New Arrivals

New Arrivals
"Sykli (Cycle in English), the third album from young Finnish team Siinai, is a brilliant example of what happens when a band go in search of not so much the lost chord as the perfect frequency. All five tracks are quite different from one another, yet each achieves a state of mesmeric immersion that’s comparable to the best ambient or minimal electronica. They never induce mere passivity in the listener – rather, they create a sense of active surrender. Temppeli starts with a celestial synth loop...

"Piirpauke was founded in 1974 by saxophonist Sakari Kukko, bassist Antti Hytti, guitarist Hasse Walli, and drummer Jukka Wasama. It has been considered one of the very first “world music” groups, and thus way ahead of its time. The ensemble played their first gigs in 1974, originally named as the Walli–Kukko quartet.
Piirpauke was affected by folk music from Finland, Romania, Turkey, Ethiopia, Balkans, South America, and the Far East. Before recording the album Piirpauke, the band played in front...

"Orne hails from Turku, Finland, and several members of the project are well known for their participation in the band Reverend Bizarre. Their influences are noted as VDGG, early Genesis, early Floyd, Black Widow, Black Sabbath, Saturnalia, and Wigwam amongst many others, though it should be pointed out that a good deal of the album is much mellower than some of the heavy/hard bands noted above. It has some heaviness but extended mellow sections as well. If you can imagine a mix of "Careful with that Axe...

"For the first time ever on one CD, John Coltrane's two 1962 Birdland performances with Eric Dolphy in their entirety including the previously unissued February 16th broadcast."

"Experimental Italian guitarist, electro-producer and sound designer Eraldo Bernocchi joins forces with percussionist FM Einheit (a founder of the influential German industrial group Einstürzende Neubauten) and London-based cellist Jo Quail on Rosebud, a compelling mix of tranquil ambient sounds and pummeling industrial onslaughts. From the opening "Bloom," an 11-minute suite that travels from evocative ambiance to caustic crescendo, to the closing theme "The Inquirer," which emerges gradually over a...

"A dark soundtrack-like work from Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari (AKA Lef), performed by an all-star band featuring American bassist Bill Laswell, Norwegian guitar visionary Eivind Aarset, Norwegian jazz trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer, thunderous Norwegian drummer Kenneth Kapstad (Motorpsycho), British saxophonist Rebecca Sneddon (Free Nelson Mandoomjazz) and Norwegian organist Ståle Storlokken (Supersilent, Motorpsycho)."

"Kerkko Koskinen’s musical visions have always been ambitious. When he put together what was to become the most popular rock/pop band in Finland in the 1990s, Ultra Bra, the instrumentation of a standard band was just not enough. In addition to four vocalists, the 13-member band included a horn section, two percussionists, and a large-scale string assembly, used in the band’s recordings. Striving to create a “big” sound has always been present in Koskinen’s production, and finally, with Agatha, he has...

"The career of pianist and composer Heikki Sarmanto spans five decades and has seem him work with various genres from jazz and avantgarde to classical and even opera. His artistic roots lie, however, in the so-called new jazz music of the sixties. It is this free-flowing and more avant-garde side to Sarmanto that the three album series The Helsinki Tapes wants to emphasize. The music on these three albums was recorded live at the N-Club, a small basement rock club in Helsinki in 1971 and 1972. A far cry...

"The career of pianist and composer Heikki Sarmanto spans five decades and has seem him work with various genres from jazz and avantgarde to classical and even opera. His artistic roots lie, however, in the so-called new jazz music of the sixties. It is this free-flowing and more avant-garde side to Sarmanto that the three album series The Helsinki Tapes wants to emphasize. The music on these three albums was recorded live at the N-Club, a small basement rock club in Helsinki in 1971 and 1972. A far cry...

"The career of pianist and composer Heikki Sarmanto spans five decades and has seem him work with various genres from jazz and avantgarde to classical and even opera. His artistic roots lie, however, in the so-called new jazz music of the sixties. It is this free-flowing and more avant-garde side to Sarmanto that the three album series The Helsinki Tapes wants to emphasize. The music on these three albums was recorded live at the N-Club, a small basement rock club in Helsinki in 1971 and 1972. A far cry...

