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SQUIDCO Email Update, December 14, 2018

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
December 14, 2018
"It's like learning a language;
you can't speak a language fluently
until you find out who you are in that language,
and that has as much to do with your body
as it does with vocabulary and grammar."
—Fred Frith

Squid Bubbles  Creative Artists

• Derek Bailey / Vertrek Ensemble
• Chicago Edge Ensemble (Phillips/Drake/Williams/Bishop/Pablan)
• Zack Clarke
• Francesco Cusa & The Assassins Meets Duccio Bertini
• Drone Trio (Davis/Frith/Greenlief)
• Hamar Trio (Holm/Faustino/Morao)
• Ikui Doki (Bernado/Mayot/Rinaudo)
• Frantz Loriot/Christian Wolfarth
• Szilard Mezei Tul A Tiszan Innen Ensemble
• Simon Nabatov String Trio
• Plant (Jim Denley/Eric Normand)
• Antonio Raia
• Les Surruralists (Bull/Normand/Grossman/Jacques/Berirau)
• Ricardo Toscano Quartet
• Sabu Toyozumi/Rick Countryman/Simon Tan
• Weasel Walter
• Heath Watts/M.J. Williams/Nancy Owens/Blue Armstrong
• The Way Ahead (Roligheten/Alberts/Barno/Aleklint/Stahl/Hoyer/Ostvang)
• Flavio Zanuttini Opacipapa

      Essential Labels

ChapChap Records
Clean Feed

Tour de Bras
Trost Records
Volatile Records

Squid Bubble

   Jazz & Improvisation

Bailey, Derek / Vertrek Ensemble: Departures
(Volatile Records)

After only their first album as a duo, the Edmonton, Canada duo Vertrek Ensemble of Vadim Budman on electric and acoustic guitar & cornet and Ron de Jong on percussion, travelled to London in 1998 to record a session with legendary free improviser Derek Bailey, this album of open-minded, uniquely voiced and beautifully captured improvisation the result.
     Buy      $7.95      Listen          

Chicago Edge Ensemble (Phillips / Drake / Williams / Bishop / Pablan): Insidious Anthem
(Trost Records)

Drawing together some of Chicago's finest improvisers--leader Dan Phillips on guitar, Mars Williams on saxophones, Jeb Bishop on trombone, Krzysztof Pabian on double bass, and Hamid Drake on drums--for their second album, a balance set of creative jazz tunes with solid compositions that lend themsevles to exultant soloing, unusual sonic moments, and great collective playing.
Squidco Pick

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Clarke, Zack: Mesophase
(Clean Feed)

Mesophase: matter that is neither liquid or solid, sharing properties of both; pianist and electronic artistZack Clarke's inspired album shares properties of improvisation, experimental/ea and through-composed music, performed with fellow NY-ers Chris Irvine (cello), Charlotte Greve (winds), Nick Dunston (double bass), and Leonid Galaganov (percussion, waterphone & shakuhachi).
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Cusa, Francesco & The Assassins Meets Duccio Bertini: Black Poker
(Clean Feed)

The Italian free improv quartet The Assassins (Francesco Cusa, drums; Giulio Stermieri, piano; Flavio Zanuttini, trumpet; Giovanni Benvenuti, sax) joins together with the classical chamber string ensemble, Florence Art Quartet (Daniele Iannaccone, violin; Lorenzo Borneo, violin; Agostino Mattioni, viola; Cristiano Sacchi, cello) in a wonderful hybrid of both approaches.
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Drone Trio (Davis / Frith / Greenlief): Lantskap Logic
(Clean Feed)

Recording in the Bay Area at the Mills College Chapel in Oakland, the Drone Trio of Fred Frith on electric guitar, Phillip Greenlief using extended techniques on alto & tenor saxophones, and Evelyn Davis on the Chapel's pipe organ, use the natural resonance of the chapel and their masterful skills as improvisors to evolve fervid and powerfully sonorous environments.
Squidco Pick

