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SQUIDCO Email Update + 20% Compositional Sale, February 14, 2020

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
February 14, 2020

"There's a world of raw material that you can tap
If you can relax enough to perceive the proper simplicities."
—Muhal Richard Abrams

   Creative Artists

• Muhal Richard Abrams
• Astroturf Noise (Harmet/Nagano/Swanson/Martin/Bernstein)
• Raoul Bjorkenheim
• Rob Burke/Ben Monder/Tom Rainey/Ben Grayson
• Daniel Carter/Patrick Holmes/Matthew Putman
• Eugene Chadbourne/Duck Baker/Randy Hutton
• Company
• Paul Dunmall Nonet The
• FEN (Otomo Yoshihide/Ryu Hankil/Yan Jun/Yuen Chee Wai)
• Nicolas Field/Albert Cirera
• Tony Irving/Massimo Magee
• Karkhana
• Eric La Casa
• Musica Elettronica Viva
• Rachel Musson/Naoko Saito/Audrey Lauro
• Chris Pitsiokos
• Quatuor Bozzini
• Ratchet Orchestra
• Treesearch
• Turbulence

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Alternative Fox
Ambiances Magnetiques
Armageddon Nova
Collection QB
Evil Clown

Honest Jons Records
Long Song Records
Mikroton Recordings
Povertech / Joe Colley
Relative Pitch




Squidco 2017 20% Sale

The majority of Squidco's catalog revolves around improvised music, but much of that improv incorporates compositional elements, and over the years we've added several key labels that blur the boundaries between both. Labels like Another Timbre, Collection QB, Edition Rz, Edition Wandelweiser, elsewhere, Immediata, and Winds Measure, to name a few.

This weekend through Sunday, February 16 at midnight, we're reducing the price on a set of more than 100 albums in our compositional category by 20% off their regular retail price. Take a good look at this list, which includes CDs, LPs, cassettes and a couple of books, with other albums from labels like Ambiances Magnetiques, Fou Records, Aural Terrains, Herbal International, Nakama Records, &c added in.

Click Here to See Sale Items

   Jazz & Improvisation

Abrams, Muhal Richard: Celestial Birds [VINYL]

A compilation of works from the late Chicago multi-reedist, experimenter, and AACM founder Muhal Richard Abrams, focused on his widely unknown electronic compositions, in four recording from 1968-1995 with collaborators including Anthony Braxton, Leroy Jenkins, Amina Claudine Myers, Roscoe Mitchell, Maurice McIntyre, Yousef Yancey, Thurman Barker, &c.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $21.95      Listen          

Astroturf Noise (Harmet / Nagano / Swanson / Martin / Bernstein): Astroturf Noise

Astroturf Noise is Sam Day Harmet on mandolin, Sana Nagano on violin, Zach Swanson on bass, Billy Martin on percussion, and Sarah Bernstein on violin, living at the intersection of American folk & roots music and free improvisation, using effects and sonic additions in an unusual mix that the quintet makes completely natural and all their own.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Bjorkenheim, Raoul: Solar Winds
(Long Song Records)

Paying tribute to his musical inspiration John Coltrane, Finnish/NY electric guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim leads a quartet with Silvia Bolognesi on contrabass, Tiziano Tononi on drums & percussion, and Emanuele Parrini on violin, as they perform five Coltrane compositions and two Bjorkenheim originals, a superlative homage to technical brilliance and conceptual vision.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Burke, Rob / Ben Monder / Tom Rainey / Ben Grayson: Slip Sliding

Rob Burke composed the first seven pieces for this experimental NY quartet, the multi-reedist joined by guitarist Ben Monder, drummer Tom Rainey, and Ben Grayson on electronics, the last "Discordat" a collective improvisation in 4 parts, as the band investigates emotional approaches to playing, using subtle distortion and Grayson's post-editing sonic additions.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Carter, Daniel / Patrick Holmes / Matthew Putman: Whoadie

