Despite a decade of releasing risky creative music that explores alternative folk, fusion, jazz and experimental music, L.A. label Cryptogramophone remains under the radar of most listeners. Assemblage 1998-2008 delves into a fertile catalogue (40 releases and counting) that showcases primarily West Coast-based musicians who collectively extend the boundaries of musical forms.

The two-CD/DVD, 19-track compilation features artists with unique visions and voices, including guitarist Nels Cline, percussionist Alex Cline (Nels’ twin brother), keyboardists Alan Pasqua and Don Preston, Cryptogramophone founder/violinist Jeff Gauthier and more.

Grade: A

Assemblage 1998-2008 is currently available.