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Anthony Braxton / James Fei:
Duet (Other Minds) 2021 (Other Minds)

Composed for a performance at the 2021 OM 25 Festival in San Fransisco between saxophonist & composer Anthony Braxton and saxophonist James Fei, "Composition 429" uses Braxton's new music system Lorraine, a combination of traditional notation and color-coded symbols of the composer's design to indicate specific sound types or performance techniques. ... Click to View


Alexander Schlippenbach von :
Globe Unity (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Wild, nearly unprecedented and an exhilarating direction in European Free Improvisation heard in the 1st recordings from 1966 of pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's Globe Unity band, a 14-piece ensemble that included young saxophonists Peter Brötzmann, Gerd Dudek & Kris Wanders, bassist Peter Kowald, bass clarinetist Willem Breuker, trumpeter Manfred Schoof, &c. ... Click to View


Alexander Schlippenbach von :
Globe Unity [VINYL] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

Wild, nearly unprecedented and an exhilarating direction in European Free Improvisation heard in the 1st recordings from 1966 of pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's Globe Unity band, a 14-piece ensemble that included young saxophonists Peter Brötzmann, Gerd Dudek & Kris Wanders, bassist Peter Kowald, bass clarinetist Willem Breuker, trumpeter Manfred Schoof, &c. ... Click to View


Devin Waldman Brahja / Hamid Drake:
Mediumistic Methodology [CASSETTE] (Astral Spirits)

Evoking the spirit of a seance experienced by alto saxophonist Devin Brahja Waldman, the duo of Waldman and drummer Hamid Drake are captured live at Elastic Arts, in Chicago, beginning as a mysteriously delicate concert of intricately introspective playing and spiritual reflection, building to a free jazz drum & sax duo of powerful and enthusiastic release. ... Click to View


Aonghus McEvoy :
Under & Cracked [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Astral Spirits)

Beautifully flowing acoustic avant folk under a diverse set of influences from the Dublin five-piece band led by acoustic and electric guitarist Aonghus McEvoy, with George Brennan on electronics, David Lacey on drums, Sean Maynard Smith on upright bass and Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh on viola, evolving their tracks from pastoral to edgy agitation or ecstatic drone. ... Click to View


Artur Malecki & The Creature Trio (w/ Chmiel / Aftyka):
Widoki (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Widoki, Polish for Views, is the debut album of the free improvising trio of Artur Malecki on drums, Michal Aftyka on double bass & electric bass and Przemylaw Chmiel on tenor & soprano saxophones, performing seven compositions from drummer Malecki and one collective improvisation, a strong and wide-ranging set of recordings from a band with a fresh perspective on creative jazz. ... Click to View


Cyprien Busolini / Bertrand Gauguet:
Miroir (Akousis Records)

An album of intensive listening through concentrated improvisation from the long-running collaboration of French improvisers, Cyprien Busolini on viola and Bertrand Gauguet on alto saxophone, both using unfaltering techniques as they metamorphose their instruments from delicate silence to forceful tones, oscillating and vacillating across two extended improvisations. ... Click to View


Tragic Assembly:
Blood Drains And Memories (Soul City Sounds)

The Durham, NC free improvising trio of Crowmeat Bob on alto & tenor saxophones, clarinet & guitar, Phil Venable on double bass and Charles Chance on drums notch up their playing, with Crowmeat Bob performing on both reeds and electric guitar as the band explores breaking down the barrier between subconsciousness and expression through collective improv. ... Click to View


Tatsuya Nakatani / Kyle Motl:
Quicksand (Nakatani-Kobo)

Innovative Japanese percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani met with bassist Kyle Motl (Peter Kuhn Trio) at Nakatani Kobo Studio, in New Mexico to record these two extended improvisations, the 1st creating an aural environment through ringing metal and bowed contrabass, the 2nd a set of agitated and disruptive interactions through incredible technical skill and expressive dialog. ... Click to View


