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SQUIDCO Email Update, August 27, 2021

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
August 27, 2021

"We're not on the outside looking in,
We're on the outside looking out."
—John Zorn

   Creative Artists

• Lucio Bonaldo
• Chansons du Crepuscule (Helene Breschand/Elliott Sharp)
• Tom Cora/David Moss
• Axel Dorner/Roger Turner/Ra Ra da Boff
• ForM
• Four Letter Words (Piet/Wark/Harris)
• Joe Harriott Quintet
• The J. & F. Band
• je'raf
• Jean Claude Jones (JC)/and friends
• Liuzzi/Massaro/La Volpe/Martusciello
• Brandon Lopez Trio
• Cecilia Lopez
• John Medeski
• Matt Mitchell/Kate Gentile
• Bill Nace
• PEK Solo
• Oliver Schwerdt
• Synkretika (Carl Stone/Elliott Sharp)
• Anna Webber
• John Zorn

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Creative Sources
Evil Clown
ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd

Long Song Records
Open Mouth
Pi Recordings
Relative Pitch
zOaR Records


   Jazz & Improvisation

Cora, Tom / David Moss: Cargo Cult Revival

Essential performers on the 80s Downtown NY scene, cellist Tom Cora and percussionist & vocalist David Moss released this album in 1983 on Fred Frith's Rift label, ten active and often absurd duo improvisation of informed interaction, intertwining strings, drums, odd rhythmic sources and strange vocal utterances, yielding to both serious improv and whimsical notions.
     Buy      $17.95      Listen          

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

Ra Ra da Boff is an alter ego for keyboardist Oliver Schwerdt, here performing on electric organ in a trio with trumpeter Axel Dörner and percussionist Roger Turner, the three turning free improvisation on its ear through extended and unusual approaches to their instruments in an impressionistic set of three impressive and slowly tumultuous extended conversations; exemplary!
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Four Letter Words (Piet / Wark / Harris): Blow

The Chicago trio of tenor saxophonist Jake Wark, pianist Matt Piet and drummer Bill Harris in a forceful and exuberant trio that grew out of the weekly free improvisation workshop "Sound of the City" at Constellation, initially a collective that developed a set of compositions from each member, presented here in their exceptional and exciting debut album.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Harriott, Joe Quintet: Free Form & Abstract Revisited [2 CDs]
(ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Two essential early 60s release from famed UK saxophonist Joe Harriott, an innovator bringing free jazz concepts to the British audience with his quintet of Shake Kane on trumpet & flugelhorn, Pat Smythe on piano, Coleridge Goode on double bass and Phil Seaman on drums, referencing the new forms of jazz from US artists like Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Jones, Jean Claude (JC) / and friends: Nucleous

The fifth in bassist, guitarist and Kadima label-leader JC Jones "Distance Series", works assembled through virtual sessions with associated artists, Jones performing on Spanish guitar which he plays as a lap guitar, on Nucleous creating a set of five unusual vocal works with internationally reknown vocalists Meira Asher, Esti Kenan-Ofri, Anat Pick and Josef Sprinzak.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Liuzzi / Massaro / La Volpe / Martusciello: Elica Multisensory Improvisation
(Creative Sources)

A fascinating Italian project using improv techniques on voice, bass clarinet, prepared guitars & banjos and live electronics, allowing each musician to generate sounds by using their senses to listen and reflect on the world around them, from Elio Martusciello (live electronics), Chiara Liuzzi (voice), Francesco Massaro (reeds & electronics) & Adolfo La Volpe (guitars & objects).
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Lopez, Brandon Trio: Live at Roulette
(Relative Pitch)

Calling his music jazz and not jazz, bassist Brandon Lopez demands of his listeners to dance, as the quartet of Lopez, Steve Baczkowski on saxophones, Gerald Cleaver on percussion and Cecilia Lopez on synthesizer are heard in this energetic live concert at Roulette Intermedium in Brooklyn, blurring free jazz with experimental sound that never loses its strong grooves.
Squidco Pick

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Lopez, Cecilia : Red (DB)
(Relative Pitch)

