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Third Coast Ensemble: Wrecks (RogueArt)

Merging France's Nautilis Ensemble with musicians from Chicago created this large improvising orchestra, here in a new suite composed by Rob Mazurek and dedicated to Great Lake Michigan and the devestation of thousands of shipwrecks over many centuries, using historical data, first hand accounts of shipwrecks off both shores, magical realism and steampunk aesthetics. ... Click to View


Made to Break: Trebuchet (Trost Records)

The eight release from Ken Vandermark's hard-hitting quartet with Austrian electronic improviser Christof Kurzmann, Netherlands bassist Jasper Stadhouders, and Chicago drummer and frequent Vandermark collaborator Tim Daisy, for 3 vigorous and extreme pieces dedicated to Shellac, Susan Sontag, and Kerry James Marshall; powerful, informed, essential. ... Click to View


Made to Break: Trebuchet [VINYL] (Trost Records)

The eight release from Ken Vandermark's hard-hitting quartet with Austrian electronic improviser Christof Kurzmann, Netherlands bassist Jasper Stadhouders, and Chicago drummer and frequent Vandermark collaborator Tim Daisy, for 3 vigorous and extreme pieces dedicated to Shellac, Susan Sontag, and Kerry James Marshall; powerful, informed, essential. ... Click to View


Boneshaker: Thinking Out Loud [VINYL] (Trost Records)

The third album from this international trio of powerful improvisers--Norwegian drummer/percussionist Paal Nilssen-Love, Chicago bassist Kent Kessler, and Chicago/NY saxophonist Mars William-- in four odysseys that take the listener from introspective playing to out and out blowing, using technique to serve their incredible dialog. ... Click to View


Kodian Trio: II [VINYL] (Trost Records)

The uniquely voiced free improvising Kodian Trio formed of saxophonist Colin Webster using aggressive techniques and unusual approaches to his horn, electric guitarist Dirk Serries (vidnaObmana) throwing spiky lines in forceful and unorthodox dialog, and in-demand UK drummer Andrew Lisle providing underpinning and punctuation, in six far-ranging and impressive tracks. ... Click to View


Becoming Animal (Massimo Pupillo / Gordon Sharp): A Distant Hand Lifted [VINYL] (Trost Records)

An album of dark atmospheric electroacoustic sound with voice and introductory narrative from Zu bassist Massimo Pupillo and Gordon Sharp of Cindytalk, the first meeting between the two, performed live at Cafe Oto for four pieces of rich sonics, emotional and hypnotic playing from two creative masters with a long history of powerful and passionate music. ... Click to View


Novaks Kapelle: Fartwind - Complete Discography (1967-1979) [2 CDs] (Trost Records)

Hard rocking Novaks Kapelle was an Austrian underground rock band, formed in 1967 by Erwin Novak, Walla Mauritz, Peter Travnicek and Helge Thor, with Paul Brown Steiner joining in 1970, and after a period of quiet, in 1978 jazz guitarist Harri Stojka joined the band; this double CD collects all known tracks, presenting a fascinating evolution of style. ... Click to View


Kan Mikami / John Edwards / Alex Nielson: Live at Cafe Oto [VINYL] (Otoroku)

More typically a solo performer, Japanese bluesman Kan Mikami has created a distinctive path for his voice, guitar and poetic lyrics; here he is propelled in an improvisational setting with two powerful UK players--John Edwards on bass and Alex Neilson on drums--captured live at London's Cafe Oto for a growling concert of finesse and brusque attitude. ... Click to View


William Parker : Conversations II Dialogues & Monologues [CD & BOOK] (RogueArt)

The 2nd volume in New York free improvising basist William Parker's "Conversations" series, more than 500 pages with 32 interview between William Parker and artists including Marshall Allen, Tim Berne, Wadada Leo Smith, Mark Dresser, Henry Grimes, &c &c, plus a CD excerpting those interviews and punctuated with duos between Parker and saxophonist Kidd Jordan. ... Click to View


Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. Feat. Pika: Astro Infinity Discotheque [VINYL 2 LPs] (Bam Balam Records)

