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Prog? Punk? Who knows and who cares. Let's let the blowhards on the online boards fight that one out. The Mars Volta's first full album is a very exciting, very unique and *very* well played mixture of punk, progressive rock, Led Zeppelin and much much more. It's a strange and pretty bleak concept album with expansive music. The best hard rock album, if indeed this is what this is, of 2003.

Prog? Punk? Who knows and who cares. Let's let the blowhards on the online boards fight that one out. The Mars Volta's second full album is an exciting, very unique and *very* well played mixture of punk, progressive rock, Led Zeppelin and much much more. Like their last one, it's a strange and pretty bleak concept album with expansive music and a bit more of the Led Zep sound. Impressive. And it even features a cover by Storm Thorgerson (aka Hipgnosis).

This live album, recorded between May 2004-May 2005 isn't really a live album in any conventional sense except Frank Zappa's. In other words, it has been massively worked-on in the studio, but you still get the raw power of a live performance at its base.

RESTOCKED! Prog? Punk? Who knows and who cares. Let's let the blowhards on the online boards fight that one out. The Mars Volta's album De-Loused In The Comatorium is an exciting, very unique and well played mixture of punk, progressive rock, Led Zepp...

Wynton is a truly great musician and, sadly, sort of a loudmouth, who has used his fame and influence to denigrate great music that isn't to his taste. This is a beautiful album and it's enjoyable as a great album but even more than the music itself...

“This remarkable project features three Philadelphia musicians paying tribute to one of Philly’s most enigmatic and important musical visionaries—The Legendary Hasaan. Hasaan Ibn Ali was born in 1931 and made only one commercial release in his lifetime which has of course become a cult classic.
Combining the craggly dissonances of Monk with the spidery lines of Elmo Hope, and the muscular intensity of Cecil Taylor, his music and theories were a huge influence on Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, and countless...

“Brian Marsella is finally being recognized as one of the most talented and imaginative pianists of his generation. A veteran of countless bands including Banquet of the Spirits and many projects with John Zorn, his recent recordings have been some of the most exciting music coming out of the NYC jazz scene.
Here he leads an octet to perform his scintillating compositions inspired by classical, jazz, and folkloric Brazilian music. Influenced by composers from Ernesto Nazareth, Heitor Villa-Lobos.....

"16 Masada compositions performed by a dynamic piano trio featuring Brian Marsella, the astonishing and passionate pianist from Banquet of the Spirits, Zion80 and The Flail. Joined here by the classic Masada rhythm section of Trevor Dunn and Kenny Wollesen, the performances are powerful, focused and incredibly varied. Each piece presents a different musical world, referencing McCoy Tyner, Don Pullen, Erik Satie, Conlon Nancarrow, Horace Silver,Lennie Tristano, Bill Evans, Bach, Bud Powell, Richard...


Really great album of somewhat glitchy ambient atmospherics; after hearing it, you will not be surprised that he was Jon Hassell’s roommate (see below!)

“Even if you've never heard of Hugh Marsh you've almost certainly heard the sound of his violin. He's a featured player on soundtracks by Hans Zimmer and Harry Gregson-Williams, was nominated for a Juno award, recorded with Iggy Pop and The Stooges, and was in the backing band for Bauhaus' Peter Murphy, all a tiny fraction of his decades-long...

Some of you picked up Rhys' first album, which was a really strong singer/songwriter album with heavy progressive touches. This is his second and falls much more heavily into the progressive rock category, but it keeps its distinctive sound. Lots...

Some of you picked up Rhys' first album, which was a really strong singer/songwriter album with heavy progressive touches. This is his second and falls much more heavily into the progressive rock category, but it keeps its distinctive sound. Lots of heavy hitters play on this, including members of Anglagard, Wobbler, White Willow and Jaga Jazzist, among others!

"We feel very strongly that this is something out of the ordinary. British singer Rhys Marsh (The Opium Cartel, Mandala, White Willow)...

" The debut solo album from the voice of The Autumn Ghost & Kaukasus. 'Sentiment' is a journey into the darker side of the soul, both musically & lyrically, and is by far the most personal statement that Marsh has produced. Sonically & texturally...