This is an extraordinary vault-find. These approximately 40' long sessions have never been released before, not even bootlegged, and were not even known to exist.
They are released as individual (and quite beautiful) lps, but the CD versions pairs up two sympathetic sessions together on one disc!
And most importantly, every one of these is great! Even the artists I was completely unfamiliar with, are great. Hugely recommended.

"The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series....

This is an extraordinary vault-find. These approximately 40' long sessions have never been released before, not even bootlegged, and were not even known to exist.
They are released as individual (and quite beautiful) lps, but the CD versions pairs up two sympathetic sessions together on one disc!
And most importantly, every one of these is great! Even the artists I was completely unfamiliar with, are great. Hugely recommended.

"The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series...

This is an extraordinary vault-find. These approximately 40' long sessions have never been released before, not even bootlegged, and were not even known to exist.
They are released as individual (and quite beautiful) lps, but the CD versions pairs up two sympathetic sessions together on one disc!
And most importantly, every one of these is great! Even the artists I was completely unfamiliar with, are great. Hugely recommended.

"The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series...

This is an extraordinary vault-find. These approximately 40' long sessions have never been released before, not even bootlegged, and were not even known to exist.
They are released as individual (and quite beautiful) lps, but the CD versions pairs up two sympathetic sessions together on one disc!
And most importantly, every one of these is great! Even the artists I was completely unfamiliar with, are great. Hugely recommended.

"The Pop-Liisa and Jazz-Liisa broadcast session series...

"Sykli (Cycle in English), the third album from young Finnish team Siinai, is a brilliant example of what happens when a band go in search of not so much the lost chord as the perfect frequency. All five tracks are quite different from one another, yet each achieves a state of mesmeric immersion that’s comparable to the best ambient or minimal electronica. They never induce mere passivity in the listener – rather, they create a sense of active surrender. Temppeli starts with a celestial synth loop...

For his 70th birthday, the great Finnish saxist Eero celebrated with this 2016 recording of him collaborating with the fantastic UMO Jazz Orchestra (which he was a co-founding member of, over 40 years ago! The results are fantastic.

"The saxophonist and composer Eero Koivistoinen, who turned 70 this winter, is going through an exceptionally creative phase in his career. Koivistoinen celebrated his birthday together with the jazz orchestra UMO (Uuden Musiikin Orkesteri, New Music Orchestra), which..

Thor Harris was the percussionist for Swans for 6 years and since that time has released a couple of very good solo albums, of which this is the latest!

"The Subversive Nature of Kindness is the sophomore effort from Thor & Friends, the avant-chamber ensemble formed by its namesake, polymath percussionist Thor Harris. The album was recorded in Albuquerque, New Mexico, produced by Jeremy Barnes from A Hawk & A Hacksaw and engineered by Barnes and Deerhoof's John Dietrich. It is hoped that the...

"Fabrício Gambogi is a young Brazilian composer and musician and Eco em Horizonte is his first work, and a product of his Master dissertation. The music here - all by Fabricio - is composed for a small chamber group, including oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, acoustic bass, piano, vibraphone and percussion.
The music has strong roots in modern minimalism, such as Steve Reich, Phillip Glass, Art Zoyd and Piero Milesi. The work varies from very intense and dark compositions to more calm and sublime...

This oddly named Brazilian group is a sextet of clarinet, trumpet & flugelhorn, violin, piano, double bass and drums.
So an acoustic sound from these guys and there is a lot of melody in their compositions.
This was described to me as if a jazzier L'Ensemble Ray made an album with Brazilian influences. Which is pretty much what this sounds like!

Tom Rogerson's life as an improviser began when, as a toddler, he would clamber up onto his family piano stool and try to emulate his sister's playing. Now releasing his second solo album, a collaboration with Brian Eno, he feels that his musical life has come full circle: "I remember smashing out C Major chords again and again and really loving it. It's the same as what I do now, funnily enough, I've come back to it". After stints playing jazz in New York, a delipadated fenland hotel and in noise rock...

