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MoonJune is a new progressive music label out of New York City.  MoonJune loves progressive music and jazz music, and especially loves those musics were progressive and jazz cross paths!  And if it has anything to do with Canterbury or Soft Machine, count on MoonJune to be there!


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Stick Men featuring Mel Collins/Roppongi ....double CD $19.99

Stick Men featuring Mel Collins/Roppongi ....double CD $19.99

Stick Men and King Crimson fans are in for a treat. For the recent shows in Japan, Mel Collins joined the power prog trio Stick Men (Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto and Markus Reuter) for six concerts. It's not the first time the Stick Men have collaborated with a Crimson alumni. In April 2015 David Cross went out to work with the trio, which resulted in the double album "Midori." Recorded at Billboard Live, Tokyo, on 21 February 2017.  Tony Levin: stick and voice; Markus Reuter: touch guitars AU8, soundscapes, keyboard; Pat Mastelotto: acoustic and electronic drums and percussion; Mel Collins: saxophones, flute.

Wingfield Reuter Sirkis/Lighthouse ....CD $17.99

Wingfield Reuter Sirkis/Lighthouse ....CD $17.99

Lighthouse, featuring guitarist Mark Wingfield, touch guitarist Markus Reuter and drummer Asaf Sirkis, represents a true paradigm shift in what improvised music can be. This isn't jazz, though its improvisational spontaneity suggests at least a tenuous link. It isn't rock - or, more appropriately, progressive rock - though it certainly is, by definition, progressive in its futuristic stance. Nor is it free improv, despite its overall lack of planning. Instead, the bold and utterly fresh Lighthouse represents nothing less than a brand new methodology and a completely unheard-of way of doing things, its sense of progression and imagination miraculously drawn from the ether, with no clear precedent or preconception.  Mark Wingfield's 2015 MoonJune album Proof of Light (also featuring Sirkis and The Stone House bassist, Yaron Stavi) was a career-definer and instrument gamer-changer for the American-born British guitarist, whose reach ranges from jazz to rock to classical music and beyond, and with a C.V. that features work with improvisers ranging from fellow-Brit Iain Ballamy and Indonesia's Dwiki Dharmawan to Norway's Thomas Stronen, as well as tenure in ResRocket, which includes collaboration of big names such as Peter Gabriel, Tricky, Todd Rundgren and Dave Stewart.   The multidisciplinary Markus Reuter - musician, composer, record producer and instrument designer - has become, after early years garnering exposure as a solo artist and with groups including Centrozoon and Tuner, to more popular acclaim and high demand as a member of Stick Men (featuring King Crimson's Tony Levin and Pat Mastelotto) and The Crimson ProjeKct (Stick Men, joined together with Crimson alum Adrian Belew's Power Trio with Julie Slick and Tobias Ralph).   Israeli expat Asaf Sirkis' expansive resume has, since relocating to U.K. where he's achieved attention for his own groups including The Inner Noise and guitar-based Asaf Sirkis Trio, built an expansive, still-growing resume that includes Tim Garland's Lighthouse Trio, fellow Israeli expat Gilad Atzmon and the Orient House Ensemble, Jacob Collier, Natasha Atlas, Nicolas Meier, Phil Robson, Dwiki Dharmawan and Glauco Vernier, amongst many others.  Individually and, now, together as Wingfield Reuter Sirkis, these three imaginative musicians continue to expand the potential of their respective instruments ... and, with the exhilarating Lighthouse, developed a new vernacular for 21st century improvisation.

 

 

Machine Mass/Plays Hendrix ....CD $17.99

Machine Mass/Plays Hendrix ....CD $17.99

MoonJune Records' heavy weight, Belgian-Italian guitarist extraordinaire Michel Delville is returning for the 9th time to the extended MoonJune family.  Augmented by the addition of the otherworldly talents of young maestro keyboardist, Antoine Guenet (The Wrong Object; Sh.TG.N; Univers Zero), fellow sonic adventurers - and Machine Mass founders - guitarist Michel Delville (The Wrong Object; douBt; Alex Maguire Sextet) and drummer Tony Bianco (douBt; Elton Dean; Dave Liebman) combine forces to steam through a set which provides a refreshing retake of some of the most influential psychedelic rock classics from the '60s that changed the face of music! While the songs reference frameworks familiar to most classic rock aficionados, the comparisons end there: the trio follows flight plans which are uniquely their own, achieving moments stunningly fresh, instinctive, profound and moving. The addition of piano and keyboards to the tracks provides a welcome approach, imploring reharmonizations as well as complete revisions many hipsters, both young and old, will revel in!  In typical Machine Mass fashion, the music thumbs its nose at convention and is unapologetically uninhibited in its delivery. The group pushes boundaries on all front, producing a record that is as fascinating from a tonal / textural perspective as it is from the 'harmonic rethink' and the mass of corporate liberties taken within the song structures, respectively.  Machine Mass' "Plays Hendrix" is an engrossing, brilliantly conceived retake on some of rock's most adventurous classic moments; a quintessential album for fans of rock, psychedelic and progressive, alike.

 

 

Dusan Jevtovic/No Answer ....CD $17.99

Dusan Jevtovic/No Answer ....CD $17.99

The inspired pairing of guitarist Dusan Jevtovic and pianist Vasil Hadzimanov, mobilized by the convincing playing of Asaf Sirkis on drum kit, has resulted in a sound that cross-pollinates the most forward thinking aspects of progressive music with the excitement of post-jazz. Think ECM record label vibe filtered through Radiohead played at an intimate after-hours jazz venue and you'll catch the vibe. Choosing to work without a bass player opens new dynamic possibilities and allows the guitar and keyboard voicing to dance and weave in a textural ballet. Vasil's beautiful arpeggiated piano serves as delicate counterpoint to Dusan's raw textured playing. Asaf alternates between the delicacy of Jon Christensen and the driving power of vintage Billy Cobham. Mini Moog bass brings a powerful bottom end for Jevtovic' soaring acrobatics and reinforces Sirkis' driving grooves. As with the very best instrumental music, there is a lot of careful listening, creative comping, and building off the other players' energy, resulting in a music that is at once confident, inspired and original. Dusan Jevtovic' second international release (his third) on the New York progressive jazz label MoonJune might be his groundbreaking work which will intrigue fans of guitarists such as John Abercrombie, John Frusciante, Terje Rypdal, David Torn, Nels Cline, and Jimi Hendrix.

