March 16, 2018:
Early spring is one of our busiest times of year, and this week has seen some great new releases on NoBusiness, ESP, Immediata, Black Truffle, Roaratorio, Confront, many of which are already listed in our Recent Releases and Just In sections. It's keeping us busy, and keeping us listening, which is the way we squids prefer it.
Bailey, Derek & Company: Klinker [2 CDs] (Confront)
Speaking of Confront, we received 5 new Confront titles, including the much-anticipated Derek Bailey Company CD Klinker; it's alway gratifying to hear previously unreleased Bailey, particularly when he's playing and talking to the audience and in a concert in which he's clearly enjoying his "company".
Minton, Phil / Roger Turner: Scraps Of Heard (Confront)
Talking is one aspect of another Confront release that I personally am very excited about: vocalist Phil Minton & percussionist Roger Turner: Scraps Of Heard, a live recording from 2016 in Germnay. As is typical with a new release of this nature, there is nothing much written about the album, and likely many reviewers are wary of taking on such an idiosyncratic duo. What can you say about Minton's vocals, how do you "criticize" or even comment on a free flowing stream of strange utterances, mumbled comments, full on quasi-operatic expression, whistling, grunting, wheezing, and other vocal output that would probably confound a psychotherapist. Which is exactly why I admire Minton's work so much, and why I've followed his recorded output for several decades.
Roger Turner's side to their equation is, perhaps, easier to describe, but no less unusual and thrilling. His interventions, punctuation, full on playing, cymbal and bell work, interacting with Minton or alone, add the critical foundation to their duo. He rarely plays a straight or recognizable beat, but still maintains a solid basis that somehow defines a bounding box within which their controlled commotion becomes more comprehensible. They have a kind of symbiosis, where each propels the other and each provides a foil (and perhaps a cover) for the other to present their outrageous output.
I considered adding this album to our "Staff Picks" section, but I held back with certainty that their dialog is an acquired taste. For myself and in particular, I was introduced to Minton's work through the inspired album from bassoonist Lindsay Cooper, Rags. There Minton plays a more traditional role as a vocalist, with an edge that few others would impart. I followed his work to his work with Tom Cora in Roof, and was slowly drawn into his madness and fantastically creative stream of conscious mind and mouth until I understood and marveled at his solo albums. Conversely, Roger Turner entered my sphere as a uniquely inventive percussionist on albums from the Incus, Emanem, and FMR labels, someone more comprehensible at first take, but who is distinctively open-minded in his improvising associates. So take my brief and underwhelming description of this new album as my own Squid's Ear "pick", and give their great duo a listen.
We continue to have interested customers for Canada's excellent label Spool, run by Daniel Kernohan, owner of the former and excellent record store, Verge Records. The label is now releasing slowly, but has recently put out a great rendering of Cornelius Cardew's "Treatise", and we will be adding their new album by Shed Metal in the next couple of weeks.
Meanwhile, we've worked out a new pricing arrangement for back catalog of the album, with single CD titles reduced by $2 to $10.95 going forward. We're currently restocking a few titles, and we appreciate anyone who uses our "Request Email Notification on Restock" feature for any title that is currently out of stock, it helps us to prioritize restocks. (That goes for any out of stock item in our store!)
See all Spool titles @ Squidco
This was a good week of purchasing, and below are some releases that are coming up. You can request to have us email you when they're physically in stock at our Upcoming Releases page.
Benoit Delbecq 4 (Delbecq / Turner / Hebert / Cleaver): Spots On Stripes (Cleanfeed Records)
Jonas Cambien Trio (Cambien / Roligheten / Wildhagen): We Must Mustn't We (Cleanfeed Records)
Matt Piet & His Disorganization (Piet / Berman / Mazzarella / Daisy): Rummage Out (Cleanfeed Records)
Mattias Risberg: Stamps (Cleanfeed Records)
Sara Serpa (Serpa / Laubrock / Fiedlander): Close Up (Cleanfeed Records)
Samo Salamon, Tony Malaby & Roberto Dani: Traveling Moving Breathing (Cleanfeed Records)
Frode Gjerstad Trio + Steve Swell: Bop Stop (Cleanfeed Records)
Turbamulta (Raon / Sao / Ferreira / Martins / Aroso): Turbamulta (Cleanfeed Records)
Maria Da Rocha: Beetroot & Other Stories Shhpuma
Tyler Higgins (Higgins / Stevens / Higgins): Blue Mood Shhpuma
Bozzini Quartet: Gyula Csapó: Déjà? Kojâ? (Collection QB)
Vogl + Bettis: Bobo Fossils [CASSETTE]
Jordan, Kidd / Alvin Fielder / Joel Futterman / Steve Swell: Masters Of Improvisation (Valid Records)
ROVA SAXOPHONE QUARTET: In Transverse Time (Les Disques Victo)
Henry Kaiser: Friends/Heroes : Guitar Duets (Fractal Music)
Also, Hat Hut records has announced the following three albums for release on April 13th, please let us know your interest via our Upcoming Releases page.
