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For my money, Kirk has one of the most beautiful sounds on trumpet (actually he plays a cornet) in modern jazz.

“Cornetist/composer Kirk Knuffke leads his acclaimed trio at the renowned Dutch jazz club Bimhuis for his first-ever concert album, Brightness: Live in Amsterdam. Documenting his bandleader debut at the storied Bimhuis is just one way in which Brightness: Live in Amsterdam marks an important first for Knuffke.”

“Google is a useful tool in the topical unpacking of Uncompahgre, an improvised conclave between cornetist Kirk Knuffke and clarinetist Ben Goldberg that makes the absence of other instruments inconsequential and even preferred. The album title derives from the Ute phrase for ‘muddied water’ and references a plateaued peak in the San Juan Mountains that is also the most elevated section of the Colorado River drainage basin. Geography and language aside, the instrumentation also directly recalls earlier...

"Saxophone maestro Jonas Knutsson and the keyboard genius Mats Öberg (Mats/Morgan) have played together since childhood and know each other inside out. On this album we have captured them in a wonderful concert in Stockholm, February 2008."

Says Jonas: "On a summer's day in 1981 I met Mats Oberg for the first time. I was 16 and did a recording for the local radio station in our home town Umea with Mats' cousin. He was 10 years old and when I asked him how he liked the music he said: Fine but E5..

Hans Koch, Clarinets, Saxophones, Sampling, Sequencer Programming
Martin Schütz, El-5string-Cello, Acoustic Cello
Fredy Studer, Drums, Percussion

"Congratulation on some of the most exciting music!"-John Zorn, June 1995...

Hans Koch Reeds / Electronics
Martin Schütz El-5string-Cello, Cello , Electronics
Fredy Studer Drums, Percussion

"Koch-Schütz-Studer live and pure. Eight expeditions in the land of «hardcore chambermusic.» The recordings for the new C

Hans Koch Reeds / Electronics
Martin Schütz El-5string-Cello, Cello , Electronics
Fredy Studer Drums, Percussion

"Thirty days, two sets every evening, always at the same time, always in the same place. In the laboratory atmosphere...

Hans Koch: bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophone, electronics, sequencer
Martin Schütz: electric 5string cello, acoustic cello, electronics, sequencer
Fredy Studer: drums, percussion
Christian Uetz: spoken poetry

"What is the...

Hans Koch: bass clarinet, soprano and tenor saxophone, electronics, sequencer
Martin Schütz: electric 5string cello, acoustic cello, electronics, sequencer
Fredy Studer: drums, percussion
DJ M. Singe: turntables
DJ I-Sound: turntables.

"On the new Intakt-CD «FIDEL» KOCH-SCHÜTZ-STUDER carry on the adventure they began with «HARDCORE CHAMBERMUSIC» and «HEAVY CAIRO TRAFFIC». Again acoustic instruments and modern technology are confronted. The meeting with eighteen traditional and...

Hans Koch: Reeds, Electronics / Martin Schütz: El-5string-Cello, Cello, Electronics / Fredy Studer: Drums, Percussion / Shelley Hirsch: Voice/Text.

"The trio Koch-Schütz-Studer which has over the last years repeatedly collaborated with...

"Performed by the Macedonian Symphony Orchestra with Balkan electro legend Kiril Dzajkovski, Chris Cutler (percussion), Nikola Kodjbashia (prepared piano), Patric Driver and Valere Novarina (readers). Text fragments are by Heiner Muller and Valere...

"The award-winning Macedonian composer, Nikola Kodjabashia, is best known for his classical works, having studied extensively with Anatol Vieru (himself a student of Khachaturian and Shostakovich). But over the past few years Kodjabashia has succesfully integrated a modernist approach into his musical agenda, venturing away from the purely academic curriculum of a standard, classical repetoire, and has become a noteworthy proponent of contemporary ideas.
Reveries Of The Solitary Walker is an oddly...

"An exquisite and subtle new composition by Macedonian composer Nikola Kodjbashaia exquisitely realised by a broad and mixed ensemble of exemplary - and mostly Macdonian - instrumentalists: a suite of highly imaginative variations on a theme..."


Kodo is a Japanese drumming ensemble based on the island of Sado. They tour constantly, and have performed on all continents except Antartica. They are famous for their unbelievably PHYSICAL performances on these huge huge huge drums. Anyone who has se...

This is packaged in a very simple cardboard sleeve, as if it were an EP, but this is a full length album by an electronic music composer whose works veer somewhere between television soundtracks, space music and techno. This is championed by, and...

