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I was going to say that this is the latest Circle album, but since their website states that this is 'aproximately' the 7th Circle album released in 2007, I am afraid I will cough and an 8th one will come out. This presents the band in full NWOFHM ("new w

I was going to say that this is the latest Circle album, but since their website states that this is 'aproximately' the 7th Circle album released in 2007, I am afraid I will cough and an 8th one will come out. This presents the band in full NWOFHM ("new w

"A deluxe 2CD reissue of the wonderful Triumph 2LP released earlier in 2009 by Finland's finest export, Circle, following an affiliation that takes in the now o/p Arkades LP and equally almost sold-out 2CD reissue of it and, indeed, which goes back to...

Circle are a long-lived and hugely prolific Finnish underground rock band. Using elements of minimalism, stoner-rock, doom-metal, Krautrock and a lot more (sometimes at the same time and sometimes not), they've got a huge number of albums out on a billion labels (most notably their own, Ektro) and with a wide variety of sounds and approaches, but always using repetition and hypnotic ideas in a very good way. The opening track on this one sums up everything that is great about this band!....

"Circles are one of the most fascinating of German ambient/electronic bands from the post new-wave era."-Alan Freeman (Audion, Crack In The Cosmic Egg)

"Highly recommended for anyone into Harmonia, Cluster, Fripp & Eno, Heldon, Conrad Schnitzler, NEU!, Throbbing Gristle, Ilitch, Irmin Schmidt, Amon Düül II.

In the late 1970s and '80s there was a lot happening in the German post-krautrock underground that few people knew about -- lots of independent artists doing their own thing, either...

"Circles are one of the most fascinating of German ambient/electronic bands from the post new-wave era."-Alan Freeman (Audion, Crack In The Cosmic Egg)

"Highly recommended for anyone into Harmonia, Cluster, Fripp & Eno, Heldon, Conrad Schnitzler, NEU!, Throbbing Gristle, Ilitch, Irmin Schmidt, Amon Düül II.

In the late 1970s and '80s there was a lot happening in the German post-krautrock underground that few people knew about -- lots of independent artists doing their own thing, either...

"Latecomers to the krautrock party, Circles created a manifesto of frenzied inertia in the late 1980s, swimming in the same gene pool as Cluster and Popol Vuh. Ambient music for the end of time does not get any more authentic than this. The Structures album is a time capsule unlocked, containing previously unreleased recordings from 1985 to 1989. Music that blends the extremes of end-times foreboding and drifting lightness to beguiling effect. Music that succeeds in sounding more contemporary in 2016...

"A musical adventure with many references to Italian popular music, the Balkan, Neapolitan song, jazz and the great tradition of the country band, to evoke the special magic of a circus, the poetry of traveling in a caravan, the bravado of the trapeze...

“Steve Tilling has made a compelling debut. It’s a tight, dark intelligent album… albeit one plentifully and carefully decorated with accessible hooks and melodies... the depth of Tilling’s wanderlust is his most progressive asset.”-Prog magazine

"CIRCU5 is the project of British multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, Steve Tilling. Five years in the making, the project’s debut self-titled concept album features guest performances from Dave Gregory (XTC, Big Big Train), Phil Spalding...

"This international improvising ensemble has been going since 1984 with various members, but a couple of years ago leader and legendary Norwegian sax and clarinet player Frode Gjerstad handpicked a new band of musicians that has meant something special...

Circus 2000, from Turin, were formed in 1970 and released late that year both their first album and single (containing italian versions of two songs from the LP). Their second album came in 1972, still in english but with a slighly more polished sound ...

Circus 2000, from Turin, were formed in 1970 and released late that year both their first album and single (containing italian versions of two songs from the LP). The album had no line-up references on the cover, and many people at the time thought the...

A Swiss quintet who feature vocals/banjo, soprano sax/flute/accordion, clarinet, bass clarinet and double bass. The music is well orchestrated and quite wonderful, while I find the lyrics a bit smart-aleck-ish personally, but those who enjoy humor in m...

"During a ten days residence in Rimouski (Québec), the artists made documentary sounds recordings: interviews and soundscapes. They listen to the sounds heard along the St Lawrence River, underwater, and to the voices of peoples living around. Based on...

In Naples, the music of the wandering street musicians known as 'a Pusteggia has long been highly appreciated, not only by people, but by composers...I dedicate this work to all those artists who taught me so much while I was a Pusteggiatore myself. Fo...

