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"An object lesson in how free improvised music should sound when played with authenticity and sincerity." — The Wire

"A wonderfully unhinged stew of avant-garde jazz rock" —Tiny Mix Tapes

"Their musicianship and group energy jumps...

Kenny Hakansson was the great guitarist with Baby Grandmothers, Bo Hansson and Kebnekajse, among others. Right around the time that Kebnekajse was winding down for the 1st time (they've since returned stornger than ever with two new albums!), Kenny...



“Out and unusual compositions from drummer Ben Hall and his sextet with Mick Dobday on electric piano & organ, Anthony Levin DEcanini on electronics, Ronnie Zawadi on percussion, John Dierker on reeds, Mike Khoury on viola & violin, and joined by Joe Morris on guitar, for 6 "Spines", free compositions using odd compositional structures leading to superb solo and group playing. Each Spine presents a unique sonic world, from aggressive playing to abstract and sonically fascinating interludes, with...






H-Alpha is a NYC/downtown all-star trio of Briggan Krauss-baritone and alto sax, Ikue Mori-laptop, Jim Black-drums and percussion. All three of these musicians have numerous interesting/great/teriffic projects under their own names or in association

A modern string quartet who recorded this album in 1998, they have some personnel ties to Julverne, as well as to the legendary Flemish folk groups Rum and Madou. This is mostly self-written (by Jeannot Gillis) modern material.

“Belladonna is a set of five compositions written for Halvorson on guitar plus The Mivos String Quartet. It is Halvorson's first time writing for a string quartet. Mivos' parts are through-composed and augmented by Halvorson's guitar improvisations.”

This record has gotten a lot of critical acclaim and it deserves it, as the group and Mary have a unique guitar-trio sound. My only caveat about the press is that everyone talks about how 'out' this is and maybe I'm just getting old and obscure, but it...

"This album is the debut of her seven-piece ensemble. The album features six Halvorson originals, where the four-horn blend brings deeper sonority, orchestral possibility, and an increased level of intricacy to Halvorson’s distinctive compositional...

One of the most instantly recognizable voices on the guitar today, this is Mary's first solo album!

"Mary Halvorson's Meltframe is the product of three years of gestation and refinement. Initially conceived as a solo guitar album made up of...

"After thirteen years and thirty-two CDs Zorn’s expansive Book of Angels project is now complete! This final installment presents the last ten unrecorded compositions from Masada Book Two and the variety, drama and lyricism is just as strong as the very first volume. Mary Halvorson, a long time Masada fan and one of the most acclaimed guitarists of her generation leads a dynamic quartet featuring Miles Okazaki, Drew Gress and Tomas Fujiwara. The music is intense, wild and incredibly varied—a beautiful...

Mary Halvorson-guitar
Chris Speed-sax
Eivind Opsvik-bass
Tomas Fujiwara-drums

“Halvorson is a highly inventive composer and improviser, playful, yet fierce when she needs to be, with a knack for oblique melodies and rhythmic hooks which her crack New York quartet knock in and out of orbit.
Reverse Blue's ten tracks feature some genuinely lovely tunes alongside some ingenious twists, with Halvorson wrapping her fingers around pretty Baroque figures, Moroccan modes, wiggy...

"Saturn Sings is guitarist/composer Mary Halvorson’s highly anticipated follow-up to her acclaimed 2008 debut, Dragon’s Head. It documents a new book of music written for her latest ensemble, the Mary Halvorson Quintet, which adds fellow New Yorkers....

"Mary Halvorson is one of the most acclaimed guitarists of her generation—a virtuoso improviser, distinctive composer, arranger and a deep student of the jazz guitar. Here she joins forces with living legend Bill Frisell to pay tribute to Johnny Smith, a guitarist who has been a huge influence on them both. Performing nine ballads associated with Smith and his classic composition “Walk Don’t Run”, this is an essential CD of soulful guitar duets by two of the most beloved and original guitarists in modern..

“Mary Halvorson is involved in so many side projects it's hard to pick a favorite ; until now. Sifter, her trio with Kirk Knuffke (cornet) and Matt Wilson (drums), has created one of the most inviting discs of the year with its self-titled debut. The compositions are concise. The themes are hummable. The solos never venture too far from home, and yet conversely it's a highly adventurous recording.
This album is loaded with surprises, as on ‘Back and Forth,’ where the main theme goes up and...

"Hamadryad is a group of musicians all driven by the same passion: musical creation. Their music tastefully blends progressive and classic rock, with a touch of cinematic vision, taking the listener on a musical adventure. (In classical mythology...

