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"The first release on Tzadik by one of the most celebrated and skilled clarinetists in the New Jewish Renaissance features Joel Rubin in a surprising and exciting new context—the fascinating and vibrant intersection between Jewish music and jazz...


"For his follow-up to 2016's purely improvised studio recording Strength & Power (a cooperative quartet album featuring pianist Jamie Saft, bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Balazs Pandi), the ever-adventurous trombonist-composer Roswell Rudd made a decided shift in direction on his first RareNoise Records release as a leader by embracing jazz standards he has loved and played throughout his long and illustrious career. Accompanied by the brilliant pianist Lafayette Harris, upright bass virtuoso Ken...

As a fan of the trombone in general and of the great Roswell Rudd in particular, it cheers me greatly to see him still making great music, and with today's musical trouble-makers, at the age of 80! Right on Ros!

"In a remarkable example of uncanny group-think, pianist-keyboardist and RareNoise regular Jamie Saft (Metallic Taste of Blood, Slobber Pup, Plymouth, The New Standard, Red Hill) joins with longtime collaborators Trevor Dunn on bass and Balazs Pandi on drums and master trombonist Roswell...

“You never know enough”, says trombonist Roswell Rudd in an interview about his attitude in life and music. He studied with a master - Herbie Nichols; played Monk with another one - Steve Lacy; was part of a legendary free jazz combo with the great...

Unexpected and FUN meeting of two musical superstars of two distinct idioms.
"It was Yomo Toro who brought the cuatro (a four string guitar) into the international arena – the funky jibaro (whom Robert Palmer, writing in The New York Times...


Annie Whitehead, Harry Beckett, Ian Maidman, Liam Genockey.

“Their blatantly deranged name conceals long Yes and Genesis like progressive rock artistry and British Progressive Neo Classicism from the intellectual leftfield choice of Greatest Year of Music, 1973.
Extended complex tracks, keyboard and guitar interplay and unusual lyrics. Like most such noodling prog rock masterpieces, recorded in an English barn, in a field somewhere that is forever prog.”

“They cited classic prog acts like Genesis, Yes and King Crimson as main influences, but I can...

On the Winter Solstice of 2014 – the Northern Hemisphere’s longest night of the year – composer, bandleader & percussionist Adam Rudolph convened 11 of New York City’s finest and most adventurous guitarists in a New Jersey studio for a most...

On the Winter Solstice of 2014 – the Northern Hemisphere’s longest night of the year – composer, bandleader & percussionist Adam Rudolph convened 11 of New York City’s finest and most adventurous guitarists in a New Jersey studio for a most auspicious event: the debut of Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra, his all-guitar orchestra. In attendance were guitarists Rez Abbasi, Nels Cline, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Miles Okazaki, and Marvin Sewell, all...

I just saw this marvelous octet last night (3/3/08) in Baltimore and I really think a lot of people here would be blown away by this superb group. Percussionist Adam has taken people from the worlds of jazz (Graham Haynes) free jazz (Hamid Drake)...

"German rock legends Rufus Zuphall feat. original band members Günter Krause (gt, voc, bandleader), Klaus Gülden (flute), Helmut Lieblang (bass, lyrics) are still on the live-circuit. In summer 2006 they performed at the famous Belgian rock underground...

2nd and final album from the band's lifetime, which was releaesd in 1971 on Pilz, and is taken from the master tapes. Also included is 8 bonus tracks from their final concert in their hometown of Aachen, Germany, from 6/17/72.

"Their next album Phallobst (recorded in the Dierks Studio from July to August 1971)...was more polished and had a wider dynamic and instrumental range (mellotron, clavinet and acoustic guitars were added) (than their first). Particularly strong was the album's second side...


"With his fully-acoustic quartet, Frankfurt's Tobias Rüger explores the musical possibilities of the most classic of jazz outfits. Traditional in set-up and modern in musical language, spontaneous expression and improvisation blends into precisely...

This is the 3rd recording by Ruído/mm, a post-rock Brasilian band, who mix their own, modern sound with some Pink Floyd musical climates, especially during their guitar solos.

It has gathered some acclaim as one of the best instrumental CDs...

I wasn't quite sure what to make of this when I heard about it; was it going to be a solo drum release from Yoshida? Anyway, my concerns were allayed when it arrived and I got to hear it. It's a fully orchestrated, (I suppose with computers and...

The truly amazing bass/drums duo where drummer/composer Yoshida Tatsuya first made his mark and appeared on people's radar, who were obviously influenced by punk, math rock, Magma & This Heat.
"Along with the Boredoms, Naked City and very few others, this amazing drums/bass duo are masters of quick-change, stop/start tempos, time-signatures and textures. Ruins' explosive and intricately composed tunes are sung in a peculiar language of their own invention." [note: which sounds a LOT like Kobaian]....

''A blistering live performance...of over twenty stop-on-a-dime Ruins classics, Mandala 2000 captures the raw power and visceral energy of this dynamic band better than any studio recording ever could. Also included is twenty minutes of encores featuri...

