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George Haslam baritone sax, tarogato, clarinet; Richard Leigh Harris piano. Six duo improvisations and 'Goodbye Pork-Pie Hat' are included in Haslam's latest sax/piano duo recording with contemporary pianist/composer Harris. The two have worked togeth...

“It's a strange betweenworld, bookended by sleep and the jolt of being wide awake in a place where you wonder how you got there. You know the feeling' It seems familiar but the colours are, well, unreal. In a high-ceilinged room, a grand piano plays lush melodies as, meanwhile, somewhere, an Alice In Wonderland clock ticks, cellos are bowed, a swarm of something vibrates and the hallucinatory crowd around Rosemary's Baby babble. An echoey electronic hum builds and falls like a 50s refrigerator passed...

João Hasselberg double bass/electric bass
Pedro Branco guitar
Albert Cirera sax on tracks 5, 8
Afonso Pais guitar on tracks 1 (Left side), 6
João Paulo Esteves da Silva piano on tracks 1, 6
Luis Figueiredo piano on track 3
João Lencastre drums

"Only a few months after the debuting success of the album “Dancing Our Way to Death”, the partnership of the Portuguese, but living in Copenhagen, double bassist João Hasselberg and the also Portuguese, but established in

"A number station is a type of shortwave radio station characterized by their unusual broadcasts, which consist of spoken words, but mostly numbers, often created by artificially generated voices reading streams of numbers, words, letters, tunes or Morse code. They are transmitted in a wide variety of languages and the voices are usually female, although sometimes men's or children's voices are used. It is widely assumed that the broadcasts are used to send covert messages to spies." – Wikipedia...

About a year and a half ago, John Hollenbeck (Claudia Quintet) sent me a copy of a recording that he had made with a band he had recently joined. The band was called The New Mellow Edwards, and it was led by trombonist Curtis Hasselbring along with Chr...

"The impact of Jon Hassell on today's generation of electronic and ambient artists is immeasurable...this new collection is another beautifully composed and powerfully rendered work that engages the mind as it soothes the soul and body."-Paste

"First new album in nine years by a musical visionary and hugely influential figure in new music. Continuing his lifelong exploration of the possibilities of the studio, fragments of performance are sampled, looped, overdubbed and re-arranged into beguiling..

“A companion piece to 2018’s Listening To Pictures, this second volume in the pentimento series presents eight new tracks by the music visionary, continuing his lifelong exploration of the possibilities of recombination and musical gene-splicing. Pentimento is defined as the “reappearance in a painting of earlier images, forms, or strokes that have been changed and painted over” and this is evident in the innovative production style that ‘paints with sound’ using overlapping nuances to create an...

Before Eno. Before Talking Heads. It all began here!

“Recorded in 1976 at the York University Electronic Media Studios in Toronto, Ontario, Vernal Equinox is Jon Hassell's first recording as a solo artist and sets the stage for his then-emerging career as a trumpeter, composer and musical visionary. "Toucan Ocean" opens the album with two gently swaying chords and delicate layers of percussion that provide a cushion upon which Hassell unfurls long, winding melodic shapes. His trumpet is sent...

"[Hassell's] command of microtonal shadings enabled him to blend into the West Africans' distinctive sonic colorations, which would not have been possible for a player whose intonation conformed strictly to Western music's equal temperament."-Robert Palmer / New York Times

“Propulsive Burkinese rhythms meet revelatory, ambient soundscapes. Co-produced with the legendary studio team of Brian Eno and Dainel Lanois. Composer and trumpeter Jon Hassell has been an elusive, iconic musical figure for...

HANS HASSLER ACCORDION / GEBHARD ULLMANN BASSCLARINET / JÜRGEN KUPKE CLARINET / BEAT FÖLLMI PERCUSSION

"Hans Hassler, born 1945 in Graubünden, East Switzerland, is the true Swiss king of accordion. For over 30 years he has developed a style..

Hans Hassler : accordion
"Hans Hassler is the true Swiss king of accordion. Born 1945 in Graubünden the musician has kept us in suspense for over 30 years with his zigzag through different scenes: Swiss folk music, jazz, film music, free...

