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For some unfathomable reason, this fine 1975 album, their sixth, has never really been generally reissued and no one really has explained why. It certainly is not because of the quality of the material, because this is considered one of their finest by many and also considered the last of their string of total classics from the early 70s.
This release has the classic lineup of Dave Brock, Nik Turner, Lemmy, Simon House, Simon King and Alan Powell, and was the last album with Lemmy. This is newly...

Sachi Hayasaka is one of Japans most creative composer/performers, a bandleader, arranger and soloist of great passion and originality. Her beautiful sound and adven- turous projects have made her, along with Kazutoki Umezu, one of the busiest and mo...

Tubby Hayes was one of the first wave of English hard-bop musicians of the 1950's and 60's and one of the top tenor sax players as well during the 20 years of his career. He never went into free-jazz, but he swung hard and he definitely influenced many...


“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...

"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...

"Following the reissue of the entire recorded output of South London-based experimental act This Heat and its successor, Camberwell Now, Modern Classics Recordings holds the lens up to a special split album created by one of the driving forces behind those groups - drummer Charles Hayward - in collaboration with Italian musician Gigi Masin, whose looping, rhythmic, electronic compositions have seen his cult following grow in his four decades as a recording artist. Originally released on Belgium's Sub...

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...

"Second collection of cinematic string jazz compositions and improvisations from the world class trio of Tomeka Reid (cello), Mazz Swift (violin), and Silvia Bolognesi (double bass), whose compiled resume of respective collaborations is as diverse as it is impressive (Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, Common, Kanye West, Butch Morris, William Parker, Hamid Drake)."

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

"In the year 2015, it may be that only foolishness or forgetfulness can excuse being surprised by the pace and power of a rock and roll machine coming out of the holy state of Michigan. Yet such is the power of the perpetual energy expressed throughout “Holy Water Pool,” the new full-length album by Heaters on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond.

If there’s an offer of salvation within “Holy Water Pool,” its one that comes with a catch: you have to risk drowning. Drowning in this case brought on by the...

"In the year 2015, it may be that only foolishness or forgetfulness can excuse being surprised by the pace and power of a rock and roll machine coming out of the holy state of Michigan. Yet such is the power of the perpetual energy expressed throughout “Holy Water Pool,” the new full-length album by Heaters on Beyond Beyond Is Beyond.

If there’s an offer of salvation within “Holy Water Pool,” its one that comes with a catch: you have to risk drowning. Drowning in this case brought on by the...

"“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...

"This is the finest album from Michael Hedges, the man who is responsible for the greatest revolution in solo acoustic guitar playing since Leo Kottke. There are moments on Aerial Boundaries where it seems literally impossible that so much music is...

"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...