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Excellent, legit reissue of a hard-core Japanese modal jazz rarity. The 1975 original goes for over $1,000, but now it's available to anyone who enjoys that 1965-era Coltrane-type sound!

"The desire to discover and delve into new and unexplored areas of music has turned attention on the Japanese jazz scene of the 1970s, often regarded as its gilded age. The recent ground-breaking sell-out BBE compilation J Jazz: Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969-1984 threw much needed light on this fascinating era..

Jesse Daniel: Bass
Eugene Heasly: Bass
Alexander Johnson: Vibraphone, Trombone
Billy Martin: Waterphone
Kevin Newton: Horn
Selendis Sebastian: Vibraphone, Trombone
Jon Starks: Drums
Simon Hanes: Baritone Guitar

“Born in California and now based in Brooklyn, Simon Hanes is a composer/performer/arranger and one of the major figures in the newest generation of the NY Downtown music scene. Mastermind of the large pop ensemble Tredici Bacci, a frequent collaborator of J.

“South African pianist Thandi Ntuli traveled to Los Angeles in 2019, where she recorded this album of bare, explorative piano and voice pieces at a Venice Beach studio with International Anthem artist Carlos Niño in the producer chair. An absolutely stunning, intimate listen, with Ntuli’s prowess as a pianist and singularity as a vocalist on vivid display as much as her fearlessness, vulnerability and adventurousness during occasional experiments with synthesizers and percussion. Niño colors open...

Another musically brilliant and brilliantly humorous batch of surprising and unlikely (but once you hear them, absolutely PERFECT) musical mash-ups from The Ed Palermo Big Band!

“While pundits and experts debate whether the United States of America has entered an age of decline as a world power, New York saxophonist, composer, arranger, bandleader and inveterate troublemaker Ed Palermo makes an incontrovertible case for un-American ascendance. With The Great Un-American Songbook Volume 3: Run...

Captain Flapattak : drums & vocals
Retsim Käh : bass & vocals
Charlotte Pace : violin
Chfab Kaouenn : keyboards & vocals
Jean Bonëth : alto & baritone saxophones
Ludal Le Chacal : keyboards & lead vocals

Tozzos is the third album from this very good, French zeuhl/avant-progressive group who first came to our attention with their release on AltrOck.

“Rhùn, a band from France, released their album "Tozïh" in 2023, and presented an excellent combination of avan

“‘music for sketches' is the result of a decade of musical exploration and experimenting by the swedish composer Tobias Svensson. it features four tracks, all blending in between modern classical, jazz, electronic music and ambient music. the minimalistic elements are always present, although the soundscape varies between the timidest piano playing to atmospheric large sounds.
"music for sketches was born out of drawings. i wanted to find the perfect sounds to enhance your imagination for when...

"You’ve never heard a string quartet like this, that’s for sure. In place of the classical grouping of two violins, viola, and cello that is ubiquitous in chamber music, this improvising string quartet consists of guitar, violin, cello, and double bass. T

Unique and quite good first album by this 'progressive rock/jazz fusion experience' (as it sez on the label), who really are a progressive rock/jazz experience! Considering that these musicians all come from the alternative/underground side of rock...

Classic, great, early proto-progressive/progressive hard rock band from the UK. This is one of those albums that lives up to the hype. If that sound interests you, you really won't be able to do much better than this fine record. Conditionally highly recommended!

"Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a re-mastered and expanded 3CD digipack edition of the cult 1970 album by Progressive Rock power trio T2. Formed in 1970 by PETER DUNTON, a former drummer with GUN, and former...

"Also called zarb, the tombak is the main percussion instrument used in Persian classical music. Made of a single piece of wood, the instrument consists of five parts: the membrane, which is stretched over the large opening, the drum shell, the neck...

Tani Tabbal: drums
Michael Bisio: bass
Adam Siegel: alto saxophone

“Tani Tabbal is known for his extensive performing and recording career with Roscoe Mitchell, Sun Ra, Geri Allen, James Carter, David Murray, and Faruq Z. Bey / Griot Galaxy. Following a series of self-released recordings over the past decade (including two by this trio), Now Then will be his first internationally distributed work as a leader.
Tabbal—who came of age on Detroit’s fertile jazz scene—has always..

