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Dario D'Alessandro / guitar (R), voice, keyboards, bass (5)
Davide Di Giovanni / piano, organ, synth, acoustic guitar (9)
Daniele Di Giovanni / drums, percussions
Mauro Turdo / guitar (L)
Daniele Crisci / bass
With:
Dave Newhouse (The Muffins, Rascal Reporters) / saxophones, clarinets, flute (1,2,5,9,12)
Luciano Margorani (LA1919, NichelOdeon) / guitar (5,10)
Tommaso Leddi (Stormy Six) / mandolin (5), trombone (10)
Rocco Lomonaco (Breznev Fun Club) / winds...

Eleven moody, funky, jazzy compositions from Yuka Honda, a founding member of the popular band Cibo Matto and a vital member of the Downtown scene since moving to NY from Tokyo in 1987. Her second CD for the Oracles Series is her best yet, featuring he...

"The versatile composer/performer who has worked with Cibo Matto, Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Mike Watt and many others, creates a third CD for the Tzadik Oracles series highlighting her fascinating new instrumental approach. Mixing funky beats, hip samples...

A beautiful CD of quirky instrumentals from the hip mind of Yuka Honda, co-founder of the pop band Cibo Matto. Combining a wry sense of humor with wit, elegance and impeccable taste, Yuka's charming instrumental miniatures cross all musical borders hyp...

Ole-Henrik Moe violin
Kim Johannesen guitar, guitar-banjo
Ola Høyer double bass
Erik Nylander drums, roland tr-77 drum machine
Klaus Ellerhusen Holm alto saxophone, Bb-clarinet
"Something like the band Honest John could only come from the Scandinavian scene. It seems that only the musicians born and living in the top of the world have the vision, the ingenuity and the guts to combine elements nobody else would dare to, with the preconceived idea that it wouldn’t work, and further..

Despite this group's fairly ludicrous name, HRMAG is a really good, avant-out-progressive kinda band. They recorded an excellent, as yet unreleased collaboration with Hugh Hopper (too short to release as a CD; it's only about 20' long) right before...

"Released at last for the first time on CD, the debut album by The Honeymoon Killers caused quite a bit of commotion when it first came out in 1977, on Marc Moulin's ephemeral Kamikaze label.

At that time, the band consisted of an assortment of miscreants, taxi drivers, cooks, professional gamblers and other musical delinquents who performed a massacre on all genres, from rockabilly and punk to marching band music, French chanson and free jazz.

This reissue includes previously...

“In the Sea’s eponymous new album for Relative Pitch features just a string trio, allowing the players to settle into a chamberlike collision of approaches. Double bassist Nicolas Caloia and violinist Joshua Zubot bring brio and care to Honsinger’s pieces, which draw from classical music, Italian folk, and his aforementioned slapstick aesthetic, loads of nonsensical singing alternately limning pretty melodies and harnessing pure chaos.
Improvisation and attuned interplay between the players define...

"Cellist Honsinger and pre-existing media manipulist Simonini with a piece that falls between radio art, music theatre and... and what? A highly unusual performance in 10 parts that deploys its materials sparingly and intelligently and, through a...

Tristan Honsinger-cello, voice
Antonio Borghini-double bass
Axel Dörner-trumpet
Tobias Delius-tenor sax, clarinet

“Tristan Honsinger, Axel Dörner, Tobias Delius and Antonio Borghini played their first concert as a quartet in the legendary Berlin venue “Miss Hecker” in 2010. The spontaneous meeting turned quickly into a working band named “Hook, Line & Sinker”. The combination of music, movement and theater, trademark of Honsinger’s work in the last 40 years, finds in this quartet a.


"Winding through the literally hundreds of titles in John Lee Hooker's catalog is a daunting task for even the most seasoned and learned blues connoisseur. This is especially true when considering Hooker recorded under more than a dozen aliases for as many labels during the late '40s, '50s, and early '60s. I'm John Lee Hooker was first issued in 1959 during his tenure with Vee Jay and is "the Hook" in his element as well as prime. Although many of these titles were initially cut for Los Angeles-based...


With D.J. Olive, Richard Keene, Doug Walker, Blaise Siwula, Lewis Barnes, Kickwad, Letha Rodman, David First, Jesse Henry. Long out of print! "Working on the periphery of the jazz world since he moved to New York in 1974, William Hooker's kinetically...

