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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...

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 you a chance to relive. After a journey of initiation in Central Africa with the Aka Pygmies, Fabrizio Cassol...

"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...

"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.

A very rare lp from 1976, much better known from its numerous reissues rather than from the original, this was this Norwegian band's only release - then they disappeared. Heavy progressive , with lots of guitar and organ/mellotron/keyboards, plus vocals, bass and drums. Despite the English vocals and Scandinavian provenance, I have always thought that this sounded like a German rarity; with the rather primitive recording quality making it sound even more 'underground'.

"Akasha must have been...

"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...

“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."

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

Manuel Pasquinelli - Drums
Maja Nydegger - Grand Piano, Keys
Michael Gilsenan - Saxophones & FX
Markus Ischer - Guitar
Andi Schnellmann - Bass

Quietly and determinedly, with very much their own take on it, Manuel Pasquinelli continues to plow new fields in the ‘zen funk’ continuum of Ronin, Don Li, Schnellertollermeier, etc. Very highly recommended!

“Recognized as a great visionary force in Swiss adventurous jazz, Swiss drummer Manuel Pasquinelli’s AKKU Quintet hav

Manuel Pasquinelli - Drums
Michael Gilsenan - Sax & Fx
Markus Escher - Guitar
Maja Nydegger - Grand Piano, Keys
Andi Schnellmann - Bass

Led by drummer & composer Manuel Pasquinelli (of Sonar) and including bassist Andi Schnellman (of Schnellertollermeier), Akku Quintet take the ‘Swiss zen maximalist/minimalist approach’ of Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, Sonar, and Schnellertollermeier to a different, but utterly logical conclusion. Fabulous stuff. Recommended!

“Live takes yo

The second album by the AKKU Quintet, who are led by SONAR's drummer, Manuel Pasquinelli.

They are an unusual, somewhat dreamy-but-with grooves, electric jazz band consisting of: Manuel Pasquinelli - Drums, Thierry Lüthy - Sax, Markus Ischer...

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...

The description below doesn’t give any hint towards this, but this is the debut by a VERY good, instrumental Rock Progressivo Italiano band that utilizes a string quartet, electric and acoustic guitars, vibes, acoustic piano, flutes, bass and drums.

“The compositions contained in this work make use of an image of great symbolic value. The wind. Also in this publication, as in the previous work ("The Tales of the Sea"), each composition is a painting or an instrumental musical story, where the...

This certainly qualifies as one of the least likely comeback albums ever!

“The legendary experimental pop outfit returns with a brand-new record entitled Figures, written, conceived and produced over the last couple of years by Marc Hollander (founder of Aksak Maboul and of the Crammed label) and Véronique Vincent (former singer with The Honeymoon Killers).
Figures is a double album containing 22 tracks and interludes, resulting from the flow of creative ideas which arose after a gap of over...

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.

“In the wake of their acclaimed album Figures (2020), Aksak Maboul took a playful sideways step to create this total work, a 63-minute, continuous suite of fifteen pieces, which could be described as an experimental audio play.
The thread running through Une aventure de VV (Songspiel) is Véronique Vincent's text, an enigmatic philosophical-poetical tale unfolding through monologues and dialogues, spoken and sung by a series of characters.
The music was written & arranged by Marc Hollander and...

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...

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]...

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

“Federico Albanese is a composer born in Milan, Italy and currently based in Berlin. His musical versatility is a natural gift that pushes him to explore music in all its facets. Albanese's compositions are airy and cinematic, blending classical music, electronics and psychedelia. In February 2014 Federico Albanese released his debut album entitled "The Houseboat and the Moon". He recorded all of the piano parts with a 1969 German tape recorder, the Uher Royal Deluxe, which allowed him to catch all of...

Albare – guitar, synth guitar
Phil Tucio – piano
Yunior Terry – bass
Pablo Bencid – drums

“Australia continues to grow in every area of the arts and among those in the upper echelon of artists is Albare aka Albert Dadon. A man from many influences - born in Morocco, raised in France and Israel, Albare emigrated to Australia when he was 27 years old and since his arrival he has grown in public image and in reputation as one of their finest jazz guitarists and composers. There is...

"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...

Liz Allbee: Electronics, Trumpet, Quadraphonic Trumpet, Voice, Field Recordings, Acoustic Homemade Instruments

“Liz Allbee is fascinated by the guttural, proto-linguistic qualities of musical voices. On Rille she performs with her trumpet, quad-trumpet, voice, and electronics. The pieces range from experimental, electroacoustic, ambient textures merged with dark jazz interludes to even a foray into quasi pop music. But it is all distinctively Liz and forms a coherent organic musical statement.”

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...

