Cuneiform releases

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"...a quirky, catchy blend of pop hooks and jazz-centric soloing...it's rare for a group so young to emerge with such a fully formed and distinctive concept, but Pixel seems to have accomplished just that." – AllAboutJazz...

"...a quirky, catchy blend of pop hooks and jazz-centric soloing...it's rare for a group so young to emerge with such a fully formed and distinctive concept, but Pixel seems to have accomplished just that." - AllAboutJazz

The first thirty seconds of this album was enough to tell me that I would probably like Norwegian band Pixel. I did...this band has something new to say musically and produces tunes that are toe-tappingly, wantonly catchy." - London Jazz News...

"... one of the most memorable moments of the [Match and Fuse Festival]." – DownBeat

"Jazz doesn't usually equate to instant enjoyment or accessibility, but this Norwegian quartet...is great fun. Bassist/bandleader Ellen...

As long-time fans of the 'Canterbury School' style of jazz/rock, a very appealing, very English, sometimes slightly whimsical blend of electric jazz with complex rock have sadly learned, this style and sound is rarely invoked nowadays...

"...a raucous 10-piece ensemble which nails its distinctive blend of Afro-Cuban rhythm and freewheeling improvisation."- The New York Times

"This group combined the Latin and avant-garde traditions in unheard ways, sinking its...

Positive Catastrophe is the brainchild of Taylor Ho Bynum (cornet) and Abraham Gomez-Delgado (percussion). Taylor is one of the most impressive of the latest crop of up and coming jazz musicians and Aib has long been expanding the boundaries of Latin...

"Notably more furious & urgent than anything on their previous albums...these avatars of an anguished, angular muse have unleashed their ultimate tour de force...this is a turbulent masterpiece." 5 stars (highest rating) - Alternative Press

After Roger Trigaux left Univers Zero, he formed Present. After a long lay-off and a gradual return to music, this was the 1998 release that led to a newly rejuvinated band and their legendary trek across the USA that same year. Just telling you.

"Magma and King Crimson comparisons are relevant, but the dark and edgy Present are an entity unto themselves." – Atlanta Press...

"...a turbulent masterpiece that leaves a residue of angst lingering long after the CD ends." – Alternative Press...

Drummer and composer Pip Pyle is widely recognized as the drummer of the Canterbury school of progressive rock. As the drummer for Hatfield and the North and National Health, as well as stints with Gong, In Cahoots, Soft Heap and many, many others in b...

Radio Massacre International is a British trio of Steve Dinsdale (keyboards, electronics, drums), Duncan Goddard (keyboards, electronics, bass) and Gary Houghton (guitar, synthesizers). These three musicians have worked together in various...

Radio Massacre International is a British trio of Steve Dinsdale (keyboards, electronics, drums), Duncan Goddard (keyboards, electronics, bass) and Gary Houghton (guitar, synthesizers). These three musicians have worked together...

"...constructed from a diverse and unfashionable set of instruments, Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores are as bizarre as they appealing. This is wonderful stuff -- brave and experimental, yet warmly human. Make room on your folk revival shelf for....

Alec K. Redfearn – electrified accordion, vocal, Realistic MG-1, loops, ceremonial bell, combo organ
Ann Schattle – French horn
Christopher Sadlers – contrabass, loops, vocals
Matt McLaren – drums, percussion

Eleven chimes usher listeners into the world of The Opposite, the 8th album by the hypnotically eclectic Alec K. Redfearn and The Eyesores. Eight songs later, another set of eleven chimes release us from the music’s hold. In...

A very high quality pressing presented in a beautiful, mesmeric gatefold jacket with a download card in a very limited edition.

Alec K. Redfearn – electrified accordion, vocal, Realistic MG-1, loops, ceremonial bell, combo organ
Ann Schattle – French horn
Christopher Sadlers – contrabass, loops, vocals
Matt McLaren – drums, percussion

Eleven chimes usher listeners into the world of The Opposite, the 8th album by the hypnotically...

Last five copies in existence!

"The Eyesores are an accordion-driven, gypsy cursed band that specialize in funeral marches and hypno-drone trance music, among other, equally odd things. The Eyesores are bad ass motherfuckers in an entirely new way. Recommended." - The Noise.

This one is a little bit different and also rather special. A huge nine-piece band (accordion/vocals, guitar, French horn, violin, electronics, alto sax, string bass/vocals, drums and percussion), they...

Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores have been making uniquely rewarding music for over 15 years. They are one of the great uncategorizable, creative ensembles of our time, crafting a music that is distinctly theirs alone...

Tomeka Reid – cello
Mary Halvorson – guitar
Jason Roebke – bass
Tomas Fujiwara – drums

“...a stimulating and mesmerizing work that showcases the superlative cellist's artistry at its best. Her exquisite instrumental prowess as well as her brilliant writing make this a singular record...programmed with an excellent sense of pace and point.” – All About Jazz

The jazz polls might still list cello under the...