Hans Hassler: accordion solo
"Hans Hassler, born 1945 in Graubünden, East Switzerland, is the true Swiss king of accordion. Hassler inspires the listener with his playful virtuosity, a good sense of humour and a musical imagination without borders.
For Hans Hassler, performing on a variety of stages, to return to the studio as a soloist means adding something significant to anything which has already been played. It doesn’t necessarily have to be new or different; it has to be substantial. Hans...

“A classic masterpiece from 1981, never re-released on CD before.
Originally 1000 copies pressed on orange/red vinyl. 120 copies were sold through Rough Trade and Virgin Records. 800 copies were bought and later destroyed by the United Dairies label, making this record even more rare.
Hastings of Malawi were Heman Pathak, David Hodes and John Grieve. They recorded the album in one night in 1981 with no plan and no idea of what they were doing. They played drums, clarinet, synthesiser and piano..

Somewhere between progressive rock and electric jazz, with a bit of Catalunian lunacy thrown in for fun, resides HAT.

"Too much of it might be undesirable but a little psychedelia is good thing. The Catalan-based group simply called HAT offers..

"Ad Hoc Records' new, four-panel digipack reissue of The Hat Shoes debut album will be especially welcomed by lovers of intelligent and thoughtful progressive music, with a hint of Romanticism.
Originally released in 1991, Differently Desperate is a studio offering of diverse avant-pop songs by a 'super-group' comprised of members Bill Gilonis (The Work), Catherine Jauniaux (Fluvial), Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now) and Tom Cora (Skeleton Crew, Curlew). There's also a slew of well-known...

"Ad Hoc Records' new, four-panel digipack reissue of The Hat Shoes debut album will be especially welcomed by lovers of intelligent and thoughtful progressive music, with a hint of Romanticism.
Originally released in 1991, Differently Desperate is a studio offering of diverse avant-pop songs by a 'super-group' comprised of members Bill Gilonis (The Work), Catherine Jauniaux (Fluvial), Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now) and Tom Cora (Skeleton Crew, Curlew). There's also a slew of well-known...

Bill Gilonis is best known as the guitarist for the great post-Henry Cow band The Work, where he played guitar. He's lived in Switzerland for many years now, and this is the 2nd of his releases under the "Hat Shoes" name. It's a fairly left field but c...

Note: this is the non 'remastered version, as some folks prefer it that way

This features their non-lp single; the first by this Canterbury supergroup, bringing together members of Egg, Gong, Caravan, Matching Mole & Delivery. Phew! One of my all time favorite bands.

"Classic debut album by the Canterbury scene's finest. Recorded for Virgin Records in 1974, Hatfield and the North was the eponymous debut album by the band comprising former Caravan member Richard Sinclair, keyboard player...

This features the fantastic 'lost' Hatfield track "Your Majesty is Like a Cream Doughnut/Oh What a Lonely Lifetime", which was originally on the "V" sampler and has never before appeared on CD. The first half of the complete output by this Canterbury...

The second half of the complete output by this Canterbury supergroup, bringing together members of Egg, Gong, Caravan, Matching Mole & Delivery. Phew! One of my all time favorite bands. Both of their albums are fabulous, include bonus tracks & sound...

Note: this is the non 'remastered version, as some folks prefer it that way

This features their non-lp single; the first by this Canterbury supergroup, bringing together members of Egg, Gong, Caravan, Matching Mole & Delivery. Phew! One of my all time favorite bands.
This features the three tracks originally found only on the compilation "Afters"; the second by this Canterbury supergroup, bringing together members of Egg, Gong, Caravan, Matching Mole & Delivery. Phew! One of my all time...

Malcolm Galloway - vocals, guitar, keyboards/synths, programming
Mark Gatland - bass guitar, additional guitars, keyboards/synths, Chapman Stick
Kathryn Thomas - flute (tracks 1,2,9-11), vocals (track 10)

“Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate combine progressive/alt-rock, classical, experimental, electronic, and metal influences and often explore scientific themes. This is their 5th album. Led by former consultant neuropathologist and UCL Medical School honorary senior lecturer, Malcolm...

