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The ONJazz is the French National Jazz Orchestra – which varies in size, but is always a big band - who have a revolving cast of artistic directors.
Since they have a revolving cast of directors, the only thing that you can count on is that they will present great players playing frighteningly good, stunningly complex music of electric jazz. That’s a pretty good and safe bet for going in blind, even if you don’t know them.

“A work as impressive as it is majestic.”-Jazz News...

This is the French National Jazz Orchestra - on this recording a 11 piece band - who have a revolving cast of artistic directors.
This is a frighteningly good, stunningly complex album of electric jazz that is on the level of complexity, especially rhythmically of someone like Albert Marcoeur or Arrigo Barnabe, if either of those two were writing 'jazz'.
Lots of great stuff going on at fairly blinding speed and those who know my enthusiasm for avant-progressive and envelope-pushing that doesn't..

This is the French National Jazz Orchestra - on this recording a 10 piece band - who have a revolving cast of artistic directors.
This is a frighteningly good, stunningly complex album of electric jazz that is on the level of complexity, especially rhythmically of someone like Albert Marcoeur or Arrigo Barnabe, if either of those two were writing 'jazz' (which this barely qualifies as, but that's a conversation for another day).
Lots of great stuff going on at fairly blinding speed and those who.

The ONJazz is the French National Jazz Orchestra – which varies in size, but is always a big band - who have a revolving cast of artistic directors.
Since they have a revolving cast of directors, the only thing that you can count on is that they will present great players playing frighteningly good, stunningly complex music of electric jazz. That’s a pretty good and safe bet for going in blind, even if you don’t know them.

“With his second program entitled Rituals, the first repertoire of...

"Subtitled: From The Vaults Of Albarika Store 1969-1979. Four years in the making, Analog Africa finally presents the highly-anticipated second volume of music from Africa's funkiest band, the mythical Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. Volume One...

"The raucously raw, Vodoun-inspired rhythms of Cotonou have confirmed Benin as a mecca of '70s Afro sounds and revived the story of its people, but the unopened vaults housing the country's catacombs of musical riches are endless. With this as a...

First-ever reissue by this Quebecois progressive jazz/rock outfit. Using a line up of vibes/percussion, flute/piano, bass and drums. The vibes in the front line along with the flute sometimes gives this a bit of a Pierre Moerlin's Gong sound. Comparisons can also be drawn to the sound of ealy Maneige. This was their first album, and it was recorded live in 1979. A nice, jazzy-leaning fusion effort.

Really great 12 piece band from Geneva; their albums are very good, but their shows are SO much fun.

“Founded in 2006 by Vincent Bertholet (Hyperculte), the Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp is a large-scale project. Designed as a real orchestra, the size of the ensemble has varied over time. Now with 12 members, 14 in the past or 6 at the beginning, the ensemble has scoured the stages of Europe to demonstrate that the formula "the more the merrier" has never been more true than on stage...

"... raw, blues-influenced acoustic guitar, with hints of Lightnin' Hopkins, Fred McDowell, John Fahey, and Loren Connors."-Pitchfork

"Yet another essential, cracking new set of songs from Bill Orcutt, showcasing a further development of his...

"In a trajectory full of about-faces, Music for Four Guitars splices the formal innovations of Bill Orcutt's software-based music into the lobe-frying, blown-out Fender hyperdrive of his most frenetic workouts with Corsano or Hoyos. And while the guitar tone here is resolutely treble-kicked -- or, as Orcutt puts it, 'a bridge pickup rather than a neck pickup record' -- it still wades the same melodic streams as his previous LPs (yet, as Heraclitus taught us, that stream is utterly different the second...

“One hears that Oregon weren't "friends" much as they recorded this album. The brilliant jazz-folk-world quartet was having some interpersonal difficulties, which resulted in an album rather like the later Beatles albums: a collection of performances defined by the respective sounds of the individual members, rather than by the collaborative muse.
The collaborations worth noting on this disc were with musicians *outside* the group, such as conguero David Earle Johnson on Towner's Latin-inflected....

“Oregon emerged in 1970 as a splinter band from the Paul Winter Consort. Its members each had experience in jazz, classical, and a variety of non-western musical styles, and were also multi-instrumentalists.
Ralph Towner played standard acoustic and 12-string guitar, piano, a variety of electric keyboards, trumpet, and flügelhorn.
Paul McCandless' instrumental arsenal included oboe, English horn, soprano sax, bass clarinet, the musette, and tin flute.
Collin Walcott handled most of the...

