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Raoul Björkenheim electric 6 & 12 string guitars
Jori Huhtala doublebass
Pauli Lyytinen saxes and wood flute
Markku Ounaskari drums

“I always felt there’s something special about having a band. An all-star session can be good too, but the thing I’m missing nowadays in jazz is really good bands playing together tightly, turning on a dime together, and especially improvising together.” – Raoul Björkenheim...

"I...was stunned by his Hendrix meets late era Coltrane approach." – Guitar Moderne

"Despite the boilingly hot drive...influenced by Cream, Lifetime, Jimi Hendrix Experience (and perhaps more notionally the Pete Cosey/Reggie Lucas
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This is a reissue of the Finnish lp-only first release by this great rock/avant/fusion guitarist and his band Krakatau, and includes two bonus tracks. The record features a unique blend of heavy guitarwork combined with dual, wailing Coleman and Ayler-...

"With Ketil Bjørnstad's Early Piano Music, the albums Preludes Vols. 1 & 2 and Pianology from the mid-1980s are once again becoming available. These recordings have been unavailable since the mid-'90s, and have been very much in demand....

Ketil Bjørnstad piano
Tore Brunborg tenor saxophone
Jon Christensen drums

Lyrical and typically beautiful ECM release. If you like 'the sound', this has it in spades!

"Ketil Bjørnstad and Jon Christensen have been musical...

Ketil Bjørnstad piano
Svante Henryson violoncello

"Ketil Bjørnstad returns to the piano/cello duo, instrumentation which defined two of his best-loved albums, “The River” and “Epigraphs” with David Darling, back in 1996 and 1998. This new...

"A live recording from the Leipzig Opera House is the debut documentation of the duo of Ketil Bjørnstad and Terje Rypdal (working together since 1999). Material revisits pieces from Bjørnstad’s “Water Stories” and “The Sea” and from Rypdal’s...

"A live recording from the Leipzig Opera House is the debut documentation of the duo of Ketil Bjørnstad and Terje Rypdal (working together since 1999). Material revisits pieces from Bjørnstad’s “Water Stories” and “The Sea” and from Rypdal’s...

This excellent release of electric music from Mali combines hunter's lute, griot guitar and percussion, and the over-all sound is much heavier than I was expecting and at times really rocks it HARD. Highly recommended to fans of rock from Africa.

"For this second album, BKO perpetuates the meeting, hitherto unpublished, between the music of the griots and that of the hunters. This project, more electric, is the result of a work elaborated during the many tours of the quintet, in Europe, Africa...

"Black Cube Marriage is an ensemble consisting of legendary Chicago-based cornetist and sound manipulator Rob Mazurek (Tortoise, Exploding Star Orchestra, Isotope 217), members of his Brazilian connection São Paulo Underground, Austin-based freeform unit Marriage, and special guests Jonathan Horne (guitar, saxophone) and Steve Jansen (tapes, guitar).
Formed after shows in late 2015, this 11-person ensemble creates waves of sound that can best be described as cathartic. Astral Cube draws from...

"One would be hard-pressed to come up with a better descriptor for Black Elephant's Cosmic Blues than the title of the album itself. Based in Savona, Italy, the four-piece have conjured ghosts of '70s heavy and masterful '90s riffmongering to offer a brew both potent and thoroughly modern. Cosmic Blues is their third album behind 2014's Bifolchi Inside and 2012's Spaghetti Cowboys (get it?) and marks their debut on Small Stone Records.
Comprised of lead vocalist/lead guitarist Alessio Caravelli...


“Double-CD documenting the magic meeting of one of the all-time great rhythm sections in jazz: percussionist Hamid Drake and bassist William Parker, with London's brilliant Black Top (Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas) and Elaine Mitchener. Across two sets the quintet are infectiously energetic and inspired, striding from synchronized heavy groove to star bright solos, whilst incorporating dub effects, guembri, and sumptuous blues piano playing.
Formed by Orphy Robinson and Pat Thomas but always...

