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Andrew Conrad - Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Voice
Emilio Terranova - Double Bass, Voice
Mike Lockwood - Drums, Voice

“SCREAMING WHILE PLAYING, the bold debut album by vibrant Los Angeles saxophonist and composer, Andrew Conrad, is an immediately honest glimpse into the mind of an uncompromising artist who does not segregate art and life. Raw and visceral, this record presents a deeply intertwined musical dialogue rarely encountered in an age that favors technology and sheen over unfiltered

"Forest Bathing, or Shinrin-yoku, is a term that means “taking in the forest atmosphere.” It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.
“Taking in the forest atmosphere” became the inspiration for A Hawk and A Hacksaw’s newest album. Their forest bath of choice is the Valle De Oro National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico. This new album features ten original compositions by Heather Trost and Jeremy Barnes....

' qui avec Gabriel is a young accordion player steeped in French Romanticism and moody exotica. With the innocence and charm of Erik Satie, her debut recording depicts the soulis journey from night until dawn... Accompanied at times by violin, clarinet...

"'Koyonaku' is the result of the encounter in downtown Tokyo between Japanese accordionist A Qui Avec Gabriel and guitarist Michel Henritzi. The duo re-interprets the soulful and melancholic popular Japanese Enka-music through improvisation. They meander solitary through these sad melodies in their very own iconoclastic ways."

Massimo Spezzaferro - drums
Maurizio Argenziano - guitars
Mario Gabola - saxophone & clarinet
Anita Furlani - viola & violin

"What arrested my attention first of all is that according to the CD booklet and its press kit alike, suc

The sixth release by this always-dependable band consisting of keyboardists Rick Eddy and Tim Drumheller plus guest musicians, most of whom appear on this on every song, giving this a completely 'band' sound, as opposed to a 'two-man band' sound. This ...

"At this point it is pretty secure to say that A.C.T had established their own personal way to express their ideas.Their QUEEN-meet-ABBA-meet-DREAM THEATER style is fairly grounded on extremely dense and technical musicianship, which surprisingly contains numerous incredible, striking melodies. Elements of Classical Music, Heavy Metal, Rock Opera and cheesy Pop are combined with generosity and intelligence with most of the tracks being pretty short, but sometimes they are tightly connected to form...

Bossa Nova - Acoustic Drum Kit
Col Legno - Vocals, Violin
Empress Play - Vocals, flute
General MIDI - Vocals, Rhodes, Guitars, etc
Dorothy Wave - Micron, Micropreset, Vocal backing
Private Dancer - Trumpet
Jon Bone - Trombone

Very good, theatrical art-rock from the UK. This is their 1st non self released album and it comes from the wonderful folks at AltrOck. VERY quirky and they may be an acquired taste for certain folks, but one well worth acquiring!

"Imagi

Very nicely packaged in a hand-printed, letterpress, gatefold CD sleeve made of heavy-weight 'art construction' paper.

"A.R.C. Soundtracks began as nothing. Three people put all their equipment into one room and then sat down to look at it...

Espen Aalberg drums, percussion
Jonas Kullhammar saxophone, flute
Torbjörn Zetterberg bass
Susana Santos Silva trumpet
All musicians also play gamelan

"The fourth volume of the series “Basement Sessions” have again (like the previous “Vol. 3”, with Jørgen Mathisen as special guest) an addition to the trio formed by Jonas Kullhammar, Torbjorn Zetterberg and Espen Aalberg, the name of the drummer showing this time upfront because the compositions have his authorship – the extra...

One of the least known bands who recorded for Deram's progressive subsidiary Nova and who released this, their one and only release in 1970. Surprisingly, the group started their life with Simon Kirk and Paul Kossoff in the group before they left to...

Excellent new album by this guitarist who is exploring his Pakistani and South Asian roots with this album and blending them with modern jazz forms and language - much in the way that Vijay Iyer and Rudresh Mahanthappa do (and both of them appear here!)..

Rez Abbasi (guitar)
Vijay Iyer (piano)
Rudresh Mahanthappa (alto saxophone)
Johannes Weidenmueller (double bass)
Dan Weiss (drums)
Guest: Elizabeth Mikhael (cello)

"Completing a trilogy of albums whose compositions are infused with the various, colourful strands of traditional music from his Pakistani/Indian homeland, New York guitarist Rez Abbasi's 'Unfiltered Universe' presents the stunning line-up of pianist Vijay Iyer, alto saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa, bassist...

“Producing so vivid a music that it can almost be tasted, Abbasi sounds like no one who has gone before him. His compositions are sheer genius...” – All About Jazz

“Behind the Vibration is a collection of new music that seeks to answer the question: What might a modern jazz album sound like in the hands of contemporary musicians employing a breadth of influences and current technologies? More often than not, musicians I play with have a developed and deep understanding of the jazz
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"A two-disc set featuring a DVD movie and its CD soundtrack. A combination of avant-jazz and avant-cinema produced, directed and edited by New York-based multi-instrumentalist/filmmaker Tom Abbs and based on his narrative and video graphic score...

