New Arrivals

New Arrivals
Rudi Mahall: Bass Clarinet, Clarinet
Axel Dörner: Trumpet
Christof Thewes: Trombone
Jan Roder: Bass
Michael Griener: Drums
"Die Enttäuschung has worked its way through whatever combination of bass clarinet, trumpet, double bass and drum you can think of. With Alexander von Schlippenbach they scored a coup: Monk’s entire oeuvre presented in one live concert and documented in a three-CD box set. The Enttäuschung not only absorbed an unbelievable amount of jazz history, they also...

Neil Charles: Double Bass
Stephen Davis: Drums, Percussion
Alexander Hawkins: Piano
Elaine Mitchener: Voice
"This quartet represents the collaboration of two of the most distinctive voices of their generation, and stakes out a remarkable common ground from the pair’s vast range of influences and experience. The repertoire fuses Elaine Mitchener’s unique way with both melody and abstraction, with Alexander Hawkins’ idiosyncratic compositional and pianistic world; as well as spotlighting..

"The first release by Transversales, a French label based in Paris founded by Sebastien Rosat and Jonathan Fitoussi, is the original soundtrack of the film Rock, composed in 1982 by Bernard Parmegiani (1927-2013).
Parmegiani was a major figure of electro acoustic music and member of the historic GRM (Groupe de Recherches Musicales) where he composed an important work of concert, among which is the masterpiece: De Natura Sonorum. The work of Parmegiani, a virtuoso of the magnetic tape, is widely...

"Black Truffle presents the eighth full-length release from the trio of Keiji Haino, Jim O'Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi. Over the course of four LP sides, the October 2014 concert documented here ranges from rock power trio dynamics to maelstroms of analog electronics. Once again, the three demonstrate their commitment to pushing into new areas of instrumental exploration and group interaction. Where their previous releases featured extended vocal workouts from Haino, his vocalizations here are restricted...

"A entrancing, insistent electronic album from Pascal's earliest days as an experimentalist / synthesist; quite a far cry from the sound he eventually developed into! First-ever full reissue and this is a goodie from 40 years ago!

"Because Music present the first reissue of Pascal Comelade's Paralelo, originally released in 1980. This first reissue identically features all the elements of the original version: the black and white sleeve with its painting made by Don Jacques Ciccolini, and all...

"This is a deluxe CD/DVD package containing historic recordings made in Harry Bertoia's Sonambient barn. The DVD, a film titled Sonambients: The Sound Sculpture of Harry Bertoia, by Jeffrey and Miriam Eger, was shot in 1971 and follows Harry Bertoia in performance and interview throughout his Sonambient barn deep in the Pennsylvania woods.
This film offers a rare opportunity to follow the artist in practice, listening carefully as he moves contemplatively through his sculptures and gongs. Interview...

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.

"Andreas Spechtl's debut album Thinking About Tomorrow, And How To Build It is a multifaceted work. It is personal -- Spechtl invites his listeners to look deep into the soul of his "I". It is rooted in history -- Spechtl constructs an emotional bridge to the cosmic music of Can and the aural sculptures of Conrad Schnitzler. It's also a modern and hybrid work -- Spechtl mines deep strata of sound and samples in his sonic quarry, layering them over a constant bass drum, capable of launching every DJ set...

Excellent final release by the pioneers of electronic music in Germany. These two musicians are old enough to be your father or grandfather, yet here they are making new, interesting, cutting-edge music.

"Reissue of the last studio album by Cluster, the legendary krautronic duo of Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, recorded in Ohio in 2009 by Tim Story. From Story's liner notes: "My role, as I imagined it, was to emulate Conny Plank, the great Cluster producer and a hero I'd never had a...

"John Zorn returns to his original instrument with a new volume of organ improvisations recorded at his infamous Weekend in Paris in April 2017. The organ at the Grand Salle Pierre Boulez is one of the most powerful and versatile in France, and Zorn approaches it with great sensitivity and wild abandon. Includes both the full 40 minute concert recording, and over 30 additional minutes of Zorn alone at the manuals in rehearsal the same day."
John Zorn: Organ

I had never heard the amazing story of Connie Converse before this release, but there's a recounting on Wiki and it is basically the same as below, only longer. What a story!

