Remy Chaudagne-bass, compositions, Andy Shppard-soprano & tenor sax, Peter Erskine-drums. "On this album everything is tight and clear. The dialogue between the three musicians is sometimes held back, sometimes heavy but always aims for a colour which..

"There is a lot to amuse and delight about Cheer-Accident...and Chicago XX continues the band's apparent mission to fold as many abstruse styles into their songs as possible...without collapsing into a nightmare tangle. Chicago XX strikes a keen balance between angularity and tunefulness, neither comforting nor intimidating, but performed with incredible skill and precision." – The Wire, May 2020

“We’ve made it to XX!! Yes, it took longer than it took Chicago to make it...

"For their next release, in an attempt to capture their harsher live sound, the band turned to internationally-renowned engineer Steve Albini. This successful pairing yielded "Dumb Ask" and ultimately resulted in a multi-album contract with England's NEAT Records in mid-1990."

The good news: This is one of their masterpieces, I think (and most agree) and it is finally back again!
The bad news: It is a band-made, band sold CDR version. FYI, kidz.

The enigmatic Cheer-Accident formed in 1981, when the members were...

This is #19 from Cheer-Accident and, like everything from the last decade from them, is another knock-it-out-of-the-ballpark winner!
Interestingly, even though it was recorded fairly recently and there is currently a fantastic quartet version of the band, only Thymme and Jeff of the current band are on here - with a lot of guests - and the entire album was written by Jeff! Why? Because they are CHEER-ACCIDENT and they don't answer to you, me or anyone else.
Hugely personally recommended!...

For over 20 years, Cheer-Accident have been a creative, interesting force in rock music. They constantly strive to surprise their audience and themselves with constant reinvention. Fear Draws Misfortune is their 16th release and arguably their best and...

"In a masterful multi-media mish-mosh of formats, SkiN GRAFT presents a complete Gumballhead The Cat comic book accompanied by a full length CD soundtrack of audio intrigue and jaw dropping dynamic group interplay from Chicago's progressive rock masters CHEER-ACCIDENT. Packaged in a 7 1/2” x 7 1/2” sleeve for easy storage alongside vinyl singles, periodicals or in-store display cases."

Over the years, I have gone from thinking that this was a mixed release; some great and some not-so-great stuff, but over the years, I've decided that this is actually maybe their masterpiece or certainly one of their masterpieces. Even Camp O' Physique..

"Tons of weird rock records have streamed out of Chicago over the past two decades, but none have blended pop smarts and avant-garde impulses as skillfully as this marvelous brainteaser of an album..." – Time Out New York...

The enigmatic Cheer-Accident formed in 1981, when the members were in High School, but it wasn't until 1988 when they released their first album, Sever Roots, Tree Dies. These guys do things the hard way; they are not content to give their audience wha...

"After three decades, many long-running acts have long run out of ideas. Cheer-Accident...sounds like a band that’s barely dug into its...ingenuity and daring." – Something Else!

Jeff Libersher guitar, trumpet, vocals, keyboards
Dante Kester bass, keyboards
Thymme Jones drums, vocals, piano, trumpet, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, moog, noise
Carmen Armillas vocals
Mike Hagedorn trombone

This was the final album they made with their good friend, engineer and bandmate, Phil Bonnet, before he died suddenly and very unexpectedly of a brain aneurism. It's been unavailable for years and years and now it returns in remastered form.
Note to folks not used to Cheer-Accident; despite the nicely said stuff below, I think you will have a very hard time drawing a line between this very agressive album and Hatfield and the North. YMMV.

“Salad Days” is a feel good masterpiece of...

Hot damn tamale, I never thought that this would be reissued on CD! This was the very first album release by Cheer Accident, the woefully under-recognized band from Chicago, for whom the term "brutal-prog" was actually coined, by Weasel Walter! At this point in their life, they were a trio consisting of Chris Block-bass, piano, vocals, guitar, flute, tapes, samples, mellotron, Jeff Libersher-guitars and Thymme Jones-drums, piano, vocals, trumpet, percussion, tapes, sampler, mellotron. We stocked this...

