New Arrivals

New Arrivals
The Artchipel Orchestra, led by conductor / arranger Ferdinando Farao, is a Italian big band (with 25 participants on this album) and Ferdinando is a big fan of the British jazz and jazz rock scene of the 70s, having previously covered tunes by Hugh Hopper, Alan Gowen, Robert Wyatt, Dave Stewart, Mike Westbrook & Fred Frith, among others.
For this, their third album, he has chosen to highlight the compositions of the late Lindsay Cooper. They band perform:
1. Half The Sky (from "Western Culture").

FINALLY issued on CD!
Hooffot is:
Par Hallgren: bass
Jacob Hamilton: drums & percussion
Joakim Jonsson: guitar
Mikael Odesjo: guitar
Bengt Wahlgren: Rhodes piano, synth, Hammond organ
Ola Eriksson: synth, Hammond organ
with:
Gustaf Sornmo: trumpet
Ida Hallgren: baritone saxophone

Really great release, featuring two side-long tracks. The band mix progressive rock with jazz/rock and come up with a real serious winner on this one. Hugely recommended....

"Although this album contains a varied selection of material, including one original composition and three tracks from a 1998 Mike Westbrook project, I'm just going to write just a few words about what seems, at the moment, to be at the core of this great orchestra's repertoire: namely, some classic British jazz-rock from the 1970s. This music was always on the margins, of course, even at the time. Back when I was a schoolboy, most of my friends were listening to soul, blues, punk, disco, heavy metal...

The Artchipel Orchestra, led by conductor / arranger Ferdinando Farao, is a Italian big band (over 20 participants) and Ferdinando is a big fan of the British jazz and jazz rock scene of the 70s, having previously covered tunes by Alan Gowen, Dave Stewart, Mike Westbrook & Fred Frith, among others.

Here, he's tackling the Soft Machine boo, but even though the title is "Play Soft Machine", a more accurate title would be "Plays Hugh Hopper's Tunes For Soft Machine", as that's what this mostly is....

"I would like to thank Dreadnaught for cooking up what I take to be the sound of terror."-John Updike (yes, the author)

Rick Habib (drums, percussion, vocals)
Bob Lord (bass guitars, keyboards, vocals)
Justin Walton (guitars, piano, organ, keyboards, saxophone, vocals)
With guests:
Chris Dow (flute on track 2, 6)
Andy Happel (violin on track 9)
Jonathan Wyman (“solo” on track 7)

A power trio who in their press refer to themselves as a 'progabilly band', t

"Based in suburban Detroit, formed in the mid-1970s by high school chums Steve Gore and Steve Kretzmer, the Rascal Reporters made music together for over 30 years, until Gore's death in March, 2009.
Call it Progressive Rock, Avant-Garde Pop, Sound Collage, Experimental, Rock in Opposition, Sentimental Tear Jerkers, Quirky Folk Tunes for Casio, Elevator Music from Hell, or whatever category you like, this duo of Steve Kretzmer (keyboards, percussion, vocals, guitars) and Steve Gore (keyboards...

The world is a big, surprising place, but it still probably comes as a shock to many folks to learn that one of the absolute greatest jazz/rock bands performing today is from Tallinn, Estonia!
Phlox has been recording and playing well over 15 years with the same lineup and it shows! This 2017 release is their sixth album and it is another very convincing release.
The group have many fine attributes, but one of the things I like best about them is that they take the classic Weather Report/Perigeo..

"The first vinyl reissue of Roberto Musci's The Loa Of Music, originally released in 1984. The Loa Of Music is the debut recording project of Milanese composer and musician Roberto Musci, inspired by voodoo religion, Vever (the magical voodoo paintings), and Loas, the dark and magic spirits. The deep charm of non-western music led Musci to travel for many years across Africa, India, and Asia, studying rhythms, scales, performance, and interpretation of the most varied traditional and indigenous music...

