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Excellent, ECM-style album (in a totally good way) with a stellar cast of players:
Alex Cline - drums and percussion
Peggy Lee - cello
Myra Melford - piano and harmonium
Scott Walton - bass
Jeff Gauthier - violin

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"Anchored by two 18-minute pieces and filled with atmospheric resonance and meditative movements, Continuation is not a listening experience that can be rushed, but what a satisfying and varied journey Alex Cline and his four collaborators take you on

"The latest Alex Cline Ensemble endeavor is the first since 1999's Sparks Fly Upward, and is a poetic masterpiece. Back is the haunted, hunted stoned angel voice of Aina Kemanis, with violins provided by Jeff Gauthier, Michael Elizando's bass, G.E...

Nicely packaged release from composer and percussionist Alex Cline and his musical pals. This is [apparently] the final release from Cryptogrammophone (who can blame them] and this is a beautifully packaged and wonderful goodbye, if so....
Nels Cline, electric guitars
G.E. Stinson, electric guitars
Wayne Peet, electric piano, organ
Yuka C. Honda, electric keyboards, samples
Scott Walton, bass, keyboard
Chi Li, erhu, zhonghu, zheng, qin
Jeff Gauthier, electric violin..

"Sometimes meditative, other times intensely powerful, Cloud Plate brings together four veteran improvising musicians and accomplished bandleaders, percussionist Alex Cline, vocalist Kaoru, electric koto player Miya Masaoka, and electric guitarist G.E...

"Born of a provocative mating of art and music, Dirty Baby is guitarist/composer Nels Cline and poet/producer David Breskin's visionary recontextualization of Ed Ruscha's "censor strip" paintings. This sumptuous double-CD box set includes more than an...

Great single-priced/double disc set of Nels and company just ripping it up. Nice to see a deserving musician actually catch a break and Nels is as deserving as they come!

Nels Cline - guitars, voice, effects
Devin Hoff - bass, electric bass.

"Nels Cline is a gateway drug in the best of ways. He's known as the guitar player for one of America's best bands, Wilco. His crazy performances, filled with static shrieking and string bending, have led fans to the other side of music. It's a style...

"Perhaps it will be a letdown for me to say this, but this is not a 'tribute record' in the conventional sense. It is a view -- ONE VIEW -- into the music of Andrew Hill, an artist whose music has continued to change and expand its parameters. Mr...

"In a job where I need to keep listening to new music and different CDs, it's hard for me to take the time to listen to many albums again. Those albums are a special breed, the ones I know it takes repeated listens to discover the depth of the music...

"In this collection of wiggy compositions and freewheeling improvisations, guitarist Nels Cline collaborates with innovative bassist Mark Dresser, famed jazz drummer Billy Mintz and electric harpist Zeena Parkins. Nels...

The third volume in Atavistic's Out Trios Series aligns L.A.-based guitar genius Nels Cline (Wilco), NYC keyboard/accordion avatar Andrea Parkins and heavy session percussionist Tom Rainey, captured live at Tonic in NYC. Atavistic's Out Trios Series is...

It's like the 'Mod Squad' of guitarists: 'One Black - One White' only here it's more like 'one known as a straight ahead guy and the other known as a wildman'. You get to figure out who is who here.

Seriously, Nels is a great player and knows...

Three great players, Nels Cline on guitar, Andrea Parkins on accordion and sampler and (the amazing) Tom Rainey on drums. “Rainey was a surprise hero of this year’s FIMAV, a critical one-third of an improvisational encounter with guitarist Nels Cline...


Jay Cloidt is, the Spike Jones of the Bay Area's new music scene [San Francisco Chronicle]. Kronos Quartet, Paul Dresher Ensemble, and Basso Bongo are the performers. 'Kole Kat Krush' (1989 juxtaposes music from Stravinsky, Beethoven, Eric Clapton, and...


Second by this excellent US, indefinable, avant / pop / progressive ensemble. Recommended!

"Cloud Becomes Your Hand are a Brooklyn-based band with a joyous, eclectic sound that recalls avant-prog, cartoon music, psychedelic indie pop, and myriad other styles. The group's tightly wound, unpredictable compositions often include violins, angular guitar riffs, bizarre voices, woodwinds, and bursts of noisy electronics. As fractured and eccentric as their...

Their 1st release, from 2013.

