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SQUIDCO Email Update + Confront Recordings Sale May 18, 2018

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
May 18, 2018

"You have to be influenced by the commotion,
And surmount the negativity of everything around."
—Tom Bruno

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Creative Sources
Evil Clown

Self Released

      Creative Artists
• Martin Archer & Engine Room Favourites
• Bucher/Countryman
• Bucher/Tan/Countryman
• Carter/Wilner/Toure/Ughi
• District Five
• Eclectic Maybe Band
• Niklas Fite/Alexander Frangenheim
• Flaherty/Moore/Janas/Ughi
• Leap Of Faith
• Mekaniks
• Meloche/Archer/Robair/Hodnett
• Metal Chaos Ensemble
• Metamorphic
• PEK Solo
• Silvan Schmid Quintet
• Laura Steenberge
• Florian Stoffner/Albert Cirera
• Toyozumi/Countryman/Tan/Ignacio/Antinero
• Turbulence

Squid Bubble


Confront Recordings 25% Sale

Formed in 1996 by UK cellist Mark Wastell, Confront Records set itself an agenda of documenting well recorded improvised music by musicians that, although very active, deserve wider recognition and exposure - as well as offering material by musicians with higher profiles. There is a policy to record improvisations away from the studio in atmospheres/acoustics that are complimentary to the music. The label features two series, the larger Collectors Series and the more recent Core Series, and has released albums with an incredible set of creative artists including John Butcher, Derek Bailey, Rhodri Davies, Bertrand Denzler, Tetuzi Akiyama, Keith Tippett, David Sylvian, Simon H. Fell, Chris Cundy, Phil Durrant, Andrea Parkins, Axel Dorner, Roger Turner, &c. &c.

This week we're offering our customers 25% off a list of essential titles from the past years. Take a look at these interesting albums, but hurry, because this sale ends Sunday, May 20, 2018 at midnight!

Click to see Confront Recordings Sale Items

   Jazz & Improvisation

Bucher / Countryman: Estuary
(Self Released)

A live concert in the Philippines from American expatriate saxophonist Rick Countryman and visiting Swiss drummer Christian Bucher, a classic free jazz drum and sax duo informed by creative playing and superb rhythmic interplay, balancing lyrical progressions with a wonderful stream of concepts, this is a great example of the far reach of free jazz.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Bucher / Tan / Countryman: Tributary
(Self Released)

American ex-pat and Philippines-based alto saxophonist Rick Countryman joins with Philippines bassist Simon Tan and visiting Swiss drummer Christian Bucher to capture this live concert in that starts by paying homage to Eric Dolphy, amongst a strong set of jazz and blues influenced numbers and the two part building and flowing "Tributary".
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Carter, Daniel / Tobias Wilner / Djibril Toure / Federico Ughi: New York United [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

An excellent blend of electronics and acoustics as saxophonist, flutist and trumpeter Daniel Carter meets sound artist Tobias Wilner from world-renowned electronic pop band Blue Foundation, with Wu-Tang Clan bass player Djibril Toure and drum wiz Federico Ughi rounding out this forward-thinking album of hazy and rhythmic electroacoustic environments.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $26.95      Listen          

District Five (Ruegg / Svosve / Huter / Amereller): Decoy

Lyrical and creative modern jazz from the young Swiss quartet of Xaver Ruegg on double bass, Tapiwa Svosve on alto saxophone, synths, & electronics, Vojko Huter on guitar, synths, & electronics, and Paul Amereller on drums, members of the Gamut Kollektiv and aiming to extend conventional acoustic improvisational forms with rich sonic additions and modern grooves.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $18.95      Listen          

Fite, Niklas / Alexander Frangenheim: Sugar Is A Necessary Fluid
(Creative Sources)

Two string players, Swedish acoustic guitarist and banjo player Niklas Fite, and German double bassist Alexander Frangenheim, recording in the studio in Berlin in 2017 for 10 succinct improvisations ranging from quick interactive discourse of a pointillistic nature to near silent meditations using unusual and extended techniques, a quirky and informed album.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Flaherty, Paul / Gene Moore / Gene Janas / Federico Ughi: Morfina [VINYL + DOWNLOAD]

