Cuneiform releases

Cuneiform
“Producing so vivid a music that it can almost be tasted, Abbasi sounds like no one who has gone before him. His compositions are sheer genius...” – All About Jazz

“Behind the Vibration is a collection of new music that seeks to answer the question: What might a modern jazz album sound like in the hands of contemporary musicians employing a breadth of influences and current technologies? More often than not, musicians I play with have a developed and deep understanding of the jazz
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"Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz is emerging as one of the most interesting bandleaders and composers in modern creative improvised jazz. ...Adasiewicz has assembled a quintet of astounding musical proportion and depth, playing his tricky music that seems to have no limits of imagination, wit or wisdom." – All Music Guide

"Their second album, Varmint, shows growth exactly where it was needed. The compositions are better developed, the playing more relaxed and fluid, and the record better
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A wonderfully recorded, all analog-recording, carefully mastered and published on high-quality vinyl. Whoo-hah! Have at it, vinyl hounds.

Led by vibraphonist and composer Jason Adasiewicz [a-dah-shev-its], Varmint is Rolldown's second release....

"An evolving local group with a cacophonous yet catchy approach..." – The New Yorker

“Afuche’s palpable onstage energy is key to the unique corner the band has carved for itself in the ever-saturated Brooklyn music scene.” - Jezebel....

Leaving audiences slack-jawed in amazement at South by Southwest, punk-rock dives across the USA and jazz festivals in Europe, the Ahleuchatistas and their unique, high-energy, instrumental, technical, undefinable trio music for guitar, bass and drums...

"Music doesn’t get much closer to the edge than this." –
Alternative Press

"...remarkably tight, with the ability to turn complicated and seemingly unrelated phrases on a dime." – NPR ...

Third and best yet from this amazing instrumental, post-Beefheart, avant-technical, improv-core, math-metal, art-damage, punk-rock power trio from Asheville, NC.
Using the simple and classic skeleton of guitar, bass and drums, these three make powerful music that is undeniably 'rock' but is also undeniably much wider in musical influences than what one would imagine in such rock-based work.
For example, the opening song is Remember Rumsfeld at Abu Ghraib; of course we all know what that title...

The Israeli band Ahvak, named after the Hebrew word for Dust, creates music of dark, ominous and compelling beauty. Ahvak's mesmerizing and electrified version of chamber rock blurs the boundary lines between styles and aligns the band with forward-thi...

Algernon are one of Chicago's fastest rising young bands. They have a great post-rock/avant-progressive/modern progressive, instrumental sound. They feature a unique line-up of dual guitars, vibes, bass and drums. The band is led by guitarist and...

This title is now out of print. Last few.

Arkham are one of the lost legends of early 70's European progressive rock, They were formed in Bruxelles in 1970 by keyboardist Jean-Luc Manderlier & drummer Daniel Denis, along with a bassist...

"This melancholic, mosaic record . . . shuffles nimbly between extremes of darkness and light the way an Olympic figure skater transitions from twirls and spins to Lutzes and Axles, a suite of fluid, involving instrumentals that draws from...

"This melancholic, mosaic record . . . shuffles nimbly between extremes of darkness and light the way an Olympic figure skater transitions from twirls and spins to Lutzes and Axles, a suite of fluid, involving instrumentals that draws from...

Boy From Black Mountain is the third release from the determinedly eclectic Boston-based ensemble Beat Circus. Beat Circus is the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist/singer-songwriter Brian Carpenter. The music bridges a number of disparate genres...

"Brian Carpenter’s narrative songs evoke cabaret, Wild West saloons, circus sideshows, and Old World gypsies...but the prodigious musicianship and stylistic miscegenation is all modern; the results, refreshingly entertaining."-All About Jazz NY

"Beat Circus has created a singular intriguing sonic identity by filtering certain bizarre old-time American and European pre-jazz styles through a progressive contemporary fearlessness."-Weekly Planet

Beat Circus was formed in 2002 by...

“Bent Knee's musicianship is superb, with vocals to die for, an interesting new turn at every corner, and never a dull moment. Highly recommended.” – Bill Bruford

“Say So resoundingly demonstrates the increasing refinement and confidence of a group that doesn’t quite fit any conventional pigeonhole, with emphatic crunch, a knack for complexity, mixed with lively wit.” – The Boston Globe

For the first time ever, all of the band's 3 recordings for Ace of Hearts (Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Magnetic Flip and Beat of the Mesozoic) are reissued in their entirety and in the order in which they were originally heard when they were issued...

BOTM are a superb instrumental 4 piece (multi-keyboards, guitar, electronic percussion, & sax) who combine equal parts progressive rock, pulse, classical, & more into an instantly recognizable whole; no rock band us...

