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Recently @ Squidco:

Ollie Brice (w / Challenger / Glaser / Yarde / Musson / Crowley / Bonney / Macari / Roberts / Hunter):
Trio / Octet: Fire Hills [2 CDs] (West Hill Records)

Trio & Octet compositions from UK double bassist Olie Brice: "Fire Hills" in five parts, commissioned by Jazz South and performed by the trio of Brice, Tom Challenger (sax) and Will Glaser (drums); then three pieces including the title track, with Alex Bonney & Kim Macari (trumpets), Jason Yarde, George Crowley, Cath Roberts & Rachel Musson (saxophones), and Johnny Hunter (drums). ... Click to View


Henry Kaiser / Anthony Pirog:
Figure / Ground (Ramble Records)

A gorgeous album of duo work from West Coast guitarist Henry Kaiser and D.C. guitarist Anthony Pirog, creating "ground" structures of beautifully rich harmonics over which "figures" of virtuosic guitar playing emerge and submerge, the overlap creating almost hallucinatory effects as the listener is transfixed somewhere between exquisite foregrounds and backgrounds. ... Click to View


Allen Moore / Ishmael Ali / Bill Harris:
Hearsay (Amalgam)

Unusual textures, unlikely orchestration and unconventional rhythmic directions from the Chicago electroacoustic improv trio of Allen Moore on turntables & records casted with various material, Ishmael Ali on cello, guitar & electronics and Bill Harris on drums & percussion, captured live at Marmalade in Chicago in 2021 for a diverse set of experimental and absorbing improvisations. ... Click to View


Florian Wittenburg :
1- Bis 4-Stimmig (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Starting with a systematic variation of polyphony in each of the three movements of "Bis 4-Stimmung", German composer and pianist Florian Wittenburg deviates from strict structures through a component of randomly generated core notes which he then makes coherent through harmony and melody, each part punctuated with layers of Wittenburg reciting Dutch poet Cees Noteboom. ... Click to View


Wade Matthews / Carmen Morales:
Fall Five Improvisations (Aural Terrains)

Inspired by and recorded at the basilica of a former monastery overlooking a valley in southern Spain, the duo of Wade MatthInspired by and recorded at the basilica of a former monastery overlooking a valley in southern Spain, the duo of Wade Matthews on digital synthesis & field recordings and Carmen Morales on prepared piano, present improvisations with a unique palette of timbres, contrasting spacious moments against rapid interaction as they "Plunge and Tumble" through five captivating dialogs.ews on digital synthesis & field recordings and Carmen Morales on prepared piano, present improvisations with a unique palette of timbres, contrasting spacious moments with rapid interaction as they "Plunge and Tumble" through five captivating dialogs. ... Click to View


Quatuor Umlaut (Karl Naegelen / Morton Feldman):
Calques (Umlaut Records)

Founded by violinists Amaryllis Billet and Anna Jalving, with Fanny Paccoud on viola and Sarah Ledoux on cello, Quatuor Umlaut presents their first recordings, joined by clarinetist Joris Ruhl for two pieces: "Calques" by composer Karl Naegelen using effects of transparency and fusion of tones; and Morton Feldman's highly textured "Clarinet and String Quartet". ... Click to View


Philip Corner:
On Tape From The Judson Years (Alga Marghen)

Early tape collage works from Fluxus founder and member of the Experimental Media Foundation Philip Corner, five distinct pieces recorded and developed between 1962 to 1963 in New York's Lower East Side, including Lucinda Pastime" for a a dance piece by Lucinda Childs, and "Oracle, a Canata on Images of War" commissioned by the Living Theatre; includes a 16-page booklet. ... Click to View


Leap Of Faith:
Revealing The Essence (Evil Clown)

The first Leap of Faith set in a quartet lineup expanding the core of David Peck on reeds, winds & percussion and Glynis Lomon on cello & aquasonic with trumpeter Vance Provey and percussionist Michael Knoblach, in an introspective livestreamed set that balances the strings of Lomon against two horns while bringing out a wealth of unusual percussive interactions. ... Click to View


