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Jonathan Finlayson: trumpet
Steve Lehman: alto saxophone
Brian Settles: tenor saxophone and flute
Matt Mitchell: piano
John Hebert: bass
Craig Weinrib: drums

Really happy to see DC’s fabulous saxist Brian Settles playing with some of the NYC heavyweights on this great, modern session. Wonderful stuff!

“Trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson's 3 Times Round is his first release since the widely-lauded Moving Still, which was named one of the top albums of 2016 by the Ne

Jonathan Finlayson - trumpet
Miles Okazaki - guitar
Matt Mitchell - piano
John Hébert bass
Craig Weinrib - drums

"Moving Still is the eagerly-awaited follow-up to trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson's Moment and the Message, which was voted the Number One album by a debut artist in the NPR Jazz Critics Poll and called 'a great modern jazz record that also sounds like joy and feels like a dance' by PopMatters. One of the most highly regarded young musicians on the scene, Finlayson was..

Dominic Duval, bass/James Finn, tenor sax/Warren Smith, drums.

"James Finn not only plays brilliantly, but he also produced, engineered, mixed, and mastered this CD single-handedly. The album features bassist Dominic Duval, Downbeat Magazine...

“Led by future Strawbs guitarist Dave Lambert, Hounslow-based trio Fire failed to break through in their lifetime, but have posthumously been championed by two slightly different elements of the collector network: mod/psychedelic pop admirers love their much-covered 1968 single ‘Father’s Name Is Dad’ and their collection of similarly-styled demos from the same period; while progressive rock fans have made the 1970 Pye album ‘The Magic Shoemaker’ a hugely valuable artefact.
Finally, all of their work...

A reissue of a good, fiery, fusion trio who should have gotten more acclaim, but whose releases came out at the wrong time for that to happen. This includes 3 bonus tracks.

"Fire Merchants are another one of those horribly unjustly overlooked bands that deserved so much better.
They were formed by guitarist John Goodsall (BABYLON, BRAND X, SANDOZ) and drummer Chester Thompson (ZAPPA, WEATHER REPORT, GENESIS) who recruited bassist/percussionist Doug Lunn for a first album, FIRE MERCHANTS...

"Handbasket delivers Fire of Space orchestrations of musical influence from a variety of cultural locales, including Turkey, Siberia and the Punjab region of India. The band makes use of unusual instrumentation (in the tradition of early swing bands...

Mats Gustafsson - flute, baritone sax, live electronics
Johan Berthling - electric bass
Andreas Werliin – drums
Goran Kajfes - quartertone trumpet
Mats Aleklint - trombone, sousaphone, horn arrangements

“Fire! tracking new paths and reaching new levels of excellence, still honoring their 12-year-old vow of presenting a fresh approach to improvised music. Their debut album, You Liked Me Five Minutes Ago, was released in 2009 to wide international acclaim. "The basic strategy of..

"Rune Grammofon presents (without noticing), the fifth album from Swedish trio Fire!, comprised of Mats Gustafsson (The Thing), Johan Berthling (Tape) and drummer Andreas Werliin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums). This album follows collaborations with Jim O'...

“Their first two albums, Exit and Enter, were presented with sizable and ambitious line-ups of 28 musicians. Ritual saw it reduced to 21 and with Arrival it's been trimmed down to a "mere" 14, with the core trio of Fire! (Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin) and the two singers Mariam Wallentin and Sofia Jernberg being the only constant members since the beginning.
Apart from this reduction, the main line-up difference is the introduction of a string quartet. This "cleanup" has...

"Fire! Orchestra follow their acclaimed 2014 album Enter with Ritual, slimming the ensemble down from 28 of northern Europe's finest jazz and improvisational musicians to a mere 21. Since the release of Enter, this energetic and dynamic mass ensemble has gone from intimate jazz settings to the main hall at the Molde International Jazz Festival and a major stage at the prestigious Roskilde Festival. As brilliant as Enter is, with Ritual they have outdone themselves and produced a beast of beauty and power...

