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The Israeli band Ahvak, named after the Hebrew word for Dust, creates music of dark, ominous and compelling beauty. Ahvak's mesmerizing and electrified version of chamber rock blurs the boundary lines between styles and aligns the band with forward-thi...

"Aida Severo, the free jazz ensemble led by pianist Philip Somervell, spent a day in the studios of Trinity College, London – the result was this, their first CD. The music, based on compositions by members of the group, builds free jazz improvisation...

The only lp release from a progressive folk/folk-rock band from Rheinbach, founded in 1971, but whose lp was recorded and released in 1981! Michael Wolff (vocals, acoustic guitar and keyboards), Roland Enders (vocals, electric and acoustic guitar...

Long unavailable, this is the group's first album from 1980 and which impressed a lot of progressive rock fans when it came out, as 1980 wasn't exactly a banner year for progressive jazz rock with Canterbury underpinnings! Very pleasing Camel/Caravan/Canterbury influenced progressive performed on keyboards, guitar, bass and drums.
Now it's available again at a reasonable price, especially for a Japanese release, as a special blu-spec CD release!

"After some years of hard struggling in the....

Long unavailable, this is the 1986 second album, which was Ain Soph's final album released during their lifetime. Very pleasing Camel/Caravan/Canterbury influenced progressive performed on keyboards, guitar, bass and drums.
Now it's available again at a reasonable price, especially for a Japanese release, as a special blu-spec CD release!

"It took 6 years for Ain Soph to finally record this amazing follow-up to their equally amazing debut album. The original lineup 90 (the band was formed...

One of the earlier of the second generation of Japanese progressive/symphonic bands, originally forming in the late 1970's, this was their fifth album and was originally released in 1991, and is available for the first time in many years, courtesy of P...

“Ain Soph are a band to be recognised alongside Kenso, KBB, Asturias or Bi Kyo Ran for the quality of their musicianship and composition. With 4 excellent studio albums to their credit over their 30 years together, this release compiles previously unpublished live in the studio recordings, taken between 1985 and 1988, of pieces most of which had appeared on the Canterburyesque Hat and Fields as well as one new number from 2005.
Two unreleased works, "Flight" and "Odessa", front the album. "Flight"...

A fun, loud, heavy progressive hard rock album that was recorded in early 1973. Includes two bonus tracks that total over 23', including a 18' instrumental! It gets sorta boring saying over and over again what a great job Garden of Delights do with th...

This is a rare as hell, Japanese-only release, originally released in 1977 on the audiophile Three Blind Mice label and the only release that I know of this group. I have seen this album listed as by "Air" and "Yuji Imamura & Air", so we are listing it...

Disconnected is the fourth release by this Norwegian band, who have gained a lot of fans for their modern channeling of Pink Floyd and their 'feel'.

In reading background about them, everything I read made it sound like that's all they do, and I definitely didn't hear it. Yes, there is a strong Floyd influence, circa the last great period of the band with Roger (Wish You Were Here & Animals), but there's also a lot of modern influences, such as Porcupine Tree/Steven Wilson, Radiohead, etc.

Don Airey is a first-call keyboard player, probably best known for his work in the hard rock arena with Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Deep Purple, etc. and also into progressive rock and jazz/rock with Jethro Tull, Colosseum II, Gary Moore and others.

This, his first solo album released under his own name, features some big name guests: Gary Moore, Cozy Powell and Colin Blunstone among others.

"As a fan of concept albums, I almost passed on this one based on previous reviews. Now I'm glad I..

First-ever US release on CD and taken from the original stereo analog master tapes, of this 1973 CTI set by Airto. Nice, Latin-style jazz/rock from the original era...

This reissue, the first time it has been available in 30 years, is limited to only 1,000 copies world-wide! The album was originally released on the small independent Montuno Record label (which was run out of the unassuming Record Mart record store situated in the Times Square underground subway station)!!

“The impact of Airto Moreira in both the world of American jazz and in Brazilian music is unparalleled. At the start of the 1970s Airto was invited to join Miles Davis’ groundbreaking...

24-bit remastered, Japanese-only release of this 1974 album recorded for CTI/Kudu. Airto is a percussionist/drummer best known for his work with Miles in 1970 and he's here with his wife, vocalist Flora Purim, keyboardist George Duke, Miclcho Leviev...

"Jason Ajemian has acquired a high profile in the improvised music scene over the years, performing with Rob Mazurek, Ken Vandermark, and currently with Marc Ribot and Matana Roberts. Ajemian's curiosity has ranged far and wide - he's just as...

Aka Moon are one of the best known modern jazz/jazz-rock bands from Belgium. They are a trio of Fabrizio Cassol-sax, Michael Hatzigeorgiou-electric bass and Stephane Galland-drums, plus guests or not, depending on the CD or the project that they are...

Back in stock and now $50.00 (YES! $50.00) off the original price! This works out to $3.50 per CD!

To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the Belgian electric jazz trio of Fabrizio Cassol (sax), Michel Hatzigeorgiou (elec bass) & Stéphane Galland (drums) are re-releasing their entire output (plus!) in one very specially priced set!