"Connie Converse was a remarkable composer who worked in the 1950s and 1960s. By 1974, depressed over her lack of recognition and success, she packed up her belongings and drove off never to be heard of again. Little known in her lifetime, she is now viewed as a pioneer of the modern singer/songwriter genre. This exciting.....

This is the sixth album from this Norwegian progressive rock band that features keyboards, guitar, bass and drums.
The keyboardist pulls out all the gear; Hammond organ, mellotron, synths and the guitaring rocks hard.
Just to give an example, the opening track opens with mellotron whispers as the track expands out into an excellent hard-edged prog-rocker that reminded me of Pictures Of A City off Poseidon. Just when I was getting used to that, the vocals come in and it sort of channels Echoes by..

"Curiously, the Norwegian prog-folkies’ fifth album – their “first for (and with) children”– comes recommended to fans of Van der Graaf and Crimson, so it’s something of a shock to encounter a set of proglite Euro-ditties featuring an Oslo school kiddie choir. The title means Urban Wildlife but the three men dressed in squirrel, badger and crow outfits on the cover should’ve warned something gruesome was afoot. The band say the (Norwegian-sung) lyrics for the two school musicals here are attacking the...

This new release is a great one from a band that already has a big pocket full of great ones!

"For over 25 years, Motorpsycho have constantly pushed at the limits of what’s possible within the rock format, becoming a prog band almost by default as their songs have got longer and more exploratory. Starting with 2008’s Little Lucid Moments, they’ve gone through a remarkable purple patch over the past decade, producing an album practically every year while also finding time to soundtrack a series..

Fifth album from this Danish psychedelic / Kraut-rock inspired power trio. There's points where this sounds more like Neu! (a slightly kinder, gentler Neu!, but Neu nonetheless) than anything else I've ever heard!

"As summer gently passes, Papir make sure we get to embark on at least one more major psychedelic trip before the season ends. Whether your favorite getaway includes driving around the country admiring various landscapes, going somewhere in the woods with a lake and meadow nearby...

Fifth album from this Danish psychedelic / Kraut-rock inspired power trio. There's points where this sounds more like Neu! (a slightly kinder, gentler Neu!, but Neu nonetheless) than anything else I've ever heard!

"As summer gently passes, Papir make sure we get to embark on at least one more major psychedelic trip before the season ends. Whether your favorite getaway includes driving around the country admiring various landscapes, going somewhere in the woods with a lake and meadow nearby...

The greatly awaited fourth album from Wobbler! I can't say it is a 'return to form', because all their previous ones are really good, but this one seems more in keeping with the style that blew everyone away when they first appeared on the scene.
Just like Anglagard, they take a lot of influences from the golden period of progressive rock; Genesis, Yes, Gentle Giant, ELP and blend it all into something that is simply "Wobbler" and not just a bunch of proggy parts glued together.

"After three acclaimed trio albums –“Nothing Ever Was, Anyway”, “Amaryllis”, “Storyteller” – a solo album by the innovative American pianist. “Vignettes” spotlights new developments in Marilyn Crispell’s work. An ‘aesthetics of space, beauty and...

Back in the day (I'm dating myself nicely here) in the very, very early 80's, this very nicely packaged double album came out from the ultra hip Les Disques Du Crepuscule was released in November 1981.
It featured a wide range arty and post-classical musicians and spoken word artists, and was a refreshing, dare I say, 'beautiful' work amongst the generally punk and new wave tenor of the times. This is a snapshot from a long time ago, and probably won't be as impressive nowadays, when there is so much..

"Simon Phillips, drummer & producer extraordinaire has upped the ante with his newest instrumental recording PROTOCOL 4. Building on his past PROTOCOL projects, Simon has again enlisted the highly talented bassist Ernest Tibbs along with PROTOCOL newcomers, the superb veteran guitar shredder Greg Howe and keyboard virtuoso Dennis Hamm. All compositions were written by Simon while on tour. "The first time I've really been able to concentrate on writing material on the road. Lots of creativity on airplanes...