"An expanded reissue of Voigt/465's 1979 album Slights Spoken, titled Slights Still Unspoken (1978-1979). Formed in Sydney in 1976, Voigt/465 was a truly unique band from the exciting days of the Australian post-punk scene.
Heavily influenced by such luminaries as the Velvets, Stooges, Syd Barrett, Pere Ubu, Can, Faust, Henry Cow, Slapp Happy, and Eno's Roxy Music, they created an abrasive sound in which krautrock, DIY, avant-garage, post-punk, psych, art-rock, and free improv-noise combined to...

"Moritz R®, Kurt Dahlke aka Pyrolator, and Frank Fenstermacher have met in the studio after 25 years and recorded a new album. One can claim that Der Plan was one of the most powerful German bands during the time of musical departure at the beginning of the 1980s. Der Plan was always more than a band: a kind of three-headed Renaissance man, for whom visual art was just as important as music.
The Ata Tak label, founded by the three members, was one of the first continental European indie labels and...

"When John Cales was invited for the Rockpalast-Festival on October, 14th 1984, he had just released the desolate masterpiece "Music For A New Society" (1982), "Caribbean Sunset" (1983) and "John Cale Comes Alive" (1984).
Compared to the official live album, JOHN CALE's performance at the Rockpalast was far more intense, desperate and wild. He performed the songs with a very hard edge, sometimes even deconstructed them ("Heartbreak Hotel"), receiving a mixed reaction from the audience, that just had..

Matthew Shipp: piano
Rob Brown: alto saxophone, flute
William Parker: double bass

"The music takes on short, fleeting forms: fading here, held and moody there, as though the improvisation encouraged skepticism of firm certitudes. The tightness of the discourse, however, demands enlightening energy and lucid tautness."

Larry Ochs: tenor and sopranino saxophones
Natsuki Tamura: trumpet
Satoko Fujii: piano, synthesizer
Scott Amendola: drums, percussion, electronics
Matthias Bossi: thunder drum, Chinese gongs, shaky flotsam, percussion
William Winant: timpani, roto-toms, percussion

"Despite a well-documented incident where Larry Ochs was legally challenged for inflicting psychological damage on a festival goer who’d been expecting “jazz” (it’s a great modern parable), he doesn’t have quite t

"The meeting of three expatriate Hungarian musicians who had been touring with the Hungarian Philharmonic when they jumped ship and stayed in Germany, with three German musicians. An appealing 1973-styled blend of progressive rock with classical, jazzy and folky influences. Lots of classical pretensions and influences, with lots of flute. Vocals, flute, guitars, violin/viola/piano/organ, bass and drums. They shortly afterwards went on to work with Louis Hardin aka Moondog (!), but there doesn't seem to...

"Peter Bursch's Broeselmaschine - Rise of a Krautrock-Legend! 32 years after the release of their last studio album (Graublau, 1985) the Krautrock veteran Broeselmaschine is back with a phenomenal new album. Diverified, soulful and skillful the formation around guitar guru Peter Bursch is presenting the new songs. In June 2014 the remarkable debut from 1971 was voted by the New York music blog Pigeons & Planes on rank 9 of the most important Krautrock albums. The new one, "Indian Camel", with female...

Mirage was Klaus' 8th album and was recorded in January, 1977 and originally released in April, 1977 on Brain. This is somewhere in the middle of the absolute peak years for Klaus and his now huge bank of equipment. So, it's the top of the top.
This has a good, lengthy interview with Klaus about this album specifically and includes a very rare 20' bonus track, which has only been heard as a very short excerpt on a long-deleted sampler album! Essential to any collection of spacemusic.

"...As life goes, after some ups and downs in the early 1980s, the band broke up. Luckily not forever, because in 2001, Albrighton, Freeman and Ray Hardwick revived the band Nektar. And with enormous success until today, as many fans in the world can confirm.
This 2CD set was recorded in 2015 at a concert hosted by the well known Meisenfrei Blues Club in Bremen. It is the last concert of NEKTAR with its founder Roye Albrighton, who died on July 26, 2016 after a long illness."

"Morphogenesis is the highly-anticipated follow-up to alto saxophonist/ composer Steve Coleman’s Synovial Joints, which was named the #1 jazz release of 2015 by the New York Times, as well as the top ten at NPR, Downbeat, Popmatters, Slate, and The Nation. Like on that release, Morphogenesis expands Coleman’s compositional scope, adding vocals, violin, clarinet, piano, contrabass and percussion to the mix, in addition to alto sax, trumpet and tenor sax. Partially due to the instrumentation, his use of...

