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by Alexandra Grimal

Little Step 03:17
Orion 03:21
Cassiopée 13:57
Algieba 11:46
Ulysse 07:27
Andromeda 13:35


Alexandra Grimal, tenor & soprano saxophones
Todd Neufeld, acoustic & electric guitars
Thomas Morgan, double bass
Tyshawn Sorey, drums


released May 1, 2012

Recorded at Sear Sound, NYC, USA
on December 19, 2011.
Cover artwork by Mamiko Otsubo.

Composed while staring into the night sky of the MacDowell Colony in the United States during the winter of 2010-11, the music on Andromeda traces the nomadic saxophonist's inner progress, achieving its own synthesis of different jazz trends and improvisational systems. Transcending genres and cultures, Alexandra Grimal's music is both powerful and telluric, creating a unique, weaving world, tailor-made for her co-performers Todd Neufeld, Thomas Morgan and Tyshawn Sorey. Continually striving to surpass itself, Grimal's work is one that collects and assembles but loses none of its integrity and unity in the process. An interstellar odyssey in the form of a symphony, Andromeda was recorded thanks to the support of the Chamber Music of America (CMA) / French-American Jazz Exchange (FACE) programme, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Cultures France and the French Music Export Office (FMEO).

Eyal Hareuveni, AllAboutJazz
Franpi Barriaux, Sun Ship
Jean-Marc Gelin, Les DNJ
Stéphane Ollivier, Jazz Magazine *CHOC*
Mathias Kusnierz, CitizenJazz *ELU*
Mathieu Carré, Chromatique.net
Olivier Acosta, Mozaïc Jazz
François Couture, Mr. Délire's LD
Stef Gijssels, Free Jazz
Joël Pagier, ImproJazz
Grego Edwards, gapplegatemusicreview
Vincenzo Roggero, All About Jazz Italia
Sergio Piccirilli, El Intruso
Andrew Nosnitsky, The Wire
Luc Bouquet, ImproJazz


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Founded in 2000 in Sweden, Ayler Records has gained recognition among Free Jazz fans by releasing both archive and contemporary recordings documenting the American, Scandinavian and French Free Jazz scenes.

In 2009, Ayler Records moved to France and has since opened the catalogue to recordings in less direct relationship with the Free Jazz canon, while remaining faithful to its original spirit.
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