Mega Blowout Sale

The Mahavishnu Project was founded by monster drummer Gregg Bendian, a long time fan of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, in order to keep the music alive and from becoming just a fossilized period piece. This he has done, even earning the seal of approval from John McLaughlin himself, and being hired by Sony Legacy to oversee the Mahavishnu Orchestra catalog itself (sadly, nothing ever actually came of this association, through no fault of Gregg's, but general lawyer-isms).

With Pete McCann-guitar...

Colorful music from a Canadian quartet from Winnipeg that fuse elements of noise and brutal prog with a big helping of Canterbury-style jazz rock. It shouldn't work, but it does. Good stuff and definitely recommended, with each album sounding different, I think; their show at Orion earlier this year was a smoker! This is their 5th and most recent, released in 2008, just before the tour I saw. As they say somewhere, "recommended if you like Stereolab, Tortoise, Soft Machine"....

"Mainhorse would probably be a footnote in rock history and still be residing in the section of record collectors shops were it not for the inclusion of Swiss Keyboard player Patrick Moraz. Mainhorse signed originally to Polydor Records in 1970 and...

Here's what I know about this, and it isn't that much. Maman are a French 'trip-hop' band and this is basically electronica circa 2005 (electronic oriented music with beats).

John Greaves collaborated with them on this, their one and only album, contributing all vocals.

If you want to hear a familiar voice coming at you in a very unfamiliar way and if you like electronica, this is actually a very good album.
Bass – Thierry Negro
Cello – Vincent Courtois (tracks: 5)...

This Italian minor gem from 1976 - the 1st release on the Grog label - is quite scarse, rather unknown and has never been reissued before! The group was formed by ex-Garybaldi drummer Maurizio Cassinelli and the group was Franco Sandi (guitar, vocals), Marco Dondero (flute), Lucian Ottonello (guitar, vocals) Rino Loreto (bass) Maurizio Cassinelli (drums), but there are very high profile guests such as guitarist Bambi Fossati (Garybaldi), keyboardist Aldo De Scalzi (Picchio dal Pozzo), guitarist...

"Sought after on vinyl and commanding a heavy price if you can find it, the album is a real oddity. From the opening bars of 'Manhunter' with its filmic strings, pounding bongos and funky rhythm section, it sounds like a lost piece of Afro-beat-inspired disco, a souped-up version of 'Bongolia' with a scorching guitar rolling out around the two-minute mark. Tags on the internet mention all genres and the sleeve suggests some level of authenticity, but the sound is unique, it's not from some long lost...

This is the second release by this Italian classic-style progressive rock band. The influences of the greats, especially Genesis, hang heavily here; not hugely original, but, man, they do it well! Interestingly, Bernardo Lanzetti, the former vocalist f...

This reissues a 1972 'electric jazz' album by saxist Mariano, who even by this early date had already left his bebop roots far behind and was exploring current musics, as well as being a pace-setter in terms of incorporating 'ethnic music' influences and instrumentation into his work.

"Charlie Mariano was a soprano sax player who worked with Mingus on his avant-big band assault, The Black Saint & The Sinner Lady in 1963.
By the 70s, the wall between rock and jazz came down, and when Mariano...

"Digitally remastered edition of this 1999 album from the British Progressive Rock band. Marillion.com was one of first of their internet-based promotions as the band used the web to ask for fans to send them passport pictures of themselves and 732 of these were then used to make up the artwork for the album. Five of the album's nine songs were mixed by Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree/No Man/etc.)."

"Being a long time fan of marillion, I was most impressed with the varied directions that the band...

Limited two CD edition containing the British prog band's 1998 album in both its original version and a new and improved mix.

"This new mix really does this fantastic album justice, and it should hopefully convince the naysayers that this is, in fact, one of Marillion's best albums. There are keyboard, guitar, and bass parts that were just lost or buried before; Steve Hogarth's vocals have a presence that just wasn't there before. And just for posterity, the original mix is *included* here too...

