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“Much harder and rockier than its predecessors, 2007's 'Symetria' clearly marks a change. No flutes, no marimbas here, the Finnish band decided to trade its folk and soft trippy music for a more "classical" heavy synth space rock, in the likes of Hawkind, the Ozrics and sometimes Porcupine Tree and even Rush. Less innovative, but nonetheless very inspired and powerful!”

“British guitarist Mike Cooper collaborates with Hifiklub, a French instrumental ensemble from Toulon, for an impressive musical reading of Robert J. Flaherty's 1934 silent film Man of Aran.
Since 2007, French quartet Hifiklub has been building a protean work that evolves through an impressive series of collaborations. The band's catalog is wide and far-reaching, and includes more than 130 collaborations with such renowned musicians as Lee Ranaldo, Alain Johannes, Jad Fair, Fatso Jetson, R. Stevie....

"Rising star drummer Chris Higginbottom will be returned to the UK in summer/ autumn 2005 to tour his long-awaited debut album "ONE" featuring New York based musicians Seamus Blake, tenor saxophone (Dave Douglas), Aaron Goldberg, piano (Joshua Redman)...

"A fabulous release by this Canadian instrumental band that blends latin, r&b, soul, film soundtracks, jazz and more into moody and infectious grooves. Bret Higgins is no stranger to Tzadik, performing on the 2014 release Zebrina and performing with....

“Patrick Higgins is an American avant-garde composer, guitarist, and producer from New York City, known for his work in experimental and contemporary classical music. He plays guitar and composes in the ensemble Zs, described by The New York Times as "one of the strongest avant-garde bands in New York." His work as composer traverses the styles of the European avant-garde and the tradition of post-minimalist Downtown New York music.
He has received attention for his unique style of guitar playing...

"Anna Wayland is a talented and dynamic young songwriter whose influences range from blues, jazz, rock, world music and more. Her debut recording is a dark and heavy gothic masterpiece that takes us from death to love and back again. Produced by Mat...

Fantastic edition of this classic, early UK release, with tape research by Mark Powell and greatly expanded booket, rare photos, and design. Recommended. Very early (1969) heavy rock/progressive/oddball classic featuring Tony Hill-guitar, Simon House...

Simone Quatrana piano
Andrea Grossi doublebass
Pedro Melo Alves drums and percussion

"HIIT is a piano trio of contemporary improvised music, with compositional frames that feed focused real-time composition. You hear aesthetics reminiscent of the improvised and composed music of the 20th and 21st century. You hear hot blooded energy which is not afraid of lyric melody, abstract contemplation, and structured formal matrixes.
Connecting the new Portugal and Italy music scenes, it is...

Makigami Koichi is one of Japan's most popular underground performers and this follows the journeys of his remarkable rock/pop band Hikashu through over twenty-five years of musical mayhem. From techno (before the Yellow Magic Orchestra) to noise/samp...

Newly reissued and selling for half of what it previously sold for!!

"Some gigs are simply meant to be out there - even if they take decades to actually make it into our hands. This is without doubt one of those concerts; recorded at the Philips Halle, Düsselsdorf on the 28th March 1979 during the Live Herald Tour.
Released following the AIM-nominated deluxe box set from Hillage, Searching for the Spark, this Düsselsdorf double CD showcases the Steve Hillage Band's prowess with excellent...

"Talk to any connoisseur of '70s-era double live albums, and many will agree that Steve Hillage's Live Herald, recorded and released in 1977-1978, rates among the finest jewels that the genre has to offer. So it's astonishing to discover that someone...

“Having made his name with Gong, Steve Hillage has been active for more than 40 years as a performer, composer and producer. He has just returned to live performance with a new incarnation of the Steve Hillage Band, revisiting classic material from the mid-1970s.
We feature his 1977 performance on Rockpalast,majoring on highlights from his first two solo albums, Fish Rising and L. The seven-piece band line-up also appeared on the acclaimed Live Herald set, and includes ex-Jethro Tull drummer Clive...

