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SQUIDCO Email Update, June 27, 2019

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
June 27, 2019

"Jazz is neither specific repertoire, nor academic exercise...
But a way of life."
—Lester Bowie

   Creative Artists

• Abraxas / John Zorn
• Derek Bailey/Han Bennink/Evan Parker
• Anthony Braxton (w/ Nels Cline, Greg Saunier, Taylor Ho Bynum)
• Bertrand Denzler
• Michel Doneda/Le Quan Ninh
• Trevor Dunn (w/ Chow/Choi/Kihlstedt/Dufalo/Zhurbin/Dharamraj)
• Electric Bird Noise
• Satoko Fujii/Ramon Lopez
• Hook, Line & Sinker (Tristan Honsinger/Antonio Borghini/Axel Dorner/Tobias Delius)
• ISM (Pat Thomas/Joel Grip/Antonin Gerbal)
• Hans Koch/Jacques Demierre
• Julian Lage/Gyan Riley
• Hannes Lingens
• Zeena Parkins/Wobbly
• John Zorn

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Firehouse 12 Records
Fou Records
Herbal International

Relative Pitch
Umlaut Records



   Jazz & Improvisation

Bailey, Derek / Han Bennink / Evan Parker: Topographie Parisienne [4 CDs]
(Fou Records)

Recorded in 1981 by audio engineer and label owner Jean-Marc Foussat, the trio of guitarist Derek Bailey, saxophonist Evan Parker, and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Han Bennink are heard in an amazing evening of performance at 28 rue Dunois, in Paris, France, in duo and trio configurations, exploring material similar to Parker's "Topography of the Lungs"; essential.
Squidco Pick

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Braxton, Anthony (w/ Nels Cline, Greg Saunier, Taylor Ho Bynum): Quartet (New Haven) 2014 [4 CDs]
(Firehouse 12 Records)

A 4-CD box set documenting the meeting of a quartet featuring saxophonist, composer and conceptualist Anthony Braxton alongside improvising guitarist and Wilco star Nels Cline, drummer and Deerhoof founder Greg Saunier, and trumpeter Taylor Ho Bynum, each CD an hour-long, wide-ranging set leaving behind genre imitations as they perform Braxton's colorful graphic score.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $44.95      Listen          

Denzler, Bertrand : Arc

Created by Felicie Bazelaire, CoO is a string ensemble drawn from the French new music ensemble ONCEIM; CoO develops new repertoire for strings, collaborating with composers like Bertrand Denzler, who wrote this innovative composition "Arc" in two parts, a work applying unusual techniques to bowed strings, particularly lower bass tones, for fascinating results.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Doneda, Michel / Le Quan Ninh: Thirty Ways To Avoid Talking
(Relative Pitch)

French free improvising soprano saxophonist Michel Doneda, using profoundly unusual techniques on the reed instrument, meets percussionist Le Quan Ninh, performing on "surrounded bass drum", a large drum affected by various objects across the skin, for 5 dialogs at Montreuil-sous-Bois, France, and then joined by noh theater drummer Shunichiro Hisada in Tokyo's Shushinkan Hall.
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Fujii, Satoko / Ramon Lopez: Confluence

Having played in trio settings before, pianist Satoko Fujii and Spanish drummer Ramon Lopez seized the opportunity to record as a duo in the studio in NY, bringing just two Fujii compositions to guide them, they began freely improvising, creating this stunning album of elegant interaction, peaceful yet detailed, intuitively beautiful and sophisticated music.
Squidco Pick

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Hook, Line & Sinker (Tristan Honsinger / Antonio Borghini / Axel Dorner / Tobias Delius): Fishy Business
(Relative Pitch)

A truly unique album of free improvisation and unusual narrative from the Berlin-based quartet of Tristan Honsinger on cello, Antonio Borghini on double bass, Axel Dorner on trumpet, and Tobias Delius on tenor saxophone, clarinet, a mix of Honsinger compositions and collective improv, since 2010 a working band combining music, movement and theater; masterfully idiosyncratic.
Squidco Pick

