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Excellent debut from an Italian quintet who channel the sound and spirit of very early English and Italian proto-progressive rock, circa 1970-71. Lots of great organ & guitar plus a tasty rhythm section and a vocalist who also performs on flute. Think...


"This is a disc that really caught me just the right way - I'm totally digging it. This is the second album from this Italian instrumental quintet. They pay a very mature style of progressive music that encompasses jazz rock, prog, and even traces of R...

Terrific one & done release from a Canadian folk / psych outfit who were mentored by Paul Horn (yes, THAT Paul Horn who managed to have this album released only in Canada by Columbia in 1974. This is the real thing and comes highly recommended!...

I was hipped to this Japanese band by my buddy Ken. This is excellent, fusion-inflected, violin-fronted, high-energy progressive rock. As he perceptively (ha ha) noted, the Japanese progressive scene certainly utilizes the violin; maybe it's all those...

Interestingly, one of the greatest of the early experimental post-punk albums was released by a group founded by the figure head of what most people thought of as the original UK punk movement (John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols).
After the Sex Pistols imploded John formed P.I.L. with drummer Jim Walker, bassist Jah Wobble and guitarist Keith Levine. Fusing elements of dub, avant-garde music, dance music, noise, The Magic Band, Can and more, this was a huge surprise to basically.....

"Public Speaking is the solo moniker of Brooklyn experimental musician Jason Anthony Harris. Utilizing found objects, radio, tape recorder, synthesizer and effect pedals, he constructs percussive, textural music for his deep, soulful vocals to croon...


There's a local Pacifica station in DC and they have 6 hours of classic salsa, mambo and Latin music/Latin jazz every Sunday night which I stumbled across by accident and which I listen to pretty religiously now. Lots of great, great stuff which opened...

Note: Even though this is a legitimate release from a 'real' record label, and is professionally packaged, etc. this is a CDR. A reissue of Dudu's scarce 2nd album, aka Diamond Express. Slightly funky township jazz with great solos & grooves that includes other Brotherhood alumni Louis Moholo-drums & Mongezi Feza-trumpet (some of his last recordings), as well as Frank Roberts-keyboards, Lucky Ranko-guitar & Ernest Mothole-bass. On 1 track he's joined by Elton Dean, Nick Evans & Keith Tippett.

“In late 1990 Don Pullen added a new element to his playing and his music with the formation of his African Brazilian Connection ("ABC"). This featured Carlos Ward (alto sax), Nilson Matta (bass), J.T. Lewis and Mor Thiam (percussion) in a group which mixed African and Latin rhythms with jazz. A third album, Live...Again, recorded in July 1993 at the Montreux Jazz Festival, was not released until 1995, originally on the Blue Note label. This featured songs from their previous albums, in somewhat...

Don Pullen never achieved much fame in his lifetime and his best known achievements were probably as a member of Charles Mingus' last great band (which I am happy to say I saw and who really were great). But while too much under the radar and despite...

Third and final of three classic dark symphonic rock efforts by this French ensemble of keyboards, reeds, guitar, bass, drums & vocals. Is it their best? I dunno, but I can tell you that some of the dramatic mellotron passages still can make the hair o...

"Half Nelson Courtship is the third album and the first on Rune Grammofon from this Trondheim-based trio who musically started out as the younger cousins of Supersilent. This is not the situation today, and this album shows a group with a stronger

"Cleveland's Purple Image faced an uphill climb in an era and country that expected "negro" music from its "negroes": In a Hendrix landscape, young, black bands had slowly started to emerge from the soul neighborhoods and R&B backdrop. Purple Image traded on a thumping, harder-than-Parliament psychedelic noise fortified by powerful group vocals and the twin guitar attack of Ken Roberts and Frank Smith. Aside from their singles and super rare album, they managed only a few profile gigs with the likes of...

''A new supergroup featuring Keiji Haino, one of the most...original guitarists/ vocalists, Bill Laswell, contemporary music's most personal & experimental bassist, & Rashied Ali, Coltrane alumni & godfather of free jazz drumming.'' [Tzadik]

Purson is the latest in a long string of very good, English, retro-but-still-original bands on the Rise Above label.

"Purson is led by vocalist/guitarist Rosie Cunningham. This quintet is obsessed with a pure early 70s sound. Think of a mash up

This is, essentially, Pip's only solo album, as all the other albums under his name were basically bands or collaborative projects. So, this was his show and he did somethings that people weren't expecting. If you knew Pip and his humor, you won't find...

Drummer and composer Pip Pyle is widely recognized as the drummer of the Canterbury school of progressive rock. As the drummer for Hatfield and the North and National Health, as well as stints with Gong, In Cahoots, Soft Heap and many, many others in b...

Pip Pyle was a key figure in the Canterbury Music scene. In fact, as a founder member of Hatfield And the North and National Health, he deserves mention as one of the greatest progressive rock drummers. In 1994, his band, Equip Out, performed a live...

This fine, nearly instrumental work is by Norwegian drummer / keyboardist / composer Arild Brøter, and he is joined by 4-7 additional musicians on each track who contribute additional keyboards, saxes, guitars, bass, etc.

Pymlico sounds like...

Even for a guy as full of musical surprises and barrier breaking as drummer/composer Tatsuya Yoshida, this was very unexpected.

He calls it, "Arabian Progressive pop Improvisation", and it is that. Featuring Yann Pittard (oud, baritone guitar...

Between 1973-1976, The Pyramids made three great albums that combined elements of the AACM esthetic with what we now know as 'kozmigroov'. These are very rare and also all very attractive releases. Recommended!

This is a great thing. Four great musicians all coming together to pay homage/tribute to the original Tony Williams Lifetime! The group is led by drummer Cindy Blackman-Santana, who cuts a stunning profile and who also is a monster drummer who studied...