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Recently @ Squidco:

Oliver Schwerdt / Barry Guy / Baby Sommer:
Fucking Ballads (Euphorium)

An enthusiastic and energetically powerful trio meeting between three masters--Oliver Schwerdt on grand piano & percussion, Barry Guy on double bass and Baby Sommer on drums & percussion--performing live in 2021 at naTo, in Leipzig for two extended improvisations of remarkable communication, incredible virtuosity, but most importantly, incredible and compelling creative drive! ... Click to View


JAKAL (Fred Lonberg-Holm / Keefe Jackson / Julian Kirshner):
Peroration (Amalgam)

Formerly known as J@K@L, this Chicago trio has explored hard hitting improvisation since 2014, the band name an amalgamation of the performer's names--Keefe Jackson on tenor & sopranino saxophone & tube, Julian Kirshner on drums and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, tenor guitar and electronics--in a dynamic and exciting 2022 concert at Elastic Arts, in Chicago. ... Click to View


The Remote Viewers :
Inside The Blizzard / Trivia (Remote Viewers)

UK Composer David Pett's Remote Viewers present two large works: "Inside the Blizzard" in five parts of configurations from solo to quintet; and "Trivia", a quintet work in eight parts; solid, compelling work of forceful confidence from members Adrian Northover, Sue Lynch, Caroline Krabbel & Petts on sax, John Edwards on bass, Hutch Demouilpied on trumpet and Rosa Theodora on piano. ... Click to View


Teiku (Harlow / Taylor / Shahid / Formanek / Leafar):
Teiku (577 Records)

Teiku, a Talmudic acronym that roughly translates to "unanswered question", was co-founded by pianist Josh Harlow and percussionist Jonathan Barahal Taylor to explore each of their family's unique Passover vocal melodies through improvisation and sonic exploration, performed in a quintet with Art Ensemble/Sun Ra bassist Jaribu Shahid and reedists Peter Formanek & Rafael Leafar. ... Click to View


Jorge Nuno:
Labirinto (Phonogram Unit)

After recovering from heart surgery, Portuguese guitarist Jorge Nuno (Ensemble MIOA, Isoptope, Voltaic Trio, &c) records this solo improv album to show his resilience, performed primarily on acoustic guitar in a balanced journey of assertive and introspective playing, accompanied by an insert of a text work by Rui Baião. ... Click to View


Bruno Duplant / Rutger Zuydervelt:
Edge Of Oblivion (Machinefabriek)

The third collaboration between sound and electronic artists Bruno Duplant and Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek) is a darkly heavy and dramatic work of subtle motion that slowly unfolds and shifts through vast sonic environments, fueled by acousmatic sources that take the listener to the edge of darkness and then pulls them back in warm waves or rich ambiance. ... Click to View


Felix Profos / Peter Conradin Zumthor:
Grund (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Since 2021 Swiss composer Felix Profos and drummer Peter Conradin Zumthor have performed as the duo Grund, Profos performing on harmonium and on the 1973 Italian organ Bontempi Pop3, Zumthor on bass drum, gong, bells & snare, their extended work on this self-titled album a tranquil and meditative work of slow transitions with moments of terse activity, receding with grace and serenity. ... Click to View


Leap Of Faith:
Emergent Spacetime (Evil Clown)

The core of the Boston improvising collective Leap of Faith Orchestra are the duo of cellist Glynis Lomon and reedist and multi-instrumentalist David Peck, here joined by Eric Woods on analog synth and new collective member Jared Seabrook on drums & percussion, for two examples of Peck's broad palette concept yielding evolving transformations through free playing ... Click to View


Expanse:
Reach (Evil Clown)

Perhaps the most synthetic of Evil Clown releases, Expanse represents space and restraint, this the 8th album from the Boston improvising collective of David Peck on reeds, winds, synths and percussion, Robin Amos on synths, Michael Knoblach on percussion (including egg beater, humpty dumpty toy, and teething rings) and Joel Simches providing real-time processing; inexplicably interesting. ... Click to View


