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After releasing two very good CDs on CMP, the label folded, and Chad released this one on a small German label. Chad's just fab drumming is the glue that holds this hot fusion disc together, but there's good work from James Muller-guitar, Darly Pratt-v...

Anything by Yoshi Wada is of interest to folks who dig 'the big drone' or minmalism of the 1970s and this previously unheard (unknown by me) work is no exception!

"Yoshi Wada and EM Records presents the first-ever, world-premiere release of...

Totally cool & weird album (one of only two albums I know about) by this Japanese composer/instrument maker who was part of FLUXUS, moved to NYC for a while and made these weird, unique, bagpipe/reed-like instruments that were force-fed air by a...

"This is the first-ever release of the extraordinary 1987 performance of Yoshi Wada's interactive sound installation The Appointed Cloud, recorded in the Great Hall of the New York Hall of Science. This majestic recording captures 60 minutes of sound...

"The Japanese jazz scene is finally getting the attention it deserves. Long written off as just a scene filled with copycats of American and European artists, jazz fans around the world are now discovering that there was some amazing music being...

Excellent spacey/folk/psychedelic/hipster-what-have-you Italian band, released here in a collector-scum edition of only 200 copies in a hand screened gatefold board wallet. Nice, slightly ominous stuff!

"The second album from Italian project...

This reissues the only album by this psychedelic band from El Paso, TX, which was originally released in a small number in 1970. This has long been hailed for its 'desert vibe' and while you can hear a lot of normal/lesser late 60's influences, at its ...

"By 1989, Tom Waits was looking back on a decade that had proffered exceptional results. Having grown out from his 1970s barroom crooner and piano balladeer styles, Waits dared to be different at a time when many of his contemporaries were turning to the synthesiser and drum machine. Producing a quite extraordinary body of work during the '80s, including the trio of albums linked by theme, Swordfishtrombones (1983), Rain Dogs (1985) and Frank's Wild Years (1987). These LPs flew the face of musical...

I recently watched Down By Law, a great film by Jim Jarmusch, which stars Tom Waits and his buddy John Lurie from The Lounge Lizards. Waits' "Jockey Full Of Bourbon" is the music in the opening scene, and it reminded me to revisit this album. We were able to get some copies for a low price, so here it is...

"With its jarring rhythms and unusual instrumentation -- marimba, accordion, various percussion -- as well as its frequently surreal lyrics, Rain Dogs is very much a follow-up to...

"Tom Waits, as usual, has produced another classic. It should be noted, however, that "Real Gone" is a really gritty, avant-garde effort. The sonic texture of the album is akin to some of the tunes on "Bone Machine" with a tinge of the sweaty grit of...

"Between the release of Heartattack and Vine in 1980 and Swordfishtrombones in 1983, Tom Waits got rid of his manager, his producer, and his record company. And he drastically altered a musical approach that had become as dependable as it was unexciting. Swordfishtrombones has none of the strings and much less of the piano work that Waits' previous albums had employed; instead, the dominant sounds on the record were low-pitched horns, bass instruments, and percussion, set in spare, close-miked....

"The first live DVD release of Oliver Wakeman (with a CD of the same live recordings), the oldest son of Rick Wakeman (Yes), one of the best keyboard players in the history of progressive rock. "Coming To Town - Live in Katowice" DVD - an extraordinary...

"Almost Live In Europe is a live album that has been re worked in the recording studio. Hence the title Almost Live In Europe. The band were recorded during the tour of Europe in Italy in 1995. The line up of the English Rock Ensemble is a strange one...

"Aspirant Sunrise is the first in a trilogy of albums recorded in 1991, the others being Aspirant Sunset and Aspirant Sunshadows. The style is very much New Age which was a popular style at the start of the nineties and the music was written with...

"G'ole is one of Rick's soundtrack albums, taken from the film of the same name which was a feature on the 1982 World Cup. The album features Rick alongside long time percussionist Tony Fernandez and Jackie McAuley (former guitarist of the legendary...

One of the earliest recordings of Rick available on the market and this actually even includes a bit pretty good liner notes and information for this type of live album. Recorded November 2, 1975 at the Winterland Theater, San Francisco, CA.

"Remastered edition of RICK WAKEMAN’s 2003 live album with the New English Rock Ensemble, “In the Nick of Time”. Featuring a band comprising ASHLEY HOLT (vocals), ANT GLYNNE (Guitars), LEE POMEROY (Bass), TONY FERNANDEZ (Drums) and ERIK JORDAN (Additional Keyboards) ‘In the Nick of Time’ was an excellent live album that saw Rick and his band perform many classic tracks such as ‘No Earthly Connection’, ‘Catherine Parr’, ‘White Rock’ and ‘Wurm’, alongside the title track from the recently recorded album...