"Dada-minded insurrectionists hellbent on dismantling various genres then re-assembling them inside out with gleeful aplomb."-The Village Voice

"...I can safely call Cloud Becomes Your Hand one of the most exciting and wonderfully strange bands I've encountered in some time."-Stereogum, "Band To Watch"

"With brilliant melodies, blippy video-game sounds, and Syd Barrett-esque lyrics, Cloud Becomes Your Hand feels like a joyful journey through a strange

"Originally an all-things-not-Panthers outlet for guitarist Kip Ulhorn swapping musical ideas with Simon Wojan (now in King Khan and his Shrines), Cloudland Canyon spent several years interpreting the more structurally-challenged examples of...

"It appears there is a second 'kosmische musik' period in full bloom around the world at the moment, not so much 'kosmische' as in 'Krautrock' but instead 'cosmic.' At Kranky they have the celestial symphonies of Stars of the Lid, the guitar circle...

Getting a bead on where the colors of sound that make up the nightfall shroud of Requiems der Natur 2002-2004 meet is difficult, but they are working from much the same influence as the musicians of This Heat, bravely challenging musical taboos in...

"The first Cloudland Canyon release for Kranky was recorded in Brooklyn, Germany and Memphis. It follows on the heels of the well-received Requiems Der Natur 2002-2004 album released on the Tee Pee label. Silver Tongued Sisyphus is a secular call to...

"The landscape of progressive rock continues to evolve. As the dinosaur bands fade away a new breed of thought provoking artistry has emerged. Bands like Porcupine Tree, Tool, Riverside, and Anathema are not about complexity or grandiose arrangements....


"The Clusone Trio (also known as Trio Clusone and Clusone 3) was a creative, international group of skilled musicians who blended improvisation, original compositions and old jazz chestnuts into a music that's kooky and/or delicate, but always winning...

"Apropos Cluster (1990) was released in Coralville, Iowa, in deepest provincial America. Youthful enthusiast Russ Curry (sic) set up the Curious Music label on his own initiative to release this very album. Emboldened by the spirit of the independent...

Cluster 71 is the first album by Cluster and the least known of their early clasics. It is reissued here with the original cover art in a digipack. It's been reissued a zillion times, but no matter which edition, it's a great release...

"Originally released on Sky Records in 1981, Bureau B reissues Cluster's Curiosum -- the sixth duo collaboration between Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius. Curiosum was to mark a departure to pastures new. Little did they know that this would...

"Formed in Germany in 1971 when Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius left Conrad Schnitzler's group Kluster, Cluster can be counted among the most important protagonists of the electronic avant-garde. Some credit them with having invented ambient music, others as pioneers of synthesizer pop, while to others they are firmly embedded in the Krautrock universe. There is some truth in all of these notions. Although Cluster and "rock music" are seldom mentioned in the same breath, their early works in...

"After Curiosum, the last Cluster album to be released on Sky, Roedelius and Moebius turned their attention to solo work. It was not until the early 1990s that Cluster returned to the electronic music stage with Apropos Cluster and One Hour. The duo...

This is a document of two modestly well recorded shows by Cluster in a very early and later early prime: 1972 and 1977. Don't start here, but essential and quite worthwhile for fans.

The two authorized recordings presented on Konzerte 1972/1977 vividly conjure up the atmosphere, perhaps even the magic, of a Cluster performance back in the day. One took place in 1977 during a science fiction festival in Metz (France). The other dates back to an earlier show in Hamburg's Fabrik venue. Cluster...

"Cluster's hiatus between Curiosum and Apropos Cluster in 1990 lasted for almost 10 years. Roedelius and Moebius spent this time developing their individual musical characteristics in a series of solo albums and collaborations which they released with...

In 1994, a few years before the resurgence of interest in all things Krautrock and kling-klang, this album was released in the USA on a tiny label. It marked the beginning of Moebius and Roedelius working together again after a number of years off...

Excellent final release by the pioneers of electronic music in Germany. These two musicians are old enough to be your father or grandfather, yet here they are making new, interesting, cutting-edge music.

"Reissue of the last studio album by Cluster, the legendary krautronic duo of Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, recorded in Ohio in 2009 by Tim Story. From Story's liner notes: "My role, as I imagined it, was to emulate Conny Plank, the great Cluster producer and a hero I'd never had a...

Originally released in 1976 and their last as a duo before recording their two famous albums with Brian Eno, this has been relatively difficult to find for some time until now.

"The fourth full-length album by legendary German electronic music duo Cluster, originally released on Sky Records in 1976. Sowiesoso follows on from their most highly-acclaimed album, Zuckerzeit (1974). Michael Rother's influence was clearly audible on the latter, Cluster already having recorded two albums with him under..