This is something like their 16th CD, I think (!) & represents a strong return to form, as the duo of Yoshida Tatsuya (drums, percussion, vocal) and Sasaki Hisashi (6 string bass, MIDI controller, vocal) just TEAR through it all, mixing thrash, Zeuhl, ...

"The members of Japan's Ruins have extensive experience and tireless commitment! A furious barrage of explosive and intricately composed drum(s) and bass, Ruins covers all stops between hardcore's hysteric intensity, metal's pummeling dynamics, and the...

''A new direction for this innovative group , which until now has worked solely as a duo. Augmenting their core unit of drums and bass with two female vocalists and a keyboard player of astonishing virtuosity, these brilliant orchestral arrangements of...

"If you think wild, bizarre Japanese music begins and ends with the legendary Boredoms, you ain't heard nothing yet. If Vrresto is any indication, Ruins top even those legendary noise merchants in terms of craziness, as this is music whose origins can barely even be traced to this planet, let alone to any particular genre or country. What results from the intertwining of Yoshida Tatsuya's insanely intricate drum patterns and Sasaki Hisashi's spastic noodlings on bass guitar, along with the space-aliens...

Charles Rumback, drums/Jason Ajemian, bass/Joshua Sclar, tenor saxophone/Greg Ward, alto saxophone.

"A figure of the rich and varied Chicago music scene, Charles Rumback is impossible to overlook. Avant-jazz, post-rock and ambient electronica...

Really pleasing and pleasant, while still musically vigorous combination of rock, jazz (especially John Hollenbeck) and progressive elements with systems music composed for a 12 piece ensemble. If reading the previous sentence makes it sound like this is your thing, then this is your thing!

"On Reflections, Philipp Rumsch explores the reduction of sound and its alteration through compositional parameters, the use and gradual overlaying of repetitive structures of rhythms like patterns or grooves...

"'Affreschi e meditazione' opens a new chapter in the long Runaway Totem saga, a journey within a journey. A trip to the physical and spiritual worlds, between real locations on earth and the frescoes and paintings that represent them. The music...

"Runaway Totem is proud to announce that the third and final movement of 4 Elements 5, Le Roi Du Monde will be published in March 2011. This album marks the end of the First Symphony NOUS. In order to complete the album, given its complexity and...

“This is the 11th album by the ultimate Italian 'Zeuhl' group. I haven't listened to their other albums, the debut being already from 1993, but a few years back I was deeply charmed by the latest offering of Universal Totem Orchestra, which is said to be originally a spin-off act for Runaway Totem (although, after comparing the line-ups, the details of the bands' blood relations remain unclear to me)... Have a listen if you're fond of experimental soundscapes and meditative /freaky eclectism -- and if...

Let me tell you something; boy oh boy, does my 17 year old, Todd LOVING self wish this had been something I could have seen back then!
AWATS was Todd’s second solo album and the one where he began to find his footing and prove that he really was a studio wizard.
On the original, he played most of the instruments himself, which obviously ain’t a thing here, but the music stands strongly and uniquely even 40 years later. It’s a fine collection of songs and instrumentals that encompass everything...

"In May 1978, Todd Rundgren performed a series of concerts at The Roxy Theater in West Hollywood, California with a band comprising members of The Hello People (Bobby Sedita, Larry Tasse, Greg Geddes and Norman Smart) along with keyboard player Moogy Klingman, bassist John Seigler and drummer John Willie Wilcox.
This clamshell boxed set includes the entire set from the 23rd May concert over two discs, along with a third disc comprising other soundboard recordings made by Todd during his residence...

"Deluxe CD/DVD edition comes in a special six-panel digipak. An incredible concert experience, a multi-media extravaganza starring classic rock icon and famed songwriter/producer Todd Rundgren!
Includes some of Todd's best known songs including "Hello It's Me" and "Bang On The Drum" plus fan favorites that haven't been performed live in decades. Recorded live at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield CT on December 15, 2015."
- CD -
1 I Saw the Light
2 Love of the Common Man
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"Todd's latest musical vision is a contemporary fusion of styles - rock, soul and electronica - that continues the tradition of boundary-breaking works from this visionary genius, and the finely crafted songs on GLOBAL once again push the creative...

"Limited Edition 2 disc CD/DVD digi pack release features bonus 110 minute DVD (NTSC/region free) of THE UNPREDICATABLE TODD RUNDGREN - Live at the City Winery NYC 2012.

Todd's latest musical vision is a contemporary fusion of styles...

"1994 saw the release of Todd's ground-breaking NO WORLD ORDER album, which was the first interactive album release utilising the recently developed CD-i format, allowing the listener to alter the playback of the interactive disc by selecting one of four pre-determined sequences prepared by different producers. Such an exciting concept gave birth to a unique and exciting tour, which saw Rundgren appear on his own on stage surrounded by keyboards, guitar and performing live utilising the latest technology. T

"Todd Rundgren's interests since the 1980s have encompassed a number of cutting-edge technologies, but the one that seems to hold the most revolutionary promise is Patro-Net, an online service that allows Rundgren fans a monthly subscription to his...