The enigmatic Cheer-Accident formed in 1981, when the members were in High School, but it wasn't until 1988 when they released their first album, Sever Roots, Tree Dies. These guys do things the hard way; they are not content to give their audience what their audience thinks they want. Hence, they can be anything from a utterly fantastic to a utterly frustrating listen, depending on what you were hoping that the record you are listening would be, based on the last album by them you heard. They are also

Until this reissue, this 1999, CDR-only release was by far their rarest artifact. But not any more. Nuh uh. Better look for something else to covet now!

"Recorded just prior to “Salad Days”, and originally self-released by the band in a very limited edition, the 52 minute song “Trading Balloons” anticipated the direction the band would take in years to come - exploring a dizzying blend of musical styles: from Zeppelin-esque bombast to folk-tinged Americana to Stravinsky-flavored progressive rock...

“Third in the series. We’ve established a pattern here. (Every three years…) [editor’s note: Then they signed to the Cuneiform conglomerate and completely destroyed their freedom to do so – ha ha ha!]
This one is very much the sister Old Man to the 2005 release. Sister Old Man? Does that even make sense?
Much tunefulness here as euphoria and melancholia seem to be battling it out.”

Based on the personnel [Alex Perkolup, Mike Hagedorn, Jeff Libersher, Thymme Jones] and the sound of.

"The Series! Documents of aural episodes (voyeuristic glimpses into the psyche of Cheer-Accident) made at home and on the road."

"The Series! Documents of aural episodes (voyeuristic glimpses into the psyche of Cheer-Accident) made at home and on the road."

"Also known as CHEER-ACCIDENT ‘81-’84, as that is when all of these recordings took place. Yes, those were the formative years… In other words: We were in (and/or just out of) high school when we made this stuff, so give us a break!"

"Cheer-Accident began in 1981 as a creative communal pastime for a group of high-schoolers and, finally (after 23 years), here is the document which proves it: eccentric, eclectic, and engaging, this cd provides an exclusive glimpse at the roots of one of America's...

A native of Taiwan, Chien-Yin Chen is a marvelous young composer who spent ten years in Germany studying with Gyorgi Ligeti, and is now living in New York. Her work is remarkably inventive, honest and meticulously crafted. Purr, her debut CD features f...

Excellent, legimate, newly remastered reissue at a relatively reasonable price (for a Japanese import), of this stupidly rare Japanese psych/progressive album, originally released on Polydor in 1971. Psychedelic spewage at its finest. A wonderful period..

Guigou is best known as the drummer (and also composer) with Etron Fou Leloublan and Volapuk, but he's made a number of really excellent solo albums both within and outside of his membership in those bands, of which this is the latest, and his best sin...

A very short but excellent release composed by Guigou, performed by this precursor to his Rumors Of The City project, & is musically similar. Another stupendous work from Guigou. [In Poly Sons]

Cherry Five were actually an early version of Goblin, who had their first album released under this name to hide their identity (long story). This is by a new version of the group, featuring original drummer Carlo Bordini and other good (if not...

Really brilliantly great, classic, Ornette-styled, swinging free-jazz album that reunites three of the four members of the original Ornette Coleman quartet (Don, Charlie Haden and Billy Higgins) with excellent saxist James Clay. Stupendous...

Very rare, never generally released, live set from 1971, featuring Don Cherry doing his very early, proto-world music sound , peforming on a number of instruments: piano, trumpet, Native American flute, vocals (ala "Mu") and backed by Johnny Dyani...

"Don Cherry's downtown Paris funk masterwork Home Boy, Sister Out, produced in 1985 by Ramuntcho Matta and originally released by Barclay in France only, finally gets a worldwide release on Wewantsounds.
Featuring French post-punk muse Elli Medeiros, avant-garde poet Brion Gysin, and cult Senegalese drummer Abdoulaye Prosper Niang (Xalam), this is a unique soundbite of Paris in the early '80s at its coolest when funk, jazz, and new wave were mingling with sounds from Africa, Jamaica, and Latin...

