ESP DISK

For my money, this 1964 ESP album is a minor 60s free-jazz classic. Byron Allen was introduced to ESP by Ornette Coleman, and this, his only recording until a 2nd album appeared 15 years later, is very much in the Ornette trio vein, although not as...

"Among the most artistically successful alchemists of Indie Psychedelic Folk, Maine-based duo Arborea consists of Shanti Curran (vocals, banjo, "banjimer" [a banjo-dulcimer hybrid], harmonium, ukulele, sawing fiddle, and hammered dulcimer) and Buck...

"Albert Ayler's trio with Gary Peacock and Sunny Murray is best known for the July 10, 1964, recording of Spiritual Unity, the album that made both Ayler and ESP-Disk' famous when it was released in 1965. A decade after that, in 1975, ESP-Disk' also released, as Prophecy, the first documentation of the group, recorded a month before Spiritual Unity by Canadian poet Paul Haines at a concert at a 91st Street club. These Cellar Café recordings are augmented here beyond the five cuts from the original...

Recorded July 25th, 1970 during Ayler's final concert series. Quite good sound quality for something was sitting in the vaults for 35 years and a minor revelation! Albert Ayler (tenor saxophone, soprano, musette, vocal); Allen Blairman (drums); Steve...

"Michael Snow is a Canadian national treasure, a true Renaissance man. He assembled a stellar group to improvise a sound track for his art film, titled Walking Woman, featuring a silhouette that is rumored to have been inspired by Carla Bley."...

"Albert Ayler's Spirits Rejoice was recorded at Albury Judson Hall (now Cami Hall) on West 57th Street in New York City, by engineer David Hancock . This recording, which was recorded at 30 IPS, rather than the customary 15 IPS to achieve the highest p...

In my opinion, if you have to pick one album to answer the question of "What was Albert Ayler's music all about?", this is that album. As Chip Stern said, "This clocks in at only 29:31, but I guarantee you won't spend a more intense half-hour in your life."

"This 50th Anniversary Expanded Edition includes as a bonus the track briefly substituted for "Spirits" on an early vinyl edition. It is the same tune known as "Vibrations" on the album of that title on Arista/Freedom (aka Ghosts when issued...

This radio performance, from Hilversum, Holland, November 9, 1964, is the last known recording by Albert's most famous early quartet: Albert Ayler-tenor sax, Don Cherry-cornet, Gary Peacock-bass and Sunny Murray...

Duck Baker – guitar
Derek Bailey - guitar on "Indie Pen Dance" (2002)
Steve Beresford - piano on "Duo for 225 strings" (2009)
John Butcher - tenor saxophone on "The Missing Chandler" (2009)
Mark Dresser bass on "Shenandoah" and "Pope Slark" (1994)
Michael Moore - alto saxophone on "Imp Romp 2" (2008)
Roswell Rudd - trombone on "East River Delta Blues" and "Signing Off" (2002)
Alex Ward - clarinet and Joe Williamson - bass on "Ode to Jo" (2010)...

Amina Baraka - words, lead vocals
Ras Moshe Burnett - tenor saxophone, flute, percussion
Rocco John Iacovone - curved soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, piano
John Pietaro - musical direction, drums, percussion
Laurie Towers - bass guitar

"Amina Baraka speaks truth and spits fire when she reads her poetry. She is a warm and friendly person, but keeps a metal shovel by her front door in case of trespassers. She is a devoted Communist. She is vast, she contains multitudes. After..

"In Search of the Mystery, Gato Barbieri's debut album as leader, was recorded March 15, 1967, on the heels of his work on Don Cherry's famed Blue Note recordings: Complete Communion and Symphony for Improvisers. This avant-jazz masterpiece from the...

If you read the musican credits at the bottom of this listing, you will see that Barnacled is basically an offshoot of Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores. Every musician bar Michael has been a member of the Eyesores at one time or another...

One of the greats and also one of the most distinctive voices of "American Primvitive Guitar" music of the 60s and beyond!

"Robbie Basho (1940-86), who died young after a stroke, never got his due in the culture at large, but steel-string guitar enthusiasts have known for decades that he was one of the greats of "American Primitivism".
Technically adept and compositionally imaginative, fusing the music of many cultures into a mesmerizing solo style, he has been an inspiration for many; his...

