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Actions For Free Jazz label marks fresh start for Smalltown Superjazzz

The sister operation to Smalltown Supersound relaunches under new name

Smalltown Supersound has launched a new vinyl focussed free jazz subsidiary label. Called Actions For Free Jazz, it plans to build on the heritage of Supersound subsidiary Smalltown Superjazzz, which ran between 2005–12. The latter was finally put to bed because founder Joakim Haugland “didn’t feel the label any longer”.

The new imprint cites BYG Actuel, Incus, Freedom and ESP-Disk’ labels as inspirations, even as it takes its name from Don Cherry & Krystzof Penderecki’s The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra track “Actions For Free Jazz Orchestra” on Actions (1971)/ Actions For Free Jazz, or AFJ-Series for short, will press all its releases in limited vinyl editions of 500 copies, with sleeve art designed by Kim Hiorthøy, and Haugland and Lasse Marhaug acting as producers.

Its first releases include Christian Marclay & Mats Gustafsson’s Link, Joe McPhee & Paal Nilssen-Love’s Lift Every Voice And Sing, EYE & Mats Gustafsson’s And Now… and the compilation Actions For Free Jazz.