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Quin Kirchner:
The Shadows and The Light [2 CDs] (Astral Spirits)

Recorded over 2 days in a Chicago studio in configuration from duos to an octet, drummer Quin Kirchner provides the compositions on this double CD for 11 pieces, alongside works by Frank Foster, Phil Cohran, Sun Ra & Carla Bley, presented as a story or a journey of differing styles and forms, glued together by Kirchner's remarkable drumming and coherently diverse interests. ... Click to View


Tomeka Reid Quartet:
Old New (Cuneiform)

Drawn from some of New Yorks finest and most active improvisers, cellist Tomeka Reid's string-centric quartet with Mary Halvorson on guitar, Jason Roebke on bass, and Tomas Fujiwara on drums, take Reid's lyrical compositions into exuberant territory, showing the effective power of these versatile string instruments in creative and irresistible modern jazz. ... Click to View


Kaoru Abe :
19770916@Ayler, Sapporo (Doubtmusic)

Recently discovered, unissued solo improvisations from legendary Japanese free jazz alto saxophonist Karou Abe--four extended statements from the full concert recorded in 1970 at the Sapporo jazz cafe "Ayler"--an excellent example of the passionate performances he presented, using extended and unusual technique from assertive mastery to near-silent moments; incomporable. ... Click to View


Adam Caine Quartet, feat Adam Lane / Bob Lanzetti / Billy Mintz:
Transmissions (NoBusiness)

Embracing a wide and diverse stylistic range, from burning modern electric jazz to introspective interplay, NY guitarist Adam Caines' band with fellow guitarist Bob Lanzetti, Adam Lane on acoustic bass, Billy Mintz on drums, and Nick Lyons on alto saxophone, perform with great taste, technical mastery and superb interplay, releasing an extremely well-balanced colelction. ... Click to View


Keys & Screws (Thomas Borgmann / Jan Roder / Willi Kellers):
Some More Jazz [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

Two thirds of the free jazz group "Boom Box"--saxophonist Thomas Borgmann and drummer Willi Kellers--and referencing that band's 2011 album titled Jazz, Keys & Screws is rounded out as a trio with double bassist Jan Roder, following the format of "Jazz" with compositions from each player following head/solo format, fueled by each player's extensive experience. ... Click to View


DUX Orchestra (Dave Sewelson / Mats Gustafsson / Susie Ibarra / Will Connell Jr. / Dave Hofstra / Walter "Sweet" Perkins / JC Morrison):
Duck Walks Dog (With Mixed Results) [VINYL] (NoBusiness)

Dux, led by guitarist JC Morrison and baritone saxophonist Dave Seweleson, plus Dave Hofstra on bass and drummer Walter Perkins, is heard in this 1994 recording from "an attic" in New York City in an expanded version of the band, adding Mats Gustafsson on baritone sax, Will Connell, Jr on clarinet and Susie Ibarra on drums, for a wild session of exuberant free playing. ... Click to View


Larry Ochs / Aram Shelton Quartet (w/ Nordeson / Dresser / Walton):
Continental Drift (Clean Feed)

Key artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, composers and bandleaders Larry Ochs on tenor and sopranino saxophone and Aram Shelton on alto saxophone join together with Swedish drummer Kjell Nordeson, joined by either double bassist Mark Dresser or Scott Walton, in an album drawn from two session featuring exhiliarating pieces of unique approach from both composers. ... Click to View


Roots Magic (Pololla / De Fabritiis / Tedeschi / Spera):
Take Root Among The Stars (Clean Feed)

Mining the area between the blues and creative jazz with pieces by Charles Tyler, Ornette Coleman, Phil Cohran and Sun Ra, this is the 3rd album from the Italian quartet of Alberto Popolla on clarinets, Errico De Fabritiis on saxophones, Gianfranco Tedeschi on double bass, and Fabrizio Spera on drums & percussion, joined by Eugenio Colombo on flute and Francesco Lo Cascio on vibes. ... Click to View