Bun Itakura / Mishio Ogawa :
Stardust (Ultragash)

A flowing twilight electro-jazz cover of the standard "Stardust" from Japanese guitarist Bun Itakura and vocalist Mishio Ogawa, expanding the melody and Ogawa's phrasing with encompassing electronics and percussion from Takefumi Kobayashi; backed with an experimental "Mystery Making Factory" using paint brush, harmonic tone guitar, and mbira. ... Click to View


River People (Bucher / Countryman / Alegre / Hori):
Sol Expression (ChapChap Records)

Evoking images of Indigenous Filipinos through free improvisation, with titles referencing the rivers, rains and environment that define them, the multi-national River People quartet of Christian Bucher on drums, Johnny Alegre on guitar, Tetsuro Hori on bass and Rick Countryman on alto saxophone are captured in the studio in Manila for seven superb collective conversations. ... Click to View


Sana Nagano:
Anime Mundi (577 Records)

A superb chamber jazz trio from NY improviser and violinist Sana Nagano, with Karl Berger on piano & vibraphone and Billy Martin on drums & percussion, Nagano having a long history with each through Berger's Improvisers Orchestra and with Martin through Creative Music Studio, their connections evident in their articulately energetic and confident collective conversations. ... Click to View


Sana Nagano:
Anime Mundi [VINYL] (577 Records)

A superb chamber jazz trio from NY improviser and violinist Sana Nagano, with Karl Berger on piano & vibraphone and Billy Martin on drums & percussion, Nagano having a long history with each through Berger's Improvisers Orchestra and with Martin through Creative Music Studio, their connections evident in their articulately energetic and confident collective conversations. ... Click to View


Hal Russell / Joel Futterman:
The Chicago River [3 CDs] (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Late Chicago saxophonist, trumpeter & vibraphonist Hal Russell (NRG Ensemble) and legendary pianist Joel Futterman, also on curved soprano saxophone & Indian flue, are heard in the complete recordings from their two day concert for the victims of the 1992 Great Flood of the Chicago River, presenting a five part work of flowing free jazz force and currents of creative power. ... Click to View


Blue Lines Trio (Scheen / van der Weide / Hadow):
Chance and Change (Casco Records)

The free swinging Dutch piano trio of Michiel Scheen on piano, Raoul van der Weide on contrabass, synthesizer & objects and George Hadow on drums, in a set of buoyant and ebullient improvisations, a mix of composed and collective works that bring together tradition and freedom, melody and abstraction, while clearly enjoying their playful approach to creative jazz. ... Click to View


Magnus Granberg :
Night Will Fade and Fall Apart [2 CDs] (thanatosis produktion)

The 6 piece Tya Ensemble of string, piano, percussion and vibraphone performs Swedish composer Magnus Granberg's beautifully delicate and dusky work, conceived from historic and recent song structures and written so that individual parts also may be performed as solo pieces, as heard in an extended ensemble version and four solo and one duo configuration. ... Click to View


Alex Zethson:
Residy (thanatosis produktion)

The Residy, or remains of a unique variation on JS Bach's Goldberg Variation no. 21, performed live by pianist Alex Zethson who maintains the structure, rhythmic movement and note order of Bach's composition, while dispersing the notes and intervals into two synths and an E-bowed grand piano to evoke these meditative and expansive interpretations. ... Click to View


Gareth Davis / Machinefabriek:
Standards (of Sorts) (Sublime Retreat)

Frequent collaborators Rutger Zyderveldt (Machinefabriek) and bass & contrabass clarinetist Gareth Davis join together for five "Standards" through electronics, synthetics and unorthodox reed work, transmuting their instruments as they create variations from a few notes, some of them "misremembered", from jazz and contemporary classical standards. ... Click to View


Amelia Cuni / Alex Mendizabal:
Stimmen Aus Himmel Und Holle (ANTS Records)

