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SQUIDCO Update July 30, 2021

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
July 30, 2021

"It is important to use your own language.
There is no other way to speak."
—Peter Brötzmann

   Creative Artists

• Susan Alcorn / Phillip Greenlief
• Susan Alcorn Quintet
• All Set (Laubrock/Payen/Tordini/Rainey)
• Big Bad Brotzmann Quintet
• Campbell/Dikeman/van der Weide/Jacquemyn/Kugel
• Gerald Cleaver/Devin Gray
• Giovanni Di Domenico
• Marta Forsberg
• Fred Frith Box Sets
• Devin Gray/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe
• Devin Gray/Ralph Alessi/Angelica Sanchez
• J/L Duo + Adrian Knight and Frew Elfineh Taha
• Judson Trio (Leandre/Maneri/Cleaver)
• Adrian Knight
• Yoshio Machida/Cal Lyall
• Natural Information Society w/ Evan Parker
• Charles Noyes K.
• Evan Parker Solo Box
• The Selva + Machinefabriek (Jacinto/Almeida/Morao + Zuydervelt)
• Elliott Sharp
• Matthew Shipp/William Parker

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

577 Records
By the Bluest of Seas
Die Schachtel
Rataplan Records

Recommended Records
TerraNova Press
thanatosis produktion
Very Good
zOaR Records


   Jazz & Improvisation

Alcorn, Susan / Phillip Greenlief: Prism Mirror Lens [VINYL]
(Very Good)

A beautifully balanced encounter between Baltimore pedal steel guitarist Susan Alcorn and Bay Area reedist Phillip Greenlief, performing on tenor saxophone & B-flat clarinet, improvising four "colors" as the two span the spectrum from rapid interaction of weaving and pointillistic playing into deeply introspective and ruminating discourse, each the perfect complement for the other.
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Alcorn, Susan Quintet: Pedernal [VINYL]
(Very Good)

An innovator in integrating pedal steel guitar into modern improvised music, Cleveland-born, Baltimore-based pedal steel guitar player Susan Alcorn's quintet enlists a superb set of New York players--Mark Feldman on violin, Michael Formanek on double bass, Mary Halvorson on guitar, and Ryan Sawyer on drums--taking on a diverse set of Alcorn compositions.
Squidco Pick

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All Set (Laubrock / Payen / Tordini / Rainey): All Set

Distinctive for the dual reed front line of French saxophonist Stephane Payen on straight alto sax and New York tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock, with the spirited rhythm section of double bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Tom Rainey, formed in 2002 through the collectives HASK and F-IRE, finally realized in recordings with this 2019 studio encounter in Pernes-les-Fontaines, France.
Squidco Pick

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Big Bad Brotzmann Quintet : Karacho!

A superb example of European Free Jazz tradition, modern and amazingly creative, from the quintet of pianist Oliver Schwerdt and reedist Peter Brotzmann performing on tenor sax, tarogato & clarinet, with Christian Lillinger on drums & percussion and dual double bassists in John Edwards and John Eckhardt, performing a 50+ minute free masterpiece at club naTo in Liepzig, 2017.
Squidco Pick

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

Performing at Bimhuis in 2013, the trans-Atlantic quintet of Roy Campbell on trumpet, flugelhorn & flute, John Dikeman on saxophone, Raoul van der Weide on cello & percussion, Peter Jacquemyn on bass & voice and Klaus Kugel on drums, perform an extended, energetic and dynamic set of free improvisation, with intricate melodies and beautifully rich transitions.
     Buy      $13.99      Listen          

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

Drummer Gerald Cleaver's significance in NY free jazz can't be understated, and his influence and work with younger generation drummer Devin Gray as a teacher, friend and associate has shaped Gray's work, as heard here in this monumental encounter between the two drummers, a duet that started many years before, playing in the streets of NYC, and now properly captured in the studio.
Squidco Pick

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Frith, Fred: Rocking The Boat (Volume 1 Of The Fred Records Story, 2001-2020) [BOX SET]
(Recommended Records)

The first of three sturdy box sets from innovative guitarist, composer and improviser Fred Frith, here with 8 CDs from the Recommended Records label plus a bonus CD, a thick booklet of artwork, photographs & extensive notes from Frith; albums included are Guitar Solos, Gravity, Cheap at Half the Price, Killing Time, Impur , Middle of the Moment, Keep the Dog; Dropera.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $74.95          

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

The second of three sturdy box sets from innovative guitarist, composer and improviser Fred Frith, here with 8 CDs from the Recommended Records label plus a bonus CD, a thick booklet of artwork, photographs & extensive notes from Frith; albums included are Live in Japan, Speechless, Prints, Step Across the Border, Impur 2, Art of Memory II, Skeleton Crew, Helter Skelter.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $74.95          

