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Creative Improvised Music Projects
Parent companyCadNor Ltd.
Founded1995 (1995)
FounderBob Rusch
Country of originU.S.
LocationRedwood, New York

Creative Improvised Music Projects, usually abbreviated CIMP or C.I.M.P., is an American jazz record company and label. It is associated with Cadence Magazine and Cadence Jazz Records. The label is noted for its minimal use of electronic processing and its spare microphoning technique. Bob Rusch founded CIMP in 1995, with his son Marc Rusch as the recording engineer and his daughter Kara Rusch producing cover art.[1]

The label recorded its first session in 1995 for an album that featured Evan Parker, Barry Guy, Paul Lytton, and Joe McPhee. From the beginning, it has concentrated on avant-garde jazz. Its catalogue includes Marshall Allen, Herb Robertson, Paul Smoker, Glenn Spearman, and Steve Swell. Most of its releases are recorded in its own studio in Rossie, New York.[1]

Eighteen compilations of music released on the label have been released, titled the Cimposium series.[2][3]



  1. ^ a b Kennedy, Gary (2002). Barry Kernfeld (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, vol. 1 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 441. ISBN 1561592846.
  2. ^ CIMPosium, Vol. 1 Allmusic review
  3. ^ CIMPosium, Vol. 12 Allmusic review

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