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Ibis - Sun Supreme

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The New Trolls Family tree is a convoluted structure – if you piece it together, it includes most of the well known Italian rock groups of the 70s whether closely or barely related. Ibis was...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-03-01)

Yolk - Die Dritte, Die Vierte, Oskivinis, This Is Syd & Fuenftens

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This excellent Swiss band has been kicking around since the early 90s (not to be confused with another Yolk from NYC – we reviewed one of NYC Yolk’s live shows back in issue #11) but...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-04-01)

Yolk - Die Dritte, Die Vierte, Oskivinis, This Is Syd & Fuenftens

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This excellent Swiss band has been kicking around since the early 90s (not to be confused with another Yolk from NYC – we reviewed one of NYC Yolk’s live shows back in issue #11) but...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-04-01)

Sleepytime Gorilla Museum - Live

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The Sleepytime experience is one not soon forgotten; part of what makes it special is the banter and humor that inhabits their set between the regular songs. If you're looking for that stellar...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2003-12-01)

Arthur Lee & Love - Complete Forever Changes Live

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When Love released Forever Changes in 1967, the critics panned it. But over the years opinions have changed and Forever Changes is now considered one of the top 100 most...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2017-08-03)

Hugh Hopper - Volumes 1 - 4

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These are the first four volumes of material compiled for a career spanning ten-disc series celebrating the work of the late Hugh Hopper, best known as the bassist of Soft Machine during the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2015-01-18)

Robert Wyatt - Cuckooland

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Robert Wyatt is so much an entity unto himself that comparisons to anyone else are more or less useless. Most listeners with a rock background would probably peg his music as jazz, though I suspect...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

F/i - A Question for the Somnambulist

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Since they appeared on the scene back in the 80s, Milwaukee-based F/i have established themselves among the forefront of American psych rock bands. Originally issued in 2003 (and now re-issued on...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Chris Béya Atoll - Illian, J’entends gronder la Terre

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There are several reasons to expect the worst from this release. Many “reunions” and “reformations” of bands from the 70s have not turned out well; a look at the credits...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Ars Nova Biogenesis Project - Biogenesis

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Biogenesis is the kind of overblown sci-fi epic that has both a built-in audience and legions of detractors. The fact that it comes from Japan’s Ars Nova, not exactly known for...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Hedningarna - 1989-2003

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Readers of this magazine have likely noticed over the last few years the fondness that several on the staff have for artists on the NorthSide label, with Hedningarna consistently getting good...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

Outrageous Cherry - The Book of Spectral Projections & Supernatural Equinox

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Since its founding in the early 90s, Outrageous Cherry has been working on their own method of updating 60s psychedelia for a later generation. Matthew Smith’s songwriting often captures the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Satoko Fujii Orchestra East - Before the Dawn

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Reviewing this CD for a magazine like Exposé is a bit of a challenge. On the one hand, it could be described as modern big-band jazz, and is certainly being marketed (if the term...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

The Allman Brothers Band - One Way Out: Live at the Beacon Theatre

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There's a strong hint in the band name: if you're gonna call the group brothers then prepare for some infighting. With the tragedies in the early 70s, the Allmans fizzled to a stop in the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2017-01-26)

Fear of Flying - More Attempts at Perfection

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In 1988, this upstate NY trio (then a quartet with dedicated vocalist) released their debut album Parents Tend to Oxygen First, a fairly typical slab of late-80s keyboard strong...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2005-09-01)

Gong - You

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McLatchey's Top Tier #10

If I could ever commit to a favorite album — and I can't, there's too many — this would be in the final rounds for sure. In the...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-04-09)

Kampec Dolores + Grencsó István - Koncert!

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After seeing the name Kampec Dolores around for several years, I finally get to hear them. While I’m still unfamiliar with their studio work, I’m happy to report that they put on an...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

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McLatchey's Second Tier

My friend Charles says it would have been Coltrane's 89th birthday today, which also made me muse a bit on how McCoy Tyner still seems indefatigable...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2015-09-23)

Tasavallan Presidentti - Tasavallan Presidentti, Lambertland & Milky Way Moses

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The first eponymous album Finnish band Tasavallan Presidentti recorded was a cross between folk, blues, and jazz-rock with pop influences. A really diverse album with an immaculate rendition of the...

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(Posted by Roel Steverink 2005-03-01)

Here Are the Facts You Requested - Felt & Testing Ground Live

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Somewhere back in the late 90s, after seeing them open for the Mike Keneally Band, we reviewed this San Jose band’s earlier release, Shocks and Struts, which proved them to be a...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Mar de Robles - Mar de Robles (MdR)

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This Chilean four- or five-piece (depending on where you look in the booklet) was a pleasant surprise. A rhythm section of fretless bass and subtle drum kit, along with congas and other assorted...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Ossi Duri - X & L'Ultimo dei Miei Cani

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Ten years after his death – that’s what this “X” marks – one sees little decline in the interest in and dedication towards the music of Frank Zappa. The...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Synergy - Semiconductor, Release 2 & Metropolitan Suite

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In 1986, the first era of Synergy releases came to an end with Metropolitan Suite, which in some ways is the culmination of Larry Fast’s original musical vision. That does not make...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Synergy - Semiconductor, Release 2 & Metropolitan Suite

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In 1986, the first era of Synergy releases came to an end with Metropolitan Suite, which in some ways is the culmination of Larry Fast’s original musical vision. That does not make...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 1999-04-01)

