"One of the truly great bands of the early 1970s, Patto featured a line-up comprising Mike Patto (vocals), Ollie Halsall (guitar, vibes, keyboards, vocals), Clive Griffiths (bass) and John Halsey (drums). The band arose from the ashes of the group Timebox and were graced by the presence of the stunning guitar playing of Ollie Halsall and a highly original and unique musical style that set them aside from their Progressive Rock contemporaries of the era.
This, the band’s third album, was released in..

The vocalist of Faith No More & Mr. Bungle, goes ''one step further with a debut solo of experimental sounds never imagined possible from just voice & microphone. Compositions such as ''Catheter'' & ''Orgy In Reverb'' live up to their titles.'' [Tzadik]

''Patton's extended composition 'Pranzo Oltranzista: Musica da Ravola per Cinque (Banque Piece for Five Players)' is inspired by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti's 'Futurist Cookbook' (1932). Performed by an all-star ensemble, 'Pranzo...' magically transports...

The review below is basically factually corect, but for me, I'm thrilled to have some of his great, non-multi-million-guitar-overdub material released and available, especially at a KILLER price. Les was an extremely talented individual and a great...

“The debut solo album by bassist from the DAVID CROSS BAND containing 14 top-quality self-written and produced melodic prog songs that feature some superb guest players and vocalists!
The musician line-up is: Mick Paul (bass / guitar / backing vocals), Sheila Maloney (piano / keyboards), Ondes Martinet (vocal / synthesizers), Steve Roberts (drums), Craig Blundell (drums), Jinian Wilde (vocals), David Cross (violin), David Jackson (flutes / whistles), Paul Clark (guitar), Dennis Mahon (vocal) and...

"The piano solo format is a natural one for this musician of great inner density. João Paulo is a composer of exquisite melodic and harmonic sensibility. He's also a very special improviser, with the same drive, deliverance and proficiency that we recogni

"Speaks. But not for itself.

A secret dialogue between music and words had already began, beyond frontiers, before the first note was played, even before the first word was spoken.

I believe in this dialogue, in this secret, that asks

14 pieces by this improvising guitarist, known for his work with Catalogue.

"Following up on her acclaimed first CD for Tzadik, Songs of Synastry and Solitude (2009), Jessica Pavone has created a beautiful and evocative song cycle that meditates on themes of destruction and rebuilding, migration, falsities and undeniable...

Jessica Pavone - composer/viola
Brian Chase - percussion solo
Nate Wooley - Bb trumpet solo
Aimée Niemann and Charlotte Munn-Wood - violin
Abby Swidler - viola
Christopher Hoffman and Meaghan Burke - cello
Shayna Dulberger and Nicholas Jozwiak - double bass

“Jessica Pavone, eminent figure of NYC’s avant-classical scene, delivers Lull, a timely new album of transfixing sonic textures. Featuring a distinguished ensemble of New York-based musicians.

“Sometimes I forget to be grateful. When I’m feeling distracted or impatient, my ears start to blur sounds just as tired eyes soften shapes; I hear the overall shape but start to reject the nuances within them, casually allowing the nourishment of total experience to pass me by. Sometimes I need a record like Silent Spills in order to reset myself; a release that takes each gesture one at a time, lingering on the circumstances that bring each moment to be, and depriving me of certain musical devices so...

"Brooklyn-based string instrumentalist/composer Jessica Pavone is known for her sparse, melodic music inspired by folk music, improvisation and minimalism. Modeled after the legendary Leonard Cohen album Songs of Love and Hate, these eleven marvelous...

Jessica Pavone – viola, voice

“As both an instrumentalist and composer, Jessica Pavone explores the tactile and sensorial experience of music as a vibration-based medium.
Since 2012, she has established an individual body of material for solo viola, concentrating on these elements of performance. The structured yet indeterminate pieces stem from intensive long tone practice and an interest in repetition, song form, and sympathetic vibration. "When No One Around You is There but Nowhere to be.

“This album celebrates the first release from Jessica Pavone's newest incarnation for string ensemble, which features two violins and two violas. Brick and Mortar is her first body of string ensemble music since pausing to focus on writing for solo viola for the last six years. Her earlier work for string quartet, which substituted a second violin for double bass was documented on her 2009 and 2012 releases from the Tzadik label; Songs of Synastry and Solitude and Hope Dawson is Missing, highlighted...

Mario Pavone double bass / Matt Mitchell piano / Tyshawn Sorey drums.

"It’s always a joy to have a new recording from someone like Mario Pavone, for five decades a central figure of the most defying and uncompromised jazz played in the United...

