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Anthony Braxton Saxophone Quartet:
Sax QT (Lorraine) 2022 [4 CDs] (I Dischi di Angelica)

A complement to the New Braxton House Lorraine box, these live performances of Anthony Braxton's Lorraine system are performed in four European cities by Braxton himself on alto, soprano & sopranino saxophones, James Fei on sopranino & alto saxophones, Chris Jonas on alto & tenor saxophonse, Ingrid Laubrock on soprano & tenor saxophones, and Andre Vida on baritone, tenor and soprano saxophones. ... Click to View

Anthony Braxton :
Solo Bern 1984 First Visit (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Thirteen years after his breakthrough solo saxophone album For Alto, Anthony Braxton is heard in an inventive solo concert on the same instrument, performing at the Altes Schlachthaus Theatre in Bern, Switzerland for a set of original numbered compositions, the standards "Alone Together" and "I Remember You", and two Coltrane pieces: "Giant Steps" and "Naima". ... Click to View

Simon Nabatov:
Raging Bulgakov [2 CDs] (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Composer and pianist Simon Nabatov sets to music two major works of modern Russian literature - Mikhail Bulgakov's The Fatal Eggs and Heart of a Dog, each interpretation spanning an album's worth of material and performed with an extraordinary septet of chamber jazz performers through piano, sax, trombone, viola, cellos, bass and drums. ... Click to View

Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp:
Magical Incantation (Soul City Sounds)

A standout in the many collaborations between New York pianist Matthew Shipp and Brazil-born, NY-based tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman, recording in the studio for eight elegantly lyrical improvisations that invoke both devotional and decisive dialogs, from an introspective "Prayer" to a dissipated "Lustihood", a spellbinding set of fraternal invocations. ... Click to View

Modney (Modney / Wooley / Gentile / Roberts / Pluta / Symthe / ...):
Ascending Primes [2 CDs] (Pyroclastic Records)

aExploring tuning systems and the extremes of harmonicity and dissonance through compositions that employ prime numbers of players in solo, trio, quintet, septet, and undectet (11) configurations, violinist Modney takes listeners into transcendent and turbulent spaces spanning improvisation and composition, detailed in a 24-page booklet with collages from Ellsworth Kelly. ... Click to View

David Leon:
Bird's Eye (Pyroclastic Records)

An exotic album of improvised music with a wide focus, founded in saxophonist David Leon's interest in Afrocuban folkloric music, expanded through DoYeon Kim's gayagum, a traditional 12-string Korean zither, and punctuated with the exploratory drumming, percussion and glockenspiel of Lesley Mok; assertively unpredictable and continuously intriguing improv. ... Click to View

Barry Chabala / Clara Byom:
(un) natural (Roeba)

The first meeting between two improvisers also versed in contemporary and avant music - guitarist Barry Chabala and clarinetist and accordionist Claray Byom - recording live at The Jean Cocteau Cinema, in Santa Fe, New Mexico as part of the Sandbox Music Series, for five freely improvised works that include radio, objects, iPhone and toys as part of their expansive dialogs. ... Click to View

Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Madeira / Taylor / Parrinha / Taubenfeld / Carmelo / Trinite:
A Tale Unfolds (Creative Sources)

In four parts this primarily acoustic octet of Lisbon improvisers evolve a deceptive narrative of collective interaction, highly textured through rich combinations that emerge and subside throughout the natural development of their converstations; with Ernesto & Guilherme Rodriguez, João Madeira, Noel Taylor, Bruno Parrinha, Ziv Tuabenfeld, Guilherme Carmelo and Monsieur Trinite. ... Click to View

Zosha Warpeha :
Silver Dawn (Relative Pitch)

A beautifully contemplative collection of vignettes performed on solo Hardanger d'amore, a sympathetic-stringed relative of the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, from Brooklyn improviser and composer Zosha Warpeha, in 13 works of thoughtfully spacious playing utilizing the resonance and rich texture of the Hardanger fiddle in works that seemingly suspend time despite beguiling momentum. ... Click to View