Cliff Trio (Pandelis Karayorgis / Damon Smith / Eric Rosenthal):
Precipice (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Recording at the Lilypad in Cambridge, MA, the Boston-area trio of pianist Pandelis Karayorgis, bassist Damon Smith, and drummer Eric Rosenthal are captured in concert for an adventurous album of free improvisation, Karayorgis's compositions leading this piano trio of magnificent mastery into buoyantly exciting interplay as they take their listeners to a dizzying precipice edge. ... Click to View


Anton Ponomarev Trio (w/ Per Ole Jorgens / Dmitri Lapshin):
Dodsdromen (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Aggressive "honk-n-skronk" free jazz from the Moscow based trio of alto saxophonist Anton Ponomarev, with Danish drummer Peter Ole Jørgensen (aka P.O. Jorgens know for his work with Peter Brötzmann) and bass guitarist Dmitry Lapshin, ijn a studio album of eight burning "Circles", demanding skirmishes of fiery imformed collective free jazz. ... Click to View


Magnus Granberg / Skogen:
Let Pass My Weary Guiltless Ghost (Another Timbre)

First performed in November 2019 at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and then at the Splitter Orchester festival in Berlin, this studio recording of Magnus Granberg's delicately complex and exquisitely dream-like composition features his Skogen ensemble, including Granberg, Rhodri Davies, Toshimaru Nakamura, Erik Carlsson, Petter Wastberg, &c. ... Click to View


Rhodri Davies:
Telyn Rawn (Amgen Records)

Dating back to the 13th century in Wales, the Telyn Rawn is a nearly forgotten horsehair harp; UK improvising harpist Rhodri Davies researched the instrument and its unique sound, commissioning the construction of a harp on which he performs 18 improvisations of impressive technique and sonority, launching his new Amgen Records label with this album named for the instrument. ... Click to View


Tyler Higgins (w/ Monticello / Stevens):
Broken Blues (Shhpuma)

Blues with a strong sonic sense in Atlanta, GA guitarist Tyler Higgin's 2nd release on Shhpuma, his trio again featuring drummer Paul Stevens, and here adding bassist Gabriel Monticello, known for symphonic, jazz and rock forms, bringing masterful skill to this album that richly blends blues, gospel, folk, jazz and rock forms with passion and style. ... Click to View


Nicolas Snyder:
Temporary Places (Shhpuma)

West Coast sound artist Nicolas Snyder is a composer, filmmaker, sound-documenter, gardener, and forager; fascinated by the sounds of nature, he took recordings from streams and National Parks in Vietnam, Pennsylvania, and California and merged them with music composed in the studio to create these works of great beauty as a study of locational and emotional memory. ... Click to View


Dimos Vryzas:
Really Short And Tonal (Creative Sources)

Violinist, improviser, songwriter and composer from Thessaloniki, Greece, Dimos Vryzas creates a virtual electroacoustic ensemble using violin, voice and effects, contrasting acoustic and electronic sounds in the search for music expression, his studies with Fred Frith and Alfred Zimmerlin a good indicator of the kind of sound approach Vryzas employs. ... Click to View


Takamitsu Ohta:
Three Relations Among The Flock [CASSETTE] (Winds Measure)

Takamitsu Ohta, known for his work with artists Anne-F Jacques & Ryoko Akama, in three unexpected recordings using the microphone and speaker of small devices with recording and playback ability, from five to fifteen such linked devices creating surprisingly stacatto and expressive voices from feedback, each piece aptly named for the resulting articulation each combination creates. ... Click to View


Klaus Filip / Moe Kamura:
Passagein (Winds Measure)

ppooll sound artist Klaus Filip and Japanese experimental vocalist Moe Kamura (10Tet, Taku Sugimoto) in a two part electronic improvisation of electronic tones, textures, silence, and minimalist vocalization and utterance, Filip using a dynamic frequency palette inspiring Kamura's wordless expression; lowercase or Onkyo, a meditative and moody work. ... Click to View