The Two Faces of Janus - one face looking at the past, one face looking towards the future. Borrowed from Greek mythology, Janus is an apt metaphor for the lat-est release by accomplished reedist and composer Jason Robinson. Robinson first appeared...

On saxophonist/composer Jason Robinson’s polydirectional masterpiece Tiresian Symmetry, he’s gathered an extraordinary cast of improvisers to investigate and embellish the framework of his compositions. The music’s richly...

Nearly 30 year old 'new old' stock, from the back of our warehouse! Even though these are cheap, it really is (a) great and (b) long out of print. A great, lost Cuneiform release, never on CD and not likely to ever be on CD!

Since everything old is new again, and since we've been selling a lot of vinyl recently and I was poking around in the back of the warehouse, I found these brand new, still sealed, perfect copies of Cuneiform #13, which was never reissued on lp or CD; you can buy mp3s of it...

On the Winter Solstice of 2014 – the Northern Hemisphere’s longest night of the year – composer, bandleader & percussionist Adam Rudolph convened 11 of New York City’s finest and most adventurous guitarists in a New Jersey studio for a most...

On the Winter Solstice of 2014 – the Northern Hemisphere’s longest night of the year – composer, bandleader & percussionist Adam Rudolph convened 11 of New York City’s finest and most adventurous guitarists in a New Jersey studio for a most auspicious event: the debut of Go: Organic Guitar Orchestra, his all-guitar orchestra. In attendance were guitarists Rez Abbasi, Nels Cline, Liberty Ellman, David Gilmore, Miles Okazaki, and Marvin Sewell, all...

Ray Russell – guitars
- with -
Eric Baldwin – found sounds, sequential creativity
Georg Baldwin – bass, Chapman Stick
Chris Biscoe – tenor clarinet & soprano saxophone
Mo Foster – bass
Nic France – drums
Simon Phillips – drums
Ralph Salmins – drums
Jim Watson – keyboards

Frank Zappa famously characterized music as sculpted air, a notion Ray Russell parlays into another dimension...

Like contemporaries Sonny Sharrock and Terje Rypdal, Russell makes it sound as if the guitar is not enough, as if he's reaching for something wilder, something that can't be contained within the 6 string cage-Jim O'Rourke...

"I had the idea to write songs for a jazz band that had elements of Black Sabbath, the Cure, Jaco-era Joni Mitchell, and free jazz. I intentionally made the free playing and the composed sections less compartmentalized. The idea is to have a really...

"Dylan Ryan is a drummer adept at combining his jazz skills with adventurous rock, resulting in music that maintains the cerebral and viceral qualities of both." – JazzTimes....

"Dylan Ryan is a drummer adept at combining his jazz skills with adventurous rock, resulting in music that maintains the cerebral and viceral qualities of both." – JazzTimes....

"...this Cuneiform release is a great gift. It doubles the amount of S.O.S. material in existence and affords perhaps a better sense of where the group came from and was headed even than the official LP." – Brian Morton, Point of Departure

S.O.S. were one of the great but terribly under-documented ensembles in 70s British jazz, consisting of three genuine superstars of the 'Brit-jazz scene': Mike Osborne, Alan Skidmore and John Surman.

The...

"...the results are a mix of electric jazz, minimalism, and Brazilian samba, bossa nova, and street sounds. Percolating textures, crackling cornet (smacking of Miles Davis and Don Cherry), and surreal electronica process local riffs and rhythms for...

This is an extremely high-quality vinyl version of this great album, and the wild, colorful cover artwork looks just wonderful in this larger size.


"São Paulo Underground's work - all of Mazurek's work, really - draws from multiple traditions, each of them already porous and absorbent, and combines ideas from each into something utterly new, while keeping it welcoming to almost any curious listener." – The Wire

"Mixing the opaque with the diffused and blurring the lines between electric and acoustic, Rob Mazurek’s wide ambition continues to race toward the outer limits of what is possible in music." – Something Else
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Tres Cabeças Loucuras is the third album by Sao Paulo Underground. It's a very catchy, jazz + electronics album filled with sunny melodies, beats, noise, sounds and songs. The group formed around Rob Mazurek (cornet and electronics), a key player in...

Andi Schnellmann : electric bass
Manuel Troller : electric guitars
David Meier : drums & percussion

There are bands that play beautiful, engaging concerts, take a bow and go home – and then there are others that open up completely new perspectives, make time stop, and whose clear-cut approach burns itself into the audience's memory. Schnellertollermeier is such a band. Anyone who has seen them live will attest to the experience and, when trying to describe.

The band needed more copies, so we pressed more for them and ended up with a very small number (like only 50) to sell to Wayside folks
Blink and they'll be GONE
(hopefully)...