Even though Virgin had given up on Steve becoming the big star they wanted him to be by the time this was released in 1979, this excellent live album recorded on his 1978 tour was still a great album. This was originally 3 live sides and 1 studio side. The studio side has been moved as bonus tracks onto "Open" and you get a 15' never-released bonus track version of "Solar Music Suite". Includes interesting notes from Steve and some great toonz!

“Now and then, you get a bit suspicious about old recordings showing up, but not in this case. Great recording and great songs! Wow.”-Jorn Michelsen

“Live archive release from the Prog Rock icon. Steve Hillage, known for his exceptional work in Progressive Rock powerhouse Gong, Khan and pioneer of the Canterbury scene began his solo career in 1975. Venturing to other side of the world, Steve arrived in Los Angeles for the first time in January of 1977 to support ELO on their US tour. On January...

This is Steve Hillage at the height of his fame, in the middle of a huge US tour in support of his album "L", opening for E.L.O. at one of NYC's larger venues!

Recorded on February 12, 1977, this is a excellent, well balanced archival find, supplied and remastered by Steve himself! Highly recommended!

"A brilliant vintage live performance from Gong guitar guru and one of the most innovative guitarists of his era, Steve Hillage!

Crystal clear soundboard recording that captures....

This was Steve Hillage's 3rd solo album. Virgin was still trying to make Steve a star and it continues musicially in the same vein as L, except this time he's got his own band instead of Todd Rundgren's Utopia to back him up. Features Light in the Sky...

The last of Hillage's albums to strictly feature his progressive rock/post Gong sound. This includes the studio tracks that were left off of the new version of Live Herald, as well as two additonal tracks.

“Steve Hillage is releasing nine previously unreleased tracks of his recordings during an a capella echo guitar jam session in addition to 5 tracks from the session previously only available in the ‘Searching For The Spark’ box set.
The recordings are part of a series of archived tapes liberated from deep storage by Hillage for the box set, and this tape was labelled 'Wata Trip! 1973'. It was recorded when Hillage was 21, living in the Gong communal house in Sens, France with Miquette Giraudy, as...

Singer/songwriter whose latest appears here on Andy Partridge's Ape House label.

"The new album! Veda and a large gang of brilliant musician friends play ecstatic songs about life, death, and japanese bathhouses. Piano, two drummers, guitar...


Excellent, heavy Swedish spacerock/stoner-rock/psych trio. Simple, but very effective, trancey/psych music made with guitars, organ, bass and drums.
So many great Swedish bands and so little time to take enough drugs to enjoy them all!
"Alive At Roadburn is Gothenburg based Hills' third album with Rocket Recordings. Hot off the Swedish psychedelia revival of the past few years and after their hailed 2015 album Frid, Hills connect the dots to their country's rich and intoxicating past with a...

Excellent, heavy Swedish spacerock/stoner-rock/psych trio. Their first was on Sulatron and now they've moved to Transubstans and they've turned up the electricity and heat. Simple, but very effective, trancey/psych music made with guitars, organ, bass...

"Though each musician has it's own experiences that includes several musical styles (going from World Music to Rock or classical contemporary music and Jazz), "Himalaya" is an ensemble that is commit in a direction with "world music" tendencies...

This fusion effort is led by bassist/composer David Hines and appearing with him is Steve Hunt-keyboards (Mahavishnu Project, Billy Cobham, Stanley Clarke), Steve Kirby-guitar and Steve Michaud-drums (Allan Holdsworth). In addition to this core band, A...

This is one of the greatest "you can't judge a record by looking at the cover" records ever.
Yeah, it's a crap cover and it makes this album look totally disposable.
Look who is in the band!
Terumasa Hino-cornet
Masabumi Kikuchi-keyboards
Gil Evans-arranger
Herbie Hancock-keyboards
Kenny Kirkland-keyboards
Steve Grossman-sax
Reggie Workman-bass
Anthony Jackson-bass
Lenny White-drums
Don Alias-percussion
and that's just a partial listing!...