This band continues in sound and spirit to his post-rock leaning 'jazz' outfit, Alas No Axis, but with different players and a bit of a different result. Still, if you are a fan of ANA, you'll love this.
Oskar Guojonsson : Tenor Saxophone
Elias Stemeseder: Keyboards
Chris Tordini: Electric Bass
Jim Black: Drums & Sampler

"Malamute is Jim Black’s latest gathering of like-minded musical souls. The band toured Europe for the first time in May 2015 performing sketches of the musi

Elias Stemeseder: Piano
Thomas Morgan: Bass
Jim Black: Drums

“The Chicoago Reader describes the Jim Black Trio with Thomas Morgan (Bass) and Elias Stemeseder (Piano) "one of the best bands in Jim Black's busy career". In the HardStudios Winterthur the trio recorded this new album over two days. It is their fourth CD as a trio and their second release on Intakt Records.
Drummer Jim Black has one of the most immediately recognizable styles in Jazz -– his wonderful unhinged playing bear

Jim Black: Drums, Composition
Elias Stemeseder: Piano
Thomas Morgan: Bass
"Since the nineties, the drummer and bandleader Jim Black has been one of the most influential figures of progressive jazz. On his Intakt Records debut, Jim Black plays with the acclaimed young pianist Elias Stemeseder and highly in-demand New York bass player Thomas Morgan contemporary jazz with distinctive arrangements, complex rhythms and expressive improvisations.
Hank Shteamer writes in the linernotes...

This is the first album, from 2000, from the greatly in-demand NYC drummer Jim Black's great, oddball mashup group Alas No Axis who combine the spaciousness of post-rock with jazz. A great cast too: Jim Black-drums, Hilmar Jensson-electric guitar, Skuli..

This is the fourth and latest album, as of this writing, from 2006, from the greatly in-demand NYC drummer Jim Black's great, oddball mashup group Alas No Axis who combine the spaciousness of post-rock with jazz. A great cast too: Jim Black-drums...

This is the third album, from 2004, from the greatly in-demand NYC drummer Jim Black's great, oddball mashup group Alas No Axis who combine the spaciousness of post-rock with jazz. A great cast too: Jim Black-drums, Hilmar Jensson-electric guitar...

Among the earliest of Krautrock bands, The Blackbirds (like Xhol) started elsewhere before venturing on to experimental realms...by the time of their second (and last) album A Touch Of Music, the three year gap had made a lot of difference...they had m...

"Following the successful 2016 shows in Germany (Monsters Of Rock) and the UK, Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow played three British shows in June 2017, which were recorded for this set.
Together with Ronnie Romero (vocals), Jens Johansson (keys), Bob Nouveau (bass), David Keith (drums), Candice Night and Lady Lynn (backing vocals), the legendary guitarist performed a first-class mixture of classic Rainbow and Deep Purple tracks, which was exactly what the fans had requested.
Ritchie Blackmore's....

"When UK-native James Blackshaw plays his 12-string guitar, something spiritual takes place. Performing and recording since 2003, his name is frequently mentioned as one of the foremost modern solo acoustic guitarists. Now at the age of 25, Blackshaw...

Michele Guaitoli - vocals
Beatrice Demori - vocals
Stefano Debiaso - drums
Denis Canciani - bass
Marco Falanga - electric guitars, acoustic guitars
Luca Zanon - keyboards, flute
David Del Fabro - backing vocals, piano, keyboards, duduk

“The Dark Presence is a concept album that describes a journey narrated through symbols and images from ancient Egypt to the Middle Ages, always great passions of David Del Fabro.
“The roots of the Blacksmith Tales project were bor

Originally released on BASF in 1972.
"It surprises me, that in this day and age of reissues and olde tyme worshipping neopsych and stoner bands, that this little gem has gone largely unnoticed in favour of stuff like Leaf Hound, Captain Beyond or Lucifer's Friend. Not that those bands aren't great too, but I wish there was a little more love for these guys, cos they were really ahead of their time with their groovy stoner sound. Just as the best stoner rock sounds like it could have been made in...