Crime in Choir - Crime in Choir, The Hoop & Trumpery Metier

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This instrumental San Francisco based outfit started out life in 2000 as a guitar / bass / drums / keyboards quartet, adopting a somewhat psychedelic groove-based jamming style mixed with elements...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2008-01-01)

Saga - Generation 13

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There's so many good things about this album that I don't know where to begin. It marks a giant step forward for Saga – a 25-track, 69-minute concept album that includes some of the...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-11-01)

Bijou - El Profeta

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Bijou is a Spanish instrumental symphonic prog quintet featuring your standard rhythm section, keyboards, and dual guitars, and while their sound is expansive, melodic, and respectfully bombastic...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Art of Infinity - Dimension Universe

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It’s the Thorsten and Thorsten show! These two Dutchmen are staking out a claim to musical territory already paved by folks like Art of Noise and Enigma, but they still do a nice job with the...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Hazerfan - Lost Nowhere

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S.F. Bay Area-based Hazerfan have been around since 1998 though this is their only album to date. The group gigs relentlessly, steadily building an audience for their fusion of eastern and western...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2007-03-01)

Lesli Dalaba / Fred Frith / Eric Glick Rieman / Carla Kihlstedt - Dalaba Frith Glick Rieman Kihlsted

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Another super group of improvisers meet at the crossroads with this collection of seven dialogs. Fred Frith is well known to our readers as a proprietor of real time inspirational chaos while Lesli...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-09-01)

Thinking Plague - A History of Madness

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Most music critics (and listeners too) tend to get caught up in the genre game when describing music. We think in terms of qualities like loud/soft, electric/acoustic, rocks/doesn’t. But...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

David Shamrock - Thin Pillow

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David Shamrock has drummed for both Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (on their first album) and Thinking Plague (on A History of Madness). This eight track CD is his first solo release. For those...

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2006-05-01)

Psychomusak - The Extasie

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You want psychedelic? The music here, spread out across five long purely instrumental tracks, each ranging from ten to twenty minutes, evokes a hallucinatory half dreamlike state by offering...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-08-01)

Cast - Al-Bandaluz

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By this time, many readers will know what to expect from Mexico's Cast: complex, keyboard-heavy neo-progressive with lots of odd meters. They've stuck to that for what seems like twenty or...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Collage - Changes

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This Polish five piece is no doubt best known for their CD Moonshine from 1994 released on the SI label, or the LP Basnie that preceded it in 1990. Their sound is firmly in the...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Nekropolis - Anubis Dance

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Egypt has fascinated rock musicians to varying degrees over the years: Agitation Free, Nik Turner, Anubian Lights, Amenophis, Pink Floyd, Cosmic Jokers, Dissidenten, Gong, and Hawkwind to name a...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2003-08-01)

Various Artists - The Best of Baltimore's Buried Bands II

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This two CD set was produced by OHO main-mover and elder statesman of the Baltimore progressive scene Jay Graboski. Apparently there must have been a “Part I” (maybe an LP?) and this is...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2003-12-01)

Various Artists - Psychedelic Underground 8 - 10

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One of the fundamental limitations of mining and other industries that rely upon non-renewable resources is that those resources will eventually run out. You would think the same rule would apply...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Various Artists - Psychedelic Underground 8 - 10

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One of the fundamental limitations of mining and other industries that rely upon non-renewable resources is that those resources will eventually run out. You would think the same rule would apply...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Agitation Free - Fragments

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[Musique Intemporelle edition from 1995]

Agitation Free are one of Germany's finest space rock groups, an outfit that launched the careers of many respected musicians like...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 1996-08-01)

Agitation Free - Fragments

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Whatever else they may have done in their recording career, Germany’s Agitation Free loved a good long jam. For their farewell bow, they played a concert in November of 1974 with a...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

['ramp] - Doombient.One - Verbrannte Erde

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Deep space music has a lot going for it in the modern music world. There are many viable variations to explore and expand on as well. Stephen Parsick and Frank Makowski are composers whom make...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

The Thicket - The Thicket

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The Thicket is the Edmonton-based duo of Andrei Poukhovski and Ivan Poukhovski-Sheremetyev, a father-son combination. The instrumentation consists only of keyboards and Theremin, with programmed...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2003-12-01)

Seatrain - Watch

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The Blues Project is remembered as an innovative, somewhat erratic band of the mid-60s who combined rock with folk, blues, and jazz. In 1967 they split up, with some members going on to form Blood,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Pink Anvil - Halloween Party

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Pink Anvil is a duo of Paul Barker and Max Brody of Ministry. Barker is credited with FM radio and patchbay operation while Brody works a delay and some footswitches. Halloween Party was recorded...

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(Posted by Mike Grimes 2003-12-01)

Halloween, Alaska - Halloween, Alaska

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I try to maintain a certain openness about the various musical genres, feeling that quality is a factor only marginally related to style, so I’m happy to find something good where it’s...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Kaolin - 2001

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This Swiss five-piece has been around in one form or another for over eight years, but this five track 28 minute CD is their first release. Why it’s titled 2001 is a mystery, perhaps...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2003-08-01)

Asia - Live in Buffalo & Hyogo

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Asia’s first tour of the US in 1982 was one of discovery for fans. From the ashes of Yes, Steve Howe and Geoff Downes merged musical intentions with John Wetton and Carl Palmer and a new...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Asia - Live in Buffalo & Hyogo

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Asia’s first tour of the US in 1982 was one of discovery for fans. From the ashes of Yes, Steve Howe and Geoff Downes merged musical intentions with John Wetton and Carl Palmer and a new...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Maynard Ferguson - Carnival

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For those of you uninitiated, Maynard Ferguson was part of the jazz-rock scene originating from the stable of jazz players who broke out under the auspices of Stan Kenton's big band....

