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Roland BocquetParadia ... CD
Cobra/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1977. New Copy ... $15.99
A really cool little set that's maybe a bit jazz, and a bit "something else" – instrumental sounds from keyboardist Roland Bocquet, who you might know from his work in the group Catharsis – served up here with all sorts of cool elements that move between jazz fusion, spacey keyboard instrumentals, and other underground modes on the 70s French scene! At times, there's a lyricism that almost feels soundtrack-like, and at others, the songs are maybe more tuneful in sort of a sound library style – heavy on acoustic and electric keys from Roland, but featuring some guest instrumentation as well. Titles include "La Suite D'Elsa", "Djerba", "Exotique", "Bee Flat", "L'Allumette", "Fete", and "Paradia". CD
Also available Paradia ... LP 34.99

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Roland BocquetParadia ... LP
Cobra/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $34.99
A really cool little set that's maybe a bit jazz, and a bit "something else" – instrumental sounds from keyboardist Roland Bocquet, who you might know from his work in the group Catharsis – served up here with all sorts of cool elements that move between jazz fusion, spacey keyboard instrumentals, and other underground modes on the 70s French scene! At times, there's a lyricism that almost feels soundtrack-like, and at others, the songs are maybe more tuneful in sort of a sound library style – heavy on acoustic and electric keys from Roland, but featuring some guest instrumentation as well. Titles include "La Suite D'Elsa", "Djerba", "Exotique", "Bee Flat", "L'Allumette", "Fete", and "Paradia". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Paradia ... CD 15.99

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Ryo FukuiLetter From Slow Boat ... CD
Sapporo/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 2015. New Copy ... $15.99
Beautiful work from pianist Ryo Fukui – a relatively recent set, but one that sparkles with all the charm and imagination of his famous records from years back! The format is a familiar trio – with Takumi Awaya on bass and Itetsu Takemura on drums – but as always with Fukui, the result is something that's far different than standard jazz piano – as his sense of rhythm, timing, and lyrical flow really keeps things moving in very surprising ways – even when the performance features familiar songs! The recording quality is fantastic, and really lives up to Ryo's boundless energy on the keys – and the whole thing is a great contemporary extension of that rich tradition in new piano expression that Japan first started during the 70s. Titles include "Soultrane", "Old Country", "Sonora", "Stella By Starlight", "Be My Love", and "Chasin The Bird". CD

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Motohiko HamaseAnecdote ... LP
Lung/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1987. New Copy 2LP ... $34.99
A rare live set from Japanese bassist Motohiko Hamase – recorded right during a stretch when he was really mixing up his modes – fusing older fusion elements with some of the more electronic experiments of his studio records of the period – all in a way that must have made for quite a compelling set to see live! Hamase plays a fair bit of fretless bass – arcing and crafting these notes that are very much in the best jazz fusion school of the time – but they're mixed with keyboards, electronics, acoustic piano and percussion from two bandmates – all of which creates this unique soundscape as the trio shifts through so many different elements at once. Titles include "Duplicated Scene", "Pascal Variant", "Plateau", "Reminiscence", "Elan Vital", "Circlet", "Symptom", "Intermezzo", and "Aborigine". LP, Vinyl record album

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Motohiko HamaseTechnodrome ... LP
Wacoal Art Center/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1993. New Copy (reissue)... $26.99
One of the more electric albums from Motohiko Hamase – a Japanese artist that we first knew for his jazz recordings, but who really has branched out by the time of this release! There's still plenty of bass in the music – but the instrument is used in fuller, more powerful waves of sound – with all these shades, tones, and textures – elements that might have been used in more subtle ways on an 80s Japanese minimalist recording, but which here take off in directions that have more of that Bill Laswell brooding sense of darkness from the early 90s. Given that aspect, there's maybe a lineage here that also is influenced by electric Miles – but with no trumpet in the mix, the sound is more along the lines described – with titles that include "Chirico", "End Of Legal Fiction", "Invisible City", "Opaque", and "Imagery". LP, Vinyl record album

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Nino NardiniMusique Pour Le Futur ... LP
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1970. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99 28.99
Nino Nardini's given us some very groovy music over the years – like his famous Jungle Obsession album – but this set has the maestro working in a completely different mode – turning out some incredibly haunting sounds in a musique concrete approach! Nardini composed all the tracks, and they've got a sound that takes us back to the legendary years on the French scene of the 50s – like important early work by Pierre Henry or Pierre Schaeffer – with a mix of acoustic elements and electronics, all in a mode that's definitely pointed towards the future of the title. The style is never too atonal – Nardini does allow for some of his sense of melody to hit the music from time to time – and titles include "Station X", "La Danse Des Cometes", "Decouvert Lunaire", "Planete Mars", and "Galaxie Inconnue". LP, Vinyl record album

