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“For some time now there has been a strong initiative to keep the oeuvre of guitarist, author and illustrator Volker Kriegel (1943 - 2003) alive. Six albums with bonus material from the private archive of Volker Kriegel have been published/re-released so far. Even previously unknown material - carefully restored and remastered - was thus made available to interested listeners.
In 2018 we were very pleased to find out that the Frankfurt Radio Big Band was going to celebrate Kriegel's work with two....

The complete recording by this early Spanish band. NOTE: The CD packaging indicates there should be 2CDs, but that is a typo, this is a single CD and all 14 tracks are on one disc.

"Franklin were one of the first underground bands from Spain...

To say that Aretha Franklin was one of the greatest American of the 20th century is an understatement. Her voice moved millions around the world during an unrivaled career.
This 2020 career retrospective features an essential mix of early recordings, huge hits and previously unreleased tracks.

This is a video CD. It says NTSC on the front.

Like it's label-mates The Awakening, this is a little known but basically top-tier, early 1970s jazz/electric jazz, featuring leader and bassist/electric bassist Franklin, as well as Charles Owens (tenor sax & soprano), Oscar Brashear (trumpet &...

Nick Fraser drums
Tony Malaby saxophones
Andrew Downing cello
Rob Clutton bass

"What do Anthony Braxton, Wynton Marsalis, William Parker and Dave Liebman have in common? The fact that they have played with a drummer from the Toronto jazz scene, Nick Fraser, one of those few cases of a musician so flexible that he can practice all the tendencies of this music. Or, when he is the band leader and composer, chooses to cross those different styles, as that combination enables his...

Nick Fraser drums / Tony Malaby tenor and soprano saxophones / Kris Davis piano.
"Little by little (we would prefer otherwise, but that’s how things go), all that the Canadian scene has to offer comes to light. Drummer and composer Nick Fraser is a..

“Mexico city based, Guatemalan cellist Mabe Fratti releases second album (translated Can We Understand Each Other Now) on new experimental label Unheard of Hope (Peter Zummo, Military Genius).
Reconciling Mabe’s steps throughout her musical past, the LP features pop and experimentation that reflects her time working amongst the improvisation scene in Mexico City.
Mabe Fratti’s sensibility is the triumph of experimentation over technical do-minion of an instrument. The experimentation of sound...

“You can expect a beefy rock album, freak style. I think that Cooking with Pagans finally has the sound and energy of Freak Kitchen live; the energy and rawness. It is anything but overproduced, stripped down, drums, bass and guitar. To the point.”...

Freak Kitchen is a amazing cross between technical metal and humor. The players are excellent and versatile; I wasn't able to make it happen as part of our Hollmer DVD release, but leader/guitarist Mattias Eklundh performed with Mats/Morgan Band and...

Freak Kitchen is a amazing cross between technical metal and humor. The players are excellent and versatile. This is for folks who like groups like Morglbl...but with an even crunchier vibe. I saw them play a gig with Morglbl and it was like seeing...

Freak Kitchen is a amazing cross between technical metal and humor. The players are excellent and versatile. This is for folks who like groups like Morglbl...but with an even crunchier vibe. I saw them play a gig with Morglbl and it was like seeing...

"In 1971, Freak Out from Knittelfeld in Austria, named after the first Mothers of Invention LP, released the 7" single "Jaming brother" / "Crazy colours of life" (Cosmos 2234) and the LP "Life" (Cosmos 2235), both in a small circulation of around 200...

Antonio Cotardo: Flutes and Bells
Paolo Pacciolla: Daire, Jembak, Bells, Mbira and Voice

"The Italian duo of Cotardo and Pacciolla – known as ‘Free Dot’ – describe their music as “free from definitions of pre-established limits in which...

Antonio Cotardo – c flute, alto flute, bass flute, greec flute, bamboo flute, voice, bells, rattles, piano

Paolo Pacciolla - drums, berimbao, mbira, voice, Jew's harp, stones, pan lid, saucepan lids bells, rattles, piano...

Short and pretty great.

“Since 1966, the Free Jazz Meeting (now known as the SWR New Jazz Meeting) has taken place annually in Baden-Baden, Germany.
This disc presents performances that were broadcast over south-western station SWR from the second of these events which took place from December 16 through December 18 in 1967.
The four pieces by different line-ups of major free jazz musicians from several countries.”

1. ANDALUSIAN PROVERB
Jeanne Lee - vocals...

"The Festival Rock y Ruedas de Avándaro (also known as the Festival de Avándaro or simply Avándaro) was a historic Mexican rock festival held on September 11–12, 1971, on the shores of Lake Avándaro near the Avándaro Golf Club, in a hamlet called Tenantongo, near the town of Valle de Bravo in the central State of Mexico. It has been compared to the American Woodstock festival[3] for its psychedelic music, counterculture imagery and artwork, and open drug use."-Wikipedia

This is a exploitation...

