Category Archives: Avant Garde

TEA AND SYMPHONY-AN ASYLUM FOR THE MUSICALLY INSANE.

Tea and Symphony-An Asylum For The Musically Insane. Label: Magic Box. When the original lineup of Tea and Symphony was founded in Birmingham, England, in the late-sixties, they were an acoustic group who have since been compared to Marc Bolan’s Tyrannosaurus Rex. The group was founded by Jeff Daw, James Langston and Nigel Phillips, but …

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MILES DAVIS-BITCHES BREW AT 50.

Miles Davis-Bitches Brew At 50. Although Miles Davis’ recording career began in 1951, when he released his debut album The New Sounds, he soon had established a reputation as a prolific, and innovative musician. He released further forty-three albums between 1951 and 1969. This included classics like 1957s Round About Midnight and 1959s Kind Of Blue. …

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CULT CLASSIC: GARY BARTZ-LOVE SONG.

Cult Classic: Gary Bartz-Love Song. By 1976, saxophonist Gary Bartz’s reputation was on the rise.This came as no surprise to those within the jazz community. Already, Gary Bartz had played with some of the biggest names in jazz. Especially before he formed his own band in 1969. Baltimore born Gary Bartz had started his career …

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CULT CLASSIC: HOLGER CZUKAY-MOVIES.

Cult Classic: Holger Czukay-Movies. By 1979, Holger Czukay’s career was at a crossroads, after Can the group he cofounded in 1968, had split-up.  After releasing eleven albums in eleven years, one of music’s most innovative groups were no more. This came as no surprise to Holger Czukay, who was about to resume his solo career. …

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CULT CLASSIC: VOIGT/465-SLIGHTS UNSPOKEN.

Cult Classic: Voigt/465-Slights Unspoken. The story of Voigt/465 is a case of what might have been. They were formed in Sydney, Australia in 1976, and spent the next three years trying to make a breakthrough. By May 1979, things were looking up for Voigt/465 and they looked on the verge of a breakthrough. Their single …

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CULT CLASSIC: RUPTURE-ISRAEL SUITE/DOMINANTE EN BLEU.

Cult Classic: Rupture-Israel Suite/Dominante En Bleu. Over the last fifty years, bands and artists have penned ambitious concept albums about all manner of subjects. No subject matter it seems is off-limits when it comes to the concept album. There’s been concept albums about bureaucracy and censorship, death and dreams, evolution and revolution, heaven and hell, …

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PHAROAH SANDERS-WELCOME TO LOVE-VINYL.

Pharoah Sanders-Welcome To Love-Vinyl. Label: Tidal Waves Music. By the time Pharoah Sanders began recording Welcome To Love on the ‘17th’ of July 1990, at Studio Gimmick, Yerres, France, the American saxophonist and pioneer of free jazz was fifty, and was signed to the Dutch independent label, Timeless Records.  Pharoah Sanders debut for his new …

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ERLEND APNESETH-FRAGMENTARIUM.

Erlend Apneseth-Fragmentarium. Label: Hubro Music. When the Erlend Apneseth Trio recorded their third album Salika, Molika they were joined by top Norwegian accordionist Frode Haltli as they fused folk and experimental improv and electronic music. The result was an ambitious and  groundbreaking album that was hailed as a  gamechanger when it was released to critical …

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CULT CLASSIC: PAUL MARCANO AND LIGHTDREAMS-10,001 DREAMS.

Cult Classic: Paul Marcano and LightDreams-10,001 Dreams. In 1981, British Columbian band LightDreams released debut album Islands In Space. It was a captivating psychedelic sci-fi odyssey where LightDreams explored cosmic ideology. Normally, an album like Islands In Space would’ve found favour with fans of psychedelia and progressive rockers who embraced cerebral, innovative and epic albums. …

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CULT CLASSIC: TEMPLE-TEMPLE.

Cult ClassicL Temple-Temple. Ever since the birth of rock ’n’ roll, there’s been many short-lived record labels, including small, obscure local labels founded to release privately pressed albums, to regional labels that released just a handful of singles before closing their doors for the last time. Other labels lasted slightly longer, but were hardly prolific, …

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CHRISTIAN WALLUMROD ENSEMBLE-MANY.