"Big Moon" is as expansive as it is groundbreaking. With a reputation as one of the most innovative composers and drummers of his generation, for those in the know, Hooker does not disappoint on this latest work. Supported by a dynamic group of players which varies throughout the piece, Hooker weaves elements of spiritual and avant-garde jazz with tropical rhythms through eleven movements of the meditative journey that is "Big Moon"; a work that should be ingested and contemplated as one body of work.”

“Revolutionary drummer William Hooker leads a new trio with Mark Kirschenmann, trumpet, and Joel Peterson, bass. Recorded live in one take at Trinosphes in Detroit, Cycle of Restoration starts at the bottom with no apparent leverage, in an hour of constant upheaval overturning the possibilities of music. Deceptively serene out of the zero code, you soon realize that your mind has been re-tuned to a new understanding of reality: reach into the part that psilocybin touches, without acid, and see the same....

With Brian Doherty-electronics, Donald Miller-guitar, Charles Compo-reeds, Masahiko Kono-trombone. Recorded live in 1992 and 1994. Long out of print! "Working on the periphery of the jazz world since he moved to New York in 1974, William Hooker's...

“William Hooker has been recognized as one of the most innovative musicians and drummers of his generation, leading a variety of ensembles within the worlds of free jazz, experimental, and new music. Hooker's prior collaborators range from avant garde jazz musicians to indie rock legends like Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth. On his latest work, "Symphonie of Flowers", Hooker weaves three sections into a whole, or a "symphonie" of sorts. As he says, "the piece begins and ends with the drum...

This live improvised session very very pleasantly surprised me in terms of how restrained it was overall (I was expecting just a big field of SOUND) and how carefully everyone was listening to each other. "Massive extraterrestrial waves of sound crest,...

"Legendary avant-jazz drummer William Hooker debuts a formidable new trio, the William Hooker Strings 3, on A Postcard From the Road, featuring William’s powerful playing alongside fiery contributions from two hard-working, creative electric guitarists...

“Haunting folk rock with the exquisite compositions of Bob Hughes, this inexplicably ultra-rare private pressing is generally unknown, and includes a stunning version of the fragile and monumentally melancholic 'High & Dry', a song that is a genuine masterpiece, predating Radioheads identically titled pop tune, and vastly better. First ever reissue with sleevenotes by Bob Hughes.”

Adam Hopkins - bass, compositions
Anna Webber - tenor saxophone
Ed Rosenberg - tenor saxophone, bass saxophone (track 6)
Josh Sinton - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Jonathan Goldberger - guitar
Devin Gray - drums

“...But what is uncommon about this release is Hopkins’ blend of free jazz, fusion, and rock stylings.”-Avant Music News

“Adam Hopkins has been an active figure on the New York City scene since settling in Brooklyn in 2011, and has toured.

“Jon Hopkins is a classically trained composer and electronic musician from England whose solo and collaborative works, including deeply cerebral ambient techno recordings and immersive film scores, have received widespread acclaim as well as Grammy and Mercury Prize nominations. Initially gaining exposure through his work with Brian Eno, Coldplay, and King Creosote beginning in the mid-2000s, Hopkins gradually found his voice as a solo artist, blending intricately crafted beats with serene, meditative..

“This brings together some early-'60s sides that Hopkins recorded for the Chicago-based Vee-Jay label, although all of them were recorded in his native Houston. Lightnin's spoken introduction sets up the hilarious "Big Car Blues," part of five live tracks aboard, before setting up eight heavily reverbed studio tracks from Bill Quinn's Gold Star Studios. The final two are full-band tracks produced by drummer King Ivory Lee Semiens with Lightnin' playing electric, the band following his erratic timing as...

“The Texas giant of blues makes a welcome return to Denver for another unique display of blues artistry. Having had his life committed to the big screen and been backed by 13th Floor Elevators, Lightnin' was about to devour the next decade with the same righteous intent. Stubborn, flashy and damned inspirational.”

“This is one of my favorite Lightnin’ Hopkins records. Great music, great guitar, and great banter from Lightnin as well. The audio quality is great for a 1974 recording, the guitar...

