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Live performances of improvised group play recorded in Cheltenham during October and December 1999 by Chris Trent. The trio comprises Simon Spencer on Bb clarinet, Mindy Lee alto clarinet and Chris Cundy on bass clarinet and soprano sax. [Slam]


"Singer, guitarist and harmonica player Fabrizio Poggi is back with a new bunch of songs, the fruit of intimate knowledge gotten from years of trawling around Italy’s folk music heritage. Accompanied by Roberto G. Sacchi on accordion, Marco Rovino on...

After 5 albums as leader of Chicken Mambo and collaborations with many US stars, Fabrizio is 'bringing it all back home' with this sincere homage to the culture of Lombardy. Inspiration comes from the old storytellers - known as Turutela - who, armed w...

Verneri Pohjola - Trumpet
Tuomo Prättälä - Fender Rhodes
Teemu Viinikainen - Guitar
Mika Kallio - Drums
Antti Lötjönen - Bass

"Finnish trumpeter and composer Verneri Pohjola reinterprets the music of his late father, internationally acclaimed and revered prog-rock bassist and composer, Pekka Pohjola. One of the most anticipated albums to emerge from the Finnish progressive, rock and jazz scenes, it combines Pekka's music, adored in Finland and worldwide over the last four...

Really, really pleased to see that his excellent (and funny!) young, modern, French trio have found a home on AltrOck. They put on a wonderful performance (even before they hit the stage!) at the RIO fest in 2013 and this is a band that fan of modern...

"French trio (bass/drums/keyboards), that know no limitations and prohibitions. Impressive and delirious, the trio combines raw madness and virtuosity, they dance and dash between the energy of punk, the beauty of chamber music and the chaos of a factory on the brink of explosion."

This combines Dins O Cuol, their 1st CD, from 2011 with a previously unreleased earlier album, L'Ire Des Papes, from 2008!
Typically great and typically wacky French new music/new rock/art rock by a trio of...

Boris Cassone – keyboard, vocals
Guilhem Meier – bass, vocals
Adrian Bourget – drums, vocals

This is the fourth Poil album and the first since their collaboration with Ni as PinoiL.
While it still burns with the energy they are known for, either I have gotten a litte more used to their Wildman tactics so it isn’t the first thing I notice, or they’ve kept the musical excellence intact, but have toned things down a little bit [not too much but a little bit] in terms of the noise and..

Antoine Arnera - keyboards, vocals
Boris Cassone - guitar, vocals
Benoit Lecomte - acoustic bass
Guilhem Meier - drums, vocals
Junko Ueda - satsuma biwa, vocals

“The Album
Unexpected encounter between Junko Ueda, eminent figure of the Japanese medieval epic storytelling, whose warm and profound voice summons the terrestrial energies, and the organic madness of the monster PoiL practicing with cosmic rock without net.
Poil Ueda detonnates the limits of rock and w


“Chris Poland is an American jazz fusion guitarist and creator/co-founder of the Heavy Jazz/Rock/Fusion power trio OHM.
Poland started playing from high school in New York, and later replaced Richard "Max" Maxfield in the rock/jazz group Welkin. In 1977, he moved to Los Angeles and formed the The New Yorkers with Robertino 'Pag' Pagliari, Gar Samuelson and Stu Samuelson. Poland and Gar Samuelson were then recruited by Megadeth and were crucial members of their early line-up. Poland worked on their...

"The form of both freeHorn and ii-v-i consists of a continuous modulation between three different harmonic series. freeHorn weaves together the live interaction of acoustic instruments and computer software written by Polansky and Phil Burke. ii-v-i, a reverberant cloud of moving intonation, gradually drifts from one natural harmonic series to another. Only open strings, 2nd, 3rd and 4th harmonics, and notes stopped at the 7th and 12th frets are used, and the guitars are audibly retuned from one...

"The title of this recording has multiple meanings for its composer, Larry Polansky (b. 1954). These are the generations... is a translation of the Hebrew title for the second work on the program, Eleh Tol'd'ot, the first words of the thirty-fifth verse of the first book (B'rey'sheet) of the Torah. Beyond referencing Polansky's Jewish heritage, the phrase reflects this particular collection of works on several levels. The compositions included stem from different generations of Polansky's musical output...

Here's what I know about this group. Polar Bear are a young UK jazz group who are associated with the scene that Led Bib are also involved with. PB's sound is much different than Led Bib's and also not as consistantly 'out' as Bib, although they do...

Needed reissue of one of the better known Canadian progressive rock albums.

"In 1972, Tom Rivest (vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, keyboard, percussion) and guitarist Richard Lemoyne (guitar, keyboard, percussion) decided to form a progressive...