New studio recording from the Free Music Ensemble. Recorded in Oslo Norway in October 2004. This is the groups second studio recording for Okkadisk. Ken Vandermark: reeds; Nate McBride: bass; Paal Nilssen-Love: drums. [Okkadisk]

Ken Vandermark-reeds; Nate McBride-bass; Paal Nilssen-Love-drums. This is a live recording of new material from the trio's last North American tour. The first disc was recorded in Hyde Park, Massachusetts by Amos Scattergood on September 22nd, 2005 and...

"Free Nelson Mandoomjazz are a three-piece band formed in Edinburgh playing an experimental blend of doom metal and free jazz.
Influenced principally by artists such as Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Sun Ra, Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler and Wayne Shorter, they term their music doom jazz.
The band formed when all three members met through playing for the same blues band. Paul Archibald (drums) and Colin Stewart (bass) started discussing musical influences, and the concept of Free Nelson...

"John Carlson (a former Either/ Orchestra member), Eric Hipp, Shawn McGloin and George Schuller call “cosmosonic jazz” to the music they play with this quartet that was already a duo and a trio (special guest Douglas Yates is the fifth element here), in t

"For me, the trio is the ideal formation for improvising music. In general, even numbers imply something known, where odd numbers feel open. “2” can create corners that “3” can melt down, transform. “3” is complete, continuous and infinite. Dynamics...

“The Freedom Highway were once major players on the San Francisco ballroom live scene with a Moby Grape guitar / vocal interplay, who never were signed and who never released anything until now, but they were mentioned in Ralph Gleason's book "The Jefferson Airplane and the San Francisco Sound". This is eight tracks from 11/69 and five tracks from 3/68.
Another of those "better late than never" releases; how could such quality material end up having to be issued more than thirty years after its...

"South African acid-rock legends Freedom's Children recorded their second album in 1970 in South Africa for EMI. Formed at the height of the hated Apartheid era, Freedom's Children swiftly became South Africa's most innovative sons, incomparable to...

"This is Freedom's Children's first album, recorded in 1968 in South Africa for EMI. This album has all the wonderful excesses of early progressive rock; the deep meaningful poetry, spoken words, majestic organ-playing, sound effects, choirs, long...

Third album from this legendary South African band features a killer 16 minute live version of The Homecoming", one of the signature pieces from Astra. Definite comparisons can be made to Pink Floyd although not as blissed out and spacey - more of a ps...

This album is the only release by the band who later metamorphosed into Smokin' Granny. "...Freehand establishes itself as a band with a clear focus on (mostly electric) guitar...the music on Thinking Out Loud has the quality of flowing by easily. Ever...

Features such excellent players as Steve Coleman, Cecil McBee, Billy Hart, Jay Hoggard, John Purcell, Bobby McFerring and more!

"This indespendible progressive jazz album is finally available on CD! I'm ordering it today, 'cause it is KILLER! What a shame that when Elektra dumped the Musician label that this and other fine jazz music got locked away for nearly 25 years!"-Dale Summers

Chico Freeman: Tenor Saxophone
Heiri Känzig: Double Bass

"A magic duo: Chico Freeman, 65, saxophonist, clarinettist, flute player, composer from Chicago, an eminent improvisor and Heiri Känzig, 58, born in New York, the Swiss double bass..

"Italian band combining some progressive rock sounds with the sensibilities of jazz fusion and some blazing guitar jamming similar to David Gilmour or some of the current jam band favorites like Phish or Moe. Almost all instrumental, this is just fine...

There is definitely a touch of a Brazilian take on Nik Bärtch’s ‘Zen Funk’ happening here, although he may have arrived to those ends by a very different path. In any event, another Brazilian winner!

“Amaro Freitas is a Brazilian piano player and Sankofa is his third CD with his trio. His trio has Amaro on electric piano, Jean Elton on acoustic bass and Hugo Medeiros on drums and percussion.
Amaro has a special sound and style and he is one of the new highlights of brazilian music. Some peopl

Oskar Cenkier - pianos, organs, synthesizers, mellotron
Michal Chalota - guitars
Andrew Shamanov - bass guitars, synthesizers
Oleksii Fedoriv - drums

This is the first release by an instrumental symphonic rock band from Poland.

“Well, this is the debut of a very promising band coming from Kraków, Poland. 'Where Do You Want Ghosts To Reside' will fullfil the expectations of many prog connoisseurs, I'm sure. Maybe in the vein of fellow countrymen Riverside somehow, when..

