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SQUIDCO Email Update September 16, 2022

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
September 16, 2022

"Where music comes from is not from your head,
Not from ideas,
But straight from what you're hearing,
With all its rhythmic/harmonic/melodic implications."
—Gordon Grdina

   Creative Artists

• Michel Banabila
• Samuel Blaser
• Allison Cameron/Apartment House
• Carter/Shipp/Parker/Cleaver
• Richard Comte
• Great Waitress (Mayas/Brooks/Altman)
• Jaki Green Shelton
• Die Hochstapler
• Susie Ibarra/Tashi Dorji
• Jackson/Jan Hoogland/Abrams/Patrick Avery
• Rudi Mahall/Michael Griener
• John McCowen
• Hedvig Mollestad
• Tatsuya Nakatani/Kawabata Makoto
• Nichunimu (Vergara/Carrasco/Mardones)
• Nomad Trio (feat Grdina/Mitchell/Black)
• Bill Orcutt
• Tim Parkinson/Apartment House

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

577 Records
Acid Mothers Temple
Another Timbre
Astral Spirits

Rune Grammofon
Slam Productions
Soul City Sounds
Tapu Records
Umlaut Records


   Jazz & Improvisation

Blaser, Samuel: Solo Bone
(Slam Productions)

A magnificent solo performance for Swiss Radio captured at Salle Faller, Conservatoire de La Chaux-de-Fonds in Switzerland in 2007 from trombonist Samuel Blaser, performing seven original, melodically inclined compositions performed with masterful technique and powerfully clear tone, along with an assertive reading of Ellington's "Mood Indigo".
     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Carter, Daniel / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver: Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2 [VINYL]
(577 Records)

The 2nd of two studio albums from the quartet of Daniel Carter on saxophone & flute, Matthew Shipp on piano, William Parker on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums, recordings from the same sessions as the 1st volume with five shorter works, as the long-time collaborators and friends show their nearly telepathic rapport in adventurous and masterful modern jazz.
Squidco Pick

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Great Waitress (Mayas / Brooks / Altman): Back, Before

Gorgeously subtle improvisation of a primarily acoustic nature through unfolding soundscapes of intricate restraint and deep listening, from the trio of Berlin pianist Magda Mayas and Sydney improvisers Monica Brooks on accordion and Laura Altman on clarinet & feedback, in their 4th release, recorded live in the reverberant church hall of the Annandale Creative Arts Centre.
Squidco Pick

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Hochstapler, Die : Within
(Umlaut Records)

Their group name Die Hochstapler translating to "The Impostors", the fourth (and arguably 5th) exuberant free jazz album from the Berlin quartet of Pierre Borel on alto saxophone, cymbals & bird calls, Louis Laurain on trumpet & vocals, Antonio Borghini on double bass and Hannes Lingens on drums & vibraphone was recorded during their February 2022 residency at Au Topsi Pohl.
Squidco Pick

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Ibarra, Susie / Tashi Dorji: Master of Time [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)

Commissioned for the Tang Museum's "The Second Buddha: Master of Time", the duo of percussionist Susie Ibarra and guitarist Tashi Dorji envision the legendary figure Padmasambhava, who brought Buddhism to Tibet, through two extended improvisations of close communication and tight interaction, including gamelan-like percussion and unusually tuned guitar abstractions.
Squidco Pick

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Jackson, Keefe / Oscar Jan Hoogland / Joshua Abrams / Mikel Patrick Avery: These Things Happen [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)

Drawing on the traditions of jazz by reference and by covers of "Bemsha Swing" (Monk), "The Happenings" (Nichols) and "Gotta Get Some Sleep" (Redman), this exuberant 2016 concert at Bimhuis in Amsterdam brings together three great Chicago players--Keefe Jackson on sax, Joshua Abrams on bass & Mikel Patrick Avery on drums--with Dutch pianist Oscar Jan Hoogland.
Squidco Pick

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Mahall, Rudi / Michael Griener: Jazzpreis [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)

Bringing together two acclaimed German improvisers who met in Nuremberg in 1982 as teens--reedist Rudi Mahall and drummer/vibraphonist Michael Griener, "bumbling" around to learn free jazz together, heard now 40 years later as authoritative players recording as a duo in 2020 & 21 in Kotzlin and Berlin for eight energetically creative and buoyantly upbeat dialogs.
Squidco Pick