"Multi-instrumentalist invokes Scandinavian melancholy & the spirit of the 70s"-Prog Magazine

"I'm tempted to label Rhys Marsh as kind of a Scandinavian Steven Wilson"-The Progressive Rock Files

"Written & recorded in seven days, 'The Black Sun Shining' is Rhys Marsh's instinctive follow-up to his 2014 debut solo album, 'Sentiment'. 'The Black Sun Shining' is a 42-minute song-cycle, intended to be listened to as one piece of music. From the hypnotic opening movement, to sections that move.

"On the last day of summer, Rhys Marsh And The Autumn Ghost return with their third full-length record, ‘The Blue Hour’, in which Marsh leads them into another bold sonic-territory. The trademark combination of dynamics & melancholy remains, though...

This is eight albums (some quite rare, some not) of the great tenorist Warne Marsh with folks like Lee Konitz, Joe Albany, Art Pepper, Ronnie Ball, Sal Mosca and many others.
You get:
Lee Konitiz with Warne Marsh
Jazz Of Two Cities (a killer!)
Art Peper with Warne Marsh
The Right Combination
Music For Prancing
Warne Marsh
The Art Of Improvising, Vol I
The Art Of Improvising, Vol II

Marshall is a composer working somewhere between ambient & post-minimal musics. Alcatraz blends music with a nice booklet of photography of the infamous abandoned prison.

"Frank Martel et l’Ouest céleste are back with a third album, Yi-You-Yé-Ya, the logical follow-up to Sautons ce repas du midi and Enjambons ce désert. 13 short songs about fruits, vegetables and animals. With nods to Western music, Bernard Falaise's...

Pierre-Yves Martel (setar, shuranguiz, violin), Kiya Tabassian (dessus et basse de viole, preperations), Ziya Tabassian (percussion).

One of the albums of the decade. A collaboration between Hungarian composer Martha, poet Endre Szkarosi & the frighteningly gothic Sandor Bernath. Sounds of the Transylvanian countryside, medieval instruments fused with industrial percussion...structur...

"A striking and colorful CD of chamber music by Billy Martin, the dynamic percussionist from one of the world’s most popular instrumental bands, Medeski Martin and Wood. Performed and recorded originally on a wide variety of African thumb pianos, these...

Felix Martin is this quite young looking guitarist who invented a 14 string guitar which he plucks and taps and generally abuses to great effect. The sound veers wildly between progressive rock (think Upsilon Acrux tapping mixed with Cynic/Gordian...

3 works by a composer who added Ravel's influence to the 12 tone school. [New Albion]


"Never underestimate the power of a sideman. Having talented, capable sidemen on board can mean the difference between a lackluster album and a creatively successful album -- and as a sideman, bassist Joe Martin has done his part to make a lot of...


This is a pretty great release that came out of nowhere. "A native of Mexico, where as a young man he encountered and became friends with American marverick Conlon Nancarrow, Ernesto Martinez has been sculpting remarkably original polyrhythmic composit...

"The second CD from this maverick Mexican composer, a former colleague of the legendary Conlon Nancarrow, features a radical new instrument—the hyperión: a portable piano with nylon guitar strings! Over two years went into the conception and...

Florentine guitarist Jacopo Martini fell in love with manouche music when, during a trip to France, he was introduced to the world of the gypsy guitarists with whom he played and studied gypsy guitar phrasing. In conjunction with group of trusted and ...

An unbelievable price on the hard to find Japanese version of this great album!

"Guitarist Pat Martino's second recording as a leader (which has been reissued on CD) finds him essentially playing advanced bop. His quintet (with Joe Farrell on tenor

Originally released in the early 1990's on the extremely hip Factory Label (Joy Division, etc.), Martland, a 'pedigreed' young avant-classical composer, confounded everyone with this - his first album - by being signed to a rock label. No compromises w...


Tightly focused electroacoustic compositions that are austere, rich, strange and brilliantly executed. Elio has an ear like a bat and a serious antipathy toward cliche, and he never relies on repetition for structure; these pieces seem rather to grow ou..