Christoph Gallio / Roger Turner:
You Can Blackmail Me Later (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

During a sabbatical in London, Swiss saxophonist Christoph Gallio (Day & Taxi) renewed his friendship with percussionist Roger Turner, with whom he had performed in a trio with Urs Leimgruber; meeting at Turner's London flat, they developed the spontaneous language heard on this freely improvised album, Gallio on soprano, alto & C-melody saxophones and Turner on drums & distinctive percussive devices. ... Click to View

Alex Hendriksen / Fabian Gisler / Paul Amereller:
Lotus Blossom (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Unabashedly lyrical and focused on jazz tradition, the Swiss trio of Alex Hendriksen on tenor saxophone, Fabian Gisler on double bass and Paul Amereller on drums present an album of standards, including pieces by Tadd Dameron, Billy Strayhorn, Jerome Kern, Thelonious Monk and Benny Golson, warmly interpreted with extraordinary band interplay and individual soloing. ... Click to View

Nick Dunston:
Colla Voce (Out Of Your Head Records)

A wild "Afro-Surrealist Anti-Opera" from composer & bassist Nick Dunston, performed with an ensemble of string players (including JACK Quartet) and vocalists, in a gripping hybrid of acoustic and electronic music, using the studio for post-processing to create Dunston's self-described "warped narrative", an understatement for this incredibly passionate, surreal and absolutely impressive work. ... Click to View

Carlos Bechegas / Ernesto Rodrigues / Carlos Santos:
Echoing The Chorus Of Life (Creative Sources)

Lisbon contemporary flutist and improviser Carlos Bechegas, an associate of Carlos Zingaro and his electroacoustic trio, joins violist Ernesto Rodrigues and long-time collaborator Carlos Santos in a uniquely electronic, chamber-oriented, mysteriously crepuscular improvisation captured live at Casa do Comum, Lisbon, Portugal during the 2024 "SpectraLx" event. ... Click to View

Oren Ambarchi / Johan Berthling / Andreas Werliin:
Ghosted II [VINYL] (Drag City)

Driven by compelling rhythms and subtle interactions that wind around them, the trio of guitarist Oren Ambarchi, bassist Johan Berthling and drummer Andreas Werliin expand their Ghosted concept in this second album, four diverse pieces fusing "funk-jazz heads, polyrhythmic skeletons, ambient pastorals, post-kraut drones and shimmering soundtrack reveries". ... Click to View

Ryuichi Yoshida :
Sakai (Doubtmusic)

Known for his band Blacksheep, along with Gatos Meeting, OKHP, Satoko Fujii Orchestra Tokyo, The Silence, and Missing Link, &c., Japanese baritone saxophonist steps out solo for twelve works, eight improvisations and four compositions, blurring the line between approaches, executed with Yoshida's rich tone, multiphonic accents, and powerful sonic pressure on the big reed. ... Click to View

Liam Hockley (Avram / Chrysakis / Dumitrescu / Radulescu):
Pulse Tide (Aural Terrains)

Canadian clarinetist Liam Hockley, a dedicated advocate for new and experimental music, performs compositions on a relatively obscure member of the clarinet family, the basset horn, alone and in layers of up to seven horns, in pieces from Romanian spectral composers Ana Maria Avram, Iancu Dumitrescu, and Horatiu Radulescu, along with a contemporary work by Thanos Chrysakis. ... Click to View

Leap Of Faith:
Radiation Patterns (Evil Clown)

The core duet of the Boston collective Leap of Faith Orchestra comprised of David Peck on clarinets, saxophones, double reeds & flutes and Glynis Lomon on cello, aquasonic & voice, are joined by bassist Albey onBass, drummer Eric Rosenthal, guitarist Tor Snyder and brass player John Fugarino, making a strong sextet with a powerful string section in this extended improvisation. ... Click to View

