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For this French favorite’s ninth album, they’ve gone all out and packaged it in a beautiful hardbound book with a 60 page booklet, and it’s really quite the package!

"The album, the follow-up to 2018’s much acclaimed Saison 8, is an allegorical fable and is a special tribute to all their loyal fans. It is dedicated to Dieter Böhm, a German fan who travels everywhere across Europe to see them play live.
The concept of the album tells how a musician plants a note on a desert island, which then.

Brand new, self released album by this very eclectic French progressive band. They are a sextet, led by Claude Leonetti who invented and plays a stringed instrument called the Leode. There's also Warr guitar, 2 guitarists, mallet percussion and...

"Can it be possible that we've got to 2014 without me ever having heard a studio album by Lazuli? Yes, ladies and gents, that is possible, I can assure you. Whilst I vividly remember Lazuli live in Tilburg some years ago in 2007 at the Symforce...

"Music and Poetry of the Kesh is the documentation of an invented Pacific Coast peoples (the Kesh) from a far distant time, and the soundtrack of famed science fiction author, Ursula K. Le Guin's Always Coming Home.
The ways of the Kesh were originally presented in 1985 as a five hundred plus page book accompanied with illustrations of instruments and tools, maps, a glossary of terms, recipes, poems, an alphabet, and with early editions, a cassette of "field recordings" and indigenous song. Le Guin..

Modern electric jazz from top French jazz trumpeter Eric Le Lann co-leading the band with legendary ex-Magma bassist Jannick Top with Damien Schmitt and Lionel Loueke plus many guests.

Benedikt Reising – alto saxophone
Marc Stucki – tenor saxophone
Andreas Tschopp – trombone
Marc Unternäher – tuba
Rico Baumann – drums

“...They’re effectively a mini brass band, but with jazz chops and a great sense of humour. They mix old school with the new, referencing everything from New Orleans to Chicago. … A band that must be great to hear live, the sort to get you dancing in the aisles” – Jazz Today ...

"...this Swiss combo mixes it up with the best of them...finds the unexpected and makes it feel like we’ve heard it forever." – New York City Jazz Record...

Leach's work explores the physicality of sound, working extensively with the timbres of instruments, creating unusual combinations & interference tones. Space is also a concern; how sound changes when moved around a room. [Experimental Intermedia]

“Bass and flute represent significant tonal contrasts and here, flutist Jerome Bourdellon and world-renowned bassist, composer and improviser Joelle LEandre divulge innumerable perspectives and quite a bit of food for thought on these duets. However, Bourdellon employs bass clarinet and bass flute on two tracks, as no other instruments are nestled into the mid-sections of the program and the artists follow similar modalities to complement and support each other.
Each piece presents a different ...

Joélle Leandre, bass/Pascal Contet, accordion.

"This pair of great French musicians had a previous duo recording in 1994, but it's now difficult to find. It was such a marvellous encounter that a second session has been greatly anticipated. ..

“Contrabassist Joélle Leandre and West Coast woodwind player Phillip Greenlief work out 11 different compositions between their two respective instruments and voices on That Overt Desire of Object. The flexibility and space that each provides the other seems to be reflected in the line note comments about the negative effects of greed. The title is a variation of the Luis Bu±uel movie That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), with a playing field that appears a bit more level when compared to the bassist's...

"If a book is not to be judged by its cover, as the saying goes, here is one recording whose title should not be mistaken as a collection of jazz standards. But all of the music contained in these eleven tracks literally comes from out of nowhere, the...

“Leap of Faith is the duo comprised of PEK on clarinets, saxophones and flutes, and Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic and voice. The ensemble is based in Boston and dates back to the early 90s. They utilize a huge arsenal of additional instruments to improvise long works featuring transformations across highly varied sonorities.”

"Lebanon is a primarily instrumental band from Tel Aviv that blends metal, prog, and psychedelic elements into its layered and complex compositions. Many things influence the band: records, beer, art, women, philosophy, and the political catastrophe...

New solo album by Guy, who is the mastermind keyboardist/leader/composer of Nathan Mahl. [Xntrik]

Kind of a funny name for the group who released this very aptly named release. This is wide-screen, technicolor postrock/progressive rock from imaginary films. You can definitely hear at its roots the spacier side of Pink Floyd, as well as other groups bo

"This is the sound of a band having fun… like a hot chainsaw through butter." – The Wire

"One of the UK’s most adventurous groups" – Jazzwise

"You’ll be hard pressed to keep the lid on this explosive tour de force of...

This great London quintet (dual alto saxes, keyboards, bass and drums) have been a band for 7 years and releasing albums for 4. Their fresh sound takes jazz and jazz-rock and feeds it through a post-modern skronk blender. They are a huge presence on...