Ethnic Heritage Ensemble:
Open Me, A Higher Consciousness Of Sound And Spirit (Spiritmuse Records)

Celebrating 50 years, percussionist Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble as the trio of El'Zabar, Corey Wilkes (trumpet) and Alex Harding (bar. sax), joined on tracks by James Sanders (violin) and Ishmael Ali (cello), reinterpret classics including "Great Black Music", "Ornette" and Aretha Franklin's "Compared to What", along with Miles' "All Blues" and McCoy Tyner's "Passion Dance". ... Click to View


Simon Hanes:
Tsons of Tsunami (Tzadik)

Drawing on a far-ranging set of influences--jazz, rock, contemporary, surf & exotica--California-born improvising guitarist Simon Hanes (of Trigger, who covered Zorn's Bagatelles) now resides in NYC, appropriately releasing an album of eclectic, generally upbeat, sometimes quirky, typically melodic instrumentals performed with an octet ensemble of incredible musicianship. ... Click to View


Joel Futterman:
Perspicacity (Soul City Sounds)

Five extended improvised piano solos from Joel Futterman recording in his home base of Virginia Beach, each an incredible journey in free playing that quotes and comments on the history of jazz piano, living up to the album's title through insight, perceptiveness, wit and intuition, Futterman's technique and mastery expressing narratives of amazing confidence and solid direction. ... Click to View


Kimmel.Ali.Harris (Jeff Kimmel / Ishmael Ali / Bill Harris):
Flora Oblique [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Amalgam)

The third release for the Chicago collective improvising trio of Jeff Kimmel on clarinet & electronics, Ishmael Ali on cello & electronics and Bill Harris on drums & feedback, acoustic interplay in the foreground with electronics adding layers of intriguing sonic pressure as their playing evolves through clear and cohesive conversation over punctuated & textural foundations. ... Click to View


Anthony Donofrio :
These Calm Words (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

An exquisite recording of composer Anthony Donofrio 1972 work for solo vibraphone captured at the University of Nebraska where Donofrio teaches and directs their new music ensemble, this extended work for solo vibraphone performed by Donofrio himself, living up to its title in a delicate advancement from clear playing to unusual vibraphone timbres and technique. ... Click to View


Eva-Maria Houben (Kei Kondo / Takahiro Kuroda):
His Master's Voice / Aus Den Fliegenden Blattern Eines Fahrenden Waldhornisten / Lose Verbunden (Ftarri Clasical)

One of two albums capturing a May 15th, 2023 concert in Tokyo by composer Takahiro Kuroda at the Ftarri performance space, titled "Square of Thoughts Vol. 2: Eva-Maria Houben and Horn + x", this album presenting two Houben works for solo horn performed by virtuoso horn player Kei Kondo, and one solo piano piece performed by Kuroda on upright piano. ... Click to View


Eva-Maria Houben (Takahiro Kuroda / Kei Kondo):
Echo Fantasy II (Ftarri Clasical)

The second of two albums capturing a May 15th, 2023 concert in Tokyo by composer & pianist Takahiro Kuroda at the Ftarri performance space, titled "Square of Thoughts Vol. 2: Eva-Maria Houben and Horn + x", this album presenting a 2018 Houben composition for horn and piano titled "Echo Fantasy II", performed by virtuoso horn player Kei Kondo and Takahiro Kuroda on upright piano. ... Click to View


Rutger Zuydervelt :
Kites (music for a performance by Roshanak Morrowatian) (Machinefabriek)

Music for a solo dance piece performed by Roshanak Morrowatian and composed by Netherland electronic artist Rutger Zuydervelt, the subject of the dance reflecting on the experience of young asylum seekers forced from their native countries to grow up somewhere unfamiliar, the music in seven parts weaving fragments of Iranian popular music into Zuydervelt's abstract electronics. ... Click to View


Simulacrum:
Mimesis (Evil Clown)

Expanding on their 2023 Homunculus, the Boston-based collective ensemble Simulacrum with a core of David Peck on reeds, percussion, keys and direction, Eric Woods on analog synth and Bob Moores on space trumpet & guitar are expanded with Cecil Taylor bassist Albey OnBass, synthesist Eric Zinman, reedist Michael Caglianone and drummer Michael Knoblach. ... Click to View