Ensemble 5 (Geisser / Blumer / Staub / Morgenthaler / Dell):
The Human Factor (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

The long-running quartet of percussionist Heinz Geisser, bassist Fridolin Blumer, pianist Reto Staub and trombonist Robert Morgenthaler have for years extended their 4-tet with a 5th guest, here asking vibraphonist Christopher Dell to join them in the studio after a successful live performance in the spring of 2022, capturing this spectacular, wide-ranging example of collective improvisation. ... Click to View

Kenny Dorham:
Round About Midnight At The Cafe Bohemia To Matador - Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Revisiting and remastering two essential albums from New York hard bop trumpeter Kenny Dorham, a tremendous musican who died much too young but left a legacy of 20 albums as a leader, here in his 1956 Blue Note album in a sextet that included Bobby Timmons and Kenny Burrell, and his 1963 United Artists Jazz album in a quintet with Jackie McLean, Bobby Timmons, Teddy Smith and JC. Moses. ... Click to View

Silvan Schmid / Tom Wheatley / Eddie Prevost:
The Wandering One - High Laver Levitation Volume 2 (Matchless)

A live recording of freely improvised improv captured at All Hallows Church in High Laver, Essex in 2023 from the trio of AMM drummer and Matchless label-leader Eddie Prévost, Zürich and Maastricht trumpeter Silvan Shmid, and London double bassist Tom Wheatley of the group Widdershins, heard in three investigative conversations of great creative drive. ... Click to View

Natsuki Tamura / Jim Black:
NatJim (Libra)

Right out of the gate one feels the energy and excitement between Japanese trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and NY drummer Jim Black, each pushing the other through strong instrumental character and outrageous technique over nine Tamura compositions recorded in the studio in Switzerland, their first recording in 25 years since their 1999 Buzz Records album White and Blue. ... Click to View

Joe Mcphee / Ken Vandermark:
Musings of a Bahamian Son: Poems and Other Words (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

27 concise poems written and read by saxophonist and multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee, punctuated by 9 musical interludes between McPhee on soprano sax and Chicago reedist Ken Vandermark on clarinet and bass, fortifying McPhee's captivating words that mix life observations among jazz references to Dolphy, Monk, Brötzmann, Coleman, &c.; a truly embraceable "book" of poetry. ... Click to View

Birgit Ulher:
Split Friction - Audiovisual Works [BOOK] (Private)

Published on the occasion of Birgit Ulher's exhibition Split Friction at Errant Sound in Berlin from November 24-26, 2023, an interdisciplinary project spanning the intersection between exhibition, video, performance, concert and sound installation, documented in this 96 page full-color book with images from the installation, graphic scores, and essays in English & German. ... Click to View

STHLM svaga:
Plays Carter, Plays Mitchell, Plays Shepp (thanatosis produktion)

The Swedish free jazz septet STHLM svaga work at the liminal edges of delicate improvisation and song, for this album commissioning works from Archie Shepp, Ron Carter and Roscoe Mitchell, Carter traveling to Stockholm to provide guidance on his composition "Desert Lament"; the band also performs Coltrane's "Jupiter" and Per Henrik Wallin's piece "Winter Rhapsody". ... Click to View

Bob Drake:
The Room In The Tower (Crumbling Tones)

A great set of 11 succinct songs and instrumentals from multi-instrumentalist, prog icon Bob Drake of Thinking Plague, The Science Group, VRIL, and Peter Blegvad fame, vignettes that play with pop formats in insidious ways around recurring Drake themes including a Planet of Dogs, three rustic tales, and a perturbing room in the tower, all noted in a colored foldout poster with lyrics. ... Click to View

Space (Ullen / Bergman / Lund):
Embrace the Space (Relative Pitch)

A startlingly exciting album of piano trio jazz from three creative innovators, in the followup to the 2022 debut of the Swedish Space Trio of Lisa Ullen on piano, Elsa Bergman on double bass and Anna Lund on drums, recording in the studio for eight collective improvisations of extremely well matched, highly interactive and exhilarating modern improv. ... Click to View