 

 

Talinka/Talinka ....CD $17.99

Talinka/Talinka ....CD $17.99

"Talinka - such an evocative name - wittily appropriate for this intimate set so sensitively arranged around Tali's straight from the heart, true and soulful voice. Since hearing Ms. Atzmon's discrete contributions to records by Gilad Atzmon and friends I've long wished she would make a record revealing her own deeply personal approach to music, and here, at last, is that record." - Robert Wyatt.  Led by vocalist Tali Atzmon, the group Talinka creates a new distinctive sound that explores the diverse musical journeys of four British musicians, each already distinguished in their fields. Tali Atzmon was a renowned actress and singer in Israel; Jenny Bliss is a baroque virtuoso artist who plays viola da gamba, baroque violin, flute and sings on the album; Yaron Stavi is one of the leading double bass players in Europe and Gilad Atzmon is an internationally acclaimed jazz saxophonist, performing here on bass clarinet, soprano saxophone and accordion.  Talinka transcends boundaries creating a natural continuum between folk, jazz, tango and early music. The unusual choice of instruments and combination of personalities create an amalgam of past and present, East and West. The album features seven original compositions, including Tali Atzmon's soulful songs Losing Vision, When You're Gone and Every Now and Then. "I wrote the song Losing Vision in response to the Syrian refugee crisis, she says, "the bass clarinet together with the viola da gamba create a primordial auditory realm that evokes a deep sense of Sisyphean existential struggle yet a cry for a change." The album also features unique interpretations of the classic songs from The Great American Songbook Don't Explain and You Don't Know What Love Is.

 

 

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Tohpati Ethnomission/Mata Hati ....CD $16.99

Tohpati Ethnomission/Mata Hati ....CD $16.99

For those of you who haven't forgotten Tohpati's electrifying emergence as a freshman bandleader in 2010 - catapulting onto the global stage with the critically acclaimed initial offering of Tohpati Ethnomission, "Save The Planet" - "Mata Hati" will come as a most welcomed follow-up.  Although six years is a lengthy gap between recordings, it is obvious that the players involved have been doing anything but resting. On the contrary, the proceedings are highlighted by a vibrant, cohesive group dynamic where powerful individual performances are subtlety interwoven into the exotic fabrics of its nine acute, ambitious and amazingly diverse musical tapestries. The power and authority of its improvisational content doesn't steal the show, but works as a perfect compliment to the ingenious underlying framework; this is truly a group effort, and a most potent delivery.  Featuring all the six-string acrobatics one would expect from a guitarist of Tohpati's considerable scope and creative brilliance, equally on display here is his mastery of western harmony and his uncanny melodic sense as both a player and a composer. Tohpati Ethnomission rocks with authority; they slither through the grass, unnoticed; they provide enticing glimpses of a rich, mystical music culture, begging to be further revealed ... and they dance on air.  Besides being one of Indonesia's most well known and celebrated guitarists, Tohpati is also one of its busiest session men. In a career which has seen him work as both a band leader and support player for many of his country's most celebrated pop, rock and jazz artists - in addition to seven albums with simakDialog (spanning more than 20 years), and three previous marquee projects for MoonJune - his chameleon-like ability to tailor his playing to suit a variety of diverse styles has always served him well. But on this particular outing, he reveals even further depths of both his dexterity and his creative genius.  This potent, engaging set features masterful work by veteran Indo Hardjodikoro (bass guitar), Diki Suwarjiki (suling bamboo flute and tarompet (Indonesian clarinet)), and is propelled by the flowing rhythmic combination of Endang Ramdan (kendang percussion) and; Demas Narawangsa (drums). The opening tune, "Janger," also features the Czech Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Michaela Ruzickova.  This is music which transcends boundaries, genre and expectations, capturing some of Tohpati's finest, most profound musical statements to date - this is one you certainly won't want to miss!

 

 

Wingfield Reuter Stavi & Sirkis/The Stone House ....CD $16.99

Wingfield Reuter Stavi & Sirkis/The Stone House ....CD $16.99

Occasionally, records are released which are an instant game changer: albums so profoundly innovative and compelling in their conception, construction and delivery that they are immediately essential. "The Stone House" sessions is just such a release. And it was recorded live in the studio with no overdubs and completely improvised, with no music written down or rehearsed.  The album features two of today's most original, ingenious and decidedly "risk taking" electric guitar proponents, easily among the instrument's most vital new voices - the UK's Mark Wingfield (Jane Chapman; solo artist, and; one half of the long-running guitar duo, with acoustic maestro, Kevin Kastning), and Germany's Markus Reuter (Stick Men; The Crimson ProjeKct; Centrozoon). Each, in their own unique way, has been stretching the bounds of the tonal and texutral limitations of the instrument, and, in the process, has respectively developed their own individual techniques, stylistic approaches and idiosyncratic vocabularies.  Accompanied by the sure-footed foundational tandem of the Israeli-born UK transplants, bassist Yaron Stavi (David Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Robert Wyatt, Richard Galliano) and drummer Asaf Sirkis (Tim Garland, Mark Wingfield, Nicolas Meier) - a familiar pair, who by all appearances are more than capable of making most anything groove infectious and in perfect cadence - the album incorporates many of the elements which have drawn listeners to progressive music for decades. Not only is the album often a canvas hosting a grand experiment in spontaneous group interaction, but it is also an exploration into the tonal and textural possibilities of all the instruments involved. The resulting picture which takes shape is one where the whole is much greater than the sum of its profound parts, and emotion, above all, emerges victorious.  There is a pervasive sort of "thumb your nose at convention" corporate approach employed by the quartet through every turn, as the music alternately builds, floats suspensefully, resolves violently ... speaking fluently; interjecting, suddenly; setting flight on a whim, with complete abandon. Seldom has recorded music, of any genre, achieved the level of emotional candidness and intimacy with the moment that is captured here. The unit embraces free jazz, ambient, psychedelic, trance, rock, fusion, and more - producing a music so brilliant, fresh, honest and uniquely original that it truly defies categorization.  With all participants in peak form - at their most unpretentious and uninhibited best - The Stone House ranks as one of the most adventurous, intuitive, high-stakes gambles the genre has ever witnessed. These kind of moments just aren't supposed to happen in the confines of a studio. This is one bet that pays huge dividends ... prepare to be blown away!

