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Excellent and somewhat surprising album by this UK folkie, working with a jazz quartet and really showing off his vocal chops and lyrical prowess. Daring and successful!

"This is the debut release by UK-born/Netherlands-based singer/songwriter...

"Iain Matthews of Fairport Convention, Southern Comfort, and Plainsong fame, returns after a long absence, with a stunning collection of new songs and beautiful arrangements performed with some of Holland's finest jazz players. On paper the pairing...

(Violinist) Matthews has played with David Toop & Charles Hayward. Here she is alone with her fiddle & a sampling system which grabs both instrumental & ambient detail, giving her a wide range of material to exploit in improvising situations. Lots of l...


Joanna Mattrey: viola, stroh violin

“Veiled is Joanna Mattrey’s first solo release. Joanna Mattrey is a violist active in both the new music and free improvisation communities who's playing often incorporates textural gestures, preparations, and electronic alterations. She is searching for moments of ceremony and ritual in a modern soundscape.
Mattrey has played with such luminaries as Marc Ribot and the Young Philadelphians, Mary Halvorson, John Zorn, Erik Friedlander, Nick Dunston and...

Rudresh Mahanthappa, alto saxophone / Mark Dresser, double bass / Gerry Hemingway, drums.

"Members of the much remembered classic quartet of Anthony Braxton and bandleaders in their own right, Mark Dresser and Gerry Hemingway are the first...

"Jazz legend Bennie Maupin follows his highly acclaimed 2006 CD Penumbra, with Early Reflections, a beautiful recording of Maupin’s European quartet featuring pianist Michal Tokaj, and guest vocalist Hania Rybka. Early Reflections is another brilliant...

"Berangere was born on the remote French colonial island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean and moved to France at the age of sixteen. A resident of Paris since 2002, she has performed as a singer in rock and world music bands and also studied...

The self-titled album by the 'one & done' band Maxophone, originally released in 1975, is one of the classics of Rock Progressivo Italiano. Here you can here that music by the current lineup of the group.

"The magic of the songs of the historic..

"Maxophone is another band from Italy who released one album and dissapeared from the scene. Maxophone played complex progressive rock, and just like Banco or Gentle Giant, their influences ranged further than symphonic/ classical inspired rock only...

James Black (guitar, vocals), Reid Hudson (bass), Tony Newman (drums).

"May Blitz have been compared to Led Zeppelin, the early Black Sabbath, or the early Uriah Heep. The only difference being that May Blitz never had their great breakthrough...

“May Blitz was a great U.K. hard rock band from the first '70. This is their first and best album. The sound is a bit cryptic and underground, with heavy psych tendencies, pounding bass and smokin' guitars. For fans of T2, CREAM and the like.”-RYM

John Mayall - Vocals, Harmonica, Slide Guitar, Guitar [6-String], Tambourine
Jon Mark - Acoustic Guitar
Johnny Almond - Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Steve Thompson - Bass

John Mayall has had a musical career for 7 decades, mostly in the blues, specifically electric blues, but in 1969, possibly the year of supremecy for white, loud English electric blues bands, many of whom had formed themselves in the image of his earlier electric albums, he formed a new band which was..

Magda Mayas - piano, composition
Angharad Davies - violin
Anthea Caddy - cello
Aimée Theriot - cello
Rhodri Davies - harp
Zeena Parkins - harp
Michael Thieke - clarinet
Christine Abdelnour - saxophone

“Magda Mayas composed this piece for an octet comprised of a who's who of the avant-garde. The score consists of 12 photos taken over an hour or so, observing the merging waters of the Rhône and the Arve rivers, the artificial wall dividing them, the earthy,

“Magda Mayas (Germany) performs on a 1970s manufactured clavinet with reedman Jim Denley (Australia), augmented by their use of field recordings, as they pay homage to a "marginalized corner" of Sydney, Australia on this experimental and irrefutably adventurous improv fest. Yet I wouldn't be so bold to suggest that this is easy listening but for the most part, it's relatively subdued.
The duo projects organic minimalism amid the sounds of nature and bizarre tone poems that move forward in....

