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SQUIDCO Email Update, March 27, 2020

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
March 27, 2020

"The one thing I'm interested in more than any other
Is these moments of transition,
Where one thing becomes another... the points between.
Transition and transformation."
—Tony Buck

   Creative Artists

• Ron Caines / Martin Archer AXIS
• Dominic Cramp/Mike Khoury/Philip Greenlief/Gino Robair
• Day & Taxi
• Jim Denley/Eric Normand
• Kaja Draksler Octet
• Marc Edwards/Guillaume Gargaud
• Luis Lopes Humanization 4Tet (w/ Amado/Gonzalez/Gonzalez)
• Joanna Mattrey
• Bedrnhard Meyer/John Hollenbeck
• MPH (Maguire/Pynew/Hewins)
• Simon Nabatov Quintet (w/ Speed/Robertson/Hebert/Rainey)
• The Necks
• Ernesto Rodrigues/Nuno Torres/Abdul Moimeme
• Carl Testa
• Toned (Corder/Suarez/Weeks)
• Alex Ward
• Alex Ward Item 4

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Chant Record
Clean Feed
Creative Sources
Northern Spy

Relative Pitch
Tour de Bras




As the globe struggles through this concerning time of pandemic, our heart goes out to those facing the challenges of isolation and loss. We are living in unprecedented times, and can only hope that the efforts and sacrifices so many are making will help to reduce future damage and tragedy. We hope also for a speedy resolution to this crisis, for all those affected, for those suffering or worrying for their families and friends.

Squidco is fortunate to be able to work during this time, adding new albums to our catalog and processing orders. The music we sell transcends typical entertainment, and the people involved often work as a labor of love. For those who are able, please help to keep recorded music in physical formats flowing — most of the labels and artists that we do business with receive direct income from the sale of their records, so please take the time today to put on a record, or play a few of them, and help keep the music moving.

   Jazz & Improvisation

Caines, Ron / Martin Archer AXIS: Dream Feathers

The "AXIS" of UK saxophonist Ron Caines and multi-reedist Martin Archer, also on organ and electronics, in a subtle septet with outstanding players including Laura Cole on piano and Johnny Hunter on drums, in a set of dream-like and lyrically beautiful improvisations, merging electronics and horns over a powerfully solid rhythm section that create warm textural cycles.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Cramp, Dominic / Mike Khoury / Philip Greenlief / Gino Robair: Compassion & Evidence
(Creative Sources)

Recorded live at Temescal Art Center in Oakland, CA as part of their Babylon 2018 evening, the quartet of Gino Robair (electronics), Phillip Greenlief (tenor sax and clarinet), Mike Khoury (viola) and Dominic Cramp, aka Lord Tang (lyra) improvise in 2 short and 2 extended electroacoustic conversations of detailed restraint, unique pointillism and unforseen atmospheres.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Day & Taxi: Devotion [VINYL 2 LPs]

A melodically subtle and sophisticated album of twenty improvisations composed by saxophonist Christoph Gallio and performed with Gerry Hemingway on drums and Silvan Jeger on electric bass, with Friederike Mayrocker providing words on several tracks, the compositions as short as 19 seconds and a long as 7:40, each dedicated to visual artists and colleagues.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $29.95      Listen          

Denley, Jim / Eric Normand: Plant 3 [VINYL]
(Tour de Bras)

The collaboration of Quebec bassist Éric Normand and Australian saxophonist Jim Denley, both dedicated experimenters, in their third duo album under the Plant name, here recording live at the 2019 Syndey, Australia NowNow Festival, with Denley also playing bass flute, fruits and objects, and Normand using objects and playing the bass amp itself.
     Buy      $23.95      Listen          

Draksler, Kaja Octet: Out For Stars
(Clean Feed)

After setting music for the poetry of Pablo Neruda and Andriana Minou (Gledalec), Slovenian pianist Kaja Draksler turns to the work of Robert Frost in a set of 7 sophisticated compositions, sung by Laura Polence & Bjork Nielsdottir in an improvising octet with reedists Ab Baars & Ada Rave, violinist George Dumitriu, bassist Lennart Heyndels and drummer Onno Govaert.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Edwards, Marc / Guillaume Gargaud: Black Hole Universe
(Chant Record)

