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"The long awaited release of Medeski Martin and Wood performing Masada material is finally available and it is one of their tightest and most imaginative CDs ever! Playing to packed houses from Budokan to Bonaroo and back again, MMW is one of the most...

Well, I made the Claudia Quintet joke mentally myself, so I suppose you can do so too. Having said that, it's really nice to see this released, from our friends in Estonia who run MKDK (who also released that great Phlox album a couple of years ago)...


“Brad Mehldau’s Jacob’s Ladder album features new music that reflects on scripture and the search for God through music inspired by the prog rock Mehldau loved as a young adolescent, which was his gateway to the fusion that eventually led to his discovery of jazz.
Jacob's Ladder is made up of original compositions by Mehldau alongside interpolations and covers of songs by Rush, Gentle Giant and Yes. Featured musicians on the album include Mehldau's label mates Chris Thile and Cécile McLorin Salvant...

"The 15-piece orchestra ROOT DOWN brings together impressions and experiences of African music – more precisely, the melancholy music of homesick South African musicians in exile and the revolutionary protest music of self-conscious rebels....

"On The Master and the Rain, Root Down allows Africa’s tuneful and downto-earth energy to merge with the more exploratory elements of European music concepts. There are the kicking rhythms and harmonies of South African Kwela music expressed in the...

In 1986, while Bruno Meillier was playing with the cream of the nascent New York Downtown scene (Ikue Mori, Tom Cora), after a stint with legendary French RIO avant progsters Etron Fou Leloublan), several miles upstate Dan Warburton was studying for Ph...

Reed player Bruno is best known for his tenure with Etron Fou Leloublanc, but he has done many other things, as well as working with electronics in addition to his reeds in the last few years. "Bruno Meillier has provided music for dance, theatre and f...


Myra Melford piano
Lindsey Horner bass
Reggie Nicholson drums

One of the great piano trio albums of the 80s, available again after too long a period of unavailability!

"Listening, eight years after it was created, to this primary chapter in the recorded legacy of Myra Melford’s first trio evokes a rush of feelings. There are warm memories of in-person encounters with Melford, Lindsey Horner and Reggie Nicholson; and satisfaction regarding how the ideas Melford articulated here.

Myra Melford piano
Lindsey Horner bass
Reggie Nicholson drums

"Myra Melford is a polystylist, who draws on and creates multiple playing styles. In Alive In The House Of Saints these include stomping classic jazz piano with a funky attack, gospel plangency, country and blues lyricism, and free jazz episodes. Though from quite early in her career, Alive In The House Of Saints, Parts 1 and 2 is one of her finest recordings – high on the musical power spectrum, and one of the most exciting.


Second great release from Myra's excellent group, which currently consists of all really great, seasoned players:
Myra Melford, piano
Cuong Vu, trumpet
Ben Goldberg, clarinet and contra-alto clarinet
Brandon Ross, guitar and soprano

Myra Melford: piano and melodica
Mary Halvorson: guitar
Susie Ibarra: drums and percussion
Ingrid Laubrock: tenor and soprano saxophones
Tomeka Reid: cello

“Myra Melford has brought together in this unique quintet five outstanding female musicans. This first album is inspired by Cy Twombly; hopefully it won't be the last one.”

“In the world of improvised music, so-called supergroups sometimes feel almost quotidien. After all, there are so many remarkable artists in the

A progressive rock concept work by a new band from Menorca, which is a small island in the Meditteranean and part of Baleares Islands.
The band are influenced by 70s progressive rock bands and the Pink Floyd influence is the most noticeable, but I also hear bits of Camel and more.
The DVD included is a movie for which the CD is the soundtrack. Not sure I know what is going on with all of this, but it’s an ambitious debut and you can see an excerpt of the film and hear some of the music here...

''The launeddas is the most ancient traditional instrument of Sardinia: three reeds to be played simultaneously, while the player practise a circular breathing technique. Melis and Lara were undoubtedly the greatest players of this millenarian instrum...

Melissa were a band from Australia and Midnight Trampoline from 1971 was their only studio album. It's a pretty rare collector's item nowadays. This reissue includes a fascinating 16 page booklet and 3 bonus tracks (one track unreleased from the sessions and one pre-album single from a year earlier!)

“The style of the material is pretty diverse because the album includes elements from psych rock, early prog rock, folk and hard rock. Like some users have already mentioned the singer reminds Van...