You can not over-fill a thimble with what I know about reggae, but this splendid little unassuming release is very reminsicent of the great late 70s/early 80s dub work by Adrian Sherwood. If you know and like those Creation Rebel / African Headcharge / etc releases and are looking for more like it, here you go!

Argentinian guitarist/composer Rodolfo studied with Argentinian masters, such as Ginastera, Baptist and others. He worked in the fusion and progressive field and even spent 10 years in New York with his band Southern Exposure. He returned to Buenos...

Susan Alcorn pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar on track 6
José Lencastre alto saxophone on tracks 1, 2 and 5; tenor saxophone on track 3, 4 and 6
Hernâni Faustino double bass, electric bass on track 1 and 4

"Two Portuguese musicians team up with an instrumentalist with a rare path, who continues to expand in her expression that instrument so particular that is the pedal steel guitar.
Saxophonist José Lencastre and bassist Hernâni Faustino often share the stage and studios with.

Susan Alcorn - pedal steel guitar
Luis “ToTo” Alvarez - guitar
Claudio “Pajaro” Araya - drums, cuatro
Francisco “Pancho” Araya - charango
Rodrigo Bobadilla - flute, quena, zampoña, vocals
Amanda Irarrazabal - double bass, vocals
Danka Villanueva - violin, vocals

“Pedal steel innovator Susan Alcorn combines Chilean folk and nueva canción with free improvisation and contemporary classical on her breathtaking new album.”

Susan Alcorn - pedal steel guitar
Mark Feldman - violin
Michael Formanek - double bass
Mary Halvorson - guitar
Ryan Sawyer - drums

“Pedernal opens with Alcorn’s gracefully slithery pedal steel line suggesting a dark, minor blues that’s joined in an undulating caress by Formanek’s lithe bass. Descending chords introduce the second section as the band steps into the gathering maelstrom, eventually resolving into a beatifically lyrical theme that seems to summon the abidi

I love this album; do you love pedal steel guitar and/or Astor Piazolla? If so, you will love it too!

“It’s wholly fitting that this questing US pedal steel guitarist has chosen to interpret the nuevo tango of Astor Piazzolla on her latest longplayer. The late Argentinean composer presided over a revolution in traditional music by emphasising elements of improvisation, dissonance and counterpoint, while Alcorn seeks the total liberation of her instrument, away from the stifling confines of...

Susan Alcorn - pedal steel guitar
Patrick Holmes - clarinet
Ryan Sawyer - drums

“This adventurous set catches lightning in a bottle. They hit the ground running and never let up. Susan Alcorn's pedal steel soloing is phenomenal while Ryan Sawyer drives the trio forward as Patrick Holmes' clarinet keeps pace with both of them. A breathless set of high energy free improvisation at its best.”

Matteo Uggeri : Field Recordings and Beats
Giulio Aldinucci : Field Recordings and Drones

“In 2016 Matteo Uggeri took hundreds of pictures during his working days in 70’s building aimed at training and desk work located in the surroundings of Milan
Later that winter the photographs served as inspiration for this album themed on alienation of offices working life. Tracks are based on outdoor field recordings
looped,treated and re-shaped in order to be transformed into beats,rhythms..

“Housed in a DVD-sized digipak; limited, numbered edition of 500.
In the '80s, Alésia Cosmos was one of those pioneering groups that invented a handful of things: uprooted electro, pop-shifted, funk. With some synths, rhythm boxes, magnetic tapes, crazy guitars, and hallucinated voices, AC rocked the underground for four years, with two albums, playing live in France and Europe. The dazzling epic of the magic combo has become legendary in the margin of new European music.
Their first LP...

Ralph Alessi, trumpet / Ravi Coltrane, saxophone / Andy Milne, piano / Drew Gress, double bass / Mark Ferber, drums

This is a great release, with excellent performances and a lot of drama; the music swings, but it often doesn't go where you.

This is a high-quality pirate edition of two never-reissued, very obscure Krautrock rarities, with ties to Can.

"His first two LPs from 1974 and 1976 on one CD, complete and with all original jacket artwork and lyrics. Now performs as Alex...

A native of the underground Seattle scene who moved to New York in 1993, Aaron Alexander has performed with many of the greatest groups in the new Jewish Renaissance, from the Klezmatics to Hasidic New Wave, Klezmer Madness, Klezmerfest, Babkas, Klez-J...

I just caught up to these guys (this is their 3rd album), but how I survived without knowing about them is beyond me. Take Gutbucket, Curlew, Jean-Louis, Doctor Nerve and put that agressive, electric jazz sound in the cauldron that is the great music...

Algernon are one of Chicago's fastest rising young bands. They have a great post-rock/avant-progressive/modern progressive, instrumental sound. They feature a unique line-up of dual guitars, vibes, bass and drums. The band is led by guitarist and...