"For his follow-up to 2016's purely improvised studio recording Strength & Power (a cooperative quartet album featuring pianist Jamie Saft, bassist Trevor Dunn and drummer Balazs Pandi), the ever-adventurous trombonist-composer Roswell Rudd made a decided shift in direction on his first RareNoise Records release as a leader by embracing jazz standards he has loved and played throughout his long and illustrious career. Accompanied by the brilliant pianist Lafayette Harris, upright bass virtuoso Ken...

"Song of Silver Geese is the latest release from groundbreaking, experimental vocalist, composer, multi-instrumentalist and dancer Jen Shyu, whose critically acclaimed Sounds and Cries of the World was praised by The Nation and The New York Times as one of the best releases of the 2015.
Named a 2016 Doris Duke Artist and voted Rising Star Female Vocalist in the 2017 Downbeat Critics Poll, NPR extols her music as 'intensely personal. Nothing sounds quite like it &[It] operates in some unpatrolled...

"2017 release from the electronic music pioneers. Tangerine Dream have been a fundamental influence on electronic and progressive music since their formation in West Berlin, 1967. Inspiring genres, musicians and other art forms, from The Future Sound of London to Porcupine Tree, the widely popular TV show Stranger Things (for which their music also featured in) to seminal video game Grand Theft Auto V (for which they helped to write the soundtrack).
The group have also received seven Grammy...

Note: This is my personal opinion: Not even Robert Fripp can polish the sonic turd that is Earthbound and make it sound 'good'. Still, the Summit Studios stuff is quite good quality and there are bonus tracks which are better than most of what was originally on the album.

"The thirteenth release in the King Crimson 40th Anniversary series.
Earthbound was originally issued in 1972 and marked the final statement by the band's Islands-era incarnation.

* The CD features an...

"The complete STUDIO AND LIVE 1970-72 King Crimson captured on 21 CDs, 4 blu-ray discs and 2 DVDs (all audio content) and presented in a 12” box with booklet, memorabilia, a further downloadable concert, and sleeve-notes by Sid Smith, Jakko Jakszyk and David Singleton.

Sailor's Tales features a wealth of previously unheard studio recordings - from band rehearsals to full alternate mixes - alongside a vast array of live material, much of it on CD/blu-ray for the first time and including four....

First ever legit reissue on vinyl, mastered here from the original analog master tapes! Terje's first solo album, before he hit ECM.

"Recorded over three sessions in 1968, Bleak House marks Terje Rypdal's departure from psychedelic group The Dream and off to explore further territories. He would later become one of the most recognizable instrumentalist in European jazz, with releases on the ECM label filled to the brim with his searingly exciting future-tundra guitar sounds. By this time in 1968...

"As a follow-up to his most personal project to date, 2015's Koi, in-demand Italian session bassist and RareNoise recording artist Lorenzo Feliciati has upped the ante on Elevator Man.
A powerhouse recording with echoes of King Crimson, Allan Holdsworth and other prog rock icons in it's ten tracks, this outing by the prolific bassist-composer-arranger features a rotating cast of stellar musicians, including King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, former Holdsworth drummer Chad Wackerman, Swedish...

“This album marked the formal debut of the psychedelic-era Moody Blues; though they'd made a pair of singles featuring new (as of 1966) members Justin Hayward and John Lodge, Days of Future Passed was a lot bolder and more ambitious. What surprises first-time listeners -- and delighted them at the time -- is the degree to which the group shares the spotlight with the London Festival Orchestra without compromising their sound or getting lost in the lush mix of sounds. That's mostly because they came to...

"Halloween was Frank Zappa's favorite holiday and by 1977 his Halloween shows were legendary. Recorded live at The Palladium in NYC, Zappa performed six shows 28-31 October. Four shows were filmed and resulted in Zappa's movie Baby Snakes. The Halloween 77 three CD version includes the Halloween night show in it's entirety, mixed in 2016 from original Vault masters, plus select tracks from the other five shows."

