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SQUIDCO Email Update August 19, 2022

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
August 19, 2022

"Friction is a main part of the game.
It would be very boring to agree on everything all the time —
In fact, we hardly ever do."
—Georg Graewe

   Creative Artists

• Nat Baldwin
• Columbia Icefield (Nate Wooley/Mary Halvorson/Ryan Sawyer)
• Craig Dempsey Lee
• Thom Elliott
• Falco/Sinton/WIlson
• Guillaume Gargaud/Patrice Grente
• Georg Graewe Quintet
• Bill Harris
• Steve Lacy/Evan Parker
• Wills McKenna/Norman W. Long/Ishmael Ali/Bill Harris
• Jessica Pavone/Lukas Koenig/Matt Mottel
• Philippakopoulos, Anastassis
• Hans Reichel
• Jon Rose
• Josh Sinton
• Ches Smith (w/ Bill Frisell/Mat Maneri/Craig Taborn)
• Success Pistols (Finer/Bevins/Davidovici/Hong)
• Fabrice Villard/Pierre-Stephane Meuge
• Rutger Zuydervelt/Bruno Duplant

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

577 Records
Corbett vs. Dempsey
Edition Wandelweiser Records
FiP recordings
Marthasville Fine Audio Recordings

Open Systems Records
Pyroclastic Records
Recommended Records
Sublime Retreat
Traced Objects
Tribe Tapes


   Jazz & Improvisation

Baldwin, Nat: Autonomia II: Recombinations [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLAOD]
(Traced Objects)

Four unedited performances of extreme double bass work from Tripticks label leader Nat Baldwin, merging free playing with extraneous bass sounds, noise and unusual techniques, yielding a muscular set of double bass improvisations, the opening tracks building technique around fractured lyrical expression as the album builds to the closing "negation" of burning intensity.
     Buy      $8.95      Listen          

Columbia Icefield (Nate Wooley / Mary Halvorson / Ryan Sawyer): Ancient Songs of Burlap Heroes
(Pyroclastic Records)

The second outing for trumpeter and composer Nate Wooley's Columbia Icefield band with Mary Halvorson on guitar, Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar, Ryan Sawyer on drums, plus violist Mat Maneri and bassist Trevor Dunn joining for one track; an album of sublime and subtly complex sondscapes in beautiful abstractions that evolve to exceptional group and solo interplay.
Squidco Pick

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Falco / Sinton / Wilson: Adumbrations
(FiP recordings)

Taking the place of both bass and horn in this uniquely orchestrated piano trio, the long friendship of NY improviser Josh Sinton on baritone sax, bass clarinet & flute with Boston-area improvisers, pianist Jed Wilson and drummer Tony Falco, is heard in the intimate and warm dialog the three share in their 2021 performance at the Soul Shop in Medford, Massachusetts.
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Gargaud, Guillaume / Patrice Grente: Intuition's Days
(Open Systems Records)

The first recording between French improvisers, guitarist Guillaume Gargaud and double bassist Patrice Grente, who began their work together in 2016 performing noise and minimalist music, increasing the frequency of their collaborations until a forced 1 year break, meeting again in 2021 to record this beautifully complementing set of all-acoustic duos.
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Graewe, Georg Quintet: New Movements
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

First-ever reissue of the 1976 FMP album from the adventurous German hard-bop quintet led by pianist Georg Graewe, with Horst Grabosch on trumpet, Harald Dau on saxophones, Hans Schneider on bass and Achim Kramer on drums, embracing post-bop, freebop, free jazz, and free improvisation in an exciting live recording from "Jazz Now" at the Quarter Latin in Berlin, Germany in 1976.
Squidco Pick

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Graewe, Georg Quintet: Pink Pong
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

A year and a half after their live debut on FMP, the German free/hard-bop quintet led by pianist Georg Graewe with Horst Grabosch on trumpet, Harald Dau on saxophones, Hans Schneider on bass and Achim Kramer on drums, recorded this studio album of extraordinary free improv presenting brilliantly intricate and exciting compositions, here in its first fully remastered reissue.
Squidco Pick