Tom Rogerson's life as an improviser began when, as a toddler, he would clamber up onto his family piano stool and try to emulate his sister's playing. Now releasing his second solo album, a collaboration with Brian Eno, he feels that his musical life has come full circle: "I remember smashing out C Major chords again and again and really loving it. It's the same as what I do now, funnily enough, I've come back to it". After stints playing jazz in New York, a delipadated fenland hotel and in noise rock...

This group emerged from Norway a couple of years ago with their first album, Underjordisk Tusmørke, which got a lot of enjoyment here and also with the public.

The group now returns with a re-tooled lineup and a second album. You can hear a lot..

Prism are an early and long-lived Japanese fusion band, who formed in 1975 and started releasing albums in 1977.
This is their third and has long been unavailable on CD. Now it's available at a reasonable price as a special SHM release! Their first four releases are all uniformly good and would be very much of interest to any Return To Forever, Eleventh House or Brand X fan!
This 1978 release is their last really good studio release as after this they went in a much 'smooth fuzak' direction!

Prism are an early and long-lived Japanese fusion band, who formed in 1975 and started releasing albums in 1977.
This is their second and has long been unavailable on CD. Now it's available at a reasonable price as a special SHM release! Their first four releases are all uniformly good and would be very much of interest to any Return To Forever, Eleventh House or Brand X fan!

"This album was a huge leap for Prism. It is the first album to really define their style. There are no weak tracks on.

Prism are an early and long-lived Japanese fusion band, who formed in 1975 and started releasing albums in 1977.
This is their first and has long been unavailable on CD. Now it's available at a reasonable price as a special SHM release! Their first four releases are all uniformly good and would be very much of interest to any Return To Forever, Eleventh House or Brand X fan!

"A good start for Prism. The album kicks off with Morning Light, a soft and nice piece, nothing special. The second...

Sonanze was released by the Komische Kourriers imprint, but only in Italy, & is one of the most obscure Cosmiche music releases. An excellent quiet spacey work. Essential!

"An influential member of the Italian avant-garde, Roberto Cacciapaglia..

"As someone who used to play the trumpet I find Lester Bowie's playing absolutely mind-melting; the sheer variety of colors and tones he coaxes from the instrument makes it sound like at least three different types of horn. That first side is not one of the band's more rhythmic numbers, though it does find a bit of a bluesy groove towards its end. Instead, it's about the interplay between the wind instruments and the way the group is able to integrate its chant-based vocals as if it were another...

1971 spiritual / free jazz, originally on Mainstream, and making a reasonably priced CD issue here.
Buddy Terry: Tenor Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute, Percussion
Cecil Bridgewater: Trumpet, Percussion
Stanley Cowell: Acoustic Piano, Fender Electric Piano
Buster Williams: Acoustic and electric bass Victor Gaskin: Acousting & electric bass and percussion
Mickey Roker: Drums
Mtume: Conga drums
Roland Prince: Electric guitar

"Recently picked this up upon seeing Mtume listed

I've never been a huge Larry Coryell fan, but I know a lot of people who are. Having said that, this is one of the few that I own and it's one of his more out and dirty-sounding releases. It's not all great by any means, but the great stuff is pretty fucking out and great. First time on legit CD.

"Fairyland was live recorded on June 18th, 1971 in Montreux in Switzerland. Chuck Rainey and Bernard Purdie are his sidemen. This recording will melt the paint off your walls. It’s another classic...

This is Unorthodox Behaviour, Livestock, Moroccan Roll, Masques, Product & Do They Hurt, all complete, with some bonus BBC tracks as well!

"All of the albums use new remasters and, surprisingly, are dynamic and sound quite nice. We get four BBC sessions as bonus tracks. We get a nice little booklet with credits for the albums but not the extensive sleeve notes I woud have liked on recording the albums. Still, it's a nice package and compact."-Wayne Klein

This Japanese issue of a odd release in Cherry's ouevre, includes two bonus tracks!

