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Best of 2015

It’s been another great year for us. 2015 brought to life some of of our most diverse and spectacular recordings from a great list of exceptionally talented artists. Below are a few “Best Of” lists that we made it on this month.  We’ll add to this as more are released.

Avant Music News

The Quietus

Something Else

All About Jazz

The Free Jazz Collective


FreeForm, FreeJazz

undistracted listening

Jazz Right Now

The Awl

Free Jazz Blog

We’ve got a lot in store for 2016.  Please keep an eye on our site and social media feeds for up to date news.


2014 – A year in review

2014 has been an outstanding year for us and our artists here at Relative Pitch.  We are so proud of all the music that we’ve released in conjunction with some of the best musicians and composers around.   Just look at all the best of  lists we’ve made this year:

Holy Grail From Hell - Stephen Gauci, Kirk Knuffke, Ken Filiano – Chasing Tales
Free Form, Free Jazz -
(Jemeel Moondoc, The Zookeeper’s House)
The Free Jazz Collective -
(Bogan Ghost – Zerfall)
Dark Was the Night
- (Jemeel Moondoc, The Zookeeper’s House)
– (Jemeel Moondoc, The Zookeeper’s House)
Dusted in Exile – (Jemeel Moondoc, The Zookeeper’s House) and (Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey, And Other Desert Towns)
The Quietus
- (Jemeel Moondoc, The Zookeeper’s House)
Free Jazz Collective
- (Various releases)
All About Jazz, John Sharpe’s Best Of
- (Matthew Shipp Trio, Root of Things)
Blouin Art Info
– (Matthew Shipp Trio, Root of Things)
The Paradigm for Beauty – (Matthew Shipp Trio, Root of Things)
Some Thing Else – (Matthew Shipp Trio, Root of Things)
Gapplegate Music Review – (Matthew Shipp Trio, Root of Things)
The Denver Post Entertainment Section – (Mary Halvorson, Reverse Blue)
The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll – (Mary Halvorson, Reverse Blue)
The Six Wather Grog’s Best of 2014 – (Greg Cohen, Golden State)
All About Jazz (Troy Collins) – (Matthew Shipp Trio, Root of Things)
Dusted Magazine – (Jemeel Moondoc, The Zookeeper’s House) and (Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey, And Other Desert Towns)
Burning Ambulance – (Jemeel Moondoc, The Zookeeper’s House)
Jazz Right Now(Jemeel Moondoc, The Zookeeper’s House),  (Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey, And Other Desert Towns), and (Tomas Fujiwara Trio, Variable Bets)

We’ll soon be announcing some of our 2015 releases in the first week of January.  This promises to be another fantastic year!

Thanks for the support, and see you in 2015!


March 4th, 2014

From – Outtakes
By – Steve Dalachinsky

Expanding on something I wrote awhile back about a relatively new independent label, Relative Pitch, begun by two hardcore fans of music (who met while waiting in line at a show) with good taste, Kevin Reilly and Mike Panico; all I can say is that in a relatively (see how many times I can use that word) short time they have managed to produce, out of sheer love and dedication, 20 C.D.s, with more on the way. Some of the finest music by some of the best masters of the craft, young and old, is being made available to the discerning listener. One interesting aspect of the label, which may be purely coincidental, is the number of duo and trio records it has produced. Aside from a quartet led by veteran West Coast reedman Vinny Golia that I reviewed upon release, and a mixed bag of musicians on Jemeel Moondoc’s upcoming recording, thus far 10 C.D.s have been duos and nine trios. The duos range from two of Bill Frisell with Joey Baron and Greg Cohen as leaders, under-appreciated alto player Jack Wright and his son Ben Wright on bass (a true gem), tremendous sessions with Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey, two C.D.s featuring bassist Jöélle Leandre, Golia’s latest: a C.D. from the amazing Austrian reed player Urs Leimgruber, and two musicians previously unknown to me, Chris Abrahams and Magda Mayas, playing in an enlightening and unique piano, harpsichord, and harmonium setting. This list also includes Moondoc’s first release for the label in a duo with pianist Connie Crothers, and pianist Matthew Shipp, who has both duo and trio C.D.s on the label. Some of the trios include such exciting voices as Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Philip Greenlief (who also appears with Leandre), Jim Hobbs, Nate Wooley, Joe Morris, Agustí Fernandez and John Butcher, plus more voices new to me: Carmina Escobar and Milo Tamez, in a trio rounded out by monster pianist Thollem McDonas. All are worth picking up and listening to for their diverse qualities and, in many cases, one-of-a-kind musical ambitions. Other projects in the works for 2014: Paul Flaherty/Randall Colbourne with Ironic Havoc; Stephen Gauci, Kirk Knuffke, Ken Filiano with Chasing Tales; Bogan Ghost (Liz Allbee/Anthea Caddy) with Zerfall; Jemeel Moondoc’s The Zookeeper’s House; Evan Parker/Sylvie Courvoisier with Either Or And; Mary Halvorson’s Reverse Blue; Michel Doneda solo; and Tomas Fujiwara Trio with Brandon Seabrook and Ralph Alessi. Keep your ears peeled.