"Since the release of their first album, the band has lost his vocalist Jocelyn Beaulieu who has a special voice in the range of Jon Anderson of Yes. Since then the sound and the music of the band change for a more in your face kind of rock, heavier, less retro-prog and more modern. I was a bit disappointed with the next two releases, it felt to me that the band has lost his sense for good melodies. It's clear that the voice of Jean-Francois Desilets doesn't have the same strenght of Jocelyn, but his...

Klaus Ellerhusen Holm clarinet alto saxophone
Hernâni Faustino double bass
Nuno Morão drums percussion

"Here is an example of a specially well succeeded co-operation between a notorious representative of the Norwegian scene (Klaus Ellerhusen Holm) and two of the Portuguese one (Hernâni Faustino and Nuno Morão), combining the recordings of live presentations in a couple of spaces dedicated to creative music in Portugal, Salão Brazil (Coimbra) and SMUP (Parede). If you’re a Clean Feed...

“The official reissue of Motohiko Hamase's remarkable ambient/environmental/minimalism project #Notes of Forestry, available for the first time since its original release in 1988. The album is sourced from original masters.
One of the most fascinating and peculiar works from the golden era of Japanese ambient, #Notes of Forestry was initially released in 1988 by Newsic, the cult label started by Tokyo's Wacoal Art Center (also known as Spiral), home, notably, of Yoshio Ojima who co-produced...

“The official reissue of Motohiko Hamase's extremely rare live album Anecdote, recorded in 1987. Anecdote was recorded live June 12th, 1987 at Spiral Garden (Wacoal Art Center) in Aoyama (Tokyo) as part of the Eat Newsic Concert No.3. Motohiko Hamase on electric fretless bass, synthesizers, and computer programming, is accompanied by frequent collaborators Toshio Kaji on acoustic piano and synthesizers, and Yasunori Yamaguchi (of #Notes of Forestry fame) on acoustic percussions.
The three-man band....

“A re-recording of Motohiko Hamase's Remiscence, originally issued in 1986. Remiscence scores a decent price at online vinyl-selling platforms and it is worth every penny! It's a perfect "refuge from nasty reality", as the glorious British 20jazzfunkgreats blog once said. And it comes from a man that knows his trade: bass playing. An artisan on his instrument, Hamase also wrote many theoretical books in his more than four decades-long career. In the 1970's Hamase was no stranger to Tokyo's vibrant jazz...

“The official reissue of Motohiko Hamase's astounding ambient house album Technodrome, originally released in 1993. Inspired by John Cage, Jon Hassel, Brian Eno, and the emergence of house and techno music, Technodrome is jazz bassist turned electronic experimentalist Motohiko Hamase's foray into what he calls ambient house or, as he explains, "using the gritty sensation inherent to the core of house music" to create an ambient record "aiming to express inverted images, optical illusions, and the sense...

"The legendary jazz recordings made by Black Saint/Soul Note make a welcome return to the active catalog with this series of boxed sets. The set includes the albums Reunion, Arroyo, Trio!, My Panamanian Friend and Dancing to a Different Drummer."

"Shadow Machine is the first CD by Tom Hamilton and Bruce Eisenbeil, who began playing music together in 2007. Coherence without predictability, speed without tempo, direction without a roadmap - an unlikely foray into the world of out-jazz and free...

Mike Silverton, text, voice; Tom Hamilton, sounds, assemblage; Al Margolis, sounds "Analogue Smoque's deportment owes much to Dada, which positions it some 85 years late for lunch. The work's disjunct, shard-like character looks in significant measure...


Once again, I had never heard of guitarist Fred Hamm until he sent us a copy of this album and I was fairly impressed. Working with a trio (keyboards and drums). Not jazz, not rock, not techno; fairly hard to pigeonhole, although I guess it is closest to jazz/rock, but only just...

"Passionate for the music styles of Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Led Zeppelin gave him the desire to begin to play the guitar at age 15. He carries out various musical projects in parallel; free jazz...

"Sometimes plenty can happen in three years; sometimes plenty can happen in a matter of days. When Jan Hammer recorded Maliny Maliny at a club in Munich on August 30, 1968, the keyboardist had no idea that, in three short years he'd be at the...

“This is flawless, virtuously played jazz-rock, a must for any connoisseur of artistically performed LOUD music! This album floors it from the start and doesn't let up. Jan's deft fingers amaze and delight but the real eye opener is Tony Smith's power drumming. In a word, "wow". Classic electronic power fusion, get it, crank it up, don't tap your toe, I dare you.”

"Towering and powerful, Oh, Yeah? is a can't-miss album, not only of the jazz fusion genre but of 70's music in general. It is the...


Who else has been at it with such a huge amount of releases (some bad ones admittedly, but bad ones shows he is willing to take chances and taking chances is how you make great ones) for 45 years?

