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David Bedford was an up and coming 'contemporary music composer' before he somehow signed up with Kevin Ayers' Whole World, becoming their keyboardist and becoming intertwined with the oddball side of the rock music world, working with Mike Oldfield

“This CD, on the 'Voiceprint' label, features four previously unreleased recordings by a couple of notable figures from the 'prog rock'/avant garde music scene of the early 1970s - David Bedford and Tom Newman.
David Bedford was a man of many musical talents, composing music for the concert hall, as well as arranging for, and performing on, many esoteric albums by artists such as Roy Harper, the Edgar Broughton Band and, most notably, Kevin Ayers (in his band 'The Whole World') and Mike Oldfield...

“Written in 1970 on a commission from The London Sinfonietta for a 'Third Stream' concert, THE GARDEN OF LOVE is scored for a "classical" quintet, rock group with vocal solo, and "six beautiful dancing girls".
The essential idea is clever. Composer David Bedford starts with a melodic germ which is only heard in fragments throughout the aggressively ugly eighteen minute instrumental beginning section. After an extreme of cacophony is reached, the melody is finally heard in its entirety in a closing...

My old pal Shawn Persinger (guitarist/leader of Boud Deun) recently played at SXSW and he was part of a local 'weirdo bands' showcase and he played with a bunch of great bands, all of whom he told to contact us and all of whom were great and Bee vs...

My old pal Shawn Persinger (guitarist/leader of Boud Deun) recently played at SXSW and he was part of a local 'weirdo bands' showcase and he played with a bunch of great bands, all of whom he told to contact us and all of whom were great and Bee vs...


"Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce a 2CD ANTHOLOGY by the classic Scottish Progressive Rock group BEGGARS OPERA. Drawing on material from the band’s first four albums, recorded for the legendary Vertigo label, "NIMBUS” features 27...

"Behind the Shadow Drops is the new solo endeavor from Takaakira 'Taka' Goto, founding guitarist and composer of iconic Japanese experimental rock group, MONO.
Established in 2016, Behind the Shadow Drops combines Goto's disparate but commensurate interests in many different forms of music, most notably ambient, trip-hop, industrial minimalism, and modern classical.
Recorded at Goto's home studio and mixed with esteemed producer and percussionist, John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake...

Colin Marston: Warr guitar
Mike Lerner: guitar guitar
Jason Bauers: percussion

So, look. This thing is amazing. BTA have always been amazing, but in the past, they’ve been recognizably ‘metal’. Now? Well, the guitars are heavy as always, of course and they move at the speed of light, but latest drummer Jason Bauers has brought his experience as a classical percussionist to the fore here and this is like the unlikely, unwanted, and completely insane meeting of thorny, ‘modern contemporary.

"Heavy period-synth float with bare accompaniment, thankfully just-pre DX-7."

"A series of three pieces/suites; "Leapday Night", "A Traveler's Dream Journal", and "Interspecies Smalltalk" involving Rhys Chatham/Ben Neill (on trumpet/mutantrumpet), Fluxus mainstay Takehisa Kosugi (violin), and David Behrman himself on electronics. Behrman creates thickly layered liquid sounds utilizing this complex computer music system which absorbs, actually hears, the sounds of instrumentalists, and then plays..

David Behrman has been active as a composer and artist since the 1960s. Over the years he has made sound and multimedia installations for gallery spaces as well as musical compositions. Sam Behrman and Siegfried Sassoon met in 1920, when Behrman, then ...

This has David working with interactive computer software & Ben Neill's ''mutantrumpet'', plus for interweaving/overlapping of simple musical phrases. [Experimental Intermedia]

Cellist Maya Beiser’s latest, Uncovered, is an album of classic rock tunes re-imagined and re-contextualized in stunning and multi-layered performances. Consisting almost entirely of Beiser’s multi-tracked cello with drums and bass added by...

"Fall 2005: While on a tour of France, Marie-Soleil Bélanger (who compulsively loves water) and Normand Guilbeault (a salt fan) had the chance to visit Guérande (Britanny) and its salt marsh. The two musicians were presented with a strange landscape...

This is a quite good, sort of avant-garde electric jazz performed by the leader on keyboards, plus guitar, bass, drums, 3 saxophonists and a trumpeter.

"Throughout the last few years, I’ve found myself listening to more and more jazz from Spain. Bands such as El Tubo Elàstico and On The Raw have thoroughly impressed me, and now add Canarian Juan Belda and his Bit Band...
I’m struck at all times with how timeless the music is, paradoxically evoking classic sounds of Miles Davis, Ornette...

Beledo's MoonJune Records debut, 'Dreamland Mechanism,' is a star-studded, multifarious affair. Supported by a cast of modern progressive jazz-fusion luminaries (featuring the likes of Gary Husband, Dewa Budjana and Lincoln Goines, for starters), the Uruguayan-born, NYC transplant guitar maestro puts not only his virtuosic guitar playing on display, but also his enormous talents on a variety of instruments, in a session with more twists, turns and surprises than an Agatha Christie novel!...