"Whoadie" is New Orleans slang for close friends, and the NY trio of saxophonist, clarinetist, trumpeter and flute player Daniel Carter, clarinetist Patrick Holmes, and pianist Matthew Putname are three close compatriots, which includes Telepathic Band, and apt description of their chamber-oriented free improv in an album inspired by an out of tune piano.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Chadbourne, Eugene / Duck Baker / Randy Hutton : The Guitar Trio In Calgary 1977

A concert recording from 1977 in Calgary, CA captured during Eugene Chadbourne's time in Canada prior to his move to NYC, from the guitar trio of Duck Baker, Randy Hutton & Eugene Chadbourne, performing on acoustic guitars, using a variety of approaches to improvising in trio, duo and solo configurations, with original work, an Ornette Coleman mashup, and a piece by Charlie Haden.
     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Company: 1983 [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Honest Jons Records)

Unreleased recordings from Derek Bailey's Company project, recorded at the BBC in 1983 with a stellar set of performers including Evan Parker (clarinet), Hugh Davies (electronics), Jamie Muir (percussion), Joelle Leandre (bass), J.D. Parran (winds), John Corbett (trumpet), Vinko Globokar (trombone), Ernst Reijseger (cello), and Peter Brotzmann (reeds).
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $31.95      Listen          

Dunmall, Paul Nonet The: Interpretations of Beauty

Paul Dunmall's nonet with Neil Metcalfe, Philip Gibbs, Trevor Taylor, Hannah Marshall, Sarah Farmer, Theo May, Alison Blunt and John Edwards on one track, is a larger ensemble blurring improvisation and compositional approaches through violin, viola, cello, double bass guitar, reeds, flute, and guitar; sophisticated chamber improvisation of superb quality.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Field, Nicolas / Albert Cirera: Live at Dragon

After recording the Not Two trio album "Five Spontaneous Ones", the trio of Catalan saxophonist Albert Cirera, English/Swiss drummer Nicolas Field and Polish bass player Rafalm Mazur planned a concert at Klub Dragon in Poland, but when Mazur was unavailable, Field & Cirera played the concert as a duo, recording this exceptional sax & drum free jazz album.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Irving, Tony / Massimo Magee : Vitriol And The Third Oraculum

Two separate live recordings from the UK sax & drum duo of Massimo Magee on tenor, alto and sopranino saxophones, and drummer Tony Irving (Ascension), both captured in 2019 at The Globe in Newcastle Upon Tyne and at Hundred Years Gallery in London, as they burn through three free jazz dialogs of passionate playing informed by personal history and creative drive.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Karkhana: Bitter Balls [VINYL]

The second full-length album from Karkhana, a septet featuring members of Dwarfs Of East Agouza, A "Trio", Konstrukt, Chicago Tentet, Land of Kush, among others in four compositions of "crystal clear and deep, dark, distorted unrock compositions" in both electric and acoustic instrumentation, an international genre-crossing album.
     Buy      $25.95          

Musica Elettronica Viva: United Patchwork [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Alternative Fox)

A reissue of Musica Elettronica Viva's innovative 1978 open-structured album of free improvisation, United Patchwork, with the core performers of Frederic Rzewski on piano & electric piano, Richard Teitelbaum on synthesizer & conch shells, Alvin Curran on synthesizer & keys, plus Karl Berger on keys & vibraphone, Garrett List on trombone, and Steve Lacy on soprano sax.
     Buy      $24.95      Listen          

Musson, Rachel / Naoko Saito / Audrey Lauro: The Region Of Braille Responsibility [CD with English Braille Sheet]
(Armageddon Nova)

Three female saxophonist from around the world--Rachel Musson (UK), Naoko Saito (Japan) and Audrey Lauro (Belgium)--in a compilation of solo saxophone works, two extended pieces from Musson and Satio, and four shorter works from Laura, with a CD insert with English Braille characters, and a QR code that, when scanned, plays the audio information for the album.
     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Pitsiokos, Chris: Speak In Tongues And Hope For The Gift Of Interpretation
(Relative Pitch)