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Nakatani, Tatsuya / Kawabata Makoto: Reverse Fault
(Acid Mothers Temple)

Recording at percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani's studio Nakatani-Kobo in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico and at Acid Mother's Temple guitarist Kawabata Makoto's studio in Asuka, Nara, Japan, the duo continue their collaborations honed through live touring and various improv configurations, generating incredible seismic sonics through unusual use of their instruments.
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Nichunimu (Vergara / Carrasco / Mardones): Un Cacho de Metal, Un Resto de Vaiven
(577 Records)

Experimental improvisation that moves in and out of jazz territory from the Chilean trio of Benjamin Vergara on trumpet, Nicolas Carrasco on synthesizer and Matias Mardones on percussion, recording in the studio the day after their performance at the 2019 Relincha Festival in Ciudad de Valdivia, focusing on patterns of circularity and repetition to inform their playing.
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Nomad Trio (feat Gordon Grdina / Matt Mitchell / Jim Black): Boiling Point
(Astral Spirits)

The second release from guitarist and oud improviser Gordon Grdina's Boiling Point Trio with Matt Mitchell on piano and Jim Black on drums, following their excellent 2020 Martian Kitties album, solidified into a tight unit from touring, Grdina's writing showcasing each player's ability to improvise around complex rhythmic, harmonic, and melodically rich compositions.
Squidco Pick

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Banabila, Michel : Winter Sketches Mixtape [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Tapu Records)

Extended tape mixes from Dutch experimenter and sound artist Michel Banabila, using recycled tapes and a granular sampler to create layers that include physical sounds and aberrant behavior of cassette tapes themselves, in two extended "Sketches" plus seven shorter works, three never previously released, particularly "Camera" featuring Olaf Keus on snare & conga.
     Buy      $6.95      Listen          

Banabila, Michel: More Research From The Same Dept. [ [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD]
(Tapu Records)

A followup to The Latest Research From The Department Of Electrical Engineering, Dutch experimental sound artist Michel Banabila shows his most explorative side through eleven compositions using electronics, found sounds, field recordings, synthetics and acousmatic sources, a wonderfully inspired set of contructions that float like machines in a dream.
Squidco Pick

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Comte, Richard: Endless Tapes [CASSETTE]

An immersive drone performed on acoustic guitar, captured and extended through loops and effects and recorded to 4-track cassette, from French improviser Richard Comte (Hippie Diktat, Vegan Dallas), a single extended piece that begins with actively repeating chords that evolve into rich layers of textured, expansive loops, a seemingly infinite work that begs to be looped.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Green, Jaki Shelton : The River Speaks of Thirst [VINYL]
(Soul City Sounds)

A collection of poems written by and read by ninth Poet Laureate of North Carolina and the first African American and third woman to hold the title--Jaki Shelton Green–-presenting 11 texts with experimental sound work arranged by Shirlette Ammons, a fascinating set of observations and an insightful selection of "political statement, cultural commentary, and an aesthetic milestone".
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Green, Jaki Shelton: I Want to Undie You [CD EP]
(Soul City Sounds)

A CD EP from North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, the first African American and third woman to receive the appointment, persenting her work "I Want to Undie You" expressing her sorrow at the unexpected death of her daughter Imani and a celebration of her life, with audio arrangements by Alec Ferrel, plus versions of the text and music only.
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Mollestad, Hedvig : Tempest Revisited [VINYL]
(Rune Grammofon)

For her 2nd solo record aside from her rock trio, guitarist Hedvig Mollestad Thomassen expands her orchestration to an octet, adding jazz-rock elements while balancing scorching playing with lyrical and open passages, as she pays tribute to Arne Nordheim's 1979 composition for Shakespeare's "The Tempest", and for her own experiences of furious weather in her home town of Ålesund.
     Buy      $35.95      Listen          



Cameron, Allison / Apartment House: Somatic Refrain
(Another Timbre)

A diverse set of compositions from Canadian composer Allison Cameron showing the breadth of her interests across experimental and compositional forms, including a solo multiphonic work for bass clarinet; a guitar trio with the Allison Cameron band of Cameron, Eric Chenaux & Stephen Parkinson; and Apartment House performing quintet and sextet compositions.
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McCowen, John: Models of Duration [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)