"The 1969 avant-garde collaboration between trumpeter Don Cherry and electronics pioneer Jon Appleton was originally released on legendary jazz producer Bob Thiele's Flying Dutchman label.
The album has four compositions with the titles "Boa," "Oba," "Abo," and "Bao", with Cherry stretching out on various flutes and African percussion instruments in addition to pocket trumpet. Includes the original artwork...

This is over 30' of music by a great electronic ensemble I never heard of before!
The first side is cyclical, hypnotic electronics with an early sound ala Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom. The second side adds drums and bass tones and operates more in a Neu! / Circle motorik + electronics vein! Great stuff - if you think you want this, you want this!...

Self-released second album by this five piece Norwegian band of guitars, keyboards, flute, bass, drums and vocals. This includes their two (legendary) demos re-recorded, a track that they were working on at the time of Hinterland but never completed...

This is the fourth album by this excellent, instrumental US band, out of Texas. Their sound and approach always had some touches of Djam Karet to them, and now that Gayle Ellett is aboard the band as a full member, Djam Karet is a very comparable band sound, although Herd are definitely not just doing the DK thing!
I saw them at ProgDay several years ago and they were excellent and soundchecked by performing "Devotion" by John McLaughlin, which earned them extra brownie points from me! This one....

Bill Bachman - drums and percussion
Mark Cook - Warr guitar, fretless bass, guitar, keyboards, and programming
Special Guests:
Bob Fisher - flute (tracks 2, 3, & 8)
Michael Harris - guitar solo (track 4)
Mike McGary - synth (track 6)
Shannon Wickline - piano (track 6)

"Spoke of Shadows is progressive rock for the 21st Century. Inspired, melodic and meticulously constructed, the duo visits mysterious mindscapes while displaying musicianship of the highest caliber. Now..

"Philosopher, musician and anti-art activist, Henry Flynt has long foregone the academicism often associated with “serious music” in favor of a uniquely intuitive, emotional approach to composition. In the 1960s and 1970s he was a part of NYC’s vibrant avant-garde scene, studying with Hindustani singer Pandit Pran Nath and developing his own proprietary technique on violin.
You Are My Everlovin’, Flynt’s first published musical work, finds the composer in peak form, recorded live at Inroads, New York

"On Suicide's First Rehearsal Tapes, recorded in 1975, Alan Vega and Martin Rev create minimalist aural structures, traces of which would surface on their eponymous debut album, released on the Red Star label in late 1977. These songs are not a sketchpad of semi-formed ideas. The First Rehearsal Tapes comprise an audio diary of two men out in the ether, measuring themselves as evolving individual artists and as a unit who would rely on inseparability to realize their unique and often confrontational...

Bitchin Bajas have released a bunch of great, vinyl-only, cosmic, deep space, electronic / krautrock albums.
Think Cluster + Terry Riley + Emeralds + 1975-era T Dream sequences and you get the idea. They cover a Sun Ra classic on this one (Angels & Demons At Play)!!

"Bajas Fresh is on the beach here in 2017, existing and thriving in the same wrecked world as you and me. How they finding it so chill and pretty? It’s been over three years since the last proper BITCHIN BAJASs—a natural...

"George Lewis (b. 1952) combines an astonishing level of creativity with trenchant critiques of many traditional conceptions about experimental music. The four compositions on this album reference a wide range of ideas, from rhetoric in Ancient Rome to actor network theory, and the album's eponymous composition finds its grounding in the concept of the 'assemblage,' (or agencement in French) a pragmatic, material, non-teleological approach to composition. Among the album's compositions, 'Mnemosis' (2012)...

These are very, very rare, very small run, independently released albums from the free jazz/spiritual jazz Boston mid 70s underground. "Here, Michael Cosmic's Peace In The World and Phill Musra Group's Creator Spaces, packaged as a triple CD featuring unreleased music by The Phill Musra Group and World's Experience Orchestra. Also includes extensive liner notes featuring rare photos and much more. Free improvisation, first touched on by messengers like John Coltrane, Sun Ra and Albert Ayler, gives us...

Fabulously wonderful, previously unreleased, studio recording from 1976, which was a highpoint period of Hermeto's output! You want this!
Progressive, entrancing sounds that could only come from the pen and hand of the great Hermeto!!
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"Hermeto Pascoal is a true maestro and a cultural icon. He represents the highest level of musical evolution; as a multi-instrumentalist, a composer, and an arranger. !
Once described by Miles Davis as "the most impressive musician in the world", there...

