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“The great fiddler Martin Hayes speaks with the soul of a poet. A remarkable artist, the only one of his type.”—The Sunday Independent, Ireland

“In the decades to come, we'll surely talk about this man in the way others talk of Miles Davis or Jimi Hendrix or John Coltrane.”—The Irish Times

“Brooklyn Rider is really like no other string quartet. Any previous notions you had of string quartet music will get shaken up and ultimately thrown out for good.”—Times Union

"The Butterfly...

Tubby Hayes - Tenor Sax & Flute
Mike Pyne - Piano
Ron Mathewson - Bass
Tony Levin - Drums

“Recorded at Ronnie Scott’s club in October 1972, this previously unissued live recording features one of the final appearances by the ‘classic’ Tubby Hayes Quartet featuring pianist Mick Pyne, bassist Ron Mathewson (who made the original recording) and drummer Tony Levin, the line-up that had earlier created the landmark LP ‘Mexican Green’.
Taken from original tape sources and lovingly...

"January 30th 2105 marks the anniversary of what would have been Tubby Hayes' 80th birthday. Undoubtedly THE ultimate British jazz legend, Hayes' untimely death, aged 38, in 1973 ended what had been a truly remarkable 23 year career, and, although long...

"This major new release is a previously unavailable live performance from a great Tubby Hayes lineup that never made a commercially available CD.
Recorded on 5th December 1968 by Ted Lyons at the legendary Hopbine in North Wembley, The Syndicate reveals Hayes' new quartet that featured the spectacular Dublin born guitarist Louis Stewart and 22 year old drummer Spike Wells, with Kenny Baldock standing in for regular double bassist Ron Mathewson.
With detailed sleeve notes by tenor saxophonist...

Keyboardist Roland Haynes released his first and only album, 2nd Wave, on the Black Jazz label in 1975. Lots of Fender Rhodes is featured on this album (two of them, in fact, one performed by Roland and one by Kirk Lightsey), plus bassist Henry...

"To save you a short trip to Google, “parrhesia” means “to speak everything” and, by extension, “to speak freely,” “to speak boldly,” or “boldness.” Without getting bogged down in intellectual scaffolding, what Stephen Haynes, Joe Morris, and Warren...

“Charles Hayward is an English drummer and was a founding member of the experimental rock groups This Heat and Camberwell Now. He also played with Mal Dean's Amazing Band, Dolphin Logic, and gigged and recorded with Phil Manzanera in the group Quiet Sun project as well as a short stint with Gong. He was a session musician on The Raincoats' second album, Odyshape, and on one occasion played drums for the anarchist punk band Crass. Since the late 1980s he has concentrated on solo projects and....

“Crossfade Estate was a special, distinct project. It was made in November 2005. Recorded in 10 hours. Edited, mixed and collaged over 18 months. It was a development of Charles Hayward's long term relationship with The Albany in Deptford, London. They asked him to push their recently installed digital recording suite and see what he could make.
The approach was a step further from the series Accidents+Emergencies which Hayward had curated in the late 1990's. It was a pulling together of different...

Charles Hayward is, of course, best known for his drumming and vocalizing feats with This Heat, Camberwell Now and Quiet Sun, but in addition to doing some improvising work, he has released a number of solo albums contsructed out of his excellent drumming, distinctive voice and single drones made from keyboards, melodica, etc. I saw him perform at RIO in 2009 and it was a real treat to finally see the great man behind the kit and in full voice. This is his first in quite some time and is a good one...

Charles Hayward is, of course, best known for his drumming and vocalizing feats with This Heat, Camberwell Now and Quiet Sun, but in addition to doing some improvising work, he has released a number of solo albums contsructed out of his excellent drumming, distinctive voice and single drones made from keyboards, melodica, etc. I saw him perform at RIO in 2009 and it was a real treat to finally see the great man behind the kit and in full voice. This is his first in quite some time and is a good one...