A live album in 2016 from the mind-blowing and prolific Japanese psychedelic improvising rock band Acid Mothers Temple with Kawabata Makoto, Higashi Hiroshi, Mitsuru Tabata, Stoshima Nani, S T, and Pika, performing some of their well known works and starting with Gong's "Flying Teapot", all recorded at 15th Acid Mothers Temple Festival at Tokuzo (Nagoya). ... Click to View


Strycharski / Andriessen: Ghost (Bolt)

Polish composer and recorder player Dominik Strycharski wrote these pieces in response to a work for the recorder by composer Louis Andriessen that he dedicated to Frans Bruggen: "Melodie"; Strycharski response is "Harmonie", performed in a duo with pianist Sebastian Zawadzki to demonstrate the impracticability of harmony in its purest forms. ... Click to View


Vinny Golia Wind Quartet: Live At The Century City Playhouse (Dark Tree Records)

Dark Tree's Southern California archive series adds this phenomenal session from multi-woodwind player Vinny Golia's Wind Quartet with clarinetist John Carter, trombonist Glenn Ferris, and cornetist Bobby Bradford, recorded fairly early in their careers in 1979 live at Century City Playhouse in LA for two sets of exploratory, dexterous and astounding jazz. ... Click to View


Christian Kobi (solo and with Taku Sugimoto / Yoko Ikeda / Wakana Ikeda: Atta! (Monotype)

Four solo saxophone improvisations, two on tenor and two on soprano, using remarkable technique and concentration from Swiss improviser Christian Kobi performing live in Tokyo and Osaka in 2017, plus a live quartet improvisation with flutist Wakana Ikeda, violinist Yoko Ikeda, and guitarist Taku Sugimoto for an open-approached performance of detailed, minimal improv. ... Click to View


Natsuki Tamura / Alexander Frangenheim: Nax (Creative Sources)

An impressive, creative, startling meeting between Japanese trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and German double bassist Alexander Frangenheim, taking Tamura out of his more typical structured improv and Frangenhemin into more active and agressive styles than his Creative Sources output; a great album reminding just how fun and awe inspiring free improvised music can be. ... Click to View


Raphael Roginski : Populista Presents BOX [3 CDs + POSTER] (Bolt)

Raphael Roginski's Trilogy - 3 CDs in Bolt's Populista series: CD 1. "Raphael Roginski plays John Coltrane and Langston Hughes African mystic music"; CD 2. "Zywizna plays Zaswiec Niesiacku and other Kurpian songs"; CD 3. "Populista presents Raphael Roginski plays Henry Purcell featuring Olga Myslowska and Sebstian Witkowski"; in a slip box with a poster. ... Click to View


Polyorchard: Red October [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD] (Out and Gone Music)

Polyorchard founder and double bassist David Menestres leads the quartet of Jeb Bishop on trombone, Shawn Galvin on percussion, and Laurent Estoppey on saxophone, using skills drawn from both improvisation and compositional music to present six free dialogs showing intent listening amongst the four as they create complex, interweaving, sophisticated statements; impressive! ... Click to View


Polyorchard: Color Theory in Black and White (Not On Label)

Two trios, "Black" with cellist Chris Eubank and violist Dan Ruccia, and "White" with trombonist Jeb Bishop and saxophonist Laurent Estoppey, each with the foundation of bassist David Menestres, balancing experience in free improvisation and compositional music to create an exciting hybrid, a chamber collective of tumult and control. ... Click to View


Various Artists: Lao Dan / Rick Countryman / Colin Webster: Saxophone Anatomy (Armageddon Nova)

Saxophone solo improvisation omnibus by three free saxophonists from around the globe: Lao Dan from China recording in an underground bomb shelter in an agressive solo performance; US ex-pat Rick Countryman from the Philippines in a traditional yet extremely free jazz exposition; and London's Colin Webster on baritone sax for an exploration of extended techniques. ... Click to View


Aishi Oyauchi : Wrong Exit (Armageddon Nova )