If you like the electric 70s period of Miles, as well as spiritual/cosmic jazz, there's a lot of great releases from the 70s and into the 80s from the Japanese jazz scene that is well worth investigating. This is one of the really great ones from the...

This 1975 session is acoustic but very open and groovin' in nature. The core band is Terumasa Hino-trumpet, Hideo Mayata-tenor and soprano sax, Fumio Itabashi-piano, Tsutomu Okada-bass and Motohiko Hino-drums with big guest spots for additional...

"Terumasa Hino is the legendary Japanese trumpeter who has given us countless amazing sessions since the late 60s. His work in the 70s channeled the spirit of electric Miles Davis. This live album from 1973 isn’t plugged in but its searing with white...

“Jazz critic Gary Giddins once described early bebop as music that was "giddy with its own virtuosity." A variety of different things came after that period of giddiness -- the introspection of cool jazz, the deep-thinking spirituality of modal post-bop and avant-garde jazz, the rock-influenced intensity of fusion -- but bebop and hard bop did, in fact, have more than their share of performances that thrived on both giddiness and virtuosity. Post-bop, even at its most optimistic and exuberant, is seldom....

“A perfect match of musicians who are known for their energy, crisp innovation, and exciting, dense compositions, Japanese pianist Hiromi and Colombian harpist Edmar Castaneda give us a stunning live concert recording.
The sound of the harp is different than normally experienced at a symphony. Castaneda plays a custom instrument that is modified from the taut Latin American harp, although played with the same staccato technique with fingernails. It is reshaped along Celtic or classical lines, with...

Shelley is one of the best known downtown NYC vocal improvisers. This is a musical suite about growing up in Brooklyn in the 50's & 60's. [Tzadik]

"The charismatic raconteur Shelley Hirsch returns with a fabulous new ensemble led by the talented Swiss composer Simon Ho to present her greatest extended work to date. Combining new compositions with reconstructed fragments from previous work, this...

Vocal acrobat, improviser, raconteur, chanteuse and so much more, Brooklyn born Shelley Hirsch has been a central figure in the downtown scene since the mid 70s, collaborating with just about every important figure in new music. This special collection...

A 2007 release by one of the great songwriters and lyricists of our time, up there with Peter Blegvad, but much more prolific. "Viva Seattle Tacoma, Viva Viva Viva Sea-Tac; They've got the best computers and coffee and smack!"

“I have all of Hitchcock's albums and on this one he gets the balance just right. Moss Elixir is brimming with the clever and often kooky imagery and wordplay we have come to love and expect from Robyn and the beautiful music he seems to have within him in inexhaustible supply. The perfect paring of jangly tunefulness and idiosyncratic lyricism on this record make it a heady treat for sure. If you were curious but befuddled as to where to begin with this prolific savant, Moss Elixir makes for a good...

Robyn Hitchcock – guitars, vocals
Peter Buck – guitars
Scott McCaughey – bass
Bill Rieflin – drums

In the 80s and 90s, in DC, one of the great nights out you could see once every 10 months or so, was singer / songwriter / guitarist / bandleader Robyn Hitchcock with whatever group of musicians he was fronting at that time.
To this day, I’m always happy to hear whatever it is that Robyn is up to. Some of his output is more to my taste than others, but he’s always a fine songwriter

Very good, modern big band album. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida works much better than you would think!

"A composer who writes a 16-minute big-band piece based on "In-a-Gadda-da-Vida" isn't going for subtlety — but then, he probably wouldn't appear nude...

''A founding member of the legendary band After Dinner, Haco is one of the most versatile vocalists in the Japanese indies scene. Her newest project, Hoahio, finds her collaborating with two of the most exciting young musicians in Tokyo: koto virtuoso ...

Hoahio's second CD is even more quirky and varied than the first. Joining koto virtuoso Yagi Michiyo and Kansai vocalist Haco (After Dinner) this time is Era Mari, a remarkable young percussionist from Kyoto. Her brilliant vibes and marimba playing giv...

