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Alexandra Grimal / Benjamin Duboc / Valentin Ceccaldi: Bambu (Ayler)

An unusual and captivating work from the trio of saxophonist Alexandra Grimal, double bassist Benjaim Duboc, and cellist Valentin Ceccaldi, leading their album with tracks from "Respirer l'ombre" by Giuseppe Penone "spontaneously used without permission but with great admiration," leading to powerful and unpredictable directions in free improvisation; excellent. ... Click to View

Daunik Lazro / Jean-Luc Cappozzo / Didier Lasserre: Garden(s) (Ayler)

The trio of Daunik Lazro on baritone and tenor saxophone, Jean-Luc Cappozzo on trumpet & flugelhorn and Didier Lasserre on drums, alternate jazz standards from Duke Ellington (Sophisticated Lady; Hop Head), John Coltrane (Lonnie's Lament), Albert Ayler (Angels), with original compositions and the 3-part "Garden", all in the varied traditions of jazz. ... Click to View

Kyle Bruckmann Degradient: Dear Everyone [2 CDs] (Not Two)

West Coast oboist and english horn improviser composes a startlingly enjoyable work based on Matt Shears' book of recursive, encyclopedic poetry of the same name: 10 pieces colliding elements of skronk, spoken word, fried electroacoustic noise and dark prog within a Creative Music framework, with a core quartet of Aram Shelton, Jason Hoopes and Jordan Glenn, plus guest Weston Olencki and a large cast of readers. ... Click to View

Ivo Perelman / Matthew Shipp / Gerald Cleaver: The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 3 (Leo)

The 3rd part of NY/Brazilian saxophonist Ivo Perelman's "Art of the Improv Trio" series, with Matthew Shipp on piano and Gerald Cleaver on drums, each an essential element in the interplay and subtle skills of these masterful players, with Perelman's voice exceptionally strong as he demonstrates the full range of his sax through free and melodic passage. ... Click to View

Ivo Perelman / Joe Morris / Gerald Cleaver: The Art Of The Improv Trio Volume 5 (Leo)

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Simon Nabatov Trio: Picking Order (Leo)

Drawing from the spirit of free jazz, pianist Simon Nabatov's new trio with Dominik Mahnig on drums and Stefan Schonegg on bass, are caught live at the LOFT in Cologne, Germany in 2015 for a superb concert of jazz that balances captivating lyrical material with exciting free passages, taking unexpected directions that constantly engage. ... Click to View

Michael Pisaro: Sometimes (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

The MaDam Electroacoustic Improvisation Collective based in Spain performs the first in Pisaro's 34 piece Harmony Series, which attempts to create the conditions for a harmonic situation without giving any actual notes, just numbers, durations of tones, and pauses; this work is based on "swell piece (for alison knowles)" (1967) by James Tenney. ... Click to View

Burkhard Schlothauer : More Chamber Events [2CDs] (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Composer Burkhard Schlothauer, co-founder of Editions Wandelweiser and a member of Zeitkratzer and the Wandwelweiser Composers Ensemble, in a five part work conceived as a single part, combining previous works into various possible versions as "events", working with spatial distribution, slow beats, noise, and pulse, superimposed from their origins. ... Click to View

Maria de Alvear / Antoine Beuger ‎: Besando El Tiempo [2CDs] (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

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Skogen / Magnus Granberg: 'Ist gefallen in den Schnee' (2010) and 'Despairs had Governed Me Too Long' (2012) [double CD reissue] (Another Timbre)

Ist gefallen in den Schnee: A piece by Swedish composer-pianist Magnus Granberg, performed with Angharad Davies, Anna Lindal, Leo Svensson Sander, John Eriksson, Erik Carlsson, Henrik Olsson, Petter Wastberg and Toshimaru Nakamura; Despairs: A beautiful extended composition exquisitely played by an ensemble of fine musicians. ... Click to View

Lawrence Casserley / Jeffrey Morgan: Exoplanets (Creative Sources)

