 40 releases, spanning almost 20 years on Smalltown Supersound, Superjazzz and the AFJ-series. The idea with the compilation is to bring the Superjazzz era into the AFJ-Series, but also to leave it behind - and start fresh. A requiem and rebirth combined. The idea came from Mats Gustafsson and was inspired by the famous 1964 ESP Disk sampler, which with its hard edit approach has become a classic in its own right.

The task of selecting, editing and structuring the material was given to Lasse Marhaug, who has been part of the Smalltown family for more than 20 years. Marhaug spent months plowing through the entire catalogue, and while the main goal was to give a total overview of Smalltown's wide range of releases in the improvised/jazz/free music field, Marhaug's choices and juxtapositions almost plays as a new piece of music.

So here it is - 40 tracks of total freedom. Or the universality in music of improvisation as Derek Bailey called it.”

A (Excerpts: 010203)
01. Thurston Moore & Mats Gustafsson - Hit The Wall
02. Evan Parker & Ingebrigt Håker Flaten - The Brewery Tap
03. The Thing - Bag it!
04. The Thing with Ken Vandermark - Immediate Sound
05. Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love - Letter to a Stranger
06. Two Bands and a Legend
07. Peter Brötzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love - Sweet Sweat
08. Christian Marclay & Mats Gustafsson - Link
09. Free Fall - The Point in a Line
10. Joe McPhee & Paal Nilssen-Love - Lift Every Voice and Sing
11. The Thing & Cato Salsa Experience - Sounds Like A Sandwich
12. Peter Brötzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love - Woodcuts
13. Offonoff - Slap and Tickle
14. Lean Left - Vol 2
15. Kieran Hebden, Steve Reid, Mats Gustafsson - Live at the South Bank
16. Two Bands and a Legend
17. Diskaholics Anonymous
18. Yoshimi & Mats Gustafsson - Words On The Floor
19. Free Fall - Amsterdam Funk
20. Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen-Love - I Love It When you Snore

B (Excerpts: 010203)
01. The Thing - Action Jazz
02. Peter Brötzmann, Mats Gustafsson, Paal Nilssen-Love - The Fat Is Gone
03. The Thing with Otomo Yoshihide - Live in Tokyo
04. Original Silence - The First Original Silence
05. Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love - Chicago Volume
06. Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love - Milwaukee Volume
07. The Thing - Mono
08. Free Fall - Gray Scale
09. Diskaholics Anonymous Trio - Weapons of Ass Destruction
10. Mats Gustafsson, Sonic Youth with friends - Hidros 3
11. The Thing - Garage
12. The Thing - Live at Blå
13. Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet - 3 Nights in Oslo
14. The Thing - Now and Forever
15. The Thing with Jim O'Rourke - Shinjuku Growl
16. Paal Nilssen-Love & Håkon Kornstad - Schlinger
17. Original Silence - The Second Original Silence
18. Aotearoa Snuff Jazz Sextet - Live at the Christchurch Town Hall
19. Joe McPhee & Lasse Marhaug - Harmonia Macrocosmica
20. EYE & Mats Gustafsson - And Now…