New Arrivals

New Arrivals
"“Bogan Ghost is Liz Allbee on trumpet and Anthea Caddy on cello and 'Zerfall' is one pleasant, totally absorbing surprise. "Surprise" if only because of my limited prior exposure to their music.
I happened to have heard them both as part of the Splitter Orchestra (and a subset or two thereof) last year at St. Merri in Paris but still, I wasn't quite prepared for the music encountered here.
I guess the main unexpected (and very welcome) aspect is the degree of concision in play and the fact that.

Kirk Knuffke-cornet
Art Bailey-accordion
Michael Bisio-bass
Michael Wimberly-drums

“There's much to listen for on "Accortet" - the sound quality is excellent (kudos to Jim Clouse of Park West Studio in Brooklyn, NY), the compositions are thoughtful, and the musicianship unbeatable.
Kurt Knuffke continues to impress in every setting he plays in and Art Bailey's musical palette shows how he continues to expand the vocabulary of the accordion. And the rhythm section keeps the...

“It's a rare and wonderful thing where you are so challenged as a listener that you are not sure of what's happening, but you know you need more. This happened to me during the 2011 Vision Festival when on one of the nights when the power trio of Peter Evans (trumpet), Mike Pride (drums) and Tim Dahl (extremely electric bass) shredded the atmosphere of the sweaty auditorium.
Now several years later, with the squishy gift of memory and time, I am listening to Pulverize the Sound's debut album with...

“Sometimes I forget to be grateful. When I’m feeling distracted or impatient, my ears start to blur sounds just as tired eyes soften shapes; I hear the overall shape but start to reject the nuances within them, casually allowing the nourishment of total experience to pass me by. Sometimes I need a record like Silent Spills in order to reset myself; a release that takes each gesture one at a time, lingering on the circumstances that bring each moment to be, and depriving me of certain musical devices so...

“Long, simple, clear notes, they seem to trail off in the distance. Almost shyly played, as if the saxophonist wanted to approach what she wants to say very tenderly.
After her solo album Coin Coin Chapter 3: River Run Thee Matana Roberts presents herself with an entirely different approach of playing alone. While River Run Thee also included electronics, spoken word poetry, singing and all kind of samples, Always is stripped down to the single voice of her alto. And what a great saxophonist she is!..

“The Norway-based alto sax player Mette Rasmussen and American drummer have been performing as a duo continuously for the last two years. The duo's free-improvised music benefits from these gifted musicians accumulated experiences.
Corsano's resume stretches from free jazz legends as sax players Joe McPhee, Paul Flaherty & Akira Sakata, noise masters as Bill Nace and C Spencer Yeh to avant-pop vocalist Bjork. He represents the hyperactive, ecstatic pole in this duo. Rasmussen, now part of Mats....

Jason Stein - bass clarinet
Greg Ward - alto saxophone
Eric Revis - bass
Jim Black - drums

“Nature Work was born out of the desire of two talented musicians to work together more closely. Jason Stein and Greg Ward boldly added the incomparable talents of Eric Revis and Jim Black to give their ensemble an unpredictable and intriguing blend of strength, intelligence and adventure, which
There is a place in improvisation where it is in the service of the music to shut off the...

"The Power to Believe, originally issued in 2003 is King Crimson’s final studio album, to date. Drawing in part on material issued on the 2001 live mini-album Level 5 and the 2002 studio mini-album Happy With What You Have to be Happy With, the album represented the final statement from the double duo which had recorded and toured from 2000.
It was produced by Machine with post-production work by David Singleton and Robert Fripp allowing for the inclusion of additional elements and edits prior to...

"When the Double Trio line of Fripp, Belew, Levin, Mastelotto, Bruford, and Gunn wanted to develop new material at the end of the THRAK-era in 1997 they broke down into smaller groups, a process which Fripp dubbed fraKctalisation.
This resulted in a series of different groupings which were called The ProjeKcts – resulting in a series of releases now gathered on the Heaven & Earth boxed set.
When the individual players regrouped as King Crimson the band was now a double duo consisting of...

This archival release was originally released in 2000, but has been out of print for something like 15 years, so it’s great to be able to feature it here again!
The first four tracks are well recorded, energetic live takes of early Supersister classics and is 25’ of 1971 live recordings that do not appear anywhere else!
Tracks 6-12 are from a German NDR radio appearance with a full orchestra and which features songs not featured on any of their studio albums(!).
And finally, tracks 5 and 13.

