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Never had heard this Keith Relf-fronted hard rock/progressive-styled album, which came out in the mid 70s until this reissue. It's a great record. Relf is in good voice and the guitarwork from ex-Steamhammer fretmanMartin Pugh is tasty and blazing...

This is a reissue of the first Armazem album with over 25' of live material from a show in France in 2005 added and with the early material remastered as well! A Brazilian band making their debut on this, their 1st album, released in 2002, and never...

Jon Armstrong - Tenor Sax, Electric Guitar
Sheela Bringi - Vocals, Harmonium, Harp, Bansuri Flute
Clinton Patterson - Trumpet
Ryan Dragon - Trombone
Stefan Kac - Tuba
Erin Armstrong - Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Flute
Gavin Templeton - Alto Sax, Bass Clarinet, Flute, Baritone Sax
Brian Walsh - Bass Clarinet, Clarinet
Tina Raymond - Drum Set
Chris Payne - Kanjira, Krakebs, Frame Drum, Pandero, Bongos

"The melodies provoke a simple, crisp lyricism... a qualit

Jon Armstrong: Composer, Conductor, Tenor Saxophone Soloist
Woodwinds: Gavin Templeton, Phil O’Connor, Brian Walsh, Andrew Conrad, Erin Armstrong
Trumpets: Michael Steever, Daniel Rosenboom, Barbara Laronga, Josh Aguiar, Clinton Patterson
Low Brass: George McMullen, Ryan Dragon, Joey Sellers, Paul Rivera, Stefan Kac
Rhythm: Gary Fukashima, Randy Gloss, Chris Payne, David Tranchina, Alexander Noice, Trevor Anderies, Andrew Lessman

“The gifted Los Angeles tenor saxophonist may....

"Formed 2005 when husband / wife folk duo of Tim and Julie Cole began recording with longtime friend and maverick experimental electronic composer Martin Archer, working with lyrics provided by Keith Jafrate. Work on the band's album has taken over...

This very good jazz/rock album was rescued from obscurity about 5-7 years ago and reissued. We carried it and it was a great seller until the label reissuing it folded and it became an expensive collector's item. Now it's reissued once more and it's...

This is the first-ever CD reissue of this album, originally released in 1972 and the first of his albums on Columbia. This is a very good album, although it should be mentioned that unlike his second release, Tales of the Exonerated Flea, this is more...

For fans of early / mid 70s jazz/electric jazz, this set represents the best bargain in our entire inventory. Hugely recommended!
Horacee is a drummer and bandleader who released these two fine albums in the early 70s. Both are minor classics, imo and are presented here in complete form!
Tribes was originally released in 1972 and the first of his albums on Columbia. This is a very good album, although it should be mentioned that unlike his second release, Tales of the Exonerated Flea, this is more..

Aram Shelton, alto saxophone / Jason Adasiewicz, vibraphone / Jason Roebke, double bass / Tim Daisy, drums.

A great album by an amazing band. This is four great Chicago-scene musicians, 3 of whom play in Jason's Rolldown ensemble, with the...

Excellent, spacious & phreaky, freak-folk with a seriously cosmic vibe. This is the second album by Chelsea Robb, and it finds her creating music that is simultaneously beautiful and a little bit frightening...

Remastered excellently by Bob Drake, this was the 1st album by the successor band to Henry Cow, which was actually recorded AS a Henry Cow album but released as by Art Bears when some members of Cow didn't feel it was a "Cow" release. With Dagmar Krause-vocals, Chris Cutler-drums, electronics & Fred Frith- guitars, keyboards, violin, etc. + all the rest of Henry Cow. Songs with powerful lyrics built upon experimental kernels. "This grouping made one of the most powerful statements yet in the world of...

This the the double CD of remixes, etc that was previously only available in the Art Bears box set, but now can be bought on its own. "A double CD of re-mixes, re-workings and (mostly) new pieces made from the Art Bears multi-track masters by The Resid...

Received direct from label, unsealed and outer box has some shelf wear. It's not bad, but could be better. I guess that's how these come now, so it is what it is. You have been warned. The box and the booklets are really beautifully done. Now here comes the party line:
"The Art Box marks the 25th anniversary of one of the most eclectic, dynamic and productive creative alliances in the history of experimental music. Featuring...

Dagmar Krause-vocals Chris Cutler-drums, electronics Fred Frith-guitars, keyboards, violin, etc.

