Cuneiform releases

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Royal Toast is the long-awaited fifth release by this wonderful and undefinable ensemble. Led by twice Grammy-nominated drummer/composer John Hollenbeck, who The Village Voice called, "...superb, technically ingenious... passionate and serious...

Graham Collier is one of the best known and most important British jazz composers and over a 40 year career, his list of compositions and commissions has grown to encompass ensembles around the world. He is well-known as an author and educator, having

"More than impressive"-Brian Morton/The Wire

"The most exhilarating band performance of the entire five days [of the Guelph Jazz Festival]..."-Musicworks

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Robert Creeley is one of Americas greatest living poets; he was the link between the beat poets of Greenwich Village and those of Black Mountain College. Creeley has long acknowledged the influence of jazz & improvised music on his work. In this collab...

Save $8.00 (on item cost + postage combined), when you buy this package of all 4 new Cuneiform CD titles (Bubblemath, Cheer-Accident, The Great Harry Hillman and Miriodor).

Save $8.00 (on item cost + postage combined), when you buy this package of all 4 new Cuneiform CD titles (Bubblemath, Cheer-Accident, The Great Harry Hillman and Miriodor).

For about five years in the mid 80s/early 90s, not enough people seemed to realize that the best live band in the USA was Curlew. Their heyday featured the classic line-up of leader George Cartwright (saxes), Tom Cora (cello) (who also played with...

Led by saxist George Cartwright, Curlew are noted for their sense of fun, great riffing, spirited interplay, & the superb musicianship of musical members like Davey Williams, Ann Rupel, Chris Cochrane & Kenny Wollesen. This features somewha...

Led by saxist George Cartwright, Curlew are noted for their sense of fun, great riffing, spirited interplay & the superb musicianship of musical members Tom Cora, Davey Williams, Wayne Horvitz & Pippin Barnett. ''Jazz record of the week...one ...

Classic, live release, pressed by the best-ever pressing plant in the USA, Wakefield, who did all of our releases for us in the 80s. This is new, perfect, 23 year old stock! Still sealed!

Led by saxist George Cartwright, Curlew are noted for...

Out of print, last 2 copies..

Few avant/electric jazz bands have maintained as high a quality of work over as long a career over two decades thus far as Curlew. Saxist/leader/main composer George Cartwright's compositions for Curlew...

Curlew was formed in 1979 by George Cartwright, the group's leader, saxophonist, and main composer. Cartwright's compositions are at once direct and mysterious, possessing a clarity and focus that show both Ellington and Ornette assimilated in a most u...

Few avant/electric jazz bands have maintained as high a quality of work over as long a career - over two decades thus far - as Curlew.
Formed in 1979, North America reissues their obscure 2nd album, which was recorded in 1984-85 and originally released only in Germany. It features the band in transition from it's original line-up into the band that helped to define the "Knitting Factory Sound" in the mid/late 1980's, and who the New York Times, called, "the best of the unsigned, genre.

Led by saxist George Cartwright, Curlew are noted for their sense of fun, great riffing, spirited interplay, & the superb musicianship of musical members like Davey Williams, Ann Rupel, Chris Cochrane & Samm Bennett. This features somewhat ...

"I liked what I heard. Great writing and ensemble playing. Deep thoughtful solos." – Jack DeJohnette

Proficient, creative, a first-call, in-demand bassist, Carlo De Rosa has earned a reputation of very high standards....

"Dead Cat Bounce does it all with exquisite writing, the subtle use of a bass-drum rhythm section and above all a definite sense of communication between the members that I am sure will be apparent to even the casual listener. These musicians...

“The debut album was recorded while Dean was still with Soft Machine, and made largely with fellow-Softs, though it is clear that he was already interested in exploring new territory...Deservedly rescued from oblivion by Cuneiform, Just Us is a great introduction to a compelling voice.” – The Penguin Guide To Jazz Recordings

English jazz saxophone legend Elton Dean has been in the public eye for over 30 years, & has played in numerous acclaimed groups over the years, including the...

This was the last of four albums we released under Elton's name. It has been out of print for many, many years, but we found a small cache in France and here they are. This is it. You won't find these anywhere else and neither will we after these are gone

English jazz saxophone legend Elton was in the public eye for over 35 This was Cuneiform's first release by the great free-jazz saxophonist and composer Elton Dean and was also Elton's first-ever North American release under his own name. This album fe...

