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John Butcher / Dominic Lash / John Russell / Mark Sanders:
Discernment (Spoonhunt)

An album of perceptive free improvisation recorded live at London's Cafe OTO from the quartet of John Butcher on tenor & soprano saxophones, Dominic Lash on double bass, John Russell on guitar and Mark Sanders on drums & percussion, three "discerning" and one "discerned" dialogs of discriminating sophistication that only four such masterful and experienced musicians can convey. ... Click to View


Dominic Lash Quartet (w / Carmona / Tejero / Ward):
Limulus (Spoonhunt)

Honing their conversation in their third release as a band, British double bassist Dominic Lash's Quartet with Javier Carmona on drums & percussion, Ricardo Tejero on alto saxophone and Alex Ward on electric guitar are heard live at Cafe OTO in London, Lash providing all compositions and arrangements over six wide-ranging, edgy and innovative improvisations; outstanding! ... Click to View


Consorts:
Distinctions (Spoonhunt)

Composer Dominic Lash's Consort ensemble explores the possibilities of combining sustained-tone music, guided & free improvisation, and the relationship between acoustic and amplified sound, heard in this evolving, extended concert at Café Oto on Lash's 40th birthday, in a unique mix of acoustic & electronic instruments that even includes an amplified kitchen sink! ... Click to View


Mototeru Takagi Quartet:
Live At Little John, Yokohama 1999 (NoBusiness)

Three reed & wind players and a drummer from Japanese saxophonist Mototeru Takagi's collective free improvising quartet with fellow saxophonist Susumu Kongo, Nao Takeuchi on tenor sax plus flute & bass clarinet, and drummer Shota Koyama, recorded live in 1999 at Little John in Yokohama, Japan for three well-paced conversations of weaving winds and rhythmic intervention. ... Click to View


Itaru Oki Quartet:
Live At Jazz Spot Combo 1975 (NoBusiness)

Late Japanese free jazz trumpeter and flute player Itaru Oki, one of the significant and early free jazz players in Japan in the 1970s, moving to France in the mid-70s to seek more opportunities to play, recorded this concert at Jazz Spot Combon as part of his farewell tour, performing with winds player Yoshiaki Fujikawa, bassist Keiki Midorikawa ad drummer Hozumi Tanaka. ... Click to View


Bob Bellerue (feat. Brandon Lopez / Luke Stewart / Jessica Pavone):
Radioactive Desire [2 CDs] (Elevator Bath)

A fascinating work for free chamber music in feedback environments devised by sound artist Bob Bellerue and employing the talents of improvisers Brandon Lopez & Luke Stewart (double bass), Jessica Pavone (viola), Gabby Fluke-Mogul (violin) and Ed Bear (baritone sax), Bellerue performing on electronics, unattended instruments, feedback, suling gambuh, junk metal & cymbals. ... Click to View


Christian Ronn / Bob Bellerue :
Intoku Inversions (Anarchy Moon Recordings/Nishe)

Beautiful long-form drones and harmonic interactions develop and are then shaken up with sonic deformations and collisions, returning to beautiful environments and then reversed once again, from the duo of sonic explorers Bob Bellerue and Christian Ronn, recording in Copenhagen using organs, electronics, winds, and feedback to create these wonderfully alien domains. ... Click to View


David Myers Lee:
Reduced to a Geometrical Point (Cronica)

Using feedback matrices, oscillator banks and multi-processing, NYC sound and feedback artist David Lee Myers, A.K.A. Arcane Device, references the quote from metaphysics scholar Frithjof Schuon--"You must detach your life from an awareness of the multiple and reduce it to a geometrical point before God"--which he manifests in four focused works of rich, slowly evolving sound. ... Click to View


PEK Solo:
Completeness for Flutes and Double Reeds (Evil Clown)

Boston improviser and multi-instrumentalist David Peck (PEK) in a solo album using his Quartet of PEKs formats, improvising in the studio through four layers, presenting the final installment of a triptych of albums constrained to one or two woodwind instrument families - this one for flutes and double reeds, along with nadaswaram, shenai, goat horn, dizi, bass tromboon, &c &c. ... Click to View


PEK Solo:
Complex and Real Dimensions (Evil Clown)