"In his third outing leading the Frequency Response group, Tom Abbs (Yuganaut, Cooper-Moore's Triptych Myth, Andrew Lamb Trio) takes you through a mesmerizing mix of free-jazz, groove, third wave and noise. From the heart wrenching title track 'Lost,'...

“Compass is a voyage at many levels: through music and text, with images evoking the freshness of sea air and the colours of wildflowers. A voyage through polar extreme of jazz – from Chick Corea to Sun Ra, through folk song in the slipstream of Luciano Berio, through poetry of James Joyce and William Carlos Williams. Also a journey through subtly undulating chamber music, improvised and otherwise. Through it all, Susanne Abbuehl’s cool, undemonstrative-yet-strangely-mesmeric voice is the unifying factor...

“American drummer Chris Corsano and French saxophonist Christine Abdelnour have been working as aduo for several years and perform regularly in Europe. The disc « Quand fond la neige, où va le blanc ?» (Where Does the White Go When the Snow Melts?) is the highlight of their teaming.
The association of the two most talented musicians of the "new" generation offers a music of incredible richness in which the duo merges like tectonic plates of different densities, moving through intricate and complex...

"Since his early death, Kaoru Abe has attracted much attention and a loyal following among aficionados of free jazz and improvised music, but fans who might be tempted to listen for signs of the alto saxophonist's impending doom in this recording made on August 29, 1978, in Hokkaido might be disappointed, for the simple reason that there's not much music to listen to: 14 and a half minutes of actual playing preceded by a minute and 41 seconds of "rehearsal" (this amounts to little more than a couple of arpe

"John Abercrombie rocks through these pieces with urgency and curiosity, while Jan Hammer (keyboards), adds to the urban excitement with his organs and keyboards, as does Mike Brecker (sax) with his characteristically emotional tenor work. Jack...

There was an amazingly high number of great albums being released on ECM during the 1970s and this is one of many beautiful, enjoyable classics, albeit a more firey release than normall associated with the label! Recorded in 1974, I believe that this...

Latest by the great guitarist and his group. I just saw Abercrombie with John Surman, Jack DeJohnette, Drew Gress and he played fantastic.

"The beauty of working with the same people long-term is it's possible to evolve a cohesive ensemble...

John Abercrombie guitar
Joe Lovano tenor saxophone
Drew Gress double-bass
Joey Baron drums

"Within A Song celebrates the spirit of discovery that illuminated the jazz of the 1960s, as John Abercrombie declares his musical loyalties

"The Gateway trio of guitarist John Abercrombie, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Jack DeJohnette made its debut in the midst of the fusion era, recording this album in 1975, but there's a flowing rhythmic ease and complex interplay that immediately...

There was an amazingly high number of great albums being released on ECM during the 1970s and this is one of many beautiful, enjoyable classics by two great, very different guitarists...


A number of years ago, I saw this band play at ProgDay, and they were a hard-rocking band with modern prog-rock touches (ala Porcupine Tree) who really won me over with their performance.

This is their first new studio album in a number...

"Abnoba's recording debut has all the signs of becoming an important addition to the Italian world music scene. Vai facile takes hold from the first listen, and has the qualities to enchant both folk music afficionados and those in search of more moder...

All-instrumental technical/progressive metal ala Canvas Solaris, Spastic Ink, Blotted Science and Animals As Leaders.

"Abnormal Thought Patterns has set the bar for new instrumental rock acts coming onto the scene. As impressive as some of the...

“Gardener starts with a track that is just over a minute long. "Song of the pylon", had me more intrigued than riveted and was followed up with a 15 minute brain teaser "The changes wrought by the recurring use of tools" where harmonium, harpsichord, and piano are used to create an almost jack hammering effect where both musicians, who are credited with all three instruments, throw themes, fragments of ideas, and phrases at earth other at a dizzying pace.
There is some greatness on Gardener like...

"Eremite presents the first digital edition of Joshua Abrams' invaluable & out-of-print LP Natural Information (2010). Abrams' first record for Eremite is another fascinating entry in Abrams' discography of recordings that gather aesthetic input from....

Joshua Abrams: double bass
David Boykin: tenor saxophone
Jason Adasiewicz: vibraphone
Frank Rosaly: drums

"Notice then how, in Unknown Known, “things” seem to settle in, so much so and so well they immediately freeze, before uncoiling, disintegrating, tearing apart, and come back as shadows. Notice how, on Boom goes the Moon, the theme is enmeshed then hypnotic, and the second part, like a harmonious cloud floats before imperturbably exploding. Notice how on Settle Down, a rooted...