Ballister:
Znachki Stilyag (Aerophonic)

The tenth year of the working and touring international Ballister trio of Dave Rempis on alto & tenor saxophones, Fred Lonberg on Holm on cello & electronics, and Paal Nilssen-Love on drum & percussion, here in an outrageously powerful yet explorative concert at Dom Cultural Center, in Moscow, Russia in 2019, a fierce example of what this band is capable of. ... Click to View


Stirrup + 6 (Lonberg-Holdm / Macri / Rumback):
The Avondale Addition (Cuneiform)

The Stirrup trio of cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, Nick Macri (bass), and Charles Rumback (drums) is merged with improvisers from Lonberg-Holm's Lightbox Orchestra project--Keefe Jackson & Mars Williams on reeds, guitarist Peter Maunu, violist Jen Clare Paulson, trumpeter Russ Johnson & Zoots Houston on electronics -for this compelling structured performance at Elastic Arts. ... Click to View


Tashi Dorji / Tyler Damon:
To Catch A Bird In A Net Of Wind [VINYL] (Trost Records)

Fully free improvisation from Chicago musicians, electric guitarist Tashi Dorji and drummer/percussionist Tyler Damon, performing live in a concert at Horatio N. May Chapel in 2018, the resonance of the location adding a rich reverberant level to their evolving dialog, building to ecstatic sonic states and releasing to energetically ruminative discourse. ... Click to View


BROM (Lapshin / Ponomarev / Mikensky / Kurilo):
Dance With An Idiot [VINYL] (Trost Records)

Raw, raucous and dauntless improvisation from the Russian quartet of Anton Ponomarev on alto saxophone, Dmitry Lapshin on bass guitar, Felix Mikensky on guitar & electronics, and Yaroslav Kurilo on drums, in 7 passionate collective improvisations with a dark melodic bent with titles like "demon" or "iron hair", plus a twisted take on Dizzy Gillespie's "Salt Peanuts". ... Click to View


Berangere Maximin :
Land of Waves [VINYL 2 LPs + DOWNLOAD] (KARLRECORDS)

The sixth album of embraceable electroacoustic and acousmatic French composer Bérangère Maximin, whose work with Ina-GRM, Stockholm's EMS points to her extraordinary skills in organize other-worldly sound, imbued with her ability to create warmly embraceable works with mystery amongst propelling rhythm, here exploring recordings from city parks & abandoned properties. ... Click to View


Sun City Girls:
Live at the Sky Church - September 3rd, 2004 [VINYL LP & DVD] (Twenty One Eighty Two Recording Company)

A 2004 live performance in LP and DVD from the experimental, irreverent and twisted rock trio Sun City Girls performing at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, from strange songs of weird, blunt or vulgar intent to experimental cutups--an unorthodox exorcism in sound--all presented with bizarre theatrical accompaniment as documented on the accompanying DVD. ... Click to View


Matias Riquelme / Fernando Ulzion:
La Trahison Des Mots (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))

Using the natural resonance of the Apodaka church in Alava, Spain, the Bilbao-based experimental improvising duo of cellist Francia Matías Riquelme and saxophonist Fernando Ulzion on soprano and alto, present an introspective and informed set of works titled as iconic jazz compositions, an implication of the impressionist approach their expansive and thoughtful playing invokes. ... Click to View


Machinefabriek / Anne Bakker:
Short Scenes (Zoharum)

While developing a soundtrack with violinist and violist Anne Bakker, Rutger Zuydervelt aka Machinefabriek, began editing a series of Bakker's improvisations, creating new works from those recordings by layering them into succinct short works or "scenes"--twenty of them in the end--that he sequenced into this album of confidently dramatic and delicately beautiful episodes. ... Click to View


Master Oogway:
Earth And Other Worlds (Rune Grammofon)

The second album from the Norwegian electric jazz quartet of Havard Nordberg Funderud on guitar, Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvoll on saxophone, Karl Erik Horndalsveen on double bass, and Martin Heggli Mellem on drums, after their 2018 album The Concert Koan on the Clean Feed label, here in six powerfully thrilling tracks of youthful exuberance and impressive skill. ... Click to View