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ISM (Pat Thomas / Joel Grip / Antonin Gerbal): Metaphor
(Umlaut Records)

Performing at Knuttel House, in Tokyo, Japan in 2018, the wonderfully complex and trio of Pat Thomas on piano, Joel Grip on double bass, and Antonin Gerbal on drums, bridging traditional jazz piano trio with contemporary forms, in the first of a 2-part installment, each track named for a flower as they balance dense highly active playing with abstract lyricism.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Koch, Hans / Jacques Demierre: Incunabulum
(Herbal International)

A unique pairing of reeds, piano and spinet captured live at Le Singe Club in Biel, Switzerland in 2018 between multi-reedist Hans Koch and keyboardist Jacques Demierre, a wild ride from frenetic interaction to introspective experimental, both using unusual techniques and Demierre playing inside his keyboards, a truly excellent and thrilling concert.
Squidco Pick

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Lage, Julian / Gyan Riley: The Book Beri'ah Vol 4: Chesed

Guitarists Julian Lage and Gyan Riley take on John Zorn's third book of Masada, "The Book Beri'ah", here in the fourth volume performing the rich melodic music in 10 compositions of passionate interplay, from languid passages to rapid interplay, their familiarity lending itself to exceptional extended runs and tight synchronized playing.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Parkins, Zeena / Wobbly: Triplicates
(Relative Pitch)

Recording in electric harpist Zeena Parkin's office at Mills College in Oakland with Jon Leideker, aka Wobbly, performing on mobile phones, tablets, booper, and mixer, their output run through a series of simple listening devices, machines designed to sing along with the melodies they believe themselves to be hearing, though they are often wrong; singular and surprising!
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Zorn, John: The Hierophant

John Zorn composed this suite of compositions drawing inspiration from the mystic world of the Tarot and its wide range of impressions, emotions and inferences, from breathtaking activity to introspective elegance, performed as a piano trio by a spectacular group of Downtown NY performers: Brian Marsella on piano, Trevor dunn on bass, and Kenny Wollesen on drums.
Squidco Pick

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Abraxas / John Zorn : The Book Beri'ah Vol 5: Gevurah

Blending a punk rock sensibility with Sephardic tribalism via a taste of North African Gnawa magic, Abraxas is one of the most primal and rocking ensembles in the Masada family, here taking on the 5th edition of Masada Book Three, "The Book Beri'ah", recording in Bill Laswell's studio for 9 joyfully exuberant and intensely executed interpretations of Zorn's compositions.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Electric Bird Noise: Hearn-Roberts-Strong-Watts

Guitarist Electric Bird Noise, aka Brian Lea McKenzie, continues his string of slightly off-center rock albums, primarily instrumental work, this album including a muscular quartet with Jason Hearn on drums, Bradley Wayne Roberts on bass, Steve Strong on drums, plus an Alan Watts narration; 8 dramatic tracks using loops, effects, backward tracking and other aural trickery.
Squidco Pick

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Dunn, Trevor (w/ Chow / Choi / Kihlstedt / Dufalo / Zhurbin / Dharamraj): Nocturnes

Downtown bassist mainstay Trevor Dunn, a vital element of many Zorn projects, alongside his own improvisation and compositional work, in his first chamber music album: quartet and trio orchestrations with Trevor Dunn on contrabass, Carla Kihlstedt, Cornelius Dufallo or Jennifer Choi on violin, Vicky Chow on piano, Yves Dharamraj on cello, and Lev Zhurbin on viola.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Lingens, Hannes: Pieces For Percussion [VINYL]
(Umlaut Records)

Compositions for percussion from Berlin drummer and accordionist Hannes Lingens (Musaeum Clausum, Antoine Beuger, Lucio Capece, &c), composed over six years, each using a restricted set of materials, instrument or instrument type, Lingens performing solo, and as a duo and quartet using overdubs, employing microphone techniques for detail and ambiance.
     Buy      $18.95      Listen          

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