"Since 1992, the year Aka Moon was formed, a series of albums has marked the history of the legendary jazz trio, which this set of twenty CDs now gives..

"Aka Moon is celebrating. On the occasion of their twenty-five years existence, a twenty-volume overview box Constellations has been released, but also a new album Now .
With this title, Aka Moon, the group around alto saxophonist Fabrizio Cassol, bassist Michel Hatzigeorgiou and drummer Stephane Galland, already indicates what it is all about, namely the present, the here-and-now.
On the new album Now you can hear how the group, to a certain extent, clings to the vast past (for example you...

"The intrepid experimental jazz trio Aka Moon has represented an approach to jazz that has seen them collaborate with a multitude of artists from different backgrounds in their richly filled career. Their new collection The Scarlatti Book is devoted to the music of Italian Baroque composer Domenico Scarlatti. Scarlatti's polyphonic rhythms and harmonic eccentricities present a rich landscape for Aka Moon's explorations, here accompanied by the pianist Fabian Fiorini."

"Aka Balkan Moon and AlefBa are two projects, the core of which is Aka Moon, that essential jazz trio (Fabrizio Cassol : sax, Stéphane Galland : drums, Michel Hatzigeorgiou : bass). Their refreshing approach to jazz and to ethnic musical genres such as...

2009 release from the great Belgian jazz ensemble, this time working with Mali musicians.
"Aka Moon, Baba Sissoko and his ensemble Black Machine present the result of their energetic collaboration, their album Culture Griot. While the musical touch.

"Edip Akbayram is one of the top three legendary Turkish psych musicians, alongside Erkin Korayand Baris Mancho. When it comes to mind-destroying eastern-tinged psychedelic rock, Turkey is the most intense country of them all and this massive 2CD is on...

Noel is a improvising guitarist who has releases out on the Winter & Winter & Rectangle labels & has worked with folks like Marc Ribot, Eugene Chadbourne, Derek Bailey, etc. This is a more rock with improv style record, featuring found/odd sounds, drum...

"All hail to Akinetón Retard! This is one of the most brilliant avant-garde rock bands from Chile, nowadays: the instrumentation, consisting of guitar, bass, drums and two saxes, is used as a vehicle for the simultaneous provision of the demented...

“Akkerman continues to amaze. Pleasingly free playing within structures provided by his excellent band.”-Mark Fleischmann

“Jan Akkerman, the renowned Dutch guitarist who shot to fame during the 1960s and 1970s with bands like Focus, Brainbox and The Hunters, and was once voted Best Guitarist in the World by Melody Maker.
Close Beauty is inspired from a simple notion, that when you are too close to an object you cannot see the real value. The instrumental album came together organically...

"Perhaps Jan Akkerman's (of Focus fame) best work. This album from 1977 is an upbeat jazz/rock fusion masterpiece. It definitely holds up to the test of time, and is consistent throughout with an innovative set of songs from start to finish. On this disc, Akkerman has put together a stellar group of studio musicians."

"The Complete Jan Akkerman is a new 26 CD box set which brings together all the studio albums (and more) of Dutch guitar legend Jan Akkerman, who found international success with the band Focus.
The creative guitarist is well known for his individualistic style, combining rock, jazz, blues, and baroque into his solo projects. This 26-disc set includes the solo studio long-players, his most important live recordings and a CD of rare and previously unreleased tracks.
The booklet includes a...

“No, it's not rock, or jazz, blues or funk, or classical. It's...all of them...sort of. I first bought this album in 1976, without having heard a note or read anything about it. I mean, if Jan Akkerman composed and played on it, why would I hesitate? Right? On first listen, I didn't quite know what to make of it. It felt like had just watched some foreign film with a plot that was obviously deeper than what appeared on the surface. The performances were superb and nothing struck me as being predictable....

Manuel Pasquinelli - Drums
Michael Gilsenan - Sax
Maja Nydegger - Keys
Markus Ischer - Guitar
Andi Schnellmann - Bass

Aeon is the third release by the Akku Quintet, a group led by drummer and composer Manuel Pasquinelli, who many of you know from his work in SONAR and also featuring bassist Andi Schnellmann, who many of you know as the bassist in SCHNELLERTOLLERMEIER, as well as 3 other excellent musicians.
I had the great, great pleasure to see them on their final US.

Manuel Pasquinelli - Drums, Compositions
Michael Gilsenan - Sax
Maja Nydegger - Keys
Markus Ischer - Guitar
Andi Schnellmann - Bass
“Following their acclaimed 2017 album, Aeon, Switzerland-based outfit, AKKU Quintet have released their fourth record - Depart.
This release contains a sequence of darkly beautiful compositions by founder and drummer Manuel Pasquinelli. Best-known for his work in Swiss post-rock minimalist outfit, SONAR (recently collaborating with David Torn

As I think most of you know, Cuneiform is releasing the 2nd SONAR album in January, 2014, and I met the band in September and saw two gigs.

Their drummer, Manuel Pasquinelli, also leads this unusual jazz quintet consisting of....

I've long known the great drummer Pheeroan AkLaaf for his work with Anthony Davis' mind-blowingly great Episteme group in the 80s, as well as many other ensembles and projects of 30 years ago and more recent ones as well, and now with Wadada Leo Smith...