Michael Bisio – bass
Kirk Knuffke - cornet and soprano cornet
Fred Lonberg-Holm - cello/electronics

“This music is inspired by Robert Henri (June 24, 1865 - July 12, 1929) artist, teacher, writer and an organizer of the group known as The Eight, a loose association of artists who protested the restrictive exhibition practices of the powerful, conservative National Academy of Design.”

"Jazz is the music of pure emotion, and it's the vehicle by which Bisio, Knuffke and Lonberg-Holm

New issue of a classic early free-jazz work, featuring the compositions of Carla Bley and including Marshall Allen, Dewey Johnson, Eddie Gomez and Milford Graves.

"Pianist Paul Bley's early ESP free jazz session combines the influence of the..

This was the only solo album by the long-serving bassist for Sun Ra and it was also (I believe) the final album on ESP from the 1970s. Really nice, kinda somewhere between proto-kozmigroov, acoustic spacey jazz and free jazz that I've enjoyed for years and I'm glad to see this available again. Recommended.

"Legendary Sun Ra-bassist Ronnie Boykins stepped out on his own for his first and only release as a leader on, "The Will Come, Is Now". He was invited by ESP in 1964 to record his own album, an

“In a two-decade career, Raymond Byron Magic Raposa has recorded six albums as Castanets, another as Raymond Byron and the White Freighter, and has worked with musicians ranging from Annie Clark (St. Vincent), Matthew Houck (Phosphorescent), and Sufjan Stevens, to Liz Janes, Jana Hunter, Nathan Hubbard (Trummerflora, Cosmologic), and John McCauley (Deer Tick). Over the course of that time, his music has been called part of the new weird America movement, freak-folk, psychedelic folk, and indie folk...

Don Cherry (trumpet); Gato Barbieri (tenor saxophone); Bo Stief (bass); Karl Berger (vibraphone); Aldo Romano (drums).

"The final volume of this three-part series, containing two extended performances of 'Complete Communion' and 'Remembrance.'..

Never-before released! With Don Cherry (trumpet), Gato Barbieri (tenor saxophone), Bo Stief (bass), Karl Berger (vibraphone), Aldo Romano (drums). The opening set at the Café Montmartre is presented here.

"Already commercially successful as tune-smiths for teenyboppers, Austin Grasmere and Brian Elliot approached Bernard Stollman looking to focus their talents on something more original and unrestrained. Stollman asked, 'What would be your theme?' and...

“Immortal Light is the debut solo album by guitarist-singer-songwriter Buck Curran. Since 2005, Buck has recorded and performed as one half of the alt-folk duo Arborea. To date, Arborea has released five albums, including 2013's ESP-Disk' release Fortress of the Sun.
Buck's music has developed through a decade of playing with Arborea, and the experience of playing blues and folk throughout the 1990s. He also draws inspiration from the deep well of folk and rock of the 1960s (Robbie Basho...

�Immortal Light is the debut solo album by guitarist-singer-songwriter Buck Curran. Since 2005, Buck has recorded and performed as one half of the alt-folk duo Arborea. To date, Arborea has released five albums, including 2013's ESP-Disk' release Fortress of the Sun.
Buck's music has developed through a decade of playing with Arborea, and the experience of playing blues and folk throughout the 1990s. He also draws inspiration from the deep well of folk and rock of the 1960s (Robbie Basho...

"Guitar tones linger and reverberate with a mystical translucence"-Dusted.

"Curran's music invokes swarming natural forces, looking for the borderline between the real and the sublime and, maybe, the supernatural."-Jesse Jarnow / Relix

"On Buck Curran's second solo album, Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas, the emphasis switches to acoustic guitar, as compared to his first solo album, Immortal Light. Side A, all solo acoustic instrumentals, seems to have fallen out of a wormhole emanating...

"Guitar tones linger and reverberate with a mystical translucence"-Dusted.

"Curran's music invokes swarming natural forces, looking for the borderline between the real and the sublime and, maybe, the supernatural."-Jesse Jarnow / Relix

"On Buck Curran's second solo album, Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas, the emphasis switches to acoustic guitar, as compared to his first solo album, Immortal Light. Side A, all solo acoustic instrumentals, seems to have fallen out of a wormhole emanating...