Mike Sary : Bass, loops, samples
Katsumi Yoneda : Guitar
Patrick Strawser : Keyboards
Jeff Gard or Mark L. Perry : Drums

Great to see FTV still with us and still delivering the goods, and, of course, it’s also great to see Patrick (formerly of the great, ill-fated Volare) back in action.
Favorite title: That Jigsaw Puzzle Is Tearing Our Family Apart

“French TV are back with a snappy 2-cd set.
Disc One is a new studio effort continuing the meticulous twists and tu

Mike Sary: bass, loops, samples
Katsumi Yoneda: guitars
Patrick Strawser; keyboards
Jeff Gard: drums
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Warren Dale: woodwinds, accordion
Ludo Fabre: violin
Apolline Pailler: voice on "from trunk to tale"

“I like to think this one will turn some heads, and hopefully not in disgust!”-Mike Sary

"Kentucky/Georgia/Tokyo-based band French TV are crashing the prog party once again with a new cd: "All Our Failures Are Behind Us". Will a band w

Louisville, KY's best known export. This is their 4th album, & is a good one that is somewhere between more avant rock & progressive rock. All of their CDs are quite good.

French TV's seventh features some of their most complex & interesting material yet. Well performed & more orchestrated than previous releases, with some really nice touches on flute and sax, violin, & clarinets in addition to the usual guitar, keyboard...

FTV are on a roll. The current lineup of Chris Smith-guitars, violin, exotic strings, anguish: Warren Dale-keyboards, reeds, mallet percussion, suffering: Mike Sary-bass, regrets: and Jeff Gard-drums, crushed hopes: have released what is to my ears th...

The very first FTV album, originally released in a limited edition of 500 lps in 1984 is reissued and available on CD for the first time. While the music here is obviously not up to the success of their later work, its definitely a good 1st album, espe...

For over 26 years, bassist and composer Mike Sary has led this quirky, unclassifiable, humorous, avant/progressive rock outfit. This is their 10th release and it's definitely one of their best. Also a great title on this one!

Pardon My French is French TV's 8th album. It "explores some new territories while still displaying their dizzying compositional approach of throwing as many stylistic thematic variations in a tune as possible, with FUN being the operating principle. "Everything Works in Mexico" sounds like soundtrack outtakes from Rodriguez's "Once Upon a Time in Mexico" movies. "Sekala Dan Niskala" is an Indonesian travelogue, showing guitarist/violinist Chris Smith's Gamelon music degree was not in vain. The title cut...

“At last, after a good 10 years of being out of print, French TV #6 "The Violence Of Amateurs" and French TV #7 "The Case Against Art" have been re-released together as a 2-cd set.
It adds unreleased bonus material, including covers of Gentle Giant and ELP, and disc one, "The Violence Of Amateurs", has been re-mixed - sounds mighty fine, if I do say so myself.”

Mike Sary: bass, samples, loops
Katsumi Yoneda: guitars
Patrick Strawser: keyboards
Mark L. Perry: drums
Guests:
Ludo Fabre: violin
Karl Ledus: sax, flute
Nico Fabre: keyboards

So, somehow, here we are at nearly 35 years and 12 albums from the Louisville, KY band French TV and somehow, Mike Sary manages to continue to top himself every time.
This one struck me more like a really intelligently written jazz/rock album than a progressive rock album; think Kenso

A legendary folk duo who recorded one album and one single (all here) in 1971 for RCA, this has long been very sought after, with praise like "There are no weak links, though, on this consistant album which is thoroughly recommended." by Tapestry of De...

"Sketches of Corsica: the radiant lyric trumpet of Paolo Fresu glides across the massed voices of A Filetta, the singers who are both trailblazers and keepers of tradition in the realm of Corsican polyphony. The ancient and the experimental blend...

''Arriving in New York City in early 1977, Reck was a vital member of the New York No Wave punk scene, playing bass with James Chance and the Contortions and Lydia Lunch. Returning to Tokyo in 1978 he founded Friction, one of the most important and lon...

One of the most important cellists in New Music and a dynamic bandleader and composer in his own right. His latest project finds him surrounded by ten violins and rhythm section. Moments of lush romanticism, fiery brilliance and hypnotic moods, Grains...

Erik Friedlander is a unique cellist whose body of work both blurs and defies genre borders. Son of the noted artist/photographer Lee Friedlander, Erik was born in 1960. Maldoror is Erik's solo debut and consists of ten improvisations recorded at Berli...

Really excellent new-jazz album by this fine cellist and now member of the Vandermark 5. "Erik Friedlander is the foremost jazz cellist in the world today, a consummate artist that Billboard Magazine has lauded as "One of today's most ingenious and for...

"This new CD by the incredible NY 'cellist is his most exciting and beautiful yet. Featuring Andy Laster on saxophones, Stomu Takeishi on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, this CD features many fine Friedlander compositions and takes you on an...

Active for over a decade, NY cellist Erik Friedlander is finally receiving his due recognition, not just as a musician, but as a composer of note. These works display his unique take onRadical Jewish Culture -- sweeping melodic lines (reminiscent of ca...