Before initiating the live improvisation that makes up Complex & Real Dimensions, reedist and multi-instrumentalist David Peck built a foundation track including electro-acoustic instruments created by Tim Kaiser, particularly the loop-capable "Large Spring Box", creating tone, timbre and interludes over which PEK passionately performs. ... Click to View


Evan Parker Electroacoustic Quartet:
Concert in Iwaki (Uchimizu Records)

Requested to organize a Japanese tour focused on the electroacoustic aspects of Evan Parker's work, the saxophonist distilled his larger Electracoustic Ensemble to the quartet of himself, Paul Lytton on percussion & live electronics, Joel Ryan on computer and Lawrence Casserley on signal processing, heard here in the resonant space of the Iwaki City Art Museum in Fukushima. ... Click to View


Satoko Fujii:
Piano Music (Libra)

A stunning sound collage made from recorded fragments of Fujii's studio piano, captured inside and out using traditional piano sonorities and preparations that often microscopically detail the instrument, then edited into two electroacoustic compositions of startling and unexpected expansiveness and wonder; a unique and fascinating release in Fujii's large oeuvre. ... Click to View


Flying Luttenbachers, The:
Negative Infinity [VINYL] (ugEXPLODE / GOD Records)

Adhering to the tenets of "Dissonance, Speed, Aggression, Weirdness, and Singularity", Weasel Walter leads his Flying Luttenbachers in their 15th album of no wave, punk jazz & brutal prog, Weasel switching to guitar and yielding the drum chair to Sam Ospovat, as the band rips through ridiculously complex twists and turns, even taking on Albert Ayler's strange '66/'67 musical suites. ... Click to View


Forbes / Young / Walter:
Hard Living (ugEXPLODE)

Merging Tiger Hatchery's tenor saxophonist Michael Forbes and bassist Andrew Scott Young and newly arrived to NYC Flying Luttenbacher leader & drummer Weasel Walter, for classic hardcore free jazz of articulate and demanding improvisation; this a recently unearthed studio recording from 2010, captured two years after their first encounter in a quartet with Jeb Bishop. ... Click to View


Rodrigues / Carvalho / Rodrigues / Valinho:
Eclipse (Creative Sources)

Emulating a solar eclipse and a lunar eclipse in two evolving improvised chamber works that take the quartet of Guilherme Rodrigues on cello, Mariana Carvalho on piano, Joao Valinho on percussion and Ernesto Rodrigues (switching from viola to harp & deploying electronics) through mysterious soundwork that move from darkness to light in detailed and subtle ways. ... Click to View


Four Letter Words (Piet / Wark / Harris):
Pinch Point (Amalgam)

The first fully improvised album from the Chicago trio of Jake Wark on tenor saxophone, Matt Piet on piano and Bill Harris on drums, recording at Experimental Sound Studios in 2018 for seven numbered and concise improvisations, running the gamut from rapidly active yet controlled interaction and investigatory conversations of confident expression and creative drive. ... Click to View


Yoon-Ji Lee :
Padong (zOaR Records)

Five compositions from Yoon-Ji Lee, whose work employs unconventional and nonlinear structures that focus on quick transformations of language, noise, texture, and tonal color, here with five works, one performed by JACK Quartet & Mivos Quaret, a work for solo Saenghwang, a solo piano work, a string quartet, and a mixed chamber ensemble. ... Click to View


Ciao Ciao Cello:
Quiero Ver A Ese Monstruo (zOaR Records)

The Berlin-based trio of guitarist Beat Keller performing on feedbacker electric guitar & acoustic guitar, innovative tuba improviser Jack Adler-McKean and Spanish vocalist & performance artist Lorena Izquierdo Aparicio take on their monsters in five unique and disturbing improvisations recorded in the studio, as they "dance on the fine line between terror and joy". ... Click to View


Elliot Sharp :
Binibon (Henceforth)

A modern spoken opera by NY composer Elliott Sharp and librettist/narrator Jack Womack (Terraplane) with several narrators, reflecting the events surrounding a 1981 killing in New York's East Village, set in a darkly instrumental soundtrack developed by Sharp using guitars, saxophones, clarinets, synthesizers, bass, percussion, drums programming and samples. ... Click to View