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

Mary Fahl - The Other Side of Time

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Mary Fahl was the lead singer of October Project, who enjoyed a sizable following among progheads and ectophiles in the mid-90s. The Other Side of Time is her first full-length solo work....

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(Posted by Jim Chokey 2003-12-01)

DJ Spooky That Subliminal Kid - Dubtometry

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Hot on the heels of the acclaimed Optometry sessions (charting high in the Billboard top 100) comes an all-star set of seventeen remixes of samples and tracks from that disc. The...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

Cobra High - Sunset in the Eye of the Hurricane

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I have learned to be wary when the mainstream press describes an artist as “progressive” – you never know what they really mean, since the vast majority of progressive music is...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Väsen - Trio

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I’ll admit that one of the things I normally like most about Väsen is the unconventional use of percussion, so the prospect of a Väsen album without a percussionist was not at first...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

Groove Unlimited 2002-2003 Releases

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The Netherlands’ Groove label, perhaps the premiere label for sequencer-heavy electronic music, has been on quite the roll lately, releasing and distributing a number of albums by newcomers...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2003-08-01)

Groove Unlimited 2002-2003 Releases

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The Netherlands’ Groove label, perhaps the premiere label for sequencer-heavy electronic music, has been on quite the roll lately, releasing and distributing a number of albums by newcomers...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2003-08-01)

Brian Auger's Oblivion Express - Happiness Heartaches

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The latter incarnation of Oblivion Express (led by Hammond B3 player extraordinaire Brian Auger) was characterized by soulful blues-rock, percussion, and danceable grooves. Ex-Return to Forever...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

The Residents - WB:RMX & 12 Days of Brumalia

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If you need a Christmas album to scare your family and friends, look no further. The 12 Days of Brumalia was released as a downloadable album on the Residents web site in December of 2004,...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Sebkha-Chott - De la persistence & Niglah

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Sebkha-Chott is a band of wild and crazy young French musicians playing music that is so bizarre and unclassifiable that I do not know where to begin. I reviewed their second release...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2010-01-01)

Korai Öröm - Reflected Remixes

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Oh boy, it’s the remix album. I have had exposure to Korai Öröm, so I am not totally unfamiliar with their sound. Typically it’s extended free-form jams; build a theme, expand...

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(Posted by Dane Carlson 2003-12-01)

Cherno - Missing Illusion, Trigonometric Reactor & Slight Trick All Around

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At its core, Cherno is the duo of Shin Sugawara (sax, wind synth) and Junichi Kishimoto (guitar, guitar synths, drum programming), sometimes joined by other players, track and disc depending...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2003-12-01)

Cherno - Missing Illusion, Trigonometric Reactor & Slight Trick All Around

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At its core, Cherno is the duo of Shin Sugawara (sax, wind synth) and Junichi Kishimoto (guitar, guitar synths, drum programming), sometimes joined by other players, track and disc depending...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2003-12-01)

Cherno - Missing Illusion, Trigonometric Reactor & Slight Trick All Around

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At its core, Cherno is the duo of Shin Sugawara (sax, wind synth) and Junichi Kishimoto (guitar, guitar synths, drum programming), sometimes joined by other players, track and disc depending...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2003-12-01)

Paul Rucker & Hans Teuber - History of an Apology & Oil

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Like Nels and Alex Cline, Satoko Fujii, and even Henry Threadgill (all with their various ensembles), Paul Rucker produces music that is usually referred to as jazz, but has such far-ranging...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Paul Rucker & Hans Teuber - History of an Apology & Oil

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Like Nels and Alex Cline, Satoko Fujii, and even Henry Threadgill (all with their various ensembles), Paul Rucker produces music that is usually referred to as jazz, but has such far-ranging...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Randone - Nuvole di Ieri, Ricordi & Hybla Act 1

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Oddly enough, for their first release on Electromantic, Randone was a trio: Nicola Randone on vocals and guitar (who had previously released material under his full name); Marco Crispi on lead...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Glenn Branca - The Ascension

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This is a long overdue re-issue of Branca's first LP, before the days of the army of guitars, but well past his punk days. On this album, Branca was joined by three other guitarists, a bassist,...

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(Posted by Dean Suzuki 1996-03-01)

Vinegar - Vinegar

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This band from Cologne selected their name to set themselves apart from bands that sounded “sweet” and forged a decidedly unconventional course with their music. After roughly a year of...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Ange - By the Sons of Mandrin & Par les Fils de Mandrin Live 77

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Banco and PFM did it, so why not Ange? The world of rock music has always been dominated by the English language, and many of the bands who sing primarily in another language have seen fit to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

Ange - By the Sons of Mandrin & Par les Fils de Mandrin Live 77

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Banco and PFM did it, so why not Ange? The world of rock music has always been dominated by the English language, and many of the bands who sing primarily in another language have seen fit to...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

Santana - Welcome

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McLatchey's Second Tier

After members of the original Santana band started leaving the group, Carlos Santana moved the music in a jazzier direction and during the era he'd...