 

 


More from the MoonJune Catalog

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble/The Whistle Blower ....CD $15.99

Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble/The Whistle Blower ....CD $15.99

The Orient House Ensemble are celebrating their 15th year by launching The Whistle Blower, their 8th album to date.  Saxophonist Gilad Atzmon is a giant of jazz - an imposing physical presence, a huge personality, technically masterful and emotionally committed to every note.  On The Whistle Blower he's joined by long-term Ensemble members Frank Harrison on piano and Yaron Stavi on bass along with new recruit drummer Chris Higginbottom. The band is as strong as ever, the album a worthy addition to its discography. Atzmon is an in-demand session player - he's on Pink Floyd's The Endless River, a producer and a long-term member of the much-loved Blockheads (Ian Dury). However, it's the Orient House Ensemble that best represents his personal take on music, a quartet that's recorded some strikingly exciting original work as well as a loving tribute to Atzmon's early inspiration, Charlie Parker, (In Loving Memory Of America).  In his poetic self-portrait on The Whistle Blower's sleeve Atzmon describes the compositions as "about love, nostalgia, devotion and simplicity" and himself as "a reactionary existentialist," "the enemy of progress" and "the Imam of retro." Crucially, he also states "I am happy." The album title is a self-deprecating reference to Atzmon's instruments of choice as well as to his political activism.  The Whistle Blower is the first release on Atzmon's own Fanfare Jazz label.  Atzmon wrote all of the tunes, mixing the sounds of his early years in the middle east with rock grooves and bebop flourishes. His playing focuses on the alto and soprano saxophones, but his accordion playing is also worthy of note, adding a jauntier and more upbeat feel to his often plaintive reeds.

Beledo/Dreamland Mechanism ....CD $15.99

Beledo/Dreamland Mechanism ....CD $15.99

Beledo's MoonJune Records debut, "Dreamland Mechanism," is a star-studded, multifarious affair. Supported by a cast of modern progressive jazz-fusion luminaries (featuring the likes of Gary Husband, Dewa Budjana and Lincoln Goines, for starters), the Uruguayan-born, NYC transplant guitar maestro puts not only his virtuosic guitar playing on display, but also his enormous talents on a variety of instruments, in a session with more twists, turns and surprises than an Agatha Christie novel!  Equally showcased are Beledo's adept skills as a composer and arranger, as this engaging release covers the stylistic gamut in most convincing fashion.  From intimate jazz, to blazing fusion, world music, and thematic prog at its most sublime and majestic, the album scales great sonic heights, while never idling in one place for very long. In his most ambitious undertaking to date, Beledo pulls out all the stops -- giving guitar aficionados plenty to rejoice over, while appealing to a much broader, diverse audience. He rocks with authority and conviction; he dances on air; he grabs the reins and gallops difiently over the edge.   This is an album destined to remain anchored in your rotation. Beledo serves notice that he is, indeed, a rare, precious and truly world class talent!

Dewa Budjana/Dawai In Paradise ....CD $14.99

Dewa Budjana/Dawai In Paradise ....CD $14.99

Dewa Budjana is the most famous guitar player in his own country of Indonesia, mostly due to his leadership in one of the country's top pop-rock bands, Gigi. Dewa Budjan, based in the capital city of Jakarta, hails from the exotic Indonesian Island of Bali. Dawai In Paradise (Dawai in Balinese language means 'strings', but also 'guitar') is an appropriate comment on the surroundings of his magic birth place. While the work of Dewa Budjana may be unfamiliar to the outside world, he has garnered quite a reputation as a giant in his own land in both pop-rock and jazz-fusion world. His jazz, fusion and progressive rock influences are John McLaughlin, Pat Metheny, Jeff Beck, Allan Holdsworth, Gentle Giant, Yes, Chick Corea and Weather Report. Dawai In Paradise is Dewa Budjana's fifth solo album as well as his international record debut on MoonJune Records. Beyond Budjana's furious technical abilities, displayed though out the release, there is a constant grounding in his spiritual origins that take him to where, as one of the songs says, ''Back Home.'' 2013 will be the world break out year for this artist who will have two more albums on MoonJune Records, with stellar line-ups, one album recorded in Los Angeles in July of 2012 featuring jazz and fusion luminaries such as Bob Mintzer, Jimmy Johnson, Larry Goldings and Peter Erskine, and another one, a power trio with Jimmy Johnson on bass and one of the world's greatest jazz and rock drummers, Vinnie Colaiuta. Take a major step forward this year by hearing the unique world music tweaked jazz rock of Dewa Budjana and take an inexpensive listening trip to Bali all in one sitting.

Dewa Budjana/Hasta Karma ....CD $15.99

Dewa Budjana/Hasta Karma ....CD $15.99

Joined by a superb cast of marquee players, Dewa Budjana's new release (his 4th on MoonJune), "Hasta Karma," sets a new benchmark for modern progressive jazz excellence in the 21st century. With a vibe and feel more akin to that of a band with decades of experience together, Dewa and his stellar session-mates - the legendary NYC vibraphonist, Joe Locke, and Pat Metheny Unity Group's rhythm core: the fabulous, articulate young upright bassist, Ben Williams, and the extraordinary maestro drummer, Antonio Sanchez - create superlative atmospheric textures that transport listeners to destinations of soaring altitude. Augmenting proceedings further is the glowing work of the renowned Indonesian keyboardist, Indra Lesmana.  Showcasing his compositional and arrangement skills at their absolute finest, Budjana has delivered his ultimate masterpiece in "Hasta Karma." Capitalizing on their extraordinary gifts, Dewa Budjana pushes the band, and his music, to new, unparalleled heights. Oozing quality at every turn and dripping emotion throughout, this is music of a supremely visionary, ambitious and majestic nature ... and, perhaps in spite of its polish, it is undeniably straight from the heart.  All the players involved contribute some of the most convincing performances of their impressive careers, yet the multifarious displays of individual greatness never upstage the corporate sanctity of the musical moment. This is modern progressive jazz at its most sensitive - and its very best.

