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SQUIDCO Email Update + RSD LP Sale! August 28, 2020

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
August 28, 2020

"Improvisation has been central to what I do
Even before I knew it was called improvisation,
In a way it's just making sound without needing permission."
—Charles Hayward

   Creative Artists

• Conny Bauer / Matthias Bauer / Dag Magnus Narvesen
• The Bellowing Earwigs
• John Butcher/Thomas Lehn/Matthew Shipp
• Vincent Chancey/Wilber Morris/Warren Smith
• Carol Genetti/Claire Rousay
• Charles Hayward
• Jason Kahn/Christian Wolfarth
• Keune/Lash/Noble
• Amirtha Kidambi/Lea Bertucci
• Raymond MacDonald/Gogs Maclean
• Nicole Mitchell/Lisa E. Harris
• Hedvig Mollestad
• Tatsuya Nakatani
• Evan Parker/RGG
• Christian Ronn/Aram Shelton
• Semantics
   (Elliott Sharp/Ned Rothenberg/Samm Bennett)
• Matthew Shipp/Rob Brown

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Astral Editions
Astral Spirits
FPE Records

Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!)
Rune Grammofon




Saturday, August 29, 2020 is Record Store Day, the first of 3 days in 2020 designated to celebrate record stores like ours and the music they carry! For this sale we're putting all the vinyl records in our catalog on sale — LPs, EPs, & 7" Records — at discounts from 15% to 20% off their regular retail price!

Buy any vinyl release, Take 15% off the price of that item

Buy 5 or more vinyl releases: Take 20% off the price of those items!


We only have a few official 2020 Record Store Releases that relate to our catalog - you can find those listed in our Squidco Blog. Those items will be listed on our home page around mid-morning on Saturday.

Click Here to Shop Vinyl Records @ Squidco

Click Here to See Record Store Day Releases

Discounts apply to in-stock vinyl releases only, orders must use our shopping cart. 2020 RSD releases, Insurance, shipping, and gift certificates items excluded. Discounted prices are shown on category pages and product listing. Sale runs from Friday, August 28, 2020 until Sunday, August 31, 2020 at midnight EST (GMT-4). Discounted items are not eligible for Squidco Reward Points.

   Jazz & Improvisation

Bauer, Conny / Matthias Bauer / Dag Magnus Narvesen: The Gift [VINYL]

Czech trombonist Conny Bauer and brother, double bassist Matthias Bauer, are joined by Stavanger drummer Dag Magnus Narvesen, captured live at Christchurch, Berlin in 2018, inspired by their surroundings the three present a sophisticated concert of collective free improvisation of great energy and playfulness, born from decades of experience and improvisational affinity.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $22.95      Listen          

Bellowing Earwigs, The (Schouwburg / Bowman / Thompson / Northover): The Perpendicular Giraffe Compartment

Studio improvisations from the far-ranging quartet of Daniel Thompson on acoustic guitar, Adrian Northover on saxophone, Mbira & Melodica, Adam Bohman on objects, and Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg on voice, an experimental acoustic set that at times takes on nearly electronic qualities, Van Schouwburg and Bohman bringing unusual and unique elements to authoritatively perplexing dialog.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Butcher, John / Thomas Lehn / Matthew Shipp: The Clawed Stone

Matthew Shipp (piano), John Butcher (saxophones) and Thomas Lehn (electronics) in a studio album recorded in France in 2017, a uniquely voiced collective trio of transformative improvisation, Lehn's additions and modifications blending perfectly with Shipp's solid foundations and Butcher's advanced technical expression, for an engrossing and expressive set of recordings.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Chancey, Vincent / Wilber Morris / Warren Smith: The Spell. The Vincent Chancey Trio Live, 1987 [VINYL]

An archival recording from the Kraine Art Gallery in NYC in October of 1987 by French horn player Vincent Chancey, double bassist Wilber Morris and percussionist Warren Smith, their distinctive instrumentation revealing the passionate dialog of agile and commanding ability, balancing the innate lyricism of jazz traditions with the liberation of free & out playing.
     Buy      $22.95      Listen          

Genetti, Carol / Claire Rousay: Live At Elastic Arts [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Editions)

Percussionist Claire Rousay's first-time encounter with improviser Carol Genetti, performing on voice, tube and electronics, captured live at Chicago's Elastic Arts performance space, for a reserved yet highly engaging set that highlights Genetti's amplified and transformed utterances through Rousay's spare but perfectly complementary interjections.
     Buy      $7.95      Listen          

Kahn, Jason / Christian Wolfarth: Spirits [VINYL]

The 2nd release from Jason Kahn, here on voice and resonator guitar, with Christian Wolfarth on Chinese Cymbal, an antique marching snare and objects, recorded after a series of concerts across Europe in the fall of 2019, Kahn applying a percussionist's perspective to his guitar by playing it as a lap slide, as the two invoke an unusual incantatory spirit from their improvisations.
     Buy      $27.95      Listen          

Keune / Lash / Noble: And Now

A searing album in the European Free Jazz tradition from the trio of Stefan Keune on tenor sax, Dominic Lash on double bass, and Steve Noble on drums, performing live at Cafe Oto in London in 2020 for an explosive set that at times catches its breath, but which always returns to their assertive and astounding displays, ultimately ending with a unique introspection; magnificent.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

MacDonald, Raymond / Gogs Maclean: Sass

Scottish improviser Raymond MacDonald (Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra) and Gogs AKA Gordon Maclean, the Creative Director of Music & Literature at the An Tobar Arts Centre on the Isle of Mull, met in Tobar and without discussion, in a single take, recorded these soulful, warm and well-balanced dialogs, a lyrical and cultured discourse between two friends.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Mitchell, Nicole / Lisa E. Harris: Earthseed
(FPE Records)