First conceived during the 2016 Forward Festival when noise guitarist Gene Moore and NYC experimental bassist Gene Janas invited noted avant-garde drummer Federico Ughi for the second part of their set, the results being so impressive that they asked saxophonist Paul Flaherty to join them to record this album and to perform at the Forward Festival 2017.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $26.95      Listen          

Leap Of Faith: Gravitation
(Evil Clown)

The core of Leap of Faith Orchestra--David Peck on reeds and winds, Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice and Yuri Zbitnoff on drums & percussion-- joined by Eric Zinman on piano, recorded at Outpost 186 in Cambridge, MA, where Evil Clown has a residency on the third Saturday of each month, presenting a variation of subunits from one of their larger units.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Leap Of Faith: Thought Experiment
(Evil Clown)

The core trio of Leap of Faith Orchestra--David Peck on clarinets, saxophones & flutes, Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice and Yuri Zbitnoff on drums & percussion--joined by Mimi Rabson on violin, the quartet recording with the full Leap of Faith Orchestra arsenal of instruments; plus an expanded LOF recording of the Orchestra work "Possible Worlds".
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Mekaniks: The Great Klown Panik of 2017 - Klownpocalypse
(Evil Clown)

A collaboration of Leap of Faith members, percussionist Yuri Zbitnov, multi-reedist and wind player David Peck, with guests from the Evil Clown roster, adding electroacoustic elements including looping, sampling and electronic processing to their improvisation, here with Joel Simches on real-time signal processing, alongside sound artists Greg Grinnell & Bob Moores.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Metal Chaos Ensemble: Shape Memory
(Evil Clown)

Wind player David Peck and percussionist Yuri Zbitnoff formed Metal Chaos Ensemble to explore chaotic rhythms on metallic instruments, employing an arsenal of percussion, electronic and wind instruments, becoming one of Evil Clown's most prolific sub-units, here with Bob Moores on space trumpet & guitar, Eric Woods on analog synth, and Eric Zinman on percussion.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Metamorphic: The Two Fridas

Having met at Middlesex University in 2001, this sophisticated London-based contemporary jazz/folk sextet formed in 2011, recently adding vocalist Kerry Andrew (Juice), as pianist Laura Cole composes music and text based on her personal experiences; pieces include two collective improvs and 2 reworkings of Ornette Coleman's "Lonely Woman".
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

PEK Solo: Fulcrum
(Evil Clown)

Extracting the leader from a multitude of ensembles, David Peck's solo album has him performing on tenor saxophone, bass saxophone, clarinet, contraalto clarinet, bassoon, tarota, hand chimes, accordion, [d]ronin, wood, metal, aquasonic, daxophone, Atlantis gong, plus pre-recorded mixes adding a "soloist with tape" aspect to his complex and rich performance.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Schmid, Silvan Quintet: At Gamut

Swiss trumpeter Silvan Schmid is a cofounder of the Gamut Kollektiv, organizing festivals and concerts, here caught live in 2016 at Gamut Series No 1 at Amboss Rampe in Zurich with his own quintet of Tapiwa Svosve on sax, Silvan Jeger on cello, Vincent Glanzmann on drums, and Lucas Wirz on tuba performing 6 Schmid compositions of profoundly lyrical free jazz.
     Buy      $18.95      Listen          

Stoffner, Florian / Albert Cirera: I'm A Resonant Aircraft
(Creative Sources)

Swiss electric guitarist Florian Stoffner (Manuel Mengis Grupp) and Spanish/Portuguese saxophonist Albert Cirera (Agusti Fernandez Liquid Trio) present the 8 part "IRMA" in concise free improvisations, restrained but alert and quick-witted dialogs that explore their instruments with alternate approaches to each in articulate ways.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Toyozumi, Sabu / Rick Countryman / Simon Tan / Stella Ignacio / Isla Antinero: JYA-NE
(Self Released)