Prog? Punk? Who knows and who cares. Let's let the blowhards on the online boards fight that one out. The Mars Volta's first full album is a very exciting, very unique and *very* well played mixture of punk, progressive rock, Led Zeppelin and much much more. It's a strange and pretty bleak concept album with expansive music. The best hard rock album, if indeed this is what this is, of 2003.

Prog? Punk? Who knows and who cares. Let's let the blowhards on the online boards fight that one out. The Mars Volta's second full album is an exciting, very unique and *very* well played mixture of punk, progressive rock, Led Zeppelin and much much...

Wynton is a truly great musician and, sadly, sort of a loudmouth, who has used his fame and influence to denigrate great music that isn't to his taste. This is a beautiful album and it's enjoyable as a great album but even more than the music itself...

Some of you picked up Rhys' first album, which was a really strong singer/songwriter album with heavy progressive touches. This is his second and falls much more heavily into the progressive rock category, but it keeps its distinctive sound. Lots...

2005 remaster, with bonus tracks, research by Mark Powell and packaging by Phil Smee! John Martyn started his career as a fairly straight-forward folkie, but he very rapidly began to incorporate jazz influences and much more along with his acoustic and device-laden acoustic guitar and distinctive and wonderful vocals. There are times when the echo-plex drenched acoustic mixes with his vocals in an almost over-powering way. This is from 1971 and includes Danny Thompson, Tony Reeves, Roger Powell, Richard...

A late-period classic and one of the last of his truly great ones.

"Following a short layoff, John Martyn returned with his 12th record (including two with wife Beverley and a best-of collection), Grace & Danger. The album, which finds Martyn fronting a tight quartet featuring Phil Collins on drums and backing vocals, paints a stark, painful portrait of Martyn and Beverley's crumbling marriage. Close friend and Island Records president Chris Blackwell reportedly found the songs so personal and...

"These are the complete sessions that John Martyn recorded for two BBC disc jockeys between 1973 and 1978, and though a few have seen release elsewhere before, the majority are new to CD and a welcome addition to the Martyn canon. There's plenty of electric improvisation here, including "Devil Got My Woman" (really "I'd Rather Be the Devil") and "Inside" (better known as "Inside Out"), which get extensive workouts, and there's a 1978 take on "Small Hours" that ends the disc on a lovely, aching note. In...

"Solid Air (whose title track was written for John Martyn's friend, songwriter Nick Drake) is one of the defining moments in British folk, in the same league as Fairport Convention's Liege & Lief, Richard & Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights, and Michael Chapman's Rainmaker. Martyn stepped out of his comfort zone to record and produce it, including not only jazz and blues but rock and plenty of sound effects, and featuring Rhodes piano on some of its tracks, dismaying some fans while winning a ton...

2005 remaster, with bonus tracks, research by Mark Powell and packaging by Phil Smee! John Martyn started his career as a fairly straight-forward folkie, but he very rapidly began to incorporate jazz influences and much more along with his acoustic and...

2005 remaster, with bonus tracks, research by Mark Powell and packaging by Phil Smee! John Martyn started his career as a fairly straight-forward folkie, but he very rapidly began to incorporate jazz influences and much more along with his acoustic and...

2005 remaster, with bonus tracks, research by Mark Powell and packaging by Phil Smee! John Martyn started his career as a fairly straight-forward folkie, but he very rapidly began to incorporate jazz influences and jazz instrumentalists along with his ...

"Reissue of this Japanese early '70s performance group. The group's name is literally the icons for a "circle," "triangle" and "square," with "Maru Sankaku Shikaku" substituting as a translation for those images. Circle Triangle Square were a painted bunch of commune rockers and percussion tribe second to none, whose random bells, flute and remedial tea-tray flailings were still more like the Godz or Nihilist Spasm Band than the deep theta-space obliterations of Taj Mahal Travellers. Led by future....

Guitarist John McLaughlin has released a large number of really great albums during his career, but this is one of his best and one of my personal favorites. His 2nd solo album from 1970, this is his most psychedelic, with great guitarwork and some of...

This is a pretty great album, recorded in October 1972, when John was at his height with Mahavishnu, and Carlos was at his peak with Caravanserai and both were at their peak of wearing little white suits and sitting at the feet of Sri Chinmoy! It mixed...

