Released in 1961 on Impulse! Records Red Ring 70s Reissue Format: LP Style: Modal Jazz, Post-Bop Musical Attributes: Polyrhythmic, Acoustic, Melodic, … More
Released in 1973 on Virgin Records Format: LP Style: Canterbury Scene, Jazz-Rock, Prog Vibe: Playful, Complex, Eccentric, Uplifting Musical Attribues: Odd Time … More
Originally released in 1972 on Impulse! Records Superior Viaduct reissue (2018) Format: LP
Released in 1977 on Impulse Records Recorded September 2, 1965 Format: LP
Originally released on CD in 2003 on Tzadik Records First vinyl pressing from Ice Level Music (2017) Format: LPx2
Released in 1979 on ECM Records Recorded June, 1978 Format: LP
Released in 1975 on Milestone Records Compilation featuring tracks recorded between 1960 and 1962 that were originally released on albums … More
Released in 1976 on Inner City Records Format: LP
Originally released in 1998 Exiled Records reissue (2016) Format: LPx2, blank D-side
Released in 2010 on Smalltown Superjazz Recorded live in 1971 Format: LPx2 Style: Cantebury Scene, Jazz-Rock, Progressive Rock Vibe: Exploratory, Complex, Mysterious, … More
Released in 1975 on Arista Records Format: LP Syle: Avant-Garde Jazz Vibe: Cerebral, Complex, Exploratory, Impressionistic Musical Attributes: Improvisation, Innovative, Melodic, … More
Style: Poly-Free Improvisation, Modern Classical, Avant-Garde Big Band
Vibe: Complex, Hypnotic, Intense, Suspenseful, Cerebral
Musical Attributes: Polyrhythmic, Polyphonic, Odd Time Signatures, Acoustic, Poly-Free Improvisation, Repetitive
Instrumentation: Orchestral, Mallet Percussion (Marimba, Vibraphone, etc) Violin, Cello, Piano, Trombone, Drums, Flute, Bass Clarinet
Released in 1978 on ECM Records Recorded August, 1977 Format: LP
Released in 1975 on Virgin Records UK Pressing Format: LP
Album Information: Originally released in 1966 on Blue Note Records Recorded May 19, 1966 1973 Reissue Format: LP Personnel: Cecil … More
Released in 1978 on Mercury Records Format: LP
Released in 1975 on Columbia Records Format: LP
Originally released in 1958 on World Pacific Records 1963 Pressing Format: LP
Released in 2019 on RCA Records Format: LP
Released in 2017 on Young Turks Format: 12″ EP
Originally released in 2004 on Relapse Records 2014 pressing on Oxblood vinyl Format: LP
Released in 2018 on International Anthem Recording Co. Format: LPx2
Released in 1961 on Atlantic Records Format: LP
Originally released in 1963 on Impulse! Records 1974 reissue, blue/green label Format: LP
Released in 1976 on Asylum Records Format: LP
Released in 1974 on Atlantic Format: LP
Released in 1974 on Atlantic Records Format: LP
Released in 1973 on Atlantic Records Format: LP
Originally released in 1969 on Warner Bros. Records 1973 Pressing Format: LPx2
Released in 1972 on Columbia Records Late 70’s/Early 80’s Reissue Format: LP Recommended Tracks A1 – The Shoes of the … More
While more cerebral than emotive, this live set is a frenzied demonstration of what four virtuosic musicians sound like when they give in to the intuitive whims of collective improvisation. Even when playing a composition, this quartet will stretch and mutate the melody into every possible pattern without ever playing it directly. The group interplay is often bombastic and can be overwhelming, but thankfully they vary the dynamics through mellower sections, as well as solo and duo pieces.
Released in 1974 on Blue Note Records Recorded September 10th, 1970 at Van Gelder Recording Studio Format: LP
Released in 1972 on Blue Note Records Format: LP
Released in 2004 on Warp Records Format: LPx2
Released in 1998 on Warp Records Format: LP
Released in 1961 on Impulse Records Og Stereo RVG pressing in Mono Jacket Format: LP
Originally Released in 2003 on Sound-Ink 2019 15th Anniversary Edition Format: LPx2, Silver Vinyl, Mirrored Jacket
Released in 1970 on Island Records UK Pressing Format: LP
Released in 1970 on Atlantic Records Format: LP
Released in 1969 on Atlantic Format: LP Pressing quality: While this album is a masterpiece, these early pressings/masters sound a … More
Released in 2014 on Innovative Leisure Format: LPx2
Released in 1983 on ECM Format: LP
Released in 1977 on ECM Records Format: LP, white label promo
Released in 2007 by Gold Standards Laboratories Recorded November 2005 in Amsterdam Format: LP
Released on Stones Throw in 2004 2006 repress Format: LPx2
Pulling away from the jazzy psych-pop of their first two albums, Soft Machine gears towards sprawling sidelong compositions of spacey prog infused with thematic jazz fusion improvisations, compositional edits, and heavy doses of experimental post-production (Click for Full Review)
Released in 2014 on Stones Throw Format: LPx2
Released in 1977 on RCA Recorded live on a European tour in 1963 Format: LPx2
Discpline marks the first in a trilogy of complex prog-meets-new-wave masterpieces that have been relished by anxious overthinkers for decades…featuring polyrhythmic riffs, innovative guitar textures, overwrought sing-talking, and a strong inter-band chemistry.