Excellent, completely unexpected, techno-modern-yet-classic Todd album with all the quirks that made classic Todd albums!

"Absolutely stellar. A complete psychedelic throwback to the days of "Spark Of Life", but with sputtering, Flux:FX style...

“A gorgeous multimedia box set of live performances from Todd Rundgren's renowned prog rock project Utopia. These very special concerts were planned as fundraising events to help cover medical expenses incurred by founding Utopia member, and beloved Rundgren partner, Moogy "Mark" Klingman. This set covers two full length concerts, plus a 12-page booklet featuring photos and liner notes documenting these spectacular shows.”
Disc: 1
1. Disc 1: CD Highline Ballroom - New York, NY - January 29...

"“If, like me, you were one of those folks who snapped up each Utopia album on release day.... If you brought each of those albums home, tore off the shrink wrap and spent the next few days blissfully immersed in the Persistence Of Vision emanating from those groovy vinyl waffles.... Then just put this in your cart and go immediately to checkout. Prepare to be enthralled.
This concert, from May 22, 2018 in Chicago, is a feast for the eyes and ears. The band covers each and every era of its...

"Todd Rundgren's Utopia Live At Hammersmith Odeon 75 captures the iconic progressive rock band performing their first UK concert. While the concert recording has long been a fan favorite, it has never been commercially available until now."

The lineup is Todd Rundgren, John Siegler, Roger Powell, Willie Wilcox.

" Shout! Factory's 2012 disc Live at Hammersmith Odeon '75 marks the first official release of this heavily bootlegged show from Todd Rundgren's 1975 appearance at the London venue.

"This is so incredible… selfishly because I was there. November 8, 1973.
Todd opened up with just himself (and piano) on stage accompanied with music soundtrack. He goes through his ballads and hits with out flaw and with my first sign of his....

"Esoteric Recordings are proud to announce the first official release of Todd Rundgren & Utopia's concert at The Old Waldorf in San Francisco in August 1978. The San Francisco concerts of August that year were part of the second tour that Todd had undertaken that year, and the first of 1978 with Utopia. Following a series of successful shows in the Spring of 1978 (which resulted in the live album "Back to the Bars"), Todd hit the road in August 1978 with Utopia to tour the United States, performing...

Jørgen Mathisen tenor and soprano saxophone, clarinet
André Roligheten tenor and baritone saxophone
Rune Nergaard double bass
Axel Skalstad drums
"Don’t trust the phonetic double sense of this CD’s title as something that will “ruin your day” if you take it home. And no, there aren’t any Germanic runes on auditory range, taking you to the Pagan mythical past of the European countries the same way a few Swedish and Norwegian doom metal bands do. It just happens that the composer and...

The one and only album, originally released on RCA Neon in 1972, by this group led by guitarist Ray Russell. Also featured are Harry Beckett-trumpett, Alan Rushton-drums, Gary Windo-sax and Alan Greed-vocals, keyboards, bass. Ray plays in his typical s...

Gudny Aspaas / vocals
Rune Sundby / vocals, acoustic guitar, saxophone
Hans Petter Danielsen / guitar
Kjell Larsen / guitar, flute
Håkon Graf / organ, piano, vibes
Asle Nilsen / bass, flute
Thor Bendiksen / percussion

“Ruphus' first album is defintively a prog classic! The sound is outstandingly vintage and 70's in its best sense (wonderful mix, hot sound). The music is mainly complex heavy prog with Yes influences
. The Vocal parts are incredible and really poeti

This is a new band formed by 3 Italians living in London. They are greatly inspired and influenced by the classic greats of Italian progressive rock. They tend to highlight the more ethereal side - emphasising acoustic guitar and analog keyboards...

This 1976 album has many of their early classics and is still considered a genre-defining album by many, including me. How do I know? I count the number of people who use 2112 as a password!

I got my first record store job right about the time this album came out. I loved progressive rock, but 1977 wasn't a particularly good time to be a progressive rock fans and additionally, the store where I worked sold a lot of hard rock, which was only marginally my thing at the time.
But this album...well!!! It was something that the customers, my co-workers and I could all agree on! It rocked and it was progressive as could be. Even the artwork was brilliant! One of the greats of the era!....

“Two CD edition. Digitally remastered and expanded edition contains the 1978 album along with previously unreleased and newly restored bonus content consisting of the band's 1979 Pinkpop festival performance. This edition is housed in a deluxe edition-style digipak featuring a 5,700 word essay by Rob Bowman.
Hemispheres is the sixth studio album by Rush, released in October 1978 by Anthem Records. After touring to support their previous studio release, A Farewell to Kings, which saw the group gain...

This 1981 album delivered huge hits while still being a full-on progressive rock classic; YYZ is a tremendous instrumental work out and, anyway, even if you are sick of "Tom Sawyer", wasn't it cool to have a huge radio hit with such a blatant odd time ...