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SQUIDCO Email Update November 20, 2020

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
November 20, 2020

"I'm trying to play the truth of what I am.
The reason it's difficult is because I'm changing all the time."
—Charles Mingus

   Creative Artists

• Ballrogg (Ellerhusen-Holm / Arntzen / Stackenas)
• Chrome Hill (Lerheim/Arntzen/Lofthus/Nymo)
• Cortex (Hoyer/Nilssen/Alberts/Johansson)
• Kahil El'Zabar
• Susanna Gartmayer/Christoph Kurzmann
• Andre Goncalves
• Luisa Goncalves
• Charlotte Greve/Vinnie Sperrazza/Chris Tordini
• Christoph Irniger Trio (w/Raffaele Bossard/Ziv Ravitz)
• Jooklo Trio (Genta/Vanzan/Lopez)
• Lencastre/Nuno/Faustino/Valinho
• Joao Lobo (Lobo/Lobo/Kempeneer)
• Samara Lubelski
• Tomeka Reid/Joe Morris
• Rodrigues/Almeida/Lanca/Alvares/Furioso
• Schubert/Schlippenbach/Blume
• Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra
• Toyozumi/Countryman/Tan/Antinero/Ignacio
• The Warriors of the Wonderful Sound Expanded Ensemble
• Savina Yannatou/Joana Sa

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Clean Feed
Creative Sources
Modern Harmonic

Relative Pitch
Sol Disk Records
Spiritmuse Records


   Jazz & Improvisation

Ballrogg (Ellerhusen-Holm / Arntzen / Stackenas): Rolling Ball
(Clean Feed)

The Norwegian trio Ballrog, which started as the duo of Klaus Ellerhusen-Holm on clarinet and Roger Arntzen on double bass, then expanded with guitarist Ivar Grydeland, who is replaced by guitarist David Stackenäus, a perfect choice for the lyrical chamber approach of intertwining lines and fluid melodic statement, with a sense of "free chamber americana"; beautiful.
Squidco Pick

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Chrome Hill (Lerheim / Arntzen / Lofthus / Nymo): This is Chrome Hill
(Clean Feed)

Self-described as Scandinavian jazz rock noir, the Chrome Hill quartet of Asbjorn Lerheim on baritone guitar, Roger Arntzen on double bass, Torstein Lofthus on drums & vibraphone, and Atle Nymo on tenor saxophone, present a dramatic album of contrasts inspired by cinematic and musical moods, merging elements of folk, Delta blues and cowboy rock into their darkly cool sound.
Squidco Pick

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Cortex (Hoyer / Nilssen / Alberts / Johansson): Legal Tender
(Clean Feed)

Seriously joyful and consequential "avant-garde party music" from the Norwegian Cortex quartet of Ola Hoyer on double bass, Gard Nilssen on drums & percussion, Kristoffer Berre Alberts on saxophone, and Thomas Johansson on trumpet, in their 6th album of irresistible, upbeat free jazz.
Squidco Pick

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El'Zabar, Kahil: Kahil El'Zabar's America The Beautiful
(Spiritmuse Records)

Chicago multi-percussionist Kahil El'Zabar composes, arranges and conducts a tour de force musical testament to speak about the turbulent issues in America and the world today, as well as his hopes and love for a better tomorrow, in a 12-piece ensemble including Hamiet Bluiett, Tomeka Reid, Corey Wilkes, Dennis Winslett, and the James Sanders String Quartet.
Squidco Pick

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Gartmayer, Susanna / Christoph Kurzmann: Smaller Sad
(Klanggalerie )

The first meeting between the Austrian duo of bass clarinetist Susanna Gartmayer and Christof Kurzmann, here using ppool software, voice and rubber band, creating 4 elusive and immersive works that float somewhere in the void between experimental electronics, improvisation and song, creating diaphanous tension and mysterious environments; spellbinding.
Squidco Pick

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Goncalves, Luisa: Unno
(Clean Feed)

A rich and lyrical album of solo piano improvisation from Lisbon-based Portuguese pianist Luísa Gonçalves, improvised yet merging elements of contemporary compositional music into beautiful and graceful forms that she reveals in a contemplative and pensive mood, savoring her notes and progressions while allowing melody to come forward in sophisticated ways.
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Greve, Charlotte / Vinnie Sperrazza / Chris Tordini: The Choir Invisible