Fire! w/ Stephen O'Malley / David Sandstrom:
Requies [VINYL 1-SIDED EP w/ SCREEN PRINT on B-SIDE] (Rune Grammofon)

A one-side EP with a screen print on the B-Side, of a raucous, dark and incredibly epic journey in heavy electric jazz from Fire! configured as the quintet of Mats Gustafsson on bass saxophone, organ & live electronics, Johan Berthling on electric bass, Andreas Werliin on drums, Stephen O'Malley on guitar and David Sandstrom on drums; awe inspiring! ... Click to View


Flying Luttenbachers, The:
Imminent Death [VINYL 2 LPs] (God Records)

The ever-shifting lineup of jazz/no-wave/avant/aberrant improvisers The Flying Luttenbachers, anchored by drummer Weasel Walters, brings multi-reedist Matt Nelson, two guitarists (Brandon Seabrook & Henry Kaiser), bassist Tim Dahl and Brad Laner on synth for an aggressively informed and excitingly unpredictable album of superb playing and possibly bad intention; recommended! ... Click to View


Zorn / Chadbourrne / Bradfield / Baker / Hutton:
John Zorn's OIympiad - Vol. 2 Fencing 1978 (Tzadik)

Two exceptional live performances of John Zorn's interactive "Fencing" concept leading free improv into unusual directions, from the early Downtown NY scene in 1978, first at Zorn's own loft in the trio of guitarists Eugene Chadbourne, Duck Baker and Randy Hutton; then at Bard College, in Kingston, NY with Zorn on multiple reeds, Chadbourne on guitar and Polly Bradfield on violin. ... Click to View


Heroes Are Gang Leaders:
LeAutoRoiOgraphy [BLACK VINYL] (577 Records)

Led by tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis and poet Thomas Sayers Ellis, this 12-piece ensemble of pointed and ecstatic free jazz and spoken word are heard at the 2019 Sons D'Hiver Festival in Paris, 2019, their sound influenced by chamber elements and sharpened through insightful and demanding observations and the influence of Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones). ... Click to View


Eunhye Jeong (Jeong / Burik / Ridley / Mela / Kim):
End of Time / KM-53 Project Vol. 1 (577 Records)

An energetic and sophisticated album of free improvisation based around three compositions by and under the direction of Boston-based South Korean pianist Eunhye Jeong, in a quintet with Allison Burik on alto saxophone & bass clarinet, Max Ridley on double bass, Francisco Mela on drums and Mina Kim on cello, who also performs Jeong's solo work for cello on the center track. ... Click to View


John Zorn (Marsella / Roeder / Smith):
Suite for Piano (Tzadik)

Blurring the lines between composed and improvised music, John Zorn's ten-part composition in his "Suite for Piano" was inspired in part by the Goldberg Variations and Schoenberg's solo piano music, set in the classic piano trio format and performed by extraordinary New York musicians and improvisers, Brian Marsella on piano, Jorge Roeder on bass, and Ches Smith on drums. ... Click to View


Kirk Knuffke Trio (w/ Bisio / Shipp):
Gravity Without Airs [VINYL 2 LPs + DOWNLOAD] (Tao Forms)

A mix of original compositions and collective improvisations from the NY trio of cornetist Kirk Knuffke, bassist Michael Bisio and pianist Matthew Shipp, in a double album of exemplary creative jazz from three players steeped in both tradition and forward-thinking approaches to improvisation, filled with spectacular playing from enthusiastic to introspective; a superb release. ... Click to View


AAVD Trio (Alexander Adams / Danny Andrade / Daniel Van Duerm):
Anti Glow (Amalgam)

Experimental improvisation driven by the foundations of electric piano, organ & electronics of Chicago keyboardist Daniel Van Duerm, fueled by the flexible and unusual drumming of Alexander Adams and passionately expanded by the cathartic tenor sax wrangling of Danny Andrade, dark and light come together to form an "anti-glow" from this intriguing young trio. ... Click to View