Christian Wallumrød Ensemble-Many. Label: Hubro Music. Although Christian Wallumrød has been a familiar face on the Norwegian music scene  since the early nineties, it wasn’t until 1996 that the Christian Wallumrød Trio released their debut album Birch on ECM. It was released to widespread critical acclaim, Birch launched the career of Christian Wallumrød.  Over the …

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SUN RA AND HIS MYTH SCIENCE ARKESTRA-WHEN ANGELS SPEAK OF LOVE.

Sun Ra and His Myth Science Arkestra-When Angels Speak Of Love. Label:  Cosmic Myth Records. One of the most prolific artist of the twentieth century was the inimitable Sun Ra, who released around 125 albums during a career that spanned six decades. Over the last few years, dozens  of these albums have been reissued by …

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CULT CLASSIC: DON ELLIS-AUTUMN.

Cult Classic: Don Ellis-Autumn. Bandleader, composer and trumpeter Don Ellis’ life was changed forevermore in 1974, when he was diagnosed with an abnormal heart condition. Just a year later, in 1975, he suffered his first heart attack which very nearly cost him his life. Fortunately, Don Ellis recovered and by 1977 signed to Atlantic Records. …

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CULT CLASSIC: TYLL-SEXPHONIE.

Cult Classic: Tyll-Sexphonie. During 1975, a number of Krautrock’s most innovative bands released new albums. The year began when Neu! released their third album Neu! 75 in January 1975. This got the ball rolling. Over the next eleven months, many of the leading lights of the Krautrock scene released new albums. Harmonia released their sophomore …

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BOB STANLEY AND PETE WIGGS PRESENT THE TEARS OF TECHNOLOGY.

Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs Present The Tears Of Technology. Ace Records. Released Date: ’28th’ February 2020. For many people, whether critics, cultural commentators or record buyers, the sixties and seventies were golden eras for music that have never been surpassed. Since then, the argument goes, it’s all been downhill for music and especially during the …

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CULT CLASSIC: MANUEL GOTTSCHING-E2-E4

Cult Classic: Manuel Göttsching- E2-E4. It was late 1981, when Manuel Göttsching returned home after a lengthy tour with Klaus Schulze. The two pioneers of the Berlin School of electronic music had spent much of 1981 touring their latest albums.  Manuel Göttsching’s most recent album was Belle Alliance. This was his fifth solo album, and …

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CULT CLASSIC: GANDALF- MAGIC THEATRE.

Cult Classic: Gandalf-Magic Theatre. Nowadays, Gandalf is regarded as one of Austria’s most accomplished, innovative and successful musicians. Gandalf who is a talented multi-instrumentalist, is also one of Austria’s most prolific artists. He has released over thirty albums between 1981 and 2016. That’s despite not releasing his debut album until he was twenty-nine.  Before that, …

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CULT CLASSIC: ADELBERT VON DEYEN-ATMOSPHERE.

Cult Classic: Adelbert Von Deyen-Atmosphere. After Adelbert Von Deyen released his debut album Sternzeit on Günter Körber’s Sky Records in 1978, the label became his home for the next nine years. This was the most productive period of Adelbert Von Deyen’s career. His creativity blossomed and he released eight studio albums and one live album. This …

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CULT CLASSIC: DIETER MOEBIUS-DING.

Cult Classic: Dieter Moebius-Ding. Ten years after Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius formed Cluster in 1971, the first chapter in the Cluster story drew to a close 1981, after the release of their seventh studio album, Curiosum. Hans-Joachim Roedelius said: “Cluster had run its course. We decided to concentrate on other projects. There was no …

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CULT CLASSIC: NON BAND-NON BAND.

Cult Classic: Non Band-Non Band . In the summer of 1978, a musical revolution took place in Japan, which changed music forevermore,..punk. The Japanese punk rockers were christened Tokyo Rockers, and initially were disregarded by the mainstream music industry. Record company executives made the mistake of thinking that the Japanese punk movement was just a …

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