Remastered reissue of Pekka Streng's 1970 debut, featuring Finnish prog legends Tasavallan Presidentti. Includes 3 bonus tracks.

"Streng's music has an underlying gentleness to it all, like great care was taken to make sure listeners feel like..

"Remastered reissue of this Finnish cult classic, originally released in 1972. This was Streng's second and final album before his death at the age of 26, and here his mystical psych-folk are blessed at times with more of a cosmic-jazz influence, with...

A personally recommended debut from an excellent and unique metal / avant rock band, whose release 'showcases a band that is without question the sum of its parts, as each player contributes not only their own particular technical prowess and expertise but also their signature compositional character. EX EYE make incredibly complex yet beautifully dramatic and emotive music which eclipses usual expectation of style or genre and is sure to be talked about for many years to come.'

"To call Colin...

"This is the 30th recording of Oregon. As always, we continue to search for new facets in the art of ensemble music-making and to evolve further as individual musicians. This CD introduces Paolino Dalla Porta on double bass, who joined us over two years and three tours ago. His musicianship fits seamlessly into the direction of the band. We welcome you to listen to this latest offering of the music of Oregon."

"Magnetic is the exciting 2017 album by London based music producer/musician Gaudi, which features a choice selection of sounds from the catalogue of internationally respected experimental label RareNoiseRecords, as well as direct contributions by several top caliber musicians from the worlds of rock, jazz and electronica.
The recording features a wide range of contributors including Buckethead, Bill Laswell, Roger Eno, Steve Jansen, Ted Parsons, Merzbow and Colin Edwin.
The making of Magnetic...

"Two CD set containing a pair of albums by the British prog rock guitarist best known for his work with Yes and Asia. Turbulence is his third studio album, released in 1991 through Relativity Records. It was Howe's first solo release since 1979, with his band including former Yes drummer Bill Bruford and former Ultravox keyboardist Billy Currie.
The Grand Scheme of Things was released in 1993. The album features seven vocal tracks and nine instrumental tracks using instruments including dobro, steel..

Remastered, properly done reissue of Hoelderlin's much sought after third album. This and Rare Birds are the band at their peak of their symphonic/progressive prime. "They were clearly influenced by British bands of the time. The melodic sensibilities...

There was a tiny quantity of vinyl made for the band to sell on tour and we have some, but not a lot! Consider yourself warned!

"After three decades, many long-running acts have long run out of ideas. Cheer-Accident...sounds like a band that’s barely dug into its...ingenuity and daring." – Something Else!

Jeff Libersher guitar, trumpet, vocals, keyboards
Dante Kester bass, keyboards
Thymme Jones drums, vocals, piano, trumpet, keyboards...

Big Big Train have been on a tear recently, releasing excellent record after excellent record.
The Second Brightest Star is a 'companion' to Folklore and Grimspound. It contains 40' new music as well as music from those two album in extended form.
There's more of an acoustic edge / sound here and this has nice instrumentals and great acoustic guitar, grand piano, violin work, making this like the world's most proggy Fairport Convention album. Really nice work once more from these guys! ....

With this, their fourth release, Bent Knee continue their stratospheric rise as one of the greatest art-rock-song ensembles of our time.

"Bent Knee is unlike any band you’ve ever heard. Its borderless sound combines myriad influences from across the rock, pop, minimalist, and avant-garde spectrums into a seamless, thrilling whole. Its new album Land Animal—Bent Knee’s first for InsideOut/Sony—takes its sound to a new level. It offers a suite of songs full of addictive hooks, lush melodies and...

Magma's final album of the 1970s isn't a bad album and it has some incredibly great moments (and a great cover by H.R. Giger), but it isn't the best place to start with this brilliantly original and idiosyncratic band.
Newly remastered and in a digipack.