John Butcher + 13:
Fluid Fixations (Weight of Wax)

Commissioned for the 2021 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, John Butcher's fantastic work for 14 improvisers of unique approach employs what Butcher refers to as "psychological orchestration"--imagining how each performer might respond to particular ideas & their sonic company--the score, which includes photographic imagery, directing specific solos, duos & small groupings. ... Click to View


Phantom Orchard (Ikue Mori / Zeena Parkins):
Hit Parade of Tears (Tzadik)

Distilling their ensemble to its original duo configuration, New York improvisers Zeena Parkins and Ikue Mori reflect on the stories of Japanese author Izumi Suzuki through ten mysteriously eclectic and beautifully developed compositions of harp (acoustic and electric), electronics, percussion, harmonium, ondes martenot, and much more; wonderful, imaginative and evocative work. ... Click to View


Sean Lennon Ono:
Asterisms [VINYL] (Tzadik)

The chameleonic styles of Sean Ono Lennon are in full force on this instrumental record, merging rock, jazz, experimental and cinematic styles in captivating ways, performed with the spectacular ensemble of Devon Hoff (bass), Yuka Honda (electronics), Johnny Mathar (drums), João Nogueira (Wurlitzer), Ches Smith (drums), Michael Leonhart (trumpet) & Mauro Refosco (percussion). ... Click to View


Chorale Joker / Ensemble SuperMusique:
Demantibule•es (Ambiances Magnetiques)

Merging members of Ensemble SuperMusique with a subset of the ensemble Chorale Joker, Joane Hétu presents four premieres that explore our experiences during the pandemic, SuperMusique focused on electronics and synthetic instruments and offset by a wind quintet, the music and vocal interactions often explosive, reflecting on our mental states during an overwhelming cultural malady. ... Click to View


Josh Berman / Eli Wallace / Ishmael Ali / Bill Harris:
An-Ill Fitting Garment [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Amalgam)

Cornetist Josh Berman, drummer Bill Harris, and cellist Ishmael Ali meet with NY pianist Eli Wallace in Chicago, recording live in the studio for a session that focuses on acoustic interplay using unusual techniques, inside piano playing, textural percussion with scrapes & drags and melodic & harmonic fragments, Fitting quite well in a set of interesting moods and motion. ... Click to View


IKZ (Chris Dammann / Kevin Davis / John Niekrasz / Toby Summerfield):
I Saw The Cryptic Problem Of My Generation Destroyed (Amalgam)

Four improvisations that start as dense and scrabbly electroacoustic improv and then transport into beautiful sonic interaction from the Chicago collaborative quartet of Chris Dammann (Scott Clark) on double bass, Kevin Davis (Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore) on cello, John Niekrasz (Poor School, The Naked Future) on drums and Toby Summerfield (Larval, Algernon, Scott Clark) on guitar. ... Click to View


Joao Gato / Bruno Parrinha:
Two (Phonogram Unit)

Two Portuguese saxophonists of different generations both playing on alto sax--Bruno Parrinha, an established and extraordinary player involved with many projects on Clean Feed and Creative Sources, and João Gato, leader of Apophenia Quartet--present 11 improvisations recorded in the studio, their voices intertwining amid masterful technique and creative impulse. ... Click to View


Danya Pilchen :
Two Songs. Anne, Germaine, Koen, Seamus, Danya (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Two "songs" from a series of works by Netherlands composer and pianist Danya Pilchen, exploring the possibilities of making and experiencing time through attentive listening, these works focused on creating a dialogue between two measures of time, performed with Anne La Berge on flute, Germaine Sijstermans on clarinet, Seamus Cater on harmonica and Koen Nutters on double bass. ... Click to View


Paul Newland:
Things That Happen Again (Another Timbre)