"This is the 30th recording of Oregon. As always, we continue to search for new facets in the art of ensemble music-making and to evolve further as individual musicians. This CD introduces Paolino Dalla Porta on double bass, who joined us over two years and three tours ago. His musicianship fits seamlessly into the direction of the band. We welcome you to listen to this latest offering of the music of Oregon."

"Oregon, formed in 1970, comprised Ralph Towner (classical and 12-string guitars), Paul McCandless (oboe and English horn), Glen Moore (double bass) and Collin Walcott (sitar and tabla).
The band's music has always been almost totally acoustic. ''Acoustic instruments sound more expressive to me,'' Towner explained to Jazzwise magazine (UK) in September 1997. He further explained his guitar style: ''With classical guitar [you're] using all the fingers of your right hand to pluck which means you can...

“Let's get one thing straight from the outset: Oregon is not nor were they Ever a "New Age" group. There is nothing saccahrinely simple or cloyingly pretty about this music - it is harmonically complex, rhythmically interesting and melodically uncliched. I have never understood why this band came to be labeled in such a facile and flagrantly inaccurate way. Along with bandleader Paul Winter (and coming from a completely different place,) Miles Davis, they were the true godfathers of what's come to be....

Oregon, which had its origins in the Paul Winter Consort of the 1960s, emerged in the very late 1960s and boasted four talented players who were all multi-instrumentalists: Ralph Towner (12-string guitar, classical guitar, piano, French horn), Paul...

“Oregon emerged in 1970 as a splinter band from the Paul Winter Consort. Its members each had experience in jazz, classical, and a variety of non-western musical styles, and were also multi-instrumentalists.
Ralph Towner played standard acoustic and 12-string guitar, piano, a variety of electric keyboards, trumpet, and flügelhorn.
Paul McCandless' instrumental arsenal included oboe, English horn, soprano sax, bass clarinet, the musette, and tin flute.
Collin Walcott handled most of the...

“This is how Oregon should have always played. Hard driving, focused and rhythmic while still being airy and lyrical. Absolutely an undiscovered masterpiece.”

This prolific and excellent space-rock band present their latest and greatest, until they put out 3-4 more latest and greatest this year!
As always with OSC, this is a winner!

“Oresund Space Collective (OSC), formed in 2004, is a totally improvising Scandinavian space rock band and has been releasing albums since 2006. The band has played concerts and festivals all over Europe. Their music is quite diverse and influenced by the ever-changing line up in the collective.
The music featured..

Recorded October 4-5, 2008 by this great, Danish, all-improvising, instrumental spacerock outfit. This is a terrific band who are not as appreciated as they should be and whom are awaiting greater discovery by fans of the genre.

“'Everyone Is Evil' is the Oresund Space Collective's's 40th release. This session took place in Sept. 2022 and collected up a number of top musicians to create several albums of progressive, psychedelic, world music and space rock!
The track 'Everyone Is Evil' is an epic 64 minutes track that takes the listener on an intense journey through different universes and a bit of Can, Magma and other bands but in their own unique way. 'Everyone Is Good' brings you down to a more calm state in this...

Recorded October 4-5, 2008 by this great, Danish, all-improvising, instrumental spacerock outfit. This is a terrific band who are not as appreciated as they should be and whom are awaiting greater discovery by fans of the genre.

“The music on this album was recorded during the October 2008 sessions that gave us the 'Dead Man In Space' and 'Slip Into The Vortex' releases. 'Sleeping With The Sunworm' is a 56 minutes space rock jam (originally released on CD in 2011), which is split into three parts..

High quality pirate CD of the pre-Kraftwerk band of Ralf & Florian. Until this appeared, I don't think most people even knew this proto-Krautrock band existed, and while it is pretty different than Kraftwerk and more improvisationally oriented, it's still a really good album that will certainly never be legitimately reissued.

"Rare pre-Kraftwerk LP from 1970, originally released only in the UK! On Tone Float, the line up consisted of Ralf Hutter on organ, Florian Schneider on violin and flute...

Elton Dean (saxes), Jim Dvorak (trumpet), Tim Crowther (guitar/guitar synth), John Edwards (bass), Jim Lebaigue (drums). "On paper, this quintet would most assuredly signify those who are among the crme de la crme of Britains jazz and/or jazz-rock move...

“Mos/Fet is the first studio album by the French band Orgöne. Fully self-produced, this first opus is a double-album composed of four twenty-minutes tracks, delivering a complete immersion from which you won't escape unscathed. With Mos/Fet, Orgöne reveals a SF mythology mixing '70s pop culture, ancient Egypt, pan-Africanism, spatial and paranormal exploration against the backdrop of Cold War and USSR. This first album is an interdimensional music journey in which the guide would have left you alone in...