Two enounters between UK electroacoustic composer and performer Lawrence Casserly on his Signal Processing Instrument and American free jazz alto saxophonist Jefrrey Morgan, recording both in the studio in Cologne, Germany in 2016, and in concert at The Loft; a rich, subtle, and detailed astronomical encounter blending stellar electronics responsive extended playing. ... Click to View

Farhadian / Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Kurvers / Torres: De-Col//age_ (Creative Sources)

An unusual improvising string quartet with alto saxophone, Thea Farhadian (violin), Ernesto Rodrigues (viola), Guilherme Rodrigues (cello), Klaus Kurvers (double bass) and Nuno Torres (alto saxophone) present the 11-part "De-col//age_", a slowly-developing work balancing unconventional approaches to their instruments to conventional passages. ... Click to View

Ilia Belorukov / Ernesto Rodrigues / Nuno Torres: Tak Prosto (Creative Sources)

Two recordings from the lowercase acoustic improvising trio of Portuguese players Ernesto Rodriduges on viola and Nuno Torres on alto saxophone and objects with Saint Petersburg alto saxophonist Ilia Belorukov, recording at Belorukov's Spina! label's studio, and again live at Vertikal' Gallery in Saint Petersburg in 2016. ... Click to View

Warble & MDuo : Ama (Creative Sources)

Two improvising duos that share one person and joined as a trio: Berlin musician Miako Klein on recorders, Warble being Klein and NY/Berlin trumpeter Brad Henkel, the two exploring their instruments through close amplification; Mduo is Klein & NY/Berlin percussionist Michael Weilacher using extended techniques and strange actions. ... Click to View

Eric Revis: Sing Me Some Cry (Clean Feed)

Double Bassist Eric Revis expands his concepts in this outstanding album with fellow New Yorkers, pianist Kris Davis and drummer Chad Taylor, and Chicago reedist Ken Vandermark on tenor saxophone, with all four players providing compositions that push the limit on structure and form while opening up the players to superb soloing settings of great modern jazz. ... Click to View

Max Johnson: In The West (Clean Feed)

New York bassist Max Johnson expands his piano trio of Kris Davis on piano and Mike Pride on drums with Susan Alcorn on pedal steel guitar, adding an eclectic Western flavor to overall on-point, anchored and driven modern jazz of a high order, balancing lyrical playing with moments of free collective playing, in a beautiful and extraordinary album. ... Click to View

Nate Wooley: Knknighgh (Minimal Poetry for Aram Saroyan) (Clean Feed)

Pronounced as "knife", this new project from NY trumpeter Nate Wooley brings together Chris Pitsiokos on alto sax, Brandon Lopez on bass, and Dre Hocevar on drums in a fresh take on the concepts of free jazz, using short material composed by Wooley and based on the poetry of Aram Saroyan, used in looping and repeating structures that never sound as such. ... Click to View

Rob Mazurek: Rome (Clean Feed)

Rob Mazurek solo works are brilliant displays of honest, lyrical and emotional playing, here recording in Rome for Radio Roma, bringing the cornet to the foreground, starting with a piece only on the horn, then adding electronics, piano, and prepared piano for a set of ethereal and spiritual improvisations that are not bound by any specific genre. ... Click to View

LAMA + Joachim Badenhorst: Metamorphosis (Clean Feed)

A superb example of contemporary collective improvisation crossing from acoustic improvisation into electroacoustic material from the quartet of Joachim Badenhorst on clarinets, Susana Santos Silva on trumpet, Goncalo Almeida on double bass, keyboards & effects, and Greg Smith on drums & laptop, performing live at Jazzcase series Dommelhof, 2016. ... Click to View

Platform (Xavier Charles / Katrine Schiott / Jan Martin Gismervik / Jonas Cambien): Flux Reflux (Clean Feed)

The 2nd recorded outing of this Oslo based improvising quartet, comprised of 3 young Norwegian players -- Katrine Shiott (cello), Jan Martin Gismervik (drums), and Jonas Cambien (piano & keys) -- with French clarinetist Xavier Charles, performing subtle collective improvisation using extended techniques, eclectic percussion, and piano preparations. ... Click to View

