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Daniel Sarid Trio: Leventuruos (OutNow Recordings)

Adventurous/Leventuruos is a good description of the articulate, sophisticated, and exciting trio work that Israeli pianist Daniel Sarid, double bassist Gilad Abro, and drummer Ziv Ravitz present, in 8 dynamic pieces that balance free, rapid and lyrical jazz. ... Click to View

Josh Sinton / Dominic Lash: Signal Gain (OutNow Recordings)

Multi-reedist Josh Sinton and double bassist Dominic Lash spent a year researching early forms of free-form playing, inviting guests Nate Wooley, Indrid Laubrock, Kyoko Kitamura, and Alex Ward to record the results with them, heard in this outstanding set of recordings from duo to sextet. ... Click to View

Frank Gratkowski / Sebi Tramontana: Live At Spanski Borci (Leo)

A wonderfully playful and buoyant duo between trombonist Sebi Tramontana and reedist Frank Gratkowski performing on bass clarinet, clarinet, and alto saxophone, performing livea at Spanski Borci Theatre, in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2016 over 15 concise and compelling dialogs. ... Click to View

Ivo Perelman / Karl Berger / Gerald Cleaver: The Art Of The Impov Trio Volume 1 (Leo)

Saxophonist Ivo Perelman is the anchor for the 6 volumes of "The Art of the Improv Trio", here with Karl Berger on piano and Gerald Cleaver on drums in a lyrical album that flows with grace and thoughtfulness, from ballad introspection to uptempo excitement, an impressive start to the series. ... Click to View

Ivo Perelman / Mat Maneri / Whit Dickey: The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 2 (Leo)

The second volume of New York/Brazilian saxophonist Ivo Perelman's 6-part series "The Art of the Improv Trio" is the most unique of the set, with Mat Maneri on viola and Whit Dickey on drums for a series of thirteen shorter and more intricate works of great range and diversity. ... Click to View

Ivo Perelman / William Parker / Gerald Cleaver: The Art Of The Impov Trio Volume 4 (Leo)

The 4th volume in Brazilian/New York saxophonist Ivo Perelman's exemplary 6-part series "The Art of the Improv Trio" bring together bassist William Parker and drummer Gerald Cleaver for a 3-part set of free improvisation, beautifully flowing dialog of masterful playing. ... Click to View

Joelle Leandre: No Comment (Fou Records)

Two exemplary solo sets from the truly distinctive and commanding French double bassist and vocalist Joelle Leandres recorded at Vancouver Jazz Festival, Western Front, Vancouver, Canada, in June 1995 and at The Ibleo Jazz Festival in Ragusa, Italy in October, 1994. ... Click to View

Willem Breuker Kollektief: Angouleme, 18 Mai 1980 [2 CDs] (Fou Records)

The late Willem Breuker Kollektief's was an ensemble focusing on jazz roots in theatrical and dramatic performances, emphasing the fun aspects of historic jazz bands with energetic orchestration and soloing, described as a "mix of circus music, jazz and improvisation". ... Click to View

Peter Kowald / Daunik Lazro / Annick Nozati: Instants Chavires (Fou Records)

Recordings from 2000 at Instants Chavires in Montreuil, France from the free improvising trio of Peter Kowald on double bass, Daunik Lazro on alto & baritone sac, and Annick Nozati on voice, in a uniquely informed dialog representing the only time this masterful trio performed. ... Click to View

Tiziano Tononi And Southbound: Trouble No More... All Men Are Brothers (Long Song Records)

Italian drummer and percussionist Tiziano Tononi leads a large ensemble performing the music of American Rock Band The Allman Brothers, who Tononi cites as a major influence in his life for both their style, incorporating jazz, blues, southern rock and New Orleans cross-rhythms. ... Click to View

Sirom: I (Amorfon)

Silom is a Slovenian creative music trio using a variety of string, percussive, and melodic percussive instruments, focused on the acoustic aspects of complex evolving works that combine composed and improvised aspects to create rich music with ancient ethnic overtones. ... Click to View

Yoshio Machinda : Tender Blues (Amorfon)