Argentinian sound artist based in NYC Cecilia Lopez engages fellow Brandon Lopez Trio double bassist Lopez and drummer Gerald Cleaver for a performance of improvisation, installation and architecture, using woven wire nets filled with instruments and hung from Roulette Intermedia's ceiling to act as a complex feedback organism with which the trio interacts.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Medeski, John: Crawlspace

Music with "no restrictions, no guidelines, no imposed intention, no expectation" from keyboardist John Medeski, in an album that evolves static noise into rich and fascinating soundscapes, a blend of improvisation and composition using electric and acoustic keyboards, synthesizers, mellotron and early electronic gear, masterfully unfurled in riveting ways.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Mitchell, Matt / Kate Gentile: Snark Horse [6 CD Box Set]
(Pi Recordings)

With a superb ensemble appearing in various combinations, including saxophonist Jon Irabagon, violist Mat Maneri, guitarists Ava Mendoza & Brandon Seabrook, &c. the duo of pianist/keyboardist Matt Mitchell and drummer Kate Gentile release an epic 6-CD box of recordings expanding on one-bar compositions and short electronic pieces divided into six volumes; stunning!
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $34.95      Listen          

PEK Solo: For Alto (For Anthony Braxton)
(Evil Clown)

In 1969 alto saxophonist Anthony Braxton released an unprecedented solo saxophone album, For Alto, dedicating each piece to a composer or player, including Leroy Jenkins and John Cage; Boston improviser David Peck took this album as inspiration to create his own extended solo improvisation as a tribute to Braxton, performing on a classic Selmer Balanced Action saxophone.
     Buy      $12.95      Listen          

Schwerdt, Oliver: Storming Bauhaus [2CDs]

Eschewing his many monikers (Birg Borgenthal, Elan Pauer and Ra Ra da Boff) pianist Oliver Schwerdt steps away from EUPHORIUM_freakestra, uses his given name, and takes the stage of the Bauhaus building in Dessau where such legends as Fred van Hove and Alexander von Schlippenbach have played, to record these four exemplary and extended, kinetic & free solo piano improvisations.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

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

One of the pioneers of live computer music, Carl Stone and guitarist, multi-reedist and electronic artist Elliott Sharp have had a long association sharing concert stages together, heard here in 2019 at Bar Ishee in Tokyo for a unique concert of syncretic improvisation, merging instrumental music with unusual concrete and acousmatic sonic manifestations.
     Buy      $11.95      Listen          

Webber, Anna: Idiom [2 CDs]
(Pi Recordings)

In various configurations of her ensemble--from trios to 12 performers--composer, saxophonist & flutist Anna Weber composed these six pieces based around specific wind techniques, including the use of multiphonics, alternate fingerings, buzzes, air sounds, key clicks & overblown notes, explored through an exuberant and embraceable balance of improvised and composed "Idioms".
Squidco Pick

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Zorn, John: Nostradamus: The Death of Satan

The Simulacrum trio of John Medeski on organ, Kenny Grohowski on drums and Matt Hollenberg on guitar, with prior releases Inferno, Unspeakable Depravity..., Beyond Good And Evil and Baphomet, continue composer John Zorn's investigation on the dark side of swinging jazz merged with rock & compositional attitudes, as he explores the written works of Antonin Artaud.
Squidco Pick

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Bonaldo, Lucio: Concrete Union
(Creative Sources)

Using percussion, cymbals, various objects, computer and sound sculptures made by Bruno Girardi, Italian percussionist Lucio Bonaldo, known for the group L'imbroglio, presents a set of recordings performed live and direct, captured between 2018 & 2019, including a Sonorization of a literary passage taken from "Traviso" by Alberto Cellotto, and "Altken", an overdubbed work.
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

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

A collection of original songs and interpretations inspired by Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg, from vocalist Hélène Breschand, also performing on harp, electronics & field recordings, in a duo with Elliott Sharp, who creates grooves and instrumental environments on guitar, synth, bass, drum programming & electronics, each song beautifully fractured and rich in detail.
     Buy      $11.95      Listen          

