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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...

Peter McEachern trombone
Mario Pavone double bass
Michael Sarin drums

"Dedicated to Roswell Rudd."

"Peter McEachern had a long-standing collaboration with Mario Pavone by the time he met Michael Sarin in the early 90’s. The three musicians recorded “Insomnia” by Thomas Chapin as part of Chapin’s Trio Plus Brass, a formidable octet. McEachern repaid Chapin’s invitation by asking him to play on his CD “Shockwave”, and their paths continued to cross along the years. Pavone invited.

"Fifty years ago in 1967, Roger McGough published Summer with Monika – a magical, iconic tale of love. Taking its title from Ingmar Bergman's classic 1953 film, the suite of interlinked poems paints an honest and touching portrait of a romantic love affair. "

"Astonishing music which ranges from large gamelan ensembles to peaceful duets of traditional Southeast Asian folk songs. Porter Records is proud to bring you the debut CD of Andrew McGraw. Andrew has spent a fair amount of time in Southeast Asia...

This is a major addition to the Brit-jazz CD cannon. This is one of two solo piano recordings by the great pianist, composer and bandleader from South Africa and it's the best recorded of the two. This has =30' of previously unheard material from the...

Half-correct, pirated versions of test-pressings of this album have circulated among collectors of Brit-jazz for literally 4 decades(!) - I had a cassette of one-such 'test pressing' for over 20 years (on the other side was the unreleased session that...

This is a total surprise to anyone and everyone who followed the career and releases of Chris; this is a previously unreleased and also previously unknown solo album from very late in his life.

Half-correct pirated versions of test-pressings of this album have circulated among collectors of Brit-jazz for literally 4 decades(!) - I had a cassette of one such 'test pressing' for over 20 years (on the other side was the unreleased session that we eventually released as "Way Back When" by John Surman!) - but this is the first time that the entire album has ever been heard - and from the original master tapes! Includes short but very insightful commentary from the album's producer, Joe Boyd. This...

Despite the fact that for some reason this album was released as being by ‘The Chris McGregor Group’, this is, in fact, the ONLY album ever made by Chris and The Blue Notes in the 1960s (there are some live recordings that were released later, but this is essentially IT!)
These is the only recordings by the band who left apartheid South Africa (McGregor, Dudu Pukwana, Mongezi Feza, Ronnie Beer, Johnny Dyani and Louis Moholo) to play at the Antibes Jazz Fest and eventually found their way to London...

The great 1st album by the Brotherhood has been newly reissued and remastered under original producer Joe Boyd's supervision. It features Chris McGregor, Dudu Pukwana, Mark Charig, Alan Skidmore, Louis Moholo, Mike Osborne, John Surman, Malcolm...

Harry Beckett – trumpet
Marc Charig – trumpet
Nick Evans – trombone
Mongezi Feza – trumpet
Malcolm Griffiths – trombone
Chris McGregor – piano
Harry Miller – double bass
Louis Moholo – drums
Mike Osborne – alto sax
Evan Parker – tenor sax
Dudu Pukwana – alto sax
Gary Windo – tenor sax

South African born and raised pianist/bandleader Chris McGregor formed the racially mixed Blue Notes in the early 1960's, touring and trying to get by in extremel

Eclipse at Dawn captures the band at an early peak, performing in front of a huge, rapturous crowd at the Berliner Jazztage on November 4, 1971. Recorded by German radio, this is probably the best live recording of the Brotherhood in existence!...

''Dion McGregor dreams out loud, and his dreams are not very pretty. Tzadik invites you to eavesdrop on the horror in Dion McGregor's mind. In 1964 ten of Dion's tape-recorded dreams were released on album and quickly dropped out of print. This CD is i...

“Presented together for the first time, American composer John McGuire's Pulse Music series (1975-1979) blurs the popular narrative that Minimalism was a reaction against Europe's angular, intellectual, inscrutable high-modernism. McGuire, born in California, studied at Occidental College in Los Angeles and UC Berkeley before going to Europe to study with Karlheinz Stockhausen, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Gottfried Michael Koenig. His compositions lock serialism's warped geometries onto an evenly spaced...

"And yet another killer album from the ever-productive Mark McGuire (of Emeralds). It just keeps getting better, as he delivers another fine set of tunes in his perfected style. A few more electronic elements than usual and even some voices, but still...

