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SQUIDCO Email Update, November 1, 2019

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
November 1, 2019

"When I'm writing,
Sometimes it gets to that place where I feel like the piece is writing itself
And I'm trying not to get in the way."
—John Zorn

   Creative Artists

• Banquet Of The Spirits / John Zorn
• Company:
    (Bailey/Frith/Lewis/Parker/Oppens/Le Baron/
• Nick Fraser/Kris Davis/Tony Malaby (with Laubrock & Allemano)
• From Wolves To Whales (Rempis/Wooley/Corsano/Niggenkemper)
• Gabbro
• Gordon Grdina Quartet (w/ Noriega/Lossing/Takeishi)
• Judge Schreber's Avian Choir
• Koenjihyakkei
• Komeshi Trio (Kolovos/Shiroishi/Meek)
• John Krausbauer
• R Lawler Keenan/John Krausbauer
• Livebatts!
• Made to Break
• Jim McAuley/Scot Ray
• Metal Chaos Ensemble
• The Music Improvisation Company (Bailey/Parker/Davies/Muir)
• Daphne Oram/Vera Gray
• Trrma'/Charlemagne Palestine
• Flin van Hemmen

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Astral Spirits
Dropa Disc
Evil Clown
Fantome Phonographique

Honest Jons Records
Long Song Records
Neither/Nor Records
Skin Graft
Trost Records



   Jazz & Improvisation

Banquet Of The Spirits / John Zorn: The Book Beri'ah Vol. 9 - Yesod

Brazilian percussionist Cyro Baptista's Banquet Of The Spirits takes on the 9th volume of composer John Zorn's Book Beri'ah, "Yesod", from his Masada series, here in jubilant rhythms of strong Latin influence and rich Sephardic melodies, performed in a quartet with Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz on accordian, Brian Marsella on piano & vibraphone, and Tim Keiper on drums.
     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Company (Bailey / Frith / Lewis / Parker / Oppens / Le Baron / Suzuki / Tippetts / Toshizawa / Tippett / Wachsmann): Epiphany [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Honest Jons Records)

Derek Bailey's Company Week between June 29th and July 3rd in 1982 brought together a superb set of free and open-minded improvisers--including Keith Tippets, Phillip Waschmann, George Lewis, Julie Tippets, Fred Frith, &c--performing "Epiphany" (sides A & B) as a continuous work for all musicians, and "Epiphanies" (sides C & D), shorter pieces of smaller groupings.
     Buy      $32.95      Listen          

Fraser, Nick / Kris Davis / Tony Malaby (with Laubrock & Allemano): Zoning
(Astral Spirits)

Recording in Toronto, the core trio of drummer Nick Fraser, saxophonist Tony Malaby and pianist Kris Davis are joined on four tracks by tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and trumpeter Lina Allemano, in an album of composed and collective improvisation, merging Toronto, NY and European influences in an accomplished album of diverse approaches and orchestrations.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $11.95      Listen          

Fraser, Nick / Kris Davis / Tony Malaby: Zoning [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)

Cassette edition of the CD listed above.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $7.95      Listen          

From Wolves To Whales (Dave Rempis / Nate Wooley / Chris Corsano / Pascal Niggenkemper) : Dead Leaves Drop [VINYL]
(Dropa Disc)

Recorded during the same tour as their Aerophonic album "Strandwal", the quartet of Nate Wooley on trumpet, Dave Rempis on saxophone, Pascal Niggenkemper on bass, and Chris Corsano on drums are heard live at Het Bos in Antwerp, Belgium for 8 cutting-edge improvisations of incredible technique, creative drive, and impressive inventiveness.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $21.95      Listen          

Grdina, Gordon Quartet (w/ Noriega / Lossing / Takeishi): Cooper's Park

Vancouver composer, guitarist and Oud player Gordon Grdina leads his quartet of Satoshi Takeishi on drums, Russ Lossing on piano & clavinet, and Oscar Noriega on alto sax and bass clarinet, through five intricate, through-composed pieces of incredible interaction, with outstanding and consummate solos from introspective to ecstatic; eclectic and exemplary.
Squidco Pick