"First official full length concert DVD by John McLaughlin. Guitarist John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension featuring Gary Husband on keyboards and jungle kit, Mark Mondesir on drums and Dominique di Piazza on bass. This electrifying concert was...

Eight great 50s works to 1961! These cover the period from Jackie's emergence as a great hard-bopper into the beginning of his embrace of 'the new thing' and the uniquely his music he made after that. Phew.
McLean's Scene
New Soil
Swing, Swang, Swingin'
Capuchin Swing
Jackie's Bag
Bluesnik
Inta Somethin'
A Fickle Sonance...

This is one of the great free-bop, avant-leaning classics of the 60s from Blue Note. It's got great, GREAT tunes, an ace band and even an alternate take! Hugely recommended!
Jackie McLean-alto sax
Grachan Moncur III-trombone
Bobby Hutcherson-vibes
Eddie Khan-bass
Tony Williams-drums

"Legendary alto saxophonist Jackie McLean made dozens of records for Blue Note, and in my opinion "One Step Beyond" is his most adventurous effort and overall best album. And, it was until now..

“John Medeski's solo piano debut was a long time coming. Recorded for Sony Masterworks' revived Okeh imprint, it's a 41-minute showcase of a pianist we've not really encountered -- at least at this length -- before. At the suggestion of engineer and producer Henry Hirsch, Medeski cut this set using a seven-foot, 1925 French Gaveau piano. The instrument has a very different construct than the Steinways he usually plays. According to his liner essay, "The Gaveau responds to a more delicate, nuanced touch...

IF you ever felt the need to hear Jello Biafra cover Roxy Music's "In Every Dream Home A Heartache" and JG Thirwell cover Bowie's "Station To Station, both fronting the Melvins, well, then, you got off at the right stop!

"Normally, when a long-running band releases an album of covers, it's seen as the band just cutting loose, mixing it up, and having a little fun with someone else's songs for a change. The Melvins, however, are not a band that anyone would ever accuse of kowtowing to anyone's...

"When the Melvins teamed up with Big Business, it felt like they were, in effect, creating a sort of "Melvins squared." Jared Warren and Coady Willis seemed to be a perfect fit with Crover and Osborne, with the two pairs doubling up to create what...

"Much too often, late career live albums don't capture the spirit of a band. This is far from the case with the Melvins. Recorded live, presumably while touring somewhere in 2008 (hard to be sure, since, like the Alive at the F*cker Club venue, the...

"At this point in the Melvins career, they can do pretty much whatever. Even if this means starting an album with a call-and-response track in the style of Adam Ant, complete with military cadence vocals and an extended drum solo. At the same time...

Low key but very charming blues recording of Memphis Slim (piano and vocals ) and the one of the greatest blues songwriters ever, Willie Dixon (double bass and vocals), recorded in a club in Paris in 1962, with gentle backing by drummer Philippe...

Meretrio is a power trio of guitar, bass and drums from Brasil. They decided to use the form of the power trio to explore jazz with influences of samba and bossa nova, among other influences. The Projeto Meretrio is their second CD and far superior...

"Imaginary Day was shot live at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California in 1998. Performing 6 songs off the at the time newly released "Imaginary Day" album, the Pat Metheny Group pushes the boundaries of jazz, bringing the viewer on a journey to the deepest parts of the mind and soul."

"This filmed 1998 concert is only available on DVD as near as I can determine. The concert features 11 numbers, all but two written by Metheny and his regular collaborator and keyboard artist Lyle Mays...

... don't miss the "Orchestrion in the Studio" extra. On this, one is able to actually see the working of the robot instruments much more clearly than in the main program...

"Barry Miles is an overlooked jazz/fusion keyboardist that made some great albums in the 70s. He became a session player and more or less lapsed into obscurity. Some of his discs have been reissued in Japan but Sky Train is one of his better releases and finds itself on a US release.

