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Half of the classic lineup of Djam Karet have put together a really nice, gently spacey album that recalls the aspects of the band most notably evident on Suspension and Displacement and Recollection Harvest; an very acoustic sound that also filled...

One of the first progressive bands from Brazil, O Terço (meaning rosary beads) first formed in 1968, but didn't hit its stride until the mid '70s. Personnel changes would become part of the bands dynamic, with Sergio Hinds assuming the role of band...

One of the first progressive bands from Brazil, O Terço (meaning rosary beads) first formed in 1968, but didn't hit its stride until the mid '70s. Personnel changes would become part of the bands dynamic, with Sergio Hinds assuming the role of band...

Following on the heels of 2015's captivating Inflamed Rides, the members of the powerful collective O.R.k. - lead singer Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari, Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin, Marta Sui Tubi guitarist Carmelo Pipitone and King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto - were primed to deliver an even more potent statement for their sophomore offering.
Coming off of a triumphant tour of Europe and South America, they were charged to take things up a notch. And so it was with Soul of an...

“Obake is a word which refers to a class of Yokai, Japanese preternatural creatures, and whose strict translation is “A Thing That Changes” or “Shapeshifter” but is often also loosely taken to mean “Ghost” or “Ghost of a deceased human being”.
Obake are back with ‘Draugr’, which signals both a return to the origins of the band and a purification of its sound.
This shift is immediately apparent in the choice of title: while the Japanese term Obake signifies ‘that which changes’ or ‘shapeshifter’ or...

Composer/keyboardist/vocalist MatsOberg (of Mats/Morgan) G.U.B.B. (the Gavlelborgs Youth Big Band) - a 21 piece band made up of young musicians aged 15-22. Pretty stupidly well played, considering the age of the musicians. The music sounds like Mats' m...

"The musical genius of Mats Öberg has delivered to us this masterpiece of work inspired by the late Cornelis Vreeswijk, with jazz-improvised songs. What sets this apart to me (with my untrained ears) is how Mats effortlessly flows over the ivories, not...

This is a solo piano album (recorded on a beautiful grand piano) by the fairly amazing keyboardist in the Mats/Morgan Band. His typical sense of melodies is showcased here and it definitely sounds like him, but the instrument gives it a softer edge and...

If you ever wanted to hear Mats Öberg, of Mats/Morgan really dig in on solo piano, this is your chance!

"Before recording the second album in the Improvisational series, Mats Öberg’s headstrong interpretations of the songs of Cornelis...


Gabriela Friedli: Piano / Co Streiff: Alt & Soprano Saxophone / Jan Schlegel: E-Bass / Dieter Ulrich: Drums

"Gabriela Friedli, Co Streiff, Jan Schlegel and Dieter Ulrich have created a work of astonishing freshness and beauty,» writes the N

Gabriela Friedli: Piano / Co Streiff: Alt- & Soprano Saxophone / Jan Schlegel: E-Bass / Dieter Ulrich: Drums

Two women and two men form this quartet – all distinctive individualists, ranking among the most distinguished musicians on the Swis

Gabriela Friedli: Piano Co Streiff: Alt- & Soprano Saxophone Jan Schlegel: E-Bass Dieter Ulrich: Drums

"For ten years four of the most willful musicians from Zurich are working together in the Quartett Objets Trouvés: Gabriela Friedli, Co Strei


Happy the Man is dead; long live Happy the Man! Well, sorta. After Happy the Man ceased operations about 2 years ago, two of the main protagonists, Frank Wyatt (keyboards and sax) and Stan Whitaker (guitar and vocals) wanted to continue in a similar...

Greatly awaited second album from this offshoot/heir to the Happy The Man crown. The band is now a four piece, with Stan Whittaker's guitar and vocals and Frank Wyatt's keyboards and saxes upfront and well-backed by a new rhythm section. Lots of...