Dewa Budjana/Zentuary ....double CD $13.99

Dewa Budjana/Zentuary ....double CD $13.99

Dewa Budjana's latest releasea, Zentuary, is a double CD with a superstar band featuring Gary Husband, Tony Levin and Jack DeJohnette.  Featured special guests will include Guthrie Govan, Tim Garland, Danny Markovich, Saat Syah, Ubiet, Risa Saraswati and the Czech Symphony Orchestra.  This will be released by Steve Vai's Favored Nations label under the auspices of MoonJune Asia and Museum Gitarku.

Dialeto/The Last Tribe ....CD $14.99

Dialeto/The Last Tribe ....CD $14.99

The Last Tribe is a "take no prisoners" progressive rock steamroller. From the opening chords, guitarist Nelson Coelho gives clear evidence that the band is ready to tread over new ground - and fully prepared to take it by force!  Dialeto's long-awaited international debut shatters the power trio template: visiting styles and textures that could have been just as 'at home' forty years ago as they are today, while remaining undeniably contemporary and accessible. Quirky, unpredictable and overflowing with power and energy, the trio rips through an original set of barn-burners that defy categorization, but are fresh, compelling and masterfully delivered. The band is as tight as it is explosive - never allowing the listener to get comfortable in one spot for too long, before catapulting them into their next frenzied foray. They deliver the sonic goods in an enthralling, cohesive package. Coelho's grandiose guitar work is always firmly at the forefront: the music guided confidently by a seasoned player possessed of intrinsic melodic sensibilities, but unafraid to follow those senses along paths previously untread. His tones are monstrous; his playing is flawless, instinctive and full of passion and fire.The Last Tribe conjures images of what some of progressive rock's most vaunted acts might have achieved, had they been as daring and self-assured. Moments of sheer creative brilliance abound on this fantastic outing, Dialeto's first offering for MoonJune Records.This is a scorching effort that will win over fans with its rare combination of power, grace, ambition and spontaneity, and showcases the brilliant Nelson Coelho as one of progressive music's most vital new voices on guitar. Crank up this album and prepare to be blown away!

Vasil Hadzimanov Band with David Binney/Alive ....CD $15.99

Vasil Hadzimanov Band with David Binney/Alive ....CD $15.99

In keeping with the label's time-honored tradition of shining a spotlight on newly-discovered artists whose immense musical talents challenge convention and defy categorization, MoonJune Records is pleased to offer the musical stylings of Serbian keyboardist, pianist and composer. Although hardly a household name outside Europe, Vasil has performed with a number of elite, renowned musicians (David Gilmore, Antonio Sanchez, Matt Garrison, David Binney, Nigel Kennedy and rock stars of the former Yugoslavia, Dado Topic and Vlatko Stefanovski, and his parents, the famous Macedonian pop and folk singer Zafir Hadzimanov and celebrated Croatian singer Senka Veletanlic), and is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, in Boston.  "Alive" documents Vasil and his band in peak creative form, in front of an enthusiastic, most appreciative audience. The music is fresh and truly "alive!" -- unpredictable and unpretentious, at times, hypnotic, at times pushing the envelope and flattening boundaries. This is bold, adventurous music which pays homage to a variety of styles and influences - jazz, ethno-fusion, progressive rock - while remaining free, spry and elusive in its own right.  This, their international record debut, is actually the band's sixth album. Since first forming more than 15 years ago, the Vasil Hadzimanov Band has performed hundreds of shows and been well received in numerous jazz festivals covering Europe, Eastern Europe and the Japan. This mesmerizing performance -- recorded in Belgrade, in 2014 and features as a special guest the well known American saxophonist David Binney - serves notice of yet another powerhouse of a musical treasure that MoonJune's Leonardo Pavkovic is proud to present; proving, yet again, that music which is truly "progressive" is not bound by convention or tradition, but is art which seeks out its own form and travels uncharted paths.

Ligro/Dictionary 3 ....CD $15.99

Ligro/Dictionary 3 ....CD $15.99

After a nearly three-year absence, the seminal Indonesian jazz and fusion guitarist Agam Hamzah, and his power avant-jazz-rock trio returns to the spotlight with guns blazing!  Ligro's Dictionary 3 makes good on all of the promise suggested by their 2012 international debut on MoonJune Records, Dictionary 2 - finding the group in commanding form, delivering a soulful, ambitious effort that rocks with brute force and conviction.  Featuring a special guest appearance by the young Indonesian jazz keyboard prodigy, now based in Los Angeles, Ade Irawan (who was 18-year-old at the time of the recording), the album ventures to domains which highlight the amazing versatility, depth and unbridled sense of adventure that has become this multifaceted group's trademark. Highlighted by the sometimes-explosive, sometimes-syncopated, but always highly engaging rhythms of renowned players, bassist Adi Darmawan (one of the Indonesia's busiest and most in-demand bass players) and drummer Gusti Hendy (of the Indonesian mega pop-rock sensation Gigi), Dictionary 3 sees the band propelling each other to new musical heights, as they embark on a fresh journey that probes previously unexplored sonic terrain while keeping the accelerator mashed down to the floorboard!