This is Gypsy music of Macedonia, featuring trumpet star Naat Veliov & his ensemble which features tuba, accordion, saxes, tuba & percussion. Musicially similar to Ivo Paposav's Bulgarian Wedding Band & a good bet for fans. [Felmay/New Tone]

“Andrea Orlando is a musician, composer, performer, solo artist. Drummer of the Progressive Rock bands Finisterre, La Coscienza di Zeno, La Maschera di Cera, and Real Dream (Genesis Tribute Band), he has collaborated with numerous artists of the Italian progressive rock scene.”

“Drummer Andrea Orlando is no stranger to the Italian progressive rock scene. This release proves Orlando’s skill as a composer, with stellar passages utilizing drums of course, electric and acoustic guitar and keyboards...

Before they emerged in 1971 with Collage, firmly establishing themselves as one of the top Italian progressive rock bands of the 70s and one of the originators of the RPI template, Le Orme released a number of late 60s singles and an album which were very much of the psychedelic spirit of the times, mixed with a bit of their ‘beat group’ beginnings.
This collects that album and those singles in one package. Hear the band as they started; a quintet of organ/celeste/electric piano, guitars, flutes...

The first album by this band, who later gained fame for their classical rock albums in the early 1970's and beyond. Here they are a quintet of organ/celeste/electric piano, guitars, flutes, cellos, bass, drums and vocals, this is psychedelic beat music...

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. That is not to say the album is not without major highlights. India" recalls the melancholic brilliance of Aldo Tagliapietra's haunting voice and the off-key synthesizers of Tony Pagliuca. The instrumental "Notturno" sounds like an outtake from the....

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...

Aldo Tagliapietra : vocals, bass, 12-string & acoustic guitars, sitar
Francesco Sartori : piano, keyboards
Michele Bon / Hammond organ, keyboards, guitar synth, choral arrangements (6)
Michi Dei Rossi : drums, percussion, glockenspiel, gamelan
Venice Gospel Ensemble : chorus vocals (6,10)
Andrea Dal Paos : choral arrangements & conducting (6,10)
Paolo Steffan : acoustic guitar (10)
Pepè Fiore : tabla (6)

“A 1996 return to quasi-form for one of the most important

Aldo Tagliapietra : vocals, bass, 12-string & acoustic guitars, sitar
Francesco Sartori : piano, keyboards
Michele Bon / Hammond organ, keyboards, guitar synth, choral arrangements (6)
Michi Dei Rossi : drums, percussion, glockenspiel, gamelan
Venice Gospel Ensemble : chorus vocals (6,10)
Andrea Dal Paos : choral arrangements & conducting (6,10)
Paolo Steffan : acoustic guitar (10)
Pepè Fiore : tabla (6)

“A 1996 return to quasi-form for one of the most important

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. This has been unavailable for a number of years now and makes a welcome return.
This 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.

Uomo di Pezza, Le Orme's fourth album, opens appropriately enough with an organ prelude joined by a complex and heavy rhythm section. Silence begets a piano melody and then Aldo's beautiful voice enters. The model found on Collage has been rediscovered...

"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]

"A four-hour work, recorded at Jim O'Rourke's studio, Steamroom, between 2017 and 2018. Detailed and delicate electronic layers, processed instruments, and ambiguous field recordings come together in a slow-moving, fascinating kaleidoscope with multiple reflections and wrong turns, always in a constant state of flux. The finely crafted art of subterfuge. The four-CD set To Magnetize Money and Catch a Roving Eye is a hypnotic, multi-faceted, labyrinthine piece which flows as slowly as a river while....

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...

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, voice and composition

Don Byron Bb clarinet, Eb clarinet, Bass clarinet and voice
Pheeroan akLaff drums and voice
Lester St. Louis cello (1, 2, 4, 5, 6)
Yves Dhar cello (3, 7)
Mtume Gant spoken word (track 1 ,4, 6)

“Aruán Ortiz weaves multiple strands of tradition through his music, with an endgame of deep mystification...he has been a creative force at least since the release of his debut album.” Nate Chinen, New York Times

“In Ortiz’s music, o

Aruán Ortiz: Piano
Brad Jones: Bass
John Betsch: Drums

“Aruán Ortiz, acclaimed as a piano cubist, excellent jazz improviser and wayward stylist who strays far from Cuban music while remaining so deeply rooted in Cuba’s musical tradition, presents an impressive trio album with two congenial collaborators Brad Jones and John Betsch. Cuban influences from toques, rumba and Afro-Haitian music blend with European art music and modern jazz. “Serranías is a special album for a double anniversary

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...

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...