GPS Trio (Chris Pitsiokos / Luke Stewart / Devin Gray):
Blast Beat Blues (Rataplan Records)

Hard-edged NYC free jazz in a limited EP CD release from the trio of alto saxophonist Chris Pitsiokos, bassist Luke Stewart and drummer & composer Devin Gray, who explains that the music reflects "the modern world we're all trying to live in, with that odd mix of the comfortable and uncomfortable", as heard in the edgy and dynamic power of his group. ... Click to View


John Coltrane:
Chasin The Trane, Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

The 4-night engagement at the Village Vanguard in November 1961 with sidemen Eric Dolphy, McCoy Tyner, Reggie Workman, Jimmy Garrison & Elvin Jones resulted in saxophonist John Coltrane's 1962 "Live at the Village Vanguard" album, his evolving freedom surprisingly divisive and even decried as "anti-jazz", here reissued and remastered with a bonus version of "Spiritual". ... Click to View


Elliott Sharp's Terraplane:
Century (zOaR Records)

An unflinching look at life in post-Reconstruction America, commemorating the anniversary of Nancy Cunard's 1934 collection of African-American writings, poems, and song lyrics titled Negro: An Anthology, from Elliott Sharp's Terraplane, with vocalists Tracie Morris, Eric Mingus, Mikel Banks, and instrumentalist including Sharp, Dave Hofstra, recordings from Hubert Sumlin, &c. ... Click to View


Szilard Mezei Tubass Quintet:
Rested Turquoise (NoBusiness)

Four double basses and a tuba, recorded in an arc to elucidate the sound of each instrumentalist, in Serbian improviser and composer Szilárd Mezei's deep-rooted Tubass Quintet, Mezei taking one of the double bass roles in place of his typical viola & violin work, as his compositions bring the deep instruments into both foundational and melodic territory. ... Click to View


Per Gardin / Vasco Trilla:
Singularity (Creative Sources)

Swedish saxophonist Per Gärdin on alto and soprano, and Spanish percussionist Vasco Trilla performing primarily on timpani & gongs, along with clock chimes, metronomes and a drum set, recording in the studio between 2020 & 2021 in both Stockholm and Barcelona, the two favoring spacious environments for their improvisations as they expand and dissipate energy in perceptive ways. ... Click to View


Ongon:
Exuvia [WHITE VINYL] (Loup editions)

String player Antonio Bertoni (Leo Records, Astral Sprits) in his solo Ongon project seeks to bring back the shamanic elements of Moroccan Gnawa Music, particularly using the trance-inducing bass instrument guimbri, his hypnotic and exotic music set into a rich weaving of electronics, samples and concrete synthesis built ad hoc by Bertoni himself. ... Click to View


Ongon:
In Dispersione [VINYL] (Loup editions)

Antonio Bertoni's solo Ongon project, trying to remove the mistreatment that the Moroccan Gnawa Music suffers due to the heavy western productions, as he performs on the trance-inducing bass instrument guimbri, his hypnotic and exotic music set into a rich weaving of electronics, samples and concrete synthesis built ad hoc by Bertoni himself; reference Natural Information Society. ... Click to View


La Sprezzatura Ensemble: Jones, Jean Claude (JC) / Esti Kenan Ofri / Oren Fried:
Abstract Formative Discourse (Kadima)

Evocatively drawing on the exotic sounds and rigorous tenacity of the Middle East, The Sprezzatura Ensemble of Esti Kenan Ofri on voice, Jean Claude Jones on lap-style Spanish guitar and Oren Fried on drums and percussion, particularly classical & traditional drums & ringing tambourine bells, present five freely improvised chants recorded in Jerusalem between 2017-18. ... Click to View


Alexander Zethson :
Pole Of Inaccessibility [2 CDs] (thanatosis produktion)

Darkly meditative and somber compositions for the lower registers of the grand piano accompanied by synthesizer, in two extended pieces by Je Suis! and Angles 9 pianist Alexander Zethson, using the interactions between the deep piano keys and synth more as a sound source than as a distinct instrument, each reshaping the other to create a cloud of sound. ... Click to View