Tesla Manaf/Tesla Manaf ....CD $15.99

Tesla Manaf/Tesla Manaf ....CD $15.99

With the release of Tesla Manaf's latest offering, the young and gifted Indonesian guitarist delivers on his main goal as a musician - "to convert spoken words into notes."  Tesla's guitar work pairs the string texture and physicality of Andres Segovia and Django Reinhardt, with the phrasing and pacing of Ralph Towner and Pat Metheny, through to the present compositional ebbs and flows of Mary Halvorson and Gilad Hekselman. Mind you, these are merely scrap-book points of reference - the end result is extremely original, fresh and inspiring. There is at work here a youthful and enthusiastic sense of risk-taking which is most revealing and rewarding listen after listen.  His unique approach to modern composition assures that you won't necessarily find the traditional song elements of verse, chorus, solo, bridge or refrain and, if you do, they very likely will not occupy the accepted position or possess the interrelationship you have come to expect. This "turning on its head" approach to composition, along with each player's technique and choice of instrument tone color, gives great impact to the experience of listening deeply to each track.  This music is all about movement - you find yourself taking the journey with Tesla Manaf, Hadis 'Hulhul' Hendarisman, Rudy Zulkarnaen and Desal Sembada. Your route is paved with gorgeous arpeggiated guitar lines intertwined with sinuous dancing clarinet and fueled by subtle yet insistent basslines with the most delicate use of drumkit. Midstream reflection of this musical experience is granted through the equally composed use of silence and pause. The effortless performance of these idiosyncratic songs belies their complexity.  The second half of this cd includes Tesla's earlier album "It's All Yours" featuring the Balinese ensemble Mahagotra Ganesha. Tesla's guitar work on this recording possesses the playful melodicism of King Sunny Ade and is perfectly complemented by the resonant metallic voices of the Mahagotra Ganesha ensemble's Gamelan, Gangsa, Ceng Ceng, Kantil, Gong and Kemplug.

Marbin/Goat Man & The House of the Dead ....CD $18.99

Marbin/Goat Man & The House of the Dead ....CD $18.99

The hardest working Chicago-based prog-jam-fusion band is back with their newest studio album, another self-released self-produced album.  The music on Marbin's sixth album, Goatman and the House of the Dead, evokes imagery so vivid it's easy to imagine this album being a soundtrack to a movie; perhaps a futuristic western. Each one of the nine new compositions tells a story with twists and turns and gives us a glimpse inside the band's collective mind. The album features saxophonist Danny Markovitch and guitarist Dani Rabin in full throttle, pushing their instruments sonically and technically to new heights. Drummer Blake Jiracek and bassist Jon Nadel also do a tremendous job amplifying and adding depth to the compositions and solos.  Rabin had this to say: "Throughout our musical journey we carved a path that's very unique and personal, and each new album was a bigger venture towards the unknown and away from the familiar. I think Goatman and the House of the Dead is a big leap forward in that aspect."  Markovitch added: "It was important to us to play the music in a cinematic and orchestral fashion, while at the same time keeping the sound of four musicians playing together. We view music as a reflection of the human experience and try to deliver it unclouded in our albums, as well as in our shows."  All songs written, arranged and produced by Danny Markovitch and Dani Rabin.  Recorded at Stone Soup Studio, Maumee, OH, March 21 & 22, 2016.

Marbin/Third Set ....CD $14.99

Marbin/Third Set ....CD $14.99

What does a band that has performed over 800 shows over the last three years do for an encore? Recording a scorching, balls-to-the-wall, three-alarm live album feels like a natural progression!  Without question, one of the hardest working, most motivated and driven independent bands in the world today, Marbin's The Third Set is a testimony to both that synonymous work ethic, as well as to the depth of musical diction, styles and textures these young gentlemen have achieved. Beyond that, it's a bone crushing, no-holds-barred, sonic feeding frenzy!! The "Two Danny's" (Dani Rabin on guitar and Danny Markovitch on sax) take a sizzling set of their best material to new heights and an unparalleled intensity: capturing facets of their style, sound and group interaction as only a smokin' live performance possibly could!  Ever the musical chameleons, Marbin continues to expand their horizons - pushing their music to the absolute limit, while keeping the accelerator pressed firmly to the floor! Both founders, Rabin and Markovitch, show more than ample evidence of the fire that burns in them both. Rabin's chops have never been more hard hitting, emotional and convincing; with blazing legatos lines alternately punctuating proceedings with Beck-like melodic phrasings and sweet chord comp work, Dani's many hours of off-stage preparation and sustained musical growth are clearly in evidence. Markovitch plays with more fervor than ever before, with his perfectly interspersed and articulated lines weaving their magic throughout. The band never sounded tighter or more on top of their game. (... who said "playing with fire" was a bad thing?).  The Third Set is the next step forward in the evolution of Marbin, as today's prodigies transform into tomorrow's progressive luminaries. Fasten your seat belts for this one, kids: it hugs the tight corners while refusing to ease off the gas!!

Nicolas Meier [w/Jimmy Haslip & Vinnie Colaiuta]/Infinity ....CD $12.99

Nicolas Meier [w/Jimmy Haslip & Vinnie Colaiuta]/Infinity ....CD $12.99

Steve Vai's Favored Nations Entertainment is releasing the new studio album of the UK based Swiss-born guitarist in association with MGP Records and MoonJune Music.  It is rare to come across a musician whose vision for his instrument is so vastly expansive as that of Nicolas Meier. Even rarer still is finding a level of creative brilliance, precision and an almost reverential sensitivity - delivered with conviction and authority, no less(!) - in so many distinctly different musical settings ... but here's your proof!   The album Infinity is, at its core, a trio outing, supported by the sublime efforts of legendary LA studio veterans, bassist Jimmy Haslip and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta. They provide a corporate foundation that never lacks in flow or imagination, providing the perfect compliment to a delightfully divergent musical bill of fare.  The Favored Nations debut of this fabulous UK-based axeman - whose support work behind Jeff Beck has already garnered him considerable fame and abiding respect among guitar afficiandos across the globe - features eleven songs showcasing Nicolas' chameleon-like adaptability (as a player and composer), as his pristine sonic exploits defy stylistic bounds and transport listeners. Whether he's the spy sprinting through a Middle Eastern bizarre, a chilled morning breeze winding through the Alps, or the 6-string acrobat, dancing madly with abandon a couple hundred feet up, Meier provides compelling, convincing evidence that he's one of today's most accomplished and visionary guitarists.  For fans of ambitious guitar adventures, there's plenty to sink your ears into, here!