Stefan Thut:
Among (Inexhaustible Editions)

Creating complex intervals that the players must "notice among each other" as a model for coexistence, cellist Stefan Thut's score for three string players and sine waves, here configured for double bass (Félicie Bazelaire), acoustic guitar (Fredrik Rasten) and cello (Thut) with Léo Dupleix on sine waves tuned to multiples of prime numbers and attached to the wooden boxes that serve as transducers. ... Click to View


Amirtha Kidambi / Luke Stewart:
Zenith/Nadir [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Tripticks Tapes)

Referencing the highs and lows to which the NY duo of free improvising vocalist Amirtha Kidambi and bassist Luke Stewart take their listeners, both bringing along electronics as they divert between clear acoustics and extreme processing, pouring out the turbulence of the time with a unique sense of duress and oddly hopeful musing; frighteningly unique and fascinating. ... Click to View


Hippie Diktat:
Gran Sasso [VINYL] (nunc.)

The 3rd album from the French Hippie Diktat trio of Antoine Viard on baritone sax, Julien Chamla on drums and Richard Comte on guitar, drawing parallels to Sunn O))) and the raw power of Peter Brötzmann, here in a four-part work of primal rhythms and powerful textures, applying the use of space and timing around repetition to create a bedrock of brawny sound. ... Click to View


Richard Comte / Julien Pontvianne:
Sunken Music (nunc.)

The long-standing duet of guitarist Richard Comte and tenor saxophonist Julen Pontvianne (Onze Hours Onze) is a conversation of introspective and resonant repetition around silence, tonal decay, slow call and response and submerged themes, here symbolically immersed as they explore four sunken islands from around the world: Vordonis; Lohachara; Semionovski and Elugelab. ... Click to View


Albert Ayler Quintet:
At Slugs' Saloon 1966, Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Combining the two Italian ESP/BASE LPs from 1982 and the 1995 ESP reissues, this spectacular concert with perhaps Ayler's most essential band--Ayler on tenor sax, Donald Ayler on trumpet, Michel Samson on violin, Lewis Worrell on double bass and Ronald Shannon Jackson on drums--is fully remastered to bring out more details from the complete, ecstatic 1966 concert. ... Click to View


Markus Eichenberger / Christoph Gallio:
Unison Polyphony (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

A seeming contradiction in terms, the unison voices and divergent polyphony that emerges best describes the subtle interactions between these two Swiss reed players--Markus Eichenberger on clarinet and Christoph Gallio (Day & Taxi) on soprano and C-Melody saxophones--their "harmony of coherence" strategies guiding their melodic interlacing and fragmentation. ... Click to View


Yaroslav Likhachev Quartet:
Occasional Sketches (Clean Feed)

Performing the embracingly angular compositions of Russian-born, German-based saxophonist Yaroslav Likhachev that pivot on hard bop transformed through inventive approaches, since 2016 Likhachev's Quartet with Yannis Anft on piano, Conrad Noll on bass and Moritz Baranczyk on drums have pursued new forms of expression while maintaining jazz, traditions here in nine well-defined "sketches". ... Click to View


Ziv Taubenfeld's Full Sun:
Out Of The Beast Came Honey (Clean Feed)

Amsterdam-based bass clarinetist Ziv Taubenfeld's sextet perform the leader's innovative compositions that include a tribute to alto saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, and a graphic composition for Sunny Murray, in a band with Michael Moore (sax & clarinet), Joost Buis (trombone), Nico Chientaroli (piano), Omer Govreen (double bass) and Onno Govaert (drums & percussion). ... Click to View


Daniel Carter / Watson Jennison / William Parker / Federico Ughi:
Live! Volume 1: Erie (577 Records)