The first recording for the New York-based trio formed in 2017 by Germany/NY saxophonist Charlotte Greve, Brooklyn-based bassist Chris Trodini and drummer Vinnie Sperazza, all three composing for the band as they integrate composed structures and improvised sections with an ear towards lyrical interplay, create a diverse and optimistic first outing of buoyant jazz.
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Irniger, Christoph Trio (w / Raffaele Bossard / Ziv Ravitz): Open City

Swiss saxophonist & composerChristoph Irniger extends his long-running trio of bassist Raffaele Bossard and drummer Ziv Ravitz with Brooklyn alto saxophonist Loren Stillmand and German trombonist Nils Wogram, combining arrangement and improvisation in the jazz tradition, performed with inventive clarity and a strong regard for melody, making this an upbeat and creative album of modern jazz.
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Jooklo Trio (Genta / Vanzan / Lopez): It Is What It Is
(Relative Pitch)

A raucous blast of free jazz, electrifyingly extending the Italian improv unit Jooklo Duo of drummer/percussionist David Vanzan and saxophonist Virginia Genta, here on amplified tenor & sopranino saxophones, with New York improviser Brandon Lopez on electric bass, burning six hair-raising pieces of aggressive free improv of exemplary relentlessness.
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Lencastre / Nuno / Faustino / Valinho: Anthropic Neglect
(Clean Feed)

Three heavy "Concept" pieces of electric jazz from the quartet of Lisbon saxophonist José Lencastre, electric bassist Felipe Zenicola (from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), drummer João Valinho and Jorge Nuno, a guitarist generally associated with psychedelic rock, as the band slowly seethes through a brew that flirts with rock and 70s fusion in unique ways.
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Lobo, Joao (Lobo / Lobo / Kempeneer): Simorgh

Drummer Joao Lobo's trio with guitarist Norberto Lobo and double bassist Soet Kempeneer perform the drummer's dynamic compositions, along with one traditional works, a tight trio of highly interactive playing and a sense of familial interplay as the band weaves around Lobo's layered drumming and emphatic grooves, taking time for introspection among their energetic spontaneity.
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Reid, Tomeka / Joe Morris: Combinations

New York and Chicago string improvisers combine for an album of dense abstractions through individual lines that weave between the two players, briefly combining then moving off to independent methods, as guitarist Joe Morris and cellist Tomeka Reid meet in a Brooklyn studio to record ten improvisations, including one each dedicated to their home cities.
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Rodrigues, Ernesto / Miguel Almeida / Andre Lanca / Bernardo Alvares / Felice Furioso: Un Seul Regard Le Chant Petri De Beaute Un Mot Vert
(Creative Sources)

Acoustic and sublime minimal acoustic improvisation with an emphasis on strings from the Portuguese quintet of Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Miguel Almeida on acoustic guitar, Andre Lanca on electric guitar, Bernardo Alvares on double bass, and Felice Furioso on percussion, performing live during the Small Format Materials Festival at Galeria Monumental, in Lisbon.
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Schubert / Schlippenbach / Blume: Forge
(Relative Pitch)

"Merge" aptly describes the nearly telepathic interplay between these three European Free Improv masters -- Alexander von Schlippenbach on piano, Frank Paul Schubert on alto & soprano saxophones, and Martin Blume on drums -- recorded live in 2019 at Ruhr Jazz Fest, in Bochum, Germany, for an expansive 47 minute improvisation and a brief "Forgin the Work" conclusion.
Squidco Pick

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Sun Ra And His Outer Space Arkestra: A Fire Side Chat With Lucifer [VINYL]
(Modern Harmonic)

This 1983 Saturn Research LP presents two sides of the Sun Ra Arkestra, the first side with the 80's classics "Nuclear War" along with "Retrospect" and "Makeup"; the second side presenting the extended and more experimental "A Fireside Chat with Lucifer", a 20 minute well balanced, open framework that allows for both melodic soloing and extended free exchanges.
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Toyozumi, Sabu / Rick Countryman / Simon Tan / Isla Antinero / Stella Ignacio: The Search for the Five Senses
(Sol Disk Records)