Under-recorded but legendary Japanese free improvising saxophonist Aishi Oyauchi in a double CD, performing on alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, and piano through 52 untitled and inventive pieces, from a few seconds in length to several minutes, presented as 7 composite tracks; part of the Armageddon Nova Series exploring radical free improvisation. ... Click to View


Zywizna: Roginski, Raphael with Genowefa Lenarcik: plays Zaswiec Niesiacku and other Kurpian songs (Bolt)

Guitarist Raphael Roginski reinterprets the music of the Kurpi region of Poland, performed with vocalist Genowefa Lenarcik who was born in 1940 in the village of Krobia, part of the Kurpi region, and is the daughter of folk singing legend Stanislaw Brzozowy; together they bring out the rich heritage of this region, expanded by the natural sounds of the forests of Northeaster Poland. ... Click to View


subterrene: Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been (Bad Architect Records)

Rich sonic atmospheres from subterrene, aka Grant Stewart, a member of the 910 Noise collective, using slowly evolving and dovetailing drones that resonate and reveal shimmering beauty, deeply controlled and maintaining aural interest without any sense of impatience, maintaining a steady hand that reveals hidden harmonics amongst beautiful clouds of sound. ... Click to View


Alessandro Bosetti : Notebooks (Bolt)

Czech composer Leos Janacek was fascinated with speech melodies, writing them down in notebooks to use in his compositions; Italian composer Alessandro Bosetti has adapted these notes, using the words themselves to create a series of works that builds rhythmic structures in place of melody, injecting himself and other performers into Janacek's interest in the voice. ... Click to View


Raphael Roginski (feat. Olga Myslowska / Sebstian Witkowski): plays Henry Purcell (Bolt)

Polish guitarist Raphael Roginski presents works from baroque English composer Henry Purcell (1659-1695), considered one of the greatest English composers, performed on solo guitar and with accompaniment by Sebastian Witkowski on synth and Olga Myslowska on voice, a beautiful and languorous album that pays homage to the profound lasting qualities of Purcell's music. ... Click to View


Boguslaw Schaeffer : Travel Notes (Bolt)

Several compostions by Polish composer Boguslaw Schaeffer developed in the Polish Radio Experimental Studio from 1966-1978, including works for tape, electronic computer, voice, a quadraphonic generator, the SynLab synthesizer, composed using both graphic and notated scores, and realized with incredibly detailed layering and development of the material. ... Click to View


DJ Lenar: Drite Shtilkayt (Bolt)

Using recordings of Polish Jewish cantors with cello arrangements from Marek Czerniewicz, DJ Lenar (aka Marcin Lenarczyk) dedicates an album to the memory of Polish Jews by reimagining the recordings in subtle and sincere ways, reinforcing the powerful voices that guide the liturgical music of the Jewish faith, accompanied by a booklet of inspirational text. ... Click to View


Refusenik (Arturas Bumsteinas): Musikaliszer Pinkos (Bolt)

A collection of more than two hundred Hebrew religious chants compiled and published by cantor Abraham Berenstein in 1927 in Vilna, Poland (today Vilnius, Lithuania), re-composed by Arturas Bumsteinas using fragments of melodies found found in the Berenstein's book, with electronics recorded on the old Russian analogue synthezier Polyvox then mixed in EMS. ... Click to View


Trio 3 (Lake / Workman / Cyrille): Visiting Texture (Intakt)

This time around the long-standing trio of drummer Andrew Cyrille, bassist Reggie Workman, and saxophonist Oliver Lake doesn't add a 4th player to the group, instead focusing on the trio itself and their intuitive and implicitly lyrical approach to free jazz, in this 11th album recorded in the studio to feature their masterful collective playing as a group of equals where "music is the leader". ... Click to View


Thanos Chrysakis / Ernesto Rodrigues / Guilherme Rodrigues / Miguel Mira / Abdul Moimeme: Micrographia (Creative Sources)

Recording in Portugal, the quintet of Aural Terrains label leader Thanos Chrysakis on piano, Creative Sources label leader Ernesto Rodrigue on viola, son Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Miguel Mira on double bass and Abdul Moimeme on electric guitar, three parts of microscopic collective electroacoustic improvisation of highly focused, detailed interplay. ... Click to View