Mario Pavone - bass, compositions
Dave Ballou - trumpet, arrangements
Matt Mitchell - piano
Tyshawn Sorey - drums

“Blue Vertical is to be the final recording by the legendary bassist and composer Mario Pavone, who passed on May 15 2021. Though in the final stages of a 17-year battle with cancer, Pavone pushed throughout April 2021 to make sure this music would be a part of his recorded legacy.
On March 25 and 26 2021 he gathered his Dialect Trio with Matt Mitchell and Tyshawn

Mario Pavone double bass
Dave Ballou trumpet
Tony Malaby tenor and soprano saxophone
Oscar Noriega clarinet and bass clarinet
Peter McEachern trombone
Mike Sarin drums
"By now, Mario Pavone doesn’t need more presentations: he’s on the top of the jazz nobility of today, after a life of partnerships with the greatest, namely Paul Bley, Bill Dixon, Thomas Chapin, Anthony Braxton, Wadada Leo Smith, Marty Ehrlich and others of similar status. In his own bands, Pavone chooses the

Mario Pavone double bass
Matt Mitchell piano
Tyshawn Sorey drums

“The piano jazz trio format was, of course, an invention of pianists, establishing a triangular hierarchy with the piano on top and the double bass / drums positioned on the bottom. When the leader of such a trio is the bassist or the drummer , almost certain is that there is the idea to turn this kind of instrumentation into a more democratic one. Simply because a bassist or a drummer don’t imagine the dynamics of...

Michael Pavone guitar
Mike DiRubbo alto saxophone
Mario Pavone double bass
Michael Sarin drums

“Mario Pavone recorded two albums in the final stages of a cancer that he fought for 17 years, when 2021 was starting: “Blue Vertical” (Out of Your Head Records) and this “Isabella”.
Now that Pavone isn’t with us anymore, the second of these two final editions has a special significance: it’s a pungent tribute to his granddaughter Isabella, who died in 2020 when she was only 23...

Jean-Luc performs on classical guitar, theorbo, acoustic guitar, mandola, cittern, mandolin, vocals & percussion. "Together with his twin brother Thierry, Jean-Luc Payssan was a co-founder of Minimum Vital, more than twenty years ago. This band initiat...

"The Peace were an obscure band from Copperbelt, Zambia. According to some rumors, they were in fact a band from the Zambian Air Force. Before they became The Peace the band was called The Boyfriends, a popular local band featuring Ted Makombe and...

“After her stunning, groundbreaking album X-Dreams received wildly enthusiastic critical reviews and attained nothing less than complete public indifference, composer, singer, songwriter, and pianist Annette Peacock was at an artistic crossroads. While she wasn't willing to compromise her musical vision, for financial reasons she needed to expand her view to include what she perceived to be the popular music of the time: Steely Dan, Rickie Lee Jones, et al. (Apparently her vision did not include the....

“Arriving in 1978, X-Dreams is an infatuating and resolutely feminine free-form exploration of the politics and dynamics of sex. In the pursuit to reconcile the duality of attraction & repulsion and love & cruelty, the album oscillates between an assertive opening side and a sweeter side B. Assembling a crew of 22 musicians (including Mick Ronson on guitar and Bill Bruford on drums), Peacock delivers impassioned vocal performances alongside an improvisational jazz-rock fusion masterpiece of musicianship...

“Gary Peacock’s recordings of the 1980s are production projects on which great players convened to play the bassist’s tunes. And the bass is fully a lead voice here, with title piece Guamba a Peacock solo to open the proceedings.
As Paul Bley once said, “Gary is one of those rare musicians you could always count on to play better than you.”
Nonetheless, there are mighty contributions from saxophone, trumpet and drums, with Jan Garbarek in particularly strong form. Jazz Forum: “Garbarek plays...

Featuring Sara Hammarström, flutes; George Kentros, violin; Mats Olofsson, cello; Marten Landström, piano, Pearls Before Swine Experience is a Swedish alt-classical ensemble who combine excellent 'old style' minimalism with modern, non classical..

This was the first solo album by one of the two guitarists in the classical progressive group Sky and this presents similarly proggy/classical music.

Those of you with long memories and/or large Wayside record collections will remember Victor de Bros, who started his career with Debile Menthol and later released a couple of great, eccentric dub and reggae influenced albums under the moniker Peeni...

Those of you with long memories and/or large Wayside record collections will remember Victor de Bros, who started his career with Debile Menthol and later released a couple of great, eccentric dub and reggae influenced albums under the moniker Peeni Waali

After Iceberg disbanded, the two main movers of the band, keyboardist Kitflus Mas and guitarist Max Sunyer formed Pegasus with a new bassist and drummer. This was their fourth album, originally released in 1983, and recorded live. It's instrumental ja...

(Portugal) W/ Mario Delgado & Jose Salgueiro.

"Reissue of the classic 1972 Quebec masterpiece. Includes 'Monsieur L'Indien' and 'Mama Vagina'. When it was originally released, this record was 30 years ahead of its time. Launched in 1972, Laissez-nous vous embrasser ou a fait mal is one of the most...

Jeremy Pelt – trumpet
Chien Chien Lu – vibraphone
Victor Gould – piano & Fender Rhodes
Vicente Archer – acoustic & electric bass
Allan Mednard – drums
Anne Drummond – flute (tracks 4 & 5)
Brittany Anjou – Mellotron (track 5), Moog Sub 37 (track 7)

“Jazz trumpeter, composer and author Jeremy Pelt has certainly never shied away from themed albums so one might expect something cinematic from the enigmatically-titled Soundtrack. However, as Pelt himself explains, “I'

This is not a new album, but it's an album I just recently was hipped to by Jussi Lehtisalo of Circle and Pharoah Overlord, and it's a excellent, unlikely release from a man best known as the lead actor in the Aki Kaurismäki film, The Man Without A Past.
This is mostly small, charming pieces with some resemblances to Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Well worth hearing!