Ed Blackwell was one of the giants of 20th century drumming and this includes two albums by the stupendous Ornette repertory band Old And New Dreams and players such as Dave Holland, Dewey Redman, David Murray, Alvin Baptiste and more...


"When New York saxophonist/composer Michael Blake asked me to come up with some liner notes for “Right Before Your Very Ears”, my first thought was, “Yes! There goes Blake with yet another project… and I can’t wait to hear it.” Ever since I first...

Michael Blake, soprano, alto and tenor saxophones / Kresten Osgood, drums.

"The saxophone/drums duo format has a great tradition in jazz music. “Control This” is a collection of improvisations rooted in the history of this musical idiom, yet it..

Improvisations
Duke Dreams
Suffield Gothic
Short Life of Barbara Monk
Epistrophy
Unmarked Van
Indian Winter
"The legendary jazz recordings made by Black Saint/Soul Note make a welcome return to the active catalog with this series of specially-priced boxed sets that highlight some of the label's finest artists. Ran Blake - The Complete Remastered Recordings features seven discs in slipcases with original album artwork housed in a clamshell box."

Ran Blake, piano / Sara Serpa, voice

"At a time when so many singers and accompanists play it safe, it’s refreshing to hear vocalist Sara Serpa and pianist Ran Blake do something different—maybe even risky—with the standard jazz song repertoire..

There’s a lot of good stuff here and a lot of stuff you don’t know, but possibly most essential of all is the DVD, which is just amazing.

“Lighthouse’ is an anthology from the entire Tim Blake pantheon, a 3-CD set selection from work with Gong, Hawkwind and 5 solo albums, plus a DVD of a live solo performance from 1979, and extensive liner notes from Hawkwind-head Ian Abrahams, including extracts from interviews. You can take this release in a couple of ways: as an introduction to his work, for...

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered edition of the classic 1978 ambient masterpiece “Blake’s New Jerusalem” by Tim Blake. Tim first came to prominence as a member of Gong, where his synthesiser experimentation and mastery was demonstrated on albums such as Flying Teapot”, “Angel’s Egg” and “You”. He would also join Hawkwind from 1979 – 1980 and from November 2007.
After departing Gong in 1975 he teamed up with French lighting designer Patrice Warrener to...

"This is the first ever CD release of “Noggi Tar”, Tim Blake’s 2012 album, previously only available as a download from his official website.
Tim first came to prominence as a member of Gong, where his synthesiser experimentation and mastery was demonstrated on albums such as Flying Teapot”, “Angel’s Egg” and “You”. He would also join Hawkwind from 1979 – 1980 and from November 2007.
After departing Gong in 1975 he teamed up with French lighting designer Patrice Warrener to form Crystal...

Recorded live at Birdland on 2/21/54, this is an early classic of the new sound in that that eventually became known as ‘hard bop’.
Great tunes, an incredible band and Pee Wee Marquette [google him]; what else can you possibly need?

“When Art Blakey founded the Jazz Messengers, his initial goal was to not only make his mark on the hard bop scene, but to always bring younger players into the fold, nurture them, and send them out as leaders in their own right. Pianist Horace Silver, trumpeter..

While drummer Art Blakey introduced up and coming musicians to the public via his long-lived group The Jazz Messengers, and there are many fine records and line-ups to choose from, his mid 50s early period is one of my favorites. Dig!

"The very first edition of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers was unfortunately short-lived, and as excellent as they were collectively, it was the beginning of a trend for the members of this group to come and go. Unbeknown to Blakey at the time, he would become a...


Wayne Shorter – tenor sax
Lee Morgan – trumpet
Bobby Timmons – piano
Jymie Merritt – bass
Art Blakey – drums

This nearly 2 ½ hour broadcast is quite famous for featuring a sterling edition of the Jazz Messengers totally kicking ass in front of a full house of 2,000 enthusiastic fans in Paris.
The sound is very good (not completely professional, but completely listenable) and the band is killin’ it!
We report : You decide!