The second of two albums made by Kramer (who was still riding high with his Shimmy-Disc label as well as with his release by Bongwater), Hugh Hopper and Damon Krukowski (of Galaxie 500 and Damon and Naomi) on drums. 1997-style modern, whacked-out psychedelia. It's all instrumental, as long as you don't count all the found sounds/tape cut-ups as vocals, and all of Hugh's fans will immediately be able to hear that it is him.

“Recorded as a guitar-less trio (Hugh Hopper on bass, Kramer on piano...

For the most part, this is completely a solo album, with all parts (sax, keyboards, drum programming, etc) all performed by Brian.
BUT: There are guest appearances by brother Hugh on bass, Graham Flight on keyboards, Robert Fenner on guitar, Francis Knight on piano and...Robert Wyatt on cornet and vocals, including on a version of “Hope For Happiness”!!

“Brian Hopper, the older brother of Soft Machine bassist Hugh, will probably always be in his more-famous brother's shadow but he is in...

Patrice Meyer - guitar
Dionys Breukers - keyboards
Frank van der Kooy - sax
Hugh Hopper - bass
Kim Weemhoff - drums
Robert Jarvis - trombone (5,7)

“After a decade of work together, several live albums, many concert tours, and lots of satisfied listeners, we finally got Hugh and crew into a studio to record Carousel, certainly their best yet. After all this time together, the band is really a WORKING unit, with fine playing from all members. This is a powerful set of fusion

“‘Jazzloops’ and its sequel ‘The Stolen Hour’ features Hopper with special guest appearances by his fellow Soft Machine members and friends; Robert Wyatt, Elton Dean, revered jazz drummer John Marshall, Gong alumni Didier Malherbe, and French guitarist Patrice Meyer.
Both discs have been remastered and the booklet features the original comic for ‘The Stolen Hour’.
Peter Pardo of Sea of Tranquillity’s reviews of the original releases concluded with this comment:
“Hearing Hugh Hopper, Elton...

Meccano Pelorus was Hugh's fourth album and the first release under his own name since the 1970s! Featuring his great FrangloDutch band (Patrice Meyer-guitar, Dionys Breukers-keyboards, Frank Van Der Kooij-saxes, Pieter Bast-drums + Hugh on bass), this was recorded live in 1987 and 1989 and was the beginning of his career back in the musical arena, after laying out for a good number of years.

This puppy was Hugh's third solo album, originally released around 1978, and a really hard one to find. I remember being thrilled when I scored a copy in London in 1979. One side is solo multi-tracked basses, recorded at home, while the other was live with band (Elton Dean-saxes, Mike Travis-drums, Jean-Pierre Carolfi-keyboards, and Jean-Pierre Weiller-bass; so two basses!) in Bordeaux, France, 3/20/74.
This is very much a 'home-made' album; the home recordings are very cool, but they include a...

Hugh Hopper-bass guitar, Simon Picard-tenor sax, Steve Franklin-keyboards, Charles Hayward-drums...

Subtitled "Songs by Hugh Hopper", that's just what it is, as it collects tunes from the Voiceprint catalog of his songs and even includes a otherwise unavailable version of "Was a Friend" with Robert Wyatt singing! Well worth owning!

"This record reflects the work Hugh has achieved with various creative singers and lyricists, from 1983 through to 1999.
Featured musicians include Lisa S Klossner, Richard Sinclair, Rick Biddulph and Robert Wyatt."

"I got a message a few months ago from Hugh Hopper's wife Christine. She reported that since Hugh's passing, she's been struggling with finances. Of course she's also struggling emotionally, as she misses him terribly, but the gist of her message...

"This is the final of a ten part series curated by the late Mike King, which cherrypicks some of the best and most intriguing items from Hugh Hopper's archive. Until he died a few years ago, Hugh Hopper, probably best known for his work with Soft Machine, was one of Britain's most versatile and innovative bass players, and this multi album set confirms what a sad loss to both jazz and rock his passing was. Vale Hugh. Vale Mike."

1. Was A Friend - Hugh Hopper / Robert Wyatt - 4/95...

Subtitled: 'Hugh's Compositions In The Hands Of Friends', this features Didier Malherbe, Phil Miller, Hugh and Pip Pyle or Elton Dean, Phil Miller, Gael Horelou, Hugh and Pip Pyle.

