Pulverize The Sound


NYC’s Pulverize The Sound out May 19th!

Play this music Loud !!

“Hard Hitting & Tight. The songs are focused and have a underlying Rock esthetic.”

“I love this record. I thought I probably would, but the reality surpassed my expectations. Maybe because so many more questions are posed and elegant solutions put forward than I had imagined before I heard it. About tuning and timbre. Density and openness. Repetition and memory. About style and genre and the nature of technique. Flashes of Larry Young and Tony Williams Lifetime when they were re-defining jazz forever. Tristano. Sharrock. Subtle alterations, treatments, processes. Relentless kinetic energy. Above all, an appreciation for how to find and hang on to your place in a narrative unfolding at speed. For the fact that structure is not what is imposed, but what is revealed. For how the recording process affects sound and performance. If empathy is the capacity for putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, then these are truly empathetic players, which we hear at every twist and turn. But I’m also struck by something about physics, about the nature of mass and the strength of mutual gravitational attraction. This music seems to exist as much on that basic level as on any other, and as such it is compelling and fun. Like watching asteroids. Or blades of grass. Or shoals of fish. Or birds.”

– Fred Frith

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!


On October 2nd and 3rd 2014, Cornelia Street Cafe will host a record release celebration for the prolific guitarist/ composer Mary Halvorson’s latest album, Reverse Blue, which will be released October 7th on Relative Pitch Records. This new project features Chris Speed on tenor saxophone and clarinet, Eivind Opsvik on bass, and Tomas Fuijwara on drums. Reverse Blue offers Halvorson a different sonic palette than her critically acclaimed Trio/Quintet/Septet configurations – bringing new musical personalities and timbres to her work, albeit within a classic quartet instrumentation. The band originally formed for a one-off concert at the Blue Note in New York City, part of Search and Restore’s “Spontaneous Constructions”, a series designed to generate new collaborations between musicians who hadn’t previously played together. The four musicians immediately felt a strong shared connection, and Halvorson began compose a new book of music specifically for this group. The other three also contributed at least one new composition each, adding to the strong collective nature of the new ensemble.  Corneliastreetcafe.com

What’s new this fall at RPR

We’ve had a great summer with may of our artists out doing mini tours to support their releases.  This fall season brings the release of 4 amazing albums of wonderful music.  The first being the Evan Parker / Sylvie Courvoisier release; Either Or And, coming out this month.  Then on October 7th, saxophonist Michel Doneda’s collection of solo pieces called: Everybody Digs Michel Doneda hits the store.  As well, Mary Halverson’s, Reverse Blue project featuring: Chris Speed: tenor saxophone, and clarinet, Mary Halvorson: guitar, Eivind Opsvik: double bass, and Tomas Fujiwara: drums.  AND, the Tomas Fujiwara Trio, Variable Bets will be released.  This trio features: Tomas Fujiwara: drums, Ralph Alessi: trumpet, and Brandon Seabrook: guitar.

Ingrid Laubrock (ts,ss)/Tom Rainey (drums), we’ll be going on a tour across the States to celebrate our duo CD ‘AND OTHER DESERT TOWNS’ on Relative Pitch Records

  • 05/15 Cleveland/Mahall’s 20 Lanes
  • 05/16 Ann Arbor/Kerrytown House Concerts
  • 05/17 Chicago/Constellation
  • 05/18 Milwaukee/Sugar Maple
  • 05/20 St. Louis/Kerr Foundation Building (New Music Circle)
  • 05/22 Nashville/Zeitgeist Gallery (‘Indetermanacies’ series concert + workshop at the Nashville Public Library)
  • 05/23 Tuscaloosa/University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa New Music Collective)
  • 05/24 New Orleans/Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center
  • 05/25 New Orleans/Cafe Istanbul
  • 05/26 Houston/Avant Garden, “They Who Sound” series (duo + quartet with Damon Smith (b) and David Dove (tbne)
  • 05/27 Austin/Museum of Human Achievement (presented by Epistrophy Arts)
  • 05/29 Santa Fe/Gig Performance Space
  • 05/30 Lafayette/Ceraso Gallery + Studio
  • 06/01 Kansas City/The Record Bar
  • 06/02 Minneapolis/The Icehouse (J T’s Jazz Implosion series)
  • 06/03 Madison/Audio for the Arts
  • 06/05 Pittsburgh/Thunderbird Cafe

Ingrid Laubrock & Tom Rainey

reprint: the Chicago Reader

When: Sat., May 17, 9:30 p.m.

Where: Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave. Roscoe Village

Price: $10

Saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and drummer Tom Rainey are not only married to each other but also play in several bands together, including Laubrock’s terrific quintet Anti-House and Rainey’s trio with guitarist Mary Halvorson. They’re both key figures in New York’s improvised-music community, with reputations as daring, aggressive players, so I was surprised at first that the vibe on their first duo recording, the all-improvised And Other Desert Towns (Relative Pitch), was so often subdued. To be sure, the couple sometimes whip up thrilling friction and energy—on “The Lemontown Riddles,” Laubrock launches fiery, corkscrewing alto lines as Rainey drops one fractured pattern after another—but by and large it’s a hushed, intimate affair. It’s as though they’ve developed such refined communication skills—both as musicians and, presumably, as people—that they don’t need to shout over each other. Though their interactions are restrained, they’re by no means simple or predictable: on the title track, Laubrock’s dry-toned soprano moves restlessly between jagged terseness and swinging fluidity, and Rainey alternates between delicate cymbal patter and kinetic tom-and-snare fireworks. The whole session feels conversational, and with only two players to listen to, it’s easier to get a sense of them as complete musicians, willing to give each other space and time even as they prod and cajole.

—Peter Margasak

read the full article here

Reprint from Downbeat Magazine
3/31/2014 – by Bradley Bambarger

John Coltrane’s sonic seeking in the months prior to his death in 1967 continues to inspire musicians today. On March 24 in New York City, the Evolving Music series (presented by Arts for Art) hosted “An Evening in Interstellar Space: Remembering Coltrane,” a concert featuring three jazz duos that aim to keep the questing flame alive.

The husband-and-wife pairing of Laubrock and Rainey—who play together and apart in myriad bands—concluded the night with a set that also served to mark the release of their first duo album, And Other Desert Towns (Relative Pitch), as well as to cap the saxophonist’s monthlong residency at Clemente Soto Vélez. Laubrock is a dauntless player—unafraid of paint-stripping skronk, for better or worse—and a sharp conceptualist. The veteran Rainey again proved that he is one of the world’s master drummers in this idiom.

Touchingly, the couple beamed at each other as one dramatic duo composition came to life after the other, the performance audibly impressing a crowd filled with aficionados. With loose-limbed virtuosity, Rainey drew music from all parts of his kit—rubbing the drumheads, rustling his sticks and mallets together, even drawing tones from the drum stool; meanwhile, Laubrock summoned an almost theatrical sound, crying, sighing and moaning through her instrument.

The aspect of ritual was evoked: Laubrock, with a sink-stopper in the bell of her horn, whistled through her tenor as if it were a griot’s quietly keening flute, with Rainey’s bass-drum bombs like the punctuations of a rite. The two conjured a whole aural world with their set, an ideal tribute to Interstellar Space.



Tom Rainey (left) and Ingrid Laubrock onstage at the
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center in New York City on March 24.
(Photo: Peter Gannushkin


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.