Working together in tours and recording since 2005, the NY trio of multi-reedist and wind player Daniel Carter, bassis William Parker and drummer/percussionist Federico Ughi are joined by saxophonist Watson Jennison also on flute, recorder and keyboards for this enlightened album of modern and transcendent jazz in a limited, remastered LP edition with bonus material. ... Click to View


Chad Fowler / WC Anderson:
Lacrimosa (Mahakala Music)

Free jazz recorded one person at a time from the duo of saxophonist Chad Fowler and WC "Chad" Anderson who, constrained by pandemic, chose to create "simulated concerts" by exchanging solo recording, each starting the process for different pieces and surprised at how "live" the results felt, as they built up the twelve excellent, rule-breaking tracks of this album. ... Click to View


Daniel Carter / Jim Clouse:
Playing Retention (Mahakala Music)

Known first as one of New York's finest audio engineers running Park West Studios, Jim Clouse is also a drummer and saxophonist, this his first recorded foray into free jazz partnering with legendary multi-instrumentalist Daniel Carter on sax, trumpet, piano & drums, for seven diverse and extremely well informed improvisations as each follows their natural inclinations. ... Click to View


Kyle Motl / Patrick Shiroishi:
Apparitions [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Notice Recordings)

The second album on Notice Recordings for West Coast free improvising saxophonist Patrick Shiroishi is a duo with San Diego-based double bassist Kyle Motl, in an exceptionally well-balanced example of powerful expression from both players, free blowing and turbulent exchanges offset by experimental introspective passages in four extended and excellent improvisations. ... Click to View


Cordoba (Brianna Tong / Eric Novak / Cam Cunningham / Zach Bain-Selbo / Khalyle Hagood / Zach Upton-Davis):
Specter (Amalgam)

Combining elements of neo-soul, jazz fusion and hip hop, the Cordoba genre-bending sextet from Chicago use their warm, slightly off-center grooves to present vocalist Brianna Tong's articulate lyrics that observe and reflect on the state of world, the band's arrangements extended on five songs with the Latin America-influenced Kaia String Quartet. ... Click to View


Michael Pisaro-Liu :
Two Scrolls From Western Australia (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Composer Michael Pisaro-Liu asked guitarist Jameson Feakes and saxophonist Josten Myburgh to each select a location in Western Australia and make a set of field recordings at different times of day, providing the basis for a musical scroll akin to Chinese scroll paintings, each musician then a poetic character placed into the virtual landscape of their recordings. ... Click to View



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  • August 12, 2022:

    Just a few comments of a mostly non-musical nature, and mostly about our website. The weather has been exceptionally hot here, in fact today is the first day in weeks below 90ºF (about 32ºC). That's kept us inside a lot, catching up on the backlog of new releases I've mentioned in my last few entries, and planning our purchases for the imminent autumn.

    It's also allowed us to make some necessary changes to our website, and to prepare for some larger changes over the next few weeks.

    The first change was initiated by a very disturbing discovery - about a month ago a customer inquiry led us to realize that many emails being sent through our website were being blocked. It was a worst case because neither the sender nor Squidco had any way of knowing that the emails were blocked, as no "bounce" message was generated on either side. We immediately contacted our email provider, who are separate from our shopping cart site, and they helped us to identify the blocking entity and resolve the issue.

    The frustrating part of this problem is that some requests for pre-orders in our Upcoming Releases page were not getting to us, nor were some "Request Email Notification on Restock" requests for out of stock products. The block was not about Squidco, it was about the customer's email address; for instance, no Yahoo.com email address was being delivered to us, despite many customers having such addresses. This is a worst case scenario to me as we had no control over who could or couldn't send messages, and to the customer who alerted us to the problem, it seemed like we weren't doing our job. In reality we can chastise global spammers for causing this problem and the need to control spam, but also chastise the entities that try to control said spam without finding a method to notify legitimate mail transactions. This modern life...

    The issue is resolved now, we believe, and I would note that any request you send for pre-orders or notification should get a reply directly from us when we've processed the request. If you don't, please email us directly at sales@squidco.com to ensure that we received the request.






