Cryptogramophone

"BB&C is an explosive three-headed monster featuring New York City alto saxophonist Tim Berne, downtown drummer Jim Black and the ever-exploring Nels Cline on guitar. Their debut CD 'The Veil" is from a live recording at The Stone in New York City....

Poised somewhere between mid-1970's King Crimson and electric Miles with John McLaughlin, this new project by drummer Gregg Bendian, guitarist G.E. Stinson, violinist Jeff Gauthier and bassist Steuart Liebig explores angular groove and subtle soundscap...

Alex Cline, a great drummer and composer, leads a tribute to the landmark AEC album, Roscoe Mitchell composition, that features an all-star lineup:
Oliver Lake – saxophones, flute
Vinny Golia – woodwinds
Dan Clucas – cornet...

Excellent, ECM-style album (in a totally good way) with a stellar cast of players:
Alex Cline - drums and percussion
Peggy Lee - cello
Myra Melford - piano and harmonium
Scott Walton - bass
Jeff Gauthier - violin

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"Anchored by two 18-minute pieces and filled with atmospheric resonance and meditative movements, Continuation is not a listening experience that can be rushed, but what a satisfying and varied journey Alex Cline and his four collaborators take you on

"Alex Cline continues in the spirit of his ECM release The Lamp & the Star, with this percussion-voice-violin-guitar-keyboard-bass-lineup. Drummer/percussionist Cline has worked with jazz greats Charles Lloyd, Charlie Haden, Julius Hemphill...

"The latest Alex Cline Ensemble endeavor is the first since 1999's Sparks Fly Upward, and is a poetic masterpiece. Back is the haunted, hunted stoned angel voice of Aina Kemanis, with violins provided by Jeff Gauthier, Michael Elizando's bass, G.E...

Nicely packaged release from composer and percussionist Alex Cline and his musical pals. This is [apparently] the final release from Cryptogrammophone (who can blame them] and this is a beautifully packaged and wonderful goodbye, if so....
Nels Cline, electric guitars
G.E. Stinson, electric guitars
Wayne Peet, electric piano, organ
Yuka C. Honda, electric keyboards, samples
Scott Walton, bass, keyboard
Chi Li, erhu, zhonghu, zheng, qin
Jeff Gauthier, electric violin..

"The Other Shore by drummer/percussionist Alex Cline, violinist Jeff Gauthier and electric guitarist G.E. Stinson is a reference to the Diamond Sutra, the ancient Chinese Buddhist text pictured on the cover of the CD. The album title and many of the...

"Sometimes meditative, other times intensely powerful, Cloud Plate brings together four veteran improvising musicians and accomplished bandleaders, percussionist Alex Cline, vocalist Kaoru, electric koto player Miya Masaoka, and electric guitarist G.E...

This is a beautiful - I mean beautiful, solo album (with overdubs/layers) from this great guitarist who got lucky a few years ago when he got picked to play in Wilco and went from being an amazing, uniquely talented guitarist who nobody ever heard of...

"Born of a provocative mating of art and music, Dirty Baby is guitarist/composer Nels Cline and poet/producer David Breskin's visionary recontextualization of Ed Ruscha's "censor strip" paintings. This sumptuous double-CD box set includes more than an...

"Perhaps it will be a letdown for me to say this, but this is not a 'tribute record' in the conventional sense. It is a view -- ONE VIEW -- into the music of Andrew Hill, an artist whose music has continued to change and expand its parameters. Mr...

2008 is the 10th anniversary of the extremely excellent 'jazz and beyond' label Cryptogramophone. To celebrate they've thrown themselves (and all of us too!) a great party with this release. For an amazing price - the same price or less than a typical...

"Mark Dresser is a remarkably innovative bassist who has few equals in the downtown jazz scene. He's carved out this reputation through his work in Anthony Braxton's great quartet from the '80s and early '90s and through countless sideman gigs with...

"New York bassist Mark Dresser is on the cutting edge of extended instrumental technique, while 'cellist Frances-Marie Uitti's 2 bow technique (she plays with 2 bows in her right hand) has revolutionized the art of 'cello playing. Sonomondo is an album...

Really excellent new-jazz album by this fine cellist and now member of the Vandermark 5. "Erik Friedlander is the foremost jazz cellist in the world today, a consummate artist that Billboard Magazine has lauded as "One of today's most ingenious and for...

"This new CD by the incredible NY 'cellist is his most exciting and beautiful yet. Featuring Andy Laster on saxophones, Stomu Takeishi on bass and Satoshi Takeishi on percussion, this CD features many fine Friedlander compositions and takes you on an...

