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SQUIDCO Update & Summer Hat Sale Extended, July 23, 2021

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
July 23, 2021

"To stop the flow of music would be like the stopping of time itself,
Incredible and inconceivable."
—Aaron Copland

   Creative Artists

• Jessica Ackerley / Daniel Carter
• Sergio Armaroli/Fritz Hauser
• Sergio Armaroli/Giancarlo Schiaffini/Harri Sjostrom
• Robbie Avenaim/Chris Abrahams/Jim Denley
• Gregg Belisle-Chi
• Christer Bothen
• John Brennan Wolf
• Colonna/Miranda/Spera
• Melaine Dalibert
• Robert Dick/Nicola L. Hein
• Axel Dorner/Elan Pauer/Christian Lillinger
• Pierre Gerard
• Devin Gray/Jessica Pavone/Wendy Eisenberg
• Jean Jones Claude (JC)
• Jason Kahn
• Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey
• Alexey Kruglov/Carolyn Hume/Paul May/Oleg Yudanov
• Francisco Mela feat. Matthew Shipp/William Parker
• New Old Luten Quintet
• Tibor Prettschnoder/Neues Leipziger Streichquartett
• Jos Smolders

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

577 Records
A New Wave of Jazz
Fundacja Sluchaj!

Leo Records
Rataplan Records
Relative Pitch
thanatosis produktion



Squidco Summer Hat Sale

Final Weekend! Hat Hut Records has authorized us to reduce the price of 25 albums in their 1000 series of ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd releases to $8.95, a $9 savings on each, and the lowest price we've ever listed these album at!

In 2019 Switzerland's Hat Hut label initiated their latest line, ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd, releasing new albums of improvisation and contemporary compositional music, and mixtures of the same. These albums are found in their 1000 series, and include important new creative improvisers and creative compositional composers and performers.

That's 25 albums at an exceptional price, giving our customers a chance to fill in their collection of these important and extraordinary albums or modern creative improvisation. But hurry, this sale ends Sunday, July 25th!

Click Here to shop the Summer Hat Sale

In-stock items only. Sold out items will disappear from store. Orders must be placed through our shopping cart. Price shown is discounted price. Sale ends Sunday, July 25th, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST. While quantities last. Discounted items will not receive Squidco Reward Points.


   Jazz & Improvisation

Ackerley, Jessica / Daniel Carter: Friendship: Lucid Shared Dreams and Time Travel
(577 Records)

Developed over outdoor sessions performed during the summer of 2020 around NYC, this is the first release from the duo of multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter and acoustic guitarist Jessica Ackerley, their warm collaboration heard in effortless interactions inspired by the dream-like, meditative approach in both improviser's playing; lovely.
     Buy      $13.99      Listen          

Armaroli, Sergio / Fritz Hauser: Angelica
(Leo Records)

Performed at the Angelica Contemporary Music Festival in Bologna, Italy in 2019 and recorded with superb fidelity, drummer/percussionist Fritz Hauser joined with xylophonist Sergio Armaroli for an enthralling performance that balances chamber jazz forms with fully free exploration, avant yet embraceable as two interact in exquisite and authoritatively unhurried ways.
Squidco Pick

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Armaroli, Sergio / Giancarlo Schiaffini / Harri Sjostrom: Duos & Trios
(Leo Records)

A series of trios and duos between Italian vibraphonist Sergio Armaroli, trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini and saxophonist Harri Sjöström performing on soprano and sopranino, the three developing a compositional language based around phrases and propositions applied toward the creation of events through notes and timbre intended to create moods and sensations.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Avenaim, Robbie / Chris Abrahams / Jim Denley: Weft
(Relative Pitch)

The Australian trio of percussionist Robbie Avenaim, keyboard player Chris Abrahams performing on a Waldorf Q+ Synthesiser and bass flutist Jim Denley, all compatriots in a variety of groupings, in an extended studio improvisation of spacious textures and rapidly understated percussive elements, aptly titled for the weaving and cris-crossing threads on a loom.
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Belisle-Chi, Gregg: KOI - performing the music of Tim Berne
(Relative Pitch)

