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"Collage, Le Orme's first progressive album and third overall, is a stripped-down affair with only organ, piano, bass and drums. The exception is the opening title track which could be considered the bridge between their psych and prog compositions styles. Collage" has a "kitchen sink" mentality and features an orchestra, pseudo-baroque motifs and some shallow trendy moves. However, the next track, "Era Inverno", is the beginning of the classic Le Orme sound. Aldo Tagliapietra's instantly recognizable...

The opening title track, overall, is somewhere between Uomo di Pezza and classic Emerson Lake and Palmer (especially the organ playing). Whatever the reason, the encompassing sound is classic Le Orme with a little less caffeine and more diet friendly...

About 5 years ago, after a 10 year silence, Le Orme came out of nowhere with a new line up (2 new keyboardists + bassist/guitarist/vocalist Aldo Tagliapietra & drummer Michi Dei Rossi) and a very fine reunion album, Il Fiume. This is their follow up an...

For the group's 50th anniversary, Le Orme has completely re-recorded their classic Felona e Serona album in a double version; one with the original Italian lyrics and one with the lyrics Peter Hammill supplied when the band wanted to do a English language version.

It's very good, although, honestly, it also really isn't *that* much different than the well known version from 40 years ago...

Coinciding with the release of Contrappunti, Le Orme released their first live album titled In Concerto. The selections contained on this release are curious only by the omission of current material. 95 percent of all the chosen songs are from their ra...

One of the longest lived and consistantly good Italian progressive rock bands return with a new lineup and a new album, which "is in line with their characteristic sonorities: symphonic, romantic progressive rock." It's a concept album about the...

The 3rd album by the reformed Italian classical/symphonic rock band Le Orme, since they re-emerged in the mid 90's. The features two keyboardists (one on piano, keyboards and violin and one on organ, keyboards and guitar emulator), original drummer Michi Dei Rossi and original vocalist/bassist Aldo Tapliapietra. It's very good! Like in the old days, it includes a cover by Paul Whitehead.

This captures the band's terrific performance capping NEARFest 2005. Pro-shot and quite visually impressive and sonically strong, this has a fine selection of tracks from the entirety of the band's progressive career. This is nearly 90 minutes long and...

"Storia o Leggenda is often referred to as a "lesser" Le Orme album, but the truth is, Le Orme never put out a bad or less than committed record before the 1990s, with the one exception of Smogmagica (1975), a failed experiment. Of course, a faction...

"Often forgotten when classic progressive rock is remembered, Le Orme was one of the biggest European groups to be making this kind of music. Hailing from Italy, this four piece wrote extended tracks that were more energetic and peppy than most of...

"Nivaldo Ornelas is one of the greatest instrumentists in Brazilian music. In the seventies he was part of Som Imaginário, as well as Hermeto Pascoal's and Egberto Gismonti's bands. In 1982 Nivaldo released his second album, "a Tarde", in France...

Two scored works by this young composer/improviser/producers, these pieces generally develop very slowly & pain-stakingly, but are not tranquil. [Tzadik]

The latest from a pretty extraordinary Israeli metal band who use a lot of eastern/oriental motifs and scales and surprisingly clean big vocal choruses along with the obligatory blast beats!
Features a guest appearance by Steve Hackett!
This is the deluxe 2 CD version with a 2nd CD of live tracks and alternate versions.

One of my many, many 'odd' musical pleasures is the latin music of the Palladium era (late 40s / mid 50s) by a number of mostly expatriate Cubans living in New York, such as Tito Puente, Anselmo Sacassas, Machito, etc.
This new release has more of *that* spirit and *that* sound than any other modern recording I have heard. Conditionally recommended.

"Akokán is a Yoruba word used in Cuba meaning “from the heart,” and indeed, every song on the self-titled debut album (Daptone Records) by...

"The ultimate Orthrelm collection, this CD collects 36 early tracks from 2001-2002 by the groundbreaking math/prog duo featuring avant-guitar shredder Mick Barr (Octis, Krallice, etc.) and gymnastic drummer Josh Blair. These stunning new mixes created...

Orthrelm is Mick Barr (Cromtech, Flying Luttenbachers, Octis) on guitar and Joshua Blair (ABCS, WWIII, Supersystem) on drums. Their first recordings avoided repetition of any kind -- a single riff was never played more than once. Now embracing repetiti...