"Each of these four epic tracks is a testament to the fact that Causa Sui have carved out a singular niche for themselves, where vintage Sabbath-isms are filtered through a distinctively post-modern ethos. Causa Sui's brand of rock conveys everything that's so great about fuzzed-out heaviness, yet there's something about it that makes the listening experience far from trivial. In stark contrast to the standards of the stoner/doom scenes, Causa Sui manage to be weighty and peaceful at the same; forceful, yet

"Each of these four epic tracks is a testament to the fact that Causa Sui have carved out a singular niche for themselves, where vintage Sabbath-isms are filtered through a distinctively post-modern ethos. Causa Sui's brand of rock conveys everything that's so great about fuzzed-out heaviness, yet there's something about it that makes the listening experience far from trivial. In stark contrast to the standards of the stoner/doom scenes, Causa Sui manage to be weighty and peaceful at the same; forceful, yet

"Among the lesser known dark-electro/post-punk bands of the early 1980s, the Berlin duo Vono really stood out. The radical nature of their music, the cold sound and sparse lyrics -- Vono were arguably on a par with the more prominent ambassadors of the genres (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, Liaisons Dangereuses, etc.). Extreme even for the early eighties, their minimalism was constructed purely on synthesizers and heavy on bass. With lyrics to match, their debut album Dinner Für 2 was unique...

Audiophile 24/88.2 recording and stereo/multi-channel mix. Playable on any CD player.

"I have probably listened to a track from this album or the whole album every week since 2007. The CD travels with me to audio dealers and hi-fi shows. The recording is crystalline and showcases the magnificent cymbal prowess of Paul Motian who keeps rhythm like no other drummer. The recording highlights the fantastic fingerwork of Gordon Grdina on his electric guitar, and especially on his oud. And the...

I got my first record store job right about the time this album came out. I loved progressive rock, but 1977 wasn't a particularly good time to be a progressive rock fans and additionally, the store where I worked sold a lot of hard rock, which was only marginally my thing at the time.
But this album...well!!! It was something that the customers, my co-workers and I could all agree on! It rocked and it was progressive as could be. Even the artwork was brilliant! One of the greats of the era!....

"Peter Hammill’s 35th album under his own name is a finely crafted masterpiece that grapples fearlessly with the varied psychological aspects of old age. Forget the demon alcohol or drugs, advancing time is prog’s worst enemy as more of its veteran heroes, young guns when they started making waves half a century ago, are falling with increasing frequency.
Peter Hammill, who co-formed Van der Graaf Generator at Manchester University 50 years ago, is one of the few to square up to their mortality on...

Dual keyboard classical Italian rock band with a fabulous, operatic singer, this is their classic third album now hugely expanded and with a big book.

"A new Legacy edition of "Io sono nato libero", historic third album by Banco del Mutuo soccorso, one of the most famous and important italian progressive rock bands, enriched by a bonuns disc with 5 inedit tracks recorded with the current line up and a long interview with Vittorio Nocenzi, founder of the band.
"Io sono nato libero" is....

"Peter Hammill’s 35th album under his own name is a finely crafted masterpiece that grapples fearlessly with the varied psychological aspects of old age. Forget the demon alcohol or drugs, advancing time is prog’s worst enemy as more of its veteran heroes, young guns when they started making waves half a century ago, are falling with increasing frequency.
Peter Hammill, who co-formed Van der Graaf Generator at Manchester University 50 years ago, is one of the few to square up to their mortality on...

The 1st album by this Italian fusion quartet of tenor sax/electric sax/vocals, Fender Rhodes piano, bass & drums/percussion. There is a definite Italian slant to their take on fusion; I don't know exactly how to put it into words, but it's there.

"This is yet another great Italian progressive rock album recorded in 1975. It's quite jazzy and very funky.The lead singer is excellent,although his voice is quite rough,it goes great with the music. The music is very tight with horns and keyboards...