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

The third of three sturdy box sets from innovative guitarist, composer and improviser Fred Frith, here with 8 CDs from the Recommended Records label plus a bonus CD, a thick booklet of artwork, photographs & extensive notes from Frith; albums included are Technology of Tears, Propaganda, Allies, Accidental, The Previous Evening, Happy End Problem, Nowhere, Sideshow, Field Days; Inimitable (previously unreleased).
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $74.95          

Frith, Fred: Stone, Brick, Glass, Wood, Wire (Graphic Scores 1986-96)(2CDs)

RESTOCKED: Fred Frith's 1999 box set, presenting a large, flexible ensemble project using marked photographs and rules as scores while Frith directs and conducts as well as performing; permanent members are Ikue Mori and Zeena Parkins, otherwise the balance of the 44 strong ensemble changes; recordings here are taken from 5 concerts, including the first in 1992 at AngelicA.
     Buy      $29.95      Listen          

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

NY drummer Devin Gray provides the compositions for this EP with his Cloudsounds trio of Ingrid Laubrock performing on tenor and soprano saxophones and Corey Smythe on piano, the sophisticated structures leading the improvisers into almost chamber jazz territory, with a light playfulness and warm interaction, Gray's intriguing rhythms shifting and propelling their music.
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Gray, Devin / Ralph Alessi / Angelica Sanchez: Melt all the Guns
(Rataplan Records)

Recorded in the fall of 2019 as a statement to help expand awareness and work for a future free from gun violence, composed in response to several gun violence incidents, performed at Douglass Recording in Brooklyn with the trio of Ralph Alessi on trumpet, Angelica Sanchez on piano, and Devin Gray on drums and providing the compositions, each title expressing his concern.
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J/L Duo + Adrian Knight and Frew Elfineh Taha: Ismalfa [VINYL]
(thanatosis produktion)

A cohesive suite in eight parts on dynamics, tone and vocal narration in acoustic jazz from the joining of the 20+ year Swedish duo project J/L Duo of saxophonist Johan Jutterstrom and drummer/percussionist Andreas Hiroui Larsson, Brooklyn-based pianist Adrian Knight and vocalist/lyricist Frew Elfineh Taha (also known under the moniker Black Fist).
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Judson Trio (Leandre / Maneri / Cleaver): Light And Dance [2 CDs]

A live recording at Instants Chavire's, in Montreuil, France in 2020, and a studio recording 5 days later in Malakoff, France, in the 2nd album from the Judson Trio of Joelle Leandre on double bass, Mat Maneri on viola, Gerald Cleaver on drums & small percussion, the entwining of viola and bass strings propelled with assertive restraint and accent from Cleaver.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $23.95      Listen          

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

Both members of the Tokyo band SuperDeluxe, drummer Yoshio Mashida performing on steelpan, gamelan and metal-slit drums, and 5-string banjo player Cal Lyall, performing largely on a tabletop guitar setup augmented with electronics, have developed a lovely and relaxed, compelling language of improvisational forms using structural ideas-based on minimal scalar patterns.
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Natural Information Society w/ Evan Parker: Descension (Out of Our Constrictions)

The first live album from Chicago bassist and guimbri player Joshua Abrams is the 6th Natural Information Society album, captured live in the summer of 2019 at Cafe Oto in London, the core quartet with Lisa Alvarado on harmonium, Mikel Patrick on drums and Jason Stein on bass clarinet joined by UK legend Evan Parker on soprano saxophone for four ecstatic improvisations.
Squidco Pick

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

Known as a percussionist, Bay Area improviser Charles K. Noyes' first part of his Crimes In High Places is performed on electric & resonator guitars plus amplified guqin, expanding on the innovations of Derek Bailey in free-form non-idiomatic playing as he works to create a personal language on the instrument, presenting a dark and creatively foreboding vision.
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Parker, Evan: Collected Solos [VINYL 4LP BOX / CASSETTE]

A limited edition box set of solo Evan Parker, reissuing the 1986 Incus label box of four previous Incus LPs (Saxophone Solos (1976), The Snake Decides (1986), Monoceros (1978), and Six of One (1982)) plus a cassette of previously unreleased material, here in a beautifully produced box with a booklet by Paul Haines signed by Evan Parker, eacg box hand numbered 000/250.
     Buy      $179.95      Listen          

Selva, The + Machinefabriek (Jacinto / Almeida / Morao + Zuydervelt): Barbatrama

The Selva trio of Ricardo Jacinto on cello, Goncalo Almeida on double bass and Nuno Morao on drums join with Rutger Zuydervelt of Machinefabriek who adds unique electroacoustic transformations to their fusion of free improvisation and hydrid world elements, resulting in this wonderfully dark venture inside a virtual jungle of contrasting darkness and refined acoustic beauty.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