Roots Magic: Last Kind Words (Clean Feed)

Deep Blues and Creative Jazz from the Italian septet Roots Magic, following up their "Hoodoo Magic" CD with another compelling album of instrumentals where the track list consists of personal renditions of Delta Blues classics (mostly Charlie Patton) played with an overtly exploratory attitude derived from the Free Jazz tradition. ... Click to View

Vitor Rua and The Metaphysical Angels: Do Androids Dream of Electric Guitars? [2CDs] (Clean Feed)

A central figure in the Portuguese creative music scene, from the pop group GNR to free improv in Telectu to contemporary composition, guitarist Vitor Rua presents a 2-CD album, one multi-tracking solo in complex and astonishing ways, and the 2nd playing the same scores with his group The Metaphysical Angels of top figures in the Portuguese avant jazz scene. ... Click to View

Mind Games (Niescier / Maroney / Ilgenfritz / Drury): Ephemera Obscura (Clean Feed)

A unconventional yet lyrical album of creative jazz from the New York quartet of Angelika Niescier on alto sax, Denman Maroney on hyperpiano, James Ilgenfritz on contrabass, and Andrew Drury on percussion, Maroney's piano preparations and Drury's objects complementing complex time signatures and intricate notated materials that yield lush, beautiful music. ... Click to View

Luis Martins Jose: Tentos - Invencoes E Encantamentos (Shhpuma)

Luis Jose Martins uses classical guitar, prepared guitar, electronics, and percussion in a solo album of incredible detail and lyrical, beautiful playing of original compositions that blend his playing with modern techniques and electronics into melodic masterpieces, performed in the natural resonance of the church of the convent of S. Bento in Avis. ... Click to View

Big Bold Back Bone (Marco von Orelli / Sheldon Suter / Luis Lopes: In Search Of The Emerging Species (Shhpuma)

Swiss musicians, trumpeter Marco Von Orelli and drummer Sheldon Suter and their Portuguese partners, guitarist Luis Lopes and electronics artist Travassos, in an album of unconventional collective improvisation using extended techniques in a large work of evolving, subtle interactions, magnifying sound and gesture in an engrossing sonic environment. ... Click to View

Raphael Vanoli: Bibrax (Shhpuma)

Amsterdam guitarist Raphael Vanoli in a solo record of discovery, hiper-amplifying his guitar so that slight motions create forceful statements, where gently blowing on the strings creates dynamics and harmonics rarely explored, effected to create complex sonic compositions with unique, unusual and fascinating properties. ... Click to View

Kokotob (Taiko Saito / Niko Meinhold / Tobias Schirmer): Flying Heart (Clean Feed)

Japanese vibraphonist and marimba player Taiko Saito is a contemporary classical player well established in the field of improv, joined by long-time collaborator, pianist Niko Meinhold, and here expanded with Tobias Schirmer on clarinet and bass clarinet for an album that uses solid compositional foundations for lyrical and contemplative modern music. ... Click to View

Jonah Parzen-Johnson : I Try To Remember Where I Come (Clean Feed)

Chicago born, Brooklyn-based saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson performs live at The Bunker on baritone saxophone, accompanying himself on analog synthesizer, using arpeggiated and repeating structures over which he improvises lyrical work using extended techniques including circular breathing, multiphonics, and overtones to great effect. ... Click to View

Keith Rowe / Michael Pisaro: 13 Thirteen [2 CDs] (erstwhile)

A collaboration between composer Michael Pisaro and AMM guitarist/improviser Keith Rowe, with each bringing scores which they improvised over, creating 13 discrete sections including samples from Shostakovich's 13th String Quartet, balancing activity, space and silence in patient ways that only two such experienced composer/improvisers could. ... Click to View

Graham Lambkin / Taku Unami: The Whistler [2 CDs] (erstwhile)

Sound artists Graham Lambkin and Taku Unami create two large works using material which they recorded together, and then which independently assembled into a single CD each, with "Whistler Vanishes in Wind" composed by Taku Unami, and "Small Mistakes in Nature" by Graham Lambkin, both fascinating collages that alternately distract and absorb the listener. ... Click to View

