MoonJune

"Being every bit as enthralling as it is entertaining, Marbin's third release is a genre-defying masterpiece. On the heels of last year's critically-hailed effort, Breaking The Cycle (their second album, and first for MoonJune Records), the group has...

"Self-released in 2009, distributed by MoonJune Records.
The band's first album, self-released, featuring only Dani Rabin on guitars and Danny Markovitch on sax. Mixing washes of ambient jazz, junkshop minimalism, angular riffs, and spaced-out...

"What does a band that has performed over 800 shows over the last three years do for an encore? Recording a scorching, balls-to-the-wall, three-alarm live album feels like a natural progression!...

Moraine's most recent metamorphosis highlights their reoccurring theme of unbridled invention – undeterred by convention and delivered convincingly, with abandon! Brushing all preconception aside, Dennis Rea and company courageously initiate...

A unique lineup of electric guitar, violin, cello, electric bass and drums gives Morain a very unique sound.

"You could describe the output of this towering electric string quartet-plus-drums as “heavy chamber music.” With its several writers...

"Since releasing its widely acclaimed debut CD manifest deNsity in 2009, Seattle’s Moraine has quickly built a reputation as one of the most electrifying and original instrumental rock bands anywhere, winning over listeners across the globe with its...

PERCY JONES - bass guitar
ALEX SKOLNICK - guitar
KENNY GROHOWSKI - drums
TIM MOTZER - guitars, electronics

"It was the Plague Year, and musicians denied the ability to tour and play in front of a live audience quickly began to pivot to virtual concerts. As early as April performances from musician’s homes started (including one large series that was titled Live From Our Living Rooms). By August some conventional performance venues had gotten into the act, including the Village...

"Guitarist and composer Dennis Rea presents a completely different but equally compelling facet of his musical personality with his most ambitious release to date, Views From Chicheng Precipice. A key presence on the Pacific Northwest creative music...

Drummer and composer Xavi Reija is a completely new name to me, but this is a really great album of advanced and interesting power trio jazz/rock that really knocked me out. Also appearing is guitarist Dusan Jevtovic and bassist Bernat Hernandez. Check...

XAVI REIJA - drums
TONY LEVIN - bass guitar, upright bass, stick
MARKUS REUTER - touch guitar
DUSAN JEVTOVIC - guitar

A mostly heavy, jazz/rock/progressive release with some nice dual Stick work at times, by a team of excellent players. This is a smoking goodie; don't blink and miss it!

"The Sound Of The Earth is like a musical buffet, with something for everyone who has a taste for genre-crossing electric music. The Reija/Jevtovic pairing has a history to draw from, as..

MARKUS REUTER - touch guitar, electronics
TIM MOTZER - guitars, bass, electronics
KENNY GROHOWSKI - drums

Three great players get together and just let it all GO!

Speaking in general terms, "shapeshifting" refers to an act of rapid physical transformation, from one form to another by supernatural means. Whether its origins can be traced to a genetically inherited superhuman ability, incidences of the spirit world manifesting into the physical, shamanism, black magic, or...

Markus Reuter (Touch Guitars® AU8, Soundscapes, Keyboards)
David Cross (Fender Rhodes, Electric Violin)
Fabio Trentini (Bass)
Asaf Sirkis (Drums, Percussion)
Mark Wingfield (Electric Guitar)
Robert Rich (Textures)

"This is insane music. I used a compositional system that basically disallowed the musicians to play intuitively. They had to follow rules which served to create really strange melodies and harmonies," Markus revealed. "In the back of my mind, I wanted to...

Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars AU8, Live Looping
Fabio Trentini: Wal Fretless Bass, Bass Synthesizer
Asaf Sirkis: Acoustic Drums

This is a heavy, fun slab of King Crimson-esque R-O-C-K!

“MoonJune Records’ historic 100th release features a full frontal aural assault: witnessing the über-innovative guitar maestro Markus Reuter, seizing the reigns on the groundbreaking trio effort - Truce. It is only fitting that the label which has produced more than its fair share of revisionist..