Yedo Gibson:
Conic Tube (Relative Pitch)

Born in São Paulo, Brazil and working in Amsterdam and Lisbon, and also part of the London Improvisers Orchestra, Yedo Gibson unleashes an album of solo improvisation on the soprano and tenor saxophones, his "conic tubes" which he uses to express the potential to change environment and energy through technically impressive, expressive playing. ... Click to View

Rodrigues / Rodrigues:
Intenso como o Mar (Creative Sources)

With the nearly telepathic communication that only a father & son duo could have, Lisbon violist and Creative Sources label leader Ernesto Rodridgues and cellist Guilherme Rodrigues recorded these two string improvisations live at Cossoul in Lisbon during the "Esta Noite Improvisa-se", a melding of remarkable technique, concentration and profound expression. ... Click to View

Violaine Gestalder :
Furtive (Creative Sources)

With an impressive resume in improvised and contemporary forms, French saxophonist Violaíne Gestalder presents three major conceptual works for multiple players, using studio layering to perform all parts herself on soprano sax, voice & effects, a comprehensive, yearning, powerful and often mysteriously beautiful album that draws on her skills as a composer, improviser and experimenter. ... Click to View

Loris Binot / Violaine Gestalder :
Loris Binot & Violaine Gestalder (Creative Sources)

A contemplative and building collection of electroacoustic improvisations from French alto & soprano saxophonist Violaine Gestalder, augmenting her horn with effect pedals, and pianist Loris Binot, using preparations, magnetic bows and electronics to create sustained and percussive elements, recording in the CIM auditorium in Bal-Le-Duc, France for five rich and fascinating dialogs. ... Click to View

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  • July 12, 2024:

    I've had a lot of time to listen to music lately, but not much time to write about it: for the last two weeks my spare time and weekends have been busy reprogramming our routines for our "new" updated International Economy Shipping option, which has been unavailable since the shipper only gave us the specifications, literally, on the last day that we could send packages with the previous shipping option. The good news is, the coding is done, we had acceptance from the shipper yesterday, and our first trial box of packages is shipping to our international Squid's Ear reviewers today. Once we've seen the packages moving around the globe and trackable we will once again offer Economy Shipping as an international option. I am leaving for a two week vacation starting this weekend, with Squidco in Carl's capable hands while I'm gone. As soon as I return and we confirm that the service is working we'll announce the option again, probably in the last week of July.

    So I apologize for the lack of music insight over the last two weeks, and the upcoming two weeks. I can tell you that music has been flowing into our shop at a rapid pace this last week, and our Recently Releases category and our Just In Stock sections are burgeoning with excellent new albums. Those include four new Tzadik releases, particularly the 5th collection of Zorn compositions performed by Gyan Riley and Julian Lage, Her Melodious Lay. Nine new FMR titles arrived, with two Rick Countryman albums in a trio with legendary percussionist Sabu Toyozumi and bassist Richard Allan Bates, and two new excellent chamber jazz projects from Mezei Szilard.

    Thirteen (!) new Creative Sources albums also arrived, with both projects from violist Ernesto Rodrigues and cellist Guilherme Rodrigues, along with a diverse set of albums from innovative improvisers to explore. Eight new albums arrived on the French Fou Records label, finding Jean-Marc Foussat in the company of improvisers Daunik Lazro, a great improv rock album from Assassins in a trio with Jac Berrocal, and the quartet of Agnel / Camps / Rieussec / Lazro.

    In the rock vein, Moe! Staino issues his Illusion of Consistency, previously a CD & LP package, now as a CD only release. More importantly, he released an album of a powerful composition for guitars, Away Towards the Light , a major and exciting work in 3 parts. I'm still working on the two new albums from Tatsuya Yoshida/Magaibutsu, which likely won't be fully cataloged until I return, but they're both duos with amazing pianist/keyboardist Risa Takeda. I also returned many times to Elton Dean's Unlimited Saxophone Company during my coding, a great sax ensemble that a few times had me asking what this album with Eric Dolphy I was listening to was (it's not Dolphy, by the way, but what an exhilarating album!)