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Harris, Bill: Blinking Glue

An extension of his prior solo record, ONOMAT, Chicago drummer & percussionist Bill Harris also uses a prepared floor tom and feedback in this unedited 25 minute live performance at Music Garage in Illinois, notated for six track section as he explores unique rhythmic concepts augmented with encompassing environmental sonics and unusual disruptive elements.
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Lacy, Steve / Evan Parker: Chirps
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

The first reissue in three decades of the 1985 SAJ Series FMP album bringing together legendary saxophonists Steve Lacy and Evan Parker, both on soprano saxophone, for two extended improvisations of magnificent reed interactions and a final coda, performed live during Summer Music at Haus am Waldsee, in Berlin, 1985; an essential album of masterful musicianship.
Squidco Pick

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McKenna, Wills / Norman W. Long / Ishmael Ali / Bill Harris: Anemoi [2 CDs]

Part of cellist Ishmael Ali's Chi Away Project recording small ensembles of new collaborations between Chicago musicians of diverse backgrounds, this live recording of energetic and unique free jazz and ea-improv was captured at Marmalade in 2021, bringing together Ali, drummer Bill Harris, saxophonist & flutist Wills McKenna and sound artist Normal W. Long.
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Pavone, Jessica / Lukas Koenig / Matt Mottel: Spam Likely
(577 Records)

Self-describing their approach to improvisation as a "free-range sonic stew", the trio of Jessica Pavone on viola & electronics, Lukas Koenig (MOPCUT) on drums and Matt Mottel (Talibam!) on keytar & guitar, find common ground in extended conversations, both through rapid and weaving interactions and in expansive evolutions of sweeping sonic inspiration.
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Reichel, Hans: Bonobo Beach: Some More Guitar Solos
(Corbett vs. Dempsey)

The fourth and final record of solo guitar works from German guitarist and instrument inventor Hans Reichel, perhaps the most lyrical of the lot as he improvises on an unusual set of guitars, including a fretless Spanish guitar, 6 & 12 string guitars with extra frets, and an electric pick-behind-the-bridge guitar; fully restored artwork includes Reichel's amusing insert.
Squidco Pick

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Rose, Jon: State of Play [2 CDs]
(Recommended Records)

An expansive double album from Australian violinist and mad genius Jon Rose, in solo, duo and odd orchestral settings, including tracks with Jim Denley, Clayton Thomas, Robbie Avenaim, &c.; a project with a 32-string automaton violin + string ensemble; a work for a casino-music driven player-piano; a dueling banjo and interactively bowed violin, &c. &c.; masterfully inexplicable!
Squidco Pick

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Sinton, Josh: Book of Practitioners, Vol. 1 "H"
(FiP recordings)

Six etude studies originally written by Steve Lacy in the 1980s, with whom NY baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton collaborated in the early 2000s, and who gave his blessings to Sinton's approach and adaption of each, developed subsequently for 20 years and recorded in 2021 for this album, demonstrating Sinton's personal approach to both Lacy's material and with the deep reed saxophone.
Squidco Pick

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Smith, Ches (w/ Bill Frisell / Mat Maneri / Craig Taborn): Interpret It Well
(Pyroclastic Records)

Expanding drummer and composer Ches Smith's working band of violist Mat Maneri and pianist Craig Taborn with guitarist Bill Frisell, who had joined the band for one live gig that felt so natural that recording as a quartet was a natural conclusion, heard here in seven compositions that allow room for band members to improvise or "Interpret" on the compositions themselves.
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Success Pistols (Finer / Bevins / Davidovici / Hong): First Shot