Having played lead guitar for psychedelic legends The Accent, formed a late incarnation of The Zombies with Rod Argent, collaborated with Christine Perfect (later of Fleetwood Mac), joined boogie rockers Jellybread and recorded innumerable sessions...

"Robin Hayward plays microtonal tuba in Catherine Christer Hennix's ensemble; Stop Time is his first composition to be released on Important Records. Stop Time was commissioned for a festival of the same name that took place in Leuven, Belgium, in 2013. It is the first piece to use a subset of the three-dimensional physical version of the Hayward Tuning Vine software, invented in 2012, as a musical score. The harmonic space implied within the four cubes contained within the subset, based on prime numbers...

Miho is an amazing arranger and composer for big band, and this is her third release that features her ‘M-Unit’ band, which is a jazz big band with a string quartet in the middle!

“Tokyo born composer Miho Hazama is one of New York's most astounding young talents. Lauded in Downbeat as one of "25 for the Future", Miho is quickly establishing herself as a force of nature on the world's stage. As the 2015 recipient of the BMI Charlie Parker Composition Prize, Miho developed her signature ensemble...

"More evidence, if any were needed, that the real creative core of jazz is no longer to be found in the US. This is exquisitely-realized, almost symphonic, writing, apparently conceived in Ellingtonian/Mingusian fashion, with the styles of the intended soloists constantly in mind. I have heard the names Vince Mendoza and Maria Schneider used to evoke Hazama's style, but I really believe Hazama's vision is completely her own."

Miho Hazama is a really brilliant young composer, arranger and band leader who is rightfully making a name for herself.
While there are far, far too many Monk tributes in the jazz world, a few do transcend the genre and do something very original with the great man’s great tunes and having seen her do this work in a wonderful performance literally a 5 minute walk from my office, I am happy to report that this is one of them!

“The best week of the young composer/arranger Miho Hazama's life....

About a year and a half ago, I caught Miho conducting her amazing big band, which is a cross between a jazz big band and a string quartet. I was truly impressed! She's really, really something and if you are interested at all in large scale arranging and like jazz, you need to hear her. This is her second album.
Miho Hazama - conducting, piano on tracks 6 & 7
Gil Goldstein - accordion on track 3
Joshua Redman - soprano, tenor sax on track 8
Cam Collins - alto sax, clarinet...


Chris McMahon - keyboards, bass, electric mandola & backing vocals
Paul McMahon - guitars, lead vocals & mandolin
Danny McMahon - drums, percussion, guitar & keyboards
Catrin Ashton - fiddle, flute, mandolin & backing vocals
Jess McMahon - backing vocals on 2, 9 & 10
Ruby Mansell - backing vocals on 2, 9 & 10

“Haze was formed in 1978 by brothers Chris and Paul McMahon and were one of a handful of groups in the late 70's/early 80's who embraced progressive rock when it was a

A few days before the date I learned that Louis Moholo was in town and asked him if he could join in. So, on a Sunday afternoon, at the auditorium of the Stedelijk Museum, we recorded Pleasure. As you can hear, Louis picked it up marvelously. Together ...

"When we made Calling Down The Flevo Spirit in September 1978, Han and I had been playing together off and on in different groups and combinations since early 1967, when Han joined Willem Breuker’s large orchestra (of which I had been a member...

"Bahamut is Hazmat Modine's long-awaited debut CD: a dizzying, global take on Americana which has the energy of a Romanian brass band and the soul of a vintage blues recording. The band is driven by a pair of harmonicas and aided by the cymbalom, sarus...


For many years Posidon Productions has brought bands to play in Japan. Now they have started a label to bring out some of the many great bands playing progressive oriented music in Japan. Head Pop Up are an progressive rock band with fusion overtones. ...

"Lunes is the second album by the Texas psychedelic duo Headdress. Written in the desert but recorded during an endless New York City winter, the album is a dark meditation on Americana. Guitarist Caleb Coy and organist Ethan Cook sculpt a cold...

Really excellent debut album by this instrumental quartet of dual guitars, bass and drums. There's a lot of influences from the best parts of the dual guitar King Crimson and musically related bands like Philharmonie and even the California Guitar Trio...