Japanese Steelpan player Yoshio Machida's 11th solo album, performed on the metal slit drum, made from a small gas tank tuned to the C scale over 2 octaves, which he takes into warm territories of rich overtones and melodic invention influenced by Kora, Gamelan, Kulintang and Myanmar musics. ... Click to View

Matt Mitchell plays Tim Berne: Forage (Screwgun)

Pianist Matt Mitchell, a member of saxophonist Tim Berne's Snakeoil, releases a solo album of Berne compositions, taking the reedist's typically frenetic material into unexpected territory, revealing dark beauty and intensely introspective aspects to Berne's music. ... Click to View

Trouble Kaze (Fujii / Agnel / Tamura / Pruvost / Lasserre / Orins): June (Helix Circum-Disc)

Drummer Peter Orins expands the Kaze quartet of trumpeters Natsuki Tamura and Christian Pruvost and pianist Satoko Fujii, with a second drummmer--Didier Lasserre--and a second pianist--Sophie Agnel--for a live recording of a 5-part suite of magnificently epic collective improv. ... Click to View

Nuova Camerata : Chant (Improvising Beings)

Lisbon's Nuova Camerata brings together a mix of improvisers and contemporary classical players--Carlos Zingaro, Joao Camoes, Ulrich Mitzlaff, Miguel Leiria on string with Pedro Carneiro on marimba--for a set of improvisations bridging both disciplines in passionate and unexpected ways. ... Click to View

MarsaFouty (Jean-Luc Foussat / Fred Marty): Concerts (Fou Records)

Synth improviser Jean-Marc Foussat and double bassist Fred Marty join their names and playing together for an absolutely impressive album of exploratory improv, Foussat taking their music into hallucinatory territories while Marty provides both a solid anchor and flights of textural nuance; supberb. ... Click to View

John Cage : Cartridge Music (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

A 2003 recording from The Ensemble Daswirdas performing John Cage's 1960 composition "Cartridge Music", described as: "For amplified small sounds; also amplified piano or cymbal; any number of players and loudspeakers; parts to be prepared from score by performers." ... Click to View

Luigi Nono / Jurg Frey: Works For Violin Duos (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Two works from two distinctive composers from different periods--Jurg Frey and Luigi Nono--both for two violins, Frey using the two violins in parallel to emphasize their distinction; Nono using powerful gestures of divergence and contrast in a dream-like duo. ... Click to View

Luke Martin: So Softly That It Came, A Wild Dim Chatter, Meaningless (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Luke Martin began this work with a field recording at Mentryville Park in Southern California, which was transcribed by himself and Amy Golden, Ben Levinson, Davy Sumner, and Ryan Gaston using Martin's system of notating silence, then combined into the final score for this recording. ... Click to View

I Am Three (Eberhard / Neuser / Marien): Mingus Mingus Mingus (Leo)

Saxophonist Silke Eberhard leads her trio with Nikolaus Neuser on trumpet and Christian Marien on drums, through a distillation of well known and lesser known Mingus tunes, restricting each tune to its essence in 3-4 minute renderings focusing on Mingus' compositional strength. ... Click to View

Simon Nabatov: Monk 'N' More (Leo)

Pianist Simon Nabatov plays the music of Thelonious Monk in a live concert from 1995, alternating those recordings with a 2013 concert of solo electroacoustic work, an unusual approach that focuses the melodic aspects of Monk while highlighting his eccentricity and intrepidity ... Click to View

Trio Kimmig (Kimmig / Studer / Zimmerline / John Butcher): Raw (Leo)

The Swiss string trio led by violinist Harald Kimmig, with Daniel Studer on bass and Alfred Zimmerlin on cello, is joined by UK saxophonist John Butcher for a set of improvisations that build with a unique percussive vitality and burning intensity. ... Click to View

John Zorn: The Garden Of Earthly Delights (Tzadik)

Composer John Zorn's Simulacrum ensemble of Trevor Dunn (bass), John Medeski (keyboards), Kenny Grohowski (drums), Matt Hollenberg (guitar), and Sara Serpa (voice) in their 6th album of heavy improv, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the passing of painter Hieronymus Bosch. ... Click to View

Jack Wright / Roughhousing: You Haven't Heard This Yet (Spring Garden Music)