Dennis Kuhn: Vibraphone
Ti-Hsien Lai: Vibraphone
Luis Andrés Chavarría Báez: Glockenspiel
Lukas Heckmann: Glockenspiel, Shaker
Marius Fink: Crotales, Shaker
Oğuz Akbaş: Crotales, Shaker
Maria Wunder: Bass Clarinet
Patrick Baumann: Electric Guitar
Johannes Engelhardt: Electric Bass
Hye-Rim Ma: Synthesizer
Linda-Philomène Tsoungui: Drums
Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars® AU8, Soundscapes

“Supported by an eleven-piece ensemble cast, Markus

"This is the reissue of album released originally only in Italy in 2007. An arresting mix of painstakingly overdubbed vocals, human beatbox effects, African-inspired choral music, plus the odd visit to the world of Jimi Hendrix (an extraordinary...

Boris Savoldelli: all vocals, vocal noises and electronics
Raffaele Casarano: saxes and electronics
Marco Bardoscia: double bass and electronics
with special guests:
Dewa Budjana: guitars (Track 6)
WK569: background sounds manipulation (Tracks 6 & 7)
Maurizio Nobili: reciter (Track 5)

"There’s an old joke among instrumentalists: What do you call someone who hangs around with musicians? Answer: A singer.
While this stereotype is overgeneralized to the point of be

"Boris Savoldelli’s new MoonJune Records release Biocosmopolitanis nothing short of a tour de force of vocal artistry. Listeners who are only familiar with the singer’s previous MoonJune CD – the edgy, shape-shifting Protoplasmicduets with legendary...

"Following a Milano gig by New Yorker Elliott Sharp's Terraplane, the Italian singer Boris Savoldelli handed the guitarist a copy of his freshly-recorded solo album Insanology. Sharp was blown away, and the pair met again a year later in Padova. Savoldell

"SH.TG.N is the reunion of a six-pack of Belgian musicians from different musical backgrounds: jazz, classical and rock. It was founded in February 2009 by eclectic musician and keyboardist Antoine Guenet (who in meantime has joined another MoonJune...

"This is the fifth album from Indonesian progressive jazz ensemble simakDialog. Led by keyboardist and composer Riza Arshad, the band also features guitarist Tohpati and bassist Adhitya Pratama, working alongside the twinned percussion thrust of Endang...

"Compelling Indonesian electro-acoustic progressive jazz-fusion with a distinctive cultural bent. For its first international release Jakarta-based simakDialog delivers Patahan, a live recording that suggests how Pat Metheny might sound were he from...

"Recorded during simakDialog's 2013 tour which culminated with the gig at Orion Studios, in Baltimore, this two-disc set finds the Indonesian progressive icons in top form: serving up their own brand of inspired and spirited music which listens as...

"The 6th Story is the exhilarating, full-throttle follow-up to 2009's critically-acclaimed Demi Masa, from the legendary psychedelic/gamela- jazz/world music phenoms, simakDialog. Raising the benchmark in a genre known for its brilliant artists is no...

ASAF SIRKIS: drums (all tracks), crotales (3, 6, 7,10), konnakol (7, 11), Manjira (7), frame drums (7)
SYLVIA BIALAS: voice (all tracks), waterphone (7, 9), overtone singing (6), lyrics (1, 2, 5, 10), konnakol (7)
FRANK HARRISON: piano (1, 2, 4, 5, 6 ,8, 10), keyboards (1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 11)
KEVIN GLASGOW: six string electric bass (all tracks)

"European jazz is promised a virtually limitless future if it continues to stick close to its European roots embedded in the subsoil of specific.

"Listening to Asaf Sirkis at work, two things are immediately obvious: passion and commitment. Blessed with technical skills that are disarmingly under-played, his middle-Eastern sensibility balances the potentially volcanic with the meditative and reflective. A master of creative surprise, it’s on the edge of your seat listening when Asaf’s in town."-Bill Bruford ...

Second album by this Italian ensemble who operate somewhere between jazz/rock and the creative, crazed individualism of Frank Zappa. A lesser known group who are deserving of more attention.

"Anyone who has sampled their namesake plum brandy ...

"The seven-piece Slivovitz reside in Napoli (Naples), and are devoted to a poly-stylistic mangling whose forebears include Frank Zappa and John Zorn. Much of their core material also arrives from the folkloric knees-ups of the Balkan regions. Despite...