Matthew Shipp: Symbol Systems (Hatology)
Anthony Braxton: Braxton: (Willisau) 1991 Studio [2 CDs] (Hatology)
Silvan Schmid Quintet: At Gamut (Hatology)
A few updates from the last week:
March 15, 2018: New @ Squidco:
Derek Bailey & Company -Klinker [2 CDs] (Confront)
Phil Maguire /James L. Malone -Working Title [CDR] (Confront)
Phil Minton/Roger Turner -Scraps Of Heard [CDR] (Confront)
Golden Oriole -Golden Oriole [CD] (BeCoq)
Loubatiere/Warnecke -Couleurs Chimeriques [CD] (BeCoq)
IKB -Apteryx Mantelli [CD] (Creative Sources)
Finn Loxbo/Erik Blennow Calalv -Snow Country [CD] (Creative Sources)
Kang Hwan Tae -Live at Cafe Amores [CD] (NoBusiness)
Kang Hwan Tae -Live at Cafe Amores [VINYL] (NoBusiness)
Jeph Jerman -The Bray Harp [LP + CD] (White Centipede Noise)
March 15, 2018: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Francois Carrier / Michel Lambert - Out of Silence (FMR) by John Eyles
March 13, 2018: New @ Squidco:
Stephen O'Malley/Anthony Pateras -Reve Noir [CD] (Immediata)
Rohan Drape/Anthony Pateras -Ellesmere [CD] (Immediata)
Max Eastley/Steve Beresford/Paul Burwell/David Toop -Whirled Music [VINYL] (Black Truffle)
Jean-Luc Guionnet/Daichi Yoshikawa -Intervivos [VINYL] (Empty Editions)
Matthew Shipp Quartet -Sonic Fiction [CD] (ESP-Disk)
Matthew Shipp -Zer0 aka Zero [2 CDs] (ESP-Disk)
Loren Connors -Pretty As Ever [VINYL] (Recital)
Sun Ra & His Astro-Ihnfinity Arkestra -Sun Embassy [VINYL WITH DOWNLOAD] (Roaratorio)
Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra -Sleeping Beauty [VINYL] (Art Yard)
Bistre (Muller/ Rodrigues/Wong) -As We Read Along... [CD] (Creative Sources)
March 13, 2018: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Hans Reichel - Bonobo (Corbett vs Dempsey) by Massimo Ricci
March 9, 2018:
Having grown up in Central New York and lived in New York City for 18 years, I completely sympathize with everyone on the East Coast (and in large parts of Europe) who are going through some really impressive snow storms! It's agonizing and tiresome so close to Spring to see the weather turn nasty, but there's no doubt the end is near for the cold weather! Meanwhile, there's plenty of great new music to give a listen to, so to those affected customers, close the blinds and put on something to take your mind off the bitter outdoors. If you want something really distracting and fascinating, the new John Zorn album The Urmuz Epigrams shows Zorn returning to the studio and to his index card compositions for a masterful homage to Romanian writer Urmuz.
Zorn, John: The Urmuz Epigrams (Tzadik)
With the collaboration of percussionist Ches Smith, John Zorn creates a magnificent and dreamlike series of parallel tracks, a "modern reconstruction" and a set of faux 78rpm albums purportedly from 1923, as an homage to pre-dada absurdist, Romanian writer Urmuz (Demetru Dem), using the studio and card-file composition to create a bizarre and astonishing set of 8 x 2 pieces.
Vinyl collectors, the new album by Chicago drummer Quin Kirchner, his first as a leader, is a superlative album of creative improvisation, using compositions from jazz masters as a jumping off point for his band of leading Chicago improvisers to stand out. I really like the blending of tradition with a heavy rhythmic and often spiritual propulsion, alongside Kirchner's exemplary drum solos. At moments it drew to mind a more mainstream Khan Jamal and his Creative Arts Ensemble feeling, which must be reverberating in the air in Chicago. It's a really impressive debut, and a nice addition to Astral Spirit's vinyl catalog.