Seven major figures from the art-punk, free-jazz, brutal prog, improvisational and modern jazz world come together for a ROCKING tribute to the unfairly ignored, misunderstood and vilified late period works of Albert Ayler. These late period songs have...

“A collection of demos, including tracks recorded in 1976 with Ian Gillan (Deep Purple) and his keyboard player, Colin Towns; also has 1974 recordings featuring the original Heartbreaker line-up. Heartbreaker was formed in 1973. The band seemed to be on the right track when Johnny Glover (ex-Free/Spooky Tooth manager) and Richard Griffiths arranged a deal with EMI. After 1976, there were line up changes and Ian Gillan stepped in, recording several tracks in his studio with guest appearances by Colin...

Susana Santos Silva trumpet
Mette Rasmussen alto saxophone
Ada Rave tenor saxophone, clarinet
Kaja Draksler piano

"Hearth is the warmth in our lives, pulsing from the center of what we call home. We could also look at it as a combination of the words Heart and Earth, equating two factors of life in search of plenitude: the human one, and the planet in which we live in. This Heart has the energy of life creation and this Earth is Mother Earth, home for all known living beings...

Kjetil Møster tenor saxophone and clarinet
Martin Küchen alto saxophone and flute
Mats Aleklint trombone
Ola Høyer double bass
Dag Erik Knedal Andersen drums

"We didn’t see (or, more exactly, heard) this coming. How could we expect a band like The Heat Death to turn their attention to the music of Glenn Miller? But here it is, once again confirming the notion that everything is possible when coming from the Scandinavian scene. Truth is that this quintet always had an orchestra

"“Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose,” sayeth the French. Just more than a year ago, Heaters shepherded the release of “Baptistina” into the world, which itself followed their debut album, “Holy Water Pool,” by less than a year. Now, the Michigan-made music machine is set to lay claim to a new parcel of mountainous terrain, in the form of their latest release on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, entitled “Matterhorn.”
It’s a relentless pace, made all the more impressive not by the infrequency with...

Music for trumpets an keyboards.

Thomas Heberer, trumpet, quarter-tone trumpet / Joachim Badenhorst, clarinet, bass-clarinet / Pascal Niggenkemper, bass "Although a broad term, most people associate a specific set of dos and don'ts with jazz, most of them unseparable from the African..

Thomas Heberer - trumpet
Ingrid Laubrock - tenor & soprano saxophones
John Hébert - bass
Michael Sarin - drums

“Well known for his work in the improvisatory jazz world with the likes of the Instant Composers Pool and the Nu Band, Heberer has been focused on showcasing his artistic breadth. His knowledge of the jazz tradition is encyclopedic and his open approach to the music proves just as catholic. The past few years have seen Heberer look more and more to the music of bebop...

John Hebert, bass
Tony Malaby, saxophone
Michael Attias, saxophone
Nasheet Waits, drums
Satoshi Takeishi, percussion
Adam Kolker, flute, bass clarinet

"Byzantine Monkey, bassist/composer John Hébert's long..

John Hébert, double bass / Benoît Delbecq, piano (and analog synth and electronics on tracks 1 and 2) / Gerald Cleaver, drums.

"Louisiana born double bassist and composer, John Hébert, is committed to exploring deeper his own Cajun roots...

John Hébert - bass
Taylor Ho Bynum - cornet
Tim Berne - alto saxophone
Fred Hersch - piano
Ches Smith - drums & percussion

A unique & somewhat surprising assemblage of great talent pay homage to the great composer Charles Mingus while also very much remaining original. A winner (and I am not normally a fan of Mingus tributes).

“Composer and bassist Charles Mingus’s legendary status is undeniable. Tributes to his genius tend to come up short because there isn’t a way to

John Hébert, double bass / Benoît Delbecq, piano, clavinet and synth / Gerald Cleaver, drums.

"After the very welcomed CD "Byzantine Monkey" (Firehouse 12), his first as a leader, double bassist and composer John Hébert is back with another...