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  • July 10, 2017:

    Apologies for the distraction, it's been awhile since posting. Two things are pulling me in different directions. First is the imminent move to our new location at the end of August, which requires a large amount of planning. We've signed the lease and set up the most basic of services, and coordinated with the new owners of our current building to be released from our current lease early. For a little background, the building was sold twice, once at a price I would say corresponds to the value of the building; the second at an enormous profit. As our lease ends November 30 of this year, we were facing a doubling of rent, which we rejected. Our new location will be, oddly enough, on Shipyard Boulevard here in Wilmington, NC, two blocks from the ports. We'll continue to have retail by appointment, but shows and concerts will be held at local and like-minded venues, the first of which is this week at Wilmington's Juggling Gypsy Cafe.

    The second distraction was an unexpected visit to my hometown, Syracuse, NY, to help my father with a diagnosis of cancer. Gerald Zampino is a clarinetist, the principal for The Syracuse Symphony for decades, a soloist and member of The Syracuse Woodwind Quartet. He's also been an educator, in colleges and privately, for his adult life. I wouldn't be selling music if it wasn't for his influence, and music always permeated our house from my infancy. The future is uncertain but his spirit is good, and for now he continues to teach and play, showing remarkable dedication at 81 years.

    All that said, amazing music has continued to pour into our current location, and our purchase plans for the rest of the summer are falling into place. More soon!

    Recent Updates and Squid's Ear Reviews:

    June 27, 2017: New @ Squidco:
    Sick Boss (Schmidt/Meger/Peggy Lee/JP Carter/Naylor/Page) -Sick Boss
    Ron Samworth (Samworth/Adler/JP Carter/Naylor/Peggy Lee/James Meger) -Dogs Do Dream
    Peregrine Falls (Grdina/Loewen) -Peregrine Falls
    Keiji Haino -Watashi Dake [VINYL + DOWNLOAD CODE]
    Janek Schaefer -Glitter In My Tears
    Barbares (Bopp/Foussat/Petit/Sato) -Debris d'orgueil
    Jurg Frey -Ephemeral Constructions
    Cem Guney -A Hint Of An Emotion
    Eva Houben Maria -Organ Sonatinas And Drones [2 CDs]
    Nick Storring -Exaptations [CASSETTE]
    Chris Strickland -Excruciating... [CASSETTE]
    Stefan Thut/Seth Cooke -Aussen Raum [CASSETTE]
    June 29, 2017: New @ Squidco:
    Myra Melford Trio -Alive In The House Of Saints, Part 1
    Ran Blake -Something To Live For
    Noah Kaplan Quartet -Cluster Swerve
    David Ware S. Trio -Live in New York, 2010 [2 CDs]
    William Parker Quartets -Meditation/Resurrection [2 CDs]
    DK & The Perfectly Ordinary -CAR DEW TREAT US
    Steve Baczkowski/Chris Corsano/Paul Flaherty -The Dull Blade [VINYL]
    The Honkies -How Do We Prevent The Advance Of The Desert?
    Bob Drake -Antiquities [6-CD BOX SET]
    Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere -03
    Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere -Orchestra Of The Upper Atmosphere
    frostlake -White Moon, Black Moon
    July 10, 2017: New @ Squidco:
    Keith Rowe/Michael Pisaro -13 Thirteen [2 CDs]
    Graham Lambkin/Taku Unami -The Whistler [2 CDs]
    Cristian Alvear/Seijiro Murayama -Karoujite
    Bill Orcutt -Bill Orcutt
    Bill Orcutt -Bill Orcutt [VINYL]
    Lunar Error -Selene
    Luis Lopes/Fred Lonberg-Holm -The Pinneaple Circumstance
    Ulrike Brand/Olaf Rupp -Shadowscores
    Mazen Kerbaj/Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Carlos Santos/Sharif Sehnaoui -Blue Rain
    IKB -Dracaena Draco [2 CDs]
    Clinamen Trio (Marion/Di Donato/Berger) -Decline
    Scarassatti/Rodrigues/Rodrigues/Torres -Amoa Hi
    Andreas Pollak/Johan Graden -Terror Of Positivity
    Meurs! + Apolune -Meurs! + Apolune
    Ernesto Rodrigues/Guilherme Rodrigues/Nuno Torres/Rodrigo Pinheiro/Naoto Yamagishi -Mizutekiteki
    Jorge Valente/Carlos Santos -Metallum

    New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Kazuhisa Uchihashi / Richard Scott - Awesome Entities (Doubtmusic) by Darren Bergstein.

