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Tiger Hatchery
Breathing In The Walls

Imagine cracking an egg only to be confronted by a tiger! Chicago’s Tiger Hatchery are a power jazz trio, which basically means they play jazz but with a bit bit of a noise-rock slant. Rooted in the tradition of free jazz by Mike Forbes’ saxophone, the meaty rock comes from the powerful drumming of Ben Billington. Underpinning it all is bass player Andrew Scott-Young, who is credited as playing ‘basses’. I hope that means ‘more than one bass at a time’ because that would be badass. Breathing In The Walls is their new album, the follow-up to 2013’s Sun Worship. LP and CD on ESP Disk.
  • Vinyl LP (ESP5013LP)
  • CD (ESP5013)

Buck Curran
Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas

Nothing like a cup of lapsang souchong and Morning Haikus, Afternoon Ragas to get you through a quiet evening. Painting quiet spaces with sparse guitar tones, Buck Curran’s songs are like Six Organs of Admittance on valium and played at 75% speed: the man's haikus and ragas are patient, and depend equally on silence and sound.

Robbie Basho
Live in Forli, Italy 1982

It’s taken a few decades for the late Robbie Basho to start developing a deserved reputation. This 1982 recording captures an intimate Italian show full of stunning playing amid some awkward multilingual patter, and a soaring devotional vocal on the closing California Raga. A fine setting of music that is essential in every sense, enough to cut through the cynicism of his Takoma label boss John Fahey, and bear a major posthumous influence on the likes of Jack Rose and Jim O’Rourke.
  • Vinyl LP (ESP5024LP)
  • CD (ESP5024CD)

Albert Ayler, Don Cherry, John Tchicai, Roswell Rudd, Gary Peacock, Sonny Murray
New York Eye and Ear Control

The legendary ESP-Disk are doing some reissues, and the even more legendary Albert Ayler is the subject. This disc here is a 1964 session that features Ayler alongside Don Cherry, John Tchai, Gary Peacock, Sonny Murray… The talents! They are phenomenal! If New York free jazz means anything to you, you’ll know what kind of a line-up that is. Remastered and reissued on vinyl for the record’s fiftieth birthday.
  • Vinyl LP (ESP1016LP)

Albert Ayler

Albert Ayler baby! ESP-Disk here give reissue to a 1965 live recording of Bells, originally released as a single-sided LP. Well this reissue doesn’t make you go hungry on the other side: it includes an extra track that has previously turned up on rare pressings of Spiritual Unity. Fiery New York free jazz ecstasy, reissued on vinyl by ESP-Disk themselves!

Pharoah Sanders
Pharaoh Sanders Quintet

Check it out: the 1964 debut album of Pharoah Sanders, leading his own quintet prior to his crucial membership of John Coltrane’s group. Pharaoh Sanders Quintet finds our hero just starting out on the path to his radical free-blowing later years, with a very listenable bop style tempered here and there with avant-garde interjections. Reissued by original label ESP-Disk.

Endgame Of The Anthropocene

Talibam! The New York band who spread their sounds widely and busily, taking the starting point of some keyboards and some drums and escalating things to all sorts of heady heights. New album Endgame Of The Anthropocene is cinematic work of electroacoustic super-rhythm music, and is released on the legendary ESP-Disk label.

Talibam! / Matt Nelson / Ron Stabinksy
Hard Vibe

Talibam! -- Kevin "Village Voice Best Drummer in NY" Shea, Matt Mottel (CSC Funk Band, Alien Whale, Nymph) -- have drafted in Matt Nelson (Battle Trance, tUnE-yArDs) and Ron Stabinsky (Mostly Other People Do the Killing, Peter Evans Quintet), to ramp up the levels of crystalline intricacy and immense density. Thus Hard Vibe was born, with respective interests and reach in musical diversity exceeded. Motorik rhythms are forced through filters of psychedelia and widescreen jazz. Yum.
  • Vinyl LP (ESP5015LP)
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Charles Manson
Lie: The Love and Terror Cult

Legendary label ESP-Disk here reissue one of their most infamous albums: the music of the actual Charles Manson, recorded before his incarceration. Lie: The Love and Terror Cult is a strange listen: on the one hand it is a pretty good-sounding suite of 60’s folk-rock from the counter culture. On the other hand, it’s Charles Manson. Next week: unreleased stuff from Peter Sutcliffe. 
  • Vinyl LP (ESP2003LP)

Sun Ra
The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vols. 1-3

A legendary artist on a legendary label: Sun Ra's 1965 Heliocentric Worlds sessions for ESP-Disk, here reissued in full. These performances are beautifully strange, incorporating synth, percussion, free group workouts and focused units. Essential parts of the sprawling Ra puzzle. This triple CD set also includes the third volume, which was only exhumed in 2005. Box-set on ESP-Disk.

Buck Curran
Immortal Light

The legendary New York label ESP Disk has the debut solo album from Arborea man Buck Curran ready for release, and it certainly is a treat. Buck has an incredible way of handling a guitar, recalling 70’s British folk, Fahey-esque American styles and much more besides, and the vibe of the 60’s and 70’s hangs thick in the air of Immortal Light.

Albert Ayler
Spiritual Unity

An entirely essential album here, reissued by the original label, ESP-Disk. Spiritual Unity was the record that made the world take notice of Albert Ayler, and you can hear why. Right from the first notes, Ayler declares his intent to lead his trio into the territory of no-holds-barred, freely improvised super-jazz. Fantastic stuff.

Sun Ra
The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra : Vol. 1

Way-out 1965-era Sun Ra session, with his brave Arkestra in tow of course. The Heliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra: Vol 1 is a hell of a trip, at times creeping subtly along, and at other times blasting out with passages of mad free-blowing. Notable for also featuring the entire Arkestra switching to percussion at times. Green repressing on ESP-DISK.