Cuneiform releases

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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...

Miriodor have been making adventurous progressive rock music in Quebec for 20 years. They are among a handful of bands worldwide whose works convey all hallmarks of the ''R.I.O.'' school: adventurous and inspired compositions, rigorous musicianship, a ...

There are few things as exciting to me personally as receiving a new release from this band, who I regard as one of the greatest of the greats. Miriodor have been making adventurous, memorable and truly entertaining instrumental rock music for 25...

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...

Synthesist Steve Moore is one half of the noted 70s-inspired, synth/prog duo Zombi. In addition to the five albums released by Zombi, he has a prolific and thriving solo career, releasing music that ranges from electronica/dance to...

Drummer/composer Moorefield leads his 9 piece ensemble (three guitars, trumpet, trombone, alto and tenor saxes, bass and drums) through a set of brilliantly written instrumental art-rock. This is forward-looking, innovative music by an avant big band t...

The first album and previously unreleased recordings from the world's first all-synthesizer ensemble. They were also one of the very first (possibly the first) performing synthesizer ensembles, working closely with Robert Moog, whose first factory was ...

Last copies ever! This is synth music 101 and should be in any collection!
MMPMC were the world's first all synthesizer ensemble. This was their 2nd & final release, and was originally released in 1976. The music is a unique and extremely enjoyable blend of space electronics (ala Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze), minimal music (Terry Riley, Philip Glass), and contemporary classical & electronics (Gordon Mumma, John Cage).
This album showcases a uniquely American slant on synthesizer music by a...

Brilliant composer James Grigsby has revived his MTG group as a 14 piece "little big band", including Emily Hay-flute & vocals, Eric Johnson-bassoon, Vinny Golia & Lynn Johnston-saxes & clarinets, Joseph Berardi-drums, Dave Kerman-percussion &, others...

Since their demise in 1981, The Muffins have been generally acknowledged as one of the finest (and one of the most unsung) U.S. proponents of progressive/new music. Along with Grits, The Muffins were *the* formative band in my personal musical developm...

Chronometers is an excellent collection of home and studio demos from the band's earliest period, when they were a quintet (Dave Newhouse-piano, organ, woodwinds, Tom Scott-woodwinds, Billy Swann-bass, Stuart Abramowitz-drums and Mike Zentner-guitar an...

“Two words – simply amazing! This new recording from classic progressive rock and fusion masters The Muffins after a twenty year hiatus is a breathtaking example of just how much fire is left in the genre. [They] combine melodic jazz sensibilities with complex song structures and the searing nature of classic fusion, for a ride that was worth the wait. The Muffins have returned with a vengence.” – Sea Of Tranquility

It is an all-too-rare occurrence for a band, throughout its career, to...

The Muffins were a D.C. area band from 1974-81. This was their 1st & best known lp. A SUPERB & sublime instrumental mix of Canterbury progressive, fusion, improvisation elements, & more...

Mujician are an extraordinary UK improvising/free jazz quartet, featuring Keith Tippett-piano, Paul Dunmall-reeds, Paul Rogers-bass, & Tony Levin-drums. Intense- yet-controlled, with dynamic interplay from all four musicians. Mujician's music is...

This is one of their most overtly 'jazz' releases, and it swings like mad! "Mujician's music works because the group's four very forceful musical personalities don't get in each other's way. For all their differences, their strengths seem complimentary...

"The second album from Mujician was recorded live earlier this year. In the interim, free jazz has developed a tradition and language which Poem About The Hero unashamedly refers to. It may not be that radical anymore, but Tippett's ensemble can still...

Out of print for several years and not coming back. Last chance/very few!

Since Mujician formed in England in 1988 as an improvising collective, the band has released 5 CDs on Cuneiform, who, in the words of The Wire, perform "...measured &...

"Working within the instrumental parameters of the standard post-bop combo - piano, bass, drums and saxophones - the band situates itself in a space midway between what could be called Brit-Improv and American energy music...their sound is, if anything...

If creating an unmistakable group sound is the ultimate goal of a jazz ensemble, the Spanish trio Naima is well on its way to securing a spot as one of the leading combos on the contemporary European scene. Featuring Enrique Ruiz on piano and synths, Luis Torregrosa on drums, and Rafael Ramos Sania on double bass, the Valencia-based electro-acoustic band has honed a dramatic, darkly romantic sound marked by astringent textures, arresting melodies, and tightly coiled rhythms....