Kevin Corcoran / Jacob Felix Heule:
Erosion [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Notice Recordings)

An improvisational investigation into two bass drums over two extended recordings from West Coast experimental improvisers Kevin Corcoran and Jacob Felix Heule, as they apply an arsenal of unusual techniques and engage every inch of the drums with a diverse set of objects, evoking strange sounds, pattering rhythmic echoes, metallic cries and deep rumbling effects. ... Click to View


Judith Berkson:
Liederkreis II [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Notice Recordings)

Featuring electronically-augmented vocal interpretations of lieder songs by such composers as Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann, New York vocalist Judith Berkson also presents purely electronic pieces engaging noise and feedback-oriented vignettes, the evolution of her project started in 2016 as she re-contextualizes classical music in powerfully expressive ways. ... Click to View



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  • September 16, 2021:

    What's taken up much of Squidco's time this last month was our taking the role of fulfillment for the Tri-Centric Foundation, aka New Braxton House, along with the ever-evolving and prolific 577 labels. Tri-Centric released the magnificent Braxton box set Quartet (Standards) 2020, sold only through their own website, and we sent out an enormous number of those boxes in a very short amount of time.

    So as much as I wanted to get back to the simple acts of writing about music, with those activities and Squidco's typically active cycles of acquisition, information and exposition, there's been little time for much else. The Braxton boxes are now shipped, we have a breather for just long enough to focus on some new releases and for me to write about them. And there are many new releases over this last month, as our publishing roundup below will attest to!






    ZoAr Records:

    We've added a number of albums over the last few weeks on the ZoAr Records label, along with back-catalog albums and a book from and surrounding Elliott Sharp. The older albums are on labels Electronic Music Foundation, Henceforth, and Knitting Factory; the book is on TerraNova Press.

    I'll start with the State of the Union 2.001 3-CD set, this is Sharp's curation of 1-minute pieces from a who's-who of global composers, improvisers and performers. The album is similar to the wonderful 1980 LP Miniatures, curated by Morgan Fisher, updating the concept 21 years later with a fascinatingly broad scope of approaches, the width of which expanded through new technology & concepts. A truly amazing set!

    Various Artists: State of the Union 2.001 [3 CD BOX SET] (Electronic Music Foundation)

    Originally released in 2001, Elliott Sharp's production of this 3-CD set collects 171 1-minute pieces from international artists over a vast field of musical approaches, with contributors including Christian Marclay, Eric Mingus, Fred Frith, Harry Smith, Henry Kaiser, Ikue Mori, Jack Womack, Jad Fair, Joey Baron, Marc Ribot, Merzbow, Phill Niblock, Zeena Parkins, &c. &c.



    I've been a long-time fan of Elliott Sharp's Terraplane project, a blues rock band on the cutting edge. Since the beginning in the year 2000, bassist Dave Hofstra and blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin have been involved, as has Eric Mingus contributed his writing and voice to Terraplane's albums. Willing to take on serious topics, Sharp has worked with many poets including Dael Orlandersmith and Tracie Morris. Well known improvisers have also been involved, including trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, saxophonist Sam Furnace, pianist Anthony Coleman, saxophonist Alex Harding, &c.

    As an aside, while researching Sharp's 2010 solo album Binibon, a narrative opera about a 1981 killing in the East Village, developed with and including the voice of Jack Womak (also heard on State of the Union 2001, I discovered that Womack wrote a dystopic science fiction novel in 1988 titled Terraplane, which I assume is the link to the name of Sharp's long-running and highly articulate project.

    The new album Century is on point for the times, a project that started with adapting five songs from the 1934 anthology self-published by Nancy Cunard, assembling poems, writings and songs from African-American culture of the time. Little know to the predominantly white society of the time, writers include Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. Much of the language is somewhat shocking to our politically correct ears, but represents the true nature of life of the times, and the disparities of existence. It's perhaps one of the most important records I've heard in some time, ripping the veneer off and finding that so much has yet to change since the time of the book's publication.

    BTW, here's a very informative interview on (tmn) The Morning News with Elliott Sharp that delves into his early work, bands and the New York scene of the early 80s.