    June 28, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Quatuor Bozzini - Christopher Butterfield: Trip (Collection QB) by Brian Olewnick.

    June 29, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Evan Parker / John Russel / Ian Brighton / Phillip Wachsmann / Marcio Mattos / Trevor Taylor - Reunion: Live from Cafe Oto (FMR) by John Eyles.

    July 10, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: eRikm - Doubse Hysterie (Monotype) by Jeph Jerman.

  • June 16, 2017:

    Firstmost: at the end of this summer, Squidco is going to move locations! Wilmington's downtown is growing quickly, and the building we've been leasing has sold twice, right at the end of our lease. The new, gentrified, rent is exorbitant, and we've found a better location not far from the downtown area, which is more modern and accommodating to our work, and a better value than our current lease. We'll continue to have customers visit by appointment, but we're dropping our performance space, and partner with local venues to present music instead. You'll see us selling inventory and odd items during the summer months as we look to lighten the load pre-move. We're excited and trepidatious about the move at the same time, but it makes the most sense for us moving forward.

    One last entry about Creative Sources:

    I've been listening to the Creative Sources label since its inception, thanks to Ernesto Rodrigues reaching out to us with review CDs in our earliest years. Once I heard what Rodrigues was up to, which at the time was mostly small group lowercase acoustic or electroacoustic improv, I was hooked. The label has been successful and diverse over the years, and we've had quite a ride keeping up with the now very accelerate pace of releases as Creative Sources horizons have continually expanded. To this day I marvel at the artists I've first learned about on this label, or for whom I went searching for information about only to realize that we'd had a release on Creative Sources for said person for many years.

    Against that, the pace is fast for releases, particularly for the label leader himself. And Rodrigues and family (for his son also performs with him, in a case of the fruit staying with the tree) seem to record every opportunity they get! The case is that most of the material they record is interesting, some amazing, but all deserving of a wider audience and attentive ears; I can't think of any clinkers or albums Rodrigues has played on that I wouldn't play again. The issue becomes, it's hard to find the truly exceptional releases amongst the larger set.

    There is one broad exception to that observation, which is in the large ensemble work that Rodrigues organizes, and which is usually captured live. In particular IKB and Variable Geometry Orchestra present large works with direction, bringing the best of small group experimentation into detailed, slow moving tapestries that give focus to the odd sonorities and sonic approaches, acoustic and electronic, that have emerged over the lat 20th and 21st century. The dynamics on these performances are outstanding, drawing the listener into slowly swirling cyclones then releasing them to build again. To draw parallels to the big band era of old, these sonic ensembles of like-minded and highly skilled musicians are the modern listener's equivalent.

    The bottom line, if you want to be a really adventurous listener, pick up this label's albums!

    (Very) honorable mention... David Stackenas: Bricks - the owner of an important and historic European label (who shall go nameless) wrote me the day that I posted the missing David Stackenas album on Clean Feed Records, very excited about buying a copy from us. And I understood by then why, because this album is an outstanding solo guitar album unlike others in my collection, and though I'd heard his playing in other setting, it was the case that I'd never heard what he was really capable of.