“Duke Ellington surprised the jazz world in 1962 with this historic trio session featuring Charles Mingus and Max Roach. Not in a mood to simply rework older compositions, the bulk of the LP focused on music he wrote specifically for the session. "Money Jungle" is a thunderous opener, a blues that might be classified somewhere between post-bop and avant-garde. The gem of the date is the fragile, somewhat haunting ballad "Fleurette Africaine," where Mingus' floating bassline and Roach's understated...

While they last, this incredible Coltrane treasure is more than 50% off the regular price!!

"Unknown until 2004 and unheard until now, these recordings by the John Coltrane Quartet are, as Sonny Rollins says in the liner notes, like finding a new room in the Great Pyramid. Featuring the Classic Quartet - John Coltrane, McCoy Tyner, Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones - and recorded at the end of a two-week run at Birdland, the music on this album represents one of the most influential groups in music...

When I wrote the below, there was only this first record to go by; I had no idea that this band would go on to make so many really fine albums and would collaborate with musicians from Univers Zero and Present, among others!
Still, everything I said below still stands!

For a very small country, Belgium certainly has a easily identifiable sounding style of new music, and Aranis, a septet of fantastic young players, fits right into the chamber-rock sound that we all know from fellow country...

"Perhaps Jan Akkerman's (of Focus fame) best work. This album from 1977 is an upbeat jazz/rock fusion masterpiece. It definitely holds up to the test of time, and is consistent throughout with an innovative set of songs from start to finish. On this disc, Akkerman has put together a stellar group of studio musicians."

A classic 1973 slice of art rock. Eno is out, Eddie Jobson is in on violin and synths, and the band lose a little of their complete strangeness, but are really no worse the wear for it.

A classic 1974 slice of art rock.
This is the one with the famous 'two semi-clad, semi-mean/semi-unbelievably sexy-looking girls with too much lipstick' cover.
It also has a number of their classics, including "Out of the Blue", one of their greatest pieces. All in all, I'd say this is one of their 2 best albums.

This is back in print for the first time in something like a decade!
There is nothing to say beyond, "Holy crap! A SUPERSISTER DVD!" Well, yes there is more to say. Supersister were one of Holland's top progressive bands from 1970-75. They were obviously heavily influenced by Soft Machine & also the Mothers Of Invention.
DVD 1 is their reunion concert from December 3, 2000 at the Paradiso, and is 14 full-length tracks of the original quartet sounding great and really sounding just like...

“Their first two albums, Exit and Enter, were presented with sizable and ambitious line-ups of 28 musicians. Ritual saw it reduced to 21 and with Arrival it's been trimmed down to a "mere" 14, with the core trio of Fire! (Mats Gustafsson, Johan Berthling, and Andreas Werliin) and the two singers Mariam Wallentin and Sofia Jernberg being the only constant members since the beginning.
Apart from this reduction, the main line-up difference is the introduction of a string quartet. This "cleanup" has...

“Paradigm Discs present a reissue of Amnon Raviv's Mirror, originally released in Israel in 1983 and only available in a handmade edition of just 50 copies. As such, this edition is the first widely available issue of this LP, giving it a chance to reach an audience beyond the 50 hardened collectors who got to hear this strange experimental record back in the '80s.
There's nothing else quite like it from that era, let alone from Israel, although it does have some parallels with earlier avant-garde...

“The time-stopping tract of In Demons In! is a naturally elemental drone collaboration between eminent experimentalists Jim O'Rourke and CM Von Hausswolf for their eternal admirers at iDEAL Recordings. Offering a transfixing peek behind the curtain of pure black hole drone dynamics, In Demons In! finds the American in Japanese exile and the proclaimed monarch of the imaginary kingdoms of Elgaland-Vargaland meeting on common ground after 26 years of international correspondence. Initiated in Tokyo 2016...

“The dark interpreter Stephen O'Malley ov Sunn O))) presents his towering orchestral composition Gruidés, commissioned by French 35-piece improv orchestra ONCEIM -- l'Orchestre de Nouvelles Créations, Expérimentations et Improvisation Musicales -- and released thru Demdike Stare's DDS label. In early 2014 O'Malley was approached by pianist and composer Frédéric Blondy to write a work for the orchestra, which is made up of exceptional musicians from the fields of contemporary, jazz, experimental...

