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Really strong, modern, motorik / Krautrock style stuff from Chile. Maybe this time they come across a little bit more with a Nissenenmondai influence added (not a bad thing). In any event: Recommended!

“The Chilean band journeys through icy, alien frontiers on their mesmerizing new album...V begins like an incoming transmission from a distressed spaceship. The barbed remnants of a synth tone modulate and wriggle; low-slung bass notes throb with menace; a kick lumbers into the mix as spiky...

This is the fifth release by this quite popular Norwegian folk-rock band, which originally was released in 1980 and this limited edition release marks its first appearance on CD.
This is supposedly their last great release (I never heard what came after, so I can’t attest to that), but I can attest to the fact that this is a very good one. Some little 80s style production touches show up here, but I actually think that they give this a little bit of a distinctive air and I quite enjoy them (and...

Bruno Chevillon (double bass), Jean-Marc Foltz (clarinet)

"When, at Jazz à Mulhouse 2004, in Alsace, at the end of August, at another of his memorable festivals, Bruno Chevillon gave me a CD-R with a recording of his duo with Jean Marc...

Joe Fonda (bass), Michael Jefry Stevens (piano), Herb Robertson (trumpet), Harvey Sorgen (drums) with Napoleon Maddox (voice).

"Dubbed "one of the great and often underappreciated jazz groups of the modern era" by the All Music Guide, and...

Really great to see this unjustly obscure French electronic music duo get some of the music from their very obscure (and generally really good!) cassette-only releases brought into the digital realm!

"In the early 1980s, the French musical duo Fondation, comprising Ivan Coaquette and Anannka Raghel, released three tapes of fantastic electronic music which owed much to the experimentalism of the seventies. Synthesizer, drum computer, solo guitar. Repetitive, meditative, hypnotic -- between ambient..

For this 1998 release, Brigitte Fontaine teams up with an unlikely cast of collaborators from across the '90s' avant-pop spectrum, enlisting Sonic Youth, jazz legend Archie Shepp, the singer simply known as M, French rock groups Noir Désir and les...

Nice to see a new release from our old friends at Bauta / J ‘Lachen’ Jonsson!

Magnus Alexanderson : guitar, electric arpeggione, loops and electronics
Björn Hellström : bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, bass flute, all with electronic preparation
Lars “Lachen” Jonsson : vocals, keyboards, violin, percussion, bass guitar, harmonica, loops and sounds

“In 1978 a trio started in Linköping Sweden.Music and attitude was radical; in the spirit of John Cage, Frank Zappa, Henry Cow...

Previously unknown and undocumented German outfit performing an early style of jazz + rock ala Colosseum and, especially Chicago Transit Authority. Like early CTA, they had a horn section and a very good guitarist and this is very good, early, horn...

Mike Forbes - tenor saxophone
Andrew Scott Young - double bass
Weasel Walter - drums

“The fully packaged CD-R version of "Hard Living" with 4 panel digipak featuring photography by Lydia Lunch and full color disc print. Limited to 100 copies.

“Recently unearthed and launched forth, this 2010 studio session, recorded wtih Colin Marston (Krallice et al.) in NYC features this rogue unit of asskickers in prime form smack dab in the middle of a tour. Four long tracks of brutality.

“Steeped is the second album release from Forebrace, the welcome follow-up to Bad Folds. For those who delighted in that album, the good news is that the quartet's line-up remains unchanged, and the balance between composed and improvised music is as before, with composed pieces credited to Forebrace's leader and clarinetist, Alex Ward, alternating with improvisations credited to the whole group. The big difference between Steeped and its predecessor is that this album was recorded live in concert...

John Roulet - drums & percussion
Marc Sichel - bass
C.W. Vrtacek - amplified acoustic guitar and keyboards

Forever Einstein use guitar, electric bass, & a wonderfully idiosyncratic drummer to unique ends, performing well thought out & playful instrumental rock music that is highlighted by a great sense of dynamics & sensitivity from all. Their immediately identifiable ''power trio with smarts'' sound has won them a broad range of acclaim. All three players are really superlative...

Forever Einstein use guitar, electric bass, & a wonderfully idiosyncratic drummer to unique ends, performing well thought out & playful instrumental rock music that is highlighted by a great sense of dynamics & sensitivity from all. Their immediately...