VCA (Vilanova / Castrillon / Andean): Ceres (Creative Sources)

Electroacoustic improvisation from the trio of Marc Vilanova on saxophone, Sergio Castrillon on cello, and pianist James Andean also performing on objects and electronics, in nine collective improvisations of close-knit dialog balancing intense activity and silent space, building tension and releasing it in unexpected and wonderfully eccentric ways. ... Click to View


Edward Sol / Alpha Crucis: Excessive Weight [CASSETTE] (Banned Productions)

Ukrainian sound artist Edward Sol collaborated with Puerto Rican sound experimenter Jorge Castro (Cornucopia) via the post to create these two long works of harmonic drones from indecipherable sources creating slowly building chambers of rich noise that resonate and shift above deep underpinnings of cavernous bass. ... Click to View


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  • January 12, 2018:

    With much agonizing and consideration, our 2017 TOP LISTS are posted, including customer lists, Philz's list, and Carl Kruger's list.


    There's no denying that Squidco staff is taken by the guitar work of Raphael Roginski, whose Coltrane interpretations were a significant release of 2015 and left us wanting for more. More is what we got, two new albums, one of Roginski interpreting the music of baroque English composer Henry Purcell, in solo guitar and accompanied by voice. It's a beautiful homage, and a lovely record regardless of its source. Even more exciting is Zywizna album, the duo of Roginski and vocalist Genowefa Lenarcik performing music of the Kurpi region of Poland. Lenarcik was born in 1940 in the village of Krobia, part of the Kurpi region, and is daughter of folk singing legend Stanisław Brzozowy (1901-1983), whose voice recordings are up to this day listened to by traditional music reconstructionists, ethnomusicologists and researchers. Lenarcik voice is rich in timbre and powerful, and the songs carry a power to them even if the language is unfamiliar to the listener. Roginski's playing on electric guitar never overtakes the music, but provides a rich accompaniment to the voice. The music was recorded in the forests of Northeaster Poland, adding the sounds of nature, bringing us back to the communal roots of this music. Listening to the album is an experience.

    A little more on the Roginski Purcell album: I'm always fascinated by an album that provokes me to learn and research. Such was the case here, as I dabbled in Purcell but never took his music in earnest. In search of Roginski's fascination I spent quite a bit of time learning about Purcell the composer, locating recordings and finding "classical" versions of the music Roginski performs. My search was fruitful and informative, making me even more impressed with Roginski's sensibilities, and bringing a new appreciation of Purcell's work, particularly that of the theater. If you haven't heard "The Fairy Queen", I recommend a listen to "Act I Scene of the Drunken Post Fill Up the Bowl" to help part the curtain of respectful listening and hear Purcell as a person who fully through himself into his music and life.



    Zywizna: Roginski, Raphael with Genowefa Lenarcik: plays Zaswiec Niesiącku and other Kurpian songs (Bolt)

    Roginski, Raphael (feat. Olga Myslowska / Sebstian Witkowski): plays Henry Purcell (Bolt)

    Roginski, Raphael : Plays John Coltrane and Langston Hughes African Mystic Music (Bolt)

    Roginski, Raphael : Populista Presents BOX [3 CDs + POSTER] (Bolt)

    Another Bolt release that led to research and increased respect for a classical composer is Alessandro Bosetti's Notebooks, originally comissioned for stage by the Janaceck Operat Festival, and by Czech National Radio for the Radiocustica series. Czech composer Leos Janacek was fascinated with speech melodies, writing them down in notebooks to use in his compositions; Italian composer Alessandro Bosetti has adapted these notes, using the words themselves to create a series of works that builds rhythmic structures in place of melody, injecting himself and other performers into Janacek's interest in the voice.

    I was unaware of Janaceck's interest in speech melodies, mostly focusing on his work with folk melodies that he incorporated into his compositional music. The notebooks no doubt fueled those endeavors, but on their own give a fascinating look into the interests of the composer. I recommend reading about the life of Janaceck, who only found acceptance as a masterful composer late in life, and who faced trials and desperation in that pursuit. Bosetti's work takes Janaceck's notations in a unique direction, using them in a way that would have been technically impossible when they were notated. By using these words Bosetti both extols and extends the usefulness of his Janaceck's observation, as obsessively as the composer himself transcribed words into miniature scores. A profoundly interesting idea.