A portrait of UK interdisciplinary composer Paul Newland's music through five pieces dating from 2009 to 2023 performed by members of London's Apartment House ensemble, including a string quartet, two different trio combinations, a short work for solo piano, and a score for open instrumentation, realised in this recording by a septet. ... Click to View


Michel Banabila :
The Unreal Realm (Tapu Records)

A collection of works from Netherlands composer Michel Banabila, including a piece developed with saxophonist Dave Liebman and previously released only digitally; a work with Rutger Zuydervelt (Machinefabriek); a work with Pierre Bastien; and excerpts from scores for Yin Yue's choreography in two works: "Somewhere" for New York Live Arts and "Timeless Tide" for BalletMet. ... Click to View


Rotem Geffen:
The Night Is The Night (thanatosis produktion)

Singer, songwriter and pianist Nelly Klayman-Cohen, aka Rotem Geffen, explores the fringes of dreamy pop music with lyrics in German, English and Hebrew that explore themes of memory, love, grief, loss, and the night as a vibrating room, with collaborators including Alexander Zethson on keyboards, Isak Hedtjar on clarinets and winds, Vilhelm Bromander on double bass, &c. ... Click to View



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  • April 12, 2024:

    Much of this week was spent preparing for the next wave of purchases, and personally for me, distracted by events here in Wilmington. Those included the annual Azalea Festival, and my participation in a March with the Filipino American Association of the Lower Cape Fear, a warm and wonderful group. I also attended a few Azalea events gratis my cat Miso, who "won" the Pet Royalty contest, raising money for the Paws4People organization.

    Philz with the Filipino American Association of the Lower Cape Fear
    King Miso


    Given all the local activities, it's a bit of a miracle that we got our mailing list out this week, but we somehow managed, fueled by some excellent records, particularly the latest Euphorium release, Fucking Ballads by the trio of Oliver Schwerdt, Barry Guy & Gunter Baby Sommer; the latest Remote Viewers album, Inside the Blizzard / Triva; the latest album from the trio JAKAL (aka J@K@L) of Fred Lonberg-Holm, Keefe Jackson & Julian Kirshner; and the latest Ethnic Heritage Ensemble album, Open Me, A Higher Consciousness Of Sound And Spirit, which includes a unique cover of "Kind of Blue".



    Schwerdt, Oliver / Barry Guy / Baby Sommer: Fucking Ballads (Euphorium)

    An enthusiastic and energetically powerful trio meeting between three masters--Oliver Schwerdt on grand piano & percussion, Barry Guy on double bass and Baby Sommer on drums & percussion--performing live in 2021 at naTo, in Leipzig for two extended improvisations of remarkable communication, incredible virtuosity, but most importantly, incredible and compelling creative drive!



    JAKAL (Fred Lonberg-Holm / Keefe Jackson / Julian Kirshner): Peroration (Amalgam)

    Formerly known as J@K@L, this Chicago trio has explored hard hitting improvisation since 2014, the band name an amalgamation of the performer's names--Keefe Jackson on tenor & sopranino saxophone & tube, Julian Kirshner on drums and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, tenor guitar and electronics--in a dynamic and exciting 2022 concert at Elastic Arts, in Chicago.



    Remote Viewers, The: Inside The Blizzard / Trivia (Remote Viewers)

    UK Composer David Pett's Remote Viewers present two large works: "Inside the Blizzard" in five parts of configurations from solo to quintet; and "Trivia", a quintet work in eight parts; solid, compelling work of forceful confidence from members Adrian Northover, Sue Lynch, Caroline Krabbel & Petts on sax, John Edwards on bass, Hutch Demouilpied on trumpet and Rosa Theodora on piano.



    Ethnic Heritage Ensemble: Open Me, A Higher Consciousness Of Sound And Spirit (Spiritmuse Records)

    Celebrating 50 years, percussionist Kahil El'Zabar's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble as the trio of El'Zabar, Corey Wilkes (trumpet) and Alex Harding (bar. sax), joined on tracks by James Sanders (violin) and Ishmael Ali (cello), reinterpret classics including "Great Black Music", "Ornette" and Aretha Franklin's "Compared to What", along with Miles' "All Blues" and McCoy Tyner's "Passion Dance".