This album, released under all of the musician's names, but instigated and led by Elton Dean, features all of Mujician as well as the legendary American trombonist - possibly the foremost trombonist in free-jazz, Roswell Rudd. "Dunmall, Levin, Rogers a...

This reissues a very rare 1970 album, out of print for 45 years now, which was the first professional band by musicians who would later find fame in a number of other bands:
Steve Miller-piano
Phil Miller-guitar
Roy Babbington-bass
Pip Pyle-drums
Carol Grimes-vocals
Lol Coxhill-sax

Contains the original album, a non-lp single, a great alternate take & a couple of live tracks, all sounding unbelievably better than the rather poor sounding original lp on the wall of

“...lyrical, provoking and genre-pushing...one of the most extraordinary bands in the entire music universe.” – AllMusic

“Extremely tight, lots of texture and dynamic shifts and flawless acrobatic vocals...by one of the genre's best...” – Icon

Mauro Collina – electric & acoustic guitars
Alessandro Bonetti – violin
Alessandro Porreca -– bass
Luigi Ricciardiello – organ, Rhodes piano & synthesizers
Claudio Trotta – drums

A sextet of violin, analog keyboards, guitar, bass, drums and vocals, Deus ex Machina's sound is a unique and unequaled blend of aggressive jazz-rock mixed with complex rhythms, 1970s-style hard-rock guitar and hints of Rock In Opposition-style avant...

Djam Karet were established in 1984 and by the late 1980's had established themselves as one of the US's most important instrumental progressive rock ensembles. Compared by the press with King Crimson, Pink Floyd, the Grateful Dead, Ozric Tentacles and...

“Drawing upon music that spans its 15 years together, Djam Karet is never less than exhilarating in its virtuoso interplay, while never succumbing to jam band histrionics” – Billboard

“...the greatest undiscovered band in the world.” – Electronic Musician

“Pink Floydian dreamscapes intersect with the jagged complexity of King Crimson.” – Rolling Stone


Djam Karet are a southern California quartet using dual guitars, keyboards/electronics, bass &..

"Pink Floydian dreamscapes intersect with the jagged complexity of King Crimson." – Rolling Stone

. "...the greatest undiscovered band in the world." – Electronic Musician


One of the most popular & essential US progressive rock bands to emerge in the mid 80s, Djam Karet use dual guitars, keyboards/electronics, bass & drums.
They play interesting & fresh instrumental progressive rock, having have developed their own sound out of the classic influences of bands such as Pink...

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Djam Karet use dual guitars, keyboards/electronics, bass & drums. They play interesting & fresh instrumental progressive rock. They have developed their own sound out of the classic influences of bands such as Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Present, Heldon,...

These are the first two albums, complete on one CD, that cemented Nerve's reputation as one of New York City's most fast 'n' furious bands. The first album is somewhat more in the vein of the early 80's punk/jazz scene...


Saxophonist Dunmall of Mujician appears here fronting his octet, a mixture of well known & up-and-coming players, including Keith Tippett-piano, Simon Pickard-tenor sax, Annie Whitehead & Chris Bridges-trombone, Gethin Liddington-trumpet, Paul Rogers-b...

Born 1953 in Welling, England, Paul Dunmall is one of Britains best-known jazz musicians. Classically trained on clarinet, Dunmall began his professional music career in 1969. Dunmall is perhaps most widely known for his work since 1988 as a member of ...

I Wish You Peace is a landmark recording in the career of one of modern jazzs emerging giants: British jazz musician Paul Dunmall. A world-class reed player, Dunmall is described as "A powerful player often cited as the cream of British saxophonists" by the Guiness Who's Who In Jazz, and a "Superlative saxophone and clarinet playerone of the best reed players in Europe if not the world." by Venue. He is a member of the UK improvising ensemble Mujician and leads the Paul Dunmall Octet among many other...

"The coolest of Britain's young jazz bands." – Daily Telegraph

"...they’re still evolving, pushing boundaries and moving jazz forward." – Mojo


Empirical has become one of Europe’s top jazz ensembles by creating a bracing sound rife with roiling emotion. The quartet builds on the extroverted improvisational ethos of the 1960s New Thing, embracing oblique harmonies, translucent textures and jagged, quick shifting rhythms. Featuring...