    Bosetti, Alessandro : Notebooks (Bolt)


    A few updates from the last few weeks:

    January 11, 2018: New @ Squidco:
    Vinny Golia Wind Quartet -Live At The Century City Playhouse [CD] (Dark Tree Records)
    Christian Kobi (solo and with Taku Sugimoto/Yoko Ikeda/Wakana Ikeda -Atta! [CD] (Monotype)
    Natsuki Tamura/Alexander Frangenheim -Nax [CD] (Creative Sources)
    Raphael Roginski -Populista Presents BOX [3 CDs + POSTER] (Bolt)
    Polyorchard -Red October [CASSETTE w/DOWNLOAD] (Out and Gone Music)
    Polyorchard -Color Theory in Black and White [2 CDRs] (Not On Label)
    Various Artists: Lao Dan/Rick Countryman/Colin Webster -Saxophone Anatomy [CD] (Armageddon Nova)
    Aishi Oyauchi -Wrong Exit [2 CDs] (Armageddon Nova )
    Zywizna: Roginski, Raphael with Genowefa Lenarcik -plays Zaswiec Niesiącku and other Kurpian songs [CD] (Bolt)
    subterrene -Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been [CDR] (Bad Architect Records)

    January 11, 2018: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Burkhard Beins / Lucio Capece / Martin Küchen / Paul Vogel - Fracture Mechanics (Mikroton) by Brian Olewnick.

    January 9, 2018: New Review @ The Squid's Ear:Christoph Erb / Jim Baker / Frank Rosaly - ...Don't Buy Him A Parrot... (HatOLOGY) by Massimo Ricci.

    January 9, 2018: New @ Squidco:
    Alessandro Bosetti -Notebooks [CD] (Bolt)
    Raphael Roginski (feat. Olga Myslowska/Sebstian Witkowski) -plays Henry Purcell [CD] (Bolt)
    Boguslaw Schaeffer -Travel Notes [CD] (Bolt)
    DJ Lenar -Drite Shtilkayt [CD] (Bolt)
    Refusenik (Arturas Bumsteinas) -Musikaliszer Pinkos [CD] (Bolt)
    Trio 3 (Lake/Workman/Cyrille) -Visiting Texture [CD] (Intakt)
    Thanos Chrysakis/Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Miguel Mira/Abdul Moimeme -Micrographia [CD] (Creative Sources)
    VCA (Vilanova/Castrillon/Andean) -Ceres [CD] (Creative Sources)
    Edward Sol/Alpha Crucis -Excessive Weight [CASSETTE] (Banned Productions)
    Rutger Zuydervelt -Astroneer 2 (Original Game Soundtrack) [CD] (Machinefabriek)


  • January 4, 2018:

    The weather took the lead this week, all up and down the coast and well into the eastern parts of the country. Our little coastal town has had two weeks of freezing temperatures, which not even the natives profess to be normal. This was capped with freezing rain and snow as extremely unusual weather events conspired to make the most normal of activities difficult, pushing back shipments for a few days. We expect to get back to normal in the coming week, but it's been a frustrating and frigid week.

    Meanwhile I've been at my desk executing planned purchases which were put off until the holidays were done. That means that in the next couple of weeks we'll see the new Aural Terrains CD EQUINOX, the second volume of Machinefabriek's Astroneer, plus restocks of all in-print CDs from Frode Gjerstad's Circulasione Totale CD, plus two new releases on Relative Pitch Records: Ben Hall's Racehorse Names with Joe Morris and a new Brandon Lopez Quartet with Gerald Cleaver album. We'll also see the following list of albums from Trost and Otoroku, plus a new Acid Mother's Temple CD and a reissue of Dog Faced Hermans (with Andy Moor of The Ex). See the previous entry in this blog for a number of other releases expected in the next two weeks.



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