BELEDO - guitars, acoustic piano, synth
TONY LEVIN - upright bass, bass guitar
KENNY GROHOWSKI - drums
with special guests
JORGE CAMIRUAGA - vibraphone (1, 4)
KEAROMA RANTAO - vocals (2)
BORIS SAVOLDELLI - vocals (6)

“BELEDO a Uruguayan born, NYC based multi-instrumentalist, predominantly guitarist and pianist, who grew up in Montevideo and was a prominent player on the jazz scene in his native Uruguay, is joined by drummer Kenny Grohowski, who in addition to...

Gregg Belisle-Chi Acoustic Guitar

"Koi is simply one of the best guitar records I’ve heard in ages, with Gregg Belisle‐Chi’s steel‐string acoustic interpretations of Tim Berne’s compositions a special feat. Gregg – with flawless technique and sensitivity – has transcended the distance between Tim’s alto saxophone and the guitar to make a new, fresh and wonderful music.” — ANDY SUMMERS

The compositions of saxophonist/bandleader Tim Berne have earned renown for their intensely kinetic...

"The second solo CD by Citizen Cain's keyboard player Stewart Bell. The album, called "The Antechamber Of Being (Part 2) – Stories From The Antechamber" is a Prog Rock opera featuring contributions from five vocalists; Simone Rossetti (of The Watch), Arjen Anthony Lucassen (of Ayreon), Phil Allen (of Citizen Cain), Bekah Mhairi Comrie and Stewart Bell himself. Each of the vocalists play a different character in the story.
In this second part of Stewart Bell's epic trilogy of concept albums we are...

A great set in the classic Ornette 4tet vein, mixed with a Brit-jazz feel! I dont know any of these players (Roberto-double bass, Claude Deppa-trumpet, Jason Yarde-alto & soprano sax & Brian Abrahams-drums), but all play fabulously well. [SLAM]

"Born in 1963, Avi Belleli is one of the Middle East’s most notable and successful composers. He is best known as the leader, songwriter, vocalist and bass player for the Tel Aviv-based rock band, The Tractor’s Revenge, who have made seven albums on...


“Bassist/composer Bryan Beller (The Aristocrats, Joe Satriani, Dethklok, Steve Vai) presents a sweeping, epic-scale modern progressive double concept album that asks the question: When the storm comes for us, the big one after which things will not be the same, who are we and what do we become in those defining moments? What do we keep, and what do we let go?
"Scenes From The Flood" employs an all-star cast of 26 musicians to explores themes of ambition and loss, intentionality and reality, hope and..

Bassist Bryan Beller has worked with a number of artists (Steve Vai, Wayne Kramer), but is probably best known for his decade with Mike Keneally. This is his first solo, and it's exceedingly impressive. "There are some people who are so good at so many...

"A raw, powerful, intimate live document of the Bryan Beller Band 2010 touring lineup playing a 45-minute set at The Baked Potato in Los Angeles, plus two bonus tracks from other shows. Rick Musallam (guitar), Griff Peters (guitar), Mike Keneally...

Ilia Belorukov alto saxophone
Gabriel Ferrandini drums and percussion

"There’s souls in the world who, no matter the distance between them, seem destined to meet: alto saxophonist Ilia Belorukov is from Saint Petersburg and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini has Lisbon as his home. Their respective backgrounds, their cultures and the music scenes they belong to couldn’t be more different, and yet, they’re soul brothers. Yes, they share the same disquietness announced by the title of this album, but...


Poised somewhere between mid-1970's King Crimson and electric Miles with John McLaughlin, this new project by drummer Gregg Bendian, guitarist G.E. Stinson, violinist Jeff Gauthier and bassist Steuart Liebig explores angular groove and subtle soundscapes while exploding all the old models of improv and jazz/rock.

“Super rare psychedelic folk lp from 1969, which with Shide & Acorn and Parameter is one of only three genuine Psychedelic Folk lps privately issued in England in that authentic era. Only 70 copies were made by Hollick and Taylors custom pressing plant.
Very little was known about this lp and until this edition and it had been thought of as a solo folk lp; very very WRONG. It’s a band, and completely in the hallucinogenic and magical english Incredible String Band and Donovan style, with mystical....

"Remastered and expanded two CD edition. Beyond the Fringe was a British comedy stage revue written and performed by Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, and Jonathan Miller. It played in London's West End and then in America, both on tour and on New York's Broadway in the early 1960s. Hugely successful, it is widely regarded as seminal to the rise of satirical comedy in 1960s Britain.
The show was conceived in 1960 by an Oxford graduate, Robert Ponsonby, artistic director for the Edinburgh...

"Han Bennink is one of the founding figures of European improvised music; longtime musical partner of Misha Mengelberg and co-founder of the Instant Composer Pool (ICP). Recorded for Germany's Radio Bremen in 1973, in the period when Bennink was...

"Duet collaboration with long time friend and music partner, wind instrumentalist, Didier Malherbe who formed the band Gong with David Allen. Live in Paris was recorded at one of Paris' most famous Jazz venues, the New Morning Club. Both unclassifiable...

