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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...

Packaged in a beautiful mini-lp sleeve!
This was the 2nd and best known album by the successor band to Henry Cow, as it was released in the States by The Residents' Ralph label, in the early 80's and at the peak of their market influence at that time. With Dagmar Krause-vocals, Chris Cutler-drums, electronics & Fred Frith-guitars, keyboards, violin, etc. Songs with powerful lyrics built upon experimental kernels. This is many folks' favorite of their three.

"Winter Songs...offers an even...

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 fabulous Chicago collective focus all their energies in a wide ranging programme embracing a tribute to Mingus, an “Old Southside Street Dance”, echoes of Africa, contemporary composition and free improvising."
Lester Bowie-trumpet
Joseph..

"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

“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..

"Art Fleury were a trio from Brescia devoted to a deeply suburban and experimental progressive rock. Though obviously in debt with King Crimson, especially for the guitar style, their attitude was much closer to more radical and nihilist bands such as...


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...

One of the original R.I.O. groups. A mid 80's release that showcases their growing interest in electronics & in working with other artforms [dance, theatre, film]. With Theirry Zaboitzeff, Gerard Hourbette, Patricia Dallio, Daniel Denis. [In-Possible]

“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 boo, 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 (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").

"Although this album contains a varied selection of material, including one original composition and three tracks from a 1998 Mike Westbrook project, I'm just going to write just a few words about what seems, at the moment, to be at the core of this great orchestra's repertoire: namely, some classic British jazz-rock from the 1970s. This music was always on the margins, of course, even at the time. Back when I was a schoolboy, most of my friends were listening to soul, blues, punk, disco, heavy metal...

Eduardo Garcia – keyboards, choir
Al Zen – bass, vocals
Axel Margalli – guitars, vocals
Mau Gonzalez – drums, vocals
Hector Aveleyra – keyboards, guitars, vocals

This is the first release by a new Mexican band who are very much influenced by the classic, symphonic Rock Progressivo Italiano bands with a hint of psychedelia peeking through as well. Includes a mini-poster.

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...

Martin Paine – guitar and vocals
John Ellis – keyboards and vocals
Paul Vincent Myerson – bass and vocals
Paul King – drums and vocals

“As You Like It” played an ornate and pastoral form of complex progressive rock in the early – mid 70s. Various band members had formerly been in Bruin, Tales of Justine and the Syndicate.
Almost signed by RCA, their recordings were never released and these these fantastic 1973-1975 studio tracks are a significant discovery for fans of Gentle Gi

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...

The very good, if somewhat overlooked fourth album by this legendary Krautrock ensemble, remastered by Manuel Göttsching himself!

The band's fourth album, this is the first time since their self-titled first that you have the trio of Manuel...

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

Their 2nd album came out in 1972, & was quite a bit different from the first, as Klaus Schulze had split. So Manuel & Harmut enlisted some other...

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.

“Initially released in 1982 as part of the Wave Notation series (which includes Hiroshi Yoshimura's Music For Nine Postcards), Still Way is, without a doubt, a seminal Japanese environmental/ambient/minimalism album, often mentioned alongside Midori Takada's Through The Looking Glass (1983) and Hiroshi Yoshimura's Green (1986) as one of the genre's most important pieces. "Like the moment of stillness, after the wind passes through the garden, when the rain stops for a brief second..." Notably inspired...

“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...

Setrak Bakirel / vocals, guitar
Eril Tekeli / flute, guitar
Evelyne Kandel / bass
Micha Rousseau / keyboards
Julien Tekeyan / drums

“How did I miss this? A new Asia Minor album? Finally, more "moon madness"! That's crazy! Asia Minor has long been shrouded in mystery to me. They released two excellent albums in 1979 and 1981 (including the great Between Flesh and Divine, in my opinion the best prog album of the 1980s, certainly holds its own with Moving Pictures and Misplaced...

"This album highlights the role of Eritrean musicians in the creation of Ethio-jazz. Eritrea is back. After 30 years of war with Ethiopia and a decade of seclusion, the Asmara All Stars now introduce some of the best musicians and vocalists from Eritrea..

"When it comes to seminal albums in alternative rock, Pixies 1988 debut Surfer Rosa qualifies as a true game-changer. With strong production and even stronger songs, the album tore a rift in the rock n roll continuum, influencing everyone from Kurt...

This is a 2010 release by Projeto Meretrio, a Brazilian power trio of guitar/bass/drums (interestingly, I just figured out that the bassist and drummer are the rhythm section of Pig Soul! Anyway, we carry several CDs by Meretrio and they're quite good...

Very good second album by these San Franciscans who manage to genuinely sound like it is 1970/1971 at the Filmore West and it's space rock night. Not quite as good as their amazing 3rd album, When Sweet Sleep Returned, it's still really good and if you...

Pretty great third album by these San Franciscans who somehow manage to simultaneously channel the best of Amon Duul II merged with the sound of Pink Floyd at the Filmore West circa 1970. Heavy and tasteful and with great sounds, songs and spacejams...

I didn't know much about Gustavo until I saw a clip of a couple of tracks from this CD/DVD set, but he's an amazing, fluid jazz/rock guitarist with a great tone. He can be amazingly fleet, although the music isn't in the Allan Holdsworth style of superfas