"The second album from this excellent Swedish trio, something of a supergroup with members from already well-known projects. This time they collaborate with the legendary Jim O'Rourke. With their hypnotic, psychedelic jazz of sorts, they have carved...

"A double reissue of The Fires Of Ork's The Fires Of Ork (1993) and The Fires Of Ork 2 (2000). The Fires Of Ork was a collaboration project between the late Pete Namlook (1960-2012) and Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere). The only two albums they recorded together are presented in this reissue.

Hyperreal: "The Fires Of Ork was the first collaboration between Pete Namlook and Geir Jenssen (aka Biosphere) and has since risen to legendary status in the ambient electronic scene as the first meeting of...

The troupe's third release and their first to be based around a single, unifying theme. Very funny, smart and even a bit touching.

"By fusing the high-concept comic vision of Stan Freberg with the expansive studio experimentation of the...

Firesign's second album and a classic of comedy/not comedy and of their work, including the first appearance of Nick Danger!

"Featuring better production than the debut album, Two Places at Once is a much tighter affair, with much happening...


Featuring Chris McIntyre and Peter Zummo, trombones; "Blue" Gene Tyranny, keyboards; and The Black Jackets Ensemble.

"This was something unexpected and truly different: pulsing electronic textures that derived their rhythm from the beating...

"An underestimated 1967 artifact of personalized, stumbling, hippie aesthetic. Some pretty good-to-great raga-esque folk (dulcimer, flamenco guitar, classical guitar) and in general much more musical quality (especially on disc 1), than you might have...

Benjamin Duboc, bass / Edward Perraud, drums / Jean-Luc Guionnet, alto sax.

"If you identify alto saxophonist Jean-Luc Guionnet and drummer Edward Pérraud with the minimal and abstract free improvisation of the French band Hubbub...

"Fish first came to the notice of music fans as the front man for neo progressive rock band Marillion. 13th Star is the latest studio offering from Fish and was written and recorded during what was one of the biggest personal upheavals in his life...

“These experienced musicians know how to weave a complex, captivating stories with few strokes of imaginative sounds, austere yet elegant, subtle but full of nuances. ‘Endless’ visits Far-Eastern, terrains, flows in a balladic narrative and matures in a touching, playful dance of court and spark between Baars, playing the clarinet, and Draksler. ‘For Toby’ suggests a complete different dialog between Baars and Draksler. He sings gently with his tenor sax while she pounds the piano keys in a hyper...

A full two and a half hours of very fine recordings from one of the greatest, most purely lovely and spot-on pitchwise vocalists to ever grace jazz and the American songbook.

Last time ever on this wonderful release from the wonderful, now gone, Reel Recordings label.

"Gerry F. Fitz-Gerald is a Scottish born guitarist, possessed with kaleidoscopic imagination and commanding ability for improvisational music...

Last time ever on this wonderfully whacked release from the wonderful, now gone, Reel Recordings label.

Limited edition of only 500 copies made with no reprintings to be done.

"Electric guitar radical G.F. Fitz-Gerald and soprano sax...

"David Fiuczynski is without a doubt one of the greatest guitarists in the world of jazz and rock today, both from a technical and from a creative/compositional stanpoint.

Originally known as the funanbolic guitarist and founder of funk-jam band Screaming Headless Torsos, David has since evolved his craft immeasurably via a string of remarkable releases which investigate and develop the integration of microtonal canons and techniques with western grooves.

The seven movements that...

“Definitive two-CD anthology of much-loved 1970 British psychedelic/progressive LP that failed to get beyond test pressing stage at the time. Includes several previously-unissued tracks from those 1970 sessions.
In early 1970, Sussex-based power trio Iron Prophet linked up with former Scots of St James/ Fleur de Lys member Graham Maitland to cut an album at IBC Studios under the name Five Day Rain. They worked on the album throughout 1970, with the intended release pressed up as a demo LP that...