"A band occupying sonic territory entirely their own, BENT KNEE continues to break ground with each successive album, a record maintained with 2019’s extraordinary “You Know What They Mean”. The Boston outfit’s myriad influences are distilled into a deeply moving art-form that defies categorization, merging texture and style into music that’s thrilling, addictive, and unapologetically original.
“You Know What They Mean”, the fifth full-length by BENT KNEE is a prime example how to unite rock, pop...

Alison Bentley (vocals) with Dave Frankel (piano), Dave Jones (bass), Paul Cavaciuti (drums), with guests Steve Waterman (trumpet and flugelhorn) and Martin Speake (alto saxophone). New ideas on music by the greatest composers played by some of Britain...

Judeo-Spanish folk songs that travelled 500 years with the Sephardic Jews, in the unique tongue known as ''Ladino''. [New Albion]

''Improvisor, composer, arranger, producer, vocal stylist and bon vivant, Steve Beresford is one of Europe's most charming and versatile musical minds. These varied and and delightful cues originally composed for British film and television are perform...

More charming gems from the remarkable mind of world traveller/vocal stylist/composer/arranger/pianist Steve Beresford. A veteran of countless bands from the Slits to the Melody Four, Steve has been a central figure in the British improvising scene for...

Jo Berger Myhre – 1930´s German double bass, 1964 Gretsch 6071 bass guitar, Music Man HD150 amplifier, Simmons SDS8 drum machine, Moog Minitaur, Grendel Drone Commander and various analogue electronics
Kaveh Mahmudiyan – tombak (#2, 4, 5, 7)
Jo David Meyer Lysne – acoustic guitar (#2, 3, 6)
Jana Anisimova – upright piano (#2, 3)
Morten Qvenild – synth (#3, 5)
Ólafur Björn Ólafsson – organ (#5)
Vivian Wang – narration (#5)

“Myhre makes his solo debut with the rele

Bengt Berger-drums, Kjell Westling, bass clarinet and sopranino sax.

There is a lot of improvisation here, but despite what Bengt says below, this is not a completely improvised; there are WAY too many moments that are obviously rehearsed, when...

"One of the most versatile and active proponents of creative music, Karl Berger is a living legend who has been expanding the Jazz language since the mid-’60s. A pianist, vibraphonist, composer, arranger, conductor and educator of astounding energy and...

"Founder of the Creative Music Studio and a close collaborator of Don Cherry, Ornette Coleman, Gato Barbieri, Anthony Braxton and so many more, Karl Berger is a master musician and one of the pioneers of creative music. The third and final CD in his trilogy for Tzadik features fourteen tracks spanning a wide variety of moods. Karl’s gorgeous string arrangements are highlighted here in this beautiful and soulful suite of music for piano and strings."
Karl Berger: Piano
Ken Filiano: Bass...

"Composer, arranger, pianist, vibraphonist, conductor and educator, Karl Berger steps out on his own here for a brilliant solo piano recital. Structured as a series of variations and etudes, these moody and spiritually charged compositions showcase...

"The product of a recording session in New York City in 1970, “Where Fortune Smiles” is one of the milestone albums to be recorded at a time when the divisions between the worlds of jazz and rock were less defined and albums such as Bitches Brew by Miles Davis and the work of Tony Williams’ Lifetime pointed a new direction in music.
Originally released on Pye Records’ “Progressive” imprint Dawn Records, Where Fortune Smiles was recorded fresh on the heels of John McLaughlin and Dave Holland’s work...

A solo piano recital by one of the most elusive mavericks in new music. Born in Brooklyn and a legend in the downtown music community since the late 60s, Borah Bergman is a master musician and an iconoclastic pianist who has worked with all the majo...



This was originally issued by Pilz in 1972, was one of their last releases. Berkers was a bassist and a member of both the Cosmic Jokers and Wallenstein. This features him on guitar with various Kosmiche pals. More of a 'rock album' than you might expe...

What the London orbital is to the English capital, the Berliner ring is to Berlin: a circular highway that surrounds the city. The first contemporary release from Art Yard amalgamates disparate elements: electro mechanical devices, invented...

"This musical spin-off from The Samurai of Prog reaches its completion in the “Bernard and Pörsti” project with “Gulliver”, a concept album inspired by the character’s travels as told by Jonathan Swift, that maintains the style and the DNA of the original band.
The “third samurai”, Steve Unruh, is still present – even though in only one track – and will be soon re-joining the others for a new record on which TSoP are already working, “The Chronicles”, inspired to the Chronicles of Narnia."...

Two thirds of The Samurai Of Prog after the success of "Gulliver" re-propose a great symphonic Prog album with this La Tierra. The present section is the one composed by the Finnish Kimmo Pörsti (drums and percussion) and the Italian Marco Bernard (bass Rickenbacker 4003), and together with them a series of great guests chosen among the most famous South American musicians and the great Italian keyboard player. Oliviero LaCagnina. The Album is a small masterpiece where the tale of our land is told and...