    Jackals, Frogs, and Fred Lonberg-Holm:

    This week we added the latest album from the Chicago improvising trio JAKAL, formerly known as J@K@L (possibly changed because the name drove the internet nuts with all those "@" symbols). JAKAL is the trio of Keefe Jackson on saxophone, Julian Kirshner on drums and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, tenor guitar and electronics. The new album is an exciting example of live, energetic free improvisation taking unexpected twists and turns.

    I appreciate the work of all three members of the trio, but for many years I've been focused on the projects that Fred Lonberg-Holm has been involved in. After Tom Cora he is perhaps my favorite cellist, though Okkyung Lee makes a second close; and honestly there are a lot of great cellists involved with improvised music - like the saxophone, much of the cello's range is very much in line with the human voice, particularly baritone and tenor ranges. Lonberg-Holm extends his playing with electronics, and on many projects like Stirrup, Vox Arcana and Fast Citizens, he also plays tenor guitar. I had to look up the latter, not being a guitarist: A tenor guitar is a type of guitar that is slightly smaller than a standard acoustic guitar and typically has four strings instead of six. It is tuned in fifths, like the viola or mandolin, rather than in fourths like the traditional guitar tuning.

    But back to Lonberg-Holm, who was born in Delaware in 1962 (making him a year younger than I) Lonberg-Holm has forged a diverse and adventurous career that spans multiple genres, including avant-garde jazz, experimental rock, and contemporary classical music. He initially trained as a classical cellist, studying at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and later at the Yale School of Music. However, he quickly became drawn to the world of experimental and improvised music, finding inspiration in the works of avant-garde composers and performers. I found myself reading interviews with him this week, particularly a intersting discussion of his work at Perfect Sound Forever, and at JazzBluesNews. Both interviews explained to me why I find his work so interesting, with his own background interest and history in contemporary, rock and improvised music. He also studied with both Morton Feldman and Anthony Braxton, an unusual combination that clearly opened a world of possibilities to him.

    I personally like the breadth of his work, which I've heard in more than 120 albums that we've carried that he's played in or led. That set includes work with some of free improv's most famous and diverse players, including Peter Brötzmann, John Butcher, Dave Rempis (in Ballister), Weasel Waltes, Guillermo Gregorio, Joe McPhee, Mats Gustafsson, Axel Dörner, Mars Williams, Jeb Bishop, Jim O'Rourke, Ernesto Rodrigues, Nate Wooley, Dave Rempis, Hamid Drake, &c. &c. &c.

    The list of his collaborators is enormous, making me think that if I only listened to albums with Fred Lonberg-Holm I would be listening to a major facet of the international improv scene. To this I would add in a few quirky and wonderful albums, particularly his Corbett vs. Dempsey album, Bow Hard At The Frog, where Lonberg-Holm took his cello into the Florida Everglades along with soundscape artist and field recordist Gustavo Matamoros, seeking out night creatures, particularly vocalizing frogs, to form into compositions of "outdoor interspecies improvisation". With that kind of open mind and adventurousness I think the intrepid listener can see why Lonberg-Holm is amongst Squidco's most favorite and fascinating artists.



    JAKAL (Fred Lonberg-Holm / Keefe Jackson / Julian Kirshner): Peroration (Amalgam)

    Formerly known as J@K@L, this Chicago trio has explored hard hitting improvisation since 2014, the band name an amalgamation of the performer's names--Keefe Jackson on tenor & sopranino saxophone & tube, Julian Kirshner on drums and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, tenor guitar and electronics--in a dynamic and exciting 2022 concert at Elastic Arts, in Chicago.



    Rodrigues / Lonberg-Holm / Hencleeday / Oliveira: Uncommon Statement (Creative Sources)

    Two unique string players--Lisbon's Ernesto Rodrigues on viola and Chicago's Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello--with pianist Andre Hencleeday and percussionist Jose Oliveira, in an exhilarating concert of dynamic free improvisation captured live in 2023 at Lisboa Incomum in Lisbon, presented as two "Statements", an apt description of their confident and declarative interplay.