Master Oogway:
Earth And Other Worlds [VINYL] (Rune Grammofon)

The second album from the Norwegian electric jazz quartet of Havard Nordberg Funderud on guitar, Lauritz Lyster Skeidsvoll on saxophone, Karl Erik Horndalsveen on double bass, and Martin Heggli Mellem on drums, after their 2018 album The Concert Koan on the Clean Feed label, here in six powerfully thrilling tracks of youthful exuberance and impressive skill. ... Click to View


Thumbscrew (Fujiwara / Halvorson / Formanek):
The Anthony Braxton Project (Cuneiform)

The Thumbscrew trio of NY improvisers Tomas Fujiwara on drums & vibes, Mary Halvorson on guitar, and Michael Formanek on double bass, turn their focus to their shared history with composer and reedist Anthony Braxton as he celebrates his 75th birthday, performing 11 previously unheard compositions selected from Composition No. 14 through No. 274; masterful and profound. ... Click to View


Toyozumi / Yandsen / Countryman:
Future of Change (ChapChap Records)

The collaboration of American alto saxophonist living in the Philippines Rick Countryman with legendary Japanese free improvising drummer Sabu Toyozumim, also performing on Erhu, continues with this outstanding performance at the LIMBO Art Gallery in Makati, Philippines in 2020, joined by Malaysian tenor saxophonist Yong Yandsen for a burning set of free jazz. ... Click to View



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  • August 5, 2020:

    The intention was to take a few days off for my birthday, getting right back to the very active purchase cycles we've been in for the last 3 months; surprising for the summer, but this summer brings nothing but surprises.

    This week's surprise was Hurricane Isaias, which took our region a bit by surprise as we expected a subtropical storm, but received a category 1 hurricane instead. Squidco lost power for the better part of a day, really not bad considering, with no physical damage. My house and shed, not so much:

    philz House & Shed - Isaias

    I tell you this not out of hope for birthday wishes or homeowner sympathy — after Florence I knew exactly what to do, and once the insurance sorts itself out, I have everyone lined up to get things removed, repaired, and back to normal, however long that might take.... — but to let you know why I have written so little about the music these last two weeks. Especially given the flood of Not Two, NoBusiness, Clean Feed, Shhpuma, Astral Spirits, Aerophonic, Doubtmusic, Cuneiform, Trost, and Listen! Foundations albums we've added to our catalog.






    Equally exciting as birthdays and hurricanes is what's been ordered and is on its way to us right now. You can ask us to notify you when any of these releases are available, with no obligation to purchase, by using our upcoming release page.

    Gerry Hemingway / Barre Phillips / Michael Moore: Splips (Ramboy)

    Fragile Quartet (Moore / Fraanje / van der Feen / Hemingway): Cretan Dialogues (Ramboy)

    Michael Moore & NDR Bigband: Sanctuary (Ramboy)



    Rumback, Charles: June Holiday (Astral Spirits)

    Christian Ronn & Aram Shelton: Multiring [CASSETTE] (Astral Spirits)

    Laurenzi, Dustin Snaketime: Behold [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

    Mike Pride & Jonatha Moritz: The Invitation [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

    Carol Genetti & Claire Rousay: Live At Elastic Arts [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

    Amirtha Kidambi & Lea Bertucci: End of Softness [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)



    PISAURA (Michael Pisaro and Zizia): Asteraceae (Sedimental)

    OLIVIA BLOCK: Karren [VINYL] (Sedimental)



    Guilherme Rodrigues: Cascata (Creative Sources)

    Forsén / Axelsson / Dimming: Mollymawk (Creative Sources)

    Rasmus Borg: Improvisations (Creative Sources)

    DICEROS: Symbolic Boundary (Creative Sources)

    Kim / Beneš / Haag / Alsadi / Saremi: I had a dream (Creative Sources)

