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Spectropia is both a full-length feature film and an interactive media event set in a possible England in 2099, and in New York City in 1931 after the stock market crash. Directed by Toni Dove, it tells a story of time travel and supernatural...

SPRING & NEAP (35:33)
Michigo Yagi, 17-string koto/Yumiko Tanaka, futozao shamisen; Yoshiko Fujio, hosozao shamisen/Zeena Parkins, troubador harp; Makoto Nomura, piano/Tamiki Sawa, violin/Mio Abe, violin; Hiromichi Sakamoto, cello/Masaaki Kikuchi...

Elliott Sharp is one of the downtowns most consistently original composers and a wildly versatile string player, whether it be on bass, electric guitar, or one of his wacky homemade hybrids. His music is rhythmic and intense, often drawing upon mathema...

"This is the second CD in a series presenting the complete string quartets of composer/performer/producer/instrument builder Elliott Sharp, one of the busiest and most consistently inventive figures in the downtown scene. Elliott has forged a unique...

Elliott Sharp is one of the most versatile composer/performers on the downtown scene -- a musician who has embraced free jazz, funk, blues, contemporary classical, rock, world music and distilled them all into his own unique amalgam. Suspension of Disb...

Violin: David Soldier; Viola: Judith Insell; Bass Clarinet: Evan Spritzer, Tim Smith; Accordeon: Ted Reichman; Piano: Zeena Parkins; electric bass: Marc Sloan; Drums & percussion: Joseph Trump, Jim Pugliese; electronic & acoustic percussion: Rea...

This is two extended works; the psychedelic transformations of Xtopia & the dark, jagged snapshots of Intifada, performed by the Soldier String Quartet joined by the composer on Buchia Thunder, fretless guitar & clarinet. [Tzadik]

Elliott Sharp: 8-String Guitarbass, Soprano Sax, Electronics, Samples & Textures
Zeena Parkins: Electric Harp
Bobby Previte: Drums

"Aready teeming, activity on the sun increases further culminating with the peak, an elevated state in which sunspots and flares proliferate with profound effects throughout the solar system: fever dreams, ecstatic dances, restless movements both of populations and thought, soul transfers. On this occasion forces coalesced in the Austrian Tirol with drummer..

Elliott Sharp: Guitar
Mary Halvorson: Guitar
Marc Ribot: Guitar
"Last summer in Elliott Sharp's recording studio in Manhattan, New York guitarist Sharp spent a day with guitar colleague Mary Halvorson and another with Marc Ribot, legendary guitarist of Tom Waits, The Lounge Lizards and Marianne Faithful. The result was a series of recordings that could only be created by friends. They represent the great art of guitar playing by three exceptional musicians looking for new sonic adventures in.

Elliott Sharp: Guitar / Melvin Gibbs: Bass / Lucas Niggli: Drums

"During the two-weeks festival by Intakt Records at John Zorn's club The Stone in New York's East Village, Sharp-Gibbs-Niggli performed for the first time. Three musicians with...

Elliott Sharp: guitars
Scott Fields: guitars

“Where previous outings found the duo wrangling complex timbres and tonalities from acoustic instruments, Akra Kampoj is a marked departure. Here, the guitarists coax a mystifying range of dynamic, angular tones and textures from largely unprocessed electric guitars.
These massively influential, pioneering avant-guitar virtuosos ably blur the lines between free improvisation and new music composition. Sharp and Fields conjure sympathetically

"Listening closely to the duo of Elliott Sharp and Scott Fields one can hear a compact history of modern composition and improvisation. Although the duo has a sound all its own, under the surface you can sense traces of “New Music,” minimalism, free jazz,

Elliott Sharp 8-string guitarbass, guitar, soprano sax / Zeena Parkins electric harp / Marc Sloan electric bass, prepared bass / Joseph Trump drums, percussion / David Weinstein sampler, synthesizer

"The composer and multi-instrumentalist..

"Recorded live at the 2007 Donaueschingen Music Days, this CD captures the pairing of composers E# and Lang sharing an ensemble including vocalists Latasha Natasha Diggs and Mixmaster Todd, turntablist Philip Jeck, drummer Fredy Studer, reedman Hans...

"The Age of Carbon covers the period from the first full Elliott Sharp Carbon LP in 1984 through the Tocsin CD of 1991. This 3-disc collection gives a sonic overview of the band in its different iterations in those hot, dense, and fast years in New...

