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This is the first-ever reissue of this, Brit-jazz composer/arranger Neil Ardley's 1st full album under his own name. This 1971, Dennis Preston production features the all-star band I know you were expecting me to list! Included are: Dick Heckstall...

"Archive release. This debut release of Neil Ardley and his New Jazz Orchestra BBC broadcasts from 1971 measure a year of change for the band's musical director.
The first session captures the full majesty of the NJO at the height of it's powers in a Jazz Club session from February with a 20-performer line-up pre-recorded at London's Camden Theatre. Humphrey Lyttelton helms proceedings; musicians include Ardley, Harry Beckett, Ian Carr, Henry Lowther, Derek Wadsworth, Mike Gibbs, Don Rendell...

One of the great 70's bands. Area combined jazz/rock/stolen ethnic music and more. This was their last ''real'' release, and features vocals, keyboards, bass, drums!

The 4th album from the band that I consider to be possibly the finest Italian progressive rock band of the 1970's, & certainly a band in the top tier of all early 1970's progressive bands worldwide! Area combined jazz/rock/stolen ethnic music (mostly from Eastern Europe and the Middle East)/the avant garde and more. Superb playing from all (vocals/organ, guitar, electric piano/synths, bass & drums). This includes a thick booklet with rare photos, notes, etc. While everyone shines, the vocalist, the late...

Area are the band that I consider to be possibly the finest Italian progressive rock band of the 1970's, & certainly a band in the top tier of all early 1970's progressive bands worldwide! Area combined jazz/rock/stolen ethnic music (mostly from Easter...

Patrizio Fariselli – piano, keyboards
Claudia Tellini – vocals
Marco Micheli – electric bass
Walter Paoli – drums

“Patrizio Fariselli, Claudia Tellini, Marco Micheli and Walter Paoli live in Tokyo in an amazing concert on May 18th 2019 at JAZZ ROCK LEGENDS!
In addition to the music taken from the recent "100 GHOSTS" by Patrizio Fariselli, the group presented the most famous pieces of the historical repertoire of AREA beautifully sung, after the death of Demetrio Stratos, by the

"Bülent Arel's (1919-1990) work occupies a special place in the history of electronic music, with one thing being certain: Arel's work is still fresh, groundbreaking, and it always look outs for the next adventure in sound. Sub Rosa present a collection of his works here as part of their Early Electronic series. Bülent Arel was a Turkish-born American composer of electronic and contemporary classical music. He was also a devoted teacher, a sculptor, and a painter. From 1940 to 1947, Arel studied...

This was the first release by the duo of Areski (percussion, guitars, vocals) and Brigitte Fontaine (cool, dark, mysterious and fragile chanteuse vocals) with added musical backing from oboe, electric piano, flute, bandoneon, guitar and bass. This is f...

"All Together Now featured the band's biggest hit 'Hold Your Head Up' and saw Rod Argent (keyboards, vocals), Russ Ballard (guitar, piano, vocals), Jim Rodford (bass, guitar, vocals) and Robert Henrit (drums, percussion) enjoy global success. Includes one bonus track and features a booklet that fully restores all original album artwork with a new essay."

This is uproarious Bulgarian wedding band music, ala Ivo Papposav, performed by Yasko & his crack outfit of alto sax, accordion, keyboards & drums.
If you've never heard Bulgarian wedding music, at its best, it sounds like polkas in insane, always changing time signatures, performed at speed-core tempo. This stuff simply must be heard to be believed! Terrific fun and unconditionally recommended.


''Yasko Argirov, master of clarinet, is a living legend in Bulgaria, but his fame, because...

This is the fifth album by this Mainz, Germany-based progressive rock quintet.

"This follow up to 2015’s warmly received 'A Seasonal Affair' boasts a stellar guest list, including Andy Tillison (The Tangent) Linus Kåse (Änglagård, Brighteye Brison) and Marek Arnold (Damanek, Toxic Smile, Seven steps to the green door and many others).
'Unidentified Dying Objects' sees Argos continue to develop their blend of Canterbury-scene influences and contemporary progressive rock, and also marks the...

This is a tribute to the prolific Israeli composer Sasha Argov and it features both the usual Tzadik suspects, as well as some surprises. The contributors include Danny Zamir, Cyro Baptista, Charming Hostess, Pharoah's Daughter, Tin Hat Trio, Roberto ...

Running a big band has got to be the music world's hardest job. Instead of trying to coordinate 3-5 members, suddenly you are tripling or quadrupling the problem. Yes the tonalities and orchestration that are now possible are really special, but that...

Composer, arranger and big-band leader Darcy James Argue seemed to have come from out of nowhere when he released his amazing first album in 2009, which was (rightly) greeted with tremendous praise for his far-sighted and modern use of the big band.
He works slowly and carefully and has developed his own take and sound on what a big band means in the 21st century. This, his third, is another astonishingly wonderful work from him. Highly recommended.