One of the most over-the-top rock albums ever made, and depending on how you feel about flash, pomp and circumstance, may make it one of the best albums of all time! It's even live, which is really impressive. One thing for sure; they certainly spent a...

One of the most over-the-top rock albums ever made, and depending on how you feel about flash, pomp and circumstance, may make it one of the best albums of all time!
It's even live, which is really impressive. One thing for sure; they certainly spent a lot of money putting this concert, which includes rock band, the London Symphony Orchestra and the English Chamber Choir.
This includes the original album remastered, but with a previously unreleased track added, "The Pearl and Dean Unfinished...

"Following his departure from Yes, Rick Wakeman launched his very successful solo career, and went on to release several albums which achieved millions of sales. Released here by full agreement with Rick Wakeman, this double CD features two 1976 BBC...

Rick's first solo album and definitely one of his best. All instrumental classical-rock, recorded in 1973 while he was in Yes and most of the members of Yes help out on here.

"Rick had petitioned Hampton Court to perform this album back in 1973 but was turned down. Now, 36 years later in front of a very enthusiastic crowd, a full orchestra, and a full choir, Rick brings a fresh performance of his debut album and the sound...

"Gastank was an English television show that aired between 1982–1983 in the United Kingdom on Channel 4. Hosted by former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman, the show featured a mix of interviews with 1970s musicians and impromptu performances where the guest artist would join Wakeman and his house band in playing re-arranged versions of their classic songs, or entirely new pieces created for the show.
The format was very informal, with the setting likened to a bar where Wakeman would interview the guest...

"Collin Walcott defined a corner of improvisation all his own with his unique approach to the sitar and tabla. When the newly-formed Gateway trio of John Abercrombie, Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette joined him for “Cloud Dance” the results were magical..

Pianist/bandleader/composer Mal Waldron had a long career, from the 50s with Billie Holiday and Charles Mingus to 60s work with Eric Dolphy to expatriate work in Germany in electric settings (check his incredible work on electric piano on Embryo's...

Another album of duos, this time George adds the tarogato to his arsennal. More standards and originals. [Slam]

A beautiful recording of these two playing duets on baritone sax & piano, including several standards and originals. It's amazing how underappreciated Mal Waldron is, even after all of these years, & what a diverse career he has had (Billie Holliday's ...

"Although he only released two albums in the mid-'60s, Peter Walker influenced a whole host of subsequent guitarists with his modal drone explorations of Eastern musical forms and his experiments with raga and flamenco."-All Music Guide...

There are a lot of singer/songwriters taking their cues from the Joe Boyd Island releases of the 70s, which is a fine influence, but most of them sound like sort of limp versions of those guys.
Ryley Walker, from Chicago is different because while anyone who loves John Martyn's & Nick Drake's albums from their classic period will also love this, it doesn't sound a bit like them to my ears.
Additionally, he's working with a host of the great Chicago jazz guys here: cellists...

This is the current project from Val Opielski (co-leader of the the late, great Krakatoa) and pals. Totally charming indie-pop with some sounds here and there that will definitely remind you of Krakatoa - but that's not the main point with this. Judge...

"A leading figure in the Jewish music scene for over thirty years, Greg Wall is one of the pioneers in blending Jewish music with jazz. His newest recording with his powerful ensemble Later Prophets is a colorful and provocative mix of jazz and Jewish...

Saxophonist Greg Wall has been a leading figure in the Jewish Music scene since the late seventies. A veteran of countless bands, he is a founding member of the acclaimed Hasidic New Wave with Frank London, and was one of the first musicians to blend J...

The first album by this German band, recorded in Fall & Winter 1971, & originally released on Pilz. One of the few purely symphonic rock-styled German bands of the early 70's.

"Wallenstein play a sort of spacey symphonic rock on their debut...

With this, their 3rd, they made the move onto the Cosmic Couriers label, and they are continue their symphonic rock with slight space-rock touches ways. With Jurgen Dollase-keyboards/vocals, Bill Barone-guitar, Jerry Berkers-bass/vocals and Harald Gros...