"The mournful, elegant tones that neo-folk artist Buck Curran draws from voice and guitar have a capacity to linger in the air long after the notes have faded . . . Curran sings with the gravelly decorum of Mark Lanegan but the songs remain, bewitchingly, just over the next horizon."-Peter Watts, UNCUT (8/10)

“No Love Is Sorrow is the third solo album by American singer-songwriter-guitarist Buck Curran. The album's primary influence draws upon personal experience, along with an idiosyncratic...

A classic ESP release, recorded July 27, 1965 and ESP's 12th release. Davidson was a pianist who was recommended to ESP by Ornette Coleman. Guitarist Joe Morris has spoken frequently of his work with Lowell Davidson. Davidson is very well supported...

There wasn't a hell of a lot going on in music for me in the early 1980's. Even many of the punk bands had died off and in their place were what my wife referred to 'punk disco'. And it was especially grim in terms of what bands were touring around. The one very bright spot on the scene was the pre-Knitting Factory harmolodic/punk funk combination from whence sprang (in alphabetical order, so I am not playing favorites): Curlew, Doctor Nerve, Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society, James Blood....

CD 1: Whit Dickey/Matthew Shipp Duo: Reckoning
CD2: Whit Dickey/Matthew Shipp/Nate Wooley Trio: Pacific Noir

“Whit Dickey has been a quiet but brilliant presence on the New York avant-jazz scene since his discographical debut in 1991 on the legendary Matthew Shipp Trio album, Circular Temple (1992).
In concert and on recordings in groups led by Shipp, David S. Ware, Ivo Perelman, Joe Morris, and Rob Brown, he built a reputation for distinctively space-filled, subtle rhythmic support...

"Best known for his collaborations with Paul Flaherty, Michael Flower and Thurston Moore as well as a year-and-a-half stint as the drummer for Björk's Volta tour, Chris Corsano is widely considered to be one of the most adaptive drummers of hiS...

Stephen Dydo - qin, viola, banjo
Alan Sondheim - qin, viola, banjo, guzheng, rababa, erhu, madal
"Dragon and Phoenix refers to the names of the sound holes on the Chinese instrument known as the guqin, aka qin (gu is a prefix meaning "ancient"), which figures prominently on this album of improvised acoustic duos, being heard on thirteen of the sixteen tracks, with two qins on four tracks. Stephen Dydo, former president of the New York Qin Society, is the more traditional player here, whereas Alan.

"John D. Thomas's band of the 1980s, Serious Business (heard on Serious Business, focused on his fusion and "free funk" compositions played with an electric sound. Extremely Serious Business marked a turning point, a return to a more acoustic setting...

Louie Belogenis (tenor saxophone); Joe Morris (bass); Charles Downs (drums).

"Rejuvenation is the first studio recording from Flow Trio, a powerful tenor sax/bass/drums trio in the tradition of 60s free jazz with an up-to-the-minute sense of...

Joe McPhee - tenor saxophone
Louie Belogenis - tenor and soprano saxophones
Joe Morris – bass
Charles Downs – drums

"It is an interesting question how old 'free jazz' is. At some point, even a theme and a plan became optional. In the ESP-Disk' catalog, 'Taneou' on the Giuseppi Logan Quartet's eponymous album sounds like this approach of complete freedom starting from scratch; it was recorded on November 11, 1964. Joe McPhee, in 1967, appeared on Clifford Thornton's album Freedom and.

This archival release presents Charles Gayle-tenor and bass clarinet, Michael Bisio-bass, Michael Wimberly-drums in a previously unheard live recording from September 19, 1994 in Santa Monica, CA.

"Percussionist Milford Graves recorded his first and only ESP-Disk recording on August 5th, 1966 along with fellow percussionist, the late Sonny Morgan. According to Milford Graves, the titles were given numbers according to how many beats were in each me

Also known as "Burton Greene Quartet".
"Reissue of the 1st Burton Greene album on ESP-Disk, recorded 12/18/65. Featuring Burton Greene (piano, ), Marion Brown (alto saxophone), Henry Grimes (bass), Dave Grant (percussion), Frank Smith (tenor), Tom..

"As one of the most recorded bassists in the ESP-Disk catalog, Henry Grimes made his debut on ESP with Perry Robinson on clarinet, lending his unique Klezmer approach to the New Music. This adventurous album is motivating and inviting to the listener...