A really nice mix of jazz instrumentation and orchestration and June’s wonderfully clear voice. Almost an art song kind of release, but with a very firm grounding in June’s folk roots, it is a lot of things simultaneously. Highly recommended.

“As June Tabor ages her voice seems, paradoxically, to become clearer and sharper. She is also becoming increasingly interested in expanding her repertoire beyond the traditional British and Irish folk music on which her early career was built. There are...

"Two of the most creative, elusive and modest musicians in the Downtown scene in an intimate and free wheeling duo session. Mutual admirers for well over a decade, Ikue and Craig first performed as a duo at the Village Vanguard in December 2016 and now step into the recording studio for an astonishing session of duo improvisations. Inspiring and dynamic music for piano and electronics that explode every expectation. Essential listening for all interested in music that defies ALL categorization."...

“Craig Taborn and Vadim Neselovskyi are two of the most acclaimed and brilliant pianists working today and here they perform a select set of Masada compositions in solo, duo and trio permutations. Created as a bonus disc for the "Book Beri'ah," it is a beautiful program and highlights the incredible versatility of the Masada compositions themselves as well as and the stunning virtuosity and imaginative creativity of these two keyboard masters. Featuring pieces for solo piano, two amazing piano duets...


"Sacred texts from the Mishnah, prayers from North Africa and the Middle East, modern Hebrew poetry and even a letter found in the streets of Jerusalem all serve as the basis for this exciting exploration of the roots of Hebrew song by these innovative...

Tanya Tagaq : voix
Jean Martin : batterie, ordinateur, trumophone
Jesse Zubot : violon, alto

Recorded at the 26th FIMAV festival on May 23, 2010.

"Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq redefined the idiom with passion-filled.

This is different and fairly unique, as it is Inuit throat singing in a bit more modern clothing than what is thought of as traditional Inuit vocal music.
Tanya Tagaq was born in 1977 and raised in an Inuit community. She studied at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. While there, she took an interest in traditional Inuit throat singing, a multiphonic and percussive form that is customarily performed by two people. Thus she was obliged to teach herself a solo variation and later...

Aldo Tagliapietra / vocals, sitar, composer
Matteo Ballarin / guitars, programming
Andrea De Nardi / piano, Hammond organ, Minimoog
Andrea Ghion / bass
Manuel Smaniotto / drums, percussion
Mauro Martello / duduk (5)

This is the latest solo release by the distinctive voice and main mover behind Le Orme.
It finds Aldo in excellent voice still, even in his 70s, and is a surprisingly nice album of songs with progressive rock / symphonic rock leanings that strongly recall..

This is the second solo album by the long time leader of Le Orme, who left the group a few years ago to embark on a solo career. He will always be the voice of Orme, and this is a nice 'song oriented album'. It's definitely proggy, with good...

There's something kind of funny about how Taipuva name their albums, giving them all numbers that seemingly actually have nothing to do with what number album of theirs said album actually is!

Having said that, Taipuva Luotisuora are one of the..

Warehouse find of the long, long out of print 2nd album by this excellent space rock / prog rock outfit.

"The second album from this Finnish ensemble finds them changing lanes very slightly. They have added Otto Grunstrom on vocals (on 4 tracks). The guitars seem to have a bit more crunch and there is a subtle, more polished feel. Tuvian throat singing evokes Korai Orom and Indukti. The band's sound continues to balance space rock and Crimso-fied prog but while the debut leaned more towards the...

"Taj Mahal's debut album was a startling statement in its time and has held up remarkably well. Recorded in August of 1967, it was as hard and exciting a mix of old and new blues sounds as surfaced on record in a year when even a lot of veteran blues...

"Taj Mahal's second album, recorded in the spring and fall of 1968, opens with more stripped-down Delta-style blues in the manner of his debut, but adds a little more amplification (partly courtesy of Al Kooper on organ) before moving into wholly...

Ruggero Tajè: Sampler, Guitar, Electronics, Percussion

“Ruggero Tajè is one of the electronic Italian pioneers of the seventies. He started as a jazz drummer playing with guitarist Pino Distaso. Then he was one of the pupils of Italian electronic composer Angelo Paccagnini (protagonist of Italian contemporary electronic music with the more known Berio and Maderna) during the same period of Riccardo Sinigaglia and Gaetano Liguori . After his studies he took the guitar as main instrument. He...