“Mandatory Reality, the new album by Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society, is here. Setting aside (for the moment) the electric instrumentation of Simultonality and Magnetoception , Joshua Abrams conceived Mandatory Reality for an eight-piece acoustic manifestation of NIS, consisting of himself on guimbri, Lisa Alvarado on harmonium and gongs, Mikel Avery on tam-tam and gongs, Ben Boye on autoharp and piano, Hamid Drake on tabla and tar, Ben Lamar Gay on cornet, Nick Mazzarella on alto saxophone...

Joshua Abrams - guimbri, bass, small harp, bells
Lisa Alvarado - harmonium, Leslie, percussion
Michael Avery - drums and percussion
Ben Boye - chromatic electric autoharp, piano, Wurlitzer
Ari Brown - tenor saxophone
Emmett Kelly - electric guitar
Frank Rosaly - drums and percussion, resonator bells

"Simultonality is the follow-up to Joshua Abrams's critically acclaimed 2015 album Magnetoception. Credited to Joshua Abrams and Natural Information Society (NIS), it is t

"SoundDance celebrates the 80th birthday of the hugely influential pianist Muhal Richard Abrams. Perhaps best known as the founder of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM)—the organization from which sprung such giants of...

One of the founders of the AACM, this includes just a huge number of important musicians from the Chicago AACM scene and much, much more.

"Muhal Richard Abrams got his start on the Chicago bop circuit playing with everyone from Dexter Gordon...

"Vision Towards Essence captures Muhal Richard Abrams live at the peak of his powers, performing solo in front of an enthusiastic audience at the 1998 Guelph Jazz Festival in Canada. This incredible recording captures an unedited account of a continuous s

“Blending a punk rock sensibility with Sephardic tribalism via a taste of North African Gnawa magic, Abraxas is one of the most primal and rocking ensembles in the Masada family. After extensive touring with music from the Book of Angels, they stormed into Bill Laswell’s studio to record an even more intense CD of Masada Book Three. Upheld by the pulsating sound of Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz’s gimbri and the dynamic drumming of Kenny Grohowski, Aram Bajakian and Eyal Maoz push their guitars to the limits...

This is the second release by this Chilean instrumental progressive quartet of keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. Their first album was quite good although it passed by sort of un-noticed and it's nice that they are back on a higher-profile label...

"Based in Miami, this is a very interesting American band, ploughing its own furrow - whose accent is what they call 'prog' over there, but whose language is more complex by far. Pip Pyle adds a seasoned sophistication - in fact I think this is a great...

The second of two by this South African group. This was the first professional band of Sean Bergin, who later found 'fame' in Holland working with various ICP-related musicians and ensembles. This is their second album and presents a pretty interesting...

The first of two by this South African group. This was the first professional band of Sean Bergin, who later found 'fame' in Holland working with various ICP-related musicians and ensembles. This is not without interest, but their second album is...

Accordo Dei Contrari are a quartet of keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. They are an Italian jazz rock band with heavy progressive rock touches, and, if you have just tuned in, this is their third album.

The band has been together more than a...

Giovanni Parmeggiani - keyboards
Stefano Radaelli - alto and baritone sax, bowed zither (on #5)
Marco Marzo - electric and acoustic guitar
Cristian Franchi - drums
Guest artists:
Alessandro Bonetti (violin on #4)
Gabriele Di Giulio (tenor sax on #1 and #10)
Patrizia Urbani (vocals on #6)

New lineup and new, fourth album from this perennial, nearly all- instrumental favorite from Italy, who have been gracing us with excellent albums for a full decade now!...

Excellent, early (1971) Danish progressive rock/proto-progressive band's 2nd and really final release, although a different band with the same name re-emerged several years later. This was previously available on CD, but it's been gone for many years...

Not Temple, but Afrirampo! Oni : voice, electric guitar, degital guitar, soprano recorder, drums, Pika : voice, drums, percussion, toys, balloon, Tsuyama Atsushi : voice, bass, drums, degital guitar, acoustic guitar, soprano recorder, kantele, Higashi...

Daevid Allen - gliss guitar & vocals
Gilli Smyth - space whisper / vocals
Kawabata Makoto - guitar & voice
Atsushi Tsyuama - bass, whistle & vocals
Josh Pollock - guitar & megaphone voice
Hiroshi Higashi & Cotton Casino - synthesizer & voice

“Absolutely superb listening to be had on 'Live In Tokyo'. Gig was recorded at the Doors Club in in Tokyo, Japan sometime in April, 2004.
Tunes that more than make this disc a keeper are first two minute-long wacky cuts "Gnome 11

"Acid Mothers Guru Guru features Mani Neumeier from the legendary and influential German Krautrock group Guru Guru as well as Kawabata Makoto and Atsushi Tsuyama from Japan's holy Acid Mothers Temple. The result is a fiery fantasy filled, loud/soft...

"Includes 'Dark Stars In The Dazzling Sky' (aka 'Dark Star Blues'), 'Pink Lady Lemonade,' 'La Le Lo' and an improv track. This is the tour CD of their U.S. & Canadian tour 2008. Limited to 1000 copies only."