"Polygone was formed around three former members of ‘70s Québec progressive rock group Incubus (since reunited as ExCubus with two albums also available through ProgQuébec): Marc Delage (guitars, vocals, bass, piano and mellotron), Michel Phaneuf (synthesizers, clavinet, mellotron and vocals), and Pierre Poulet (guitar and bass), who were joined by Claude Phaneuf (guitars and bass) and Luc Proulx (drums) in 1979; the group remains active until 1983 (also the year André Barrière replaced Claude Phaneuf...

First-time ever on legit CD for this lost/obscure/rare progressive rock band from Virginia Beach, VA. This was their only release, which originally came out on a tiny label in 1971!

"This was a great, lost find in terms of early progressive...


What do you call a Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention album that isn't exactly a Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention album? Well, in this case you call it a Jean-Luc Ponty album. This album, subtitled "Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa", includes Ian Underwood, Art Tripp, George Duke, John Guerin, Ernie Watts, Wilton Felder, Buell Neidlinger, Gene Estes and a bunch of other L.A. types. It also includes the original recorded version of "Music For Electric Violin and Low Budget Orchestra".


Ponty's first five albums for Atlantic at only $5.00 a pop; There's some terrific playing and musicians on these. You get: Upon The Wings Of Music, Aurora, Imaginary Voyage, Enigmatic Ocean and Cosmic Messenger.


Guitarist Poole contributed a great track to our "156 Strings" compilation, so it is a real pleasure for me to hear more by him! "Minds Island features Rod Pooles just intoned acoustic guitar with the remarkable voice of Sasha Bogdanowitsch, whose word...

Y was absolutely a classic of a certain time, a certain place and of certain musical values.

“The 40th Anniversary Edition of The Pop Group's highly influential and innovative debut album Y, originally released in 1979, remastered (from the original tapes) and cut half speed at Abbey Road.
The CD deluxe sets will also include the debut single "She Is Beyond Good And Evil", the 10 track album Alien Blood, and the album Y Live.
The Pop Group's y regularly appears in 'Greatest Album'...

"Originally recorded in 1969 for Orfeon Records in Mexico, this unbelievably awesome set of psychedelic rock was shelved for decades, due in large part to its fantastic (though probably poorly chosen from a commercial standpoint) title Society Is a Shit. With the exception of a humorous, traditional-sounding acoustic number presenting the record in Spanish, this record is 100% pure, mind-expanding psychedelia sung mostly in English. It's got all the factors you'd expect from a psych record of the period...

The 1st recording Iggy made after the two Bowie/Pop collaborations, I always felt this was one of his best releases, and it's musically strong and lyrically it's both funny, funny-stupid and deep (Iggy in a nutshell). IMO, it's his best post-Bowie album. Basically, as far as ROCK records go, this is a fun record of very good to excellent tunes.

The crazed, loud, ‘77 Iggy / Bowie tour (with David only performing on watery / phase shifted keyboards) is one of the highlights of Iggy’s mid/late 70s period, with all the recordings that document this tour, no matter how good they are, sounding kinda poorly defined in terms of instrumental separation, and loud as fuck. Yeah, baby.

“Iggy Pop, live at the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA on April 15th, 1977. The Iggy/Bowie period is a sharp document of hedonism and salvation. Two rock stars...

All three of Iggy's albums with David Bowie aboard are quite good. This was the first.

"In 1976, the Stooges had been gone for two years, and Iggy Pop had developed a notorious reputation as one of rock & roll's most spectacular waste cases. After a self-imposed stay in a mental hospital, a significantly more functional Iggy was desperate to prove he could hold down a career in music, and he was given another chance by his longtime ally, David Bowie. Bowie co-wrote a batch of new songs with Iggy...

"A new trio recording from Odean Pope, which includes legendary drummer Sunny Murray and bassist Lee Smith. Fascinating music which effortlessly spans a variety of jazz genres. From straight ahead post-bop to intricate improvisations, these well...

"From a founding member of the 70's band Catalyst to his performances with Max Roach, Odean has always maintained a unique and identifiable sound on the tenor saxophone. On this recording we find him performing on two different trio dates. Within the...


Nice reissue of Popol Vuh's 1st album which includes a booklet of photos and more.
This includes an excellent 10 minute bonus track that has never been heard before. This was only one of two that featured Florian on the Moog.

"Formed in 1969 and named after the Quiche Mayan Indian's bible, Popol Vuh centered around keyboardist/conceptualist/Hertzog-pal Florian Fricke. Affenstunde (aka 'The Time Of The Monkey King') was the first Popol Vuh album, originally issued in 1971. It was a forum.

Nice reissue of Popol Vuh's seventh album, which was used as the soundtrack to the Hertzog film and which includes a booklet of photos and more. This includes a bonus track (total time 7:16) that has never been heard before.
This features Florian Fricke on piano, the great Daniel Fichelsher on guitar and drums and Djong Yun on vocals.
How can such a low-key band be so cosmic? That question is one of the great wonders of the universe (and one of the great space-out/innerspace albums of all time).