After hearing Matt Mitchell's solo piano album performing the music of saxophonist Tim Berne, Brooklyn-based acoustic guitarist Gregg Belisle-Chi asked himself how Berne's compositions would sound on his own instrument, reaching out to the composer for guidance as he went into the studio to interpret and record these 10 Berne compositions.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Bothen, Christer: Ambrosia [3 CD BOX SET]
(thanatosis produktion)

Swedish contrabass clarinetist Christ Bothen in six extended works, the first and third disks a series of solo works using incredible technique and concentration, the 2nd disc a large work in an ensemble with fellow deep reedists Hans Koch & Per Texas Johansson, double bassist Vilhelm Bromander, pianists Kristine Scholz & Tisha Mukarji, and a spectral narrative from Sofia Jernberg.
Squidco Pick

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Brennan, John Wolf: Nitty Gritty Ditties
(Leo Records)

33 songs & instrumentals in 74 minutes performed by Dublin composer, performer, improvisor, pianist and organist John Wolf Brennan, covering an eclectic and vast cross-section of styles and genres, from composers including Chick Corea, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, The Rolling Stones, Lars Hollmer, Tom Waits, Cornelius Cardew, Bela Bartok, Paul McCartney, John McLaughlin, &c.
Squidco Pick

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Colonna / Miranda / Spera: N-EST
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Ten collective improvisations and Steve Lacy's "Blues for Alda" from the Italian trio of Marco Colonna, who typically performs on clarinet but here also on bass clarinet, alto saxophone and flute, with the rhythm section of Dario Miranda on double bass and Fabrizio Spera on drums, in a wonderfully astute album of highly cultivated and sincere discourse.
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Dick, Robert / Nicola L. Hein: Structures of Unreason

Taking guitar and flute into very strange territory informed by vast experience and technical skill, NY flutist Robert Dick and electric guitarist Nicola L. Hein create truly unique and dramatic sound worlds, sometimes tense, sometimes beautiful, but always fascinating in momentum and expression; unique musical structures that refuse to be easily categorized: extraordinary!
Squidco Pick

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Dorner, Axel / Elan Pauer / Christian Lillinger: Dirn Bridge

Four impressive free improvisations of tremendous mastery and advanced and unusual technical skill from the trio of Axel Dorner on trumpet, Elan Pauer on piano & percussion and Christian Lillinger on drums & percussion, performing at naTo, in Leipzig, Germany in 2013, augmented on one track by John Edwards knocking on the venue door.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Gerard, Pierre: Pieces Of Apparatus
(A New Wave of Jazz)

In the same character as a Wandelweiser/Jürg Frey work, guitarist Pierre Gérard offers up five minimalistic or reductionist improvisations, sparse works that follow the patterns of his mind and his improvisatory method, allowing his thoughts to linger and follow a music that is curiously compelling; an idiosyncratic companion to a quiet evening or afternoon.
     Buy      $11.95      Listen          

Gray, Devin / Jessica Pavone / Wendy Eisenberg: Universal Dwellings
(Rataplan Records)

     Buy      $11.95      Listen          

Jones, Jean Claude (JC) : Drones - 5th And Tibetan Bowls For Barre

Jean Claude "JC" Jones seamlessly merges two violins from Ariel Lanyi & Ilan Volkov, bass from Hagai Bilitzky and his own performance on bass, lap style spanish plugged-in guitar and tibetan bowls, creating 13 beautifully contemplative drones that weave distinctive tones, timbres and rich resonance; dedicated to Barre Phillips & Francois Lagarde.
Squidco Pick

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Jones, Jean Claude (JC): Give It Your All - Wild Guitar Musings 2