    Dolphy is on one of the other two major releases we added just this week, the ezz-thetics by Hat Hut, Ltd. reissue of two Ornette Coleman albums: Double Quartet — Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation To Ornette! Revisited — the Double Quartet album was a ground-breaking release in 1961 both by orchestration and length. The other album from the Who Trio of Michel Wintsch on piano, Banz Oester on double bass and Gerry Hemingway on drums is a live album at the 2023 Jazz Festival Willisau, interpreting well known Duke Ellington pieces and some rather obscure compositions, all focused through modern approaches to improvisation. This latter album really hit home for me, as I've been listening to Duke Ellington chronological releases for my last few month's breakfasts, and reading Terry Teachout's biography of Ellington.

    Last, in the compositional world we added three great albums from Another Timbre, particularly the double album of Magnus Granberg's composition Holde Traume, Kehret Wieder! (Sweet dreams, come back!), in two performances, one from his magnificent Skogen ensemble. I've also become an enthusiast of Catherine Lamb's work, and her Curva Triangulus has us discussing the fascinating mix of Renaissance and contemporary approaches she employs, and also researching the fascinating 16th century microtonal Vicentino arciorgano organ that underpins the piece.

    Zorn, John (Riley / Lage): Her Melodious Lay (Tzadik)

    Featuring some of composer John Zorn's most lyrical work, the duo of guitarists Gyan Riley and Julian Lage continue their collaboration in the series that started in 2015 with The Bagatelles and continues through Midsummer Moons (2017), Book Beri'ah (2019), and Quatrain (2023), as they render Zorn's beautiful merging of eclectic forms inspired by William Shakespeare.

    Surplus 1980: Illusion of Consistency [CD] (Surplus Industries)

    Composed using an "exquisite corpse" method during the pandemic, where each player provided a partially complete track with instructions to expand their concept, enlisting an incredible set of musicians across the US & Europe, directed by Moe! Staiano, including Jesse Quattro, Fred Frith, Carla Kihlstedt, GW Sok, Amy X Neuburg, Darren Johnston, &c &c.

    Dean, Elton (w/ Dunmall / Watts / Rogers / Levin): Elton Dean's Unlimited Saxophone Company (Ogun)

    Elton Dean's 1989 performance at the Covent Garden Jazz Saxophone Festival in London is reissued, bringing to light the powerful performance from saxophonists Dean on alto sax & saxello, Paul Dunmall on tenor & baritone saxophones, Trevor Watts on alto saxophone, Simon Pickard on tenor saxophone, plus the rhythm section of Paul Rogers on double bass and Tony Levin on drums.

    Assassins (Berrocal / Pauvros / Artman): Catalogue (Fou Records)

    Agnel / Camps / Rieussec / Lazro: Quartet Un Peu Tendre (Fou Records)

    Foussat, Jean-Marc / Daunik Lazro: Trente-Cing Miniutes & Vingt-Trois Secondes (Fou Records)

    WHO Trio (Hemingway / Wintsch / Oester): Live At Jazz Festival Willisau 2023 First Visit Live (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

    Reimagining familiar and more obscure works of Duke Ellington through the lense of contemporary improvisation, including "Mood Indigo", "Black and Tan Fantasy", "Self Portrait of the Bean", "Burmingham Breakdown", &c., from the powerful Who Trio of Michel Wintsch on piano, Banz Oester on double bass and Gerry Hemingway on drums, captured live at the 2023 Jazz Festival Willisau.