This was the 3rd and final album by the successor band to Henry Cow. I'm not really sure why (short playing length? the press had gone onto other things to champion? it wasn't released stateside, unlike the first two?) but this one slipped under the radar of a lot of folks, compared to their 1st two.
It's a very bleak, but also a very solid work. And very clever and sly in its own way - who...

Dagmar Krause-vocals Chris Cutler-drums, electronics Fred Frith-guitars, keyboards, violin, etc.

This was the 3rd and final album by the successor band to Henry Cow. I'm not really sure why (short playing length? the press had gone onto other things to champion? it wasn't released stateside, unlike the first two?) but this one slipped under the radar of a lot of folks, compared to their 1st two.
It's a very bleak, but also a very solid work. And very clever and sly in its own way - who...

Dagmar Krause-vocals
Chris Cutler-drums, electronics
Fred Frith-guitars, keyboards, violin, etc.
This was the 2nd and possibly most successful of the three albums by this immediate offshoot of Henry Cow, as it was recorded AS an Art Bears album (their 1st had been recorded as a Henry Cow album, but half the band objected, so it came out as being by Art Bears).
It’s also their best known album as it was released in the States by The Residents' Ralph label, in the early 80's and at the

"A Jackson in Your House was recorded while the Art Ensemble was on its initial sojourn in Paris with just a quartet -- Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, and Joseph Jarman -- because drummer Phillip Wilson had left to play with Muhal Richard Abrams and Foumoudou Don Moye wasn't in the house yet. So this, along with its companion LP, A Message to Our Folks, showcases the Art Ensemble at its bravest and most vulnerable.
For those familiar with the earlier recordings on Nessa, such as...

"The Art Ensemble of Chicago’s Non-cognitive Aspects of the City is a double CD representing two sets recorded during the band’s rare six-night engagement, March 30th through April 4th 2004, at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City. Engagements of that l

"Much has happened since the Art Ensemble of Chicago’s last release, The Meeting, in 2003. The band had reinvented itself as a quartet again, with the return of Joseph Jarman. Their touring had increased consistently. They were all writing again with the

"In late 2002, Pi Recordings inquired into the possibility of recording the AEOC as a quartet once again with Joseph Jarman back in the fold. With some quartet shows booked in Europe on the horizon, the moment seemed right to bring the remaining members b

“The Art Ensemble of Chicago's latest album, recorded in Paris, where the group was formed over 50 years ago. Recorded in France in 2020 at the Son d' hiver festival, this recording celebrates the legendary group's historic ties to Paris, where it was formed in 1968.
When trumpet great Lester Bowie died in 1999, followers of the Art Ensemble of Chicago couldn't help but wonder whether the legendary quintet, which owed so much to his special and outlandish gifts, would - or should - go on. That it did.

“Comprised of two discs: a meticulous studio session and the capture of a rousing live set at Edgefest in Ann Arbor, MI.
We are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration is exactly that, a commemoration of a half-century of magical music making. The greatness of The Art Ensemble of Chicago has always been the shared commitment of it's original members - Roscoe Mitchell, Lester Bowie, Joseph Jarman, Malachi Favors, and Famoudou Don Moye - to the total realm of African diasporic music: what they have..


This was a 1987 album and is the beginning of the band's heavy electronic influenced period. But a goodly amount of the acoustic instruments still remain; not a classic but still really good. The band is Patricia Dallio-pianos, keyboards, Gerard Hourbe...

“Norwegian concert recording of the Artaud Beats’ at which Geoff Leigh, John Greaves, Yumi Hara and Chris Cutler produce songs, travelogues and musical narratives off the top of their heads, sometimes intriguing, sometimes almost operatic, sometimes exciting, sometimes at a bit of a loose end – though usually not for long. A plausible document of an interesting project. Digipacked with north of the arctic circle atmospheres, and a charming cartoon.”

The Artchipel Orchestra, led by conductor / arranger Ferdinando Farao, is a Italian big band (over 20 participants) and Ferdinando is a big fan of the British jazz and jazz rock scene of the 70s, having previously covered tunes by Alan Gowen, Dave Stewart, Mike Westbrook & Fred Frith, among others.

Here, he's tackling the Soft Machine book, but even though the title is "Play Soft Machine", a more accurate title would be "Plays Hugh Hopper's Tunes For Soft Machine", as that's what this mostly is....