Don Cherry (trumpet); Gato Barbieri (tenor saxophone); Bo Stief (bass); Karl Berger (vibraphone); Aldo Romano (drums).

"The final volume of this three-part series, containing two extended performances of 'Complete Communion' and 'Remembrance.'..

Never-before released! With Don Cherry (trumpet), Gato Barbieri (tenor saxophone), Bo Stief (bass), Karl Berger (vibraphone), Aldo Romano (drums). The opening set at the Café Montmartre is presented here.

Recorded live in 1966 with Gato Barbieri, Karl Berger, Aldo Romano, Bo Stief. I believe that this material has never been released before. Also included in this set is a new ESP DVD-audio sampler, featuring selections of almost every ESP artist. Over 12 hours of music!

"Don Cherry, more than any other artist in the jazz of his era, pioneered the music’s internationalist nature that has now come to be commonly accepted as an integral part of its character. The individuality of Cherry’s...

77' minutes of previously unreleased, LONG tracks in great sound from Don Cherry's important Swedish period, recorded in 1968 and 1971! This is where he really began to explore music beyond jazz, fusing it with folk and beyond music...

First-time ever on CD for this early jazz/world/stoned classic.

"One of the towering figures in American music, Don Cherry was part of the revolutionary free-bop quartet led by Ornette Coleman in the late 1950s and early 1960s, an ensemble that.

Don Cherry - cornet, piano, bamboo flute, gong
Karl Berger - vibes, marimba, piano, celeste, percussion
Jacques Thollot - drums, bells, timbales

”Don Cherry Trio, live from Studio 105, Maison de l'ORTF, Paris on March 18th, 1967. Having played with a who's who of cutting-edge American jazz musicians (including Ornette Coleman, Albert Ayler, Sonny Rollins, Archie Shepp, and Pharoah Sanders), by the mid-60s Don Cherry was spending increasing amounts of time in Europe. There he developed his

“’The trumpeter sketches a succession of melodies and moods around and over the rich textural detail and earthy solidity of Mr Blackwell’s drumming,” noted Robert Palmer in The New York Times. “The melodies come from Spain, Africa, Jamaica and the modern jazz compositions of Thelonious Monk, but Mr Cherry and Mr Blackwell transform them into a personal music that is as urbane and international as they are. Together, they make El Corazón one of the most impressive duet albums of recent years.”

The two volume set of Don's excellent duets with Ed Blackwell, released together and complete on one CD. In my opinion, this is one of the greatest of the Actuel series! Recorded August 22, 1969, this is great duets, and you can hear the seeds of Don's later excursions into world music being planted here. 2001 remaster. "An outstanding work in the free jazz and avant-garde jazz idiom, the Mu sessions are among the most beautiful improvised duets recorded during the height of the free jazz movement....

Don Cherry: Trumpet
John Tchicai: Alto Saxophone, Voice
Irène Schweizer: Piano
Léon Francioli: Bass
Pierre Favre: Drums
"The music of this concert is adventurous, taking the liberty of breaking all the rules of style through playing without getting totally out of hand", writes Christian Rentsch in the liner notes. In short: This CD is a stroke of luck.
For decades, the live recording of the Musical Monsters from 30 August 1980 lay carefully packed away in the archives of the...

“Free Jazz Meeting Baden Baden '67, captures a set of live performances from 1967. Since 1966, the Free Jazz Meeting (now known as the SWR NewJazz Meeting) has taken place annually in Baden-Baden, Germany. This disc presents performances that were broadcast in Germany from the second of these events, which took place from December 16 through December 18, 1967. The four pieces feature different lineups of major free jazz musicians from several countries, including such top players as Don Cherry, Marion...

Bruno Chevillon, double bass / Tim Berne, alto saxophone.

"It's one of the ironies of life that the more you learn during your time on this planet, the more you realize how little you really know. Perhaps that is the ultimate wisdom...