FRED FRITH electric guitar / MIYA MASAOKA 25 string koto and electronics / LARRY OCHS sopranino and tenor saxophones / WITH SPECIAL GUESTS: / GERRY HEMINGWAY drums, percussion, voice / CARLA KIHLSTEDT electric and acoustic violins / IKUE MORI.


"A remarkable duo out of France performing traditional and original Sephardic-Jewish songs in an electronica/dance context, Axerico en Selanik is one of the most surprising CDs in recent years to come out on the Tzadik Jewish Series. Charming and...

João Mortágua alto & soprano saxophones
Carlos Azevedo piano
Miguel Ângelo doublebass
Mário Costa drums

"Some of the most interesting artists of the Porto jazz scene in Portugal, namely João Mortágua, Carlos Azevedo, Miguel Ângelo and Mário Costa, join forces as the band Mazam to celebrate the idea of path, discovery and adventure. But if you understand this purpose as a way to deal with factors concerning process and its complexities, this concept comes with a surprise...

Wojtek Mazolewski - double bass
Oskar Torok - trumpet, electronics
Oba Janicki - Drums, percussion
Joanna Duda -Wurlitzer, piano
Marek Pospieszalski - tenor saxophone

"The quintet is a tight unit, addressing material material mostly for Roman Polanski movies, negotiating the contrasts, contrariness and syncopation without strain... Welsome Mazolewski and his quintet to the top tier of contemporary recording artists." – Downbeat

“The double bassist now focuses ...

Marilyn Mazur: drums, percussion, voice
John Taylor: piano
Josefine Cronholm: voice
Anders Jormin: double-bass

"Marilyn Mazur’s work has always expressed a free-spiritedness beyond idioms and borders. Born in New York, raised...

"An album of solos and intimate duos with, as its starting point, the sound of Marilyn Mazur’s percussion instruments, collected from all over the world – each of them allowed to “speak” with its own voice – either alone or in dialogue with Jan...

“In 1978, Danish percussion master Marilyn Mazur founded the bold, innovative Primi Band, an all-female music-theater ensemble that drew from a deep well of primal energy and experimental audacity. Four decades later, Mazur reinvents the core concepts in an adventurous new fashion with Shamania, a gathering of ten of Scandinavia's most inventive and respected female musicians.
Whereas Primi Band culled it's members from risk-taking but non-professional musicians, Shamania comprises ten highly....

Keir Neuringer-sax
Rafal Mazur-bass guitar

“The aptly named release Diachronic Paths by the free improvising duo of Keir Neuringer and Rafal Mazur continues the transformation discourses of their evolving musical language. One that is based on their dialogue of discovery.
Keir Neuringer, a Philadelphia-based saxophonist lived in Krak≤w and The Hague for a time and established a strong relationship with the Polish bassist Rafal Mazur.
Each piece presented here is an enervating...

Rob Mazurek modular synth, sampler, cornet, piano on Android Sun
Mauricio Takara drums
Guilherme Granado keyboards, synth, sampler, electronics
Thomas Rohrer rabeca, flutes, soprano saxophone, electronics
Philip Somervell piano, prepared piano

"Electro-Acoustic Composer, Cornetist Rob Mazurek continues to focus on the Brazilian side of his musical production, and that’s good news. Even better when we notice that “Chants and Corners” is something else than a new São Paulo...

"In July 2013, a few months after the passing of his mother, cornetist Rob Mazurek performed solo at Corbett vs. Dempsey gallery, in Chicago. Mazurek is one of the highest profile figures in contemporary creative music, leading bands like the Exploding Star Orchestra, Skull Sessions Octet and Starlicker. On this occasion, he brought a box filled with various implements – his cornet, naturally, but flutes, bells, books, maracas, apples, and little electronics. This box became an inexhaustible resource...

