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Evan Parker
The Snake Decides

Phenomenal work from free jazz legend Evan Parker, a figure who has consistently wrestled with the heart of form. ‘The Snake Decides’ has this kinetic restlessness that won’t let up. Recorded in St Paul's Church, Oxford, this is a seminal work that’s free but not without thought or process. Reissued by Ot...view item »


Evan Parker / Derek Bailey / Han Bennink
The Topography of The Lungs

Bringing together three renowned free improvisers, The Topography of the Lungs was the first release on Evan Parker and Derek Bailey’s Incus label and has been brought back to heavyweight vinyl by the OTOroku imprint. Parker’s ferocious circular breathing techniques, Bailey’s unhinged ...view item »
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Derek Bailey / Evan Parker
​The London Concert

Otoroku Records (Thurston Moore, Mats Gustafsson) tends to focus on archiving performances at the London experimental hub Cafe OTO, but this release sees them making a play in the reissues game. Originally released in 1975, this record sees two titans of the British avant garde lining up alongsi...view item »
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Kan​ ​Mikami​ ​/​ ​John Edwards​ ​/​ ​Alex​ ​Nielson
​Live​ ​at​ ​Cafe​ ​Oto

Kan Mikami is sometimes simplistically portrayed as the Japanese Bob Dylan, but he’s been an important figure in his homeland since the 70s. International renown has perhaps been limited by the language barrier versus his musically sparse, lyric-heavy songs. However that&rsq...view item »
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Keiji Haino / John Butcher
Light Never Bright Enough

This record captures the first UK gig by a couple of the underground’s most prolific collaborators, recorded in Cafe OTO in 2016 and presented by their in-house label. Butcher is on saxes and feedback and Haino is credited with “vocals, guitars, etc”, which will ...view item »
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Pat Thomas
The Elephant Clock of Al Jazari

A live recording from Pat Thomas comes in the form of a full length record entitled The Elephant Clock Of Al Jazari. An improvised piece of sound art that focuses around sounds on the piano, including using the piano as the occasional piece of percussion. The hypnotic record was mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi and is availa...view item »
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Asiq Nargile
Yurt Yeri

Asiq Nargile is an important keeper of the aşıq musical traditions of Georgia, performing a mixture of traditional melodies, original lyrics and folk instrumentals with her powerful voice and intricate saz techniques. Yurt Yeri is a recording of her first ever live show in the UK, at London’s Cafe Oto.  500...view item »
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Okkyung Lee / Bill Orcutt
Live at Cafe Oto

More explosive sonic encounters recorded at London’s home of experimental music, Cafe Oto. Guitarists Bill Orcutt (formerly of Harry Pussy) met phenomenal cellist Okkyung Lee last year for a first-time improvised collaboration documented in full here. Both musicians approach their instrume...view item »
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Broetzmann / Edwards / Noble
The Worse The Better

Document of the first (ever!) trio performance of German saxophone lord Peter Brötzmann with London’s finest free-improvising rhythm section, John Edwards and Steve Noble, recorded live at Cafe Oto back in 2010. The sweet free-jazz meat of The Worse The Better is so delicious...view item »
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Brotzmann / Parker / Drake
Song Sentimentale

It's always a good time for Brötzmann, especially when the old sax-man is playing with the unbeatable rhythm section of William Parker and Hamid Drake. Totally intuitive and highly inventive interplay is the name of the game. The sounds of Song Sentimentale were recorded live in fr...view item »
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Roger Turner / Yukihiro Isso
Takanehishigu

More explosive sonic encounters recorded at London’s home of experimental music, Cafe Oto. Yukihiro Isso, a flautist and pianist, was paired for the first time with English free drummer Roger Turner for an expansive improvisation, reaching alternately thoughtful and fierce sonic spaces. 500 vinyl copies on...view item »
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Evan Parker / John Edwards / Chris Corsano
​The Hurrah

Last year’s Chris Corsano residency at Cafe Oto saw the wonderkid drummer playing with a wide range of amazing performers: The Hurrah documents him with John Edwards and Evan Parker on bass and saxophone respectively. If you know the players, you don’t need me to tell you ho...view item »
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Otomo Yoshihide / Sachiko M / Evan Parker / John Edwards / Tony Marsh / John Butcher
Quintet / Sextet

Recording extracted from an evidently amazing couple of nights at London’s Cafe Oto, on their own Otoroku label. Otomo Yoshihide on guitar, Sachiko M on sine-waves (yeah just that, she’s brilliant), Evan Parker and John Butcher on impossible saxophones, and J...view item »
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Otomo Yoshihide
Piano Solo

A record named Piano Solo sets up certain expectations doesn’t it? Well Otomo Yoshihide is here to undermine those expectations: his Piano Solo involves using the piano as a conduit for feedback and noise, but with a depth and a richness that is suggestive of the instrument’s musical power. Amazing,...view item »
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Thurston Moore & Mats Gustafsson
Vi Är Alla Guds Slavar

Vi Är Alla Guds Slavar consists of Thurston Moore with his experimental, ear-fudging costume on, teaming up with Mats Gustafsson. Mats contributes blown-out electronics and a little soprano Sax, whilst Thurston messes heartily with his guitar. Highly invigorating improvisations on LP in a s...view item »
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Roscoe Mitchell / Tony Marsh / John Edwards
Improvisations

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