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(Posted by Mike McLatchey 2016-08-25)

Horace X - Sackbutt

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In the mega-genre that is World Music there is a subgenre often called World Beat. Rather than being specifically from any part of the world, either in fact or in sound, World Beat combines...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Oöphoi & Tau Ceti - Subterranea

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This collaboration between Oöphoi & Tau Ceti pre-dates their most recent, and was released on the Czech label Nextera along with reissues of his 2000 releases Mare Imbrium and...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

Louisa John-Krol & Oöphoi - Alabaster & I Hear the Water Dreaming

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Australian singer Louisa John Krol has been releasing music for about ten years, although these mark the first time she has been reviewed in these pages. Alabaster is her 2003 solo release...

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 2006-05-01)

House of Not - The Walkabout Parts 1 & 2

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The brainchild of Brian Erikson (vocals and lyrics), House of Not appears to be some sort of concept project, with Lou Roppoli and Ken O’Gorman providing guitars and a host of guests on other...

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(Posted by Sean McFee 2006-05-01)

Manuel Göttsching - Die Mulde, Concert for Murnau & E2-E4 Live

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As 2005 neared its end, Manuel Göttsching released three new CDs: Die Mulde, Concert for Murnau and E2-E4 Live. Die Mulde is a composition Manuel recorded...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2006-05-01)

Marco Gallesi - Riff

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Fans of Italian outfit Arti & Mestieri will likely find it to be no surprise that long-time bassist Marco Gallesi has a deep fondness for traditional jazz and fusion. Now out on his own,...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2006-05-01)

Spirit - Feedback

Cover art There's plenty of good reasons why this is one of the last Spirit albums to receive the digital treatment. After Sardonicus (or more properly during Sardonicus), most of the original...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 1996-03-01)

Tangerine Dream - Mota Atma

Cover art I suppose it goes without saying that since the early 70s Tangerine Dream has been through a lot of changes, both in style and personnel. The 2003 incarnation on this soundtrack features Edgar and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

Pekka Pohjola - Five Reissues

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For anyone not yet familiar with the name of Pekka Pohjola, he is a Finnish composer, bandleader, and bassist among bassists primarily, but also fluent on piano, synthesizer, and trumpet as well....

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(Posted by Peter Thelen 1995-03-01)

Iceberg - Sentiments

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[This review was written for the 1994 reissue on Si Wan. The album has since been reissued again. -ed.]

The Korean collector Si Wan has taken it upon himself to fill the void of...

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(Posted by Dan Casey 1995-03-01)

Kevin Ayers - Joy of a Toy, Whatevershebringswesing, Shooting at the Moon & Banamour

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Ex-Soft Machine bassist Kevin Ayers left that group after their full-on live U.S. assault with the Jim Hendrix Experience in 1969. After that time, Ayers spent the following years putting together...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

Kevin Ayers - Joy of a Toy, Whatevershebringswesing, Shooting at the Moon & Banamour

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Ex-Soft Machine bassist Kevin Ayers left that group after their full-on live U.S. assault with the Jim Hendrix Experience in 1969. After that time, Ayers spent the following years putting together...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

Kevin Ayers - Joy of a Toy, Whatevershebringswesing, Shooting at the Moon & Banamour

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Ex-Soft Machine bassist Kevin Ayers left that group after their full-on live U.S. assault with the Jim Hendrix Experience in 1969. After that time, Ayers spent the following years putting together...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

Kevin Ayers - Joy of a Toy, Whatevershebringswesing, Shooting at the Moon & Banamour

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Ex-Soft Machine bassist Kevin Ayers left that group after their full-on live U.S. assault with the Jim Hendrix Experience in 1969. After that time, Ayers spent the following years putting together...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-12-01)

Collage - Moonshine

Cover art Well, this album gets off on the wrong foot, but definitely ends up on the right one. The album opens with some heavy keyboards and drums and then the vocals come in... and you can't understand a damn...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 1995-03-01)

Men without Hats - No Hats beyond This Point

Cover art Anyone who paid attention to pop music in the 80s will surely remember Men Without Hats. “The Safety Dance” was a bouncy techno-pop gem that insinuated itself into your brain regardless of your...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

Brannan Lane - Answer the Sky

Cover art It’s been a while since we’ve heard something new from Brannan Lane, maybe a year or more, which is a change from his 2+ release per year schedule from before; but Answer the Sky has...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2007-03-01)

Fra Fra Sound - Kultiplex

Cover art Fra Fra Sound is a Dutch band that's been around since 1980, fusing elements of jazz and world music. Founder/bassist Vincent Henar hails from Surinam in South America, and other members of the band...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

Earthmonkey - Audiosapien

Cover art If you take the free-festival space jamming of Ozric Tentacles and add a healthy dose of the psychedelic audio-collage work of Nurse with Wound, you end up in the land of Earthmonkey. There are...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Cursive - The Ugly Organ

Cover art Last year many in the prog community embraced The Mars Volta and their infusion of prog ideas (and excesses) into alternative/indie American rock. Cursive is another band making the same kinds of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Mari Boine - Eight Seasons & Remixed

Cover art NorthSide’s releases of Wimme’s CDs have provided the most visible presence of Sami music in North America, but Mari Boine has been recording longer, and is fairly well known in the world music...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Mari Boine - Eight Seasons & Remixed

Cover art NorthSide’s releases of Wimme’s CDs have provided the most visible presence of Sami music in North America, but Mari Boine has been recording longer, and is fairly well known in the world music...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Hermes Orchestra - Live

Cover art Dan Hermes is a jack-of-all-trades and music is just one of his passions. On this album professionally trained musicians play the compositions of Dan Hermes. All this was performed live at the Tremont...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2007-03-01)