Don Cherry - trumpet
Gato Barbieri - tenor sax
Karl Berger - vibes and piano
Bo Stief – bass
Aldo Romano - drums

“This is the Don Cherry Quintet caught in action in Hilversum (Holland) in 1966 and featuring... a very distinctive line up which fits somewhere between two of the greatest Cherry's studio sessions of the time, "Complete Communion" and "Togetherness". A very energetic performance including a couple of Don Cherry original compositions and some highly personal rendition

“On Intemporel, Sarah Davachi and Ariel Kalma blend their strong individual personalities in a single trip on the edge of time. Their kosmiche music is pure, magnificent, and elegant, an intergalactic hypnosis that seems to tell of distant times, a millenary vortex of a lost era. In the first phase of departure, the mysterious song of the sax winds in archaic echoes, supported by the electronic inlays of the Arp Odyssey synth. Flowing between space rumbles and astral progressions, one sights high...

“In Fa is an enchanting meeting of phantasmagorical improvisation, a dialogue between two generations that makes every expressive boundary overcome. Riccardo Sinigaglia (Futuro Antico) remains faithful to the idea of a collective work, where musicians are only instruments crossed by musical energy. He provides his pioneering experience, with excellent control of electronic sounds, realized with the eternal cosmic Farfisa and the synths (Moog Sonic Six, Synthi EMS). Their lysergic fluidity supports the...

New, fifth release and back on track after their disappointing last one. Really good!
BB&F are a unique German trio who combine certain aspects of progressive/postrock bands like Tortoise, Jaga Jazzist with the rhythmic aspects of Nik Bartsch's Ronin, a Steve Reich/Philip Glass/Michael Nyman maximum minimalist sweep and 'die mensch machine' esthetic of Kraftwerk and lots of techno influence as well.
Lots and lots of polyrhythms here, baby, both electronic and non-electronic varities and lots of.

Mr Robert Jan Stips decides to revisit the sound and style of Supersister but with different instrumentation. It’s a pretty damn great reimaging of what made them great in the first place! Fans will not be disappointed.

“Between his activities with the NITS, Robert Jan Stip took the challenge to write new songs in the style of his legendary first group Supersister.
Under the name Supersister Projekt 2019 he recorded this material with a number of music friends. These friends were Marco...

Mr Robert Jan Stips decides to revisit the sound and style of Supersister but with different instrumentation. It’s a pretty damn great reimaging of what made them great in the first place! Fans will not be disappointed.

“Between his activities with the NITS, Robert Jan Stip took the challenge to write new songs in the style of his legendary first group Supersister.
Under the name Supersister Projekt 2019 he recorded this material with a number of music friends. These friends were Marco...

Extremely good, modern Scandinavian progrock, with a lot of inspiration from the good ol' days. This is their fourth (depending on how you are counting) and latest and the first one, I think, that didn’t start its life as a cassette release (!!).
In general, while they do and can rock out, this leans more towards the postoral / mental pictures side of things...
“Jordsjø is a prog band from Oslo, Norway inspired by old horror movies, German 70s synth music, Norwegian jazz, campfires, Swedish folk.

Johan Berthling double bass
Magnus Broo trumpet
Eirik Hegdal baritone saxophone
Goran Kajfes cornet
Martin Küchen alto - and tenor saxophones
Mattias Ståhl vibraphone
Andreas Werliin drums
Alexander Zethson piano
Mats Äleklint trombone

“Wonderful news, folks: Angles 9 are back. The modus operandi is the same as ever, enabling infinite possibilities: suggestive melodies and a vibrant rhythmic pulsion. You’re familiar with it by now, but it so

"Here’s some fantastic music with an agenda, or more exactly, an entire program of action. Since the days of the researches developed by the likes of Globe Unity Orchestra and Chris McGregor’s Brotherhood of Breath the challenge remains the same: how to make a big band improvise without the restraints usually applied when there’s the idea that a large ensemble needs a tight organization? In the mentioned cases the musicians involved were free improvisers wanting to establish some kind of order through...

Evan Parker tenor saxophone
Jacob Anderskov piano
Adam Pultz Melbye bass
Anders Vestergaard drums

“It’s difficult to say if it was Evan Parker who invited Jacob Anderskov’s trio Kinetics to start this new collaborative project or if the initiative came from the Danish pianist. The doubt results from the permanent equilibrium of forces detected in “Chiasm”: the British saxophonist can be the protagonist, the frontline voice, but the music reflects in every step the most important.