    Phillip Greenlief: Barbedwire (Creative Sources)

    LISBON STRING TRIO & LUIS LOPES: Isotropy (Creative Sources)

    Gill / Franklin: To my left is where the lake is (Creative Sources)

    Rodrigues / Lonberg-Holm / Pinheiro: Multiforms (Creative Sources)

    Krennerich / Schubert / Osswald / Fischer: Degrees Above (Creative Sources)

    Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Almeida / Hencleeday / Parrinha / Parrinha / Santos / Valinho: SPIEGEL II (Creative Sources)

    Schindler / Kepl: FABULIERBLÄTTCHEN (Creative Sources)

    Kita / Rodrigues / Yamagishi (Creative Sources)

    Ohta / Schindler: music in space (Creative Sources)

    López / Navarro / Serra: Alusión (Creative Sources)

    Rodrigues / Torres / Mira: Setúbal (Creative Sources)

    Lynch / Northover / Mengersend: Grappling with the Orange Porpoise (Creative Sources)

    Sysoev / Gorlinsky / Müller: Universal Vitamin (Creative Sources)

    RED LIST ENSEMBLE: Scope (Creative Sources)

    STRING THEORY: Rodrigues / Do Mar / Mira / Mitzlaff / Jacinto / Orê-ibir / Faustino / Bicho / Moimême / Carvalho: TIN (Creative Sources)

    Rodrigues / Rodrigues / Faustino / Pinheiro / Carneiro: Book of Spirals (Creative Sources)

    Skrijelj / Rodrigues / Mira / Malmendier: lluvia (Creative Sources)



    Ballister: Znachki Stilyag (Aerophonic)



    Modern Jazz Quintet Karlsruhe (Joos / Eichhorn / Zimmer / Buhler / Thellman): Four Men Only - Complete Recordings [3-CD BOX SET] (NoBusiness)



    Milford Graves & Don Pullen: The Complete Yale Concert, 1966 (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

    Alexander von Schlippenbach Quartet: Three Nails Left (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

    Joe McPhee: Black Is The Color: Live in Poughkeepsie and New Windsor, 1969-70 (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

    On top of that, we've put in some essential requests for restocks, including the Topographie box on Fou Records (these will be the last copies of this phenomenal box), the recent Barre Phillips double CD on Victo, and the Sam Rivers Ricochet CD on NoBusiness, as well as Francois Carrier's Japan Suite. We're on our 2nd batch of the absolutely phenomenal Not Two 20th Anniversary concert box, with plans to restock that in the next week as well. Some of these restocks are necessitated by changes to global post offices, making smaller packages a necessity, and therefore our life a bit more challenging. But great music must flow, and we're doing what we can in the midst of pandemics, birthdays, and hurricanes to keep these great albums available. I think I just equated my birthday to a scourge...

    Bailey, Derek / Han Bennink / Evan Parker: Topographie Parisienne [4 CDs] (Fou Records)

    Recorded in 1981 by audio engineer and label owner Jean-Marc Foussat, the trio of guitarist Derek Bailey, saxophonist Evan Parker, and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Han Bennink are heard in an amazing evening of performance at 28 rue Dunois, in Paris, France, in duo and trio configurations, exploring material similar to Parker's "Topography of the Lungs"; essential.



    Phillips, Barre: Thirty Years In Between [2 CDs] (Victo)

    The title to be taken literally, these two solo concerts recorded in Canada by French-based US bassist Barre Phillips, the first recorded at Vancouver Western Front in 1989, the 2nd from the 35th International Festival Music Festival of Victoriaville in 2019, both exemplary concerts showing his masterful skills and ability to captivate then and now.



    Rivers, Sam Trio feat Dave Holland / Barry Altschul: Ricochet (NoBusiness)

    Captured live in San Francisco in 1978, the lastest in the NoBusiness Sam Rivers Archive series finds the masterful wind player in peak form with the trio of Dave Holland on bass & cello, and Barry Altschul on drums, Rivers on tenor & soprano sax, flute & piano, in the 52 minute free jazz epic "Ricochet", a high-energy work of diverse mood and character; superb!