Gentle Giant - Artistically Cryme, The Missing Face & Playing the Cleveland

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Gentle Giant’s headlining and support tours are further documented in three more marginal bootleg renditions from Voiceprint in the UK. Artistically Cryme is the first release, and a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-09-01)

Gentle Giant - Artistically Cryme, The Missing Face & Playing the Cleveland

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Gentle Giant’s headlining and support tours are further documented in three more marginal bootleg renditions from Voiceprint in the UK. Artistically Cryme is the first release, and a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-09-01)

Gentle Giant - Artistically Cryme, The Missing Face & Playing the Cleveland

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Gentle Giant’s headlining and support tours are further documented in three more marginal bootleg renditions from Voiceprint in the UK. Artistically Cryme is the first release, and a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-09-01)

Matthew Shipp, Spring Heel Jack & Others - Equilibrium, VisionFest, Good and Evil Sessions

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Back in the late 80s, the style called acid jazz emerged, blending jazz with hip-hop elements, essentially bringing a modern groove to jazz, analogous to the incorporation of funk, soul, and rock...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Matthew Shipp, Spring Heel Jack & Others - Equilibrium, VisionFest, Good and Evil Sessions

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Back in the late 80s, the style called acid jazz emerged, blending jazz with hip-hop elements, essentially bringing a modern groove to jazz, analogous to the incorporation of funk, soul, and rock...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Matthew Shipp, Spring Heel Jack & Others - Equilibrium, VisionFest, Good and Evil Sessions

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Back in the late 80s, the style called acid jazz emerged, blending jazz with hip-hop elements, essentially bringing a modern groove to jazz, analogous to the incorporation of funk, soul, and rock...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Matthew Shipp, Spring Heel Jack & Others - Equilibrium, VisionFest, Good and Evil Sessions

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Back in the late 80s, the style called acid jazz emerged, blending jazz with hip-hop elements, essentially bringing a modern groove to jazz, analogous to the incorporation of funk, soul, and rock...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

Motorpsycho + Jaga Jazzist Horns - It's a Love Cult, The Stix & In the Fishtank

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After hearing the name Motorpsycho for a few years, I was pretty curious to actually hear the band. I did not expect an album of such variety, that combines intensity and subtlety and a wide range...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Motorpsycho + Jaga Jazzist Horns - It's a Love Cult, The Stix & In the Fishtank

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After hearing the name Motorpsycho for a few years, I was pretty curious to actually hear the band. I did not expect an album of such variety, that combines intensity and subtlety and a wide range...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Glass Hammer - Lex Live

Cover art For those of us that have been around a few years, Glass Hammer has been a steady reminder as to the state of the progressive rock genre and musicians’ passions to keep the flickering light alive....  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2003-02-01)

Fuchsia - Fuchsia

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While Tony Durant (guitars and vocals) was a student at Exeter University in 1970, he and his mates Michael Day (bass guitar) and Michael Gregory (drums and percussion) decided to form the band...

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(Posted by Henry Schneider 2014-06-10)

(I Am) One - The Gates of Industry

Cover art Despite evident talent, this Dutch group has made some unfortunate choices. The first is their name. The second apparently was their original German label, which crashed and burned while this album...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2005-09-01)

Németh Gábor Project - Könnyü lépések (Easy Steps)

Cover art Németh is a Hungarian drummer and employs a large number of sidemen on this collection of ten tracks on the Periferic label. The music here is post-bop, or whatever one wishes to call music with a...  » Read more
(Posted by Sean McFee 2004-09-01)

The Cheebacabra - Metamorphosis

Cover art An instrumental funk outfit from the U.S. west coast, The Cheebacabra is led by a drummer/keyboardist named Cheeba, who is joined by six other musicians on keys, guitar, sax, and percussion. The...  » Read more
(Posted by Jim Chokey 2004-04-01)

Daimonji - Improg

Cover art We really shouldn’t be surprised at the number of different projects involving keyboardist Hoppy Kamiyama and drummer Tatsuya Yoshida. After all, back in the 60s, nobody thought it was odd that...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Cold Fairyland & Lin Di - Ten Days in Magic Land, Bride in Legend, 2005 Live & Seeds on the Ground

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One of the first musical things I discovered after moving to Beijing was this band from Shanghai. Their Chinese name (Lengku Xianjing) is taken from the Chinese title of a book by Japanese writer...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

SanRenSei - Ceremony

Cover art Three players (keyboard synths + voices, guitar synths and hardware sequencer) contribute to the six pieces herein, which fall squarely into the low key floating ambient electro-acoustic zone. The...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-04-01)

Richard Thompson - 1000 Years of Popular Music

Cover art When the end of the millennium started creeping up, lots of people started making lists. When it comes to the subject of popular music, most of us are only familiar with that of the 20th Century, with...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

Satoru Wono - Sonata for Sine Wave and White Noise

Cover art Click. Shhhhhsshh. Bleep. The first minute of “Overture” sounds something like a couple of malfunctioning cell phones making random sounds. Then the beeps and hiss begin to take shape and find...  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-04-01)

Thriving Ivory - Thriving Ivory

Cover art It’s been quite sometime since a solo pianist was credited as an alternative rock band’s key instrument replacing loud, overdriven guitars. Such is the case for Thriving Ivory is a five-piece...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-04-01)

The Blue Series Continuum - The Sorcerer Sessions: Featuring the Music of Matthew Shipp