Mark is the guitarist of the very excellent modern space-music group Emeralds. This covers a lot of ground; from very 00s sounding guitars + electronica to work that comes closer to Manuel Gottsching's Invention for Electric Guitar than anything else...

Bill is a great saxist and this includes a fine, fine band; sadly I'm listening to the news that Paul Motian just died as I give you the credits: Bill McHenry-tenor sax, Ben Monder (aka Mind Bender) - guitar, Reid Anderson-bass, Paul Motian-drums.

"Bill McHenry (tenor sax) is a bandleader on the rise. He has been an important asset to the New York City jazz scene for years, although a little below the radar. McHenry started as a member of the celebrated Small’s Jazz Club community that has...

“In 1968, Bay Area native Doug McKechnie got hold of one the very first modular Moog synthesizers ever made and began finding his own way to play it. Soon, he was hauling the finicky instrument around to perform improvised concerts at colleges and psychedelic ballrooms, as well as an ill-fated appearance on the bill at Altamont.
Some of the performances were recorded, and the surviving tapes -- never before released -- capture a free-flowing, transportive sound that fills in the gap between the...

“Do you want some real, modern progressive music? The one that covers practically any musical ground, from folk, rock to jazz, and modern classical?
If so, then you don’t have to look any further than Simon McKechnie’s latest album, Retro. If you haven’t heard of McKechnie before, here’s a brief recap: Simon is a composer, arranger, and musician, based in London, UK. He has written for BBC television, classical ensemble Golden Section and The Society of Strange and Ancient Instruments, and written...

“Another great album from Canada's legendary Paragon label, a set of super bluesy psych demo tapes from 1968; the band’s album “Stink” was received not just as a great album of electric blues, but as some sort of revelation when it appeared in the second half of 1969. Lead guitarist Mike McKenna spent time ('67-'68) in the Ugly Ducklings, but he had already developed a 'local hero' tag by playing hard electric blues as a member of the legendary Luke and the Apostles. Together, he and Joe Mendelson made...

"For Floating Point, which was recorded in India, McLaughlin used several of the best Indian musicians in the world. McLaughlin calls these players the 'young lions' of India. They include keyboardist Loiuz Banks, drummer Ranjit Barot, electric...

This was McLaughlin's 3rd solo album, recorded just before he formed the Mahavishnu Orchestra in early spring, 1971. A great album, it featured two different lp sides: One side was double tracked guitar duets while the other side combined the talents...

This is a pretty great album, recorded in October 1972, when John was at his height with Mahavishnu, and Carlos was at his peak with Caravanserai and both were at their peak of wearing little white suits and sitting at the feet of Sri Chinmoy! It mixed members of both bands (Billy Cobham and Jan Hammer from Mahavishnu and Armando Peraza, Doug Rauch and Mike Shrieve from Santanta). But most importantly, it featured Larry Young (from John's days with Tony Williams) on organ, who brings a beautiful...

Infamous, mostly previously unreleased studio and live session by 3 of the biggest names of jazz/rock and two of the three musicians of the musical monster that was The Tony Williams Lifetime. John had originally said that he would allow the recordings to

Includes five complete albums, including all three original Shakti releases!
Electric Guitarist
Electric Dreams
Shakti
Natural Elements
A Handful Of Beauty

Jackie's best known for his stupendous string of Blue Note titles from the early to late 60s and rightly so. But this earlier title from 1956 features a great band and is still a fine release at a great price...


“The performances on this disc were broadcast on CBC/CBOF-FM in Montreal at the University of Quebec on July 3, 1988.
This disc features jazz alto sax great Jackie McLean leading a quartet as he was getting ready to make more albums after a relatively quiet decade on the recording front [due to educational responsibilities].
Featured are four songs he'd cut for his Dynasty album four months later (1990), as well as his composition "Minor March", which he first recorded with Miles Davis and Milt.

Rare and sought-after proto-kozmigoov/deep jazz release from 1969.

"African-American flute player Lloyd McNeill's self-distributed record label ran from 1968-73. Lloyd McNeill is a multidisciplinary artist -- a painter who lived in Paris in...

"Fledg'ling Records are very proud to present April Cruel, the new album from acclaimed singer-songwriter Jason McNiff. This long-awaited collection sees Jason delivering on the promise of his highly-regarded previous albums. What keeps one fascinated...