Gabriel Ferrandini drums and percussion
Hernâni Faustino double bass
Pedro Sousa tenor saxophone

"The Portuguese (but born in California 1986, from a Mozambican natural and a Brazilian of Italian heritage) drummer Gabriel Ferrandini is usually found in freely improvised music contexts (those, for instance, of Red Trio and Rodrigo Amado Motion Trio in the celebrated Lisbon scene and with an impressive international collaboration history: Alexander Von Schlippenbach, Axel Dörner, Evan P

Fala Mariam (alto) trombone
Nuno Torres (alto) saxophone
Bruno Silva guitar
Pedro Lourenço bass
André Gonçalves organs
Luìs Desirat percussion (metal and skin)
Raphael Soares percussion (wooden)
Sei Miguel (pocket) trumpet ,composition, arrangements, direction

"This occurrence of O Carro de Fogo de Sei Miguel was live recorded at the Namouche Studios, Lisbon, on April 18, 2018.
Sei Miguel is no longer the “best kept secret” of the Portuguese creative

Ilia Belorukov alto saxophone
Gabriel Ferrandini drums and percussion

"There’s souls in the world who, no matter the distance between them, seem destined to meet: alto saxophonist Ilia Belorukov is from Saint Petersburg and drummer Gabriel Ferrandini has Lisbon as his home. Their respective backgrounds, their cultures and the music scenes they belong to couldn’t be more different, and yet, they’re soul brothers. Yes, they share the same disquietness announced by the title of this album, but...

Gabriele Mitelli cornet, soprano sax, alto flugelhorn, electronics, objects, voice
Rob Mazurek piccolo trumpet, electronics, objects, voice

“Here is one more example of a musical project inspired in literature. Star Splitter, the duo by the multi-instrumentalists Gabriele Mitelli and Rob Mazurek, makes reference to a poem by Robert Frost, in which this author tells the story of Brad McLaughlin, a farmer who failed to produce agricultural income and decided to burn his house to get the...

Gabriele Mitelli cornet, soprano sax, alto flugelhorn, electronics, objects, voice
Rob Mazurek piccolo trumpet, electronics, objects, voice

“Here is one more example of a musical project inspired in literature. Star Splitter, the duo by the multi-instrumentalists Gabriele Mitelli and Rob Mazurek, makes reference to a poem by Robert Frost, in which this author tells the story of Brad McLaughlin, a farmer who failed to produce agricultural income and decided to burn his house to get the...

Nicole Mitchell flute, alto flute & piccolo
Marty Ehrlich clarinet, bass clarinet & alto saxophone
Keir GoGwilt violin
Michael Dessen trombone
Joshua White piano
Jim Black drums & percussion
Mark Dresser double bass & McLagan tines

“Ain't Nothing But a Cyber Coup & You is the second album by the Mark Dresser Seven, following the critically acclaimed 2016 Clean Feed release Sedimental You. Both records showcase playing by flutist Nicole Mitchell, multi-reed player

Walt Weiskopf - Tenorsax
Carl Winther - Piano
Andreas Lang - Bass
Anders Mogensen - Drums

“Featuring jazz tenor giant, composer, author Walt Weiskopf, and three of Europe's most exciting rhythm section artists: pianist Carl Winther, bassist Andreas Lang, and drummer Anders Mogensen, the album showcases the confluence of the most sought-after and highly-acclaimed contemporary international jazz musicians of our time.
Recorded in Copenhagen at the conclusion of WWEQ’s Europea

Very extraordinary, very modern big band featuring a large number of very skilled players, none of whom I have ever heard of! Recommended.

“Los Angeles composer/trombonist Nick DePinna releases Nexus Music, Vol. 1, a distinctly modern vision for the traditional big band ensemble, and the first in a series of releases on the forward-thinking and genre-defying label, Orenda Records.
This first EP release features three of DePinna’s compositions written over the past ten years amidst...

“As alluded to in its name, Surplus 1980's music takes cues from the angular bands of the 1980s such as Dog Faced Hermans and Diagram Brothers and fuses it with the heavy, fierce attack pioneered by The Ex and The Fall to create their own blend of modern no-wave angst.
Combined with Staiano’s playful lyrics, Surplus 1980's music is a thick slab of out-jazz, with more than a dash of punk ferocity.
Surplus 1980 Collectiv Ensembl is a project of the current member of Surplus 1980, along with....