Sharp + an ''orchestral'' Carbon line-up; 3 violins, viola, 3 cellos, bass, percussion, & Elliott's double neck guitar/bass. [Victo]

Improvisations on double neck guitar/bass, dobro, Hawaiian guitar, electronic percussion, electric & acoustic harps & tapes. [Victo]

Improvisations on double neck guitar/bass, dobro, Hawaiian guitar, electronic percussion, electric & acoustic harps & tapes. [Victo]

Avery Sharpe has been McCoy Tyner's bassist for years and years and here he leads a trio with Onaje Allan Gumbs on piano and Winard Harper on drums.
This is an extremely nice, creative, straight-ahead and progressive acoustic jazz album.


“A ship sinks beneath the silver mirror of the sea-top, temple gongs ring through an empty valley, industrial machinery sputters, heaves, lurches forward, stops, falls apart... These sound events may be the most acute musical referents of Shasta Cults, the music project of Canadian synthesizer technician Richard Smith.
Using obsolete electronics, Shasta Cults pursues the true sound of the instrument, freed from the tyranny of emulation, no strings/woodwinds/piano presets. Shasta Cults' compositions...


“With String Theory, Adrian Shaw continues to re-imagine psychedelia, acid rock, and space rock in fresh ways. A knack for sonic diversity, a willingness to experiment, and a distinctive lyrical perspective assure that his work dodges the pitfalls of anachronism and escapes categorization as a merely fashionable exercise in retro style. String Theory shares themes with Shaw's previous records (addressing age, decline, drug damage, and nostalgia) and also exhibits his signature eclecticism ...

Woody Shaw - trumpet. flugelhorn
Steve Turre - trombone
Mulgrew Miller - piano
Stafford James - bass
Tony Reedus - drums

Recorded January 13, 1982 at Onkel Pö's Carnegie Hall, Hamburg, Germany; Recorded by NDR Hamburg.
"It is a positive sensation and pure joy to be reminded of an extraordinary and very special musician by this current release -- as Woody Shaw disappeared from the personal jazz-universe of way too many people after his early and tragic death in May 1989...

Great, early, electric jazz/jazz-rock album featuring a great cast and now available for a full third off its original price. Pretty essential for fans & followers of the genre!

"Originally a two-fer on vinyl and now on one CD, Shaw's debut as...

Latest by sampling artist Shea is this collection of works that is not strictly performed on sampler, as he adds piano & synths to his arsenal, and he works mostly in duo or trio with David Douglas-trumpet & Jim Pugliese-percussion. [Sub Rosa]

''The atmospheric Chamber Symphony #1 juxtaposes liveand sampled instrumental sonorities in a complex world of modern polyphony with turntable/sampler wizard David Shea playing along with members of the Ictus Ensemble. 'The Voice Suite' features the br...

In the 1990s David Shea was a regular on the downtown scene working with Anthony Coleman, John Zorn, Zeena Parkins, Shelly Hirsch and many others. Since 1998 he has been living and working in Brussels collaborating with some of Belgiums finest classica...

Turntable/sample manipulator Shea works with Zeena Parkins, John Zorn, Mark Ribot & HidekiKato. [Tzadik]

Sub Rosa live session, London May 1996. Features Robin Rimbaud of Scanner and Robert Hampson of Main. Limited Edition.


"The Aram Shelton Quartet plays creative jazz music inspired by the likes of Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago. In this quartet, Shelton is joined by Chicagoans Keefe Jackson on tenor saxophone, Anton...

Possibly the best show I saw this year was by these guys. I went to the show because Aram plays on the Jason Adasiewicz CD that Cuneiform released and I wanted to see him play. These guys were a bit late because they got stuck in awful traffic and they...

This is playable on any CD player, but if you pop it into a SACD player, you get all the extra sound quality that SACD's are known for. And it's a *stereo/multi-channel SACD*, which means if you are set up for 5.1 sound, you'll get that! Shepik is a...

Playable on any player, but will give really amazing sound when played on a SACD player.
This is a fine, 'concept' work based around the issue of climate change (Bill O'Reilly and Rush, this work wasn't composed with you in mind, so just move along...