This was previously released as two separate packages (double CD and DVD). Now it's all combined at a lower price point!
1981 was probably Magma's nadir, but even so, there is some decent to good stuff on here and a few really good players (Benoit Widemann, Jean-Luc Cheavlier, Dominique Bertram, etc.) all wearing amazing, ridiculous, new wave/sci-fi costumes. The picture quality is a bit blurry but more than watchable.
Think of it as an official bootleg, which is actually what it is, and know

This great album, which was recorded in April, 1974, has an interesting history. When originally released, this was released as a 'solo' album by Christian Vander, but for all intents & purposes, it was (and is) the fourth Magma album, having been released between M.D.K. and Kohntarkhoz.
The album is also interesting because it is a Magma album stripped down to the barest essentials of electric and acoustic pianos (all played by Christian), bass by Janick Top, choir (Vander, Klaus Blasquiz and....

Although Norman Connors is remembered now, if he is remembered at all, for his r 'n' b hits like "You Are My Starship", earlier in his career he was a serious 'deep jazz / spiritual jazz' musician. Dance of Magic from 1972 was his 1st solo album and features an incredible cast, including a chunk of Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi!
Norman Connors-drums
Herbie Hancock-piano, fender rhodes electric piano
Carlos Garnett-tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Gary Bartz-alto saxophone, soprano...

This 1963 release was his first for Columbia and gained him a lot of attention and here it is with 4 extra songs and sounding absolutely great. Recommended!

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!

This is a bootleg repackaging of disc three and the audio portion of disc four from the now long out of print Grow Fins box set, so it's utterly worthless if you own that and really good and worthwhile and utterly revelatory if you don't!
This is the Magic Band, sans Don, at the first sessions for Trout Mask, which were recorded at the Woodland Hills house they lived and practiced in, running through their repertoire which, along with a few other recordings, ended up as Trout Mask Replica...

"A companion to the successful 2014, 2015 and 2016 Tour Boxes, as with previous releases in the series, the full variety of King Crimson’s music is presented over 2 CDs with extracts from rehearsals, new live recordings, elements from studio recordings, full tracks, alternate takes and finished recordings from 1969-2016, many of which make their first appearance on CD.
Every line-up is featured across the double CD set. Of particular interest on the new set is the inclusion on disc 2 of every part..

"By the mid-1970s, the Southern African nation known as the Republic of Zambia had fallen on hard times. Though the country's first president Kenneth Kaunda had thrown off the yoke of British colonialism, the new federation found itself under his self-imposed, autocratic rule. Conflict loomed on all sides of this landlocked nation. Kaunda protected Zambia from war, but his country descended into isolation and poverty. This is the environment in which the '70s rock revolution that has come to be known as....

Francesco Di Giacomo / vocals
Vittorio Nocenzi / piano, keyboards, vocals
Rodolfo Maltese / guitar
Filippo Marcheggiani / guitar
Alessandro Papotto / sax, clarinet, flute
Tiziano Ricci / bass
Maurizio Masi / drums
Recorded live in November 2010 at Teatro Tendastrisce, Rome, Italy and previously released as a part of 2011 ''Prog Exhibition - 40 anni di musica immaginifica'' 7CD + 4DVD V/A box set.

"Besides PFM, Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso is perhaps the best known

Rob Reed's great love of Mike Oldfield is well known and well documented and here he pays tribute to one of Oldfield's collaborators, the classical composer and also the keyboardist in his Whole World band as well as other Oldfield projects, David Bedford.
This EP is part of a celebration of David's work on what would have been his 80th birthday in August and is mixed by Tubular Bells engineer and producer Tom Newman.

Rob Reed is the leader of Magenta and the Kompendium project. His two "Sanctuary" releases are his sincere and loving tributes to the music of Mike Oldfield, the person whose music who originally inspired Rob to become a musician!
This is a live performance of music from both volumes of Sanctuary, recorded live at Peter Gabriel's Real World Studio.

"Accompanied by a 13 piece band, including fellow Magenta members Christina Booth, Chris Fry, Jiffy Griffiths and Dan Nelson, and vocalist...

Fun, well done debut release by this songwriter of avant song works, with a lot of great guests helping out.
Nick's also a great illustrator and this has wonderful artwork too!