Translating to "Voices from Heaven and Hell", the meeting of two Berlin artists--Amelia Cuni, whose vocal work is described as in/voluntary singing; and Alex Mendizabal, a sound artist who here electronically manipulates the voice of Cuni--using texts from poet Erin Honeycutt as the two apply diverse, fascinating and sometimes unnerving approaches to voice, utterance and expression. ... Click to View


Various Artists:
Free Percussion/Water [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Tsss Tapes)

Demonstrating the striking diversity modern solo percussionists present, the Italian tape label TSSS Tapes compiles an international set of solo works from explorers Tim Daisy, Jeph Jerman, Ted Byrnes, Wojtek Kurek, Clinton Green, Rie Nakajima, Emilio Berne, Shakeeb Abu Hamdan, Lucie Nezri, Karen Willems, Paolo Sanna, Li Qing, Carlos Godinho, and Rodrigo Vieira. ... Click to View


Dreamstruck (Crispell / Fonda / Sorgen):
With Grace In Mind (Fundacja Sluchaj!)

Officially taking their group name from the title of their first album, The Dreamstruck trio of Marilyn Crispell on piano, Joe Fonda on bass and Harvey Sorgen on drums are heard in this innately lyrical and masterfully controlled, concise set of studio recordings, with compositions from each performer and two collective improvisations, a remarkable example of the modern piano trio. ... Click to View


Rempis / Reid / Abrams:
Allium (Aerophonic)

The second release from the Chicago chamber-oriented, collective free jazz trio of Dave Rempis on alto & tenor saxophone, Tomeka Reid on cello, and Joshua Abrams on bass, expanding on their highly concentrative and contemplative approach to group dialog, a powerfully assured and seemingly composed set of nine impeccable improvisations. ... Click to View


Seabrook / Cleaver / Cooper-Moore:
In The Swarm [VINYL] (Astral Spirits)

The second album from guitarist Brandon Seabrook's Trio with Gerald Cleaver on drums & pulsating & punctuating electronics, Cooper-Moore providing massive and unconvential bass sounds on his Diddley Bow, and Seabrook himself playing banjo in inexplicably rapid and staccato runs or electric guitar with eccentric effects; rip-roaring, sometimes surreal, absolutely superb! ... Click to View


Horace Silver Quintet:
Live New York, Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

Recorded around the time of his most famous records, Song For My Father and The Cape Verdean Blues, lyrical hard bop/Blue Note pianist and composer Horace Silver's band is heard live at The Half Note in NYC and at "The Cork & Bib" on Long Island with his spectacular band including trumpeters Carmell Jones & Woody Shaw and saxophonist Joe Henderson. ... Click to View


Lionel Hampton Orchestra 1958:
The Mess Is Here, Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

An influence on the next generation of small band and bop players, vibraphonist and Band Leader Lionel Hampton's programs included both crowd-pleasers and sophisticatedly complex sections, heard here in this 1958 studio recording from Stuttgart, Germany while touring Europe, Ghana and Israel with his exceptional band expanded by three German jazz musicians. ... Click to View


The Work:
The Worst of Everywhere [2 CDs] (Ultragash)

Originally released by Woof Records in 1982 on cassette, this double CD reissues an essential lo-fi document from The Work (Bill Gilonis, Mick Hobbs, Tim Hodgkinson and Rick Wilson) in live performances from gigs and rehearsals assembled in cut-up form, adding new pieces and expanding on others, joined at times by Catherine Jauniaux, Bob Ostertag, Chris Cutler, &c. ... Click to View


Christian Wolfarth :
39 / Part I - III (Hiddenbell Records)

39 tracks make up this compelling 3-part solo percussion work from Swiss improviser and composer Christian Wolfarth, using a game approach where some sequences are determined by the roll of a dice for note values, rest and tempo, Wolfarth performing on dead wood, a drum or 39 pine cones, augmented with recordings of stones, water, footsteps, church bells, &c. ... Click to View


