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Pi Recordings

Pi Recordings is a New York-based record label dedicated to releasing innovative music by artists with unique and defining voices. Founded in 2001 with the release of two recordings of new music by Henry Threadgill, we have since been fortunate to work with some of the most influential composers and musicians in American music such as Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, The Art Ensemble of Chicago, Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, James Blood Ulmer and Marc Ribot. At the same time, we are helping to nurture the voice of the best of this century’s young musicians. Artists like Vijay Iyer, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Liberty Ellman, Steve Lehman, Amir ElSaffar, and Corey Wilkes have all released CDs on Pi Recordings that document their growth as composers, improvisers and bandleaders.

We spotlight composers, improvisers and bandleaders who are pushing music in new, groundbreaking ways. Jazz artists have never had a wider musical palette at their disposal than now, and they are using it to create music that is more varied, profound and vibrant than ever before. Pi Recordings is here to capture what we recognize as the high points of these developments. The best of the best.

A Pouting Grimace

A Pouting Grimace

Matt Mitchell

Verisimilitude

Verisimilitude

Tyshawn Sorey

Morphogenesis

Morphogenesis

Steve Coleman

Trickster

Trickster

Miles Okazaki

Vista Accumulation

Vista Accumulation

Matt Mitchell

Sélébéyone

Sélébéyone

Steve Lehman & Sélébéyone

Moving Still

Moving Still

Jonathan Finlayson

Radiate

Radiate

Liberty Ellman

Crisis

Crisis

Amir ElSaffar

Synovial Joints

Synovial Joints

Steve Coleman & the Council of Balance

In for a Penny, in for a Pound

In for a Penny, in for a Pound

Henry Threadgill & Zooid

Alloy

Alloy

Tyshawn Sorey Trio

In Convergence Liberation

In Convergence Liberation

Hafez Modirzadeh

Mise En Abîme

Mise En Abîme

Steve Lehman

Fourteen

Fourteen

Dan Weiss

Live at the Village Vanguard

Live at the Village Vanguard

Marc Ribot Trio feat. Henry Grimes and Chad Taylor

Vision Towards Essence

Vision Towards Essence

Muhal Richard Abrams

Everybodys Mouth

Everybodys Mouth's a Book

Henry Threadgill

Up Popped the Two Lips

Up Popped the Two Lips

Henry Threadgill's Zooid

Tactiles

Tactiles

Liberty Ellman

Mother Tongue

Mother Tongue

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Spiritual Unity

Spiritual Unity

Marc Ribot

Codebook

Codebook

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Saturn, Conjunct the Grand Canyon in a Sweet Embra

Saturn, Conjunct the Grand Canyon in a Sweet Embra

Wadada Leo Smith & Anthony Braxton

Door

Door

Fieldwork

On Meaning

On Meaning

Steve Lehman Quintet

Juncture

Juncture

Various

Your Life Flashes

Your Life Flashes

Fieldwork

Demian as Posthuman

Demian as Posthuman

Steve Lehman

Kinsmen

Kinsmen

Rudresh Mahanthappa

Reimaging

Reimaging

Vijay Iyer

Simulated Progress

Simulated Progress

Fieldwork

Ophiuchus Butterfly

Ophiuchus Butterfly

Liberty Ellman

Song for my Sister

Song for my Sister

Roscoe Mitchell | The Note Factory

And Now...

And Now...

The Revolutianary Ensemble

Back in Time

Back in Time

Odyssey The Band

Non-cognitive Aspects of the City

Non-cognitive Aspects of the City

Art Ensemble Of Chicago

Two Rivers

Two Rivers

Amir Elsaffar

Sirius Calling

Sirius Calling

Art Ensemble Of Chicago

Streaming

Streaming

Muhal Richard Abrams | George Lewis | Roscoe Mitchell

Organic Resonance

Organic Resonance

Wadada Leo Smith & Anthony Braxton

Bloodsutra

Bloodsutra

Vijay Iyer

The Meeting

The Meeting

Art Ensemble Of Chicago

In What Language?

In What Language?

Vijay Iyer & Mike Ladd

The Year of the Elephant

The Year of the Elephant

Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet

Cries From Tha Ghetto

Cries From Tha Ghetto

Corey Wilkes & Abstrakt Pulse

This Brings Us To, Vol. I

This Brings Us To, Vol. I

Henry Threadgill Zooid

Raw Materials

Raw Materials

Vijay Iyer & Rudresh Mahanthappa

Silent Movies

Silent Movies

Marc Ribot

Apex

Apex

Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green

Radif Suite

Radif Suite

Amir ElSaffar & Hafez Modirzadeh

Harvesting Semblances and Affinities

Harvesting Semblances and Affinities

Steve Coleman & Five Elements

This brings us to Vol. II

This brings us to Vol. II

Henry Threadgill Zooid

Panoptic Modes

Panoptic Modes

Vijay Iyer

SoundDance

SoundDance

Muhal Richard Abrams

Post-chromodal Out!

Post-chromodal Out!

Hafez Modirzadeh

Dialect Fluorescent

Dialect Fluorescent

Steve Lehman

Inana

Inana

Amir Elsaffar

Oblique-i

Oblique-i

Tyshawn Sorey

Synastry

Synastry

Jen Shyu & Mark Dresser

The Mancy Of Sound

The Mancy Of Sound

Steve Coleman And Five Elements

Reunion: Live In New York

Reunion: Live In New York

Sam Rivers | Dave Holland | Barry Altschul

Continuum

Continuum

David Virelles

Moments and the Message

Moments and the Message

Jonathan Finlayson & Sicilian Defence

Fiction

Fiction

Matt Mitchell

Alchemy

Alchemy

Amir Elsaffar

Party Intellectuals

Party Intellectuals

Marc Ribots Ceramic Dog