Vitaly Appow — bassoon, soprano sax, bass guitar
Olga Podgaiskaya — piano
Olga Polakova — flute
Anastasiya Mosse — violin
Ilona Ies’ — cello
Vyacheslav Plesko — doublebass
Nikolay Siamitka — percussion (track 4)
Aliona Sukliyan — oboe (track 5)
Vladimir Pashkevich — clarinet (track 7)
Andrey Verishka — marimba, vibraphone (tracks 1,2,6,7)
Ekaterina Maretskaya — piano (track 3)

This is the 2nd release by Five-Storey ensemble, who came out of the grou

Vitaly Appow — bassoon, soprano sax, bass guitar
Olga Podgaiskaya — piano
Olga Polakova — flute
Anastasiya Mosse — violin
Ilona Ies’ — cello
Vyacheslav Plesko — doublebass
Nikolay Siamitka — percussion (track 4)
Aliona Sukliyan — oboe (track 5)
Vladimir Pashkevich — clarinet (track 7)
Andrey Verishka — marimba, vibraphone (tracks 1,2,6,7)
Ekaterina Maretskaya — piano (track 3)

This is the 2nd release by Five-Storey ensemble, who came out of the grou

Rational Diet were a chamber rock/RIO-styled band from Belarus, who released 3 very well liked albums on the AltrOck label. They seem to have imploded somewhat nastily, with the result being two bands arising from the ashes: Five-Storey Ensemble and...

“So...Who is this guy?" These words are a touchstone in the liner notes for Mr. Flaherty's first solo release, 2003's Voices. The notes are an insightful reckoning on what it means to be a free improvising artist (he was 54 at that time, and had already been at it for most of his life). He speaks of "the artist in residence", that part of him that just wants to blow, to shed the tired conventions and self-conscious-over-thinking and just play. Play and see where it takes him. Play and chase the coattails...

“By turns romantic and melodic or fierce and insistent, Flaherty will often start a phrase with a mellow tone only to feed it through a grinder and shred it. One of my favorite moments comes about 3 minutes into the first piece, where he ascends beyond the upper reaches of his horn and whistles, the sound taking on a definite electronic tinge. At the ten-minute mark of the same number, both men start stomping hard before coming to a melancholy close. There are long moments of horn gargle and fast and...

"Paul Flaherty has been a direct lifeline to the radical free-reed lineage of Albert Ayler, John Gilmore, Peter Brotzmann and Arthur Doyle since first coming into our vision sometime in the '80s. In the '90s he began woodshedding hard with Northampton...

This 1989 release was Flairck's 9th album. They remain a great progressive/classical/folk/world/ethnic fusion outfit, using instrumentation like acoustic guitar, violin, viola, flutes, recorders, panpipes, acoustic bass, & much much more. All instrumen...

This is a great deal, combining two of Flairck's best known albums together in one package on two separate, jewel-boxed CDs, which are packaged together in a nice slipcase. Both albums are great and might be seen as the 70s antecedent of Aranis...

"Hawkwind alum Nik Turner brings his spacey sax and freakout flute playing to this experimental jazz fusion ensemble."

This is the 40th anniversary edition of this Czech proto-progressive album, the only album released by the band, as the kerfluffle over the lyrical content caused the record to be banned and the band quickly died.
The overall sound is reminscent of Colosseum and early King Crimson (sans mellotron, avec Ian McDonald's saxisms) lots of great heavy organ. Contains 3 bonus tracks and nice packaging.
This band not only didn't catch a break, they nearly went to jail and they deserved much better...

“Flamingo explores sound, texture and dynamics. Sometimes verging on the threshold of hearing and at other times engaging in dense layers and waves of sound, the music of Flamingo creates a poetic space in which pure sound phenomena step forth on the eternal backdrop of silence.
Flamingo is Chris Heenan on contrabass clarinet, Adam Pultz Melbye on double bass, and Christian Windfeld on snare drum, percussion & objects. On LOUD they expand the trio with sound artist and engineer Roy Carroll. In LOUD...

Second album by this very fondly remembered offshoot of early Yes, featuring guitarist Peter Banks, along with Ray Bennett (bass, guitar), Colin Carter (vocals) and Mike Hough (drums). A very good Yes-related album that has a lot of stylistic...

"In 2005 Chris Funk (the guitarist of The Decemberists) and his family moved into their new home in the historic Mississippi neighborhood in Portland, OR. He would play various instruments on his porch during hot summer night which caught the attention...