    Perelman, Ivo / Nate Wooley / Mat Moran / Matt Maneri / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Joe Morris: Seven Skies Orchestra [2 CDs] (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

    A rare setting for tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman in a larger ensemble: an exemplary sextet with trumpeter Nate Wooley and vibraphonist Matt Moran over a string section of Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Joe Morris on bass and Mat Maneri on viola, recording a ten-part work sans drums or piano, allowing fascinating new orchestral possibilities performed with utmost creative mastery.



    Ballister (Rempis / Lonberg-Holm / Nilssen-Love): Smash And Grab (Aerophonic)

    "Smash", "Even More Smashing" and "Grab" sums up the intense energy that the Ballister trio brought to their 2022 performance at Elastic Arts in Chicago as part of the Catalytic Sound Festival, impelled by Paul Nilssen-Love's powerful drumming and Fred Lonberg-Holm's demanding cello work, with Dave Rempis roaring on alto, tenor and baritone saxophones; wow!



    Brotzmann, Peter / Heather Leigh / Fred Lonberg-Holm: Naked Nudes (Trost Records)

    Part of Peter Brötzmann's 80th birthday concerts in his hometown of Wuppertal, the saxophonist assembled a trio from his typically duo partner, pedal steel guitarist Heather Leigh (Charalambides, Dream/Aktion Unit) and Chicago cellist and electronic improviser Fred Lonberg-Holm, performing the extended title track at INSEL | Kultur im ADA, along with two succinct improvisations.



    Malcolm Goldstein / Fred Lonberg-Holm: Missa Amissa [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Notice Recordings)

    Bringing to ears a 2003 encounter in Chicago, IL between legendary violin improviser, conceptualist and writer Malcolm Goldstein and exploratory cello improviser Fred Lonberg-Holm, through two extended dialogs weaving their strings around each other and finding unusual intersections and unions, from rapid action to introspective beauty; unsettling and inspired.



    Rempis / Harnik / Lonberg-Holm / Daisy: Earscratcher (Aerophonic)

    Formed in 2019, the quartet of Dave Rempis on alto sax, Elisabeth Harnik on piano, Fred Lonberg Holm on cello and Tim Daisy on drums celebrate Elisabeth Harnik's 50th birthday in 2020, originally planned as part of a European tour that year but prevented by pandemic, instead recording this well-balanced and often unbridled 2022 concert at Alte Gerberei, St. Johan in Tirol, Austria.



    Reid, Tomeka / Fred Lonberg-Holm: Eight Pieces for Two Cellos [VINYL] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

    Two Chicago improvising cellists--Tomeka Reid & Fred Lonberg-Holm--explore the repertoire for cello music in jazz, presenting works by Fred Katz ("Pluck It"), Sam Jones ("In Walked Ray"), Ron Carter ("Rally") and Harry Babsin ("Monti-Cello"), adding 3 new, original works by Fred Lonberg-Holm and a piece by Tomeka Reid paying homage to bassist Charles Mingus & violinist Billy Bang.



    Chicago Plan, The (Swell / Ullmann / Lonberg-Holm / Zerang): For New Zealand (Not Two)

    Featuring compositions from both trombonist Steve Swell and tenor saxophonist & bass clarinetist Gebhard Ulmann, the second album from The Chicago Plan with cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and drummer Michael Zerang is captured in the studio in Augsburg, Germany for six exceptional modern jazz recordings from a profoundly masterful and experienced transatlantic band.



    Lee, Charmaine / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Gabby Fluke-Mogul / Joanna Mattrey / Weston Olencki: Live in Accord [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Notice Recordings)

    Four configurations of far-reaching free improv at Notice Recordings's 2021 event in Accord, NY: a solo performance by Charmain Lee on voice & electronics; a duo between Lee and Weston Olnecki on synths & trombone; a trio from Gabby Fluke-Mogul on violin, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello and Joanna Mattrey on viola; a duo between Lonberg-Holm and Olencki.