Continuing her series of large works inspired by the dystopic writings of Octavia E. Butler, composer and flutist Nicole Mitchell assembles Chicago improvisers including cellist Tomeka Reid, percussionist Avreeayl Ra, trumpeter Ben LaMar Gay and interdisciplinary artist Lisa E. Harris to explore facets of Butler's Parable of the Sower.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Nakatani, Tatsuya: Monochrome

As much a solo percussion album as a collection of large-scale compositions, Tatsuya Nakatani created hundreds of recordings of his collection of gongs, meticulously capturing each instrument's voice and arranging them into seven large works, maintaining the character of each instrument as material for these wonderfully dramatic and resonant works of silence, space and texture.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Parker, Evan / RGG: Live@Alchemia
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

As part of the Polish website Jazzarium.pl's 5th anniversary celebration, UK tenor saxophonist Evan Parker joined the Polish RGG free-improvising piano trio of Lukasz Ojdana on piano, Maciej Garbowski on bass, and Krzysztof Gradziuk on drums, for this four-part sophisticated collective improvisation recorded at the legendary Alchemia club in Krakow.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Ronn, Christian / Aram Shelton: Multiring [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)

Ringing and vibrating tones from the duo of keyboardist Christian Ronn performing on a Wurlitzer piano with effects, and alto saxophonist Aram Shelton employing extended language and harmonics, in a soulful and patiently subdued album of rich and heartfelt interaction, rising up for quick passages of hazy interaction and settling back for introspection; beautiful.
     Buy      $7.95      Listen          

Semantics (Elliott Sharp / Ned Rothenberg / Samm Bennett): Semantics

An excellent example of the 80s Downtown NY approach to improvisation from the trio of wind player Ned Rothenberg on alto & tenor saxophones, bass clarinet & flute, Elliott Sharp on guitar, bass & violin, and Samm Bennett on drums, percussion & electronic drums, all in the height and excitement of the new music being developed and performed in NYC in the 1980s; awe-inspiring!
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $17.95      Listen          

Shipp, Matthew / Rob Brown: Then Now

Since their 1988 duo album Sonic Explorations and through a number of group collaborations, the duo of alto saxophonist Rob Brown and pianist Matthew Shipp have extended and evolved their uniquely astute and confident dialog, as heard in this magnificent 8-part studio album, a reflection on their compatibility and perceptive artistry.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          



Kidambi, Amirtha / Lea Bertucci: End of Softness [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)

Working in isolation during the Covid-19 pandemic, vocalist Amirtha Kidambi and tape manipulator and electronic artist Lea Bertucci re-contextualize their Phase Eclipse album, merging segments of that album with a recording of a live performance, to create a new set of works, rife with the agony, isolation, and anomalous experiences of the time: The End of Softness.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $7.95      Listen          



Hayward, Charles : Crossfade Estate

Recorded in 2005 with an ensemble of like-minded instrumentalists and then edited and collaged for the next year and a half, this was a project of Charles Hayward during his time at The Albany in Deptford, London, using their digital recording suite to create a large work using a variety of strategies and developed in a dramatic story form, issued here for the 1st time.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $17.95      Listen          

Mollestad, Hedvig: Ekhidna
(Rune Grammofon)

In 2018 guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen received an invitation from the festival at Vossajazz commissioning a work for the 2019 festival, for which she expanded her instrumental rock trio to a sextet with trumpeter Susana Santos Silva, drummer Torstein Lofthus (Elephant9), percussionist Ole Mofjell, and keyboardists Marte Eberson & Erlend Slettevoll.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Mollestad, Hedvig: Ekhidna [WHITE VINYL]
(Rune Grammofon)

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $29.95      Listen          

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 Stay Current With Squidco

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.


Dreyblatt Arnold:
Star Trap [VINYL]
(Black Truffle)

Morton Feldman:
Triadic Memories [2 CDs]
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Milford Graves / Don Pullen:
The Complete Yale Concert, 1966
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Alvin Lucier:
Works for the Ever Present Orchestra [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Black Truffle)

Alvin Lucier:
Works for the Ever Present Orchestra [2 CDs]
(Black Truffle)

Joe McPhee :
Black Is The Color: Live in Poughkeepsie and New Windsor, 1969-70 [2CDS]
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe / Four Men Only (Joos / Eichhorn / Zimmer / Buhler / Thellman):
Complete Recordings [3-CD BOX SET]

Phill Niblock:
G2,44+/X2 [CD + BOOK]

Okuden Quartet (Mat Walerian / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Hamid Drake):
Every Dog Has Its Day But It Doesn't Matter Because Fat Cat Is Getting Fatter [2 CDs]

Opening Performance Orchestra:
Radio Music Extended (Based on John Cage's Radio Music)
(Sub Rosa)

Paraskevopoulos, Villy / Uli Winter / Fredi Proll:
Live at artacts `19 / St. Johann
(Creative Sources)

Claire Rousay:
Both [VINYL]
(Second Editions)

Schlippenbach Quartet:
Three Nails Left
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Shirley Smart / James Arben:
Entanglement: 9 Improvised Dialogues

Masayuki Takayanagi New Direction Unit:
Axis/Another Revolvable Thing [2 CDs]
(Blank Forms)

Triofolio (Chris Cundy / Paul K. Scott / Saul Scott):
Ordinary Evidence

Marco Von Orelli :
The Unasked Answer
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Zeitkratzer / Mariam Wallentin:
The Shape of Jazz to Come

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