A co-release with Dinzu Artefacts, clarinetist John McCowen continues his investigation into the physical possibilites of the clarinet family, here on contrabass clarinet for four fully acoustic recordings of continuous tones and unexpected aural phenomena through circular breathing while generating intense harmonics and multiphonics of earth-shaking ferocity.
Squidco Pick

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Orcutt, Bill: Music for Four Guitars [VINYL]

Using four guitars tracks, each assigned to a specific melody in counterpoint, Bill Orcutt presents an assertive set of fourteen compositions in a minimalist form--think Steve Reich--each part organized through controlled freneticism that tames the wild nature inherent in each piece; a downloadable 80 page score illustrates the complex madness of the guitarist's mind.
     Buy      $24.95      Listen          

Parkinson, Tim / Apartment House: An Album
(Another Timbre)

Collecting five chamber works from prolific London-based composer Tim Parkinson, written between 1998 and 2017 and performed by the Apartment House ensemble: one piece for solo violin performed by Mira Benjamin, two duos for violin & piano (by Benjamin & Siwan Rhys), a quintet for winds and strings and a septet, both featuring flute and bass clarinet.
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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

Daniel Carter / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver: Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2 (577 Records)
Daniel Carter / Matthew Shipp / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver: Welcome Adventure! Vol. 2 (577 Records)

Wade Matthews / Carmen Morales: Fall (Aural Terrains)
Wade Matthews / Carmen Morales: Fall (Aural Terrains)

Sylvie Courvoisier/ Mary Halvorson: Searching for the Disappeared Hour (Pyroclastic Records)
Sylvie Courvoisier/ Mary Halvorson: Searching for the Disappeared Hour (Pyroclastic Records)

Albert Ayler: La Cave Live, Cleveland 1966 Revisited [2 CDs] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
Albert Ayler: La Cave Live, Cleveland 1966 Revisited [2 CDs] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

John Cage / Apartment House: Number Pieces (Another Timbre)
John Cage / Apartment House: Number Pieces (Another Timbre)

Mario Pavone/Dialect Trio + 1: Blue Vertical (Out of Your Head Records)
Mario Pavone/Dialect Trio + 1: Blue Vertical (Out of Your Head Records)


 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.


Samuel Blaser:
7th Heaven
(Between The Lines)

Samuel Blaser / Consort In Motion:
A Mirror To Machaut

Samuel Blaser / Marc Ducret :
(Jazzdor Series)

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

Dreamstruck (Crispell / Fonda / Sorgen):
With Grace In Mind
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Joel Futterman:
Intervals 2
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Graewe / Lonberg Holm / Gratkowski:
Trilinear Polarity
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Magnus Granberg :
Night Will Fade and Fall Apart [2 CDs]
(thanatosis produktion)

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

The Haters / Kavader:
De Haters Und Kadaver [CASSETTE]
(Tribe Tapes)

Die Hochstapler :
Beauty Lies
(Umlaut Records)

Made in China (Michael Blake / Samuel Blaser / Michael Sarin):
(For Tune)

Artur Malecki & The Creature Trio (w/ Chmiel / Aftyka):
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Aonghus McEvoy :
Under & Cracked [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Astral Spirits)

Rie Nakajima / Takahiro Kawaguchi:
(Tsss Tapes)

Tatsuya Nakatani / Donald Miller / Rob Cambre / Emmalee Sutton :
Moisant Stock Yards

Tatsuya Nakatani / Kris Tiner:

Tatsuya Nakatani / Kyle Motl:

Tatsuya Nakatani / Shawn Hansan / Michal Stover / Jeff Harshbarger:
Kansas City Ship

Hal Russell / Joel Futterman:
The Chicago River [3 CDs]
(Fundacja Sluchaj!)

David Ryan (Crosby / Innocenti / Lash):
Fields And Refrains
(Aural Terrains)

Seabrook / Cleaver / Cooper-Moore:
In The Swarm [VINYL]
(Astral Spirits)

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

Various Artists:
Free Percussion/Water [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD]
(Tsss Tapes)

Devin Waldman Brahja / Hamid Drake:
Mediumistic Methodology [CASSETTE]
(Astral Spirits)

Christian Wolfarth :
39 / Part I - III
(Hiddenbell Records)

Yamazaki / Ino / Hayashi:

Alex Zethson:
(thanatosis produktion)

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