Smalltown Supersound/Actions For Free Jazz

V/A - Actions For Free Jazz

"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." - Smalltown Supersound/Actions For Free Jazz. Features Thurston Moore & Mats Gustafsson, Evan Parker & Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, The Thing, The Thing with Ken Vandermark, Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love, Two Bands and a Legend, Peter Brötzmann & Paal Nilssen-Love, Christian Marclay & Mats Gustafsson, Free Fall, Joe McPhee & Paal Nilssen-Love, The Thing & Cato Salsa Experience, Offonoff, Lean Left, Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid &Mats Gustafsson, Diskaholics Anonymous, Yoshimi & Mats Gustafsson, Free Fall, Mats Gustafsson & Paal Nilssen-Love, Peter Brötzmann & Mats Gustafsson &Paal Nilssen-Love, The Thing with Otomo Yoshihide, Original Silence, Diskaholics Anonymous Trio & Mats Gustafsson &Sonic Youth with friends, Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet, The Thing with Jim O'Rourke, Paal Nilssen-Love & Håkon Kornstad, Aotearoa Snuff Jazz Sextet, Joe McPhee & Lasse Marhaug, EYE & Mats Gustafsson.
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After nearly a decade of false starts, multiple game plans veering off the rails, and a handful of shattered hopes and/or dreams, the odyssey is finally complete—the new Fusetron site is here.

This is the first phase of a multipart rollout that will span the next few months: the currently browsable stock includes miscellaneous new releases from the past 8+ months (we have a lot of catching up to do), plus approximately a third of our backstock. Note that we’ve reduced/slashed prices on many titles and will continue to do so in order to make room for new stock. We’ll also be expanding / tweaking / improving / debugging the site itself (for example, we still have work to do on the automated international postage system, not to mention the inevitable inventory discrepancies that come with transferring an ancient and massive database to a new system).

Over the next few months, as we take inventory, clean house, and delve into our storage, we will be uploading thousands of additional items, gradually, on a near-daily basis. This will include the majority of the LPs, as well as many titles, in all formats, once thought long-gone. Many currently “sold out” items are likely to resurface.

Finally, once our general backstock is up (probably in the next two or three months) we’ll begin making our extensive stockpile of rarities available online for the first time: tons of random out-of-print titles, "deadstock," warehouse finds, secondhand collectibles, etc., accumulated over the past few decades.

Frequent/returning customers will be getting early access to these items. Details to follow on how this will work (a priority mailing list? a 'frequent flyer'-like program?), but it will not be based on dollars spent. We want to reward those who consistently support us, especially in the discogs marketplace era (to those who show up trying to poach five copies of a one-off rarity, and nothing else, ever… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ).

So—we suggest you take some time to dig through the site—even we’ve been surprised by what’s been turning up, and there’s much more to come.
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