Cuneiform releases

Cuneiform
Larval is an avant/progressive rock ensemble led by composer Bill Brovold. Defined by driving guitars, saxes, multiple strings (violin, bass, cello, harp) and percussion, Larvals sound is intense, relentless and savagely hypnotic. The music brings to m...

"...powerful, emotional music that succeeds in establishing their own distinct creative niche. Highly recommended." - All Music Guide

Larval is a avant/post-rock instrumental band consisting of an ever changing lineup of some of the best.

"...it’s beautifully brutal and scintillatingly snarling, an arctic blast of synapse-cleaning, focused, furious racket with some capricious serenity here n’ there. The players: An American-raised Finnish guitarist; a jack-of- all-trades American...

Benedikt Reising – alto saxophone
Marc Stucki – tenor saxophone
Andreas Tschopp – trombone
Marc Unternäher – tuba
Rico Baumann – drums

“...They’re effectively a mini brass band, but with jazz chops and a great sense of humour. They mix old school with the new, referencing everything from New Orleans to Chicago. … A band that must be great to hear live, the sort to get you dancing in the aisles” – Jazz Today ...

"...this Swiss combo mixes it up with the best of them...finds the unexpected and makes it feel like we’ve heard it forever." – New York City Jazz Record...

"This is the sound of a band having fun… like a hot chainsaw through butter." – The Wire

"One of the UK’s most adventurous groups" – Jazzwise

"You’ll be hard pressed to keep the lid on this explosive tour de force of...

Sensible Shoes is the fourth album by this London quartet of dual alto saxes, Fender Rhodes & keyboards, bass and drums. It is a cataclysmic offering of jazz-rock, free-jazz, avant-skronk, funk-rock, art-noise and whatever else they can lay their hands on. A tremendously popular act at home in the UK, where they regularly play large-scale festivals and concert halls (as well as playing the typical club gigs that all musicians play), Sensible Shoes is their first recording to be released outside of the UK...

"Led Bib may have managed to retain the same line-up since 2004 but there is nothing jaded about this set." � The Arts Desk

"...a dynamite live show." � Time Out London
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"The brilliantly rabble-rousing quintet Led Bib celebrate their tenth anniversary in 2014. To mark this milestone, [they] release The People In Your Neighbourhood...and it's their most assured and very probably their best album to date." – JazzUK

Janel Leppin – Cello, Keyboards
Luke Stewart – Bass
Kim Sator – Harp
Anthony Pirog – Guitar
Larry Ferguson – Drums
Sarah Hughes – Alto Saxophone
Brian Settles – Tenor Saxophone

A composer and cellist who’s honed a singular synthesis of composition, orchestration and improvisation, Janel Leppin is best known as half of the experimental duo Janel and Anthony, which she co-leads with her husband, guitarist...

"While New Myth/Old Science deliberately avoids any obvious Ra intergalactic tones, it’s joyful enough to make a visitor from Saturn smile." – DownBeat

Co-led by Mike Reed and Jason Adasiewicz, two of the fastest...

This is an extremely high-quality vinyl version of this great album; I gotta say that it came out beautiful! It includes a download coupon for the digital version of the music. Limited edition, one time-only pressing of 500 copies...

Next to Walt Disney, Max Fleischer is the best-known animator of the 20th century, creating and contributing to American culture the one and only Betty Boop. Fleischer Studios also brought the newspaper character Popeye The Sailor and all the characters of that universe to (animated) life.

Guitarist Gary Lucas, whose dauntingly eclectic career encompasses a formative stint with Captain Beefheart, a collaboration with Jeff Buckley very early in Jeff's career and a...

This title is released in a tiny physical edition of 100 copies!

Nick Macri
- electric and acoustic basses, electronics, percussion

“...combines jagged amplified bass and textural percussion into a boiling haze...gritty electronics with recorded vocalizations as he generates feedback and noise from his amp… melodic yet open-ended. Subtle processing gives certain passages a shimmering nature, with repetitive echoes and pulses touching on minimalism...At only 34 minutes...

"To hear you guys playing those tunes in such an unbelievable way is quite amazing. Great job! Keep up the good work." – John McLaughlin

"What is primary to me is they are all great musicians. Everyone has to be a good improviser. It's not enough to transcribe the tunes themselves. You have to be able to take them to another place.... These guys can get there." – Jan Hammer

"...they grab the bar the original Mahavishnu set during its 1971 - '74 peak and raise it...

Start off by dispelling any outmoded notions about taking things at face value � sometimes a DJ is not just a DJ, a record is not a record, and a turntable is more than a record player. These are the basic tenets with which to enter the world of ....

"Great sound, great artwork - so thanks once again." – Robert Wyatt

Bill MacCormick – bass
Dave MacRae – electric piano
Phil Miller – guitar
Robert Wyatt – drums, vocals


Formed by drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt after he left the pioneering UK jazz/rock Soft Machine in 1971. The band was exceedingly active for a band that lasted less than one year, recording two albums and playing dozens of shows throughout Europe.
In 2001, Cuneiform released...