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Bernard ParmegianiLes Soleils De L'Ile De Paques/La Brulure De Mille Soleils ... LP
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), Early 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $38.99
Two unreleased soundtracks from electronic genius Bernard Parmegiani – both surprisingly tuneful, although also equally abstract! The songs for Les Soleils De L'Ile De Paques are mostly in a cyclical mode – like more condensed versions of some of the long-spun keyboard experiments by Terry Riley – particularly in the years after A Rainbow In Curved Air. Bernard takes that energy and compresses it, often using it in smaller mini-cycles that are completely hypnotic – maybe as much as the image on the cover! La Brulure De Mille Soleils is equally electronic, but much more dark and spooky – with some songs that are quite short, and often at the range of aural understanding – mixed with a few longer numbers that really have a stark sense of horror! A few of the tunes often feel like a stripped-down take on more classic horror tension moments – mixed with others that have all these deep tones that feel as if they're almost inspired by Varese. LP, Vinyl record album

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Midori TakadaThrough The Looking Glass ... CD
RCA/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1983. Used ... $12.99
A beautiful album of minimal, ambient sounds – a set that would be right at home in the world of Brian Eno's Obscure Music label – or maybe some of the chamber instrumental experiments of UK artists like Penguin Cafe Orchestra or Gavin Bryers! Like the former, there's an optimistic sensibility here – a mode that shows that instrumental experimentation need not always be atonal or non-melodic – and instead can wander through the sort of territory that a more lyrical painter or poet might take on paper, but with sound. Midori Takada composed and performed all the work herself – on instrumentation that mixes acoustic and electric, reed work and percussion, keyboards and more subtle sounds. The leadoff track is titled "Mr Henri Rousseau's Dream" – which, along with the cover, might well sum up the warmth of the record – and other titles include "Crossing", "Tromp L'Oeil", and "Catastrophe E". CD
Also available Through The Looking Glass ... LP 24.99

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Midori TakadaThrough The Looking Glass ... LP
RCA/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1983. New Copy ... $24.99
A beautiful album of minimal, ambient sounds – a set that would be right at home in the world of Brian Eno's Obscure Music label – or maybe some of the chamber instrumental experiments of UK artists like Penguin Cafe Orchestra or Gavin Bryers! Like the former, there's an optimistic sensibility here – a mode that shows that instrumental experimentation need not always be atonal or non-melodic – and instead can wander through the sort of territory that a more lyrical painter or poet might take on paper, but with sound. Midori Takada composed and performed all the work herself – on instrumentation that mixes acoustic and electric, reed work and percussion, keyboards and more subtle sounds. The leadoff track is titled "Mr Henri Rousseau's Dream" – which, along with the cover, might well sum up the warmth of the record – and other titles include "Crossing", "Tromp L'Oeil", and "Catastrophe E". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Through The Looking Glass ... CD 12.99

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Piero UmilianiIl Mondo Dei Romani (orange colored vinyl) ... LP
WRWTFWW (Italy), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99
A very cool soundtrack from the great Piero Umiliani – done during a period of great electronic exploration! The record is credited to "Piero Umiliani & I Suoi Oscillatori" – an instrument you can definitely hear at work here – as Piero uses lots of cool keyboard lines with a very moogy feel, and some sweet beats from a very early version of a drum machine! The music ranges from moody to groovy – and the whole thing has a sound that's way more future-feeling than you'd ever guess from the image on the cover – a bit like Umiliani's Musica Elettronica record, but more tuneful overall. Titles include "Veni Vidi Vici", "Roma Amor", "Bucolica", "Bucina", "Neronis Cetra", and "Miles Gloriosus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies!)

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✨✧ Pierre BarouhLe Pollen (with bonus 7" single) ... LP
Saravah/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most compelling albums we've ever heard from Pierre Barouh – a rare Japanese recording done in the early 80s, with a sound that's quite different from his earlier work – but equally great! The album's never too poppy, or overdone – certainly quite far from conventional 80s work – thanks to help on the session from YMO and David Sylvian, who both bring in some wonderful sensibilities of their own. There's a bit of electronics on the album, but they're used quite softly – creating a cool pillow of sound – layers through which Barouh weaves his amazingly cool voice. There's a nice sense of darkness to the record, with loads of cool late night tracks, and a sound that's still very sexy and French. Tracks include "Les Uns & Les Autres", "St. Paul De Vence", "Demain", and "L'Autre Rive" – and as usual, some tracks were co-written with soundtrack legend Francis Lai. Also features a bonus 7" single – with the tracks "Saint Paul De Vence" and "Boule Qui Roule". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ryo FukuiLetter From Slow Boat (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sapporo/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 2015. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
Beautiful work from pianist Ryo Fukui – a relatively recent set, but one that sparkles with all the charm and imagination of his famous records from years back! The format is a familiar trio – with Takumi Awaya on bass and Itetsu Takemura on drums – but as always with Fukui, the result is something that's far different than standard jazz piano – as his sense of rhythm, timing, and lyrical flow really keeps things moving in very surprising ways – even when the performance features familiar songs! The recording quality is fantastic, and really lives up to Ryo's boundless energy on the keys – and the whole thing is a great contemporary extension of that rich tradition in new piano expression that Japan first started during the 70s. Titles include "Soultrane", "Old Country", "Sonora", "Stella By Starlight", "Be My Love", and "Chasin The Bird". LP, Vinyl record album
(Half-speed mastered on 180 gram vinyl! Limited edition.)
Also available Letter From Slow Boat ... CD 15.99