Yoshida Tatsuya: drums, vocals
Sakamoto Kengo: bass & voice
Kanazawa Miyako: keyboards & voice
Yamamoto Kyoko: vocals
Komori Keiko: reeds & voice

“This new edition of Koenjihyakkei's landmark fourth album, (which includes 3 live bonus tracks) follows the release of 2018's critically acclaimed "Dhorimviskha". Japan's Koenjihyakkei blend progressive rock, jazz fusion, symphonic rock and neoclassicism with the energy of hardcore punk, the volume of metal and the attitude of...

This is a re-working of the unavailable 3rd release by this Ruins offshoot project, led by Tatsuya Yoshida-drums, vocals, with Jin Harada-guitar, Sakamoto Kengo- bass, Oguchi Kenichi-keyboards (of Kenso) & Sagara Nami (soprano voice).
While not quite a Magma-derived as their first, this is still a wild race into Zeuhl territory, with all the throbbing bass, wild, Vander-inspired drumming, & Kobaian-via-Japan singing you could hope for. Really nice & powerful! For better or worse, it has been....

Jeffrey sent me this CD out of the blue; I'd never heard of him, even though he's a homeboy from Baltimore. This is an album of electronic space-music and it's a good one. He's definitely influenced by the classics, but he also has a more modern sound ...

"Sequentaria is Jeffrey Koepper's third solo release. This release features Jeffrey Koepper's exploration of analogue sequencer styles and atmospheres. Jeffrey Koepper has been releasing excellent electronic music since 1985 in various groups and collabor


A second CD of astounding vocal acrobatics by one of the most original singers in the world. A master of every conceivable vocal technique both imaginable and unimaginable, Makigami fuses the avant garde with Tuuvan throat singing, cartoon music, Japan...

''Makigami Koichi is an incredible vocalist and performer, employing creative and versatile techniques blending Japanese traditions and Tuvan throat-singing with rock and avant garde. Kuchinoha, his first album for solo voice, contains 9 improvisations...

"Composer/producer/actor/director/vocalist extraordinaire Makigami Koichi is one of Japan’s most charismatic performers. His solo vocal pyrotechnics and dynamic band Hikashu have thrilled audiences the world over. Combining extended vocal techniques...

"After 1976's great fusion album The Front Is Breaking, Eero Koivistoinen decided to return to a purer form of jazz forming an all acoustic quartet. Labyrinth is Coltrane influenced progressive jazz that has a particularly nice flow to it - most...

Eero Koivistoinen-tenor, soprano & sopranino
Vladimir Shafranov-grand piano
Pekka Sarmanto-double bass
Reino Laine-drums

"For this heavy duty reissue of Koivistoinen’s 1977 album we went back to the original multitrack tapes and discovered a heap of alternate takes that were left unmixed at the time. Koivistoinen selected the best and most interesting alternate versions of each track and a new, fresh mix was prepared specifically for this release.
The first CD in this package is

Masayo Koketsu - Alto saxophone

“The sublime first solo saxophone release of Masayo Koketsu is deeply steeped in the free jazz tradition of Japan. From Coltrane's visit to Japan in 1966 to the free jazz exploits of Kaoru Abe, Masayo Koketsu's astonishing solo session marks her as a force to be reckoned with. A single 46 minute piece of achingly beautiful wails and declarations punctuate the bedrock of silence then retreat back. A singular effort.”

“Kokoko! consists of enigmatic vocalist Makara Bianko and instrumentalists Dido Oweke, Boms Bomolo, and Love Lokombe, a trio of scrappy, inventive players who grew up together in the city's Ngwaka neighborhood.
Lacking the money and resources to acquire proper instruments, the three friends began inventing their own unique noisemakers out of whatever was available. Single-string guitars were cobbled out of spare wood and tin cans, a vocal talk-box was wired out of an old cassette player, and...

Taiko Saito marimba, vibraphone
Niko Meinhold piano
Tobias Schirmer clarinet, bassclarinet

"If in a recent past it was a rarity, nowadays more and more classical musicians find in improvisation – and inclusively in the jazz language – an extra medium of musical creativity. That’s the case of the vibraphonist and marimba player Taiko Saito, complementing that dual frame with aspects coming from the Japanese tradition. An interpreter of the music of contemporary composer Sofia Gubaidulin

"Adam Kolkers Flag Day (on the Sunnyside label) is a knotty pleasure. It may leave your head in a coil (take two tracks of hard bop to unwind), but ride with the twists while they're winding; it s a soft-toned heady trip. Adam Kolker, who plays tenor...


Great sound and incredible performances from the very best year in this pivotal figure’s short-lived career! Both tracks here are from his album Astigmatic, which is one of the most significant European jazz albums of the 60s. Hugely recommended.

"Following Krzysztof Komeda’s Live in Praha 1964, this is another sensational find from the great Polish label GAD Records. Live in Bled 1965 is a never before released concert recording of the Komeda Quintet at the International Jazz Festival in Bled...