A shredding session between French improvisational guitarist Guillaume Gargaud and NY free jazz drummer Marc Edwards (Slipstream Time Travel), recorded in Queens, NY in 2017, for 5 rapid-fire displays of pyrotechnics and attentive dialog, as they take themselves to the cliff's edge and back in a dizzying album of dense technical dexterity and harmolodic force.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

IKB: Hippocampus Guttulatus
(Creative Sources)

The large IKB electroacoustic ensemble of diverse orchestration led by violist Ernesto Rodrigues, where each release is characterized by an animal, here with the long-snouted seahorse in an extended improvisation recorded at CreativeFest XIII at O'Culto da Ajuda, Lisbon, 2019, building to undulating cycles of intense interaction of absolutely precise control.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Lopes, Luis Humanization 4Tet (w/ Amado / Gonzalez / Gonzalez): Believe, Believe
(Clean Feed)

Energetic and assertive jazzcore improv from Portuguese guitarist Luis Lopes' long-running Humanization 4Tet with saxophonist Rodrigo Amado and the near-telepathic rhythm section of Aaron Gonzalez on double bass and Stefan Gonzalez on drums, in an album recorded in the studio in front of an audience in New Orleans during their 2018 tour, finding the band in formidable form.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Mattrey, Joanna : Veiled
(Relative Pitch)

The first solo record for NY violist Joanna Mattrey, performing also on the Stroh violin, in a deep exploration of the sound possibilities for both instruments, using preparations to alter the resonance of the viola, masking its overtly singing and beautiful nature and allowing for unexpected and unusual textures which weave around melodic lines; unique and fascinating.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

MPH (Maguire / Pynew / Hewins): Taxonomies

A trio of legendary Canterbury, avant improvisation and contemporary compositional players come together for an album recorded live in the studio over two days, from Alex Maguire on piano and Hammond organ, Martin Pyne on vibraphone, drums, percussion & electronics, and Mark Hewins on guitars & electronics; inventive, sophisticated, hallucinatory & virtuosic work.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $15.95      Listen          

Nabatov, Simon Quintet (w/ Speed / Robertson / Hebert / Rainey): Plain
(Clean Feed)

Russian-born Germany/NY-based pianist Simon Nabatov's Quintet with the new lineup of Chris Speed on tenor sax & clarinet, Herb Robertson on trumpet & cornet, John Hebert on double bass and Tom Rainey on drums, performing Nabatov's magnificently lyrical, sophisticated and often chamber-oriented compositions, an incredible achievement in writing and performance.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Necks, The: Three
(Northern Spy)

Three extended improvisations from the three Australian improvisers Chris Abrahams (piano), Lloyd Swanton (bass), Tony Buck (drums/percussion) in their 21st album of mesmerizing music, from the dynamic opener "Bloom" to the introspective "Lovelock" dedicated to Damien Lovelock of The Celibate Rifles, ending in the lyrical and rich groove of "Further".
Squidco Pick

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Rodrigues, Ernesto / Nuno Torres / Abdul Moimeme: Aura
(Creative Sources)

Three frequent collaborators--Ernesto Rodrigues on viola, Nuno Torres on alto saxophone, and Abdul Moimeme on electric guitar--captured live in 2019 at Logradouro da Compostinha, in Lisbon, Portugal, each using their instruments with unusual approaches through extended techniques, in a half hour set balancing subtle aural ambience with rich, detailed activity; spellbinding.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Testa, Carl : Sway Prototypes - Volume 3

The third volume of NY bassist, composer, and electronic/computer musician Carl Testa's amazing Sway project, giving an interactive electronic processor its own voice interfacing with any size ensemble, here with two new works--one for quintet among a set of Chicago improvisers, the other in Portland, Maine with a sextet--each uniquely voiced and excitingly unpredictable.
Squidco Pick

