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''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...

"Volume 8 in the continuing Book of Angels series is an intimate and breathtaking recital by one of the world’s most accomplished cellists. A vital member of the Masada family from the very beginning, Erik Friedlander has hypnotized audiences both here...

"The CD Started of Gabriela Friedli, Daniel Studer and Dieter Ulrich is a persuasive opening statement regardless of what metric is used to assess the album, be it the album's contribution to Swiss jazz's evolving narrative, its articulation of a wide...

I've been hearing about this band for some time, as they've played shows with such interesting up 'n' comers as Kayo Dot, Behold...the Arctopus, PAK, Time Of Orchids, etc. While they've released some split vinyl singles, etc., this is their first full-...


"An album so incredibly rare (only a single acetate exists), that many collectors have doubted the album's existence -- until now! The rarest, and I would dare to say best, folk/psych album from Peter Howell and John Ferdinando, musical brainchildren...

The name of this band says it all. Friends and Neighbors was the title of a fundamental album by Ornette Coleman dating from 1970, and the music played by these Norwegian improvisers has as reference and starting point the “new thing” of the Sixties.

Really nice solo bass album, partially recorded live, by this veteran bassist. Solo bass records are a rarified taste, to be sure, but this is a warm set. [ITM]

"The Fringe is a bold, electrifying trio consisting of Randy McStine (Lo-Fi Resistance), Jonas Reingold (Karmakanic, The Flower Kings), and Nick D'Virgilio (Big Big Train). After nearly three years since their initial meeting, the eponymous debut album, The Fringe has arrived. Prompted by D'Virgilio's desire to put together a trio for a pair of shows in Poland, The Fringe had an organic, blossoming chemistry from the very beginning. In enlisting Reingold and McStine, the three explored new arrangements...

Classic second album by Robert Fripp (guitars) and Brian Eno (tapes/synths/treatments). Their two albums opened up a whole world of possibilities in a post-Terry Riley fashion (see: Sensations Fix, Heldon/Richard Pinhas, Doldrums, Windy & Carl and etc...

This is a very, very good and groovy official bootleg of one of the very few shows that Robert & Brian undertook upon release of their first album.

"As a historical document, this release takes some beating. Recorded during the short – and...

This includes the original album as well as both tracks played in reverse (I think that half the population that listened to this album regularly 'way back when' were so high that their brain used to do that for them automatically - but now we have it...

Not quite sure how a third Fripp and Eno album made it by me without my noticing, but I somehow missed this and I shouldn't have, because it's really good! "Almost 30 years on since Evening Star, Robert Fripp and Brian Eno resume their collaboration...

"It’s been a long time coming has this one. Fripp’s soundscapes have always suggested they’d be remarkable in an orchestral setting and so it’s proved to be. Yet the transition hasn’t been easy or obvious, and anyone expecting this to be a straight...


"Giuseppe Frippi's current solo project were conceived as an opportunity to explore some intense and intimate musical tendencies which were somehow attenuated in the previous collective work, that in this new context can rise out with all their...

"Guitarist Bill Frisell had one of the most stimulating and eccentric regular bands of the mid- to late 1980s. The highly versatile Frisell, whose playing ranges from Jim Hall to rock and Nashville while including sounds never previously heard on...

"History, Mystery is among Bill Frisell's most eclectic yet accessible projects. Produced by longtime ally Lee Townsend, this double-disc, 90-minute, 30-piece suite encompasses the full range of Frisell's musical past and his influences, obsessions...

"This relatively early set from Bill Frisell is a fine showcase for the utterly unique guitarist. Frisell has the ability to play nearly any extroverted style of music and his humor (check out the date's "Music I Heard") is rarely far below the...

"Guitar hero Bill Frisell reveals his experimental side in his first release on Tzadik! A composer/performer of unparalleled gifts, Bill is one of the most influential and respected guitarists in the world today. Using his Nash Telecaster and a small...

A good performance of music for dance, all performed by Fred (via extensive overdubbing). "Any new record from Fred Frith, one of the worlds leading avant rock guitarists and composers, is a major event. Accidental was commissioned by a British choreog...

Composed and recorded in 1989, but not released until 1996, this has Joey Baron-drums, George Cartwright-alto sax, Tom Cora-cello and 'other instruments and drum programming' by Fred. I've always liked this album a lot, and until now it's been very...

Fred Frith: Electric Guitar, Voice
Jason Hoopes: Electric Bass, Double Bass
Jordan Glenn: Drums, Percussion

This is the debut of Fred's new trio, which includes two members of Jack O' The Clock, interestingly enough!

Frith returns to his deep roots in this improvising trio with the classic lineup of guitar, bass and drums. Playful, intimate, and bound together by a dark and delicate interplay, the group reminds us what listening is all about. After a lifetime of experience across

"A new CD of classical chamber music by a contemporary master who has been redefining new music since 1972 with cutting edge bands like Henry Cow, Keep the Dog, Skeleton Crew, Massacre and Cosa Brava. Featuring the virtuoso cellist Joan Jeanrenaud...

Remixed and remastered from the original 4-track masters. "Freds third LP for the US label Ralph Records, back in 1983, was a collection of gloriously direct pop songs, recorded on a four-track home studio system. Fred played almost all of the instrume...