"This DVD contains various recordings made during a 16 year span, including live and studio recordings featuring many of my favorite musicians, plus lots of solo drums. I am happy that all of this material is recorded at all. It would have been a shame to set my hair on fire without being able to see it after..." –Morgan Agren

"...influenced by Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Earth Wind & Fire.... the Mats/Morgan men integrate everything and make it their own. – Audiophile...

Keyboardist Mats Öberg and drummer Morgan Ågren have worked together for nearly 3/4s of their lives. Both were childhood prodigies who have grown into adults who are considered absolute masters of their instruments and they have continued...

Swedish duo Mats/Morgan create their own sphere in the transcontinental music scene, a zone wherein progressive rock, jazz-rock fusion, experimental rock, electronica, and progressive pop overlap and intertwine...

Keyboardist Mats Öberg and drummer Morgan Ågren have been playing together since their childhood. They were 'discovered' at a very young age by Frank Zappa and are legendary in their native Sweden and beyond. Trends and Other Diseases is a reissue of...

Live was Mats/Morgan Band's fifth album, the first by the extraordinary expanded lineup of the group (Mats, Eric Carlsson and Robert Elovsson-keyboards, Jimmy Agren-guitar, Tommy Thordsson-bass and Morgan-drums) and the first that I heard by them...

Live was Mats/Morgan Band's fifth album, the first by the extraordinary expanded lineup of the group (Mats, Eric Carlsson and Robert Elovsson-keyboards, Jimmy Agren-guitar, Tommy Thordsson-bass and Morgan-drums) and the first that I heard by them...

A force on Chicago’s singularly inventive music scene for two decades, cornetist Rob Mazurek has recorded with high profile artists such as Tortoise, Jim O'Rourke, Stereolab, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and is an intrepid sound explorer...

Return The Tides is a deeply felt tribute and requiem for Rob Mazurek's mother, who died 2 weeks before this recording session. Black Cube SP features Rob's group São Paulo Underground plus additional musicians...

The limited edition vinyl edition comes in a beautiful, gatefold jacket and is pressed on purple vinyl (Rob's mother's favorite color); it's a stunning package!

"I have always thought of the idea of passing as a beautiful thing, in which the soul or life force of the individual is somehow transferred to the immensity and brilliance of the entirety. The idea of Heaven and Hell (and everything inbetween) has always been a hallmark within the limited spectrum of what we humans can come up...

"Mazurek and company channel electric Miles, Sun Ra, and the Art Ensemble of Chicago to make a recording that is cosmic, spiritual, raw, and powerful." – Avant Music News...

This limited edition vinyl version comes in a beautiful, triple-gatefold, hi-gloss, laminated jacket and is pressed on color vinyl; it's a huge and elaborate package, with the incredible artwork of Damon Locks and Sheila Sachs well displayed

Phillip Johnston – soprano saxophone
Don Davis – alto saxophone
Mike Hashim – tenor saxophone
Dave Sewelson – baritone saxophone
Joel Forrester – piano
Dave Hofstra – bass
Richard Dworkin – drums
It takes an unusual band to make news out of the blues, and The Microscopic Septet deliver a gripping investigation of the form on Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues, which conti

Since its founding in 1980, under the co-leadership and co-compositional duties of soprano saxophonist Phillip Johnston and pianist Joel Forrester, "the Micros" have been "New York's most famous unknown band"; since 1990, the catchy, film noir theme...

Originally active from 1980-1992, the "Micros" started with a basic reeds-and-rhythm texture that was sonically similar to the sound of the Swing Era, but used influences from the entire continuum of jazz. The result was a brilliant blend of fresh...

Voted the #5 jazz group in the 59th Annual DownBeat Critic's Poll.

"They're still the finest retro-futurists around." – The Village Voice

"...they remain one of New York's most distinctive and entertaining groups." – All About Jazz New York

"...splendid fun." – JazzTimes

"...equal parts zaniness and braininess..." – The New Yorker

Active for a dozen years, the Microscopic Septet were widely recognized as "New York's Most Famous Unknown Band."
The group started with a basic reeds-and-rhythm texture (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone sax, piano, bass and drums) that was sonically similar to the sound of the Swing Era. However, they employed these textures to address a widely eclectic range of styles, from free-form music to R&B, rhumbas and ragtime. The result was a brilliant blend of fresh-sounding orchestration and inspired...

Active for a dozen years, the Microscopic Septet were widely recognized as "New York's Most Famous Unknown Band." The group started with a basic reeds-and-rhythm texture (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone sax, piano, bass and drums) that was sonically...

Our second release by Piero Milesi, this is a soundtrack to a ‘video opera’ from 1987, in collaboration with composer Daniel Bacalov.
We are very happy to have a vinyl version of this electronic release made available, in collaboration with Soave Records and Daniel Bacalov, for its 30th anniversary!!

“La Camera Astratta is the result of the amazing collaboration between Piero Milesi e Daniel Bacalov with the experimental theatre-performance of the Studio Azzurro and Giorgio Barberio...

''Suspended motion suggests abyssal depths in these soundtrack instrumentals.'' -Keyboard.