The Artchipel Orchestra, led by conductor / arranger Ferdinando Farao, is a Italian big band (over 20 participants) and Ferdinando is a big fan of the British jazz and jazz rock scene of the 70s, having previously covered tunes by Hugh Hopper, Alan Gowen, Dave Stewart, Mike Westbrook & Fred Frith, among others.
Here, he’s taking on the compositional works of Phil Miller, with whom the Artchipel Orchestra actually collaborated. Included are some of Phil’s great tunes: Above & Below, Calyx, Eastern...

The Artchipel Orchestra, led by conductor / arranger Ferdinando Farao, is a Italian big band (with 25 participants on this album) and Ferdinando is a big fan of the British jazz and jazz rock scene of the 70s, having previously covered tunes by Hugh Hopper, Alan Gowen, Robert Wyatt, Dave Stewart, Mike Westbrook & Fred Frith, among others.
For this, their third album, he has chosen to highlight the compositions of the late Lindsay Cooper. They band perform:
1. Half The Sky (from "Western Culture").

This is a fairly heavy prog/psych/folk release; maybe think Fern Knight or Espers but heavier.

“Alessandro Arturo Cucurnia (alias Arthuan Rebis ) is a composer, multi-instrumentalist, harpist, writer, sound operator, international concert artist. He is a scholar of musical and spiritual traditions of the East and the West.
His musical training is characterized by the study and practice of musical stylistic elements distant in space and time, which range from Nordic and Celtic folk to...

Tom Arthurs trumpets
Isambard Khroustaliov electronics
Julian Sartorious drums and percussion

"The best music is always the one created by singular musicians, as we learned from the history of jazz. Tom Arthurs, Isambard Khroustaliov (the alias of Sam Britton) and Julian Sartorius are three of them in present times, and from them we can only expect... the unexpected. Arthurs has a duo with Khroystaliov for some years now, Vaucanson's Muse, and his collaborations with Sartorius aren’t

Lautaro Acosta – vioin
Furio Chirico – drums
Roberto Puggioni – electric bass
Gigi Venegoni – electric guitar
Piero Mortara – accordion, keyboards, piano

A revamped lineup of one of the best jazz/rock bands to emerge from Italy perform in front of a clearly excited audience in Japan. Happily this includes main composer and original leader Gigi Venegoni, who wasn’t with the band when I saw them a decade ago!

“One of the most important historical bands of Italian progress

"Arti E Mestieri is considered one of the most influent cult bands in the Italian and European progressive scene from Seventies, recording two absolute milestones and masterpieces of the genre, “Tilt” (1974) and “Giro Di Valzer Per Domani” (1975)...

Arti E Mestieri were one of THE great Italian bands of the early 70's. In the last decade, they reformed with three of the band's most important original members: guitarist/composer Gigi Venegoni, keyboardist/composer Beppe Crovella and drummer Furio...

"Featuring four young musicians of diverse artistic backgrounds, the Artichaut Orkestra is a fabulous new ensemble out of Toulouse, France. Led by a colleague of the great modern klezmer David Krakauer, they brilliantly mix jazz, klezmer and classical...

"Arts & Sciences is a genre-bending quartet rooted in the jazz and improvising traditions but borrowing extensively from pop song writing and old field recordings. The group features a unique instrumentation of alto and tenor saxophones, monophonic...

The incredible first album by this legendary Krautrock ensemble, remastered by Manuel Göttsching himself!
The incredible power trio (guitar, bass, drums) first effort from 1971 by Germany's Ash Ra Tempel has Manuel Gottsching (guitar), Harmut Enke (bass) and Klaus Schulze (drums - this is before he became a space music pioneer!). Great, over-the-top, psychedelic power rock.

"After a couple of aborted demo's Ash Ra Tempel decided to go to Hamburg and record an album proper, with the aid of...

This was originally recorded and released in 2000 and was one of two efforts by 'Ash Ra Tempel", which is the meeting again after quite some time of Klaus Schulze and Manuel Gottsching.
This one was always hard to find and while it isn't going to shame their classic 70s work, it's more than quite good, trance music with MG actually really letting it rip HARD here and there. Conditionally recommended!

This is the Ash Ra Tempel "reunion" live reunion show from April 2000, announced by the very excited MC at the beginning that they are playing together for the first time in 30 years. I guess Mr MC never heard any of the work Klaus and Manuel did together in the 80s and 90s. This is still really good stuff though and this is the first time that the video footage has been seen!

“Julian Cope (author of "Krautrock-Sampler") had invited Schulze and Göttsching to his "Cornucopia Festival" in London...