David Ryan (Crosby / Innocenti / Lash):
Fields And Refrains (Aural Terrains)

A collection of three modified solo pieces and one collective performance with a minimalist aesthetic through compositions by David Ryan, performed by William Crosby on guitar, Luca Innocenti on church organ & Hammond organ and Dominic Lash on contrabass, each score allowing for interpretation and improvisation, particularly the final collaborative piece. ... Click to View


Sage Harlow J :
Variations Without A Theme (Drones Ongs) (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

Australian sound poet and vocalist Sage J Harlow aka Sage Pbbbt, whose innovative vocal work takes inspiration from Tuvan and Mongolian overtone singing and Inuit throat singing, created this mysterious set of electroacoustic compositions on the unceeded lands of the Whadjuk People of the Noongar Nation, developing four works of spellbinding spectral ambience. ... Click to View


Samuel Blaser:
7th Heaven (Between The Lines)

Based in New York at the time of this recording, Swiss trombonist and composer Samuel Blaser's quartet with Thomas Morgan on double bass, Gerald Cleaver on drums and Scott Dubois on guitar explore rhythmic and tonal approaches to improvisation, bridging modern compositional forms with traditional jazz in energetic playing of an engagingly relaxed mood. ... Click to View



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  • September 27, 2022:

    As quiet as it's been on this blog, it's been anything but quiet here at Squidco Headquarters! It started with our Memorial Day sale, that kept us running filling orders and conversing with many of our customers, fellow music enthusiasts and sonic explorers. That followed with a deluge of excellent new albums, as the summer doldrums expanded into an early fall set of releases from some of our favorite labels, including multiple albums from 577 Records, Aerophonic, Another Timbre, Astral Spirits, ChapChap Records, Corbett vs. Dempsey, ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Ltd, Listen! Foundation (Fundacja Sluchaj!), Nakatani-Kobo, RogueArt, Soul City Sounds, thanatosis produktion, Umlaut, a number of single releases on labels including ANTS, KARLRECORDS, Torn Light, Ultragash and Unbroken Sounds.

    Though there hasn't been much written here over the last 3 weeks, I've been taking notes for this current entry. Below you will find an overview of Relative Pitch's excellent series of solo releases, presenting unique approaches to solo improvisation from a fine set of musicians. Following, the recent ezz-thetics by Hat Hut, Ltd. dig deeper into more traditional jazz forms, with a list of the new albums and other lyrical albums from the label. Last is a list of experimental clarinet & reed influenced albums, inspired by the addition of new Great Waitress and John McCowen albums to our catalog.

    Since it's been three weeks I'll end with a short update on the Squidco website changes you might have noticed, and end with a list of upcoming titles from our recent purchases and acquisitions.






    Relative Pitch's Solo Series

    I count 31 solo albums on the New York-based Relative Pitch label, from 28 different improvisers and explorers. Just for fun I generated the list of soloists and their instruments, demonstrating the diversity of musicians, instrumentation and approach:

    Michel Doneda (soprano saxophone); Susan Alcorn (pedel steel guitar); Matana Roberts (alto saxophone); Joe Morris (guitar); Catherine Sikora (tenor saxophone); Jessica Pavone (viola; effects); Jessica Pavone (viola; effects); Paul Flaherty (tenor saxophone; alto saxophone); Erin Rogers (tenor saxophone; soprano saxophone; cymbal); Masayoshi Urabe (alto saxophone; harmonica); Chris Pitsiokos (alto saxophone); Alex Ward (electric guitar); Joanna Mattrey (viola; Stroh violin); Tamio Shiraishi (alto saxophone); Hermione Johnson (prepared piano); Samara Lubelski (violin); Gabby Fluke-Mogul (violin); Signe Emmeluth (saxophone); Gregg Belisle-Chi (acoustic guitar); Hermione Johnson (prepared piano); Samara Lubelski (violin); Gabby Fluke-Mogul (violin); Erin Rogers (saxophone); Liz Allbee (electronics; trumpet; quadraphonic trumpet; voice; field recording; acoustic homemade instruments); Robbie Lee (sopranino saxophone; tuning forks; live electronics); Ava Mendoza (electric guitar); Aaron Burnett (saxophone); Jessica Pavone (viola; voice; effects); Masayo Koketsu (alto saxophone); Gabby Fluke-Mogul (violin); Marta Warelis (piano); Alexandra Grimal (soprano saxophone); Amidea Clotet (electric guitar; objects); Michael Foster (tenor saxophone; soprano saxophone; samples; oscillators); Aaron Burnett (saxophone).