This vinyl version of one of our great releases from earlier in the year was released only in Spain and we have only 8 copies to sell!

If creating an unmistakable group sound is the ultimate goal of a jazz ensemble, the Spanish trio Naima is well on its way to securing a spot as one of the leading combos on the contemporary European scene. Featuring Enrique Ruiz on piano and synths, Luis Torregrosa on drums, and Rafael Ramos Sania on double bass, the Valencia...

"A more stretched-out, jam-oriented affair than the original studio recordings, Playtime picks up on some of the furious, frenetic energy of the early fusion movement, when bands like Tony Williams Lifetime and the original lineups of the Mahavishnu Orchestra and Return To Forever were going straight for the jugular with raw burn, tempered with intelligent writing, strict ensemble playing and audacious, chops-oriented playing. This is first rate, risk-taking jazz rock created in a bygone era by a...

Poking around in the back of the warehouse while trying to consolidate stuff, we found these Japanese versions of this title.
It is identical to the standard version, except it has one bonus track which is unavailable elsewhere, "Silence", from...

NDIO was formed from the ashes of the Holland-based Hugh Hopper Band. Some time after the Hopper Band disbanded, saxophonist Frank van der Kooij, a key member from the start, asked Hopper to join a project under his leadership. Frank also invited two o...

NeBelNeST are one of the most adventurous and energetic young bands to emerge on the international post-rock / avant-progressive scene in recent years. The young French band is noted for its dark symphonic rock music influenced by King Crimson, Pulsar ...

Out of print! Last copies! Nebelnest emerged with a bang out of France, with an excellent first album in 1998 and a second well received album in 2002. An instrumental quartet of keyboards, guitar, bass and drums, on their third album, Nebelnest add more...

“An absolute gem of an album that is of great historical importance.... Both elemental and sophisticated, this is an invaluable document of an ephemeral outfit – that made a nonetheless invaluable contribution to the cannon of small group jazz, be it mainstream or avant-garde, or the space in between.” – Kevin Le Gendre/Jazzwise, October, 2010. This release is truly a remarkable archival find! Formed in the summer of 1964, although the New York Art Quartet existed for...

The groundbreaking UK band Nucleus were one of the very first jazz/rock fusion groups, forming in 1969 and releasing their first album in 1970. During their lifetime, the band recorded 13 albums for labels like Vertigo and Capitol, among others. The ba...

In the history of British jazz, there were few voices as unmistakable as Mike Osborne's alto saxophone, but his story is one of the tragedies of British jazz. Within 15 years of his first recordings, simmering mental illness had taken over and...

Very last copies - found a few hiding behind the dog-biscuits in the back of the cuboard.

Hiding behind a shockingly ugly-on-purpose cover is a very fine, very unusual & intriguing album by this duo consisting of Pad Conca (electric bass...

"...this ace arranger is dead serious about his song-renovations, striving for exceptional music that contains levels of technical resourcefulness and emotional exposition associated with premium jazz." – DownBeat

The Ed Palermo Big Band
combines two unlikely American masters with The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren, a dizzying and ingenious reinvention of music by Todd Rundgren & Frank Zappa, two much-loved but drastically different American rock composers...

Ed and his amazing 16 piece band (+ guests) return with his third album of his distinctive, big-band interpretations of the great 20th century composer, Frank Zappa. This body of work has won them huge acclaim from both new and old fans of the music...

"Palermo developed these charts during years of live shows with these musicians, and their mastery of the material shows in the performances, which turn on a dime yet feel fierce with spontaneous invention....

"Oh Yes!" – Culture Jazz

Over the past two decades Ed Palermo has earned an avid international following with his brilliantly executed, reverently irreverent arrangements of Frank Zappa’s tempestuous and wildly inventive music. On previous albums the New Jersey saxophonist, composer and arranger infused the world of Zappalogy with his own brand of incisive wit & bracing improvisation. He doesn’t neglect Zappa on his 4th Cuneiform dispatch One Child Left Behind...

"In arranging Zappa's tunes for big band, Ed Palermo has thrown new light on his legacy while retaining the composer's original melodic and harmonic designs. The arrangements also leave plenty of room for the band's gifted soloists..."...