“Ergo's music is also rooted in jazz...fused with electronica and a distinct avant-garde feel. ...quite beautiful and moving...a bit like Sigur Ros meeting Sun Ra uptown.” – Terrascope

“This is music that evolves slowly, almost imperceptibly; yet for all its freedom, there's no shortage of structure...Sroka takes a different approach to composition, one where improvisation and structure work hand-in-hand, each feeding the other.” – All About Jazz
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"[Ergo] has a deft touch when it comes to molding silence and drones into rich celestial balladry....a nifty confluence of George Lewis's dreamscapes and Miles's Lonely Fire, and while it's a record that invites you to watch the embers glow, it does...

Ergo is a trio made up of Carl Maguire on Rhodes electric piano and analog synths and effects, Shawn Baltazor on drums and lead by Brett Sroka on trombone and laptop. They have been playing together since 2003, combining the modern sound of electronica...

"Keyboards, cello, bass and drums cooperate for instrumental "chamber rock" - a synthesis of a heavier progressive style with acoustic elements like cello...with the cello often following a perfectly-intoned tenth above, resulting in a slithery, silky undertow for the band.... Mind-blowing.... fun to listen to...." - Keyboard

"This is not only a very accomplished recording -- it's a very entertaining one." - All Music Guide
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This is an exciting and auspicious debut release by a chamber rock quartet from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Far Corner play carefully honed compositions, composed in a style that reflects influences from 20th century composers, such as Stravinsky and Bartok combined with classical/chamber rock greats like Univers Zero, early ELP, Present and more, combined in their own fashion.
In addition to their compositions, Far Corner also perform purely improvised music. Their music maintains the energy level...

"Fast 'n' Bulbous proved that Beefheart's songs deserve to be played in his absence and are, for all their knotty logic, quite playable...Johnston's brass scores hit the R&B meat and twisted swing that Beefheart embedded in spidery guitars... Lucas on searing bottleneck guitar celebrated the rock in Beefheart's extremes."– David Fricke / Rolling Stone

"Remarkably, these instrumentals hold onto Beefheart's obsessive strangeness, which is really the best tribute that Lucas, Johnston and the
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Forever Einstein use guitar, electric bass, & a wonderfully idiosyncratic drummer to unique ends, performing well thought out & playful instrumental rock music that is highlighted by a great sense of dynamics & sensitivity from all. Their immediately i...

Forever Einstein use guitar, electric bass, & a wonderfully idiosyncratic drummer to unique ends, performing well thought out & playful instrumental rock music that is highlighted by a great sense of dynamics & sensitivity from all. Their immediately...

Forever Einstein use guitar, electric bass, & a wonderfully idiosyncratic drummer to unique ends, performing well thought out & playful instrumental rock music that is highlighted by a great sense of dynamics & sensitivity from all. Their immediately i...

They truly deserve the title of power trio. Essentially a rock album, but with some very diverse influences...full of power and complexity-Wonderous Stories. Forever Einstein are an instrumental guitar/bass/drums progressive rock outfit whose roots inc...

"For those of you who grew up on the Return to Forever / Mahavishnu Orchestra / Weather Report strain of modern jazz, you will love this group. There's no mincing words about the Phenomena tag this band is proud to own — terrific music made by a wonderful band that cannot be a trade secret for too much longer. Viva Forgas !" – All-Music Guide

"Composer and multi-instrumentalist Patrick Forgas has been making music for the last four decades, and now in the heart of his fifth one
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Drummer and composer Patrick Forgas has been releasing jazz-rock gems that showcase his compositional and and arranging skills for over 30 years. Axis of Madness (L'Axe du Fou) is the fourth album by his current band; a 7-piece instrumental ensemble of...

"Sonic manna...5 out of 5 stars"- Alternative Press

“In 1979, guitarists Fred Frith and Henry Kaiser made an album titled With Friends Like These... on the Metalanguage label. It was one of the defining documents of the downtown avant-garde scene, a collection of improvised duets on which both players essentially redefined the sound of the guitar, Frith with his physically altered (and sometimes beaten) instruments, and Kaiser with his virtuosic and harmonically adventurous technique...

Last FIVE copies in existence anywhere!
This straddles the boundries between the menacing works of his past, & a more spacier side. Despite it's less intense nature, it still has that "bite" that you expect from him. "...a brilliant achievement...

These two giants of European electronic music join forces. Richard's sustained, instantly recognizable guitarwork & processing blends with Peter's dark synthetic vision to come up with a sound that is recognizably the work of both of these distinctive ...

"Gibbs music is full of intriguing inner detail that does not deflect from the ultimate destiny of his pieces." – BBC Music Magazine

"Mike Gibbs' ingenious arrangements suggest a pop art incarnation of a traditional big band...