    The most significant of the label's solo series are listed with the catalog code "RPR SS", and this year has seen six new releases on that series, with four more (Violeta Garcia, Chris Pitsiokis, Tamio Shiraishi, Jon Lipscomb) on the cusp of being added to our catalog. The musicians on this recent set come from NY, Tokyo, Amsterdam, France and Barcelona, with instrumental work on saxophone, electric guitar and prepared piano. Each brings specific talents and unique approaches to their instruments, and to their concept of music and solo performance. Aside from the long tradition of solo piano recordings, solo improvisation performance on other instruments has taken on great significance over the last decades, arguably fueled by Anthony Braxton's 1968 album For Alto. Relative Pitch's series has been heavy on saxophone albums, but also presenting violin, guitar and their own piano albums. Each embraces a the unique methodology and technique that each performer brings. Through a spectrum of approaches we see the vast breadth of modern improvisation and its singular definition to each improviser.



    Aaron Burnett: Correspondence (Relative Pitch)

    Known for his ensemble The Big Machine with Peter Evans, Carlos Homs, &c., NYC saxophonist Aaron Burnett steps out for a solo album of intense improvisatory exploration, demonstrating his background in classical saxophone studies that fuels an ardent intensity in personal expression, a tremendous balance between technique and passion.



    Koketsu, Masayo: Fukiya (Relative Pitch)

    An extended monologue on the alto saxophone from Tokyo-based Masayo Koketsu (Carrier/Koketsu/Fuwa/Itani), driven by an innate sense of timing to introduce assertive utterances, growls, throttling and intense interaction offset with long pauses, digressive asides and reflective moments, a remarkable album of modern free jazz in the Japanese tradition.



    Marta Warelis: A Grain of Earth (Relative Pitch)

    Working inside and out of the piano and sometime evoking wild sounds that seem to have no relationship to the instrument, Polish-born and Amsterdam-based pianist Marta Warelis explores the concepts of realities beyond our perception, and a thought that we are a part of a big organism where everything goes endlessly bigger and smaller in scale of size, time and speed.



    Alexandra Grimal: Refuge (Relative Pitch)

    Recorded using the natural resonance from the base of a stone double spiral staircase in the Castle of Chambord, France, improvising soprano saxophonist Alexandra Grimal explores her own personal language and the affect the ambience brings to her adept playing, through beautifully melodic lines, long arpeggiations, or short bursts of penetrating utterance.



    Amidea Clotet: Trasluz (Relative Pitch)

    Sorollets i catxarros—noises and rattles—from Barcelona electric guitarist and free improviser Amidea Clotet, who explores unusual possibilites from the instrument through textural approaches and amplification, evoking unusual soundscapes of inexplicable sound from the body, hardware and strings of the guitar, in seven unusual and fascinating expositions.



    Michael Foster: The Industrious Tongue (Relative Pitch)

    It's not just the tongue that drives these compellingly irascible and unexpected sounds from the saxophone, augmented at times by samples and oscillators, as NY saxophonist Michael Foster applies technique beyond extended to a tenor and soprano saxophone, in two multi-part works of solo utterance: "Libidinal Fragments" in seven parts, and "Celluloid Nightmares" in two.








    Unexpected ezz-thetics (by Hat Hut, Ltd.)