Active and informed improvisations on acoustic guitar from Jean Claude "JC" Jones, label leader of the Kadima Collective and also known as a double bassist, though his roots are in the guitar, which he has returned to with vigor since 2016, performing on lap-style prepared acoustic and prepared Spanish guitar, heard here in 13 concise pieces titled by single words.
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Kahn, Jason: Days Falling [VINYL 2 LPs]

After riding through his city of Zurich to the Kunstraum Walcheturm studio in 2020, Jason Kahn was struck by the quiet aspects of the usually busy city, now quelled by pandemic; entering the studio feeling the desolation and strange sense of peacefulness in the midst of so much tragedy and suffering, he recorded these "songs" of passionate free vocal improvisations and acoustic guitar.
     Buy      $32.95      Listen          

Kontrabassduo Studer-Frey: Zip
(Leo Records)

Naming each track for the teeth of a different type of zip-fastener (curved, triangular, saggitate, &c) Swiss double bassists Daniel Studer and Peter K. Frey improvise a fascinating set of interlocking and intersecting abstractions, recorded live at at Kronen Galerie, in Zurich as the two celebrated their 20th anniversary as a duo through a series of 10 half-hour concerts.
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Kruglov, Alexey / Carolyn Hume / Paul May / Oleg Yudanov: Last Train From Narvskaya
(Leo Records)

Ganelin Trio saxophonist joins with the UK improvising duo of pianist Carolyn Hume & drummer Paul May, with percussionist Oleg Yudanov rounding out this sophisticated quartet of chamber-oriented collective free improvisation, their studio debut alternating three concise conversations with two extended works, each unfolding in great detail through expressive technique.
Squidco Pick

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Mela, Francisco feat. Matthew Shipp / William Parker: Music Frees Our Souls, Vol. 1
(577 Records)

A member of pianist McCoy Tyner's Trio and Joe Lavano's Quartet, New York drummer Francisco Mela's own career as a leader is heard in this energetic trio album with two of NY's finest--pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker--recording in the studio in Brooklyn in 2020 for two extended and powerful collective improvisations and a brief "Dark Light".
Squidco Pick

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New Old Luten Quintet: Tumult!

A tumultuously wonderful free jazz epic recorded in Leipzig in 2013 from original New Old Luten founders, saxophonist & clarinetist Enrst-Ludwig Petrowsky and drummer Christian Lillinger, the band configured as a quintet with Elan Pauer taking on the piano role plus percussives, and the dual and powerful double bassists John Edwards and Robert Landfermann.
Squidco Pick

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Prettschnoder, Tibor / Neues Leipziger Streichquartett : The Largo And The Lame

Ominous and dense with layers of strata intended for nighttime listening, the German quartet of Axel Dorner on trumpet & electronics, Matthias Lorenz on cello, and both Robert Landfermann and John Edwards on double bass recorded these four tremendous electroacoustic improvisations at their live performance at naTo in Leipzig, Germany in 2013.
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Smolders, Jos: Bagatellen [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

Inspired by Jeroen Diepenmaat's Xerox collage art book, "co//age co//py", sound artist Jos Smolders developed these tracks as a response through 9 brief works and one larger construction, intersecting voice, synth, sax, piano and field recordings in a mix of oddly and abruptly sliced sound offset with periods of beauty; a compellingly curious album.
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Dalibert, Melaine: Night Blossoms

French composer & pianist Melaine Dalibert's 6th solo album, works developed using an algorithmic approach to composing, such as retrograde sequences or cellular automaton, generating beautifully delicate patterns that he performs on instruments chosen for their tonal qualities, David Sylvian adding electronic coloring to the pieces "Yin" and "Yang".
Squidco Pick

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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.