Sensible Shoes is the fourth album by this London quartet of dual alto saxes, Fender Rhodes & keyboards, bass and drums. It is a cataclysmic offering of jazz-rock, free-jazz, avant-skronk, funk-rock, art-noise and whatever else they can lay their hands on. A tremendously popular act at home in the UK, where they regularly play large-scale festivals and concert halls (as well as playing the typical club gigs that all musicians play), Sensible Shoes is their first recording to be released outside of the UK...

"The brilliantly rabble-rousing quintet Led Bib celebrate their tenth anniversary in 2014. To mark this milestone, [they] release The People In Your Neighbourhood...and it's their most assured and very probably their best album to date." – JazzUK

A truly great new studio release by the MIGHTY BIB!

"Easily the most adventurous and audacious outfit on today’s UK jazz scene, Led Bib has built a reputation over the course of seven albums for expansive improvisations and treks into genre-defying music of throbbing intensity. All Music Guide called their singular brand of jazz “explosive enough to blow up your speakers” while The Wire weighed in with: “This is the sound of a band having fun...like a hot chainsaw through butter.” For their...

For their eighth release, Bib founder and leader Mark Holub wanted to try something different from their previous instrumental ‘punk jazz’ leanings and decided to collaborate for the first time with a vocalist!
I am very proud to say that at my suggestion, he met with and decided to work with Sharron Fortnam, the great vocalist from the North Sea Radio Orchestra for a fantastic album of songs that don’t sound anything like Sharron OR Bib’s previous work but still is just perfect!
It’s nothing....

Their fifth album. The opening track, The Song Remains the Same, is one of their all-time best! "Buoyed by the runaway commercial success of Led Zeppelin IV, Jimmy Page used this 1973 follow-up to hone his already impressive production skills, and the...

After the monster, monster hit that Led Zeppelin II was, the band surprisingly chose not to replicate that album but to do something very different. This very progressive folk-oriented album was the result. Sure, there's still some rockers on here...

The first album by one of the biggest bands of rock. It all started here. Ah, those innocent days, back when they would still credit Willie Dixon when they covered his songs! That wouldn't last! A great, heavy rock album....

"In the summer of 1993 Elena Ledda released one of her most accomplished albums, Incanti, on the French label Silex. Reissued ten years on, now a cornerstone of European folk music recording, it still sounds as fresh and inventive as ever...

Elena Ledda voice, Simonetta Soro voice, backing voice, Astrid Tischmeyer backing voice, Mauro Palmas mandoloncello, Friedemann Witecka guitar, keyboards, sequencer, Silvano Lobina bass, Alberto Pisu drums, Markus Faller percussion, Riccardo Tesi melodeon

This is ''an acoustic album of great distinction, originally recorded & released in 1988. Ledda's voice is the perfect union of strength & sweetness, & the use of musicians whose background was not exclusively traditional contributed to having a highly...



"Okkyung Lee’s newest project has her delving deep into her Korean roots to create an amazing long-form piece combining electronics, improvisation, composed melodies and noise with Korean traditional music. The piece unfolds like a ritual, making these disparate and unusual pairings seem totally organic and natural. Performed by an all-star international ensemble of musicians from Korea, Norway, Britain and the United States, this is one of the most compelling fusions of Korean traditional and...

“Okkyung Lee's is perhaps the most harrowing of the Black Cross Solo Sessions stories. At the onset of COVID, the cellist was called to travel to Korea to be with her dying father. The trip was sudden and didn't allow her to bring her instrument, but once there she was unable to return to New York because of the stringent lockdown. For months she was stranded without her cello, unable to practice or make any music. This intense alienation took a long time to lift. Indeed, even after she made it back to...

With Tim Barnes, Shelley Burgon, Sylvie Courvoisier, Trevor Dunn, John Hollenbeck, Ikue Mori, Doug Wieselman. "Born in Taejon, Korea, Okkyung Lee moved to Boston in 1996, where she received degrees in film scoring and improvisation. A ubiquitous figure...

"An important member of the downtown scene since 2000, Okkyung Lee has worked with Laurie Anderson, Evan Parker, Vijay Iyer, Thurston Moore, Butch Morris, Larry Ochs, Christian Marclay and John Zorn, among others. Her new project for Tzadik features...

Lee Pui Ming (piano, voice, body) + Joane Htu (voice, alto sax). "Improvised music using piano, objects, alto sax, voice and body. Music that is strange, expansive and elusive."

Robbie Lee - sopranino saxophone, tuning forks with live electronics

“Robbie Lee is an improviser and sound creator in New York City, performing on an eclectic range of instruments, across the fringes of creative music in many scenes. On Prismatist he plays only two things: sopranino saxophone and tuning forks with live electronics. They are like two currents alternating through the album, a double helix of contrasting extremities. The sopranino, even higher than the soprano saxophone, twists...

"A dark soundtrack-like work from Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (AKA Lef), performed by an all-star band featuring American bassist Bill Laswell, Norwegian guitar visionary Eivind Aarset, Norwegian jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, thunderous Norwegian drummer Kenneth Kapstad (Motorpsycho), British saxophonist Rebecca Sneddon (Free Nelson Mandoomjazz) and Norwegian organist Ståle Storlokken (Supersilent, Motorpsycho)."