John Roulat - drums & percussion
Marc Sichel - bass
C.W. Vrtacek - amplified acoustic guitar and keyboards

Forever Einstein use guitar, electric bass, & a wonderfully idiosyncratic drummer to unique ends, performing well thought out & playful instrumental rock music that is highlighted by a great sense of dynamics & sensitivity from all. Their immediately identifiable ''power trio with smarts'' sound has won them a broad range of acclaim. All three players are really superlative....

They truly deserve the title of power trio. Essentially a rock album, but with some very diverse influences...full of power and complexity-Wonderous Stories. Forever Einstein are an instrumental guitar/bass/drums progressive rock outfit whose roots inc...

"For those of you who grew up on the Return to Forever / Mahavishnu Orchestra / Weather Report strain of modern jazz, you will love this group. There's no mincing words about the Phenomena tag this band is proud to own — terrific music made by a wonderful band that cannot be a trade secret for too much longer. Viva Forgas !" – All-Music Guide

"Composer and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Forgas has been making music for the last four decades, and now in the heart of his fifth one
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.“...there's always a logical and organic flow, despite knotty and sometimes orchestral transitions.... Its combination of singable themes and rock rhythms will appeal to...all fans of improvisation within a richly composed context.” – All About Jazz

“Jazz-fusion, yes, but with a degree of compositional content and integrity often absent in the genre.” – Progression
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"Physicalist is the third album from New York City synthesis trio Forma. Since their acclaimed self-titled debut in 2011, Forma have been perfecting a distinctive style of improvised kosmische and minimalism that blends swirling arpeggios, ambient soundscapes, and driving motorik beats.
Physicalist is a sprawling, double LP journey featuring new member and multi-instrumentalist John Also Bennett.
The first Forma album to include acoustic instrumentation, Physicalist owes more to American...

Excellent electronic music that is more than a little bit informed by 70s system music. A winner!

Forma's fourth album continues with the expanded sound of their Kranky debut, 2016's Physicalist, blending acoustic instrumentation with their standard analog synthesizers and sequencers. It's much more concise than that album, however, sticking to the single LP time frame of their first two releases. As ever, the trio maintain a balance between live improvisation and programmed elements, blurring...


Michael Formanek: Double Bass
Kris Davis: Piano
Tony Malaby: Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Ches Smith: Drums and Vibes

“With his extensive artistic biography, Michael Formanek is one of the most outstanding figures in American jazz, as a composer, as a bassist in ensembles, and as a soloist. The fact that the bassist has been an integral part of the creative music scene for several decades speaks for his creativity and versatility. Now Michael Formanek presents the long-awaited second

Michael Formanek Double Bass

With his extensive artistic biography, Michael Formanek is one of the most outstanding figures in American jazz... As a composer, as a bassist in ensembles, and as a soloist. Although the bass often plays in the background, bassists write
jazz history. So does Michael Formanek, who makes an impressive solo statement with Imperfect Measures (24 years after his first solo album).
About the creative process, Formanek writes: "I came to realize that for me...

Michael Formanek Double Bass
Tony Malaby Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Kris Davis Piano
Ches Smith Drums, Vibraphone, Haitian Tanbou

“One marker of bassist Michael Formanek's creativity and versatility is the range of distinguished musicians of several generations he's worked with. While still a teenager in the 1970s he toured with drummer Tony Williams and saxophonist Joe Henderson. Starting in the '80s he played long stints with Stan Getz, Fred Hersch and Freddie Hubbard...

Michael Formanek Double Bass
Tim Berne Alto Saxophones
Mary Halvorson Guitar

With his impressive artistic biography, Michael Formanek is one of the outstanding personalities of today's jazz:
as a composer, as a bassist in ensembles and as a soloist. He belongs to the series of well-known bassists and composers such as Charles Mingus, Dave Holland, Charlie Haden, Barry Guy.
Formanek's musical world, his immense experience, his knowledge of the jazz tradition and the avant-gard

Peter Formanek - Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet

Michael Formanek - Double Bass

I happily saw the tour mentioned below in 11/19 and can attest to its vitality!

“Michael and Peter Formanek started making music and improvising together before Peter started school. Regular visits to their home from friends and colleagues like Tim Berne, Jim Black, Marty Ehrlich and many others only served to normalize this as being an essential part of human interaction. During much of their time living.

