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"Alan Stivell just keeps getting better. 'Back to Breizh' brings him back to his roots in Brittany. But it's a return informed by his recent collaborations with Khaled, Youssou N'dour and other world artists....

Markus Stockhausen-trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, voice
Alireza Mortazavi-santoor

“I met Markus Stockhausen after inviting him and his wife to “Musiche Nuove In Piacenza” festival in autumn 2018. Immediately I felt a strong empathy towards him. That doesn’t happen very often. I knew his work and had always admired it, especially the spontaneous compositions he performs and the way his unique talent blossoms in these situations. We talked at lunch and I dared propose to him to record...

"2008 two CD expanded 10th Anniversary edition of this album featuring a bonus disc. The first disc presents the original album, long out of print, in all its acid-forest-drone-mantra-folk glory. These songs are of earth and spirit love, sunlight...

"Stone Breath's visionary creation of Eastern-influenced rural acid folk finally comes to CD. From fingerpicked acoustics; to clawhammer banjo excursions; to the 20-plus minute exaltation that is 'The Shepherdess of the Fiery Wheels,' Stone Breath...

"The second set that night was originally supposed to be Joelle Leandre performing duos with Marilyn Crispell, Mat Maneri and Roy Campbell, but turned out to be a superb quartet with Joelle directing. This was a first time performance by this unique...

"I have always been searching for a way to articulate the intangible area between the recognizable and the unfathomable, a feeling perhaps informed by some long-abandoned experiments with psychedelics. This has been a continued pursuit starting with my tape experiments in the 1970’s until the present, with technological evolution driving new ways of expression.
With the exception of Xé May, which is performed on an Elektron Octatrack, these pieces were constructed for live performance using a laptop...

''Exusiai is the new recording by Carl Stone: Completely electronic, the work was composed for a dance ballet of the Japanese choreographer Akira Kasai. Thematically, Exusiai is a dance about the special kind of life-force that exists in the inorganic ...

“Following his critically acclaimed collections Electronic Music from the Seventies and Eighties and Electronic Music from the Eighties and Nineties, Carl Stone pairs Baroo with [this] album of recent works, including the final section of "Fujiken", his epic journey through southeast Asian field recordings and street cassette culture. On all six tracks, composed between 2013 and 2019, Stone’s pan-global playground of looping synths and Asian pop culture remains as fertile as ever, digitally shattered...

“Over the past several years, the recorded output of Carl Stone has been turned on it's head. In previous decades, Stone perennially toured new work but kept a harboring gulf of time between the live performances and their recorded release. This not only reflected the careful consideration of the pieces and technical innovations that went into the music but also the largely academic-minded audience that was themselves invested in the history and context of the work. The time span of Stone's recorded...

“Carl Stone continues his late career prolific renaissance with a new album of sculpted, tuneful MAX/MSP fantasias. Stone "plays" his source material the way Terry Riley's In C "plays" an ensemble - with a loose, freewheeling charm connected to the ancient human impulse to make sound, melody, and rhythm from anything.
Stone's unique technique simultaneously focuses and sprays sound like a symphony of uncapped fire hydrants. Is this techno, avant-garde, sound art? It's simply (or rather fantastically..

New music for flute by Milton Babbitt, Morton Feldman, Stephen Mosko, John Cage & Kathryn Alexander. [New World]

***Cheer-Accident Alert!!***

For more information, see below. But basically, the fact that Thymme is the sole vocalist and co-writer of most of this album means that (1) it's excellent - and it is - and (2) it is absolutely of interest to fans..

“Retro-futurist cinematic synth-fest from Supersilent keyboardist and composer, Ståle Storløkken. Just as radio drama is said to provide the best pictures, so some music can make for a perfect film soundtrack without the need for a film to exist at all. The Haze of Sleeplessness is a case in point: as the album starts to play, the listener's imagination kicks in and does the rest, supplying the necessary plot, character and setting until a full-scale narrative unspools behind one's eyes. A suite of seven...

Stormy Six were one of the original five Rock-in-Opposition bands, but were (and remain) the most often overlooked for some reason. They were probably the musically least radical of the five bands (and politically the most radical), but they were still...

Well. Was not expecting this! A completely new work by the Italian contribution to the original Rock In Opposition movement! Most of the original members are here: Tomasso Leddi, Carlo de Martini, Salvatore Garau, Umberto Fiori, with Giorgio Albani...

Stormy Six were one of the original five Rock-in-Opposition bands, but were (and remain) the most often overlooked for some reason. They were probably the musically least radical of the five bands (and politically the most radical), but they were still...

Stormy Six were the Italian members of the original R.I.O. movement. Their sound was quite informed by folk music & the political singer songwriter school, so their sound is quite different form what is thought of as R.I.O. This album was made after th...

