Cuneiform releases

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"...The Celestial Squid is so special... Here are two of the greats....no, the greatest." – Jim O'Rourke

Guitar summits don't ascend higher than when legendary British free-jazz pioneer and longtime session ace Ray Russell...

Among the giants enthroned in jazz's pantheon, no one made as big, as broad, as bad-boy brazen of an impact on popular music in many manifestations of jazz, rock and improvisation - as Miles Davis. At the same time, he pioneered new routes for rock. Th...

"...a mind-bending, eclectic and challenging sonic stream that doesn’t contain even a shred of pretentiousness, but is full of creativity, individuality, expressivity and outside of the box thinking." – Igloo...

Conceived in Paris’s cosmopolitan jazz scene, forged on the road in America, and informed by international currents in electronic music, The Kandinsky Effect is a jazz power trio for the 21st century. Now based in New York City, the band makes...

"One of the great soprano saxists of all time." – All Music Guide

"...a trombonist of such sweeping power and majesty that he transcends all styles." – New York Times

"It’s tempting to riff on Early and Late’s historical significance, or wax sentimental about how much Lacy is missed; permit me to get concrete and say that this is a really great album, one of the best jazz releases I’ve heard this year." – Bill Meyer/Dusted
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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...

"...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

"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...

Great second release from this high-energy Japanese instrumental ensemble of soprano and tenor sax, keyboards (mostly electric piano and organ), bass and drums, with guests on guitar and percussion. Their 2003 debut blew the minds of those who were luc...

"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 ....

Formed by drummer/vocalist Robert Wyatt after he left the pioneering UK outfit Soft Machine in 1971. By early 1972, the band conisted of Robert, guitarist Phil Miller, bassist Bill MacCormick & electric pianist Dave MacRae. Smoke Signals compiles all previously unreleased performances - selected & sequenced by Robert Wyatt biographer Mike King - from the band's most intense gigging period. The set list is mostly drawn from Little Red Record, but the way the band performed the pieces live is quite...

"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...

Mats Oberg (keyboards) and Morgan Agren (drums) first began playing together 25 years ago (!!) when Mats was 11 and Morgan was 15. Originally very influenced by Frank Zappa, they actually played with Zappa in 1988, but while some of the Zappa influence...

The Music or the Money was their second album (which to this day is still Mats' favorite of their releases), which was originally self-released in 1997 and only available at their shows. The album showcases two different halves to the musician's work...

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...


"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

South African pianist and composer Chris McGregor led the racially mixed Blue Notes in South Africa in the early 1960's. But touring and performing proved difficult, and tiring of continuous government harassment, in 1964 McGregor and the band’s core members left their South African homeland. They settled in London in 1966 where they befriended many in the city’s emerging avant-garde jazz community and made a huge impact on London’s jazz scene. He founded the big-band Brotherhood of Breath..

South African born and raised pianist/bandleader Chris McGregor formed the racially mixed Blue Notes in the early 1960's, touring and trying to get by in extremely difficult political circumstances as best they could. By 1964, facing continous governme...

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...

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...

Piero is an Italian composer who has done a lot of work in the field of film & TV scores. . Lovely, yet also rich musically. This culls the best of his many works for installations & films and shuffles them into a flowing, cohesive album. ''Suspended ...

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...

Bassist Harry Miller was born in South Africa, but he was the Brit-jazz bassist throughout the 1970s, playing with John Surman, Centipede, Mike Westbrook, Keith Tippett, Mike Osborne, King Crimson, Julie Tippetts, Alan Skidmore and Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, among many others, as well as co-founding the legendary Ogun label, which did so much to document the Brit-jazz scene in the 1970s.
Harry's group, Isipingo, which he led for a number of years, could be compared to a smaller-scale...

Guitarist and composer Phil Miller made his name as guitarist with the legendary Canterbury bands Delivery, Matching Mole, Hatfield & the North and National Health.
After the demise of National Health, he began preparing for a solo career that began with Cutting Both Ways and continues to this day. This was the first album released under his own name, and the first album to feature his band In Cahoots, who are pretty much of a supergroup themselves...

Original vinyl pressing from 1988! These are brand new, perfect copies!Phil Miller made his name as guitarist with the legendary Canterbury bands Delivery, Matching Mole, Hatfield & the North and National Health. After the demise...

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...

"...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...