"This is truly one of the great classics of hard bop, with drummer Art Blakey leading arguably his greatest Jazz Messengers lineup through a driving program that never lets up. Tenor saxophonist Benny Golson (whose composition "Along Came Betty" is...


Jakob Aistleitner - Saxophone, Flute, Electric Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Peter Baxrainer - Electric Guitar, Vocals
Manuel Schönegger - Trombone, Flute, Percussion, Vocals
Jakob Sigl - Drums, Percussion, Tape, Vocals
Dominik Wallner - Electric Piano, Organ, Synthesizer, Vocals
Alfons Wohlmuth - Electric Bass, Flute, Vocals

I thought that this was a pretty great one over-all and this is definitely of interest to folks into the avant-progressive side of things; now I need to

"The trombone is one of the original jazz instruments, having a very special role in the early music of New Orleans. In the ‘modern jazz’ era the technical capabilities of the instrument were developed to incredible levels. Later, from around the 1960’s..

"Swiss trombonist Samuel Blaser makes his Whirlwind debut with his new quartet album Spring Rain a tribute to US clarinetist and composer Jimmy Giuffre. Intentionally blurring the boundaries between jazz, blues, free improvisation and contemporary...

Samuel Blaser trombone
Marc Ducret guitar
Peter Brunn drums

"Parsed into four discrete pieces, the Taktlos performance is a fluid exercise in revolving roles from the jump. Ducret trades in jagged punctuations, mercurial arpeggios and swollen drone bursts on Stoppage, the first and longest. Blaser reacts as balm, his lubricious lines drawing a direct invisible lineage back suave and soothing bop purveyers. A reversal and it’s Blaser with low brass growls as Brunn colors the corners and.

For their fifth album, the long-lived Dutch avant rock band, founded in 1989 change gears a little bit. Their usual dense, intense compositional work is still there and on display, but due to the addition of drummer Fabriz...

"This is the second release (editor's note: no, it isn't, it's their sixth release; it's their second on ReR after three on Cuneiform and a first that was self-released) after a long wait, from this unique ensemble. Equally at home with the discipline of composition and the tightrope of improvisation Blast have evolved a fluid, pointillistic, unfathomable but transparent musical language that seamlessly integrates - over very short durations - highly complex writing and very free ranging improvisation...

"This is the second release (editor's note: no, it isn't, it's their sixth release; it's their second on ReR after three on Cuneiform and a first that was self-released) after a long wait, from this unique ensemble. Equally at home with the discipline of composition and the tightrope of improvisation Blast have evolved a fluid, pointillistic, unfathomable but transparent musical language that seamlessly integrates - over very short durations - highly complex writing and very free ranging improvisation...

Last two copies in existence!

A brilliant Dutch avant/rock band. They use electric guitars, alto/soprano sax, alto/bass clarinet, baritone sax, bass, drums [by the amazingly brilliant David Kerman] & vocals. They combine a very unique & recognizable skewed rhythmic base (influenced by Capt. Beefheart) with angular & intricate horn & guitar charts ala Henry Cow and Doctor Nerve. About 1/4th has vocals, while the bulk is instrumental. The music is tough-edged & aggressive. This album adds...

A Catalan, Barcelona jazz rock band. This was their only record and was released by Zeleste. In addition this this record, they played with Música Urbana in the soundtrack of the film "Tatuaje" in 1977 (a serious rarity that you'll never hear - but now...

"On the final day of the Festival, Eugene Chadbourne, the unique North Carolina advocate of hillbilly anarcho-improv, took the stage with Florida-born techno-conceptualist Kevin Blechdom (born Kristin Erickson) -- with long hair and gender-ambiguous...

PROMO. "On the final day of the Festival, Eugene Chadbourne, the unique North Carolina advocate of hillbilly anarcho-improv, took the stage with Florida-born techno-conceptualist Kevin Blechdom (born Kristin Erickson) -- with long hair and gender...