Cover art Collisions between jazz and semi-classical music structure is the format for this new collective set of twelve pieces. Each new project is based on lessons learned and best-known methods applied to an...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-04-01)

The Deserts of Träun - Part III: The Lilac Moon

Cover art The Deserts of Träun is the musical project of former Estradasphere drummer David Murray. The project name and initial story theme originated from a high school jazz band collaboration between Murray...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 2004-04-01)

Värttinä - Iki

Cover art After three albums (Kokko, Vihma, and Ilmatar) that featured electronics heavily, including keyboards, samplers, and rhythm loops, Värttinä has elected to revisit a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-08-01)

David Sancious and Tone - Transformation (The Speed of Love)

Cover art David Sancious came at the genre of jazz-rock fusion from a rather different direction than most of the key figures. Rather than coming into it as an established jazz player or from the progressive...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Kinzokuebisu - Hako-Otoko (Box-Man)

Cover art Back in the late 80s bands like Kinzokueisu were everywhere in Japan, playing a heavy symphonic prog with stylistic nods to a few great british bands of the 70s, accented by 80s stadium rock stylings....  » Read more
(Posted by Peter Thelen 2004-04-01)

Various Artists - Twentieth Anniversary

Cover art It's surprising that Rykodisc is still around, considering that the advent of digital recordings and CDs has now evolved and been relegated to old school. Since it is a year of anniversaries, Rykodisc...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-09-01)

Larry Coryell / Badi Assad / John Abercrombie - Three Guitars

Cover art Larry Coryell and John Abercrombie have long been at the forefront of international jazz guitar, utilizing both acoustic and electric formats. Badi Assad is a Brazilian ace performer who had not...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-09-01)

Centrozoon - The Scent of Crash and Burn

Cover art Centrozoon represents the combined talents of singer Tim Bowness together with the German duo of Markus Reuter and Bernhard Wösteinrich. The trio does a fine job navigating around sophisticated dance...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-09-01)

Dave Sinclair - Full Circle & Into the Sun

Cover art Dave Sinclair has long been known as the main keyboardist in Caravan. During recording for the group's The Unauthorized Breakfast Item CD, a rift between Sinclair and longtime bandleader Pye...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-09-01)

Dave Sinclair - Full Circle & Into the Sun

Cover art Dave Sinclair has long been known as the main keyboardist in Caravan. During recording for the group's The Unauthorized Breakfast Item CD, a rift between Sinclair and longtime bandleader Pye...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-09-01)

Jeff Beck - Jeff

Cover art It’s hard to believe that Jeff Beck is pushing sixty. After successful recent endeavors incorporating techno, sampling, and tribal rhythms into his grab bag mix of backing tracks, the guitar slinger...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2004-09-01)

Mani Neumeier + Friends - Terra Amphibia: Deep in the Jungle

Cover art Terra Amphibia is the project which occupies Mani Neumeier during time away from Guru Guru. World music and East Asian culture appropriation are Mani’s hobbies, which find him jamming and flirting...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Ezzo 2004-09-01)

Satoko Fujii & Natsuki Tamura - Illusion Suite, Sketches, Exit & Ko Ko Ko Ke

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Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii is one busy lady – she appears on three of these four releases. Illusion Suite finds her in the standard piano trio setting, though the result is anything...

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(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

The Muffin Men - Baker's Dozen & Live @ The Cavern

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The Muffin Men are a UK based act that is heavily versed in the fine art of being a Frank Zappa tribute band that features old Mothers vocalist Jimmy Carl Black. Baker's Dozen serves as a...

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(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-03-01)

The Muffin Men - Baker's Dozen & Live @ The Cavern

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The Muffin Men are a UK based act that is heavily versed in the fine art of being a Frank Zappa tribute band that features old Mothers vocalist Jimmy Carl Black. Baker's Dozen serves as a...

 » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-03-01)

Big Wedge - Minutiae

Cover art Based out of New York City, Big Wedge is a mainstream rock band with a few unexpected twists. Every song on Minutiae is in a different style. The album opens with “Land of the Free” – a...  » Read more
(Posted by Mike Grimes 2005-03-01)

Lithops - Scrypt

Cover art Far from the reaches of electronic music as mere impetus for dancing, or even the spacious universe of ambient soundscapes, lies the realm of Lithops. Picture a two-dimensional coordinate system for...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Roger Chapman - The Legendary Funny Cider Sessions/Swag

Cover art Family’s Roger Chapman is somewhat of a workaholic. His departure from Family only saw him tirelessly fronting bands under a number of other names including his own. This package of two albums...  » Read more
(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2005-09-01)

Bob Nell - Soft and Bronze

Cover art Bob Nell has been playing jazz piano for nearly 30 years (mostly with drummer Brad Edwards) supporting jazz icons such as Ray Brown and David ‘Fathead’ Newman. His latest set of eight pieces...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Bumble B - Flight of the Bumble B

Cover art Bumble B is the female lead singer for The Smell of Incense. When they performed at the Herzberg Open Air festival in 1999, Bumble B entertained the audience with her unaccompanied Norwegian folk...  » Read more
(Posted by Henry Schneider 2005-09-01)

Luminescent Orchestrii - Luminescent Orchestrii

Cover art Luminescent Orchestrii is not the first band to combine Eastern European folk music with punkish energy – Sviraj, Reptile Palace Orchestra, the Ukrainians and others have been there before – but...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