Excellent album of avant/progressive music by a very impressive ensemble! Recommended!

Flat Earth Society was founded in 1998, when clarinetist and composer and producer Peter Vermeersch, wanted to explore new horizons after his bands...

Flat Earth Society was founded in 1998, when clarinetist and composer and producer Peter Vermeersch, wanted to explore new horizons after his bands Maximalist! and the cult legend band X-legged Sally.Vermeersch assembled a pack of inspired and inimitable musicians, forming a big band which has nowadays become much more than just a big band.
This album is ostensibly their tribute to Frank Zappa, and it is, in terms of creative music, but only three of the tracks are covers of Frank's work and one of...

“12 tracks recorded live in 2012 at LOD - Muziek Theater of Gent.
Flat Earth Society, a speaker (Josse de pauw) and a soprano singing (Rolande Van der Paal) detail the fate of an iceberg in 1912. From her spectacular birth (it's a she) in Jakobshavn to her unmarked disappearance in the north Atlantic ocean, and in between some incident with a luxurious ocean liner. Boat sank, berg melted, the universe will not budge.”...

Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, double bass / Joe McPhee, tenor sax / Joe Morris, guitar / Nate Wooley, trumpet.

"Now Is is the definitive confirmation of the wide international status obtained by the Norwish bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten. From being...

Jorrit Dijkstra, alto saxophone, lyricon, analog synthesizer / James Falzone, clarinet / Jeb Bishop, trombone / Fred Lonberg-Holm, cello, analog electronics / Jason Roebke, bass / Frank Rosaly, drums, percussion.

Great disc from six players...

Hermod Falch (vocals)
John Hesla (guitar, flute)
Bruce C. Rasmussen (drums)
Arve Sakariassen (bass)
Lars Hesla (keyboards)

“Excellent progressive hard rock from Norway with that typical cold scandinavian sound. The guitars are heavy and vocals are clear and sometimes evil-inspired. Underrated album.”-RYM

“A heavy rock group which formed in 1972. The first Flax album sold poorly at the time of release in 1976 and has become something of a collector's item. It contained..

2005 mini-lp sleeve reissue of this 1972 album. The 2nd album by the same four musicians who also released albums under the names Flea On The Honey and Etna. "...a classic album for guitar lovers, which showcased some really excellent musicianship. The...

This was professionally recorded [soundboard? radio broadcast?] in New Orleans on January 20, 1970 on the last US tour by the Peter Green-led version of Mac, which by this time featured a 3 guitar, bass, drums line-up.
I think that Mac, along with Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience were THE great triumvirate of 60s 'blues influenced' psychedelic rock bands. Sadly, their greatness was never fully captured on album, but some of this comes close...
This doesn’t include their barn-burner...

“‘A fantastic album! Nick Fletcher is probably the best jazz rock guitarist in the country. His fluency is astounding, plus he possesses a first rate classical guitar technique to boot! I consider Nick Fletcher to be an absolute star’- Steve Hackett 2020

“Nick Fletcher is a prog rock/fusion and classical guitarist. Nick was born in 1960 spent many years as a session musician and classical guitarist performing in the UK and Europe. Nick is also guitarist in the John Hackett Band.
His music...

Nick Fletcher – guitars
Caroline Bonnett – keyboards and backing vocals
Dave Bainbridge - keyboards (Lifesigns/Strawbs/Celestial Fire/Iona/ Jack Bruce/Geoff Downes)
Tim Harries - bass (Bill Bruford's Earthworks/Steeleye Span)
Russ Wilson - drums
Stuart Barbour - vocals

“In June 2022 Nick Fletcher, the progressive rock guitarist known for his work with the John Hackett Band, will release the follow up to his first solo album, 2021's 'Cycles of Behaviour'- entitled 'The Cl

Legimate, newly remastered reissue at a relatively bargain price (for a Japanese import), of this stupidly rare Japanese psych/heavy album, originally released on Japanese Vertigo in 1972. They were a short-lived offshoot of Strawberry Path. "The 2nd...