Cyril Lefebvre is a guitarist who plays sort of 'old timey' style, finger-picked guitar, but who is known for his time working with Rick Brown and Sue Garner (Fish and Roses), Guigou Chenevier (Etron Fou, Volapuk) and Video-Aventures. His stylistic...

Karl Hjalmar Nyberg, saxofones / Andreas Skår Winther, drums, strings / Klaus Ellerhusen Holm, saxophone / clarinet / Michael Francis Duch, double bass.
"It may allude to the first name of Karl Hjalmar Nyberg, but the designation Mr K present us the duo founded by the mentioned saxophonist with drummer Andreas Skar Winther. The intended ambiguity of this project goes beyond this personal identity factor – it’s everywhere in the music. Mr. K covers all the possible approaches to improvisation, going...

“The Legendary Pink Dots are an Anglo-Dutch experimental rock band formed in London in August 1980. In 1984 the band moved to Amsterdam, playing with rotating musicians and having, as core members, singer/songwriter/keyboardist Edward Ka-Spel and keyboardist Phil Knight aka The Silverman. The band was originally called "One Day..." but subsequently changed the name to The Legendary Pink Dots, apparently inspired by pink dots on certain keys of the band's main recording studio piano. In the 1980s the...

Legg is a monster acoustic player who never fails to slay in performance. On record, however, he can be dissapointing, as too many of his albums veer towards new-age lite stylings. This one does not and has a great vibe throughout...

"Pi Recordings is pleased to announce the release of Demian as Posthuman, the highly anticipated new release by Steve Lehman, and his first as a leader for Pi Recordings. Hailed as one of today’s truly original new voices by publications as diverse as The

"Since bursting onto the international creative music scene in 2004 with Interface (Clean Feed 22) and Artificial Light (Fresh Sound 186), Steve Lehman has quickly established a reputation for creating cutting-edge music, both as a fiercely imaginative sa

Quite challenging and also quite great new jazz album that incorporates many aspects of 'new music' into the compositions and performance. Some of these players are pretty well known and many are not, but everyone plays fantastically....

Steve Lehman – alto sax
Craig Taborn – piano
Matt Brewer – double bass
Damion Reid – drums

“Hailed by The New York Times as "a state-of-the-art musical thinker" and "a quietly dazzling saxophonist," Steve Lehman has built a career creating innovative, uncompromising music that packs a visceral wallop. His signature alto sound - searing with emotional intensity and crystal clear articulation - has been featured in high-profile partnerships with Vijay Iyer, Jason Moran, and Bennie...

Amanda Lehmann (vocals on tracks 1 - 9 / guitars on tracks 1 - 8 / keyboards & piano on tracks 1, 4, 6, 7 & 8)
Nick Magnus (keyboards / piano on tracks 1, 2, 4, 6 & 8)
Roger King (keyboards on tracks 3 & 5
Steve Hackett (guitars on tracks 6 & 9 / harmonica on track 3)
Rob Townsend (alto sax on tracks 3 & 5)
Paul Johnson (backing vocal on track 4)

“After a musical career spanning over three decades (and known latterly for her musical involvement with Steve Hackett), singer

"Hailed by The New York Times as a 'state-of-the-art musical thinker with a reputation for sure-footed futurism', and 'one of the transforming figures of 21st-century jazz' by The Guardian, saxophonist/composer Steve Lehman has built a career creating innovative new music that packs the visceral wallop of live performance. Acclaimed for his groundbreaking work of melding spectral harmonies with modern jazz, he was voted the '#1 Rising Star Jazz Musician' in the 2015 Downbeat International Critics Poll...

"It's difficult to discern whether Geoff Leigh and Yumi Hara are improvising freely, or if they've pre-composed the pieces on their Upstream collaboration. If it's the former, then their spontaneity has generated a good degree of melodic invention...

“On Throne, Heather Leigh takes her place as queen of pedal steel with a suite of heart-rending ballads cauterized with burning riffs. After the rawness of its precursor I Abused Animal, Throne is a record of late night Americana and heavy femininity; intimate love songs smoked in sensuality. The songs on Throne are woozy, gorgeous and uncomfortable, smothered in thick layers of bass but lifted by multi-tracked vocals. These are rich song forms that stand in contrast to the stripped down steel in her duo...

In 2018, K. Leimer released a very good homage to 70s German Kosmiche musik on vinyl-only and NOT on Palace of Lights (I didn’t know about it either!).
This is a remixed and hugely expanded version of that album and released on CD for the first time!

"Leimer's love of kosmische is evident from the start, as "Dunne Luft" condenses the earmarks of that sound into it's four minutes. There's the solar flares of guitar that arise early on in the track, fuzzy and luminous, serving less as a lead...