Four configurations of free jazz recorded live during a vist by trombonist Sabu Toyozumi to Manila: first in a duo with alto saxophonist Rick Countryman; then in a duo with drummer and erhu player Sabu Toyozumi; then expanded to a quintet with vocalist Stella Ignaci and electric bassist Simon Tan; and last as a free jazz trio with Countryman, Tan, and Toyzumi.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Turbulence: Amorphous Solids
(Evil Clown)

Turbulence is the extended horn section for the Leap of Faith Orchestra, a varying-sized ensemble, recording here at Boston area's Outpost 196 as a quartet with PEK on reeds, Bob Moores on trumpet and Dan O'Brien on sax, clarinets & flutes, all playing an assortment of percussive devices, with Leap of Faith core member Yuri Zbitnoff as a dedicated percussionist.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          



Meloche, Chris / Martin Archer / Gino Robair / Lyn Hodnett: The Sincerity Of Light

The quartet of Canadian electronics composer Chris Meloche and label leader Martin Archer on woodwinds and electronics orchestrated these pieces, performed with improvsations from Gino Robair on percussion and electronics and Lyn Hodnett on voice, for a 3 part work of rich interactive loops, drones and soundscape, ranging from spine-chilling to lush and lovely environments.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Steenberge, Laura : Harmonica Fables

A truly unique album of solo harmonica and voice from Bay Area performer and composer Laura Steenberge, who's studies in folk music, psycholinguistics, acoustics and medieval Byzantine chant brings a sense of the ancient to modern experimentalism, transforming the instrument in a variety of illusive ways that are both enigmatic and entirely embraceable.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          



Archer, Martin & Engine Room Favourites: Safety Signal From A Target Town

Saxophonist Martin Archer composed the five works on this, the 3rd release for Engine Room Favorites, his AACM-influenced big band with a tremendous orchestration of horns with drums, vibes, piano and bass, here with their most complex yet melodic and rich release yet, including melodic elements of folk music, powerful rhythms from prog-oriented rock, and free improv and jazz.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Eclectic Maybe Band: The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes

Univers Zero bassist Guy Seger brought this eclectic group of improvisers into the studio to develop the music on this genre-defying album, informed by a sextet of musicians who have performed and recorded with projects and artists including Vanishing Pictures, X-Legged Sally, Wrong Object, Tony Levin, Tony Bianco, Paul Schutze, Trevor Watts, Zeena Parkins, Jim O'Rourke, &c.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

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 In Stock and Ready to Ship

We're never quite caught up with new releases that constantly come in our door, and we don't like to rush a release to our homepage. That said, the following releases have already been stocked at Squidco, and are able to be ordered. In most cases we have images, often have samples, and some basic description of each release.

• You can see the newest additions to our catalog in our Just In Stock Section.

• You can see the latest fully cataloged items in our store by using our New Releases section.

• You can see Recently Restocked items on this page.

• Ask to have us email you when Upcoming Releases are in stock.


Flamingo (Chris Heenan / Adam Pultz Melbye / Christian Windfeld / Roy Carroll):
(Relative Pitch)

Kirk Knuffke / Ben Goldberg:
(Relative Pitch)

Tomeka Reid / Kyoko Kitamura / Taylor Ho Bynum / Joe Morris:
Geometry of Caves
(Relative Pitch)

Stephanie Richards :
Full Moon
(Relative Pitch)

Ernesto Rodrigues / Eduardo Chagas:
Holes and Cracks
(Creative Sources)

Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues / Andrew Lafkas / Bryan Eubanks:
0 Minutes And 0 Seconds
(Creative Sources)

Tatakai Trio (Kuchen / Lindsjo / Strid):
(Relative Pitch)

This Is It! (Satoko Fujii / Natsuki Tamura / Takashi Itani):


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• In the US, any order with 3 or more items choosing "Free Economy Shipping" option will ship for free!

• International customers, any order with 3 or more items choosing "Free Economy Shipping" option will ship for free!

In stock items only, orders with out of stock items will be held until all items are in stock. Free shipping applies only to "Free Economy Shipping" option on the Shipping & Payment Screen at checkout time. US orders will ship via USPS Media Mail with tracking. 1st Class and other shipping rates are unaffected by this offer.

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