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Hugh Hopper: Hopper Tunity Box

Avant-garde and funky? Pull the other one, mate, it's got bells on.

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Various Artists: PURE FIRE!

Gilles Peterson is let loose on one of the most iconic of all jazz catalogues, the Impulse label.

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Fulborn Teversham: Count Herbert II

It’s no exaggeration to say that drummer Seb Rochford has played a major part in transforming the British jazz world in the last few years.

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Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Hot n Heavy [DVD]

Wisdom, rhythm and heat. Call it jazz.

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Sean Noonan Brewed By Noon: Stories to Tell

It's fusion, Jim, but not as we know it.

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Jean-Claude Vannier: LEnfant Assassin des Mouches

A small miracle of 20th century progressive music from Serge Gainsbourg's most satisfying and challenging collborator.

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Brian Groder: Torque

A superior set of contemporary jazz, blazing straight out of the long and unruly heritage of left-field explorations.

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The Mahavishnu Project: Return to the Emerald Beyond

It’s a testament to the enormous power and ambition of John McLaughlin’s Mahavishnu Orchestra that this review has been written at all.

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Panda Bear / Excepter: Carrots / KKKKK split 12

Consider this an orange juice and mogadon cocktail.

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Canned Heat: Live At Montreux 1973 and Boogie With Canned Heat: The Canned Heat Story [DVD]

As you might expect, the story of the greatest boogie-band of all time is riddled with tragedy, regret and sorrow. But it also contains its own antidote in the form of mind-blowing live footage that reminds just how hard they rocked.

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The Grateful Dead: Live at the Cow Palace

It's authentic, outlaw, acid-fried, good times rock and roll and it might just be some of the most quintessentially American music anyone ever made.

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Dredd Foole: Daze on the Mounts

Ever pour liquid LSD directly into your ears?

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Exploding Star Orchestra: We Are All from Somewhere Else

Let's face it, they might as well have gone ahead and called this 'What's Hip in Chicago?'

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Gordon Grdina / Gary Peacock / Paul Motian: Think Like The Waves

God-like genius or self-indulgent noodling? It can be such a fine line these days.

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Scotty Hard's Radical Reconstructive Surgery: Scotty Hards Radical Reconstructive Surgery

Whether you view this as a brooding, atmospheric exercise in mood and restraint, or a lacklustre missed opportunity will probably depend on how much truly spiritual jazz or dangerously exciting hip-hop you’ve listened to.

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Archie Shepp Band: Geneva Concert [DVD]

A rare chance to revel in the Shepp's charismatic, heavy-lidded physiognomy; both dangerous and gentlemanly at the same time, like some switch-pen carrying street-scholar.

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Blind Faith: London Hyde Park 1969 [DVD]

One more way of watching everyone’s favourite almost-utopia die the death it never should have.

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Grizzly Bear: Yellow House

Beguilling, beautiful and bewitching pop-folk-prog from a big-hearted Brooklyn bear.

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Nels Cline: New Monastery

Underground PoMo avant shenanigans put an extra shine on some timeless left-field jazz classics.

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