Boris Hauf, tenor and soprano saxophone
Keefe Jackson, tenor saxophone, contrabassclarinet
Jason Stein, bass clarinet
Frank Rosaly, drums
Steven Hess, drums, electronics
Michael Hartman, drums.

"What can you expect from a Berlin-based saxophonist (tenor and soprano) who also has a parallel activity as an electronic musician? Well... the unexpected. And the surprise here is not only the instrumental configuration – three horn players, three drummers - but also the musicians...

"In search of the sublime, contemporary electronic musician Steve Hauschildt has designed grids and panoramas of sound across multiple releases through the rise and dissolution of his former band, Emeralds, an American touchstone of 2000s home-recorded psychedelic noise music. Consistent with his solo work is Hauschildt’s ability to coil his craft in precise, varied, and distinctly physical forms. Gently spinning arpeggios converse with post-industrial decay. Sonic fibers sway like pendulums from static...

Steve Hauschildt was a member of the great Cleveland electronic music outfit Emeralds and Strands is his fourth solo on the Kranky label. Really good, cosmic floaty stuff with its own style and bite! Recommended.

“'Strands is a song cycle that is about cosmogony and creation/destruction myths. The title alludes to the structural constitution of ropes as I wanted to approach the compositions so that they consisted of strands and fibers which form a unified whole. This was so the songs could have...

An unbelievable price on the hard to find Japanese version of this great album!

"The third of three Hampton Hawes trio dates with bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Chuck Thompson (all reissued on CD) is on the same high level as his first two...

An unbelievable price on the hard to find Japanese version of this great album!

"Hampton Hawes recorded many superb trio sets in the 1950s, including three with bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Chuck Thompson. This straight-ahead set (reissued...

The year is 1973 and in South Africa, the stranglehold of apartheid and the oppression of its opponents is increasing all the time, the noose growing ever tighter. These were strange and scary times, when the law forbade marriages across the colour bar...

First album from this progressive rock band from South Africa, originally released in 1971. The side long opening title track features an amalgam of prog, jazz and indigenous African influences. Some of this actually has a Crimson-ish vibe, with flute ...

"The band's third and final release rounding off a trilogy of phenomenal Afro rock albums. This officially sanctioned reissue includes all the original songs plus 4 bonus tracks taken from the SA vinyl version of “Africa, she too can cry” and a rare...

Music to an imaginary nordic horror tale

"With Togetherness Music, British pianist and composer Alexander Hawkins presents a fascinating musical panorama, a distillation and synthesis of different traditions and influences, reflecting the broad spectrum of an extraordinary musical spirit. Released to celebrate Hawkins' 40th birthday, this six-movement quasi-orchestral work is an extensive expansion and revision of a piece which originated with a commission from conductor and composer Aaron Holloway-Nahum for the Riot Ensemble, to feature...

Richard Olátúndé Baker: Adamo (Talking Drum), Percussion
Neil Charles: Acoustic Bass Guitar, Double Bass
Stephen Davis: Drums
Otto Fischer: Electric Guitar
Alexander Hawkins: Grand Piano, Upright Piano, Sampler
Shabaka Hutchings: Flute, Soprano and Tenor Saxophones

After the album "Togetherness Music", British pianist and composer Alexander Hawkins presents another musical panorama: An ensemble in which his trio with bassist Neil Charles and drummer Stephen Davis meets...

Alexander Hawkins: Piano
“Alexander Hawkins is a creative epicentre from the London jazz scene and is regarded in the UK as one of the most innovative musicians of the younger generation with a surprising radius of action. He plays with Evan Parker, Wadada Leo Smith, Taylor Ho Bynum, Louis Moholo, Shabaka Hutchings and Elaine Mitchener. 'Iron into Wind' is the name of his new piano solo.
The phrase "Iron into Wind" evokes for him both the transience of improvisation and a fascination with solid..