Nice to see Ty, a fine guitarist and a excellent composer, spotlighted on his own album that features 3/4ths of the band he co-founded and is best known for his work with, Gutbucket!
"A founding member of the internationally acclaimed punk/jazz...

City Boy were an English art-rock band of mid 70s; think Roxy Music, 10cc, Bebop Deluxe, etc, who were especially notable for their intricate vocal arrangements.

This is the first official release of this, their first two albums, on CD and...

This is Italian music for diatonic accordions, performed by the trio of Civma Stefano Delvecchio, Mario Salvi & Roberto Tomesi on accordions, voice and percussion. Recorded live, the record really resonates with the rich sound of their instruments. [Fe...


This early 80s electronic album, originally released on Klaus Schulze's Innovative Communications label, the first of three, has held up very, very well.

"Clara Mondshine was a musical project of the late radio director, journalist, and...

The Clarinets is Anthony Burr (who has worked with Skuli Sverrison), Oscar Noriega (Satako Fujii) and Chris Speed (Claudia Quintet, Pachora) all of whom play clarinet on this date, recorded in an old church in the countryside of New York. "Ambient yet ...


Cameron Ralston double bass / Jason Scott saxofone / Bob Miller trumpet / Scott Clark drums + JC Kuhl bass clarinet & Bryan Hooten trombone on "Broken Treaties"

"The title of this recording isn’t a mere literary reference (to “Bury My Mind at Wounded Knee”, by “Dee” Brown). Just like the novel, the music inside is a tragic and soulful portrait of one of the darkest pages of human history and particularly the United States past (with effects continuing to present days): the Native-American genocide...

Cameron Ralston bass
Jason Scott saxophone
Bob Miller trumpet
Alan Parker guitar
Toby Summerfield guitar
Scott Clark drums

"I've been watching drummer and composer Scott Clark for a few years now & he is really developing into a major force in music. This is composed free-ish jazz and includes two electric guitarists which give it more of a rock / postrock feel than most free jazz. One of the guitarists is the great Toby Summerfield of Algernon and Larval!...


“Recorded in 1957, Sonny's Crib features a front line of Curtis Fuller, Donald Byrd, and John Coltrane with Sonny Clark on piano, Art Taylor on drums, and Paul Chambers on bass. Truly still a bebop recording, done a full year before the landmark Cool Struttin' session, nonetheless the set produced some awesome readings of classic tunes, like the opener, "With a Song in My Heart," with one of the knottiest Byrd solos ever. As Chambers and Taylor up the rhythmic ante and Clark comps with enormous chords in...



“Stanley Clarke's debut solo effort was issued when he was already a seasoned jazz veteran, and a member of Chick Corea's Return to Forever, which at the time of this recording also included Joe Farrell on soprano sax and flute, and the Brazilian team of vocalist Flora Purim and drummer/percussionist Airto Moreira. Produced by Corea, who plays Rhodes, clavinet, and acoustic piano on Children of Forever, the band included flutist Art Webb, then-new RtF drummer Lenny White, guitarist Pat Martino, and...

“By the end of the 1970s, Stanley Clarke was not only one of jazz's most influential bass players, but also one of its most popular artists.
These performances from his show at Denver's Rainbow Theater on October 24th, 1979, broadcast on KBCO-FM, features material from five of his '70s studio albums, including his signature tune "School Days". Also in the set is a version of Return To Forever's "Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy", as well as his interpretation of fellow jazz master bassist...

This was the second solo album by the Return to Forever bassist, released in 1974 when RTF were in their prime/peak. It's an all-star cast of young, hot, fusion kids playing their socks off: Stanley, Tony Williams (drums), Jan Hammer (keyboards)...

Zack Clarke piano and electronics
Henry Fraser double bass
Dre Hocevar drums

"Random Acts of Order boldly confronts some of the core questions posed by free music. Working with two of the most dynamic young talents on the improvised music scene, bassist Henry Fraser and percussionist/composer Dre Hocevar, Zack Clarke explores a space between order and freedom that is represented by the polarities of idiomatic expectations and free improvisation. The results are explored through forms..

Zack Clarke piano and electronics
Chris Irvine cello
Charlotte Greve saxophone, clarinet, flute
Nick Dunston double bass
Leonid Galaganov percussion, waterphone, shakuhachi

"Mesophase is a term used in physics describing a state of matter that is neither liquid nor solid, sharing properties of both while defining a state unique unto itself. By extension, the concept can also apply to a reconciliation of emotional polarities or conflicting ideas. Zack Clarke leverages the idea of a...