"Darcy James Argue is a Brooklyn-based...

Darcy and this magnificent modern large ensemble seemingly came out of nowhere with his band's 1st release in 2009 and simply amazed me (and seemingly everyone else who follows contemporary jazz and creative music, as the record got heavily reviewed...

Julian Argüelles, tenor saxophone / Michael Formanek, double bass / Tom Rainey, drums.

"Since the years he played with the big band Loose Tubes, side by side with the likes of Django Bates, Iain Ballamy, Steve Berry, and Ashley Slater, the most..

Lots of great tunes here from Dudu Pukwana, Johnny Dyani, Chris McGregor, Abdullah Ibrahim, Mongezi Feza, etc!

"The album includes new arrangements of compositions by Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza and Johnny Dyani, and an atmospheric development...

"Momenta is Argüelles’ return to a big band setting, and is the culmination of composing, rehearsing and performing with the Frankfurt Radio Big Band. Recorded live in concert, Momenta is a collection of new arrangements of Argüelles compositions...

The 'one line hype' says, "Awesome 2006 release from one of England's best saxophonists", but you know what? It's true. This is a smoker from beginning to end. Great sax work, amazing work (as always) from Tom Rainey (drums) and Michael Formanek (bass)...

Thierry Zaboitzeff - bass, cello, vocals, sampler, programming
Nadia Ratsimandresy – Ondes Martenot, keyboards
Cécile Thévenot – keyboards, sampler

Aria Primitiva is the new ensemble formed by Thierry Zaboitzeff, the long time co-leader of Art Zoyd.
They call it “electro symphonic art rock”, which it is! It’s also worth saying that the use of the Ondes gives this music a very unique sound, to say the least, but one that still has a lot of musical ties to Art Zoyd...


''The vocal trio that has surprised the Italian roots music scene. The repertoire of this a cappella ensemble is the great heritage of the Piedmontese tradition with arrangements echoing influence of contemporary music, the bordone style of folk music ...

"The rock/fusion power trio The Aristocrats – featuring Guthrie Govan on guitar, Bryan Beller on bass, and Marco Minnemann on drums – release BOING, We’ll Do It Live! The Aristocrats At Alvas Showroom.
This Deluxe Edition DVD + 2CD package features two additional bonus tracks, bonus audio from soundcheck, additional candid show footage, and bonus interviews with each band member. The DVD was pro-shot by six cameras, and the 5.1 surround audio mix was done by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree...

This limited, deluxe edition comes the group's new studio album, plus a DVD filled with smokin' footage from the recording session of this release plus interviews with the players!

Having seen these guys crank it out in front of an extremely...

"The rowdy instrumental rock/fusion power trio The Aristocrats (Guthrie Govan/gtr, Bryan Beller/bs, Marco Minnemann/dr) loudly and proudly showcase their renowned electric onstage chemistry on FREEZE! Live In Europe 2020.
Featuring performances from across Spain in February 2020, just weeks before live music went on extended hiatus, the album leans heavily on debut live-recorded renditions of material from their most recent album, the critically acclaimed You Know What...?, which debuted at #2 on...

“This project began when we randomly stumbled upon a YouTube video of Primuz Chamber Orchestra performing one of our songs, as reimagined by composer/arranger Wojtek Lemański. Their flawless execution of a highly challenging arrangement (which was startlingly inventive and yet remained entirely faithful to the spirit of the original composition!) inspired us to reach out and propose a collaboration. The process ultimately led to this album, which comprises nine trio performances taken from our previous...

The Aristocrats by any measure the hottest new band in instrumental rock/fusion today rewrote their own rules for their third studio album, Tres Caballeros.

After two fairly raw trio albums, guitarist Guthrie Govan (Steven Wilson, Asia/GPS)...

Guthrie Govan – guitar
Bryan Beller – bass
Marco Minnemann - drums

“On 'You Know What...?,' we feel like we inspired each other as songwriters and musicians to do things we've never done before as a band. We know each other pretty well now, and we used that familiarity to really get after it in the studio and push the boundaries of what we can accomplish on a record. And still, it's totally, completely an Aristocrats album. We think it's the coolest thing we've done yet by far.”...

Guthrie Govan – guitar
Bryan Beller – bass
Marco Minnemann - drums

“On 'You Know What...?,' we feel like we inspired each other as songwriters and musicians to do things we've never done before as a band. We know each other pretty well now, and we used that familiarity to really get after it in the studio and push the boundaries of what we can accomplish on a record. And still, it's totally, completely an Aristocrats album. We think it's the coolest thing we've done yet by far.”...


Armada were a UK progressive rock band that existed in the early to mid 1970s, but never released any recordings. The label that released this album calls it "UK Prog/Jazz Rock", but believe me, this is progressive rock - with saxes, but prog...

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 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...

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 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

“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.