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Hamar Trio (Holm / Faustino / Morao): Yesterday Is Here
(Clean Feed)

Drawing from two live performances, one at Salao Brazil in Coimbra, the other at SMUP Parede, Lisbon, from the trio of Norwegian multi-reedist Klaus Ellerhusen Holm (Ballrog), and Portuguese double bassist Hernani Faustino (Red Trio) and drummer/percussionist Nuno Morao (The Selva), for four spontaneous improvisations of great depth and mastery.
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Ikui Doki (Bernado / Mayot / Rinaudo): Ikui Doki

Winners of the Jazz Migration and tour JMF 2018, the chamber jazz trio of Sophie Bernado (bassoon), Hugues Mayot (saxophone & clarinet) and Rafaelle Rinaudo (harp & effects) share their passion for creative music that embraces composition and improvisation, springboarding off composers like Debussy while transferring warmth and vision into free jazz; magnificent.
Squidco Pick

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Loriot, Frantz / Christian Wolfarth: The Call [VINYL]

Two unconventional and experimenting improvisers--French-Japanese violist Frantz Loriot and Swiss percussionist Christian Wolfarth--in a deceptive album of acoustic improvisation that elusively takes on electric qualities in the hands of these two innovators, seducing the listener through unusual twists and turns of perfectly paced interactions.
     Buy      $22.95      Listen          

Mezei, Szilard Tul A Tiszan Innen Ensemble: Citromfa [2CDS]

Violist Szilard Mezei's Serbian jazz-folk group Tul a Tiszan Innen Ensemble is a twelve-piece band that functions as a small orchestra playing a range of complex to spacious compositions and arrangements from Mezei, using themes from Hungarian folk songs from Vojvodina to create expansive compositions over which the adept members of his ensemble improvise.
     Buy      $19.95      Listen          

Nabatov, Simon String Trio: Situations

As much a composed work as a work of improvisation, pianist and composer Simon Nabatov's String Trio with Garteh Lubbe on viola and Ben Davis perform six Nabatov compositions, chamber jazz works that express in both buyouantly intricate and languourosly beautiful abstraction, each piece leaving room for each player to improvise and express themselves.
Squidco Pick

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Plant (Jim Denley / Eric Normand): II
(Tour de Bras)

Separated by 1,000 KMs and speaking a different language, the collaboration of Quebec bassist Eric Normand and Australian saxophonist Jim Denley, both dedicated experimenters, share a common aesthetic in free improvisation as they release their third album: five dialogs using reeds, electric bass, drums, objects and tools to create unusual sonic conversations.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Raia, Antonio: Asylum
(Clean Feed)

Naples tenor saxophonist Antonio Raia's album of solo saxophone improvisations employs a mix of traditional and unusual techniques in 12 concise pieces that fragment "scraps" of melody into a diverse ruminating streams, recorded at the city's Filangeri Asylum by sound artist Renato Fiorito, using ten microphones to capture the unique qualities of the space.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Raia, Antonio: Asylum [VINYL]
(Clean Feed)

Vinyl edition of the album listed above.
     Buy      $22.95      Listen          

Surruralists, Les (Bull / Normand / Grossman / Jacques / Berirau): La Way Qu'a Do
(Tour de Bras)

Slyly crossing modern improv and EAI approaches in a surreal take on early bottleneck, banjo and slide blues styles from the Quebec quintet of Arthur Bull on harmonica, voice, guitar & electronics, Eric Normand on banjo, voice & bass, Ben Grossman on "old wheel", Anne-Francoise Jacques on engines, and Gabriel Rochette on trombone; sincere and eccentric.
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Toscano, Ricardo Quartet : Feat. Joao Pedro Coelho, Romeu Tristao & Joao Lopes Pereira
(Clean Feed)

Saxophonist Ricardo Toscano's Quartet with Joao Pedro Coelho on piano, Romeu Tristao on bass, and Joao Lopes Pereira on drums, a great example of modern Portuguese mainstream jazz that pays homage to the masters of bop and the Blue Note era, in a lyrical album of Toscano original compositions, alongside a rendering of Herbie Hancock's "The Sorcerer".
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Toyozumi, Sabu / Rick Countryman / Simon Tan: Preludes And Prepositions
(ChapChap Records)