Recorded in 1976, it finds Miles playing a variety of keyboards. In particular he demonstrates incredible proficiency on Mini-Moog. His musical foil is alto saxist Eric Kloss. Guitarist Vic Jurist, bassist Anthony...

Guitarist Phil Miller is - of course - one of the living personifications of the Canterbury scene, having been in Matching Mole, National Health, Hatfield and the North and many other excellent, related ensembles and projects. This 1988 album was...

In Cahoots - one of the last electric jazz/jazz-rock bands standing with any ties to the 'Canterbury scene' - now features Phil Miller-guitar, Fred Baker-bass, Mark Fletcher-drums, Peter Lemer-keyboards, Simon Finch-trumpet, Simon Picard-sax, with...

Guitarist Phil Miller is - of course - one of the living personifications of the Canterbury scene, having been in Matching Mole, National Health, Hatfield and the North and many other excellent, related ensembles and projects.

This live...

"Following his relentless creativity in the 1950s and '60s, Charles Mingus was slowing down by the early '70s, having combated financial hardship and health issues in recent years. In 1971 he served as the Slee Professor of Music at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and performed intermittently. This superb set was taped at Boston's Jazz Workshop that October, for broadcast on WBCN-FM, and captures him in fiery form, backed by John Foster (piano), Joe Gardner (trumpet), Hamiet "Bunny" Bluiett...

"Unlike Bob Mintzer's '80s offerings on Cheetah (Source and Papa Lips), the band used on this session is a quartet made up of star talent: bassist Eddie Gómez, the elegant pianist Steve Kuhn, and drummer Steve Gadd. On first glance it might appear that Gadd is out of place among these more subtle members of the rhythm section. Being a consummate professional as a studio musician, Gadd is an excellent jazz drummer adding grace, subtlety and tension to a very sophisticated rhythm section...

Was there a greater 'singer/songwriter' that emerged in the 60s and who went on to even greater heights in the 70s and still was making great work into the 00s? I don't think so and this 1974 album, which was both an artistic peak as well as a...

"A live concert conducted at the Wells Fargo Theatre in Los Angeles. The audience was comprised of 200 ardent fans on a invitation basis only. The set list includes twelve musical numbers and one talk track totaling seventy-two minutes of playing time. The (radio broadcast)... sound quality [is] exceptional. The audience/artist chemistry throughout the concert elevates the quality of Joni's performance. The audience members are equally welcoming, friendly and appreciative whether the artist is singing or..

Prime period, previously unreleased radio broadcast concert by The Modern Jazz Quartet.
1. The Queen's Fancy
2. Bess, Oh Where's My Bess?
3. Three Windows
4. God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
5. Bluesology
6. A Night in Tunesia
7. Fontessa
8. One Never Knows
9. Woody'n You
10. 2 Degrees East 3 Degrees West
11. Venice
12. The Golden Striker

For my money, this 1963 release, his second on Columbia, is one of his best 60s releases and here it is with 3 extra songs and sounding absolutely great. Recommended!

I am a big fan of Thelonious, but for my money, his absolute best work was at the very beginning of his career, when what he was doing was simultaneously in line with the contemporary be-bop movement, and also very much apart of it. The singularity of his musical vision was apparent and still very fresh, and as a unique pianist and composer, he was in absolute top form.
This has the 1st 3 sessions that he recorded as a leader, on October 15 and 24 and November 21 of 1947, and as a unique pianist and..

The good: This presents Monk and his post Coltrane quartet of Charlie Rouse, Ahmed Abdul-Malik and Roy Haynes in a performance from the Five Spot in 1958, several years before he was so well documented. Additionally, you get to hear Baroness Nica's voice introducing him.

The bad: These recordings were made with a portable reel-to-reel tape recorder, utilizing a single microphone. There is background noise and table chatter. It's all audible, but hardly 'hi-fi'.

Live, professional (radio?) recordings by Monk and his long-standing group (Charlie Rouse, Butch Warren, Ben Riley), recorded in Paris in 1964.

Live, professional (radio?) recordings by Monk and his long-standing group (Charlie Rouse, Butch Warren, Ben Riley), recorded in Paris in 1964.