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Hat Hut celebrates 40th anniversary with Steve Lacy, Joe McPhee and more

Swiss jazz and contemporary composition label Hat Hut, originally founded in 1975 by Werner X Uelinger to document the activities of saxophonist Joe McPhee, has announced a series of releases to commemorate turning 40 at the end of March, 2015.

First up, the hatOLOGY imprint is set to reissue Joe McPhee's 1998 solo trumpet and reeds album As Serious As Your Life, alongside Steve Lacy's Morning Joy... Paris Live, a 1986 quartet date.

The hat(now)ART label meanwhile will release Klavierstucke-Sonaten, a selection of piano pieces by Stockhausen and Beethoven performed by Pi-hsien Chen, while Works For Piano covers the works of contemporary composer and writer Christopher Fox.

All will be available mid-October, with more releases on the way in November, including a recording of Stockhausen's Mantra by Mark Knoop, Roderick Chadwick and Newton Armstrong.