Joe McPhee, tenor and soprano saxofones / Jamie Saft, piano / Joe Morris, double bass / Charles Downs, drums.
"This quartet was born from a conversation between Joe Morris and Jamie Saft about their mutual fascination with John Coltrane's "Live at the Village Vanguard Again” album. From there they decided to develop a project under the influence of the music played by Coltrane with his wife Alice Coltrane, Jimmy Garrison, Rashied Ali and a pair of guests, Pharoah Sanders and Emanuel Rahim. Right away..

Joe McPhee: tenor and soprano saxophones, vocals
Michael Bisio: double bass
Fred Lonberg-Holm: cello
Juma Sultan: percussion

“Four masters, four musical experiences, each as dense and diverse. For each of them, the need to explore is part of his conception of music. At all times, the music seeks to surpass itself, but without ever losing its balance, whether it is when they improvise, when they play each other’s compositions or when they reinvest the themes of Charlie Haden “Human...

Joe McPhee, brass and reeds
"In his upstate NY secret laboratory, home-based in Poughkeepsie, Joe McPhee diligently documented his activities throughout the '70s, with the help of Craig Johnson, the producer who started CjR as an outlet for McPhee's music. Among the unreleased tapes waxed in that span, Alone Together is unique and especially beautiful. Like Sound on Sound (released by Corbett vs. Dempsey in 2010), these recordings make use of multitrack recording, overdubbing McPhee upon McPhee...

“Never-before-issued music from three very different settings in upstate New York, all recorded in the period running up to Poughkeepsie multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee's Nation Time.
From a year before that landmark LP, in the same hall at Vassar College, McPhee led a band with soulful vibraphonist Ernie Bostic and voluble rhythm section of Tyrone Crabb and Bruce Thompson, both of Nation Time fame, performing a John Coltrane-oriented set that included versions of Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue"...

"Glasses was recorded in October, 1977, during a highly significant period in McPhee's work, as he was pioneering the transatlantic, collaborative spirit that has helped to define the last three decades of his career. Documented in Tavannes, Switzerland, the set contains sensational tenor work, including the title piece, which finds McPhee ringing out a rhythm on a half-full wine glass, from which he extrapolates a melody on the saxophone, as well as a stunning version of John Coltrane's "Naima." The...

“Joe McPhee is one of the great multi-instrumentalists of contemporary improvised music. His instrumental battery has included saxophones, clarinets, valve trombone, pocket trumpet, sound-on-sound tape recorder, and space organ, but another arrow in his quiver is text.
McPhee has been writing poems since the 1970s. He occasionally introduces one into performance, as an introduction or afterword to music, and in recent years he's been known to do full-on readings, text only, featuring his inimitable...

“It's been nearly five decades since Joe McPhee assembled a group of musicians to perform the weekend concerts that would become Nation Time, his second LP. It was December 1970, thirty-one-year-old McPhee was inspired by Amiri Baraka's poem 'It's Nation Time,' and the students at Vassar Collegedidn't know what hit them. 'What time is it?' shouted McPhee. 'Come on, you can do better than that. What time is it?!!' The music on Nation Time came out of a fertile, but little-known creative jazz scene...

“Joe McPhee's response to the challenge of making a new CD of solo music during COVID was to go at it head on, to address the present in its starkest aspects, to reach for comfort in the music of great composers, and to speak directly to the virus in no uncertain terms. The result is unlike any other of McPhee's many records, a variety show of improvisations, favorite compositions, field recording, multi-tracking, incantation and recitation. After searching for the right studio-like setting with an...

Joe McPhee, pocket trumpet and alto saxophone.

"Joe McPhee is a musician of many solo albums (this is the number eight), but each one gives a different view of his art – either because of the instrumental choices, being the tenor saxophone...

"In 1981, Joe McPhee culled together one of his greatest bands to record Topology, his classic outing for Hat Hut. Feturing an expanded version of Po Music, his ensemble with saxophonist André Jaume, guitarist Raymond Boni, and bassist François Mechali, the group included pianist Irene Schweizer, percussionist Pierre Favre, baritone saxophonist Daniel Bourquin, cellist Michael Overhage, and trombonist Radu Malfatti. One of the tracks left on the cutting room floor was a spectacular take on Ornette...