"This trio was among the earliest on the Italian progressive scene...an album that lies halfway between psychedelic beat music and early progressive rock, comparable to Vanilla Fudge and New Trolls' heavier 1960's singles".-Scented Gardens of the Mind

Final of four albums (1973) by this early Italian band who started as a psych/beat/progressive outfit and ended up as a somewhat 'progressive rock with pop tendencies'. "(Guitarist) Alberto Radius was a leading light on the seventies progressive scene ...

Pianist Joel and soprano saxist Phillip have been friends and musical compatriots for over 35 years! The more I become familiar with his work, the more I become convinced that Joel is one of those guys like Dick Hyman who can encompass the entire...

Jammy, elaborate, guitar-led excursions that connect the dots between the Grateful Dead at their most exploratory and Krautrock / Motorik.

“One of Chris Forsyth's many gifts as a guitarist is his ability to create a sonic sprawl that always makes quantitative sense. Whether engaging American and Anglo-Saxon roots styles, psychedelia, or kosmiche projection, his sense of space and attention to melody are enviable. Since forming the Solar Motel Band, his explorations have revolved around...

"Pianist Anat Fort's ECM debut, A Long Story (2007) may have featured her "dream team"—and was all the better for it—but there's something to be said for the comfort and chemistry of longtime collaborators. Bassist Gary Wang and drummer Roland...

“Before his prolific activity in the field of music therapy, Agostino Nirodh Fortini also embarked on his own path in electronic music. In the early 80s, he was a close collaborator of Walter Maioli and Fred Gales, at the time of the pioneering label Sound Reporters. Suoni Immaginari, released only on cassette privately in 1988, contains a wide range of keyboards and lots of ethnic field recordings assembled with an absolutely modern praxis ahead of its time.
Nirodh imagines his planetary odysseys..

Craig Fortnam - voice, guitars, organ, synth, piano, percussion
Nicky Baigent - Bb clarinet, bass clarinet
Luke Crooks – bassoon
Harry Escott – cello
James Larcombe – piano
Brian Wright - violin, viola
Hugh Wilkinson – vibraphone

“All at sea. Anchorless. Adrift. Ark is the first album to be released as a Craig Fortnam solo album. As the composer for North Sea Radio Orchestra and Arch Garrison, Craig has always made music with meaning, emotional heft and depth of...

"Fading records is glad to announce the long-awaited. first full-length album by the Italian band FEM (Forza Elettro Motrice), “Sulla Bolla di Sapone”.
The band consists of
Massimo Sabbatini-vocals
Alberto Citterio-keyboards and piano....

It wasn't readily apparent (this is a good thing) when I played and enjoyed this, but Fossil is a solo project by guitarist Hiraku Sekine. There are always at least 2 guitars going, and sometimes more, both electric and acoustic/nylon string, so I was ...

Michael Foster: tenor & soprano saxophones, samples, oscillators

"The Industrious Tongue of Michael Foster is a 2-part work probing the most intimate and sensitive glands of the saxophone's internal architecture.
This work is dedicated to several filmmakers whose work explores the erotic extremities and complexities of contemporary intimacy which has served as a focal point of inspiration for this album: Hisayasu Sato, Takashi Ishii, Naomi Tani and Jacques Rivette."

Michael Foster: tenor & soprano saxophones, compositions
Jared Radichel: double bass
Joey Sullivan: drums & percussion

"The Ghost was formed as both a tribute to my disparate influences in free jazz, harsh noise, and the gay underground community, and as a middle finger to the suffocating heteronormative establishment of improvised music. "Vanished Pleasures" stands as a new direction for this project, utilizing overt compositional frameworks to convey the anxieties of aging, sexual..


After leaving Fairport, Sandy Denny joined up with Trevor Lucas, Jerry Donahue, Pat Donaldson and Gerry Conway and recorded just one album, the beautiful, self-titled debut. It's considered one of the greatest releases of British folk-rock, but the...