"The last conversation I had on the subject of...

Hammill's second solo album was recorded not too long after Van Der Graaf Generator imploded and released in 1973. It's probably my favorite overall of all his solo works and I really like a lot of them, so that's saying something! It blends a very intense singer/songwriter esthetic with more avant/progressive tendencies ala VDGG. Has performances by all of VDGG here and there, with quite a lot of work by David Jackson featured. And, of course, it features a fantastic version of the Pawn Hearts outtake...

Damn fine 2002 release from Peter. There is no reason that someone this late is his career should still be popping out great work, but he is!

"This clutch of songs was written and performed exclusively on acoustic guitars, as were all my earliest efforts. The only additional instruments are Stuart Gordon's violin & viola and David Jackson's saxes & flute. This was not intended to be and has not turned out as any kind of folk or roots collection...

I saw someone on the internet post something like, "dark, deep, great" and that's a pretty good summation of the great man's career in general. This is his 30th solo, by most counts (easy to lose track, y'know...)

"Consequences" is Peter's...

"Peter Hammill’s 35th album under his own name is a finely crafted masterpiece that grapples fearlessly with the varied psychological aspects of old age. Forget the demon alcohol or drugs, advancing time is prog’s worst enemy as more of its veteran heroes, young guns when they started making waves half a century ago, are falling with increasing frequency.
Peter Hammill, who co-formed Van der Graaf Generator at Manchester University 50 years ago, is one of the few to square up to their mortality on...

In many ways, this album of cover tunes, many of them European pop tunes and standards, is one of the weirdest thing this artist has ever done. It certainly isn’t what people are / were expecting! And, slyly, it jabs home a certain political point as well!

“For the first time ever, Peter has recorded a collection of cover versions. The songs come from a variety of musical worlds: Classical, American Songbook, Italian Pop and Tango. In all but three cases Peter has also translated the songs, from...

"Thirty-five years and dozens of recordings down the pike, Peter Hammill has finally devoted an entire album of material (one 41-minute work in 14 sections) to the subject that is at the very heart of his art: language. His lyrics - even in the early days, on the first albums by Van der Graaf Generator - have always been insightful, literate and thought-provoking, ever the beating heart of his music. This album explores multiple aspects of the word - its meaning, power, implications, magic and more...

His 23rd. That's quite an achievement beyond the fact that it's also a really good one!

"A quite beautiful album, though much underrated by fans. Each song here has a strong narrative - tales within songs. Love lost and celebrated in 'Naming the Rose'; a man's obsession with a younger woman in 'How Far I Fell'; domestic violence in 'Like Veronica' and is that a hint of the novel 'Perfume' contained in 'In A Bottle'? Hammill has always had a strong narrative inclination but here it's at its most..

Brand new, double disc of solo performances. One disc of Peter on piano and voice (entitled "What if I forgot my guitar?") and one disc of guitar and vocals (entitled "What if there were no piano?").

"A curious side effect of the reunion and...

A new solo disc by Hammill, and a pretty good one at that. Is there anyone else with such a huge body of work that continues to actually make good albums (No, not EVERY album is good, but enough are that it's always worth hearing what he's up to)...

"This' is the fortieth album for which Peter Hammill has been responsible. It was released on the eve of his fiftieth birthday, after thirty years of music making. The seven songs (and three instrumental 'fragments') on 'This' mark a clear statement of intent to continue pushing at boundaries within the overall context of The Song. Many features of the soundscape will be familiar to those who have followed Peter's music over the years: shape-shifting changes of mood and temperature; lots of "how did we....

"The PHQ undertook a number of tours after Roaring Forties and so it was natural that the (occasional) group was on Peter's mind when time came to record the next studio album. This was X My Heart. It might have been a blueprint for future work with the line-up, but in the event there were to be no more more live shows for this set-up.
It features one of his most beautiful ballads, "Earthbound," which features heartfelt vocals and a gorgeous string accompaniment. "Narcissus (Bar & Grill)" will...

“Something of an oddity, this release. For the first time ever, I believe, I performed all of the songs from my latest album, “From the Trees” in the course of my tours at the end of 2017 and the start of 2018.
One of the guiding principles behind the recording of “Trees” was that I’d be able to do versions of all the songs in a stripped down, one voice, one piano or guitar form before starting the recording proper. This collection, then, squares the circle, consisting of live solo performances of...

"Esoteric Antenna are pleased to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio collaborative album by PETER HAMMILL & GARY LUCAS. Peter Hammill’s work, both as a solo artist and as part of Van Der Graaf Generator, is legendary, whilst Gary...