    Navigation Changes & The Shrinking Screen:

    I also want to mention the changes to the website that no doubt you've noticed if you've visited Squidco recently. In a nutshell, I have been working on removing the left navigation bar, and moving the links and information there to the main section of each page, either at the top navigation menu or at the footer of each page. This has caused a shuffling of functions and links that may have made customers search and scratch their heads while looking for familiar links. And the changes aren't quite done yet! Please feel free to contact us with any feedback on link and navigation locations, or about the site in general.

    The reason behind the changes are to make a more consistent site for most important navigation links. A number of link clusters, like the "New in..." categories, have been available on selected pages, and a number only on the home page. Over the years a number of links were also duplicated or redundant, or simply outdated. We also had three "About Squidco" pages that repeated a lot of information, a few inconsistent layout elements, and the left navigation bar was becoming very long and less organized than I would like. I "blame" it on the music, as we spend most of our days cataloging and researching artists and albums, and seeking out new labels and musicians. But that doesn't defend the creep of arcane layouts and navigation elements that were becoming quite long in the tooth.

    I also should point out that the fundamental navigation for Squidco was defined 19 years ago (20 years this coming January!) At that time most customers used desktops or laptops to access our site, and I (incorrectly) assumed that the future would mean that we would be designing for increasingly larger devices. That has changed, and many customers use pad computers and phones to access our site, and the truth is, we don't scale very well for those environments.

    So the ultimate goal with these changes is to make the site useful and informative for those visiting Squidco on any sized device. Over the next months as we lead up to our 20th Anniversary, you will see the left navigation bar fade away and Squidco will become much friendlier to the narrow confines of smart phones. Along the way I'm sure some strange mistakes and omissions will be introduced, so feel free to pester me when they do. Our goal is always to give our customers a good experience when visiting us, and my hope is that these changes will do just that!






    A Few Choice Selections:

    As I've spent so much time on programming code and not as much on writing about music, I will simply share with you the new music that has accompanied my programming time. A number of really great records have arrived over the last few weeks, and here are a dozen of my personal favorites, that have helped me get through some of the more intricate changes to our site.

    Brice, Ollie (w / Challenger / Glaser / Yarde / Musson / Crowley / Bonney / Macari / Roberts / Hunter): Trio / Octet: Fire Hills [2 CDs] (West Hill Records)

    Trio & Octet compositions from UK double bassist Olie Brice: "Fire Hills" in five parts, commissioned by Jazz South and performed by the trio of Brice, Tom Challenger (sax) and Will Glaser (drums); then three pieces including the title track, with Alex Bonney & Kim Macari (trumpets), Jason Yarde, George Crowley, Cath Roberts & Rachel Musson (saxophones), and Johnny Hunter (drums).



    Kaiser, Henry / Anthony Pirog: Figure / Ground (Ramble Records)

    A gorgeous album of duo work from West Coast guitarist Henry Kaiser and D.C. guitarist Anthony Pirog, creating "ground" structures of beautifully rich harmonics over which "figures" of virtuosic guitar playing emerge and submerge, the overlap creating almost hallucinatory effects as the listener is transfixed somewhere between exquisite foregrounds and backgrounds.



    Moore, Allen / Ishmael Ali / Bill Harris: Hearsay (Amalgam)

    Unusual textures, unlikely orchestration and unconventional rhythmic directions from the Chicago electroacoustic improv trio of Allen Moore on turntables & records casted with various material, Ishmael Ali on cello, guitar & electronics and Bill Harris on drums & percussion, captured live at Marmalade in Chicago in 2021 for a diverse set of experimental and absorbing improvisations.



    Fire! w/ Stephen O'Malley / David Sandstrom: Requies [VINYL 1-SIDED EP w/ SCREEN PRINT on B-SIDE] (Rune Grammofon)

    A one-side EP with a screen print on the B-Side, of a raucous, dark and incredibly epic journey in heavy electric jazz from Fire! configured as the quintet of Mats Gustafsson on bass saxophone, organ & live electronics, Johan Berthling on electric bass, Andreas Werliin on drums, Stephen O'Malley on guitar and David Sandstrom on drums; awe inspiring!