"Have you met Markku Peltola? No?! Well, maybe you have but cannot remember. Peltola played the main character in Aki Kaurismäki's...

Pretty heavily left-field album of music mostly for brass and reeds, bass, drums and accordion, with medium wave radio broadcasts somehow filtered in on 3 of the five tracks. I don't know what to say and what do you say about a release as quietly and defiantly outside of today’s mainstream as this?; this sounds like my parent's Xavier Cugat album broadcast to Mars and back again. Meant completely in a good way.

"Just when you think it’s all over, along comes something completely unpredictable...

Pretty heavily left-field album of music mostly for brass and reeds, bass, drums and accordion, with medium wave radio broadcasts somehow filtered in on 3 of the five tracks. I don't know what to say and what do you say about a release as quietly and defiantly outside of today’s mainstream as this?; this sounds like my parent's Xavier Cugat album broadcast to Mars and back again. Meant completely in a good way.

"Just when you think it’s all over, along comes something completely unpredictable...

Modern, very good, post-bop Belgian/French jazz release recorded live at the Festival de Huy in May, 1975, which until now was a ridiculously rare album. This includes Jacques Pelzer (saxes & flute), who was part of the Belgian jazz scene for almost 50...

"Cold Spring Records present a reissue of Krzysztof Penderecki's Kosmogonia, originally released in 1974. Unnerving, intense, bloodcurdling, sinister, dramatic -- the music of Kosmogonia features Penderecki's famous, unorthodox instrumental techniques, and some of the darkest music ever composed. Hailed by The Guardian as "Poland's greatest living composer," Krzysztof Penderecki is the maestro behind the unforgettable, disturbing music on 1980's The Shining (including "De Natura Sonoris II," featured...

Nick Barrett / lead vocals, guitar
Clive Nolan / keyboards, backing vocals
Peter Gee / bass, bass pedals, backing vocals, keyboards
Jan-Vincent Velazco / drums, percussion

“I've been a fan of Pendragon for many years and have to say that this new release fits with the classic Pendragon sound of some earlier albums. Do not misunderstand me, this album is not a simple rehash of days gone by - it feels fresh, sounds lush and ALL the tracks are so well constructed - and its so so easy..

"Pendragon are back! Celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the most successful albums in their career - an album that won them near-overwhelming acclaim and made them one of the highest-selling bands unsigned to a major label at that time - the band return to the Wyspianski Theatre to record a special show, consisting of all the classics from "The Masquerade Overture" as well as a number of fan-favourites from their other releases. A truly historic event documented especially for all the Pendragon...

“Men Who Climb Mountains 2019 is an updated version of the 2014 release. This version is the same as the one included in the First 40 Years box set and only now becomes available as a separate release double CD. All the drums have been re recorded by new drummer Jan Vincent Velazco, and the whole album has been remixed by Karl Groom and Nick Barrett.”

“Pendragon re release this classic studio album on it's 20th Anniversary this year. Most hardcore Pendragon fans cite this as their favourite album by the band.
Not Of This World is riddled with classic melodic prog rock that Pendragon are best known for. The stunning front cover and booklet artwork is again by Simon Williams and the audio has been remastered by Karl Groom."

“This was the final in the fantasy quartet that began in the late nineties with The World. Lead guitarist Nick Barrett.

“Pendragon re-release this classic studio album from 1991. It features re-recorded drums with Pendragon's current drummer, Jan Vincent. Velazco, new keyboards, and a completely new mix.
This is the version that came as part of the band's celebratory release, The First 40 Years book, now available for the first time as an individual release. Stunning artwork from Simon Williams in a rejigged package and re mixed by Nick Barrett and Karl Groom.”

“Handfuls of Night is the highly anticipated follow-up to Penguin Cafe's much applauded 2017 album The Imperfect Sea 'inspired by the Antarctic, Arthur Jeffes' journey following in Scott's footsteps and our penguin friends that reside there.
Using gut-stringed violins, viola, cello, bass, percussion, upright and grand pianos, synthesiser, harmonium and more, Arthur Jeffes and his cohorts have crafted a vivid series of panoramic sonic landscapes, that are as rich in cerebral poignancy as they are in...

Penguin Cafe grew out of Simon Jeffes' Penguin Cafe Orchestra and is the band led by his son, Arthur Jeffes.
I can't really say that there are any surprises in their sound but if you loved the unique sound of the PCO, you'll enjoy PC as much / nearly as much and will be happy that the sound lives on!

"A penguin stands in the middle of a scorching desert, far away from its natural habitat. This mirrors composer Arthur Jeffes' journey and exploration into a new musical territory. Penguin Cafe...