    Some updates from the last week or so:

    June 16, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Various Artists - 910 Noise Presents (910 Noise) by Phil Zampino. June 14, 2017: New @ Squidco:
    Christoph Erb/Jim Baker/Frank Rosaly -...Don't Buy Him A Parrot...
    Paula Shocron/German Lamonega/Pablo Diaz -Tenzegridad
    Tristan Honsinger/Nicolas Calioa/Jesse Zubot -In The Sea
    Christian Lillinger/Tobias Deluis -Dicht
    Isabelle Duthoit/Franz Hautzinger -Lily
    Orphax/Machinefabriek -Weerkaatsing
    Machinefabriek -Assemblage
    Lambs Gamble -Farewell Body Bags [VINYL]
    June 14, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Harry Miller - Different Times, Different Places Volume Two (Ogun) by Brian Olewnick. June 14, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: John Butcher & Andy Moor - Experiments With a Leaf (unsounds) by Kurt Gottschalk. June 12, 2017: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: subterrene - Bathetic Resonance (Mystery School Records) by Darren Bergstein. June 9, 2017: New @ Squidco:
    David Stackenas -Bricks
    Elton Dean Quintet -Welcomet - Live in Brazil, 1986
    Jean-Luc Guionnet + Eric La Casa -Reflected Waves [60 pages 21x25 cm + DVD video 1h48mn]
    Anthony Pateras -Blood Stretched Out
    Jerome Noetinger/Anthony Pateras/Synergy Percussion -Beauty Will Be Amnesiac Or Will Not Be At All
    Eric La Casa -Paris Quotidien [CD+60 page booklet of photos & text]
    Electric Bird Noise -The Spider/The Christ Child/The Crow
    Ezio Piermattei -Tre Madri Ludopatiche [CASSETTE]
    Flamingo Creatures -Fisch Versucht Das Sprechenlernen

  • June 8, 2017:

    As I hope these blog entries are of interest to our customers, I hope more that the biographies we've been collecting of the artists featured on albums we sell is useful to you. With more than 1,000 biographies located so far, and our database updating older entries in our catalog with new biography listings, we've added a tremendous amount of information into our store. If you haven't spent time reading them, you'll find them under the information section for each product's detailed description; clicking on a name will expand the biography in its column. Clicking again will hide that artist's biography.


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    Recent Selections @ Squidco:

    Ivo Perelman /
    Matthew Shipp /
    Gerald Cleaver:
    The Art Of
    The Improv Trio
    Volume 3

    Kyle Bruckmann Degradient:
    Dear Everyone
    [2 CDs]
    (Not Two)

    Alexandra Grimal /
    Benjamin Duboc /
    Valentin Ceccaldi:

    Burkhard Beins /
    Lucio Capece /
    Martin Kuchen /
    Paul Vogel:
    Fracture Mechanics
    (Mikroton Recordings)

    Eric Revis:
    Sing Me Some Cry
    (Clean Feed)

    Mind Games
    (Niescier /
    Maroney /
    Ilgenfritz /
    Ephemera Obscura
    (Clean Feed)

    LAMA + Joachim Badenhorst:
    (Clean Feed)

    Max Johnson:
    In The West
    (Clean Feed)

    Nate Wooley:
    (Minimal Poetry
    for Aram Saroyan)
    (Clean Feed)

    Luis Martins Jose:
    Tentos -
    Invencoes E

    IKB :
    Dracaena Draco
    [2 CDs]
    (Creative Sources)

    Mazen Kerbaj /
    Ernesto Rodrigues /
    Guilherme Rodrigues /
    Carlos Santos /
    Sharif Sehnaoui :
    Blue Rain
    (Creative Sources)

    Ernesto Rodrigues /
    Guilherme Rodrigues /
    Nuno Torres /
    Rodrigo Pinheiro /
    Naoto Yamagishi:
    (Creative Sources)

    Andreas Pollak /
    Johan Graden:
    Terror Of
    (Creative Sources)

    Scarassatti /
    Rodrigues /
    Rodrigues /
    Amoa Hi
    (Creative Sources)

    Ulrike Brand /
    Olaf Rupp:
    (Creative Sources)

    Bill Orcutt:
    Bill Orcutt

    Rhodri Davies /
    David Sylvian /
    Mark Wastell:
    There Is
    No Love

    Bob Drake:
    [6-CD BOX SET]
    (Recommended Records)

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