Gebhard Ullmann - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Gerhard Gschlössl - trombone, sousaphone
Johannes Fink - double bass, cello
Jan Leipnitz - drums, objects
Michael Haves - live sound processing

“Gerhard Gschlössl, Gebhard Ullmann, Jan Leipnitz, and Johannes Fink improvise as composers would do. From scratch they create a holistic sound sculpture -- each time unique and unpredictable -- always with a formal approach.
Michael Haves was invited to create with them using analog

"Recorded in Holland on December 21, 1966, Music From Europe was a strong statement of European free jazz from one of its first and strongest leaders. Over the beautifully structured compositional suites are strong blowing and improvising by both the...

"The Rounders first electric outing from '67, and the only one to feature their most cosmos-expanding lineup (including playwright Sam Shephard). This is the sound of speed-shooting hillbillies discovering the secrets of life in the sewers below...

A very early recording by the band featuring the duo of Peter Stampfel (banjo, fiddle, violin, arranger, vocals, electric fiddle) and Steve Weber (guitar, arranger, vocals).

"A rousing live album from the Rounders featuring songs spanning...

Infamous (that title, baby!), never-before released free-jazz session makes its first appearance here!

"Despite the profound obscurity of Norman Howard’s music, and that of his mate Joe Phillips, it’s crucial as a window not only into...

This is a one hour documentary, produced and directed by Alan Roth.
Featured performers include: Denis Charles, Glenn Spearman, Wilber Morris, Joseph Jarman, Peter Brötzmann, John Tchicai, Sun Ra and his Arkestra, In Order To Survive...

David Murray - tenor sax
Oliver Lake - flute, soprano & alto sax, flugel horn, talking drum, cowbell
Wadada Leo Smith - trumpet, soprano trumpet, flugel horn, Indian flute
Michael Gregory Jackson - acoustic guitar, vocal, electric guitar, electric mandolin, bamboo flute, timpani, marimba, percussion

"Before his career defining records on Arista/Novus in the 80s and 90s, jazz and fusion guitarist Michael Gregory Jackson recorded his debut for ESP-Disk'. The sessions, recorded in New

Classic ESP release, recorded May 10, 1965. Yes, this is the same Bob James who practically invented 'smooth and happy jazz', but this is a completely different animal and features the great Barre Phillips.

"Probably the first recording of...

Korean pianist Eunhye Jeong is a game-changer. She's jazz from a different perspective. She's a pianist who doesn't sound like anyone else on the scene.
In her liner notes for the release, Jeong writes, "I made my first solo piano recording under the name Chi-Da. Chi-Da and Nolda can both be translated as 'play.' While Chi-Da refers to physical motions that produce sounds by crashing together two objects, Nolda is more associated with playful activities. One may interpret this word as a fun...

Larry Ochs - tenor and sopranino saxophones
Vladimir Tarasov - drums, percussion
Mark Dresser – basses

“Jones Jones is a funny name for an all-star band. To grant such distinctive musicians so anonymous, Google-proof a moniker is whimsical in the extreme. But, given its members' long and distinguished work in the service of music, this group should not be taken lightly or treated as a lark. There is humor in their work but also gravitas and depth and magic. Larry Ochs says: "The newest...

Mat Walerian: alto saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet, flute
Matthew Shipp: piano
Hamid Drake: drums, percussion

"The surprise here is twofold; first, the discovery of a new voice, Polish reedsman Mat Walerian and second, the opportunity to hear pianist Matthew Shipp in his most sympathetic supporting role."-Mark Corroto, All About Jazz

"Stepping into the Silence, this is literary music, epic little bouts of brilliance. That expands and stretches across what you might call instan

"Lindha Kallerdahl (grand piano, organ, vocals). Lindha Kallerdahl, born in 1972, studied jazz at the renowned Swedish Jazz-Schools Skurup near Malmö and Birka in Stockholm during 1993-1996. Situated in Stockholm, she early came in touch with free music..

"Following up the critically acclaimed 2008 release, Stéphane Furic Leibovici and Chris Cheek return for this second volume, produced by Jim Black and featuring the alto saxophone giant Lee Konitz. An achievement in balance and taste, the resulting...