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Judge Schreber's Avian Choir: Bleed [VINYL]

Saxophonist and composer Crowmeat Bob's ensemble, Judge Schreber's Avian Choir, is a project name he's used to present his large ensemble pieces involving composition, improvisation, and conduction, here in a conducted collaboration with 15 bowed string players, a heavy metal rhythm section and Bob's own overdubs on reeds and guitar.
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Komeshi Trio (Kolovos / Shiroishi / Meek): The Master Speaks Thrice [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)

Dark and demanding improvisation, each side of this album an extended foray into dark and dangerous explorations from the Los Angeles trio of Peter Kolovos on guitar, Patrick Shiroishi on saxophone, and Noel Meek on electronics and tapes, Shiroishi's sweeping tones matching the electronics and effected guitar in a glorious nightmare of darkly imaginative sound.
     Buy      $7.95      Listen          

Made to Break: F4 Fake [VINYL]
(Trost Records)

This active quartet project brings together two Chicago players--drummer Tim Daisy and reedist Vandermark--with two European players--Christof Kurzmann on pooll & electronics, and Jasper Stadhouders on bass--in their 9th album, recording in the studio in Austria for an innovative album blurring the lines between fierce free jazz and inventive experimental ea-improv.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $22.95      Listen          

McAuley, Jim / Scot Ray: Second Earth
(Long Song Records)

An excellent first meeting of two guitarists recording on a February afternoon and released in the sequence recorded with no edits or changes, from Jim McAuley on guitar and Scot Ray on lap steel slide guitar with effects, an innately lyrical blending of styles masking the strong technical skills and long histories of these two superlative players.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Metal Chaos Ensemble: Reverberatory Furnace
(Evil Clown)

Exploring chaotic rhythms on metallic instruments, the Metal Chaos Ensemble was formed in 2015 by multi-instrumentalist/reedist PEK and percussionist Yuri Zbitnov, using the "Evil Clown Arsenal" of exotic and unusual percussive instruments including gongs, chimes, glockenspiel, Tibetan Bowls and many other metallic sounds, here in an extended set with guest Moouse Traore on Djembe.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Music Improvisation Company, The (Bailey / Parker / Davies / Muir) : 1969, 1970 [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Honest Jons Records)

An impressive lineup of legendary players in this much-need reissue of guitarist Derek Bailey's 1976 Music Improvisation Company album 1968-1971", exploring innovative free and electroacoustic improvisation in these 1969 & 1970 recordings with Evan Parker on soprano saxophone & amplified auto harp, Hugh Davies on live electronics & organ, and Jamie Muir on percussion.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $32.95      Listen          

van Hemmen, Flin: Casting Spells & The Coves [2 CDs]
(Neither/Nor Records)

Blending live improvisation with studio composition & production, NY-based Dutch drummer, pianist and composer Flin van Hemmen spent 3 years making recordings with guitarist Todd Neufeld, double bassist Eivind Opsvik and himself, transforming them with layering, studio effects, processors and field recordings to create these intensely fascinating compositions.
Squidco Pick

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Gabbro: Granular [VINYL]
(Dropa Disc)

The project of baritone saxophonist Hanne De Backer, originally a duo and extended to a quartet for this second album, with fellow baritone saxophonist Marc De Maeseneer, electric and experimental bassist Raphael Malfliet, and vocalist Agnes Hvizdalek, recording at the 2018 Summer Bummer Festival in Belgium, and at Rabbit Field Studio in New Jersey.
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          