    Elliott Sharp's Terraplane: Century (zOaR Records)

    An unflinching look at life in post-Reconstruction America, commemorating the anniversary of Nancy Cunard's 1934 collection of African-American writings, poems, and song lyrics titled Negro: An Anthology, from Elliott Sharp's Terraplane, with vocalists Tracie Morris, Eric Mingus, Mikel Banks, and instrumentalist including Sharp, Dave Hofstra, recordings from Hubert Sumlin, &c.



    Sharp's, Elliott Terraplane: Kick It Six (zOaR Records)

    The title referencing a Blind Willie McTell entreaty to himself, Elliott Sharp's contemporary blues project Teraplane truly "kicks" in 8 burning pieces of concentrated guitar work from Sharp, solo and in overdub, recording in Studio zOaR while performing on electric guitar, vong co guitar, lap steel guitar, console steel guitars, mandocello, mandola, basses & drum programming.



    Sharp, Elliot: Binibon (Henceforth)

    A modern spoken opera by NY composer Elliott Sharp and librettist/narrator Jack Womack (Terraplane) with several narrators, reflecting the events surrounding a 1981 killing in New York's East Village, set in a darkly instrumental soundtrack developed by Sharp using guitars, saxophones, clarinets, synthesizers, bass, percussion, drums programming and samples.



    Sharp, Elliott: IrRational Music [BOOK] (TerraNova Press)

    An insightful look at the history of New York composer, saxophonist and guitarist Elliott Sharp, "Sixteen Pieces in the Shape of a Memoir" as Sharp looks back at his musical influences and approach to playing and composing, with observations on music, art, politics and technology, a fascinating set of essays from a vanguard artist's point of view.








    Spoonhunt:

    Other new music comes to us from the UK in the form of the first three CDs on the new Spoonhunt label. Run by double bassist and composer Dominic Lash, the connection between this label and the FMR label will be obvious to enthusiasts of British free jazz. The three albums show three facets to Lash's work, including his own Dominic Lash Quartet with electric guitarist Alex Ward, drummer Javier Carmona and saxophonist Ricardo Tejero; his large experimental electroacoustic ensemble Consort, active since 2013; and a live concert at Cafe OTO in a quartet with John Butcher on tenor & soprano saxophones, John Russell on guitar and Mark Sanders on drums & percussion. This two quartet albums provides a clear link to the FMR label through the album Predicate with Alex Ward. Tim Hill, Mark Sander and Lash himself.



    Lash, Dominic Quartet (w / Carmona / Tejero / Ward): Limulus (Spoonhunt)

    Honing their conversation in their third release as a band, British double bassist Dominic Lash's Quartet with Javier Carmona on drums & percussion, Ricardo Tejero on alto saxophone and Alex Ward on electric guitar are heard live at Cafe OTO in London, Lash providing all compositions and arrangements over six wide-ranging, edgy and innovative improvisations; outstanding!



    Consorts: Distinctions (Spoonhunt)

    Composer Dominic Lash's Consort ensemble explores the possibilities of combining sustained-tone music, guided & free improvisation, and the relationship between acoustic and amplified sound, heard in this evolving, extended concert at Café Oto on Lash's 40th birthday, in a unique mix of acoustic & electronic instruments that even includes an amplified kitchen sink!



    Butcher, John / Dominic Lash / John Russell / Mark Sanders: Discernment (Spoonhunt)

    An album of perceptive free improvisation recorded live at London's Cafe OTO from the quartet of John Butcher on tenor & soprano saxophones, Dominic Lash on double bass, John Russell on guitar and Mark Sanders on drums & percussion, three "discerning" and one "discerned" dialogs of discriminating sophistication that only four such masterful and experienced musicians can convey.



    Ward / Hill / Lash / Sanders: Predicate (FMR)

    Alex Ward developed this band to confront the issue of combining composition with improvisation, using free jazz as a touchstone for pieces allowing stylistically unbounded playing, here with an incredible set of players.








