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.


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.

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