Zack Clarke piano
Kim Cass double bass
Dre Hocevar drums

"Pianist and composer Zack Clarke is a worker of forms, expanding the ones he chooses far beyond their conventions. Of course, when manipulating form, Clarke manages all of the inherent idiomatic factors while keeping himself away from any established sublabels, be it “third stream”, “fusion” or “collage”. After dealing with electro-acoustic projects including his acclaimed Random Acts of Order and Mesophase, his focus returns to...

So, this package shows up here about 18 months ago, and it has a long letter from this guy and a CDR of the recordings by his psychedelic pop band from 1967-1970. A few tracks were released at the time as singles, but most of their recordings were not ...

Since their founding in the late 1990s, The Claudia Quintet has walked a unique path in contemporary jazz. Unlike most jazz ensembles where the particular musicians may come and go, drummer, composer and leader John Hollenbeck always wanted Claudia...

The 2nd release by this sensational 'jazz and beyond' ensemble. Their music, while clearly influenced by the jazz idiom, goes far beyond jazz, and many parts of this record have more in common with musicians such as L'Ensemble Raye, Hamster Theatre, Ni...

The Claudia Quintet is proof positive that the pessimists were wrong: jazz is not dead, despite being embalmed by major labels and confined by some musicians to dead ends. In the works of this sensational NY-based, 'jazz and beyond' ensemble, jazz has broken through its rigid shell and been reborn in shimmering and beautifully alluring new form. It lives and breathes in music that melds influences from classical minimalism, new music composition, and progressive and post-rock with an astonishingly fresh...

“Rich with ambition and empathetic interplay...the Claudia Quintet doesn’t...sound like anybody else. Which is exactly what makes them worth seeking out.” — Los Angeles Times

Led by composer, drummer and three-time Grammy nominee..

“You’d never mistake Claudia for anyone else.” – DownBeat

“Sensing the tipping point where improvisation undermines a composer's intentions, or composition imprisons good improvisers, is the challenge for musicians who like giving equal weight to both – and the Claudia Quintet are frontrunners at this tricky game.” – The Guardian
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For their sixth album, What Is the Beautiful?, The Claudia Quintet brings together the acclaimed compositional approach of leader John Hollenbeck with two of the most important male singers in improvised music...

Royal Toast is the long-awaited fifth release by this wonderful and undefinable ensemble. Led by twice Grammy-nominated drummer/composer John Hollenbeck, who The Village Voice called, "...superb, technically ingenious... passionate and serious...


Lol Coxhill-soprano sax
Charles Hayward-drums
Hugh Hopper-bass
Orphy Robinson-vibes, steel drums
with
Robert Wyatt-cornet

The first release (and sadly the only one) by this improvising group of established figures from the creative rock and improvised music scene in Britain. They've been together for a few years now, plays shows when circumstances permit, and it's great that they've finally documented something. This pretty quickly finds its feet, finds a groove and keeps.

JD Allen - tenor saxophone
Andrew Bishop - bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophone
Jeremy Pelt - trumpet
Ben Waltzer - piano
Chris Lightcap - bass
Gerald Cleaver - drums

“On his new recording, Violet Hour Live at Firehouse 12, Cleaver reconvenes this allstar ensemble for a rare performance and live recording at the New Haven, Connecticut venue. Violet Hour was first assembled for Cleaver’s 2008 recording Detroit and features some of the most inspiring instrumentalists t


"Barry Cleveland's Hologramatron is a 21st Century protest record with songs featuring biting, sometimes brutal, commentary on the state of the Western world. It's a musical response to contemporary social, political, and even spiritual realities...

Barry's intention with his latest release, Volcano, is to explore music based on African and Afro-Haitian rhythms, fused with stylistic influences that include progressive rock, jazz, ambient and myriad world musics" (quoting from the promo sheet). Rea...

"The instrumental bass and drum duo, Clevis was born in Baltimore nearly 7 years ago, but for the past two they have been pounding their rhythms and pouring their melodies into Los Angeles clubs and bars. Unlike many bass and drum bands, which often...

Alex Cline, a great drummer and composer, leads a tribute to the landmark AEC album, Roscoe Mitchell composition, that features an all-star lineup:
Oliver Lake – saxophones, flute
Vinny Golia – woodwinds
Dan Clucas – cornet...