Really magnificently moody fourth album by this great group from Singapore. Their 3rd one, A Far Cry From Here, was a great work, mixing modern influences like Motorpsycho and Radiohead with an original sound, but this one - which is drummerless - is...

"Space has no limit! Obskuria is hungry for the ultimate satisfaction and will hit you like an asteroid storm straight into the face. The international project started in 2006 with Tom Brehm, the legendary guitar player from the '60s U.S. group...

"Following their acclaimed breakthrough debut album that caught the ears of critics and fans worldwide, and became Important's highest selling album, Ocean has returned with their forward-thinking, brutally heavy and purely minimalist sophomore album...

"L’ocelle Mare consists solely of Thomas Bonvalet, of Cheval de Frise fame. His compositions as L’ocelle Mare are just as, if not more, complicated than they were during the Cheval de Frise years. The main difference is the obvious lack of song...

"Founding member of the Rova Sax Quartet, Larry Ochs has worked with many of the greatest musicians in Creative Music—Steve Lacy, Fred Frith, Wadada Leo Smith, Terry Riley, George Lewis, John Zorn, Derek Bailey and countless others. His newest ensemble is an update on the classic New York Contemporary Five and features Larry’s Shepp-tinged tenor sax along with some of the best young players out of New York’s Downtown scene. Ochs is particularly excited by both the ensemble sound and the music here, a...

Larry Ochs: tenor and sopranino saxophones
Natsuki Tamura: trumpet
Satoko Fujii: piano, synthesizer
Scott Amendola: drums, percussion, electronics
Matthias Bossi: thunder drum, Chinese gongs, shaky flotsam, percussion
William Winant: timpani, roto-toms, percussion

"Despite a well-documented incident where Larry Ochs was legally challenged for inflicting psychological damage on a festival goer who’d been expecting “jazz” (it’s a great modern parable), he doesn’t have quite t

Larry Ochs: Tenor and Sopranino Saxophones
Joan Jeanrenaud: Cello
Miya Masaoka: Koto

"Three San Francisco Bay Area masters come together here to play music composed by Larry Ochs for the unusual trio of saxophone, cello, and Japanese..

"This 1985 recording was made on the heels of O'Connor's experience touring and recording with the Dixie Dregs. Some of the high energy compositions like My Celebration, and Court Suite reflect the influence of Dregs guitarist and leader Steve Morse. Dregs drummer Rod Morganstein guest on a few tracks.

I've always enjoyed this album and I find it to be an exhilarating listening experience. The album is chock full of great melodies and incredible musicianship. Not unlike his earlier Rounder...

Ocrilim is the nom-de-plume of guitarist Mick Barr, who has performed mightily with Orthrelm and with the Flying Luttenbachers, among others.

"Mick Barr is described in Wikipedia as "an American avant-garde metal guitarist", which is probably...

Second album, from 1999, by this Zappa/fusion influenced band from Germany. They refer to their music as "industrial fake jazz". The instrumentation is guitar, synths/keyboards, tenor sax, bass/Chapman stick and drums + the addition of electric cello as..

Octafish are a very, very good Germany quintet who started their life as a Frank Zappa cover band, so you know that they can play! They refer to their original music as "industrial fake jazz", and this is their first album, which was originally released..

As regular readers know, I really like this Spanish band and I was disappointed to read some comments of people whose opinions I trust saying that they didn't think it was a particularly great performance. Now that I've heard this (and also since I...

Memories Vol. 1 is an archival/documentary release. It features excellent sounding rehearsal recordings when the group was preparing for their concerts at MamFest and Gouveia in 2009. These recordings feature drummer Mario Rivera, who only appeared...

New Spanish band making their debut recording here, and a really good one it is. This is dark, but not overbearingly so, and heavy all instrumental avant-progressive rock, performed on guitar, keyboards, bass and drums. I can hear touches of some of...

This is the latest (2013) release by this excellent & increasingly prolific Spanish band who play a very complex, instrumental rock music, which I suppose fits into the 'modern R.I.O.' style. The current lineup here is: Angel Ontalva-guitar, Victor...