This is Popol Vuh's incredible third album. This is the album where Florian ditched the synthesizers and found a way into outer space by way of inner space. Includes two very rare bonus tracks, recorded at the same sessions in 1973.
Even though this was the first album to feature the band’s uniquely spacey acoustic sound, this album is completely fully formed from the template that they created for themselves from this album onward! An incredible achievement.
Features Florian Fricke (piano....

3rd and 16th albums. The 3nd album, from 1973 is the beginning of a LONG line of classic trance-inducing, spacey, acoustic discs. [High Tide]

A very good price on this remastered and expanded version of an excellent live set recorded in Rome, Italy in 1997. An hour and 3/4ths of late prime period Porcupine Tree playing hard to an audience of enthusiastic fans!

This consists of tracks recorded while the bands was working on Fear of a Blank Planet, and as someone in a very positive way said when hearing them, "These are outtakes?". Robert Fripp adds some significant lead guitarwork to one track the whole thing...

This is the very first Porcupine Tree album from 1991. More of a Steve Wilson solo project than a true band like they rapidly became, this still has their Pink Floyd-influenced sound, if in a more Embryonic form.

One of Porcupine Tree's great, late prime discs of Pink Floydian space rock.

Full length remastered version of the complete Voyage 34, which was originally released as a single in 1992. Now over an hour long, this has the 'complete bad trip' for your listening convenience. One of the band's early space rock/Floydian classics!...

“Past and Present is the third solo album by Kimmo Pörsti (The Samurai of Prog, Paidarion, Mist Season, Bernard and Pörsti). The Past is presented by 5 songs which were released on different occasions between 2004 – 2016), some of them now completely reworked. The Present comes alive by 6 new songs composed by Kimmo (with the help of Rafael Pacha) and one by Jari Riitala. As with Kimmo‘s previous album “Wayfarer”, music ranges from symphonic prog to groovy fusion instrumentals, not to forget some...

Paolo Porta : tenor sax
Alessandro Maiorino: bass
Alessandro Minetto: drums

"The Paolo Porta Trio has worked together for over 20 years and now, we are very pleased to present their music on their first CD for SLAM. When musici

"The only common factor of all the musical and sound experiences led by Michel Portal is the improvisation and his demand : putting himself constantly at risk , throwing himself away. Even his movie music, even his interpretations of classical music...

"The multi-instrumentalist from Bayonne, who had turned eighty just a few days before the interview, masters various clarinets and saxophones as well as the bandoneon, and is also recognized as a composer. His wit and wisdom, and the youthful energy and curiosity he brings to his astonishing improvisations are only some of the reasons Portal has enjoyed such a fruitful and enduring career. Having helped to kick start the Free Jazz movement, he went on to form New Phonic Art to encourage collective...

Le Porte Non Aperte (The Unopened Doors) are a young, retro-progressive rock band from Italy who are making their debut here with this very strong release.

The group is a quintet of Sandro Parrinello - vocals, Filippo Mattioli - organ...

Portella was a member of ZNR and had a nice, if sadly forgotten album on Recommended. With vocalist Brigette Balian, this is a 20' release of music. "Le Voayage d'Hiver, after Franz Schubert's Winterreise (texts by Wilhelm Muller). Premiere at the fest...

"Portico Quartet stake claims to territory occupied by Radiohead, Cinematic Orchestra and Efterklang.”-The Guardian

“Portico Quartet return with Memory Streams, their fifth studio album and one that continues the journey that first started with 2008's Mercury nominated debut Knee Deep in the North Sea. It's a creative path that has seen the band embrace new technology and explore ambient and electronic influences alongside minimalism, jazz and beyond. It is a process that has encouraged change...

Portico Quartet has always been an impossible band to pin down. Sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism, the group have created their own singular sound. And while their new music mixes dense layers and textures with electronic and acoustic instruments the sound remains uniquely, recognizably their own. Untitled (AITAOA #2) was largely recorded at the same sessions as Art in the Age of Automation at Fish Factory Studios in London and Portico Quartet's own studio in East...

Maurizio Di Tollo - vocals, acoustic guitars, drums, additional keyboards, samples
Cristiano Roversi - keyboards, bass pedals, additional guitars & samples
Stefano Zeni - acoustic & electric violins
Marco Remondini - cello, saxophones
Elisa Minari - electric bass
Erik Montanari - acoustic & electric 6- & 12-string guitars
with:
Tiziano Bianchi - saxhorn
Faso - 6-string electric bass
Massimo Menotti - acoustic guitar

“Il Porto di Venere is a new band, mak

A progressive rock band with symphonic touches from Karlsruhe, Germany, featuring vocals, guitar, organ/electric piano/synths, bass & drums. This was recorded in 1975, & this this reissue includes 8 bonus tracks, including some funny covers of late...