Milanese composer Piero Milesi was one of the most prominent Italian artists in the field of electronic minimalism.
After having studied cello, he graduated with a degree in experimental and electronic music composition from the Milan conservatory. He then joined the Gruppo Folk Internazionale entourage and got a degree in architecture with a thesis on the relationship between space and sound...

Last few copies.

Piero is an Italian composer who has done a lot of work in the field of film & TV scores. The Abstract Room is lovely, yet also rich musically. This is the soundtrack to a large scale dance/performance work. A work that is...

Our second release by Italian soundtrack / post minimalist composer Piero Milesi, released over 30 years ago, La Camera Astratta (The Abstract Room) is a soundtrack to a ‘video opera’ from 1987, made in collaboration with composer Daniel Bacalov.
LONG out of print, we found a very few lightly marked copies in the lost warehouse!

“La Camera Astratta is the result of the amazing collaboration between Piero Milesi & Daniel Bacalov with the experimental theatre-performance of the Studio Azzurro..

Originally released in 1991, this was Phil's third solo album.

"Guitarist Phil Miller resides as one of the preeminent exponents of progressive rock, notwithstanding his storied legacy amid the much beloved British Canterbury rock scene....

"The British have a long history of putting the conventions of jazz-rock fusion to better use than their American counterparts do, and guitarist/composer Phil Miller is a case in point. Leading a sextet he calls In Cahoots, Miller offers a solid set of muscular, no-nonsense modern jazz that delivers plenty of intellectual interest without ever descending into navel-gazing solo wankery and without ever sacrificing its powerful groove. True, much of this stuff is most definitely music for musicians...

All music performed by:
Roger C. Miller on Custom Stratocaster 6-string;
three Rogue lap-steels [on legs] - two prepared, one tuned unison E;
multiple foot-pedals/sound-altering devices;
Boomerang III Looper

Roger Miller is best known for being the guitarist in Mission of Burma, where he expanded the vocabulary of rock guitar playing by incorporating elements of free jazz and 20th Century classical music. His...

Released in a beautiful, gatefold sleeve with dream imagery!

All music performed by:
Roger C. Miller on Custom Stratocaster 6-string;
three Rogue lap-steels [on legs] - two prepared, one tuned unison E;
multiple foot-pedals/sound-altering devices;
Boomerang III Looper

Roger Miller is best known for being the guitarist in Mission of Burma, where he expanded the vocabulary of rock guitar playing by incorporating elements of fr

"...a standout in the respective catalogs of both artists. Avant-garde saxophonist Lol Coxhill is best known for his work in free improvisation and British progressive rock and jazz. Steven Miller's work was more inclined toward structured electric jazz and fusion as a member of progressive rock unit Caravan – the resulting session was a highly experimental take on jazz fusion...as groovy as late Soft Machine, Caravan and Hatfield and the North's work from this period. A fairly essential recording...

"In these challenging times, it's nice to count on something that seems to be getting better instead of worse. Miriodor have been around now for about 30 years, quite an accomplishment in itself, but perhaps more amazingly, every CD they release improves in some way upon the last. A case in point is Avanti! (Onward!), the band's seventh Cuneiform CD, released in May 2009.... On Avanti! Miriodor have climbed their highest peak yet and now stand patiently waiting for you to discover them."-All Music...

"The music is both entertainingly accessible and startlingly inventive, filled with more sonic details than can be grasped in a single listen." – All Music Guide

Over a nearly 35 year-long career, Miriodor have...

Yes, Yes, Yes! The music is great. But let's talk about the really stunning package that this is first!

The cover is completely different than the CD, and is a 2 color hand silk-screened origina. Also contained in the set are 6, color, hand...

Bernard Falaise – guitars, bass, keyboards, banjo, turntable
Pascal Globensky – keyboards, synths, piano
Rémi Leclerc – drums, percussion, electronics

There are no other bands in North America that sound even remotely like Miriodor, whose new album Elements is their 10th studio release since their founding in 1980. This likely has to do with where keyboardist Pascal Globensky, guitarist and bassist Bernard Falaise, and drummer Rémi Leclerc are...

This Cuneiform title is LONG out of print, but we found a few and can offer them to you at the regular price, while they last! Don't blink and miss it!

"Mekano is the band's fifth recording in 15 years, and what makes the current band so impressive is the graceful, almost effortless way the execute all their complex musical moves, with scarcely a trace of irony or sel-conscious cleverness." – Alternative Press

Miriodor have been making adventurous progressive rock music in...

Bernard Falaise guitars, keyboards, turntable
Pascal Globensky keyboards, synths, piano
Rémi Leclerc drums, percussion, electronics
Nicolas Lessard bass, double bass, keyboards

"With a career going back over 30 years, French-Canadian band Miriodor have carved out an instantly recognizable sound that straddles avant rock and jazz...Miriodor have a wonderful sense of melody to counter their more experimental tendencies, and [the band] pulls off the ha

This was the first Cuneiform release and has been out of print for about 25 years, but we just found a couple while moving stuff around in the very back of the warehouse. Stevie is a rare talent, but he's served best when someone is around to help him...