Mellow Candle is one of the most talked about, most hyped folk rock albums of all time, and it actually matches the hype for once. Beautiful female vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, piano, bass and drums. Officially licensed and taken from the...

If you like the sound of Charlemagne Palestine's piano works, Melnyk's album is not dissimilar, although perhaps a bit more 'romantic'. Really nice stuff. I had never even heard of him or this album until now...

"The Portuguese jazz scene has experienced an unprecedented high level of activity as of late. Both the number of musicians and the quality of their music has substantially risen, and jazz recordings have been reflecting that evolution. One of the most...

"Single CD featuring recordings of Tuvan folk music and throat-singing from 1969 with liner notes by noted world music scholar Dr. Pekka Gronow of the University of Helsinki. With the advent of the folk music revival in the 1960s, a new interest in...

"An all-star Italian trio - Sebastiano Meloni piano, Nicola Cossu double bass, Roberto Dani drums play a dozen improvisations recorded in Cagliari in 2009. Sebastiano Meloni says: “Our music is almost completely improvised, apart from a few themes...

Sebastiano Meloni-piano, Adriano Orru-double bass and Tony Oxley-drums.

"On this, his second SLAM CD, Meloni leads an Anglo-Italian Quartet with his fellow countryman Dessanay on bass and UK improvising musicians Dunmall and Sanders.
Meloni describes his approach to his music:
"My music is completely improvised...

Debut recording by George Haslam's Meltdown - a total of 20 musicians on the five tracks, including Graham Collier, Robin Jones, Steve Waterman. Compositions by Collier, Haslam, Waterman and Richard Leigh Harris."agreeably unkempt tone .. militates aga...

"Containing an 8-page booklet with band info and photos. Melting Glass Box ('Tokedashita Garasu Bako'). This was a studio-only project of Nishiokai Takashi from Itsutsu No Akai Fusen (guitar, percussion and vocals), with Tetsuo Saito (vocals, percussion),

The one and only album - released in 2001 - by this now defunct six piece group, which includes a male and female vocalist, a guitarist, a bassist a drummer and a multi-reed player. Even though there are a lot of vocals, there's also a lot of very...

Aaron Siegel, percussion/Matt Bauder,reeds/ Zach Wallace, bass.

"The music played by Matt Bauder, Zach Wallace and Aaron Siegel - the three sides of the group Memorize The Sky - is like a sudden cold dive on the sea in a very hot summer day...

Matt Bauder (saxophone, clarinet, percussion), Aaron Siegel (drums, vibraphone, percussion), Zach Wallace (bass, vibraphone, percussion).

"Memorize The Sky is the first full-length recording from the decade-old improvising collective of the...

"Only this disc's short length (34 minutes) qualifies as something worthy of complaint; otherwise, this is seminal blues piano, performed by a great player and singer, Memphis Slim. This 1959 session had everything: super piano solos, a strong lineup of horn players, clever, well-written and sung lyrics, and a seamless pace that kept things moving briskly from beginning to end. Other than Slim, instrumental honors go to guitarist Matt Murphy, a marvelous accompanist who was able to blend sophistication...

Low key but very charming blues recording of Memphis Slim (piano and vocals ) and the one of the greatest blues songwriters ever, Willie Dixon (double bass and vocals), recorded in a club in Paris in 1962, with gentle backing by drummer Philippe...

"Memphis Heat documents Chicago blues piano legend Memphis Slim's studio collaborations with the rock group Canned Heat in France on September 18, 1970, and July 11, 1973. The results are tasty indeed. Slim's voice and piano are well matched by Henry...

"Glass Forest is a highly listenable starting point for any newcomers curious about Daniel Menche's vast discography. It is also, according to Menche, the last CD he will release. From now on he'll be releasing his music on LP only or on DVD to...

Ava Mendoza – guitar

“Ava Mendoza plays these songs. She makes them sing. Her technique is impeccable, but her playing is astonishingly expressive. She doesn't just bend blue notes; she wads them up into a ball and throws them up against a wall. She manipulates raw lightning, giving us a sound that is fluorescent and powerful enough to leave a trace of ozone in the air. Mendoza knows what she does better than almost anyone else on the planet, which is tell stories with her guitar.”

