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SQUIDCO Email Update August 14, 2020

     Squidco & The Squid's Ear
August 14, 2020

"If I'm out on the street, and I hear a garbage can bang,
I hear it as a percussive accent,
And it fits into the rhythm of my coming and going."
—Steve Swell

   Creative Artists

• Pedro Melo Alves
   (Johnson / Nunes / Dionisio / Risser / Dresser / Moieme / Alves)
• Olivia Block with Chicago Composers Orchestra
• Lynn Cassier
   (w/ der Werf/Vermeulen/Dumoulin/Cabras/Patrman)
• Thanos Chrysakis/Chris Cundy
• Frode Gjerstad/John Stevens/Derek Bailey
• Jason Kahn
• Martin Kuchen/Landaeus Trio (w/ Lanaeus/Nilsson/Aman)
• Machinefabriek
• Rudresh Mahanthappa
• Pisaura (Michael Pisaro/Zizia)
• Scrambled Harmonies
• The Spike Orchestra
• Steve Swell (w/Cyrille/Hwang/Bart/Lonberg-Holm/Boston)
• Chad Taylor Trio (Feat Brian Settles/Neil Podgurski)
• Threadbare (Jason Stein/Ben Cruz/Emerson Hunton)
• Who Trio (Wintsch/Hemingway/Oester)
• John Zorn (Medeski/Grohowski/Hollenberg)
• John Zorn featuring the Brian Marsella Trio

Squid Bubbles  Essential Labels

Aural Terrains
Clean Feed
Hiddenbell Records

Not Two
Self Released



   Jazz & Improvisation

Alves, Pedro Melo (Johnson / Nunes / Dionisio / Risser / Dresser / Moieme / Alves): In Igma
(Clean Feed)

Constrast from shifts in sound, texture and dynamic in Pedro Melo Alves' commissioned work for the Jazz No Parque Festival, using 3 vocalists (Aubrey Johnson, Beatriz Nunes, & Mariana Dionisio) to layer and interact over a quartet of contemporary and improvised instrumentalists: Eve Risser (piano), Mark Dresser (bass), Abdul Moimeme (electric guitar), and Alves (drums & percussion).
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Cassiers, Lynn (w/ der Werf / Vermeulen / Dumoulin / Cabras / Patrman): Yun
(Clean Feed)

Vocalist and electronic artist Lynn Cassier leads the "Yun" project, a sextet including fellow Octurn saxophonist Bo Van der Werf, plus two keyboardists (Erik Vermeulen & Jozef Dumoulin), bassist Manolo Cabras and drummer Marek Patrman, as she rearranges 12 pieces from the American Songbook, applying unique electroacoustic harmonic and rhythmic structures.
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Chrysakis, Thanos / Chris Cundy: A Certain Slant Of Light
(Aural Terrains)

A 5-part electroacoustic improvisation from the UK duo of electronic and sound artist Thanos Chyrsakis and reedist Chris Cundy, the former using laptop computer, synthesizers, and copicat tape echo to create mesmerizing sheens of sound that circle and complement Cundy's bass clarinet, who also performs on megaphone, voice changer, zither, & objects; entrancing and captivating.
Squidco Pick

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Gjerstad, Frode / John Stevens / Derek Bailey: Hello Goodbye

Recordings from Stavanger, Norway in 1992 by a trio of legends--Derek Bailey on amplified guitar, John Stevens on percussion and mini trumpet, and Frode Gjerstad on alto saxophone--a trio that only performed three gigs on three consecutive days, this album captured on the last of those performances, a testament to their great compatibility and intent.
Squidco Pick

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Kahn, Jason : Lining Out [VINYL]
(Hiddenbell Records)

"Lining Out" is taken from a form of hymnody practiced to this day as Gaelic Psalm singing by the Free Churches on the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland, interpreted by Swiss improviser Jason Kahn in percussion and voice of uniquely uninhibited & unpredictable utterance and song juxtaposing superb expression and dexterity on drums, cymbals, bells and percussion.
     Buy      $20.95      Listen          

Kuchen, Martin / Landaeus Trio (w/ Lanaeus / Nilsson / Aman): Mind The Gap Of Silence
(Clean Feed)

Saxophonist Martin Küchen (Angles) joins together with the Landaeus Trio of pianist Martin Landaeus, double bassist Johnny Aman, and drummer Cornelia Lisson, augmenting the sophisticated lyricism of the Landaeus piano trio with an atypically lyrical voice from Kuchen, as they are recorded in front of a live audience in the Gula Studion in Malmo, Sweden.
Squidco Pick

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Mahanthappa, Rudresh: Hero Trio

Turning his attention from original compositions to the music of his heroes--Ornette Coleman, Stevie Wonder, Keith Jarrett, Johnny Cash, John Coltrane & Charlie Parker--saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa turns in an upbeat and exuberant album of standards performed in a trio with bassist Francois Moutin and drummer Rudy Royston.
     Buy      $14.95      Listen          

Mahanthappa, Rudresh: Hero Trio [VINYL]

Vinyl edition of the CD listed above.
     Buy      $28.95      Listen          

Scrambled Harmonies: Stella Art
(Self Released)

The free improvising Amsterdam quintet of Andrius Dereviancenko (tenor saxophone), Henk Zwerver (guitar), Nico Chientaroli (piano and keyboards), Raoul van der Weide (bass, objects and squat box) and Onno Govaert (Tilburg, drums) are heard in this live recording at Zaal100 in 2020 for a quirky and first rate free jazz album of wry humor and impressive skill.
     Buy      $9.95      Listen          

Spike Orchestra, The: Splintered Stories

Director Sam Eastmond composed and arranged these works for the 15-piece big band Spike Orchestra, as he examines the power and magic of words through stories, splintered and fragmented through resonance and dissonance, merging influences, styles and instrumental colors over four expansive works yielding inspired moments in orchestration and soloing.
     Buy      $15.45      Listen          