Rob Mazurek cornet, piano, prepared piano, electronics

"To date, celebrated Chicago musician Rob Mazurek’s solo endeavors have focused on his modular synthesizer and keyboard musings.
On “Rome,” Mazurek’s sensitivity on cornet is at the fore, but we also find him using various electronics, and seated at a piano. Here the presence of the piano is expanded. He plays it conventionally, with preparation, with direct manipulation of the piano’s interior, and as a resonator for his cornet to create.

A force on Chicago’s singularly inventive music scene for two decades, cornetist Rob Mazurek has recorded with high profile artists such as Tortoise, Jim O'Rourke, Stereolab, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and is an intrepid sound explorer...

Return The Tides is a deeply felt tribute and requiem for Rob Mazurek's mother, who died 2 weeks before this recording session. Black Cube SP features Rob's group São Paulo Underground plus additional musicians...

"Composed and arranged by Rob Mazurek, Alien Flower Sutra is the apogee of a collaborative conceptual process that bloomed over multiple years, voices and instrumentations. After planting seeds at home with pen, piano and cornet in hand, Mazurek took to various performance spaces in Chicago and São Paulo across 2013 and 2014 to open his compositions to interpretation by a potent pool of creative musicians. Among them was guitarist Emmett Kelly (The Cairo Gang, Joshua Abrams Natural Information Society)...

Another really great one, perhaps a little mellower than "Galactic Parables, Volume 1".

"Dimensional Stardust showcases the intricacy and complexity of Mazurek’s compositions but in their most potent, most compacted forms. Opting to focus on tight ensemble orchestration over passages of open improvisation, Mazurek distills a maximal orchestra of explosive improvisers into a beautifully restrained, graceful group exercise in melodic minimalism. The album features almost no “soloist” moments...

"Mazurek and company channel electric Miles, Sun Ra, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago to make a recording that is cosmic, spiritual, raw, and powerful." – Avant Music News...

"Everything is out of proportion with Rob Mazurek's music; it is larger than nature, it has no other choice but to be so."
Rob Mazurek (cornet, electronics)
Roscoe Mitchell (saxophones)
Nicole Mitchell (flutes)
Matana Roberts (sax)
Matt Bauder (sax)
Steve Swell (trombone)
Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone)
Kevin Drumm (electronics)
Matthew Lux (bass guitar)
Mauricio Takara (percussion)
Guilherme Granado (samplers)
John Herndon (drums)
Mike Reed (dr

Giancarlo Mazzù guitar
Luciano Troja piano
"Mazzú and Troja return with a new selection of their original compositions on this their third SLAM CD.

The programme of ten originals represents a sort of travelogue on the musicians'...


"Jim McAuley's The Ultimate Frog is a two-CD collection of duets between the guitarist and four great musicians: Leroy Jenkins (violin, viola), Nels Cline (guitars), Ken Filiano (bass) and Alex Cline (drums/percussion). The result of these pairings is ...

ArKsextet: Marie McAuliffe (p), Rob Henke (tp, flh), Rich Perry (ts), Chris Washburne (tb, tu), Dave Hofstra (b), Kevin Norton (ds, vibes).I Say A Little Prayer (6:17) * Promises, Promises / Do You Know The Way To San Jose? (2:43) * In Between The Head...

Christian McBride-bass
Josh Evans-trumpet
Marcus Strickland-tenor sax, bass clarinet
Nasheet Waits-drums

“Jawn [jän]: noun. A slang terminology from Philadelphia. All-purpose term for a person, place or thing
If there’s one thing the acclaimed bassist knows, it’s that when it comes to grit there’s no better resource to draw from than his own hometown, Philadelphia. So, McBride turned to one of the city’s most beloved colloquialisms to christen his latest project, Christian...

“An addendum to Makaya McCraven's critically-lauded 2018 release, the "Universal Beings E&F Sides" presents fourteen new pieces of organic beat music cut from the original sessions, prepared and produced by Makaya as a soundtrack to the "Universal Beings" documentary film.”