The 2nd album, also on Pilz, from Spring, 1972, & featuring Jurgen Dollase-keyboards/vocals, Bill Barone-guitar, Jerry Berkers-bass/vocals and Harald Grosskopf-drums. These guys also make appearances as part of the 'acid house' band on the Cosmic Jokers records, and additionally, Grosskopf went onto work on some of Klaus Schulze's very best albums. This is pretty straight forward symphonic rock of its time.

The same five piece who appeared on Cosmic Century appear here. By their fourth album, they are refering to themselves on the cover as "The Symphonic Rock Orchestra".

"Here Wallenstein went for a more song-oriented approach with a rather...

Denny Walley was a childhood friend of Frank Zappa and is a fine bluesy slide guitarist in his own right. He has been a member of Frank's band and also a member of The Magic Band. "These songs are basically the stuff I grew up on. They are the songs th...

Previously unreleased smoking trio-based energy music from Scandinavia! 'I learned to listen to the music of the PHW Trio in the early eighties, live in my hometown of Ume at the Scharinska Villan, the local jazzclub. The magic shared between Per Henri...

"Follow-up to the critically-lauded “The Zoo Is Far”, of which the Irish Times wrote, 'Explicitly moving away from jazz with this sextet despite the presence of musicians with jazz backgrounds, including himself, Wallumrød has reduced these elements to...

Christian Wallumrød-piano, harmonium, toy piano, Arve Henriksen-trumpet, Gjermund Larsen-violin, hardanger fiddle, viola, Tanja Orning-cello, Giovanna Pessi-baroque harp Per Oddvar Johansen-drums, percussion. "Extraordinarily concentrated music from..

Priska Walss: Trombone, Alphorn / Gabriela Friedli: Piano

"In the current jazz scene in Zurich, Switzerland, Priska Walss and Gabriela Friedli have made a name for themselves through numerous projects. For Intakt Records, Priska Walss has...


"A Pound Of Flesh" is a tour de force solo offering by musical polymath Weasel Walter. Known for his wide ranging work with ensembles like The Flying Luttenbachers, Cellular Chaos, XBXRX, Behold The Arctopus, and Lydia Lunch Retrovirus, as well as his prolific career as an improviser, producer, and composer, Walter reveals almost 5 hours of long, abstract forms in this monolithic set.
Ranging from detailed electro-acoustic music to athletic solo drumming, skronkily deconstructed power trio...

"oh, yeah. this is the one we've all been waiting for. brand new studio material featuing a bizarre cast of characters in a series of unpredicably macabre improvisations. there's a futuristic chill to this disc. are you ready to look it in the ear!???...

"A monolithic hour-long structure for improvisers, performed by a 12 piece unit which bridges the nexus between modern composition and all-out-war free jazz.

Igneity was composed in response to Henry Kaiser asking me if I would assemble a big band, rather than a small group, for us to play a concert with in New York. I had previously included him in the large ensembles I had led when I lived in Oakland, California. However, I had not yet tackled the format in New York City.

There is...

"Taken together, these three vibrant musicians represent the best of a coming generation of new talent with the NY Times and the Village Voice calling them "dazzling and light years ahead of their peers". Mary Halvorson, Peter Evans and Weasel Walter...

This is the 1st solo album by the wonderful and wonderfully talented bassist and singer/songwriter Ellen Andrea Wang, known to most of you as the leader of the Norwegian band Pixel.

This is really nothing like Pixel, but you can certainly...

Waniyetula are best known, if at all, for releasing an album in 1983 that has been compared to mid 70s symphonic greats like Yes, Grobschnitt, etc. at a time when there wasn't a lot of that coming out on the marketplace at all! These studio and live re...

First album by this Crypto band. This is their first album, recorded in late 1973 and presents a very simple, stripped-down approach, with many tracks consisting of only simple electric keyboards (Crumar organ, Wulitzer electric piano, Eminent synthesizer), violin & acoustic guitar/female vocals. Simple and kinda charming in a very primitive way, at times this is almost like a proto, progressive version of Young Marble Giants! Includes their rare, non-lp single form about one year later...

This is an incredible, very composer-ly and orchestrated large ensemble jazz work. Highly recommended.

"Alto saxophonist and composer Greg Ward (Prefuse 73, Lupe Fiasco, Tortoise, William Parker, Andrew D'Angelo), combines forces with performing artist and choreographer Onye Ozuzu (Columbia College Chicago Dance Chair) to create Touch My Beloved's Thought. This cross disciplinary work of music and movement is a direct nod to Charles Mingus' Black Saint and the Sinner Lady seen through a modern...