Packaged in a beautiful mini-lp sleeve! "With (appropriate) extra tracks on each (all previously released somewhere, so no need to buy this just to have some unreleased song."

"Fred’s third LP for the US label Ralph Records, back in 1983, was a collection of gloriously direct pop songs, recorded on a four-track home studio system. Fred played almost all of the instruments: guitar, six string bass, Casio 101 keyboard, violin, xylophone, and home mades. There are some great production ideas, with...

''Fred Frith is one of the world's greatest originals on the guitar, a composer/ performer who has been at the forefront of avant garde music since the early '70s. Clearing is his first solo guitar recording in over twenty years (since his classic dou...

Fred Frith: Guitar / Wu Fei: Guzheng / Anantha Krishnan: Mridangam, Tablas / Marque Gilmore: Drums, Electronics / Tilman Müller: Trumpet / Patrice Scanlon: Electronics / Daniela Cattivelli: Electronics.

"Clearing Customs is based on an

With Arditti String Quartet, Uwe Dierksen (trombone), William Winnant (guitar), Fred Frith (guitar). "Fred Frith is driven by a powerful creative energy, a desire to experiment, and a never-ending interest in life and all of its facets. He is one of...

''Famous as an improviser and a rock guitarist (Henry Cow, Art Bears, Residents, Massacre, Skeleton Crew), Fred Frith is still highly under-rated as a composer. Since relocating to Germany in the early 90s, Frith has composed soundtracks for a number o...

"Fred Frith continues to be one of the most important composer/performers of his generation—a groundbreaking, genre busting musical master whose work ranges from improvisation to rock, classical, folk and more. The third volume of his film soundtrack..

With a career spanning over three decades, Fred Frith continues his fruitful relationship on Tzadik with this, his fifth release in as many years. Always breaking new ground, Eye to Ear II, the second volume dedicated to his work for films, is an adven...

"14 pieces originally written for dance and other practical situations, here reassigned and reconstructed for choreographer Amanda Miller and the Nederland Dans Theater. These are loop-based, textural, mood pieces, and invocations of spaces and landscapes, with some fine steel guitar playing. Mostly this is Fred multi-instrumenting, with pianist Daan Vanderwalle, percussionist Willie Wynant, saxophonist Lotte Anker, the Arte Sax and Arditti Quartets, Kiku Day (playing occasional shakuhachi), and...

Gravity is one of Fred's most enduring & endearing works. It was his first post- Henry Cow solo album, and he recorded it with the backing of The Muffins on one side of the original album and Samla Mammas Manna on the other + Marc Hollander. It's the c...

Packaged in a beautiful mini-lp sleeve! "With (appropriate) extra tracks on each (all previously released somewhere, so no need to buy this just to have some unreleased song."

Gravity is one of Fred's most enduring & endearing works. It was his first post-Henry Cow solo album, and he recorded it with the backing of The Muffins on one side of the original album and Samla Mammas Manna on the other. It's the closest thing to a progressive rock disc that Fred has ever released and it's a tuneful yet...

In the almost 30 years since this was released, so much has happened, and artists like Keith Rowe and Derek Bailey have become relatively well known, so that the shock of this record back then is hard to imagine now. But it was shocking, believe me. "H...

"In 1996, at the end of a two year residency, Fred organised an event at L'Ecole Nationale de Musique de Villeurbanne in France involving as many of the students as possible, grouped according to their departments - early music, rock, African drumming...

"Impur II is totally different from Impur I - which was a deconstructed, spatialised simultaneity of musical events that could only be heard through open windows or by wandering through rooms - Impur 2 took the form of an unannounced performance across...

"These concerts were part of a solo tour of Japan organized by the now-defunct magazine Fool's Mate. The music on the CD was first released in 1982 by Recommended Records Japan as a 2LP box set in a limited edition of 1,000. The tapes were returned to...

Field recordings of traditional singing and drumming, the jaunty accordion and violin music of a travelling circus troupe, the sounds of trucks, trains, wells, winds, flies, fire, thunder, camels, goats and a jackal are woven into a multi-layered, sub...

"Fred’s sixth CD of music for dance, featuring three commissions by three different choreographers each sharing, as Fred says ‘a certain obsession with melodic deconstruction.’ Two of them feature – and were especially written for - the remarkable...

''A major new composition by the world-famous guitarist, improvisor and composer. Over an hour in length and composed for a large ensemble of winds, strings and percussion, Pacifica sets the poetry of Pablo Neruda into a seductive and hypnotizing sound...

Its a real pleasure to hear a new album of Freds songs. Hes rather shy about his singing, but he shouldnt be; he sounds like a cross between David Byrne, Christoph Anders and Robert Wyatt. The songs often make use of samples from well-known sources, an...

Originally released as part of the double vinyl lp "Technology Of Tears" in 1986, Propaganda was substantially shortened so as to fit onto a single lp side. Now, the music has been reconstructed from the original two track masters as is now heard as originally intended for the 1st time!

"Written for theatre in 1987 using a host of avian and mammalian voices, snippets of unidentified musical material and electroacoustic noise-sculpting - as well as invented and real instruments, all played by Fred..