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

An insightful look at the history of New York composer, saxophonist and guitarist Elliott Sharp, "Sixteen Pieces in the Shape of a Memoir" as Sharp looks back at his musical influences and approach to playing and composing, with observations on music, art, politics and technology, a fascinating set of essays from a vanguard artist's point of view.
     Buy      $18.95          

Shipp, Matthew / William Parker: Re-Union

The kind of conversation only two profoundly accomplished jazz artists such as pianist Matthew Shipp and bassist William Parker could have, steeped in the history of the creative form and founded on a long history of collaborations between the two, here in four engaging extended dialogs recorded in the studio Sextan in La Fonderie, Malakoff, France.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          



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

The fourth release in Die Schachtel's Decay Music series is Italian composer Giovanni Di Domenico's Downtown Ethnic Music, a tapestry of synthetic and acoustic sources in a 4th world/Jon Hassell mode, with rhythms from drummer João Lobo, vocals by Pak Yan Lau and Patshiva CIE women choir, the horns of Ananta Roosens and Jordi Grognard; a gorgeous album of detailed ambience and atmosphere.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $29.95      Listen          

Forsberg, Marta: TKAC [VINYL]
(thanatosis produktion)

Tkać means to weave, as Swedish electroacoustic sound artist Marta Forsberg interwines drones, first through a work of sound and light using frozen and processed violin sounds that slowly shift in minimal repetition; then in a synthetic work exploring darkness, light and colour by means of LED light, fabric, sequins, and minimalistic drone-based electronic music.
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

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

A "travelogue" of Swedish composer and songwriter Adrian Knight's guitar explorations, works originally released on his digital-only and now dormant label Pink Pamphlet, drawing from work recorded in his home studio that developed from sketches and experimentation, along with new recordings including one with saxophonist David Lackner; beautifully moody and elegant music.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

OTONN : Two Crumbling Shapes [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]

The electroacoustic duo of singer Andrea Silvia Giordano and drummer Nicholas Remondino, working with Pierre Bastien, E-cor Ensemble, Gianluca Verlingieri, Maria Dybbroe and Torstein Lavik Larsen, create uniquely motioned works of decay, deconstruction and destruction, percussion and voice weaving amid unusual sonic sources both abstract and rhythmic.
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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.

 Recent Reviews on The Squid's Ear

Evan Parker ElectroAcoustic Ensemble (w/ Sainkho Namtchylak): Fixing the Fluctuating Ideas (Les Disques Victo)
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Paul Dunmall / Matthew Shipp / Joe Morris / Gerald Cleaver: The Bright Awakening (RogueArt)
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The Selva + Machinefabriek: Barbatrama (Shhpuma)
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Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio: Moon on the Lake (Libra Records)
Satoko Fujii Tokyo Trio: Moon on the Lake (Libra Records)


 Stay Current With Squidco

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• 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]

Black Top Presents: Hamid Drake / Elaine Mitchener / William Parker / Orphy Robinson / Pat Thomas:
Some Good News [2 CDs]

Lucio Bonaldo:
Concrete Union
(Creative Sources)

Joseph Branciforte / Theo Bleckmann :

William Burroughs S.:
Ali's Smile [VINYL]
(Paradigm Discs)

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

Tom Cora / David Moss:
Cargo Cult Revival

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

East Axis (Matthew Shipp / Allen Lowe / Gerald Cleaver / Kevin Ray):
Cool With That

Julius Eastman:
Three Extended Pieces For Four Pianos [2 CDs]
(Sub Rosa)

Dal Ngai

Die Abenteuer des Birg Borgenthal

EUPHORIUM_freakestra :
Soundz Offfe Drzk Wahuh [2 CDs]

Four Letter Words (Piet / Wark / Harris):

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

Das Besuchte Getrank (Eine Suite Fur Zwei Unendliche Parallelen. Sie Treffen Sich.)

Gay - Wir Saunawirt

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

Devin Gray / Dave Ballou / Ryan Ferreira :
(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)

Jane in Ether (Klein / Mayas / Voutchkova):

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

Yan Jun / Zhu Wenbo:

Jason Kahn:
Infinity Suite [BOOK + CD]


Kenneth Kirschner / Joseph Branciforte:
From the Machine: Volume 1 [VINYL]

Chris Moore / Adam Shead:
The Flower Of Paradise

Bill Nace:
One Note (Solo Guitar 2) [VINYL]
(Open Mouth)

Never (Bennett / Wright / Darrup):
Not Nothing

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'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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