Torbjörn Zetterberg - double bass
Susana Santos Silva - trumpet, tin whistle
Mats Äleklint - trombone, harmonica
Jonas Kullhammar - tenor saxophone, flute
Alberto Pinton - baritone saxophone, clarinet, flute
Jon Fält - drums

“If you've missed out on bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg, now's your chance to play some catch up ball. He's one of creative music's most eloquent exponents, having emerged from the fertile Swedish jazz scene around 2005.
With his band Torbjörn Zetter

“Since 2015, Chicago's Experimental Sound Studio has been the host of Option, a series of intimate concerts of improvised music. Featuring an uncommonly wide range of players representing virtually all haunts of free music, the series has fostered not only an important exchange of ideas in musical form, but it has also promoted literal conversation about the music, usually substituting a dialogue with the musician or musicians for the requisite second set.
In 2018, the series was funded by...

“A reissue of ICP Tentet's Tetterettet, originally released in 1977. Recorded in 1977, the Instant Composers Pool's Tetterettet is the first classic of the band's larger incarnations.
Assembled out of elements recorded live in Uithoorn, Utrecht, and the band's home base of Amsterdam, with Misha Mengelberg using a cut-and-paste collage method akin to Teo Macero's work with Miles Davis, the record features an all-star lineup that added three leading lights of free music: bassist Alan Silva and...

Dudu Pukwana - alto saxophone, whistle
Misha Mengelberg – piano
Han Bennink - drums, clarinet, viola, trombone

“A reissue of Dudu Pukwana, Han Bennink and Misha Mengelberg's Yi Yole, originally released in 1979. Recorded at the ICP Jubileum, a festival in Uithoorn, Holland, in 1978, Yi Yole brings together the core of the Instant Composers Pool -- pianist Misha Mengelberg and drummer Han Bennink -- with legendary South African alto saxophonist Dudu Pukwana.
Longtime member of the.

Byard Lancaster - flute, alto saxophone
Khan Jamal – vibraphone
Monnette Sudler – guitar
Billy Mills - bass; Dwight James – drums
Rashid Salime – congos
Omar Hill – percussion
vocalists on "New Horizon/Backstreets of Heaven" are unidentified.
Recorded at Columbia University, NYC, in 1973.

“Hailing from the Germantown section of Philadelphia, well known as the site of the Sun Ra Arkestra communal homestead, Sounds of Liberation were at the forefront of '70s Black

“Did you know that the legendary American Maverick HARRY PARTCH wrote music for West Coast jazz icons Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan? They never got a chance to play his smart and funny Ulysses at the Edge of the World, but this “Minor Adventure in Rhythm” really swings in time signatures that would have made Dave Brubeck blush. So opens a collection of Partch classics that no one has really heard before. His score for the film Windsong was edited for the soundtrack, and though music lovers will recognize...

"It's already the third time that I rate a new TSOP album with five stars. But especially this time there's no slightest hesitation, because, in a word, Toki No Kaze is their finest achievement this far. I got this thought even before I had finished my initial listening of the album, and now after several listenings I'm more and more convinced. I am sincerely happy to review this one, hoping also that further reviews will follow. A strong candidate for being THE best prog album of 2019. BTW, don't....

"Four years after the truly excellent, and one I still play with some regularity, Children Of Another God, former Enid and Steve Hackett Band alumni Nick Magnus makes a welcome return to our aural senses with this thoroughly enjoyable, and intelligent, album. The inner sleeve has a definition of mnemonic as a system or device for aiding memory. Much of what you hear and read is truly memorable, as well.
Magnus and his keyboards are at the heart of everything in this album, and parts of opener, Time.

Good debut release from a quirky, enthusiastically British band with musical ties to early Softs and classic era Caravan, among others.

"Protein for Everyone caustically details the nagging neuroses bubbling under the surface of everyday life...

"Since the late '60s the 'prog' term has always been synonymous with the breakdown of the classic song concept, thanks to the contamination of rock music with other genres. Based on this philosophy, Fabio Zuffanti brings the 'prog' concept to our days taking into account what, in terms of styles, is currently alive and pulsating: pop, electronic, avant-garde and much more. Easy to say, much more complicated to do: for this reason, between Zuffanti's previous solo record ("La Quarta Vittima", 2014) and...