simakDialog/Demi Masa ....CD $13.99

simakDialog/Demi Masa ....CD $13.99

Demi Masa is the fifth album from Indonesian progressive jazz ensemble simakDialog. Led by keyboardist and composer Riza Arshad, the band also features guitarist Tohpati and bassist Adhitya Pratama, working alongside the twinned percussion thrust of Endang Ramdan and Erlan Suwardana. This latter pair are specialists in traditional Sundanese kendang drumming. Arshad's compositional approach opens up from a jazz-rock palette, but his Fender Rhodes electric piano is clearly influenced by the crisp ring and shimmer of the Indonesian gamelan's array of gongs, metallophones and double-headed drums. There's a clear recalling of the classic moves made by Chick Corea and Terje Rypdal in the 1970s, but this is laced with authentic gamelan elements utilised as part of this jazz-rock vocabulary. The result sounds both natural and fully integrated. This a particular realm that couldn't be reached either by Western progressives or a traditional gamelan ensemble. The simakDialog involves a unique combination of both spheres, without making the commercially tempting mistake of cultural dilution.

simakDialog/Live at Orion ....double CD $21.99

simakDialog/Live at Orion ....double CD $21.99

'Live at Orion' was recorded during simakDialog's 2013 tour culminating with the gig at Orion Studios in Baltimore. On these two discs the Indonesian band offers up their own brand of inspired and spirited music of extreme integrity which listens as much as it speaks.  Composer and (Fender) Rhodes scholar, Riza Arshad, possesses one of the most capable sets of hands ever to grace a Fender Rhodes. His manipulation of this classic keyboard, whose warm and slightly rounded metallic voice has helped define modern jazz, brings out the very best it has to offer as he charts out new territories of sound. Arshad's wonderfully sophisticated compositions form the perfect armature for the musicians to flesh out the sound in a very organic way that compels the listener to deeply take it all in.  Tohpati's guitar work is the perfect dancing partner to Arshad's keys as he can lead or follow depending on the needs of each composition. His subtle atmospherics bring to mind David Torn, Terje Rypdal and Nels Cline, while his leadwork can possess both the fluidity of Holdsworth and the aggressiveness of Jeff Beck. Though there is no shortage of acrobatic axe-wielding on "Live at Orion," Tohpati's democratic interplay with Riza's gorgeous Rhodes is the real star here - creating a powerful synergy that gives voice to the whole of the music over its parts.  The rhythm section of Endang Ramdan and Erlan Suwardana, each on Sudanese kendang percussion, along with Cucu Kurnia on assorted metal percussion and the understated and convincing "Bitches Brew" funk groove of bassist Rudy Zulkarnaen, creates a formidable foundation of one of the most original and innovative progressive electric jazz artists today.

Stick Men/Prog Noir ....CD $17.99

Stick Men/Prog Noir ....CD $17.99

With riveting performances by the modern prog-rock legends Stick Men - Tony Levin, Markus Reuter and Pat Mastelotto - "Prog Noir" is ambitious, achieving and immediately essential. Cinematic themes, towering grooves and intricate arrangements are all on tap, and shower down in abundance. Proving conclusively that the whole is indeed greater than the sum of its parts, this herculean effort exceeds any perceived limitations of the trio format - satisfying even the most devout and demanding of listeners.   Long-time fans of Stick Men and King Crimson will revel in ecstasy, as the three sonic adventurers gleefully waltz to the outer fringes, while remaining sure-footed through every scene. The chemistry of Levin and Mastelotto has never been more evident, keeping a solid, propulsive undercurrent flowing beneath the soaring presence of the ingenious 'mad scientist' antics of Reuter ... and a profound presence Markus Reuter does prove himself to be. One could be quickly forgiven for mistaking his avid, searching, convicted playing for that of Master Fripp, if administered under blindfold!  The album's ten compositions showcase Stick Men at their most versatile and enterprising; there's even some superb vocals (and vocal arrangements). While most of the large following the band has amassed will undoubtedly be surprised by the more structured and preconceived nature of the tunes, the revelation is a pleasant one. The album triumphantly succeeds on every level, with the group even displaying a playful sense of humor, clearly enjoying and savoring the moment.  From the overpowering to the sublime; from an organic, instinctive avant garde, to intricate, Crimsonesque tapestries, to rich cinematic themes and potent melodies, the album embodies the go-for-it, pioneering spirit that fans of the genre have long savored. A modern prog epic!

Tohpati Bertiga/Riot ....CD $14.99

Tohpati Bertiga/Riot ....CD $14.99

World-class Indonesian guitarist Tohpati reveals further sides of his diverse musical palette with the debut of his power trio, Tohpati Bertiga. Riot frequently puts the rockier side of Tohpati's style on display (and in full force!) on this scorching fusion shredfest.  Venturing far into uncharted territory, Bertiga covers ground where few trios would dare tread -- much less in a live performance. All new compositions from Tohpati test the mettle of this trio, and they are most certainly up to the task. Augmented by imaginative melodies, twisting changes, superb soloing and driving, relentless rhythms, this album is a tour-de-force of modern fusion shredding at its most creative.  With his gifted playing taking center stage, Tohpati places yet more dimensions of his accomplished guitar stylings on display. Showing that he is just as "at home" with rock and even funk settings as he is with jazz and fusion, this album further cements his rightful place among the highest echelon of today's guitar giants.  Recorded live in sparkling studio-quality fidelity, Riot is a fine addition to Tohpati's already impressive resume.

Tohpati Ethnomission/Save The Planet ....CD $13.99

Tohpati Ethnomission/Save The Planet ....CD $13.99

With his new MoonJune release Save the Planet, simakDIALOG's gifted guitarist Tohpati - in other contexts, one of the best-known and most highly regarded guitar players in all Indonesia - ventures out on his own with his crackshot unit Ethnomission. Make no mistake - this isn't your mother's Indonesian music. As a guitarist, Tohpati references such impeccable influences as Terje Rypdal (the opening "Selamatkan Bumi"), John McLaughlin (the Mahavishnu-inflected arpeggios and ripping Lifetime-esque single-note bursts of "Bedhaya Ketawang"), and Robert Fripp ("Drama," reminiscent of King Crimson's classic carpal-tunnel recipe "Fracture"). Yet Tohpati is every bit his own axeman, equally at ease unspooling fleet-fingered chromatic runs ("Inspirasi Baru"), pointillist intervallic leaps ("Gegunungan"), pastoral melodies ("Hutan Hujan," with its sunny flute lines suggestive of Irish traditional music), buoyant fusion ("Biarkan Burung Bernyanyi"), sinister metal crunch ("Amarah"), country twang ("Perang Tanding"), and enigmatic, freely improvised soundscapes ("Pesta Rakyat"). Possessed of a soulful, meaty tone suggestive of John Scofield, Tohpati spices up the proceedings through sparing and tasteful use of pitch shifter, ring modulator, delay, and MIDI guitar synthesizer, all the while retaining an emotive, organic quality.