The new album from guitarist Yonatan Gat finds cohesiveness in its sprawling diversity. Stylistically it combines the rawness of garage rock, the thematic improvisation of Free jazz, and the experimental editing of musique concréte with psychedelic production, Arabic and Klezmer scales and surfy tremelo guitars.
An acoustic trio of piano, upright bass, and drums utilize creative extended techniques to play evolving minimalist compositions of mutating grooves, polyrhythms, and textures.
Released in 1966 on Blue Note Records 1971 United Artists Repress Format: LP
Released in 1971 on Columbia Records Format: LP
Information: Released in 1974 on Milestone Recorded on July 7, 1973
Information: This album was released in 1969 on Bizzarre Records
Information: Originally released in 1971 This deluxe pressing was released in 2013 on Klimt Records Format: LPx2 (second LP contains … More
On his debut album, the guitar and banjo virtuoso starts off with a 22-minute droning epic fusing American and Arabic Folk music with Indian Raga on his acoustic guitar (often trying to imitate the feeling of the oud). Here, he is accompanied by the fluid, driving drums of Billy Higgins. Side 2 is made up of 4 shorter solo pieces, mostly for the banjo, including an impressive rendition of “Carmina Burana” by German composer Carl Orff and a folky mountain song.
British singer-songwriter John Martyn fuses folk, jazz, and psychedelic experimentation to create an album that is both eclectic and cohesive, tied together by his flowing voice and virtuosic acoustic guitar fingerpicking.
FFO Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, Ryley Walker
Album Information: Released in 2009 on Rodriguez Lopez Productions Artwork by Sonny Kay Recorded on the E-Clat Morgue Portable Disaster … More
Kamasi Washington and his band The Next Step, pick up where their forefathers and mothers left off by making spiritual jazz that respects the jazz canon without getting stuck in the past. This album ranges from free to groovy to melodic without losing sight of its mission. The inclusion of such a large band, an orchestra, a choir, and even a turntablist allows an infinite, colorful array of tonal and dynamic possibilities.
Album Information: Released in 1978 on ECM Records Recorded November 1977 at Talent Studio, Oslo Engineered by Jan Erik Kongshaug … More
While living in London I had an apartment with a small garden. During he summer around 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning, just as the day began, Birds would gather here one by one and sing together, each declaring its freedom in song. It is my wish to share the same spirit with other musicians and communicate it to the people. -Dave Holland
Description: Czech bassist Miroslav crafts some flashy jazz funk with Herbie Hancock, percussionist Airto Moreira, vocalists Cheryl Grainger & Onike, … More
Album Information: Released on Milestone Records in 1972
Album Information: Released in 2009 on Downtown Music Exposion originally released in 2008 and is included as a bonus LP … More
Shakti means “Creative Intelligence, Beauty & Power” and trust me, these are all in abundance on these devotional jazz ragas. Featuring John McLaughlin joined by a quartet of Indian master musicians, this album is a blissfully uplifting and meditative release.
In this energizing exploration of Hindustani classical music from a jazz perspective, John McLaughlin joins a virtuosic trio of Indian musicians who inspire some of the most impassioned and impressive playing of his career. His acoustic guitar shredding veers close to the bendy sounds of the sitar and fits nicely with the dense web of percussion created by Vikku Vinayakram and Zakir Hussain. Violinist Lakshiminarayana Shankar’s emotive themes and fiery solos make him a perfect foil to McLaughlin.
A psychedelic, transcendent fusion of hip-hop, jazz, prog, and IDM meant to simulate the cosmic experience of death. Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Herbie Hancock, Kamasi Washington, Snoop Dogg, and others..,
Guitar-genius Mdou Moctar visits Portland, Oregon from his home country of Niger to record a hypnotic solo album of desert folk sung in Tamasheq. Most songs consist of intricate fingerstyle acoustic guitar with occasional electric guitar overdubs to accent the melodies.
Soft Machine’s second album is an eclectic suite packed full of whimsical psychedelia, Dadaist detours, complex prog structures and jazz-inspired musicianship.
Album information: Released on Takoma Records in 1969