The trio of Jack Wright on sax, Evan Lipson on double bass, and Zachary Darrup on guitar and objects, from a long history of camaraderie have developed a rough-neck style of interacting, here in long recording, released with 7 solo sax recordings from Wright. ... Click to View

Harris Eisenstadt : Recent Developments (Songlines)

NY Composer and percussionist Harris Eisenstadt furthers his exploration into long-form composition and unusual instrumentation in his 20th release as a bandleader, with a spectacular improv ensemble including Nate Wooley, Jeb Bishop, Han Roberts, Anna Webber, &c. &c. ... Click to View

Jean-Marc Foussat / Sylvain Guerineau / Joe McPhee: Quod (Fou Records)

Experimental improvisation from three masterful players --Joe McPhee on soprano sax, Sylvain Guerineau on tenor saxophone, and Jean-Marc Foussat on synthesizer and voice--recording in France in 2010 for two extended works of concentrated and diverse dialog. ... Click to View

Derek Bailey / Joelle Leandre / George Lewis / Evan Parker : 28 Rue Dunois Juillet 1982 (Fou Records)

A superb encounter from France in 1928 between four masters in a fertile and creative period: Derek Bailey (guitar), Joelle Leandre (double bass), George Lewis (trombone), and Evan Parker (saxophone), each bringing incredible experience to their enduring collective music. ... Click to View

Cecile & Jean-Luc Cappozzo: Soul Eyes (Fou Records)

A delicate album of melodic free playing from trumpeter Jean-Luc Cappozzo and his partner Cecile Cappozzon piano, covering the work of Charles Mingus ("Pithecantropus Erectus", "Goodbye Porkpie Hat") and Mal Waldron ("No More Tears," "The Seagulls of Kristiansund"). ... Click to View

Brotzmann / Van Hove / Bennink (w/ Albert Mangelsdorff): Elements [VINYL] (Cien Fuegos)

In 1971 the quartet of Peter Brotzmann on tenor sax, Fred Van Hove on piano, Han Bennink on drums, and Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone took the stage at The Free Music Market in Berlin to perform this aggressive and informed album of prime European Free Improvisation. ... Click to View

Brotzmann / Van Hove / Bennink (w/ Albert Mangelsdorff): Couscouss de la Mauresque [VINYL] (Cien Fuegos)

The early 70s trio of tenor saxophonist Peter Brotzmann with Fred Van Hove on piano, Han Bennink on drums is joined by trombonist Albert Mangelsdorff for a live recording at Free Music Market, in Berlin for two extended and fiery improvisations of incredible skill and drive. ... Click to View


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  • March 27, 2017:

    Sometimes no matter how much you try to stay on top of the curve something happens that you can't control. That's the story with our Clean Feed order, which we placed immediately after being informed of the new releases, on March 10th. Somehow there was mis-communication between us, and our order just shipped today from Portugal. So all 12 Clean Feed/Shhpuma releases are on their way to us, but we're going to have them a bit late. We're frustrated, as we want to hear these new albums as much as you, but we'll have to wait patiently for another week or so. We're doing all the work on them now so that they can make it to our site the same day they arrive. If you haven't done so yet, Upcoming Releases" target="_top">let us know which titles you're interested in and we'll email you as soon as they're on the site and orderable.

    March 27, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Strom (Gaudenz Badrutt / Christian Muller) - X (Mikroton Recordings) by Dave Madden..Matt Mitchell plays Tim Berne -Forage
    Ivo Perelman/Karl Berger/Gerald Cleaver -The Art Of The Impov Trio Volume 1
    Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Whit Dickey -The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 2
    Trouble Kaze (Fujii/Agnel/Tamura/Pruvost/Lasserre/Orins) -June
    Nuova Camerata -Chant
    MarsaFouty (Jean-Luc Foussat/Fred Marty) -Concerts
    John Cage -Cartridge Music
    Luigi Nono/Jurg Frey -Works For Violin Duos
    Luke Martin -So Softly That It Came, A Wild Dim Chatter, Meaningless

  • March 21, 2017:

    A very quick update, as I left out one of the more important updates on new CDs coming in the door soon: Clean Feed! Portugal's exemplary label has been on fire lately releasing superb improvised music from the US & Europe, and this set burns no less brightly. This will also be the first Rob Mazurek CD on the label, bringing another important part of the Chicago scene into their roster. MIR 8 on their Shhpuma imprint also looks to be very interesting, with ea-improvisers Werner Dafeldecker, Hilary Jeffery, Andrea Belfi, and Tim Wright on a vinyl release. And you can bet we're excited about the Harris Eisenstadt Canada Day CD!