Andi Schnellmann : electric bass
Manuel Troller : electric guitars
David Meier : drums & percussion

There are bands that play beautiful, engaging concerts, take a bow and go home – and then there are others that open up completely new perspectives, make time stop, and..

Manuel Troller - guitar & effects
Andi Schnellmann - electric bass & effects
David Meier - drums

"Schnellertollermeier have developed an approach to music where distinctions between conventionally marked terrains -- heavy metal, post-rock, prog, electric jazz, new music, improvisation, noise, modern composition, etc. -- meet in one place...and vanish. In their place is a music that is aggressive (at times brutal), wildly ambitious, and indefinable by common....

The brutal-jazz power trio Schnellertollermeier doesn't screw around. Their uncompromising attitude is even apparent before you hear a note of their music -- it's right there in that deliberate tongue-twister of a name. Their fresh and...

"Organic’s music is a swirling roar, part fusion and part jazz rock orchestra, like a combination of Burnt Sugar and Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats Ensemble. – The Wire, February 2010 cover story

"Organic’s music is powerfully electric and...

"Ten Freedom Summers is one of my life's defining works." – Wadada Leo Smith

Wadada is one of the most imaginative and explorative composers in creative music.... He is a National Treasure." – John Zorn

Elton Dean – Alto sax, saxello
Lyn Dobson – Soprano and tenor sax, flute, harmonica, vocals
Hugh Hopper – Bass
Mike Ratledge – Hohner Pianet, Lowrey Holiday Deluxe organ
Robert Wyatt – Drums, vocals

"A love affair with France preserved on film - shot with tangible cinematic flair at Paris' photogenic Theatre De La Musique in March 1970, this superb quality live footage of the Softs at their freewheeling peak was originally broadcast on..

Elton Dean – Alto sax, saxello
Lyn Dobson – Soprano and tenor sax, flute, harmonica, vocals
Hugh Hopper – Bass
Mike Ratledge – Hohner Pianet, Lowrey Holiday Deluxe organ
Robert Wyatt – Drums, vocals

"A love affair with France preserved on film - shot with tangible cinematic flair at Paris' photogenic Theatre De La Musique in March 1970, this superb quality live footage of the Softs at their freewheeling peak was originally broadcast on..

Soft Machine were one of first and one of the greatest jazz/rock bands of all time. Their importance and influence was especially great in Europe, where they influenced several generations of bands, and their influences can still be heard to this day i...

"Soft Machine were the grooviest, coolest psychedelic band of the era..."-Phil Manzanera.

The Soft Machine were one of England's original and best psychedelic bands, emerging out of the same "UFO Club" London scene at the same time as Pink Floyd. While the band would always undergo constant personnel and stylistic change, their best known lineup in their psychedelic days was the trio of Kevin Ayers-bass, guitar, vocals, Mike Ratledge-organ and Robert Wyatt-drums, vocals. They played many shows...

Released for the very first time here is the Soft Machine's television broadcast, recorded for Germany's famous "NDR Jazz Workshop" on May 17, 1973. This performance was one of the earliest shows by the quartet of Roy Babbington (electric bass), Karl...

A archival classic of stoned, cut-up, tape loop, manipulated, concrete noise, organized sound craziness

"...well worth hearing, anticipating as they do many of the textures later utilized on Soft Machine Third." – Mojo...

Soft Machine were one of the greatest UK avant/jazz-rock bands of all time and their work, whether their earliest performances as a psychedelic band, who were contemporaries of, and shared stages with Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience, all the way to being one of Europe's best known 'fusion' bands, their work continues to be name-checked by today's hip experimentalists.

By mid 1973, Soft Machine had gone through a tremendous amount of personnel turnover and a...

Elton Dean - alto sax, saxello, electric piano
Mike Ratledge - electric piano, organ
Hugh Hopper - bass
Robert Wyatt - drums, vocals

This was our second Soft Machine archival release and over 20 years later, it remains one of the great documents of the 'classic quartet' line-up and it is now available again after many years!

"...an innovative union of jazz and rock." – Downbeat...

"Sonar has defied the norm by crafting something singular and magical." – The Buffalo News

"Two guitar currents circulate and sparkle hypnotically, warm deep basslines hit with assertiveness and groove, drums pound with finesse and might. Luminous, alluring, dangerous....Sonar is a highly creative and original nocturnal entity constantly evolving in order to provide immersive and challenging instrumental music that stimulates the mind, body and soul."– Igloo Magazine

Beautiful gatefold sleeve and over 18' of bonus live material not found on the CD edition!

"Sonar has defied the norm by crafting something singular and magical." – The Buffalo News ...

"Had MC Escher made music instead of drawing his famously impossible and perplexing perspectives, it would sound like Sonar." – Sid Smith, Prog Magazine ...