Ako Doma's music is a scoop of less known prog rock, but also has its impurities or its "new-culture" leanings. Despite that it isn't hard to get their works, it's on the other hand a bit hard to savor them completely, every spin taking you deep in...

UNBELIEVABLE. This is one of the albums that heads many, many people's 'please issue this on CD' list, including mine. This was the first album of two by Aksak Maboul (later changed to Aqsak Maboul, just to fool people), which really wasn't a band, but...

This original generation Rock In Opposition classic has been unavailable for some time. Not only is it available again, but it is less expensive than before. A MUST own.

Aksak Maboul were one of the last of the original R.I.O. bands, and this, their 2nd album, merges intensely composed written sections with smaller sections of improvisation, ethnic tunes and more.

"The late '70s were a heady time in European progressive rock circles. Chris Cutler, drummer of the leading group Henry Cow.

The second album by this Italian band that will remind you of Embryo with a mixture of certain other top-rank 70s German bands like Xhol.

“The music is the result of combining psychedelic music (first of all, Krautrock) and ethnic sounds; also using ethnic instruments such as darbuka, mbira, Tibetan bells, rhaita, and sitar to create a good ear-trip.”

"This fucking righteously Out There declaration comes on like a lobotomized Xhol Caravan meets Shiva's Tongue meets one of those low...

"One look at that space-age cover art and you know already you're in for a treat! Mexico's Al Universo was formed by Jorge Reyes, who recorded this album of spacey, largely electronic prog rock in 1976 (released in 1979) with Jorge Reyes (Chac Mool fame). Rock with some classical influence, plus blues and jazz; a special sounding progressive rock is the result.
Viajero del Espacio (trans. "Space Traveler") is an extraterrestrial odyssey performed in Spanish that serves up a cosmic cocktail of...

The Hammers of Hell (their name translated into English) return for their fifth great album! Their unique, heavy sound, which combines folk forms and RIO complexity and extended instrumenation remain in place and the band consists of Jarno Sarkula...

The Finnish instrumental band Alamaailman Vasarat ("The Hammers of Hell") started as an offshoot of Hyry-Kone, but now H-K is gone and the Hell-Hammers remain! The band is a six piece; dual electric cellos (played as a hard-rock instrument and sounding...

The sixth CD release from this long-time favorite of everyone by this six piece Finnish ensemble consisting of saxes/contrabass clarinet/tubax, trumpet/alto horn, pump organ/piano/melodica, two cellists and drums. Their unique, heavy sound mixes folk...

Alamaailman Vasarat are finally getting some of the attention that they deserve since they played at Nearfest 2003. They started as an offshoot of Hoyry-Kone, 4 out of the 5 players here [on trombone, soprano sax, cello, pump organ/grand piano & drums]...

For their third album, Finnish weirdo/avant rockers Alamaailman Vasarat (The Hammers of Hell) take a giant step...sideways. Their guitar, drums, soprano sax, trombone/tuba, drums, dual cello sound has never been used more in a 'straightforward' way...

This is both this band's albums, from 1979 and 1980.
"Alameda was formed in 1978 by experienced musicians: Manuel Marinelli (keyboards) and Pepe Roca (guitar and vocals) had played in Tartessos, Luis Moreno (drums) in Payos, Rafael Marinelli...

Amina Alaoui, vocals, daf
Saïfallah Ben Abderrazak, violin
Sofiane Negra, oud
José Luis Montón, flamenco guitar
Eduardo Miranda, mandolin
Idriss Agnel, percussion

"Following her outstanding performance in collaborative wo

"Elaborate art rock from Hagen circa 1978. Similar to early Genesis or early Wallenstein. Three long tracks, well played and neatly recorded. Recommended. With 28 page color booklet"...

"Norwegian jazz is as vital as ever and one can but wonder where it all comes from. With Night Owl, their second album for Rune Grammofon, Eyolf Dale and André Roligheten are already five albums into their career and showing a maturity in writing and...

"Eyolf Dale and André Roligheten aka Yonkers are already three albums into their career and showing a maturity in writing and playing that is betraying their age considerably. The album was recorded during what the duo describe as a magic late night...

"A new fantastic instrumental project, with special affinity with the horror movie sound of Goblin (more prog-rock than jazz), the looming atmospheres, the high emotional tension. Keyboards-guitar-bass-drums-flute-viola ensemble...

Nadin Petricelli - Keyboard/Synth
Lorenzo Picchi - Guitars
Michele Andreuccetti - Bass
Marco Brenzini – Flute

"L'Albero Del Veleno plants its roots to create instrumental music following the style born from the soundtracks of horror and thriller movies of the 60's/70's/80's.
The various musical influences, along with the passion for cinema, form a project strongly introspective and emotional, made even more special by the video contribution always present in live performances...

"The Albion Band's 1998 release, "Happy Accident", is a marvelous album of contemporary folk-rock influenced by traditional English music. For the record, Ken Nicol, Joe Broughton, Neil Marshall, Gillie Nicholls, and Kellie While join the band's...