DEREK DI PERRI harmonica
MARCELLO GIANNINI guitars
VINCENZO LAMAGNA bass
SALVATORE RAINONE drums
CIRO RICCARDI trumpet
PIETRO SANTANGELO tenor saxophone
RICCARDO VILLARI electric violin

"Recorded live in Milan, Italy, in May of 2016, "Liver" showcases the eccentric Italian maestros at their collective best -- playful, daring and just having fun! Some of their most potent material to date (primarily from their heralded 2011 release, "Bani Ahead" and 2016's delect

"With the release of "Tipping Point-Live at the Jazz Bakery," drummer Jason Smith makes his voice emphatically heard. Flanked by Gary Husband on piano and Fender Rhodes, and Dave Carpenter on acoustic bass, Smith leads his cohorts through a set of...

JOHN ETHERIDGE electric & acoustic guitar
THEO TRAVIS sax, flute, Fender Rhodes piano
ROY BABBINGTON bass guitar
JOHN MARSHALL drums
guest NICK UTTERIDGE wind chimes on track 13

So....
Released just before their US tour marking the 50th anniversary of Soft Machine's 1st US tour in 1968 (!!), this is a fine and totally solid release by three alumni of the band plus Theo, who has ties to the Canterbury scene and sound that the Soft Machine are noted for.
An excellent

Roy Babbington-bass
John Etheridge-guitar
John Marshall-drums
Theo Travis-saxes, flute, Fender Rhodes

In 2018, Soft Machine released a very fine album called ‘Hidden Details’ and following that release, they toured the world in 2018 and 2019.
Anyone who went to see them were treated to an excellent set of jazz/rock of old and new tunes, played with tremendous fire and drive and extremely well received.
This excellent (and excellently recorded) live album was recorded in Lo

The second studio album by Soft Machine Legacy, and the first studio recordings by the current line up of the band: Roy Babbington-bass, John Etheridge-electric guitar, John Marshall-drums, Theo Travis-tenor sax, flute, Fender Rhodes...

"With the untimely passing in June 2009 of the brilliant and widely mourned bassist/composer Hugh Hopper, Soft Machine Legacy lost its last link to the formative 1960s incarnations of Soft Machine. Happily – and in a fitting case of déjà vu – his place...

All information by Aymeric Leroy and taken from his website (http://calyx.club.fr): Elton Dean (as/saxello/elp) - John Etheridge (g) - Hugh Hopper (b) - John Marshall (d) Rec: 10 May 2005 - Loc: De Kade, Zaandam (Netherlands) Tracks: 1. Ash [JE] (11:39...

John Etheridge-electric guitar, Hugh Hopper-bass guitar, loops, John Marshall-drums, percussion, Theo Travis tenor & soprano sax, flute, loops...

Elton Dean : saxello, alto sax, Fender Rhodes
Allan Holdsworth : guitar
Hugh Hopper : bass guitar
John Marshall : drums

Recorded live at Namba Hatch, Osaka, Japan, August 11, 2003.

The idea of Soft Works first arose in 2000 to revive and reconnect some of the great musicians who had played in Soft Machine. Soft Works, with the above line up, was the first solid iteration of this idea, although the band wasn’t long lived and recorded one studio album and played only 11..

"The self-titled debut album by New York City's the sours offers eleven original songs that range from cutting, slice-of-life observations, to raw, diaristic confessions. This acoustic project is the brainschild of singer/songwriter Sarah Schrift...

"With riveting performances by the modern prog-rock legends Stick Men – Tony Levin, Markus Reuter and Pat Mastelotto –, "Prog Noir" is ambitious, achieving and immediately essential. Cinematic themes, towering grooves and intricate arrangements are all on tap, and shower down in abundance. Proving conclusively that the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts, this herculean effort exceeds any perceived limitations of the trio format -- satisfying even the most devout and demanding of listeners...

Tony Levin: Stick and Voice
Pat Mastelotto: Acoustic and Electronic Drums and Percussion
Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars AU8, Soundscaping and Keyboard
+ special guest : David Cross: Violin and Keyboards

While there is a lot of overlap of the tunes between the two shows, this is still something that every Crimson fan will really enjoy and this is not something that is generally released everywhere (basically, we have this because (a) Leonardo of MoonJune is a good guy, (b) I am a good..