    Carlos Bica & Azul (w/ Frank Mobus / Jim Black): More Than This Clean Feed
    Clarke, Zack (w/ Henry Fraser / Dre Hocevar): Random Acts of Order Clean Feed
    Sanchez, Angelica Trio (w/ Michael Formanek / Tyshawn Sorey): Float the Edge Clean Feed
    Attias, Michael Quartet (w/ Ortiz / Hebert / Hebert): Nerve Dance Clean Feed
    Malaby, Tony / Mat Maneri / Daniel Levin: New Artifacts Clean Feed
    Eisenstadt, Harris Canada Day (w/ Wooley / Bauder / Niggenkemper): On Parade in Parede Clean Feed
    Salamon, Samo Sextet (w/ Succi / Arguelles / Niggenkemper / Dani / Lillinger): The Colours Suite Clean Feed
    Mazurek, Rob (w/ Takara / Granado / Rohrer / Somervell): Chants and Corners Clean Feed
    Draksler, Kaja Octet (w/ Baars / Nielsdoottir / Polence / Rave / Dumitriu / Heyndels / Govaert): Gledalec Clean Feed
    Trespass Trio (Zanussi / Strid / Kuchen): The Spirit of Pitesti Clean Feed
    Hasselberg, Joao / Pedro Branco: From Order To Chaos Clean Feed
    Gorilla Mask (Van Huffel / Fidezius / Fischerlehner): Iron Lung [VINYL] Clean Feed
    MIR 8 (Andrea Belfi / Werner Dafeldecker / Hilary Jeffery / Tim Wright): Perihelion [VINYL] Shhpuma
    Alforjs (Mestre Andree / Bernardo Alvares / Raphael Soares): Demons 1 Shhpuma

    New @ Squidco:
    I Am Three (Eberhard/Neuser/Marien) -Mingus Mingus Mingus
    Simon Nabatov -Monk 'N' More
    Trio Kimmig (Kimmig/Studer/Zimmerline/John Butcher) -Raw
    John Zorn -The Garden Of Earthly Delights
    Jack Wright/Roughhousing -You Haven't Heard This Yet
    Jean-Marc Foussat/Sylvain Guerineau/Joe McPhee -Quod
    Derek Bailey/Joelle Leandre/George Lewis/Evan Parker -28 Rue Dunois Juillet 1982
    Cecile & Jean-Luc Cappozzo -Soul Eyes
    Brotzmann/Van Hove/Bennink (w/ Albert Mangelsdorff) -The End [VINYL]

  • March 20, 2017:

    Caught up with new releases, which were flooding in through the door for the last couple of weeks after a heavy purchase cycle. That's slowing down and I'm catching my breath a bit, and getting back to this blog.

    On purchases, here's what's on its way to us:

    On Ernesto Rodrigues' Creative Sources:

    Martini / Wooley / Lobo: Legacy of Ashes
    STRING THEORY (ensemble): Gravity
    IKB ENSEMBLE: Ornithorhynchus anatinus
    Variable Geometry Orchestra: Maat Mons
    Siwula / Nuno: Waterscapes
    Muller / Schindler: Quiet Notes and The Fascination of What's Complex [2 CDs]
    CONCEPT: Schindler / Schmoliner: Blaublatt
    Shibolet / Dorner: erlichsich
    Koch / Rodrigues: nostalghia
    Lopes / Lonberg-Holm: the pinneaple circumstances
    Brand / Rupp: shadowscores
    Ayelet Lerman: 7 steps

    On Martin Archer's Discus label:

    Archer / Clark / Grew / Hunter: Felicity's Ultimatum
    Orchestra of the Upper Atmosphere: θ2
    Trevor Watts and Stephen Grew Duo: All There Is
    On Christian Wolfarth's Hiddenbell label: Wolfarth, Christian: Spuren [VINYL]
    Peter Conradin Zumthor: Grunschall [VINYL]