Borrowing from jazz/improvised music, new compositional forms and avant reductionist traditions, the Montreal quartet Success Pistol release their debut album of compositions by saxophonist Dustin Finder, oral instructions including game pieces that leave room for improvisation; with Scott Bevins on trumpet, and husband and wife duo Eli Davidovici on bass and Mili Hong on drums.
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Dempsey, Craig Lee : 22:00 (CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD)
(Marthasville Fine Audio Recordings)

Atlanta, GA sound artist Craig Lee Dempsey (US Prisms, Ben Trickey Full Band, The Weight, Thoroughbred) issues his first fully solo album of ambient drones developed from guitar and synthesizer sources, with rich implied rhythmic pulses that slowly evolve through the six pieces on this cassette & download release, all six pieces adding up to 22 minutes of sound.
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Elliott, Thom: Human Heart Worm [CASSETTE]
(Tribe Tapes)

An album of thick, dark noise like a tunneling heart worm from Michigan noise musician Thom Elliott (Pleasure Dome Tapez), recorded in isolation during the pandemic in 2021, self-described as "my most aggressively revolting sonic landscapes", in four parts of detailed sludge that surprise with frequent sonic twists and turns on their pulsing tours.
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Zuydervelt, Rutger / Bruno Duplant: Synchronicite
(Sublime Retreat)

Powerfully warm swells of organ drones and intricate textures, creating clouds of beautiful sonic environments to wrap around your ears, from the duo of Rutger Zuydervelt (aka Machinefabriek) on electronics and Bruno Duplant on organ, Zuydervelt adding sonic interest and a psychedelic touch to the majestic power of Duplant's extended chords.
Squidco Pick

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Philippakopoulos, Anastassis : Piano 1 Piano 2 Piano 3
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

An album of concentrated expression for solo piano in three works from French composer Anastassis Philippakopoulos and meticulously performed by Serbian pianist Teodora Stepancic, exploring intervals through minimalistic progressions, titled "Piano 1", "Piano 2" & "Piano 3", each in two or three parts as they build to explosive moments in the final movement.
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Villard, Fabrice / Pierre-Stephane Meuge: Musique Logique

25 pieces for solo saxophone in a tribute to and following the logical number games of minimalist composer Tom Johnson, composed by clarinetist and ensemble Dedalus member Farbrice Villard under the inspiration of Johnson's collection Rational Melodies, and performed by the extraordinary French clarinetist Pierre-Stephane Meuge (Counterpoise).
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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.


Abhorrent Expanse (Polipnick / Fratzke / Courage / Glenn):
Gateways To Resplendence

Ali / Foster / Lopez / Wallace:
The Inflatable Leviathan [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Tripticks Tapes)

Nat Baldwin :
(Tripticks Tapes)

Maya Bennardo / Erik Blennow Calaly / Kristofer Svensson:
Two Skies
(thanatosis produktion)

Samuel Blaser / Consort In Motion:
A Mirror To Machaut

The Chicago Plan (Swell / Ullmann / Lonberg-Holm / Zerang):
For New Zealand
(Not Two)

Richard Comte:
Endless Tapes [CASSETTE]

Richard Comte:
Travel Patterns [EP]

Gareth Davis / Machinefabriek:
Standards (of Sorts)
(Sublime Retreat)

John Franek:
About The Color Of The Moon
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Sage Harlow J :
Variations Without A Theme (Drones Ongs)
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Hippie Diktat:
Gran Sasso

Kuchen / Fernandez / Kaucic:
The Steps That Resonate
(Not Two)

McPhee / Edwards / Kugel:
Existential Moments
(Not Two)

Robinson / Whitecage / Filiano / Grassi:
Live @ VisionFest. 20
(Not Two)

Brianna Tong / Johanna Brock / Andrew Scott Young / Ishmael Ali:

Tragic Assembly:
Blood Drains And Memories
(Soul City Sounds)

Federico Ughi:
The Space Within
(Slam Productions)

Kelsey Wilson:
Secular Music [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Marthasville Fine Audio Recordings)

 Squidco Workspace

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