    Carrier, Francois / Masayo Koketsu / Daisuke Fuwa / Takashi Itani: Japan Suite (NoBusiness)

    Saxophonist Francois Carrier joins Shibusashirazu director & double bassist Daisuke Fuwa, drummer Takashi Itani, and alto saxophonist Masayo Koketsu (also of Shibusashirazu) for a live performance at Yamaneko-ken, in Saitama to capture this 6-part suite of intensely creative free jazz, the inventive rhythm section driving both saxophonists into both raucous and beautiful territory.



    Various Artists (Barry Guy/Joelle Leandre/Rafal Mazur/Paal Nilssen-Love/Zlatko Kaucic/Agusti Fernandez/Mats Gustafsson/Ken Vandermark/Mikolaj Trzaska/Peter Brotzmann/Steve Swell/Per Ake Holmlander/Maya Homburger): Not Two... But Twenty [5 CDs in Wooden Box] (Not Two)

    Not Two Records celebrates their 20th Anniversary with a festival in Wlen, Poland, inviting 13 of the finest European & US improvisers--Guy, Leandre, Mazur, Nilssen-Love, Kaucic, Fernandez, Gustafsson, Vandermark, Trzaska, Brotzmann, Swell, Holmlander, & Homburg--performing in configurations from duo to quintet, released in a limited 5-CD wooden box set.








    If (when) life ever returns to normal and I catch up with the wealth of new material we're working on — 33 In-stock items on our site looking to be fully cataloged as I write this, with 2 more ready for me to activate, and a big stack of albums on Carl's desk that will make their way to me by the weekend! — then I'll write more specifically about the music. I also have some updates to The Squid's Ear planned in the next few weeks that will make the site more useful that I hope to complete before the next couple of weeks are over. So here's my promise to steer the Squid's ship away from storms, swarms and pestilence and get some great new music out for all of us to share!






    Here are the updates to our site and The Squid's Ear since the middle of last month. As a reminder, 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.

    July 29, 2020: New @ Squidco:
    Stirrup + 6 (Lonberg-Holdm/Macri/Rumback) -The Avondale Addition [CD] (Cuneiform)
    Tashi Dorji/Tyler Damon -To Catch A Bird In A Net Of Wind [VINYL] (Trost Records)
    BROM (Lapshin/Ponomarev/Mikensky/Kurilo) -Dance With An Idiot [VINYL] (Trost Records)
    Berangere Maximin -Land of Waves [VINYL 2 LPs + DOWNLOAD] (KARLRECORDS)
    Sun City Girls -Live at the Sky Church - September 3rd, 2004 [VINYL LP & DVD] (Twenty One Eighty Two Recording Company)
    Matias Riquelme/Fernando Ulzion -La Trahison Des Mots [CD] (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))
    Machinefabriek/Anne Bakker -Short Scenes [CD] (Zoharum)
    Master Oogway -Earth And Other Worlds [CD] (Rune Grammofon)
    Master Oogway -Earth And Other Worlds [VINYL] (Rune Grammofon)

    July 29, 2020: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Burkhard Beins / Mazen Kerbaj / Michael Vorfeld - Sawt Out (Herbal International) by Massimo Ricci.