Dedicating his pieces to Charlie Parker, Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Ornette Coleman, Eric Dolphy, and John Zorn, NY alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos is heard live at this solo concert in New Haven, CT in 2019, reflecting on the history of jazz through his intense playing style that deploys incredible technique balanced with abstraction and rapid lyricism.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Ratchet Orchestra: Coco Swirl
(Ambiances Magnetiques)

Active since the early 90's, the superb Montreal super-group Ratchet Orchestra under the direction of Nicolas Caloia with 19 performers presents 10 works including the title track, with soloists including Jean Rene, Lori Freedman, Jean Derome, Ellwood Epps, Sam Shalabi, Craig Petersen, Yves Charuest, Joshua Zubot, Scott Thomson, Isaiah Ceccarelli, &c.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Treesearch: Know More Knowledge

West Coast/San Diego violinist Keir GoGwilt and bassist Kyle Motl are Treesearch, improvising on contrabass and violin with warm strength and expression, using a mix of traditional and creative approaches to their instruments as they bridge jazz and modern compositional approaches to create their own unique approach to free improvisation.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Turbulence: Tumult
(Evil Clown)

The extended horn section for the Leap of Faith Orchestra is heard here as a quintet with PEK (reeds), Jim Warshsauer (reeds), Bob Moores (trumpet), Eric Dahlman (trumpet) and Duane Reed (baritone horn), all using an a vast collection of percussive instruments, game calls and other devices, to create a journey of tone, color, interactive playing and rhythmic intervention.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          



FEN (Otomo Yoshihide / Ryu Hankil / Yan Jun / Yuen Chee Wai): No One's Island
(Mikroton Recordings)

FEN (Far East Network) is comprised of improvisers from Singapore (Yuen Chee Wai), Japan (Otomo Yoshihide), China (Yan Jun), and Korea (Ryu Hankil), using electroacoustic instrumentation to create a unique merging of cultural and personal aesthetic, in their 1st album recorded in NYC using electronic feedback, computer noises and guitar; intriguing and unconventional.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

La Casa, Eric: L'inspir du Rivage part 2&3 [VINYL 7-inch]
(Povertech / Joe Colley)

First stock of this 1999 7" from French sound artist Eric La Casa created as part of Joe Colley's "Explorer" series, the title translating to "the shore breathing" where each composition develops from field recordings of water, the first part more naturalist and adhering to the initial recordings, the second using sound processing to create something unique and mesmerizing.
     Buy      $8.95      Listen          



Quatuor Bozzini: Ana Sokolovic: Short Stories
(Collection QB)

Long-time collaborators the Quatuor Bozzini string quartet of Clemens Merkel, Alissa Cheung, Stephanie Bozzini and Isabelle Bozzini join with Slavic composer living in Montreal Ana Sokolovic, to present a series of 14 short works -- "Ghost 1" & "Ghost 2"; "Commedia dell'arte" in 10 movements; "Blanc dominant"; and "Troisieme page apres le soleil".
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $13.95      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.

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


Francois Carrier / Tomek Gadecki / Matcin Bozek / Michel Lambert:

John Carter Octet:
Dauwhe [VINYL]
(Black Saint Vinyl)

Decoy (Alexander Hawkins / John Edwards / Steve Noble) With Joe McPhee:

Jean Derome:
Somebody Special
(Ambiances Magnetiques)

Gabriel Dharmoo :
Quelques fictions
(Ambiances Magnetiques)

Ensemble SuperMusique / Symon Henry:
Voir dans le vent...
(Ambiances Magnetiques)

Frederick Galiay (Viard / Sebastien / Boudart / Galiay):
Time Elleipsis

Laboratorio Della Quercia:
Laboratorio Della Quercia [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Alternative Fox)

Gen Montgomery Ken:
Endogeny [CASSETTE]
(Tribe Tapes)

Philip Samartzis / Eric La Casa :
Captured Space [CASSETTE]

Eddy Flux
(Evil Clown)

Ken Vandermark / Paal Nilssen-Love Duo:


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