"Mask features Jeff Gauthier on electric violin, Nels Cline on guitars, David Witham on piano, Joel Hamilton on bass and Alex Cline on drums. This is Gauthier's third CD as a leader and first for Cryptogramophone. Mask features works by Gauthier, Nels ...

"Violinist Jeff Gauthier's Goatette cuts an impressively wide musical swath. "House of Return," Gauthier's 5th recording as a leader, moves effortlessly from moody acoustic jazz to creative new music, to skronk fusion and electronic space jam. Voted a...

"Jeff Gauthier isn't the only person who has played electric avant-garde jazz on the violin (the late Billy Bang immediately comes to mind), but it is safe to say that the violin doesn't have a lot of representatives in that area of jazz. Gauthier...

Clarinetist Ben Goldberg is a member of Tin Hat (formerly Tin Hat Trio). His new CD The door, the hat, the chair, the fact is a loving tribute to the late, great saxophonist Steve Lacy, a longtime mentor of Goldberg's. This inspired work of art also fe...

"This set of four concerti is an epic masterwork by composer/bassist Steuart Liebig. It featues soloists Nels Cline on electric guitar, Mark Dresser on contrabass, Vinny Golia on sopranino saxophone and Tom Varner on french horn. These soloists are...

"Jazz legend Bennie Maupin follows his highly acclaimed 2006 CD Penumbra, with Early Reflections, a beautiful recording of Maupin’s European quartet featuring pianist Michal Tokaj, and guest vocalist Hania Rybka. Early Reflections is another brilliant...

This is a really nice album and one of Myra's best I think. The tracks where she plays harmonium are especially fantastic. "Pianist Myra Melford is one of the elite women in jazz today. Her new CD The Image of Your Body features Cuong Vu, the trumpeter...

Darek “Oles” Oleszkiewicz is, quite simply, a musician’s musician. He is a virtuoso bassist, a wonderfully evocative composer, and a mature and lyrical improviser of the first order. Darek’s bass sound is full and warm, and unlike many of his...

"Pianist Alan Pasqua has recorded with Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Motian, Dave Holland, Michael and Randy Brecker, Alan Holdsworth, Gary Burton, John Patitucci, Sheila Jordan, and many others. He was a featured pianist on Ray Charles' Grammy...

Keyboardist Alan Pasqua is best known as the keyboards in the second edition of the Tony Williams Lifetime (with Allan Holdsworth), where he performed really well. This album has him playing a lot of Fender Rhodes and is generally 'Milesian' in tone of...

"This CD by the Don Preston Trio features pianist Preston, bassist Joel Hamilton and drummer Alex Cline presenting inventive treatments of music by Frank Zappa, Carla Bley, John Carter, Cole Porter, and Don himself. Transformation presents a survey...

"Active Vapor Recovery combines extreme Jazz, avant funk, liquid Americana and skronk blues. Think - James Brown meets Sun Ra on a front porch somewhere in rural Montana. The Scot Ray Quintet features Scot's amazing multiphonic trombone, Nels Cline on...

I know violinist/composer Jenny's work from her very fine records on Avant and Tzadik. This is her first recording on the Cryptogramophone label and it features an amazing band: Ron Miles-cornet, Doug Wieselman-clarinets, Bill Frisell-guitars, Rachelle...

"Grand melodies, shifting textures, and thick rhythms radiate from Todd Sickafoose's music. On Tiny Resistors, the bassist/composer matches his 8-piece New York band with a pair of guests, Andrew Bird and Ani DiFranco, to create a jazz record with the...

"Big Picture" by Trio M features pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Matt Wilson, who was recently voted #1 Rising Star Drummer in the 2007 Downbeat Critics Poll. Trio M is a collectively led ensemble which brings together some of...

"Los Angeles bassist Eric von Essen was a topnotch sideman in the city's jazz scene until his untimely death in 1997. Turns out he was also a stellar composer of lyrical blues, elegant laments, and sweet ballads. Of course, his colleagues knew that all...

"Some of the best known jazz artists in L.A. have come together to pay tribute to the late bass player and composer Eric von Essen who worked with Art Farner, Bob Brookmeyer, Warne Marsh, Shorty Rodgers, Bud Shank and Jimmy Rowles, to name a few...

"This series of tributes to Eric von Essen has hipped people outside the Los Angeles music scene to the work of this gifted composer and bassist. But at the same time, the series is excellent and gives a nice overview of L.A. jazz, which, according to...

"LA-based pianist/keyboardist David Witham has toured with George Benson for over 20 years as his music director. On Spinning the Circle, he shows his versatility with jazz, world beat and jamband influences, with just a hint of Weather Report...