Big Bad Brotzmann Trio:
Biturbo!, Capt'n [3'' CD]

Roy Campbell / John Dikeman / Raoul van der Weide / Peter Jacquemyn / Klaus Kugel:
When The Time Is Right
(577 Records)

Chansons du Crepuscule (Helene Breschand / Elliott Sharp):
(zOaR Records)

Gerald Cleaver / Devin Gray:
27 Licks
(Rataplan Records)

Giovanni Di Domenico :
Decay Music n. 4: Downtown Ethnic Music [VINYL]
(Die Schachtel)

Michel Doneda / Frederic Blondy / Tetsu Saitoh:
Spring Road 16
(Relative Pitch)

Axel Dorner / Roger Turner / Ra Ra da Boff:
London Leipzig Berlin

2 Trios & 2 Babies

Dal Ngai

Four Letter Words (Piet / Wark / Harris):

Four Letter Words (Piet / Wark / Harris):
Pinch Point

Gay - Wir Saunawirt

Fred Frith:
Crossing Borders (Volume 2 Of The Fred Records Story, 2001-2020) [BOX SET]
(Recommended Records)

Fred Frith:
Stepping Out (Volume 3 Of The Fred Records Story, 2001-2020) [BOX SET]
(Recommended Records)

Leo Genovese / Mariano Otero / Sergio Verdinelli:
Trio Sin Tiempo: Ritmos de Agua
(577 Records)

Devin Gray / Dave Ballou / Ryan Ferreira :
(Rataplan Records)

Devin Gray / Ingrid Laubrock / Cory Smythe :
Cloudsounds Trio
(Rataplan Records)

Devin Gray / Ralph Alessi / Angelica Sanchez:
Melt all the Guns
(Rataplan Records)

Gerrit Hatcher:
Good Weight [CASSETTE]

The J. & F. Band :
Cajun Blue
(Long Song Records)

The J. & F. Band (Fonda / Tononi / Durante / Grissom / Irabagon / Parrini / Rodgers / Sharrard):
Me and the Devil
(Long Song Records)

J/L Duo:
Ismalfa [VINYL]
(thanatosis produktion)

Throw Neck

Jean Jone Claude (JC) / Raymond Boni:
Visions of Sound

Jean Jones Claude (Jc) / and friends:

Jean Jones Claude (JC) / Esti Kenan Ofri / Oren Fried:
La Sprezzatura Ensemble

Jean Jones Claude (JC) / Sophie Agnel / Yael Barolsky / Raphael Saint-Remy / Ulrich Krieger / Catherine Jainiaux :
Dead Cool

Yan Jun / Zhu Wenbo:

Jason Kahn:
Infinity Suite [BOOK + CD]


Adrian Knight:
Fly By Night [2 CDs]
(thanatosis produktion)

Small Pauer [3'' CD]

Yoshio Machida / Cal Lyall:
Premeditation [VINYL 2 10-inch records]
(By the Bluest of Seas)

Chris Moore / Adam Shead:
The Flower Of Paradise

Never (Bennett / Wright / Darrup):
Not Nothing

New Old Luten Trio:
Short Night [3'' CD]

Charles Noyes K. :
Crimes In High Places, Part 1
(zOaR Records)

Two Crumbling Shapes [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

Philippakopoulos, Anastassis / Jerg Frey:
Wind And Light

Matt Piet:

Werner Puntigam / Beat Keller / Georg Wilbertz:
(zOaR Records)

Oliver Schwerdt / Gunter Sommer :
Dry Swing / Tandem Spaces

Elliot Sharp :

Elliot Sharp / Orchestra Carbon:
(zOaR Records)

Elliot: Sharp Tectonics:
Field & Stream
(Knitting Factory)

Elliott Sharp:
IrRational Music [BOOK]
(TerraNova Press)

Elliott Sharp's Terraplane:
Kick It Six
(zOaR Records)

Synkretika (Carl Stone / Elliott Sharp):
Live in Tokyo
(zOaR Records)

Un Poco Loco (Fourneyron / Beliah / Gesser):
(Umlaut Records)

Various Artists:
State of the Union 2.001 [3 CD BOX SET]
(Electronic Music Foundation)

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