    Flying Luttenbachers:

    I've always been in awe of drummer Weasel Walter's approach to his Flying Luttenbachers band, somewhere in the middle of rock and improv, with a heavy dose of punk attitude but the complexity of something out of the Rock in Opposition world. This album does not disappoint, and from the startling opening to the album the listener knows they're in for something drastically intense, embraceable and odd. I'm not familiar with guitarist Katie Battistoni, but she takes the helm with Weasel Walter, who steps away from the drums to become the second guitarist on the album, with Sam Ospovat taking Walter's typical drum role. Tim Dahl continues on as bass guitarist, and Matt Nelson still handles the hard-edged sax parts. It's raw but incredibly intricate and exciting, the perfect balance of intelligently assertive instrumental music that simply burns.

    Flying Luttenbachers, The: Negative Infinity (ugEXPLODE)

    Adhering to the tenets of "Dissonance, Speed, Aggression, Weirdness, and Singularity", Weasel Walter leads his Flying Luttenbachers in the 15th album of no wave, punk jazz & brutal prog, Weasel switching to guitar and yielding the drum chair to Sam Ospovat, as the band rips through ridiculously complex twists and turns, even taking on Albert Ayler's strange '66/'67 musical suites.

    Also available on Vinyl LP.



    Here are a few other recent UGExplode albums of interest to those looking for assertive and unorthodox improvisation.

    Forbes / Young / Walter: Hard Living (ugEXPLODE)

    Merging Tiger Hatchery's tenor saxophonist Michael Forbes and bassist Andrew Scott Young and newly arrived to NYC Flying Luttenbacher leader & drummer Weasel Walter, for classic hardcore free jazz of articulate and demanding improvisation; this a recently unearthed studio recording from 2010, captured two years after their first encounter in a quartet with Jeb Bishop.



    Mitchell, Roscoe / Sandy Ewen / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter: A Railroad Spike Forms The Voice (ugEXPLODE)

    The first meeting between Art Ensemble of Chicago saxophone legend Roscoe Mitchell and the long running improvisational trio of Sandy Ewen (guitar), Damon Smith (double bass) and Weasel Walter (drums), in an epic 72-minute recording captured live at Duende in Oakland, CA in 2014, an amazing display contrasting control & chaos, form and deconstruction; exemplary!



    Ewen, Sandy / Damon Smith / Weasel Walter : ST (ugEXPLODE)

    Four unorthodox improvisations that evade idiomatic playing through "wantonly abstract" and unusual approaches to their instruments, keeping their listeners guessing where their playing might take them, from frequent collaborators Sandy Ewen on guitar, Damon Smith on bass, and Weasel Walter on drums & percussion, recording in the studio in Brooklyn, 2019.



    Weinberg, Sam / Henry Fraser / Weasel Walter : Grist (ugEXPLODE)

    Hard-edged NY improvisation from the performing trio of Sam Weinberg on sax, Henry Fraser on bass and Weasel Walter on drums, who since 2017 have developed a group sound of powerful and fiercely determined free jazz roots using interesting instrumental technique, often muscular and urgent but also with periods of constrained interplay and dialog; an extremely well balanced band.








    Euphorium Label:

    Because so much time has passed since the last entry in this blog, I have yet to write about the German Euphorium label that we added to our catalog in July. Run by free jazz pianist Oliver Schwerdt, the label is home to bands including New Old Luten (in its various forms), Big Bad Brotzmann Trio, Ember, and Euphorium_freakestra, along with Schwerdt solo albums. We first carried the label in 2006 through a now-defunct US distributor, and lost touch with the label when that distributor ceased activities. This spring Schwerdt approached us to begin US distribution again, to which we eagerly agreed to. The interest in this label has been extraordinary, showing the pent-up demand for this important music.

    We are in the process of restocking the label, which has proved challenging amidst strong sales and the aforementioned activities we've been engaged in, bt we expect to have full stock again in early October. When we have stock again I'll take some time to detail albums that I find particularly interesting. In the meanwhile, use our "Request Email Notification on Restock" buttons to have us alert you when the albums are back in stock, and so that we can estimate how many copies we will need when we finalize our restock order.






    Percussionists Going Far Afield:

    Two albums struck me recently regarding their hybrid approaches to improvising, recording and working with sound, especially because both albums come from drummer/percussionists. The first came to us on the Neither/Nor label, recorded by Carlo Costa inside an empty gain silo north of Rome, Italy. A superb drummer/percussionist using unusual techniques, instead of his typical drum equipment he found items at hand — bricks, pipes, rocks and branche — deploying them in the natural resonance of the silo in an unusual and startlingly unique improvisation.