    Since being revived in 2019 by the original founder of Hat Hut Records, Werner X. Uehlinger, ezz-thetics by Hat Hut, Ltd has resumed releasing both excellent new forms of improvisation and modern compositional music, but also has focused on a set of reissued and "Revisited" albums from jazz greats. Many of the "revisited" albums have concentrated on free jazz legends like Albert Ayler, Jimmy Giuffre, Marion Brown, Archie Shepp, New York Contemporary Five, Don Cherry, &c. Another side to the label has also emerged, focused on earlier bop and hard bop forms, with reissues of selections from Charlie Parker's Dial & Savoy releases; John Coltrane concerts from his period transitioning into freer forms; and Miles Davis' European tour with an evolving band from his 50's work.

    This month the label has released two lyrical jazz albums, one from the swing big band era — the Lionel Hampton Orchestra 1958 — and one from the Blue Note era of hard bop — the Horace Silver Quintet.

    I personally found the Lionel Hampton Orchestra album most surprising, having always been impressed with Hampton's playing in smaller groupings, but not associating him with the kinds of music Hat Hut has traditionally released. Reading the liner notes and listening to both this album and other earlier examples of his playing was very informative to me, as I'd not considered the influence he had on future bop and small group players. Looking through Hampton's extensive discography over the decades, one finds albums closer to my typical traditional jazz aesthetic, including albums with Dexter Gordon, Chick Corea, Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Gerry Mulligan, &c. For this big band album, a listener like myself found the focal point in a beautiful rendering of "Round About Midnight", though overall I find the entire set upbeat and engaging. The remastering of these studio recordings from Stuttgart is warm and clear, bringing to life Hampton's music from 60 years prior. Hampton's playing is exceptional, as are the solos and group interplay from the cream-of-the-crop sidemen that he employed, and the arrangements are impeccable.

    The other release from ezz-thetics, Horace Silver's Live New York, Revisited is closer in character to the other aforementioned "Revisited" releases. A great hard bop player and composer, Horace Silver's bands and other groups that he played in present a who's who of the Blue Note era, and the two groupings heard on these two live albums include tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson and two trumpet greats, Carmell Jones and Woody Shaw. For me personally the recordings with Shaw are the closest to my heart, as I was drawn to Shaw's work from his initial work as an Art Blakey sideman through his excellent Columbia albums; his tragic and premature death hit hard for me, and it's wonderful to hear two of his lovely solos on "African Queen". Which is to say nothing of the work of every player in Silver's groupings, and the version of "Song For My Father" reminds why the pianist was a mainstay for the period.



    Hampton, Lionel Orchestra 1958: The Mess Is Here, Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

    An influence on the next generation of small band and bop players, vibraphonist and Band Leader Lionel Hampton's programs included both crowd-pleasers and sophisticatedly complex sections, heard here in this 1958 studio recording from Stuttgart, Germany while touring Europe, Ghana and Israel with his exceptional band expanded by three German jazz musicians.



    Silver, Horace Quintet: Live New York, Revisited (ezz-thetics by Hat Hut Records Ltd)

    Recorded around the time of his most famous records, Song For My Father and The Cape Verdean Blues, lyrical hard bop/Blue Note pianist and composer Horace Silver's band is heard live at The Half Note in NYC and at "The Cork & Bib" on Long Island with his spectacular band including trumpeters Carmell Jones & Woody Shaw and saxophonist Joe Henderson.








    Reeds, Multiphonics and Extreme Techniques:

    I am drawn to the clarinet because of my late father, Gerald Zampino, who was a classical symphonic clarinetist and soloist. That also makes me acutely critical of tone and technique on the instrument, so I'm impressed when I hear great modern improvisers or experimenters on this very challenging reed instrument. The last couple of decades have heard some exceptional players on the b-flat and bass clarinets, some personal favorites including Lori Freedman, Oscar Noriega, Jean Derome, Peter Brotzmann (on the tarogato, an earlier form of the instrument), Ned Rothenberg, and Roscoe Mitchell, to name a very few.