Self released document of the band's live recordings from 1976-82. Great music and playing, and decent - but not great sound. Essential for fans. NON-fans should start elsewhere... [Diva]

Stormy Six were the Italian members of the original R.I.O. movement. Their sound was quite informed by folk music & the political singer songwriter school, so their sound is quite different form what is thought of as RIO. This 1975 album is an excellen...

Stormy Six were the Italian members of the original R.I.O. movement. Their sound was quite informed by folk music & the "political singer songwriter school", so their sound is quite different form what is thought of as RIO. This is a recording from the...

“LA SOCIETE DES TIMIDES A LA PARADE DES OISEAUX is a fun group of crazy musicians who express their madness through delirious instrumentals punctuated with fiery, psychedelic French vocals...”

“One of those albums you could listen to over and over again: Obscure, eerie, elaborated. With a concrete and audacious proposal, French band La STPO reaches the peak of Avant Progressive Rock”-Josh Sosa/República Progresiva

"This is the band's 7th full album - they have been around for nearly 30 years now and have always been difficult to classify, playing a weird mix of electronics, 80's RIO & post-punk music. Just like Ptose, another French band of the era, they have...

Argentine Folk Music and Improvisation by Horacio Straijer. Recorded in Buenos Aires, 2003, Horacio Straijer on marimba, bombo legero and other percussion instruments, with Sergio Romano, guitar. [Slam]

Not tunes and improvisations meet, shake hands and dance together quite nicely on this album of mostly duets (the marimbist also plays percussion and drums and guests appear on a few tracks on acoustic guitar, charango, sikus, and baritone sax). "...ho...

"The group was founded in 1990 thanks to the common passion of its members for the progressive rock and psychedelia of the 60s and 70s. Over the years Stranafonia perform live on several occasions, from festivals such as "Emergenza Rock" ('98), then...

“John Strang's sonic journey into psychiatric rehabilitation has been painstakingly reconstructed from cassette tapes and crumbling studio reels. Composed as a concept album in 1972 this could have come out on Transatlantic, but the deal fell apart at the seams, and the recordings have remained buried for 50 years.
Charting the experience of mental disentigration and recovery, this may have been an abstract manifestation of the genesis of Sir John Strang's career swing into Psychiatry. The cover is...

"25 copies were privately made in 1968 by the 17 year old Strang, who carried them home from the studio several miles in a rucksack on foot. Very few survive today, and it is a little understood lp. The title refers to nuclear armageddon and the total death of all life, not a hippie idyll, and the songs are apocalyptic poetry that confront the cold war, Hiroshima and Nagasaki, platonic forms and the nature of reality, there are also a few explicit drug references to LSD and amphetamines. this darknes

"Originally released in the USA, 1974/1976. The Strange were an underground art-rock band from Olympia, WA, close to the Canadian border. Tom Hackett, Robert Rensel, David Chamberlain, Rick Rackleff plus Mike Pitcher, Don Morris & Carl Dexter recorded...

S.I. is the jazz group of Deus Ex Machina's keyboardist Fabrizio Puglisi (here he plays just piano) along with saxist/flautist Mauro Avanzini, bassist Nicola Vernuccio and drummer Daviano Rotella. This is modern jazz through & through - you'd never kno...

"In the fall of 2003, Dean De Benedictis, former keyboardist for Brand X yet better known for his electronic music as alias Surface 10, contacted fellow recording artists Giuseppe Patane (from rock band Maata Haari), Andrea "Jako" Giacomini (from ro

This is a release of a rare BBC live recording from 1977, when the band were at the pinnacle of their mid-70s progressive rock sound that was still informed by the British folk of their original roots.

“This Esoteric Recordings expanded edition has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features four bonus tracks, including an early version of the song Joey and Me (later to feature on the band’s 1978 album Deadlines), two out-takes from the album sessions and the song Heartbreaker (a different composition from the song featured on Burning for You), from the 1977 Intergalactic Touring Band concept album project .
The release restores the original artwork and includes a new essay...

The release of a re-mastered and expanded 3 Disc clamshell box edition of the 1977 album, "Deadlines" by STRAWBS.
Released in late 1977, this would be the band's final album to be released in the 1970s. Recorded in Dublin and London by a line-up of Dave Cousins (vocals, acoustic guitars, banjo, guitar), Dave Lambert (vocals, lead guitar), Chas Cronk (bass, acoustic guitar, vocals) and Tony Fernandez (drums, percussion) with guest keyboard players John Mealing and Robert Kirby, "Deadlines" was the...

“Recorded at The Manor studio, Oxfordshire in the Spring and Summer of 1976, the album was the band’s first for the newly formed Oyster Records (established by Deep Purple member Roger Glover). For the recording sessions the line-up of Dave Cousins (vocals, acoustic guitars), Dave Lambert (vocals, electric guitars), Chas Cronk (bass, guitars, vocals) and Rod Coombes (drums) was augmented by Robert Kirby (mellotron, electric piano & French horn), John Mealing (keyboards) and Rupert Holmes (piano...