     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Ward, Alex : Frames
(Relative Pitch)

Originally a clarinetist, UK improviser Alex Ward began exploring the guitar in rock settings, first bringing the instrument to his improv work around the year 2000 with N.E.W. (w/ Steve Noble & John Edwards); this is his 1st solo guitar album, showing a wide range of styles that embrace improv, rock and compositional styles, a remarkable display of skill and creative drive.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Ward, Alex Item 4: Where We Were
(Relative Pitch)

UK guitarist Alex Ward's quartet featuring his compositions for improvisers, performed with a set of younger players on London's free improv scene--Charlotte Keeffe on trumpet & flugelhorn, Otto Willberg on double bass, and Andrew Lisle on drums--heard here in two intricately exciting 2018 concerts in London at Set Dalston Lane and at Cafe Oto Project Space.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          



Meyer, Bedrnhard / John Hollenbeck: Grids

Bringing together NY drummer/percussionist John Hollenbeck, also on prepared piano, with Berlin bassist Bernhard Meyer for an album that blends textural rock, electronic and jazz approaches in 9 elusively calm yet structurally turbulent pieces, using complex systems of cross rhythms against atmospheric immersion, occasionally disruptive but generally eccentrically controlled and exploratory.
     Buy      $11.95      Listen          

Toned (Corder / Suarez / Weeks): The Private Sector

Schizophrenically skronky improv of ea-cutups and semi-maniacal segments that resolve to near-stillness from the West Coast TONED trio of Nathan Corder on electronics, Leo Suarez on drums, and Tom Weeks on sax, using a nonlinear and nonhierarchical organizational process and multiple layers of compositional feedback loops to create unpredictably bizarre and overtly fun music.
     Buy      $11.95      Listen          

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

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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.

• You can ask to have us email you when Upcoming Releases are in stock.


Sakina Abdou / Barbara Dang / Peter Orins:
Lescence / Gmatique
(Tour de Bras)

Tetuzi Akiyama / Herve Boghossian:
(Tour de Bras)

Anticlan (Costa / Amador / Ernsting):
Close To The Bone
(Creative Sources)

Martin Archer :
Anthropology Band [2 CDs]

Tomas Cabado :
Historia De La Luz: Cuaderno De Guitarra
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Jean D. L. (w/ Hermant / Ranaldo / Young):

Bruno Duplant / Pierre Gerard:
Soleil Clandestin
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Jurg Frey:
Fields, Traces, Clouds
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Guillaume Gargaud :
(Self Released)

Burton Greene / Guillaume Gargaud:
Magic Intensity
(Chant Record)

Mark Hannesson:
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Mark Hannesson / Dante Boon / Anastassis Philippakopoulos :
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Bin Li :
I Am Also Here
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Andre Moller O. / Christoph Nicolaus / Rasha Ragab:
Music For Stone Harps [2CDs]
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Weston Olencki :
Solo Works
(Creative Sources)

Dietrich Petzold / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues / Jan Roder:
Get Your Own Picture
(Creative Sources)

Kory Reeder:
Love Songs / Duets
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Dean Rosenthal:
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Urs Schneider Peter :
Klavierwerke 1971 - 2015 [2CDS]
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Sivan Silver-Swartz :
Untitled 6
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Rishin Singh :
Out From The Blinding White
(Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Oyvind Skarbo / Fredrik Ljungkvist / Kris Davis / Ole Morten Vagan:
Inland Empire
(Clean Feed)

Patty Waters (w/ Greene / Pavone / Altschul):
An Evening In Houston
(Clean Feed)


 Squidco Workspace

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Squidco has been in business as a mail-order store since 2003. In 2010 we moved to Wilmington, NC, giving regional and visiting customers access to our catalog of more than 7,000 items, which includes hundreds of discounted, used, and promotional items not listed on our website. We're open for you to visit by appointment during weekday afternoons, so if you're in the North Carolina coastal region please email us to set up a time to stop by and say hello, we'd love to play some music for you!

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