    Not quite improvisation, I've also been deeply drawn to the work of two clarinetists, together or apart, that make up the International Nothing duo: Kai Fagaschinski & Michael Thieke. Their playing brings the clarinet into new territory, focusing on multiphonics and harmonic interactions through the clarinet. Similarly clarinet explorer Sergio Merce generates profound microtonal and multiphonic tones on his reeds, sometimes merged with electronics or EWI wind synth. Clarinetist John McCowen takes the contrabass clarinet and b-flat clarinets into uncharted acoustic territory, using circular breathing and multiphonics to generate intense drones and unexpected utterances. While not strictly a clarinet album, the playing of clarinetist Laura Altman in the Australian deep listening improv band Great Waitress is a great example of extended reed techniques in a group setting.

    Here are a few commendable albums illustrating the unique place the clarinet has brought to modern improvisation and experimental music.



    Merce, Sergio: Three Dimensions Of The Spirit (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

    Conservatory trained Argentinian saxophonist Sergio Merce uses a prepared tenor sax and a microtonal sax to create rich harmonics and slowly moving tonal works, layering aberrant and alluring tones in restrained configurations that allow each stratum of sound to be distinguished and appreciated, creating mesmerizing compositions of elusive and illusionistic sound.



    Merce, Sergio: En Lugar De Pensar (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

    One circular and one continuous composition from Argentinian composer Sergio Merce, using rich tones like clouds of sound generated by a microtonal saxophone, synthesizer and wind synth, the title referring to his sense of music a channel to see, to reveal, a channel that opens through intuition, observation and attention but not through thinking; beautiful.



    Merce, Sergio: Be Nothing (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

    A beautifully ambient album of analogue synthesiser, microtonal saxophone and electronics by Argentinian saxophonist Sergio Merce, a single long track that pauses and resumes its rich tones and harmonies at a deliberate and measured pace, allowing each environment to ring.



    McCowen, John: Mundanas I - V (Edition Wandelweiser Records)

    Two clarinetists--John McCowen, also the composer, and Madison Greenstone, both on clarinet & bass clarinet--taking the title from Boethius' (427-524 AD) printed work on ancient Greek music: "De institutione musica", as they generate long-form drones using the harmonic interactions and interference patterns of similar tones, overtones, and difference tones; impressively intense.



    McCowen, John: Models of Duration [VINYL] (Astral Spirits)

    A co-release with Dinzu Artefacts, clarinetist John McCowen continues his investigation into the physical possibilites of the clarinet family, here on contrabass clarinet for four fully acoustic recordings of continuous tones and unexpected aural phenomena through circular breathing while generating intense harmonics and multiphonics of earth-shaking ferocity.



    International Nothing, The (Fagaschinski / Thieke): Less Action, Less Excitement, Less Everything (Ftarri)

    Masters of tonality, in their 2nd release the dual clarinets of Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke are heard without any guest musicians, making a rich, gorgeous album of tense timbres.



    International Nothing, The (Fagaschinski / Thieke): Just None of Those Things (Ftarri)

    Using harmonic intersections and extraneous sonic emanations from two clarinets, the duo of Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke (also of The Magic I.D.) continue their long-standing International Nothing project of composed works through patient interactions of powerfully focused technique, here in their fifth album presenting a 42-minute work of delicate, dark beauty.



    International Nothing, The: The Dark Side of Success (Ftarri)

    The duo of Berlin clarinetists Kai Fagaschinski and Michael Thieke (The Magic I.D.) create rich, evolving soundscapes using tones and odd interjections in unison and in dissonance, dark works of subtle beauty in unique sound oriented compositions.