“Recorded in a live setting and played with instruments conserved in the collections of the MEG Museum, Cutting Branches For A Temporary Shelter is Midori Takada's very own rendition of "Nhemamusasa", a traditional work emblematic of the musical repertoire for mbira of the Shona of Zimbabwe, well known worldwide, thanks notably to its version by Paul F. Berliner included on the famed 1973 album The Soul of Mbira. The choice of this title by Midori Takada evokes the links between traditional African and...

"The highly-anticipated reissue of Japanese percussionist Midori Takada's sought after and timeless ambient/minimal album Through The Looking Glass, originally released in 1983 by RCA Japan. Considered a holy grail of Japanese music by many, Through The Looking Glass is Midori Takada's first solo endeavor, a captivating four-song suite capturing her deep quests into traditional African and Asian percussive language and exploring contemplative ambient sounds with an admirably precise use of marimba....

“Originally recorded in September 1998 at legendary Ginza (Tokyo) studio Onkio Haus (founded in 1974 and where Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence" and many more were recorded) and released on CD only for the Japan market in 1999, Tree of Life is Midori Takada's best kept secret, a lost gem of minimalism and percussive ambient.
The album is separated in two parts, the first one finds Takada exploring her trademark environmental soundscapes with precise mastery of marimba, drums, and...

“A new full-length album by celebrated Japanese percussionist Midori Takada, in collaboration with Buddhist monks belonging to the Samgha group of the Shingon school of Koya-san, led by Reverend Syuukoh Ikawa. Recorded at The Premises Studio (London) and in Tokyo in 2019, You Who Are Leaving To Nirvana is a majestic work combining a suite of six Buddhist liturgical chants and a musical creation by Midori Takada. The Buddhist chants come from three types of repertoires: shomyo ("Teisan", "Unga-Bai"...

"A reissue of Midori Takada and Masahiko Satoh's Lunar Cruise, originally released in 1990. Following the successful reissue of Midori Takada's Through The Looking Glass here is another release from the legendary Japanese percussionist: 1990's Lunar Cruise, her superb collaboration with jazz pianist, synth master, composer, and arranger Masahiko Satoh. Arguably the best kept secret in Midori Takada's fascinating discography, Lunar Cruise is an under-the-radar masterpiece that captures Takada (on marimba...

''One of the foremost pianists of the 20th century, composer Yuji Takahashi makes a long-awaited return to solo piano composition along with intriguing works for shamisen, bass shamisen and sho (Japanese mouth organ), applying his own techniques to the...

Excellent performances of John Cage's piano works by this pianist.

“Adroit jazz guitar, prog rock fantasia, and Japanese environmental music all rest comfortably behind Leo Takami's "Next Door." The follow up to the acclaimed "Felis Catus & Silence", "Next Door" finds Takami ruminating on passages-of time, seasons, consciousness. Through music, Leo contemplates daily events and finds beauty in ordinary moments. He also seems to be questioning the value of being stuck in the world, allowing his mind to wander towards something beyond it. His music is earnest, deeply...

AKI TAKASE Piano
CHRISTIAN WEBER Bass
MICHAEL GRIENER Drums

"I really love the piano trio," says Aki Takase, with a passion that mirrors her playing. "But not the old idea, where the pianist is king, and the bassist and the drummer are just sidemen. We are equal."
Indeed, all three musicians are in focus in the trio AUGE: bassist Christian Weber and drummer Michael Griener are among the most original virtuosos of their instruments. On Intakt they have presented brilliant albums...

Aki Takase – piano, harpsichord
Mayumi Nakamura – mezzo-soprano
Vincent Courtois – cello
Daniel Erdmann – tenor and soprano saxophones

“Carmen, one of the most popular operas ever, focuses on a strong and proud woman ruled by her own law. On her new album, iconic jazz pianist Aki Takase takes up this convention-breaker figure, labeling her interpretation of Carmen as a rhapsody. As a seemingly loose sequence of lightly floating, dance-like musical thoughts, which are based on the.