    Coleman, Ornette: Free Jazz To Ornette! Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

    Exploring further the concepts of free jazz, saxophonist Ornette Coleman's back-to-back 1961 & 62 albums find the composer and innovator in a ground-breaking double quartet that includes Eric Dolphy, Don Cherry & Freddie Hubbard, Scott LaFaro & Charlie Haden, and Billy Higgns & Ed Blackwell; then with quintet with Scott LaFaro temporarily taking Charlie Haden's chair.

    Staiano, Moe: Away Towards the Light [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (Edgetone)

    An exploration of tonal interplay and contrasting rhythms from nine electric guitars, bass, and drums by West Coast percussionist and composer Moe! Staiano (formerly of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum), a work in three movements that features assertive rhythmic structures and intertwining string structures, balanced by beautifully ringing moments of introspection.

    Lamb, Catherine: Curva Triangulus (Another Timbre)

    Inspired by the geometric and illusory work of artist Bridget Riley, Catherine Lamb's "Curva Triangulus" borrows from Renaissance music that she "warps" by interjecting geometric musical figures, performed by the Proton Ensemble of Bern using traditional, new and historic instruments, all underpinned by the 16th century microtonal Vicentino arciorgano organ.

    Granberg, Magnus / Nattens Inbrott / Skogen: Holde Traume, Kehret Wieder! [2 CDs] (Another Timbre)

    Two different version of Magnus Granberg's 2021 composition "Holde Traume, kehret wieder!" (Sweet dreams, come back!), first as a quartet performed by the Nattens Inbrott Quartet for which the piece was originally written, and then a second version performed with Granberg's group Skogen as a septet, adding additional parts to the original composition.

    Mezei, Szilard : Old Book For Quartet (FMR)

    Mezei, Szilard Quartet: Jaguar - Flower (FMR)

    Yoshida, Tatsuya x Risa Takeda: YGGDRASILL (Magaibutsu Limited)

    Yoshida, Tatsuya x Risa Takeda: Falsifiability (Cbzm Records)

    Countryman / Toyozumi / Bates: Lovely Tago (On A Sunday Night) (FMR)

    Countryman / Toyozumi / Bates: Lovely Tago (On A Friday Night) (FMR)

    I'll be celebrating yet another birthday on this holiday, and my 19th anniversary, so this vacation is a bit longer than I typically like to leave Squidco. However I've worked hard at timing my trip, and while I'm away we've arranged for a number of new releases to come in, so please check out our upcoming release section and have us email you when we get those on the site, hopefully soon after I return. Meanwhile, happy listening, check out some of these albums and others important to you — our catalog continues to grow with a startling number of truly excellent albums!

    Squidco Publishing Roundup:

    As always, 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.

    July 11, 2024: New @ Squidco:
    WHO Trio (Hemingway/Wintsch/Oester) -Live At Jazz Festival Willisau 2023 First Visit Live [CD] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
    Ornette Coleman -Free Jazz To Ornette! Revisited [CD] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
    John Zorn (Riley/Lage) -Her Melodious Lay [CD] (Tzadik)
    Mark Dresser -In the Shadow of a Mad King [CD] (Tzadik)
    John Zorn/Jesse Harris (Marsella/Roeder/Smith/Haden) -Love Songs Live [CD] (Tzadik)
    Sam Weinberg Trio w/ Chris Lightcap/Tom Rainey -Impllcatures [VINYL] (Astral Spirits)
    Surplus 1980 -Illusion of Consistency [CD] (Surplus Industries)
    Moe Staiano -Away Towards the Light [VINYL + DOWNLOAD] (Edgetone)
    Magnus Granberg/Nattens Inbrott/Skogen -Holde Traume, Kehret Wieder! [2 CDs] (Another Timbre)
    Catherine Lamb -Curva Triangulus [CD] (Another Timbre)
    Jurg Frey -Outermost Melodie [2 CDs] (Another Timbre)
    Floros Floridis/Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Ulf Mengersen -Xafnikes Synantiseis [CD] (Creative Sources)
    Thanos Chrysakis -Music For Trumpets, Bass Clarinets And Saxophones [CD] (Aural Terrains)

    July 11, 2024: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Franz Koglmann - Near Blue - A Taste of Melancholy (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd) by Paul Serralheiro.