    The second album comes on the Notice Recordings label from Kevin Corcoran and Jacob Felix Heule, two West Coast improvisers involved with unique improvisational settings. Here the two take two bass drums into the recording studio to create a wealth of sound from the instruments, each improvisation taking the side of a cassette at 40 minutes each.

    The character of each album is completely different from the other, but the intention of evoking sound in ways not intended by the instrument, object or environment is the same, and performed in ways that only a rhythmically-oriented musician would.

    Carlo Costa: Silos (Neither/Nor Records)

    While on vacation in Rome in 2018, NY percussionist Carlo Costa took his portable recorder inside a grain silo in the countryside north of the city, eschewing traditional percussion for found bricks, pipes, rocks and branches found nearby, recording in the resonance of the silo with the sounds of cicadas and other ambiance permeating the silo as he unfolds this engrossing, thoughtfully paced improvisation.



    Corcoran, Kevin / Jacob Felix Heule: Erosion [CASSETTE + DOWNLOAD] (Notice Recordings)

    An improvisational investigation into two bass drums over two extended recordings from West Coast experimental improvisers Kevin Corcoran and Jacob Felix Heule, as they apply an arsenal of unusual techniques and engage every inch of the drums with a diverse set of objects, evoking strange sounds, pattering rhythmic echoes, metallic cries and deep rumbling effects.





    Writing about far-ranging percussionists, we were fortunate and delighted to present the first concert in Squidco's Hooked on Sonics series since March of 2019: a solo performance by Tatsuya Nakatani. His work uses gongs, a very small kit, bowls, cymbals and other percussive devices to create a sonically charged environment, into which he steps for rapid, unorthodox and occasionally outlandish expressions, taking his extended performance full circle back to a contemplative mood through bowed and slowly struck gongs. Long a fan, and having presented him several times here in Wilmington, it was a hopeful moment to see Nakatani's van arrive from his tour, drawing together an enthusiastic audience captivated by his performance.

    Nakatani, Tatsuya: Monochrome (self-released)

    As much a solo percussion album as a collection of large-scale compositions, Tatsuya Nakatani created hundreds of recordings of his collection of gongs, meticulously capturing each instrument's voice and arranging them into seven large works, maintaining the character of each instrument as material for these wonderfully dramatic and resonant works of silence, space and texture.








    Ordered and Upcoming Albums

    The last couple of weeks have brought some very interesting records into our catalog, and the next few look to do the same. Here's what we've ordered, that are on their way to us currently. You should start seeing them show up on our website in our Just In Stock Section beginning next week.

    Jennifer Allum / John Butcher / Ute Kanngiesser / Eddie Prevost: Sounds Of Assembly (Meenna)

    Achim Kaufmann / Ignaz Schick: Altered Alchemy [2 CDs] (Zarek)
    Ignaz Schick / Oliver Steidle: Ilog2 (Zarek)
    Schick / Zeger / Beins: Perlonex - Perlonoid (Zarek)

    Pitsiokos, Chris: Carny Cant [VINYL] (Eleatic Records)
    Cp Unity (Pitsiokis / Smiley / Fraser / Nazary): One Eye With A Microscope Attached (Eleatic Records)
    Cp Unit ((Pitsiokis / Lisabeth / Fraser / Nazary): Riding Photon Time (Eleatic Records)

    Anne-F Jacques: Poudrerie [CASSETTE] (Winds Measure)

    Itaru Oki Quartet: Live At Jazz Spot Combo 1975 [VINYL] (Nobusiness)
    Frode Gjerstad / Kent Carter / John Stevens: Detail-90 [VINYL] (Nobusiness)
    Lao Dan / Deng Boyu: Tutu Duo [VINYL] (Nobusiness)
    Liudas Mockunas / Christian Windfeld: Pacemaker [VINYL] (Nobusiness)
    Masayuki Jojo Takayanagi / Nobuyoshi Ino / Masabumi Puu Kikuchi: Live At Jazz Inn Lovely 1990 [VINYL] (Nobusiness)