2005 remaster, with bonus tracks, research by Mark Powell and packaging by Phil Smee! John Martyn started his career as a fairly straight-forward folkie, but he very rapidly began to incorporate jazz influences and much more along with his acoustic and...

Fantastic quality and performance archival release by the great John Martyn, recorded by Radio Bremen on September 17, 1975, when his current album was the also great Sunday's Child. This is a solo, mostly acoustic performance, although he does switch ...

John Martyn at the beginning of his peak. The recording is by no means professional, but it's of very good bootleg quality and if you love the man's work from this period, it's worth the dosh.

"For John Martyn, 1973, when this concert was...

2005 remaster, with bonus tracks, research by Mark Powell and packaging by Phil Smee! John Martyn started his career as a fairly straight-forward folkie, but he very rapidly began to incorporate jazz influences and much more along with his acoustic and...

2005 remaster, with bonus tracks, research by Mark Powell and packaging by Phil Smee! John Martyn started his career as a fairly straight-forward folkie, but he very rapidly began to incorporate jazz influences and much more along with his acoustic and...

2005 remaster, with bonus tracks, research by Mark Powell and packaging by Phil Smee! John Martyn started his career as a fairly straight-forward folkie, but he very rapidly began to incorporate jazz influences and jazz instrumentalists along with his ...

2005 remaster, with bonus tracks, research by Mark Powell and packaging by Phil Smee! John Martyn started his career as a fairly straight-forward folkie, but he very rapidly began to incorporate jazz influences and jazz instrumentalists along with his ...


''Zorn has again exquisitely arranged his popular and adventurous Masada project for string trio and chamber ensemble. The first disc of this outstanding 2CD set, 'Issachar,' features the Masada String Trio: Mark Feldman (violin), Erik Friedlander (cel...

The 2nd release from this lovely chamber ensemble, after their quite wonderful release, The Circle Maker, which won applause from consumers and was a huge seller for Tzadik. With Mark Feldman-violin, Erik Friedlander (cello) and Greg Cohen (bass) with ...

"The magical interplay and incredible virtuosity of this exhilarating trio of string masters has made it one of the most beloved and acclaimed of all Masada ensembles. Back now by popular demand for their first studio recording in over five years, their t

This is a real suprise to see and the music inside actually lives up to the expectations I had for this! In the early 1980s, drummer Jean-Paul Prat released a excellent zeuhl album called "Masal”. It was little known and he basically faded away until recently.
This album features
Vincent Brizoux-saxophones
Steve Marsala-guitars
Jean Prat-drums
Jean-Paul Prat-piano
And Julien Sarazin or Jerome Trigon-bass
This is a more ‘rocking’ progressive rock work than his other recent

''My impetus for founding this 16 piece orchestra was based on the desire to have a hybridized, inter-cultural, electronic-friendly, inter-media orchestra that could perform my compositions...''-Miya Masaoka.

The greatly awaited 3rd album by this extremely good Italian symphonic/progressive band is a live album. Therefore it isn't really a step forward, but more like a re-evalution and recapitulation of their work so far. "The Wax Mask" are a five piece who...

To my mind, La Maschera Di Cera are the very best of the classic style Italian symphonic/progressive rock bands out there and every one of their releases has been nothing less than excellent. For this, their fifth studio album, they've really pulled...

“La Maschera di Cera was founded in 2001 as a tribute to the sound of '70s Italian progressive rock, on the initiative of Fabio Zuffanti who gathered around him keyboardist Agostino Macor, drummer Marco Cavani (from his other band Finisterre), singer Alessandro Corvaglia and flutist Andrea Monetti.
They debuted in 2002, with a self-titled already displaying a great compositional and stylistic maturity, hailed as "the best Italian prog album since the Alphataurus era". The band, therefore, was...

“La Maschera di Cera was founded in 2001 as a tribute to the sound of '70s Italian progressive rock, on the initiative of Fabio Zuffanti who gathered around him keyboardist Agostino Macor, drummer Marco Cavani (from his other band Finisterre), singer Alessandro Corvaglia and flutist Andrea Monetti.
After a self-titled debut (2002) that had been hailed as "the best Italian prog album since the Alphataurus era", the even more complex and ambitious "Il grande labirinto" followed just one year later...