Back in print after at least a decade of unavailability. This is a previously unreleased 1975 album, issued for the first time in the mid 1990's as a film soundtrack. For that reason, it's definitely not one of the classics, but it is still really good overall.

"In 1975 I was doing a series of concerts in France with Lutz Ulbrich, where we were presenting 'Inventions for Electric Guitar' and other compositions, which we developed together that year. In August, we were invited for two concerts in...

The fairly insane third album where Timothy Leary, on the run from the Feds, ends up in Switzerland surrounded by happy hippies. Remastered by Manuel Göttsching himself!

Their third album was named after the LSD-laced soft drink that these guys were now ingesting by the caseload. A big psychedelic / spaceout jam type disc, with the side long live track being a real highlight. This does have some pretty great moments (the live side being pretty outstanding overall) (& if you are a fan of stoned...

The fifth album by this legendary Krautrock ensemble, remastered by Manuel Göttsching himself!

"The dubious reputation Starring Rosi has incurred over the years is, to these set of ears, altogether undeserved. The tightening of focus and....

"2015 live recording from the Supersense Festival in Melbourne, previously unreleased, featuring a supergroup of Manuel Göttsching, Ariel Pink, Oren Ambarchi, and Shags Chamberlain playing material from classic Ash Ra Tempel releases, 1972's Schwingungen (and 1973's Seven Up."

"Out of the blue -- I was invited to perform in Melbourne, Australia. It happened thanks to my dear old friend Mick Glossop, who made the suggestion to Sophia Brous, at the time the curator of a music-festival called...


“The duo of saxophonist Larry Stabbins and percussionist Roy Ashbury was a mainstay of the London improvised music scene in the early 1970s. They recorded their lone LP, Fire Without Bricks, in 1976, and issued it in a tiny edition on the cooperatively run Bead label.
Stabbins has toggled between more pop-oriented projects like Working Week and Jerry Dammers Spatial AKA Orchestra and adventurous free music in bands led by Peter Brötzmann and Tony Oxley.
Born in Wolverhampton and based initially.

“This recording was made at the Hebbel Theater, Berlin on May 12, 1995. The opera was also heard live at the Festival d'Avignon, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Musica Strasbourg, and Site Santa Fe.
Foreign Experiences is one of the opera tetralogy that Ashley wrote in the early 1990s, following Perfect Lives) and Atalanta (Act of God). He would give it the overall title (also the name of one of the component operas) Now Eleanor's Idea. These four operas would follow the stories of some of the...

"At long last, the complete Now Eleanor's Idea quartet of operas is available on CD with the release of the final opera in the quartet, also called Now Eleanor's Idea. This release includes a booklet with the libretto and several pages of fantastic...

“I'd Rather Be Lucky Than Good is a new recording collaboration of Sam Ashley and Werner Durand. Sam Ashley's mystic parables imbued with benevolent humor are drawn from a lifelong pursuit of a present-day shamanism. Werner Durand's wind work on invented and traditional instruments stems from the minimalist tradition, routed through his unique study of obscure world musics.
The two artists first met in Berlin in 1984 while Sam was touring Atalanta with Robert Ashley's opera company, with whom he...

"Limited one-time collectors' edition released in 2008 and previously only available from MG.ART's mailorder.
The first disc is a remastered version of the 1990 Virgin CD reissue of Correlations, recorded and mixed at Panne-Paulsen Studio, Frankfurt, in 1978 by Mick Glossop and originally released by Virgin in 1979.
The second disc is the first release of Phantasus, Manuel Göttsching and Udo Arndt's original 1978 recording and mix of the album that was partially re-recorded and totally remixed to...

This album, recorded in Berlin, and originally released in 1977 on Virgin, marks the first time Manuel Gottsching used the name Ashra (as opposed to Ash Ra Tempel). This was also possibly the first time that the term "new age" was used on a record!
It's another completely wonderful, flowing, spacey album, featuring just Manuel performing on sequencer, keyboards and a lot of guitar. He did one more great one after this, Blackouts, then took some time off and returned to utter greatness and glory with..

"A French-Turkish band that recorded two albums in the late 70's then split. Their sound could be related to a mesh between Snow Goose period Camel, King Crimson type guitar pyrotechnics, and the very French sound of bands like Pulsar and Ange, with some slight jazz influences. Vocals are sung in English, and sung well. (Between Flesh and Divine) is absolutely essential.(It) is a classic of French symphonic rock."-Gibraltar Encyclopedia Of Progressive Rock