    Zorn / Chadbourrne / Bradfield / Baker / Hutton: John Zorn's OIympiad - Vol. 2 Fencing 1978 (Tzadik)

    Two exceptional live performances of John Zorn's interactive "Fencing" concept leading free improv into unusual directions, from the early Downtown NY scene in 1978, first at Zorn's own loft in the trio of guitarists Eugene Chadbourne, Duck Baker and Randy Hutton; then at Bard College, in Kingston, NY with Zorn on multiple reeds, Chadbourne on guitar and Polly Bradfield on violin.



    Prevost, Eddie: Collider-Scope: Or, Whose Drum is it, Anyway? (Matchless)

    A series of impressive improvised solo drum performances by AMM/Matchless leader Eddie Prévost performed at Network Theatre in London, 2012, three pieces with each demonstrating a different characteristic of his remarkably creative and technically virtuosic playing, first with drum sticks, then with "Hands, brush, hands", and finally "Sticking it too".



    Brotzmann, Peter / Fred Van Hove / Han Bennink: Jazz in der Kammer Nr.71 (Trost Records)

    Recorded for radio for the series Jazz in der Kammer Nr 71, this 1974 concert was the first in East Germany for Peter Brötzmann, Fred Van Hove, and Han Bennink, bridging the divided German states through an energetic set of improvisations that extended traditional jazz with outrageous approaches to improv in an exciting, quirky and profoundly masterful set of European Free Jazz.



    Knuffke, Kirk Trio (w/ Bisio / Shipp): Gravity Without Airs [2 CDs] (Tao Forms)

    A mix of original compositions and collective improvisations from the NY trio of cornetist Kirk Knuffke, bassist Michael Bisio and pianist Matthew Shipp, in a double album of exemplary creative jazz from three players steeped in both tradition and forward-thinking approaches to improvisation, filled with spectacular playing from enthusiastic to introspective; a superb release.



    Angles: A Muted Reality (Clean Feed)

    The chameleonic configuration of Angles is here an octet, in a powerfully building and passionate set of three recordings performed by Martin Kuchen (alto sax), Magnus Broo & Goran Kajfes (trumpets), Mats Aleklint (trombone), Mattias Stahl (vibraphone), Alexander Zethson (piano & synth), Konrad Agnas (drums) and Johan Berthling (double bass); exemplary.



    Smith, Wadada Leo: The Emerald Duets [5 CD BOX SET] (Tum)

    Part of his 80th Anniversary celebration and subtitled "The Art Of The Trumpeter And Drummers", this 5-CD box set brings legendary improviser Wadada Leo Smith together with four long-time collaborators and masterful drummers--Andrew Cyrille, Jack DeJohnette, Pheeroan akLaff and Han Bennink--with Smith performing on both piano and trumpet.



    Rose, Jon / Chris Abrahams: Peggy (Recommended Records)

    Two giants of Australian avant-garde music getting together here, dedicating their record to Australian composer Peggy Glanville-Hicks, whose house in Paddington, Sydney is used for residencies/sabbaticals for Australian musicians. Here Chris Abrahams brings his piano into the most challenging territory, free of traditional melody or rhythmic glue, to match the adventurous extended techniques of Jon Rose on violin.





    Johnson, Max Trio (w/ Anna Webber / Michael Sarin): Orbit Of Sound (Unbroken Sounds)

    A new trio from NY bassist Max Johnson with Anna Webber on tenor saxophone & flute and Michael Sarin on drums, performing five lyrically inclined yet inventive compositions from Johnson, allowing distinction for each performer as they bridge sections between fluid straight-ahead playing and spaciously singular experimentation, keeping player and listener on their toes.