"Sudoku 82, a spare, beautiful, spacious piece for eight pianos, was composed utilizing systems derived from sudoku puzzles and the GarageBand computer program. It is here performed (all eight parts) by noted Los Angeles pianist Bryan Pezzone. The music..

Bram De Looze piano / Lester St.Louis cello / Dre Hocevar drums Sam Pluta electronics, signal processing on "Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA)".

"Jazz is indeed a universal language. The leader of this trio, drummer and composer Dre Hocevar...

Lester St.Louis cello /Bram De Looze piano / Dre Hocevar drums / Chris Pitsiokos saxophone / Philip White electronics, signal processing.

"After the success of "Coding of Evidentiality", Dre Hocevar is back—not with his trio, but with a quintet, considering the inner transformations to a quartet and again to a trio, expanding the original quest of "Collective Effervescence". Cellist Lester St. Louis and pianist Bram De Looze are one more time associated with the percussionist and composer...

Elias Stemeseder piano / Charmaine Lee voice / Dré Hoc_evar drums, composition / Bernardo Barros electronics / Weston Olencki brass / Michael Foster reeds.

"There is a particular, stately calmness about this album as if it’s out-worldly sonics have been chiseled off some strange marble. From the abrasive brass opener onward, up to that final anguished scream, a sense of meticulously sculpted logic envelops it's razor-sharp, elegantly reserved pieces. Wholly born of spontaneous improvisation...

Sam Pluta live electronics, signal processing Aaron Larson Tevis trumpet Bryan Qu saxophone
Mette Rasmussen saxophone
Jeremy Corren piano
Zack Clarke synthesizer
Lester St. Louis cello
Henry Fraser bass
Dre Hocevar drums, interaction

"Voice of a new generation — what is anticipated by the listeners today? When one begins a personal voyage incited by the title “Transcendental Within the Sphere of Indivisible Remainder,” the first impressions may deceive. Composer

This is five pieces by Tim in strictly 'modern composer' mode, with all the pieces composed between 2000-2010.

"I am a composer and also an improviser specialising in clarinets and lap steel guitar. After studying anthropology I taught myself...

"Not all great composers are dead. Some of them even appear in public as rock musicians. Tim Hodgkinson is such a composer."-Michael Bloom/Boston Rock.

An intense fusion of contemporary classical music & rock energy. It is a unique form of electronic-but-acoustic music which has the excitement & spontaneity of improvisation, tempered by the rigor of structured composition.

“Timothy "Tim" George Hodgkinson is an English experimental music composer and performer, principally on reeds, lap..

''Not all great composers are dead. Some of them even appear in public as rock musicians. Tim Hodgkinson is such a composer.''-Michael Bloom/Boston Rock.

An intense fusion of contemporary classical music & rock energy. It is a unique form of...

“Three long and recent compositions: Under the Void, scored for flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, horn, trombone, 2 violins, 2 violas, cello, bass, piano and percussion, here virtually realised; Then, for virtual strings, brass, woodwinds, accordion and piano -combined with real Siberian frame drums, gongs, viola, electronics, bowed cymbals, lap steel guitar and Yamaha DX21 keyboard assembled by ear in the studio, not from a score, and Ortemchei, scored and assembled from parts of a live performance by...

“Hoelderlin were one of the leading representatives of "Krautrock", this independent rock music, primarily of West German bands, at the end of the '60s, beginning of the '70s. Hoelderlin began their career in 1972 with the release of their album "Hölderlins Traum" on the Pilz label of the journalist and "Krautrock" pioneer Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser. The Wuppertal musicians mixed folk with progressive rock and psychedelic elements and used classical instruments such as viola, cello and flute. The group's...

In 1976, keyboardist Hoenig (ex Agitation Free, Tangerine Dream) and guitarist/keyboardist Göttsching (ex Ash Ra Tempel) were slated to tour France. They recorded their final rehearsal together before leaving, which was probably a good thing as the tour was cancelled!
20 years later, this wonderful 48' session was released for the first time. Classic Berlin-style floaty electronics & guitar and one of the great ones from Manuel, imo.
This has been unavailable for at least 15 years! Hugely...