ForM: ForM

An album of electronic rhythmical work, glitch, soundscape experimentation and hallucinatory sound from Robert Newell, a member of Amalgamated, with fellow Amalgamated member Phillip Klampe assisting in contribution and production; 14 concise and diverse examples of twisted conceptual sound following a concept of life forming from the brine.
     Buy      $22.95      Listen          

je'raf: Throw Neck

Reminding of Downtown NY bands in the vein of No Safety or Curlew, this Chicago/NY 7-piece blurs rock, jazz and funk forms with intelligent and often satirical lyrics, upbeat and joyful music that defies categorization through groove-based songs that playfully critique while keeping it all danceable and fun, in a wonderfully talented and enjoyable album.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $9.95      Listen          



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

Following their first record with this powerful blues rock & jazz album, the Italian/US J & F Band of Tiziano Tononi (drums), Joe Fonda (bass), drummer/percussionist Jaimoe and Pach, Peewee Durante (keys), Alberto Mandarini (trumpet), Beppe Caruso (trombone) and Gianluigi Paganelli (tuba), with guest guitarist David Grissom and vocalist Lamar Williams Jr.
Squidco Pick

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

An early recording of guitarist Bill Nace performing solo in Bennington, Vermont in 2007, originally released on cassette in 2008 on the Open Mouth label, here re-pressed on LP to re-introduce an earlier, wilder side to Nace's playing through brief pieces of diverse intention using an array of objects to transform his guitar into a tightly honed sonic device.
     Buy      $25.95          


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.


Amalgamated (Bengsten / Newell / Klampe / Richards):

Judith Berkson:
(Notice Recordings)

David Birchall / Adam Fairhall / Michael Perrett / Yoni Silver / Otto Willberg:
Aggregate Glows In The Cold
(Creative Sources)

Joseph Branciforte / Theo Bleckmann :

Kevin Corcoran / Jacob Felix Heule:
(Notice Recordings)

Grande Casino [3 CDS]

Sandy Ewen / Keith Rowe / Damon Smith + Gooseberry Marmalade:
Houston 2012 [2CDs]
(Balance Point Acoustics)

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

Gay - Wir Saunawirt

Per Gardin / Vasco Trilla:
(Creative Sources)

GPS Trio (Chris Pitsiokos / Luke Stewart / Devin Gray):
Blast Beat Blues
(Rataplan Records)

I/O: Carlos Santos / Ilrich Mitzlaff:
Studies on Colour Fields Modulation
(Creative Sources)

Izquierdo / Lewandowski / Kuldkepp / Mayer:
Favourite Galaxy
(Creative Sources)

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

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

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

Eli Keszler:

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

Mara Kolibri / Fredi Proll:
Primus 17
(Creative Sources)

Small Pauer [3'' CD]

CM_30 (Music for a performance by Kolja Huneck)
(Not On Label (Machinefabriek Self-released))

Modelbau (Frans de Waard):

Chris Moore / Adam Shead:
The Flower Of Paradise

Never (Bennett / Wright / Darrup):
Not Nothing

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

Omegatre (Colafiglio / Romano / Cicala):
Terre Rare
(Creative Sources)

PEK Solo:
Completeness for Flutes and Double Reeds
(Evil Clown)

PEK Solo:
Complex and Real Dimensions
(Evil Clown)

PEK Solo:
(Evil Clown)

PEK Solo :
Semantic Notions [3 CDs]
(Evil Clown)

PEK Solo / An Orchestra of PEKs:
(Evil Clown)

Matt Piet:

Porphyr (Reuter / Krennerich):
(Creative Sources)

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

Rodrigues / Carvalho / Rodrigues / Valinho:
(Creative Sources)

Ernesto Rodrigues / Joana Sa / Luisa Goncalves / Carlos Santos:
(Creative Sources)

Claire Rousay:
A Collection [2 CDs]
(American Dreams Records)

Oliver Schwerdt :
Prestige / No Smoking [2CDs]

Elliot Sharp :

Elliot Sharp / Orchestra Carbon:
(zOaR Records)

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

Somnoroase Pasarele:
0RT0 (I-IV)

You Sung Jin / Vincent Laju:
(Creative Sources)

Birgit Ulher / Damon Smith / Chris Cogburn:
The Eternity-Cult
(Balance Point Acoustics)

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

Alexander Zethson :
Pole Of Inaccessibility [2 CDs]
(thanatosis produktion)

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