    July 23, 2020: New @ Squidco:
    Thumbscrew (Fujiwara/Halvorson/Formanek) -The Anthony Braxton Project [CD] (Cuneiform)
    Toyozumi/Yandsen/Countryman -Future of Change [CD] (ChapChap Records)
    Bonjintan (Akira Sakata/Jim O'Rourke/Giovanni Di Domenico/Tatsuhisa Yamamoto) -Dental Kafka [CD] (Trost Records)
    Bonjintan (Akira Sakata/Jim O'Rourke/Giovanni Di Domenico/Tatsuhisa Yamamoto) -Dental Kafka [VINYL] (Trost Records)
    Various Artists (Barry Guy/Joelle Leandre/Rafal Mazur/Paal Nilssen-Love/Zlatko Kaucic/Agusti Fernandez/Mats Gustafsson/Ken Vandermark/Mikolaj Trzaska/Peter Brotzmann/Steve Swell/Per Ake Holmlander/Maya Homburger) -Not Two... But Twenty [5 CDs in Wooden Box] (Not Two)
    Dustin Laurenzi Snaketime -Behold [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)
    Giuliano d'Angiolini -Antifona [CD] (Another Timbre)
    Alva Noto -Xerrox Vol. 4 [CD] (Noton)
    Alva Noto -Xerrox Vol. 4 [VINYL 2 LPs ] (Noton)
    Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. feat. Geoff Leigh -Chosen Star Child's Confession [CD] (RIOT SEASON)
    Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. feat. Geoff Leigh -Chosen Star Child's Confession [VINYL] (RIOT SEASON)

    July 22, 2020: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Keune / Russell / Schneider / Lovens - Nothing Particularly Horrible (Live In Bochum '93) (FMR) by Jeph Jerman.

    July 20, 2020: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Milo Fine / Joseph Damman - Acceptance Of Sorrow (Aural Terrains) by Massimo Ricci.






  • July 17, 2020:

    Just a short entry this week, a reflection of a number of extra projects here, and some work in my yard at home during the week. The weather here is intensely hot, and working in the yard is probably not my best recent decision, but in the mid-South of the US coast the vines and weeds simply won't stop...

    A theme in this forum for the last few months... the NoBusiness albums that we stocked this week came in 3 packages. The first two provided copies of all new releases, but not our complete order. Those arrived within a day of each other, but a third box with the remainder of our order, particularly the excellent new Sam Rivers Archive CD, Ricochet, is held up somewhere between Indianapolis, IN and Wilmington, NC. We expect to see the package arrive by early next week, so don't be dismayed at our "out of stock" notice on the CD, more should be here soon!

    Rivers, Sam Trio feat Dave Holland / Barry Altschul: Ricochet (NoBusiness)

    Captured live in San Francisco in 1978, the lastest in the NoBusiness Sam Rivers Archive series finds the masterful wind player in peak form with the trio of Dave Holland on bass & cello, and Barry Altschul on drums, Rivers on tenor & soprano sax, flute & piano, in the 52 minute free jazz epic "Ricochet", a high-energy work of diverse mood and character; superb!








    The biggest news of the week was the addition of two Charlie Parker CDs on the ezz-thetics by Hat Hut label. These two CD are beautifully remastered selections from Parker's landmark Dial and Savoy sessions in the 1940s. Recorded on the US East Coast in NYC for the Savoy label, and on the West Coast in Hollywood for the Dial label, these are Parker's most essential recordings, providing a large framework for a new music named bop or bebop, and a path ahead that led to cool jazz and hard bop; arguably this is the foundation also of free jazz, emphasizing small group jazz and an exploration of new approaches to improvised music. The personnel on the various sessions is a who's who of the upcoming hard bop or "Blue Note" era, including Miles Davis, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, John Lewis, Bud Powell, &c. Hat Hut's go-to remastering wizard Peter Pfister brings these albums to life as they've not been heard before, and the intimacy and energy of each grouping is brought the foreground.

    Label leader Werner X. Uehlinger writes of his personal relationship with this material in the afterword of each album's liner notes:

    "In 1953 for my 18th birthday my father presented me a small turntable with an integrated loudspeaker to play singles and 10-inch LPs. In addition I got a Charlie Parker 10-inch LP on Jazztone with the California Dial sessions and others. Hearing Parker was my introduction to modern jazz, and his music sounds amazing to this day. Recently I went back to these recordings and discovered that August 29th, 2020 is Parker's 100th Birthday, which created the idea to work on a pair of Remastered/Revisited CDs for this event. I presented the idea to Bernhard "Benne" Vischer, also about my age, and he reacted within two minutes that he would support the project."-Werner X. Uehlinger, Basel, May 2020