    International Nothing, The: Mainstream (Ftarri)



    Great Waitress (Mayas / Brooks / Altman): Back, Before (Splitrec)

    Gorgeously subtle improvisation of a primarily acoustic nature through unfolding soundscapes of intricate restraint and deep listening, from the trio of Berlin pianist Magda Mayas and Sydney improvisers Monica Brooks on accordion and Laura Altman on clarinet & feedback, in their 4th release, recorded live in the reverberant church hall of the Annandale Creative Arts Centre.



    Fraser / McCowen / Weinberg: Thip [CASSETTE w/ DOWNLOAD] (Tripticks Tapes)

    Recorded primarily at Issue Project Room in Brooklyn and leveraging the natural resonance of that performance space, the New York trio of innovative improvisers Henry Frase on double bass, John McCowen on Bb and contrabass clarinets and Sam Weinberg on tenor & soprano saxophones explore the peripheries of their instruments in intense and reflective interplay.








    Squidco Website Changes:

    We've continued to make progress on revamping our website for smaller devices. Visitors to our site using tablet computers should find our listings much easier on the eyes, while phone visitors will have an improved experience, but one that I'm not quite satisfied with. The complications of what is referred to as responsive design — adapting the website to screen size, platform and orientation — is fascinatingly complex and has evolved through several approaches over the years. For our site, a number of technical issues require us to ease into some of the bigger changes we'll need, but a lot of progress has been made and will continue thorough the fall. Our hope is to have the site much friendlier to any size device by the time we celebrate our 20th anniversary in January.






    Ordered & Upcoming

    Here's a list of purchases that we've already ordered and that are on the way to us. You will see them on our site in the next coming weeks, and it's possible that by the time you read this, a few may already be on the site! You can ask us to inform you via email of any upcoming release that you're interested in, with no obligation.



    Thumbscrew: Multicolored Midnight (Cuneiform)

    Thumbscrew: Multicolored Midnight [VINYL] (Cuneiform)



    Amelia Cuni & Alex Mendizabal: STIMMEN AUS HIMMEL UND HOLLE (ANTS Records)



    Alexander von Schlippenbach: Globe Unity (Corbett vs. Dempsey)

    Alexander von Schlippenbach: Globe Unity [VINYL] (Corbett vs. Dempsey)



    Trevor Dunn's Trio (Dunn / Halvorson / Smith): Convulsant avec Folie à Quatre (Pyroclastic Records)



    Matthew Shipp & Mark Helias: The New Syntax (RogueArt)

    Denman Maroney & Scott Walton & Denis Fournier : O Kosmos Meta (RogueArt)



    Fowler, Chad / Matthew Shipp: Old Stories [2 CDs] (Mahakala Music)

    Jeff Arnal, Curt Cloninger: Drum Major Instinct (Mahakala Music)

    Blue Reality Quartet (McPhee, Joe / Michael Marcus / Jay Rosen / Warren Smith): Ella's Island (Mahakala Music)

    Chad Fowler / William Parker / Anders Griffen: Thinking Unthinking (Mahakala Music)

    Steve Hirsh / Zoh Amba / Luke Stewart: An Unikely Place (Mahakala Music)

    Chad Fowler / William Parker / Anders Griffen: Broken Unbroken (Mahakala Music)



    Nevai, Nandor w/ Tim Dahl / Trevor Dunn: << The Die Motherfucker Volume 2>> (Psykomanteum)



    Paul Dunmall Quintet (Dunmall / Saunders / Foote / Owston / Bashford): YES TOMORROW (Discus)

    Julie Tippetts & Martin Archer: Illusion (Discus)



    Anthony Braxton and James Fei: Duet (Other Minds) 2021 (Other Minds)



    Jon Lipscomb: Conscious Without Function (Relative Pitch)

    Chris Pitsiokos: Art of the Alto (Relative Pitch)

    Ingrid Laubrock / Tom Rainey: Counterfeit Mars (Relative Pitch)

    Fred Moten / Brandon Lopez / Gerald Cleaver (Relative Pitch)

    Tamio Shiraishi: Moon (Relative Pitch)

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