Neil Charles: Double Bass
Stephen Davis: Drums, Percussion
Alexander Hawkins: Piano
Elaine Mitchener: Voice
"This quartet represents the collaboration of two of the most distinctive voices of their generation, and stakes out a remarkable common ground from the pair’s vast range of influences and experience. The repertoire fuses Elaine Mitchener’s unique way with both melody and abstraction, with Alexander Hawkins’ idiosyncratic compositional and pianistic world; as well as spotlighting..

Evan Parker tenor saxophone / Alexander Hawkins piano.

"Saxophone colossus Evan Parker is no stranger to the duo format with a pianist, and the recordings with the likes of Agustí Fernández, Sylvie Courvoisier, Matthew Shipp, Georg Graewe, Stan Tracey, Borah Bergman and John Tilbury are there to confirm it.

His encounter with Alexander Hawkins isn’t just one more experience in that context, however. “Leaps in Leicester” may put him in known territory instrumentally (after all, which...

"I first heard Alexander Hawkins play – at the Vortex Jazz Club, with the Anthony Braxton’s cornet-playing protégé Taylor Ho Bynum, bassist Dominic Lash and drummer Harris Eisenstadt in the Convergence Quartet. The music was an idiomatic white-knuckle...

"Those who claim that 1957 was a good year for the Newport are right on the ball: First of all, many great musicians were in the best of form; check out Basie's reunion with Jimmy Rushing, Lester Young and Jo Jones ( featuring Roy Eldridge and Illinois...

OK! It’s not really 100% complete (see below), but there’s a wealth of great stuff and rarities here.

“The title of this boxed set is quite misleading, because Hawkins was a member of Fletcher Henderson's Orchestra for ten years from 1924, and recorded extensively with that outfit. At a conservative estimate, there are some 80 recordings which should have qualified for inclusion, yet not one appears (although his recordings with Fletcher's brother Horace do). Ignoring for a moment the disparity...

One of the band's classic albums for Charisma, reissued in an expanded edition with an entirely new second disc and a total of 12 bonus tracks and given the superb "Mark Powell treatment", with a booklet filled with photos and liner notes...

Never-before released, professionally recorded live album by the short-lived Hawklords, the offshoot of the Hawkwind. Never-before released, professionally recorded live album by the short-lived Hawklords, the offshoot of the Hawkwind...

One of the band's classic albums for Charisma, reissued legitimately for the very first time in an expanded edition and given the superb "Mark Powell treatment", with a booklet filled with photos and liner notes...


A beautifully remastered, bonus track & liner note filled reissue of the band's early best ! This one features all the old gang (Nik! Lemmy! Brock, Del!) plus the addition of Simon House on synths & violin.

I had a dear (now deceased) pal for many years who was a huge Hawkwind fan; got me into them, got me to understand them, got me to go see them (they were great - this was the late 80s). As I recall, this was their last studio album released before he...

This 1979 album finds the group at a peak - different than their early 'space punk' peak, but featuring good playing and pieces and Tim Blake on synths, at a peak nevertheless.

"Recorded, of course, during Hawkwind's 1979 U.K. tour, Live '79...

Live recordings from 1972. Great music, not great sound.

Bridget Wishart - vocals
Dave Brock - electric guitar, keyboards, vocals
Harvey Bainbridge - keyboards, vocals
Alan Davey - bass guitar, vocals
Simon House - violin
Richard Chadwick – drums

This expanded version of the 1990 album presents the original album of Palace Springs, which was two studio tracks along with a well recorded and generally excellent live album recorded at the Palace Tehatre in Los Angles, 10/10/89 and adds the equally good and spirited California Barnst

This has been out for a little while now, but every time we have ordered it from the label, they've been sold out. This is hugely expanded reissue of one of Hawkwind's great albums from just after their classic U.A. period, originally released in 1977...

“Album #31 for Hawkwind. With so many years, gigs and albums (and former members) under the belt, how do you keep things fresh and interesting?
And when you’ve spaced rocked round the universe and back again a few times and turned things up to ten more times than you’ve had hot dinners, in the words of Nigel Tufnell, where have you got left to go?
Dave Brock’s chance meeting with songwriter and conductor Mike Batt at the US Embassy (applying for Visas apparently) sparked off an idea. Hence the...