Tracks 1, 5 & 11 recorded August 29th, 2017, at H010 in Ridgewood, Queens, New York. Featuring:
Brandee Younger - harp
Joel Ross - vibraphone
Dezron Douglas - double bass
Makaya McCraven - drums

First-ever official reissue of the second album by the proto-progressive South African band McCully Workshop, which was released in 1971 and is very much of that era or a year or two earlier, which is pretty up to date for a country as isolated as...


McDermott’s Two Hours formed in Brighton in 1986 and were among the first groups to recognise the stirring potential of fusing traditional Celtic and English folk influences with the passion of punk-rock.
They were a big influence on The Levellers, another folk rock band who came a few years later and were made it to a bit higher realm of popularity.
They joined forces for 3 albums.

"This is the second album to have been produced from the collaboration between McDermott's 2 Hours and...

"Originally released in 1970, this album has become a cult classic of the late British Underground era. Michael Giles' instantly recognizable drum sound and technique, along with Ian McDonald's skills as a multi-instrumentalist and composer, add to the pedigree of this classic album. In 2001, Ian and Michael revisited this album, making slight edits to the original masters and remastering the entire recording, and it is this master now being released."

At the end of King Crimson's 1969 US tour...

"Shelagh McDonald is a Scottish folk singer, songwriter and guitarist who released two albums before her abrupt and mysterious disappearance in 1971. This, her debut album was originally released on the Mooncrest label.
On her albums, she was backed up by many notables within the English folk-rock scene, including Richard Thompson, Dave Mattacks, Danny Thompson, Keith Tippett, Keith Christmas and the Fotheringay rhythm section."

"As much myth as musician, singer/songwriter Shelagh McDonald seemed poised to emerge as a major voice in British folk music when she abruptly vanished mere months after the release of her breakthrough LP. Born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, McDonald arrived in London sometime in the late '60s. While performing at the Troubadour, she befriended fellow singer/songwriter Keith Christmas, who would prove instrumental in landing her a record deal with the B&C label. Album followed in 1970 to decent ...

“All things considered, this album is a fine specimen of no-frills, tendentially harsh improvisation revolving around a pair of fundamental axes. Cline and McDonas’ frequently altered tones ; at times one hardly distinguishes who is who, until the different techniques on keyboard and fretboard become evident ; match Wimberly’s percussive drive, which contributes to a further scattering of ‘centres’, either tonal or rhythmic. The level of musicianship is obviously high, integrating correlative schools...

"It is an important work that needs to be heard."-Bernard Stollman, ESP-Disk founder.
Fay Victor, Walter Egan, Charles Walker, Suzy Bogguss, Freedy Johnston, Mary Gauthier, Cooper-Moore, Carmina Escobar, Matthew Ryan, Jennie Knaggs, Ed Pettersen, Thollem McDonas – vocals
Thollem McDonas – piano
Ed Pettersen - guitar and effects
Pete Abbott - drums
Jeff Lederer – saxophone

“Happening: A Movement In 12 Acts is a treatise with spoken and sung libretto by various artists about

William Parker – bass
Nels Cline - electric guitar/effects
Thollem McDonas - piano

“Gowanus Session II was seven years in the planning. Thollem McDonas, Nels Cline, and William Parker convened at Peter Karl Studios in Brooklyn on January 3rd, 2012 and recorded two complete albums. The first was Gowanus Session I, released by Porter Records in April of 2012. GS II was put aside to eventually complete the five-album palindromic cycle of trio albums Nels and Thollem ambitiously set out to...

Folks who actually pay attention to what I write here will have noticed my great love for the group Herculaneum. That band is led by drummer Dylan Ryan, who also composes for the band, but half of the tunes are composed by their alto saxist, Dave...

Dave is a little known, under appreciated talent. He's a fine player but he's a killer composer, which gives this album an edge and makes it more than 'just' a jazz release. Recommended.

"One of Dave McDonnell's biggest takeaways from putting...