Swell, Steve (w / Cyrille / Hwang / Bart / Lonberg-Holm / Boston): The Center Will Hold featuring Andrew Cyrille
(Not Two)

An essential asset of the NY Downtown scene since the 70s, trombonist Steve Swell leads and composes for an exemplary and uniquely orchestrated sextet bridging generations: Jason Kao Hwang on violin, viola & electronics, Ariel Bart on harmonica, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello & electronics, Robert Boston on piano & organ, and Andrew Cyrille on drums & percussion.
Squidco Pick

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Taylor, Chad Trio (Feat Brian Settles / Neil Podgurski): The Daily Biological

Merging players from the NY, Philidelphia and Chicago scenes, the trio of drummer Chad Taylor, saxophonist Brian Settles and pianist Neil Podgurski have a history reaching into the 90s in NYC, bringing a confident kinetic energy to their playing, energized by Taylor's powerful rhythmic center and a lyrical bent that makes their music exuberant and intelligent at once.
Squidco Pick

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Threadbare (Jason Stein / Ben Cruz / Emerson Hunton): Silver Dollar

The Chicago trio of Jason Stein on bass clarinet, Ben Cruz on guitar, and Emerson Hunton on drums perform compositions from Cruz & Hunton, informed works of free improvisation that blend style and approach from textural beauty to avant aggressive fury, controlled in quick pivots or enticing in brooding atmospheres, a well-balanced and thoroughly engaging album.
Squidco Pick

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Who Trio (Wintsch / Hemingway / Oester): Strell
(Clean Feed)

The collective Who Trio of pianist Michel Wintsch, bassist Bänz Oester and drummer Gerry Hemingway take on the music of Billy Strayhorn & Duke Ellington in eight studio recordings and one live performance, interpreting in a collective fashion rather than straight readings of each work, allowing a unique level of freedom to be applied to these essential jazz compositions.
Squidco Pick

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Zorn, John (Medeski / Grohowski / Hollenberg): Baphomet

The eight album from John Zorn's Simulacrum ensemble, blurring the lines between improvisation, fusion, exotica, compositional forms, and death-metal organ trio, performed with keyboardist John Medeski and members of heavy rock bands Cleric and Imperial Triumphant--Kenny Grohowski & Matt Hollenberg--in an epic 40 minutes long-form composition.
Squidco Pick

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Zorn, John feat. the Brian Marsella Trio: Calculus

Two major 20-minute long-form compositions scored for piano trio from composer John Zorn, performed by the NY trio of pianist Brian Marsella along with the dynamic rhythm section of Trevor Dunn and Kenny Wollesen, each piece a tour-de-force from rapid runs of technical mastery to fervid moments of instrospection and delicacy, a passionate expedition in the piano trio form.
Squidco Pick

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Block, Olivia with Chicago Composers Orchestra: Karren [VINYL w DOWNLOAD]

A two-movement electroacoustic-orchestral composition from composer Olivia Block, the first side of the LP using heavily processed field recordings taken from orchestral rehearsals and various public locations, including museums and zoos; the 2nd a layered orchestral score performed by the Chicago Composers Orchestra and recorded over several years.
     Buy      $16.95      Listen          

Machinefabriek: Amalgaam

Based on a series of improvisations on a very hands-on hardware setup, with an old tone generator, effects pedals, dictaphones, contact mics, &c., Machinefabriek (Rutger Zuydervelt) took these recordings into the studio to compose these four works, 2 brief pieces and the 2-part, intricate "Amalgaam", in an absorbing album of dramatic texture & sound.
     Buy      $13.95      Listen          

Pisaura (Michael Pisaro / Zizia): Asteraceae

A work composed from field recordings of performances around Los Angeles during the winter of 2018-19, the Pisaura trio of Michael Pisaro, Amber Wolfe Rounds & Jarrod Fowler (Zizia) used astrological charts to determine patterns of composing, performing, recording, and producing music with celestial and terrestrial rhythms; a mysteriously detailed and almost reverent work in sound.
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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.


Conny Bauer / Matthias Bauer / Dag Magnus Narvesen:
The Gift [VINYL]

Bellowing Earwigs, The (Schouwburg / Bowman / Thompson / Northover):
The Perpendicular Giraffe Compartment

Bucher / Tan / Countryman:
Blue Spontaneity

Vincent Chancey / Wilber Morris / Warren Smith:
The Spell. The Vincent Chancey Trio Live, 1987 [VINYL]

Paul Dunmall / Liam Noble / John Edwards / Mark Sanders:
The Feeling Principle

Agusti Fernandez / Liudas Mockunas:
Improdimensions [VINYL]

Fragile Quartet (Moore / Fraanje / van der Feen / Hemingway):
Cretan Dialogues

Gouvea / Northover / Mattos:

Gerry Hemingway / Barre Phillips / Michael Moore:

Jason Kahn / Christian Wolfarth:
Spirits [VINYL]

Keune / Lash / Noble:
And Now

Raymond MacDonald / Gogs Maclean:

Wendingen (selected remixes 2005-2015)

Metal Moves:

Michael Moore / NDR Bigband:

Evan Parker / RGG:
(Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Shirley Smart / James Arben:
Entanglement: 9 Improvised Dialogues

Keith Tippett:
Musician Supreme [4 CD BOX SET]

Sabu Toyozumi / Simon Tan / Yong Yandsen / Rick Countryman:

Triofolio (Chris Cundy / Paul K. Scott / Saul Scott):
Ordinary Evidence

Christian Wolfarth :
Souvenirs [VINYL]
(Hiddenbell Records)

 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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