Aki Takase, Piano, Celesta / Louis Sclavis, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet / Dominique Pifarély, Violin / Vincent Courtois, Cello

"La Planète Quartet is one of Aki Takase's newest ensembles, arising from her partnership with the French clarinettist

"Aki Takase's phenomenal technique and her talent for improvisation is well known, as is her love for the jazz classics. She has already paid tribute to Fats Waller and recorded with saxophonist Silke Eberhard an "Ornette Coleman Anthology". Now she....

Recorded just a week before the 50th anniversary of the death of this great, great musician, this is a worthy tribute.

"So long, Eric! For this tribute to Eric Dolphy, Alexander von Schlippenbach and Aki Takase have put together an ensemble...

Aki Takase: Piano
Ayumi Paul: Violin

"The project 'Hotel Zauberberg' arose out of Aki Takase's and Yumi Paul's shared admiration for the writer Thomas Mann. It mostly consists of notated compositions, with some improvised parts as well...

Aki Takase: Piano
David Murray: Tenor Saxophone, Bass Clarinet
"Over the years, Aki Takase und David Murray have amassed respective bodies of soul-stirring compositions, of which several pieces related to the rites of passage of middle age are included on Cherry – Sakura, making this a markedly different conversation than before – and one that is more profound.
Cherry – Sakura presents an unsparing conversation about the defining issues of later life by two artists who have seen it all at...

Aki Takase: Piano / Han Bennink: Drums.

"It's hard to imagine anyone new to Takase's music not being instantly won over by Two for Two. She likes the playful composer pianists, performing Monk here, and Fats Waller and Carla Bley elsewhere....

Aki Takase, Piano / Lauren Newton, Voice

"Aki Takase and Lauren Newton correspond to and contradict one another with sounds, tones, vocalizations, words. They converse in fantasy languages, plunge into areas of deep emotion and fly off into the..

"Two grand pianos, quasi two orchestras, driven by two of the most distinguished personalities of contemporary jazz: Aki Takase and Alexander von Schlippenbach – they are having a conversation within the medium of sound. But they complement one anothe

Pianist Aki Takase and trombonist Konrad Bauer in the studio in Berlin in January, 2002. "News From Berlin is good news indeed. It suggest a broadening of perspectives, but also a focused devotion to artistic values arrived at through long consideratio...

AKI TAKASE Piano / LOUIS SCLAVIS Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone

The first Duo-CD of Aki Takase and Louis Sclavis can be read as a musical journal of a grandiose successful musical meeting. “In the end”, says Sclavis, “it’s all...

AKI TAKASE, PIANO / RUDI MAHALL, BASS CLARINET

"Since 1995, whenever Aki Takase has not been making solo recordings, she has always sought the company of Rudi Mahal: The depth of their knowledge of jazz history and their craft-oriented...

Aki Takase: Piano / Silke Eberhard: Alto Sax, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet

" Wonderful, impressive, exciting, almost odd, and in any case fascinating: two women play Ornette Coleman tunes in a duo with reeds and piano, and beyond that with...

Masayuki Takayanagi-guitar
Kenji Mori-alto sax, flute, bass clarinet
Nobuyoshi Ino-bass, cello
Hiroshi Yamazaki-percussion

"Masayuki "Jojo" Takayanagi (1932 - 1991) was a maverick Japanese guitarist, a revolutionary spirit whose oeuvre embodied the radical political movements of late '60s Japan.
Having cut his teeth as an accomplished Lennie Tristano disciple playing cool jazz in the late '50s, Takayanagi had his mind blown by the Chicago Transit Authority's "free form guitar"

“Masayuki "Jojo" Takayanagi (1932-1991) was a maverick Japanese guitarist, a revolutionary spirit whose oeuvre embodied the radical political movements of late '60s Japan. Having cut his teeth as an accomplished Lennie Tristano disciple playing cool jazz in the late '50s, Takayanagi had his mind blown by the Chicago Transit Authority's "Free Form Guitar" in 1969 and promptly turned his back on the jazz scene. Takayanagi had found a new direction, an annihilation of jazz and its associated idolatry of...

Some of us oldsters remember UK Decca's HEAD label, which attempted to market modern classical masters to the 'hip/progressive rock' young'uns in the mid 70s. Did it work? I don't know. But the records were very good, and now they are being reissued, w...