Three extended free improvisations recorded in 2017 in Cubao Quezon City from the trio of Rick Countryman on alto saxophone, Simon Tan on acoustic bass, and Japense first generation free improviser Sabu Toyozumi on drums & Erhu (a 2-stringed Chinese instrument), as the trio take their listeners on a marathon session of inspired and playing.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Watts, Heath / M.J. Williams / Nancy Owens / Blue Armstrong : Sensoria

Saxophonist Heath Watts' 3rd Leo release is an album of free improvisation with three Montana jazz mavens--Blue Armstrong on double bass, MJ Williams on trombone, piano & melodica, and Nancy Owens on violin--in nine recordings of sophisticated and intelligent interaction that naturally evolves new directions of irrepressibly enjoyable and diverse conversation.
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Way Ahead, The (Roligheten / Alberts / Barno / Aleklint / Stahl / Hoyer / Ostvang): Bells, Ghosts And Other Saints
(Clean Feed)

An incredibly informed and modern album of free jazz drawing on an Albert Ayler influence from the Norwegian and Swedish septet of Andre Roligheten on tenor saxophone, clarinet, Kristoffer Alberts on alto saxophone, baritone saxophone, Niklas Barno on trumpet, Mats Aleklint on trombone, Mattias Stahl on vibraphone, Ola Hoyer on double bass, and Tollef Ostvang on drums.
Squidco Pick

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Zanuttini, Flavio Opacipapa: Born Baby Born
(Clean Feed)

Italian trumpeter Falvio Zanuttini (Arbe Garbe) leads his bassless trio with Piero Bittolo Bon on alto sax and Marco D'Orlando on drums through 8 Zanuttini compositions, exciting free jazz with a lyrical bent and a playful attitude, the unique orchestration driving the players into post-bop territory with great parallel interaction in the horns and swinging drums - impressive!
Squidco Pick

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Walter, Weasel : Curses

Drummer/percussionist and electronic artist Weasel Walter's solo album presents 99 tracks that represent 4 large movements of "detailed abstract madness", titled "Curse Against Humanity", "Casting Destruction", "Ode To The Death Of Enemies", and "Cursed in Eternity", each a vicious and intensely captivating set of elusive movement in accord and discord; fascinating.
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 In Stock and Ready to Ship

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.

• Ask to have us email you when Upcoming Releases are in stock.


Anthony Braxton (w/ Taylor Ho Bynum / Bob Bresnan):
Eight Improvisations (Trio) 2014 [2 CDS]

Eugene Chadbourne :
Country All The Way

Eugene Chadbourne Contemporary Rock Band:
Eugene's Treat Area

Eugene Chadbourne Contemporary Rock Band:
Sounds Of The Now Generation

Antoine Chessex :
Subjectivation [VINYL]
(Fragment Factory)

Peter Evans / Weasel Walter:

Sandy Ewen / Weasel Walter:

Michael Foster / Michael Zerang / Katherine Young:
Bind the Hand(s) That Feed
(Relative Pitch)

Michael Foster / Steve Swell / Brandon Lopez / Weasel Walter:
Throes are the Only Problem

Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo:
Kikoeru, Tribute to Masaya Kimura

The Gate (Peck / Blancarte / Osborne):
Island Virus

The Gate (Peck / Blancarte / Osborne):

Jean-Luc Guionnet / Thomas Tilly:
Stones, Air, Axioms / Delme [VINYL 2 LPs]
(Fragment Factory)

Judson Hurd:
Trouble Will Cause (A True Crime Documentary)
(Bad Architect Records)

Joe Moffett :

#132 Fall 2018 [MAGAZINE + CD]

Timespine (Sa / Kilma):
Urban Season

Vertrek Ensemble :
Another Idea Of North
(Volatile Records)

Weasel Walter :


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