    July 9, 2024: New @ Squidco:
    William Parker/Cooper-Moore/Hamid Drake -Heart Trio [CD] (Aum Fidelity)
    William Parker/Cooper-Moore/Hamid Drake -Heart Trio [VINYL] (Aum Fidelity)
    William Parker/Ellen Christi -Cereal Music [CD] (Aum Fidelity)
    Mendoza/Hoff/Revels -Echolocation [CD] (Aum Fidelity)
    Frank London/The Elders -Spirit Stronger Than Blood [CD] (ESP)
    Jessica Pavone -Reverse Bloom [VINYL] (Astral Spirits)
    Christina Kubisch/Trondheim Voices -Stromsanger 2022 For Six Voices And Electromagnetic Waves [VINYL] (Important Records)
    Phill Niblock -Boston Tenor Index [CD] (Alga Marghen)
    Alva Noto -HYbr:ID III [CD] (Noton)
    Alva Noto -HYbr:ID III [VINYL 2 LPs] (Noton)

    July 9, 2024: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Nikolaus Gerszewski (Giusto Chamber Orchestra) - 3 Works For Strings (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records, Ltd.) by Massimo Ricci.

    July 8, 2024: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Dominic Lash / Stale Liavik Solberg - Hey Kje (Confront) by Brian Olewnick.

  • June 27, 2024:

    This is a very short but important entry for the week for our international customers: the International Economy shipping option is temporarily unavailable as a shipping option as of June 27, 2024.

    In the beginning of May we were advised that the Fedex International Mail Service (FIMS) service was being removed, and that we should switch to Fedex International Connect (FIC), a similar service. That day we requested to be moved to the new service, which we were promised would happen promptly. Instead we have suffered innumerable delays in receiving an agreement, access to FIC, and documentation on the changes we would need to make to our programming to interface with FIC.

    FIMS last day to submit packages is today, yet only yesterday did we get access to the new FIC service, and documentation on what we need to program to use the service. We expect the changes to take 2-3 weeks, and we will return with an International Economy option as soon as testing and acceptance is complete. We're frustrated, and we imagine our international customers will be as well. Please know that returning this service is one of our highest priorities.

    On a personal note, I continue to be frustrated and shocked by the rise in global shipping costs, particularly over the last decade. We spent a considerable effort to add International Economy shipping so that our international customers would find a cost effective way to bring in new music, and we will ensure that it returns. More recently we've seen the EU & UK take considerable steps to tax their citizens on foreign purchases, with rules so strict that it would cost more for us to broker packages than the cost of many albums. Around the world shipping prices are negatively affecting the exchange of culture, and it truly saddens me.

    This week has seen us catch up on new releases, with a number of great albums on their way to us over the next couple of weeks. With the second part of our distribution price sale, some staff down time, and the aforementioned important shipping issues, there wasn't much time to write a blog entry this week. I will list my favorite albums from this week's mailing list, several of which are "Squidco Picks".

    Jackson, Tom / T.J. Borden: Parr's Ditch (Confront)

    London clarinetist Tom Jackson, active in both free improvisation and contemporary classical music, meets with cellist Tyler J. Borden, who concentrates on the extremes of his instrument through unusual and extended techniques, interpret one of London's "lost rivers"--Parr's Ditch--in three extended, interpretative improvisations of powerful impressions.

    Borca / R. Brown / W. Parker / Workman / Nicholson / Murphy / Ibarra / Taylor-Baker: Good News Blues (NoBusiness)

    A vital member of groups led by Jimmy Lyons, Bill Dixon, Cecil Taylor, Joe Morris and William Parker, bassoonist Karen Borca is heard in two Vision Festival performances under her own name performing her own compositions in trio, quartet and quintet formations with luminaries Rob Brown, William Parker, Reggie Nicholson, Susie Ibarra, Todd Nicholson, Paul Murphy and Newman Taylor-Baker.

