Exposé Online banner

Azigza — Azigza
((Not on label) no#, 2000, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 2016-01-28

Azigza Cover art

McLatchey's Second Tier

When Progfest moved to San Francisco in the year 2000 and slightly changed its name, it was like plenty of other festivals where I went to see some of the bands and really didn't want to sit through some of the others. I'd gone with my brother and since the festival had in and out privileges, we had decided to spent our time doing other things, seeing a movie, watching some of the NBA finals (this was the year of that great Knicks/Pacers series) and going out to eat. The delays at this festival were massive, often an hour or two in between bands. I can't remember what day or at one point we came in from outside but there was this amazing band playing the foyer I'd never heard of playing a style of music that fell among Gong-like space rock, psychedelic and progressive rock with a truly dizzying array of instrumentation and percussion. I was completely mesmerized by the band and picked up their debut album as soon as it was released, which led to interviewing the group and finding out what a really nice group of people they were. They followed up this album with one more and seemingly disappeared off the face of the map. But they left true works of art behind with both and especially this masterpiece. Amazingly it's still quite available and not for a lot of money either.


Filed under: New releases, 2000 releases

Related artist(s): Azigza

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the ago of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Autumn's Grey Solace - Over the Ocean – In this Florida duo, Erin Welton covers vocal and keyboard duties, Scott Ferrell covers everything else, and they both have a hand in composing the tunes. This is by far the prettiest music I have...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues