Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet —
Landfall ... CD Nonesuch, 2018. New Copy ...
A beautiful collaboration between two of the most important forces in leftfield music in the early 80s – multi-media artist Laurie Anderson and modern string legends Kronos Quartet – coming together here in an extended Anderson composition inspired by the experience of Hurricane Sandy! ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
A fantastic record – and a really mindblowing mix of spiritual jazz and electronics! The set is an amazing collaboration between trumpeter Don Cherry and pioneering electronic musician Jon Appleton – one of those rare meetings of the minds that goes far deeper than you'd expect! On ... read moreCD
(Hybrid Super Audio CD pressing – works on most players.)
Han Bennink & Terrie Ex —
Zeng! ... CD Terp (Netherlands), 2007. Used ...
Sharp, jagged and intuitive interplay from what a pair that works very well together – Dutch postpunk adventurer Terrie Ex of the The Ex – and improvistation jazz drums titan Han Bennik! Zeng doesn't pummel as much as you might be expecting, though they do make a might racket when the ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
Really beautiful work from legendary jazz composer/musician Karl Berger – a set that's maybe more "serious" than some of his early material, and definitely fits the "music with" title of the set! Berger's playing piano here with a string sextet – bass, violin, two ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
Extremely spare material from Doug McCombs, the bassist for Tortoise, 11th Dream Day, and other fantastic Chicago ensembles. The record features some superb jazz-inflected musings on bass, augmented by occasional additional instrumentation performed by Josh Abrams and Noel Kupersmith on double ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
Classic electronic and percussive compositions by John Cage – performed here with sounds from a wide range of sources – including drums, cymbals, radios, turntables, and a number of other recordings! The performance is the first to actually bring together all of the different strands ... read moreCD
A completely amazing presentation of this very unusual piece by John Cage – one that plays with chance actions and sound even more than the original composition! The format is very unusual – producer Gino Robair (who's almost part of the performance himself) recorded pianist Tania Chen ... read moreCD
One of those landmark meetings of mighty talents that sounds even better on record than it does on paper – as the set somehow finds this really special space that's completely between all the best early 70s modes of both Terry Riley and John Cale! Cale was really coming into his own at the ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
A key meeting between 2 important forces in electronic music in the 70s – the increasingly-experimental Brian Eno and the Cluster team of Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius! Unlike the trio's other album, this one's an all-instrumental affair – one that takes the atmospherics of ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
Beautiful sounds from the Entourage ensemble – a group who were years ahead of their time, but hardly got recognized in the 70s – because all of their work was issued on the Folkways label! In some ways, the group grew out of two different strands – both the acoustic underground ... read moreCD
The second Jazzland album from Farvel – a group who definitely work in the deeper, darker reaches of the label's style – particularly that place where standard genres break down in search of new modes of expression! There's a subtle, beautiful magic going on here – as trumpet and ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
Henry Flynt in 1981, but sounding much more like some lost minimalist performance from the New York scene of the 60s – like sounds that might have come from John Cale or Tony Conrad – from the instrumentation right down to the spooky vibe of the production! The set features one long ... read moreCD
Fantastic percussion pieces from this ultra-cool New Zealand ensemble of the 70s – a group who take their name and inspiration from the Scratch Orchestra of Cornelius Cardew – but who also work in a more intimate setting, with lots of instruments of their own creation – with a ... read moreCD
Joana Gama, Luis Fernandes & Ricardo Jacinto —
Harmonies ... CD Clean Feed/Shhpuma (Portugal), 2016. Used ...
A stunning collection of sounds from the legendary Philip Glass – a complete set of every single one of his recordings for Columbia Records – which is the label at which he did most of his important music! The set's a treasure trove of modernist musical moments – not just a ... read moreCD
A beautiful score from Philip Glass – the kind of spare sounds that make his soundtrack material some of our favorite in his large catalog of compositions! The tracks here are all for a stage production of The Crucible – the famous play by Arthur Miller – but the music works ... read moreCD
A record that took the world by quiet storm in the 70s – quite revolutionary at the time, but put forth with a subtle force that would take years to build in influence! The album was the first album from electronic wizard Richard Pinhas, and was self-released at the time – yet it ... (Rock, Out Sound)read moreCD
Really beautiful music, but of a sort that's somewhat hard to describe adequately – as it's in sort of a special space of its own! Guitarist Akira Ijima works here in a double-length setting, on these spacious tunes that build slowly in air – almost a mode that you'd hear on ECM, ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
ISO (Yoshimitsu Ichiraku/Sachiko M/Yoshihide Otomo —
ISO ... CD YCAM/Sound Tectonics (Japan), 2003. Used ...
A seminal work in the development of the American jazz avant garde, and one of the most "out" records that Kenton (or Capitol) ever released! The whole album is based around two startling compositions by Robert Graettinger – "This Modern World" and "City Of ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD
We're not sure we hear any failings at all here – as the music is completely compelling, right from the start – and one of the most sonically-intense records we've heard from reedman Mats Gustafsson in years! The album's a bit of an electro-acoustic outing – in that Mats plays ... (Jazz, Out Sound)read moreCD