These shows from Cluster's 1996 US tour are shockingly great and up to par! Recommended if you don't already have these recordings!

"This release consists of tracks from Purple Pyramid's 1997 CD First Encounter Tour 1996, reworked and reselected.

Nice to have this classic spacey/ambient album generally available in the USA again. This was the first collaboration, recorded when Eno's star was at its zenith, between him and the great German electronic duo. This features new, detailed liner notes....

Nice to have this classic spacey/ambient album generally available again. This was the first collaboration, recorded when Eno's star was at its zenith, between him and the great German electronic duo. I remember my first record store job, around 1978...

"Live In Vienna is the eighth full-length album by German electronic music outfit Cluster and their first and only album with Joshi Farnbauer. It is the first of three live albums recorded by Cluster. Until now Cluster & Farnbauer had never been...

"Born in London, raised in the UK and currently composer-in-residence at the Chicago Symphony, Anna Clyne is a composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music that blends ambient soundscapes with sonic gestures that morph and collide in ever changing...

"MoonJune Records is pleased to present the international debut of the multi-talented pianist, vocalist and composer, Susan Clynes. On this, her first solo album, she showcases her evocative, compelling stylings, in a set as diverse as it is emotive...

"Big Band jazz with a Mediterranean flavour guided by the famous tuba and serpent player Michel Godard. So, as it is in the delivery of the best jazz, so many languages are happily living in the same place. There is a Mediterranean background in these grooves; the restlessness of the blues, bop citations, echoes of a marching band, and disguised tangos. Full orchestral moments that with great wisdom drains into a duo or trio; improvised and free form jazz moments, alternating with ballad and dixieland...

The Coachmen is the band of illustrator J.D. King. Septimania is the project of Jonathan Thomas, formerly of the Amoebic Ensemble (Alec K. Redfearn's first band and definitely a precursor of The Eyesores). Jonathan and J.D. are both from Providence, RI...

"Born in Wisconsin and a resident of Germany since 1969, Gloria Coates has been composing for over fifty years. Her work is complex, filled with canons, palindromes, polyrhythms, dissonances, glissandi and is distinguished by a wide expressive and...

Clive Palmer was only in the Incredible String Band for one album before departing, and to most rock and folk fans vanished off the radar screen after leaving the ISB. However, the guitarist-singer did surface in the early 1970s as the leader of C.O.B., an acronym for Clive's Original Band. On their first album, Spirit of Love (1971, CBS), the C.O.B. trio was completed by multi-instrumentalists and singers John Bidwell and Mick Bennett, with some other musicians (including Ralph McTell) lending a hand on...

Cecilia Fage: Vocals and choral arrangements
Jarrod Gosling: Organs, Mellotron, tone generator, RMI piano, accordion, tape loops, effects, drums and percussion
Nick Gosling: Guitar on ‘Who Are The Strange’

“Variants is the companion piece to the debut album from Cobalt Chapel (released in 2017). Cobalt Chapel is the psychedelic folk-rock pairing of Cecilia Fage (Matt Berry & The Maypoles) and Jarrod Gosling (I Monster, Regal Worm).
Variants takes the songs from the bands debut and


James Williams-piano
Donald Harrison-alto sax
Ron Carter-bass
Billy Cobham-drums
Really a great acoustic band assembled by BC for this one!

"With a compelling mixture of enduring standards and imaginative originals, this all-star quartet establishes itself, in Billy Cobham's words, ''as a uniquely unified musical force.'' Billy considers jazz musicians to be the most flexible instrumentalists in the Western hemisphere and says, To witness that musical flexibility, one just has t

"Having made landmark recordings with Miles Davis, formed pioneering fusion bands Dreams and Mahavishnu Orchestra, and made several fine solo albums, by 1978 Billy Cobham was firmly established as one of the world's leading jazz-rock drummers. This superb set was taped for radio broadcast by WXRT-FM at Park West, Chicago, Illinois, on March 4, 1978, and finds him supported by his recently formed Magic Band, consisting of Charles Singleton (sax, reeds, guitar), Ray Mouton (guitar), Alvin Batiste...

Billy's excellent second solo album, recorded in 1974, while Billy was one of the gods of fusion just after the dissolution of the original Mahavishnu Orchestra Includes George Duke, the Brecker Brothers, Garnett Brown, John Abercrombie and others.
Jesus, Billy was just so amazing back then. Compositionally, this isn't up there with those three Mahavishnu albums, but it's still a good, fun, strong fusion treat.