“In the 1980s, Michael Hedges emerged as one of the most skilled and imaginative acoustic guitarists of the era, blending ambient music with elements of folk, classical, and rock.
This double CD combines an in studio mid-80s set at WCBN in Miami with material from a concert at St. Paul, Minnesota's Ordway Theater on February 1, 1986, broadcast on KTCZ.
Featuring highlights from his first three albums, it also includes his cover of Prince and Sheila E.'s "A Love Bizarre", along with an original..

"Hedzoleh Soundz were one of the first and most original "Afro" bands from 1970s Ghana, playing a mix of traditional music from across the country tinged with Western rock. They were residents at the notorious Napoleon nightclub where they met South...

Monika H. is Monika Heidemann, a young, up 'n' coming jazz and new music vocalist from NYC who "twists together jazz sensibility, improvisation, catchy pop melodies, the grind of rock n’ roll and enough subconscious creativity to still question where her music could have come from."
Her band consists of jazz and new music players; Matt Moran-vibes (Claudia Quintet!), Massimo Biolcatti-bass, Khabu Doug Young-guitar and Take Toriyama-drums. This is not 'jazz jazz' but there's a lot of jazz and new...


"Held by Trees is a new instrumental project featuring some of the most respected musicians in the British rock fraternity. Sitting between post-rock and prog, the outfit, led by David Joseph, release their debut album, Solace. Boasting seven veterans of the seminal latter Talk Talk and Mark Hollis solo albums, other contributors include Tim Renwick (guitar - Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Eric Clapton), Mike Smith (sax - Blur, Damon Albarn, Gorillaz), David Knopfler (guitar - Dire Straits founding member)...

"A reissue of Heldon's fourth album Agneta Nilsson, originally released on Urus Records in 1976. Agneta Nilsson opens with a mind-paralyzing track that proves stillness can have a pulse. "Perspective I" spends ten minutes poring through tectonic layers of heavy sound, piling everything so thick that the song becomes like quicksand for your brain. It's one of the most daunting works in the Heldon catalog, made all the more impressive by how simple it is. It's just sounds put together and turned up...

Allez Teia, originally released in 1975, was Heldon's second album. It is rightly considered an early, trance-inducing, electronic masterpiece. It is the only album in the Heldon cannon to feature acoustic guitar. Overall, I'd say that...

We have exactly four copies available of this extremely limited edition, OFFICIALLY LICENSED, SHM-CD, which is packaged in a lovely mini-lp sleeve!

Allez Teia, originally released in 1975, was Heldon's second album. It is rightly...

"A reissue of Heldon's debut album Electronique Guerilla, originally released on Disjuncta in 1974. In 1973, 22-year old Richard Pinhas was well on his way to becoming a full-time philosopher. He had almost finished his PhD and begun teaching at the University of Paris. But he also had a hobby: writing music and recording it himself. When he submitted a few tracks to British label E.G. (home of King Crimson and Roxy Music), the imprint was interested, but Pinhas was frustrated to find out he'd have to...

We have exactly four copies available of this extremely limited edition, OFFICIALLY LICENSED, SHM-CD, which is packaged in a lovely mini-lp sleeve!

“A brilliant moment occurs right at the end of Heldon's sixth album, Interface. The album's final song, its side-long title track, builds up slowly into a roaring tornado of fiercely mutating drum patterns, effervescent synth work, and guitar licks that wail into the atmosphere like an abandoned astronaut. Then, after nearly 19 minutes of highly futuristic avant-garde space rock, this ultramodern music fades out and is replaced by a concluding few seconds of traditional blues-rock guitar. "We were...

This is a reprinting of one of our classic Heldon titles which we ran out of a little while ago. The CD's sound is unchanged; this is not a remaster, but it has been repackaged in a way that makes it look more like the original vinyl version, which had one of the all-time great sci-fi covers of all time!

This is one of the classics of the avant-progressive-electronic cannon of 1970s greats, and is a perfect place to start if you do not already know this band!

Originally released on Cobra.