Not quite sure it took 38 years after it's original release (!), but the second album from The Strawbs has been reissued legitimately with four bonus tracks, including a non-lp 45 track, a demo and two tracks from Top Gear. At this point the band are...

From their earliest beginnings as a straight folkie band to their mid period as progressive folkies with Rick Wakeman in the ranks to their later, very much progressive rock period, and then back to folkie roots, the Strawbs have always been a cult fav...

From their earliest beginnings as a straight folkie band to their mid period as progressive folkies with Rick Wakeman in the ranks to their later, very much progressive rock period, and then back to folkie roots, the Strawbs have always been a cult fav...

“A newly re-mastered and expanded edition of the classic “lost” Strawbs album HEARTBREAK HILL.
Recorded in 1978 at Ringo Starr’s Startling Studios, the album was recorded at a time of change for the band. Seeking to rethink their approach (following the release of the album Deadlines), the sessions would feature a line-up of Dave Cousins (vocals, guitar), Chas Cronk (bass,vocals), Andy Richards (keyboards), Tony Fernandez (drums) and Jo Partridge (guitars, mandolin, vocals).
Recording sessions...

"This first volume has tracks recorded for the BBC (Top Gear, Peter Starstedt, Sounds of the Seventies, Sequence) from 1968 through 1973. Occasionally there is a bit of chat from the DJ, but its not overly intrusive-rather it gives more of a feel for...

This is the first time that this 1975 album - the band's last for A&M - has come out on CD. If anything can be called 'long anticipated', I would say that this fits the bill. With notes and remastering by Mark Powell and two bonus tracks.

It’s now, what? Almost 55 years since their very first recordings? Dave Cousins is joined by Dave Bainbridge, Dave Lambert & Blue Weaver and this very much has their 70s sound intact.

"Settlement is Strawbs’ umpteenth album and the follow up to The Ferryman’s Curse which was a superb prog record released in November 2017, but unfortunately associated with the untimely demise of producer Chris Tsangarides a month later. This record too is similarly tinged with sadness as it is dedicated to...

After a very long lay-off, the Strawbs started performing again in the last few years and have been delivering very good shows to old and new fans. Their unique take on folk/folk-progressive was always something that really was their own and they've continued down this path with this very good new studio album. It features long time members Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert, Chas Cronk and Rod Coombes and also features their former (and long time) keyboardist John Hawkin and fiddler Ian Cutler as guests...

"The Ferryman's Curse, the first Strawbs album of new material in eight long years. It is produced by the legendary Chris Tsangarides, whose studio is littered with diamond, platinum, and gold discs by the likes of Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest and guitar virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen.
The Ferryman's Curse, the title track of the album, is the epic sequel to The Vision Of The Lady Of The Lake, from Strawbs album Dragonfly, rated by producer Tony Visconti as one of his Top six productions alongside albums by...

Pianist / composer Frank Strazzeri was a journeyman jazz musician. This is three rather scarce albums [Taurus, Frames, After The Rain] from the early – mid 70s, which have Frank on Fender Rhodes and Moog on the third album, are nice examples of the wide reach of electric jazz by 1973-1975!

“Frank Strazzeri was also a foundation of the LA scene, subsidizing his jazz life with stints with Elvis Presley (go figure!!!) Maynard Ferguson and Les Brown along with a thriving studio life. Here, he plays...

Co Streiff altosax, sopranosax
Tommy Meier tenorsax, bassclarinet, balafon
Russ Johnson trumpet, flugelhorn
Ben Jeger piano, farfisa, clavinet, accordeon
Christian Weber doublebass
Fredi Flükiger drums, percussion, balafon...

Co Streiff: Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone
Tommy Meier: Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
Christof Gantert: Trumpet
Ben Jeger: Piano, Accordion
Christian Weber: Bass
Fredi Flükiger: Drums

"After her successful duo album

Co Streiff, Saxophone / Irène Schweizer, Piano

" A recording with dialogues between the pianist Irène Schweizer and the saxophone player Co Streiff has been long overdue. Not only because they have been working together for years, not only.

Co Streiff: Alto saxophone, Soprano saxophone / Russ Johnson: Trumpet / Christian Weber: Bass / Julian Sartorius: Drums.

"What cements the relationship of Swiss saxophonist Co Streiff and American trumpeter Russ Johnson, is a shared aesthetic,...

Now there's a title to make any progressive rock fan's heart go pitter/patter! String Driven Thing were one of the Famous Charisma Label's earlier signings and went on many tours with their labelmates Lindisfarne, Genesis, VDGG, etc. Here's a document...