    Squidco Publishing Roundup:

    Below are the Squidco and Squid's Ear updates since my last entry. You can see new albums listed 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 previous items at our Recently Restocked page.

    August 11, 2022: New @ Squidco:
    Ollie Brice (w/Challenger/Glaser/Yarde/Musson/Crowley/Bonney/Macari/Roberts/Hunter) -Trio/Octet: Fire Hills [2 CDs] (West Hill Records)
    Henry Kaiser/Anthony Pirog -Figure/Ground [CD] (Ramble Records)
    Allen Moore/Ishmael Ali/Bill Harris -Hearsay [CD] (Amalgam)
    Florian Wittenburg -1- Bis 4-Stimmig [CD] (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
    Wade Matthews/Carmen Morales -Fall Five Improvisations [CD] (Aural Terrains)
    Quatuor Umlaut (Karl Naegelen/Morton Feldman) -Calques [CD] (Umlaut Records)
    Philip Corner -On Tape From The Judson Years [CD] (Alga Marghen)
    Leap Of Faith -Revealing The Essence [CD] (Evil Clown)

    August 9, 2022: New @ Squidco:
    Fire! w/ Stephen O'Malley/David Sandstrom -Requies [VINYL 1-SIDED EP w/ SCREEN PRINT on B-SIDE] (Rune Grammofon)
    Flying Luttenbachers, The -Imminent Death [VINYL 2 LPs] (God Records)
    Zorn/Chadbourrne/Bradfield/Baker/Hutton -John Zorn's OIympiad - Vol. 2 Fencing 1978 [CD] (Tzadik)
    Heroes Are Gang Leaders -LeAutoRoiOgraphy [BLACK VINYL] (577 Records)
    Eunhye Jeong (Jeong/Burik/Ridley/Mela/Kim) -End of Time/KM-53 Project Vol. 1 [CDR] (577 Records)
    John Zorn (Marsella/Roeder/Smith) -Suite for Piano [CD] (Tzadik)
    Kirk Knuffke Trio (w/ Bisio/Shipp) -Gravity Without Airs [VINYL 2 LPs + DOWNLOAD] (Tao Forms)
    AAVD Trio (Alexander Adams/Danny Andrade/Daniel Van Duerm) -Anti Glow [CD] (Amalgam)
    Stefan Thut -Among [CD] (Inexhaustible Editions)
    Amirtha Kidambi/Luke Stewart -Zenith/Nadir [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Tripticks Tapes)
    Hippie Diktat -Gran Sasso [VINYL] (nunc.)
    Richard Comte/Julien Pontvianne -Sunken Music [CD] (nunc.)

    August 9, 2022: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Eva-Maria Houben - Together on the Way (Another Timbre) by John Eyles.

    August 8, 2022: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: The International Nothing (Fagaschinski / Thieke) - Just None Of Those Things (Ftarri) by Massimo Ricci.

    August 4, 2022: New @ Squidco:
    Albert Ayler Quintet -At Slugs' Saloon 1966, Revisited [CD] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
    Markus Eichenberger/Christoph Gallio -Unison Polyphony [CD] (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)
    Yaroslav Likhachev Quartet -Occasional Sketches [CD] (Clean Feed)
    Ziv Taubenfeld's Full Sun -Out Of The Beast Came Honey [CD] (Clean Feed)
    Daniel Carter/Watson Jennison/William Parker/Federico Ughi -Live! Volume 1: Erie [CD] (577 Records)
    Chad Fowler/WC Anderson -Lacrimosa [CD] (Mahakala Music)
    Daniel Carter/Jim Clouse -Playing Retention [CD] (Mahakala Music)
    Kyle Motl/Patrick Shiroishi -Apparitions [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Notice Recordings)
    Cordoba (Brianna Tong/Eric Novak/Cam Cunningham/Zach Bain-Selbo/Khalyle Hagood/Zach Upton-Davis) -Specter [CD] (Amalgam)
    Michael Pisaro-Liu -Two Scrolls From Western Australia [CD] (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
    Richard Comte -Derive de la base et du sommet [CD] (nunc.)