Nona Hendryx-vocals
Gary Lucas-guitar
Jesse Krakow-bass
Jordan Shapiro-keyboards
Richard Dworkin-drums

Gary, Jesse and Richard all worked together in Cuneiform's Fast 'n' Bulbous, Jordan I don't know and Nona is, of couse, the great vocalist from LaBelle, as well as being a featured singer with Talking Heads, Peter Gabriel, David Bowie and many other a-listers.
This is a great, rocking and soulful take on some of Don's most 'songy songs' (and also some surprises too, such

From 1968, the one and only album by the group who are the 3rd point on the triangle of early experimental/ psychedelic rock (along with Silver Apples & The United States of America).

"...more or less a psychedelic band, but experimental enough..

One of Daevid's better 1980's album was designed with a rich skien of background tapes over which he played live guitar. I saw the tour he did based around the concept and it was pretty great.
This has some really good guitarwork from him (while he's never been a flashy player like Hillage, I've always admired his guitarwork on Camembert) and some extremely cool ideas in the background tapes. Recommended!

I believe that this was the very first album by Howard Riley and it also represents the first commercially released recording of both Barry Guy and Howard (also appearing is the original drummer of the trio, Jon Hiseman, who left before further recordings by the group).
Very interesting to hear this avant group tackle and disect standards like "Nardis", "What's New" and "Sweet and Lovely"! Recorded 12/29/67, and as a bonus, it includes previously unheard recordings of Howard, Malcolm Kaye (bass) and..

I remember being a huge Gong fan, having discovered them just as Daevid was leaving the band, and seeing this in my local shop around Christmas, 1977 and buying it and being really really in love with this raucous, punky take on Gong. And recorded live and sounding great. And who could forget Daevid's cover imploring me not to pay more than $3.50 but "....better to rip it off if you can!" Middle class white boy I am, I paid more AND I didn't rip it off.
Planet Gong was Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth....

Kjetil André Mulelid - piano
Bjørn Marius Hegge - double bass
Andreas Skår Winther - drums
"Following in the footsteps of In The Country and Espen Eriksen Trio, Kjetil Mulelid Trio is the third piano trio to appear on Rune Grammofon. Although they can be placed in the same musical landscape, it's also fair to say there are certain obvious differences. There's a solid dose of youthful playfulness and curiosity at work here, at the same time they show an assured maturity that belies their age..

Kjetil André Mulelid - piano
Bjørn Marius Hegge - double bass
Andreas Skår Winther - drums
"Following in the footsteps of In The Country and Espen Eriksen Trio, Kjetil Mulelid Trio is the third piano trio to appear on Rune Grammofon. Although they can be placed in the same musical landscape, it's also fair to say there are certain obvious differences. There's a solid dose of youthful playfulness and curiosity at work here, at the same time they show an assured maturity that belies their age..

"As faithful guardians of the Ciani Musica Inc. studio vault, Finders Keepers twist the key and return to their collaborative series of previously unreleased music from one of the most important and influential composers in multi-disciplinary electronic music, Suzanne Ciani. This electronic soundtrack for an operatic, ecological, scholastic, science fiction theater production for children of all ages not only further reveals Suzanne's vibrant and versatile skills as an experimental musician and narrative...

Reading the release blather below makes me feel so old; I remember when the cassette of this was released; I never did get to hear that cassette, but I can finally hear this now!

"Live In Vienna is the eighth full-length album by German electronic music outfit Cluster and their first and only album with Joshi Farnbauer. It is the first of three live albums recorded by Cluster.
On June 12, 1980 Cluster performed at the Wiener Festwochen Alternativ with Farnbauer. The performance was recorded..

Excellent final release by the pioneers of electronic music in Germany. These two musicians are old enough to be your father or grandfather, yet here they are making new, interesting, cutting-edge music.

"Reissue of the last studio album by Cluster, the legendary krautronic duo of Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, recorded in Ohio in 2009 by Tim Story. From Story's liner notes: "My role, as I imagined it, was to emulate Conny Plank, the great Cluster producer and a hero I'd never had a...

Kerygmatic Project was born in 1998, created by Samuele Tadini, Danilo Nobili and Marco Campagnolo, with the purpose of composing original music that recover in style and construction the great British progressive rock tradition of the seventies and eighties, renewed tradition with a new key able to embrace different styles, so as to constitute an original sound well recognizable. The Kerygmatic Project compositions are affected, in fact, from the contributions of various genres taken by rock, pop, jazz...