Recorded in the mid-90s, Livebatts! was a project of John White (Cornelius Cardew, Scratch Orchestra) developed to exploit "toy" keyboards of the 80s--cheap battery-driven instruments that hold tremendous potential for "serious" music-making--used here in a playful quartet with vocalist MJ Coldiron, Andrea Rocca (guitar & samples) and Nancy Ruffer (electrified flute).
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Oram, Daphne / Vera Gray: Listen Move & Dance [VINYL]
(Fantome Phonographique)

Daphne Oram & Vera Gray's "Listen Move & Dance series of BBC programs were devised as a radical new technique to help British schoolchildren learn how to dance, Gray's sections arranging short adaptations of classical pieces by Bartok, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, contrasted with Oram's electronic section, adding a sci-fi/Dr. Who element for the more imaginative children...
     Buy      $25.95          



Koenjihyakkei: Dhorimviskha
(Skin Graft)

After a 13-year hiatus KoenjiHyakkei is back with a thrillingly joyful album of unexpected song and extended, masterful instrumental sections that turn on a pin point, referring and redefining prog and RIO forms with honest enthusiasm, in a quintet with Tatsuya Yoshida on drumming, Sakamoto Kengo on bass, Koganemaru Kei on guitar, Yabuki Taku on keys and Komori Keiko on sax.
Squidco Pick

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Krausbauer, John: Beats

John Krausbauer's composition employs 3 West Coast accordionists (Krausbauer, Kate Short and Aaron Oppenheim) in an extended compositional framework allowing for improvisation, of hallucinatory, shimmering sound that accentuates the intersections of tone and harmonics; minimalist and entrancing in the mode of Pauline Oliveros, Wada, Palestine, Radigue, &c.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Lawler, R Keenan / John Krausbauer: Spectre Of Radiants

An extended and rich confluence of strings from R Keenan Lawler and John Krausbauer, using resonator guitar and banjo, sustained tones that intertwine in a beautiful and optimistic drone, minimalistic yet drenched in a profusion of harmonic detail; a beautiful and elusive dream mixing between an Indian raga and an alien electronic environment.
Squidco Pick

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Trrma' / Charlemagne Palestine: Sssseegmmeentss Frrooom Baaari [VINYL]

Stochastic music for percussion and synthesizers from New York avant conceptualist and keyboardist Charlemagne Palestine, here on piano & electronics, with the Italian duo Trrma' of Giovanni Todisco on percussion and Guiseppe Candiano on synth, in two side-long works of irregular rhythm, complexity and dissonance that build and recede in a suspenseful journey.
     Buy      $20.95      Listen          

The Squid's Ear The Squid's Ear is Squidco's companion online magazine, featuring reviews of Squidco items from independent writers.

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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.

• You can ask to have us email you when Upcoming Releases are in stock.


Michael Attias :
Echos La Nuit
(Out Of Your Head Records)

Nick Dunston:
Atlantic Extraction
(Out Of Your Head Records)

Werner Durand :
Schwingende Luftsaulen 2

Colin Fisher Quartet:
Living Midnight
(Astral Spirits)

Colin Fisher Quartet:
Living Midnight [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)

Angherr Shisspa Revisited
(Skin Graft)

Angherr Shisspa Revisited [VINYL]
(Skin Graft)

Metal Chaos Ensemble:
Proteus IV
(Evil Clown)

Tatsuya Nakatani :
Rock Garden Extended [CASSETTE]

Aurora Nealand / Steve Marquette / Anton Hatwich / Paul Thibodeaux:
Kobra Quartet [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)

Jessica Pavone String Ensemble:
Brick and Mortar
(Birdwatcher Records)

PEK Solo:
Closed & Open Universes [2 CDS]
(Evil Clown)

Frank Rosaly (w/ Blonk / Boye / Farha / Pfiffner / Bishop / Broste / McBride / Diaz / Fernandez / Guerra / Rodriguez):
Todos de Pie!

Elliott Sharp / Sergio Sorrentino:

String Theory:
3 of 9 Dimensions
(Evil Clown)


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