Rob Mazurek – cornet, electronics
Chad Taylor – drums, percussion, mbira, electronics
Alexander Hawkins – piano
John Edwards – double bass

At a time when the world is mired in divisiveness, a time of wall-building and fear-mongering, it takes visionaries to build bridges rather than tear them down. “This is protest music,” insists Rob Mazurek. “It always has been. That’s why it’s called ‘Underground’ - it’s not just called that for fun. We really...

Dan Phillips – guitar
Hamid Drake – drums
Mars Williams - saxophones and percussion
Jeb Bishop – trombone
Krzysztof Pabian - double bass

"Dan Phillips leads a quintet with muscle and a big Chicago sound and memorable compositions."-The Wire.

"Chicago jazz is the complexity of the postmodern sound with a predisposition for rump shaking. The Quintet rarely lowers the flame from boiling."-All About Jazz.

"Fans of both traditional and more adventurous jazz will fi

Rob Mazurek – cornet
Jeff Parker – guitar
Dan Bitney - drums and percussion
Matt Lux – bass
Brian Keigher – percussion
Jonas Munk - guitar, electronics
Jakob Skøtt - drums, percussion

“Chicago Odense Ensemble is a unique collaboration that came together in the winter of 2008 while Danish musicians Jonas Munk and Jakob Skøtt stayed in Chicago.
Via mutual friends, and a support gig for Isotope 217 in Millenium Park, a studio session was arranged for the two to impr

Steve Swell trombone
Gebhard Ullmann tenor saxophone and bass clarinet
Fred Lonberg-Holm cello and electronics
Michael Zerang drums

"More than 10 years of partnership between American trombonist, composer Steve Swell and German tenor saxophonist, bass clarinetist and composer Gebhard Ullmann after their successful first collaboration, The Ullmann/Swell Quartet featuring bassist Hill Greene and drum legend Barry Altschul continues now with a new version of the quartet featuring...

"Part one of a 2-disc series containing new material by Peter Brotzmann from the 2006 European tour. Peter Brotzmann, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark (reeds), Joe McPhee (trumpet & alto), Hannes Bauer (trombone), Per-Ake Holmlander (tuba), Fred...

"Part two of a 2-disc series containing new material by Peter Brotzmann from the 2006 European tour. Peter Brotzmann, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark (reeds), Joe McPhee (trumpet & alto), Hannes Bauer (trombone), Per-Ake Holmlander (tuba), Fred...

Recorded in concert at Molde Jazzfestival, Norway, July 20th 2007. Featuring: Joe McPhee, Peter Brötzmann, Kent Kessler, Michael Zerang, Johannes Bauer, Per Ake Holmlander, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Mats Gustafsson, Ken Vandermark, Paal Nilssen-Love.

Ernest Dawkins : soprano, alto & tenor saxophones
Harrison Bankhead : double bass, cello
Hamid Drake : drums, frame drum

Rob Mazurek: cornet, electronics
Chad Taylor: drums, electronics

There's some really bad-ass, fat, Moog-like sequencers on some of this that sounds like old Heldon jamming with a trumpeter! Nice!

"This year marks a milestone for...

"Boca Negra is the 5th release of the critically acclaimed Chicago Underground Duo made up of Rob Mazurek (Exploding Star Orchestra, Isotope 217, Mandarin Movie) and Chad Taylor (Fred Anderson, Iron and Wine, Marc Ribot). The recording contains powerful..

Studying koto since the age of three, Mori Chieko is one of the worlds most versatile koto virtuosos. She has spent long periods in Italy, London and the United States, collaborated with Michael Galasso, and created music for dance, film and theater, i...

“The math-y riffs and beats could sound clinical (the band cites composers Karlheinz Stockhausen and Charles Ives as influences), but the sweat and grime it takes to execute them is wisely left intact. Let your pupils dilate and your brain liquefy.”-PITCHFORK

“…keeping the "fuck you" spirit of punk rock alive, actualizing their very own genre defying, almost avant-garde psychosis.”-EXCLAIM

“In their 15 years of existence, CHILD ABUSE have become much more than a jarring name. The NY...