    M (feat. Ben Stapp / Fred Lonberg-Holm / Marco Colonna / Steve Swell): Broken Songs (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

    A set of blues songs of a personal nature, concepts for a broken yet hopeful age, written and sung by improvising guitarist Marcin "M" Olak (Gadt/Osborne/Zakrocki/Olak, Agusti Fernandez) performed and expanded by a set of stellar improvisers: Ben Stapp on tuba, Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello, Marco Colonna on flute and Steve Swell on trombone.








    Squidco Publishing Roundup:

    As is typical, I end with updates to Squidco and The Squid's Ear over the last week. You can see our latest fully cataloged albums in our Recently Section.

    You can see new albums as they enter our Just In Stock Section, meaning that we physically have an album and are able to ship it with an order, but that we're not satisfied that we've added all the information we can about that release.

    You can also see recent restocks of previously listed items at our Recently Restocked page.

    You can ask us to inform you via email of any upcoming release that you're interested in, with no obligation.

    April 11, 2024: New @ Squidco:
    Oliver Schwerdt/Barry Guy/Baby Sommer -Fucking Ballads [CD] (Euphorium)
    JAKAL (Fred Lonberg-Holm/Keefe Jackson/Julian Kirshner) -Peroration [CD] (Amalgam)
    The Remote Viewers -Inside The Blizzard/Trivia [CDR] (Remote Viewers)
    Teiku (Harlow/Taylor/Shahid/Formanek/Leafar) -Teiku [CDR] (577 Records)
    Jorge Nuno -Labirinto [CD] (Phonogram Unit)
    Bruno Duplant/Rutger Zuydervelt -Edge Of Oblivion [CD] (Machinefabriek)
    Felix Profos/Peter Conradin Zumthor -Grund [CD] (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
    Leap Of Faith -Emergent Spacetime [CDR] (Evil Clown)
    Expanse -Reach [CDR] (Evil Clown)

    April 11, 2024: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Scott Clark - Dawn & Dusk (Out of Your Head Records) by Paul Serralheiro.

    April 9, 2024: New @ Squidco:
    Ethnic Heritage Ensemble -Open Me, A Higher Consciousness Of Sound And Spirit [CD] (Spiritmuse Records)
    Simon Hanes -Tsons of Tsunami [CD] (Tzadik)
    Joel Futterman -Perspicacity [CD] (Soul City Sounds)
    Kimmel.Ali.Harris (Jeff Kimmel/Ishmael Ali/Bill Harris) -Flora Oblique [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Amalgam)
    Anthony Donofrio -These Calm Words [CD] (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
    Eva-Maria Houben (Kei Kondo/Takahiro Kuroda) -His Master's Voice/Aus Den Fliegenden Blattern Eines Fahrenden Waldhornisten/Lose Verbunden [CD] (Ftarri Clasical)
    Eva-Maria Houben (Takahiro Kuroda/Kei Kondo) -Echo Fantasy II [CD] (Ftarri Clasical)
    Rutger Zuydervelt -Kites (music for a performance by Roshanak Morrowatian) [CD] (Machinefabriek)
    Michel Banabila/Stijn Huwels/Cok Van Vuuren -One Moment In Time [CASSETTE] (Tapu Records)
    Simulacrum -Mimesis [CDR] (Evil Clown)

    April 8, 2024: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Lance Austin Olsen and Bruno Duplant - Coincidence (Ftaari) by Nick Ostrum.




  • April 5, 2024:

    This is a short work for me, as today (Friday, April 5) starts the Wilmington, NC celebration of the Azalea Festival. I am walking with a float for the local Filippino American Organization, and attending some of the local, colorful events. We also received tickets for today's Garden Party, as one of our handsome cats, Miso, won the Pet Royalty Contest, raising money for the Paws4People organization, helping to get assistance dogs to those who need them. Many thanks to our friends and family who helped raise money for this good cause; Miso would knight you all if he could only hold a sword...