Tony Levin: Stick and Voice
Markus Reuter: Touch Guitars® AU8, Soundscapes, Keyboard
Pat Mastelotto: Acoustic and electronic Drums and Percussion
Mel Collins: Saxophones, Flute
Recorded at Billboard Live, Tokyo, on 21 February 2017.

"Stick Men and King Crimson fans are in for a treat. For the recent shows in Japan, Mel Collins joined the power prog trio Stick Men (Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter) for six concerts. It's not the first time the Stick Men have...

"Talinka - such an evocative name - wittily appropriate for this intimate set so sensitively arranged around Tali's straight from the heart, true and soulful voice. Since hearing Ms. Atzmon's discrete contributions to records by Gilad Atzmon and friends I've long wished she would make a record revealing her own deeply personal approach to music, and here, at last, is that record."-Robert Wyatt

Excellent power trio jazz/rock by Indonesian guitarist Tohpathi (a member of SimakDialog and Ethnomission) is joined by bassist Indro Hardjodikoro and drummer Adityo Wibowo.

"World-class Indonesian guitarist Tohpati reveals further sides of...

When you see the personnel, you know this is gonna be just great:
TOHPATI: guitar
JIMMY HASLIP: bass
CHAD WACKERMAN: drums

"For his third release for MoonJune Records [following 2010's Tohpati Ethnomission, Save The Planet, and...

TOHPATI guitar
INDRO HARDJODIKORO bass
DIKI SUWARJIKI suling bamboo flute, tarompet
ENDANG RAMDAN kendang percussion
DEMAS NARAWANGSA drums

“For those of you who haven't forgotten Tohpati's electrifying emergence as a freshman bandleader in 2010 – catapulting onto the global stage with the critically acclaimed initial offering of Tohpati Ethnomission, "Save The Planet" -- "Mata Hati" will come as a most welcomed follow-up.
Although six years is a lengthy gap between...

"To most global listeners, the words ‘Indonesian music’ bring to mind the intricate metallic rhythms of that nation’s venerable gamelan orchestral tradition, or the sinuous strains of female singers like Idjah Hadidjah who perform songs...

Tripod is a trio of vocals/12 string bass/bass pedals, alto & tenor sax/flute/clarinet/pedals/backing vocals and acoustic and electric percussion. "All three members of the New York-based band have a long and varied musical experience, and were no str...

DOMINIQUE VANTOMME: Fender Rhodes Electric Piano, Piano, Mini Moog, Mellotron
MICHEL DELVILLE: Electric Guitar
TONY LEVIN: Bass Guitar, Chapman Stick
MAXIME LENSSENS: Drums

This is heavily tasty somewhat dark-edged fusion by four great players who were given the freedom to stretch out and GO! Recommended!

"Dominique Vantomme of VANTOMME, is a pianist, keyboardist, composer, band leader, music educator and producer, equally well known for his work with many European pop an

"Not another all-star rehash of Jaco's fretless pyrotechnics, Gospel for J.F.P. instead targets the writing talents of the late, great genius of electric bass. It's easy to forget how good of a songwriter Jaco Pastorious was, as this saavy record reminds us via interpretations of some of his better and less known pieces. Its wide-screen approach is clear in the opener, 'Three Views of a Secret' - a delightful meeting between gypsy guitarist Bireli Lagrene, fusioneer Hiram Bullock and Uruguyan vocal...

MARK WINGFIELD guitar
MARKUS REUTER touch guitar
ASAF SIRKIS drums

"It’s rare that an album emerges as something entirely new; so different that there aren't any genre or sub-genre categories into which it comfortably fits. Like its critically acclaimed, similarly forward-reaching and all-improvised sister The Stone House - released first but actually recorded second during a marathon six-day 2016 series of sessions that will ultimately yield more than the three albums initially planned..

MARK WINGFIELD guitar
MARKUS REUTER TouchGuitars® AU8
YARON STAVI fretless bass guitar
ASAF SIRKIS drums

“This has got to be the greatest progressive rock release in ages!!! It harkens back to the Sylvian/Fripp release of 1993. Technical as hell and aggressive at the same time.”-Josh Donald

“Occasionally, records are released which are an instant game changer: albums so profoundly innovative and compelling in their conception, construction and delivery that they are...