Various Artists/Gospel For J.F.P. III - Tribute to Jaco Pastorius ....CD $13.99

Various Artists/Gospel For J.F.P. III - Tribute to Jaco Pastorius

Featuring jazz and fusion legends, band mates and colleagues of the legendary electric   bass virtuoso and innovator Jaco Pastorius, among others: Alex Acuna, Carles Benavent, Charles Blenzig, Delmar Brown, Hiram Bullock, Kenwood Dennard, Hugo Fattoruso, Michael Gerber, Gil Goldstein, Danny Gottlieb, Billy Hart, Toninho Horta, Bireli Lagrene, Armando Marcal, Marcus Miller, Bob Mintzer, Othello Molineaux, Jorge Pardo, Felix Pastorius (Jaco's son), John Patitucci, Mike Stern and more.  As a musician, John Francis Pastorius III (Jaco) brought change. He boldly took his instrument, the electric bass guitar, to uncharted waters, and an instrument that is commonly placed behind the music, to the front. As a musician, Jaco's talent was not confined to the bass, more than a musician, Jaco was music.  The focus of this project, Gospel For J.F.P. III, is on Jaco, the composer, a man with an extraordinary ability to create music. The body of material that he himself composed is not enormous, further proof that less is more, as these compositions rightfully fall into the status of contemporary standards, and sure to pass the test of time. Involved here are many of the musicians that were part of his life, as well as others his music has touched. Needless to say, Jaco's own renditions of his wonderful compositions could never be surpassed, only interpreted, and serve as an inspiration to all those who love his music.

Mark Wingfield/Proof of Light ....CD $15.99

Mark Wingfield/Proof of Light ....CD $15.99

It's not often an album is released that is so daring in its approach and revolutionary in its delivery that it actually changes one's perspective of how music can be expressed and expands their vision of a genre. It is the great privilege and honor for MoonJune Records to present just such an album with the MJR debut of the otherworldly guitar stylings of critically-acclaimed guitarist, Mark Wingfield, on his transcendent new album, 'Proof of Light.'  From the album's opening chords, it is immediately apparent that this is a very special outing. This trio - featuring the dynamic Vituos and Weber-esque upright bass work of the incomparable Yaron Stavi (Robert Wyatt; Phil Manzanera; David Gilmour; Richard Galliano) and his acute, intuitive counterpart, seasoned master drummer, Asaf Sirkis (John Abercrombie; Larry Coryell; Gilad Atzmon; Tim Garland; Jeff Berlin; Nicolas Meier) - possess a chemistry of the most perspicacious and unpretentious variety. The music is enticing and ethereal - with Wingfield's articulate vocabulary and unique vision for his instrument clearly in evidence, singing high above the palatial profferings of fellow messengers, Stavi and Sirkis. This is supreme melodic 'avant jazz,' where any lines separating music and art vanish, as three extraordinary oracles bare their souls, follow their instincts and squeeze out every ounce of emotion and grandeur from the album's nine glistening tracks. Throughout 'Proof of Light' the listener is enveloped and transported, soaring along with the music as it seeks out new, previously untrodden sonic destinations. Mark Wingfield has crafted an exquisite masterwork: majestic, and in many ways reminiscent of ECM's golden years! It is an album of exceeding faculty, whose strength lies in the bold, pioneering approach of its participants and their unwavering trust in their own individual and corporate intuitions. This is gloriously sensitive, nuanced trio work, with a preeminent level of musical communication that borders on the telepathic.

XaDu/Random Abstract ....CD $15.99

XaDu/Random Abstract ....CD $15.99

A key advantage of playing complex instrumental music in a trio or quartet is the luxury of having one player free to keep the ball of melody in play while granting the other instrumentalists the freedom to harmonize, play counterpoint or just cut loose. This was the case for Dusan Jevtovic and Xavi Reijawhen, along with bassist Bernat Hernandez and under Xavi's name, they recorded 2014's MoonJune release "Resolution."   Prior to that, though with Marko Djordjevic drumming, Dusan offered up 2013's "Am I Walking Wrong."  Both of these trio releases pointed the way to a style of composition emphasizing melodic interplay and rhythmic complexity while not sacrificing the improvisatory nature that make the music such a thrilling listen.   Now in choosing to work as a two-man configuration called XaDu, Xavi and Dusan must first establish each composition with its intrinsic melodic and rhythmic components, then allow it to partially deconstruct as they explore the vast sonic palette of guitar and drumkit. Dusan's guitar and pedalwork conjure a soundscape that can range from the introspective and almost ambient/atmospheric to the urgency of careening snow-blind through a maelstrom of sound. Xavi is right in the vortex, coaxing riffs into life, laying chase to Dusan's frenetic runs with his supremely musical tom work, or just falling away in a wash of cymbals when the wave of energy has crashed on the shore. The reductionist "connect-the-dots" approach to this playing serves to really pull the listener into the mix; whereas Dusan first lays down a "Feelies"-era strummed guitar chord structure on "New Pop," the responsibility to maintain that sunny day disposition is left to Xavi's rhythmic interpretation as Dusan ventures into a world of darkening skies through a series of elongated bursts and pedal colorations. Two musicians work together to economically craft a very filmic piece where every sustained and slightly vibrato'd note or chord play to maximum effect with the deep toms and choked cymbals. Math metal jazz and fuzzy fusion. at the highest level, and the overall takeaway here is the great joy of listening to these two very talented players and witnessing their abilities to coax only the very best from each other in XaDu. It is most successful musical pairing indeed.