"Terrific album."-Kavus Torabi
"Fucking stunning. Buy it."-Tim Quy, Cardiacs

"The main project of composer/singer/guitarist Nick Prol, The Proletarians are a group of musicians that believe in and share Nick's vision of a mix of the accessible and the avant-garde and help elevate his myriad of melodies

"Formed in Germany in 1971 when Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius left Conrad Schnitzler's group Kluster, Cluster can be counted among the most important protagonists of the electronic avant-garde. Some credit them with having invented ambient music, others as pioneers of synthesizer pop, while to others they are firmly embedded in the Krautrock universe. There is some truth in all of these notions. Although Cluster and "rock music" are seldom mentioned in the same breath, their early works in...

"Meditation / Resurrection is a double-album presenting a bounty of beautiful new William Parker compositions performed by two of his flagship ensembles, the Quartet -&- In Order To Survive. It was recorded & mixed live during a one-day studio session in late 2016. With the tone of the pieces & performances reflecting our current moment, this is Parker & the groups' follow-up to 2013's epic Wood Flute Songs box (2013). At the core of both groups is Parker's foundational bass together with rhythm twin...

"Live in New York, 2010 presents a tremendous one-night engagement by saxophone colossus David S. Ware and his latter day Trio in an intimate club setting -- the Blue Note on October 4, 2010. Featuring his perennially steadfast musical partner William Parker on bass, and equally incomparable Warren Smith on drums, they were celebrating the recent release of the studio album, Onecept (2010). Having played an electrifying set at Vision Festival in June, this extended night in October was the third and...

Quite good and previously unknown to me, early new wave/art rock from NYC. Much better than I would have guessed due to their utter obscurity.
Best 70s snotty new wave lyric: "I hate Disneyland, Mickey wouldn't shake my hand!"
Conditionally highly recommended!

"Compiling the band's two singles, unreleased tracks, live material from the late 70's, and including a 20-page booklet full of archival images and liner notes by noted biographer Chris O'Leary, Come On is recommended for fans of...

This is the first of the 2 albums that the duo of Hans Joachim Roedelius & Didier Moebius recorded for the Brain label. From 1972, it uses primitive synthesizers, electronic junk, guitars, basses, homemade boxes & more to achieve a true and utter masterpiece of early electronic sound. I can not recommend this highly enough!

This is a beautiful reproduction of the strikingly amazing-looking first edition of the first Faust album. A clear disc inside a clear sleeve with a silkscreen, as well as a clear insert with print! Nothing like this was ever seen before Faust did it; as a English friend of a friend once said when talking about iconic avant-garde releases, "Faust was FIRST, mate!"

"Legendary German post-rock band formed in 1971 by undisputed noise pioneer Uwe Nettelbeck...

Jonathan Finlayson - trumpet
Miles Okazaki - guitar
Matt Mitchell - piano
John Hébert bass
Craig Weinrib - drums

"Moving Still is the eagerly-awaited follow-up to trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson's Moment and the Message, which was voted the Number One album by a debut artist in the NPR Jazz Critics Poll and called 'a great modern jazz record that also sounds like joy and feels like a dance' by PopMatters. One of the most highly regarded young musicians on the scene, Finlayson was..

In the late 70s and early 80s, kind of just before the little suit-clad kids made big headlines (but also made jazz pretty boring for the next 15 years), there was still room for someone like Arthur Blythe at a major label; a master player who was also a real risk taker and knew the history of jazz inside out, while not being afraid to also be part of its future path.
I especially love the band he had (found on here) with guitarist James Blood Ulmer and tuba player Bob Stewart. This is his first four...

"Housed in a silver foil sleeve. Insert with liner notes by Alan Freeman (Ultima Thule / The Crack In The Cosmic Egg). 24-bit domain remaster from the original tapes. Includes a free digital download coupon."

"Epic early to mid-1970's instrumental psychedelic space-rock from the Pyramid Records archive, said to be pseudonymous after-hours studio sessions featuring the biggest names on the Krautrock scene at the time; heavy drums, jamming guitars and Hammond organ: in short, and amazing improvised...