Aruán Ortiz: Piano
Brad Jones: Bass
Chad Taylor: Drums, Mbira

"When Aruán Ortiz appeared with his new trio at Zürich’s unerhört!-festival on 26 November 2016, the sense of anticipation was palpable; how would the music from the well-received studio album Hidden Voices feel in a live context. The trio were at the end of their first European tour, and on a roll. Immediately after the concert Ortiz was already enthusing about the interaction and musical dialogue.
“Mulling it over” – ...

Aruán Ortiz: Piano
Eric Revis: Bass
Gerald Cleaver: Drums

"The Cuban-American pianist and composer Aruán Ortiz has finally arrived on the international jazz scene, following a few earlier releases. His excellent new album "Hidden Voices" recorded as a trio with bass player Eric Revis and drummer Gerald Cleaver is the proof.

Ortiz, who grew up in Santiago de Cuba, has been called the latest Cuban prodigy to arrive in the US. His carefully structured music is an exciting mix of...

Ludal Le Chacal: voice & keyboards
Captain Flapattak: drums & voice
Thybo: guitar & voice
Fabien De Kerbaleck: bass & voice

This band features several members of the Zeuhl band Rhun, in a more rock / oddball guise and using nom de plumes!

"The psychedelic keyboard rides as a top thing while using the distorted base and relatively cymbal-based drumming as a whole, feeling the influence from MAGMA, Orthodox rock with multiple vocals By singing out a melodic line, soun

"Second album from this overlooked band. Os Mundi was considered the first rock band from Berlin with lots of members moving in and out of the band. 43 Minuten marked a departure from their debut "A Latin Mass", finding the band with a stronger jazz...

All previously unreleased recordings!
"Os Mundi from Berlin became known because of their two LPs on Metronome and Brain. In 1975, when they had almost reached the period of breaking up, their guitarist Udo Arndt was doing a practical training in...

Osage Tribe were formed in 1971 by Franco Battiato, then working as pop singer, with his loyal drummer Cucciolo, guitarist Marco Zoccheddu who had just left Nuova Idea and bass guitarist Bob Callero...the remaining trio, based in Genova...

"Finally the deluxe version of a classic, the debut of one of the greatest bands in the Italian prog field, Osanna from Naples. Formed in 1971 by the members of I Volti di Pietra and Città Frontale their debut was L'uomo, released in a memorable triple...

Two full Italian progressive classics from 1971 and 1972 on 1 CD.

"Osanna's debut album L'Uomo is a pretty sensational album. Basically, all the elements of their sound are already present on their debut. The basis of their sound here is...

This film soundtrack was their second album. Most of the album contains prime Osanna, great guitar-led heavy progressive, quiet acoustic parts with beautiful mellotron or flute, etc. In addition they experiment with the use of orchestration...

"Palepoli begins with a pounding medieval drum, which turns out tobe the messenger of great things to come. Flute and distant children's voices appear shortly. Next the full band is faded in, playing at full power in a heavy, up tempo, folk rock parT...

Here's basically everything you need to know!
On CD I, there are 12 new tracks by Osanna.
On CD II, the 2015 Osanna play the entirety of their classic Palepoli album!
The current band is:
Lino Vairetti – voce, chitarra acustica e 12..

"Forty years after the release of their second album titled "Preludio, Tema, Variazioni e Canzona" Osanna celebrate with the release of this new CD titled "Rosso Rock", recorded live in Japan at the Auditorium "City Club a" in Kawasaki on 6 and 7...

Legendary Osanna is back! With a new line-up but still representing the spirit that was always typical for the original band, but with a new, dynamic, innovative and passionate sound. David Jackson from Van Der Graaf generator joined this project...

In his heyday from the late 1960s to the end of the 70s, alto saxophonist Mike Osborne was one of the most distinctive saxophone voices in Brit-jazz (and when you are talking about a school that included Elton Dean, Evan Parker, Dudu Pukwana, Alan...

This is one of three albums cut by altoist Mike Osborne for Ogun and everyone agrees that this is the best of them. Recorded live at Willisau, Switzerland on April 13, 1975, this isn't the world's highest fidelity recording; the meters veer dangerously...

In the history of British jazz, there were few voices as unmistakable as Mike Osborne's alto saxophone, but his story is one of the tragedies of British jazz. Within 15 years of his first recordings, simmering mental illness had taken over and...

Saxist Osby has been making albums with great players since the mid 80s and this one from 2002 is on Blue Note. So he's certainly not an 'unknown', but I would venture to say he's definitely a bit under-appreciated. This is a beautifully recorded...