 


The MoonJune Catalog


Arti & Mestieri/First Live in Japan ....CD $13.99
Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble/The Whistle Blower ....CD $15.99
The Avengers/On A Mission ....CD $14.99
Beledo/Dreamland Mechanism ....CD $15.99
Beledo/Montevideo Jazz Dreams ....CD $14.99
Dewa Budjana/Dawai In Paradise ....CD $14.99
Dewa Budjana/Hasta Karma ....CD $15.99
Dewa Budjana/Joged Kahyangan ....CD $14.99
Dewa Budjana/Zentuary ....double CD $13.99
Dewa Budjana with Jimmy Johnson & Vinnie Colaiuta/Surya Namaskar ....CD $14.99
Barry Cleveland/Hologramatron ....CD $13.99
Susan Clynes/Life Is... ....CD $14.99
Beppe Crovella/What's Rattlin' On The Moon? - The Music of Mike Ratledge ....CD $13.99
D.F.A./4th ....CD $13.99
D.F.A./Kaleidoscope ....double CD $18.99
DFA/Work In Progress Live ....CD $13.99
Elton Dean & Mark Hewins/Bar Torque ....CD $13.99
Elton Dean & the Wrong Object/The Unbelievable Truth ....CD $13.99
Delta Saxophone Quartet/Dedicated To You But You Weren't Listening The Music Of Soft Machine ....CD $14.99
Dwiki Dharmawan/Pasar Klewer ....double CD $18.99
Dwiki Dharmawan/So Far So Close ....CD $15.99
Dialeto/The Last Tribe ....CD $14.99
Doubt/Mercy Pity Peace & Love ....CD $14.99
douBt/Never Pet A Burning Dog ....CD $13.99
Finisterre/Storybook ....CD $13.99
Vasil Hadzimanov Band with David Binney/Alive ....CD $15.99
Sri Hanuraga/To the Universe ....CD $15.99
Allan Holdsworth/FLATTire ....CD $14.99
Allan Holdsworth/Hard Hat Area ....CD $14.99
Allan Holdsworth/None Too Soon ....CD $14.99
Holdsworth Pasqua Haslip & Wackerman/Blues For Tony ....double CD $21.99
Hugh Hopper/Numero D'Vol ....CD $13.99
Hugh Hopper & Yumi Hara Cawkwell - Humi/Dune ....CD $13.99
I Know You Well Miss Clara/Chapter One ....CD $14.99
Iron Kim Style/Iron Kim Style ....CD $13.99
Dusan Jevtovic/Am I Walking Wrong? ....CD $14.99
Dusan Jevtovic/No Answer ....CD $17.99
Geoff Leight & Yumi Hara/Upstream ....CD $13.99
Ligro/Dictionary 2 ....CD $14.99
Ligro/Dictionary 3 ....CD $15.99
Machine Mass/Plays Hendrix ....CD $17.99
Machine Mass with Dave Liebman/Inti ....CD $14.99
Machine Mass Trio/As Real As Thinking ....CD $13.99
Alex Maguire Sextet/Brewed In Belgium ....CD $13.99
Mahogany Frog/DO5 ....CD $13.99
Mahogany Frog/Senna ....CD $14.99
Tesla Manaf/Tesla Manaf ....CD $15.99
Marbin/Aggressive Hippies ....CD $15.99
Marbin/Breaking The Cycle ....CD $13.99
Marbin/Goat Man & The House of the Dead ....CD $18.99
Marbin/Last Chapter of Dreaming ....CD $14.99
Marbin/Marbin ....CD $14.99
Marbin/Third Set ....CD $14.99
Nicolas Meier [w/Jimmy Haslip & Vinnie Colaiuta]/Infinity ....CD $12.99
Phil Miller & In Cahoots/Conspiracy Theories ....CD $13.99
Moraine/Groundswell ....CD $14.99
Moraine/Manifest Density ....CD $13.99
Moraine/Metamorphic Rock (Live at NEARfest 2010) ....CD $14.99
Dennis Rea/Views from Chicheng Precipice ....CD $13.99
Xavi Reija/Resolution ....CD $14.99
Boris Savoldelli/Biocosmopolitan ....CD $13.99
Boris Savoldelli/Insanology ....CD $13.99
Boris Savoldelli & Elliot Sharp/Protoplasmic ....CD $13.99
Savoldelli Casarano & Bardoscia/The Great Jazz Gig in the Sky ....CD $15.99
SH.TG.N/SH.TG.N ....CD $14.99
simakDialog/The 6th Story ....CD $14.99
simakDialog/Demi Masa ....CD $13.99
simakDialog/Live at Orion ....double CD $21.99
simakDialog/Patahan ....CD $13.99
Slivovitz/All You Can Eat ....CD $15.99
Slivovitz/Bani Ahead ....CD $14.99
Slivovitz/Hubris ....CD $13.99
Jason Smith with Gary Husband & Dave Carpenter/Tipping Point ....CD $13.99
Soft Machine/Drop ....CD $14.99
Soft Machine/Floating World Live ....CD $14.99
Soft Machine Legacy/Burden of Proof ....CD $14.99
Soft Machine Legacy/Live Adventures ....CD $13.99
Soft Machine Legacy/Live In Zaandam ....CD $13.99
Soft Machine Legacy/Soft Machine Legacy ....$13.99
Soft Machine Legacy/Steam ....CD $13.99
Stick Men/Prog Noir ....CD $17.99
Stick Men featuring Mel Collins/Roppongi ....double CD $19.99
Talinka/Talinka ....CD $17.99
Tohpati (with Haslip & Wackerman)/Tribal Dance ....CD $14.99
Tohpati Bertiga/Riot ....CD $14.99
Tohpati Ethnomission/Mata Hati ....CD $16.99
Tohpati Ethnomission/Save The Planet ....CD $13.99
Various Artists/Gospel For J.F.P. III - Tribute to Jaco Pastorius ....CD $13.99
Mark Wingfield/Proof of Light ....CD $15.99
Wingfield Reuter Sirkis/Lighthouse ....CD $17.99
Wingfield Reuter Stavi & Sirkis/The Stone House ....CD $16.99
The Wrong Object/After the Exhibition ....CD $14.99
The Wrong Object/Stories From The Shed ....CD $13.99
XaDu/Random Abstract ....CD $15.99
Yagull/Kai ....CD $15.99
Zhongyu/Zhongyu ....CD $15.99


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