Recorded during Sabu Toyozumi's first collaboration with Rick Countryman in 2017, this album features music from the same nights that produced Jya-Ne and Center of Contradiction: 6 tracks from an August 11th quintet performance with voice and trombone, and electric bass; plus 2 tracks from the following night in a trio format with acoustic bass.
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Warriors of the Wonderful Sound Expanded Ensemble, The: Soundpath
(Clean Feed)

AACM legend Muhal Richard Abrams was commissioned by Philadelphia saxophonist Bobby Zankel to compose for Zankel's large ensemble Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, this monumental piece premiered in 2012, but only in 2018 was a 2nd performance possible, conducted by Marty Ehrlich and receiving 2 standing ovations, the band recording this studio version the next day at Drexel University.
Squidco Pick

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Yannatou, Savina / Joana Sa: Ways of Not Seeing
(Clean Feed)

A gorgeous and sinuous album of piano and voice from Portuguese pianist Joana Sá, using preparations and props to accompany the incredibly illustrative voice of Greek vocalist Savina Yannatou, whose profound skills create a sense of mystery and narrative that surpasses language and intent, creating something uniquely fragile yet fiercely alluring.
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Goncalves, Andre: Instrumentals

A compilation of compositions for conventional, acoustic, musical instruments, performed through synthetics and computer processing as an album of electronic music, composed by Lisbon based sound and media artist André Gonçalves, each of 9 parts simply titled "Instrumental", and each a fascinating microcosm of kinetic, synthetic-acoustic potential.
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Lubelski, Samara : Partial Infinite Sequence
(Relative Pitch)

Performing solo on violin with surrounding effects that emphasize the dramatic tension in her extended sequences, Samara Lubelski presents two substantial journeys into the infinite, swirling in delays and reverb as her bow transitions from rapid up and down to long drawing and sustaining, pulling a variety of sounds that elate her listeners in spirals and eddies.
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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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 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.


Rasmus Borg:
(Creative Sources)

Patrick Brennan / Maria do Mar / Ernesto Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Hernani Faustino / Abdul Moimeme:
The Sudden Bird Of Waiting
(Creative Sources)

Juan Calvi / Maria do Mar / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues:
Los Ejes De Mi Carreta
(Creative Sources)

Hendrick Eichler :
(Creative Sources)

Stephen Flinn:
Red Bell
(Creative Sources)

Franklin / Gill:
To My Left Is Where The Lake Is
(Creative Sources)

Naoki Kita / Guilherme Rodrigues / Naoto Yamagishi :
(Creative Sources)

Krennerich / Schubert / Osswald / Fischer:
Degrees Above
(Creative Sources)

Andrew Lafkas:
Two Paths with Active Shadows Under Three Moons and Surveillance
(Sacred Realism)

Catherine Lamb / Harmonic Space Orchestra:
Prisma Interius VII 7 VIII
(Sacred Realism)

Miller / Mettler / Foisy:
(Notice Recordings)

Other Plastics (Dominic Coles / Hunter Brown):
Overtime Liquor
(Creative Sources)

Pan (Kim / Benes / Haag / Alsadi / Saremi):
I Had A Dream
(Creative Sources)

Red Fiction:
Visions of the Void

Rempis / Parker / Haker Flaten / Cunningham:
Stringers & Struts

Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Almeida / Hencleeday / Parrinha / Parrinha / Santos / Valinho:
Spiegel II
(Creative Sources)

Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues / Fred Marty / Carlos Santos:
Sur Nos Pas Dans La Clarte Du Jour
(Creative Sources)

Marc Sabat / Harmonic Space Orchestra:
Gioseffo Zarlino (2015/2019)
(Sacred Realism)

Schindler / Kepl:
(Creative Sources)

[SNDNG STTNS] Kifpfmuller / Janek feat. Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues :
Case Study: Sertao
(Creative Sources)

Sun Ra Arkestra:
(STRUT / Artyard)

Marie Takahashi / Maria do Mar / Ernesto Rodrigues / Helena Espvall / Joao Valinho:
Queen Trot
(Creative Sources)

 Squidco Workspace

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Squidco has been in business as a mail-order store since 2003. In 2010 we moved to Wilmington, NC, giving regional and visiting customers access to our catalog of more than 7,000 items, which includes hundreds of discounted, used, and promotional items not listed on our website. We're open for you to visit by appointment during weekday afternoons, so if you're in the North Carolina coastal region please email us to set up a time to stop by and say hello, we'd love to play some music for you!

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