Kraan - Through

Cover art Here’s another prog band from the 70s reformed. I’m not familiar with the band’s back catalog, so I can’t make comparisons with where they’ve been. I hope I don’t offend anyone by saying...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Groovector - Darklubing at Tavastia

Cover art From time to time I see a band criticized for not realizing what their own strengths are, for moving out of the area where they shine. I’m wary of that kind of reasoning, as it should be the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Phoenix - Renascent Phenomenon (Archives 4: 1970-1971)

Cover art Supposedly this album of songs was written back in the early 70s for the original version of Dutch group Phoenix, which included Jos Hustings who, along with partner in crime Mathilda Roza, is...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2005-09-01)

Inquire - Melancholia

Cover art The second CD on this 2-disk set is devoted to a lively and entertaining rendition of Louis Verne’s 3rd Organ Symphony. Fans of Keith Emerson’s various classical interpretations, or...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2005-09-01)

Sonus Umbra - Spiritual Vertigo

Cover art I really want to like Sonus Umbra. They have so many elements I like – a combination of electric and acoustic instruments, judicious use of modern technologies, complex song structures with varying...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Nyl - Nyl

Cover art This prog rock quartet from Russia aims at two often hefty contrasting concepts: commercialism and ingenuity. It’s amazing how a complex structure flows out in a sing-song refrain. You can’t...  » Read more
(Posted by Roel Steverink 2005-09-01)

Luminos - Seize the Day

Cover art Seize the Day is the debut from this quartet from northeastern England. Musically, they fall roughly into the same realm of symphonic- and neo-prog-lite as Guy Manning or Mostly Autumn (sans...  » Read more
(Posted by Paul Hightower 2005-09-01)

Satoko Fujii Quartet - Zephyros

Cover art Maybe it’s meant as a challenge to the listener, maybe not, but pianist Satoko Fujii has placed the most difficult track on her latest quartet offering first in sequence, as if saying, “You made...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Jack Bruce - Out of the Storm

Cover art Continuing further into the back catalog of bassist, singer and composer Jack Bruce, Out of the Storm offers up a creditable Mark Powell sound update from 30 year old studio sessions in LA....  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Barclay James Harvest - ...BBC in Concert 1972

Cover art Part of archivist Mark Powell’s job has been digging through the vaults at the BBC to locate the master recording tapes for Barclay James Harvest. In the process of uncovering several live tapes he...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Barclay James Harvest - Time Honoured Ghosts

Cover art After leaving the Harvest label, BJH met up with U.S. Producer Eliot Mazer (Neil Young) who recorded the band in San Francisco in the summer of 1975. The quartet was on the upswing with bassist Les...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Cinematik - Cinematik & One Full Moon Away

Cover art Home grown rock and roll products usually have a lifespan of their own which explains in part what Cinematik is about. Drummer Neal Smith’s resume includes stints as the former skin beater for the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Bouchard, Dunaway and Smith - Live in Paris

Cover art Take the rhythm section of the 70s Alice Cooper band and the front end lead guitar from Blue Oyster Cult, and what do you have? You get a pretty tight hard rock act that relies on honest riffing and a...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2005-09-01)

Saturnalia - Magical Love

Cover art This particular obscurity in Akarma’s campaign to rescue lost or legendary albums is an odd beast. The overall impression is much like the first incarnation of Renaissance with less appealing vocals...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Vanderhoof - A Blur in Time

Cover art Those who have heard of Kurdt Vanderhoof will know him as a member of the band Metal Church. I’m no fan of that band (or metal in general), but I had heard his other-band-cum-solo-project Vanderhoof...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Oysterband - Rise Above

Cover art Oysterband, né The Oyster Band, has been developing their own mixture of British Isles folk music and rock for more than ten years. Rather than rocking up trad tunes (for the most part – there are...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

Bill Nelson - Whimsy

Cover art Keeping up with Bill Nelson is a difficult task. The man is so prolific that new releases seem to be a mere by-product of his breathing. Luckily he’s supremely talented, and apparently has hit upon...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

Magma - Rock Duo »Magma«

Cover art As the story goes, this German duo was unaware of a French band with the same name, and they certainly bear no stylistic resemblance to their more widely known and prolific namesake. Drummer Siegfried...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

The Pineapple Thief - Variations on a Dream

Cover art I hope I don’t turn anyone off by saying Pineapple Thief has as much in common with Radiohead, Coldplay, and Smashing Pumpkins as they do with anyone in the prog community. In my book, that’s not...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Poetica in Silentio - What Do Fish Know?

Cover art Over the last few years, a number of bands have tackled the problem of applying the best features of classic progressive rock to more modern sounds, and other bands seem to have achieved the same sort...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

King Crimson - The Power to Believe

Cover art The majority of King Crimson tunes since Vrooom consist of the following sections: interlocking guitar parts reminiscent of the Discipline era, done in varying speeds; chunky,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-04-01)

Azigza - Kriya

Cover art Combining influences from around the world can be a dangerous enterprise for musicians. There will always be some who call foul at the “appropriation” of sounds from other cultures, preferring...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2004-09-01)

Ahleuchatistas - On the Culture Industry & The Same and the Other

Cover art Of all the genre labels ever devised, math rock has to be one of the most annoying. It’s an insult both to rock and to math, and seems to me borne of two mistaken beliefs. First, that math is...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-09-01)