''...a fresh & almost indescribable fusion of rock, jazz, modern classical, sampled sound & noise.' - The Boston Phoenix

BOTM are a superb instrumental 4 piece (multi-keyboards, guitar, electronic percussion, & sax) who combine equal parts progressive rock, pulse, classical, & more into an instantly recognizable whole; no rock band uses interlocking parts as brilliantly as these guys. This is their first in 5 years and many people think it is their best yet! Start here.

Dubbed the worlds hardest rocking chamber quartet by the New York Times, Bostons Birdsongs of the Mesozoic creates innovative instrumental music that fuses rock, classical, minimalism, punk, garage/pop, and jazz. Two keyboardists (one on grand piano an...

For their 13th album and in their 25th year together, post-punk, art-rock pioneers Birdsongs of the Mesozoic do a 180 degree musical swerve and link up with bass-baritone vocalist Oral Moses, one of the preeminent African-American performers of...

Finnish guitarist Raoul Bjrkenheim first came to international attention with Edward Vesala's Sound & Fury band. Concurrently, he formed his own group Krakatau as an offshoot Sound & Fury. The well-known German ECM label signed Bjrkenheim & Krakatau [w...

"Björkenheim has been well regarded since his 1980s work...but his recent releases have been particularly memorable." – Stereophile

Guitarist and composer Raoul Björkenheim emerged from Finland in the 80s with...

Raoul Björkenheim electric 6 & 12 string guitars
Jori Huhtala doublebass
Pauli Lyytinen saxes and wood flute
Markku Ounaskari drums

“I always felt there’s something special about having a band. An all-star session can be good too, but the thing I’m missing nowadays in jazz is really good bands playing together tightly, turning on a dime together, and especially improvising together.” – Raoul Björkenheim...

"I...was stunned by his Hendrix meets late era Coltrane approach." – Guitar Moderne

"Despite the boilingly hot drive...influenced by Cream, Lifetime, Jimi Hendrix Experience (and perhaps more notionally the Pete Cosey/Reggie Lucas
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This is a reissue of the Finnish lp-only first release by this great rock/avant/fusion guitarist and his band Krakatau, and includes two bonus tracks. The record features a unique blend of heavy guitarwork combined with dual, wailing Coleman and Ayler-...

A brilliant Dutch avant/rock band. They use electric guitars, alto/soprano sax, alto/bass clarinet, baritone sax, bass, drums [by the amazingly brilliant David Kerman] & vocals. They combine a very unique & recognizable skewed rhythmic base (influenced...

"One of Portland's brightest lights."– Downbeat

"Says more than most singer-songwriters—without any words at all." – Willamette Week

"A truly unconventional approach to improvised music that puts other third.

This is an extremely high-quality vinyl version of this fine album, and, of course, the extremely eye-catching cover artwork looks just wonderful in this larger size. Plus, it's the Blue Cranes, so we pressed it on beautiful, translucent blue vinyl!...

This is an extremely high-quality vinyl version of this fine album, and, of course, the extremely eye-catching cover artwork looks just wonderful in this larger size. Plus, it's the Blue Cranes, so we pressed it on beautiful, translucent blue vinyl!...

Last six copies in existence!
This is the first album by guitarist Nick Didkovsky (Doctor Nerve), bassist Hugh Hopper (Soft Machine) and drummer John Roulat (Forever Einstein). Inspired by the energy and iconoclasm of heavy metal, evoking the fervor of guitar gods past, Bones' music is cathartic, blistering, and smart. Wailing, distorted guitars and driving rhythms delineate compositions that are brilliantly constructed, compelling and concise. Upon close inspection, this seemingly traditional...

Our 10th release, from 1988. This puppy ain't NEVER coming out on CD, so come 'n' git it if you are a completist! Due to size and weight, shipping outside of the USA will be raised if necessary.[Cuneiform]

Low stock warning; we have 9 copies left of this and when they're gone, they're gone!

Borden was the founder of Mother Mallard, the world's first all synthesizer group. Borden's continued development, as a composer & electronic pioneer, stretches..

Borden was the founder of Mother Mallard, the world's first all synthesizer group. Borden's continued development, as a composer & electronic pioneer, stretches over two decades of being a leader in the field of new music technology & electronic new mu...

Brown vs Brown are a intense and stunningly tight and complex 'rehearsal-intensive' avant-garde rock band from Amsterdam, Holland. Brown vs Brown was formed in 2004 by Dirk Bruinsma (saxes, vocals), Viljam Nybacka (bass), Gerri Jäger (drums) and Jeroen...