    Golding, Binker / John Edwards / Steve Noble: Moon Day [VINYL] (Byrd Out)
    Lewis, James Brandon / Red Lily Quintet (Lewis / William Parker/ Chad Taylor / Kirk Knuffke / Chris Hoffman): Jesup Wagon [VINYL] (Tao Forms)
    Ferreyra, Beatriz: Canto+ [VINYL] (Room40)
    Sica, Mako / Hamid Drake (Feat Tatsu Aoki / Thymme Jones): Ourania [VINYL] (Feeding Tube Records)
    Toop, David/Akio Suzuki/Lawrence English: Breathing Spirit Forms [CD & BOOK] (Room40)
    Slapp Happy: Acnalbasac Noom [VINYL] (Our Swimmer)

    Peter Brotzmann: Along The Way [BOOK] (Corbett Vs. Dempsey)
    Taylor, Cecil: Corona (Corbett Vs. Dempsey)
    Prehn, Tom Quartet: Centrifuga & Solhverv (Corbett Vs. Dempsey)
    Rudiger Carl / Joel Grip /Sven-Ake Johansson: In Early November (Corbett Vs. Dempsey)

    Roscoe Mitchell : Dots Pieces For Percussion And Woodwinds (Wide Hive)
    Hamid Drake & Ingrid Schmoliner: Awon Ona [2 CDs] (Klanggalerie)

    Violeta Garcia, Chris Pitsiokos: Uanmortaim (Relative Pitch)
    Erin Rogers: 2000 Miles (Relative Pitch)






    The Bumpy Road of Domestic, EU & UK Postal Packages:

    You may have noticed some increases in domestic Media Mail packages, owing to a 10.85% increase by the US Post Office at the end of August. Our other packaging costs have remained stable, and at present we are only passing on our increase in media mail shipping rates. The Post Office is planning more increases in First Class and Priority Mail closer to the holidays, and we will modify our rates accordingly.



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    (Spoonhunt)



    John Butcher /
    Dominic Lash /
    John Russell /
    Mark Sanders:
    Discernment
    (Spoonhunt)



    Yoon-Ji Lee :
    Padong
    (zOaR Records)



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    Piano Music
    (Libra)



    Evan Parker
    Electroacoustic Quartet:
    Concert in Iwaki
    (Uchimizu Records)



    Elliott Sharp's
    Terraplane:
    Century
    (zOaR Records)



    John Coltrane:
    Chasin The Trane,
    Revisited
    (ezz-thetics by
    Hat Hut Records Ltd)



    Ongon:
    Exuvia
    [WHITE VINYL]
    (Loup editions)



    The Flying Luttenbachers:
    Negative Infinity
    (ugEXPLODE)



    Rodrigo Amado
    Motion Trio /
    Alexander von Schlippenbach:
    The Field
    (NoBusiness)



    Joel Futterman:
    Creation Series
    [5CD BOX SET]
    (NoBusiness)



    John Cage /
    Apartment House:
    Number Pieces
    [4-CD BOX SET]
    (Another Timbre)



    Daniel Carter /
    Tobias Wilner /
    Djibril Toure /
    Federico Ughi:
    New York United Volume 2
    (577 Records)



    Joseph Branciforte /
    Theo Bleckmann :
    LP1
    [VINYL]
    (Greyfade)



    Kenneth Kirschner /
    Joseph Branciforte:
    From the Machine: Volume 1
    [VINYL]
    (Greyfade)



    Kuzu (
    Rempis /
    Dorji /
    Damon):
    All Your Ghosts
    in One Corner
    (Aerophonic)



    Sam Rivers Quartet (
    feat. Jerry Byrd /
    Rael Wesley Grant /
    Steve Ellington) :
    Archive series.
    Volume 5 -
    Undulation
    (NoBusiness)



    Werner Puntigam /
    Beat Keller /
    Georg Wilbertz:
    UND JA, AND YES
    (zOaR Records)



    The J. & F. Band (
    Fonda /
    Tononi /
    Durante /
    Grissom /
    Irabagon /
    Parrini /
    Rodgers /
    Sharrard)N:
    Me and the Devil
    (Long Song Records)







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