    Sea Trio, The (Satoh / Yoshihide / Turner): Live in Munich & Bonn [2 CDs] (Confront)

    Their second recording after their 2015 trio album Live at Hall Egg Farm on Doubtmusic, the now properly named Sea Trio of Masahiko Satoh on piano, Otomo Yoshihide on electric guitar and Roger Turner on drums & percussion reunite for two impressive 2023 concerts of masterful and often fiery free improvisation, captured in Munich and Bonn, Germany.

    Salter Ensemble (Belorukov / Harnik / Kocher / Grom / Beiner / Klammer / Kutin / Lang / Tomazin / Badrutt): Tri Dela (Bruit Editions / Zavod Sploh)

    Operating on the border between free improvisation and composition, the international electro-acoustic ensemble Šalter Ensemble present three incredible works composed by members of the ensemble -- Tomaž Grom; Jonas Kocher & Gaudenz Badrutt; and Elisabeth Harnik -- developed with the full ensemble, incorporating jazz, free improvisation, electronics & sound art.

    Oxley, Tony Quintet: Angular Apron (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

    British percussionist Tony Oxley returned to this piece multiple times after debuting it in the early 1970s, drawing on both European improv and contemporary composed music, heard in this previously unreleased 1992 live performance with the superb quintet of legendary trumpeter & flugelhornist Manfred Schoof, UK pianist Pat Thomas, US bassist Sirone and UK saxophonist Larry Stabbins.


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    Recent Selections @ Squidco:

    John Zorn (
    Riley /
    Her Melodious Lay

    Moe Staiano:
    Away Towards
    the Light

    Surplus 1980:
    Illusion of Consistency
    (Surplus Industries)

    Agnel /
    Camps /
    Rieussec /
    Quartet Un Peu Tendre
    (Fou Records)

    Ornette Coleman :
    Free Jazz
    (ezz-thetics by
    Hat Hut Records

    WHO Trio (
    Hemingway /
    Wintsch /
    Live At
    Jazz Festival Willisau 2023
    First Visit Live
    (ezz-thetics by
    Hat Hut Records

    Magnus Granberg /
    Nattens Inbrott /
    Holde Traume, Kehret Wieder!
    [2 CDs]
    (Another Timbre)

    Catherine Lamb:
    Curva Triangulus
    (Another Timbre)

    Mendoza /
    Hoff /
    (Aum Fidelity)

    Frank London /
    The Elders:
    Spirit Stronger
    Than Blood

    William Parker /
    Cooper-Moore /
    Hamid Drake:
    Heart Trio
    (Aum Fidelity)

    William Parker /
    Cooper-Moore /
    Hamid Drake:
    Heart Trio
    (Aum Fidelity)

    Manja Ristic /
    Joana Guerra /
    Veronica Cerrotta:
    Slani pejzazi
    (Tsss Tapes)

    Salter Ensemble (
    Belorukov /
    Harnik /
    Kocher /
    Grom /
    Beiner /
    Klammer /
    Kutin /
    Lang /
    Tomazin /
    Tri Dela
    (Bruit Editions /
    Zavod Sploh)

    The Sea Trio (
    Satoh /
    Yoshihide /
    Live in Munich & Bonn
    [2 CDs]

    Anthony Davis /
    Kyle Motl /
    Kjell Nordeson:
    Vertical Motion
    (Astral Spirits)

    Borca /
    R. Brown /
    W. Parker /
    Workman /
    Nicholson /
    Murphy /
    Ibarra /
    Good News Blues

    Tony Oxley Quintet:
    Angular Apron
    (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

    Elton Dean (
    w/ Dunmall /
    Watts /
    Rogers /
    Elton Dean's
    Unlimited Saxophone Company

    McIntyre /
    Thompson /
    Suggs /
    Rivbea Live! Series,
    Volume 1

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