    This reminiscence connects with my own recollections of this material. In 1980 I began my own collection and study of jazz, connecting at first with hard bop artists like Miles Davis through his 50s Columbia sessions, Charles Mingus Ah Um period, John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, &c. I was attending college at Oswego State and collected with two other jazz enthusiasts. As a student surviving on hot dogs and beer, I often scoured classified ads to find garage sales listing records, in the hopes of finding some used treasure at a reasonable price. One of the ads I responded to was from a former radio DJ, now retired, who was trying to reduce a large collection of jazz and popular records.

    I was invited into his "library" where an incredible stack of albums met me that I knew very little about, recognizing a number of names and some albums I already, and others that were tantalizing and curiosities that my meager funds told me I couldn't adequately explore. However, he had several albums by Charlie Parker, who I knew of, many on the Dial label. I didn't understand the significance of this find, but I was interested in hearing these albums, which in my backward comprehension I thought of as important for influencing Miles Davis and Mingus. I bought 3 of the albums while the DJ expressed to me that he didn't really care for that new bop music as much as he did swing, or Billie Holiday — I managed to get a 10" Columbia copy of "Lover Man" from him as he complained that I was taking a part of his soul!

    I took the albums back to my dorm room and gave them a spin, quite taken by their succinct expressiveness and the inventiveness of melody. Each seemed a miniature history of the music I was pursuing, and I was hooked. Putting that into perspective to my modern ears, this was an essential step in my understanding the potential of non-commercial jazz. What sounds so comfortable to my ears now was then a radical rift with the jazz of its day, sparking a bad-boy attitude that inevitably leads to 60s free players seeking the ability to express themselves in their own interpretations of jazz. Considering releases like Anthony Braxton's Sextet (Parker), I don't feel alone in this connection. Uehlinger's comments echo to mine, and for all the incredible forward-thinking music his label has released, this connection to Parker's work simply makes sense to me.

    Charlie Parker : Selections From The DIAL Recordings (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

    The first of two volumes in celebration of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker's 100th birthday, here remastering his landmark recordings for the Dial label on the US West Coast between 1946-47, performing with jazz greats including Miles Davis, Lucky Thompson, Erroll Garner, Barney Kessel, Red Calender, JJ Johson, Max Roach, &c. for some of Parker's best known and essential compositions.



    Charlie Parker : Selections From The SAVOY Recordings (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

    The second of two volumes in celebration of legendary saxophonist Charlie Parker's 100th birthday, here remastering his landmark recordings for the Savoy label in New York City between 1945-48, performing with jazz greats including Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Lewis, Curley Russel, Max Roach, &c. for some of be-bop's finest and best known compositions.








    A few updates from the last week of additions to our catalog and reviews on The Squid's Ear. As a reminder, 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.

    July 17, 2020: New Review @ The Squid's Ear: Adrian Democ / Apartment House - Ziadba (Another Timbre) by John Eyles.

    July 16, 2020: New @ Squidco:
    Francois Carrier/Masayo Koketsu/Daisuke Fuwa /Takashi Itani -Japan Suite [CD] (NoBusiness)
    Sam Rivers Trio feat Dave Holland/Barry Altschul -Ricochet [CD] (NoBusiness)
    I Like To Sleep -Daymare [CD] (Rune Grammofon)
    I Like To Sleep -Daymare [VINYL] (Rune Grammofon)
    Roland Dahinden/Hildegarde Kleeb/Harris -Dancing A Stone [CD] (Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!))
    Machinefabriek/Anne Bakker -Oehoe [CD] (Where To Now?)
    Ernstalbrecht Stiebler -Fur Biliana [CD] (Another Timbre)
    Cyril Bondi/Pierre-Yves Martel/Christoph Schiller -Hyazo [CD] (Another Timbre)
    Pierre Gerard -Architect [CD] (Senufo Editions)



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