The third release from this Spanish 'modern R.I.O.' styled group and definitely their most assured so far. While most of the characters from their previous releases remain Angel Ontalva (guitar and compositions), Victor Rodriguez (keyboards and...

Brand new album from one of the best bands avant-rock-veering-into-electric-jazz from Spain right now, filled with good playing, and good compositional structures for them to hang that playing on.

The band here is Angel Ontalva-guitar, Vasco...

"The second album of German band Octopus. A strong prog rock album with long solos on keyboards and guitar. The Mediterranean lyrics make this CD almost a concept album. Originally released in 1978. Released on cd for the very first time."

"Octopus' sole 1969 long-player Restless Night is something of a treasure among '60s Brit-psych fans due to its mixture of proto-progressive riffs, accomplished pop tunes and sparkling Beatlesque flourishes. The band evolved out of the thriving...

First-time ever on CD for this Germany symphonic rock band. This was the first (and by far their best) of their four albums that came out between 1977-1981 and was originally released on Sky, from whom this was licensed...

The German/Dutch band Odin are best known for their one release on German Vertigo. This is an interesting release of mostly cover tunes (Neil Young! Frank Zappa, King Crimson) from early in their career. More than decent sound considering the age of the recordings, but definitely on the 'good bootleg' side of sonics.

"This live concert is an impressive documentation of Odin, captured at the birth of the band’s search for its individual identity. The four musicians had agreed to cast in their lots..

"Odin, like Nektar was a British band residing in Germany. While Nektar received some success (especially the United States when Passport Records showed an interest in their music), Odin simply released one album, disappeared, and has pretty much been...

"This self-titled album was the only one that Icelandic '70s progressive rock trio Ódmenn ever released. It was made at a critical point in Ódmenn's history, when the band members had agreed to take a sabbatical year while the guitarist studied law...


Odyssey by this time had turned into a progressive rock-styled band and broke up shortly after this performance, with some of the members going on to become Cathedral. The sound quality is quite bad. "A live recording that was never really meant to be,...

The excellent, psychedelic precursor band to the classic progressive outfit Cathedral!

"Once upon a time, when the music business was more music than business (but only just), there was a lean, mean, and super tight band who created a...

"Pi Recordings is pleased to present Back In Time, the latest release from Odyssey, the Band featuring James “Blood” Ulmer (G), Charles Burnham (V) and Warren Benbow (D). Back In Time marks the band’s first return to the recording studio since 1983...

Far from the stroboscopic effervescence of the golden eigthies, the British musician Alig (alias John Pearce), former instigator of a funny pop music mixed nv-dub combo called Family Fodder, comes back as Johnny Kash with a new muse : the superb Norweg...

"Who in 1973 would have thought that the recordings on the just-released soundtrack was the genesis of one of Quebec's favorite bands as we know it? In fact, this album (one of the least promoted of Offenbach's discography, with none of its tracks...

"Finally! The complete legendary show from L'Oratoire St-Joseph, recorded November 30th, 1972. This first CD edition includes 7 previously unreleased recordings performed during the show (including the composition "Fils de lumiËre" which sees the light...

Offenbach were a long lived Quebeçois progressive / progressive hard band whose history reaches back into the early 60s. This is their fourth album and was originally a double and is included here with tons of bonus live material...

This is just over 2 hours of music, recorded at Magma's 'home base' for residencies.
Christian Vander : vocal, drums
Stella Vander : vocal, percussions
Isabelle Feuillebois : vocal , percussions
Hervé Aknin : vocal , percussions...

This box brings together all of the releases by Christian Vander's other main project, which is a more vocal/jazz/piano oriented ensemble. This box includes over 30' of never before heard material, and the individual CDs have been remastered. The...

"An album by Officer! recorded in 1995 but -- outrageously, inexplicably -- never before released into the public domain. This then is not a reissue or a revival; it's a new record that just happens to have been maturing in the cask for, oh, a little...