    August 3, 2022: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: David Lee Myers - Intervals / Interludes (Pulsewidth) by Massimo Ricci.

    August 3, 2022: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Henry Kaiser and Rome Yamilov - The Lenoir Investigation (Little Village) by Thomas Mellish.

    August 2, 2022: New @ Squidco:
    Eddie Prevost -Collider-Scope: Or, Whose Drum is it, Anyway? [CD] (Matchless)
    Jessica Ackerley/Patrick Shiroishi/Chris Williams/Luke Stewart/Jason Nazary -SSWAN: Invisibility is an Unnatural Disaster [CDR] (577 Records)
    Kelley Hurt/Chad Fowler/Christopher Parker/Bernard Santacruz/Anders Griffen -Nothing But Love, the Music of Frank Lowe [CD] (Mahakala Music)
    Christopher Parker/Kelley Hurt -No Tears Suite [CD] (Mahakala Music)
    Eva-Maria Houben -4 For Four [CD] (Edition Wandelweiser Records)
    Charmaine Lee/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Gabby Fluke-Mogul/Joanna Mattrey/Weston Olencki -Live in Accord [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Notice Recordings)
    Adrianne Munden-Dixon/Leo Chang -Some Time [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Notice Recordings)
    Physique (Sam Scranton/Neil Quigley) -Curve Tote [CD] (Amalgam)
    Craig Shepard -Broken Silence [CD] (Music For Contemplation, Inc.)

    Turbulence -Roughness Of Surfaces [CD] (Evil Clown)





  • July 29, 2022:

    The (extremely) hot days of summer are upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, and it's as good a time as any to hide in the coolest room available and play some great music to bide the time. There's no end of new records this summer, thankfully, and it feels like this season has seen an exceptionally prolific set of new releases to cool your ears to.

    Since my last entry we have taken in collections of new releases from some of our favorite labels. In particular Portugal's Clean Feed/Shhpuma labels have released a set of twelve new albums, including a new Angles album, Tarbaby with Oliver Lake, LAMIEE . / Drolo Ensemble, the Landaeus Trio, and an introduction to pianist/composer Miha Gantar. The US distributor for Trost unleashed a large set of CDs & LPs that were delayed by global delivery issues and pandemic effects; those include an amazing album from the trio of Brotzmann / Van Hove / Bennink from 1971, their first time playing in East Germany during the cold war; a reissue of the 1999 Incus duo between Jim O'Rourke & Mats Gustafsson; an intense and masterful duo between Akira Sakata & Takeo Moriyama; the European touring conglomerate of two duos as Uruk (Duthoit & Hautzinger / Drake & Zerang). And not the leaset, Corbett vs. Dempsey released a sublime duo between Joe McPhee & Evan Parker live at the 2003 Empty Bottle Festival (and the label also revived a 1982 Dredd Foole album, with members of Mission of Burma).

    We also added 11 new albums on the young Chicago label Amalgam run by drummer Bill Harris, in particular the trio of Jim Baker / Brandon Lopez / Bill Harris. A new set of Edition Wandelweiser albums was added just today, including albums from Eva-Maria Houben, and Michael Pisaro. For cassette collectors, Nat Baldwin's excellent Tripticks label has four new releases, all of which include download codes, the highlight being the quartet of Ali / Foster / Lopez / Wallace. Tao forms released another excellent creative jazz album, this by the Kirk Knuffke Trio with Michael Bisio and Matthew Shipp. Three new Intakt titles came in, from Gunter Baby Sommer and The Lucaciu 3; a duo between Ingrid Laubrock & Andy Milne; and the Berlin Lisbeth Quartett. Other labels include Cien Fuegos (Globe Unity Orchestra and Peter Brotzmann), Notice Recordings, FMR, Listen! Foundation (FSR), Evil Clown, Random Acoustics (Bauer / Graewe / Lindberg), &c &c...



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