Barclay James Harvest - XII

Cover art Keyboardist Wooly Wolstenholme’s last studio recording with BJH was a mixed bag of ideas that showed how he had reached a cross roads with the group he helped form in 1968. Songwriting style changes...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Gregg Bendian - Jeff Gauthier - Steuart Liebig - G.E. Stinson - Bone Structure

Cover art Superstar improv jams can be inspired by many attributes including astute listening, profound musicianship and abandoned release. Varying doses of each of these ingredients is found in these twelve...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Ray Weston - This Is My Halo

Cover art Ray Weston is best known as the long time voice of Echolyn. After the band broke up Weston took some time to gather his wits about him, work out his musical demons, and prepare himself for the next...  » Read more
(Posted by Jeff Melton 2006-05-01)

Hector Zazou - Sonora Portraits 2: Strong Currents

Cover art Zazou has been a prominent producer and instigator of musical projects for many years, having worked with a wide variety of artists. On this collection, we get collaborations with various female...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2006-05-01)

Embryo - Bremen 1971

Cover art This live set from September 1971 finds the band just after recording their highly regarded Embryo’s Rache album, but before it had been released. This is still the early phase of the band,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2005-03-01)

Nurse with Wound - She and Me Fall Together in Free Death

Cover art Beta-lactam Ring Records seems to revel in obscurity. Most of their product is released only on LP in limited pressings, they come with minimal credits, the discs themselves have lovely graphics in...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Taal - Skymind

Cover art I know it may seem like a glamorous life to be a music critic, getting all those free CDs, getting into shows for free, hobnobbing with the stars. But I assure you, it’s not all it’s cracked up to...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

The Mars Volta - De-loused in the Comatorium

Cover art The Mars Volta, on their full-length debut, joins Radiohead as a relatively high profile “alternative rock” group to flirt with progressive elements, and in fact does Radiohead one better (to the...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Birdsongs of the Mesozoic - The Iridium Controversy

Cover art This new offering from my favorite prehistoric animal noise group certainly lives up to the high standards of their previous releases, and over the long term may turn out to be one of my favorites. As...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Anekdoten - Gravity

Cover art The most distinctive things about Anekdoten have always been overdriven bass, Mellotron, cello, and the vocals. This CD answers the question of what happens when you remove two of those elements,...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2003-12-01)

Bruce Palmer - The Cycle Is Complete

Cover art Bruce Palmer is part of one of rock's most famous stories. He and Neil Young, fresh out of the Mynah Birds, drove a hearse to Los Angeles looking for Stephen Stills to found Buffalo Springfield....  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Joy of Cooking - Joy of Cooking, Closer to the Ground, & Castles

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Those looking for a 'good ole time' need look no further — funky West Coast psychedelia flavored country-rock to be found here. Equally rooted in the blues, this stuff is steeped in the tradition...

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(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

The Bass Gang - Evasioni, Fughe & La Contrabbassatta

Cover art Alberto Pocini is a double-bass player from Italy who's played extensively in his homeland as well as with the London Symphony Orchestra. Pocini's  » Read more
(Posted by Mac Beaulieu 2007-03-01)

The Fiery Furnaces - Gallowsbird's Bark, Blueberry Boat, Rehearsing My Choir, EP, & Bitter Tea

Cover art A circus medley of distinct musical apparitions like a non-nasal Holy Modal Rounders of the twenty-first century with equal parts Jonathan Richman, The Velvet Underground, and Grease! Hey,...  » Read more
(Posted by Cesar Montesano 2007-03-01)

Iona - Iona DVD & Live in London DVD

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Celtic prog band Iona are back in a big way, not only with their recent studio release, The Circling Hour, but also with two new DVDs. This is a great set both for fans and those new to...

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(Posted by Paul Hightower 2008-01-01)

Flëur - First Four Albums

Cover art Flëur is essentially the Ukrainian duo of Olga Pulatova (piano, vocals) and Elena Voynarovskaya (guitar, vocals) along with a variety of other players on flute, cello, violin, keyboards, bass, and...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2008-01-01)

Phideaux - Fiendish, Ghost Story, Chupacabras, 313, & The Great Leap

Cover art Even if you've never heard of Phideaux, you already know one thing about them. They are a busy little band – though sometimes I wonder if "band" is the right word. It's almost a solo project of...  » Read more
(Posted by Jon Davis 2007-03-01)

Latest news

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ancient Future - Asian Fusion – Around 1980, Ancient Future released two excellent albums of acoustic world-music, the second of which (Natural Rhythms) remains a landmark of the genre, with its surreal eccentricity and sonic...  (1994) » Read more

Kornelyans - Not an Ordinary Life – Quite rightly hailed as a minor classic, this Yugoslavian band led by keys-man Kornell Kovach (originally called Korni Grupa on earlier albums) became heavily influenced by the early 70s Italian...  (1995) » Read more

Jakko M. Jakszyk - The Bruised Romantic Glee Club – Guitarist Jakko Jakszyk has finally come into his own with his current solo recording. After stints with Level 42, Dizrhythmia, and 21st Century Schizoid Band and numerous guest spots, the...  (2008) » Read more

David Shamrock - Thin Pillow – David Shamrock has drummed for both Sleepytime Gorilla Museum (on their first album) and Thinking Plague (on A History of Madness). This eight track CD is his first solo release. For those who know...  (2006) » Read more

Smashpalace - Smashpalace – Smashpalace is a four-piece of guitars, bass, and drums, with a dedicated singer, hailing from Racine, Wisconsin. Their style is accessible, featuring savvy compositions, a punchy guitar driven style...  (1997) » Read more



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