    All that has put a rush into the week, which had an exceptional inflow of new releases and a few surprises. For Squidco, the biggest surprise came from New Braxton House / Tri-Centric Foundation. As readers of this blog know, we've been fulfilling the orders for the new 10 Comp (Lorraine) 2022 box set fundraiser, and then orders for sales on their own site. Typically we haven't been allowed to sell the new box sets from their fundraisers, but this week we received notice that we can list and sell the box ourselves, directly to our retail and wholesale customers!



    Braxton, Anthony: 10 Comp (Lorraine) 2022 (New Braxton House)

    Documenting six live performances with Anthony Braxton's Lorraine Trio featuring trumpeter Susana Santos Silva, accordionist/vocalist Adam Matlock, and Anthony Braxton, plus four studio recordings featuring Braxton, saxophonist James Fei, and bassists Zach Rowden and Carl Testa, in a solid box set of 10 CDs in five gatefold wallets with a 28 page booklet of notes by Anthony Braxton.





    For those interested in previous Braxton box sets, we will be offering all instock Braxton Boxes, including the fascinating Trillium series, at 50% off during the upcoming April 20th Record Store Day weekend.



    The other exciting addition to our catalog came from John Butcher's Weight of Wax label. We carried WOW in the past, but the last release was in 2013, the long out of print trio of Butcher, John Edwards and Gino Robair, On Air. This new album is a work presented at the 2021 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival for 14 improvisers. The score, which includes graphical elements, directs smaller groupings based on Butcher's anticipation of how various players would work together, selecting unusual configurations for unexpected and really fascinating results. It's great to see the label back after such a long break!



    Butcher, John + 13: Fluid Fixations (Weight of Wax)

    Commissioned for the 2021 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, John Butcher's fantastic work for 14 improvisers of unique approach employs what Butcher refers to as "psychological orchestration"--imagining how each performer might respond to particular ideas & their sonic company--the score, which includes photographic imagery, directing specific solos, duos & small groupings.



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    JAKAL (
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    Peroration
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    The Remote Viewers:
    Inside The Blizzard /
    Trivia
    (Remote Viewers)



    Oliver Schwerdt /
    Barry Guy /
    Baby Sommer:
    Fucking Ballads
    (Euphorium)



    Bruno Duplant /
    Rutger Zuydervelt:
    Edge Of Oblivion
    (Machinefabriek)



    Simon Hanes:
    Tsons of Tsunami
    (Tzadik)



    Ethnic Heritage Ensemble:
    Open Me,
    A Higher Consciousness
    Of Sound And Spirit
    (Spiritmuse Records)



    Phantom Orchard (
    Ikue Mori /
    Zeena Parkins):
    Hit Parade
    of Tears
    (Tzadik)



    Chorale Joker /
    Ensemble SuperMusique:
    Demantibule•es
    (Ambiances Magnetiques)



    Sean Lennon Ono:
    Asterisms
    [VINYL]
    (Tzadik)



    Joel Futterman:
    Perspicacity
    (Soul City Sounds)



    Michel Banabila :
    The Unreal Realm
    (Tapu Records)



    John Butcher + 13:
    Fluid Fixations
    (Weight of Wax)



    Christof Migone /
    Alexandre St-Onge:
    undoundone
    (Ambiances Magnetiques)



    Anthony Braxton :
    10 Comp (
    Lorraine) 2022
    (New Braxton House)



    Ensemble SuperMusique:
    Musiques Emeraude
    (Ambiances Magnetiques)



    Rempis /
    Karayorgis /
    Heinemann /
    Harris:
    Truss
    (Driff Records & Aerophonics)



    Paul Paccione:
    Distant Musics
    (Another Timbre)



    Peter Evans
    Being & Becoming (
    Evans /
    Ross /
    Jozwiak /
    Ode):
    Ars Memoria
    (More Is More)



    Gregorio /
    Smith /
    Bryerton:
    The Cold Arrow
    (Balance Point Acoustics)



    Chad Fowler /
    Shanyse Strickland /
    Sana Nagano /
    Melanie Dyer /
    Ken Filiano /
    Anders Griffen:
    Birdsong
    (Mahakala Music)







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