"Hugh Hopper’s return to active service following a five-year...

"...through our mutual interests we began a friendship which led to my idea to create a recording of these two amazing musicians, Slava Genelin (piano) & Aharon Kaminski (drums & percussion)....the session lasted 3 hours and was fantastic....right...

“...the coming together of two British jazz-rock giants. ...These gracefully introspective instrumentals feature Gowen's trademark flowing analog synth and Hopper's unique high-register bass work in equal measure.” – muze.com

“...showcases harmonic and compositional sensitivity....” – Revue & Corrigee


Reissue of a long out of print classic from 1980 from these two fine, composers & instrumentalists....

Honey Ride Me A Goat is an improvising rock trio of Jonny Shoults-drums, and Motney Slim and Michael Pike-guitars. In 2008, they joined up for an improvised session with another Kent resident, bassist Hugh Hopper for what was originally planned as the...

This is the 1st of two collaborative albums that paired Hugh the composer with vocalist Lisa. Both of the albums they made are quite good, with Lisa's lyrics and vocals set against Hugh's compositions and programming. Also appearing are Hugh on fuzz bass, Elton Dean, and a couple of other guests. An interesting album of songs.

"I just bought Different recently. It, and the sequel album are musically and lyrically intellengent and interesting. This is not anything you will ever hear on Pop radio...

In the early/mid 00s, Hugh started working with his computer and started cutting up and putting together music in the new technological version of how he did it starting in 1963, when Daevid Allen showed him what a tape loop was. He made two full...

Francesco Bux - drums and vocals
Gianluca De Bene - guitars and backing vocals
Domenico De Zio - acoustic and electric guitars
Roberto Gomes - keyboards and vocals
Valeria Tritto - bass and backing vocals

“The sounds immediately bring to mind the Made in Italy program (PFM school and Banco del Mutuo Soccorso) of the golden age. The clean, linear, deep and engaging singing accompanies melodies, overdubs, solos and sudden changes of tempos treated with maniacal attention. A unique



"Since the mid-'90s, Seattle-based guitarist Bill Horist has been making music within and without convention in a wide variety of settings and genres and has worked with many notables in rock, experimental, and new music. He has played on dozens of...

“Paul Horn’s music is hard to describe, but it’s essentially peaceful and introspective. It is great that this 1972 recorded long play is now available on CD. "Inside II" shows Paul Horn's experimental side; the music combines diverse flute tonalities and moods with human and nature's sounds in a masterful way. It also includes some Bach melodies that makes this CD a must have master work for those interested in both introspective and experimental music.”

This is the fourth album by this extra-ordinary Baltimore band. As I have said before, it's hard to describe, but think of Beefheart guitars and drums with microtones and Steve Reichian & Terry Rileyian ideas and structures and that gives you a little bit of the sound.
You could also imagine a less note-flinging version of Upsilon Acrux and you wouldn't be that far off the path either. This album will either give you a headache or an orgasm.

“Horse Lords make music for the liberation of...

"At one point in the mid-'70s, Horslips seemed poised to become Ireland's answer to Steeleye Span. But they also had a shot at being the next Jethro Tull (only a better hard rock outfit), or maybe Genesis, or even Yes in their folkier moments. Those events never quite happened, but Horslips released half-a-dozen superb albums along the way, becoming Ireland's most acclaimed folk-rock and progressive band."-All Music

"The third album by this Irish quintet, Dancehall Sweethearts abandoned the overt Celtic-rock sound that defined their first two albums, Happy to Meet Sorry to Part and The Tain. Subtle folk touches are still present here but to a much lesser degree. Charles O'Connor's fiddle parts aren't as bold or traditionally based as on previous records and keyboardist Jim Lockhart doesn't accentuate Horslips' songs with tin whistle and uilleann pipes with the frequency of past recordings. So while this album...

"Get ready for the ride of your life through Irish folk-rock styles. The opening track of the group's debut album, with its pipes, button accordion, and percussion, could pass for any Chieftains record, but then the electricity kicks in on "Hall of Mirrors," and the rest is melodic rock, not so much folk-rock as folkish rock, recalling early Genesis. John Fean sounds like he's playing folk melodies even as he plays runs on his electric guitar on "The Clergy's Lamentation," and the group follows this with...