    On Jason Kahn's Cut label:

    Jason Kahn: Songline [VINYL 2 LPs]
    Jason Kahn: Monadds [VINYL]

    On Libra (we already received the magnificent Trouble Kaze CD on Helix Circum-Discm while these are on their way to us:

    Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo + KAZE: Peace
    Trouble Kaze (Fujii / Agnel / Tamura / Pruvost / Lasserre / Orins): June
    Satoko Fujii: Invisible Hand

    On Pi Recordings:

    Okazaki, Miles: Trickster

    And on Yoni Kretzmer's OutNow label:

    Daniel Sarid Trio

    I'd like to relate an interesting and concerning story about a PayPal payment we sent recently. The Squid's Ear has paid its writers for each review posted since we first started publishing. It's surprisingly unusual to do so, the typical payment being the music that is being reviewed, but we recognize the hard work and depth of knowledge that goes into a quality review, and it's allowed us to retain excellent writers.

    One of the payment we made recently went to Italy, for the review of the Portugese trio of Rodrigues / Area / Torres / Gris and their album Aleph. It's a rich album of electracoustic improv, one long track of collective free playing, and one shorter track. I find the work beautiful and rich, as did the writer in his review.

    Everything seemed simple enough until I sent the payment for the review. When I sent it I wrote the terse comment "Qasar, Erb, Aleph" referring to the 3 albums that he had reviewed. Since I've been sending payment for about a dozen years to this writer I thought nothing of it. However, the next day I received an email from PayPal with this note:

    "To comply with government regulations, PayPal is required to review certain transactions. The payment you sent is currently being reviewed and we will complete this process within 72 hours. This review only involves this transaction and does not affect the use of your PayPal account."

    Again, I didn't give it much thought, but wrote the writer to let him know that the payment was going to be delayed for reasons I didn't understand. The day after that I did understand, as I received this chilling demand to

    1. Purpose of payment XXXXXXXXXX attempted on February 27, 2017 in the amount of $XXXXX, including a complete and detailed explanation of the goods or services you intended to purchase. Please also explain the transaction message: "Aleph."

    I'll repeat: Please also explain the transaction message: "Aleph." Aleph is the first letter of the Arabic alphabet. That was the clue I sought. Somehow my payment, and the title of this beautiful album, were snared in an international terrorism sweep of words that apparently trigger that kind of thing. Of course I replied with a link to the album, an explanation of my relationship to the writer, and a link to The Squid's Ear. I slept a bit less soundly that night.

    The next day the review was complete, the payment was sent, and the transaction was complete. Except for the lingering concern that something as simple as the first letter in the Arabic alphabet would bring the hounds sniffing. These are troubling times that we live in, but I never for a moment considered that something as creative, international, and cooperative as this music would come under suspicion. I suppose I'm to feel that this is all good, that Big Brother is watching out for the common good. Instead I feel like I need to watch each step, and that innocuous statements can lead to unwanted inspections of a business dedicated to freedom. It's a strange dichotomy.

    The individual CDs from the Henry Cow Live Box Sets are now being released individually. We're still waiting for volumes 5 & 6 to be sent from the UK, but in the meantime 6 CDs of absolutely amazing recordings are available, and the live DVD at Vevey in 1976. If you're a fan of the studio albums but haven't heard Volume 1: Beginnings, you should definitely start there!

    March 15, 2017: New @ Squidco:
    Henry Cow -Vol. 1: Beginnings
    Henry Cow -Vol. 2: 1974-5
    Henry Cow -Vol. 3: Hamburg
    Henry Cow -Vol. 7: Later and Post-Virgin
    Henry Cow -Vol. 8: Bremen
    Henry Cow -Vol. 9: Late
    Henry Cow -Vol. 10: Vevey 1976

    Here are the recent announcements on Squidco's homepage:

    March 15, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Guilherme Rodrigues / David Area / Guillermo Torres / Tomas Gris - Aleph (Creative Sources) by Massimo Ricci.


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    Recent Selections @ Squidco:

    Trouble Kaze (
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    Pruvost /
    Lasserre /
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    MarsaFouty (
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