"“Eclipse” is the debut album of OSCILLOTRON. It includes 6 tracks of instrumental, electronic music made essentially with analog synthesizers. The intent behind the album was to create a soundscape reminiscent of old horror prog rock fleshed out...

"A prog/psych masterpiece by cult Arabian band Osiris, their 1982 debut album. A killer blend of '70s-sounding hard, progressive/psychedelic sounds with long, ripping Minimoog and analog synth attacks smashed into mellow vibes and Arabian folky touches, with hard lead guitar, exotic percussion, floating rhythm section, and English vocals. Osiris formed in Bahrain, the small island country in the Persian Gulf, in the late '70s, but its story goes back to 1969, when talented brothers Mohamed and Nabil...

"OSMOSIS is the pseudonym for Stéphane ALGUEMI, a young psychedelic rock musician from France. He managed to produce his first album from start to finish, at the age of seventeen. "The Drugs Inside" explores several musical genres, from hard-rock (Listen to the songs "Hard Blues" or "Obsession") to deep psychedelic (The eponymous song "The Drugs Inside"). This album also contains some great doom and stoner colors, especially with the tracks "The Moon Will Rise" and "Hit The Bong". The result clearly...

“After many years percolating, this 3rd release by Ossatura documents a quite dramatic aesthetic shift - including more acoustic instruments alongside the electronic; more settled, cyclic rhythms; more harmonic concord - even a song. On occasion reminiscent of the Necks in abstract mood, these pieces offer pools of complex, grounded, shifting textures, interpenetrated by atmospheric field recordings. Immersive. compositions by Elio Martusciello, Luca Venitucci, Fabrizio Spera.”

Special sale while they last! "Improvisation is the main raison dtre for this Italian trio, who met in the mid 90s, and are now one of the leading groups on the international improvising circuit. ReR released their first CD Dentro a collaboration wit...

Ossatura are an Italian quartet consisting of guitars, piano/synthesizers, drums, electro-acoustic objects, amplified objects, electronics, tapes, etc. and this record features the participation of Tim Hodgkinson on reeds & Hawaiian guitar. [ReR]


CDEP. Kronos Quartet plays Bobs transcriptions of gay riots in San Francisco. This is the most classically composed of all of Bobs works.

Excellent guitar, bass, drums post-rock power trio. Think Mono, Godspeed, Nought, etc. Virginia/DC based, but I've not seen them play (I'll have to look for them now that I've heard how good they are!). " The music shifts easily from melancholy uber...

"A former member of Krackhouse, denizen of NYC's downtown scene (particularly PS122 and A Mica Bunker etc.) and crack (no, not head) ARP synthesizer player,Ostrowski has spent the last few years in Holland -- studying elektronik music atUtrecht and...

Really strong and interesting release (their second, although I never knew of them until just now) that combines art-rock, 21st century classical, avant-progressive and more. Stefano Giannotti, the leader behind this release, has been writing the music found here since 1992! This is solidly in the AltrOck sound, even though it wasn't released by AltrOck! Conditionally highly recommmended.

"Second chapter of OTEME’s discographic saga, the new CD L’AGGUATO, L’ABBANDONO, IL MUTAMENTO moves oblique...

"Originally released in 1971 on EMI Parlophone, this is South Africa's once-famous Otis Waygood and their third record, Ten Light Claps And A Scream. Emerging during the height of political and social tension in the white suburbs of Johannesburg, Otis...

"One of the lost treasures of EMI-Parlophone’s heavy rock catalog, the third and final LP from South Africa’s Otis Waygood has finally been presented on its own, thanks to the folks at Fresh Music. Originally released in 1971, Ten Light Claps and a...

Mega-rare electric blues rock band from South Africa originally released in 1970. Some of this reminds me of Canned Heat, John Mayall's Blues Breakers and The Electric Flag. The flute bits remind me of the first Jethro Tull album. By the way...there wa...

Second album from this South African electric blues rock band originally recorded in 1971. Lots of flute and stinging guitar leads finds the band a little bit more developed than their debut. This set comes with six tracks taken from Ten Light Claps An...

Legendary r'n'b bandleader, father of Shuggie and one of Frank Zappa's favorites from the 50s!

"The legendary Johnny Otis has been THE champion DJ of black music in America since...well.. anyone can remember...before Huggy Boy, Alan Freed, Bill..

Very last copies - found a few hiding behind the dog-biscuits in the back of the cuboard.

Hiding behind a shockingly ugly-on-purpose cover is a very fine, very unusual & intriguing album by this duo consisting of Pad Conca (electric bass...