“As the '60s drew to a close in a hail of blood and lead, jazz gradually began to close its doors. What had blossomed in the '50s and '60s as young men struggled to raise a music out of the whorehouses of New Orleans and into the concert halls turned into something less and more than it had been.
Musicians like Archie Shepp no longer looked to the future or to what they might borrow from classical forms. Instead, they looked back to the cotton fields, the slave market, and the slum to find their...

“From 1964, Archie Shepp's first date as a leader featured -- as one would expect from the title -- four tunes by John Coltrane, his mentor, his major influence, and his bandleader. The fact that this album holds up better than almost any of Shepp's records nearly 40 years after the fact has plenty to do with the band he chose for this session, and everything to do with the arranging skills of trombonist Roswell Rudd. The band here is Shepp on tenor, John Tchicai on alto, Rudd on trombone, Trane's...

"Amazing live recordings (dated July 18 and 20 1970) captured in France at the Antibes-Juan Le Pen Jazz Festival. Archie Shepp & The Full Moon Ensemble (including Allen Shorter, Clifford Thornton, Joseph DeJean, Beb Guerin and Claude Delcloo) playing long and intense tracks."

A Sea of Faces
Down Home New York
Little Red Moon
California Meeting
"The legendary jazz recordings made by Black Saint/Soul Note make a welcome return to the active catalog with this series of specially-priced boxed sets that highlight some of the label's finest artists. Archie Shepp - The Complete Remastered Recordings features four discs in slipcases with original album artwork housed in a clamshell box."

Yes, this is another one of those ‘out of copyright in Europe’ assortments, but this has the advantage of featuring 8 complete albums, some of which are quite hard to find on CD. You get:

1. The Archie Shepp-Bill Dixon Quartet
2. Rufus [Tchcai / Shepp]
3. New York Contemporary Five vol. 1
4. New York Contemporary Five vol. 2
5. Consequences [NY Contemporary 5]
6. Four For Trane
7. Fire Music
8. On This Night

All 8 of these are generally great, but the...

Andy Sheppard tenor and soprano saxophones
Michel Benita double-bass
Sebastian Rochford drums

"UK saxophonist Andy Sheppard’s second ECM album introduces his freely lyrical new trio with Michel Benita and Sebastian Rochford. All three..

This is an interesting, unique take on 'minimal / systems' music by a composer I wasn't previously aware of. Good stuff!

"Multi-instrumentalist and composer David John Sheppard presents his first bona fide solo album, Vertical Land. The writer and orchestrator behind the acclaimed State River Widening, Ellis Island Sound, Snow Palms, and Leaf recording artists Phelan/Sheppard, Sheppard began the tracks percussively by inserting pencils into guitars to make false bridges, then hammering the...

A simply fabulous multi-meter, complex electric jazz release, which is the debut album by Danny Sher and his quintet. Although relatively unknown, Danny's a really fine drummer and composer and also appearing are four musicians who are also unknown to...

Promo copy in cardboard sleeve. Feat Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Slash and more so yeah...

solo CDR release by 1/3rd of Glass.

"Tanzlinde is the debut album of the neo-psych band Sherpa from Abruzzo, Italy. The band got inspired by their mountains up to eastern cultures and ancient singings, and the result is a debut album which is psychedelic in the meaning of bursting the borders of music genres. You hear influences of psychedelia and Krautrock, in the direction of Popol Vuh and Robert Wyatt, but also eastern culture's traditional music. There are hints of Indie or even some slightly pop music influences. „Tanzlinde" means a...

''Produced and arranged by enigmatic mystical traveller Eyvind Kang, Blue Marble is a CD of surreal folk songs by singer/songwriter Aiko Shimada. Born in Japan and now based in Seattle, Aiko's music is fresh, original and heartfelt. For this latest rel...

"Calling Yasuaki Shimizu a talented musician is like calling Michael Jordan a kind of OK basketball player. Whether working with art luminaries like Nam June Paik, music icons like Yellow Magic Orchestra’s Ryuichi Sakamoto, or corporate behemoths like Honda, Shimizu is the type of versatile collaborator who elevates all of the projects he touches into something far more than ‘just’ sound.
The Music for Commercials album – reissued for the first time since its original release by Crammed in 1987 – is...


Before the advent of the Japanese school of progressive rock music during the Eighties, represented by Gerard, Outer Limits and Pageant, among others, a certain number of local bands of great interest were already active. Amongst them, the name of Shin...