Fifteen years in the making, Minnesota eclectic prog / avant-pop / art-math quintet Bubblemath's sophmore sequence, Edit Peptide, provides a worthwhile wait with its non-formulaic formula of lively textures, wacky and virtuosic musicianship, hypnotically robust vocals and charmingly astute attitude. Blending in-your-face intricacy with eccentric experimentation, dense and poppy harmonies, symphonic vibrancy and tongue-in-cheek foundation, Bubblemath are clever and musicially...

"Cartwright continues to astound...altogether foot-stomping and gregariously festive...but then again, we wouldn't expect anything less (5/5 stars)!"-All About Jazz

This is the second solo release by composer/saxophonist George Cartwright, best known as the leader of Curlew.
The Memphis Years pays tribute to Cartwright's five-year involvement in Memphis' well known music scene, and features some of that city's best musicians.
Cartwright collaborates with noted lyricist Paul Haines...

"A brainy, yet highly engaging septet.... should come as a delight to fans of the Claudia Quintet's ethereal chamber-prog." – Time Out NY

"The Cellar And Point is the chamber-like enterprise of a productive partnership..." –

For over 20 years, Cheer-Accident have been a creative, interesting force in rock music. They constantly strive to surprise their audience and themselves with constant reinvention. Fear Draws Misfortune is their 16th release and arguably their best and...

"Tons of weird rock records have streamed out of Chicago over the past two decades, but none have blended pop smarts and avant-garde impulses as skillfully as this marvelous brainteaser of an album..." – Time Out New York...

"After three decades, many long-running acts have long run out of ideas. Cheer-Accident...sounds like a band that’s barely dug into its...ingenuity and daring." – Something Else!

Jeff Libersher guitar, trumpet, vocals, keyboards
Dante Kester bass, keyboards
Thymme Jones drums, vocals, piano, trumpet, keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, moog, noise
Carmen Armillas vocals
Mike Hagedorn trombone
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There was a tiny quantity of vinyl made for the band to sell on tour and we have some, but not a lot! Consider yourself warned!

"After three decades, many long-running acts have long run out of ideas. Cheer-Accident...sounds like a band that’s barely dug into its...ingenuity and daring." – Something Else!

Jeff Libersher guitar, trumpet, vocals, keyboards
Dante Kester bass, keyboards
Thymme Jones drums, vocals, piano, trumpet, keyboards...

Rob Mazurek – cornet, electronics
Chad Taylor – drums, percussion, mbira, electronics
Alexander Hawkins – piano
John Edwards – double bass

At a time when the world is mired in divisiveness, a time of wall-building and fear-mongering, it takes visionaries to build bridges rather than tear them down. “This is protest music,” insists Rob Mazurek. “It always has been. That’s why it’s called ‘Underground’ - it’s not just called that for fun. We really...

"Are Chrome Hoof the best live band in the UK...?" – headline from The Quietus

"...has the subtlety of Can, the pomp of Pentagram and Sabbath, faithfully reproducing the looping musical themes of Magma and Goblin..." ...

This is an extremely high-quality vinyl version of this great album. Includes download coupon for the digital version of the music. These were pressed in the UK and shipped over to us, so that's why they're a bit more expensive than usual. Limited...

Since their founding in the late 1990s, The Claudia Quintet has walked a unique path in contemporary jazz. Unlike most jazz ensembles where the particular musicians may come and go, drummer, composer and leader John Hollenbeck always wanted Claudia...

The 2nd release by this sensational 'jazz and beyond' ensemble. Their music, while clearly influenced by the jazz idiom, goes far beyond jazz, and many parts of this record have more in common with musicians such as L'Ensemble Raye, Hamster Theatre, Ni...

The Claudia Quintet is proof positive that the pessimists were wrong: jazz is not dead, despite being embalmed by major labels and confined by some musicians to dead ends. In the works of this sensational NY-based, 'jazz and beyond' ensemble, jazz has broken through its rigid shell and been reborn in shimmering and beautifully alluring new form. It lives and breathes in music that melds influences from classical minimalism, new music composition, and progressive and post-rock with an astonishingly fresh...

“Rich with ambition and empathetic interplay...the Claudia Quintet doesn’t...sound like anybody else. Which is exactly what makes them worth seeking out.” — Los Angeles Times

Led by composer, drummer and three-time Grammy nominee..

“You’d never mistake Claudia for anyone else.” – DownBeat

“Sensing the tipping point where improvisation undermines a composer's intentions, or composition imprisons good improvisers, is the challenge for musicians who like giving equal weight to both – and the Claudia Quintet are frontrunners at this tricky game.” – The Guardian
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For their sixth album, What Is the Beautiful?, The Claudia Quintet brings together the acclaimed compositional approach of leader John Hollenbeck with two of the most important male singers in improvised music...