A great, if self-effacing musician joined by a great rhythm section. "Misha Mengelberg has been a central figure of the Dutch Jazz/Improvisers scene since the late 1950s. A brilliant pianist, organizer, conceptualist, composer, dadaist and eccentric le...

“Misha Mengelberg came to Chicago for two days in 1998, made some music in the studio and in concert with a host of musicians, and went home. Which leaves us with memories.
Fortunately there's this gem left behind, these two albums, containing a timeless message. Sounds that do not express, they signify, they exist.
Misha Mengelberg was a Dutch jazz pianist and composer. A prominent figure in post-WWII European Jazz, Mengelberg is known for his forays into free improvisation, for bringing humor.

“Comprised of a one-time international free music supergroup, originally released as the sixth production on pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink's ICP label, Groupcomposing has been largely absent from the history books. This is the case because the record has been so unavailable, certainly not as a comment on the magnitude and magnificence of the music. With its Bennink cover – take that Andy Warhol! – and its two side-long tracks, it is an improvised music aficionado's treasure. Mengelberg...

Mentat Routage are a French avant/progressive-jazz/rock band, with the instrumentation of violin, xylophone, saxes/flute, keyboards, bass, drums. This is a really great music; it's experimental but it also just grooves. Live, they are a 'performance...

I can't say that I am particularly knowledgable about Brazilian music in general or even about progressive Brazilian music, but there is a definite strain of progressive Brazilian music, typified by the work of Hermeto Pascoal that I personally find...

This is a mixture of very nice but 'standard style' Brazilian jazz and the very unstandard stylings of Hermeto Pascoal.

"Mente Clara (Clear Mind, named after a Hermeto Pascoal composition) is a combo from Tatuí, a small city in São Paulo...

Fabio Mentz's 1st album, which seemingly came out of nowhere (and which we still stock, hint, hint), ripped my head off with its blend of real hard core complexity and Brazilian groove. It uses instrumentation like bassoon (Mentz is a bassoonist and he...

Holy crap, this Brazilian CD which seemingly came out of nowhere completely ripped my head off. It uses instrumentation like bassoon (Mentz is a bassoonist and he also plays piano and flute), piano, clarinets, bass, drums and more. It's not all perfect...

Three of downtowns most dynamic performers join forces to form Mephistaone of the first all women supergroups (Susie Ibarra, Sylvie Courvoisier, and Ikue Mori). Separately these three have worked with some of the most important musicians in new...

Featuring the colorful piano of Sylvie Courvoisier, the groundbreaking laptop electronics of Ikue Mori and the dynamic drumming of Susie Ibarra, Mephista is one of the most spectacular new music groups working today, a perfect blend of heart...


Nick Mazzarella alto saxophone
Matt Ulery double bass
Jeremy Cunningham drums
"Artists like Nick Mazzarella, Matt Ulery and Jeremy Cunningham, the members of Meridian Trio, are keeping the Chicago jazz scene alive and as strong as ever. All of them are highly demanded sidemen and also the leaders of their own projects, including the popular Nick Mazzarella Quintet, Matt Ulery's folkish, chamber jazz group Loom, and the ambient Jeremy Cunningham Quartet. But this triangular combo organized..

Eric Mertens-keyboards, flutes, Dirk Descheemaeker-sax, clarinet, bass clarinet, Mark Verdonck-sax, Hugo Mathijssen-tuba, Anne Mertens-voice, Lieve Vandewalle-cello, Rik Vercruysse-French horn, Eddy Verdonck-trombone...

"White Worker is a perfect follow-up to Eric Mertens' first CD "Spleen". Mertens' compositional work has evolved through new harmonic and rhythmic combinations. The sounds and atmospheres are more refined and mobile, and this widens his musical style...

"Un respiro, Mertens' new solo album offers 10 new compositions, often very rythmical tracks composed for two pianos and two voices all performed by the composer himself. It shows Mertens' passion for the voice, not using it as an instrument but...

Back in print after being unavailable for years, and sounding better than ever.

In 1981, at the nadir of quiet, interesting music, there appeared a very nice, interesting double lp compilation called 'Fruit of the Original Sin' (see listing elsewhere). On it was a 'band' I had never heard of called Soft Verdict, who played a rather progressive rock-influenced music, somewhere between Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Michael Nyman and Steve Reich! After waiting and searching, I managed to find this, their...