RED, BLACK AND BLUE STARBURST COLORED VINYL "It's no secret that Stranger Things has been receiving widespread acclaim. It also seems to have been a while since a series soundtrack has received such a grand if not equal amount of praise as its visual counterpart. Composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (known for being members of synth outfit S U R V I V E) landed the job after the show's producers used some of their tracks as temp pieces and the duo responded with a series of musical vignettes desig

RED AND BLUE STARBURST COLORED VINYL "It's no secret that Stranger Things has been receiving widespread acclaim. It also seems to have been a while since a series soundtrack has received such a grand if not equal amount of praise as its visual counterpart. Composers Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein (known for being members of synth outfit S U R V I V E) landed the job after the show's producers used some of their tracks as temp pieces and the duo responded with a series of musical vignettes desig

Kampec Dolores are a Hungarian avant-rock band with lots of eastern European folk influences as well as more straight-forward rock bits and improvisational influences. The most immediately striking thing about the band are the pretty terrific vocals by...

"Fading records is glad to announce the long-awaited. first full-length album by the Italian band FEM (Forza Elettro Motrice), “Sulla Bolla di Sapone”.
The band consists of
Massimo Sabbatini-vocals
Alberto Citterio-keyboards and piano....

Joe McPhee - soprano and tenor saxophone
John Snyder - analog synthesizer
Makaya Ntshoko - drums

"A reissue of Joe McPhee's The Willisau Concert, originally released on Hat Hut Records in 1976. Asked earlier this year which of his out-of-print records he'd like to see available again, multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee's response was immediate: The Willisau Concert!
Recorded at the Swiss festival that gave it its name in 1975, it appeared a year later as "Hat Hut B", the second of the

"A reissue of Suns Of Arqa's Seven, originally released on Arka Sound in 1987. Perhaps the pinnacle of the Suns Of Arqa discography, Seven was released in 1987 and was in fact the band's fifth LP. With its stunning cover design and outlandishly ambitious sound, steeped in dub but festooned with plainchant and Indian music, it was alone in the market, its closest relatives maybe African Head Charge or New Age Steppers, but with a host of original ideas and musical intersections and an incredible, almost...

Michael Wadada - esraj, sitar
Style Scott - drums
Lizard Logan - bass
Kalu Zeria - table
Aziz Zeria - harmonium
Big Red - violin
Bubblers - piano
Mothmen - cuica, percussion
Maria Aiawa - vocals
Mark Stone - flamenco guitar
I. Green - bassoon
Tony Sullivan - banjo
Moot Beret - Chinese shawm

"A reissue of Suns Of Arqa's Revenge Of The Mozabites, originally released on Rocksteady Records in 1980. One of the key ensembles in the history of wh

Nina Berman, soprano
Charlotte Mundy, mezzo-soprano
Blythe Gaissert, contralto
Paul Orbell, guitar
Andrew McKenna Lee, guitar
Jude Traxler, percussion, Rhodes, electronics
Jeff Gretz, drums
Joseph Higgins, bass

The Knells return for a second helping. The line-up is a little smaller than before, but it still features the distinctive three female vocals front line! Having seen them twice, and now, with a fine second album, I can't decide if I like them

Nina Berman, soprano
Charlotte Mundy, mezzo-soprano
Blythe Gaissert, contralto
Paul Orbell, guitar
Andrew McKenna Lee, guitar
Jude Traxler, percussion, Rhodes, electronics
Jeff Gretz, drums
Joseph Higgins, bass

The Knells return for a second helping. The line-up is a little smaller than before, but it still features the distinctive three female vocals front line! Having seen them twice, and now, with a fine second album, I can't decide if I like them

“... a titanic performance that moved from machine-gun bursts to airy harmonics, whether welded to his own structures or lightly tethered to the chord changes of ancient American songs.”-Stuart Broomer, MusicWork, Issue 128

“In Victoriaville, Braxton unveiled a vast but measured and mature volley of musical content, clearly of the jazz variety in the specific and symbolic sense. He was right at home.”-Josef Woodard, DownBeat, August 2017