Mark Smit - vocals
Rinie Huigen, Aad Bannink and Jens van der Valk - guitars
Gijs Koopman – bass and Taurus pedals
Sjoerd Bearda - violin
Judith van der Valk - flute
Jan Grijpstra - drums
Jan Munnik, Gijs Koopman and Ron Lammers - keyboards

This is a new band / project led by four original members of Knight Area (Smit, Hulgen, Koopman & Lammers) which is very much in the vein of the early Knight Area symphonic / progressive sound.

“One of the strengths of th

Andr Duchesne's fantastic post-Conventum band released these two lps in the early 90's. All instrumental, slightly folk-tinged, R.I.O. style progressive compositions performed by four guitarists & drums. Highly recommended! [ReR]

Benjamin Miller – alto saxophone, electric guitar
Laurence Miller – bass clarinet
Roger C. Miller – piano, percussion, cornet
Jack Waterstone – alto saxophone

The brothers Miller grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They came of age during the Summer of Love. By 1969 they were engaged in freeform rock improvisations and started their first all-original rock band Sproton Layer. During this time, they would see the MC5 at a free concert in the...

Jean-Marc Foussat (Synthi AKS, vocals)
Christian Rollet (drums, percussion)
Quentin Rollet (alto sax, sopranino sax, keys, voice)

"Improvised trio featuring sound engineer and Synthi player Jean-Marc Foussat, and father and son Christian and Quentin Rollet. Foussat is famous for his hundreds of recordings of Derek Bailey, Steve Lacy, Massacre, Carlos Zingaro, Joëlle Léandre, and many others free improvisers, for labels like Hat Hut, Tzadik, and Rectangle. He made a cult record in 1983...



Gary Pickard soprano and alto sax / Miki Hirose trumpet / Matt Parker tenor sax / Evan Mazunik keys / James Ilgenfritz double bass / Arei Sekiguchi drums / Billy Fox maracas / Julianne Carney violin (track 3).

"If Billy Fox's previous releases.

Arun Luthra, sax/Billy Fox, percussion/Christopher Hoffman, cello/Danny Katz, shamisen/Deanna Witkowski, piano/Gary Pickard, sax/John O'Brien, drums/John Savage, alto sax/Mark Dresser, bass/Paul Faatz, clarinet/Percy Pursglove, trumpet/Scott Shaeffer...

"The Gradual Progression is a transformative collection of new music by Greg Fox (Ex Eye, Zs, Liturgy, Guardian Alien). The seven pieces of The Gradual Progression activate spiritual states through physical means, Fox’s rigorous inner rhythms the mandalic vessel for unbound expression and arrangement. TGP signals both a reconciliation of disparate musical ventures and a new nirvanic stage in the artist’s oeuvre.

Fox views TGP as an exploration of selfhood, and more specifically...

"The first album by former Residents composer Hardy Fox after the era of Charles Bobuck. An album full of love songs, a glimpse into Hardy Fox's younger self. Electronics and rock meet to create lovely minimal pop tunes that any Residents fan will surely love.
Fox says: "Here's a new idea. How about writing a love song? Oh, you say it's been done, maybe overdone. So why would I be so foolish as to tackle such a subject so fraught with cliches and meaningless sentiment. Probably because I am stupid....

“Hardy Fox used to be composer for The Residents. He left the group when he didn't feel fit enough for touring and when he turned 70. Since then, he has released many albums under the name Charles Bobuck, switching to his real name Hardy Fox when his albums became more personal.
Hardy died in 2018 of a brain tumor. Since then, Klanggalerie keeps Hardy's music alive. We have a whole lot of archival music that will be released over the following years.
Ibbur is soundtrack music connected with...

“Hardy Fox was the primary composer of The Residents. Hardy first stopped touring with The Residents due to health issues. Soon afterwards, he left the group completely to concnetrate on his solo work...
A week before his death, Hardy recorded the very touching farewell recording to his fans, 25 Minus Minutes. During the last months of his life, Hardy submitted several recording to be released after his death. Killing Time is one of them.”

“Hardy Fox was the primary composer of The Residents. He created an incredible body of work, using all kinds of names other than The Residents, amongst them Combo De Mechanio, Sonidas De La Noche, Dead Eye Dick, Charles Bobuck or Black Tar And The Cry Babies. Hardy first stopped touring with The Residents due to health issues. Soon afterwards, he left the group completely to concnetrate on his solo work. After several albums as Charles Bobuck (later only Bobuck), the name given to him when still a member...