"The soundtrack to the 1962 motion picture directed by Roman Polanski. The music was written by the brilliant young Polish composer and pianist Krzysztof Komeda. It is arguably one of the most effective scores in cinema history; understated jazz that compliments the picture's sharp monochrome cinematography and the tense minimalism of the script and brings to the film another emotional dimension.
Also included here are two pieces composed and performed by Komeda for "Two Men And A Wardrobe" and...

Kompendium is a Magenta spin-off, produced and composed by Rob Reed and featuring a wealth of progressive rock talent.

"Beneath The Waves melds the talents of over two dozen artists and ensembles into an astonishing album of rare depth...

Living in Washington DC has some perks. One of them is the shows that various embassies put on. The Austrian Embassy is particularly active and I've seen a number of interesting things there over the years. When I saw the description of this quartet and the instrumentation (trumpet, Fender Rhodes/organ/piano/keyboards, bass/electric bass, drums and electronics), I said to myself, "Ah, this is going to be the Austrian Led Bib", and I went down to see them and I basically had guessed exactly correctly...

One of the most important musicians in Japan, who has collaborated with just about every major music maker in the avant garde since the early 1970s, Kondo has been splitting his time between Tokyo and Amsterdam for the past ten years. A master of trump...

"Toshinori Kondo, a highly-acclaimed Japanese electric trumpeter, has been playing and recording all over the world with musicians as diverse as Bill Laswell (bass), John Zorn (saxophone), Derek Bailey (guitar), Herbie Hancock (keyboard), Peter...

Their first album, reissued. "Once upon a time, in the midst of the 1970s, there was a king, Kong Lavring. Far up north, in the realm of the Norsemen, he ruled. Well, actually he was a band, playing Norwegian folkrock, like few others have done. Not ma...

"On the Thirteenth of October of 1927 one of the great geniuses of jazz, was born. Now over 90 years (!!!!!!!) Konitz releases his first album with Impulse.
A wonder, a bliss, with a rhythmic basis of scandal, Kenny Barron on piano, Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums. A dream.
He not only sounds good but also sounds cool and different, he even sings ... Genius and figure to the end. What can be said, only that it is a total and complete wonder."-Manuel Grosso Galvan

Lee Konitz / Warne Marsh (actually an Atlantic release)
Inside Hi-Fi
Very Cool
Tranquility
An Image
Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre
You And Lee
Motion

“Among the most creative and prolific saxophonists of his generation, Lee Konitz was one of few altoists working in the early fifties who retained a unique style, in an era when Charlie Parker extended a huge influence. An early sideman for Miles Davis, Konitz participated in the legendary Birth Of Cool sessions, whi

Lee Konitz-alto saxophone
Brad Mehldau-piano
Charlie Haden-double-bass
Paul Motian-drums

"A quartet of master musicians and a programme of jazz classics. “Live At Birdland” presents the finest moments from two inspired nights at...

"Following up the critically acclaimed 2008 release, Stéphane Furic Leibovici and Chris Cheek return for this second volume, produced by Jim Black and featuring the alto saxophone giant Lee Konitz. An achievement in balance and taste, the resulting...


I read a review of this in a magazine, and it sounded pretty great so I ordered a copy for myself and it was exactly what they described it as, and even greater than I might have guessed. Konono is an African band from Congo, who blend traditional Bazo...

This is a recording of a live performance from The Netherlands in 2003. Konono is an African band from Congo, who blend traditional Bazombo trance music with heavy amplification. The band features three electric likembes (thumb pianos), makeshift...

This is a recording of a live performance from The Netherlands in 2003. Konono is an African band from Congo, who blend traditional Bazombo trance music with heavy amplification. The band features three electric likembes (thumb pianos), makeshift percu...


“Cryptic Scattered Images of Time Forgotten, is a musical memorial of pianist and band leader Stevan Kovacs Tickmayer. Like Sinbad, he roams through time, browsing through the chapters of his life with the expansive calm of bygone times, from his years in Novi Sad, through he time at the Budapest free music school, to his studies in the Netherlands, and this way free and contemporary music, dance music, and the jazz idiom all find a place next to one another. He is accompanied by credible witnesses: ...

"All I can say is that sometimes when you have anticipated something for a long time you can become afraid that it can't possibly live up to your built up expectations. No fear this time. The lost album is indescribable. What a treasure to hear Kooper and Bloomfield together again! After wearing out copies of Super Session and Super Session live on Vinyl, 8 track, cassette, and CD, to actually hear this new material was like the closest thing to time travel that I expect to ever get...

Fourth album by this instrumental, heavy progressive trio. Comprised of the 3 Kopecky brothers: Joe-guitar, William-bass & keyboards, and Paul-drums, their instrumental dark sound is informed by bands such as King Crimson, Rush, certain exotic aspects ...