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✨✧ Ryo FukuiRyo Fukui In New York (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Sapporo/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1999. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A smoking trio set from Japanese pianist Ryo Fukui – recorded in New York with help from Lisle Atkinson on bass and Leroy Williams on drums! The date's a bit later than some of the classics from the golden age of Japanese piano trio recordings, but has a very similar vibe – and in addition to very deft, expressive work from Fukui – a player who's maybe got more bop elements here than in his early days – the group also really sparkles with the work of Atkinson, a player who's sometimes overlooked, but who always brings a subtle depth to his sessions. Titles include "All The Things You Are", "Embraceable You", "Hot House", "Red Carpet", "Bouncing With Bud", and a great remake of Fukui's earlier song "Mellow Dream". LP, Vinyl record album
(Half-speed mastered on 180 gram vinyl! Limited edition.)

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✨✧ Somei SatohMandala Trilogy + 1 ... LP
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A trio of works created by Japanese composer Somei Satoh in the mid 80s – all very much with the meditative qualities you might guess from the title! The songs here all build slowly – with a strongly resonant sonic space that seems to emerge slowly from a keyboard – some of the fascination with building things up in aural air that we loved in his earlier "Echoes", but taken here into more spiritual territory as deep electronic elements are mixed with occasional vocalizations, but all with a very rich, abstract texture – and more than enough organic elements to really set the work apart from clunkier efforts of the time. There's a moodiness here that's almost as if Popol Vuh were recording for 4AD – but with a quality that's better than those references might imply – and titles include "Mandala", "Mantra", and "Tantra". Also features the later piece "Mai", commissioned by the harpist Ayako Shinozaki! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Satoshi AshikawaStill Way (Wave Notation 2) ... LP
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful example of the really special sort of instrumental record that was coming out of Japan in the early 80s – music that's spare and minimal, but quite different than any sort of similar projects from other parts of the globe! Satoshi Ashikawa creates sounds in ways that resonate both with the ancient and contemporary, organic and urban, at a level that's very slow-building and striking in its careful use of sound and space – served up here on instrumentation that includes vibes from Midori Takada, piano from Tomoko Sono, and harp from Yuko Utsumi – always tuneful, but in ways that are more like a natural progression of sound than conventional music. Titles include "Prelude", "Still Park", "Still Sky", "Wrinkle", and "Image Under The Tree". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Bruno SpoerriRare & Unreleased 1971 to 1996 ... LP
WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1970s/1980s/1990s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very unusual sounds from Bruno Spoerri – once a Swiss jazz musician in a relatively small scene – but now a world-famous composer for his groundbreaking soundtrack and sound library music of the 70s! This set begins in that territory, and then moves on to some equally cool cuts from later years – mostly music from the late 70s/early 80s – with Bruno mixing keyboards and sound effects in a very cool way – often with a bit of a groove at the bottom, but offset by all these weird and wild elements up top! Bruno wrote the notes himself, and tells a bit about the odd approach for each tune – and titles include "Rollin", "Waves Of Montreux", "Baustellenmusik", "Paradise Garden", "Birds Of Cochin", "Stony Broke Night", and "Swisspack". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Motohiko HamaseAnecdote ... CD
Lung/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1987. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare live set from Japanese bassist Motohiko Hamase – recorded right during a stretch when he was really mixing up his modes – fusing older fusion elements with some of the more electronic experiments of his studio records of the period – all in a way that must have made for quite a compelling set to see live! Hamase plays a fair bit of fretless bass – arcing and crafting these notes that are very much in the best jazz fusion school of the time – but they're mixed with keyboards, electronics, acoustic piano and percussion from two bandmates – all of which creates this unique soundscape as the trio shifts through so many different elements at once. Titles include "Duplicated Scene", "Pascal Variant", "Plateau", "Reminiscence", "Elan Vital", "Circlet", "Symptom", "Intermezzo", and "Aborigine". CD
Also available Anecdote ... LP 34.99

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✨✧ Motohiko HamaseTechnodrome ... CD
Wacoal Art Center/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1993. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the more electric albums from Motohiko Hamase – a Japanese artist that we first knew for his jazz recordings, but who really has branched out by the time of this release! There's still plenty of bass in the music – but the instrument is used in fuller, more powerful waves of sound – with all these shades, tones, and textures – elements that might have been used in more subtle ways on an 80s Japanese minimalist recording, but which here take off in directions that have more of that Bill Laswell brooding sense of darkness from the early 90s. Given that aspect, there's maybe a lineage here that also is influenced by electric Miles – but with no trumpet in the mix, the sound is more along the lines described – with titles that include "Chirico", "End Of Legal Fiction", "Invisible City", "Opaque", and "Imagery". CD
Also available Technodrome ... LP 26.99
 
 
 



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