Crazy times call for outrageous music, and few jazz ensembles are better prepared to meet the surreality of this reality-TV-era than the antic and epically creative Ed Palermo Big Band. The New Jersey saxophonist, composer and arranger is best known for his celebrated performances interpreting the ingenious compositions of Frank Zappa, an extensive body of work documented on previous Cuneiform albums.
But his fifth project for the label...

A trio of keyboards, reeds, drums, & tapes, PFS's music is sharp, & creative; a vibrant mix of jagged rhythms, pre-recorded tape material, & bursts of musical color, blended with classical melodies. A wide range of styles are touched upon. ''Melodies &...

"Conceptually, it suggests what an inspired meeting of Steve Reich and King Crimson might sound like...masterfully weaving together lush melodies, minimalist tendencies and heavy rock overtones." – Innerviews
"Technically remarkable...

Picchio dal Pozzo are considered to be one of the very few "Canterbury" inspired bands that emerged from Italy's fertile 1970's progressive rock musical scene. They released two highly regarded - and highly sought after - albums during their lifetime.
The exciting release of Camere Zimmer Rooms, a previously unknown studio recording of all unreleased compositions, extends their legacy greatly!
The band formed in Genoa in 1972. They released their first, self-titled album in.

Composer, guitarist & electronics innovator Richard Pinhas is recognized as one of France's major experimental musicians & is a pivotal figure in the development of electronic rock. This was first solo album and is absolutely one of his very finest works:

"...ranges from industrial drones (during pre-industrial times) to earth-shaking rock to pre-new age visions of beauty." � Alternative Press

Richard Pinhas has long been recognized as a pivotal figure in the development of...

"The music is beautiful in its brutality" – Sonic Curiousity

"Richard Pinhas' continuing transformation...to touchstone for a next generation of abstract noisemakers continues..." – All Music Guide...

Out of print for the last 5 years, East/West was Richards s fourth solo album, which was originally released in 1980. This album has Richard embracing the new, computer-driven electronic technology, while still using some of his old gear and is one of ...

Composer, guitarist and electronics innovator Richard Pinhas is recognized as one of Frances major experimental musicians. A pivotal figure in the development of electronic rock, Pinhas' stature in France is analogous to Tangerine Dream's in Germany: f...

This was Richard's first album after the dissolution of Heldon and it's an mostly solo work (Francois Auger (drums) and Jean-Philippe Goude (mini-moog) join him on one track) that conjures up impressions of icy, pristine landscapes. Includes...

During a fairly incredible 7 year run that began in the mid 1970s,
Richard Pinhas released a large string of influencial albums; 7 by Heldon and 5 under his own name, all of which attempted in one way or another to meld (avant-garde) rock music...

On Metal/Crystal, French experimental guitarist and electronic musician Richard Pinhas summons the assistance of noise artists Merzbow (Masami Akita) from Japan and Wolf Eyes from USA to weave a spellbinding aural web that spans 2 CDs.Over the years...

"We take it for granted today, but not too long ago, integrating electronics into a rock setting was something exotic and strange..... Heldon and Richard Pinhas are considered building blocks for whole schools of experimental rock music, and one of the few who rarely fail to deliver on the hype."-Pitchfork Media.

"Richard Pinhas demonstrates that he is capable of contstructing some of the most formidable but exhilharating sonic edifices ever heard by mortal ears."-Bill Tilland/All Music
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"...France's most influential contemporary musician." – Alternative Press

"Searing instrumental space music, bridging electronics & psychedelic guitar excess in unique & legendary fashion...one of the quintessential European progressive groups of the 70's" – Forced Exposure

Composer, guitarist & electronics innovator Richard Pinhas is recognized as one of France's major experimental musicians & is a pivotal figure in the development of electronic rock....

“Music that is in flux and stasis at the same time, with an almost sculptural presence, stuffed with overtones and rich textures.”-BBC

"Among collectors of electronic music, some names have become legendary and are present in every search list. These names include Richard Pnhas, the leader of the French cult group Heldon."-Audion


Composer, guitarist and electronics innovator Richard Pinhas is recognized as one of France’s major experimental musicians. A pivotal figure in the ...